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(11)EP 3 251 723 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
08.05.2019 Bulletin 2019/19

(21)Application number: 16172929.8

(22)Date of filing:  03.06.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A61N 1/36  (2006.01)
A61N 1/04  (2006.01)
A63B 69/00  (2006.01)
A63B 24/00  (2006.01)

(54)

MOTION TRAINING AID WITH STIMULATOR

BEWEGUNGSTRAININGSHILFE MIT STIMULATOR

AIDE À L'APPRENTISSAGE DE MOUVEMENT AVEC STIMULATEUR


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(43)Date of publication of application:
06.12.2017 Bulletin 2017/49

(73)Proprietor: West & Berg Holding AB
211 12 Malmö (SE)

(72)Inventors:
  • Bergh, Christian
    SE-236 42 HÖLLVIKEN (SE)
  • Westerberg, Markus
    SE-236 41 HÖLLVIKEN (SE)
  • Bering, Ulf
    SE-253 60 RAMLÖSA (SE)

(74)Representative: Hansson Thyresson AB 
PO Box 73
201 20 Malmö
201 20 Malmö (SE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2014/153201
US-A1- 2004 064 157
US-A- 6 096 062
US-A1- 2014 199 672
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0001] The present invention relates to the field of training aids, i.e., devices that helps a person or animal better perform some activity of that person or animal. More particularly the present invention relates to motion training aids, i.e., systems or devices that provide some kind of feedback relating to a motion performed by the user. Even more particularly it relates to sports movements training aids.

    PRIOR ART



    [0002] One example of motion training aid is known from WO2003024544. It discloses a repetitive motion feedback system is provided with various sensors and devices for monitoring aspects of a repetitive motion sequence, such as a golf swing. The monitored aspects can include motion properties of an object moved by the user, position properties of the user and motion properties of the user. A data processing system for receiving data of the monitored aspects provides feedback data that is provided to a feedback output device, such as a graphical display device or speaker, so that the user is provided with feedback regarding the repetitive motion sequence. In one particular embodiment, the user's performance is compared to a template of a prior performance, with feedback being provided regarding the differences.

    [0003] Another prior art document is US6778866 disclosing a method and apparatus for teaching a person how to perform a specific body motion in a consistent manner is based on electronically measuring one or more parameters of an actual body motion, comparing the one or more measured parameters with corresponding parameters of a target body motion, and providing a sensible feedback to the user based on a degree of correspondence between the one or more measured parameters and the corresponding target parameters. In a particular embodiment, the feedback is audible. More specifically the feedback is a musical tune that has a particular characteristic (such as rhythm) that is particularly suited to a particular body motion (such as a golf swing). The feedback may be in the form of electronically causing the musical tune to go off-key in proportion to a discrepancy between the actual body motion and the target body motion.

    [0004] A further prior art system and method for teaching ergonomic motion of an athlete, for example a golfer is disclosed in WO200518759. The system including the video camera for capturing successive image of the golfer executing a preferring golf swing and a threshold definition system that allows the golfer define a spatial region of the video image. If the spatial region is intruded upon, an alarm is actuated, thereby providing feedback so the golfer may alter the technique of the next attempted motion. For example, the golfer may define the region such that if the club moves off plane during a swing, a tee removal system causes the ball to disappear. In this manner, the golfer is only able to hit the ball when the club stays on plane.

    [0005] US2004064157 discloses an apparatus for maintaining energy storage in an implantable medical device. This document discloses a charge maintenance process providing a charge maintenance current to a capacitor until the capacitor is therapeutically discharged.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0006] The present invention is defined in independent claims 1 and 3 and optional features are defined in dependent claim 2. The inventors are aiming at providing a device for providing fast feedback for training devices used to train and perfect some kind of user behaviour, or action, wherein this behaviour or action is happening relatively quickly. Examples of such behaviours or actions include but are not limited to e.g. sports motions, such as technically complex motions occurring in e.g. athletic field events (high jump, pole vault, hammer throw, javelin throw etc), or gymnastics (jumps, choreography, cheerleading moves), or baseball, or golf (golf swing, putting stroke), just to mention a few.

    [0007] It is desirable that a feedback signal signalling a less efficient move, or a "bad" move, or a movement that deviates from a reference movement should be instantaneous, or at least perceived as instantaneous by the user. The stimulus unit is configured to deliver the stimulus with very short delay, preferably, less than 50 ms, or more preferred less than 20 ms, or most preferred less than 10 ms. The stimulus should also be distinct. The inventors are aiming at providing a noticeable and distinct feedback in order to indicate and point out an undesirable motion to discourage said undesirable motion by the user.

    [0008] In various embodiments the stimulus unit comprises a body capacitance charging module and a discharge module with body electrodes. The body capacitance charging module is charged to a level that is sufficient to cause an electric shock to the person or animal performing the activity. The electric shock is caused when there is a disagreement between the position values of the current motion and of the predetermined desired motion. The level of charge or the voltage of the body capacitance charging module is measured and further charge is supplied when necessary to maintain a level that is sufficient to provide the electric shock.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0009] In order that the manner in which the above recited and other advantages and objects of the invention are obtained will be readily understood, a more particular description of the invention briefly described above will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments thereof which are illustrated in the appended drawings.

    [0010] Understanding that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the invention and are not therefore to be considered to be limiting of its scope, the invention will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings in which:
    Fig. 1
    is a block diagram of a stimulator device according to an embodiment of the present invention.
    Fig. 2
    shows a principal circuit diagram of a basic embodiment of a stimulator device.
    Fig. 3
    shows principal circuit diagram of second embodiment of a stimulator device.
    Fig. 4
    is a flowchart over method steps performed by the device of Fig. 1.
    Fig. 5
    is a diagram showing a charging process used in a stimulator device according to an embodiment of the present invention.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION


    Definitions



    [0011] For the purpose of the present invention, and in the following text, the following terms are used with the meaning as explained below.

    [0012] "Motion representation": A "motion representation" is a usually mathematical representation of a motion. The motion representation may include representations of linear and rotational motion position, motion velocity, and motion acceleration. For example, the motion may be represented by the current position of a predetermined point on the body of a user, or the motion may be represented by a (motion) track, see below.

    [0013] "Position": With the term "position", as used herein is understood the physical local position of a sensor unit or small object in relation to a nearby reference point, and expressed using a suitable coordinate system. Typically, in the context of the present invention, positions are within the magnitude of 0-5 meters from the reference point.

    [0014] "Undesired motion": The term "undesired motion" is used to denote a motion that is undesired or comprises an undesired feature as seen from the point of view of the user, and/or his or her coach.

    [0015] "Body motion tracker": As used herein, the term "body motion tracker" denotes a device or a system, or a piece of computer code when executed capable of tracking one or more predefined points of a user's body over time, based on processed sensor data.

    [0016] "Tracking": With the term "tracking" is understood the activity of collecting and storing (recording) consecutive positions of one or more predefined points on a user's body during a motion.

    [0017] "Motion track": With the term "motion track" is meant the result of the tracking activity, i.e., the collective amount of stored consecutive positions of a predefined body point over time, starting at a start point or start time, and ending at a finishing point or finishing time.

    [0018] "Reference motion track": A "reference motion track" is a desired motion track that can be used to create a model to which motion representations of motions can be compared.

    [0019] "Rotation angle" or "Angle of rotation": In two dimensional space the "angle of rotation" is a measurement of the amount, the angle, by which an object is rotated about a fixed point. In three-dimensional space rotation is measured and indicated using angles of rotation about three coordinate axes.

    [0020] "Predefined body point": With the term "predefined body point" is meant a point on a user's body that has been provided with means for facilitating the tracking of said point, e.g. a sensor unit.

    [0021] "Attitude": In the context of the present invention the term "attitude" is used to denote an object's orientation (attitude, angular position) in space. The attitude may be represented by pitch, yaw and roll angles or, alternatively, by an attitude vector or axis, and a rotation angle around that vector or axis, i.e. axis-angle representation, c.f. Euler's rotation theorem.

    [0022] "Motion sensor unit": A "motion sensor unit" is understood to be a unit, attachable to a user's body, that are able to deliver motion information, such as accelerations, information making it possible to determine the sensor's attitude and three-dimensional position or changes in the same position during a motion of the user, in a suitable reference system. The sensor unit is conceived to be small and lightweight enough not to interfere with the motion of the user.

    [0023] "Control unit": In the context of the present invention a "control unit" is a unit comprising a man-machine interface for operating a device, it also usually comprises wireless communication means to communicate with the processor and/or the motion sensor unit.

    [0024] "Sample": In the context of the present invention the term "sample" is used to denote a calculated state of the motion sensor unit at a particular moment in time, and may include representations of linear and/or rotational: motion position, motion velocity, and motion acceleration as calculated by the processor based on motion sensor data from the motion sensor unit and also based on a reference frame, i.e., a coordinate system. Associated with the sample is a sample number and/or a sample time.

    [0025] "Processor": In the context of the present invention the term "processor" is used to denote a processor system irrespective if it comprises one or more logical or physical processors, if nothing else is explicitly mentioned.

    [0026] "Memory": In the context of the present invention the term "memory" is used to denote a memory system irrespective if it comprises one or more logical or physical memories, if nothing else is explicitly mentioned

    [0027] "Stimulator": In the context of the present invention the term stimulator is used to denote a device, attachable to a body of a person or animal, and upon receiving a command, capable of eliciting a stimulus perceptible by that person or animal.

    [0028] "Motion": With the term "motion" is understood any body movement performed by a person, composite or simple, may it be a movement of one or more of his or her extremities, or torso, or centre of gravity. Any possible ambiguities should be solved by the context in which the term is used. The term is also used to denote the movement as sensed by a sensor. Example motions include portions of or complete high jump, pole vault, hammer throw, javelin throw, gymnastics jumps, choreography moves, cheerleading moves, baseball batting, baseball pitching, golf swing, putting stroke.

    [0029] The stimulus unit is configured to deliver the stimulus with very short delay, preferably, less than 50 ms, or more preferred less than 20 ms, or most preferred less than 10 ms. The stimulus should also be distinct.

    [0030] In order to be able to deliver the stimulus, i.e., an electric discharge, with short notice, there is provided a training aid stimulator device as outlined in Fig. 1. The block diagram in Fig. 1 shows a stimulator device according to an embodiment of the present invention. A processor 110 is connected to a memory 120. Further, the processor is connected to a body capacitance charging module 125 for charging a body capacitance connected via a first body electrode 135. Further the processor 110 is connected to a measurement switch 130. The measurement switch is controlled by the processor to connect and disconnect a measurement module 150 to the first body electrode 135 at certain times. The timing of the connecting and disconnecting respectively of the measurement module to the first body electrode 135 will be further explained below. The processor 110 is further connected to a discharge module 160 in order to control the delivery of a discharge of a body capacitance connected via the first body electrode 135 and a second body electrode 137.

    [0031] Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 show alternate principal wiring diagrams for a first circuit, and a second circuit capable of providing a distinct biofeedback electrical stimulus to the skin of a user. Fig. 2 shows a stimulator circuit comprising a first electrode 135 and a second electrode 137 devised to make contact to the skin of a user. Said first and said second electrodes can also be referred to as skin electrodes. Power at a low voltage level is supplied at VSUPPLY. The low voltage normally is DC (Direct Current) supplied by a battery which is stepped up in a transformer device 138 to a higher level, VIN. In various embodiments the transformer device 138 comprises a DC-to-DC converter or an electric power converter. A measuring switch 130 is connected between VIN and a first resistor R1 of a voltage divider. The voltage divider is made up of the first resistor R1 and a second resistor R2. An analog to digital converter ADC is connected between the resistors R1 and R2 and could be said to constitute a measurement module 150 together with these resistors. The measuring switch 130 is connected to and controlled by a signal MEASURE from the processor 110. An electrical model for the stimulator circuit as attached to the human skin has been devised. The model includes a capacitance of the body, CBODY, and a resistance RHAND of the skin between said first electrode 135 and said second electrode 137.

    [0032] The stimulator circuit further comprises a discharge switch 161 for controlling a feedback discharge also called a biofeedback electrical stimulus. The discharge switch 161 is connected between the second skin electrode 137 and earth to provide a discharge drain when triggered by a trigger signal from trigger output, TRG, of the processor. When a voltage is applied at VSUPPLY and increased in the transformer device 138 the capacitance of the body, CBODY, will be charged to a predetermined level. The actual level is measured by applying the signal MEASURE and reading a voltage signal in the voltage divider at ADC. An analog to digital converter can be used to provide the processor 110 with the actual reading of voltage level. When the predetermined level is reached the processor 110 is ready to provide a signal at TRG to open the discharge switch 161. As a result the capacitance CBODY is discharged and a pulse is experienced by the person carrying said first electrode 135 and said second electrode 137.

    [0033] The TRG signal is delayed until a specific condition is present. A continuous discharge through first resistor R1 and second resistor R2 is avoided in the embodiment shown in Fig. 2 by opening the measuring switch 130. In the embodiment shown in Fig. 3 an implementation of the measuring switch 130 comprises a first transistor 165 connected at a control input to a first control resistor 167 receiving the MEASURE signal. In a similar way the discharge switch 161 comprises a second transistor 168 connected at a control input to a second control resistor 169 provided for receiving the TRG signal from the processor. Still, there will be some minor continuous discharging from CBODY, but by a maintenance or support charging as described below with reference to Fig. 4 and Fig. 5 this problem can be avoided.

    [0034] The process of maintenance charging (support charging or top-up charging) is started in block 205 and the charging is started in block 210. The processor 110 then applies signal MEASURE to the measuring switch and the voltage over second resistor R2 is measured in block 215. In block 220 it is checked whether a predefined first voltage level is reached. If the predefined first voltage level is not reached the charging in block 210 continues. If the predefined first voltage level is reached the processor continuously awaits a condition for a feedback discharge in block 225. When a condition for discharge is at hand the discharge module 160 is activated in block 230. The device then is stopped in block 232. If there is no condition for discharge the processor enters a wait condition for a predetermined time period in block 235.

    [0035] The processor then checks if the full process is finished in block 240. If the process is finished, the charge of the body capacitance is slowly dissipated, and the device then is stopped in block 232. If the process is still in operation (motion continues) the measurement module 150 is activated in block 242 and it is checked in block 245 whether voltage of voltage divider R1, R2 has dropped to or below a predetermined second level, c.f. Fig. 5. If voltage has not dropped to or below said predetermined second level the measuring module is switched off in block 246 and the process returns to block 235.

    [0036] If voltage has dropped to or below said predetermined second level the measuring module is switched off in block 248 to preserve charge. Then maintenance charging is activated in block 250. The maintenance charging is maintained for a predetermined time period after which the measurement module 150 is activated in block 252. In block 254 it is checked whether the predefined first voltage level is reached. If the predefined first voltage level is not reached the measuring module is disconnected in block 248 and the maintenance charging in block 250 continues. If the predefined first voltage level is reached the measuring module is disconnected in block 246 and the process returns to block 235.

    [0037] The diagram of Fig. 5 shows the charging and maintenance charging processes described above with reference to Fig. 4. A main charge process corresponding to the charge block 210 is initiated at time T1. When the predetermined first voltage level is reached a discharge process starts. The dotted line indicates the discharge that would take place, should the measurement switch 130 be omitted. The voltage level in that case soon would reach a level where a controlled discharge would not be sensed by the user in the intended way. As a result of the measurement module 150 measuring a low voltage level, a support or maintenance charging instead will be initiated when the voltage level drops to or below the second level. As soon as the first voltage level is reached again the charging is stopped. The voltage drop between the first level and the second level is at a level that will not impair the feedback discharge. The support or maintenance charging will be initiated repeatedly when the voltage level reaches the second level.

    [0038] While certain illustrative embodiments of the invention have been described in particularity, it will be understood that various other modifications will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention as defined by the claims.

    Legend



    [0039] 
    100
    Stimulator
    110
    Processor
    120
    Memory
    125
    Body capacitance charging module
    138
    Transformer device
    130
    Measurement switch
    135
    First skin electrode
    137
    Second skin electrode
    150
    Measurement module
    152
    Analog to digital converter
    160
    Discharge module
    161
    Discharge switch
    165
    First transistor (Measurement switch)
    167
    First control resistor (Measurement switch)
    168
    Second transistor (Discharge switch)
    169
    Second control resistor (Discharge switch)
    R1, R2 etc
    Resistances



    Claims

    1. A training aid stimulator (100) comprising

    - a first skin electrode (135) for making electrical contact to the body of a user, and

    - a second skin electrode (137) for making electrical contact to the body of a user,

    - a body capacitance charging module (125) connected to the first skin electrode (135),

    - a discharge module (160) connected to the second skin electrode (137) for a feedback discharging of a body capacitance charged by the body capacitance charging module (125), and

    - a processor (110) connected to the body capacitance charging module (125) for controlling the charging of a body capacitance, CBODY, to a predetermined first voltage level,

    wherein the processor further being connected to the discharge module (160) for controlling a feedback discharge of said body capacitance, CBODY, through the skin via the first and second electrode (135, 137),
    wherein the stimulator further comprises a measurement module (150) for measuring the level of charge of said body capacitance, CBODY, and wherein the processor (110) is configured for keeping the stimulator ready to discharge by repeatedly measuring the level of charge of said body capacitance, CBODY, and by providing a maintenance charging by activating the body capacitance charging module (125) when voltage of said body capacitance, CBODY, is at or below a predetermined second voltage level, the stimulator (100) being configured to:

    - disconnecting the measurement module (150) when a first voltage level is reached;

    - waiting a predetermined period of time;

    - re-connecting the measurement module (150), and providing maintenance charging if a measured voltage level is at or below a second voltage level


     
    2. The stimulator according to claim 1, further comprising a measurement switch (130) for connecting and disconnecting the measurement module (150), wherein the processor (110) further is configured to repeatedly switch on and switch of said measurement switch (130).
     
    3. A method for keeping a biofeedback stimulator prepared to deliver a biofeedback electrical stimulus to the body of a user via electrodes, the method comprising the following steps:

    - applying (210) a charging voltage to the electrodes;

    - measuring (215), using a measurement module, a voltage over said electrodes, said voltage corresponding to a charging level;

    - disconnecting (220) the measurement module when a first voltage level is reached;

    - waiting (235) a predetermined period of time;

    - re-connecting the measurement module, and providing maintenance charging if a measured voltage level is at or below a second voltage level.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Ein Trainingshilfsstimulator (100), umfassend

    - eine erste Hautelektrode (135) zum Herstellen eines elektrischen Kontakts mit dem Körper eines Benutzers, und

    - eine zweite Hautelektrode (137) zum Herstellen eines elektrischen Kontakts mit dem Körper eines Benutzers,

    - ein Körperkapazitäts-Lademodul (125), das mit der ersten Hautelektrode (135) verbunden ist,

    - ein Entlademodul (160), das mit der zweiten Hautelektrode (137) verbunden ist, um eine Rückkopplungsentladung einer Körperkapazität durchzuführen, die durch das Körperkapazitäts-Lademodul (125) aufgeladen ist, und

    - einen Prozessor (110), der mit dem Körperkapazitäts-Lademodul (125) zum Steuern des Ladens einer Körperkapazität, CBODY, auf einen vorbestimmten ersten Spannungspegel verbunden ist,

    wobei der Prozessor ferner mit dem Entlademodul (160) zum Steuern einer Rückkopplungsentladung der Körperkapazität, CBODY, durch die Haut über die erste und zweite Elektrode (135, 137) verbunden ist,
    wobei der Stimulator ferner ein Messmodul (150) zum Messen des Ladungsniveaus der Körperkapazität CBODY umfasst, und wobei der Prozessor (110) zum Bereithalten des Stimulators zur Entladung durch wiederholtes Messen des Ladungsniveaus der Körperkapazität CBODY und durch Bereitstellen einer Erhaltungsladung durch Aktivieren des Körperkapazitäts-Lademoduls (125) konfiguriert ist, wenn die Spannung der Körperkapazität CBODY, auf oder unter einem vorbestimmten zweiten Spannungsniveau liegt, wobei der Stimulator (100) zum

    - Trennen des Messmoduls (150), wenn ein erster Spannungspegel erreicht ist;

    - Warten einer vorbestimmten Zeitspanne;

    - Wiederverbinden des Messmoduls (150) und Bereitstellen einer Erhaltungsladung, wenn ein gemessener Spannungspegel auf oder unter einem zweiten Spannungspegel liegt,

    ausgebildet ist.
     
    2. Der Stimulator gemäß Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend einen Messschalter (130) zum Verbinden und Trennen des Messmoduls (150), wobei der Prozessor (110) ferner zum wiederholten Ein- und Ausschalten des Messschalters (130) ausgebildet ist.
     
    3. Verfahren zum Bereithalten eines Biofeedback-Stimulators zum Liefern eines elektrischen Biofeedback-Stimulus an den Körper eines Benutzers über Elektroden, das Verfahren, die folgenden Schritte umfassend:

    - Anlegen (210) einer Ladespannung an die Elektroden;

    - Messen (215), unter Verwendung eines Messmoduls, einer Spannung über die Elektroden, wobei die Spannung einem Ladezustand entspricht;

    - Trennen (220) des Messmoduls, wenn ein erster Spannungspegel erreicht wird;

    - Warten (235) einer vorbestimmten Zeitspanne;

    - Wiederverbinden des Messmoduls und Bereitstellen einer Erhaltungsladung, wenn ein gemessener Spannungspegel auf oder unter einem zweiten Spannungspegel liegt.


     


    Revendications

    1. Stimulateur d'aide à l'apprentissage ou d'aide à l'entraînement (100) comprenant :

    - une première électrode cutanée (135) pour réaliser un contact électrique sur le corps d'un utilisateur ; et

    - une seconde électrode cutanée (137) pour réaliser un contact électrique sur le corps d'un utilisateur ;

    - un module de charge de capacité du corps (125) qui est connecté à la première électrode cutanée (135) ;

    - un module de décharge (160) qui est connecté à la seconde électrode cutanée (137) pour une décharge de rétroaction d'une capacité du corps qui est chargée par le module de charge de capacité du corps (125) ; et

    - un processeur (110) qui est connecté au module de charge de capacité du corps (125) pour commander la charge d'une capacité du corps, CBODY, jusqu'à un premier niveau de tension prédéterminé ; dans lequel :
    le processeur étant en outre connecté au module de décharge (160) pour commander une décharge de rétroaction de ladite capacité du corps, CBODY, au travers de la peau via les première et seconde électrodes (135, 137) ; dans lequel :
    le stimulateur comprend en outre un module de mesure (150) pour mesurer le niveau de charge de ladite capacité du corps, CBODY, et dans lequel le processeur (110) est configuré de manière à ce qu'il maintienne le stimulateur prêt pour une décharge en mesurant de façon répétée le niveau de charge de ladite capacité du corps, CBODY, et en réalisant une charge de maintenance en activant le module de charge de capacité du corps (125) lorsque la tension de ladite capacité du corps, CBODY, est à un second niveau de tension prédéterminé ou en deçà, le stimulateur (100) étant configuré de manière à ce qu'il réalise les actions qui suivent :

    - la déconnexion du module de mesure (150) lorsqu'un premier niveau de tension est atteint ;

    - l'attente pendant une période temporelle prédéterminée ; et

    - la connexion à nouveau du module de mesure (150), et la réalisation d'une charge de maintenance si un niveau de tension mesuré est à un second niveau de tension ou en deçà.


     
    2. Stimulateur selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre un commutateur de mesure (130) pour connecter et déconnecter le module de mesure (150), dans lequel le processeur (110) est en outre configuré de manière à ce qu'il commute ledit commutateur de mesure (130) de façon répétée dans l'état d'activation et dans l'état de désactivation.
     
    3. Procédé pour maintenir un stimulateur à rétroaction biologique prêt à délivrer un stimulus électrique de rétroaction biologique sur le corps d'un utilisateur via des électrodes, le procédé comprenant les étapes qui suivent :

    - l'application (210) d'une tension de charge sur les électrodes ;

    - la mesure (215), en utilisant un module de mesure, d'une tension aux bornes desdites électrodes, ladite tension correspondant à un niveau de charge ;

    - la déconnexion (220) du module de mesure lorsqu'un premier niveau de tension est atteint ;

    - l'attente (235) pendant une période temporelle prédéterminée ; et

    - la connexion à nouveau du module de mesure, et la réalisation d'une charge de maintenance si un niveau de tension mesuré est à un second niveau de tension ou en deçà.


     




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