Patents Examined by Fan S. Tsang
  • Patent number: 10701471
    Abstract: An ear tip for an earpiece including a body having first and second ends, an inner wall extending between the first and second ends to define a hollow passage to conduct sound waves, and an outer wall connected to the inner wall of the body at the first end and tapering away from the inner wall toward the second end. The ear tip further includes one or more protrusions arranged on an inner surface of the outer wall, wherein the one or more protrusions has a varying thickness between the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Caitlin Hanson, Shawn Prevoir, Natalie Zucker
  • Patent number: 10701500
    Abstract: An electronic device may comprise audio processing circuitry and a first connector having a first contact and a second contact. In a first mode of operation, the audio processing circuitry is configured to output one or more audio signals carrying music and/or voice via the first contact and the second contact. In a second mode of operation, the audio processing circuitry is configured to output a signal for delivering supply current via the first contact and the second contact. While the electronic device is in the first mode of operation, a gain and/or volume limit of the audio processing circuitry may be set to a first level, and while the electronic device is in the second mode of operation, the gain and/or volume limit of the audio processing circuitry may be set to a second level that is higher than the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Kulavik
  • Patent number: 10694297
    Abstract: A MEMS microphone package includes a substrate, a transducer, an integrated circuit chip, and a housing. The substrate has a hollow chamber, a first opening and a second opening, wherein the first opening and the second opening communicate with the hollow chamber. The transducer is disposed on the substrate. The integrated circuit chip is disposed on the substrate. The housing is disposed on the substrate, and covers the integrated circuit chip and the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FORTEMEDIA, INC.
    Inventors: Hsin-Li Lee, Jien-Ming Chen, Wen-Shan Lin, Nai-Hao Kuo, Feng-Chia Hsu
  • Patent number: 10694278
    Abstract: A pair of subwoofer speakers mounted on a carrier in a ceiling speaker enclosure having a small acoustic port using an acoustic channel shell that extends from the enclosure, the output of which is directed by adjustable attachment of a director to the acoustic channel shell. An annular flange on the director is used to clamp to a bottom surface of a ceiling tile. The enclosure has braces for engaging grid members of a suspended ceiling support grid. The braces are independently extendable from the enclosure. The subwoofer speakers at least partially face each other. Vibration damping approaches are used. An audio controller may be used to control the phases of the audio signals to the subwoofer speakers to permit a push-pull synchronization strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Johnathan Ivey
  • Patent number: 10694296
    Abstract: A shallow speaker and a method of manufacture for the shallow speaker. The method of assembly uses two different alignment jigs at two different stages of the assembly to ensure alignment of the speaker components. During manufacture, a subassembly of components is created in the speaker frame, and then removed along with the first alignment jig. A second alignment jig is then placed in the speaker, and the bobbin and voice coil added. The subassembly is then connected to the frame, and the voice coil connected to the external connection terminal. Finally, the cone and dust cap are installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Sound Sources Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sumitani, Ching-Huang Cheng, Chih-Huang Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10687133
    Abstract: A headphone is provided that includes a driver unit securely fixed to the baffle plate with a simple structure and has desirable frequency characteristics in a high frequency range and a low frequency range. A headphone includes a baffle plate, a driver unit fixed to the baffle plate, and a fixing member fixing the driver unit to the baffle plate. The fixing member includes a contact part having a shape of a plate in contact with the outer edge of the driver unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AUDIO-TECHNICA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiromichi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10686116
    Abstract: Described herein is the use of large phase transformational strain in relaxor ferroelectric single crystals for broadband sound generation. The technique exploits the thermo-optical triggering and thus an opto-acoustic effect of ferroelectric phase transformation piezocrystals under mechanical bias conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Peter Finkel, Margo Staruch, Fletcher Blackmon, Lynn Antonelli
  • Patent number: 10687155
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing an audio signal are provided for server-mediated sound personalization on a plurality of consumer devices. A user hearing test is conducted on one of a plurality of audio output devices. Next, the hearing data of the user's hearing test is outputted to a server and stored on the server's database along with a unique user identifier. Next, a set of DSP parameters for a sound personalization algorithm are calculated from the user's hearing data. The DSP parameter set is then outputted to one of a plurality of audio output devices when the user logs in with their unique identifier on an application on the audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Clark, Michael Hirsch
  • Patent number: 10678502
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for systems and methods for in-ear control of remote devices are presented. One disclosed method includes receiving, by a microphone of an in-ear device, audio signals from an audio source, the in-ear device inserted into a wearer's ear; determining a command based on the audio signals using a speech recognition technique; performing a voice recognition technique to determine an identity of the audio source; authenticating the command based on the identity of the audio source; and transmitting a signal to a remote electronic device, the signal configured to cause the remote electronic device to execute the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Leonid Sheynblat
  • Patent number: 10678496
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an audio transmitter receiver device. The device includes an audio interface providing an audio signal, the audio signal including at least one of an audio input signal and an audio output signal; a digital communications interface for at least communicating audio information; and an audio codec for transcoding the audio information such that the audio information includes at least a high quality distortion free lossless representation of the audio signal and the audio signal includes an audio representation of the audio information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: St├ęphanie England
  • Patent number: 10679633
    Abstract: The present disclosure is provided an audio processing device and an audio playback system thereof. The audio processing device includes a receiving module configured to receive an audio signal and identify a transmission mode of the audio signal, with the transmission mode at least including a Bluetooth transmission mode and a WIFI transmission mode; a processing module configured to decode the audio signal into an analog audio signal and a digital audio signal; an output module configured to receive the analog audio signal and the digital audio signal and then output the analog audio signal to a conventional audio via an AUX analog output port and output the digital audio signal to an HiFi audio via an optical fiber output port. The present disclosure can receive audio signals with different transmission types and output the audio signals of different types, which enriches audio selectivity and is of high interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHUANGYUANTENG TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lichao Shi
  • Patent number: 10671114
    Abstract: A display device includes: a display panel; a plurality of vibro-acoustic elements coupled to the display panel and spaced apart from each other on a lower surface of the display panel; and a bracket disposed below the display panel and including a bottom plate, where a plurality of receiving holes is defined through the bottom plate. The plurality of vibro-acoustic elements is disposed in the plurality of receiving holes, respectively, a vibration space is defined by a portion of the bottom plate defining a receiving hole of the receiving holes, which is recessed from an upper surface toward a lower surface of the bottom plate, and audio frequencies in different frequency bands, respectively, is produced from regions in which the plurality of vibro-acoustic elements are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi Joon Ahn, Sung Chul Kim, Jung Hun Noh, Keun Kyu Song, Hye Yong Chu
  • Patent number: 10671339
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a method and system for receiving, in a bitstream, metadata associated with the audio data, and analyzing the metadata to determine whether a loudness parameter for a first group of audio playback devices are available in the bitstream. Responsive to determining that the parameters are present for the first group, the system uses the parameters and audio data to render audio. Responsive to determining that the loudness parameters are not present for the first group, the system analyzes one or more characteristics of the first group, and determines the parameter based on the one or more characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riedmiller, Scott Gregory Norcross, Karl Jonas Roeden
  • Patent number: 10674276
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a speaker assembly, including an upper cover and a lower cover forming an accommodation space, and a speaker fixed in the accommodation space. The upper cover includes a side wall, and the speaker divides the accommodation space into a front chamber and a rear chamber. The speaker assembly further includes an insertion plate located in the rear chamber. The speaker assembly includes a first limit structure, and one end of the insertion plate is inserted in the first limit structure for forming a sound absorbing chamber filled with sound absorbing material. The insertion plate includes a first part from the first limit structure and a second part. The speaker assembly is equipped with an insertion plate to enlarge the area of the sound absorption channel and further to improve the performance of the speaker assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhichen Chen, Jianwei Chen
  • Patent number: 10664226
    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: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Neel B. Parekh
  • Patent number: 10667033
    Abstract: A system, method and one or more wireless earpieces for authenticating functionality of one or more wireless earpieces. A request that requires authentication is received through the one or more wireless earpieces. Biometric readings are performed for a user utilizing sensors of the one or more wireless earpieces. The biometric readings are analyzed to determine whether the user is authorized for the one or more wireless earpieces to fulfill the request. The request is authenticated in response to determining the biometric readings performed by the one or more wireless earpieces authorize fulfillment of the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Vincent Boesen, Veniamin Milevski
  • Patent number: 10665235
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying a location of a voice-controlled device within an environment. After identifying a location of the device, the device may receive a voice command from a user within the environment and may determine a response to the command based in part on the location, may determine how to output a response based in part on the location or may determine how to interact with the user based in part on the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Blanksteen
  • Patent number: 10667039
    Abstract: An acoustic device includes first and second acoustic cavities which are air tight. A first passive radiator includes a first passive radiator diaphragm that has a rear surface which is exposed to the first acoustic cavity. A second passive radiator includes a first passive radiator diaphragm having a front surface which is exposed to the first acoustic cavity, and a rear surface which is exposed to the second acoustic cavity. A first electro-acoustic transducer is supported on the second passive radiator diaphragm. The first electro-acoustic transducer is arranged such that a first radiating surface of the first electro-acoustic transducer radiates acoustic energy into the first acoustic chamber and a second radiating surface of the first electro-acoustic transducer radiates acoustic energy into the second acoustic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Roman N. Litovsky, Chester Smith Williams, Michael Tiene
  • Patent number: 10659869
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method may include an apparatus having a support structure of a wearable device and a transducer coupled to the support structure. The transducer may be configured to generate movements in response to an audio input signal. The apparatus may also have a movement-conducting element coupled to the transducer. The movement-conducting element may be configured to apply the generated movements to a top portion of a user's ear. The movement-conducting element may maintain contact with the top portion of the user's ear so that the generated movements are consistently conducted to the user's ear regardless of which portion of the movement-conducting element contacts the top portion of the user's ear. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Bobuk
  • Patent number: 10659868
    Abstract: A head-mounted wearable device (HMWD) may be fashioned that includes temples that pass near each ear of the user. A temple may incorporate a bone conduction speaker (BCS) to provide audio output to the user. During wear, a portion of the BCS is in physical contact with a head of the user to transfer the vibrations from the BCS to the user. To accommodate different head shapes and sizes, a head contact piece may be mounted to the BCS. The user may add, remove, or swap the head contact piece from an assortment of such pieces to find a profile that is comfortable to the wearer and improves performance of the BCS. The head contact piece may be magnetically affixed, allowing for easy changeout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Zhen Xu, Chun Sik Jeong, Han Zhang, Jung Sik Yang, Xuan Zhong, Jianchun Dong, Niranjan Madan Mohan Bhatia