Patents Examined by Andrew L. Sniezek
  • Patent number: 10810989
    Abstract: Earpieces and methods for acute sound detection and reproduction are provided. A method can include measuring an external ambient sound level (xASL), monitoring a change in the xASL for detecting an acute sound, estimating a proximity of the acute sound, and upon detecting the acute sound and its proximity, reproducing the acute sound within an ear canal, where the ear canal is at least partially occluded by an earpiece. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Staton Techiya LLC
    Inventors: Steven Wayne Goldstein, John Usher, Marc Andre Boillot
  • Patent number: 10812928
    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: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Ihaab Salem, Sumit Kamath
  • Patent number: 10798479
    Abstract: An improved system and method for recognizing an audio signal due to physical activity and taking a predetermined action in response is disclosed. A “reverse noise signal” created by the sound pressure wave of the physical activity acting on the earpiece transducer is obtained. In some embodiments, an ambient noise signal is inverted and fed back, and the inverted signal is added to the intended audio signal being sent to the earpiece so that the ambient noise is cancelled. In other embodiments, a processor receives the ambient noise signal and predicts the modification to the intended audio signal needed to counteract the ambient noise. In other embodiments, the reverse noise signal may represent a motor or biological activity of a user; the system may take different actions in response to different physical activities, such as a heart beat of the user, or a tap, footfall, or swallowing by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ESS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: A. Martin Mallinson, Robert Lynn Blair, Christian Leth Petersen, Paul Christopher Scowen
  • Patent number: 10798517
    Abstract: An out-of-head localization filter determination system according to an embodiment includes headphones, a microphone unit, an out-of-head localization device, and a server device. The out-of-head localization device transmits user data based on measurement data to the server. The server device includes a data storage unit configured to store a plurality of first and second preset data acquired for a plurality of persons being measured, a comparison unit configured to compare the user data with the plurality of second preset data, and an extraction unit configured to extract first preset data from the plurality of first preset data based on a comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Hisako Murata, Masaya Konishi, Takahiro Gejo, Kuniaki Takachi, Yumi Fujii, Takayuki Uchida
  • Patent number: 10789934
    Abstract: An active noise reduction device includes a standard signal generator, an adaptive filter unit, a control sound output unit, and an error signal detector. The adaptive filter unit includes a control signal generator, a filter coefficient update unit, and a step size setting unit. The control signal generator multiplies a standard signal by a filter coefficient to generate a control signal. Based on a reference signal and an error signal, the filter coefficient update unit updates the filter coefficient so as to minimize the error signal. The step size determiner sets a step size parameter indicating an update amount of the filter coefficient. The filter coefficient update unit sets a step size adjustment coefficient for adjusting the step size parameter based on an audio information feature amount and a change of the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masafumi Tao, Tomofumi Yamanashi
  • Patent number: 10791406
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for processing a sound hole of a speaker and a terminal device are disclosed. The method includes detecting whether the sound hole of the speaker is blocked, and prompting a user not to block the sound hole of the speaker by hands; and playing a built-in audio source file to drive a preset vibration device to vibrate according to a set vibration intensity to clear foreign matter blocking the sound hole of the speaker when the sound hole of the speaker is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELEOCMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Lu Sun
  • Patent number: 10778350
    Abstract: A fader device according to an aspect of the present invention includes: a guide rail that extends linearly and a slider that slidably engages with the guide rail, in which the slider includes a pressure-contact member that is to be in pressure contact with the guide rail, and a compression coil spring for jutting the pressure-contact member toward the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Ueda, Hisashi Nagai, Hisanobu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10779097
    Abstract: A device (10) for connection to an audio accessory (20) comprising: a jack socket (14) for connection to a jack plug (25) of the audio accessory (20), a ground connection to a first socket contact (428) which is positioned to mate with a ground return pole of the plug (25). The jack socket (14) comprises a second contact (432) also positioned to mate with the ground return pole of the plug (25). Driver amplifiers (416, 418) comprise an input coupled to the second contact (432) and are configured to superimpose a signal present at the second contact (432) onto received speaker signal. It may achieve reducing the crosstalk which could distort or blur the stereo image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Taylor, ChunFeng Gu
  • Patent number: 10776075
    Abstract: A stovetop oven having an audio system comprising of a stove assembly and an audio assembly is disclosed herein. The stove assembly includes a stovetop and an oven that is configured to aid a user in cooking food. The audio assembly comprises a display unit having a processor, speakers, and a radio. The display unit displays the current media being played by a user utilizing the stove. Additionally, a user may navigate and control the audio media being played using buttons configure to the display unit. The processor allows the unit to play audio media through various forms such as WIFI, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. The radio of the audio assembly receives radio signals allows the user to tune into various radio channels for their enjoyment. The stove top oven having an audio system creates an entertaining environment for a user in the kitchen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Miguel Jimenez
  • Patent number: 10771892
    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: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TELEDYNE INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrey K. Morozov
  • Patent number: 10770101
    Abstract: A computer program product for writing a servo track includes a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith. The program instructions are executable by a computer. The program instructions cause the computer to monitor a lateral position of a magnetic tape passing over a servo writing head during a servo track writing operation and write servo marks to the magnetic tape. A timing of the writing of each mark is based on the monitored position of the magnetic tape. A computer program product for writing a servo track includes a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith. The program instructions are executable by a computer. The program instructions cause the computer to optically monitor a lateral position of a magnetic tape passing over a servo writing head during a servo track writing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Biskeborn, Wayne I. Imaino
  • Patent number: 10764697
    Abstract: Disclosed is a public-address system which coordinates and processes audio input from multiple sources including the individual microphones from the personal mobile devices of audience members as well a primary speaker or moderator. Various embodiments provide a capability for the system to queue requests from audience members to broadcast over the public-address system. Various embodiments provide a capability for a moderator to manage the queue of requests from audience members. In various embodiments, the audio input signal processing, audience member requests, speaker queue and moderator management capabilities are hosted in the cloud or Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Social Microphone, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Nathaniel Sherman, Andrew Michael Livingston
  • Patent number: 10763812
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention are directed to enabling a user to easily identify the frequency range(s) at which sound masking occurs, and addressing the masking, if desired. In this respect, the extent to which a first stem is masked by one or more second stems in a frequency range may depend not only on the absolute value of the energy of the second stem(s) in the frequency range, but also on the relative energy of the first stem with respect to the second stem(s) in the frequency range. Accordingly, some embodiments are directed to modeling sound masking as a function of the energy of the stem being masked and of the relative energy of the masked stem with respect to the masking stem(s) in the frequency range, such as by modeling sound masking as loudness loss, a value indicative of the reduction in loudness of a stem of interest caused by the presence of one or more other stems in a frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: iZotope, Inc.
    Inventors: James McClellan, Gordon Wichern, Hannah Robertson, Aaron Wishnick, Alexey Lukin, Matthew Hines, Nicholas LaPenn
  • Patent number: 10764676
    Abstract: A system configured to improve spatial coverage of output audio and a corresponding user experience by performing upmixing and loudspeaker beamforming to stereo input signals. The system can perform upmixing to the stereo (e.g., two channel) input signal to extract a center channel and generate three-channel audio data. The system may then perform loudspeaker beamforming to the three-channel audio data to enable two loudspeakers to generate output audio having three distinct beams. The user may interpret the three distinct beams as originating from three separate locations, resulting in the user perceiving a wide virtual sound stage despite the loudspeakers being spaced close together on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuancheng Luo, Wontak Kim, Mihir Dhananjay Shetye
  • Patent number: 10757495
    Abstract: Head-worn computers include a front frame mechanically adapted to secure a see-through computer display and an arm, secured to the front frame, mechanically adapted to secure the front frame to a head of a user. The arm includes an internal speaker system, enclosed by the arm, wherein the internal speaker system comprises a speaker having a first side and an opposing second side and a first cavity positioned along the first side of the speaker, the arm further comprising a vent positioned to vent the first cavity and a second cavity positioned along the second side of the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Mentor Acquisition One, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, Robert Michael Lohse
  • Patent number: 10757500
    Abstract: Various implementations include wearable audio devices and related methods for controlling such devices. Some approaches include controlling a wearable audio device by: determining a magnitude of an acoustic transfer function based on an electrical signal from an internal microphone and an audio signal from an acoustic transducer at one or more predetermined frequencies; calibrating a proximity sensor; detecting a change in the state of the wearable audio device from one of: off-head to on-head, or on-head to off-head using both the calibrated proximity sensor and the magnitude of the acoustic transfer function; and adjusting at least one function of the wearable audio device in response to detecting the change from the on-head state to the off-head state or detecting the change from the off-head state to the on-head state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeremy Kemmerer, Christopher A. Barnes
  • Patent number: 10742177
    Abstract: A signal transmission includes a first transmission device that includes: a first output amplifier that outputs a first output signal; and a first impedance circuit that has one or a plurality of reactance element provided between the first output amplifier and a transmission line, where impedance of the first impedance circuit corresponds to frequencies belonging to a first band, and is smaller than impedance corresponding to frequencies outside the first band; and a second transmission device that includes: a second output amplifier that outputs a second output signal; and a second impedance circuit that has one or a plurality of reactance elements provided between the second output amplifier and the transmission line, where impedance of the second impedance circuit corresponds to frequencies belonging to a second band differing from the first band, and is smaller than impedance corresponding to frequencies outside the second band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Kitano
  • Patent number: 10741209
    Abstract: A modified hard disk drive (HDD) state is provided. The modified HDD state corresponds to a state wherein the heads of a hard disk drive assembly are parked as a baseline setting, but permitted to float over the platters for completing requests on a limited basis. This prioritizes HHD protection in certain contexts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John W. Nicholson, Jeffrey R. Hobbet, Philip J. Jakes
  • Patent number: 10735849
    Abstract: Headphones include a first microphone configured to receive ambient sound at an outside of an external auditory canal of a user; a second microphone configured to receive sound inside the external auditory canal; a speaker configured to output sound toward the external auditory canal; a determiner configured to determine whether or not wind noise has occurred by comparing a first signal based on the sound received the first microphone with a second signal based on the sound received by the second microphone; and a processor configured to output, to the speaker, a signal obtained by adding an input signal to the first signal when the determiner determines that wind noise has not occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Konagai, Hideyoshi Masui
  • Patent number: 10728687
    Abstract: Described herein is a method (30) of rendering an audio signal (17) for playback in an audio environment (27) defined by a target loudspeaker system (23), the audio signal (17) including audio data relating to an audio object and associated position data indicative of an object position. Method (30) includes the initial step (31) of receiving the audio signal (17). At step (32) loudspeaker layout data for the target loudspeaker system (23) is received. At step (33) control data is received that is indicative of a position modification to be applied to the audio object in the audio environment (27). At step (38) in response to the position data, loudspeaker layout data and control data, rendering modification data is generated. Finally, at step (39) the audio signal (17) is rendered with the rendering modification data to output the audio signal (17) with the audio object at a modified object position that is between loudspeakers within the audio environment (27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Dirk Jeroen Breebaart, Antonio Mateos Sole, Heiko Purnhagen, Nicolas R. Tsingos