Audio (e.g., Heartbeat, "white Noise", Etc.) Patents (Class 600/28)
  • Patent number: 11147941
    Abstract: A method for calming a crying of a baby using a computer system having a memory, a microprocessor, a voice and digital visual display, and a user interface, the method comprising: providing a recording of white noise to a media player or to the computer system, providing a sensor in communication with the microprocessor, wherein the sensor is configured for measuring muscle contractions of a baby, and instructing, in response to a predetermined number of muscle contractions of the baby, the recording of the white noise to be played into headphones on ears of the baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Senay Cetinkaya
  • Patent number: 11141089
    Abstract: A diagnostic system for measuring and analyzing startle response of a subject comprises a stimuli delivery circuitry, whereby startle stimuli and prepulse stimuli are delivered to the subject. Said diagnostic system comprises at least one sensor circuitry, whereby the startle response(s) of the subject are detected and recorded. Said sensor circuitry comprises at least one electrode and one eye response measuring system, such as a camera. Said diagnostic system comprises a diagnosis circuitry whereby the features of the startle response(s) and prepulse inhibition of the subject are extracted and analyzed. Said startle response(s) of said subject detected by said sensor circuitry comprise eye response, such as pupillary response and/or eyeblink response, post-auricular muscle response and intrinsic auricular muscle response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Yusuf Ozgur Cakmak
  • Patent number: 11141559
    Abstract: Visual and auditory stimuli are provided to a patient to treat various neurological disorders or conditions and/or to provide improved mental or physical performance. The visual and auditory stimuli are provided by a wearable headset or sleep mask that may be comfortably worn by a user, such as in bed to induce sleep. The wearable headset or sleep mask is operated by a personal computing device of the user, such as smartphone, having downloaded and active thereon a control application or app for the therapy. The wearable headset or sleep mask also concurrently provides tactile stimuli, and the tactile stimulus is provided from bone conduction transducers that concurrently provides the auditory stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SANA HEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Hanbury
  • Patent number: 11077283
    Abstract: Visual and auditory stimuli are provided to a patient to treat various neurological disorders or conditions and/or to provide improved mental or physical performance. The visual and auditory stimuli are provided by a wearable headset or sleep mask that may be comfortably worn by a user, such as in bed to induce sleep. The wearable headset or sleep mask is operated by a personal computing device of the user, such as smartphone, having downloaded and active thereon a control application or app for the therapy. The wearable headset or sleep mask also concurrently provides tactile stimuli, and the tactile stimulus is provided from bone conduction transducers that concurrently provides the auditory stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SANA HEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Hanbury
  • Patent number: 11045127
    Abstract: A method for predicting an arousal level used by a computer of an arousal level prediction apparatus that predicts an arousal level of a user is provided. The method includes obtaining current biological information regarding the user detected by a sensor, and calculating a current arousal level of the user based on the current biological information. The method further includes obtaining current environment information indicating a current environment around the user, and predicting a future arousal level, which is an arousal level a certain period of time later, based on the current arousal level and the current environment information. Based on the predicted future arousal level, the method further issues a notification to the user, or controls an operation of a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Koichi Kusukame, Shinichi Shikii, Kazuki Funase
  • Patent number: 11020678
    Abstract: A simulated living entity (SLE) HAS a body formed of cushioned material, a contact area on an surface of the body, a heating panel under the contact area, a microphone positioned proximate one end of the exposed surface, a speaker positioned proximate the microphone, a heartbeat simulator, a breath simulator proximate the microphone and speaker, and a control system within the body comprising a microprocessor, a coupled data repository, a power supply, wireless communication circuitry, and a digital bus. The heating panel heats the contact area, the heartbeat simulator provides feeling and sound of a beating heart, the breath simulator provides air intake and exhaust, and the speaker provides sounds of a person sleeping, synchronized with the breath simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Vennela Attili, Vijaya Mani Dulam, Ramesh Gowd Attili
  • Patent number: 10993636
    Abstract: An apparatus designed to induce brainwave synchronization in order to reduce or eliminate anxiety attacks, prevent stress and achieve desired brainwave states is disclosed. In operation, the device uses amplitude and frequency characteristics of stored .wav files containing isochronic or other tones to generate signals that are transmitted to the user through a variety of emission techniques including vibration, electrical, photic, and audial. The signals imparted to the user's cranium tend to be mimicked or followed such that the user's brainwave state is altered by the transmission of the desired signals. In various embodiments, the device and system may also possess bio-feedback and electroencephalogram capabilities. The device records metrics and usage data through a communications link with the user's smartphone, tablet or other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Couser
  • Patent number: 10987483
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide methods, apparatuses, and systems for closed-loop sleep protection and/or sleep regulation. According to an aspect, a biosignal parameter and ambient noise are measured. The biosignal parameter is used to determined sleep condition of a subject. The sleep condition is determined based on: (1) one or more of personalized sleep data, (2) historical sleep data collected for a subset of society, or (3) a combination of both. Based on the sleep condition, an arousal threshold is determined. Based on the ambient noise and the determined sleep condition, one or more actions are taken to regulate sleep and avoid sleep disruption by using sound masking or active noise reduction (ANR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dale McElhone, Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen, Adam C. Furman, Jonathan Zonenshine, Christopher R. Paetsch, Michael Patrick O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10980471
    Abstract: Assessing the sleep quality of a user in association with an electronic device with one or more physiological sensors includes detecting an attempt by the user to fall asleep, and collecting physiological information associated with the user. The disclosed method of assessing sleep quality may include determining respective values for one or more sleep quality metrics, including a first set of sleep quality metrics associated with sleep quality of a plurality of users, and a second set of sleep quality metrics associated with historical sleep quality of the user, based at least in part on the collected physiological information and at least one wakeful resting heart rate of the user, and determining a unified score for sleep quality of the user, based at least in part on the respective values of the one or more sleep quality metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Allison Maya Russell, Zachary Todd Beattie, Alexander Statan, Emma Jane Quinn
  • Patent number: 10986458
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: an action recognition unit; an audio data selection unit; and an audio information generation unit, in which the action recognition unit is configured to recognize an action pattern of a user on the basis of sensor information. The audio data selection unit is configured to select audio data corresponding to the action pattern of the user recognized by the action recognition unit. The audio information generation unit generates, on the basis of the audio data selected by the audio data selection unit, multichannel audio information for localizing a sound image of a sound source in real space around the user. The information processing apparatus makes it possible to achieve augmented reality that follows a qualitative change in the action of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10953192
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing sleep quality of a patient, comprising: collecting physiological signal data of the patient using a data acquisition unit electrically coupled to at least one sensor affixed to the patient that generates the physiologic signal data; using one or more hardware processors executing instructions stored in a storage device: filtering the physiological signal data into a plurality of frequency bands corresponding to a plurality of power spectra waveforms; and characterizing an etiology of sleep quality of the patient based on a comparison of at least a first power spectra waveform of the plurality of power spectra waveforms against at least a second power spectra waveform of the plurality of power spectra waveforms, wherein the sleep quality of the patient is managed based on the characterized etiology of sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED BRAIN MONITORING, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Levendowski, Bratislav Veljkovic, Amy Matthews, Vladislav Velimirovic, Elise Ramos Angel, Christine Berka, Gene Davis, Aleksandar Zoranovic, Milenko Cvetinovic, Philip R. Westbrook
  • Patent number: 10945951
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for dispersing a compound within the patient are described. In one embodiment, an effective amount of a compound may be present in the cerebrospinal fluid of a patient and a force may be applied to the torso of the patient sufficient to enhance the convection of the cerebrospinal fluid. In another embodiment, a bolus including a compound may be injected into the cerebrospinal fluid of a patient. The volume of the bolus may be between about 5% and 30% of the total volume of the cerebrospinal fluid of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Biogen MA Inc.
    Inventor: Ajay Verma
  • Patent number: 10877555
    Abstract: The present disclosure proposes an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program capable of appropriately suppressing an immersion degree of a user who is using a virtual reality content. An information processing device includes: an acquisition unit that acquires excitement information regarding use of a virtual reality content or information regarding an action of a first user who is using the content; and an output control unit that performs display control for lowering an immersion degree of the first user on the basis of the excitement information or the information regarding the action of the first user during a period in which the content is displayed by a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Kawano
  • Patent number: 10842968
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising to utilize local data to improve sleep is described. The method includes identifying local data relevant to a user's sleep quality, evaluating a user's sleep environment and sleep settings, and changing the user's sleep environment and/or sleep settings based on the local data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving
  • Patent number: 10842418
    Abstract: A system for psychoacoustic evaluation of tinnitus synthesizes a test sound that is customized for a patient using the patient's audiogram, a model of the tinnitus related to the patient's audiogram, a psychoacoustic loudness model, and various test-sound parameters. In various embodiments, the system automatically adjusts the intensity and spectral level of the test sound such that the intensity of the test sound as perceived by the patient remains approximately constant across various frequencies and/or sound types used in the psychoacoustic evaluation of tinnitus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Christophe D. Micheyl
  • Patent number: 10846047
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a portable audio device that allows a user to easily access guided meditation sessions stored thereon to promote regular meditation practice. The portable audio device minimizes user effort with a goal to improve adoption of mindfulness meditation practice. In one embodiment, the portable audio device may be programmed to play guided mindfulness meditation sessions. In one embodiment, the portable audio device may include meditation modules that have predefined themes, and serve as a prompt or reminder for regular meditation practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ROOTINELY, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Pitera
  • Patent number: 10839857
    Abstract: A process for making a safety video in order to keep a video watcher engaged involves the following steps. First, filming a safety parody video of things typical to a life of the road worker made into rap songs. Then, removing sound created by equipment in the safety parody video. After that, adding rap music about the contents of the safety parody video while producing a mild hypnotic subliminal effect. Following that, transmitting a suggestion of working hard while working well to obtain rewards. Finally, warning users against the consequences of malfeasance. A combination of positive and negative subliminal messages in a parody video effectively engages the video watcher into learning about workplace safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Erich Daniel Braun
  • Patent number: 10792462
    Abstract: A context-sensitive soundscape is generated by receiving a first identifier for identifying a target cognitive state for a user, and a second identifier for identifying a user cohort for the user. A present context is determined for the user. A machine-learning procedure is performed to map the target cognitive state to a set of audio output characteristics based upon the identified user cohort and the determined present context. An audio output is generated to create the context-sensitive soundscape that includes the set of audio output characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10758165
    Abstract: Described and disclosed herein are various embodiments of systems, devices, components and methods configured to employ acoustic coordinated reset neuromodulation therapies that are capable of adjusting or modulating at least one of the intensity, auditory filter bandwidth, and center frequency of therapeutic stimulation signals delivered to an individual patient, where in one embodiment such signals are tuned to have intensities that are above or slightly above the individual patient's hearing threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Aureliym GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Hauptmann, Mark Williams, Markus Haller
  • Patent number: 10709867
    Abstract: A computerized method for treating a psychopathological condition, the method comprising using at least one hardware processor for presenting to a patient on a computer display at least one visual media and at least audio media; receiving from an eye tracker a gaze direction of at least one eye of the patient; computing a display location of the gaze direction; and when a distance from the gaze location to a target location of the visual media is greater than a threshold value, pausing the audio media for a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: RAMOT AT TEL-AVIV UNIVERSITY LTD.
    Inventors: Yair Bar-Haim, Amit Lazarov
  • Patent number: 10679394
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a first display control unit, and a second display control unit. The first display control unit is configured to display, in a display device, a first intensity distribution which is at least per unit time and which is regarding a biosignal coming from a particular source. The second display control unit configured to display, side-by-side in the display device, a first image which has a shape of the source and on which a second intensity distribution of the biosignal corresponding to time corresponding to a point or an area specified in the first intensity distribution is superimposed, and second images which have the shape of the source and on which second intensity distributions of the biosignal before and after the time are superimposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Michinari Shinohara, Hideaki Yamagata
  • Patent number: 10661046
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein to reduce sound sensitivities, improve state regulation, and/or reduce auditory processing and social engagement deficits in individuals with such deficiencies by recruiting the anti-masking functions of the middle ear muscles in order to optimize the transfer function of the middle ear for the processing of human speech. In certain embodiments, an individual may be subjected to a training protocol comprising one or more training sessions. During each training session, acoustic stimuli are provided to a subject for a period of time, with or without accompanying visual stimulation. A user response may be determined, for example, before beginning the protocol, during a session, after a session, and/or upon completion of the protocol. Such user response may be employed to adjust the acoustic stimulation, and the adjusted acoustic stimulation may be provided to the subject during a subsequent training session (or at a subsequent time within the same training session).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Polyvagal Science LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Porges
  • Patent number: 10646158
    Abstract: A method includes: (a) obtaining information about a period of a fluctuation cycle in an autonomic nerve of a user at rest; (b) inducing the user to breaths in synchronization with the period of the fluctuation cycle in the autonomic nerve according to the obtained information; and (c) synchronizing a fluctuation in a diameter of a pupil of the user with the period of the fluctuation cycle in the autonomic nerve at the same time of (b) according to the obtained information. The period of the fluctuation cycle in the autonomic nerve is a period of a fluctuation cycle in the diameter of the pupil, a period of a fluctuation cycle in a heart beats of the user, or a period calculated from the period of the fluctuation cycle in the diameter of the pupil and the period of the fluctuation cycle in the heart beats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Sakai
  • Patent number: 10561840
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and devices to consolidate memory and/or cognitive functions by monitoring brain rhythms and delivering a stimulus at an appropriate stage of sleep cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: ICM (INSTITUT DU CERVEAU ET DE LA MOELLE ÉPINIÈRE), APHP (ASSISTANCE PUBLIQUE—HÔPITAUX DE PARIS), CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), SORBONNE UNIVERSITE, INSERM (INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTÉ ET DE LA RECHERCHE MÉDICALE)
    Inventors: Michel Le Van Quyen, Stéphane Charpier, Séverine Mahon
  • Patent number: 10525230
    Abstract: This sleep assistance apparatus includes a stimulation generation unit that generates stimulation, a user being capable of receiving the stimulation; a detection unit that detects biological information of the user; and a control unit that decides optimal stimulation on the basis of the detected biological information, and causes the stimulation generation unit to generate the optimal stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshio Goto, Tomoko Katsuhara, Yukari Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 10441741
    Abstract: A method to improve digestion for an individual, especially the digestion issue caused by the individual's mental issues, may include steps of choosing one or more individuals having digestive discomfort caused by mental issues that may happen periodically; generating a sound file of digestion sounds for a predetermined length of time; administrating the sound file to the individual for a predetermined period of time; and determining if the individual's digestion is improved. In one embodiment, the step of generating a sound file of digestion sounds may include steps of recording the digestion sounds from a person during good digestion and editing the digestion sounds. In another embodiment, the predetermined length of time can be ten minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Gadgets Trend LLC
    Inventor: Luis Stohr
  • Patent number: 10426916
    Abstract: A method comprising: (a) obtaining information about a period of a fluctuation cycle in an autonomic nerve of a user; and (b) repeating, in a same period as the period of the fluctuation cycle in the autonomic nerve, a process that includes inducing a point of gaze of the user to move in a direction away from the user and inducing the point of gaze of the user to move in a direction to approach the user, according to the obtained information. The period of the fluctuation cycle in the autonomic nerve is a period of a fluctuation cycle in a diameter of a pupil of the user, a period of a fluctuation cycle in a heart beat of the user, or a period calculated from the period of the fluctuation cycle in the diameter of the pupil and the period of the fluctuation cycle in the heart beat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Sakai
  • Patent number: 10420913
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, systems, and computer program products for detection and remediation of anxiety. Aspects include receiving an anxiety indicator. Aspects also include analyzing the anxiety indicator to determine whether an anxiety level exceeds an anxiety threshold. Aspects also include, based upon a determination that the anxiety level exceeds the anxiety threshold, selecting a first sound. Aspects also include outputting the first sound. Aspects also include receiving an anxiety feedback. Aspects also include determining, based upon the anxiety feedback, whether the anxiety level is decreasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan H. Connell, II, Robert G. Farrell, Nalini K. Ratha
  • Patent number: 10401769
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device that outputs a notification sound that takes into consideration those of older age. The electronic device is an electronic device that outputs a notification sound, and includes a frequency-setting unit and a notification-sound-control unit. The frequency-setting unit sets an initial frequency for the notification sound. The notification-sound-control unit causes the notification sound to be outputted at the initial frequency, and performs control so that the frequency of the notification sound is lowered from the initial frequency as time passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takanobu Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10353944
    Abstract: A media recommendation system may score media items according to user recommendations, popularity, and/or recency. The scores may be weighted to produce an overall score for each media item. Media items may be added to a pool for a specific user, from which media items are selected for playback. The contents of the pool may be modified based upon user feedback and other data. The pool may be modified dynamically and/or in real time as media items are consumed or rated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RCRDCLUB CORPORATION
    Inventors: Damian Franken Manning, Samuel Evan Sandberg
  • Patent number: 10327984
    Abstract: Systems and related methods for controlling an ear stimulation device with a personal computing device, based on analysis of an image of a user of the personal computing device captured with a camera associated with the personal computing device, are described. One or more parameter is determined from the processed image, including, but not limited, to user identity, emotion, physiological condition, or placement of a stimulator earpiece, and control of the ear stimulation device is based thereon. If the earpiece is located incorrectly, in an aspect, delivery of a stimulus is prevented. In another aspect, the user is notified of the need to reposition an incorrectly located earpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: eQuility LLC
    Inventors: Eleanor V. Goodall, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Melanie K. Kitzan, Eric C. Leuthardt, Mark A. Malamud, Stephen L. Malaska, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Brittany Scheid, Katherine E. Sharadin, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10327073
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide methods, apparatuses, and systems for closed-loop respiration entrainment based on spatialized audio signals. According to an aspect, based on a determined rate of a subject's respiration, spatialization of a virtual sound source is altered to simulate a distance or directionality to the subject. Simulating the distance, directionality, and/or source characteristics comprises processing sounds of the virtual sound source to generate a perception of the sounds being heard from one or more distances or directions with reference to the subject. The altered virtual sound source attempts to regulate the rate of respiration of the subject. An audio device outputs the sounds of the altered virtual sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dale McElhone, Mikaela Alison Shannon, Daniel Ross Tengelsen, Richard Eli Saffran, John Harlan Wendell
  • Patent number: 10307097
    Abstract: A method and a system for search/treatment of tinnitus are disclosed. The method includes outputting a tinnitus search interface, which comprises several response regions corresponding to the different frequency bands within audible frequency range of human beings, outputting an acoustic signal corresponding to the response region selected by a user, and storing the frequency information corresponding to the user's tinnitus frequency as a tinnitus frequency band. Accordingly, tinnitus may be rapidly diagnosed and treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Earlogic Korea, Inc.
    Inventor: Sangyeop Kwak
  • Patent number: 10303242
    Abstract: A media chair apparatus (200), system (100), and method (900). The media chair apparatus (200) includes a support assembly (400) that can be at least temporarily substantially fixed in an at least substantially fixed position while a seat assembly (300) rotates relative to the support assembly (400). A port (500) in the support assembly (400) can be used to interface with the operating environment (80) while a port (500) in the rotatable seat assembly (300) can be used to interface with a portable access device (150) used by the user (90) to access or otherwise enhance a media experience (800).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Avegant Corp.
    Inventors: Allan Thomas Evans, Warren Cornelius Welch, III, Edward Chia Ning Tang
  • Patent number: 10251552
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present concepts reduce irritability in infants, such as infants suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) or colic. According to one embodiment, a method for reducing irritability in an infant includes determining one or more physiological measurements from an infant. The one or more physiological measurements relate to a state of irritability in the infant. The method also includes determining the state of irritability based on the one or more physiological measurements and applying a stochastic stimulation to the infant based on the state of irritability. The stochastic stimulation may be applied via a mattress. The stochastic stimulation may be vibro-tactile or subsensory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Inventors: Elisabeth Bloch-Salisbury, David Paydarfar
  • Patent number: 10225671
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques for providing tinnitus relief to recipients of a hearing prosthesis. In accordance with embodiments presented herein, a hearing prosthesis comprises a tinnitus relief system that is configured to generate a tinnitus masker signal that comprises a plurality of discrete (separate) components. The tinnitus relief system is configured to inject the components of the tinnitus masker signal directly into a sound processing path so that the masker components are combined with different processed portions of a channelized sound signal. The channelized sound signal and the components of the tinnitus masker signal are used to generate one or more output signals for use in compensation of a hearing loss of a recipient of the hearing prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Michael Goorevich, Phyu Phyu Khing, Matthijs Johannes Petrus Killian, Bastiaan Van Dijk
  • Patent number: 10183173
    Abstract: There is provided a content output device including a selection unit which selects content according to a user's condition and a magnetic field pattern corresponding to the content, a content output unit which outputs the content, and a magnetic field generating unit which generates a magnetic field based on the magnetic field pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shoji Imamura
  • Patent number: 10181251
    Abstract: A wearable device, a monitoring method and an intelligent monitoring system are disclosed. The wearable device includes an obtaining module, a timing module, a processing and a reminding module. The obtaining module is configured to obtain a current motion state of a user. The timing module is configured to generate a triggering signal when the time for which the user is in the current motion state reaches the predetermined time, so as to trigger the processing module to obtain a reminding signal corresponding to the current motion state of the user. The reminding module is configured to issue a reminder to remind the user to change the motion state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jian Gao
  • Patent number: 10039470
    Abstract: A novel musical instrument was created using electroencephalogram (EEG) motor imagery to control a synthesized piano, and is herein named the Encephalophone. Alpha-frequency (8-12 Hz) signal power, originating from either posterior dominant rhythm (PDR) in the occipital cortex or from mu rhythm in the motor cortex, was used to create a power scale which was then converted into a musical scale which could be manipulated by the individual. Subjects could then generate different notes of the scale by activation (event-related synchronization) or de-activation (event-related desynchronization) of the PDR or mu rhythms in occipital or motor cortex, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Deuel, Felix Darvas
  • Patent number: 10029066
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an audio apparatus and method for inducing a brainwave using a binaural beat, including a frequency shift unit for receiving a first audio sound source signal and generating a second audio sound source signal by shifting some of the frequency band of the first audio sound source signal by a specific frequency, and an audio output unit connected to the frequency shift unit, for outputting first and second audio output signals corresponding to the first and the second audio sound source signals. Accordingly, a user can hear a music signal or an audio signal for learning without being aware of the distortion of a sound source and can change his or her brainwave state without resistance or monotonousness because a required brainwave state is changed by applying a binaural beat to a specific frequency band of an audio signal, in particular, a music signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: DLOGIXS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Sung-Kee Park, Sang-Ouk Lee, In-Taek Jeong, Ju-Mong Kwon
  • Patent number: 10029068
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein to reduce sound sensitivities, improve state regulation, and/or reduce auditory processing and social engagement deficits in individuals with such deficiencies by recruiting the anti-masking functions of the middle ear muscles in order to optimize the transfer function of the middle ear for the processing of human speech. In certain embodiments, an individual may be subjected to a training protocol comprising one or more training sessions. During each training session, acoustic stimuli are provided to a subject for a period of time, with or without accompanying visual stimulation. A user response may be determined, for example, before beginning the protocol, during a session, after a session, and/or upon completion of the protocol. Such user response may be employed to adjust the acoustic stimulation, and the adjusted acoustic stimulation may be provided to the subject during a subsequent training session (or at a subsequent time within the same training session).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Polyvagal Science LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Porges
  • Patent number: 9987459
    Abstract: Described herein is a device (100) for inducing and maintaining sleep in which one of a number of sleep programs can be selected in accordance with the requirement of a user, in addition, a background can be selected by the user which forms part of the program. The device (100) includes a display (120) and a control panel (130) mounted in a housing (110). Individual sleep programs are selected using the control panel (130) and the display (120). The device (100) includes processing unit (140) connected to a memory (150) and a driver (160) for a pair of speakers (170, 175) through which the selected sleep program is played to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: CAMBRIDGE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Frederick Donnet, Colin Aston-James
  • Patent number: 9913053
    Abstract: A sound enrichment system for provision of tinnitus relief, the sound enrichment system includes a noise generator, at least one signal modulator for random or pseudo-random modulation of a noise signal that is obtained using the noise generator, and an output transducer for conversion of the modulated noise signal to an acoustic signal for presentation to a user. A method of providing a noise enriched sound signal for provision of relief of tinnitus includes generating a randomly or pseudo-randomly modulated noise signal, generating an acoustic noise signal using the modulated noise signal, and presenting the acoustic noise signal to a tinnitus suffering person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventors: Ole Dyrlund Jensen, Kim Heegaard Hansen, Luca Del Bo
  • Patent number: 9888884
    Abstract: A digital processor system obtains at least one time-domain signal representing brain activity and at least one time-domain signal representing heart activity, each having a time-varying signal value. The system produces representations of a plurality of acoustic signals, each of which corresponds to a respective time-domain signal and is produced by concurrently generating a plurality of acoustic parameters, including a plurality of time-varying acoustic parameters. One or more of the plurality of time-varying acoustic parameters is modulated in accordance with at least the signal value of the respective time-domain signal. Each representation of an acoustic signal of the plurality of acoustic signals is further produced by combining the concurrently generated plurality of acoustic parameters to produce the representation of the acoustic signal corresponding to the respective time-domain signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Christopher D. Chafe, Josef Parvizi
  • Patent number: 9888882
    Abstract: A method of brain wave analysis is to be implemented using a brain wave measuring instrument and a medical device. The method includes transmitting a nerve stimulation signal to cerebrum of a patient, measuring the nerve stimulation signal through the body of the patient so as to obtain discharge time information, measuring a brain wave signal from a head portion of the patient, obtaining energy distribution information according to the brain wave signal, and calculating behavior information according to the discharge time information and the energy distribution information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Advanced Sterilization Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peng-Chieh Wu, Wen-Hsuan Liao, Wei-Hsuan Liao, Yung-Ting Kuo
  • Patent number: 9717881
    Abstract: In exemplary implementations of this invention, stimuli are intermittently presented to the left or right side of a user. For example, this invention may comprise a method of presenting stimuli to a bilateral organism, which organism has a left side and a right side, wherein: (a) the stimuli are produced by at least one transducer, (b) the stimuli include an intermittent beat train, and (c) the beat train has a beat frequency that is substantially equal to 7.8×(1.618)n Hz, where n is an even integer, which even integer may be negative, zero or positive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: James Otis
  • Patent number: 9711467
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a semiconductor component, includes a common mode filter monolithically integrated with a protection device. The common mode filter includes a plurality of coils and the protection device has a terminal coupled to a first coil and another terminal coupled to a second coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yupeng Chen, Rong Liu, Phillip Holland, Umesh Sharma
  • Patent number: 9607595
    Abstract: A music generating system comprising sensors configured to acquire data sets related to physiological and environmental condition of a user and a computing device comprising a processor and a memory. The computing device is configured to read, by a data acquisition module, the data sets received from the sensors, to perform, by a data analysis module, a value range analysis of the data sets received to normalize the data sets, to map, with the help of the data analysis module, each of the normalized data sets to families of sounds stored in a data store, to create, by the data analysis module, individual music pieces on the basis of a time series analysis and a frequency analysis of the normalized data sets mapped to the families of sounds and to merge, by a music generation module, the individual music pieces to create a final piece of music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Matteo Ercolano, Marco Guarise, Jessica Trahan, Giulia Di Natale-Boato, Ivan Turchetti, Francesco Pistellato, Federico Bagato, Cristina Zardetto, Alberto Canova
  • Patent number: 9609453
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for controlling execution of multimedia data. One or more information blocks of multimedia data including audio sounds are determined. Also, one or more frequency differences in the audio sounds for each of the one or more information blocks of the audio data is determined. The control of the execution of the multimedia data is based, at least in part on, a comparison of the one or more frequency differences to one or more prestored frequency values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Abdulrahman Al Jabri
  • Patent number: 9588569
    Abstract: A portable computing device using power consumption reduction and a method of operating therefor. The method can include the following steps: determining, in a sensor in the portable computing device, orientation changes of the portable computing device; determining, in the portable computing device, a status of a first operation of the portable computing device; determining, in the portable computing device, a status of a second operation of the portable computing device; discontinuing, in the portable computing device, the second operation in response to when the orientation changes of the portable computing device are less than a threshold, and in response to the status of the first operation and the status of the second operation; and outputting, on a display of the portable computing device, an indication to a user that the second operation has been discontinued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: mCube, Inc.
    Inventor: ChengLong Fu