Patents Examined by Andrew C Flanders
  • Patent number: 11184727
    Abstract: An audio signal processing apparatus including a receiving unit receiving an input audio signal, a processor generating an output audio signal reproducing a virtual sound source corresponding to the input audio signal in a virtual space, and an output unit outputting an output audio signal generated by the processor is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: GAUDIO LAB, INC.
    Inventors: Sewoon Jeon, Sangbae Chon, Jeonghun Seo
  • Patent number: 11172856
    Abstract: A system for uroflowmetry is disclosed. The system can include an audio device configured to obtain audio data of urination. The system can include a machine learning module with at least one processor and associated memory, wherein the system is configured to: process the audio data of urination via a machine learning model that is trained based on simulated urine flow data and associated audio data received from a urine flow simulator, and real urine flow data and associated audio data received from a urine flow measuring device, and output the processed audio data of urination to be used in uroflowmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Emano Metrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bishara Charles Korkor, II, Alan Reid Hay, Edouard Alan Hay
  • Patent number: 11176333
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to generation of sentence representation. In an embodiment, a method is disclosed. According to the method, a sentence graph is generated from a sentence containing words, the sentence graph comprising nodes representing the words and edges connecting the nodes to indicate relationships between the words. Word representations for the plurality of words are determined based on the sentence graph by applying a graph convolution operation on respective sets of neighbor nodes for respective ones of the nodes, a set of neighbor nodes for a node having edges connected with the node. A sentence representation for the sentence is determined based on the word representations for use in a natural language processing task related to the sentence. In other embodiments, a system and a computer program product are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bang An, HongLei Guo, Shiwan Zhao, Zhong Su
  • Patent number: 11171621
    Abstract: An audio playback device detects via an acoustic sensor of an audio playback device, ambient noise surrounding the audio playback device. The audio playback device updates an equalization filter based on the detected ambient noise, wherein the equalization filter adjusts one or more acoustic parameters of content presented by the audio playback device. The audio playback device adjusts a leakage control parameter based on the detected ambient noise, wherein the leakage control parameter adjusts an amount of leakage of content presented by the audio playback device. The audio playback device applies the equalization filter and the adjusted leakage control parameter to audio content. The audio playback device provides, via one or more acoustic speakers, the audio content to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Steele Noertker, Andrew Lovitt, Tetsuro Oishi
  • Patent number: 11169767
    Abstract: Systems, devices, apparatuses, components, methods, and techniques for automatically generating media previews are provided. An example media system for automatically generating media previews for a particular artist include a trailer generation application configured to receive input specifying an artist and duration of a trailer, automatically select clips from two or more media items by the artist, and automatically arrange and combine the clips into a media trailer for later playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Rachel Bittner, Tristan Jehan
  • Patent number: 11172317
    Abstract: Decoding of Ambisonics representations for a stereo loudspeaker setup is known for first-order Ambisonics audio signals. But such first-order Ambisonics approaches have either high negative side lobes or poor localisation in the frontal region. The invention deals with the processing for stereo decoders for higher-order Ambisonics HOA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Johannes Boehm, Florian Keiler
  • Patent number: 11144722
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a computer-implemented method for translating a content item. Aspects include obtaining a user profile for a reader of the content item, the user profile comprising a native language of the reader, a second language of the reader and skill level associated with the second language. Aspects also include obtaining the content item, wherein the content item is in the second language. Aspects further include creating a translated content item by determining, for each phrase in the content item, a confidence score that the reader will understand the phrase based at least in part on the user profile and replacing each phrase in the content item having the confidence score less than a threshold level with an alternate phrase. Aspects also include presenting the translated content item to the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jim Chun-Ta Chen, Rafal Konik, Yi Jie Ma, Wen Yan Yang
  • Patent number: 11137826
    Abstract: A system for multi-track playback of media content includes: a media device; a user interface, provided at the media device, which displays a visual array of media options, a playback logic, provided within the media device, which is configured so that, while a selected point or region is determined by the user interface as being moved in response to user input, within the visual array of media options, the system determines media options that are proximate to the selected point or region, and adjusts playback parameters for corresponding media content items, by crossfading or otherwise combining playback to reflect the media options relative distances from the selected point or region; and a tempo logic, provided within the media device, which is configured to provide or receive a selected tempo and provide the one or more media content items associated with the selected tempo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Dariusz Dziuk, Rahul Sen
  • Patent number: 11138260
    Abstract: A method, apparatus for determining output information are provided. The method includes: acquiring at least one history behavior of a user after a first content is output, based on history behavior data of the user; determining a behavior habit of the user after the first content is output, based on the at least one history behavior of the user; and; determining output information for the user in response to the output of the first content, based on the behavior habit of the user. By obtaining different behavior habits corresponding to different users, personalized output information for the users is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., SHANGHAI XIAODU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chaoyang Chen, Mengmeng Zhang, Wenming Wang
  • Patent number: 11134356
    Abstract: A speech providing device includes a memory that stores instructions, and a processor that executes the instructions. The instructions cause the processor to perform acquiring a position of a user and a direction that the user is facing, and providing a speech corresponding to an area existing in a direction that the user is facing on the basis of the position of the user, to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignees: Yamaha Corporation, Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Jun Usui, Yukio Tada, Takahiro Asano, Toru Kamiwada, Hiroki Uchida, Tomomi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 11128925
    Abstract: Automatic control of media presentation parameters is provided by using one or more of real-time audio playback measurement data from microphones and audience facial and body expression interpretation from video and infrared cameras, in conjunction with artificial intelligence for interpretation and evaluation of facial and body expression and predetermined perceptual audio models. Media presentation parameters can include, for example, speaker volume, audio equalization, feedback elimination, play/pause, and other audio content-related aspects of presentation. In some embodiments, additional environmental parameters can be modified to enhance audience experience, such as, for example, temperature, lighting, and the like, in response to audience facial and body expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Haku Sato, Paul M. Herbst
  • Patent number: 11128978
    Abstract: The present document relates to methods and apparatus for rendering input audio for playback in a playback environment. The input audio includes at least one audio object and associated metadata, and the associated metadata indicates at least a location of the audio object. A method for rendering input audio including divergence metadata for playback in a playback environment comprises creating two additional audio objects associated with the audio object such that respective locations of the two additional audio objects are evenly spaced from the location of the audio object, on opposite sides of the location of the audio object when seen from an intended listener's position in the playback environment, determining respective weight factors for application to the audio object and the two additional audio objects, and rendering the audio object and the two additional audio objects to one or more speaker feeds in accordance with the determined weight factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Michael William Mason, Juan Felix Torres, Antonio Mateos Sole, Daniel Arteaga, Adam J. Mills, Mark David deBurgh, Andrew Robert Owen
  • Patent number: 11100927
    Abstract: An information providing device includes circuitry configured to: acquire an uttered word which is uttered by a user and an utterance time at which the Littered word is uttered by the user; control output of offer information associated with the uttered word to the user; and restrict output of the offer information associated with the uttered word within a predetermined masking period from the utterance time of the uttered word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Chihiro Inaba
  • Patent number: 11095379
    Abstract: A data processing unit includes a processing circuit that is configured to process data based on a value of a first parameter, a first operator that is selectively set to one of a first state and a second state that are physically identified, a second operator that is set to a physical state indicating the value of the first parameter, and a processor that is configured to set the value of the first parameter indicated by the physical state of the second operator in the processing circuit in a case where the first operator is in the first state at a time of activating the data processing unit, and set a value of the first parameter supplied from the information processing device in the processing circuit in a case where the first operator is in the second state at the time of activating the data processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Nishikori, Masahiro Mazuka
  • Patent number: 11087090
    Abstract: An agent automation system includes a memory configured to store a reasoning agent/behavior engine (RA/BE) including a first persona and a current context and a processor configured to execute instructions of the RA/BE to cause the first persona to perform actions comprising: receiving intents/entities of a first user utterance; recognizing a context overlay cue in the intents/entities of the first user utterance, wherein the context overlay cue defines a time period; updating the current context of the RA/BE by overlaying context information from at least one stored episode associated with the time period; and performing at least one action based on the intents/entities of the first user utterance and the current context of the RA/BE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: ServiceNow, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Sapugay, Anil Kumar Madamala, Maxim Naboka, Srinivas SatyaSai Sunkara, Lewis Savio Landry Santos, Murali B. Subbarao
  • Patent number: 11081136
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an information processing apparatus by which sound can be smoothly re-listened to. [Solution] There is provided an information processing apparatus including: a reproduction processing unit that performs reproduction of a recorded sound on a basis of a reproduction start instruction for starting re-listening of the recorded sound from a position tracking back a predetermined time from a reproduction start time, at which the reproduction start instruction is input, to a position of a present time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kyosuke Matsumoto, Yushi Yamabe, Tetsunori Itabashi, Kohei Asada
  • Patent number: 11062691
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present systems and methods may provide techniques that provide the capability to automatically generate allowance intervals for voice personas that meet desired requirements for realism and fidelity. For example, a method for voice persona generation may be implemented in a computer system comprising a processor, memory accessible by the processor, and computer program instructions stored in the memory and executable by the processor, the method comprising: displaying to a user, a plurality of user-selectable voice persona parameters that control features of a synthesized voice signal, and displaying, in conjunction with each of at least some of plurality of user-selectable voice persona parameters, voice transformation allowance intervals of the voice persona parameters, accepting from a user, a selection of at least one user-selectable voice persona parameter, and generating a synthesized voice signal based on the selected at least one user-selectable voice persona parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vyacheslav Shechtman, Alexander Sorin
  • Patent number: 11056099
    Abstract: The disclosed technology teaches a deep end-to-end speech recognition model, including using multi-objective learning criteria to train a deep end-to-end speech recognition model on training data comprising speech samples temporally labeled with ground truth transcriptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Yingbo Zhou, Caiming Xiong
  • Patent number: 11042351
    Abstract: A first zone player engages in synchronous playback of given audio content by obtaining the given audio content, generating and placing representative audio frames into a buffer, and transmitting the audio frames to a second zone player to play the given audio content in synchrony with the second zone player. After receiving a command to pause the synchronous playback, the first zone player prepares for a fast-resume by identifying a given audio frame and retaining at least some of the audio frames in the buffer for use during the fast-resume. The first zone player then initiates the fast-resume by determining a future resume time, transmitting an instruction to the second zone player to resume playback at the future resume time, and at the future resume time, resuming use of the audio frames in the buffer, starting with the given audio frame, to play the given audio content in synchrony.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Vega-Zayas, Ted Lin, Jim Dolan
  • Patent number: 11036460
    Abstract: A device for detecting an audio interface includes a processing unit, a first audio interface transmitting circuit, and a second audio interface transmitting circuit. The processing unit is utilized to generate a clock signal and a word select (WS) signal. The first audio interface transmitting circuit is utilized to generate a first audio data according to the clock signal. The second audio interface transmitting circuit is utilized to generate a second audio data according to the clock signal and the WS signal. The processing unit switches to the first audio interface transmitting circuit if a voltage potential of the WS signal remains at a high voltage level or remains at a low voltage level longer than a predetermined period. The processing unit switches to the second audio interface transmitting circuit if the voltage potential of the WS signal changes during the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Silicon Integrated Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Han-Ning Chen, Chien-Yu Chiang, Wen-Chi Lin