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Smarter Exercise Equipment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249316D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 63K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system of cameras/sensors to monitor form on weight machines and provide feedback to the user to ensure proper form and reduce the risk of injury.

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Smarter Exercise Equipment

While using weight equipment, poor techniques and too much weight lead to user injuries. Often, people are self-training and monitoring without proper knowledge or understanding of exercise techniques or best practices.

The novel solution is a system of cameras/sensors to monitor form on weight machines and provide feedback to the user to ensure proper form and reduce the risk of injury.

The system incorporates into the weight-training machine (i.e., existing apparatus/training systems) motion cameras, weight selection sensors, and a mechanical means to prevent potentially injurious motion due to incorrect form. The exercise station is equipped with sensors and a monitor to detect if the user has improper form. If it detects poor form, the system alerts the user and provides information about the correct form, before the user continues with the strength training exercise. To prevent continued incorrect form, the machine is equipped with a mechanism that prevents the weight stack from being lifted or gradually removes weight to safely return to the starting position. Once the user corrects the exercise form and/or reduces the weight, the system signals the user to continue with the exercise.

For example, sensors can be strategically placed to monitor arm curl exercises. Motion cameras can be placed in various locations on the lever arms and main weight track unit. The exact location of the cameras is not essential to this concept; however, the cam...