Patents by Inventor Gregory T. A. Kovacs

Gregory T. A. Kovacs 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: 10451473
    Abstract: Physiological assessment scale systems and methods are implemented using a variety of approaches. According to one implementation, a scale measures the physiological data of a user engaging sensor circuitry on a platform region of the scale. In a physiological assessment mode, physiological data of the user is detected at respective states of physical exertion. The physiological data is then processed by user-targeted circuitry to determine physiological parameters of the user pertaining to the respective physical exertion states, such as may pertain to an increase in exertion or a reduction in exertion. These physiological parameters may, for example, be used to provide an indication of the physical health and fitness of the user. Such parameters may then be associated with the user and saved to a data-access circuit, and also forwarded to a display which communicates the physiological parameters among other information to the user through the platform region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 10436630
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to an apparatus including a weighing scale and external circuitry. The weighing scale includes a platform including force sensor circuitry and a plurality of electrodes to collect signals indicative of the user's identity and cardio-related physiologic data while the user is standing on the platform and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry configured with the force sensor circuitry and the plurality of electrodes to collect the cardio-related physiologic data from the user and output at least portions of the cardio-related physiologic data as user data. The external circuitry receives user data from a plurality of weighing scales include the weighing scale and provides a hierarchy of services using scale-obtained data, wherein the hierarchy of services include different services enabled in response to user selection of the service and activation of subscription levels of different weighted values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard
  • Patent number: 10390772
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to an on-demand healthcare apparatus used to enrich the doctor-patient relationship, provide accessible specialized care, while also reducing costs. The apparatus includes a weighing scale including a platform and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry or a portion thereof is electrically integrated with a plurality of sensors under the platform and collects physiological data from the user while the user is standing on the platform. The processing circuitry aggregates scale-obtained data with user data from a plurality of user devices and/or medical devices, filters a database or a system of computer networks with the aggregated data in response to the aggregated data matching trigger data indicating the user is at risk for a health condition, and provides the aggregated data and filtered data to external circuitry accessible by a healthcare professional for review and for providing on-demand care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard
  • Patent number: 10395055
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to an apparatus including a scale and external circuitry. The scale includes a platform, and data-procurement circuitry for collecting signals indicative of the user's identity and cardio-physiological measurements. The scale includes processing circuitry to process data obtained by the data-procurement circuitry, generate cardio-related physiologic data, and send user data to the external circuitry. The external circuitry validates the user data as concerning a specific user, correlates the user data with a user profile of the user, provides a clinical indication using the user data, and controls access to the user profile by allowing access to the clinical indication and the user data to or by a physician and not allowing access to the clinical indication to the user until the user provides an input indicating interest in the clinical indication and the physician provides a prescription for the clinical indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard
  • Patent number: 10215619
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to an apparatus including a weighing-scale platform, housing, and a plurality of sensors and sensor-data processing to collect a first set of physiological data while the user is standing on the platform. The first set of has an accuracy component that is dependent on or defined using a time-based interval or time-based metric. The apparatus further includes data-assimilation circuitry to provide synchronization by accessing a profile having information for identifying the user, accessing an indication of the time interval or metric derived from the first set of physiological data specific to the user, identifying a peripheral device including physiological-measuring circuitry with a second set of physiological data, the second set of physiological data being from and specific to the user, and while accounting for the time-based inaccuracies, comparing aspects of the first and second sets of physiological data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 10130273
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a CPU and a memory circuit that has user-corresponding data stored on the memory circuit, and a platform over which a plurality of electrodes are interleaved, and configured for engaging the user. While the plurality of electrodes is concurrently contacting a limb or other extremity of the user, measurement signals are obtained from the plurality of electrodes. Based on a plurality of impedance-measurement signals being obtained from the electrodes, signals are generated that correspond to cardiovascular timings specific to the user. In such aspects of the present disclosure, pulse characteristic signals are determined based on the plurality of impedance-measurement signals and comparisons of user-obtained data are made relative to user-data profiles stored in the memory circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Laurent B. Giovangrandi, Robert Bruce Darling
  • Patent number: 10004407
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the instance disclosure are assessing a fitness of a user using a weighing scale apparatus. Specific embodiments concern an arrangement of devices configured and arranged to monitor physiological parameters while the user is standing on a platform region of the device, and communicate an assessed fitness to the user as feedback. Further specific embodiments concern methods of monitoring physiological parameters of a user using the apparatus, assessing the fitness of the user based on one or more of the physiological parameters, and communicating the assessed fitness to the user as feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 9949662
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a CPU and a memory circuit that has user-corresponding data stored on the memory circuit, and a platform over which a plurality of electrodes are interleaved, and configured for engaging the user. While the plurality of electrodes is concurrently contacting a limb or other extremity of the user, measurement signals are obtained from the plurality of electrodes. Based on a plurality of impedance-measurement signals being obtained from the electrodes, signals are generated that correspond to cardiovascular timings of the user. In such aspects of the present disclosure, pulse characteristic signals are determined based on the plurality of impedance-measurement signals. One of the pulse characteristic signals is extracted, and used as a timing reference to extract and process another pulse characteristic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent B. Giovangrandi, Gregory T. Kovacs, Robert Bruce Darling
  • Patent number: 9943241
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward obtaining a plurality of impedance-measurement signals while a set of at least three electrodes are concurrently contacting a user. Additionally, various aspects of the present disclosure include determining a plurality of pulse characteristic signals based on the plurality of impedance-measurement signals. One of the pulse characteristic signals is extracted from one of the impedance-measurement signals and is used as a timing reference to extract and process another of the pulse characteristic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent B. Giovangrandi, Gregory T. Kovacs, Robert Bruce Darling
  • Patent number: 9833151
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a user-platform apparatus, such as a bodyweight sensing scale, includes a heart/cardiogram sensor which is used to detect heart and vascular characteristics of a user, and provide a cardiogram output indicative of the detected cardiovascular characteristics. The cardiogram output can be used for various purposes, such as detecting arterial stiffness and/or aging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Richard M. Wiard, Laurent B. Giovangrandi, Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 9814397
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment, a body-weight sensing scale includes cardio-based physiological sensing circuitry to detect heart characteristics of a user, and provide outputs indicative of the detected heart characteristics. A processor circuit is arranged with the cardio-based physiological sensing circuitry to process data to provide a noise-reduced cardiogram signal which characterizes functionality/health of the user's heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Omer T. Inan, Mozziyar Etemadi, Laurent B. Giovangrandi, Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard
  • Publication number: 20170261365
    Abstract: Physiological assessment scale systems and methods are implemented using a variety of approaches. According to one implementation, a scale measures the physiological data of a user engaging sensor circuitry on a platform region of the scale. In a physiological assessment mode, physiological data of the user is detected at respective states of physical exertion. The physiological data is then processed by user-targeted circuitry to determine physiological parameters of the user pertaining to the respective physical exertion states, such as may pertain to an increase in exertion or a reduction in exertion. These physiological parameters may, for example, be used to provide an indication of the physical health and fitness of the user. Such parameters may then be associated with the user and saved to a data-access circuit, and also forwarded to a display which communicates the physiological parameters among other information to the user through the platform region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Publication number: 20170211968
    Abstract: Weighing scale apparatuses (devices and systems) and methods are implemented using a variety of biometric-based devices and methods. According to one such implementation, a weighing scale uses a base unit to integrate a support structure, a display, and circuitry to measure and determine the physiological parameters of the user, including a user-weight metric. The support structure includes a platform region that utilizes sensor circuitry to collect physiological data from the user, which is then processed by user-targeted circuitry to determine the physiological parameters (e.g., weight and heart-related measurements) of the user. Such parameters are then associated with the user and saved to a data-access circuit, and also forwarded to a display which communicates the physiological parameters among other information to the user through the platform region; the display encompassing substantially all of the platform region, including the region(s) upon which the user would stand for weight measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard, Laurent B. Giovangrandi
  • Patent number: 9693696
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the instance disclosure are physiological data updates using a weighing scale and a user wearable device. Specific embodiments concern an arrangement of devices including a user wearable device and a weighing scale. The weighing scale is configured and arranged to monitor a plurality of physiological signals of the user using current-impedance electrodes and select data indicative of a physiological parameter of the user, for display on the user wearable device, based on a threshold value and the plurality of physiological signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Physiowave, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard
  • Publication number: 20170185737
    Abstract: Certain exemplary aspects of the present disclosure are directed towards methods and apparatuses for conducting physical examinations of a human. Optionally, such embodiments permit for remote examination of a patient, for example, the patient's heart or lung region. In such embodiments, a user operates a remote physical examination sensor, while a remote examination computer and/or remote medical personnel reviews/analyzes medical data received from the remote physical examination sensor to diagnose the condition of the user. The remote physical examination instrument may be equipped with a plurality of skin-compatible electrodes on a remote examination sensor connected to the user's chest, as well as one or more electrodes on the top cover or sides of the remote examination sensor connecting to the user's hand and providing medical data to the remote examination computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 9668689
    Abstract: A method including a dosimetry device having at least one sensor in a housing and a dosimetry processing device with a memory. The dosimtery processing device is coupled to the at least one sensor in the housing. The dosimetry processing device is configured to execute programmed instructions stored in the memory comprising: obtaining readings from the sensor; storing the readings; conducting an analysis of the stored readings to determine an injury risk assessment; and outputting at least one of the conducted analysis of the determined injury risk assessment or the stored readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: Rochester Institute of Technology, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    Inventors: David A. Borkholder, Gregory T. A. Kovacs, Jeffrey Rogers
  • Publication number: 20170147754
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to an apparatus including a scale. The scale includes a platform in which a plurality of electrodes are integrated and configured and arranged for engaging a user and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is electrically integrated with the plurality of electrodes to process user-corresponding data with physiologic parameter data obtained while the user is standing on the platform and therefrom derive and output derivation data indicative of a physiologic status of the user for assessment of a condition or treatment of the user that corresponds with the physiologic status, and store, in response to the derived derivation data, additional data in the memory circuit to supplement the user-corresponding data with information corresponding to the physiologic parameter data obtained while the user is standing on the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Publication number: 20170146389
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to a weighing scale including a platform, a user display, data-procurement circuitry, processing circuitry and an output circuit. The processing circuitry is electrically integrated with the data-procurement circuitry and being configured to process data obtained by the data-procurement circuitry while the user is standing on the platform and therefrom generate cardio-related physiologic data. The processing circuitry further identifies one or more scale-based biometrics of the user using the collected signals, and therefrom, validate user data, including the generated cardio-related physiologic data, as concerning the user. The output circuit operates in a default communication mode in response to an unidentified scale-based biometric, and operates in a user verified communication mode in response the user data and the identified one or more scale-based biometrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard
  • Publication number: 20170146387
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed an apparatus including a weighing scale and external circuitry. The weighing scale includes a platform in which a plurality of electrodes are integrated, a user-display, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to collect physiological data from the user while the user is standing on the platform and output at least portions of the physiological data as user data. The external circuitry aggregates user data for a plurality of users into user data sets for each user, groups a subset of the plurality of users of one or more scales into a social group based on a correlation between user data sets of the subset of the plurality of users and provides the subset of users of the social group with social group data via a respective scale of the subset of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Richard M. Wiard, Gregory T. Kovacs
  • Publication number: 20170146388
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to an apparatus including a weighing scale and external circuitry. The weighing scale includes a platform including force sensor circuitry and a plurality of electrodes to collect signals indicative of the user's identity and cardio-related physiologic data while the user is standing on the platform and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry configured with the force sensor circuitry and the plurality of electrodes to collect the cardio-related physiologic data from the user and output at least portions of the cardio-related physiologic data as user data. The external circuitry receives user data from a plurality of weighing scales include the weighing scale and provides a hierarchy of services using scale-obtained data, wherein the hierarchy of services include different services enabled in response to user selection of the service and activation of subscription levels of different weighted values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kovacs, Richard M. Wiard