Physical exercise apparatus having motivational display

  • US 4,842,266 A
  • Filed: 08/27/1986
  • Issued: 06/27/1989
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/27/1986
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In an exercise apparatus having a moving surface for running or walking, a motor for driving the moving surface, and means for varying the motor speed;

  • a control and display system comprising;

    user-operated command means for selecting desired motor speeds;

    an electronic processor for storing the commands and causing them to control the motor-speed-varying means;

    sensor/feedback means for conveying to the electronic processor information as to the distance represented by the motion of the moving surface;

    a visual display including;

    (a) a closed course, the length of which represents a given distance; and

    (b) a position-indicating means which travels along the course repeatedly; and

    means under the control of the electronic processor for causing the position-indicating means to travel continuously and repetitiously along the course as a function of the distance represented by the motion of the moving surface, in order to pictorally inform the user as to the distance covered.

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