Patents by Inventor Conor J. Walsh

Conor J. Walsh 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: 10434030
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing assistance with human motion, including hip and ankle motion, are disclosed. Sensor feedback is used to determine an appropriate profile for actuating a wearable robotic system to deliver desired joint motion assistance. Variations in user kinetics and kinematics, as well as construction, materials, and fit of the wearable robotic system, are considered in order to provide assistance tailored to the user and current activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Alan T. Asbeck, Ye Ding, Ignacio Galiana Bujanda, Sangjun Lee, Diana A. Wagner, Conor J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 10427293
    Abstract: In at least one aspect, there is provided a system for generating force about one or more joints including a soft exosuit having a plurality of anchor elements and at least one connection element disposed between the plurality of anchor elements. The system also includes at least one sensor to determine a force the at least one connection element or at least one of the plurality of anchor elements and to output signals relating to the force, at least one actuator configured to change a tension in the soft exosuit and at least one controller configured to receive the signals output from the at least one sensor and actuate the at least one actuator responsive to the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Prisident and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Alan Thomas Asbeck, Ignacio Galiana Bujanda, Ye Ding, Robert Joseph Dyer, Arnar Freyr Larusson, Brendan Thomas Quinlivan, Kai Schmidt, Diana Wagner, Conor J. Walsh, Michael Wehner
  • Patent number: 10376326
    Abstract: A multi-layer, super-planar laminate structure can be formed from distinctly patterned layers. The layers in the structure can include at least one rigid layer and at least one flexible layer; the rigid layer includes a plurality of rigid segments, and the flexible layer can extend between the rigid segments to serve as a joint. The layers are then stacked and bonded at selected locations to form a laminate structure with inter-layer bonds, and the laminate structure is flexed at the flexible layer between rigid segments to produce an expanded three-dimensional structure, wherein the layers are joined at the selected bonding locations and separated at other locations. A layer with electrical wiring can be included in the structure for delivering electric current to devices on or in the laminate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joshua B. Gafford, Samuel B. Kesner, Conor J. Walsh, Michael Karpelson, Robert J. Wood, Zivthan Dubrovsky, Benjamin I. Goldberg, Kathleen O'Donnell, Michael J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10278883
    Abstract: In at least some aspects, the present concepts include a method of enabling rehabilitation of bodily control of a user comprising the acts of: integrating the user within a multi-module robotic system, the multi-module robotic system comprising modules of a flexible exosuit, a support module, a mobile base, or a combination thereof, applying one or more forces, cues, or a combination thereof on the user, based on one or more subtask-specific functions of the modules, to cause a developing of one or more subtasks of the bodily control, and managing control of one or more remaining subtasks of the bodily control by the modules in place of at least in part, the user while applying the one or more forces, cues, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: President and Fellows of Harvard College, Children's Medical Center Corporation
    Inventors: Conor J. Walsh, Eugene C. Goldfield, Sang-Eun Song, Evelyn Park
  • Publication number: 20190070062
    Abstract: A flexible anchor member comprising a member for placement about a body part; at least one substantially inextensible textile element circumscribing the member and secured to itself or the member; and a force transfer coupler coupling a portion of the at least one substantially inextensible textile element to an actuator such that the substantially inextensible textile element constricts about the member for a duration of an applied force. Another flexible anchor member comprising an outer member including a substantially inextensible textile material configured for directing a force applied by an actuator to act upon all or a portion of the body part; an inner member for positioning between the body part and the outer member, a first surface of the inner member configured for frictionally engaging the body part or intervening clothing; and at least one coupler for coupling the outer member and the inner member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Kathleen E. O'Donnell, Conor J. Walsh, Tiffany L. Wong
  • Publication number: 20180318484
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses relate to an implantable device for providing contractile assistance to an organ. The device may include an actuator and anchors located on either side of the actuator. The anchors engage with oppositely positioned tissue walls of an organ chamber, and provide contractile assistance to the organ, repeatedly, at appropriate times. For example, the device may be implanted within the right ventricle, anchored to the right ventricular free wall and the ventricular septum. The device may function to bring the opposing walls of the ventricle toward one another, synchronized with the pacing of the heart, resulting in an improved ejection fraction of blood from the chamber. In some embodiments, the actuator includes a bladder that is configured to contract upon receiving an inflow of pressurized fluid therein. When the fluid exits therefrom, the bladder relaxes back to an initial, extended state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicants: Children's Medical Center Corporation, President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Nikolay V. Vasilyev, Pedro J. Del Nido, Tonatiuh M. Lievano Beltran, Erik A. Kraus, Nikhil Mehandru, Evelyn J. Park, Conor J. Walsh, Isaac Wamala, Markus Horvath
  • Patent number: 10115319
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting overstride in runners include measuring, using an inertial measurement unit affixed to a shank of a person, an acceleration and an angle of the shank during a stride, monitoring, using a microprocessor, the shank acceleration measurements to detect an acceleration profile indicative of the corresponding foot making initial contact with the ground during the stride, determining, using the microprocessor, the corresponding shank angle at initial contact from the shank angle measurements, comparing, using the microprocessor, the shank angle at initial contact to a threshold shank angle, and identifying, using the microprocessor, an overstride of the corresponding leg if the shank angle at initial contact exceeds the threshold shank angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Conor J. Walsh, Stephanie Hsiang-Ting Liu, Panagiotis Polygerinos, Daniel E. Lieberman
  • Patent number: 10105035
    Abstract: A light-intensity-based forced sensor comprises a Sarrus linkage, a biasing mechanism, a light emitter, and a light detector includes a first plate, a second plate, and at least one collapsible linkage pivotably coupled to both the first and the second plates. The biasing mechanism biases the collapsible linkage toward an extended configuration. The light emitter is coupled with and displaceable with the first plate; and the light detector is coupled with and displaceable with the second plate and configured to receive light emitted from the light emitter and generate an electrical signal in response to light received from the light emitter, wherein the generated electrical signal provides an indication of the distance between the first plate and the second plate. The sensor can be distally mounted on, e.g., an endoscope to provide haptic feedback at the distal end of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joshua Gafford, Conor J. Walsh, Robert J. Wood
  • Patent number: 10058647
    Abstract: A biomimetic actuation device includes a flexible substrate, conformable for disposition about an object, defining an apex and a base, bearing at least one soft actuator configured to change state from a first state to a second state upon introduction of a pressurized fluid to an internal volume of the at least one soft actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: President and Fellows of Harvard College, The Children's Medical Center Corporation
    Inventors: Ellen T. Roche, Steven Obiajulu, Conor J. Walsh, David J. Mooney, Frank A. Pigula
  • Publication number: 20180104059
    Abstract: Therapy is provided to living tissue by contacting the living tissue with at least one reservoir loaded with cells or a therapeutic composition, wherein the reservoir is in fluid communication with at least one conduit that includes a refilling port. A constituent selected from (a) cells, (b) bioagents from the cells or (c) the therapeutic composition is released from the reservoir to the living tissue. The reservoir is then refilled with (i) cells, (ii) nutrients for cells, or (iii) additional therapeutic composition; and (a) cells, (b) bioagents from the cells or (c) the therapeutic composition continue to be released from the reservoir to the living tissue after the refilling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicants: President and Fellows of Harvard College, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    Inventors: Ellen T. Roche, Kevin C. Galloway, William Whyte, Conor J. Walsh, Hugh O'Neill, David J. Mooney, Garry P. Duffy
  • Publication number: 20180008502
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing assistance with human motion, including hip and ankle motion, are disclosed. Sensor feedback is used to determine an appropriate profile for actuating a wearable robotic system to deliver desired joint motion assistance. Variations in user kinetics and kinematics, as well as construction, materials, and fit of the wearable robotic system, are considered in order to provide assistance tailored to the user and current activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2015
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Alan T. Asbeck, Ye Ding, Ignacio Galiana Bujanda, Sangjun Lee, Diana A. Wagner, Conor J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20170360279
    Abstract: A light-intensity-based forced sensor comprises a Sarrus linkage, a biasing mechanism, a light emitter, and a light detector includes a first plate, a second plate, and at least one collapsible linkage pivotably coupled to both the first and the second plates. The biasing mechanism biases the collapsible linkage toward an extended configuration. The light emitter is coupled with and displaceable with the first plate; and the light detector is coupled with and displaceable with the second plate and configured to receive light emitted from the light emitter and generate an electrical signal in response to light received from the light emitter, wherein the generated electrical signal provides an indication of the distance between the first plate and the second plate. The sensor can be distally mounted on, e.g., an endoscope to provide haptic feedback at the distal end of the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joshua Gafford, Conor J. Walsh, Robert J. Wood
  • Publication number: 20170079717
    Abstract: An insertable light-dispensing catheter device, comprising a shaft including a proximal and distal end, a light guide extending through the shaft, and a mirror displaceably extendable from the catheter into a position where the mirror receives and reflects light emitted from the light guide. The mirror can be in the form of a coating on an inflatable balloon; and the balloon, when inflated, can press a patch against a defect (e.g., a ventricular septical defect), while the light cures an adhesive that binds the patch to the structure with the defect, thereby remedying the defect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicants: President and Fellows of Harvard College, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Medical Center Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Conor J. Walsh, Ellen T. Roche, Panagiotis Polygerinos, Lucia R. Schuster, Jeffrey Michael Karp, Yuhan Lee, Pedro J. del Nido, Assunta Fabozzo, Ingeborg Friehs, Steven Charles Wasserman
  • Publication number: 20170000935
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses relate to an implantable device for providing contractile assistance to an organ. The device may include an actuator and anchors located on either side of the actuator. The anchors engage with oppositely positioned tissue walls of an organ chamber, and provide contractile assistance to the organ, repeatedly, at appropriate times. For example, the device may be implanted within the right ventricle, anchored to the right ventricular free wall and the ventricular septum. The device may function to bring the opposing walls of the ventricle toward one another, synchronized with the pacing of the heart, resulting in an improved ejection fraction of blood from the chamber. In some embodiments, the actuator includes a bladder that is configured to contract upon receiving an inflow of pressurized fluid therein. When the fluid exits therefrom, the bladder relaxes back to an initial, extended state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Applicants: CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION, PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
    Inventors: Nikolay V. VASILYEV, Pedro J. del NIDO, Tonatiuh M. LIEVANO BELTRAN, Erik A. KRAUS, Nikhil MEHANDRU, Evelyn J. PARK, Conor J. WALSH, Isaac WAMALA
  • Publication number: 20160346449
    Abstract: A biomimetic actuation device includes a flexible substrate, conformable for disposition about an object, defining an apex and a base, bearing at least one soft actuator configured to change state from a first state to a second state upon introduction of a pressurized fluid to an internal volume of the at least one soft actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Ellen T. Roche, Steven Obiajulu, Conor J. Walsh, David J. Mooney, Frank A. Pigula
  • Publication number: 20160346156
    Abstract: In at least some aspects, the present concepts include a method of enabling rehabilitation of bodily control of a user comprising the acts of: integrating the user within a multi-module robotic system, the multi-module robotic system comprising modules of a flexible exosuit, a support module, a mobile base, or a combination thereof, applying one or more forces, cues, or a combination thereof on the user, based on one or more subtask-specific functions of the modules, to cause a developing of one or more subtasks of the bodily control, and managing control of one or more remaining subtasks of the bodily control by the modules in place of at least in part, the user while applying the one or more forces, cues, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Conor J. Walsh, Eugene C. Goldfield, Sang-Eun Song, Evelyn Park
  • Publication number: 20160284231
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting overstride in runners include measuring, using an inertial measurement unit affixed to a shank of a person, an acceleration and an angle of the shank during a stride, monitoring, using a microprocessor, the shank acceleration measurements to detect an acceleration profile indicative of the corresponding foot making initial contact with the ground during the stride, determining, using the microprocessor, the corresponding shank angle at initial contact from the shank angle measurements, comparing, using the microprocessor, the shank angle at initial contact to a threshold shank angle, and identifying, using the microprocessor, an overstride of the corresponding leg if the shank angle at initial contact exceeds the threshold shank angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Conor J. Walsh, Stephanie Hsiang-Ting Liu, Panagiotis Polygerinos, Daniel E. Lieberman
  • Publication number: 20160206369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a surgical suction device that provides a controlled negative pressure to a surgical site. The device includes a tubular body with a distal absorbent material and a handle manually grasped by the user to control levels of negative pressure at the surgical site to adjust the flow rate of fluid during removal. Preferred embodiments allow switching between irrigation and suction and can provide for other treatment tools, including electrocautery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Abraham Frech, Conor J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20160184041
    Abstract: A multi-layer, super-planar laminate structure can be formed from distinctly patterned layers. The layers in the structure can include at least one rigid layer and at least one flexible layer; the rigid layer includes a plurality of rigid segments, and the flexible layer can extend between the rigid segments to serve as a joint. The layers are then stacked and bonded at selected locations to form a laminate structure with inter-layer bonds, and the laminate structure is flexed at the flexible layer between rigid segments to produce an expanded three-dimensional structure, wherein the layers are joined at the selected bonding locations and separated at other locations. A layer with electrical wiring can be included in the structure for delivering electric current to devices on or in the laminate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joshua B. Gafford, Samuel B. Kesner, Conor J. Walsh, Michael Karpelson, Robert J. Wood, Zivthan Dubrovsky, Benjamin I. Goldberg, Kathleen O'Donnell, Michael J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8926875
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method for managing pore size distribution in honeycomb substrates by using two or more pore forming agents in the batch ingredients. In particular, the invention is particularly useful in managing pore size distribution in cordierite and aluminum titanate honeycomb substrates in the face of particle size variations in the pore forming agents and other materials used to make such substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Allen Spetseris, Balaji Venkatesan Swarnamani, Conor J Walsh, Gregory N Yourkievitz