Patents Examined by Jeffrey Donels
  • Patent number: 10777181
    Abstract: A modulated electromagnetic musical instrument and sound reproduction system includes an acoustic carrier signal source, a modulation signal source, a linkage element, and an acoustic output. The acoustic carrier signal source is produced electromagnetically or mechanically via human instrument playing. An electromagnetic modulation source mixes with the acoustic carrier signal within a linkage element to produce a nonlinear behavior. This nonlinear behavior's coupled interaction with a physical medium or acoustic body produces sideband frequency components to form unique musical sound outputs and audio effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
    Inventors: Spencer Topel, Herbert H. C. Chang
  • Patent number: 10777179
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic percussion instrument including: a body part having an opening on at least one end side of the body part; a head that covers the opening of the body part; a hoop for applying tension to the head, a rim which is disposed on an inner circumferential side of the hoop and of which an upper end is positioned above an upper end of the hoop and of which a bottom surface is supported on an edge of the opening of the body part via the head; and a rim sensor that detects vibration generated when the rim is struck and is disposed in the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10770041
    Abstract: A kick pad includes a piezoelectric element (1) that converts a vibration generated by beating with a beater into an electric signal and outputs the electric signal, an impact-absorbing member (5) arranged between the piezoelectric element (1) and a surface (21a) to be beaten by the beater, and a sheet-like striking surface cover (21) that includes a front surface including the surface (21a) to be beaten, and that wraps the impact-absorbing member (5), together with the piezoelectric element (1), on a back surface side of the striking surface cover (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Pearl Musical Instrument Co.
    Inventors: Takashi Koizumi, Yuichi Sato, Akito Takegawa
  • Patent number: 10766740
    Abstract: The present invention relates to location recognition and recovery of an elevator system, and belongs to the technical field of elevators. The elevator system of the present invention has a location recovery/recognition system comprising: a landing floor information component or a calling component, a sensing component arranged corresponding to each landing floor information component or calling component and coupled to the landing floor information component or calling component, and a trigger component mounted on the elevator car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: GuoSong Li
  • Patent number: 10770051
    Abstract: An apparatus for analysing a magnitude spectrogram of an audio signal is provided. The apparatus includes a frequency change determiner being configured to determine a change of a frequency for each time-frequency bin of a plurality of time-frequency bins of the magnitude spectrogram of the audio signal depending on the magnitude spectrogram of the audio signal. Moreover, the apparatus includes a classifier being configured to assign each time-frequency bin of the plurality of time-frequency bins to a signal component group of two or more signal component groups depending on the change of the frequency determined for the time-frequency bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Niedermeier, Richard Füg, Sascha Disch, Meinard Müller, Jonathan Driedger
  • Patent number: 10753814
    Abstract: Highly expressive and flexibly programmable foot-operated controllers are described. Specific implementations are intended for musical applications and allow musicians an unprecedented degree of control of a wide variety of musical components and subsystems for recording and/or performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BeBop Sensors, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith McMillen, Conner Lacy
  • Patent number: 10755682
    Abstract: The present disclosure is hands-free sound modulation apparatus. The hands-free sound modulation apparatus includes one more monophonic and polyphonic sound modulation assemblies for music creation, gaming, medical rehabilitation, language training, and speech enhancement. The hands-free sound modulation apparatus can be paired with a smartphone device, musical instrument, and a network of hands-free sound modulation apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ElectroSpit
    Inventors: Bosco Kante, Maya Kante
  • Patent number: 10748515
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enhanced real-time audio generation via a virtualized orchestra. An example method includes receiving, from a user device, a request to generate output associated with a musical score. Actions associated with virtual musicians with respect to respective instruments are simulated based on one or more machine learning models, with the simulated actions being associated with a virtual musician and indicative of an expected playing style during performance of the musical score. Output audio to be provided to the user device is generated, with the output audio being generated based on the simulated actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: John Kolen, Harold Henry Chaput, Navid Aghdaie, Kazi Atif-Uz Zaman, Kenneth Alan Moss
  • Patent number: 10748514
    Abstract: A musical instrument includes: a vibrating member configured to be vibrated by a playing operation; an adjusting mechanism configured to perform physical adjustment to change a vibration manner of the vibrating member in playing; a detector configured to detect an adjustment state of the adjusting mechanism; a musical-sound generator configured to generate musical sound based on the playing operation; and a controller configured to control a manner of generation of the musical sound by the musical-sound generator, based on the adjustment state detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideaki Takehisa
  • Patent number: 10745240
    Abstract: A multi-use interface for use in an elevator includes an input device to receive input and a selection device associated with the input device, the selection device to select between an operation mode and a service mode, wherein the operation mode allows the input device to receive a standard elevator function input, the multi-use interface generating a standard elevator function output in response to the standard elevator function input, and the service mode allows the input device to receive a service function input, the multi-use interface generating a service function output in response to the service function input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Aurélien Fauconnet, Nicolas Guillot
  • Patent number: 10741049
    Abstract: An elevator motion alert system for alerting a mechanic working inside a hoistway comprises a self-power-generating car beacon mounted on an elevator car, a self-power-generating counterweight beacon mounted on a counterweight, and a mobile device carried by the mechanic for receiving signals transmitted from the car beacon and the counterweight beacon and for providing an alert to the mechanic whenever the elevator car or the counterweight is approaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Mitsuru Kato, Hideki Miyazawa, Jiro Murata
  • Patent number: 10733969
    Abstract: A protective enclosure for an effect device includes a substantially rectangular shaped base portion and a substantially cuboid shaped upper portion. The base portion and upper portion communicate with one another and form a common receiving space to enclose an effect device. The base portion includes two opposite side walls, and each side wall has a respective opening to each provide access to the receiving space. An upper wall extends laterally across the base portion side walls, and a foot switch opening is disposed along the upper wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Wilfer
  • Patent number: 10723590
    Abstract: Disclosed are a device and a method for detecting compression and reposition performance of a hydraulic buffer for an elevator. The device includes a laser displacement sensor, a battery charge and power supply circuit and a controller, where the laser displacement sensor is connected to the controller through a signal conditioning and acquisition circuit and a laser emission control circuit; and where the controller is also connected to a memory and a configuration screen, respectively. It can realize the automation of multi-parameter measurement functions of a buffer, such as compression stroke measurement, reposition time measurement and reposition process monitoring (which can reflect whether the reposition process is jammed), and has a high measurement accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: Zhuhai Branch, Guangdong Institute of Special Equipment Inspection and Research, Shunde Branch, Guangdong Institute of Special Equipment Inspection and Research, Zhuhai ANYES Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhengwu Qi, Minjian Liang, Yuesheng Li, Yinghong Chen, Jiansheng Zeng
  • Patent number: 10720132
    Abstract: A performance control method includes estimating a performance position in a musical piece by analyzing a performance of the musical piece by a performer, causing a performance device to execute an automatic performance in accordance with performance data designating the performance content of the musical piece so as to be synchronized with the progress of the performance position, and controlling the relationship between the progress of the performance position and the automatic performance in accordance with control data that is independent of the performance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Maezawa
  • Patent number: 10714067
    Abstract: A controller, method, system, and computer-readable medium, for producing control signals. The controller comprises a pressure sensor, a hinged input mechanism configured to receive input forces and direct them towards the sensor, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive a signal from the pressure sensor indicating that the hinged input mechanism is being depressed or released and, based on the received signal, to determine, during a time interval, a rate of change of pressure detected at the sensor. The processor also generates a control signal associated with the hinged input mechanism, wherein the control signal comprises a velocity characteristic representing a speed at which the hinged input mechanism is depressed or released, and the velocity characteristic is based at least partly on the determined rate of change of pressure. In one example embodiment, the control signal is an audio control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ROLI Ltd.
    Inventors: Ning Xu, Hong Yeul Eom, Christopher Slater, David A Rumball, Thomas J Waldron
  • Patent number: 10714066
    Abstract: A content control device includes: a plurality of controls to which a plurality of parameters for controlling properties of a content containing at least one of sound and video are respectively assigned, each of the plurality of controls outputting a first indicated value in accordance with an operation amount of the control; and a processor configured to previously create setting information used to determine respective values of the plurality of parameters in accordance with the second indicated value; determine the values of the plurality of parameters corresponding to the second indicated value respectively in accordance with the second indicated value and the setting information; and revise each of the values of the parameters to be determined in accordance with the first indicated value outputted for the control assigned to the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Ohta, Taku Ohno
  • Patent number: 10706829
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for a magnetically and releasably attachable trigger for an instrument is provided. Additionally, the trigger provides for an increased sensitivity of sound by being in direct physical contact with the surface on which it is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rare Earth Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Riley Suitor
  • Patent number: 10699684
    Abstract: Methods of creating one or more audio objects to accompany a sequence of multimedia objects are disclosed. According to one embodiment, the method includes using a processor to analyze the multimedia objects and corresponding recorded metadata to generate derived metadata. The method further receives a selection of one or more analysis tools that are configured to analyze the recorded and derived metadata. Next, a selected subset of multimedia objects are identified and sequenced, which will ultimately be coupled to and accompanied by one or more audio objects. Lastly, an embodiment of the present invention generates an audio track to accompany the selected subset of multimedia objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Mark D. Wood, Peter D. Wood
  • Patent number: 10692479
    Abstract: A musical instrument pickup includes a vibrating body that is disposed facing a plurality of sound sources and excited in response to sounds from the sound sources, and a sensor that detects vibration of the vibrating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Banri Abe, Tetsuya Yamakoshi
  • Patent number: 10672290
    Abstract: A method of stringing and tuning and learning to play a guitar. The strings are first reversed from a traditionally strung guitar. The guitar is strung such that a first string (lightest) is at a top of the fret board and a remainder of the strings are disposed consecutively from top to bottom until a sixth string, which is at the bottom of the fret board. The method further includes tuning the guitar so that the first string plays an E note, the second string plays a B note, the third string plays a G note, the fourth string plays a D note, the fifth string plays an A note, and the sixth string plays a D note.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Willard Brian Chason