Patents Examined by Disler Paul
  • Patent number: 11140479
    Abstract: An example method of operation may include receiving audio data at one or more microphones disposed in a corresponding plurality of network devices, identifying amplitude values of the audio data at each of the plurality of network devices, and each of the amplitude values identified at each of the plurality of network devices are different from each other of the amplitude values, determining at each of the plurality of network devices a location of the audio data based on a direction and amplitude of the received audio data, modifying the audio data for output via a plurality of loudspeakers disposed in each of the plurality of network device, and outputting, via the plurality of loudspeakers, the modified audio data, and each loudspeaker outputs different versions of the modified audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Biamp Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Laube, Charles D. Gollnick, Dale Irving
  • Patent number: 11132984
    Abstract: There are disclosed automatic mixers and methods for creating a surround audio mix. A set of rules may be stored in a rule base. A rule engine may select a subset of the set of rules based, at least in part, on metadata associated with a plurality of stems. A mixing matrix may mix the plurality of stems in accordance with the selected subset of rules to provide three or more output channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Zoran Fejzo, Fred Maher
  • Patent number: 11134339
    Abstract: Various implementations include microphone arrays and related speaker systems. In one implementation, a microphone array is mounted in a housing having a primary X axis, a primary Y axis perpendicular to the primary X axis, and a primary Z axis perpendicular to the primary X axis and the primary Y axis. The microphone array can include: a set of microphones positioned in a single plane perpendicular to the primary Z axis of the housing and axially asymmetric with respect to both the primary X axis of the housing and the primary Y axis of the housing. In some cases, all microphones in the set of microphones are stationary relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Avi Dick, Sarah Margaret Heile
  • Patent number: 11134341
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing audio signals. One system includes a communication device including a transceiver configured to send and receive audio data, and a microphone configured to convert sound waves to a first audio signal. A speaker is configured to convert received electrical signals to an acoustic output and is configured to convert sound waves to a second audio signal. An electronic processor connected to the microphone and the speaker is configured to receive the first audio signal from the microphone, receive the second audio signal from the speaker, determine a correlation value between the first audio signal and the second audio signal, and compare the correlation value to a correlation threshold. In response to the correlation value being below the correlation threshold, the electronic processor generates an output signal based on the first audio signal and the second audio signal, and transmits the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kar Meng Tang, Kurt S. Fienberg, Geng Xiang Lee, Lian Kooi Ng, Thean Hai Ooi
  • Patent number: 11115769
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using auditorily-induced vection (AIV) to enhance a person's attitude awareness are provided herein. In at least one embodiment, an auditory object is projected based on the orientation of the person or a vehicle and the projected auditory is provided to the person. By projecting the auditory object, the attitude of the person or the vehicle can be conveyed to the person to enhance the person's attitude awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Scott E. Ritter
  • Patent number: 11115741
    Abstract: Disclosed is an artificial intelligence hub including: a main body having a speaker for outputting sound; a communication module for wirelessly communicating with a surround ding device; a base arranged below the main body to support the main body; a cover coupled to a top of the main body, the cover having an upper surface for displaying a screen based on information exchanged via the communication module; and a grille having a vertically elongated cylindrical shape and provided with a plurality of through-holes therein, the main body being arranged within the grille, the grille being coupled at an upper end thereof to the cover housing and coupled at a lower end thereof to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dajeong Eom, Sangin Kim, Jisung Ryu, Sanghoon Chi
  • Patent number: 11109140
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a terminal device, a wireless headset, and an electronic device component. The terminal device includes: a body, a magnetic component, and a first controller. An accommodating groove for accommodating the wireless headset is disposed on the body. The magnetic component is at least partially disposed in the accommodating groove. The first controller is disposed in the body and electrically connected to the magnetic component, and is configured to control the magnetic component to connect to the wireless headset by attraction or to separate from the wireless headset by repulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xingquan Zhu
  • Patent number: 11107493
    Abstract: An audio processing system is described for an audio event detection (AED) system. The system includes a feature extraction block configured to derive at least one feature which represents a spectral feature of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sara Mainiero, Toby Stokes, Pablo Peso Parada, Rahim Saeidi
  • Patent number: 11102568
    Abstract: An automatic speech recognition (ASR) triggering system, and a method of providing an ASR trigger signal, is described. The ASR triggering system can include a microphone to generate an acoustic signal representing an acoustic vibration and an accelerometer worn in an ear canal of a user to generate a non-acoustic signal representing a bone conduction vibration. A processor of the ASR triggering system can receive an acoustic trigger signal based on the acoustic signal and a non-acoustic trigger signal based on the non-acoustic signal, and combine the trigger signals to gate an ASR trigger signal. For example, the ASR trigger signal may be provided to an ASR server only when the trigger signals are simultaneously asserted. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Sorin V. Dusan, Aram M. Lindahl, Robert D. Watson
  • Patent number: 11100942
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for compensating for inaccurate echo prediction in audio systems. A signal may be received at a microphone of an audio system, the signal including audio rendered using a spatial audio renderer across a multi-channel audio output. A signal may be received from the spatial audio renderer that indicates a change in rendering of audio. The audio system may then determine if there is echo power within the received signal greater than an expected echo power. After the signal from the spatial audio renderer has been received, the echo suppression applied to the received signal may be modified in response to a determination that the echo power is greater than the expected echo power, the echo suppression attenuating pre-selected frequency bands of the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn N. Dickins, Tet Fei Yap, Guodong Li, Paul Holmberg
  • Patent number: 11095974
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a loudspeaker assembly for a vehicle is provided. The assembly includes a diaphragm; a loudspeaker, and a carrier. The loudspeaker includes a first end for being positioned in a first area of the vehicle that is exposed to external ambient noise to the vehicle and a second end for being positioned in a second area of the vehicle that is exposed directly within an interior cabin of the vehicle to provide desired audio along a first axis to the interior cabin. The carrier is attached to the second end of the loudspeaker and includes noise absorption material to prevent the external ambient noise from entering into the vehicle. The carrier defines a plurality of openings positioned on an outer perimeter thereof to enable the desired audio to enter into the interior cabin along a second axis that is different than the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Brandon Michael Wheeler
  • Patent number: 11095984
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel including a substrate and a pixel array layer disposed on a first surface of the substrate; a first sound generator disposed on a second surface of the substrate, which is opposite to the first surface of the substrate, the first sound generator being configured to vibrate the display panel in accordance with a first sound signal to output first sound; and a second sound generator disposed on the second surface of the substrate, the second sound generator configured to vibrate the display panel in accordance with a second sound signal to output second sound, wherein the first sound includes both sound in a low-frequency range and sound in a high-frequency range, which is higher than the low-frequency range, and the second sound includes sound in the high-frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byeong Hee Won, Jae Woo Im
  • Patent number: 11095982
    Abstract: A speaker apparatus includes a first wireless communicator connected with a first source apparatus to receive a first audio signal from the first source apparatus or connected with an external speaker apparatus to transmit the first audio signal to the external speaker apparatus; a second wireless communicator configured to be connected with a second source apparatus to receive a second audio signal from the second source apparatus; and a controller configured to control the first wireless communicator and the second wireless communicator. The controller controls the first wireless communicator to switch from a reception mode to a transmission mode to transmit the second audio signal to the external speaker apparatus in response to the second wireless communicator being connected with the second source apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyoung Bo Min
  • Patent number: 11096001
    Abstract: A system for digitally modelling analog devices having a processor executing an executable code to select a baseline calibration signal, receive a digitized audio from an analog device having parameters with incremental controls for the parameters, wherein the digitized audio is the baseline calibration signal processed with the incremental control of the first parameter set at a neutral setting, determine a baseline impulse response of the analog device, select an incremental signal, receive a plurality of incremental audios, wherein each incremental audio corresponds to the incremental signal processed by the analog device with a unique setting of the incremental control for the first parameter, derive formant-based filters for each of the incremental audios, and construct a digital model of the analog device based on the baseline impulse response of the analog device and the plurality of formant-based filter representations of the plurality of incremental audios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew J. Phillips
  • Patent number: 11087776
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a method that includes receiving an input signal representing audio captured by a microphone of an active noise reduction (ANR) headphone, processing, by one or more processing devices, a portion of the input signal to determine a noise level in the input signal, and determining that the noise level satisfies a threshold condition. The method also includes, in response to determining that the noise level satisfies the threshold condition, generating an output signal in which ANR processing on the input signal is controlled in accordance with a target loudness level of the output signal, and driving an acoustic transducer of the ANR headphone using the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: John Allen Rule, Daniel M. Gauger, Jr., Dale McElhone, Katie Janine Moenkhaus
  • Patent number: 11062689
    Abstract: An adaptive active noise cancellation apparatus performs a filtering operation in a first digital domain and performs adaptation of the filtering operation in a second digital domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Park, Kwokleung Chan, Ren Li
  • Patent number: 11056094
    Abstract: A method and audio apparatus for processing an audio signal are provided. The audio apparatus includes at least one microphone to acquire ambient sound of the audio apparatus, a speaker to output the audio signal, an air pressure regulator including a fluid tube connecting an external space of a housing of the audio apparatus to an internal space of the housing, and configured to adjust a change in an air pressure of the internal space of the housing and an audio signal processor configured to generate an anti-noise signal for canceling noise in the ambient sound by using the acquired ambient sound and output the generated anti-noise signal and the audio signal through the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinho Park, Guiwon Seo, Jonghwa Lee, Hyeongcheol Jeong, Sungwon Cho
  • Patent number: 11044543
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to earphone device supports and earphone support cases. In embodiments described herein, an earphone support is configured to be securely positioned over an earphone device. The earphone support includes a main body with a supporting element extending therefrom. The supporting element has a curvature shaped to follow a contour of the earphone device such that it clips onto to the earphone device. In additional embodiments described herein, an earphone support case is configured to securely store the earphone supports and mate with an earphone device case. The earphone support case has a main body coupled to a lid by a hinge. The main body includes a plurality of earphone support mounts. Each of the earphone support mounts are configured to support one of a plurality of earphone supports such that each earphone support is securely positioned within the earphone support case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Navi Cohen, Jose Froilan P. Lomotan, Jonathan Thuot
  • Patent number: 11043201
    Abstract: A method and system directed to controlling audio devices with active noise reduction. The system detects an instability condition in a first headphone; generates one or more control signals to adjust one or more ANR parameters of the first headphone using a first controller, wherein the one or more ANR parameters are adjusted to change the first headphone from a first ANR state to a second ANR state to mitigate the instability condition; and synchronizes the one or more ANR parameters of the first headphone with second headphone. In an example, the system returns the first headphone to the first ANR state after detecting that the first headphone was removed from an ear of a user at the first time and detecting that the first headphone was engaged with the ear at the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Emery M. Ku, David R. Minich
  • Patent number: 11033820
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device having a controller to modify sound produced by a gaming application according to an otological profile of a user. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Jacob Wolff-Petersen, Tino Soelberg, Ed Guntin