Patents by Inventor Joshua Larsen

Joshua Larsen 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: 10407888
    Abstract: The bidet system may include multiple seat scales which may float between the toilet bowl rim and the toilet seat. These seat scales may collect measurements which are transmitted to a controller. The controller may include instructions to calculate a user's center of mass based on the measurements and to identify the position of the user's anus based on the center of mass. The controller may then transmit instructions to a bidet wand directing direct the bidet wand to a position which aims a cleansing fluid spray toward the user's anus. A camera which collects images of the user's anal and urogenital region may also be included in the bidet system. The camera may transmit obfuscated images to the controller to identify other areas of the user's anatomy in need of cleansing. The controller may direct the bidet wand to aim a cleansing fluid spray toward these areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Travis Niederhauser, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Ben Swenson, Clayton Jorgensen, Andrew Nguyen, Terrece Pearman, Daniel Hendricks
  • Publication number: 20190216366
    Abstract: The health-monitoring system includes one or more cameras which collect graphic data and a controller which calculates body proportion measurements based on the graphic data. Specifically, the health-monitoring system measures a user's body parts and their relative positions. These measurements may be combined with those collected by other devices and sensors within the system which conduct other health-related measurements. The other devices and sensors may be housed within a container and a least one of the cameras may also be housed within the container. In some embodiments, the container is a fixture, such as a bathroom medicine cabinet . The camera may be invisible to a user as positioned within the fixture. Consequently, the user may move and behave normally without changes which may occur due to being self-conscious of the camera. Calculations may occur within the controller or on a remote server to which data is transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Joshua Larsen, K. Jeffrey Campbell, Conrad Rosenbrock, Ben Swenson, Jared Eggett
  • Publication number: 20190203454
    Abstract: The bidet system may include multiple seat scales which may float between the toilet bowl rim and the toilet seat. These seat scales may collect measurements which are transmitted to a controller. The controller may include instructions to calculate a user's center of mass based on the measurements and to identify the position of the user's anus based on the center of mass. The controller may then transmit instructions to a bidet wand directing direct the bidet wand to a position which aims a cleansing fluid spray toward the user's anus. A camera which collects images of the user's anal and urogenital region may also be included in the bidet system. The camera may transmit obfuscated images to the controller to identify other areas of the user's anatomy in need of cleansing. The controller may direct the bidet wand to aim a cleansing fluid spray toward these areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Travis Niederhauser, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Ben Swenson, Clayton Jorgensen, Andrew Nguyen, Terrece Pearman, Daniel Hendricks
  • Patent number: 10323399
    Abstract: A dryer for use with a bidet is disclosed. In one embodiment, a moveable dryer wand emits an air curtain as the dryer wand moves across the bidet bowl beneath the user after cleansing. We further disclose a dryer which produces a second air current which moves air in a different direction than that emitted by the dryer wand and further controls the movement of excess water remaining on a user after cleansing. A dryer that includes moveable dryer wand used in coordination with a moveable bidet wand are also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Jared Wagner, Terrece Pearman
  • Publication number: 20190125314
    Abstract: The liquid sample capture apparatus captures a sample of a liquid and holds the sample for optical analysis. The apparatus may include a mount which is traversed by a sample conduit. The mount may have an elongated shape and two ferrules may be placed within the mount along the longitudinal axis of the mount. An end of each of the ferrules may extend into the sample conduit forming a narrowing of the sample conduit which holds the liquid and prevents it from escaping prior to analysis. The opposite ends of the ferrules may each be connected to an optical cable. The optical cables may be connected to an analytical device, for example, a spectrometer. The apparatus may be mounted within a toilet bowl where it may capture and analyze a urine sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Joshua Larsen, Jared Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10167617
    Abstract: A modular toilet is disclosed comprising a toilet shell and a hydraulic core. The hydraulic core module is a separate unit from the toilet shell module and may be non-symmetrical with the internal and external form of the shell. The core module comprises a toilet bowl connected to a siphon drain comprising a weir. The drain may be a vertical loop drain. The toilet shell and the hydraulic core may comprise mutual sealing surfaces. The drain may comprise openings for connection to a toilet ventilation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 10151623
    Abstract: A thin scale apparatus for measuring body weight includes 5 or more force sensors within a total thickness of between 0.4 inches and 0.004 inches measured between a bottom surface and a top surface of the thin scale apparatus. The thin scale is designed to be thin enough to be non-intrusive or not recognized by a user. A weight of a toilet user may be determined as a combination of additive force of force sensors in a thin scale and force sensor associated with a toilet seat of a toilet. The force sensors may be positioned in one or more cavities on a bottom side of a substrate material of the thin scale or be embedded within a substrate material. Embodiments of a standalone thin scale and a thin scale with a toilet are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hall Labs, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Jared Wagner, Dan Allen, Nathan Hopkins, Justin Robinson, Kevin Cheatham
  • Patent number: 10107665
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a toilet that includes a liquid level sensor on the surface of a flush jet fill tube. The liquid level sensor is a noncontact electrical impedance sensor that is an electrical capacitor. The capacitor may be used alone or with other volume sensors to detect volume of materials added to a toilet bowl. Some embodiments include a processor which records data and provides reports that may be clinically useful to assess the user's health status. The temporal nature of the liquid level sensor measurements is particularly useful because urination or defecation may be measured over time. Not only are total volumes detected but rates at which waste is deposited into the toilet during the entire excretion event are detected. These measurements are particularly useful in assessing certain health conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Stephen Davis, Jared Wagner, Terrece Pearman
  • Patent number: 10077897
    Abstract: A two-piece toilet with a seam and a channel at an intersection of the two toilet pieces is disclosed. An LED strip and diffuser strip are used to fill in the channel and hide seam of the intersection of the two toilet pieces. The LED strip transmits light into the channel and the light is refracted off of the channel and through the diffuser strip on the back side of the LED strip. An exterior and interior of a toilet may be lighted by the LED strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Joshua Larsen, Jared Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10072406
    Abstract: A quiet toilet apparatus disclosed. Microphones and circuitry are used to receive and detect one or more virtual point source locations and propagation directions of unwanted toilet noise. Speakers are used to create one or more synthesized wave fronts resulting in cancelation and reduction of unwanted toilet noise. The speakers, microphones and circuitry may be located within a toilet seat of a toilet or at a remote location. A user device or remote device may be connected to the noise reduction toilet apparatus for data recording, collection, reporting, and electronic noise filtering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Ben Swenson, Joshua Larsen, Jared Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10060112
    Abstract: We disclose a toilet system which analyzes solid waste to detect tags which were associated with pharmaceutical or nutritional products and excreted in the solid waste of a user. The toilet system may include a receptacle for receiving solid waste, a liquid dispenser for providing a liquid to assist in dispersing the solid waste, a solid waste dispersing system which may mix the solid waste with the liquid thereby homogenizing the solid waste, and an electromagnetic signature detector which may analyze the tags in the solid waste. The electromagnetic signature detector may include a selective binding surface which may bind tags present in the solid waste and which may be connected to a transducer which senses the presence of bound tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Steven J. M. Butala, Dan Allen, Andrew Nguyen, Conrad Rosenbrock, Ben Swenson, Daniel Hendricks, Travis Niederhauser, John Christensen, Joshua Larsen, Joe Fox
  • Publication number: 20180168556
    Abstract: We disclose a device and method for collecting a urine sample as a user urinates into a toilet. The device further conducts analytical measurements which may include spectral, colorimetric, and chemical assays. The user need only urinate normally into the toilet. A urine collection trap, which includes a vertical slit, may capture a urine sample which has a volume in the microliter range. Pumps may divert the urine from the vertical slit into a conduit that is connected to spectral analysis devices and other devices for analyzing the urine sample. The disclosed device is both convenient and prevents unsanitary urine spills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Terrece Pearman
  • Patent number: 9986879
    Abstract: A toilet comprising a rinsing seat, a rimless bowl, and a helical loop trapway is disclosed. An annular cavity for the purpose of storing and dispensing rinse water from the rinsing seat is disclosed. Outlet nozzles arranged about the circumference of the rinsing seat and designed to dispense rinse water at the rimless bowl are disclosed. Rinsing seat supports, hinge assemblies, and seat sensors which offer additional functionality to the rinsing seat are also disclosed. The toilet includes a steep interior surface with a titanium dioxide coating and actuatable ultraviolet light sources. The titanium dioxide has antimicrobial properties in the presence of ultraviolet light to sanitize the toilet. The ultraviolet light source is actuatable to control when the antimicrobial properties of the titanium dioxide coating are activated. The exterior of the toilet is coated with doped titanium dioxide which is antimicrobial in the presence of visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Steven J. M. Butala, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 9957705
    Abstract: A helical drain for a toilet is disclosed. The present invention relates to a novel toilet drain configuration. Specifically, the novel toilet drain configuration comprises a helical loop trapway. The drain of the present invention exits the toilet bowl and forms a substantially vertical tubular loop running generally parallel to the width of the bowl or stool, or perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the bowl or stool, before being connected to a sewer. The drain of the present invention functions like a P-trap syphon in removing the contents of the bowl. The diameter of the looped tubular portion of the drain may vary by approximately 20 percent or less in the direction of the sewer connection. Sensors may be placed on the drain to monitor drain contents, fluid levels, and drain performance. The drain may be fitted with valves to control the flow of fluids and gases through the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 9939307
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a toilet that includes a slanted fill tube with an optical proximity sensor positioned on or within the inner surface of the fill tube. The optical proximity sensor includes an incoherent light source and a photodiode. The optical proximity sensor as disclosed herein detects small changes in volumes added to a toilet bowl. Consequently, small volumes of excrement that are deposited in the toilet bowl by a user may be detected with greater accuracy. In some embodiments, information about the volume of urine or feces deposited into the toilet bowl is recorded and calculated by a processor. Other sensors, including a toilet bowl water level sensor and a gas sensor may collect data in combination with the optical proximity sensor to provide more complete information about the user's health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Travis Niederhauser, Terrece Pearman
  • Patent number: 9920510
    Abstract: A smart flush toilet apparatus provides dynamic control of a toilet flush length and/or a toilet flush water volume based on data collected from toilet paper dispenser sensors and/or toilet bowl displacement sensors. A toilet paper dispenser may be used to report toilet paper usage to resupply toilet paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Joshua Larsen, Jared Reynolds, Joe Fox, Joseph Duncan
  • Publication number: 20180073234
    Abstract: A modular toilet is disclosed comprising a toilet shell and a hydraulic core. The hydraulic core module is a separate unit from the toilet shell module and may be non-symmetrical with the internal and external form of the shell. The core module comprises a toilet bowl connected to a siphon drain comprising a weir. The drain may be a vertical loop drain. The toilet shell and the hydraulic core may comprise mutual sealing surfaces. The drain may comprise openings for connection to a toilet ventilation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Joe Fox
  • Patent number: 9913626
    Abstract: An excreta-sampling toilet is disclosed which includes a bowl, a processing apparatus, and a chiller. The bowl separates excreta into solid excreta and liquid excreta. The processing apparatus then processes the solid excreta into a solid excreta sample, including metering it by weight or volume and storing it in containers. The chiller lowers the temperature of the sample, which is stored to await analysis. A metered liquid excreta sample is also stored and chilled in separate storage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Daryl Wise, Ben Swenson, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Justin Robinson, Joe Fox, Kevin Cheatham
  • Patent number: 9915060
    Abstract: An rinsing seat for a rimless toilet is disclosed. In one embodiment, the rinsing seat includes a large annular cavity for the purpose of storing and dispensing rinse water. In another embodiment, the rinsing seat includes a smaller annular cavity for the purpose of dispensing rinse water from a pressurized line. Outlet nozzles arranged about the circumference of the rinsing seat and designed to dispense rinse water at varying angles relative to the rinsing seat are disclosed. Rinsing seat supports, hinge assemblies, and seat sensors which offer additional functionality to the rinsing seat are also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Eric Magleby
  • Publication number: 20180055491
    Abstract: An excreta-sampling toilet is disclosed which includes a bowl, a processing apparatus, and a chiller. The bowl separates excreta into solid excreta and liquid excreta. The processing apparatus then processes the solid excreta into a solid excreta sample, including metering it by weight or volume and storing it in containers. The chiller lowers the temperature of the sample, which is stored to await analysis. A metered liquid excreta sample is also stored and chilled in separate storage containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Daryl Wise, Ben Swenson, Dan Allen, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Justin Robinson, Joe Fox, Kevin Cheatham