Garment Patents (Class 600/388)
  • Patent number: 10188152
    Abstract: A bra incorporates shape memory alloy, either in shape memory or super-elastic states, an accelerometer, a power source, a microprocessor, and an algorithm implemented by the microprocessor to learn and adapt to the displacement pattern of the wearer's breast during a physical activity. The shape memory alloy is in the form of SMA or super-elastic wires integrated into portions of the bra, whereby activating the wire(s) shortens the corresponding wire to produce a compressive force on the breast within the bra. The system thereby provides real-time, active suspension to control breast displacement or bounce. The system provides real-time feedback to a memory or super-elastic material integrated into the bra to provide adaptive force and displacement to counteract the push-off and landing forces at each footfall of the moving wearer affecting breast displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Recovery Force, LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Stasey, Mark Gummin, Matthew W. Wyatt
  • Patent number: 10182728
    Abstract: Methods, devices, systems, and non-transitory processor-readable storage media are disclosed for determining one or more biometric properties of a subject using multiple sensors positioned along a flexible backing. At least one processor of the multi-sensor device may be configured to receive output signals from the multiple sensors, identify at least one output signal from the received output signals that exhibit measurements of a targeted biological structure, determine the one or more biometric properties of the subject based on the identified at least one output signal received from at least one of the multiple sensors, and provide the determined one or more biometric properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Shiqun Gu, David Boettcher Baek, Eugene Dantsker
  • Patent number: 10154793
    Abstract: Physiological monitoring can be provided through a wearable monitor that includes a flexible extended wear electrode patch and a removable reusable monitor recorder. A pair of flexile wires is interlaced or sewn into a flexible backing, serving as electrode signal pickup and electrode circuit traces. The wearable monitor sits centrally on the patient's chest along the sternum, which significantly improves the ability to sense cutaneously cardiac electric signals, particularly those generated by the atrium. The electrode patch is shaped to fit comfortably and conformal to the contours of the chest approximately centered on the sternal midline. To counter the dislodgment due to compressional and torsional forces, non-irritating adhesive is provided on the underside, or contact, surface of the electrode patch, but only on the distal and proximal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Bardy Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Felix, Jon Mikalson Bishay, Gust H. Bardy
  • Patent number: 10143421
    Abstract: A method is described to facilitate behavioral nudging. The method includes receiving sensory data from one or more wearable devices, determining a context for a user wearing the one or more wearable devices based on the sensory data, determining a mechanism to nudge the user to reinforce user behavior based on stored preferences and policies and transmitting a nudging stimulus to at least one of the wearable devices via the determined mechanism to provide a notification to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John C. Weast, Glen J. Anderson, Giuseppe Raffa
  • Patent number: 10123740
    Abstract: The wearable action-aware device includes a clothing body, a signal receiving and computing element, and a conductive line made of conductive fabric. Two ends of the conductive line are electrically connected to the signal receiving and computing element, respectively, to form a circuit, and both the signal receiving and computing element and the conductive line are disposed on the clothing body. An exposed side of the conductive line has electrical conductivity, and the circuit is disposed on a part of the clothing body corresponding to a part of a body that needs to be measured. Action information of a user can be measured when the user wears the present invention wearable action-aware device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Far Eastern New Century Corporation
    Inventors: Min-Si Yan, Wei-Che Hung, Yueh-Hsien Lin, Chih-Ting Li
  • Patent number: 10105097
    Abstract: A garment and/or garment system with health-monitoring (e.g., cardiovascular monitoring) capability, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Gal Markel
  • Patent number: 10054496
    Abstract: A temperature sensing device, temperature sensor using the same and wearable device having the same. In one aspect, the temperature sensing device includes a first layer formed of a temperature sensing material. The resistance of the temperature sensing material is configured to vary in response to changes in temperature. The temperature sensing device further includes a second layer comprising silver nano-particles and a third layer formed of the temperature sensing material. The second layer is interposed between the first and third layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: Samsung Display Co., Ltd., SNU R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Jongho Hong, Wonsang Park, Jaeik Lim, Hyeyong Chu, Dae-Hyeong Kim, Jaemin Kim, Kyungsik Do, Minjoon Park
  • Patent number: 10034500
    Abstract: Provision of a garment capable of positively holding a biological information detecting device and suppressing the reduction of product lifetime to realize improvement in productivity and reduction of costs. A garment 100A includes a garment body 101 and a device housing portion 120 provided in the garment body 101 and holding a heart rate measuring device 10 having a device body 20 and electrodes 26A and 26B contacting a biological surface so as to be attached/detached, in which the device housing portion 120 holds part of the device body 20 in a state where the electrodes 26A and 26B are exposed toward the biological surface side. The device housing portion 120 houses the device body 20 in a stretched state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kaneko, Dai Terasawa, Hideki Okuda, Teruo Kato
  • Patent number: 9961951
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus including a method of making a printed article of clothing of fabric are described herein. A customer computer is connected for data exchange with a production computer, wherein the customer sets the design of a desired article of clothing via the computer connection by setting design parameters for a respective selection target from several possible selection targets. Based on the design setting, several print parts are printed on a printing medium by means of a printer, said printing medium being either directly a fabric panel, or an intermediate medium the print of which is transferred to fabric later. Fabric pieces are cut out from a fabric panel. The fabric panel either originates from direct printing, or from the print transfer from the intermediate medium. Otherwise, the fabric panel is unprinted and the cut fabric pieces are subjected to the print transfer later. Finally, the fabric pieces are sewn together to form the article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Owayo GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Schindler, Francisco Jose Gennes Sanchez, Paul Marek
  • Patent number: 9836927
    Abstract: A system includes a wearer role identification device, a garment with a dynamically modifiable display, and a hardware controller for the dynamically modifiable display. The wearer role identification device identifies a dynamically changeable role of the wearer of the garment. The hardware controller adjusts the dynamically modifiable display based on real-time inputs received from the wearer role identification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Maryam Ashoori, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 9801583
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods for monitoring characteristics of a subject. A system according to an exemplary embodiment of the invention includes a sensor subsystem including at least one respiratory sensor disposed proximate to the subject and configured to detect a respiratory characteristic of the subject, wherein the sensor subsystem is configured to generate and transmit at least one respiratory signal representing the respiratory characteristic, and at least one physiological sensor disposed proximate to the subject and configured to detect a physiological characteristic of the subject, wherein the sensor subsystem is configured to generate and transmit at least one physiological signal representing the physiological characteristic, and a processor subsystem in communication with the sensor subsystem, the processor subsystem being configured to receive at least one of the at least one respiratory signal and the at least one physiological signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: P. Alexander Derchak, Larry Czapla, Catherine Anne Rogan
  • Patent number: 9782124
    Abstract: A user interface component and system for physiological parameters telemetry is provided. A user interface component may be reversibly or irreversibly attached to a garment that allows connection to a user's skin, such as via one or more holes in the garment. Signals transmitted through a conductive transfer layer in the user interface component are provided to a signal receiving unit which can collect and transmit physiological data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 9674950
    Abstract: An electronics assembly includes one or more electronic components coupled to a fabric. Each electronic component includes one or more electrical connection points, such as a bond pad or solder bump. The electronics assembly also includes one or more metal foils, one metal foil coupled to one electrical connection point on an electronic component. The metal foil is stitched to the fabric by an electrically conductive wire, thereby providing an electrical connection between the electronic component and the electrically conductive wire via the metal foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Weifeng Liu, Zhen Feng, Anwar Mohammed
  • Patent number: 9591983
    Abstract: A seamless, smart fetal monitoring garment and methods of using thereof. The system includes a knitted or interwoven garment having a multiplicity of conductive textile electrodes for sensing maternal and fetal electrical vital signals. The maternal and fetal electrical vital signals are selected from a group including maternal heart rate, fetal heart rate and electromyogram (EMG) activities including uterine activities. The method includes wearing the garment, acquiring electrical mixed common, maternal and fetal vital signals from surface region of a pregnant woman, using the plurality of textile electrodes, optimally weighted summing-up the acquired signals, analyzing the summed-up signals to thereby extract the maternal signal and the fetal signal, including determining their heart rates, and including detecting health hazards and in some embodiments, including detecting a uterine contraction sequence suggesting the need to be hospitalized for birth giving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: HEALTHWATCH LTD.
    Inventors: Uri Amir, Oleg Malafriev, Itzhak Katz
  • Patent number: 9532721
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods to provide a patient care recommendation. The systems and methods receive patient information and a plurality of patient physiological signals that are related to a patient. The systems and methods are then operable to produce at least one derived patient signal from at least one of the plurality of patient physiological signals. The systems and methods use the patient information, at least one of the plurality of patient physiological signals, and the at least one derived patient signal to provide at least one patient care recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by The Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Andriy Batchinsky, Leopoldo C. Cancio, Jose Salinas
  • Patent number: 9504616
    Abstract: A patient transfer device is utilized to transport infant patients between locations within a hospital environment. The patient transfer device includes a center, support section and a pair of side sections that can be moved into contact with each other to surround the infant patient. The first and second side sections each include a handle that can be brought into close proximity to each other and can be grasped by a single hand of a clinician. The patient transfer device includes a heart rate sensor positioned to provide a heart rate measurement of the patient when the patient is received on the patient transfer device. The patient heart rate can be displayed on either an integrated display or wirelessly transmitted to an external display device. In this manner, the heart rate of the infant can be continuously monitored during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Harry Edward Belsinger, Jr., Steven Mitchell Falk, Thomas Charles Underwood, Karen P. Starr
  • Patent number: 9351659
    Abstract: A biomedical sensor for detecting EMG signals may include a non-conducting fixed framework supporting a symmetrical arrangement of four electrode surfaces, configured as two signal detection contacts, each with a respective associated signal reference contact. The mechanical and electrical configuration act together to suppress movement artifact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Altec, Inc.
    Inventors: L. Donald Gilmore, Gianluca De Luca, Carlo J. De Luca
  • Patent number: 9339228
    Abstract: A thoracic garment for bringing an EM transducer to contact with a thoracic surface area of a wearer. The thoracic garment comprises a front thoracic garment piece and a back thoracic garment piece the front and/or back thoracic garment pieces having EM transducer(s), the front thoracic garment piece having an arrangement of passages formed therein or thereon, a handhold mechanically connected to the front thoracic garment piece, a positioning marker, and a plurality of straps each threaded in the arrangement of passages. The thoracic garment is configured to be adapted by the wearer which uses a first hand to hold the handhold for mounting the front thoracic garment piece against or close to the chest such that the positioning marker is positioned at the predefined position while using a second hand for pulling the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Sensible Medical Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Amir Saroka, Leonid Voshin, Ofer Karp, Shlomi Bergida
  • Patent number: 9078478
    Abstract: A therapeutic sleeve device apparatus has a flexible sleeve shaped to be worn around the arm of the user. The device has an array of accelerometers disposed on or within the flexible sleeve to physically associate with positions on the arm of the user. Each array of accelerometers has a sample rate that can be configured for sensing body movement during a movement activity. A power source and a data collection system are operably connected to the array of accelerometers. The data collection system has a means for receiving data from the array of accelerometers and processing that data into a storable format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Medlab, LLC
    Inventor: Johnny Ross, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9044587
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the invention disclosed herein provides systems, devices and methods for providing electrical stimulation to a patient. An electrical mechanical interconnection is provided to facilitate user friendly systems and devices. Exemplary therapeutic electrical stimulation devices include a shoe connected mechanically and electrically to a conductor that provides signals for electrical stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: EMPI Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Richard Paul Shindley, Dennis Lutz
  • Publication number: 20150148619
    Abstract: A system for monitoring biometric signals of a user comprising: a garment configured to be worn by the user and comprising a mounting module having an array of connection regions; a set of biometric sensors coupled to the garment and configured to communicate with the array of connection regions to receive and transmit biometric signals indicative of muscle activity of the user; and a portable control module configured to couple to the garment in a first configuration and to decouple from the garment in a second configuration and comprising: a housing comprising an array of openings; a set of contacts, each including a first region that hermetically seals at least one of the array of openings and couples to at least one of the array of connection regions in the first configuration, and an electronics subsystem coupled to the housing and in communication with a second region of each contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: James Berg, Hamid Butt, Dhananja Jayalath, Christopher Wiebe
  • Patent number: 9037271
    Abstract: An electrode assembly that includes an electrically conductive layer, a first impedance reduction system, and a second impedance reduction system. The electrically conductive layer forms an electrode portion of the electrode assembly and a first surface to be placed adjacent a person's skin. The first impedance reduction system is configured to dispense a first amount of an electrically conductive gel onto the first surface of the electrically conductive layer in response to a first activation signal. The second impedance reduction system is configured to dispense a second amount of the electrically conductive gel onto the first surface of the electrically conductive layer in response to a second activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas E. Kaib, Shane S. Volpe, Emil Oskin
  • Patent number: 9024619
    Abstract: A system for connecting remote equipment to a sensor device having a connector coupled to at least two terminals located on different portions of the sensor device. The portions of the sensor device may be an anterior portion and a posterior portion with each having at least one terminal. In turn, the terminals are nested on top of one another and at least one terminal is electrically accessible through a window region of the other portion. Further, the terminals are alignable with each other and with a connector by alignment indicators, which may provide a visual alignment indication for the terminals as well as a mechanical alignment of the connector with the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Verathon Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Caprio, Vanessa Beasley, Gerald J. McMorrow, Andrew Clay, Ekaterina Filipova Ivanova, Antonio Valenzuela
  • Publication number: 20150119675
    Abstract: Provision of a garment capable of positively holding a biological information detecting device and suppressing the reduction of product lifetime to realize improvement in productivity and reduction of costs. A garment 100A includes a garment body 101 and a device housing portion 120 provided in the garment body 101 and holding a heart rate measuring device 10 having a device body 20 and electrodes 26A and 26B contacting a biological surface so as to be attached/detached, in which the device housing portion 120 holds part of the device body 20 in a state where the electrodes 26A and 26B are exposed toward the biological surface side. The device housing portion 120 houses the device body 20 in a stretched state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Takahiro KANEKO, Dai TERASAWA, Hideki OKUDA, Teruo KATO
  • Publication number: 20150119676
    Abstract: To improve product lifetime as well as to increase wearing feeling, maintainability and productivity, and to suppress manufacturing costs and expenses of the user. A portable electronic device 10 includes a device body 20 arranged inside a garment W and housing an electronic component and a fixing member 30A formed separately from the device body 20 and arranged outside the garment W, which fixes the device body 20 so as to be attached and detached to and from the garment W in a state of sandwiching the garment W between the fixing member 30A and the device bogy 20 from the other side of the garment W. The fixing member 30A is formed so as to be elastically deformed, which is formed in a ring shape surrounding the device body 20. Gaps are provided on both sides of the device body 20 in the radial direction of the fixing member 30A between an inner peripheral surface of the fixing member 30A and the device body 20.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Hideki OKUDA, Dai TERASAWA, Teruo KATO
  • Patent number: 9008748
    Abstract: A waterproof physiological signal detection device includes at least one electrode pad, a waterproof base layer, at least one water absorption unit, and a waterproof top layer. The electrode pad is positioned on a top surface of the waterproof base layer, and a first receiving compartment formed therebetween. The water absorption unit is positioned in the first receiving compartment. The water absorption unit has a top engaging the electrode pad and s a bottom engaging the waterproof base layer. The waterproof top layer overlaps the waterproof base layer and forms at least one top layer opening that corresponds to and exposes the at least one electrode pad. An undersurface of a circumference of the top layer opening overlaps a circumference of a top surface of the electrode pad with a central portion of the electrode pad projecting through the top layer opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: King's Metal Fiber Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: I-Chen Su, Hong-Hsu Huang, Shun-Tung Yang
  • Patent number: 8996092
    Abstract: A garment is provided with an electrode and indicia to facilitate placement of the garment. The indicia is used to orient the garment such that the electrode is placed in precise orientation with respect to a stimulation site to facilitate intraoperative monitoring during surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: ProNerve LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Thramann, James Higgins
  • Publication number: 20150065841
    Abstract: Provided is a conductive textile-based inductance-type electrode apparatus for bio-signal detection, which includes an electrode unit (10) having a textile electrode (200) for receiving an oscillation signal from an oscillating unit and outputting a bio signal of a subject person, the textile electrode having a spiral coil (101) disposed at a textile sheet (103) formed by spirally turning a coil thread with conductivity from one end to the other end disposed at a center portion thereof, a bottom textile sheet (120) coming in contact with a skin of the subject person, and a buffering member (145) disposed between the electrode unit (10) and the bottom textile sheet (120) to separate the electrode unit (10) from the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Joo Hyeon LEE, Jeong-Whan Lee, Young-Jae Lee, Sunok GI
  • Publication number: 20150065842
    Abstract: A textile electrode kit mounted to the clothing includes a contact-type electrode or a non-contact electrode, and the textile electrode kit may be mounted to a clothing having a lower fixed member configured to reduce a motion artifact and a partially three-dimensional clothing structure by means of sewing. On occasions, the textile electrode kit having a non-contact electrode may be inserted into and used in an electrode-mounting pocket or an electrode-mounting tunnel formed at the clothing. The textile electrode kit of the present disclosure may detect various kinds of bio signals such as a heart activity signal, an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, an electromyogram signal, a breathing signal or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Joo Hyeon LEE, Jeong-Whan Lee, Young-Jae Lee, Hye Ran Hoo
  • Publication number: 20150065843
    Abstract: A user interface component and system for physiological parameters telemetry is provided. A user interface component may be reversibly or irreversibly attached to a garment that allows connection to a user's skin, such as via one or more holes in the garment. Signals transmitted through a conductive transfer layer in the user interface component are provided to a signal receiving unit which can collect and transmit physiological data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: MATTHEW D. NORDSTROM
  • Patent number: 8965479
    Abstract: A biosensor is described which can obtain physiological data from an individual. The biosensor may collect electrodermal activity, skin temperature, and other information. The biosensor may be attached to the body through the use of a garment which may be fastened in multiple locations on the human body. The biosensor has replaceable electrodes which may be interchanged. The electrodes contact the body without having any wires or leads external to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Orion Wilder-Smith, Rosalind Wright Picard
  • Patent number: 8948839
    Abstract: Garments having one or more stretchable conductive ink patterns thereon. Described herein are garments (including compression garments) having one or more highly stretchable conductive ink pattern formed of a composite of an insulative adhesive, a conductive ink, and an intermediate gradient zone between the adhesive and conductive ink. The conductive ink typically includes between about 40-60% conductive particles, between about 30-50% binder; between about 3-7% solvent; and between about 3-7% thickener. The stretchable conductive ink patterns may be stretched more than twice their length without breaking or rupturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: L.I.F.E. Corporation S.A.
    Inventors: Gianluigi Longinotti-Buitoni, Andrea Aliverti
  • Publication number: 20150025354
    Abstract: A device (100) for measuring electrophysiological signals of a body comprising electrodes (101) and a multilayer supporting medium (102), such as garment, like a belt, for supporting said electrodes (101). The multilayer supporting medium (102) comprises at least one stretchable layer (103) and one non-stretchable (104) corrugated (104a) layer. The layers are coupled with each other in numerous portions (105) so that the corrugation portions (104a) of said non-stretchable corrugated layer (104) between the coupling portions (105) are free from said stretchable layer (103). The electrodes (101) are also arranged into the non-stretchable layers (104) at the coupling portions (105).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Alexander Johannes Salonius, Riku Oskari Lehtomäki
  • Publication number: 20150025353
    Abstract: An arrangement (100) is for creating body composition images of a body part by placing the apparel (101) in direct contact with the desired body part. The results of the image are shown on separate mobile devices (102), such as e.g. a mobile phone, tablet computer or similar device. The image and derivative information can be calculated on the mobile device (102) or with external computation resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Alexander Johannes Salonius, Riku Oskari Lehtomäki
  • Patent number: 8934957
    Abstract: A non-invasive sensor has a contact membrane (6,16) and a cover membrane (2,12), the cover membrane being adapted for extension of a body surface to project the contact membrane against a body surface beneath it. The contact membrane will normally be attached to the cover membrane around its periphery such that at least one of the membranes forms a convex outer surface, and a spacing material (8,20) can be interposed between the membranes to achieve this object. The cover membrane may extend over a support element (10), with the contact membrane overlaying and spaced from the other face of the support element by spacing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Tilak Kithsiri Dias, Paul Charles William Beatty, William Hurley, Kimberley Mitcham, Adrian Keith Griffiths, Rajcoomar Baboo Ramgulam
  • Publication number: 20150005609
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus for monitoring heart muscle activity of an individual include a first electrode unit, for receiving a first signal indicative of electrical, activity at a first location on a body of the individual and a second electrode unit for receiving a second, signal indicative of electrical activity at a second location on the body of the individual. Each of the first and second electrode units is configurable to operate in a field-sensing mode wherein the electrode unit is placed on or it! proximity to the individual's skin, and a current-sensing mode wherein the electrode unit is coupled to a resistive sensor sensing element placed directly on the individual's skin. The field-sensing mode can be either non-contact field-sensing mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: EasyG LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Crannell Evans, Efraim Gavrilovich, Rasvan Catalin Mihai, Ion Isbasescu
  • Publication number: 20150005608
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus for monitoring physiological electrical activity of an individual include a first electrode unit for receiving a first signal indicative of electrical activity at a first location on a body of the individual and a second electrode unit for receiving a second signal indicative of electrical activity at a second location on the body of the individual. Each of the first and second electrode units may be operated in a field-sensing mode wherein the electrode unit is placed on or in proximity to the individual's skin. The first and second electrode units comprise a capacitive sensor element, and the capacitive sensor element of each of the electrode units comprising an electrodynamic sensor which is sensitive to electromagnetic waves; and an antenna comprising an electrically conductive radiating element for receiving electromagnetic waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Crannell EVANS, Efraim GAVRILOVICH, Rasvan Catalin MIHAI, Ion ISBASESCU
  • Publication number: 20140371568
    Abstract: The invention concerns an electronic device, method for assembling components of an electronic device and a flexible cap for facilitating assembly of an electronic component of an electronic device. The electronic device has a housing and at least one male connection portion for providing a detachable connection of the electronic device to a female snap, and where the male connection portion comprises an elongate stud. An end portion of said stud is adapted to receive a flexible cap of a conductive sheet material having a top surface to fit on the top of the stud and at least two side elements, The side elements are formed as legs joined to the top surface by a first bend of the sheet material and are aligned generally along the wall of the end portion of the stud. An electrical connection and a mechanical lock between the end portion and the printed circuit board is created by flexible deformation of the side members when sliding the cap and the end portion through an aperture in the printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Tapio Selby, Ossi Lehtinen, Erik Lindman
  • Patent number: 8909318
    Abstract: A user interface component and system for physiological parameters telemetry is provided. A user interface component may be reversibly or irreversibly attached to a garment that allows connection to a user's skin, such as via one or more holes in the garment. Signals transmitted through a conductive transfer layer in the user interface component are provided to a signal receiving unit which can collect and transmit physiological data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Nordstrom
  • Patent number: 8897860
    Abstract: According to at least one example, an ambulatory medical device is provided. The device includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at spaced apart positions about a patient's body and a control unit. The control unit includes a sensor interface, a memory and a processor. The sensor interface is coupled to the plurality of electrodes and configured to receive a first ECG signal from a first pairing of the plurality of electrodes and to receive a second ECG signal from a second pairing of the plurality of electrodes. The memory stores information indicating a preferred pairing, the preferred pairing being either the first pairing or the second pairing. The processor is coupled to the sensor interface and the memory and is configured to resolve conflicts between interpretations of first ECG signal and the second ECG signal in favor of the preferred pairing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Zoll Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Shane S. Volpe, Thomas E. Kaib
  • Publication number: 20140343390
    Abstract: A textile-based electrode system includes a first fabric layer having an inner and an outer surface. The inner surface includes a knitted electrode configured to be placed in contact with the skin of a user. A second fabric layer is disposed and configured to contact the outer surface of the first fabric layer. The second fabric layer includes a knitted conductive pathway configured to be electrically coupled to the knitted electrode. Furthermore, a third fabric layer is configured and disposed to contact the second fabric layer. A connector is disposed on the third fabric layer and is configured to be electrically coupled to the knitted conductive pathway. The second fabric layer can be folded about a first fold axis and the third fabric layer can be folded about a second fold axis to place the second fabric layer in contact with the first fabric layer and the third fabric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: OMsignal Inc.
    Inventors: Joanna Berzowska, Frederic Chanay, Stephane Menard, Maria Elina Nurkka
  • Publication number: 20140343389
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a monitor and monitoring system suitable for attachment to the skin of a mammal, including a human. The monitor and monitoring system are designed for continuous wireless real-time measurement of physiological signals and transmission of the measurements to a remote computer or mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: iMobile Healthcare, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Goldstein, Collin Hill, William Duckworth
  • Patent number: 8886276
    Abstract: A method for making a medical electrical lead electrode assembly includes the steps of: forming an insulative carrier from an insulative material; coupling at least one conductive component to the carrier by inserting a pre-formed tab of the conductive component through the carrier, from a first side thereof to a second side thereof, so that the conductive component is secured to the carrier with the tab extending along a surface of the second side of the carrier and an inward facing surface of an electrode portion of the conductive component being disposed against a surface of the first side of the carrier; coupling an elongate flexible conductor to the tab of the component; and forming an insulative layer over the second side of the carrier, the tab and the conductor electrically coupled to the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Skubitz, Michael E. Metzler, Mary L. Boatwright, Stephen L. Bolea, Jessica L. Tower
  • Patent number: 8886281
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a thin, low thickness snap integrated within or built within a heart rate monitor belt or snap and electrode assebly. The snap can be integrated or built directly in to a heart rate monitor belt. Furthermore, the heart rate monitor belt can be integrated within a textile or garment, for example a compression shirt, sports bra or cycling shorts. The snap can be flushly integrated into the belt or garment such the snap does not take away from the general wearability of the heart rate monitor belt or garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Suunto Oy
    Inventors: Kimmo Pernu, Tapio Selby, Phillip Lindberg, Jukka Manni, Jorma Liljemark, Tapio Savolainen, Hannu Putkinen, Jari Akkila, Satu Rahkonen, Erik Lindman
  • Publication number: 20140323826
    Abstract: A biosensor is described which can obtain physiological data from an individual. The biosensor may collect electrodermal activity, skin temperature, and other information. The biosensor may be attached to the body through the use of a garment which may be fastened in multiple locations on the human body. The biosensor has replaceable electrodes which may be interchanged. The electrodes contact the body without having any wires or leads external to the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Oliver Orion Wilder-Smith, Rosalind Wright Picard
  • Patent number: 8874185
    Abstract: A set of electrodes suitable for being attached to the skin of an animal or human being at locations normally used for attaching single-lead electrodes with a single sensor point. The electrodes of the set of electrodes have at least three sensors arranged to define two linearly independent directions, which allows sensing corresponding electrical potential differences in the two directions. Signals representing sensed potential differences can be transmitted wirelessly or via conductors to a processing apparatus for being transformed into electrical potentials that approximate traditional potentials obtained with wired single-sensor electrodes. A method is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Ambu A/S
    Inventor: Finn Albert Sonnenborg
  • Patent number: 8868217
    Abstract: Devices and methods of treating a targeted body tissue by stimulating the body tissue with an electric current. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes an electrode carrier configured to be removably coupled to an interior surface of an orthosis. The electrode carrier includes a recess configured to matingly receive a portion of an electrode. The electrode carrier is electrically coupled to the electrode when the portion of the electrode is disposed within the recess. A connection member is electrically coupled to the electrode carrier and is configured to be releasably coupled to a surface of the orthosis. The electrode carrier is electrically coupled to the orthosis when the connection member is coupled to the orthosis. In some embodiments, the electrode carrier is configured to be removably coupled to the interior surface of the orthosis. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the electrode is constructed of an absorptive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bioness Neuromodulation Ltd.
    Inventors: Amit Dar, Mark Rubin, Shmuel Springer, Amir Cohen
  • Publication number: 20140296685
    Abstract: A biomedical sensor system is disclosed that includes a plurality of electrodes and a contiguous adhesive material that is in contact with each of the plurality of electrodes. In certain embodiments a method is provided that includes the step of applying a first surface of adhesive material to a patient wherein the adhesive material includes at least two electrodes on second surface thereof that is opposite the first surface. The method also includes the step of receiving a time varying signal a first electrode of the at least two electrodes at a first location such that the time varying signal is not received at a second electrode of the at least two electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth Burnham, Suraj Gorkhali, Andrew Greene
  • Publication number: 20140296684
    Abstract: A biomedical sensor system is disclosed that includes a high impedance conductive electrode having an electrode impedance of at least about 20 k?/sq-mil, and a dielectric material on a first side of the electrode for receiving a discharge of an electrical signal from the dielectric material responsive to the presence of a time varying signal adjacent a second side of the dielectric material that is opposite the first side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth Burnham, Suraj Gorkhali, Andrew Greene
  • Publication number: 20140296651
    Abstract: A wearable physiological monitoring system comprising a garment that is configured to cover at least the chest region and the upper back of a wearer, a stretchable circumferential band that is attachable to the garment, the stretchable band including a respiration detection system that is configured to detect axial chest wall displacements of the wearer and integral signal transmission conductors, an electronics module that is releasably attachable to said garment and programmed to control the respiration detection system, process signals therefrom, and wirelessly transmit the processed signals, and a self-aligning magnetic connection system that is configured to removeably couple the electronics module to said band and, thereby, the signal transmission conductors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert T. Stone