System and method for analyzing athletic activity

  • US 10,024,740 B2
  • Filed: 11/22/2013
  • Issued: 07/17/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/15/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A sensor system comprising:

  • a molded sole member configured to form part of a sole structure of an article of footwear;

    a flexible insert member comprising a flexible sheet of polymer webbing formed of a different material than the sole member, wherein the sole member is molded around the flexible insert member and the flexible insert member is integrally sealed within the sole member such that an outer periphery of the sole member completely encloses an outer periphery of the flexible insert member;

    a plurality of sensors connected to the insert member, wherein the sensors are positioned at separate locations on the insert member and the polymer webbing extends between the sensors and interconnects all the sensors, each sensor comprising a first layer and a second layer, with a first contact located on the first layer and a second contact located on the second layer, the second contact being generally aligned with the first contact, wherein the sensors are each configured such that pressure on the sensor changes a resistance of the sensor, wherein each sensor is connected to an outer surface of the insert member by a bonding material, and the sensors are integrally sealed within the sole member along with the flexible insert member;

    a port connected to the plurality of sensors and configured for communication with an electronic module; and

    a plurality of conductive leads connected to the insert member, the leads electrically connecting the sensors to the port.

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