Patents Examined by Devin B Henson
  • Patent number: 11369307
    Abstract: A vestibular system examination device includes a platform unit and an examination unit. The platform unit includes a base, a driving mechanism mounted to the base, and a seat mounted to the driving mechanism and adapted for a user to sit thereon. The seat is driven movably and rotatably with six degrees of freedom by the driving mechanism. The examining unit includes a detector adapted for detecting eye movement or electrooculography of the user, a measuring module electrically connected to the platform unit for measuring location and displacement thereof, and a processing module electrically connected to the detector and the measuring module for receiving and processing data acquired from the detector and the measuring module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Kaohsiung Medical University
    Inventors: Lan-Yuen Guo, Chen-Wen Yen, Lih-Jiun Liaw, Chin-I Huang, Cheng-Chun Chen
  • Patent number: 11364019
    Abstract: A catheter for introduction into a body cavity comprises a flexible outer tube with a handle member and proximal and distal ends and a flexible inner tube with a holder. The exterior surface of the outer tube has a first cross sectional shape along at least a portion of its length with the inferior surface having a second cross section shape along at feast a portion of its length. The inner tube has an exterior surface having a third cross section shape along at least a portion of its length. The third cross section shape has a radius less than said second cross section shape and is configured to prevent more than a predetermined rotation when received within in the second cross section shape of the outer tube. The holder has a holder stop proximate its distal face with the distance between the proximal face of the handle member and the stop being equal to the length of the membrane. This ensures that once the stop contacts the handle member, the membrane will be fully deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: William R. Krause
  • Patent number: 11361863
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, methods and apparatus for diabetes management using location-based reminders. Embodiments include requesting a user select a diabetes management related task to be reminded to perform; requesting the user select a location at which the user is to be reminded to perform the selected diabetes management related task; monitoring the user's location; detecting the user has entered the selected location; triggering the reminder in response to detecting the user has entered the selected location; and presenting the reminder to the user. Numerous other aspects are provided like helping a user locate a blood glucose meter (BGM) by identifying a most recent data transfer from the BGM based on a stored date and time associated with the most recent data transfer from the BGM, and identifying patterns of diabetes management events corresponding to particular location types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Gass, Michael Harboun, Simon King
  • Patent number: 11350873
    Abstract: A portable quantification apparatus for assessing joint accessory movement is disclosed in the present invention. The apparatus includes a reference unit, a movement unit, a sliding unit and a displacement sensor. The reference unit has a first probe and a first force sensor. The movement unit has a second probe and a second force sensor. The sliding unit is disposed between the reference unit and the movement unit which allows the movement unit to slide alongside with the reference unit. When a patient is under a test, the first probe is against one of two adjacent bones of a joint, while the second probe is against the other adjacent bone. The first force sensor and the second force sensor sense a first force and a second force applying to the reference unit and the movement unit respectively. The displacement sensor measures a relative movement of the movement unit over the reference unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Chung-Huang Yu, Hsiao-Kuan Wu
  • Patent number: 11350914
    Abstract: An improved flexible endoscopic instrument to precisely and efficiently obtains samples of flat polyps and multiple polyps from a patient by debriding one or more polyps and retrieving the debrided polyps without having to alternate between using a separate cutting tool and a separate sample retrieving tool and may be used with an endoscope. In one aspect, the cutting tool is coupled to a flexible torque coil or torque rope that is configured to transfer rotational energy from a powered actuator through the length of the endoscope onto the cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Interscope, Inc.
    Inventors: Cosme Furlong, Michael W. Marcoux, Richard Stephen Wisdom, William R. Rebh, Jr., Evan Costa, Stephen C. Evans
  • Patent number: 11350856
    Abstract: This electronic device includes a sensor that acquires a pulse wave of a subject, and a controller that estimates the blood glucose level of the subject on the basis of an estimation expression that is created on the basis of a blood glucose level and a pulse wave corresponding to the blood glucose level, and the pulse wave of the subject acquired by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromi Ajima
  • Patent number: 11344229
    Abstract: A wearable gait detection device, a walking ability improvement system and a wearable gait detection system detect manifestation in a brain based on the wearer's gait and preventive measures. A load measurement part measures a load of a sole of the wearer's feet, a foot movement detection part at the shoes detects acceleration and/or angular velocity during feet movement, a centroid position calculation part calculates a centroid position of the feet based on changes in measured load, a movement locus calculation part calculates a movement locus of the feet based on acceleration and/or angular velocity detected by the foot movement detection part, a manifestation recognition part recognizes manifestation in the brain according to a specificity of centroid fluctuation of the feet based on the calculated centroid position and movement locus of the feet, and a sensory output part feeds back a sensation to the wearer based on a recognition result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Sankai
  • Patent number: 11337621
    Abstract: A lactate working threshold-estimating device includes: an acquiring unit configured to acquire information on a gait of a person whose lactate working threshold value is to be estimated from a sensor installed on the person; and an estimating unit configured to estimate the lactate working threshold value of the person on the basis of the acquired information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Shingo Tsukada, Nahoko Kasai, Hiroshi Nakashima, Hideo Hatta
  • Patent number: 11331087
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided to facilitate the minimally invasive removal of tissue biopsies and to facilitate the direct approach to anesthetizing the chest wall, in accordance with embodiments of the present invention. A pull-type cutting device 1 comprises two coaxially nested tubes, each extending from a proximal end 21 to a distal end 22. The first tube 61 defines a guide wire lumen 23 for slidingly receiving a guide wire. The second tube 63 extends over the first tube 60 and coupled thereto at the distal end 22 defining an expandable portion 13 adjacent the distal end 22. The second tube 63 defines an inflation lumen 25 extending from the shaft proximal end 21 to the expandable portion 13. The inflation lumen 25 communicates inflation fluid from the proximal end 21 to the expandable portion 13 so as to inflate and deploy the expandable portion 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Edward M. Boyle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11331048
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for comprehensively understanding the relationship between brain regions. A brain connectivity analysis system herein includes a memory configured to have stored therein a connectivity analysis program for analyzing the connectivity; and a processor configured to read the connectivity analysis program from the memory and analyze the connectivity. The processor is configured to execute a process of acquiring from a storage unit measured data on a plurality of selected regions of a brain, a process of determining at least two of the plurality of regions as seed regions and calculating a plurality of connectivity features for the seed regions and other regions from the measured data on the plurality of regions, and a process of generating a connectivity feature graph showing a relationship between a transfer delay time and another connectivity feature of each region that are included in the plurality of connectivity features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Stephanie Sutoko, Masashi Kiguchi, Atsushi Maki, Tsukasa Funane, Hiroki Sato
  • Patent number: 11330998
    Abstract: A technique for determining skin sodium content using bioimpedance spectroscopy includes applying a current at a predetermined frequency to skin of a subject, measuring a voltage across the skin of the subject produced by the current, determining a resistance across the skin of the subject at the predetermined frequency using the measured voltage, and determining skin sodium content using the measured voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Fansan Zhu, Peter Kotanko
  • Patent number: 11330991
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a blood pressure measurement device includes obtaining first blood pressure measurement information and a current confidence coefficient corresponding to the first blood pressure measurement information, determining the first blood pressure measurement information as blood pressure calibration information in response to the blood pressure measurement device comprising the historical calibration parameter list, and the current confidence coefficient being greater than or equal to a preset confidence coefficient or the historical confidence coefficient, and updating the historical calibration parameter list based on the first blood pressure measurement information and the current confidence coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peida Xu, Wenjuan Chen, Yu Zhu
  • Patent number: 11324454
    Abstract: A blood pressure measurement apparatus includes a measuring device that includes a plurality of pressure sensors and is for measuring blood pressure information for each heartbeat in a measurement target, and an arrangement state inferring unit for extracting a feature quantity from an output waveform of each of the pressure sensors for each heartbeat, and inferring an arrangement state of the measuring means relative to an artery that is the measurement target based on a distribution profile of values of the feature quantity for the plurality of pressure sensors. The apparatus also includes a reliability calculating unit for calculating a reliability of the blood pressure information measured by the measuring means, based on the inferred arrangement state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Ayako Kokubo, Hirotaka Wada, Eriko Kan, Keiichi Obayashi, Masaaki Kasai
  • Patent number: 11324490
    Abstract: A biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, a cutter, and a tissue sample holder. The tissue sample holder comprises an outer cup and a cap. A tray retains severed tissue samples from a biopsy procedure. In some versions, the tray is selectively detachable from the cap in a one-handed operation by the user. The tray may be ejected into a sample container, such as a formalin cup. The cap may include a threaded portion that is configured to engage a complementary threaded portion of a sample container to seal the sample container once the tissue samples have been transferred to the sample container from the tissue sample holder of the biopsy device. One or more ports may be provided in the cap to manage excess fluid within the outer cup of the tissue sample holder, and/or to provide integrated access for a marker delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, John S. Ehlert, James A. McCrea
  • Patent number: 11325002
    Abstract: A method of operating a fitness tracking system includes receiving at least one first value and at least one second value for at least one foot action parameter from a sensor during a user workout. The method further includes determining whether the user has experienced a first type of fatigue and a second type of fatigue based on the at least one first value and the at least one second value, wherein the first type of fatigue is defined by different rules than the second type of fatigue. When it is determined that the user experienced the first type of fatigue, a first recommended action is provided to the user via a personal electronic device of the user. When it is determined that the user experienced the second type of fatigue, a second recommended action is provided to the user via the personal electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Knight, F. Grant Kovach, Paul Winsper, Michael Mazzoleni, Jeffrey Allen
  • Patent number: 11324414
    Abstract: A probe device provides an enhanced bioelectric and spring-loaded sensing tip with an integrated force sensor. The probe device measures the bioelectric conductance value from a patient for therapeutic and/or diagnostic purpose using the spring-loaded sensing tip. In addition, the probe device measures the force applied by the spring-loaded sensing tip against the patient using the integrated force sensor. Using feedback from the force sensor and the bioconductive data of the patient, the force applied at the spring-loaded sensing tip may be adjusted to obtain improved results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Vine Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip W. Dietz
  • Patent number: 11324421
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring impairment indicators. The method comprises, during a first time window, measuring a first movement signal related to movement of a person with a movement sensor associated with the person, and measuring a first environmental signal with an environmental sensor. The method further comprises electronically storing at least one numerical descriptor derived from the first movement signal and the first environmental signal as reference data for the person. The method further includes, during a second time window, measuring a second movement signal related to movement of the person with the movement sensor and measuring a second environmental signal with the environmental sensor; and comparing at least one numerical descriptor derived from the second movement signal and the second environmental signal to the reference data to identify an impairment indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James W. Howard, Eric C. Lobner, Jennifer F. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 11317898
    Abstract: Apparatus and assemblies for automated sterile collection of urine and other biomaterials for medical testing, law enforcement testing, etc. Individual sample collection cartridges include an inflatable collection conduit and an inflatable collection vessel. The collection vessel can be sealed in multiple locations in a chronologically sequential manner to segregate an initial or “dirty” portion of a urine stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: WK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Heidi Kramer, Herman Wagschal, Joseph Wagschal, Caleb Vainikka, Braden Eliason, Thomas E. Kramer, Logan A. McDermot, Brian J. Mullins, Matthew H. Rust, Dallas J. Erdahl
  • Patent number: 11311219
    Abstract: Blood sample optimization systems and methods are described that reduce or eliminate contaminates in collected blood samples, which in turn reduces or eliminates false positive readings in blood cultures or other testing of collected blood samples. A blood sample optimization system can include a blood sequestration device located between a patient needle and a sample needle. The blood sequestration device can include a sequestration chamber for sequestering an initial, potentially contaminated aliquot of blood, and may further include a sampling channel that bypasses the sequestration chamber to convey likely uncontaminated blood between the patient needle and the sample needle after the initial aliquot of blood is sequestered in the sequestration chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Kurin, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobby E. Rogers, Gino Kang, David Karl Stroup, Jonas Dean Cochran, Arthur Deptala, John Detloff, Lonnie Pogue, Brian Macowski
  • Patent number: 11304663
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting an anomaly in a cardiovascular signal using hierarchical extremas and repetitions. The traditional systems and methods provide for some anomaly detection in the cardiovascular signal but do not consider the discrete nature and strict rising and falling patterns of the cardiovascular signal and frequency in terms of hierarchical maxima points and minima points. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for detecting the anomaly in the cardiovascular signal using hierarchical extremas and repetitions by smoothening the cardiovascular signal, deriving sets of hierarchical extremas using window detection, identifying signal patterns based upon the sets of hierarchical extremas, identifying repetitions in the signal patterns based upon occurrences and randomness of occurrences of the signal patterns and classifying the cardiovascular signal as anomalous and non-anomalous for detecting the anomaly in the cardiovascular signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Soma Bandyopadhyay, Arijit Ukil, Chetanya Puri, Rituraj Singh, Arpan Pal, C A Murthy