US 20080103027 A1
The Parent Infant Exercise Equipment is a stationary exercise bicycle with a removable infant carrier attached near the bicycle's handle bars in such a way that the infant faces the parent or other caretaker. The infant carrier is connected to the pedaling mechanism of the bicycle through a drive belt which creates soft vibrations and swinging motions when pedaling This exercise equipment enables the person exercising to have an infant or small child in close proximity during her/his workout while simultaneously providing a comfortable experience for the infant especially through soft vibrations and gentle swinging motions.
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I claim priority for the invention described. A German patent has been granted by the Deutsches Patent-und Markenamt in Munich (Patent Nr. 10 2005 051 962.8-15, filed on Oct. 29, 2005) and I am now applying for patent registration of the same device in the United States.
This invention relates to a stationary exercise bicycle with firmly attached handle bars and a removable infant carrier in the area of the handle bars. Exercise bicycles are widely known and used at home or in fitness centers. However, a person who has to take care of a small child, especially an infant, faces a challenge of how to supervise the child while using an exercise bicycle or other fitness equipment. This makes working out difficult or even impossible.
There is a need for a new type of fitness equipment which enables a person with a dependent small child to do a work out and at the same time supervise and interact with the child. The goal of this invention is to create an exercise bicycle which enables a caretaker to have a dependant small child in close proximity and interact with the child during the workout. Another objective is to create soft vibrations and gentle swinging motions with the infant carrier, so that it will be experienced as comfortable and soothing by the infant, which is crucial for the acceptance by the infant.
A number of child carrier attachments have been invented as typified by U.S. Pat. No. 5,704,627, issued Jan. 6, 1998 to E. Davis and A. Saddler and U.S. Pat. Application Pub. No. US 2004/0061361 A1, Pub. Date Apr. 1, 2004 by M. Jefferson et al. The patent to Davis and Saddler shows a child carriage attachment for a wheelchair and the patent application by Jefferson et al shows a child carrier attachment for bicycles.
While the above mentioned patents do teach child carrier attachments for bicycles and wheelchairs the prior art does not teach an infant carrier attachment to a stationary exercise equipment or other type of fitness devices.
The Parent-Infant Exercise Equipment is a new type of fitness equipment, specifically a stationary exercise bicycle, that allows parents to exercise at home—or in a fitness center—while at the same time spend quality time with their infant or toddler. A infant carrier is safely attached near the bicycle's handle bars, so that the infant or toddler faces the parent or other caretaker. The infant carrier is connected to the peddling mechanism of the bike through a drive belt. The carrier is adjustable, so that it can be elevated to a level where the infant can have eye-to-eye contact with the parent. It is also removable, which allows for an exchange of the infant carrier (e.g. for a larger one) or for use of the bicycle without the infant carrier. This exercise bicycle enables the person exercising to have an infant in close proximity during her/his workout while providing a comfortable experience to the infant, especially through soft vibrations and gentle swinging motions.
In addition to this mechanical mode, a drive unit, which is powered by an electrical engine is integrated into the infant seat, and is also able to set the seat into vibration and motion. A control element connected to the drive unit enables a change of amplitude and/or frequency of the vibrations.
The invention is described in more detail in the attached drawings:
The proposed exercise equipment is characterized by an infant carrier in the area of a stationary bicycle's handle bars and a drive unit, which is attached below the carrier. This enables the person exercising to have a child/infant in close proximity during her/his workout while providing a comfortable experience to the infant, especially through soft vibrations and gentle swinging motions. The infant carrier is attached to the exercise bicycle by rubber-bonded metal elements as an anti-vibration buffer, which allows the infant carrier some freedom of movement. It also contains safety straps to prevent the infant from falling out of the carrier during the exercise. The carrier is also removable, which allows for an exchange (e.g. for a larger one) or for use of the exercise bicycle without an infant carrier.
Also, while the disclosed invention has been described in connection with a stationary exercise bicycle it should be understood that this invention is not limited to stationary exercise bicycles, but can also be applied to other fitness devices such as rowing machines or treadmills.