Body Attached Or Connected Patents (Class 455/100)
  • Patent number: 10334898
    Abstract: Clothing for shielding a person from radio frequency energy relating to an electronic device includes a garment adapted to be worn by the person that includes at least one pocket having an inner panel and an outer panel. The pocket is sized to bold the electronic device. The inner panel of the pocket includes an electrically conductive shield material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: William P. Alberth, Jr., John Cipolla
  • Patent number: 10313028
    Abstract: There is provided a human body communication device including a control unit configured to adjust a communication strength on the basis of information relevant to a process using human body communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihito Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 10135759
    Abstract: Management of context and power control information enables different power control schemes for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint based on proximity services or applications. Context information may be defined as situation data about a service or application that is used to help define a power control scheme to be implemented. Power control information may be defined as control or status data for power control, which can be used for reporting or controlling the transmitting power of a peer in a P2P network. Context and power control information may be managed across multiple layers such as the application layer, service layer, media access control layer, or physical layer. Context and power control information is updated and exchanged between or among peers for context-related power control in proximity services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Convida Wireless, LLC
    Inventors: Qing Li, Paul L. Russell, Jr., Chonggang Wang, Zongrui Ding, Hongkun Li
  • Patent number: 10016306
    Abstract: Hearing protection devices that contain an FM-receiver and antenna connected to one another, each being disposed interiorly in a protective muff of the hearing device, where the antenna is molded into a plastic housing in the protective muff are described, as are methods of making protective muffs used in such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Henrik J. Sjöman
  • Patent number: 10003369
    Abstract: A portable, wearable radio includes a modular harness having the flexibility to be reconfigured into a plurality of different profiles, the modular harness having an interior and a plurality of radio components removably disposed within the interior of the modular harness. The plurality of radio components includes a first radio component, a second radio component electrically coupled to the first radio component via a first flexible electrical connector, and a third radio component electrically coupled to the first radio component via at least one of a group selected from the first flexible electrical connector and a second flexible electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Lee Sun Ooi, Wooi Ping Teoh, Wai Mun Lee, Guo Dong Gan, Bing Qin Lim, Teck Yem Lee, Michael J. Page
  • Patent number: 9912416
    Abstract: A communication device includes a ground unit, a dielectric plate, a communication circuit, a conductor, and a capacitance element. The ground unit has a reference potential applied to the ground unit. The dielectric plate is provided on the ground unit. The communication circuit is provided on the dielectric plate and performs a transmission and a reception of a signal. The conductor is connected to the communication circuit. An end of the capacitance element is connected to the conductor. An another end of the capacitance element is connected to the ground unit. A capacitance of the capacitance element is smaller than a capacitance formed between the conductor and the ground unit. The capacitance of the capacitance element is bigger than a capacitance formed between the conductor and the ground unit being caused by a human body touching or approximating to the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takafumi Ohishi, Kazuhiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 9834159
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to control a vehicle with less delay. A control system 100 according to the present invention includes: an estimating unit 103 that estimates a factor and a required time until encountering the factor based on a result of an observation of a periphery of a vehicle; and a deciding unit 104 that decides control contents of the vehicle based on data stored in a first storage unit 101 when the required time is longer than a threshold and that decides control contents of the vehicle based on data stored in a second storage unit 102 which can be accessed at a higher speed than the first storage unit 101 when the required time is equal to or shorter than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Yuki Kajiwara
  • Patent number: 9807705
    Abstract: Provided are a method and device for controlling transmitting power. According to the method, when it is detected that a target object approaches a mobile terminal, a position, which the target object approaches, on the mobile terminal is determined, and an optimal sensing area for a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) reducing antenna of the mobile terminal to sense a movement of the target object is selected according to the position; movement information of the target object is acquired by sensing the movement of the target object in the optimal sensing area by the SAR reducing antenna, and the transmitting power of the mobile terminal is controlled according to the movement information. The technical solution can improve the sensing distance and range of the SAR reducing antenna, namely, improve the sensitivity of the SAR reducing antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: XI'AN ZHONGXING NEW SOFTWARE CO. LTD
    Inventors: Feifei Zhang, Qian Qi, Zhiqiang Hou
  • Patent number: 9771122
    Abstract: A handlebar assembly for steering a vehicle includes a handlebar, a grip positioned on the handlebar at a first end of the handlebar assembly, and a hand control assembly positioned adjacent the grip. The hand control assembly includes an optical sensor. The optical sensor has a housing with a light transmissive section, a light source configured to emit light, and a light sensor configured to detect light. The light source and the light sensor are positioned at least partially within the housing. The optical sensor is operable to detect movement of a vehicle operator along the light transmissive section of the housing by detecting reflected light from the light source with the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventor: Geovani Felicilda
  • Patent number: 9593969
    Abstract: An electronic device with a rigid housing includes multiple apertures which each define a portion of a symbol used to identify the device. Conducting inserts may be positioned within the apertures to provide externally-accessible electrical connectors. The electrical connector may be used as a portion of a sensor or a charging circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas V. King
  • Patent number: 9571147
    Abstract: A portable storage apparatus includes a wrapping unit, a buckling unit, a clawing unit and a holder. The wrapping unit is adapted for wrapping a user's arm. The buckling unit is attached to the wrapping unit. The holder is adapted for holding a portable electronic device. The clawing unit is attached to the holder. The clawing unit can be engaged with and disengaged from the buckling unit. Hence, the holder can be attached to and detached from the wrapping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Chi-Yuan Chang
  • Patent number: 9531497
    Abstract: A real-time capable, protocol-aware, reactive jammer using GNU Radio and the USRP N210 software-defined radio (SDR) platform detects in-flight packets of known wireless standards and reacts to jam them—within 80 ns of detecting the signal. A reactive jamming device is achieved using low-cost, readily available hardware. The real-time reactive jamming device includes a real-time signal detector that detects an event in received packets in the wireless network, a reactive jamming device that sends a triggering signal when the event is detected, and a jamming generator responsive to the triggering signal to generate a jamming signal that has a user-defined delay so as to enable jamming of specific locations in received packets in the wireless network. The effects of three types of jamming on WiFi (802.11g) and mobile WiMAX (802.16e) networks are demonstrated and jamming performances are quantified by measuring the network throughput using the iperf software tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Boris Shishkin, Danh H. Nguyen, Cem Sahin, Kapil R. Dandekar, Nagarajan Kandasamy, David J. Dorsey
  • Patent number: 9402429
    Abstract: A telemetrically enhanced article of clothing comprises a fabric layer having an inside surface and an outside surface. A sensor is attached to the inside surface of the fabric layer such that when the article of clothing is worn by the user, the sensor is in contact with the user's skin. An electrically conductive trace may extend along the fabric layer and may be electrically connected at a first end to the sensor. A retaining ring may be adhered to the fabric layer near a second end of the electrically conductive trace. The retaining ring is capable of receiving a telemetry device and forming a compression connection between the perimeter of the telemetry device and the retaining ring such that when the telemetry device is received in the retaining ring, the second end of the electrically conductive trace is in electrical contact with the telemetry device. The telemetry device may store, process, or transmit physiological and/or other data collected by a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 9405892
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for preventing spoofing attacks for bone conduction applications. According to one aspect, a device can receive an authentication signal that has propagated through a body. The device can prevent an adversary from using the authentication signal to spoof a user to be authenticated by the device. The device can also authenticate the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9313905
    Abstract: A retractable storage system for handheld electronic device has a plug head actuation system to operably connect or disconnect the plug head and one or more storage chambers to house a retraction mechanism and/or a battery. At least one accessory station structured on the housing member of the device has an aperture for arresting, dispensing and/or charging at least one accessory item, such as a wireless earbud or e-cigarette. The retraction mechanism retrieves and dispense the stored accessory item through the accessory station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: HYBRID SKILLZ INC.
    Inventor: John T. Merenda
  • Patent number: 9002298
    Abstract: A wireless communications device includes a Personal Area Network (PAN) transceiver that communicates data with a corresponding PAN transceiver disposed in a hands-free visor. The device also includes a short-range transceiver that communicates with a corresponding short-range transceiver in the hands-free visor. Both the wireless communications device and the hands-free device are configured to select which of these transceivers it is to use to transmit data based on predefined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Peter Karlsson, Kåre Agardh, Daniel Lönnblad
  • Patent number: 8989821
    Abstract: Electronic devices having improved battery configurations, and more specifically configurations reducing overall space required for a battery and attendant electronics, as well as providing restraining mechanisms to prevent a battery from impacting these electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin John Pope, Daniel William Jarvis
  • Patent number: 8968043
    Abstract: By using the intelligent ski handle capable of communicating with a tow boat, a towed user can control functions such as raising a warning flag, changing the speed and direction of the boat, sounding a horn, etc. thus promoting safety of the rider. When the towed user is separated by a prespecified distance from the ski handle, the handle can sense a fallen rider and wirelessly transmit a control signal to a receiver on the towing boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 8959145
    Abstract: A system and method for supporting content distribution in an electronic network includes a peer-to-peer network of electronic devices. The electronic devices are initially preloaded in a distributed manner with various content segments from corresponding content items. When a system user selects a particular content item on a corresponding electronic device, a download manager of the electronic device may automatically generate content segment requests to other appropriate electronic devices in the peer-to-peer network. The download manager may then download and automatically reassemble the content segments to produce the selected content item for utilization by the system user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaos Georgis, Djung Nguyen, Paul Hwang
  • Patent number: 8929823
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for a handheld diabetes-management device to establish a data connection with a Continua manager. The method includes: receiving a request to establish a new data connection with a computing device, where the computing device is physically separated from the diabetes-management device and operates as a manager in accordance with IEEE standard 11073; determining whether the diabetes-management device has an existing data connection with a medical device that is physically separated from the diabetes-management device; terminating the existing data connection with the medical device in response to the determination that the diabetes-management device has an existing connection with the medical device; and establishing a new data connection with the computing device in accordance with IEEE standard 11073.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark G. Mears, Mark Nierzwick, Phillip E. Pash, Vincent R. Rizzo, Bettina Steiner, Kristin M. Westerfield
  • Patent number: 8886129
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for reducing an average time period adopted at the time of evaluating an effect of electromagnetic fields of a mobile communication base station near the mobile communication base station on a human body and measurement is performed for 6 minutes at a predetermined measurement point for acquiring a whole body average by comparing a site measurement result targeting multiple base stations and uncertainty by repetitive measurement and when a 6-minute average value and an average value for a reduced time period which is shorter than 6 minutes are compared with each other, a standard deviation is equal to or lower than a predetermined level, e.g., 0.4 dB, it is sufficient even by the measurement for the reduced time period which is shorter than 6 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Byung Chan Kim, Je Hoon Yun, Chang Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 8880128
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preventing a user device from exceeding a transmit power budget when a presence of an object is detected are described. A user device detects a presence of object that absorbs electromagnetic radiation, and in response to detection of the human body part, the user device determines a remaining amount of a transmit power budget of the user device, and calculates an amount of data that can be transmitted without exceeding the remaining amount. The user device transmits the second data at the specified transmit power level according to the calculated amount of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Varada Gopalakrishnan, Kiran K. Edara
  • Patent number: 8818300
    Abstract: In summary, the present invention relates to a device, a method, a system and a computer program enabling to ensure a reliable communication even under difficult radio frequency conditions. In case data cannot be successfully communicated by a radio frequency communication, the data may be transmitted to another device by a body-coupled communication via a human or animal body. The other device can act as a relay and forward the data to an intended destination. Thus, data may be successfully transmitted to the intended destination even under difficult radio frequency conditions due to body shadowing or other effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Falck, Steven Corroy
  • Patent number: 8760364
    Abstract: A separable portable multi-display device is provided. A portable multi-display device includes a main body panel housing having a first display, a sub-panel housing having a second display, and a coupling device for coupling the main body panel housing to the sub-panel housing such that at least one sides of the first display and the second display can contact each other. The panel housings are separable from and connectable to each other, a range of a border between the displays when the panel housings are interconnected being minimized so that the displays can be shown as if it is driven as a single screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Si Han Kim, Hyun Hee Kim, Jang Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 8750794
    Abstract: A communications system may include at least one first near field communication (NFC) device associated with an object, and a mobile wireless communications device. The mobile wireless communications device may include a second NFC device configured to communicate with the at least one first NFC device based upon proximity thereto, an image sensor, and a controller coupled to the second NFC device and the image sensor. The controller may be configured to determine at least one archive image of the object based upon NFC communication between the second NFC device and the at least one first NFC device, determine a sensed image of the object from the image sensor, and perform image comparison between the at least one archive image and the sensed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: James Allen Hymel, Jean Philippe Bouchard, Jeffery Erhard Lindner
  • Patent number: 8750791
    Abstract: Provided are a hub, a relay node, and a node for reconfiguring an active time position of a node in a WBAN. An active time position of the node may be reconfigured based on information associated with an active time position of a candidate relay node that the node desires to use as a relay node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei University
    Inventors: Chang Soon Park, Young Soo Kim, Hyo Sun Hwang, Sung Yeon Kim, Jeong Ahn Kwon, Jang Won Lee
  • Patent number: 8738093
    Abstract: Methods and systems for selecting a number of requests for transmission information by a user device when a presence of an object is detected are described. A user device detects a presence of object that absorbs electromagnetic radiation, and in response, selects a number of requests for transmission of additional information. The user device transmits the additional information at the specified transmit power level using the selected number of scheduled requests when the presence of the object is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Varada Gopalakrishnan, Kiran K. Edara
  • Patent number: 8725089
    Abstract: Provided are a first hub corresponding to a first WBAN and a second hub corresponding to a second WBAN which may communicate with each other through a temporal connection. The temporal connection may decrease the usage of additional data, complexity, and power consumption that typically occurs due to mutual communication between different WBANs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei University
    Inventors: Young Soo Kim, Chang Soon Park, Young Jun Hong, Daesik Hong, Seokwon Lee, Hyungsik Ju
  • Patent number: 8712078
    Abstract: A wireless headset is adapted to communicate with a sound source such as a music player or a cell phone or a suitable audio or sound communicated through a one-way or two-way communication device. The headset includes a mouth wearable communicator; and a linking unit coupled to the mouth wearable communicator, the linking unit adapted to communicate with the sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sonitus Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Amir A. Abolfathi
  • Publication number: 20140057554
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, the signal electrode is disposed on the first principal surface side of the substrate and is connected to the other end of the second signal line. The housing covers and accommodates therein the substrate, the communication unit, the first signal line, the terminal, the second signal line, and the signal electrode. The conductive material is arranged on an outer side of the housing so as to be opposite to the signal electrode, and includes an outer peripheral portion extended outward beyond an outer periphery of the signal electrode. The communication apparatus carries out data communication via a living body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Koichi Mori, Takafumi Ohishi, Kazuhiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 8639185
    Abstract: A communication system includes a transmitter that applies an electric field, obtained by modulating an information signal for wideband communication, to a transmission medium. The transmitter includes a transmission electrode, a transmission circuit that outputs the information signal for the wideband communication, and a first band controller that controls a band of the information signal for the wideband communication. When the transmission medium is in contact with the transmission electrode and the transmission medium and the transmission electrode are capacitively coupled to each other, the first band controller performs control to provide a band that is necessary for a receiver to perform demodulation for the wideband communication, and when the transmission medium is not in contact with the transmission electrode, the first band controller performs control to provide a narrower band than the band that is necessary for the wideband communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hebiguchi, Shigetoshi Matsuta, Masaru Koishi, Hideyuki Nebiya
  • Patent number: 8611828
    Abstract: The innovation introduces a new kind of smart biological-sensing controller, based on silicon and/or flexible polymer printed electronics. The purpose of the device is to monitor and/or control biological signals of living organisms (for example, microbes, bacteria, insects, plants, animals, and people). Embedded in a system, the innovation can work contactless and battery-free since it is self-powered, wirelessly self-communicating without the use of electromagnetic waves like radio frequencies (RF), infrared or other electromagnetic technologies. Instead, the innovation uses alternating electric fields for powering, measuring and communicating, and introduces an innovative new method of mobile vital signs monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Wolfgang Richter, Faranak Zadeh
  • Patent number: 8606177
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method for controlling human body contact of ground electrode, and a human body communication system using the same. The apparatus includes a resistance measuring unit for applying a predetermined voltage to a human body through a signal electrode, to measure a resistance value between the signal electrode and the ground electrode; a contact control unit for determining whether the ground electrode needs to contact the human body by using the measured resistance value, to provide control information associated with human body contact; and a contact performing unit for bringing the ground electrode into contact or out of contact with the human body according to the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jung-Hwan Hwang, Sung-Weon Kang, Kyung-Soo Kim, Jung-Bum Kim, In-Gi Lim, Chang-Hee Hyoung, Sung-Eun Kim, Duck-Gun Park, Jin-Kyung Kim, Hyung-Il Park
  • Patent number: 8599010
    Abstract: A firefighter tracking system is provided for use in conjunction with a fire truck to track firefighters at the scene of a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Abhijit Bose, Mohammed Rizwan, Vinayak Sadashiv Kore, Andrew G. Berezowski
  • Patent number: 8594597
    Abstract: A portable transmitter includes a circuit board having a button battery and an antenna; and a case accommodating the battery and the circuit board. The case includes first and second case members being engaged with each other. A concave portion is formed on the first or second case members to accommodate the button battery, and a lock portion is formed on the first or second case members to lock the circuit board. While the concave portion accommodates the button battery and the circuit board is locked by the lock portion, a surface of the circuit board and a surface of the button battery are attached, and the first case member and the second case member are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Saito, Mitsuru Nakagawa, Tokio Shimura
  • Patent number: 8594568
    Abstract: The invention describes a method of transferring application data (F1, F2) from a first device (Ds) to a second device (DT1, DT2), which method comprises exchanging, through the body of a user (2) touching a touch interface (210) of the first device (Ds), connection-related data (4) between the first device (Ds) and a memory device (1), which memory device (1) is conveyed on the person of the user (2). Application data (F1, F2) is transferred from the first device (Ds) to the memory device (1) over a connection, between the first device (Ds) and the memory device (1), established on the basis of the connection-related data (4), and stored in a memory (220) of the memory device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Thomas Falck
  • Patent number: 8577429
    Abstract: An accessory configured to couple to a mobile device is disclosed. The accessory may include at least one finger engaging portion having an exterior surface and a clip portion adjacent the exterior surface. The clip portion may include a tab and a device engaging portion. The accessory further may include an extension portion extending outward from the exterior surface of the finger engaging portion, wherein the device engaging portion extends between the tab and the extension portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: AirEast Mobile, Inc
    Inventor: Michael Linhardt
  • Patent number: 8548394
    Abstract: An intraoral cavity control system having a shape adapted to be positioned between the palate in the roof of the mouth and the tongue comprising, a control interface to receive control input from an organ of the mouth, a wireless transmitting and/or receiving means for transmitting an electrical output signal from the control system and/or for receiving an electrical input signal from an external unit, a control element for processing the control input from the control interface into said electrical output signal transmitted by the transmitting means and for processing said electrical input signals establishing a communication between the external unit and the control element, a power source for providing electrical power to said control system wherein the wireless transmitting and receiving means are further provided with an antenna that is arranged to extend from within a first volume of the oral cavity bound by the medial surface of the teeth and being arranged within a second volume of the oral cavity bou
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: TKS A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Vie Christensen
  • Patent number: 8538348
    Abstract: An information processing terminal system includes an information processing terminal; and a transmitting and receiving unit which is attached to the information processing terminal. The transmitting and receiving unit converts a reception wave signal from a network into a reception analog baseband signal. The transmitting and receiving unit converts the reception analog baseband signal into a reception digital baseband signal in synchronization with a clock. The information processing terminal converts the reception digital baseband signal into a reception data in synchronization with a clock, and a transmission data into a transmission digital baseband signal in synchronization with the clock. The transmitting and receiving unit converts the transmission digital baseband signal into a transmission analog baseband signal in synchronization with the clock. The transmitting and receiving unit converts the transmission analog baseband signal into a transmission modulation wave signal to output to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Oga
  • Patent number: 8526894
    Abstract: A bio-medical unit includes a power harvesting module, a processing module, memory, and a transceiver. The power harvesting module converts an electromagnetic signal into a supply voltage, which powers the processing module, the memory, and the transceiver. The processing module communicates, via the transceiver, with an external device regarding a medical matter to obtain storage location information regarding the medical matter, wherein the storage location information indicates where data associated with the medical matter is at least partially stored. The processing module then aggregates the storage location information with patient data storage location information to produce updated patient data storage location information, wherein the patient data storage location information contains storage location information regarding previous medical matters associated with the host body. The memory stores the patient data storage location information and the updated patient data storage location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Ahmadreza (Reza) Rofougaran
  • Patent number: 8526879
    Abstract: A communications device for wireless communication with another device, the communications device having a) a first part having a first housing and a first induction coil for providing an inductive coupling to the other device, and b) a second part having a second induction coil adapted to be inductively coupled to said first induction coil and to said other device when mounted on or near said first housing. Provided is a relatively simple mechanical interface for an inductively coupled link between a communications device and another device. The second part is adapted to be detachably attachable to the first housing. An advantage is that no connector is needed whereby a simpler and more reliable device is provided. The consequences of wear of the connector leading to increased contact resistance and/or failure of the electrical connection is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Niels Kristian Kristiansen, Sune Pelle Borregaard, Torkil Filholm
  • Patent number: 8509689
    Abstract: A communication device for communicating with an external device using a human body as a signal transmission path, includes an electric field strength measuring unit configured to measure a noise level from a detected received electric field strength at the time of no signal after the received electric field strength is detected by the communication device when a transmission signal to be output to the external device is absent, a transmission output determination unit configured to determine an output level of the transmission signal to be transmitted to the external device on the basis of the measured noise level, and an output execution unit configured to output a transmission signal of the determined output level to the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Nakamura, Daichi Inoue
  • Patent number: 8509467
    Abstract: There are provided a human body sound transmission system and a method. The human body sound transmission system according to an aspect of the present invention directly or indirectly contacts a human body to apply coupled signals of high frequency sound signals with high frequency signals, which recover sound signals from the high frequency sound signals, to the human body and transmit the sound signals using the human body as a transmission medium, wherein a magnitude of the sound signals recovered around a human's ear is increased in proportion to the number of signals transmitted through the human body by transmitting the plurality of signals including the same sound signals through the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Sung-Eun Kim, Jung Hwan Hwang, Tae Wook Kang, Sung Weon Kang, Tae Young Kang, Kyung-Soo Kim, Jung Bum Kim, Jin Kyung Kim, Kyung Hwan Park, Hyung Il Park, In Gi Lim, Byoung Gun Choi, Chang Hee Hyoung, Seok Bong Hyun
  • Patent number: 8494574
    Abstract: A method for controlling a feature of a telecommunications device includes determining a proximity of a user to the telecommunications device by detecting the body heat of the user. In response to determining proximity of the user, a feature of the telecommunications device is toggled between an activated state and a deactivated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Shekhar Gupta
  • Patent number: 8489021
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a communication interface unit configured to receive reference biosignal data, and a wireless interface unit configured to receive a plurality of candidate biosignal transmissions from candidate biosignal transmitters. A comparison unit of the apparatus is configured to compare the reference biosignal data with the candidate biosignal transmissions, thus resulting in comparison data. The wireless interface unit is configured to execute a pairing protocol with a candidate biosignal transmitter of a candidate biosignal transmission by utilizing the comparison data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Niclas Granqvist, Juhani Kemppainen, Jukka Jaatinen, Pertti Puolakanaho
  • Patent number: 8467726
    Abstract: The communication device (10) which performs, when attached to the first region of the moving body, wireless communication with the communication partner device (20) attached to the second region of the moving body includes: a motion obtaining unit (11) which obtains motion information indicating a motion of at least one region of the moving body; a parameter determining unit (12) which determines a parameter corresponding to the motion of the region of the moving body indicated by the motion information obtained by the motion obtaining unit (11), using parameter information in which the motion and a parameter indicating a communication mode for successful wireless communication are associated with each other; and a wireless communication unit (13) which performs wireless communication with the communication partner device (20) according to the parameter determined by the parameter determining unit (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Naganori Shirakata, Koji Imamura, Yoshitaka Ohta
  • Patent number: 8467742
    Abstract: An electrode group is provided in a portable terminal carried by a human body for transmitting a transmission signal to the human body functioning as a transmission medium. The electrode group contains three electrodes arranged respectively at three vertices of an equilateral triangle. Three types of driving electrode pairs are defined as respectively having different combination of optional two electrodes. While changing the driving electrode pairs for use in order one pair by one pair, the transmission signal based on the same transmission data is repeatedly transmitted as many times as the number of driving electrode pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Hachisuka, Takayuki Shibata, Ryoichi Sugawara
  • Patent number: 8447244
    Abstract: There is provided a mobile station device in a multi-hop system capable of realizing relay of communication of another station while suppressing increase of power consumption of the local station. In this device, at timing t1, a mobile station MS2 transmits data S2 destined to a base station BS1, to a mobile station MS1. The mobile station MS1 receives the data S2 and temporarily stores it in a buffer. The mobile station MS1 waits until timing t4 when the data S1 of the mobile station MS1 is to be transmitted. When this timing has come, the data S2 stored in the buffer is multiplexed with the data S1 of the mobile station MS1 and transmitted to the base station BS1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 8442249
    Abstract: A human body sound transmission apparatus and method for minimizing a signal loss are disclosed. The human body sound transmission apparatus includes: an audio signal transmission unit modulating an audio signal desired to be transmitted, and transmitting the modulated audio signal to the vicinity of a user's ear through the human body (i.e., a user's body); and a carrier wave signal transmission unit transmitting a carrier wave signal for demodulating the modulated audio signal to the vicinity of the user's ear through the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jung Hwan Hwang, Tae Wook Kang, Sung Eun Kim, Sung Weon Kang, Kyung Soo Kim, Jung Bum Kim, Hyung Il Park, Chang Hee Hyoung, Jin Kyung Kim, In Gi Lim, Kyung Hwan Park, Byoung Gun Choi, Tae Young Kang, Seok Bong Hyun
  • Patent number: 8433290
    Abstract: A mobile communication device, such as a cellular phone, for example, is capable of functioning in a transmitter disabling mode and is set to the transmitter disabling mode in automatic response to a power-on operation and then automatically changed to a transmitter enabling mode provided that a predetermined condition is confirmed. The communication device is instantly set to the transmitter disabling mode in automatic response to the initiation of use of an earphone or camera function and kept in the transmitter disabling mode even if the earphone or camera function enters an out of use condition. Surrounding people are informed of the transmitter disabling mode without fail by a standardized appearance of the earphone or a standardized blinking of a flash unit of the camera function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka