Patents Examined by Robert P Bullington
  • Patent number: 11837108
    Abstract: This invention relates to a computer-implemented simulation system comprising a needle device having a retractable needle shaft comprising a resistance mechanism which can be activated to vary the resistance of the needle shaft. A processing module is configured to: receive ultrasound image data representative of a subject being scanned, receive position and orientation data representative of an ultrasound probe and a needle device, calculate a projected path for the needle device and generate a simulation needle from the projected path. When the simulation needle is determined to intersect with an identified tissue type, it modulates a signal and sends the modulated signal to the resistance mechanism, thereby to cause a change in the resistive force acting on the retractable needle shaft. The invention also relates to a computer-implemented method for simulating ultrasound guided needling using this system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventors: Nicholas James Sleep, Stephen Margetts, Wesley George Freeman
  • Patent number: 11830378
    Abstract: A simulated abdominal wall for laparoscopic surgical training and methods of making the wall are provided. The simulated abdominal wall is dome-shaped having a visual appearance of an insufflated abdomen. Also, the wall is strong enough to withstand penetration with surgical trocars without unrealistic buckling or deformation. The wall is supported by a frame along the perimeter without any support structures traversing the wall that would interfere with port placement. The wall includes multiple layers connected together to form a unitary wall to fit a laparoscopic trainer. In one method, a projection of a dome is cut from a flat layer of foam material and assembled within a mold cavity. Consecutive layers with the same or different projection pattern are laid up inside the mold cavity. In another method, a vacuum mold together with heat is used to deform each foam layer. Adhesive is applied between layers to simultaneously join the adjacent layers upon deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory K. Hofstetter, Tracy Breslin, Joel B. Velasco
  • Patent number: 11817011
    Abstract: Digital teaching content ordering includes receiving, by a data processing system, digital teaching content and any corresponding annotations and content heuristic(s) from a teacher or other presenter, the digital teaching content including text and/or image(s). The data processing system monitors student gaze of the digital teaching content during a class and can cognitively skip some of the digital teaching content during the class based on the monitored student gaze and content heuristic(s). The system can also cognitively modify the digital teaching content outside of class based, in part, on the monitoring and the content heuristic(s). A hypergraph of the digital teaching content may also be received, the cognitively skipping being further based on the hypergraph, and the cognitively modifying being further based on a heat map built using the hypergraph and the student gaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sreekanth L. Kakaraparthy, Vijay A. Kumar, Danish Contractor, Seema Nagar, Kuntal Dey, Utkarsh Dwivedi
  • Patent number: 11796287
    Abstract: When a semi-automatic weapon is live fired, it's firing pin is reset, and it is ready to be fired again. The shooter's hands remain in the firing position, and just the trigger finger and trigger are employed. With dry fire practice, the shooter must manually ratchet the slide to reset the firing pin, allowing the trigger to return to its unfired position each time a shot is simulated. This invention provides, realistic muscle memory training by duplicating the action of the trigger in normal live fire, the feel and the sound of the release of the firing pin, and the resetting of the trigger for additional trigger activation. The invention further provides components that allow use with other electronic training devices such as lasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventor: Sarah R. Seigler
  • Patent number: 11794088
    Abstract: Automatic swimming analysis and nearly immediate feedback on a user device is disclosed. A sensor placed on a swimmer's waistline instantaneously measures data of the swim, allows to upload this data to a cloud system performing immediate analysis using algorithms. The cloud system provides feedback which helps determine proper (or improper) swimming techniques, comparing patterns to own past swims or to professional swimmers. The sensor enables stroke improvement with output including graphs, single numerical values, and detailed single-stroke data. The output provides both easy to understand metrics for amateur swimmers as well as more technical analysis options for advanced users. Metrics for amateurs can include swim symmetry analysis, speed consistency analysis, and stroke consistency analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Inventors: Igor Shlyonsky, Andy Stamm, Riccardo Barbieri, Massimo Guarino
  • Patent number: 11779808
    Abstract: A system includes wearable devices positioned on a subject in different locations. Each wearable device includes motion sensors that measure the subject's movement in three dimensions. The motion sensors generate raw sensory data as the subject performs a physical movement. A data filter is selected based on a condition of the subject and a designated movement corresponding to the physical movement, and used to convert the raw sensory data into formatted data. A level of compliance of the physical movement with a movement model for the designated movement is determined by applying comparative modeling techniques to the formatted data and the movement model. Real-time feedback is delivered dynamically to the subject by the wearable devices during the performance of the physical movement based on the level of compliance. The movement model can be generated, and the comparative modeling techniques can be selected, based on the condition of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Xperience Robotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ankit Shah
  • Patent number: 11776426
    Abstract: A dentistry training apparatus includes a suction assembly that includes a collection portion having a bottom wall and a sidewall extending upwardly from the bottom wall, the bottom wall defining a central aperture in fluid communication with a liquid suction device. A support tray is positioned atop the collection portion and includes a plurality of legs configured to displace the support tray above the bottom wall, the support tray including a lower wall and a support tray sidewall extending upwardly from a peripheral edge of the lower wall. The lower wall of the support tray defines a hole having a circular configuration for selectively receiving an endodontic cup. An apex locator lead is electrically connected to a power source and positioned atop the bottom wall of the suction assembly, the apex locator lead being registered with the hole so as to engage the endodontic cup when received in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Inventor: Clayton Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11761736
    Abstract: A sight frame assembly for a weapon simulator includes one or more connection arms. The connection arms are for slidably coupling the sight frame assembly to the weapon simulator. The connection arms include a passageway for slidably receiving a guide rod that is attached to a sight frame assembly mounting point on the weapon simulator. A spring is positioned in proximity to the guide rod. The sight frame assembly is disposed in a first position along a longitudinal axis of the weapon simulator when the spring is in an uncompressed state, and the sight frame assembly is disposed in a second position along the longitudinal axis of the weapon simulator when the spring is in a compressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gregory K. Toy, Roger C. Esplin, Christopher A. Velez
  • Patent number: 11754372
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for shooting simulation of a target with a projectile. More particularly, the invention relates to virtual reality optical projection systems to monitor and simulate shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: HVRT CORP.
    Inventors: Nathaniel P. Gallery, Klaus Johnson, Andrew McCormick
  • Patent number: 11745083
    Abstract: A wearable, flexible, bio-sensing housing with physical feedback, with software running on a user's wirelessly connected smart device. The housing has embedded at least one of pressure, movement, temperature, velocity, and acceleration sensors, and at least one of a haptic, vibrational, audio, visual, kinesthetic, tactile, olfactory, thermal, vestibular, and somatosensory feedback mechanisms. The feedback being triggered by measurements from the sensors and predetermined parameters, as compared by the smart device's software and/or a connected server. With real-time measurements and real-time feedback directly to the user's body, the user can perform real-time adjustment of his activity to obtain optimal performance and/or health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: STASIS, LLC
    Inventors: Murray Reicher, Ravi Patel, Tanish Jain, Saikiran Komatineni, Shivani Bhakta, Albert Hernandez, Jordan Levy
  • Patent number: 11730543
    Abstract: An injection aid system and a social aid system having a computing system with at least one processor and a memory device. The computing system can be configured to generate a at least one of a virtual environment and an augmented environment. A display device can be coupled to the computing system and configured to visually display the environment. The injection aid system can further include an injection tool and a treatment target configured to receive a simulated injection by the injection tool. The injection tool can have a needle and a plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Truinject Corp.
    Inventors: Gabrielle A. Rios, Clark B. Foster
  • Patent number: 11719503
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to improve efficiency and effectiveness in firearms and tactical training, at least in part by selectively generating images onto external target elements. One or more portable devices are selectively mounted with respect to selected ones of the external target elements, which may be fixed in position or mobile as the application demands. Each device includes a housing accommodating and configured for optical projection of light from an array of laser sources and diffractive optical elements. A device controller directs the projection of light from one or more of the laser sources according to a programmed target stimulus arrangement. The device controller may be individually and manually programmed or commanded in some embodiments, but alternatively a master controller may be implemented to coordinate light projections from an array of devices to provide any number of desired scenarios for neurological and/or physiological stimulation of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Innovative Services and Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Dustin Salomon
  • Patent number: 11715387
    Abstract: An interactive computer simulation system, station and method for training a user in the performance of a task through a training activity. A tangible instrument module allows a user to interact with the tangible instrument module for controlling a virtual element. A plurality of performance metric datasets representing results of the interactions between the user and the tangible instrument module is obtained. During execution of the interactive computer simulation, in the plurality of performance metric datasets, a plurality of actual maneuvers of the virtual element are detected during the training activity, one or more standard operating procedures (SOPs) are identified for the training activity from a plurality of the individually detected actual maneuvers. In real-time upon detection of the SOPs, information for display in the interactive computer simulation related the SOPs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: CAE Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-François Delisle, Anthoine Dufour, Marc-André Proulx, Dac Toan Ho
  • Patent number: 11710376
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for identifying positions of card hands that will be accorded some heightened value or enrichment on a future hand(s) of the game. In one embodiment, a player of a poker game may be notified in connection with a current hand that some preset progress or other partial progress is made towards a potentially favorable result, where that progress is made known to the player so that the player knows it is coming on a subsequent poker game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Inventor: Bradley Berman
  • Patent number: 11694576
    Abstract: In an embodiment provided herein, an injection simulation device including a housing having a proximal end and a distal end is provided. The injection simulation device embodiment comprises a plunger having a proximal end, a distal end and being slidable relative to the housing, and a retractable injection simulation member at the distal end of the housing, at least one biasing member associated with the retractable injection simulation member and associated with the plunger, wherein a first force on a distal end of the injection simulation member causes movement of the injection simulation member from an extended position to a retracted position, to compress the first biasing member, and simulate the tactility of an injection to a user; and wherein a second force on the proximal end of the plunger asserts a third force on the first biasing member to facilitate resetting the injection simulation member to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Christopher Wai Yin Chung, Tingting Liu, Shishuang Hou, Dinesh Venkata Koka
  • Patent number: 11688303
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to systems, devices, and methods for use in medical simulation and training, providing realistic-looking medical effects. More particularly, the present disclosure pertains to systems, devices, and methods for simulating an open surgery environment, including dynamic features and aspects commonly found in trauma, emergency, and combat events. Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a wearable device for simulating wounds and injuries received during a trauma event, and performing associated surgical tasks. Aspects of the present disclosure further relate to a medical training device for Trauma Emergency Casualty Care and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), including hemorrhage control. Aspects of the present disclosure further relate to an open surgery simulator, which may stand alone or work in combination (e.g., wear) various wound and injury simulators. Aspects of the present disclosure further relate to a simulated torso for an open surgery simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Kit Lavell, Stuart C. Segall, Aislinn Brody
  • Patent number: 11676514
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system comprising: an artery, a vein, and a nerve; a first length of tubing adjacent at least one of the vein, artery, and nerve; a second length of tubing to couple to the first length of tubing; and a pump comprising a number of actuators; wherein when the system when operating is configured such that (b)(i) the second length of tubing couples to at least one of the number of actuators, (b)(ii) ends of the first and second lengths of tubing are closed, (b)(iii) a second end of the first length of tubing is operatively coupled to a second end of the second length of tubing, (b)(v) the pump pulsates fluid within the first length of tubing in response to the number of actuators intermittently contacting the second length of tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Maverick Regional Anesthesia Education, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Nash, David Gaskin
  • Patent number: 11662178
    Abstract: A shooting simulation system and method. The system includes a plurality of firearms. Each firearm is associated with a separate soldier having a man-worn computer, a location device for determining a location of the soldier, an optical system for capturing an image where the captured image provides information on a trajectory of a virtual bullet fired from a shooting firearm, and an orientation device for obtaining the orientation of the firearm when shooting the firearm. Furthermore, the system includes an aerial drone having a camera to capture a second image. The system also includes a shooter/target location resolution module for identifying a valid target and a target image recognition module for determining an impact location where a virtual bullet from the shooting firearm would impact within the captured images and determining if an identified target from the captured images is a hit or a miss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: George Carter
  • Patent number: 11645945
    Abstract: An education device for guiding brushing teeth and a hand washing method according to the present disclosure comprises: a memory for storing the brushing teeth and hand washing method data; a processor for retrieving the data from the memory and controlling the brushing teeth and hand washing method to be guided to an output device; a brushing teeth input device for inputting a command to guide the brushing teeth method; a hand washing input device for inputting a command to guide the hand washing method; a voice output device for guiding the brushing teeth or hand washing method by voice according to a control of the processor; a brushing teeth output device for visually outputting the brushing teeth method; and a hand washing output device for visually outputting the hand washing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventor: Sangjea Lee
  • Patent number: 11628336
    Abstract: An exercise rating and improvement system comprising: a feature amount extraction unit for extracting, from information obtained from a subject, a feature amount about exercise efficiency; an rating unit for rating exercise efficiency of the subject by comparing the extracted feature amount and a feature amount to be compared; and an improvement information providing unit for providing, on the basis of the rating result, information such that the feature amount of the subject approaches the feature amount to be compared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Shingo Tsukada, Hiroshi Nakashima, Tetsuomi Sogawa