Patents Examined by Andrew L. Sniezek
  • Patent number: 11509982
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a device that includes a support plate having a flat base portion and an elongated portion which extends perpendicular to the flat base portion, and a housing embodying one or more of a microphone and a speaker, and a housing backside having a set of screw holes configured to receive a set of screws to secure the support plate flat base portion to be flush mounted against the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Biamp Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent William Ellis, William John Done
  • Patent number: 11509996
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for playing an acoustic sound and a touch sensation, and more particularly, to a device for emitting a sound to a front surface of a speaker and playing a touch sensation feedback to a rear surface of the speaker through a driving modulation using two or more speakers while simultaneously concentrating an acoustic pressure generated according to a vibration of a membrane of the speaker to a surface of a module through a movement pipe when an audio signal is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Hye Jin Kim, JoonMin Lee, Yun-Jeong Kim, YuLim Min, Wooseup Youm, Hanbit Jin, Chan-Hwa Hong
  • Patent number: 11507340
    Abstract: An audio output method applied to an electronic device having a proximity sensor, where the method includes obtaining proximity data of the proximity sensor when the electronic device is coupled to an audio output device and has an audio signal to output, outputting, by an earpiece of the electronic device, the audio signal when the proximity data meets a preset condition, determining a type of the audio output device, and selecting, based on the type of the audio output device, whether to output the audio signal using the audio output device. Hence, an earpiece is enabled to output an audio signal under a specific condition when an electronic device including a mobile phone is coupled to another audio output device, thereby improving user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Honor Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ning Ding, Chong Zhang, Zhen Liu
  • Patent number: 11509983
    Abstract: Provided is an audio reproduction device that includes first and second speaker supports that have a lid shape and are provided on a case in an openable and closable manner, a sensor that detects a first state and a second state, the first and second speaker supports being closed in the first state, the first and second speaker supports being opened and held almost horizontally in the second state, first and second speakers respectively attached on front surfaces of the first and second speaker supports such that a distance in the second state is larger than a distance in the first state, and a reproduction characteristic control unit that switches reproduction characteristics of the first and second speakers in the first state and the second state on the basis of a detection signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Negishi, Jun Komiyama
  • Patent number: 11503395
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pair of glasses. The pair of glasses may include a frame, one or more lenses, and one or more temples. The pair of glasses may further include at least one low-frequency acoustic driver, at least one high-frequency acoustic driver, and a controller. The at least one low-frequency acoustic driver may be configured to output sounds from at least two first guiding holes. The at least one high-frequency acoustic driver may be configured to output sounds from at least two second guiding holes. The controller may be configured to direct the low-frequency acoustic driver to output the sounds in a first frequency range and direct the high-frequency acoustic driver to output the sounds in a second frequency range. The second frequency range may include one or more frequencies higher than one or more frequencies in the first frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SHOKZ CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Zhang, Junjiang Fu, Bingyan Yan, Fengyun Liao, Xin Qi
  • Patent number: 11496819
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided The electronic device includes a first case member, a plurality of protruding members provided on the first case member or a supporting member disposed on the first case member, at least one speaker, an enclosure configured to receive at least a portion of the speaker and including a plurality of receiving recesses formed in a side surface of the enclosure, and engaging members engaged to the enclosure and at least partially positioned in the receiving recesses, respectively. The engaging members may be engaged to one of the plurality of protruding members, respectively, to fix the enclosure to the first case member or the support member disposed on the first case member. Other various embodiments are possible as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Han, Kwanghyun Kim, Jiwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 11495269
    Abstract: An isolating system for dampening vibrations to or from audio equipment includes a mounting bracket secured to a support surface and a lower isolator assembly engaged with the mounting bracket. An upper isolator assembly engages the audio equipment and is positioned above the lower isolator assembly. The upper and lower assemblies are engaged with one another via aligned pairs of resilient, vibration-dampening isolators and associated connector members. The connector members extend between the isolators and are long enough to prevent direct contact between the upper and lower isolators. The isolating system is configured to allow a user to pivot the audio equipment about a vertical axis to change the position of the equipment in a horizontal plane. The isolating system is further configured to allow the user to pivot the audio equipment about a horizontal axis to change the position of the equipment in a vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: David Morrison
  • Patent number: 11469731
    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: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: iZotope, Inc.
    Inventors: James McClellan, Gordon Wichern, Hannah Robertson, Aaron Wishnick, Alexey Lukin, Matthew Hines, Nicholas LaPenn
  • Patent number: 11470418
    Abstract: A voice input apparatus of the present disclosure includes: a panel in which a voice input hole is formed; a circuit board which is disposed below the panel and has a voice passing hole formed in a position corresponding to the voice input hole; a first sealer having a cylindrical shape which is disposed between the panel and the circuit board, an upper end of which is in contact with a bottom surface of the panel while surrounding the voice input hole, and a lower end of which is in contact with an upper surface of the circuit board while surrounding the voice passing hole; a microphone which is disposed below the circuit board and has a sound receiving hole provided in a position corresponding to the sound passing hole; and a second sealer in which an accommodation space having an opening in an upper surface thereof is formed, and the microphone is disposed in the accommodation space, and which is in contact with a bottom surface of the circuit board in a state where the upper surface surrounds the voice pa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Youngsik Yoon
  • Patent number: 11463811
    Abstract: A speaker system is provided with a cabinet with a front face. At least one forward-firing driver is supported by the cabinet to project sound along a first axis that is generally perpendicular to the front face of the cabinet. At least one upward-firing driver is supported by the cabinet and arranged above the at least one forward-firing driver to project high frequency sound along a second axis that is angularly offset from the first axis at an acute splay angle. A controller is programmed to provide a mid-range frequency component of a front audio channel to the at least one forward-firing driver, and to provide a high frequency component of a top audio channel to the upward-firing driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jason Riggs, Hussnain Ali
  • Patent number: 11463812
    Abstract: A stereo microphone speaker includes a Printed circuit board, a middle housing, and a handle body. An audio frequency dividing module and an audio playback module are arranged at end surfaces of the Printed circuit board. The handle body includes a handle rear cover and a handle front cover, and an interior of the handle front cover is fixedly connected with a tweeter mounting cavity. An interior of the tweeter mounting cavity is provided with a tweeter. An interior of the handle rear cover defines a subwoofer mounting cavity. An interior of the subwoofer mounting cavity defines a subwoofer, and an upper end of the middle housing defines a silicone microphone installation fixing groove. A silicone microphone support is provided inside the silicone microphone installation fixing groove, and an interior of an upper end of the silicone microphone support is provided with a microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Shenzhen Huasirui Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bing Yang
  • Patent number: 11451915
    Abstract: Some demonstrative embodiments include apparatuses, systems and/or methods of testing an acoustic device, an acoustic component, and/or a device or system including one or more acoustic devices. For example, an acoustic device tester may be configured to process input acoustic information of a tested acoustic device to determine a tested acoustic value distribution for the tested acoustic device in a plurality of frequency sub-bands; determine whether or not the tested acoustic device meets a predefined testing criterion based on the tested acoustic value distribution and a reference profile defining a plurality of reference values corresponding to the plurality of frequency sub-bands, respectively; and generate an output to indicate whether or not the tested acoustic device meets the predefined testing criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: SILENTIUM LTD.
    Inventors: Tzvi Fridman, Mordehay Elbaz, Victor Melichov, Iddo Sheinfeld
  • Patent number: 11451914
    Abstract: A hybrid in-person and remote audiovisual conference broadcasting system provides a centrally controlled system for managing and broadcasting the audiovisual data collected from mobile devices both in humanly perceptible proximity of an in-person public-address system and beyond humanly perceptible proximity to the in-person public-address system. In an exemplar embodiment, a moderator controls requests from various participant members to broadcast audio or video from their personal mobile device to the other group members. Some members may be in proximity to an in-person public address system where they may for example be able to hear amplified audio and see live projected or otherwise presented video. In this exemplar embodiment, remote users not in proximity to the in-person public address system may also participate by for example listening to and viewing the broadcast audiovisual data on their personal mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Social Microphone, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Nathaniel Sherman, Andrew Michael Livingston
  • Patent number: 11432790
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-channel digital stethoscopy system. The present invention can provide accurate and detailed medical examination information by separating and filtering stethoscopy sounds received from a plurality of transmission units by frequency in a single reception terminal, dividing the filtered stethoscopy sounds into cardiac sounds and lung sounds, and then outputting the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: BLAUBIT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Euisun Kim
  • Patent number: 11438694
    Abstract: An integrated circuit for digital signal routing. Signal routing is achieved with a multiply-accumulate block, which takes data from one or more data sources and, after any required scaling, generates output data for a data destination. Data from a data source is buffered for an entire period of a data sample clock so that the multiply-accumulate block can retrieve the data at any point in the period, and output data of the multiply-accumulate block is buffered for an entire period of the data sample clock so that the data destination can retrieve the data at any point in the period. The multiply-accumulate block operates on a time division multiplexed basis, so that multiple signal paths can be processed within one period of the sample clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Graeme Gordon Mackay, Jonathan Timothy Wigner, Gordon Richard McLeod
  • Patent number: 11438681
    Abstract: A method for producing a plastic-coated loudspeaker housing comprises the putting together of a loudspeaker housing from a plurality of housing wall elements. The put-together loudspeaker housing is placed in a mold. This is followed by a surface coating of the put-together loudspeaker housing by introducing a liquid, curable plastic into the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: d&b audiotechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Albrecht Mildenberger
  • Patent number: 11432087
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there may be provided an electronic device comprising: a housing comprising a first space connected to the outside of the electronic device; a speaker device arranged inside the housing; a speaker housing comprising a second space formed to be spatially separated from the inner space of the electronic device by the speaker device inside the housing, the second space being arranged to be connected to the first space; a first atmospheric pressure sensor which is exposed to the first space and has a waterproofing function; a second atmospheric pressure sensor arranged in the inner space; and a processor, wherein the electronic device is configured to detect immersion of the electronic device in water or removal thereof from the immersion on the basis of the amount of atmospheric pressure change confirmed through the first atmospheric pressure sensor, and is configured to control the water-repellent operation through the speaker device on the basis of a difference value between f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Hongki Kim, Seonho Han, Jin Kim, Taegyun Kim, Dongheon Jang
  • Patent number: 11432075
    Abstract: For selecting audio input, a processor calculates audio scores for device audio from a plurality of electronic devices. The processor further selects a first device audio based on the audio scores. The processor presents present the first device audio at a listening electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Peterson, Mark Patrick Delaney, John Carl Mese, Russell Speight VanBlon, Arnold S. Weksler
  • Patent number: 11432088
    Abstract: An apparatus, comprising: a manikin with at least a head portion and an ear portion; wherein the head portion has an inner side and an outer side and accommodates a mouth simulator including an electro-acoustic transducer. Further, the apparatus comprises an electrodynamic vibrator with a vibrating rod wherein the vibrating rod is coupled to the manikin to exert a vibrating force at the head portion; and wherein the vibrating force induces vibration of the manikin at least at the ear portion. Thereby more realistic electroacoustic tests on devices under test such as such as headsets, headphones, earphones, hearing instruments and active hearing protectors can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: GN Audio A/S
    Inventor: Helge Lykke Hansen
  • Patent number: 11416206
    Abstract: A touch input device includes a touch input part that is installed on a vehicle and includes a tabular panel to be touch-operated and an actuator causing a vibration of the panel; and a control unit that performs at least one of a first control and a second control, the first control driving the actuator such that the panel vibrates in response to touch operations, and the second control driving the actuator such that the panel vibrates at an audible band. The touch input device is positioned such that a directivity of a sound emitted from the panel is increased toward an ear of an occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Tatsushi Katsuyama, Takashi Nagao, Tetsuya Egawa, Takeyoshi Mori