Food Patents (Class 434/127)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9972080
    Abstract: An apparatus for food search service includes a food region extractor configured to perform detection in regions in an image where food is present and extract a plurality of candidate regions; a candidate region refiner configured to cluster the candidate regions into groups according to a ratio of overlap between the candidate regions; and a search result generator configured to determine a position of a food region and a food item from the grouped candidate regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Da Un Jung, Keun Dong Lee, Seung Jae Lee, Hyung Kwan Son, Weon Geun Oh
  • Patent number: 9955816
    Abstract: A beverage preparation apparatus includes a milling unit which obtains powders by grating an object to be grated, a liquid storage tank which stores a liquid, a liquid supply path having one end connected to the liquid storage tank and having the other end provided with a supply port, a powder reception portion which is provided to be movable and receives powders obtained by the milling unit, and an agitation tank which has an opening portion opening upward and mixes the powders introduced through the opening portion from the moved powder reception portion and the liquid supplied through the opening portion from the supply port. The milling unit includes an outlet port which discharges the obtained powders into the powder reception portion and the outlet port is located below the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro Yoshidome, Naozumi Sugimoto, Nahoko Sakumasu
  • Patent number: 9881518
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for controlling food intake. Example devices/systems described herein may include an image sensor, a dietary information identifier, a dietary management unit, and an image display unit. The image sensor may capture an image of a dish or a menu. The dietary information identifier may identify the dish or menu from the image and provide meal dietary information based on the identified dish or menu. The dietary management unit may store personal dietary information and determine combined dietary information based on the personal dietary information and the meal dietary information. The image display unit may process the captured image based on the combined dietary information in such a manner that a part of the captured image is hidden on an image display unit or a part of color or text information of the captured image is changed on the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Noriaki Kuwahara, Tsutomu Miyasato, Rieko Kadobayashi, Koichi Nakayama, Noriaki Mitsunaga
  • Patent number: 9868054
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for dynamic game deployment. In one implementation, a processing device provides a first game to a first user. The processing device receives one or more first interactions from the first user with respect to the first game. The processing device processes the one or more first interactions to compute a value associated with a defined achievement. The processing device generating, based on the value, a first prompt, the first prompt comprising a notification of a first reward associated with the defined achievement. The processing device provides the first prompt within the first game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Shawn Wesley Alexander
  • Patent number: 9824434
    Abstract: A system for object recognition includes an image/spectrum sensing device, to fetch an object image from a real object and sense spectra at sensing regions of the real object. A fetching module obtains a real-object image feature pattern for each ROI of the object image. An analyzing module for object image feature searches for a first candidate object from data bank and analyzes a correlation between the real object and candidate object. A fetching module for object spectrum feature obtains a real-object spectrum pattern for each ROI of the object image. An analyzing module for object spectrum feature is to search for a second candidate object from data bank and to further analyze a match level between the real-object and the second candidate object. A fusion module further analyzes information of image feature and spectrum feature find whether or not having a matched object as an identify object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Szu-Han Tzao, Yue-Min Jiang, Chih-Jen Hsu, Ho-Hsin Lee, Tsai-Ya Lai, Duan-Yu Chen
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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