Patents Examined by Duc Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10735882
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for spherical video streaming over a network by a processing system including a processor, the method including prefetching audio data for rendering the spherical video; determining whether there is a single source or a plurality of sources of audio in the audio data; responsive to a determination that there is only one dominant source of the audio in the audio data, prefetching video data in a field of view centered on spatial coordinates of the dominant source of audio; responsive to a determination that there is the plurality of sources of the audio in the audio data, sorting the plurality of sources of the audio according to an estimated sound source energy for each source in the plurality of sources, thereby creating a sorted list of the plurality of sources; and prefetching video data in plural fields of view centered on spatial coordinates of each audio source in the sorted list of the plurality of sources, wherein the prefetching is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bo Han, Manuel Briand, Vijay Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10728383
    Abstract: Controlled-environment facility resident pattern electronic communication detection systems and methods may employ a controlled-environment facility secure communication platform, an investigative data aggregation and analysis system, and/or the like. Controlled-environment facility individual resident outgoing electronic communication velocity is monitored. The individual resident outgoing electronic communication velocity may be the number of electronic communications placed by a controlled-environment facility resident, to telephone numbers and/or electronic communication addresses over a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Parampottil, Christopher Barrett Bruton, Mark Lester, David McTee
  • Patent number: 10728637
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a floating section which has a speaker part and a first box part provided with a first cavity portion functioning as a back chamber of the speaker part and is fixed to a main body chassis in a floatable state inside the main body chassis, a rigid section which has a second box part provided with a second cavity portion and which is rigidly fixed to the main body chassis inside the main body chassis and formed with an antenna on at least a part of the second box part, and a connecting pipe which connects the first box part and the second box part through a vibration buffer part and communicates the first cavity portion and the second cavity portion with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ishihara, Shigekazu Hawaka
  • Patent number: 10728652
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to speakers and more specifically to an array speaker for distributing music uniformly across a room. A number of audio drivers can be radially distributed within a speaker housing so that an output of the drivers is distributed evenly throughout the room. In some embodiments, the exit geometry of the audio drivers can be configured to bounce off a surface supporting the array speaker to improve the distribution of music throughout the room. The array speaker can include a number of vibration isolation elements distributed within a housing of the array speaker. The vibration isolation elements can be configured to reduce the strength of forces generated by a subwoofer of the array speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Stanley, Simon K. Porter, John H. Sheerin, Glenn K. Trainer, Jason C. Della Rosa, Ethan L. Huwe, Sean T. McIntosh, Erik L. Wang, Christopher J. Stringer, Molly J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10728676
    Abstract: A hearing device configured to be worn by a user includes a microphone, an accelerometer, and a processor. The microphone detects an audio signal. The accelerometer outputs accelerometer data associated with the hearing device. The processor is configured to 1) identify a music feature of the audio signal, the music feature indicating that the audio signal includes music content, 2) identify a movement feature of the accelerometer data, the movement feature representative of movement by the user while the microphone detects the audio signal, 3) determine a similarity measure between the music feature and the movement feature, and 4) perform, based on the similarity measure, an operation with respect to a sound processing program executable by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Nadim El Guindi, Ullrich Sigwanz, Thomas Wessel
  • Patent number: 10728683
    Abstract: Systems and methods discussed herein can provide three-dimensional audio virtualization with sweet spot adaptation. In an example, an audio processor circuit can be used to update audio signals for sweet spot adaptation based on information from at least one depth sensor or camera about a listener position in a listening environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Guangji Shi, Vlad Ionut Ursachi, Daekyoung Noh, Themis George Katsianos, Antonius Kalker, Petronel Bigioi, Jean-Marc Jot
  • Patent number: 10721580
    Abstract: A technique for subband-based audio calibration includes receiving a first audio signal captured at a microphone and a second audio signal provided to a speaker. The technique continues by synchronizing the second audio signal with the first audio signal to generate a synchronized audio signal and transforming the synchronized audio signal to a first subband representation and the first audio signal to a second subband representation. The technique then includes calculating a transfer function associated with the speaker and the microphone based on the first subband representation and the second subband representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pablo Francisco Faundez Hoffmann, Antonio John Miller
  • Patent number: 10721578
    Abstract: Methods and devices for correcting warping in spatial audio may include identifying a geometric transform that defines a geometric warping between a first spatial geometric model that represents how sound is produced in a first volumetric space and a second spatial geometric model that represents how sound is produced in a second volumetric space different from the first volumetric space. The methods and devices may include determining an inverse of the geometric transform that compensates for the geometric transform. The methods and devices may include applying the inverse of the geometric transform to a first location in the first spatial geometric model by mapping the first location to a second location in the second spatial geometric model to correct for the geometric warping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian McDowell, Philip Andrew Edry, Robert Norman Heitkamp
  • Patent number: 10719290
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns the playback of audio, e.g. in the form of music. More particularly, the disclosure concerns the playback of streamed audio. In one example embodiment, there is a method of operating an electronic device for playback of an audio stream. While an audio stream is being played, for example at a user interface of the electronic device, a first request to adjust an energy level (e.g., a tempo) of the played audio stream is received. In response to receiving the first request, the energy level (e.g., the tempo) of the played audio stream is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Souheil Medaghri Alaoui, Miles Lennon, Kieran Del Pasqua
  • Patent number: 10714112
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics represents three-dimensional sound independent of a specific loudspeaker set-up. However, transmission of an HOA representation results in a very high bit rate. Therefore compression with a fixed number of channels is used, in which directional and ambient signal components are processed differently. For coding, portions of the original HOA representation are predicted from the directional signal components. This prediction provides side information which is required for a corresponding decoding. By using some additional specific purpose bits, a known side information coding processing is improved in that the required number of bits for coding that side information is reduced on average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger, Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Patent number: 10706834
    Abstract: A system and method for disabling adaptation in an adaptive feedforward control system at low speeds. The method includes generating a noise signal representative of undesired noise detected by a noise sensor of a vehicle and generating a noise-cancellation signal via a controller within the vehicle. Residual noise resulting from the combination of the acoustic energy of the noise-cancellation signal and the undesired noise is detected by a reference sensor, which generates an error signal based on the residual noise. The error signal and a speed signal from a speed sensor on the vehicle are transmitted to an adaptive processing module for the generation of a filter update signal. The adaptive processing module selectively permits or prevents the filter update signal to adapt filter coefficients of a filter when the speed signal is within a set of conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10701344
    Abstract: Technology to display images with presence on a display device while reducing data communication volume. An information processing device includes: a communicator; a multiple viewpoint image generator configured to, based on a three-dimensional model of a subject the communicator receives from an external device, generate a display image including a viewpoint image corresponding to the perspective of multiple viewpoints; and a display controller configured to display the display image on a multiple viewpoint display device that displays images corresponding to multiple viewpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasumasa Nakajima, Hiroshi Matsushita, Senichi Mokuya
  • Patent number: 10701316
    Abstract: A video conferencing system is described that includes an image capture system configured to capture image data of a participant in a video conferencing session, a pose tracker configured to track a pose of the participant based on the captured image data, a user interface (UI) element generator configured to generate a UI element, a rendering engine configured to render, based on the pose of the participant, at a position locked relative to a position of the participant in the image data, the UI element for display by the video conferencing system, a gesture detector configured to detect, from the image data, a gesture performed by the participant with respect to the rendered UI element, and a video conferencing application configured to perform an action in response to the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Charles Cheung, Kent Austin White
  • Patent number: 10694292
    Abstract: A sound control method includes following steps. Firstly, a controller commands a first ultrasonic transmitter to emit a first ultrasonic wave. Then, in a first time interval, the controller records a first received signal waveform received by an ultrasonic receiver. Then, the controller commands a second ultrasonic transmitter to emit a second ultrasonic wave. Then, in a second time interval, the controller records a second received signal waveform received by the ultrasonic receiver. Then, a playing mode of at least one speaker is controlled according to the first received signal waveform and the second received signal waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Chien-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 10671338
    Abstract: Systems, devices, apparatuses, components, methods, and techniques for saving media content to a context for later playback are provided. An example media-playback device for identifying and playing media content for a user traveling in a vehicle includes a context detecting device, a context-driven playback engine, and a media playback engine. Contexts are established by parameters that can be detected by a media-playback device. Contexts are situations that are defined by one or more locations, times, events, activities, people, and devices. Media content is saved to the contexts for later playback. The contexts are detected by the context detecting device, the associated media content is identified by the context-driven playback engine, and the media content is automatically played through the media playback engine, without additional input required by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Ari Liusaari, Felice Mancino, Chris Linnett
  • Patent number: 10674220
    Abstract: There is provided a display control device including a user information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on presence of one or more users who are using same content as output content, a user position decision unit configured to decide display positions of the presence of the users with the information on the presence of the users acquired by the user information acquisition unit, and a display control unit configured to exert control to display the information on the presence of the users on the basis of the display positions decided by the user position decision unit in a manner that the users appear to be using the content together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Reiko Miyazaki, Takayuki Kaneko, Yukihito Ono, Naoki Saito, Seiji Suzuki, Osamu Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10657950
    Abstract: A headphone has a driver, an internal microphone, an accelerometer, and an external microphone. An audio processor analyzes signals to detect wind noise. Gain of lower frequencies is reduced relative to higher frequencies, in a first filter that is operating on an audio signal from the external microphone in a feedforward path, responsive to detecting increased wind noise. A second filter in an audio signal feedback path may be adjusted to compensate for the gain change in the first filter that may mitigate occlusion effect. Outputs of the feedforward path in the feedback path are combined to produce an audio signal for the driver. The driver produces sound in the aural canal that has transparency with reduced wind noise, relative to sound external to the headphone. Other aspects are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thanh Phong Hua, Esge B. Andersen, Tom-Davy W. Saux, Scott C. Grinker
  • Patent number: 10658083
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various aspects of remote presence interfaces (RPIs) for use on portable electronic devices (PEDs) to interface with remote telepresence devices. An RPI may allow a user to interact with a telepresence device, view a live video feed, provide navigational instructions, and/or otherwise interact with the telepresence device. The RPI may allow a user to manually, semi-autonomously, or autonomously control the movement of the telepresence device. One or more panels associated with a video feed, patient data, calendars, date, time, telemetry data, PED data, telepresence device data, healthcare facility information, healthcare practitioner information, menu tabs, settings controls, and/or other features may be utilized via the RPI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: INTOUCH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles S. Jordan, Andy Young, Mei Sheng Ng, Yair Lurie, Fuji Lai, Timothy C. Wright, Cody Herzog, Blair Whitney, Bill Rizzi, James Ballantyne, Yulun Wang, Cheuk Wah Wong, Justin Kearns, Orjeta Taka, Ramchandra Karandikar
  • Patent number: 10659878
    Abstract: A speaker device according to an embodiment includes a vibration element, a driving unit, and a panel. The driving unit applies, to the vibration element, a driving signal where a carrier wave in an ultrasonic wave band is modulated by a sound signal in an audible wave band. The panel is provided with the vibration element and arranged in such a manner that a driving signal is applied to such a vibration element by the driving unit to form a vibration region and first and second ultrasonic waves that are generated from such a vibration region and travel in mutually different directions travel toward respectively different users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO TEN LIMITED
    Inventor: Yohei Yokota
  • Patent number: 10649718
    Abstract: Example systems and techniques disclosed herein facilitate interoperability between different media playback systems referred to herein as a virtual line-in (VLI) media playback system and a native playback system. When a VLI session is created by a VLI sender, a first native playback device can join a VLI group as a VLI receiver. As a VLI receiver, the first native playback device receives audio content and playback commands from the VLI sender to facilitate synchronous playback with other VLI receivers. At the same time, this native playback device can concurrently operate as a native domain group coordinator of a native domain synchrony group. As the native domain group coordinator, the native playback device translates VLI domain audio, control, and timing signals into the native domain and distributes such signals to native domain group members. In this way, the native domain group members can synchronize their playback with the VLI group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Coburn, IV, Chris Kotowski, Arvin Faruque