Employing Specific Graphic Or Video Display Patents (Class 482/902)
  • Patent number: 10220234
    Abstract: A shoulder end range of motion improving device has a linkage, the linkage including a first link member, a second link member supported on the first link member, the second link member configured for being secured to an arm of a patient and being rotatable about a second link axis for rotating the arm of the patient about a shoulder joint of the patient through an arm range of motion, the second link axis being displaceable into a selectable fixed position, the fixed position being maintained during rotation of the second link member, an actuator for rotating the second link member about the second link axis, and a controller controlling the actuator for selectively rotating the second link member about the second link axis through the arm range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: T-Rex Investment, Inc.
    Inventors: Eduardo M. Marti, Robert T. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 9427372
    Abstract: A shoulder rotating apparatus assists a user in regaining strength and range of motion in the user's shoulder after shoulder injuries or surgery. The apparatus includes a base and a support plate. A support assembly couples the support plate to the base. A track extends into a bottom of the support plate. A ball is positionable within the track. A strap is coupled to the ball and is configured for securing to a hand of a user such that movement of the ball within the track facilitates movement of the shoulder and upper arm of the user when the user's hand is positioned within the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Arlen Minassian
  • Patent number: 9011291
    Abstract: An apparatus and method concurrently present one or more visible tracings on a display, each of the one or more visible tracings being based upon one of a plurality of available paths actually taken by a member of an exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventor: James S. Birrell
  • 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: 8905925
    Abstract: Systems and methods permit remotely-monitored rehabilitation of a patient. A system can comprise a patient monitor configured to monitor a patient's physiological data. The patient monitor can monitor using a first monitoring mode. A patient communication device can be configured to present, to the patient, an option to perform an exercise regimen, and to receive a response indicating whether the patient will perform the exercise regimen. A configuration module coupled to the patient communication device can be configured to activate a second monitoring mode when the response indicates that the patient will perform the exercise regimen. When the exercise regimen is complete, the first monitoring mode can be re-established. When the response indicates that the patient will not perform the exercise regimen, the response can be recorded as a negative response, and the option to perform the exercise regimen can be presented again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Beck, Ramesh Wariar, Viktoria A. Averina
  • Patent number: 8852058
    Abstract: An interactive device includes a housing and a finger ladder held within the housing and having a number of parallel rungs. Each rung includes at least one sensor. A display system, which may include panels attached to either side of the ladder, produce sounds and/or images when the rungs of the ladder are contacted sequentially. Alternately, the display system may be integral with the finger ladder. The sounds and/or images may produce a song or a familiar sequence, such as the alphabet. The sequential activation of the sensors results in the development of both gross and fine motor skills, for example, in children, persons with developmental differences, and persons needing physical or occupational therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Paul J. Hamberis, Jere A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8366589
    Abstract: Exercise equipment is adaptable to a variety of resistance and acceleration configurations which are used improve an individual's start in the forty yard dash, and to improve an individual's performance in a variety of other exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Tyree
  • Patent number: 8341557
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is performed at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display while the portable electronic device is in a user-interface locked mode of a workout monitoring application with the touch screen display turned off. The method includes: monitoring a workout by a user with the workout monitoring application; detecting an interaction by the user with a first physical button on the portable electronic device; and determining whether the detected interaction by the user with the first physical button corresponds to a first predefined action. The method further includes, in response to determining that the interaction by the user with the first physical button corresponds to the first predefined action; turning on the touch screen display; providing an audio status report of the workout by the user; displaying a workout pause icon; and displaying an unlock image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Pisula, Lucas C. Newman, Freddy Allen Anzures, Nitin K. Ganatra
  • Patent number: 8206266
    Abstract: A trampoline exercise system that is designed to show an avatar of a user, which is jumping on a trampoline. The exercise system includes a computer module, a trampoline configured to provide a platform for a user to perform exercises thereon, and a sensor module designed to sense movements of a user performed on the trampoline. The sensor module provides information that is received by the computer module that controls the display of a users' avatar on a video monitor in response to the users' motion on the trampoline. Several types of sensor may be used to sense the movement of the user, including body mounted sensors, trampoline mounted sensors, and remote viewing sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: David Hall
  • Patent number: 8105209
    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: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    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: 8029411
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for remotely a monitoring an individual's ability to carry out a various exercise activities and to evaluate the individual's range of motion. The individual can stand or sit in the field of view of the camera and carry out a set of base line activities. The baseline activities can be stored for subsequent retrieval and analysis. Based on the results of that evaluation, other activities can be prescribed for the individual to systematically carry out. The results of the subsequent activities can be evaluated and compared to the result of the base line activities to determine how the activities should be revised or whether other treatments are required or appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7972245
    Abstract: A system and method for providing information during an activity is described. In some examples, the system includes a capture device that captures information during a first activity and a presentation device that presents the information during a second activity. In some examples, system employs and is implemented on one or more mobile devices that transfer, process, and generate information based on performance of activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Sinclair Temple, Patrick Carney, Maura Collins, Valerie Goulart, Andrea Small, Joseph Ungari
  • Patent number: 7951046
    Abstract: An exercise regimen tracking and monitoring device includes an electronic data recording device that allows users to manage their exercise regimens in a hands free manner. The device has a hand-held body provided with a display screen having graphical illustrating capabilities. An alpha numeric keypad is included for allowing a user to input and retrieve data. A clip is attached on the casing rear surface, facilitating attachment of the device to the user. A processor and a memory are included and is programmed to allow users to input and instantly recall a workout regimen. A timer is included to track and monitor progress reports on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. A playback device is also included to encourage users with motivational phrases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Ulysses Barber, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7951044
    Abstract: The present invention is an exercise routine (ER) display system and method that can substitute as a trainer/therapist for the purpose of leading one or more users through a single exercise task or through an entire ER. The device displays a predetermined series of exercise tasks seriatim in a predetermined sequence, displaying each repetition of each task in the proper cadence according to a set of variable parameters that specify how each maneuver is to be displayed. Audible elements of the display count the repetitions or give cues for proper technique. Various other types of information are shown visually. The exercise maneuvers are displayed on a local display module that includes, in one embodiment, data processing components, data input/output components, display components, and sufficient long-term memory capacity to accommodate a large library of exercise maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: John H. Burks
  • Patent number: 7805277
    Abstract: To provide a step number measuring apparatus in which a reduction in electric power is intended by a simple constitution, and which can correspond to plural movements. A CPU calculates a moving motion pitch on the basis of a detection signal from sensors that a switching circuit has selected, calculates the moving motion pitch by performing a processing having been selected from among plural kinds of processings, which have been stored in a memory, on the basis of the detection signal from the sensors that the switching circuit has selected, calculates the moving motion pitch by selecting the other processing among the plural kinds of processings when both the moving motion pitches differ, and performs a step number measurement by the selected processing when both the moving motion pitches become the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Keisuke Tsubata
  • Patent number: 7794359
    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: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    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: 7727117
    Abstract: A safe, physically demanding interface device for children or other users to play video games according to the present invention includes a base and a joystick or control rod. The base supports a significant portion or the entirety of the child weight (e.g., supports a child in a seated or standing position), while the joystick is manipulable by the child to play the games. The device is configured to force the child to utilize many of the large muscle groups to interact with the game. Since the child weight is supported by the base, the interface device is stable (e.g., unlikely to tip or move) and, therefore, provides for safe, compelling video game play for users either alone or with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: IALabs-CA, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Feldman, Greg Merril
  • Patent number: 7645212
    Abstract: An exercise system including a support base and an operable member movably coupled to the support base. Electrically coupled to the operable member is an interface console. The interface console includes a plurality of speed level keys and a plurality of grade level keys. The speed level keys enable a user to selected different pre-set speeds of the operable member, while the grade level keys enable a user to select different pre-set grades of the operable member. Associated with the speed level and grade level keys are incremental keys that enable a user to incrementally increase and/or decrease the speed, grade, or resistance of the exercise system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren C. Ashby, Scott R. Watterson, Kirk Lorrigan, William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 7635324
    Abstract: The present invention provides upright, standing, and weight bearing support system for the sternum, arms, and pelvis. The present invention maintains the subject in an ideal posture position, while the guiding the subject through therapeutic exercises that have a specific and practical application towards standing up straight. The system provides video and audio stimulation, educational instruction, and evokes potential central nervous system stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventor: Anastasios Balis
  • Patent number: 7454313
    Abstract: A system and method of hierarchical monitoring for subordinate assessment is described. Generally, the system receives remotely sensed data about a user's physiology and contextual state, and extracts features that are related to the workload currently being experienced by a single subordinate and/or group of subordinates. The system builds workload indices based on levels of these features. The system uses statistical process control techniques in conjunction with the workload indices to identify suboptimal user states. Information regarding a particular subordinate or the group of subordinates may be presented in a variety of different ways. As a result, a superior can easily determine the condition of the one or more subordinates and make task adjustments to influence workload levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Whitlow, Santosh Mathan, Michael C. Dorneich, Patricia M. Ververs
  • Publication number: 20070225118
    Abstract: A virtual trainer exercise system including at least one exercise equipment device including a video user interface, an audio input, an audio output, and a data port for receiving a portable storage device, a server in communication with the exercise equipment device, a database in communication with the server, the database including one or more user profiles, software executing on the exercise equipment device for receiving user data from the portable storage device, software executing on the server for accessing a user profile corresponding to the user data, and software executing on the server for generating an interactive virtual trainer based on the user profile and providing the interactive virtual trainer to the user via the user interface and audio output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventor: Ralph J. Del Giorno
  • Publication number: 20070219056
    Abstract: This invention relates to a monitor for exercise machine that comprises a panel with function of display, a panel base for mounting the panel and a casing for fixing the panel base; a pivot unit with pivot hole being implemented on the casing, a relative pivot being implemented on the panel base, the pivot of the panel base is installed in the pivot hole of the casing, thereof the panel base is fixed on the casing with pivot, and then the panel base together with the panel would be tilt relatively to the casing; by simply pressing the panel base, users in different heights of statue can adjust the tilt angle of the panel to the casing to have their needs satisfied, and then the convenience on using is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Inventor: Chiu-Hsiang Lo
  • Patent number: 7229385
    Abstract: A wearable device having a display element, display control circuitry connected to the display element; and a flexible body for supporting the display element, wherein the body is configured and sized to be secured onto a wearer, the body includes one or more components for maintaining an imparted configuration. In this way, for example, the body can be shaped into a configuration that will support the display element at a comfortable viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, David H. Freeman
  • Patent number: 7101315
    Abstract: A wrist exerciser includes a casing comprised of upper and lower casing members mounted together to form a substantially spherical shape. A rotor has opposite shafts rotatably received in the holes defined in the casing for rotatably supporting the rotor in the casing. Illumination elements are mounted on an outside surface of the rotor. A power source is fixed in the rotor for powering the illumination elements. A control circuit is in electrical connection with the power source and the illumination elements for selectively lighting the illumination elements. A transmission device is mounted in the rotor and has an interface circuit connected to the control circuit and a socket connector in connection with the interface circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventors: Yun Yu Chuang, Ming Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 6966778
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to processing system use for instruction and simulated training. Observers evaluate the movements of user controllable images making interactive, personal, idiosyncratic, simulated movements. The invention includes the use of individual hand held devices, personal display appliances, personal computers and other processing systems communicating displays of user controllable images to other processing systems over local area and wide area networks and by means of a variety of interfaces, networks, servers and/or intraprocessing system means. Instruction and simulated training of observers is accomplished through viewing and evaluating user controllable image movements including, without limitation, individual drill, cooperation and opposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventors: Vincent J. Macri, Paul Zilber
  • Patent number: 6955541
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to processing system use for instruction and simulated training. Observers evaluate the movements of user controllable images making interactive, personal, idiosyncratic, simulated movements. The invention includes the use of individual hand held devices, personal display appliances, personal computers and other processing systems communicating displays of user controllable images to other processing systems over local area and wide area networks and by means of a variety of interfaces, networks, servers and/or intraprocessing system means. Instruction and simulated training of observers is accomplished through viewing and evaluating user controllable image movements including, without limitation, individual drill, cooperation and opposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventors: Vincent J. Macri, Paul J Zilber
  • Patent number: 6910991
    Abstract: A stationary bike can control a display content appearing on a screen in accordance with its operation. The stationary bike basically includes a body, a handlebar rotatably attached to the body and a control unit controlling the display content on the screen, and is characterized by a restoring mechanism restoring the handlebar to an initial position. The restoring mechanism is configured with a coil spring wound around an outer circumference of a shaft, a hook securing one end of the coil spring to the shaft, and a hook securing the other end of the coil spring to a tubular member. The hooks are respectively engaged with a bolt secured to the shaft and with a bolt secured to the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Cateye Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 6905440
    Abstract: An exercise motivating system which rewards the exerciser with allowable TV viewing time includes a component interactive with an exercise modality to generate a responsive signal proportionate to the amount of exertion or work done. The responsive signal is received by an accumulating component which converts it to a stored control medium. A control module is interposed between a source of household electrical current and an electrical appliance such as a TV set. The control module physically couples with the accumulating component and processes the stored control medium in a manner to operate the appliance for a time duration proportionate to the amount of exercise effort recorded by the accumulating component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: Mike Heppert
  • Patent number: 6811520
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a magnetic control multifunctional exercise apparatus with double cable sheave. The exercise apparatus includes a base frame having a seat pad and an adjustable back pad. Two upright bars and one support frame are disposed at rear and front ends of the base frame. The base frame further has a magnetic control retarding mechanism provided with two cable sheaves and disposed at the bottom of the rear end of the base frame. Two pull cables are connected with two drive cables of the magnetic control retarding mechanism by means of a plurality of guide pulleys. Furthermore, a flywheel of the magnetic control retarding mechanism is coupled for unidirectional rotation, thereby reaching the expected effect of the magnetic control retarding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventors: Peter Wu, Leao Wang
  • Publication number: 20040171460
    Abstract: The present invention provides with a method of, and a system for, automatically evaluating physical health state using a game, which can automatically measure user's physical strength and health information and evaluate his physical strength and health with automatic exercise prescription, while the user is exercising with continuous interest through a game. The method is characterized by comprising a game execution and measurement step of executing a game through a main controller section (20), a display device (30), a memory means (40), etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventor: Seung-Hun Park
  • Patent number: 6722888
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to processing system use for instruction and simulated training by users controlling images capable of interactive, personal, idiosyncratic, simulated movements. The invention includes the use of individual hand held devices, personal display appliances, personal computers and other processing systems communicating displays of user controllable images to other processing systems over local area and wide area networks and by means of a variety of interfaces, networks, servers and/or intra-processing system means. Instruction and simulated training is accomplished through simulated activities including, without limitation, individual drill, cooperation and opposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventors: Vincent J. Macri, Paul Zilber
  • Patent number: 6716140
    Abstract: A display for an exercise device has a cylindrical housing formed from a rear half shell and a front half shell. The housing has an inner space and two open ends, and a support rod of the body-build can pass through the inner space and extend out from the open ends. A positioning hole is defined in the support rod, and a positioning stub corresponding to the positioning hole is formed in the inner space of the housing. The positioning stub is mounted in the positioning hole to prevent the housing from rotating on the support rod. Two fasteners are securely and respectively formed on the housing in the inner space fasten the rear and front half shell together to form the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Huan-Yu Cheng
  • Patent number: 6705973
    Abstract: A display for exercise devices includes a holder, a display body, resilient members, two damper assemblies and a lock assembly. The holder has an open top and a central cavity. The display body has a bottom and is movably mounted in the central cavity of the holder with the resilient members and the damper assembly. When the display body moves downward in the central cavity and compresses the resilient members, the lock assembly mounted in the holder near the bottom of the holder locks the display body in position. When the lock assembly unlocks the display body, restitution forces in the resilient members push the display body smoothly out of the central cavity by means of the damper assemblies damping the speed of the display body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Su-Jung Fon
  • Publication number: 20040048719
    Abstract: A display for an exercise device has a cylindrical housing formed from a rear half shell and a front half shell. The housing has an inner space and two open ends, and a support rod of the body-build can pass through the inner space and extend out from the open ends. A positioning hole is defined in the support rod, and a positioning stub corresponding to the positioning hole is formed in the inner space of the housing. The positioning stub is mounted in the positioning hole to prevent the housing from rotating on the support rod. Two fasteners are securely and respectively formed on the housing in the inner space fasten the rear and front half shell together to form the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: Huan-Yu Cheng
  • Patent number: 6695694
    Abstract: To evaluate a game playing performance from a new point of view, a control method for controlling a game machine allowing a player to enjoy stepping while listening to game music, comprises the steps of detecting whether or not the player puts their foot or feet on each of a plurality of step positions; judging, based on a detection result on the step position, according to which, of a plurality of pattern changes, a state of the player's feet relative to the plurality of step positions has changed to; calculating, based on the determined pattern change, an energy consumption amount due to a change of the state of the player's feet; calculating an accumulative energy consumption amount by accumulating an energy consumption amount calculated after a predetermined timing; and reporting the accumulative energy consumption amount calculated to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignees: Konami Corporation, KCE Tokyo, Inc., People Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Ishikawa, Akinori Tamura, Yasumi Takase, Takashi Nishibori, Kei Nagaoka, Yoshiko Wada, Yumi Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20040018916
    Abstract: An exercise machine, such as a treadmill, has a display arrangement that is configured for easily repair and replacement. The display arrangement comprises a sandwich of a keypad panel, a display panel and an electronics panel. The display arrangement is secured within a console by one or more fasteners and the display arrangement comprises one or more sockets that connect with wires to a power supply and a controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventors: Felipe J. Marin, Victor Torres Cornejo, Kevin P. Corbalis
  • Patent number: 6582342
    Abstract: An electronic activity monitor for monitoring the performance of an activity such as an exercise comprises an activity detector responsive to motion associated with the performance of the activity to output a corresponding signal, a processor for receiving the signal and determining a starting address at which a block of corresponding sound data is stored, a memory for storing sound data corresponding to a plurality of values associated with the monitored activity, the sound data preferably comprising data representing a voice representation of the values, and a speech generator for generating a naturally-sounding human voice or reproducing a pre-stored version of an actual human voice or other audible indicia in accordance with the sound data stored in the memory. The speech generator is controlled by the processor in response to the activity detector to provide a verbal representation of the user's performance of the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: EPM Development Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur H. Kaufman
  • Publication number: 20030078138
    Abstract: A running machine 1 is provided with an exercise monitoring unit 40 for turning a running belt 14 on which a user runs by means of a motor 15 and monitoring a running state of the user based on a driven state of the running belt 14. The running machine a includes a monitor 31 for displaying images at its front side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Applicant: Konami Corporation
    Inventor: Motoki Toyama
  • Patent number: 6543769
    Abstract: A simulator for snowboarding, skateboarding, water skiing and the like includes a substantially flat board having a support which permits three degrees of freedom of motion. The support can include a convex body which, in combination with a thrust receiving surface, forms a thrust bearing permitting the three degrees of freedom. The support can also include a rotary or turntable type of bearing permitting rotary motion. The simulator is instrumented to measure rotational motion and to provide an output signal compatible with a personal computer (PC) game port or a video game console input/output (I/O) port representative of rotational position of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Slingshot Game Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Podoloff, Steve Potter
  • Patent number: 6497638
    Abstract: An exercise system includes a plurality of exercise terminals, wherein a workout of an exerciser includes at least two exercises performed at one or more of the exercise terminals. Each exercise terminal includes a communication device for communicating to the exerciser information regarding an exercise of the workout subsequent to a current exercise in the workout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Inventor: Michael J. Shea
  • Patent number: 6439893
    Abstract: A system and method for interactively assessing at least one characteristic of a user on-line, developing a personal growth strategy and monitoring the person's progress with respect to the personal growth strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Jacqueline Byrd, Kevin Nickels
  • Patent number: 6428449
    Abstract: An interactive video display and computer system which provides changing video images in response to a combination of signals received from repetitive body movements and voice commands. The system comprises a pace sensing apparatus which is worn on the user's body which senses the repetitive body motion, translates that motion into a signal and transmits the pace signal to a signal receiver, which translates the signal into a signal readily recognized by a computer and then delivers the signal to the computer system. The system further comprises a voice receiving mechanism for receiving voice commands and transmitting a voice signal to the computer system. The user controls the perceived rate of motion and perceived direction of travel, as well as other aspects of the video image, by pace and voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Stanford Apseloff
  • Patent number: 6413191
    Abstract: A piece of exercise equipment includes an electronic game of chance connected thereto. A switch or other device may also be connected to the combination system to operate the electronic game of change when the piece of exercise equipment is in use. The combination system also includes a controller which detects a combined action of playing the electronic game of chance and using the exercise equipment. The system electronically connects the gambling device to the piece of exercise equipment and detects when an operator is using both the exercise equipment and the electronic game of chance simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Fitness Gaming Corporation
    Inventors: Kathy M. Harris, Charles W. True, III
  • Patent number: 6336891
    Abstract: An interactive exercise pad system (10) receives exercise data (108) from a user (24) stepping on and off of an exercise pad (12). The exercise data (108) is optionally pre-processed in a data acquisition unit 14, before being communicated to a communications port (30) of a computer (16). The computer (16) obtains data files (82) which have been pre-stored on media (80). The data files (82) include video files (84), optional audio files (86), and table files (88) of location and terrain information. The video files (84) and the table files (88) are collected from a real exercise course. The computer (16) processes the exercise data (108) and the data files (82) to playback the video files (84) and the optional audio files (86) so that the user (24) experiences a realistic simulation of the real exercise course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Real Vision Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Fedrigon, Bruce R. Bacon, Michael F. Hilferty, Scott R. Francis, Loren M. Luke
  • Publication number: 20010053735
    Abstract: A computer-implemented interface method for use with a display device associated with an exercise device includes connecting a network connection to the exercise device capable of accessing information stored over a network, partitioning a first portion of the display device associated with the exercise device to display content, partitioning a second portion of the display device associated with the exercise device to display one or more controls that control the exercise device, and providing a selectable element on the display device that upon selection removes the second portion of the display used to display the one or more controls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventors: Michael Alvarez Cohen, Tom Proulx, Kent Kobuchi
  • Patent number: 6287239
    Abstract: This invention is a method of exercise consisting of a spinning cycle having a flywheel and a display screen wherein a receptacle receives and runs a cartridge. The exerciser uses headphones to listen to both music and exercise directions while looking at a display screen wherein several messages are display, such as body position legend for the exerciser, a body position icon indicating the exerciser's preferred posture, music credits, cover notes, a posture reminder, and an exercise title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Fernando J. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 6251048
    Abstract: An electronic activity monitor for monitoring the performance of an activity such as an exercise comprises an activity detector responsive to motion associated with the performance of the activity to output a corresponding signal, a processor for receiving the signal and determining a starting address at which a block of corresponding sound data is stored, a memory for storing sound data corresponding to a plurality of values associated with the monitored activity, the sound data preferably comprising data representing a voice representation of the values, and a speech generator for generating a naturally-sounding human voice or reproducing a pre-stored version of an actual human voice or other audible indicia in accordance with the sound data stored in the memory. The speech generator is controlled by the processor in response to the activity detector to provide a verbal representation of the user's performance of the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: EPM Develoment Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur H. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 6244987
    Abstract: A wellness system comprises an exercise load providing unit for providing a load of a physical exercise for a user, and for measuring a movement of the user who is doing the physical exercise, a virtual reality environment providing unit for providing the user with a virtual reality environment that can cause user's plural senses such as the sense of sight, hearing, touch, and smell to work, according to the contents of the virtual reality environment, and a control unit for controlling the virtual reality environment provided by the virtual reality environment providing unit according to the user's movement measured by the exercise load providing unit. Furthermore, when providing the virtual reality environment, the virtual reality environment providing unit displays an image which produces the virtual reality environment by setting its angle of view to be larger than an angle of view of a corresponding object or scene which was shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mieko Ohsuga, Futomi Shimono, Masahiro Kimura, Mitsuo Maeda, Isao Mizukura
  • Patent number: 6228000
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for testing the muscle strength of a subject wherein both static and dynamic strength tests are conducted on the subject during which forces exerted by the muscles are measured by devices which are connected to a computer and a display screen for displaying the strength of the muscles at different positions of a subject's body part. In the dynamic strength test, the subject moves a movement arm by exerting the muscles to be tested. The movement arm is connected to a resistance weight to oppose movement by the subject. In the static strength test, the movement arm is fixed in position and the subject exerts a body part against the movement arm upon exertion of the muscles to be tested. Force and angle measuring devices are connected to the movement arm and the computer for enabling the muscle strength to be displayed in terms of torque at various angular positions of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: MedX 96, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur A. Jones
  • Patent number: 6220865
    Abstract: A simulated training method in which groups of users interactively control user controllable images to make idiosyncratic, simulated physical movements. Preferred embodiments include user controllable images executing simulated physical movements in competition, opposition, coordination and sport activities. Means are provided to evaluate relative effectiveness of movements between groups of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventors: Vincent J. Macri, Paul Zilber, Robert O. Magaw