Patents Examined by Con P. Tran
  • Patent number: 11363373
    Abstract: A camera with image and audio capture capabilities is configured to protect the internal audio components from the external environment. The camera includes a housing that allows passage of sound waves via a port from an external area of the camera to an internal area of the camera. The camera includes a circuit board with an opening and a microphone attached to a first surface of the circuit board adjacent to the opening. The camera includes a compressible spacer attached to a second surface of the circuit board. The second surface of the circuit board may be diametrically opposite to the first surface. The camera includes a waterproof membrane between the housing and the compressible spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Randall Clyne
  • Patent number: 11310576
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display panel which displays an image and a vibration member attached to a surface of the display panel, where the vibration member receives a sound signal, generates a vibration in response to the sound signal, and transfers the vibration to the display panel to allow the display panel to output a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi Joon Ahn, Yongchang Park, WonSang Park, Jongin Baek, Yong-Suk Yeo, Taehee Lee
  • Patent number: 11302342
    Abstract: A system configured to detect a tap event on a surface of a device using microphone audio data and motion data. Instead of using a physical sensor to detect the tap event, the device detects a tap event based on a power level difference between two or more microphones. When a power ratio exceeds a threshold, the device may detect a tap event and perform an action, such as delaying or ending an alarm. To reduce false positives caused by wind or loud noises close to the microphones, the device may confirm a tap event using motion data that indicates actual movement of the device. In some examples, the device may detect the tap event using a neural network processing the microphone data and the motion data. In addition, the device may embed the motion data within the microphone data using unused bits of the microphone data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Sensarn, Savaskan Bulek, Pradeep Kumar Govindaraju
  • Patent number: 11297453
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for performing a role swapping operation between a pair of non-tethered wireless ear buds after detecting a triggering event. Further, state information can be coordinated between devices, including in connection with performing a role swap between buds in a pair of wireless, untethered ear buds, where one wireless ear bud is in a primary role and is responsible for a connection with a companion device, and another wireless ear bud in the pair is in a secondary role.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Sriram Hariharan, Ganesha Adkasthala Ganapathi Batta, Tad J. Dreier, Christopher S. Wiebe, Ashley N. Saulsbury, Duy N. Phan, David J. Shaw, Robert D. Watson, Augustin Prats
  • Patent number: 11277688
    Abstract: An apparatus, electronic device, method and computer program wherein the apparatus comprises: processing circuitry; and memory circuitry including computer program code, the memory circuitry and the computer program code configured to, with the processing circuitry, enable the apparatus to: detect an audio module connected to the apparatus wherein the audio module comprises a user replaceable module; determine one or more parameters of the audio module; and enable the processing of the signals used for the audio module in accordance with the determined one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Koray Ozcan, Miikka Vilermo
  • Patent number: 11277700
    Abstract: A monitoring system can include an earpiece, a database with stored earpiece characteristics data, and a microphone to receive a plurality of signals where each signal of the plurality of signals can represents a respective sound pressure level of sound pressure values over a time duration. The system can also include a processor and a memory coupled processor, the memory having computer instructions which when executed by the processor causes the processor to perform the operations. The operations can include determining exposure time duration when a signal of the plurality of signals exceeds a sound pressure level threshold value, retrieving a subset of data of the stored earpiece characteristics data, and modifying an acoustic output of the earpiece in accordance with the subset of data of the stored earpiece characteristics data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Wayne Goldstein
  • Patent number: 11240578
    Abstract: Described embodiments generally relate to a signal processing device for on ear detection for an earbud. The device comprises a first microphone input for receiving a microphone signal from a first microphone, the first microphone being configured to be positioned within an ear of a user when the earbud is being worn; a second microphone input for receiving a microphone signal from a second microphone, the second microphone being configured to be positioned outside the ear of the user when the earbud is being worn; a signal generator configured to generate a signal for acoustic playback from a speaker configured to be positioned within the earbud; and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Brenton Steele
  • Patent number: 11234081
    Abstract: A vibration module is assembled inside a device body of the electronic device and includes: a driving motor and a packaging structure arranged outside the driving motor. The driving motor can cooperate with a sounding part of the packaging structure when in a first vibration mode, and drive the sounding part to generate a vibrating sound wave; and the driving motor can cooperate with at least one function module of the device body when in a second vibrating mode, and drive the function module to vibrate, thereby simplifying the structure of the vibration module, reducing the occupied inner space of the electronic device by the vibration module, and reducing the cost of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yapei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11218125
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to adjust audio playback settings based on analysis of audio characteristics. Example apparatus disclosed herein include an equalization (EQ) model query generator to generate a query to a neural network, the query including a representation of a sample of an audio signal; an EQ filter settings analyzer to: access a plurality of audio playback settings determined by the neural network based on the query; and determine a filter coefficient to apply to the audio signal based on the plurality of audio playback settings; and an EQ adjustment implementer to apply the filter coefficient to the audio signal in a first duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: GRACENOTE, INC
    Inventors: Robert Coover, Cameron Aubrey Summers, Todd Hodges, Joseph Renner, Markus Cremer, Matthew McCallum
  • Patent number: 11146219
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a process that includes one or more of receiving an audio signal at a feedback compressor circuit, receiving an auxiliary attenuation signal from an auxiliary attenuation source, determining a threshold power level based on a value of the auxiliary attenuation signal, determining an output power level of the audio signal exceeds the threshold power level, combining the audio signal with the auxiliary attenuation signal from the auxiliary attenuation source and a compressed attenuation signal from the feedback compressor circuit to create a combination signal, and generating an audio output signal of the feedback compressor circuit based on the combination signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Biamp Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Faulstich
  • Patent number: 11109151
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program, the method including enabling an output of an audio mixer to be rendered for a user where the user is located within a sound space, wherein at least one input channel is provided to the audio mixer and the at least one input channel receives a plurality of microphone output signals obtained by a plurality of microphones recording the sound space; determining that a first microphone records one or more sound objects within the sound space; and in response to the determining, enabling one or more of the plurality of microphone output signals to be, at least partially, removed from the at least one input channel to the audio mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Sujeet Shyamsundar Mate, Lasse Laaksonen
  • Patent number: 11107488
    Abstract: A system configured to perform echo cancellation using a reduced number of reference signals. The system may perform multi-channel acoustic echo cancellation (MCAEC) processing on a first portion of a microphone audio signal that corresponds to early reflections and may perform single-channel acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) processing on a second portion of the microphone audio signal that corresponds to late reverberations. For example, the system may use MCAEC processing on a plurality of reference audio signals to generate a first echo estimate signal and may subtract the first echo estimate signal from the microphone audio signal to generate a residual audio signal. The system may delay the first echo estimate signal, perform the AEC processing to generate a second echo estimate signal, and subtract the second echo estimate signal from the residual audio signal to generate an output audio signal. This reduces an overall complexity associated with performing echo cancellation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mohamed Mansour, Shobha Devi Kuruba Buchannagari
  • Patent number: 11089397
    Abstract: This invention proposes a microphone integrated assembly used in a motor vehicle, which comprises a main application printed circuit board, a microphone printed circuit board implementing one or more microphones, and a compression type interconnector which is compressively assembled between the main application printed circuit board and the microphone printed circuit board such as to electrically connect the microphone printed circuit board and the main application printed circuit board. The compression type interconnector acts as an acoustic insulator, which mechanically decouple the microphone printed circuit board from the main application printed circuit board and prevents vibrations which source in the main application printed circuit board from coupling with the microphone printed circuit board, leading to decreased acoustic noise and improved microphone acoustic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: VALEO INTERIOR CONTROLS (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD
    Inventor: Stephane Schuler
  • Patent number: 11064307
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an electronic device and a method of outputting audio. The electronic device includes a device body; at least two sound generators disposed in the device body; and a controller disposed in the device body. The controller is connected with the at least two sound generators to control each of the sound generators to output audio signals. The audio signals output by the at least two sound generators are superimposed to form a virtual sound source at a preset position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiafu Yen, Hui Du
  • Patent number: 11031963
    Abstract: A module connection structure includes a first module, a second module connected to the first module via connectors, and fixing members that fix the second module to the first module. The fixing members are movable between a fixed position at which the second module is inseparable from the first module and an unfixed position at which the second module is separable from the first module. At least one of the first module and the second module has fixing member holders that hold the fixing members located at least at the unfixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Keiichi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11019441
    Abstract: A position sensor may include a resonator attachable to a first object, and an antenna attachable to a second object and driven at a resonant frequency of the resonator. A change in a position of the first object relative to the second object may be sensed as a change in a power of the antenna when the antenna is driven at the resonant frequency of the resonator. The first object may be a former of a speaker, and a voice coil of the speaker may be positioned on the former together with the position sensor. In operation, the antenna may output a position signal to an external system of electronics, indicating a position of the voice coil. The external system of electronics may perform feedback processing to compensate for nonlinearities in the voice coil's position when the voice coil is used to drive a diaphragm of the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Edward Malsky
  • Patent number: 11016607
    Abstract: An indicator identifying a force intensity of a touch input provided on a touch input surface is received. It is determined that the touch input is associated with an audio volume control. An audio volume is controlled based at least in part on the indicator identifying the force intensity of the touch input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Lapoe E. Lynn, Samuel W. Sheng, Shih-Ming Shih, Yenyu Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10999671
    Abstract: Headphones include: a speaker configured to output sound based on an input signal; a microphone configured to receive touch sound produced when a touch is performed on a user; and a command output device configured to, on the basis of a sound signal derived from the touch sound received by the microphone, determine a touch operation corresponding to the touch performed on the user, to output a command corresponding to the touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideyoshi Masui
  • Patent number: 10979813
    Abstract: A terminal and a method for controlling a stereo sound effect thereof are provided. The terminal includes at least two speakers, and the method includes: presetting a relationship between an angle and a sound effect, the relationship represents a sound effect of each speaker at each corresponding angle value; acquiring, in real time, an angle value of an orientation of a screen of the terminal; and after acquiring the angle value, acquiring the a sound effect of each speaker at the angle value according to the relationship of each speaker, and controlling each speaker to play according to the corresponding sound effect. Mo matter how the terminal rotates, the sound effect played at the same angle value is kept unchanged, so that the terminal can show the consistent stereo sound effect at different angle values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiuyue Wang, Yulei Zhang, Jianqi Li
  • Patent number: 10972064
    Abstract: An audio reproduction method comprises providing equal loudness response data defining a dependency between sound pressure level and frequency, resulting in sounds of equal loudness, including for sounds of a notional negative loudness; generating a required spectral weighting profile from the response data to represent a difference in frequency response between a first audio transducer and a second, different, audio transducer; applying a spectral weighting to an audio signal in dependence upon the derived frequency response; and reproducing the spectrally weighted audio signal using the second audio transducer at an audio reproduction level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Emmanuel Deruty