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Interactive Bio-Feedback Sports Utility / Training Application

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000178334D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jan-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jan-22
Document File: 6 page(s) / 135K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention is multi-part, combining a number of technologies. This is basically a personal biofeedback suit with aggregating software for both hand-held devices and personal pc sync with asynchronous linking to the user's vetted healthcare specialists. The inference engine is a complicated set of algorithms and a back-end database storing all biofeedback and comparing it against user capabilities, benchmark goals and ultimate health goals.

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Interactive Bio-Feedback Sports Utility / Training Application

There has always been an issue of weight and health, especially in this country. While there is no shortage of resources, people generally don't take as much advantage of them as they could for various reasons from: ongoing cost and stigma (personal trainers, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers) to laziness to delayed feedback (all programs take time). This invention requires little user input to be immediately useful and deliver feedback, though the more initial baseline input, the better tailored the result and ongoing benchmarks.

Known solutions

                     Personal Trainers, Software used to track progress that is user populated, books
Technical documents: Unknown

Summary: This invention is multi-part, combining a number of technologies. This is basically a personal biofeedback suit with aggregating software for both hand-held devices and personal pc sync with asynchronous linking to the user's vetted healthcare specialists. The inference engine is a complicated set of algorithms and a back-end database
storing all biofeedback and comparing it against user capabilities, benchmark goals and ultimate health goals.

Advantages:
completely hidden bio-feedback sensors
personalized per user, and their capabilities (system can record proper motions for activities and suggest corrections for future workouts, basically let you know that the arm curl is not in proper form, or the running stride is incorrect)
immediate feedback transmitted aurally (bluetooth) or via small electronic device (Palm, Treo, iPod, etc.)
built in GPS
built in pedometer
direct sync to personal pc
remote sync to a health worker for monitoring (physician, trainer, physical therapist) suit monitors muscle movement, mass, body fat ratio
system monitors last activity date data to goal and benchmarks and plots an activity regime based on all variables catalogued.

Description:

The core idea is a thin fitted lycra bio-feedback, bio-metric shirt and leggings, much like a runner's or cyclists outfit, wrists to ankles. This outfit is fitted with bio-sensors that feed real-time into a hand-held device (Palm, Treo, iPod, etc. that could also be synched with a pc to upload to physician, trainer, physical therapist to track progress) with specialized software that monitors all the biofeedback of an exercise regime and compares it to an initial baseline (taken at the onset of the purchase and completely customized by the user merely by moving) and projects to user-defined benchmarks and long-term health and movement goals. Bluetooth technology could be added on as a module with slim

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headset if a user wants to actively hear the progress, have the software count the repetitions, monitor running/walking speed, be used as a motivator during the activity. Disclaimer that a user should always check with th...