US Pat. No. 9,482,785

METHOD OF APPLYING AND USING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS IN ARTICLES OF WEAR

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article of footwear or apparel comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within chains, wherein the chains
of nanocrystals display a color that is determined by a strength of a magnetic field applied to the chains of nanocrystals,
wherein the color is maintained when the magnetic field is removed.

US Pat. No. 9,317,660

GROUP PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A group monitoring device for monitoring a plurality of individuals engaged in an athletic activity, the device comprising:
a display configured to display, during an athletic activity:
a metric relating to each of a plurality of individuals engaged in the athletic activity, and
a status of a system component used to monitor the athletic activity; and
an input configured to allow manipulation of the display,
wherein the status is displayed in response to the status passing a system alert threshold and corresponds to an alert indication
on a remote monitor.

US Pat. No. 9,213,192

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANIPULATING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of manipulating a color displayed by an article of wear comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged
within chains, the method comprising:
(a) forming the article of wear from at least one raw material, wherein the at least one raw material comprises the chains
of nanocrystals;

(b) applying a magnetic field to the at least one raw material;
(c) applying energy to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals to soften materials within the at least one raw material
immediately surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to which the energy is applied;

(d) adjusting a strength of the magnetic field to control the color displayed by the at least one raw material;
(e) removing the energy to allow the materials within the at least one raw material immediately surrounding the chains of
nanocrystals to harden and fix a location of the nanocrystals within the chains; and

(f) removing the magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 9,492,084

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING SUBJECTS IN POTENTIAL PHYSIOLOGICAL DISTRESS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for real-time monitoring of a subject using a monitoring apparatus, wherein the monitoring apparatus includes
a plurality of physiological sensors, a memory and a processor, the method comprising:
the plurality of physiological sensors obtaining sensor data from the subject, said sensor data including anatomical data
indicative of changes in a cross-sectional area of the subject's torso over time,

the processor determining a physiological parameter for the subject as a function of said anatomical data;
the processor accessing a library of subject data stored in the memory of said monitoring apparatus, the subject data including
a plurality of baseline physiological parameters, the baseline physiological parameters including at least one of baseline
cardiac rate, baseline cardiac stroke volume, baseline respiration rate, baseline respiration tidal volume and baseline minute
ventilation;

the processor comparing said physiological parameter for the subject to said library of subject data;
the processor determining a physiological state of the subject as a function of said physiological sensor data, said physiological
parameter, and said library of subject data, the determination of physiological state includes an indication of whether said
physiological parameter of the subject is within a target range,

the processor determining a reason for the physiological state for the subject such that the processor adjusts processing
of the data to more frequently sample and process data from pertinent sensors based on the reason for the determined physiological
state;

the monitoring apparatus wirelessly transmitting said physiological state to a selected external monitoring display unit so
as to provide a message to inquire a response from an individual monitoring the external monitoring display unit; and

displaying said physiological state and said message at said selected external monitoring display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,596,896

MULTILAYER FABRIC WITH SELECTIVE RADIATION FILTER

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article of apparel, comprising:
a multilayer fabric comprising:
a microporous water vapor permeable layer comprising pores that allow the transmission of far infrared (FIR) radiation and
solar radiation; and

a textile layer coupled to the microporous water vapor permeable layer,
wherein the multilayer fabric comprises a plurality of zones, wherein the microporous water vapor permeable layer comprises
a first pore pattern and a second pore pattern and wherein the first pore pattern of the microporous water vapor permeable
layer in a first zone of the multilayer fabric is different from the second pore pattern of the microporous water vapor permeable
layer in a second zone of the multilayer fabric,

wherein the first pore pattern and the second pore pattern each comprise pores arranged in repeated and consistent patterns,
wherein the microporous water vapor permeable layer consists of a metallic material, and
wherein the pores of the microporous water vapor permeable layer have a pore size in the range of 1.0 micron to 14.0 microns.
US Pat. No. 9,414,771

NONINVASIVE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING PULMONARY VENTILATION

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A system for monitoring respiration of a subject, comprising: a first sensor system configured for substantially continuously
determining a first anatomical characteristic representing a first linear displacement of the subject's rib cage in a first
orientation; a second sensor system configured for substantially continuously determining a second anatomical characteristic
representing a first linear displacement of the subject's abdomen in said first orientation, and for substantially continuously
determining a third anatomical characteristic representing a first axial displacement of the subject's chest wall; a posture
sensor configured for detecting when the subject is in one of a plurality of orientations; a memory configured to store a
first empirical relationship that determines a rib cage volume-motion coefficient, an abdomen volume-motion coefficient, and
a chest wall volume-motion coefficient, and a second empirical relationship that determines a ventilation characteristic as
a function of said first, second and third anatomical characteristics and said rib cage, abdomen and chest wall volume-motion
coefficients; and a processor configured for determining said ventilation parameter with said second empirical relationship
and for determining a first ventilation parameter associated with said detected subject orientation, wherein one of the first
and second sensor systems acquires a base-line ventilation characteristic, and a third empirical relationship correlates said
acquired base-line ventilation characteristic to a ventilation parameter determined with said second empirical relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,355,573

PERFORMANCE MONITORING, APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A portable performance monitoring device for monitoring an individual's performance during a physical activity, the portable
performance monitoring device comprising:
a mount adapted to releasably secure the portable performance monitoring device to the individual's body during the physical
activity;

a main body coupled to the mount, the main body comprising:
a satellite positioning system receiver adapted to obtain position points during the physical activity;
a processor adapted to determine performance information for the individual based on the position points during the physical
activity;

a display screen adapted to convey at least some of the performance information to the individual during the physical activity;
a housing; and
a user input adapted to be activated in response to the individual tapping the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,257,054

SPORT BALL ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

ADIDAS AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for determining trajectory of an object used for an athletic activity, the method comprising:
sensing first magnetic field data and first acceleration data at a first time, using a sensor module coupled to the object;
determining an orientation of the object at the first time, based on the first magnetic field data and first acceleration
data;

sensing second magnetic field data and second acceleration data at a second time, using the sensor module;
determining an orientation and an acceleration direction of the object at the second time, based on the second magnetic field
data and second acceleration data; and

determining a trajectory of the object at the second time, based on the orientation of the object at the first time, and the
orientation and the acceleration direction of the object at the second time.

US Pat. No. 9,468,264

FLEXIBLE STUD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A stud for a shoe sole, comprising:
(a) at least one first strain section and at least one second strain section, each strain section comprising at least two
connection surfaces and a contact surface, wherein each strain section extends through the stud and beyond the stud into the
shoe sole so that the at least two connection surfaces of each strain section each form an angle of 45 degrees to 90 degrees
with a surface of the shoe sole when the stud is coupled to the shoe sole;

(b) at least one first stud portion and at least one second stud portion, each connected to one of the at least two connection
surfaces of the at least one first strain section;

(c) at least one third stud portion, wherein the at least one third stud portion and the at least one second stud portion
are each connected to one of the at least two connection surfaces of the at least one second strain section;

(d) wherein each stud portion comprises a contact surface;
(e) wherein the at least one first strain section and the at least one second strain section are configured to be strained
when the stud is coupled to the shoe sole and the shoe sole is bent;

(f) wherein the strain sections and the stud portions are shaped so that the contact surfaces of the strain sections and the
stud portions are aligned at approximately the same height to form a stud contact surface, wherein the contact surfaces remain
connected to each other when the shoe sole is bent.

US Pat. No. 9,462,975

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AMBULATORY MONITORING OF PHYSIOLOGICAL SIGNS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A monitoring apparatus for monitoring physiological parameters of an individual comprising:
(a) a monitoring garment configured to be worn by the individual and having a garment division which divides the garment along
a longitudinal axis of the torso of the individual;

(b) an inductive plethysmographic (IP) sensor attached to the garment, wherein the IP sensor comprises an inductance sensor
including a conductive loop configured to encircle the torso of the individual when the garment is worn by the individual
and a connector configured to connect terminal ends of the conductive loop to bridge the garment division, wherein the inductance
of the conductive loop is responsive to the cross-sectional area of the torso enclosed by the loop;

(c) a transmitter configured to transmit signals from the IP sensor, the transmitter further configured to transmit data at
higher rates when an adverse physiological event is detected, and lower rates when an adverse physiological event is not detected,
and

(d) a microprocessor unit comprising a microprocessor configured to receive signals from the transmitter and record digital
data derived from received signals in a computer-readable memory media.

US Pat. No. 9,251,719

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A portable performance monitoring device that is capable of being worn or carried by an individual during a physical activity
for monitoring the individual's performance during the physical activity, the portable performance monitoring device comprising:
a satellite positioning system receiver adapted to obtain position data during the physical activity;
an accelerometer module adapted to obtain acceleration data during the physical activity;
a processor adapted to determine performance information for the individual during the physical activity based on the position
data and the acceleration data; and

a wireless wide-area network transceiver adapted to wirelessly transmit the performance information to a remote device during
the physical activity.

US Pat. No. 9,763,494

MATERIAL FOR SHOE UPPER

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. Material for a shoe upper, in particular for soccer shoes, comprising:
(a) an inner polyurethane layer;
(b) an outer polyurethane layer; and
(c) a textile reinforcing layer comprising apertures, which is arranged between the inner polyurethane layer and the outer
polyurethane layer,

wherein the inner polyurethane layer and the outer polyurethane layer comprise thermoset polyurethane and are connected to
each other through a plurality of the apertures of the textile reinforcing layer and,

wherein at least one of the inner polyurethane layer and the outer polyurethane layer comprises at least three polyurethane
sublayers.

US Pat. No. 9,526,419

GARMENT FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS MONITORING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A monitoring system for noninvasively monitoring parameters of a subject engaged in a physical activity, the system comprising:
a monitoring garment configured to cover a portion of a subject's torso; and
a magnetometer system embedded in the monitoring garment and comprising a first transmission magnetometer, a first receive
magnetometer, a second transmission magnetometer, and a second receive magnetometer,

wherein the first transmission magnetometer is configured to generate, at a first position, a first magnetic field,
wherein the first receive magnetometer is configured to receive, at a second position, the first magnetic field,
wherein the second transmission magnetometer is configured to generate, at a third position, a second magnetic field,
wherein the second receive magnetometer is configured to receive, at a fourth position, the first and second magnetic fields,
wherein the first transmission magnetometer, the first receive magnetometer, the second transmission magnetometer, and the
second receive magnetometer are embedded in the monitoring garment,

wherein the magnetometer system is responsive to changes in distance between the first and second positions, the third and
fourth positions, and the first and fourth positions, and is further configured to generate and transmit a first signal representing,
a change in distance between the first and second positions, a second signal representing a change in distance between the
third and fourth positions, and a third signal representing a change in distance between the first and fourth positions,

and wherein the monitoring system is configured to process, using a processor system, a plurality of signals to determine
a plurality of respiratory parameters in real time including the existence of a hypopnea event, and is configured to generate
and transmit performance parameter signals.

US Pat. No. 9,504,414

WEARABLE ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for determining a jump characteristic of an individual, the method comprising:
identifying take-off of a jump performed by the individual;
determining a first vertical velocity of the individual, based on first acceleration data sensed at an initiation of the jump,
using a sensor module comprising an accelerometer coupled to the individual;

determining a second vertical velocity of the individual, based on the first vertical velocity and second acceleration data
sensed between the initiation of the jump and the take-off of the jump; and
calculating maximum jump height based on the second vertical velocity.

US Pat. No. 9,489,863

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of electronically creating and modifying a fitness plan, the method comprising:
receiving electronic goal data related to a goal for a fitness activity;
generating first workout parameters based on the received electronic goal data;
displaying the first workout parameters on a display screen of a portable electronic device, the portable electronic device
including a microprocessor, a user input, a satellite positioning system receiver, an accelerometer, and a wireless communication
transceiver;

collecting first electronic performance data related to a first fitness activity workout on the portable electronic device,
the first fitness activity workout being based on the first workout parameters;

generating second workout parameters based on the first workout parameters and the first electronic performance data; and
displaying the second workout parameters on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,406,045

FITNESS ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of tracking a pre-identified participant engaged in a fitness activity who is pre-identified by a spectator, comprising:
determining a location of the pre-identified participant during the fitness activity based on data received at a portable
fitness device used by the pre-identified participant;

determining a location of the spectator during the fitness activity based on data received at a mobile spectator device used
by the spectator;

determining whether the spectator is registered to track the pre-identified participant; and
if the spectator is registered to track the pre-identified participant, sending a first alert to the spectator at the spectator
device during the fitness activity based on the spectator location and the pre-identified participant location, wherein the
first alert indicates that the pre-identified participant is within a first predetermined distance of the spectator,

wherein at least one of determining the location of the pre-identified participant,
determining the location of the spectator, determining whether the spectator is registered to track the pre-identified participant,
and sending the first alert is performed using at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,253,817

MODULAR PERSONAL NETWORK SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A system for monitoring an individual's performance during a physical activity, the system comprising:
a portable performance monitoring device, the portable performance monitoring device comprising:
a wireless personal-area network transceiver adapted to wirelessly communicate with a sensor and an output device during the
physical activity;

a wireless wide-area network transceiver adapted to wirelessly receive communication data from a remote device; and
a processor coupled to the wireless personal-area network transceiver and the wireless wide-area network transceiver and adapted
to determine performance information for the individual,

wherein the portable performance monitoring device is adapted to provide the performance information to the output device,
wherein the portable performance monitoring device is adapted to provide the communication data to the output device to generate
an output based on the communication data, and

wherein communications within the wireless personal-area network comprise a common identifier that is unique to the wireless
personal-area network.

US Pat. No. 9,589,480

HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzegenaurac...

1. A portable electronic health coaching system for coaching a user through a health plan using a portable electronic device,
comprising:
a display screen;
a user input;
a satellite positioning system receiver;
an accelerometer;
a wireless communication transceiver;
a memory; and
one or more processors configured to:
receive a first input corresponding to user nutritional consumption;
receive a second input corresponding to user nutritional expenditure;
calculate a nutritional value based on the first and second inputs;
determine whether a coaching message is needed based on a comparison of the nutritional value to a predetermined value; and
receive the coaching message.

US Pat. No. 9,392,941

FITNESS MONITORING METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND PROGRAM PRODUCTS, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for generating a workout routine, comprising:
receiving, at a server, personal information associated with an athlete from a portable fitness monitoring device;
receiving, at the server, performance information associated with the athlete from the portable fitness monitoring device;
generating, at the server, a workout routine at a first time based on the personal information and the performance information,
wherein the workout routine includes a plurality of intervals;

generating, with the portable fitness monitoring device, new performance information as the athlete performs the workout routine;
displaying a target bar having a first portion and a second portion connected to the first portion, wherein the first portion
graphically indicates the athlete's current activity level and the second portion graphically indicates a goal activity level
for the athlete during an interval of the workout;

modifying the target bar display by changing the position of the entire first portion relative to the second portion based
on the new performance information to indicate that the athlete should modify their current activity level to meet the goal
activity level, wherein changing the position of the entire first portion relative to the second portion comprises changing
the position of the entire first portion without changing the position of the second portion;

receiving, at the server, new performance information associated with the athlete from the portable monitoring device;
modifying, at the server, the plurality of intervals at a second time based on the new performance information; and
sending, at the server, the modified workout routine to the portable fitness monitoring device,
wherein each of the steps are executed using at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,326,562

OUTSOLE AND SPORTS SHOE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for an article of footwear, the sole comprising:
a heel part and a forefoot part, connected by a midfoot part;
a sole plate extending from the heel part to the forefoot part;
at least one reinforcing rib integrated into the sole plate; and
a reinforcing plate disposed above or below the at least one reinforcing rib,
wherein the reinforcing plate comprises at least one member protruding from the reinforcement plate and extending toward the
sole plate,

wherein at least one cavity is disposed between the sole plate and the at least one reinforcing plate.

US Pat. No. 9,424,397

SPORTS MONITORING SYSTEM USING GPS WITH LOCATION BEACON CORRECTION

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of monitoring the performance of a participant engaged in a fitness activity, comprising:
receiving a GPS signal during the fitness activity at a portable fitness device used by the participant;
determining participant performance data based on the received GPS signal;
at a stationary position beacon, transmitting location data associated with the location of the stationary position beacon;
at a mobile participant receiver supported by the participant, receiving the location data from the stationary position beacon;
performing at least one calculation based on the location data from the stationary position beacon and the participant performance
data based on the received GPS signal; and

modifying the participant performance data based on the at least one calculation,
wherein each of the steps is executed using at least one processor,
wherein the stationary position beacon location data is distinct from the received GPS signal, and
wherein performing at least one calculation comprises calculating at least one adjusted value between the participant performance
data and participant performance data based on the location data.

US Pat. No. 9,345,285

SHOE AND SOLE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for an article of footwear, the sole comprising:
a sole plate comprising a plurality of leaf spring elements disposed in a forefoot area of the sole plate, wherein the sole
plate and the plurality of leaf spring elements are integrally formed,

wherein each of the plurality of leaf spring elements has a connected end connected to the sole plate and a free end not directly
connected to the sole plate, wherein the free end is rearwardly disposed from the connected end,

wherein all free ends point in substantially the same direction,
wherein the sole comprises no leaf spring element in the forefoot area of the sole plate having a free end pointing substantially
opposite the direction in which the free ends of the plurality of leaf spring elements point,

wherein at least one leaf spring element comprises a longitudinal section extending in a longitudinal direction of the sole
and a transverse section extending from the longitudinal section in a transverse direction of the sole, and

wherein two or more leaf spring elements come together integrally to form a single end not directly connected to the sole
plate.

US Pat. No. 9,326,705

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING PHYSIOLOGICAL AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF A SUBJECT

ADIDAS AG, Herzogenaurac...

6. A system for monitoring a subject engaged in physical activity, the system comprising:
a sensor subsystem including a first sensor and a second sensor each positioned at the subject's torso, wherein the first
and second sensors are responsive to changes in distance therebetween, wherein the sensor subsystem is configured to generate
and transmit a distance signal representative of the distance between the first and second sensors;

a spatial sensor configured to generate and transmit a spatial signal, wherein the spatial signal is configured to detect
movement of the subject;

a processor subsystem in communication with the sensor subsystem and the spatial sensor, the processor subsystem being configured
to receive the distance signal and the spatial signal; and

a remote monitor adapted to display at least one of the distance signal and the spatial signal, wherein the processor subsystem
is configured to compare the spatial signal and the distance signal to a respective benchmark spatial signal and a benchmark
distance signal to assess respiratory and spatial characteristics of the subject and to classify a type of fitness activity
of the subject.

US Pat. No. 9,630,059

GROUP PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A group monitoring system, comprising:
a group monitoring device; and
a plurality of individual monitors, each including a position sensor, and each configured to send data indicating its own
location wirelessly to the group monitoring device,

wherein the group monitoring device includes a display configured to display a location component showing a representation
of the locations of the individual monitors on a playing field during an athletic activity in which the individual monitors
are coupled to individuals engaged in the athletic activity,

wherein the representation is based on the data from the individual monitors, and
wherein the location component includes a heat map that provides a visual indication of concentrations of individual monitors
on the playing field at a particular time during the athletic activity.

US Pat. No. 9,581,838

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANIPULATING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of manipulating a color displayed by an article of wear comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged
within chains, the method comprising:
(a) applying a magnetic field to the article of wear comprising at least one raw material, wherein the at least one raw material
comprises the chains of nanocrystals;

(b) applying energy to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals to soften materials within the at least one raw material
immediately surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to which the energy is applied;

(c) removing the energy to allow the materials within the at least one raw material immediately surrounding the chains of
nanocrystals to harden and fix a location of the nanocrystals within the chains; and

(d) removing the magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 9,213,191

COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS ARRANGED IN SLOW PARTICLE COLORATION MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within chains,
wherein the chains of nanocrystals are embedded within a material used to form the article or a transfer medium used to transfer
a color to the article,

wherein the material or transfer medium comprises elastic properties that allow the nanocrystals to display a temporary color
determined by the strength of an external force applied to the article, and the material or transfer medium comprises memory
properties that cause the displayed temporary color to dissipate when the external force is removed,

wherein the dissipation of the displayed temporary color is sufficiently slow as to be visually observable by an average observer's
unaided eye.

US Pat. No. 9,192,221

INSERT FOR A CARRYING STRAP

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An insert for a carrying strap for carrying objects, the insert comprising:
an elastic section comprising more than one layer coupled together at a first connection and a second connection; and
a limitation section overlapping the layers of the elastic section from the first connection to the second connection,
wherein a length of the limitation section limits an elongation of the elastic section, and
wherein said length of the limitation section is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 9,069,770

METHOD OF PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT FOR USERS OF PHYSICAL ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of providing a user with digital content related to an item, the item associated with a smart tag encoded with
an item identifier that identifies the item, the smart tag configured to transmit the item identifier to an electronic device
of the user when the electronic device is positioned proximate to the smart tag, the method comprising:
receiving, at a server from an application running on the electronic device of the user, a request to provide digital content
related to the item, the request including a user identifier of the user and the item identifier transmitted from the smart
tag to the electronic device upon the user positioning the electronic device proximate to the smart tag;

determining, by the server, whether the item is registered to the user, wherein the item is determined to be registered to
the user if the item identifier is associated in a data store with the user identifier;

if the item is determined to be registered to the user, causing the application running on the electronic device of the user
to display registered-user digital content that is designated for registered users; and

if the item is determined not to be registered to the user, causing the application running on the electronic device of the
user to offer the user an option to register the item to the user and to display to the user digital content that is designated
for non-registered users;

wherein the registered-user digital content is different from the digital content that is designated for non-registered users.

US Pat. No. 9,401,098

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A portable electronic system for creating an electronic training journal using a portable electronic device, comprising:
a display screen:
a user input;
a satellite positioning system receiver;
an accelerometer;
a wireless communication transceiver;
a memory; and
one or more processors configured to:
receive first electronic fitness data corresponding to a first fitness activity;
store the first electronic fitness data in the memory;
receive an indication that the user is engaging in a second fitness activity;
determine that the second fitness activity corresponds to the first fitness activity based on the indication; and
display a recommendation for the second fitness activity based on the first electronic fitness and data after determining
that the second fitness activity corresponds to the first fitness activity.

US Pat. No. 9,375,165

SENSORS FOR INDUCTIVE PLETHYSMOGRAPHIC MONITORING APPLICATIONS AND APPAREL USING THE SAME

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for measuring physiological data of a user, comprising:
providing two stretchable sensor conductors onto a body part of a user, wherein:
each stretchable sensor conductor is configured to expand and contract with the movement of the body part,
each stretchable sensor conductor includes an external contact point,
the stretchable sensor conductors are connected through a bridging connection at a first end of the stretchable sensor conductors
such that they form a single contiguous conductor at the first end of the stretchable sensor conductors, and

the external contact points are located at a second end of the stretchable sensor conductors; and
measuring an electrical characteristic of the stretchable sensor conductors which changes with expansion and contraction of
the body part, to obtain physiological data.

US Pat. No. 9,141,759

GROUP PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A group monitoring device, comprising:
a display configured to display, during an athletic activity:
a plurality of individual metrics relating to a plurality of individuals engaged in the athletic activity, each individual
metric relating to one of the plurality of individuals, and

a group summary metric representing a physiological characteristic of more than one of the plurality of individuals; and
an input to manipulate the displayed metrics,
wherein the display is configured to display a first plurality of individual metrics relating to a first individual,
wherein the display is configured to display a second plurality of individual metrics relating to a second individual, and
wherein one of the second plurality of metrics is displayed with emphasis relative to the others of the second plurality of
individual metrics.

US Pat. No. 9,609,904

SHOES FOR BALL SPORTS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A shoe for ball sports, comprising:
an upper having an outer layer, the outer layer comprising at least one elastic portion configured to elastically deform its
shape relative to another portion of the outer layer;

an actuator configured to change at least one surface property of the at least one elastic portion of an outer surface of
the outer layer of the upper;

a sensor configured to be sensitive to movements of the shoe; and
a processing unit connected to the actuator and the sensor and configured to process sensor data retrieved from the sensor
and to cause the actuator to change the at least one surface property of the at least one elastic portion of the outer surface
of the upper if a predetermined event is detected in the sensor data.

US Pat. No. 9,477,980

INTERACTIVE CUBICLE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A BODY SHAPE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A cubicle, comprising:
a scanning means for detecting, upon entry of a user within the cubicle, an identifier identifying a graphical representation
of an article of clothing, and capturing spatial coordinates of a plurality of points on a user within the cubicle using radiation
that does not penetrate through clothes worn by the user;

a computing means for generating, based on inputs received from the scanning means indicating the spatial coordinates of the
plurality of points, optimized shape parameters defining physical properties of the body shape of the user and optimized orientation
parameters defining orientations between two adjacent partial regions of the body shape;

a display means for visually depicting a virtual reality environment and also depicting a graphical representation of the
user within the virtual reality environment, the graphical representation of the user having body proportions substantially
similar to the user based on the optimized shape parameters and the optimized orientation parameters, wherein the detection
of the identifier identifying the graphical representation of the article of clothing causes the display means to further
display the graphical representation of the article of clothing on top of the graphical representation of the user, the graphical
representation of the article of clothing adapted to conform to the body proportions of the user, and further causes the display
means to adapt the virtual reality environment to represent a typical environment in which the article of clothing is worn;

an inner frame of surfaces forming an enclosed area; and
an outer frame of surfaces surrounding the inner frame of surfaces such that an open space exists between the inner frame
of surfaces and the outer frame of surfaces, wherein the open space includes the scanning means, the computing means, and
the display means.

US Pat. No. 9,339,079

SHOE AND SOLE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for an article of footwear, the sole comprising:
a sole plate comprising a plurality of leaf springs disposed in a rearfoot area of the sole plate and a plurality of leaf
springs disposed in a forefoot area of the sole plate,

wherein each of the plurality of leaf springs has a connection end connected to the sole plate and an end not directly connected
to the sole plate, and where all ends not directly connected to the sole plate point in substantially the same direction,

wherein two or more leaf springs disposed adjacent to each other on the sole plate in a transverse direction between a lateral
side of the sole plate and a medial side of the sole plate are integrally joined to form a single end not directly connected
to the sole plate, and wherein the single end not directly connected to the sole plate extends from the lateral side of the
sole plate to the medial side of the sole plate.

US Pat. No. 9,277,871

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING DATA FROM AMBULATORY PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A system for processing physiological sensor signal data comprising:
a wearable construction comprising one or more sensors sensitive to one or more physiological systems or processes including
motion activity; and

computer memory comprising computer instructions to
retrieve a plurality of physiological sensor signals from said wearable construction when worn by a monitored subject during
periods comprising unconstrained activities, said retrieved sensor signals comprising reference signals sensitive to said
motion activity; and

enhance desired physiological components relative to undesired motion artifact components in one or more retrieved sensor
signals, said enhancing comprising adaptively processing said sensor signals jointly with one or more of said reference signals
in order to reduce an error signal, wherein the sensor signals and reference signals are sampled at a single common sampling
rate.

US Pat. No. 9,610,746

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING CUSHIONING ELEMENTS FOR SPORTS APPAREL

Adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for manufacturing a cushioning element for sports apparel from randomly arranged particles of an expanded material,
comprising:
(a) positioning of a functional element within a mold, and
(b) loading the mold with the particles of the expanded material,
(c1) wherein the loading occurs through at least two openings within the mold, wherein the at least two openings are arranged
in such a manner that the loaded particles of the expanded material surround the functional element from at least two different
sides, and/or

(c2) wherein the loading occurs between different movable parts of the mold.

US Pat. No. 9,507,183

APPARATUS FOR MANIPULATING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS IN ARTICLES OF WEAR

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An apparatus for manipulating a color displayed by an article of footwear or apparel comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals
arranged within chains, the apparatus comprising:
(a) a magnetic field source, wherein a strength of a magnetic field generated by the magnetic field source is tunable to control
the color displayed by the article of footwear or apparel; and

(b) an energy source, wherein energy generated by the energy source is applied to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals
to soften materials within the article of footwear or apparel immediately surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to which
the energy is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,500,464

METHODS OF DETERMINING PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SPORTS OBJECTS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for determining performance information of an object located within an athletic field area, the method comprising,
in order:
obtaining local magnetic field map data for the athletic field area at a plurality of locations in a grid-like pattern during
a mapping session;

measuring magnetic field data when the object is located within the athletic field area;
filtering the measured magnetic field data; and
determining performance information of the object within the athletic field area based on the magnetic field map data and
the filtered measured magnetic field data.

US Pat. No. 9,478,148

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A personal athletic performance monitoring system configured to be used by an individual engaged in a fitness activity,
the system comprising:
a heart rate sensor configured to collect heart rate data of the individual while engaged in the fitness activity;
a processor;
a memory operatively coupled to the processor and storing computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor,
cause the system to determine heart rate information based on the heart rate data;

a wireless wide area network transceiver for communicating the heart rate information to a remote computer; and
a display screen on a portable performance monitoring device configured to display the heart rate information to the individual.

US Pat. No. 9,415,267

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of electronically providing athletic performance trend coaching information to a user based on an analysis of
performance data from a plurality of athletic activities and identifying user improvement in an activity, the method comprising:
receiving first electronic user position data and first electronic user heart rate data related to a previously completed
running activity on a portable electronic device, the portable electronic device including a microprocessor, a display screen,
a user input, a satellite positioning system receiver, an accelerometer, a memory, and a wireless communication transceiver,
the first electronic user position data and the first electronic user heart rate data being stored in the memory;

collecting second electronic user position data and second electronic user heart rate data related to a running activity on
the portable electronic device, the second electronic user position data being determined via the satellite positioning system
receiver, and the second electronic user position data and the second electronic user heart rate data being stored in the
memory;

receiving third electronic user position data and third electronic user heart rate data related to a previously completed
cycling activity on the portable electronic device, the third electronic user position data and the third electronic user
heart rate data being stored in the memory;

collecting fourth electronic user position data and fourth electronic user heart rate data related to a cycling activity on
the portable electronic device, the fourth electronic user position data being determined via the satellite positioning system
receiver, and the fourth electronic user position data and the fourth electronic user heart rate data being stored in the
memory;

generating first electronic comparison data and determining whether a running performance trend is present based on an analysis
of the first electronic user position data, the first electronic user heart rate data, the second electronic user position
data, and the second electronic user heart rate data, wherein upon determining that a running performance trend is present,
determining whether the trend represents improvement of the user's running performance and generating running performance
trend information;

generating second electronic comparison data and determining whether a cycling performance trend is present by comparing the
third electronic user position data, the third electronic user heart rate data, the fourth electronic user position data,
and the fourth electronic user heart rate data, wherein upon determining that a cycling performance trend is present, determining
whether the trend represents improvement of the user's cycling performance and generating cycling performance trend information;

displaying the running performance trend information and the cycling performance trend information on the display screen;
and

sending the running performance trend information and the cycling performance trend information via the wireless communication
transceiver over at least one server to a remotely located computer for display on a display screen of the remotely located
computer.

US Pat. No. 9,820,528

SOLES FOR SPORTS SHOES

Adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole comprising
a first component and a second, separately formed, component, wherein the first component and the second component are combined
to form at least a portion of the sole;

wherein the first component comprises at least a first surface region of the sole, and the second component comprises at least
a second surface region of the sole;

wherein the first surface region comprises expanded thermoplastic polyurethane in the form of expanded thermoplastic polyurethane
particles, wherein adjacent expanded thermoplastic polyurethane particles are directly bonded to one another at their surfaces
to form a granular but closed plastic foam structure, wherein the closed plastic foam structure of the first surface region
of the sole is free of gaps passing therethrough;

wherein the first surface region comprises greater cushioning properties than the second surface region;
wherein the second surface region is free expanded thermoplastic polyurethane;
wherein the second surface is stiffer than the first surface region such that, under shear, the second surface region increase
stability of the first surface region; and

wherein at least a portion of the second surface region is arranged along an outer rim of the sole and is arranged in an area
between a forefoot region and a heel region of the sole to surround the first surface region.

US Pat. No. 9,767,709

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for suggesting a route for traversal during a fitness activity to a user, the method comprising:
collecting first electronic position data on a portable electronic device during a first fitness activity along a first route,
the portable electronic device comprising a microprocessor, a display screen, a user input, a satellite positioning system
receiver, and a wireless communication transceiver, the first electronic position data being determined via the satellite
positioning system receiver;

wirelessly transmitting the first electronic position data to a remote computer via the wireless communication transceiver;
storing the first electronic position data in a memory of the remote computer;
collecting second electronic position data on the portable electronic device during a second fitness activity along a second
route, the second electronic position data being determined via the satellite positioning system receiver;

wirelessly transmitting the second electronic position data to the remote computer via the wireless communication transceiver;
storing the second electronic position data in the memory of the remote computer;
inputting a first selection related to one of the first route and the second route on the user input;
identifying one of the first electronic position data and the second electronic position data stored in the memory of the
remote computing device based on the first selection;

displaying the one of the first electronic position data and the second electronic position data on the display screen as
a suggested route for traversal to the user.

US Pat. No. 9,683,847

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A personal athletic performance monitoring system configured to be used by an individual engaged in a fitness activity,
the system comprising:
a portable performance monitoring device configured to be carried by the individual during, the fitness activity, the portable
performance monitoring device comprising a display screen and a control unit; and

a sensor configured to receive athletic performance data of the individual engaged in the fitness activity and communicate
the athletic performance data to the control unit;

wherein the control unit is configured to wirelessly upload the athletic performance data to a base station configured to
store the athletic performance data and determine athletic performance information based on the athletic performance data;
and

wherein the control unit is configured to wirelessly download the athletic performance information from the base station and
display the athletic performance information to the individual on the display screen of the portable performance monitoring
device.

US Pat. No. 9,523,868

COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS ARRANGED IN SLOW PARTICLE COLORATION MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within chains,
wherein the chains of nanocrystals are embedded within a material used to form the article or a transfer medium used to transfer
a color to the article,

wherein the material or transfer medium comprises elastic properties that allow the nanocrystals to display a temporary color
determined by the strength of an external force applied to the article, and the material or transfer medium comprises memory
properties that cause the displayed temporary color to dissipate when the external force is removed,

wherein the dissipation of the displayed temporary color is observable in the ultraviolet spectrum.

US Pat. No. 9,504,410

BAND-LIKE GARMENT FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A physiological monitoring garment comprising:
an active portion comprising:
a backbone fabric material; and
a respiratory inductive plethysmographic band carried by the backbone material, the respiratory inductive plethysmographic
band comprising:

a first respiratory inductive plethysmographic conductor having a length;
a lead formed from a second respiratory inductive plethysmographic conductor positioned laterally from the first respiratory
inductive plethysmographic conductor along the length;

one or more flexible conductive fabric strips, each of the respective one or more flexible conductive fabric strips forming
an ECG electrode and being attached to the backbone material, the one or more ECG electrodes being electrically connected
to the lead such that the lead is configured to carry ECG electrode signals; and

one or more accessory leads, and wherein at least one of the one or more ECG electrodes is linked to at least one of the one
or more accessory leads.

US Pat. No. 9,409,052

PROGRAM PRODUCTS, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING LOCATION-AWARE FITNESS MONITORING SERVICES

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of displaying a route traversed by an athlete equipped with a location-aware portable fitness monitoring device,
comprising:
(a) receiving data describing a plurality of satellite navigational system waypoints that are acquired on the location-aware
portable fitness monitoring device as the athlete engages in a fitness activity;

(b) identifying a map area based on a location indicated by the data describing the plurality of satellite navigational system
waypoints;

(c) determining the route traversed by the athlete based on the data describing the plurality of satellite navigational system
waypoints by

(i) comparing the locations indicated by the data describing the plurality of satellite navigational system waypoints to a
first set of location data comprising the locations of points along one or more known paths associated with the map area,
wherein at least one of the known paths comprises data other than data generated by the athlete,

(ii) comparing the locations indicated by the data describing the plurality of satellite navigational system waypoints to
a second set of location data, that is different than the first set of location data, comprising the locations of points along
one or more known routes previously traversed,

(iii) determining whether a location data substitution is necessary by comparing a subset of two or more of the locations
indicated by the data describing the plurality of satellite navigational system waypoints with a path segment comprising two
or more points along one or more known paths or known routes, and

(iv) further determining whether a location data substitution is necessary by computing a weighted average based on one or
more location data points of the data describing the plurality of satellite navigational system waypoints and further based
on one or more location data points of the second set of location data; and

(d) displaying the route traversed by the athlete on top of the map area on a display of the portable fitness monitoring device,
wherein steps (a) through (d) are executed using at least one processor,
wherein at least one of the at least one or more known routes previously traversed was previously traversed by the athlete,
and

wherein step (c)(ii) further comprises determining that the location data associated with the one or more known routes previously
traversed by the athlete should be given increased significance in the computation of the weighted average.

US Pat. No. 10,028,552

TWO-DIMENSIONAL SHOE MANUFACTURING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for the manufacture of a plurality of shoes, the method comprising:providing an automatically-driven transport belt comprising a knit material defining a plurality of flat regions that include at least a first flat region and a second flat region, the knit material further at least partially defining a plurality of primary shoe components for the manufacture of the plurality of shoes, wherein each of the plurality of primary shoe components comprise at least a part of a shoe upper, wherein the plurality of primary shoe components includes at least a first primary shoe component that is configured for a first shoe model and that is incorporated into the first flat region, wherein the plurality of primary shoe components further includes at least a second primary shoe component that is configured for a second shoe model and that is incorporated into the second flat region, the second shoe model being different from the first shoe model;
passing the automatically-driven transport belt through at least one first processing station comprising at least one first automated robotic system for adding secondary shoe components to the primary shoe components;
processing at least a subset of the plurality of primary shoe components in the at least one first processing station by at least:
adding a first secondary shoe component to the first primary shoe component of the first flat region of the knit material of the transport belt through automated operation of the at least one first automated robotic system; and
adding a second secondary shoe component to the second primary shoe component of the second flat region of the knit material of the transport belt through automated operation of the at least one first automated robotic system, wherein the second secondary shoe component is different than the first secondary shoe component based on the second shoe model being different from the first shoe model;
passing the automatically-driven transport belt through at least one second processing station comprising at least one second automated robotic system for connecting the secondary shoe components to the primary shoe components by welding;
processing at least a subset of the plurality of primary shoe components in the at least one second processing station by at least:
connecting the first secondary shoe component to the first primary shoe component of the first flat region of the knit material of the transport belt by welding through automated operation of the at least one second automated robotic system; and
connecting the second secondary shoe component to the second primary shoe component of the second flat region of the knit material of the transport belt by welding through automated operation of the at least one second automated robotic system wherein the first secondary shoe component is connected to the first primary shoe component by first welding that is different than second welding by which the second secondary shoe component is connected to the second primary shoe component based on the second shoe model being different from the first shoe model; and
providing the plurality of shoes, wherein at least one of the plurality of shoes comprises a first shoe corresponding to the first shoe model and formed at least in part from the first primary shoe component automatically welded together with the first secondary shoe component, and wherein at least another of the plurality of shoes comprises a second shoe corresponding to the second shoe model and formed at least in part from the second primary shoe component automatically welded together with the second secondary shoe component.

US Pat. No. 9,849,361

SPORTS BALL ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for monitoring the motion of a sport ball that has been impacted by an individual during the course of an athletic
activity, the method comprising:
a portable electronic device wirelessly receiving motion data from the sport ball; and
the portable electronic device determining a point of impact based on the motion data, wherein the point of impact comprises
a location on a surface of the sport ball where the impact occurred.

US Pat. No. 9,681,709

TWO-DIMENSIONAL SHOE MANUFACTURING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for the manufacture of a plurality of shoes, the method comprising:
providing an automatically-driven transport belt comprising a knit material defining a plurality of flat regions that include
at least a first flat region and a second flat region, the knit material further at least partially defining a plurality of
primary shoe components for the manufacture of the plurality of shoes, wherein each of the plurality of primary shoe components
comprise at least a part of a shoe upper, wherein the plurality of primary shoe components includes at least a first primary
shoe component that is configured for a first shoe model and that is incorporated into the first flat region, wherein the
plurality of primary shoe components further includes at least a second primary shoe component that is configured for a second
shoe model and that is incorporated into the second flat region, the second shoe model being different from the first shoe
model;

passing the automatically-driven transport belt through at least one first processing station comprising at least one first
automated robotic system for adding secondary shoe components to the primary shoe components;

processing at least a subset of the plurality of primary shoe components in the at least one first processing station by at
least:

adding a first secondary shoe component to the primary shoe component of the first flat region of the knit material of the
transport belt through automated operation of the at least one first automated robotic system; and

adding a second secondary shoe component to the second primary shoe component of the second flat region of the knit material
of the transport belt through automated operation of the at least one first automated robotic system, wherein the second secondary
shoe component is different than the first secondary shoe component based on the second shoe model being different from the
first shoe model;

passing the automatically-driven transport belt through at least one second processing station comprising at least one second
automated robotic system for connecting the secondary shoe components to the primary shoe components by stitching;

processing at least a subset of the plurality of primary shoe components in the at least one second processing station by
at least:

connecting the first secondary shoe component to the first primary shoe component of the first flat region of the knit material
of the transport belt by stitching through automated operation of the at least one second automated robotic system; and

connecting the second secondary shoe component to the second primary shoe component of the second flat region of the knit
material of the transport belt by stitching through automated operation of the at least one second automated robotic system
wherein the first secondary shoe component is connected to the first primary shoe component by first stitching that is different
than second stitching by which the second secondary shoe component is connected to the second primary shoe component based
on the second shoe model being different from the first shoe model; and

providing the plurality of shoes, wherein at least one of the plurality of shoes comprises a first shoe corresponding to the
first shoe model and formed at least in part from the first primary shoe component automatically stitched together with the
first secondary shoe component, and wherein at least another of the plurality of shoes comprises a second shoe corresponding
to the second shoe model and formed at least in part from the second primary shoe component automatically stitched together
with the second secondary shoe component.

US Pat. No. 9,491,987

FUNCTION SCREEN PRINTING ON UPPER

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A shoe comprising an upper, wherein at least a portion of the upper comprises:
a. a first elastic layer having an unprinted tensile strength; and
b. a functional second layer directly printed onto the first elastic layer; and
wherein the portion comprising the first elastic layer with the functional second layer directly printed thereon comprises
a composite tensile strength;

wherein the composite tensile strength of the portion is at least doubled relative to the unprinted tensile strength of the
first elastic layer; and

wherein the portion comprising the first elastic layer with the functional second layer directly printed thereon is elastically
deformable by at least 30% in at least one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,132,930

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTH-RELATED ACTION DATABASE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of providing electronic fitness activity feedback to a user, the method comprising:identifying first electronic position data stored in a database on a remote computing device, the first electronic position data being related to a first fitness activity along a route and the remote computing device including a microprocessor;
collecting second electronic position data related to a second fitness activity along the route on a portable electronic device, the portable electronic device comprising a microprocessor, a display screen, a user input, a satellite positioning system receiver, and a wireless communication transceiver, the second electronic position data being determined via the satellite positioning system receiver;
generating comparison electronic position data via the microprocessor of the portable electronic device based on a comparison of the second electronic position data to the first electronic position data;
determining whether to generate feedback based on the comparison electronic position data;
generating feedback based on the comparison electronic position data; and
presenting the feedback to the user during the second fitness activity via the portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,850,600

SENSOR GARMENT AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of manufacturing a sensor garment, comprising:
providing an elastomeric warp fiber, a weft fiber, a first conductive fiber, and a second conductive fiber; and
forming the sensor garment from the elastomeric warp fiber, the weft fiber, the first conductive fiber, and the second conductive
fiber using a machine process,

wherein the first conductive fiber and the second conductive fiber are integrated into the sensor garment simultaneously with
the elastomeric warp fiber and the weft fiber during formation of the sensor garment, and

wherein the first conductive fiber and the second conductive fiber are integrated into the sensor garment using a first control
bar and a second control bar.

US Pat. No. 9,849,645

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING CUSHIONING ELEMENTS FOR SPORTS APPAREL

Adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for manufacturing a cushioning element for sports apparel from randomly arranged particles of an expanded material,
comprising:
(a) positioning of a functional element within a mold; and
(b) loading the mold with the particles of the expanded material, wherein the particles of the expanded material surround
the functional element from at least two different sides.

US Pat. No. 9,781,970

CUSHIONING ELEMENT FOR SPORTS APPAREL

Adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A shoe sole comprising at least one cushioning element for sports apparel, the at least one cushioning element further
comprising:
(a) a first deformation element comprising a plurality of randomly arranged expanded thermoplastic polyurethane particles
that are directly bonded to each other at their outer surfaces while maintaining the integrity of the outer surfaces; and

(b) wherein there are first voids between the particles;
(c) wherein at least some of the first voids form sealed cavities within the first deformation element, wherein a gas is trapped
inside the sealed cavities; and

(d) wherein at least some of the first voids form one or more channels through the first deformation element that are permeable
to air and/or liquids.

US Pat. No. 9,767,257

GROUP PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A system for monitoring a plurality of individuals simultaneously engaged in an activity, the system comprising:
a base station;
a plurality of individual monitors configured to communicate wirelessly with the base station;
a plurality of sensors, each sensor in communication with an individual monitor, each configured to be coupled to an individual,
and each configured to sense a characteristic of the individual and to transmit, during the activity, data indicative of the
characteristic to the individual monitor; and

a group monitoring device configured to communicate wirelessly with the base station,
wherein each individual monitor is configured to transmit at a first resolution, during the activity, the data to the base
station,

wherein the base station is configured to receive the data during the activity, calculate a metric during the activity based
on the data of a group of the individuals, and transmit the metric to the group monitoring device during the activity,

wherein the plurality of individual monitors are configured to connect to the base station via a wired connection and upload
the data to the base station at a second resolution higher than the first resolution,

wherein the group monitoring device is configured to display a representation of the metric,
wherein the group of individuals does not include all of the plurality of individuals, and
wherein the base station is configured to perform data de-duplication after the activity.

US Pat. No. 9,720,263

COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS ARRANGED IN SLOW PARTICLE COLORATION MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A material comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within chains,
wherein the chains of nanocrystals are embedded within the material,
wherein the material allows the nanocrystals to elongate when an external force is applied to the material, wherein the nanocrystals
display a color when elongated, wherein the color dissipates when the external force is no longer applied to the material.

US Pat. No. 9,690,368

CUSTOMIZATION BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL DATA

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A computer-controlled method for customization of an item or product, the method comprising:
receiving, by a computer system, from at least one sensor apparatus, data characterizing at least one physiological attribute
of at least one person, the data characterizing said at least one physiological attribute being based at least in part on
data generated by said at least one sensor apparatus responsive to at least one activity performed by said at least one person,
said at least one sensor apparatus being attached with said at least one person and thereby at least in part enabled to measure
at least one physiological attribute correlate during said at least one activity, said at least one physiological attribute
correlate utilized to determine said at least one physiological attribute of said at least one person;

receiving, by the computer system, at least one unique identifier associated with said at least one sensor apparatus;
generating, by the computer system, a customized graphic customized for said at least one person, the customized graphic based
at least in part on the data characterizing said at least one physiological attribute received from said at least one sensor
apparatus and associated with said at least one person based at least in part on said at least one unique identifier associated
with said at least one sensor apparatus;

determining, by the computer system, a customized design of an item customized for said at least one person, the customized
design of the item comprising the customized graphic on a surface of the item; and

providing, by the computer system, the customized design to an item customization facility such that the item is customized
for said at least one person by the item customization facility in accordance with the determined customized design including
customizing the surface of the item with the customized graphic.

US Pat. No. 10,143,265

SHOE AND SOLE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for an article of footwear, the sole comprising: a sole plate comprising a plurality of leaf springs disposed in a rearfoot area of the sole plate and a plurality of leaf springs disposed in a forefoot area of the sole plate, wherein each of the leaf springs has a connection end connected to the sole plate and a free end not directly connected to the sole plate, wherein the leaf springs comprise a foremost positioned leaf spring and a rearmost positioned leaf spring, wherein the foremost positioned leaf spring and the rearmost positioned leaf spring have free ends that are oriented in substantially the same direction such that the free end of each leaf spring is disposed rearward of its connection end, wherein each leaf spring disposed between the foremost positioned leaf spring and the rearmost positioned leaf spring has a free end that is oriented in substantially the same direction as the free ends of the foremost positioned leaf spring and the rearmost positioned leaf spring, wherein the sole plate comprises no leaf spring element having a free end pointing in a direction substantially opposite the direction in which the free ends of the plurality of leaf springs disposed in the rearfoot area of the sole plate and the plurality of leaf springs disposed in the forefoot area of the sole plate point, wherein the free ends of two or more leaf springs are interconnected by a connection portion, and wherein the free ends of the two or more leaf springs and the connection portion integrally form a single end not directly connected to the sole plate.

US Pat. No. 9,516,276

METHOD OF MEASURING A PROPERTY OF A TRAJECTORY OF A BALL WITH A MOBILE COMPUTER DEVICE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for determining a property of a trajectory of a ball with a mobile computer device, comprising:
capturing a sequence of video frames of the ball with a camera of the mobile computer device;
determining a first picture coordinate of the ball in a first video frame of the sequence;
determining a second picture coordinate of the ball in a second video frame of the sequence; and
computing a property of the trajectory of the ball using the first and second picture coordinates, a time difference between
the first and second video picture and a reference quantity, wherein the property of the trajectory of the ball is computed
using a least squares method.

US Pat. No. 9,923,983

METHOD OF PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT FOR USERS OF PHYSICAL ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of registering an item to a user account, the item associated with a smart tag encoded with an item identifier
that identifies the item, the method comprising:
receiving, at a server from a device, a purchase-indication message for the item, the purchase-indication message indicating
that the item has been purchased and is no longer being offered for sale, the purchase-indication message including the item
identifier that identifies the item;

setting, by the server, a registration flag in the subset of item data, wherein the registration flag, when processed by the
server, causes the server to provide a prompt to register the item to the user account;

receiving, at the server from an electronic device, a request to provide digital content related to the item, the request
including the item identifier transmitted from the smart tag to the electronic device upon positioning of the electronic device
proximate to the smart tag, the request further including a selection of an option from a menu of options presented on the
electronic device;

locating, by the server, in a database of item data a subset of item data related to the item, the subset of item data determined
at least in part by the selection of the option; and

responsive to processing the registration flag, providing the prompt, by the server, to the electronic device to register
the item to the user account.

US Pat. No. 9,802,080

GROUP PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A group monitoring device for monitoring a plurality of individuals engaged in an athletic activity, the device comprising:
a display configured to display, during an athletic activity:
a metric relating to each of a plurality of individuals engaged in the athletic activity, and
a plurality of system component statuses, each relating to a different one of a plurality of system components used to monitor
the athletic activity; and

an input configured to allow manipulation of the display,
wherein the display is configured to display the plurality of statuses simultaneously,
wherein each of the plurality of system components is remote from the display, and
wherein the plurality of system components comprises at least one of a base station, an individual monitor, an object monitor,
and a sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,864,217

APPARATUS FOR MANIPULATING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS IN ARTICLES OF WEAR

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An apparatus for manipulating a color displayed by a material comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within
chains, the apparatus comprising:
(a) a magnetic field source comprising a set of coils arranged proximate a metal last so that a magnetic field is concentrated
and oriented substantially uniform over a surface of the metal last, wherein a strength of the magnetic field generated by
the magnetic field source is tunable to control the color displayed by the material; and

(b) an energy source, wherein energy generated by the energy source is applied to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals
to soften portions within the material immediately surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to which the energy is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,781,974

SOLES FOR SPORTS SHOES

Adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole comprising
a first component and a second, separately formed, component, wherein the first component and the second component are combined
to form at least a portion of the sole;

wherein the first component comprises at least a first surface region of the sole, and the second component comprises at least
a second surface region of the sole;

wherein the first surface region comprises expanded thermoplastic polyurethane in the form of expanded thermoplastic polyurethane
particles, wherein adjacent expanded thermoplastic polyurethane particles are directly bonded to one another at their surfaces
to form a granular but closed plastic foam structure, wherein the closed plastic foam structure of the first surface region
of the sole is free of gaps passing therethrough;

wherein the first surface region comprises greater cushioning properties than the second surface region;
wherein the second surface region is free from expanded thermoplastic polyurethane;
wherein the second surface region is stiffer than the first surface region such that, under shear, the second surface region
increases stability of the first surface region;

wherein at least a first portion of the first surface region forms a first portion of an outer rim of the sole; and
wherein at least a portion of the second surface region forms a second portion of the outer rim of the sole and at least another
portion of the second surface region is arranged above the first surface region.

US Pat. No. 9,668,536

SHOE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A shoe comprising
a rigid heel portion; and
a collar arranged above the rigid heel portion, the collar comprising an inner layer, an outer layer, a first collar portion,
and a second collar portion;

the first collar portion and the second collar portion configured to partially engage an ankle of a wearer of the shoe on
a lateral side, a medial side, and a rear side of the ankle when worn;

the first collar portion comprising a first part of the inner layer and a first part of the outer layer, the first parts of
the inner and outer layers being arranged above the rigid heel portion;

the second collar portion comprising a second part of the inner layer and a second part of the outer layer, the second parts
of the inner and outer layers being arranged above the first parts of the inner and outer layers;

wherein the first collar portion is more flexible than the rigid heel portion and wherein the second collar portion is more
flexible than the first collar portion.

US Pat. No. 9,584,610

METHOD OF PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT FOR USERS OF PHYSICAL ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of providing a user with digital content related to an item, the item being associated with a smart tag encoded
with an item identifier that identifies the item, the smart tag configured to transmit the item identifier to an electronic
device of the user when the electronic device is positioned proximate to the smart tag, the method comprising:
receiving, at a server from an application running on the electronic device of the user, a request to provide the digital
content related to the item, the request including a user identifier of the user and the item identifier transmitted from
the smart tag to the electronic device upon the user positioning the electronic device proximate to the smart tag;

determining whether the digital content related to the item is available, wherein the digital content related to the item
includes information about one or more events associated with the item, wherein the digital content related to item is determined
to be available if the item identifier is associated in a data store with information about one or more events;

obtaining, by the server, the digital content related to the item; and
compiling the digital content related to the item into a template so that the application running on the electronic device
displays the information about the one or more events associated with the item in a timeline format within a graphical user
interface on a display of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,478,149

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A personal athletic performance monitoring system configured to be used by an individual engaged in a fitness activity,
the system comprising:
a personal computer configured to receive personal data from the individual;
a server in communication with the personal computer and having a database configured to store the personal data; and
a portable performance monitoring device configured to wirelessly communicate with the server via a wireless wide area network
and having a display screen configured to display the personal data to the individual;

wherein the personal data displayed on the display screen of the portable performance monitoring device and stored on the
database of the server is configured to update based on the personal data received on the personal computer.

US Pat. No. 9,077,465

PORTABLE FITNESS MONITORING METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for providing audible output to a user during an athletic activity using a portable fitness monitoring device
comprising the steps of:
the portable fitness monitoring device receiving an audio feedback file package comprising a first audio feedback file;
the portable fitness monitoring device updating the audio feedback file package; and
the portable fitness monitoring device processing the updated audio feedback file package to provide audible output to the
user through an audio output device during the athletic activity.

US Pat. No. 9,983,007

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of providing fitness information to a user, the method comprising:collecting electronic position data on a portable electronic device during a first fitness activity along a route, the portable electronic device comprising a microprocessor, a microphone, a display screen, a user input, a satellite positioning system receiver, a digital camera, and a wireless communication transceiver, the electronic position data being determined via the satellite positioning system receiver;
inputting supplemental electronic data into the portable electronic device, the supplemental electronic data being related to the electronic position data,
wherein the supplemental electronic data comprises one of an audio signal recorded with the microphone, a digital image captured with the digital camera, a digital video segment captured with the digital camera, or a text entered using the user input; and
displaying the supplemental electronic data on the display screen during a second fitness activity along the route.

US Pat. No. 9,937,383

GROUP PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of coordinating a planned session of athletic activity for a plurality of individuals, the method comprising:displaying a timeline for the planned session of athletic activity on a group monitoring device;
receiving a selection of a first point on the timeline and a first parameter to define a first marker;
receiving a selection of a second point on the timeline and a second parameter to define a second marker;
displaying the first and second markers on the timeline; and
communicating the first and second markers via a base station to a plurality of individual monitors coupled to the plurality of individuals,
wherein the first and second markers define a portion of the planned session of athletic activity for a particular activity.

US Pat. No. 9,913,613

BAND-LIKE GARMENT FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A physiological monitoring garment comprising:
an active portion comprising a respiratory inductive plethysmographic band, the respiratory inductive plethysmographic band
comprising a first conductor; and

an electrocardiogram electrode electrically coupled to the first conductor, the electrocardiogram electrode comprising:
a first portion mounted on the garment such that the electrocardiogram electrode contacts a wearer wearing the garment.

US Pat. No. 9,869,889

METHOD OF APPLYING AND USING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS IN ARTICLES OF WEAR

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An apparatus for manipulating a color displayed by an article of wear comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged
within chains, the apparatus comprising:
a platform comprising a substantially flat surface; and
a pulsating electromagnet configured to switch between generating a rapidly fluctuating magnetic field and a non-fluctuating
magnetic field;

wherein the substantially flat surface comprises a gap therein, and wherein the article of wear comprises a roll of textile
that is unrolled proximate a first end of the platform, positioned adjacent the surface of the platform and the gap therein,
and re-rolled proximate a second end of the platform.

US Pat. No. 9,826,903

MULTI MODAL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING INFORMATION ABOUT A SUBJECT

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A fitness monitoring system for monitoring physiological parameters of a subject engaged in a physical activity, comprising:
a monitoring garment adapted to cover at least a portion of a subject's torso;
a sensor subsystem incorporated into the garment comprising a first sensor and a second sensor, wherein the first and second
sensors are configured to be proximate to the subject's chest region when the garment is worn by the subject and are configured
to be responsive to changes in distance between the first and second sensors, and wherein the sensor subsystem is configured
to generate and transmit a first signal based on a change in the distance between the first and second sensors and a second
signal that represents a physiological parameter of the subject,

wherein the first sensor comprises a first magnetometer, and the second sensor comprises a second magnetometer; and
a data transmission subsystem configured to transmit the first and second signals to a data monitoring subsystem,
wherein the data transmission subsystem has a first transmission mode and a second transmission mode for transmitting the
first signal.

US Pat. No. 9,801,583

MAGNETOMETER BASED PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING GARMENT

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A monitoring garment, comprising:
a panel formed of an elastic material;
a central communications pathway incorporated into the panel;
a garment circuit connected to the central communications pathway; and
a magnetometer circuit incorporated into the panel,
wherein the magnetometer circuit includes
a first pair of integral garment conductors electrically connecting a first magnetometer to the central communications pathway,
the first magnetometer including a multi-layered printed circuit including a continuous conductive coil;

a second pair of integral garment conductors electrically connecting a second magnetometer to the central communications pathway,
the second magnetometer including a multi-layered printed circuit including a continuous conductive coil, wherein the magnetometer
circuit is configured to sense relative displacement between the first magnetometer and the second magnetometer, and

wherein the garment circuit is configured to enable signal transmission to and from the first magnetometer.
US Pat. No. 9,775,409

MATERIAL FOR SHOE UPPER

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. Material for a shoe upper, in particular for soccer shoes, comprising:
(a) an inner polyurethane layer;
(b) an outer polyurethane layer; and
(c) a textile reinforcing layer comprising apertures, which is arranged between the inner polyurethane layer and the outer
polyurethane layer;

wherein the inner polyurethane layer and the outer polyurethane layer comprise thermoset polyurethane and are connected to
each other through a plurality of the apertures of the textile reinforcing layer, wherein the apertures each comprise an area
ranging from about 0.25 mm2 to about 9 mm2;

wherein the textile reinforcing layer does not melt during pressing of the material under heat and/or pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,694,247

BALL FOR A BALL SPORT

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A ball for a ball sport comprising:
at least one heating element arranged inside the ball and substantially at a geometric center of the ball; and
a regulator arranged inside the ball suitable for regulating a current for heating the at least one heating element in such
a manner that a temperature of the ball substantially reaches a predetermined value,

wherein the regulator constantly regulates the current provided to the at least one heating element when the ball is used
from zero to a maximum available current.

US Pat. No. 10,082,396

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of electronically providing fitness activity feedback to a user, the method comprising:collecting first electronic position data and first electronic performance data related to a first running activity along a route on a portable electronic device including a microprocessor, a display screen, a user input, a satellite positioning system receiver, an accelerometer, and a wireless communication transceiver, the first electronic user position data being determined via the satellite positioning system receiver;
storing the first electronic user position data and the first electronic performance data in a memory of a remote computing device;
collecting second electronic position data and second electronic performance data related to a second running activity along the route on a second portable electronic device, the second portable electronic device including a second microprocessor, a second display screen, a second user input, a second satellite positioning system receiver, a second accelerometer, and a second wireless communication transceiver, the second electronic user position data being determined via the second satellite positioning system receiver;
storing the second electronic user position data and the second electronic performance data in the memory of the remote computing device;
generating electronic comparison data by comparing the first electronic position data, the first electronic performance data, the second electronic position data, and the second electronic performance data; and
displaying the electronic comparison data on the display screen, the second display screen, or a remote display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,919,483

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PANEL FOR A BALL

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for manufacturing a panel for a ball, the method comprising:
providing a carrier material having an outer side and an inner side within a mold having at least one first mold part and
at least one second mold part;

three-dimensionally molding an outer layer of the panel on the outer side of the carrier material within the mold;
three-dimensionally molding an inner layer of the panel on the inner side of the carrier material using at least the first
mold part; and

creating a texture on an inner face of the inner layer so as to aid adhesion of the inner face to a bladder to be disposed
in the interior of the ball.

US Pat. No. 9,814,937

SPORTS MONITORING SYSTEM WITH LOCATION BEACON

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A system for monitoring the performance of a participant engaged in a competitive race having a predetermined route, the
system comprising:
a plurality of stationary position beacons positioned at predetermined locations along the predetermined route, each stationary
position beacon comprising a race mat;

a plurality of transmitters, each transmitter coupled with one of the plurality of stationary position beacons; and
a designated race controller configured to communicate timing data to at least one of the plurality of stationary position
beacons,

wherein each transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit time-stamped location data associated with the competitive race
to a portable fitness device when the participant crosses over the race mat.

US Pat. No. 9,788,606

SOLES FOR SPORTS SHOES

Adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for a shoe comprising:
a first component and a second, separately formed, component, wherein the first component and the second component are combined
to form at least a portion of the sole;

wherein the first component comprises at least a first surface region of the sole, and the second component comprises at least
a second surface region of the sole;

wherein the first surface region comprises expanded thermoplastic polyurethane in the form of expanded thermoplastic polyurethane
particles, wherein adjacent expanded thermoplastic polyurethane particles are directly bonded to one another at their surfaces
to form a granular but closed plastic foam structure, wherein the closed plastic foam structure of the first surface region
of the sole is free of gaps passing therethrough;

wherein the first surface region comprises greater cushioning properties than the second surface region;
wherein the second surface region is free from expanded thermoplastic polyurethane and is arranged along at least a portion
of an outer rim of the sole; and

wherein the second surface region is stiffer than the first surface region such that, under shear, the second surface region
increases stability of the first surface region.

US Pat. No. 9,789,644

METHODS OF VACUUM FORMING ARTICLES OF WEAR

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of two-dimensionally forming an article of wear comprising:
positioning a first side of a first material layer adjacent a one-sided mold comprising a cut-out location;
positioning a second material layer that is more breathable than the first material layer adjacent a second side of the first
material layer to produce a layered assembly comprising the first material layer and the second material layer;

applying a vacuum relative to the layered assembly so that the first side of the first material layer is molded to the cut-out
location within the one-sided mold, so that the second material as a result of being more breathable than the first material
layer is not molded into the cut-out location within the one-sided mold by the vacuum to a same extent as the first material
layer, and so that the second side of the first material layer is displaced away from the second material layer so as to form
an air pocket between the second side of the first material layer and the second material layer; and

bonding the second material layer to the first material layer in areas outside the cut-out locations of the one-sided mold
so as to maintain the air pocket formed between the second side of the first material layer and the second material layer
by the vacuum.

US Pat. No. 9,711,062

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for supplementing electronic position data, the method comprising:
collecting electronic position data on a portable electronic device during a fitness activity, the portable electronic device
comprising a microprocessor, a memory, a microphone, a display screen, a user input, a satellite positioning system receiver,
a digital camera, and a wireless communication transceiver, the electronic position data being determined via the satellite
positioning system receiver;

inputting supplemental electronic data into the portable electronic device and electronically linking the supplemental electronic
data to the electronic position data,

wherein the supplemental electronic data comprises one of a voice annotation, a digital image, a digital video segment, and
electronic text;

storing the electronically linked electronic position data and the supplemental electronic data in the memory of the portable
electronic device;

wirelessly transmitting the electronically linked electronic position data and the supplemental electronic data to a remote
computer via the wireless communication transceiver;

receiving the electronically linked electronic position data and the supplemental electronic data on a second portable electronic
device, the second portable electronic device comprising a display screen, a microprocessor, a memory, a microphone, a user
input, a satellite positioning system receiver, a digital camera, and a wireless communication transceiver; and

displaying the electronic position data and the supplemental electronic data on the display screen of the second portable
electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,710,711

ATHLETIC ACTIVITY HEADS UP DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of using an athletic activity heads up display system during an athletic activity, comprising:
a heads up display unit optically recognizing the presence of a sport ball in the heads up display unit's projected image
field; and

the heads up display unit displaying an image to an individual overlaid on the individual's present field of view of an environment,
wherein the displayed image indicates an objective for the individual,
wherein the objective is for the individual to approach the sport ball on foot in a specific manner,
wherein the displayed image indicates the specific manner by which the individual should approach the sport ball on foot,
and

wherein the specific manner comprises one of a desired speed, timing, and cadence of footsteps.

US Pat. No. 9,701,071

METHOD OF MANIPULATING ENCAPSULATION OF COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of manipulating a color displayed by a transfer medium or substrate comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals
arranged within chains, wherein each chain of nanocrystals is encapsulated, and wherein the transfer medium or substrate is
applied to an article of footwear or apparel, the method comprising:
(a) applying a magnetic field to the transfer medium or substrate to control the color displayed by the transfer medium or
substrate; and

(b) applying energy to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals at a level that destroys the encapsulation surrounding
the chains of nanocrystals to which the energy is applied such that the nanocrystals are unable to adjust position within
the chains of nanocrystals and within the transfer medium or substrate when the magnetic field is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,615,785

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE THE OVERALL FITNESS OF A TEST SUBJECT

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method to determine the overall fitness of a test subject comprising the following procedural steps:
entering of a qualitative temporal progression of a heart rate under constant physical stress of a subject as a mathematical
function with at least one parameter dependent on the subject,

measuring of the heart rate of the test subject under continuous physical strain during a period of time,
determining the parameter(s) of the mathematical function from the measured values,
determining by a numerical process an increase characteristic of the heart rate from the maximum slope of the function and
the measured values;

wherein the test subject undergoes a constant physical workout within a brief period of less than 50 seconds and during the
brief period the heart rate of the test subject is continuously measured.

US Pat. No. 9,584,609

METHOD OF PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT FOR USERS OF PHYSICAL ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

25. A method, comprising:
receiving, at a server from an electronic device of a user, a request to provide digital content related to an item, the request
including a user identifier of the user and an item identifier that identifies the item, the item identifier being transmitted
from a smart tag associated with the item to the electronic device upon the user positioning the electronic device proximate
to the smart tag;

determining, by the server, whether the item is registered to the user, wherein the item is determined to be registered to
the user if the item identifier is associated in a data store with the user identifier;

if the item is determined not to be registered to the user, causing the electronic device of the user to offer the user an
option to register the item to the user and to display to the user digital content that is designated for non-registered users;

if the item is determined to be registered to the user, causing the electronic device of the user to display registered-user
digital content that is designated for registered users, wherein the registered-user digital content includes an option to
unlock a benefit;

responsive to a user selection of the option to unlock the benefit, receiving, at the server from the electronic device, check-in
data transmitted from the smart tag associated with the item to the electronic device upon the item being positioned proximate
to the electronic device, the check-in data including location information for one or more locations where the item has previously
been checked in; and

unlocking, by the server, the benefit if the check-in data obtained from the smart tag satisfies a prescribed schedule of
check-ins or a prescribed order of check-ins.

US Pat. No. 10,039,339

SHOES FOR BALL SPORTS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article of footwear comprising:an upper comprising an outer layer having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
an electroactive polymer arranged under the outer layer and comprising at least one changeable physical property configured to change in response to electrical stimulation,
wherein the electroactive polymer is configured to change the at least one surface property of at least a portion of the outer surface of the outer layer of the upper by changing the at least one changeable physical property of the electroactive polymer between a first state and a second state.

US Pat. No. 10,039,342

CO-MOLDED 3D ELEMENTS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole comprising:a cushioning element in the form of a midsole, wherein the midsole comprises randomly arranged particles of an expanded material;
a support element at least partially enclosed by the midsole, wherein the support element comprises
a first partial member formed of a first material; and
two second partial members each formed of a second material;
wherein the first material is different from the second material;
wherein the first partial member is integrally formed with the second partial members in two connection regions, wherein the connection regions are configured to allow the first partial member to rotate or slide relative to the second partial members,
wherein the first partial member and the second partial members contact each other in the connection regions.

US Pat. No. 10,016,013

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED METAL SPORTS PERFORMANCE FOOTWEAR COMPONENTS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for a shoe comprising:a three-dimensionally shaped rim;
a lattice structure connected to the rim and comprising a plurality of supporting members, wherein the plurality of supporting members converge to form a plurality of first nodes and a plurality of second nodes, wherein a number of supporting members forming each first node is less than a number of supporting members forming each second node, wherein the plurality of second nodes are vertically offset in-between the plurality of first nodes; and
a plurality of first reinforcing struts positioned on at least some of the first nodes of the lattice structure that are vertically offset above the second nodes such that the plurality of first reinforcing struts are vertically offset from the plurality of second nodes of the lattice structure, the plurality of first reinforcing struts forming a first reinforcing layer of the sole;
a plurality of second reinforcing struts positioned on at least some of the first nodes of the lattice structure that are vertically offset below the second nodes such that the plurality of second reinforcing struts are vertically offset from the plurality of second nodes of the lattice structure, the plurality of second reinforcing struts forming a second reinforcing layer of the sole;
wherein at least one of the plurality of first reinforcing struts in the first reinforcing layer extends from a heel region of the rim to a toe region of the rim and is essentially parallel to a corresponding one of the plurality of second reinforcing struts that extends from the heel region of the rim to the toe region of the rim;
wherein a thickness of at least one first reinforcing strut is varied along a length of the at least one first reinforcing strut;
wherein a second of the plurality of first reinforcing struts extends from the heel region of the rim of the sole to the toe region of the rim of the sole; and
wherein the rim of the sole and the plurality of first reinforcing struts are integrally manufactured as a single piece.

US Pat. No. 9,978,425

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSOCIATING FRAMES IN A VIDEO OF AN ACTIVITY OF A PERSON WITH AN EVENT

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method comprising:recording a video of an activity of a person;
storing a time-series comprising a plurality of sensor data obtained from a sensor assembly, wherein the sensor assembly comprises at least one sensor coupled to the person while the person is performing the activity;
synchronizing the video with the plurality of sensor data;
detecting an event in the time-series by at least:
preprocessing the time-series;
segmenting the time-series into a plurality of windows;
detecting each of the plurality of windows comprising at least one outlier;
extracting a plurality of features from the time-series in each of the plurality of windows; and
estimating an event class for each of the plurality of windows based on the plurality of features extracted from the time-series in each of the plurality of windows; and
associating the event with at least one corresponding frame in the video showing the event.

US Pat. No. 9,908,001

PORTABLE FITNESS MONITORING SYSTEMS WITH DISPLAYS AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of providing performance feedback to an individual using a portable fitness monitoring device, the method comprising:
sensing performance parameter information during the physical activity;
generating a first output that includes an indication of a target performance parameter intensity level that the individual
should be performing at; and

generating a second output that includes an indication of a measured performance parameter intensity level that the individual
is currently performing at,

wherein the second output further includes an indication of a color associated with the measured intensity level that the
individual is currently performing at, and

wherein the second output changes a color intensity in response to a change in the measured performance parameter intensity
level that the individual is currently performing at.

US Pat. No. 9,788,598

SOLES FOR SPORTS SHOES

Adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole comprising
a first component and a second, separately formed, component, wherein the first component and the second component are combined
to form at least a portion of the sole;

wherein the first component comprises at least a first surface region of the sole, and the second component comprises at least
a second surface region of the sole;

wherein the first surface region comprises expanded thermoplastic polyurethane in the form of expanded thermoplastic polyurethane
particles, wherein adjacent expanded thermoplastic polyurethane particles are directly bonded to one another at their surfaces
to form a granular but closed plastic foam structure, wherein the closed plastic foam structure of the first surface region
of the sole is free of gaps passing therethrough;

wherein the first surface region comprises greater cushioning properties than the second surface region;
wherein the second surface region is free from expanded thermoplastic polyurethane;
wherein the second surface region is stiffer than the first surface region such that, under shear, the second surface region
increases stability of the first surface region; and

wherein the second surface region is arranged along an outer rim of the sole and positioned proximate the first surface region
such that the second surface region reduces movement of the first surface region.

US Pat. No. 9,737,261

WEARABLE ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sensor garment for monitoring an individual engaged in an athletic activity, the sensor garment comprising:
a garment formed of textile material; and
a sensor module inseparably coupled to the textile material of the garment,
wherein the sensor module comprises a sensor,
wherein the sensor module comprises a radio antenna configured to transmit data generated by the sensor,
wherein an exterior of the sensor module is portless, and
wherein the sensor module comprises a flexible printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,756,901

ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR COMPRISING A LENO WOVEN UPPER AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article of footwear comprising:
a sole;
an upper coupled to the sole, the upper comprising:
a first portion comprising a single layer woven fabric comprising a lend weave configuration comprising a plurality of weft
yarns extending in a longitudinal direction from a forefoot portion of the article of footwear towards a heel portion of the
article of footwear and a plurality of warp yarns extending in a transverse direction substantially perpendicular to the warp
yarns; and

a second portion comprising a heel counter,
wherein one or more weft yarns includes a first end coupled to the second portion and a second end coupled to the sole of
the article of footwear.

US Pat. No. 9,655,407

MULTILAYERED TEXTILE MATERIAL IN SHOES

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A shoe upper comprising at least a portion formed of a multilayered material comprising:
(a) a collection of an odd number of nonwoven fiber layers, wherein the collection comprises a base layer and at least one
set of paired layers, each nonwoven fiber layer comprising a plurality of unidirectionally oriented fibers, wherein the fibers
in a first layer of the at least one set of paired layers form an angle in the range of ?25° to 65° with respect to the fibers
in the base layer, and the fibers in a second layer of the at least one set of paired layers form an angle in the range of
+25° to +65° with respect to the fibers in the base layer; and

(b) a matrix material;
wherein the multilayered material comprises elastic properties that allow the multilayered material to deform into a smooth
three dimensional shape when the multilayered material is stretched over a three dimensional mold, wherein the multilayered
material is not cut or sewn to eliminate wrinkles in the smooth three dimensional shape.

US Pat. No. 9,643,050

FITNESS ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of tracking a pre-identified participant engaged in a fitness activity who is pre-identified by a spectator, comprising:
determining a location of the pre-identified participant during the fitness activity based on data received at a portable
fitness device used by the pre-identified participant;

determining a location of the spectator during the fitness activity based on data received at a mobile spectator device used
by the spectator;

determining whether the spectator is registered to track the pre-identified participant; and
if the spectator is registered to track the pre-identified participant, sending a first alert to the spectator at the spectator
device during the fitness activity based on the spectator location and the pre-identified participant location, wherein the
first alert indicates that the pre-identified participant is within a first predetermined distance of the spectator,

wherein at least one of determining the location of the pre-identified participant, determining the location of the spectator,
determining whether the spectator is registered to track the pre-identified participant, and sending the first alert is performed
using at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,113,664

GLOVE WITH A TWO-PIECE WRIST GUARD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A glove comprising:
a hand portion including a palmer region and a dorsal region;
a cavity defined between the palmer and dorsal regions;
a finger portion and a thumb portion extending outwardly from the hand portion;
a cuff portion joined to the hand portion along a junction and extending outwardly from the hand portion in a direction opposite
the finger portion; and

a wrist guard disposed proximate the junction and being attached to the hand portion,
wherein the wrist guard comprises a primary member and a secondary member,
wherein the secondary member is attached to the primary member and is free of attachment to both the hand portion and the
cuff portion,

wherein the primary member includes a first pad and the secondary member includes a second pad,
wherein the primary member is positioned adjacent the junction, and
wherein the secondary member is positioned adjacent the primary member at a side of the primary member opposite the junction.

US Pat. No. 10,143,264

SHOE AND SOLE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for an article footwear, the sole comprising:a foam forefoot portion comprising a foremost end located in a forefoot area of the sole and a rearmost end defined by a rearmost wall and located in a midfoot portion of the sole; and
a leaf spring module comprising:
a foremost end located in the midfoot portion of the sole and disposed adjacent to the rearmost wall of the foam forefoot portion,
a rearmost end located in the rearfoot area of the sole, and
a plurality of leaf springs each having a connection end connected to the sole and a free end not directly connected to the sole,
wherein the free ends of the leaf springs are pointed in substantially the same direction such that the free end of each leaf spring is disposed rearward of its connection end and points away from the foam forefoot portion, and
wherein the leaf spring module is a single integrally formed piece.

US Pat. No. 9,930,928

SOLE FOR A SHOE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. Sole for a shoe comprising:(a) a cushioning element provided as an integrally-formed piece, the cushioning element comprising an expanded material in the form of randomly arranged expanded thermoplastic polyurethane particles which have substantially retained their individual particle shapes in the integrally-formed piece, the cushioning element comprising a first region and a second region, and
(b) a control element free from expanded material, the control element comprising a first control region positioned proximate the first region, and a second control region positioned proximate the second region,
(c) wherein the first control region has at least one of the following features as compared to the second control region: (i) protrusions that are greater in size, hardness, and/or expansion, or (ii) bulges that are greater in length, thickness, and/or structure,
(d) wherein, under shear, the first control region engages with the first region of the cushioning element by selectively increasing the penetration of the at least one feature into the cushioning element positioned proximate the at least one feature, wherein the increased penetration reduces shearing motions within the first region to a greater extent than the second control region reduces shearing motions within the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,901,138

MULTILAYERED MATERIALS WITH COLOR CHANGING PROPERTIES

adidas AG, Herzognaurach...

1. An article of wear comprising:
a material with color changing properties comprising: a first layer; a third layer positioned below the first layer; and a
second layer positioned between the first layer and the third layer, wherein the second layer comprises a substantially translucent
appearance in an unstretched condition, and a substantially opaque appearance in a stretched condition;

at least one elastic portion of the material comprising an unstretched colored appearance when the second layer is in the
unstretched condition and a stretched colored appearance when the second layer is in the stretched condition, wherein the
unstretched colored appearance is different from the stretched colored appearance; and

at least one fixed portion of the material comprising a permanently stretched condition, wherein the at least one fixed portion
comprises the stretched colored appearance regardless of a magnitude of an external force applied to the at least one fixed
portion, wherein the first, second, and third layers extend across an entire surface of the article of wear such that the
first layer is an outermost layer of the article of wear; and a change from the unstretched colored appearance to the stretched
colored appearance occurs locally at a location of stretching of the at least one elastic portion.

US Pat. No. 9,833,184

IDENTIFICATION OF EMOTIONAL STATES USING PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for automatically identifying a likely emotional state in real-time comprising:
exposing a person to a stimulus;
measuring the person's physiological responses to the stimulus using a physiological monitoring device;
comparing the measured physiological responses to baseline physiological responses using a processor, wherein:
the baseline physiological responses of the person are measured when exposed to a stimulus known as likely to elicit a selected
emotional state, and

the stimulus used to elicit the person's baseline physiological responses and the stimulus used to elicit the person's measured
physiological responses are the same type;

recording and storing the baseline physiological responses as an acceptable range in an electronic database, wherein the baseline
physiological responses are in association with particular emotional states;

the processor determining the degree to which the person is engaged with, concentrated on, or focused on the stimulus; and
the processor identifying a likely emotional state in dependence on the pattern of deviations of the measured physiological
responses from the acceptable range of the baseline physiological responses and in dependence on the degree to which the person
is engaged with, concentrated on, or focused on the stimulus,

wherein the measured physiological responses and baseline physiological responses include both standard deviation and instability
values, and

wherein the measured physiological responses and baseline physiological responses comprise respiratory responses.

US Pat. No. 9,795,186

SOLES FOR SPORTS SHOES

Adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for a shoe comprising:
a first component and a second, separately formed, component, wherein the first component and the second component are combined
to form at least a portion of the sole;

wherein the first component comprises at least a base portion of the sole, and the second component comprises a cushioning
layer arranged in at least one of a forefoot or heel area of the sole;

wherein the cushioning layer comprises expanded thermoplastic polyurethane in the form of expanded thermoplastic polyurethane
particles, wherein adjacent expanded thermoplastic polyurethane particles are directly bonded to one another at their surfaces
to form a granular but closed plastic foam structure, wherein the closed plastic foam structure of the cushioning layer is
free of gaps passing therethrough;

wherein the cushioning layer comprises greater cushioning properties than the base portion;
wherein the base portion is free from expanded thermoplastic polyurethane and is arranged in at least one of the forefoot
or the heel area of the sole to form at least a portion of an outer rim of the sole, wherein the base portion is shaped to
overlap at least two sides of the cushioning layer; and

wherein the base portion is stiffer than the cushioning layer such that, under shear, the base portion increases stability
of the cushioning layer.

US Pat. No. 9,750,429

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AMBULATORY MONITORING OF PHYSIOLOGICAL SIGNS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A physiological monitoring garment comprising:
one or more elastic fabric portions;
one or more elongate stretchable elements disposed on the elastic fabric portions, an elongate stretchable element further
including an elongate stretchable textile member and a plurality of integral conductors, woven, knitted, or braided along
the length thereof in a sinusoidal pattern, the sinusoidal pattern disposed within the boundary defined by the elongate stretchable
element having an upper planar surface and a lower planar surface;

a connector bridging a garment division, the garment division configured such that it divides the physiological monitoring
garment along a longitudinal axis of a torso of an individual;

one or more sensors connected to the elongate stretchable element and connector, at least one of these sensors including a
respiration monitoring device;

one or more electrode sensors printed on the physiological monitoring garment,
wherein the one or more electrode sensors are configured to be directly affixed to an individual at an electrode; and
a microprocessor unit having an input, wherein the microprocessor unit is configured to receive and store information inputted
independent from the sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,039,970

LOCATION-AWARE FITNESS MONITORING METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND PROGRAM PRODUCTS, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for execution by a portable fitness monitoring device comprising:launching a portable fitness monitoring application on the portable fitness monitoring device;
receiving a first set of position points from a satellite positioning system receiver of the portable fitness monitoring device;
determining that the first set of position points indicates that the portable fitness monitoring device is moving;
beginning execution of a workout routine in response to the determination that the portable fitness monitoring device is moving;
receiving a second set of position points from the satellite positioning system receiver of the portable fitness monitoring device;
determining that the second set of position points indicates that the portable fitness monitoring device is not moving, wherein the determination that the portable fitness monitoring device is not moving is based on a determination that a distance between two consecutive position points of the second set of position points is less than a predetermined threshold;
ending execution of the workout routine in response to the determination that the portable fitness monitoring device is not moving;
receiving a third set of position points from the satellite positioning system receiver of the portable fitness monitoring device;
determining that the third set of position points indicates that the portable fitness monitoring device has resumed moving; and
starting execution of the workout routine in response to the determination that the portable fitness monitoring device has resumed moving,
wherein execution of the workout routine comprises providing feedback to a user of the portable fitness monitoring device during a physical activity,
wherein ending execution of the workout routine comprises temporarily ceasing providing the feedback,
wherein the workout routine includes a plurality of intervals, each interval having an intensity goal, and
wherein each intensity goal is associated with a color-coded zone system.

US Pat. No. 9,968,157

SOLE FOR A SHOE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for a shoe comprising:(a) a midsole comprising an expanded material in the form of randomly arranged particles that are directly bonded to one another at their surfaces while substantially retaining their individual particle shapes in the expanded material; and
(b) an element comprising a higher deformation stiffness in at least one direction than the expanded material, wherein the element is oriented underneath a foot of a wearer;
(c) wherein the element is at least partially embedded within and is not adhesively bonded to the expanded material of the midsole so that movement of the element is at least partially decoupled from the expanded material of the midsole to selectively increase stability of the expanded material of the midsole; and
wherein the element is at least partially embedded within the expanded material of the midsole so that the element does not protrude through a surface of the expanded material of the midsole that faces the foot of the wearer when worn.

US Pat. No. 10,182,618

MATERIAL FOR SHOE UPPER

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. Material for a shoe upper comprising:(a) a first foil layer; and
(b) a textile reinforcement layer at least partly laminated with the first foil layer, wherein the first foil layer comprises an inner sublayer and an outer sublayer, wherein the inner sublayer is adjacent to the textile reinforcement layer and comprises polyurethane, and wherein the inner sublayer comprises a lower melting point than the outer sublayer,
wherein the textile reinforcement layer comprises a first region comprising a first textile material and a second region comprising a second textile material different from the first textile material, and wherein a surface structure of the material for the shoe upper in the first region is different from a surface structure of the material for the shoe upper in the second region,
wherein the first textile material comprises at least three axes,
wherein a first axis defines an orientation of a first set of yarns in the first textile material that extend continuously and essentially parallel to the first axis when the first textile material is arranged in a flat configuration,
wherein a second axis defines an orientation of a second set of yarns in the first textile material that extend continuously and essentially parallel to the second axis when the first textile material is arranged in the flat configuration,
wherein a third axis defines an orientation of a third set of yarns in the first textile material that extend continuously and essentially parallel to the third axis when the first textile material is arranged in the flat configuration, and
wherein a tensile strength of the first textile material in a direction parallel to the first axis is different from a tensile strength of the first textile material in a direction parallel to the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,059,071

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN UPPER FOR A SHOE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for manufacturing an upper for a shoe comprising the steps of:(a) inserting at least one profile element comprising a rubber material into a lower mold;
(b) pre-vulcanizing the at least one profile element within the lower mold and forming the at least one profile element into a predetermined shape;
(c) positioning a base layer for an upper within the lower mold;
(d) hot pressing the at least one profile element to an outer face of the base layer within the lower mold without using a seam; and
(e) shaping the base layer into a part of an upper for a shoe after hot pressing the at least one profile element.

US Pat. No. 10,506,846

CUSHIONING ELEMENT FOR SPORTS APPAREL

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A shoe sole comprising at least one cushioning element for sports apparel, the at least one cushioning element further comprising:(a) a first deformation element comprising a plurality of randomly arranged particles of an expanded material;
(b) wherein there are first voids within the particles, between the particles, or both within and between the particles;
(c) wherein the first deformation element takes up a first partial region of the cushioning element and wherein the cushioning element further comprises a second deformation element comprising a plurality of randomly arranges particles of an expanded material;
(d) wherein there are second voids within the particles, between the particles, or both within and between the particles of the second deformation element, and wherein the second voids are smaller on average than the first voids of the first deformation element.

US Pat. No. 10,252,107

FITNESS ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of tracking an individual using a portable fitness device during a fitness activity, comprising:at a server, receiving fitness activity registration information from a spectator of a fitness activity, wherein the registration information includes information about a participant in the fitness activity;
determining a location of the participant during the fitness activity using the portable fitness device; and
sending an alert to the portable fitness device during the fitness activity that a predetermined spectator parameter threshold has been reached.

US Pat. No. 10,237,388

WIRELESS DATA COMMUNICATION AND POWER TRANSMISSION ATHLETIC APPAREL MODULE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An electronic device, embedded in an article of apparel, for monitoring an individual engaged in an activity, the electronic device comprising:a memory;
a wireless interface configured to receive power from and transmit data to a remote electronic device; and
one or more processors communicatively coupled to the wireless interface and the memory, wherein the one or more processors are configured to:
determine, based on the activity, an amount of charging time needed to supply an amount of power to the electronic device sufficient for monitoring the activity;
receive a first signal from the remote electronic device via the wireless interface for at least the charging time;
store, in the memory, sensor data provided at least in part by one or more sensors associated with the electronic device using power from the first signal;
receive a second signal from the remote electronic device via the wireless interface; and
transmit the sensor data from the memory to the remote electronic device via the wireless interface in response to receiving the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,060,745

PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A personal weather and athletic performance monitoring system configured to be carried by an individual engaged in a fitness activity, the system comprising:an input device configured to receive position data;
a processor configured to determine location information for the fitness activity based on the position data;
a memory operatively coupled to the processor and storing computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to determine weather information based on the location information, and to determine athletic performance information; and
a display screen configured to display the weather information and the athletic performance information to the individual.

US Pat. No. 10,509,129

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAINTAINING A HEALTH-RELATED ACTION DATABASE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for maintaining an electronic fitness activity database using a portable fitness monitoring system, the method comprising:receiving first electronic data corresponding to a first fitness activity of a first user on a first computing device, the first computing device comprising a first microprocessor, a first display screen, a first user input, a first satellite positioning system receiver, and a first wireless communication transceiver;
identifying stored electronic data in the electronic fitness activity database in a memory of a remote computing device based on the first electronic data;
wirelessly transmitting, via the first wireless communication transceiver, the first electronic data from the first computing device to the remote computing device;
updating the electronic fitness activity database in the memory of the remote computing device with the first electronic data,
receiving second electronic data corresponding to a second fitness activity of a second user on a second computing device, the second computing device comprising a second microprocessor, a second display screen, a second user input, a second satellite positioning system receiver, and a second wireless communication transceiver;
identifying the stored electronic is data in the electronic fitness activity database in the memory of the remote computing device based on the second electronic data;
wirelessly transmitting, via the second wireless communication transceiver, the second electronic data from the second computing device to the remote computing device; and
updating the electronic fitness activity database in the memory of the remote computing device with the second electronic data,
wherein the first electronic data comprises a description of the first fitness activity, and the second electronic data comprises a description of the second fitness activity.

US Pat. No. 10,345,630

METHOD OF APPLYING AND USING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS IN ARTICLES OF WEAR

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An apparatus for manipulating a color displayed by an article of footwear or apparel comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within chains, the apparatus comprising:a platform comprising a substantially flat surface; and
a pulsating electromagnet configured to switch between generating a rapidly fluctuating magnetic field and a non-fluctuating magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,166,436

METHODS AND PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR BUILDING A WORKOUT

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for generating a workout with a computing device comprising:the computing device receiving user input indicating features of a desired workout;
the computing device generating the workout, wherein the workout comprises a plurality of intervals, and wherein a first interval comprises an interval intensity and an interval duration
the computing device initiating a graphical display that conveys the number of intervals making up the workout and the interval intensity and the interval duration of the first interval; and
the computing device determining whether a user has performed above the interval intensity for a portion of the interval duration, and adjusting the interval intensity in response to the determination,
wherein the graphical display comprises a plurality of adjacent segments,
wherein each segment represents one of the plurality of intervals,
wherein receiving the user input indicating features of the desired workout comprises receiving at least three numerical inputs from the user: a first numerical input specifying a desired number of intervals, a second numerical input specifying a desired intensity of the first interval, and a third numerical input specifying a desired duration of the first interval,
wherein receiving the user input indicating features of the desired workout further comprises receiving feedback from direct user manipulation of at least one of the segments representing at least one of the plurality of intervals, and
wherein direct user manipulation comprises placing an object over a portion of the segment.

US Pat. No. 10,123,585

SOLE FOR A SHOE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole for a shoe comprising:a midsole comprising a base body and a connecting layer; and
an outsole comprising
a first outsole region and a plurality of first outsole elements;
a second outsole region comprising no first outsole elements; and
a cavity located in an arch region of the sole for receiving an electronic component such that an interior of the cavity is accessible through an inside of the shoe; and
a reinforcement layer located between the midsole and the outsole, wherein:
the base body comprises a cavity that corresponds to the cavity of the outsole;
the connecting layer comprises a notch that corresponds to the cavity of the outsole;
the connecting layer is a single integral piece comprising a first group of deformation elements forward of the arch region and a second group of deformation elements rearward of the arch region of the sole;
the reinforcement layer comprises a through hole corresponding to at least one of the first group of deformation elements and to at least one of the second group of deformation elements;
a pressure load on a first outsole element of the plurality of first outsole elements leads to a deformation of at least one of the deformation elements which are associated with the first outsole element of the plurality of first outsole elements;
the outsole forms an entirety of a lower surface of the sole;
the outsole comprises at least two separate components such that the lower surface of the sole is discontinuous;
the second outsole region comprises:
a first plurality of profile elements that are approximately rectangular and extend to an outer rim of a lower surface of the sole;
a second plurality of profile elements that each have a cross shape and are located forward of the arch region;
a third plurality of profile elements that each have a cross shape and are located rearward of the arch region; and
all of the profile elements of the second outsole region are not associated with any of the deformation elements.

US Pat. No. 10,492,724

CAPACITIVE SENSOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A capacitive sensor, comprising:a stretchable substrate;
a first conductor assembly disposed on and connected to the substrate;
a second conductor assembly connected to the substrate and positioned above the first conductor assembly such that the second conductor assembly overlaps the first conductor assembly; and
a redundancy member configured to maintain electrical integrity of the capacitive sensor and coupled to one of the conductor assemblies,
wherein the redundancy member has a serpentine configuration configured to reduce stress in the capacitive sensor comprising a serpentine peak and a serpentine trough.

US Pat. No. 10,363,454

PORTABLE FITNESS MONITORING METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for providing audible output to a user during an athletic activity using a portable fitness monitoring device, comprising the steps of:the portable fitness monitoring device receiving user input comprising selecting a tone indicating a desired style of audio feedback;
the portable fitness monitoring device generating a data array based on the user input;
the portable fitness monitoring device selecting an audio feedback file package based on the user input, and processing the selected audio feedback file package to provide audible output to the user during the athletic activity, wherein the processing comprises generating an audio feedback phrase based on an association between the data array and an index source;
the portable fitness monitoring device providing preliminary audio coaching prior to commencement of the athletic activity in a first tone of audio feedback; and
the portable fitness monitoring device providing coaching feedback during the athletic activity in a second tone of audio feedback that differs from the first tone.

US Pat. No. 10,244,064

METHOD OF PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT FOR USERS OF PHYSICAL ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of providing digital content related to an item, the item associated with a smart tag encoded with an item identifier that identifies the item, the smart tag configured to transmit the item identifier to an electronic device when the electronic device is positioned proximate to the smart tag, the method comprising:receiving, at a server from the electronic device, the item identifier transmitted from the smart tag to the electronic device upon positioning of the electronic device proximate to the smart tag;
determining, by the server, a menu comprising an option based at least in part on whether a user identifier associated with the electronic device corresponds with a registered owner of the item;
transmitting, from the server to the electronic device, the menu comprising the option;
receiving, at the server from the electronic device, a selection of the option;
identifying, by the server, digital content associated with the item identifier and related to the item;
selecting, by the server, a subset of the identified digital content to provide to the electronic device, the subset of the identified digital content based at least in part on the selection of the option; and
transmitting, from the server to the electronic device, the subset of the identified digital content.

US Pat. No. 10,231,514

SOLE BOARD

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sole board for an article of footwear, the sole board comprising:a plate having a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region;
a channel disposed in a top surface of the plate in the forefoot region, the channel extending from a lateral edge of the plate to a medial edge of the plate,
wherein a characteristic of the channel at the lateral and medial edges of the plate is different than the characteristic of the channel at a middle of the channel, and
wherein the characteristic comprises a depth of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,228,682

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING APPAREL

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A computer-implemented method for manufacturing apparel, the method comprising:obtaining body data representing at least one dimension of at least a part of a user's body, the body data being used to generate an avatar of the user's body in a virtual space;
obtaining pattern data representing at least one pattern to be applied to a piece of apparel, the at least one pattern being selected based on an intersection between the avatar and a virtual object in the virtual space;
generating, based on the body data and the pattern data, manufacturing data adapted to be processed by a manufacturing machine; and
transmitting the manufacturing data to the manufacturing machine, wherein when the manufacturing data is received at the manufacturing machine, the manufacturing data is processed and at least part of the piece of apparel is manufactured with the at least one pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,145,044

KNITTED BAG

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A bag comprising:a sack-like body comprising a knitwear formed during a knitting process, wherein the knitwear comprises
a first knitted layer and
a second knitted layer at least partially coextensive with the first knitted layer;
wherein the first knitted layer is formed of unitary one-piece construction with the second knitted layer during the knitting process;
wherein the second knitted layer is seamlessly knitted with the first knitted layer at opposite edges of the second knitted layer to form an overlapped configuration during the knitting process;
and wherein the knitted layers have unitary knit construction so as to be one-piece with the knitwear.

US Pat. No. 10,098,391

APPAREL ARTICLE TO PRE-COOL THE BODY

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article of wear comprising:a base layer;
a plurality of cooling zones attached to the base layer so that substantially all of the plurality of cooling zones are configured to be positioned adjacent regions of a wearer's body having efficient heat transfer properties of a wearer when worn; and
cooling material contained within the plurality of cooling zones;
wherein the cooling material is configured to be pre-cooled prior to wearing such that, when pre-cooled, the article of wear is configured to reduce a wearer's body heat content through heat transfer from each region having efficient heat transfer properties to each cooling zone;
wherein the article of wear is configured such that the plurality of cooling zones are positioned adjacent to an upper trapezius region extending across a full width of a wearer's shoulders when worn; and
wherein the article of wear is configured such that the plurality of cooling zones are not positioned adjacent to an abdominal area of the wearer's body when worn.

US Pat. No. 10,523,053

SPORT BALL INDUCTIVE CHARGING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for inductively charging a power supply of athletic equipment, comprising:receiving a presence signal of a charging base;
generating a calibration signal based on a frequency of a local oscillator of the athletic equipment;
transmitting the calibration signal to the charging base in response to the receiving of the presence signal, the calibration signal being transmitted via a resonance coil of the athletic equipment;
receiving initial power from the charging base at a resonant circuit via the resonance coil;
transmitting charging information to the charging base, wherein the charging information indicates a charging voltage value of the initial power received from the charging base at the resonant circuit and a charging state, the transmitting of the charging information including:
detecting the charging voltage value and the charging state, the charging state being one of either a normal charging state or a trickle charging state;
selecting a transmission frequency range that corresponds to the detected charging state from among a first transmission frequency range and a second transmission frequency range, the first transmission frequency range identifying the trickle charging state and the second transmission frequency range identifying the normal charging state;
encoding the charging voltage value within the selected transmission frequency range; and
transmitting the charging information at the selected transmission frequency range; and
transmitting, from the charging base, adjusted power to the resonant circuit after transmitting the charging information.

US Pat. No. 10,463,113

METHOD FOR PATCH PLACEMENT AND ARTICLES PRODUCED

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for the manufacture of shoes, the method comprising:providing a plurality of components in one of a plurality of predefined shapes;
placing the plurality of components onto a two-dimensional or three-dimensional carrier surface, such that at least two of the plurality of components partially overlap each other on the carrier surface, to create the shoe or a part thereof; and
applying a flexible membrane onto the plurality of components during a first consolidation step and a second consolidation step,
wherein during the first consolidation step, pressure is applied by the flexible membrane to the plurality of components at a first temperature, wherein a surface area of pressure application to the plurality of components increases over time,
wherein during the second consolidation step, pressure is applied by the flexible membrane to the plurality of components at a second temperature higher than the first temperature, and
wherein the carrier surface comprises a base material of an upper.

US Pat. No. 10,463,114

TWO-DIMENSIONAL SHOE MANUFACTURING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

5. A method for the manufacture of a plurality of shoes, the method comprising:providing an automatically-driven transport belt comprising a knit material defining a plurality of flat regions that include at least a first flat region and a second flat region, the knit material further at least partially defining a plurality of primary shoe components for the manufacture of the plurality of shoes, wherein the plurality of primary shoe components includes at least a first primary shoe component that is configured for a first shoe model and that is incorporated into the first flat region, wherein the plurality of primary shoe components further includes at least a second primary shoe component that is configured for a second shoe model and that is incorporated into the second flat region, the second shoe model being different from the first shoe model;
passing the automatically-driven transport belt through at least one processing station comprising at least one automated robotic system, the at least one automated robotic system comprising at least one first processing tool for adding secondary shoe components to the primary shoe components and at least one second processing tool for applying heat treatment to the secondary shoe components to facilitate connection with the primary shoe components;
processing at least a subset of the plurality of primary shoe components in the at least one processing station by at least:
subjecting a first secondary shoe component to heat treatment from the second processing tool to facilitate connection of the first secondary shoe component to the first primary shoe component of the first flat region of the knit material of the transport belt;
adding the first secondary shoe component to the first primary shoe component of the first flat region of the knit material of the transport belt through automated operation of the at least one first processing tool;
subjecting a second secondary shoe component to heat treatment from the second processing tool to facilitate connection of the second secondary shoe component to the second primary shoe component of the second flat region of the knit material of the transport belt; and
adding the second secondary shoe component to the second primary shoe component of the second flat region of the knit material of the transport belt through automated operation of the at least one first processing tool; and
providing the plurality of shoes, wherein at least one of the plurality of shoes comprises a first shoe corresponding to the first shoe model and formed at least in part from the first primary shoe component automatically connected together with the first secondary shoe component, and wherein at least another of the plurality of shoes comprises a second shoe corresponding to the second shoe model and formed at least in part from the second primary shoe component automatically connected together with the second secondary shoe component.

US Pat. No. 10,455,876

SOUND INSULATION STRUCTURE FOR A GARMENT

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A sound insulation structure for a garment, the sound insulation structure comprising:a first layer comprising a sound absorbing material; and
a second layer attached to the first layer, the second layer configured to be at least one of sound reflecting and sound diffusing,
wherein at least one of the first layer and the second layer comprises a mesh, and
wherein the sound insulation structure forms at least a part of the garment.

US Pat. No. 10,455,885

FLAT WEFT-KNITTED UPPER FOR SPORTS SHOES

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An upper for a sports shoe comprising:a weft-knitted element formed from at least one yarn mechanically manipulated in a weft-knitting process, the weft-knitted element comprising: a top portion comprising two-ply knitwear, wherein the two plies of the top portion are solely connected along edges to form a tube that surrounds a part of a shank of a wearer of the sports shoe when the sports shoe is worn; and
a bottom portion comprising two-ply knitwear, wherein the bottom portion and the top portion are unitarily knitted together in a single knitting process; and
wherein the two plies of the bottom portion are consistently connected to one another and substantially cover a top and sides of a foot of the wearer of the sports shoe when the sports shoe is worn.

US Pat. No. 10,432,739

METHOD OF PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT FOR USERS OF PHYSICAL ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method performed by an application on a mobile device for delivering digital content associated with an item, the method comprising:receiving an identifier and a uniform resource locator from a smart tag associated with the item;
loading a webpage using the uniform resource locator, wherein the webpage includes an interface to receive user account information;
displaying, on a display of the mobile device, the interface to receive user account information;
retrieving, from a remote computing device, digital content associated with the identifier in response to receiving user account information, wherein the digital content comprises a list of events associated with the item; and
displaying, on the display of the mobile device, the digital content in response to retrieving the digital content.

US Pat. No. 10,426,227

LACELESS SHOE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A laceless shoe upper for a shoe, the shoe upper comprising:a. a lateral portion comprising a first coating portion applied to a first base fabric portion;
b. a medial portion comprising a second coating portion applied to a second base fabric portion; and
c. an elastic intermediate portion between the lateral portion and the medial portion and comprising a cupped portion uncoated by the first coating portion and the second coating portion, wherein the cupped portion is cupped above surrounding areas of the laceless shoe upper when the laceless shoe upper is laid out in an at-rest state, wherein the cupped portion maintains its shape when the shoe is not being worn, wherein the first coating portion is adapted to modify a stiffness of the first base fabric portion of the lateral portion to be at least 2 times higher than a stiffness of the elastic intermediate portion, and wherein the second coating portion is adapted to modify a stiffness of the second base fabric portion of the medial portion to be at least 2 times higher than the stiffness of the elastic intermediate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,426,230

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHOE MANUFACTURING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for the manufacture of a plurality of shoes, the method comprising:producing a plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers relative to a plurality of three-dimensionally shaped mounting devices, the plurality of three-dimensionally shaped mounting devices comprising at least one mounting device having a three-dimensional shape that corresponds to a first shoe model shape for a first shoe model and at least one other mounting device having a three-dimensional shape that corresponds to a second shoe model shape for a second shoe model, each respective pre-shaped shoe upper being produced by constructing a material on a corresponding one of the mounting devices, wherein at least one shoe upper of the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers has a three-dimensional pre-shape that corresponds to the first shoe model shape and at least one other shoe upper of the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers has a three-dimensional pre-shape that corresponds to the second shoe model shape,
processing the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers to produce the plurality of shoes, wherein at least one shoe of the plurality of shoes is the first shoe model and at least one other shoe of the plurality of shoes is the second shoe model,
wherein the processing comprises an individually controllable succession of processing steps that proceed in an automated manner.

US Pat. No. 10,413,017

MILLED LEATHER SHOE UPPER

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An upper for an article of footwear comprising:a main area comprising a contiguous piece of natural and/or synthetic leather,
wherein the main area comprises a first unmilled sub-area and a second milled sub-area, each sub-area having a size of more than 3 cm2,
wherein the leather has a reduced thickness in the second milled sub-area compared to the first unmilled sub-area, and
wherein the reduced thickness is obtained by milling off a first surface layer of the leather in the entire second milled sub-area.

US Pat. No. 10,417,825

INTERACTIVE CUBICLE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A BODY SHAPE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

11. A method for identifying a body shape of a user in a cubicle and presenting a graphical representation of an article of clothing on a graphical representation of the user that is substantially similar to the body shape of the user, the method comprising:capturing, via a scanning device, spatial coordinates of a plurality of points on the user using radiation that does not penetrate through articles of clothing worn by the user;
generating, according to the spatial coordinates of the plurality of points, optimized shape parameters defining physical properties of the body shape of the user and optimized orientation parameters defining orientations between two adjacent partial regions of the body shape;
receiving, via an interaction unit, a selection of an article of clothing from a plurality of articles of clothing; and
displaying, on one or more displays within the cubicle, a virtual reality environment and a graphical representation of the user within the virtual reality environment, the graphical representation of the user depicting body proportions substantially similar to the user based on the optimized shape parameters and the optimized orientation parameters,
wherein selection of the article of clothing causes the one or more displays to further display the graphical representation of the article of clothing on top of the graphical representation of the user, the graphical representation of the article of clothing adapted to conform to the body proportions of the user, and further causes the one or more displays to adapt the virtual reality environment to represent a typical environment in which the article of clothing is worn.

US Pat. No. 10,406,404

CARCASS FOR A SPORTS BALL

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A carcass for a sports ball comprising:a textile element formed during a single warp-knitting or weft-knitting process comprising
at least a first knitted segment having at least a first boundary,
at least a second knitted segment having at least a second boundary,
wherein the first knitted segment and the second knitted segment are seamlessly joined along the first boundary and the second boundary to form a structurally distinct knitted structure disposed between the at least two knitted segments comprising a different knit stitch construction than the first knitted segment and the second knitted segment,
wherein the knitted structure and the knitted segments have a unitary knit construction so as to be formed as one piece during the single warp-knitting or weft-knitting process, and
wherein the textile element defines a shape of the carcass.

US Pat. No. 10,402,879

OFFERING A CUSTOMIZED COLLECTION OF PRODUCTS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for pre-customizing products, comprising:transmitting, by a group customization server to an electronic computing device over a network, digital representations of a plurality of products available for selection by a first user operating the electronic computing device;
receiving, by the group customization server, a selection of a subset of the plurality of products from the electronic computing device, the subset including at least two of the plurality of products;
receiving, by the group customization server, a selection of a common feature of the subset of the plurality of products from the electronic computing device;
simultaneously customizing, by the group customization server, the subset of the plurality of products in response to an input from the electronic computing device by manipulating the common feature of the subset of the plurality of products;
storing, by the group customization server, a group identifier with the customized subset of plurality of products, the group identifier identifying the customized subset of the plurality of products;
receiving, by the group customization server, customization limits defining types of customizations available to a second user for further customization of the customized subset of plurality of products;
receiving additional selections from the electronic computing device for associating, at the group customization server, an individual identifier with the customized subset of plurality of products, wherein the individual identifier corresponds to an identity of the second user authorized to further customize the customized subset of the plurality of products, the second user different than the first user, and wherein the individual identifier is associated with the customization limits defining the types of customizations available to the second user;
transmitting, by the group customization server to an individual customization server, digital representations of the customized subset of the plurality of products for further customization by the second user operating a second electronic computing device communicating with the individual customization server, products; and
wherein the individual identifier associated with the customized subset of the plurality of products enables further customizations to the customized subset of the plurality of products by the second user, the types of customizations available to the second user limited as defined in the customization limits associated with the individual identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,383,405

DIGITAL LAST

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for generating a digital last for the manufacture of a shoe for a person, the method comprising:obtaining a predefined digital last, the predefined digital last comprising an axis relating to the shape of the last;
obtaining data of a foot of the person; and
modifying the obtained predefined digital last based on the obtained data, wherein modifying comprises at least one of translation and rotation of the axis, wherein the axis to be modified corresponds to a transverse axis of the foot of the person, wherein the transverse axis of the foot is formed by the straight connection between a first metatarsophalangeal joint and a fifth metatarsophalangeal joint of the foot of the person.

US Pat. No. 10,376,750

BALL, IN PARTICULAR A SOCCER BALL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BALL

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of manufacturing a ball, the method comprising:providing a shell;
providing a plurality of panels and arranging the plurality of panels in a mold;
arranging the plurality of panels on the shell by moving the plurality of panels toward the shell via the mold so that there is a gap between two adjacent panels with the shell visible through the gap and so that slits are formed between the plurality of panels and the shell; and
after the plurality of panels are arranged, filling the gap at least partly with a filling material by injecting the filling material into the gap between the two adjacent panels and the slits between the plurality of panels and the shell so that the filling material completely covers an outside of the shell inside the gap,
wherein the filling material is applied to the ball as a liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,370,785

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH UPPER HAVING STITCHED POLYMER THREAD PATTERN AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of making an article of footwear, the method comprising:stitching polymer thread in a first pattern on an outer surface of a base layer for at least a portion of an upper of the article of footwear, the first pattern comprising polymer thread lines oriented in a first direction and secured to the base layer at a plurality of stitch points with backing thread disposed on a back surface of the base layer opposite the outer surface;
stitching polymer thread in a second pattern on the outer surface of the base layer, the second pattern comprising polymer thread lines oriented in a second direction that is different from the first direction and secured to the base layer at a plurality of stitch points with backing thread disposed on the back surface of the base layer opposite the outer surface;
thermally fusing the polymer thread of the first pattern and the second pattern to the base layer by heating the polymer thread of the first pattern and the second pattern to a minimum temperature to thereby directly bond the polymer thread of the first pattern and the second pattern to the base layer; and
coupling the base layer to one or more footwear components to form the article of footwear,
wherein at least a portion of the second pattern overlaps at least a portion of the first pattern in an overlap area on the outer surface of the base layer, and
wherein the distance between adjacent stitch points in thread lines for at least one of the first pattern and the second pattern varies.

US Pat. No. 10,371,819

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTING HEALTH-RELATED MESSAGES

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of providing an electronic coaching message to a user of a portable electronic device, the method comprising:generating electronic goal data based on a health-related goal for the user;
providing to a server a geographic location of the portable electronic device obtained from a GPS reader as part of a dining decision query, wherein the geographic location corresponds to a previous traversal of a route by the user;
receiving from the server a response to the dining decision query including a restaurant and proximity to the electronic device;
remotely accessing electronic restaurant data in a restaurant database corresponding to the restaurant received in the response to the dining decision query;
determining which menu items at the restaurant can be eaten by the user based on the time of day and nutritional information conforming to the health-related goal,
displaying a first health-related activity input corresponding to a health-related action for the user on a display of the portable electronic device, the portable electronic device comprising a microprocessor, a display screen, a satellite positioning system receiver, and a wireless communication transceiver,
wherein the first health-related activity input is an adaptive input that displays the first health-related activity input based on a previous user selection based in part on the determination that the route is being traversed again, and wherein the portable electronic devise presents athletic performance information based at least in part on the information related to the previous traversal of the route to the user during a subsequent traversal of the route;
receiving an indication that the user has selected the first health-related activity input;
generating first electronic information based on the first health-related activity input;
transmitting, via the wireless communication transceiver, the first electronic information from the portable electronic device to a remotely located computing device, the remotely located computing device comprising a microprocessor;
generating electronic comparison data via the microprocessor of the remotely located computing device or the microprocessor of the portable electronic device based on a comparison of the electronic goal data to the first electronic information;
receiving, via the wireless communication transceiver, the electronic comparison data;
determining whether the electronic comparison data indicates the user is meeting the health-related goal;
determining whether to generate the electronic coaching message based on the electronic comparison data;
generating the electronic coaching message based on the electronic comparison data; and
presenting the electronic coaching message to the user via the portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,369,410

WEARABLE ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for determining reaction time of an individual performing an athletic activity, the method comprising:receiving, at a sensor module coupled to the individual, instructions to perform an instructed movement;
sensing magnetic field data and acceleration data during a movement of the individual, using the sensor module;
comparing the magnetic field data and the acceleration data with a lookup table including a movement data profile for the instructed movement;
identifying, based on the comparison, that the movement corresponds to the movement data profile for the instructed movement; and
calculating a reaction time based on the elapsed time from receipt of the instructions to a point in time with reference to the movement of the individual.

US Pat. No. 10,369,411

SPORT BALL ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for determining a speed of a ball used for an athletic activity, the method comprising:sensing acceleration data, using a sensor module coupled to the ball;
determining a drag force applied to the ball, based on the acceleration data;
comparing the drag force with a drag profile that expresses drag as a function of ball speed, wherein the drag profile is based on experimental data; and
determining the speed of the ball based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,359,654

APPARATUS FOR MANIPULATING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS IN ARTICLES OF WEAR

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An apparatus for manipulating a color displayed by a material comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within chains that is used to form an article of footwear or apparel, the apparatus comprising:(a) a magnetic field source, wherein a strength of the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field source is tunable to control the color displayed by the material; and
(b) an energy source, wherein energy generated by the energy source is applied to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals to soften portions within the material immediately surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to which the energy is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,244,984

WEARABLE ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of monitoring an individual engaged in an athletic activity, the method comprising:detecting movement of the individual at a first time using a sensor module inseparably coupled to a textile material of a garment configured to be worn by the individual engaged in the athletic activity;
determining that the movement of the individual corresponds to a predetermined activation movement;
the sensor module entering an active state in response to the determination that the movement of the individual corresponds to the predetermined activation movement; and
detecting movement of the individual at a second time while the sensor module is in the active state.

US Pat. No. 10,245,794

METHOD OF MANIPULATING ENCAPSULATION OF COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of manipulating a color displayed by a transfer medium or substrate comprising iron oxide colloidal nanocrystals arranged within chains, wherein each chain of nanocrystals is encapsulated, the method comprising:(a) applying a magnetic field to the transfer medium or substrate to control the color displayed by the transfer medium or substrate;
(b) applying energy to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals at a level that destroys the encapsulation surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to which the energy is applied such that the nanocrystals are unable to adjust position within the chains of nanocrystals and within the transfer medium or substrate when the magnetic field is applied; and
(c) applying the transfer medium or substrate to a material or article of wear to transfer the color to the material or article of wear.

US Pat. No. 10,212,990

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHOE MANUFACTURING

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for the manufacture of a plurality of shoes, the method comprising:producing a plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers relative to a plurality of three-dimensionally shaped mounting devices, the plurality of three-dimensionally shaped mounting devices comprising at least one mounting device having a three-dimensional shape that corresponds to a first shoe model shape for a first shoe model and at least one other mounting device having a three-dimensional shape that corresponds to a second shoe model shape for a second shoe model, each respective pre-shaped shoe upper being produced by constructing a material on a corresponding one of the mounting devices, wherein at least one shoe upper of the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers has a three-dimensional pre-shape that corresponds to the first shoe model shape and at least one other shoe upper of the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers has a three-dimensional pre-shape that corresponds to the second shoe model shape,
processing the plurality of three-dimensionally pre-shaped shoe uppers to produce the plurality of shoes, wherein at least one shoe of the plurality of shoes is the first shoe model and at least one other shoe of the plurality of shoes is the second shoe model,
wherein the processing comprises an individually controllable succession of processing steps that proceed in an automated manner.

US Pat. No. 10,194,714

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH UPPER HAVING STITCHED POLYMER THREAD PATTERN AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An upper for an article of footwear, the upper comprising:a base layer defining at least a portion of the upper; and
one or more polymer threads stitched to the base layer, the one or more polymer threads comprising a core comprising a first material having a first melting point and a coating comprising a second material coated completely around the core and having a second melting point, wherein the first melting point is higher than the second melting point,
wherein the one or more polymer threads comprise:
a first polymer thread set stitched in a first pattern on an outer surface of the base layer, the first pattern comprising polymer thread lines oriented in a first direction, and
a second polymer thread set stitched in a second pattern on the outer surface of the base layer, the second pattern comprising polymer thread lines oriented in a second direction different from the first direction,
wherein at least a portion of the first polymer thread set overlaps at least a portion of the second polymer thread set in an overlap area, wherein at least a portion of the coating of the polymer thread in the first polymer thread set is thermally fused to the base layer to thereby directly bond the at least a portion of the coating to the base layer in the overlap area,
wherein the upper is devoid of a lamination layer configured to secure at least one of the first polymer thread set and the second polymer thread set to the base layer, and
wherein the first polymer thread set is secured to the base layer at a plurality of stitch points with backing thread disposed on a back surface of the base layer opposite the outer surface, and wherein the distance between adjacent stitch points in thread lines for the first polymer thread set varies such that the distance between a first stitch point and a second stitch point directly adjacent to the first stitch point is different from the distance between the second stitch point and a third stitch point directly adjacent to the second stitch point.

US Pat. No. 10,189,587

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY ENCAPSULATING ELONGATED COMPONENTS AND ENCAPSULATED ELONGATED COMPONENTS OBTAINED

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A process for a continuous production of an encapsulated component web, the process comprising the steps of:conveying at least two continuous encapsulation films, spaced apart from one another, along a longitudinal axis of a production line;
conveying at least one encapsulatable component along the longitudinal axis of the production line between the two continuous encapsulation films;
displacing transversally at least one of the at least one encapsulatable component simultaneously while the at least one encapsulatable component is conveyed along the longitudinal axis of the production line;
superposing an assembly including the at least two continuous encapsulation films and the at least one encapsulatable component with the at least one encapsulatable component extending between two of the at least two continuous encapsulation films; and
laminating the assembly to encapsulate the at least one encapsulatable component between the at least two continuous encapsulation films.

US Pat. No. 10,524,675

MODULAR PERSONAL NETWORK SYSTEMS AND METHODS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A personal performance monitoring system configured to be worn by a user comprising:a first item of jewelry having a processor, a memory operatively coupled to the processor, a wireless wide area network transceiver, and a first personal area network transceiver, wherein the first item of jewelry is configured as a control unit for a wireless personal area network; and
a second item of jewelry having a second personal area network transceiver and a sensor configured to sense performance data of the user,
wherein the first item of jewelry is configured to wirelessly communicate via its first personal area network transceiver with the second item of jewelry via its second personal area network transceiver over the wireless personal area network.

US Pat. No. 10,518,163

LOCATION-AWARE FITNESS MONITORING METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND PROGRAM PRODUCTS, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for providing information about an athletic activity comprising:displaying to a user via a computer performance parameter information regarding an individual's performance during the athletic activity, wherein the displaying comprises an illustration of a geographical route the individual traversed during the athletic activity, the illustration of the geographical route comprising route segments, each route segment comprising a starting point corresponding to a point on the geographical route where a music track began and further comprising an end point corresponding to a point on the geographical route where the music track ended; and
displaying to the user via the computer information about the music track played for the individual at a particular point in time that has already occurred in the athletic activity in a graphical display element,
wherein the graphical display element displays the information about the music track in response to the user specifying via the computer one of the route segments,
wherein the specified route segment is highlighted and the graphical display element appears in close proximity to the highlighted route segment, and
wherein the information about the music track played includes one of a time period of the activity corresponding to a time the music track played during the athletic activity and a distance traversed by the user while the music track played during the athletic activity.

US Pat. No. 10,522,071

MESSAGING APPARATUS FOR WEARABLE ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A messaging apparatus, comprising:a light source, wherein the light source is adapted to perform a flash operation that periodically flashes the light source at a frequency;
at least one sensor adapted to detect a parameter associated with movement of the messaging apparatus; and
a controller adapted to:
access a movement pattern associated with a wearer of a wearable item that includes the messaging apparatus;
evaluate the detected parameter using the movement pattern;
determine whether an event occurred based on a result of the evaluation, the determination being based on the detected parameter corresponding to the movement pattern; and
in response to determining that the event occurred, control the flash operation of the light source by automatically adjusting the frequency of the flash operation based on the detected parameter, wherein the controlled flash operation of the light source forms at least one visible element that is visible to a viewer, and wherein the light source is not adapted in a shape of the at least one visible element.

US Pat. No. 10,523,773

METHOD OF PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT FOR USERS OF PHYSICAL ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method performed by an application on a mobile device for delivering digital content associated with an item, the method comprising:receiving, by the application on the mobile device, an identifier from a smart tag associated with an item in response to the smart tag being tapped by the mobile device or the mobile device being placed proximate the smart tag;
identifying, by the application on the mobile device, a remote data store storing digital content associated with the item in response to receiving the identifier associated with the item;
retrieving, by the application on the mobile device first digital content, wherein the first digital content comprises digital content associated with the item and an interface to receive user account information;
displaying, on the display of the mobile device, the first digital content comprising the interface to receive user account information;
retrieving, by the application on the mobile device, second digital content from the remote data store in response to receiving user account information, wherein the second digital content comprises digital content associated with both the item and the user; and
displaying, on the display of the mobile device, the second digital content.

US Pat. No. 10,478,065

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING SUBJECTS IN POTENTIAL PHYSIOLOGICAL DISTRESS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A portable monitoring apparatus for real-time monitoring of an ambulatory subject, comprising:a wearable item comprising a sensor, the sensor providing a sensor signal responsive to the physiology of an ambulatory subject wearing the item; and
a portable data unit local to the wearable item comprising a processing device configured to:
retrieve and process the sensor signal in order to determine physiological information comprising an indication of whether a physiological state of the subject is normal or not or an indication of whether a physiological state of the subject is acceptable or not,
present to the subject items selected from said physiological information, and to
transmit items selected from the physiological information from the portable data unit to a remote monitoring station in dependence on the physiological state of the monitored subject,
wherein the processing device is further configured to direct the transmission, wirelessly to the remote monitoring station, which is a current remote monitoring station selected from two or more candidate remote monitoring stations,
wherein the processing device is further configured to select a new remote monitoring station from the candidate remote monitoring stations that is different from the current remote monitoring station; and is configured to direct future wireless transmissions to the new remote monitoring station and cease directing future wireless transmissions to the current remote monitoring station,
wherein the candidate remote monitoring stations are assigned priorities, and wherein the new remote monitoring station currently has the greatest priority at portable data unit of the other candidate monitoring stations,
wherein the physiological state is further determined by comparing a value of a physiological parameter to a predetermined threshold value that is acceptable or normal based on predetermined criteria.

US Pat. No. 10,478,668

ACTIVITY MONITORING BASE STATION

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A device for monitoring a plurality of individuals, the device comprising:a base station in communication with a plurality of sensors worn by the plurality of individuals during a fitness activity, the base station comprising:
a housing comprising:
a top central opening located at a proximal end of the housing,
a bottom central opening located at a distal end of the housing,
a ventilation channel comprising a ventilation channel wall defining the top central opening, the bottom central opening, and a through hole extending through the housing between the top central opening and the bottom central opening, and
a sloped circumferential wall located at the proximal end of the housing and configured to funnel water into the top central opening and through the ventilation channel;
a control module disposed within the housing around an outer surface of the ventilation channel wall and configured to monitor the plurality of individuals; and
a heat sink disposed within the ventilation channel.

US Pat. No. 10,389,829

METHOD OF PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT FOR USERS OF PHYSICAL ITEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A system for delivering digital content related to an article of apparel, the system comprising:an article of apparel;
an NFC chip affixed to the article of apparel, wherein the NFC chip stores identifying information of the article of apparel;
a remote computing device storing digital content related to the article of apparel;
an application configured to be executed by an NFC-enabled mobile computing device, wherein the application, when executed, causes the NFC-enabled mobile computing device to:
receive, from the NFC chip embedded in the apparel tag, the identifying information of the article of apparel;
request, from the remote computing device, first digital content related to the article of apparel using the identifying information of the article of apparel;
receive, from the remote computing device, the first digital content related to the article of apparel;
display, on a display of the NFC-enabled mobile computing device, the first digital content related to the article of apparel;
request, from the remote computing device, second digital content related to the article of apparel;
receive, from the remote computing device, the second digital content related to the article of apparel; and
display, on the display of the NFC-enabled mobile computing device, the second digital content related to the article of apparel, wherein the first digital content and the second digital content are different.

US Pat. No. 10,357,067

ARTICLES OF SPORTS APPAREL WITH SUPPORT ELEMENTS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article of sports apparel comprising:at least one base portion adapted to be arranged proximate a lower back of a user when worn;
at least two elongate support elements, wherein:
the at least two elongate support elements are attached to the at least one base portion to extend outwardly from a region at least partially encompassing the lower back of the user when worn;
at least one of the at least two elongate support elements is arranged to cross over a spine of the user when worn; and
an elastic modulus of at least one of the elongate support elements is lower in a direction along the elongate support element compared to a direction orthogonal to the elongate support element.

US Pat. No. 10,317,187

METHODS OF DETERMINING PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SPORTS OBJECTS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for determining performance information of an object located within an athletic field area, the method comprising, in order:obtaining magnetic field map data for the athletic field area;
measuring magnetic field data when the object is located at a position within the athletic field area; and
determining performance information of the object within the athletic field area based on the magnetic field map data for the athletic field area and the magnetic field data.

US Pat. No. 10,317,711

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANIPULATING COLOR CHANGING MATERIALS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of manipulating a color displayed by at least one article comprising iron oxide colloidal crystals arranged within chains embedded within a material or a transfer medium, the method comprising:(a) applying a magnetic field to the at least one article;
(b) applying energy to at least some of the chains of nanocrystals to soften the material or transfer medium immediately surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to which the energy is applied;
(c) adjusting a strength of the magnetic field until a color displayed by the at least one article substantially corresponds to a pre-selected color;
(d) removing the energy to allow the material or transfer medium immediately surrounding the chains of nanocrystals to harden and fix a location of the nanocrystals within the chains; and
(e) removing the magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,275,823

SYSTEMS AND TECHNIQUES FOR COMPUTER-ENABLED GEO-TARGETED PRODUCT RESERVATION FOR SECURE AND AUTHENTICATED ONLINE RESERVATIONS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A computer-implemented method implemented in a customer device for ensuring customer authenticity of an electronic reservation for a product from a retailer by generating reservations only if threshold authentication conditions are satisfied, the method comprising:receiving, at the customer device registered with a retailer server system, an electronic communication from the retailer server system remote from the customer device, the electronic communication providing a notification regarding launch of a product at a retail location and a time frame during which the product is available for reservation;
during the time frame indicated in the electronic communication, receiving a first user input on a graphical user interface of the customer device, the first user input corresponding to a request for a reservation of the product and for selecting at least one custom feature of the product;
receiving, at the customer device, a message requesting a response for authenticating a user operating the customer device;
determining, at the customer device, an authenticity of the user operating the customer device, the authenticity of the user being determined based on a distance between a geographic location of the customer device and the retail location, and the determination of the authenticity of the user being performed to prevent a bot from reserving the product in advance of the launch; and
transmitting, from the customer device to the retailer server system, a response to the message for authenticating the user of the customer device, the response received via a second user input, wherein the user being determined as authentic satisfies a first threshold authentication condition of one or more threshold authentication conditions, and wherein satisfaction of the one or more threshold authentication conditions causes the retailer server system to generate the reservation for the product according to the at least one custom feature selected by the first user input.

US Pat. No. 10,269,174

MANUFACTURING A CUSTOMIZED SPORT APPAREL BASED ON SENSOR DATA

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. An article of sports apparel being customized for a person, comprising:the article of sports apparel, wherein the article of sports apparel is a first article of sports apparel manufactured based on a first digital model comprising a three-dimensional model and a functional description,
wherein the first digital model is built based on received sensor data from a sensor embedded in a second article of sports apparel manufactured based on a second digital model, including gait cycle data, and updated in response to variation in the individual's gait cycle data over time,
wherein the sensor data is obtained while the second article of sports apparel is worn by the person during a sports activity, and
wherein a third article of sports apparel is manufactured based on a third digital model built based on the received sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,258,104

SOLE FOR A SHOE

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A shoe comprising:a sole comprising
a porous mesh;
a first layer having a first portion at least partially arranged on a first side of the porous mesh, wherein the first layer has a second portion that at least partially penetrates the porous mesh to form a tread structure on a second side of the porous mesh opposite the first side, wherein the first layer and the porous mesh are fixedly bonded to one another at least in an area where the first layer extends through the porous mesh to form the tread structure, wherein the tread structure comprises tread elements, and wherein the tread elements overlap the second side of the mesh and at least partially encapsulate the mesh between the tread structure and the first portion of the first layer;
a second layer arranged on the second side of the porous mesh, wherein the second layer comprises at least one aperture in which the tread structure is at least partially arranged, and wherein the second layer and the first layer are at least partially bonded; and
a third layer comprising a non-mesh layer arranged on the first layer, wherein the third layer comprises a different material than the first layer, and wherein the third layer and the first layer are at least partially bonded; and
a shoe upper connected to the sole.

US Pat. No. 10,258,107

SHOE WITH A HEEL CAP AND/OR ANKLE COLLAR

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A shoe comprises:a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region;
a longitudinal axis aligned to have a rearward direction and a forward direction, the rearward direction oriented extending away from the forefoot region and toward the heel region, the forward direction oriented extending away from the heel region and toward the forefoot region, wherein rearmost refers to rearmost in the rearward direction and foremost refers to foremost in the forward direction;
a sole having an upper perimeter edge and formed of a first material;
an upper separate from the sole and coupled with the sole along the upper perimeter edge of the sole, the upper comprising at least an upper side panel and a heel cap, wherein the upper side panel is arranged to be at least one of adjacent or located in the forward direction of an arch of a wearer's foot when the shoe is worn by the wearer, the upper side panel comprising a textile fabric region in at least one of the forefoot region and the midfoot region, wherein the textile fabric region of the upper side panel is formed of a second material different from the first material;
a vertical axis aligned to have an upward direction and a downward direction, the upward direction oriented extending away from the sole and toward the upper, the downward direction oriented extending away from the upper and toward the sole, wherein topmost refers to topmost in the upward direction and lowermost refers to lowermost in the downward direction; and
a means for connecting the heel cap of the upper to the upper side panel of the upper;
wherein the heel cap at least partially surrounds a rear side, a medial side, and a lateral side of a heel of the wearer's foot when worn;
wherein the heel cap forms the heel region of the upper;
wherein the heel cap has a lowermost edge that terminates at or above the upper perimeter edge of the sole; and
wherein the heel cap is entirely formed of a third material different from the first material and the second material, and wherein the third material is a single piece of thermoplastic foam, the heel cap having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface forms a portion of an exterior-most surface of the shoe, wherein the second surface forms a portion of an interior-most surface of the shoe facing a foot opening of the shoe for receiving a foot of the wearer, wherein the heel cap further comprises an upper rim edge around the foot opening, wherein a portion of the upper rim edge that is rearmost along the longitudinal axis defines a portion of the exterior-most surface of the shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,259,183

METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING CUSHIONING ELEMENTS FOR SPORTS APPAREL

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for manufacturing a cushioning element for sports apparel from randomly arranged particles of an expanded material, comprising:(a) positioning of a functional element within a mold; and
(b) loading the mold with the particles of the expanded material.