Patents by Inventor Francesco Pompei

Francesco Pompei has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9470584
    Abstract: The present invention relates to more accurate indication of fever. Temperature data from a large population of individuals are obtained and the temperature data are processed to determine a threshold, at a fever bump, above a normal range of distribution. The fever threshold, along with an individual's temperature, is used to indicate if the individual has a fever. Further, circadian information may be utilized to adjust the temperature data for an individual or the population of individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
  • Publication number: 20160213260
    Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Patent number: 9335219
    Abstract: There are many industrial applications in which non-contact temperature sensing is useful for increasing production speed and quality, such as printing, laminating, extrusion, and metal forming. Disclosed is a non-contact temperature determining apparatus which uses two wide wavelength bands integrating sensors to determine the radiance ratio of a target and thereby determine a corresponding temperature of the target. Also disclosed is a non-contact temperature determining apparatus in which a beam splitter passes one wide wavelength band to a sensor and reflects another distinct wide wavelength band to another sensor from which temperature can be determined. A disclosed embodiment of the dual waveband temperature detector improves upon traditional and currently available ratio pyrometers by further reducing the cost of the system, making installation and use easier, and improving temperature detection for low temperature industrial applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Stein, Francesco Pompei
  • Publication number: 20160109296
    Abstract: An inexpensive thermopile temperature detector is particularly adapted to monitoring of electrical equipment, such as a power bus bar, within an enclosed area such as a cabinet. The detector may have a plastic housing, a thermopile sensor and a plastic Fresnel lens. Each sensor also includes a calibrated element such that, but for calibration, the same sensor may be used for various applications for different target sizes and distance or, more generally, with respect to effective target percentage of field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Patent number: 9194749
    Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Patent number: 9170158
    Abstract: An inexpensive thermopile temperature detector is particularly adapted to monitoring of electrical equipment, such as a power bus bar, within an enclosed area such as a cabinet. The detector may have a plastic housing, a thermopile sensor and a plastic Fresnel lens. Each sensor also includes a calibrated element such that, but for calibration, the same sensor may be used for various applications for different target sizes and distance or, more generally, with respect to effective target percentage of field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Publication number: 20150017592
    Abstract: Devices and corresponding methods can be provided to monitor or measure temperature of a target or to control a process. Targets can have low, unknown, or variable emissivity. Devices and corresponding methods can be used to measure temperatures of thin film, partially transparent, or opaque targets, as well as targets not filling a sensor's field of view. Temperature measurements can be made independent of emissivity of a target surface by, for example, inserting a target between a thermopile sensor and a background surface maintained at substantially the same temperature as the thermopile sensor. In embodiment devices and methods, a sensor temperature can be controlled to match a target temperature by minimizing or zeroing a net heat flux at the sensor, as derived from a sensor output signal. Alternatively, a target temperature can be controlled to minimize the heat flux.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Jason N. Jarboe, Francesco Pompei
  • Publication number: 20140243700
    Abstract: An identification input device and a temperature detector that detects body temperature data. The identification input device may be an optical touch pen. The infrared touch pen may be affixed to the temperature detector using a hook and connector or a snap fit connector. In use, the temperature detector computes body temperature data and the identification input device determines an identifier. The identifier is unique to a user. After obtaining the body temperature data and identifier, a transmitter may transmit body temperature data and the identifier over a wireless communications path to a processing unit. By transmitting data over a wireless communications path, an individual's data or a large group of data may be analyzed and viewed via a display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: EXERGEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
  • Publication number: 20140149065
    Abstract: The present invention relates to more accurate indication of fever. Temperature data from a large population of individuals are obtained and the temperature data are processed to determine a threshold, at a fever bump, above a normal range of distribution. The fever threshold, along with an individual's temperature, is used to indicate if the individual has a fever. Further, circadian information may be utilized to adjust the temperature data for an individual or the population of individuals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: EXERGEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
  • Publication number: 20140046620
    Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
  • Patent number: 8577642
    Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
  • Publication number: 20120197585
    Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
  • Publication number: 20120183013
    Abstract: There are many industrial applications in which non-contact temperature sensing is useful for increasing production speed and quality, such as printing, laminating, extrusion, and metal forming. Disclosed is a non-contact temperature determining apparatus which uses two wide wavelength bands integrating sensors to determine the radiance ratio of a target and thereby determine a corresponding temperature of the target. Also disclosed is a non-contact temperature determining apparatus in which a beam splitter passes one wide wavelength band to a sensor and reflects another distinct wide wavelength band to another sensor from which temperature can be determined. A disclosed embodiment of the dual waveband temperature detector improves upon traditional and currently available ratio pyrometers by further reducing the cost of the system, making installation and use easier, and improving temperature detection for low temperature industrial applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Stein, Francesco Pompei
  • Publication number: 20120179049
    Abstract: A body temperature detector includes a body having a viewing end, a retaining end, and a disposable cap. The retaining end includes an inward protrusion that expands over a wider portion of an end of the detector and contracts after the retaining end has passed over the wider portion to snugly secure the cap on the detector. An operator can scan the detector across the forehead of the patient and behind at least one ear, and the detector selects a maximum peak temperature of the two scans. The operator can continuously scan the detector from the forehead to behind the ear. Measured temperature is processed to provide a body temperature approximation based on heat flow from the skin surface to ambient temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Marybeth A. Pompei
  • Publication number: 20120170612
    Abstract: An inexpensive thermopile temperature detector is particularly adapted to monitoring of electrical equipment, such as a power bus bar, within an enclosed area such as a cabinet. The detector may have a plastic housing, a thermopile sensor and a plastic Fresnel lens. Each sensor also includes a calibrated element such that, but for calibration, the same sensor may be used for various applications for different target sizes and distance or, more generally, with respect to effective target percentage of field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Patent number: 8160836
    Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
  • Publication number: 20110092822
    Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Patent number: 7787938
    Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Publication number: 20080262782
    Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
  • Publication number: 20080239920
    Abstract: An identification input device and a temperature detector that detects body temperature data. The identification input device may be an optical touch pen. The infrared touch pen may be affixed to the temperature detector using a hook and connector or a snap fit connector. In use, the temperature detector computes body temperature data and the identification input device determines an identifier. The identifier is unique to a user. After obtaining the body temperature data and identifier, a transmitter may transmit body temperature data and the identifier over a wireless communications path to a processing unit. By transmitting data over a wireless communications path, an individual's data or a large group of data may be analyzed and viewed via a display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe