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United States Patent  [ii] Patent Number: 4,844,187
Jabero  Date of Patent: Jul. 4, 1989
 FUTURE WEIGHT MACHINE
 Inventor: Thair F. Jabero, 6367 Dalton Dr., Flushing, Mich. 48433
 Appl. No.: 232,093
 Filed: Aug. 15,1988
 Int. Q." G01G 23/38; G01G 19/44
 U.S. a 177/5; 177/25.19
 Field of Search 177/5,25.19
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
3,512,593 5/1970 Edmondson 177/5
4,301,879 11/1981 Dubow 177/5
4,577,710 3/1986 Ruzumna 177/25.19
4,629,015 12/1986 Fried et al 177/25.19
4,773,492 9/1988 Ruzumna 177/25.19
Primary Examiner—George H. Miller, Jr.
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Arnold S. Weintraub; Gerald
dietary information specifically tailored to the health needs of the particular individual. The apparatus includes means for determining the weight of the individual, including a weighting platform. The individual will manually enter data pertaining to the age, sex, and height as well as personal dietary restrictions. The apparatus includes means for processing and analyzing the data for the individual, and means for supplying dietary information pertaining to the individual. Another embodiment of the invention includes means for determining weight and the pulse rate of the individual, along with an exercise during aerobic exercise. The apparatus analyzes the data and supplies statistical information to the individual concerning the general physical condition of the individual. Both embodiments may contain means for storing the data pertaining to the individual, whereby the stored data is later recalled and used in providing information of the individual.
This apparatus will provide an individual with personal
9 Claims, 1 Drawing Sheet
FUTURE WEIGHT MACHINE
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention 5 The present invention relates to a new weight and
health monitoring apparatus, and more particularly, to an apparatus that provides personal information regarding the individual's general physical condition and diet based upon data supplied to the apparatus. 10
2. Background Art
There have been numerous weighing type machines, whereby an individual may monitor weight progress during periods of weight gain or loss.
U.S. Pat. No. 2,146,727 discloses a weight and height 15 measuring apparatus to determine if the user is overweight, underweight, or normal weight. Overweight and underweight people receive a card containing suggested diets. The cards may also contain other health hints regarding exercise, sleep, etc. The machine takes 20 into account the differences of the weight of men and women.
U.S. Pat. No. 2,836,980 discloses an apparatus for measuring the height and weight of an individual and compares this information against medically recognized 25 standards. The standard weight will also be displayed. The standard is determined according to age and sex. The apparatus may be coin operated.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,512,593 discloses a personal weight recorder that is mechanical and employs a stylus to 30 chart the day-to-day changes in the weight of an individual. This recorder can be helpful in charting such tilings as the progress of a weight-reducing diet, the recovery of a patient from a serious illness, or the advance of disease. 35
U.S. Pat. No. 3,967,690 discloses a digital readout scale having an accuracy of tenths or hundreths of a pound. A memory circuit stores information to provide a readout of the relative difference with the prior weight. A switching circuit enables the scale to be used 40 by several different people. The scale may be used to chart the growth of children.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,423,792 discloses an electronic scale which tracks the weight of an individual over a period of time to determine weight differentials and providing 45 the individual with weight related information (e.g. program start date, total weight change since the start of program), to determine further course of action for weight control.
In this information age, people are no longer willing 50 to insert a coin into a machine merely to learn their weight. As we become more health conscious, people are attempting to extend the number of healthy years by exercising and being more physically active. The way that people perceive food is changing as we become 55 more health conscious. The modern approach to food is that by controlling the quantity and types of food that we eat, we can also improve our appearance, strength, performance, and general overall health.
Two excellent barometers of general physical fitness 60 are weight and pulse rate. As we engage in our regular exercise programs, which include intense physical activities (such as jogging, aerobics, biking, skiing, golf, tennis, and swimming) we continually monitor weight and pulse rate data to determine our overall physical 65 fitness. Also, we people have been increasingly healthconscious, we want to know how we can might modify our diets to improve general physical health, job perfor
mance, relieve stress, retard the aging process, and improve the overall quality of our lives. In addition, we are each unique regarding dietary preferences and general health conditions that impact the type and quantity of food that we eat.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
What is needed is a new type of apparatus that provides health conscious individuals not only with personal weight information but also with progress and history data that is useful in monitoring progress regarding diets and physical fitness programs. Such machines could be available to the public in health spas, drug stores, airports, malls, and the like.
This apparatus will provide personalized dietary information for the particular individual. The apparatus includes means for determining the weight of the individual. The individual will manually enter age (or birthday), sex, and height data, along with personal dietary restrictions, such as low salt, low sugar, low cholesteral, food allergies, etc. The apparatus includes means for processing and analyzing the data, and means for supplying dietary information pertaining to the individual, which takes into account the age, height, sex, dietary restrictions, and current weight data.
Another embodiment of the invention provides information concerning the general physical condition of the individual. The apparatus is similar to the first embodiment, and also includes means for determining the pulse rate of the individual. The individual again must manually enter age, sex, and height data. The apparatus analyzes the data and supplies statistical information concerning the general physical condition of the individual which takes into account the age, sex, height, current weight, and pulse rate data.
Both embodiments may also contain means for storing the data pertaining to the individual, whereby the stored data is useful in providing historical type dietary information, and exercise progress information regarding the individual's physical fitness program.
For a more complete explanation of the future weight machine of the present invention, reference is made to the following detailed description and accompanying drawings in which the presently preferred embodiments of the invention are illustrated by way of example. It is expressly understood, however, that the drawings are for purposes of illustration and description only, and are not intended as a definition of the limits of the invention. Throughout the following description and drawings, identical reference numbers refer to the same component throughout the several views.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention, including a data entry unit, a television monitor, a weighing means, and means for supplying the information to the user; and
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention, which includes all of the features of the first embodiment in addition to a means for exercising and means for measuring the pulse during the exercise.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
Referring now to the drawings, FIG. 1 depicts the preferred embodiment of the future weight machine 10. 5 The apparatus includes means 12 for determining weight data pertaining to the individual, means 14 for enabling the individual to enter data pertaining to age, sex, and height, means 30 for processing the weight data and the pulse rate data in conjunction with the data 10 pertaining to the age, sex, and height, and means 34 for supplying statistical information in writing concerning the general physical condition of the individual based upon the processed data. The apparatus includes means 12 for determining the weight of the individual, such as 15 a scale unit. The individual will manually enter pertinent age, sex, and height data. This information is entered through a data entry keyboard 14, where a television monitor screen 16 displays the questions and answers in a multiple choice format. The information may 20 also be entered directly through the television monitor 16, where the data entry unit is incorporated into the monitor screen, so that the individual merely touches the screen to make the appropriate choices. 25
The scale unit 12 is similar to a conventional bathroom type weight measuring device, which includes a scale platform 18, which is spring-biased upward. The weight measuring mechanism provides a digital readout of the weight on the television monitor 16, or on a 3Q separate digital readout 20 which is in electrical contact with the scale. The signal from the scale unit 12 to the computer corresponds to the weight of the individual.
The means 30 for processing the data (weight, pulse rate, age, height, and sex) may be a micro or an IBM 35 PC. The software is not commercially available, but is state-of-the-art for Weight Watchers type programs and the like. The means 34 for supplying the written statistical information is a letter qualityprinter, such as an Epson LQ-150 or the like. The printer is compatible 40 with the computer and uses paper that can be easily separated from the roll, after the sheet has been used.
Weight information as a function of height, age, and sex is well known and readily available. Such data would be stored in a computer memory within the appa- 45 ratus 10. Hence, if an overweight person were to use the machine 10, it would be necessary to design a diet for that person to gradually lose weight over a period of time. If an underweight person were to use the machine 10, a diet would be proscribed to gradually increase the 50 person's weight. If a person were to use the machine 10 who is in the range of normal weight, the person would be so advised and provided with a healthy diet, designed to maintain the present weight. Similarly, information correlating pulse rate with height, weight, age, 55 and sex is generally available and this data would be similarly stored in the computer memory bank.
The individual may also enter personal dietary restrictions, including health conditions that may affect the food that the individual can eat, such as: low salt, 60 low sugar, low cholesteral, food allergies (milk, eggs, etc.), vegetarian, no red meat, no pork, no shellfish, constipation, pregnancy, high fiber, low fiber, ulcer, colitis, low acid. The individual may also enter information that would be useful in determining the number of 65 calories that the body woud burn in a normal day; such as the amount of, type, and regularity of normal exercise, indicator's of the individual's metabolism rate, and
the amount of physical activity normally involved in the person's day.
Healthful dietary information is generally known, with different foods depending upon the age, sex, and deviation from the standard weight for various individuals. The portions of meat, vegetables, bread, diary, fruits, grains, liquids, to be consumed can be varied for an individual based upon personal data. This dietary information can be further refined based upon dietary restrictions, as some foods will be substituted for others. In some rare instances, it may be necessary to suggest to the individual the taking of a dietary supplement if the dietary restrictions prevent the maintenance of a wellbalanced diet.
The apparatus 10 preferably has a capability to store information for a particular individual for future use. The information may be stored under the person's name, or a special numerical code may be assigned, so that the information can be retrieved by that individual for further data analysis at some later date. Hence, when the individual returns to the apparatus 10 in two or three weeks, the apparatus 10 can use the weight and pulse rate data at the previous visit to determine how well the diet or the exercise program has been followed, so that the apparatus can track the progress that the individual has made.
The individual will be informed as to the regularity that he should use the monitoring apparatus. For example, if the person is chronically over or underweight, it may be necessary to monitor the progress of the diet more frequently than for a person without a weight problem. Also, if the individual is engaged in a rigorous exercise program, it may be necessary to monitor progress frequently.
The machine 10 will also have the capability to enable the individual to select a desired weight and to have a diet and exercise program so designed. For example, if a man were a body builder or a football player, he would need to have a diet designed for bulking up and weight maintenance somewhere above the normal weight for such an individual.
The apparatus 10 includes means for processing and analyzing the data for the individual, and means for supplying dietary information pertaining to the individual, which takes into account the age, height, sex, dietary restrictions, and current weight data. The individual may enter the estimated weight of the clothing being worn, or the apparatus 10 may automatically employ a standard correction factor. The apparatus 10 may also contain means for storing the data pertaining to the individual, whereby the stored data is useful in providing historical type dietary information to the individual.
Another embodiment 40 of the invention is depicted in FIGURE 2. In this embodiment the apparatus 40 is used to calculate and provide information concering the general physical condition of the individual. The apparatus 40 includes means for determining the weight of the individual, and preferably has a weighing platform. The apparatus 40 also includes means 42 for determining pulse rate data, preferably including an exercise (such as one or more steps 44 for the individual to ascend and descend) which would provide valuable aerobic pulse rate data. Such devices for monitoring pulse rate are state of the art, whereby the individual either grasps two handles 46, or merely inserts a digit into a cavity 48.
As an alternative, the individual may monitor weight and pulse rate before a workout and during or after the