Measurement Of Skin Parameters Patents (Class 600/306)
  • Patent number: 10694827
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a hair-removal system comprising: a mobile phone or tablet computer comprising wireless communication means, a calendar memory with hair-removal session history information and a database comprising treatment time interval and treatment parameters; a light-emitting hair-removal device comprising wireless communication means, said communication means being able to establish interactive communication with the wireless communication means of the mobile phone or tablet computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Olivier Smal
  • Patent number: 10663403
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure include apparatus and methods to identify endometrial tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Marc D. Feldman, Thomas E. Milner, Andrew G. Cabe, Arnold D. Estrada
  • Patent number: 10646710
    Abstract: A medical wound covering for controlling blood flow includes a flexible sheet for covering or surrounding the anatomical site of a wound, such as a surgical drape. The flexible sheet includes a plurality of electrodes electrically connectible to a stimulation power supply. Upon receipt of power from the stimulation power supply, the electrodes supply electrical impulses to the anatomical site of the wound in order to stem or arrest undesired bleeding. In some cases, the stimulation power supply is an interferential therapy power supply, and a pair of electrodes supplies electrical impulses at two different frequencies, the electrical impulses provided at two different frequencies giving rise to at least one beat impulse having an interference frequency. The beat impulse activates the sympathetic nerves to induce vasoconstriction in the local blood vessels. Alternatively, the beat impulse can be programmed to target the parasympathetic nerves if vasodilatation is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Feinstein Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Peter A. Feinstein
  • Patent number: 10593041
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the application of machine learning to radiographic images of animals. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a set of radiographic images captured of an animal, applying one or more transformations to the set of radiographic images to create a modified set, segmenting the modified set using one or more segmentation artificial intelligence engines to create a set of segmented radiographic images, feeding the set of segmented radiographic images to respective ones of a plurality of classification artificial intelligence engines, outputting results from the plurality of classification artificial intelligence engines for the set of segmented radiographic images to an output decision engine, and adding the set of segmented radiographic images and the output results from the plurality of classification artificial intelligence engines to a training set for one or more of the plurality of classification artificial intelligence engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: WESTSIDE VETERINARY INNOVATION, LLC
    Inventor: Neil Gavin Shaw
  • Patent number: 10537399
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are provided in which movement of a tool is controlled based on sensed parameters. In one embodiment, an electromechanical tool is provided having an instrument shaft and an end effector formed thereon. The electromechanical tool is configured to be mounted on an electromechanical arm, and the electromechanical tool is configured to move with or relative to the electromechanical arm and perform surgical functions. A controller is operatively coupled to the electromechanical arm and the electromechanical tool and is configured to retard advancement of the electromechanical tool toward a tissue surface based on a sensed amount of displacement of a tissue surface, a strain on the tissue of the patient, the temperature of the electromechanical tool, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Chad E. Eckert, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Michael J. Vendely, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10412810
    Abstract: Provided are a setting support apparatus capable of reducing a workload in lighting setting for an illumination device, an image processing system, and a setting support program. A user interface for performing lighting setting with respect to an illumination device includes a lighting region receiving region that receives setting of a region to be turned on, and a light emitting intensity receiving region that receives setting of light emitting intensity for each light source. In addition, the user interface includes a setting content displaying region that graphically displays a setting content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Jaewook Hwang
  • Patent number: 10390741
    Abstract: A method for sensing a physiological feature is provided. A sensing apparatus is provided for sensing the physiological feature. The sensing apparatus includes a lighting unit, a light sensing unit, and a controller. The lighting unit and a light sensing unit are located on the same side of a portion under test of a testing subject. The lighting unit transmits a white light to the portion under test. The light sensing unit senses a reflected light. And the controller executes a measurement operation for the physiological feature based on a color wavelength of the reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Tung-Ming Wu
  • Patent number: 10321810
    Abstract: Exemplary apparatus, systems, methods of making, and methods of using a configuration in an optical arrangement for spectrally encoded endoscopy (SEE) probe can be provided. For example, the probe can comprise a fixed guiding portion and a rotatable dispersive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: Canon U.S.A., Inc., The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Ikuta, Dukho Do, DongKyun Kang, Guillermo J. Tearney, Jacob Schieffelin Brauer
  • Patent number: 10281267
    Abstract: Provided are an evaluation method for objectively evaluating the glow of the skin, a skin glow improver, and a method for examining skin glow improvers. This method for evaluating the glow of the skin comprises assessing the specular reflectance and diffuse reflectance of skin after polarized light is applied to the surface of the skin, and determining that glow is present in the skin when prescribed conditions are satisfied. A skin glow improver is provided by combining an alkali metal salt of alkoxysalicylic acid and trimethylglycine. This method for examining skin glow improvers makes it possible, using a significant decrease in surface roughness as an indicator, to examine samples capable of improving the specular reflectance of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SHISEIDO COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Masuda, Eiichiro Yagi, Tomohiro Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 10269153
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and an information processing system, which are capable of presenting useful information to a user. A correlation calculation unit finds correlation between a plurality of pieces of first information input by a user and one or more pieces of second information obtained as values by measuring the user. A specific information extraction unit extracts, as specific first information, at least first information highest in correlation with the second information among the plurality of pieces of first information. A display unit performs adjustment for simultaneously displaying the specific first information and the second information. The present technology can be applied to an information processing apparatus analyzing a skin state of a user, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichiro Gomi, Yusuke Nakamura, Natsuki Kimura, Akari Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10188352
    Abstract: There is provided a acne-affected skin determination method including: setting an upper region and a lower region so as to vertically divide the face of a subject into two regions; acquiring a measurement value of the amount of moisture in the lower region; acquiring a measurement value of the amount of moisture in the upper region; calculating a target moisture value indicating the level of the amounts of moisture distributed in one of the upper region or the lower region and a reference moisture value indicating the level of the amounts of moisture distributed in a reference region including the other of the upper region and the lower region, based on the measurement values of the amounts of moisture in the upper region and the lower region; obtaining the degree of change in moisture of the target moisture value with respect to the reference moisture value; and determining the ease of generation of acne in the face of the subject based on the obtained degree of change in moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Naoko Yoshida, Noriko Ohira
  • Patent number: 10136831
    Abstract: Devices that sense sweat and are capable of providing chronological assurance are described. The device uses at least one sensor to measure sweat or its components and to determine a sweat sampling rate. The chronological assurance is determined, at least in part, using the sweat sampling rate. The sweat sampling rate may be determined, at least in part, using a sweat volume and/or a sweat generation rate, both of which may be measured or predetermined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: University Of Cincinnati
    Inventor: Jason C. Heikenfeld
  • Patent number: 10130293
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring at least one measure related to urination of an individual such as urine flow rate and/or urine quantity. The apparatus is configured to produce acoustic and/or electromagnetic signals indicative of the at least one urination measure upon having urine applied thereover. The invention also provides systems and methods that detect the acoustic and/or electromagnetic signals originating from the apparatus being used by the individual and analyze the detected signals to calculate the at least one measure therefrom by using a designated application module operable via an end device using acoustic sensing means or data receiving means of the end device for detecting the acoustic and/or electromagnetic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KESEM HEALTH PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Gil Hidas
  • Patent number: 10085643
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to methods and systems for (i) skin assessment based on the utilization of bioimpedance and fractional calculus and implementation of methods for skin hydration assessment based on the utilization of bioimpedance and fractional calculus and systems thereof, (ii) an Opto-Magnetic method based on RGB and gray images data as “cone-rods” principles with enhanced qualitative and quantitative parameters for analyzing water based on Opto-Magnetic properties of light-matter interaction and systems thereof, and (iii) imaging and analyzing skin based on the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation and implementation of an Opto-Magnetic method with enhanced qualitative and quantitative parameters for imaging and analyzing skin based on Opto-Magnetic properties of light-matter interaction and systems thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Jadran Bandic, Djuro Koruga, Sava Marinkovich, Rahul Mehendale
  • Patent number: 10007253
    Abstract: When first cross-sectional image data representing a target model corresponding to a shape of a three-dimensional printing object, and second cross-sectional image data representing both of the target model and a support model corresponding to a shape of a member assisting the creation of the three-dimensional printing object, are recognized to match each other by at least a predetermined ratio, the second cross-sectional image data is stored in a storage as third cross-sectional image data. In contrast, when the first cross-sectional image data and the second cross-sectional image data are recognized not to match each other by at least the predetermined ratio, synthesis data of the first cross-sectional image data and the second cross-sectional image data is stored in the storage medium as the third cross-sectional image data. The three-dimensional printing object is created based on the third cross-sectional image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hotta, Kouichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9990563
    Abstract: An epidermis pattern detection unit detects epidermis patterns in an epidermis image captured from the epidermis of skin by an epidermis image capturing unit. An acquired element analysis unit analyzes uniformity of shapes of the epidermis patterns in the epidermis image. A texture evaluation unit evaluates a texture state of the skin based on the uniformity of shapes of the epidermis patterns. The present technology, for example, may be applied to systems that evaluate the texture state of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakamura, Shinichiro Gomi
  • Patent number: 9992866
    Abstract: An electronic device, in particular for a medical implant, and a printed circuit board arrangement including a printed circuit board, wherein at least one UV-transparent element is at least fixedly coupled to the printed circuit board, wherein the UV-transparent element is intended for fixation of the printed circuit board in an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frederik Sporon-Fiedler, Bjoern Brunner, Jana Carraway, Ken Kramer
  • Patent number: 9970817
    Abstract: A spectroscopic analysis apparatus includes a spectrum measurement unit that measures an optical spectrum of a measurement target, a storage unit that stores reference data in which an intrinsic wavelength with respect to a known component is recorded, a feature specification section that specifies a feature point corresponding to the intrinsic wavelength in the optical spectrum which is measured by using the reference data, and a wavelength correction section that corrects a wavelength of the feature point in the optical spectrum as the intrinsic wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Sakurai, Hirokazu Kasahara
  • Patent number: 9937087
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes disposable absorbent article(s) comprising a skin health composition effective for treating bacteria, including the bacteria associated with diaper rash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Paul Thomas Weisman, Duane Larry Charbonneau, Serena Rae Heyse
  • Patent number: 9876537
    Abstract: A reader device includes an array of antenna coils configured to electromagnetically couple with devices implanted beneath or within skin of a human body. An implanted device can include a loop antenna or other means configured to couple with at least one antenna coil of the reader device to receive radio frequency energy from the reader device. The antenna coil array is configured to mount to the skin surface to improve the coupling between the implanted device and coils of the array. Further, the reader device is configured to select two or more antenna coils of the array and to operate the selected antenna coils to emit radio frequency power at respective amplitudes and relative phases to provide radio frequency power to the implanted device while increasing efficiency of the power transfer and reducing the exposure of the skin to radio frequency energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Jiang Zhu, Sean Korhummel, Stephen O'Driscoll, You Zou
  • Patent number: 9852503
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of processing an image in a diagnostic apparatus 100 of diagnosing a lesion using a captured image of an affected area to be diagnosed, comprising the steps of: (i) classifying the captured image based on a stage of a progression of the lesion (Step S13 and S14); and (ii) performing an image conversion processing, which corresponds to a classification obtained as a result of step (i), on the captured image to generate a converted image (Step S15-17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Houjou, Nobuhiro Aoki, Shigeki Mineo
  • Patent number: 9851298
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sunscreen detector for use with portable device, such as a mobile and/or wearable device. One variation of a sunscreen detector comprises an illumination system that is configured to illuminate a target skin area with ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light and a sensor system that is configured to detect the amount of ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light that is reflected from the target skin area. The sunscreen detector is configured to analyze the data collected by the sensor system to generate a notification to the user as to whether they should apply sunscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Serhan O. Isikman, Brian R. Land, Erno H. Klaassen
  • Patent number: 9818189
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for classification of an organ in a tomographic image. The method comprises the steps of receiving (102) a 3-dimensional anatomical tomographic target image comprising a water image data set and a fat image data set, each with a plurality of volume elements, providing (104) a prototype image comprising a 3-dimensional image data set with a plurality of volume elements, wherein a sub-set of the volume elements are given an organ label, transforming (106) the prototype image by applying a deformation field onto the volume elements of the prototype image such that each labeled volume element for a current organ is determined to be equivalent to a location for a volume element in a corresponding organ in the target image, and transferring (108) the labels of the labeled volume elements of the prototype image to corresponding volume elements of the target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ADVANCED MR ANALYTICS AB
    Inventors: Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Magnus Borga
  • Patent number: 9782104
    Abstract: A system, method and device are described for biometric analysis using a wearable device. The device can be removeably securable to a user's skin surface and can include a plurality of electrodes positioned to acquire electrical signals from the skin surface. The device can also include an electromyography acquisition module and skin impedance acquisition module. A processing unit can use the electrodes to capture a plurality of electrical signals including at least one electromyography signal. The processing unit can generate calibration data based on a subset of the captured electrical signals and process the electromyography signals using the calibration data to determine a biometric for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: GestureLogic Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard MacEachern, Mark Klibanov, Nick Stupich, Seyed Ali Etemad, Niranjan Iyer, Adrian Straka
  • Patent number: 9687155
    Abstract: The present invention is a system, method and application for skin health visualization and quantification. The present invention is operable to process an image or video showing skin of a subject to determine characteristics of the skin through a quantitative measuring of parameters. The image or video is processed and analyzed a software application executed by a system incorporating a computer processor, data storage and display unit. A camera may further be integrated system. One or more filters applied to the image or video, to identify characteristics of the skin. A result of skin health results and overall skin health is generated. The image or video, skin health results and/or overall skin health may be displayed to a user. A visualization of amplifications or attenuations of skin health may further be displayed to a user. The invention may be wholly provided in a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: MODIFACE INC.
    Inventor: Parham Aarabi
  • Patent number: 9681470
    Abstract: A matching method between a wearable smart device and a terminal is disclosed, in which the wearable smart device is disposed with a plurality of LEDs. The matching method includes: the terminal triggering the designated wearable smart device to generate an emitting status for each of the LEDs; and the terminal displaying an interactive interface for a user to input the emitting status of each of the LEDs, in which when the emitting status of each of the LEDs inputted by the user is the same as the emitting status of each of the LEDs triggered by the terminal, a communication connection is established between the terminal and the designated wearable smart device. A matching system is disclosed herein as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Pudong) Corporation, Inventec Appliances Corp.
    Inventor: Shih-Ho Chen
  • Patent number: 9625389
    Abstract: To measure a surface state, reflective CARS is suitable in terms of the signal intensity. However, with the reflective CARS, it has been difficult to identify the surface position because the shape information is not acquired. Thus, a reflective CARS microscope is combined with a high-resolution phase sensor. The surface position is identified with the phase sensor, and reflected CARS generated from the surface is detected, so that composition analysis is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Shiozawa, Koichi Watanabe, Masataka Shirai, Kentaro Osawa
  • Patent number: 9610037
    Abstract: Devices and systems for sampling and profiling microbiota of skin are described which include a replaceable microbe sampling unit including a substrate and a location information storage component, the substrate including a microbe-capture region configured to capture at least one type of microbe from one or more regions of a skin surface of an individual, and the location information storage component configured to store information associated with the location of said one or more regions of the skin surface of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Gary L. McKnight, Tony S. Pan, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9316581
    Abstract: Sampling device geometry reduces specular reflectance, using lenses to focus electromagnetic energy to predominately return scattered rather than reflected electromagnetic energy to detector(s), reducing effect of non-matte surfaces and/or window. Sampling device includes inherent automatic optical calibration, and optionally thermal calibration. Calibration detectors are optically isolated with respective emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Visualant, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Ian Mander, Thomas A. Furness, III, Brian T. Schowengerdt, Michael Vivian Denton, Allan David Beach, Alan Charles Tompkins
  • Patent number: 9265461
    Abstract: A method for testing the effect of a skin care product includes measuring a mechanical property of skin tissue using nonlinear stochastic system identification, applying the product to the skin, repeating the measurement of the mechanical property after the application of the product, and comparing the before and after measurements to quantify the effect of the product. Measuring the mechanical property of the skin can include placing a probe against a surface of the skin, perturbing the skin with the probe using a stochastic sequence, and measuring the response of the skin to the perturbation. Perturbing the skin can include indenting the skin with the probe, extending the skin with the probe, and sliding the probe across the skin surface. The mechanical property may be indicative of skin compliance, skin elasticity, skin stiffness, or skin damping. The mechanical property can be dependent on perturbation depth and may be measured at a plurality of anatomical locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Ian W. Hunter, Yi Chen, Lynette A. Jones, N. Catherine Hogan
  • Patent number: 9253414
    Abstract: An imaging-observation apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: an image capturing section that shoots a subject under multiple different shooting optical conditions at the same time and sequentially generates a plurality of images under those multiple different shooting optical conditions; a display control section that accepts an operator's input; an image synthesizing section that synthesizes together the plurality of images in accordance with the input to the display control section at a synthesis ratio specified by the input and sequentially generates synthetic images one after another; and a display section that presents the synthetic images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michihiro Yamagata, Norihiro Imamura, Tsuguhiro Korenaga, Takashi Okada, Yoshimitsu Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9192304
    Abstract: A filter for detecting changes in skin color. The filter includes a filter material capable of filtering a frequency range and configured to orthogonalize an overall red response and an overall blue response in response to a spectral power distribution of a given light condition. The overall red response is based on a first plurality of spectral responses for a first human perceived chromatic channel used primarily for detecting blood oxygenation in a human. The overall blue response is based on a second plurality of spectral responses for a second human perceived chromatic channel used primarily for detecting blood volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy P. Barber, Mark Changizi
  • Publication number: 20150148623
    Abstract: An improved sensor (102) for hydration monitoring in mobile devices, wearables, security, illumination, photography, and other devices and systems uses an optional phosphor-coated broadband white LED (103) to produce broadband light (114), which is then transmitted along with any ambient light to target (125) such as the ear, face, or wrist of a living subject. Some of the scattered light returning from the target to detector (141) is passed through a narrowband spectral filter set (155) to produce multiple detector regions, each sensitive to a different waveband wavelength range, and the detected light is spectrally analyzed to determine a measure of hydration, such as fluid losses, fluid ingested, fluid balance, or rate of fluid loss, in part based on a noninvasive measure of components of the bloodstream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: David Alan Benaron
  • Publication number: 20150148624
    Abstract: An improved sensor (102) for physiology monitoring in mobile devices, wearables, security, illumination, photography, and other devices and systems uses broadband light (114) transmitted to a target (125) such as the ear, face, or wrist of a living subject. Some of the scattered light returning from the target to detector (141) is passed through narrowband spectral filter set (155) to produce multiple detector regions, each sensitive to a different wavelength range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: David Alan Benaron
  • Publication number: 20150148625
    Abstract: An improved sensor (102) for respiratory and metabolic monitoring in mobile devices, wearables, security, illumination, photography, and other devices and systems uses an optional phosphor-coated broadband white LED (103) to produce broadband light (114), which is then transmitted along with any ambient light to a target (125) such as the ear, face, or wrist of a living subject. Some of the scattered light returning from the target to detector (141) is passed through narrowband spectral filter set (155) to produce multiple detector regions, each sensitive to a different waveband wavelength range, and the detected light is spectrally analyzed to determine a measure of respiration of the subject, such as respiratory rate, volume, effort, depth, or respiratory variability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: David Alan Benaron
  • Publication number: 20150133750
    Abstract: The present invention includes a device and method for measuring skin elasticity that comprises: a probe, wherein the probe comprises one or more holes, a vacuum source, a pressure sensor, and one or more proximity sensors aligned about the one or more holes; and a processor for recording the deformation of the skin using a control unit comprising a microcontroller connected to the proximity and the pressure sensors, wherein the proximity sensor and the processor is adapted to automatically initiate a test when the sensor is positioned at a pre-determined distance from the skin, wherein a vacuum in the probe is capable of pulling skin into the one or more holes and the proximity sensor is capable of measuring an amount of skin drawn into the one or more holes to determine an elasticity of the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Carter B. White, Philippe Zimmern, Robert Eberhart
  • Publication number: 20150126827
    Abstract: A covering cap, in particular for placing on a skin analyzer, contains an end wall bounded by a circumferential edge, and a circumferential wall adjoining the circumferential edge of the end wall. At least one part of the covering cap has a thickness that is less than a thickness of the circumferential wall in a portion of the circumferential wall that lies in the region or end of the circumferential wall remote from the end wall. The end wall is of a gas-permeable configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: HAGL Peter
  • Patent number: 9017258
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the diagnostics of biological conditions using impedance measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Scibase AB
    Inventors: Stig Ollmar, Peter Aberg, Ingrid Nicander
  • Publication number: 20150112163
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer readable mediums for fall prediction assessment are provided. In a particular embodiment, a fall prediction profile generator is configured to identify, based on health status data associated with a patient, a hydration threshold for the patient. The fall prediction profile generator is also configured to store the identified hydration threshold as part of a hydration profile associated with the patient and provide the hydration profile to a fall prediction controller to generate a fall prediction assessment of the patient based on the hydration profile and a current hydration indicator associated with the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: WiseWear Corporation
    Inventor: GERALD J. WILMINK
  • Publication number: 20150112162
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer readable mediums for fall prediction assessment are provided. In a particular embodiment, a fall prediction controller is configured to compare a hydration indicator associated with a person to a hydration threshold and based on a result of the comparison of the hydration indicator to the hydration threshold, generate a fall prediction assessment of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: WiseWear Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald J. Wilmink
  • Publication number: 20150105635
    Abstract: A profile of optical reflectance relative to a depth within a depth range from an epidermis to an upper layer of a dermis is created based on a coherence signal obtained by optical coherence tomography, an evaluation index is determined by calculating a difference between reflectance at a local minimum point and reflectance at a second local maximum point from the created profile, and skin conditions are evaluated based on the evaluation index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Naoko YOSHIDA, Karin Kuroiwa
  • Publication number: 20150099947
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Skin Youthfulness Index and methods of determining the same. The present invention also relates to methods of determining an apparent age of a subject and to methods for measuring an improvement of facial skin characteristics following a treatment by comparing the Skin Youthfulness Index values before and after the treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Di Qu, Yulia Park
  • Patent number: 9000928
    Abstract: A system and method for effectively communicating information using at least one mode of communication is described, in which information recipients proximate to a communications device within a pre-determined space and during a pre-determined time period are identified, from whom physiological state information is obtained that, when coupled with other characteristics information, is used to select from a plurality of information elements at least one information element to better target the information elements. The information element is then provided to the communications device so that it may be provided to the information recipients in the pre-determined space in a manner that is sensed by the information recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Brian William Higgins
  • Publication number: 20150094549
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of determining the condition of a bulk tissue sample, by: positioning a bulk tissue sample between a pair of induction coils (or antennae); passing a spectrum of alternating current (or voltage) through a first of the induction coils (or antennae); measuring spectrum of alternating current (or voltage) produced in the second of the induction coils (or antennae); and comparing the phase shift between the spectrum of alternating currents (or voltages) in the first and second induction coils (or antennae), thereby determining the condition of the bulk tissue sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Boris Rubinsky, Cesar A. Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20150094548
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the present technique, a method is disclosed. The method includes applying a mechanical perturbation to a tissue region using a displacement device. The method further includes calculating a compression impedance of the tissue region in response to applying the mechanical perturbation. The method further includes retracting the displacement device and calculating a retraction impedance of the tissue region in response to retracting the displacement device. The method also includes determining a hydration level of the tissue region based on at least one of the compression impedance and the retraction impedances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Enrico Sabatini, Jeffrey Michael Ashe, Xiaohui Chen, Tzu-Jen Kao
  • Publication number: 20150087925
    Abstract: A contact sensor and system for incorporation within clothing and other wearable items to monitor activity at a body surface. The sensor includes a contact membrane having a body surface contacting area and one or more base layers of knitted fabric. The base layer(s) is thicker over an area congruent with the body surface contacting area of the contact membrane. As a result, the contact membrane is urged into the forming of a raised outer surface for projection against a body surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Mark Pedley, Ben McCarthy, Adrian Ward, Andrew R. Baker
  • Patent number: 8937716
    Abstract: A method to assess perspiration reduction of a composition comprising obtaining an amount of water in stratum corneum in a first area of skin on an individual using confocal Raman spectroscopy, applying a composition to the first area of skin on the individual, having the individual perform an activity to cause the individual to perspire, and obtaining an amount of water in stratum corneum in the first area of skin on the individual after the activity using confocal Raman spectroscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Qiang Wu, James Gerard Masters
  • Publication number: 20140378779
    Abstract: This document relates to computer-based systems and techniques for analyzing skin coloration using spectral imaging techniques to determine a medical condition of an individual. This document further relates to providing feedback to a rescuer or other medical professional based on the colorimetric properties of the patient's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Ulrich Herken
  • Patent number: 8918162
    Abstract: A sequence of three-dimensional thermal infrared images of the face or other area of the body is analyzed to extract time-varying maps which link skin surface temperature details to the locations of anatomical structures. Frame-to-frame quantitative variations in temperature and position of anatomical nodes of the body maps are determined for the sequence and compared to reference profiles to produce estimates of physiological condition and psychological state. The magnitude, latency, and duration of such variations at particular anatomical locations resulting from selected controlled stimuli have been determined to be strongly correlated with particular psychological states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Francine J. Prokoski
  • Publication number: 20140357962
    Abstract: An objective non-invasive method for quantifying itch comprising the steps of presenting a visual stimulus to a subject, wherein the visual stimulus comprises focusing the subject on itch; collecting psychophysiological data from subject while presenting the visual stimulus; using the psychophysiological data to objectively assess the therapeutic value of a treatment or a product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Nick Robert HARRINGTON, James Robert SCHWARTZ, James Charles DUNBAR, Haruko MIZOGUCHI