Patents Examined by Assad Mohammed
  • Patent number: 11450331
    Abstract: A wearable accessory for delivery of personalized audio service includes a first microphone for capturing sound, a first speaker for playing media, a logic circuit for creating a personalized Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) to enhance listening experience of the media, a communication module for accessing the Internet and to provide access to the media in response to capturing the sound, and a memory storage unit for storing information related to the captured sound. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Wayne Goldstein, John Patrick Keady
  • Patent number: 11451917
    Abstract: An acoustic system (1) for diffusing sound from N channels (Si) comprising audio frequencies, N being greater than or equal to two, the acoustic system comprising a frame (5), M loudspeakers (HPj) which are similar to each other and mounted on the frame (5), and a processing unit (20) designed to send M loudspeaker signals (SSj) to the loudspeakers respectively. The loudspeakers are arranged at an angle about an axis (Z), two successive loudspeakers forming an angle (a) substantially equal to 360° divided by M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: DEVIALET
    Inventor: Antoine Petroff
  • Patent number: 11450340
    Abstract: Methods and systems for identifying human activity in a building. An illustrative method includes storing one or more room sound profiles for a room in a building based at least in part on background audio captured in the room without a presence of humans in the room. Background noise filters are generated for the room based on the room sound profiles. Real time audio may be captured from the room and filtered with at least one of the background noise filters. The filtered real time audio may be analyzed to identify one or more sounds associated with human activity in the room. A situation report may be generated based at least in part on the identified one or more sounds associated with human activity in the room and transmitted for use by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Hisao M. Chang, Amit Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11445316
    Abstract: A method for live manipulation of signal flows via a controller. The method includes feeding in a first signal flow and a further signal flow, each having X signal flow layers, where X is greater than 2. The method further includes separating the signal flow layers from each signal flow into a respective series of sub-signal flows, related to the signal flow, as according to a predetermined ratio, where each sub-signal flow has Y sub-signal flow layers, and where Y is smaller than X. The method includes reading a desired ratio between the first signal flow and the further signal flow via a controller. The method includes merging corresponding sub-signal flows as according to the desired ratio in order to obtain a modified series of sub-signal flows. The method includes feeding out the modified series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Tim Peeters
  • Patent number: 11445282
    Abstract: The technology provides a device, such as a wireless earbud, with capacitive sensing capabilities. For instance, the device may include a housing, and a conductive support positioned inside the housing. The device may further include one or more processors configured to measure a combined capacitance of a plurality of electrodes at the conductive support. Based on the combined capacitance, the one or more processors may detect that the conductive support is inserted into an ear. The one or more processors may then operate the device in a first mode based on detecting that the conductive support is inserted into an ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yao Ding, Kenneth Albanowski
  • Patent number: 11431920
    Abstract: A 360 degree interactive studio can include an arrangement of screens that enclose a performance area. The screens can be used to display an audience around the performance area and can provide an opening through which performers can enter the performance area. A 360 degree arrangement of speakers can be used to project audio of the displayed audience into the presentation area. A 360 degree arrangement of lighting can also be used to illuminate the performance area. In this way, the 360 degree interactive studio can create a live event environment for the performers and the audience even though the audience is remotely located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Better Way Productions LLC
    Inventors: Eric Worre, Marina Worre
  • Patent number: 11405739
    Abstract: In an audio system with a plurality of input signals, the input signals are prioritized from least important to most important. The level of the aggregate of all of the input signals is compared to a threshold level. If the level is greater than the threshold, the levels of one or more of the input signals are reduced one at a time, in order from the least important input signal to the most important input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Elie Bou Daher, Cristian M. Hera, Shiufun Cheung
  • Patent number: 11399254
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to, based at least in part on (i) first audio content from a first communication device of a first user, the first user in telecommunication with a second user via a second communication device; and (ii) first-user orientation information indicative of one or more of the orientation and location of the first user relative to a predetermined reference point; provide for presentation of the first audio content at the second communication device in a first presentation mode when the first-user orientation information is indicative of a first condition and in a second presentation mode, different to the first, when the first-user orientation information is indicative of a second condition different to the first condition, the first and second presentation modes providing for different presentation of the first audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Antti Eronen, Miikka Vilermo, Arto Lehtiniemi, Jussi Leppänen
  • Patent number: 11399153
    Abstract: A telepresence system that includes a portable telepresence apparatus coupled to a remote control station. The telepresence apparatus comprises a monitor, a camera, a speaker, a microphone and a viewfinder screen coupled to a housing. The view finder screen allows the user to view the image being captured by the camera. The portable telepresence apparatus is a hand held device that can be moved by a holder of the device in response to audio commands from the remote station. The telepresence apparatus can be used by medical personnel to remotely view a patient in a fast and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: TELADOC HEALTH, INC.
    Inventors: Kelton Temby, Charles S Jordan, Daniel S Sanchez, Steven E Butner, Derek J Walters, Fuji Lai, Kevin P Hanrahan, Joshua A Bouganim, James Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 11397557
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an in-vehicle device and a speaker array. The in-vehicle device is capable of changing a sound outputted from the speaker array to a sound arriving from a virtual sound source that is set to a predetermined position by use of a sound control portion. The speaker array is configured to be changeable in posture relative to the vehicle and to adjust a position of a virtual sound source relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kohei Noguchi
  • Patent number: 11395089
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed for utilizing a sensed pose of a user to dynamically control the mixing of audio tracks to provide a user with a more realistic, informative, and/or immersive audio experience with a virtual environment, such as a video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Luca Prasso
  • Patent number: 11395082
    Abstract: A vehicle and a controlling method of the same controlling an output of a speaker based on a mutual influence between a plurality of speakers provided on a crush pad are provided. The vehicle includes a crush pad, a first speaker provided on the crush pad, and a second speaker provided on the crush pad and positioned on one side of the first speaker. An amplifier supplies current to the first speaker and the second speaker and a detector detects the current of the first speaker and the current of the second speaker. A controller is configured to compensate a movement of the second speaker caused by an operation of the first speaker based on an output of the detector when a current is supplied to the first speaker among the first speaker and the second speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Youngbeom Kim
  • Patent number: 11395083
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described by which to support scalable unified audio rendering. A device comprising an audio decoder, a memory, and a processor may be configured to perform various aspects of the techniques. The audio decoder may decode, from a bitstream, first audio data and second audio data. The memory may store the first audio data and the second audio data. The processor may render the first audio data into first spatial domain audio data for playback by virtual speakers at a set of virtual speaker locations, and render the second audio data into second spatial domain audio data for playback by the virtual speakers at the set of virtual speaker locations. The processor may also mix the first spatial domain audio data and the second spatial domain audio data to obtain mixed spatial domain audio data, and convert the mixed spatial domain audio data to scene-based audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Andre Gustavo P. Schevciw, Nils Günther Peters
  • Patent number: 11372615
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a first display; a second display; a speaker configured to output a sound effect in response to a predetermined operation; and a controller configured to control an output of the sound effect from the speaker. The controller is operable to: in a case of the first display set as operable, cause the speaker to output a sound effect having a first frequency characteristic in response to the predetermined operation; and in a case of the second display set as operable, cause the speaker to output a sound effect having a second frequency characteristic in response to the predetermined operation, the second frequency characteristic being different from the first frequency characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Kasugai
  • Patent number: 11356790
    Abstract: Provided is a sound image reproduction device, sound image reproduction method, and sound image reproduction program that can support monaural sound sources and is capable of imparting directivity to virtual sound sources in a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Kimitaka Tsutsumi, Kenichi Noguchi, Hideaki Takada, Yoichi Haneda
  • Patent number: 11354536
    Abstract: A method for acoustic source separation comprises inputting acoustic data from a plurality of acoustic sensors, combined from a plurality of acoustic sources, converting the acoustic data to time-frequency domain data comprising time-frequency data frames, and constructing a multichannel filter for the time-frequency data frames to separate signals from the acoustic sources. The constructing comprises determining a set of de-mixing matrices (Wf) to apply to each time-frequency data frame to determine a vector of separated outputs (yft) by modifying each of the de-mixing matrices by a respective gradient value (G;G?) for a frequency dependent upon a gradient of a cost function measuring a separation of the sources by the respective de-mixing matrix. The respective gradient values for each frequency are each calculated from a stochastic selection of the time-frequency data frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: David Anthony Betts, Mohammad AlDmour
  • Patent number: 11350231
    Abstract: Audio perception in local proximity to visual cues is provided. A device includes a video display, first row of audio transducers, and second row of audio transducers. The first and second rows can be vertically disposed above and below the video display. An audio transducer of the first row and an audio transducer of the second row form a column to produce, in concert, an audible signal. The perceived emanation of the audible signal is from a plane of the video display (e.g., a location of a visual cue) by weighing outputs of the audio transducers of the column. In certain embodiments, the audio transducers are spaced farther apart at a periphery for increased fidelity in a center portion of the plane and less fidelity at the periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Christophe Chabanne, Nicolas R. Tsingos, Charles Q. Robinson
  • Patent number: 11350171
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus includes: a memory configured to store volume histories for a plurality of content sources; and a processor configured to, based on a content source for providing a content being changed from a first content source to a second content source, among the plurality of content sources, identify a volume level corresponding to the second content source based on a volume history of the first content source and a volume history of the second content source among the stored volume histories, and change a currently-set volume level to the identified volume level, and update the volume history of the second content source based on the changed volume level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Heeran Lee, Yongdeok Kim, Namsu Ha, Bongseok Lee, Jaeho Han
  • Patent number: 11343597
    Abstract: A system and method for processing a plurality of channels, for example audio channels, in parallel is provided. For example, a plurality of telephony channels are processed in order to detect and respond to call progress tones. The channels may be processed according to a common transform algorithm. Advantageously, a massively parallel architecture is employed, in which operations on many channels are synchronized, to achieve a high efficiency parallel processing environment. The parallel processor may be situated on a data bus, separate from a main general-purpose processor, or integrated with the processor in a common board or integrated device. All, or a portion of a speech processing algorithm may also be performed in a massively parallel manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Wai Wu
  • Patent number: 11336976
    Abstract: A vehicle headrest includes an electro-acoustic transducer and an acoustic enclosure that supports the electro-acoustic transducer. A unitary foam member is coupled to the acoustic enclosure. The foam member has regions of contrasting firmness including a first region having a first firmness and a second region having a second firmness that is greater than the first firmness. The second region defines a speaker grille that is configured to overlie the electro-acoustic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Bradford Kyle Subat