Patents Assigned to Harman International Industries, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10536776
    Abstract: In one embodiment, earphones with bimodally fitting earbuds enable accurate reproduction of music while exposing a wearer to environmental noises on one side of the wearer. More specifically, an open earbud is designed to create a substantially open (i.e., unsealed) sound chamber around one ear while a closed earbud is designed to create a substantially closed sound chamber around the other ear. Because the open earbud is associated with sound leakage that alters both the intended level and the bass content of the music, the earphones include a signal redistribution subsystem that perspicaciously replaces at least a portion of this lost signal energy. Advantageously, such earphones expose the wearer to useful localized sounds, such as noises from an auto lane adjacent to a bike lane, while conveying the intended mix of music more accurately than conventional earphones with two open earbuds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: James M. Kirsch
  • Patent number: 10414337
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for generating a simulated vehicle sound is provided. At least one parameter module receives a first driver throttle signal and to transmit a first input signal indicative of a first simulated vehicle sound. An engine sound generator block audibly generates a first simulated vehicle sound in response to the first input signal. An engine sound removal block is operably coupled to a microphone that receives a first microphone input signal. The first microphone input signal includes first environmental noise associated with a vehicle exterior environment and the first simulated vehicle sound. The engine sound removal block is configured to filter the first simulated vehicle sound from the first microphone input signal to determine the first environmental noise. The engine sound generator generates a second simulated vehicle sound that is louder than the first environmental noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kreifeldt, James Kirsch
  • Patent number: 10408632
    Abstract: Navigation method and system are provided. The navigation method may include: a vehicle mounted system, which includes a storage device and a display, receiving a Turn-by-Turn navigation guidance instruction from a mobile device which has a navigation program running thereon; the vehicle mounted system selecting at least one guidance logo, stored in the storage device, according to the received Turn-by-Turn navigation guidance instruction; and the vehicle mounted system presenting on the display the at least one selected guidance logo. More vehicles can provide navigation with help of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ping Zhou, Xiaopei Huang, Wenping Xiao
  • Patent number: 10375465
    Abstract: A computer-program product embodied in a non-transitory computer readable medium that is programmed to communicate with a listener of headphones is provided. The computer-program product includes instructions to receive ambient noise indicative of external noise to a listener's headphone and to extract a speech component from the ambient noise. The computer-program product further includes instructions to derive an intent from the speech component of the ambient noise and compare the intent to at least one user defined preference. The computer-program product further including instructions to transmit an alert to notify a listener that the intent of the speech component matches the at least one user defined preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Pratyush Sahay
  • Patent number: 10375466
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a gain redistribution application restructures gains associated with multiple microphones included in a head-worn audio system to minimize near field noise. In response to a sound generated by a sound source, the microphones generate input signals. The gain redistribution application performs mixing operations on the input signals to generate an output signal that mitigates near field noise associated with the same side of the head as the sound source. Subsequently, the gain redistribution application transmits the output signal to a speaker that targets the same side of the head as the sound source. Advantageously, by reducing the gain associated with an input signal received via a microphone located on the same side of the head as the sound source, the gain redistribution application reduces near field noise transmitted to the user during operation in a more comprehensive fashion relative to conventional designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Branden Sheffield, James M. Kirsch
  • Patent number: 10367861
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-program product embodied in a non-transitory computer read-able medium that is programmed to manage a digital audio conference including a plurality of conference units and each conference unit including a microphone is provided. The computer-program product includes instructions to receive first information corresponding to a layout of a venue that facilitates an audio conference for users of the plurality of conference units. The computer-program product further includes instructions to store second information corresponding to an arrangement of a plurality of seats in the venue and to associate a first conference unit of the plurality of conference units to a first seat of the plurality of seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudresha T. Shetty, Raghunandan Ghagarvale
  • Publication number: 20190191238
    Abstract: A sound system is provided with a headphone that includes a transducer and at least one microphone. The sound system also includes an equalization filter and a loop filter circuit. The equalization filter is adapted to equalize an audio input signal based on at least one predetermined coefficient. The loop filter circuit includes a leaky integrator circuit that is adapted to generate a filtered audio signal based on the equalized audio input signal and a feedback signal indicative of sound received by the at least one microphone, and to provide the filtered audio signal to the transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich HORBACH
  • Patent number: 10244021
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering media content from a first media device to a second media device is provided. The apparatus includes a server configured to receive media content from a first media device and to receive a first plurality of user experience settings used at the first media device to playback the media content. The server is further configured to store operating capabilities from a second media device. The server is further configured to adjust at least a portion of the operating capabilities in response to the first plurality of user experience settings to generate translated user experience settings and to transmit the media content and the translated user experience settings to the second media device to enable the second media device being to playback the media content substantially similar to the first media device playing back the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dibyendu Chatterjee, Ramana Rao Pandeshwar
  • Publication number: 20180063632
    Abstract: A venting system for a vehicle speaker assembly includes an internal enclosure provided within a first vehicle component and having the vehicle speaker assembly disposed therein, a vent provided in the internal enclosure, and a port provided in a second vehicle component, wherein engagement of the vent with the port allows for an output generated by the vehicle speaker assembly to be transmitted from the internal enclosure to the second vehicle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Michael WHEELER, Christopher LUDWIG
  • Patent number: 9854325
    Abstract: Electronic modules in a vehicle may communicate over an Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) network. The modules normally cooperate to send and receive streams of data with a specified quality of service as AVB streams. When conditions are present in which an AVB-quality stream cannot be sent over the network, the modules can communicate with certain limp-home functionality. Sending modules may send streams of data without a stream reservation as multicast messages. Receiving modules may be configured to receive the multicast messages. Network bridge modules may be configured to enable a Talker Pruning feature to facilitate handling of the multicast messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Craig Gunther
  • Patent number: 9854365
    Abstract: A loudspeaker includes a voice coil in a balanced state. In the loudspeaker, at least a first suspension element acts on a first side of the voice coil, and at least a second suspension element acts on a second side of the voice coil. The loudspeaker includes a symmetric magnet assembly. The voice coil aligns with the symmetric magnet assembly. The symmetric alignment contributes to the loudspeaker yielding substantially symmetric motor force (BL), suspension stiffness (K), and inductance (Le).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Sterling
  • Publication number: 20170366894
    Abstract: A headphone is provided with a housing and a transducer. The housing has a baffle surface with a recess formed therein and an edge formed about a periphery of the baffle surface. The transducer disposed in the recess and supported by the housing. The headphone is also provided with an ear cushion and a sheet. The ear cushion has a base formed in an annular shape and connected to the housing about the edge and a contact surface spaced apart from the base to engage a portion of a user's head around an outer ear, wherein the ear cushion defines a cavity to collectively form an acoustic chamber with the user's head. The sheet is disposed over the baffle surface with a hole formed therethrough and aligned with the transducer. The sheet is also formed of a sound absorbent material to suppress sound reflections within the acoustic chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ulrich HORBACH, Kevin BAILEY
  • Publication number: 20170339481
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an earpiece system comprising an enhancer is provided. The enhancer is configured to receive an earbud of a speaker and to fit in a user's ear. The enhancer includes a first portion having a first surface that defines a concave crus relief feature. The enhancer further includes a second portion extending from the first portion and forming a sound tunnel having an opening at an end opposite the first portion, and a flexible skirt positioned with the sound tunnel and projecting over the second portion to resiliently seal with the user's ear canal when inserted therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ely William LABERGE
  • Patent number: 9794719
    Abstract: Mobile devices may capture audio signals indicative of test audio received by an audio capture device of the mobile device; and send the captured audio and the zone designation to a sound processor to determine equalization settings for speakers of the zone of the venue. An audio filtering device may receive the captured audio signals from the mobile devices; compare each of the captured audio signals with the test signal to determine an associated reliability of each of the captured audio signals; combine the captured audio signals into zone audio data; and transmit the zone audio data and associated reliability to a sound processor configured to determine equalization settings for the zone based on the captured audio signals and the test signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Sonith Chandran, Sohan Madhav Bangaru
  • Publication number: 20170251314
    Abstract: An audio playback device may include a speaker configured to play media content, at least one interface including a switch, a transceiver configured to one of transmit the media content to first audio playback device and receive the media content from a second audio playback device; and a controller configured to receive a signal indicative of a user input that is received at the switch for a time duration and to one of transmit the media content to the second audio playback device via the transceiver for playback of the media content at the second audio playback device and to receive the media content from the second audio playback device via the transceiver based on the time duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Timothy PYE, Jr., Satish PUTTA, Richard METCALFE, Ling YANG
  • Publication number: 20170245045
    Abstract: A sound system is provided with a headphone that includes a transducer and at least one microphone. The sound system also includes an equalization filter and a loop filter circuit. The equalization filter is adapted to equalize an audio input signal based on at least one predetermined coefficient. The loop filter circuit includes a leaky integrator circuit that is adapted to generate a filtered audio signal based on the equalized audio input signal and a feedback signal indicative of sound received by the at least one microphone, and to provide the filtered audio signal to the transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich HORBACH
  • Patent number: 9716939
    Abstract: A method for generating an auditory environment for a user may include receiving a signal representing an ambient auditory environment of the user, processing the signal using a microprocessor to identify at least one of a plurality of types of sounds in the ambient auditory environment, receiving user preferences corresponding to each of the plurality of types of sounds, modifying the signal for each type of sound in the ambient auditory environment based on the corresponding user preference, and outputting the modified signal to at least one speaker to generate the auditory environment for the user. A system may include a wearable device having speakers, microphones, and various other sensors to detect a noise context. A microprocessor processes ambient sounds and generates modified audio signals using attenuation, amplification, cancellation, and/or equalization based on user preferences associated with particular types of sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti, Ajay Juneja
  • Patent number: 9711993
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for charging an electronic device. The technique includes determining that the electronic device is proximate to a first induction coil that is included in a plurality of induction coils that are disposed in a steering wheel. The technique further includes, in response to determining that the electronic device is proximate to the first induction coil, causing electrical current to be supplied to the first induction coil to charge the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Seonman Kim
  • Patent number: 9704509
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a vehicle active noise cancellation (ANC) apparatus including an ANC controller is disclosed. The ANC controller is operably coupled to at least one error microphone. The ANC controller is configured to receive a first signal indicative of environmental noise that propagates through a vehicle cabin and that is received at a voice recognition (VR) microphone and to generate a noise cancellation wave to remove the environmental noise, the noise cancellation wave being received at the VR microphone. The ANC controller is configured to receive an audio output from the at least one error microphone that is at least indicative of the environmental noise and the noise cancellation wave received at the VR microphone and to apply at least one correction filter to the audio output to remove the environmental noise and the noise cancellation wave that is received at the VR microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Srikanth Konjeti, Vallabha Vasant Hampiholi
  • Patent number: 9671230
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a wait time client enables prediction of wait times (e.g., time required to checkout at a grocery store) based on crowdsourced wait data. In operation, the wait time application downloads predicted wait data from a server. The predicted wait data reflects measured wait times for one or more location, such as the ticket line at a movie theater. The wait time client then selects a wait time data point that corresponds to a location of a point-of-interest. Based on the selected wait time data point, the wait time client determines a predicted wait time at the point-of-interest. Advantageously, by leveraging crowdsourced, deterministically measured wait times, the wait time clients enables the incorporation of realistic and up-to-date predicted wait times into the trip planning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC
    Inventors: Pratyush Sahay, Rajesh Biswal