Detecting Muscle Electrical Signal Patents (Class 600/546)
  • Patent number: 11523765
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for diagnosing and determining the disease progression of neurodegenerative disorders in patients using neurophysiological biomarkers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: The University of Chicago
    Inventors: Naoum P. Issa, Kourosh Rezania
  • Patent number: 11491276
    Abstract: Release of a neurological drug in a targeted region of a subject's brain by a drug delivery system (DDS) is intentionally caused by the subject watching or interacting with an audio/video-based task on an electronic display. The DDS is calibrated to release the neurological drug based on a particular pH, lactate level, blood flow, temperature, magnetic field, specific molecules released by brain cells, or other physiological factors within the target region. The interactive task produces the physiological factors in the brain in specific areas of pathology for which the drug is prescribed, and limits drug delivery at areas unaffected by illness where it could disrupt normal function, causing problematic side effects and preventing dose levels optimal for target impact. Feedback from the interactive task and associated cognitive probes also can adapt the interactive task or suggest new pharmacologic agents as the degree or primary focus of brain pathology changes during the course of treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Bruce E. Wexler
  • Patent number: 11493994
    Abstract: An input device, method, and system enabling a switch input operation of various equipment by moving a body part other than hands and feet. Input by body movement, such as a wink, is achieved by an input device including: a detector which includes a first contact electrode placed at a first position of a body part and a second contact electrode placed at a second position of the body part, the detector configured to measure a biological signal between the first contact electrode and the second contact electrode, and to detect a low-frequency component inclusive of the biological signal; and a discrimination processor configured to determine, based on a signal from the detector, presence or absence of an input movement of the body part in a vicinity of the first position, and/or presence or absence of an input movement of the body part in a vicinity of the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventor: Ryohei Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11484268
    Abstract: A biological signal analysis device includes: an acquiring unit configured to acquire biological signals of a measurement target; a trigger information acquiring unit configured to acquire, from a stimulator configured to apply stimuli to the measurement target, trigger information indicating times at which the stimuli are generated; and a signal processing unit configured to process the biological signals. The signal processing unit is configured to calculate biological information on the measurement target based on the biological signals, maintain only pieces of trigger information corresponding to times at which it is determined that biological signals of the measurement target are generated, from the calculated biological information, delete another piece of trigger information, and use an averaged waveform that is obtained by performing an averaging process on the biological signals that are generated in synchronization with the stimuli based on the pieces of remaining trigger information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yamagata, Eiichi Okumura, Noriyuki Tomita
  • Patent number: 11442536
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an EOG-based method and apparatus for asynchronous character input, said method comprising the following steps: displaying a virtual keyboard having a total of N keys on a display, the virtual keyboard flickering in rounds, wherein in each round, all N keys randomly flicker once; when spelling, a user blinks after the flickering of a target key, so as to acquire electro-oculogram signals of the user in real-time; capturing electro-oculogram data within a time period following the flickering of a key from the acquired electro-oculogram signals, and using said electro-oculogram data as an original feature vector of the flickering key; N original feature vectors being generated in each cycle, an electro-oculogram identification method is called to identify the N original feature vectors, and outputting a certain result from 0 to N, wherein 0 indicates that a condition for character input is not met, and 1 to N correspond to the N keys on the virtual keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yuanqing Li, Shenghong He
  • Patent number: 11432759
    Abstract: A method for diagnosing motility disorders of a gastrointestinal tract of a body. The method can include measuring electrical signals from the gastrointestinal tract while the patient is engaged in normal daily activities, recording the measured electrical signals on a portable electronic device carried by the body, recording by the patient in real time one or more symptoms of the body and analyzing characteristics of the recorded electrical signals with the recorded symptoms of the body to diagnosis gastrointestinal disorders of the body. Apparatus for use therewith and methods for treatment thereof are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: G-TECH
    Inventor: Udaya Sankar Devanaboyina
  • Patent number: 11432863
    Abstract: A wire passer system for passing a surgical wire around a bone. The wire passer system broadly comprises a gun assembly, a flexible push member, and a surgical wire. The gun assembly can comprise a handle, a trigger, a rigid guide section, a support guide, a push rod, and tensioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Judd Michael Smith, Tadd Nicholas Smith, C Daniel Smith
  • Patent number: 11406873
    Abstract: A program is presented to a user including a stream of content including a first auditory content and a first visual content related to the workout. A context state of the user participating in the workout is determined based on information from a sensor. A responsive content is selectively added based on the context state of the user to the stream of content in a manner that avoids conflict with the stream of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Tonal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Philip Hand, Scott Matthew White
  • Patent number: 11406303
    Abstract: A system for recording, processing, and monitoring biosignals is provided, the system being configured to suspend data acquisition whenever an electric surgical tool or other generator of high frequency interference is in use. Such a system may protect the hardware of the system and reduce or eliminate the acquisition of distorted signals. The system of some embodiments includes an amplifier system configured to detect the presence of high frequency interference. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SafeOp Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Mahon, Curt Labelle
  • Patent number: 11369307
    Abstract: A vestibular system examination device includes a platform unit and an examination unit. The platform unit includes a base, a driving mechanism mounted to the base, and a seat mounted to the driving mechanism and adapted for a user to sit thereon. The seat is driven movably and rotatably with six degrees of freedom by the driving mechanism. The examining unit includes a detector adapted for detecting eye movement or electrooculography of the user, a measuring module electrically connected to the platform unit for measuring location and displacement thereof, and a processing module electrically connected to the detector and the measuring module for receiving and processing data acquired from the detector and the measuring module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Kaohsiung Medical University
    Inventors: Lan-Yuen Guo, Chen-Wen Yen, Lih-Jiun Liaw, Chin-I Huang, Cheng-Chun Chen
  • Patent number: 11344250
    Abstract: A diagnosis device, and more particularly, a compartment syndrome diagnostic device is described herein. The diagnostic device may include a display that renders information associated with stimulation of a motor unit suspected of suffering from compartment syndrome. The diagnostic device may generate a stimulation signal for stimulating the motor unit through an electrode. The device may determine whether the motor unit is at risk for compartment syndrome based on the response of the motor unit to the stimulation. The diagnostic device may also measure pressure of a compartment. The device may determine whether the motor unit is at risk for compartment syndrome based on the measured pressure and the response of the motor unit to the stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Hausman, Robert Strother, Jonathan Sakai
  • Patent number: 11331036
    Abstract: Systems, architectures, and methods of neurophysiological monitoring are described. In a particular example, an architecture may include a monitoring system and display system including two or more display devices. The monitoring system may manage the monitoring of some aspect of a patient's nervous system. A first display device is positioned adjacent the patient and viewable by a first user. A second display device is positioned apart from the patient and viewable by a second user and obscured from the first user. The first display device and the second display device may be used to display monitoring data collected by the monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Neuromonitoring Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Luekenga, Scott F. Davis
  • Patent number: 11305080
    Abstract: A respiratory assistance device including a respiratory interface device configured to be worn by a user and deliver a gas, a gas temperature measurement unit configured to measure a gas temperature that is a temperature of the gas, a warming unit configured to warm the gas, and a temperature change unit configured to change the gas temperature by controlling the warming unit. The respiratory assistance device can administer comfortable respiratory assistance even during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Metran Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazufuku Nitta
  • Patent number: 11298073
    Abstract: The present invention is method and a device to detect and treat Bruxism through a combination of muscle and brain sensors detecting sensors and providing a set of biofeedbacks to stop grinding while preventing habituation to biofeedbacks. The frequency and phase of the rhythmic grinding pattern of a Bruxer is identified and a biofeedback with the same frequency but different phase is applied on the user to stop grinding without waking the user from a sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Payam Fazel, Ahmad Iranban, Niloufar Gheidi, Elmira Kiani
  • Patent number: 11266836
    Abstract: Techniques to help improve efficiency or effectiveness of treating a disorder such as RLS or PLMD, such as by issuing neural electrostimulations to a particular patient, while varying one or more amplitude parameters (e.g., at least one of electrostimulation current amplitude, electrostimulation voltage amplitude, or electrostimulation pulsewidth duration). A corresponding patient-subjective or patient-objective response can be observed. A characteristic electrostimulation intensity relationship can be generated, for example, based on the determined respective at least one of RLS or PLMD response indication threshold amplitude parameters and the plurality of corresponding neural electrostimulation durations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: NOCTRIX HEALTH, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Charlesworth, Shriram Raghunathan
  • Patent number: 11259746
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for monitoring neuromuscular blockade in patients during surgical procedures. In one embodiment, a system includes a stimulator, an electromyography (EMG) sensor, a kinemyography (KMG) sensor, and a single connector configured to couple each of the stimulator, the EMG sensor, and the KMG sensor to a patient monitoring device via a single input. In this way, neuromuscular transmission (NMT) monitoring in patient may be done reliably by ensuring that NMT measurement from a first sensor (EMG sensor) is in line with the measurement of the second sensor (KMG sensor).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Markku Erik Spoof
  • Patent number: 11241171
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to devices, systems and methods for monitoring neuromuscular blockage. In an embodiment, a neuromuscular blockage monitoring system comprises a patch device comprising a unitary patch body, at least two electrodes and at least one sensor, the at least one sensor arranged between the at least two electrodes on the unitary patch body; and a stimulator device operatively coupled to the patch device and configured to provide at least one electrical signal to the at least two electrodes to stimulate a muscle motor point and to receive a signal from the at least one sensor related to a result of the stimulation of the muscle motor point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: William Keith Durfee, Paul Anthony Iaizzo, Jesus Arturo Cabrera, Jenna Christine Iaizzo, John Mehawej, Kevin Ruda, Jason Paul McConnell
  • Patent number: 11234640
    Abstract: Objective Pulmonary Function (PF) evaluation for respiratory fatigue is vital to the diagnosis and management of many pediatric respiratory diseases in the intensive care, emergency and outpatient settings. A non-invasive PF instrument utilizes sensors and software to access respiratory breathing patterns, vital parameters, asynchrony and measures the work of breathing. Software algorithms predict respiratory fatigue. The hardware includes a microcircuit board that individually links to rib cage (RC) and abdominal (ABD) inductance bands. The bands wirelessly transmit changes in RC and ABD circumference. Point-of-care, real-time indices of respiratory work, breathing patterns and respiratory fatigue indices are developed on a user-friendly graphical user interface. The diagnostic data can later be securely emailed as an attachment for entry into patients' electronic medical records or sent to a caretaker's computer, or used directly to control a respiratory therapy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: THE NEMOURS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Tariq Rahman, Thomas H. Shaffer, Ralph Page, Jean Remy Bonnefoy, Christopher Page
  • Patent number: 11229380
    Abstract: A method is provided for characterising a gait comprising steps of: receiving a signal measuring the movement of a target subject measured beforehand; comparing (204) at least one section of the measuring signal with a plurality of reference signals, the plurality of reference signals comprising at least one movement signal measured beforehand on a reference subject different from the target subject, each comparison of the measuring signal with a reference signal producing a similarity coefficient representative of a probability of similarity between the compared signals; and selecting (208) at least one local maximum of interest among the similarity coefficients produced, wherein the plurality of reference signals comprises at least one movement signal measured beforehand on a reference subject afflicted with a gait disorder, and at least one movement signal measured beforehand on a healthy reference object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Robert Dadashi, Thomas Moreau, Charles Truong, Catherine Vidal, Alain Yelnik, Rémi Barrois-Muller, Nicolas Vayatis, Laurent Oudre, Pierre Paul Vidal, Damien Ricard
  • Patent number: 11213248
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for monitoring pregnancy or labour are disclosed. In one embodiment the apparatus includes an electromyography (EMG) sensor having two or more EMG electrodes to monitor fetal or maternal activity during pregnancy or labour and one or more position sensors to monitor the relative positioning of the two or more EMG electrodes during the fetal or maternal activity. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a monitoring device to be placed on a body and having a plurality of sensors integrated into the monitoring device, the plurality of sensors including at least: a first sensor configured to detect a first type of signal from the body indicative of a first type of fetal or maternal activity during pregnancy or labour; and a second sensor configured to detect a second type of signal from the body, different from the first type of signal, also indicative of the first type of fetal or maternal activity during pregnancy or labour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Baymatob Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Sarah Catherine McDonald, Graham Brooker, Jonathan Hyett, Hala Phipps, Javier Martinez
  • Patent number: 11197773
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided to implement an intraoral control mechanism that allows a user to control an operation of a computer system or an electronic device. The intraoral control mechanism detects a strain based on a tongue of a user moving a control mechanism away from a fixed position; transduces the detected strain into a control signal; amplifies an amplitude of the control signal thereby producing an amplified control signal; converts the amplified control signal to a digital input signal; modulates the digital input signal onto a transmission frequency wave; and transmits the digital input signal to the computer system. The computer system may then either execute the digital control signal on the computer system itself to perform an operation or transmit the digital control signal to the electronic device so as to operate as indicated by the digital control signal. The digital input signal is saved for characterization of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Sakuma, Stephen John Heisig, Michael Angelo Stellitano
  • Patent number: 11191592
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and methods generally aimed at monitoring the angular orientation between two locations within a fluoroscopic image and especially for monitoring the angular orientation between two locations within a fluoroscopic image and a predetermined target angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Josef Gorek, Eric Finley, Albert C Kim, Jeffrey Barnes, Rick Eis
  • Patent number: 11179066
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for substantially real-time detection of spike events in neuromuscular data. The method comprises receiving a plurality of neuromuscular signals from a plurality of neuromuscular sensors arranged on one or more wearable devices worn by a user, detecting, based on the plurality of neuromuscular signals or information derived from the plurality of neuromuscular signals, at least one spike event corresponding to firing of an action potential in at least one motor unit, determining, based on the plurality of neuromuscular signals or the information derived from the plurality of neuromuscular signals, a biological source of the detected at least one spike event, and generating at least one output based, at least in part, on the detected at least one spike event and/or the determined biological source of the detected at least one spike event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Kaifosh, Alexandre Barachant, Michael Isaac Mandel, Daniel Wetmore
  • Patent number: 11144124
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device comprises: a biological signal input unit for receiving the input of a biological signal detected through an electrode; and a processor which determines, based on a usage context of the electronic device, a biological signal to be inputted, sets up, according to the determined biological signal, the state of a channel corresponding to the electrode, and determines a biological change by using the biological signal inputted according to the set channel state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyuk Kang, Jae-bong Yoo, Kyung-soo Lim, Duk-ki Hong
  • Patent number: 11123555
    Abstract: Example systems for positioning an implantable electrode may include a stimulation circuitry, a sensing circuitry, and processing circuitry. The stimulation circuitry may generate electrical stimulation deliverable to a patient. The sensing circuitry may sense electromyographic (EMG) responses. The processing circuitry may control the stimulation circuitry to deliver the electrical stimulation at a plurality of different stimulation metric levels at each of a plurality of different positions. The processing circuitry may sense, via the sensing circuitry, electromyographic (EMG) responses to the electrical stimulation. The processing circuitry may score one or more of the different positions for chronic implantation of at least one implantable electrode. The scoring may be based on a stimulation metric level greater than a predetermined metric threshold sufficient to evoke at least some of the sensed EMG responses, and a level of the at least some of the sensed EMG responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Su, David A. Dinsmoor, Jason E. Agran
  • Patent number: 11103691
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a patient having symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS) or Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) using high-frequency stimulation by applying a high-frequency pulsed electrostimulation therapy signal to a peroneal nerve or a branch thereof, where the therapy signal is above a motor threshold of a muscle innervated by the peroneal nerve or branch thereof. Surface EMG (sEMG) response to neurostimulation can be used to evaluate patient responsivity to neurostimulation, or to evaluate neurostimulation efficacy, such as to compare various neurostimulation parameter settings and to select between such settings to meet or balance between one or more goals. The sEMG response can be obtained with the muscle at rest, or during muscle activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Noctrix Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Charlesworth, Shriram Raghunathan
  • Patent number: 11064936
    Abstract: A system and method is used to monitor, control, and/or provide feedback relative to one or more factors related to a patient's body, such as a shoulder, pursuant to a treatment process. The system monitors, controls, and/or provides feedback relative to shoulder factors including shoulder motion, shoulder muscle contraction, and external pressure on the shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Active4D, Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl D'Lima, Heinz Hoenecke, David G. Matsuura
  • Patent number: 11041198
    Abstract: A method of forming a plurality of lipid bilayers over an array of cells in a nanopore based sequencing chip is disclosed. Each of the cells comprises a well. A salt buffer solution is flowed over the array of cells in the nanopore based sequencing chip to substantially fill the wells in the cells with the salt buffer solution. A lipid and solvent mixture is flowed over the array of cells to deposit the lipid and solvent mixture over at least some of the wells in the cells. A first portion of the cells, each having a lipid bilayer over its well, is detected. A second portion of the cells, each having a lipid membrane but not a lipid bilayer over its well, is detected. An electrical lipid-thinning stimulus is selectively applied to the second portion of the cells but not to the first portion of the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Roche Sequencing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Aliado, Roger J. A. Chen, Jing Luo, J. William Maney, Jr., William Nielsen, Kyle Umeda, Ashraf Wahba
  • Patent number: 11013441
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for diagnosing, assessing or quantitating drug use, drug abuse or narcosis or for differentiating drug use, drug abuse or narcosis from brain injury in a subject by tracking eye movement of at least one eye of the subject, analyzing eye movement of at least one eye of the subject, comparing eye movement of at least one eye of the subject the normal or mean eye movement; and, optionally calculating a standard deviation or p value for eye movement of at least one eye of the subject as compared to the normal or mean eye movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Uzma Samadani
  • Patent number: 11000735
    Abstract: A plurality of control sequences is stored. A user state is detected. A next control sequence associated with the user is selected from the plurality of control sequences based at least in part on the user state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Tonal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aly E. Orady, Sumner Browning Paine, Scott White
  • Patent number: 10993651
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an exercise guidance method and an exercise guidance device. The method includes receiving myoelectric parameters of a user collected by a plurality of myoelectric sensors, determining a current exercise state of the user based on myoelectric parameters, generating exercise guidance information based on the current exercise condition, and sending the exercise guidance information to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Du, Qi Yang, Hailan Jin
  • Patent number: 10980469
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a patient for seizure activity may include monitoring the patient by collecting an electromyography signal, determining features of the signal using wavelet analysis and inputting determined feature values into a neural network trained to detect seizure activity. Related apparatuses are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Brain Sentinel, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Girouard, Luke E. Whitmire, Jose E. Cavazos
  • Patent number: 10967142
    Abstract: There is provided system for monitoring spontaneous breathing of a mechanically ventilated target individual, including: a feeding tube for insertion into a distal end of an esophagus of the individual, sensor(s) disposed on the feeding tube at a location such that the sensor(s) is located at the distal end of the esophagus of the individual when the feeding tube is in use, wherein the sensor(s) is positioned for sensing values by contact with the tissue of the esophagus including a lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and/or tissue in proximity to the LES, and code for computing an indication of a frequency band of diaphragm movement of the individual according to an analysis of values sensed by the sensor(s), and for adjustment of parameter(s) of a mechanical ventilator for mechanically ventilating the individual, wherein the instructions for adjustment are computed while the feeding tube is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ART MEDICAL Ltd.
    Inventors: Liron Elia, Gavriel J. Iddan
  • Patent number: 10939867
    Abstract: A paralysis monitoring system can be utilized during various medical procedures. Generally, the system is used during procedures involving anesthesia, when general paralysis is necessary, e.g., during surgery that requires cutting through or mobilizing muscle tissue. The paralysis monitoring system stimulates a nerve with low voltage signals and can provide for continuous monitoring and recording of the evoked muscle activity throughout and after a procedure. By monitoring a quantitative response of the muscle activity to nerve stimulation, an anesthesiologist may adjust subsequent doses of a paralytic agent to achieve a desired level of paralysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Robert S. Bray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10918909
    Abstract: A more efficient exercise system can be facilitated by interactive components. The interactive components can communicate with mobile devices, users, server devices, weight lifting machines, etc. The interactive components can also generate exercise data and provide prompts to a user to facilitate a more efficient workout. Additionally, third-parties can receive user workout data and manipulate exercise equipment remotely to assist a user in attaining his or her goals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Braxton K. Davis
  • Patent number: 10924869
    Abstract: A sound processing system measures one or more periauricular muscle signals from one or more periauricular muscles of a user. Additionally, the sound processing system computes, based on the periauricular muscle signals, an estimate of an angle corresponding to a direction of a current auditory attention locus of the user with respect to a reference point or plane. The sound processing system controls, based on the estimate of the angle, an operating characteristic of the sound processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Stéphane Gallégo
  • Patent number: 10898758
    Abstract: A measurement system for use in an exercise machine, which exercise machine comprises a lifting mechanism and an engaging member for selectively engaging a number of stacked weights to the lifting mechanism, the measurement system comprising a pair of cooperating members including a range meter and a reflector member, wherein one of the cooperating members is connected to the lifting mechanism and the other of the cooperating members is connected to the engaging member, wherein the range meter is directed to measure a distance to the reflector member to determine a distance which correlates to the weight of the selectively engaged weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Henrik Bengtsson, Anders Linge, Johan Nyman, Christer Fletcher, Magnus Landqvist
  • Patent number: 10869609
    Abstract: Devices and methods for stimulation and recording of muscle responses for determining degree of neuromuscular blockade, particularly relevant to elicitation of such responses in those under the influence of anesthesia. A system for estimating the degree of neuromuscular blockade includes at least one stimulating electrode, at least one recording electrode, a pulse generator for providing stimulation to a nerve through the stimulating electrode, and a computing device configured to: apply stimuli to the nerve according to a stimulation protocol, wherein the stimulation protocol provides a plurality of stimulation sequences that vary in frequency of pulses in the stimulation sequence, frequency of the stimulation sequences, number of pulses in the stimulation sequence, or all of the above; measure, by the recording electrode, electrical responses of a muscle; and estimate the degree of neuromuscular blockade based on changes in the electrical responses of the muscle during a stimulation sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SafeOp Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Snow, Richard O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10814166
    Abstract: A wearable device has a core contraction sensor. Signals from the core contraction sensor are transmitted to a processor which analyzes the core contraction signals and determines if the user's core is contracted or relaxed. The processor can cause a computing device to output a sequence of tones in response to a core contraction signal. The sequence of tones can correspond to a song which can be played by performing a plurality of core contractions with durations that correspond to a duration of the notes in the song. Alternatively, the core muscles can be contracted to correspond to music heard by the user. The processor can output a score based upon the matching of the core contractions with the musical notes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Alert Core, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Takeo Uehara
  • Patent number: 10799373
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for operating a joint of a prosthesis during a phase of stance. In an embodiment, a method for such operation comprises determining a joint angle of the joint, determining a walking speed of the prosthesis, retrieving a torque value from a lookup table stored in a memory, on the basis of the joint angle and the walking speed, and initiating a signal to apply a torque to the joint of the prosthesis in an amount based on the torque value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Inventors: Tommaso Lenzi, Jon Sensinger
  • Patent number: 10799658
    Abstract: In a method and system for use with a ventilator for mechanical ventilation of a patient, a sensor arrangement registers at least one signal related to muscular activity of at least one muscle in the laryngopharyngeal region of the patient. This signal is provide to a computer, which controls the operation of the ventilator based thereon, and/or causes display of information related to the signal in order monitor the patient and/or operation of the ventilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Maquet Critical Care AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Jalde
  • Patent number: 10765867
    Abstract: Methods of stimulating a nerve may include inserting a lead structure into one or more blood vessels. The lead structure may include an insulating member, first electrodes and second electrodes supported on the insulating member, and at least one metal lead. The first electrodes and second electrodes may be positioned in one or more blood vessels. The methods of stimulating a nerve may further include the lead structures being applied to stimulate nerves such as the phrenic, vagus, trigeminal, obturator or other nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lungpacer Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Joaquin Andres Hoffer
  • Patent number: 10765357
    Abstract: A system and a method for detecting a muscle activity are provided. The system includes a vibration sensor. The vibration sensor detects a vibration signal at a sensing point located at an opposite side of an operating muscle system for analyzing a body movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Chi-Kang Wu, Cheng-Li Chang
  • Patent number: 10736519
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are configured to assess the severity of a blockage in a vessel and, in particular, a stenosis in a blood vessel. In some particular embodiments, the devices, systems, and methods of the present disclosure are configured to provide FFR measurements in a small, compact device that integrates with existing proximal and distal pressure measurement systems and does not require a separate power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PHILIPS IMAGE GUIDED THERAPY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dale Gene Dorando, David Shong-Un Wong, Howard David Alpert
  • Patent number: 10736525
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for detecting and characterizing seizures or seizure-related events. The methods herein may include determining magnitude and/or scaled magnitude data for each of at least one high and low frequency group of signals. Based on the determined magnitudes and/or scaled magnitude data, seizures or seizure-related events may be characterized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Brain Sentinel, Inc.
    Inventors: Damon P. Cardenas, Jose E. Cavazos, Michael R. Girouard, Jonathan J. Halford, Luke E. Whitmire
  • Patent number: 10722182
    Abstract: Provided is a system for measuring biological signals of a user, which includes a sensor module configured to acquire ballistocardiogram (BCG) signals of a user via a present channel, where the present channel is at least one channel of the sensor module, a decomposition module configured to decompose the BCG signals to decomposed signals, a reconstruction module configured to reconstruct at least a portion of the decomposed signals to reconstructed signals, a processing module configured to process the reconstructed signals to at least one of a heart rate, respiration rate, phases of respiration, and blood pressure, and a display module configured to display at least one output corresponding to the at least one of the heart rate, the respiration rate, phases of respiration, and the blood pressure on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yelei Li, Matthew C. Wiggins
  • Patent number: 10716969
    Abstract: A system having networked exercise devices that can have a shared virtual exercise session for training, collaboration or competition. The exercise devices each have adjustable difficulty setting and a touch screen for displaying different virtual exercise sessions. The touch screen can display a representation, such as one or more avatars, that represent users of the exercise devices, and that have a virtual speed in proportion to exercise performance on the exercise devices. Dynamic adjustment can be made based on the collective performance of the exercise devices, to cause a same adjustment to a respective current difficulty setting of at least one, two or more exercise devices during the shared virtual exercise session. Virtual training can be provided by way of a chaser animation that chases the representation of the exercise devices, the chaser animation having a virtual speed in dependence of exercise performance of users of the exercise devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Aviron Interactive Inc.
    Inventor: Andy Hoang
  • Patent number: 10684446
    Abstract: A frequency control apparatus includes a signal generator configured to generate an output signal as a digital signal having a target frequency that has been set, using a plurality of signals having frequencies that are different from the target frequency and one another, an estimator configured to estimate a mixed frequency that is a frequency of a signal component mixed in the output signal and different from the target frequency and each of frequencies of the plurality of signals, and a frequency shift unit configured to shift at least one of the target frequency and the frequencies of the plurality of signals in accordance with an estimation result of the mixed frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junki Yoshimuta
  • Patent number: 10646140
    Abstract: A risk-of-falling determination apparatus includes a walk information obtainer that obtains walk information of a user, a myoelectric sensor that measures a first myoelectric potential difference on an anterior surface of a thigh of the user and a second myoelectric potential difference on a posterior surface of the thigh, a control circuit that identifies an interval of a stance phase by using the walk information, calculates a degree of co-contraction at a corresponding leg of the user on the basis of the first and second myoelectric potential differences for the stance phase, and determines whether the degree of co-contraction is greater than or equal to a first threshold, and an outputter that outputs a signal indicating that the user has a high risk of falling if the degree of co-contraction is greater than or equal to the first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Properly Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Souksakhone Bounyong, Shinobu Adachi, Jun Ozawa, Misaka Kimura, Yuya Watanabe, Keiichi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10638943
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring a biosignal of a cyclist includes an electrocardiogram measuring sensor measuring an electrocardiogram signal of a cyclist, an electromyogram measuring sensor measuring an electromyogram signal of the cyclist, and a determination module determining muscle fatigue of the cyclist, based on at least one of a change in a heart rate of the measured electrocardiogram signal and a change in a frequency component of the measured electromyogram signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Chosun University
    Inventors: Youn Tae Kim, Jae Hyo Jung, Si Ho Shin