Patents by Inventor Elias Pekonen

Elias Pekonen 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: 10314506
    Abstract: A heart activity sensor structure includes a flexible substrate being substantially non-conductive, at least two electrodes printed on one side of the flexible substrate and configured to be placed against a skin of a user in order to measure biometric signals related to heart activity, and an electrostatic discharge shield printed on opposite side the flexible textile substrate, compared to the printing of the at least two electrodes, for protecting the at least two electrodes from static electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: POLAR ELECTRO OY
    Inventors: Seppo Korkala, Elias Pekonen, Juhani Kemppainen, Pekka Rytky, Jarmo Saaski
  • Publication number: 20190059821
    Abstract: There is provided a wearable device for measuring cardiac activity of a user, the wearable device comprising: an optical cardiac activity sensor unit configured to be placed in contact with a measurement area and to enable cardiac activity measurement of the user to obtain a cardiac activity signal; a plurality of electrodes configured to enable bioimpedance measurement on the measurement area to obtain a bioimpedance signal; a detector unit for detecting changes in the bioimpedance signal; and a reducer unit for reducing a motion artefact effect on the cardiac activity signal based on the detected changes in the bioimpedance signal. (FIG.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Elias Pekonen, Matti Orava, Olli Komulainen, Seppo Korkala, Pekka Rytky, Mika Rahja, Tuomas Hartikainen, Lauri Lumme
  • Patent number: 10182737
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a first layer including first and second measurement electrodes disposed at a distance from one another, wherein the first and second measurement electrodes are skin electrodes that measure an electric physiological property from a skin; and a second layer disposed on top of the first layer including first and a second shielding elements that are electrically conductive and arranged to cover at least partially both the first and second measurement electrodes to protect the first and second measurement electrode against electromagnetic interference. Each of the shielding elements are connected to a skin electrode. The first shielding element and the second shielding element extend adjacent with respect to one another between the first and second measurement electrodes on a plane defined by the second layer. The second shielding element is electrically isolated from the first shielding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Seppo Korkala, Kaisa Lämsä, Elias Pekonen
  • Patent number: 10126427
    Abstract: A solution for estimating motion of a user is disclosed. A method comprises: acquiring satellite positioning data received with a satellite positioning receiver attached to a human body and indicating a location of the satellite positioning receiver; extracting, from the satellite positioning data, local motion data representing local motion of the satellite positioning receiver with respect to a reference point and overall motion data representing the motion of the reference point, wherein the reference point is included in a framework of the human body; and determining, from the local motion data, a local motion trajectory of a part of a human body to which the satellite positioning receiver is attached with respect to the reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Elias Pekonen, Jari Miettinen, Ville Majava, Antti Taini, Markus Laapotti
  • Patent number: 10070798
    Abstract: A heart activity sensor structure includes a flexible textile substrate, and at least two electrodes with an electric insulation between each of the at least two electrodes. The at least two electrodes are applied on one side of the flexible textile substrate and configured to be placed against a skin of an exerciser in order to measure biosignals related to heart activity. The heart activity sensor also includes an electrostatic discharge shield applied on one side of the flexible textile substrate for protecting the at least two electrodes from static electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Seppo Korkala, Elias Pekonen, Juhani Kemppainen, Pekka Rytky
  • Publication number: 20180242902
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method estimates sleep quality of a user. A related computer system, a computer program product, and a data structure are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Kaisu Martinmäki, Topi Korhonen, Kari Säynäjäkangas, Nuutti Santaniemi, Tero Posio, Pertti Puolakanaho, Elias Pekonen
  • Publication number: 20180220918
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a first layer including first and second measurement electrodes disposed at a distance from one another, wherein the first and second measurement electrodes are skin electrodes that measure an electric physiological property from a skin; and a second layer disposed on top of the first layer including first and a second shielding elements that are electrically conductive and arranged to cover at least partially both the first and second measurement electrodes to protect the first and second measurement electrode against electromagnetic interference. Each of the shielding elements are connected to a skin electrode. The first shielding element and the second shielding element extend adjacent with respect to one another between the first and second measurement electrodes on a plane defined by the second layer. The second shielding element is electrically isolated from the first shielding element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Seppo Korkala, Kaisa Lämsä, Elias Pekonen
  • Patent number: 9861318
    Abstract: There is provided a wearable item configured to be placed at least partially against a skin of a person; and an optically sensitive detector mounted to the wearable item and configured to detect optical signals reflected from the skin of the person, wherein the detected optical signals represent a relative motion between the wearable item and the skin of the person and wherein the optically sensitive detector is mounted to the wearable item such that there is a predetermined space between the optically sensitive detector and the skin of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: POLAR ELECTRO OY
    Inventor: Elias Pekonen
  • Publication number: 20180000363
    Abstract: An apparatus is suitable for measuring a photoplethysmogram (PPG). A photoplethysmographic sensor apparatus may include a casing defining a surface, a plurality of optical emitters configured to emit radiation extending from the surface, at least one photo sensor configured to capture radiation emitted by at least a subset of the plurality of optical emitters. At least a first measurement configuration and a second configuration is defined by the plurality of optical emitters and the at least one photo sensor such that the first and the second measurement configuration provide different measurement channels by including at least partially different sets of at least one optical emitter and at least one photo sensor. The first and second measurement configurations define different spatial configurations, each of which is line symmetric with respect to an imaginary line along the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Elias Pekonen, Seppo Korkala
  • Publication number: 20160054449
    Abstract: A solution for estimating motion of a user is disclosed. A method comprises: acquiring satellite positioning data received with a satellite positioning receiver attached to a human body and indicating a location of the satellite positioning receiver; extracting, from the satellite positioning data, local motion data representing local motion of the satellite positioning receiver with respect to a reference point and overall motion data representing the motion of the reference point, wherein the reference point is included in a framework of the human body; and determining, from the local motion data, a local motion trajectory of a part of a human body to which the satellite positioning receiver is attached with respect to the reference point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Elias Pekonen, Jari Miettinen, Ville Majava, Antti Taini, Markus Laapotti
  • Publication number: 20160000336
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program monitor a user's heart activity during a physical exercise. A heart activity measurement signal representing the user's heart activity is acquired and a phase component of the heart activity measurement signal is monitored. On the basis of the monitoring of the phase component, one or more actions are carried out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Elias Pekonen, Juhani Kemppainen
  • Publication number: 20150223716
    Abstract: A heart activity sensor structure includes a flexible substrate being substantially non-conductive, at least two electrodes printed on one side of the flexible substrate and configured to be placed against a skin of a user in order to measure biometric signals related to heart activity, and an electrostatic discharge shield printed on opposite side the flexible textile substrate, compared to the printing of the at least two electrodes, for protecting the at least two electrodes from static electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Inventors: Seppo Korkala, Elias Pekonen, Juhani Kemppainen, Pekka Rytky, Jarmo Saaski
  • Publication number: 20150038853
    Abstract: There is provided a wearable item configured to be placed at least partially against a skin of a person; and an optically sensitive detector mounted to the wearable item and configured to detect optical signals reflected from the skin of the person, wherein the detected optical signals represent a relative motion between the wearable item and the skin of the person and wherein the optically sensitive detector is mounted to the wearable item such that there is a predetermined space between the optically sensitive detector and the skin of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Elias Pekonen
  • Publication number: 20140343391
    Abstract: A heart activity sensor structure includes a flexible textile substrate, and at least two electrodes with an electric insulation between each of the at least two electrodes. The at least two electrodes are applied on one side of the flexible textile substrate and configured to be placed against a skin of an exerciser in order to measure biosignals related to heart activity. The heart activity sensor also includes an electrostatic discharge shield applied on one side of the flexible textile substrate for protecting the at least two electrodes from static electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Seppo Korkala, Elias Pekonen, Juhani Kemppainen, Pekka Rytky
  • Patent number: 8862215
    Abstract: The present document discloses an apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory including a computer program code. The at least one memory and the computer program code are configured, with the at least one processor, to cause the apparatus to: trigger a start of a physical exercise; in response to said triggering, start a measurement mode in which the apparatus receives measurement data of the physical exercise wirelessly from at least one sensor device and analyzes the received measurement data; detect a predetermined event in the received measurement data during the physical exercise; and in response to detecting said predetermined event, cause transmission of a reconfiguration message to at least one of the at least one sensor device to reconfigure at least one parameter of said at least one of the at least one sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Pertti Puolakanaho, Elias Pekonen
  • Publication number: 20140200470
    Abstract: The present document discloses an apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory including a computer program code. The at least one memory and the computer program code are configured, with the at least one processor, to cause the apparatus to: trigger a start of a physical exercise; in response to said triggering, start a measurement mode in which the apparatus receives measurement data of the physical exercise wirelessly from at least one sensor device and analyses the received measurement data; detect a predetermined event in the received measurement data during the physical exercise; and in response to detecting said predetermined event, cause transmission of a reconfiguration message to at least one of the at least one sensor device to reconfigure at least one parameter of said at least one of the at least one sensor device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: POLAR ELECTRO OY
    Inventors: Pertti Puolakanaho, Elias Pekonen
  • Patent number: 8781562
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first signal line configured to couple signals from a first skin electrode to a first input of a differential amplifier comprised as a front-stage in a signal detection circuitry for measurement of biometric signals sensed by the first skin electrode; a second signal line configured to couple signals from a second skin electrode, different from the first skin electrode, to a second input of the differential amplifier of the signal detection circuitry for measurement of biometric signals sensed by the second skin electrode; and an impedance circuitry coupled between the first signal line and the second signal line in order to tune input impedance of the differential amplifier. Impedance of the impedance circuitry is higher on a first frequency band covering a frequency band of the measured biometric signals than on a second frequency band not covering the frequency band of the measured biometric signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventor: Elias Pekonen
  • Patent number: 8554312
    Abstract: A disclosed apparatus includes a first signal line configured to couple signals from a first electrode to a signal detection circuitry for measurement of biometric signals sensed by the first electrode; a second signal line configured to couple signals from a second electrode, which is different from the first electrode, to the signal detection circuitry for measurement of biometric signals sensed by the second electrode; and a coupling circuitry configured to selectively couple the first signal line and the second signal line to a common electrical potential so as to equalize electrical potential difference between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventor: Elias Pekonen
  • Publication number: 20120157867
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first signal line configured to couple signals from a first skin electrode to a first input of a differential amplifier comprised as a front-stage in a signal detection circuitry for measurement of biometric signals sensed by the first skin electrode; a second signal line configured to couple signals from a second skin electrode, different from the first skin electrode, to a second input of the differential amplifier of the signal detection circuitry for measurement of biometric signals sensed by the second skin electrode; and an impedance circuitry coupled between the first signal line and the second signal line in order to tune input impedance of the differential amplifier. Impedance of the impedance circuitry is higher on a first frequency band covering a frequency band of the measured biometric signals than on a second frequency band not covering the frequency band of the measured biometric signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: POLAR ELECTRO OY
    Inventor: Elias Pekonen
  • Publication number: 20120157868
    Abstract: A disclosed apparatus includes a first signal line configured to couple signals from a first electrode to a signal detection circuitry for measurement of biometric signals sensed by the first electrode; a second signal line configured to couple signals from a second electrode, which is different from the first electrode, to the signal detection circuitry for measurement of biometric signals sensed by the second electrode; and a coupling circuitry configured to selectively couple the first signal line and the second signal line to a common electrical potential so as to equalize electrical potential difference between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: POLAR ELECTRO OY
    Inventor: Elias Pekonen