Patents Assigned to Plantronics, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20200367300
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for multiple radio frequency band operation are described. In one example, a first device is operated in a first radio frequency band. A connection request is received at the first device from a second device utilizing the first radio frequency band. The connection request is processed to designate whether the connection request is a priority services request type or a non-priority services request type. Responsive to designating the connection request as the non-priority services request type, a non-priority services communications channel is established utilizing a second radio frequency band. Responsive to designating the connection request as a priority services request type, it is determined whether a priority services channel is available or not available in the first radio frequency band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacobus Cornelis Haartsen
  • Publication number: 20200360208
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for performing extension mobility via a headset connection. The method includes receiving a headset identifier from a headset. Also, the method includes, in response to receiving the headset identifier, sending the headset identifier to a device management server. Further, the method includes receiving a call control user identifier from the device management server, and sending, to a call control server, the call control user identifier. Still yet, the method includes receiving, from the call control server, a configuration profile associated with the call control user identifier. One or more settings of a desk phone are configured using the configuration profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Burton, Cary Bran, Shantanu Sarkar, Philip Sherburne
  • Patent number: 10798233
    Abstract: A mobile phone stations is disclosed. In general, in one aspect, the mobile phone station connects to a smartphone for sending and receiving data therebetween. Further, the mobile phone station includes a dial pad for placing outgoing calls via the smartphone and answering incoming calls received at the smartphone. Also, the mobile phone station includes a charging mechanism for charging the smartphone. In use during an active call at the smartphone, the mobile phone station allows a user to seamlessly switch between two or more of a handset, a speakerphone, and a headset without requiring any user interaction with the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Sherburne, John B Ledingham, Jacob T Meyberg Guzman, Brent John Thorington, John Gary Mihelic, Michael David Rhoads, Robert Benjamin Foster, David Andrew Sauerhaft
  • Patent number: 10785554
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a multi-cable positioning device and a headset with multi-cable positioning device. The device comprises at least a fastening portion for removable attachment to clothing, and a cable management portion. The cable management portion comprises at least a first cable receptacle for a first cable, and a second cable receptacle for a second cable, wherein the cable receptacles are adapted for rotational and translational locking of the cables to increase comfort and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J Mainini, Manoj K Mistry
  • Patent number: 10772517
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for heart rate detection are described. In one example, a headphones apparatus and method includes emitting a first light in a first light direction directed at a left ear location from a left ear light emitter, and detecting a detected first light at a left ear light detector following interaction of the first light with a left ear tissue. The method includes emitting a second light in a second light direction directed at a right ear location from a right ear light emitter, the right ear location different from the left ear location. The method further includes detecting a detected second light at a right ear light detector following interaction of the second light with a right ear tissue, and estimating a heart rate from the detected first light and the detected second light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacobus Cornelis Haartsen
  • Patent number: 10778941
    Abstract: Scene changes that are done pleasingly and without user input or control. Based on the number of speakers and changes in speakers, either to a different individual or movement by the same speaker, based on the locations of the speakers and based on the overlap of the current and intended scenes, a decision is made whether to perform a smooth transition or do a cut. It has been determined that the decision on cut versus smooth transition is preferably based on the location of the center of the intended new scene versus the boundaries of the current scene, a cut used if the center is outside the boundaries and a smooth transition if inside. If a smooth transition, an easing function, such as ease in ease out, is performed to change the scene. A preferred value for the smooth transition is to perform the transition over 80 frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Rommel Gabriel Childress, Jr., Alain Elon Nimri, Stephen Paul Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20200286500
    Abstract: A head-worn audio device is provided with a circuit for voice signal enhancement. The circuit comprises at least a plurality of microphones, arranged at predefined positions, where each microphone provides a microphone signal. The circuit further comprises a directivity pre-processor and a blind source separation processor. The directivity pre-processor is connected with the plurality of microphones to receive the microphone signals and being configured to provide at least a voice signal and a noise signal. Directivity pre-processing increases the mutual independence of the signals provided to the blind source separation processor and thus improves processing by blind source separation. The blind source separation processor receives at least the voice signal and the noise signal, and is configured to conduct blind source separation on at least the voice signal and the noise signal to provide at least an enhanced voice signal with reduced noise components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Shridhar K. Mukund, Pamornpol Jinachitra
  • Patent number: 10764701
    Abstract: A method of presenting a soundscape in an environment space using a plurality of controllable speakers arranged the space is provided. A spatial audio engine may access a spatial audio file defining a digital representation of the soundscape, including (a) a plurality of sound elements to be output in the space over time, (b) sound playback location information defining location(s) for each sound element to be output, and (c) timing information defining time(s) for each sound element to be output. The spatial audio engine may also access speaker location information for each speaker in the space. For each sound element to be played in the space over time, the spatial audio engine may correlate the sound playback location information with the speaker location information to identify one or more of the speakers to be controlled to output audio signals associated with the respective sound element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chase Emerson Cummings, Collin Robert Brown
  • Patent number: 10750271
    Abstract: Headphones include an earbud, including a knob-shaped body, an earbud tip extending from the knob-shaped body and configured to enter an ear canal of a listener, a harness strap interface disposed on the knob-shaped body and configured to removably accommodate a detachable harness strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: David Kim
  • Publication number: 20200260298
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for managing user density in wireless communications are described. In one example, a method includes receiving at a central controller device a plurality of link data associated with a plurality of wireless links between a plurality of first communication devices and a plurality of second communication devices. The method includes identifying a global system performance from the plurality of link data utilizing a link quality parameter. The method further includes, responsive to the global system performance, generating one or more modified link settings for a first wireless link between a first communication device and a second communication device. The method further includes transmitting from the central controller device to the first communication device or the second communication device the one or more modified link settings for the first wireless link for implementation at the first communication device and/or the second communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacobus Cornelis Haartsen, Catelyn Gifford Orsini
  • Patent number: 10742818
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for wireless density-based on-the-fly codec and radio frequency link type selection. The method includes storing a link quality value, and scanning a plurality of timeslots across a plurality of wireless carriers. The method also includes calculating, based on the scanning, an average radio frequency density level for a time period. Still yet, the method includes calculating a current density level based on the link quality value and the average radio frequency density level. Further, the method includes selecting, based on the current density level, a codec from a plurality of stored codecs. The selected codec is associated with a link type. Moreover, the method includes receiving a command to open a wireless link, and, in response to the command, opening the wireless link using the selected codec and the associated link type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Clark, Steve C Evans
  • Publication number: 20200252714
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a multi-cable positioning device and a headset with multi-cable positioning device. The device comprises at least a fastening portion for removable attachment to clothing, and a cable management portion. The cable management portion comprises at least a first cable receptacle for a first cable, and a second cable receptacle for a second cable, wherein the cable receptacles are adapted for rotational and translational locking of the cables to increase comfort and stability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Mainini, Manoj K. Mistry
  • Patent number: 10736156
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for performing extension mobility via a headset connection. The method includes receiving a headset identifier from a headset. Also, the method includes, in response to receiving the headset identifier, sending the headset identifier to a device management server. Further, the method includes receiving a call control user identifier from the device management server, and sending, to a call control server, the call control user identifier. Still yet, the method includes receiving, from the call control server, a configuration profile associated with the call control user identifier. One or more settings of a desk phone are configured using the configuration profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Burton, Cary Bran, Shantanu Sarkar, Philip Sherburne
  • Patent number: 10728668
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for headset neckbands and earloops are described. In one example, a neckband for use with a headset is described. The neckband includes a first neckband end for coupling with a left earloop and a second neckband end for coupling with a right earloop. The neckband includes a neckband length along an x-axis between the first neckband end and the second neckband end. The neckband length has a variable height in a y-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Mainini, Chase Patrick Bailey, Bowman Wang
  • Patent number: 10715984
    Abstract: Connection switching for Bluetooth headsets is disclosed. A Bluetooth headset includes a Bluetooth transceiver configured to receive a message from a first Bluetooth device over a first Bluetooth connection with the first Bluetooth device. The message includes a command to establish a second Bluetooth connection with a second Bluetooth device. The Bluetooth headset also includes a processor configured to cause the Bluetooth transceiver to (i) release the first Bluetooth connection and then (ii) establish the second Bluetooth connection with the second Bluetooth device responsive to the Bluetooth transceiver receiving the message. Computer-readable media for the Bluetooth devices is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Trip, Rik Koops, Eddie Klaassens, Kem Gallione, John B Ledingham, Dick de Jong
  • Patent number: D893794
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Kelley, Nicholas W Paterson
  • Patent number: D898000
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Kelley
  • Patent number: D898708
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry M Carr
  • Patent number: D899394
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W Yang
  • Patent number: D900051
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W Yang