Patents Examined by Fan S. Tsang
  • Patent number: 11032661
    Abstract: An audio navigation device comprising an input means for inputting two or more audio pieces into the navigation device; a spatialization means for allocating a position in the form of a unique spatial coordinate to each audio piece and arranging the audio pieces in a multi-dimensional arrangement; a generating means for generating a binaural audio output for each audio piece, wherein the audio output simulates sounds that would be made by one or more physical sources located at the given position of each audio piece; an output means for simultaneously outputting multiple audio pieces as binaural audio output to a user; a navigation means for enabling a user to navigate around the audio outputs in the multi-dimensional arrangement; and a selection means for allowing a user to select a single audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: III Holdings 1, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Brian Sandler, Rebecca Lynne Stewart
  • Patent number: 11031015
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing voice monitoring and tracking, and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing voice monitoring and tracking of participants in group settings. In various embodiments, a computing system might receive, from at least one audio sensor among the one or more audio sensors disposed within the first space, voice signals corresponding to voices associated with individuals present within the first space. The computing system might analyze the received voice signals to identify one or more individuals who are present within the first space. The computing system might present, within a user interface of the user device associated with the user, information regarding the identified one or more individuals to assist the user in coordinating discussions among the individuals present within the first space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Pamela K. Gustafson, Pranav Badhwar
  • Patent number: 11032648
    Abstract: An adhering portion of an electroacoustic sound generator provided by the present disclosure, for engaging a front cover and a diaphragm, includes a thickened layer for coupling with the diaphragm, which effectively avoid the glue from overflowing. The hardness of the front cover is 150˜200 HV, which makes it easier to manufacture the thickened layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: AAC ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGIES (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Guqing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11029914
    Abstract: A multi-core audio processor includes a plurality of data ports configured to receive and transmit data, wherein a first data port of the plurality of data ports is configured to receive data associated with a first stream, a first plurality of audio interface resources configured to perform operations on the data, and a multiplexing unit configured to route data between the plurality of data ports and the first plurality of audio interface resources, the multiplexing unit including a multiplexer associated with each of the first plurality of audio interface resources. The multi-core audio processor also includes a first plurality of transport buffers, at least one transport buffer associated with each of the first plurality of audio interface resources. A first set of buffers of the first plurality of transport buffers is configured to synchronously store data received from the first set of the first plurality of audio interface resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Alvarado, David Rossum
  • Patent number: 11029917
    Abstract: An example implementation involves a computing device transmitting, via a local area network, a command that instructs a playback device to play a particular audio signal. The example implementation also involves the computing device receiving data indicating a detected audio signal corresponding to playback of the particular audio signal by the playback device, where the detected audio signal includes a portion of the particular audio signal. The implementation further involves the computing device obtaining data indicating a predetermined audio characteristic and determining an audio processing algorithm based on the detected audio signal and the predetermined audio characteristic. The example implementation involves causing the playback device to apply the determined audio processing algorithm when playing audio via at least one speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. Sheen
  • Patent number: 11020678
    Abstract: A simulated living entity (SLE) HAS a body formed of cushioned material, a contact area on an surface of the body, a heating panel under the contact area, a microphone positioned proximate one end of the exposed surface, a speaker positioned proximate the microphone, a heartbeat simulator, a breath simulator proximate the microphone and speaker, and a control system within the body comprising a microprocessor, a coupled data repository, a power supply, wireless communication circuitry, and a digital bus. The heating panel heats the contact area, the heartbeat simulator provides feeling and sound of a beating heart, the breath simulator provides air intake and exhaust, and the speaker provides sounds of a person sleeping, synchronized with the breath simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Vennela Attili, Vijaya Mani Dulam, Ramesh Gowd Attili
  • Patent number: 11019436
    Abstract: An earpiece for a hearing device, includes: an earpiece housing comprising an ear canal part and an intermediate part, wherein the ear canal part extends along an ear canal axis of the earpiece, with an ear canal plane of the earpiece being perpendicular to the ear canal axis, the ear canal part having a first end, the intermediate part having a first end and a second end and extending along an intermediate axis; and a cable with a first end connected to the intermediate part, the cable exiting the intermediate part along a cable exit axis, the cable exit axis forming a first exit angle with respect to the ear canal plane, wherein the first exit angle is in a range from 5 to 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Erik Alan Lindberg
  • Patent number: 11019417
    Abstract: A hearing assistance device is described that includes: a behind-ear portion including a rechargeable energy source and a processor. The hearing assistance device further includes an in-ear portion including a processor, a microphone, and a speaker. The hearing assistant device further includes a tether configured to transmit electrical energy from the rechargeable energy source to the in-ear portion and communicatively couple the processor of the behind-ear portion with the processor of the in-ear portion. processor of the behind-ear portion and the processor of the in-ear portion communicate via the tether using a first communication protocol and the processor of the behind-ear portion and a processor of an external computing device communicate outside the tether using a second communication protocol that is different than or same as the first communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Solum, Yoshi Kasahara, Christopher D. Young, Gregory John Haubrich, Preetham Varghese
  • Patent number: 11012790
    Abstract: A system and method for the manufacture of flipchip microelectromechanical system devices. A method comprises forming a cavity from a first surface of a rigid back through to a second surface of the rigid back, depositing an anisotropic conductive film over the first surface of the multilayer rigid back to conform to a contour of a microelectromechanical system device, positioning the a microelectromechanical system device over the cavity formed in the multilayered rigid back, and causing contact of the microelectromechanical system device with the anisotropic conductive film deposited over the first surface of the multilayer rigid back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Parker, Kazunori Hayata
  • Patent number: 11012795
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to an ear-worn electronic device configured to be worn by a wearer. The device comprises an enclosure configured to be supported by or in an ear of the wearer. Electronic circuitry is disposed in the enclosure and comprises a wireless transceiver. An antenna is situated in or on the enclosure and coupled to the wireless transceiver. The antenna comprises a first antenna element, a second antenna element, and a strap comprising a reactive component connected to the first and second antenna elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Ezdeen Elghannai, Nikhil Nilakantan, Aaron Anderson, Gregory John Haubrich
  • Patent number: 11006210
    Abstract: An apparatus for outputting an audio signal includes: a channel processor configured to generate two or more channel signals from audio data; a signal processor configured to render the generated two or more channel signals; and a directional speaker configured to reproduced a rendered channel signal as an audible sound. The signal processor may include a frequency converter configured to generate a channel signal of a frequency domain by converting the generated two or more channel signals through frequency conversion, and a re-panner configured to change a channel gain of at least one of the generated channel signals by as much as an adjustment value for the channel gain, wherein the adjustment value is monotonically changed as a frequency of the channel signal of the frequency domain increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sangchul Ko, Sangmoon Lee, Byeonggeun Cheon, Dongkyu Park, Donghyun Jung
  • Patent number: 11005984
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first portion configured to carry one or more components of the apparatus and at least one wall extending between two or more sides of the first portion; an actuator located in the first portion adjacent to the at least one wall; and a movable section on the first portion and configured to be actuated by the actuator. At least the first portion and the movable section define a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Thorsten Behles, Pasi Tuomo Antero Kemppinen, Mikko T. Jyrkinen
  • Patent number: 10996921
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for managing audio files of a user to reduce latencies in play start times on local devices. The audio files are stored on cloud storage managed by a server. One method includes processing a plurality of audio files associated with a user, where the processing is configured to create audio snippet files from each of the plurality of audio files. The audio snippet files representing a beginning part of each of the plurality of audio files. The method also includes transmitting the audio snippet files to a client device and detecting a request from the client to begin playing a first audio file from the plurality of audio files of the user. The first audio file being stored on the cloud storage managed by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Neel B. Parekh
  • Patent number: 10997970
    Abstract: A hearing aid system presents a hearing impaired user with customized enhanced intelligibility sound in a preferred language. The system includes a model trained with a set of source speech data representing sampling from a speech population relevant to the user. The model is also trained with a set of corresponding alternative articulation of source data, pre-defined or algorithmically constructed during an interactive session with the user. The model creates a set of selected target speech training data from the set of alternative articulation data that is preferred by the user as being satisfactorily intelligible and clear. The system includes a machine learning model, trained to shift incoming source speech data to a preferred variant of the target data that the hearing aid system presents to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Abbas Rafii
  • Patent number: 10999683
    Abstract: A microphone assembly comprising a microphone unit secured to a mounting element. The microphone unit has a first side comprising an audio port, and the mounting element comprises a rigid body having a mounting side. The first side of the microphone unit is arranged at a right angle to the mounting side of the mounting element. The microphone unit may comprise a micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) microphone package holding a MEMS microphone die, and the mounting side of the mounting element may be configured for being mounted or soldered to a printed circuit board. The microphone assembly may be mounted to a device printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jouni Tapio Mäki, Juuso Heiskanen
  • Patent number: 10994643
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly is provided having a head restraint with a forward contact surface. At least one loudspeaker driver is embedded in the head restraint and offset rearward from the forward contact surface. A waveguide extends from the loudspeaker driver toward the forward contact surface and is configured to direct a sound output from the loudspeaker driver at a listening direction being different than a central axis of radiation of the loudspeaker driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthias Von Saint-George, Brian Sterling, Kyle Concessi
  • Patent number: 10999664
    Abstract: A loudspeaker assembly includes a mounting bracket, a loudspeaker, and a locking mechanism for releasably securing the loudspeaker in a selected one of a plurality of pitch angles relative to the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket includes a mounting plate for securing the mounting bracket to a flat surface, and a support arm extending outwardly from the mounting plate. The loudspeaker includes an electro-acoustic transducer, and an acoustic enclosure defining a bracket passthrough for receiving the support arm of the mounting bracket such the loudspeaker is pivotable between the plurality of pitch angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Joseph Brousseau
  • Patent number: 10996916
    Abstract: Provided is a data output method including: receiving unit-time or unit-size auditory data which are generated around a user and detected via a first apparatus; removing noises from the auditory data; extracting a frequency component included in the auditory data from which the noises have been removed; measuring at least one frequency of the auditory data on the basis of the frequency component; searching a database on the basis of the at least one frequency to find reference data oscillating at the at least one frequency; generating first output data providing semantic data included in the reference data; and generating and providing an output control signal for transmitting the first output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: DOT INCORPORATION
    Inventors: Ju Yoon Kim, Ji Ho Kim, Hyeon Cheol Park
  • Patent number: 10993054
    Abstract: A hearing aid assembly includes a receiver speaker enclosed within a receiver housing. The receiver housing defines a circuitous receiver acoustic channel, wherein the receiver channel defines an open side along at least a portion of the receiver channel. The receiver channel also defines a pass-through passage extending from a first side of the receiver housing to a second side of the receiver housing, wherein the pass-through passage is partially defined by the wall defining a receiver opening. The hearing aid assembly also includes an earbud configured to fit over at least a portion of the receiver housing and partially cover the open side of the receiver channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney A. Higgins, Brian Thomas Dahl
  • Patent number: 10993016
    Abstract: An earphone includes a body portion and a sound port, with the sound port including an earhook attachment located adjacent the body portion, an earfin attachment located adjacent the earhook attachment, and an ear tip adjacent the earfin attachment. An earhook is provided which engages the earhook attachment adjacent the body portion. An earfin includes an earfin aperture, which engages the earfin attachment when the sound port portion is inserted through the aperture. The earfin is configured such that when the tip is attached to the sound port, the tip extends beyond the earfin, opposite the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton