|Publication number||US20030139254 A1|
|Application number||US 10/232,918|
|Publication date||Jul 24, 2003|
|Filing date||Sep 3, 2002|
|Priority date||Jan 23, 2002|
|Also published as||DE10248489A1, EP1331025A1|
|Publication number||10232918, 232918, US 2003/0139254 A1, US 2003/139254 A1, US 20030139254 A1, US 20030139254A1, US 2003139254 A1, US 2003139254A1, US-A1-20030139254, US-A1-2003139254, US2003/0139254A1, US2003/139254A1, US20030139254 A1, US20030139254A1, US2003139254 A1, US2003139254A1|
|Original Assignee||Huang-Tung Chang|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (16), Classifications (11)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
 The present invention relates to exercise machines, and particularly to an interactive device for interactively operating music and speech with moving frequencies of exercisers.
 The exercise machines are popular machines used in home or other physical training places. However, the prior art design is dull, which only provides the function of training human body, but lack of some amusement designs so that the user feel dull as the user uses the exercise machine. Thereby, there is a demand for a novel design which can improve the defects in the prior art.
 Accordingly, the primary object of the present invention is to provide an interactive device for interactively operating music and speech with moving frequencies of exercisers, the device comprises a sensor for sensing the moving frequency of the exerciser, and converting the frequency as signals for outputting; and the sensor is installed to a moving range of the exerciser which has a sector area; and a speech rhythm system for receiving the frequency signal from the sensor; the speech rhythm system; and for displaying music and speech according to the received signals in the speech rhythm system. The device is used with an exercise machine. The speech rhythm system includes a data microprocessor, an audio frequency output device, a built in music IC device, a speech device, a display and a plurality of adjust switches. The data microprocessor sets the moving frequency of the exerciser is based on the rhythm of the music IC so that the rhythm of the music from the music IC is controlled by the moving frequency of the exerciser.
 The various objects and advantages of the present invention will be more readily understood from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the appended drawing.
FIG. 1 is a schematic view showing the installation of a sensor in the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a schematic view showing that the sensor of the present invention is installed to a sector area.
FIG. 3 is a system diagram of the speech rhythm system of the present invention.
FIG. 4 shows one embodiment of the present invention which is installed to a running machine.
FIG. 5 shows one embodiment of the present invention which is installed to a horse-like machine.
FIG. 6 is a lateral view of FIG. 5.
FIG. 7 shows one embodiment of the present invention which is installed to a boxing testing machine.
FIG. 8 shows one the present invention of the present invention which is installed to the health treading path machine.
FIG. 9 shows one the present invention of the present invention which is installed to a rhythm pedal.
FIG. 10 shows one the present invention of the present invention which is used to a waist exercise machine.
FIG. 11 shows one embodiment that the present invention is used to a treading exercise machine.
 The object of the present invention is to design an interactive music and device for the different exercise machines which circularly move around an axial center or move forwards and backwards repeatedly, or move upwards and downwards reciprocally, such as treading machines, elliptical moving machines, bicycles, elastic beds, etc. The interactive moving device has a sensor 10 and a speech rhythm system 20. The sensor 10 receive the moving frequency and then transfers the frequency to the speech rhythm system 20. The sensor 1 is installed at a maximum swinging area A of an action linkage 200 of the axial center 100 (or a circle area B of the action linkage 200) for getting a correct frequency, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. The speech rhythm system 20 includes a data microprocessor 21, an audio frequency output device 22, a built in music IC device 23, a speech device 24, a display device 25, a plurality of adjust switches 26, etc.
 The data microprocessor 21 is a multi-functional processor having the functions of selecting songs in an music IC 23 for matching the action of exercisers; informing the exercisers to act quickly or slowly when the speech device 24 changes songs; speeding the frequency of the exercise by a strong rhythm when frequency of exercise is too slow, and vice versa; setting that the exercises can adjust the rhythm of the music by the action of the exercisers.
 The audio frequency output device 22 serves to transmit the rhythm of the music IC 23 and the sound of the speech device 24.
 The music IC 23 is built with many songs.
 The speech device 24 is recorded with many speech sections used in singing.
 The display device 25 can display the exercise time interval, times of action, scores, consuming heat value, etc.
 The plurality of adjust switches 26 include song selection buttons, time interval setting buttons, action times setting buttons, audio output buttons, score estimation buttons, data clear buttons, etc.
 By above element, the speech rhythm system 20 of the present invention can adjust the rhythm of emitting music according to the frequency of the exerciser. Moreover, by the emission of the speech rhythm system 20, the exercise, music and amusement are combined to present a perfect effect.
 Furthermore, referring to FIGS. 3 and 4, it is illustrated that the running machine 30 is used with the present invention. The running machine 30 is installed with the speech rhythm system 20 and the sensor 10 of the present invention. The sensor 10 is installed on a running belt 3 1. The speech rhythm system 20 is installed in an instrument controller 32. The moving signal received by the sensor 10 is transferred to the data microprocessor 21 in the speech rhythm system 20. Then the speech rhythm system 20 will enter into other steps with the setting of the adjust switches 26. The audio frequency output device 22 can output rhythm according to the frequency of the exerciser by the song selection of the music IC 23.
 Moreover, the user may select to actuate the speech device 24 so that the speech device 24 emits speech based on the received signal of the data microprocessor 21 for informing the exerciser to adjust the frequency of exercise.
 Moreover, the rhythm can be controlled according to the frequency of the action. The emitting songs can be set by pushing buttons. Each time the sensor 10 is touched, a rhythm is emitted. The speed of the rhythm is controlled by the exercisers. The scores displayed on the display 25 are decided by the matching of the frequency of the action of the exerciser and the rhythm of the music.
 Referring to FIGS. 3, 4, and 5, the present invention is used in a horse-like exercising machine 40 which includes a front support rod 41, a rear support rod 42, a cushion support rod 43, a handle rod 44, a linkage 45 and a damper 46. One end of the sensor 10 is connected to the data microprocessor 21 of the speech rhythm system 20 at a lower end of the rear support rod 42. The speech rhythm system 20 and the music IC 23 are same as the above mentioned embodiments, while the music recorded in the music IC 23 can be changed to suit different conditions.
 When the sensor 10 sensed the frequency from the linkage 45, the signal is transferred to the data microprocessor 21 of the speech rhythm system 20. Then the speech rhythm system 20 executes its functions according to the settings of the adjust switches 26. The data microprocessor 21 enters into the song selection of the built in music IC device 23 according to the amount of the received data so that the emitting music frequency can be matched to the action frequency of the exercisers.
 If the user selects to actuate speech device 24, then during changing music, the speech device 24 will determine the speech to be emitted based on the signals of the data microprocessor 21 so as to inform the user to quick or slow his (or their) actions.
 Moreover, the rhythm can be controlled by the exerciser. When the sensor 10 is touched, the rhythm recorded i the music IC 23 will be emitted. Further, scores are decided by the matching of the frequency of the action of the exerciser and the rhythm of the music.
 The embodiments that the present invention used in other exercise machines are similar to above said embodiments and thus the details will not be described further.
 Furthermore, referring to FIGS. 3 and 7, the present invention is used to a boxing test machine 50 which includes a main support frame 51. The main frame 51 is installed with the speech rhythm system 20 and a transversal support frame 52 at an upper side thereof. The distal end of the transversal support frame 52 has a sensor 10, an elastomer 53 and a boxing bag 54. One end of the sensor 10 is connected to the speech rhythm system 20.
 When the boxing bag 54 is collided, the elastomer 53 above the bag will vibrate, and the vibration signal is transferred to the speech rhythm system 20 through the sensor 10. The data microprocessor 21 of the speech rhythm system 20 will execute necessary steps according to the vibration frequency with the setting in the adjust switches 26. Then the data microprocessor 21 will select songs in the built in music IC device 23 according to the amount of the receiving data. Moreover, the speech device 24 can be actuated to emit preset speech which is based on the condition of the boxing exerciser or based on the vibration of the elastomer.
 Furthermore, with reference to FIGS. 3 and 8, the present invention can be used a health walking path machine 60. The machine 60 has a base one end of which has a main body 61 which is installed with a speech rhythm system 20. A top of the main body 60 has a controller 62. The controller 62 is installed with a plurality of adjust switches 26 which is connected to the circuit of the speech rhythm system 20. The platform of the base is installed with a plurality of trading sensor 10. A bottom of the treading sensor 10 is firmly secured with two plates. An elastomer is formed between the two plates. Normally, the two plates are separated and the top of the plate at a lower end is connected to a touching plate which is connected to the speech rhythm system 20 by conductive wires. The sensor 10 serves to sense the vibration of the machine 60. With the setting of the adjust switches 26 of the speech rhythm system 20 so as to play music or speech. When the upper plate is pressed so that the elastomer is reduced, then the upper plate will contact the touching plate at the upper surface of the lower plate so as to conduct. When the pressure disappears, the two plates will restore to the original position. The path in the machine has a plurality of nose portions which have different sizes and distributes on the different part of the path and the sensor 10 may be formed with a plurality of sub-sensors which have different colors.
 When the user operates the health walking path machine 60, the nose portion being treaded can be determined by the color of the sub-sensor 10.
 Referring to FIG. 3 and 9, it is illustrated that the present invention is used to a rhythm pedal. The pedal 70 has a U shape and a top thereof is installed with a sensor 10. One end of the sensor 10 is connected to the data microprocessor 21 of the speech rhythm system 20 at a lateral side of the pedal of sensing the treading frequency of the user.
 Referring to FIGS. 3 and 10, it is illustrated that the present invention is installed to a waist moving machine. A front end of the base 81 of the waist moving machine 80 is installed with a handle rod 82. An instrument panel 83 is installed on the handle rod 82. A rear end of the base 81 is pivoted with a cambered transversal rod 84. Two ends of the transversal rod 84 have pedals 85. The sensor 10 is installed to the rear end of the base 81. When the transversal rod 84 moves leftwards and rearwards or spirally, the sensor 10 will be touched and then moved. The speech rhythm system 20 is installed to the control instrument panel. One end of the data microprocessor 21 is electrically connected to the sensor 10. When one pedal 85 is treaded, one pedal 85 will move circularly. The transversal rod 84 will touch the sensor 10 intermittently. The sensor 10 will receive the moving frequency and then transfers signal to the data microprocessor 21. Thereby, by the adjust switches 26 of the speech rhythm system 20, the speech rhythm system 20 or the speech device 24 can play necessary music or speech.
 Referring to FIGS. 3 and 11, it is illustrated that the present invention is installed to a treading exercise machine 90. In one longitudinal tube 91 of the machine 90 has a speech rhythm system 20 of the present invention. Two sides of the upper end of the tube 91 are extended with posts 92. End face of the post 92 has the sensor 10 for receiving the frequency of the pedal 93 of the end face 921 of the post 92 so as to transfer signals to the microprocessor 21 of the speech rhythm system 20. With the settings of the switches 26 of the speech rhythm system 20 at the top of the tube 92, the step of emitting music or speech can be performed, however, these steps are identical to above said embodiments, and thus the details will not be described here.
 The present invention is thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the present invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||482/1, 482/8|
|International Classification||A63B22/00, A63B24/00|
|Cooperative Classification||A63B24/00, A63B22/00, A63B71/0686, A63B2071/0625, A63B22/0285|
|European Classification||A63B22/00, A63B24/00|