Impact Patents (Class 73/379.04)
  • Patent number: 10232273
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a pairing between a first player and a second player of a multiplayer application comprises the steps of obtaining one or more parameter values for each of the first player and the second player, inputting the parameter values for each of the first player and the second player into an artificial neural network, obtaining at least a first pairing fitness value output from the artificial neural network, and selecting to pair the first player and the second player in dependence upon a criterion responsive to the each pairing fitness value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Rohan Pankaj Bangdiwala, Jake Leigh Clarke
  • Patent number: 9911357
    Abstract: A solution for training guidance is provided. A method related to the solution includes acquiring, in a training guidance apparatus, cardiovascular data representing cardiovascular measurement on a user carrying out a physical exercise, wherein the acquired cardiovascular data is real-time data measured during the physical exercise. The method further includes determining exercise guidance attributes from the cardiovascular data with respect to at least one training target of the physical exercise, selecting a video clip matching with the guidance attributes, and causing display of the video clip to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: POLAR ELECTRO OY
    Inventors: Pekka Rytky, Mika Erkkilä
  • Patent number: 9399167
    Abstract: An electronic game system and a method of its operation are provided for virtual space mapping of a variable activity region in physical space. A calibration input may be received from a positioning device of a game controller that indicates waypoints that define an activity region in physical space. A scale factor may be identified between the activity region and an interactive game region in virtual space based on the calibration input. Positioning information may be received from the positioning device that indicates a position of the positioning device within the activity region. The position of the positioning device within the activity region may be mapped to a corresponding virtual position within the interactive game region based on the scale factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Glaser, Steven Michael Beeman, Peter Glenn Sarrett, Scott Henson, Robert Sheldon Walker, John Clavin
  • Patent number: 9289674
    Abstract: Example embodiments may relate to a system, method, apparatus, and computer readable media configured for monitoring a user performing an athletic movement and/or exercise and generating a combinatory fitness athleticism score. The score may comprise a fitness sub-score and a fitness sub-score. The athletic movement may comprise a plurality of drills configured to test a plurality of fitness attributes and/or a plurality of athleticism attributes of the user. At least one of the plurality of fitness attributes may be selected from the group consisting of: endurance, flexibility, strength and combinations thereof; and at least one of the plurality of athleticism attributes may be selected from the group consisting of: speed, agility, reaction, power, balance, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Winsper, Kristopher L. Homsi
  • Patent number: 9283475
    Abstract: To provide a game system to perform various modifications to a tune being reproduced for game background displayed together with the tune, without the uncomfortable feeling, but with restriction of amount of memory consumption. The game system of the present invention is a game system (1) which informs a player of the operation timings of operation members (11) to a tune to be reproduced by a display device (3), wherein the game system (1) has background image data (24) for displaying game background image (34) by the display device (3), a break position monitoring device (7c) for monitoring at least one break positions set in the tune in units of beats during which the tune is reproduced, and a background image control device (7d) for controlling the appearance of modification of the game background image (34) so that the appearance of modification changes depending on the play situation of the player when the break position is recognized by the break position monitoring device (7c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Inubushi, Yoshihiko Narita
  • Patent number: 9186546
    Abstract: Golf clubs according to at least some example aspects of this disclosure may include a golf club head and a shaft configured to engage with the golf club head which includes a grip engaged with the shaft. Further, the golf club may include a monitoring device, which includes a sensor and a transmitter. Additionally, the monitoring device may be configured to determine data related to the characteristics of a golf swing. Further, the monitoring device may be configured to transmit the data related to the characteristics of a golf swing to a remote computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, John T. Stites, Mario A. Lafortune
  • Patent number: 8556628
    Abstract: The invention is a trigger pull training device for improving trigger pull technique. The device has a frame with a trigger track opening and a trigger which goes through that opening. A proximity sensor or a plurality of proximity sensors are placed proximate the trigger track opening. The sensors are connected to an indicator whereby pulling the trigger such that the trigger is within the sensing zone causes the proximity sensor to emit a signal. A plurality of sensors can be lined along the trigger track opening to indicate the accuracy of any pull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Malcom E. Baxter
  • Patent number: 8503086
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Impulse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20110140897
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide an electronic virtual running/walking coach that notifies a person as to how hard the person's feet have been impacting a surface, notifies the person as to whether the person's feet are impacting a surface at a proper relative distance from the body and/or at a proper side-to-side angle, and/or notifies the person as to how much cushioning life remains in a pair of shoes. When the notifications are provided to the person during the running/walking activity, the person can respond by taking immediate actions to adjust the foot placement relative to the body and/or adjust the level of foot impact to an acceptable level by varying the speed, step distance, and/or posture while running/walking and/or by selecting among different available surfaces on which to run/walk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Connor Kent Purks, Kory Patrick Purks, Bryce Benjamin Purks, Deborah Rhea Purks, David Kent Purks
  • Patent number: 7857729
    Abstract: An automated striking and blocking trainer is disclosed. In some embodiments, the trainer includes the following: a frame; a striking body joined with the frame, the punching bag including one or more strike zone assemblies, the strike zone assemblies each having a light indicator and a striking force sensor; an arm assembly joined with the frame, the arm assembly including one or more arms, each of the one or more arms including a voltage differential sensor and a motion indicator in the form of an electrical motor, wherein the voltage differential between the power being used by the electrical motor when the one or more arms are not struck and when the one or more arms are struck is used to determine a torque of the one or more arms and an input force of a blocking strike; and a head assembly including a processor unit and a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Fairfield University
    Inventors: Christopher P. Sullivan, Gregory Robert Sanderson, Mike Swern, Glen T. Sergeant
  • Patent number: 7736248
    Abstract: Disclosed is a training apparatus for training players involved in contact sports, such as football. The training apparatus includes a frame assembly, a first driving mechanism, a drifting mechanism, a second driving mechanism, and a dummy. The frame assembly is configured to support the first driving mechanism, the drifting mechanism, the second driving mechanism, and the dummy thereon. The first driving mechanism is configured to move the dummy in a longitudinal direction, the second driving mechanism is configured to move the dummy in a transverse direction, and the drifting mechanism is configured to move the dummy along a vertical axis of the frame assembly. Further disclosed is a training system including a training apparatus and a controlling module. The controlling module is operatively coupled to the training apparatus for controlling the longitudinal direction movement, the transverse direction movement, and the vertical axis movement of the dummy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Eldridge
  • Patent number: 7736273
    Abstract: The invention is a human and animal performance data acquisition, analysis, and diagnostic system for fitness and therapy devices having an interface box removably disposed on incoming power wiring to a fitness and therapy device, at least one current transducer removably disposed on said interface box for sensing current signals to said fitness and therapy device, and a means for analyzing, displaying, and reporting said current signals to determine human and animal performance on said device using measurable parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Daryl F. Cox, Charles D. Hochanadel, Howard D. Haynes
  • Patent number: 7717826
    Abstract: The invention is a human and animal performance data acquisition, analysis, and diagnostic system for fitness and therapy devices having an interface box removably disposed on incoming power wiring to a fitness and therapy device, at least one current transducer removably disposed on said interface box for sensing current signals to said fitness and therapy device, and a means for analyzing, displaying, and reporting said current signals to determine human and animal performance on said device using measurable parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Daryl F. Cox, Charles D. Hochanadel, Howard D. Haynes
  • Patent number: 7416231
    Abstract: A collision detecting apparatus has a plurality of collision detecting means and a determination means for determining a collision based on at least one of outputs of the plurality of collision detecting means. Each of the collision detecting means has a crank member and a deformation detecting member disposed at the center of a middle portion of the crank member for detecting a deformation of the middle portion. Each of the crank member has a first extending portion extending from a first end of the middle portion and a second extending portion extending from a second end of the middle portion in a direction opposite to the first extending portion. A first collision detecting means and a second collision detecting means are arranged in opposite directions between a reinforcement member and one of side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Hisashi Takahashi, Takatoshi Tanabe
  • 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: 6876496
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Impulse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6784792
    Abstract: A method of deciding with a high reliability whether an impact with the front side of a vehicle has been caused by a pedestrian is described. Two decision criteria are formed, and only if both decision criteria are met is it decided an impact with a pedestrian has occurred. The first decision criterion is determined by the fact that the pressures or deformations measured by a sensor on the bumper and a sensor in the area of the front edge of the engine hood are compared with reference quantities typical of impact with a pedestrian. The second decision criterion is determined by the fact that the changes in velocity and/or acceleration of the vehicle caused by an impact are determined, and then the changes in velocity and/or acceleration are compared with reference quantities which are typical of impact with a pedestrian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Mattes, Gottfried Flik
  • Patent number: 6765726
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Impluse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6430997
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Trazer Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6308565
    Abstract: Accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train performance constructs by employing sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom (three dimensions); and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player that are measured to provide meaningful indicia of performance. The sport specific cuing is characterized as a virtual opponent that is responsive to, and interactive with, the player in real time. The virtual opponent continually delivers and/or responds to stimuli to create realistic movement challenges for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Impulse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Barry J. French, Kevin R. Ferguson