Body-attached Or Connected Patents (Class 343/718)
  • Patent number: 11888216
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a wearable body that in use is worn on or proximate a skin of a wearer and a wearable antenna embedded in the wearable body and insulated from the wearable body. The wearable antenna includes a microwave dielectric substrate having a first major surface, a second major surface opposed to the first major surface, and a relative permittivity of at least 90. An electrically conductive patch is disposed on the first major surface, a feed line is connected to a feed point of the electrically conductive patch, and an electrically conductive ground plane is disposed on a far side of the second major surface relative to the first major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Kaveh Moussakhani
  • Patent number: 11870135
    Abstract: A resonant wearable antenna system includes a ground plane and an antenna structure positioned over the ground plane. The ground plane includes a first cloth substrate and an array of metamaterial (MTM) unit cells positioned on the substrate. At least one MTM unit cell includes four four-leaf-clover units arranged in a four-leaf-clover pattern and connected to a center unit. Each four-leaf-clover unit includes four leaf units arranged in a four-leaf-clover pattern and connected to a subcenter unit. The antenna structure includes a second cloth substrate and a conductive pattern positioned over the second cloth substrate. The antenna structure is configured to have a first resonant frequency below 1 GHz and a second resonant frequency higher than the first resonant frequency. The array of MTM unit cells is configured to reflect incident waves, from the antenna structure at the first resonant frequency and the second resonant frequency, in-phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
    Inventor: Gameel Saleh Mohammed Saleh
  • Patent number: 11831070
    Abstract: An antenna assembly includes: a wearable antenna including a conductive signal layer having a radiating surface; a feed conductive layer; and an insulating layer in between the conductive signal layer and the feed conductive layer, and wherein the conductive signal layer, the feed conductive layer, and the insulating layer are fabric-based, wherein the wearable antenna is shaped and sized to be embedded in a subject's clothing with sufficient flexibility to be stretched and bent as the subject implanted with a passive implantable stimulator device maintains routine daily activities, and wherein the wearable antenna is electrically tuned and configured to have the radiating surface of the conductive signal layer facing the subject's skin and a feed point of the feed conductive layer connecting to a controller such that the wearable antenna is non-inductively coupled to the implanted passive stimulator device to supply power the passive implantable stimulator device wirelessly and non-inductively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Curonix LLC
    Inventors: Richard LeBaron, Laura Tyler Perryman
  • Patent number: 11825392
    Abstract: A guest engagement system and associated methods provide seamless engagement with guests of facilities through the use of wireless sensing technologies. The system makes use of individual guest devices which are carried by guests and used to automatically identify and authenticate the guests throughout the facility. Services can thereby be seamlessly provided to the guests throughout the facility. The services include contact tracing, automatic unlocking of doors, including hotel or state room doors, based on the guests' immediate proximity to their assigned room's door. The services also include automated payment services provided at checkout or vending terminals, and automated log-on to interactive displays and portals, among others, based on secure wireless authentication of the guest devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: CARNIVAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Padgett, Michael G. Jungen, Douglas Steele, Kyle Prestenback, Richard J. Criado, Vince Ball, Adam Leonards, Glenn Curtis, Manny Vellon, Patrick Mendiuk, Sander Lam
  • Patent number: 11803162
    Abstract: Wearable electronic devices, such as watches, can provide a seal member to form a fluid barrier between an inner chamber therein and outer chambers, as well as an external environment. Components within the sealed inner chamber can be protected from elements from the external environment (e.g., water ingress, etc.). The components outside of the inner chamber can include sensor modules and the like. Such components can be operatively connected to components within the inner chamber, for example, by a flex circuit that extends across the seal member. The component can interact with a watchband when coupled to a watch housing of the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sameer Pandya, Daniel J. Hiemstra, Zaki Moustafa
  • Patent number: 11779772
    Abstract: An implantable medical device including a can, a feedthrough and an antenna assembly. The can includes a lead connector assembly, electronics, and a metal wall defining a hermetic sealed compartment. The electronics and lead connector assembly are located in the hermetic sealed compartment. The feedthrough extends through the metal wall between the hermetic sealed compartment and exterior the metal wall. The antenna assembly includes an antenna extending along the metal wall in a spaced-apart manner from the metal wall and encased in a dielectric material. The dielectric material occupies a space between the antenna and the metal wall. The antenna is electrically connected to the electronics via an RF conductor of the feedthrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Wisit Lim, Perry Li
  • Patent number: 11777196
    Abstract: Embodiments of a wireless communications antenna of a wearable electronic device, and method of its use are described herein. An apparatus can comprise a housing having top and bottom portions, a printed circuit board (PCB), a metal frame, and a band. The top portion of the housing can include an antenna element, which can be conductively coupled to the PCB. The metal frame can have a first coupler and a second coupler. The PCB can be disposed between, and not conductively coupled to, the housing and the metal frame. The band can have first and second end portions, which can be conductively coupled to the frame when removably coupled to the first coupler and second coupler, respectively. The antenna element, the metal frame, and the first and second end portions of the band can collectively define an antenna having an antenna profile when the antenna is operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Barking Labs Corp.
    Inventors: Robert J. Blake, Stephen L. Snyder, Shiann S. Yamin, Jonathan R. Bensamoun
  • Patent number: 11777216
    Abstract: One example discloses a near-field communications device, including: a near-field antenna; a conformal material having a first surface and a second surface; wherein the first surface is dielectrically coupled to the antenna; and wherein the second surface is configured to be galvanically coupled to a host-structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Anthony Kerselaers, Liesbeth Gommé
  • Patent number: 11750986
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hearing aid with an RF antenna arranged within the hearing aid's housing, and a loudspeaker positioned in the ear canal of the user. The RF antenna is configured to receive and/or transmit electromagnetic RF signals within a first frequency range enclosing a first frequency of resonance of the RF antenna corresponding to a first wavelength. The hearing aid further comprises one or more electric leads electrically connected to lead one or more electric signals within a second frequency range not overlapping the first frequency range between the loudspeaker in the ear canal of the user and an electronic circuit in the housing, with the one or more electrical leads being decoupled, at a connector end of the one or more electrical leads, by means of one or more decoupling components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Jens Troelsen, Oliver Sundberg, Kåre Tais Christensen, Henning Knak Poulsen
  • Patent number: 11729561
    Abstract: A hearing device adapted to be worn by a wearer comprises a shell configured for placement on an exterior surface of an ear of the wearer. The shell comprises a first end, a second end, a bottom, a top, and opposing sides, wherein the bottom, top, and opposing sides extend between the first and second ends. Circuitry is provided within the shell comprising at least a microphone, signal processing circuitry, radio circuitry, and a power source. A folded antenna is coupled to the radio circuitry and extends longitudinally along one of the bottom and the top and along the opposing sides between the first and second ends. The folded antenna encompasses at least some of the circuitry and forms an elongated gap between the opposing sides. The elongated gap faces the other of the bottom and the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhenchao Yang, Deepak Hosadurga, Karl Hilde, Beau Jay Polinske
  • Patent number: 11695213
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing and a circuit including an inductor and at least one capacitor in electrical communication with the inductor. The circuit has a resonance frequency and bounds a non-electrically-conductive region of the housing. The circuit is configured to be operable as an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Sören Nilsson
  • Patent number: 11684786
    Abstract: The disclosed technology provides systems and methods of communication between implanted medical devices, e.g., implanted pulse generators, and handheld consumer devices, e.g., smartphones, via standard wireless communication protocols, e.g., Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) operating in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Nevro Corp.
    Inventors: Prabdeep Sandhu, Bret Foreman
  • Patent number: 11651187
    Abstract: A reusable seal including an antenna, an opening sensor to sense the opening of a volume to be monitored and an electronic device coupled to the antenna and configured to communicate with a reader via the antenna. The electronic device is supplied with power only by the antenna when a reader is proximate to the antenna. The seal has a memory that may assume an active state or an inactive state. The seal is configured such that the memory may be activated only by the electronic device when the device is supplied with power to store an intact seal state in the memory, and the memory may be deactivated at any time when the opening sensor is actuated to store a non-intact seal state in the memory. The seal is configured to respond to a request from a reader regarding its state according to the memory state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: AIRBUS SAS
    Inventor: Benoit Salgues
  • Patent number: 11621475
    Abstract: A metal accessory having a non-contact communication function, includes: an integrated circuit element (IC chip) for control, capable of performing non-contact short-range wireless communication with an external terminal; a loop antenna with a predetermined length, having both ends connected respectively to both ends of the integrated circuit element for control; and a body part, which is made of a metal or precious metal material, is formed into a loop shape having a through hole formed through the center thereof, and has a slit formed by cutting a partial section of the loop. The integrated circuit element for control and the loop antenna are provided inside the body part, the loop antenna is wound several times along the loop-shaped body part, and a portion of the loop-shaped body part is completely cut by the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventors: Ji Su Jung, Yeon Jin Jung
  • Patent number: 11616289
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing including a front surface plate, a rear surface plate facing a direction opposite the front surface plate, and a side surface member surrounding a space between the front surface plate and the rear surface plate; at least one attachment member coupled to the side surface member, and removably fastened to a human body, the at least one attachment member including a first attachment member coupled to at least part of the side surface member, and a second attachment member coupled to a position of the side surface member facing the first attachment member; a substrate arranged in the space in parallel with the front surface plate; at least one wireless communication circuit arranged on the substrate; a first conductive pattern electrically connected with the wireless communication circuit, and arranged on the side surface member in proximity to the first attachment member; a second conductive pattern arranged on the side surface member in proximity to the second attachment
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventors: Jungho Ahn, Kiyoung Kwon, Boram Namgoong
  • Patent number: 11600907
    Abstract: A portable computing device includes an antenna within its housing structure for wireless connectivity, where an upper partition of the housing structure is used to construct an antenna plane, and a ground plane is incorporated into a lower partition of the housing structure. In some cases, the antenna is capable of maintaining wireless connectivity over a wide frequency band. Some embodiments include a device mount external to the upper partition and the lower partition of the housing structure that enables mounting the portable computing device to another entity, such as a user. In some cases, the device mount is external to the antenna used by the portable computing device, and does not include any portions of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Katherine Coles, Michael Russell, Robert DeGroot, Eric Krenz
  • Patent number: 11546706
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an RF antenna adapted to receive and/or transmit electromagnetic RF signals within a first frequency range enclosing a first frequency of resonance of the RF antenna, the RF antenna comprising: an electrically conductive antenna element having a feed for electrically connecting to an RF transmitter and/or an RF receiver; an electronic component adapted to receive and/or provide one or more electric signals from/to an electronic circuit within a second frequency range not overlapping the first frequency range; and one or more electric leads electrically connected to lead the one or more electric signals between the electronic component and the electronic circuit, each of the one or more electric leads being electrically connected to the electronic circuit through a respective inductor adapted to reflect and/or attenuate signals within the first frequency range and pass signals within the second frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Jens Troelsen, Oliver Sundberg, Kåre Tais Christensen, Henning Knak Poulsen
  • Patent number: 11515612
    Abstract: A portable satellite antenna (1) includes radiating elements (2), made of flexible shape memory material, attached to a main body (3) acting as a handle. In operation (W) of the antenna elements (2) are arranged in a fan-like radial pattern (X). When not operational (H) they are folded in a position (R) in which they adhere to the main body (3). For the definition and maintenance of the radiating elements (2) in the folded position (R), means of stabilization (4) are provided, such as a cap (40) or a band (41), or even a collar (42) or a sleeve (43), to be associated, in a fixed or removable way, to the main body (3) and radiating elements (2), which are capable of spontaneously returning to the fan-like radial configuration (X), corresponding to operation (W) of the antenna (1), as a result of the removal/opening of the means of stabilization (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Enrico Ghezzo, Antonello Giovannelli
  • Patent number: 11495876
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems for a modular eyewear antenna assembly, are disclosed. One modular eyewear antenna assembly includes an eyewear housing including a front frame and a pair of eyewear temple arms, wherein a physical size and shape of each of the temple arms is selectable from a plurality eyewear assembly SKU sizes and shapes, a printed circuit board (PCB) including a controller and a radio, wherein the PCB extends along at least one of the temple arms, wherein the PCB has a fixed size that is adapted for placement within one of the temple arms, and a modular antenna structure including a planar antenna, wherein the modular antenna structure interfaces with the PCB for providing a wireless propagation path for the radio, wherein the modular antenna structure has a fixed size that is adapted for placement along with the PCB within one of the temple arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Meta Platforms, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Potens, Ce Zhang, Jennifer Davis-Wilson, Andriy Pletenetskyy, Bruno Cendon Martin, Geng Ye, Peter Eli Renner
  • Patent number: 11463825
    Abstract: A hearing instrument includes: a microphone for providing a first audio signal; a signal processor for processing the first audio signal into a second audio signal compensating a hearing loss of a user of the hearing instrument; a speaker connected to an output of the signal processor for converting the second audio signal into an output sound signal; a wireless communication unit configured for wireless data communication; and an antenna for electromagnetic field emission and/or reception, the antenna having a first antenna element and additional antenna elements, the first antenna element having a first branch and a second branch being connected with the wireless communication unit, the first branch having a first connecting region and the second branch having a second connecting region; wherein one or each of the additional antenna elements interconnects the first connecting region and the second connecting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventor: Soren Kvist
  • Patent number: 11402929
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an electronic pen mainboard and an electronic pen. The electronic pen mainboard includes a mainboard ground, a ground line, a radio frequency signal feeder line, an antenna and a radio frequency chip. The antenna includes a radiating part distributed in an S shape; a ground part connected with the radiating part and connected with the mainboard ground through the ground line; and a transceiving part connected with the radiating part and connected with the radio frequency chip through the radio frequency signal feeder line. On a plane where the mainboard ground is located, the ground line is perpendicular to the radio frequency signal feeder line. The radio frequency chip is responsible for radio communication to realize remote wireless connection and control of each function; and the antenna is responsible for transmitting and receiving a radio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Yang, Tao Li, Enhui Guan
  • Patent number: 11366431
    Abstract: A multi-function input interface for an electronic device. The multi-function input interface including a conductive portion to transceive a signal through the input interface. The input interface includes a positional element to detect a user input to the input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Aycan Erentok, Rajashree Raji Baskaran
  • Patent number: 11351380
    Abstract: A wireless implantable neuromuscular stimulator includes an antenna for producing an induced current in response to being disposed in an electromagnetic field. The antenna includes a substrate having an upper surface and a lower surface. An upper coil including a plurality of coil turns is disposed on the upper surface of the substrate. A lower coil including a plurality of coil turns is disposed on the lower surface of the substrate. The upper and lower coils are electrically connected to each other in parallel. The parallel connection can be facilitated by a plurality of connectors that extend through the substrate and electrically connect the upper coil to the lower coil. In one example configuration, connectors connect each coil turn of the upper coil to a corresponding turn of the lower coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: XII MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony V. Caparso, Josh Nickols, Steven M. Young
  • Patent number: 11355863
    Abstract: A display device includes: a substrate having a display area and a non-display area at a periphery of the display area; at least one unit antenna disposed in the non-display area on the substrate and having a coplanar wave guide structure; and a communication circuit unit transmitting and receiving a communication signal with the at least one unit antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lae-Bong Jang, Soo-In Jo
  • Patent number: 11303983
    Abstract: A wearable audio device in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present technology includes an earpiece, a speaker, an antenna, and processing circuitry. The earpiece includes a housing within which the speaker and the processing circuitry are disposed. The antenna conformably extends along a perimeter portion of the housing. The processing circuitry is configured to receive audio content from an audio player via the antenna. The processing circuitry is also configured to generate sound corresponding to the audio content via the speaker. The antenna is exposed and is not a loop antenna. The audio device also includes a circuit board supporting at least some of the processing circuitry within the housing. The audio content travels from the antenna to the circuit board without travelling through any flexible wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: New Audio LLC
    Inventor: Drew Stone Briggs
  • Patent number: 11303125
    Abstract: A controllable electrical outlet may comprise a resonant loop antenna. The resonant loop antenna may comprise a feed loop electrically coupled to a radio-frequency (RF) communication circuit and a main loop magnetically coupled to the feed loop. The controllable electrical outlet may comprise one or more electrical receptacles configured to receive a plug of a plug-in electrical load and may be configured to control power delivered to the plug-in electrical load in response to an RF signal received via the RF communication circuit. The RF performance of the controllable electrical outlet may be substantially immune to devices plugged into the receptacles (e.g., plugs, power supplies, etc.) due to the operation of the resonant loop antenna. For example, degradation of the RF performance of the controllable electrical outlet may be less when the controllable electrical outlet includes the resonant loop antenna rather than other types of antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bollinger, Jr., Dragan Veskovic
  • Patent number: 11294473
    Abstract: Embodiments of electronic wristwatches are disclosed. According to one embodiment, an electronic wristband can provide additional electrical circuitry or devices that can be made available for use as or with an electronic device. In one embodiment, the electronic device can be a mobile electronic device that can be removably coupled to the electronic wristband which provides the additional circuitry or devices. Advantageously, the electronic device can utilize the additional electrical circuitry or devices provided within the electronic wristband to augment the capabilities of the electronic device. In another embodiment, the electronic device can be integrally formed with the electronic wristband which provides the additional circuitry or devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Golko, Mathias W. Schmidt, Felix J. Alvarez
  • Patent number: 11271291
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises a housing, a frame, a location determining element, and a first antenna. The housing includes an internal cavity, a lower wall configured to contact a wearer's wrist, and a first side wall coupled to the lower wall. The first side wall includes an inner surface. The frame has a second side wall which includes an outer surface. The frame is positioned within the housing such that the internal cavity is formed partly by the lower wall and the second side wall. The location determining element is configured to determine a current geolocation of the electronic device based on a location signal. The first antenna is configured to receive the location signal. The first antenna is positioned between the inner surface of the first side wall and the outer surface of the second side wall and extends along a first portion of the perimeter of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hanshew, Abu T. Sayem, Yaoxuan Han
  • Patent number: 11263893
    Abstract: A wearable device may receive a model from a second device. The model may include an event criterion. The wearable device may determine data indicative of an event associated with a user. The wearable device may determine, based on a comparison of the data to the model, an occurrence of the event. The wearable device may initiate, based on the occurrence of the event, a communication session with a third device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Alan Rothschild, Ron Lev, Kay Raffi, Paul Phipps
  • Patent number: 11258175
    Abstract: A wearable device comprises wireless communication means and a patch antenna that is coupled to said wireless communication means to receive and/or transmit electromagnetic radiation. Said patch antenna comprises a planar patch conductor and a planar ground conductor that are separated by a dielectric in between said patch conductor and said ground conductor while at least partially overlapping with one another. The device comprises a core inside a shell and comprises at least part of said communication means within said core. Said shell comprises a first shell part and a second shell part opposite said first shell part, wherein said first shell part and said second shell part are at least partially separated by said dielectric. Said first shell part comprises said patch conductor and said second shell part comprises said ground conductor. Said first shell part and said second shell part together form said patch antenna. The wearable device particularly is a piece of jewellery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: SMARTLINE B.V.
    Inventor: Dmytro Borysovytch Poltavtsev
  • Patent number: 11245286
    Abstract: A power receiving device of a contactless power supply configured in a wearable electronic device having a main body coupled to a wearing member, can include: a power receiving antenna including one or more coils at least partially disposed on the wearing member; and where wires of the receiving coils extend substantially along a surface of a wearing member to form a coil turn that crosses through the surface of the wearing member or a surface of the main body in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Chen Zhao, Wang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11233317
    Abstract: A portable computing device includes an antenna within its housing structure for wireless connectivity, where an upper partition of the housing structure is used to construct an antenna plane, and a ground plane is incorporated into a lower partition of the housing structure. In some cases, the antenna is capable of maintaining wireless connectivity over a wide frequency band. Some embodiments include a device mount external to the upper partition and the lower partition of the housing structure that enables mounting the portable computing device to another entity, such as a user. In some cases, the device mount is external to the antenna used by the portable computing device, and does not include any portions of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Katherine Coles, Michael Russell, Robert DeGroot, Eric Krenz
  • Patent number: 11219411
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring lung water content of a patient. The system may include microwave sensors and a processor. The system may transmit microwave signals into, and receive microwave signals from, the thorax of a patient using the microwave sensors. The received microwave signals may each have at least one frequency component with a magnitude and a phase. The system may analyze the phase of the received microwave signal corresponding to a first pair of the microwave signals to monitor changes in the lung water content. The system may analyze the magnitude of the received microwave signal corresponding to a second, different pair of the microwave sensors to determine whether the lung water content is increasing or decreasing. The system may also analyze the received microwave signals to determine a blood pressure indicator and to determine lung water content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: University of Hawaii
    Inventors: Magdy F. Iskander, Ruthsenne R. G. Perron
  • Patent number: 11218816
    Abstract: A hearing instrument includes: a microphone for providing a first audio signal; a signal processor for processing the first audio signal into a second audio signal compensating a hearing loss of a user of the hearing instrument; a speaker connected to an output of the signal processor for converting the second audio signal into an output sound signal; a wireless communication unit configured for wireless data communication; and an antenna for electromagnetic field emission and/or reception, the antenna having a first antenna element and additional antenna elements, the first antenna element having a first branch and a second branch being connected with the wireless communication unit, the first branch having a first connecting region and the second branch having a second connecting region; wherein one or each of the additional antenna elements interconnects the first connecting region and the second connecting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Soren Kvist
  • Patent number: 11196149
    Abstract: A wearable device comprises a body (1) and an outer casing (2) detachably mounted on the body (1). The body (1) is provided therein with a first printed circuit board (PCB) and a body antenna connected to each other, and the first PCB is provided thereon with a control circuit. The outer casing (2) is provided thereon with an outer casing antenna (201), and when the outer casing (2) and the body (1) are assembled, the outer casing antenna (201) is connected to the first PCB. The control circuit controls switching between the outer casing antenna (201) and the body antenna to use the outer casing antenna (201) or the body antenna as a working antenna. Also provided are an outer casing and a method for controlling an antenna of a wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Yan Li, Xinghui Jin, Yuge Zhu
  • Patent number: 11196176
    Abstract: A radiation element, as well as an antenna unit and an antenna array thereof. The radiation element includes a metal radiation sheet, a plastic support structure, and a feeding balun. The antenna unit further includes a feeding network. Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) technology is used to manufacture the radiation element, the antenna unit and the antenna array thereof, eliminating metal reflection sheets; further surface mount technology (SMT) is employed to weld the antenna unit and the feeding network together, the antenna being light-weight and simple to assemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: TONGYU COMMUNICATION INC.
    Inventors: Wei Zhao, Wenlan Wang, Zhonglin Wu, Zhuofeng Gao
  • Patent number: 11179220
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for localizing lesions within a patient's body, e.g., within a breast. The system may include one or more markers implantable within or around the target tissue region, and a probe for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic signals to detect the one or more markers. During use, the marker(s) are into a target tissue region, and the probe is placed against the patient's skin to detect and localize the marker(s). A tissue specimen, including the lesion and the marker(s), is then removed from the target tissue region based at least in part on the localization information from the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cianna Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eduardo Chi Sing, Tommy G. Nguyen, Luis Urquidi
  • Patent number: 11158935
    Abstract: Ear-worn devices may include one or more structural elements formed of high-dielectric material. The position and shape of the structural element may be selected relative to an antenna of the ear-worn device to provide specific enhancements of the electric and/or magnetic field generated by the antenna. The structural elements may include a host resin material and a plurality of dielectric material elements. The structural elements may have an effective dielectric constant greater than 5. One or more loading strips may be used to tune a resonating structure formed by the antenna and the structural elements. The antenna may be an antenna array with structural elements disposed between elements of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Murray, Janet Marie Glenn, Zhenchao Yang
  • Patent number: 11158946
    Abstract: A dual loop antenna is provided which can clearly set a boundary of a communication area and create a well-balanced communication area. A dual loop antenna includes a first loop antenna and a second loop antenna. The first loop antenna and the second loop antenna are formed on an x-y plane. The center of the first loop antenna and the center of the second loop antenna are located at positions on an x-axis at the same distance from the point of origin being the center of the dual loop antenna. A phase difference between currents flowing on the first loop antenna and the second loop antenna, respectively, is a value in a range from 130 degrees to 230 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ai-ichiro Sasaki, Junichi Kodate, Jumpei Fuke, Hiroki Okada, Hiroko Okuyama
  • Patent number: 11152096
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a detection system and a detection method for intravenous injection leakage. The detection system for intravenous injection leakage, includes a detection module, configured to detect a status parameter of a skin at an acupuncture point; and an analysis module, configured to acquire the status parameter, and to determine whether the intravenous injection leakage happens or not depending on the status parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhenglong Li, Lijie Zhang
  • Patent number: 11144015
    Abstract: An antenna device including a case main body made of synthetic resin, an antenna made of metal and provided on an upper portion of the case main body so as to receive radio waves, an electronic component provided on a side portion of the case main body, and a protective connection member which includes a protection section which protects the electronic component and a connection section which is connected to the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Sano, Daisuke Uematsu, Yohei Kawaguchi, Tatsumi Ichimura, Takumi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11095021
    Abstract: A wearable device including an outer housing including first, second, and side surfaces, wherein a metal frame is formed on at least a portion of the side surface, a display, a printed circuit board (PCB), a communication circuit disposed on the PCB, and a ground area provided in the PCB, wherein a metal frame is electrically connected to the communication circuit at a first point of the metal frame and is selectively connected to the ground area at a second point of the metal frame, and wherein the communication circuit is configured to transmit and/or receive a signal in a first frequency band by a first electrical path formed if the second point is not connected to the ground area, and transmit and/or receive a signal in a second frequency band by a second electrical path formed if the second point is connected to the ground area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Sang Bong Sung, Woo Suk Kang, Se Woong Kim, Chae Up Yoo, Jae Bong Chun
  • Patent number: 11056774
    Abstract: A variable tuning transceiver sealed in a protective housing, such as a bolus, is adjusted to transmit a near optimally tuned signal at a select frequency while in vivo in an animal. More specifically, the variable tuning transceiver provides a plurality of incident power transmissions over an antenna at a plurality of corresponding different capacitance levels as defined by a variable tuning circuit in the transceiver. A detector circuit, also in the transceiver, detects reflected power for each of the incident power transmissions conditioned at each capacitance level which is affected by the dielectric constant in the animal and any mismatches in the antenna. Each reflected power can then be stored in nontransient memory in the transceiver whereby the microprocessor, also in the transceiver, can select the capacitance level with the lowest reflected power found and therefore the strongest external signal from the capacitance levels sampled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Herdstrong
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Matlin, Scott David Dalgleish
  • Patent number: 11024135
    Abstract: A haptic button assembly may be used for detecting inputs and providing haptic outputs at an electronic device. The haptic outputs may be provided in response to detected inputs or in response to other conditions at the electronic device. The haptic button assembly may define an input surface along an exterior of the electronic device. Inputs may be provided to the input surface of the haptic button assembly. An input may include a touch input on or along the input surface and/or a force input directed substantially perpendicularly to the input surface. The haptic button assembly may provide a haptic output by moving an input member of the haptic button assembly laterally (e.g., substantially parallel to the input surface).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jared P. Ostdiek, Jesse P. Harris, Richard H. Koch
  • Patent number: 11011915
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a wireless connector system are described. The system has a transmitter module and a receiver module that are configured to wirelessly transmit electrical energy and/or data via near field magnetic coupling. The wireless connector system is designed to increase the amount of wirelessly transmitted electrical power over a greater separation distance. The system is configured with various sensing circuits that alert the system to the presence of the receiver module to begin transfer of electrical power as well as undesirable objects and increased temperature that could interfere with the operation of the system. The wireless connector system is a relatively small foot print that is designed to be surface mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NuCurrent, Inc.
    Inventors: Vinit Singh, Pavel Shostak, Jason Luzinski, Glenn E Riese, Robert Giometti, Oleg Los
  • Patent number: 11010653
    Abstract: A wearable article, system, and method includes a structure configured to enclose a body part, a first antenna, in a first position on or within the structure, tuned to communicate according to a wireless communication modality through air, a second antenna, in a second position on or within the structure, tuned to communicate according to the wireless communication modality through the body part, the first antenna being tuned differently than the second antenna, and a transceiver, operatively coupled to at least one of the first antenna and the second antenna, configured to communicate with an external antenna via the at least one of the first and second antennas according to the wireless communication modality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Holii Pheil
  • Patent number: 10956804
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a first holder configured for removably receiving a first transponder and a radio frequency coupling unit. The radio frequency coupling unit includes a coupling portion and an antenna portion connected to the coupling portion. The coupling portion is configured for contactless coupling of the radio frequency coupling unit to the first transponder received by the first holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: LINXENS HOLDING
    Inventor: Marc Schnippering
  • Patent number: 10950932
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing with metal sidewalls. One of the metal sidewalls may have an opening. The electronic device may have a speaker module that has a speaker housing member. Conductive structures on the speaker housing member may have an opening that forms a slot element. The opening of the metal sidewall may be aligned with slot element. The slot element and an interior cavity of the speaker housing member may form a cavity-backed slot antenna. An antenna feed structure may be disposed at the opening of the speaker housing member. An antenna feed may be directly coupled to the antenna feed structure. The antenna feed structure may indirectly feed the slot antenna resonating element by capacitive coupling. A sealing member may be disposed at the opening of the metal sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ruaro, Eduardo Jorge Da Costa Bras Lima, Mario Martinis, Dimitrios Papantonis, Jayesh Nath, Mattia Pascolini
  • Patent number: 10916950
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a wireless connector system are described. The system has a transmitter module and a receiver module that are configured to wirelessly transmit electrical energy and/or data via near field magnetic coupling. The wireless connector system is designed to increase the amount of wirelessly transmitted electrical power over a greater separation distance. The system is configured with various sensing circuits that alert the system to the presence of the receiver module to begin transfer of electrical power as well as undesirable objects and increased temperature that could interfere with the operation of the system. The wireless connector system is a relatively small foot print that is designed to be surface mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NuCurrent, Inc.
    Inventors: Vinit Singh, Pavel Shostak, Jason Luzinski, Glenn E Riese, Robert Giometti, Oleg Los
  • Patent number: 10877441
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece (35) provided with a dial (1) and/or a bezel (2) comprising a near field communication device (4) able to receive/send a signal, said communication device (4) being arranged in the area of the dial (1) or the bezel (1) of said timepiece (35) and being associated with a magnetic screen (8), especially one made of ferrite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: BULGARI HORLOGERIE SA
    Inventor: Jérôme David