Human Patents (Class 33/512)
  • Patent number: 10349953
    Abstract: Arthroplasty jigs and related methods are disclosed. Some of the arthroplasty jigs may comprise a jig body that is configured to align with a surface of a bone, and a positioning component. Certain of the methods may comprise providing such an arthroplasty jig, and aligning the jig body with a surface of a bone so that the positioning component provides at least one of a visible, audible, or tactile indication that such alignment has been achieved. Some of the arthroplasty jigs may comprise a jig body that is configured to align with a surface of a bone, and that is marked with identifying information. Certain of the methods may comprise providing an arthroplasty jig comprising a jig body that is configured to align with a surface of a bone, or providing an arthroplasty jig blank, and marking the arthroplasty jig or the arthroplasty jig blank with identifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corporation
    Inventors: Ilwhan Park, Charlie W. Chi
  • Patent number: 10353377
    Abstract: A method of generating a topographic map of a region of a body for the manufacture of a body fitting article to be fitted to the region of the body. The method allows for the resultant topographical map of the body feature to be coupled to an anatomical and functional datum on the body. The method involves use of a contact probe which is configured to generate positional data which defines the surface it is drawn across. The method comprises the steps of urging a contact probe towards the outer surface of the body such that the contact probe is touching the outer surface of the body or separated from the outer surface of the body only by a barrier layer which is flattened against the outer surface of the body by the probe. The contact probe is drawn over the region of the body where the body fitting article is to be located such that the contact probe generates 3D positional data of the surface of the outer surface of the body in the region of the body where the body fitting article is to be located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Martyn Ingleton, Jordan Henry Walker Jenkins, Tom Hon Pan Yip, Raife Edwin Thompson Norman
  • Patent number: 10350759
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for aligning a fastener feed mechanism. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes an alignment tool that aligns a fastener feed mechanism with a chamber of a fastening device that receives fasteners. The alignment tool includes a tip section having a diameter less than a diameter of the chamber, a chamber fit section that extends from an end of the tip section in a lengthwise direction and has a diameter corresponding with the diameter of the chamber, a lip that protrudes radially from the chamber beyond the diameter of the chamber, and a fitting member that extends from the lip in the lengthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kia Miriam Zivari, Zachary David Talus, Derek John Deans
  • Patent number: 10351982
    Abstract: Apparel patterns may be generated as a function of custom apparel information provided by a user, such as one or more measurements, colors, etc., such that the user can have apparel custom-knitted to their particular size and shape without having to acquiesce the high expense and long wait times typically associated with custom-fit clothing. After a custom apparel pattern is generated, a custom-knitted article can be manufactured based on the pattern by transmitting appropriate information to a knitting machine. Data produced while generating custom apparel patterns can be stored and used to optimize and improve the manufacturing of customized knitwear for subsequent users. Further, such data can be shared with third parties such that manufacturers or others can utilize one or more beneficial aspects of the present disclosure without having to implement all of the functionality that would otherwise be required to obtain such benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Appalatch Outdoor Apparel Company
    Inventors: Mariano deGuzman, Grace P. Grouin, Allyson Anususinha
  • Patent number: 10354128
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes some embodiments of an apparatus including a measurement panel to enable generation of a measurement related to one or more data points associated with a swimmer's stroke. The disclosure also describes an embodiment of a method including processing one or more images associated with a plurality of model swimmers to obtain information related to at least two structural data points related to a swimming stroke having a catch phase, processing one or more images associated with a target swimmer to obtain information related to the at least two structural data points associated with a target swimmer's catch phase, and generating one or more recommendations to change the catch phase of the target swimmer to bring the catch phase of the target swimmer closer to the model swimmer's catch phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FRIENDSPORT, INC.
    Inventor: Sheila Taormina
  • Patent number: 10339594
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a touch sensation interaction method and apparatus in shopping. The method includes collecting an image of a first object, where the first object is a part of a human body, acquiring information about a second object, where the second object is a wearable item worn by the first object, obtaining parameter information of a touch sensation signal using the image of the first object and the information about the second object, where the touch sensation signal is applied to the first object and is used to simulate a touch sensation caused by the second object to the first object when the second object is worn by the first object, generating the touch sensation signal using the parameter information of the touch sensation signal, and applying the touch sensation signal to the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Heng Liao
  • Patent number: 10327813
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a medical device, and more specifically, to a vaginal surgical apparatus. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes, but is not limited to, a vaginal manipulator probe that is at least partly insertable into a vagina, the vaginal manipulator probe including an arcuate end portion that includes a bullous tip and that includes a space that accommodates a cervix therewithin; and a disk that is movable along at least a portion of a length of the vaginal manipulator probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Freshwater Bay Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Edmund Richey
  • Patent number: 10299913
    Abstract: Accommodating intraocular lenses and methods of use. The accommodating intraocular lenses include peripheral regions that are adapted to be more responsive to certain types of forces than to other types of forces. For example, the accommodating intraocular lenses can include haptics that are stiffer in an anterior-to-posterior direction than in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PowerVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Terah Whiting Smiley, Daniel Hildebrand, Bryan Patrick Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10251654
    Abstract: A surgical cutting guide including a customized, patient-specific contour is disclosed. The surgical cutting guide includes a metallic insert to guide a cutting tool in cutting a patient's bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel D. Fritzinger
  • Patent number: 10247533
    Abstract: A tool which incorporates separated dual-impression pads for measuring the Ischial Tuberosity width of a cyclist more accurately since these dual-impression pads match the newer saddles designs. The accuracy of the measurement is further increased by heavy ferrous balls that indefinitely hold the impressions to give the bike fitter enough time to make an accurate Ischial Tuberosity width measurement. The accuracy of the saddle selection is further increased due to the detachable/portable measurement caliper which can be taken out to the saddles being considered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Schultz
  • Patent number: 10238399
    Abstract: A method of positioning a femoral cutting guide on a distal end of a femur establishes at least a first reference plane to perform a distal femoral planar cut. The method includes inserting a mounting member into an intramedullary canal of the femur and coupling a bridge member to the mounting member. The method also includes placing a cutting guide member over a medal anterior portion of the distal femur. The cutting guide member has a first channel that establishes the first reference plane. The bridge member has a bridge channel. A wall of the bridge channel is inserted into the first channel of the cutting guide member. A mounting mechanism generates resistance between the bridge member and the cutting guide member. The resistance is overcome by positioning the cutting guide member relative to the femur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Duke A. Fox, Robert Metzger, Scott Twomey
  • Patent number: 10216905
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling determination of health state trends for a consistent patient situation. Various noninvasive health monitors can be used to sense a patient's situation and health states, including disease progression, at those states. These noninvasive health monitors may also act passively and in a patient's normal course of life, which enhances many patient's desire to submit to monitoring, as well as increase consistency of use, as in many cases the patient does little or nothing to cause his or her health monitoring and health-trend determination. With health states determined for a consistent patient situation, more accurate and more robust health trends can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10206688
    Abstract: Arthroplasty jigs and related methods are disclosed. Some of the arthroplasty jigs may comprise a jig body that is configured to align with a surface of a bone, and a positioning component. Certain of the methods may comprise providing such an arthroplasty jig, and aligning the jig body with a surface of a bone so that the positioning component provides at least one of a visible, audible, or tactile indication that such alignment has been achieved. Some of the arthroplasty jigs may comprise a jig body that is configured to align with a surface of a bone, and that is marked with identifying information. Certain of the methods may comprise providing an arthroplasty jig comprising a jig body that is configured to align with a surface of a bone, or providing an arthroplasty jig blank, and marking the arthroplasty jig or the arthroplasty jig blank with identifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corporation
    Inventors: Ilwhan Park, Charlie W. Chi
  • Patent number: 10201415
    Abstract: Apparatus for guiding surgical formation of a pair of symmetrical sclerectomies in an eye of a patient, including a multi-diameter generally circular cutout portion including at least a first and second portions having corresponding first and second diameters, the cutout portion being arranged for placement over the limbus of the eye and for centering the limbus within one of the first and second portions, thereby enabling estimating the diameter of the limbus, and at least first and second series of sclerectomy guiding apertures formed about the cutout portion, each guiding aperture of the first series having a paired guiding aperture in the second series formed 180° thereapart relative to a center of the cutout portion, the at least first and second series of sclerectomy guiding apertures together including at least one pair of guiding apertures having a diameter therebetween which is wider than at least one of the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: VISIONCARE, INC.
    Inventors: Eli Aharoni, Vladimir Belousov
  • Patent number: 10201454
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for an eye marker device that includes a handle, a tip engaged to the handle and includes a marking means with at least one arm containing a marking apparatus, a rotational scale, and a servo motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mindskid Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Wesley Brown
  • Patent number: 10188906
    Abstract: A balance rehabilitation apparatus for upper-extremity target tasks of a person including a support framework and position-adjustable platforms attached to the support framework. The position-adjustable platforms may be loosed, relocated, and fixed along the support framework as desired to manipulate the level of difficulty of the balance rehabilitation exercises performed by a person or persons. The apparatus is operationally configured so that persons may perform rehabilitation exercises when standing, sitting or kneeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Shane Haas
  • Patent number: 10188320
    Abstract: A laparoscopic device and method of use for measuring the thickness of tissue is disclosed. The instrument includes an elongated tubular housing, an elongated shaft, a pair of jaws, an actuating mechanism and a tissue thickness indicator. The tissue thickness indicator includes an indicator scale on the housing and a marker located on a proximal portion of the shaft. The shaft is displaceable within the housing against the bias of a spring and is coupled to the jaws to open the jaws when the shaft is moved distally by the actuating mechanism, whereupon the tissue can be located between the open jaws. The actuator mechanism can then be released, whereupon the jaws close on the interposed tissue and move the shaft in the proximal direction so that marker is disposed adjacent to the indicator scale to thereby provide a readily visible indication of the thickness of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Boehringer Technologies, LP
    Inventors: Christopher L. Radl, Steven C. Moulden
  • Patent number: 10182743
    Abstract: The present invention in several embodiments is a mobility assessment device which is easy to use and which will aid practitioners in evaluating a patients' mobility. The mobility assessment device of the present invention is preferably constructed from a skid resistant high contrast material that can easily be folded, rolled or stored in a compact space. The mobility assessment device of the present invention may include markings or indicia to aid a patient in properly performing one or several mobility assessment tests. The included indicia may have measurements and other marking for aiding a medical professional in evaluating a patient's mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Norman L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10172403
    Abstract: A system comprising a machine-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for collecting body measurements of a human user using a body measurement garment is provided. The body measurement garment comprises a plurality of sensors configured to produce a set of output data. The method may include receiving the set of output data from the body measurement garment and determining a plurality of body measurements from the output data. The method may further include generating a body shape model representing the shape of the body of the user. The method may also include generating a garment fit model representing the fit of a garment on the human user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman, Timothy Carlson, Bria Selhorst
  • Patent number: 10136901
    Abstract: Devices and methods for identifying and maintaining the concentric spherical centers of a femur and acetabulum during revision or joint replacement surgery so that post surgery the anatomical spherical centers are maintained. Also disclosed are novel techniques and devices to project images onto an anatomical feature, such as exposed bone, to virtually fit trial prosthetic components, establish bone cut markings, and establishing the anatomical spherical center of a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Depuy Ireland Unlimited Company
    Inventor: Richard D. Komistek
  • Patent number: 10123751
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable sensor configured to be worn by a person and to record sensor data during an activity performed by the person; an analysis element configured to receive the sensor data from the wearable sensor, determine sensor orientation data of the wearable sensor during the activity based on the sensor data, translate the sensor orientation data of the wearable sensor to person orientation data of the person during the activity, determine, for the person during the activity, (a) a lift rate, (b) a maximum sagittal flexion, (c) an average twist velocity, (d) a maximum moment, and (e) a maximum lateral velocity, and determine a score representative of an injury risk to the person during the activity based on such data; and a tangible feedback element configured to provide at least one tangible feedback based on the score so as to reduce the injury risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: StrongArm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Michael Petterson, Michael Dohyun Kim, Alan Vito Argondizza, Michael Patrick Spinelli
  • Patent number: 10109112
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for simulating the fit of a particular garment on a user using a fit simulation garment. The fit simulation garment is wearable by a user and comprises a plurality of actuators configured to simulate tightness of regions of the particular garment. The method includes receiving a garment fit model defining the fit of the particular garment on the user. The method further includes parsing the garment fit model to generate control data for controlling the fit simulation garment, and transmitting the control data to the fit simulation garment to cause the plurality of actuators to collectively simulate the fit of the particular garment on the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman, Timothy Carlson, Bria Selhorst
  • Patent number: 10076412
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for delivering a prosthetic device through the vasculature of a patient includes a radially expandable member coupled to the distal end of an elongate shaft. The expandable member has an open frame configuration and an outer mounting surface for mounting the prosthetic device in a collapsed state thereon. The expandable member expands radially outwards from a first configuration to a second configuration to expand a prosthetic device mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Taylor, Philippe Marchand, Larry L. Wood, Robert Bowes
  • Patent number: 10052060
    Abstract: A method includes a obtaining an image of a center of a pelvis of a patient captured by an imaging device and analyzing the image of the pelvis center to determine whether or not the pelvis center is aligned with the imaging device using a computing device. When the pelvis center is not aligned with the imaging device, the method includes determining one or more alignment instructions for aligning the pelvis center with the imaging device by the computing device and transmitting the analyzed image of the pelvis center and the one or more pelvis alignment instructions to a user device in communication with the computing device. The user device executes a graphical user interface for displaying the analyzed image and one or more pelvis alignment instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew B. Lytle, James J. Verner
  • Patent number: 9968372
    Abstract: A cannula insertion tool includes a body having a first end portion, a second end portion, and a grip located between the first end portion and the second end portion. The body defines a channel extending through the first end portion and the grip. The insertion tool also includes a slider having a drive member and an actuator. The drive member is positioned within the channel of the body. The actuator extends outwardly from the second end portion of the body. The insertion tool further includes a needle coupled to the drive member adjacent the first end portion of the body. The needle is movable with the slider between a retracted position, in which the needle is positioned substantially within the first end portion of the body, and an extended position, in which at least a portion of the needle extends outwardly from the first end portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Medical Instrument Development Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: David Chen, Steven Smith
  • Patent number: 9939243
    Abstract: An adhesive-backed flexible backing, comprising a measuring tape and a receptacle for holding a writing instrument positioned or disposed on one end of said tape. Another end of the backing has a display surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Harris F Brotman
  • Patent number: 9931060
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device measures the length of the urethra. The device includes a hollow tube having markings, wherein the hollow tube includes an internal end and an external end. The internal end includes one or more fins that can be manipulated into an open position and a closed position. The external end includes an opening allowing the insertion of a push-tube sliding axially within the body of the hollow tube, the push-tube being used to manipulate the fins into the open and closed positions. Further, an outer ring moves axially along the exterior of hollow tube and is utilized to measure the length of the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Personal Medical Corp.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Connolly, Sagi Brink-Danan
  • Patent number: 9928411
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a first acquirer of an image processing apparatus acquires a subject image of a first subject. A second acquirer acquires a first parameter representing a body type of the first subject. A receiver receives identification information on clothing to be tried on. An identifier identifies a clothing image associated with a second parameter of which dissimilarity with the first parameter is not larger than a threshold, from among clothing images associated with the received identification information in first information in which clothing sizes, second parameters, and clothing images are associated with each piece of identification information. The second parameters corresponds to each clothing size and represents different body types. The clothing images each represents a second subject who has a body type represented by the corresponding second parameter associated with the corresponding clothing size and who is wearing the piece of clothing in each clothing size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kaoru Sugita, Masahiro Sekine, Masashi Nishiyama, Ryuzo Okada
  • Patent number: 9928713
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic lock for wearable electronics, the electronic lock including: a button assembly; a spring assembly coupled to the button assembly, the spring assembly comprising: two bent arms configured to compress under a force applied to the button assembly; and an aperture configured to receive a stopping element when the locking mechanism is in a locked position; an actuator configured to electronically control movement of the stopping element in and out of the aperture; and a control circuit comprising: a tangible non-transitory machine readable media storing instructions that when executed by one or more processors of the control unit effectuate operations comprising: receiving a request to unlock the locking mechanism; sending a request for authentication; receiving authentication information; and controlling the actuator to move the stopping element from the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: KiLife Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan Alan Baczuk, Spencer Kimball Behrend
  • Patent number: 9829298
    Abstract: An optical readout device for providing visual circumference and diameter readings of an object being measured by a linear tape. The tail end of the tape passes by a reader element in a digital device which is equipped electronically with the pi conversion factor to provide selective readings of diameter in English and metric units, as well as circumference readings. The device can be employed for external (outside) and internal (inside) measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PI TAPE TEXAS, LLC
    Inventor: Jerry Mathis
  • Patent number: 9788949
    Abstract: A dynamic, adjustable annuloplasty ring sizer can include an adjustable ring replica, which can be adjusted through a range of sizes corresponding to available prosthetic annuloplasty repair ring sizes. Actuation of an adjustment trigger on a handle portion of the ring sizer can displace tension wires that extend through a malleable shaft and through a plurality of articulating segments that form the ring replica. Displacement of the tension wires causes flexion of the joints between adjacent articulating segments, thereby reducing the overall size of the ring replica. Releasing the tension wires can allow an elastic extension wire to act on the ring replica, enlarging the ring replica to its maximum, at-rest size. In this manner, the appropriate size of annuloplasty ring prosthesis can be determined with a single device, without requiring a plurality of static ring sizers that require individual insertion and placement for the conventional trial-and-error sizing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Brian S. Conklin
  • Patent number: 9778012
    Abstract: The pipe contour gauge is a device used to determine a diameter of a pipe or other object. The pipe contour gauge is constructed of a contour base from which a plurality of tines is able to move. Each of the plurality of tines is generally parallel with adjacent ones of the plurality of tines. Moreover, each of the plurality of tines is able to move independent of any remaining ones of the plurality of tines. Each of the plurality of tines is able to move up or down with respect to the contour base. The plurality of tines is adapted to interface with a surface of an object in order to form a profile that is compared with a chart outlining different diameters. The chart that outlines different diameters is used to decipher a size of a pipe or cylindrically-shaped object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: John Fales
  • Patent number: 9773274
    Abstract: A system and method for virtually fitting an article of clothing on an accurate representation of a user's body obtained by 3D scanning of the user in minimal clothing and in standard garments of known properties. A graphical user interface allows the user to access a database of garments and accessories available for selection for the virtual fitting simulation for which each garment's physical and material properties are known. A finite element analysis is applied to determine the shape of the combined user body and garment and a an accurate visual representation of the selected garment or accessory on the proportional model of the user's body based on the analysis is generated. Means are also provided for the user to solicit custom garments or accessories from a participating designer or retailer, purchase selected garments or accessories from the participating designer or retailer, and communicate his or her preferences with participating designers, retailers, or other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Scott William Curry, Luis Antonio Sosa
  • Patent number: 9759559
    Abstract: A trip hazard measurement gauge is, except for a measurement module and display, constructed primarily of aluminum. A cylindrical tube has an upper straight section and a lower straight section that are interconnected by a curved section. The upper straight section and the lower straight section form an obtuse angle. A cylindrical aluminum housing is connected to the tube via a conical connecter piece. A non-movable foot is rigidly connected to the cylindrical housing. A measurement module is installed within the cylindrical housing. A slidable rule, to which a movable foot is attached to a lower end thereof, extends from the measurement module. A return spring ensures that the movable foot returns to its lowermost position. After turning ON the display, selecting the measurement system and zeroing the gauge, it is ready to measure differences in elevation between adjacent sidewalk slabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew B. Haney, Michael E. Lamb, Aaron C. Ollivier
  • Patent number: 9743956
    Abstract: A method of adjusting a uterine manipulator includes inserting a shaft of the uterine manipulator into a cervix, moving a colpotomizer sleeve of the uterine manipulator to a predetermined position along the shaft such that the cervix is received within a colpotomizer cup attached to the colpotomizer sleeve, depressing a rotatable locking member of the colpotomizer sleeve towards the shaft, confirming that the colpotomizer sleeve is accurately located at the predetermined position by visualizing a ruler marking of a plurality of ruler markings printed along the shaft using a magnification lens of the rotatable locking member, and compressing the shaft with the rotatable locking member of the colpotomizer sleeve to lock the colpotomizer sleeve at the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CooperSurgical, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Parys, Daniel Giardina
  • Patent number: 9724108
    Abstract: A sleeve clamp has a body with a through bore for receiving a sleeve, and a clamping element. The clamping element includes a clamping edge and may be arranged at the body so as to be movable between two positions, i.e. a neutral position and a deflected position. In the neural position, the clamping edge protrudes laterally into a lumen which is occupied by the sleeve when the sleeve is received in the through bore. In the deflected position, the clamping element may be elastically deformed and the clamping edge does not protrude into the lumen which is occupied by the sleeve when the sleeve is received in the through bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventor: Ole Prien
  • Patent number: 9682005
    Abstract: Running in a mammal, such as a human, is augmented by adaptively modulating anticipation of maximum leg extension of a mammal when running, and actuating an exoskeletal clutch linked in series to at least one elastic element, wherein the clutch and elastic element form an exoskeleton and are attached in parallel to at least one muscle-tendon unit of a leg of the mammal and span at least one joint of the mammal fitted with the exoskeleton. The exoskeletal clutch is actuated in advance of a predicted maximum extension of the exoskeletal clutch to thereby cause the exoskeletal clutch to lock essentially simultaneously with ground strike by the leg of the mammal. The elastic element is thereby engaged during stance phase of the gait of the mammal while running, and subsequently is disengaged prior to or during the swing phase of the gait of the mammal, thereby augmenting running of the mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Hugh M. Herr, Grant Elliott, Andrew Marecki, Hazel Briner
  • Patent number: 9655646
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a medical device, and more specifically, to a vaginal surgical apparatus. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes, but is not limited to, an elongated handle portion; a vaginal manipulator probe that is at least partly insertable into a vagina, the vaginal manipulator probe extending from the elongated handle portion and including an arcuate end portion, the arcuate end portion including an aperture for accommodating a cervix; and a disk that is movable along at least a portion of a length of the vaginal manipulator probe, the disk including a locking mechanism to releasably secure the disk in position to limit vaginal insertion depth of the vaginal manipulator probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Freshwater Bay Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Edmund Richey
  • Patent number: 9592008
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for measuring the diameter of an airway in a human or animal subject are disclosed. The device comprises a flexible catheter body having a proximal end and a distal end. Flexible sizing elements are disposed along and extend approximately orthogonally from the catheter body. The sizing elements have different heights from one another and are configured to fit through the working channel of a bronchoscope. Devices, systems, and methods for redirecting airflow through a lung airway are also disclosed. The method comprises introducing into the airway a catheter comprising a distal end, a proximal end and an elongated portion therebetween, wherein the distal end comprises an airway closing mechanism, and wherein the proximal end comprises an actuator to actuate the airway closing mechanism; and actuating the airway closing mechanism to at least partially close the airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Pulmonx Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Olivera, Srikanth Radhakrishnan
  • Patent number: 9592423
    Abstract: A measuring system for analyzing a knee joint motion trajectory when a rider is riding a bike (cycling) and a measuring method thereof are disclosed. The measuring system includes a pedal-able device, a light emitting component fixed at a tibial plateau of the rider, an image capturing device, and a knee joint motion trajectory analysis device. When the rider continuously pedals the pedal-able device, the image capturing device captures an image of a central position of the rider's lower limb and a light spot trajectory image of the light emitting component. The motion trajectory analysis device generates an ellipse motion trajectory diagram. After comparing and analyzing a body central line with a trajectory long axis line, a foot force distribution and a shifting data of the knee joint motion trajectory is acquired, and a proper insole is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBAL ACTION INC.
    Inventors: Po-Shin Li, Yu-Shin Chang, Keh-Tao Liu, Sai-Wei Yang
  • Patent number: 9549769
    Abstract: An instrument includes a flexible shaft portion and a hook portion. The flexible shaft portion has a proximal end and a distal end and includes markings along an outer surface of the shaft portion. The hook portion is located at the distal end of the shaft portion. The shaft portion and the hook portion define a lumen that terminates in an opening at the hook portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Roch LeBeau, Carmel Ilka Bijoux, Steven Mark Bowman
  • Patent number: 9511257
    Abstract: An exercise equipment for rehabilitation of hand grip and wrist is disclosed herein. The exercise equipment includes a fixing module being fixed to a forearm of a user, a wrist exercising module having a hinge shaft on one side of the fixing module and being connected to the fixing module so as to be capable of performing rotating movements when rotating the arm, and a hand grip exercising module being provided on the wrist exercising module and measuring a hand grip of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: SOONCHUNHYANG UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Bong-Keun Jung
  • Patent number: 9494407
    Abstract: A trip hazard measurement gauge has an outer tube with a stationary foot secured to a lower end thereof, and an inner tube slidable within the outer tube and extending through an upper end of the latter. The inner tube has a slidable foot secured to a lower end thereof and a ruler secured to an upper end thereof. The inner tube is spring biased in a downwardly direction. With the inner tube positioned at its downward limit, the stationary foot and the movable foot are equiplanar and the ruler is hidden inside the outer tube. An estimator measures a difference in elevation between two adjacent concrete slabs by placing the slidable foot on an adjoining edge of the uppermost slab and pushing down on the outer tube until the stationary foot contacts the lowermost slab. The ruler, extending upwardly from the outer tube, indicates the difference in elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew B. Haney, Michael E. Lamb, Aaron C. Ollivier, Daniel J. Triplett
  • Patent number: 9452026
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring a distance between first and second implanted bone anchors includes a caliper body and first and second caliper arms. The caliper body has a first longitudinal axis. The first caliper arm is slidably coupled to the caliper body and has a second longitudinal axis. The second caliper arm is rotatably coupled to the caliper body and has a third longitudinal axis. The first, second and third longitudinal axes define a plane. The second caliper arm is rotatable within the plane between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: EBI, LLC
    Inventors: Ray Penzimer, Anthony C. DeFalco
  • Patent number: 9409293
    Abstract: A robot includes a base, first and second arms, first and second drive sources, first and second inertia sensors, and first and second angle sensors. A rotation axis of the first arm and a rotation axis of the second arm are orthogonal to each other. The first inertia sensor is installed at the first arm, and the second inertia sensor is installed at the second arm. The first angle sensor is installed at the first drive source, and the second angle sensor is installed at the second drive source. Angular velocities obtained from the first inertia sensor and the first angle sensor are fed back to a first drive source control unit. Angular velocities obtained from the second inertia sensor and the second angle sensor are fed back to a second drive source control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Gomi, Akio Niu, Masaki Motoyoshi
  • Patent number: 9389056
    Abstract: Example height measuring system includes a slide rack configured for mounting to a vertical wall surface and being vertically aligned. The height measurement system also includes a height measuring gauge. The height measuring gauge has a slide mount portion slidably mounted within the slide track, the slide mount portion being configured to travel essentially parallel to the vertical surface. The height measuring gauge also has a gauge plank hingedly mounted to the slide mount portion. The gauge plank is rotatable between a first plank position and a second plank position. The first plank position is parallel to the vertical surface, and the second plank position is perpendicular to the slide mount portion. The height measurement system also includes a backing sheet configured for mounting along a length of the backing sheet on the vertical wall surface and between the height measuring gauge and the vertical wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: James L. Wood
  • Patent number: 9351833
    Abstract: A dynamic, adjustable annuloplasty ring sizer can include an adjustable ring replica, which can be adjusted through a range of sizes corresponding to available prosthetic annuloplasty repair ring sizes. Actuation of an adjustment trigger on a handle portion of the ring sizer can displace tension wires that extend through a malleable shaft and through a plurality of articulating segments that form the ring replica. Displacement of the tension wires causes flexion of the joints between adjacent articulating segments, thereby reducing the overall size of the ring replica. Releasing the tension wires can allow an elastic extension wire to act on the ring replica, enlarging the ring replica to its maximum, at-rest size. In this manner, the appropriate size of annuloplasty ring prosthesis can be determined with a single device, without requiring a plurality of static ring sizers that require individual insertion and placement for the conventional trial-and-error sizing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Brian S. Conklin
  • Patent number: 9347817
    Abstract: A surgical sponge and comprehensive fluid monitoring system and method are provided. The system includes a support ring for securely supporting a container with at least one port opening for receiving surgical sponges placed into the container. A hollow spine structure includes a channel and a rod that can move in the channel. The rod transfers weight force from the support ring to a weight force sensing device. A flexure maintains the rod vertically aligned in the channel with a gap separating the length of the rod from the channel walls. A processor receives an information signal indicative of at least one of urine outflow, suction fluid outflow, irrigation fluid intake; and intravenous fluid intake, of a surgical patient. The processor accumulates a total amount of estimated net fluid volume loss for the patient from the surgical sponge, and from other measured fluid outflow and intake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Surgitrac Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Pollock, Mahmood S. Kassam
  • Patent number: 9345574
    Abstract: A valve sizer for determining an appropriate replacement valve size when performing a heart valve replacement procedure is provided. In one version the valve sizer has a hollow shaft with proximal and distal ends. A movable sizing element couples to the distal end of the shaft and is radially expandable between first, contracted and second, expanded positions. An actuator assembly on a handle includes an actuator coupled to a clutch member via a ball-spring-detent clutch. A rod extends through the shaft and maintains a fixed distance between the handle and a distal hub in the sizing element. Movement of the actuator causes axial movement of the shaft, thereby causing radial expansion of sizing petals relative to the hub. The clutch slips when a predetermined reaction force from the surrounding valve annulus is met by the petals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventor: Brian S. Conklin
  • Patent number: 9232847
    Abstract: A novel gauging device and associated stencils facilitate the shaping of eyebrows according to a Golden Ratio standard. The gauging device is adapted to be placed over a woman's face and maintained in a fixed position relative to her eyes and nose. A nosepiece and knobs are adjusted such that a lower end of a guide rod may be rotated about various points relative to the nose and held in predetermined angles relative to the nose and eyes, possibly supported magnetically on a lower track adjacent the nostrils and an upper track above the eyebrows. An eyebrow stencil is held in a desired position relative to the previously positioned guide rod, which facilitates convenient application and symmetrical shaping, preferably with frictional clamps for permitting the stencil to be shifted in place so that a particular portion of the stencil is properly aligned with the guide rod after the guide rod has been aligned with an appropriate Golden Ratio marking on the stencil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Anastasia Soare