Food Patents (Class 434/127)
  • Patent number: 9728102
    Abstract: An illustrative mobile computing device executing weight, nutrition, health, behavior and exercise application software serves as a simulated combination personal trainer and dietician/nutritionist for the user using comprehensive databases storing personalized health, nutrition and exercise information. A mobile computing device, such as a smartphone, executing such software monitors, tracks and/or adjusts caloric intake, energy expenditure taking into account nutritional information and behavioral factors. The mobile computing device receives food consumption, exercise-related, behavior and other input using speech input and the device's GPS subsystem to ease data entry burden on users and to promote continued long-term usage. The system rewards user goal achievement in an automatic, seamless manner, through, for example, downloading music, books, or other media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SmarTEN LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Nusbaum, Vincent Pera, Jr., Jan E. Rhoads, Jennifer L. Nusbaum
  • Patent number: 9646511
    Abstract: A see-through, head mounted display and sensing devices cooperating to provide feedback on food items detected in the device field of view. Feedback can include warnings based on personal wearer needs, general nutrition information, food consumption tracking and social interactions. The system includes one or more processing devices in communication with display and the sensors which identify food items proximate to the apparatus, determine feedback information relevant to a wearer of the apparatus; and render feedback information in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Jerauld
  • Patent number: 9639805
    Abstract: Embodiments infer a temporal attribute of a recipe. A recipe is obtained that includes recipe content such as preparation steps and ingredients. A recipe server identifies attribute features in the recipe content, where the attribute features are representative of portions of the recipe content that are correlated with temporal attributes. The recipe server determines whether the recipe is associated with a temporal attribute based on the attribute features and obtained attribute parameters corresponding to the attribute features. A temporal attribute determined to be associated with a recipe is transmitted to a client device in response to a request for the recipe. The estimated temporal attribute is used to filter recipes sent in response to a request for recipes, where the request specifies a criterion based on the temporal attribute. The estimated temporal attribute is used to select recipes for recommendation to a user based on a current time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Yummly, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Feller, Vadim Geshel, Gregory Allen Druck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9529841
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of electronically visualizing a life history includes, using a processor, generating a first visual representation of a first life history as a function of a first set of multiple events that are defined by event data stored in a tangible storage medium. Each event is identified within the event data as being one of a positive life event and a negative life event. Within the event data, each event is associated with an age within the first life history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher Girdwood
  • Patent number: 9531771
    Abstract: On the basis of stored recognition result information and current recipe information, there is generated presentation information that includes information indicating a second user who is executing in real-time the same cooking step of the same recipe as a cooking step of a recipe that a first user is actively executing. The generated presentation information is displayed on a display of a terminal device used by the first user via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kotaro Sakata, Shohji Ohtsubo, Rinako Kamei, Nobue Narita
  • Patent number: 9514655
    Abstract: An illustrative mobile computing device executing weight, nutrition, health, behavior and exercise application software serves as a simulated combination personal trainer and dietician/nutritionist for the user using comprehensive databases storing personalized health, nutrition and exercise information. A mobile computing device, such as a smartphone, executing such software monitors, tracks and/or adjusts caloric intake, energy expenditure taking into account nutritional information and behavioral factors. The mobile computing device receives food consumption, exercise-related, behavior and other input using speech input and the device's GPS subsystem to ease data entry burden on users and to promote continued long-term usage. The system rewards user goal achievement in an automatic, seamless manner, through, for example, downloading music, books, or other media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Mark E. Nusbaum, Vincent Pera, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9477777
    Abstract: A computer system interconnected to a community of users having a data processor input module programmed to receive communications from said users including one or more inputs regarding food recipes and store said inputs in accessible memory. A data processor determining module programmed to access stored data and to apply a data interpretative algorithm to said data to unify and organize disparate data inputs into a cohesive database relating to recipes. Also, a search entry module connected to the recipe database to permit access to the database to support a search algorithm applied to the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventor: Zofia Stankiewicz
  • Patent number: 9378657
    Abstract: An illustrative mobile computing device executing weight, nutrition, health, behavior and exercise application software serves as a simulated combination personal trainer and dietician/nutritionist for the user using comprehensive databases storing personalized health, nutrition and exercise information. A mobile computing device, such as a smartphone, executing such software monitors, tracks and/or adjusts caloric intake, energy expenditure taking into account nutritional information and behavioral factors. The mobile computing device receives food consumption, exercise-related, behavior and other input using speech input and the device's GPS subsystem to ease data entry burden on users and to promote continued long-term usage. The system rewards user goal achievement in an automatic, seamless manner, through, for example, downloading music, books, or other media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventors: Mark E. Nusbaum, Vincent Pera, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9367727
    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: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Mochizuki, Tatsuhito Sato
  • Patent number: 9344546
    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: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Nichiketa Choudhary, Timothy Roberts, David Knight
  • Patent number: 9314206
    Abstract: The present invention depicts systems and methods for utilizing sensors and other means that are able to track a User, and grasp his pattern of food intake (e.g., the volume, Calories, content, and other attributes of food entities), Calories outtake, and online network capabilities for tracking the balance of User Calories and other nutritional attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Yaron Menczel, Yair Shachar, Odelia Weiss
  • Patent number: 9311568
    Abstract: Embodiments process a recipe from structured data to extract recipe text and select an image representative of the recipe. Recipes in structured data are retrieved and sequenced into segments to facilitate further processing. A recipe parser generates features corresponding to the segments. These generated features are inputs to a recipe model to classify the segments into components. This recipe model is trained according to classified training recipes. The trained model may then determine classifications for segments of the recipe. The classified recipe text is used to select the representative image for the recipe. To select this image, candidate images for a recipe are retrieved and filtered to remove unacceptable images. Features corresponding to these candidate images are generated and used as inputs to an image model to select the representative image. This image model is trained using representative training images of training recipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Yummly, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Feller, Gregory Allen Druck, Jr., Vadim Geshel
  • Patent number: 9302074
    Abstract: A nasal retention system for securing a nasal tube extending through a nose of a patient. The retention system comprises a clip member formed of a soft elastomeric material and including first and second pivotally connected clip portions. Each of the clip portions have a generally hemispherical shape such that a generally spherical shape is defined when the clip portions are pivoted together. The first clip portion includes an elongated nasal tube channel extending into the first clip portion, and extending between diametrically opposite sides of a perimeter of the first clip portion. The elongated channel receives a nasal tube therethrough when mating surfaces of the two clip portions are in mating engagement with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: iMed Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon E. Atkinson, Kyle S. Adams
  • Patent number: 9242175
    Abstract: Embodiments are presented for executing an online game. One method includes an operation for creating an animation on a game board that is associated with a player. The animation includes a non-player character that delivers an invitation to start a master mission having quests. If the player accepts, an application from the player is received to start the master mission, the application including the selection of a specialty from a plurality of specialties available for the master mission. The method further includes an operation for delivering a quest reward after completing at least one of the quests from the plurality of quests, where the quest reward includes a wearable status item for an avatar of the player in the game board. In addition, a master reward is delivered after the completion of the master mission. The master reward includes the ability to perform game operations associated with the specialty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Taylor John, William Graham, Xian Yang (Kenji) Low, Josh Wickham, Alexi Chialtas
  • Patent number: 9112960
    Abstract: A blood alcohol content (BAC) measurement system powered by an audio signal from a phone is provided. The BAC measurement system includes a sensor unit, a microcontroller and a power extraction unit. The sensor unit includes a fuel cell that generates an electric current when a breath of a user contacts the fuel cell. The microcontroller generates a signal based on the electric current. A frequency of the signal is based on alcohol content in the breath. The power extraction unit powers the sensor unit. The power extraction unit converts the audio signal generated by the phone into power for the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Bharadwaj Ragavendra Prasad Pinapala Venkata, Ravi Kumar Kalkivayi Seshagiri
  • Patent number: 9042596
    Abstract: This invention is a wearable, automatic, and tamper-resistant device and method for monitoring and measuring food consumption and caloric intake. It can help people to manage their energy balance and weight. It can be embodied as: (a) one or more automatic-imaging members that are worn on a person from which these members collectively and automatically take pictures of the person's mouth and pictures of a reachable food source when the person eats; (b) a tamper-resisting mechanism which detects and responds if the operation of the one or more automatic-imaging members is impaired; and (c) an image-analyzing member which automatically analyzes pictures of the person's mouth and pictures of the reachable food source in order to estimate the types and quantities of food that are consumed by the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Medibotics LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Connor
  • Publication number: 20150140523
    Abstract: A system and method for determining, managing and optimizing calorie intake of a user have been disclosed. The system determines the calorie intake of a user based on basal metabolic rate and body mass index of the user and accordingly generates a customized menu for the user. The customized menu generated for the user includes food items having appropriate calories which help the user in maintaining good health. The system also enables the user to specify a calorie requirement and subsequently generates a food menu comprising food items having a calorie value specified by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Mohan DEWAN
  • Publication number: 20150140532
    Abstract: Disclosed exercise systems can provide a user with a plurality of exercise instructions, a plurality of cooking instructions, and a plurality of integration instructions correlating the exercise instructions with the cooking instructions. In this way, disclosed exercise systems can provide a user a simple, step-by-step method of performing exercises or physical activity while cooking and preparing food. Such exercise systems can be beneficial in terms of planning exercise for a user, as well as avoiding the need to carve out a specific time during the day to devote to exercise. Such exercise systems can be in the form of a card or set of cards, with each card containing cooking instructions for a recipe for a different food item, and different sequence or combinations of exercises to perform while cooking the food item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Nancy Beth Whitney
  • Publication number: 20150140524
    Abstract: A hand to mouth bite counting device is provided that may be worn on a hand, wrist or arm of a user to silently and continuously count the number of bites of food taken by the user. The bite counting device may include a sensing device that collects data corresponding to a sensed movement, and a processor that implements an algorithm to process the collected data and determine whether data collected within a given interval of time corresponds to a bite of food taken by the user. The processor derives a set of attributes from the data collected within the given interval of time to define the sensed movement. The device also provides feedback, goal setting functionality, and long-term statistics to serve as a dietary aid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Christophe GIRAUD-CARRIER, Joshua H. WEST, Christopher R. FORTUNA, Stephen J. CLARKSON
  • Publication number: 20150132721
    Abstract: A method of individualized weight management for a subject includes obtaining a biological sample from the subject; detecting the presence or absence of polymorphisms associated with at least seven genes comprising fatty acid-binding protein 2 (FABP2), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARG), beta-2-adrenergic receptor (ADRB2), beta-3-adrenergic receptor (ADRB3), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), alpha-actinin-3 (ACTN3), and proton-linked monocarboxylate transporter (MCT1) in the biological sample to obtain genotype pattern data for the subject; wherein the polymorphisms are indicative of at least one nutritional trait and at least one fitness trait and preparing a nutritional and fitness program based on the subject's genotype pattern data; wherein the fitness program comprises sequences of resistance, cardio, and excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) training routines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ALDO CONSULTING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT LTD.
    Inventors: Alexander DOMNICH, Halina SOLWAY, Gary KORZAN
  • Publication number: 20150132725
    Abstract: A dish information providing method comprising: performing obtaining the dish information items regarding dishes for the predetermined number of days that are recommended to a user from a dish information database in which the dish information items are stored; providing the user with the obtained dish information items; accepting, from the user, selection of one or more dish information items from among the dish information items provided to the user; performing, in a case where a dish information item among the dish information items provided to the user has not been selected by the user, obtaining an alternative dish information item that is recommended to the user in place of the not-selected dish information item from the dish information database in accordance with a condition determined from the one or more selected dish information items; and providing the user with the obtained alternative dish information item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: KAZUNORI OKUBO, KOJI NAKANISHI, SHUNSUKE KUHARA, RYOTA FUJIMURA, KAZUTAKA FURUTA, KEIGO ASO
  • Publication number: 20150132443
    Abstract: A method for a mammal to remove toxins from the mammal's system, the method includes the steps of providing instructions for the mammal to ingest a set of substances periodically according to a set of instructions and to practice a set of wellness regimen periodically. The set of instructions comprises instructing the mammal to periodically ingest a predetermined amount of a rejuvenating substances providing the mammal with support of antioxidant activity, cytokine balance, detoxification, gastrointestinal and liver health; a predetermined amount of soluble dietary fiber substances; a predetermined amount of grasses; a predetermined amount of an antioxidant substances providing the mammal with support of antioxidant activities; predetermined amount of omega fatty acid substances and a predetermined amount of green tea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Nilesh Bhakta, Juvairiya Pulicharam
  • Publication number: 20150132724
    Abstract: A non-therapeutic method for assisting a person to control weight of the person that includes receiving, by a programmed computer system, input data, calculating, in real-time, by the programmed computer system, at least one actual RCV(t) value over a period of time based, at least in part, on the food data of the input data and stored food data; calculating, in real-time, by the programmed computer system, at least one potential RCV(t) value over a period of time; displaying, in real-time, by the programmed computer system, at least one first graphical indicator representative of the at least one actual RCV(t) value over the period of time; and displaying, in real-time, by the programmed computer system, at least one second graphical indicator representative of the at least one potential RCV(t) value over the period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Karen Miller-Kovach, Ute Gerwig
  • Publication number: 20150132722
    Abstract: The present invention depicts systems and methods for utilizing sensors and other means that are able to track a User, and grasp his pattern of food intake (e.g., the volume, Calories, content, and other attributes of food entities), Calories outtake, and online network capabilities for tracking the balance of User Calories and other nutritional attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Memphis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaron Menczel, Yair Shachar, Odelia Weiss
  • Publication number: 20150132723
    Abstract: A flow rate timing apparatus including a chute, planar surface, or tube with a first portion and a second portion enabling a flowable substance to flow between the first portion and the second portion. A first liquid detector located proximate the first portion for detecting when a flowable substance passes by the first liquid sensor, and a second liquid sensor located proximate the second portion for detecting when a flowable substance passes by the second liquid sensor. A timing circuit is connected to the first liquid sensor and the second liquid sensor, wherein the timing circuit determines amount of time for a flowable substance to flow between the first liquid sensor and the second liquid sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Cheryl L. Evans
  • Publication number: 20150125833
    Abstract: A system and method for identification of a deviation from an expected activities sequence are provided. The method includes receiving at least one recipe as an input from a user device; generating, by a signature generator system, a sequence of expected signatures respective of the at least one recipe; receiving a sequence of multimedia segments from the user device; generating, by a signature generator system, at least one signature for each multimedia segment of the sequence of multimedia segments; matching each of the at least one signature to at least a portion of the expected sequence of signatures; and providing a notification to the user device upon identification of a deviation from an expected match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Cortica, Ltd.
    Inventors: Igal Raichelgauz, Karina Odinaev, Yehoshua Y. Zeevi
  • Publication number: 20150125832
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide automatic messaging to a client on behalf of a healthcare treatment professional by setting up one or more computer implemented agents, each specializing in a disease state, with rules to respond to a client condition; during run-time, receiving a communication from the client and in response selecting one or more computer implemented agents to respond to the communication; and automatically generating a response to be rendered on a client mobile device to encourage healthy behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Publication number: 20150118658
    Abstract: Systems and methods that continuously adapt aspects of a continuous monitoring device based on collected information to provide an individually tailored configuration are described. The adaptations may include adapting the user interface, the alerting, the motivational messages, the training, and the like. Such adaptation can allow a patient to more readily identify and understand the information provided by/via the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Phil Mayou, Naresh C. Bhavaraju, Leif N. Bowman, Alexandra Lynn Carlton, Laura J. Dunn, Katherine Yerre Grubstein, Aarthi Mahalingam, Eli Reihman, Peter C. Simpson
  • Publication number: 20150118659
    Abstract: Systems and methods for weight management. In an embodiment, nutritional information for a food product is acquired. The nutritional information may comprise at least a calorie value and a protein value. At least one index value may be computed for the food product based on the calorie value and the protein value. In addition, one or more weight management tools may be provided to a user based on the computed index value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Meyer
  • Publication number: 20150120506
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring and encouraging health and fitness. In accordance with a first aspect, an apparatus is provided that is adapted to assist in weight loss and exercise. The apparatus comprises a personal digital assistant (PDA) having computer program code adapted to assist in at least one of calorie counting, meal selection, meal suggestion, weight monitoring, weight loss or gain monitoring, fat consumption monitoring, sugar consumption monitoring and salt consumption monitoring. The PDA also includes computer program code adapted to display historical data regarding at least one of calorie counting, meal selection, meal suggestion, weight monitoring, weight loss or gain monitoring, fat consumption monitoring, sugar consumption monitoring and salt consumption monitoring. Numerous other embodiments are provided, as are methods, systems and computer program products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Publication number: 20150118656
    Abstract: A system for creating user-defined workout routine and one or more nutritional choices in an online environment is provided. The system may include a processor configured to receive, from a user, data associated with one or more user personal metrics, based on which the user may be provided with a plurality of workout video segments for selection. The system may then combine the user-selected workout video segments into a single customized workout video. The system may further compile one or more nutritional choices based on the one more user personal metrics. The nutritional choices may be associated with the user video selection and may include meals that meet a user nutritional goal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: GlobalMe, LLC
    Inventor: Anne Shrake
  • Publication number: 20150118657
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating workout routines are provided. An example method includes dynamically receiving data associated with one or more user personal metrics. The method further includes providing a user with a plurality of workout video segments based on the data associated with user personal metrics. The method also includes receiving, from the user, a video selection. The video selection includes one or more workout video segments selected from the plurality of workout video segments. The method further includes determining that the user personal metrics differ from predetermined user personal metrics. Based on the determination, the workout video segments are dynamically customized to obtain one or more customized video segments. The method further includes dynamically overlaying the data associated with the personal metrics over the customized video segments. After overlaying the data, one or more output customized video segments are obtained and displayed to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: GlobalMe, LLC
    Inventors: Anne Shrake, Aaron Mapes
  • Publication number: 20150119321
    Abstract: A unique combination of weight loss modalities that produce 20-40 pounds of weigh loss in a six week treatment period. Treatment includes a meal plan chosen to provide adequate protein and nutrition during dieting and to assist metabolism of toxins created from the release of stored fat, high amounts of fiber to assist in collecting toxins and fat in the elimination system and to encourage peristaltic action in the bowel, a bowel toner to further increase peristaltic action in the bowel, stimulating liver functions of fat and toxins. The weight loss portion of the treatment is limited to six week segments, and added to the plurality of modalities comprising the invention, to further support the body during weight loss. By supporting the body during weight loss, his invention(s) avoids the “plateau” routinely experienced by existing weight loss systems, when the metabolism slows to avoid further damage from ultra-low calories, medications, bariatric surgeries, and other stressful programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Linda Duerler FINCH
  • Patent number: 9017257
    Abstract: The activity monitor (100) includes a basic information acquisition unit (20) that accepts input of basic physical information (BA) of the user's body, a target information acquisition unit (30) that accepts input of the user's target physical expenditure (CS), an activity pattern acquisition unit (40) that acquires pattern information indicating the user's intent on the activity amount (AM), and a target activity calculation unit (50) that determines a target activity amount (TA) on the basis of the basic physical information (BA), the target physical expenditure (CS), and the pattern information acquired by the activity pattern acquisition unit (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Miyuki Kodama, Jun Kato, Mayumi Yamashita, Shizuka Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20150107910
    Abstract: A method for providing personalized recommendations to an individual, relating to monitoring his or her weight, comprising the steps of /a/ obtaining a plurality of prior weighings for the individual concerned, each weighing giving the total weight and the body fat percentage, /b/ deriving a characteristic curve (S1) for the individual by associating at least the total weight and the fat body mass, /c/ obtaining a target total weight (P2) for the user to achieve by the end of a target period, and therefore a target total weight change, /d/ deducing a target number of calories to burn, corresponding to target changes in the fat body mass and lean body mass deduced from the total weight change, /e/ providing the user with personalized instructions on exercise and/or diet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Joffrey Villard, Guillaume Jeanne
  • Patent number: 9011153
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to nutritional analysis and recommendations, including systems and methods that provide personalized approaches for analyzing nutrient intake levels and for generating recommendations that are responsive to a user's current nutritional intake and the user's nutrition-related goals. The systems and methods also provide personalized analysis and recommendation for other areas or activities, including applications to exercise adherence, sleep adherence, mediation adherence, and general wellness assessment. Each of these areas or activities can be assessed alone or in combination with one or more other areas or activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Good Measaures, LLC
    Inventors: George B. Bennett, Daniel R. Ries, Stefany A. Shaheen, Chesley M. Chen, Emily P. Stone, Robert V. Mathews
  • Publication number: 20150104759
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of generating questions for a survey is presented. The method entails receiving user input regarding a relevant characteristic in response to a first question, and using the user input and a default item to determine items to be included in the second question, wherein the items are associated with the relevant characteristic and are in a same item group as the default item. The items may be food, and the relevant characteristic may indicate the types of food that may be eaten or be avoided. Also presented is a computer-implemented method of changing a user's behavior. The method entails assigning a user to a team, and allowing the user to earn points for the team by making changes to one's diet and/or activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Torin J. BLOCK, Gladys M. BLOCK, Clifford H. BLOCK
  • Publication number: 20150104758
    Abstract: A system for providing post-operative instructions to patients for discharge from a medical facility comprising a repository of instructions consisting of patient-anonymous data and a graphical user interface, the graphical user interface operative for selecting at least one instruction from the repository to assemble a tutorial. The system includes a memory for storing the tutorial, each tutorial associated with a particular user profile and a display, the display presenting the tutorial to the patient. The system further includes a questionnaire to assess patient comprehension of the tutorial, and a calendar module, the calendar module configured to schedule reminder notifications for communication to the patient. An analytics module is also provided, the analytics module configured to analyze patient questionnaire responses and determine optimal tutorial content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems
    Inventors: Natalya Shpolyansky, Michael Saso
  • Publication number: 20150099246
    Abstract: A method is provided for assigning a relative score number to foods. Assignment of a relative score number to foods allows consumers to select foods that will provide a desirable diet. Equations are provided which are effective to yield a predicted raw score based on measured characteristics. The predicted raw score statistically correlates to a raw score that would be determined by an actual panel. The predicted raw scores are further processed to provide a relative score number that can be easily tracked by a consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Black, Todd Kevin Abraham, Keith Randall Eberhardt, Linda Lee Letcher, Nathan V. Matusheski, Sandra Jean Morreale, Kristin H. Rubin, Arlene Olea Sanoy, Barbara Ann Yehling
  • Publication number: 20150099245
    Abstract: The method for monitoring an activity of a cognitively impaired user using a device having a body resting on a plurality of support areas and loadable by the cognitively impaired user, generally comprises the step of measuring a plurality of force values exerted by a weight of a load to corresponding ones of the support areas; the step of obtaining a state of an activity of the cognitively impaired user based on the measured values; and the step of generating a signal indicative of the state of the activity. The state of the activity typically can be a given step in a recipe to be cooked on a smart stove in order to assist a cognitively impaired person in the completion of a cooking activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Bruno Bouchard, Kevin Bouchard, Abdenour Bouzouane, Dany Bouchard
  • Publication number: 20150093725
    Abstract: A system and method for providing dietary guidance is provided. The method includes receiving a selection of a health program for an individual, the health program including a dietary regimen, measuring the individual's caloric expenditure and change in body composition or body mass during the individual's participation in the health program, determining adherence to the health program based on the measured caloric expenditure or the measured change in body composition or body mass, identifying a modification to the health program, and informing the individual of the modification. The modification can include nutritional supplements, meals or recipes having a nutritional and/or caloric content tailored to assist the individual in meeting his or her health goals. The method can further include predicting an expected change in body composition or body mass based on the health program and based on the individual's gender, age, height, weight, and other factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Matthew K. Runyon, Cody D. Dean
  • Patent number: 8992225
    Abstract: An interactive cooking preparation device is presented. The user places ingredients that the user wishes to use in a recipe. The interactive cooking preparation device detects the ingredients placed by the user in the detection area of the interactive cooking preparation device using sensors. The detection results in a set of ingredient identifiers that correspond to the placed ingredients. A recipes database is then searched for the detected set of ingredient identifiers. The database search results in one or more suggested recipes. The suggested recipes are displayed to the user on a display device that is included in the interactive cooking preparation device. The user then selects one of the suggested recipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lydia Mai Do, Travis M. Grigsby, Pamela Ann Nesbitt, Lisa Anne Seacat
  • Publication number: 20150079551
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a system which creates and delivers a meal plan to a user. The meal plan may be customized to suit the user, by drawing from recipes in the user's personal collection, and by enabling the user to specify goals relating to nutrition, budget, preparation time, etc. Once approved by the user, a meal plan may serve as a basis for a shopping list which includes items called for by recipes in the meal plan, and/or other items. The shopping list may form the basis for a delivery order submitted to a grocery provider, if the user so desires. As such, embodiments of the invention may enable the user to avoid expending the time and mental energy conventionally associated with planning meals and shopping for their ingredients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Mary Egan
  • Patent number: 8979539
    Abstract: A hydration level measurement system and method comprising a technology embedded scale that rewards individuals for drinking an appropriate amount of liquid throughout the day. In an example embodiment, a reusable water bottle is equipped with an RFID tag and assigned to an individual so that the user's hydration level may be tracked. The RFID tag logs the individual's access as well as “before-filling” and “after-filling” weights of the bottle when placed on the scale. A computer screen acknowledges the bottle's owner, and then indicates the increased weight and how many points will be awarded to the user using an ounces-to-points conversion. Data may be transferred from the scale computer to a web server and aggregated at the server from multiple scales for multiple “hydration challenges.” A web application receives and processes user requests to display data related to each hydration challenge such as the current scores of the participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Humana Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Snyder
  • Patent number: 8978466
    Abstract: A system for decorative space-saving measuring cups is a set of modified nesting doll that can be used to measure sequential volumetric quantities. Each of the nesting dolls can split apart into a first measuring cup and a second measuring cup, which are sized to hold two different volumes of a substance. The second measuring cup of an arbitrary nesting doll is always elevated by the second measuring cup of the next-largest nesting doll so that the second measuring cup of the arbitrary nesting doll is easier to grasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Naveed Mohammad
  • Publication number: 20150072320
    Abstract: Using NMR/MS based metabonomics and targeted lipidomics approaches the inventors have explored the metabolic phenotypes of aging and longevity in a cohort compromising centenarians, elderly and young adults. The inventors have identified biomarkers for a reduced risk of developing ageing related chronic inflammatory disorders and propose a method of diagnosing a lifestyle that allows delaying and/or avoiding ageing related chronic inflammatory disorders using PC—O 40:1 as biomarker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Sebastiano Collino, Ivan Montoliu Roura, Francois-Pierre Martin, Philippe Alexandre Guy, Serge Andre Dominique Rezzi
  • Patent number: 8968804
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for promoting weight loss by an animal, promoting weight loss by an animal while preventing or minimizing loss of lean body mass by the animal, preventing a reduction in energy metabolism by an animal, reducing the risk of regaining weight by an animal after weight loss, and ameliorating undesirable animal behaviors associated with reduced caloric intake by intermittently feeding an animal a first diet containing calories that meet the animal's maintenance energy requirements and a second diet containing calories that do not meet the animal's maintenance energy requirements. In preferred embodiments, the described feeding pattern and diets are fed in conjunction with one or more weight loss agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec SA
    Inventor: Yuanlong Pan
  • Publication number: 20150056579
    Abstract: An adjustable portion control device is disclosed. The portion control device can be comprised of a portion container with a circular interior, a circular rotating platform, and a measurement indicator located upon the portion container. The rotating platform is lowered within the portion control container to an adjustable target weight indicated by the measurement indicator for providing an appropriate amount of food for that target weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: CYNTHIA DIANE WULF
  • Publication number: 20150044643
    Abstract: A system and method include exploding a recipe via a computer system for a process to make an end food product into a set of hierarchical process steps, obtaining nutrient values for each input material to be used in making the end food product, obtaining loss profiles for input materials, the nutrient loss profiles including a process loss profile for steps in the process to make the end food product and a storage loss profile for storing intermediate food product resulting during the process, and performing a hierarchical based nutrient loss calculation using the nutrient values and loss profiles to quantify nutrients remaining in the end food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: SAP AG
    Inventor: Eileen Riediger
  • Publication number: 20150037764
    Abstract: Nutritional substance systems and methods are disclosed enabling the tracking and communication of changes in nutritional, organoleptic, and aesthetic values of nutritional substances, and further enabling the adaptive storage and adaptive conditioning of nutritional substances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Eugenio MINVIELLE