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20130072823Sleep Monitoring System - A method comprising monitoring a user's movements and determining when the user is falling asleep into a sleep session. The method further comprising identifying the sleep session as a power nap or a longer sleep, and waking up the user at a predetermined time, based on a combination of user preferences and measured information regarding the sleep session.03-21-2013
20100160834WEARABLE PORTABLE DEVICE FOR INCREASING USER AWARENESS OF A PARETIC LIMB AND RECORDING THE USER AWARENESS - A wearable portable device (06-24-2010
20130046206SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NEUROCOGNITIVE TRAINING AND/OR NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT - A method of neurocognitive training or neuropsychological assessment of a subject including providing at least one initial stimulus to the subject, assessing at least one initial action of the subject in response to the at least one initial stimulus, based on the assessing the at least one initial action of the subject in response to the at least one initial stimulus, thereafter providing at least one further stimulus to the subject, assessing at least one further action of the subject in response to the at least one further stimulus and based at least on the assessing the at least one further action of the subject in response to the at least one further stimulus, thereafter providing at least one additional stimulus to the subject.02-21-2013
20100152623Systems, Devices and Methods for Interpreting Movement - According to some exemplary embodiments, a method or system can involve associating a plurality of biokinetographic comparison results with a first specific dysfunction from a group of specific dysfunctions, each of the biokinetographic comparison results obtained from a comparison of a biokinetographic value to a standard for a corresponding biokinetographic variable.06-17-2010
20090192418Moving Body Inspection Apparatus And Method of Comparing Phases Between Movement Waveforms - In a moving body inspection apparatus, sequential waveform data obtained from a movement sensor is analyzed, wherein a plurality of waveforms from the waveform data is generated; phases compared among a plurality of movement waveforms; and a result of comparing phases are displayed. A partial waveform in a frequency analysis time interval having a predetermined length is extracted from a plurality of the movement waveforms. A frequency analysis operation is performed for the extracted partial waveforms to calculate phases at maximum power frequencies in the frequency analysis time interval; a phase difference is calculated among a plurality of the movement waveforms. The peaks may be detected in a plurality of movement waveforms. Peak intervals are calculated as time intervals between adjoining peaks. The peaks among the movement waveforms are matched. Phase differences are calculated among a plurality of the movement waveforms.07-30-2009
20110196264BODY MOTION BALANCE DETECTION DEVICE, BODY MOTION BALANCE DETECTION PROGRAM, BODY MOTION BALANCE DETECTION METHOD, AND BODY MOTION BALANCE DIAGNOSIS METHOD - A body motion measurement device capable of detecting a body motion balance without installing a pressure sensor is provided. The body motion measurement device includes an acceleration detection unit for detecting a change in acceleration by walking, a calculation unit for detecting a walking balance from the acceleration signal detected by the acceleration detection unit, and a display unit for performing an output based on the detected walking balance. The calculation unit for detecting the walking balance executes step and step of recognizing one step unit of walking from the acceleration signal and acquiring PPodd, PPeven, Todd, and Teven, which are the foot information, and steps of detecting the walking balance based on the foot information.08-11-2011
20130085418Device and Method for Monitoring a Patient Position - A portable position safety device and method for the monitoring of a patient's position in a number of different situations are disclosed. The device comprises a gyroscope module, a processing unit and an alarm system. The device and method are designed to monitor the patient movement. As such, a movement of the patient's leg beyond a certain preset angle limit will trigger the device alarm system and alert the attendant. The monitoring of the patient's position is achieved using the gyroscope function.04-04-2013
20100076347Dynamic movement analysis system - A movement analysis system may use a force sensing mat to record a pattern of applied force from the user's feet as the user undergoes a series of directed movements. The movements may be directed by the system through indicator lights in the mat and/or directions provided on a display screen. The user's response to these directions may be recorded and analyzed to derive indications of the best exercise regime based on the user's capabilities.03-25-2010
20100076348COMPLETE INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR CONTINUOUS MONITORING AND ANALYSIS OF MOVEMENT DISORDERS - Disclosed embodiments include a complete integrated system designed to support continuous monitoring and objective analysis of movement disorders. According to one embodiment the integrated system allows for continuous monitoring of movement disorders during normal daily activities in home and other normal daily environments, as well as in the clinic. The integrated system comprises: 1) wearable movement monitoring devices including a plurality of inertial sensors, 2) a docking station with wireless capabilities, 3) a secure web-enabled data server, and 4) statistical signal processing methods, all of which are integrated to enable monitoring and analysis of movement disorders.03-25-2010
20120245492REHABILITATION DEVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH PARALYSIS AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - A rehabilitation device comprises a plurality of sensors configured to detect motion of at least one targeted area of a patient, a display unit to display an image, and a controlling unit configured to determine a motion characteristic of the patient based on output signals from the plurality of sensors, and to control a virtual image representing a human body displayed on the display unit based on the determined motion characteristic. The plurality of sensors of the present invention are engaged with the at least one targeted area.09-27-2012
20090069723Method for the analysis of oscillations generated in biological systems - Disclosed is a method for analyzing oscillations generated in biological systems, in which the change of conditions for the probability of a random event to occur compared in the previous cycle can be assessed by introducing an energetic component into the current cycle of the oscillation. In order to be able to do so, the analyzed signal is subdivided to the sequence of cycles in such a way that each subsequent cycle is provided with a common interval with the previous adjacent cycle. Such methods are used in the fields physiology, medicine, psychology and biocybernetics to analyze regulation in biological systems.03-12-2009
20130035613SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING POSTURAL SWAY AND HUMAN MOTION - There is provided herein a system and method for performing a balance evaluation that utilizes a hand held accelerometer that measures upper body compensatory and correctional movement. Instead of testing movement in the waist or lower extremity as is commonly done, the instant invention measures thoracic trunk sway to estimate an individual's balance via positional change algorithms. By holding the measuring device to the chest and performing one or a variety of balance tests, the instant invention can determine the amount of sway in the trunk without attached or fixed monitors, which presents a novel approach to assessing postural sway above the center of mass.02-07-2013
20130035612Hand-Function Therapy System With Sensory Isolation - The invention relates to rehabilitation systems and methods for providing therapy to individuals who have suffered a stroke or other neurological insult. A rehabilitation system may comprise a depth sensing camera positioned to view a workspace into which a patient's hands may be located, a display system viewable by the patient, and an electronic computer executing a stored program to display a representation of a virtual space holding at least one virtual object, display a representation of at least one hand of the patient, and monitor a virtual manipulation of the virtual object by the patient's hand. Other embodiments may include virtual reality goggles, head motion tracking, various exercises and of varying difficulty, tracking metrics and recording for subsequent playback.02-07-2013
20090270767FETAL MOVEMENT INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND FETAL MOVEMENT INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A fetal movement information processing device and method for accurately grasping and predicting the healthy development state of a fetus, namely, the well-being state of the fetus by adequately detecting and recording information on the fetal movement of a pregnant woman. The fetal movement information processing device comprises detected information storage means (10-29-2009
20130041291SYSTEM FOR ANALYSING A USER'S STRIDES - A system for analyzing a user's strides has a first sensor assembly (EC02-14-2013
20130041289MECHANICAL PIVOT SHIFT MEASUREMENT TO EVALUATE JOINTS - An unmet need of orthopaedic practitioners is a clinically-relevant measurement device and technique to objectively quantify joint (e.g., knee) stability, including rotational stability. An apparatus and method is disclosed for performing a mechanical joint movement test, such as a knee pivot shift test, through the application of standardized dynamic loads (e.g., using a constant-tension spring or other mechanism). When used for knee evaluation, this test reliably induces the characteristic “pivot” tibial subluxation/reduction event in an ACL-deficient knee, allowing for more sensitive detection of deficiencies in rotational knee stability, quantification of the relative importance of knee stabilizers, and comparison of the performance of contemporary ACL reconstruction techniques. The test allows for better understanding joint biomechanics and for defining unique kinematic and kinetic signatures for common joint injuries, such as knee injuries, that will be valuable for diagnostic purposes.02-14-2013
20130041290MEDICAL EVALUATION SYSTEM AND METHOD USING SENSORS IN MOBILE DEVICES - A medical evaluation system includes an I/O module, a processing module, and an analysis module. The I/O module receives sensory data obtained by a motion sensor disposed in a mobile device carried by a patient at least when the patient is in a non-clinical environment. The processing module extracts medically relevant data from the sensory data received from the sensor in the mobile device. The relevant data includes one or more features of interest in the sensory data. The analysis module derives one or more surrogate biomarkers from the relevant data. The surrogate biomarkers represent at least one of a state or a progression of a medical condition of the patient. The mobile device may be a mobile phone carried by the patient and the sensor may include at least one of an accelerometer or a gyroscope that generates the sensory data to represent movements of the patient.02-14-2013
20120265104POSTURE OBSERVER FOR ERGONOMIC OBSERVATION, POSTURE ANALYSIS AND RECONSTRUCTION - A system and method for analysis of steps of action of a person in activity in an environment with potential occlusion and without the need to use of invasive equipment. Non-limiting implementations use posture registration and postural analysis based on an observation protocol that allows reconstruction, in a digital human simulation environment, of the adopted postures observed in a real time situation or by video.10-18-2012
20100106062QUANTIFICATION OF MECHANICAL AND NEURAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SPASTICITY - The present invention relates to a system (04-29-2010
20090124938Gait Analysis System - A gait analysis system for training or rehabilitation has an endless belt with pressure sensors underneath the belt to sense a person walking on the belt and an analyzing unit for analyzing the gait of the person. The system further includes an image display system with stored data for displaying images to a person using the apparatus training and/or therapy purposes.05-14-2009
20090043230BIOMECHANICAL MONITORING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to a biomechanical monitoring apparatus (02-12-2009
20130090574MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND WALKING POSTURE DIAGNOSTIC METHOD - A mobile terminal device includes a first detection unit that detects a displacement value associated with movement in an up-and-down direction, a second detection unit that detects a displacement value associated with movement or turning in a predetermined direction, a storage unit that stores a locus serving as a reference in relation to a walking posture, a extraction unit that extracts a timing of a predetermined characteristic displacement appearing at every step based on detected upward and downward displacement values at plurality timings, a calculation unit that selects extracted successive walking timings, and calculate a locus caused by walking of the selected walking timings based on a displacement value detected by the second detection unit, and a determination unit that determines whether the calculated locus satisfies the reference of the walking posture stored in the storage unit, whereby, a locus of a walking posture can be efficiently obtained.04-11-2013
20130072822Method and Apparatus for Monitoring Surgical Traction - Apparatus is described for measuring and displaying the magnitude of traction forces applied to a patient's lower limbs during surgery, and for measuring the direction and magnitude of counter-traction forces applied to the patient's body by the perineal post located at the patient's groin to oppose traction forces applied to the patient's lower limbs.03-21-2013
20130072821SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING PARAMETERS IN JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY - A computer-implemented method for determining changes in parameters of a hip joint due to modification of the hip joint comprises establishing a first position of a pre-operative center of rotation of the joint in a first coordinate space. The method further comprises estimating a second position of the pre-operative center of rotation of the joint in the first coordinate space, when the estimated pre-operative center of rotation is maintained in a constant position in a second coordinate space. A change in a parameter associated with the joint is determined based on the first and second positions of the pre-operative center of rotation of the joint.03-21-2013
20110060252Monitoring Apparatus and Method - The apparatus for monitoring muscle contractions of a subject (for example as a check on epilepsy or Parkinson's disease) comprises: a first sensor arranged to be placed on a reference location on the body of a subject for sensing, over a prolonged period of time, a reference parameter derived from at least one of movement and electrical activity of the muscles of the body at the reference location; at least one further sensor arranged to be placed on a chosen location on a limb of a subject, for sensing, over a prolonged period of time, a monitoring parameter derived from at least one of movement and electrical activity of the muscles of the limb at the chosen location; comparison means for comparing the monitoring parameter with the reference parameter; and output means for producing an output by comparison of the monitoring parameter and the reference parameter, the output comprising either recorded data which provide a record of an epileptic event in the prolonged period of time or an alarm output after the prolonged period of time when the monitoring parameter is outside a predetermined range compared to the reference parameter.03-10-2011
20130060167METHOD FOR PREDICTION, DETECTION, MONITORING, ANALYSIS AND ALERTING OF SEIZURES AND OTHER POTENTIALLY INJURIOUS OR LIFE-THREATENING STATES - The present invention provides a method for predicting seizures and for detecting seizures, and other potentially injurious or life-threatening events, optionally in conjunction with a mobile device. In an embodiment, a portable device provides epilepsy seizure prediction, detection, monitoring, analysis and alerting for epilepsy patients or other people afflicted with seizures. In an embodiment, the portable device may alert and communicate information to health care providers, caregivers and family members, emergency services, and the like. Collected data may be reviewed and analyzed for use in developing specific criteria for predicting and detecting seizures and other potentially injurious or life-threatening events.03-07-2013
20130060168SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING A PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER OF PERSONS ENGAGED IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY - The present disclosure provides system and method for monitoring of at least one physiological parameter of a person engaged in a physical activity, for example, an impact received by a player engaged in a contact sport such as football. The system includes a monitoring unit that actively monitors the physiological parameter of the person, wherein the monitoring unit generates an alert event when the monitored physiological parameter exceeds a threshold of the parameter. The monitoring unit determines whether the parameter exceeds an over-exposure threshold, wherein said threshold is based upon both a single incidence or cumulative incidences.03-07-2013
20130060166DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING HAND REHABILITATION AND ASSESSMENT OF HAND FUNCTION - The various embodiments provided herein are generally directed to a method, system, and/or device for providing rehabilitation and assessing function from a portion of the human body. In one embodiment, there is disclosed a method, system, and/or device for providing rehabilitation and assessing of hand function using an audio interface. The audio interface may be a music-based interface and device may include a monitor unit, such as a hand monitoring unit, for providing data of a movement to a computing device, such as a microcontroller. The computing device may output data to a music-based interface.03-07-2013
20120191017STUMBLE DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POWERED ARTIFICIAL LEGS - A stumble detection system is disclosed for use with a powered artificial leg for identifying whether a stumble event has occurred. The stumble detection system includes an acceleration sensor for providing acceleration data indicative of the magnitude of acceleration of a person's foot, and a detector that determines whether a stumble event has occurred responsive to the acceleration data and provides an output signal.07-26-2012
20090270768Stroke rehabilitation program - A method for the treatment of paralysis caused by injury to the brain. A set of movements by a healthy extremity is recorded and stored in a computer. Movements made by an affected extremity are recorded and compared to the standard provided by the healthy extremity. A score based on the similarity of the movement is reported to the user to aid in tracking progress. A similar system may also be used to detect and track the progress of degenerative diseases by comparing past movements to current movements.10-29-2009
20090270770Graphical patient movement monitor - A lack of patient movement monitor and method. The monitor and method patient support includes a plurality of sensors located beneath a patient support to determine movement of a patient. An alarm is activated when patient movement over time is determined to be lacking.10-29-2009
20090270769SYSTEM FOR MEASUREMENT OF HEAD POSITION AND MEASUREMENT TOOL FOR SUCH A SYSTEM - The present invention relates to the field of radiation therapy. In particular, the relates to a system for measuring the position of a head of a patient during neurological diagnosis, therapy or surgery, in particular during radiation therapy relatively a frame adapted to be fixated to a radiation therapy unit. The invention also relates to a head cap and a measurement tool for use in such a system, and to a method measuring the position of a head of a patient by means of a system mentioned above during neurological diagnosis, therapy or surgery, in particular during radiation therapy relatively a frame adapted to be fixated to a radiation therapy unit. The measurement tool is adapted to measure a distance between the head and the head cap via a through hole by means of an elongated element having an end being adapted to abut against the head during a measurement, wherein the measurement tool is adapted to obtain at least one measurement value indicating a position of the head in relation to the head cap substantially without operator interaction10-29-2009
20090270766MOTION GUIDE DEVICE, AND ITS CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL PROGRAM - A device for inducing a user's motion in a rhythm responsive to a motion rhythm after the user's motion rhythm changes suddenly. The walking assist device generates a first oscillator which attains mutual entrainment with a user's hip joint angular velocity to reflect a natural angular velocity. On the other hand, a new natural angular velocity is set based on the phase difference between the hip joint angular velocity and the first oscillator. A second oscillator which oscillates in rhythm reflecting the natural angular velocity is generated. An inducing oscillator generated based on the second oscillator, and a torque responsive to the inducing oscillator acts on the user's body. If the magnitude of a periodic variation in the hip joint angular velocity exceeds a threshold value, a second oscillator which oscillates in rhythm reflecting the angular velocity of the first oscillator instead of the natural angular velocity is generated.10-29-2009
20090076418Repetitive strain mitigation - Embodiments provide an apparatus, a system, a device, a computer program product, and a method. A method embodiment includes a method implemented in an environment that includes a person interacting with an electronic device via a user interface. The method includes monitoring at least one of a movement or a position of an appendage of the person with respect to the user interface of the device. The method also includes determining if the monitored movement or position of the appendage of the person is indicative of a risk of a repetitive injury to the person. The method further includes implementing an action facilitating a reduction of the determined indicated risk of a repetitive injury to the person.03-19-2009
20130066236MOUTHGUARD APPARATUS AND RELATED METHOD - A mouthguard apparatus is disclosed herein. In various aspects, the mouthguard apparatus includes an electronics package adapted to attach removably to a dental appliance. The dental appliance may be configured to be secured within the mouth of a user. At least portions of the electronics package adapted to extend external to a mouth of the user when the electronics package is attached to the dental appliance and the dental appliance is secured within the mouth of the user, in various aspects. Related methods are disclosed herein. This Abstract is presented to meet requirements of 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b) only. This Abstract is not intended to identify key elements of the apparatus and methods disclosed herein or to delineate the scope thereof.03-14-2013
20110021952EVENT-BASED HEALTH ACTIVITY TRACKING WITH ICON-BASED USER INTERFACE - A health activity plan may be prescribed for an individual comprising a set of health activity instances (e.g., physical therapy exercises, an exercise regimen, or a wound management program.) The performed health activity instances of the individual may be tracked by a device, and may be presented to a user of the device in correlation with the health activity plan (e.g., to demonstrate compliance of the individual with the health activity plan.) The health activity information may be presented using a set of icons that depict the health activity information, which may improve an easier understanding and a more consistent communication of health activity information among the individual and healthcare providers.01-27-2011
20100121227APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR GATHERING AND PROCESSING BIOMETRIC AND BIOMECHANICAL DATA - Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for measuring and analyzing movements of a body and for communicating information related to such body movements over a network. In certain embodiments, a system gathers biometric and biomechanical data relating to positions, orientations, and movements of various body parts of a user performed during sports activities, physical rehabilitation, or military or law enforcement activities. The biometric and biomechanical data can be communicated to a local and/or remote interface, which uses digital performance assessment tools to provide a performance evaluation to the user. The performance evaluation may include a graphical representation (e.g., a video), statistical information, and/or a comparison to another user and/or instructor. In some embodiments, the biometric and biomechanical data is communicated wirelessly to one or more devices including a processor, display, and/or data storage medium for further analysis, archiving, and data mining. In some embodiments, the device includes a cellular telephone.05-13-2010
20120116258REHABILITATION APPARATUS USING GAME DEVICE - An apparatus for lower-limb rehabilitation training of a patient with lower limb paralysis and a rehabilitation apparatus using game device. The invention measures the usage of the paralyzed lower limb, and based upon the measurement, forces patients with limb paralysis to use partially paralyzed lower muscles which they are not likely to use. The apparatus can measure the weight load and the angle of the joint, and by using the measure values as variables, display the condition of paralysis to the patient so that he/she can recognize his/her present condition of paralysis, and enable the user to training through feedback.05-10-2012
20120116257Postural information system and method including determining response to subject advisory information - A method includes, but is not limited to: determining subject advisory information regarding one or more subjects based at least in part upon postural influencer status information including information involving one or more spatial aspects for each of two or more postural influencers of the one or more subjects, and determining a response to the subject advisory information including one or more changes regarding one or more spatial aspects for one or more of the postural influencers. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.05-10-2012
20120116256MEASUREMENT OF BIO-SIGNALS - Apparatus for measuring a bio-signal associated with contraction of a muscle in a human or animal body. The apparatus has a sensor for placement in contact with the body for measuring said muscle contraction signal. It also includes means for measuring a contact force and/or relative movement between the sensor and the body.05-10-2012
20130165819System and method for controlling radio frequency scanning attributes of an implantable medical device - A method and system are provided for controlling radio frequency (RF) scanning attributes of an implantable medical device (IMD) that include configuring an IMD to establish an RF connection over a predetermined frequency band based on a scan attribute. The method and system may also include storing, in the IMD, predetermined first and second values for the scan attribute to define different first and second scan modes, respectively. The method and system may also include determining a posture state of a patient, in which the IMD is implanted, and switching between the predetermined first and second values for the scan attribute, based on the posture state determined, to cause the IMD to switch between the first and second scan modes.06-27-2013
20130165820SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF HUMAN LOWER LIMBS - A system and a method for estimating the mechanical behavior of human lower limbs is provided. The method includes the following steps: sensing a plurality of foot pressure signals of a user by using a sensor array, the foot pressure signals comprising at least a rearfoot pressure signal and at least a forefoot pressure signal; calculating a temporal sequence of a gait cycle of the user according to the foot pressure signals; calculating a foot reaction force of the user according to the foot pressure signals and a calibration parameter; and calculating a mechanical state of the lower limb joints of the user according to the temporal sequence of the gait cycle and the foot reaction force.06-27-2013
20120238914ACTIVELY CONTROLLED ORTHOTIC DEVICES - An actively controlled orthotic device includes active components that dynamically change the structural characteristics of the orthotic device according to the orientation and locomotion of the corresponding body part, or according to the changing needs of the subject over a period of use. Accordingly, the orthotic device can be effectively employed to provide locomotion assistance, gait rehabilitation, and gait training. Similarly, the orthotic device may be applied to the wrist, elbow, torso, or any other body part. The active components may be actuated to effectively transmit force to a body part, such as a limb, to assist with movement when desired. Additionally or alternatively, the active components may also be actuated to provide support of varying rigidity for the corresponding body part.09-20-2012
20080294071Assay Method - An assay for the assessment of drug side effects particularly the side effect of dizziness comprising the steps of: providing a first control animal located on abeam; inducing the control animal to traverse the beam; recording the number of footslips made by the animal during the traversal; providing a second test animal located on the beam or duplicate beam; inducing the test animal to traverse the beam; recording the number of footslips made by the animal during the traversal and determining whether there is an increase, decrease or no change in the number of footslips made by the test animal in comparison to the control animal.11-27-2008
20130023799APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE HAND FORCE OF THE HAND PRESSURE - An apparatus for detecting hand force or hand pressure includes a longitudinally extending hollow body having an upper fixed end part, a lower fixed end part and a longitudinally extending spacer element that keeps the upper end part and the lower end part mutually spaced apart. The hollow body includes a flexible outer cover which connects the upper end part to the lower end part such that a closed inner space is formed within which the spacer element is also arranged. The outer cover is can be at least partly surrounded by a hand, and the inner space of the hollow body contains a gel, elastic multicomponent or liquid material which acts as a pressure transmitter. A pressure measuring apparatus extends at least partly in the inner space in the longitudinal direction to transmit the pressure from the outer cover via the pressure transmitter to the pressure measuring apparatus.01-24-2013
20130023798METHOD FOR BODY-WORN SENSOR BASED PROSPECTIVE EVALUATION OF FALLS RISK IN COMMUNITY-DWELLING ELDERLY ADULTS - Methods and systems may provide for falls risk assessment using body-worn sensors. If executed by the processor, the instructions can cause the system to calculate a timed up and go (TUG) time segment based on angular velocity data from the plurality of kinematic sensors. The instructions may also cause the system to calculate one or more derived parameters based on the angular velocity data, including temporal gait parameters, spatial gait parameters, tri-axial angular velocity parameters, and turn parameters. Falls data may be collected retrospectively, based on whether the test participant has fallen in the past. Falls data may be collected prospectively, in which the individual is contacted in the future to determine if they have fallen. This outcome data may be used to train regularized discriminant classifier models based on relevant sub-sets of the feature set, selected using sequential forward feature selection. Regularized discriminant parameters and along with associated sequential forward feature selection obtained feature set are obtained via grid-search01-24-2013
20100152621PROCESSING SENSED ACCELEROMETER DATA FOR DETERMINATION OF BONE HEALING06-17-2010
20100234770COMPUTER ASSISTED ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY SYSTEM FOR LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION - A computer assisted orthopedic surgery system for ligament graft reconstruction includes a system for obtaining data indicative of a location for ligament graft placement with respect to at least a first bone and a second bone. The system includes a position determining device that is capable of tracking the relative movements of the first and second bones using reference bodies that are attached to the first and second bones and a pointer that has a tip for contacting a surface of at least one of the first and second bones to capture one or more reference points. The system further includes a computer that is configured to determine and track intraoperative positions of the reference bodies and the pointer and to provide isometric and impingement data for a ligament graft placement based on a realistic simulation of a trajectory of a deformable ligament graft.09-16-2010
20080208081System and Method For Determining Tibial Rotation - A system and method for determining tibial rotation is disclosed. The system includes a first fiducial, a second fiducial, a position and orientation sensor, a computer, and a monitor. The first fiducial is connected to a first part, and the second fiducial is connected to a second part. The position and orientation sensor tracks the first fiducial and the second fiducial. The computer has a memory, a processor, and an input/output device. The input/output device receives data from the position and orientation sensor. The processor processes the data to identify a first axis of the first part and a second axis of the second part. The processor constructs a reference plane through the second axis and orthogonal to the first axis. The monitor is connected to the input/output device and displays a rendering of the reference plane.08-28-2008
20100249667DEVICE FOR MONITORING A USER'S POSTURE - A device, wearable by a user, includes: a plurality of sensors, each for providing an indication of position of at least a part of the user's body; a receiver for receiving each indication of position provided by each of the plurality of sensor elements to provide a composite position signal. The individual sensor readings may all be transmitted to the external entity for further analysis. The sensors may be placed in different locations or positions for measuring the curvature of at least a part of the user's body.09-30-2010
20100249666APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING LIGAMENTS - The present invention is generally directed to apparatuses and methods for evaluating the amount of “play” in a joint. In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided that quantifies the rotation of the tibia in response to a known torque. The apparatus is configured to minimize the influence of other joints on the rotation analysis. Other embodiments provide data related to movement of the tibia in other degrees of freedom.09-30-2010
20110301505Methods, Devices, and Systems for Health Management - The present invention discloses a portable health management device. The device includes a measuring element measuring a biological measurement for a user; a storage element storing a plurality of experience data associated with the biological measurement; an analysis module analyzing the biological measurement in real time based on the plurality of experience data so as to generate an analysis result, wherein the analysis result provides the user with a suggestion to improve the biological measurement so as to manage the user's health.12-08-2011
20110288448PROSTHETIC LIMB MONITORING SYSTEM - Parameters related to use of a prosthesis by a patient with a limb amputation are monitored using a tool that includes one or more piezoelectric force sensors. The resulting data are processed for use both in short and long term management of amputee patients. The sensor is a small modular unit that fits within or between traditional prosthetic components, e.g., below a prosthesis socket. The data produced by the tool are collected, processed, and stored. Optionally, the data are periodically communicated to a remote site via a network, e.g., over the Internet. The device and associated software used to process the data can be used to characterize activities conducted by a prosthesis user, to determine pistoning or threatening interface stress distributions between the limb and socket, mal-alignment of the socket, use of improper components, and other possibly undesired conditions that the amputee patient using the prosthesis may be experiencing.11-24-2011
20110288447Sensors for monitoring movements, apparatus and systems therefore, and methods for manufacturing and use - Sensors, apparatus, and methods for measuring movements are disclosed. The sensors include input and output windings wound about a common location and an armature is equally positioned relative to both windings movable to vary inductance reactance of the sensor. The mass of the sensor and the ease of movements are such that flexible membranes, such as skin, can be monitored with insignificant interference. The sensor can be included in “Band-aid” bandage arrangement in which the bandage backing can be removed and held in place on skin by the bandage. A monitoring circuit, responsive to the changes in sensor impedance, provides indications of the detected movements. The monitoring circuit includes an arrangement for self-adjusting parameters so that the system can be automatically preset and continually reset. The monitoring circuit includes a power savings arrangement.11-24-2011
20120191016GAIT BASED NOTIFICATION AND CONTROL OF PORTABLE DEVICES - Method and system for gait controlled operations of a device including one or more gait sensors (07-26-2012
20090281461DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE TIME-BASED ANALYSIS OF THE AGITATION OF A BEDRIDDEN PATIENT - Device for the time-based analysis of the agitation of a bedridden patient includes elements (11-12-2009
20120016270FALL DETECTION DEVICE - A fall detection device (01-19-2012
20110112442Monitoring, Predicting and Treating Clinical Episodes - Apparatus (05-12-2011
20100036289Apparatus and Methods for Assessment of Vestibulo-Ocular Reflexes - A rotary disk securely rotates a patient for the purpose of inducing vestibulo-ocular reflex eye movements. The apparatus provides a rotating platform with a positioning post to which a patient can be secured with a safety vest. A headrest on the positioning post permits a patient's head to be positioned at an angle conducive to inducing reflex eye movements. A camera or other recording device is used to view and record eye movements before, during and/or after a patient is subjected to a period of rotation.02-11-2010
20090099480System and method for patient monitoring - The present invention relates to a patient monitoring system for automatically monitoring patient parameters over time while the patient occupies a bed. The patient monitoring system may include a sensing system positioned underneath a patient and separated from the patient by at least one layer of material, the sensing system comprising a plurality of sensor cells, the sensor cells automatically collecting sensor data related to the patient parameters. The patient monitoring system may further include an interface for receiving the collected sensor data from the sensing system and a monitoring engine receiving the collected sensor data from the interface. Calculation components may be provided for determining the patient parameters from the collected sensor data.04-16-2009
20110264008APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING FALLS AND ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING - The present invention provides and apparatus for distinguishing falls from activities of daily living (ADLs). First, the human movements and muscle activities would be obtained by an electromyography measuring unit and/or an inertia measuring unit to record ADLs, and falls would be distinguished from ADLs to trigger the protecting devices in time to prevent or decrease injury. In addition, the apparatus would be preset for different operational conditions to adapt different users by a setting unit to increase accuracy. Finally, the moving distance and the direction of the user would be obtained by the electromyography measuring unit and/or the inertia measuring unit to obtain the location thereof in an interior space.10-27-2011
20110264009Orthopaedic Safety System - An orthopaedic device for generating one or more strain signals representative of the strain in a bone in response to a force applied to the bone. The device includes an encircling member (10-27-2011
20090221937Activity Monitoring - Sensors and methods for automatically detecting and recording physical activities of an individual are described. An event is detected, in which data representative of at least one physical activity of an individual is received from an activity monitor associated with the individual. The data is combined into at least two intermediate calculations. A score is generated from the at least two intermediate calculations. The score is compared to a predefined threshold to decide whether or not an event has occurred. Data representative of the event is recorded.09-03-2009
20100113982System for measurement and analysis of movement of anatomical joints and/or mechanical systems - A system and method for measuring and analyzing movement of anatomical joints and/or mechanical systems, comprising one or more sensors capable of detecting human or animal joint movement or rotary or linear movement as created by sports, fitness or physical therapy machines and equipment; a sensor support system that enables the one or more sensors to be placed in contact with a human or animal joint or moving part or parts of a sports, fitness or physical therapy machine; and electronic circuitry and display means for analyzing and displaying information received from the one or more sensors.05-06-2010
20100036290AROUSAL STATE CLASSIFICATION MODEL GENERATING DEVICE, AROUSAL STATE CLASSIFYING DEVICE, AND WARNING DEVICE - There is provided an arousal state classification model generating device for generating a blink waveform pattern model and an arousal state pattern model based on data on a blink waveform, which are preferably used for accurately estimating an arousal level with respect to unspecified object persons, an arousal state classifying device for classifying the arousal state of an object person, and a warning device. In the arousal state classification model generating device, a first pattern model is generated by learning a statistical model by using as learning data first feature data extracted from the blink data of at least one of the eyes of each object person at the time of blinking and blink waveform identification information. A second pattern model is generated by learning a statistical model by using as learning data second feature data including data on the occurrence ratio of each specific type of blink waveform in the sequence of analysis intervals and arousal state information data in which arousal state information indicating the arousal state of each object person is provided to each sequence of analysis intervals.02-11-2010
20100036287Method and Device for Detecting Parameters for the Characterization of Motion Sequences at the Human or Animal Body - The invention relates to a bending sensor for detecting function parameters for the characterization of motion sequences at the human or animal body. The bending sensor comprises a fixing element 02-11-2010
20090192417Apparatus and Method for the Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders - The present invention concerns apparatus for the detection and/or assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders of a user, the apparatus comprising: control means for providing a goal-orientated task to a display, said task being formulated to elicit a movement from a user in response to said task; input means via which a user can input a response to said task; wherein said control means records a user's response as multi-dimensional input data, which can be used to profile the user for the presence or absence of a neurodevelopmental disorder, the task being specifically formulated such that indicative characteristics of a user's movement over time can be identified by said multi-dimensional input data.07-30-2009
20090149780Method and Apparatus for Physiological Testing - A device and method to test the level of physical effort of an individual is disclosed. The device has a moveable member which may be a shaft, a sensor for measuring force applied to the shaft; and a resistance means to vary the resistance to movement of the moveable member such as an electric brake. The relationship between the varied resistive force applied to the moveable member and the measured force may be determined to establish the level of effort of the user. Typically the resistance will be rapidly varied at a rate of five to ten times per second which is too quick for a person being tested and providing a sub-maximal effort, to sense a change in resistance and compensate for that change06-11-2009
20090149778DEPRESSION DETECTION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a depression detection system (06-11-2009
20090082699APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REFINING SUBJECT ACTIVITY CLASSIFICATION FOR RECOGNITION OF DAILY ACTIVITIES, AND SYSTEM FOR RECOGNIZING DAILY ACTIVITIES USING THE SAME - Apparatus and method for refining subject activity classification for the recognition of daily activities of a subject, and a system for recognizing daily activities using the same. The refining apparatus improves the correctness of subject activity classification using daily activities of a subject, activation time information of sensors mounted on objects associated with the daily activities of the subject, and the suitability of a continuous activity pattern in relation to the daily activities. This improves the correctness of subject activity classification that becomes basic information in daily activity analysis.03-26-2009
20100121226FALL DETECTION SYSTEM - The invention relates to a fall detection system, for detecting human fall incidents. The detection system comprises a sensor module to be worn by a user, for collecting motion data of his body, for instance acceleration data; first evaluation logic for identifying a potential fall incident on the basis of an impact observed in the acceleration data; and second evaluation logic for verifying that the sensor module is actually worn by the user, at least around the time of said impact, to prevent the system from raising an alarm if only the sensor module has fallen. The second evaluation logic may comprise free fall detection means for evaluating the acceleration data on characteristics which are typical for a free falling object, such as one or more full rotation and/or a free falling phase, during which the magnitude of the acceleration data is relatively stable and small. Additionally or alternatively the second evaluation logic may comprise body proximity detection means for detecting whether the sensor module is in close proximity to the human body.05-13-2010
20100010386DATA REJECTION FOR POSTURE STATE ANALYSIS - The disclosure describes techniques for data rejection for posture state analysis. The techniques may include storing posture state data sensed by a medical device for a patient, rejecting any portion of the posture state data that was stored during a session that was shorter than a session threshold, and generating posture state output for the patient based on a portion of the posture state data that was not rejected.01-14-2010
20100268126DEVICE TO BE WORN BY A PATIENT FOR CONTROLLING MOVEMENTS OF THE PATIENT - A device to be worn by a patient for controlling movements of the patient is described. As to the device to be worn by a patient for controlling movements of the patient, the device has a sensor unit for recording measured values regarding a movement of the patient, an evaluation unit for determining a measure characterizing or describing the movement, a comparator for comparing the determined measure with a specifiable comparison measure and for determining a deviation, as well as a signal unit for displaying a determined deviation.10-21-2010
20120109016METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING TRUNCAL CONTROL - An exercise monitoring apparatus for measuring proper abdominal strengthening affords a customer an improved method for developing better abdominal muscles to treat back pain, avoid injuries and improve physical performance. The exercise apparatus has a stretchable belt with first and second ends having fasteners to attach the belt to the athlete's waist, the fasteners accommodating a variety of waist sizes. The belt has a wider middle portion formed by wider surfaces of the fabric, the wider portion forming a pocket with an exit at a small opening. The pocket accommodates an airtight sac containing gas-filled, compressible foam. A manometer is attached to the sac via a tube that passes through the small opening around the sac, and the manometer displays data on pressure changes as the customer uses the belt.05-03-2012
20090299232HEALTH MANAGEMENT DEVICE - A method of analyzing a user's body or limb movement and to a health management system comprising a body or limb movement detecting means for detecting the movement of a user's body or limb(s), a movement analyzing means for analyzing O whether or not a result of the measurement carried out by the body or limb movement detecting means deviates from a pre-specif ϊed value, a recording means for recording and temporarily storing the movement of the user's body or limb(s), wherein, if the result of the measurements carried out by said body movement detecting means exceeds a predetermined threshold, the movement recorded by the recording means is forwarded from the recording means to a storing means in order to provide summary information about the user's movements of the body or limb(s) exceeding the predetermined threshold.12-03-2009
20100100012ACTIVITY INTENSITY MEASUREMENT DEVICE - An activity intensity measurement device comprises an accelerator, a sampling means, a representative value calculation means, a sampling means, a representative value calculation means, and an activity intensity determination means. The sampling means is configured to sample discrete values from the detected acceleration. The representative value calculation means is configured to calculate the representative value from the discrete values of a plurality of the acceleration. The activity intensity determination means is configured to determine the activity intensity on the basis of the calculated representative value. The representative value calculation means is configured to calculate the representative value at intervals of unit period corresponding to the user's particular activity. Consequently, all of the user's particular activity is reflected to the representative value. Therefore, this activity intensity measurement device is configured to calculate exact activity intensity.04-22-2010
20110270135Augmented reality for testing and training of human performance - A system for continuously monitoring a user's motion and for continuously providing realtime visual physical performance information to the user while the user is moving to enable the user to detect physical performance constructs that expose the user to increased risk of injury or that reduce the user's physical performance. The system includes multiple passive controllers 11-03-2011
20090281462Device and method for following the movement of a living being - A system including a sensor measuring a position of movement, an artificial controller converting the signals from the sensor into state variables of full movement, correlated with a reference model, by performing continual adjustments for estimating these variables directly drawn from the signals of the sensor by results drawn from the reference model. The control which is then provided for completing the movement has good synchronization with the portion accomplished without assistance from the system. Such a system may find application for reproducing or completing the walking of a person with a disabled leg.11-12-2009
20090292227FALL DETECTION ALGORITHM UTILIZING A THREE-AXIS ACCELEROMETER - A three-axis accelerometer signal is used in a medical device for detecting that a patient has fallen. The accelerometer signal is sampled at a low sampling rate for determining a patient position. The accelerometer signal is sampled at a high sampling rate for determining an acceleration magnitude in response to determining the patient position. The patient position and acceleration magnitude are used to detect that a patient has fallen.11-26-2009
20090299233Device for Measuring Functional Reach - A device for measuring functional reach is disclosed, which comprises three parts: a support, one end thereof being attached to an object; a ruler, one end thereof being connected to the support; and a vernier, being connected to the ruler and moving on the ruler forward and backward. The invention is used for a functional evaluation test for measuring balance.12-03-2009
20120296236THERAPY SYSTEM INCLUDING MULTIPLE POSTURE SENSORS - Posture-responsive therapy is delivered by the medical system based on posture state input from only one of multiple posture sensors at any given time. An example implantable medical system includes a first posture sensor and a second sensor. A processor controls therapy delivery to the patient based on at least one of a patient posture state or a patient activity level determined based on input from only one of the first or second posture sensors. In some examples, one of multiple posture sensors of an implantable posture-responsive medical system is used to automatically reorient another posture sensor (of the system), which has become disoriented. The disoriented posture sensor may be automatically reoriented for one or more posture states at a time.11-22-2012
20110270134DETECTING POSTURE SENSOR SIGNAL SHIFT OR DRIFT IN MEDICAL DEVICES - In general, the disclosure relates to medical devices and systems for detecting the posture state of patient. For example, a medical system may detect a posture state of a patient and deliver therapy based at least in part on the detected patient posture state. In some examples, the system may comprise a posture sensor that generates posture sensor data when a patient is in a posture state, and a processor that receives the first posture sensor data, compares the first posture state data to reference posture sensor data, and detects the presence of at least one of sensor signal drift or sensor signal shift for the posture sensor based at least in part on the comparison. In some examples, the processor may be configured to determine one or more offset correction values to apply to posture sensor data generated by the posture sensor when the at least one of sensor signal drift or sensor signal shift is determined to be present.11-03-2011
20100137749NON-INTRUSIVE MOVEMENT MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD USING WEARABLE ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE FIBER - There is provided a non-intrusive movement measuring apparatus and method using wearable electro-conductive fibers. A non-intrusive movement measuring apparatus using wearable electro-conductive fibers according to an aspect of the invention may include a signal measurement device measuring a plurality of movement signals using a plurality of electro-conductive fibers put on user's body parts and having resistances varying according to the volume of the user's body parts; a movement analysis device analyzing the plurality of movement signals to obtain a user's movement patterns and movement intensity; and a movement display device displaying a movement analysis result of the movement analysis device. Accordingly, user's movement can be measured without limiting the user's radius of action.06-03-2010
20100137748FATIGUE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING THE FATIGUE ESTIMATION DEVICE MOUNTED THEREON - A body motion detection section (06-03-2010
20120296237MOTOR COORDINATION SKILLS MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT - There is described a computer-interfaced hand coordination measuring device that can track performance over time and report various types of errors, such as sequential, misses, perseverations, and balancing. The apparatus may be coupled to a computer and accompanying software is used to collect data from the administered tests and provide a report of the subject's scores for each hand on simple repetitive, sequential, and bimanual in-phase and out-of-phase tapping.11-22-2012
20100145234HAND-HELD DEVICE FOR DETECTING ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING AND SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME - There are provided a hand-held device for detecting activities of daily living, and a system for detecting activities of daily living using the same. The hand-held device comprises a behavior information detector unit detecting physical activity information from user's movements; an article use information detector unit detecting article use information on whether the user uses the article from a sensor module attached to the article; a controller unit generating information on activities of daily living of the user from the physical activity information and the article use information; and a memory unit storing the information on the activities of daily living of the user.06-10-2010
20080281235Angular Displacement Sensor for Joints And Associated System and Methods - A system for monitoring joint position following introduction of a joint prosthesis in a patient includes a first angular movement sensor positioned adjacent a first side of a bodily joint of a patient and a second angular movement sensor positioned adjacent a second, opposite side of the bodily joint. A receiver can receive data from the angular movement sensors. A processor in signal communication with the receiver has a comparator for determining whether the received data from the sensors indicate that movement of the bodily joint is less than a predetermined limit. An indicator in signal communication with the comparator is provided for warning the patient if the joint movement is determined by the comparator to be above the predetermined limit. The received data can be tracked over time.11-13-2008
20080287834Method for Carrying Out a Functional Analysis of an Artificial Extremity - A method for carrying out a functional analysis on a person equipped with an artificial extremity having adjustable settings. The method includes the steps of providing a sensor assembly configured as a replacement for a part of the artificial extremity and installing the sensor assembly in place of the part. Forces, accelerations and/or torques are then measured with the sensor assembly during use of the artificial extremity by the person and the settings of the artificial extremity are optimized based on these measurements. The sensor assembly is removed and the replaced part is installed back into the artificial extremity, while retaining the optimized settings. In one embodiment, the artificial extremity is a leg prosthesis having an artificial knee joint with a rotational adaptor mounted above it. The sensor assembly then replaces the rotational adaptor.11-20-2008
20100004567Wearable/portable protection for a body - In one embodiment, a particular state of a body is sensed. In response to the sensing, at least one action is taken to modulate a projected adverse interaction between the body or a portion thereof and at least one object in the environment of the body.01-07-2010
20130218053SYSTEM COMPRISED OF SENSORS, COMMUNICATIONS, PROCESSING AND INFERENCE ON SERVERS AND OTHER DEVICES - A system for monitoring patient activity comprising: at least one measurement device configured to provide data related to a patient's physical activity; and a server configured to make an inference regarding the patient's physical activity based on data provided by the at least one measurement device. In some embodiments, the inference is a determination of a type of physical activity. In some embodiments, the measurement device is configured to be worn by the patient or carried in the patient's pocket. In some embodiments, two or more measurement devices are used. In some embodiments, the server is remotely located from the measurement device. In some embodiments, the server is configured to archive and retrieve the data provided by the measurement device and the inferences.08-22-2013
20080319352SPINE TILT MONITOR WITH BIOFEEDBACK - The present invention relates to a system and method for continually monitoring the spine of a user via device containing electromechanical transducer, processor, delay, transmitter, and a feedback component. Through the device and method of employing, the user will be able to learn and sustain a proper posture, thereby avoiding future back pain.12-25-2008
20090264797DEVICE AND METHOD FOR KNEE LIGAMENT STRAIN MEASUREMENT - A device for measuring displacement of the tibia in relation to the femur in response to an applied force or torque on the tibia. A first shaft is tiltable about a first axis close to the ankle and approximately parallel to the coronal plane of the patient's body. A second shaft is connected to the first shaft and is rotatable about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, and is close to the ankle and approximately parallel to the tibia. A foot support platform is mounted on the second shaft, the foot support platform being configured for attachment of the foot at a fixed position. A displacement test device is provided for applying forces to the tibia and measuring the shift or displacement of the proximal tibia relative to the distal femur.10-22-2009
20120296235AUTOMATED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING AND MONITORING PHYSICAL THERAPY EXERCISES - An automated system and method for performing and monitoring physical therapy exercises that includes the computerized motion capture of a user performing physical therapy exercises, comparison of the user's exercises to an idealized stored digital representation of the same exercises based on body type, and real time feedback to the user to enable the user to correct and complete the exercises. The system and method may also include the automated transmission of the user's physical therapy exercise session and related information to the user's healthcare professional.11-22-2012
20120143094SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE POSTURE OF A PERSON - A system for determining the posture of a person has a motion sensor (CM) with at least one axis of measurement, which is provided with fixing means (MF) for rigidly connecting said motion sensor (CM) to a user. Analysis means (AN) are also included for determining a posture of the user. The analysis means (AN) utilize: (A) joint densities of probabilities of a low-frequency component and a high-frequency component, these densities of probabilities being defined for each posture; and (B) probabilities of transition between two successive postures.06-07-2012
20120143095BODY MOVEMENT DETECTION DEVICE AND BODY MOVEMENT DETECTION METHOD - A body movement detection device that computes a unit-differentiated body movement amount appropriately in tune with a user's life rhythm and a body movement detection method are provided to enhance a user's level of satisfaction. A pedometer provided with an acceleration detection unit that acquires an acceleration that changes with the body movement of a living body, a calculation unit that computes the number of steps based on an acceleration signal and a display unit that displays the computed number of steps includes a storage unit that stores a change condition in which a demarcation of 1 day is set as the unit for aggregating the number of steps. The change condition is constituted by a condition that is determined based on the acceleration signal and a time signal, and the calculation unit computes the number of steps by day.06-07-2012
20080269646System and Method for Detecting Swallowing Activity - A system and method for detecting swallowing activity is provided. In an embodiment, a method includes receiving an electronic signal from an acceleronic signal from an accelerometer that represents swallowing activity, extracting at least two features from the signal, classifying the signal as a type of swallowing activity based on the extracted features, and generating an output of the classification. Exemplary activities include swallows, aspirations, movement and vocal artifacts. By indicating whether an activity is a swallow or an aspiration, the manner in which a patient afflicted with an increased likelihood for aspirations is fed can be adjusted to increase the likelihood of achieving a swallow instead of an aspiration during feeding. In turn this could reduce hospitalizations for aspiration pneumonia in patients with acute or chronic injury.10-30-2008
20090030349Angular Displacement Sensor for Joints And Associated System and Methods - A system for monitoring joint position following introduction of a joint prosthesis in a patient includes a first angular movement sensor positioned adjacent a first side of a bodily joint of a patient and a second angular movement sensor positioned adjacent a second, opposite side of the bodily joint. A receiver can receive data from the angular movement sensors. A processor in signal communication with the receiver has a comparator for determining whether the received data from the sensors indicate that movement of the bodily joint is less than a predetermined limit. An indicator in signal communication with the comparator is provided for warning the patient if the joint movement is determined by the comparator to be above the predetermined limit. The received data can be tracked over time.01-29-2009
20090131835PATIENT TEMPERATURE RESPONSE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method are provided that employ a monitoring device to monitor at least one patient physiological response to a change in temperature of the patient (e.g. pursuant to induced hypothermia therapy), wherein a monitoring signal is provided by the monitoring device. In turn, an output (e.g. a visual and/or auditory output) may be provided to a user indicative of at least one measure of patient response to the change in temperature. Alternatively or additionally, a processor may be provided to process the monitoring signal and provide an output employable by medical personnel to control a patient shivering response to the patient temperature change. Such information may comprise information regarding one or more anti-shivering medicament(s), e.g. corresponding dosage and/or frequency information for use by medical personnel in the administration of the anti-shivering medicament. In one approach, a motion sensor may be selectively attached to a patient's chin to provide a wireless monitoring signal to a transceiver. In turn, the transceiver may provide the monitoring signal to the processor on an ongoing basis to output information useful in the administration of an anti-shivering medicament, including updated information that takes into account a patient's response to a prior administration of one or more medicaments in conjunction with the subsequent administration of an anti-shivering medicament.05-21-2009
20090143704DEVICE FOR MOVEMENT DETECTION, MOVEMENT CORRECTION AND TRAINING - According to the present invention, a device (06-04-2009
20080319354System and Method for Monitoring Information Related to Sleep - A system configured to monitor ambient illumination experienced by a subject. In one embodiment, the system comprises an illumination sensor, a timer, and a storage module. The illumination sensor is configured to monitor an intensity of ambient illumination within two or more wavelength ranges by generating one or more output signals that convey information related to the intensity of ambient illumination within the two or more wavelength ranges. The timer is configured to indicate the passage of periods of time. The storage module is configured to store information related to the intensity of ambient illumination within the two or more wavelength ranges, as conveyed by the one or more output signals, for individual periods of time. The system is portable to be carried by the subject.12-25-2008
20130218052Physical Therapy Device - A physical therapy device is disclosed. An example of the physical therapy device includes a cuff for attachment to a patient's limb. The example physical therapy device also includes a light emitter mounted to the cuff. The example physical therapy device also includes a tracking pattern corresponding to at least one physical therapy exercise. The patient performs the physical therapy exercise by moving the patient's limb in such a manner so as to track light from the light emitter on the tracking pattern.08-22-2013
20090024062WEARABLE DEVICE HAVING FEEDBACK CHARACTERISTICS - A wearable device having feedback characteristics including a compliant article that is arranged to extend over an anatomical portion of a wearer. Sensors provided with the wearable device detect the orientation of a joint and send signals to a processor for analysis. When the processor determines that the joint is in an unsafe or potentially injurious configuration, a feedback or response mechanism is activated to alert the user to such a condition and/or to provide substantially rigid structural support to the joint. The device may also be used to condition users to maintain the joint in proper orientations to avoid injuries, or to condition an amputee to use more effective motions to achieve a more natural gait.01-22-2009
20090024061Driving Force Calculating Device, Driving Force Calculating Method, Power Assisting Device, Program, and Computer-Readable Storage Medium - In one embodiment of the present invention, a driving force calculating device calculates a driving force so that a desired load is applied on a muscle while a power assisting device assists and/or resists a predetermined motion. A driving force calculating section of a driving force calculating device calculates a driving force of each driving section according to a joint torque table on joint torque necessary for a rotational motion and an assigned muscle force table on an assigned muscle force input to a muscle force input section. For the calculation is used a muscle/artificial muscle integrated model data integrally including musculoskeletal model data on a musculoskeletal model of a human and artificial muscle model data on an artificial muscle model of the power assisting device. The driving force is calculated through optimization using Crowninshield performance function under constraint conditions of the joint torque and the assigned muscle force.01-22-2009
20080306412MEASURING HUMAN MOVEMENTS - METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method and apparatus are disclosed for measuring human movement of a test subject during a standard coordination and balance test. The test subject is placed in a selected test position, e.g. standing on one leg for a selected test period. A sensor device is attached to at least one body member of the test subject. The sensor generates and transmits a signal representative of movement of the body member during the test (hereinafter “the test”). The test subject is viewed through a viewfinder of a visual recorder. The recorder and sensor device are activated and generate image and sensor signals which are transmitted to an analyzer for determining the movement of the body members during the test. A coordination and balance score is calculated from the test based on the body movement, body member location and test time. The score is compared a standard associated with the test, and provides an indicator of the test subject's coordination and balance skill.12-11-2008
20090082700SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR APPLYING AIR PRESSURE ON A PORTION OF THE BODY OF AN INDIVIDUAL - A system is provided by applying pressure to a portion of a body of an individual in a chamber having an aperture along a vertical axis for receiving the portion of the body of the individual. A pressure sensor is coupled to the chamber for measuring a pressure inside the chamber. A negative feedback control system, calibrates, adjusts and maintains the pressure inside the chamber.03-26-2009
20090292226MEDICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD EMPLOYING A DRUG DELIVERY ASSEMBLY - A medical system includes a muscular-tension-measuring device and a drug delivery assembly. The muscular-tension-measuring device is operatively connectable to a patient and includes a device output having a device output signal which varies with involuntary changes in muscular tension of the patient. The drug delivery assembly is operatively connectable to the patient for controllably delivering at least one drug to the patient. In one implementation, the device output signal varies with involuntary changes in muscular tension of the patient caused by pain and/or anxiety. In one employment, drug delivery is varied by a controller or a user based at least on variations in the device output signal. A method for conscious sedation of a patient includes measuring muscular tension of the patient and includes varying delivery of a conscious sedation drug to the patient based at least on variations in the measured muscular tension of the patient.11-26-2009
20090062696Abnormal motion detector and monitor - In an embodiment, a seizure monitor provides intelligent epilepsy seizure detection, monitoring, and alerting for epilepsy patients or people with seizures. In an embodiment, the seizure monitor may be a wearable, non-intrusive, passive monitoring device that does not require any insertion or ingestion into the human body. In an embodiment, the seizure monitor may include several output options for outputting the accelerometer/gyro or other motion sensor data and video data, so that the data may be immediately validated and/or remotely viewed. The device alerts and communicated to the outside care givers via wirelessly or wired medium. The device may also support recording of accelerometer or other motion sensor data and video data, which can be reviewed later for further analysis and/or diagnosis. The device and invention is also used and applicable for other body motion disorders or detection and diagnostics.03-05-2009
20110144543BEHAVIOR RECOGNITION APPARATUS - A behavior recognition apparatus includes: a hand movement observation unit (06-16-2011
20090240170SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING PRE-FALL CONDITIONS BASED ON THE ANGULAR ORIENTATION OF A PATIENT - A system for collecting data related to the angular orientation of a patient for use in determining the presence of pre-fall conditions may include a wireless sensor and a base unit. The wireless sensor may be attached to the patient and include a first microprocessor operatively coupled to a gyroscope and a transmitter. The base unit may include a second microprocessor operatively coupled to a receiver and a data storage unit. The gyroscope may output a signal related to the angular orientation of the patient to the first microprocessor. The first microprocessor processes the signal received from the gyroscope and transmits data related to the angular orientation of the patient via the transmitter. The receiver in the base unit receives the data from the wireless sensor and passes the data to a second microprocessor. The second microprocessor stores formats the data and stores the data in the data storage unit for analysis.09-24-2009
20090054814POSTURE MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF - The present claimed subject matter teaches a posture monitoring device. The device includes a tilt sensor, an alarm, and a recording device to track changes in posture. The device has been designed to overcome the currently existing problems associated with other devices that detect poor postures. The device also includes the ability to easily modify the target posture angle and the amount of time during which poor posture is detected prior to activation of the alarm.02-26-2009
20090099481Devices, Systems and Methods for Measuring and Evaluating the Motion and Function of Joints and Associated Muscles - Apparatuses are disclosed that is adapted and configured to cause and control joint motion of a patient. Apparatuses comprise, for example, a first motion member configured to engage a patient proximal to a target joint; a second motion member configured to engage a patient distal to a target joint; and a coupling member configured to connect the first motion member to the second motion member and further adapted to allow rotation of the first and second motion member around an axis, wherein the apparatus is engageable with a medical diagnostic device and further configured to capture patient specific data.04-16-2009
20110230792MOTION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method of motion assessment for use in medical analysis and treatment of motion impairments. The system is configured to stimulate, monitor and analyse voluntary movements of a subject. A surround-display is used to stimulate movement of the subject, a motion tracker monitors the movements of the subject, and a processor receives data from the motion tracker and may be configured to control the surround-display.09-22-2011
20110230790Method and system for sleep monitoring, regulation and planning - A method for operating a sleep phase actigraphy synchronized alarm clock that communicates with a remote sleep database, such as an internet server database, and compares user physiological parameters, sleep settings, and actigraphy data with a large database that may include data collected from a large number of other users with similar physiological parameters, sleep settings, and actigraphy data. The remote server may use “black box” analysis approach by running supervised learning algorithms to analyze the database, producing sleep phase correction data which can be uploaded to the alarm clock, and be used by the alarm clock to further improve its REM sleep phase prediction accuracy.09-22-2011
20100198113EXTENDED OPTICAL RANGE REFLECTIVE SYSTEM FOR MONITORING MOTION OF A MEMBER - A garment and system includes a monitoring fabric that exhibits a light reflection property and substantially no light transmission property when the fabric is illuminated with light having wavelength(s) in the range of 400 to 2200 nanometers. The amount of useful light reflected by the fabric into an aperture of acceptance defined with respect to an imaginary axis extending from the fabric relative to the amount of light lost to the aperture of acceptance detectably changes when the fabric stretches in response to motion, as the motion induced by physiological activity (e.g., heart rate). The system includes at least one radiation source and at least one radiation detector, with the detector disposed in the aperture of acceptance. The source and detector may be attached to the fabric in relative positions such that the reception of incident radiation by the detector is directly affected by a change in the amount of useful light reflected by the fabric into the aperture of acceptance as the fabric stretches in response to motion.08-05-2010
20080262392CALIBRATION TECHNIQUES FOR ACTIVITY SENSING DEVICES - Improved techniques and systems to calibrate an electronic device that is providing activity sensing are disclosed. The activity being sensed can, for example, correspond to walking or running by a user. In one embodiment, calibration can be performed by a portable electronic device so that activity data it receives from a remote sensor device can be more accurately processed. The improved techniques and systems to calibrate can be used to monitor, process, present and manage data captured by a remote sensor. The portable electronic device can also offer a convenient user interface that can be visual and/or audio based, customized to a particular application, user-friendly and/or dynamic. The portable electronic device can pertain to a portable media player and thus also provide media playback.10-23-2008
20100217159GAIT SYMMETRY MEASUREMENT AND IMPROVEMENT - A gait-enhancing system and method of enhancing gait includes generating a reference signal having substantially equal durations between occurrences and providing the reference signal to a user. Contact between the feet of the user with a surface is received and occurrence of a trigger signal is generated in response to the contact. An occurrence of the trigger signal is compared with an occurrence of a reference signal, and a guidance signal is produced as a function of the amount of time that the trigger signal led or lagged the reference signal. The guidance signal is provided to the user in order to promote symmetry in stride between one foot and the other foot of the user, enhancing the user's gait.08-26-2010
20100121228APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR GATHERING AND PROCESSING BIOMETRIC AND BIOMECHANICAL DATA - Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for measuring and analyzing movements of a body and for communicating information related to such body movements over a network. In certain embodiments, a system gathers biometric and biomechanical data relating to positions, orientations, and movements of various body parts of a user performed during sports activities, physical rehabilitation, or military or law enforcement activities. The biometric and biomechanical data can be communicated to a local and/or remote interface, which uses digital performance assessment tools to provide a performance evaluation to the user. The performance evaluation may include a graphical representation (e.g., a video), statistical information, and/or a comparison to another user and/or instructor. In some embodiments, the biometric and biomechanical data is communicated wirelessly to one or more devices including a processor, display, and/or data storage medium for further analysis, archiving, and data mining. In some embodiments, the device includes a cellular telephone.05-13-2010
20080281234Detection and Compensation Method for Monitoring the Place of Activity on the Body - A measuring system (11-13-2008
20090204031Joint angle tracking with inertial sensors - A method for estimating joint angles of a multi-segment limb from inertial sensor data accurately estimates and tracks the orientations of multiple segments of the limb as a function of time using data from a single inertial measurement unit worn at the distal end of the limb. Estimated joint angles are computed from measured inertial data as a function of time in a single step using a nonlinear state space estimator. The estimator preferably includes a tracking filter such as an unscented Kalman filter or particle filter. The nonlinear state space estimator incorporates state space evolution equations based on a kinematic model of the multi-segment limb.08-13-2009
20090204030METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE FUNCTIONAL USE OF LIMBS - The invention relates to the area of rehabilitation for patients with motor disabilities, especially for hemiplegic patients. With the present invention a long term, e.g. day and night, patient activity monitoring can be established in a home environment. A core idea of the invention is to evaluate the functional use of a limb by determining the synchronicity of the patient's movements depending on the movement's cyclicity. With this approach a reliable assessment of limb usage can be made based on the daily living activities of the patient. With the present invention the progress of rehabilitation can be monitored and guidance can be provided to therapists and patients about the state of the rehabilitation process. It further makes them aware of a lack of limb usage.08-13-2009
20090209884IMPLANT PLANNING USING CORRECTED CAPTURED JOINT MOTION INFORMATION - The description relates to surgical computer systems, including computer program products, and methods for implant planning using corrected captured joint motion information. Data representative of a corrected limb pose at a plurality of poses within a range of motion of a joint associated with a particular individual is captured, the joint comprising a first bone and a second bone, while the first bone, the second bone, or both are subject to a corrective force aligning the first and second bones in a desired alignment. The first bone of the joint is represented. The second bone of the joint is represented. A first implant model is associated with the representation of the first bone. A second implant model is associated with the representation of the second bone. Based on the captured data, a relationship is determined between the first implant model and the second implant model at one or more poses of the plurality of poses within the range of motion of the joint. Information representative of the determined relationship is displayed.08-20-2009
20110144542DISPLACEMENT MEASUREMENT IN A FALL DETECTION SYSTEM - There is provided a personal fall detection system comprising a sensor module that is suitable for attachment to a user, the sensor module comprising an accelerometer for measuring accelerations acting on the sensor module; and a processor for analyzing the measured accelerations to determine if the sensor module has suffered an impact, and for estimating a vertical displacement of the sensor module during a time period immediately before the impact; wherein the processor estimates the vertical displacement of the sensor module by twice integrating the measurements from the accelerometer.06-16-2011
20090247910Method and apparatus for classification of movement states in Parkinson's disease - For Parkinson's patients to function at their best, their medications need to be optimally adjusted to the diurnal variation of symptoms. For this to occur, it is important for the managing clinician to have an accurate picture of how the patient's bradykinesia/hypokinesia and dyskinesia and the patient's perception of movement state fluctuate throughout the normal daily activities. The present invention uses wearable accelerometers coupled with computer implemented learning and statistical analysis techniques in order to classify the movement states of Parkinson's patients and to provide a timeline of how the patients fluctuate throughout the day.10-01-2009
20090198155DEVICE FOR ANALYZING GAIT - A device for analyzing the gait of a person, wherein the device comprises: 08-06-2009
20090192416MOBILE BALANCING PROSTHESIS - The invention is directed to a mobile balancing device and the use of said balancing device for the balance training of a body; the invention is further directed to a method for mobile balance training, e.g. for athletes or patients.07-30-2009
20090240172VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION UNIT - An apparatus and method for enabling selective stimulation of oculomotor reflexes involved in retinal image stability. The apparatus enables real-time modification of auditory and visual stimuli according to the patient's head movements, and allows the generation of stimuli that integrate vestibular and visual reflexes. The use of accessories allow the modification of somatosensory stimuli to increase the selective capacity of the apparatus. The method involves generation of visual and auditory stimuli, measurement of patient response and modification of stimuli based on patient response. The apparatus and method may include a vestibular rehabilitation unit (VRU) and a remote training unit (RTU). Instructions may be transmitted from the VRU to the RTU, and information of detected responses may be transmitted from the RTU to the VRU.09-24-2009
20090254003Method and Apparatus for Body Impact Protection - This invention relates to active protective garments which are inconspicuously worn by an individual and which activate upon certain conditions being met. Activation causes inflation of regions of the active protective garment to provide padding and impact cushioning for the wearer.10-08-2009
20090254004SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING AND REPORTING CHANGES IN WALKING SPEED - A system and method for identifying a change in walking speed of a person is provided. The system comprises a plurality of sensors disposed in various rooms of a structure. The sensors are operable to provide a signal representative of motion and/or the location of the person within the structure. The system may also include a processor-based system that may receive signals representative of the motion and/or location of the person from the sensors. The processor-based system may establish a travel time for a path traveled by the person through the structure based on the signals representative of the motion and/or location of the person and may store the travel time within the processor-based system. The processor-based system may identify at least one path traveled by the person through the structure from among various travel paths traveled by the person through the structure as having a consistent travel time over a period of time. The processor-based system also identifies a change in the person's walking speed by identifying changes in the travel time for the at least one path traveled by the person through the structure. The system may alert the person or a caregiver to inform them of the change in walking speed identified by the system.10-08-2009
20100152620Method and Apparatus for Providing A Haptic Monitoring System Using Multiple Sensors - A method and apparatus providing a haptic monitor system capable of generating haptic cues based on sensed information are disclosed. The haptic system includes a sensing device, a digital processing unit, and a haptic generator. The sensing device is configured to selectively sense an individual's or user vital information via one or more wearable sensors, and subsequently forwards the sensed vital information to the digital processing unit for data processing. Upon receipt of the vital information, the digital processing unit provides a haptic signal in response to the vital information. The haptic generator, subsequently, generates haptic feedback in accordance with the haptic signal.06-17-2010
20080319353Activity monitoring system for pregnant women - An activity feedback system for an individual is disclosed. The activity feedback system can be wearable by the individual and provide activity information and possibly other information to the individual. The individual can, for example, be a pregnant woman. The activity information can, for example, be used by a pregnant woman to monitor the amount of activity by the woman during as well as after her pregnancy. Besides activity information, the activity feedback system can also monitor, record or provide other information that is beneficial for individuals.12-25-2008
20090318836SURGICAL ORIENTATION DEVICE AND METHOD - A device for detecting and measuring a change in angular position with respect to a reference plane is useful in surgical procedures for orienting various instruments, prosthesis, and implants with respect to anatomical landmarks. One embodiment of the device uses three orthogonal rate sensors, along with integrators and averagers, to determine angular position changes using rate of change information. A display provides position changes from a reference position. Various alignment guides are useful with surgical instruments to obtain a reference plane.12-24-2009
20100185125PORTABLE DEVICE COMPRISING AN ACCELERATION SENSOR AND METHOD OF GENERATING INSTRUCTIONS OR ADVICE - The invention pertains to a portable device comprising a housing, a display, a storage medium, at least one acceleration sensor, means for calculating an activity parameter based on the signal generated by the acceleration sensor, storing the calculated parameter in the storage medium, and showing the same in the display. The said parameter is the Physical Activity Index (PAI) or a derivative thereof.07-22-2010
20100160836DETERMINATION OF INDICATOR BODY PARTS AND PRE-INDICATOR TRAJECTORIES - The present application relates to a determination method for determining an indicator body part subject to vital movement that is not to be irradiated and that serves as an indicator of the change in position of a body part subject to vital movement that is to be irradiated, in particular a tumor in an anatomical body, and/or for determining an indicator trajectory that describes the vital movement of the indicator body part, comprising the following steps: 06-24-2010
20100160835APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING UPPER BODY POSTURE AND HAND POSTURE - Provided are an apparatus and method which detect a user's upper body posture and the user's hand postures through at least two cameras to configure a user interface such as computers and home appliances. An apparatus for detecting upper body posture and hand posture includes a stereo vision calculation unit, a color pattern categorization unit, a plurality of position detection units, an upper body posture recognition unit, and a hand posture recognition unit. The stereo vision calculation unit calculates three-dimensional distance information from each image provided from at least two cameras. The color pattern categorization unit categorizes each color and pattern from the image to output color information and pattern information. The position detection units extract three-dimensional position information for each subject based on the three-dimensional distance information, the color information and the pattern information. The upper body posture recognition unit recognizes an upper body posture based on the three-dimensional position information. The hand posture recognition unit recognizes hand postures with hand position information of the three-dimensional position information.06-24-2010
20100185124CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A PROSTHETIC KNEE - A prosthetic or orthotic system including a magnetorheological (MR) damper. The MR damper may be configured to operate in shear mode. In one embodiment, the MR damper includes a rotary MR damper. A controller is configured to operate the damper. A mobile computing device may be adapted to intermittently communicate configuration parameters to the controller. A method of configuring a prosthetic or orthotic system is also disclosed.07-22-2010
20100262046Gait/balance analyzer - An apparatus for analyzing gait and balance to determine visual spatial distortion including a treadmill having a movable tread, at least a weight bearing sensor for measuring weight bearing pressure in right, left, front and rear directions provided under said tread and an analyzer for analyzing lean coupled to output of said weight bearing sensor.10-14-2010
20100262045PATIENT MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM - The present invention relates to patient monitoring methods and patient monitoring systems for monitoring at least one aspect of a subject patient's motion alone or with one or more additional patient subject related measurements. The patient monitoring method and system can be a useful clinical tool in the monitoring of patients, and in particular, although not exclusively orthopaedic patients, both pre-treatment and post treatment.10-14-2010
20100179454Animal Instrumentation - An approach to monitoring, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment or conditioning of animals such as horses does not require use of restrictive equipment such as treadmills or force plates and that can provide either or both of more or less immediate or continuous processing of data to perform the monitoring or diagnosis. One or more wireless sensors are attached to the animal, for example, to measure motion-related parameter associated with one or more parts of the animal. Sensor data is received from the sensors and processed to identify a characteristic of the motion of the animal, such as a quality of gait. The sensor data can also be used to avoid injury to the animal and/or the rider, and to verify the identity of an animal.07-15-2010
20100145235Device for fixing at least one fibrous strip to a body part, and method for the production of said strip - A device (V) for fixing at least one fibrous strip (FB) to a body part (K), wherein the fibrous strip comprises at least one fibre (F) embodied as a fibre-optic bending sensor, has at least one fixing unit (BE) which respectively has (a) a fixing part (BM) for applying part of the fibrous strip to the body part, and (b) at least one fixing loop (BS) for guiding the fibrous strip along an axis of a three-dimensional space. The fixing loop can be fixed to the body part.06-10-2010
20130123666Movement disorder recovery system and method for continuous monitoring - The present invention relates to a movement disorder monitor, and a method of measuring the severity of a subject's movement disorder. The present invention additionally relates to a treatment delivery system for treating a subject in response to changes in the severity of a subject's symptoms. The present invention further provides for a system and method, which can accurately quantify symptoms of movement disorders, utilizing continuously obtained kinetic information to be analyzed, accurately distinguishing between symptoms of movement disorders and activities of daily living, relating quantified symptoms to a standard clinical rating scale, and correlating a subject's symptoms with certain physiological and environmental factors. The present invention still further provides for home monitoring of symptoms in subjects with these movement disorders in order to capture the complex fluctuation patterns of the disease over the course of days, weeks, months, or years.05-16-2013
20100228159Postural information system and method - A method includes, but is not limited to: obtaining subject advisory information regarding one or more subjects of two or more postural influencers based at least in part upon postural aspects associated with the one or more subjects and spatial aspects associated with the two or more postural influencers, and outputting output information based at least in part upon one or more elements of the subject advisory information. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.09-09-2010
20100228160APPARATUS FOR ACTIVITY MONITORING - The application relates to a system for monitoring an energy balance of a subject, a portable monitoring apparatus to be used as a component of such a system, and an adequate computer program product. The system for monitoring an energy balance of a subject comprises an individual data input means, an individual data storing means, a basal metabolic rate calculating means, a food data input means, a nutritional value data base, a nutritional value calculating means, a movement data detecting means, an active metabolic rate calculating means, an energy balance calculating means, and an energy balance output means.09-09-2010
20100217158SUDDEN INFANT DEATH PREVENTION CLOTHING - A health sensing device is described for placement on a user. The device may include a sensor, a filter, and a transmitter. The sensor is configured to sense one or more factors relating to an indicator of a health related condition or occurrence. The filter is configured to evaluate a signal from the sensor and determine if the indicator has been detected. The transmitter is arranged for initiating a transmission based on a signal from the filter. The sensor can include one or more microphone devices, accelerometers, and/or MEMs devices. A method of monitoring a user for a health related condition is also described.08-26-2010
20090076419LOSS-OF-BALANCE AND FALL DETECTION SYSTEM - A wireless monitoring/assessment system identifies and records selected basic activities of daily living, loss of balance, and falls of at-risk elderly using a minimum set of sensors. A wearable system collects data over an extended period from sensors mounted under each shoe/slipper inner sole, and three kinetic measurement sensors, one mounted on the subject's chest, and the other two on each thigh. The resulting data can be processed off line to determine if a loss of balance or fall has occurred and identify the basic activity that the subject was performing when it happened. The two inner sole foot pressure sensors provide data on the loading of the plantar aspect of each fore- and rear foot. Each kinematics measurement sensor module provides 3-axis acceleration and angular rate data from the torso and each thigh. All data is sampled at a high rate using an analog to digital converter, time stamped, and then stored in memory.03-19-2009
20110112443Systems, Devices, and Methods for Interpreting Movement - According to some exemplary embodiments, a method or system can involve associating a plurality of biokinetographic comparison results with a first specific dysfunction from a group of specific dysfunctions, each of the biokinetographic comparison results obtained from a comparison of a biokinetographic value to a standard for a corresponding biokinetographic variable.05-12-2011
20120197162Sensor-Based Health Monitoring System - Implementations for sensor-based health monitoring systems are generally disclosed.08-02-2012
20100222711DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CAPTURING BIOMECHANICAL MOTION - Systems, devices and methods for capturing motion from a body as disclosed. The systems, devices and methods allow for accurate placement of sensors relative to a body in order capture and analyze motion information.09-02-2010
20100222710MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE BENEFIT OF A COMPANION ANIMAL - A management program for the benefit of a companion animal can maintain, enhance or improve the health and well-being of the companion animal. The management program can include recommendations for dietary modification, supplement administration, weight loss/management plans, physical activity recommendation, veterinary intervention and combinations thereof.09-02-2010
20100222709METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE BIOLOGICAL AGE OF A COMPANION ANIMAL - A method for determining the biological age of the companion animal. A companion animal ambulates from a first region to a second region of a pressure detection unit and the footfall data is utilized in the determination of the biological age of the companion animal.09-02-2010
20100210974AUTOMATIC DISCRIMINATION OF DYNAMIC BEHAVIOUR - There is a distributive sensing technology that can discriminate between the causes of dynamic disturbances. The system applies sensing elements within a sensing medium, and the medium couples the dynamic disturbance and the sensors. By interpreting the responses of the medium, the nature of the disturbance can be discriminated in a way as to determine a description, class or category. There is a method of categorizing the dynamic body behavior, the method comprising: providing a sensing medium during at least a period of the dynamic behavior of the body; providing a plurality of sensors coupled to the sensing medium; obtaining a sensory data time series from each sensor, the sensing medium and the sensors being arranged such that the obtained sensory data time series are not independent from one another; specifying a dynamic behavior category; and processing the sensory data time series. Apparatus for performing the method is also described.08-19-2010
20100210975MULTI-STATE PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM - The present invention is directed to systems and methods for monitoring performance of a variety of activities, preferably including swimming, in a number of states. The invention may comprise an analytics application, a primary device and, optionally, one or more secondary devices or third-party devices for sensing characteristics of the performance of an activity or the environment in which it is performed. The devices are worn during the performance of the activity and contain sensors, preferably accelerometers, for sensing information pertaining to the performance of one or more activities. The information sensed may be provided to a user in the form of real-time feedback and/or made available for long-term analytics and tracking.08-19-2010
20110028865Inertial Sensor Kinematic Coupling - A method is disclosed for measuring the motion of an object, composed of multiple segments connected by joints, via the estimation of the 3D orientation of the object segments relative to one another without dependence on a magnetic field as a reference for heading. The method includes first applying a plurality of inertial sensor units to the segments of the object, e.g., a user thigh, shank, foot, etc. Next an approximation of the distance between each inertial sensor unit and at least one adjacent joint is provided and the joint is subjected to an acceleration, e.g., as the user takes a step or two. The relative orientations of the segments are calculated and the orientations are used to form an estimation of the 3D orientation of the object segments relative to one another without using the local magnetic field as a reference for heading.02-03-2011
20120245491POSTURE FEEDBACK SYSTEM AND METHOD, DETACHABLE TRACTION SYSTEM, AND TRACTION SAFETY BELT COMBINATION - A device for monitoring a posture of a user is provided. The device includes a belt adapted to encircle a torso of the user and provide an upward force to a spinal region of the user in response to a signal from a controller, and at least one sensor adapted to provide at least one measurement signal to the controller. The device also includes a feedback system activated by the controller to alert the user that a posture of the user is determined to be outside an acceptable range based on the at least one measurement signal. An ergonomic posture assisting system is provided that includes a detachable belt. A detachable belt is provided that includes a locking mechanism adapted to prevent the attachment mechanism from disconnecting in response to a signal. A posture feedback system and a device for monitoring a posture of a user are provided.09-27-2012
20090221936ACTIVITY-CONTINGENT WEIGHT LOSS SYSTEM - An activity-contingent weight loss method and system. The system includes measuring information representative of caloric expenditure during one day, and prescribing a caloric allowance for the following day as a function of the caloric expenditure during the previous day.09-03-2009
20080208082SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INCREASED ACCURACY IN DETERMINING CPR CHEST COMPRESSION DEPTH IN REAL TIME - Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward a system and method of determining real time chest compression depth of a CPR patient or manikin from acceleration and a reference signal, such as force. In one embodiment, an acceleration signal is filtered and integrated to determine a raw depth signal. A force signal is adjusted to having a similar amplitude, phase, and shape as the raw depth signal. The force signal is filtered. The adjusted force signal is subtracted from the filtered force signal to obtain a compensation signal. The chest compression depth is obtained by adding the raw depth signal to the compensation signal.08-28-2008
20130131553PATIENT ASSESSMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD - A patient assessment apparatus, such as for balance assessment, includes an elongated member having a length and first, second and third positions along the length, a first receiving member situated at the first position, and a second receiving member situated at the third position, the second position situated between the first and third positions. The first and second receiving members are each arranged to receive a marker from a patient. Reach characteristic data is collected from a patient using the balance assessment apparatus, and the reach characteristic data is analyzed to determine whether the patient has a balance deficit.05-23-2013
20130131554METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING TORSION OR BENDING AT A JOINT BETWEEN TWO LIMBS - Method, device and system for measuring a degree of torsion or bending of a joint. The method comprises the steps of attaching a sensor (05-23-2013
20090069724Wearable Health Monitoring Device and Methods for Step Detection - A wearable health monitoring device includes at least one sensor for obtaining a signal indicative of movement of a user in at least one axis and logic configured to determine, based upon the signal, whether the user has taken a step.03-12-2009
20100312149HARNESS SYSTEM FOR KINEMATIC ANALYSIS OF THE KNEE - A harness for attachment about a knee femur of a subject, said harness comprising two abutment members, said abutment members being oriented against a skin outer surface at predetermined medial and lateral sites relative to a femur so as not to limit motion of the knee, and a strap operatively interconnecting the two abutment members such that the harness is adapted to be used on different knee sizes with the strap surrounding the knee and with the abutment members being urged against the skin outer surface at the predetermined medial and lateral sites by the strap, at least one of the abutment members supporting at least one femoral trackable member adapted to be tracked. The harness may be used for the pivot shift test.12-09-2010
20110009778PELVIC PLANE LOCATOR AND PATIENT POSITIONER - The invention includes both a method for acquiring the position of a patient's anterior pelvic plane, and a patient positioner or holder (apparatus) for securing a patient and acquiring the position of the patient's anterior pelvic plane. The method and apparatus facilitate definition of the anterior pelvic plane (APP) in the context of computer assisted hip surgery.01-13-2011
20110112441Combined Cognitive and Physical Therapy - The present invention provides method and apparatus to perform combined cognitive and motor rehabilitation on a computerized non-portable system or on single portable device. A patient can play a variety of games that require the patient to perform a variety of memory exercises which involve physical exertion. The activities of the patient are monitored with pattern analysis software which provides feedback to the patient. The feedback can include voice synthesis, video guidance, progression messages etc. Patient data obtained while the patient is performing each of the memory exercises is stored locally on a database module and then uploaded to a cloud server. A remote psychologist/psychiatrist monitors the patient by logging into the same cloud, and updating cognition exercises. The same therapist can have live chats with the patient for further interaction and coaching.05-12-2011
20110046520IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE CONFIGURED AS A PEDOMETER - This document discusses, among other things, a system including an implantable medical device. The implantable medical device includes a control circuit and a motion sensing device. The motion sensing device is coupled to the control circuit, and the motion sensing device is configured to transmit signals to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to identify one or more steps of a patient using the motion sensing device signal.02-24-2011
20110245733Methods and devices for measuring a torsion of a part of the body - In a method and a device for measuring a torsion of a body with the aid of flexion sensors (B10-06-2011
20110125065METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING ESTRUS - The present invention provides a method and device for detecting estrus in animal by sensing along time the motion of the animal and identifying when the sensed motion is not related to eating periods of the animal. Based on the sensed motion which is not related to eating periods the estrus in the animal is identified05-26-2011
20110213278MOVEMENT MONITORING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF MOVEMENT DISORDERS - Disclosed embodiments include a movement monitoring system and apparatus for objective assessment of movement disorders of a subject, comprising (a) one or more movement monitors, and (b) a computer-implemented analysis system comprising one or more protocols and associated data analysis methods to objectively quantify movement disorders based on movement data acquired by the movement monitors. According to one embodiment, the movement monitors are robust wireless synchronized movement monitors and the protocols include one or more tests for assessment of neural control of balance.09-01-2011
20110213276APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING ACTIVITY LEVEL - A device and a method for monitoring a person's movement and activity levels is provided. The device includes a microcontroller, an accelerometer and a visual indicator in communication with the microcontroller. The accelerometer is configured to continually check a person's movement in at least two of three axes being measured and to display the person's wellbeing based on the person's level of activity over a pre-defined period of time.09-01-2011
20100228158POSTURAL INFORMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD INCLUDING DEVICE LEVEL DETERMINING OF SUBJECT ADVISORY INFORMATION BASED ON SUBJECT STATUS INFORMATION AND POSTURAL INFLUENCER STATUS INFORMATION - A method includes, but is not limited to: obtaining postural influencer status information including information regarding one or more spatial aspects of one or more first postural influencers of one or more subjects with respect to a second postural influencer of the one or more subjects, and determining subject advisory information regarding the one or more subjects based at least in part upon the postural influencer status information. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.09-09-2010
20100198112PATIENT MONITORING AT RADIATION MACHINES - The invention involves monitoring patient movement, in particular respiratory movement, of a patient (08-05-2010
20090048541BODY MOTION DETECTION DEVICE - A pedometer (02-19-2009
20090048542Methods and devices for treatment of medical conditions and monitoring physical movements - The present systems use nanotechnology, MEMS devices and wireless data transmission to monitor and treat physical activities, and medical and physiological conditions. The MEMS devices and wireless data transmission systems monitor and sense certain patient conditions or reactions, such as changes in pressure, movements, and tremors. These sensor devices include, but are not limited to, MEMS gyroscopes, MEMS accelerometers, and MEMS pressure sensors. Data from the sensor is wirelessly transmitted to a second MEMS device to treat or alter the medical condition being monitored.02-19-2009
20090048540Wearable Health Monitoring Device and Methods for Fall Detection - A wearable health monitoring device includes at least one sensor for obtaining a signal indicative of movement of a user in at least one axis and logic configured to determine, based upon the signal, whether the user has fallen.02-19-2009
20090312672FLEXIBILITY ASSESSMENT APPARATUS - A sit and reach flexibility assessment apparatus comprises a spine with a measuring rule, footplates mounted on either side of the spine and rotatable out of the and at approximate right angles to the plane of the spine, and heel rests mounted at the base of the footplates and rotatable to a position at approximate right angles to the footplates and the spine. The apparatus also has storage compartments and a carry handle.12-17-2009
20090036801Hand-eye coordination test instrument - A hand-eye coordination test instrument includes at least a control device located in the test instrument, a LED stimulus array located on the surface of the test instrument and an input device. An operator can transmit test signals to the LED stimulus array through the control device. A testee receives reactions and sends them back through the input device to the test instrument. Through the control device the operator can judge and evaluate the hand-eye coordination condition of the testee.02-05-2009
20120245490APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DETECTING MOVEMENT OF OBJECTS WITHIN THE ABDOMINAL AND/OR PELVIC REGION - Aspects of an apparatus and method for detecting movement of an object includes a base and a projection member extending between a first second ends, wherein the first end is attached to the base. Further included is a support member at the second end of the projection member, and a guide wire carried by the support member and having a substantially fixed length, wherein the guide wire is movable between a first position and a second position in conjunction with movement of an object. Also included is a sensor located a substantially fixed distance along a path of the guide wire from the support member, wherein the sensor detects movement of the guide wire between the first second positions. Additionally included is a feedback unit in communication with the sensor, wherein the feedback unit is configured to generate feedback corresponding to the detected movement.09-27-2012
20100069796MUSCLE FATIGUE METER - A functional electrical stimulation system (03-18-2010
20090216156SMART APPARATUS FOR GAIT MONITORING AND FALL PREVENTION - Provided is a system for monitoring gait. More particularly, the system comprises: one or more pressure sensors; an algorithm which compares the data from the pressure sensor(s) to a stability profile, and provides a feedback value; means for communicating the feedback value; and a power source. Also provided is a method for gait analysis comprising: collecting signals from one or more pressure sensors located in pressure proximity to a foot, generating a test profile; comparing the test profile to a stability profile; generating a feedback signal; and communicating the feedback signal. The system may also comprise one or more accelerometers.08-27-2009
20100010385GENERATION OF SLEEP QUALITY INFORMATION BASED ON POSTURE STATE DATA - This disclosure describes techniques for generation of sleep quality information based on posture state data. The techniques may include obtaining posture state data sensed by a medical device for a patient, generating sleep quality information based on lying posture state changes indicated by the posture state data, and presenting the sleep quality information to a user via a user interface.01-14-2010
20110098608DETECTION OF HYPOKINETIC AND HYPERKINETIC STATES - The present invention relates to an automated method of determining a kinetic state of a person. The method obtains accelerometer data from an accelerometer worn on an extremity of the person and processes the accelerometer data to determine a measure for the kinetic state. The present invention further relates to a device for determining a kinetic state of a person. The device comprises a processor configured to process data obtained from an accelerometer worn on an extremity of the person and to determine from the data a measure for the kinetic state. In the method and system the kinetic state is at least one of bradykinesia, dyskinesia, and hyperkinesia.04-28-2011
20110071438SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING INTRAOPERATIVE FRACTURE IN CEMENTLESS HIP ARTHROPLASTY - A method and system for monitoring impaction of a femoral component of a hip prosthesis into a femur in which impaction data generated during the impaction of the femoral component into the femur is received from at least one measurement transducer attached to the femoral component and is normalized by a data acquisition and analysis device. An impaction monitoring metric is calculated based on the normalized impaction data, and femoral component fit and stability data is then generated and output to a user interface based on the impaction monitoring metric.03-24-2011
20100152622MOTOR PHENOMENON MEASUREMENT - Motor phenomena are measured by using a pen-and-tablet digitizer and a personal computer to instruct, prompt and make a data record of a human patient's performance of a handwriting task, analyze the data record, and report features of the patient's performance. Examples of reported features are measures of dysfluency and measures of velocity scaling. Reported features are correlated with information about the patient's state of health (especially schizophrenia), medication (especially antipsychotic and neuroleptic) as a superior alternative to scales based on clinical observation for detecting motor effects of a medication, comparing side effects of medications, adjusting dosages, and observing the course of motor disturbances such as Parkinsonism and tardive dyskinesia.06-17-2010
20120203140Patient Positioning Systems and Methods - Systems and methods provide patient position information to a user. A patient positioning device is placed on a patient in a predefined location. The patient positioning device determines a relative patient position with respect to at least one known reference axis. The patient positioning device communicates patient position information including or with reference to the at least one known reference axis. The communicated patient position information allows the user to position the patient and/or a surgical tool using the communicated patient position information.08-09-2012
20120302926BODY MOVEMENT DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A body movement detecting apparatus includes a time-frequency converting unit configured to convert an input acoustic signal to a frequency component, an electric power difference computing unit configured to compute an electric power difference value of the frequency component of each of predetermined frequency bandwidths, a duration computing unit configured to compute duration in which a number of the predetermined frequency bandwidths each exhibiting the electric power difference value less than a first threshold is equal to or greater than a second threshold, a similarity value computing unit configured to compute a value indicating similarity of the electric power difference value of each of the predetermined frequency bandwidths, and a body movement detecting unit configured to detect body movement based on the computed duration and the computed similarity value.11-29-2012
20120302925Gesture Recognition Biofeedback - A gesture recognition biofeedback device is provided for improving fine motor function in persons with brain injury. The system detects a physical characteristic of the patient and provides feedback based on the detected characteristic. For instance, the system may detect surface muscle pressures of the forearm to provide real-time visual biofeedback to the patient based on a comparison of the detected muscle pressure and predefined values indicative of appropriate motor function.11-29-2012
20120277636APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REAL-TIME MEASUREMENT OF CHANGES IN VOLUME OF BREAST AND OTHER ORGANS - An apparatus and method for determination of change in volume of a body part or body organ on a real-time basis. In a breastfeeding application, an inflatable cuff is positioned on a nursing breast and allows direct access to the nipple by the breastfeeding infant. The inflatable cuff includes an outer shell portion and an inner inflatable bladder. The pressure in the bladder is monitored regularly by a pressure sensor, during a breastfeeding session. When the pressure drops below a preselected pressure, a controller directs a pump to pump air into the inflatable bladder to maintain the preselected pressure. The volume of added air is monitored during the breastfeeding session. Various calibrations are used to correlate the amount of added air, to the volume of breast milk withdrawn from the breast. The volume of breast milk withdrawn during breastfeeding is calculated and displayed throughout the breastfeeding session.11-01-2012
20120277637Method And System For Monitoring Pressure Areas On A Supported Body - A supported body, like the body of a bedridden patient, is monitored by a plurality of pressure sensors located between the body and support surface during an extended period of time. Pressure areas on the body are determined in real time for predetermined time periods during periods of movement between the body and the support surface. Common pressure areas on the body during different body positions on the support surface are determined for predetermined time periods. The pressure areas that exceed a predetermined pressure level for a predetermined time period trigger an alarm indicator and identification of the pressure areas of concern.11-01-2012
20110009777VISUALIZATION TESTING AND/OR TRAINING - The visual and/or visualization skills of a subject may be tested and/or trained using systems and methods in accordance with the present invention. Visual stimuli may be presented to a test subject. Measurements relating to the performance of the subject, such as stability information, eye movement data, physiological information, or other information, may be made both with and without visual stimuli being provided to a subject. Similar measurements may be made while the subject visualizes the visual stimuli, and the collected data may be compared to evaluate the subject's ability to visualize visual stimuli. Secondary stimuli may also be provided to subject as part of this process, or mental activities may be required by subject as well.01-13-2011
20100100013Products and Methods for Motor Performance Improvement in Patients with Neurodegenerative Disease - Systems and methods are provided to improve the gait performance of subjects with neurodegenerative disease neurodegenerative disease movement disorders, injuries, surgical wounds, athletic performance objectives, or combinations thereof through feedback-enhanced training. A subject walks, jogs or runs on a surface with the use of an assistive walking device such as a walker, cane, rollator or railings. Attached to the assistive walking device is a distance sensor and processing unit that detects, measures, and evaluates certain gait characteristics and delivers feedback to the subject. The subject is trained to exhibit desirable gait characteristics such as stride length, heel-toe motion, cadence, pace and the like.04-22-2010
20100063421SENSOR APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING SIGNALS INDICATIVE OF THE POSITION OR CHANGE IN POSITION OF LIMBS - The invention relates to a sensor apparatus and to a method for generating electronic signals which indicate a spatial position and/or the movement of limbs, particularly the hand of a user relative to the sensor apparatus. These electronic signals can then be used for carrying out input processes in data processing, communication and other electrical devices. The object of the invention is to create solutions by which signals indicative of the position and/or the movement of limbs can be generated in a particularly advantageous manner. This object is achieved by a sensor apparatus for generating electrical signals which indicate the position or movement of limbs relative to a reference area, the apparatus comprising a transmitter electrode apparatus, a voltage generator for applying an alternating voltage to the transmitter electrode, a first receiver electrode apparatus, a second receiver electrode apparatus, and a third receiver electrode apparatus, wherein the first, second, and third receiver electrode apparatuses are each connected to high-impedance tapping systems. The first, second, and third receiver electrode apparatuses are preferably each connected to high-impedance inputs of an impedance transformer system, wherein information indicative of a location or movement is obtained on the basis of differences between the electrical events present at the outputs of the respective impedance transformer.03-11-2010
20090149779Human Biovibrations Method - This invention relates to the detection of human biovibrations using a digital signal processing (DSP) actigraph worn by the individual, and in at least one method using any noise existing in the signals. Human biovibrations result from the human body having reverberations and oscillations from bodily functioning. The DSP actigraph has been shown to be able to identify heart beat and breathing of an individual. The invention includes a method comprising: recording movement data of an individual that includes biovibrations data, determining when the movement data substantially falls within a predetermined threshold representative of death, and providing a notification. The invention in at least one embodiment includes a method comprising: monitoring activity counts for zero crossing mode, above threshold mode, and proportional integrative mode, providing a notification when all three activity counts are within a respective predetermined range for a period of time.06-11-2009
20090137933METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SENSING EQUILIBRIUM - Systems and methods for monitoring equilibrium of a user are presented. A stability monitoring device in a shoe insole area utilizes pressure sensors to measure pressure information in real-time. The pressure information is transmitted over an RF network to a device for analyzing the pressure information and calculating postural state information including the current postural state, next postural state, and/or a range of postural stability. The person or a third party may be notified if the postural state information indicates an unstable state. Additionally, the postural state information may be analyzed to determine activity level of the user, diagnostic information, or performance information. Metrics may be displayed by the system for assisting physical therapy or training regimens.05-28-2009
20090118649Apparatus and Method for Evaluating a Hypertonic Condition - An apparatus and method for evaluating a hypertonic condition such as spasticity in a movable extremity are described. The apparatus includes an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a sensor-adapted for quantifying force or pressure. The apparatus further includes a data communication device adapted for transmitting data signals obtained from the accelerometer, said gyroscope, and said sensor for processing and real-time display. The method includes the steps of moving the extremity through a range of motion about an axis of rotation. During the movement of the limb parameters such as acceleration, angular velocity, the force applied to the extremity, and the time duration to move the extremity through the range of motion are all measured. The measured parameters are then transmitted to a data processor which processes the data to generate information that characterizes the hypertonic condition of the extremity for immediate feedback to the examiner or storage in a database for monitoring of the patient's condition. In accordance with a further aspect of the present invention there is described an apparatus and method for simulating movement of a limb that has a hypertonic condition based on characterizing information from a real limb.05-07-2009
20090118648LIVING BODY INSPECTION SYSTEM, LIVING BODY INSPECTION APPARATUS, AND LIVING BODY INSPECTION METHOD - Motion of fingers of a subject is dynamically analyzed to provide an estimation index in a hardness of a muscle used in the motion of the fingers. A processing part calculates a speed and acceleration of two fingers on the basis of the motion data of the fingers obtained by a tapping detecting unit, calculates a ratio between the speed and the acceleration, and calculates as an estimation index a mechanical impedance regarding extending force of the fingers and a mechanical impedance regarding opening and closing force of the fingers by applying the calculated ratio to a predetermined equation based on a muscle dynamic model.05-07-2009
20090082701METHOD FOR REAL TIME INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATION OF MUSCLE FORCES AND JOINT TORQUES IN THE HUMAN BODY - A method and system are provided for the visual display of anatomical forces, that system having: a motion capture system; a computer, receiving data from said motion capture system; and a computational pipeline disposed on said computer; that computational pipeline being configured to calculate muscle forces and joint torques in real time and visually display those forces and torques.03-26-2009
20080312560Transducer Unit, Device Arrangement and a Method Utilizing the Device Arrangement for Creating and Presenting an Estimate of Bone Mass Development - The invention relates to a method and device arrangement for determining and presenting the change of bone mass caused by accelerations having an impact on the body and representing the amount and intensity of exercise. The device arrangement according to the invention includes a transducer unit, a data transfer medium, a server and a database connected to it. The invention also relates to a transducer unit used in the device arrangement and a method utilizing the device arrangement for measuring and analyzing the intensity, amount and effectiveness of the exercise.12-18-2008
20080306413Device for Measuring Tibio-Femoral Force Amplitudes and Force Locations in Total Knee Arthroplasty - A probe used during a total knee arthroplasty for measuring forces and locations of their points of application and thereby moments includes two load sensitive plates t to be inserted in one joint-compartment of a knee joint each and each being provided with a top surface and a bottom surface. At least two load sensors may be situated on the top surfaces and/or the bottom surface of each load sensitive plate.12-11-2008
20080214963METHOD FOR MEASURING MOVEMENTS OF A PERSON WEARING A PORTABLE DETECTOR - A process for detecting activity of a person, in which movements of the person are measured by at least one sensor attached to the person, and respective components of the movements due to external activity and due to physiological activity are separated. The process obtains a signal of the sensor, filters the signal to derive a filtered signal, the filtering including partitioning the signal of the center into a low frequency component and high frequency component, and subtracts the filtered signal from the signal of the sensor. The filtering further variably extracts portions of the high frequency component according to a criterion of either a minimal level or a minimal instability of the signal of the sensor, and the filtered signal includes the low frequency component and the extracted portions of the high frequency components.09-04-2008
20110054361MOTOR FUNCTION ESTIMATING SYSTEM, MOTOR FUNCTION ESTIMATING METHOD AND PROGRAM - The motor function estimating system 03-03-2011
20110054360FINGER MOTION DETECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - The present invention relates to a finger-motion detecting apparatus and method and includes a sensing unit to be disposed on a wrist of a subject person, said sensing unit being configured to output a measurement signal into the wrist of the subject person and to receive a reflected signal of the measurement signal according to the motion of tendons in the wrist of the subject person, a signal control unit configured to control whether the measurement signal is outputted and to adjust the measurement signal on the basis of the reflected signal, and a finger-motion recognizing unit configured to detect finger motion of the subject person from the reflected signal. According to the present invention, since a sensor capable of detecting finger motion is worn on a wrist, the problem of inconvenience in existing methods is resolved.03-03-2011
20110054359Footwear-based body weight monitor and postural allocation, physical activity classification, and energy expenditure calculator - A footwear system for monitoring weight, posture allocation, physical activity classification, and energy expenditure calculation includes an accelerometer configured to obtain acceleration data indicative of movement of a user's foot or leg. The footwear system may also include a pressure sensing device mounted in an insole and configured to obtain pressure data indicative of pressure applied by a user's foot to the insole, as well as a transmitter communicatively coupled to both the accelerometer and the pressure sensing device and configured to transmit the acceleration and pressure data to a first processing device configured process the acceleration data and the pressure data to distinguish a first posture from a second posture different from the first posture and process the acceleration data and the pressure data to distinguish a first movement-based activity from a second movement-based activity different from the first movement-based activity. The footwear system may also include a second processing device communicatively coupled to the first processing device and configured to derive a second energy expenditure value.03-03-2011
20100292617 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR QUANTIFYING AN INTENTION OF MOVEMENT OF A USER - A method for quantifying an intention of movement of a user, the method comprising: extracting (11-18-2010
20100292618Motion analysis device, program and method thereof and motion analysis system - The present invention relates to a motion analysis system that includes a sensor device for measuring a motion amount related to an object which repeats a certain motion and a motion analysis device for analyzing the certain motion of the object based on the measured result by the sensor device. The motion analysis device includes means for storing time series data of the motion amount measured by the sensor device; means for analyzing a spectral intensity in each frequency in time series of waveforms shown by the time series data by using a certain function and analyzing by applying different parameters for each frequency to the function; and means for comparing spectral intensity analysis result in each frequency with different frequencies and analyzing a certain physical amount related to the certain motion of the object based on the comparison result.11-18-2010
20110125064SMART CLOTHING FOR MOTION PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT AND DYNAMICAL STABLE APPARATUS THEREOF - A dynamical stable apparatus of a smart clothing for motion physiological measurement includes at least one physiological sensing module. The physiological sensing module includes a carrier, at least one physiological sensor and a first tension adjusting component. The carrier has a surface for contacting with a body of a user, and the surface is coated with a slide resistant material. The physiological sensor is disposed on the surface of the carrier and configured for measuring a motion physiological signal of the user. The first tension adjusting component is disposed on two opposite ends of the carrier and configured for adjusting a tension of the carrier so as to fix the carrier on the body of the user. When the user wears the smart clothing for motion physiological measurement to measure a motion physiological signal, a stable motion physiological signal can be obtained.05-26-2011
20100305480Human Motion Classification At Cycle Basis Of Repetitive Joint Movement - Methods and systems for classifying human motion as corresponding to an activity are disclosed. One example method includes sensing motion characteristics associated with the activity to generate a first set of data, identifying a cycle interval in the first set of data; and identifying the activity based on the interval.12-02-2010
20100305482SENSOR APPLICATION COMPRISING A CARRIER STRUCTURE AND A SENSOR STRIP, CARRIER STRUCTURE, SENSOR STRIP AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SENSOR APPLICATION - A sensor application (12-02-2010
20100305481METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY MONITORING THE MOVEMENT ACTIVITY OF A FETUS - The present invention relates to a system (12-02-2010
20100324457SKELETAL-MUSCULAR POSITION MONITORING DEVICE - A system is disclosed that records position data for portions of a body as a function of time. The position data can be collected from one or more sensors secured to the body either individually or using a patch. The sensors, in some embodiments, can include stretch sensors that produce a change in electrical resistance as the stretch sensors are stretched. A data logger can be used to record the data. Various other elements such as a feedback mechanism or a manual pain indicator can also be included.12-23-2010
20110137213METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THERAPEUTIC EXERGAMING - A computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer readable medium for storing or recording instructions in machine readable form. The instructions, when executed in a motion sensor enabled smart phone, record target data associated with a response of the motion sensor to a desired sequence of movements of a user performing a therapeutic exercise while wearing the smart phone, map the target data to run-time target parameters of a software application, receive performance data associated with a response of the motion sensor to a subsequent sequence of movements of the user performing the therapeutic exercise while wearing the smart phone, map the performance data to the target parameters of the software application to determine the operation of the software application and provide information for display on a remote monitor visible to the user indicating the quality of the user's performance of the exercise.06-09-2011
20090187121DIARY AND METHOD FOR MEDICAL MONITORING - A medical-monitoring diary device comprising a housing, a display supported by the housing, a wrist strap extending from the housing such that the diary can be worn on a user's wrist, a processor housed within the housing coupled to the display, and a memory coupled to the processor in which the diary comprises at least one slider and one input button coupled to the processor for receiving inputs from the user, for storage in the memory, and the processor controls the display for displaying messages to be viewed by the user.07-23-2009
20100191154FETAL WELLBEING MONITORING APPARATUS AND PAD THEREFOR - Fetal wellbeing monitoring apparatus including a generally flattened hemispherical housing and a turret-like user interface having a user operated control panel for controlling operation of the fetal wellbeing monitoring apparatus and providing fetal wellbeing information to an expectant mother. Fetal wellbeing monitoring apparatus including a fetal motor activity sensor including a base plate with a base plate topside and a base plate underside with an elongated planar strain gauge film element defining a nominal measurement plane in a non-flexed state, and having a variable electrical property proportional to resilient elastic flexion in a transverse direction to the measurement plane on application of a bending moment and a fetal motor activity determination module for processing time varying information for determining fetal motor activity. Two-ply pad for use with the fetal wellbeing monitoring apparatus.07-29-2010
20100191155Apparatus for Calculating Calories Balance by Classifying User's Activity - An apparatus for calculating calorie balance based on an activity classification, disclosed herein, includes a calculation part calculating characteristic values of acceleration and a user's calorie expenditure from the user's activities, and calculating food data and the user's calorie intake from foods taken by the user; and a recognition part recognizing the user's activities based on the characteristic values of acceleration, and recognizing the foods based on the food data. The characteristic values of acceleration are extracted from acceleration data of acceleration sensors, which determine the user's activities, and include information on the relationship between the acceleration data and the user's activities. The calculation part calculates calorie balance, using the user's calorie expenditure and the user's calorie intake.07-29-2010
20100191156HUMAN STATE ESTIMATING DEVICE AND METHOD - To provide a human state estimating device which accurately estimates a human state. The human state estimating device includes: a storage unit (07-29-2010
20110190667Method and System for the Derivation of Human Gait Characteristics and Detecting Falls Passively from Floor Vibrations - The gait monitor system and method provides various basic gait parameters including step count, cadence, and step duration, in addition to its ability to distinguish between normal, limping and shuffling gait modes, as well as determine falls. Moreover, this gait monitor may be provided with additional sensors, e.g. beam break at the beginning and end of a corridor to estimate average walking velocity (with the distance between the beams known or determined); this enables the calculation of additional gait characteristics such as average step length and average stride length. These parameters can additionally be used to detect various gait anomalies and other diagnostic information.08-04-2011
20110264010Systems, Devices, and Methods for Interpreting Movement - According to some exemplary embodiments, a method or system can involve associating a plurality of biokinetographic comparison results with a first specific dysfunction from a group of specific dysfunctions, each of the biokinetographic comparison results obtained from a comparison of a biokinetographic value to a standard for a corresponding biokinetographic variable.10-27-2011
20110152727FALL PREVENTION SYSTEM - There is provided a system for fall prevention for a user, comprising one or more sensors for attachment to respective portions of the body, each sensor being adapted to measure movement of the respective portion of the body and to translate the movement into a signal; and a controller adapted to receive the signal or signals and to determine a risk of falling by estimating a trajectory of the centre of mass of the user relative to a trajectory of a lower portion of the body from the signal or signals.06-23-2011
20110201972 FALL DETECTION SYSTEM AND A METHOD OF OPERATING A FALL DETECTION SYSTEM08-18-2011
20110201971LAUGHTER MEASUREMENT METHOD AND APPARATUS - A concrete means for accurately detecting laughter such as “suppressed laughter” which is hard to appear on an expression for quantifying. Provided is a concrete means for measuring changes with time of skin surface potential in the vicinity of a xyphoid of a subject or the vicinity of a region on a seventh costa located approximately 10 cm right from the xyphoid in an approximately horizontal direction and calculating changes with time of strength of each frequency of potential measurement waves which have been measured. In addition, the calculated data is mapped so that the changes with time of the strength of each frequency can be identified by color or the like, while one axis is specified to be a frequency axis and the other is a time axis. A concrete means for detecting the laughter of the subject by comparing with a prepared laughter reference pattern is provided.08-18-2011
20100030119METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUS MEASUREMENT OF MOTOR SYMPTOMS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND ESSENTIAL TREMOR WITH WEARABLE SENSORS - Disclosed embodiments include an apparatus for generating a plurality of movement impairment indices from one or more kinematic signals to characterize movement disorders. Additionally we disclose methods for generating a plurality of movement impairment indices from one or more kinematic signals obtained from one or more kinematic sensors, said methods implemented in a digital computer with one or more processors in order to characterize movement disorders based on spectral analysis, regularity metrics, and time-frequency analsysis.02-04-2010
20100030118Sleep Determination Apparatus - A sleep determination apparatus capable of detecting wakefulness of a subject before entering a hypnagogic state with high accuracy is provided.02-04-2010
20110218463Assessment of Gait - A method of monitoring or assessing the motion of the limbs of a body when performing repetitive cyclic activity uses inertial measurement units secured to each of the limbs to be monitored. The operation of all of the IMUs is synchronised by way of a pulse from a computer. On performing the repetitive cyclic activity such as walking, running, trotting or galloping, the outputs of the IMUs are assembled and analysed in realtime, to determine the relative phase of the limb movements, from which an assessment of the gait may be made.09-08-2011
20110218462System for Measurement and Analysis of Movement of Anatomical Joints and/or Mechanical Systems - A system for measuring and analyzing movement or force in conjunction with sports, physical fitness or therapy. Real-time displays of range of movement (or force) information are calibrated for optimal visibility and/or resolution based on the actual range of a given exercise. Also disclosed is a balance indicator showing in real-time whether one side of the body is being favored over the other. Also disclosed are timing windows that indicate the desired timing of an exercise in real-time. Also disclosed are ‘breadcrumbs’ visually depicting (during and after completion of an exercise) a user's history of speed and range.09-08-2011
20110218459MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND/OR TREATMENT DEVICE - A medical examination and/or treatment device has an apparatus for detecting the movement of at least one part of the body of an examination subject that changes its space coordinates periodically or aperiodically, wherein the apparatus includes at least one transmitter (09-08-2011
20100280418METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING A MOVEMENT OF A PATIENT - A system for evaluating the movement of a patient having a first display unit for displaying a reference movement, a first detection unit, to be situated in particular in the location of the patient, for detecting the movement of the patient, an evaluation unit for ascertaining a measure characterizing a deviation between the detected movement and the reference movement, which is finally displayed on the first or a second display unit. It is possible to achieve an evaluation of the movement of the patient that is independent of the presence of a therapist.11-04-2010
20110004126SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR SCORING FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES OF A PATIENT - A method for scoring one or more functional abilities of a patient that comprises exercising a patient according to an exercising pattern, using at least one sensor for sensing one or more manipulations of the patient during the exercising, and scoring the one or more functional abilities according to the sensed manipulations. The scoring is performed according to a visual rehabilitation evaluation scale for scoring the one or more functional abilities.01-06-2011
20100280417THERAPY SYSTEM INCLUDING MULTIPLE POSTURE SENSORS - Posture-responsive therapy is delivered by the medical system based on posture state input from only one of multiple posture sensors at any given time. An example implantable medical system includes a first posture sensor and a second sensor. A processor controls therapy delivery to the patient based on at least one of a patient posture state or a patient activity level determined based on input from only one of the first or second posture sensors. In some examples, one of multiple posture sensors of an implantable posture-responsive medical system is used to automatically reorient another posture sensor (of the system), which has become disoriented. The disoriented posture sensor may be automatically reoriented for one or more posture states at a time.11-04-2010
20090048539System and method for conscious sensory feedback - A system for conscious sensory feedback for a body extremity without sensation or a body extremity prosthesis is disclosed, as well as methods for conscious sensory feedback based on said system; a glove, a sock and a body extremity prosthesis comprising said system; and use of the system.02-19-2009
20090240171METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING GAIT AND PROVIDING REAL-TIME FEEDBACK ON GAIT ASYMMETRY - A method and system for analyzing gait asymmetry between left and right feet of individuals by measuring and comparing stance phase time and/or stance phase force between left and right feet during gait, and providing real-time sensory feedback if stance phase time/force inequality exceeds a predetermined threshold.09-24-2009
20110306903KNEE LIGAMENT TESTING DEVICE FOR MEASURING DRAWER AND ROTATIONAL LAXITY - A system and method for determining laxity in an anatomical joint. The system includes a force sensor that measures a force applied to an appendage that is coupled to a joint and a position sensor that determines the amount of movement of the appendage when the force is applied to the appendage. The system also includes a system controller that is connected to both the force sensor and the position sensor and allows communications between the sensors.12-15-2011
20100036288LIMB MOVEMENT MONITORING SYSTEM - A limb movement monitoring system, comprising a motion sensor, a garment comprising spatially addressable photonic textiles and spatially resolving pressure-sensitive textiles and furthermore a muscular activity sensor, a processing unit processing the data from the sensors and issuing illumination commands to the spatially addressable photonic textiles and a database. There is furthermore a process for monitoring limb movement by the system.02-11-2010
20090240169JOINT IMPLANT PLACEMENT - Method for planning implant placement, the implant comprising a first implant in a first limb and a second implant in a second limb, the first and the second implant forming an artificial structure joining the first and second limb, the method comprising the steps: 09-24-2009
20090030350GAIT ANALYSIS - A method and system for analysing gait patterns of a subject by measuring head acceleration in vertical direction. The system comprises an accelerometer mounted on the head of the subject. The analysis includes calculating a signature from the acceleration data, using a Fourier transform, including energy of the first harmonics and comparing the signature with the baseline signature. Baseline signature is a representative of previously stored signatures. The comparison is done in order to monitor changes in the gait signatures over time. The entropy of the signatures may be used to perform the comparison. A self organised map is used to classify the measured gait signals.01-29-2009
20100145236System and Apparatus for Continuous Monitoring of Movement Disorders - Disclosed embodiments include a complete system and platform which allows for continuous monitoring of movement disorders during normal daily activities in the clinic, home, and other normal daily environments. The system comprises: 1) a wearable apparatus for continuous monitoring of movement disorders, 2) a docking station, 3) a web server, and 4) methods for statistical analysis that generate movement impairment measures. Disclosed embodiments include a wearable movement monitoring apparatus comprising of (a) a sensor module including a plurality of low power micro-electromechanical systems kinematics sensors; (b) a microprocessor module including a low power microcontroller configured for device control, device status, and device communication; (c) a data storage module including a solid state local storage medium; (d) a wireless communication module including a low power surface mount transceiver and an integrated antenna; and (e) a power and docking module including a battery, an energy charging regulator circuit, and a docking connector.06-10-2010
20120059283SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING INFANT MOVEMENT - A system and method for measuring movements, utilizing one or more wireless accelerometers attached to one or more limbs of a human subject for the purpose of determining certain temporal and spatial gestures of the subject.03-08-2012
20120004579Virtual Prosthetic Limb System - A system for configuring a prosthetic limb for use by a living being is provided. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to receive a control signal generated in response to a command from the living being and to generate a plurality of virtual bodies on a display including members of a virtual prosthetic limb and at least one virtual object. The ECU is further configured to control movement of at least one member of the virtual limb responsive to the control signal, to determine a contact force between first and second virtual bodies of the plurality of virtual bodies upon engagement between the first and second bodies caused by movement of one of the one member of the virtual limb and the at least one virtual object and to adjust a position of at least one of the first and second bodies responsive to the contact force.01-05-2012
20120004578System and Method for Analyzing Biomechanics - A system and a method for analyzing biomechanics. The biomechanics analyzing system for analyzing a motion state of an organism includes a detecting unit, a low-pass filter, a high-pass filter and a processing unit. The detecting unit disposed on a surface of a muscle of the organism detects an acceleration signal. The low-pass filter filters the acceleration signal to produce a low-frequency signal. The high-pass filter filters the acceleration signal to produce a high-frequency signal. The processing unit analyzes a motion posture or a motion frequency of the motion state of the organism according to the low-frequency signal, and analyzes a motion strength of the motion state of the organism according to the high-frequency signal.01-05-2012
20120209149INFORMATION PROCESSING FOR A BODY MOTION SIGNAL - An information processing method includes the following steps: applying a pattern matching process on the body motion signal information, and extracting rhythm cycle candidate waves which are rhythm cycle candidates related to the rhythmic motion; performing −1 or more times integration on the body motion signal information to obtain a motion trajectory, and performing coarse-graining on the motion trajectory to produce an auxiliary wave; superimposing the rhythm cycle candidate waves which are extracted in the process of extracting the cycle candidate waves, on the obtained auxiliary wave, and selecting a cycle of a rhythm cycle candidate wave which has a peak in the auxiliary wave, as a true cycle; and finally obtaining a result of the processing.08-16-2012
20100069795METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTOUR FITTING AND POSTURE IDENTIFICATION, AND METHOD FOR CONTOUR MODEL ADAPTATION - A method for contour fitting and posture identification initially receives a sensor data formed of a plurality of sensor signals. Thereafter at least one candidate posture or contour is determined from a set of at least one posture model based on the sensor data. Finally, user posture is determined from the at least one candidate posture through a decision making process. The sensor data can also be used to modify the at least one posture model for increasing identification accuracy. The sampling frequency of each sensor signal is dynamically adjusted to receive the sensor data in a nearly real-time manner.03-18-2010
20110098607MOBILITY ASSESSMENT DEVICE - The present invention in several embodiments is a mobility assessment device which is easy to use and which will aid practitioners in evaluating a patients' mobility. The mobility assessment device of the present invention is preferably constructed from a skid resistant high contrast material that can easily be folded, rolled or stored in a compact space.04-28-2011
20120010536METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING EYE TREMOR - An apparatus consistent with the present invention comprises a sensor for receiving a signal representing eye tremor and a processor for monitoring eye tremor while receiving the signal. A method consistent with the present invention includes receiving a signal representing eye tremor, comparing the received signal representing eye tremor to at least one reference value, and classifying a patient's brain stem function using the comparison of the received signal representing eye tremor to at least one reference value. An embodiment consistent with the present invention includes an ocular micro tremor (OMT) sensor and associated signal processing hardware and software for clinical analyses01-12-2012
20120310118SHOULDER TORQUE AND RANGE OF MOTION DEVICE - The invention relates to a device for measuring shoulder stiffness and range of motion. Specifically, the invention relates to a device for measuring shoulder stiffness and range of motion in human subjects, and methods for making and using thereof.12-06-2012
20120310117METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ADHD AND RELATED BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS - The invention features methods and systems for the diagnosis of ADHD and related disorders. The methods and systems of the invention can also be used to ascertain how much benefit an individual would derive from a particular therapy. One method of diagnosing ADHD or a related disorder in a subject comprising the steps of: (i) providing motor activity data having been collected by using a motion analysis device to record movements of said subject; (ii) analyzing said motor activity data to calculate a value for a measure of inhibitory control in said subject; and (iii) on the basis of said value, diagnosing said subject.12-06-2012
20120016269Registration of Anatomical Data Sets - Methods and systems are disclosed for relating additional spatial information associated with one volume data set of an anatomical structure with another volume data set of the anatomical structure where the spatial information is not available. A unique spatial characteristic of the volume data set is identified, such as an image moment of inertia, and an arbitrary reference frame is assigned to the volume data set and correlated with the unique spatial characteristic. The additional spatial information is also correlated with the arbitrary reference frame. The additional spatial information is then correlated to a second volume data set of the anatomical structure by registering the first and second volume data sets based on the unique spatial characteristic. The methods and systems allow registration of different volume data sets of the same anatomical structure and transfer of the additional spatial information without establishing a local reference frame based on predefined landmarks.01-19-2012
20130012836METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACTIVITY/REST IDENTIFICATION - Disclosed embodiments include a method for automatic identification of activity and rest periods based on an actigraphy signal. According to an embodiment, the method comprises (a) applying one or more filters to the actigraphy signal to generate a filtered actigraphy signal, and (b) comparing the filtered actigraphy signal against an adaptive threshold to generate an output signal corresponding to the activity and rest periods. The method can be implemented as part of a medical apparatus or medical system for automatic activity/rest identification from actigraphy signals.01-10-2013
20110082394METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONIORING SPORT RELATED FITNESS BY ESTIMATING MUSCLE POWER AND JOINT FORCE OF LIMBS - The present invention relates to a method and system for monitoring sport related fitness by estimating muscle power and joint force of limbs, in which the system comprises a sensing module and a force/track detection module, wherein sensor values from the sensing module are fed to the force/track detection module to be used as base for estimating feature parameters and classifying a motion series relating to muscle power and joint force of limbs so as to obtain skill-related fitness parameters corresponding to the sensing of the sensor module.04-07-2011
20120059284STATUS DETECTING DEVICE TO BE ATTACHED TO A LIVING BEING - A status detecting device is described for being attached to a living being, in particular a person, to detect the position of the body of the living being, having a first sensor, configured as an acceleration sensor and/or a gyroscopic sensor. An additional, second sensor, configured as a height measuring sensor, is also provided. Also described is a corresponding method.03-08-2012
20120065550System and Method for Determining Patient Follow-Up Subsequent to an Orthopaedic Procedure - A method of determining patient follow-up subsequent to an orthopaedic procedure includes determining the number of cycles of use of an orthopaedic joint of the patient. If a predetermined threshold is exceeded, communication with an orthopaedic care provider is initiated. A patient monitoring system is also disclosed.03-15-2012
20120065549APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING VESTIBULO-OCULAR FUNCTION - A system for assessing vestibulo-ocular function includes a motion sensor system adapted to be coupled to a user's head; a data processing system configured to communicate with the motion sensor system to receive the head-motion signals; a visual display system configured to communicate with the data processing system to receive image signals from the data processing system; and a gain control device arranged to be operated by the user and to communicate gain adjustment signals to the data processing system.03-15-2012
20120157886Mechanomyography Signal Input Device, Human-Machine Operating System and Identification Method Thereof - A mechanomyography (MMG) signal input device, a human-machine operating system and an identification method thereof are provided. The system includes a mechanomyography (MMG) signal input device, a signal processing unit, a motion database and a calculating unit. The MMG signal input device is mounted on a measuring portion of a testing body, wherein the measuring portion has a plurality of muscle groups. The signal processing unit is used for receiving the MMG signals of the muscle groups, and performing integration and pre-processing on the MMG signals to obtain a processed signal. The motion database is used for storing a motion mode. The calculating unit is used for performing signal intensity computation, data segmentation, feature vector calculation, and testing body's motion recognition, and outputting a corresponding control signal according to the result of recognition.06-21-2012
20120157887METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALIGNING A PROSTHESIS DURING SURGERY - Presented are methods and systems for determining, monitoring, and displaying the relative positioning of two rigid bodies during surgery. In particular, the present disclosure relates to methods and systems for positioning a prosthesis relative to a bone during a surgery as well as to systems and methods for verifying resulting relative positioning of adjacent bones.06-21-2012
20120116259BELT FOR TRAINING ABDOMINAL MUSCLES AND TRAINING METHOD EMPLOYING THE SAME - A belt for training abdominal muscles comprises means (05-10-2012
20110092860SYSTEM FOR CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF MOVEMENT DISORDERS - According to one embodiment of the present invention, the system for clinical assessment of movement disorders (iTUG) is comprised of a) a protocol to assess gait, balance, and mobility; b) a plurality of wearable sensors including accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, optical sensors, and goniometers to record kinematics data obtained from a patient during said protocol; c) means for wirelessly transmitting said kinematics data to a storage and data processing server; and d) a plurality of statistical and biomedical signal processing methods to analyze said kinematic data and derive a plurality of metrics (outcomes) to objectively quantify movement disorders. A specially important outcome for the assessment of movement disorders is described, namely, the quantification of the onset and offset parameters during turning. A method for quantification of said onset and offset turning parameters involves 1) collecting data to measure the angle of the trunk during turning, 2) modeling said angle using a mathematical model, and 3) using numerical optimization and estimation methods for fitting the model in the data to determine said onset and offset turning parameters.04-21-2011
20120071793 Sensors for Inductive Plethysmographic Monitoring Applications and Apparel Using Same - This invention includes improved IP sensors that both have improved sensitivity, performance, and other properties and are multifunctional. The improved IP sensors have IP sensor conductors with waveforms having legs that are substantially parallel throughout the operating range of stretch. The multifunctional IP sensors include, in addition to IP sensors, accessory conductors, additional sensors, and other compatible modules. This inventions also includes embodiments of apparel incorporating the improved IP sensors. This apparel can range from band-like to shirt-like, and so forth, and include one or more IP sensors sensitive to expansions and contractions of underlying regions of a monitored subject.03-22-2012
20110066081Sensor-Based Health Monitoring System - Implementations for sensor-based health monitoring systems are generally disclosed.03-17-2011
20110066082METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF VISUAL MOTOR RESPONSE - A method is presented to address quantitative assessment of visual motor response in a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (03-17-2011
20110105957MOVING BODY POSTURE ANGLE PROCESSING DEVICE - A moving body attitude angle processing apparatus capable of reducing cumulative errors in continuously measuring the attitude angle of a moving body is provided. The moving body attitude angle processing apparatus estimates the attitude angle of a moving body in accordance with outputs from an acceleration sensor, a magnetic sensor, and a gyro sensor that are mounted to the moving body, and outputs the attitude angle thus estimated. The moving body attitude angle processing apparatus includes: a gyro sensor that outputs an angular velocity vector; an acceleration sensor that outputs an acceleration vector; a magnetic sensor that outputs a magnetic field vector; a movement state determining device that determines a movement state of a moving body in accordance with an output from the acceleration sensor; and a gyro-sensor zero-point output estimating device that, when the movement state determining device determines the movement state to have been detected as a stationary state of the moving body, carries out a process of estimating a zero-point output of the gyro sensor in accordance with the output from the acceleration sensor, an output from the magnetic sensor, and an output from the gyro sensor.05-05-2011
20110105956Devices and Methods for Monitoring Sit to Stand Transfers - In certain embodiments of the present disclosure, a device for monitoring sit to stand transfers is provided. The device includes an electromechanical sensor and a computer, wherein the electromechanical sensor is configured to signal sit to stand transfers to the computer and the computer is configured to determine if the sit to stand transfers deviate from a normal sit to stand transfer pattern.05-05-2011
20110105955OMNIDIRECTIONAL ACCELEROMETER DEVICE AND MEDICAL DEVICE INCORPORATING SAME - A portable medical device is provided with an internal accelerometer device. The medical device includes a circuit board, the accelerometer device, and a response module coupled to the accelerometer device. The accelerometer device is mechanically and electrically coupled to the circuit board, and it includes a plurality of mass-supporting arms for a plurality of electrically distinct sensor electrodes, piezoelectric material for the mass-supporting arm, and a proof mass supported by the mass-supporting arms. Each of the mass-supporting arms has one of the sensor electrodes located thereon. Acceleration of the proof mass causes deflection of the piezoelectric material, which generates respective sensor signals at one or more of the sensor electrodes. The response module is configured to initiate an acceleration-dependent operation of the portable medical device in response to generated sensor signals present at the sensor electrodes.05-05-2011
20100094176EYE OPENING DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DETECTING EYE OPENING - An eye opening detection system that includes an imaging mechanism that captures an image of the face of a detected subject, an edge extraction mechanism that extracts the edge of the image captured, and an upper and lower eyelid detection mechanism that detects the upper and lower eyelids of the detected subject according to the edge extracted, and that detects the eye opening of the detected subject with reference to a detected distance between the upper and lower eyelids. The upper and lower eyelid detection detects the upper eyelid and detects the lower eyelid with reference to the upper eyelid detected.04-15-2010
20090131834ERGOMETER SUITABLE FOR USE IN A MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS - The present invention relates to an ergometer which is particularly suitable for examining a test person or patient in a magnetic resonance apparatus. It comprises at least one drive means which is provided essentially movably and at least one pneumatic piston/cylinder array. The drive means is provided at the piston or the cylinder and pneumatically applied pressure between the piston and the cylinder constitutes a resistance or force to be overcome by the test person or patient by operating the drive means. The resistance or the force necessary to set the drive means in motion, particularly during operation, can be controlled and/or regulated and the piston and the cylinder are sized such that an air cushion is formed between them at least during operation or when they move relative to each other. The resistance or the force necessary to operate the drive means is regulated and/or controlled automatically or electronically based on measured signals from a feedback loop during the examination of the test person or patient.05-21-2009
20120165703Preempt Muscle Map Screen - Some embodiments of the invention provide a software generated series of tests or screens to determine skeletal muscle balance as related to muscle strength and muscle flexibility. In some embodiments, a color coded muscle map illustrating the findings of the screens, is generated. The findings of the screens compile an exercise program, specifically tailored to the individual's general health and fitness state, as well as to the specific shortcomings identified in the screen. The invention also provides, in some embodiments, an exercise program adherence tracking calendar which monitors both completed exercises and exercise effectiveness as measured by changes in screen results.06-28-2012
20120130286COLLECTING POSTURE INFORMATION TO EVALUATE THERAPY - A medical device delivers a therapy to a patient. Posture events are identified, e.g., a posture of the patient is periodically determined and/or posture transitions by the patient are identified, and each determined posture event is associated with a current therapy parameter set. A value of at least one posture metric is determined for each of a plurality of therapy parameter sets based on the posture events associated with that therapy parameter set. A list of the therapy parameter sets is presented to a user, such as a clinician, for evaluation of the relative efficacy of the therapy parameter sets. The list may be ordered according to the one or more posture metric values to aid in evaluation of the therapy parameter sets. Where values are determined for a plurality of posture metrics, the list may be ordered according to the one of the posture metrics selected by the user.05-24-2012
20120165707NON-INVASIVE TRACKING OF BONES FOR SURGERY - The described method for determining at least orientation of a pelvic bone in space and for tracking movement of the pelvic bone using a computer assisted surgery (CAS) system includes removably attaching, in a non-invasive manner, at least one reference marker, in communication with the CAS system, to a skin surface covering the pelvic bone. Registering at least orientation readings of the reference marker is then performed with respect to a fixed reference in a reference coordinate system, following which at least an orientation of the pelvic bone in the reference coordinate system is determined using the orientation readings of the reference marker. These steps are repeated to update the orientation readings while tracking the pelvic bone in space.06-28-2012
20120165706System For Determining The Position Of A Knee Prosthesis - The present invention provides a method for determining a position of a joint prosthesis using a computer assisted orthopedic surgery system in support of an arthroplasty surgery. The method includes attaching a first locatable element to a first bone on one side of a joint, providing a sensor having a second locatable element and moving the sensor in proximity of the joint to locate a plurality of positions of the sensor relative to the first locatable element using a tracking device. The method further includes selecting a generic model of a joint, determining the generic model in response to the plurality of positions located using the tracking device to generate a deformed model, determining a position for a joint prosthesis on the deformed model, and outputting on a display the determined position upon the deformed model.06-28-2012
20120165705SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AN EPILEPTIC SEIZURE IN A PRONE EPILEPTIC PERSON - A system for detecting an epileptic seizure in a prone person, comprising: 06-28-2012
20120165704APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING REHABILITATION ROBOT - An apparatus for controlling a rehabilitation robot providing walking assistance to a user is disclosed. The apparatus includes a command perceiving unit for receiving a explicit walking command mode of a user based on a conscious adjustment signal, a motion sensing unit for sensing action of the user, a biometric sensing unit for sensing a biometric state of the user, and a host control module for analyzing walking steps and perceiving intent to walk by using the walking command perceived by the command perceiving unit and the action sensed by the motion sensing unit, thereby controlling the rehabilitation robot. The apparatus for controlling a rehabilitation robot further includes a wearing-type suit having the apparatus disposed thereon.06-28-2012
20120130284SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING DISTANCE ESTIMATE MODELS FOR PERSONAL NAVIGATION - Systems and methods for constructing distance estimate models for personal navigation are provided. In one embodiment, a distance estimation system comprises: a gait information memory configured to store gait information about a gait mode; a biometric data memory configured to store a biometric profile for a user; a frequency module configured to identify a gait frequency; and a distance calculation module configured to calculate the distance traveled by the user by creating a distance estimate model based on the gait mode, the biometric profile, and the gait frequency, wherein the distance calculation module creates the distance estimate model by performing a regression analysis on movement information from at least one user.05-24-2012
20090259148HEALTH MANAGEMENT DEVICE - The invention relates to a health management system comprising a body or limb movement detecting means for detecting the movements and position of a users body or limb(s) in 3D space, a movement analyzing means for analyzing the data of the measurement carried out by the body or limb movement detecting means, wherein the body or limb movement detecting means comprises at least three sensors or markers for tracking a user's body or limb movement in 3D space by measuring an angle embedded by two body parts of the user which are connected to each other by a joint being the apex of the angle to be measured, at which one of the sensors or markers is provided. To detect the offset a change in distance between two neighboring sensors or markers indicates an offset of the sensor at the joint spaced apart from the apex.10-15-2009
20120220904APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING AN ANATOMICAL ANGLE OF A BODY - An apparatus (08-30-2012
20120316471POWER MANAGEMENT IN A DATA-CAPABLE STRAPBAND - Embodiments of the invention relates generally to electrical and electronic hardware, computer software, wired and wireless network communications, and computing devices, and more specifically to structures and techniques for managing power generation, power consumption, and other power-related functions in a data-capable strapband. Embodiments relate to a wearable band including sensors, a controller coupled to the sensors, an energy storage device, a power port configured to receive power and control signals, and a power manager. The power manager includes at least a transitory power manager configured to control an application of power to one or more components of the wearable band in one or more power modes. The band can be configured as a wearable communications device and sensor platform.12-13-2012
20100204616APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR GATHERING AND PROCESSING BIOMETRIC AND BIOMECHANICAL DATA - Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for measuring and analyzing movements of a body and for communicating information related to such body movements over a network. In certain embodiments, a system gathers biometric and biomechanical data relating to positions, orientations, and movements of various body parts of a user performed during sports activities, physical rehabilitation, or military or law enforcement activities. The biometric and biomechanical data can be communicated to a local and/or remote interface, which uses digital performance assessment tools to provide a performance evaluation to the user. The performance evaluation may include a graphical representation (e.g., a video), statistical information, and/or a comparison to another user and/or instructor. In some embodiments, the biometric and biomechanical data is communicated wirelessly to one or more devices including a processor, display, and/or data storage medium for further analysis, archiving, and data mining. In some embodiments, the device includes a cellular telephone.08-12-2010
20100204615METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSESSING ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE - A system for assessing athletic performance comprises a mounting device wearable by an athlete, a sensing device attachable to the mounting device, and a base unit. The sensing device comprises acceleration sensors for measuring acceleration data during an athletic test to produce at least three acceleration signals, rotation sensors for measuring rotation data during the athletic test to produce at least three rotation signals, signal conditioning hardware for conditioning the acceleration and rotation signals and sampling the acceleration and rotation signals at a sampling rate to produce acceleration and rotation data, and, a wireless communication device for transmitting the data. The base unit comprises a wireless communication device for receiving the data, a feature extractor for extracting features relating to athletic performance from the data based on a plurality of expected events of the athletic test, and, an output device for outputting the extracted features.08-12-2010
20120136278STRAIN MONITORING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS - A system for monitoring strain as an indicator of biological conditions, such as spinal fusion, glucose levels, spinal loading, and heart rate. The system includes an inter-digitated capacitor sensor, and RF transmitter, and an associated antenna, all of which are microminiature or microscopic in size and can be implanted in a biological host such as a human or animal. An inductively coupled power supply is also employed to avoid the need for implantation of chemical batteries. Power is provided to the sensor and transmitter, and data is transmitted from the sensor, when an external receiving device, such as a handheld RF ID type receiver, is placed proximate the location of the implanted sensor, transmitter and inductively coupled power supply. The implanted sensor, transmitter and inductively coupled power supply can be left in place permanently or removed when desired.05-31-2012
20120215135Pelvic Region Analyzer and Associated Therapeutic and Diagnostic Methods - A pelvic region analyzer for performs at least one of therapeutic and diagnostic methods. The pelvic region analyzer has a probe for insertion in a pelvic region of a patient. The pelvic region analyzer has a balloon for insertion in the pelvic region and disposed at a distal end of the probe. A sensor is integrated with the probe and disposed at a distal end of the probe. An electronic coupling is coupled to the sensor. The electronic coupling provides pressure information from the sensor. An air tube is connected to the balloon. Air is added and removed from the air tube in accordance with at least one of the therapeutic and diagnostic methods.08-23-2012
20110184320MEASUREMENT SYSTEM USING BODY MOUNTED PHYSICALLY DECOUPLED SENSOR - A system for monitoring a user's body has a single sensor patch directly affixed to the user's body. The sensor senses a condition of the user's body and transmits the sensed signal directly to a base station located remote from the sensor. The sensor can alternatively transmit the sensed signal to a receiver located in the user's helmet. The helmet optionally includes a power module which wirelessly provides power to the sensor. Since the sensor is affixed to the user, and not the helmet, it will only record impact to the user's body. Once the helmet is removed from the user's head, the sensor is powered off or can remain charged for a short period of time by a chargeable power source to record any subsequent impact to the user's body.07-28-2011
20110184319MOUTH GUARD WITH SENSOR - A mouth guard having a proximity sensor, an impact sensor, a processor in signal communication with the sensor, a memory in data communication with the processor, a transmitter in signal communication with the processor, and a battery. The processor is configured to allow data transmission the mouth guard has been inserted into a mouth. The processor is also configured to instruct the transmitter to transmit a signal if an impact above a predefined first threshold is sensed.07-28-2011
20120083716Portable Monitoring Devices and Methods of Operating Same - The present inventions, in one aspect, are directed to a portable monitoring device to calculate a number of stairs or flights of stairs traversed by a user, the portable monitoring device comprising (i) a motion sensor to detect motion of the user and, in response thereto, to generate data which is representative of motion of the user, (ii) an altitude sensor to detect a change in altitude of the user and, in response thereto, to generate data which is representative of the change in altitude of the user, and (iii) processing circuitry, coupled to the motion sensor and the altitude sensor, to calculate a number of stairs or flights of stairs traversed by the user using the data which is representative of motion of the user and the data which is representative of a change in altitude of the user. The portable monitoring device may include a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the body of the user.04-05-2012
20120083715Portable Monitoring Devices and Methods of Operating Same - The present inventions, in one aspect, are directed to a portable monitoring device to calculate calorie burn of a user, comprising a motion sensor to detect motion of the user and, in response, to generate data which is representative of motion of the user, and an altitude sensor to detect a change in altitude of the user and, in response, to generate data which is representative of the change in altitude of the user. The portable monitoring device may include processing circuitry to: calculate data which is representative of a change in elevation of the user using (i) the data which is representative of motion of the user and (ii) the data which is representative of a change in altitude of the user, calculate first calorie burn using the data which is representative of motion of the user, and calculate second calorie burn by adjusting the first calorie burn based on data which is representative of a change in elevation of the user. The portable monitoring device may include a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the body of the user.04-05-2012
20120172764PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO POSTURE CHANGE - In an embodiment, an implantable medical device includes a controller circuit, a posture sensing circuit, and a physiological sensing circuit. The controller circuit senses a change in a physiological signal as a result of a change in posture, and generates a response as a function of that change. In another embodiment, the controller circuit identifies a heart failure condition as a function of the change in the physiological signal.07-05-2012
20120172763MEASUREMENT DEVICE - A handheld measurement device (07-05-2012
20100049095Assessment of medical conditions by determining mobility - A mobility assessment detects abnormalities in motion using a stagger algorithm. The detected abnormalities are compared to known norms for a particular test to determine if the abnormalities are normal or not. The comparison can be made for abnormalities associated with different diseases and illnesses to classify whether or not the condition exists and its phase. The results may be used to generate a treatment regime.02-25-2010
20100049096SYSTEM FOR FALL PREVENTION AND A METHOD FOR FALL PREVENTION USING SUCH A SYSTEM - System for fall prevention for a user, comprising a number of sensors (02-25-2010
20100298742Patient movement detection system and method - A monitoring system and method tracks a patient's position over time and ensures that proper turning or other manipulation is done within the time prescribed. Preferably, the techniques herein continuously monitor patient position and alert medical or other personnel of the need for turning or other patient manipulation. The system may be implemented within a medical or other care facility, or within a patient's home.11-25-2010
20120179072SURGICAL DEVICE - A surgical device for the treatment of biological tissue has a surgical instrument with at least one HF electrode and an HF surgical unit with an HF generator for generating an HF voltage and supplying an HF current to the HF electrode, and a control device for open-loop or closed-loop control of the HF generator. The surgical instrument has a movement detection device to detect a movement sequence of the surgical instrument and the HF surgical unit has an evaluation device for evaluating a movement sequence detected by the detection device. The movement detection device and the evaluation device are connected to each other, movement sequences of the surgical instrument detected by the detection device can be transmitted to the evaluation device, and the HF surgical unit is configurable by an evaluation of the movement sequences of the surgical instrument by the evaluation device.07-12-2012
20120179071ASSOCIATING THERAPY ADJUSTMENTS WITH POSTURE STATES USING A STABILITY TIMER - The disclosure describes techniques for associating therapy adjustments with posture states using a timer. The techniques may include detecting a patient adjustment to electrical stimulation therapy delivered to the patient, sensing a posture state of the patient, and associating the detected adjustment with the sensed posture state if the sensed posture state is sensed within a first period following the detection of the adjustment and if the sensed posture state does not change during a second period following the sensing of the sensed posture state.07-12-2012
20100010384POSTURE STATE DETECTION USING SELECTABLE SYSTEM CONTROL PARAMETERS - Techniques for detecting and classifying a posture state of a patient are disclosed, wherein a posture state includes at least one of a posture and/or an activity state related to motion. In one embodiment, one or more signals indicative of at least one of posture and activity state of the patient may be sensed by a sensor. Control logic may be provided to process the one or more sensed signals in a selectable manner. This selectable manner may be based on current posture state data describing a posture state in which the patient has previously been classified. Alternatively or additionally, this current posture state data may describe a posture state transition previously undergone by the patient. The one or more signals that are so processed may then be used to classify a posture state of the patient.01-14-2010
20100010391POSTURE STATE REDEFINITION BASED ON POSTURE DATA - The disclosure is directed towards posture-responsive therapy. To avoid interruptions in effective therapy, an implantable medical device may include a posture state module that detects the posture state of the patient and automatically adjusts therapy parameter values according to the detected posture state. A system may include a memory that stores posture state definitions, a posture state module that records a plurality of postures of a patient over a period of time, and a processor that identifies a set of the plurality of postures that fall within a posture state, and redefines a boundary of the posture state based on where the postures fall within the posture state.01-14-2010
20100010392MODIFICATION PROFILES FOR POSTURE-RESPONSIVE THERAPY - In general, the disclosure describes techniques for modifying therapy provided to a patient by a medical device. The techniques may be applicable to electrical stimulation therapy or other therapies. Modification of therapy may include adjustment of one or more therapy parameter values that define one or more characteristics of stimulation therapy delivered to a patient. The therapy modification may be based on activity of a patient that is detected by an IMD, such as a change in a detected posture state occupied by the patient. Different therapy modifications may be applied for different changes in detected posture state. An IMD may modify therapy based on a transition from one posture state to another posture state, and apply different modifications for different transitions. In some aspects, the modification may include a profile, such as a ramp up or ramp down in a parameter value over a period of time. The profile may be different for different posture transitions. A ramp slope may be steeper for one transition than for another transition. When a patient transitions from an upright to a lying posture state, for example, the profile may be especially abrupt. In some examples, a modification profile may define a dwell time.01-14-2010
20100010390DWELL TIME ADJUSTMENTS FOR POSTURE STATE-RESPONSIVE THERAPY - A medical device detects a patient posture state and adjusts therapy based on the detected posture state. A patient posture state may be transient. To avoid adjusting therapy in response to transient posture states, a dwell time may be imposed. Using the dwell time, only those posture states that are assumed by a patient for a minimum length of time will result in therapy adjustment. To help ensure that the dwell time is set to an appropriate length of time, patient therapy adjustment data may be analyzed. Therapy adjustments made during the dwell time may indicate that the dwell time is too long. Therapy adjustments made prior to the initiation of the dwell time may also indicate that the dwell time is too long. Therapy adjustments made by the patient after expiration of the dwell time may indicate that the dwell time is too short. Based on analysis of the therapy adjustment data, the dwell time can be adjusted to a length that is appropriate for the patient and/or posture state.01-14-2010
20100010388ASSOCIATING THERAPY ADJUSTMENTS WITH INTENDED PATIENT POSTURE STATES - The disclosure described techniques for associating therapy adjustments with intended patient posture states. The techniques may include receiving a patient therapy adjustment to a parameter of a therapy program that defines electrical stimulation therapy delivered to the patient, identifying a posture state of the patient, and associating the patient therapy adjustment with the posture state when the patient therapy adjustment is within a range determined based on stored adjustment information for the identified posture state.01-14-2010
20100010387OBTAINING BASELINE PATIENT INFORMATION - The disclosure relates to a method and system for obtaining baseline patient information. In some examples, a method may include acquiring first patient data, wherein the first patient data comprises at least one of first posture state data indicative of a plurality of posture states of a patient during a first time period or first therapy adjustment data indicative of a plurality of patient therapy adjustments made during the first time period; generating baseline patient information based at least in part on the first patient data; and comparing the baseline patient information to patient information generated based on second patient data. Therapy is not delivered to the patient according to a detected posture state of the patient during the first time period, and therapy is delivered to the patient according to the detected posture state of the patient during the second time period.01-14-2010
20100010389Generation of proportional posture information over multiple time intervals - The disclosure describes techniques for generation of proportional posture information over multiple time intervals. The techniques may include obtaining posture state data sensed by a medical device for a patient during delivery of therapy by the medical device, determining durations for which the patient occupied each of a plurality of posture states based on the posture state data, generating proportional posture information for a plurality of different time intervals based on the durations, wherein the proportional posture information for each of the time intervals indicates proportional amounts of the respective time interval in which the patient occupied the posture states, and presenting the proportional posture information to a user via a user interface.01-14-2010
20120253234SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING GAIT USING FABRIC SENSORS - A system for analyzing gait using textile sensors is disclosed. A system includes a sock sensing system, which comprises a sock and at least one switch, tension sensor, or pressure sensor for sensing a posture or movement; and a processor configured to receive signals from the sock sensing system and to analyze a gait parameter, wherein the processor is configured to calculate the gait parameter using a signal from the sock sensing system as a trigger point.10-04-2012
20120226199THE DEVICE FOR DETECTING AND FOLLOWING UP A COMPLETE OR PARTIAL ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURY BY MEANS OF COMPARING THE TWO LIMBS - The aim of the invention is to make improvements to the “GNRB®” device for detecting and following up an ACL injury, one improvement comprising a system for positioning the knee at a flexion of 20° to 90°, characterized by two separate seat portions which are pivotable relative to one another (09-06-2012
20120259248Person Support Apparatus with Activity and Mobility Sensing - A person support apparatus may, among other things, support a person in a laying-down or a seated position. One or more sensors, which may be operably coupled to the person support apparatus, monitor changes in the position of a person situated on the person support apparatus. A control system receives output from the sensor or sensors over a period of time, while the person is positioned on the person support apparatus. The control system makes a determination relating to the activity and/or mobility of the person positioned on the person support apparatus. The control system may use the activity and/or mobility determination to control a feature of the person support apparatus, or for other purposes.10-11-2012
20120232432Sensor Fusion for Activity Identification - A mobile device monitors accelerations using one or more inertial sensors. A user activity is identified based on the accelerations. A first estimation is made of a user activity statistic associated with the user activity based on the accelerations. Location information is obtained by one or more location based sensors. A second estimation is made of the user activity statistic based on the location information. The user activity statistic is calculated based on the first estimation and the second estimation.09-13-2012
20120232431Great Toe Dorsiflexion Detection - A limb movement biosensor for wearing upon a great toe or other appendage, the wearing upon the great toe being particularly useful for sensing dorsiflexion of the great toe as an indicator of contraction of a wearer's tibialis anterior muscle. A particular configuration of one embodiment allows for extended, multi-night data collection of limb movements by allowing an embedded microcontroller to sleep until movement greater than a pre-determined magnitude is detected by an accelerometer, by recording into memory such detection, while avoiding recording of the actual magnitude value of the detected movement. According to another optional embodiment feature, a light sensor is configured to wake up the processor from a lower power state, such as when a user removes the device from a light-protected package.09-13-2012
20120232430UNIVERSAL ACTIGRAPHIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREFOR - The present disclosure relates to an actigraphic device based on a universal actigraphic platform. Parameters from a plurality of sensors are acquired and correlated for determining a profile of use of the device. The device may be installed on a vehicle, for example a powered wheelchair, or be worn by a user. Two or more devices may form a network of communicating devices worn by a user. A method of using the actigraphic device for acquiring a profile of use is also provided.09-13-2012
20090131836SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - There is provided a suspicious behavior detection system capable of specifying and identifying a suspicious person exhibiting abnormal behavior. A suspicious behavior detection system is a system to detect suspicious behavior of a monitored subject, by using images captured by a stereo camera. The suspicious behavior detection system has an ambulatory path acquisition unit which acquires ambulatory path information of the monitored subject, and a behavioral identification unit which identifies behavior of the monitored subject based on the ambulatory path information, and automatically determines suspicious behavior of the monitored subject.05-21-2009
20110046519Prescription Zero: A non-pharmaceutical prescription device for prescribing, administering, monitoring, measuring and motivating a therapeutic lifestyle regimen for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases - The invention discloses a wearable/handheld personal communication device with hardware and software sensor modules that sense and analyze all caregiver prescribed/monitored user-lifestyle activities, and deploys such analysis in improving user's overall health in terms of reduced risks for all-cause morbidities/mortalities and eventually a life without drugs. Termed Rx Zero, such method may be prescribed not just for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but for treatment of chronic diseases with intent to wean the patients to minimal or zero pharmacological intervention, or in combination with medications to improve prognosis of the disease under treatment.02-24-2011
20110218461DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE ROTATIONAL INSTABILITY OF THE KNEE - A device capable of determining the condition of knee ligaments in a patient, particularly the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), has a foot receptacle rotatable about an axis of rotation of the patient's tibia, and the receptacle is operatively linked to a device configured to apply a measured force to rotate the tibia about its axis, and further has a means for measuring the angle of rotation of the tibia in response to that force. By measuring the angle of rotation relative to the force of rotation, a diagnosis can be made of the health of the knee, particularly the PCL.09-08-2011
20110218460FALL DETECTING DEVICE AND FALL DETECTING METHOD - A fall detecting device includes: a detector unit that includes a plurality of tilt sensors each including a pair of electrodes disposed to oppose each other with the positional relationship therebetween being fixed and a conductor capable of freely moving between the pair of electrodes and changing an electrical-connection state between the pair of electrodes by means of the movement of the conductor resulting from a variation in posture of the pair of electrodes, wherein the plurality of tilt sensors are arranged so that directions in which the pairs of electrodes are opposed to each other are perpendicular to each other; a multivalued data output unit that acquires the electrical-connection states between the pair of electrodes of the plurality of tilt sensors and converts the acquired electrical-connection state into multivalued data on the basis of the ratios of the electrical-connection states in a predetermined first period.09-08-2011
20110213277SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF MOTOR SIGNS AT THE EXTREMITIES - Disclosed embodiments include a system for objective assessment of motor signs at the extremities that comprises (a) a device for objective motor sign measurement, (b) a test protocol defining a prescribed repetitive activity, and (c) a signal processing and analysis system to generate one or more impairment metrics. According to a particular embodiment, the device for objective motor sign measurement is characterized by including means for producing a continuous measure of position of a limb or extremity during said prescribed repetitive activity during the entire movement.09-01-2011
20110213275DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE STABILITY OF A KNEE JOINT - The invention relates to a device for determining the stability of a knee joint. The device comprises includes a measuring sensor (09-01-2011
20110230791FALL DETECTION AND/OR PREVENTION SYSTEMS - There is provided a fall detection and/or prevention system, comprising one or more sensors for detecting characteristics of movement of a user of the fall detection and/or prevention system and for generating corresponding signals; processing means for analyzing the signals from the one or more sensors using a fall detection algorithm to determine if a fall has taken place or is likely to take place; wherein the processing means is further adapted to update said fall detection algorithm based on the result of the analysis of the signals and an indication whether a fall has actually taken place from the user or a third party.09-22-2011
20120130285DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR MEASURING AND EVALUATING THE MOTION AND FUNCTION OF JOINTS AND ASSOCIATED MUSCLES - Apparatuses are disclosed that is adapted and configured to cause and control joint motion of a patient. Apparatuses comprise, for example, a first motion member configured to engage a patient proximal to a target joint; a second motion member configured to engage a patient distal to a target joint; and a coupling member configured to connect the first motion member to the second motion member and further adapted to allow rotation of the first and second motion member around an axis, wherein the apparatus is engageable with a medical diagnostic device and further configured to capture patient specific data.05-24-2012
20120277635BODY MOTION STAFF, PRODUCING MODULE, IMAGE PROCESSING MODULE AND MOTION REPLICATION MODULE - A body motion staff is an image constructed by encoding the member motion information which is obtained from the plural motion images taken over the motion of a multi-member body by a three-dimensional motion capturing apparatus. The member includes a link or a joint of the multi-member body.11-01-2012
20120277638OBTAINING BASELINE PATIENT INFORMATION - The disclosure relates to a method and system for obtaining baseline patient information. In some examples, a method may include acquiring first patient data, wherein the first patient data comprises at least one of first posture state data indicative of a plurality of posture states of a patient during a first time period or first therapy adjustment data indicative of a plurality of patient therapy adjustments made during the first time period; generating baseline patient information based at least in part on the first patient data; and comparing the baseline patient information to patient information generated based on second patient data. Therapy is not delivered to the patient according to a detected posture state of the patient during the first time period, and therapy is delivered to the patient according to the detected posture state of the patient during the second time period.11-01-2012
20120330193DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MEASURING JOINT ROTATION OF AN OBJECT - A device and method for measuring joint rotation of an object, which provides an objective quantification of a laxity of the joint, especially in external and internal rotation. The device for measuring rotation of a first joint of an object comprises an orthosis for immobilizing a second joint of the object, the second joint being connected to the first joint by a bone of the object; a torque sensor fixed to the orthosis for monitoring a value of torque applied to the second joint, the applied torque being transferred to the first joint via the bone; and a motion sensor for tracking a rotational displacement of the bone occurring under the applied torque.12-27-2012
20110319792APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING IN VIVO BIOMECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF SKIN - An assembly for measuring in vivo biomechanical properties of skin, comprising a testing device, said testing device comprising; a first pad attachable to the skin a second pad attachable to the skin, at a known distance from the first pad; said attachability of the pads to the skin to prevent relative movement between the respective pad and the skin to which it is attached; a forcing means for applying a force to the first pad, whilst said pads are attached to the skin, along a first axis connecting the first and second pad, to induce a corresponding relative movement between the pads due to deformation of the skin between said pads; a force measurement device for measuring the applied force, and; a displacement measurement device for measuring the corresponding induced movement.12-29-2011
20120101411AUTOMATED NEAR-FALL DETECTOR - A method of gait data collection, the method comprising collecting movement data, determining from the data a movement parameter that includes a third order derivative of position, comparing the movement parameter with a threshold value, and counting at least a near fall if the movement parameter exceeds the threshold value.04-26-2012
20100222712BIAS-PROBE ROTATION TEST OF VESTIBULAR FUNCTION - Apparatus and methods for rotation test stimulus and analysis methods overcome many of the limitations of traditional clinical tests of peripheral vestibular function. An embodiment includes a rotational stimuli applied to the rotational motion for testing that includes two separate components, a bias component and a probe component. The bias component for rotational motion is designed to temporarily turn off vestibular responses in one ear while the responsiveness in the opposite ear is simultaneously evaluated using the probe component of the stimulus. Responses from application of these stimuli are analyzed by isolating and separating the bias response from the probe response. The bias and probe component responses are parameterized by applying curve fits of mathematical functions to the isolated bias and probe component responses. These parameters characterize the patient's vestibular function.09-02-2010
20120289868METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONIORING SPORT RELATED FITNESS BY ESTIMATING MUSCLE POWER AND JOINT FORCE OF LIMBS - The present invention relates to a method and system for monitoring sport related fitness by estimating muscle power and joint force of limbs, in which the system comprises a sensing module and a force/track detection module, wherein sensor values from the sensing module are fed to the force/track detection module to be used as base for estimating feature parameters and classifying a motion series relating to muscle power and joint force of limbs so as to obtain skill-related fitness parameters corresponding to the sensing of the sensor module.11-15-2012
20120289867STATE DETERMINING DEVICE AND STATE DETERMINATION METHOD - A state determining device includes a sensor and a processor. The sensor of the state determining device detects body motions of a test subject without physical contact. The processor of the state determining device determines whether the test subject is asleep or awake based on numbers of body motions detected for predetermined time periods.11-15-2012
20120289866DEVICE FOR COLLECTION OF GAIT ANALYSIS DATA FOR UPPER AND LOWER EXTREMITIES - The present disclosure relates to a system for collecting gait analysis data for analysis. The system may utilize force plate or balance boards as well as strain gauge force measurements to improve physical therapy and gait analysis for patients that use physical supports to walk or stand. The device measures force applied to the floor and to handrails to provide data on the patient's use of aid, e.g., the handrail, while standing or walking For physical therapy implementations, the system may also be combined with a game or other visual interface that provides feedback to the patient and/or to the caregiver.11-15-2012
20100179453Upper Limb Measurement and Rehabilitation Method and System - A method for measuring an upper limb reaching capability of a user with an impaired limb is provided. Each upper limb is placed at a default position on a horizontal surface. A target is displayed from among a plurality of targets on the horizontal surface. One of the limbs reaches for the target. Limb choice, position information and elapsed time are sensed and recorded. The reaching limb is retracted to the default position. The displaying step through the retracting step are repeated for each of the plurality of targets, wherein each of the plurality of targets is spaced apart.07-15-2010
20100179452Activity Monitoring Device and Method - A physical activity monitoring method and system in one embodiment includes a communications network, a wearable sensor device configured to generate physiologic data associated with a sensed physiologic condition of a wearer, and to generate context data associated with a sensed context of the wearer, and to transmit the physiologic data and the context data over the communications network, a memory for storing the physiologic data and the context data, a computer and a computer program executed by the computer, wherein the computer program comprises computer instructions for rendering first data associated with the physiologic data and second data associated with the context data, and a user interface operably connected to the computer for rendering the first data and the second data.07-15-2010
20100179451ACTIVATION AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR COUPLING TWO MUTUALLY ACTIVATABLE AUTOMATIC INTERVENTION SYSTEMS - Activation and control apparatus (07-15-2010
20130012837BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION DETECTION APPARATUS - In order to provide a biological information detection apparatus capable of minimizing omission and errors in detecting a biological signal, a biological information detection apparatus is provided with: a plurality of detection units arranged on a support for supporting a living body, and adapted for outputting signals corresponding to vibration of the living body to be detected; extraction units for extracting signals in a predetermined frequency range corresponding to vibration of the living body to be detected; a timing detection unit for detecting a vibration timing of individual feature points from the signals extracted by each of the extraction units; a timing storage unit for storing a storage vibration timing that is the vibration timing detected by the timing detection unit; a determination unit for determining whether or not the detection vibration timing conforms to the stored vibration timing; and a timing output unit for outputting, as biological information about the living body, detection vibration timing in a case where the detection vibration timing conforms to the stored vibration timing.01-10-2013
20100130890ACTIVITY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - An activity measurement system gives, based upon consecutively measured activity intensities, an exercise index (EX) indicative of energetic exercise and a daily activity index (DA) indicative of a routine living activity within a predetermined measurement time period, and display an activity element A (x, y), a combination of these indexes within an X-Y matrix plane. The exercise index (EX) is calculated at a first operation means as a sum of a product of the activity intensity exceeds a predetermined reference and a time period during which the activity intensity exceeds the reference, within the measurement time period. The daily activity index (DA) is calculated at a second operation means as a caloric consumption divided by a basal metabolic rate of a user within the measurement time period. The caloric consumption is determined a function of the activity intensity per unit time below the reference and data indicative of physical characteristics of the user. The basal metabolic rate is calculated based upon the data of the physical characteristics which are stored in a personal information data table provided in the system.05-27-2010
20130018284Sleep Monitoring System - A method comprising monitoring a user's movements and determining when the user is falling asleep into a sleep session. The method further comprising identifying the sleep session as a power nap or a longer sleep, and waking up the user at a predetermined time, based on a combination of user preferences and measured information regarding the sleep session.01-17-2013
20130018283Systems, Methods, and Media for Finding and Matching Tremor SignalsAANM Halkias; Xanadu ChristinaAACI New YorkAAST NYAACO USAAGP Halkias; Xanadu Christina New York NY USAANM Frisz; HenryAACI HuntingtonAAST NYAACO USAAGP Frisz; Henry Huntington NY US - System, methods, and media for finding and matching tremor signals that: receive a first piece of tremor signal content; identify a first plurality of tremor peaks that describe at least a portion of the first piece of tremor signal content using a Teager-Kaiser operator; form a first template of tremor peaks from at least a portion of the first plurality of tremor peaks, the first group of tremor peaks having a first croup of parameters; compare the first template and the first group of parameters with at least one second template and a second group of parameters, wherein the second group of parameters is based on a second set of tremor peaks associated with a second piece of tremor content; and identify a match between the first piece of tremor signal content and the second piece of tremor signal content based on the comparing.01-17-2013
20100168622SENSOR DEVICE FOR GAIT ENHANCEMENT - A foot sensor device and method for gait enhancement, the device including: (a) a sensor unit having a casing, the sensor unit for disposing within a shoe of a user, the sensor unit for sensing a parameter associated with a gait event; (b) an electronic communication unit, electrically associated with the sensor unit, for receiving a signal pertaining to the parameter, the electronic unit having: (i) a microcontroller; (ii) a transmitting unit for transmitting, in a wireless fashion, gait information based on the signal, to a unit of an orthosis external to the foot sensor device, and (iii) a housing for housing at least one of the microcontroller and the transmitting unit, and (c) a fastening unit, attached to the housing, adapted to fasten on to the shoe, so as to secure the communication unit in a fixed position during gait.07-01-2010
20110152726SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE GAIT CHARACTERISTICS OF A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS - A system is provided for monitoring gait characteristics of a group of enrollees in a monitoring region of a public area. The system includes an identifying device to enroll the group of enrollees into the system by measuring identifying information. The system further includes a gait monitoring device to measure a sample gait characteristic during an enrollment phase, and to measure a gait characteristic of each enrollee subsequent to the enrollment phase. The system further includes an alerting device to receive an alert signal from the gait monitoring device, when the measured gait characteristic of a respective enrollee exceeds a safety threshold. The system further includes a display device to issue a trend report of the measured gait characteristic of a selectable enrollee for a selectable time period.06-23-2011
20110160619METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A SCENTED ALARM CLOCK BASED ON SLEEP STATE - A method and apparatus for affecting the dreams of the subject or individual is presented. The apparatus first predicts or detects the desired sleep state and presents a scent to the subject. The apparatus then awakens the subject after a given period of time using external stimulus. The desired sleep state may be the REM sleep state, and the period of time may be one minute. Upon awakening, the subject will recall dreams that have been affected by the emitted scent. If the scent is pleasant, then the subject will recall having pleasant dreams.06-30-2011
20130023800LOAD DISTRIBUTION DEVICE FOR HUMAN JOINTS - A load distribution device that transfers the musculo-skeletal stress at a joint to associated body segments of a given joint-segments body structure. The device comprises a proximal support element adapted to be positioned onto a proximal body segment, a distal support element adapted to be positioned onto a distal body segment, a compensating joint movably connecting the proximal and distal support elements, a control system operatively connected to the compensating joint and a power source supplying power to the control system and the compensating joint. During user executed movements, the compensating joint generates or dissipates, under the directions of the control system a preset level of biomechanical energy corresponding to a user desired musculo-skeletal stress reduction at the joint-segments structure in order to compensate the movements of the user, the biomechanical energy being redistributed onto the proximal and distal body segments via the corresponding proximal and distal support elements.01-24-2013
20080255477Method of Neuromusculoskeletal Proprioceptive Re-education and Development of a Living Body and Apparatus Therefor - In combination, vertically percussive vibration and non-symmetrical forces are applied to a patient. The non-symmetrical forces may be generated by a variety of unevenly applied weights that are supported at appropriate body locations in a manner that upsets normal body load symmetry. The non-symmetrical forces in combination with vertically percussive vibrations induce neuromusculoskeletal proprioceptive re-education and development within a living body to correct musculo-skeletal disorders including but not limited to scoliosis. A special posture modifying chair and head-orienting glasses may be used instead of or in addition to unevenly applied weights. An additional force concentrating treatment apparatus is also presented.10-16-2008
20080243033Method and apparatus for measuring representational motions in a medical context - Disclosed is an apparatus and corresponding method to capture individual representational motions made by a person while performing a neuropsychological test. A user of the apparatus and method may be allowed to view, edit, classify, and retrieve any captured and recorded motions made by the person. In one embodiment, a capture unit, such as a digitizer, captures the motions made by a person while performing a Clock Drawing Test, and the captured data may then be reported in a myriad of ways. The apparatus and method also provide a means to standardize administration and scoring of writing utensil and paper based neuropsychological testing administered to a person or control and test groups for domestic or international applications. By analyzing individual representational motions made by a person while performing a neuropsychological test, unexpectedly more information may be gleaned from the test than was available to physicians from only a completed drawing.10-02-2008
20080228110Device for computerized dynamic posturography and a method for balance assessment - A device for balance training and assessing dynamic balance by measuring a subject's ability to react to perturbations. A universal joint assembly is translated at the base of a support plate while a top plate on which the subject stands is fixed against translation. The universal joint permits the attached top plate to rotate about at least one and preferably multiple axes, and the subject must control balance following the translation of the universal joint. All components are housed in a one-piece platform assembly, made up of two plates in which the components are mounted. An existing force plate measurement system is placed on the top plate, and the subject stands thereon during use. A virtual environment, by image-creating devices, may be used to create a realistic sensation of tripping and general postural instability, or shifting of the support surface.09-18-2008
20130172788ELECTRONIC APPARATUS FOR MEASURING THE PATELLAR REFLEX AND OTHER REFLEXES - The invention belongs to the field of electronic instruments for measuring physiological parameters and medical diagnosis.07-04-2013
20080221488METHOD FOR MONITORING LIVING BODY ACTIVITIES, AND OPTICAL FIBER TYPE FLAT SHAPED BODY SENSOR, GARMENT STYLED OPTICAL FIBER TYPE FLAT SHAPED BODY SENSOR AND HUMAN BODY FITTED OPTICAL FIBER TYPE FLAT SHAPED BODY SENSOR USED FOR THE SAME - A living body monitoring activity system detects major activities, or feeble living body activities. In a method for monitoring existence of human movements or living body activities in living environments (e.g., sleeping activities involving a bed, a Futon-mat, a pad, or a Tatami-mat), an optical fiber type flat shaped body sensor including an optical fiber affixed or fitted to a flat shaped body is used, and light is emitted into the optical fiber from a light source, and changes of polarized wave conditions of light propagating in the optical fiber are brought about by changes in form of the optical fiber type flat shaped body sensor caused by human movements or living body activities and are detected by a measuring apparatus for polarized wave fluctuations so human activities or movements are discriminated based on the detected value of the polarized wave fluctuations.09-11-2008
20080221487METHOD FOR REAL TIME INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATION OF MUSCLE FORCES AND JOINT TORQUES IN THE HUMAN BODY - A method and system are provided for the visual display of anatomical forces, that system having: a motion capture system; a computer, receiving data from said motion capture system; and a computational pipeline disposed on said computer; that computational pipeline being configured to calculate muscle forces and joint torques in real time and visually display those forces and torques.09-11-2008
20080221486SELF-POWERED VIBRATION SENSOR - An apparatus, system, and method for monitoring vibration using a self-powered vibration sensor, a programmable interactive device, and a remote server. The self-powered sensor is capable of transforming vibrations into equivalent RF pulses, which are recorded and manipulated by the programmable interactive device. The programmable interactive device communicates the RF pulses to the remote server for further analysis, processing, and feedback. These interactions result in an objective monitoring of the vibration, which provides corrective feedback for beneficial transformation of behavior. The corrective feedback may be provided on a programmable interactive device such as a mobile phone, PDA, etc.09-11-2008
20080221485Device and Method for Determining at Least One Characteristic Point of Joint to be Orthopedically Measured - The invention relates to a device for determining at least one characteristic point of a joint which joins together two limbs and is to be measured orthopedically, said device comprising a first coupling element which may be positioned on a first limb adjoining the joint, a second coupling element which may be moved relative to the first coupling element and may be positioned on a second limb adjoining the joint, and a measuring device for determining the position of the first coupling element relative to the second coupling element. This device provides that the measuring device has at least one reference point rigidly connected to one of the first and second coupling elements, and also has a reference point detection device rigidly connected to the respective other of the first and second coupling elements, the reference point detection device detecting a plurality of positions of the reference point relative to the reference point detection device during a movement of the first and second limbs with respect to one another and determining therefrom the at least one characteristic point.09-11-2008
20120253235DEVICE FOR KNEE EVALUATION AND RELATIVE BRACE - A device for evaluating motion of a knee and for forming a brace which includes a first plate having four holes therein, a femoral arm, a tibial arm formed with a rectangular portion from which extends to a semi-circular portion having a central opening and an arcuate opening which for a first 25-30 degrees is an arc of a circle, for a subsequent 105-110 degrees is a spiral and is an arc of a circle from 135-140 to 180 degrees, a second plate having five holes therein and a small circular plate having a linear scale centrally thereof, a graduated arcuate scale and another arcuate opening configured to overlap the arcuate opening of the semi-circular portion of the tibial arm.10-04-2012
20130102931REMOTE SLEEP QUALITY DETECTING METHOD - A remote sleep quality detecting system and its method provide a portable detecting device for detecting an examinee's physical activity while the examinee is sleeping, analyzing a detected activity signal by a signal processing module to generate a statistical value, and comparing a result of the computed statistical value with a sleep state index to obtain sleep quality information, and then storing the activity signal and the sleep quality information in a storage unit. The system and method also provide a remote monitoring device including a sleep information reading module for providing a user interface, connecting the portable detecting device via the Internet and receiving the sleep quality information produced by the portable detecting device after a command from the portable detecting device is received, such that the examinee's sleep quality information can be examined from a remote location for a long term without disturbing the examinee's sleep.04-25-2013
20130131555GAIT ANALYSIS USING ANGULAR RATE REVERSAL - The gait of a subject can be assessed based on angular rate reversals in one or more limbs. Angular rotation sensors are secured to the limb and the associated data is processed to determine angular rate reversals. Alternatively, image capture systems can be used to identify rate reversals. Based on two or more rate reversals, subject gait and gait characteristics can be evaluated, even for subjects having shuffling gaits.05-23-2013
20130131556USE OF A SUPPORT DEVICE - A method and system for determining a pose of a subject. The subject is placed onto a surface of a platform having a first radio-frequency transceiver and a second radio-frequency transceiver. A first radio-frequency transponder is placed onto an upper extremity of the subject. A second radio-frequency transponder is placed onto a lower extremity of the subject. A first signal is transmitted from the first transceiver to the first transponder, resulting in the first transponder sending a second signal. A third signal is transmitted from the second transceiver to the second transponder, resulting in the second transponder sending a fourth signal. The second signal is received by the first transceiver. The fourth signal is received by the second transceiver. A pose of the subject is determined based on receiving the second signal and the fourth signal.05-23-2013
20110218458MEMS-BASED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING A FEMORAL FRAME OF REFERENCE - A system for tracking a femoral frame of reference in computer-assisted surgery comprises a sensor unit. The sensor unit is adapted to be secured to the femur. The sensor unit comprises accelerometer and gyroscope sensors that produce orientation data. A processing unit receives gyroscope and accelerometer data. The processing unit comprises a gyroscope-data calculator to provide calculated acceleration data resulting from movements of the femur, an accelerometer-data calculator to calculate measured acceleration data resulting from movements of the femur, and an acceleration comparator to relate an orientation of the sensor unit to the femur to define a femoral frame of reference. The femoral frame of reference is defined from the comparison between the calculated and the measured acceleration data. A sensor orientation interface provides orientation data for the femur from a tracking of the femoral frame of reference. A method for tracking a femoral frame of reference is also provided.09-08-2011
20130158438Robotic Exoskeleton for Limb Movement - This invention relates to a robotic exoskeleton comprising mechanical linkages that couple to one or more selected joints of a limb of a subject. The robotic exoskeleton may be provided with means for obtaining data respecting angular position, torque, and/or acceleration of at least one of the joints or the links of the mechanical linkages, and may be used for assessing, studying, diagnosing a deficit, and/or treating an impairment in sensorimotor function of a limb of a subject.06-20-2013
20080200844SURGICAL DEVICE WITH AN IMPACT DETECTOR - A surgical device for performing a medical procedure includes an impact detector operative to provide data indicative of the surgical device being subjected to an impact. A polling device in communication with the impact detector can determine if an impact experienced by the surgical device exceeds a predetermined threshold.08-21-2008
20100286572DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING A LOSS OF CONTROL OVER A MUSCLE - A device for predicting a loss of control over a muscle of a human being has a detector for detecting a sound of the muscle, an acquirer for acquiring an acceleration of the human being and an evaluator for evaluating the sound and the acceleration to determine an imminent loss of control over the muscle from the sound and the acceleration.11-11-2010
20100286571System and Method for Providing Body Sway Feedback to a Body of a Subject - The present invention relates to a system (11-11-2010
20110275961METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DETECTION OF CONTEXT WHEN ADDRESSING A MEDICAL CONDITION OF A PATIENT - Methods and devices detect context related to a patient when monitoring a physiological condition of the patient and/or when applying one or more modes of therapy. The context may be a patient context such as posture or an environmental context such as ambient conditions. The context may be used in various ways in relation to the physiological measurement, such as to control when the physiological measurements are made, to appropriately flag physiological measurements, to be recorded in association with the physiological measurements, and/or to correct the physiological measurements based on a reference context. A device such as a beacon transmitter is used in detecting the context and a measurement device such as an implantable cardiovascular device is used to capture the physiological measurements.11-10-2011
20110275960ENTRANCE INFORMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ISSUING ENTRANCE INSTRUCTIONS FOR A SLEEPING ROOM BY AN ENTRANCE INFORMATION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to an entrance information system and a method for operating an entrance information system issuing an entrance instruction for a sleeping room in dependence of a sleeping signal from a sleep detector detecting the sleep stage of a person inside the sleeping room.11-10-2011
20110275959PORTABLE SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE POSITION OF A PATIENT'S HEAD DURING VIDEONYSTAGMOGRAPHY TESTS (VNG) OR ELECTRONYSTAGMOGRAPHY (ENG) - A system and a method is presented that includes monitoring in real time the position and movement of the head with regard to a visual stimulator during videonystagmography (VNG) or electronystagmography (ENG) studies in a patient. Ultrasound sensors and emitters are used combined with gyroscopes as gravity detectors, or other devices. The signals of the sensors are processed by software that carries out positioning monitoring that facilitates the operation of the operator and makes a quality control of the diagnostic maneuvers, thus providing a test reproducible method for patients. Reproducibility is ensured by means of acceptance limits provided by the software. The invention provides a way of ensuring the reproducibility according to ANSI standard in the tests by guiding the operators throughout the process so that they may conduct the tests in the same way for all patients. This inventive portable system can be use in any physician's office.11-10-2011
20110275958GONIOMETER - A goniometer comprises a first arm (11-10-2011
20110275957Inertial Sensor Based Surgical Navigation System for Knee Replacement Surgery - An inertial sensor based surgical navigation system for knee replacement surgery is disclosed. Inertial sensors composed of six-degree-of-freedom inertial chips, whose measurements are processed through a series of integration, quaternion, and kalman filter algorithms, are used to track the position and orientation of bones and surgical instruments. The system registers anatomically significant geometry, calculates joint centers and the mechanical axis of the knee, develops a visualization of the lower extremity that moves in real time, assists in the intra-operative planning of surgical cuts, determines the optimal cutting planes for cut guides and the optimal prosthesis position and orientation, and finally navigates the cut guides and the prosthesis to their optimal positions and orientations using a graphical user interface.11-10-2011
20120277634TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A tracking system is provided for tracking objects. A first and a second trackable member each have an inertial sensor unit producing at least orientation-based data. A processing unit receives the orientation-based data from the trackable members. The processing unit has an orientation calculator calculating an orientation of the second trackable member with respect to the first trackable member from the orientation-based data of the trackable members, whereby the processing unit calculates an orientation of the objects. A method for tracking objects is also provided.11-01-2012
20120283602WIRELESS ELECTRONIC PEGBOARD SETUP FOR QUANTIFICATION OF DEXTERITY - An electronic pegboard setup is provided for assessing patient dexterity. In certain embodiments, the pegboard setup may be wireless and may employ pegs equipped with sensors that that allow tracking of the motion of the peg in three-dimensions and over time. In one such embodiment, a visual output of the motion path may be provided to the clinician. In such an embodiment, the device may provide quantitative data regarding motion path to assess patient dexterity.11-08-2012
20130158439UPPER LIMB IMPAIRMENT MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - A method of permanent impairment assessment of a person's upper limb and/or hand is implemented using a proprietary computer program, and comprises the step of displaying a digital image of the person's injured limb and/or hand 06-20-2013
20090082702OBTAINING MEASUREMENTS OF MUSCLE REFLEXES FOR DIAGNOSIS OF PATIENT SYMPTOMS - A system and method is disclosed for measuring muscle reflexes (e.g., a bulbocavernosus reflex) as a tool for identifying/diagnosing dysfunctions (e.g., spinal cord abnormalities, bladder voiding dysfunction, and sexual organ dysfunction) non-invasively by using mechanical stimulation. The system and method includes a probe having a predetermined patient contacting portion, wherein when the contacting portion is moved into contact with a particular area of the patient (e.g., the patient's genitals), the contact induces a muscle reflex. The probe detects the pressure resulting from the contacting portion being abruptly and forcibly brought into contact with the particular area. Such detection is used to electronically initiate capture of electrical responses from a plurality of electrodes placed on the patient's skin in proximity to the particular area. Such electrical responses are processed to determine characteristics of the patient's reflexes of one or more muscles adjacent to the electrodes.03-26-2009
20130184613Activity and Inactivity Monitoring - Systems and methods are provided for calculating point values for users who participate in activities. An activity is first captured with a sensor. A processor classifies the activity by comparing a sensor signal to templates. Once the activity is classified, an activity factor is selected. Point values are then calculated as a function of the activity factor and duration of the activity. If a predetermined criteria is met, such as07-18-2013
20130123669GAIT CHANGE DETERMINATION DEVICE - A gait change determination device includes a main body unit, an accelerometer that detects an acceleration of the main body unit, and a control unit, and determines a change in the gait of a user that wears the main body unit on a predetermined area. The control unit specifies a trajectory of a predetermined area on which the main body unit is worn during walking based on accelerations detected by the accelerometer, calculates the temporal change amount of the specified trajectory, and determines the degree of change, which is the degree of the temporal change, based on the calculated temporal change. The degree of change in the gait can be more accurately determined.05-16-2013
20130123668DEVICE FOR MEASURING SKINFOLD THICKNESS - The object of the present invention is a device for measuring skinfold thickness digitally instrumented for reading the thickness of skin folds and possessing wireless data communication capability with a remote station (for example, a personal computer) in which is installed a software application integrating a database.05-16-2013
20130123667SYSTEMS, APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR NON-INVASIVE MOTION TRACKING TO AUGMENT PATIENT ADMINISTERED PHYSICAL REHABILITATION - A system, apparatus and method are thereby provided for the non-invasive motion tracking to augment patient administered physical therapy via a motion tracking apparatus, a display, and a computing platform coupled to the motion tracking apparatus and the display. The computing platform serves to provide a menu driven interface to the patient, an instruction to the patient, a determination of the patient's motion or action in response to the instruction, a comparison between the instruction to the patient and the determination of the patient's motion or action, and to provide a feedback display to the patient. In certain embodiments, the system, apparatus and methods further includes a social networking link. In yet other embodiments, a live telemedicine link is provided, and optionally triggered based upon detection of an alert or alarm condition. In yet other embodiments, rehab tools are utilized.05-16-2013
20110313327METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC ALIGNMENT OF A POSITION AND ORIENTATION INDICATOR AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE MOVEMENTS OF A BODY PART - A method for automatic alignment of a position and orientation indicator with respect to a body part is provided. The method comprises the steps: attaching a position and orientation indicator (12-22-2011
20110313326Apparatus and Method for Testing Muscular Power Capacity - Apparatus for use when assessing muscular strength and body posture in a body core, wherein at least a portion of the apparatus is arranged to be attached to a body; the apparatus is arranged to be substantially fixedly positioned relative to two anatomical landmarks; the apparatus is provided with at least one of a sensor and a signal transmitter for measuring an angle between a line through the two anatomical landmarks and a reference line which is independent of the body; and the apparatus is connected to an angle indicator.12-22-2011
20110313325METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FALL DETECTION - A method and system for detecting motion is described. A data acquisition system is positioned at a desired position by establishing a reference line based on the desired position of the data acquisition system. Further, a field of view of the data acquisition system is partitioned into an upper region and a lower region based on the reference line. Subsequently, motion information corresponding to a person in the field of view is acquired. Additionally, it is determined if the acquired motion information corresponds to the upper region and/or the lower region in the field of view. Moreover, a magnitude of motion and an area of motion of the person are computed using the acquired motion information. Subsequently, a motion event corresponding to the person in the lower region of the field of view is detected based on the determined magnitude of motion and the determined area of motion.12-22-2011
20110313324METHOD AND SYSTEM PERMITTING THE SEQUENTIAL REORGANIZATION OF SIGNALS - A method and system for sequentially reorganizing signals received on a set of sensors, including a network of aerials or sensors, a high-precision clock, controlling a sequencer and suitable for accurately pacing the switching and acquisition times between each aerial, the sequencer is suitable for controlling an antenna switch, an the antenna switch linked to a single-channel radiofrequency receive module, an acquisition card, and a processing model.12-22-2011
20130190657INTEGRATED PORTABLE DEVICE AND METHOD IMPLEMENTING AN ACCELEROMETER FOR ANALYZING BIOMECHANICAL PARAMETERS OF A STRIDE - An accelerometer analyzing biomechanical parameters of the stride of a runner, including: fastening a device on the torso of the runner that is electrically self-sufficient and includes a triaxial accelerometer, chronograph, digital processor and display; measuring a sequence of acceleration data in at least the vertical direction using the accelerometer, while the runner runs a certain distance along a running course; during or at the end of the course, having the processor calculate the biomechanical parameters of the stride, including the lowering of the center of gravity and/or the elevation of the center of gravity and/or the sum of the lowering and of the elevation of the center of gravity and/or the vertical mechanical work of the center of gravity of the runner, on the basis of the acceleration data, of the distance and of a period of time measured by the chronograph; and displaying the parameters on the display.07-25-2013
20130190658INTEGRATED PORTABLE DEVICE AND METHOD IMPLEMENTING AN ACCELEROMETER FOR DETECTING ASYMMETRIES IN A MOVEMENT OF A USER - System and method implementing an accelerometer (07-25-2013
20120029392METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A FALL OF A USER - This invention relates to a system and method for detecting a fall of a user. The system comprises at least one sensor, a determining unit and a processor. The at least one sensor worn on the body of the user generates sensor data relating to the fall, and the determining unit determines a sensor position of the at least one sensor. The processor adjusts the fall detection algorithm according to the sensor position, and performs an analysis based on the sensor data to determine whether a fall is occurring or not. In this way, fall detection is performed with high detection accuracy even if the sensor position changes, and the user feels good by wearing the sensors in their preferred way.02-02-2012
20120029391BILATERAL UPPER LIMBS MOTOR RECOVERY REHABILITATION AND EVALUATION SYSTEM FOR PATIENTS WITH STROKE - A Bilateral Upper Limbs Motor Recovery Rehabilitation and Evaluation System for Patients with Stroke which gets feedback from the feeling of body about sense of sight or auditory sense, etc to let inspector's pair of hands process forward, back, drawing and multiple actions, and let strokes can execute task training of kinematic parameter diversification about multiple strength, spped, acceleration, etc to process rehabilitation that relate to the action-status of body and estimate the status of restoration. Devices of file at least includes a pair of double-axle connecting rod structure for upper limbs, an unit for physiological signal collection, an unit for processing estimated of rehabilitation and an unit of multimedia display.02-02-2012
20120029390SEIZURE DETECTION USING COORDINATE DATA - A seizure detection device includes a coordinate data interface configured to receive coordinate data for a human, a memory to store coordinate data for a defined location of the human, and a seizure detector configured to identify a seizure event responsive to the coordinate data.02-02-2012
20120029389BONE TRACKING WITH A GYROSCOPE SENSOR IN COMPUTER-ASSISTED SURGERY - A system tracks an object in computer-assisted surgery. The system comprises a sensor unit secured to the femur. Gyroscopes on the sensor unit produce readings related to orientation data about three axes of rotation. A tracking unit receives the gyroscope readings. An axis calibrator on the tracking unit comprises a calculator for adding at least part of the gyroscope readings for specific movements of the object about a desired axis. An axis normalizer on the tracking unit determines an orientation of the desired axis with respect to the sensor unit from the added gyroscope readings. A tracking processor tracks the desired axis from the gyroscope readings. An interface displays orientation data for the object from a tracking of the desired axis. A method for tracking an object with a gyroscope sensor unit is also provided.02-02-2012
20130197398Handheld Extremity Flexibility Evaluation And Treatment Device - A handheld tissue stretching device combined with an extremity flexibility number, stretchscore, enables users to independently evaluate and treat the flexibility of their extremity tissue minimizing physical therapist intervention to evaluate and treat tissue. The distance between handheld stretching devices and the extremity supports changes with a high degree of variability during home treatments; whereas, medical professionals monitor stretch intensity visually and manually. Patients performing home-based stretches impart variable intensity that leads to inconsistent tissue treatment resulting in increased tissue stiffness. The present inventors have discovered when the slack is automatically retracted, the distance between the users hands and the extremity support is continuously proportional to the flexibility of the extremity. This “distance matching” between the handheld stretching device and the extremity support provides a reliable, repeatable, and independent evaluation of extremity flexibility by directly relating this change in distance to the user's flexibility.08-01-2013
20130197399APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING A PATIENT - In one embodiment, a patient evaluation apparatus includes a glove body adapted to be worn on an examiner's hand, finger orientation sensors mounted to the glove body adapted to sense the orientation of the fingers and thumb of the examiner's hand, force sensors mounted to the glove body adapted to measure forces applied against the examiner's hand, and a motion sensor mounted to the glove body adapted to detect motion of the examiner's hand.08-01-2013
20130211291PERSONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE (PER) SYSTEM - A method of automatically requesting assistance for a patient includes wearing a wireless device with one or more accelerometers on the patient to detect patient motion; determining a fall based on detected motions; and automatically requesting assistance for the patient if needed.08-15-2013

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