Having Indicator Patents (Class 482/84)
  • Patent number: 7131917
    Abstract: A football blocking and tackling dummy adapted with an electrically actuated rotatable torso that provides resistance during blocking drills thereby improving the effectiveness of the drills is disclosed. The football blocking dummy includes a base, and a blocking dummy pivotally connected to the base. The blocking dummy has an upper torso portion rotatably connected to a lower body portion connected to the base. The upper torso portion includes left and right pressure pad sensors that function, upon application of a force, to actuate rotation of the upper torso in a direction opposing the applied force. As a result, the football blocking dummy provides resistance to a force applied thereto, thus simulating the forces and reactions experienced when one football player applies force to an opposing player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Jimmy Spencer
  • Patent number: 7128692
    Abstract: The present invention features various systems and methods for assessing, measuring, quantifying, and/or relaying athlete performance information, and particularly performance information relating to fighters or boxers. More particularly, the present invention relates to utilizing such technology as modified ergometer based technology, optical sensor and motion analysis technology, accelerometers, and hydraulic meters for the measuring and/or improvement of the performance of fighters, for the facilitating of recruiting efforts, and/or for the enhancement of boxing matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: John W. Black
  • Patent number: 6896642
    Abstract: A practice board holder for use in combination with a martial arts practice board having side edges of substantially equal thickness or having formed depressions in both side edges. The device in one embodiment features tapered handles to improve grip and cooperatively slots for engagement the side edges of conventional martial arts practice boards. Further increase in grip of the board is provided by location of the cleats in the slots which frictionally engages depressions in the side edges of the practice board. The device in another embodiment also employs a pointed piercing cleat to engage practice boards by piercing the side edge and may also be used as a kit in combination with handle mounts and a belt to attach to a conventional heavy punching bag. Additional utility is provided by handle mounts which allow for attachment of the board holders to a wall mounted or swivel mounted rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Jeffrey Brown
  • Publication number: 20040097347
    Abstract: A sports training device includes a body having at least one hitting surface sized and shaped so as to receive a punch or kick delivered by a user. A sound generator is carried by the body for generating an audible sound and includes a switch carried by the body for causing the generator to generate the sound in response to an impact created by the punch or kick. The switch is movable between first and second conditions such that the generator generates the sound when the switch is in the first condition and the generator does not generate the sound when the switch is in the second condition. The switch moves from the second condition to the first condition in response to the impact. The switch also has an impact threshold for moving the switch from the second condition to the first condition. The switch includes an adjustment device for adjusting the threshold of the switch, whereby the switch can be set at a desired sensitivity for causing the generator to generate the sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Malthuke Sungsoo Ghim
  • Publication number: 20040058787
    Abstract: The invention disclosed a striking type of entertainment performance apparatus with reactive sound-light comprising: a striking module provided on the lower part for interacting with the player, with a plurality of trigger striking region provided on the striking face; a plurality of dependent striking portion that spin or swing intentionally accompany the applied force; a lamplight reactive module, which is hung on the high part and includes a plurality of lamplight reactive region and a plurality of dependent reactive region, and respond to corresponding striking module by a plurality of driving device and lamplight device. Thus, the performer may hit the striking module to match the musical sound and rhythm so that the reactive module can respond with projection, twinkling, movement or rotation through various lamplight device to create sensual special effect of surrounding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Ching-Lung Lin
  • Publication number: 20040009851
    Abstract: A scoring device that can be worn by a participant during a fighting competition to indicate hits to a target area on the participant includes a base shirt and a chest pad. The chest pad is bonded to the base shirt and is made of an elastomeric material to absorb impact energy and thereby protect the participant's chest from opponent blows. A solid, elastomeric target is removably attached to the chest pad using a hook and loop fastening system. A sensor is embedded in the elastomeric target to produce an electrical signal when the target is hit. An indicator responsive to the electrical signal, such as a light or horn, is provided to notify the participants each time the target is hit. A counter can be connected to the sensor to register the number of times the target is hit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventor: Douglas Lovison
  • Patent number: 6669601
    Abstract: A system of hit detection and signaling for fencing, in particular for the epee, includes, for each adversary, an outfit completely conductive surface wise, a fencing conductive mask endowed with a luminous hit signaling device and a weapon, in particular an epee, a guard made of an isolating material or covered with an isolating material and whose tip at least is conductive, the outfit and the mask, and the tip of the weapon for each adversary being connected, separately, to a hit detection unit, appearing as a central detection and signaling unit to which they are wired or as a portable unit carried by each adversary also connected to the luminous signaling device and to the conductive soles of shoes worn by the appropriate adversary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Computer Masters International
    Inventor: Frédéric Marciano
  • Publication number: 20030216228
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing biofeedback sports training are described to improve training in a convenient form. Aspects include a sparring device that converts impact and training rates into audio streams following human speech patterns. A device is described for coaching swings such as in golf. Another aspect of the invention is a strength training device utiling a multicylinder piston device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Rodger H. Rast
  • Publication number: 20030181290
    Abstract: The present invention features various systems and methods for assessing, measuring, quantifying, and/or relaying athlete performance information, and particularly performance information relating to fighters or boxers. More particularly, the present invention relates to utilizing such technology as modified ergometer based technology, optical sensor and motion analysis technology, accelerometers, and hydraulic meters for the measuring and/or improvement of the performance of fighters, for the facilitating of recruiting efforts, and/or for the enhancement of boxing matches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: John W. Black
  • Patent number: 6611782
    Abstract: A power sensing unit is incorporated into a boxing glove for use according to a method of quantifying impact forces in a boxing match in real time. Impact force data is transmitted from the boxing glove to a remote receiver. The force data is collated to assess the strike force generated by each boxer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: PhatRat Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Wooster, Curtis A. Vock, Perry Youngs, Adrian Larkin
  • Patent number: 6575852
    Abstract: An apparatus for centering a ball is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a base, an upright member supported on the base for pivotal movement with respect to the base, and a pivot arm pivotally supported relative to the upright member for pivotal movement between a first, cocked position and a second, released position. A ball cradle is supported on the pivot arm for releasably supporting a ball to be centered. A bias member urges the pivot arm towards the second, released position and a pivot arm lock is operable, in a first condition, to hold the pivot arm in the first position. The pivot arm lock, in a second condition, releases the pivot arm so that the bias member moves the pivot arm to the released position, thereby centering the ball. The apparatus preferably includes sound actuated means for changing the condition of the pivot arm lock from the first condition to the second condition, to center the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Randy Orner
  • Patent number: 6464622
    Abstract: An exercise device includes a bag suspended by a swivel beneath a flat horizontal surface of a support structure adapted to be repeatedly struck by the user. A series of responsive zones are provided on the surface and provide signals to an electronic control system each time a zone is contacted by the bag after being struck by the user. A series of lights are mounted on the surface, each associated with a respective one of the zones, to indicate to a user which zone is to be contacted by the bag. The electronic control system provides a measurable feedback on a monitor of the number of times a selected zone is contacted by the bag within a selected time period. A number of different exercise programs are provided by the electronic control system to test the speed of striking the bag by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Fitness Quest Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Clark
  • Patent number: 6416445
    Abstract: A physical interaction device includes a controller (110) and one or more arms (102), such as a first arm (102) and a second arm (101). The first arm (102) is movably connected with a first support (104). The first arm includes a first flexible portion sized to physically interact with a first limb portion of a user of the device. The second arm (101) is movably connected with a second support (105). The second arm (101) includes a second flexible portion sized to physically interact with the first limb portion of the user and/or a second limb portion of the user. The controller (110) is linkable with the first arm (102), the second arm (101) and the pitch adjuster (402). The controller (110) is configured to adjust the angle of the first arm (102) and the second arm (101). The controller (110) is configured to selectively cause a first movement of the first flexible portion of the first arm (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventors: Mark Nelson, Raymond H. Puffer, Jr., Thomas Bonkenburg, Brad Hunting
  • Publication number: 20020077223
    Abstract: The invention is a method and apparatus for scoring a martial arts contest, including targets attached to pads over critical areas which are removed by fair blows of the gloved hand or booted foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventor: Hamayun Ahmad Zai
  • Patent number: 6397151
    Abstract: When a person wearing the wristwatch device (11) on his or her dominant arm has struck a blow, an acceleration sensor (12) senses acceleration at regular intervals of time, extracts accelerations x1 to x20 sensed at 20 points in front of the hit point H at which the sensed acceleration changes from positive to negative, and stores them in a RAM (20). The impulse force is calculated by multiplying the accelerations x1 to x20 at the 20 points in front of the hit point H by the weighting coefficients determined on the basis of the accelerations sensed in a trial performance and the actually measured impulse force and stored in a ROM (19). Therefore, the impulse force can be estimated accurately without actually striking a secured object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignees: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakatsu Yamagishi, Chikara Miyaji
  • Patent number: 6217490
    Abstract: A martial arts equipment device for supporting boards in vertical orientation for breaking comprises a frame having a horizontal base for resting on the ground and a pair of vertical posts upstanding from the base and collapsible inclined rear posts which support the vertical posts. The inclined posts and the vertical posts can be folded down for collapsing of the frame for storage. The boards are carried in a pair of fixed arms and a pair of hinged arms in front of the vertical posts with the arms having slide portions to pinch the top and bottom of the boards. A rear abutment prevents the boards from moving rearwardly when impacted in the breaking action. The device is adjustable for height and for the number of boards supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventor: Gerry Wurtak
  • Patent number: 6183396
    Abstract: A palm plate designed to be attached to the hand of a user. The palm plate has a surface of a fitted form upon which the hand rests. The plate is equipped with an attached mechanism having a sensor. The sensor can transmit a signal to a microprocessor capable of calculating a certain number of parameters which are displayed on a read-out screen. The microprocessor, its electronic system and the screen are carried by the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Pascal Reynier
  • Patent number: 6152863
    Abstract: A physical interaction device includes a controller and one or more arms, such as a first arm and a second arm. The first arm is movably connected with a first support. The first arm includes a first flexible portion sized to physically interact with a first limb portion of a user of the device. The second arm is movably connected with a second support. The second arm includes a second flexible portion sized to physically interact with the first limb portion of the user and/or a second limb portion of the user. The controller is linkable with the first arm and the second arm. The controller is configured to selectively cause a first movement of the first flexible portion of the first arm. The controller is configured to selectively cause a second movement of the second flexible portion of the second arm. The first movement of the first flexible portion of the first arm serves to contact the first flexible portion of the first arm with the user to physically imitate a first human strike toward the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Mark Nelson
    Inventors: Mark Nelson, Raymond H. Puffer, Jr., Thomas Bonkenburg, Brad Hunting
  • Patent number: 5921896
    Abstract: An exercise device is provided having a resilient or flexible front impact surface and a plurality of identification indicia for identifying target areas on the flexible impact surface. The exercise device preferably utilizes lights as the identification indicia that are resiliently mounted to the exercise device which are sequentially operated by a microprocessor to force an athlete to contact the identified area on the impact surface while speed, strength and agility may be measured and analyzed by the microprocessor. The software for operating the microprocessor provides a wide range of workout levels and routines and imparts the ability to identify weak areas in the performance of the athlete and provide specific future training routines to improve overall performance in speed, agility and power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Kevin O. Boland
  • Patent number: 5899809
    Abstract: A digital body interface apparatus for use in playing an amusement video game is disclosed. The apparatus provides a unique array of infrared beams and push buttons to achieve a full body interaction between a playing participant and a computer-controlled video game. The apparatus utilizes an infrared beam at the front of each padded target place to detect a punch or a kick by a player. In the preferred embodiment, a padded target is provided with a hollow cavity through which the infrared beam passes. When the target is punched or struck, the cavity is at least partially collapsed, interrupting or attenuating the infrared beam. As with other games, adequate enclosure spaces for a video monitor, a coin mechanism, audio effects, and other necessary hardware, are incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Nicolas Arrioja Landa Cosio
  • Patent number: 5836853
    Abstract: A system for the detection and signalling of his in fencing is characterized in that its main components are portable hit detection units (1) each carried by a fencer and electrically connected to the corresponding weapon (2), at least one central (3) hit discrimination and signalling unit electrically connected to the conductive strip (4) and shoes with conductive soles (5) carried by each fencer and allowing an electrical connection between the conductive strip (4) and the hit detection units (1) and eventually the conductive valid hit surfaces worn by each fencer (6) (foil and saber).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Computer Masters International
    Inventor: Frederic Marciano
  • Patent number: 5723786
    Abstract: These and other objects are provided by a novel boxing glove impact measuring system. The boxing glove impact measuring system includes a boxing glove body and an impact measuring device disposed in the boxing glove body. The system also includes an impact display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Matthew Klapman
  • Patent number: 5716302
    Abstract: A dummy which is constructed to register blows inflicted thereon, wherein the dummy includes one or more sensors at the location or those locations on the dummy where a blow or blows delivered thereto shall be registered, and wherein the sensor or sensors is/are adapted to deliver an electric signal to a computer. The sensor (3, 13, 14) includes a pressure sensor (5) which is adapted to deliver an electric signal which corresponds to the pressure generated in the pressure sensor in response to a blow landing on said sensor; and in that the surface of the sensor (3, 13, 14) parallel with the dummy surface on which the sensor is attached is divided into two or more sections (4), where each section (4) is adapted to deliver an electric signal when the blow lands on the section concerned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Lars Andersson
    Inventor: Stefan Andersson
  • Patent number: 5584779
    Abstract: A step exercising system for choreographing an aerobic step workout comprising: step support structure including a plurality of spaced-apart step surfaces supported above a ground surface by respective step heights that are selected to enable a user to step from the ground surface onto the step surfaces during a step workout; a cuing device for indicating to the user which step surfaces to step on; and a controller coupled to the cuing device and constructed and arranged to activate the cuing device to indicate to the user an ordered sequence of step surfaces to step on, thereby choreographing an aerobic step workout for the user. Step exercising methods based upon the above-mentioned step exercising system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Wendy S. Knecht
    Inventors: Wendy S. Knecht, Kenneth A. Tarlow
  • Patent number: 5553860
    Abstract: A sports impact sensing target reports a sensed impact to a remote location without interference with the operation of like impact sensing targets that are proximately located. The sports impact target reports each sensed impact with a selected modulated signal that can be selected readily to distinguish it from the report signals produced by other proximate impact sensing targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventor: Rami Zelikovich
  • Patent number: 5542667
    Abstract: A martial arts training device for practicing hand and foot strikes. The device has a striking pole with a cushioned end and intermediate portion which is propelled by one hand through a hand grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventors: Jarett R. Lezdey, Darren B. Lezdey, Joseph G. Schneeweiss
  • Patent number: 5502841
    Abstract: A boxing glove including an impact reducing mechanism which can assist in minimising of some injury during boxing. The boxer's fist is movable within the covering defining the fist space and movable between the rear and front positions when the front of the boxing glove strikes a target. The impact reducing mechanism includes a first part, preferably in the form of a rectangular plate, and a resilient means, preferably including at least one elastic band, which operatively interconnects the plate to the covering. The plate is forwardly displaceable via the forward moving fist between an inoperative position and an operative position when the front of the boxing glove strikes the target. The plate thus acts against the elastic band. After the front of the glove has lost contact with the target, the elastic band allows the plate to be in the inoperative position. Preferably, the impact reducing mechanism includes a frame in the fist space said frame attached to the inside of the covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Inventor: Albert Stanford
  • Patent number: 5397260
    Abstract: A toy vehicle crash center play set includes a base mounting three separate upright walls. Two of the walls are interchangeable at the center and lateral side positions along one edge of the base. One interchangeable wall includes a mechanical impact meter with a horizontally movable target and a linkage coupled impact indicator. The second interchangeable wall includes four pivotally mounted wall panels having irregular perimeters which interfit with one another and rotate apart as a "break away" wall. A separate launcher including a base, a hand-operated actuator coupled to the base and a carrier movably driven along the base by the actuator, is provided and releasably engages with depressions provided at various positions in the base. Additional elements which are provided for mounting to the base and/or walls include different toy vehicle components, signposts, mailbox and parking meter and a pair of upright supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: Tyco Investment Corp.
    Inventors: Neil Tilbor, Anthony R. Garr
  • Patent number: 5280905
    Abstract: A football blocking and tackling dummy for the practice of football skills has an illustration of a football player on the front thereof. A force sensitive switch is located within the dummy vertically between the knees and waist of the illustrated player. A mercury switch is located above the waist of the dummy at an angle. A block or tackle of the dummy in the preferred zone will actuate the force sensitive switch and a sound output will be produced. Hitting the dummy too high will open the mercury switch and prevent the sound output from being produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Inventor: James Micco
  • Patent number: 5271627
    Abstract: A multidimensional equilateral angular game playing apparatus and method include electronically controlled, life-sized obelisk "opponents" in the vertex of each angle. A sound generator and multiple lighted targets are mounted upon variously angled surfaces of each obelisk so that a target becomes momentarily active when its light is illuminated and a sound generator mounted upon the obelisk holding the target is actuated. The sequence of targets presented to a player and the time duration of each activation may be selected in a random manner by electronic controls. A single player strikes activated targets using thrusting and sweeping motions of a double-sided, padded playing staff. Upon successfully striking a target, the sound generator upon which obelisk the target is mounted emits a tone verifying the success of the strike, a point is added to a total sum of successful strikes, the target is deactivated and the next target is immediately presented to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventors: Paul R. Russell, Alysn Hassenforder
  • Patent number: 5252859
    Abstract: A jogging electric current generator which comprises a drum-shaped rotatable exercising unit operatively connected to an electric current generator. The drum-shaped unit is constructed so that a jogger can enter the unit and jog for purposes of exercising and also simultaneously therewith generate an electric current through operation of the generator. The jogging generator may be located closely adjacent to a dwelling structure so that one may leave a dwelling structure and immediately enter the jogging generator. The drum-shaped unit may also be constructed so as to operate as a water vane with water being moved during the jogging activity. A hand-held control unit may also be employed by the user of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventor: Lee Tagney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5243224
    Abstract: A jogging electric current generator which comprises a drum-shaped rotatable exercising unit operatively connected to an electric current generator. The drum-shaped unit is constructed so that a jogger can enter the unit and jog for purposes of exercising and also simultaneously therewith generate an electric current through operation of the generator. The jogging generator may be located closely adjacent to a dwelling structure so that one may leave a dwelling structure and immediately enter the jogging generator. The drum-shaped unit may also be constructed so as to operate as a water vane with water being moved during the jogging activity. A hand-held control unit may also be employed by the user of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventor: Lee Tagney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5184831
    Abstract: There is disclosed a glove employing an adjustable pressure sensitive means for use by contestants engaged in a karate contest. The glove assures that each contestant is associated with a given strike frequency. The gloves provide the strike frequency which will be transmitted when the contestant strikes a blow of sufficient force. Each glove is associated with a transmitter operating at a selected strike frequency and a pressure sensitive area which causes the transmitter to transmit the strike frequency. Also associated with each contestant is another pressure sensitive area which is a target area. When this area is struck by an opponent, a target frequency is transmitted. In order to determine that a valid blow was rendered, a receiver is incorporated and employed by a judge. The receiver will respond to two frequencies to determine whether a valid blow has been struck. The receiver must receive a first frequency indicative of the strike frequency and a second frequency indicative of the target frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Inventor: Lee Garner
  • Patent number: 5100138
    Abstract: A motorized mobile robot carries a person and is articulated and controlled by joysticks and foot pedals or by remote control to simulate the sport of boxing by effecting punches and blocks upon a like robot. Fluid motor driven wheels propel the robot in forward, rearward, lateral, turning, and spinning movements. An upper frame above the wheel base defines an enclosure having a generally humanoid configuration including a torso with an interior seat for supporting a person within the enclosure in a sitting position. A pair of independently movable arm assemblies connected at each side of the torso are driven by fluid actuators and each has a shoulder portion pivotally movable relative to the torso, an upper arm portion pivotally movable relative to the shoulder portion, and a forearm portion pivotally movable relative to the upper arm portion with a padded boxing glove at the outer end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventor: Mark S. Wilde