Footwear having sensor system

  • US 11,026,469 B2
  • Filed: 07/13/2018
  • Issued: 06/08/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An insert configured for use in an article of footwear, comprising:

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

    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 comprising;

    a housing connected to the insert member, the housing comprising a chamber adapted to removably receive an electronic module therein, wherein the chamber is defined by a circular side wall to form the chamber in a cylindrical shape, wherein the housing has an elongated groove in the side wall that is configured to receive a projection of the electronic module, such that rotation of the electronic module moves the projection within the groove to lock or unlock the electronic module within the housing; and

    an interface having a plurality of electrical contacts exposed within the chamber, wherein the interface is configured to form an electrical connection with the electronic module such that the electrical contacts are configured to engage complementary electrical contacts on the electronic module, wherein the sensor leads extend from the force sensors to the interface and are electrically connected to the electrical contacts, such that the engagement of the electrical contacts and the complementary electrical contacts is configured to place the electronic module in communication with the sensor leads and the force sensors when the electronic module is received within the chamber, to thereby permit the electronic module to receive force data from the force sensors, and wherein the port is configured such that rotation of the electronic module within the housing is configured to bring the electrical contacts of the interface into contact with the complementary electrical contacts of the electronic module by engagement of the projection with the groove.

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