Foot Patents (Class 600/592)
  • Patent number: 11311208
    Abstract: A health information providing system through plantar pressure measurement, including: a plantar pressure measurement device rolled in such a manner as to be carried and adapted to measure a measurement subject's plantar pressures in a state of being unrolled to transmit the measured plantar pressures to a measurement subject terminal; and the measurement subject terminal adapted to compare the plantar pressures received from the plantar pressure measurement device with reference plantar pressure ranges according to foot portions pre-stored, to extract and display a body region where a disease is suspected, the body region matching the foot portion having the plantar pressure exceeding the reference plantar pressure ranges according to foot portions, and to display health guidance information including guidance information on symptoms and treatments of the extracted body region where the disease is suspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Byung Woo Jo, Bo Soek Kim
  • Patent number: 11246525
    Abstract: A method for quantifying the balance of an individual includes segmenting, as a function of time, a statokinesigram(s) of an individual so as to generate several statokinesigram portions; extracting, from the statokinesigram portions, values of at least one trajectory parameter; determining the value of at least two quantifiers, from the values of trajectory parameters extracted in the extraction step, for each of the statokinesigram portions generated in the segmentation step; and determining said value representative of the balance of the individual from the values of the quantifiers of each of the statokinesigram portions. The method may be implemented by a processor and memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: ASSISTANCE PUBLIQUE-HOPITAUX DE PARIS, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, ETAT FRANCAIS—MINISTERE DE LA DEFENSE—DIRECTION CENTRALE DU SERVICE DE SANTE DES ARMEES, ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE PARIS-SACLAY, UNIV PARIS XIII PARIS-NORD VILLETANEUSE, UNIVERSITE DE PARIS
    Inventors: Nicolas Vayatis, Pierre Paul Vidal, Julien Audiffren, Alain Yelnik, Damien Ricard, Ioannis Bargiotas, Laurent Oudre, Stéphane Buffat
  • Patent number: 11207001
    Abstract: A device that non-invasively detects objects beneath or around the foot or a foot position and transmits signals which are processed and then output via an output device on a skin surface not affected by a neurological deficit, such as the hands or thighs. This device is suitable for subjects with diabetic neuropathy who have lost sensation in their feet and are at risk of punctures, cuts or other physical damage and at risk of sprains, strains or falls due to lack of an ability to detect objects underfoot and foot position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University
    Inventor: Jafar Mohammed Hassan Al Rubh
  • Patent number: 11147520
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for predicting biomechanical response to wedged insoles. In accordance with one aspect, a method for predicting a biomechanical response to a wedged insole is provided. In a further aspect, a system for predicting a biomechanical response to wedged insole is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: UTI Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Darren John Stefanyshyn, Ryan Tomas Lewinson
  • Patent number: 11134861
    Abstract: An exercise state evaluation method having the following steps is provided. The steps includes: obtaining a plurality of sensing signals by a foot information sensing module; recording a receiving time of each of the sensing signals by a processing unit and generating a plurality of pressure values, a plurality of center of gravity values, and a center of gravity trajectory information corresponding a human body according to each of the sensing signals; determining a start time, an acting time and a finish time corresponding to an exercise according to the receiving time, the pressure values, the center of gravity values and the center of gravity trajectory information; obtaining an act time value according to the start time, the acting time and the finish time; and integrating the pressure values, the center of gravity values, the center of gravity trajectory information and the act time value to an user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Taiwan University of Sport
    Inventors: Jian-Hong Wu, Ren-Der Jean, Pin-Chou Li, Jyh-How Huang, Jung-Hao Wang, Szu-Ju Li
  • Patent number: 11129418
    Abstract: An electronic inhalation device comprising a power cell and a computer. The computer comprises a computer processor, a memory and an input-output means. The computer is configured in use to enter a menu mode when a user activates the menu mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Nicoventures Trading Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Lord
  • Patent number: 11083967
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) system includes a VR display and a VR movement apparatus that includes hand user interfaces (UIs) and foot UIs that can support the hands, feet, and total weight of a user. The VR movement apparatus allow the user's hands and feet to move in 3-dimensional space that include vertical, lateral, and fore-aft direction movements. A computer running VR software coordinate and synchronizes the VR movement apparatus and the VR display to provide system users with simulated activities in a VR environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Ethereal Matter, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Summit
  • Patent number: 11076803
    Abstract: A foot sensor feedback device with multiple passive sensors in a shoe insole to provide real time feedback for a microprocessor to control a haptic device on the ankle of a person and to store and display data on an application on a smart phone to provide balance to a person while standing still or walking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Rehabit Health, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Malawey, Thomas H. Lupfer, Patrick M. Steusloff, Thomas A. Liguori, Michael A. Kurtz, Michael J. Thilenius
  • Patent number: 11064758
    Abstract: A sole (100) or inner sole for a shoe is provided. The sole (100) or inner sole comprises: a toe region (28) for supporting a user's toes; a forefoot region (26) for supporting a user's forefoot; a midfoot region (24) for supporting a user's arch; and a heel region (22) for supporting a user's heel. A longitudinal direction (X) extends from the heel region (22) towards the toe region (28). A lateral direction (Y) transverse to the longitudinal direction (X) extends from an inner side to an outer side of the sole (100) or inner sole. A plurality of force sensors (10) distributed throughout the sole (100) or inner sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NURVV LIMITED
    Inventors: Kemal Dervish, Haim Geva, Jason Lloyd Roberts, Giles Tongue, Grant Trewartha
  • Patent number: 11060926
    Abstract: Components and assemblies for acquisition and analysis of data collected from sites such body surfaces, footwear and apparel, objects, accessories, and the like are directed to providing intermittent and/or continuous monitoring and reporting of conditions such as force, pressure, shear and other conditions, activity and/or environmental parameters at body locations and/or at an interface of a body location and an object. In one aspect, sensor assemblies comprise one or more sensor(s) and/or associated electronics associated with at least one non-conductive carrier layer. Electronic components including sensor acquisition systems (SAS) and dedicated electronics devices (DED) providing electronics components for signal conditioning, data collection, storage, analysis, feedback, communications and optional sensing capabilities are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Roberto Reif, Maria Pia Carmagnani, Warren Kline, Dave Svab, Maurizio Macagno, Chris Small, Blake Coudriet, Matthew Kueper
  • Patent number: 11045113
    Abstract: A method for determining the alignment of a system, wherein the system includes measuring and display devices. The measuring device has a measuring platform and detects horizontal and vertical forces that are exerted by a person located on the measuring platform. The system also includes at least one camera device used to at least partially photograph the person located on the measuring platform. The method includes transmitting image data from the at least one camera device and measurement data from the measuring device to the display device, superimposing a force application line in the display device on the image data, and displaying the force application line on the image of the person located on the measuring platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Alexander Pappe, Alexander Glier, Mark Schonemeier, Martin Pusch
  • Patent number: 11004351
    Abstract: A system and method for enhancing cognitive function of an individual during exercising use stationary exercise equipment to self-propel the individual's avatar or avatar's point of view through a virtual pathway while interacting to complete a cognitive task including registration of the task, verification of discrimination of basic learning, and performance of manipulation of the cognitive task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Union College
    Inventor: Cay Anderson-Hanley
  • Patent number: 10994416
    Abstract: A method for controlling a limb motion intention recognizing and rehabilitation training robot based on force sense information includes: acquiring data of a three-dimensional force and a three-dimensional moment by a six-dimensional force sensor held in a hand; calculating forces and moments produced by a palm, a forearm and an upper arm of a human body according to a constructed human arm model to achieve recognition of limb motion intention; fixing the six-dimensional force sensor on a rocker at an end of the three-degree-of-freedom upper limb rehabilitation training robot, acquiring motion intention of an arm of the human body according to the motion intention recognition method, and controlling the rehabilitation training robot to achieve auxiliary active training under a weak active force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SOUTHEAST UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Aiguo Song, Ke Shi, Xinyu Tang, Huijun Li, Baoguo Xu, Hong Zeng
  • Patent number: 10939850
    Abstract: A method and system for calibrating a measurement from a shoe-based sensor device for measuring pressure at one or more parts of a shoe sole and providing at least one pressure sensor measurement signal indicating the measured pressure, the method being performed at a processor that receives the at least one pressure sensor measurement signal and including: determining a minimum value for the at least one pressure sensor measurement signal and storing the determined minimum value as a correction constant in a data memory associated with the processor; and correcting a value for the at least one pressure sensor measurement signal received subsequent to the step of storing, by the stored correction constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NURVV LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason Roberts, Grant Trewartha, Geoffrey Noonan, Giles Tongue
  • Patent number: 10918156
    Abstract: Disclosed in an embodiment is a pressure detection sensor comprising: an elastic layer including a hole; and an electrode layer including a plurality of electrodes arranged on the elastic layer so as to be spaced apart, wherein the elastic layer includes a variable member arranged in the hole, the plurality of electrodes are electrically connected to each other by outside pressure, and at least one of the plurality of electrodes covers a part of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Jo, Won Keun Cho, Jeong Han Kim, Soo Min Lee, Ji Na Lee, In Hee Cho, Sang A Ju
  • Patent number: 10791980
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for the assessment of the quality of balance and for alerting from an impairment of balance of a subject. The device comprises a plate for receiving the feet of a subject and mounted on a plurality of pressure sensors measuring vertical forces applied to the plate, wherein the method comprises the measurement, by means of the pressure sensors thereof, of vertical forces applied to the plate, at least before and while the subject mounts the device (1) and the calculation, according to the measured values, of parameters that are relevant for the assessment, including at least one parameter relating to at least one slowdown in the rise of the values measured by the pressure sensors thereof, when the subject mounts the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE TROYES
    Inventors: David James Hewson, Jacques Duchene, Hichem Snoussi, Jean-Yves Hogrel, Yves Langeron
  • Patent number: 10765583
    Abstract: A wearable walking assist robot is provided that ensures high walking assistance performance without a complex calculation process by detecting a gait phase based on pressure distribution on feet and performing a corresponding control mode that is set in advance. The wearable walking assist robot includes a sensor unit that senses pressure on the soles of the feet of a wearer and a controller that determines gait phases of both a first leg to be operated and a second leg based on the sensed pressure. Additionally, the controller selects one of a plurality of control modes set in advance based on the determined gait phases and operates a joint-driving unit for the first leg to be operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Jin Hyun, Kyung Mo Jung, Sang In Park, Hyun Seop Lim
  • Patent number: 10729341
    Abstract: A wearable system can include at least one cuff; nerve activity acquisition electrodes; nerve stimulation electrodes; circuitry operatively coupled to the nerve activity acquisition electrodes and to the nerve stimulation electrodes; and memory operatively coupled to the circuitry that stores nerve information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Wambui Nyabero, Lucas Nyabero
  • Patent number: 10722144
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including circuitry configured to acquire weight distribution information of a subject by at least one sensor, analyze the acquired weight distribution information, and initiate a providing of feedback information based on the analyzed weight distribution information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Nakao
  • Patent number: 10667746
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaluating motions of a joint is provided that is designed for determining stability of an anatomical joint. The apparatus includes a support frame, a fixation assembly for securing a first body segment of a joint, and a displacement assembly mounted to the support frame. The fixation assembly includes an axis of rotation movable relative to the support frame. The displacement assembly includes a first frame pivotably mounted to the support frame and rotatably connected to a first end of the fixation assembly, and a second frame pivotably mounted to the support frame and rotatably connected to a second end of the fixation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Hospital for Special Surgery
    Inventor: Carl Imhauser
  • Patent number: 10659866
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are electronic devices having a deformable surfaces through which a user can provide inputs to the device by applying a force such as a pinch or a squeeze. A particular embodiment is an earpiece with the deformable surface part of an elongate section extending from an earbud. The deformable surface includes an incompressible hyperelastic material and a pressure sensor. The pressure sensor includes a pressure sensing element and a void defined between the pressure sensing element and the incompressible hyperelastic material. An applied force is transferred by the incompressible hyperelastic material to compress the void and change an internal pressure thereof. The changed pressure is detected by the pressure sensor, and can result in changed operation of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Stephen Smith, Storrs T. Hoen
  • Patent number: 10653204
    Abstract: A footbed for use in footwear is provided. The footbed assembly includes a resilient, flexible material (e.g. EVA or PU foam) that extends the entire length of the footbed. a heel plate made from a material that is more rigid (plastic, carbon fiber) than the resilient foam attaches to the flexible material. The shape of the resilient footbed defines a geometry that provides support and comfort to the user by reducing peak pressures, improving cushioning, and enhancing foot support. The resilient foam and heel plate defines the shape of the midfoot R2 and rearfoot R1 of the footbed while the resilient flexible foam continues forward to define the shape of the forefoot R3 region of the footbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MATMARKET, LLC
    Inventors: Von Maurice Homer, Charles Aaron Mutschler, Heath Jarett Reinhartz, Gregory Diharce, Kehlin Swain
  • Patent number: 10470670
    Abstract: A camera coupled to a processor is disclosed. The camera is configured to capture images of the subject. The processor is configured to amplify microscopic temporal variations between the images of the subject and generate a profile of at least one microscopic temporally detected physiological variation of the subject. The processor is further configured to compare the profile of the subject to a pre-existing first aggregate profile of a plurality of third-party subjects, said aggregate profile corresponding to the at least one microscopic temporally detected physiological variation of the third-party subjects, the aggregate third-party profile corresponding to a known state of the third-party subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Rememdia LLC
    Inventor: Fraser M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10436629
    Abstract: A measurement information output system comprises an input unit and an output unit. The input unit is configured to input, to an arithmetic unit, a detected force value indicating the magnitude of force detected by one or more force sensors arranged so as to receive impact by motion of a measurement target and a detected acceleration value indicating the acceleration of the measurement target detected by an acceleration sensor arranged so as to detect the acceleration of the measurement target. The arithmetic unit is configured to compute the weight of the measurement target on the basis of the detected force value and the detected acceleration value. The output unit is configured to output, as a measured weight value, the weight of the measurement target computed by the arithmetic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Kitagawa Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuki Yamada, Lu Zhao, Yasuo Kondo
  • Patent number: 10357688
    Abstract: An exercise feedback system monitors the performance of athletes wearing a garment with sensors while exercising. The sensors generate physiological data such as muscle activation data, heart rate data, or data describing the athlete's movement. The system extracts features from the physiological data and compares the features with reference exercise data to determine metrics of performance and biofeedback. Based on the physiological data, the system may also modify exercise training programs for the athlete. The exercise feedback system can display the biofeedback using visuals or audio, as well as modified exercise training programs, via the athlete's client device in real time while the athlete is exercising. By reviewing the biofeedback, the athlete may correct the athlete's exercise form to properly use the target muscles for the exercise, or change the certain workouts to personalize the training program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Mad Apparel, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Wiebe, Dhananja Pradhan Jayalath, Rose Yao
  • Patent number: 10327701
    Abstract: Methods, systems and arrangements are provided for obtaining electroencephalograph (“EEG”) EEG signals from a patient e.g., during a concurrent EEG/MRI examination of the patient. The methods, systems and arrangements include a cap made of conductive inks with sensor positions for attaching a plurality of sensors to the patient's head. The sensors can include electrodes as well as motion sensors for improving EEG signal quality and MRI image quality in the presence of motion noise and other artifacts within the MRI environment. The electrodes may be composed of conductive inks, and can be used in high magnetic fields due to a weak interaction with the RF fields generated by the MRI scanner. The exemplary methods, systems and arrangements can achieve lower SAR and lower temperature increase, as compared to conventional electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Giorgio Bonmassar, Patrick L. Purdon
  • Patent number: 10311645
    Abstract: A method for treating autism is provided. The method includes presenting to affected subjects therapeutic content in the form of images or video in a virtual or augmented reality system and monitoring in real time the behaviors and responses of the subject to the therapy. The virtual or augmented reality system may further include audio, and the monitoring of the therapy may be achieved using one or more tracking sensors, such as a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FLOREO, INC.
    Inventors: Vijay Ravindran, Vibha Sazawal, Ali Moeeny, Rita Solorzano, Sinan Turnacioglu
  • Patent number: 10263174
    Abstract: In one general aspect, an apparatus comprises a material including a non-layered mixture of an elastomeric polymer with a plurality of voids; and a plurality of conductive fillers disposed in the elastomeric polymer. The apparatus may produce an electrical response to deformation and, thus, function as a strain gauge. The conductive fillers may include conductive nanoparticles and/or conductive stabilizers. In another general aspect, a method of measuring compression strain includes detecting, along a first axis, an electrical response generated in response to an impact to a uniform composite material that includes conductive fillers and voids disposed throughout an elastomeric polymer, and determining a deformation of the impact based on the electrical response. The impact may be along a second axis different from the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nano Composite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Jake Merrell, David T. Fullwood, Anton E. Bowden, Taylor D. Remington
  • Patent number: 10258257
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus is provided for estimating a risk of falls from pressure sensor data and inertial sensor data. A classifier function may be generated to relate the inertial sensor and the pressure sensor data with the falls risk (e.g., falls risk or prospective falls data) of the person who generated the pressure sensor data and inertial sensor data. The classifier function may be used to predict a person's risk of falls based on inputs of pressure sensor data and inertial sensor data. Separate classifier functions may be generated for men and women, or separate classifier functions may be generated for patients who closed their eyes while data was being collected and for patients who opened their eyes while data was being collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KINESIS HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Barry Greene
  • Patent number: 10238316
    Abstract: A feedback device determines when a person has placed enough weight upon his/her foot to safely take the next step, and then communicate that information to the person via a haptic device on the person's ankle or an audio, visual and/or vibration feedback display on an application on the person's smart phone. Five sensors in an insole between the person's foot and shoe determine the force of the person's leg. The five sensors in the insole will be positioned under the heel, the fifth metatarsal head, the first metatarsal head, the space between the second metatarsal head and the third metatarsal head, and the hallux (big toe).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rehabit LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Malawey, Thomas H. Lupfer, Patrick M. Steusloff, Thomas A. Liguori, Michael A. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 10220254
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic performance monitoring with body synchronization analysis are disclosed. In one example, a first sensor output associated with a movement of an user foot and a second sensor output associated with a movement of an user arm are received, the user arm on a body side opposite the user foot. The first sensor output and the second sensor output are analyzed to identify a degree of synchronization between the movement of a user foot and the movement of a user arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chuang
  • Patent number: 10206844
    Abstract: A lower extremity orthosis, including at least one actuator configured to control a motion of at least one joint of a person wearing the orthosis, is provided with a handle including a force sensor configured to produce a signal representing a force applied to the handle. A controller, which is in communication with the force sensor and the at least one actuator, is configured to modify the motion based on the signal from the force sensor. The system can be particularly employed to enable a physical therapist to have input in controlling and modifying the positions and/or forces prescribed by the lower extremity orthosis during rehabilitation of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ekso Bionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Amundson, Nathan Harding, James Stryker
  • Patent number: 10159427
    Abstract: A feedback device determines when a person has placed enough weight upon his/her foot to safely take the next step, and then communicate that information to the person via a haptic device on the person's ankle or an audio, visual and/or vibration feedback display on an application on the person's smart phone. Three or more sensors in an insole between the person's foot and shoe determine the force of the person's leg. The force data is sent to a microprocessor where the force data is processed and compared with a baseline. If the processed data exceeds the baseline, the microprocessor will activate the haptic device on the person's ankle to vibrate and/or transmit the processed data through a wireless communications device to an application on a smart phone to activate an audio, visual and/or vibration feedback display on the application. The person will then safely take the next step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rehabit, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Malawey, Thomas H. Lupfer, Patrick M. Steusloff, Thomas A. Liguori, Michael A. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 10070680
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper member and a sole structure, with a sensor system connected to the sole structure. The sensor system includes a plurality of sensors that are configured for detecting forces exerted by a user's foot on the sensor. The sensor system also includes a port that is configured to receive a module to place the module in communication with the sensors. The port includes a housing with a chamber configured to receive the module and an interface engaged with the housing and having at least one electrical contact exposed to the chamber. Additional retaining structure and interface structure may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast, Jordan M. Rice, Allan M. Schrock, Michael S. Amos, Andrew A. Owings, Martine Stillman, Joseph B. Horrell, Jonathan Bing Knight, Dane R. Weitmann, Jeffrey J. Hebert
  • Patent number: 9955900
    Abstract: A device for monitoring human feet can include: a transmissive sheet configured to bear at least 90 kg supported at a height of no more than 23 cm, and a foot image capture system below the sheet. An optical image sensor can capture a field of view including at least 250 cm2 of the surface of the sheet. The device can have a central reflective element positioned below the sheet directly above the sensor and two outer mirrors such that two fields of view at least 250 cm2 each can be focused onto the sensor by a lens. Foot sole images can be automatically captured when a patient stands on the device. Images can be transmitted to a database and associated with the patient by analyzing the images for a unique predetermined metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: QUAERIMUS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard W. O'Connor, Alan D. Baldwin, Chwen-Yuan Ku, Jivko M. Mihaylov, David E. Goodman, Lester J. Lloyd, Joseph A. Heanue
  • Patent number: 9949669
    Abstract: A method of determining patient follow-up subsequent to an orthopaedic procedure includes determining the number of cycles of use of an orthopaedic joint of the patient. If a predetermined threshold is exceeded, communication with an orthopaedic care provider is initiated. A patient monitoring system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark R. DiSilvestro, Terry L. Dietz, Robert S. Hastings
  • Patent number: 9872648
    Abstract: A method and a device for collecting data for posturography comprising a magnetizable body and an acceleration sensor are located on the platform, which magnetizable body and acceleration sensor are connected to a computer by means of an A/D converter. An electromagnet is located under the platform and is attached so as to be displaceable in two axes parallel to the plane of the platform, wherein the electromagnet is connected to an A/D converter and a power supply by means of a circuit, and a time-variable display, which is connected to the A/D converter, and a digital camera which are connected to the computer. By means of the method and the device it is now possible to standardize posturographic measurements, simultaneously detect the acceleration and the position of the platform, and more variably carry out provocations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
    Inventors: Mehmet Eylem Kirlangic, Martina Minnerop, Christian Spross, Boris Boeckem, Markus Paulzen, Manfred Bednarek, Silke Lux, Katrin Amunts
  • Patent number: 9864780
    Abstract: Systems and methods for diagnosing a user's condition based on his gait. A sensor module with multiple sensors is placed inside a user's shoe and biometric data is gathered from the sensors when the user takes a step or walks. The data is used to generate loops as the various sets of data is plotted against each other. The loops obtained from the data are then compared against stored loops previously obtained. Based on the results of the comparison, the user's condition is diagnosed using predetermined indicators of specific health issues. Using the biometric data and in conjunction with data from various databases, it can be determined whether the user has a specific condition, whether a specific condition is worsening, or whether a specific condition is improving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: AUTONOMOUS_ID CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Todd Gray, Vladimir Polotski, Barry Smale, Bernard F. Grisoni, Erik Mettala
  • Patent number: 9756895
    Abstract: A sensor system is adapted for use with an article of footwear and includes an insert member including a first layer and a second layer, a port connected to the insert and configured for communication with an electronic module, a plurality of force and/or pressure sensors on the insert member, and a plurality of leads connecting the sensors to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan M. Rice, Allan M. Schrock, Steven H. Walker, Kate Richmond, Andreas Heinrich Steier, Ndikum Protus Atang
  • Patent number: 9737237
    Abstract: The present invention is a system, method, and apparatus that relates to providing a quick measurement the difference, if any, of a person's left and right leg lengths, in order to determine the correct thickness of an orthotic insert for the left and/or right shoes in order to provide correction and alignment of a person's skeletal frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Jack L. Marovets
  • Patent number: 9668927
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a pressure-sensitive mat and a monitoring device are part of a pressure relief compliance system. The pressure-sensitive mat is placed between a seat cushion and a chair. When a user sits on the cushion, the system will monitor the time the person spends applying pressure and will notify a user with an alarm or by other means when the preset sitting limit is reached. Also a novel method for measuring and adjusting the amount time spent applying and releasing pressure. In some embodiments, rather than simply measure time spent applying pressure, the system will allow the user to “buy back” sit time when the user releases pressure. The rate at which the system will credit the user with a “buy back” of sitting time may in some embodiments be directly proportional to the amount of time the user spends performing a pressure release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Jonathan Phillip Campbell
    Inventor: Jonathan Campbell
  • Patent number: 9619698
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic performance monitoring with body synchronization analysis are disclosed. In one example, a first sensor output associated with a movement of an user foot and a second sensor output associated with a movement of an user arm are received, the user arm on a body side opposite the user foot. The first sensor output and the second sensor output are analyzed to identify a degree of synchronization between the movement of a user foot and the movement of a user arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chuang
  • Patent number: 9526451
    Abstract: A force measurement system includes an instrumented treadmill with one or more displaceable components having one or more respective surfaces for receiving one or more respective limbs of the subject, and at least one force transducer. The force measurement system further includes a data processing device configured to receive one or more load signals from the at least one force transducer, to convert the one or more load signals into one or more output load components, and to determine one or more gait parameters for the subject from the one or more output load components; and a sensory output device configured to receive at least one sensory output signal from the data processing device, and to generate at least one of a visual indicator, an audible indicator, and a tactile indicator that is based upon the at least one sensory output signal and provides biofeedback to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventor: Necip Berme
  • Patent number: 9521964
    Abstract: A system and a method for estimating the mechanical behavior of human lower limbs is provided. The method includes the following steps: sensing a plurality of foot pressure signals of a user by using a sensor array, the foot pressure signals comprising at least a rearfoot pressure signal and at least a forefoot pressure signal; calculating a temporal sequence of a gait cycle of the user according to the foot pressure signals; calculating a foot reaction force of the user according to the foot pressure signals and a calibration parameter; and calculating a mechanical state of the lower limb joints of the user according to the temporal sequence of the gait cycle and the foot reaction force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Shih-Yun Lin, Chi-Kang Wu, Chih-Hung Huang, Chueh-Shan Liu
  • Patent number: 9427179
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and garment that incorporates sensors that can be used for measuring or monitoring pressure or forces in feet, the stumps of limbs of an amputee that are fitted with prosthetic devices, or any other parts of the body that are subject to forces such as the buttock while seated or when external pressure inducing devices are employed, such as for example, pressure bandages. The invention also relates to a method to monitor or diagnose any foot or limb related activity for recreational, sporting, military or medical reasons and is particularly aimed at the treatment of neuropathic or other degenerating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Sensoria Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Mestrovic, Pamela Margaret Petersen, Robin William Cranston, Warren Bradley Stannard, Patrick Brendan D'Arcy
  • Patent number: 9415205
    Abstract: A gait modulation system including: (a) a sensor device including a sensor adapted for associating with at least one lower limb of the patient, the sensor for transducing at least one parameter related to a gait of the patient, so as to obtain gait data related to the gait, and (b) a muscle stimulator including: (i) an electrical stimulation circuit, the circuit adapted to supply an electrical stimulation output to an electrode array for performing functional electrical stimulation of at least one muscle of the lower limb, and (ii) a microprocessor, operatively connected to the at least one sensor, the microprocessor adapted for: receiving a stream of gait information based on the gait data; processing the gait information, and controlling the stimulation output based on the processing of the gait information, and wherein the microprocessor is further adapted to identify a failure in the stream of gait information, and to consequently control the electrical stimulation circuit to deliver a fail-safe stimulati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Bioness Neuromodulation Ltd.
    Inventors: Eyal Lasko, Shmuel Springer, Mark Rubin, Amit Dar
  • Patent number: 9404817
    Abstract: A film-type pressure sensor includes a carrier structure including a first carrier film, a second carrier film and a spacer film arranged between the first and second carrier films, where one or more pressure-sensing cells are disposed in the carrier structure, each of which includes an electrode arrangement for producing an impedance change in response to a compressive force, an electrical interface is provided for mechanically and electrically connecting the pressure sensor to an evaluation circuit, where some terminals of the interface are connected with the electrode arrangements of the cells so as to allow them to be read out, such that one or more electrical components interconnect at least two of the terminals in pairs so as to form a combination of terminal pair impedances that represents coded information relating to the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventor: Andreas Steier
  • Patent number: 9320457
    Abstract: An accelerometer analyzing biomechanical parameters of the stride of a runner, including: fastening a device on the torso of the runner that is electrically self-sufficient and includes a triaxial accelerometer, chronograph, digital processor and display; measuring a sequence of acceleration data in at least the vertical direction using the accelerometer, while the runner runs a certain distance along a running course; during or at the end of the course, having the processor calculate the biomechanical parameters of the stride, including the lowering of the center of gravity and/or the elevation of the center of gravity and/or the sum of the lowering and of the elevation of the center of gravity and/or the vertical mechanical work of the center of gravity of the runner, on the basis of the acceleration data, of the distance and of a period of time measured by the chronograph; and displaying the parameters on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Myotest SA
    Inventors: Patrick Flaction, Jacques Quievre, Jean-Benoit Morin
  • Patent number: 9255859
    Abstract: A method of processing force signals from plural force platforms includes, in a computer, in an initialization process, receiving data distinguishing the plural platforms, monitoring force data signals from each of the plural platforms, and identifying each of the plural platforms to a force platform data process application by a sequence of received above-threshold force data signals. The method further includes, subsequent to the initialization process, processing subsequent force data signals according to the identification of each of the plural force platforms. The distinguishing data can include data retrieved from nonvolatile memory of each of the plural force platforms, such as a platform serial number, calibration data, and platform capacity. A force platform system includes one or more force platforms and force platform signal conditioning circuitry connected to the one or more force platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert C. Drueding, Gary M. Glass
  • Patent number: 9186092
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and garment that incorporates sensors that can be used for measuring or monitoring pressure or forces in feet, the stumps of limbs of an amputee that are fitted with prosthetic devices, or any other parts of the body that are subject to forces such as the buttock while seated or when external pressure inducing devices are employed, such as for example, pressure bandages. The invention also relates to a method to monitor or diagnose any foot or limb related activity for recreational, sporting, military or medical reasons and is particularly aimed at the treatment of neuropathic or other degenerating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sensoria, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Mestrovic, Pamela Margaret Petersen, Robin William Cranston, Warren Bradley Stannard, Patrick Brendan D'Arcy