With Wetness Indicator Or Alarm Patents (Class 604/361)
  • Patent number: 11463660
    Abstract: Monitoring systems are provided that include both visual and non-visual data to monitor the well-being of individuals, such as infants and patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Blanca Arizti, Mark Reidy, Omer Sher, Jennifer Mary Harrington
  • Patent number: 11337681
    Abstract: A sweat collection device includes a flexible body having a first, outwardly facing surface and a second, skin-facing surface, and a sweat collection channel formed in the body, the sweat collection channel having a first end defining a sweat inlet port, and a second end defining a sweat outlet port. The sweat inlet port and the sweat outlet port are configured to be closed and sealed such that the sweat collection device and the collected sweat therein may be stored and shipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Epicore Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Model, Roozbeh Ghaffari, Alexander J. Aranyosi, Stephen P. Lee, Milan S. Raj
  • Patent number: 11337847
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a feces treatment agent for colostomy, which on the assumption that characteristics required as a lubricant are shown, can maintain or improve the feces discharge properties from a colostomy pouch, inhibit the development of feces odor, and improve operativity and portability. A feces treatment agent for colostomy, in which an agent A including (1) a granular water-soluble lubricant, (2) a granular water-absorbing gelling agent, (3) sodium bicarbonate, and (4) a component including at least one selected from the group consisting of zinc oxide, limonite and zinc sulfide is contained in a water-soluble base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: EXCELSIOR INC.
    Inventor: Kanichi Adachi
  • Patent number: 11298274
    Abstract: An underpants-type disposable diaper has a display sheet containing a resin film between an inner member and at least one of a front side outer member and a back side outer member. A cover nonwoven fabric is provided with a plurality of holes having intervals and penetrating a front and a back is interposed from at least a crotch side edge of an outer member overlapping the display sheet to a side of a waist opening between the display sheet and a liquid impervious sheet. An internal surface and an external surface of the cover nonwoven fabric are bonded to facing surfaces, respectively, through a hot melt adhesive. Compatibility between prevention of deterioration of appearance of the display sheet and prevention of a decrease in air permeability is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventors: Aya Ide, Yoshitake Ishikawa, Yosuke Mori
  • Patent number: 11273081
    Abstract: Various examples of a wearable sensor enclosure are described. In an example, a wearable sensor enclosure is generally oval-shaped with rigid interior that protects one or more sensors or other electronic devices. The enclosure includes a proximal component and a distal component. The proximal component of the enclosure optionally includes one or more openings for light to pass through for detection by sensing electronic devices. The distal component includes a protrusion positioned in an interior of the distal component and a lip positioned in along the perimeter of the distal component such that the lip surrounds the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jastrzebski, Kristin Size, David He, Harry Xiao, Linden Evans
  • Patent number: 11246765
    Abstract: A smart diaper system includes a diaper body adapted to be worn by a user and an absorbent pad coupled to the diaper body. The system further includes a wireless communication device fixedly attached to the diaper body and a base station device in wireless communication with the wireless communication device, the base station device configured to determine a distance between the wireless communication device and the base station device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: NEUROSTIM SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventor: Hoo-min D. Toong
  • Patent number: 11234870
    Abstract: A moisture detecting article includes a moisture detection module secured to a garment, intended to contain and hold bodily fluids excreted by an animal. The moisture detection module is connectable to a moisture sensor disposed in the garment to detect when bodily fluid is excreted. If moisture is detected, the moisture sensitive detection module enables one or more signals, alarming the animal and its caretaker. The garment includes a moisture absorbent material, detachable from the garment for disposal of the excretion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Bad Little Monster LLC
    Inventors: Debra K. Turner, Todd C. McCurry
  • Patent number: 11202726
    Abstract: A personal hygiene product with a digital element is described. In one embodiment, a conductive sensor assembly is disposed within the personal hygiene product that includes one or more moisture sensors that generate a resistive and/or capacitive signal indicative of saturation of the personal hygiene product when in wetting contact with menstrual fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Adam Toner, Jose Francisco Cau, DAvid Kimball, William Chester Neeley
  • Patent number: 11191678
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of manufacturing a diaper that has multiple moisture sensing elements on interior side of its bottom impermeable layer or on any surface of the top permeable layer. The moisture sending elements are made by spraying conductive ink on a moving sheet of either the bottom impermeable layer or the top permeable layer, before other layers of the diaper are attached. Spraying of conductive ink on the moving sheet causes parallel lines of conductive inks to be formed on the layer. The parallel lines of conductive ink run through the entire length of either of the layers and are designed to get connected with a detecting device. When a user urinates inside the diaper, the moisture causes a closed circuit between at least two of the parallel lines of conductive inks. These formations of closed circuits, between parallel lines of conductive inks, are detected by the detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Raja Singh Tuli
  • Patent number: 11191679
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising an absorbent core having at least two longitudinally extending channel-forming areas and a wetness indicator. The core wrap comprises a top side and a bottom side, which are attached to each other through areas substantially free of absorbent material, so that when the absorbent material swells upon absorption of a liquid the core wrap forms channels along these areas substantially free of absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Laveeta Joseph
  • Patent number: 11173073
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for monitoring incontinence events using inexpensive sensors coupled to an incontinence brief worn by a patient. In some examples of the disclosed technology, a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is queried to return a sensor value indicating a level of moisture in an incontinence brief. A mobile device carried by a patient caregiver analyzes the sensor value and provides a display indicating a course of action to take, for example, whether to change the patient's incontinence brief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: MacNaughton Living Trust utd Dec. 30, 2002
    Inventors: Carolyn Reeder MacNaughton, Robert Malcolm David MacNaughton
  • Patent number: 11166854
    Abstract: A method for producing a low density perforated web material having a thickness of at least 0.20 mm, comprising the steps of: providing a layer of low density material having a maximum overall weight per square meter of 75 g/m2 or less; and processing the low density material between two rollers pressing onto each other to obtain a low density perforated web material, wherein a first roller has protrusions to perforate the low density material, and a second roller rotates at a different speed from that of the first roller and has projecting parts with contact areas arranged to perforate the material with the protrusions, the contact areas being spaced by recesses to receive the material and having larger contact face dimensions than the protrusions, the recesses leaving an impression in relief on the low density polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: PANTEX INTERNATIONAL SPA
    Inventors: Pietro Angeli, Gianluigi Fornoni, Carmine Di Benedetto, Antonio Caira
  • Patent number: 11134656
    Abstract: An absorbent article for male pet animals has a longitudinal direction, a transverse direction and includes: a body-facing surface facing a body of a pet; a non-body-facing surface opposite to the body-facing surface; a first section positioned at a center in the longitudinal direction; second sections adjacent to the first section in the longitudinal direction; an interior layer sheet positioned on side of the body-facing surface; an exterior layer sheet positioned on side of the non-body-facing surface; an absorbent core between the interior and the exterior layer sheets; first and second end portions opposed to each other in the longitudinal direction; an attachment on which the second end portion is detachably attached, the attachment being positioned in the first end portion; and an indicator that is colored upon coming into contact with urine. The indicator continuously extends in the longitudinal direction, and is visually recognizable from the non-body-facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Komatsubara
  • Patent number: 11110015
    Abstract: An array of disposable absorbent articles comprising a sequence of graphic designs corresponding to a wearer's stage of development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregory Ashton, Molly Kelly Grovak, Kaoru Ishihara, Deborah Ann Vargo
  • Patent number: 11083636
    Abstract: An incontinence detection system includes an incontinence detection pad underneath a patient's pelvic area for detecting an incontinence event. The incontinence detection system further includes a moisture detection sensor, a gas detection sensor, and a reader. The moisture detection sensor is embedded in the incontinence detection pad for detecting a presence of moisture in incontinence detection pad. The gas detection sensor is positioned near the incontinence detection pad for detecting a presence of targeted gas, such as methane. The reader is communicatively coupled to the moisture detection sensor and the gas detection sensor to receive moisture data and gas data, respectively. The reader is configured to determine a type of the incontinence event based on the received moisture data and the gas data and transmit a signal indicative of the type of incontinence event to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Potter, Neal Wiggermann, Gavin M. Monson, Dan R. Tallent, Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 11071657
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system for a smart diaper are described. These smart diapers include a disposable detection component and a reusable component including various processing circuitries. The disposable component can include a paper printed sensor pad. Paper printed sensor pads can provide for a wide detection area, and accurate determination of whether human waste is present in the diaper. Additionally, the sensor pad can determine the amount of waste exposed to the sensor pad. In certain embodiments, the sensor can also detect a temperature within the diaper. In some embodiments, the smart diapers can provide for location tracking of the wearer of the diaper, and provide notifications to the caretaker based on the location of the wearer. In some embodiments, the reusable component can be a small circular component which is mounted on the outside of the smart diapers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: AuSense Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Lam Trong Ho
  • Patent number: 10960643
    Abstract: Gypsum panels, methods for their manufacture, and systems and methods for monitoring environmental conditions with such panels are provided herein. The panels include a gypsum core having a first surface and an opposed second surface, a first facer material associated with the first surface of the gypsum core, and an environmental sensor assembly associated with the gypsum panel and configured to detect an environmental condition of the gypsum panel and wirelessly communicate data on the environmental condition to a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Harrison, Lawrence Gollob, Clarence A. Shelton, Stuart Brandon Gilley
  • Patent number: 10950340
    Abstract: A process for collecting and storing data related to a condition of an absorbent product is disclosed. The process includes the steps of: receiving, in a server unit, measurement data related to said condition; storing said measurement data in a first database; adapting said measurement data to a format in which it can be utilized by at least one application program configured for analyzing said condition; storing the adapted measurement data in a second database; and providing access to said second database from at least one application program arranged for analyzing said measurement data. Also disclosed is an arrangement for collecting and storing incontinence-related data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Christer Olofsson Ranta, Anders Gustafsson, Fredrik Karlsson, Mattias Bosaeus, Kyrre Aalerud
  • Patent number: 10945892
    Abstract: An incontinence detector includes a layer of material having uniformly distributed electrically resistive elements which impart a baseline electrical resistance to the layer. The layer also has an actual electrical resistance. The detector also includes an RFID tag having a first and second leads which extend into the material without contacting each other. The tag is responsive to deviations of the actual resistance from the baseline resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Severns
  • Patent number: 10932958
    Abstract: A sensor system for detecting a property of or within an absorbent article may comprise an absorbent article and a sensor. The absorbent article may comprise a garment-facing layer and an absorbent assembly. The sensor may be disposed in and/or on the absorbent article. The sensor may be separable from the absorbent article. The sensor may be configured to sense a change in condition within the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Vijay Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10928344
    Abstract: A system for sensing wetness in an ordinary diaper includes a disposable sensor unit which has a sensor strip and support structure. The sensor strip has electrical circuit with conductive elements as wetness sensors printed on the bottom surface of the strip, wherein a closed electrical circuit is formed when an amount of body fluid is present that subsequently triggers an alerting device. The support structure has multiple slots cut out on it to expose conductive elements to urine and also keeps the conductive elements at a specific height from the diaper's padding such that urine content retained by a soaked diaper do not raise alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Raja Singh Tuli
  • Patent number: 10918762
    Abstract: A magnetic panty liner assembly for reducing menstrual pain includes a first panel, a first panel, a second panel, and a third panel. The second panel, which is absorbent, is coupled to a lower face of the first panel. The third panel is coupled to a bottom surface of the second panel and a perimeter of the first panel to enclose the second panel. The ridge and the third panel are impermeable. A coupler on an exterior face of the third panel is configured to couple the third panel to an undergarment. Menstrual fluid flows through the first panel to be absorbed by the second panel. A ridge on the first panel is positioned in abutment to skin of the user to prevent leakage. Magnets that are positioned between the second panel and the third panel are configured to reduce pain of menstruation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Melissa Haskins
  • Patent number: 10898392
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to absorbent articles and signaling devices for use therewith. The signaling device can be configured to detect the presence of an insult in the absorbent article and/or in an undergarment. The signaling device can be further configured to determine whether the insult is a urine insult or a feces insult. The signaling device can provide a notification to a user that an insult has occurred and can inform the user whether the insult is a urine insult or a feces insult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sentine, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Joseph Mancini, Derek Phelps Gardner
  • Patent number: 10888469
    Abstract: An absorbent article for personal hygiene having a front edge and a back edge and comprising a liquid impermeable backsheet, a liquid permeable topsheet, an absorbent core and a pair of barrier leg cuffs disposed symmetrically relative to the longitudinal axis. Each barrier leg cuff is defined by a proximal edge attached to the rest of the article and an elasticized terminal edge that can protrude upwards. The topsheet comprises a raisable region that is attached to the barrier leg cuffs so that when the barrier leg cuffs are raised, the raisable region is lifted up by the barrier leg cuffs and an empty volume is formed between the raisable region and the chassis of the article underneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Carsten Heinrich Kreuzer
  • Patent number: 10874559
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for detecting moisture in an absorbent article worn by a wearer including an impedance sensing element and an attachment member for securing the impedance sensing element at a location on an exterior surface of the absorbent article. The impedance sensing element includes electrodes. The electrodes are positioned so as to be capacitively coupled to an interior region of the absorbent article and to measure an impedance of the absorbent article from the location on the exterior surface of the absorbent article. The system may also include an impedance measurement subsystem for measuring the impedance of the absorbent article, and extracting a real component of the impedance and an imaginary component of the impedance for determining a characteristic of the moisture in the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Essity Hygiene and Health Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Timothy Ahong, Danny Porthiyas, Zachary Fejes, Sameer Dhar, Jeremy Dabor, Joel Ironstone, Harry Qiu
  • Patent number: 10869788
    Abstract: An absorbent article has an absorbent body with a colored fiber layer colored in a different color from a color of any member other than the absorbent body across a whole in a front-back direction and a width direction thereof. The colored fiber layer is visually recognizable from an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Daio Paper Corporation
    Inventor: Sadanao Manabe
  • Patent number: 10864118
    Abstract: A sensor system for detecting a property of or within an absorbent article may comprise an absorbent article and a sensor. The absorbent article may comprise a garment-facing layer and an absorbent assembly. The sensor may be disposed in and/or on the absorbent article. The sensor may be separable from the absorbent article. The sensor may be configured to sense a change in condition within the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gary Dean LaVon, Vijay Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10835425
    Abstract: An absorbent article having an outer cover with an interior surface and an opposite exterior surface, an absorbent core positioned adjacent the interior surface of the outer cover, and a wetness indicator graphic located on the outer cover. The wetness indicator graphic has a permanent graphic defining at least one non-printed area and a changing graphic located within the at least one non-printed area of the permanent graphic such that the permanent graphic and the changing graphic together give the appearance of a uniform graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ASSOCIATED HYGIENIC PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Charles F. Schroer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10828206
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising an absorbent core having a longitudinally extending channel-forming area and a wetness indicator. The core wrap comprises a top side and a bottom side, which are attached to each other through areas substantially free of absorbent material, so that when the absorbent material swells upon absorption of a liquid a channel is formed along the area substantially free of absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Laveeta Joseph
  • Patent number: 10825550
    Abstract: The invention is related to a system for treating irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis (collectively, inflammatory bowel disease, or “IBD”) by determining a number of indicators, including genetic markers, gene expression levels, levels of certain compounds in the gut or feces, hydrogen and/or methane levels, and concentrations of particular bacteria in the gut or feces, and correlating one or more such indicators with symptoms in test subjects with IBD; and correlating diet, drugs, supplements or other therapy, with alleviation of IBD symptoms. The correlations established in the test subjects are confirmed or refuted for individuals suffering IBD, and the treatments established as reducing symptoms are supported through messaging and compliance is verified by monitoring the indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Vivante Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimon Angelides, Eric Mirabel
  • Patent number: 10751495
    Abstract: The present invention relates to patient interfaces optically indicating a user that a member of the patient interface needs to be replaced due to wear. In particular, the present invention relates to a member for patient interface which includes at least one functional material having a predefined functionality and at least one indicator wherein the concentration of the at least one indicator in the member correlates with the predefined functionality of the at least one functional material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Mareike Klee, Nocolaas Petrus Willard, Joyce Van Zanten, Lutz Christian Gerhardt, Veena Mohan
  • Patent number: 10751228
    Abstract: A stretchable structure of an absorbent article includes two sheet layers that extend in a stretchable direction and an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the stretchable direction; and elongated resilient and elastic members that are disposed between the sheet layers at predetermined intervals in the orthogonal direction and extend in the stretchable direction, wherein, the two ends in the stretchable direction of each of the resilient and elastic members comprise fixed ends fixed to the two sheet layers, and the section between the fixed ends comprises a free section unfixed to the two sheet layers, at least one sheet bonding section is disposed in at least one inter-free region defined between the free sections adjacent to each other in the orthogonal direction, the two sheet layers being bonded in the at least one inter-free region, and the two sheet layers in a contracted state conform with each other in a wave pattern in response to contraction of the resilient and elastic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DAIO PAPER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Kurohara, Masayo Obata, Sadanao Manabe, Akifumi Hayashi, Yosuke Mori
  • Patent number: 10695231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to disposable absorbent articles. The disposable absorbent articles include: (a) a body contacting surface; (b) a garment contacting surface opposite the body contacting surface; and (c) an inkjet printed wetness indicator which is seen through either the body contacting surface or the garment contacting surface. The wetness indicator includes a central graphic and a background graphic, the central graphic having at least one permanent ink composition and the background graphic having at least one water soluble ink composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Kuang Kai Liu
  • Patent number: 10687988
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an absorbent article that may comprise a main body graphic zone. A front belt portion and a back belt portion may each have a waist end region adjacent a waist opening, wherein front and back waist panels of an absorbent main body do not overlap with front or back waist end regions. The front and back belt portions may each have a leg end region adjacent the proximal edges. Left and right side panels of the front and back belt portions may each have a tummy belt region between the waist end region and the leg end region. And, the waist end region may have an opacity of at least 15 points greater than that of the tummy belt region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Koichi Morimoto, Katsuhiro Yonemura, Gary Dean LaVon
  • Patent number: 10687984
    Abstract: A wound dressing includes at least one sensor generating a sensor signal. The wound dressing also includes a display configured to receive the sensor signal from the at least one sensor and present data corresponding to the sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ABSORBEST AB
    Inventor: Rolf Rovaniemi
  • Patent number: 10685249
    Abstract: A system for predicting and detecting urination events of users is disclosed. The system can include any number of wearable devices, mobile devices, hubs, computing devices, and servers to collect, share, process, and interpret data, as well as to provide stimuli to users and caregivers. Biometric and/or environmental data associated with a user can be collected and applied to a urination model to determine a predicted urination time. The user or a caregiver can be provided with direct or environmental stimuli conveying information about predicted urination times. Ongoing biometric and/or environmental data collection can be used to identify, and provide stimuli warning of, imminent urination events. Voluntary and involuntary feedback of actual urination events, as well as continued biometric and/or environmental data collection, can be used to train individual and collective urination models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GOGO Band, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Zyglowicz, Tim Baker, Jon Coble, Israel Franco
  • Patent number: 10675187
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising an absorbent core having at least two longitudinally extending channel-forming areas and a wetness indicator. The core wrap comprises a top side and a bottom side, which are attached to each other through areas substantially free of absorbent material, so that when the absorbent material swells upon absorption of a liquid the core wrap forms channels along these areas substantially free of absorbent material. The wetness indicator is placed between the channel-forming areas or between at least one channel-forming area and at least one longitudinally extending side edge of the article, as seen for the exterior of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Laveeta Joseph
  • Patent number: 10596047
    Abstract: Elasticated materials and absorbent articles comprising elasticated materials are disclosed. In an embodiment, an elasticated material may comprise a first layer bonded to a second layer by first bonds and second bonds. A plurality of elastomeric strands may extend between the first layer and the second layer. A first bond and a second bond are disposed on opposite sides of a first strand and are separated by a longitudinal distance less than an un-tensioned diameter of the first strand, and a third bond and a fourth bond are disposed on opposite sides of a second strand and are separated by a longitudinal distance less than an un-tensioned diameter of the second strand. The first bond forms a first angle with respect to the first strand, the third bond forms a second angle with respect to the second strand, and the first angle is different than the second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Coenen, Ross T. Kaufman, Kelly D. Farmer, Jerry L. Hameister
  • Patent number: 10568779
    Abstract: An absorbent article comprising a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet, wherein the article further comprises at least two volume indicators, and wherein at least one volume indicator comprises a masking layer comprising a water-soluble colorant and a stationary color layer comprising a permanent colorant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Laveeta Joseph, Thomas James Klofta
  • Patent number: 10568778
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods and devices for determining one or more pre-existing characteristics, pre-existing states or both of a combination absorbent article and electrical circuit after connecting an electronic device to the combination absorbent article and electrical circuit. The method and system is particularly, although not exclusively, suitable for determining pre-existing characteristics such as absorbent article size, type, capacity and a pre-existing state such as whether or not the electrical circuit of the combination absorbent article and electrical circuit has been previously connected to the electronic device or another like electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Fred Bergman Healthcare Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Hadi Mashin-Chi, Peter Hubertus Aigner, Peter Curran, Mehdi Azimi, Mohammed Asef Ali
  • Patent number: 10548780
    Abstract: Disclosed are an excrement alarming apparatus and an excrement alarming method, the excrement alarming apparatus includes: a temperature sensor provided on one side of the excrement alarming apparatus and configured to measure temperature; a humidity sensor provided on one side of the excrement alarming apparatus and configured to measure humidity; a controller configured to detect excrement using temperature information measured by the temperature sensor, first humidity information measured by the humidity sensor, and second humidity information received from an external device; and a communication unit configured to transmit an excrement detection signal indicative of the detection of the excrement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: LITTLEONE INC.
    Inventors: Byung Kyu Lee, Byung Hee Yun
  • Patent number: 10500109
    Abstract: An absorbent article with a body-facing surface, a first end region a second end region, a topsheet, a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet is described. The absorbent article can be asymmetric about the transverse centerline, and can have a first functional enhancement indicator visible from the body-facing surface and a second functional enhancement indicator visible from the body-facing surface. The first functional enhancement indicator can provide visually-perceptible indication of the first end region, and the second functional enhancement indicator can provide visually-perceptible indication of a region of fluid entry in the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeanne Marie Hughes, Ronald Bosman Visscher, Peter Charles Mason, Jr., Folke Schlueter, Emma Somma, Giovanni Carlucci, Paul Thomas Weisman
  • Patent number: 10441478
    Abstract: A humidity detecting device includes a substrate, a humidity sensor mounted on the substrate, a vent mounted to the humidity sensor, wherein the vent is configured to guide moisture and air from interior of a sample to the humidity sensor, and a spike fixedly coupled to the humidity sensor. The spike can penetrate and hook to the sample, which attaches the humidity sensor to the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Gallop Creation USA Inc.
    Inventors: Li Li, Zhigang Wang, Xu Huang, Yongqiang Zheng
  • Patent number: 10426394
    Abstract: There is provided a method of monitoring a subject, the method comprising obtaining measurements of the movements of the subject over time; obtaining measurements of the skin temperature of the subject over time; and processing the obtained measurements of the movements and the obtained measurements of the skin temperature to identify a urination event of the subject. An apparatus for monitoring a subject is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Murtaza Bulut
  • Patent number: 10426672
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and apparatus for detecting moisture or fluid using a processing unit and a sensor pad comprising interdigitated conductive leads connected to a coupling unit. The processing unit and coupling unit may be connected wirelessly or via wires. The presence of moisture or fluid may be determined as a function of at least one aspect of the complex impedance as determined by a signal analysis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Raul C. Mihali, Dorin E. Calbaza, Jonathan A. Glass, Anton R. Simunovic
  • Patent number: 10376423
    Abstract: A system for monitoring at least one characteristic of biological material of an individual includes a wearable product. The wearable product includes an outer surface and a skin contact surface defining an internal area. An analysis portal is disposed in the internal area, and includes a sensing portion and an investigation portion. The sensing portion has at least one sensor, and the investigation portion that includes a computing device having a health screener. The sensing portion of the analysis portal comes into contact with a biological material of the individual, and the health screener is configured to determine at least one characteristic of the biological material. The computing device is communicatively coupled to the sensors and the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NEWTONOID TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Fielding B. Staton, David Strumpf
  • Patent number: 10350115
    Abstract: A leakage assessment system for use with an absorbent article having an outer surface, the system including a computer and a signaling device adapted to be used in conjunction with the absorbent article, the signaling device adapted to sense wetness in the absorbent article, wherein the signaling device is in electronic communication with the computer. The system also includes a wetness detection mat in electronic communication with the computer, and an image capture device configured to continuously detect an absorbent article wearer position, wherein the image capture device is in electronic communication with the computer, wherein the computer is configured to electronically record wetness incidents using the signaling device, the wetness detection mat, and the wearer position captured by the image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Long, Shawn J. Sullivan, John C. Robertson, Richard N. Dodge
  • Patent number: 10335326
    Abstract: A smart nursing consumable includes an absorbent body and a sensor module. The absorbent body includes a water-absorbing layer. The sensor module is disposed above the water-absorbing layer and includes a plurality of wires. A physiological monitoring device employing the aforementioned smart nursing consumable is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sinopulsar Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Tien-Hsiang Wu
  • Patent number: 10309901
    Abstract: A process of utilizing a water-sensitive fluorophore for moisture content evaluation in a hygroscopic polymer includes forming a blend that includes a hygroscopic polymer resin and a water-sensitive fluorophore. The process includes forming pellets having a particular geometry from the blend, determining fluorescence properties of at least one of the pellets, and determining moisture content of at least one of the pellets. The process also includes generating a calibration curve for the particular pellet geometry by correlating the fluorescence properties with the moisture content. The process further includes providing the calibration curve for non-destructive moisture content evaluation of a material derived from the pellets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Campbell, Sarah K. Czaplewski, Joseph Kuczynski, Timothy J. Tofil
  • Patent number: 10307302
    Abstract: An absorbent article may be constructed by printing on a web that forms a portion of the side panels using a first printing method; and by printing on a backsheet using a second printing method. Seams may be formed by attaching the side panels to a chassis and by attaching the side panels to each other to form a waist opening and leg openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael Dale Trennepohl, Andrew James Sauer, Donald Carroll Roe