Patents by Inventor Matteo Contolini

Matteo Contolini 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: 10600015
    Abstract: A system and method for managing workflow of a medical procedure, including a control and at least one detector such as a sensor, where the control interprets a user input to control the workflow of the medical procedure. The system and method include multiple input modalities and hazard mitigation measures to control the medical procedure and/or control various medical devices in an operating room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Juri Baumberger, Timothy Rutland, Ted Applebaum, Matteo Contolini
  • Patent number: 10445467
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for pairing a command device to a remotely controlled medical system. A command device is paired to a remotely controlled system, to control one or more medical devices from the command device. Registering the command device is done at a registration component at a designated location in an operating area, with an identifier for the operating area. While registered, the command device is able to transmit commands for controlling the medical equipment. The command device location is repeatedly estimated from its sensors based on markers or beacons in the operating area, to determine if it has left the area. Upon leaving, it is deregistered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum
  • Publication number: 20190266344
    Abstract: A system includes a medical device and an authenticator. The medical device has a medical sensor configured to generate patient data indicative of a sensed physiological characteristic of a patient. The authenticator has at least one biometric sensor configured to generate at least one biometric signal indicative of at least one biometric characteristic of a user of the medical device. The authenticator is configured to (i) identify and authenticate a user of the medical device, (ii) protect patient data generated by the medical sensor of the medical device using a user ID unique to the identified user, and (iii) save the protected patient data to a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Juri Baumberger
  • Patent number: 10009676
    Abstract: A voice controlled medical system with improved speech recognition includes a first microphone array, a second microphone array, a controller in communication with the first and second microphone arrays, and a medical device operable by the controller. The controller includes a beam module that generates a first beamed signal using signals from the first microphone array and a second beamed signal using signals from the second microphone array. The controller also includes a comparison module that compares the first and second beamed signals and determines a correlation between the first and second beamed signals. The controller also includes a voice interpreting module that identifies commands within the first and second beamed signals if the correlation is above a correlation threshold. The controller also includes an instrument control module that executes the commands to operate said medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum, Sankaran Panchapagesan
  • Patent number: 9865256
    Abstract: A voice controlled medical system with improved speech recognition includes a microphone in an operating environment and a medical device. The voice controlled medical system further includes a controller in communication with the microphone and the medical device that operates the medical device by executing audio commands received by the microphone. The voice controlled medical system further includes a calibration signal indicative of distortion in the operating environment which is generated by comparing an audio signal played in the operating environment with a sound signal received by the microphone. The controller uses the calibration signal to interpret audio commands received by the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Sankaran Panchapagesan, Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum
  • Publication number: 20170270261
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for pairing a command device to a remotely controlled medical system. A command device is paired to a remotely controlled system, to control one or more medical devices from the command device. Registering the command device is done at a registration component at a designated location in an operating area, with an identifier for the operating area. While registered, the command device is able to transmit commands for controlling the medical equipment. The command device location is repeatedly estimated from its sensors based on markers or beacons in the operating area, to determine if it has left the area. Upon leaving, it is deregistered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum
  • Patent number: 9549717
    Abstract: A voice controlled surgical system including a wireless command microphone receiving audio input, a voice control module for generating commands from the audio input received by said wireless command microphone, a detection module for generating signals indicative of a proximity of said wireless command microphone, a switch module for disabling the commands in response to one or more of the signals, and an alarm module activated in response to the one or more of the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum, Sankaran Panchapagesan
  • Publication number: 20160378939
    Abstract: A system and method for managing workflow of a medical procedure, including a control and at least one detector such as a sensor, where the control interprets a user input to control the workflow of the medical procedure. The system and method include multiple input modalities and hazard mitigation measures to control the medical procedure and/or control various medical devices in an operating room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Juri Baumberger, Timothy Rutland, Ted Applebaum, Matteo Contolini
  • Patent number: 9514746
    Abstract: A speech recognition and control system including a receiver for receiving an audio input, an event detector for analyzing the audio input and identifying at least one event of the audio input, a recognizer for interpreting at least a portion of the audio input, a database including a plurality of rules, and a controller for generating a control command based on the at least one event and at least one rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Matteo Contolini, Chengyi Zheng, Heinz-Werner Stiller
  • Publication number: 20160253994
    Abstract: A voice controlled medical system with improved speech recognition includes a microphone in an operating environment and a medical device. The voice controlled medical system further includes a controller in communication with the microphone and the medical device that operates the medical device by executing audio commands received by the microphone. The voice controlled medical system further includes a calibration signal indicative of distortion in the operating environment which is generated by comparing an audio signal played in the operating environment with a sound signal received by the microphone. The controller uses the calibration signal to interpret audio commands received by the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Sankaran Panchapagesan, Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum
  • Publication number: 20160125882
    Abstract: A voice controlled medical system with improved speech recognition includes a first microphone array, a second microphone array, a controller in communication with the first and second microphone arrays, and a medical device operable by the controller. The controller includes a beam module that generates a first beamed signal using signals from the first microphone array and a second beamed signal using signals from the second microphone array. The controller also includes a comparison module that compares the first and second beamed signals and determines a correlation between the first and second beamed signals. The controller also includes a voice interpreting module that identifies commands within the first and second beamed signals if the correlation is above a correlation threshold. The controller also includes an instrument control module that executes the commands to operate said medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum, Sankaran Panchapagesan
  • Patent number: 9293141
    Abstract: The system includes a controller having first and second speech recognition modules and a decision module. The system includes at least one medical device operable by the controller. The system includes a first microphone in communication with the first speech recognition module, and a second microphone in communication with the second speech recognition module. The first speech recognition module generates a first set of commands from voice signals it receives from the first microphone. The second speech recognition module generates a second set of commands from voice signals it receives from the second microphone. The decision module receives the first and second sets of commands, accepts a subset of the commands in the first and second sets, rejects the remainder of the commands, and assembles a third set of commands comprising the accepted commands. The controller executes the third set of commands to operate the at least one medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum
  • Patent number: 9264801
    Abstract: The system includes a remotely controlled medical system having a controller in communication with a command device incorporating a microphone. The system further includes a medical device operable by the controller and a sound generator coupled to the controller. The command device incorporating a microphone is paired to the controller for operating the medical device by detecting the sound. The command device incorporating a microphone transmits a signal in response to the sound to the controller to verify the pairing of the command device incorporating a microphone to the controller such that the controller will only operate the medical device in response to a command issued near the sound generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted H. Applebaum
  • Publication number: 20150332196
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a workflow in an operating room including interconnected medical devices that support surgical systems and surgical operations. Methods and systems to control clinical information through the use of a medical device, such that use of a medical device at least partially determines the clinical information that is displayed on a display monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Heinz-Werner Stiller, Matteo Contolini
  • Publication number: 20150279368
    Abstract: The system includes a controller having first and second speech recognition modules and a decision module. The system includes at least one medical device operable by the controller. The system includes a first microphone in communication with the first speech recognition module, and a second microphone in communication with the second speech recognition module. The first speech recognition module generates a first set of commands from voice signals it receives from the first microphone. The second speech recognition module generates a second set of commands from voice signals it receives from the second microphone. The decision module receives the first and second sets of commands, accepts a subset of the commands in the first and second sets, rejects the remainder of the commands, and assembles a third set of commands comprising the accepted commands. The controller executes the third set of commands to operate the at least one medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum
  • Publication number: 20140153747
    Abstract: The system includes a remotely controlled medical system having a controller in communication with a command device incorporating a microphone. The system further includes a medical device operable by the controller and a sound generator coupled to the controller. The command device incorporating a microphone is paired to the controller for operating the medical device by detecting the sound. The command device incorporating a microphone transmits a signal in response to the sound to the controller to verify the pairing of the command device incorporating a microphone to the controller such that the controller will only operate the medical device in response to a command issued near the sound generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Matteo Contolini, Ted H. Applebaum
  • Patent number: 8502876
    Abstract: An audio, visual and device data capturing system including an audio recorder for recording audio data, at least one visual recorder for recording visual data, at least one device data recorder for receiving device data from at least one device in communication with the system, a speech recognition module for interpreting the audio data, a transcript module for generating transcript data from the interpreted audio data, a data capturing module for generating a data record including at least a portion of each of the audio data, the transcript data, the visual data and the device data, and at least one storage device for storing the data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Producktions GmbH
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Matteo Contolini, Chengyi Zheng, Heinz-Werner Stiller
  • Patent number: 8224651
    Abstract: A speech recognition and control system including a sound card for receiving speech and converting the speech into digital data, the sound card removably connected to an input of a computer, recognizer software executing on the computer for interpreting at least a portion of the digital data, event detection software executing on the computer for detecting connectivity of the sound card, and command control software executing on the computer for generating a command based on at least one of the digital data and the connectivity of the sound card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Chengyi Zheng, Heinz-Werner Stiller, Matteo Contolini
  • Patent number: 8037179
    Abstract: A device control system including at least one device operable by the system, at least one processor, software executing on the at least one processor for receiving message data and determining a corresponding XML document type, software executing on the at least one processor for generating a XML document based on the XML document type, the XML document including the message data, software executing on the processor for packetizing the XML document, and two or more communication components, each communication component including an XML parser for parsing the XML document and extracting the message data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Matteo Contolini, Chengyi Zheng, Heinz-Werner Stiller
  • Patent number: 8015014
    Abstract: A speech recognition and control system continuously operable by two or more users. The system includes a receiver for receiving a speech input, a processor in communication with the receiver and a database in communication with the processor. The database includes user profiles. The system also includes profile management software executing on the processor for determining an active profile from the plurality of user profiles, and software executing on the processor for identifying at least one command from the speech input based on the active profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Matteo Contolini, Chengyi Zheng, Heinz-Werner Stiller