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Nintendo files patent for exercise controller/system with load/gyro/acc/temp sensor

R

Rösti

Unconfirmed Member


On October 16, 2014, Nintendo Co., Ltd. filed in Japan via the JPO/INPUT a patent application titled "Training Implement, Training System, and Input Device". It saw an international filing on September 18, 2015, and publication yesterday, on April 22, 2016, via WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). For whatever reason, it appears to not be accessible via J-PlatPat, at least the documents can't be clicked. But the entry on WIPO is quite extensive so it'll do just as well.

This invention concerns some form of exercise controller/system incorporating sensors for load, acceleration, gyro and temperature, amongst other things, to be used for gaming/exercise. The inventors are:


  • KURODA, Ryoji - Has more than ten patents with Nintendo, most related to Wii Remote
  • YAMAMOTO, Shinji - Has more than five patents with Nintendo, most related to controllers. He's also done work for Panasonic.
  • YAMADA, Yoshito - Unsure about connection to Nintendo, but he appears to have various patents in differing fields (tech mainly)
Only a small portion of the international publication is available in English, so I had to once again rely on machine translation. The J-PlatPat translation service, as used for the projector patent thread I couldn't use due to this application not being readily available for view there, but WIPO provides qualitative translation too, so I decided to go with that. Interesting parts are underlined. Let's start with the abstract:

A training implement (10) comprises a hollow body (12) formed from an aluminum alloy. The body is configured from two grips (12a) provided facing each other across a space, and a connecting section (12b) connecting the two grips. A load sensor (16) is disposed in the connecting section inside the body. The load sensor is a load cell, the strain gauge is bonded on the inside of the body, and the portion of the body to which the strain gauge is bonded functions as a strain element. Consequently, when a user applies force so as to bring the two grips towards each other or applies force so as to separate the two grips, the load thereof is detected by the load sensor.
Technical Field

[0001] The present invention relates to training equipment, training system and an input device, in particular, to detect at least load to training equipment, training system and an input device.

Description of the prior art

[0002] ​Disclosed in patent document 1 is one example of background technique. The state detection system disclosed in this patent document 1, on the surface of the ball balance and the acceleration sensor, is detachably attached to the pressure sensor and strain sensor. Then, an acceleration sensor, based on the sensor value of the pressure sensor and strain sensor, the posture of a person sitting on the balance ball, and the behavior is estimated

[0003] Disclosed in patent document 2 are another example of prior art. Exercise gaming device to be disclosed in the patent literature 2 and a tensile force is applied to the effector by the user, to measure a pressing force or a torsional force applied to a control circuit for controlling a game or simulation scenario. In this movement, the game apparatus is connected with a game controller, the game controller, and communication game system, to transmit information of game system, input device and a direction measured by the game controller and information of force from exercise and game device

SOLUTION: 2009 signal -20656 INVENTION FIG. 1 to A63F13/06 G06F3/01, A63B24/00, A63B23/02 A63F13/00 ],
​SOLUTION: 2008 US patent document 2 / A 0146336 to 13/06 F to A 63
Object of the present invention

Problems that the Invention is to Solve

[0004] However, the detecting state of the background technology, and since it is used by sitting on person's balance ball, it is possible to use a part of the training using balance ball, it is difficult for expanding the width of the training

[0005] ​The game device in which a motion of the background technology, since the controller is connected to the specific game, it is necessary to prepare a dedicated game system capable of communicating with the game controller. Also, for the purpose of using a dedicated game system, to solve the problem that a place limited in the game system is provided with an exclusive space for performing training

[0006] The main object of the present invention is to provide a novel training equipment, training system and an input device.

[0007] ​Further, another object of the present invention is to possibly widen the width of training, tool for training, and to provide a training system and input device
Below text supplied as image due to character limitation.

Images

[1] Figure 1 is an illustrative view showing an outline of an embodiment in which the training device and the partial configuration of the present invention, FIG. 1 (A) is a front view of the training device from the front, FIG. 1 (B) is a top view of the training device from the top, FIG. 1 (C) is a schematic diagram showing a schematic configuration of a socket portion provided in the training equipment.
FIG. 2 is an illustrative view showing one example of a training system using a training device shown in FIG.
[3] FIG 3 is a block diagram showing an electrical configuration of the training device shown in FIGS. 1 and 2
[4] FIG 4 is a block diagram showing an electrical configuration of the portable terminal shown in FIG. 4C
FIG. 5 is a schematic drawing showing means for aligning the screen to be displayed on the portable terminal, (5(a) a web page 600 which shows a menu screen, fig. (b) shows an example of setting screen
​FIG. 6. (6) illustration showing means for aligning the other of the screen to be displayed on the portable terminal, figure (6(a) a web page 600 which shows the selection screen, and figure (b) shows an example of training screen
FIG. 7 is an illustrative view showing another example of a screen displayed on the portable terminal, FIG. 7 (the A) shows another example of a training screen, FIG. 7 (Bs) Other training screen show the example.
[8] FIG 8 is an illustrative view showing another example of a training screen displayed on the portable terminal.
[9] Figure 9 is an illustrative view showing a part of the training screen displayed on the portable terminal, FIG. 9 (the A) is an illustrative view representing a posture of the user in a state of upright during squat Avatar, FIG. 9 (B) is an illustrative view representing a posture of the user in a state where dropped waist during squat Avatar.
[10] FIG 10 is an illustrative view showing one example of a memory map of the RAM built in the training equipment shown in FIG. 3
[11] FIG 11 is an illustrative view showing one example of a memory map of a built-in RAM in the mobile terminal shown in FIG. 4.
[12] FIG 12 is a flowchart showing a part of control processing of the processor incorporated in the training device shown in FIG. 3
[15] FIG 15 is a flowchart showing a part of a muscle training process of a processor incorporated in a portable terminal shown in FIG.
[16] FIG 16 is a another part of the muscle training process of a processor incorporated in a portable terminal shown in FIG. 4 is a flowchart sequel to Figure 15.
[17] FIG 17 is a still another part of the muscle training process of a processor incorporated in a portable terminal shown in FIG. 4 is a flowchart sequel to Figure 16.
[18] FIG 18 is an illustrative view showing one example of a network system using a portable terminal shown in FIGS. 2 and 3
[19] FIG 19 is an illustrative view for explaining the management information stored in the measurement value DB shown in FIG. 18.
[20] FIG 20 is an illustrative view for explaining the reward information managed by the server shown in FIG. 18.
[21] FIG 21 is a flowchart illustrating a reward determination processing of the server by the CPU shown in FIG. 18.
[22] FIG 22 is an illustrative view showing another example of a training device shown in FIG. 1, FIG. 22 (the A) is a front view of the training device from the front, FIG. 22 (Bs) training is a top view of the instrument from above, FIG. 22 (C) is a side view viewed training equipment from the right side, and, in IIXIID-IIXIID sectional view of FIG. 22 (D) FIG. 22 (a) is there.
[23] FIG 23 is an illustrative view showing another example of a training device shown in FIG. 1, FIG. 23 (the A) is a front view of the training device from the front, FIG. 23 (Bs) training is a top view of the instrument from above, FIG. 23 (C) is a side view viewed training equipment from the right side, and, in IIXIIID-IIXIIID sectional view of FIG. 23 (D) FIG. 23 (a) is there.
[24] FIG 24 is an illustrative view showing still another example of a training device shown in FIG. 1, FIG. 24 (the A) is an illustrative view of a training device having a body of ring-shaped, FIG. 24 (Bs ) is an illustrative view of a training device having a shape of a body of the figure eight in the lateral.
[25] FIG 25 is an illustrative view showing one example of an input device using a training device shown in FIG. 1
[26] FIG 26 is an illustrative view showing another example of a training device shown in FIG. 1
[27] FIG 27 is an illustrative view showing one example of an auxiliary device to be attached to the training equipment, FIG. 27 (the A) is an illustrative view showing a part of the state of mounting the tube instrument training equipment, FIG. 27 (B) is an illustrative view of an eye illustrating the retainer tube instrument.
[28] FIG 28 is an illustrative view showing another example of an auxiliary device to be attached to the training equipment, FIG. 28 (the A) is an illustrative view showing a state of mounting the handle to the training equipment, FIG. 28 ( B) is an illustrative view showing a state of mounting the other of the handle to the training equipment.
Detailed descriptions (excerpts)

[0121] - [0125] in particular are important

[0314]
​Training apparatus 10
​Main body 12
​Load sensor 16
​Power source button 22
​Processor 120 30,
​36, 128Ram
​Flash memory 38
​40, 132, 136 Radio communication circuit
​Buzzer 44
​Acceleration sensor 46
​Gyro sensor 48
​Temperature sensor 50
​Tray system 100
​148 Display
​Speaker 152
​Network system 1000
​2,000 Input device
​3,000 Tube
​4,000 Handle
[0103] In this embodiment, the used in the case of performing the training of an user in fig. (a), (b) to provide a device to device 10 is called, and the training instrument, also referred to as exercise appliance and health appliance. In addition, a load value, only the acceleration, also referred to as a measurement device (measurement) of detecting angular velocity and the like. Further, the load value measured by the acceleration, and may be referred to as a transmission device or input device transmitting or receiving an external terminal and device of angular velocity and the like.

[0104] ​In addition, the main body 12, for example, the aluminum alloy, the thickness of the aluminum alloy is set to be about 3 mm. thus, the two holding parts (12a) of a vertical rod to the inside of two opposed to the direction (u-shaped) or a push-in direction opposite to the vertical rod to the outside of the two reverse direction (u-shaped) pulled in the opposite direction, fore-and-aft reverse direction to the vertical rod 2 of a vertical direction (u-shaped) by applying a force (loads) or twisted in a body (12) to provide in order to prevent plastic deformation of a. in a such as strict load exceeding 150 kg to about (magnitude of force of prescribed value or more) in addition to a main body 12, and the main body 12 to be deformed ​In this case, a training instrument 10 of the embodiment, the athlete, is not to be used, since the assumption that the use of a general men and women to about 60 margin of the latter half of a body 10 margin (12) and has a sufficient strength. That is equipped with a main body (12) is provided with a superior in durability
[0105] ​However, limited to a necessary aluminum alloy is not equipped with a main body (12) a titanium, stainless steel, may be formed of carbon or the like
[0109] As shown in fig. 1 (a) and (c) control board, (14) is provided with a socket arranged in an opening part of the main body 12 (18a) provided inside. The socket part 18b to a socket part 18a), for example, the epoxy resin, and is formed of a resin such as phenol resin or polyurethane. In addition, the control board 14, and connector (16a) is provided with a connector 14a is inserted. The control board (14) is provided with a (refer to fig. 3) is to be mounted to various kinds of circuit components,

[0110] ​In addition, can be recognized from fig. 1 (a), and (c) a socket part 18a is equipped with a main body (12) at the time of mounting on the level difference is provided, and functions as a stopper, the stepped part is provided with a ring-shaped LED lamp (20) and is provided. The LED lamp (20) is electrically connected to a processor) 30 and a control substrate 14
[0114] FIG. 4a is a block diagram of the electrical training device shown in fig.1 and fig.2 (not shown). As shown in fig. 3, the training instrument 10, processor (30) which includes the processor 30 is provided with a power supply circuit 32, a flash memory 36 (38) radio communication circuit 40, a buzzer 44, gyro sensor, an acceleration sensor 46 (48) a vibration motor 52 is connected and a temperature sensor 50. In addition, the processor 30, the load sensor 16, and connected to a power source button 22, and LED (light emitting diode) lamp 20 ​Further, the power supply circuit 32, and is connected to the connector 24, the above-mentioned secondary battery (34) is connected. Further, the radio communication circuit (40) are connected to the antenna 42

[0117] ​A RAM 36 is used as a working memory buffer memory and processor 30. The flash memory 38, and main storage device of training instrument 10, the training instrument (10) and for storing the control program of a correction value of intrinsic information (load training instrument 10) and for storing it, and training apparatus (10) to prevent the storage of times for measuring load of prescribed value or more) of number of times of use
[0120] ​The buzzer 44, and the general-purpose small-sized electronic buzzer. The sounding a buzzer 44, and the control of the processor 30
[0121] ​The acceleration sensor 46, in one example of an inertial sensor movement, for example, to provide a three-axis acceleration sensor of electrostatic capacitance system. In this case, an acceleration sensor (46) it is possible to use of the other system. As shown in fig. (a), and acceleration sensor (46) is provided with: a left and right direction (x-axis direction when viewed from the front of training instrument 10) z-axis direction acceleration and the depth direction (y axis direction) and up-down direction) provided so as to measure acceleration. Data of the detected acceleration measuring (detecting) the processor (30) given. Therefore, an acceleration sensor (46) based on the acceleration detected by the main body, (12) it is possible to detect at least one of movement (posture) of inclination

[0122] The gyro-sensor 48, in one example of an inertial sensor movement, for example, a three-axis gyro sensor, piezoelectric vibration type. In this case, the gyro-sensor 48 can be used for another type. The gyro-sensor 48 around a x-axis, and the 10 for training apparatus, provided so as to measure the angular velocity around y-axis and z-axis. The angular velocity data of the measuring (detecting) the processor (30) given. Therefore, gyro sensor (48) based on the angular velocity detected by the attitude (inclination of a main body 12) it is possible to detect at least one of movement,

[0123] ​The temperature sensor 50, and general-purpose semiconductor temperature sensor, and training apparatus (10) (strictly speaking environment to be used inside of the main body 12,) to provide a method for measuring temperature. Detection (measured) data of a set temperature is given to the processor 30

[0124] ​The vibration motor 52, a motor (eccentric motor is provided with the eccentric weight) driven by the control of a processor 30. For example, 52 the vibration motor is equipped with a main body (12) attached to the inside. Therefore, when a vibration motor 52 is driven, vibration is generated, the vibration is transmitted to an user 10 is gripped and training tool main body 12

[0125] ​The distortion sensor 16 (the load sensor, load cell, and in this embodiment, the distortion gauge body (12) stuck on the inside of a body, the strain gauge is stuck (12) to function as a part of a strain generating body. Detection (measured) data of a load is given to the processor 30
[0128] ​FIG. 4 is a block diagram shows electrical constitution of a portable terminal 110 shown in FIG. 4C. as shown in fig. 4, the portable terminal 110 includes processor 120, the processor (120) is provided with a power supply circuit 122, radio communication circuit, a first ram128 HDD 130 (132) second wireless communication circuit 136, 140, and an operation button and a touch panel control circuit 142, 146 and display control circuit/ is connected to a conversion unit 150. The power supply circuit, (122) and the connection of the secondary battery 124 is connected to a connector 126 ​Further, in a radio communication circuit 132, the first antenna (134) is connected to a second wireless communication circuit 136, is connected to the antenna 138. Further, in the touch panel control circuit 142, 144 is connected to the touch panel. Further, the display control circuit 146, and display (148) is connected. Then, d/ a conversion unit 150, is connected to the speaker 152
[0130] Ram128 is used as a working memory buffer memory and processor 120. The HDD 130, and portable terminal (110) or a main storage device for storing the control program of the portable terminal 110, and portable terminal (110) the application program is stored and installed in a, to prevent the storage of data such as data necessary for execution of each program. In this case, instead of the HDD 130, may be used for the non-volatile memory such as a flash memory
Source: Search "WO/2016/059943" here

Machine translation button above patent title

Now, there is much more texts to this, the claims I haven't really got room for. Furthermore this patent describes portable and stationary units/terminals and a whole slew of other things. It also goes in great detail on many things.

I know the language here isn't the best, but it would take me a long time to provide a better translation. It'd take someone fluent in Japanese a long time to provide a better translation. Hopefully with a group effort we can come to a better understanding of this. Though I think it's quite clear what this is.
 

James Scott

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Nintendo fixing their mistakes with the Wii U by making a controller that fits the name properly
Could be a cool steering wheel peripheral, but I'm not sure we'll ever see it.
 
R

Rösti

Unconfirmed Member
When I wrote this I thought about QOL and how this may have something to do with that. The state of the sleep monitor I don't know, but this seems more lucrative and Nintendo said more than one device/concept would be under the QOL initiative.

There is a system described with processor, RAM, HDD and the likes. Looks a bit like the Wii U, but could be entirely new.
 
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And the NX will be a device that supports all of these devices. Dont yall see it?

It will be a QOL, Handheld, Console, VR, AR machine. What yall think the supplemental powering device was for? Not for a console but to support all of these things combined. They struck lightning again yall! An all in one machine that is capable of doing everything aka the Nintendo HOME
 
R

Rösti

Unconfirmed Member
And the NX will be a device that supports all of these devices. Dont yall see it?

It will be a QOL, Handheld, Console, VR, AR machine. What yall think the supplemental powering device was for? Not for a console but to support all of these things combined. They struck lightning again yall! An all in one machine that is capable of doing everything aka the Nintendo HOME
This actually seems very reasonable, as long as the cup doesn't begin overflowing with peripherals.
 

Skittzo0413

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Looks really interesting! Not for gaming, really, but definitely cool for an interactive strength training device. I'll look into the patent documents

Edit: Good find, Rösti!
 

Rich!

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Looks potentially cool

But also looks like it could potentially be mocked up into a sex toy.
 

Neiteio

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Cool, it has a load sensor and you can pull the bars away or push them together

TIME TO BUILD DEM MUSCLES

We all Boss Doggie now
 

Flopfan

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Is this the qol concept they were mentioning before? Will it be separated from or integrated into the NX? Nevertheless it looks really interesting. I love innovative Nintendo.