Feedback To Patient Of Biological Signal Other Than Brain Electric Signal Patents (Class 128/905)
  • Patent number: 10537704
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system configured to manage a sleep session of a subject. In some embodiments, the sleep session is a nap and the system is configured to increase the restorative value of the nap by enhancing and/or maintaining sleep slow waves (and/or slow wave activity estimated using an EEG) in the subject during the nap with sensory stimuli. The present system is configured to enhance restorative sleep during a nap by delivering sensory stimulation to the subject during lighter NREM sleep stages (e.g., during a portion of stage N2 sleep) while still avoiding arousals. In some embodiments, the system is configured to facilitate a “powernap” by delivering the sensory stimulation to the subject in such a way so as to prevent transition into deep sleep (e.g., stage N3 sleep).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Gary Nelson Garcia Molina
  • Patent number: 10531827
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided, including a sensor, adapted to generate a sensor signal indicative of biorhythmic activity of a user of the apparatus, the sensor signal having a first characteristic, indicative of a voluntary action of the user, and a second characteristic, indicative of a benefit-related variable of the user. The apparatus also includes a control unit, adapted to receive the sensor signal, and, responsive to the second characteristics generate an output signal which directs the user to modify a parameter of the voluntary action indicated by the first characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: 2BREATHE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Benjamin Gavish
  • Patent number: 10517514
    Abstract: Introduced here are techniques for developing personalized retroactive insights into how contextual factors can affect glycemic responses. The personalized retroactive insights can be made available to the corresponding individual so that they can examine the impact certain contextual events have had on blood glucose level. A contextual event represents an activity or a circumstance that is related to glycemic response. Rather than state the absolute amount of certain molecules (e.g., carbohydrates, protein, or fat) in a foodstuff, an insight detection platform can instead interpret disparate data types to discover the effect certain contextual events have on blood glucose level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Miguel Angelo Drumond, Nikhil Roy, Cara Leggett Silver, Aaron Haywood Stoertz
  • Patent number: 10512428
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system that facilitates transitions between sleep states and/or stages during a sleep session of a subject. The system facilitates transitions between sleep states and/or stages by monitoring the brain activity of a subject and providing sensory stimulation to guide brain activity parameters into target ranges. The system includes one or more of a sensory stimulator, a sensor, a processor, electronic storage, a user interface, and/or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Manuel Laura Lapoint, Gary Nelson Garcia Molina
  • Patent number: 10427050
    Abstract: A system employs data taken from monitor devices and applies that data to video games, arcade games, computer games and the like (collectively a “game”) to “personalize” the game to real ability and persons. For example, when a monitor device is used to capture airtime (and e.g., heart rate) of a snowboarder, that data is downloaded to a database for a game and used to “limit” how a game competitor plays the game. In this way, a snowboard game player can compete against world-class athletes, and others, with some level of realism provided by the real data used in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Burl W. Amsbury, Paul Jonjak, Adrian F. Larkin, Perry Youngs
  • Patent number: 10383526
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods to provide a patient care recommendation. The systems and methods receive patient information and a plurality of patient physiological signals that are related to a patient. The systems and methods are then operable to produce at least one derived patient signal from at least one of the plurality of patient physiological signals. The systems and methods use the patient information, at least one of the plurality of patient physiological signals, and the at least one derived patient signal to provide at least one patient care recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: United States Government as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Andriy Batchinsky, Leopoldo C. Cancio, Jose Salinas
  • Patent number: 10342440
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an arrangement for measuring a biosignal. The arrangement has a sensor module and a control module. The sensor module has structure for sensing at least one biosignal and a first connector for interfacing with the control module. The control module has a first counterpart connector connected to the first connector of the sensor module, structure for processing biosignal data sensed with the sensor module, a storage memory for storing processed bio signal data, a rechargeable battery for providing operating power for the control module, structure for wirelessly transmitting the processed biosignal data to a computing device, such as a PC, a tablet PC or a smart phone, for post-processing, and a second connector for interfacing with a second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BITTIUM BIOSIGNALS OY
    Inventors: Arto Remes, Aki Tiihonen, Sami Hynynen
  • Patent number: 10322283
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods, devices and systems used for the treatment of mood, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and cognitive and behavioral disorders (collectively, neuropsychiatric disorders) via stimulation of the superficial elements of the trigeminal nerve (“TNS”). More specifically, cutaneous methods of stimulation of the superficial branches of the trigeminal nerve located extracranially in the face, namely the supraorbital, supratrochlear, infraorbital, auriculotemporal, zygomaticotemporal, zygomaticoorbital, zygomaticofacial, infraorbital, nasal and mentalis nerves (also referred to collectively as the superficial trigeminal nerve) are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Christopher DeGiorgio, Ian A. Cook, Alejandro Covalin, Patrick R. Miller, Lara Schrader
  • Patent number: 10314510
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus/systems and articles of manufacture for determining intensity of a biological response to a presentation are disclosed. An example method includes accessing galvanic skin response (GSR) data obtained from a subject while exposed to a presentation. The GSR data includes a plurality of trough-to-peak instances. The example method includes generating a GSR intensity profile by assigning trough-to-peak scores to corresponding ones of the trough-to-peak instances, defining a plurality of time windows, and assigning window scores to corresponding ones of the time windows based on the trough-to-peaks scores of the trough-to-peak instances occurring within the corresponding time windows. The example method also includes determining an effectiveness of the presentation based on the window scores of the GSR intensity profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Carl Marci, Dereck Padden, Randall Rule, Joonho Moon, Brendan Murray
  • Patent number: 10311742
    Abstract: A system and method for training a student employ a simulation station that displays output to the student and receives input. The computer system has a rules engine operating on it and computer accessible data storage storing (i) learning object data including learning objects configured to provide interaction with the student at the simulation system and (ii) rule data defining a plurality of rules accessed by the rules engine. The rules data includes, for each rule, respective (a) if-portion data defining a condition of data and (b) then-portion data defining an action to be performed at the simulation station. The rules engine causes the computer system to perform the action when the condition of data is present in the data storage. For at least some of the rules, the action comprises output of one of the learning objects so as to interact with the student.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: L-3 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Falash, Eytan Pollak, Michael Barnoske
  • Patent number: 10269036
    Abstract: An example system disclosed herein includes an analyzer to determine a first priming characteristic of media at a first location based on first neuro-response data and determine a second priming characteristic of the media at the second location based on second neuro-response data. The example system includes a selector to select a third location in the media after the first location or a fourth location in the media after the second location as a candidate location for introduction of advertising material based on the first priming characteristic and the second priming characteristic. The selector is to select the third location when the first priming characteristic indicates increased receptivity to the advertising material at the first location relative to the second priming characteristic and select the fourth location when the second priming characteristic indicates increased receptivity to the advertising material at the second location relative to the first priming characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Robert T. Knight, Ramachandran Gurumoorthy, Anantha Pradeep
  • Patent number: 10223497
    Abstract: Provided are mechanisms and processes for more effectively monitoring infants to enhance caregiving and infant development. A system may include an infant monitoring device and a monitoring hub. The infant monitoring device includes sensors that gather measurement data. The monitoring hub receives the measurement data and analyzes the measurement data in relation to a learning receptivity model obtained from a remote platform. The measurement data is analyzed to predict a time and duration when an infant associated with the infant monitoring device will be receptive to learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SMILABLES INC.
    Inventors: Anantha Pradeep, Ratnakar Dev, Thomas Robbins
  • Patent number: 10198713
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system for predicting the behavior of an audience based on the biologically based responses of the audience to a presentation that provides a sensory stimulating experience and determining a measure of the level and pattern of engagement of that audience to the presentation. In particular, the invention is directed to a method and system for predicting whether an audience is likely to view a presentation in its entirety. In addition, the present invention may be used to determine the point at which an audience is likely to change their attention to an alternative sensory stimulating experience including fast forwarding through recorded content, changing the channel or leaving the room when viewing live content, or otherwise redirecting their engagement from the sensory stimulating experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Carl D. Marci, Brian Levine, Ravi Kanth V Kothuri, Caleb J. Siefert
  • Patent number: 10152957
    Abstract: Described are methods and devices for modulating the tempo of music in real time based on physiological rhythms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Steven Lenhert
  • Patent number: 10068248
    Abstract: A system analyzes neuro-response measurements including regional electroencephalography (EEG) measurements from subjects exposed to stimulus materials to determine locations in stimulus materials eliciting controlled attention and automatic attention. Additional stimulus materials are inserted into locations having salient attention attributes. In some examples, a challenging task is used to direct controlled attention onto a location and additional stimulus material is subtly presented in the location to benefit from automatic attention and salient attention measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Robert T. Knight, Ramachandran Gurumoorthy, Anantha Pradeep
  • Patent number: 10016574
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (102) for providing biofeedback to a person (104). The system (102) comprises a source (106) for generating a source signal (108) and a transducer (110) for generating a measurement signal (112) in response to a physiological parameter (114) indicative for mental relaxation of the person (104). The system (102) furthermore comprises a filter (116) for variably filtering the source signal via modifying a cut-off frequency in response to the measurement signal (112) and an interface (118) for providing a biofeedback signal (119) to the person on the basis of the source signal as variably filtered by the filter (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Mark Christoph Jaeger, Adrianus Johannes Maria Denissen, Murray Fulton Gillies
  • Patent number: 9993891
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a wireless sensor module includes a motion or position sensor configured to detect a defined motion or position of a welding operator. The wireless sensor module also includes memory circuitry configured to store the defined motion or position and an adjustment of an operating parameter of a welding system which corresponds to the defined motion or position. A processor of the wireless sensor module is coupled to the motion or position sensor and the memory circuitry, where the processor is configured to retrieve the adjustment of the operating parameter from the memory circuitry upon detection of the defined motion or position by the motion or position sensor. The wireless senor module further includes a wireless communication device coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the adjustment of the operating parameter to the welding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Indra Budiman Wiryadinata
  • Patent number: 9978358
    Abstract: A sound generator device includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire biological information on a subject user, an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the biological information, a mind and body state relating to sleep of the subject user. The sound generator also includes a sound generator configured to output a sound signal based on a plurality of control patterns stored in advance and a sound generator control unit configured to select, based on the estimated mind and body state, at least one control pattern among the plurality of control patterns. The sound generator outputs the sound signal based on the at least one control pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Morito Morishima
  • Patent number: 9968305
    Abstract: The Plant Choir™ system comprises a software program and hardware that measures electrical activity of a person, plant, or animal and translates those readings into music on a computing device. The system gathers electrical activity data using electrodermal activity (EDA) measurement devices. The EDA readings of the individual subjects are translated via the software into musical melodies in real time. The individual subject melodies are combined to create interesting harmonies similar to a choir. The music is rendered using a MIDI (Musical Instrument Data Interface) programming interface of the computer operating system. The software allows the user to select program options, set music and program parameters. Variations in the EDA signal are interpreted as music. Each subject connected to the system is assigned a musical voice and the voices are combined to create multi part harmonies similar to a choir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: James S Brown, Brian Lorne Fisher
  • Patent number: 9970777
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for recommending exercise routes are provided. The apparatus for recommending an exercise route includes a reference point receiver configured to receive at least two reference points that are displayable on a map based on map information, an exercise route generator configured to generate at least one geographical route between the reference points based on the map information, and generate a plurality of exercise routes by associating at least one type of exercise with the at least one geographical route with reference to exercise information comprising exercise amount data, exercise type data, and health care data, and a map generator configured to generate a map on which the plurality of exercise routes are presented together with expected amounts of calories expended on the respective exercise routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sun Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9965059
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are provided for providing user interface navigation of screen display metrics of a device. In one example, a device is configured for capture of activity data for a user. The device includes a housing and a screen disposed on the housing to display a plurality of metrics which include metrics that characterize the activity captured over time. The device further includes a sensor disposed in the housing to capture physical contact upon the housing. A processor is included to process the physical contact to determine if the physical contact qualifies as an input. The processor enables the screen from an off state when the physical contact qualifies as the input. The screen is configured to display one or more of the plurality of metrics in accordance with a scroll order, and a first metric displayed in response to the physical contact that qualifies as the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Myers, Christine Brumback, Timothy Roberts, James Park, Dave Knight, Shelten Yuen, Jayson Messenger
  • Patent number: 9955907
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods reduce epileptic seizures in a human patient by non-invasively providing low frequency (e.g., 1-10 Hz) audio stimuli coordinated with low frequency (e.g., 1-10 Hz) visual stimuli to the patient. The signals are provided non-invasively through the eyes and ears. The audio stimuli and visual stimuli may be selected or coordinated based on a state (e.g., hyperexcitability, imminent epileptic seizure, epileptic seizure in progress, REM sleep) determined from an EEG signal acquired from the patient. Apparatus for delivering the audio stimuli and visual stimuli may be incorporated into a single wearable apparatus (e.g., glasses with earphones, hat, headband). The single wearable apparatus may also provide noise cancellation and visual stimulus diminution. The audio stimuli may be incorporated into music or random background noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventor: Dominique Durand
  • Patent number: 9946344
    Abstract: Described herein are fNIR-based brain computer interfaces. Training of individuals to intentionally control neural activity in specific cortical areas, thereby up-regulating and down-regulating oxygenation levels in specific locations in the brain is also provided herein. Further, continuous and/or binary control over computing environments using fNIR brain computer interfaces. Further still, a scale for brain interface index for oxygenation of a portion of the brain is provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Hasan Ayaz, Patricia A. Shewokis, Scott C. Bunce, Banu Onaral
  • Patent number: 9913609
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device includes: waveform information acquisition part configured to add a time stamp to a waveform detected from a user and record the waveform with the time stamp as waveform information; condition information acquisition part configured to add a time stamp to information indicating a condition of the user and record the information with the time stamp as condition information; artifact waveform acquisition part configured to acquire, from artifact waveform data in which a condition and the artifact waveform are associated with each other and stored, an artifact waveform that corresponds a condition indicated by the condition information in the same time period as a time period of the waveform information; waveform correction part configured to correct the waveform information using the artifact waveform; and autonomic nerves diagnosis part configured to diagnose autonomic nerves of the user using the waveform information corrected by the waveform correction part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Asao Hirano
  • Patent number: 9888874
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stimulus presentation system which determines a mental state and changes presentation contents of a problem based on the determined mental state. The system determines the mental state by measuring gaze and cerebral function of a user, and changes presentation contents of a problem based on the determined mental state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiko Nakajima, Hiroki Sato, Takushige Katsura, Hirokazu Atsumori, Tsukasa Funane
  • Patent number: 9886814
    Abstract: A method of creating and securely sharing creatives is described. The method includes the steps of accessing a central processing environment, requesting at least one recording of at least a portion of an audio transmission generated from a communication device, generating at least one audio asset, adding the audio asset to a pool of related assets stored in a vault connected to the central processing environment, selecting the generated audio asset and at least one other related asset from the pool of related assets to form a creative, then requesting delivery of the creative to another communication device, and finally delivering the creative to the other communication device. The method is performed in part by a creative composition engine, which is also described. The engine includes a central processing environment having a processor, a digital recorder and a digital asset storage vault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: VERITONE, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Steelberg, Chad Steelberg
  • Patent number: 9872814
    Abstract: A method of treatment by vibration stimulation is provided. The method includes providing an expandable stimulation member adapted to impart vibrations to body tissue of a human subject; introducing the stimulation member into a body cavity of the human subject; expanding the stimulation member to a volume such that the stimulation member abuts against body tissue within the body cavity; bringing the stimulation member to vibrate such that vibrations are imparted to the body tissue in the body cavity of the human subject according to a vibration pattern, wherein the vibration pattern includes a main periodic element of a first frequency and an excitation stimulus of a second frequency higher than the first frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CHORDATE MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Jan-Erik Juto, Fredrik Juto, William Holm
  • Patent number: 9868026
    Abstract: Machine for functional postural training of a user (13) comprising: a platform (12) comprising a plurality of load cells (20) on which said user (13) is positioned; extendable cables (15, 42) provided with handle (16, 43); means (50) for providing said cables (15, 42) with a certain load; means (23) for detecting the dynamic posture of said user (13) during the exercise; means (23, 49) for determining the various body segments of said user on the basis of the information received from said means (23) for detecting the dynamic posture of said user (13); means (49) for calculating the center of pressure of said user (13) on the basis of the information provided by said plurality of load cells (20); means (22) for displaying the center of pressure of the user (13) on said platform (12) and means (22) for displaying said body segments of said user (13); means (49) for comparing said body segments of said user (13) with corresponding body segments stored in memory; means (22) for warning said user (13) if there ar
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TECNOBODY S.R.L.
    Inventors: Stefano Marcandelli, Alessandro Carminati
  • Patent number: 9858745
    Abstract: A computerized method for an electronic game includes starting a round of play of the electronic game, and monitoring a user's brain activity. The method includes determining whether at least one component of the user's brain activity exceeds a threshold level, and changing a chance of winning the round of play if the at least one components of the user's brain activity exceeds the threshold level. Changing the chance of winning the round of play may include increasing the chance of winning the round of play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Mehran Bagherzadeh, Lu Zhanxun, Kaveh Khosravi
  • Patent number: 9830127
    Abstract: An electrolarynx includes a case housing tone-producing circuitry, a power switch to turn on the circuitry, a control button (i.e., a pushbutton) to actuate the power switch, and a pressure-sensitive-resistor (PSR) that is physically coupled to the pushbutton. The tone-producing circuitry is configured to respond to variations in PSR resistance that are caused by a user depressing the pushbutton. User-selected modes, that are selectable in one embodiment with a mode switch, include multiple frequency-varying modes (FVMs) in which the frequency of the electrolarynx tone is varied with different sensitivities to variations in PSR resistance, and multiple volume-varying modes (VVMs) for varying the volume of the electrolarynx tone with different sensitivities. A preferred embodiment provides a nonlinear frequency characteristic that facilitates operation at the low end of the pushbutton-controlled (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Griffin Laboratories (a California corporation)
    Inventors: Clifford Jay Griffin, Mark Andrew Robertson
  • Patent number: 9786193
    Abstract: A system and method for training a student employ a simulation station that displays output to the student and receives input. The computer system has a rules engine operating on it and computer accessible data storage storing (i) learning object data including learning objects configured to provide interaction with the student at the simulation system and (ii) rule data defining a plurality of rules accessed by the rules engine. The rules data includes, for each rule, respective (a) if-portion data defining a condition of data and (b) then-portion data defining an action to be performed at the simulation station. The rules engine causes the computer system to perform the action when the condition of data is present in the data storage. For at least some of the rules, the action comprises output of one of the learning objects so as to interact with the student. The system may be networked with middleware and adapters that map data received over the network to rules engine memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Falash, Eytan Pollak, Michael Barnoske, George Rovny, Coy Stewart, Robert Ducharme
  • Patent number: 9779575
    Abstract: A computerized method for an electronic game includes starting a round of play of the electronic game, and monitoring a user's brain activity. The method includes determining whether at least one component of the user's brain activity exceeds a threshold level, and changing a chance of winning the round of play if the at least one components of the user's brain activity exceeds the threshold level. Changing the chance of winning the round of play may include increasing the chance of winning the round of play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Mehran Bagherzadeh, Lu Zhanxun, Kaveh Khosravi
  • Patent number: 9778736
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described herein for a media guidance application that improves the customization and calibration of user devices to a particular user. For example, in response to erroneously detecting (or failing to detect) a user input of a first type, the media guidance application may re-calibrate the user device based on subsequent corrective inputs issued using a second input type such that future user inputs of the first type will not be erroneously detected (or fail to be detected).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Camron Shimy, Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9743883
    Abstract: An exercise feedback provision apparatus includes an acquirer configured to acquire exercise intensity information including either one or both of user biometric information and user movement information, and a controller configured to verify whether the exercise intensity information is in a predetermined range, and generate a control signal based on a result of the verifying. The apparatus further includes a feedback provider configured to output a tactile feedback based on a pattern corresponding to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changmok Choi, Ui Kun Kwon, Jaechun Lee, Jongwook Lee, Ha-Neul Lee
  • Patent number: 9694155
    Abstract: A method to induce an immediate psychosomatic change in a patient optimal for a particular medical procedure, is provided. The method uses a brain-computer interface integrating a loop of biofeedback and neurofeedback components, interactive, immersive, 3D virtual reality (VR) modules utilizing hypnotic or guided-response, learning, placebo and experience-ratification principles. The method will differentiate between low and high hypnotizable patients as well their specific abilities and limitations by their distinct brain patterns and will deliver VR output content appropriate for the current and targeted psychosomatic state of the patient, needs, and stage of a particular medical procedure thus being applicable to any medical patient regardless of abilities. The device will continuously measure the patient's physiological markers and will customize the intensity, order, timing, and content of the output “dose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Juliana Stoianova Panova, Joel Daniel Marcus, Tayana Borisova Panova
  • Patent number: 9679494
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electronically providing coaching feedback to a user during an athletic activity are disclosed. The method may include receiving electronic data, collecting second electronic data, generating comparison electronic speed data by comparing the second electronic speed data to the first electronic speed data, prompting the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Michael Ellis
  • Patent number: 9655566
    Abstract: A biological information measurement and display apparatus includes: a measuring unit measuring biological information; a first processor operating on a first operating system, and arithmetically processing the biological information measured by the measuring unit, to produce a calculation process signal; a second processor operating on a second operating system, being communicable with the first processor, and editing and processing the calculation process signal transmitted from the first processor, to produce an edition process signal; and an output controller receiving the calculation process signal produced by the first processor, and the edition process signal produced by the second processor, and outputting the received calculation process signal and the received edition process signal, the calculation process signal and the edition process signal output from the output controller being displayed in real time on a displaying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Auchi, Kazuya Nagase
  • Patent number: 9641469
    Abstract: A system comprising at least one server computer having at least one processor programmed to: receive, over a network, activity data of a first user measured by an activity monitoring device; process the activity data of the first user to update a value of an activity metric for the first user; responsive to updating the value of the activity metric for the first user, identify a change in an inequality relationship between the value of the activity metric for the first user and a value of the activity metric for a second user; and, responsive to identifying the change in the inequality relationship, trigger, over the network, a first user device to prompt the first user to generate a message to the second user for display on a second user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Nichiketa Choudhary, Timothy Roberts, David Knight
  • Patent number: 9561099
    Abstract: An electrolarynx includes tone-producing circuitry, a power switch to turn on the circuitry, a control button (i.e., a pushbutton) to actuate the power switch, a pressure-sensitive-resistor (PSR) that is physically coupled to the pushbutton, and a mode switch. PSR resistance is dependent on the amount of pressure applied to the pushbutton, and the tone-producing circuitry is configured to respond to such variations in PSR resistance according to a user-selected mode of electrolarynx operation set by operation of the mode switch. Said modes preferably include multiple frequency-varying modes (FVMs) in which the frequency of the electrolarynx tone is varied with different sensitivities to variations in PSR resistance, and multiple volume-varying modes (VVMs) having different sensitivities. A preferred embodiment also includes a communications-link mode, for receiving control information from an external device, and a disabled mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Griffin Laboratories
    Inventors: Clifford Jay Griffin, Mark Andrew Robertson
  • Patent number: 9532897
    Abstract: A voice enhancement device including an earpiece configured to be positioned in an ear canal of a user. A microcontroller is operatively coupled to the earpiece. The microcontroller is configured to selectively provide at least multitalker babble. An accelerometer is located within the earpiece and operatively coupled to the microcontroller. The accelerometer is configured to detect speech by the user and communicate with the microcontroller to provide the multitalker babble to the earpiece during the detected speech by the user. A method of making the voice enhancement device, and a method for increasing vocal loudness in a patient using the voice enhancement device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jessica E. Huber, Scott Kepner, Derek Tully, James Thomas Jones, Kirk Solon Foster
  • Patent number: 9498705
    Abstract: A video game system includes an input device, where the input device has at least one physiological sensing device for determining at least one physiological state of a user. The input device further has at least one motion sensing device for determining the motion and/or position of the input device and/or the user. The video game system further comprises a processor for using the physiological state and the motion and/or position of the input device and/or user to control game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy May, George Batog
  • Patent number: 9483618
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for providing condition specific adaptive content include receiving condition specific information into a data repository, defining requirements corresponding to the condition specific information, building a condition specific application based on the requirements, configuring the condition specific application corresponding to user-specific attribute and delivering the condition specific application to a processing device that is operable to execute the condition specific application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Exco InTouch Limited
    Inventors: Mark Brincat, Michael Hansen, Madhav Vattikuti
  • Patent number: 9437096
    Abstract: The slouching monitoring and alerting system includes a first patch coupled to a second patch, the first patch having a first sensor and the second patch having a second sensor, each first sensor and second sensor being configured to determine a degree of slouch, at least one connecting member connecting the first patch to the second patch, the at least one connecting member being adapted to stretch when a movement of the user varies from a pre-defined posture, an adjustment member adapted to adjust the length of the at least one connecting member, an alarm coupled to the first patch configured to generate an alert in response to a movement differing from the pre-defined posture, at least one controller/processor adapted to receive information concerning the user's posture and communicate the information with a communication device, and at least one power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventor: Ahmed Thaher Fakhri Althaher
  • Patent number: 9412233
    Abstract: A computerized method for an electronic casino game includes starting a round of play of the electronic casino game, and monitoring a user's brain activity. The method includes determining whether at least one component of the user's brain activity exceeds a threshold level, and changing a chance of winning the round of play if the at least one components of the user's brain activity exceeds the threshold level. Changing the chance of winning the round of play may include increasing the chance of winning the round of play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventors: Mehran Bagherzadeh, Lu Zhanxun, Kaveh Khosravi
  • Patent number: 9411027
    Abstract: A method for determining if an implantable medical device (IMD) in a patient is magnetic resonance conditional. Embodiments include a Home Monitoring Service Center (HMSC) that indicates if the IMD is MR conditional and what those conditions are. The IMD includes memory with flags, enabling a physician to set a flag to “MR conditional” if the IMD is MR conditional, if there are no abandoned leads in the patient, and if there are no other hardware in the patient that are not MR conditionally approved. In embodiments, the flags indicate safe for 1.5 T, 3.0 T, 1.5 & 3.0 T, up to 2 W/Kg, up to 4 W/Kg, with/without exclusion zone, and date flags are set. During home monitoring, the HMSC reads out a status of the MR conditional flags and the date last confirmed. If the patient needs an MRI scan, physician queries HMSC to determine MR conditional status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. von Arx, Volker Lang
  • Patent number: 9033876
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatuses for measuring a state parameter of an individual using signals based on one or more sensors are disclosed. In one embodiment, a first set of signals is used in a first function to determine how a second set of signals is used in one or more second functions to predict the state parameter. In another embodiment, first and second functions are used where the state parameter or an indicator of the state parameter may be obtained from a relationship between the first function and the second function. The state parameter may, for example, include calories consumed or calories burned by the individual. Various methods for making such apparatuses are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: BodyMedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Jonathan Farringdon, David Andre, Christopher Pacione, John Stivoric, Scott Safier, Raymond Pelletier, Suresh Vishnubhatla
  • Patent number: 8990336
    Abstract: A system for remotely monitoring an individual. The system includes a server system for generating a script program from a set of queries. The script program is executable by a remote apparatus that displays information and/or a set of queries to the individual through a user interface. Responses to the queries that are entered through the user interface together with individual identification information are sent from the remote apparatus to the server system across a communication network. The server system also includes an automated answering service for providing a series of questions from a stored set of questions for an individual at the remote apparatus to respond to, storing responses to each provided question in the series of questions and providing a service based on the individual's response to the questions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8959198
    Abstract: A system for remotely monitoring an individual. The system includes a server system for generating a script program from a set of queries. The script program is executable by a remote apparatus that displays information and/or a set of queries to the individual through a user interface. Responses to the queries that are entered through the user interface together with individual identification information are sent from the remote apparatus to the server system across a communication network. The server system also includes an automated answering service for providing a series of questions from a stored set of questions for an individual at the remote apparatus to respond to, storing responses to each provided question in the series of questions and providing a service based on the individual's response to the questions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8870762
    Abstract: A system for remotely monitoring an individual. The system includes a server system for generating a script program from a set of queries. The script program is executable by a remote apparatus that displays information and/or a set of queries to the individual through a user interface. Responses to the queries that are entered through the user interface together with individual identification information are sent from the remote apparatus to the server system across a communication network. The server system also includes an automated answering service for providing a series of questions from a stored set of questions for an individual at the remote apparatus to respond to, storing responses to each provided question in the series of questions and providing a service based on the individual's response to the questions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8852098
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatuses for measuring a state parameter of an individual using signals based on one or more sensors are disclosed. In one embodiment, a first set of signals is used in a first function to determine how a second set of signals is used in one or more second functions to predict the state parameter. In another embodiment, first and second functions are used where the state parameter or an indicator of the state parameter may be obtained from a relationship between the first function and the second function. The state parameter may, for example, include calories consumed or calories burned by the individual. Various methods for making such apparatuses are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: BodyMedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Jonathan Farringdon, David Andre, Christopher Pacione, John Stivoric, Scott Safier, Raymond Pelletier, Suresh Vishnubhatla