Technogym has patented a treadmill system with a protective cover and sensors to detect objects in the entrapment area. The controller stops the conveyor belt when an object is detected, ensuring user safety. GlobalData’s report on Technogym gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Technogym, AI-assisted fitness tracking was a key innovation area identified from patents. Technogym's grant share as of January 2024 was 49%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Protective cover and sensor system for treadmill safety

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Technogym SpA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11883729B2) discloses a treadmill design that includes a protective cover installed at the open end of the conveyor to prevent objects from entering an entrapping area. The treadmill is equipped with a sensor that detects the presence of an object within the entrapping area, prompting a controller to stop the conveyor to prevent accidents. The sensor comprises two elements positioned on either side of the conveyor, exchanging signals to indicate the presence of an object.

Furthermore, the patented treadmill system includes a controller that receives signals from sensors on the protective cover and side covers, allowing the conveyor to operate only when the protective cover is closed. In case of an open cover, the controller stops the conveyor to ensure safety. The protective cover features an arcuate body and is hingedly coupled to the treadmill frame, providing a secure closure for the open end of the conveyor. Additionally, a device associated with the treadmill includes an arcuate body, armatures, and coupling interfaces for easy installation on the conveyor. The device also incorporates a controller and sensor to detect objects in the entrapping area, enabling the controller to stop the conveyor or engage an emergency brake when necessary, ensuring user safety during operation.

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