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  • Publication Date:
    Oct 09, 2011
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Patent Number:
      8554802
    • Filing Authority:
      United States of America (USA)
    • Appl. No:
      201113269611
    • Application Filed:
      Oct 09, 2011
    • Kind Code:
      B1
    • Abstract:
      The invention enables bi-directional mobile communication by researchers, clinicians or counselors with their patients and study participants. An exemplary application is ecological momentary assessment of psychological and physical status related to weight management. The system may be combined with objective information to trigger a communication and enhance responses assessed on food choices, dietary intake, physical activity, exertion, mood and companions.
    • Inventors:
      Barden, Charles (US); Moon, Jon (US); Sieling, Jared D (US)
    • Assignees:
      MEI Research, Ltd. (MN)
    • Applicants:
      BARDEN CHARLES (US); MOON JON (US); SIELING JARED D (US); MEI RES LTD (US)
    • Claim:
      1. A system for managing interactive surveys, comprising:a server including a first table in a first database on the server to store metadata that describes and controls presentation of a survey comprising a data request or other assemblage of one or more items to be presented using the metadata on a participant device;a participant device including a processor, the participant device configured for providing the items including a prompt and an associated answer when the prompt is in the form of a question presented to the participant as part of the survey;the server including a second table in the first database containing one or more items that comprise the survey, said items comprising information to be presented to a participant;a web service coupled to the first database that allows a researcher to create the meta data and items;the server including a third table in the first database that contains identification and type information for the participant device in the possession of the participant;the server including instructions on the server to encapsulate the survey in a transport file formatted to be compatible with the device based on the type information;a network connection between the server and the device;the processor including instructions on the device to initiate and control download of the transport file from the server to the device based on the device identification;the participant device including a second database on the device for receiving the survey;the processor instructions on the device to load the survey from the transport file into the second database; andthe processor including instructions on the device to present the one or more items in the survey to the participant according to the meta data; andthe processor including instructions on the device to present the survey to the participant when motion recorded from an accelerometer associated with the device meets a pre-determined threshold of magnitude or duration of interest.
    • Claim:
      2. The system of claim 1 wherein the web service enables the researcher to enter answers for items that ask a question.
    • Claim:
      3. The system of claim 2 wherein the web service enables the researcher to enter the format for the answers.
    • Claim:
      4. The system of claim 1 wherein the processor further comprises instructions to present the survey when the device is within a pre-determined proximity of a location of interest.
    • Claim:
      5. The system of claim 4 wherein the web service enables the researcher to enter a location and proximity of interest.
    • Claim:
      6. The system of claim 1 wherein the web service enables the researcher to enter a magnitude or duration of interest for motion of the device.
    • Claim:
      7. The system of claim 1 wherein the processor further comprises instructions to present the survey at a pre-defined date and time.
    • Claim:
      8. The system of claim 7 wherein the web service enables the researcher to enter a date and time for the survey to be presented.
    • Claim:
      9. The system of claim 1 wherein the processor further comprises instructions to present the survey at a random time within a pre-defined beginning and ending date and time.
    • Claim:
      10. The system of claim 9 wherein the web service enables the researcher to enter the beginning and ending date and time for survey to be presented.
    • Claim:
      11. The system of claim 1 further comprising transceivers in a plurality of devices receptive to signals from the other devices to determine distance between devices.
    • Claim:
      12. The system of claim 11 wherein the processor further comprises instructions to present the survey when one of the plurality of devices is within a pre-determined proximity of the device.
    • Claim:
      13. The system of claim 11 wherein the web service enables the researcher to activate or deactivate the instructions to determine proximity to other devices.
    • Claim:
      14. The system of claim 11 wherein at least one of the server or the processor includes instructions to record the date and time whenever the device is within a pre-determined proximity of another device.
    • Claim:
      15. The system of claim 1 wherein the third table contains information on devices in the possession of a plurality of participants.
    • Claim:
      16. The system of claim 15 wherein the web service enables the researcher to select more than one participant to receive the survey from among the plurality of participants.
    • Claim:
      17. The system of claim 1 wherein the transport file is in XML format.
    • Claim:
      18. The system of claim 1 wherein the transport file is in Json format.
    • Claim:
      19. A method of managing interactive surveys, the method comprising:a researcher entering meta data for describing and controlling presentation of a survey into a table in a first database on a server, the survey comprising a data request or other assemblage of one or more items to be presented using the metadata on a participant device, the items including a prompt and an associated answer when the prompt is in the form of a question presented to a participant as part of the survey;the researcher entering one or more items comprising information to be presented to a participant into a second table in the first database;assembling the meta data and items from the first and second tables in the first database into a survey on the server;selecting a device in the possession of a participant to receive the survey;encapsulating the survey into a transport file appropriate for the device;downloading the transport file to the device;loading the transport file into a second database on the device;extracting the survey from the second database; and presenting the survey to the participant when motion recorded from an accelerometer associated with the device meets a pre-determined threshold of magnitude or duration of interest.
    • Claim:
      20. The method of claim 19 wherein one or more of the items in the survey is a question.
    • Claim:
      21. The method of claim 20 further comprising capturing and returning participant responses to question items.
    • Claim:
      22. The method of claim 21 further comprising recording a first time at which each item is presented to the participant and a second time at which the participant completes their response to the item.
    • Claim:
      23. The method of claim 19 wherein one or more of the items in a survey is a request for the participant to take an action.
    • Claim:
      24. The method of claim 19 further comprising entering a trigger condition for one or more items into a third table of the first database; including the trigger conditions in the survey assembled on the server; and presenting the survey to the participant when the conditions defined by the trigger are met.
    • Claim:
      25. The method of claim 24 wherein the trigger condition is a time of day.
    • Claim:
      26. The method of claim 25 wherein the trigger condition is a random time within a pre-defined beginning and ending time of day.
    • Claim:
      27. The method of claim 24 wherein the trigger condition is proximity to a pre-defined location.
    • Claim:
      28. The method of claim 27 wherein the participant remains within proximity to the pre-defined location for a pre-defined number of minutes.
    • Claim:
      29. The method of claim 24 wherein the trigger condition is a pre-defined number of minutes either above or below a pre-defined threshold of motion recorded on an accelerometer sensor.
    • Current US Class:
      707802; 707736; 709224; 707809; 707737
    • CPC Classification Code:
      G06F 19/363 20130101 FI20141023BHEP; G06F 19/3475 20130101 LA20141021BHEP; G06F 19/322 20130101 LA20141021BHEP; G06F 19/3481 20130101 LA20141021BHEP
    • IPCR Classification Code:
      G06F 7/00 20060101AFI20131008BHUS
    • Patent References Cited:
      US 5960411
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    • Related Documents:
      39159110
    • Examiner:
      Alam, Hosain
      Abraham, Ahmed
    • Attorney, Agent or Firm:
      Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
    • Legal Event:
      US 20130213 ASSIGNMENT -- ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:BARDEN, CHARLES;SIELING, JARED D.;MOON, JON K;SIGNING DATES FROM 20101112 TO 20120410;REEL/FRAME:029804/0452. Owner name: MEI RESEARCH, LTD, MINNESOTA.
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    • Date Entry:
      20141117
    • Family ID:
      49262591
    • Accession Number:
      US8554802B1
    • Link to Full Text:
      http://pdf.patentwarehouse.com/Pdf.aspx?country=US&number=8554802&kind=B1
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      INVENTOR, B. C. (US); INVENTOR, M. J. (US); INVENTOR, S. J. D. (US). System to dynamically collect and synchronize data with mobile devices. [s. l.], 2011. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gpd&AN=US8554802B1. Acesso em: 29 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Inventor BC (US), Inventor MJ (US), Inventor SJD (US). System to dynamically collect and synchronize data with mobile devices. 20111009 2011. Accessed September 29, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gpd&AN=US8554802B1
    • APA:
      Inventor, B. C. (US), Inventor, M. J. (US), & Inventor, S. J. D. (US). (2011). System to dynamically collect and synchronize data with mobile devices.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Inventor, Barden, Charles (US), Moon, Jon (US) Inventor, and Sieling, Jared D (US) Inventor. 2011. “System to Dynamically Collect and Synchronize Data with Mobile Devices.” http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gpd&AN=US8554802B1.
    • Harvard:
      Inventor, B. C. (US), Inventor, M. J. (US) and Inventor, S. J. D. (US) (2011) ‘System to dynamically collect and synchronize data with mobile devices’. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gpd&AN=US8554802B1 (Accessed: 29 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Inventor, BC (US), Inventor, MJ (US) & Inventor, SJD (US) 2011, ‘System to dynamically collect and synchronize data with mobile devices’, viewed 29 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Inventor, Barden, Charles (US), et al. System to Dynamically Collect and Synchronize Data with Mobile Devices. 20111009 2011. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gpd&AN=US8554802B1.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Inventor, Barden, Charles (US), Moon, Jon (US) Inventor, and Sieling, Jared D (US) Inventor. “System to Dynamically Collect and Synchronize Data with Mobile Devices,” 20111009 2011. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gpd&AN=US8554802B1.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Inventor BC (US), Inventor MJ (US), Inventor SJD (US). System to dynamically collect and synchronize data with mobile devices. 2011 20111009 [cited 2020 Sep 29]; Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=gpd&AN=US8554802B1