PITTSBURGH, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wearable body monitor company BodyMedia, Inc. today announced receipt of a new data analytics patent from the U.S. Patent Office, expanding a portfolio of more than 70 patents previously focused on a broad range of issues related to wearable body monitoring technology and its relationship to health management. United States Patent No. 8,275,635, titled INTEGRATION OF LIFEOTYPES WITH DEVICES AND SYSTEMS, covers a data analytics process utilized to define what BodyMedia calls "lifeotype" categories that can potentially be used for purposes ranging from tracking health issues to controlling electronic devices.
Building on BodyMedia's ability to collect physiological data about individuals through its wearable sensor technology, the new patent outlines a methodology for parsing that data as well as combining it with other sources to identify patterns that are common to individuals or groups that share the same lifestyle. Having access to these patterns is expected to offer opportunities to draw inferences about the effects of different lifestyles, predict or manage certain conditions, guide more effective lifestyle changes, and customize devices such as computers, TVs and thermostats to the particular consumer's "lifeotype" profile.
"BodyMedia has led the industry in capturing physiological data with multi-sensor on-body monitors for over 13 years. The next step, and one that has been on our road map for a long time, is to analyze that data and other information to provide meaningful insights across populations that will help improve lives in a variety of ways," said BodyMedia CEO Christine Robins. "This patent demonstrates our commitment to this mission, the progress we are making in developing the technology that will make this possible, and the ongoing enhancement of our patent portfolio as we continue to pursue new innovations in lifestyle management."
BodyMedia also has nearly 100 other patents pending, including others in the data analytics arena.
About BodyMedia, Inc.
BodyMedia pioneered the development of wearable body monitors that collect physiological data for use in improving health, wellness and fitness. Founded in 1999, the company today provides a variety of around-the-clock on-body monitors utilizing proprietary technology that has been clinically validated for accuracy. Data captured by BodyMedia devices is used by consumers as well as health and wellness professionals to guide behavioral changes to control weight and promote an active lifestyle – two factors that are routinely cited as keys to combat and manage serious medical conditions. BodyMedia has amassed one of the largest databases of information about the human body, and the technology has been used in over 100 clinical research studies covering health issues such as obesity, COPD, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, cancer, bariatrics, sleep and intensive care. BodyMedia is privately held and based in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit www.bodymedia.com.
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