Temperature Detection Patents (Class 600/549)
  • Patent number: 10674899
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a capsule endoscope with specific gravity control. The capsule endoscope comprises a housing to enclose various components, an inflatable device attached to a first longitudinal end of the capsule unit and an enteric coated shell attached to the first longitudinal end of the capsule unit to enclose the inflatable device between the enteric coated shell and the capsule unit. The various components include a camera sub-system for capturing image frames. The inflatable device comprises an inflatable membrane and an effervescent formulation inside the inflatable membrane. The enteric coated shell fits tightly onto the first longitudinal end of the capsule unit to prevent body liquid from leaking into a space between the enteric coated shell and the capsule unit when the capsule unit travels in human gastrointestinal tract after being swallowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: CAPSOVISION INC
    Inventors: Mikael Trollsas, Amy Freitas, Phat Bao Trinh
  • Patent number: 10675054
    Abstract: Featured is a surgical instrument including a rotating cutting implement and a heat transfer mechanism configured to absorb heat energy during the use of such a rotating cutting implement. The heat transfer mechanism is configured so the absorbed heat energy is communicated to an external heat sink. Such a heat transfer mechanism includes a heat pipe, e.g., a scintered or wick type heat pipe. The heat energy is absorbed at one end of the heat pipe to minimize the potential for damage to the tissue and the like at and/or about the surgical site. Also featured are a surgical apparatus embodying such a surgical instrument and surgical or medical methods or procedures for manipulating, rotatably cutting, grinding, abrading or debriding tissue, bone or other structures or components of a mammalian body using such surgical instruments or surgical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Kester J. Batchelor, Jeffrey J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10663354
    Abstract: Disclosed is a temperature measurement device (4) and method of using the same. The device (2) comprises a base portion (14), a plate (16), and a temperature sensor (22). The base portion (14) comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface and spaced apart from the first surface. The base portion (14) is more thermally insulating than the plate (16). The plate (16) comprises a first surface and a second opposite to the first surface. The plate (16) is disposed on the first surface of the base portion (14) such that the second surface of the plate (16) is in contact with the first surface of the base portion (14). The temperature sensor (22) is coupled to the first surface of the plate (16) such that the temperature sensor (22) measures a temperature of the first surface of the plate (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Stephen Charles Nunn, Matthew Lang
  • Patent number: 10660690
    Abstract: A catheter and patch electrode system is provided for use with an apparatus, such as an ablation generator, having a 4-wire interface for improved impedance measurement. The 4-wire interface includes a pair of source connectors across which an excitation signal is produced and a pair of sense connector wires across which the impedance is measured. The RF ablation generator may also produce an ablation signal across a source wire and an indifferent return patch electrode. The system further includes a cable that connects the generator to a catheter. The catheter includes a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, with an ablation tip electrode disposed at the distal end. A source lead is electrically coupled to the tip electrode and extends through the shaft to the proximal end where it is terminated. An optional sense lead is also electrically coupled to the tip electrode and extends through the shaft to the proximal end. The system further includes a source return (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan P. Miller, Glen H. Kastner, D. Curtis Deno
  • Patent number: 10656030
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates a temperature sensing device capable of automatically switching mode, and a method thereof. The temperature sensing device includes a control unit configured to determine that the temperature sensing device is to enter or leave from a first mode or a second mode; a power supply unit configured to provide power required by the temperature sensing device; a power circuit including the power supply unit and is electrically connected to the control unit for power supply. The power circuit includes a detection unit electrically connected to the power supply unit and the control unit, and the detection unit is configured to detect when the temperature sensing device is moved from a standing state, and enable the control unit to determine that the temperature sensing device is to leave from the first mode and enter the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AVITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsing Ou Yang, Hsuan Hao Shih, Ta Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 10649017
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a shaft insertable into a target area, and an electronic component configured to generate a signal. The electronic component may be on or within the shaft. The electronic device may also include at least one antenna on or within the shaft. The electronic device may also include a receiver operatively coupled to the antenna. The receiver may monitor an electrical characteristic of the antenna to identify an effect of an electromagnetic field on the electrical characteristic of the antenna. The electronic device may also include a processor communicatively coupled to the receiver. At least one of the receiver and the processor may predict an effect of the electromagnetic field on the signal generated by the electronic component, based at least in part on the effect of the electromagnetic field on the electrical characteristic of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell P. Dresher
  • Patent number: 10639089
    Abstract: An electrical conductor, such as a wire or catheter, which is coated circumferentially with a ferromagnetic material in a selected region, is fed from a high frequency alternating current source. The ferromagnetic material has a quick response in heating and cooling to the controllable power delivery. The ferromagnetic material can be used for separating tissue, coagulation, tissue destruction or achieving other desired tissue effects in numerous surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Domain Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Manwaring, David McNally
  • Patent number: 10621844
    Abstract: A method for locating a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, comprising: monitoring by an RFID reader device at least two distance measurements of an RFID tag from the RFID reader device; monitoring a relative location of the RFID reader device for each of the distance measurements by analyzing orientation data and translational movement data of the RFID reader device; and calculating a location of the RFID tag relative to a current location of the RFID reader device based on the at least two distance measurements and the relative locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tag & Find Wireless Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Yulia Lerner
  • Patent number: 10595773
    Abstract: This invention concerns a device (1) for detecting and monitoring the temperature of the esophagus (E) during cardiac ablation treatments, which makes it possible to continuously and automatically monitor the correct positioning of the temperature sensors (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: FIAB S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Calabro′, Antonio Fasano
  • Patent number: 10555703
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for monitoring a patient during surgery. An anesthetic machine includes a ventilator configured to provide breathable gas to a patient, an oxygen concentration sensor configured to monitor the concentration of oxygen in gas inhaled and exhaled by the patient, and a respiratory monitor configured to monitor a respiratory rate and a tidal volume of the patient. An uptake rate estimator is configured to estimate a pulmonary oxygen uptake rate (ViO2) for the patient from the concentration of oxygen in gas inhaled and exhaled by the patient and a minute volume of the patient. A risk score calculator is configured to determine a risk score for the patient at each interval as a function of the estimated ViO2 value. An output device is configured to provide the determined risk score to a human operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Wolf H. Stapelfeldt
  • Patent number: 10527224
    Abstract: A dispenser system includes an inconspicuous, tamper-resistant bracket used to mount containers, bottles, vessels, dispensers or other articles to a wall surface. A coupling structure engages with and supports the article for use. The coupling structure may comprise a male-female coupling structure including, for example, a vertical rail on one of the bracket or container, and a corresponding vertical slot on the other of the bracket or container. An upper panel, door or lid opens with a tool or key, providing access to the bracket coupling structure. A spring biases the panel, door or lid into an open condition, and a latch mechanism maintains the panel, door or lid in a closed and locked condition until opened. The system may further including a proprietary container with dimensions to visually obscure the bracket. The container may include a dispensing pump, and may be filled or refilled with a personal hygiene product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sysco Guest Supply, LLC
    Inventor: Joungsu Park
  • Patent number: 10521713
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatic radio-frequency identification (RFID). In an embodiment, the apparatus comprises a flexible strap comprising a plurality of holes and a buckle configured to buckle to any one of the plurality of holes, such that, when the buckle is buckled to one of the plurality of holes, the strap forms a closed loop. The apparatus further comprises one or more tag enclosures. Each tag enclosure comprises one or more buckles and a RFID tag configured to communicate identifying data to a reader device. The one or more buckles of each tag enclosure are each configured to buckle to any one of the plurality of holes on the strap such that the tag enclosure may be attached to the strap at any one of a plurality of positions on the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: QUAKE GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Chetan Shantilal Karani, Alexander Lee O'Bruba
  • Patent number: 10517486
    Abstract: A temperature probe includes a handle and a shaft extending from the handle. The shaft includes a distal end, a proximal end, and a tip at the distal end. The temperature probe also includes a capacitance sensor disposed on one of the handle and the shaft, the capacitance sensor configured to measure a change in capacitance when positioned proximate a conductor. The temperature probe further includes a temperature sensor disposed on the shaft, the temperature sensor configured to measure a body cavity temperature of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Mullin, Matthew J. Kinsley, Eric Andreassen, David E. Quinn, Henry J. Smith, III, John A. Lane, John Delaney, Scott A. Martin, Michael J. Anson
  • Patent number: 10509002
    Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure feature an RF hydration sensor in an assembly, comprises a substrate; an antenna disposed on the substrate; an RF circuit electrically coupled to the antenna; a thermal source electrically coupled to the RF circuit for changing a thermal condition of a target area; and a sensing element thermally coupled to the thermal source for sensing a temperature of the thermal source. The RF hydration sensor wirelessly receives a power from a remote transceiver and provides at least part of the power to the thermal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald D. Jesme, Andrew P. Bonifas, Nicholas T. Gabriel, Anthony J. Nowicki
  • Patent number: 10470669
    Abstract: A system permits non-invasive measurement and wireless reporting of bodily functions of a subject wearing a diaper and an outer layer of clothing outside the diaper. The system comprises a butterfly housing which houses a plurality of sensors, a processor, a memory, and wireless circuitry. The butterfly housing has two double-arc shaped projections. Each double-arc shaped projection extends from an opposing side of the housing at a perimeter of the butterfly housing and has associated therewith a coupling clip. Each double-arc shaped projection and the associated coupling clip is configured to sandwich the outer layer of clothing to removably couple the butterfly housing to the outer layer of clothing without necessitating any modification to the outer layer of clothing. Every measurement of the bodily functions occurs without any direct contact between a skin of the subject and the butterflying housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Xtrava Inc
    Inventor: Sameh Sarhan
  • Patent number: 10463426
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for treatment of a tubular anatomical structure is disclosed. The method includes using an electrical energy to destroy elongated cells on the tubular anatomical structure. The apparatus may include one or more electrodes for creating an electric field, and a cooling system for carrying heat away from the electrode. The elongated cells can include nerve cells on the tubular anatomical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ANGIODYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Victor I Chornenky, Ali Jaafar
  • Patent number: 10456080
    Abstract: A wearable monitoring device comprising a printed circuit board having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein the printed circuit board is configured to couple to at least one sensor configured to monitor a physiological condition; a first padding layer coupled to the printed circuit board proximate the first side; a second padding layer coupled to the printed circuit board proximate the second side; a first protective layer coupled to the first padding layer opposite the printed circuit board; a second protective layer coupled to the second padding layer opposite the printed circuit board, the first protective layer and the second protective layer seal together and enclose the first and second padding and the printed circuit board; a power source coupled to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bloomer Health Tech., Inc.
    Inventors: Alicia Chong Rodriguez, Monica Lucia Abarca Abarca
  • Patent number: 10448618
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include an intelligent health monitoring engine comprising: a processor; a memory; a communications interface to receive data from a remote intelligent health monitoring device; a non-transitory computer readable medium storing machine readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the intelligent health monitoring engine to: acquire temperature data associated with an animal based on one or more temperature measures obtained by remote intelligent health monitoring device; determine whether the temperature data acquired satisfies a health condition criteria; identify a treatment modality to be delivered to the animal to treat a health condition if a health condition criteria has been satisfied; identify a caregiver for the animal; and provide treatment modality information to the caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: David S. Robbins
  • Patent number: 10441170
    Abstract: Embodiments are related to systems and methods for data determining information about a subject, and more particularly to systems and methods for utilizing and distributing information related to measurements of a human subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: McKenzie Lynn Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10441212
    Abstract: A method to determine a position and a state of a personal activity monitor worn by a user, such personal activity monitor comprising a motion sensor formed as an at least 3-axis accelerometer and a processor unit, the method comprising the steps of determining a number of changes of predominant axis per time period, and comparing it with exceeds a first predetermined threshold in order to infer a wrist worn condition, the method comprising the steps of determining a current level of activity and a temperature criterion to infer that the personal activity monitor is actually worn by the user and that the user has entered a sleep phase, or to infer that the user has emerged from sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: WITHINGS
    Inventors: Remi Thomas, Nadine Buard, Eric Carreel
  • Patent number: 10413474
    Abstract: According to the invention, a massage device for the massage of body parts is provided which includes a massage portion having, within a housing, a vibration-producing device, an energy storage unit, a control unit, and a wireless communications device; a cable, connected at one end to the massage portion; and a plug, arranged at the other end of the cable and adapted to establishing a connection with a charging device. The plug is flat and includes a printed circuit board having two USB-compatible charging electrodes and an antenna configured as a PCB or chip antenna for sending radio signals from and receiving radio signals in the wireless data communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMOR Gummiwaren GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Dills
  • Patent number: 10405914
    Abstract: A power source delivers oscillating electrical energy to an electrical conductor, such as a wire or catheter, which is coated circumferentially with a ferromagnetic material in a selected region. With high frequency electrical energy, the ferromagnetic material has a quick response in heating and cooling adjustable by the controllable power delivery. The ferromagnetic material can be used for separating tissue, coagulation, tissue destruction or achieving other desired tissue effects in numerous surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Domain Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Manwaring, David McNally
  • Patent number: 10405921
    Abstract: Devices and methods for cooling microwave antennas are disclosed herein. The cooling systems can be used with various types of microwave antennas. One variation generally comprises a handle portion with an elongate outer jacket extending from the handle portion. A microwave antenna is positioned within the handle and outer jacket such that cooling fluid pumped into the handle comes into contact directly along a portion of the length, or a majority of the length, or the entire length of the antenna to allow for direct convective cooling. Other variations include cooling sheaths which form defined cooling channels around a portion of the antenna. Yet another variation includes passively-cooled systems which utilize expandable balloons to urge tissue away from the surface of the microwave antenna as well as cooling sheaths which are cooled through endothermic chemical reactions. Furthermore, the microwave antennas themselves can have cooling lumens integrated directly therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Roman Turovskiy, Steven Kim, Mani N. Prakash, Francesca Rossetto
  • Patent number: 10398317
    Abstract: An animal wellness notification system includes an attachment body configured to securely engage with an ear of the animal; an elongated temperature probe secured to the attachment body and configured to extend within the ear of the animal; a housing secured to the attachment body; a computer disposed within the housing and operably associated with the temperature probe; and a notification device in data communication with the computer, the notification device being configured to provide notice if a temperature of the animal goes beyond a determined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FEVERTAGS LLC
    Inventors: Richard Arelin Crider, Jr., Alvin Cecil Fults
  • Patent number: 10401901
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wearable device. The wearable device includes an optical signal transmission unit configured to transmit optical signals, an optical signal sensing unit configured to receive reflected optical signals, a data processing unit configured to process the reflected optical signals, and a coordinate generating unit configured to generate 3-dimensional coordinate from the processed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MotionVirtual, Inc.
    Inventor: JunHo Park
  • Patent number: 10376163
    Abstract: A system for detecting blood pressure based on imaging photoplethysmography (iPPG) includes a first inward-facing head-mounted camera to capture images of a first region of interest located on the face below the eyes and above the lips (IMROI1) of a user, and a second inward-facing head-mounted camera to capture images of a second region of interest comprising a portion of a temple and/or forehead (IMROI2) of the user. The system further includes a computer to calculate a blood pressure value for the user based on first and second photoplethysmographic signals recognizable in IMROI1 and IMROI2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Ari M Frank, Ori Tzvieli, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 10368846
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for classifying the hormone receptor status of malignant tumorous tissue identified in a thermographic image of a breast. One embodiment of the present method involves the following. First, receive thermographic image(s) of both breasts of a patient with a malignant tumorous region and analyzing the image(s) to define a boundary contour of the breast. Then, the breast regions are segment into regions of elevated temperature. A function of first probability mass function Q, ƒ(Q), is determined based on temperatures of pixels within a first segmented region. A function of the second probability mass function P, ƒ(P), is determined based on temperatures of pixels within a second region. A distance measure between the two functions ƒ(Q) and ƒ(P) is calculated and provided to a classifier trained to classify the malignant tissue as hormone receptor positive, and negative otherwise, based on the distance measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Krithika Venkataramani, Siva Teja Kakileti, Himanshu J. Madhu
  • Patent number: 10327843
    Abstract: The invention relates to electrodes used in ablation catheter devices, where the electrodes contain two or more thermal sensors at different positions within the electrode that are capable of detecting temperature differences along the external surface of the electrode. In preferred embodiments, the thermal sensors are separated by one or more thermal insulating members and the thermal sensors are positioned near the external surface of the electrode at about the same distance from the end of the electrode, so that temperature measurements can indicate the position of the electrode with respect to the tissue desired to be ablated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Huisun Wang, Hong Cao, Jeremy D. Dando
  • Patent number: 10314293
    Abstract: To provide a livestock management system, a sensor apparatus, and an estimation method for a state of a livestock animal with which states of livestock animals can be easily and accurately estimated. A livestock management system according to the present technology includes a management apparatus. The management apparatus includes a reception unit that receives power generation information from a sensor apparatus attachable to a livestock animal. The sensor apparatus includes a power generation unit, a transmission unit, and a control unit. The power generation unit generates electric power in a manner that depends on a surrounding environment. The transmission unit transmits the power generation information of the power generation unit with the electric power generated by the power generation unit. The control unit estimates a state of the livestock animal on the basis of the power generation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu Yajima, Hideo Niikura, Yasushi Ihara
  • Patent number: 10307141
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for breast cancer screening which determines whether hot spots, as seen in a thermal image of both breasts, can be classified as possibly malignant based on a measure of symmetry. A thermographic image of both breasts of a patient is received and analyzed to determine whether there exists, in each of a left breast and a right breast, a hot spot comprising a patch of pixels with an elevated temperature with respect to surrounding tissue. If a hot spot has been identified in each breast then a measure of symmetry comprising a ratio of an area of a smaller hot spot to an area of a larger hot spot is extracted from the thermographic image. The measure of symmetry is provided to a classifier system trained to classify an unclassified hot spot as malignant or non-malignant based on a measure of symmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Krithika Venkataramani, Susmija Jabbireddy, Himanshu J. Madhu, Siva Teja Kakileti, Hadonahalli V. Ramprakash
  • Patent number: 10292764
    Abstract: A catheter and method for the treatment of a patient having atrial flutter or other arrhythmia comprises an elongated catheter body having an outer wall, proximal and distal ends, and at least one lumen extending therethrough. Further it has a distal tip section comprising a flexible tubing having a proximal end and a distal end and a plurality of lumens extending therethrough. The proximal end of the tip section is fixedly attached to the distal end of the catheter body. The tip section further comprises a nitinol tube having slots formed therein which causes the distal tip section to deflect using the same puller-wire action used to cause the deflectable catheter to deflect at a point proximal to the distal tip section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventor: Keshava Datta
  • Patent number: 10292646
    Abstract: Provided are a health care device and a method of operating the health care device. The method includes: detecting, by the health care device, biosignal information of a user through skin of the user; obtaining health status information of the user by using the detected biosignal information; providing a task of the user for improving a health status, according to the obtained health status information; and monitoring whether the user achieves the provided task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kunsun Eom
  • Patent number: 10285591
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein provides methods for presenting glucose level data. Glucose data for a patient may be received. A current glucose level and a rate of change of the current glucose level may be determined based on the received glucose data. A first interface may be displayed on a screen of a device. The first interface may include a unitary icon. The unitary icon may display the current glucose level and a visualization of the rate of change. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine Yerre Koehler, Esteban Cabrera, Jr., Eric Cohen, Mark Dervaes, Rian Draeger, Sheryl Sadsarin Gaano, Thomas Hall, Paul Kramer, Shawn Larvenz, Michael Robert Mensinger, Paul Noble-Campbell, Andrew Atilla Pal, Eli Reihman, Brian Christopher Smith, Angela Marie Traven
  • Patent number: 10278358
    Abstract: A system for managing a group of dairy animals includes a dwelling space, such as an animal shed, in which the dairy animals can roam. A dairy animal-related device for performing a dairy animal-related operation is arranged in the dwelling space. The dairy animals in the dwelling space can walk to the dairy animal-related device through the dwelling space. A luring system includes luring devices, each of which is attached to in each case one of the dairy animals. The luring device of each dairy animal is activatable in order to give said dairy animal a luring signal so as to lure said dairy animal to the dairy animal-related device. A detection system is configured for detecting the position of each individual dairy animal in the dwelling space. The luring system is connected to the detection system for receiving the positions of the dairy animals in the dwelling space detected by the detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventor: Huibrecht Johannes Arjen Van Den Beukel
  • Patent number: 10251698
    Abstract: An ablation catheter includes a control handle and a catheter sheath removably connectable to the control handle, the catheter sheath defining a fluid lumen and having a plurality of perforations proximal the distal end of the catheter sheath. The ablation catheter further includes a shape-imparting element inserted into the fluid lumen of the catheter sheath and removably connectable to the control handle. The shape-imparting element is connectable to an RF energy source so that, in use, the shape-imparting elements act as an electrode charging fluid into the fluid lumen to be expelled through the plurality of perforations on the catheter sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: CathRx Ltd
    Inventors: Roman Greifeneder, Tyler McKinley Mortimer, David Ogle
  • Patent number: 10238300
    Abstract: A passive planar thermo-optical structure for detection of a region of changed temperature on patient's skin is provided. The thermo-optical structure has a layered structure including a transparent film layer, a thermochromic layer, a securing layer, an adhesive layer, and a protective layer. At least one dye in the thermochromic layer is above a temperature threshold range of 31°-37° C., which adopts the first color and keeps it in a temperature range greater than or equal to 0.6° C. A width of this temperature range, in which the color is indefinite, is smaller than 0.3° C. A method of diagnosing allergy using the above-structure is provided. The method includes the steps of stimulation, measurement and comparison. After stimulating three regions of patient's skin, an evaluation of extent of histamine reaction is performed. Then, the extent of histamine reaction in the third region is compared to that in the first and second regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nexus Ekspertyzy I Badania Dr Jacek Stepień
    Inventor: Jacek Stepien
  • Patent number: 10234476
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for extracting inertial information from nonlinear periodic signals. A system for determining an inertial parameter can include circuitry configured for receiving a first periodic analog signal from a first sensor that is responsive to motion of a proof mass, converting the first periodic analog signal to a first periodic digital signal, determining a result of trigonometrically inverting a quantity, the quantity based on the first periodic digital signal, and determining the inertial parameter based on the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Richard Lee Waters, Mark Steven Fralick, Charles Harold Tally, IV, John David Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10231644
    Abstract: An animal monitoring device configured as a bolus for oral administration to reside in the reticulorumen of a ruminant animal. The animal monitoring device includes a memory element, a processor in communication with the memory element and a computer code contained in the memory element. The computer code includes a power management module executable by the processor to regulate power use by the bolus based on determination of remaining energy stored in an energy source and the determined power requirements over a pre-determined life cycle of the bolus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ST Reproductive Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Rettedal, Stephen M. Weilnau, Scott R. Cockroft, Joseph Janus, IV
  • Patent number: 10226187
    Abstract: A wireless, patient-worn, physiological sensor configured to, among other things, help manage a patient that is at risk of forming one or more pressure ulcers is disclosed. According to an embodiment, the sensor includes a base having a top surface and a bottom surface. The sensor also includes a substrate layer including conductive tracks and connection pads, a top side, and a bottom side, where the bottom side of the substrate layer is disposed above the top side of the base. Mounted on the substrate layer are a processor, a data storage device, a wireless transceiver, an accelerometer, and a battery. In use, the sensor senses a patient's motion and wirelessly transmits information indicative of the sensed motion to, for example, a patient monitor. The patient monitor receives, stores, and processes the transmitted information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Kevin Forrest
  • Patent number: 10226183
    Abstract: A temperature determination method includes temporarily contacting a forehead of a subject with a first surface of a removable patch, and exposing a second surface of the patch opposite the first surface to ambient conditions. The method also includes sensing a temperature of the first surface of the patch while the first surface is in contact with the forehead at a first location thereon, sensing a temperature of the second surface of the patch, and calculating a sub-skull temperature of the subject based on the sensed temperatures of the first and second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond A. Lia, Robert J. Wood, David E. Quinn
  • Patent number: 10217340
    Abstract: A method for locating a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, comprising: monitoring by an RFID reader device at least two distance measurements of an RFID tag from the RFID reader device; monitoring a relative location of the RFID reader device for each of the distance measurements by analyzing orientation data and translational movement data of the RFID reader device; and calculating a location of the RFID tag relative to a current location of the RFID reader device based on the at least two distance measurements and the relative locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tag & Find Wireless Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Yulia Lerner
  • Patent number: 10215660
    Abstract: Erosion sensors and systems, methods, and computer products thereof are operative to determine and provide real time erosion data. Such data may be used to determine in real time an amount of erosion or ablation on an ablative surface, for instance, of a rocket or missile launch pad, of an exhaust management system, of an extraterrestrial vehicle, or of a fire detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: William Kraft, Leszek S. Basak, Timothy R. Fouts
  • Patent number: 10213247
    Abstract: A thermal surgical instrument comprising a conductor having a ferromagnetic material in electrical communication with the conductor, such that passage of electrical energy through the conductor causes substantially uniform heating of the ferromagnetic material sufficient to produce a desired therapeutic tissue effect is provided. The conductor may be shaped to facilitate resection of tissue from a patient and include a support to provide increase rigidity to the loop so that the conductor better resists bending during use. The ferromagnetic material quickly heats and cools in response to a controllable power delivery source. The thermal surgical instrument can be used for substantially simultaneously resecting tissue with hemostasis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Domain Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Manwaring, David McNally
  • Patent number: 10207080
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a catheter apparatus for cranial cavities which exhibits the advantage of a conventional catheter structure in that a medicine and a bodily fluid are transferred along different paths, uniformizes the outer diameter of a catheter to easily use stereotactic equipment, and facilitates tunneling of the rear end of the catheter in a bypass space between the skull and the skin, so as to allow an operation to be simply and easily performed and thus to increase safety in operation. The catheter apparatus is advantageous in that no protrusion is formed on the outer surface of the catheter and thus the end of the catheter may be easily and accurately located in a cerebral ventricle using the stereotactic equipment, the catheter may be easily bent through the bypass space, and the rear end of the catheter may be easily exposed to the outside through a perforated part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Je Bum Lee
  • Patent number: 10206603
    Abstract: There is provided a microwave transmission device including two or more antennas impedance-matched with a contact target having a predetermined dielectric constant. When the impedance matching is achieved, microwaves for tumor detection between the two or more antennas are transmitted via the contact target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Hirabayashi, Yoichiro Sako
  • Patent number: 10198670
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for isolating blood vessels in a thermographic image of a patient's breast or any other muscular region of the body. A thermographic image of a patient is received. A temperature-based analysis is performed on the image to detect vessel pixels. An intensity-based method analysis is performed on the image. A shape-based analysis is also performed to detect pixels of vessel-like structures. Candidate pixels which satisfy one or more of intensity-based or temperature-based or shaped-based criterion are identified. A constraint of local maximallity is thereafter imposed on each candidate pixel that satisfies both criterion to eliminate spurious non-vessel pixels. Candidate pixels which satisfy both criterion are then marked with a different color such that the vessel structures in the breast tissue can be visually differentiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Siva Teja Kakileti
  • Patent number: 10188301
    Abstract: The present invention resides in one aspect in a device for monitoring luminal esophageal temperatures in a patient. The device includes a probe adapted to be inserted into an esophagus of the patient. The probe extends between a proximal end and a distal end. A first temperature sensor and a second temperature sensor are coupled to the probe. An electrode is also coupled to the probe. The second temperature sensor is displaced from the first temperature sensor along a longitudinal axis of the probe. A controller processes information received by the electrodes and the temperature sensors. The controller generates a live and continuously updating three dimensional anatomic map and three dimensional thermal map of the esophagus based at least in part on the information received from the temperature sensors and the electrodes. The thermal map and the anatomic map are displayed on a video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Tiano
  • Patent number: 10173040
    Abstract: In general, the invention is directed to a technique for percutaneously introducing a stimulation lead into a target stimulation site via the epidural region proximate the spine of a patient. The process of introducing the stimulation lead may include the use of a hollow stimulation lead introducer, which comprises an elongated sheath and an elongated dilator. The dilator fits within the sheath and serves to widen a path through the epidural region for the introduction of a stimulation lead. At least a portion of the stimulation lead introducer has an oblong cross-section, allowing passage of stimulation leads such as paddle leads. The stimulation lead introducer may enter the epidural region proximate a spine of a patient via a guidewire. The stimulation lead introducer provides a path through the epidural region of a patient to a target stimulation site. A stimulation lead may travel through the path to reach the target stimulation site where it may provide therapy to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Charmaine K. Harris, Joseph J. Klein
  • Patent number: 10154816
    Abstract: An adhesive wearable device includes a cover assembly, a sensor assembly and an electronic module. The cover assembly includes a top cover. The top cover defines an accommodating chamber and a plurality of exhaust holes. The sensor assembly includes a sensor board, and an adhesive pad mounted under the sensor board. The sensor board defines a plurality of through-holes. A bottom surface of the sensor board is equipped with a plurality of sensor units. The adhesive pad defines an opening corresponding to the sensor units, a plurality of perforations and guiding channels extending radially from the opening to the perforations. The electronic module is disposed on and is electrically connected with the sensor board. The cover assembly covers up the sensor assembly and the electronic module. The exhaust holes are communicated with the opening by virtue of the accommodating chamber, the through-holes, the perforations and the guiding channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James Lee, Kuo Yang Wu, Wen Bing Hsu, Chen Mo Chiang
  • Patent number: 10136857
    Abstract: A wearable system and methods for measuring physiological data from a device worn about a body part of a user is provided comprising a base module, a first sensor module, and a second sensor module. The base module comprises a display and a base computing unit. The first sensor module measures a gravitational force experienced by the device. The second sensor module is spatially positioned relative to the base module and over a portion of the body part for measuring one or more physiological characteristics calibrated based on the gravitational force measured with the first sensor module. The base module is adjustably positioned by the user relative to the second sensor module such that the sensor module maintains its positioning over the body part for sufficient contact with the body part for accurate measurements of physiological data regardless of the anthropometric size of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Frank Settemo Nuovo, Sheldon George Phillips, James Schuessler