Missouri Patent of the Month – September 2023

Elira, Inc. was founded to combat obesity with neurostimulation technology. Obesity and related health issues have reached alarming levels in recent years, with a significant impact on people’s quality of life and healthcare systems worldwide. Traditional weight management strategies often fall short, and many individuals struggle to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Elira recognized the need for a more personalized and effective solution to curb appetite and encourage mindful eating. This system harnesses the power of neurostimulation to create real-time interventions based on an individual’s degree of hunger and appetite.

Elira’s solution revolves around a multifaceted computer program product designed to empower users in their quest for improved dietary habits. The wearable patch provides a safe, drug-free, and non-invasive management solution.

Elira kicks off the process by prompting users to input data related to their hunger or appetite. This data can be conveniently entered via a microphone or display on their mobile device. The program then processes this input, analyzing it to establish an appetite or hunger pattern unique to each user. This step provides valuable insights into an individual’s eating habits and helps predict future appetite events.

Elira takes it a step further by determining the timing of future appetite or hunger events based on the identified patterns. This predictive capability is a game-changer, allowing users to prepare and make informed choices.

Finally, Elira generates tailored interventions based on the predicted timing of appetite or hunger events. These interventions can take various forms, such as visual displays, auditory feedback, or even recommendations for specific actions.

What sets Elira apart is its commitment to personalization. Unlike one-size-fits-all approaches, Elira adapts to each user’s unique needs and behaviors. Whether it’s recommending a specific meal, suggesting physical exercises, promoting mindfulness activities, or providing cognitive challenges, Elira’s interventions align with the individual’s goals and preferences.

Elira doesn’t stop at interventions. It also empowers users by allowing them to adjust parameters within predefined bounds, giving them a sense of control over their journey to better health. Additionally, it provides real-time feedback on dietary compliance and other relevant metrics, helping users stay on track.

Elira doesn’t just focus on calorie counting; it takes a holistic approach by integrating appetite, hunger, and craving levels with other vital data like exercise, caloric expenditure, and dietary compliance. This comprehensive view empowers users to make informed decisions about their well-being.

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