Patents Examined by Disler Paul
  • Patent number: 10820088
    Abstract: An active noise reduction (ANR) earphone with a housing comprising a front cavity and an exit that is fluidly coupled to the front cavity. An acoustic driver is configured to deliver acoustic energy into the front cavity of the housing. A nozzle is coupled to the housing and is configured to direct acoustic energy from the housing exit to a nozzle exit opening. A microphone is located in the nozzle. A compliant sealing structure is coupled to the nozzle and is configured to couple the earphone to an ear of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Andrew Zalisk, Kyle James DeCubellis
  • Patent number: 10798514
    Abstract: A method of estimating an individualized head-related transfer function and an individualized interaural time difference function of a particular person, comprises the steps of: a) obtaining a plurality of data sets comprising a left and a right audio sample from in-ear microphones, and orientation information from an orientation unit, measured in a test-arrangement where an acoustic test signal is rendered via a loudspeaker and the person is moving the head; b) extracting interaural time difference values and/or spectral values, and corresponding orientation values; c) estimating a direction of the loudspeaker relative to the head using a predefined quality criterion; d) estimating an orientation of the orientation unit relative to the head; e) estimating the individualized ITDF and the individualized HRTF. A computer program product may be provided for performing the method, and a data carrier may contain the computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Jonas Reijniers, Herbert Peremans, Bart Wilfried M Partoens
  • Patent number: 10798510
    Abstract: A method expedites playing sound of a talking emoji from a first person with a first portable electronic device (PED) to a second person with a second PED. The second PED receives the talking emoji in mono sound and convolves the mono sound into binaural sound before receiving a request to play the sound to the second user. The second PED then plays the sound of the talking emoji in binaural sound after receiving the request from the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Philip Scott Lyren
  • Patent number: 10789932
    Abstract: An example active noise control filtering with an adaptive filter structure includes a controllable filter matrix with reference and error input signals, and updating the filter coefficients dependent on an optional filtered reference signal and an error signal, the error signal being representative of a performance criterion of the filter module. Further, a leakage functionality and a convergence functionality is applied to the updated filter coefficients. The leakage functionality is controlled by at least one of a flush functionality, freeze functionality, spatial freeze functionality and leakage threshold, and the convergence functionality is controlled by the freeze functionality and spatial freeze functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Zollner, Markus Christoph
  • Patent number: 10785559
    Abstract: The present application is applicable to the technical field of intelligent home, and provides a method and a device for switching play modes of a wireless speaker, and a wireless speaker. The method for switching play modes of a wireless speaker includes: acquiring user information in a current application scenario by the camera and/or the microphone array; and controlling the wireless speaker to switch into a play mode corresponding to the user information. The embodiments of the present application can automatically switch the play modes according to the application scenario, thereby improving the switching efficiency, reducing the waiting time of the user, and having strong ease of use and practicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Rongfang Huang, Haiquan Wu, Weifeng Gu, Enqin Zhang, Lei Cao, Ruiwen Shi
  • Patent number: 10784830
    Abstract: Audio information of audio content being listened to by a user is received. An aspect of a listening environment of the user is identified. A volume preset, based on the audio information and the aspect of the listening environment, is determined to be available. A first volume of the audio content being listened to by the user is determined to be different from the volume preset. The first volume of the audio content is adjusted to a second volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons, Maurice M. Materise, Jessie Yu
  • Patent number: 10779084
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a method for localizing a set of speakers (106) and microphones (108), having only the times of arrival between each of the speakers and microphones. An autodiscovery process (107) uses an external input to set: a global translation (3 continuous parameters), a global rotation (3 continuous parameters), and discrete symmetries, i.e., an exchange of any axis pairs and/or reversal of any axis. Different time of arrival acquisition techniques may be used, such as ultrasonic sweeps or generic multitrack audio content. The autodiscovery algorithm is based in minimizing a certain cost function, and the process allows for latencies in the recordings, possibly linked to the latencies in the emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Daniel Arteaga, Giulio Cengarle, David Matthew Fischer, Antonio Mateos Sole, Davide Scaini, Alan J. Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 10779083
    Abstract: A sound bar is provided which includes a generally elongate rectangular structure, with one angled output face having a plurality of speakers disposed therein, to thereby provide enhanced audio output. The sound bar is beneficially provided with a single mounting surface configured and arranged such that the sound bar can be mounted on both a table/shelf (horizontal orientation) and a wall (vertical orientation) via the single mounting surface by rotating the sound bar 180°, wherein the audio output in both mounting orientations is a multi-directional 3D audio output that travels to and bounces off both the walls and the ceiling of a room in which the sound bar is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: D&M Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendon Stead, Achim Schulz
  • Patent number: 10770081
    Abstract: A method comprising: receiving at least two audio channel signals; determining, for a first frame, at least two parameters representing a difference between the at least two channel audio signals; scalar quantising the at least two parameters to generate at least two index values; adaptively encoding an initial scalar quantized parameter of the at least two parameters; determining whether the initial scalar quantized parameter has a value different from a predetermined value; adaptively encoding any unencoded scalar quantized parameters where the initial scalar quantized parameter has a value different from the predetermined value; determining whether all of the at least two scalar quantized parameters have values equal to the predetermined value where the initial scalar quantized parameter has a value equal to the predetermined value; adaptively encoding any unencoded scalar quantized parameters and generating an indicator that an output is one of fixed or variable rate coding where the initial scalar quanti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Adriana Vasilache
  • Patent number: 10764703
    Abstract: A device for room geometry analysis comprising: a plurality of segments (101-106) built of acoustic metamaterials, each segment (?, ?) acting as a waveguide with a unique transfer function (B(?, ?, ?)); and a processor configured to calculate delays (?(?, ?)) and respective directions (c(?, ?)) of mirror sound sources (721-725) by decomposing a sound signal (?) obtained from a microphone (110) based on the transfer functions (B(?, ?, ?)) of the segments (101-106) and based on a calibration signal (tsp(t)) emitted by a speaker (420).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Franck Giron, Fabien Cardinaux, Thomas Kemp, Stefan Uhlich, Marc Ferras Font, Andreas Schwager, Patrick Putzolu
  • Patent number: 10764662
    Abstract: To provide an enclosure structure having relatively high rigidity to a speaker system mounted on a vehicle, and to improve frequency characteristics of sound pressure. The speaker system includes: a hollow framework member extending in a front-back direction of a vehicle; and a speaker unit installed such that an internal space of the framework member is usable as a back cavity. The framework member has a partition member at at least one end of the internal space, and spatial path lengths from the speaker unit to both longitudinal ends of the internal space are substantially the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Masashi Nakamura, Masahito Isayama, Takashi Moriki, Kazuhiko Hamada, Isamu Umegaki, Shunsuke Kobayashi, Koji Sagata
  • Patent number: 10764680
    Abstract: Provided is a microphone system insensitive to external noise, and the microphone system includes a microphone sensor that generates sensing data by sensing a change in sound pressure through a sensor bias voltage, a lead-out circuit that provides the sensor bias voltage for operating the microphone sensor, removes noise of the sensing data, and outputs the sensing data, a first pad that connects the microphone sensor and the lead-out circuit to each other and allows the sensor bias voltage to pass therethrough, and a second pad that connects the microphone sensor and the lead-out circuit to each other and allows the sensing data to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ALPHA HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Young Chul Park
  • Patent number: 10748521
    Abstract: This document describes a method that includes receiving a driver signal for an acoustic transducer of an acoustic device. The method also includes receiving a signal from a microphone of the acoustic device, and, processing the driver signal through a filter to provide a reference signal. The filter has a transfer function associated with a condition of the acoustic device. The method also includes comparing the signal to the reference signal to determine whether the signal has a threshold similarity to the reference signal, and, indicating the condition of the acoustic device in respond to the determined threshold similarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Mulvey, David J. Warkentin, Emery M. Ku
  • Patent number: 10734955
    Abstract: An audio amplifier of a BTL (Bridged Tied Load) type, includes a first amplifier, a second amplifier, a first output pin connected to an output of the first amplifier, a second output pin connected to an output of the second amplifier, a first monitor pin, a second monitor pin, a current source connected to the first monitor pin and configured to be switched on and off, a switch interposed between the second monitor pin and a fixed voltage line, and a load state determination circuit configured to detect a state of a load based on a potential difference between the first monitor pin and the second monitor pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Saegusa, Keita Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10728681
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for intelligently activating an amplifier in a playback device based on proximity detection. The playback device may be in a quasi-idle state when the playback device is not rendering media content. The quasi-idle state of the playback device may involve an amplifier in the playback device being inactive, while some other components or modules of the playback devices remain active. The playback device may include a proximity sensor configured to detect movement relative to the playback device. If movement is detected indicating that a user input to cause the playback device to render media content is anticipated, the amplifier may be pre-emptively activated such that the playback device enters an active state from the quasi-idle state. In some cases, the playback device may send a message to one or more other playback devices to cause the other playback devices to enter an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon Reilly, Jonathan Lang
  • Patent number: 10728660
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide methods and apparatus for predicting the excursion of a transducer. The method comprises determining whether an input signal to the transducer is a periodic signal; and responsive to determining that the input signal is a periodic signal, calculating the predicted excursion based on a direct current (“DC”) offset associated with the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Napoli, Jason William Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10714116
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to active noise cancellation in the interior of a vehicle. In exemplary embodiments, a microphone mounted on the vehicle outputs an audio signal indicative of noise emitted by a noise source. A computing system of the vehicle determines a position of the noise source based upon sensor signals output by sensors mounted on the vehicle. The computing system further determines a position of a passenger in the vehicle based upon a sensor mounted inside the vehicle. The computing system generates a complementary signal that is configured to attenuate the noise based upon the audio signal, the position of the noise source, and the position of the passenger. The complementary signal is then output by way of a speaker in the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Marko Tintor, Matt Fornero
  • Patent number: 10705791
    Abstract: A volume adjustment method and a terminal relate to the field of terminal technologies and applied to adaptively adjust a volume during a voice conversation, and improve user experience. The terminal collects sound data during a voice conversation, where the sound data includes uplink voice data and background noise, and adjusts, when receiving downlink voice data, a volume of the downlink voice data based on the sound data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Fuzhou Xiao, Xiao Han, Junfeng Su
  • Patent number: 10701485
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method comprising determining a potential energy in a loudspeaker, a kinetic energy in the loudspeaker, and an electrical energy in the loudspeaker based on a physical model of the loudspeaker. The method further comprises determining a total energy stored in the loudspeaker based on the potential energy, the kinetic energy, and the electrical energy. The method further comprises determining a maximum potential displacement of a diaphragm of a speaker driver of the loudspeaker based on the total energy, and limiting the total energy stored in the loudspeaker by attenuating a source signal for reproduction via the loudspeaker. An actual displacement of the diaphragm during the reproduction of the source signal is controlled based on the attenuated source signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pascal M. Brunet, Glenn S. Kubota
  • Patent number: 10694107
    Abstract: A process for the elimination of thermal interferences in the infrared and video fire detection at an early stage in waste incineration plants, recycling facilities, warehouses and the like. The process is characterized by an additional noise and vibration analysis, by measuring the noise level of vehicles situated in the area to be detected or other thermal interference sources, with a distinction in measuring the noise level between day mode and night mode. The volume thresholds can thus be determined and be used as a threshold for determining whether a fire extinguishing sequence should be triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Albert Orglmeister