Patent Number: 7,103,407

Title: Body fat monitoring system and method employing mobile terminal

Abstract: A system and method measures a parameter of body fat using body fat monitoring circuitry provided with a mobile communications device or device cover. A mobile terminal device includes a housing supporting a display, a processor, and a user interface for facilitating user interaction with the mobile terminal device. Body fat monitoring circuitry of the mobile terminal device includes a tactile interface supported by one or both of the housing and a cover of the housing. The monitoring circuitry communicates monitoring signals to a portion of a user's body via the tactile interface. The processor computes a resistance to the communication of the monitoring signals and computes the user's body fat parameter using the computed resistance. An acceleration sensor may be included to provide various pedometer functions.

Inventors: Hjelt; Kari (Espoo, FI), Nybergh; Kjell (Sipoo, FI), Hyyrylainen; Jari (Veikkola, FI), Ryhanen; Tapani (Helsinki, FI), Naukkarinen; Santtu (Espoo, FI)

Assignee: Nokia Corporation

International Classification: A61B 5/05 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018