Patents Examined by Marie Archer
  • Patent number: 10238604
    Abstract: Controlled activation identifiers for use in ingestible compositions, such as pharma-informatics enabled compositions, are provided. The identifiers include a controlled activation element that provides for activation of the identifier in response to the presence of a predetermined stimulus at a target site of interest. The invention finds use in a variety of different applications, including but not limited to, monitoring of therapeutic regimen compliance, tracking the history of pharmaceutical agents, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Hooman Hafezi, Timothy Robertson, Olivier Colliou, Mark Zdeblick
  • Patent number: 9848786
    Abstract: One variation of a method for changing a state of a wearable device includes: in response to detected motion of the wearable device, transitioning from a low-power mode into a test mode; in the test mode, detecting a proximity of a surface to the wearable device, detecting a temperature of the surface, and based on a temperature of the surface correlated to a human skin temperature, transitioning from the test mode into an active mode; and, in the active mode sampling a heart rate sensor arranged within the wearable device and wirelessly broadcasting a value corresponding to an output of the heart rate sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew Spolin, Christopher Bruce
  • Patent number: 9801583
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods for monitoring characteristics of a subject. A system according to an exemplary embodiment of the invention includes a sensor subsystem including at least one respiratory sensor disposed proximate to the subject and configured to detect a respiratory characteristic of the subject, wherein the sensor subsystem is configured to generate and transmit at least one respiratory signal representing the respiratory characteristic, and at least one physiological sensor disposed proximate to the subject and configured to detect a physiological characteristic of the subject, wherein the sensor subsystem is configured to generate and transmit at least one physiological signal representing the physiological characteristic, and a processor subsystem in communication with the sensor subsystem, the processor subsystem being configured to receive at least one of the at least one respiratory signal and the at least one physiological signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: P. Alexander Derchak, Larry Czapla, Catherine Anne Rogan
  • Patent number: 9750462
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus includes a wearable electronic device having an audio port and a headset having at least one earbud, at least one physiological and/or environmental sensor, and circuitry that processes signals produced by the at least one physiological and/or environmental sensor and transmits the processed signals to the electronic device via the audio port. The headset may include a microphone in audio communication with the electronic device via the audio port, and the circuitry modulates audio signals produced by the microphone and signals produced by the at least one physiological and/or environmental sensor for transmission to the electronic device via the audio port. The circuitry may power the at least one physiological and/or environmental sensor via power supplied by the electronic device through the audio port and may include a processor that coordinates collection, modulation, and/or transmission of signals produced by the at least one physiological and/or environmental sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Valencell, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Francis LeBoeuf, Jesse Berkley Tucker, Michael Edward Aumer
  • Patent number: 9754079
    Abstract: A method that includes configuring a first and a second identification band with unique serial numbers, each of said bands being connected to a signal cable attached to a sensor is provided. The first identification band is securely fixed to a first location on the patient and the second identification band is securely fixed to a second location on the patient. The first and second identification bands are connected with a bridging band. The signal cable is connected to a diagnostic test monitoring system and the patient's oxygen saturation is monitored. The first and second identification bands are configured to evidence tampering when removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SleepSafe Drivers, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Knight, Dana Voien
  • Patent number: 9727139
    Abstract: A method and apparatus providing a haptic monitor system capable of generating haptic cues based on sensed information are disclosed. The haptic system includes a sensing device, a digital processing unit, and a haptic generator. The sensing device is configured to selectively sense an individual's or user vital information via one or more wearable sensors, and subsequently forwards the sensed vital information to the digital processing unit for data processing. Upon receipt of the vital information, the digital processing unit provides a haptic signal in response to the vital information. The haptic generator, subsequently, generates haptic feedback in accordance with the haptic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Erin B. Ramsay, Robert W. Heubel, Neil Olien
  • Patent number: 9717427
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device, comprising a heart rate sensor to determine a heart rate of the user, a motion sensor to detect motion of a user, the motion sensor operated in an initial calibration phase during which the heart rate sensor is detecting the heart rate of the user, and the motion sensor is detecting the motion of the user, the calibration phase being used to compute a correspondence between motion of the user and the heart rate of the user, the motion sensor being operated in a low power phase during which the heart rate sensor is powered down, and a processor configured to run a heart rate estimation module configured to calculate an estimated heart rate of the user based upon the motion of the user and the correspondence between the heart rate of the user and the motion of the user determined in the calibration phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Ilya Kelner
  • Patent number: 9687195
    Abstract: A wearable platform embodied in a belt or patch provides physiological monitoring of soldiers during field operations or trauma victims at accident sites and makes health state assessments. The platform includes sensors for heart rate, body motion, respiration rate and intensity, and temperature and further contains a microprocessor and short range transmitter. An analog circuit running an algorithm obtains the R-wave period from the EKG signal and produces electrical pulses with the period between pulses corresponding to the R-wave period. A rule based processing engine having an evaluation algorithm is capable of making a medical evaluation of subject condition and determines a confidence level for the evaluation. The rules are subject to variation depending upon the subject population. The information is communicated wirelessly to a local hub for relay to a remote monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Nathaniel M. Sims, Nhedti Colquitt, Michael Wollowitz, Matt Hickcox, Michael Dempsey, Reed J. Hoyt, Mark J. Buller, John S. Ames
  • Patent number: 9668693
    Abstract: A method of improving psychophysiological function of a subject performing a stress-inducing activity using a computer includes, after a plurality of sensors that monitor stress-indicating physiological parameters have been coupled to the subject and to the computer, providing, by the computer to the subject, a set of training segments that each present the subject with one or more visual, audible, or tactile prompts, wherein in at least one of the training segments, the prompts induce the subject to simultaneously perform both the stress-inducing activity and a relaxation-inducing protocol. The computer provides the set of training segments until a value of at least one physiological parameter that indicates stress in the subject is within a pre-defined range of a baseline value of the parameter, thereby indicating that the subject has successfully performed the stress-inducing activity while maintaining alertness with a relative minimum of stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Biofeedback Systems Design, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Kusik, Dejan Stankovic, Andrew M. Bourhis
  • Patent number: 9662066
    Abstract: A sensor system for sensing a stimulus in vivo includes an implantable sensor. The sensor comprises a passive resonator circuit having a resonant frequency and including at least a pair of generally parallel spirally wound unconnected conductive coils sandwiching a layer of solid dielectric material that manifest a change in property affecting the resonant frequency in response to application of the stimulus to the layer. A resonant frequency of the sensor is modulated by altering the spacing or gap between the coils or altering the overlapping area of the coils. The sensor is energized through application of radiofrequency energy and the responding resonant frequency is detected. The sensor can be advantageously attached to a medical implant to form a practical smart implant for clinical purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: IO Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Howard Ledet, Rebecca Ann Wachs, Keegan Paul Cole, David Fiorella
  • Patent number: 9626478
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking biological age over time based upon heart rate variability includes an activity monitoring device configured to measure and transmit one or more biological age parameters, including heart rate variability, to a biological age calculation and display module configured to calculate a biological age factor as a function of the biological age parameters, calculate biological age as a function of the biological age factor and the user's actual age, and display the biological age.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE, S.A.
    Inventor: Judd Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9615781
    Abstract: During patient monitoring, a depth of consciousness (DOC) measure, such as a bispectral index, may be used in conjunction with additional information obtained from an awareness metric derived from one or more physiological signals, such as a photoplethysmograph signal. In an embodiment, a DOC measure may be combined with information from an awareness metric to produce a combined DOC measure. In an embodiment, information from an awareness metric derived from one or more physiological signals may be used to provide an indication of confidence in a DOC measure. In an embodiment, a DOC measure may be used to provide an indication of confidence in a depth of consciousness assessment based on an awareness metric. In an embodiment, one or the other of a DOC measure and an awareness metric may be used to provide an indication of a patient's depth of consciousness (e.g., by one “overriding” the other).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Edward M. McKenna, Bo Chen, Youzhi Li, Paul Stanley Addison, James N. Watson
  • Patent number: 9597029
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely evaluating patient compliance status is presented. Compliance to a course of treatment is periodically checked through qualitative inquiry of a patient under remote management. Physiometry of the patient, that indicates emotional state, is remotely monitored contemporaneously with the qualitative state. Patient status is evaluated, including at least one of corroborating the compliance and identifying an emotional imbalance, based upon the indicated emotional state of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhilash Patangay, Shelley Marie Cazares
  • Patent number: 9596989
    Abstract: A networked symbiotic assistive user system is presented. The architecture of the system allows devices worn by medical first responders such as medics or EMTs, to connect wirelessly to devices coupled to patients, devices worn by other medical first responders and adapter devices (such as those that may be located in air and/or land evacuation vehicles) that connect to a legacy infrastructure. Using a variety of medical first responder oriented communications protocols and applications, the devices can exchange information with all of the other devices in a manner that assists the medical first responders as well as personnel associated with the legacy infrastructure (e.g., tactical command operations personnel, first aid station personnel, or other medical facilities personnel).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Timothy R. Morris
  • Patent number: 9589104
    Abstract: The invention is directed, in part, to method of using self-reported health data in online communities to predict significant health events in life-changing illnesses to improve the lives of individuals and to improve patient self-management. The invention provides a method for providing real-time personalized medical predictions for an individual patient. The method includes: providing a database containing patient information for a plurality of other patients including one or more attributes for each patient in the database; constructing a model of a disease based on disease progressions for the plurality of patients; receiving a request from the individual patient, the patient associated with one or more attributes; and making a real-time prediction for the individual patient based on the mode and the individual patient's attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: James Heywood, Benjamin Heywood
  • Patent number: 9585620
    Abstract: A vital-signs monitor patch containing at least two electrodes, a circuit assembly, and a patch body having a chamber in which the circuit assembly is housed. The patch body also contains at least one flexible portion adjacent to the circuit assembly chamber, with at least one electrode attached to the flexible portion. The electrodes are configured for attaching the patch to the skin of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Paquet, Mark Raptis
  • Patent number: 9579048
    Abstract: An activity monitoring apparatus is provided. The activity monitoring apparatus includes a retention feature configured to removably secure the monitoring apparatus to a participant performing a physical activity. The activity monitoring apparatus further includes a clasping mechanism configured to receive a mobile electronic device and removably secure the mobile electronic device to the monitoring apparatus. The activity monitoring apparatus further includes a physiological data collector and electronic circuitry. The physiological data collector is configured to collect physiological data associated with the participant performing the physical activity. The electronic circuitry is configured to receive the physiological data associated with the participant from the physiological data collector, process the physiological data, and wirelessly transmit the processed physiological data to the mobile electronic device for display on the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: TreeFrog Developments, Inc
    Inventors: Gary A. Rayner, James S. Nolan, David D. Bohn, Frederick J. Zimbric, Peter J. Gronewoller, Kyle M. Fanning, Travis W. Smith
  • Patent number: 9572532
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed electronic closure device, or button, includes a self-renewing power source, a sensor for measuring a metric, a memory storing information, a data processing circuit for controlling operations of the device, and a transceiver for sending and receiving information. The device is a standard part of a clothing item that is inconspicuous to a wearer of the clothing item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Barry Alan Matsumori, Kenneth Kaskoun, Matthew Nowak, Nicholas Yu
  • Patent number: 9561002
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system device and method for monitoring infant oral motor kinetics (OMK), which can be used to assess the functional significance of the different sucking components, i.e., the plasticity of infant sucking skills in relation to their oral feeding performance, at a particular time, during the developmental period and/or during preventive or therapeutic intervention programs. It is a unique system and apparatus that provides a means to study the nonnutritive and/or nutritive sucking skills, i.e., the Suction and/or Expression components of sucking, of infants in the natural setting, i.e., during a normal feeding session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Chantal Lau
  • Patent number: 9545541
    Abstract: Systems and methods for prompting a user to perform an exercise and monitoring the exercise are provided. Multiple independent sensors or sensor systems may be used to calculate energy expenditure. Various criteria may be used to manually or automatically select the independent sensor or sensor system or combination that will be used with the energy expenditure calculations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tesa Aragones, Adriana Guerrero, Steve Holmes, Christina S. Self, Aaron B. Weast, Paul Winsper, Jay C. Blahnik