Footwear having sensor system

  • US 9,622,537 B2
  • Filed: 07/27/2015
  • Issued: 04/18/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/13/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An insert for use with an article of footwear adapted to engage a foot, the article of footwear having a sole structure and an upper portion connected to the sole structure, the insert comprising:

  • an insert member adapted to be placed in contact with the sole structure of the article of footwear, the insert member comprising an arch portion adapted to engage an arch region of the foot and a forefoot portion connected to a front of the arch portion and adapted to engage a forefoot area of the foot, the insert member having a peripheral edge defining a periphery of the insert member, and wherein the peripheral edge comprises a medial edge adapted to be located on a medial side of the foot and a lateral edge opposite the medial edge and adapted to be located on a lateral side of the foot,wherein the arch portion has a first width measured between the medial and lateral edges and the forefoot portion has a second width measured between the medial and lateral edges, wherein the second width is greater than the first width,wherein the medial edge includes a medial concave edge segment located between the arch portion and the forefoot portion, and the lateral edge includes a lateral concave edge segment located between the arch portion and the forefoot portion, wherein the medial and lateral concave edge segments extend outwardly from the arch portion to the forefoot portion to create the second width of the forefoot portion that is greater than the first width of the arch portion; and

    a sensor system comprising a plurality of force sensors connected to the insert member and a port adapted for communication with an electronic device, wherein the port is positioned on the arch portion of the insert member, and wherein at least one of the force sensors is positioned on the forefoot portion,wherein the forefoot portion and the arch portion form a central portion of the insert member, and wherein the insert member further comprises a first phalange portion extending from a front of the forefoot portion and adapted to be engaged by a first phalange of the foot, and a heel portion extending from a rear of the arch portion and adapted to be engaged by a heel of the foot.

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