Sport equipment input mode control

  • US 9,916,001 B2
  • Filed: 07/08/2014
  • Issued: 03/13/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/08/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus comprising:

  • a sensor to be carried by a piece of sporting equipment, the sensor to sense at least one of an orientation of the piece of sporting equipment, non-zero movement of the piece of sporting equipment and an impact experienced by the piece of sporting equipment; and

    a non-transitory computer-readable medium containing program logic that operates different operational modes, the program logic to;

    receive signals from the sensor;

    determine from the signals whether the piece of sporting equipment is in a sport action state or a mode input state, wherein the program logic is to distinguish between at least one of;

    (1) a first sensed orientation of the piece of sporting equipment corresponding to the sport action state and a second sensed orientation of the piece of sporting equipment, different than the first sensed orientation and corresponding to the mode input state;

    (2) a first sensed non-zero movement of the piece of sporting equipment corresponding to the sport action state and a second nonzero movement of the piece of sporting equipment, different than the first sensed nonzero movement and corresponding to the mode input state; and

    (3) a first sensed impact of the piece of sporting equipment corresponding to the sport action state and a second sensed impact of the piece of sporting equipment, different than the first sensed impact, corresponding to the mode input state;

    record a sport action result in response to determination that the piece of sporting equipment is in a sport action state; and

    switch the program logic to a different operational mode in response to determination that the piece of sporting equipment is in a mode input state.

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