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Exercise audio reproducing device, exercise audio reproducing method, and exercise audio reproducing program
8119899 Exercise audio reproducing device, exercise audio reproducing method, and exercise audio reproducing program
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Inventor: Shirai, et al.
Date Issued: February 21, 2012
Application: 12/162,053
Filed: January 23, 2007
Inventors: Shirai; Katsuya (Kanagawa, JP)
Sakai; Yuichi (Kanagawa, JP)
Sako; Yoichiro (Tokyo, JP)
Asukai; Masamichi (Kanagawa, JP)
Inoue; Makoto (Tokyo, JP)
Takai; Motoyuki (Tokyo, JP)
Sano; Akane (Tokyo, JP)
Assignee: Sony Corporation (Tokyo, JP)
Primary Examiner: Mai; Anh
Assistant Examiner: Uhlir; Christopher
Attorney Or Agent: Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.
U.S. Class: 84/612; 84/610; 84/615; 84/634; 84/636
Field Of Search: 84/612
International Class: G10H 1/36
U.S Patent Documents:
Foreign Patent Documents: 6 342282; 2001 231904; 2001 299980; 2003 85888; 2003 177749; 2003 305146; 2004 16752; 2004 113552; 2004 216142; 2005 156641; 2005-292730; 2006-301276; WO 03/005339
Other References: Japanese Office Action issued Sep. 6, 2011, in Patent Application No. 2006-195024. cited by other.









Abstract: Provided is a device for playing audio with improved convenience, wherein music can be played such that oneness with the actions of the user can be obtained at all times, without giving the user any unnaturalness whatsoever such as unpleasant sensations. After starting playing of music data through such as an audio signal output processing unit 31, action tempo of the user is detected by an exercise information analyzing circuit 23, based on detection output from an exercise information sensor 24, and in the event that the difference between the detected action tempo of the user and the tempo of the music data being played is not a predetermined range, music data with a tempo of which the difference as to the action tempo of the user is within the predetermined range is searched by searching means such as a music playing data generating device unit 22, and a control unit 10 changes the music data to be played so as to play this searched music data.
Claim: The invention claimed is:

1. An audio player comprising: means for receiving an input of profile information relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; means forcalculating at least one additional physical characteristic of the user based on the input profile information prior to the user beginning exercising; means for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additionalcalculated physical characteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; playing means for playing music data; sensor means for detecting changes in actions of the user caused by the user exercising; detecting means for detecting anaction tempo of the user at a plurality of predetermined times following starting of playing of music data through said playing means, based on a detection output from said sensor means; determining means for determining whether a first difference, thefirst difference being between a tempo of music data being played by said playing means and the action tempo of the user detected by said detecting means, is within a predetermined range; searching means for identifying, when said determining meansdetermines that the first difference between the tempo of music data being played and the action tempo of the user is outside of the predetermined range, music data having a tempo of which a second difference as to the action tempo detected by saiddetecting means is within the predetermined range; and changing means for changing the music data played by said playing means to the music data identified by said searching means.

2. An audio player comprising: means for receiving an input of profile information relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; means for calculating at least one additional physical characteristic of the user based onthe input profile information prior to the user beginning exercising; means for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additional calculated physical characteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; playing means for playing music data; sensor means for detecting changes in actions of the user caused by the user exercising; first detecting means for detecting an action tempo of the user before playing of music data through said playing means,based on a detection output from said sensor means; first searching means for identifying music data having a tempo of which a first difference as to the action tempo detected by said first detecting means is within a predetermined range; playingcontrol means for controlling the music data identified by said first searching means to be played through said playing means, second detecting means for detecting an action tempo of the user at a plurality of predetermined times when said playing meansplays the music data, based on the detection output from said sensor means; determining means for determining whether the first difference, the first difference being between the tempo of music data being played by said playing means and the actiontempo of the user detected by said second detecting means, is within the predetermined range; second searching means for identifying, when said determining means determines that the first difference between the tempo of music data being played and theaction tempo of the user is outside of the predetermined range, music data having a tempo of which a second difference as to the action tempo detected by said second detecting means is within the predetermined range; and changing means for changing themusic data played by said playing means to the music data identified by said second searching means.

3. The audio player according to claim 1 or claim 2, further comprising: history holding means for storing and holding at least identification information and play time of music data played through said playing means, as history information; obtaining means for obtaining properties information of each music data played, based on the identification information of the music data held in said history holding means; calculating means for calculating an exercise amount of the user, based on theprofile information accepted through said means for receiving, said history information held in said history holding means, and the properties information obtained by said obtaining means; and output means for outputting information indicating theexercise amount calculated by said calculating means.

4. The audio player according to claim 1 or claim 2, further comprising: exercise type detecting means for detecting an exercise type of the user, based on detection output from said sensor means, for each music data played; history holdingmeans for storing and holding history information correlating identification information and play time of the music data with said exercise type detected by said exercise type detecting means, for each music data played; obtaining means for obtainingproperties information of each music data played, based on the identification information of the music data held in said history holding means; calculating means for calculating the exercise amount of the user, based on the profile information relatingto the body of the user accepted through said means for receiving, said history information held in said history holding means, and the properties information obtained by said obtaining means; and output means for outputting information indicating theexercise amount calculated by said calculating means.

5. An audio playing method, implemented on an audio player, comprising: a receiving process for receiving an input of profile information relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; a calculating process for calculatingat least one additional physical characteristic of the user based on the input profile information prior to the user beginning exercising; a displaying process for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additionalcalculated physical characteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; a detecting process for detecting an action tempo of the user at a plurality of predetermined times following starting of playing of music data, based on a detectionoutput from a sensor for detecting changes in actions of the user caused by the user exercising; a determining process for determining whether a first difference, the first difference being between a tempo of music data being played and the action tempoof the user detected in said detecting process, is within a predetermined range; a searching process for identifying, when said determining process determines that the first difference between the tempo of music data being played and the action tempo ofthe user is outside of the predetermined range, music data having a tempo of which a second difference as to the action tempo detected in said detecting process is within the predetermined range; and a changing process for changing the music data playedto the music data identified in said searching process.

6. An audio playing method, implemented on an audio player, comprising: a receiving process for receiving an input of profile information relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; a calculating process for calculatingat least one additional physical characteristic of the user based on the input profile information prior to the user beginning exercising; a displaying process for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additionalcalculated physical characteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; a first detecting process for detecting an action tempo of the user before playing of music data, based on a detection output from a sensor for detecting changes inactions of the user caused by the user exercising; a first searching process for identifying music data having a tempo of which a first difference as to the action tempo detected in said first detecting process is within a predetermined range; aplaying control process for controlling the music data identified by said first searching process to be played, a second detecting process for detecting an action tempo of the user at a plurality of predetermined times when the music data is beingplayed, based on the detection output from the sensor for detecting changes in actions of the user; a determining process for determining whether the first difference, the first difference being between the tempo of music data being played and theaction tempo of the user detected in said second detecting process, is within the predetermined range; a second searching process for identifying, when said determining process determines that the first difference between the tempo of music data beingplayed and the action tempo of the user is outside of the predetermined range, music data having a tempo of which a second difference as to the action tempo detected by said second detecting process is within the predetermined range; and a changingprocess for changing the music data played to the music data identified in said second searching process.

7. The audio playing method according to claim 5 or claim 6, further comprising: a history holding process for holding in storage means at least identification information and play time of music data played, as history information; anobtaining process for obtaining properties information of each music data played, based on the identification information of the music data held in said storage means through said history holding process; a calculating process for calculating theexercise amount of the user, based on the profile information relating to the body of the user accepted through said receiving process and exercise type indicating a type of exercise performed, said history information held in said storage means throughsaid history holding process, and said properties information obtained in said obtaining process; and an output process for outputting information indicating the exercise amount calculated in said calculating process.

8. The audio playing method according to claim 5 or claim 6, further comprising: an exercise type detecting process for detecting an exercise type of the user, based on detection output from a sensor for detecting change in actions of the user,for each music data played; a history holding process for holding, in storage means, history information correlating identification information and play time of the music data with said exercise type detected in said exercise type detecting process, foreach music data played; an obtaining process for obtaining properties information of each music data played, based on the identification information of the music data held in said storage means through said history holding process; a calculatingprocess for calculating the exercise amount of the user, based on the profile information relating to the body of the user accepted through said receiving process, the history information held in said storage means through said history holding process,and the properties information obtained in said obtaining process; and an output process for outputting information indicating the exercise amount calculated in said calculating process.

9. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon an audio playing program which when executed by a processor included in an audio player for playing music data, causes the processor to execute a method comprising: areceiving step for receiving an input of profile information relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; a calculating step for calculating at least one additional physical characteristic of the user based on the input profileinformation prior to the user beginning exercising; a displaying step for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additional calculated physical characteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; adetecting step for detecting an action tempo of the user at a plurality of predetermined times following starting of playing of music data, based on a detection output from a sensor for detecting changes in actions of the user caused by the userexercising; a determining step for determining whether a first difference, the first difference being between a tempo of music data being played and the action tempo of the user detected in said detecting step, is within a predetermined range; asearching step for identifying, when said determining step determines that the first difference between the tempo of music data being played and the action tempo of the user is outside of the predetermined range, music data having a tempo of which asecond difference as to the action tempo detected in said detecting step is the predetermined range; and a changing step for changing the played music data to the music data identified in said searching step.

10. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon an audio playing program which when executed by a processor included in an audio player for playing music data, causes the processor to execute a method comprising: areceiving step for receiving an input of profile information relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; a calculating step for calculating at least one additional physical characteristic of the user based on the input profileinformation prior to the user beginning exercising; a displaying step for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additional calculated physical characteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; afirst detecting step for detecting an action tempo of the user before playing of music data, based on a detection output from a sensor for detecting changes in actions of the user caused by the user exercising; a first searching step for identifyingmusic data having a tempo of which a first difference as to the action tempo detected in said first detecting step is within a predetermined range; a playing control step for controlling the music data identified by said first searching step to beplayed, a second detecting step for detecting an action tempo of the user at a plurality of predetermined times when the music data is being played, based on a detection output from the sensor for detecting changes in actions of the user; a determiningstep for determining whether the first difference, the first difference being between the tempo of music data being played and the action tempo of the user detected in said second detecting step, is within the predetermined range; a second searchingstep for identifying, when said determining step determines that the first difference between the tempo of music data being played and the action tempo of the user is outside of the predetermined range, music data having a tempo of which a seconddifference as to the action tempo detected by said second detecting step is within the predetermined range; and a changing step for changing the music data played to the music data identified in said second searching step.

11. The audio playing method according to claim 9 or claim 10, further comprising: a history holding step for holding in storage means at least identification information and play time of music data played, as history information; an obtainingstep for obtaining properties information of each music data played, based on the identification information of the music data held in said storage means in said history holding step; a calculating step for calculating the exercise amount of the user,based on the profile information relating to the body of the user accepted through said receiving step and exercise type indicating a type of exercise performed, said history information held in said storage means through said history holding step, andsaid properties information obtained in said obtaining step; and an output step for outputting information indicating the exercise amount calculated in said calculating step.

12. The audio playing method according to claim 9 or claim 10, further comprising: an exercise type detecting step for detecting an exercise type of the user, based on detection output from a sensor for detecting change in actions of the user,for each music data played; a history holding step for holding, in storage means, history information correlating identification information and play time of the music data with said exercise type detected in said exercise type detecting step, for eachmusic data played; an obtaining step for obtaining properties information of each music data played, based on the identification information of the music data held in said storage means through said history holding step; a calculating step forcalculating the exercise amount of the user, based on the profile information relating to the body of the user accepted through said receiving step, said history information held in said storage means through said history holding step, and the propertiesinformation obtained in said obtaining step; and an output step for outputting information indicating the exercise amount calculated in said calculating step.

13. An audio player comprising: profile information accepting means for accepting input of personal profile information for a user relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; means for calculating at least oneadditional physical characteristic of the user based on the input personal profile information prior to the user beginning exercising; means for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additional calculated physicalcharacteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; target exercise amount accepting means for accepting input of a target exercise amount of the user; detecting means of detecting actions of the user caused by the user exercising; calculating means for calculating an actual exercise amount of the user, based on the personal profile information of the user accepted through said profile information accepting means, and a detection output from said detecting means; selecting meansfor automatically sequentially selecting music data to be played, during a period until an accumulated value of said actual exercise amount of the user calculated at said calculating means reaches said target exercise amount accepted through said targetexercise amount accepting means; and playing means for playing said music data selected by said selecting means.

14. The audio player according to claim 13, wherein said target exercise amount and said actual exercise amount include at least one of exercise time, exercise intensity, exercise distance, exercise number of times, number of steps,out-calories, and amount of fat burned.

15. The audio player according to claim 13, wherein said personal profile information includes at least one of name, height, weight, age, sex, and stride for each user.

16. The audio player according to claim 13, further comprising: history information creating means for creating history information correlating at least identification information of played music data with actual exercise amount at a time ofplaying said music data; storage means for storing and holding said history information created through said history information creating means; and privilege providing means for providing a predetermined privilege when said actual exercise amount ofsaid history information stored in said storage means reaches the target exercise amount.

17. An audio playing method comprising: a profile information accepting process for accepting input of personal profile information from a user relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; a first calculating process forcalculating at least one additional physical characteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; a displaying process for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additional calculated physicalcharacteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; a target exercise amount accepting process for accepting input of a target exercise amount of the user; a detecting process of detecting actions of the user caused by the userexercising; a second calculating process for calculating an actual exercise amount of the user, based on the personal profile information of the user accepted in said profile information accepting process, and a detection results detected in saiddetecting process; a selecting process for automatically sequentially selecting music data to be played, during a period until an accumulated value of said actual exercise amount of the user calculated in said second calculating process reaches saidtarget exercise amount accepted in said target exercise amount accepting process; and a playing process for playing said music data selected in said selecting process.

18. The audio playing method according to claim 17, wherein said target exercise amount and said actual exercise amount include at least one of exercise time, exercise intensity, exercise distance, exercise number of times, number of steps,out-calories, and amount of fat burned.

19. The audio playing method according to claim 17, wherein said personal profile information includes at least one of name, height, weight, age, sex, and stride for each user.

20. The audio playing method according to claim 17, further comprising: a history information creating process for creating history information correlating at least identification information of played music data with actual exercise amount ata time of playing said music data; a storage processing process for storing and holding, in a recording medium, said history information created in said history information creating process; and a privilege providing process for providing apredetermined privilege when said actual exercise amount of said history information stored in said storage medium reaches the target exercise amount.

21. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon an audio playing program which when executed by a processor included in an audio player for playing music data, causes the processor to execute a method comprising: aprofile information accepting step for accepting input of personal profile information from a user, input through a key operating unit relating to physical characteristics of a user of the audio player; a first calculating step for calculating at leastone additional physical characteristic of the user based on the input personal profile information prior to the user beginning exercising; a displaying step for displaying the profile information input by the user and the at least one additionalcalculated physical characteristic of the user prior to the user beginning exercising; a target exercise amount accepting step for accepting input of a target exercise amount of the user, input through the key operating unit; a detecting step ofdetecting actions of the user, based on a detection output from a sensor device worn by the user caused by the user exercising; a second calculating step for calculating an actual exercise amount of the user, based on the personal profile information ofthe user accepted in said profile information accepting step, and the user actions detected in said detecting step; a selecting step for automatically sequentially selecting music data to be played, during a period until an accumulated value of saidactual exercise amount of the user calculated in said second calculating step reaches said target exercise amount accepted in said target exercise amount accepting step; and a playing step for playing said music data selected in said selecting step.

22. The audio playing method according to claim 21, wherein said target exercise amount and said actual exercise amount include at least one of exercise time, exercise intensity, exercise distance, exercise number of times, number of steps,out-calories, and amount of fat burned.

23. The audio playing method according to claim 21, wherein said personal profile information includes at least one of name, height, weight, age, sex, and stride for each user.

24. The audio playing method according to claim 21, further comprising: a history information creating step for creating history information correlating at least identification information of played music data with actual exercise amount at atime of playing said music data; a storage processing step for storing and holding, in a recording medium, said history information created in said history information creating step; and a privilege providing step for providing a predeterminedprivilege when said actual exercise amount of said history information stored in said storage medium reaches the target exercise amount.
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