Patents Examined by Ammar T Hamid
  • Patent number: 12015907
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus includes a first transmission unit that transmits sound data to a first sound channel in a transmission path, and a second transmission unit that transmits meta data related to the sound data to a second sound channel in the transmission path while ensuring synchronization with the sound data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 12014719
    Abstract: An Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) headphone of multiple modes may include a preliminary scene-change detection circuit using ultra-low power to detect a scene change near the headphone and to send a trigger signal upon detecting the scene change, a scene identification circuit to determine a current scene upon receiving a trigger signal, and a filter switch circuit to switch the headphone mode from a previous headphone mode to a current headphone mode according to the determined current scene. In this way, the ANC headphone can automatically obtain an improved balance of comfortability, safety, and communicability under a reduced power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Beken Corporation
    Inventors: Lulai Chen, Weifeng Wang
  • Patent number: 12010503
    Abstract: A signal generating apparatus includes: a memory configured to store instructions; and a processor communicatively connected to the memory and configured to execute the stored instructions to function as: a first generator configured to generate a processed signal by adjusting frequency characteristics of an audio signal representative of a sound from a virtual sound source based on a Head-Related Transfer Function (HRTF) corresponding to a target position of the virtual sound source; and a second generator configured to: generate, based on the processed signal generated by the first generator, a plurality of output signals in one-to-one correspondence with a plurality of loudspeakers; and perform panning processing to adjust a level of each output signal of the plurality of output signals based on the target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Hideki Harada
  • Patent number: 12002444
    Abstract: A system that coordinates audio output among multiple devices to perform noise cancellation in one room of noise resulting from audio output of another. The system uses information from the source of the audio output along with calibration information to coordinate the noise cancellation, which may involve delaying of audio output by the aggressor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Basak Oyman, Kofi Anim-Appiah
  • Patent number: 12003947
    Abstract: The invention provides a sound field optimization method, including steps of building up a first acoustic response model for a controlled area inside a car and building up a second acoustic response model for an uncontrolled area inside the car; building up a first acoustic response difference calculation model based on the first acoustic response model and the second acoustic response model; calculating optimal solution of audio parameters; and controlling each speaker to output audio signals according to corresponding optimal solution of audio parameters. Thus, the vocal area isolation is achieved, so as to provide more extreme acoustic hearing, sound field effect in the controlled area where the user is located inside the car is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: AAC Microtech (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuyuan Sun, Yiming Meng, Hao Yin
  • Patent number: 12002446
    Abstract: An electronic system includes a fan module, a reference microphone, a micro speaker module, and an active noise cancellation controller. The micro speaker module provides a noise-cancellation signal according to a micro speaker control signal for canceling the noises generated during the operation of the electronic system. The reference microphone outputs a wide-band noise signal associated with the operation of the fan module. The active noise cancellation controller outputs a virtual error signal according to a first transfer function between the reference microphone and a physical microphone when the fan module operates with a predetermined fan speed, a second transfer function between the micro speaker module and the physical microphone when the fan module is not in operation, and the wide-band noise signal. The active noise cancellation controller provides the micro speaker control signal according to a synchronization signal, the wide-band noise signal and the virtual error signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Po-Jen Tu, Ruey-Ching Shyu, Jia-Ren Chang, Kai-Meng Tzeng
  • Patent number: 12001599
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an eyewear frame for a user includes at least a front portion with two side portions; two speakers, one in each side portion; a connection region at one side portion, with an electrical connector having two conductive pads to connect to corresponding conductive contacts of a counterpart connector; a rechargeable battery; a microphone in the frame; and wireless communication circuitry in the frame. The connection region can be provided at an inside surface of one of the side portions. The eyewear frame can also include a touch-sensitive input surface on the eyewear frame configured to provide an input to the frame to perform a function. Another embodiment includes a headset with an electrical connector having a conductive pad to connect to a corresponding conductive contact of a counterpart connector. The headset can also include a touch-sensitive input surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: IngenioSpec, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 12003954
    Abstract: An audio system and a method of determining an audio filter based on a position of an audio device of the audio system, are described. The audio system receives an image of the audio device being worn by a user and determines, based on the image and a known geometric relationship between a datum on the audio device and an electroacoustic transducer of the audio device, a relative position between the electroacoustic transducer and an anatomical feature of the user. The audio filter is determined based on the relative position. The audio filter can be applied to an audio input signal to render spatialized sound to the user through the electroacoustic transducer, or the audio filter can be applied to a microphone input signal to capture speech of the user by the electroacoustic transducer. Other aspects are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vignesh Ganapathi Subramanian, Antti J. Vanne, Olivier Soares, Andrew R. Harvey, Martin E. Johnson, Theo Auclair
  • Patent number: 12003953
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for generating and presenting virtual audio for mixed reality systems. A method may include determining a collision between a first object and a second object, wherein the first object comprises a first virtual object. A memory storing one or more audio models can be accessed. It can be determined if the one or more audio models stored in the memory comprises an audio model corresponding to the first object. In accordance with a determination that the one or more audio models comprises an audio model corresponding to the first object, an audio signal can be synthesized, wherein the audio signal is based on the collision and the audio model corresponding to the first object, and the audio signal can be presented to a user via a speaker of a head-wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Colby Nelson Leider, Justin Dan Mathew, Michael Z. Land, Blaine Ivin Wood, Jung-Suk Lee, Anastasia Andreyevna Tajik, Jean-Marc Jot
  • Patent number: 11984108
    Abstract: A method and system for noise cancellation is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving, from a first sensor, a first signal indicative of a noise generated by an equipment. The first sensor may be configured to generate the first signal indicative of the noise generated by the equipment. The first sensor may be positioned in proximity to the equipment. The method may further include generating a noise cancellation signal based on the first signal and triggering a speaker to generate a sound corresponding to the noise cancellation signal, wherein the speaker is positioned in proximity to the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Dennis J
  • Patent number: 11979733
    Abstract: Multiple virtual source locations may be defined for a volume within which audio objects can move. A set-up process for rendering audio data may involve receiving reproduction speaker location data and pre-computing gain values for each of the virtual sources according to the reproduction speaker location data and each virtual source location. The gain values may be stored and used during “run time,” during which audio reproduction data are rendered for the speakers of the reproduction environment. During run time, for each audio object, contributions from virtual source locations within an area or volume defined by the audio object position data and the audio object size data may be computed. A set of gain values for each output channel of the reproduction environment may be computed based, at least in part, on the computed contributions. Each output channel may correspond to at least one reproduction speaker of the reproduction environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventors: Antonio Mateos Sole, Nicolas R. Tsingos
  • Patent number: 11979737
    Abstract: A display device and an operation method of the display device are provided in the present disclosure. The display device includes a display screen a sound-generation driving module, and further includes an acoustic scanning module, arranged on a non-display side of the display screen and configured to determine a spatial contour of a space where the display device is located through acoustic scanning; a viewer position detection module, configured to detect viewer coordinates in the space where the display device is located; and a control module, configured to control the sound-generation driving module to generate sound in accordance with the spatial contour and the viewer coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yue Gou, Yingming Liu, Yaqian Ji, Xiufeng Li, Yanling Han, Chenyang Zhang, Peixiao Li, Yuzhen Guo, Wenchao Han, Lianghao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11979732
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program is described comprising capturing spatial audio data during an image capturing process, determining an orientation of an image capturing device during the spatial audio data capture, generating an audio focus signal from said captured spatial audio data (wherein said audio focus signal is focused in an image capturing direction of said image capturing device), generating modified spatial audio data (e.g. by modifying the captured spatial audio data to compensate for changes in orientation during the spatial audio data capture), and generating an audio output signal from a combination of the audio focus signal and the modified spatial audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventors: Jussi Artturi Leppänen, Antti Johannes Eronen, Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Miikka Tapani Vilermo
  • Patent number: 11974117
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing device and method, a reproduction device and method, and a program that are capable of performing gain correction more easily. An information processing device includes a gain correction value decision unit that decides a correction value of a gain value for performing gain correction on an audio signal of an audio object in accordance with a direction of the audio object viewed from a listener. The present technology can be applied to a gain decision device and a reproduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Tsuji, Toru Chinen, Yuki Yamamoto, Akihito Nakai
  • Patent number: 11974105
    Abstract: A noise canceling audio in/out device includes an audible in/out transducer operable to convert an audible noise signal to a noise signal and convert an audio transmit (TX) signal to an audible output signal. A transducer signal of the audible in/out transducer generated by the audio TX signal is affected by the noise signal. The noise canceling audio in/out device further includes a noise canceling circuit operable to convert a digital TX signal to a TX reference signal, compare the transducer signal with the TX reference signal to produce an analog comparison signal, where the analog comparison signal includes a representation of the audio TX signal and the noise signal, and regulate the transducer signal to substantially match the TX reference signal to remove the effect of the noise signal on the transducer signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: SIGMASENSE, LLC.
    Inventors: John Christopher Price, Phuong Huynh, Daniel Keith Van Ostrand, Patrick Troy Gray
  • Patent number: 11968503
    Abstract: A current detection circuit and method for protecting a speaker, and a chip are provided. The current detection circuit includes a current detection module and an analog-to-digital converter. The current detection module samples a current flowing through the speaker based on current mirror technology, and converts the current into a voltage to output a first voltage signal and a second voltage signal. The analog-to-digital converter converts the first voltage signal and the second voltage signal into a PDM code, to calculate a current parameter of the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Zhifei Yang, Haijun Zhang, Liming Du, Jiantao Cheng, Hongjun Sun
  • Patent number: 11968520
    Abstract: In one aspect, there is a method for rendering a spatially-heterogeneous audio element. In some embodiments, the method includes obtaining two or more audio signals representing the spatially-heterogeneous audio element, wherein a combination of the audio signals provides a spatial image of the spatially-heterogeneous audio element. The method also includes obtaining metadata associated with the spatially-heterogeneous audio element, the metadata comprising spatial extent information indicating a spatial extent of the audio element. The method further includes rendering the audio element using: i) the spatial extent information and ii) location information indicating a position (e.g. virtual position) and/or an orientation of the user relative to the audio element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Tommy Falk, Werner De Bruijn, Erlendur Karlsson, Tomas Jansson Toftgård, Mengqiu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11961503
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an automatic noise control system. Automatic noise control includes evaluating an amplitude of an acceleration acting on an acceleration sensor and generating a reference signal representative of the amplitude of the acceleration, the acceleration being representative of unwanted noise sound generated by a noise source, filtering the reference signal with a noise control transfer function to generate an anti-noise signal, and converting with a loudspeaker the anti-noise signal into anti-noise sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Markus Christoph
  • Patent number: 11956583
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headphone including a headband and two ear cups connected to opposite ends of the headband. Each of the ear cups includes a shell, a front cover, and a light sensor. The shell has an open end. The front cover covers the open end of the shell. The front cover is in a basin form and has a peripheral sidewall and a bottom wall. The light sensor is located on the peripheral sidewall of the front cover. The light sensor includes a light-emitting unit and a light detection unit. When a user wears the headphone, light emitted by the light-emitting unit irradiates a flat portion of a back surface of an ear of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Merry Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Uei Jou, Ko-Min Wang, Chung-Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 11950045
    Abstract: The present application provides a sounding device. The sounding device includes a front surface with a sound outlet hole; a back surface; a sounding component and an outer casing. The outer casing is covered outside the sounding component. A cavity is formed between the outer casing and the end of the sounding component close to the back side. A sound guiding channel is arranged in the outer casing. One end of the sound guiding channel is communicated with the sound outlet hole, and the other end of the sound guiding channel is communicated with the cavity. The sounding device of the present application provides a smooth transmission channel for the sound from the back side by arranging the sound guiding channel in the outer casing, thereby strengthening the frontal sound of the sounding device and greatly improving the loudness of the sounding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: AAC Microtech (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Shao, Xudong Yan, Xiaojiang Gu