Patents Assigned to Bose Corporation
  • Publication number: 20190222928
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to rest on a wearer's neck or shoulders, and has a first microphone positioned at a first position located on the right side of the wearer, when the apparatus is worn, and a second microphone positioned at a second position located on the left side of the wearer. A processor receives audio signals output by the first and second microphones, and compares the audio signals from the first microphone to the audio signals from the second microphone. Based on the comparison, the processor determines whether the wearer's head is rotated to the right, left, or center, during an instance of the user speaking. Based on the determination, the processor selects a first one of at least two audio signal destinations, and provides the audio signal from at least one of the microphones to the first selected audio signal destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: William Henry Arthur Voigt, Darren Abrams, William D. Rice, Pelham Norville, Noah Stupak, John Trotter
  • Patent number: 10356232
    Abstract: Various implementations include dual-transceiver wireless audio systems configured to forward call audio from a first wireless transceiver to a second wireless transceiver over a simple voice forward profile (SVFP) connection. In other implementations, a computer-implemented method is disclosed for controlling a dual-transceiver wireless calling system. In still other implementations, a wireless headphone system is configured to forward call audio from a first headphone to a second headphone over the SVFP connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sharafuddeen Nalakath, David Kleinschmidt, Pepin Torres
  • Patent number: 10353221
    Abstract: Various aspects include audio eyeglasses with through-hinge wiring configurations. In particular aspects, audio eyeglasses include: a frame for resting on a head of a user, the frame having: a lens region; a pair of arms extending from the lens region; and a hinge coupling the lens region and one of the pair of arms, the hinge including: a body; and a cavity within the body, the cavity sized to accommodate a cable extending therethrough, the hinge permitting movement of the arm relative to the lens region; and an electro-acoustic transducer at least partially housed in the frame and having a sound-radiating surface for providing an audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Allen Timothy Graff, Cedric Bosch, Nathan David Schaal, Edgardo Alicea, Vincent James Lee, Ryan Richard Meganck
  • Patent number: 10354641
    Abstract: An acoustic noise reduction (ANR) headphone described herein has current detection circuitry that detects current consumed by an acoustic driver amplifier as a result of pressure changes due to a tapping of the headphone. Tapping may be performed to change an audio feature or operating mode of the audio system for the headphone. The current detection circuitry senses a characteristic of the current consumed by the acoustic driver amplifier that can be used to determine an occurrence of a tap event. Examples of a characteristic include an amplitude, waveform or duration of the sensed current. Advantageously, the ANR headphones avoid the need for control buttons to initiate the desired changes to the audio feature or operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul Yamkovoy
  • Patent number: 10354635
    Abstract: Audio pickup systems and methods are provided to enhance an audio signal by removing noise components related to an acoustic environment. The systems and methods receive a primary signal and a reference signal. The reference signal is adaptively filtered and subtracted from the primary signal to minimize an energy content of a resulting output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Kemmerer, Alaganandan Ganeshkumar
  • Patent number: 10354640
    Abstract: Technology described in this document can be embodied in a method that includes receiving an input signal captured by one or more sensors associated with an active noise reduction (ANR) device, processing the input signal using a first filter disposed in an ANR signal flow path to generate a first signal for an acoustic transducer of the ANR device, and processing the input signal in a pass-through signal flow path disposed in parallel with the ANR signal flow path to generate a second signal for the acoustic transducer. The pass-through signal flow path is configured to allow at least a portion of the input signal to pass through to the acoustic transducer in accordance with a variable gain associated with the pass-through signal flow path. The method also includes generating an output signal for the acoustic transducer based on combining the first signal with the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan terMeulen, John Allen Rule, Dale McElhone
  • Publication number: 20190215635
    Abstract: An audio device includes a casing configured for operation in a first orientation and a second orientation different from the first orientation, an orientation input device disposed on the casing to detect an orientation of the casing relative to the direction of the force of gravity, and a plurality of acoustic drivers disposed on the casing and operable to form a plurality of acoustic interference arrays, each of which is associated with one of a plurality of audio channels. The acoustic drivers of the audio device operate in a first frequency range and modify at least one of the acoustic interference arrays in response to a change in the orientation detected by the orientation input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Freeman, John Joyce
  • Publication number: 20190215595
    Abstract: An ear tip for an earphone includes an interior mating surface for attaching the ear tip to the earphone, the interior mating surface at least partially surrounding a cavity where the earphone will be located when the ear tip may be so attached, an outer surface including features corresponding to human ear anatomy, a nozzle extension providing a passageway from the interior cavity to space outside the ear tip, a wax guard in the nozzle extension, the wax guard blocking the passageway, and a plurality of holes through the wax guard, the holes sized and arranged to allow sound to pass along the passageway, while inhibiting ear wax from passing along the passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Brian David Beaudoin, Benjamin N. Davies, Daniel K. Lee, Michael Andrew Zalisk
  • Patent number: 10344963
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide a headphone assembly having a customizable ear cups. Specifically, a user may customize an outer surface of an ear cup assembly by selecting one or more of color to be illuminated on the outer surface and an insert. The insert further diffuses the illuminate light. A trim ring that secures the insert is configured to overlay the lightpipe and a portion of an ear cup subassembly regardless of the presence of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Darius Mobed, Joel H. Miller, Joseph Titlow, Jesse Flack, Lee Zamir
  • Patent number: 10349169
    Abstract: Various implementations include microphone arrays and related speaker systems. In one implementation, a microphone array is mounted in a housing having a primary X axis, a primary Y axis perpendicular to the primary X axis, and a primary Z axis perpendicular to the primary X axis and the primary Y axis. The microphone array can include a set of microphones positioned in a single plane perpendicular to the primary Z axis, and axially asymmetric with respect to both the primary X axis and the primary Y axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Avi Dick, Sarah Margaret Heile
  • Patent number: 10349199
    Abstract: An acoustic array system includes a sound field controller and an acoustic transducer array. The sound field controller provides first and second processed signals. The first processed signal is associated with a first acoustic radiation pattern and the second processed signal is associated with a second acoustic radiation pattern. The transducer array receives the first and second processed signals from the sound field controller and produces first and second driver signals for each of the transducers. The first driver signals are based upon the first processed signal and the second driver signals are based upon the second processed signal. The transducer array combines the first and second driver signals for each of the transducers to produce a plurality of combined driver signals, one for each of the transducers, and provides the combined driver signals to the transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Soichiro Hayashi, Akira Mochimaru, Marco Panzanella
  • Patent number: 10343571
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a seat headrest that includes an interior chamber that accommodates an acoustic transducer, and an acoustic channel disposed between the interior chamber and an external opening in the seat headrest. The headrest also includes a soft outer layer disposed around at least a portion of a periphery of the external opening, and a grill mount. The grill mount is disposed in or attached to the outer layer, the grill mount extending, at least in part, around the periphery of the acoustic channel, and configured to engage with a portion of a speaker grill-assembly in a mating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald
  • Patent number: 10341794
    Abstract: Audio speaker systems and methods are provided to detect movement of the speaker system or other device. An audio program content signal is converted into an acoustic signal, and the acoustic signal causes an echo signal. The echo signal is received and a relationship of the echo signal to the audio program content signal is quantified. A quantified value is compared to a stored quantified value and, based upon the comparison, a change in physical position is selectively indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric Freeman, Joseph Gaalaas
  • Patent number: 10338939
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a computer-implemented method that includes receiving location information associated with a location of a user-device, and receiving, from one or more sensor devices, user-specific information about a user associated with the user device. The method also includes estimating, by one or more processors, based on (i) the user-specific information and (ii) the location information, a set of one or more parameters indicative of social interactions of the user. The method further includes generating a signal representing informational output based on comparing the set of one or more parameters to corresponding threshold values, and providing the signal for causing a presentation of the informational output on an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Franck
  • Patent number: 10334344
    Abstract: An earpiece with structure for positioning and retaining the earpiece and with structure for sealing against the entrance to the ear canal to provide passive noise attenuation. The positioning and retaining structure engages features of the lateral surface of the ear. The structure for sealing against the entrance to the ear canal includes a conical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Monahan, Ryan C. Silvestri, Eric M. Wallace, Kevin P. Annunziato
  • Patent number: 10334347
    Abstract: An earbud includes a capacitive sensor including at least one conductive trace and a controller configured to provide an indication of the earbud being inserted into an ear of a user responsive to detecting changes in capacitance of one of the at least one conductive trace relative to ground or different conductive traces relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Igor Kofman, Jay Klemme
  • Patent number: 10334352
    Abstract: An earcup to headband joint for headphones, wherein the headphones comprise an electrical cable that extends from the headband into the earcup. The earcup to headband joint includes joint structure that couples the earcup to the headband and that is constructed and arranged to provide for earcup translation along a vertical axis and rotation about the vertical axis, and at least one friction element in the earcup and in contact with at least one of the joint structure and the cable. The friction element is constructed and arranged to provide forces that resist rotational motion of the earcup about the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bennett Daley, Benjamin Eisenberg Zelnick
  • Patent number: 10334337
    Abstract: A speaker includes a housing, a member secured to the housing, and a locking pin which passes through a first portion of the speaker. The member substantially covers at least two sides of the locking pin. The member thus provides some protection against the locking pin unintentionally coming into contact with another object. The member has two or more feet which are secured to the member and which can support the speaker on a substantially horizontal surface when the speaker is oriented such that the member is facing the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Warden, Kevin Joseph Brousseau, Randy J. Kulchy, Benjamin C. Lippitt
  • Patent number: 10327073
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide methods, apparatuses, and systems for closed-loop respiration entrainment based on spatialized audio signals. According to an aspect, based on a determined rate of a subject's respiration, spatialization of a virtual sound source is altered to simulate a distance or directionality to the subject. Simulating the distance, directionality, and/or source characteristics comprises processing sounds of the virtual sound source to generate a perception of the sounds being heard from one or more distances or directions with reference to the subject. The altered virtual sound source attempts to regulate the rate of respiration of the subject. An audio device outputs the sounds of the altered virtual sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dale McElhone, Mikaela Alison Shannon, Daniel Ross Tengelsen, Richard Eli Saffran, John Harlan Wendell
  • Patent number: D851629
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Summerson, Timothy J. Meredith, Adam A. Carr, Kurt MacLaurin