Measuring Electrical Impedance Or Conductance Of Body Portion Patents (Class 600/547)
  • Patent number: 11408945
    Abstract: A magnetic field sensor includes a current source configured to generate a bias current, a plurality of magnetic field transducers, each having power terminals coupled to the current source and output terminals at which an output signal of the transducer is provided, wherein the power terminals of each of the plurality of magnetic field transducers are electrically coupled together in series so that the bias current flows through each of the plurality of magnetic field transducers in series. A capacitively-coupled summing amplifier has a plurality of inputs, each configured to receive the output signal of a respective one of the plurality of magnetic field transducers, and an output at which an amplified and summed signal is provided, wherein the capacitively-coupled summing amplifier is configured to amplify and sum the received output signals of the plurality of magnetic field transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, LLC
    Inventors: Craig S. Petrie, Hernán D. Romero, David J. Haas
  • Patent number: 11402418
    Abstract: Provided is a method for collecting sensor data using time-domain reflectometry (TDR). A primary device transmits a TDR signal to a first sensor. A reflected signal is received in response to the transmitted TDR signal. The reflected signal is analyzed to determine an impedance of the first sensor. Based on the impedance of the first sensor, a sensor value for the first sensor is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Campbell, Christopher Steffen, Chad Albertson, Nicholas Ollerich
  • Patent number: 11395628
    Abstract: A method and apparatus provides a service based on biometric information. A bioelectrical impedance of a user is measured at a first time point to obtain a first value representing biometric information of the user. At least one processor predicts the biometric information of the user at a third time point subsequent to the first time point to obtain a third value, based on the first value representing biometric information of the user at the first time point and a second value representing the biometric information at a second time point prior to the first time point. The processor calculates a difference between a fourth value representing a target related to the biometric information of the user, input by the user in advance, and the third value. Information regarding a health management service is output based on the difference between the fourth value and the third value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hyuk Woo, Byung Ki Moon, Sang Shik Park, Yong In Park, Seoung Jae Yoo, Han Shin Shin, Kwan Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 11385165
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a sample isolation kit is provided. The sample isolation kit includes a housing configured to detachably couple to a sample fluid channel of a microchip and provide a sample to the microchip. The housing and the microchip are coupled using a hermetic seal. The sample isolation kit further includes a storage housing configured to detachably couple to an isolation channel of the microchip and receive a target biological sample isolated from the sample by the microchip. The storage housing and the microchip are coupled using a hermetic seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Katsumoto, Masahiro Matsumoto, Kazuya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11363963
    Abstract: A method for determining the hydration, fitness and/or nutrition status of a human body, or of segments of the human body, comprises providing values each of a mass or volume fraction of intracellular water and a mass or volume fraction of extracellular water of the human body or the segment, defining a two-dimensional parameter space, determining a reference line within the parameter space, locating a position within the parameter space which corresponds to the associated values of the mass or volume fraction of intracellular water and the mass or volume fraction of extracellular water of the human body or the segment, determining a distance between the position and the reference line, and deriving a mass or volume, or a mass or volume fraction, of hydration from the determined distance from the reference line for the human body or the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Borut Baricevic, James R. Matthie
  • Patent number: 11344356
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for treating pulmonary conditions, such as COPD and asthma, by denervating bronchial tissue using cryoablation. In one embodiment, a device for bronchial denervation comprises: an elongate body having a distal portion and a proximal portion opposite the distal portion; a treatment element at the distal portion of the elongate body; and a first recording electrode located distal to the treatment element and a second recording electrode located proximal to the treatment element, the first and second recording electrodes being configured to record electromyograms. In one embodiment, the device includes a fluid delivery element that is within the treatment element and that has a plurality of orifices aligned with an equatorial portion of the treatment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Zhongping Yang, Linnea R. Lentz, Rick D. McVenes, Dan Wittenberger
  • Patent number: 11344745
    Abstract: A method of treating a neurological disorder and/or disease includes positioning a stimulation apparatus on a patient. The stimulation apparatus includes an electrode array having a plurality of electrodes and an emitter array having a plurality of emitters. The method further includes measuring electroencephalography (EEG) signals of the patient with the electrode array. The method further includes emitting radiation into the patient's brain from the emitter array based on the measured EEG signals in order to treat the neurological disorder and/or disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Diagnostyx, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter R. Nuytkens, Joseph Kulinets, Hans J. Weedon, Mark H. Nuytkens
  • Patent number: 11337651
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatuses and methods for measuring sub-epidermal moisture to provide clinicians with information related to physical conditions and ailments associated with accumulation or depletion of extracellular fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Bruin Biometrics, LLC
    Inventors: Martin F. Burns, Sara Barrington, Graham O. Ross
  • Patent number: 11324414
    Abstract: A probe device provides an enhanced bioelectric and spring-loaded sensing tip with an integrated force sensor. The probe device measures the bioelectric conductance value from a patient for therapeutic and/or diagnostic purpose using the spring-loaded sensing tip. In addition, the probe device measures the force applied by the spring-loaded sensing tip against the patient using the integrated force sensor. Using feedback from the force sensor and the bioconductive data of the patient, the force applied at the spring-loaded sensing tip may be adjusted to obtain improved results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Vine Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip W. Dietz
  • Patent number: 11324415
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for capturing and assessing bioelectric measurements. A method includes receiving a skin resistance measurement for a skin site of a user from an electrodermal sensor and determining a standard skin conductivity value. The method includes calculating a compensation factor for the user based at least in part on the skin resistance measurement and the standard skin conductivity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Vine Medical LLC
    Inventor: Phillip W. Dietz
  • Patent number: 11311204
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a body cavity shape of a subject is reconstructed based on intrabody measurements of voltages by an intrabody probe (for example, a catheter probe) moving within a plurality of differently-oriented electromagnetic fields crossing the body cavity. In some embodiments, the method uses distances between electrodes as a spatially calibrated ruler. Positions of measurements made with the intrabody probe in different positions are optionally related by using spatial coherence of the measured electromagnetic fields as a constraint. Optionally, reconstruction is performed without using a detailed reference (image or simulation) describing the body cavity shape. Optionally, reconstruction uses further information to refine and/or constrain the reconstruction; for example: images, simulations, additional electromagnetic fields, and/or measurements characteristic of body cavity landmarks. Optionally, reconstruction accounts for time-dependent cavity shape changes, for example, phasic changes (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Navix International Limited
    Inventors: Eli Dichterman, Yitzhack Schwartz, Yizhaq Shmayahu, Shlomo Ben-Haim
  • Patent number: 11304652
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatuses and methods for measuring sub-epidermal moisture as an indication of tissue viability and providing information regarding the location of a boundary of non-viable tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: BBI Medical Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Martin F. Burns, Sara Barrington, Graham O. Ross
  • Patent number: 11291382
    Abstract: Disclosed are catheter systems and methods of using the catheter system to acquire mucosal impedance data of a patient. Also disclosed are methods of classifying or otherwise identifying esophageal conditions in a subject based on mucosal impedance data acquired using a catheter system. Unlike conventions systems that require subjective input from a physician to render a diagnosis, the systems and methods described herein can utilize the mucosal impedance measurements to generate a probability that the subject's esophagus corresponds to an esophageal condition or a set of esophageal conditions. In one embodiment, a classification model is used to generate the probability. The classification model may generate the probability based at least in part on a change in the mucosal impedance measurements between a distal location and a proximal location on the subject's esophagus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignees: Diversatek Healthcare, Inc., Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Michael F. Vaezi, Charles Lindsay, James M. Prinster
  • Patent number: 11272855
    Abstract: A method and a device for determining an estimation value of the body weight of a person, in which at least one measurement value typical for a biological impedance measurement is determined and transmitted to an evaluation unit. The evaluation unit processes the measurement value together with individual or several individual data of the person as well as taking into consideration statistical data concerning other persons, in order to determine an estimated value for the weight of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SECA AG
    Inventor: Frederik Vogel
  • Patent number: 11277728
    Abstract: A system includes physiologic sensors and devices. The physiologic sensors sense human physiologic data and the system processes and transmits signals representing the physiologic data. The physiologic data represent at least one physiologic parameter, such as heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, body temperature, blood chemistry, other blood constituents, muscle contraction, movement, activity, speech, and brain waves. The system also determines that a device and an object are in proximity to each other, and secures physiologic data at times when the device and object are in proximity to each other, in order to correlate a person's physiologic state while in proximity with or while using the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Phyzio, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven K. Gold, Charles DiPietro
  • Patent number: 11269891
    Abstract: Some aspects of this disclosure include systems, methods, and/or computed readable media that may be used to generate crowd-based results based on measurements of affective response of users. In some embodiments described herein, sensors are used to take measurements of affective response of at least ten users who have a certain experience. The measurements may include various values indicative of physiological signals and/or behavioral cues of the at least ten users. Some examples of experiences mentioned herein include going on vacations, eating in restaurants, and utilizing various products. User interfaces are configured to receive data describing a score computed based on the measurements of the at least ten users, which represents the affective response of the at least ten users to having the certain experience. The user interfaces may be used to report the score (e.g., to a user who may be interested in having the certain experience).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Affectomatics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ari M Frank, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 11234646
    Abstract: A clamp electrode apparatus comprises first and second clamps which are mechanically connected to form a single integrated device and arranged side by side such that a first edge of the first clamp faces a second edge of the second clamp. A channel is defined between the first and second edges for aligning a visible mark feature of a limb, such as a malleolus or ulnar head, within the opening or channel when the first and second clamps clamp the limb. When the limb is clamped with the clamp electrode apparatus multiple times, the visible mark feature can be aligned with reference to the channel. Thus, electrodes attached to the clamps contact generally the same locations even if the clamp electrode apparatus is removed after each measurement and is not kept on the limb throughout the multiple measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: InBody Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Chul Cha
  • Patent number: 11234634
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a method for quantitative visualization of uterine strain. The method includes receiving a number of 2D or 3D image frames acquired via an imaging technique and selecting a number of confidential points, determining the orientation of the uterus using the confidential points, selecting a region of interest, generating a grid of tracking points inside the region of interest and tracking and estimating the displacement of tracking points between frames. From a varying distance between each couple or set of tracking points, a strain is calculated. The orientation of the grid of tracking points and of the calculated strain is dependent on the determined orientation of the uterus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
    Inventors: Massimo Mischi, Benedictus Schoot
  • Patent number: 11231367
    Abstract: The present technique relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, a program, and a sensing apparatus that each enable determination as to the state of the inside of a living body. The information processing apparatus applies a calculation algorism in accordance with a transient model that presents functions that a living body to be measured has, to measurement data of a transient response obtained from the living body, calculates an unknown parameter of parameters relating to the transient model, and thereby enables determination as to the state of the inside of the living body. The present technique is applicable to, for example, an information processing apparatus that calculates the quantum yield of photosynthesis of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11224354
    Abstract: Systems and methods of monitoring electrodermal activity (EDA) in human subjects suitable for use in wearable electronic devices. An EDA monitoring system can include first and second dry electrodes, an alternating current (AC) excitation signal source, a trans-impedance amplifier, an analog-to-digital (A-to-D) converter, a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) processor, and a microprocessor. The AC excitation signal source can produce an AC excitation signal having a predetermined excitation frequency, such as about 100 or 120 Hertz (Hz). The analog-to-digital (A-to-D) converter can include a sample-and-hold circuit that operates at a predetermined sampling frequency, such as about four times (4×) the predetermined excitation frequency of 100 or 120 Hz. The DFT processor can generate complex frequency domain representations of digitized, sampled voltage level sequences provided by the A-to-D converter for use in obtaining measures of a user's skin impedance or skin conductance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventor: José Carlos Conchell Añó
  • Patent number: 11219764
    Abstract: A device for delivery of electrical pulses to a desired tissue of a mammal. The device comprises a pulse generating device and an electrode device connected to the pulse generating device. The pulse generating device is configured to determine conductance and phase angle values between one electrode and a reference electrode of the electrode device when the electrode device is inserted into the desired tissue and when pulses based on alternating currents having different frequencies are generated between the electrode and the reference electrode. Based on the determined conductance and phase angle values, the pulse generating device is configured to determine the type of tissue the electrode device penetrates, to determine one or more parameters of electrical pulses to be delivered to the desired tissue and to generate the electrical pulses having the determined one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Scandinavian Chemotech AB
    Inventors: Mohan Frick, Bertil R R Persson
  • Patent number: 11213345
    Abstract: A catheter including an elongated shaft having a distal end and a proximal end, where the catheter includes a thermal element at the distal end thereof. The thermal element may be used in an ablation procedure or other procedure to heat a tissue adjacent a vessel. In some instances, the thermal element may be positioned in a first vessel and may operate to heat tissue adjacent a second vessel or adjacent an ostium between the first vessel and the second vessel. Further, the catheter may include an expandable portion on which the thermal element may be connected or positioned. The expandable portion(s) may comprise a basket or cage, a balloon, a memory shape and formable portion, and/or other mechanical expanders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin R. Willard
  • Patent number: 11213218
    Abstract: A sensor is configured for measuring skin conductance. An amplifier is used to convert the skin conductance into an analog output voltage which is then converted into the digital domain by an analog-to-digital converter, so that an increase in the tonic skin conductance and the phasic skin conductance response are obtained in the digital domain. The amplifier has a non-linear logarithmic gain, with a decreasing gain for increasing skin conductance values. The sensor enables detection of increases in both tonic and phasic signals over a wide range of skin conductance. This allows the use of a lower resolution, and therefore lower cost, analog-to-digital converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Hendricus Theodorus Gerardus Maria Penning De Vries
  • Patent number: 11209494
    Abstract: A power supply fault monitoring system can be configured to monitor for repetitive faulting of a power supply and to inhibit the power supply if repetitive faulting or a sufficiently long fault is detected. The system can include an input voltage monitor module configured to monitor input voltage to the power supply and output an input voltage status signal, an output voltage monitor module configured to monitor output voltage from the power supply and configured to output an output voltage status signal, and a fault monitor module operatively connected to the input voltage monitor module and the output voltage monitor module to receive the input voltage status signal and the output voltage status signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Lon R. Hoegberg, Christopher Blazer
  • Patent number: 11206012
    Abstract: A data transmitter includes: a plurality of parallel driver slices, a first slice of the plurality of parallel driver slices having a first signal generator circuit with a first transistor coupled to a data signal and in series with a second transistor coupled to a first bias signal; and a first bias circuit including a third transistor and a fourth transistor in series with a first current source, the first bias circuit further including a first operational amplifier (op amp) having a first input coupled to a first reference voltage and a second input coupled between the fourth transistor and the first current source, an output of the first op amp configured to provide the first bias signal to the second transistor and to the third transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Miao Li, Yu Song, Jie Xu
  • Patent number: 11197628
    Abstract: A device for simultaneously acquiring electrocardiogram (ECG) signals, impedance plethysmogram (IPG) signals, ballistocardiogram (BCG) signals, and weight measurements through feet of a user. The device includes an electrically-conductive surface for contacting feet of the user and supporting weight of the user during use. The device also includes one or more force sensors for detecting forces and force variations across the electrically-conductive surface, electronics for processing electrical signals generated and/or detected from the electrically conductive surface, signals from the set of force sensors, and a base containing the electronics. The base is structurally coupled to the electrically-conductive surface by a set of conductive fasteners that transmit signals from the electrically-conductive surface to the electronics. The device can also include an integrated display for providing health insights to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Bodyport Inc.
    Inventors: Corey James Centen, Sarah Ann Smith, Michael Prichard
  • Patent number: 11191469
    Abstract: System and apparatus for measuring biopotential and implementation thereof. A device for mitigating electromagnetic interference (EMI) thereby increasing signal-to-noise ratio is disclosed. Specifically, the present disclosure relates to an elegant, novel circuit for measuring a plurality of biopotentials in useful in a variety of medical applications. This allows for robust, portable, low-power, higher S/N devices which have historically required a much bigger footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Shrenik Deliwala
  • Patent number: 11191487
    Abstract: A contact state estimating device includes: a first and a second electrode brought into contact with an object to be measured; a direct current voltage supply unit; a signal switching unit configured to switch a first pathway through which the direct current voltage supply unit supplies direct current voltage to the first electrode and an output signal from the second electrode is output and a second pathway through which the direct current voltage supply unit supplies direct current voltage to the second electrode and an output signal from the first electrode is output to each other; and a contact state estimating unit configured to estimate a contact state of the first electrode or the second electrode with the object, based on the output signal acquired at a timing at which a pulse noise is anticipated to occur in association with switching between the first pathway and the second pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Asahi Kasel Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kei Kodama, Masashi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11188730
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to an apparatus for non-invasively estimating bio-information is provided. An apparatus for estimating bio-information may include a sensor part including a pixel array of pixels, each pixel having a light source and a detector; and a processor configured to, based on an object being in contact with the sensor part, drive the sensor part based on a first sensor configuration; obtain contact information of the object based on an amount of light received by each pixel according to the first sensor configuration; determine a second sensor configuration based on the contact information; drive the sensor part based on the second sensor configuration; and estimate the bio-information based on light signals obtained according to the second sensor configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Joo Kwon, Yeol Ho Lee, Joon Hyung Lee
  • Patent number: 11185247
    Abstract: A body fat measurement apparatus, according to the present invention, comprises: an electrode unit which has a plurality of electrodes and can be worn around the body of the subject to be measured; a first measurement unit which is for obtaining a three-dimensional image of the subject's body part to be measured; a second measurement unit which is for measuring the impedance by means of injecting a current into the electrodes; and a control unit which is for restoring the conductivity and permittivity images of the subject by means of the three-dimensional image and the impedance value and thus separately calculating the amount of subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. According to the present invention, measurement accuracy of the subcutaneous fat and visceral fat can be improved even at a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: BiLab Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eung Je Woo, Tong In Oh
  • Patent number: 11185246
    Abstract: Systems and methods for bioimpedance measurement are provided. An example system includes a strap for carrying a smart watch on a wrist of a user, a bioimpedance measurement module, and an acoustic generator embedded into the strap. The bioimpedance measurement module is configured to measure an impedance of a tissue of the user. The acoustic generator is further configured to generate an acoustic signal modulated to carry data including the impedance. The acoustic signal can be sensed by an acoustic sensor of the smart watch. The smart watch may include an application for sensing the acoustic signal and for converting the sensed acoustic signal into a value for the impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: AURA DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Stanislav Gorbunov, Igor Dorokhin, Dmitrii Davydov, Andrey Boev
  • Patent number: 11185276
    Abstract: A method and a system are disclosed for extracting important signal information. The method examines a group of signals obtained from testing of a patient's nervous system and finds a signal area of interest. Once a cluster of signals that all have the area of interest is found—the system concludes that the area of interest is located and validated. Signals that are not within the cluster are rejected and the signals within the cluster are signal-averaged to yield a signal-averaged waveform. The signal averaged waveform represents the results of the test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: DIOPSYS, INC.
    Inventor: Laurie A. Cox
  • Patent number: 11179200
    Abstract: An augmented reality system includes an augmented reality display system; and processing circuitry in communication with the augmented reality display system. The processing circuity configured to receive, from a mapping system, data associated with a subject's anatomical feature; receive, from a navigation system, an indication of a position of a treatment device within the subject's anatomical feature; and display, via the augmented reality display system, a virtual organ object and at least one of the data associated with the subject's anatomical feature and the indication of the position of the treatment device within the subject's anatomical feature overlaying a real-world environment viewable by a user via the augmented reality display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Mina S. Fahim, Peter N. Braido, Ross D. Hinrichsen, Jeffrey J. Jannicke
  • Patent number: 11173373
    Abstract: A garment including a breath sensor module. The breath sensor module includes a stretchable sensor configured to respond to at least one of expansion and contraction of a torso of an individual wearing the garment. The breath sensor module also may include an electronics module. The electronics module includes, for example, a processor and a haptic feedback device. In response to the processor determining that the individual's breathing meets predetermined criteria based on the response of the stretchable sensor, the haptic feedback device produces haptic feedback such that the individual is reminded to breathe. Further, the breath sensor module does not include a transmitter or a receiver configured to transmit or receive data outside of the breath sensor module. Advantageously, this allows for streamlined use, and less-intrusive reminders to the individual wearing the garment, without the complexities of signal transmission or receiving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Bryce Beamer
  • Patent number: 11172840
    Abstract: Disclosed are an image monitoring apparatus and method for displaying a lung ventilation impedance image and a lung perfusion impedance image based on impedance data measured at a thorax of a subject, and a reference image based on a biometric signal, in which impedance data based on voltage measured at the thorax of the subject is separated into lung ventilation impedance data and lung perfusion impedance data, and dynamic bloodstream change data in a heart and blood vessels by electrical impedance tomography (EIT); and a lung ventilation impedance image, a lung perfusion impedance image, and a heart and blood vessel impedance image, which are obtained by the separation, and a reference image based on a biometric signal sensed at a part of the subject targeted to be examined are displayed according to a pathological condition of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Eung Je Woo, Tong In Oh
  • Patent number: 11173310
    Abstract: Devices and methods for improving device therapy such as cardiac resynchronization therapy by determining a value for a device parameter are described. An ambulatory medical device (AMD) can include a sensor circuit to sense a physiological signal and generate two or more signal metrics, and detect an event of worsening cardiac condition using the two or more signal metrics. In response to the detection of worsening cardiac condition, the AMD can determine, for a stimulator, a value of at least one stimulation parameter based on temporal responses of two or more signal metrics. The temporal responses include near-term and long-term responses to the stimulation. The AMD can program the stimulator with the determined parameter value, and generate stimulation according to the determined parameter value to stimulate target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Qi An, Julie A. Thompson, Yinghong Yu, Yi Zhang, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur
  • Patent number: 11166648
    Abstract: Method and systems are provided for monitoring neuromuscular blockade in patients during surgical procedures. The system and method utilizes a stimulator to provide stimulation to a nerve of the patient, such as train-of-four (TOF). Following such stimulation, the system and method monitors for muscle twitch reaction and, based upon the monitored muscle twitches, the system and method creates a neuromuscular blocking trend curve. The neuromuscular blocking trend curve provides an estimated time of recovery for the patient and provides the estimated recovery time to a clinician. The estimated recovery time allows the clinician to modify treatment of the patient to accelerate recovery if required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Markku Erik Spoof
  • Patent number: 11160467
    Abstract: Single injection methods for obtaining conductance measurements within luminal organs using impedance devices. In at least one method embodiment, the method is performed by introducing at least part of an impedance device into a mammalian luminal organ, the impedance device comprising an elongated body and a detector positioned along the elongated body, obtaining conductance measurements indicative of a fluid native to the mammalian luminal organ and indicative of a fluid injection while the detector is present within and outside of the lumen of the outer sheath, and calculating a size parameter of the mammalian luminal organ based in part upon some of the obtained conductance measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: 3DT Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ghassan S. Kassab, Mark Svendsen, John Browder
  • Patent number: 11160978
    Abstract: A sinus treatment device and methods of operating the sinus treatment device that includes a conductive tip and at least one return electrode are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TIVIC HEALTH SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: John Claude, Christopher A. Wiklof
  • Patent number: 11147513
    Abstract: Handheld steering devices for use with intravascular devices and associated systems and methods are disclosed. In some instances, the handheld steering device includes a housing sized and shaped for grasping by a hand of a user, the housing including a proximal portion and a distal portion, wherein the distal portion includes an opening sized and shaped to receive an intravascular device; an adaptor positioned within the opening of the housing, the adaptor including a bore sized and shaped to allow a proximal end of the intravascular device to pass therethrough; a steering controller coupled to the housing; and an actuator positioned within the housing and in communication with the steering controller, the actuator interfacing with the proximal end of the intravascular device based on inputs to the steering controller to steer a distal end of the intravascular device. Associated systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Princeton Saroha, Jeremy Stigall, Maritess Minas
  • Patent number: 11135439
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an implantable medical device comprising therapeutic stimulation circuitry for controlling delivery of a medical therapy to a patient, the therapeutic stimulation circuitry having at least one lead having electrodes for delivering the medical therapy. The implantable medical device further comprises measurement circuitry for determining characteristics of the at least one lead, a processor for controlling the IMD according to executable code, and memory for storing data and executable code, wherein the executable code comprises instructions for causing the processor to receive a plurality of voltage measurements associated with the electrodes, and calculate values for an impedance model of the electrode/tissue interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Daran DeShazo, Steven Boor, Vidhi Desai
  • Patent number: 11134892
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates in general to methods for treating oedema and methods for monitoring the effect of the treatment. More specifically, the present disclosure includes measurement of a measure of a circumference of a body part, wherein the body part may have swelled, such that it for example can be observed whether the swelling decreases or increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Specialbandager.dk A/S
    Inventors: Jens Ettrup, Henrik Harboe
  • Patent number: 11132723
    Abstract: A parking meter receives data indicative of a remote payment being completed and displays an amount of time purchased by the remote payment for a parking session. The parking meter determines an amount of time remaining in the parking session and powers down at least a portion of a meter communication subsystem subsequent to receiving the data indicative of the remote payment being completed. The parking meter wakes up the powered down portion of the communication subsystem upon determining that the amount of time remaining is below a threshold time, and can receive an indication of additional time being paid for remotely, and can update the displayed time remaining to reflect the additional time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: 11103141
    Abstract: A coronary artery load detection method includes: (S1) obtaining the cross-sectional area of a reference cavity, and separately obtaining voltage values of a primary device at a location corresponding to the cross-sectional area of the reference cavity in a low frequency state and a high frequency state; (S2) separately obtaining voltage values of the primary device at the location of a bottom end or a top end of a to-be-detected object in the low frequency state and the high frequency state under the same current; (S3) driving the primary device to move at a constant speed, and obtaining a voltage value of the primary device during the movement in the low frequency state under the same current; and (S4) obtaining the cross-sectional area of each location of the to-be-detected object according to a preset fixed current value, the cross-sectional area of the cavity, and the obtained voltage values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SUZHOU RAINMED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yunfei Huo
  • Patent number: 11103152
    Abstract: Impedance devices and methods of using the same to obtain luminal organ measurements. In at least one embodiment of an impedance device of the present disclosure, the impedance device comprises an elongated body having a distal body end, and a first electrode located along the elongated body at or near the distal body end, the first electrode configured to obtain one or more conductance values within a mammalian luminal organ within an electric field, wherein a measured parameter of the mammalian luminal organ can be calculated based in part upon the one or more conductance values obtained by the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: 3DT Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Ghassan S. Kassab
  • Patent number: 11097157
    Abstract: An exercise feedback system receives a first set of physiological data from a garment worn by a user and user information from a client device of the user, the first set of physiological data describing muscle activation of a plurality of muscles of the user while performing a calibration workout. The exercise feedback system determines a calibration value based at least in part on the first set of physiological data and the user information. When the exercise feedback system receives a second set of physiological data describing muscle activation of the plurality of muscles while performing a subsequent workout from the garment, the exercise feedback system modifies the calibration value based on the second set of physiological data. The exercise feedback system provides biofeedback generated based on the modified calibration value to the user via the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Mad Apparel, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Wiebe, Seunghee Jang, Dhananja Pradhan Jayalath, Ankit Gordhandas
  • Patent number: 11083392
    Abstract: A bio-processor includes a bioelectrical impedance sensor and a digital signal processor. The bioelectrical impedance sensor measures bioelectrical impedance during a sensing time including a portion of a settling time. The digital signal processor estimates a settled bioelectrical impedance value based on changes in the measured bioelectrical impedance. The digital signal processor generates bio-data based on the settled bioelectrical impedance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junho Kim, Byungki Moon, Myoungoh Ki, Jangbeom Yang, Seoungjae Yoo, InChun Lim, Yuncheol Han, KeeMoon Chun
  • Patent number: 11089676
    Abstract: A multi-layered electronic device including two or more stacked metal conducting layers, a dielectric layer disposed between metal conducting layers, and at least one electrical connection extending between contact pads of metal conducting layers and through a through hole of the dielectric layer is provided. A system including at least one multi-layered electronic device, a satellite coupled to at least one multi-layered electronic device, and a controller hub electrically connected to the multi-layered electronic device via the satellite is also provided. A method of manufacturing the multi-layered electronic device including forming first and second first metal conducting layers, depositing a dielectric layer adjacent to the metal conducting layers, and connecting the metal conducting layers is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, INC.
    Inventors: John R. Burns, IV, Jesse J. Wheeler, Andrew Czarnecki, Carlos A. Segura
  • Patent number: 11071856
    Abstract: A method, including sequentially activating a plurality of respective electrode pairs of an implanted cochlear implant, at least one of the electrodes of the respective electrode pairs being a respective electrode of an electrode array implanted in a cochlea, thereby generating respective localized electric fields, concurrently respectively measuring, for the plurality of activated respective electrode pairs, an electrical characteristic between the respective electrodes of the respective electrode pairs resulting from the respective localized electric fields, thereby obtaining a measurement set, determining, from the measurement set, a distance between the electrode array and a wall of the cochlea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Ryan Orin Melman
  • Patent number: 11058318
    Abstract: A method for use in determining fluid levels within a subject, the method including, in a processing device, determining at least one impedance value measured for the subject, determining physical dimensions for at least part of at least one segment of the subject, using the physical dimensions to determine a shape factor at least partially indicative of a shape of the at least one segment and calculating a fluid indicator indicative of the fluid levels in the segment at least in part using the at least one impedance value and the shape factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: IMPEDIMED LIMITED
    Inventors: Leigh Ward, Tim Essex