Patents Examined by Disler Paul
  • Patent number: 10129679
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve identifying one or more error conditions during calibration of one or more playback devices in a playback environment. A microphone of a network device may detect and sample an audio signal while the one or more playback devices in the playback environment plays a calibration tone. A processor of the network device may then receive, from the microphone, a stream of audio data. The audio data may include an audio signal component and a background noise component. As a subset of the audio data is received, the processor may identify based on at least the subset of audio data, the one or more error conditions. The processor may then cause a graphical display to display a graphical representation associated with the identified error condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilmar Lehnert, Timothy Sheen, Dayn Wilberding
  • Patent number: 10123117
    Abstract: Input impedance biasing may be improved with an ultra-high-input-impedance biasing circuit having low temperature variation. The impedance biasing circuit may include a first transistor coupled to a first power supply and a second transistor coupled to a second power supply. A gate of the first transistor may be coupled to a gate of the second transistor at an intermediate bias node. The first transistor and the second transistor may provide a selected DC impedance at the intermediate bias node. The impedance may be used to provide low-pass and or high-pass filtering of audio signals and/or noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Saraf, Axel Thomsen, Ravi Kummaraguntla, John C. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10117013
    Abstract: A digitally driven headphone suppresses the occurrence of spurious radiation even when directly converting digital signals into sound waves. The digitally driven headphone includes a first sound emission unit, a second sound emission unit, and a signal line. The first sound emission unit includes at least one magnetic body into which the signal line is inserted, a signal processing circuit configured to process digital signals from a sound source, a circuit board on which the signal processing circuit is disposed, a driving part configured to drive the diaphragm in response to digital signals from the sound source, and a diaphragm configured to vibrate in response to driving of the driving part. The signal processing circuit has an output part disposed at an end portion of the circuit board. The signal line is inserted into the at least one magnetic body, and is connected to the output part and the second sound emission unit. The at least one magnetic body is disposed adjacent to the output part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Kenzo Tsuihiji
  • Patent number: 10117034
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to control audio playback devices are disclosed. An example first playback device includes a speaker driver, a processor, and a computer readable medium including a set of instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the first playback device to implement a method. The example method includes receiving, from a first audio information source, first audio information. The example method includes playing back the first audio information. The example method includes receiving, from a second audio information source, (i) a first message, and (ii) second audio information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. J. Millington, Craig Wisneski, Steven Beckhardt, Neil Griffiths
  • Patent number: 10111000
    Abstract: A phone stand includes a phone holder for coupling to a phone, where the phone is for conducting a voice session. The phone stand further includes a plurality of directional speakers positioned to project sound to a focused audio area corresponding to a location where a user is expected to be positioned, a plurality of back speakers positioned behind the location where the user is expected to be positioned, and a system controller. The system controller is configured to: receive audio signals, where the audio signals includes audio of the voice session from the phone; separate the audio signals into speech signals and non-speech signals; obtain one or more output mixing attributes; generate mixed signals by combining the speech signals and the non-speech signals according to the one or more output mixing attributes; and send the mixed signals to the plurality of directional speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, John Chiong
  • Patent number: 10110999
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for associating a query to a direction is provided herein. During operation, a virtual partner will attempt to determine a direction the query originated from. When answering the query, the virtual partner will adjust multiple speaker outputs so that the reply is perceived to come from the same direction as the query originated from. Additionally, if another follow-on query is made from a particular direction, the follow-on query will be associated with the prior query originating from the same particular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Bing Qin Lim, Lui Loon Stephen Kuan
  • Patent number: 10101811
    Abstract: A system providing various improved processing techniques for haptic feedback is described. An acoustic field is defined by one or more control points in a space within which the acoustic field may exist. Each control point is assigned an amplitude value equating to a desired amplitude of the acoustic field at the control point. Transducers are then controlled to create an acoustic field exhibiting the desired amplitude at each of the control points. When human skin interacts with the acoustic field, vibrations of the skin are interpreted by mechanoreceptors being excited and sending signals to the brain via the nervous system. Improved processing techniques allow for more efficient real-world operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ultrahaptics IP Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Carter, Benjamin John Oliver Long, Sriram Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10091585
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display device that includes a display panel, sound generating actuators including a first sound generating actuator in a first area of the display panel and a second sound generating actuator in a second area of the display panel, the first and second sound generating actuators configured to vibrate the display panel to generate sound, and a partition between the first sound generating actuator and the second sound generating actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YeongRak Choi, KwanHo Park, Sungtae Lee
  • Patent number: 10085103
    Abstract: A portable sound enhancement module for interconnection between a stereo signal source and a sound generator such as stereo headphones, includes an audio driver with a positive left input, a negative left input, a positive right input and a negative right input, the positive right input and the positive left input of the audio driver and the negative left signal and the negative right signal source are coupled to ground. The positive left signal is coupled to the negative left input and the positive right signal is coupled to the negative right input. The enhancement module includes a battery, a charger and a programmable controller. The controller sets the amplification level for the audio driver, indicates the state of the battery charge and turns the enhancement module on and off in response to predefined criteria. The sound generator is coupled to receive the right output signal and the left output signal from the enhancement module and generate enhanced sound in accordance with the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Kai Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Michael Kasha
  • Patent number: 10083680
    Abstract: In live music performances each musician may prefer to receive a customized signal comprising one or more signals including their own output and/or other musicians' output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Digico Ltd.
    Inventors: John Stadius, Roger Wood
  • Patent number: 10080089
    Abstract: An audio system includes a base station, an interface that enables transmission of audio content from a handheld media device to the base station via a cable, and one or more remote speakers configured to receive the audio content from the base station. The base station includes a housing, a speaker integrated within the housing to produce an audible signal from the audio content provided by the handheld media device, and a transceiver integrated within the housing for wirelessly transmitting the audio content to the one or more remote speakers. The one or more remote speakers are configured to wirelessly relay the audio content, thereby to supply the audio content beyond the transmission range of the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Avrum G. Mayman, Scott Talbot Yewell, Lee Zamir, Laszlo Otto Drimusz
  • Patent number: 10069471
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for digital processing of an input audio signal. Specifically, the present invention includes a high pass filter configured to filter the input audio signal to create a high pass signal. A first filter module then filters the high pass signal to create a first filtered signal. A first compressor modulates the first filtered signal to create a modulated signal. A second filter module then filters the modulated signal to create a second filtered signal. The second filtered signal is processed by a first processing module. A band splitter splits the processed signal into low band, mid band, and high band signals. The low band and high band signals are modulated by respective compressors. A second processing module further processes the modulated low band, mid band, and modulated high band signals to create an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bongiovi Acoustics LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Bongiovi, Glenn Zelniker, Phillip Fuller
  • Patent number: 10063984
    Abstract: A system and method are described for transforming stereo signals into mid and side components xm and xs to apply processing to only the side-component xs and avoid processing the mid-component. By avoiding alteration to the mid-component XM, the system and method may reduce the effects of ill-conditioning, such as coloration that may be caused by processing a problematic mid-component xM while still performing crosstalk cancellation and/or generating virtual sound sources. Additional processing may be separately applied to the mid and side components xM and xs and/or particular frequency bands of the original stereo signals to further reduce ill-conditioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Sylvain J. Choisel, Daniel K. Boothe, Mitchell R. Lerner
  • Patent number: 10063218
    Abstract: Voltage level shifting in a switching output stage is presented. The circuit may include a switching output stage configured to receive an analog input signal and provide a responsive digital output signal, the switching output stage having a first switching device coupled to a first supply voltage and a second switching device coupled to a second supply voltage, the first switching device and the second switching device being coupled to a common output node. The apparatus may also include a voltage level shifter circuit coupled to a switching control node of the second switching device, the voltage level shifter configured to shift a voltage level at the switching control node of the second switching device relative to the analog input signal, wherein the digital output signal at the common output node transitions as the input signal reaches a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Shen
  • Patent number: 10057698
    Abstract: A method for operating a wireless audio playback device that has an electro-acoustic transducer and a microphone, wherein the wireless audio playback device is configured for playback of audio signals received from a plurality of digital audio sources and for synchronized audio playback with one or more other wireless audio playback devices. A particular predefined user action is detected. Based on the detection, wireless communication with another wireless audio playback device is enabled. Then an audio signal received by the device microphone is transmitted to and played by the other wireless audio playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Don L. Drinkwater, Naganagouda B. Patil
  • Patent number: 10057532
    Abstract: Some aspects of the disclosure relate to a system and methods for monitoring an audio signal that may comprise one or more device audio components, e.g., from a device presenting content and an ambient audio component. The system can determine the ambient audio component of the audio signal, and can determine whether the ambient audio component has satisfied an ambient audio component threshold. If the ambient audio component threshold has been satisfied, the system can cause the device to display a visual representation of the device audio component, such as presenting text corresponding to speech of the audio component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Philip John Stroffolino
  • Patent number: 10051373
    Abstract: Systems for generating audible sound, including one or more elongate rods attached to one or more flexible membranes, such that longitudinal vibrations of the rods cause vibrations of the membranes, thereby producing audible sound. In some cases, an input audio signal may cause an electromotive actuator to vibrate, and the actuator may be coupled to one of the elongate rods. In some cases, one actuator may be provided for each elongate rod. In some cases, each actuator may receive a different channel of a multi-channel audio signal, such as a stereo signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander Manly Stahl, Patricia Hays Clemens, John Devecka
  • Patent number: 10051372
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a headphone driver and a processor in communication with the headphone driver. The processor is configured to receive an audio setting selection from among a plurality of audio setting selections. Each audio setting selection is associated with a frequency range that includes at least one frequency that is outside of a range of human hearing. The processor is further configured to receive an audio signal and to process the audio signal according to the selected audio setting selection to generate an output signal. The processor is configured to provide an output signal to the headphone driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Lee Zamir
  • Patent number: 10043501
    Abstract: A signal processing device includes: connecting terminals each of which is connectable to respective ones of a plurality of other signal processing devices that are different from the subject signal processing device; an analog bus connected to the connecting terminals; an input terminal connected to the analog bus and that accepts an input of an audio signal; and an output terminal connected to the analog bus and that outputs an audio signal to a sound emitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Tetsuya Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10038510
    Abstract: A method of mixing digital audio uses a plurality of mixing buses. Each mixing bus receives at least one input digital audio signal via a respective input. A sample value (801-805) of each input digital audio signal is stored in shared last level cache in the CPU. Then, for each unique input to the mixing buses in turn, the sample values (801-805) of the input digital audio signals are written (806) to a contiguous portion (808) of the shared last level cache. Then, for each input of each of the mixing buses in turn, the sample value for the corresponding input digital audio signal is added to an output value for the bus (809). When complete, the respective output values (810) for each of the mixing buses is then written to shared last level cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Red Lion 49 Limited
    Inventor: Jacob Anthony Maddams