With Feedback Of Signal To Patient Patents (Class 600/545)
  • Patent number: 10668280
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for triggering electrical stimulation of a spinal cord during execution of a motor event. In one example, a method comprises monitoring motor cortex activity while execution of a desired motor movement is attempted during a first mode where one or more nerve fibers are not stimulated, and during a second mode where the one or more nerve fibers are stimulated. Delivery timing of electrical stimulation may be closed-loop controlled based on current motor cortex activity and the motor cortex activity recorded previously during both the first and second modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)
    Inventors: Tomislav Milekovic, Marco Capogrosso, Gregoire Courtine, Eduardo Martin Moraud, Fabien Wagner, Jerome Gandar
  • Patent number: 10660569
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus, system, and method for targeted memory enhancement. A computer processing circuit receives a plurality of electroencephalography (EEG) signals from a plurality of spatially separated EEG sensors located on the head of a subject that is asleep. A first process of the computer processing system determines a sleep state of the subject and upon determining that the subject is in sleep stage 2 or 3 based on a specific EEG signal, the processing system triggers a second process of the computer processing system that determines a transition event in the specific EEG signal, and upon detecting the transition event delivers an intervention to the subject designed to evoke a specific neurophysiological change to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TELEDYNE SCIENTIFIC & IMAGING, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Simons, Mario Aguilar-Simon, Patrick Connolly, Rolando Estrada, Renee Shimizu, Mary Whatley
  • Patent number: 10653368
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for evaluating an alarm condition for a monitored patient in a population of one or more patients. One or more physiological parameters pertaining to the patient, or physiological variables, are used to form a time series describing the patient status. A dimension parameter such as a time series roughness statistic or a fractal dimension is used to estimate a dimension decision statistic over time. The dimension decision statistic is used as a measure of physiological condition. The dimension decision statistic may be compared to a threshold to determine a region of operation for the dimension of the physiological variable. The dimension decision statistic is used in an embodiment in combination with the underlying raw physiological variable value to reduce the rate of false alarms, to increase the frequency of missed detections, and to aid diagnostic decision making and to aid the formation of a crisis action plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas S. McNair
  • Patent number: 10642955
    Abstract: A device to provide three-dimensional (3D) depictions of health of human organs of a user relative to the user's age based on sensed biometrics of the user. The device may comprise one or more processors; one or more databases in communication with the one or more processors and having a plurality of three-dimensional (3D) depictions of each of one or more human organs stored therein. The plurality of 3D depictions of each of the one or more human organs define a set of base images of the respective human organ, each set of base images configured to include a plurality of base images of the respective human organ at each of a plurality of different ages, the plurality of base images of the respective human organ at each of the plurality of different ages configured to include one or more depictions of the respective human organ at the respective different age at each of a plurality of health levels among a range of health levels, each of the plurality of health levels configured to indicate health risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Samantha J. Horseman, Linda Gilligan
  • Patent number: 10629302
    Abstract: A computerized interactive method, system and computer program product is provided for managing a person's health and lifestyle through self-managing controlled notifications, feedback, and alerts are disclosed. Embodiments provide computerized self-management and compliance scheme that does not require third party intervention or treatment options typical with immediate-response or alert-based systems. Monitoring, notification, and alert parameters can be partially or wholly self-managed using a graphical user interface or computerized device interface to enable two-way communication between the person and at least one computer server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LifeWire Corporation
    Inventors: Howard Rosen, William Harms, Chaitanya Marvici
  • Patent number: 10595764
    Abstract: An emotion identification device includes: a first detection unit which detects a central nervous system reaction of a user; a second detection unit which detects an autonomic nervous system reaction of the user; and an identification unit which identifies aggressiveness in anger of the user based on the central nervous system reaction and the autonomic nervous system reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Kenta Kubo, Nobuyuki Kawai, Kazuo Okanoya
  • Patent number: 10595787
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for determining probabilistic measures of seizure activity (PMSA) values based on a plurality of seizure detection algorithms and/or body signals used as inputs by the seizure detection algorithms. Use of the PMSA values to detect seizure activity based on a consensus of the algorithms and/or body signals, and/or warn, log, administer a therapy, or assess the efficacy of a therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Flint Hills Scientific, LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Osorio, Alexey Lyubushin, Didier Sornette
  • Patent number: 10565777
    Abstract: A method for reducing discomfort when viewing virtual reality (VR) content for use in head mounted displays (HMDs). The method includes accessing a model that identifies a plurality of learned patterns associated with the generation of corresponding baseline VR content that is likely to cause discomfort. The method includes processing a first application to generate data associated with simulated user interactions with first VR content of the first application. The method includes comparing the data to the model to identify a pattern in the data matching at least one of the learned patterns, such that the identified pattern is likely to cause discomfort. The method includes identifying a zone in the first application corresponding to identified pattern. The method includes applying a discomfort reduction filter effect within the zone for purposes of reducing potential discomfort in a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic S. Mallinson
  • Patent number: 10512410
    Abstract: A method, system and computer readable media for a BMI using a fixed decoder based on ratios of different frequency bands, making the decoder robust, less jittery, and resistant to artifacts. The fixed decoder can be configured to use a limited subset of available channels. The decoder can therefore be optimized for each human subject (frequency bands to use, ratios to process the received signals, which channels, weights, etc.) and then fixed. Output from the fixed decoder can be provided to a training program that implements specific feedback and training parameters, thereby enabling subjects to learn to control devices rapidly, as well as consolidate this control. The training program provides continuous feedback of the current transformation being output by the fixed decoder in conjunction with feedback of the past transformations (e.g., up to a second before) and saliency of the feedback when goals of the task are achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FUNDAÇÄO D. ANNA SOMMER CHAMPALIMAUD E DR. CARLOS MONTEZ CHAMPALIMAUD
    Inventors: Nuno Loureiro, Vitor B. Paixão, Rui M.Costa, Fernando Santos
  • Patent number: 10506983
    Abstract: A system is described that observes a signal from a subject of interest, converts the signal to an electrical representation, uses the electrical representation to compute a synthetic control signal, and applies the synthetic control signal to control some aspect of operation of the subject. The procedure used to generate the synthetic control signal involves subjecting the electrical representation of the observed signal to random noise, allowing the extrema of the electrical representation to move, and obtaining a converged solution as the synthetic control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: David Paydarfar, Joshua Chang
  • Patent number: 10488831
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide a product configured to obtain biological signals associated with a user. The biological signals may be used to trigger the product of an upcoming, separate command. The product may take action based on the received command. As described herein, the biological signals may comprise a change in electrical potential of a user, such as an EMG, EEG, or EOG signal. The separate command may be other biological signals, a voice command, or a gesture. The product may be configured to control itself and/or a device external to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christian A. Trott, Christopher J. Mulhearn, Brian J. Hetherman, Michael J. Daley
  • Patent number: 10456036
    Abstract: Embodiments related to a self-administered, behavior modification program facilitated through a structured tailoring method and system thereof which accelerates and enhances the internalization process of the individual, and which provides help when the individual begins to fail in adhering or continuing with the behavior modification are disclosed. Program instructions that when executed by a processor causes a processor to initiate automatically a schedule of events of a structured tailoring procedure upon entry criteria being met at some unknown time, provide intervention according to the intervention preferences when the adherence criteria for one of the events has not been met, and end automatically the structured collection procedure upon exit criteria being met at some unknown time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Wong, David Hasker, Glenn Brassington, Stefan Weinert, Abhishek S. Soni, Alan Greenburg, Paul J. Galley, Ulrich Porsch, Robert E. Reinke, Marco De Polo
  • Patent number: 10438200
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are disclosed for vending machine authorization and customization based on confidences of user identities. One of the methods includes receiving identifying information for a user device, the identifying information being received in response to the user device being within a distance of a vending machine. The vending machine can include sensors that trigger the user device to provide identifying information. A portion of profile information is accessed, portion of profile information indicating a unique identifier assigned to the user device. The portion of profile information is provided to one or more servers that communicate with the vending machine over one or more networks. Preference in formation is displayed via a display of the vending machine, the preference information being maintained by servers and being associated with the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Griffith, Richard Koehler, Lakshmi Saligram
  • Patent number: 10398366
    Abstract: A method comprises monitoring inputs to a device from a user, using the user inputs to track an emotional condition of the user, detecting a change in the tracked emotional condition of the user, and in response to detecting the change, using a camera to capture an image of the user and inserting the image into a content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventor: Sunil Sivadas
  • Patent number: 10402158
    Abstract: An electronic system and an audio processing method are provided. The electronic system includes a physiological signal sensor, a processing circuit, an audio processing circuit and an audio output device. The physiological signal sensor is utilized for measuring a physiological signal of a user. The processing circuit is utilized for determining an audio setting according to the physiological signal. The audio processing circuit is utilized for receiving an audio signal and adjusting the audio signal according to the audio setting so as to generate an audio output signal. The audio output circuit is utilized for playing the audio output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Feng-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 10327656
    Abstract: Apparatus for detecting hypoglycemia or impending hypoglycemia by analysis of an EEG comprises at least one EEG measuring electrode (10) for gathering an EEG signal and a computer (12) for receiving said EEG signals programmed to obtain a plurality of signal components each comprising a different band of frequencies, obtain a measure of the varying intensity of each said component, obtain a long time estimate of the mean of each intensity measure, obtain a long time estimate of the variability of each intensity measure, normalise each intensity measure e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: UNEEG MEDICAL A/S
    Inventors: Rasmus Elsborg Madsen, Rasmus Stig Jensen
  • Patent number: 10321842
    Abstract: A system and method may be provided for associating bio-signal data (e.g. EEG brain scan data) from at least one user with at least one music data item (e.g. song, or piece of music). By associating bio-signal data, or emotions determined therefrom, with music, the system may establish a data store of music associated with emotions. That database may then be leveraged upon determining that a user is feeling a particular emotion through an EEG scan. When a particular emotion is detected in EEG data of a user, the system may then respond based at least partly on the same or similar emotion being associated with one or more music data items in the system. For example, the system may recommend a particular song associated with the same emotion presently being experienced by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: INTERAXON INC.
    Inventors: Ariel Stephanie Garten, Christopher Allen Aimone, Trevor Coleman, Kapil Jay Mishra Vidyarthi, Locillo (Lou) Giuseppe Pino, Michael Apollo Chabior, Paul Harrison Baranowski, Raul Rajiv Rupsingh, Madeline Ashby, Paul V. Tadich, Graeme Daniel Moffat, Javier Arturo Moreno Camargo
  • Patent number: 10321841
    Abstract: Methods, including a method, comprising selecting a plurality of dependent variables relating to each of a plurality of seizures in a patient; selecting a plurality of independent variables, wherein each independent variable comprises a therapy parameter, a therapy delivery parameter, a temporal factor, an environmental factor, or a patient factor; quantifying at least one relationship between each of at least two dependent variables and each of at least two independent variables; and performing an action in response to said quantifying, selected from reporting said at least one relationship, assessing an efficacy of a therapy, assessing an adverse effect of said therapy, providing a therapy modification recommendation, or adjusting said therapy. A medical device system capable of implementing a method. A non-transitory computer readable program storage medium containing instructions that, when executed by a computer, perform a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FLINT HILLS SCIENTIFIC, LLC
    Inventor: Ivan Osorio
  • Patent number: 10314508
    Abstract: Method for processing a brain wave signal (4) obtained from a person using a brain wave detector (5). One or more stimuli are applied to the person in which each of the one or more stimuli comprises a pseudo random noise component modulating the stimulus intensity. A brain wave signal (4) is detected after applying the one or more stimuli. The detected brain wave signal is processed to calculate which of the one or more stimuli is present in the detected brain wave signal using correlation techniques. The pseudo random noise component comprises a pseudo random noise sequence of the class of maximum length sequences, which are further modulated with twice their associated bit frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Stichting Katholieke Universiteit
    Inventors: Petrus Wilhelmus Maria Desain, Jordy Thielen, Philip Leonardus Cornelis van den Broek, Jason David Robert Farquhar
  • Patent number: 10258289
    Abstract: A computing device for use in a system for mapping brain activity of a subject includes a processor. The processor is programmed to select a plurality of measurements of brain activity that is representative of at least one parameter of a brain of the subject during a resting state. Moreover, the processor is programmed to compare at least one data point from each of the measurements with a corresponding data point from a previously acquired data set from at least one other subject. The processor is also programmed to produce at least one map for each of the measurements based on the comparison of the resting state data point and the corresponding previously acquired data point. The processor may also be programmed to categorize the brain activity in a plurality of networks in the brain based on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Eric Leuthardt, Nicholas Szrama, Carl Hacker, Tim Laumann, Maurizio Corbetta, Abraham Z. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10232176
    Abstract: A biological signal display apparatus includes: a stimulation unit which performs stimulation on a living body; a measurement unit which measures an evoked response evoked by the stimulation; a calculator which calculates a feature amount of the evoked response; a display unit; and a display controller which, based on the feature amount calculated by the calculator, displays a bar-shaped image on the display unit, each time when the stimulation is performed, the bar-shaped image corresponding with the evoked response on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Munehito Okada, Hitoshi Sano, Tetsuro Tatsuoka
  • Patent number: 10198958
    Abstract: Training methods and apparatus wherein a training environment is activated only when a trainee is in a focused attention state. A brainwave monitor is employed for determining level of attention. The training environment is activated when the level of attention of the trainee is at or above a predetermined attention threshold. Activation of the training environment provides feedback to the trainee that he or she is in a focused attention state, and at the same time provides the incentive to remain in the focused attention state. A focused attention state is important if not required for training/learning success. The method and apparatus may be employed for training individual trainees, as well as for training team member trainees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Freer Logic
    Inventors: Peter A. Freer, Stephen J. Scanzoni
  • Patent number: 10155113
    Abstract: A neural physiological method and apparatus for keeping the brain in wakefulness, in which the trigeminal nerves on the forehead are stimulated with a mild electrical current neuronal modulating signal of a range of frequencies and amplitudes in combination transmitted to the brain functional site locus coeruleus, resulting in inhabitation of the brain functional site thalamic reticular nucleus such that the thalamic reticular nucleus does not release inhibitory neurotransmitters for blocking the communication pathways between the thalamus and the cortical regions in the brain, keeping the brain in wakefulness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Qian Xia, Xiaoping Li
  • Patent number: 10143397
    Abstract: An electrode holding device is described using a headset having a neutral curvature with a radius smaller than a human skull. The headset adapted to provide spring load force against the human skull at the first and the second ends where first and second respective electrode holding panels are attached. The electrode holding panels conform to the human above the ears. The electrode panels are adapted to pivot about pivot points on the ends of the headset. The panels are adapted to contact the human skull under pressure from spring load force generated from the headset bent beyond the neutral curvature of the headset. The headset can in certain examples be further adapted in certain to accommodate an arm having an a third electrode panel that possesses a third electrode assembly, the third electrode assembly adapted to be spring loaded against and in contact with the human forehead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Edward Lafe Altshuler, Francis X. Palermo
  • Patent number: 10130278
    Abstract: A device for performing EEG which consists of an elastic head strap, electrodes, and a wireless transmitter. The wireless transmitter, which displays indicators of electrode impedance, is secured to a patient using a docking station attached to the head strap at the crown of a subject's head and is placed into electrical communication with the electrodes using conductive thread sewn into the head strap. A simplified user interface comprising graphical elements improves the detection of brain wave patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: JORDAN NEUROSCIENCE, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth George Jordan, Gary Loubert, David Bakkom
  • Patent number: 10092246
    Abstract: A computing device for use in a system for mapping brain activity of a subject includes a processor. The processor is programmed to select a plurality of measurements of brain activity that is representative of at least one parameter of a brain of the subject during a resting state. Moreover, the processor is programmed to compare at least one data point from each of the measurements with a corresponding data point from a previously acquired data set from at least one other subject. The processor is also programmed to produce at least one map for each of the measurements based on the comparison of the resting state data point and the corresponding previously acquired data point. The processor may also be programmed to categorize the brain activity in a plurality of networks in the brain based on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Eric Leuthardt, Nicholas Szrama, Carl Hacker, Tim Laumann, Maurizio Corbetta, Abraham Z. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10092205
    Abstract: Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) systems or movement-assist systems may be utilized to aid users with paraplegia or tetraplegia in ambulation or other movement or in rehabilitation of motor function after brain injury or neurological disease, such as stroke, Parkinson's disease or cerebral palsy. The BMI may translate one or more neural signals into a movement type, a discrete movement or gesture or a series of movements, performed by an actuator. System and methods of decoding a locomotion-impaired and/or an upper-arm impaired subject's intent with the BMI may utilize non-invasive methods to provide the subject the ability to make the desired motion using an actuator or command a virtual avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM
    Inventors: Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, Saurabh Prasad, Atilla Kilicarslan, Nikunj Bhagat
  • Patent number: 10085690
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring a signal from a function to record a set of values for each signal monitored; determining for each signal monitored the relative value of the signal being monitored over time; identifying each signal exhibiting a relative value representing a change in a pre-identified direction and each signal exhibiting a relative value not representing a change in the pre-identified direction, wherein each signal is aligned in the same direction relative to the pre-identified direction; dynamically weighting at least one signal monitored; displaying the monitored signals as an aggregate including enhancement of each signal exhibiting a change in the pre-identified direction; and causing a desired change in at least one monitored function based upon feedback of the displayed aggregate signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rochester Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Laurence I. Sugarman, Brian L. Garrison, Stephen Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9999743
    Abstract: A method and system for sound-induced sleep is provided. The method includes detecting brainwave signals of a subject. The method further includes analyzing the brainwave signals to determine a current sleepy state of the subject and selecting a sound in response to the current sleepy state based on a quantified association index between the brainwave signals and acoustical features of the sound. The method further more includes playing the sound to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Yaozhang Pan, Juanhong Yu, Cuntai Guan, Keong Andrew Ng, Ti Eu Chan, Zhou Zhang
  • Patent number: 9983670
    Abstract: A computer network implemented system for improving the operation of one or more biofeedback computer systems is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTERAXON INC.
    Inventors: Trevor Ce Coleman, Christopher Allen Aimone, Ariel Stephanie Garten, Locillo (Lou) Giuseppe Pino, Paul Harrison Baranowski, Raul Rajiv Rupsingh, Kapil Jay Mishra Vidyarthi
  • Patent number: 9913593
    Abstract: Medical device systems and methods for operating medical device systems conserve energy by efficiently managing computational demands of the systems. Signals from a subject are processed and analyzed and an estimate of a propensity for a subject to have a neurological event is determined. Based on the results of the analysis and the estimate, further analysis may be performed and the estimate may be refined. Succeeding cycles of signal measurement and analysis are scheduled depending on the results of the analysis and the estimate. The schedule may be varied temporally or with regard to the types and intensities of analyzes performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cyberonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Leyde, John Harris
  • Patent number: 9878160
    Abstract: An implantable neurostimulator system adapted to provide therapy for various neurological disorders is capable of varying therapy delivery strategies based on the context, physiological or otherwise, into which the therapy is to be delivered. Responsive and scheduled therapies can be varied depending on various sensor measurements, calculations, inferences, and device states (including elapsed times and times of day) to deliver an appropriate course of therapy under the circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: NeuroPace, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Pless, Thomas K. Tcheng
  • Patent number: 9836703
    Abstract: Techniques for monitoring neurophysiologic indicators of the members of a team while performing one or more collaborative tasks, for analyzing the collected neurophysiologic data and environmental data, for generating feedback, and for generating assessments of the performance of the team based on the collected data are provided. Feedback can be created based on the assessments of the team performance. Assessments of team performance can be performed in real time and feedback can also be provided in real time. In other embodiments, feedback can be provided to team members and/or the team as a whole after training exercise and/or simulation has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ADVANCED BRAIN MONITORING, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald H. Stevens, Christine Berka, Adrienne Behneman, Daniel Levendowski
  • Patent number: 9814423
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for monitoring a change in intensity of pain experienced by one or more users using a virtual reality environment. The method includes receiving one or more virtual content corresponding to the virtual reality environment on a virtual reality device, displaying the one or more virtual content corresponding to the virtual reality environment on the virtual reality device to the one or more users during one or more treatments provided to the one or more users, assessing the change in the intensity of pain experienced by the one or more users during the one or more treatments, generating a pain profile for each of the one or more users and determining a co-relation between the change in the intensity of pain experienced by the one or more users and the one or more virtual content viewed by the one or more users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Lakshya Jain, Priya Bisarya
  • Patent number: 9740285
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein provide for an integrated approach for controlling a user's various devices based on the user's brain activity. A user's brain activity is monitored with a first user device. A change in the brain activity is detected. In response to detecting the change, data from a second user device is processed. The detected change in brain activity is compared to the processed data to determine whether the change in brain activity is associated with the second user device. In response to determining that the change is associated with the second user device, an option is generated for display on a display screen to control the second user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Beaty
  • Patent number: 9730642
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying and analyzing neuropsychological flow patterns, include creating a knowledge base of neuropsychological flow patterns. The knowledge base is formed by obtaining signals from multiple research groups for particular behavioral processes, localizing sources of activity participating in the particular behavioral processes, identifying sets of patterns of brain activity for the behavioral processes and neuropsychologically analyzing the localized sources and the identified patterns for each of the research groups. The neuropsychological analysis includes identifying all possible pathways for the identified sets of patterns, ranking the possible pathways based on likelihood for the particular behavioral process and reducing the number of ranked possible pathways based on additional constraints. A system for comparison of obtained signals from an individual to the created knowledge base is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Elmina Ltd.
    Inventors: Goded Shahaf, Amir B. Geva
  • Patent number: 9675292
    Abstract: A dyslexia screening system suitable for clinical use includes an integrated headset that efficiently and conveniently performs an auditory evoked response (ERP) test by positioning electrodes about the ears of the subject. An integral control module automatically performs the test, providing simplified controls and indications to the clinician. A number of screening tests that are stored in the headset are periodically uploaded for billing, remote analysis and result reporting. A paradigm that characterizes testing performed for a subject along with the patient identification and/or patient demographics are stored in an associated fashion for later fusion and analyses with similar but not necessarily identically constructed ERP tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Neuronetrix, Inc.
    Inventor: Kalford C. Fadem
  • Patent number: 9668693
    Abstract: A method of improving psychophysiological function of a subject performing a stress-inducing activity using a computer includes, after a plurality of sensors that monitor stress-indicating physiological parameters have been coupled to the subject and to the computer, providing, by the computer to the subject, a set of training segments that each present the subject with one or more visual, audible, or tactile prompts, wherein in at least one of the training segments, the prompts induce the subject to simultaneously perform both the stress-inducing activity and a relaxation-inducing protocol. The computer provides the set of training segments until a value of at least one physiological parameter that indicates stress in the subject is within a pre-defined range of a baseline value of the parameter, thereby indicating that the subject has successfully performed the stress-inducing activity while maintaining alertness with a relative minimum of stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Biofeedback Systems Design, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Kusik, Dejan Stankovic, Andrew M. Bourhis
  • Patent number: 9665823
    Abstract: Systems and methods for training networks are provided. A method for training networks comprises receiving an input from each of a plurality of neural networks differing from each other in at least one of architecture, input modality, and feature type, connecting the plurality of neural networks through a common output layer, or through one or more common hidden layers and a common output layer to result in a joint network, and training the joint network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Saon, Hagen Soltau
  • Patent number: 9592003
    Abstract: The system, device, and method may use electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to treat epilepsy with minimized or no effect on the heart. Treatment is carried out by an implantable signal generator, one or more implantable electrodes for electrically stimulating a predetermined stimulation site of the vagus nerve, and a sensor for sensing characteristics of the heart such as heart rate. The heart rate information from the sensor can be used to determine whether the vagus nerve stimulation is adversely affecting the heart. Once threshold parameters are met, the vagus nerve stimulation may be stopped or adjusted. In yet another embodiment, the system, device, and method may be simply a modified pacemaker having circuitry that determines whether a vagus nerve is being stimulated. In the event that the vagus nerve is being stimulated, the modified pacemaker may control the heart to maintain it within desired conditions during the vagus nerve stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: CYBERONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Osorio, Mark Frei
  • Patent number: 9579028
    Abstract: A system for detecting abnormalities or inconsistencies and a method to utilize the same are provided. In particular, a computer system may be adapted to detect the abnormality or inconsistency within at least a portion of a subject by generating internal impedance data which indicates that an impedance change within the portion of the subject has occurred. For example, the impedance change may be associated with a change in at least one characteristic of a blood vessel within the subject (such as a change in a fluid flow rate within at least a portion of the subject), a change in a fluid volume within at least a portion of the subject, etc. The impedance change also may be associated with the presence of a foreign object within the portion of the subject. In an exemplary embodiment, it is possible to detect the abnormality or inconsistency within the subject by generating a continuous, real time internal impedance map indicating the impedance change within the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Giorgio Bonmassar, John William Belliveau
  • Patent number: 9563273
    Abstract: A brainwave actuated apparatus has a brainwave sensor for outputting a brainwave signal, an effector responsive to an input signal, and a controller operatively connected to an output of said brainwave sensor and a control input to said effector. The controller is adapted to determine characteristics of a brainwave signal output by said brainwave sensor and based on said characteristics, derive a control signal to output to said effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: INTERAXON INC.
    Inventor: W. Stephen G. Mann
  • Patent number: 9554749
    Abstract: An instrument that utilizes body contact electrodes evaluates the quality of the connections made between the electrodes and the body. An electrode contact quality evaluation circuit performs the quality evaluation, such as by determining contact impedances for the electrodes. The corresponding contact quality of each electrode is conveyed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Sunderland
  • Patent number: 9545519
    Abstract: An active interface device including a transducer or sensor array having a plurality of transducers or sensors arranged to transform a cell activity into an electrical signal, at least one detection unit for detecting the electrical signal(s), at least one recording unit for recording the electrical signal(s), comprising a plurality of recording channels arranged for being routed to the transducers or sensors, and at least one control unit. The control unit is arranged for addressing the transducers or sensors to the detection unit(s), for activating transducers or sensors, and for routing the recording channels to activated transducers or sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignees: IMEC, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KU LEUVEN R&D
    Inventors: Junaid Aslam, Patrick Merken, Chris Van Hoof
  • Patent number: 9545224
    Abstract: A system for measuring fitness for duty which includes a) a visual stimulus display b) eye monitoring equipment for measuring eye and eyelid movements c) a central processing unit and data storage device to collect and store the data from the eye monitoring equipment d) a data analysis device programmed to calculate one or more of the measures of blink latency, measures of the relative velocity of upper eyelid closing and opening movements during blinks, the product of the amplitude to velocity ratio of eyelid closing and opening, the duration of blinks, the variability of eyelid movements during blinks, the failure to respond appropriately with a voluntary blink following each said brief visual stimulus e) said data analysis device programmed to place the values for said measures into an algorithm for measuring fitness for duty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: OPTALERT AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Murray Johns, Andrew Tucker
  • Patent number: 9539118
    Abstract: Methods, devices, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for brain-controlled body movement assistance devices. In one aspect, a device includes a brain-controlled body movement assistance device with a brain-computer interface (BCI) component adapted to be mounted to a user, a body movement assistance component operably connected to the BCI component and adapted to be worn by the user, and a feedback mechanism provided in connection with at least one of the BCI component and the body movement assistance component, the feedback mechanism being configured to output information relating to a usage session of the brain-controlled body movement assistance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Neurolutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Leuthardt, Lonnie J. Love, Rob Coker, Daniel W. Moran
  • Patent number: 9533144
    Abstract: Arrangements are described for fitting a cochlear implant system to an implanted patient. A test stimulation sequence is delivered to the implanted patient which is based on a concatenated sequence of time shifted envelopes of sinusoidal amplitude modulated (SAM) signals that have a carrier frequency fc modulated by a jittered modulation frequency fm+?, where ? is a frequency jitter component selected from a jitter range of [??1,+?1]. Patient responses to the test stimulation sequence are simultaneously measured including an auditory steady-state response (ASSR) measurement signal and a psychophysical pitch discrimination response. The time shifted envelopes are adapted to avoid measurement artifacts in the ASSR measurement signal around the modulation frequency fm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Bahmer
  • Patent number: 9535499
    Abstract: A method and display apparatus for providing content are provided. The method for providing content includes displaying a content UI in which a plurality of content is included, detecting an area at which a user gazes in the content UI, determining a preference for gaze content that is present in the area at which the user gazes by measuring user's brainwaves, and providing the content UI based on the determined preference. The user can be provided with the content UI that is configured more intuitively and conveniently according to the user preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-seok Lee, Sang-won Leigh, Sung-goo Cho, Kyung-hwa Yu, Jin-yong Chung
  • Patent number: 9501144
    Abstract: A method and display apparatus for providing content are provided. The method for providing content includes displaying a content UI in which a plurality of content is included, detecting an area at which a user gazes in the content UI, determining a preference for gaze content that is present in the area at which the user gazes by measuring user's brainwaves, and providing the content UI based on the determined preference. The user can be provided with the content UI that is configured more intuitively and conveniently according to the user preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-seok Lee, Sang-won Leigh, Sung-goo Cho, Kyung-hwa Yu, Jin-yong Chung
  • Patent number: 9495937
    Abstract: A color detection system includes a motherboard, a detection device, and a detection card. The detection device comprises a display unit and a memory unit storing a first color frequency setting value. The display unit displays a first color according to the color frequency setting value. The detection card includes a color sensor, a microcontroller, and a first connector. The color sensor generates a first color frequency current value after sensing the first color from the display unit and sends the first color frequency current value to the microcontroller. The microcontroller sends the first color frequency current value to the motherboard And the motherboard outputs detection success information to the display unit when a first difference value between the first color frequency current value and the first color frequency setting value is less than a predetermined value. The display unit displays the detection success information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fu-Yun Yang, Xiang-Ming Li, Pei Tu, Ping Tian