Sensory (e.g., Visual, Audio, Tactile, Etc.) Patents (Class 600/27)
  • Patent number: 10780242
    Abstract: An enclosure including one or more panels that together define a header and two generally opposing sides. The header and two generally opposing sides define a reclining pocket for receiving a body part of an individual. Each of the one or more panels includes a cushion layer and a sound absorbing layer having an interior side. The cushion layer is disposed along and at least partly overlaps the interior side of the sound absorbing layer. The sound absorbing layer exhibits a greater sound absorption coefficient than the cushion layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Julia Helena Luetje, Susan Allison Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10771727
    Abstract: A monitoring system having a heads-up display may include a receiver, a transmitter, and a monitor device. The monitoring system may be designed to display video information in a peripheral field and may be designed to display real-time information while minimizing latency. The monitoring system may provide for the monitoring or recording of patient vital information by a healthcare professional performing medical tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Sumit Nijhawan, Jeffrey Nguyen, Defeng Xu
  • Patent number: 10741286
    Abstract: To provide a technique for measuring a state of stress by objective symptoms having a correlation with stress in a mobile terminal device. In order to the above object, a program is provided, and a mobile terminal device reads and executes the program to perform: a video-on step for enabling a moving image capturing function of the mobile terminal; a light-on step for enabling a light disposed at an image capturing side of the mobile terminal; a pupil recognition step for recognizing pupils of animal eyes from an image that is being captured, wherein the animal eyes include human eyes; and a pupil change calculation step for calculating a pupil change, wherein the pupil change is a change in a dilation level of the recognized pupil over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Ryozo Saito, Hirotsugu Takahashi, Tetsu Kayama
  • Patent number: 10737055
    Abstract: Devices and methods for the prevention and treatment of disorders related to stress and poor sleep are provided. A headgear device is provided that delivers heated water vapor to the crown of the wearer's head, which has been observed to facilitate sleep and reduce the symptoms of stress. Methods of facilitating sleep and reducing stress are provided that involve exposing the crown to heated water vapor. Further embodiments of the device and methods for use thereof provide relief to other parts of the body, such as joints and back muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Gadzey
  • Patent number: 10732592
    Abstract: A method for controlling target massage equipment, a device for controlling the target massage equipment, and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium. The method includes obtaining at least one of an arm swing frequency or a total exercise intensity when a user is doing exercise through a wearable device, obtaining exercise information according to the at least one of the arm swing frequency or the total exercise intensity, and controlling the target massage equipment to operate according to the exercise information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junjie Li, Gang Wang, Xiangyang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10725534
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method of generating a VR sickness prediction model. A method of generating a VR sickness prediction model according to the present disclosure includes: displaying virtual reality content on a display unit; detecting first VR sickness information of a user who experiences the virtual reality content using a sensor; determining second VR sickness information using a user input that is input from the user in response to a request for inputting a degree of VR sickness for the virtual reality content; performing machine learning based on supervised learning using VR sickness-inducing factors for the virtual reality content, the first VR sickness information, and the second VR sickness information; and determining a correlation between the VR sickness-inducing factors and a list of VR sickness symptoms on a basis of the performed machine learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Wook Ho Son, Seung Woo Nam, Hee Seok Oh, Beom Ryeol Lee
  • Patent number: 10694989
    Abstract: A system for inhibiting shaking includes multiple parallel tracks each to join a plurality of mini gyroscopes (MG) in series, the parallel tracks joined at one or more control junctures and disposed on a flexible substrate wrap. The system includes multiple MG accumulated in series in the parallel tracks via a user's action(s), the MG configured to spin 90 degrees relative to each other and a single parallel track at a magnitude and a direction of relative angular velocities. The system additionally includes mini accelerometers and a digital processing circuit to differentiate shaking and purposeful movement via a first and a second derivative of accelerations of portions of the flexible substrate wrap. The system further includes a microcontroller to control the variable angular momentum and the spin axis of the MG to ablate shaking relative to purposeful movement of portions of the substrate wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Robert C V Chen, Tiffany Y W Chen
  • Patent number: 10695529
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for changing a cognitive state of a user are disclosed. An example system includes a sensor to gather first electroencephalographic data from the user and an analyzer to determine a first cognitive state of the user based on the first electroencephalographic data and to determine a first binaural beat to present to the user based on the first cognitive state and a second cognitive state. The example system also includes an output to present the first binaural beat to the user. The sensor is to gather second electroencephalographic data from the user exposed to the first binaural beat. The analyzer is to determine a first effectiveness of the first binaural beat to place the user in the second cognitive state, and to determine a second binaural beat to present to the user based on the first cognitive state, the second cognitive state, and the second electroencephalographic data. The output is to present the second binaural beat to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nishanth Ramaprakash, Sreenidhi Koti
  • Patent number: 10695577
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient's heart is provided. The method includes providing a light source which emits light having an initial power density. The method further includes positioning the light source relative to the patient's heart with intervening tissue of the patient between the light source and the patient's heart. The method further includes directing light onto cardiac tissue of the patient's heart from the light source through the intervening tissue without damaging the intervening tissue. The cardiac tissue is irradiated by an efficacious power density of light for an efficacious period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PhotoThera, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis De Taboada, Jackson Streeter
  • Patent number: 10665221
    Abstract: A virtual reality guide hypnosis speech processing method and apparatus, wherein the method comprises: performing a text analysis for a hypnosis guide language, so as to obtain text hierarchical information of the hypnosis guide language; performing a speech analysis for the hypnosis guide language, so as to obtain speech rhythm information of the hypnosis guide language; searching a hypnosis speech library for corresponding speech units, according to the text hierarchical information and the speech rhythm information of the hypnosis guide language, the hypnosis speech library storing speech units generated according to corpus data recorded by a user's susceptible person; synthesizing found speech units into hypnosis speech data; and synthesizing the hypnosis speech data with a virtual reality hypnosis scene, and outputting a virtual reality guide hypnosis speech. The present disclosure can improve the user's hypnosis susceptibility and optimize the hypnosis effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN INSTITUTES OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Rongmao Li, Shanshan Zang, Yanjun Liu, Yili Chen, Yanchun Zhu, Mingmin Chen, Yaoqin Xie
  • Patent number: 10638107
    Abstract: A method for virtual reality rendering views to an output device is described. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving vehicle data from a portable device. The vehicle data including a velocity, an orientation, and a location of a vehicle. The method including receiving user data from the portable device. The user data including a velocity, an orientation and a location of a user. The method including generating a view based on the vehicle data, the user data, and the model including one or more components that define the view. The method including determining a difference between the user data and the vehicle data. The method including rendering the view to the output device by controlling the output device to update display of the view according to the determined difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Arthur Alaniz, Joseph Whinnery, Robert Wesley Murrish, Michael Eamonn Gleeson-May
  • Patent number: 10630931
    Abstract: One or more devices, systems, and/or methods for presenting real-time videos of views that are obstructed are provided. For example, a first video may be received from a first camera. The first video comprises a real-time representation of a view opposing a first side of an obstruction. The first video is processed using a set of video parameters to generate a second video. The second video is transmitted to a display device. The second video is displayed on a display area positioned on a second side of the obstruction. A third video, comprising a real-time representation of the display area, is received. The set of video parameters are modified to generate a modified set of video parameters, based upon a comparison of the third video with the first video. The first video is processed using the modified set of parameters to generate an updated instance of the second video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Theodore Bax, Kimberly Williams, Lisa Giaffo, John Donald, Tanisha Sharma
  • Patent number: 10621698
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for a sensory compensation device including a position and orientation sensor arranged to generate position and orientation data based on one or more of detected velocity, angular rate, gravity, motion, position and orientation associated with the device. The device also optionally includes an optical sensor arranged to capture real-time images and generate real-time image data of an area adjacent to the device. The device includes a processor arranged to: i) optionally receive the real-time image data, ii) receive the position and orientation data and iii) generate compensated image data based on the real-time image data and the position and orientation data. Furthermore, the device includes a display arranged to display compensated images derived from the compensated image data where a portion of the compensated images includes the captured real-time images, if captured, with adjusted positions and orientations in relation to the captured real-time images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hadal, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Rikoski
  • Patent number: 10589056
    Abstract: A sleep inducing device and a sleep management system including the same are provided. The sleep inducing device comprises: a housing unit that includes a frame of which the shape can be changed; a sensor unit that is disposed on one surface of the housing unit and includes a brain-wave measurement sensor that measures a user's brain wave; an output unit that includes a first output unit and a second output unit, wherein the first output unit is located on one side of the housing unit to output a sound or light with a first frequency, and the second output unit is located on an opposite side of the housing unit to output a sound or light with a second frequency that is different from the first frequency; and a control unit that calculates the user's sleep pattern on the basis of the brain wave signal measured by the sensor unit and changes the output signal of the output unit such that the sleep pattern approaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FRASEN INC.
    Inventor: Hyo Jun Woo
  • Patent number: 10589055
    Abstract: Certain examples provide systems and methods to enhance slow wave sleep. An example method includes identifying a sleep stage for slow wave sleep in a subject being monitored. The example method also includes generating, following identification of slow wave sleep and using a processor including a phase locked loop, an output signal based on a phase of a reference input signal, the output signal phase locked according to the reference input signal. The example method includes delivering, during slow wave sleep for the subject, a stimulus to the subject based on the phase locked output signal. The delivering includes providing the stimulus in a series of signal pulses for a first period of time; and providing a refractory period without pulses in a second period of time. The method further includes measuring feedback from the stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Giovanni Santostasi, Phyllis Zee
  • Patent number: 10586514
    Abstract: Embodiments concern a method for providing information to a user of a vehicle via a display device that is worn by the user. The method comprises providing a principle axes rotation coordinate system (Vxyz) that defines a vehicle orientation relative to a world coordinate system (Wxyz) of a reference world space; providing at least one display device coordinate system (Dxyz) that defines a display device orientation relative to the vehicle coordinate system; and providing a symbol coordinate system (Sxyz) that is spatially fixed with at least one first symbol to be displayed on the display device and that defines three symbol rotation axes that are orthogonal to each other; and spatially fixing at least one of the symbol rotation axes (S?) to a vehicle principal axis of rotation descriptive of an orientation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ELBIT SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: Roy Shatzki, Omer Briller, Omer Hasharoni
  • Patent number: 10561364
    Abstract: A physiological sensor system for removably securing a physiological sensor to a garment. The physiological sensor system generally includes a physiological sensor adapted to be removably connected to a garment. The sensor may be adapted to detect a physiological condition, such as oxygen level or pulse rate. The sensor may include a connector such as a magnetic ring or hook-and-loop fastener to removably connect the sensor to the garment. The garment may include a window through which a light beam from the sensor may pass to illuminate the underlying body and sense various conditions. A control unit may be provided for controlling the sensor and processing data received therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Archis Health Investments LLC
    Inventors: Subhalakshmi Giridharagopalan, Jayant Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10504486
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display unit that displays an image based on an input image and a display control unit that controls the display unit based on the input image. The display control unit controls the display unit in such a manner as to display a value indicative of specific luminance as display luminance in which pixels with predetermined pixel values of the input image are displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ikuo Takanashi
  • Patent number: 10485436
    Abstract: This disclosure pertains to stimulation and monitoring devices for in utero cognitive stimulation of and interaction with developing fetuses by synthesizing sounds and sound patterns derived from movements of the fetuses' bodies and appendages. The exemplary stimulation and monitoring devices comprise arrays of sensors positionable above and/or the sides of the womb for detecting and recording movements of the fetus's body and appendages, one or more speakers, a microprocessor, controls, and optionally one or more light-emitting components. The collected movement data may be processed by a synthesizer for production of sound patterns and light patterns that are correlated with the movement data. The sound patterns and light patterns produced by the synthesizer may be transmitted through the speakers and the light-emitting components toward and into the womb to provide the development fetus with immediate cognitive stimulation in response to the movements of their body and appendages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: UTI Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Aura Pon, Johnty Wang
  • Patent number: 10456083
    Abstract: An apparatus for cortical mapping and method for using same are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a ECoG electrodes array, a stimulation pad, a neural interface processor, and a computing device for mapping eloquent cortical regions of a subject's brain without using exogenous stimulation and with high resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Stephen Helms-Tillery, Remy Wahnoun
  • Patent number: 10437322
    Abstract: A method for dynamic virtual reality includes receiving vehicle data. The vehicle data includes a velocity, an orientation, and a location of a vehicle within a first frame of reference. The method also includes receiving user data. The user data includes a velocity, an orientation and a location of a user within a second frame of reference different than the first frame of reference. The method includes generating a view based on the vehicle data, the user data, and a model, the model including one or more components that define the view. The method includes determining a difference between the user data and the vehicle data. The method includes rendering the view to the output device by controlling the output device to update display of the view according to the determined difference relative to the second frame of reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Arthur Alaniz, Joseph Whinnery, Robert Wesley Murrish, Michael Eamonn Gleeson-May
  • Patent number: 10398373
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing muscular biofeedback, comprising: facewear supporting biosensors arranged such that, in use, the biosensors are situated for detecting activity of a predetermined set of facial muscles; a feedback unit for providing biofeedback to a wearer of the facewear; and a control unit coupled to the biosensors and the feedback unit and arranged to identify patterns in the signals from the biosensors characteristic of one or more predefined imbalances in muscle activity between the left and right sides of the face; wherein the control unit is configured to, on identifying a pattern in the signals from biosensors characteristic of a first predefined imbalance in muscle activity between the left and right sides of the face, cause the feedback unit to provide biofeedback in correspondence with the imbalance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: EMTEQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Charles Nduka
  • Patent number: 10384032
    Abstract: A system for generating ambient conditions to improve sleep comprises an ambient condition controller. The ambient condition controller may control a light, a speaker, and multiple diffusers. The system may include a computer-readable non-transitory storage medium having instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to implement a sleep program. The sleep program may cause the ambient condition controller to be configured in a variety of states over a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Luma LLC
    Inventors: Wesley David LaPorte, Daniel Harrison Barnes
  • Patent number: 10342986
    Abstract: One or more sensory, auditory and/or visual stimuli are presented to a subject at a specific frequency that is equal to, or a harmonic of, the intrinsic frequency of one or more of the subject's biological signals. The purpose is to indirectly (through the eyes, ears, or touch) provide frequency coupling among different organs (e.g., heart, brain, breathing, and gastrointestinal movement) through rhythmic entrainment. The specific harmonic chosen is the one closest to the interested EEG frequency. The interested frequency is chosen based on the cognitive element or symptom that is targeted. Additionally, games and programs (audio, video, computer) can incorporate Pavlovian cues to facilitate placing the brain in an acceptable state. In one embodiment, the ticking sound of a repetitive transcranial stimulation (rTMS) device is played to subconsciously remind the patient of the rTMS treatment and thereby produce a therapeutic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kosivana Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Yi Jin
  • Patent number: 10328276
    Abstract: The LEDs in a phototherapy LED pad are controlled so that the intensity of the light varies in accordance with a sinusoidal function, thereby eliminating the harmonics that are generated when the LEDs are pulsed digitally, in accordance with a square-wave function. This is accomplished analogically by using a sinusoidal wave to control the gate of a MOSFET connected in series with the LEDs or by using a digital-to-analog converter to control the gate of the MOSFET with a stair step function representative of the values of a sinusoidal function at predetermined intervals. Alternatively, pulse-width modulation is used to control the gate of the MOSFET in such a way that the average current through the LEDs simulates a sinusoidal function. In additional to using a simple sine wave function, the LED current may also be controlled in accordance with “chords” containing multiple sine waves of different frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Applied BioPhotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard K. Williams, Keng Hung Lin, Daniel Schell, Joseph P. Leahy
  • Patent number: 10285857
    Abstract: Ophthalmic treatment systems and methods of using the systems are disclosed. The ophthalmic treatment systems include (a) a light source device; (b) at least one optical treatment head operatively coupled to the light source device, comprising a light source array, and providing at least one treatment light; and (c) a light control device, which (i) provides patterned or discontinuous treatment light projection onto an eye (e.g., the cornea and/or sclera of an eye); or (ii) adjusts intensity of part or all of the light source array, providing adjusted intensity treatment light projection onto an eye (e.g., the cornea and/or sclera of an eye). The at least one treatment light promotes corneal and/or scleral collagen cross-linking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CXL OPHTHALMICS, LLC
    Inventors: Roy S. Rubinfeld, Sandy T. Feldman, Kevin E. Daly, Raymond A. Hartman
  • Patent number: 10248132
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for visualizing an environment of a motor vehicle, wherein the apparatus has at least one camera for detecting an environment of the motor vehicle, at least one display unit, and an evaluation and control unit, which is designed to depict images of the environment on the display unit, depending on the pictures from the at least one camera, wherein the apparatus comprises a device for detecting a head position of a vehicle passenger, wherein the evaluation and control unit is designed so that the depiction on the display unit is adapted depending on the detected head position, so that the vehicle passenger sees a depiction of the environment of the motor vehicle that the vehicle passenger would see if the display unit were a transparent window of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Torsten Büschenfeld, Stephan Max, Stefan Brosig
  • Patent number: 10173026
    Abstract: An infant pacifying apparatus which includes: sound system includes a sound generator and associated power source; an auditory output device associated with the sound system; a receiving portion is configured to: be located on a hand or an arm of an adult cradling an infant; and house or be connected to a housing for containing: the auditory output device; or the sound system and auditory output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Gro-Group International Limited
    Inventors: Dean Maxwell Smith, Mark Vincent Hubble, Jason Paul Rogers
  • Patent number: 10159219
    Abstract: An animal training apparatus includes at least two vibration motors configured to generate the vibration stimulation and deliver the vibration stimulation to the animal, and a microprocessor comprising control logic programmed to control the at least two vibration motors to deliver the vibration stimulation to the animal when a preset condition is satisfied, wherein at least one of the vibration motors generates vibration stimulation with variable intensity, and the microprocessor controls the vibration motors to make a sum of vibration stimulation generated by the vibration motors equal a desired intensity of vibration stimulation that is determined based on the preset control logic or the satisfied condition. The animal training apparatus and system can substantially correct the animal's behavior using vibration stimulation varying in an adequate range as a main stimulation means by using the plurality of vibration motors, without using electrical stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: E-Collar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Van Curen, Ho-Sung So
  • Patent number: 10155121
    Abstract: Visual or photic stimuli generating methods, devices and control systems for inducing steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) from human viewers without causing discomfort to the viewers or distorting the embedding images are disclosed. The control system includes a stimuli-generating device and an electroencephalography (EEG) sensing device. The stimuli-generating device includes a first and a second light source. The first light source generates a flickering light with a first wavelength while a second light source generates another flickering light with one or more wavelength(s) differ from that of the first one. Together, the light sources generate visual/photic stimuli flickering above their critical flicker fusion threshold while maintaining the colorfulness and hue of the embedding images. At least one electrode of the EEG sensing device is connected to each viewer, configured to receive and analyze his/her EEG signals in order to detect and determine his/her responses to the stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: John Kar-Kin Zao, Yi-Pai Huang, Tzyy-Ping Jung, Fang-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 10130292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for analyzing stress and managing stress by using a mobile electronic apparatus and a data management server. The method includes: generating bio-signal pattern information upon periodically receiving a bio-signal from a bio-signal measuring device connected to each of a plurality of unspecified individuals, and forming reference information for stress analysis based on received answers to each of a plurality of questions for checking a stress level; receiving bio-signal pattern information from a bio-signal measuring device connected to a specified user; and determining a stress level corresponding to the bio-signal pattern information of the specified user based on the reference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
    Inventors: Chul-Ho Cho, De-Sok Kim, Jae-Geol Cho, Sun-Tae Jung, Salahuddin Lizawati
  • Patent number: 10123719
    Abstract: A technique to detect an eye potential of a wearer of an eyewear by using an electrode abutting on the glabella of the wearer has been known, but it is desirable to surely cause the electrode to abut on the glabella so as to prevent deterioration in the detection accuracy of detecting a biosignal indicating an eye potential, myogenic potential, brain wave or the like. In view of this, an eyewear including: a frame; a first electrode that abuts on a glabella of a wearer of the eyewear; and an electrode holding unit that holds the first electrode such that a distance between the frame and the first electrode is changeable is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: JINS Inc.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Inoue, Susumu Ichinohe, Jyunko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10076632
    Abstract: A computing device provides soothing output for a user. The computing device determines a type of soothing output that will soothe the user. The computing device provides the type of soothing output to the user. The computing device determines the level of distress of the user in response to the type of soothing output. The computing device modifies the first type of soothing output to a second type of soothing output if the level of distress meets or exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Minkyong Kim, Min Li, Clifford A. Pickover, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 10052452
    Abstract: Dream stage enhancement uses a headband with EEG-EOG sensors, onboard processors, memory, coarse and fine time REM waveform detection modules, LEDs and an audio playback unit. After normalization to the user's EEG waveforms, the user's EEG-EOG signals are processed, REM and NREM stages detected and light, sound or AV stimuli are presented to the user based upon user-supplied light-sound-AV stimuli commands. To provide a reality check control (“RCC”), the head unit has a user actuatable RC interface whereby during sleep, RC stimuli are presented when the user depresses the RCC control which plays back the user supplied stimulus. In a “learning mode,” the user selects “Recall” or “No Recall” (“NR”) after the sleep period. If NR, then the system changes the color of light stimuli, light intensity, flash, audio sound type, audio intensity, and AV. If “Recall” the user supplied stimuli commands are carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Carleton Schoonover, Andrew Holland Smiley
  • Patent number: 9987458
    Abstract: A lamp for generating flickering at a selectable frequency corresponding to a desired human brainwave state comprises a base supporting a light source, a shade having a plurality of regularly circumferentially spaced apertures defined therein and a drive mechanism for rotating the shade about the light source. At least one speed control is coupled to the drive mechanism for controlling the rotational speed of the shade. Rotation of the shade while the light source is emitting light produces flickering for an observer looking at the lamp from a fixed position, and the speed control can be used to select a rotational speed of the shade to produce flickering at a frequency corresponding to a pre-selected human brainwave state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: John-Mark Leonard
  • Patent number: 9968756
    Abstract: A pressure relief apparatus with brain entrainment includes a resonant wave generating module and a bio-signal measuring unit. The resonant wave generating module includes multiple resonant devices, divided into multiple regions. Each of the resonant regions can respectively generate a resonant wave being changeable or turned off. The bio-signal measuring unit at least measures an energy of autonomic sympathetic nerve system LH and an energy of autonomic parasympathetic nerve system HF. According to a current one of a set of present conditions, a set of feedback control signals is output to the resonant wave generating module to modulate the resonant devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Shu-Hui Tsai, Szu-Shan Shieh, Chin-Jung Kuo, Hsien-Cheng Liao, Hung-Jung Lin
  • Patent number: 9962083
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of systems, computer medium and computer-implemented methods for monitoring the health of an employee while the employee is located in an employee workstation. A method including collecting, from a plurality of biomechanical sensors disposed throughout the employee workstation, biomechanical health data indicative of biomechanical characteristics of the employee, determining an employee biomechanical health profile based at least in part on the collected biomechanical health data. The employee biomechanical health profile including biomechanical health characteristics, biomechanical health conditions and/or biomechanical health risks for the employee. The method including generating a health plan for the employee based at least in part on the biomechanical health profile, and displaying the employee biomechanical health profile and the health plan to the employee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Samantha J. Horseman
  • Patent number: 9946075
    Abstract: Architecture and designs of wearable devices for virtual reality and augmented reality applications are described. According to one aspect of the present invention, a display device is made in form of a pair of glasses and includes a minimum number of parts to reduce the complexity and weight thereof. A separate enclosure is provided as portable to be affixed or attached to a user (e.g., a pocket or waist belt). The enclosure includes all necessary parts and circuits to generate content for virtual reality and/or augmented reality applications. The content is optically picked up by an optical cable and transported by one or more optical fibers in the optical cable to the glasses, where the content is projected respectively to the lenses specially made for displaying the content before the eyes of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Darwin Hu
  • Patent number: 9883816
    Abstract: A technique to detect an eye potential of a wearer of an eyewear by using an electrode abutting on the glabella of the wearer has been known, but it is desirable to surely cause the electrode to abut on the glabella so as to prevent deterioration in the detection accuracy of detecting a biosignal indicating an eye potential, myogenic potential, brain wave or the like. In view of this, an eyewear including: a frame; a first electrode that abuts on a glabella of a wearer of the eyewear; and an electrode holding unit that holds the first electrode such that a distance between the frame and the first electrode is changeable is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: JIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Inoue, Susumu Ichinohe, Jyunko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9844344
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of systems, computer medium and computer-implemented methods for monitoring the health of an employee while the employee is located in an employee workstation. A method for monitoring the health of an employee including collecting, from a plurality of biometric sensors disposed throughout an employee workstation, biometric health data indicative of biometric characteristics of the employee. The method including determining an employee biometric health profile including biometric health characteristics, biometric health conditions and/or biometric health risks for the employee based at least in part on the collected biometric health data. The method including generating a health plan for the employee based at least in part on the biometric health profile, and displaying the employee biometric health profile and the health plan to the employee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Samantha J. Horseman
  • Patent number: 9839762
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a system and method utilizing synchronized colors, sounds, and aroma therapy. The visual, auditory, and aromatic stimulation is intended to alleviate stress and/or anxiety by relaxing and stimulating the brain, thereby correcting any neurophysical imbalances. Reduction in the levels of stress and/or anxiety is achieved through the use of the auditory, visual, and aromatic sequences which are individually specific and systematic. The system and method is preferably provided in multiple sessions with each session providing both a mechanism for providing treatment as well as assessment, which is used to form the basis for future treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Harmonial Corporation
    Inventors: Oyvind Berg, Elisabeth Rosse
  • Patent number: 9830725
    Abstract: A system for simultaneous visual data presentation is provided having a processor and memory with instructions for execution by the processor for: receiving attended data; receiving unattended data; and generating presentation data. The presentation is suitable for simultaneous presentation of the attended data and the unattended data in a manner in which the unattended data at least partially overlaps the attended data and the unattended data does not interfere with the attended data by replacing, erasing, or suppressing the attended data, and vice versa. The presented unattended data gives cues that the user can sense and provide information to the user while attending to the presented attended data, without attending to the presented unattended data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Aaron Krakowski
  • Patent number: 9823402
    Abstract: Illumination articles are described. More specifically, illumination articles that include a wearable device configured for wearing on the head of a wearer, a lightguide and light sources for emitting light into the lightguide are described. The illumination articles allow for wearable devices that uniformly illuminate a working area at high brightness without providing excessive glare to observers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Bing Hao, David A. Ender, Michael E. Griffin, Kevin W. Anderson, Gina M. Buccellato, Barry S. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9782602
    Abstract: A transcranial magnetic stimulation device in accordance with embodiments of the present invention comprises a head mount for disposition on a head of a patient and configured with a plurality of attachment points, a plurality of magnetic assembly devices connected to the plurality of attachment points, a given magnetic assembly device equipped with an actuator device to actuate a magnet, is addressable, and configured to receive a control signal addressed to the given magnetic assembly device, and a processor having a memory and configured by program code. The processor is configured to: select one or more treatment protocol units, generate a control signal using at least information contained in the selected treatment protocol units, energize at least one magnetic assembly device over a period of time to cause the magnet to actuate according to the control signal, and monitor the patient response to energizing to addressable actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SERAYA MEDICAL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Leeam Lowin
  • Patent number: 9775962
    Abstract: An assistance system for visually handicapped persons with visual impairment in a part of their visual field includes body-worn sensors to inform them actively about objects or movements in the visually impaired sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Nicoline Haisma, Gerrit-Jan Bloem, Gerard David La Hei
  • Patent number: 9770572
    Abstract: A device includes a sleep depth data acquisition unit configured to acquire sleep depth data indicating a sleep depth of a user in a state in which a sound is being emitted. The device also includes a generation unit configured to generate influence data indicating an influence exerted on a variation with time of the sleep depth of the user by the sound based on a variation with time of the sleep depth indicated by the sleep depth data acquired by the sleep depth data acquisition unit and a variation with time of the sleep depth serving as a reference relating to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Akihiro Miwa
  • Patent number: 9764110
    Abstract: By using an iterative loop of data collection, binaural tone generation/presentation, and analysis binaural tones can be introduced to induce an existing brain state to change from one associated with being awake to a state associated with being asleep. The current state of an individual's brain is determined by measuring movement and electrical activity. Using this data a binaural tone can be generated to induce the brain state to change. As the state of the brain is continually monitored the applied binaural tone is modified and applied until the desired sleep state is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Mind Rocket, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Larson, Jesse McClure
  • Patent number: 9687193
    Abstract: A device for sleep apnea avoidance and data collection may include a sensor configured to sense a pressure and generate a first signal when the pressure exceeds a threshold. A signal generator module may be configured to generate a first stimulating signal in response to the first signal. The sensed pressure may include a pressure exerted on the sensor when a user of the device lies down on the device. The first stimulating signal may be configured to cause the user to change sleeping position, for example, from a first sleeping position that causes snoring to a second sleeping position that stops snoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Ali Mireshghi
  • Patent number: 9645395
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) allows a user to view a virtual environment. The HMD displays a field of view to the user. However, the user may experience simulator sickness or motion sickness from viewing the field of view. The HMD is connected to a sensor which can monitor the user. By monitoring the user's physiological state, the user's simulator sickness can be detected or predicted. To reduce the negative effects, the field of view can be throttled. The field of view can also be throttled in order to provide a better user experience even if the user does not experience sickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Bolas, J. Adam Jones, Ian McDowall, Evan Suma
  • Patent number: 9526455
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of systems, computer medium and computer-implemented methods to monitor the health of an employee. A method for monitoring the health of an employee while the employee is located in an employee workstation including collecting, from a plurality of biometric and biomechanical sensors disposed throughout an employee workstation, health data indicative of biometric and biomechanical characteristics of the employee. The plurality of biometric and biomechanical sensors adapted to sense biometric and biomechanical characteristics of the employee and output corresponding health data indicative of the biometric and biomechanical characteristics of the employee. The method including determining an employee health profile based at least in part on the collected health data, generating a health plan for the employee based at least in part on the health profile, and displaying health content including the employee health profile and the health plan for the employee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Samantha J. Horseman