Having Computer Circuitry Patents (Class 482/901)
  • Patent number: 10028879
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for automatically lengthening a calf muscle in order to relax fatigue and tension of a calf muscle of a worker who works standing up for a long time or a woman wearing high heels. Accordingly, a calf muscle can be naturally relaxed itself by lengthening a length of the calf muscle that is tense by a repetitive and continuous damage, so that it is possible to reduce a chronic muscle unbalance and a muscular pain of a worker who works standing up for a long time or a young woman wearing high heels and it is possible to improve quality of life and work efficiency in an industrial site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: INJE UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Hyun-Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 9925414
    Abstract: This invention relates to training apparatuses for the trunk musculature. The training apparatuses are characterized in particular in that the spinal erectors and the abdominal muscles can be trained. To this end, a frame has a sitting device with a seat for unrestrained sitting without contact with the floor, at least one backrest, a first fixing device for the pelvis, and at least one second fixing device for an arm or a hand. Furthermore, the seat including the coupled first fixing device is movable relative to the backrest including the second fixing device. The movable seat including the first fixing device and the backrest including the second fixing device advantageously result in the pelvis being movable while the upper body remains steady. The frame is configured so that the feet or the legs cannot support the upper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Nikolai Letow
  • Patent number: 9522094
    Abstract: The present teachings provide for an exercise device for exercising a joint and a limb. The device includes an actuator, a foot plate, a foot plate load cell, and a restrictor. The actuation member is rotatable about a rotation axis. The actuation member includes a first portion and a second portion that is movable in a direction perpendicular to the rotation axis. The foot plate is at a distal end of the second portion of the actuation member. The foot plate load cell is mounted to the foot plate and is configured to measure force exerted on the foot plate. The restrictor is configured to restrict movement of the second portion of the actuation member and the foot plate at the distal end thereof in the direction perpendicular to the rotation axis unless force exerted on the foot plate exceeds a predetermined force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Ewing
  • Patent number: 9039572
    Abstract: A training script device is described that conveniently allows a user to create a training script defining one or more steps of a workout routine, where each step may include an activity, a duration for performing that activity, and an intensity at which the activity is to be performed. Further, one or more steps of the training script can be self-starting in response to performance data detected by sensors of training script device executing the training script. This conveniently frees the athlete from having to continuously monitor the status of his or her workout activities. Still further, the training script device conveniently allows a user to transfer training scripts to other training script devices, so that athletes can share successful training scripts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Theodore H. Helprin, James W. Clark
  • Patent number: 9028370
    Abstract: An embodiment of an exercise system includes an exercise monitoring device that gathers data regarding an outdoor exercise routine. Additionally, a remote communication system communicatively connectable to the exercise monitoring device is receptive to the data regarding the outdoor exercise routine such that the remote communication system generates an exercise program based on the data regarding the outdoor exercise routine. Furthermore, an exercise device that is communicatively connectable to the remote communication system may receive the exercise program and simulate one or more aspects of the outdoor exercise routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, Mark Watterson
  • Patent number: 9011292
    Abstract: A wearable device assembly has a housing supporting a controller, display and indicator system thereon. The controller has at least one sensor wherein activity of a user wearing the device is detected. The controller selectively illuminates the indicator system to indicate a level of activity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron B. Weast, Jamian R. Cobbett, Kwamina Crankson, Michael Dryden
  • Patent number: 8992384
    Abstract: A training apparatus includes a training machine, a detecting unit, a signal generating unit, and a control unit. The training machine includes a displaceable part that is movable in response to exercise motions performed by the exerciser during training exercise. The detecting unit detects the displacement of the displaceable part or detects the displacement of the target training area of the exerciser resulting from the exercise motions. The signal generating unit generates a stimulus signal to be applied to the exerciser during the training exercise. The control unit corrects a content of processing relating to stimulus signal performed by the signal generating unit based on the displacement detected by the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: System Instruments Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Hamada, Takeshi Akiba, Hiroshi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 8992383
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exercise apparatus (1), which has a running surface or a sitting surface (9), provided with a holding arrangement for the exercising person. The holding arrangement has a crossbar (6). In order for the exercising person to be able to carry out writing work on a computer (20) during exercise, a keyboard (7, 8) is arranged in such a way that the keyboard lies on the side of the bar (6) facing away from the running surface or sitting surface (9). In particular, the keyboard is also tilted downward. Said arrangement of the keyboard enables physical exercise and writing work to be carried out at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Bilang
  • Patent number: 8986165
    Abstract: A key includes a safety mechanism operatively connectable to a safety port on an exercise device. When the safety mechanism is operatively connected to the safety port, the exercise device is placed in an operational configuration and when disconnected, the exercise device is in a non-operational configuration. The key further includes a user identification mechanism that is communicatively connectable to a user identification port on the exercise device and transmits user identification information to the exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Darren C. Ashby
  • Patent number: 8979711
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method is provided that includes the steps of (1) providing a monitor for determining a level of exercise performance performed by an exerciser and for outputting a signal representative of the performance level; (2) using the monitor to measure a level of exercise performance performed by an exerciser; (3) outputting from the monitor a signal representative of the performance level; (4) providing a video game having a character, the video game inputting and being responsive to the performance level signal output by the monitor, the video game using the performance level signal to control a performance level of the video game character; and (5) while the exerciser is not exercising, controlling a performance level of the video game character based on a performance level signal output by the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 8979709
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus including a frame, and a cushion adjacent to the frame having a surface. The exercise apparatus further includes a harness wearable by the user and a resistance member extending between the harness and the frame and where the tension within the resistance member is variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sproing Fitness LLC
    Inventors: Paul Toback, Steve Lenz
  • Patent number: 8968156
    Abstract: We have disclosed methods of determining workout plans and sessions for an individual. The methods may include receiving input from the individual, determining a first type of workout based on the input, determining a plurality of workout sessions for the first type of workout for a workout plan, determining a second type of workout that is different than the first type of workout based on input from the individual, determining a plurality of workout sessions for the second type of workout for the workout plan, and storing data describing the workout plan, including data describing the workout sessions for the for the first and second types of workouts, in a memory accessible by a server computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Caron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8961371
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus for enabling exercise by a user. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a communication unit, a user interface unit, and a processor. The processor may receive user identification data from the user via the user interface unit and retrieve data based on the user identification data from an electronic data store. The processor may use the data to generate an exercise routine and command signals may be sent to an exercise machine based on the generated exercise routine. The processor may receive exercise data from the exercise machine via the communication unit and store the exercise data in the electronic data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sultan Ventures LLC
    Inventors: Tarik Sultan, Omar Sultan
  • Patent number: 8944961
    Abstract: A system and method manage distribution of fitness equipment units based upon automatically collected usage information for the fitness equipment units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark E. Ainsworth, Robert J. Silbernagel, Susan W. M. Bell, James S. Birrell
  • Patent number: 8944960
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring and encouraging health and fitness. In accordance with a first aspect, an apparatus is provided that is adapted to assist in weight loss and exercise. The apparatus comprises a personal digital assistant (PDA) having computer program code adapted to assist in at least one of calorie counting, meal selection, meal suggestion, weight monitoring, weight loss or gain monitoring, fat consumption monitoring, sugar consumption monitoring and salt consumption monitoring. The PDA also includes computer program code adapted to display historical data regarding at least one of calorie counting, meal selection, meal suggestion, weight monitoring, weight loss or gain monitoring, fat consumption monitoring, sugar consumption monitoring and salt consumption monitoring. Numerous other embodiments are provided, as are methods, systems and computer program products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 8923998
    Abstract: We have disclosed methods of controlling audio playback at a portable performance monitoring device. These methods may include playing music at a first volume, receiving athletic performance parameter data from a sensor at a portable performance monitoring device, reducing the volume of the music played while continuing to play the music, playing audio performance feedback with a portable performance monitoring device while music plays, and returning the volume to the first volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Michael Ellis, Caron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8915823
    Abstract: A method for processing biological information is provided, wherein the method includes receiving biological information from a monitoring device responsive to a first party and responsive to an exercise regime and processing the biological information to generate resultant information responsive to at least one physical characteristic of the first party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Sean McKirdy, Robert Nutini
  • Patent number: 8911327
    Abstract: A device for joint rehabilitation after injury or surgery and a method of use are described and taught. The device automatically senses and manipulates performance parameters to optimize the rehabilitation process in response to user performance. In particular, device sets the pedal throw and other variables automatically to be in an optimum range for the patient based on the respective patient data. A motor resistance unit allows for the user to experience variable resistances while using the device. This not only increases the patient's range of motion but also strengthens and increases muscle tone. In order to use the device, the patient or user simply inputs preliminary parameters and the on-board computer then calculates a rehabilitation plan, and monitors patient performance and adapts to changes. The central data server permit central storage of all data associated with usage of the rehab devices and is fully HIPPA compliant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Robert B. Boyette, Mark E. Kolb
  • Patent number: 8911329
    Abstract: The invention provides a real-time exercise coaching system on the basis of that the whole exercise course could be subdivided into 4 basic components: sprint (anaerobic or speeding), aerobic endurance (balancing aerobic endurance), compensating (compensating O2 debt), and dynamic recovery. The real-time exercise coaching system of the invention enables a user to realize his/her current physiological state and change of fitness condition and then the user can further decide which action (sprint, aerobic endurance, and dynamic recovery) is to be taken next. The system of the invention instantly and continuously provides information that assesses a user's current physiological state during exercising in view of the exercise situations and the environmental conditions (such as temperature, humidity, altitude and air quality).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Mediwatch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Lien Lin, Tung-Hung Lu, Shang-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 8911328
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for the assisted performance of a fitness exercise, equipped with a fitness tool (2) configured to interact with the user (3) to enable the user to perform a movement along a preset path overcoming the force of a resistant load (7), comprises: sensing means (4) set up to provide a signal representing the movement of the user (3); feedback means (5) for transmitting a signal to the user (3) during performance of the exercise; a processor (6) connected to the sensing means (4) and to the feedback means (5) to provide the user (3) with feedback in real time on the correctness of performance of the exercise, based on a comparison between the signal representing the movement of the user and a predetermined reference pattern representing an ideal pattern for the movement of the user (3) corresponding to the exercise performed correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nerio Alessandri, Jarno Guidi, Flavio Venturi
  • Patent number: 8911330
    Abstract: An exercise system includes an exercise monitoring device that gathers data regarding an outdoor exercise routine, a remote communication system communicatively connectable to the exercise monitoring device, and an exercise device that is communicatively connectable to the remote communication system. The remote communication system is receptive to the data regarding the outdoor exercise routine and generates an exercise program based on the data regarding the outdoor exercise routine. The exercise device is receptive to the exercise program, and the exercise program causes the exercise device to simulate one or more aspects of the outdoor exercise routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, Mark D Watterson
  • Patent number: 8900099
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing muscle development are disclosed. A method includes identifying a plurality of parameters of a user, and generating an exercise program based at least partially on the plurality of parameters. The exercise program includes a plurality of exercises. The method further includes, for each of the plurality of exercises, identifying one-rep maximum data associated with the exercise, and determining, for the exercise, a resistance to be applied by the exercise device during execution of the exercise program, in which the resistance is determined based at least partially on the one-rep maximum data associated with the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert B. Boyette
  • Patent number: 8894548
    Abstract: We have disclosed systems and methods for providing outputs to an individual during a physical activity. The methods may include generating performance data based on an individual's performance during the physical activity, providing a first output based on performance data to the individual during the physical activity via a first output device, determining that a second output based on the performance data should be provided to the individual via a second output device that is different than the first output device, and providing the second output to the individual during the physical activity via the second output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Michael Ellis, Caron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8894547
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to power generation via fitness machines. Specifically, this invention relates to a system and method for generating power via the use and operation of fitness machines. Further, embodiments of the present invention are configured to utilize characteristics and/or data points associated with the use and operation of such fitness machines to calculate and reward users with one or more virtual currencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel B. Bruno
  • Patent number: 8892219
    Abstract: The disclosed invention primarily relates to methods for assisting and motivating persons with respect to various exercise and rehabilitation regimens they might undertake, mentally as well as physically. The invention also has potential application to for diagnosis and/or treatment of certain mental and physical disorders, and in other situations where a form of companionship may be provided the user. In addition the invention herein provides an enjoyable means of social interaction with others providing further motivation for physical and mental activity represented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Motion Games, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy R. Pryor
  • Patent number: 8888660
    Abstract: An energy harvester system is provided in and responsive to movement of a motion control arrangement of an exercise machine for converting kinetic and ambient light energy supplied from an environment of the exercise equipment into electrical power which is delivered to a feedback system associated with the exercise equipment in order to provide information corresponding to the user of the exercise equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Strength Companion, LLC
    Inventor: David George Oteman
  • Patent number: 8882637
    Abstract: A system and method manage distribution of fitness equipment units based upon automatically collected usage information for the fitness equipment units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark E. Ainsworth, Robert J. Silbernagel, Susan W. M. Bell, James S. Birrell
  • Patent number: 8882638
    Abstract: An exercise machine equipped with a device designed to be driven to move by the user during a workout, by applying a muscular force against a resistant load and which includes: a detector for detecting the muscular power applied by the user to the device; a display; a computer connected to the display and having access to a memory containing a plurality of values, representative of the power nominally absorbed by a plurality of corresponding electric household appliances, and digital data for graphically representing the plurality of electric household appliances, the computer being programmed for: comparing the power detected by the detector and at least one of the power values contained in the memory; and for generating on the display, depending on the comparison, a graphical output of the comparison, including a graphical representation of at least one of the electric household appliances, generated based on the digital data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Camilo Escobedo, Mauro Fabbri
  • Patent number: 8876663
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention includes a system and method for alleviating symptoms of a medical disorder of a patient by forced exercise. The system includes an exercise machine having movable portions that move in response to a first contribution by a patient and in response a second contribution by a motor. The system further includes at least one mechanical sensor and a control system programmed to alter the second contribution by the motor in response to the sensed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventor: Jay L. Alberts
  • Patent number: 8864628
    Abstract: A device for joint rehabilitation after injury or surgery and a method of use are described and taught. The device automatically senses and manipulates performance parameters to optimize the rehabilitation process in response to user performance. In particular, device sets the pedal throw and other variables automatically to be in an optimum range for the patient based on the respective patient data. A motor resistance unit allows for the user to experience variable resistances while using the device. This not only increases the patient's range of motion but also strengthens and increases muscle tone. In order to use the device, the patient or user simply inputs preliminary parameters and the on-board computer then calculates a rehabilitation plan, and monitors patient performance and adapts to changes. The central data server permit central storage of all data associated with usage of the rehab devices and is fully HIPAA compliant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventors: Robert B. Boyette, Mark E. Kolb
  • Patent number: 8858398
    Abstract: A training script device is described that conveniently allows a user to create a training script defining one or more steps of a workout routine, where each step may include an activity, a duration for performing that activity, and an intensity at which the activity is to be performed. Further, one or more steps of the training script can be self-starting in response to performance data detected by sensors of training script device executing the training script. This conveniently frees the athlete from having to continuously monitor the status of his or her workout activities. Still further, the training script device conveniently allows a user to transfer training scripts to other training script devices, so that athletes can share successful training scripts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Theodore H. Helprin, James W. Clark
  • Patent number: 8858400
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for generating an athletic training program and selecting music for playing during the training program are described. Based on specified parameters, a training program module may generate a customized training program intended to help an athlete reach a goal. In conjunction therewith or independently thereof, a music selection module may generate a music playlist for playing during a training program. Music selection parameters may include training intensity, user speed, user location, user mood, a user's currently performance (e.g., as compared to an expected performance) and the like. The music selection module may select songs from a personal library or a public database of music. Music selection may be made to maximize user motivation/inspiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Omar A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8840526
    Abstract: A method for controlling an exercise apparatus via a control interface of an exercise apparatus, including steps of controlling a touch screen to display an information field, and then monitoring the touch screen to detect whether a touch has occurred on the surface of the touch screen and whether the touch is located in an input zone which has a plurality of sensing areas in the information field. A user can use one of specific actions to move a first tag in the input zone from a first sensing area to a second sensing area. And one of the steps of the method relocates the first tag proximate to the second sensing area to have a portion of the first tag to point at the second sensing area. Then, the final step of the method operates the exercise apparatus from a first condition using a first value corresponding to the first sensing area to a second condition using a second value corresponding to the second sensing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew J Kolman, Matthew D Wittenberg, Timothy E Bank, Mark J Van Handel, Shanan Galligan
  • Patent number: 8827869
    Abstract: We have disclosed a modular personal network (MPN) that includes multiple devices that may be worn, carried, or used in close proximity to a user. The devices communicate wirelessly. Functions of the MPN may be modified by adding or removing components. The MPN may communicate with a personal computer. General purpose devices may include a control unit, a display, a user input, and an audio output. The MPN may provide a variety of functions, including time, communication, entertainment, organization, guidance, athletic, medical, travel, outdoors, identity, security, and military.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Michael Ellis, Caron Ellis
  • Patent number: 8821351
    Abstract: A solution for managing access to exercise equipment in a fitness facility is provided. A planned exercise routine for a user, which includes data corresponding to a plurality of exercises desired to be performed by the user at the fitness facility is used for providing location information for presentation to the user. Each exercise can require use of an exercise apparatus. The exercise can be mapped to at least one exercise apparatus located at the fitness facility. A target exercise apparatus can be identified from the mapped exercise apparatus(es). Location information for one or more of the target exercise apparatuses can be provided for presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tamer E. Abuelsaad, John E. Moore, Jr., Rajeshkumar N. Singi, Robert R. Wentworth
  • Patent number: 8814755
    Abstract: We have disclosed a system for sharing information about a first individual who has engaged or is engaging in a first physical activity. The system may include a first portable performance monitoring system that is capable of being carried with the first individual during the first physical activity. The first portable performance monitoring system may include a first processor configured to determine first performance information for the first individual and a transmitter configured to transmit the first performance information. The system may also include a second portable performance monitoring system that is capable of being carried with a second individual during a second physical activity. The second portable performance monitoring system may include a receiver configured to receive the first performance information and a second processor configured to generate display data based on the first performance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Michael Ellis, Caron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8814754
    Abstract: A wearable device assembly has a housing supporting a controller, display and indicator system thereon. The controller has at least one sensor wherein activity of a user wearing the device is detected. The controller selectively illuminates the indicator system to indicate a level of activity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron B. Weast, Jamian R. Cobbett, Kwamina Crankson, Michael Dryden, Gwen Sullivan, Caroline Petra Annette Bleeker, Alex Mestas, Suniti Nina Walia, Allison Gourley, Kristopher L. Homsi, Demi Raven, James Zipperer, Edward Stephen Lowe, Jr., Tara Greer, Stephen Kob, Maria Ioveva, Marchetti Cesar
  • Patent number: 8808144
    Abstract: There is provided a audio pacing device including a sensing unit, such as heart rate monitoring unit, to obtain a parameter, such as heart-beat rate (pulse), of a user in physical exercise, a memory to store a plurality of audio signals having predetermined tempo indications (e.g. beats per minute values); and a processing unit configured to (1) determine whether the intensity of the parameter of the user should be increased, decreased or maintained by using the parameter of the user from the heart rate monitor and a predetermined reference value, and (2) dynamically select and render an audio signal having (or adjusted to have) an audio-tempo that enables the user to accordingly increase, decrease or maintain exercise intensity, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Felix Henric Govert Ogg, David Peter Louis Simons
  • Patent number: 8801578
    Abstract: An exercise machine can include a motivating and instructional user interface or display. The interface can include a virtual coach or other encouraging stimulus to provide key motivation for users of indoor exercise machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Core Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Corbalis, Jeffrey A. Meeks, Michael V. Morgan, John Cook, Gregory Allen Wallace, Shatish Mistry
  • Patent number: 8795138
    Abstract: By combining data from different sensors (on fitness device, mobile smartphone, smart clothing, other devices or people in same location), an intelligent system provides a better indicator of an individual's physical effort, using rich data sources to enhance quantified metrics such as distance/pace/altitude gain, to provide a clearer picture of an individual's exercise and activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Sabrina Tai-Chen Yeh, Jenny Therese Fredriksson
  • Patent number: 8790220
    Abstract: An interface circuitry for a gym apparatus and the gym apparatus are disclosed. The interface circuitry comprises: a power transmission system interface to a power transmission system of the gym apparatus; a sensor interface to one or more sensors comprised in the gym apparatus and/or one or more sensors external to the gym apparatus; and a user interface connector connecting the interface circuitry to a casing of a portable electronic device serving as a user interface of the gym apparatus during a physical exercise performed with the gym apparatus. The interface circuitry includes a processing system arranged to cause the interface circuitry to process and provide connections between the power transmission system interface, sensor interface, and the user interface connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventor: Sami Karvonen
  • Patent number: 8784268
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods estimate the distance between a player and a ball by transmitting a chirp (sweep signal) to a radio tag located on the ball. During the chirp, the frequency of the transmitted signal is changed in a predetermined fashion. The radio tag doubles the transmitted frequency and returns the processed signal to a transceiver typically located on the player. The currently transmitted frequency is then compared with the received frequency to obtain a difference frequency from which an apparatus may estimate the distance. The apparatus may simultaneously receive the processed signal from the radio tag while transmitting the sweep signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast, Brandon S. Burroughs, Scott R. Berggren, Clayton J. Lindsay, Jordan M. Rice, Bert B. Buxton, Edward S. Lowe
  • Patent number: 8784270
    Abstract: A portable system retrieves one or more exercise programs from a remote communication system that provides motivational content for a user exercising upon an exercise mechanism. The exercise program further includes at least one control signal that controls one or more operating parameters of the exercise mechanism. The portable system includes a control device configured to retrieve the exercise program and deliver the motivational content to the user by way of an audio delivery device, while delivering the control signals to the exercise mechanism. A sensor communicates with the control device and tracks one or more measurable parameters of the user during the user's performance of the exercise program. Data representative of the one or more measurable parameters can be delivered to the control device for delivery to the remote communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren C. Ashby, William T. Dalebout, Scott R. Watterson
  • Patent number: 8784273
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method is provided that includes the steps of (1) providing a monitor for determining a level of exercise performance performed by an exerciser and for outputting a signal representative of the performance level; (2) using the monitor to measure a level of exercise performance performed by an exerciser; (3) outputting from the monitor a signal representative of the performance level; (4) providing a video game having a character, the video game inputting and being responsive to the performance level signal output by the monitor, the video game using the performance level signal to control a performance level of the video game character; and (5) while the exerciser is not exercising, controlling a performance level of the video game character based on a performance level signal output by the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 8784309
    Abstract: A mobile device monitors accelerations using one or more inertial sensors. A user activity is identified based on the accelerations. A first estimation is made of a user activity statistic associated with the user activity based on the accelerations. Location information is obtained by one or more location based sensors. A second estimation is made of the user activity statistic based on the location information. The user activity statistic is calculated based on the first estimation and the second estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving, Mark Andrew Christensen, Brian Y. Lee, David Vogel
  • Patent number: 8771148
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for determining when an athlete is in possession of a ball by analyzing image data are provided. A camera is worn by an athlete and is turned on when the athlete is in proximity of a ball. The camera is used to generate an image of a ball. The size of the ball is determined and compared to a threshold. The athlete is considered to be in possession of the ball when the size of the image exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Santoshkumar Balakrishnan, Steve Holmes, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 8758201
    Abstract: A portable system retrieves one or more exercise programs from a remote communication system that provides motivational content for a user exercising upon an exercise mechanism. The exercise program further includes at least one control signal that controls one or more operating parameters of the exercise mechanism. The portable system includes a control device configured to retrieve the exercise program and deliver the motivational content to the user by way of an audio delivery device, while delivering the control signals to the exercise mechanism. A sensor communicates with the control device and tracks one or more measurable parameters of the user during the user's performance of the exercise program. Data representative of the one or more measurable parameters can be delivered to the control device for delivery to the remote communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren C. Ashby, William T. Dalebout, Scott R. Watterson
  • Patent number: 8747282
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for enabling an operator to exercise on an exercise device. The process includes measuring a range of movement of the operator during exercising on the exercise device for generating an electronic range of movement data. A strength is measured of the operator during exercising on the exercise device for generating an electronic strength data. An electronic program is designed based on the electronic range of movement data and the electronic strength data. The electronic program is stored in an electronic media. The electronic program is displayed as a moving scale on a screen for instructing the operator to exercise at the same rate as the moving scale to complete the exercise in a timely and controlled matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Michael G. Lannon, Mary Obana, Carl R. Spoeth, Jr., Ian N. Whitehead, Jeffrey A. Pearson, Jonathan S. Hazelwood, Joshua J. Roman, David L. Peterman
  • Patent number: 8740752
    Abstract: We have disclosed systems and methods for monitoring an individual's performance during a physical activity. The methods may include using a first component and second component each configured to be worn or carried by the individual during a physical activity. The methods may include the first component communicating wirelessly with the second component over a personal area network during the physical activity, the first component determining that the second component has ceased communication with the first component during the physical activity, and the first component adapting a function in response to determining that the second component has ceased communication with the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Michael Ellis, Caron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8727948
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for creating an exercise history for an exerciser to create an exercise program substantially in real-time, wherein personal exercise information is gathered to create the exercise history during an exercise event in an exercise environment having one or more exercise units. The present invention provides a method for creating an exercise program and a method for controlling an exercise event. The present invention also provides a device arrangement and a device which are arranged to perform the method of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Healthy Exercise Holding Oy
    Inventor: Jouni Herranen