Audio (e.g., Heartbeat, "white Noise", Etc.) Patents (Class 600/28)
  • Publication number: 20090275794
    Abstract: The present invention is a portable integrated sound, physioacoustic, and colored light apparatus. This is a self-contained electrically powered device designed to stimulate and facilitate the human body's innate self-healing mechanisms. The active components are housed in a portable pyramidal-shaped lower enclosure (100) with a single recessed panel (102) on one side of the unit containing a user interface for controlling the pitch and tonal quality of the generated sound and physioacoustic frequencies. The unit also contains specified colored light elements situated under a quartz crystal pyramid capstone (108) which react with the sound frequencies by increasing and decreasing in intensity. The user or therapist has the capability to access the electronically generated sound source to achieve a wide variety of tonal sound and vibrational components, as well as the ability to select the desired colored light therapy component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: August John Worley
  • Publication number: 20090234181
    Abstract: This invention relates to an assessment tool for use in musical therapy comprising: (a) at least one patient record stored within the assessment tool; (b) at least one field or datum within the patient record; (c) a security scheme that either permits or denies authorization a user to view and/or edit each field or datum within each patient record; and optionally, (d) a plurality of users of the assessment tool each with a unique identification. This invention also relates to combining the above embodiments with a computer to store the patient records, and the security scheme. This above tool may also be connected to a network, including the internet, via the computer element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Mijin Kim
  • Publication number: 20090149699
    Abstract: A system (1) and method for controlling the reproduction of audio signals via the monitoring of the state of relaxation of a person, wherein at least one physiological characteristic of the person is detected by means of a sensor (14), which characteristic assumes different values depending on different sleep phases of the person and wherein different sleep phases are recognized on the basis of at least one detected changing physiological characteristic by means of an analysis device (19) and wherein the speed for the reproduction of audio signals is changed on the basis of the at least one detected changing physiological characteristic and wherein the reproduction of the audio signals is terminated by a control unit (22) after a certain sleep phase of the person has commenced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.V.
    Inventor: Paul Ullmann
  • Publication number: 20090124850
    Abstract: A portable player for facilitating implementation of customized sound therapy to a patient. The PSP is designed to producing sounds at fairly low listening levels, wherein in order for effective habituation to occur. The PSP generates frequencies covering the entire audible range (about 20-20,000 Hz) at low distortion. The PSP is operatively coupled to a sound matching station (SMS) via a suitable interface (e.g., a USB interface), is connected, wired or wirelessly, to audio output transducers (e.g., headphones) for both the patient and the CST operator during the matching session, then detached for patient's use during habituation therapy. The PSP records automatically the patient's usage, by building a record of the date and time when the PSP was turned on and off, and the sound volume used at that time. This information can be downloaded at the next visit onto the SMS and reviewed and analyzed for further treatments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: F. Richard Moore, Erik Viirre
  • Publication number: 20090118569
    Abstract: A matrixed and premixed counseling and sound therapy program format for single media players, which provides, and enables user-selection among, a multiplicity of differing music or other sound therapy tracks each separately premixed with a common, or substantially equivalent or redundant counseling track. The system may be applied to more than one substantially different counseling program each based on a common redundant counseling track. The program format is applicable to a diversity of therapeutic, self-improvement, training and educational programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Petroff
  • Publication number: 20090105558
    Abstract: A portable sensory intervention system for a patient in need thereof is provided, which comprises:(a) a soft device to be held by the patient comprising one or more stimulation units which are: (i) a speaker inside the device coupled to means for generating a sound; (ii) a light source visible outside the device for generating a soothing color; or (iii) an aroma generator, wherein the one or more of the stimulation units are coupled to a controller which is operably coupled to a wireless receiver means; and (b) a sensing unit adapted to be mounted on the patient and which detects patient agitation by electrically measuring physiological signals and wherein the sensing unit communicates with the soft device to provide instructions to the soft device to operate the one or more stimulation units in the soft device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: Oakland University
    Inventors: Cheryl Riley-Doucet, Debatosh Debnath, Imad H. Elhajj
  • Patent number: 7510521
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the invention may be found in a sound and heartbeat playback system that selectively generates and/or plays back sounds and/or heartbeats that mimic a natural mother's sounds and heartbeats. In this regard, the generation of heartbeat or other soothing and calming sounds may be incorporated into toys. The sound and heartbeat playback system may therefore be employed in a surrogate mother toy, for example, a cuddly bear with which infants may usually cuddle, play and/or sleep. Accordingly, the sound emitted by the sound and heartbeat playback system may aid in calming infants when they are agitated and/or tired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: James Bennett
  • Publication number: 20090062598
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (1) for inducing a subject to fall to sleep, comprising a light pattern generator (3) for generating a time varying light pattern in view of the subject. Further, the system comprises a breathing rate measuring unit (2) for measuring a breathing frequency of the subject. In addition, the system comprises a control unit connected to the breathing rate measuring unit and the light pattern generator, for controlling the light pattern generator (3), such that the generated light pattern has a pattern frequency (13) substantially between the measured breathing frequency (8) and a pre-selected desired frequency (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Nicoline Haisma, Gerrit-Jan Bloem, Gerard David La Hei
  • Patent number: 7485086
    Abstract: An infant rocking assembly includes a base, a sound-producing device for playing a soundtrack to produce a sound pattern, a top member which is movably mounted on the base and supports an infant-supporting structure such as a carrier seat or stroller, and a motor for moving the top member relative to the base in a manner which is synchronized with the sound pattern. Preferably, a stepper motor is used to produce complex movements of the top member and facilitate the synchronization. The stepper motor preferably rolls a truck between the base and top member to move the top member via engagement between upper rollers of the truck and camming surfaces of the top member. A microprocessor controls the motor and sound-producing device. A mattress support member and the low-profile rocking assembly may be positioned below an infant mattress to rock the infant mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: 3699013 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. Dickie
  • Publication number: 20080319253
    Abstract: An environment adjustment system mainly includes an air conditioner and a display. The air conditioner includes a temperature adjustment control part, a transmission part, and a temperature adjustment part. The display includes a projection control part, a reception part, and a projection part. The temperature adjustment control part causes the transmission part to transmit a control instruction to the display. The control instruction causes the display to control the color tone of an image. The reception part receives the control instruction transmitted from the air conditioner, and the projection control part causes the projection part to display an image with a color tone having a calming effect based on the control instruction. After that, the temperature adjustment control part causes the temperature adjustment part to lower ambient temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Ishiwata, Shoko Kino, Jun-ichiro Arai
  • Publication number: 20080312491
    Abstract: A highly mobile unit that will allow sensory room equipment to be stowed, moved and used in various locations. The cart would allow provision of Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing therapies environments (often called ‘Snoezelen’) where costs and lack of space would prohibit development of a dedicated Sensory Room. The cart will allow heavy, bulky and fragile equipment to be safely and easily moved en masse. It would be capable of being maneuvered into and around small spaces including hospital rooms and lifts. It will have an onboard rechargeable power supply, so that all audio-visual and sensory equipment will be able to be powered safely from within the unit, reducing risks of injury from leads, and ensuring equipment could always be used, even where no or inadequate power supply is available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Kathryn Leigh Smith, Jeremy John Smith
  • Publication number: 20080306330
    Abstract: A device for inducing a target physiological state in a user may include a portable device including at least one receiver for receiving measurement data indicative of a current physiological state of the user, a processing unit for processing the received measurement data, at least one audio output unit and a memory, the processing unit being arranged to detect the current physiological state of the user by comparing the processed received measurement data to predefined data in the memory indicative of physiological states, wherein the processing unit is arranged to output audio data through the audio output unit depending on the detected current physiological state and to adjust the output of the audio data according to the target physiological state to be induced in the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB
    Inventors: Maria LINDBACK, Rikard PANTORP
  • Publication number: 20080132752
    Abstract: Tinnitus is defined as sound(s) heard by an individual when no external sound it present and often takes the form of a hissing, ringing, chirping or clicking sound which may be either intermittent or constant. According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects tens of millions of Americans and many suffer so severely from tinnitus they are not able to function normally on a daily basis. Unfortunately the exact cause or causes of tinnitus are not understood by the medical community and thus many tinnitus sufferers are told by their doctors to “learn to live with if”. In accordance with novel aspects of Applicant's monofrequency tinnitus patient treatment apparatus and process, phase cancellation effects are achieved by utilizing an externally generated sound which is subjectively selected by the monofrequency tinnitus patient to match in both tone and loudness his or her tinnitus sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel S. J. Choy
  • Patent number: 7354395
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is presented for acoustically stimulating the brain by generating primary and secondary acoustical signals having differing characteristics. The signal differential thereby creates a tertiary signal or third wave. A user is able to interactively adjust the characteristics of the third wave by adjusting the characteristics of the primary and/or secondary signals to benefit or ameliorate a specific human condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventors: G. Frank Lawlis, T. Frank Lawlis
  • Publication number: 20080033229
    Abstract: A music-synchronized low frequency stimulator is disclosed. In a low frequency stimulator that plays music such as classical music, pop song, folk song, etc. and generates a low frequency electric pulse in synchronization with the music for electrically stimulating and medically treating nerves of a human body, the music-synchronized low frequency stimulator comprises a sound output unit that outputs music such as classical music, pop song, folk song, etc. to a control unit; a control unit that outputs the music and simultaneously samples the music to generate a music-synchronized low frequency signal for stimulating various nerves of a human body; and a low frequency generation unit that generates a music-synchronized low frequency electric pulse in accordance with the control of the control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: Jeong Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 7311658
    Abstract: A broad method consisting of the composition and creation of music wherein musical cues are contained for the purpose of synchronizing the breathing cycle with a 5.88 second musical interval for the purpose of synchronizing the heart rate variability cycle with the breathing cycle. The method wherein a 5.88 second interval is incorporated into musical composition for the purpose of producing said music and the identification and incorporation of 21 novel tempos as the basis of producing said interval. Also addressed is the method and system of incorporating the 21 novel tempos into metronomes and music synthesizers for the purpose of producing said tempos and music of said tempos, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Coherence LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Bennett Elliott
  • Patent number: 7290501
    Abstract: A system for producing a sound having a certain frequency range to maintain laying hens in stable and comfortable conditions. includes a basic wave generator for generating a pair of first basic waves having the same phase and a pair of second basic waves having opposite phases, a relaxation wave generator for generating a pair of relaxation waves by combining the pair of first basic waves and the pair of second basic waves with time, a modulator for generating a pair of relaxation sounds by modulating the pair of relaxation waves with a sound wave having an audible frequency, and an audio output unit composed of two left and right parts such that stereo sound is outputted, for receiving the pair of relaxation sounds and outputting the pair of relaxation sounds to the left and right parts, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignees: Republic of Korea (Management Government Office: Rural Development Administration), Daeyang E&C Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sang Ho Kim, Sang Jin Lee, Ok Seok Seo, Yong Chang Kim, Chun Ho Moon
  • Patent number: 7255672
    Abstract: The invention consists of a broad method of presenting audible and visual cues for synchronizing the breathing cycle with an external timing reference for purposes of synchronizing the heart rate variability cycle with the breathing cycle, thereby achieving coherence of the heart rate variability cycle. A family of audible and visual indicators is specified for purposes of communicating breathing phase, change of breathing phase, progression of time within a phase, and progression of the phase relative to the internal perception of the practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Coherence LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Bennett Elliott
  • Patent number: 7207935
    Abstract: A method and device for presenting music to a patient in real time synchrony with relation to every single pulse of the patient's heartbeat, thereby inducing an enjoyable and relaxing sensation. A digitized electric signal representative of the patient's heartbeat is fed to a microprocessor which brings the digitized electric signal into correspondence with a sequence of musical sound configurations so that each pulse beat is followed by one of the sound configurations in real time. The sequence of musical sound configurations is presented to the patient so that each sound configuration is played in real-time synchrony with a respective pulse beat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Mordechai Lipo
  • Patent number: 7166070
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is presented for acoustically stimulating the brain by generating primary and secondary acoustical signals having differing characteristics. The signal differential thereby creates a tertiary signal or third wave. A user is able to interactively adjust the characteristics of the third wave by adjusting the characteristics of the primary and/or secondary signals to benefit or ameliorate a specific human condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventors: G. Frank Lawlis, T. Frank Lawlis
  • Patent number: 7141028
    Abstract: An system, apparatus, and method are disclosed for therapeutic light and sound, comprising the steps of exposing a user to spectral light and laterally directed sound and adjusting the manner of exposure sufficient to elicit a desired autonomic nervous response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventor: Barry McNew
  • Patent number: 7108654
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for applying Frequency Vibrations of Sound and Light (hereinafter sometimes referred to as “FVSL”) to a user for the administration of therapeutic treatment including relaxation and other benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Barry McNew
  • Patent number: 7081085
    Abstract: An automated method for treating tinnitus by habituation through use of neurological feedback, comprising the steps of connecting a subject through a set of attached headphones to an electronic sound player that is connected to a PC workstation presenting sound examples by software to the subject who can refine them by manipulating a series of controllers on the player, making an electronic recording of the sound in a digital music format, storing the recording in the computer, transferring a copy of the electronic sound file to the subject's electronic music player, generating an EEC signature of the subject's brain activity in response to the presented sound, sound using the customized sound to stimulate the auditory system while the brain activity is recorded, wherein the computer continuously monitors for the feedback signatures and drives the sound stimuli appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Erik Viirre, Jaime A. Pineda, F. Richard Moore
  • Patent number: 7079659
    Abstract: In a sound generating apparatus, a sound generating space, a sound, and a method for generating a sound, a sound is generated which has a frequency within a first frequency range beyond a predetermined audible frequency range and up to a predetermined maximum frequency, and which is non-stationary so as to change in a micro-temporal area in a second frequency range beyond 10 kHz. Then, the generated sound is applied to a person, thereby increasing cerebral blood flows of the person. This causes improvement and enhancement of the person's state of mind and body, so as to relieve stresses, thereby relaxing the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
    Inventors: Tsutomu Oohashi, Norie Kawai, Emi Nishina, Yoshitaka Fuwamotot, Reiko Yagi, Masako Morimoto
  • Patent number: 7025594
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for increasing the cognitive function in a fetus. The system transmits a pattern of sonic variations to the fetus. The pattern of sonic variations is formed of a plurality of sequences of tones in which each sequence is repeated at a predetermined tempo. Each sequence of tones is selected to be transmitted to the fetus at a predetermined time during the term of the pregnancy. Preferably, each subsequent sequence of tones is selected to be repeated at increasing tempo during the term of the pregnancy, thereby providing a progressive pattern of sonic variations. A similar system and method can be used for improving the cognitive function of a premature baby. In addition, the present invention relates to a system and method for altering the cognitive function in a postnatal human by transmitting aurally or through bone conduction a progressive pattern of sonic variations or a regressive pattern of sonic variations to the wearer of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Brent E. Logan
  • Patent number: 6984202
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for relaxing and reducing stress in an individual is disclosed. The method involves exposing the individual to combined music, preferably anxiolitic music, and randomly selected voiceover. The apparatus comprises a system, suitable for performing the method, that is capable of reproducing a wide variety of different audio programmes that comprises several phases, the content of each phase not being predictable in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Brainwave Limited
    Inventor: Matthew Ashenden
  • Patent number: 6939288
    Abstract: A method of influencing the body has the steps of registering physical parameter biopotentials, transforming and processing of obtained data to calculate a biosignal characteristic generalized parameter, transforming the biosignal characteristic generalized parameter on the basis of detected criterial correspondence into a control signal and forming an external sound effect, implementing the external sound effect in the form of generation of musical sounds by a parametric variation tone, volume and duration thereof in criterial relation to variation of discrete current values of the characteristic generalized parameter of a frequency spectrum of the transformed biosignal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Yakov I. Levin
  • Patent number: 6936000
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for selecting or designing a product, such as a muffler, having a complex, content-free sound output which is less stressful or more pleasing. The process includes the steps of sensing at least one physiological response of a subject (21) while the subject listens to an initial content-free sound output, repeating the sensing step for a new content-free sound output, comparing the physiological responses, and selecting the sound output for use in selecting or designing the product which output produces the physiological response that is the least stressful or most pleasing to the subject. The apparatus includes an audio playback device (15), a sound recording (16) of the initial sound, a sound recording (16) of the new sound, and physiological monitoring apparatus (17) suitable for attachment to and monitoring of the physiological responses of the test subject (21) to the playback of the sound recordings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Flowmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Ray T. Flugger
  • Patent number: 6897781
    Abstract: According to a preferred embodiment, there is provided an electronic patient monitor for use in reducing the risk of decubitus ulcers. The monitor utilizes a separate sensor which senses the position of the patient in the bed or chair for purposes of determining when the patient moves. Additionally, the monitor broadcasts masking noise through its own, or through a remote, speaker, thereby enabling the patient to rest more comfortably in a noisy institutional environment. If the patient does not move on his or her own accord within a predetermined turn interval, the masking sound broadcast will be terminated which will gently encourage the patient to move. An alarm may additionally be sounded to notify the caregiver that the patient needs to be manually turned to reduce the risk of decubitus ulcers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Bed-Check Corporation
    Inventors: Craig L. Cooper, Toby E. Smith
  • Patent number: 6884256
    Abstract: A health device includes: a far-infrared massaging device for a user's leaning, seating or lying thereon and for intimately radiating far-infrared rays towards the user to improve the user's blood circulation and metabolism for enhancing his or her health; and a juxtapositional far-infrared and anion generator movably juxtapositioned to the far-infrared massaging device for radiating far-infrared rays towards the user and for releasing anions into the air for deodorizing the air surrounding the user for synergetically promoting the user's health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventors: Chuan-Chi Huang, Kuo-Yuan Chan
  • Patent number: 6846284
    Abstract: Reciprocal noise cancellation of a patient's mono-frequency tinnitus tone is achieved utilizing an externally generated tone which is subjectively defined by a mono-frequency tinnitus patient to match his/her tinnitus tone in frequency and amplitude. An externally generated sound wave, selectively designated by subjective observations of a patient to match the patient's tinnitus tone is first applied to the tinnitus patient via earphones or a speaker system and then the same externally generated sound wave is sequentially phase shifted through a plurality of angularly shifted sequence steps to shift or slide the external sound wave through at least a 180 degree phase shift of the generated signal as it is applied to the patient to achieve a series of reductions of the patient's tinnitus tone and in one of such shifted steps a reciprocal, canceling relationship with the patient's tinnitus tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Tinnitus Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel S. J. Choy
  • Patent number: 6843765
    Abstract: In an apparatus of stimulating a reaction point of a human body by a certain frequency signal, where frequencies respectively matching with organs are different and the matching frequencies are different in accordance with conditions of disease, a signal generating portion constituted by a melody IC is provided, a switching device is turned on and off in correspondence to a relaxation rhythm signal output from the generating portion, and a signal is obtained from a secondary side of an output transformer in synchronous with the on and off operations, thereby making it possible to treat by a plurality of signals in a band of a plurality of frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Shin'ichi Kawamata
  • Publication number: 20040231681
    Abstract: The method of the present invention proposes to induce emotions of happiness or joy in a pregnant mother, with the intended result that the pleasant emotions can then be transmitted to the foetus through the normal mother-foetus communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Derek John Goldsmith
  • Publication number: 20040068158
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the invention may be found in a sound and heartbeat playback system that selectively generates and/or plays back sounds and/or heartbeats that mimic a natural mother's sounds and heartbeats. In this regard, the generation of heartbeat or other soothing and calming sounds may be incorporated into toys. The sound and heartbeat playback system may therefore be employed in a surrogate mother toy, for example, a cuddly bear with which infants may usually cuddle, play and/or sleep. Accordingly, the sound emitted by the sound and heartbeat playback system may aid in calming infants when they are agitated and/or tired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventor: James Bennett
  • Patent number: 6718044
    Abstract: A fetal communication device includes a wireless microphone for transmitting audio signals to be communicated to the baby. The communication device includes a rigid housing adapted for a comfortable fit to the mothers abdomen. The communication device also includes a timer and sound level monitor to help prevent undesired volume levels and durations of stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Neville Alleyne
  • Patent number: 6702767
    Abstract: A multisensory stimulation system and method of use. The system includes a housing articulate on a support so as to align a marked viewport with an individual. The housing defines a viewing chamber which is an extension of a reflective light and image optical system chamber which receives light and images from one or more video monitors or images projectors and, in some embodiments, from alternate sources such as black lights and strobe light devices. The system also includes an aromatic sensory component, tactile sensation devices, an audio input system, and audio delivery devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventors: Nelson R. Douglas, Levy Zubin
  • Publication number: 20030225310
    Abstract: In an apparatus of stimulating a reaction point of a human body by a certain frequency signal, where frequencies respectively matching with organs are different and the matching frequencies are different in accordance with conditions of disease, a signal generating portion constituted by a melody IC is provided, a switching device is turned on and off in correspondence to a relaxation rhythm signal output from the generating portion, and a signal is obtained from a secondary side of an output transformer in synchronous with the on and off operations, thereby making it possible to treat by a plurality of signals in a band of a plurality of frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Shin?apos;ichi Kawamata
  • Patent number: 6656137
    Abstract: Structure providing sessions of a prolonged spinning therapeutic modality that affects the biological occupant therein stimulating, exercising and strengthening the occupant's R.A.S in combination with other stimuli that affect the organism with different types of physiological and neurological stimuli such that several unique types of input affect the organism synergistically to provide a far greater therapeutic benefit than the prior art showed by using such stimulus devices individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Omega Assembly Trust
    Inventors: James Eugene Tyldsley, Loran L. Swensen
  • Publication number: 20030220537
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for selecting or designing a product, such as a muffler, having a complex, content-free sound output which is less stressful or more pleasing. The process includes the steps of sensing at least one physiological response of a subject (21) while the subject listens to an initial content-free sound output, repeating the sensing step for a new content-free sound output, comparing the physiological responses, and selecting the sound output for use in selecting or designing the product which output produces the physiological response that is the least stressful or most pleasing to the subject. The apparatus includes an audio playback device (15), a sound recording (16) of the initial sound, a sound recording (16) of the new sound, and physiological monitoring apparatus (17) suitable for attachment to and monitoring of the physiological responses of the test subject (21) to the playback of the sound recordings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Applicant: FLOWMASTER, INC.
    Inventor: Ray T. Flugger
  • Patent number: 6641523
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for relaxing and reducing stress in an individual is disclosed. The method involves exposing the individual to combined music, preferably anxiolitic music, and randomly selected voiceover. The apparatus comprises a system, suitable for performing the method, that is capable of reproducing a wide variety of different audio programs that comprises several phases, the content of each phase not being predictable in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Brainwave Limited
    Inventor: Matthew Ashenden
  • Publication number: 20030114728
    Abstract: Reciprocal noise cancellation of a patient's mono-frequency tinnitus tone is achieved utilizing an externally generated tone which is subjectively defined by a mono-frequency tinnitus patient to match his/her tinnitus tone in frequency and amplitude. An externally generated sound wave, selectively designated by subjective observations of a patient to match the patient's tinnitus tone is first applied to the tinnitus patient via earphones or a speaker system and then the same externally generated sound wave is sequentially phase shifted through a plurality of angularly shifted sequence steps to shift or slide the external sound wave through at least a 180 degree phase shift of the generated signal as it is applied to the patient to achieve a series of reductions of the patient's tinnitus tone and in one of such shifted steps a reciprocal, canceling relationship with the patient's tinnitus tone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Daniel S.J. Choy
  • Patent number: 6540664
    Abstract: An assembly (18) comprises an insert casing (30) and an outer casing (28). The inner casing comprises the device output LED diodes (54a), (56a) and (58a), the LCD display screen (42), the Speakers (50a), and device input Microphones (46a and 52a), Device Reset button (48a), Sound Playback button (50a) and program input Key press buttons (34a), (36A.) and (40a). A Voice activation switch (64) operating a voice recording chip (66) is activated during REM alerts (20) by a micro controller (62) and a backlight (not shown) for and LCD display screen (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Bruce Blair
  • Publication number: 20030055312
    Abstract: The Canine Authentic Intrauterine Sound Device (CAISD) provides a single, compact, easy to use device for dog owners. The CAISD will provide original, familiar, authentic canine intrauterine sounds to relieve the stress of separation for the new puppy and/or the stress of a canine that has experienced some kind of trauma. The CAISD, equipped with motion and sound sensitivity, will minimize sleep deprivation for both puppy and owner alike, thereby allowing the young new canine the opportunity to adapt to its new environment in as natural a manner as possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Genelle Coats
  • Patent number: 6520905
    Abstract: A method of classifying an individual's personal preference for an image, comprising: viewing an image for a period of time; and ranking the image on a scale extending between a “detached” feeling and an “attached” feeling, where “detached” is a feeling of not being able to personally connect to the object or situation depicted in the image, and “attached” is a feeling of a personal connection to the object or situation depicted in their image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Swatee N. Surve, Girish V. Prabhu, Elena A. Fedorovskaya, David L. Patton, John R. Fredlund, Cecelia M. Horwitz, Jose M. Mir
  • Publication number: 20030023133
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for relaxing and reducing stress in an individual is disclosed. The method involves exposing the individual to combined music, preferably anxiolitic music, and randomly selected voiceover. The apparatus comprises a system, suitable for performing the method, that is capable of reproducing a wide variety of different audio programmes that comprises several phases, the content of each phase not being predictable in advance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Matthew Ashenden
  • Patent number: 6494719
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for increasing the cognitive function in a fetus. The system transmits a pattern of sonic variations to the fetus. The pattern of sonic variations is formed of a plurality of sequences of tones in which each sequence is repeated at a predetermined tempo. Each sequence of tones is selected to be transmitted to the fetus at a predetermined time during the term of the pregnancy. Preferably, each subsequent sequence of tones is selected to be repeated at increasing tempo during the term of the pregnancy, thereby providing a progressive pattern of sonic variations. A similar system and method can be used for improving the cognitive function of a premature baby. In addition, the present invention relates to a system and method for altering the cognitive function in a postnatal human by transmitting aurally or through bone conduction a progressive pattern of sonic variations or a regressive pattern of sonic variations to the wearer of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Brent E. Logan
  • Patent number: 6484062
    Abstract: A new concept of computer system is provided to relax stresses such as fatigue, VDT syndrome, occupational diseases or psychogenic possibly gained from long hours of computer usage. This new computer system is able to divert the negative effects of conventional computer to affirmative effects by introducing the aroma therapy. The new computer system provides not only the data programs of establishing, playing execution and controlling, but also the stress relief program comprising acoustic therapy, color therapy, fragrance therapy and tactual therapy and a stress perception program. The stress relief program is operated by an emission device through a converter. The equipment of the stress relief is installed on a peripheral device of computer such as a speaker, keyboard or monitor. The new concept of computer system for stress relaxation originates a combination of the computer system and the natural therapies applied the human senses like sight, hearing, feeling and smelling senses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Hyun Kim
  • Publication number: 20020120176
    Abstract: A blanket which incorporates apparatus for recording and playing back sounds of a beating heart, for soothing babies. The blanket has a pocket which receives a sound generator including a microprocessor chip, an e-prom memory chip, a piezo speaker, a solid state pick up transducer, a miniature battery cell, and preferably three control pushbuttons. Two of the pushbuttons must be pressed simultaneously to activate the recording function. The shut off function is similarly controlled, with different pushbuttons. Optionally, the pick up transducer is connected to the sound generator by a cable having a manually removable connector. In another option, a radio frequency transmitter is operably connected to the sound generator to enable operation as an audible monitor when the recording function is also activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Peter Coviello
  • Patent number: 6409655
    Abstract: A device for applying stimuli to a subject for therapeutic purposes utilizing an audio source producing a selected audio tone. An audio speaker delivers the audio stimulus to the left and right ears of the subject in an alternating manner, such that the sounds may be heard in either of the ears or may be heard in both of the ears in sequential fashion. Visual or tactile stimuli may be delivered to a subject singularly or simultaneously with the audio stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventors: David L. Wilson, Douglas C. Fisher
  • Patent number: 6397106
    Abstract: The frequency transfer system modulates square wave frequencies from a data storage medium to a pair of electrically conductive contact surfaces. The system contains at least one feed line into a transfer unit that has at least one voltage threshold limitation member to prevent the voltage from exceeding a predetermined amount. An anode and cathode leads terminate at the contact surfaces. A voltage indicator within the transfer unit is activated at a predetermined minimum voltage. The storage medium contains the odd harmonics derived from the square waves that are recorded in synchronization with the square waves. Body affixing means are used to maintain at least one of the contact surfaces with the a user's skin. Alternatively, the first contact surface contacts the user's skin and the second contact surface is proximate the user's skin. In one embodiment the data storage medium is a CD and is played through an amplifier placed between the CD player and the transfer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Joseph Wayne DeBrouse