Patents Examined by Jack Yip
  • Patent number: 10347145
    Abstract: Embodiments ensure that a user performs educational tasks, such as answering predetermined test questions, on a mobile phone or other wireless electronic device. When predetermined usage limits on the mobile phone are met, application programs on the mobile phone are suspended until the user performs an educational task. In some embodiments, once the usage criteria are met, the mobile phone is able to make calls to or receive calls from only predetermined numbers. Normal use is restored only after the educational task is performed. Usage limits include a maximum number of connections (e.g., calls made and received) on the mobile phone, a maximum cost of calls, and a maximum total duration of calls, all within an allotment period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventors: Alfred S. Braunberger, Beau M. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 10335636
    Abstract: A system that monitors user activity includes a wrist device including a curved body and an electronic circuitry supported by the body. The electronic circuitry includes a first set of light emitting diodes arranged in a matrix form and forming a display unit, at least one motion sensor configured to measure physical motion caused by a user to the wrist device, and at least one processor configured to acquire motion measurement data from the at least one motion sensor, to process the motion measurement data into a motion activity metric, and to cause the display unit to display the motion activity metric. The at least one processor is further configured to acquire heart activity measurement data from a heart activity sensor, to process the heart activity measurement data into a heart activity metric, and to cause the display unit to display the heart activity metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Veli-Matti Holma, Taina Koistinen, Petri Jaaskelainen, Olli Komulainen, Ville Kampman, Lotta Ronnberg, Mikko Repka, Hannu Kinnunen, Petteri Siekkinen, Tarja Maatta, Arto Niva
  • Patent number: 10325514
    Abstract: Methods, techniques, apparatuses, and systems for setting up and tracking sleep consistency goals of users are provided. In one example, a computing system for setting a sleep schedule of a user of a biometric monitoring device may obtain sleep data derived from sensor data generated by the biometric monitoring device, store the sleep data in a sleep log data store as one or more sleep logs associated with an account assigned to the user, and calculate a target bedtime based on a scheduled waketime of the user and a sleep efficiency derived, at least in part, from the sleep data for one or more users stored in the sleep log data store. The computing system may also be configured to provide a number of personalized user interfaces to an individual for the purposes of setting a sleep schedule. Such interfaces may include parameters that are tailored to the individual sleep needs and/or characteristics of the individual's sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Antony Arnold, Yeqing Cheng, Yasaman Baiani, Allison Maya Russell
  • Patent number: 10325522
    Abstract: A medical training method includes generating an image of a first level of anatomical structures, displaying the image in a correct registration in a first display area on the surface of a portion of a simulated body, detecting a user input associated with the portion of the simulated body, and responsive to said detecting, generating and displaying at least one visual image in a correct registration in the first display area. A system for carrying out such method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Joseph T. Samosky, Douglas A. Nelson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10314360
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods for the modulation of appearance or material properties within items of apparel or equipment. Also provided herein are design articles having alterable designs. Generally, such design articles comprise (1) a microfluidic circuit, and (2) an inlet and an outlet, the alterable design capable of being modulated through use of a docking system to deliver fluid to the microfluidic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CODE FOOTWEAR, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin David Sullivan, Nicole Justis Truitt
  • Patent number: 10311745
    Abstract: Methods, techniques, apparatuses, and systems for setting up and tracking sleep consistency goals of users are provided. In one example, a computing system for setting a sleep schedule of a user of a biometric monitoring device may obtain sleep data derived from sensor data generated by the biometric monitoring device, store the sleep data in a sleep log data store as one or more sleep logs associated with an account assigned to the user, and calculate a target bedtime based on a scheduled waketime of the user and a sleep efficiency derived, at least in part, from the sleep data for one or more users stored in the sleep log data store. The computing system may also be configured to provide a number of personalized user interfaces to an individual for the purposes of setting a sleep schedule. Such interfaces may include parameters that are tailored to the individual sleep needs and/or characteristics of the individual's sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Antony Arnold, Yeqing Cheng, Yasaman Baiani, Allison Maya Russell
  • Patent number: 10300334
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic training optimization are disclosed. In one example, a fitness level change is identified. In one example, a current training intensity is updated to reflect an updated user fitness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Chu-Shan Chuang
  • Patent number: 10283004
    Abstract: A multimedia apparatus and a method for providing content thereof are provided. In the method for providing content of the multimedia apparatus, user private information corresponding to authentication information of a user is acquired when the authentication information of the user for execution of content is received, a state of the user using at least one sensor is detected during reproduction of the content, a parameter of the content is changed according to the acquired private information and the state of the user, and the content is reproduced with the changed parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-sik Shim, Hyo-in Ahn, Young-chul Sohn, Ho-chul Shin
  • Patent number: 10279216
    Abstract: An exercise training system is provided having a system controller and a plurality of stimulant target units connected via a wireless network to the system controller. Each stimulant target unit has a light source providing light to stimulate a user, a proximity sensor providing an output of a distance between the proximity sensor and an object external to the unit, and means for providing feedback to the user to signal that the unit has been actuated by the user. The system controller includes a program for activating the stimulant target units in a sequence. The reaction by the user to the illumination is registered when the user brings a body part or other object to within a selected distance of the proximity sensor, this distance being programmable by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FITLIGHT SPORTS CORP.
    Inventors: Derek D'Andrade, Dennis Pedersen, Erik Vege Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10262549
    Abstract: A vehicle simulator having a pilot's cabin, a screen, and a moving system, which is suited to move the pilot's cabin in the space. The moving system has a fixed base arranged horizontally, a mobile platform which supports the pilot's cabin and rests on the fixed base so as to freely slide on the fixed base itself, and at least one actuator device, which is mechanically connected to the mobile platform. The actuator device has at least one flexible thread-like element which is mechanically connected to the mobile platform, and a motorized mechanism, which is suited to apply a pulling force to the flexible thread-like element, so as to always keep the flexible thread-like element in tension and, when needed, pull the mobile platform towards an edge of the fixed base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ferrari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ashley Warne
  • Patent number: 10247505
    Abstract: A firearm system for monitoring the displacement of a firearm trigger during a trigger pull includes a firearm body including a handle and a barrel attached to the handle. A trigger is attached to the firearm body, and a position input circuit is attached to the trigger. The position input circuit emits a trigger position signal including information representative of the trigger displacement. The firearm body is in wired or wireless communication with an electronic device. The electronic device can include a monitor, or screen, for graphically displaying a trigger position indicator representative of the displacement of the trigger along one or more axes. The firearm body can include a motion sensing circuit generally adapted to detect motion of the firearm body. The motion sensing circuit can include one or more accelerometers or gyroscopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRIGGERMASTER, LLC
    Inventor: Malcom Baxter
  • Patent number: 10226171
    Abstract: The visual, cognitive, and coordination skills of a subject may be tested and/or trained by providing a variety of stimuli to a subject. Responses may be received from a subject, the appropriateness of which may depend upon the combination of stimuli provided to the subject. A touch screen display device may be used both to provide stimuli and to receive responses from a subject. Any number and type of output devices and input devices to receive responses may be used. Behavioral information and other data regarding the performance of a subject may be recorded. Scoring may be based upon the speed, accuracy, and other aspects of the performance of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Reichow, Ryan C. Coulter, Herb Yoo
  • Patent number: 10212998
    Abstract: A system for educating children about the benefits of saving money. The system encourages children to save using a toy bank having a chamber for savings that is only accessible at the issuing financial institution. The system also provides educational tools and aid featuring the toy bank as a fictitious character teaching the children the value of saving money.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan G. Anglin
  • Patent number: 10198965
    Abstract: An inexpensive and practical surgical training system to train practitioners in the use of surgical stapling and energy-based ligation instruments and procedures is provided. The system comprises a modified or simulated surgical instrument such as linear surgical stapling device having a fixed anvil and an opposed, movable jaw sized and configured to be closed upon a simulated tissue structure. A marking or inking element is associated with the jaw and anvil of the stapling device and configured to impose a visible pattern on the surfaces of simulated tissue placed between the anvil and jaw. A pressure sensitive adhesive or other adhesive is associated with the inner surfaces of the simulated tissue that is activated upon compression between the anvil and jaw to simulate surgical occlusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventor: Charles C. Hart
  • Patent number: 10188345
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing biofeedback during a meditation exercise are disclosed. In one aspect, the wearable device includes one or more biometric sensors and a user interface. The method may involve prompting the user, via the user interface, to perform a meditation exercise, the meditation exercise being associated with a target physiological metric related to the physiology of the user. The method may involve measuring, based on output of at least one of the one or more biometric sensors, a physiological metric of the user during the meditation exercise. The method may involve determining a performance score indicating the user's performance during the meditation exercise based on comparing the measured physiological metric with the target physiological metric. The method may involve providing, via the user interface, based on the performance score, feedback information indicative of the user's performance during the meditation exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Subramaniam Venkatraman, Alexandros Pantelopoulos
  • Patent number: 10186169
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for assessing and improving an infant's oral feeding skills. The system comprises a “smart” baby feeding device comprising an instrumented baby bottle with a removable, battery-powered monitoring module wirelessly connected to a remote device (e.g., smart phone, tablet, laptop, PC). The purpose of the remote device is to monitor (in real time) and measure the frequency and quality of feedings of new-born babies to help optimize feeding development by providing real-time feeding performance information back to the caregiver. The information collected is of assistance in minimizing feeding difficulties and correcting feeding deficiencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Chantal Lau
  • Patent number: 10102302
    Abstract: A modular learning system is provided for publishing new and updated learning applications to users of the modular learning system. The learning application authors are validated by the modular learning system as credentialed learning application authors. The learning application authors are optionally granted access to use a content editing interface and revise information using a template provided by a template user. The resulting learning application may be translated and certified and requested for publication. After publication, update requests may be provided to the authoring user to remind the author to review and revise the learning application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: Monk Akarshala Inc., MONK AKARSHALA DESIGN PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Samridh Kapoor
  • Patent number: 10049602
    Abstract: A swallowing simulation apparatus that facilitate approximately reproducing an actual phenomenon of swallowing and allows quantifying a physical quantity related to a behavior and a physical property of an orally-ingested product is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MEIJI CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yukihiro Michiwaki, Keigo Hanyuu, Tetsu Kamiya, Yoshio Toyama, Rika Murakami
  • Patent number: 10029173
    Abstract: A training system is equipped with a first detection unit that detects a motion of a mobile body that moves within a predetermined region, and a command unit that issues a motion command for the mobile body based on the motion of the mobile body. A user operates the mobile body in accordance with the motion command of the command unit. An accessible region and an inaccessible region are set in the predetermined region. Besides, the training system is equipped with a second detection unit that detects a distance between the mobile body and the inaccessible region, and a warning unit that issues a warning when the distance detected by the second detection unit is equal to or shorter than a first predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Itoh
  • Patent number: 9990859
    Abstract: An intraoral method, biofeedback system and kit are provided for supplying intraoral feedback representative of a speaker's pronunciation during sound production, which feedback may be used for training and enhancing a speaker's pronunciation accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Speech Buddies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexey Salamini, Adrienne E. Penake, David A. Penake, Gordy T. Rogers