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USPTO Patent US 10,881,304 B2

Issued Jan. 5, 2021

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    1. A system comprising an interactive device and a remote device, wherein the interactive device comprises in combination one or more sensors, a memory, a user interface, a controller configured to determine whether a sensed physiological parameter satisfies a predetermined criteria, and a remote interface wherein the interactive device and remote device are separate while maintaining a communications link, or are integrated into a single housing:

     

    (i) Wherein the one or more sensors are configured to sense at least one physiological parameter of a user during an activity, the physiological parameter being at least one of heart rate, oxygen saturation, and end tidal carbon dioxide;

     

    (ii) Wherein the remote interface is configured to communicate data corresponding to the at least one physiological parameter to the remote device during the activity, and further configured to receive from the remote device a response corresponding to the at least one physiological parameter, wherein the response is determined by the remote device based on whether the at least one physiological parameter is within predetermined criteria; and

     

    (iii) Wherein the user interface is configured to communicate the response to the user, wherein the interactive device is integrated into a housing configured to be disposed within an ear of the user, said housing further comprising a sensor mounted on a tube extending from the housing and configured to locate the sensor in front of a mouth of the user when said housing is disposed within the ear of the user, and wherein the user interface includes an input device that allows data or commands to be input into interactive device or remote device by a user, and wherein the user interface includes at least one of a keyboard, keypad, and voice recognizer, and wherein the user interface comprises a display for conveying messages to a user, and wherein the user interface includes an audio speaker that can generate an audible message that is of sufficient proximity to ear of a user, and wherein the display or audio speaker notifies user regarding metric values relating to a sensed physiological parameter,

     

    (iv) Wherein the controller acquires data obtained by sensor of Interactive Device, and wherein the controller stores the data in memory of Interactive Device, and wherein the controller is configured to receive instructions stored in the memory, and wherein the controller responds by providing a report to user regarding whether the sensed physiological parameter satisfies the predetermined criteria; wherein the remote device comprises a device interface, and a memory, wherein the remote device comprises one or more of a watch, a cell phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), smart phone, and an arm mounted device, wherein the remote device further comprises a software application (app), wherein the software application comprises a training program that allows the user to evaluate or adjust exercise training targets based upon physiological data such as heart rate, end tidal CO2, saturated oxygen, or uses temperature, wherein said data are acquired from the user, and wherein the software application has a predetermined or user-determinable set of target goals and a predetermined or user-determinable safe range of physiological parameters, and wherein the software application is stored by said interactive device.

     

    1. The interactive device of claim 1, in combination with a remote device and a device interface, wherein the device interface is configured for wired communication between interactive device and remote device.3. The interactive device of claim 1, in combination with a remote device and a device interface, wherein the device interface is configured for non-wired communication between the interactive device and remote device.

      4. The interactive device of claim 1, in combination with a remote device and a device interface, wherein the device interface is configured for non-wired communication between the interactive device and remote device, wherein said non-wired comprises one or more of radio frequency (RF) signals, infrared (IR) frequency signals, or acoustic signals.

      5. The interactive device of claim 1, in combination with an external device.

      6. The interactive device of claim 1, in combination with an external device, wherein the external device comprises an entertainment system, a video game console, or a web TV.

      7. The interactive device of claim 1, wherein said one or more sensors comprises a pulse oximeter device configured to obtain heart-rate from a finger or ear lobe of a user.

      8. A method performed by a remote device in data communication with an interactive device, wherein the interactive device comprises in combination one or more sensors, a memory, a user interface, a controller, and a remote interface, wherein the one or more sensors are configured to sense at least one physiological parameter of a user being at least one of heart rate, oxygen saturation, and end tidal carbon dioxide, and

    wherein the remote device comprises a device interface, and a memory, the controller being configured to determine whether a sensed physiological parameter satisfies a predetermined criteria;

    wherein the interactive device and remote device are separate while maintaining a communication link, or are integrated into a single housing,

    wherein the remote device comprises one or more of a watch, a cell phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), smart phone, and an arm mounted device, wherein the remote device further comprises a software application (app),

    wherein the software application comprises a training program that allows the user to evaluate or adjust exercise training targets based upon physiological data such as heart rate, end tidal CO2, saturated oxygen, or user's temperature,

    wherein the software application has a predetermined or user-determinable set of target goals and a predetermined or user-determinable safe range of physiological parameters, and

    wherein the remote interface, is configured to communicate data corresponding to the at least one physiological parameter to a remote device during the activity, and further configured to receive from the remote device a response corresponding to the at least one physiological parameter, wherein the response is determined by the remote device based on whether the at least one physiological parameter is within predetermined criteria; and wherein the user interface is configured to communicate the response to the user,

    wherein the interactive device is integrated into a housing configured to be disposed within an ear of the user, said housing further comprising a sensor mounted on a tube extending from the housing and configured to locate the sensor in front of a mouth of the user when said housing is disposed within the ear of the user, and

    wherein the user interface includes an input device that allows data or commands to be input into interactive device or remote device by a user, and wherein the user interface includes at least one of a keyboard, keypad, and voice recognizer, and

    wherein the user interface comprises a display for conveying messages to a user, and

    wherein the user interface includes an audio speaker that can generate an audible message that is of sufficient proximity to ear of a user, and

    wherein the display or audio speaker notifies user regarding metric values relating to a sensed physiological parameter,

    wherein the controller acquires data obtained by sensor of Interactive Device, and

    wherein the controller stores the data in memory of Interactive Device, and

    wherein the controller is configured to receive instructions stored in the memory, and

    wherein the controller responds by providing a report to user regarding whether the sensed physiological parameter satisfies the predetermined criteria;

    wherein said data are acquired from the user, and wherein the method comprises:

     

    (i) Determining a selected exercise mode, wherein the selected exercise mode is selected by a user from among a plurality of exercise modes;

     

    (ii) Receiving, from the interactive device, data corresponding to a parameter sensed by the interactive device; (iii) Comparing the data to a predetermined criteria or to predetermined target goal associated with the selected exercise mode;

     

    (iv) Selecting a predetermined response based on whether the data are within the criteria associated with the selected exercise mode; and

     

    (v) Transmitting the predetermined response to the interactive device, whereby the predetermined response is communicated to the user via the interactive device.

     

    1. The method of claim 8, wherein the predetermined response is communicated to the user via an audio output device of the interactive device.

      10. The method of claim 8, wherein the parameter sensed by the interactive device corresponds to a physiological parameter of the user.

      11. The method of claim 8, wherein the parameter sensed by the interactive device corresponds to a physiological parameter of the user, and wherein the physiological parameter is at least one of heart rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, user's temperature, and end tidal carbon dioxide.

      12. The method of claim 8, wherein the remote device and interactive device are integrated into a single housing configured to be disposed within an ear of the user.

     

    1. The method of claim 8, further comprising:

     

    (i) Transmitting the data corresponding to the parameter to an external device;

     

    (ii) Retrieving associated responses and criteria from an external device; or

     

    (iii) Transmitting the data corresponding to the parameter to an external device and also retrieving associated responses and criteria from an external device.

     

     

    1. The method of claim 13, whereby the external device distributes at least one of the data corresponding to the parameter and a response to at least one other user.
    2. The method of claim 8, wherein the predetermined response is communicated to the user via an audio output device of the interactive device, wherein the interactive device comprises a GPS device, and wherein the GPS device provides audio message alerts for training zone high and low limits.16. The method of claim 8, wherein the exercise mode is running, jogging, walking, swimming, or cycling.

     

USPTO Patent US 9,782,084

Issued Oct. 10, 2017

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  1. An exercise and communications system comprising, in combination: a remote device in communication with an interactive device and an external device; wherein the interactive device comprises one or more sensors configured to sense one or more physiological parameters of a user, including at least end tidal carbon dioxide; wherein the interactive device is integrated into a housing configured to be disposed within an ear of the user, said housing further comprising a sensor mounted on a tube extending from the housing and configured to locate the sensor in front of a mouth of the user when said housing is disposed within the ear of the user; wherein the remote device comprises a memory coupled to a processor and is operable to: receive data for at least the physiological parameter from the interactive device; determine whether the data is within a predetermined criteria; and initiate a response where the data is within the predetermined criteria; wherein the response includes at least one of contacting a coach, a medical professional and an emergency response center along with creating a record for the user, wherein the interactive device further comprises a GPS device, and wherein the GPS device provides audio message alerts for training zone high and low limits.
  2. The exercise and communications system of claim 1 wherein the response includes receiving a user location from the GPS device and sending the user location to at least one of a coach, a medical professional and an emergency response center along with creating a record for the user.
  3. The exercise and communications system of claim 1, wherein the one or more physiological parameters include heart rate, temperature, or oxygen saturation.
  4. The exercise and communications system of claim 1 wherein the interactive device further comprises a user interface.
  5. The exercise and communications system of claim 4 wherein the user interface comprises an audio speaker.

USPTO Patent US 8,821,350

Issued Sept. 2,2014

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  1.  An exercise and communications system, comprising, an interactive device comprising a memory and controller, a remote device, and an external device, wherein the controller is capable of receiving digital data and instructions from the memory and executing instructions from the memory, wherein the controller is configured to determine whether a sensed physiological parameter satisfies a notification criteria; wherein the memory is capable of maintaining digital data and instructions provided to the controller; the interactive device further comprising: one or more sensors, configured to sense physiological parameters of a user during an activity, the physiological parameters being at least one of heart rate, oxygen saturation and end tidal carbon dioxide; a headset with one earpiece that houses a wireless communication functionality and another earpiece with a tube comprising a tip, a carbon dioxide sensor located in front of the user's mouth and configured to measure carbon dioxide and mounted on the tube, and wiring to carbon dioxide sensor on the tip of the tube, wherein the one earpiece that houses the wireless communication is functionally configured to audibly reinforce the user if the heart rate of the user falls below a targeted training zone heart rate; a remote interface, configured to communicate data corresponding to the physiological parameters to the remote device during the activity, and further configured to receive from the remote device a response corresponding to the at least one physiological parameter, wherein the response is determined by the remote device based on whether the parameters are within predetermined criteria; and a user interface configured to communicate the response to the user, wherein the interactive device notifies the user with the one earpiece that houses wireless communication functionality when the user is outside predetermined safety parameters; wherein the remote device includes an operator interface for connecting the remote device to the external device, wherein the operator interface facilitates communication with the external device; wherein the external device communicates with a plurality of remote devices, and transmits information to a plurality of remote devices, and wherein the external device allows a coach or medical professional to communicate directly with the user, and wherein at least one of interactive device and remote device is configured to respond to data collected from the user, wherein the user uses an exercise machine, said response is by making alterations to exercise machine relative to exercise action of the user, wherein said alterations are provided by a disk brake mechanism and comprise increased resistance or decreased resistance by adjusting how near or far away magnets come to the disk.
  2.  The system of claim 1, wherein the remote device is in operative communication with an external device.
  3. The system of claim 2, wherein the external device is at least one of an entertainment system, an emergency response center, a web TV system, a computing system and a video game console.
  4. The system of claim 1, wherein the one or more sensors and the remote device are integrated in a single housing configured to be disposed within or clipped to an ear, finger, mouth, arm, leg, or trunk of the user.
  5. The system of claim 1, wherein the remote device is a device configured to be supported by a user during an activity.
  6. The system of claim 1, wherein the remote device is one of a watch, a cell phone, smart phone, a personal digital assistant, and an arm mount fixation device.
  7. The system of claim 1, wherein the interactive device is in wireless communication with the remote device.
  8. The exercise and communications system of claim 1, further comprising a finger sensor adapted to sense heart rate from a finger.
  9. The exercise and communications system of claim 1, wherein the interactive device is further configured to monitor global position of the user.
  10. A method performed by a remote device in data communication with an interactive device, wherein the interactive device comprises a headset with one earpiece that houses a wireless communication functionality and another earpiece with a tube comprising a tip, a carbon dioxide sensor located in front of the user's mouth and configured to measure carbon dioxide and mounted on the tube and wiring to carbon dioxide sensor on the tip of the tube, wherein the one earpiece that houses the wireless communication functionality is configured to audibly reinforce the user if a heart rate of the user falls below a targeted training zone heart rate; and an external device, comprising, in combination: determining a selected exercise mode, wherein the selected exercise mode is selected by a user from among a plurality of exercise modes; receiving, from the interactive device, data corresponding to parameters sensed by the interactive device; wherein the parameters sensed by the interactive device correspond to physiological parameters of the user; said parameters being at least all one of heart rate, oxygen saturation, and end tidal carbon dioxide; comparing the data to a predetermined criteria associated with the selected exercise mode; selecting a predetermined response based on whether the data is within the criteria associated with the selected exercise mode; transmitting the predetermined response to the interactive device, whereby the predetermined response is communicated to the user via the one earpiece that houses wireless communication functionality of the interactive device; and transmitting said data corresponding to said parameter to the external device or retrieving associated responses and criteria from the external device, wherein the external device allows a coach or medical professional to communicate directly with the user, and wherein at least one of interactive device and remote device is configured to respond to data collected from user, wherein the user uses an exercise machine, and the response is by making alterations to said exercise machine relative to exercise action of the user, wherein said alterations comprise increased resistance or decreased resistance provided by a disk brake mechanism.
  11. The method of claim 10, wherein the remote device and interactive device are integrated into a single housing configured to be disposed within or clipped to an ear of the user.
  12. The method of claim 10, wherein the interactive device further comprising a finger sensor adapted to sense heart rate from a finger.
  13. An exercise and communications system, comprising, in combination: an interactive device configured to collect biometric information from a user's ear during an activity, the interactive device comprising a headset with one earpiece that houses a wireless communication functionality and another earpiece with a tube comprising a tip, a carbon dioxide sensor located in front of the user's mouth and configured to measure carbon dioxide and mounted on the tube, and wiring to carbon dioxide sensor on the tip of the tube, wherein the one earpiece that houses the wireless communication is functionally configured to audibly reinforce the user if a heart rate of the user falls below a targeted training zone heart rate; a remote device in operative communication with the interactive device, the interactive device and the remote device being integrated into a single housing configured to be disposed within or clipped to the user's ear; and an external device in operative communication with the remote device, the external device including at least one of an entertainment system, a computing system, a video game console and a second user, the external device receiving the collected biometric information from the remote device; wherein the interactive device comprises a controller, wherein the controller is configured to determine whether collected biometric information satisfies satisfy a notification criteria; the biometric information being at least one of heart rate, oxygen saturation, and end tidal carbon dioxide; wherein the external device responds to the collected biometric information by at least one of transmitting information to the interactive device and providing real time audio communications to the user during the activity, and wherein the external device allows a coach or medical professional to communicate directly with the user, and wherein at least one of interactive device and remote device is configured to respond to data collected from user, wherein the user uses an exercise machine, said response is by making alterations to of exercise machine relative to exercise action of the user, wherein said alterations comprise increased resistance or decreased resistance provided by a disk brake mechanism.

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