Via Monitoring A Plurality Of Physiological Data, E.g., Pulse And Blood Pressure Patents (Class 600/301)
  • Patent number: 10492725
    Abstract: A method of facilitating the monitoring of an individual based on at least one wearable device is disclosed. The method may include receiving, using a communication device, at least one physiological data from a user device associated with the individual. Further, the method may include retrieving, using a storage device, at least one analyzing criterion based on the user identifier. Further, the method may include analyzing, using a processing device, the at least one physiological data based on the at least one analyzing criterion. Further, the method may include generating, using the processing device, at least one notification based on the analyzing. Further, the method may include retrieving, using the storage device, at least one watcher identifier based on the user identifier. Further, the method may include transmitting, using the communication device, the at least one notification to at least one watcher device associated with the at least one watcher identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Orlando Efrain Abreu Oramas
  • Patent number: 10492727
    Abstract: A device for determining a physiological property of a body includes an insulating support having a compliant contact surface with a conductive element to contact the body. A mounting fixture disposed over a mounting surface of the support removably holds a rigid sensor spaced apart from the body and coupled to the conductive element to determine the physiological property via that element. A method for enabling a physiological parameter to be measured without direct contact between an active device and the body includes arranging a conductive element over an inner surface of an insulating circumferential band. A sensor with the active device is attached to the exterior of the band and thus coupled to the element. A system includes the sensor having a mounting connector, and sensor carriers with respective supports, mounting fixtures, and conductive elements. The sensor mounted on a carrier determines the property via the respective conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Lee, Ryan Walsh, Alan Trojanowski
  • Patent number: 10492733
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining information indicative of cardiac malfunctions and abnormalities includes a processing device (502) configured to detect amplitude variation from a signal indicative of cardiovascular motion, where the amplitude variation element variation of the amplitude of a wave pattern, e.g. the AO-peak, repeating on the heart-beat rate on the signal. The processing device is configured to determine, at least partly on the basis of the detected amplitude variation, an indicator of cardiac malfunction and abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: PRECORDIOR OY
    Inventors: Juhani Airaksinen, Tero Koivisto, Joona Marku, Ari Paasio, Mikko Pankaala, Kati Sairanen, Tuomas Valtonen, Peter Virta
  • Patent number: 10485479
    Abstract: A grip-type blood pressure measuring apparatus and a method of operating the apparatus are provided. The grip-type blood pressure measuring apparatus may include a pulse wave measuring sensor array comprising a plurality of pulse wave measuring sensors that are spaced apart from each other at a predetermined interval; and a blood pressure measurer configured to select a first pulse wave and a second pulse wave from among a plurality of pulse waves measured by the plurality of pulse wave measuring sensors, analyze the selected first pulse wave and second pulse wave, and determine a blood pressure based on an analysis result of the first pulse wave and the second pulse wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Min Kang, Yong Joo Kwon, Sun Kwon Kim
  • Patent number: 10485433
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods described herein can enable reliable estimation of pulse transit time (PTT) for a user in motion for cuffless blood pressure estimation. In one embodiment, a method involves receiving an electrocardiographic (ECG) signal and a photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal and detecting R-wave peaks in the ECG signal. The method further involves identifying multiple segments of the PPG signal based on detection of the R-wave peaks of the ECG signal, wherein a given segment of the PPG signal comprises multiple samples and is aligned with a corresponding R-wave. The method also involves generating an averaged PPG wave based on the multiple segments of the PPG signal, wherein a given element of the averaged PPG wave comprises an average of corresponding elements from the multiple segments of the PPG signal, and computing the blood pressure value based on the averaged PPG wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Amit S. Baxi, Vincent S. Mageshkumar
  • Patent number: 10478075
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for obtaining at least one bodily function measurement are presented. A mobile device includes an outer body sized to be portable for user, a processor contained within the outer body, and a plurality of sensors physically coupled to the outer body. The sensors are configured to obtain a first measurement indicative of blood volume and a second measurement indicative of heart electrical activity in response to a user action. A blood pressure measurement is determined based on the first measurement and the second measurement. The sensors also include electrodes where a portion of a user's body positioned between the electrodes completes a circuit and a measurement to provide at least one measure of impedance associated with the user's body. A hydration level measurement is determined based on the measure of impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Russel Allyn Martin, Leonid Sheynblat, Douglas Wayne Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10478116
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention described herein includes a method for a digestion diagnosis of a subject. The method includes obtaining electrogastrogram (EGG), bowel sound and NIRS signals from one or more sensors positioned about an abdominal region of a subject, removing artifacts from the signals to obtain conditioned signal data, and determining a digestion condition or feeding readiness of the subject based at least in part on the conditioned signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Josef Neu, Sungho Oh, Jui-Hong Chien, Eric Ortigoza
  • Patent number: 10474227
    Abstract: A virtual reality or augmented reality experience may be presented for a viewer through the use of input including only three degrees of freedom. The input may include orientation data indicative of a viewer orientation at which a head of the viewer is oriented. The viewer orientation may be mapped to an estimated viewer location. Viewpoint video may be generated of a scene as viewed from a virtual viewpoint with a virtual location corresponding to the estimated viewer location, from along the viewer orientation. The viewpoint video may be displayed for the viewer. In some embodiments, mapping may be carried out by defining a ray at the viewer orientation, locating an intersection of the ray with a three-dimensional shape, and, based on a location of the intersection, generating the estimated viewer location. The shape may be generated via calibration with a device that receives input including six degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Trevor Carothers, Kurt Akeley
  • Patent number: 10475351
    Abstract: A training system, including a plurality of sensors to obtain a plurality of biometrics from a first user. A stress level, a level of interest, a level of engagement, a level of alertness, and a level of excitement are determined responsive to analysis of ones of the plurality of biometrics. An indication is displayed of the obtained biometrics, the determined stress level, and the determined levels of interest, engagement, alertness, and excitement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Samantha J. Horseman, Brent Mattson
  • Patent number: 10470719
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for probabilistically estimating an individual's sleep stage based on spectral analyses of pulse rate and motion data. In one implementation, the method may include receiving signals from sensors worn by the individual, the signals including a photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal and an accelerometer signal; dividing the PPG signal into segments; determining a beat interval associated with each segment; resampling the set of beat intervals to generate an interval signal; and generating signal features based on the interval signal and the accelerometer signal, including a spectrogram of the interval signal. The method may further include determining a sleep stage for the individual by comparing the signal features to a sleep stage classifier included in a learning library. The sleep stage classifier may include one or more functions defining a likelihood that the individual is in the sleep stage based on the signal features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: David Ben Shimol, Ali Shoeb
  • Patent number: 10470657
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test. An HGN test device having a harness configured to be worn by a subject, a moveable stimulus controlled by a computing device, and a recording device for recording the eyes of the subject during the administration of the HGN test. More specifically, the HGN device has a movable armature or an arm with a stimulus there attached which follows a track. The recording may be stored in the computing device or transmitted to a remote system for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas E. Lister
  • Patent number: 10471290
    Abstract: A method for training athletes is disclosed. The method comprises: calculating an athletic signature for an athlete comprising normalized values for the concentric net vertical impulse (CON-IMP), the average eccentric rate of force development (ECC-RFD), and the average vertical concentric force (CON-VF) for the athlete; analyzing the athletic signature; and assigning at least one training block to the athlete based on the analysis of the athletic signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SPARTA SOFTWARE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Phillip Patrick Wagner
  • Patent number: 10470702
    Abstract: A system for assigning zone rankings to a patient. The system includes a processor, at least one database, and a computer readable medium in communication with the at least one database and comprising one or more instructions that, when executed, can cause the processor to receive at least one physiological signal from a medical monitoring device that is worn by a patient; assign a normal zone ranking to the patient based upon historical patient data stored on the at least one database; determine one or more metrics from the at least one physiological signal of the patient; assign a first zone ranking to the patient based upon the one or more metrics, the first zone ranking selected from a plurality of abnormal zone rankings stored on the at least one database; determine one or more actions to initiate based upon the assigned first zone ranking; and initiate the one or more determined actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Jason T Whiting, Steven J Szymkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10463259
    Abstract: A system and apparatus comprising a multi-sensor catheter for right heart and pulmonary artery catheterization is disclosed. The multi-sensor catheter comprises multi-lumen catheter tubing into which at least three optical pressure sensors, and their respective optical fibers, are inserted. The three optical pressure sensors are arranged within a distal end portion of the catheter, spaced apart lengthwise within the distal end portion for measuring pressure concurrently at each sensor location. The sensor locations are configured for placement of at least one sensor in each of the right atrium, the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery, for concurrent measurement of pressure at each sensor location. The sensor arrangement may further comprise an optical thermo-dilution sensor, and another lumen is provided for fluid injection for thermo-dilution measurements. The catheter may comprise an inflatable balloon tip and a guidewire lumen, and preferably has an outside diameter of 6 French or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Three Rivers Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Glover, Eric Caron, Sylvain Abel
  • Patent number: 10463258
    Abstract: According to an example embodiment, a technique in a monitoring device for remote monitoring of at least one vital sign of a living subject is provided, the technique including capturing one or more sensor signals that are descriptive of respective characteristics of a body of the subject from a distance, deriving, on basis of said one or more sensor signals, at least a first biometric signal that is descriptive of a second predefined vital sign of said subject for transmission to a server device, detecting presence of another monitoring device that is operating to derive a first biometric signal that is descriptive of a first predefined vital sign of the same subject for transmission to the server device, and controlling derivation of said first biometric signal in the detected another monitoring device in response to detecting said another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jukka Reunamaki, Arto Palin
  • Patent number: 10463292
    Abstract: A system configured to monitor autoregulation includes a medical sensor configured to be applied to a patient and to generate a regional oxygen saturation signal. The system includes a controller having a processor configured to receive the regional oxygen saturation signal and a blood pressure signal and to determine a cerebral oximetry index (COx) based on the blood pressure signal and the regional oxygen saturation signal. The processor is also configured to apply a data clustering algorithm to cluster COx data points over a range of blood pressures, identify a first cluster of COx data points that corresponds to an intact autoregulation zone for the patient, and provide a first output indicative of the intact autoregulation zone for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Paul Stanley Addison, James N. Watson, Dean Montgomery
  • Patent number: 10456085
    Abstract: A method and device for measuring a biological variable are provided. The method of measuring the biological variable may include detecting an infrared signal which is irradiated toward a body part and is reflected therefrom, extracting spectrum data from the detected infrared signal, obtaining intensity data corresponding to a preset frequency from the extracted spectrum data, obtaining a biological information-measuring model by performing multiple linear regression (MLR) on the obtained data, and measuring a biological signal of the body part by using the obtained biological information-measuring model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., IUCF-HYU (INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION HANYANG UNIVERSITY)
    Inventors: Sangkyu Kim, Jungmok Bae, Joonhyung Lee, Hyeseon Lee, Hoeil Chung, Junghye Lee, Kyeol Chang, Seongho Cho
  • Patent number: 10460076
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention relate to aggregating digital data for a patient during an examination at a private physician office environment, wherein the digital data is associated with a data file for the patient. A physician can utilize a device to capture an image of a patient or a portion of a patient, wherein the image relates to a condition or an area of medical concern based on the physician's opinion. In particular, the image can be superimposed onto a generic human body shape such that a precise location of the area of medical concern is identified by a marker and further the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SOHI, LLC
    Inventor: Thi Tran
  • Patent number: 10448900
    Abstract: Autoregressive modelling is used to identify periodic physiological signals such as heart rate or breathing rate in an image of a subject. The color channels of a video signal are windowed and normalised by dividing each signal by its mean. The ratios of the normalised channels to each other are found and principal component analyses conducted on the ratio signals. The most periodic of the principal components is selected and autoregressive models of one or more different orders are fitted to the selected component. Poles of the fitted autoregressive models of different orders are taken and pure sinusoids corresponding to the frequency of each pole are generated and their cross-correlation with the original component is found. Whichever pole corresponds to the sinusoid with the maximum cross-correlation is selected as the best estimate of the frequency of periodic physiological information in the original video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: OXEHEALTH LIMITED
    Inventor: Alessandro Guazzi
  • Patent number: 10453202
    Abstract: Systems and methods designed to detect a human being falling as opposed to an inanimate object. Generally, the systems and methods will utilize a depth camera, which will often image in the NIR spectrum to detect a falling object. The portion detected as a falling object will often be detected as separating from a point cloud indicative of one object in contact with another. Should such a separation be detected, the systems and methods will utilize a thermal sensor, often a camera imaging in the LWIR spectrum, to determine if the falling portion has a heat signature indicative of a human being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FORESITE HEALTHCARE, LLC
    Inventors: George Chronis, Erik Stone, Mark Schaumburg
  • Patent number: 10441252
    Abstract: We disclose a medical toilet that includes a system for interpreting measurements collected by medical devices on or in the medical toilet and for customizing the measurements to each user. The system may use information about the user to selecting which measurements to perform, select or modify parameters that apply to the measurement techniques, and select follow-up measurements that may be performed based on the first set of measurements. These decisions may be made according to the user's physical, demographic, or medical status information that may be entered into a controller connected to the medical toilet. The controller may apply a set of rules to the measurements and thereby determine a value which provides an estimate of the validity of the measurements and which may be used to make adjustments to subsequent measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Min Kang, Ben Swenson, Terrece Pearman
  • Patent number: 10441147
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: a light source apparatus; an endoscope having an imaging unit that includes an image sensor configured to generate color image data imaging biological tissue illuminated by light emitter by the light source apparatus; and a processor that has a first parameter generation unit configured to generate a first parameter that has sensitivity to a first feature amount of the biological tissue but does not have sensitivity to light scattering by the biological tissue based on the color image data, and a first feature amount acquisition unit configured to acquire the first feature amount based on the first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshimi Obara
  • Patent number: 10444931
    Abstract: Video data of an environment may be prepared for presentation to a user in a virtual reality or augmented reality experience. According to one method, a plurality of locations distributed throughout a viewing volume may be designated, at which a plurality of vantages are to be positioned to facilitate viewing of the environment from proximate the locations. For each location, a plurality of images of the environment, captured from viewpoints proximate the location, may be retrieved. For each location, the images may be reprojected to a three-dimensional shape and combined to generate a combined image. The combined image may be applied to one or more surfaces of the three-dimensional shape to generate a vantage. The vantages may be stored such that the vantages can be used to generate viewpoint video of the scene, as viewed from a virtual viewpoint corresponding to an actual viewer's viewpoint within the viewing volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Kurt Akeley
  • Patent number: 10433726
    Abstract: A health-monitoring system has IoT-vitals sensing nodes joined to a patient's body, sensing vital characteristics, employing wireless transmission circuitry transmitting sensed data by a short-range network, and a local gateway having wireless circuitry receiving transmitted data from the IoT-vitals sensors, software (SW) executing on a processor from a non-transitory medium, the SW processing the transmitted data received, and transmission circuitry transmitting processed data over a long-range network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
    Inventors: Maneesha Vinodini Ramesh, Rahul Krishnan Pathinarupothi, Ekanath Srihari Rangan, Durga P, P. Venkat Rangan
  • Patent number: 10431343
    Abstract: There is provided a computer-implemented method and apparatus for determining a likelihood of occurrence of a medical event for a subject. A risk profile for the subject is acquired and a plurality of risk profiles for other subjects are obtained from a database. The acquired subject risk profile is compared to the obtained plurality of other subject risk profiles. At least one risk profile is selected from the obtained plurality of other subject risk profiles that most closely matches the acquired subject risk profile. The likelihood of occurrence of a medical event for the subject is determined based on the selected at least one risk profile. A signal indicative of the determined likelihood of occurrence of the medical event for the subject is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Steffen Clarence Pauws, Jorn Op Den Buijs, Daniele De Massari
  • Patent number: 10429369
    Abstract: Provided are multi-parameter sonde systems having a unique integrated user interface for ease of set-up and control, service and maintenance, even in the field and without accessory controllers. The necessary components, such as central processing unit, display and accelerometer are positioned in a water-tight housing, with the display configured for convenient observability and readability. A plurality of sensors provide electronic signals to the CPU, such as by a measurement subsystem. Upon a controlled change in orientation or a force application to the sonde, the display via the accelerometer provides a desired output display configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IN-SITU, INC.
    Inventor: Duane B. McKee
  • Patent number: 10426407
    Abstract: A portable device is provided having a motion sensor and an engagement sensor. A determination may be made whether the portable device is engaged with the platform. The data being output by the sensor may be used accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Jibran Ahmed, Karthik Katingari
  • Patent number: 10420514
    Abstract: Detecting chronotropic incompetence includes determining, using a processor, a baseline cardiac health measure for a user based upon an estimate of activity level for the user, validating, using the processor, the estimate of activity level for the user with a validation factor determined from sensor data and determining, using the processor, a cardiac health measure for the user from the sensor data. A signal indicating chronotropic incompetence for the user can be provided by the processor based upon a comparison of the cardiac health measure for the user with the baseline cardiac health measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jawahar Jain, Cody Wortham, James Young, Sajid Sadi, Pranav Mistry
  • Patent number: 10413205
    Abstract: Physiological monitoring can be provided through an actigraphy sensor imbedded into an electrocardiography monitor, which correlates movement and electrocardiographic data. Physiological monitoring can be provided through a wearable monitor that includes two components, a flexible extended wear electrode patch and a removable reusable monitor recorder. The wearable monitor sits centrally on the patient's chest along the sternum. The patient can place an electrode patch anywhere within the general region of the sternum. The occurrence of actigraphy events are monitored by the monitor recorder through an actigraphy sensor. Actigraphy becomes a recordable actigraphy event occurrence when the movement of the wearable monitor and, therefore, the patient, exceeds a certain criteria threshold of acceleration or deceleration as detected by the actigraphy sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Bardy Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gust H. Bardy, Jason Felix, Jon MIkalson Bishay
  • Patent number: 10418352
    Abstract: An optical package structure of a mobile communication device includes a board, electrodes formed on the board, a light emitter and an IC chip both disposed on the board, and a light permeable package body encapsulating the light emitter and the IC chip. The electrodes are respectively arranged on a lower edge portion and two lateral edge portions of the board, and the number of the electrodes on the lower edge portion is larger than that on any of the two lateral edge portions. The light emitter is electrically coupled to at least one of the electrodes. The IC chip includes a light sensor corresponding in position to the light emitter and connecting pads electrically coupled to the electrodes. A distance from the light sensor to the upper edge portion is less than that to the lower edge portion, and is equal to or less than 250 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ANPEC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih-Cheng Chien, Chien-Chung Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10413245
    Abstract: A detection apparatus of vital parameters on a steering wheel is provided. The apparatus includes a horn switch, remote control switches configured to operate devices within a vehicle and a vital signal detector configured to detect a vital signal of an operator. The vital signal detector includes a detection sensor that is configured to detect the vital signal of the operator and a photo sensor that is mounted on the remote control switch. Accordingly, the separate space for the assembling portion of the vital signal detector is not required and the volume of the apparatus and the number of components are reduced. The mountability and the aesthetics are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, LS Automotive Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hai Jin Seo, Shin Hae Kim, Jong Il Yu, Won Ho Shin, Sung Hwan Shin, Chan Gug Park
  • Patent number: 10413210
    Abstract: A non-contact vital sign monitoring system transmits wireless signals to the same side of a biological subject via two antennas with different gains, and the two antennas receive two reflected signals from the biological subject with random body movement. Under a proper setup of the two antennas, the two reflected signals can be adjusted by an amplitude and phase adjusting unit to have the Doppler shift components caused by body movement with equal magnitude and out of phase and the Doppler shift components caused by vital signs with different magnitude. Therefore, the random body movement effect can be cancelled based on the relation between the two reflected signals in using the system to monitor the vital signs of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tzyy-Sheng Horng, Mu-Cyun Tang, Chao-Yun Kuo
  • Patent number: 10406303
    Abstract: The invention discloses an intelligent inhaler holster with a system and method to sense, track properties of inhaled air and medication, alert in hostile environments, map medication with personal dynamics, inhaled air and environment for better health, along with predictive and prognostic analytics. The system includes a sensor module to sense various environmental parameters of the personal environment envelope surrounding the individual. The system also includes an inhaler module configured to track the medication taken by the user. The system also has a processing module to collect data from multiple numbers of environmental sensors and further dynamically processes the information from the inhaler module including the time and location from where the user has taken medication. The processing module alerts for deviations, learns the preferred settings, advises based on trends, predictive and prognostic analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Vaidyanathan Anandhakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10405802
    Abstract: A method for detecting a heart rate is disclosed and includes: providing a photodetector module, a motion detector and a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) module; acquiring a first heart rate using the photodetector module and the FFT module; sampling at different time intervals and generating a frame using the motion detector and the FFT module, wherein the frame has a first plurality of peaks and a first plurality of indexes corresponding to the first plurality of peaks, and a plurality of sport intervals are defined by the first plurality of indexes; and acquiring a present heart rate by applying an interval tracking algorithm to the first heart rate and the plurality of sport intervals generated from the sampling at different time intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: WELTREND SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Ke-Ning Pan, Shih-Tsung Kuo, Chi-Chung Ho
  • Patent number: 10390765
    Abstract: A catastrophe-theoretic approach is provided for predicting an occurrence of an ischemic myocardial event (e.g., acute myocardial infarction) for a human patient based on a time series of monitored vital signs values measured from a patient, and in some instances, for providing advanced notice to clinicians or caregivers when such an ischemic event is forecasted or modifying treatment for the patient, according to the predicted likelihood. In particular, an ischemic heart disease management system is provided for determining a likelihood of near-term future significant myocardial ischemia in persons with coronary artery disease. Embodiments of the disclosure described herein may provide a forecasted risk for future significant myocardial ischemia within a time horizon comprising a future time interval. In one embodiment, the future time interval is from 30 min to approximately 4 hours into the future, and may be dependent on the frequency of vital signs measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas S. McNair
  • Patent number: 10390716
    Abstract: A pulse transmission time measuring apparatus includes a first photoplethysmographic sensor that includes a first light emitter and a first light receiver and detects a first photoplethysmographic signal, and a second photoplethysmographic sensor that includes a second light emitter and a second light receiver and detects a second photoplethysmographic signal. The first and second photoplethysmographic sensors are disposed on a contact surface that comes into contact with the body when the pulse transmission time measuring apparatus is attached to the body. The spacing between the second light emitter and the second light receiver is smaller than the spacing between the first light emitter and the first light receiver. The second photoplethysmographic sensor detects the second photoplethysmographic signal corresponding to the flow of blood in the capillaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Shimuta
  • Patent number: 10383565
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to assess sudomotor function to detect early stage peripheral distal neuropathy. The method sends a low voltage direct current of 1 to 5 volts between pairs of electrodes for a time of between 15 and 60 seconds, switches the current at the middle of the time and measures the peak and slope of the decreased conductance. The method can be used to assess skin blood flow and/or sweat gland density depending on the direction of the current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Medical Screening Corporation
    Inventor: Albert Maarek
  • Patent number: 10383528
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus and a photoplethysmograph (PPG) sensor unit are provided. The wearable apparatus includes a wearable holder and a physiological information measurement module configured to the wearable holder. The physiological information measurement module includes a circuit board, an electrocardiograph (ECG) sensor unit and a PPG sensor unit. The PPG sensor unit is disposed on the circuit board and adapted to be used in conjunction with the ECG sensor unit electrically connected to a first pad and a second pad on the circuit board. The PPG sensor unit includes a grid having a plurality of accommodating spaces, a lighting element arranged in one of the accommodating spaces, and a photo sensor arranged in another accommodating space. The grid includes an inner conductive contact portion exposed from the wearable holder, facing an inner side of the wearable holder and electrically connected to the second pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: LITE-ON OPTO TECHNOLOGY (CHANGZHOU) CO., LTD., LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsan-Yu Ho, Meng-Sung Chou, Ming-Kun Weng, Chiou-Yueh Wang, Fang-Yi Chang, Ren-Guey Lee, Hui-Chia Kuo
  • Patent number: 10383523
    Abstract: There are provided an information recording unit 13 for recording, in a storage medium 14, body temperature information to be measured by a temperature sensor 11 for a sleeping period in association with movement information to be detected by a movement detecting sensor 12 for the same sleeping period, and a basal body temperature specifying unit 15 for analyzing the movement information recorded in the storage medium 14 to detect a wake timing of a user and specifying, as a basal body temperature, body temperature information measured immediately before the wake timing, and a body temperature of the user can be measured in a resting state during sleeping and be thus recorded in the storage medium 14, and furthermore, the body temperature recorded immediately before waking can be specified as the basal body temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: E3 CO., LTD
    Inventor: Bingwei Yao
  • Patent number: 10383571
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, devices and methods for acquiring, measuring, monitoring, processing and analyzing physiological signals. More particularly, the present invention relates to using physiological signals to determine a subject's response to various conditions, variables or constraints. Still more particularly, the present invention relates to monitoring the subject's external body motion and/or environmental factors and determining the amount of pain a subject is suffering as a result of the motion and factors. Still more particularly, the present invention relates to a system, device and methods of quantifying a subject's pain to provide an objective measurement of the subject's pain. The present invention further relates to establishing and improving pain management protocols and therapy or treatment for the subject's pain based on the quantified pain measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Pulliam, Joseph P Giuffrida
  • Patent number: 10387111
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the output of sound to allow for orientation and reorientation of a sound source device in relation to a listener comprises the control of sound generators in the device to output successive sounds to ambient environment and collect the sound echoes from listening surfaces of user to form a lookup history. Horizontal distance ? and an included angle ? between the electronic device and the ear cavities or other surfaces of user, and a vertical displacement d of the electronic device are calculated. Horizontal distance difference ?? and a Doppler factor D are further calculated. A gas generator is controlled to input gas into deformable areas of platform which holds the sound generators to allow for instant particular orientations. A shape deformation factor S of the deformable areas is determined. Original factory settings of the device can be adjusted according to instant calculations and lookup history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen-Hsin Chang, Chang-Te Wu
  • Patent number: 10383576
    Abstract: A synthetic aperture photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor is disclosed. A group or matrix of contiguous PPG sensors located on a toilet seat are conditionally combined based on sensor measurements. Conditional combinations may be based on timing data and signal-to-noise ratio data of each of the PPG measurements. Measurements associated with the conditional combinations are then used to determine a cardiac function of a toilet user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Andrew Davis, Daniel Hendricks, Justin Robinson
  • Patent number: 10377386
    Abstract: A system configured to determine a physical state of a vehicle occupant within a vehicle is described herein. The system includes an electrode in contact with the vehicle occupant and containing nano-scale metal fibers or carbon nanotubes and a controller that determines the physical state of the vehicle occupant based on an output of the electrode. The controller initiates a countermeasure based on the physical state of the vehicle occupant. A system configured to generate electricity based upon a temperature difference between a vehicle occupant and a portion of a vehicle interior is also presented herein. This system includes a thermoelectric device containing nano-scale metal fibers or carbon nanotubes. The thermoelectric device has a first side in contact with a vehicle occupant and a second side in contact with a portion of the vehicle interior. The thermoelectric device supplies electrical power to an electrical system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Zachary J. Richmond, Evangelia Rubino, Robert J. Seidler
  • Patent number: 10376154
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for detecting the likelihood of an aortic coarctation in an infant using photoplethysmographic pulse signals obtained from the hand and foot of the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Jerusalem College of Technology
    Inventors: Robert Koppel, Meir Nitzan
  • Patent number: 10376410
    Abstract: An automated mandibular advancement device (MAD) is described for the treatment of sleep disorders involving the occlusion of upper airway gas flow during sleep; one example being obstructive sleep apnea. In embodiments, a MAD projects the lower jaw forward only after the patient has fallen asleep. Embodiments of the may track patient sleep parameters for later review by the patient and/or the treating physician to assess the quality of sleep and efficacy of the treatment regime. An actuator placed laterally within a band allows the integral microprocessor to actuate the lower jaw tray forward upon sensing of snoring activity (or upon exceeding a pre-set timer threshold).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Craig Flanagan
  • Patent number: 10368704
    Abstract: A smart toilet with a function of electrocardiographic lead monitoring, includes a toilet base, and further includes a body connected to the toilet base. The body is provided with a controller, and an electrocardiographic lead monitoring module, a display or voice prompt module, a power supply module for supplying power, which are electrically connected to the controller respectively. The human body ECG signal obtained by the electrocardiographic lead monitoring module is processed by the controller, to obtain human body electrocardiographic lead data, and the display or voice prompt module is controlled to output the data. The invention combines the electrocardiographic monitoring function with the toilet, which enables people to know electrocardiographic data quickly and conveniently while using the toilet, so as to understand their own heart health, thereby detecting and dealing with possible diseases as soon as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ZHONGSHAN ANBO HEALTH TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wenhui Zhou
  • Patent number: 10368756
    Abstract: This disclosure provides cascaded reference circuits and low amplitude signal sensing circuits that are useful in wearable devices. Circuits for measuring electrovesselgram (EVG) and subdermal spectrogram (SSG) are provided, as well as methods for using these circuits to determine quantities and qualities of a person's moods, such as how much and what kinds of stress they experience. The provided devices are useful on limbs and appendages, such as in a smart watch that is worn on the wrist. Methods are provided for using the devices of this disclosure to privately alert wearers to an increase in bad stress in the moment when they can take actions to reduce their stress and physiological stress responses. These devices are useful for measuring and increasing the effectiveness of relaxation techniques. As a result of using methods and devices of this disclosure, people are healthier, they make more response-able decisions, and relationships improve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BioPause LLC
    Inventors: Jason Felix, Leslie Ann Chertok, Laureli Shimayo, Vandana Verma
  • Patent number: 10368803
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring and encouraging health and fitness. In accordance with a first aspect, an apparatus is provided that is adapted to assist in weight loss and exercise. The apparatus comprises a personal digital assistant (PDA) having computer program code adapted to assist in at least one of calorie counting, meal selection, meal suggestion, weight monitoring, weight loss or gain monitoring, fat consumption monitoring, sugar consumption monitoring and salt consumption monitoring. The PDA also includes computer program code adapted to display historical data regarding at least one of calorie counting, meal selection, meal suggestion, weight monitoring, weight loss or gain monitoring, fat consumption monitoring, sugar consumption monitoring and salt consumption monitoring. Numerous other embodiments are provided, as are methods, systems and computer program products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 10365646
    Abstract: Unmanned vehicles can be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. Unmanned vehicles may be used to survey a property in response to or in anticipation of damage to the property. For example, an unmanned vehicle may analyze information about the property and based on the information mitigate damage to the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Farnsworth, Justin Dax Haslam, Kathleen L. Swain, Teddy Joseph Edmond Voutour, Jess W. Gingrich, Michael J. Allen, Anthony G. Castiglione, Jordan A. Newmark
  • Patent number: 10363416
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for encouraging perfusion by electrostimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Baker, Timothy A. Lane