Motorized shoe with gesture control

  • US 10,568,381 B2
  • Filed: 09/05/2017
  • Issued: 02/25/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/22/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An article of footwear, comprising:

  • an upper comprising apertures to receive a lace;

    a sole structure;

    a tensioning device including a reel member and a motor, the tensioning device disposed in at least one of the upper and the sole structure, wherein a portion of the lace is joined to the reel member so that the lace can be wound and unwound from the reel member;

    a contact sensor;

    an angular velocity sensor configured to sense an angular velocity of at least one of the upper and the sole structure; and

    a control unit configured to;

    receive information from the contact sensor;

    enter an enabled mode when the information from the contact sensor corresponds to a prompting gesture indicative of a presence of a foot in the article of footwear;

    while in the enable mode, receive information from the angular velocity sensor; and

    control the tensioning device in response to the information received from the angular velocity sensor while in the enabled mode, the information received from the angular velocity sensor corresponding to detection of a control gesture involving angular movements of the article of footwear, the control unit performing an incremental winding of the lace on the reel if the control gesture is a contacting a heel of the article of footwear with a toe of the second article of footwear or unwinding of the lace on the reel member if the control gesture is contacting of the forefoot of the article of footwear by a sole structure of a second article of footwear.

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