Footwear having sensor system

  • US 10,070,680 B2
  • Filed: 02/17/2012
  • Issued: 09/11/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An insert for use with an article of footwear adapted to engage a foot, the article of footwear having a sole structure and an upper portion connected to the sole structure, the insert comprising:

  • an insert member adapted to be placed in contact with the sole structure of the article of footwear, the insert member being formed of a flexible polymer material, wherein the insert member has an opening extending completely through the insert member;

    a plurality of force sensors connected to the insert member, the force sensors being adapted to sense a force exerted on the insert member;

    a plurality of sensor leads extending away from the force sensors; and

    a port connected to the insert member and the plurality of sensor leads, the port comprising;

    a housing connected to the insert member and adapted to be at least partially received within the sole structure of the article of footwear such that the housing is accessible through the opening in the insert member, the housing comprising a plurality of side walls defining a chamber adapted to receive an electronic module therein, the housing further comprising a retaining member located at a rear end of the housing, wherein the retaining member is a resilient tab located on at least one of the side walls; and

    an interface engaged with the housing at a front end of the housing opposite the rear end and having at least one electrical contact exposed to the chamber, the interface being adapted to form an electrical connection with the module such that the module engages the at least one electrical contact when the module is received within the chamber,wherein the retaining member is adapted to exert a downward force on the module to retain the module within the housing, and wherein the retaining member is further adapted to exert a forward force on the module to push the module into contact with the interface.

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