Instrumented sports apparatus and feedback method

  • US 6,196,932 B1
  • Filed: 09/08/1997
  • Issued: 03/06/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/09/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of providing feedback to a user of a sports apparatus having a surface for impacting an object the method comprising the steps of:

  • measuring an impact of the object at a plurality of discrete points on the surface of the apparatus using a high density point sensor array transducer for generating a plurality of respective output signals corresponding to primary and secondary points of contact with the object, each output signal having a magnitude and a duration, resulting in a force distribution pattern;

    processing the respective output signals; and

    displaying a parameter of interest corresponding to the respective output signals based at least in part on stored data related to expected force distribution patterns.

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