Diet Management Patents (Class 128/921)
  • Patent number: 10937538
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new integrated, holistic approach to empower older adults to enhance their quality of life and independence through a personalized lifestyle and nutrition program. This is achieved by measuring the physical status of the adults with respect to endurance/functionality. In addition, their nutritional status is assessed. Based on those assessments recommendations are provided with respect to particular exercise programs and nutrients that support the functions of the body. These methods can be implemented as a software program and executed on computer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Francesco Landi
  • Patent number: 10719788
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of generating a set of goals is presented. The method entails receiving user input that includes items and an input value associated with each of the items. Individual values are assigned to the items based on the input value. The individual values are then summed to generate a total value, and the items are ranked according to the contributions of their respective individual values to the total value. A difference between the total value and a corresponding reference value is determined. The input value that is associated with the highest-ranking item is changed, and the total value and the difference are then recalculated using the changed input value. The process is repeated with the next highest-ranked item and the next until a condition is fulfilled. A goal is defined based on the changed input value of the items at the time the condition is fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Torin J. Block, Gladys M. Block, Clifford H. Block
  • Patent number: 10595776
    Abstract: A method and system for determining energy expenditure (EE) are disclosed. The method comprises determining a plurality of sensor streams using a plurality of detected physiological signals and processing the plurality of sensor streams to determine the EE. The system includes at least one sensor to detect a plurality of physiological signals, a processor coupled to the at least one sensor, and a memory device coupled to the processor, wherein the memory device includes an application that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to determine a plurality of sensor streams using a plurality of detected physiological signals and to process the plurality of sensor streams to determine the EE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Vital Connect, Inc.
    Inventors: Nandakumar Selvaraj, Toai Doan
  • Patent number: 10572632
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a system to facilitate delivery of insulin to a patient. An insulin adjustment platform may include an input port to receive current blood glucose data, associated with the patient, from a continuous glucose monitoring unit. A camera may capture an image in substantially real time, and an adjustment engine may receive the current blood glucose data along with the captured image. An artificial intelligence algorithm may identify at least one probable food item within the captured image and automatically determine and display a default carbohydrate parameter associated with the at least one probable food item via an augmented reality interface. The system may interact with the patient via the augmented reality interface to adjust the default carbohydrate parameter and transmit data associated with the adjusted default carbohydrate parameter to an insulin delivery unit associated with the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Robert M. Buckley
  • Patent number: 10553321
    Abstract: Embodiment of the invention provide a method for determining health sensitivities of a user. The method comprises acquiring personal data associated with a user, determining a first health sensitivity data of the user based in part on the personal data acquired, determining a first potential impact data of a first pollutant data on health of the user based in part on the first health sensitivity data, and generating a personal profile for the user, wherein the personal profile comprises a personal profile score representing health sensitivities of the user to pollutants based in part on the first potential impact data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: William E. Hayward
  • Patent number: 10521903
    Abstract: A user terminal apparatus is provided. The user terminal apparatus includes a camera configured to obtain a captured image; a storage configured to store a food intake history; a processor configured to extract a food image from the captured image and determine a food type of a food item included in the captured image based on feature information of the extracted food image and the previously stored food intake history; and a display configured to display relevant information about the determined food type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seong-min Kang, Heung-woo Han
  • Patent number: 10468139
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media automate determination of a risk category for low body mass index associated with issuance of an insurance policy. Embodiments include identifying an applicant having a body mass index within a predetermined range that qualifies for a first insurance rate category for low body mass index consideration or that requires medical director review for risk classification. Embodiments further include evaluating values for one or more characteristics of the applicant and determining whether the evaluated values qualify the applicant for a second insurance rate category for low body mass index consideration, where the second insurance rate category is more favorable than the first insurance rate category. The applicant's insurance rate category can be updated upon determining that the applicant qualifies for the more favorable second insurance category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventor: James E. Goral
  • Patent number: 10327699
    Abstract: A body fat measuring apparatus, system and pairing method thereof are provided. The body fat measuring apparatus and system include: a measuring unit provided for determining a current body weight and a current impedance of a user, and the current body weight and the current impedance used as a current analysis data set; a storage unit provided for cumulatively storing a user name, a user characteristic information related to the user name, and a plurality of recorded analysis data sets corresponding to the user names; and a processor provided for pairing the user name, reading the user characteristic information related to the user name, and obtaining a body fat information by calculating with the current body weight and the current impedance of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Pudong) Corporation, Inventec Appliances Corp., Inventec Appliances (Nanchang) Corporation
    Inventors: Houjin Guo, Xiaolong Xu, Ying Hu
  • Patent number: 10330521
    Abstract: This device is a universal weighing and bodily information device that calculates the weight and bodily information of a subject(s) in food preparation, storage and consumption areas. The device is made to be used with any food related areas but not limited to those areas. The device can vary in size and shape, flat to flexible, varying in depth and height depending on application, with a display capable of placement inside refrigerator, cabinet, pantry or any other desired area. The base can be placed in desired areas with or without the use of filler panels. The base can be covered, at the user's option, with various materials that allow functionality. The information can be transmitted to a display, another device, or memory; any, either, or all, depending on user preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Vincent Beneduce
  • Patent number: 10303851
    Abstract: A system for diagnosing and/or treating a patient comprising a patient information database for storing and retrieving patient health data related to the patient. The data includes one or more of real-time patient health information, at least one clinical practice guideline, at least one patient questionnaire and a patient medical history. At least one server is operative to access the patient information database. A computing device remotely located from the server, including a microprocessor, configured to store a computer application and is configured for communication with the server for retrieving of the patient health data. The computer application generates at least one of a patient diagnosis or a patient treatment recommendation using the retrieved patient health data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MD24 Patent Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Linh C. Nguyen, An-Dien Nguyen, Khiem Allen Le
  • Patent number: 10295399
    Abstract: An obesity preventing and tracking system, the system comprising: at least one in-building overweight and obesity preventing module for collecting anthropometry information from a person at a fixed location in order to forecast and prevent development of an obesity condition; and/or at least one on-board vehicle overweight and obesity preventing module for collecting the anthropometry information from the person in a vehicle operable by the person in order to forecast and prevent development of an obesity condition and/or at least one entertainment overweight and obesity preventing module for collecting anthropometry information from said person while said person is a guest at an entertainment facility in order to forecast and prevent development of an obesity condition; and a communications network for linking at least one in-building overweight and obesity preventing module and at least one on-board vehicle overweight and obesity preventing module and at least one entertainment overweight and obesity preven
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Yefim G. Kriger
  • Patent number: 10275732
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus caused at least to acquire information of a supervisor identifier allocated to a supervisor who is registered to a network environment accessible by a plurality of supervisors and by a plurality of clients; acquire information of a different client identifier allocated to each client registered to the network environment; associate at least one client identifier with the supervisor identifier on the basis of a notification of whether or not the client is co-operating with the supervisor; acquire at least one activity metric related to the at least one client corresponding to the at least one client identifier associated with the supervisor identifier; and determine a performance level of the supervisor corresponding to the supervisor identifier at least partly on the basis of the acquired at least one activity metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Teijo Himanen, Tuomas Jomppanen
  • Patent number: 10204348
    Abstract: Potential connections from a first user of a first online service to other users of the online service may be recommended by identifying a second online service from a plurality of online services, wherein the first user is a member of the second online service, identifying a second user of the second online service, wherein a connection exists in the second online service between the first user and the second user, and recommending that a connection be established in the first online service between the first user and the second user. Such recommendations may also be generated by identifying a second user and a third user, where the second user and the third user are members of a second online service, a connection exists in the first online service between the first user and the second user, and a connection exists in the second online service between the second user and the third user, and recommending that a connection be established in the first online service between the first user and the third user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Chris Goffinet, Emanuel Miller, Steve Ho
  • Patent number: 10083475
    Abstract: A nutritional management system. The system comprises a processor, a memory, a first data store comprising a list of products, universal product codes associated with the products, and nutritional information associated with the products, a second data store comprising purchase histories linked to a plurality of loyalty card users, and an application stored in the memory. When executed by the processor, the application reads a purchase history of a loyalty card user over a most recent predefined time period from the second data store, analyzes a most recent predefined time period of the purchase history of the loyalty card user based on objective nutritional guidelines to identify a predefined number of most unhealthy purchased items, searches the first data store to find substitutes for the unhealthy purchased items, transmits the substitutes, receives a selection of one or more of the substitutes, and promotes generating a shopping list comprising selected substitutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Safeway Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret-Ann Reed, John Calvert, Steve Moylan
  • Patent number: 10074028
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for automatically identifying a food item. A color image and a thermal image are received by an electronic processor with a first food item in the field of view of both the color image and the thermal image. The electronic processor identifies a region of pixels in the color image that corresponds to the first food item based at least in part on a temperature intensity of the pixels in the identified region of pixels relative to other pixels in the thermal image. At least one feature is extracted from the identified region of pixels in the color image corresponding to the first food item and the electronic processor automatically identifies a type of food corresponding to the first food item based at least in part on the at least extracted feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Sandeep Gupta, Ayan Banerjee
  • Patent number: 10068062
    Abstract: It is provided with a medical inquiry processing unit for acquiring the response to a medical inquiry presenting medical inquiry items to a person to be examined, a nutrient requirement amount calculating unit for calculating the nutrient requirement amount of the person to be examined from the response to the medical inquiry, a nutritional supplement suggesting unit for suggesting the blend of a nutritional supplement based on the nutrient requirement amount of the person to be examined and a nutritional supplement blending unit for blending nutrients to prepare the nutritional supplement based on the blend of the nutritional supplement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NUTRITION ACT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahito Ishikawa, Kayo Sano
  • Patent number: 10049598
    Abstract: A passive nutrition tracking service automatically tracks food consumption over time for a user and for populations from a variety of food consumption sources, including food purchase input such as grocery loyalty shopping card data, restaurant dining data, estimates of food consumption within a household, estimates of free food intake and estimates of food pantry use. The tracking service also passively tracks and uses total energy expenditure information for the user, which describes the physical activity level, muscle and fat gain, and optionally waste output of the user. The tracking service analyzes the food consumption and user energy expenditure information and generates a food dietary history for the user, which includes calories and nutrient consumption estimated based on the analysis. The tracking service also generates a variety of personalized healthy lifestyle recommendations based on the analysis and presents the dietary history and personalized healthy lifestyle recommendations to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Zipongo, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Langheier, Greg Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9959561
    Abstract: A nutritional management system which comprises a processor, a memory, a first data store comprising a list of products, universal product codes associated with the products, and nutritional information associated with the products, a second data store comprising a physiological information profile for each of a plurality of different loyalty card users, an application stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Safeway Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret-Ann Reed, John Calvert, Steve Moylan
  • Patent number: 9959628
    Abstract: A method and system for using one or more sensors configured to capture two-dimensional and/or three dimensional image data of one or more objects. In particular, the method and system combine one or more digital sensors with visible and near infrared illumination to capture visible and non-visible range spectral image data for one or more objects. The captured spectral image data can be used to separate and identify the one or more objects. Additionally, the three-dimensional image data can be used to determine a volume for each of the one or more objects. The identification and volumetric data for one or more objects can be used individually or in combination to obtain characteristics about the objects. The method and system provide the user with the ability to capture images of one or more objects and obtain related characteristics or information about each of the one or more objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher M. Mutti, Daniel L. Lau, John P. Coates
  • Patent number: 9915545
    Abstract: A method for providing directions to a blind user of a smart device is described. The method includes detecting, by at least two sensors and in response to a selection of a find mode of the smart device, image data corresponding to a surrounding environment of the smart device and positioning data corresponding to a positioning of the smart device. The method also includes receiving, by an input device, the desired object or the desired location. The method also includes determining, by a processor, the initial location of the smart device based on the image data, the positioning data and map data stored in a memory of the smart device. The method also includes providing, by the output device, the directions to the desired object based on the initial location of the smart device and the map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Tiffany L. Chen, Joseph M.A. Djugash, Kenichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9909917
    Abstract: A method of using an interactive body weight scale is presented. The body weight scale may have computing and data communication ability to track a user's weight by connecting to a number of different electronic devices. The body weight scale is capable of recording an audio message, converting the audio message to message text, and transmitting the message to a remote social network. The scale may also receive message responses from the remote network and play the messages back based on whether a particular message is a positive message. A scale use indicator provides a reminder for a user to use the body weight scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Anshuman Sharma
  • Patent number: 9907473
    Abstract: A system includes a processor; a cellular, WiFi, or Bluetooth transceiver coupled to the processor; an accelerometer or a motion sensor coupled to the processor; and a sensor coupled to the processor to sense mood, wherein text, image, sound, or video is rendered in response to the sensed mood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 9881517
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a detection unit configured to detect a plurality of pieces of food which are eating targets from an image obtained by imaging eating of a user, and a recommendation unit configured to recommend at least the food to be subsequently ingested in real time among the plurality of pieces of food so that the user ingests the plurality of pieces of food detected by the detection unit in an order satisfying a predetermined purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Hayashi, Yoichiro Sako, Takayasu Kon, Yasunori Kamada, Takatoshi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Tomoya Onuma, Akira Tange
  • Patent number: 9805021
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for calculating nutrient content information. A server that hosts a fitness management application receives text information that describes food recipe information. The server parses the text information to identify relevant food information. The relevant food information includes a first text portion that corresponds to food ingredient information and a second text portion that corresponds to food quantity information. The server matches the food ingredient information to the first text portion with a known food ingredient in a database of food ingredient information. The server converts the food quantity information in the second text portion to a known food quantity type. The server calculates nutrient content information of the food ingredient information using nutritional information of the known food ingredient and the known food quantity type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Radcliffe, Karlo Berket, Chul Lee, Jiang Xu, Bryan Levine, Karthik Subramaniam, Mark Allen
  • Patent number: 9757066
    Abstract: A software and hardware system is described that enables effective lifestyle management by providing a dynamic assessment of a user's physical and behavioral metrics via a high feedback ratio interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Fat Statz LLC
    Inventors: Justin McGilvery, Dale E. Mitbo
  • Patent number: 9712576
    Abstract: Provided is a computer-implemented system and method for a requester-provider, query-response network that augments internet-based social networks for crowd management, rapid updating, decision support, problem-solving, reporting, and activity-tracking for transaction management and status updates for large distributed and/or co-located events or projects, such that information distributed can be private, personally targeted, timely, tagged, and geo-localized, enabling users to contribute and respond to requests using natural language, receive postings customized to their needs and preferences, share information, assess alternatives, integrate crowd-sourced resources and process transactions across distributed human-machine systems running on a diversity of computer, mobile and device platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Susan (Zann) Gill
  • Patent number: 9633174
    Abstract: Actively engaging members in managing their own healthcare, improving their health, and reducing healthcare costs to the payer involves providing a unified interface for member engagement. The interface may be communicatively coupled with a healthcare system, may be personalized to the member, and may offer multiple possible rewards to the member to encourage member behavior to effectively reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of healthcare plans. The interface may provide the member with a pathway guiding the member to engage in activities to achieve short-term, intermediate and long-term goals for which actions are presented. Goals or actions may be predefined and may additionally be selected by the member. When member-engagement in the actions is verified, rewards may be granted to the member's account. In connection with such member engagement, the healthcare system collects member information, applies rules to that information, and generates alerts from those rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: OPTUM, INC.
    Inventor: Matt Nichols
  • Patent number: 9589480
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of providing a health coaching message to a user of a portable electronic coaching system includes receiving first data corresponding to a nutritional consumption of the user from the portable electronic coaching system of the user, receiving second data corresponding to a nutritional expenditure of the user from the portable electronic coaching system of the user, calculating, via a processor of the portable electronic coaching system, a nutritional value based on the first and second data, and receiving an electronic coaching message based on a comparison of the nutritional value to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Michael Ellis
  • Patent number: 9459698
    Abstract: A gesture based power management method for a wearable device is provided. The method includes establishing a mapping relationship between a set of pre-defined gestures including at least a lookup gesture and a set of power management functions including at least a function for turning on a display screen of the wearable device. The method also includes receiving motion information from a plurality of sensors and determining whether the display screen of the wearable device is on. Further, the method includes counting down a timeout counter when the display screen of the wearable device is on, determining whether the motion information indicates a specific pre-defined gesture when the display screen of the wearable device is off, and performing a power management function corresponding to the specific pre-defined gesture when the motion information indicates the specific pre-defined gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: TCL RESEARCH AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Janghwan Lee
  • Patent number: 9449530
    Abstract: An automatic diet tracking system and methods comprising: i) voice-transcribed or typed text natural language processing and automatic tracking to record food, food quantity, and nutrition data, ii) multi-food administration to record multiple foods and related data in a single user voice-transcribed or typed text submission, and iii) location-based diet recommendations system that provides customized food recommendations to users based on user preferences and user physical location. Further, such automatic diet tracking system and location-based diet recommendations system are usable through computers, tablets, mobile phones, smart watches, wearables and other similar devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: GENESANT Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Mrowka, Paola N. Robey, Daniel S. Robey, Athanasios G. Christ
  • Patent number: 9420971
    Abstract: Devices, methods and systems are disclosed for assisting patients in behavioral modification and cessation programs aimed at terminating undesired behaviors such as smoking, alcohol use and others. Patient devices configured to be easily carried or worn including test units such as carbon monoxide blood level sensors with automated patient prompting for self-testing, analysis of test results and data logging are included in a networked system with a specifically designed treatment modality. Devices and methods disclosed are particularly suited to use in smoking cessation treatment and programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Carrot Sense, Inc.
    Inventors: David Scott Utley, Jack Denton Utley, Kathryn Mary Utley, Alek Denton Utley, Haley Grace Utley, MacKenzie Taylor Utley, Emma Kathryn Utley
  • Patent number: 9033875
    Abstract: The invention is a wireless communications device, such as a cellular telephone, having sensors to generate data indicative of a physiological or contextual parameters of a user. A processor on the wireless communications device is adapted derive physiological state information of the user from the contextual or physiological parameters. The apparatus may include a central monitoring unit remote from the sensors for storing data and transmitting data to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: BodyMedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Teller, John M. Stivoric, Christopher D. Kasabach, Christopher D. Pacione, John L. Moss, Craig B. Liden, Margaret A. McCormack
  • 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: 8979539
    Abstract: A hydration level measurement system and method comprising a technology embedded scale that rewards individuals for drinking an appropriate amount of liquid throughout the day. In an example embodiment, a reusable water bottle is equipped with an RFID tag and assigned to an individual so that the user's hydration level may be tracked. The RFID tag logs the individual's access as well as “before-filling” and “after-filling” weights of the bottle when placed on the scale. A computer screen acknowledges the bottle's owner, and then indicates the increased weight and how many points will be awarded to the user using an ounces-to-points conversion. Data may be transferred from the scale computer to a web server and aggregated at the server from multiple scales for multiple “hydration challenges.” A web application receives and processes user requests to display data related to each hydration challenge such as the current scores of the participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Humana Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Snyder
  • Patent number: 8956290
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a lifestyle companion system are provided. The lifestyle companion system can provide a platform to conduct a user interview. Based on the user interview responses, the system can suggest activities, references, and/or plug-in modules. During performance of activities, the system can provide audio and/or visual cues related to the activities and collect data indicative of the user's performance. Based on the collected data, the system can dynamically adapt the user's goals and/or activities the user is performing or will perform. In some embodiments of the present invention, the lifestyle companion system of the present invention can be applied to fitness, nutrition, and/or medical modules. The system also can be used to facilitate synchronous group activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Gregory Gilley, Sarah A. Brody, Randall Hayes Ubillos, Mihnea Calin Pacurariu, Jesse Lee Dorogusker, Robert Edward Borchers, Donald Ginsburg
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8696568
    Abstract: Methods for evaluating and treating patients for dysphagia are provided. In a general embodiment, the method comprises screening the patient for dysphagia symptoms, diagnosing and categorizing the dysphagia if the patient exceeds a threshold of dysphagia symptoms, choosing the proper dysphagia treatment product based the patient's dysphagia, and giving the patient preparation instructions for the dysphagia treatment product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Michael Rueben Jedwab, Zamzam Kabiry Roughead, Kala Marie Kaspar, Armando Sanchez, Christoph Hartmann, Chrystel Loret, Nathalie Martin, Jan Engmann
  • Patent number: 8690578
    Abstract: An illustrative mobile computing device executing weight, nutrition, health, behavior and exercise application software serves as a simulated combination personal trainer and dietician/nutritionist for the user using comprehensive databases storing personalized health, nutrition and exercise information. A mobile computing device, such as a smartphone, executing such software monitors, tracks and/or adjusts caloric intake, energy expenditure taking into account nutritional information and behavioral factors. The mobile computing device receives food consumption, exercise-related, behavior and other input using speech input and the device's GPS subsystem to ease data entry burden on users and to promote continued long-term usage. The system rewards user goal achievement in an automatic, seamless manner, through, for example, downloading music, books, or other media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Mark E. Nusbaum, Vincent Pera, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8680408
    Abstract: An electronic scale functions in a normal and a high sensitivity measurement regions. The weights of mother alone and mother plus infant are measured in the high sensitivity region. The difference between the two measurements is the weight of infant alone, which is displayed with a finer scale interval than the normal one. The high sensitivity region is automatically shifted for covering the two measurements. The degree of shift is stored to correct the absolute mother weight. The infant weight is transmitted to a mobile phone, which displays growth curve of infant in comparison with a statistics growth curves provided by a server through the internet. The infant weight is uploaded to the server for incorporation into the statistics. The statistics is based on data gathered form a plurality of mobile phones, which are each authenticated to increase reliability of the statistics against false weight data upload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: NL Giken Incorporated
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8659418
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a behavior assessment and modification device comprises a strap for fastening the device about a user's limb; a data interface for receiving input by the user; a sensor for detecting movement by the user; a processor for processing movement data detected by the sensor and interpreting the movement data according to the input received from a user; a memory component for storing the input received from the user, the movement data, and the interpretations of the movement data; and a signaling component for alerting the user according to the processed movement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Stephanie Sue Ling Kreml
  • Patent number: 8628474
    Abstract: A portable ultrasound imaging system includes a scan head coupled by a cable to a portable battery-powered data processor and display unit. The scan head enclosure houses an array of ultrasonic transducers and the circuitry associated therewith, including pulse synchronizer circuitry used in the transmit mode for transmission of ultrasonic pulses and beam forming circuitry used in the receive mode to dynamically focus reflected ultrasonic signals returning from the region of interest being imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Teratech Corporation
    Inventors: Alice M. Chiang, Steven R. Broadstone
  • Patent number: 8605952
    Abstract: The present system and method provides a more precise way to record food and beverage intake than traditional methods. The present disclosure provides custom software for use in mobile computing devices that include a digital camera. Photos captured by mobile digital devices are analyzed with image processing and comparisons to certain databases to allow a user to discretely record foods eaten. Specifically, the user captures images of the meal or snack before and after eating. The foods pictured are identified. Image processing software may identify the food or provide choices for the user. Once a food is identified and volume of the food is estimated, nutrient databases are used for calculating final portion sizes and nutrient totals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol Boushey, Edward John Delp, David Scott Ebert, Kyle DelMar Lutes, Deborah Kerr
  • Patent number: 8475367
    Abstract: A biometric monitoring device comprising a platform to support the body weight of the user; a body weight sensor to generate data which is representative of the user's weight, processing circuitry to calculate the user's weight, a user interface (e.g., a visual display, coupled to the processing circuitry, to display the weight of the user); and communication circuitry (implementing, e.g., wired, wireless and/or optical techniques) to: (1) receive user identification data (is any data that identifies a particular user, a particular device and/or from which a particular user or device may be determined) from an external portable activity monitoring device, (2) receive activity data from the external portable activity monitoring device, and (3) transmit the activity data to a data storage which is (i) external to the biometric monitoring device and (ii) associated with the user identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, James Park, Eric Nathan Friedman
  • Patent number: 8419636
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for remotely measuring one's adherence to a diet program while making it convenient and easy to place food orders, and learn about and try new foods that are acceptable to the diet program. The system includes a user system with a processor, memory and at least one user interface device, a server system with a processor and memory, and a food delivery system coupled to the server system over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen James Brown
  • Patent number: 8398546
    Abstract: A nutrition and activity management system is disclosed that monitors energy expenditure of an individual through the use of a body-mounted sensing apparatus. The apparatus is particularly adapted for continuous wear. The system is also adaptable or applicable to measuring a number of other physiological parameters and reporting the same and derivations of such parameters. A weight management embodiment is directed to achieving an optimum or preselected energy balance between calories consumed and energy expended by the user. An adaptable computerized nutritional tracking system is utilized to obtain data regarding food consumed, Relevant and predictive feedback is provided to the user regarding the mutual effect of the user's energy expenditure, food consumption and other measured or derived or manually input physiological contextual parameters upon progress toward said goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: BodyMedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Pacione, Steve Menke, David Andre, Eric Teller, Scott Safier, Raymond Pelletier, Mark Handel, Jonathan Farringdon, Eric Hsiung, Suresh Vishnubhatla, James Hanlon, John M. Stivoric, Neal Spruce, Steve Shassberger
  • Patent number: 8382482
    Abstract: Processes are provided for controlling body weight of a consumer, as well as for selecting and purchasing foods, and for producing food products, based on a combination of food energy data and relative healthfulness data for a candidate food. Various ways are provided for obtaining and accessing the food energy data and relative healthfulness data. Related processes and systems are also provided for assisting in the foregoing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Weight Watchers International, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Miller-Kovach, Ute Gerwig, Julia Peetz, Christine Jacobsohn, Wanema Frye, Stephanie Lyn Rost, Maria Kinirons, Dawn Halkuff
  • Patent number: 8363913
    Abstract: The present system and method provides a more precise way to record food and beverage intake than traditional methods. The present disclosure provides custom software for use in mobile computing devices that include a digital camera. Photos captured by mobile digital devices are analyzed with image processing and comparisons to certain databases to allow a user to discretely record foods eaten. Specifically, the user captures images of the meal or snack before and after eating. The foods pictured are identified. Image processing software may identify the food or provide choices for the user. Once a food is identified and volume of the food is estimated, nutrient databases are used for calculating final portion sizes and nutrient totals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Carol Boushey, Edward John Delp, David Scott Ebert, Kyle DelMar Lutes, Deborah Kerr
  • Patent number: 8328081
    Abstract: A calculating tabulating system which enables a person on a sodium restricted diet to better regulate the ingestion of sodium for prevention of medical complications. The system includes conversion of the weight of dietary sodium from a standard system of weights and measures to a simple numerical scale, conversion of the weight of dietary sodium consumed to the simple numerical scale, maintaining a running total of dietary sodium consumed in the simple numerical scale. The system includes various devices to aid in the conversion and tabulation process including various mechanical device and electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Sandra Parkington
  • Patent number: 8299930
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed which relate to training a user in controlling and limiting total calorie consumption, and consequently body weight, by encouraging the user to perform specified consuming actions such as chewing slowly, adjusting a time interval between bites, detecting the early points of satiation, etc. The disclosure is therefore a “calorie pacer” that naturally reduces calorie consumption by re-teaching a user how to eat on a step-by-step basis. The slower eating pace results in a person feeling full before the intake of excessive food portions. The result is fewer calories consumed. Sensors and microcontrollers throughout a place setting are utilized to prompt the user, for example, when to take bites, how big of a bite to take, when to take a drink, etc and record the data in an efficient manner that allows for analysis, monitoring of progress, and personalized feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Geert W. Schmid-Schonbein, Angelina Altshuler, Casey Gorish, Kunal Sukhija, Amanda Williams, Michael Wu
  • Patent number: 8294581
    Abstract: A medical device is disclosed. The medical device includes an RFID reader for receiving information from at least one RFID transponder. The medical device also includes a memory for storing a database and at least one processor for processing information. Also, a remote controller for a medical device is disclosed. The remote controller includes an information receiver for receiving information related to food. The infusion device also includes a memory for storing a database and at least one processor for processing information. A method for use in a medical device is also disclosed. The method includes receiving information from an RFID transponder related to food. Also, the processing the information by comparing the information to a database is included in the method. The method also includes determining the acceptability of the food and providing information related to acceptability to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Dean Kamen