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Patent Application Titled “Fitness Activity Monitoring Systems And Methods” Published Online (USPTO 20190224527): adidas AG

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08/14/2019 | 05:56pm EDT

2019 AUG 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Sports Research Daily -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by NewsRx journalists, a patent application by the inventors WERNER, Jon Harald (Austin, TX); DIBENEDETTO, Christian (Northplains, OR); BLACK, Stephen John (Portland, OR); VATERLAUS, Amy Jones (Portland, OR), filed on April 1, 2019, was made available online on July 25, 2019.

The assignee for this patent application is adidas AG (Herzogenaurach, Germany).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “Field of the Invention

“The present invention is directed to fitness activity monitoring. More particularly, embodiments of the present invention are directed to a system and method for monitoring the location of a fitness activity participant and/or a fitness activity spectator.

“Background Art

“Fitness activities can be rewarding to both participants and spectators. Participation in these activities can be important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and individual well-being. Those that watch fitness activities may enjoy the excitement of the competition and may wish to show support or provide services for one or more participants. In this context, spectators may include, for example, coaches, trainers, supervisors, aid station attendants, or doctors. For example, improving the communication between participants and such spectators may be useful for supervising the physical condition of the participating athletes to achieve better performance or to provide medical services in order to prevent injuries or other health threats. Technology has resulted in the development of systems capable of monitoring the location and performance of individuals engaged in fitness activities. Fitness monitoring systems and methods are needed that provide real-time information to participants and spectators of these activities.”

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, NewsRx editors also obtained the inventors’ summary information for this patent application: “Embodiments of the present invention relate to a method of tracking a participant engaged in a fitness activity. In an embodiment, the method includes: determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity based on data received at a portable fitness device used by the participant; determining a location of a spectator during the fitness activity based on data received at a mobile spectator device used by the spectator; from a server, sending an alert to a spectator at a spectator device during the fitness activity indicating that the participant is within a predetermined distance or time of the spectator or at a particular location or point of interest. The method may include sending an alert to the portable fitness device during the fitness activity indicating that the spectator is within a predetermined distance of the participant.

“In another embodiment, a method of tracking an individual using a portable fitness device during a fitness activity, comprises: at a server, receiving fitness activity registration information from a spectator of a fitness activity, wherein the registration information includes information about a participant in the fitness activity; determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity using the portable fitness device; and sending an alert to the portable fitness device during the fitness activity that a predetermined spectator parameter threshold has been reached.

“In another embodiment, a method of tracking a participant using a portable fitness device during a fitness activity, comprises: from a server, prior to the fitness activity sending an invitation to a spectator to participate in tracking the participant during the fitness activity, wherein the spectator is a member of a social network accessible by the spectator and the participant via the Internet; at a server, receiving an acceptance of the invitation from the spectator; determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity using the portable fitness device; and from a server, sending an alert to the portable fitness device during the fitness activity indicating that the spectator is within a predetermined distance of the participant. The method may include determining a location of the spectator during the fitness activity using a mobile spectator device. The method may include sending an alert to a spectator at a spectator device during the fitness activity indicating that the participant is within a predetermined distance of the spectator.

“In another embodiment, a method of tracking a participant using a portable fitness device during a fitness activity, includes: from a server, prior to the fitness activity sending an invitation to a spectator to participate in tracking the participant during the fitness activity, wherein the spectator is a member of a social network accessible by the spectator and the participant via the Internet; at a server, receiving an acceptance of the invitation from the spectator; determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity using the portable fitness device; and from a server, sending an alert to a spectator at a spectator device during the fitness activity indicating that the participant is within a predetermined distance of the spectator.

“In yet another embodiment, a method of tracking a participant engaged in a fitness activity, includes: determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity based on data received at a portable fitness device used by the participant; determining a location of a spectator during the fitness activity based on data received at a mobile spectator device used by the spectator; from a server, sending an alert to the portable fitness device during the fitness activity indicating that the spectator is within a predetermined distance of the participant.

“In another embodiment, a computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer useable medium having computer program logic stored therein for causing one or more processors to track a participant engaged in a fitness activity includes: first computer readable program code for determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity based on data received at a portable fitness device used by the participant; second computer readable program code for determining a location of a spectator during the fitness activity based on data received at a mobile spectator device used by the spectator; and third computer readable program code for sending an alert to the portable fitness device during the fitness activity indicating that the spectator is within a predetermined distance of the participant. The methods described herein may be implemented in any combination of hardware and/or software, i.e., computer programs.

“Embodiments of the present invention may include one or more features described in commonly owned U.S. Publication No. 2011/0082641, entitled ‘Methods and Computer Program Products for Providing Information About a User During a Physical Activity,’ U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/836,421, filed Jul. 14, 2010 and entitled ‘Fitness Monitoring Methods, Systems and Program Products, and Applications Thereof,’ and U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/836,416, filed Jul. 14, 2010 and entitled ‘Location-Aware Fitness Monitoring Methods, Systems, and Program Products, and Applications Thereof,’ the disclosures of which are hereby incorporated in their entirety by reference thereto.”

The claims supplied by the inventors are:

“1. A method of tracking a participant engaged in a fitness activity, the method comprising: receiving registration information from a spectator device associated with a spectator registering to track the participant during the fitness activity; activating a live tracking feature of a portable fitness monitoring device associated with the participant to allow participant location information to be accessed by the spectator at the spectator device; and after the live tracking feature is activated, sending the participant location information to the spectator device.

“2. The method of claim 1, wherein activating the live tracking feature occurs in response to manual input.

“3. The method of claim 2, wherein the manual input is received via a mobile application on the portable fitness monitoring device.

“4. The method of claim 2, wherein the manual input is received via a website.

“5. The method of claim 1, wherein activating the live tracking feature occurs automatically.

“6. The method of claim 5, wherein activating the live tracking feature occurs when the participant is within a predetermined distance from a starting line of the fitness activity.

“7. The method of claim 5, wherein activating the live tracking feature occurs when the participant is on a race course of the fitness activity.

“8. The method of claim 1, further comprising: providing feedback to the participant that the live tracking feature is activated.

“9. The method of claim 8, wherein the feedback comprises visual feedback.

“10. The method of claim 8, wherein the feedback comprises audible feedback.

“11. The method of claim 1, further comprising: activating a spectator live tracking feature of the spectator device to allow spectator location information to be accessed by the participant at the portable fitness monitoring device; and after the spectator live tracking feature is activated, sending the spectator location information to the portable fitness monitoring device.

“12. A system for tracking a participant engaged in a fitness activity along a route, the system comprising: a portable fitness monitoring device configured to determine location information of the participant; a spectator device configured to determine location information of a spectator and receive the participant location information; and a fitness activity server configured to store predetermined transmission parameters associated with the route and the participant, wherein the system is configured to transmit the participant location information to the spectator device based on the predetermined transmission parameters.

“13. The system of claim 12, wherein the predetermined transmission parameters comprise a start time of the fitness activity along the route, and wherein the system is configured to transmit the participant location information only after the start time.

“14. The system of claim 12, wherein the predetermined transmission parameters comprise a predetermined amount of time, and wherein the system is configured to transmit the participant location information only during the predetermined amount of time.

“15. The system of claim 14, wherein the predetermined amount of time is based on an estimated time of completion of the fitness activity by the participant.

“16. The system of claim 15, wherein the estimated time of completion is based on historical data related to the participant.

“17. The system of claim 15, wherein the estimated time of completion is provided by the participant.

“18. The system of claim 12, wherein the predetermined transmission parameters comprise a predetermined area around the route, and wherein the system is configured to transmit the participant location information only when the participant is within the predetermined area around the route.

“19. The system of claim 12, wherein the predetermined transmission parameters comprise a predetermined area around the route, and wherein the system will not transmit the participant location information when the participant is outside the predetermined area around the route.

“20. The system of claim 12, wherein the fitness activity server is configured to store predetermined recording parameters associated with the route and the participant, and wherein the system is configured to record participant performance data based on the predetermined recording parameters.

“21. The system of claim 20, wherein the predetermined recording parameters are identical to the predetermined transmission parameters.

“22. The system of claim 12, wherein the fitness activity server is configured to store predetermined spectator transmission parameters associated with the route and the spectator, and wherein the system is configured to transmit the spectator location information to the portable fitness monitoring device based on the predetermined spectator transmission parameters.”

For more information, see this patent application: WERNER, Jon Harald; DIBENEDETTO, Christian; BLACK, Stephen John; VATERLAUS, Amy Jones. Fitness Activity Monitoring Systems And Methods. Filed April 1, 2019 and posted July 25, 2019. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220190224527%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20190224527&RS=DN/20190224527

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