Patents Examined by Andrew L. Sniezek
  • Patent number: 11190864
    Abstract: A head-mountable device can include a speaker unit that provides structural support to its own components and electrical connections between other components. The arrangement of conductive strips within a back plate of a speaker unit can provide the structural support needed by the components of a speaker while allowing components on opposing sides of the speaker unit to be operably connected to each other. By providing both functions with the conductive strips of a back plate, the total space required is minimized so that the head-securement element (e.g., band) of the head-mountable device maintains a thin profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: James W. Vandyke, Darshan R. Kasar, Neal D. Evans
  • Patent number: 11190897
    Abstract: An electronic device identifies a location of a physical object that is away from a listener. The electronic device convolves sound so the sound externally localizes as binaural sound to the physical object. The sound plays to the listener through earphones so the listener hears the sound as emanating from the physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Glen A. Norris, Philip Scott Lyren
  • Patent number: 11190883
    Abstract: A method for operating a hearing device is specified. The hearing device has at least one microphone that picks up an input sound signal and converts it into an electrical input signal. The hearing device has a signal processing section that modifies the electrical input signal on the basis of an audiogram of a user and thereby generates a first electrical output signal. The hearing device has an active noise reduction system that generates a second electrical output signal in order to reject a noise component. The hearing device has a receiver that converts the first electrical output signal and the second electrical output signal into an output sound signal, for output to the user. The active noise reduction system is operated in parallel with the signal processing section. A corresponding hearing device is programmed to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Umut Goekay, Frank Naumann, Henning Puder
  • Patent number: 11184730
    Abstract: The invention improves HOA sound field representation compression and decompression. A decoder decodes compressed dominant directional signals and compressed residual component signals so as to provide decompressed dominant directional signals and decompressed time domain signals representing a residual HOA component in a spatial domain. A re-correlator re-correlates the decompressed time domain signals to obtain a corresponding reduced-order residual HOA component. A processor determines a decompressed residual HOA component based on the corresponding reduced-order residual HOA component, and determines predicted directional signals based on at least a parameter. The processor is further configured to determine an HOA sound field representation based on the decompressed dominant directional signals, the predicted directional signals, and the decompressed residual HOA component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 11184731
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for rendering metadata to control user movement based audio rendering. A device comprising a memory and one or more processors may be configured to perform the techniques. The memory may be configured to store audio data representative of a soundfield. The one or more processors may be coupled to the memory, and configured to obtain rendering metadata indicative of controls for enabling or disabling adaptations, based on an indication of a movement of a user of the device, of a renderer used to render audio data representative of a soundfield, specify, in a bitstream representative of the audio data, the rendering metadata, and output the bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Nils Günther Peters, Moo Young Kim, S M Akramus Salehin, Siddhartha Goutham Swaminathan, Isaac Garcia Munoz, Dipanjan Sen
  • Patent number: 11178485
    Abstract: A submersible sound system may include a housing, an end piece, an elastic membrane, an end cap affixed to the elastic membrane, and a subwoofer speaker system disposed within the housing and supported by a speaker support. A bubble sound source may be defined by the speaker support, the speaker diaphragm, an anterior end of the housing, the elastic membrane, and the end cap. The housing, end piece, and a posterior surface of the speaker support may form a sealed enclosure. The sound system may include a tuning pipe disposed between the sealed enclosure and the bubble sound source. A Helmholtz resonator may be disposed anteriorly of the speaker system. Multiple sound system may be assembled to form a cluster. The cluster may be defined by the vertices of regular polyhedron. The sound systems may be controlled to maintain the speaker systems within acceptable thermal limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TELEDYNE INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrey K. Morozov
  • Patent number: 11178505
    Abstract: A multi-channel signal decoding method includes obtaining a downmixed signal of a first channel signal and a second channel signal in a multi-channel signal, obtaining parameter indication information, obtaining a reverberation gain parameter corresponding to each of the part of subbands according to the parameter indication information; and obtaining a reconstructed first channel signal and a reconstructed second channel signal according to the downmixed signal and the reverberation gain parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zexin Liu, Lei Miao
  • Patent number: 11172307
    Abstract: One or more holes are formed in a first diaphragm. A second diaphragm is arranged on a sound emitting side of the first diaphragm. A driver includes a magnetic circuit and a voice coil, and vibrates the first and second diaphragms. The second diaphragm includes a rigidity-reinforcing portion in which a rigidity of the second diaphragm is reinforced at a position facing at least one hole of the one or more holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Kubota, Yasunari Takabatake, Yuji Negishi, Kazuyuki Inagaki
  • Patent number: 11166095
    Abstract: A headphone speaker system includes over-the-ear speakers (left and right) and inner-ear speakers (left and right). The left over-the-ear speaker and the right over-the-ear speaker are configured to receive a left surround audio channel of an audio signal and a right surround audio channel of the audio signal, respectively, from a surround sound processor, and are configured to be positioned outside a left ear canal of a user and outside a right ear canal of the user, respectively. The left inner-ear speaker and the right inner-ear speaker are configured to receive a left front audio channel of the audio signal and a right front audio channel of the audio signal, respectively, from the surround sound processor, and are configured to be positioned at least partially within the left ear canal of the user and at least partially within the right ear canal of the user, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TAM AUDIO LLC
    Inventor: Trevor Morris
  • Patent number: 11159907
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an audio service executing on a computing device performs a method including receiving, from one or more applications, a number of world-locked audio objects, where each of the world-locked audio objects is associated with a coordinate within a three-dimensional environment; identifying a first subset of the world-locked audio objects and a second subset of the world-locked audio objects, where the first subset includes a number of world-locked audio objects and the second subset includes one or more of the world-locked audio objects that are excluded from the first subset; generating a spherical harmonic object based on the second subset of world-locked audio objects and their associated coordinates; and sending data associated with the first subset of world-locked audio objects and the spherical harmonic object to an audio driver configured to render audio for simultaneous output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Ihaab Salem, Sumit Kamath
  • Patent number: 11159863
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a loudspeaker module and an electronic device. The loudspeaker module include a loudspeaker unit, a steel sheet and a module housing, wherein the loudspeaker unit is fixed in the module housing and divides an internal space of the module housing into a front chamber and a back chamber; the steel sheet is formed on the module housing by of injection molding; and a hot-melt bonding medium is provided at the position where the steel sheet and the module housing are combined. A technical problem to be solved by the present disclosure is to prevent a gap between a module housing and a steel sheet from occurring during injection molding with the combination strength between the steel sheet and the module housing also being improved, thereby preventing the audio performance of a loudspeaker module from being affected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventor: Zhaopeng Li
  • Patent number: 11159865
    Abstract: A media-source-integrated speaker-based sound system comprising a media-source-integrated circuit board connectable to an in-wall speaker within an in-wall speaker securement site, and lightweight wiring connectable intermediate to a low-voltage power source and the media-source-integrated circuit board, and including a process for converting a conventional in-wall, wired stereo system to a media-source-integrated speaker-based sound system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventor: Joshua David Johnson
  • Patent number: 11150689
    Abstract: An image display device includes a device body having a front surface with a display surface that is substantially rectangular and is for displaying an image; a stand that is placed on a placement surface and supports the device body; a support component that is fixed to the stand, is disposed on a rear surface of the device body, and rotatably supports the device body about a rotation shaft between a horizontal orientation in which the display surface is in a landscape orientation and a vertical orientation in which the display surface is in a portrait orientation; and a speaker that is supported by the support component and is disposed on the rear surface of the device body via the support component. The speaker emits sound toward the placement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawaguchi, Keizo Kawakami, Akira Taniguchi, Shuji Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11153700
    Abstract: A signal delay adjustment device for individually setting delay times of audio signals supplied to a plurality of speakers and individually delaying the audio signals supplied to the plurality of speakers with set delay times to adjust output timings of sounds among the plurality of speakers is configured to include a setting part to set a delay time applied to the audio signal for each speaker, and a delay part for individually delaying the audio signal to be supplied to the plurality of speakers based on the delay time set by the setting part. The delay part gradually changes the delay time to be applied to the audio signal over a predetermined time so that the delay time to be applied to the audio signal reaches the delay time set by the setting part over the predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Morita, Takeshi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11140481
    Abstract: A wireless speaker assembly for broadcasting audio and charging an electronic device includes a housing that defines an interior space. A first battery, a microprocessor, and a transceiver are coupled to the housing and are positioned in the interior space. The microprocessor is operationally coupled to the first battery and the transceiver. A speaker and a plurality of connectors are coupled to the housing and are operationally coupled to the microprocessor. The transceiver is configured to receive an audio signal from the electronic device, positioning the microprocessor to command the speaker to broadcast the audio signal. A respective connector is configured to couple to a charging cord of the electronic device to charge a second battery that is positioned in the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Phil Marino
  • Patent number: 11138983
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for signaling layers for scalable coding of higher order ambisonic audio data. A device comprising a memory and a processor may be configured to perform the techniques. The memory may be configured to store the bitstream. The processor may be configured to obtain, from the bitstream, an indication of a number of layers specified in the bitstream, and obtain the layers of the bitstream based on the indication of the number of layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Moo Young Kim, Nils Günther Peters, Dipanjan Sen
  • Patent number: 11140494
    Abstract: A hearing system comprises a hearing device worn on the head, or fully or partially implanted in the head, of a user, and external audio transmitters. The hearing system allows wireless communication to be established between the hearing device and the audio transmitters. The hearing device comprises microphones providing respective electric input signals; a beamformer filter providing a beamformed signal from the electric input signals; and an output unit. The hearing system further comprises a selector/mixer for selecting and possibly mixing one or more of the electric input signals or the beamformed signal and external electric signals from the audio transmitters, and providing a current input sound signal based thereon for presentation to the user. The selector/mixer is controlled by a source selection processor, which determines the source selection control signal based on a comparison of the beamformed signal and the external electric sound signals or processed versions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Michael Syskind Pedersen, Jesper Jensen
  • Patent number: 11134327
    Abstract: This disclosure includes several different features suitable for use in circumaural and supra-aural headphones designs. Designs that include earpad assemblies that improve acoustic isolation are discussed. User convenience features that include automatically detecting the orientation of the headphones on a user's head are also discussed. Various power-saving features, design features, sensor configurations and user comfort features are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jason J. LeBlanc, Daniel R. Bloom, Edward Siahaan, Phillip Qian, Lee M. Panecki, Eugene Antony Whang, Jared M. Kole, Audrey L. Sheng, Tian Shi Li
  • Patent number: 11134322
    Abstract: Provided is a wearable speaker system that can obtain a higher sense of presence through reproduction of bass. A wearable speaker system includes an enclosure, in which a first speaker unit and a first opening portion that is an end of a first bass reflex duct are disposed in a first end region of the enclosure, in which a second speaker unit and a second opening portion that is an end of a second bass reflex duct are disposed in a second end region, in which each of the first and second speaker units and includes a speaker and a passive radiator that faces in an opposite direction from the speaker, and in which a space between the speaker and the passive radiator included in each of the first and second speaker units and is connected to a space in the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidenori Minoda
  • Patent number: 11133020
    Abstract: A device or system is provided which is configured to detect one or more sound events and/or scenes associated with a predetermined context, and to provide an assistive output on fulfilment of that context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: AUDIO ANALYTIC LTD
    Inventors: Christopher James Mitchell, Sacha Krstulovic, Cagdas Bilen, Neil Cooper, Julian Harris, Amoldas Jasonas, Joe Patrick Lynas