Analyzing Bodily Movement (e.g., Skills Or Kinetics Of Handwriting) Patents (Class 73/865.4)
  • Patent number: 10546471
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes one or more pods coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure, and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, where the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. Each pod is configured to: (i) have a first degree of flexibility when the bladder of the pod is in a first pressurized state; and (ii) have a second degree of flexibility, less than the first degree of flexibility, when the bladder of the pod is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state. Each pod provides a haptic stimulation to a wearer of the garment when the corresponding bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10540870
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes pod(s) coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure including an arrangement of a plurality of protrusions and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, wherein the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. The internal structure in each pod is configured to: (i) when the respective bladder of the respective pod is in a first pressurized state, have a first degree of flexibility; and (ii) when the respective bladder is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state: curve, at least partially, in a predetermined direction, and have a second degree of flexibility less than the first degree of flexibility, thereby providing a haptic stimulation to a wearer when the respective bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10372219
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes pod(s) coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an outer internal structure that defines an opening, (ii) an inner internal structure disposed in the opening defined by the outer internal structure, and (iii) an airtight bladder, pneumatically coupled with a pneumatic device, surrounding the inner and outer internal structures. Further, when a bladder of a respective pod is at a first pressure, respective top surfaces of the internal structures contact a first portion of a user's body, said contact with the first portion of the body having a first area, and when the bladder is at a second pressure, the top surface of the inner internal structure and/or the top surface of the outer internal structure contact a second portion of the user's body, said contact with the second portion of the body having a second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10176556
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes an acquisition unit that acquires a document to be displayed on a display, a detector that detects at least one user present in a surrounding area of the display, and a display controller that controls a display angle of the document based on an orientation of the user with respect to the document displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirohito Shibata, Kentaro Takano, Kengo Omura
  • Patent number: 10117600
    Abstract: Pacer activity data of a user may be managed. For example, historical activity data of a user corresponding to a particular time of a day prior to a current day may be received. Additionally, a user interface configured to display an activity goal of the user may be generated and the user interface may be provided for presentation. In some aspects, the user interface may be configured to display a first indicator that identifies cumulative progress towards the activity goal and a second indicator that identifies predicted cumulative progress towards the activity goal. The cumulative progress may be calculated based on monitored activity from a start of the current day to the particular time of the current day and the predicted cumulative progress may be calculated based on the received historical activity data corresponding to the particular time of the day prior to the current day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel S. Keen, Jay C. Blahnik, Gaurav Kapoor, Michael R. Siracusa
  • Patent number: 9958942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wearable device and a method for determining a position of at least one finger of a hand relative to a predetermined reference point comprising a sensor unit in the palm of the hand comprising at least one sensor, a logic unit in operative engagement with a computer device and configured to generate a position signal based on the registered finger position, and to interpret and convert the signal to a command to be processed by the computer device, a housing at least partly enclosing the sensor unit and an attachment member. The wearable device is characterized in that the sensor is at least one image sensor directed towards a respective distal end of the at least one finger and configured to determine the position of the finger in relation to the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ASPLUND DATA AB
    Inventor: Lars Asplund
  • Patent number: 9898105
    Abstract: A position indicator includes a first electrode receiving an alternating current (AC) signal from a position detecting sensor and a second electrode transmitting an AC signal to the position detecting sensor. The position indicator includes: a tubular pen-shaped chassis; a central electrode provided such that one end protrudes outside of the chassis from an opening of the chassis, and formed of an electrically-conductive member forming a first one of the first and second electrodes; a peripheral electrode surrounding the central electrode and formed of an electrically-conductive member forming a second one of the first and second electrodes; and a shield member having a hollow part housing at least a part of the central electrode surrounded by the peripheral electrode. The shield member includes a tubular part electrically connected to ground and an insulating layer formed on an inner wall surface and an outer wall surface of the tubular part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Wacom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mamoru Ogata, Osamu Nagase
  • Patent number: 9788581
    Abstract: Some forms relate to an electronic system that includes a textile. The electronic system includes a stretchable body that includes an integrated circuit that is configured to compute and communicate with an external device, wherein the stretchable body further includes at least one of (i) a power source that provides power to at least one of the electronic components; (ii) at least one sensor; (iii) a sensing node that receives signals from each sensor and sends signals to the integrated circuit; and (iv) an antenna that is configured to send and receive signals to and from the integrated circuit and the external device; and a textile attached to the stretchable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Aleksandar Aleksov, Adel Elsherbini, Sasha Oster, Braxton Lathrop, Nadine L. Dabby, Feras Eid
  • Patent number: 9665188
    Abstract: A position indicator includes a first electrode receiving an alternating current (AC) signal from a position detecting sensor and a second electrode transmitting an AC signal to the position detecting sensor. The position indicator includes: a tubular pen-shaped chassis; a central electrode provided such that one end protrudes outside of the chassis from an opening of the chassis, and formed of an electrically-conductive member forming a first one of the first and second electrodes; a peripheral electrode surrounding the central electrode and formed of an electrically-conductive member forming a second one of the first and second electrodes; and a shield member having a hollow part housing at least a part of the central electrode surrounded by the peripheral electrode. The shield member includes a tubular part electrically connected to ground and an insulating layer formed on an inner wall surface and an outer wall surface of the tubular part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Wacom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mamoru Ogata, Osamu Nagase
  • Patent number: 9656147
    Abstract: A portable handheld device for collecting and displaying golf round data. The data collected for each stroke includes the location, time, and club used and the resulting ball position achieved. Before each drive or approach shot player skill level, course layout information, and player location on the course are used together with the club selected by the player to forecast the result of the next stroke. Putt break prediction information is provided before each putt. Information that a stroke has been taken and which club was used can be entered manually or sensed automatically from telemetry equipped clubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: APPALACHIAN TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventor: Goodwyn George Reeves
  • Patent number: 9636046
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring and analyzing locomotion is provided. The system may include a gait analysis apparatus that is configured to provide multi-dimensional measurements of the gait of an individual as the individual traverses the apparatus. The multiple dimensions may include force, space, time, and frequency. The gait analysis apparatus may be configured to provide a gait measurement processing device with the multi-dimensional measurements. Based on the multi-dimensional measurements, the gait measurement processing device may, for example, diagnose the test subject with a particular NM disease and/or injury, monitor progression of the particular NM disease and/or injury over time, and determine which measurements may be used as biomarkers to identify the particular NM disease and/or injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Step Analysis LLC
    Inventor: Uri Tasch
  • Patent number: 9322146
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for arbitrating between joystick inputs. The system generates a first command based on the first input if the first input has a non-zero value, and generates a second command based on the second input if the first input has a zero value and the second input has a non-zero value. The system thereby allows two different inputs to control a single commanded function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Marquette, Sreeram K. Kristam, Michael J. Firman
  • Patent number: 9186547
    Abstract: Golf clubs according to at least some example aspects of this disclosure may include a golf club head and a shaft configured to engage with the golf club head which includes a grip engaged with the shaft. Further, the golf club may include a monitoring device, which includes a sensor and a transmitter. Additionally, the monitoring device may be configured to determine data related to the characteristics of a golf swing. Further, the monitoring device may be configured to transmit the data related to the characteristics of a golf swing to a remote computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, John Stites, Mario A. Lafortune
  • Patent number: 9132022
    Abstract: The present foot prosthesis includes various structural features that provide the foot with advantageous rollover properties. In certain embodiments, the foot guides rollover toward the medial side. For example, an asymmetrical upper element and a correspondingly shaped resilient ankle member support more of the wearer's weight on the lateral side as the foot rolls over. In another embodiment, stiffeners added to the resilient ankle member increase the stiffness on the lateral side relative to the medial side. In certain other embodiments, the foot provides progressively increasing support from mid stance through toe off. For example, a gap between the resilient ankle member and the lower element closes during the later portion of the wearer's gait. The closing gap increases a contact area between the resilient ankle member and the lower element, providing progressively increasing support. In another embodiment, the foot includes a gap between a lower front edge of an attachment adapter and the upper element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Össur hf
    Inventors: Christophe Guy Lecomte, Hjordis Thorhallsdottir, Heidrun Gigja Ragnarsdottir, Arinbjorn Viggo Clausen
  • Patent number: 9119567
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and apparatus for detecting a fall of a user, especially to methods and apparatus for detecting a fall of a user by using pressure sensors. This invention discloses an apparatus for detecting a fall of a user, and the apparatus comprises first and second pressure sensors configured to obtain first and second data values of atmosphere pressure and intended to be worn on the body of the user, and a processor configured to derive a third data value of atmosphere pressure for determining whether a fall occurs or not from the first and second data values of atmosphere pressure. The first and second pressure sensors are configured in a way such that preset orientations of the first and second pressure sensors are opposite to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Ningjiang Chen, Sheng Jin
  • Patent number: 9095251
    Abstract: A foot monitoring system includes a measurement circuit and an alert circuit. The measurement circuit measures sideways roll of a person's foot while the person is walking/running. The alert circuit determines that the person should change sideways spacing between the person's feet to change further measured values of the sideways roll of the person's foot toward preferred sideways roll values, and generates a notification that indicates to the person to change the sideways spacing between the feet. The foot measurement circuit may determine how much shoe cushioning life remains for a shoe worn by the person in response to comparison of values a peak pulse segment of impact measurements to another segment of the impact measurements that is outside the peak pulse segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventors: Bryce Benjamin Purks, Connor Kent Purks, Kory Patrick Purks, Deborah Rhea Purks, David Kent Purks
  • Patent number: 9035743
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on computer readable media, for determining, using a pressure sensor, pressure data comprising a pressure indication and a time indication. A first mood is determined based upon the pressure data and one or more songs are selected based upon the determined first mood. A playlist is modified based upon the selected one or more songs, wherein the modified playlist comprises the selected one or more songs and the modified playlist is played. Song data, based upon the modified playlist, is wirelessly transmitted to a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Mohammed Yaseer Omar, Abdel Razzaq Sami Alsharif, Ramesh Jagannathan
  • Patent number: 9016147
    Abstract: An inhalation simulation system is provided for use with inhalers in particular breath-powered dry powder inhalers. The simulation system can recreate a patient's inhalation profile obtained with an inhaler adapted with a sensing and monitoring device for the detection of characteristic signals generated from the inhaler in use, which signals are transmitted to a computer with an algorithm which is configured to analyze the signals and generate new signals via a transmitter to actuate the inhalation simulation system component parts so that a subject's inhalation profile is replicated simultaneously or in real-time, or stored for later use. Methods of measuring the performance of inhalers are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: MannKind Corporation
    Inventors: Benoit Adamo, John M. Polidoro, Dennis Overfield, Carl R. Sahi, Brendan Laurenzi, Chad C. Smutney, Spencer P. Kinsey
  • Publication number: 20150101423
    Abstract: A method comprising causing display of at least one interface element on a display that is configured to be oriented on a wrist of a user, receiving information indicative of a deviational plane wrist input indicative of physical movement in a deviational plane direction with respect to the deviational plane, determining an interaction operation based, at least in part, on the interface element and an interaction direction; and causing performance of the interaction operation is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Apaar Tuli
  • Publication number: 20150075303
    Abstract: This invention can be embodied in smart clothing for recognizing full-body human motion based on the pressure levels of a flowable substance within two different sets of flexible tubes or channels which are integrated into clothing (or a wearable accessory) and which span the same body joint. This technology can be used to create a wearable, mobile, reasonably-priced, and relatively-unobtrusive full-body motion-capture system which can be used in diverse environments. Compared to camera-based motion capture systems, this invention can be mobile and does not suffer from optical occlusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: MEDIBOTICS LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Connor, Jedidiah Behymer, Matthew Hardyman, Matt Hericks, Garrison Hommer, Gus Lopez, Tyler Olson, John Smida, Alex Stein, Daniel Valencia, Eric Wong
  • Publication number: 20140373647
    Abstract: Locations of a person's hand, shoulder and hip in three-dimensional space are received from a three-dimensional position sensing device. A shortest distance from the location of the person's hand to a line between the location of the person's shoulder and the location of the person's hip is determined. The shortest distance is compared to a threshold to determine if the person is overreaching. When it is determined that the person is overreaching, a user interface is provided to indicate that the person was overreaching. Additional location information for points on the person's body are used to determine if the person is performing a high lift, a low reach or a twist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Nicole M. Stengle, Deborah Ann Bowles, Joseph D. Rothbauer
  • Patent number: 8899110
    Abstract: The inventive pedaling motion measuring device includes: a measurement body unit having a first sensor unit for sensing the number of rotation of a wheel by sensing the motion of the wheel of a bicycle, and second sensor units arranged at right and left crank arms for sensing magnitude and direction of a force applied to each of the right and left crank arms. The first work calculation unit calculates work performed by the bicycle based on the number of rotation of the wheel sensed by the first sensor unit. The second work calculation unit calculates work provided to the crank member by the user within a prescribed time, based on the magnitude and direction of the force applied to each of the right and left crank arms and sensed by the second sensor units. The efficiency calculation unit calculates the efficiency of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Club Kong Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20140345396
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring a movement profile of a user in the region of an actuating element of an aircraft or spacecraft, having at least one movement sensor which is configured to detect a first monitoring space of the monitoring device and at the same time a second monitoring space of the monitoring device which differs from the first monitoring space. Also a method for monitoring a movement profile of a user in the region of an actuating element of an aircraft or spacecraft, with: detection of a first monitoring space of the monitoring device by at least one movement sensor; and simultaneous detection of a second monitoring space, which is different from the first monitoring space, by the at least one movement sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Christian Riedel
  • Publication number: 20140326085
    Abstract: A shoe insole sensor includes a body including a plurality of recessed regions formed at respective locations corresponding to vertexes of N-polygon, where N is an even number, a plurality of first protrusions formed in odd recessed regions of the recessed regions, where each of the first protrusions has a first height, and a plurality of second protrusions formed in even recessed regions of the recessed regions, where each of the second protrusions has a second height different from the first height. Here, the body is formed with a nonconductive material, each of the first protrusions is formed with a conductive material, and each of the second protrusions is formed with a conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jin-Wook LEE
  • Publication number: 20140326084
    Abstract: Techniques for monitoring and detecting ergonomic hot spots associated with movements of subjects are disclosed. For example, data may be collected by way of sensors attached to a plurality of subjects and may be analyzed to determine forces (e.g., vibration, jerks, acceleration, etc.) associated with the movements of the subjects. The analyzed data can be compared to ergonomic conditions to detect the ergonomic hot spots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Anant Bhushan
  • Patent number: 8880358
    Abstract: A sensing device including a sensor, a triggering mechanism and a covering is provided. The covering is positioned in contact with a body such that the triggering mechanism extends from a moving segment to a reference segment and across a joint center located therebetween. Movement of the moving segment activates the triggering mechanism to provide a force input to the sensor, actuating the sensor to generate an output defining at least one measurement of the movement. The measurement may be one or more of rotation, translation, velocity, acceleration, and joint angle. An intermediate mechanism may be interposed between the triggering mechanism and the sensor. The sensing device may include a means to process or record measurements corresponding to movement of the moving segment and joint center. A system and method of measuring the movement of a moving segment is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas J. Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20140260701
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining 3D load displacement characteristics of an anatomical joint formed by a first body portion and a second body portion moveable with respect to the first body portion. The apparatus includes a first frame for receiving and securing the first body portion and a load displacement assembly. The load displacement assembly includes a first axis for alignment with a first anatomical plane of the joint, a second frame for receiving and securing the second body portion. The second frame is movable relative to the first frame. The load displacement assembly also includes a first counterweight configured to balance the weight of the second frame, a force for applying a load to the second frame, and a displacement sensor for measuring displacement of the second frame relative to the first frame upon application of the force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY
    Inventor: Carl Imhauser
  • Patent number: 8800366
    Abstract: This invention relates to a robotic exoskeleton comprising mechanical linkages that couple to one or more selected joints of a limb of a subject. The robotic exoskeleton may be provided with means for obtaining data respecting angular position, torque, and/or acceleration of at least one of the joints or the links of the mechanical linkages, and may be used for assessing, studying, diagnosing a deficit, and/or treating an impairment in sensorimotor function of a limb of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Queen's University at Kingston
    Inventors: Stephen H. Scott, Ian E. Brown, Stephen J. Ball
  • Publication number: 20140216180
    Abstract: A method for extracting impact time in a golf swing includes acquiring at least one chronological waveform among chronological waveforms of an angular velocity about x-axis, an angular velocity about y-axis, and an angular velocity about z-axis obtained when a golf ball is hit by a golf club attached with a sensor that measures angular velocities about three axes, when the x-axis is orientated along a toe-heel direction of a golf club head, when the y-axis is orientated so as to follow along a direction in which a ball is hit, and when the z-axis is orientated to match an axial direction of a shaft; acquiring timing at which laser light, disposed immediately in front of where the golf club head impacts the ball, is shielded by the golf club head or the shaft; and determining an impact time using the at least one chronological waveform and the timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicants: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD., DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiko UEDA
  • Patent number: 8783122
    Abstract: A movement sensor for establishing a movement profile of a living being, in particular a human, is characterized in that the movement sensor has an arrangement for automatically changing between various operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Klose, Thorsten Sohnke, Thomas Wittig
  • Publication number: 20140172134
    Abstract: A sensor system configured for use with an article of apparel includes one or a plurality of sensors formed of a polymeric material having a conductive particulate material dispersed therein and conductive leads connecting the sensors to a port. The leads may also be formed of a polymeric material having a conductive particulate material dispersed therein. The conductive material is dispersed in the sensor(s) at a first dispersion density and the conductive material is dispersed in the leads at a second dispersion density that is higher than the first dispersion density. Each of the sensors is configured to increase in resistance when deformed under pressure, which is detected by a module connected to the port. The second dispersion density is such that each of the leads has sufficient conductivity that the leads are configured to conduct an electronic signal between each sensor and the port in any state of deformation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: James C. Meschter
  • Publication number: 20140136119
    Abstract: Motion Analysis is used to classify or rate human capability in a physical domain via a minimized movement and data collection protocol optionally producing a discreet, overall figure of merit of the selected physical capability. The minimal protocol can be determined by data mining or other analysis of a more extensive movement and data collection. Protocols can be relevant in medical, sports and occupational applications. Kinematic, kinetic, body type, Electromyography (EMG), Ground Reactive Force (GRF), demographic, and psychological data can be encompassed. Resulting protocols can be capable of transforming raw data representing specific human motions into an objective rating of a skill or capability related to those motions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Allen Joseph Selner, III
  • Patent number: 8695406
    Abstract: A safety device for a machine having an action part for processing or moving an object includes: a posture obtainment unit configured to obtain a plurality of posture data indicating a posture of at least part of the lower body of a worker; and a preparatory movement determination unit configured to determine that a preparatory movement preceding a dangerous movement which brings at least part of the upper body of the worker closer to a working area of the action part is being performed in the case where a change in the posture indicated by the plurality of posture data shows that the worker is shifting a center of gravity of whole body of the worker in an orientation away from the working area of the action part without changing positions of both feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yumiko Kato, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8671784
    Abstract: There is provided a body movement detecting apparatus including: a body movement data acquiring unit configured to detect a body movement of a user and acquire body movement data relating to the body movement; a memory unit configured to memorize the body movement data corresponding to the type of an activity of the user as registered body movement data; a body movement determining unit configured to compare the body movement data acquired by the body movement data acquiring unit with the registered body movement data and determine the type of the activity of the user; and a computing unit configured to be able to calculate consumed energy by the body movement corresponding to the type of the activity determined by the body movement determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Nishibayashi
  • Patent number: 8657772
    Abstract: A wearable device having feedback characteristics including a compliant article arranged to extend over an anatomical portion of a wearer and for providing a user with information regarding range of motion parameters of a joint and/or to condition users to maintain proper joint orientations. Sensors provided with the wearable device detect the orientation of the joint and send signals to a processor for analysis. When the processor determines that the joint is outside of predefined range of motion parameters or in an unsafe or potentially injurious configuration, a feedback or response mechanism is activated to alert the user to such a condition or to provide substantially rigid structural support to the joint. The sensors, processor, and feedback mechanisms can be provided in a monitoring and control package along a side of the compliant article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Össur hf.
    Inventor: Palmi Einarsson
  • Patent number: 8645085
    Abstract: A billiard cue stroke simulator includes a wireless acceleration sensing device and a computing system. The wireless acceleration sensing device measures acceleration of a billiard cue along two or more axes of a coordinate system during a stroke of the billiard cue and generates acceleration data including the acceleration data. Additionally, the wireless acceleration sensing device transmits a wireless communication signal including the acceleration data to the computing system. The computing system generates image data indicating movement of the billiard cue during the stroke of the billiard cue based on the acceleration data and displays the image data. In this way, the billiard cue stroke simulator simulates the stroke of the billiard cue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Dustin Lee Morris
  • Patent number: 8574173
    Abstract: The motor function estimating system 1000 has a memory unit 1260, a data processing unit 1220 (analyzing section), and a display unit 1400. The memory unit 1260 memorizes waveform data about the time change of fingers tapping motion that is obtained by a motion sensor attached to a subject person who does the fingers tapping motion that is repetition of the opening and closing motion of two fingers of one hand. The data processing unit 1220 analyzes the waveform data in the memory unit 1260. The display unit 1400 displays an analysis result. The data processing unit 1220 creates motion waveform based on waveform data, and plural characteristics based on the motion waveform. The data processing unit 1220 creates a motion disorder synthesis value that represents degree of motion disorder of the subject person by revising each of the plural characteristics based on characteristics of every age and synthesizing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Saburo Sakoda, Toshio Tsuji, Keisuke Shima, Masaru Yokoe, Yuko Sano, Akihiko Kandori, Tsuyoshi Miyashita
  • Publication number: 20130233097
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the collection, processing, storage, communication and use of data generated by an array of sensors connected to a body for the purposes of monitoring and measuring physical motion. Analysis of the collected data is employed to aid the user in accomplishing more efficient and effective physical exercise or training. Data may also be used by 3rd parties to monitor performance and update training or exercise regimes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: David Alan Hayner, Eric Weidmann
  • Patent number: 8529477
    Abstract: A sensory data integration system for integrating sensory data generated by a first sensory substitution device and sensory data generated by a second sensory substitution device. The system includes a processor configured to generate an orientation signal indicative of a difference between a subject's orientation and an acceptable orientation. The orientation signal is based on the sensory data generated by the first sensory substitution device and the sensory data generated by the second sensory substitution device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignees: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, The Trustees of Boston University
    Inventors: Conrad Wall, III, Lars I. E. Oddsson, Peter Francis Meyer
  • Patent number: 8500604
    Abstract: An exercise monitoring method and system in one embodiment includes a communications network, a wearable transducer configured to generate physiologic data associated with movement of a wearer, and to form a communication link with the communications network, a system memory in which command instructions are stored, a user interface operably connected to the computer, and a system processor configured to execute the command instructions to receive the generated physiologic data, analyze the received physiologic data with a multilayer perceptron/support vector machine/hidden Markov (MSH) model, model the analyzed physiologic data, and generate feedback based on a comparison of the model and a stored exercise object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Soundararajan Srinivasan, Juergen Heit, Aca Gacic, Rahul Kapoor, Burton W Andrews
  • Publication number: 20130055830
    Abstract: Signal processing apparatus (1) for measuring hand joint movement comprising a plurality of markers (5) located at particular positions on a hand (20) and further comprising monitoring apparatus (10) to monitor movement of the markers to obtain dynamic positional information of the markers, and the apparatus further comprising a processor (12) to process the positional information to determine hand joint movement, wherein the processor configured to use the positional information of the markers to determine planes associated with respective groups of markers, wherein the processor configured to determine a first plane and a second plane, said planes adjacent to a hand joint, the first plane is substantially determined by a respective group of markers, and the processor configured to determine the second plane by reference to the first plane and the processor further configured to determine a change in angle between the two planes as a result of hand joint movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
    Inventors: Cheryl Metcalf, Scott Notley
  • Patent number: 8381603
    Abstract: There is provided a fall detection system comprising a fall detector for monitoring the movement of a user and detecting if the user has fallen or is about to fall, one or more sensors for collecting measurements of one or more physical characteristics of the user, wherein the fall detector uses the measurements to adapt the fall detection to the physical characteristics of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Yang Peng, Sheng Jin
  • Publication number: 20130019700
    Abstract: The inventive pedaling motion measuring device includes: a measurement body unit having a first sensor unit for sensing the number of rotation of a wheel by sensing the motion of the wheel of a bicycle, and second sensor units arranged at right and left crank arms for sensing magnitude and direction of a force applied to each of the right and left crank arms. The first work calculation unit calculates work performed by the bicycle based on the number of rotation of the wheel sensed by the first sensor unit. The second work calculation unit calculates work provided to the crank member by the user within a prescribed time, based on the magnitude and direction of the force applied to each of the right and left crank arms and sensed by the second sensor units. The efficiency calculation unit calculates the efficiency of the bicycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: CLUB KONG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8347710
    Abstract: This invention relates to a robotic exoskeleton comprising mechanical linkages that couple to one or more selected joints of a limb of a subject. The robotic exoskeleton may be provided with means for obtaining data respecting angular position, torque, and/or acceleration of at least one of the joints or the links of the mechanical linkages, and may be used for assessing, studying, diagnosing a deficit, and/or treating an impairment in sensorimotor function of a limb of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Queen's University at Kingston
    Inventors: Stephen H. Scott, Ian E. Brown, Stephen J. Ball
  • Patent number: 8342045
    Abstract: A method of recording data relating to the posture of a subject and assessing the data so as to categorize said data into activities, including sitting, walking and standing. The method comprises sensing the movement of the thigh by use of a single sensor; recording the movement of the thigh; and processing the data so as to classify the data into discrete ones of said activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: University of Strathclyde
    Inventors: Douglas James Maxwell, Malcolm Howard Granat, Joseph Cyril Barbenel
  • Publication number: 20120318077
    Abstract: A handwriting method and system includes a lined paper or handwriting sensing and recording surface with indicia ergonomically aligned along a first slanted axis that is specifically and uniquely configured to writers who are right handed. In accordance with the present invention, a second set of stationery products includes a lined paper or handwriting sensing and recording surface having indicia aligned along a second slanted axis that is specifically and uniquely configured to writers who are left-handed. A tablet configured in accordance with the present invention is made from a conventional substrate such as paper, and the printed indicia aligned along the selected slanted axis allows the writer to adopt a more relaxed and ergonomic or naturally aligned body position when writing, thereby increasing the comfort and efficiency of writing. The system and method are readily adapted as a programmed display for use with electronic wireless tablets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Roy PACA
  • Publication number: 20120285269
    Abstract: A vertical leap measuring device is provided. The device comprises rotatable blades mounted to a support mechanism mounted to a mount, which can be mounted to a support structure. The support mechanism is configured to rotate with respect to the mount between an operable position and a stored position. In the operating position, the blades are configured to rotate about the support mechanism in response to user-applied force. Once displaced, the blades can be automatically reset to an original position by operation of a remote-controlled transmitter that commands positioning members to return displaced blades back to their original position. The blades are made of a combination of flexible and non-flexible members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Randall Cozen
  • Patent number: 8291779
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a system for detecting movement, for example and without limitation, for detecting movement of a part of a person such as their limb or a section of their limb or deformable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Richard James Neil Helmer, Michael Anthony Mestrovic
  • Patent number: 8290739
    Abstract: A method for determining a mobility of an object includes the steps of measuring at least a portion of a shape of an object under an initial increment of a weight load of a plurality of increments of a total weight load using a device and measuring at least a portion of the shape of the object under a next increment of a total weight load of a plurality of increments of a weight load using the device. Repeating the measurements until a total weight load is achieved and comparing the measurements from the device under the plurality of incremental weight loads, thereby determining a mobility of at least the portion of said object under the plurality of increments of weight loads. The method further includes adjusting the elevation and angular orientation of a support surface for the object to achieve further measurements and a device for obtaining such measurements. The method further includes comparing the mobility of a present object to a normal-object to determine a deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Amfit, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Tadin, Arjen Sundman
  • Publication number: 20120247235
    Abstract: An inhalation simulation system is provided for use with inhalers in particular breath-powered dry powder inhalers. The simulation system can recreate a patient's inhalation profile obtained with an inhaler adapted with a sensing and monitoring device for the detection of characteristic signals generated from the inhaler in use, which signals are transmitted to a computer with an algorithm which is configured to analyze the signals and generate new signals via a transmitter to actuate the inhalation simulation system component parts so that a subject's inhalation profile is replicated simultaneously or in real-time, or stored for later use. Methods of measuring the performance of inhalers are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: MANNKIND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benoit Adamo, John M. Polidoro, Dennis Overfield, Carl R. Sahi, Brendan Laurenzi, Chad C. Smutney, Spencer P. Kinsey