Patents Examined by Jesse A Elbin
  • Patent number: 10536786
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for an augmented environmental awareness system to present new and important sounds to a user in an enhanced auditory experience. In one aspect, a method includes detecting a new sound that was not present in a current auditory environment before the detection, adjusting electrical input signals that are determined to be characteristic of the new sound to generated adjusted electrical signals, generating electrical output signals from the adjusted electrical signals and from the electrical input signals that are not determined to be characteristic of the new sounds, and providing the electrical output signals to audio output transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Richard F. Lyon, Malcolm Graham Slaney
  • Patent number: 10536777
    Abstract: Embodiments are described herein that provide numerous volume enhancements to a media playback system. An example implementation involves a playback device playing audio content at a first volume level as part of a first audio playback group configuration, storing a first volume level in association with the first audio playback group configuration, joining a second audio playback group configuration, playing audio content at a second volume level as a part of the second audio playback group configuration, receiving a command to play audio content as part of the first audio playback group configuration, identifying the first volume level in the data storage; and playing audio content at the first volume level as part of the first audio playback group configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Agustin, Jonathan P. Lang, Mark W. Triplett
  • Patent number: 10524069
    Abstract: Described are techniques for configuring a group of audio devices to distribute audio data based on the communications undertaken by the audio devices. Audio devices that are not currently exchanging data via a communication link with an external device may be prioritized for use as a master device over other audio devices that may consume airtime or other resources performing such communications. Audio devices that lack communication links with external devices may be prioritized for use as a master device over other audio devices that maintain such communication links. If the communication links associated with a current master device or other audio devices change, a different master device may be automatically selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Alan Pogue
  • Patent number: 10516935
    Abstract: A first acoustic transducer has an armature, and the armature moves within a magnetic field. The first transducer also comprises a first coil. A second acoustic transducer has a first outer circumferential edge and an inner circumferential edge. A housing includes at least portions of the first transducer and the second transducer. The first transducer is disposed at least partially within the cavity and within the inner circumferential edge of the second transducer. The first coil is fixed in space relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Wiederholtz, David Prince
  • Patent number: 10511912
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display device (1; 101) comprising an imaging plane (2; 103) configured to controllably display an image, a backplane (3) located behind the imaging plane (2; 103), a number of sound actuators (4; 104, 105) configured to produce vibrations based on a driving signal (5), and at least one mechanical coupling element (6) for every sound actuator (4; 104, 105) configured to mechanically couple the imaging plane (2; 103) through the backplane (3) with the sound actuators (4; 104, 105).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: VESTEL ELEKTRONIK SANAYI VE TICARET A.S.
    Inventor: Barbaros Kirisken
  • Patent number: 10504552
    Abstract: A plurality of kinds of LPCM signals/compression digital audio signals is switched to one another in transmission, thereby enabling audio reproduction to be satisfactorily carried out. A digital audio signal is transmitted to an external apparatus through a predetermined transmission path. Information associated with the digital audio signal to be next transmitted is added to the digital audio signal which is currently being transmitted. For example, first metadata exhibiting a transmission frequency of the digital audio signal, and second metadata exhibiting a data type of the digital audio signal are contained in the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gen Ichimura
  • Patent number: 10503464
    Abstract: Disclosed are a sound effect configuration method and system and a related device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Gaoting Gan, Yajun Li, Guang Tu, Hai Yang
  • Patent number: 10506346
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a dome tweeter, including a vibrating diaphragm, a surround, a voice coil, and a magnetic circuit. The vibrating diaphragm includes a dome portion. One end of the surround is connected to the dome portion of the vibrating diaphragm. The voice coil is located below the vibrating diaphragm. The magnetic circuit is located below the voice coil and includes a T-shaped yoke iron, the center of the T-shaped yoke iron is provided with a through hole, and the through hole faces a central position of the vibrating diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Tymphany Acoustic Technology (Huizhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiwen Chen, Hongzai Xie
  • Patent number: 10503465
    Abstract: An example computing system is configured to receive a first indication that a zone player is available for media play back; transmit, to a client station installed with a media-playback application for a cloud-based media service, a second indication that the zone player is available for play back of media from the cloud-based media service; receive a third indication that the zone player has been selected to play back media from the cloud-based media service; provide a remote playback queue that is associated with the zone player and the client station, where the remote playback queue includes data identifying a set of one or more media items for play back; and based on receiving the third indication, transmit (i) an instruction for the zone player to accept playback responsibility for the remote playback queue and (ii) data for retrieving a first media item identified in the remote playback queue from the cloud-based media service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Coburn, IV, Joni Rafalski Hoadley
  • Patent number: 10496358
    Abstract: Technology is described for providing audio for digital content. The digital content may be provided to a plurality of devices. Each device may be associated with a profile. At least one group of profiles may be identified from the plurality of devices that share an affiliation. The group of profiles may be represented as a group of environment objects in the digital content. A location may be identified within the digital content that corresponds to the group of environment objects. Audio may be received for the devices. The audio may be received while the digital content is being transmitted to the plurality of devices. The audio may be transmitted to the plurality of devices for directional audio playback. The audio may be directed to correspond with the virtual location of the at least one group of environment objects in the digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Alistair Robert Hirst
  • Patent number: 10499137
    Abstract: Systems, and methods for use thereof, are provided for eyewear accommodating headset with audio compensation. An example system may include a headset, which includes an ear cup shaper, and circuitry for controlling at least some functions associated with the headset. The ear cup shaper may be configurable into at least two configurations. The circuitry may determine a configuration that the ear cup shaper is configured into, and may control based on the determined configuration, one or more audio functions that affect audio output via the headset. The ear cup shaper may include a strap and/or a plunger. The circuitry may control and/or adjust one or both of a gain applied to the audio output via the headset, and a bass boost setting applied to the audio output via the headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 10496700
    Abstract: A method comprising acquiring a plurality of measurements from at least one sensor in a mobile device, determining an activity classification of a user of the mobile device based on the plurality of measurements, acquiring an audio file for the mobile device, wherein the audio file is selected based on the activity classification, and playing the audio file by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Chin Chong, Jianyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10491984
    Abstract: Provided is a loudspeaker device that can improve sound quality. The loudspeaker device includes: a loudspeaker housing; a first loudspeaker unit provided in a first wall of the loudspeaker housing; and an acoustic tube communicating an inside and an outside of the loudspeaker housing to each other. The acoustic tube has a predetermined length, and is accommodated in the loudspeaker housing and is helically shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Honda, Takafumi Yuasa, Akihisa Kawamura, Toshiyuki Matsumura, Shuji Saiki, Satoshi Takayama, Suemei Fukuhara, Isao Kuramitsu, Ippei Kiyama
  • Patent number: 10481858
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a personalization application provides emotionally personalized audio content to co-located users. In operation, the personalization application acquires first personalized audio content for a first user based on an emotional state associated with the first user. The personalization application then causes a first audio device associated with the first user to output the first audio content. In addition, the personalization application causes a second audio device associated with a second user that is co-located with the first user to output second audio content while the first audio devices outputs the first audio content. Notably, the second audio content is different from the first audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Adam Boulanger, Joseph Verbeke, Stefan Marti, Davide Di Censo
  • Patent number: 10482124
    Abstract: A method implemented by a mobile device for music recommendation to a user of the mobile device, the method comprising acquiring one or more measurements from at least one biometric sensor to obtain biometric information of the user, determining a music based at least in part on the biometric information, and recommending the music to the user for playing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Chin Chong, Jianyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10477269
    Abstract: To make it possible to apply optimal decoding processing to an encoded stream including a plurality of pieces of encoded data having degree-of-priority information. An encoded stream including a plurality of pieces of encoded data having degree-of-priority information is acquired. Whether or not a decoding ability of a reception side is equal to or greater than a decoding ability of the own side is determined on the basis of decoding ability information of the reception side indicating to what number of degree of priority decoding can be performed. In a case where the decoding ability of the reception side is equal to or greater than the decoding ability of the own side, an encoded stream is transmitted. On the contrary, in a case where the decoding ability of the reception side is less than the decoding ability of the own side, a decoded stream including decoded data generated by subjecting the encoded stream to decoding processing is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuaki Toba, Gen Ichimura, Satoshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10477306
    Abstract: Provided is a sound device having a membrane attached between a case and an electro-acoustic transducer using an adhesive foam tape, thereby enabling the prevention of a deterioration of vibration amplitude-related properties of the membrane, and the prevention of a distortion of sound that is being delivered. The sound device includes: a waterproof air-permeable membrane permeating gas entering and exiting an electro-acoustic transducer disposed inside the sound-transmitting hole and blocking the inflow of water; and a first adhesive foam tape having one side adhered to the membrane and the other side adhered to the case to adhere an edge of the membrane to a periphery of the sound-transmitting hole of the case. The first adhesive foam tape is provided with a plurality of pores formed on adhesive surfaces of the one side and the other side respectively bonded to the membrane and the case and filled with an adhesive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AMOGREENTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: In Yong Seo
  • Patent number: 10469930
    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: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 10458840
    Abstract: A personal assistant device configured to determine a location of the personal assistant device and apply settings specific to the location may include at least one speaker configured to emit a stimulus noise, at least one microphone configured to acquire a room sample based on the stimulus noise, the room sample including a sample room impulse response, and a memory configured to maintain a plurality of room profiles, each room profile including a room location, a stored room impulse response, and a room specific response. A processor may be configured to receive the room sample, compare the sample room impulse response with at least one of the stored room impulse responses, determine whether the sample room impulse response matches one of the stored room impulse responses, apply the room specific response associated with the room profile of the matched stored room impulse response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Meenakshi Barjatia, James M. Kirsch
  • Patent number: 10455305
    Abstract: Provided is an electroacoustic transducer capable of reducing the thickness and weight of the entire pillow when a speaker is embedded in the pillow or a headrest, enabling miniaturization of a device by causing the position of the speaker to be close to a position at which the head is placed, and improving the accuracy of signal processing by reducing a load of the signal processing in a case where active noise control is performed, thereby improving a noise reduction effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsu Miyoshi