Patents Examined by David S. Warren
  • Patent number: 11017750
    Abstract: A method of automatically confirming the uniqueness of digital pieces of music produced by an automated music composition and generation system while satisfying the creative intentions of system users. The method involves reviewing, selecting and providing one or more musical experience descriptors and time and/or space parameters, to an automated music composition and generation engine operably connected to the system user interface. The automated music composition and generation engine includes a music piece analysis subsystem for automatically examining each piece of composed music that has been generated by said automated music composition and generation engine, comparing the digital piece of composed and generated music against other digital pieces of music composed and generated by said automated music composition and generation system for said system user, and determining whether or not the examined digital piece of composed and generated music is sufficiently unique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Shutterstock, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew H. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 11017751
    Abstract: Playback of a graphical representation of a digital musical score is synchronized with an expressive audio rendering of the score that contains tempo and dynamics beyond those specified in the score. The method involves determining a set of offsets for occurrences of score events in the audio rendering by comparing and temporally aligning audio waveforms of successive subclips of the audio rendering with corresponding audio waveforms of successive subclips of an audio rendering synthesized directly from the score. Tempos and dynamics of human performances may be extracted and used to generate expressive renderings synthesized from the corresponding digital score. This enables parties who wish to distribute or share music scores, such as composers and publishers, to allow prospective licensors to evaluate the score by listening to an expressive musical recording instead of a mechanically synthesized rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Avid Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy M. Fayan
  • Patent number: 11011144
    Abstract: An automated music composition and generation system provided with a system user interface enabling system users to review, select and provide one or more musical experience descriptors as well as time and/or space parameters, to an automated music composition and generation engine, operably connected to the system user interface. The automated music composition and generation engine includes a musical kernel generation subsystem for automatically analyzing and saving musical kernel elements automatically abstracted from the digital piece of music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Shutterstock, inc.
    Inventor: Andrew H. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 11008197
    Abstract: In a method for performing a manual drive in an elevator after mains power-off, the frequency converter of the motor is separated from mains, any safety blocking of the brake drive and/or motor drive is disabled, current is supplied from the battery to the brake drive to open the elevator brake and current is supplied from the battery to the drive control to allow regulation of the motor speed via the inverter bridge, the manual drive control observes the motor speed via the speed sensor and starts a speed feedback loop to regulate the motor speed to a manual drive reference value by feeding a three phase-AC current to the motor windings via the semiconductors of the inverter bridge, which manual drive speed reference is lower than the speed reference for normal elevator operation, when the car reaches a floor level the floor level indicator is activated, and the actuator is released whereafter the current supply from the battery to the elevator brake is interrupted and the previous disabled safety blocking o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juhamatti Nikander, Ari Kattainen, Pasi Raassina
  • Patent number: 11001476
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compensation chain stabilizing apparatus and method, and an elevator shaft and elevator system having the same. The compensation chain stabilizing apparatus for an elevator includes a magnetic field generating device, which is configured to generate a magnetic field to limit shaking of the compensation chain. The elevator shaft and elevator system according to embodiments of the present invention include the compensation chain stabilizing apparatus according to the embodiments of the present invention. The apparatuses and methods of the present invention can suppress shaking of the compensation chain as much as possible, and avoid other problems related to the shaking of the compensation chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Xiaokai Gong
  • Patent number: 11001474
    Abstract: A belt includes one or more tension members extending along a length of the belt, a jacket at least partially enclosing the plurality of tension members, and one or more layers of one or more of a fluorescent, absorbing, or reflecting material located in the belt such that when subjected to a light source, an indication of fluorescence or absorbance or reflection of the one or more layers of fluorescent or absorbent or reflective materials is indicative of a wear condition of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark R. Gurvich, Georgios S. Zafiris
  • Patent number: 11004434
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for visual image audio composition. In particular, the present invention provides systems and methods for audio composition from a diversity of visual images and user determined sound database sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Roy Elkins
  • Patent number: 10997958
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating control of midi-sequence generation is disclosed. The apparatus may include a midi-sequence module configured to store a plurality of main midi sequences, store a plurality of fill midi sequences, and playback a plurality of main midi sequences and the plurality of fill midi sequences. The apparatus can also include a first foot-operable switch configured to operate the midi-sequence module, an instrument input, and a looping means configured to record a plurality of signals received from the instrument input, generate a plurality of recorded loops associated with the plurality of recorded signals, store the plurality of recorded loops, and playback each of the plurality of recorded loops. The apparatus can also include a second foot-operable switch configured to operate the looping means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Intelliterran, Inc.
    Inventor: David Packouz
  • Patent number: 10984622
    Abstract: Methods and systems to control access to a predetermined service or area. An access code is read from a portable electronic device of a user using an access terminal at a service site. As a result of reading the access code from the portable electronic device, access-related information is transmitted to the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Florian Troesch, John Mizon, Serhiy Serbin
  • Patent number: 10981750
    Abstract: A system and/or method for receiving a data capture from an elevator sensor and executing a prognostic analysis of the data capture to identify operational issues and resolutions to the operational issues. The system and/or method can further receive at least one of a verification of the operational issues and the resolutions and execute the resolutions upon verification to resolve the operational issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jinho Song, Aditya Swami
  • Patent number: 10983210
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a method includes detecting, by a computing system, whether there are any pre-existing objects between a first group of sensors of a sensor array in an elevator shaft. The computing system detects whether there is a foreign object between a second group of sensors of the sensor array in the elevator shaft, where the second group of sensors includes at least one sensor that differs from the first group of sensors. The computing system triggers a modification to a control aspect of an elevator car in the elevator shaft based on detection of the foreign object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Lindsay Wos, Tarique Faruki
  • Patent number: 10984772
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a loop switcher, controllers therefor, and methods for controlling an array of audio effect devices. A controller for controlling a loop switcher with an input, an output, and a plurality of re-orderable loops, comprising a plurality of switches, each of the plurality of switches controls a corresponding one of the plurality of re-orderable loops for coupling the corresponding one of the plurality of re-orderable loops between the input and the output in a sequence; and a plurality of display elements, wherein each of the plurality of switches has a corresponding one of the plurality of display elements, where each display element indicates visually the sequence order of the sequence in which the plurality of re-orderable loops are coupled between the input and the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Luke Robertson
  • Patent number: 10984768
    Abstract: Detecting vibrato bar technique for a string instrument can include analyzing, using a processor, a note signal of the string instrument to detect a selected instrumental technique from a plurality of instrumental techniques, analyzing, using the processor, a noise signal of the string instrument to detect a change in frequency of the noise signal, and generating, using the processor, a vibrato bar event responsive to detecting the selected instrumental technique and the change in frequency of the noise signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giulia Carnevale, Marco Gianfico, Ciro Ragusa, Roberto Ragusa
  • Patent number: 10978034
    Abstract: A musical sound generation device including a blowing pressure sensor which detects a blowing pressure, a key switch which specifies a sound pitch of a musical sound, a first sound source which outputs a first signal corresponding to an exhalation sound, a second sound source which outputs a second signal corresponding to the musical sound having the sound pitch specified by the key switch, and a processor which starts output of the first signal by the first sound source on basis of an operation performed on the key switch, starts output of the second signal by the second sound source on basis of the blowing pressure, and controls a sound volume when the exhalation sound resulting from the first signal is emitted and a sound volume when the musical sound resulting from the second signal is emitted, on basis of the blowing pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10971122
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and computer-readable storage medium that generate a harmonized musical piece. The method includes receiving a chord selection including a musical key and a scale selection, generating, within a digital audio work session, a chord progression sequence based on the received chord selection, in response to a detected chord selection change, modifying the chord progression sequence to include a chord progression corresponding to the chord selection change, setting the chord progression sequence as a master sequence, in response to detecting a second progression sequence within the digital audio work session, transmitting an identifier to the second progression sequence setting it as a slave sequence, and establishing a synchronized communication link between the master and the slave sequences such that changes made in the master sequence are automatically effectuated in the slave sequence, and combining the master sequence and the slave sequence to form a composed musical piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: MIXED IN KEY LLC
    Inventors: Yakov Vorobyev, Louis Ng, Michael Cupino, Matthew Donner, John Batka
  • Patent number: 10970033
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a visual color display of audio-file data are provided. The system includes a processor that performs a method including receiving audio-file data; generating filtered-audio data by processing the audio-file data by frequency-band filters. The frequency band filters have different frequency bands. The method includes generating one or more waveforms corresponding to the filtered-audio data and displaying the waveforms superimposed in unique color relative to one another. The method includes downsampling the waveforms. The method includes processing the waveforms through an envelope detector. The method includes processing the waveforms through an expander and applying a gain factor. The waveforms have transparency levels at sections that are proportional or inversely proportional to amplitudes at the sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: INMUSIC BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: John O'Donnell, Christopher Blane Roman, James Samuel Heintz, Lindsey Ryan Cole, Manuel Kaletta, Vincent Ming Chen, Marcus Tillmans
  • Patent number: 10971124
    Abstract: A pedal device of electronic keyboard instrument is provided. The pedal device of an electronic keyboard instrument includes a damper which applies resistance forces against rotation of pedals to the pedals during rotation of the pedals toward at least one of a first direction and a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Goto, Yoshiyasu Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10971121
    Abstract: A system for platform-independent visualization of audio content, in particular audio tracks utilizing a central computer system in communication with user devices via a computer network. The central system utilizes various algorithms to identify spoken content from audio tracks and selects visual assets associated with the identified content. Thereafter, a visualized audio track is available for users to listen and view. Audio tracks, for example Podcasts, may be segmented into topical audio segments based upon themes or topics, with segments from disparate podcasts combined into a single listening experience, based upon certain criteria, e.g., topics, themes, keywords, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Tree Goat Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kakoyiannis, Sherry Mills, Christoforos Lambrou, Vladimir Canic, Srdjan Jovanovic
  • Patent number: 10965224
    Abstract: A method for levitation control of a linear motor includes supplying an alternating current or alternating voltage to at least one oscillating circuit including at least one sensing coil being or assumed to be arranged in a fixed spatial correlation to a mover part of the linear motor such that an opening plane of the sensing coil faces a sensor counter-surface of a stator part of the linear motor with a gap therebetween; receiving a response signal from the oscillating circuit; determining a gap length of the gap based on the response signal; and controlling the gap length by driving a magnetic levitation unit of the linear motor based on the determined gap length. An inductive sensing device and an elevator system, and a method for determining a position of the linear motor are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry Piitulainen, Seppo Suur-Askola, Tero Purosto
  • Patent number: 10964297
    Abstract: A device for adjusting the length of a cord for carrying a wind instrument comprises two parts which can be pushed into one another, of which the first cup-shaped part has a recess and four openings and the second part has, as insert, a groove with a U-turn as well as a recess and two guide grooves. A cord piece is guided around the groove, out of the device and through an eyelet of a hook. A further cord piece is guided through the guide grooves and the four openings. The device allows the cord piece to be guided through the groove, which is completely separated from the guidance of cord pieces through the guide grooves. The guide grooves contain elements for deflecting and inhibiting the movement of the cord pieces. The device enables a stable and torsion-proof handling of the length adjustment of the cord. The device makes it possible that the cord length cannot adjust automatically, not even if the cord is not tensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Silvin Jancic