Pedometer Patents (Class 702/160)
  • Patent number: 11333508
    Abstract: A method of estimating the congestion degree and the number of people with high accuracy and at a low cost, without requiring a surveillance camera, is provided. Provided are a congestion degree estimating step of estimating a congestion degree based on sensor information (such as acceleration information) of a portable terminal device, an average congestion degree calculating step of calculating an average congestion degree for each mesh (reference range) set in advance, based on the congestion degree estimated in the congestion degree estimating step for a plurality of portable terminal devices, and an estimated number-of-people calculating step of calculating an estimated number of people for each mesh by multiplying the average congestion degree calculated in the average congestion degree calculating step by a base number of people (maximum number of accommodated people) determined in advance for each mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kitamura, Itaru Furukawa
  • Patent number: 11317863
    Abstract: A wellness evaluation system may determine, based on data generated by a first set of sensors powered by one or more batteries of one or more ear-wearable devices, that a user of the one or more ear-wearable devices is currently in an environment that includes human-directed communication signals. If so, a second set of sensors may be activated such that the one or more batteries provides an increased amount of power to the second set of sensors. Furthermore, the wellness evaluation system may determine based on data generated by the second set of sensors, whether the user has satisfied a target level of a wellness measure. If the user has not satisfied the target level of the wellness measure, the wellness evaluation system may perform an action to encourage the user to perform one or more activities to increase an achieved level of the wellness measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jingjing Xu, Justin Burwinkel, Kenneth Jensen, Jason Galster, Sahar Akram, Adriana Goyette
  • Patent number: 11315558
    Abstract: Methods and systems for using voice (e.g., voice commands) to control a plurality of network devices via a motion sensing control device are provided. A control device can detect movement (e.g., a gesture) associated with the control device. Based on the movement satisfying a predefined condition, the control device can initiate a either a direct or a proxy communication session with a remote computing device. The communication session can be established and maintained for a predefined period such that data associated with a command can be immediately transmitted to the remote computing device. Thus, when a voice command is received, data associated with the command can be transmitted over the already established communication session to the remote computing device. The remote computing device can provide a response to the control device and/or transmit a command code associated with the voice command to one or more devices intended to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Rekstad
  • Patent number: 11313683
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a control unit that determines reliability of positioning information of a user calculated on a basis of sensed information output from a sensing unit built in a portable information processing device. According to the present disclosure, it is possible to determine the reliability of positioning information. Note that the effects described above are not necessarily limitative. With or in the place of the above effects, there may be achieved any one of the effects described in this specification or other effects that may be grasped from this specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Kimishima
  • Patent number: 11272863
    Abstract: A concept for monitoring a subject employs: a first sensor output signal representative of detected air pressure; and a second sensor output signal representative of a detected property of at least one of: the subject; and the environment. A dressing activity of the subject is determined based on the first sensor output signal and the second sensor output signal. Information about a dressing activity of the subject may, for example, be useful for the purpose of assessing the subject's physical and/or mental abilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Koninklljke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Warner Rudolph Theophile Ten Kate, Jozef Hubertus Gelissen, Doortje Van De Wouw
  • Patent number: 11215457
    Abstract: According to an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus comprising at least one processing core, at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code being configured to, with the at least one processing core, cause the apparatus at least to determine a route based at least partly on a thematic map database and a current location of the apparatus, present the determined route as a suggested route to a first user, and responsive to the first user approving the suggested route, initiate an activity session based on the suggested route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Amer Sports Digital Services Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Nieminen, Erik Lindman, Tuomas Hapola, Janne Kallio
  • Patent number: 11210299
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and an apparatus, such as a personal device, for presenting information to a user. The device comprises at least one processing core, a display, at least one sensor and a memory including computer program code. According to the invention, the location of the apparatus is determined by means of a sensor providing location information, and a query comprising an indication of the current location is transmitted from the apparatus to a thematic map database server. The apparatus is then updated with thematic maps related to the location by downloading thematic map data and storing the thematic map data in a memory. At least one downloaded thematic map as one of a suggested activity is presented to the user in a first display mode on said display, and an activity session is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Amer Sports Digital Services Oy
    Inventors: Mikko Ahlström, Timo Halko, Erik Lindman, Timo Eriksson, Jari Akkila, Heikki Nieminen
  • Patent number: 11144107
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus and a method for a personal device. The device comprises at least one processor with at least one processing core, at least one display, at least one sensor, at least one memory including a computer program code. The apparatus determine the location of the apparatus by means of a sensor providing location information to said at least one processing core and transmits a query to a thematic map database server. The apparatus is then updated with thematic maps related to the location by downloading thematic map data and storing the thematic map data in a memory. The user is presented on a display in a first display mode with least one downloaded thematic map as one of a suggested activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Amer Sports Digital Services Oy
    Inventors: Mikko Ahlström, Timo Halko, Erik Lindman, Timo Eriksson, Jari Akkila, Heikki Nieminen
  • Patent number: 11138417
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for methods, computer readable media, and systems for automatic gender recognition including a phase quantization feature extraction method for automatic gender recognition in smart environments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Amer Ghazi Abdullah Binsaadoon, El-Sayed M. El-Alfy
  • Patent number: 11137820
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus and a method for a personal device. The device comprises at least one processor with at least one processing core, at least one display, at least one sensor, at least one memory including a computer program code. The apparatus determine the location of the apparatus by means of a sensor providing location information to said at least one processing core and transmits a query to a thematic map database server. The apparatus is then updated with thematic maps related to the location by downloading thematic map data and storing the thematic map data in a memory. The user is presented on a display in a first display mode with least one downloaded thematic map as one of a suggested activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Amer Sports Digital Services Oy
    Inventors: Mikko Ahlström, Timo Halko, Erik Lindman, Timo Eriksson, Jari Akkila, Heikki Nieminen
  • Patent number: 11131562
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes receiving, by a processor of a mobile device, raw pedometer data from a pedometer included in or coupled to the mobile device. The processor receives raw GNSS data from a GNSS receiver included in or coupled to the mobile device. A first filter uses the raw pedometer data to estimate a step frequency of a user wearing or holding the mobile device. The processor determines a pace change from the estimated step frequency. Responsive to the pace change, the processor adapts a bandwidth of a second filter and estimates, by the second filter, an estimated pace or speed of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Pejman Lotfali Kazemi
  • Patent number: 11112268
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method including receiving multi-axis accelerometer data representing a potential step taken by a user of an electronic device. The method also includes determining whether the potential step represented by the multi-axis accelerometer data is a false. This determination is made by calculating statistical data from the multi-axis accelerometer data, and applying a decision tree to the statistical data to perform a cross correlation that determines whether the potential step is a false positive. If the potential step is not a false positive, a step detection process is performed to determine whether the potential step is a countable step and, if the potential step is found to be a countable step, a step counter is incremented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Marco Leo, Alessia Cagidiaco, Marco Catellano
  • Patent number: 11092441
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for estimating a walking speed of a subject. A method comprises mounting an inertial measurement unit (IMU) on a wrist of the subject, the IMU configured to generate acceleration and rate of turn signals; processing the acceleration and rate of turn signals from the IMU to generate a pitch angle and a roll angle; processing the pitch angle and the roll angle to generate a rotation matrix from a sensor frame of the IMU to a navigation frame of the subject; applying the rotation matrix to the acceleration signals and removing gravitational acceleration to generate an external acceleration signal; processing the external acceleration signal to determine a principal horizontal axis and to generate a principal component acceleration signal representing external acceleration along the principal horizontal axis; and processing the principal component acceleration signal using a regression-based method to determine an estimated walking speed of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: BigMotion Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Wook Park, Shaghayegh Zihajehzadeh
  • Patent number: 11064888
    Abstract: A wearable device automatically identifies an activity in which a user of the device is engaged while wearing the device. The wearable device receives motion data of the user collected during the activity and determines a magnitude and a frequency of the motion data. Based on the magnitude and frequency of the motion data, the wearable device identifies the activity in which the user is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Steven P. Szabados, Andrew A. Stirn, Timothy Melano, Nathan R. Kowahl, Christopher Verplaetse, Colt Stander
  • Patent number: 11033238
    Abstract: A system for guiding and evaluating physical positioning, orientation and motion of the human body, comprising: a cloud computing-based subsystem including an artificial neural network and spatial position analyzer said cloud computing-based subsystem adapted for data storage, management and analysis; at least one motion sensing device wearable on the human body, said at least one motion sensing device adapted to detect changes in at least one of spatial position, orientation, and rate of motion; a mobile subsystem running an application program (app) that controls said at least one motion sensing device, said mobile subsystem adapted to capture activity data quantifying said changes in at least one of spatial position, orientation, and rate of motion, said mobile subsystem further adapted to transfer said activity data to said cloud computing-based subsystem, wherein said cloud computing-based subsystem processes, stores, and analyzes said activity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: University of Central Oklahoma
    Inventors: Jicheng Fu, Maurice Haff
  • Patent number: 11015954
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and counting steps. Acceleration data is used to determine acceleration norms. Peaks and valleys in the resulting acceleration norms data are then detected. These peaks and valleys are indicative of steps and are validated using measurements from gyroscopes and magnetometers. The systems and methods can thus be used to assist in location tracking and/or navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: UTI Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Maan Essam Khedr, Naser El-Sheimy
  • Patent number: 10996999
    Abstract: A personal online recording management system using network includes: user terminal registering ID of user of the personal on-line recording management system in management server, registering iris information in the management server, accessing the network on user terminal, recording voice, converting the voice into text, storing the text, voice, and video information recording daily life to the user terminal and executing an editing process on display unit of the user terminal, transmitting the information to the management server, and displaying the voice, text and video information; a predesignated designator terminal stored beforehand in the management server, displaying the voice, text and video information; a management server storing ID and iris password, managing the voice, text, and video information, and transmitting the voice, text and video information to a predesignated designator terminal; and an internet network or wireless communications network connecting user terminals, designator terminals
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Hye Sun Song
  • Patent number: 10990187
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronic device to be worn on a user's forearm includes a display and a set of one or more sensors that provide sensor data. In one aspect, a device may detect, using sensor data obtained from a set of sensors, that a first activity state of a user is active. The device may determine, while the first activity state is active, that the sensor data matches a watch check rule associated with the first activity state. Responsive to the detected match, the device may cause a change in visibility of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros A. Pantelopoulos, Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Heiko Gernot Albert Panther
  • Patent number: 10926137
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically trimming and reclassifying workout data is disclosed. The system receives data associated with a workout of a user from at least one sensor associated with the user, the workout being classified as a first type of workout. The system processes the data to identify at least one time interval during the workout that does not correspond to the first workout type. The system prompts the user to select whether to remove or reclassify a subset of the data that is associated with the identified time interval. If the user chooses to do so, the system removes or reclassifies the subset of the data that is associated with the identified time interval. The system generates and provides workout depictions using the data, at least one of which illustrates only the remaining data that was not removed or reclassified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: William Quast, Julia Lu, Suraj Bhattarai, Kaitlyn Carpenter, Brian Lewis, Christopher Peters
  • Patent number: 10856744
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an apparatus comprising a portable monitoring device to be affixed to a user. The portable monitoring device including: 1) a set of one or more sensors to generate sensor data indicative of physical activity of a user when the portable monitoring device is affixed to the user; and 2) processing circuitry coupled with the set of sensors, to detect that the user has been sedentary for a period of time, and cause the portable monitoring device to alert the user responsive to the detection to encourage the user to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, James Park, Eric Nathan Friedman
  • Patent number: 10835778
    Abstract: Display and output are performed in such a manner as to allow complex body motions to be comprehended instantaneously. There are provided: a plurality of body motion sensors 40 which are worn on a wearer's 1 parts subject to cyclic motions and which are capable of measuring three-dimensional displacements and accelerations at the respective parts; a memory 114 which records detection results as body motion data; a cycle extraction unit 170c which extracts a cyclic motion of each of the body motion sensors 40 on the basis of accumulated body motion data; an analysis unit 170d which analyzes the characteristic of a change in angular velocity in the extracted cyclic motion; and displays 100a, 100b that display or output the characteristic analyzed by the analysis unit 170d in association with the rotation angle of the cyclic motion extracted by the cycle extraction unit 170c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LEOMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Kaji, Satoru Taniyama, Shinichi Fukuma
  • Patent number: 10793423
    Abstract: This invention relates to apparatus and systems for providing home and building security and condition monitoring. More particularly, the invention relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate dynamically with each other and a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hartford Fire Insurance Company
    Inventors: William Joseph Carroll, Bradley Dean Molinsky, Michael J. Dunst, Thomas Andrew Tipton, Joseph S. Battaglini
  • Patent number: 10786206
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and/or devices for alerting a user of a change in a medical condition. The methods, systems, apparatuses, and/or devices may include a first sensor configured to measure a first physiological characteristic of a user to obtain a first set of physiological data for a physiological condition. The methods, systems, apparatuses, and/or devices may include a processing device configured to: receive a second set of physiological data for the physiological condition; determine a unique physiological characteristic of the user based on the second set of physiological data; determine a unique baseline for the unique physiological characteristic of the user based on the second set of physiological data; determine a relative physiological measurement for the physiological condition based on the first set of physiological data; and provide an alert to the user or a third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Tula Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Devin Warner Miller, David Rich Miller, Jeffrey Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 10772558
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new integrated, holistic approach to empower older adults to enhance their quality of life and independence through a personalized lifestyle and nutrition program. This is achieved by measuring the physical status of the adults with respect to strength and endurance. In addition, their nutritional status is assessed. Based on those assessments recommendations are provided with respect to particular exercise programs and nutrients that support the functions bones, muscles and cartilage. These methods can be implemented as a software program and executed on computer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Denis Breuille, Elizabeth Offord Cavin, Daniel Ryan Moore, Richard Gannon, Marie Noelle Horcajada, Aline Boisset Michaud, Michaela Hoehne
  • Patent number: 10729324
    Abstract: A wearable device may take a set of health inputs from embedded body sensors for the duration of an activity performed by a user of the wearable device. Based on these inputs, the wearable device can calculate a health parameter (e.g., calories burned during the activity). The wearable device can also track its location during the activity, and provide this location to a geolocation data network. The geolocation data network may provide geolocation data (e.g., weather/environmental/terrain data) pertaining to the wearable device's location. The wearable device can then modify its measurements and/or calculated health parameters based on the geolocation data (e.g. Increasing calories burned during a run due to high heat and uphill terrain in the location of the run).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jozef Hubertus Gelissen, John Cronin, Lili-Marjan Brockhuis, Christopher Michael Huffines
  • Patent number: 10699594
    Abstract: Improved techniques and systems are disclosed for determining the components of resistance experienced by a wearer of a wearable device engaged in an activity such as bicycling or running. By monitoring data using the wearable device, improved estimates can be derived for various factors contributing to the resistance experienced by the user in the course of the activity. Using these improved estimates, data sampling rates may be reduced for some or all of the monitored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig H. Mermel, Alexander Singh Alvarado, Daniel M. Trietsch, Hung A. Pham, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Richard Channing Moore, III
  • Patent number: 10650699
    Abstract: Improved techniques and systems are disclosed for determining the components of resistance experienced by a wearer of a wearable device engaged in an activity such as bicycling or running. By monitoring data using the wearable device, improved estimates can be derived for various factors contributing to the resistance experienced by the user in the course of the activity. Using these improved estimates, data sampling rates may be reduced for some or all of the monitored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig H. Mermel, Alexander Singh Alvarado, Daniel M. Trietsch, Hung A. Pham, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Richard Channing Moore, III
  • Patent number: 10624411
    Abstract: A wearable article, a system, and methods include a structural material configured to enable the wearable article to the worn on a body, a piezoelectric generator, positioned with respect to the structural material in a configuration to be flexed to output a voltage, a data translator, coupled to the piezoelectric generator, configured to output electronic data based on the voltage, and an electronic data storage, coupled to the data translator, configured to store the electronic data from the data translator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Folske, Vikram Malhotra, Holli Pheil, Summer L. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10627229
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a motion sensor for detecting movement of the electronic device and a pressure sensor for detecting changes in elevation of the electronic device. Applications that run on the electronic device such as health and fitness applications may use motion sensor and pressure sensor data to track a user's physical activity. For example, processing circuitry in the electronic device may use the motion sensor to track a user's steps and the pressure sensor to track changes in the user's elevation. The processing circuitry may determine whether the user is climbing stairs based on the user's step rate and the user's changes in elevation. When the processing circuitry determines that the user is climbing stairs, the processing circuitry may use the pressure sensor and motion sensor to track and store the number of flights of stairs climbed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Jackson, Hung A. Pham, Anh N. Phan, Shameek P. Ganguly
  • Patent number: 10534798
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with updating data aggregation configurations and controlling data aggregation are described. Illustratively, a hierarchy of nodes is generated and displayed in a graphical representation of an energy supply network. The nodes store energy consumption data, and are selectable to identify where aggregations of the energy consumption data are to be performed. A settlement point is created to define an aggregation of the energy consumption data based on at least data from a plurality of the nodes identified from the hierarchy. The created settlement includes one or more characteristics selected from the database, and an algorithm defining the aggregation to be performed. The aggregation of the energy consumption data according to the settlement point is executed and controlled, and an electronic report including the aggregated energy consumption data is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brian Michel
  • Patent number: 10527427
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing location and guidance, and more particularly for providing location and guidance in environments where global position systems (GPS) are unavailable or unreliable (GPS denied and/or degraded environments), utilizing inertial measurement units (IMUs) to provide such location and guidance. A series of low-accuracy or low-resolution IMUs, in combination, are utilized to provide high-accuracy or high-resolution location and guidance results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Orbital Research Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jankowski, Edward J. Rapp
  • Patent number: 10527425
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing location and guidance, and more particularly for providing location and guidance in environments where global position systems (GPS) are unavailable or unreliable (GPS denied and/or degraded environments) utilizing inertial measurement units IMUs to provide such location and guidance. A series of low-accuracy or low-resolution IMUs, in combination, are utilized to provide high-accuracy or high-resolution location and guidance results along with an electronics-control system for handing off control of the measurement and guidance of a body in flight between groups or subgroups of IMUs to alternate between high dynamic range/lower resolution and lower dynamic range/higher resolution measurement and guidance as the environment dictates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Orbital Research Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jankowski, Edward J. Rapp
  • Patent number: 10503887
    Abstract: A wearable device includes one or more biometric sensors, each of the one or more biometric sensors gathering biological data from a wearer of the wearable device, the wearable device further having a computer processor for receiving the biological data from the one or more biometric sensors and generating biometric information based on the biological data and according one or more biometrical algorithms, the biometric information including validation information to validate the wearer as a source of the biological data gathered by each of the one or more sensors, the biometric information further including sleep information to provide a sleep profile of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SLEEP DATA SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Dominic Munafo, David French, Bretton Hevener, William Hevener, Thinh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10492735
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein relate to an intelligent warning system in a communication service. One embodiment of the present invention analyzes a user's biometric signals and image data of one of the user's in a communication session to determine a distress level. In addition, location data indicating the user's velocity and direction can be used to determine a distress level. If the biometric signals or the image data indicate a distress level that meets or exceeds a threshold level, a notification is automatically sent to a remote user. This can allow a remote user to render assistance to a user in distress, even when the user is unable to communicate one or more conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Rupreet Singh Gujral, Varun Kumar Palavalasa, Noor Mahdi
  • Patent number: 10441197
    Abstract: Device and method for classifying the activity and/or counting steps of a user. A method for classifying the activity of a user can comprise measuring accelerometer data for a plurality of axes; identifying a most active one of the plurality of axes based on the accelerometer data; and classifying the activity of the user based on a signal amplitude of the accelerometer data for the most active axis and one or more threshold values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Khine Cho Cho Thein, Kittipong Kasamsook, Aye Aung
  • Patent number: 10422809
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a storing unit that stores relational data for predetermined user classifications, such as gender and body height, indicating a relationship between a traveling pitch, which is the number of steps taken by a user per predetermined amount of time, and a traveling speed which is a running speed or a walking speed. A correcting unit corrects the stored relational data based on a set of a measured traveling pitch and a measured traveling speed. A speed calculating unit calculates a traveling speed of the user from a measured traveling pitch of the user based on the stored relational data that correspond to a user classification input by the user and that has been corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Takakura, Hiroshi Shimizu, Tomohiro Ihashi, Keisuke Tsubata, Takehiro Tagawa, Ryota Shinayama
  • Patent number: 10408627
    Abstract: To improve indoor positioning accuracy, an inertial device includes a traveling direction estimator configured to estimate a traveling direction and movement velocity, based on an output of a sensor, a position estimator configured to generate an estimated position of the inertial device by use of an inertial navigation system, based on the traveling direction and the movement velocity estimated by the traveling direction estimator, an absolute position information acquirer configured to acquire absolute position information which is provided externally, a position corrector configured to correct the estimated position based on the absolute position information and generate a corrected position, upon acquiring the absolute position information, and a traveling direction corrector configured to correct the traveling direction based on a gap between a direction from a predetermined position to the estimated position and a direction from the predetermined position to the corrected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yusuke Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10395233
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal having a lateral display unit and a control method thereof. A mobile terminal according to the present disclosure may include a body having a front surface, a lateral surface and a rear surface; a display unit having a first region disposed on the front surface and a second region extended from the first region and disposed on the lateral surface; and a controller configured to display payment related information in the second region based on signals transmitted to and received from an external payment server while the first region is in an inactive state, and execute payment while the first region is in an inactive state based on the signals transmitted to and received from the payment server and the payment related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Mose Jueng, Jungeun Shin, Jeonghyun Choi
  • Patent number: 10374648
    Abstract: A wearable device worn on a body of a user is provided. The wearable device includes a sensing unit configured to sense state information of the user, a touch input unit configured to receive a touch input from the user, a controller configured to select at least one of a plurality of strings based on the state information when the touch input is received, a display configured to display the selected at least one string, and a communicator configured to transmit a message including the at least one string to a receiver device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-hyun Kim, Han-joo Chae, Hyun-soo Nah, Jong-hyun Ryu
  • Patent number: 10362977
    Abstract: There is provided herein a motion-based evaluation of reaction time that utilizes motion detection hardware of a mobile device to determine auditory and visual stimulated reaction time. In an embodiment, the subject holds a mobile computing device equipped with built-in triaxis accelerometer and gyroscope with both hands at arms length away from the face. A visual or auditory stimulus is then presented on screen via a software application that also records the response time for the individual to initiate a movement of the device. A simple reaction time test could include the movement of the device in any direction that exceeded a threshold of movement beyond what would be expected from static holding. An embodiment of a choice reaction time test would provide for specific directional movements as it related to an instructed stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SWAY OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Chase Curtiss
  • Patent number: 10353489
    Abstract: A foot input device worn on a foot of a user and configured to output an operation signal used by an external apparatus includes an operation section configured to detect a state of a sole of the foot of the user and output the operation signal corresponding to the detected state of the sole of the foot. The operation section detects, as the state of the sole of the foot, a load received from the sole of the foot of the user and outputs the operation signal corresponding to the detected load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Hiroi, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 10339782
    Abstract: A method includes receiving location data of a monitoring device when carried by a user and receiving motion data of the monitoring device. The motion data is associated with a time of occurrence and the location data. The method includes processing the received motion data to identify a group of the motion data having a substantially common characteristic and processing the location data for the group of the motion data. The group of motion data by way of processing the location data provides an activity identifier. The motion data includes metric data that identifies characteristics of the motion data. The method includes transferring the activity identifier and the characteristics of the motion data to a screen of a device for display. The activity identifier being a graphical user interface that receives an input for rendering more or less of the characteristics of the motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, James Park, Hans Christiansen Lee
  • Patent number: 10327674
    Abstract: Biometric monitoring devices, including various technologies that may be implemented in such devices, are discussed herein. Additionally, techniques for utilizing gyroscopes in biometric monitoring devices are provided. Such techniques may, in some implementations, involve obtaining swimming metrics regarding stroke cycle count, lap count, and stroke type. Such techniques may also, in some implementations, involve obtaining performance metrics for bicycling activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Ook Hong, Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Andrew Larsen Axley
  • Patent number: 10314547
    Abstract: A technology for a wearable medical device for monitoring medical parameters. Medical measurement data can be received at the wearable medical device from a medical measurement sensor attached to the wearable medical device or a medical measurement sensor in communication with the wearable medical device. A calibration coefficient can be determined for calibrating the wearable medical device based on the medical measurement data. The wearable medical device can be calibrated based on the calibration coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Halo Wearables LLC
    Inventors: Devin Warner Miller, David Rich Miller, Jeffrey Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 10281484
    Abstract: This disclosure provides devices, computer programs and methods for determining a motion direction. In one aspect, a mobile device includes one or more sensors configured to measure acceleration data in each of one or more directions. The mobile device also includes one or more processors and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, implement a motion direction estimation module. The motion direction estimation module is configured to identify a use case for the mobile device based at least in part on the acceleration data. The motion direction estimation module also is configured to select a set of one or more parameters based on the identified use case. The motion direction estimation module is further configured to calculate an estimated motion direction of the mobile device based on the acceleration data and the respective set of parameters corresponding to the identified use case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Payam Pakzad, Victor Kulik
  • Patent number: 10244985
    Abstract: A wearable diagnostic device worn on a user's body that can provide various types of health-related information to the user is described. The wearable diagnostic device can provide real-time, non-invasive, accurate, and continuous data regarding a user's heart rate, hemoglobin level, body temperature, oxygen level, glucose level, and blood pressure. In some implementations, the wearable diagnostic device may also provide electrocardiogram (EKG) data or detection of Parkinson's symptoms, such as the involuntary movement of a user's hand. A user may configure the wearable diagnostic device to provide information on one, multiple, or all of the health-related information noted above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Saleem Sayani
  • Patent number: 10244358
    Abstract: Mostly, motion signals are inaccurate, especially if the mobile device is not a proprietary device, and one has to reckon that the bearer wears the mobile device somewhere else than where it is supposed to be worn in order to coincide with the laboratory conditions. However, the information conveyed by the motion signals is sufficient in order to discriminate and detect between different typical wearing/carrying conditions, and accordingly position tracking based on such motion signals may be rendered far more efficiently by, first of all, using the motion signals gained from the one or more motion sensors so as to attribute them to one of a plurality of analysis parameter sets so as to obtain a selected analysis parameter set and, second, analyzing the motion signals using the selected analysis parameter set so as to obtain a signal indicating a locomotion of the bearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer Portugal Research
    Inventors: Dirk Elias, Vânia Guimarães, Bruno Aguiar, Lourenço Castro, David Ribeiro, Manuel Monteiro, Tiago Rocha, Carlos Ferreira, Susana Carneiro, André Costa Lima, Joana Silva, Renato Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10223515
    Abstract: A wearable device includes one or more biometric sensors, each of the one or more biometric sensors gathering biological data from a wearer of the wearable device, the wearable device further having a computer processor for receiving the biological data from the one or more biometric sensors and generating biometric information based on the biological data and according one or more biometrical algorithms, the biometric information including validation information to validate the wearer as a source of the biological data gathered by each of the one or more sensors, the biometric information further including sleep information to provide a sleep profile of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sleep Data Services, LLC
    Inventors: Dominic Munafo, David French, Bretton Hevener, William Hevener, Thinh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10216903
    Abstract: A system that implements a medical adherence tracker framework receives a workflow definition, the workflow definition comprising one or more tasks. The system persists the workflow definition, and the persisting includes serializing the workflow definition. The system synchronizes the workflow definition to one or more user devices, including transmitting the serialized workflow definition to the user devices. The workflow definition includes nested objects, and the system serializes the workflow definition and nested objects separately and links the serialized objects using an object identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jayant Thomas, Victor Matskiv, Zhaogang Qian, Vallabha Jagdish
  • Patent number: 10215587
    Abstract: A method for detecting a human's steps and estimating the horizontal translation direction and scaling of the resulting motion relative to an inertial sensor is described. When a pedestrian takes a sequence of steps the displacement can be decomposed into a sequence of rotations and translations over each step. A translation is the change in the location of pedestrian's center of mass and a rotation is the change along z-axis of the pedestrian's orientation. A translation can be described by a vector and a rotation by an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kamiar Kordari, Benjamin Funk, Jared Napora, Ruchika Verma, Carole Teolis, Travis Young