Having Animal Activity Monitoring Means Patents (Class 119/421)
  • Patent number: 10426132
    Abstract: A system for examining resistance exercise includes a first trap compartment, a second trap compartment, a main track compartment and a pulley system which can be aligned to form a continuous tunnel. Each of the compartments can have adjustable dimensions to retain small animals of various sizes. The pulley system includes a clamp and a pulley shaft. The pulley shaft is pivotally attached to the clamp at a lower end and a first pulley wheel at an upper end. A second pulley wheel is pivotally attached to the clamp. A rope is trained on the pulley wheels. The tunnel can be positioned on an elevated support surface. One end of the rope is attachable to a rat on the elevated support surface and the other end of the rope is to attached to liftable strength training objects positioned below the elevated support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Kuwait University
    Inventor: Hameed Ali Al-Sarraf
  • Patent number: 10368553
    Abstract: An apparatus for assessing compliance with animal welfare on an animal for slaughter. The apparatus has an image capture unit with a capture region in which a section of a surface of the animal is optically captured and in which pixels are captured. The capture unit provides pixel data in a transmittable manner. The apparatus has an evaluation unit connected to the capture unit to capture the pixel data. A normative model of the animal is stored in the evaluation unit and represents a formation of animal-related features conforming to animal welfare. The evaluation unit relates the pixel data to the model and determines a deviation of the pixel data from the model and provides the deviation as a deviation of the animal from the model in a form that can be output. A method for assessing compliance with animal welfare is carried out on the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CSB-System AG
    Inventor: Peter Schimitzek
  • Patent number: 10238085
    Abstract: A device for detecting and recording animal behavior is provided. The device includes at least one corral that defines contained field, the base surface of the at least one corral being sensitive to the animal's footprint. The device also includes an image capturing device that cooperates with the base surface to capture both a profile of the animal's full footprint and a profile of the animal's toe print when the animal is standing on its toes. In some embodiments, the device is capable of providing a stimulus to the animal and observing the resulting behavior of the animal via the image capturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Children's Medical Center Corporation, President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Clifford J. Woolf, David P. Roberson, Alexander B. Wiltschko, Sandeep Robert Datta
  • Patent number: 10117414
    Abstract: Mobile platforms and air table arrangements for supporting an animal under investigation include a mobile platform and an underlying air table platform that defines a perforated upper surface and a plurality of apertures in fluid communication with a source of air under pressure. The mobile platform is adapted to glide over the perforated upper surface and includes a base defining an upwardly facing surface and a downwardly facing surface, at least one sidewall circumscribing the upwardly facing surface, and at least one partition wall dimensioned and arranged to divide the downwardly facing surface into a plurality of downwardly facing open compartments. The base defines a first profile having a first maximum dimension, and the perforated upper surface defines a second profile having a second maximum dimension, such that the ratio of the second maximum dimension to the first maximum dimension is less than 2 to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: York Winter
  • Patent number: 10104871
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer code products for monitoring the behavior, health, and/or characteristics of an animal are disclosed herein. In one implementation, the animal is positioned inside a waste container placed on a system that is adapted to determine, record and communicate over a network various animal health parameters. These parameters can be processed to determine trends, statistics and changes of animal physiological functions. The results can be used to access animal health conditions and issue warnings alarms, messages, and other notifications to designated caretakers. These notifications may be displayed using various means such as computers and/or mobile devices. Data retrieval and review capability can provide improved understanding of an animal's health conditions and facilitate early illness detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Pet Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Triener
  • Patent number: 10052058
    Abstract: Described herein are various apparatus and systems useful in sensory discrimination. Through the use of a multi-well sample plate, the high-throughput analysis apparatus and method allow for rapid sensory discrimination of a large number of samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: OPERTECH BIO, INC.
    Inventors: R. Kyle Palmer, F. Raymond Salemme
  • Patent number: 9998639
    Abstract: A device for conducting scientific experiments in space has a housing having dimensions of about 100×100×150 mm or smaller. Within the housing is an electronic processor, a camera, and a chamber for containing living or non-living test subjects. A mirror is positioned next to the chamber so that the camera lens can view both a face of the chamber, and the mirror, which reflects a side of the chamber. The chamber can additionally include sensors and a fan controlled by the processor to change conditions within the housing based upon sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the NASA
    Inventors: Sharmila Bhattacharya, Terry Clay Lusby, Chetan Angadi, Siddharth Pandey
  • Patent number: 9924702
    Abstract: A mobile telephone adapts to use as a gundog training tool by interfacing with a dog collar using a wireless communication device, such as a WWAN text or IP interface, a WLAN interface or a radio transceiver that couples to the mobile telephone and is accessible to a training application running on the mobile telephone. The dog collar includes a GPS receiver to provide position information to the mobile telephone and a shock device to provide training stimulus to the dog. A wireless headset interfaces with the mobile telephone to provide audible indications of position to an end user, such as a dog point and tone indicators of directions to the dog. A wireless handset interfaces with the mobile telephone to accept inputs for application to the collar, such as training stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Specifi-Kali, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Bianchi, Robert W. Holland
  • Patent number: 9922522
    Abstract: A device disposed on a subject to maintain the subject within a containment zone and track the subject if the subject exits the containment zone. The device includes a positioning unit for generating position data including satellite positioning data. There is a processor unit to determine from the position data if the subject is inside or outside of the containment zone. The processor unit operates in a containment mode when the subject is inside the containment zone and in a tracking mode when the subject exits the containment zone. A correction unit issues a stimulus when the subject exits the containment zone and terminates the stimulus when the processor unit enters the tracking mode from the containment mode. There is a communication unit which transmits an alert to an electronic device of an operator when the processor unit transitions from the containment to tracking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: OnPoint Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Solinsky, Robert Paxton, Xinnakone Vivathana, Kristen Lomastro, Scott Sterling
  • Patent number: 9924314
    Abstract: A device disposed on a subject to maintain the subject within a containment zone and track the subject if the subject exits the containment zone. The device includes a positioning unit for generating position data including satellite positioning data. There is a processor unit to determine from the position data if the subject is inside or outside of the containment zone. The processor unit operates in a containment mode when the subject is inside the containment zone and in a tracking mode when the subject exits the containment zone. A correction unit issues a stimulus when the subject exits the containment zone and terminates the stimulus when the processor unit enters the tracking mode from the containment mode. There is a communication unit which transmits an alert to an electronic device of an operator when the processor unit transitions from the containment to tracking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: OnPoint Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth S. Solinsky, Robert Paxton, Xinnakone Vivathana, Kristen Lomastro, Scott Sterling
  • Patent number: 9770195
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for automated assessment of pruritus comprising detecting movement of a band located on a limb of a subject animal so as to obtain a signal associated with the detection movement, processing the signal associated with the detected movement through an algorithm configured to establish a scratch movement trigger, and translating the processed signal into scratch counts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Tony L. Yaksh, Shelle Malkmus, Marc Marino
  • Patent number: 9763426
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard
  • Patent number: 9706756
    Abstract: An animal movement prediction method including the steps of establishing, receiving and predicting. The establishing step establishes a wireless mesh network of a plurality of remote sensors. Each sensor is established in the wireless mesh network by installing said sensor on an object to detect the animal in a detection zone; activating the sensor; and capturing a geographic coordinate in a mobile device for at least a portion of the detection zone apart from the sensor. The receiving step receives animal detection information from the sensors by way of the mesh network. The animal detection information includes a time of detection. The predicting step predicts the future movements of animals dependent upon the animal detection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Michael W. Swan
  • Patent number: 9681808
    Abstract: Monitoring behavior of a rodent within a cage includes applying a vibration stimulus to a component of the cage and after applying the vibration stimulus, sensing a signal from a piezoelectric sensor within the cage, the sensed signal indicative of a behavioral response of the rodent. A plurality of attributes of the signal can be determined and the attributes can then be stored in a manner that associates the behavioral response of the rodent with the vibration stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Signal Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Donohue, Bruce O'Hara, Sridhar Sunderam, Farid Yaghouby
  • Patent number: 9629352
    Abstract: A system and device for capturing or entrapping pests, such as rodents, is described herein. In some embodiments, the device includes an opening in the bottom of the device which allows the pest to enter the device. In some embodiments, the device may include a kill trap. In other embodiments, the device may be used to live capture the pest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Leonard E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9470776
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and methods for tracking the positions and behaviors of moving objects such as animals. In one embodiment, the system comprises one or more tracking unit, one or more base nodes, one or more remote data hubs, and one or more remote processor with display. Each tracking unit (e.g. attached or inserted into the tracked animals) could transmit acoustic signal with a unique signature. The base nodes, after time stamping the received signals, relate the signals to the remote processors where the signals will be processed and the 3-dimensional spatial coordinates of the tracking units, and hence the animals, can be identified. Further processing of the positional information would reflect the activities and behaviors of each animal. Additional sensors included in the tracking unit provide further information about the states of the animals such as temperature, heart rate or blood pressure etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: CASCUBE LTD
    Inventors: Chi Shing Chan, Aijun Cao
  • Patent number: 9282725
    Abstract: A method for an observational screening method or a drug screening method, includes the steps of providing an enclosure for at least one animal with outer sidewalls, preferably 4 outer sidewalls; providing temperature sensing device for sensing a body temperature of at least one animal and/or activity measurement device for measuring at least one parameter related to physical activity of at least one animal; sensing a body temperature of at least one animal and/or measuring at least one parameter related to physical activity of at least one animal; providing data processing device; and processing data related to body temperature and/or to the parameter related to physical activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Biomedical International R + D GmbH
    Inventors: Erika Jensen-Jarolim, Ingo Flaschberger
  • Patent number: 9152851
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the analysis of the diverse behaviors of animal subjects in defined areas are provided, including tools for filtering and analysis of high-resolution behavioral data. These systems and methods provide an opportunity to examine behavioral patterns with levels of precision and quantization that have not been previously achieved. Methods and systems for managing and analyzing the very large and unique datasets produced by behavioral monitoring systems, including quality assessment and control, archiving, data query, data reduction, analytical procedures and visualization techniques are provided. Such detailed analyses of spontaneous behavior provide fundamental insights into the neural organization of behavior and enable detection of genetic, pharmacological and environmental influences on brain function with high sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Evan Goulding, A. Katrin Schenk, Laurence Tecott
  • Publication number: 20150107525
    Abstract: A rodent enclosure dimensioned in length, width and height so as to allow a rodent to run freely along the length of the enclosure, but not turn around without standing on its hind legs. The enclosure has a floor with bars extending transversely to allow access for a force sensor's probe from below. A force measurement device for use with the rodent enclosure to measure the tactile response of a rodent comprising a measurement probe connected to a device body. The probe has a tip which can be engaged with a rodent's paw through the floor of the enclosure. The device body has a fixed body part and a rotatable body part arranged to allow relative rotation between them. A rotation sensor detects the relative rotation and outputs a measurement parameter having values that are calibrated against force values associated with forces applied to the probe's tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Michael John Dixon, Polly Margaret Taylor, Benjamin Dixon
  • Patent number: 8985056
    Abstract: A detecting platform for holding a tiny insect includes a main body forming a containing space, which passes through the main body and is surrounded by side walls of the main body. A first side wall and a second side wall of the side walls are opposite to each other, and the area of the second side wall is smaller than that of the first side wall. The main body forms a first opening and a second opening passing through the first side wall and the second side wall respectively for the tiny insects entering and leaving the containing space. A bottom plate covers a first through surface of the containing space to form a bottom surface and a detecting area is configured thereon to holding the tiny insects. Accordingly, the tiny insects can stay on the detecting area so as to detect the characteristics of the tiny insects expediently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Rong-Shun Chen, Jhih-Shun Yang, Yu-Ching Lin, Hung-Yin Tsai, Chien-Hung Lin, Hong Hocheng, Li-An Chu
  • Patent number: 8985057
    Abstract: A device and method for delivering drugs or sending or receiving information to or from a lab test animal over a long period of time without having the cords attached to the animal tangle as it moves around in its enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Donald J. Woodward
  • Patent number: 8979757
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring the condition of livestock comprises a plurality of sensors (115, 103, 113, 111, 107, 105) for sensing a plurality of different behavioral parameters of an animal. The sensed data is transmitted by a unit (115), wirelessly, t a central processor (119) and a plurality of status conditions of the animal is determined on the basis of the transmitted, sensed data such as the onset of parturition, fertility status and other health status conditions. The unit (115) may be permanently worn by the animal and may keep an electronic record of the status conditions of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: ITI Scotland Ltd.
    Inventors: Toby Mottram, Paul Edward George Devlin
  • Patent number: 8955458
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for detecting motion of an object, such as the paw of rat. A tag comprising an inductive element and a capacitive element may be attached to the object and the motion detected by monitoring the affect of the tag on a time-varying magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Emanuel Salzmann, Javier Humberto Flores, Matthew Charles Wallace, Di Bian, Trang Nguyen, Ada Silos-Santiago, Minh Vuong
  • Patent number: 8944008
    Abstract: A rodent enclosure dimensioned in length, width and height so as to allow a rodent to run freely along the length of the enclosure, but not turn around without standing on its hind legs. The enclosure has a floor with bars extending transversely to allow access for a force sensor's probe from below. A force measurement device for use with the rodent enclosure to measure the tactile response of a rodent comprising a measurement probe connected to a device body. The probe has a tip which can be engaged with a rodent's paw through the floor of the enclosure. The device body has a fixed body part and a rotatable body part arranged to allow relative rotation between them. A rotation sensor detects the relative rotation and outputs a measurement parameter having values that are calibrated against force values associated with forces applied to the probe's tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Topcat Metrology Limited
    Inventors: Michael John Dixon, Polly Margaret Taylor, Benjamin Dixon
  • Patent number: 8918163
    Abstract: The invention facilitates transport of an immobilized, anesthetized small animal across multiple single-modality or multiple-modality imaging workstations at the same or different physical locations without loss of subject positional information. The animal holder is compatible with preclinical animal imaging stations such as micro-CT, micro-MR, micro-PET, micro-SPECT, and FMT. The animal holder is configured to be accommodated by (for example, fit within) individual imaging chambers of such instruments and is fabricated from materials that are compliant with all of the imaging modalities used. In certain embodiments, an integrated set of fiducial marker wells accommodates the dispensing of markers that are picked up by several modalities simultaneously in multiple planes. The fiducial markers then are aligned in standard image processing or image analysis software with simple image translation and rotation operations, without the need for more advanced scaling, distortion or other operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: VisEn Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Wael I. Yared, Andrew K. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8915215
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring and acquiring data concerning the health of poultry and animals housed in one or more barns or enclosed environments predicated upon the frequencies and intensity of sounds generated by the poultry and animals to obtain baseline data of healthy and happy poultry and animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Scott A. Helgeson
  • Patent number: 8844466
    Abstract: An animal feeding system for slowing the eating process of an animal, e.g., a dog, and simultaneously entertains the animal. The animal feeding system includes a floor, retaining walls, and obstacles which form a food maze. The obstacles may vary, for example, in shape (e.g., as letters, words, geometric shapes, etc.), form (e.g., rigid structure, flexible fingers, etc.), size, height, etc. In addition, the obstacles may include structures to further slow an animal's eating, such as tunnels, slides, ramps, etc. The animal feeding system may be fabricated of any appropriate material, including, but not limited to, silicone rubber, natural rubber, metal, and ceramic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Karin Vermeegen
  • Publication number: 20140251228
    Abstract: A method for an observational screening method or a drug screening method, includes the steps of providing an enclosure for at least one animal with outer sidewalls, preferably 4 outer sidewalls; providing temperature sensing device for sensing a body temperature of at least one animal and/or activity measurement device for measuring at least one parameter related to physical activity of at least one animal; sensing a body temperature of at least one animal and/or measuring at least one parameter related to physical activity of at least one animal; providing data processing device; and processing data related to body temperature and/or to the parameter related to physical activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Biomedical International R+D GmbH
    Inventors: Erika JENSEN-JAROLIM, Ingo FLASCHBERGER
  • Patent number: 8797166
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer code products for monitoring the behavior, health, and/or characteristics of an animal are disclosed herein. In one implementation, the animal is positioned inside a waste container placed on a system that is adapted to determine, record and communicate over a network various animal health parameters. These parameters can be processed to determine trends, statistics and changes of animal physiological functions. The results can be used to access animal health conditions and issue warnings, alarms, messages, and other notifications to designated caretakers. These notifications may be displayed using various means such as computers and/or mobile devices. Data retrieval and review capability can provide improved understanding of an animal's health conditions and facilitate early illness detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Pet Wireless LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Triener
  • Patent number: 8763559
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring laboratory animals includes a tag comprising an inductive element and a capacitive element attached to a portion of a laboratory animal. The position of the portion is detected by monitoring the effect of the tag on a time-varying magnetic field having different frequencies, one near tag resonance, and one away from tag resonance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Incorporated
    Inventors: Philip Salzmann, Trang Nguyen, James Sinclair
  • Patent number: 8746178
    Abstract: An automated feeding station feeds an animal in a feeding event. An automated collection system, such as a urine collection system, fecal collection system, or combination urine/fecal collection system, collects and excrement from the animal in an excrement elimination event. The feeding event and excrement elimination events provide insights into the health of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hayden Greene, Kimberly Marie Adams, Charlie Thomas Goubeaux, Susan C. Manos
  • Patent number: 8733290
    Abstract: A system for providing an interface for interacting with a laboratory animal and the method of using the system are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ludmila Gerashchenko
  • Patent number: 8726842
    Abstract: An animal memory training system with a closed rotary maze comprises a maze device and a stimulating device. A rotary wheel (6) driven by a motor (4) is provided on the bottom of the case (1) of the maze device. The motor (4) is set in a central column, and its output shaft is tightly connected with the rotary wheel (6) along the central column shaft direction, thus the rotary wheel (6) is driven by the motor (4) to rotate around said central column. A number of pulleys (12) are set on the lower periphery of the frame of the case (1) to support said rotary wheel (6), and a sieve-like supporting net (5) is arranged above the rotary wheel (6). The stimulating device includes an automatic manipulator stimulating device and a remote control stimulating device. Compared with the existing maze model, the rotary drive action of the training system's rotary wheel is moderate, and is more coincident with the movement actual of animals' normal physiological behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Shenyang Medical College
    Inventors: Qiwen Zhu, Weiping Cao, Jianwen Zhao, Lihong Shang, Baoping Kuang, Kewei Wang
  • Patent number: 8683957
    Abstract: A movement analysis device for rodents capable of variably adjusting a space where a rodent is placed in order to stimulate the behavior of the rodent so that motor functions of the rodent can be analyzed more effectively. The movement analysis device for rodents includes a body including a pair of side plates distanced from each other with a predetermined gap and a connector plate connecting one ends of the side plates together, the connector plate having a slit extending from one to the other one of the side plates; and an adjustment unit including an adjustment plate configured insertable between the side plates of the body and into the slit of the connector plate of the body and a support plate extending to a height reaching from a bottom to the slit to support the adjustment plate at one portion thereof. The support plate is semi-cylindrically shaped to form a cylindrical space together with the connector plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Seoul National University Industry Foundation
    Inventors: Kyu-Chang Wang, Sun-Ha Paek, Byung-Woo Yoon, Se-Pil Park, Do-Hun Lee
  • Publication number: 20140058214
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method for delivering drugs or sending or receiving information to or from a lab test animal over a long period of time without having the cords attached to the animal tangle as it moves around in its enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Donald J. Woodward
  • Publication number: 20140015945
    Abstract: The present apparatus and method provides for real-time automated, non-invasive infrared thermography information of an animal to be used for both thermal and behavioural measurement, thereby providing an earlier and more accurate predictor of onset of disease, growth states, or reproductive states in that animal. More specifically, the present system and method provide for the use of thermal images (taken, for example, at a water station) to obtain both temperature and behavioural information about one or more animals at a time, and to utilize that information to determine the health, growth, or reproductive state of the animal. The combination of thermal biometric data, such as radio frequency identification infrared thermography, and behavioural biometric information, such as behavioural fidgets can be used to detect early-onset of these biological steady and non-steady states in animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Clover Bench, Allan Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20130284109
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for convenient management of animals within a rodent containment cage system that includes labeling components, receiving data, associating the data, reporting the data and/or associations and locating components within the cage system. The management of the system may be self-contained, networked through a controller, local server and/or main server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Cory J. Spivey, Michael A. Roes, Francesca McGuffie, Leroy Jenson
  • Publication number: 20130255586
    Abstract: A system for providing an interface for interacting with a laboratory animal and the method of using the system are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Ludmila Gerashchenko
  • Patent number: 8544418
    Abstract: An intelligent doghouse full-automatic processor includes a cage bracket module, and an automatic excrement treating device, a feeding module, a water feeding module, a snack feeding module, a disinfection and heat preservation device and a video/audio module which are arranged on the cage bracket module as well as an automatic door control module, a host computer control module, a network communication module, a background control service module, a terminal use program and the like. With the modules, an owner can remotely monitor an intelligent doghouse, perform video/audio conversation with a pet dog and control and manage the eating and drinking, defecation and entering and exiting cage of the pet dog, disinfection of the cage and temperature regulation of air inside the cage by a computer or a mobile phone through a network browser. Moreover, parameters of the intelligent doghouse can be set through network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hong Kong Tesla Technology Limited
    Inventors: Wei Jiang, Hailong Qin
  • Patent number: 8534225
    Abstract: A pet feeding systems for slowing the eating process of a pet, e.g., a dog, and simultaneously entertain the pet. The pet feeding system includes a floor, retaining walls, and obstacles which form a food maze. The obstacles may vary, for example, in shape (e.g., as letters, words, geometric shapes, etc.), form (e.g., rigid structure, flexible fingers, etc.), size, height, etc. In addition, the obstacles may include structures to further slow a pets eating, such as tunnels, slides, ramps, etc. The pet feeding system may be fabricated of any appropriate material, including, but not limited to, silicone rubber, natural rubber, metal, and ceramic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Karin Vermeegen
  • Patent number: 8522723
    Abstract: An animal exercise wheel is illuminated by LEDs connected to a battery via a reed switch. A magnet actuates the reed switch when an animal begins to rotate the wheel. The LEDs flash with the frequency of rotation of the animal wheel or continuously. As long as the wheel rotates, the magnet continues to actuate the reed switch, which resets a counter. When the wheel stops and the reed switch is no longer actuated, the counter counts a predetermined time, and terminates the illumination of the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Austin J. Forest
  • Patent number: 8491491
    Abstract: Inhalation measurement systems and methods enable, during inhalant exposure, substantially real-time respiratory measurements of a test subject using techniques that obtain measurements of respiration directly from that test subject, instead of from inhalation chamber parameter measurements. Direct test subject respiratory measurements may be, by way of example only, impedance measurements. These respiratory measurements taken directly from the test subject may be transmitted, wirelessly for example, for processing during the course of the test to a processing system to determine a cumulative volume of inhalant inspired by the test subject. From that, a cumulative amount of inhalant (or dose) inspired by the test subject may be determined during the course of the inhalation compound test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Data Sciences International, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Haefner, Loell Boyce Moon, Steve Hachtman, Scott R. Tiesma, Gary Pritchard
  • Patent number: 8485133
    Abstract: A mobile platform arrangement includes a first (mobile) platform and a second (support) platform. Both are flat-bottomed members, wherein the support platform is preferably, but not exclusively, provided with sidewalls and wherein a diameter of the support platform exceeds an outer diameter of the mobile platform at least twice. The mobile platform is advantageously positioned onto and/or within the support platform. The top surface of the support platform is provided with a friction reducing surface structure. The mobile platform is therefore adjusted to perform gliding motion along and/or over the friction reducing surface, wherein acceleration necessary for performing gliding motion is imposed to the mobile platform by an external force, provided by movement of an experimental animal within the mobile platform. The mobile platform arrangement in addition may include a mechanism for securing a conscious wake and able to move experimental animal, including a head adapter and corresponding mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Neurotar Oy
    Inventors: Sergey Osmekhin, Leonard Khirug
  • Patent number: 8483446
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system utilizing novel computer software for determining the antler, horn, and pronghorn size of an animal by calculating, measuring, analyzing, comparing, scoring, presenting, and comparing the antler and horn sizes of animals such as deer, bovids, and pronghorns from digital data and/or photographs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Mississippi State University
    Inventors: Stephen Demarais, Bronson K. Strickland, Jeremy Flinn, Stephen L. Webb
  • Patent number: 8468975
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring laboratory animals includes a tag comprising an inductive element and a capacitive element attached to a portion of a laboratory animal. The position of the portion is detected by monitoring the effect of the tag on a time-varying magnetic field having different frequencies, one near tag resonance, and one away from tag resonance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Salzmann, Trang Nguyen, James Sinclair
  • Patent number: 8327804
    Abstract: A measurement object holder that holds a measurement object in an optical measurement instrument, wherein the optical measurement instrument takes, as the measurement object, a living body in which isotropic scattering of light occurs inside and receives light emitted from the measurement object is disclosed. The measurement object holder includes a block that is formed in a predetermined outer shape by a material having optical properties in which the isotropic scattering of light occurs inside; and a cavity portion that is formed inside the block, that has an inner shape following the outer shape of the measurement object and in which the measurement object is accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yukio Yamada, Hitoshi Shimizu, Takeshi Kimura
  • Publication number: 20120255500
    Abstract: A rodent enclosure dimensioned in length, width and height so as to allow a rodent to run freely along the length of the enclosure, but not turn around without standing on its hind legs. The enclosure has a floor with bars extending transversely to allow access for a force sensor's probe from below. A force measurement device for use with the rodent enclosure to measure the tactile response of a rodent comprising a measurement probe connected to a device body. The probe has a tip which can be engaged with a rodent's paw through the floor of the enclosure. The device body has a fixed body part and a rotatable body part arranged to allow relative rotation between them. A rotation sensor detects the relative rotation and outputs a measurement parameter having values that are calibrated against force values associated with forces applied to the probe's tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Michael John Dixon, Polly Margaret Taylor, Benjamin Dixon
  • Publication number: 20120234256
    Abstract: The present technology provides a mechanical conflict device operable to assess a physiologic experience; for example, pain or drug addiction in an animal, the device comprising: a housing having a floor connected to a plurality of walls, the floor and plurality of walls defining: a holding compartment, an alley compartment connected to the holding compartment, the alley compartment has a plurality of perforations disposed on the floor of the alley compartment, and a compensatory compartment connected to the alley compartment. The compensatory compartment is operable to provide a positive stimulus to the animal. The device also includes a noxious mechanical stimulus the noxious mechanical stimulus having a platform, a plurality of pins disposed on the platform and a platform raising mechanism capable of raising the plurality of pins through the plurality of perforations in the floor of the alley compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Steven E. Harte, Thomas J. Morrow
  • Patent number: 8191511
    Abstract: An animal exercise wheel is illuminated by LEDs connected to a battery via a reed switch. A magnet actuates the reed switch when an animal begins to rotate the wheel. The LEDs flash with the frequency of rotation of the animal wheel or continuously. As long as the wheel rotates, the magnet continues to actuate the reed switch, which resets a counter. When the wheel stops and the reed switch is no longer actuated, the counter counts a predetermined time, and terminates the illumination of the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Austin J. Forest
  • Patent number: 8166923
    Abstract: An approach to monitoring, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment or conditioning of animals such as horses does not require use of restrictive equipment such as treadmills or force plates and that can provide either or both of more or less immediate or continuous processing of data to perform the monitoring or diagnosis. One or more wireless sensors are attached to the animal, for example, to measure motion-related parameter associated with one or more parts of the animal. Sensor data is received from the sensors and processed to identify a characteristic of the motion of the animal, such as a quality of gait. The sensor data can also be used to avoid injury to the animal and/or the rider, and to verify the identity of an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Equusys, Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael Allan Martin Davies