Behavior Or Performance Display (e.g., Board For Showing Completed Chores, Etc.) Patents (Class 434/238)
  • Patent number: 9878209
    Abstract: A mechanism is described for facilitating smart monitoring of body dimensions according to one embodiment. A method of embodiments, as described herein, includes receiving a first request to take a first picture of a user, wherein the first picture is taken at a first point in time using a depth-sensing camera; automatically computing first body dimensions relating to a body of the user based on at least one of a first image of the body and first depth information relating to one or more parts of the body, wherein the first image and the first depth information are obtained from the first picture; generate a first three-dimensional (3D) model of the body based on the first body dimensions; and communicating at least one of the first 3D model and the first body dimensions to a display device, wherein the display device to display at least one of the first 3D model and the first body dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Venkata Siva Varun Kumar Nandimandalam, Jim Santiago Baca, Neal P. Smith, David W. Baker
  • Patent number: 9808670
    Abstract: Athletic performance monitoring and tracking may provide multiple ways in which to track athletic movement and activity. Workouts may also be tagged with various parameters including mood, weather, terrain, athletic equipment, friends used and the like. Workout information may be shared to social messaging and networking outlets. Workout information shared may include map information including images of maps, interactive maps, links to maps, route information and the like and/or combinations thereof. Additionally or alternatively, an application may be configured to execute within a context of a social networking system to facilitate athletic activity data transfer and generation of workout entries in the social networking site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Hoffman, Kwamina Crankson, Jason Nims, Michael Levi Orenstein, Kristen Laina White
  • Patent number: 9659269
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the computerized system and method for increasing employee productivity provides a database for storing data, a data inputting device for inputting expected output parameters into the database and a data acquiring device for acquiring actual output data during performance of any workplace duties, preferably in real-time. The data acquiring device may be linked by an interface that transfers the acquired data to the database, where a processor may evaluate the inputted data versus the acquired data. The processor is connected to a data displaying device that may display the inputted, acquired and evaluated data, preferably in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Lamoncha
  • Patent number: 9600995
    Abstract: Embodiments are generally directed to a wearable electronic device providing injury response. A wearable electronic device may include an injury detection unit that includes one or more sensors, and a central computing unit to receive sensor data from the one or more sensors to detect one or more injuries or potential injuries based at least in part on the received sensor data. The wearable electronic device further includes an injury response unit to provide a response to the one or more injuries or potential injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tamara Gaidar, Glen J. Anderson, Yoav Talgam, Stephen Brown, Ido Lapidot, Oded Agam
  • Patent number: 9411780
    Abstract: Techniques are described for determining height, weight, or other characteristics of a user based on processed sensor data. The sensor data may include data collected by sensors on the user's computing device or other computing devices, or data collected by stationary, external sensors. Different types of sensor data may be processed to estimate at least one physical characteristic of the user, such as the user's height, weight, apparel size, age, and so forth. The estimated characteristics may be employed to perform actions based on the user's identity or category, to customize content delivery for the user, or for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nadim Awad, Srinivasan Sridharan, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Jonathan White Keljo, Levon Dolbakian, Arnaud Marie Froment
  • Patent number: 9356790
    Abstract: Solutions for providing integrated task list functionality. Some such solutions use a user supersystem as a communications hub to generate, display, and/or handle user-based tasks for a family group. For example, tasks may be assigned to one or more members of the family and associated with various types of dates, rewards, audits, etc. Family members may then interact with the tasks through the communications hub and/or through other devices (e.g., cell phones, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Zambetti, Jesse Tane, Katrin B. Gosling, Coe Leta Rayne Stafford, Martin Nicholas John Heaton, Matthew Robert Adams, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Andrew Paul Switky, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami
  • Patent number: 9339193
    Abstract: According to an aspect of an embodiment, a method of measuring physiological adaptability of a subject is described. The method may include receiving, from a first sensor, a first data signal indicating a first biological function of the subject. The method may also include receiving, from a second sensor, a second data signal indicating a second biological function of the subject. The method may also include calculating an adaptability of the subject based on the first data signal and the second data signal. The method may also include reporting the calculated adaptability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Rudi Cilibrasi, David L. Marvit
  • Patent number: 9275424
    Abstract: Computing system resources are controlled based on the behavioral attributes associated with users of the computing system. These behavioral attributes are monitored in real time and through a historical log, and behavioral attributes that fall outside pre-determined preferred behavioral parameters are detected. Access by the computing system user to computing system resources contained in a preferred and habitually accessed computing system resource set associated with the computing system user are adjusted in response to the detection of the behavioral attribute outside the pre-determined preferred behavioral parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sasha P Caskey, Dimitri Kanevsky, Sameer Maskey, Tara N Sainath
  • Patent number: 9196174
    Abstract: The invention relates to an embroidered stick for attaching to and displaying on an article. The embroidered stick comprises a hole for attaching it to an article. The embroidered sticks can be obtained by users as rewards, incentives, to promote certain behaviors, activities, events, messages, logos, mascots, achievements, campaigns, brands, products and/or services, companies, organizations, themes or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Lisa deBonoPaula
  • Patent number: 9147350
    Abstract: Disclosed is a student performance monitoring system and method. In certain embodiments, a software program can be stored on a computer readable medium, executed by a computer and interacted with by a user, such as a teacher. The device, system and method include selecting students, scoring them and recording their effort in categories relevant to student learning. The student scores can also be used to generate reports and select students for recognition awards. In one example, a handheld computing device, such as a smart phone can be conveniently utilized. However, other computing devices may also be used instead of or in addition to those described herein. Other embodiments include a method and a system for monitoring student performance. The system and method can also be accessed by teachers, students and parents through an internet portal. The program can be configured as a web application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: John Leon Boler
  • Patent number: 9117316
    Abstract: One or more social interactive goals for an automated entity such as an avatar may be determined during a social interaction between the automated entity and a selected entity such as a human. Identity attributes of identity images from an identity model of the automated entity may be used to determine a set of behavioral actions the automated entity is to take for the determined goals. Paralanguage elements expressed for the automated entity via a user interface may be altered based on the determined set of behavioral actions. The automated entity may refer to a computer implemented automaton that simulates a human in the user interface of an interactive computing environment. By way of example, an avatar cybernetic goal seeking behavior may be implemented in accordance with an identity theory model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Crutchfield, Jr., Hien Q. Pham, Reginald H. Price, Steven J. Tourville
  • Patent number: 9039420
    Abstract: The team-building educational training system includes a mat and a plurality of reflective surfaces, such as mirrors. The mat has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of openings defined therein. The top and bottom surfaces each have a plurality of uniquely identifiable indicia displayed thereon. The reflective surfaces are placed on the floor or ground under the mat. The team cooperatively lifts and manipulates the mat to align the openings with the reflective surfaces so that at least one team member can view reflections of the indicia on the reflective surfaces. The team cooperatively interprets the indicia and completes a variety of planned exercises to learn skills for working as a team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ayoub Khaled Alayoub
  • Publication number: 20150140531
    Abstract: A method for developmental evaluation is provided. A user is presented with a menu of developmental activities. A user input selecting a developmental activity from the menu is received. A user performance of the selected developmental activity is recorded. Consequently, the user is awarded a point value to a user score in an activity topic and/or an activity dimension associated with the selected developmental activity. Subsequently, the user score in the activity topic and/or the activity dimension is compared with user scores in other activity topics and/or activity dimensions to determine whether the user scores are balanced. An output is used to influence the user to perform one or more developmental activities from activity topics and/or activity dimensions that contribute to balancing user scores across all activity topics and activity dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: InnoSchool Finland Oy
    Inventor: Tuuli Tiitola-Meskanen
  • Patent number: 9011155
    Abstract: A system for behavior modification and sales promotion includes a child computer device having a computer application stored thereon in a non-transitory computer readable memory. The computer application of the child computer device includes a graphical user interface allowing for a child to interact with a fictitious character. A parent computer device is provided having a computer application stored thereon in a non-transitory computer readable memory, the computer application of the parent computer device including a graphical user interface allowing a parent to control the fictitious character with which the child interacts on the child computer device. The system also includes a system server. The parent computer device, the child computer device and system server are connected by a global communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Joan M Skelton, Benjamin J Kwitek
  • Publication number: 20150104772
    Abstract: A system configured to provide feedback to a user in order to motivate said user to reach one or more energy expenditure goals. The one or more energy expenditure goals may be associated with one or more of time periods, or activity sessions, and the feedback may be provided to a user using one or more of a visual display on a sensor device worn by a user, and/or using audible and haptic feedback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Manan Goel, Christopher L. Andon
  • Patent number: 8992227
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method for analyzing the behavior of a subject comprising the steps of: making one or more measurements or observations of the subject; coding the measurements or observations into a plurality of channels; and analyzing the channels using artificial intelligence, in order to output information relating to the psychology of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Manchester Metropolitan University
    Inventors: Zuhair Ghani Al Bandar, David Anthony McLean, James Dominic O'Shea, Janet Alison Rothwell
  • Patent number: 8992228
    Abstract: A system for delivering targeted content based on user behavior stores multiple behavior change models, generates a user record containing information regarding a user, selects a behavior change model from the multiple stored models based on the information in the user record, and delivers to the user targeted content based on the selected behavior change model, the targeted content being adapted to influence the user to change behavior according to the selected behavior change model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: MediResource Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Kostoff, Stephen Newport
  • Publication number: 20150064673
    Abstract: A motivational system for family organization and methods of using the system are described. The system allows for parents to assist children in fulfilling their responsibilities, setting and achieving goals, and learning values. The system is adaptable to each family's own value system and particular circumstances. Completion of tasks and progress towards goals is easily monitored by parents. The system uses a leveling system to categorize tasks and permits children to progress through levels of tasks. The system also possesses an integrated reward system to encourage task completion and progress towards goals while allowing children to have some choice in the rewards that they receive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Katherine Irene Bassett, Dustin Matthew Bassett
  • Patent number: 8942443
    Abstract: An art therapy computer system and a computer-readable storage medium having recorded a program for art therapy are disclosed. An aspect of the present invention provides a computer system that includes a drawing module, which presents a plurality of patterns and in which the drawing module selects a certain pattern, composes and colors a picture according to the working of a person tested for art therapy, an analysis module, which analyzes one or more factors from the colored picture, and a parsing module, which parses the psychological state, symptoms or disorders of the person tested for art therapy from the analyzed factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Korea University Industrial & Academic Collaboration Foundation
    Inventor: Seong-In Kim
  • Publication number: 20150010891
    Abstract: A behavioral modification method and scoring system are disclosed. The method gives adults and children the process and framework to improve children's understanding of behavioral statements over time. The scoring system tracks their improvements on applying the behavioral statements, and provides the basis for rewards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Alvaro S. Gomez
  • Patent number: 8888497
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for association of various online elements with emotional states. A set of emotional states may be generated or obtained, and particular online elements may be assigned to particular emotional states of the set, such as with emotional states that are reflected or represented by or in the online elements. Online elements can be of various types, such as, for example, Web sites, blogs, articles, online events, online activities, online messaging, etc. User association or interaction with online emotional state-associated online elements can be used in classifying users into particular emotional states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ayman Farahat, Eric Theodore Bax, Darshan V. Kantak, Tarun Bhatia, Dipika Bhatia
  • Publication number: 20140335491
    Abstract: An observable behavior data collection and analysis system including at least two database collection modules and an analysis module. The database collection module(s) include a parameter storage module, an observable behavior data prompt module, an observable behavior data collection module, a collection phase assignment module, and a server storage module. An instructor observes a subject performing a prompted task and enters the observed data into one of the database collection modules. The data is stored on a server. The analysis module, which includes a filter module and an output generation module, reads the data from the server and generates interactive graphs that may be used by the instructor to treat the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: George Mason Intellectual Properties, Inc
    Inventors: Michael M. BEHRMANN, Shuangbao WANG, Heidi J. GRAFF
  • Publication number: 20140234819
    Abstract: An updater (16) of a behavior presentation device (1), on the basis of performed-behavior information acquired by a behavior information acquirer (15) and indicating a behavior performed by a target group comprising a plurality of users or a single target user, updates a behavior list stored by a behavior list storer (11) and indicating a possible behavior of the target group or the target user, and user information stored by a user information storer (12) and indicating a behavioral habit of the target group or the target user. On the basis of the user information, a presentation information generator (13) extracts, from the behavior list, a behavior that conforms with a predetermined evaluation criterion. The presentation information generator (13) generates presentation information for displaying the behavior extracted, and sends the presentation information to a display (14). The display (14) displays the presentation information and presents the behavior to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rie Tanaka, Shinichi Doi, Taku Konishi, Satoko Itaya, Naoki Yoshinaga
  • Publication number: 20140220526
    Abstract: A system is configured to receive voice emotion information, related to an audio recording, indicating that a vocal utterance of a speaker is spoken with negative or positive emotion. The system is configured to associate the voice emotion information with attribute information related to the audio recording, and aggregate the associated voice emotion and attribute information with other associated voice emotion and attribute information to form aggregated information. The system is configured to generate a report based on the aggregated information and one or more report parameters, and provide the report.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Eric F. SYLVES
  • Patent number: 8794974
    Abstract: A method and system for scoring task information. Through the use of an electronic time management device, such as a cell phone or other portable digital computer based device programmed to support this method, a user enters a description of a task and when the task should be completed. This information is then communicated to a scoring system, and the information is scored without human intervention and points are given. Optionally, if the information cannot be automatically scored, it is scored by a person. These points can be banked and then be used toward a socially desirable reward, such as sending text messages or playing music or watching videos. This is particularly effective in teaching time management skills to young students who may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Lee A. Hollaar, Jodi Morstein Groot
  • Patent number: 8784115
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic training optimization are disclosed. In one example, a fitness level change is identified. In one example, a current training intensity is updated to reflect an updated user fitness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Chu-Shan Chuang
  • Publication number: 20140178843
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for facilitating attention to a task are disclosed. The method may include: detecting, with a sensor, one or more movements, estimating the task attention state based on the one or more movements, determining the workload based on the estimated attention state, and determining based on the workload, the optimal format for the relay of operational information that best facilitates attention to the task for increased ease of task performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher C. Smyth
  • Patent number: 8740623
    Abstract: An embodiment of an apparatus, or corresponding method, for developing a person's behavior according to the principles of the present invention comprises at least one visual behavior indicator that represents a behavior desired of a person viewing the at least one visual behavior indicator. The apparatus, or corresponding method, further includes at least two visual choice indicators viewable with the at least one visual behavior indicator that represent choices available to the person, the choices assisting in developing the behavior in the person by assisting the person in choosing an appropriately adaptive response supporting the desired behavior or as an alternative to behavior contrary to the desired behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Bee Visual, LLC
    Inventors: Michele A. Walker, Jeffrey M. Walker, Daniel J. Reilly
  • Publication number: 20140147819
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the instant invention provides for a computer-implemented interactive lifestyle reinforcement game that includes steps of: displaying a first visual area and a second visual area of the game; where the first visual area includes X panes with descriptions of routines and activities; where the second visual area includes Y subareas, and where a number of Y subareas is less than a number of X panes; moving each X pane selected by a player into one of the Y subareas of the second visual area until all Y subareas are filled; displaying indication that identifies player's progress in performing selected routine and/or activity; automatically removing a completed routine or a completed activity from an associated Y subarea; allowing the player to select a new routine, a new activity, or both; and repeating steps based on the player's desire or until there are no more available X panes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: Adam Cricchio, Helen Lee, Alexandria Stried, Melanie Mannarino
  • Patent number: 8738391
    Abstract: A system for describing and analyzing service-related human experience in organizational or commercial environments based on a hierarchical model of needs (e.g. Maslow's hierarchy of needs) is provided herein. The system may include a classifier configured to classify experience states based on a predefined hierarchical model of needs, to yield a classification; a modeler configured to model a real-life environment into a model that includes a set of process instances associated with users; and an experience notation generator configured to: extract experience-related data associated with the users from the model, based on the classification; and represent the experience-related data of each one of the process instance as a non-textual time series, based on the classification. Optionally, the time series may be used to produce reports using an analyzer. The reports may be applied to a remedy engine to generate recommendations for improving the human experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Raymund J R Lin, Amnon Ribak, Yoav Rubin, Susan L Spraragen
  • Patent number: 8719035
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for recognizing user personality in accordance with a speech recognition system. For example, a technique for recognizing a personality trait associated with a user interacting with a speech recognition system includes the following steps/operations. One or more decoded spoken utterances of the user are obtained. The one or more decoded spoken utterances are generated by the speech recognition system. The one or more decoded spoken utterances are analyzed to determine one or more linguistic attributes (morphological and syntactic filters) that are associated with the one or more decoded spoken utterances. The personality trait associated with the user is then determined based on the analyzing step/operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Osamuyimen Thompson Stewart, Liwei Dai
  • Patent number: 8708705
    Abstract: An individual can be presented with information which could provide such individual with an improved understanding of how people with different personality types and levels of consciousness could perceive and address disruptive events. This presentation of information can be in the form of a computer game in which a player can guide an avatar through increasing levels of consciousness, observing how the avatar perceives and addresses disruptive events at each level. Such a computer game can include multiple avatars representing different personality types, and can be configured so that the player would use avatars representing each personality type in the course of completing the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Conscious Dimensions, LLC
    Inventors: Myra Baker, Robin Grant, Dorothy Hatic, Deborah Ooten, Mary Barr Rhodes, Lance White
  • Patent number: 8696358
    Abstract: A system (2) for facilitating responsible behavior by an entity comprising an identification means (32) for identifying the entity, a facility (4) for verifying the identification means and facilitating pursuit of the behavior, a storage means (18) coupled to be in communication with the facility (4) for storing information related to the pursuit of the behavior by the entity, a modeler module (24) for comparing the information related to the pursuit of the behavior by the entity with a behavior model to determine a category of behavior of the entity and a resolver module (22) for determining one or more actions to be initiated in relation to the entity and their pursuit of the behavior such as initiating a change to one or more operating parameters of the facility (4) in response to the activation of one or more limits, blocks or triggers related to the entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: John Thomas Flanagan
  • Patent number: 8690579
    Abstract: The dental position tracking system includes a toothbrush (30) which has a system (20) for determining the orientation of the toothbrush in the mouth of a user relative to the earth, based on measured stored information. Information is stored in the toothbrush concerning target ranges of expected measured toothbrush orientations for each of a plurality of dental zones (22). A processor (24) compares the measured toothbrush orientation information with the target orientation ranges, following conversion of both the target orientation information and the measured toothbrush orientation information to the same coordinate system. The processor then determines which if any of the target ranges matches, within a selected tolerance thereof, with the toothbrush orientation information. Any difference between the target range and the measured toothbrush orientation information is then used to partially adjust the target information range, in order to compensate for a change of position of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Teunis Jan Ikkink, Hans Marc Bert Boeve
  • Publication number: 20140093850
    Abstract: A method for providing ongoing motivation to users who are attempting completion of a goal through the performance of individual steps. In the method, for each completed step towards a determined goal which is completed, the user is awarded a charm engageable to a bracelet. The ongoing positive reinforcement of the charms continues to motivate the user during all steps toward the goal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Kamara J. Georgi
  • Patent number: 8684741
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for analyzing pattern colorings and evaluating various psychological symptoms or disorders in art therapy are disclosed. The method suggests performance-related elements such as completeness, accuracy and degree of concentration as elements, can objectively and quantitatively rate these elements as well as various color-related elements, can detect the changes of these elements in pattern colorings, can estimate the levels and changes of psychological symptoms and disorders and determine whether the symptoms and disorders are serious or not, can acquire various kinds of knowledge in the field of art therapy and establish a knowledge base, and can interpret the pattern colorings based on the analysis and knowledge base. The apparatus consists of units obtaining inputs of characteristics of clients, analyzing and rating the various elements in the pattern colorings, and outputting various kinds of information to the clients, parents, teachers, and art therapists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventor: Seong-in Kim
  • Publication number: 20140051047
    Abstract: A user may react to an interaction by exhibiting a mental state. A camera or other monitoring device can be used to capture one or more manifestations of the user's mental state, such as facial expressions, electrodermal activity, or movements. However, there may be conditions where the monitoring device is not able to detect the manifestation continually. Thus, various capabilities and implementations are described where the mental state data is collected on an intermittent basis, analyzed, and an output rendered based on the analysis of the mental state data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Bender, Rana el Kaliouby, Evan Kodra, Oliver Ernst Nowak, Richard Scott Sadowsky
  • Publication number: 20140038148
    Abstract: A method and system for supporting and enhancing time management skills. Through the use of an electronic time management device, such as a cell phone or other portable digital computer based device programmed to support this method, the user enters information about a task which is then verified and “banked points” are given for correct entry. The banked points can then be used toward a socially desirable reward, such as sending text messages or playing music or watching videos. This is particularly effective in teaching time management skills to young students who may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jodi Morstein Groot, Lee Allen Hollaar
  • Patent number: 8636518
    Abstract: A self-exploration assembly includes a base and a plurality of petals each shaped so that when the plurality of petals are coupled to the base in a first orientation, the plurality of petals together resemble an onion, and, when the plurality of petals are coupled to the base in a second orientation, the plurality of petals resemble a flower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Simple Ideas, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Wetherbee
  • Publication number: 20140017648
    Abstract: A system for directing behavior of a first patient of a plurality of patients towards a behavioral objective includes a patient behavioral path calculator, a patient goal calculator, and a patient monitoring processor. The system also includes an information communication processor and a statistical processor. The patient behavioral path calculator calculates a patient behavioral path based on a statistical profile. The patient goal calculator calculates patient goals along the patient behavioral path toward a behavioral objective. The statistical processor can modify the statistical profile based on a response to a targeted message sent by the information communication processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Pharos Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Randall E. Williams, Russell Fulling, Timothy J. Heuer, John Anthony Pitocco
  • Publication number: 20140011167
    Abstract: A system for directing behavior of a first patient of a plurality of patients towards a behavioral objective includes a patient behavioral path calculator, a patient goal calculator, and a patient monitoring processor. The system also includes an information communication processor and a statistical processor. The patient behavioral path calculator calculates a patient behavioral path based on a statistical profile. The patient goal calculator calculates patient goals along the patient behavioral path toward a behavioral objective. The statistical processor can modify the statistical profile based on a response to a targeted message sent by the information communication processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Pharos Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Randall E. Williams, Russell Fulling, Timothy J. Heuer, John Anthony Pitocco
  • Publication number: 20130344467
    Abstract: A couplable ornament may be a five-pointed star, a rectangle or other form, and be configured for coupling to other ornaments using a ball-and-socket construction, magnets, tabs and slots or other coupling means. The ornament may have words or designs with significance to an individual or organization, and a plurality of ornaments may be awarded over time with different markings or words where the plurality of ornaments couple with one another. A system of couplable ornaments may be an employee achievement recognition system in which the ornaments are awarded by an organization to employees over time to mark particular individual or organizational milestones, where the ornaments may be coupled together by recipients to form shapes, structures or other designs constructed from the individual ornaments. The ornament may have two halves forming an ornamental member with the ability to receive decorative elements such as a substrate and/or a snap-in ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Trevor Norcross
  • Patent number: 8602792
    Abstract: An easy to understand visual comparison between a person's chronological age and calculated psychological age takes the form of a time scale representing person's estimated lifespan on which the spacing between indicators provides the comparison. In a preferred embodiment the lifespan time scale is in the form of a clock on which respective clock hands represent the chronological age and calculated psychological age.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Aleksandr A. Kronik
  • Publication number: 20130316315
    Abstract: The method and system are based on knowledge branch structure which is a hierarchical categorization of a subject's fundamental and complex elements and PAQ which is designed to re-test students on only those concepts which give an ambiguous outcome. Therefore, the method and system act as a formative and summative assessment in one which provides teachers and students with accurate and in-depth analysis of data as well as descriptive feedback from the test data. Many embodiments of the invention can be implemented as an assessment tool on a computing system, more specifically through program/software.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Jae Song
  • Publication number: 20130302767
    Abstract: A computer implemented student attendance tracking and award credit accumulation system in which class and school attendance data associated with a student is tracked, recorded and reported to select parties in real-time. In the computer implemented system and method, a student earns award credits for class and school attendance, in real-time, and the system immediately updates an accumulation balance of student award credits stored within data storage at a web based interface server. The system includes a plurality of data input terminals and a web based interface server, wherein the input terminals may comprise kiosks, desktop workstations and/or laptops. Each data input terminal includes a student identification retrieval device and is configured for retrieving student identification data for input into the web based interface server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: THE KELLY TOUCH, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly T. Hipskind
  • Patent number: 8573980
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods to modify memory and/or cognitive function by delivering a sensory stimulus paired with learned material at opportune physiological periods during sleep. For example, described herein are systems, methods and devices to enhance a user's cognitive function in such areas as memorization and learning. A machine (e.g., a system or device) may be used to identify opportune periods of the sleep cycle and to deliver a stimulus during specific phases of the sleep cycle to facilitate or interrupt memory consolidation. In some variations the machine records ambient sensory inputs during awake acquisition or reinforcement/relearning and replays all or an extracted form of the ambient sensory stimuli a specified portion of the user's sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sheepdog Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Z. Wetmore, Todd O. Anderson, Robert J. Barretto, Alexander F. A. Butterwick, Lia Siebert
  • Patent number: 8568311
    Abstract: Cognitive assessment systems and methods that provide an integrated solution for evaluating the presence or absence of cognitive impairment. The present invention is used to test cognitive functions of an individual including information processing speed, working memory, work list learning and recall, along with variations of these tasks. Immersive and non-immersive systems and methods are disclosed. Testing and results feedback using the present invention may be completed in real time, typically in less than 15 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Emory University, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Michelle C. LaPlaca, David W. Wright
  • Patent number: 8562354
    Abstract: A method and system for supporting and enhancing time management skills. Through the use of an electronic time management device, such as a cell phone or other portable digital computer based device programmed to support this method, the user enters information about a task which is then verified and “banked points” are given for correct entry. The banked points can then be used toward a socially desirable reward, such as sending text messages or playing music or watching videos. This is particularly effective in teaching time management skills to young students who may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jodi Morstein Groot, Lee Allen Hollaar
  • Patent number: 8556630
    Abstract: A system and method for human physical and behavioral profiling. Provides profiles based on queries to at least one individual that include physical and behavioral questions. May suggest behavior modification for an individual or a compatibility assessment between two individuals may be generating using two individual's profiles. Embodiments of the invention break personality styles into six styles, “Saturn”, “Mars”, “Jovial”, “Lunar”, “Venusian”, “Mercury” and “Solar”. The styles may be determined by visual input or physical description queries of an individual and may be associated with the polarity values of “active”, “passive”, “+” or “?”. The system further yields an alchemy type of “Gold”, “Silver”, “Copper” and “Lead” which further allows for compatibility checking. Furthermore, the system quantifies a key feature and co-feature for an individual and provides an energy center designation of “moving”, “emotional”, “instinctive” or “intellectual” which are compared between individuals for compatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Zannah Hackett
  • Patent number: 8556631
    Abstract: A higher education constituent relationship (CRM) system may provide an educational institution with a graphical display of a probability and desirability value for a person at a stage of a student life cycle. For example, the higher education CRM system may receive a history of interactions between the person and the institution. The higher education CRM system may use the history of interactions and information about the person to calculate the probability value, or measure of the likelihood that the person moves to another stage in the student life cycle, and the desirability value, or a measure of the appeal of the person to the educational institution at a stage of the student life cycle, for the person. The higher education CRM system may display the calculated values for the probability and desirability to a representative of the institution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Ellucian Company L.P.
    Inventors: Melissa King, Denise Marie Mendonca, Patrick Packard, Martin Donald Reber, Robert David Rullo