Posture Alarm Patents (Class 340/573.7)
  • Patent number: 10201202
    Abstract: A wearable device for preventing the spread of disease by detecting when a wearer's hand comes into close proximity of the wearer's face. The device can preferably issue an immediate warning to the wearer to prevent contact between the wearer's hand and face and to change a wearer's face-touching habit in order to prevent future occurrences. More specifically, the device can be comprised of a housing, a backer, magnets to attach the backer to the housing, a signal emitter, a plurality of sensors, a micro USB charge port, and a power button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: No Touch L.L.C.
    Inventor: Boone Lee Greenly
  • Patent number: 10140833
    Abstract: A system for predicting the fall of a subject's body, displaying the subject's body positioning on a monitor screen in a manner not revealing personal health information or otherwise breaching privacy concerns, and warning assistants when the subject is at risk for an imminent fall. The system includes a sensor assembly having a 3-dimensional 3-axis gyroscope and accelerometer positioned centrally on the subject's body to sense the subject's spatial positioning at short intervals and generate a corresponding sequence of positioning data, that is transmitted wirelessly to a processing assembly. A computer processing unit having associated software programming determines whether the displacement differential between the subject's present positioning and the subject's previous positioning exceeds a threshold predictive of imminent bodily fall, accomplished by comparing the subject's displacement differentials of each axis' sequential positioning data obtained after each of said intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bear State Technologies, LLC.
    Inventors: Shannon R. Jacobson, Robert Darin Flippo
  • Patent number: 10020075
    Abstract: A monitoring system and method tracks a patient's position over time and ensures that proper turning or other manipulation is done within the time prescribed. Preferably, the techniques herein continuously monitor patient position and alert medical or other personnel of the need for turning or other patient manipulation. The system may be implemented within a medical or other care facility, or within a patient's home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: LEAF HEALTHCARE, INC.
    Inventors: David Perlman, Joseph Himle
  • Patent number: 9988017
    Abstract: An authentication system for vehicles that has a minimum of one authentication element for detecting a movement, vibration and/or inclination. An apparatus generates a movement, vibration and/or inclination. The authentication element, in particular a key or a keyless go device for a vehicle, for example an automobile, has a wireless interface for sending and receiving an authentication signal and a sensor element for detecting a movement, vibration and/or inclination. The apparatus is positioned in/on the vehicle, and has at least one actuator for generating a movement, vibration and/or inclination, as well as a wireless device for sending and receiving an authentication signal. The at least one actuator is positioned on a transmission device, in particular on a vehicle, in order to generate an authentication signal through a movement, vibration and/or inclination. It also transmits this signal to the authentication element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
    Inventor: Weghaus Ludger
  • Patent number: 9801024
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of managing event-based people detection and tracking, the method including: capturing attributes of an event, people, timings, location, ambience and incidents; profiling people based on the event location, event timings, event ambience, and event incidents; categorizing people based on the profiling; generating user-defined rules detection and tracking of people; providing recommendations in connection with detection and tracking of people; and tracking the efficacy of the recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Kashif Saleem
  • Patent number: 9763621
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of pregnancy devices. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to a wearable apparatus that alerts an expecting mother of unsafe lying or sleeping positions. An exemplary wearable apparatus consistent with the present disclosure comprises an adjustable belt member having an elongated axis of sufficient length to cover the girth of an expecting mother during the entire term of her pregnancy. Further, an attachment coupled to the wearable apparatus is present to secure the alarm belt to the expecting mother. In addition, sensors coupled to the wearable apparatus detect when the expecting mother is lying or sleeping in a supine position in which the sensors send signals to an external alarm. Furthermore, a power source may be coupled to the sensors to provide power thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Marjan Hafezi
  • Patent number: 9756601
    Abstract: Techniques are presented herein to provide human mobility pattern based modeling and tracking of a group of network enabled user devices associated with the same person. An association is made, at a tracking device, between a plurality of user devices and a user. Location information for each of the plurality of user devices is derived through network activity of the plurality of user devices. Locations for the plurality of user devices are derived from the location information. One or more predetermined user mobility pattern rules are applied to the plurality of user devices. User anomalies are detected when the tracked locations indicate that one or more of the plurality of user devices has violated one or more the predetermined user mobility rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hui Liu, Santosh Pandey, Jiang Zhu
  • Patent number: 9406211
    Abstract: A wearable posture monitoring and feedback system and related method configured to monitor and provide feedback regarding a user's posture while operating and viewing a portable electronic device includes: a wearable frame configured to be fit on or about a head of the user; a sensor mounted on the wearable frame configured to monitor at least a head position of the user; and a transmitter configured to transmit data related to at least the head position wirelessly from the sensor to a receiver on or in the portable electronic device. The system is configured to (1) provide feedback to the user based on the data from the sensor; and (2) send a signal to alter an output provided to the user by the portable electronic device based on the data from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Medical Wearable Solutions Ltd.
    Inventors: Vahid Sahiholnasab, Hossein Sahiholnasab
  • Patent number: 9378412
    Abstract: Systems and methods for ergonomic measurement are disclosed. For example, in one embodiment a method for ergonomic measurement includes: receiving a first signal from an image sensor, the first signal comprising data associated with a user's orientation with respect to the image sensor. A second signal is received from a orientation sensor, the second signal comprising data associated with the image sensor's orientation with respect to gravity. An ergonomic measurement of the user is determined based at least in part on the first and second signals. Another embodiment includes a computer-readable medium comprising processor-executable code for executing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: NAN CHANG O-FILM OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventor: Tomaso Paoletti
  • Patent number: 9351681
    Abstract: A one repetition maximum (1RM) estimating apparatus includes a potential signal receiving unit configured to receive a potential signal of a muscle from a sensor attached to a user, and a 1RM estimating unit configured to estimate a 1RM of the user based on the potential signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youn Ho Kim, Sang Kon Bae, Chang Mok Choi, Byung Hoon Ko, Kun Soo Shin
  • Patent number: 9283429
    Abstract: Example embodiments may relate to a system, method, apparatus, and computer readable media configured for monitoring a user performing an exercise and generating a avatar of the user and a virtual shadow, wherein the virtual shadow illustrates proper form of the exercise. The example embodiments may further be configured for determining an amount of overlap between the virtual avatar and the virtual shadow, and generating a feedback score based on the amount of overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Teresa Aragones, Willoughby H. Walling, Christina S. Self, Xavier Jacob, Geoff Northcott
  • Patent number: 9274020
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a system and a method for detecting liquid water. The method includes establishing signal communication between an RFID tag and an RFID reader, monitoring the signal communication between the RFID tag and the RFID reader and determining that liquid water is disposed between the RFID tag and the RFID reader or on the RFID tag if the signal communication between the RFID tag and the RFID reader is disrupted, interrupted or terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Gregory Sergeevich Chernov, Natarajan Venkatakrishnan, Anthony William Simpson, Bradford Stewart Gasior, Kenneth Maurice Jackson, Daniel Joseph Russell
  • Patent number: 9152769
    Abstract: This system of detecting endemic or epidemic diseases includes an analysis center connected by a computer network to a number of health booths in which health data can be measured and stored with the conditions under which the measurements are taken. The analysis center generates an alert automatically if an endemic or epidemic disease is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignees: H4D INTERNATIONAL S.A.
    Inventors: Franck Baudino, Laurent Baudino
  • Patent number: 9035780
    Abstract: A device that causes a driver not to feel passive task-related fatigue by performing interaction with the driver at a time when the driver feeling passive task-related fatigue, thereby promoting safe driving. In particular, phrase “the interaction with the driver” refers to a series of operations viewing quiz data or beat sequence data to the driver, receiving a response, and visually, acoustically, and tactilely informing a result according to the response, and a control of each component for the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Sung Jin Sah, Sung Min Park, Hui Sung Lee, Kwang Myung Oh
  • Publication number: 20150130619
    Abstract: A feedback device for measuring balance related information, and for producing a stimulation of the skin that encodes that information in a way that is useful to the wearer of the device. At least one sensor detects balance information and transmits at least one balance information signal to a signal processing subsystem. The signal processing subsystem converts the received balance information signal into at least one stimulation control signal. The signal processing subsystem then transmits the stimulation control signal to at least one stimulator, which provides stimulation to a wearer of the device reflecting the stimulation control signal received from the signal processing subsystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Lars Oddsson, Peter Meyer
  • Patent number: 9028407
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an apparatus for monitoring patient orientation. A reusable sensor is configured to detect inclination angles of an anterior region of the patient. An elongated disposable attachment device is configured for removable attachment to both the sensor and the patient's anterior region such that the direction of elongation of the attachment device extends along the patient's sternum. The attachment device includes a sensor attachment portion configured for removable attachment to the sensor such that the sensor is prevented from direct contact with the patient, and a patient attachment portion configured for removable attachment to the patient's anterior region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Safer Care LLC
    Inventor: Elliott Bennett-Guerrero
  • Publication number: 20150123803
    Abstract: A system and method are described herein for a sensor device which biomechanically detects in real-time a user's movement state and posture and then provides real-time feedback to the user based on the user's real-time posture. The feedback is provided through immediate sensory feedback through the sensor device (e.g., a sound or vibration) as well as through an avatar within an associated application with which the sensor device communicates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Robert Chang, Monisha Perkash, C. Charles Wang, Andreas Martin Hauenstein
  • Publication number: 20150123802
    Abstract: A feedback device for measuring balance related information, and for producing a stimulation of the skin that encodes that information in a way that is useful to the wearer of the device. At least one sensor detects balance information and transmits at least one balance information signal to a signal processing subsystem. The signal processing subsystem converts the received balance information signal into at least one stimulation control signal. The signal processing subsystem then transmits the stimulation control signal to at least one stimulator, which provides stimulation to a wearer of the device reflecting the stimulation control signal received from the signal processing subsystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Lars Oddsson, Peter Meyer
  • Patent number: 9024814
    Abstract: One or more human attributes extracted from a micro-impulse radar (MIR) signal is correlated to a temporary identity or phenotypic identity of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, David B. Tuckerman, Thomas A. Weaver, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9013264
    Abstract: A hands-free controller, a facial expression management system, a drowsiness detection system and methods for using them are disclosed. The controller monitors facial expressions of the user, monitors motions of the user's body, generates commands for an electronic device based on the monitored facial expressions and body motions, and communicates the commands to the electronic device. Monitoring facial expressions can include sensing facial muscle motions using facial expression sensors. Monitoring user body motions can include sensing user head motions. Facial expression management can includes monitoring user facial expressions, storing monitored expressions, and communicating monitored expressions to an electronic device. Drowsiness detection can include monitoring eye opening of the user, generating an alert when drowsiness is detected, monitoring proper usage of the device, and generating a warning when improper usage is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Perceptive Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Uday Parshionikar, Mihir Parshionikar
  • Patent number: 9000973
    Abstract: A personal electronic device such as a smart phone can include a micro-impulse radar (MIR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8976019
    Abstract: A human tumble detecting and alarming device includes an external shell body, a sensor module for detecting body postures of an object to be detected in real time, a data processing module for analyzing information detected by the sensor module and judging whether the detected object tumbles or not according to analyzing results, a wireless communicating module connected to the data processing module and a power source module for respectively supplying the sensor module, the data processing module and the wireless communicating module with electricity. The sensor module is a triaxial acceleration sensor. The sensor module, the data processing module, the wireless communicating module and the power source module are all provided within the external shell body. The human tumble detecting and alarming device is simple in structure, small-sized, portable and easy to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Xi'an Chinastar M & C Limited
    Inventors: Rongxiang Gu, Yongping Yuan, Shuxing Lin, Yongge He
  • Patent number: 8976032
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, a method and a computer program product for, identifying an anonymous patient in a health care location, when the anonymous patient requires medical attention. A health parameter data of the patient is acquired by a sensor unit, and transmitted to a gateway module associated with the patient. In an event the acquired health parameter data transgresses preconfigured limits or preconfigured pattern(s); an alert is generated by the gateway module, and transmitted to a context server. The context server is configured to validate the alert; instruct the gateway module to emit a colored light corresponding to the color code and transmit the gateway identifier, the color code and a location of a nearest connector, to a medical agent for the purpose of locating the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventors: Chinmoy Mukherjee, Nataraj Subbaraya Kuntagod
  • Publication number: 20150022362
    Abstract: A wearable device may be configured to detect and alert wearers to improper movements at a body joint based on a comparison of a lateral angle and a bend angle of the body joint and/or based on measurements customized for an individual wearer of the wearable device. For example, a wearable device may determine a bend angle and a corresponding lateral angle of the knee. The wearable device may compare the determined bend angle and lateral angle with stored thresholds customized for the wearer. The wearable device may select a threshold from the stored thresholds with a bend angle that matches the determined bend angle. The wearable device may then determine whether the determined lateral angle matches and/or exceeds one or more lateral angles associated with the bend angle of the threshold. The wearable device may provide feedback responsive to a determination that the threshold was exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Smart Sport Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Stephen LUCAS, Wendy Tignor LUCAS, Louis CIRILLO, Calleigh A. LUCAS, Claiborne J. LUCAS
  • Publication number: 20150015399
    Abstract: A system for producing information about the posture of a user applying pressure to a seat component is provided. A sensor structure with array of sensors is connected with the seat component, with the sensors in a predetermined pattern configured to provide output signals related to predetermined posture modes of the user applying pressure to the seat component. The output of the sensors in circuit communication with a processor to provide signals to the processor related to predetermined posture modes of the user applying pressure to the seat component, and the processor provides output related to the predetermined posture modes of the user applying pressure to the seat component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Geost, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony D. Gleckler, Daniel Whitworth, Vl-Vie Ng, Kyle Cotner, Timothy Ryan Hall
  • Patent number: 8928484
    Abstract: A system and method are described herein for a sensor device which biomechanically detects in real-time a user's movement state and posture and then provides real-time feedback to the user based on the user's real-time posture. The feedback is provided through immediate sensory feedback through the sensor device (e.g., a sound or vibration) as well as through an avatar within an associated application with which the sensor device communicates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Lumo Bodytech, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Robert Chang, Monisha Perkash, C. Charles Wang, Andreas Martin Hauenstein
  • Publication number: 20140375461
    Abstract: A system, a method and an apparatus for autonomous monitoring, detecting and tracking of at least one of movement and orientation of a body or portion of a body. The apparatus comprises a device configured to monitor the translational movement and/or rotational movement of the body; and an altimeter including at least one pair of opposed high sensitivity sensors configured to measure changes in height of the body. An alert condition is determined based on the translational and/or rotational movement of the body and changes in height of the body or portion of the body. The alert condition may comprise a hard fall event, a soft fall event, a susceptibility to a fall, or a near fall event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Neal T. Richardson, B. Eugene Parker, JR., William T. Gressick
  • Patent number: 8884813
    Abstract: One or more computers are configured to determine a human stress condition corresponding to one or more physical or physiological parameters extracted from one or more micro-impulse radar (MIR) signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, David B. Tuckerman, Thomas Weaver, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 8872664
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods, devices, and systems to monitor activity. One method to monitor activity includes monitoring activity of an individual including detecting a sensor activated by an individual during the individual's daily activities. The embodiment also includes comparing the sensor activation to a predetermined sensor activation timeframe, determining whether to initiate an alert based upon the comparison, and checking for at least one other sensor activation to confirm whether an alert should be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Healthsense, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Bischoff, Alan P. Shilepsky, Lina Long
  • Patent number: 8866620
    Abstract: System and method to determine a status of a person, the method including: receiving a sensor indication of a first orientation of a first body part of the person relative to a predetermined direction; receiving a sensor indication of a second orientation of a second body part of the person relative to the predetermined direction; receiving a sensor indication of a location of the person; inferring, by use of a processor, an orientation of the person from the sensor indication of the first orientation and the sensor indication of the second orientation; and determining, by use of a processor, the status of the person from an allowability of the inferred orientation of the person at the indicated location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Centrak, Inc.
    Inventor: Isreal Amir
  • Patent number: 8866621
    Abstract: A health sensing device is described for placement on a user. The device may include a sensor, a filter, and a transmitter. The sensor is configured to sense one or more factors relating to an indicator of a health related condition or occurrence. The filter is configured to evaluate a signal from the sensor and determine if the indicator has been detected. The transmitter is arranged for initiating a transmission based on a signal from the filter. The sensor can include one or more microphone devices, accelerometers, and/or MEMs devices. A method of monitoring a user for a health related condition is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Wolfe, Thomas Martin Conte
  • Patent number: 8845556
    Abstract: This invention pertains generally to non-invasive methods and apparatus for analyzing and improving human balance. More particularly, this invention describes a human balance analysis and improvement apparatus and method that involves the use of separate and synergistically integrated and combined means for analyzing and producing perfect core body alignment and balance: an alignment indicator, sway measurement apparatus, and foot force measurement and force centering apparatus. Data received from the aforesaid devices or various combinations thereof is then integrated and displayed by appropriate software and/or display apparatus for use in perfecting, analyzing and/or correcting human balance. The alignment and sway measurement apparatus of the invention is preferably subject based upon video motion capture technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Pamela Schickler, John F. Schickler
  • Publication number: 20140266737
    Abstract: A system can include a first device mounted to a wrist strap that includes wireless communication circuitry, sensor circuitry, and circuitry that determines hand grip information based at least in part on information output by the sensor circuitry; and a second device mounted to a waist strap that includes wireless communication circuitry, sensor circuitry, and circuitry that determines posture information based at least in part on information output by the sensor circuitry. Various other examples of devices, assemblies, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Theodore Caldwell
  • Patent number: 8836515
    Abstract: A device for continuously monitoring an elevation, ?, from horizontal of a backrest against which a backbody of an individual may lean, to provide an automatic notification in the event the elevation, ?, falls below a prescribed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Denver Health and Hospital Authority
    Inventors: Richard K. Albert, Robert F. Wolken, Russell J. Woodruff, Ivor Samuel Douglas
  • Publication number: 20140253337
    Abstract: System is provided for aiding a horseback rider in maintaining balance while riding, includes sensor pad positioned between rider and saddle, pad/blanket worn by the horse during riding. Sensor pad includes sensors for measuring force exerted by the rider on the horse at individual measuring points. Controller configured for receiving force data from the sensor pad, includes a microprocessor continuously polling each sensor in the sensor pad for force data, calibrating each measurement based on an initial value, aggregating measurements from sensors on a left side and a right side of the sensor pad over a predetermined time interval, and calculating the differences between measurements on the right side and left side of the sensor pad. Power supply, electronic circuitry and alert mechanism receive signal from controller and notify rider when rider is off-balance based on calculated differences between measurements on right side and left side of sensor pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Feinbert, Brigitte Huber
  • Patent number: 8816873
    Abstract: A seat (5) includes a sensor (21) mounted on the seat which is arranged to sense the presence of an object, or movement or position of an object in a non-contact manner, within a sensing region around the seat. A processor is arranged to receive an audio signal and to process the audio signal based on presence, movement or position detected by the first sensor. A processed signal is delivered to a vibro-acoustic transducer mounted within the seat. The processor can also control a lighting effect based on presence, movement or position detected by the first sensor. A user can interact with audio in a personal way, to suit the mood of the user. A seated user can move their body (especially arms or hands) to modify audio, such as music. The seat has a nodule (12) which, in use, fits between the legs of a seated user. The nodule can house the sensor (21) and user controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Trignom Ltd.
    Inventors: David Lindsey Bisset, Tristan Alexander Powell
  • Patent number: 8816849
    Abstract: Suspended or overhanging of obstructions are selectively signaled to an individual by a device that can worn by an individual. The device includes a first sensor that is oriented to selectively detect a suspended or overhanging obstruction at an elevation above the housing and a second distance sensor that is oriented to selectively detect an object at an elevation of the housing. A logic circuit within the housing is electrically connected to the first and second sensors and emits a response if the first sensor is activated, but emits no response if the first and second sensors are both activated. A signaling device electrically connected to the logic circuit is activated upon emission of a response from the logic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew L. Hong, Lindsay Cannon, Mackenzie P. Devlin, Matthew L. Schmidt, Jeffrey A. Yates
  • Patent number: 8810413
    Abstract: Detect a head position of a user viewing a display device with a sensor, determine a duration of the user viewing the display device, identify a user fatigue in response to the head position, and provide a response to the user with the display device based on the user fatigue and the duration of the user viewing the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Wong, Peter C. Ellis, Mark C. Solomon, Robert P. Bliven
  • Patent number: 8773269
    Abstract: A system, a method and an apparatus for autonomous monitoring, detecting and tracking of movement and orientation of a body or portion of a body. The apparatus comprises a device configured to monitor the translational and/or rotational movement of the body; and an altimeter configured to measure changes in height of the body. An alert condition is determined based on the translational and/or rotational movement of the body and changes in height of the body or portion of the body. The alert condition may comprise a hard fall event, a soft fall event, a susceptibility to a fall, or a near fall event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Neal T. Richardson, B. Eugene Parker, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140152443
    Abstract: A posture training device is immovably attached to a user's chest. On the exterior of the device, there are three LEDs, an ON/OFF button and a selector button. When the ON/OFF button is first pressed, the device boots to the ON state. A sensitivity level, indicated by one of the LEDs, is selected by momentarily pressing the selector button one to three times. A user presses and holds the central selector button, while standing or sitting in a desired posture position until he feels a vibration. The device locks on to the selected position one second after selector button release. Vibrational negative feedback is provided whenever the user slumps or slouches outside the limits permitted by the chosen sensitivity level. Vibrational positive feedback is provided when correct posture is reestablished. When the ON/OFF button is pressed again, the device shuts OFF.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Garrett L. Cammans, Lance J. Larson, Jeremy C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8742935
    Abstract: Methods, systems and non-transitory computer readable mediums that store instructions executable by one or more processors to perform a method for detecting a fallen person are presented. The present technique includes identifying a reference plane and a reference line in a designated space monitored using one or more range-controlled radars. These radars are coupled to one or more antennas configured to define fields of the range-controlled radars to one or more portions of the designated space, where at least one portion corresponds to the reference plane. The range-controlled radars detect presence of one or more parameters corresponding to a subject disposed in the designated space. The parameters, for example, include one or more physiological parameters and one or more motion parameters. The range-controlled radars then identify the subject as the fallen person if the one or more physiological parameters corresponding to the subject are detected proximate the reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Paul Edward Cuddihy, Jeffrey Michael Ashe, Corey Nicholas Bufi, Sahika Genc
  • Patent number: 8723676
    Abstract: A rehabilitation-assisting apparatus is provided in this disclosure. The rehabilitation-assisting apparatus includes at least one step-information sensing unit, an alert-signal generating unit and a processing unit. The step-information sensing unit can be worn on a user's lower limb. The step-information sensing unit senses and generates step information of the user. The processing unit builds connections with the step-information sensing unit and the alert-signal generating unit. The processing unit determines if the user is walking appropriately according to the step information of the user. The processing unit drives the alert-signal generating unit to generate an alert signal when the user is not walking appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: National Central University
    Inventors: Mu-Chun Su, Jhih-Jie Jhang, Tun-Ya Yu, Yi-Zeng Hsieh, Shih-Chieh Lin
  • Patent number: 8723677
    Abstract: A patient safety system including an adjustable bed and a patient monitoring system is disclosed herein. The adjustable bed can automatically adjust to a safe default configuration when the safety system detects that a care provider has left the patient's room or when the safety system detects that the patient is trying to leave the bed. The patient monitoring system can send an alert to the care provider and/or sound an alarm if the patient tries to leave the bed and a care provider is not present with the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventor: Massi Joe E. Kiani
  • Patent number: 8692675
    Abstract: Vibratory feedback systems and methods are disclosed. A vibratory feedback system includes a shoe adapted to be secured to a user's foot, a plurality of force sensors and vibration actuators mounted on the shoe, and a microprocessor affixed to the shoe. The force sensors are configured to sense forces exerted by the user's foot. The vibration actuators are configured to provide vibrations to the user's foot. The microprocessor is coupled to receive data from the plurality of force sensors, and is programmed to actuate the plurality of vibration actuators to provide a first characteristic vibration to the user's foot based on the sensed forces. A method of improving the gait of a user includes enabling the user to ambulate with the vibratory feedback system secured to the user's foot, and providing a first characteristic vibration to the user's foot based on the sensed forces using the vibratory feedback system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: University of Delaware
    Inventors: Sunil K. Agrawal, Kyle N. Winfree, David Hilgart
  • Patent number: 8681009
    Abstract: In one example, a process includes receiving a plurality of first communications and a plurality of second communications, each first communication capturing activity of a patient or other monitored person using a first device at a different time and each second communication capturing activity of the patient or other monitored person using a second device at a different time. The process includes identifying a macro trend for all monitored activity of the patient or other monitored person based on data taken from the first and second communications. The process includes comparing data taken from a new communication from at least one of the first and second devices to the identified macro trend. A caregiver may be notified according to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Pomdevices, LLC
    Inventor: Ajit Pendse
  • Patent number: 8674838
    Abstract: A walking assist device which allays uneasiness felt by a user when a wearable device actively applies torque to a leg. A walking assist device comprises a controller, a headphone and a wearable device attached to left and right legs. The wearable device has a sensor that detects motion of the user's leg and a motor that applies torque to a joint of the user's leg. The controller controls the wearable device such that the joint angle of the user follows a target pattern which represents time-dependent changes of a target joint angle. The controller specifies a change timing at which a time-dependent change of the target joint angle in the target pattern meets a predetermined condition, and informs the user, before the specified change timing, that the change timing is arriving. The uneasiness felt by the user when an actuator actively applies torque to the leg joint is allayed by informing the user of the motion before the actuator performs that motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Konishi, Hironao Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8665097
    Abstract: A fall indicating alarm system includes one or more fall sensors and at least one gas sensor coupled to a displaced alarm system which, responsive to an output from a fall sensor, generates an audible or visual alarm indicator. Both local and displaced alarm indicators can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen David Worthington, Sean Everett Stinson
  • Patent number: 8659433
    Abstract: A wearable computer determines unnatural movements of a head-mounted display (HMD) and triggers a locking mechanism. In one embodiment, the wearable computer receives movement data from one or more sensors and determines that the movement of the HMD is unnatural. In one embodiment, the wearable computer receives movement data from one or more sensors and determines that the HMD is being worn by an unauthorized user. In response to determining an unnatural movement and/or an unauthorized user wearing the HMD, the wearable computer triggers a locking mechanism, which can beneficially provide security measures for the wearable computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David Petrou
  • Patent number: 8643494
    Abstract: A postural state attitude monitoring, caution, and warning system includes a multiple axis accelerometer carried by a node for generating output signals that are a function of positional orientation of the node along a path of attitude displacement of the node extending from a reference position of the node to a caution position of the node, and from the caution position of the node to a warning position of the node, and a signal device operatively coupled to the multiple axis accelerometer for issuing a caution signal in response to a caution positional state of the node at the caution position of the node and distally therebeyond to inside of the warning position of the node, and for issuing a warning signal different from the caution signal in response to a warning positional state of the node at the warning position of the node and distally therebeyond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Steelhead Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: William G. Trout
  • Publication number: 20140028458
    Abstract: A content providing method in an electronic device includes reproducing an image of content; obtaining information regarding a posture of a user based on an image of the user; determining whether the posture of the user is acceptable based on the obtained information regarding the posture of the user; and controlling reproduction of the content according to a result of the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-yun SHIN, Youn-gun JUNG