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1. WO2017095990 - DATA-COLLECTING EXERCISE DEVICE

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CLAIMS

1. An exercise device (100), comprising:

a rigid rod (1 10) having a first end (1 12), a second end (1 14), a length (1 16), and an outer diameter (1 18), wherein the length is at least four times the outer diameter;

a base (120) coupled to the first end of the rigid rod;

at least one load sensor (130) inside the base or the rigid rod, the at least one load sensor for detecting a longitudinal force applied to the exercise device, wherein the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device comprises (i) a compressive longitudinal force, (ii) an expansive longitudinal force, or (iii) both (i) and (ii); and

a processor (140) coupled to the at least one load sensor, the processor configured to execute one or more machine-executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:

obtain, from the at least one load sensor or from an intervening component (132, 134), a signal indicating a magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device, and

provide, to a display device (150, 152), information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

2. The exercise device recited in claim 1 , wherein the rigid rod is at least partially hollow or has a cavity (125), and wherein at least one of the processor or the at least one load sensor is situated within a hollow portion of the rigid rod or the cavity.

3. The exercise device recited in claim 1 , further comprising a piston (310), and wherein:

the rigid rod is at least partially hollow and includes a hollow portion or a cavity (125) at the first end of the rigid rod,

the piston is slidably positioned within the hollow portion or the cavity at the first end of the rigid rod and is coupled to the at least one load sensor,

the base is coupled to the piston, and

a position of the piston within the hollow portion or the cavity is variable based on the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

4. The exercise device recited in claim 2 or 3, further comprising a plug (320) fixedly coupled to the rigid rod within the hollow portion of the rigid rod or within the cavity, and wherein the at least one load sensor is coupled to the plug and disposed between the piston and the plug.

5. The exercise device recited in claim 3 or 4, wherein the at least one load sensor comprises a first load sensor (130A) and a second load sensor (130B), and wherein the piston is disposed between the first load sensor and the second load sensor.

6. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 5, wherein the length is at least one meter and the outer diameter is less than 20 centimeters.

7. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 6, wherein the rigid rod comprises polyvinyl chloride (PVC), aluminum, wood, plastic, metal, bamboo, or carbon fiber.

8. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 7, wherein at least a portion of an outer surface of the rigid rod is textured.

9. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 8, wherein the rigid rod is cylindrical.

10. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 9, wherein the base comprises rubber, an elastomer, ebonite, polycarbonate acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (PC-ABS), nylon, Delrin, plastic, resin, polycarbonate, acrylic, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), cork, wood, bamboo, or metal.

1 1. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 10, wherein the base comprises a substantially incompressible material.

12. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 1 1 , wherein a shape of the base is

hemispherical or domed.

13. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 12, wherein the base is tapered along at least a portion of a length (1 17) of the base.

14. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 13, wherein the at least one load sensor comprises at least two load sensors, and wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to determine the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device based on at least two signals from the at least two load sensors.

15. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 14, wherein the signal indicating the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device is proportional to the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

16. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 15, further comprising:

an amplifier (132) coupled to the at least one load sensor, the amplifier configured to amplify a signal from the at least one load sensor; and

an analog-to-digital converter (134) disposed between and coupled to the amplifier and to the processor, the analog-to-digital converter configured to generate the signal indicating the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device based on the amplified signal from the at least one load sensor,

and wherein the intervening component comprises the analog-to-digital converter.

17. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 16, wherein the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device comprises a measure of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device, an indication of a number of repetitions, an indication of an amount of time during which the longitudinal force was applied to the exercise device, an indication of a time at which the longitudinal force was applied to the exercise device, or an indication of a time under tension.

18. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 17, further comprising an attachment receptacle (198) within or coupled to the rigid rod or the base, wherein the attachment receptacle is coupled to the at least one load sensor, and wherein the attachment receptacle is configured to allow a user to attach an attachment (314) to the exercise device.

19. The exercise device recited in claim 18, wherein the attachment receptacle comprises a hole, a groove, a slot, a first part of a two-part connection piece, or a female portion a male-female connector.

20. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 19, further comprising a protrusion (199) extending from the rigid rod or the base, the protrusion configured to allow a user to attach an attachment (314) to the exercise device.

21. The exercise device recited in claim 20, wherein the protrusion comprises a pin, a post, a T-shaped post or rod, a hook and loop, a ring, a carabiner, a clamp, or a clasp.

22. The exercise device recited in any of claims 18 to 21 , further comprising the attachment.

23. The exercise device recited in claim 22, wherein the attachment comprises a hook, a hoop, a belt, a strap, a rope, a carabiner, a rod, a post, a ring, a clamp, a clasp, a clip, a pin, or a loop.

24. The exercise device recited in claim 22 or 23 , wherein the attachment is detachable.

25. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 24, further comprising the display device, and wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to display the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

26. The exercise device recited in claim 25 or 26, wherein the display device comprises at least one light source (440), and wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to control a color, a position, or an intensity of the at least one light source to present the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

27. The exercise device recited in claim 25, wherein the display device comprises an array of light sources (196).

28. The exercise device recited in claim 27, wherein the light sources are arranged in a rectangular pattern of columns and rows.

29. The exercise device recited in claim 27 or 28, wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to present text or graphics through the array of light sources to present the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

30. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 29, further comprising a visual indicator (410, 415, 440, 198, 150) coupled to and controlled by the processor.

31. The exercise device recited in claim 30, wherein the visual indicator is configured to present workout information to a user of the exercise device.

32. The exercise device recited in claim 31 , wherein the workout information comprises workout guidance, feedback about an ongoing or previous workout, or the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

33. The exercise device recited in claim 31 or 32, wherein the workout information varies in response to the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

34. The exercise device recited in any of claims 31 to 33, wherein the workout information instructs the user to increase, decrease, or maintain the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

35. The exercise device recited in any of claims 31 to 34, wherein the workout information comprises alphanumeric characters.

36. The exercise device recited in any of claims 30 to 35, wherein the visual indicator comprises a plurality of light sources, and wherein the workout information provides (a) workout guidance, (b) feedback about an ongoing workout, or (c) both (a) and (b).

37. The exercise device recited in claim 36, wherein an outer surface of the rigid rod includes a channel (190), and further comprising a strip (192) disposed within the channel, and wherein the plurality of light sources resides within or under the strip.

38. The exercise device recited in claim 37, wherein the strip is translucent.

39. The exercise device recited in claim 37 or 38, wherein the strip is plastic.

40. The exercise device recited in any of claims 30 to 39, wherein the visual indicator comprises at least one light source.

41. The exercise device recited in any of claims 30 to 40, wherein the visual indicator is configured to present device information to a user of the exercise device.

42. The exercise device recited in claim 41 , wherein the device information comprises information about a status of the exercise device, a status of a wireless connection, a status of a battery, a charging status of the exercise device, or a status of a memory (142) of the exercise device.

43. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 42, further comprising at least one light source (440) coupled to and controlled by the processor.

44. The exercise device recited in claim 43, wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to provide guidance for or feedback about a workout through the at least one light source.

45. The exercise device recited in claim 44, wherein the guidance for or feedback about the workout is based, at least in part, on a target force profile.

46. The exercise device recited in any of claims 43 to 45, wherein the rigid rod is at least partially hollow or comprises a cavity (125), and wherein the at least one light source resides in a hollow portion of the rigid rod or the cavity.

47. The exercise device recited in claim 46, wherein the rigid rod is at least partially transparent or translucent.

48. The exercise device recited in claim 46 or 47, wherein the rigid rod includes at least one hole or window through which light from the at least one light source is visible.

49. The exercise device recited in any of claims 43 to 48, wherein an outer surface of the rigid rod includes a channel (190), and further comprising a strip (192) disposed within the channel, and wherein the at least one light source resides within or under the strip.

50. The exercise device recited in claim 49, wherein the strip is translucent.

51. The exercise device recited in claim 49 or 50, wherein the strip comprises plastic.

52. The exercise device recited in any of claims 43 to 48, wherein an outer surface of the rigid rod includes a channel (190), and wherein the at least one light source is situated within the channel.

53. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 52, further comprising a guidance indicator (415).

54. The exercise device recited in claim 53, wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to present, through the guidance indicator, an indication to instruct a user to apply the longitudinal force to the exercise device.

55. The exercise device recited in claim 54, wherein the indication to instruct the user to apply the longitudinal force to the exercise device is based on a target force profile.

56. The exercise device recited in claim 55, wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to modify the target force profile.

57. The exercise device recited in any of claims 53 to 56, wherein the guidance indicator comprises the display device.

58. The exercise device recited in any of claims 53 to 57, wherein the guidance indicator comprises a speaker or a haptic device.

59. The exercise device recited in any of claims 53 to 58, wherein the guidance indicator comprises at least one light source.

60. The exercise device recited in claim 59, wherein the indication to instruct the user to apply the longitudinal force to the exercise device is light of a selected color or intensity.

61. The exercise device recited in claim 60, wherein the selected color or intensity is (a) a first color or intensity to instruct the user to apply a larger longitudinal force, and (b) a second color or intensity to instruct the user to apply a smaller longitudinal force.

62. The exercise device recited in claim 61 , wherein the selected color or intensity is a third color or intensity to instruct the user to maintain the longitudinal force.

63. The exercise device recited in any of claims 53 to 62, wherein the guidance indicator comprises at least one light source (440), and wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to control the at least one light source based on a target force to instruct a user to apply the longitudinal force to the exercise device.

64. The exercise device recited in claim 63 , wherein a position of the at least one light source relative to another light source or relative to the first or second end of the rigid rod provides an indication of the target force.

65. The exercise device recited in claim 63 or 64, wherein a color, intensity, or blink rate of the at least one light source provides an indication of the target force.

66. The exercise device recited in any of claims 53 to 65, wherein the guidance indicator comprises a plurality of light sources (440), and wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to control the plurality of light sources to instruct a user to apply the longitudinal force to the exercise device.

67. The exercise device recited in any of claims 53 to 66, wherein the guidance indicator comprises a first light source (440) and a second light source (440), and wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to cause (a) the first light source to emit light to instruct a user to apply a first target force to the exercise device, and (b) the second light source to emit light to instruct the user to apply a second target force to the exercise device.

68. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 67, further comprising a feedback indicator (410).

69. The exercise device recited in claim 68, wherein the feedback indicator comprises the display device.

70. The exercise device recited in claim 68 or 69, wherein the feedback indicator comprises a speaker or a haptic device.

71. The exercise device recited in any of claims 68 to 70, wherein the feedback indicator comprises at least one light source (440).

72. The exercise device recited in any of claims 68 to 71 , wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to present, through the

feedback indicator, an indication reflecting the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

73. The exercise device recited in claim 72, wherein the indication reflecting the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device is the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

74. The exercise device recited in claim 72 or 73 , wherein the indication reflecting the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device is based on (a) a target force profile and (b) the signal indicating the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

75. The exercise device recited in any of claims 72 to 74, wherein the indication reflecting the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device is light of a selected color or intensity.

76. The exercise device recited in claim 75, wherein the selected color or intensity is (a) a first color or intensity to indicate that the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device exceeds a target force, and (b) a second color or intensity to indicate that the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device is less than the target force.

77. The exercise device recited in claim 76, wherein the selected color or intensity is a third color or intensity to indicate that the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device is within a tolerance of the target force.

78. The exercise device recited in any of claims 68 to 77, wherein the feedback indicator comprises at least one light source (440), and wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to control the at least one light source based on the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

79. The exercise device recited in claim 78, wherein a position of the at least one light source relative to another light source or relative to the first or second end of the rigid rod provides an indication of the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

80. The exercise device recited in claim 78 or 79, wherein a color, intensity, or blink rate of the at least one light source provides an indication of the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

81. The exercise device recited in any of claims 68 to 80, wherein the feedback indicator comprises a plurality of light sources (196), and wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to control the plurality of light sources to provide an indication of the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

82. The exercise device recited in claim 81 , wherein the plurality of light sources comprises an array of light sources.

83. The exercise device recited in claim 82, wherein the array of light sources is in a rectangular pattern of columns and rows.

84. The exercise device recited in claim 82 or 83, wherein, when executed by the processor, the one or more machine-executable instructions further cause the processor to present text or graphics through the array of light sources to present the indication of the magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

85. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 84, further comprising a communication interface (155A) communicatively coupled to the processor, and wherein the display device is included in an external device (170), and wherein provide, to the display device, the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device comprises send the information about the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device to the external device over a communication link (180) established between the communication interface and the external device.

86. The exercise device recited in claim 85, wherein the external device is a mobile device or a wearable device.

87. The exercise device recited in claim 85 or 86, wherein the communication link comprises a Wi-Fi link or a Bluetooth link.

88. The exercise device recited in any of claims 85 to 87, wherein the communication interface comprises a Wi-Fi transceiver, a Bluetooth transceiver, or a cellular transceiver.

89. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 88, further comprising a user-accessible power switch (194) coupled to the processor and the at least one load sensor, the user-accessible power switch enabling a user to control whether the processor and the at least one load sensor are powered.

90. The exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 89, further comprising a power supply (160) coupled to the processor and to the at least one load sensor, wherein the power supply comprises a rechargeable battery.

91. The exercise device recited in claim 90, further comprising a circular contact charger for charging the rechargeable battery.

92. A method of performing an exercise using the exercise device recited in any of claims 1 to 91 , the method comprising:

a user grasping the rigid rod;

the user positioning the exercise device in contact with an object or surface; and

the user applying pressure to the exercise device, thereby creating the longitudinal force applied to the exercise device.

93. The method of claim 92, wherein the surface is a floor, a wall, or a ceiling.