Microsoft wins patent for a Health Related Wearable Device that Gathers Data and Reports the Hemodynamics of a user
Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "In an effort to get ahead of Apple Watch Health Features, Samsung has patented a Wearable Blood Sugar monitoring device." Now we're learning that Microsoft was granted a patent last week that focuses on a sensor device that is configured to output values that are indicative of hemodynamics of a user.
Microsoft notes in their patent that the hemodynamics about which the sensor device can output data include, but are not limited to, arterial heart rate, arterial pulse wave velocity/pulse transit time (which can be related to blood pressure), arterial expansion, arterial blood volume, pulse waveform, arterial diameter, arterial stiffness, tissue pulse rate, arterial blood oxygenation, and tissue oxygenation.
It can be ascertained that data about these health metrics is usable to predict hypertension or pre-hypertension in a user, as well as other fitness and health metrics. Further, the sensor device is a non-invasive sensor device that can be positioned at a single location on a body of the human.
In an example, the sensor device can be incorporated into a wearable device such as a fitness band, an armband, a neckband, etc. as noted in a series of crude patent figures of such devices and more.
Microsoft's patent FIG. 1 below is a schematic of an exemplary sensor device #100 is illustrated. The sensor device can be placed directly on or proximate to (e.g., within 10 mm) a skin surface 101 of a user. The sensor device also includes a multidimensional optical sensor #108 that is configured to generate images, wherein a field of view of the optical sensor is directed towards the skin surface #106 of the user.
Microsoft's patent FIG. 17 above is an exemplary methodology (#1700) for operating a sensor device that is configured to output indications of spatial hemodynamics is illustrated.
Microsoft was granted patent 10,874,305 last Tuesday by the U.S. Patent Office titled "Sensor Device." For more details, check out the patent here.