Patents by Inventor Dean Kamen

Dean Kamen 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: 10478261
    Abstract: A portable patient-care kit is disclosed. The kit includes two-housing portions, a plurality of compartments, a touch-screen user interface device, and a light bar. The two-housing portions pivotally coupled together to form a container space. The plurality of compartments is disposed within at least one of the housing portions such that each compartment is configured to retain at least one medical apparatus. The touch-screen user interface device has a transceiver that can communicate via a mobile data network. The light bar is disposed along an exterior of one of the two-housing portions configured provide light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jason A. Demers, Frederick Morgan, George W. Marchant, Jr., David E. Collins, Katie A. DeLaurentis, Dean Kamen
  • Publication number: 20190344002
    Abstract: A fluid handling cassette, such as that useable with an automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) cycler device or other infusion apparatus, may include a generally planar body having at least one pump chamber formed as a depression in a first side of the body and a plurality of flowpaths for a fluid that includes a channel. A patient line port may be arranged for connection to a patient line and be in fluid communication with the at least one pump chamber via at least a first one of said flowpaths, and an optional membrane may be attached to the first side of the body over the at least one pump chamber. In one embodiment, the membrane may have a pump chamber portion with an unstressed shape that generally conforms to the depression of the at least one pump chamber in the body and is arranged to be movable for movement of the fluid in a useable space of the at least one pump chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: David W. McGill, James D. Dale, Simon C. Helmore, Richard J. Lanigan, Jason A. Demers, Dean Kamen
  • Publication number: 20190341146
    Abstract: A method, related system and apparatus are disclosed. The method is implemented by an operative set of processor executable instructions configured for execution by a processor. The method includes the acts of: determining if a monitoring client is connected to a base through a physical connection; establishing a first communications link between the monitoring client and the base through the physical connection; updating, if necessary, the interface program on the monitoring client and the base through the first communications link; establishing a second communications link between the monitoring client and the base using the first communications link; and communicating data from the base to the monitoring client using the second communications link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, John J. Biasi, John M. Kerwin, Eric L. Pribyl, David Blumberg, JR., Marc J. Gorayeb
  • Publication number: 20190336681
    Abstract: A patch-sized fluid delivery device may include a reusable portion and a disposable portion. The disposable portion may include components that come into contact with the fluid, while the reusable portion may include only components that do not come into contact with the fluid. Redundant systems, such as redundant controllers, power sources, motor actuators, and alarms, may be provided. Alternatively or additionally, certain components can be multi-functional, such a microphones and loudspeakers that may be used for both acoustic volume sensing and for other functions and a coil that may be used as both an inductive coupler for a battery recharger and an antenna for a wireless transceiver. Various types of network interfaces may be provided in order to allow for remote control and monitoring of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Larry Brian Gray
  • Patent number: 10468132
    Abstract: A pill dispenser is disclosed that includes a pill-dispensing mechanism, a receptacle, an identifying camera positioned to capture an image of an area adjacent to the pill dispenser, and a processor in operative communication with the pill-dispensing mechanism and the identifying camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, James G. Turner, Erik N. Sabin, Gregg W. Rivinius, David E. Collins, Benjamin Zaslow, Jonathan Zobro, Alexander R. Therrien, Jared N. Farlow
  • Patent number: 10470327
    Abstract: A system for the distribution of resources. The system includes a housing including at least one water vapor distillation device, at least one power generating device, at least one source water reservoir, at least one product water reservoir, and at least one energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Matthew A. Norris
  • Patent number: 10457567
    Abstract: A monitoring system for distributed utilities. A generation device is provided for converting an available resource to a desired utility; the resource may be water, in which case the generator is a purifier for providing potable water, or, alternatively, the generator may convert a fuel to electrical power. In either case, an input sensor is provided for measuring input to the generation device, while an output sensor is provided for measuring consumption of output from the generation device. The monitoring system has a controller for concatenating measured input and consumption of output on the basis of the input and output sensors. Measured parameters are telemetered to a remote site where utility generation and use are monitored and may also be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Jason A. Demers, Kingston Owens
  • Patent number: 10453157
    Abstract: A system for electronic patient care includes a hub. The hub is configured to monitor a patient-care device. The sandbox may be configured to control access to at least one of a hardware resource and a software resource. The hub is further configured to identify the patient-care device and execute an application to monitor the patient-care device. The hub executes the application within the sandbox component such that the application accesses the at least one of the hardware resource and the software resource through the sandbox component. The hub may be further configured to control the patient-care device. The hub may be further configured to receive an identification from the patient-care device and download the application from a server associated with the identification. The hub may be further configured to receive an identification from the patient-care device and update the application from a server associated with the identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, John J. Biasi, Jacob W. Scarpaci, John M. Kerwin, James G. Turner, Todd A. Ballantyne
  • Publication number: 20190314565
    Abstract: A fluid handling cassette, such as that useable with an automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) cycler device or other infusion apparatus, may include a generally planar body having at least one pump chamber formed as a depression in a first side of the body and a plurality of flowpaths for a fluid that includes a channel. A patient line port may be arranged for connection to a patient line and be in fluid communication with the at least one pump chamber via at least a first one of said flowpaths, and an optional membrane may be attached to the first side of the body over the at least one pump chamber. In one embodiment, the membrane may have a pump chamber portion with an unstressed shape that generally conforms to the depression of the at least one pump chamber in the body and is arranged to be movable for movement of the fluid in a useable space of the at least one pump chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: David W. McGill, James D. Dale, Simon C. Helmore, Richard J. Lanigan, Jason A. Demers, Dean Kamen
  • Patent number: 10441697
    Abstract: A modular assembly for a portable hemodialysis system may include a dialysis unit, e.g., that contains suitable components for performing hemodialysis, such as a dialyzer, one or more pumps to circulate blood through the dialyzer, a source of dialysate, and one or more pumps to circulate the dialysate through the dialyzer, and a power unit having a housing that contains suitable components for providing operating power to the pumps of the dialysis unit. The power unit may be selectively connected to the dialysis unit and provide power (e.g., pneumatic power in the form of pressure and/or vacuum) to the dialysis unit for the pumps when connected to the dialysis unit, but may be incapable of providing power to the dialysis unit when disconnected from the dialysis unit. The dialysis unit and the power unit are sized and weighted to each be carried by hand by a human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Jason A. Demers, Michael J. Wilt, Kevin L. Grant, Shannon Prescott, David E. Collins
  • Publication number: 20190307970
    Abstract: A patch-sized fluid delivery device may include a reusable portion and a disposable portion. The disposable portion may include components that come into contact with the fluid, while the reusable portion may include only components that do not come into contact with the fluid. Redundant systems, such as redundant controllers, power sources, motor actuators, and alarms, may be provided. Alternatively or additionally, certain components can be multi-functional, such a microphones and loudspeakers that may be used for both acoustic volume sensing and for other functions and a coil that may be used as both an inductive coupler for a battery recharger and an antenna for a wireless transceiver. Various types of network interfaces may be provided in order to allow for remote control and monitoring of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Larry Brian Gray, Russell H. Beavis
  • Patent number: 10436342
    Abstract: A flow meter, and related method, include a coupler adapted to couple to a drip chamber, a support member operatively coupled to the coupler, an image sensor and a backlight. The image sensor has a field of view and is operatively coupled to the support member. The backlight is adapted to illuminate the image sensor to expose the image sensor such that the field of view of the image sensor at least partially images at least a portion of the drip chamber. A processor receives image data from the image sensor to select a region of interest of the image sensor, determine whether a pixel of the image sensor is within the region of interest, activate the at least one light of the backlight when the pixel of the image sensor is within the region of interest, and expose the pixel of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Bob D. Peret, Derek G. Kane, Dean Kamen, Colin H. Murphy, John M. Kerwin
  • Publication number: 20190298914
    Abstract: A wearable infusion pump assembly includes a reservoir for receiving an infusible fluid, and an external infusion set configured to deliver the infusible fluid to a user. A fluid delivery system is configured to deliver the infusible fluid from the reservoir to the external infusion set. The fluid delivery system includes a volume sensor assembly, and a pump assembly for extracting a quantity of infusible fluid from the reservoir and providing the quantity of infusible fluid to the volume sensor assembly. The volume sensor assembly is configured to determine the volume of at least a portion of the quantity of fluid. The fluid delivery system further includes a first valve assembly configured to selectively isolate the pump assembly from the reservoir, and a second valve assembly configured to selectively isolate the volume sensor assembly from the external infusion set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Larry Brian Gray, Richard J. Lanigan, John Matthew Kerwin, Stephen Lewis Fichera
  • Patent number: 10413661
    Abstract: An infusion device. The infusion device includes a top portion comprising an introduction needle, and a bottom portion comprising a cannula, the top portion removably attached to the bottom portion, wherein the introduction needle is used to insert the cannula, and wherein after insertion, the top portion is removed from the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Kevin L. Grant
  • Patent number: 10413682
    Abstract: A system for priming an infusion pump is disclosed. The system includes a priming cap including a septum and configured to matably connect with a male part comprising a needle and attached to a length of tubing for fluid, wherein when matably connected with the male part, the priming cap occludes the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Marc A. Mandro, Kevin A. Durand, Gregory R. Lanier, Jr., Kevin L. Grant, Larry B. Gray, Brian D. Tracey
  • Patent number: D859224
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: AMOSKEAG ADV LLC
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Stewart M. Coulter, Zachary E. Cranfield, Aidi Xu
  • Patent number: D860063
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMOSKEAG ADV LLC
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Stewart M. Coulter, Zachary E. Cranfield, Aidi Xu
  • Patent number: D860064
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMOSKEAG ADV LLC
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Stewart M. Coulter, Zachary E. Cranfield, Aidi Xu
  • Patent number: D860065
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMOSKEAG ADV LLC
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Stewart M. Coulter, Zachary E. Cranfield, Aidi Xu
  • Patent number: D860066
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMOSKEAG ADV LLC
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Stewart M. Coulter, Zachary E. Cranfield, Aidi Xu