Patents Examined by Andrew Graham
  • Patent number: 9815229
    Abstract: A method of rotationally molding a large-diameter pipe fitting, the wall structure of which is characterized as having a generally smooth interior surface and an exterior surface that is defined by a plurality of axially-spaced circumferentially extending ribs which are monolithically formed and homogeneous with the smooth interior surface of the fitting. The fitting is seamless and modularly designed with integral coupling elements at each terminal end, and with a ribbed wall structure profile capable of withstanding the loads typically found in buried applications with watertight performance requirements, where such ribbed wall structure meets the following dimensions and dimensional ratios: Rib Sidewall Angle (95-105 degrees); Bottom/Top Rib Thickness Ratio (1.80-2.80); Pitch/Rib Height Ratio (1.50-1.95); Rib Height/Fitting Diameter Ratio (0.04-0.09); and Avg. Rib Thickness/Rib Height Ratio (0.28-0.40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Prinsco, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Raymond Douglass, III, Joseph Dale Larkins
  • Patent number: 8331580
    Abstract: An engine sound generation device adapted to an electric vehicle includes an engine speed calculation unit which calculates the virtual engine speed based on the motor revolution speed, vehicle speed, and acceleration opening. The engine speed calculation unit calculates the virtual engine speed with reference to the vehicle-dependent engine speed memory on the condition that the virtual engine speed is deemed proportional to the vehicle speed. In addition, the engine speed calculation unit calculates the virtual engine speed with reference to the vehicle-nondependent engine speed memory on the condition that the virtual engine speed is not deemed proportional to the vehicle speed, thus generating the common engine sound matching the behavior of an engine in a prescribed event such as the startup of the electric vehicle and the semi-engagement of a clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Isozaki
  • Patent number: 8320596
    Abstract: A plurality of speakers are linked in the present invention. The linked position of each speaker can be detected. Audio signal is input to any one of the master speakers. The master speaker synchronizes the other linked speakers, and supplies audio signals to other speakers. It also controls the delay quantity of the speaker unit of each speaker. For a single speaker, the apparent width of this array speaker system becomes twice the width, and the speaker unit spacing becomes one third the spacing. Consequently, the frequency band at which direction is controllable becomes enhanced. Additionally, a plurality of microphone devices are linked at the top, bottom, left and right sides in the present invention. The linked position of each microphone device can be detected. Audio data is output from each microphone device to the master microphone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Ishibashi, Takuya Tamaru
  • Patent number: 8290178
    Abstract: There is provided a sound source characteristic determining device (10) capable of being applied in an environmental where the type of a sound source is unknown. The device includes a plurality of beamformers (21-1 to 21-M) used when a sound source signal generated from a sound source at an arbitrary position in a space is inputted to a plurality of microphones (14-1 to 14-N), for weighting the acoustic signal detected by each of the microphones by using a function for correcting the difference of the sound source signals generated between the microphones and outputting a totaled signal. Each of the beamformers (21-1 to 21-M) contains a function having a unit directivity characteristic corresponding to one arbitrary direction in the space and is arranged for each of the directions corresponding to an arbitrary position in the space and the unit directivity characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nakadai, Hiroshi Tsujino, Hirofumi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8254589
    Abstract: A noise suppressor includes a fundamental sound source (121, 122) for generating a fundamental waveform having a predetermined frequency, and suppresses that frequency component of noise which corresponds to the predetermined frequency by generating a control sound from a signal generated by multiplying the fundamental waveform by an adaptive filter coefficient (W0, W1). The noise suppressor further includes a frequency adjusting circuit (210) for increasing or decreasing, by a predetermined amount, the frequency of the fundamental waveform output from the sound source if the phase fluctuation of the control sound detected by using the adaptive filter coefficient is larger than a predetermined threshold value. The noise suppressor has improved ability of tracking the peak frequency fluctuation of periodic noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinsuke Mitsuhata
  • Patent number: 8229133
    Abstract: A portable sound recorder has a body case, a left microphone and a right microphone held rotatably by the body case. An inwardly arcuate microphone receiving cavity is formed at each upper corner of the body case. The microphone receiving cavity is configured to elevate a rear side end of its arcuate bottom surface, and surrounds the under side and a part of the rear side of the microphone. Formed on the bottom surface of the microphone receiving cavity is a hollow portion that creates a gap between the microphone receiving cavity and the microphone, so as to prevent the reflected sound off the microphone receiving cavity from reaching the microphone. The gap is maintained by the hollow portion even when the microphone is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: TEAC Corporation
    Inventor: Naoto Matsui
  • Patent number: 8223987
    Abstract: An object is to enhance workability in attachment in a sound generating apparatus that generates sound by vibrating a vibration plate with a vibrator while ensuring acoustic performance as good as that achieved by fastening with fine screw threads. Workability in attaching operation is improved while ensuring acoustic performance as good as that provided by fastening with fine screw threads, by providing first fixing portion that brings engagement portions into screw engagement with each other by rotation by a predetermined angle that can be attained by a user without taking his/her hand that holds a coupler off it and second fixing portion for fixing the coupler to a bracket so as to prevent the coupler from rotating relative to said bracket in a direction to loosen the engagement achieved by said first fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignees: Fujitsu Ten Limited, Toyoda Boshoku Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyosei Shibata, Kiyoshi Ootani, Munekazu Yanagida, Yuichi Nakajima, Naoki Fujikawa, Koichi Toyama
  • Patent number: 8218788
    Abstract: An anti-feedback device includes an anti-feedback filter provided in a closed loop. The anti-feedback device down-samples a signal of specific band selected from an output signal of an adaptive target signal transfer system and a signal of the same band selected from an input signal of the transfer system, and a filtering coefficient of the adaptive filter is updated by use of the down-sampled signals. The filter controller controls a filtering characteristic of the anti-feedback filter so that a peak gain of a frequency of an amplitude characteristic within a specific band of a closed loop determined from the filtering coefficient of the adaptive filter is suppressed. Moreover, the filter controller estimates a gain of the closed loop outside the specific band from the amplitude characteristic in the specific band and controls the amount of suppression of the anti-feedback filter outside the band in accordance with a result of estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Hiraku Okumura, Hirobumi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8199926
    Abstract: An object is to enhance workability in attachment in a sound generating apparatus that generates sound by vibrating a vibration plate with a vibrator while ensuring acoustic performance as good as that achieved by fastening with fine screw threads. Workability in attaching operation is improved while ensuring acoustic performance as good as that provided by fastening with fine screw threads, by providing first fixing portion that brings engagement portions into screw engagement with each other by rotation by a predetermined angle that can be attained by a user without taking his/her hand that holds a coupler off it and second fixing portion for fixing the coupler to a bracket so as to prevent the coupler from rotating relative to said bracket in a direction to loosen the engagement achieved by said first fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignees: Fujitsu Ten Limited, Toyoda Boshoku Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyosei Shibata, Kiyoshi Ootani, Munekazu Yanagida, Yuichi Nakajima, Naoki Fujikawa, Koichi Toyama
  • Patent number: 8150068
    Abstract: Signals on respective RL, FL, C, FR, RR channels are divided into high frequency signals and low frequency signals by HPFs and LPFs respectively. The low frequency signals on the RL, FL, and C channels are superposed and output from a left-side woofer 21-1, while the low frequency signals on the RR, FR, and C channels are superposed and output from a right-side woofer 21-2. A predetermined directivity is given to the high frequency signals on respective channels by directivity controlling portions 17-1 to 17-5 respectively, and resultant signals are output from respective speaker units 20-1 to 20-n of an array speaker to generate virtual sound sources by the reflection from wall surfaces. A crossover frequency f2 of the rear channels (RL, RR) is set higher than a crossover frequency f1 of the front channels (FL, FR), and the signals on the rear channels are shaped into a narrow beam to generate a high-quality surround sound field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Konagai, Susumu Takumai
  • Patent number: 7092533
    Abstract: A BTL amplifying apparatus has two power amplifiers in an BTL configuration for amplifying a speaker. It includes detection means for detecting a differential voltage between outputs from the two power amplifiers while an input signal to be supplied to the power amplifiers is muted, and decision means for deciding whether or not the differential voltage is larger than a prescribed voltage. Such a configuration prevent the speaker from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuzo Hasegawa, Haruyuki Inohana, Akio Ozawa
  • Patent number: 7085391
    Abstract: There is provided a pickup apparatus for reliably and correctly picking up piano sound by rigidly connecting a sound source member such as a sound board of a piano body, with a stationary member such as a cast-iron plate with use of a pickup apparatus body of the invention to one another so as to pickup the generated vibration force. The pickup apparatus can also be attached to or detached from an existing piano easily and at low cost, and the piano is not damaged when the pickup apparatus is attached to and detached from the piano. Further, noise component which is unnecessary for the piano sound can be eliminated by providing the pickup apparatus body of the present invention with a mechanical vibration filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Kiyohiko Yamaya
  • Patent number: 7068794
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a soundproof panel, and in particular to a smart panel for decreasing a noise in a wide band. The smart panel according to the present invention includes a board structure for decreasing a noise of an audible frequency band, a sound absorption member attached to one surface of the board structure for decreasing the noise of an audible frequency band, and a piezoelectric unit attached to the board structure for decreasing the noise when the same audible frequency as the resonance frequency of the smart panel is propagated for thereby maximizing the insertion loss in the resonance frequency of the smart panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: INHA Industry Partnership Institute
    Inventor: Jae Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 7065418
    Abstract: A tunneling system includes an encoding module, which is typically located in the production studio, and a decoding module, which is typically located in the entertainment venue. The encoding module is configured to incorporate DMX codes into an Audio Engineering Society (AES) digital audio stream to provide additional scenes, props, special effects, lights, sounds, and music in the entertainment venue. The DMX codes are typically incorporated into the AES digital audio stream so that they are synchronized with the performance recorded on the digital video stream. The encoding module is used to add, embed or record the AES digital audio stream with DMX codes, e.g., lighting data or queues, etc., which control the equipment in the entertainment venue. The recording module is used to make the standard AES/European Broadcasting Union (EBU) audio channels hold codes such as lighting data to enhance the entertainment experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Worldstage LLC
    Inventors: Gary Standard, Carl McMillan, Gregg Whitaker, Lou Weiss, Jeff Long, Russ Standard, Lee Standard
  • Patent number: 7020289
    Abstract: An interface device for interconnecting fixed controls of a vehicle to a replacement stereo. The interface device is capable of receiving control signals from fixed controls, such as steering wheel controls, backseat controls, handlebar controls, and the like, and then transmitting corresponding control signals to a replacement stereo. In one embodiment, the output signals from the interface device are comprised of wireless signals, such as IR signals. In another embodiment, the interface device is programmable such that the interface device can be programmed to emit signals corresponding to the same signals that would be emitted from a handheld remote control sold in conjunction with an after-market stereo receiver. In another embodiment, the interface device is capable of recognizing spoken voice commands and generating corresponding IR signals in order to effect control of a replacement stereo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: P. B. Clarke & Associates
    Inventor: Brett D. Riggs
  • Patent number: 7010371
    Abstract: In a digital audio signal player having a simulated analogue record, a high frequency alternator is provided, which is connected to the microprocessor, and constantly sends out a high-frequency signal; the alternator has an output terminal electrically connected to a diode connected to the microprocessor; a control element is also connected to the diode. Music is played in a normal way when the microprocessor receives high-frequency signal in a non-reduced form. The control element will send an interfering signal to the diode to reduce high frequency signal passing through the diode when touched by hands, thus making the microprocessor receive high frequency signal in reduced form; music is played with speed and direction changing according to the movement of the control element when the microprocessor receives the reduced high frequency signal. Music is played normally as soon as hands are removed from the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Hanpin Electron Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Han-Chih Liu
  • Patent number: 7006636
    Abstract: An auditory scene is synthesized from a mono audio signal by modifying, for each critical band, an auditory scene parameter (e.g., an inter-aural level difference (ILD) and/or an inter-aural time difference (ITD)) for each sub-band within the critical band, where the modification is based on an average estimated coherence for the critical band. The coherence-based modification produces auditory scenes having objects whose widths more accurately match the widths of the objects in the original input auditory scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Baumgarte, Christof Faller
  • Patent number: 6999828
    Abstract: The present invention is a signal processing device which performs parallel processes A and B efficiently. There is a deviation in the throughputs of the process A and B in processing an audio signal. First to Nth sub signal processing sections have capabilities to complete the process A within a period (N×T). A main signal processing sections has a capability to complete the process B within a period T. Efficient signal processing can be achieved by processing an input digital signal by means of distinct sub signal processing devices one after another and then processing the signal by the main signal processing section. (N×T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Miyasaka, Takeshi Norimatsu, Mineo Tsushima, Tomokazu Ishikawa, Yoshiaki Sawada
  • Patent number: 6975731
    Abstract: A method for simulating an artificial sound environment including sending an ultrasound reference signal to a headphone assembly worn by a user having two ears, the headphone assembly audibly providing at least one audio signal to each of the ears, processing arrival times of the ultrasound reference signal at each ear, so as to measure a phase difference of the signal as perceived by one ear in contrast to the other ear, modulating at least two audio signals, at least one signal for each ear, in accordance with the phase difference, and sending the at least two audio signals via the headphone assembly to each of the ears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Beh Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuval Cohen, Amir Bar On, Giora Naveh
  • Patent number: 6975734
    Abstract: An audio apparatus is constructed for use in negative drive of a loudspeaker having an internal impedance to perform a desired amplitude-frequency characteristic. In the audio apparatus, an amplifier device drives the loudspeaker with a driving voltage. A feedback device performs a positive feedback of a signal corresponding to the driving voltage of the loudspeaker to the amplifier device with a variable feedback gain, thereby causing the amplifier device to generate a negative impedance effective to negate the internal impedance of the loudspeaker. An adjustment device decreases the variable feedback gain of the feedback device as a level of the driving voltage of the loudspeaker increases, thereby adjusting the amplitude-frequency characteristic of the amplifier device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Eiichi Suzuki