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1.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING MOTION VIA OPTOMECHANICS

      
Application Number 16995127
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-08-17
First Publication Date 2020-12-03
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Walter, Jonathan T.
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Long, Seth

Abstract

Methods and apparatus are described for facilitating the extraction of cleaner biometric signals from biometric monitors. A motion reference signal is generated independently from a biometric signal and then the motion reference signal is used to remove motion artifacts from the biometric signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

2.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES HAVING SENSING ELEMENTS DECOUPLED FROM BODY MOTION

      
Application Number 16999861
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-08-21
First Publication Date 2020-12-03
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Splinter, Robert
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached within a portion of an ear of a subject includes an elastomeric arm having opposite first and second end portions. A sensing element is located at the elastomeric arm second end portion and includes at least one energy emitter configured to direct energy at a target region of the ear and at least one detector configured to detect an energy response signal from the target region or a region adjacent the target region. The monitoring device is configured such that the elastomeric arm first end portion engages the ear at a first location within the ear and such that the elastomeric arm resiliently bends such that a surface of the sensing element is urged into contact with the ear at a second location within the ear.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons

3.

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AND EVALUATING CARDIOPULMONARY FUNCTIONING

      
Application Number 16932377
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-07-17
First Publication Date 2020-11-05
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A system for monitoring the cardiopulmonary functioning of a person includes a remote terminal and a sensor module configured to be worn by the person. The sensor module includes at least one physiological sensor configured to sense the following types of physiological information generated by the person: pulse rate, blood flow, and blood pressure; at least one signal processor configured to process signals generated by the at least one physiological sensor; and at least one transmitter responsive to the at least one signal processor that is configured to transmit at least one signal to the at least one remote terminal. The at least one signal processor is configured to focus processing resources on one of the types of physiological information in response to a specified preference by the person.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

4.

METHODS OF DETERMINING PHYSIOLOGICAL INFORMATION BASED ON BAYESIAN PEAK SELECTION AND MONITORING DEVICES INCORPORATING THE SAME

      
Application Number 16958112
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-12-21
First Publication Date 2020-10-29
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Hodges, Ryan David
  • Tank, Tushar Dilip

Abstract

A wearable device includes at least one physiological sensor configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from a subject over a period of time when the wearable device is worn by the subject, and a processor coupled to the sensor. The processor is configured to detect respective peaks in a physiological waveform representing the physiological information, compute probabilities for the respective peaks based on predetermined data indicative of one or more conditions, select a subset of the respective peaks based on the probabilities thereof as representing more accurate physiological information for the subject, and generate a physiological assessment of the subject based on the subset of the respective peaks that was selected. Related signal processing devices, methods of operation, and computer program products are also discussed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G16H 50/30 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for individual health risk assessment
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation

5.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES AND METHODS USING OPTICAL SENSORS

      
Application Number 16824235
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-19
First Publication Date 2020-07-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a body of a subject includes a sensor having at least one optical emitter and at least one optical detector, and a processor coupled to the sensor. The processor is configured to instruct the at least one optical emitter to emit a different wavelength of light into the body of the subject during each of a series of respective time intervals. The processor is configured to measure a respective different physiological parameter from signals produced by the at least one optical detector upon receiving light from the body of the subject during each of the respective time intervals.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G05B 19/048 - Monitoring; Safety
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels

6.

Method and Apparatus for Generating Assessments Using Physical Activity and Biometric Parameters

      
Application Number 16809106
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-04
First Publication Date 2020-06-25
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven F.
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The methods and apparatuses presented herein determine and/or improve the quality of one or more physiological assessment parameters, e.g., response-recovery rate, based on biometric signal(s) and/or motion signal(s) respectively output by one or more biometric and/or motion sensors. The disclosed methods and apparatuses also estimate a user's stride length based on a motion signal and a determined type of user motion, e.g., walking or running. The speed of the user may then be estimated based on the estimated stride length.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G16H 20/17 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to drugs or medications, e.g. for ensuring correct administration to patients delivered via infusion or injection
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G16H 20/40 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to mechanical, radiation or invasive therapies, e.g. surgery, laser therapy, dialysis or acupuncture

7.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADAPTABLE PRESENTATION OF SENSOR DATA

      
Application Number 16734498
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-01-06
First Publication Date 2020-05-07
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tank, Tushar Dilip
  • Richey, William M.
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A method of producing subject-specific metric statistics includes collecting physiological data and meta data from a subject via a sensor system. The sensor system includes at least one sensor element, at least one signal processor, and memory in communication with the at least one signal processor. The collected data is processed via the at least one signal processor to determine a plurality of metric features from the collected data. The plurality of metric features are processed using one or more data clustering techniques via the at least one signal processor to generate at least one subject-specific metric statistic and at least one sensor metric. The at least one subject-specific metric statistic and the at least one sensor metric may be displayed via a display associated with a client device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/022 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by applying pressure to close blood vessels, e.g. against the skin; Ophthaldynamometers
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

8.

OPTICAL PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES

      
Application Number 16688817
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-11-19
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Stephenson, Shawn
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A monitoring device includes a band capable of at least partially encircling a portion of a body of a subject. An optical source and an optical detector are supported by the band. A first light guide is in optical communication with the optical source and a second light guide is in optical communication with the optical detector. A distal end of the first light guide is configured to deliver light from the optical source into the body, and a distal end of the second light guide is configured to collect light from the body and deliver collected light to the optical detector. The first and second light guides define respective first and second axial directions that diverge outwardly from the band such that light rays directed into the body via the first light guide cannot overlap with light rays collected by the second light guide.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

9.

OPTICAL PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES

      
Application Number 16688800
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-11-19
First Publication Date 2020-03-19
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Stephenson, Shawn
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

An ear worn device includes an optical source, an optical detector, and a housing supporting the optical source and optical detector. The housing is configured to be positioned within an ear of a subject and includes a first light guide in optical communication with the optical source and a second light guide in optical communication with the optical detector. A distal end of the first light guide is configured to deliver light from the optical source into the ear, and a distal end of the second light guide is configured to collect light from the ear and deliver collected light to the optical detector. The first and second light guides define respective first and second axial directions that are outwardly diverging such that light rays directed into the ear via the first light guide cannot overlap with light rays collected by the second light guide.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

10.

Reduction of physiological metric error due to inertial cadence

      
Application Number 16694402
Grant Number 10631740
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-11-25
First Publication Date 2020-03-19
Grant Date 2020-04-28
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The heart rate monitor disclosed herein removes a step rate component from a measured heart rate by using one or more filtering techniques when the step rate is close to the heart rate. In general, a difference between the step rate and the heart rate is determined, and the step rate is filtered from the heart rate based on a function of the difference.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb

11.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VARIABLE FILTER ADJUSTMENT BY HEART RATE METRIC FEEDBACK

      
Application Number 16683884
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-11-14
First Publication Date 2020-03-12
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

A physiological signal processing system for a physiological waveform that includes a cardiovascular signal component provides a variable high pass filter that is responsive to the physiological waveform, and that is configured to high pass filter the physiological waveform in response to a corner frequency that is applied. A heart rate metric extractor is responsive to the variable high pass filter and is configured to extract a heart rate metric from the physiological waveform that is high pass filtered. A corner frequency adjuster is responsive to the heart rate metric extractor and is configured to determine the corner frequency that is applied to the variable high pass filter, based on the heart rate metric that was extracted. Analogous methods may also be provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/0245 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate using sensing means generating electric signals
  • A61B 5/0402 - Electrocardiography, i.e. ECG
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography

12.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES AND METHODS USING OPTICAL SENSORS

      
Application Number 16561552
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-05
First Publication Date 2020-01-02
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a subject includes a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor configured to measure physiological information from the subject, a blood flow stimulator, and a processor configured to process signals from the PPG sensor to determine a signal-to-noise level of the signals. In response to a signal-to-noise level determination, the processor is configured to instruct the blood flow stimulator to increase blood perfusion at a location where the PPG sensor is attached to the subject. The signal-to-noise level determination may be a determination that the signal-to-noise level is below a threshold level. The blood flow stimulator may be a heating element or light source configured to heat the location of the subject.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • G05B 19/048 - Monitoring; Safety

13.

Methods and apparatus for adaptable presentation of sensor data

      
Application Number 16563105
Grant Number 10765374
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-06
First Publication Date 2019-12-26
Grant Date 2020-09-08
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Richey, William M.
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A client device includes a display and a processor configured to obtain a data stream from a remote sensor via a communication protocol. The remote sensor is a physiological sensor monitoring a subject and/or an environmental sensor monitoring an environment in a vicinity of the subject, and the data stream includes a sensor metric, a metric identifier, and dynamically updated integrity information about the sensor metric. The processor is also configured to identify a statistical distribution function associated with the remote sensor via a function selector associated with the communication protocol, and display, via the display, the sensor metric with statistical information about the sensor metric using the identified statistical distribution function.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 11/20 - Drawing from basic elements, e.g. lines or circles
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/022 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by applying pressure to close blood vessels, e.g. against the skin; Ophthaldynamometers
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • G16H 50/30 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for individual health risk assessment
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value

14.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES AND METHODS USING OPTICAL SENSORS

      
Application Number 16545637
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-20
First Publication Date 2019-12-19
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a subject includes a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor configured to measure a plurality of physiological parameters from the subject, a motion sensor configured to detect an activity state of the subject, and a processor coupled to the PPG sensor and the motion sensor. The PPG sensor is configured to measure each physiological parameter in a respective one of a plurality of time intervals. The processor instructs the PPG sensor to measure a first one of the plurality of physiological parameters if the activity state is at or above a threshold, and to measure a second one of the plurality of physiological parameters if the activity state is below the threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • G05B 19/048 - Monitoring; Safety
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels

15.

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING CLEANER PHYSIOLOGICAL INFORMATION SIGNALS

      
Application Number 16532732
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-06
First Publication Date 2019-11-28
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

An earpiece module includes a housing configured to be attached to an ear of a person, a first audio sensor within the housing configured to detect auscultatory sounds from an ear canal of the ear and generate a physiological information signal from the auscultatory sounds, and a second audio sensor within the housing and oriented in a direction towards an outside environment of the person. The second audio sensor is configured to detect sounds external to the person including voice sounds and footstep sounds, and to generate an environmental information signal from the external sounds. A processor is configured to receive the physiological information signal and the environmental information signal, process the external sounds in the physiological information signal and the environmental information signal to reduce the voice sounds and the footstep sounds from the physiological information signal and generate a cleaner physiological information signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume

16.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES AND METHODS USING OPTICAL SENSORS

      
Application Number 16526700
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-30
First Publication Date 2019-11-21
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a subject includes a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor configured to measure physiological information from the subject, and at least one processor configured to process signals from the PPG sensor to determine heart rate and RR-interval (RRi) for the subject, and to determine a heart rate pattern for the subject over a period of time. The at least one processor is configured to change a sampling frequency of the PPG sensor for determining RRi in response to the determined heart rate pattern. The at least one processor is configured to reduce the sampling frequency of the PPG sensor in response to determining a pattern of heart rate below a threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • G05B 19/048 - Monitoring; Safety
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times

17.

Method and apparatus for generating assessments using physical activity and biometric parameters

      
Application Number 16516845
Grant Number 10856813
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-19
First Publication Date 2019-11-07
Grant Date 2020-12-08
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven F.
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The methods and apparatuses presented herein determine and/or improve the quality of one or more physiological assessment parameters, e.g., response-recovery rate, based on biometric signal(s) and/or motion signal(s) respectively output by one or more biometric and/or motion sensors. The disclosed methods and apparatuses also estimate a user's stride length based on a motion signal and a determined type of user motion, e.g., walking or running. The speed of the user may then be estimated based on the estimated stride length.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G16H 20/17 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to drugs or medications, e.g. for ensuring correct administration to patients delivered via infusion or injection
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • G16H 20/40 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to mechanical, radiation or invasive therapies, e.g. surgery, laser therapy, dialysis or acupuncture
  • G16H 20/30 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to physical therapies or activities, e.g. physiotherapy, acupressure or exercising
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/0456 - Detecting R peaks, e.g. for synchronising diagnostic apparatus
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

18.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES AND METHODS USING OPTICAL SENSORS

      
Application Number 16517073
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-19
First Publication Date 2019-11-07
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a subject includes a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor configured to detect/measure physiological information from the subject, and a processor configured to process the physiological information to detect subject stress, and to determine an origin of the subject stress. The processor can determine the origin of the subject stress by increasing a sampling rate of the PPG sensor to collect higher acuity physiological information. The processor also can determine the origin of the subject stress by processing data from the PPG sensor to determine whether the subject is likely to have atrial fibrillation. In response to determining that the subject is likely to have atrial fibrillation, the processor can increase a frequency of pulsing of an optical emitter of the PPG sensor and/or increase a sampling rate of the PPG sensor to collect higher acuity data for diagnosing that atrial fibrillation is truly occurring.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • G05B 19/048 - Monitoring; Safety
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times

19.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES AND METHODS USING OPTICAL SENSORS

      
Application Number 16503191
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-03
First Publication Date 2019-10-24
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a subject includes a sensor configured to detect and/or measure physiological information and a processor coupled to the sensor. The sensor includes at least one optical emitter and at least one optical detector. The processor receives and analyzes signals produced by the sensor, and the processor changes wavelength of light emitted by the at least one optical emitter in response to detecting a change in subject activity. For example, the processor instructs the at least one optical emitter to emit shorter wavelength light in response to detecting an increase in subject activity, and the processor instructs the at least one optical emitter to emit longer wavelength light in response to detecting an decrease in subject activity. Detecting a change in subject activity may include detecting a change in at least one subject vital sign and/or subject motion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • G05B 19/048 - Monitoring; Safety
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition

20.

Wearable biometric monitoring devices and methods for determining if wearable biometric monitoring devices are being worn

      
Application Number 16453769
Grant Number 10834483
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-26
First Publication Date 2019-10-17
Grant Date 2020-11-10
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A biometric monitoring device configured to be worn by a subject includes a physiological sensor configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from the subject, and a processor configured to analyze signals from the physiological sensor to detect a signature unique to the subject wearing the biometric monitoring device, and determine if the detected signature is a first signature associated with the biometric monitoring device being worn or a second signature associated with the biometric monitoring device not being worn. The first and second signatures are generated by the processor prompting the subject to indicate at prior times when the biometric monitoring device is being worn and is not being worn.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

21.

Methods for improving signal quality in wearable biometric monitoring devices

      
Application Number 16439985
Grant Number 10798471
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-13
First Publication Date 2019-10-10
Grant Date 2020-10-06
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A wearable biometric monitoring device is configured to assess the biometric signal quality of one or more sensors associated with the monitoring device, determine how the user should adjust the device to improve the biometric fit, and instruct the user to wear the biometric monitoring device a certain way. Communicating instructions to a user may include instructing the user to execute a testing regimen while wearing the biometric monitoring device. The testing regimen facilitates an estimation of a signal quality that can be used to provide feedback to the user that he/she needs to adjust the device to improve the biometric fit and the biometric signal quality.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

22.

Wearable biometric monitoring devices and methods for determining if wearable biometric monitoring devices are being worn

      
Application Number 16444867
Grant Number 10779062
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-18
First Publication Date 2019-10-10
Grant Date 2020-09-15
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A wearable biometric monitoring device includes a physiological sensor configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from a subject wearing the device, an accelerometer, and a processor. The processor is configured to analyze signals from the accelerometer to identify a 1G force vector on the biometric monitoring device, and determine whether an orientation of the 1G force vector is aligned with a desired vector for the 1G force. The device may also include a transmitter, and the processor is configured to communicate information, via the transmitter, to the subject that the device is being worn correctly if the orientation of the 1G force vector is aligned with the desired vector for the 1G force and to communicate information to the subject that the device is not being worn correctly if the orientation of the 1G force vector is not aligned with the desired vector for the 1G force.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

23.

Wearable biometric monitoring devices and methods for determining signal quality in wearable biometric monitoring devices

      
Application Number 16443326
Grant Number 10506310
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-17
First Publication Date 2019-10-03
Grant Date 2019-12-10
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A wearable biometric monitoring device includes a physiological sensor configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from a subject wearing the device, a motion sensor, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to receive signals produced by the physiological sensor and the motion sensor, and process the signals while the subject moves their mouth or ear to determine signal quality produced by the physiological sensor. The biometric monitoring device may include a transmitter, and the at least one processor communicates information to the subject regarding the signal quality via the transmitter. The at least one processor may inform the subject that the device is being worn correctly if the signal quality is acceptable, and may inform the subject that the device is not being worn correctly if the signal quality is not acceptable.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

24.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES HAVING SENSING ELEMENTS DECOUPLED FROM BODY MOTION

      
Application Number 16238921
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-03
First Publication Date 2019-05-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Splinter, Robert
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A monitoring device includes a sensor band configured to be secured around an appendage of a subject, a sensing element secured to the sensor band, a second band configured to be secured to the appendage of the subject in adjacent, spaced-apart relationship with the sensor band, and at least one member connecting the sensor band and the second band. The sensor band has a first mass and the sensing element has a second mass that is less than the first mass. The sensing element is movably secured to the sensor band via a biasing element, and the biasing element is configured to urge the sensing element into contact with a portion of the appendage. The biasing element o decouples motion of the sensor band from the sensing element, and the at least one member decouples motion between the sensor band and the second band.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

25.

Method and apparatus for generating assessments using physical activity and biometric parameters

      
Application Number 16221012
Grant Number 10413250
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-12-14
First Publication Date 2019-04-25
Grant Date 2019-09-17
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven F.
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The methods and apparatuses presented herein determine and/or improve the quality of one or more physiological assessment parameters, e.g., response-recovery rate, based on biometric signal(s) and/or motion signal(s) respectively output by one or more biometric and/or motion sensors. The disclosed methods and apparatuses also estimate a user's stride length based on a motion signal and a determined type of user motion, e.g., walking or running. The speed of the user may then be estimated based on the estimated stride length.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 90/70 - Cleaning devices specially adapted for surgical instruments
  • A61B 1/00 - Instruments for performing medical examinations of the interior of cavities or tubes of the body by visual or photographical inspection, e.g. endoscopes; Illuminating arrangements therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • G16H 20/17 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to drugs or medications, e.g. for ensuring correct administration to patients delivered via infusion or injection
  • A61B 5/0456 - Detecting R peaks, e.g. for synchronising diagnostic apparatus
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

26.

EAR-WORN DEVICES FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING

      
Application Number 16202913
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-11-28
First Publication Date 2019-04-04
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew

Abstract

An ear-worn device includes a speaker, an optical emitter, an optical detector, a processor, and a housing configured to be positioned within an ear of a subject, wherein the housing encloses the speaker, optical emitter, optical detector, and processor. The housing includes at least one window that exposes the optical emitter and optical detector to the ear of the subject, and the housing includes at least one aperture through which sound from the speaker can pass. Light transmissive material is located between the optical emitter and the at least one window and is configured to deliver light emitted from the optical emitter to an ear region of the subject at one or more predetermined locations. Light transmissive material is positioned between the optical detector and the at least one window and is configured to collect light external to the housing and deliver the collected light to the optical detector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/0215 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by means inserted into the body
  • A61B 5/1459 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters invasive, e.g. introduced into the body by a catheter
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

27.

Wearable audio devices

      
Application Number 16191721
Grant Number 10842389
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-11-15
First Publication Date 2019-03-21
Grant Date 2020-11-24
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A wearable audio device includes a housing configured to be positioned at an ear of a subject, a speaker and a chipset within the housing. The chipset includes a plurality of sensor elements, at least one signal processor, at least one digital bus, power regulating circuitry, and at least one wireless transmitter. The sensor elements include at least one optical emitter, at least one optical detector, and at least one noise source. The chipset is positioned within the housing such that the at least one optical emitter and at least one optical detector are in optical communication with the ear via a window in the housing. The at least one signal processor includes sensor signal conditioning algorithms configured to process signals from the sensor elements to generate physiological assessment information about the subject. The at least one wireless transmitter is configured to communicate the physiological assessment information to a remote device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • G16H 30/40 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of medical images for processing medical images, e.g. editing
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

28.

HEADSETS WITH ANGLED SENSOR MODULES

      
Application Number 16169375
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-10-24
First Publication Date 2019-02-21
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas
  • Morris, Joseph Norman

Abstract

A headset includes a housing defining an audio cavity, a speaker located within the audio cavity, and first and second sensor modules within the housing in spaced-apart, angled relationship to each other. The housing includes an aperture through which sound from the speaker can pass, and the first and second sensor modules are on opposing sides of a direction from the speaker to the aperture. The first sensor module is configured to direct electromagnetic radiation at a first target region of an ear of a person wearing the headset and to detect a first energy response signal therefrom that is associated with one or more physiological metrics of the subject, and the second sensor module is configured to direct electromagnetic radiation at a second target region of the ear and to detect a second energy response signal therefrom that is associated with the one or more physiological metrics.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 6/00 - Apparatus for radiation diagnosis, e.g. combined with radiation therapy equipment
  • A61B 8/02 - Measuring pulse or heart rate
  • A61B 8/04 - Measuring blood pressure
  • A61B 8/06 - Measuring blood flow

29.

Reduction of physiological metric error due to inertial cadence

      
Application Number 16146362
Grant Number 10542896
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-28
First Publication Date 2019-01-31
Grant Date 2020-01-28
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The heart rate monitor disclosed herein removes a step rate component from a measured heart rate by using one or more filtering techniques when the step rate is close to the heart rate. In general, a difference between the step rate and the heart rate is determined, and the step rate is filtered from the heart rate based on a function of the difference.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb

30.

NONINVASIVE PHYSIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS USING WEARABLE SOLID STATE OPTICAL AND MECHANICAL DEVICES

      
Application Number 16146581
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-09-28
First Publication Date 2019-01-31
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for qualifying and quantifying excitation-dependent physiological information extracted from wearable sensors in the midst of interference from unwanted sources are provided. An organism is interrogated with at least one excitation energy, energy response signals from two or more distinct physiological regions are sensed, and these signals are processed to generate an extracted signal. The extracted signal is compared with a physiological model to qualify and/or quantify a physiological property. Additionally, important physiological information can be qualified and quantified by comparing the excitation wavelength-dependent response, measured via wearable sensors, with a physiological model.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

31.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING MOTION NOISE AND FOR REMOVING MOTION NOISE FROM PHYSIOLOGICAL SIGNALS

      
Application Number 16117929
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-08-30
First Publication Date 2019-01-10
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A monitoring apparatus includes a housing that is configured to be attached to a body of a subject. The housing includes a sensor region that is configured to contact a selected area of the body of the subject when the housing is attached to the body of the subject. The sensor region is contoured to matingly engage the selected body area. The apparatus includes at least one physiological sensor that is associated with the sensor region and that detects and/or measures physiological information from the subject and/or at least one environmental sensor associated with the sensor region that is configured to detect and/or measure environmental information. The sensor region contour stabilizes the physiological and/or environmental sensor(s) relative to the selected body area such that subject motion does not impact detection and/or measurement efforts of the sensor(s).

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • G16H 30/40 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of medical images for processing medical images, e.g. editing
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography

32.

WEARABLE MONITORING DEVICES WITH PASSIVE AND ACTIVE FILTERING

      
Application Number 16122582
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-09-05
First Publication Date 2019-01-03
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A wearable device includes a housing with a window and an electronic module supported by the housing. The electronic module includes a photoplethysmography sensor, a motion sensor, and a signal processor that processes signals from the motion sensor and signals from the photoplethysmography sensor. The signal processor is configured to remove frequency bands from the photoplethysmography sensor signals that are outside of a range of interest using a band-pass filter to produce pre-conditioned signals, and to further process the pre-conditioned signals using the motion sensor signals to reduce motion artifacts from footsteps during subject running. The device includes non-air light transmissive material in optical communication with the photoplethysmography sensor and the window that serves as a light guide for the photoplethysmography sensor. The window optically exposes the photoplethysmography sensor to a body of a subject wearing the device via the non-air light transmissive material.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography

33.

Systems and methods for adaptable presentation of sensor data

      
Application Number 16060178
Grant Number 10441224
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-12-09
First Publication Date 2018-12-20
Grant Date 2019-10-15
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Richey, William M.
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A system includes a sensor configured to sense physiological information from a subject, and a signal processor configured to process signals from the sensor into a serial data stream of physiological information and sensor performance information. An electronic device having a display is configured to receive the serial data stream and display the physiological information simultaneously with the sensor performance information via the display.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 11/20 - Drawing from basic elements, e.g. lines or circles
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/022 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by applying pressure to close blood vessels, e.g. against the skin; Ophthaldynamometers
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • G16H 50/30 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for individual health risk assessment
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems

34.

Methods and apparatus for detecting motion via optomechanics

      
Application Number 15751733
Grant Number 10856812
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-08-10
First Publication Date 2018-12-13
Grant Date 2020-12-08
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Walter, Jonathan T.
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Long, Seth

Abstract

Methods and apparatus are described for facilitating the extraction of cleaner biometric signals from biometric monitors. A motion reference signal is generated independently from a biometric signal and then the motion reference signal is used to remove motion artifacts from the biometric signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate

35.

Wearable devices with flexible optical emitters and/or optical detectors

      
Application Number 16021663
Grant Number 10750954
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-06-28
First Publication Date 2018-10-25
Grant Date 2020-08-25
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A light-guiding earpiece configured to be worn by a subject includes a base comprising a speaker and at least one optical detector, a housing extending outwardly from the base that is configured to be positioned within an ear of a subject, and a flexible optical emitter configured to be conformable to at least a portion of the earpiece. The housing encloses the speaker and comprises at least one aperture through which sound from the speaker can pass. The flexible optical emitter may be integrally formed within the housing, and the housing may include translucent material that forms a light-guiding region through which light from the flexible optical emitter can pass. The optical detector may be a flexible optical detector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • G16H 30/40 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of medical images for processing medical images, e.g. editing
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

36.

WEARABLE DEVICE HAVING A BAND WITH SENSOR ELEMENTS

      
Application Number 16008947
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-06-14
First Publication Date 2018-10-18
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A wearable device includes a pair of earbuds, each earbud configured to be positioned within a respective ear of a subject, a band connecting the pair of earbuds, and a plurality of sensor elements located at respective locations on the band, wherein each of the plurality of sensor elements are configured to obtain physiological information from a respective different region of a body of the subject when the earbuds are positioned within the ears of the subject.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography

37.

Hearing aid earpiece covers

      
Application Number 16007661
Grant Number 10716480
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-06-13
First Publication Date 2018-10-18
Grant Date 2020-07-21
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A cover is configured to be removably attached to and at least partially cover a hearing aid earpiece. The removable cover includes light transmissive material in at least one portion thereof that is configured to guide light from at least one optical emitter associated with the hearing aid earpiece to a region of a body of a subject wearing the hearing aid earpiece and/or guide light from the body of the subject to at least one optical detector associated with the hearing aid earpiece. The removable cover may include at least one alignment member that facilitates stability of the hearing aid earpiece when inserted within an ear of the subject. The removable cover may include at least one lens region, at least one light diffusion region, and/or at least one luminescence region in optical communication with the light transmissive material.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • G16H 30/40 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of medical images for processing medical images, e.g. editing
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

38.

HEARING AID OPTICAL MONITORING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 16011985
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-06-19
First Publication Date 2018-10-18
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Stephenson, Shawn
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A hearing aid includes a speaker driver, an optical source secured directly to the speaker driver, an optical detector secured directly to the speaker driver, a first light guide extending outwardly from the optical source and in optical communication with the optical source, and a second light guide extending outwardly from the optical detector and in optical communication with the optical detector. The first light guide is configured to deliver light from the optical source into an ear region of the subject via a distal end thereof, and the second light guide is configured to collect light from the ear region via a distal end thereof and deliver collected light to the optical detector. The hearing aid may include at least one signal processor configured to process signals produced by the optical detector, and at least one of the following: an accelerometer, a humidity sensor, an altimeter, a temperature sensor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

39.

Fitting system for physiological sensors

      
Application Number 15984984
Grant Number 10219069
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-05-21
First Publication Date 2018-09-20
Grant Date 2019-02-26
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Urup, Kathrine Steen
  • Hansen, Lars Bohn

Abstract

A headphone system comprising a physiological sensor and a method of fitting a headphone system comprising a physiological sensor to a user is provided. The headphone system comprises a headphone having a speaker, a physiological sensor configured to be positioned for measuring physiological data, and a processor connected to the physiological sensor to receive the measured physiological data and process the measured physiological data to output physiological information and a fitting parameter. An application program is associated with the headphone, and is configured to receive the physiological information and the fitting parameter. The application program may evaluate at least the fitting parameter to indicate to a user whether the headphone is properly positioned, and issue a first notification in dependence on the evaluation of the fitting parameter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 29/00 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor

40.

Physiological monitoring methods

      
Application Number 15967789
Grant Number 10595730
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-05-01
First Publication Date 2018-08-30
Grant Date 2020-03-24
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A method of monitoring a subject includes detecting subject head motion information via a microelectromechanical systems sensor associated with an earpiece worn by the subject, processing, via a processor associated with the earpiece, the head motion information to determine subject head displacement relative to an origin and to determine if the subject has fallen down and/or is not moving, and transmitting the processed head motion information to a remote device. The method further includes communicating corrective action to the subject from the remote device and/or communicating corrective action for the subject from the remote device to a third party. The earpiece may include an audio headset, a hearing aid, or an earpiece fitting.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G06Q 50/24 - Patient record management (processing of medical or biological data for scientific purposes G06F 19/00)
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • A61B 5/02 - Measuring pulse, heart rate, blood pressure or blood flow; Combined pulse/heart-rate/blood pressure determination; Evaluating a cardiovascular condition not otherwise provided for, e.g. using combinations of techniques provided for in this group with electrocardiography; Heart catheters for measuring blood pressure
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • G06Q 50/22 - Social work
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • G16H 10/60 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of patient-related medical or healthcare data for patient-specific data, e.g. for electronic patient records
  • G16H 50/30 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for individual health risk assessment
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

41.

WEARABLE MONITORING DEVICES

      
Application Number 15967814
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-05-01
First Publication Date 2018-08-30
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A wearable monitoring device configured to be attached to a subject includes at least one physiological sensor configured to identify the subject and to detect and/or measure physiological information from the subject, at least one motion sensor, at least one battery, digital memory storage, at least one processor, and at least one transceiver. The at least one transmitter communicates sensor data from the at least one physiological sensor and the at least one motion sensor with at least one remote device and receives targeted advertisement information from the at least one remote device. The targeted advertisement information is generated by processing the sensor data from the at least one physiological sensor and the at least one motion sensor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • A61B 5/02 - Measuring pulse, heart rate, blood pressure or blood flow; Combined pulse/heart-rate/blood pressure determination; Evaluating a cardiovascular condition not otherwise provided for, e.g. using combinations of techniques provided for in this group with electrocardiography; Heart catheters for measuring blood pressure
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 50/22 - Social work
  • G16H 10/60 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of patient-related medical or healthcare data for patient-specific data, e.g. for electronic patient records
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • G16H 50/30 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for individual health risk assessment
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

42.

Cadence Detection Based on Inertial Harmonics

      
Application Number 15958113
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-20
First Publication Date 2018-08-23
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The method and apparatus disclosed herein determine a user cadence from the output of an inertial sensor mounted to or proximate the user's body. In general, the disclosed cadence measurement system determines the user cadence based on frequency measurements acquired from an inertial signal output by the inertial sensor. More particularly, a cadence measurement system determines a user cadence from an inertial signal generated by an inertial sensor, where the inertial signal comprises one or more frequency components. The cadence measurement system determines a peak frequency of the inertial signal, where the peak frequency corresponds to the frequency component of the inertial signal having the largest amplitude. After applying the peak frequency to one or more frequency threshold comparisons, the cadence measurement system determines the user cadence based on the peak frequency and the frequency threshold comparison(s).

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb

43.

EARPIECE MONITOR

      
Application Number 15949282
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-10
First Publication Date 2018-08-16
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

An earpiece monitor configured to be worn by a subject includes a battery, an earpiece fitting configured to be inserted within an ear canal of an ear of the subject, a reflective pulse oximeter configured to measure pulse rate and pulse intensity of the subject, a motion sensor configured to monitor footsteps and head motion of the subject, a digital memory for storing at least one algorithm, and a processor configured to process signals from the reflective pulse oximeter and the motion sensor using the at least one algorithm to generate as assessment of a health state of the subject. The earpiece fitting is configured to transmit sound to the inner ear or eardrum of the subject. The assessment of the health state of the subject may include an assessment of subject physiological stress and/or an assessment of overall subject health.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/053 - Measuring electrical impedance or conductance of a portion of the body

44.

WEARABLE DEVICES FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING

      
Application Number 15951845
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-12
First Publication Date 2018-08-16
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew

Abstract

A wearable device for detecting and/or measuring physiological information from a subject includes a housing, at least one optical emitter supported by the housing, at least one optical detector supported by the housing, a first light guide supported by the housing, a second light guide supported by the housing, a motion sensor supported by the housing, and a processor supported by the housing. The processor is configured to calculate footsteps, distinguish footsteps from heart beats, and to remove footstep motion artifacts from signals produced by the at least one optical detector. Also, the processor is configured to process signals produced by the at least one optical detector to determine subject heart rate and to produce integrity data about the subject heart rate. The process is further configured to generate a multiplexed output serial data string comprising the subject heart rate and the integrity data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons

45.

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING CLEANER PHYSIOLOGICAL INFORMATION SIGNALS

      
Application Number 15949309
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-10
First Publication Date 2018-08-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

Wearable apparatus for monitoring various physiological and environmental factors are provided. Real-time, noninvasive health and environmental monitors include a plurality of compact sensors integrated within small, low-profile devices, such as earpiece modules. Physiological and environmental data is collected and wirelessly transmitted into a wireless network, where the data is stored and/or processed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/053 - Measuring electrical impedance or conductance of a portion of the body

46.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING APPARATUS AND NETWORKS

      
Application Number 15949331
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-10
First Publication Date 2018-08-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

Wearable apparatus for monitoring various physiological and environmental factors are provided. Real-time, noninvasive health and environmental monitors include a plurality of compact sensors integrated within small, low-profile devices, such as earpiece modules. Physiological and environmental data is collected and wirelessly transmitted into a wireless network, where the data is stored and/or processed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/053 - Measuring electrical impedance or conductance of a portion of the body

47.

METHODS OF CONTROLLING BIOMETRIC PARAMETERS VIA MUSICAL AUDIO

      
Application Number 15744642
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-07-12
First Publication Date 2018-08-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Hodges, Ryan D.
  • Patwardhan, Manoj

Abstract

A method of controlling a biometric parameter, such as heart rate and/or breathing rate, of a subject engaged in an activity includes sensing the biometric parameter via a monitoring device worn by the subject, determining frequency characteristics of the biometric parameter, and presenting to the subject musical audio having a tempo correlated to the frequency characteristics of the biometric parameter. The tempo of the musical audio presented to the subject may be changed in order to cause a change in the biometric parameter. A method of modulating heart rate of a subject engaged in an activity includes sensing a breathing rate of the subject via a monitoring device worn by the subject, and then presenting to the subject musical audio having a tempo selected to change the breathing rate by an amount sufficient to cause a change in the heart rate.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs

48.

WEARABLE APPARATUS

      
Application Number 15949266
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-10
First Publication Date 2018-08-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

An apparatus adapted to be worn at or near at least one ear of a subject includes a battery, a reflective pulse oximeter, a motion sensor, an analog-to-digital convertor configured to convert analog signals from the reflective pulse oximeter and the motion sensor into digitized information, a speaker, a digital memory device configured to store at least one algorithm for signal processing, a transceiver, and a signal processor. The signal processor is configured to process data from the reflective pulse oximeter to monitor cardiopulmonary functioning of the subject, process data from the motion sensor to monitor head and body motion, execute the at least one algorithm for assessing a health state of a subject, poll the reflective pulse oximeter and the motion sensor at certain time intervals to extend life of the battery, and process digital audio information into analog sounds to be presented to the subject via the speaker.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/053 - Measuring electrical impedance or conductance of a portion of the body

49.

WEARABLE APPARATUS

      
Application Number 15949298
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-10
First Publication Date 2018-08-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

An apparatus adapted to be worn at or near an ear of a subject includes at least one battery, a plurality of electrodes configured to contact the ear and to sense physiological information from the subject, at least one motion sensor configured to monitor subject body motion, at least one analog-to-digital convertor configured to convert analog sensor signals from the plurality of electrodes into digitized information, at least one speaker configured to supply sound to the subject, at least one digital memory device configured to store at least one algorithm for signal processing, at least one signal processor configured to process data from the plurality of electrodes and the at least one motion sensor using the at least one algorithm to monitor physiological information from the subject, and at least one transceiver configured to enable wireless communication between the apparatus and a remote device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/053 - Measuring electrical impedance or conductance of a portion of the body

50.

WEARABLE APPARATUS FOR MULTIPLE TYPES OF PHYSIOLOGICAL AND/OR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

      
Application Number 15949323
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-10
First Publication Date 2018-08-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

Wearable apparatus for monitoring various physiological and environmental factors are provided. Real-time, noninvasive health and environmental monitors include a plurality of compact sensors integrated within small, low-profile devices, such as earpiece modules. Physiological and environmental data is collected and wirelessly transmitted into a wireless network, where the data is stored and/or processed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/053 - Measuring electrical impedance or conductance of a portion of the body

51.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES AND METHODS FOR NOISE REDUCTION IN PHYSIOLOGICAL SIGNALS BASED ON SUBJECT ACTIVITY TYPE

      
Application Number 15922610
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-03-15
First Publication Date 2018-07-19
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for monitoring a subject are described. A monitoring device configured to be attached to a body of a subject includes a sensor that is configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from the subject and at least one motion sensor configured to detect and/or measure subject motion information. The physiological sensor and motion sensor are in communication with a processor that is configured to receive and analyze signals produced by the physiological sensor and motion sensor. The processor is configured to process motion sensor signals to identify an activity characteristic of the subject. Once an activity characteristic is identified, the processor is configured to select a noise reference in response to identification of the activity characteristic of the subject, and then process physiological sensor signals using the noise reference to generate an output signal having reduced noise relative to the physiological sensor signal, to produce physiological information about the subject.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons

52.

WEARABLE DEVICES FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING

      
Application Number 15916972
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-03-09
First Publication Date 2018-07-12
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew

Abstract

A wearable device for detecting and/or measuring physiological information from a subject includes a housing, at least one optical emitter supported by the housing, at least one optical detector supported by the housing, a motion sensor supported by the housing, and a processor supported by the housing. The processor is configured to remove motion artifacts from signals produced by the at least one optical detector in response to signals produced by the motion sensor to produce filtered signals. Also, the processor is configured to process the filtered signals to generate parsed output data by executing one or more processing methods to provide information that is fed into a multiplexed output serial data string comprising motion-related information and physiological information. The multiplexed serial data string includes a plurality of physiological data outputs that can be used by an application-specific interface as required for a particular application.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/1459 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters invasive, e.g. introduced into the body by a catheter
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0215 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by means inserted into the body
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

53.

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING APPARATUS

      
Application Number 15910711
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-03-02
First Publication Date 2018-07-05
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

An earpiece module includes a physiological sensor, an external energy sensor, a transceiver, a communication module, a data storage component, and a power source. The communication module includes a microphone, a speaker, and a signal processor. The signal processor processes audio information received from a remote source via the transceiver and communicates the processed audio information to a subject via the speaker. The signal processor processes information in real time from the physiological sensor and the external energy sensor, and the signal processor provides biofeedback to the subject based on signals produced by the physiological sensor. The data storage component includes a plurality of algorithms. At least one algorithm focuses processing resources on extracting physiological information from the physiological sensor, at least one algorithm is configured to be modified or uploaded wirelessly via the transceiver, and at least one algorithm is a compression/decompression (CODEC) algorithm.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61N 1/32 - Applying electric currents by contact electrodes alternating or intermittent currents
  • A61M 37/00 - Other apparatus for introducing media into the body; Percutany, i.e. introducing medicines into the body by diffusion through the skin
  • A61B 7/04 - Electric stethoscopes
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/22 - Ergometry; Measuring muscular strength or the force of a muscular blow
  • A61B 5/1477 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using chemical or electrochemical methods, e.g. by polarographic means non-invasive
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/12 - Audiometering
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/103 - Measuring devices for testing the shape, pattern, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes
  • A61B 5/0496 - Electro-oculography, e.g. detecting nystagmus
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/03 - Measuring fluid pressure within the body other than blood pressure, e.g. cerebral pressure
  • A61B 5/029 - Measuring blood output from the heart, e.g. minute volume
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/053 - Measuring electrical impedance or conductance of a portion of the body

54.

STABILIZED MONITORING DEVICES

      
Application Number 15554171
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-02-23
First Publication Date 2018-04-05
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Walter, Jonathan T.
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

An earpiece configured to be positioned within an ear canal of a subject includes a housing, a sensor assembly disposed within the housing, and a cover removably secured to a free end of the housing. The sensor assembly includes at least one optical emitter and at least one optical detector. The cover includes at least one light guide configured to guide light from the at least one optical emitter and/or guide light from the ear of the subject to the at least one optical detector. The cover also includes a plurality of stabilizing members extending outwardly from an outer surface of the cover adjacent the at least one light guide. The earpiece may also include at least one ear support fitting associated with the housing that is configured to stabilize the earpiece within the ear canal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

55.

STABILIZED SENSOR MODULES AND MONITORING DEVICES INCORPORATING SAME

      
Application Number 15554158
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-02-23
First Publication Date 2018-03-22
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Walter, Jonathan T.
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A sensor module includes a housing and a sensor assembly disposed within the housing. The sensor assembly includes a base having at least one energy emitter and at least one energy detector, and a guide layer overlying the base in face-to-face relationship. The guide layer has at least one protrusion extending outwardly to accommodate the at least one energy emitter, and a plurality of outwardly extending stabilizing members. The housing has at least one first opening through which the at least one protrusion extends, and a plurality of second openings through which the stabilizing members extend. Some of the stabilizing members have an outwardly extending length that is greater than an outwardly extending length of the at least one protrusion. Some of the stabilizing members are substantially cylindrical and have a circular cross-sectional profile, and some of the stabilizing members are partially cylindrical and have a partially circular cross-sectional profile.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate

56.

WEARABLE MONITORING DEVICE

      
Application Number 15787574
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-10-18
First Publication Date 2018-03-01
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas
  • Morris, Joseph Norman

Abstract

A monitoring apparatus includes a housing configured to be positioned within an ear of a subject, and a sensor module. The sensor module includes an optical emitter and detector, and an optical filter overlying at least a portion of the detector. The sensor module also includes a motion sensor, an interference filter, and a processor. The optical filter attenuates time-varying environmental light interference caused by sunlight and/or ambient light. The interference filter removes effects of time-varying environmental interference from a signal output from the optical detector and produces a processed energy response signal associated with a physiological condition of the subject. The processor controls operations of the optical emitter, the optical detector, the motion sensor, and the interference filter. The processor utilizes an output signal from the motion sensor to remove motion artifacts from the energy response signal, and extracts at least one physiological property from the energy response signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 6/00 - Apparatus for radiation diagnosis, e.g. combined with radiation therapy equipment
  • A61B 8/02 - Measuring pulse or heart rate
  • A61B 8/04 - Measuring blood pressure
  • A61B 8/06 - Measuring blood flow

57.

Systems and methods for variable filter adjustment by heart rate metric feedback

      
Application Number 15784960
Grant Number 10512403
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-10-16
First Publication Date 2018-02-22
Grant Date 2019-12-24
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

A physiological signal processing system for a physiological waveform that includes a cardiovascular signal component provides a variable high pass filter that is responsive to the physiological waveform, and that is configured to high pass filter the physiological waveform in response to a corner frequency that is applied. A heart rate metric extractor is responsive to the variable high pass filter and is configured to extract a heart rate metric from the physiological waveform that is high pass filtered. A corner frequency adjuster is responsive to the heart rate metric extractor and is configured to determine the corner frequency that is applied to the variable high pass filter, based on the heart rate metric that was extracted. Analogous methods may also be provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/0245 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate using sensing means generating electric signals
  • A61B 5/0402 - Electrocardiography, i.e. ECG
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition

58.

Optical monitoring apparatus and methods

      
Application Number 15794728
Grant Number 10623849
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-10-26
First Publication Date 2018-02-15
Grant Date 2020-04-14
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Stephenson, Shawn
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

An apparatus includes a digital camera configured to capture a plurality of images of a region of a body of a subject, a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor configured to sense blood flow information from the subject, and a processor in communication with the digital camera and the PPG sensor. The processor is configured to analyze a blood flow information signal from the PPG sensor and determine a heart rate frequency and/or a breathing rate frequency of the subject. The processor is also configured to analyze the plurality of images and determine whether or not a portion of the region of the body is modulating at a frequency that is similar to the heart rate frequency and/or the breathing rate frequency of the subject.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

59.

OPTICAL ADAPTERS FOR WEARABLE MONITORING DEVICES

      
Application Number 15554193
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-02-23
First Publication Date 2018-01-25
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Walter, Jonathan T.
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

An optical adapter is configured to be removably secured to a wearable monitoring device. The monitoring device includes a housing having a portion with a biometric sensor that is wearably positionable adjacent the skin of a subject. The biometric sensor includes an optical emitter and an optical detector. The optical adapter includes a base that is configured to be removably secured to the housing portion. The optical adapter includes a first light guide extending outwardly from the base that is in optical communication with the optical emitter when the base is secured to the housing portion, and a second light guide extending outwardly from the base that is in optical communication with the optical detector when the base is secured to the housing portion. The optical adapter also includes a plurality of stabilizing members extending outwardly from the base.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

60.

MOTION-DEPENDENT AVERAGING FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL METRIC ESTIMATING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 15643965
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-07-07
First Publication Date 2018-01-11
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

Physiological signal processing systems include a photoplethysmograph (PPG) sensor that is configured to generate a physiological waveform, and an inertial sensor that is configured to generate a motion signal. A physiological metric extractor is configured to extract a physiological metric from the physiological waveform that is generated by the PPG sensor. The physiological metric extractor includes an averager that has an impulse response that is responsive to the strength of the motion signal. Related methods are also described.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/0225 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by applying pressure to close blood vessels, e.g. against the skin; Ophthaldynamometers the pressure being controlled by electric signals, e.g. derived from Korotkoff sounds
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate

61.

Method and apparatus for generating assessments using physical activity and biometric parameters

      
Application Number 15690940
Grant Number 10206627
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-08-30
First Publication Date 2017-12-28
Grant Date 2019-02-19
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven F.
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The methods and apparatuses presented herein determine and/or improve the quality of one or more physiological assessment parameters, e.g., response-recovery rate, based on biometric signal(s) and/or motion signal(s) respectively output by one or more biometric and/or motion sensors. The disclosed methods and apparatuses also estimate a user's stride length based on a motion signal and a determined type of user motion, e.g., walking or running. The speed of the user may then be estimated based on the estimated stride length.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/0456 - Detecting R peaks, e.g. for synchronising diagnostic apparatus
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

62.

Methods for improving signal quality in wearable biometric monitoring devices

      
Application Number 15670554
Grant Number 10382839
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-08-07
First Publication Date 2017-12-14
Grant Date 2019-08-13
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A wearable biometric monitoring device is configured to assess the biometric signal quality of one or more sensors associated with the monitoring device, determine how the user should adjust the device to improve the biometric fit, and instruct the user to wear the biometric monitoring device a certain way. Communicating instructions to a user may include instructing the user to execute a testing regimen while wearing the biometric monitoring device. The testing regimen facilitates an estimation of a signal quality that can be used to provide feedback to the user that he/she needs to adjust the device to improve the biometric fit and the biometric signal quality.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

63.

Physiological Metric Estimation Rise and Fall Limiting

      
Application Number 15661220
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-07-27
First Publication Date 2017-11-23
Owner Valencell Inc. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

Methods and apparatus disclosed herein use a filtering technique to improve the accuracy of the results achieved when processing data provided by a physiological sensor. The disclosed filtering technique corrects many of the accuracy problems associated with physiological sensors, particularly PPG sensors. Broadly, the filtering technique adjusts a current filtered estimate of a physiological metric as a function of a rate limit based on a comparison between an instantaneous estimate of the physiological metric and the current filtered estimate.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

64.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VARIABLE FILTER ADJUSTMENT BY HEART RATE METRIC FEEDBACK AND NOISE REFERENCE SENSOR

      
Application Number 15477706
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-04-03
First Publication Date 2017-10-12
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

A physiological signal processing system/method for a physiological waveform that includes a cardiovascular signal component provides a first variable high pass filter that is responsive to the physiological waveform, and to a first corner frequency that is applied. A second variable high pass filter is responsive to a noise reference waveform from a noise reference sensor and is configured to high pass filter the noise reference waveform in response to a second corner frequency that is applied. A heart rate metric extractor is responsive to the variable high pass filters and is configured to extract a heart rate metric from the physiological waveform that is high pass filtered. A corner frequency adjuster is responsive to the heart rate metric extractor and is configured to determine the corner frequencies that are applied to the variable high pass filters, based on the heart rate metric that was extracted.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 7/00 - Instruments for auscultation
  • A61B 5/0402 - Electrocardiography, i.e. ECG
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography

65.

Fitting system for physiological sensors

      
Application Number 15412889
Grant Number 10003882
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-01-23
First Publication Date 2017-08-24
Grant Date 2018-06-19
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Urup, Kathrine Steen
  • Hansen, Lars Bohn

Abstract

A headphone system comprising a physiological sensor and a method of fitting a headphone system comprising a physiological sensor to a user is provided. The headphone system comprises a headphone having a speaker, a physiological sensor configured to be positioned for measuring physiological data, and a processor connected to the physiological sensor to receive the measured physiological data and process the measured physiological data to output physiological information and a fitting parameter. An application program is associated with the headphone, and is configured to receive the physiological information and the fitting parameter. The application program may evaluate at least the fitting parameter to indicate to a user whether the headphone is properly positioned, and issue a first notification in dependence on the evaluation of the fitting parameter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 29/00 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor

66.

Optical physiological sensor modules with reduced signal noise

      
Application Number 15324139
Grant Number 10536768
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-07-22
First Publication Date 2017-07-27
Grant Date 2020-01-14
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Stephenson, Shawn
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

An optical sensor module for detecting and/or measuring physiological information that can be integrated into a wearable device, such as a headset, a wristband, a ring, etc., includes a housing supporting an optical source and an optical detector. The housing overlies the optical source and optical detector and includes a first light guide comprising light transmissive material in optical communication with the optical source and a second light guide comprising light transmissive material in optical communication with the optical detector. The first and second light guides define respective first and second axial directions that are outwardly diverging. When the sensor module is in use and placed adjacent the skin of a user, light rays emanating from the optical source and directed into the skin of the user cannot overlap with light rays returning through the skin of the user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

67.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING DATA OUTPUT CONTAINING PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MOTION-RELATED INFORMATION

      
Application Number 15467520
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-03-23
First Publication Date 2017-07-06
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley

Abstract

A method of generating data output containing physiological and motion-related information includes sensing physical activity of a subject via at least one motion sensor attached to the subject, sensing physiological information from the subject via at least one photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor attached to the subject, and processing signals from the at least one motion sensor and signals from the at least one PPG sensor into a multiplexed serial data string of physiological information and motion-related information. A plurality of subject physiological parameters can be extracted from the physiological information, and a plurality of subject physical activity parameters can be extracted from the motion-related information. The serial data string is parsed out such that an application-specific interface can utilize the physiological information and motion-related information for an application that generates statistical relationships between subject physiological parameters and subject physical activity parameters in the physiological information and motion-related information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb

68.

Physiological Monitoring Devices with Adjustable Stability

      
Application Number 15318449
Status Pending
Filing Date 2015-07-29
First Publication Date 2017-05-04
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a body of a subject includes a sensor configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from the subject, and at least one actuator that is configured to adjust the stability of the monitoring device relative to the subject body in response to the sensor detecting a change in subject activity, a change in environmental conditions, a change in time, and/or a change in location of the subject.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb

69.

Physiological Monitoring Devices with Adjustable Signal Analysis and Interrogation Power and Monitoring Methods Using Same

      
Application Number 15369946
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-12-06
First Publication Date 2017-05-04
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a body of a subject includes a sensor configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from the subject, and a processor coupled to the sensor that is configured to receive and analyze signals produced by the sensor. The processor is configured to change signal analysis frequency and/or sensor interrogation power in response to detecting a change in subject activity, a change in subject stress level, a change in environmental conditions, a change in time, and/or a change in location of the subject.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition

70.

Earbud monitoring devices

      
Application Number 15400010
Grant Number 10015582
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-01-06
First Publication Date 2017-04-27
Grant Date 2018-07-03
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wagner, Wolfgang
  • Stephenson, Shawn
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Christopher
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

An earbud includes a speaker driver, and a sensor module secured to the speaker driver that is configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from a subject wearing the earbud. The sensor module includes a printed circuit board, an optical source secured to the printed circuit board, and an optical detector secured to the printed circuit board. A first light guide may be coupled to the optical source that is configured to deliver light from the optical source into an ear region of the subject via a distal end thereof. A second light guide may be coupled to the optical detector that is configured to collect light from the ear region via a distal end thereof and deliver collected light to the optical detector. One or more additional sensors may be secured to the speaker driver, such as accelerometers, humidity sensors, altimeters, and temperature sensors.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 5/033 - Headphones for stereophonic communication
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

71.

Physiological monitoring devices and methods that identify subject activity type

      
Application Number 15299684
Grant Number 10610158
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-10-21
First Publication Date 2017-04-27
Grant Date 2020-04-07
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for monitoring a subject are described. A monitoring device configured to be attached to a body of a subject includes a sensor that is configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from the subject and a motion sensor configured to detect and/or measure subject motion information. The physiological sensor and motion sensor are in communication with a processor that is configured to receive and analyze signals produced by the physiological sensor and motion sensor. The processor is configured to process motion sensor signals to identify an activity characteristic of the subject. Once an activity characteristic is determined, the processor is configured to select a biometric signal extraction algorithm or circuit in response to the activity characteristic of the subject, and then process physiological sensor signals via the biometric signal extraction algorithm or circuit to produce physiological information about the subject.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value

72.

Apparatus and methods for estimating time-state physiological parameters

      
Application Number 15369629
Grant Number 09788785
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-12-05
First Publication Date 2017-03-23
Grant Date 2017-10-17
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A method of determining a value of a physiological parameter for a subject at a selected state includes obtaining, via a device located a distance from the subject, a value of the physiological parameter of the subject at a particular time-of-day, and applying a time-dependent relationship function to the obtained physiological parameter value via a processor to determine a value of the physiological parameter at the selected state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/04 - Measuring bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate

73.

Wearable monitoring device

      
Application Number 15262528
Grant Number 10827979
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-09-12
First Publication Date 2016-12-29
Grant Date 2020-11-10
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas
  • Morris, Joseph Norman

Abstract

A wearable device includes a housing, at least one optical emitter supported by the housing, wherein the at least one optical emitter is configured to generate modulated light, at least one optical detector supported by the housing, and a tip removably secured to the housing. The tip includes first and second portions, wherein the first portion directs light along a first path from the at least one optical emitter to a body of a subject wearing the device, and wherein the second portion directs light from the body of the subject to the optical detector along a second path that is different from the first path. The device may also include an analog-to-digital converter, a motion sensor, and a processor. The processor executes a first filter that attenuates sunlight noise and a second filter that attenuates motion artifacts.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 6/00 - Apparatus for radiation diagnosis, e.g. combined with radiation therapy equipment
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G16Z 99/00 - Subject matter not provided for in other main groups of this subclass
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 8/02 - Measuring pulse or heart rate
  • A61B 8/04 - Measuring blood pressure
  • A61B 8/06 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value

74.

Method and apparatus for generating assessments using physical activity and biometric parameters

      
Application Number 15120766
Grant Number 09788794
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-02-27
First Publication Date 2016-12-15
Grant Date 2017-10-17
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven F.
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The methods and apparatuses presented herein determine and/or improve the quality of one or more physiological assessment parameters, e.g., response-recovery rate, based on biometric signal(s) and/or motion signal(s) respectively output by one or more biometric and/or motion sensors. The disclosed methods and apparatuses also estimate a user's stride length based on a motion signal and a determined type of user motion, e.g., walking or running. The speed of the user may then be estimated based on the estimated stride length.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/0456 - Detecting R peaks, e.g. for synchronising diagnostic apparatus
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

75.

Apparatus and methods for estimating time-state physiological parameters

      
Application Number 15219770
Grant Number 09521962
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-07-26
First Publication Date 2016-11-17
Grant Date 2016-12-20
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A method of determining a value of a physiological parameter for a subject at a selected state includes obtaining, via a device located a distance from the subject, a value of the physiological parameter of the subject at a particular time-of-day, and applying a time-dependent relationship function to the obtained physiological parameter value via a processor to determine a value of the physiological parameter at the selected state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels

76.

Apparatus, systems, and methods for measuring environmental exposure and physiological response thereto

      
Application Number 15210154
Grant Number 10258243
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-07-14
First Publication Date 2016-11-03
Grant Date 2019-04-16
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

Systems and methods for monitoring various physiological and environmental factors, as well as systems and methods for using this information for a plurality of useful purposes, are provided. Real-time, noninvasive health and environmental monitors include a plurality of compact sensors integrated within small, low-profile devices. Physiological and environmental data is collected and wirelessly transmitted into a wireless network, where the data is stored and/or processed. This information is then used to support a variety of useful methods, such as clinical trials, marketing studies, biofeedback, entertainment, and others.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/02 - Measuring pulse, heart rate, blood pressure or blood flow; Combined pulse/heart-rate/blood pressure determination; Evaluating a cardiovascular condition not otherwise provided for, e.g. using combinations of techniques provided for in this group with electrocardiography; Heart catheters for measuring blood pressure
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 50/24 - Patient record management (processing of medical or biological data for scientific purposes G06F 19/00)
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • G06Q 50/22 - Social work
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G16H 10/60 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of patient-related medical or healthcare data for patient-specific data, e.g. for electronic patient records
  • G16H 50/30 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for individual health risk assessment
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/087 - Measuring breath flow
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow

77.

Apparatus for generating data output containing physiological and motion-related information

      
Application Number 14996332
Grant Number 10448840
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-01-15
First Publication Date 2016-05-12
Grant Date 2019-10-22
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A method of generating a data string containing physiological and motion-related information includes sensing physical activity of a subject via at least one motion sensor attached to the subject, sensing physiological information from the subject via at least one photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor attached to the subject, and processing signals from the at least one motion sensor and signals from the at least one PPG sensor into a serial data string of physiological information and motion-related information. A plurality of subject physiological parameters can be extracted from the physiological information, and a plurality of subject physical activity parameters can be extracted from the motion-related information. The serial data string is parsed out such that an application-specific interface can utilize the physiological information and motion-related information for an application that generates statistical relationships between subject physiological parameters and subject physical activity parameters in the physiological information and motion-related information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • G16H 30/40 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of medical images for processing medical images, e.g. editing
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

78.

Methods and apparatus for improving signal quality in wearable biometric monitoring devices

      
Application Number 14829032
Grant Number 09794653
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-08-18
First Publication Date 2016-03-31
Grant Date 2017-10-17
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A wearable biometric monitoring device is configured to assess the biometric signal quality of one or more sensors associated with the monitoring device, determine how the user should adjust the device to improve the biometric fit, and instruct the user to wear the biometric monitoring device a certain way. Communicating instructions to a user may include instructing the user to execute a testing regimen while wearing the biometric monitoring device. The testing regimen facilitates an estimation of a signal quality that can be used to provide feedback to the user that he/she needs to adjust the device to improve the biometric fit and the biometric signal quality.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • G08B 21/18 - Status alarms
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

79.

Physiological monitoring devices with adjustable signal analysis and interrogation power and monitoring methods using same

      
Application Number 14807061
Grant Number 09538921
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-07-23
First Publication Date 2016-02-04
Grant Date 2017-01-10
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Felice, Mark Andrew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to a body of a subject includes a sensor configured to detect and/or measure physiological information from the subject, and a processor coupled to the sensor that is configured to receive and analyze signals produced by the sensor. The processor is configured to change signal analysis frequency and/or sensor interrogation power in response to detecting a change in subject activity, a change in subject stress level, a change in environmental conditions, a change in time, and/or a change in location of the subject.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • G05B 19/048 - Monitoring; Safety
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs

80.

Physiological monitoring devices having sensing elements decoupled from body motion

      
Application Number 14761510
Grant Number 10076253
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-01-24
First Publication Date 2015-12-24
Grant Date 2018-09-18
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Splinter, Robert
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A monitoring device includes a sensor band configured to be secured around an appendage of a subject, and a sensing element movably secured to the sensor band via a biasing element. The sensor band has a first mass, and the sensing element has a second mass that is less than the first mass. The biasing element is configured to urge the sensing element into contact with a portion of the appendage, and the biasing element decouples motion of the band from the sensing element. A monitoring device includes a band that is configured to be secured around an appendage of a subject. One or more biasing elements extend outwardly from the band inner surface and are configured to contact the appendage. A sensing element is secured to the band inner surface. The one or more biasing elements decouples motion of the band from the sensing element.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb

81.

Physiological Monitoring Systems, Methods and Apparatus

      
Application Number 14839093
Status Pending
Filing Date 2015-08-28
First Publication Date 2015-12-24
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A sensor module configured to be worn by a subject includes a plurality of sensors configured to measure physiological information from the subject and/or environmental exposure information in a vicinity of the subject, a power source coupled to the plurality of sensors, and at least one processor configured to obtain data from the plurality of sensors only at certain time intervals in order to extend a life of the power source. The sensor module also includes a wireless chip configured to communicate data obtained from the plurality of sensors to a telecommunication device. The telecommunication device is configured to communicate the data obtained from the plurality of sensors to a remote database. One or more of the plurality of sensors may be activated and/or deactivated by the telecommunication device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate

82.

Cadence detection based on inertial harmonics

      
Application Number 14655992
Grant Number 09993204
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-01-06
First Publication Date 2015-12-24
Grant Date 2018-06-12
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Romesburg, Eric Douglas

Abstract

The method and apparatus disclosed herein determine a user cadence from the output of an inertial sensor mounted to or proximate the user's body. In general, the disclosed cadence measurement system determines the user cadence based on frequency measurements acquired from an inertial signal output by the inertial sensor. More particularly, a cadence measurement system determines a user cadence from an inertial signal generated by an inertial sensor, where the inertial signal comprises one or more frequency components. The cadence measurement system determines a peak frequency of the inertial signal, where the peak frequency corresponds to the frequency component of the inertial signal having the largest amplitude. After applying the peak frequency to one or more frequency threshold comparisons, the cadence measurement system determines the user cadence based on the peak frequency and the frequency threshold comparison(s).

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • G01C 22/00 - Measuring distance traversed on the ground by vehicles, persons, animals or other moving solid bodies, e.g. using odometers or using pedometers

83.

Physiological monitoring devices having sensing elements decoupled from body motion

      
Application Number 14761462
Grant Number 10856749
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-01-24
First Publication Date 2015-12-10
Grant Date 2020-12-08
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Splinter, Robert
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis

Abstract

A monitoring device includes a biasing element having opposite first and second end portions, an earbud attached to the biasing element first end portion, and a sensing element attached to the biasing element second end portion. The earbud has a first mass, and the sensing element has a second mass that is less than the first mass. The biasing element is configured to urge the sensing element into contact with a portion of the ear when the earbud is inserted into the ear. The biasing element decouples motion of the earbud from the sensing element. The sensing element includes at least one energy emitter configured to direct energy at a target region of the ear and at least one detector configured to detect an energy response signal from the target region or a region adjacent the target region.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels

84.

Physiological Monitoring Methods

      
Application Number 14820910
Status Pending
Filing Date 2015-08-07
First Publication Date 2015-12-03
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A monitoring apparatus includes a housing that is configured to be attached to a body of a subject. The housing includes a sensor region that is configured to contact a selected area of the body of the subject when the housing is attached to the body of the subject. The sensor region is contoured to matingly engage the selected body area. The apparatus includes at least one physiological sensor that is associated with the sensor region and that detects and/or measures physiological information from the subject and/or at least one environmental sensor associated with the sensor region that is configured to detect and/or measure environmental information. The sensor region contour stabilizes the physiological and/or environmental sensor(s) relative to the selected body area such that subject motion does not impact detection and/or measurement efforts of the sensor(s).

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography

85.

Methods and apparatus for detecting motion noise and for removing motion noise from physiological signals

      
Application Number 14740804
Grant Number 10092245
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-06-16
First Publication Date 2015-10-15
Grant Date 2018-10-09
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

Methods and apparatus are presented for removing motion artifacts from physiological signals produced by a physiological sensor of a wearable device, wherein the physiological sensor includes at least one optical emitter and at least one optical detector. Light emitted by the at least one optical emitter that is scattered by a body of a subject wearing the device is detected, and a physiological information signal therefrom is produced via the at least one optical detector. Light emitted by the at least one optical emitter that is scattered by a light regulating region of the wearable device is detected, and a motion noise information signal is produced via the at least one optical detector. The physiological information signal and the motion noise information signal are processed via at least one processor associated with the wearable device to at least partially remove unwanted motion artifacts from the physiological information signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

86.

Biometric monitor housing

      
Application Number 29467146
Grant Number D0736935
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-09-16
First Publication Date 2015-08-18
Grant Date 2015-08-18
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Chris

87.

Biometric monitor

      
Application Number 29507012
Grant Number D0733598
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-10-23
First Publication Date 2015-07-07
Grant Date 2015-07-07
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Just, Steven Matthew
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Eschbach, Lawrence Chris

88.

Fitting system for a headphone with physiological sensor

      
Application Number 14571471
Grant Number 09554205
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-16
First Publication Date 2015-06-25
Grant Date 2017-01-24
Owner VALENCELL, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Urup, Kathrine Steen
  • Hansen, Lars Bohn

Abstract

A headphone system comprising a physiological sensor and a method of fitting a headphone system comprising a physiological sensor to a user is provided. The headphone system comprises a headphone having a speaker, a physiological sensor configured to be positioned for measuring physiological data, and a processor connected to the physiological sensor to receive the measured physiological data and process the measured physiological data to output physiological information and a fitting parameter. An application program is associated with the headphone, and is configured to receive the physiological information and the fitting parameter. The application program may evaluate at least the fitting parameter to indicate to a user whether the headphone is properly positioned, and issue a first notification in dependence on the evaluation of the fitting parameter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • H04R 29/00 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements

89.

Wearable monitoring devices having sensors and light guides

      
Application Number 14564336
Grant Number 10076282
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-09
First Publication Date 2015-06-11
Grant Date 2018-09-18
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

2max, heart rate variability, respiration rate, and blood gas/analyte level.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

90.

Monitoring Devices with Wireless Earpiece Modules

      
Application Number 14617234
Status Pending
Filing Date 2015-02-09
First Publication Date 2015-06-04
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

Wearable apparatus for monitoring various physiological and environmental factors are provided. Real-time, noninvasive health and environmental monitors include a plurality of compact sensors integrated within small, low-profile devices, such as earpiece modules. Physiological and environmental data is collected and wirelessly transmitted into a wireless network, where the data is stored and/or processed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons

91.

Monitoring Devices with Energy-Harvesting Power Sources

      
Application Number 14606454
Status Pending
Filing Date 2015-01-27
First Publication Date 2015-05-21
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

An apparatus worn by a subject includes an energy-harvesting power source, at least one physiological sensor and/or at least one environmental sensor coupled to the energy-harvesting power source. The at least one physiological sensor senses physiological information from the subject and the at least one environmental sensor senses environmental information in a vicinity of the subject. The energy-harvesting power source may include one or more of the following: a solar cell module configured to collect and store solar energy, a piezoelectric device or a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device configured to collect and store energy caused by movement of the subject and/or energy emanating from an environment in which the subject is located, a thermoelectric or thermovoltaic device configured to collect and store energy caused by thermal energy or temperature gradients in an environment in which the subject is located, a cranking or winding mechanism configured to store mechanical energy.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • G01D 11/00 - Component parts of measuring arrangements not specially adapted for a specific variable
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G01N 21/47 - Scattering, i.e. diffuse reflection
  • G01N 21/59 - Transmissivity
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate

92.

Physiological Monitoring Methods

      
Application Number 14595471
Status Pending
Filing Date 2015-01-13
First Publication Date 2015-05-21
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A method of monitoring a subject includes detecting subject head motion via a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor associated with a device worn by the subject, such as a device worn on a region of the head or a headset attached to an ear. The head motion information from the MEMS sensor is processed to determine subject head displacement relative to an origin and/or to identify footstep information, and the processed head motion information is transmitted to a remote device. Processing the head motion information from the MEMS sensor may be performed via at least one processor associated with the device worn by the subject and/or via a second device in telemetric communication with the MEMS sensor. The method may include processing head motion information from the MEMS sensor to determine if the subject has fallen down and/or is not moving.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value

93.

Earbud covers

      
Application Number 14596255
Grant Number 09301696
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-01-14
First Publication Date 2015-05-14
Grant Date 2016-04-05
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

An earbud cover is configured to be removably attached to, and at least partially cover, an audio earbud. The removable earbud cover includes at least one light guide configured to guide light from at least one optical emitter associated with the audio earbud to a region of a body of a subject wearing the audio earbud and/or guide light from the body of the subject to at least one optical detector associated with the audio earbud. The removable earbud cover may include at least one alignment member that facilitates stability of the audio earbud when inserted within an ear of the subject. The removable earbud cover may include at least one lens region, at least one light diffusion region, and/or at least one luminescence region in optical communication with the at least one light guide.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

94.

Apparatus for assessing physiological conditions

      
Application Number 14592012
Grant Number 10842387
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-01-08
First Publication Date 2015-05-07
Grant Date 2020-11-24
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

Monitoring apparatus and methods are provided for assessing a physiological condition of a subject. At least two types of physiological information are detected from a subject via a portable monitoring device associated with the subject, and an assessment of a physiological condition of the subject is made using the at least two types of physiological information, wherein each type of physiological information is individually insufficient to make the physiological condition assessment. Environmental information from a vicinity of a subject also may be detected, and an assessment of a physiological condition of the subject may be made using the environmental information in combination with the physiological information. Exemplary physiological information may include subject heart rate, subject activity level, subject tympanic membrane temperature, and subject breathing rate. Exemplary environmental information may include humidity level information in the vicinity of the subject. An exemplary physiological condition assessment may be subject hydration level.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • H04R 1/02 - Casings; Cabinets; Mountings therein
  • G16H 40/63 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for local operation
  • G16H 40/67 - ICT specially adapted for the management or administration of healthcare resources or facilities; ICT specially adapted for the management or operation of medical equipment or devices for the operation of medical equipment or devices for remote operation
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
  • G16H 30/40 - ICT specially adapted for the handling or processing of medical images for processing medical images, e.g. editing
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

95.

Light-guiding devices and monitoring devices incorporating same

      
Application Number 14554238
Grant Number 09955919
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-11-26
First Publication Date 2015-04-30
Grant Date 2018-05-01
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to the ear of a person includes a base, an earbud housing extending outwardly from the base that is configured to be positioned within an ear of a subject, and a cover surrounding the earbud housing. The base includes a speaker, an optical emitter, and an optical detector. The cover includes light transmissive material that is in optical communication with the optical emitter and the optical detector and serves as a light guide to deliver light from the optical emitter into the ear canal of the subject wearing the device at one or more predetermined locations and to collect light external to the earbud housing and deliver the collected light to the optical detector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/0215 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by means inserted into the body
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/1459 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters invasive, e.g. introduced into the body by a catheter
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

96.

Methods for generating data output containing physiological and motion-related information

      
Application Number 14550039
Grant Number 09314167
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-11-21
First Publication Date 2015-04-16
Grant Date 2016-04-19
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A method of generating a data string containing physiological and motion-related information includes sensing physical activity of a subject via at least one motion sensor attached to the subject, sensing physiological information from the subject via at least one photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor attached to the subject, and processing signals from the at least one motion sensor and signals from the at least one PPG sensor into a serial data string of physiological information and motion-related information. A plurality of subject physiological parameters can be extracted from the physiological information, and a plurality of subject physical activity parameters can be extracted from the motion-related information. The serial data string is parsed out such that an application-specific interface can utilize the physiological information and motion-related information for an application that generates statistical relationships between subject physiological parameters and subject physical activity parameters in the physiological information and motion-related information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

97.

Light-guiding devices and monitoring devices incorporating same

      
Application Number 14554158
Grant Number 09289175
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-11-26
First Publication Date 2015-03-19
Grant Date 2016-03-22
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Just, Steven Matthew

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to the ear of a person includes a base, an earbud housing extending outwardly from the base that is configured to be positioned within an ear of a subject, and a cover surrounding the earbud housing. The base includes a speaker, an optical emitter, and an optical detector. The cover includes light transmissive material that is in optical communication with the optical emitter and the optical detector and serves as a light guide to deliver light from the optical emitter into the ear canal of the subject wearing the device at one or more predetermined locations and to collect light external to the earbud housing and deliver the collected light to the optical detector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/0215 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels by means inserted into the body
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/1459 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters invasive, e.g. introduced into the body by a catheter
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

98.

Physiological monitoring methods and apparatus

      
Application Number 14540404
Grant Number 09289135
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-11-13
First Publication Date 2015-03-12
Grant Date 2016-03-22
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

2max, heart rate variability, respiration rate, and blood gas/analyte level.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • A61B 5/11 - Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. head or hand tremor or mobility of a limb
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/0476 - Electroencephalography
  • A61B 5/16 - Devices for psychotechnics; Testing reaction times
  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • A61B 5/021 - Measuring pressure in heart or blood vessels
  • A61B 5/08 - Measuring devices for evaluating the respiratory organs
  • A61B 5/01 - Measuring temperature of body parts
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
  • A61B 5/0295 - Measuring blood flow using plethysmography, i.e. measuring the variations in the volume of a body part as modified by the circulation of blood therethrough, e.g. impedance plethysmography
  • A61B 5/091 - Measuring volume of inspired or expired gases, e.g. to determine lung capacity

99.

Wearable light-guiding devices for physiological monitoring

      
Application Number 14484585
Grant Number 08989830
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-09-12
First Publication Date 2015-01-29
Grant Date 2015-03-24
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward

Abstract

A monitoring device configured to be attached to the body of a subject includes an outer layer and an inner layer secured together. The inner layer includes light transmissive material and has inner and outer surfaces. A base is secured to at least one of the outer and inner layers and includes an optical emitter and optical detector. A layer of cladding material is positioned near the outer surface of the inner layer, and at least one window is formed in the layer of cladding material that serves as a light-guiding interface to the body of the subject. The light transmissive material delivers light from the optical emitter to the body of the subject along a first direction and collects light from the body of the subject and delivers the collected light in a second direction to the optical detector. The first and second directions are substantially parallel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters

100.

Apparatus and Methods for Monitoring Physiological Data During Environmental Interference

      
Application Number 14511692
Status Pending
Filing Date 2014-10-10
First Publication Date 2015-01-29
Owner Valencell, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leboeuf, Steven Francis
  • Tucker, Jesse Berkley
  • Aumer, Michael Edward
  • Romesburg, Eric Douglas
  • Morris, Joseph Norman

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for attenuating environmental interference are described. A wearable monitoring apparatus includes a housing configured to be attached to the body of a subject and a sensor module that includes an energy emitter that directs energy at a target region of the subject, a detector that detects an energy response signal—or physiological condition—from the subject, a filter that removes time-varying environmental interference from the energy response signal, and at least one processor that controls operations of the energy emitter, detector, and filter.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • A61B 5/0205 - Simultaneously evaluating both cardiovascular conditions and different types of body conditions, e.g. heart and respiratory condition
  • A61B 5/145 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value
  • A61B 5/1455 - Measuring characteristics of blood in vivo, e.g. gas concentration, pH-value using optical sensors, e.g. spectral photometrical oximeters
  • A61B 5/026 - Measuring blood flow
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