Food Patents (Class 434/127)
  • Patent number: 11373545
    Abstract: Described herein are kits and methods for identifying the likelihood of having a food sensitivity or intolerance, and determining dietary modifications accordingly. For example, the likelihood of having sensitivities, intolerances or allergies to gluten, lactose, FODMAPs and others tested and calculated. Additionally, diet modifications can be determined according to the likelihood of particular sensitivities, and the effectiveness of diet modifications can be evaluated by monitoring of meals and subsequent symptoms, and evaluating the monitoring information. Through application of the methods herein, dietary intake and symptom data may be collected and aggregated to evaluate the effect or desirability of particular foods on a population of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Inventors: Brennan Spiegel, William D. Chey
  • Patent number: 11354607
    Abstract: An iterative process for cognitive assessment of generated work products relies on a variety of assessors providing different granularities such as coarse, medium and fine, in combination with user guidance. A cognitive system generates candidates based on soft constraints such as user preferences. The candidates are analyzed using first assessors to compute preliminary scores which are ranked and presented to a user. Based on user selection/adjustment, the system generates a final work product which is analyzed using second assessors, and presents the final work product and final scores to the user. There may be multiple iterations of the user adjustment and refined presentation of final work products. The invention may be consummated by receiving confirmation of the final work product from the user, and taking some action such as electronically completing a purchase of a product or electronically reserving a third-party service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Carmine DiMascio, Christian Ewen, Florian Pinel
  • Patent number: 11348479
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for improving the accuracy of nutritional responses measured in a non-clinical setting. Using the technologies described herein, different techniques can be utilized to improve the accuracy of test data associated with one or more “at home” tests. In some examples, more than one test is utilized to improve the accuracy of test data associated with a particular biomarker. In other examples, a data accuracy service can programmatically analyze data received from an individual and determine whether the data is accurate. In some examples, a computing device is utilized to assist in determining what food item(s) are consumed, as well as determine whether a test protocol was followed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Zoe Limited
    Inventors: George Hadjigeorgiou, Jonathan Thomas Wolf, Richard James Davies
  • Patent number: 11335089
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a food detection and identification method based on deep learning, which realizes food positioning and identification by a deep convolutional network. The method comprises: firstly, training a general multi target positioning network and a classification network by using food pictures; secondly, inputting the results of the positioning network into the classification network; finally, providing a classification result by the classification network. The method uses two deep convolutional networks with different functions to respectively detect and identify the food, which can effectively reduce the labeling cost of the food and improve the accuracy of positioning and identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Jiping Xiong, Lingfeng Ye, Lingyun Zhu, Jinhong Li
  • Patent number: 11322235
    Abstract: We disclose a digital vaccine system which presents a user-driven avatar with tasks that test the avatar's physical fitness and food offerings at various stages. The avatar's appearance is responsive to the avatar's performance on the tasks and selection of the food offerings. The digital vaccine system uses deep learning systems to configure and update its parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Bhargav Sri Prakash
  • Patent number: 11322241
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems and methods for processing information related to nutrient intake of a user associated with a user device. The method performed by a server system includes receiving a request to register the user with the server system through a health application installed on the user device. The method includes extracting user information from one or more sources and creating a user profile based on the user information. The method includes determining at least one nutrient for recommending to the user. The at least one nutrient is determined based on the user information. Further, the method includes comparing two or more products including the at least one nutrient. The method further includes facilitating a display of the comparison of at least a quantity of each ingredient in the two or more products on the health application installed on the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Nonstop Evolving Corp.
    Inventor: Sami Choura
  • Patent number: 11321583
    Abstract: An image annotating method includes: acquiring an image collected at a terminal; acquiring voice information associated with the image; annotating the image according to the voice information; and storing an annotated result of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: CLOUDMINDS ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shiguo Lian, Zhaoxiang Liu, Ning Wang, Yibing Nan
  • Patent number: 11311135
    Abstract: Image analysis for comparison utilizes a combined image distance determined between the one or more captured images and the one or more reference images from a dual path analysis. The dual path analysis can comprise a first image analysis based on histograms of image colors and a second image analysis based a one-dimensional power spectral density of a black and white instance of the one or more captured images and the one or more reference images. In one case, the one-dimensional power spectral density derived by integrating a Discrete Fourier Transform of a two-dimensional image over annular rings of substantially equal area starting from the center of the two-dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Prashant Choudhary
  • Patent number: 11295860
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for using standardized meals and digital devices can be utilized outside a clinical setting to assist in determining/predicting one or more clinical states associated with one or more individuals. Using the technologies described herein, different techniques can be utilized to for using nutritional response measurements. For example, response measurements can be obtained for two fat meals instead of a single fat meal. Data associated with a circadian rhythm (e.g., sleep times, awake times) can also be utilized to improve the accuracy of the measured biomarkers. In other examples, biome data and other data can be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Zoe Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Thomas Wolf, Richard James Davies, George Hadjigeorgiou
  • Patent number: 11238960
    Abstract: A system, method and computer readable memory for determining journalist risk of a dataset using population equivalence class distribution estimation. The dataset may be a cross-sectional data set or a longitudinal dataset. The determine risk of identification can be determined and used in de-identification process of the dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Privacy Analytics Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Korte, Luk Arbuckle, Andrew Baker, Khaled El Emam, Sean Rose
  • Patent number: 11232259
    Abstract: A system for personal recipe generation, the system including a computing device, the computing device configured to receive a target profile relating to a user, wherein the target profile identifies a nutrient target computed for a measured time interval; locate in a lexicon of ingredients, a first ingredient identifier including a first ingredient impact and a first semantic unit; compare the first ingredient impact to the target profile; and generate a personal recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: KPN INNOVATIONS, LLC.
    Inventor: Kenneth Neumann
  • Patent number: 11227673
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for deriving a dietary plan. In one embodiment, the method comprises enabling a user to enter a long-term dietary goal at a health tracking device; accessing user profile information relating to the user; generating at least one value representative of a short-term dietary goal for the user based at least in part on the long-term dietary goal and the user profile information; dividing the at least one value of the short-term dietary goal among a plurality of dietary portions; and enabling the user to adjust the relative amount of the at least one value apportioned to each of the plurality of dietary portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: MyFitnessPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Chul Lee, Angela Hsiao
  • Patent number: 11183080
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for generating personalized nutritional recommendations using predicted values of target biomarkers. Using the technologies described herein, a programmatic analysis is performed on different data to predict values of target biomarkers that are associated with an individual. Personalized nutritional recommendations are then generated, using the predicted values, and provided to the individual. The predictions are based on data that is associated with the individual, such as microbiome data, ketone data, glucose data, nutritional data, questionnaire data, and the like. A prediction service can utilize a machine learning mechanism to generate the predicted value of the target biomarkers. A nutrition service utilizes the predicted value of the target biomarkers when generating the personalized nutritional recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Zoe Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Thomas Wolf, George Hadjigeorgiou, Richard James Davies
  • Patent number: 11183291
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for generating personalized nutritional recommendations using predicted values of target biomarkers. Using the technologies described herein, a programmatic analysis is performed on different data to predict values of target biomarkers that are associated with an individual. Personalized nutritional recommendations are then generated, using the predicted values, and provided to the individual. The predictions are based on data that is associated with the individual, such as microbiome data, ketone data, glucose data, nutritional data, questionnaire data, and the like. A prediction service can utilize a machine learning mechanism to generate the predicted value of the target biomarkers. A nutrition service utilizes the predicted value of the target biomarkers when generating the personalized nutritional recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Zoe Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Thomas Wolf, George Hadjigeorgiou, Richard James Davies
  • Patent number: 11164477
    Abstract: The present concerns systems, methods and computer program products for promoting the mindful consumption of a resource. A method for promoting the mindful consumption of a resource in accordance with one embodiment comprises interacting with a device to enter an initial state, receiving data indicative of a magnitude and direction of acceleration of the device and determining if the received data exceeds a threshold. If the received data exceeds the threshold, the device transitions to a secondary state, causing initiation of a timer. Upon expiration of the timer, the device transitions back to the initial state. According to one embodiment, transitioning from the initial state to the secondary state comprises darkening a first LED, e.g., a green LED, and illuminating a second LED, e.g., a red LED. Likewise transitioning from the secondary state to the initial state may comprise darkening the second LED and illuminating the first LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Julian Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 11135230
    Abstract: The invention provides lipid compositions comprising phospholipids having a high docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) content, which compositions are preferably extracted from natural sources. The lipid compositions are excellent sources of highly bioavailable DHA and they can be used in oral delivery vehicles, dietary supplements, functional foods, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Arctic Nutrition AS
    Inventors: Hogne Hallaraker, Jan Remmereit, Alvin Berger
  • Patent number: 11107368
    Abstract: A mobile communication system based on digital content including images and video that may be acquired, processed, and displayed using a plurality of mobile device, smartphones, and tablet computers. The system enables a variety of priority of systems for interactions between the devices including network servers, wearable devices and appliances. The priority of systems includes various wireless communication of data and telephony between devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Sanjay K Rao, Sunil K Rao, Rekha K Rao
  • Patent number: 11087749
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for human-machine interfaces for improving machine understanding and fulfillment of utterance-based requests provided via the interfaces. Multiple candidate understandings from multiple stages of a natural language processing flow are preserved for arbitration and choosing by an arbitrator that applies arbitration rules to the plurality of candidates and chooses a single candidate for initiation of a corresponding service. In an embodiment, the arbitrator uses a media content taste profile to choose a candidate understanding for initiation of a corresponding service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Kurt Jacobson, Ben Lambert, Marcus Isaksson
  • Patent number: 11080775
    Abstract: Embodiments for recommending meals by a processor. A collaboration of data capturing a plurality of factors of a group user profile for each user in a group of users may be received for aiding in recommending one or more meals. The one or more meals may be recommended for the group of users according to the group user profile such that the recommending balances a satisfaction level for the one or more meals for the group of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Oznur Alkan, Adi I. Botea, Akihiro Kishimoto, Radu Marinescu
  • Patent number: 11048939
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identifying health trends via the identification of ambiguous food items via container identification may be provided by: receiving an image captured from a user device that includes a food item; identifying a food container present in the image; identifying a utensil present in the image; determining a cluster of food items from a food recognition database corresponding to the food container and to the utensil; selecting a candidate food item from the cluster based on a confidence score of the candidate food item matching the food item; and adding the candidate food item to a dietary log associated with the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fang Lu, Italo Buleje, Jingwei Yang, Piyush Madan, Rachita Chandra, Shilpa N. Mahatma, Sundar Saranathan
  • Patent number: 11049603
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a procreant nourishment program comprises a computing device configured to obtain a procreant marker as a function of a procreant system, identify a procreant fascicle as a function of the procreant marker, wherein identifying comprises receiving an ilk parameter as a function of a biological database, retrieving a procreant functional goal, and identifying the procreant fascicle using a procreant machine-learning model, produce a procreant enumeration as a function of the procreant fascicle using an enumeration machine-learning model, determine a procreant appraisal as a function of the procreant enumeration, wherein determining comprises receiving a safe range as a function of a procreant recommendation, and determining the procreant appraisal as a function of the procreant enumeration and safe range, ascertain an edible as a function of the procreant appraisal, and generate a nourishment program as a function of the edible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: KPN INNOVATIONS, LLC.
    Inventor: Kenneth Neumann
  • Patent number: 11037669
    Abstract: The disclosed system calculates a single score for a consumable that indicates the nutritional health of that consumable. Nutritional health in one embodiment is an indication of whether nutrients within a consumable are within a healthy range that is specific to a user based on a recommended caloric intake. The system determines the impact on the individual's nutritional health by determining whether the nutritional content of a consumable falls within a range customized to the individual. The disclosed system thus tracks and displays the impact of consumables on individuals personalized nutritional requirements. The disclosed system also generates nutritional advice, enabling the individual to discover the impact of changes to nutritional habits on the individual's overall nutritional health. In an embodiment, the disclosed system determines and displays consumables that would need to be consumed to meet an individual's nutritional health needs over a specified period, such as in a given day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Societe Des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Soren Solari
  • Patent number: 11024410
    Abstract: A muscle condition change determination apparatus includes a circuit. The circuit configures: a change information acquisition unit; and a type determination unit. The change information acquisition unit acquires change information indicating changes in a plurality of muscle indicators. The type determination unit determines the type of change in a muscle condition according to the change information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: TANITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoko Takehara, Satsuki Yukino, Tomoka Shimizu, Masataka Takesada
  • Patent number: 11010564
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for fine-grained affective states prediction. The computer-implemented method creates training data comprising content conveying emotions. The method creates a trained model by performing an emotion vector space model training process using the training data to train a model using a feed forward neural network that converts discrete emotions into emotion vector representations. The trained model can be used to predict fine-grained affective states for text conveying an emotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Zhe Liu, Jalal Mahmud, Anbang Xu, Yufan Guo, Haibin Liu, Rama Kalyani T. Akkiraju
  • Patent number: 10952670
    Abstract: A meal detection method executed by a processor of a computer, the meal detection method includes acquiring first sensing data from a first sensor configured to detect a motion of an arm of a target person; acquiring second sensing data from a second sensor configured to detect a heart rate of the target person; setting a motion section in which a specific motion by the arm of the target person is executed at least twice or more based on the first sensing data; and determining whether a meal is performed in a section including at least a portion of the motion section, based on the second sensing data corresponding to the motion section and learning information corresponding to a unit motion of the specific motion at a time of the meal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Tatsuya Mori, Kazuho Maeda, Shinji Hotta, Akihiro Inomata
  • Patent number: 10942932
    Abstract: A system and method of providing food-related information is provided. The method includes receiving a user-generated food-related query regarding at least one food, accessing, in response to the query, at least one computer database having a plurality of nutrition values indicative of an amount per calorie in the food member of a corresponding substance, calculating a nutrition quotient for each food member, and transmitting, in response to the query, the nutrition quotients for the food members of the at least one selected table, to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Everything Food, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Edwin Doble, Peter B. Balsells
  • Patent number: 10909700
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus and method are provided. The image processing apparatus includes: a memory configured to store at least one instruction, and a processor electrically connected to the memory, wherein the processor, by executing the at least one instruction, is configured to: apply an input image to a training network model; and apply, to a pixel block included in the input image, a texture patch corresponding to the pixel block to obtain an output image, wherein the training network model stores a plurality of texture patches corresponding to a plurality of classes classified based on a characteristic of an image, and is configured to train at least one texture patch, among the plurality of texture patches, based on the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyungjun Lim, Youngsu Moon, Taegyoung Ahn
  • Patent number: 10872428
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus and method are provided. The image processing apparatus includes: a memory configured to store at least one instruction, and a processor electrically connected to the memory, wherein the processor, by executing the at least one instruction, is configured to: apply an input image to a training network model; and apply, to a pixel block included in the input image, a texture patch corresponding to the pixel block to obtain an output image, wherein the training network model stores a plurality of texture patches corresponding to a plurality of classes classified based on a characteristic of an image, and is configured to train at least one texture patch, among the plurality of texture patches, based on the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyungjun Lim, Youngsu Moon, Taegyoung Ahn
  • Patent number: 10856792
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques are disclosed for predicting a urinary event of a patient. In one example, a system comprises a fluid consumption cup comprising one or more sensors. The system may comprise communication circuitry configured to receive, from the fluid consumption cup, one or more signals that indicate an amount of fluid removed from the fluid consumption cup. The system may comprise processing circuitry configured to: update a patient log based on the one or more signals that indicate the amount of fluid removed from the fluid consumption cup; determine that the urinary event is predicted to occur, the occurrence of the urinary event predicted based on the patient log; and provide, in response to the determination and for receipt by the patient, a notification that the urinary event is predicted to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Xuan K. Wei, Linnea Burman, Timothy J. Denison, Nnamdi Njoku, Maren Bean
  • Patent number: 10832094
    Abstract: Color images of food a user consumes, text information associated with the food and audio information associated with the food may be received. Color images are converted into hyperspectral images. A machine learning model classifies the hyperspectral images into features comprising at least taste, nutrient content and chemical composition. A database of food consumption pattern associated with the user is created based on classification features associated with the hyperspectral images, the text information and the audio information. A color image of local food may be received and converted into a hyperspectral image. The machine learning model is run with the hyperspectral image as input, and outputs classification features associated with the local food. Based on whether the classification features associated with the local food satisfies the food consumption pattern associated with the user, the local food may be recommended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dwarikanath Mahapatra, Susmita Saha, Arun Vishwanath, Paul R. Bastide
  • Patent number: 10776727
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for providing a meal plan using a refrigerator, and a refrigerator using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyocheol Jeong, Sanghun Cho
  • Patent number: 10733903
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there are provided health and wellness management methods which generate an action plan set of recommendations by taking into account a wide variety of inputs, including subject-specific information and globally applicable information. Also provided herewith are systems for the practice of the above-described methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Pathway Genomics Corporation
    Inventors: Scott J. Kurowski, Michael P. Nova
  • Patent number: 10726338
    Abstract: Mechanisms for automatically modifying a set of instructions based on an expanded domain specific knowledge base are provided. The mechanisms generate a domain specific knowledge base comprising a set of entities and corresponding domain specific attributes and expand the domain specific knowledge base to include values for the domain specific attributes through an automated bootstrap learning process that performs natural language processing and analysis of natural language content using a set of pre-condition annotated action terms. The mechanisms receive electronic content comprising an initial set of instructions to perform an operation and evaluate the initial set of instructions based on the expanded domain specific knowledge base to identify a missing instruction. The mechanisms modify the initial set of instructions to include an additional instruction based on the missing instruction and thereby generate a modified set of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Benjamin L. Johnson, Dan G. Tecuci
  • Patent number: 10721191
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for generating a message to a friend of a user is provided, comprising: processing activity data of a first user measured by an activity monitoring device to update a value of an activity metric for the first user; identifying a change in an inequality relationship between the value of the activity metric for the first user and a value of the activity metric for a second user; in response to identifying the change in the inequality relationship, prompting the first user to generate a message to the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Nichiketa Choudhary, Timothy Roberts, David Knight
  • Patent number: 10685585
    Abstract: In an approach for providing dynamic services a computer receives a dietary plan for an individual. The computer tracks physical activity data for the individual. The computer creates one or more propositions for the individual based at least in part on the received dietary plan and the tracked physical activity data. The computer provides the created one or more propositions to the individual. The computer receives a selection from the created one or more propositions. The computer tracks the received selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart B. Benefield, Samuel R. Connor, Jonathan W. Jackson, Joseph P. Kuczynski
  • Patent number: 10679750
    Abstract: A system that includes one or more processors and one or more memories storing code that is executable by the one or more processors to: access a data log corresponding to a diet of a user over a predetermined period; determine a diet context for the user based at least in part on the data log; analyze the data log to determine a variance in the diet context; determine a potential medical issue in response to the variance; and generate predictive feedback for the user in response to the potential medical issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tara Astigarraga, Christopher V. DeRobertis, Louie A. Dickens, Jose R. Mosqueda Mejia, Daniel J. Winarski
  • Patent number: 10671705
    Abstract: A method for customizing recipe recommendations may include receiving a target number of calories for a user, receiving physical movement data of the user from one or more electronic sensors configured to directly measure physical movement of the user, analyzing the received physical movement data, determining one or more physical movement parameters based on the analysis of the received physical movement data, determining the recentness of each of the recipes being recommended or logged to the user, assigning a weight to each of the recipes based on the received target number of calories for the user, the determined one or more physical movement parameters, and the determined recentness of the recipe being recommended or logged to the user, ranking the recipes based on their assigned weights, and generating a custom recipe recommendation for the user based on the ranking of the recipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Rebecca Lynn Capell, Megan Jane Ostler
  • Patent number: 10628874
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to automatically order. In some embodiments, there is provided a system for automatically ordering a product item including at least one first sensor, at least one smart-device interface, a remote database, and at least one control circuit configured to: determine whether a signaling data is received; communicatively couple with the at least one smart device; prompt a user to select; determine whether a previously stored data has been stored; delete the previously stored data; copy a plurality of urgency threshold values; access the first sensed data; access the second sensed data; determine a product item; determine whether the at least one of: the first sensed data and the second sensed data has reached an urgency threshold value; and automatically initiate ordering and delivery of the product item when the urgency threshold value has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: David G. Tovey, Bruce W. Wilkinson, Kurt W. R. Bessel
  • Patent number: 10592819
    Abstract: One or more processors receive one or more variations to one or more first instruction elements in a first instruction set that indicate one or more second instruction elements of a second instruction set. One or more processors determine whether the one or more first instruction elements exceed a threshold of variability. One or more processors determine whether the one or more first instruction elements and the one or more second instruction elements are substantially equivalent. One or more processors determine whether a first outcome of the first instruction set is substantially similar to a second outcome of the second instruction set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Carmine M. DiMascio, Florian Pinel, Timothy P. Winkler
  • Patent number: 10580533
    Abstract: A method of performing image based analysis of food. The method includes receiving, with an electronic processor, image data captured by an image capture device, analyzing the image data to identify a food represented in the image data, and determining a characteristic of the food identified in the image data. The method further includes accessing medical information of a user, determining a level of risk associated with the user ingesting the food identified in the image data based on the medical information of the user, and outputting a notification, where the notification providing information related to the level of risk associated with the user ingesting the food identified in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 10565888
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with instruction production are described. In one example, a system can comprise a difference component that makes an identification of a difference between an actual action of a user and a standard action for the user. The system also can comprise an instruction component that produces an instruction to instruct the user to change from the action of the user to the standard action for the user, where production of the instruction is based, at least in part, on the difference. The system further can comprise a non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to retain the instruction. Additionally, the system can comprise an output component configured to cause disclosure of the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Charles Krosky, Brendan Edward Clark
  • Patent number: 10555633
    Abstract: An automatic cooking device creates a recipe file based on an actual cooking session by an individual. The same dish can be automatically recreated on demand from the recipe file, wherein an optimal remaining cooking time is automatically determined responsive to an image analysis of real-time image sensor feedback versus reference image. In some implementations, recipe files are acquired through a network and downloaded for a fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Prashant Choudhary
  • Patent number: 10504130
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for conducting transactions, such as electronic transactions over the internet. In one embodiment, an offer for a specified product or service is made by an online provider or retailer. The offer may be made in connection with certain preliminary or qualifying conditions being met. A customer may accept the offer by purchasing the good or service identified and then be provided with an incentive to publicize their purchase in an effort to get others to consider purchasing the item and also, possibly, participate in the incentive program. Certain parameters are monitored after an individual has purchased the product, and, eventually, a determination is made as to what type of reward the purchaser(s) will receive, if any. Any reward earned in accordance with the incentive program is then provided to the purchaser(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: OVERSTOCK.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Peterson, Ryan C. Berger
  • Patent number: 10448866
    Abstract: An electronic device tracks both calorie loss and intake for a user. The device comprises a plurality of sensors to measure user's physical activities, and provides a user interface to allow user input of activities. The device tracks these activities and estimates the calorie burned based on predefined formulas. Also through the user interface, the device allows user to input information about food or drink consumption, and then estimates the corresponding calorie intake. User input of activities and food/drink consumption can be achieved by means of voice. The electronic device also runs a software app which can provide instructions for the user with regards to activities and/or food/drink consumption. In addition, the app allows user to enter weight, together with the tracked calorie intake and loss history data, to adaptively adjust the calorie calculation formulas and the associated parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Marcelo A German, Mohammed Nabyl Bennouri, Jie Lian
  • Patent number: 10453356
    Abstract: A system and method to facilitate lifestyle changes by providing support, motivation, progress/tracking, information, analysis. Exemplary embodiments include targeted suggestions for changes based on the individual's actual activity to increase the likelihood of a successful adoption. Exemplary embodiments may also include convenient mechanisms for entering information into the system for assessing and tracking the user's performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Alexander Petrov
  • Patent number: 10387898
    Abstract: Some aspects of this disclosure involve ranking types of food based on measurements of affective response of users who consumed the types of food. In one embodiment, a system that ranks types of food includes sensors that take measurements of affective response of users and a computer. The computer receives indications of times at which the users consumed the types of food and selects for each type of food, based on the indications, measurements of at least five of the users taken up to four hours after consuming the type of food. The computer ranks the types of food based on the selected measurements. Optionally, each of the types of food is a different item on a menu comprising food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Affectomatics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ari M Frank, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 10290019
    Abstract: An online photo management service that stores a collection of photos belonging to a user can send re-engagement messages to the user that can include photos automatically selected from the collection. The selection can be based on a scoring algorithm that rates the photos according to a set of attributes and computes a score based on the attributes and a set of weights. Based on user responses to re-engagement messages, the weights can be tuned to more reliably select photos likely to result in user re-engagement with the stored collection of photos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DROPBOX, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Kleinpeter, Zachary Kagin
  • Patent number: 10217376
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a computer program product for determining a nutritional value of a food item are disclosed. In response to a query from a user, a calorie value of a food item based on a number of calories contained in the food item is determined. Saturated and/or unsaturated fat values of the food item are determined based on a saturated fat value and/or an unsaturated fat value of the food item. A determination of whether at least one vitamin and/or mineral is contained in the food item is made and at least one vitamin and/or mineral value for the food item is generated. A determination is made of whether at least one controversial ingredient is contained in the food item, and at least one controversial ingredient value for the food item is generated. A nutritional value for the food item is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Stanley C. Rak
  • Patent number: 10140882
    Abstract: A service may be provided that allows interacting users to interact with characters presented by devices of the interacting users. The operation of the character presented to an interacting user may be customized for that interacting user. For example, a first controlling user may specify first information for configuring or controlling the operation of the character when the character is interacting with a first interacting user, and a second controlling user may specify second information for configuring or controlling the operation of the character when the character is interacting with a second interacting user. The information provided by a controlling user may be used to select a segment to be used for a session between an interacting user and the character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Affinity Project, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan Fanty, Ronald Steven Suskind, Stuart R. Patterson, John Nguyen, Stephen R. Springer
  • Patent number: 10013755
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a dish image obtained by shooting a single or multiple dishes, and a first dish recognition unit configured to recognize the single or multiple dishes included in the dish image with reference to dish data selected, from dish data registered in advance, based on a condition regarding at least one of a person relating to the dish image, a shooting environment of the dish image, a shooting place of the dish image, and a shooting time of the dish image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Mochizuki, Tatsuhito Sato