Patents Examined by Jesse A Elbin
  • Patent number: 10687110
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve facilitating playback in a media playback system that includes a first media device and a second media device. An example implementation involves comparing one or more first network performance metrics corresponding to a network interface of the first media device to one or more second network performance metrics corresponding to a network interface of the second media device, wherein the comparison indicates that the first media device has a better network connection than the second media device. Based on the comparison, the first media device is configured to forward data indicating audio content from a network source to the second media device to facilitate playback of the audio content by the second media device. The second media device plays back particular audio content via one or more speakers by receiving data indicating the particular audio content from the first media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Hrishikesh Gossain, Jonathan Lang
  • Patent number: 10664128
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus acquires information about designation of a position of a virtual viewpoint related to a virtual viewpoint image generated based on image capturing by a plurality of cameras, and decides, based on the information, a virtual listening point for generating an audio signal based on sound pickup at a plurality of sound pickup points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masanobu Funakoshi
  • Patent number: 10656905
    Abstract: A process at an electronic computing device (device) for automatic and selective context-based gating of an electronic digital assistant speech-output function includes detecting, via a sensor communicatively coupled to the device or via a notification received at the device, an event associated with a need to reduce a cognitive load on the user. Responsively, temporarily gating a portion of an electronic digital assistant speech-output function to prevent reproduction to the user of one or more first speech-output events generated during a first period of time associated with the event. Subsequently, and after detecting that the event has ended, ending the temporary gating to allow reproduction of one or more second speech-output events generated during a second period of time after the event has ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Paul D. Steinberg
  • Patent number: 10656903
    Abstract: Technology is described for providing audio for digital content. The digital content may be provided to a plurality of devices. The devices may be represented as environment objects in the digital content. A location may be identified within the digital content that corresponds to environment objects representing the devices. Audio may be received from the devices. The audio may be transmitted to the devices for directional audio playback. The audio may be directed to correspond with the virtual location of the environment objects in the digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Alistair Robert Hirst
  • Patent number: 10649722
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) hub that coordinates playback of audio content is described. In particular, the A/V hub may calculate current time offsets between clocks in electronic devices and a clock in the A/V hub based on differences between receive times when frames are received from electronic devices and expected transmit times of the frames. For example, the expected transmit times may be based on coordination of clocks in the electronic devices and a clock in the A/V hub at a previous time and a predefined transmit schedule of the frames. Then, the A/V hub may transmit, to the electronic devices, one or more frames that include audio content and playback timing information, which may specify playback times when the electronic devices are to playback the audio content based on the current time offsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: EVA Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaylord Yu, Steven Stupp
  • Patent number: 10649720
    Abstract: Disclosed are a sound effect configuration method and system and a related device. The method comprises: detecting a starting operation for a target application of a mobile terminal and determining a period for setting sound effect comprising system time, the target application being for controlling an audio output device; determining a reference parameter of sound effect according to a pre-stored mapping between periods for setting sound effect and parameters of sound effect of the audio output device, the reference parameter of sound effect corresponding to the period for setting sound effect comprising the system time; sending a pre-configuration instruction comprising the reference parameter of sound effect to the audio output device, the pre-configuration instruction being for instructing the audio output device to create an instance of sound effect for an audio stream to be played according to the reference parameter of sound effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Gaoting Gan, Yajun Li, Guang Tu, Hai Yang
  • Patent number: 10649721
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) hub that coordinates playback of audio content is described. In particular, the A/V hub may calculate current time offsets between clocks in electronic devices and a clock in the A/V hub based on differences between transmit times of frames from the electronic devices and receive times when the frames were received. For example, the current time offsets may be calculated using wireless ranging by ignoring distances between the A/V hub and the electronic devices. Then, the A/V hub may transmit, to the electronic devices, one or more frames that include audio content and playback timing information, which may specify playback times when the electronic devices are to playback the audio content based on the current time offsets. Furthermore, the playback times of the electronic devices may have a temporal relationship so that the playback of the audio content by the electronic devices is coordinated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Eva Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaylord Yu, Steven Stupp
  • Patent number: 10638220
    Abstract: A moving-coil loudspeaker is provided, comprising a vibration system and a magnetic circuit system located below the vibration system; the vibration system including a diaphragm, a spider, and a voice coil, the diaphragm comprising a diaphragm body part and a diaphragm reinforcing part; and the magnetic circuit system including a center washer, a center magnet, and a magnetic yoke; wherein the diaphragm reinforcing part comprises a first conductive material layer, the spider comprises a second conductive material layer, and the diaphragm reinforcing part and the spider are bonded by a conductive adhesive which establishes electrically connection between the first and second conductive material layers; and wherein the first and second conductive material layers functioning as a movable plate, and the center washer, the center magnet, and the magnetic yoke functioning as a fixed plate constitute a capacitor structure for detecting a vibration displacement of the moving-coil loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Goertek, Inc.
    Inventors: Huixian Cao, Shu Jiang, Xinfeng Yang
  • Patent number: 10631095
    Abstract: A speaker device 101 includes vibrating body components constituting a vibrating body, consisting of at least a voice coil 119, a diaphragm 106, and a frame 102, and magnetic circuit components constituting a magnetic circuit, consisting of at least a plate 103, a yoke 104, a magnet 105, and a center pole 112. By winding an insulation coated conductor wire 120 around an outer circumference of any of the magnetic circuit components and connecting one end and the other end of the insulation coated conductor wire, a current flows in the insulation coated conductor wire 120 and makes (+) potentials and (?) potentials that are mixed on the surface of the magnetic circuit component and cause an eddy current equal to each other instantaneously, so that generation of an eddy current can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MORIYAMA MEIBOKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuyoshi Moriyama, Kazuaki Machida
  • Patent number: 10599388
    Abstract: A system for playing media content items operates to provide smooth transitions between the media content items to continuously support a user's repetitive motion activity. The system can generate crossfade data containing information for transitions between media content items. The mix-in and mix-out points for the transitions are calculated to eliminate one or more portions of media content items that have lower musical energy than a majority portion of the items, and to maintain substantially consistent and/or stable musical energy (e.g., audio power or sound power) throughout the media content items including transitions therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Tristan Jehan, Sten Garmark, Nicola Montecchio
  • Patent number: 10583788
    Abstract: A sound system for a vehicle driven by an engine is provide, which includes an audio device for an internal space of a cabin of the vehicle, and a traveling state determiner configured to determine a traveling state of the vehicle. The audio device is configured to change a quality of a sound reproduced by a sound source and, when the traveling state determined by the traveling state determiner is a given traveling state, degrade the quality of the reproduced sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Isao Toda, Hironobu Hashiguchi, Koji Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 10582328
    Abstract: A system, method, and wireless earpieces for communicating with a virtual reality headset. A position and an orientation of a head of a user are detected utilizing at least wireless earpieces. Audio content is received. The audio content is enhanced utilizing the position and the orientation of the head of the user. The audio content is immediately delivered to the user. The method may further include communicating the position and the orientation of the head of the user to the virtual reality headset. The audio content may be based on the orientation and position of the head of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Veniamin Milevski, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10572218
    Abstract: Example techniques involve pre-caching media content. An example implementation involves a first playback device detecting, via at least one proximity sensor, motion in proximity to the proximity sensor. In response, the first playback device sends, to a second playback device, one or more first messages indicating that the first playback device detected motion. Afterwards, the first playback device receives, via the network interface from the second playback device in response to the one or more first messages, one or more second messages that instruct the first playback device to pre-cache, from a network source, a portion of audio content indicated in a playback queue associated with a playback device group including the first playback device and the second playback device. The first playback device receives a command to play back the playback queue and plays back the audio content indicated in the playback queue jointly with the second playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathon Reilly
  • Patent number: 10567883
    Abstract: There is provided a piezo-electric actuator comprising an assembly comprising a first electrode, a second electrode, and at least one piezoelectric layer located between said first electrode and said second electrode, wherein at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode is split into at least two different sub-electrodes, wherein at least part of the assembly is configured to move along an axis perpendicular to a surface of the assembly, in response to an electrical stimulus applied to at least one of said first and second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: AUDIO PIXELS LTD.
    Inventors: Shay Kaplan, Yuval Cohen, Daniel Lewin, Meir Ben Simon, Eric Andreas Haber
  • Patent number: 10560796
    Abstract: An example implementation may involve a first playback device rendering audio content. The example implementation may also involve the first playback device detecting that a second playback device has been connected to a playback system. After detecting that the second playback device has been connected to the playback system, the first playback device may determine a playback responsibility associated with the second playback device. The determined playback responsibility may include a grouping with the first playback device. After determining the playback responsibility associated with the second playback device, the first playback device may direct the second playback device to render the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Beckhardt, Jonathan Paul Lang, Jonathon Reilly
  • Patent number: 10555065
    Abstract: A headset may comprise at least one ear cup and an ear cup shaper configurable into at least two configurations. When the ear cup shaper is configured in a first of the configurations, the ear cup is shaped to contact the temple of a wearer of the headset. When the adjustable ear cup shaper is configured in a second of the configurations, the ear cup is shaped to accommodate the temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses of a wearer of the headset. The ear cup may comprise a filler material such as foam, and the adjustable ear cup shaper when configured in the second of the configurations may create a depression in the foam. The adjustable ear cup shaper may comprise a strap and/or a plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 10555048
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to provide media content are disclosed. Example apparatus disclosed herein include means for identifying primary media content presented on a first media presentation device. Disclosed example apparatus also include means for accessing a secondary content schedule associated with the primary media content. The secondary content schedule includes a plurality of secondary content items and time values associated with the secondary content items. The secondary content items are also associated with a loyalty value for a user of the first media presentation device. Disclosed example apparatus further include means for selecting one of the secondary content items to be accessed in response to a timestamp associated with the primary media content being between time values associated with the selected one of the secondary content items in the secondary content schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David Henry Harkness, Arun Ramaswamy, Jerome Samson, Jan Besehanic, Venugopal Srinivasan, Alexander Pavlovich Topchy
  • Patent number: 10547959
    Abstract: The invention concerns a mobile terminal with at least two transducers (LSm, LSs1, LSS2) used simultaneously as loudspeakers for stereophonic effect. According to the invention, one of said transducers is a main transducer (LSm) with a main working frequency band (Bm) corresponding to at least the phone frequency band, while the other transducer is a secondary transducer (LSs1; LSs2) with a secondary working frequency band (Bs1; Bs2) band different from said main frequency band, the lowest frequencies of said secondary working frequency band (Bs1; Bs2) being greater than the lowest frequencies of said main working frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DRNC Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard Douhet, Stephane Dufosse, Alain Guillotin
  • Patent number: 10546610
    Abstract: An audio processing system includes a server complex in communication with a network. The server complex receives a digital audio file and one or more analog domain control settings from a client device across the network. A digital-to-analog converter converts the digital audio file to an analog signal. One or more analog signal processors apply at least one analog modification to the analog signal in accordance with the one or more analog domain control settings. An analog-to-digital converter converts the modified analog signal to a modified digital audio file. The server complex can then deliver the modified digital audio file to the client device across the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Colin Leonard
  • Patent number: 10542357
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ear-set, an ear-set system, and a method for controlling the same. An ear-set according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: an ear-set body comprising a communication module, which can conduct short-range communication with an external audio source device, and which receives an audio signal from the audio source device, a memory unit, which stored user setting information, an audio adjustment unit, which adjusts the magnitude of an input audio signal on the basis of the stored user setting information, and an audio output unit, which outputs the adjusted audio signal; and an ear-set housing, which contains the ear-set body on one side thereof, and which provides the ear-set body with electric charging in the contained state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Heungkyu Lee, Byounggi Lee