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Multi-factor control of ear stimulation

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  • Publication Date:
    Oct 12, 2017
  • Language:
    Chinese
  • Additional Information
    • Patent Number:
      110337314
    • Filing Authority:
      China
    • Appl. No:
      201780076404.0
    • Application Filed:
      Oct 12, 2017
    • Kind Code:
      A
    • Abstract:
      Ear stimulation devices and systems are described, as well as related methods for controlling an ear stimulation device using a personal computing device. The ear stimulation device system can be controlled based on an analysis of an image of a user of a personal computing device captured by a camera associated with the personal computing device. One or more parameters are determined from the processed image, including but not limited to user identity, emotion, physiological condition, or placement of the stimulator headset, and control of the ear stimulation device is based thereon. In another aspect, the ear stimulation device is controlled in response to determining electrical contact of an electrode in the stimulator headset with a user's ear of the personal computing device. In other aspects, multiple factors are used in controlling the ear stimulation device, including user emotions, user control inputs, and cofactor input. Coordinators include various factors related to or affecting the state of the user, including but not limited to environmental conditions, sleep, diet, or various activities of the user. In one aspect, the correlation module associates the user's emotions with other factors, and the control of the stimulus is based on this. In various aspects, the system is also responsive to input from a sensor or computing network. In one aspect, the headset delivers an audio output, such as music, from an audio player.
    • Claim:
      CLAIMS 1. A nerve stimulation earphone comprising: an ear canal insert adapted to fit into an ear canal of a human subject, the ear canal insert comprising at least one first electrode configured to electrically contact the a skin within the ear canal of the subject; an outer ear insert adapted to fit within the outer ear of the subject, the outer ear insert comprising a base configured to fit over the subject a lumen of the outer ear; a wing configured to fit within the boat of the outer ear of the subject; and at least one second electrode configured to electrically contact the outer ear of the subject At least a portion of: at least one first electrical connector for connecting the at least one first electrode on the ear canal insert to a first current source; and at least one second electrical connector for use The at least one second electrode on the outer ear insert is coupled to a second current source.
    • Claim:
      2. A nerve stimulation headset according to claim 1 wherein the ear canal insert comprises a sound transmitting portion adapted to deliver sound to the ear canal of the subject.
    • Claim:
      3. The neurostimulation headset of claim 1 further comprising a wireless communication circuit adapted to transmit a data signal, receive an audio signal, or receive an audio signal.
    • Claim:
      4. The neurostimulation headset of claim 3, wherein the wireless communication circuit comprises a Bluetooth communication circuit.
    • Claim:
      5. The nerve stimulation earpiece of claim 2, wherein the sound transmitting portion includes a passage through the ear canal insert to enable sound to be transmitted to the subject through the ear canal insert The ear canal.
    • Claim:
      6. A nerve stimulation system comprising a nerve stimulation earpiece according to any one of claims 1 to 5, further comprising: an ear stimulation device controller comprising a first analog output connector adapted to be a current signal coupled to the at least one first electrode of the nerve stimulation earphone; a second analog output connector adapted to connect a second current signal to the at least one second electrode of the nerve stimulation earphone; wireless micro a controller configured to control wireless communication between the ear stimulation device controller and a personal computing device to receive one or more stimulation parameters from the personal computing device; a digital stimulation signal generator configured to Generating a digital stimulation signal based at least in part on the one or more stimulation parameters received from the personal computing device; a digital-to-analog converter for converting the digital stimulation signal to an analog voltage waveform; a current driver, An operatively coupled to the digital to analog converter and adapted to generate a controlled current stimulation waveform responsive to the analog voltage waveform, The controlled current stimulation waveform is provided to the ear stimulation device via at least the first analog output connector and the second analog output connector; and a power source operatively coupled to the wireless microcontroller, At least one of the digital stimulation signal generator, the digital-to-analog converter, and the current driver.
    • Claim:
      7. An ear stimulation device controller, comprising: a first analog output connector adapted to connect a first current signal to a first electrode of an ear canal insert of an ear stimulation device; a second analog output connector, A second electrode adapted to connect a second current signal to an outer ear insert of the ear stimulation device; a wireless microcontroller configured to control wireless communication between the ear stimulation device controller and a personal computing device Retrieving one or more stimulation parameters from the personal computing device; a digital stimulation signal generator configured to generate a digital stimulus based at least in part on the one or more stimulation parameters received from the personal computing device a signal-to-analog converter for converting the digital stimulus signal into an analog voltage waveform; a current driver operatively coupled to the digital-to-analog converter and adapted to generate in response to the analog voltage waveform a controlled current stimulation waveform, wherein the controlled current stimulation waveform is coupled via at least the first analog output connector and the second analog output Is supplied to the ear stimulation device; and a power source operatively connected to the wireless microcontroller, a digital stimulus signal generator, the digital - analog converter and the current driver is at least one.
    • Claim:
      8. The ear stimulation device controller of claim 7, further comprising a physiological signal input adapted to receive a physiological signal.
    • Claim:
      9. The ear stimulation device controller of claim 8, wherein the first analog output connector and the second analog output connector are configured to be connected to a location on a first ear of the user An ear stimulation device, and wherein the physiological signal input is configured to receive the physiological signal from a physiological sensor located on a second ear of the user.
    • Claim:
      10. A method of controlling an ear stimulation device using a personal computing device, comprising: capturing the personal computing by a user-facing camera associated with the personal computing device using an image capture circuit on the personal computing device An image of a user of the device; processing the image using an image processing circuit on the personal computing device to determine at least one parameter; and utilizing a neural stimulation control signal determining circuit on the personal computing device, based at least in part on At least one parameter controls the use of the ear stimulation device to deliver stimulation to at least one nerve that dictates the user's ear.
    • Claim:
      11. The method of claim 10, wherein the image processing circuit comprises application software on the personal computing device.
    • Claim:
      12. The method of claim 10, wherein the at least one parameter represents an emotion of the user, a physiological condition of the user, a medical condition of the user, an identity of the user, a heart rate of the user At least one of an eye position of the user, an eye movement of the user, or a position of the earpiece of the ear stimulation device relative to the ear of the user.
    • Claim:
      13. The method of claim 12, comprising communicating to the user under control of a notification circuit on the personal computing device that the user needs to adjust the headset relative to the ear of the user Location notification.
    • Claim:
      14. The method of claim 10, comprising: processing the image using the image processing circuit to determine the presence of at least one earphone of the ear stimulation device positioned at an ear of the user; the user An ear in which the at least one earphone is located, the ear is selected from a right ear of the user and a left ear of the user; and the left of the at least one earphone representing the at least one earphone to the user At least one attribute of availability of one of the ear or the right ear; determining, based on the at least one attribute of the at least one earphone, an application on the personal computing device to use an ear of the headset; The application software on the personal computing device determines whether the ear in which the at least one earphone is located is the ear that can use the earphone; and if the ear in which the at least one earphone is located is not capable of using the earphone The ear, under the control of the neural stimulation control signal determining circuit, transmitting a control signal from the personal computing device to the ear spur Devices to prevent the earphone through the stimulation to the ear of the headset is located.
    • Claim:
      15. The method of claim 14, comprising receiving a handshake signal from an ear stimulation device control circuit associated with the ear stimulation device using a handshake circuit on the personal computing device.
    • Claim:
      16. The method of claim 15, comprising at least one of: capturing the image and response of the user of the personal computing device in response to receiving the handshake signal from the ear stimulation device control circuit The presence of the at least one earphone at the ear of the user located in the image is determined to send a handshake signal to the ear stimulation device control circuit.
    • Claim:
      17. The method of claim 14, comprising, under the control of a notification circuit on the personal computing device, if the ear in which the at least one earphone is located is not capable of using the ear of the earphone, A notification is sent to the user notifying that the user needs to switch the headset to another ear.
    • Claim:
      18. An ear stimulation device control system, comprising: a personal computing device; a user oriented camera associated with the personal computing device; an image capture circuit adapted to capture the personal computing from the user oriented camera An image of a user of the device; an image processing circuit configured to process the image to determine at least one parameter; and a neural stimulation control signal determining circuit configured to control utilizing the ear stimulus based at least in part on the at least one parameter The device delivers stimulation to at least one nerve that governs the user's ear.
    • Claim:
      19. The system of claim 18, wherein the image processing circuit comprises an earphone location module configured to process the image to determine that the ear stimulation device is located at an ear of the user The presence of at least one earphone; an ear in which the at least one earphone of the user is located, the ear is selected from a right ear of the user and a left ear of the user; and the representation of the at least one earphone At least one attribute of the availability of the headset to one of the left ear or the right ear of the user; and wherein the neural stimulation control signal determining circuit is configured to be based on the at least one of the at least one earphone Attribute determining that an ear of the earphone can be used; determining whether the ear in which the at least one earphone is located is the ear that can use the earphone; and if the ear in which the at least one earphone is located is not capable of using the ear The ear of the earphone transmits a control signal from the personal computing device to the ear stimulation device to prevent the stimulation from being transmitted The at least one nerve that governs the ear of the user is given.
    • Claim:
      20. A method of controlling an ear stimulation device using a personal computing device, comprising: detecting, at an electrical signal input circuit, at least one first electrode and a personal computing device via at least one first electrode of an earphone of an ear stimulation device Electrical signal of electrical contact of the user's ear, wherein the at least one earphone is operatively coupled to the personal computing device, and wherein the ear stimulation device is adapted to stimulate the user's premises that govern the personal computing device Determining at least one nerve of the ear; using a contact determination circuit on the personal computing device to determine whether the at least one first electrode is in good electrical contact with the ear of the user; if the at least one first electrode The user's ear is not in good electrical contact, and a control signal is transmitted from the personal computing device to the ear stimulation device under control of a neural stimulation control signal determining circuit on the personal computing device, To prevent transmission of stimuli through the earphone to the ear in which the earphone is located; and in the individual A notification relating to the status of the at least one first electrode is communicated to the user under control of a notification circuit on the computing device.
    • Claim:
      21. The method of claim 20, comprising transmitting an electrical test signal via at least one second electrode of the at least one earphone under control of a test signal circuit on the personal computing device, and responsive to the electrical A test signal detects the electrical signal via the at least one first electrode.
    • Claim:
      22. The method of claim 20, wherein communicating the notification to the user comprises instructing the user to reposition the headset, instructing the user to replace at least a portion of the at least one first electrode, indicating the A user cleaning at least a portion of the at least one first electrode, instructing the user to wet at least a portion of the at least one first electrode, instructing the user to apply a gel to at least a portion of the at least one first electrode, Passing a text notification, passing a visible notification, delivering an audio notification, and delivering at least one of the directional notifications.
    • Claim:
      23. An ear stimulation device control system, comprising: a personal computing device configured to control delivery of at least one nerve via an ear stimulation device to an ear of a user dictating the personal computing device, the ear stimulation device comprising An earphone comprising at least one first electrode, the personal computing device comprising an electrical signal input circuit adapted to receive an electrical signal indicative of electrical contact of the at least one first electrode with the ear of a user of the personal computing device a contact determining circuit configured to determine whether the at least one first electrode is in good electrical contact with the ear of the user; a neural stimulation control signal determining circuit configured to be from the personal computing device The ear stimulation device transmits a control signal to prevent transmission of the stimulus if the at least one first electrode is not in good electrical contact with the ear of the user; and a notification circuit configured to A notification regarding the status of the at least one first electrode is communicated to the user.
    • Claim:
      24. The system of claim 23, comprising a handshake circuit adapted to receive a handshake signal from an ear stimulation device control circuit associated with the ear stimulation device.
    • Claim:
      25. The system of claim 23, comprising a test signal circuit configured to deliver an electrical test signal via at least one second electrode of the at least one ear stimulation device, and responsive to the electrical A test signal detects the electrical signal via the at least one first electrode.
    • Claim:
      26. A personal computing device application for monitoring user usage of a neural stimulation system, comprising: an audio delivery module adapted to control audio output from an audio signal source via an audio output of the personal computing device to an audio headset Delivery, the audio headset having an ear stimulation device associated therewith, the ear stimulation device configured to stimulate a nerve that governs the user's ear; an emotion evaluation module adapted to be associated with the personal computing device The first input structure receives an emotion-related input from the user; and evaluates the user's emotion based at least in part on the emotion-related input; a co-factor input module adapted to be associated with the personal computing device The second input structure receives at least one input related to a cofactor associated with the user; a user control module adapted to receive at least one user control input through a third input structure of the personal computing device, the user control Inputting user controllable stimulation parameters for controlling the ear stimulation device; stimulator a control module adapted to determine at least one stimulation control parameter based on at least one of the emotion of the user, the at least one cofactor, and the at least one user control input; and a controller interface module for The at least one stimulation control parameter is communicated to a stimulator controller, the stimulator controller being adapted to control the ear stimulation device responsive to the at least one stimulation control parameter.
    • Claim:
      27. The personal computing device application of claim 26, wherein the sentiment assessment module comprises at least one of an ecological transient assessment module, an activity assessment module, an image processing module, the image processing module being adapted to be based on An image analysis of the image of the user detected by a user-facing camera of the personal computing device to determine the mood of the user.
    • Claim:
      28. The personal computing device application of claim 26, wherein the co-factor input module is adapted to receive at least one input from at least one of the user, a sensor, and a computing network.
    • Claim:
      29. The personal computing device application of claim 26, wherein the co-factor input module is adapted to receive at least one open comment from the user and provide a drop down menu for an optional item and receive from the user At least one of the selections in the drop down menu.
    • Claim:
      30. The personal computing device application of claim 26, comprising: a recommendation delivery module configured to present a recommendation to the user.
    • Claim:
      31. The personal computing device application of claim 26, comprising a physiological data module adapted to receive at least one physiological data signal representative of at least one physiological parameter of the user.
    • Claim:
      32. The personal computing device application of claim 26, comprising: a correlation module configured to determine the sentiment at the user and the at least one cofactor and the at least one stimulation control parameter At least one correlation between at least one of the ones.
    • Claim:
      33. The personal computing device application of claim 26, comprising an external control module configured to receive an external control input for controlling at least one of the ear stimulation devices Externally controllable stimulation parameters.
    • Claim:
      34. The personal computing device application of claim 26, comprising a data transfer module for providing data related to the user to an external party or entity.
    • Claim:
      35. A method of controlling an ear stimulation device using a personal computing device, comprising: receiving an audio signal from an audio signal source at the personal computing device; transmitting the audio signal to an audio output via the personal computing device An audio headset worn by a user having an ear stimulation device associated therewith, the ear stimulation device configured to stimulate a nerve that governs the user's ear; through a first input associated with the personal computing device a structure for receiving an emotion-related input from the user using an emotion assessment module; evaluating an emotion of the user based at least in part on the emotion-related input; using a second associated with the personal computing device An input structure for receiving, by the cofactor input module, at least one input related to at least one cooperating factor related to the user; receiving, by the user control module, a third input structure associated with the personal computing device for controlling the At least one user controllable stimulation parameter of the ear stimulation device Having less than one user control input; utilizing the stimulator control module to determine at least one stimulation control parameter based on at least one of the emotion of the user, the at least one co-factor, and the at least one user control input; and utilizing control The interface module transmits at least one stimulation control parameter to the stimulator controller, the stimulator controller being adapted to control the ear stimulation device responsive to the at least one stimulation control parameter.
    • Claim:
      36. The method of claim 35, comprising utilizing the stimulator control module to coordinate delivery of the audio signal and delivery of at least one stimulus with the ear stimulation device.
    • Claim:
      37. The method of claim 35, wherein receiving the audio signal from the audio signal source at the personal computing device comprises receiving from an audio player application, a network radio application, a radio receiver, a telephone At least one of the device and the hearing aid receives the audio signal.
    • Claim:
      38. The method of claim 35, wherein receiving the emotion related input comprises at least one of: receiving user input via an ecological transient assessment module; receiving the using the user oriented camera of the personal computing device An image of the user and determining an emotion of the user based on image analysis of the image of the user using image processing software of the emotion evaluation module; receiving emotion-related input related to depression; receiving stress-related emotions Correlation input; receiving emotion-related emotion-related input; and receiving at least one input via a touch screen, a keyboard, or a microphone.
    • Claim:
      39. The method of claim 35, wherein receiving the at least one input related to the at least one cofactor comprises at least one of: via a touch screen, a keyboard, a microphone, a device interface, a data input, At least one of a USB port, a wireless interface, a serial port, and a parallel port receives at least one input; receives at least one input from the user; receives at least one input from the sensor; receives at least one input via a computing network; receives with the user At least one input related to the environmental condition; receiving at least one input related to the sleep mode of the user; receiving at least one input related to the activity of the user; receiving physical activity, health related activities, entertainment activities, social activities At least one input related to employment activities, purchasing activities, psychological activities, mental activities, media-related activities, activities of daily life, amount of activities, duration of activities, frequency of activities, timing of events, calendar, timetable or fees; At least one input related to the user's diet; receiving and For the user's appetite for at least one input; receiving at least one open comment from the user; and providing a drop-down menu of selectable items and to receive a selection from the pull-down menu from the user.
    • Claim:
      40. The method of claim 35, comprising presenting a recommendation to the user using a recommendation delivery module.
    • Claim:
      41. The method of claim 40, comprising at least one of: receiving an recommendation from an external party or entity from an insurance company, a service provider, a consultant, a computing-based system, a social media source, or a computing network Providing the recommendation to an external party or entity of the user using the recommendation delivery module; and receiving information regarding whether the subject has received or rejected the recommendation using the recommendation delivery module.
    • Claim:
      42. The method of claim 40, comprising generating the recommendation using the recommendation delivery module.
    • Claim:
      43. The method of claim 42, comprising at least one of: determining, by a correlation module, the emotion of the user with at least one of the at least one cofactor and the at least one stimulation control parameter At least one correlation between one, and based at least in part on the at least one correlation, the recommendation is generated using the recommendation delivery module; based on information regarding the subject's response to a past treatment regime, via social Information obtained by the media, information regarding at least one preference of at least one social media contact of the subject, information regarding at least one preference of at least one companion of the subject, at least Generating at least one of the preferred information of a character model, information from an insurance company, information from a service provider, generating the recommendation using a computing-based system; and treating the subject based on the subject The predicted response of the scenario generates the recommendation.
    • Claim:
      44. The method of claim 40, wherein presenting the recommendation comprises at least one of: presenting a recommendation for a configuration of the neural stimulation; and presenting for a neural stimulation associated with a to-be-transmitted Recommended for assisted stimulation.
    • Claim:
      45. The method of claim 35, comprising receiving, by a physiological data module, at least one physiological data signal representative of at least one physiological parameter of the user.
    • Claim:
      46. ​​The method of claim 35, wherein receiving the at least one user control input for controlling the at least one user controllable stimulation parameter comprises receiving for controlling a stimulation pulse amplitude, a stimulation pulse duration, a stimulation frequency At least one user input of at least one of a stimulation pulse pattern and a stimulation pulse envelope.
    • Claim:
      47. The method of claim 35, comprising determining, by a correlation module, at least one correlation between the emotion of the user and at least one of the at least one cofactor and the at least one stimulation control parameter .
    • Claim:
      48. The method of claim 35, comprising receiving, by an external control module, an external control input for controlling at least one externally controllable stimulation parameter of the ear stimulation device.
    • Claim:
      49. The method of claim 48, wherein the at least one externally controllable stimulation parameter comprises at least one of a stimulation pulse amplitude, a stimulation pulse duration, a stimulation frequency, a stimulation pulse pattern, and a stimulation pulse envelope.
    • Claim:
      50. The method of claim 35, wherein determining the at least one stimulation control parameter comprises at least one of: overlaying a control based on a medical care provider control input for controlling the at least one user controllable stimulation parameter The at least one user control input; overlaying the medical service provider control input based on the at least one user control input for controlling the at least one user-controllable stimulation parameter; overwriting for the stimulation control parameter generated by the computing system Controlling at least one user control input of the at least one user controllable stimulation parameter; overlaying the stimulation control parameter generated by the computing system based on the at least one user control input for controlling the at least one user controllable stimulation parameter; Determining at least one user controllable stimulation parameter to determine an initial setting of the ear stimulation device; and updating the setting of the ear stimulation device based on the at least one user controllable stimulation parameter.
    • Attorney, Agent or Firm:
      SYNC Technology Law Group
      LI, Xian-zhong
      ZHANG, Jing
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    • Date Entry:
      20191015
    • Accession Number:
      CN110337314A
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