Audio (e.g., Heartbeat, "white Noise", Etc.) Patents (Class 600/28)
  • Publication number: 20130237746
    Abstract: The invention refers to a device for the treatment of tinnitus with an operating panel with a user interface and with at least one ear-plug connected to the operating panel for the input of a sound pattern consisting of sounds with sound levels in a frequency of more than 30 Hz into the ear's outer auditory canal. This device distinguishes itself particularly by the fact that the ear-plug is connected via a pressure tube to a pressure generator that generates pressure pulsations with a pulsation frequency of less than 10 Hz and a pressure difference of less than 1 bar, and that supplies the same through the pressure tube into the ear's outer auditory canal. Thus, it is possible to provide a device for the treatment of tinnitus with which better treatment results for a greater group of affected persons can be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Christian Veitl
  • Publication number: 20130237745
    Abstract: Provided is an environment control apparatus including an input unit into which information from a medical device is input, and an environment control unit configured to control an environment perceived by a subject based on the information input into the input unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichirou Ono, Yoichiro Sako
  • Publication number: 20130225915
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a therapeutic method applicable to learning, attention, cognitive and developmental disorders. This method combines auditory, visual and vestibular stimuli into a systematic method which can be customized to address individual learning, attention and processing disorders. This method may be wirelessly implemented in a group setting. A device for providing vestibular and somatosensory stimulation through bone conduction of sound waves to skeletal bones is provided in the form of a pad that is applied to or wrapped around the individual in treatment, which is comfortable in use and may contain particulate filler material capable of providing bone conduction stimulation adjacent to the location of a bone conduction transducer and expand the sound conduction site over a larger area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Randall Redfield, Kate O'Brien Minson
  • Publication number: 20130225914
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for diagnosing and/or treating mood disorders, such as depression, is provided. Right vestibular function in subjects diagnosed with a mood disorder is diminished compared with subjects who do not have a mood disorder. Accordingly, a method and apparatus for determining right vestibular function in a subject is provided, from which a diagnosis of a mood disorder may be determined. Stimulation of the vestibular system of a subject diagnosed with a mood disorder may reduce symptoms of the mood disorder in the subject. A method and apparatus for registering a subject's response to stimulation of the vestibular system and providing therapeutic vestibular stimulation based on the subject's response is provided. A subject's response to stimulation of the vestibular system may be based on measurements of nystagmus in the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Ana Maria Soza
  • Publication number: 20130211184
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of altering dreams, including nightmares, which can be applied to individuals or groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Charles Melkus
  • Publication number: 20130211277
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a system and method utilizing a biofeedback mediated color, sound, 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: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Oyvind Berg, Elisabeth Rosse, Jean-Michel Bascole
  • Publication number: 20130190555
    Abstract: A method of treating patients with special needs to increase or activate brain activity including download one or more songs into the memory of a 4-track play and record device, delivering to a patient via the play and record device audibly the words to be sung in a song just prior to when the words are to be sung, recording the spoken words sung by the patient in response the delivering to the patient step audibly the words to be sung in a song just prior to when the words are to be sung on the play and record device, analyzing the recording and repeating the delivering and record over a period of time and tracking the patient's progress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Tubman
  • Publication number: 20130190556
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods to modify memory and/or cognitive function by delivering a sensory stimulus paired with learned material at opportune physiological periods during sleep. For example, described herein are systems, methods and devices to enhance a user's cognitive function in such areas as memorization and learning. A machine (e.g., a system or device) may be used to identify opportune periods of the sleep cycle and to deliver a stimulus during specific phases of the sleep cycle to facilitate or interrupt memory consolidation. In some variations the machine records ambient sensory inputs during awake acquisition or reinforcement/relearning and replays all or an extracted form of the ambient sensory stimuli a specified portion of the user's sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel Z. WETMORE, Todd O. ANDERSON, Robert J. BARRETTO, Alexander F. A. BUTTERWICK, Lia SIEBERT
  • Patent number: 8491456
    Abstract: A wearable infrastructure is used with a music/multimedia player to acoustically provide at last one symbol sequence to at least one biologically active zone on the user wearing the wearable infrastructure. The invention includes the symbol coding sequence as a program system comprising program steps residing in a memory accessibly coupled to a computer within the music/multimedia player, directing the music/multimedia player to deliver the symbol sequence to at least one of the possibly multiple transponders. The program steps are often coded in an intermediate language interpreted by the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Song Park, Earle W. Jennings
  • Publication number: 20130184517
    Abstract: A computer program product for processing heart rate information signals, which, when run on a computer controls the computer to estimate stress levels of a user in real time and provide generative feedback and alerts to the user when appropriate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Ronda Collier
  • Publication number: 20130184516
    Abstract: A relaxation inducing sleep mask includes a comfortable eye mask and a sleep module carried by the eye mask providing audible and/or visible patterns each intended to promote relaxation and to induce sleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Philippe J. Genereux, Troy G. Anderson, Rudy A. Vandenbelt
  • Publication number: 20130178695
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a musical instrument for producing a harmonious scale of musical notes. The instrument includes nine separate sound actuators each of which is configured to cause the musical instrument to generate a different frequency selected from the group of frequencies comprising 174 Hz, 285 Hz, 396 Hz, 417 Hz, 528 Hz, 639 Hz, 741 Hz, 852 Hz and 963 Hz, the musical instrument being configured such that physically manipulating the sound actuators causes the musical instrument to generate the frequency corresponding to the sound actuator manipulated. The invention is also directed at a system for—writing music to be played with a musical instrument incorporating the harmonious scale of musical notes as described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Carla Rose Heiter-Kelly
  • Publication number: 20130150659
    Abstract: A method for ameliorating an insomnia of a user having a brain wave includes steps of defining a specific frequency range of 8 to 12 Hz as a ? rhythm in the brain wave, detecting a total power under the specific frequency as a ? rhythm intensity of the user, providing one of an animation and a wave form representative of the ? rhythm intensity of the user, and inducing the ? rhythm of the user by watching one of the animation and the wave form by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Fu-Zen Shaw, Hsin-Hsin Yeh
  • Publication number: 20130150660
    Abstract: The present invention relates to time-driven personalization of media preference. In an embodiment, the present invention includes a therapy for treating altered cognitive states, such as understimulation, overstimulation and sundowning, in individuals suffering from cognitive impairment, including dementia. The present invention uses time to focus its therapies through personal care shows. The time-based personal care shows include personalized content (e.g., images, music, trusted voice) and format (e.g., tempo, length of intervals, color contrast) to ensure effectiveness of the personal care shows in reaching the desired results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: SIMPLEC, LLC
    Inventor: SIMPLEC, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130144152
    Abstract: Inventive embodiments include a system for preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in an infant, by the application of Stochastic Resonance neurological stimuli. The system includes a crib mattress and copper noise grids, wherein the copper noise grids are embedded in the crib mattress. The system also includes a mechanism for generating time controlled white noise and time controlled cyclic signals, combined with a multitude of varying frequencies and harmonics, wherein the mechanism is adjustable for measured local (near crib) white noise power density levels, the mechanism further adjustable for diurnal and seasonal white noise power density level changes. The system also includes circuitry effective for producing positive and negative adjustable DC voltage levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Element 1 Systems LLC
    Inventor: Adan R. Cervantes
  • Publication number: 20130137919
    Abstract: Meditation enhancement box is made of brass or copper, with magnets bonded to each corner and boading ball. The box can be a cube of about 5.08 cm. All magnets are pointed to center of box using a same polarity, and chime sound is produced during usage. Method for using box for meditation as follows: box rests in middle of palm in one hand, feeling weight of box and moving hand slowly clockwise and counterclockwise in circles, and vertical circles, initiating rhythmic breathing while moving hand; upon reaching relaxed state, index finger is placed on top of box and moving from middle towards edge of box in circles; turning over box to one adjacent side in a direction using free hand, followed by breathing in and out for 10 to 15 seconds while rotating the box in one adjacent side, and followed by rotating in another adjacent side, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Eric Pepin
  • Publication number: 20130131439
    Abstract: A computer system for reorienting, reducing anxiety, and/or reducing delirium risk of a patient in a hospital is provided. The computer has a central processing unit (CPU) for executing machine instructions for a passive and active module and a memory for storing the machine instructions. The machine instructions implement functions when executed by the CPU. Patient-specific content is inputted into the CPU. The system then communicates the patient-specific content from the CPU to the patient by displaying and looping the patient-specific content such that any point of the loop of the patient-specific content helps reorient and reduce anxiety and delirium risk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce Ian Millman
  • Publication number: 20130131438
    Abstract: The present invention includes systems and methods of using real-time neurofeedback to improve the correspondence between first-person experience and specific brain activation patterns in a manner that minimally affects the experience itself. The present invention provides meditators the ability to enhance their control over their own brain activity, such as posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) activation. The present invention also provides methods for treating a disease or disorder of a subject by measuring the subject's brain activity via fMRI, presenting a representation of the measured brain activity to the subject, and instructing the subject to reduce the represented brain activity by altering their meditative state. The present invention also provides a system and method of using fMRI neurofeedback to directly correlate subjective experience with neural activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Yale University
    Inventor: Yale University
  • Publication number: 20130123571
    Abstract: Systems and methods for prescribing a psychoacoustic therapy to a patient or a psychoacoustic program to a user, wherein the therapy or program elements are capable of being streamed or are downloadable to the patient or user over an Internet or other network connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Alex Doman, Shaye Larsen
  • Publication number: 20130123572
    Abstract: The invention is a bracelet providing audio output adapted to soothe children. It provides a practical solution to the problem of babies who are fussy and having trouble sleeping. Whether the baby suffers from colic or a cold, is teething or just fussy, the inventive bracelet provides a possible solution to calming them down, soothing them enough to fall asleep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Sigal ELIASI
  • Patent number: 8439818
    Abstract: An apparatus for inducing sleep includes an audio generator, a signal generator, and a signal processor. The audio generator generates audio signals. The signal generator generates electrical signals with a frequency between 0.4 HZ to 4 HZ. The signal processor adjusts amplitudes of the audio signals according to the frequency, and outputs the adjusted audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guang-Yu Pei
  • Patent number: 8430806
    Abstract: An electronic device and hypnosis method includes setting a hypnosis volume level and a playing duration of the electronic device. An audio file is played in response to the electronic device being activated, and a brain wave frequency of a user is determined. The electronic device and hypnosis method further includes analyzing the brain wave frequency to determine if the user is in a sleeping state, and playing the audio file for the playing duration at the hypnosis volume level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuan Ni, Hong-Yan Yu
  • Publication number: 20130102836
    Abstract: A computer system for reorienting, reducing anxiety, and/or reducing delirium risk of a patient in a hospital is provided. The computer has a central processing unit (CPU) for executing machine instructions for a passive and active module and a memory for storing the machine instructions. The machine instructions implement functions when executed by the CPU. Patient-specific content is inputted into the CPU. The system then communicates the patient-specific content from the CPU to the patient by displaying and looping the patient-specific content such that any point of the loop of the patient-specific content helps reorient and reduce anxiety and delirium risk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce Ian Millman
  • Publication number: 20130096368
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a Uterine Sound and Motion Simulation Device either incorporated Into an incubator or portable that a baby will lay on consisting of an outer enclosure that folds in half inclosing an inner sound and motion actuation unit housing one or more gaii, or body motion units using bladders or pillows actuated by the means of an external air, liquid or gas source, controlled by the means of plurality of internal or external valves activated through a computer control unit. A control program in the control unit will produce the movement ‘motion experienced by the baby while in the womb uterus by the means of a bladder or pillow or both, that is inflated and deflated in a manner that mimics the movement/motion of the baby while in the womb/uterus. One or more speakers will be located within the activation unit and will operate through the same control unit producing the sounds heard in the uterus including the mother's voice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Edmond M. Devroey
  • Publication number: 20130090520
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a therapeutic method applicable to learning, attention, cognitive and developmental disorders. This method combines auditory, visual and vestibular stimuli into a systematic method which can be customized to address individual learning, attention and processing disorders. This method may be wirelessly implemented in a group setting. A device for providing vestibular and somatosensory stimulation through bone conduction of sound waves to skeletal bones is provided in the form of a pad that is applied to or wrapped around the individual in treatment, which is comfortable in use and may contain particulate filler material capable of providing bone conduction stimulation adjacent to the location of a bone conduction transducer and expand the sound conduction site over a larger area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Randall Redfield, Kate O'Brien Minson
  • Publication number: 20130090519
    Abstract: A device with a non-invasive first stimulation unit configured to generate first stimuli which, when administered to a patient, suppress a pathologically synchronous activity of neurons in at least one of the brain, and the spinal cord of the patient, with a non-invasive second stimulation unit configured to generate at least one of optical, acoustic, tactile, vibratory, and thermal second stimuli, and with a control unit configured to control the first and second stimulation units, wherein the generation of the first and second stimuli takes place optionally in a first or a second operating mode, and the control unit is configured to control the first and second stimulation units in such a way that, in the first operating mode, the generation of at least 60% of the second stimuli is coupled in time to the generation of the first stimuli and, in the second operating mode, the generation of at least 60% of the second stimuli takes place without the generation of the first stimuli.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Alexander Tass
  • Publication number: 20130079585
    Abstract: A therapeutic method and sound recording including sounding a first harmonic interval for a first duration of at least approximately one minute; and sounding a second harmonic interval for a second, consecutive duration for at least approximately one minute. The first and second harmonic intervals may be just intervals and/or fifths, such as Perfect 5ths (P5). The first duration may overlap with the second duration in order to sound a Major Seventh (M7) chord. The first duration may be approximately twenty minutes long or longer, the second duration may be approximately ten minutes long or longer, and the overlap between the first and second duration may be approximately ten minutes long or longer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Clifford Neil Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20130079584
    Abstract: Provided is a pillow and method of marking the pillow to mitigate tinnitus. The pillow includes a first and second portions of fill material, an anchor strip assembly and a pillow casing. The anchor strip assembly is disposed between the first and second portions of fill material. The anchor strip assembly includes an anchor strip and a plurality of speakers secured to the anchor strip at a distance from each other. A first and second edge portions the anchor strip extends beyond edges of the first and second portions of fill material. The pillow casing secures the anchor strip assembly disposed between the first and second portions of the fill material inside the pillow casing such that the first and second edge portions of the anchor strip are secured respectively between a first and second seams of the pillow casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: ARMBRUSTER ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Armbruster Enterprises, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130071829
    Abstract: The invention involves training complexes and methods for optimization of the psycho-physiological condition of a person. It includes new capabilities and methods for training the skills of relaxation and activation of psycho-physiological processes. The proposed training complex consists of a training apparatus, audio-video system, training complex control system and methods for training the skills of relaxation and activation of psycho-physiological processes. Three types of training apparatus are employed: special adjustable armchair, the immersion tank and hyperbaric/hypobaric pressure chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Oleg Berezhkov
  • Patent number: 8396229
    Abstract: Presented herein is a system for transmitting sounds to an in-utero infant, that is worn by a pregnant woman, said system comprising a flexible carrier with two arms and adapted to accommodate the continuously changing shape of the abdomen of a pregnant woman; an array of speakers disposed on the arms of the carrier and substantially surrounding the in-utero infant with the sounds emitted from said speakers; an amplifier operatively associated with the array of speakers that enables tailoring the frequencies and tonal qualities of the sounds emitted from the array of speakers to levels suitable for an in-utero infant; and an audio device, operatively connected to the array of speakers and the amplifier, that provides a source from which sounds are played back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nuvo Group Ltd.
    Inventor: Oren Oz
  • Patent number: 8388512
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using particular types of music compositions having certain characteristics to treat depression and related disorders, autism, and other disorders are described. The music for use in music therapy efforts includes characteristics for modification of the psycho-physiological apparatus and response including the use of vocal invented language elements to simulate pre-verbal communication and elements to coincide with and work with natural chrono-biological and circadian rhythms. For example, activating elements are provided in some compositions that are to be played immediately prior to a peak of chrono-biological activity. As another example, other compositions include de-activating elements to improve relaxation immediately prior to a natural low of chrono-biological activity. Such activating and de-activating elements include musical elements such as changes of volume, frequency selection, and tempo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Vera M. Brandes
  • Patent number: 8369955
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a system for improving sensitivity of a first sensory, reflex and/or motor mechanism of a subject by stimulating a second sensory, reflex and/or motor mechanism of the subject. For that purpose a noise is applied to the second sensory, reflex and/or motor mechanism to improve the sensitivity of the first sensory, reflex and/or motor mechanism due to cross-modal SR interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Valorisation-Recherche, Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jocelyn Faubert, Rafael Doti, Jesus-Eduardo Lugo-Arce
  • Publication number: 20130030241
    Abstract: A technique for influencing the human brain can be applied to treat PTSD through stimulating the brain with a beat in, for example, the theta (?) frequency to influence the brain to relax. Alternatively, the human brain can be stimulated with a beat in the alpha (?) frequency to stimulate active thinking. Over a series of treatments the brain of an individual suffering from PTSD can be influenced to operate at a normal frequency. Advantageously, as the frequency is adjusted, the symptoms of PTSD recur less often until the individual ceases to experience the symptoms or has at least experienced a decreased recurrence of the symptoms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Rosalind Y. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130030242
    Abstract: A waterproof audio device and system that transmits sound via transcutaneous bone conduction provides therapeutic auditory stimulation music to a dog. The device is integrated into an adjustable dog collar component and a removable adjustable muzzle component. Both the dog collar and the muzzle components will be adjustable or available in various sizes to fit any sized dog. The present invention uses commercially available transducers to produce sounds in the low, mid and high frequency ranges. A commercially available sound source for the therapeutic auditory stimulation music signal can also be provided as part of the waterproof audio device. Commercially available fasteners enable the dog's owner to position the device on the neck and head of the dog for providing acceptable sound conduction and individualized fit for the dog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Rolf Ruehring
  • Publication number: 20130012763
    Abstract: A system (100) and a method for controlling an environmental physical characteristic in an environment of a person (105), a color and intensity tunable lamp, an electronic device and a computer program product are provided. The system (100) comprises an environment influencing means (102), a sensor (104), an input means (134) and a controller (130). The environment influencing means (102) changes the environmental physical characteristic in response to a control signal (112) indicating a desired influencing of the environmental physical characteristic. The sensor (104) obtains a sensor signal (122) representing a physiological condition of the person (105). The input means (134) obtains a user setting signal (132) representing a user setting with respect to the environmental physical characteristic. The controller (130) receives the sensor signal (122) and the user setting signal (132) and generates the control signal (112) by applying an original function (114) to the sensor signal (122).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.V.
    Inventor: Stijn De Waele
  • Patent number: 8343030
    Abstract: A therapeutic method and sound recording including sounding a first harmonic interval for a first duration of at least approximately one minute; and sounding a second harmonic interval for a second, consecutive duration for at least approximately one minute. The first and second harmonic intervals may be just intervals and/or fifths, such as Perfect 5ths (P5). The first duration may overlap with the second duration in order to sound a Major Seventh (M7) chord. The first duration may be approximately twenty minutes long or longer, the second duration may be approximately ten minutes long or longer, and the overlap between the first and second duration may be approximately ten minutes long or longer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Clifford Neil Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8337385
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a base section, a middle section, and an upper section. The base section encloses a plurality of speakers, the middle section includes a relaxation chamber for a reclining human user, and the upper section houses light fixtures that emit light at preselected frequencies related to the sound frequencies emitted by the speakers. Stationary foot and head light fixtures illuminate a foot and a head end of the relaxation chamber, respectively. A movable middle light fixture reciprocates along the length of the relaxation chamber. Each light fixture has a hexagonal housing with mirrored interior surfaces and at least one crystal through which light passes. A color disc mounted below the movable middle light fixture has translucent colored discs mounted about its periphery, only one of which is illuminated per user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas G. Cornell
  • Publication number: 20120323090
    Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and computer-readable storage media for monitoring and managing patient discomfort are provided. Inputs are received from ambient sensors located in a clinical care room. Based on a determination that the inputs exceed predetermined thresholds, it is determined that the patient is experiencing discomfort. Various measures are automatically initiated to help diminish the patient's discomfort. The measures include aromatherapy, visual relaxation therapy, audio therapy, and automatic administration of pain relief.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: CERNER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: STEPHANIE PALMER BECHTEL, MARK NOLTE
  • Publication number: 20120296156
    Abstract: A sleep system is provided that aids in achieving a sleep goal through the control of an environment near a person. The sleep system includes a processor capable of executing instructions used for controlling one or more aspects of the environment and a memory capable of holding the instructions. Upon executing the instructions, the sleep system receives a sleep goal for the person that includes varying the nearby environment. The processor may further execute instructions to create settings that vary at least one environmental condition of the environment over time as it relates to one or more cycles of a sleep architecture for the person. Varying at least one environmental condition near the person experiencing one or more cycles of the sleep architecture influences the quality of the person's sleep. The sleep system may further adjust at least one environmental condition in the vicinity of the person in accordance with the sleep architecture for the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Raphael Auphan
  • Publication number: 20120277521
    Abstract: The systems, devices, and methods of the invention provide a solution to the problem of inefficiencies associated with the psychotherapeutic process. Heart rate variability (HRV) and other physiologic parameters can be used to regulate physiological state in the “real time” of the psychotherapy hour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: D. E. Chamberlin
  • Publication number: 20120245410
    Abstract: The Lotus massage systems and methods disclosed herein include various combined components that enhance the overall massage experience. These components integrate choreographed, mapped, synchronized, and freeform application of massage techniques with music, silence, ambient noise reduction, 360 degree site cancellation, aroma therapy, etc. The massage systems and methods disclosed herein may also involve choreographed, mapped, synchronized and/or freeform application of strokes and movements, by referencing one or more music body charts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Sean Davis
  • Patent number: 8275140
    Abstract: A transducer system is disclosed for detecting actual or simulated body sounds. An audio signal generation and detection system is disclosed for the purposes of simulating the medical examination of a patient or simulating the listening of sounds seeming to emanate from a live or inanimate body. A signal generator sets up a voltage potential at an electrode physically attached to the body, or electrically connected to a body, thereby setting up a voltage potential on a surface area of the body. An electric field potential sensor or a capacitive electrical sensor placed in proximity to the electrode or body surface then detects the voltage potential. The signals produced by the signal generator can represent heart, lung, bowel or other sounds and the electrical sensor can take the physical form of a listening device such as a stethoscope, thereby creating a simulation of listening to body sounds for medical diagnostic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Clive Leonard Smith
  • Patent number: 8241201
    Abstract: A method and device for connecting a bone conductor transducer contained in a housing to the skull bone for the transmission of vibrations characterized by, that the housing has at least one surface, which is placed against the bottom plane of a recess shaped in the temporal bone with a static force exceeding the dynamic signal forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Osseofon AB
    Inventor: Bo Hakansson
  • Patent number: 8211015
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for providing a short-acting analgesic agent in the management of pain during labor, wherein the system enables efficient, real-time prediction of contractions for the coordinated administration of analgesia such that the peak effectiveness of the analgesic coincides with the intermittent pain of labor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignees: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc., Convergent Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Tammy Y. Euliano, Neil Russell Euliano, II, Jose C. Principe, Dorothee Marossero
  • Publication number: 20120157758
    Abstract: A facility for performing a medical examination includes a room, a medical imaging system located in the room, and a plurality of elements installed on at least one of the room and the medical imaging system, the elements collectively creating a first theme that forms a physical environment at least partially surrounding a patient, wherein the theme is presented in a manner to increase the throughput of imaging patients while increasing overall patient satisfaction by reducing the level of patient anxiety and fear experienced by the patient being imaged. A compatibly configured medical imaging system is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Douglas Penrose Dietz
  • Publication number: 20120149973
    Abstract: A protocol or procedure is provided for lowering sympathetic nervous system arousal in a person in order to prepare that person for a medical or dental procedure. First, a therapeutic dosage of one or more neurotransmitter supplements, such as a gamma aminobutyric acid formulation, a tryptophan-derived neurotransmitter precursor, and dehydroepiandrosterone are administered to the patient. Concomitantly, gelled electrodes are placed adjacent or below the mastoid. The gelled electrodes are connected to a cranial electrotherapy stimulation device that administers a sub-sensation level current to the patient. Also, a noise dampening headset is placed on the patient and a neuroacoustic entrainment recording or program is played. Next, light is blocked with black out glasses. Then, the medical or dental procedure is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: G. Blake Holloway
  • Publication number: 20120123192
    Abstract: A bed system, comprising a bed (1), and a foldable cover device (6) mounted to the bed, wherein the foldable cover device (6) comprises a bearing structure (8) and a cover material (11) provided on the bearing structure (8), and wherein the foldable cover device (6) is movable between a folded position in which the cover device (6) is folded and an unfolded position in which the cover device (6) is unfolded, thereby at least partially covering a sleeping area (5) of the bed (1). (FIG.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Rajan Somsundaram, Birgit Liehr, Lisa Kroll
  • Patent number: 8172743
    Abstract: An interactive biological stabilization (IBS) device includes at least one communication path enabling operative coupling with at least one patient data monitoring device, and a processing device enabled for operative coupling with the at least one patient monitoring device through the at least one communication path. The processing device includes a hypnotherapeutic treatment decision block selecting at least one hypnotherapeutic treatment modality based on patient data received from the at least one patient data monitoring device through the at least one communication path. A system for interactively biologically stabilizing a patient includes the IBS device. A method for interactively biologically stabilizing a patient includes the steps of providing at least one apparatus monitoring vital patient data and providing at least one processor processing the vital patient data which selects a hypnotherapeutic treatment modality based on the processing of the vital patient data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: Dominick Schillizzi, Beauregard Robinson
  • Patent number: 8117699
    Abstract: A person-support apparatus comprises a frame, a sound generating device, a user interface, and a controller. The sound generating device is configured to generate an audible sound. The user interface is configured to receive an input from a user. The input corresponds to at least one of a sound conditioning system mode and an audible sound adjustment. The controller is electrically coupled to the sound generating device and the user interface. The controller is configured to control the operation of the sound generating device in accordance with the input from the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy M. Richards, Timothy Joseph Receveur
  • Publication number: 20110279277
    Abstract: The vision protection method and system thereof is provided to ensure a viewer to rest his/her eyes after viewing on an electronic device for a certain period, wherein the eyesight protection method includes the steps of detecting one of more working parameters of the viewer in responsive to a preset working threshold in a working mode of the electronic device during the viewer is working on a current work displaying by the electronic device; switching the working mode of the electronic device to a resting mode; and switching the electronic device from the resting mode back to the working mode to resume the display of the current work of the electronic device. Therefore, the viewer is enforced to rest his/her eyes after every certain period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Roger Li-Chung