Patents Examined by David S. Warren
  • Patent number: 10923089
    Abstract: A method and an information processing apparatus to generate a digital score file of a song are described. The information processing apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to obtain a candidate audio file satisfying a first condition from audio files of unaccompanied singing of the song without instrumental accompaniment. The processing circuitry is configured to divide the candidate audio file into valid audio segments based on timing information of the song, and extract pieces of music note information from the valid audio segments. Each of the pieces of music note information includes at least one data set of a music note in the song. The data set includes an onset time, a duration, and a music note value of the music note. The processing circuitry is configured to generate the digital score file based on the pieces of music note information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Weifeng Zhao
  • Patent number: 10923090
    Abstract: A music pedalboard having a built-in patch cord and designed for use with a plurality of effects pedals is provided. The pedalboard includes a board designed to receive a first set of effects pedals arranged along a first row on the board and a second set of effects pedals arranged along a second row on the board, and a patch cord coupled to the bottom face of the board and having a first end coupled to a first side face of the board and a second end coupled to a second opposing side face of the board. The first end of the patch cord operably connects to an output of a last effects pedal in the first set of effects pedals and the second end of the patch cord operably connects to an input of a first effects pedal in the second set of effects pedals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Frank Dale Boxberger
  • Patent number: 10923091
    Abstract: Provided is an instrument pedal device that can be quieter when operated. According to the present invention, a pedal is rotatably supported on a base part by a first shaft. A rotation part is rotatably supported on the base part by a second shaft. A connection part is rotatably supported on the pedal by a third shaft. The connection part is rotatably supported on the rotation part by a fourth shaft. Urging force that is for making the pedal, as rotated from an initial position, return to the initial position is applied by a spring. The pedal can rotate from the initial position to a lowermost position in which the second shaft, the third shaft, and the fourth shaft are in the same plane. The urging force of the spring increases the closer the pedal gets to the lowermost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Tanida, Kiyoshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10916232
    Abstract: An optical head assembly for use with a stringed musical instrument, the vibrations of the strings causing a light beam to be modulated in accordance with the frequency of the vibrating strings. The modulated light output, produced by the relative motion between two adjacent grates, is coupled to a device with converts the modulated light beam to a corresponding modulated electrical signal which, in turn, is coupled to an amplifier associated with the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TAFF OPTICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Hughes, David M. Kramer, David E. Ball
  • Patent number: 10914097
    Abstract: A landing door locking mechanism of an elevator system includes a body housing key-engagement elements and having a first end and a second end, the key-engagement elements located at the first end and a keyway structure, wherein in a first position the first end of the body is exposed such that a key may be inserted into a keyway of the keyway structure and interact with the key-engagement elements. A biasing mechanism is configured to bias a moveable portion of the body toward a second position, wherein in the second position a key cannot interact with the key-engagement elements and a solenoid is configured to apply a force on the moveable portion of the body when the solenoid is energized such that the moveable portion of the body is moved from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Nicolas Fonteneau, Clement Schach, Christophe Taudou, Raphael Picard, Thierry Chopineau, Patrice Degardin, Alexandre Renard
  • Patent number: 10906777
    Abstract: The invention concerns a safety arrangement of an elevator facility for safeguarding a work environment in an elevator shaft by actuating an actuator ensuring that an elevator car is not moving unintentionally during a safety situation, the elevator facility having a control system to which the safety arrangement is connected. According to the invention the safety arrangement comprises hydraulic activation means including a suspended floating platform being vertically movable, under which platform a sensing hydraulic cylinder is installed for activating the actuator upon loading of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tapani Talonen
  • Patent number: 10902831
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to classify media based on a pitch-independent timbre attribute from a media signal are disclosed. An example apparatus includes means for accessing a media signal; and means for: determining a spectrum of audio corresponding to the media signal; and determining a timbre-independent pitch attribute of audio of the media signal based on an inverse transform of a complex argument of a transform of the spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Zafar Rafii
  • Patent number: 10899578
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for detecting operational information of an automatic door. The arrangement comprises a magnetometer arranged to at least one of the following: moving part of the door, structure that is separate from the moving part of the door. The arrangement further comprises at least one permanent magnet arranged to the other one of the following: moving part of the door, structure that is separate from the moving part of the door. The magnetometer is configured to detect data representing the magnetic field generated by the at least one permanent magnet during a predefined time. The arrangement further comprises a control unit configured to define the operational information of the door from the detected data. The invention also relates to a method for detecting operational information of an automatic door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventor: Matti Laakso
  • Patent number: 10901560
    Abstract: A children's toy with capacitive touch interactivity. The children's toy generally includes a user input overlay panel and one or more capacitive touch sensors. The overlay panel may be formed from a capacitive touch conductive natural organic material such as wood. The toy can be shaped and ornamented to resemble a musical instrument, and configured to play music in response to user input applied to the user input overlay panel and sensed by the capacitive touch sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KIDS2, INC.
    Inventors: Bradford Reese, Henrik Johansson, Adam Shillito, Tsz Kin Ho, Neil Ni, Chun Chung Yeung, Qi He
  • Patent number: 10896663
    Abstract: To generate a melody, one or more machine-readable constraints are accepted from a user through a user interface. The constraints include rhythm constraints and pitch constraints. A sequence of musical elements is generated based on the constraints, each of the musical elements specifying, in machine-readable data, a musical pitch or silence and a duration of the musical pitch or silence. The pitch constraints prescribe pitches in the sequence of musical elements and the rhythm constraints prescribe rhythm of the sequence of musical elements. The sequence of musical elements is rendered in human-perceivable form as a melody.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: MIXED IN KEY LLC
    Inventor: Yakov Vorobyev
  • Patent number: 10889467
    Abstract: An elevator system is provided and includes at least one guide rail, safeties to respectively selectively impede or permit movement of an elevator car along a corresponding guide rail and first and second electronic safety actuators (ESAs) respectively coupled to a corresponding safety. The first ESA includes a first braking surface located a first distance from the corresponding guide rail, the second ESA includes a second braking surface located a second distance from the corresponding guide rail and the first and second braking surfaces are deployable across the first and second distances, respectively, to contact the corresponding guide rails. The elevator system further includes a sensing system to determine the first and second distances and a control system to deploy the first and second braking surfaces toward the corresponding guide rails in response to an over-speed or an over-acceleration condition with synchronization based on the first and second distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Marcin Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 10891872
    Abstract: A computer-aided method of educating music students includes assembling an ensemble of at least three music students studying differing instruments at differing proficiency levels and focusing on differing musical techniques. The method further includes compiling a multidimensional database of songs, wherein dimensions of the database include three or more of instrumentation requirements, technique requirements, musical styles represented, proficiency levels, and show theme suitability; and searching the database for songs having instrumentations, techniques, styles, and proficiency levels matching those of the students, and also having suitability with a desired show theme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: School of Rock, LLC
    Inventors: Sam Dresser, Leonard A. Sitnick, Robert Lowell Price
  • Patent number: 10891930
    Abstract: This disclosure falls into the field of adapting external content to a video stream, and more specifically it is related to analyzing the video stream to define a suitable narrative model, and adapting the external content based on this narrative model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventor: Antonio Mateos Sole
  • Patent number: 10889466
    Abstract: Access prevention systems of elevator landing door locks including a landing door lintel for a landing door of an elevator system, a lock mechanism mounted to the lintel and arranged to enable unlocking of the elevator landing door, and an indicator feature on the lintel and aligned with the lock mechanism to indicate a location of a blocked locking mechanism, wherein the indicator feature is at least one of frangible or breakable to permit access to the lock mechanism when the indicator feature is broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Nicolas Fonteneau
  • Patent number: 10885894
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and a method for singing expression transplantation. A singing expression transplantation method performed by a singing expression transplantation system according to an embodiment may comprise the steps of: synchronizing each of a first sound source and a second sound source, which include different pieces of voice information with regard to an identical song; modifying the pitch of the first sound source on the basis of pitch information extracted from each of the first sound source and the second sound source, which have been synchronized; and extracting volume information from each of the first sound source and the second sound source and adjusting the magnitude of the volume regarding the first sound source, the pitch of which has been modified, according to each piece of extracted volume information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Juhan Nam, Sangeon Yong
  • Patent number: 10875742
    Abstract: Methods and systems for making elevator service requests in a building having an elevator system, the method including, determining a departure floor, populating, by a computing device comprising a processor, a destination floor list with at least one destination floor and displaying the destination floor list on a user device, the destination floor list limited to a subset of all possible destination floors, and receiving at least one user input indicating a selection of a destination floor by a user and indicating a new elevator service request based on the determination of a departure floor and the selection of a destination floor. The method also includes generating an elevator service request packet based on the new elevator service request and transmitting the elevator service request packet to an elevator controller to make an elevator service request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Bradley Armand Scoville
  • Patent number: 10870556
    Abstract: An illustrative example method of determining a condition of an elevator car operating panel includes controlling a plurality of light sources of the car operating panel to turn on all of the light sources. An image of the car operating panel is obtained that indicates an actual illumination of all of the light sources, respectively. A determination is made, based on the obtained image, if there are any differences between an expected illumination and the actual illumination of any of the light sources. An indication of the condition of the elevator car operating panel is provided that includes information regarding any determined differences between the expected illumination and the actual illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Sally Day Mahoney
  • Patent number: 10865071
    Abstract: A method and system for managing an elevator system (10), includes providing a plurality of elevator cars (14) to travel in a hoistway (11), and selectively introducing and removing at least one of the plurality of elevator cars (14) to and from the hoistway (11) via a loading station (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Randall Keith Roberts, Zbigniew Piech, Adam Marian Myszkowski, Cezary Jedryczka, Wojciech Szelag, Tadeusz Witczak, Enrico Manes, Richard N. Fargo, Bryan Robert Siewert
  • Patent number: 10867590
    Abstract: A modular inline pedal system and methods for using the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Modular Pedal Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Miller, Joe Transue, Scott Bozack
  • Patent number: 10861430
    Abstract: An apparatus for selecting between sets of pickups for a stringed musical instrument including a top plate with two sets of pickups embedded therein that is rotationally attached to a back plate. The apparatus includes an electrical connector that enables electrical connection between the pickups and the instrument. The apparatus further includes attachment structure enabling fastening of the instrument to a backside of the instrument. The apparatus is configured to extend through a body of the instrument such that the top plate is adjacent strings of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: JKR Guitars, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle R. Stanton, Joseph Chapman, George F. Fleiner