Patents Examined by Jeffrey Donels
  • Patent number: 10319355
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to double-ended keyboard devices and methods. In one embodiment, a device includes a first housing having a first keyboard section and control surface, with input keys arranged in a first direction and a second housing having a second keyboard section and control surface, with input keys arranged in a second direction. The device includes a joint securing the first housing and the second housing to provide rotation of the housings along an axis. The device also includes a control unit configured to detect input to housing and to generate output. The device includes an output interface coupled to the control unit. Processes are described including generating output based on detected input to the first and second keyboard sections and controlling output. Operations and devices configurations allow for a wearable control device that may be operated or played like an instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Nomi Ines ABADI
    Inventor: Nomi Ines Abadi
  • Patent number: 10311845
    Abstract: When an instruction is provided for changing a characteristic of a set filter which includes a plurality of partial filters and forms a specified characteristic by combining a plurality of partial filters, a processor performs, as crossfading processing for a first filter and a second filter among the plurality of partial filters, fade-out processing of gradually decreasing a degree of contribution of the first filter to the characteristic and fade-in processing of gradually increasing a degree of contribution of the second filter to the characteristic. As a result, unnaturalness occurring at the time of changing filter characteristics is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Sato, Masuo Yokota
  • Patent number: 10308477
    Abstract: One or more elevators can be more efficiently controlled by considering the then-current spatial capacity of the elevator. Camera images or other sensor data indicative of the occupied space in the elevator are received and processed by a control device to determine whether or not the elevator should stop at a requested floor. If the elevator is determined to lack space for additional passengers, then the elevator can bypass the requested stop and proceed without delay. If space remains, however, the elevator can stop to accommodate additional passengers. Measured spatial capacity can also be used to coordinate the actions of multiple elevators operating within a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bhavesh Patel
  • Patent number: 10311843
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a system to create a musical compilation utilizing multiple tools on a single pane-of-glass (screen). The system may include a text display module that may display text. The system may include an interactive portion located adjacent to the text display module. The interactive portion may include a playback module configured to output musical notes upon a first action onto a playback module interaction area. The interactive portion may include a recording module configured to record sounds upon a first action on a recording module interaction area. The interactive area may include a drafting module configured to allow modification of the text upon a first action on the drafting module interaction area. The playback module interaction area may be located adjacent to the recording module interaction area and the drafting module interaction area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Vertical Craft
    Inventor: Dhruv Ashwin Joshi
  • Patent number: 10294071
    Abstract: A method of managing mobile elevator call requests from a mobile device is provided. The method includes: receiving an elevator call parameter from a management interface; receiving at least one mobile elevator call request from a mobile device; comparing the mobile elevator call request to the elevator call parameter; and restricting the mobile device from sending additional mobile elevator call requests when the mobile elevator call request conflicts with the elevator call parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul A. Simcik, Bradley Armand Scoville
  • Patent number: 10297239
    Abstract: An electronic wind instrument is provided with a processor (CPU 5) and plural touch sensors (a detecting unit 12s and detecting units 13s) disposed along a first direction. A first output variable da/dt is obtained, representing a variation per unit time of an output value from a first sensor (detecting unit 12s) in the plural touch sensors disposed on the side close to first end (tip side) in the first direction. A second output variable dS/dt is obtained, representing a variation per unit time of a sum of output values from second sensors (detecting units 13s) disposed between a second end (heel side) and the first sensor in the first direction. The processor judges based on the first output variable da/dt and the second output variable dS/dt whether a tonging process should be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Kasuga, Hideo Hamanaka, Eiichi Harada, Chihiro Toyama
  • Patent number: 10297242
    Abstract: A ukulele includes a ukulele main body and a circuit board. The ukulele main body includes a head, strings, a fret board, and a body. A front surface of the body is provided with a saddle and a bridge. The circuit board is disposed in the body. The circuit board includes a power supply module, a Bluetooth audio input module, a pickup module, a mixing module, and an audio output module. The ukulele can be played in conjunction with a smart phone accompaniment and ensure the timbre of playing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GRANTEC (XIAMEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bong Yol Kwak
  • Patent number: 10297241
    Abstract: A sound signal processing method according to an embodiment includes a step of acquiring an input sound signal, a step of acquiring a beat number per unit time period from the input sound signal, a step of normalizing the input sound signal with the beat number per unit time period, a step of calculating a beat spectrum of the normalized input sound signal, and a step of calculating a rhythm similarity between the beat spectrum of the normalized input sound signal and a normalized beat spectrum calculated from a reference sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dan Sasai
  • Patent number: 10288507
    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: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BeBop Sensors, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. McMillen, Conner Lacy
  • Patent number: 10283099
    Abstract: Systems, including methods and apparatus, for generating audio effects based on accompaniment audio produced by live or pre-recorded accompaniment instruments, in combination with melody audio produced by a singer. Audible broadcast of the accompaniment audio may be delayed by a predetermined time, such as the time required to determine chord information contained in the accompaniment signal. As a result, audio effects that require the chord information may be substantially synchronized with the audible broadcast of the accompaniment audio. The present teachings may be especially suitable for use in karaoke systems, to correct and add sound effects to a singer's voice that sings along with a pre-recorded accompaniment track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Sing Trix LLC
    Inventors: David Kenneth Hilderman, John Devecka
  • Patent number: 10283101
    Abstract: A device is provided as part of a system, the device being for capturing vibrations produced by an object such as a musical instrument. Via a fixation element, the device is fixed to a drum. The device has a sensor spaced apart from a surface of the drum, located relative to the drum, and a magnet adjacent the sensor. The fixation element transmits vibrations from its fixation point on the drum to the magnet. Vibrations from the surface of the drum and from the magnet are transmitted to the sensor. A method may further be provided for interpreting an audio input, such as the output of the sensors within the system, the method comprising identifying an audio event or grouping of audio events within audio data, generating a model of the audio event that includes a representation of a timbre characteristic, and comparing that representation to expected representations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Sunhouse Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Tlacaelel Miguel Esparza
  • Patent number: 10283012
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to music notes for an easy note reading. In particular, the invention relates to make music note reading much easier, including piano notes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Erica H. Lai
  • Patent number: 10280042
    Abstract: A method of updating a stall threshold level of an elevator door to control a door stall occurring during opening or closing of the elevator door includes determining an exceptional motion count of a door based on at least one of a speed and an acceleration of the door, determining whether the door is stalled, based on a determined exceptional motion count of the door and a preset stall threshold level of the door, and re-determining the stall threshold level of the door according to the determination of whether the door is stalled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: WoonCheol Jung, Hansoo Shim
  • Patent number: 10280038
    Abstract: An elevator control device includes a filter to remove a direct current component and a torque component derived from rope imbalance from a torque command value applied to a drive motor, and an inertia identifying mechanism to identify an inertia value of an elevator based on an output obtained when a speed detection signal is input into the filter, and an acceleration converting mechanism, which are connected in series, and an output obtained when the torque command value is input into the filter. As a result, the inertia value of a high-lift elevator can be calculated accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10283098
    Abstract: A controller to control an electronic musical instrument includes: first to third input units for a user to input play data and a frame having the first to third input units arranged therein. The frame has a wall surrounding an internal space, the wall has a three dimensional surface, the first to third input units configure one set, and the first to third input units configuring one such set are arranged adjacent in a circumferential direction of the three dimensional surface and the plurality of sets are arranged adjacent in a longitudinal direction of the three dimensional surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ZOOM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kudoh
  • Patent number: 10276142
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pickup system for an electrically-amplifiable stringed instrument, comprising a carrier element for a pickup magnet of an electromagnetic pickup, wherein said carrier element is L-shaped and can be connected to a bracket, the bracket supports a coil with a secondary winding of said electromagnetic pickup, and the L-shaped carrier element and the bracket form a primary winding of said electromagnetic pickup. The invention also relates to an electrically-amplifiable stringed instrument comprising such a pickup system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Tobias Ma
  • Patent number: 10276140
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for a magnetically and releaseably attachable trigger for an instrument is provided. The trigger and securing device are disposed on either side of a drumhead or other instrument surface via magnetic force, keeping the instrument surface intact and not deforming the instrument surface. 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: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Rare Earth Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Riley Suitor
  • Patent number: 10276137
    Abstract: An electronic musical score apparatus 1 includes display units D1, D2 connected to each other to be openable and closeable, and can convert a writing made on display portions 11, 12 by a user into annotation data 1, associated with musical score page data but being manageable separately from the musical score page data, and store the annotation data 1. When an image of the associated musical score page data is displayed together with an image of the annotation data 1 on the display portions 11, 12 and then the user rewrites the annotation data 1, the electronic musical score apparatus 1 can provide a write history for the annotation data 1 by storing the annotation data 1 before the rewriting as first-generation annotation data 1 and storing the annotation data 1 after the rewriting as second-generation annotation data 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GVIDO MUSIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fujio Noguchi, Junichi Tadano, Shuhei Nakada
  • Patent number: 10273119
    Abstract: An elevator load weighing system (100) includes a brake assembly (104) configured to apply a braking force that inhibits vertical movement of an elevator car (106), and rotate in response to realizing a torque applied thereto. A position monitoring mechanism (112) is coupled to the brake assembly (104) and is configured to output a position signal in response to a rotation of the brake assembly (104). An electronic elevator control module (102) is configured to determine a zero-torque position of the brake assembly (104) prior to engaging the brake assembly (104). The electronic elevator control module (102) is further configured to detect at least one rotational brake displacement of the brake assembly (104) based on the position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: James L. Hubbard, Ismail Agirman, Takashi Onodera
  • Patent number: 10266369
    Abstract: An energy-autonomous elevator system control element includes a piezoelectric layer and processing unit for detecting a control operation, a transmitting unit for wirelessly transmitting at least one signal to a remote elevator system controller, the at least one signal being generated automatically by the elevator system control element on the basis of the control operation, and an energy recovery unit for supplying electrical energy for the elevator system control element. The energy-autonomous elevator system control element can be used as a car operating panel or a landing operating panel in an elevator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Astrid Sonnenmoser, Christoph Liebetrau, Martin Kusserow, Thomas Hartmann