Patents Examined by David S. Warren
  • Patent number: 10783864
    Abstract: Processing implemented by computer means of sound data output by at least one sensor and activation of at least one actuator of an acoustically radiating structure. The sensor senses an acoustic signal output by the vibration of the radiating structure. The radiating structure bears at least one actuator controlled by the computer means and is thus involved in the vibration of the radiating structure. In particular, the method comprises the steps of: a) measuring a transfer function of the actuator, radiating structure and sensor assembly, b) controlling activation of the actuator so as to make the radiating structure vibrate, according to a selected setpoint: taking account of the transfer function measured, and taking account of the acoustic signal sensed by the sensor in feedback mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HYVIBE
    Inventor: Adrien Mamou-Mani
  • Patent number: 10773922
    Abstract: A drive and motor system and method for a six phase machine with negligible common-mode voltage is provided. The six-phase machine includes six phase windings divided into at least two windings groups configured to generate a zero common-mode pulse width modulation. The drive and motor system and method can also include at least one direct current source and a six phase inverter switching between positive and negative power of the at least one direct current source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Dong Jiang, Shashank Krishnamurthy, Daryl J. Marvin
  • Patent number: 10766738
    Abstract: A ropeless elevator system includes a plurality of elevator cars configured to travel in a hoistway having at least one lane, a propulsion system to impart force to each elevator car of the plurality of elevator cars, and a controller. The controller is programmed to operate in an in-group mode where the plurality of elevator cars perform service demands, an out-of-group mode where at least one selected elevator car of the plurality of elevator cars is prevented from performing the group service mode service demands, and a transition mode where the at least one selected elevator car is prepared and transitioned from operation in the in-group mode to operation in the out-of-group mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur Hsu, David Ginsberg, Jose Miguel Pasini
  • Patent number: 10770048
    Abstract: A sound generating analog synthesizer comprising a controller electronically connected to rotate at least one knob, actuate at least one switch, and make at least one patch connection; said knob comprising a drive system, a shaft position sensor, and a potentiometer; wherein said controller rotates at least one knob by generating instructions to said drive system; said at least one switch comprising an electronic connection to said controller to turn on or off said switch upon receiving instructions from said controller; and at least one patch connection, comprising at least one patch switch, wherein said at least one patch switch controls connection between at least one input of said patch and at least one output of said patch; and a control system to interpolate the potentiometer, switch and patch connections between at least two predetermined settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lafayette College
    Inventor: Calvin F. Murr
  • Patent number: 10770050
    Abstract: An audio data processing method and apparatus are provided. The method includes obtaining audio data. An overall spectrum of the audio data is obtained and separated into a singing voice spectrum and an accompaniment spectrum. An accompaniment binary mask of the audio data is calculated according to the audio data. The singing voice spectrum and the accompaniment spectrum are processed using the accompaniment binary mask, to obtain accompaniment data and singing voice data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Bi Lei Zhu, Ke Li, Yong Jian Wu, Fei Yue Huang
  • Patent number: 10770047
    Abstract: An electric musical instrument includes a body having a front side and a rear side, a plurality of strings extending across at least a portion of the front side of the body, and at least one electric pickup to detect vibrations of the strings and generate a pickup signal. The instrument includes at least one speaker mounted at the rear side of the body, in which the speaker includes an acoustic driver and an acoustic deflector. The acoustic deflector is configured to receive acoustic energy propagating from the acoustic driver and deflect at least a portion of the acoustic energy. The instrument includes an amplifier to amplify the pickup signal to generate an amplified pickup signal, and drive the at least one speaker based on the amplified pickup signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Roman N. Litovsky, Mikhail Ioffe, Michael Tiene, Robert Alan Lituri
  • Patent number: 10770046
    Abstract: Percussive interactive device characterized in that it is composed of an external polyhedric case of deformable material and of an internal case housing an electronic device, whose purpose is to detect external forces applied on said device and to transmit the data collected, once converted into electronic data for audio applications, to an external device used to process and emit sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ODDBALL STUDIOS LTD
    Inventors: Pasquale Totaro, Nathan Webb
  • Patent number: 10766742
    Abstract: A safety device for a hydraulic elevator includes an open-door running prevention unit and a pressure sensor. The open-door running prevention unit includes a memory configured to sequentially store values of the pressure sensor during a period in which the hydraulic elevator is in the open-door state as time-series data. When it is determined that the car speed, detected when the hydraulic elevator is in the open-door state, is equal to or larger than a preset first threshold value, the open-door running prevention unit calculates a differential value between a maximum value and a minimum value of the time-series data stored in the memory in a period of a preset determination time. When the differential value is out of a preset allowable range, the open-door running prevention unit determines that the open-door running abnormality is present, and executes the car braking processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirofumi Ikai
  • Patent number: 10762882
    Abstract: A ligature for a wind instrument is provided. The ligature includes a cord harness having a plurality of apertures extending transverse to a longitudinal axis of the cord harness, and an adjuster. The adjuster is connected to and extends transverse to the longitudinal axis of the cord harness. The ligature further includes a cord passing through the plurality of apertures in a spiral manner and engages a distal end of the adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: LETO R&D CORPORATION
    Inventor: Man Soon Jeong
  • Patent number: 10759640
    Abstract: A platform twist mitigation apparatus operable to extend jacks into engagement with a surface disposed below a platform carrying the jacks, and to alternately extend and retract the jacks to change platform attitude relative to the surface. Tilt sensors are supported at spaced locations on the platform. An electronic control module is programmed to detect a platform twist condition in response to angle data received from the tilt sensors and to mitigate the platform twist condition by operating or modifying the operation of the jacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Collin, Robert Ford, John Manfreda
  • Patent number: 10745241
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method to communicate with a passenger in a car within a transportation system includes receiving an alarm signal from the car, receiving at least one operation parameter from the car, analyzing the at least one operation parameter corresponding to the alarm signal from the car, determining an alarm condition in response to the at least one operation parameter and the alarm signal, and initiating a video session via a video system in response to the alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Paras Kumar Halingale
  • Patent number: 10745244
    Abstract: A method of testing of an elevator safety brake system is provided. The method includes initiating an automated test procedure. The method also includes triggering an electronic safety actuator. The method further includes generating braking data about performance of the electronic safety actuator. The method yet further includes analyzing the braking data. The method also includes generating a report to indicate whether the elevator safety brake system performed adequately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Sandeep Sudi, Guohong Hu
  • Patent number: 10741153
    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: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Tanida, Kiyoshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10737904
    Abstract: A condition monitoring system for performing a transformation of mixed elevator data is provided. The condition monitoring system includes a computer sub-system. The computer sub-system includes a memory storing transformation software and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor executes the transformation software to cause the condition monitoring system to acquire quantitative and qualitative information and transform the quantitative and qualitative information to produce transformed information. The processor executes the transformation software to further cause the condition monitoring system to execute analytics on the transformed information and generate predictions based on the analytics of the transformed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Soumalya Sarkar, Murat Yasar
  • Patent number: 10741156
    Abstract: A sound pickup device is provided including a clamp part for fastening a hoop of a drum, one case fixed to an outer edge of the drum by fastening the hoop with the clamp part, a first output means detecting vibration of a striking surface of the drum, generating a musical sound signal based on the detected vibration, a second output means detecting a performance sound generated by the vibration of the striking surface, generating a sound pickup signal based on the detected performance sound, a third output means mixing the musical sound signal and the sound pickup signal outputted from the first and second output means, a selection means selecting at least one of the first to third output means for output; and a housing part housing a battery. The first output means, the second output means, the third output means, and the housing part are disposed in the one case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventor: Kotaro Nomura
  • Patent number: 10741154
    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: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Intelliterran, Inc.
    Inventor: David Packouz
  • Patent number: 10741151
    Abstract: A musical instrument pitch changing apparatus for a musical instrument having at least a first and second string is disclosed. The apparatus includes a bender lever pivotally secured to the musical instrument, a rocker arm pivotally secured to the instrument with a bender saddle for varying the tension in the first string in response to movement of the bender lever between the first and second positions. A mount secures the rocker arm and bender saddle to the first selected string in a first bending configuration or to the second selected string in a second bending configuration. The rocker arm and bender saddle is movable between the first selected string and the second selected string of the musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph Glaser, II, John Russell Alford
  • Patent number: 10733900
    Abstract: Tuning information is calculated based on input sounds. A tuning estimating apparatus includes an input sound acquirer for acquiring input sounds, a pitch calculator for calculating pitches of the input sounds acquired by the input sound acquirer, and a tuning value calculator for calculating a tuning value representing an offset between a tuning reference position serving as a reference for tuning and a reference position on a first distribution of the pitches calculated by the pitch calculator, based on a peak of the first distribution. The tuning value calculator calculates the tuning value based on the positional relationship of a periodic peak group of the first distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Terashima, Shuichi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10723589
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elevator comprising an elevator control having a motor drive of an elevator motor driving an elevator car on an movement path, which motor drive comprising a frequency converter with a rectifier bridge designed to be connected to mains, a converter bridge for feeding the elevator motor and an intermediate DC circuit located in-between, the elevator further comprising a brake drive for supplying energy to at least two motor brakes with the brake drive being connected to the intermediate DC circuit as well as an emergency power supply battery designed to allow safe release of passengers in case of a power outage. According to the invention the battery is connected to the intermediate DC circuit, and the elevator control has a measuring circuit connected to the intermediate DC circuit and the elevator control has a battery testing module which is configured to apply a defined load to the battery and to measure the voltage of the DC circuit for a defined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juhamatti Nikander, Olli Pokkinen
  • Patent number: 10726821
    Abstract: A performance assistance apparatus includes a sound generator circuit and a processor. In response to detection of a sound generation timing, the processor determines whether or not the sound indicated by the user performance information matches the sound designated by the model performance information in association with the sound generation timing. Based on determination that the sound indicated by the user performance information does not match the sound designated by the model performance information, the processor causes the sound generator to audibly generate an assist sound relating to the sound designated by the model performance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Suzumi Kanada, Ushin Tei