Developing Or Testing Coordination Patents (Class 434/258)
  • Patent number: 9905239
    Abstract: Provided are methods of decoding speech from the brain of a subject. The methods include detecting speech production signals from electrodes operably coupled to the speech motor cortex of a subject while the subject produces or imagines producing a speech sound. The methods further include deriving a speech production signal pattern from the detected speech production signals, and correlating the speech production signal pattern with a reference speech production signal pattern to decode speech from the brain of the subject. Speech communication systems and devices for practicing the subject methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Edward F. Chang, Kristofer E. Bouchard
  • Patent number: 9867558
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of assessing proprioceptive status by calculating a proprioceptive score Sp from absolute and variable errors between target angles and angles estimated and joint motion detection by the person tested, and/or between measured time of perceived movement of the joint of the tested person these proprioceptive scores of a person being associated with an assessment date and then stored with a date so as to serve as a reference when said person is monitored or when there is a comparison of said person with at least another person. The present invention also concerns an apparatus for the proprioceptive assessment of at least one joint, this apparatus having two movable parts (8, 9) with drive means (12, 15) particular for the pivoting of the movable parts (8, 9), means of determining the pivot angle for each of the first and second parts (8, 9) also being provided. Applications are in the field of proprioceptive assessment by movement of a limb of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Pascale Rabischong, Patrick Sainton, Violaine Sevrez, Joël Coste
  • Patent number: 9844872
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer readable media are provided for determining: 1) sensor parameters for sensors of a robot and 2) model parameters of a dynamic model of the robot. The sensor parameters and model parameters are determined based on applying, as values for known variables of a system equation of the robot, sensor readings and position values for each of a plurality of instances of a traversal of the robot along a trajectory. The system equation of the robot is a dynamic model for the robot that includes sensor models substituted for one or more corresponding variables of the dynamic model. The system equation includes unknown variables representing unknown sensor biases for the sensors of the robot and unknown model parameters of the dynamic model of the robot. Solutions to the unknown variables are generated and utilized to determine the sensor parameters and the model parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Buschmann
  • Patent number: 9794729
    Abstract: Techniques for mobile devices to subscribe and share raw sensor data are provided. The raw sensor data associated with sensors (e.g., accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, pedometers, pressure sensors, audio sensors, light sensors, barometers) of a mobile device can be used to determine the movement or activity of a user. By sharing the raw or compressed sensor data with other computing devices, the other computing devices can determine a motion state based on the sensor data. Additionally, in some instances, the other computing devices can determine a functional state based on the sensor data and the motion state. For example, functional state classification can be associated with each motion state (e.g., driving, walking) by further describing each motion state (e.g., walking on rough terrain, driving while texting).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Libo C. Meyers, Anil K. Kandangath, Xiaoyuan Tu
  • Patent number: 9770658
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing and improving the performance of a body motion of an animal or human subject requires instrumenting a subject with inertial sensors, monitoring a body motion of interest, converting sensor data into motion data and animation, comparing the motion data with existing data for motion related performance parameters, providing a real-time, information rich, animation and data display of the results in color coded displays; and based on the results prescribing a training regime with exercises selected from a library of standardized exercises using standardized tools and training aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: K-MOTION Interactive, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D Bentley
  • Patent number: 9744438
    Abstract: A talent management portfolio game including a board representing an organization, whereby game pieces representing members of the organization having a potential value to the organization can be managed so as to maximize the value of the organization according to its members. Value pieces representing realized potential can be attached to the game pieces based on played talent action cards, thereby realizing some of the potential of the game piece. Game pieces can be promoted within the organization or exchanged in attempts to maximize the value of the organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Kate M. Frambach, Susan Dunn, Jason Jeffay
  • Patent number: 9586137
    Abstract: A system for improving bodily dexterity includes a plurality of wearable sensor units and a processing unit. The plurality of wearable sensor units each include a sensor for sensing a user action, a generating module for generating an action signal that includes information about the user action, and a sensor transmitter for transmitting the action signal. The processing unit includes a processing unit receiver for receiving the action signal, an interpretation module for interpreting the action signal in accordance with a set of pre-assigned criteria, and an output signal generator for generating an output signal based on the interpreted action signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Embodify ApS
    Inventor: Søren Holme
  • Patent number: 9517339
    Abstract: A method of training an individual includes receiving data indicative of a training suitability state of an individual upon a tiltable support platform, and commanding electrical stimulation of a spinal reflex pathway innervating a muscle in the individual, responsive to the data, and such that the muscle reflexively contracts to tilt the support platform. A value indicative of an amplitude of the reflexive contraction is electronically recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation
    Inventors: David Koceja, Behdad Tahayori
  • Patent number: 9459755
    Abstract: A mobile system for managing a facility includes a display, a memory, and a processor. The memory comprises an application program. The program is configured to present a graphical user interface (GUI) on the display. The GUI enables a user to view and enter information about equipment in the facility. The application program stores the entered data in the memory. The processor is configured to execute the application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Peter M. Curtis
  • Patent number: 9380961
    Abstract: An impact detection device for detecting impacts to a body part of a user and various supporting systems are discussed. In an example, an impact detect device can include a circuit board, a component having a first section and a second section, a battery, and a molding for housing the circuit boat, the battery and the component. The circuit board can include impact detection circuitry including at least two sensors and a communication circuit. A zone of reduced rigidity can connect the first and second sections of the component, with the circuit board secured to the first section. The battery can be secured to the second section of the component allowing for flex relative to the circuit board. The molding can be shaped and dimensioned for mounting to a body part of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBox Biometrics, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Borkholder, Matthew Kenyon, Ryan Ramplin, Michael H. Ostertag, Kim Sherman, Matthew Wellman, Micah Harrison
  • Patent number: 9377305
    Abstract: A method for providing route guidance includes the route guiding apparatus transmitting to the server a user's location sensing signal; the server receiving the user's location sensing signal from the route guiding apparatus; the route guiding apparatus transmitting to the server a user's operation recognition signal; the server receiving the user's operation recognition signal from the route guiding apparatus; the controller determining a user's status based on at least one of the location sensing signal and the operation recognition signal; the server transmitting map data corresponding to a user's location determined using the user's status to the route guiding apparatus; the route guiding apparatus receiving the map data from the server; and the route guiding apparatus guiding a route to a destination based on the map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MNSOFT, INC.
    Inventors: Young Soo Yoo, Sang Won Yang
  • Patent number: 9361316
    Abstract: In one aspect, an information processing system for determining complimentary phrases to present to a recipient is provided. The information processing system may receive an input image depicting a subject. A difference in appearance between the subject depicted in the input image and a model subject may be determined. One or more phrases (e.g., complimentary phrases) may be selected from a plurality of categorized phrase candidates based on the identified difference in appearance between the subject and the model subject. The difference in appearance may be determined by comparing selected features (e.g., skin, hair, eyes) of the subject with one or more predetermined features of the model subject. The model subject may be the same or different than the subject depicted in the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Junichi Rekimoto, Tatsushi Nashida
  • Patent number: 9327202
    Abstract: A wind tunnel may comprise: a flight chamber; a plurality of diffusers; a plurality of expanding corners, wherein the plurality of expanding corners comprises a first expanding corner and a second expanding corner; and a return, the return configured to have disposed therein a fan operatively coupled with a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Airborne America, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Lurie
  • Patent number: 9241851
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a hands-free user interface device includes a first plate, a second plate spaced from the first plate, a sensor associated with the plates adapted to detect when the first plate pivots relative to the second plate, and a controller adapted to receive signals from the sensor and output control signals to another component based upon the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Kathryn Jeanne De Laurentis, Merry Lynn Morris, Matthew Alan Wills, Sravan Kumar Elineni
  • Patent number: 9216132
    Abstract: A device that supports a motion for restoring an inclination angle of a body to a reference direction is provided. A balance device includes a sensor, at least one flywheel, and a controller. The sensor is configured to detect an inclination angle of the body with respect to the reference direction. The at least one flywheel is arranged on the balance device so that an axis of the flywheel is non-parallel to a yaw axis of the body when the balance device is attached to a user. The yaw axis of the body corresponds to a longitudinal direction of the body. In addition, the yaw axis coincides with the reference direction when the user stands erect. The controller is configured to change a rotation rate of the flywheel based on an inclination angle detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventors: Eisuke Aoki, Hitoshi Konosu, Hidenori Kimura, Tytus Wojtara, Shingo Shimoda
  • Patent number: 9200897
    Abstract: A measurement and testing system comprising a plurality of measurement assemblies and a data acquisition and processing device is disclosed. Each of the plurality of measurement assemblies includes a measurement surface for receiving at least one portion of a body of a subject; and at least one measurement device configured to sense one or more measured quantities and output one or more signals that are representative of the one or more measured quantities. In one embodiment, the data acquisition and processing device is configured to determine whether a load is being applied to a particular one of the plurality of measurement assemblies by a first or second body portion of the subject. In another embodiment, the data acquisition and processing device is configured to construct a first virtual measurement assembly from a first subset of measurement assemblies and a second virtual measurement assembly from a second subset of measurement assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Christopher Wilson, Necip Berme
  • Patent number: 9082312
    Abstract: A physical activity instructional apparatus that enables at least audio instruction, detection of movement and audio feedback based on the detected movement during the performance of a sequence of positions or moves. Embodiments enable a human to learn a sequence of martial arts moves, dance steps, yoga positions, golf, tennis or baseball swing, or any other type of physical activity involving a sequence of positions or moves, for example while being prompted to perform the positions or moves in sequence. Embodiments may utilize a mobile device that includes at least an audio output and which then detects movement and then provides audio or tactile feedback based on that movement to inform the student as to the correct or incorrect performance, for example without requiring a visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Antennasys, Inc.
    Inventor: Spencer Webb
  • Patent number: 9079058
    Abstract: A motion coordination operation device is provided, which includes a movement information input unit inputting movement information supplied from respective sensor devices mounted on a plurality of users; and an operation unit operating coordination information that indicates the synchronization of motions of bodies or parts of the bodies of the plurality of users from the input movement information from the respective sensor devices, and generating control information for feedback outputs for the users based on the coordination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Akane Sano
  • Patent number: 9039421
    Abstract: An educational apparatus for educating, testing and entertaining individuals includes a rotatable spherical element, a planar support structure and a plurality of rollers for supporting the spherical element for rotational movement. The planar support structure defines an elevated planar surface with a circular opening therein. The rotatable rollers are hingedly mounted to the planar support structure around the opening for supporting the spherical element with a majority of the spherical element above the level of the planar support structure. A fixed element is fixed to the spherical element and a magnetic complimentary element is disposed adjacent the spherical element for contact by the fixed element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Abdulkarim Ali Al-Motawwah
  • Patent number: 9033712
    Abstract: The invention relates to training and can be used for learning and/or developing movement skills, fixing dynamic stereotypes and for training movement coordination. The aim of the invention is to provide a trainee with on-line correcting tactile feedback during training and to improve techniques and rate of a movement by bringing it as close as possible to a reference movement. The inventive training method consists, when learning a movement, in digitizing said movement, in comparing it with the digitized pattern of a reference movement and, if the trainee deviates from the reference movement, in receiving by said trainee a tactile feedback (tactile action) for on-line correcting said movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Maxim Alexeevich Vasin
  • Patent number: 9028258
    Abstract: The present invention provides method and apparatus to perform combined cognitive and motor rehabilitation on a computerized non-portable system or on single portable device. A patient can play a variety of games that require the patient to perform a variety of memory exercises which involve physical exertion. The activities of the patient are monitored with pattern analysis software which provides feedback to the patient. The feedback can include voice synthesis, video guidance, progression messages etc. Patient data obtained while the patient is performing each of the memory exercises is stored locally on a database module and then uploaded to a cloud server. A remote psychologist/psychiatrist monitors the patient by logging into the same cloud, and updating cognition exercises. The same therapist can have live chats with the patient for further interaction and coaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Bright Cloud International Corp.
    Inventor: Grigore C. Burdea
  • Publication number: 20150125837
    Abstract: The present invention provides a training garment (1) for persons suffering from upper limb dysfunction. According to one aspect of the invention, the training garment (1) comprises a shoulder garment (10), which comprises a shoulder portion (11) adapted to be worn across a person's shoulder and a first main body portion (12) adapted to be worn around the trunk of the person. Both ends of the shoulder portion (11) are attached to the first main body portion (12), and the shoulder portion (11) has an area (101) for receiving a shoulder marker. The proposed training garment (1), due to its special design of the shoulder portion (11) and the first main body portion (12), can prevent displacement of the shoulder marker while the person is performing active rehabilitation exercises, such as raising up his arm, and therefore, it can improve the recognition accuracy of the movement tracking system for the rehabilitation training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jianxiong Zhang, Yugang Jia
  • Publication number: 20150125838
    Abstract: Methods and systems of providing hands-on developmental therapy to a subject by a care provider are disclosed. The method can include providing a subject to receive hands-on therapy, assessing the developmental needs of the subject, selecting a level corresponding to the developmental needs of the subject, providing the subject with therapeutic tools and activities corresponding to the therapeutic tools, and guiding the subject through the hands-on therapy corresponding to the selected level. The levels include activities of increasing difficulty with the subject using the same therapeutic tools for each level. The levels can also include a sensory level with sensory tools and activities to improve the sensory system of the subject. The methods and systems of providing hands-on developmental therapy can improve a subject's fine motor skills, strength, and sensory skills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Caroline Pack
  • Patent number: 9011157
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tool assisted piece assembly are generally discussed herein. A system for tool assisted piece assembly may include a container, assembly pieces in the container, and at least one tool. The container may include a transparent portion configured to allow a user to see inside the container and an opening in the container. The at least one tool may be configured to allow a user manipulate the assembly pieces inside the enclosed container with the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Keerthi Gunasekaran
  • Patent number: 8974232
    Abstract: A computer readable storage medium includes executable instructions to receive sensor data measurements associated with usage of a mobility aid device and extract sensor feature parameters from the sensor data measurements. The computer readable storage medium further includes executable instructions to derive a usage state corresponding to the usage of the mobility aid device, based on the sensor feature parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Christian Behrenbruch, William Kaiser, Majid Sarrafzadeh, Maxim Batalin
  • Patent number: 8961185
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to enable a user to favorably coordinate the timing of musculoskeletal movement and skeletal muscle contraction and relaxation with the cardiac pumping cycle in order to improve perfusion of cardiac and peripheral skeletal muscle and other tissues, increase physiological efficiency, decrease myocardial stress, and enhance individual performance, health and safety during rhythmic physical activity. Additionally, systems and methods are disclosed to enable a user to avoid inadvertent unfavorable coordination of musculoskeletal movement and skeletal muscle contractions and relaxation cycles with the cardiac pumping cycle during physical activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pulson, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Lee Bleich, Paul David Mannheimer, Jeffrey Lawrence Michels, Marc David Anker
  • Patent number: 8939919
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a therapeutic system and methods of using the therapeutic system. In particular, the present invention relates to systems having hardware, software, and appliance components for assessing and entraining a neuromuscular pattern or behavior in a patient. The methods include configuring the hardware and software systems to receive data from an orofacial stimulation appliance and to generate a precise therapeutic pulse profile that is actuated as a tactile stimulus. In one embodiment, the system and methods also include collecting data using the orofacial stimulation appliance and delivering the tactile stimulus via the orofacial stimulation appliance to entrain an organized neuromuscular pattern or behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Innara Health, Inc., University of Kansas
    Inventors: Steven M. Barlow, David L. Stalling, Kenneth Aron
  • Publication number: 20150017623
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and an apparatus for neuromotor rehabilitation by using virtual and interactive environments which allow the subject or patient to carry out rehabilitative training, and to collect functional parameters concerning the neuromotor aspect. Said method offers in only one apparatus a play means, a rehabilitative equipment and a device for collecting and analyzing specific medical parameters. The method can be used according to two modes: the assisted and independent one. The subject is represented in a virtual setting in which he is asked to carry out precise activities in order to reach a target aim and, at the same time, to use or summon up motor pattern studied by rehabilitation therapists; during the activity the equipment records a very significant quantity of previously selected data which are classified, processed, compared and analyzed by means of a dedicated data management software.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Gabriele CERUTI, Thomas ORLANDI, Veronica MANZINI, Jessica RISPOLI
  • Patent number: 8872664
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods, devices, and systems to monitor activity. One method to monitor activity includes monitoring activity of an individual including detecting a sensor activated by an individual during the individual's daily activities. The embodiment also includes comparing the sensor activation to a predetermined sensor activation timeframe, determining whether to initiate an alert based upon the comparison, and checking for at least one other sensor activation to confirm whether an alert should be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Healthsense, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Bischoff, Alan P. Shilepsky, Lina Long
  • Publication number: 20140308640
    Abstract: A method to improve a skilled motion through holistic viewing, in-place and/or across a horizontal plane, involving a video camera, computer, and monitor system that displays a prerecorded video clip of a master's performance selected from a library of video clips recorded in a plurality of perspectives and also displays a live video feed of the student performing the master's motion in the same perspective, controlled by placement of the video camera relative to the student. Slight variations of the master's skilled motion loop repeatedly and contain blacked-out segments such that the student dynamically performs the selected motion both with and without the visual guidance of the master's performance. The video library includes invention-specific tutorials on why to use specific digital video playback controls known to the art such as horizontal orientation, freeze frame, slow motion, as well as recording the live video to disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: George Edward Forman, Judith Barker Dixon
  • Publication number: 20140295394
    Abstract: The disclosed device, system and methods relate to a spinning rotation and meditation device, having a rotating platform set at a nonzero angle from horizontal. Certain embodiments comprise a platform capable of rotation about a central hub which further comprises a plurality of legs, wherein the platform is set to rotate on a plane which is set at a non-zero angle from the horizon. Certain embodiments of the disclosed devices, systems and methods relate to the acquisition and practice of a centrifugal balance process, skill and ability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Weltha LLC
    Inventor: Craig Weltha
  • Publication number: 20140287392
    Abstract: Provided is a board game instrument for learning. The board game instrument includes at least two projectiles, a launch pad, at least two baskets, a game board, and at least two magic cards. The projectiles are thrown in a basket using a launch pad. The launch pad launches the projectile using an elastic force. The baskets are formed to be concave so as to hold the projectile launched from the launch pad and have a rim of a top surface and a bottom surface thereof formed to be flat. The game board includes an area in which the baskets are placed, and is configured such that at least three baskets acquired in a game are stacked up into a pyramid of two or more tiers on the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Korea Board Games Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gil-Oh KIM
  • Publication number: 20140255891
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving ice skating technique comprises a body formed of at least one block having first and second sides and first and second elastic loops operably connected to and formed adjacent to each of the first and second sides of the body. Each loop is sized to receive the knee of a user therein so as to locate the body therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: BPRO SPORTS INC.
    Inventors: Borys Protsenko, Konstantin Dyskin
  • Patent number: 8827718
    Abstract: A motor coordination testing device includes a signal generator and a signal retrieving device. The signal generator includes a first electronic protractor, a second electronic protractor, a first support rotatably coupled with the first electronic protractor, and a second support rotatably coupled with the second electronic protractor. The signal retrieving device is electrically connected to the signal generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: I-Shou University
    Inventors: Hsiu-Ching Chiu, Louise Ada, Hsin-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 8794975
    Abstract: The motor and cognitive skills development system includes a series of exercise mats having various instructional patterns thereon in increasing degrees or levels of physical and mental difficulty from very basic to more advanced moves and instructions. Each mat includes a complete series of exercise instructions thereon, with the exercises ranging from a relatively simple series of progressive jumps along the mat, to more complex jumps requiring only one foot, lateral or backward jumps, jump turns, etc. The instructions may range from simple representations of foot patterns through representations of various objects, colors, alphanumeric indicators, caricatures, etc. The development system thus challenges students both physically and mentally, with the instructor determining the exercise(s) to be performed and the corresponding mats according to the needs of the student(s) and/or curriculum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle D. Davey
  • Patent number: 8794976
    Abstract: Method are provided for evaluating reaction time data obtained from a stimulus-response testing system. One exemplary method comprises: obtaining reaction time data, the reaction time data comprising a plurality of reaction times, each reaction time comprising an estimate of a time required for a subject to respond to a corresponding stimulus event; assigning a weight to each reaction time in the reaction time data in accordance with a weighting function, the weighting function comprising a rule that defines a mapping between reaction times and corresponding weights; and determining a weighted reaction time metric based at least in part on a sum of the weights assigned to the reaction times in the reaction time data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Trustees of the Univ. of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Kevin Gar Wah Kan, Christopher Grey Mott, Daniel Joseph Mollicone
  • Publication number: 20140212859
    Abstract: An object designed to improve the hand-eye coordination of a user. The object comprising a plurality of distinct zones with each zone have a unique indicator. In use a user will verbally identify the indicator prior to catching the object. Preferably, the object is a spherical shaped ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Dustin J. Sagedahl
  • Patent number: 8764532
    Abstract: A fall and/or concussion prediction system includes: (i) a measurement assembly configured to receive a subject having a surface for receiving at least one portion of a body of a subject and at least one measurement device, the at least one measurement device configured to sense one or more measured quantities and output one or more signals that are generated based upon the subject's contact with the surface; (ii) a visual display device, the visual display device configured to display a task, an interactive game, a virtual reality scenario, and/or an immersive graphic environment that is visible to the subject; and (iii) a data processing device operatively coupled to the at least one measurement device of the measurement assembly and the visual display device. In one embodiment, a dual-task protocol is used to assess a person's risk for falling and/or predict whether or not a person has sustained a concussion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventor: Necip Berme
  • Publication number: 20140162231
    Abstract: A method for developing a user's perceptual motor skills. The method includes providing a plurality of sheets and providing, on each of the plurality of sheets, a skill development activity to be completed by a user. Collectively, the skill development activities require the user to employ each of the user's visual discrimination skills, visual memory skills, visual spatial relationship skills, visual form constancy skills, visual sequential memory skills, visual figure ground skills, and visual closure skills. The method includes providing pictorial indicia on each of the plurality of sheets that provides a thematic link between the plurality of sheets, binding the plurality of sheets together in a predetermined order, and cuing the user to complete the skill development activities of the plurality of sheets in the predetermined order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventor: Toni Schulken
  • Patent number: 8727785
    Abstract: We present a tool that can enhance the concept of BWS training by allowing natural APAs to occur mediolaterally. While in a supine position in a 90 degree tilted environment built around a modified hospital bed, subjects wear a backpack frame that is freely moving on air-hearings, as a puck on an air hockey table, and attached through a cable to a pneumatic cylinder that provides a load that can be set to emulate various G-like loads. Veridical visual input is provided through two 3-D automultiscopic displays that allow glasses free 3-D vision representing a virtual surrounding environment that may be acquired from sites chosen by the patient. Two groups of 12 healthy subjects were exposed to either strength training alone or a combination of strength and balance training in such a tilted environment over a period of four weeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Lars I. E. Oddsson
  • Patent number: 8702430
    Abstract: A sports electronic training system, and applications thereof, are disclosed. In an embodiment, the system comprises at least one monitor and a portable electronic processing device for receiving data from the at least one monitor and providing feedback to an individual based on the received data. The monitor can be a motion monitor that measures an individual's performance such as, for example, speed, pace and distance for a runner. Other monitors might include a heart rate monitor, a temperature monitor, an altimeter, et cetera. Feedback provided to a user typically includes, for example, training information such as whether the user is satisfying specific workout and/or training criteria. In an embodiment, the functionality of the sports electronic training system is enhanced by enabling the portable electronic processing device to interact with other devices and applications, for example, using the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Dibenedetto, Mark Arthur Oleson, Roland G. Seydel, Scott Tomlinson, Allen W. Van Noy, Amy Jones Vaterlaus, Stephen Michael Vincent
  • Publication number: 20140087341
    Abstract: An exercise training system for facilitating tempo-based exercising using a computing device. The system includes a music library module having a plurality of selectable music files stored in a data storage device. The system includes a video instruction library module including a plurality of selectable video instruction files stored in a data storage device. The system includes a builder module to manage organization of selected music files and video instruction files into a coordinated music stream and a coordinated video instruction stream using a processor. The system includes a tempo registration module for selectably altering an effective tempo of each of the music stream and the video instruction stream to each match a selectable desired tempo using a processor. The system includes a tempo selection module to permit a user to select a value for the desired tempo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: David Hall
  • Patent number: 8678829
    Abstract: A device for physical and/or occupational therapy has a pair of spaced apart vertical structural members joined to one another by a pair of spaced apart horizontal structural members. Each of the vertical and horizontal structural members has at least one target protruding from the structural member. A tool has an interior passage of a size that can receive a target whereby a physical therapy patient can grasp the tool and place the tool on a target designated by a therapist such that the target is located in the interior passage of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel George Manfre
  • Patent number: 8657295
    Abstract: A manual neurological testing device for measuring a subject's reaction time comprising: a releasable holding member operable to be grasped by the subject; a stimulus device coupled with the releasable holding member, the stimulus device outputting a perceivable stimulus; and a measurement device coupled with the releasable holding member, the measurement device measuring the subject's reaction time for grasping the releasable holding member relative to the perceivable stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of Michigan
    Inventors: James A. Ashton-Miller, Hogene Kim, James T. Eckner, James K. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8652072
    Abstract: A kinematic system is described. The kinematic system includes a kinematic device for attachment to a subject's body part. The kinematic device projects a light line, and a movement of the light line is used to evaluate a movement, posture, or balance of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Stimson Biokinematics, LLC
    Inventors: Wendy Stimson, John Caldwell
  • Patent number: 8636624
    Abstract: A cylindrical gear ring assembly is provided for use as a decorative wearable ornamental device useable as a ring or other piece of jewelry, a toy, and a therapy tool, and more specifically to a ring with a rotatable mechanism comprising movable cylinders which rotate against gear mechanisms and method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kinekt Design, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Liberman, Ben Hopson
  • Patent number: 8622745
    Abstract: An aid is disclosed for a trainer teaching a student motor skills. A magnetically-inert shield receives a magnetically-inert screen fixed to the front side thereof. A token has a magnetically-attractive material, and a token controller has a first magnet, such that the token controller may be used to move the token around on the screen when the token controller is pressed up against the rear side of the shield. One of the screens may include at least one raised portion raised off of the front surface of the screen a distance sufficient to receive the token thereunder. Various activities and games may be played with the aid, revolving primarily about the student trying to grasp a token that is moved by the trainer about the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Franz Vinther
  • Patent number: 8622747
    Abstract: A new apparatus, system and method for fall prevention training is provided that delivers, studies and analyzes the biomechanics of a disturbance event, such as a slip or trip incident, so that an appropriate response can be executed by the person to reduce or eliminate the number of falls experienced. The apparatus includes a platform that delivers a disturbance event in less than about 500 ms and preferably in the range of about 100 ms to about 200 ms. The method includes a unique protocol for fall prevention training using the apparatus. The disturbance event can create instability in the joint of the individual. An individual's walking gait can be monitored with the portions thereof detected. A disturbance event can be triggered when a given portion of the walking gait is detected. Also, the disturbance even can be triggered manually, at preset intervals or according to preset script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Simbex LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Chu, Richard M. Greenwald, David D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8608480
    Abstract: A method is generally described which includes providing training by altering a user's motional response includes directing a user to perform specified motions in accordance with a training sequence and detecting the user's motions, by a feedback sensor device, the motions associated with the user. The method also includes generating, by the control program, control data based on the data representative of the detected motions and the training sequence. The control program is configured to receive data representative of the detected motions and to receive the training sequence. The control program has a control algorithm configured to generate control data based on the data representative of the detected motions and the information. Further, the method includes running the control program by a controller configured to output control signals based on the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8545230
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, method and apparatus for a non-nutritive suck (NNS) entrainment pulse generator. An embodiment includes a valve assembly in communication with a first pressure and a second pressure to change a pressure of a baglet. A controller can switch the valve assembly to selectively couple the first and second pressures to the baglet to produce a series of pressure pulses within the baglet. In an embodiment, the pulse generator is substantially self-contained. In an embodiment, the valve assembly includes a reciprocating piston assembly to generate the series of pressure pulses. In an embodiment, the NNS entrainment pulse generator is portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Innara Health, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Stalling, Mike Litscher