Motorized shoe with gesture control

  • US 11,071,344 B2
  • Filed: 03/15/2016
  • Issued: 07/27/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/22/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for controlling a tensioning device used for tightening a lace laced through apertures of an upper of a first article of footwear, comprising:

  • receiving, with a control unit of the first article of footwear, information from a contact sensor positioned proximate an internal void of the article of footwear configured to admit a foot of a wearer, the contact sensor configured to detect force originating from the foot of the wearer;

    entering, with the control unit, an enabled mode when the information from the contact sensor corresponds to a prompting gesture indicative of a presence of the foot in the article of footwear;

    while in the enabled mode, receiving information from an angular velocity sensor in a second article of footwear configured to sense an angular velocity of at least one of an upper and a sole structure of the second first article of footwear different than the first article of footwear, the information communicated directly to the first article of footwear from the second article of footwear; and

    controlling, with a control unit of the first article of footwear, the tensioning device of the first article of footwear in response to detection, from the information from the angular velocity sensor, of a heel double tap by the a second article of footwear, footwear different than the first article of footwear wherein the tensioning device includes a reel member and a motor, the tensioning device disposed in at least one of the upper and the sole structure of the first article of footwear, 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, wherein the controlling the tensioning device in response to detecting the heel double tap includes rotating the reel member with the motor to tighten or loosen the lace.

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