Patents Examined by Jesse A Elbin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10445365
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an audio streaming service may provide a plurality of channels. On a particular channel, different types of content can be streamed to audio devices connected to that channel, including channel content, group content, and individual content. Channel content refers to same content that is streamed to all of the audio devices that are connected to the channel. Group channel refers to content that is selected for subgroups of the devices, and individual content refers to content that is selected for an individual device. Channel content may be transmitted to all the devices, then a period of group or individual content is provided, and then the devices are synced back into receiving the same channel content during a syncing window. Listeners can also interact with the content, such as skipping songs or adding songs to their personal collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander Luke, Tyler Hobbs
  • Patent number: 10440481
    Abstract: A capacitive transducer includes a substrate having an opening in a surface thereof, a back plate facing the opening in the substrate, a vibration electrode film facing the back plate across a space, the vibration electrode film being deformable to have a deformation converted into a change in capacitance between the vibration electrode film and the back plate, the vibration electrode film having a through-hole as a pressure relief hole, and a protrusion integral with and formed from the same member as the back plate, the protrusion being placeable in the pressure relief hole before the vibration electrode film deforms. The protrusion and the pressure relief hole have a gap therebetween defining an airflow channel as a pressure relief channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kasai, Koji Momotani, Mariko Terasaka
  • Patent number: 10433067
    Abstract: There is provided a DSR speaker comprising at least a central moving element, a plurality of peripheral flexure benders, each flexure bender comprising at least a pair of electrodes and at least a piezoelectric material layer, the flexure benders being connected to said moving element and being configured to move said moving element along an axis perpendicular to a moving element surface, in response to an electrical stimulus applied to said electrodes, in order to produce sound, and at least a mechanical stopper which is configured to limit the motion of said moving element. Various manufacturing methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: AUDIO PIXELS LTD.
    Inventors: Shay Kaplan, Yuval Cohen, Daniel Lewin, Meir Ben Simon, Eric Andreas Haber
  • Patent number: 10426410
    Abstract: A method, system and computer-usable medium for training an information processing system to utilize personalized audio selection to facilitate achieving a target state comprising: identifying target states for a plurality of users; identifying a type of user for each of the plurality of users; identifying a plurality of sets of audio selections for each of the plurality of users; monitoring reactions by each of the plurality of users to each of the plurality of sets of audio selections; and, associating a set of audio selections from the plurality of sets of audio selections with a type of a user based upon the reactions by the plurality of users to the set of audio selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Jana H. Jenkins, Florian Pinel
  • Patent number: 10430152
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for intelligently routing and managing audio signals within an electronic device is disclosed. The routing is responsive to a set of logical and physical policies which are stored in data tables which can be updated as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Batson, Meriko L. Borogove, Gregory R. Chapman, Patrick L. Coffman, Anthony J. Guetta, Aram Lindahl, Andrew Rostaing
  • Patent number: 10397749
    Abstract: A system for identifying audio signatures from user equipment based on a plurality of transmissions from a plurality of user equipment (UE). Each transmission of the plurality of transmissions comprises an audio signature, a geolocation of the audio signature, and a timestamp of the audio signature. The identification of audio signatures may be used to identify a geolocation of a UE or UEs based on geohashed areas. This identification may be further employed to determine whether the UE is in a location that permits data transmission, and to either transmit data to the UE based on a determination that the UE is in a location that permits data transmission, or not transmitting data the UE is associated with a DO NOT SEND state or if a location type associated with the geohashed area and the timestamp is associated with the DO NOT SEND state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Abhik Barua, Michael A. Gailloux, Vanessa Suwak
  • Patent number: 10397705
    Abstract: Multi-layer composites and methods of using the composites as a membrane for electroacoustic transducers. The composites and methods comprise at least one first and one second outer layer, wherein at least one of the cover layers being made from a polypropylene sulfide-plastic having a halogen content not exceeding 550 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TESA SE
    Inventors: Michael Egger, Gero Maatz
  • Patent number: 10390122
    Abstract: The present invention provide a method and system of audio sharing aimed to revolutionize the way people listen and share music and to give multiple uses to a wireless headphone referred to as HEDphone. A communication protocol referred to as HEDtech protocol is used in a HED system to allow users to share music amongst a plurality of HEDphones while using a single audio source. A wireless connection is established between the HEDphone and a mobile device including an audio source while simultaneously having the capability of allowing other HEDphone users to join wirelessly and listen to the same audio source. A feature of Super Human Hearing (SHH) goes beyond conventional ANR (ambient noise reduction) with additional features that allow the user to control their aural environment by being able to directionally increase or decrease selective frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Degraye, Liliane Huguet
  • Patent number: 10390151
    Abstract: A hearing device includes: a microphone for converting an audio input signal into a microphone output signal; a processing unit configured to provide a processed output signal based on the microphone output signal for compensating a hearing loss of a user; a receiver connected to the processing unit for converting the processed output signal into an audio output signal; and a wireless radio receiver unit connected to the processing unit for receiving information from a wireless network; wherein the processing unit is configured to determine a location of the wireless network based on the information received from the wireless network; wherein the processing unit is configured to determine a sound processing profile based on the determined location of the wireless network; and wherein the processing unit is configured to provide the processed output signal based on the determined sound processing profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventor: Daniel Umicevic
  • Patent number: 10375234
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting volume level changes in communications are described herein. In some embodiments, a system comprises a computer system. The computer system comprises at least one processor and a memory coupled to the at least one processor. The memory stores program instructions that are executable by the at least one processor to cause the computer system to perform tasks. The tasks include recording a communication that comprises audio, and analyzing the audio of the communication. The analysis of the audio is operable to detect a change in a volume level of the audio that indicates an occurrence of a potential event of interest. The tasks also include creating and storing an information record corresponding to the communication in a second database. The information record includes an indication of the detected change in the volume level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Keiser, Stephen Schneider
  • Patent number: 10375480
    Abstract: A loudspeaker unit includes: a housing (100), a magnetic assembly (300) disposed in the housing (100), a diaphragm (220) disposed on the housing (100), a first voice coil (210a) connected to the diaphragm (220), and the magnetic assembly (300) is connected to the housing (100) by an elastic element (400). The magnetic assembly (300) vibrates along with the elastic element (300) with respect to the housing (100) when the elastic element (400) vibrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: 1MORE INC.
    Inventors: Kuanhong Hsieh, Bocheng You, Shihchia Chiu
  • Patent number: 10368166
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for managing power within a voltage regulating circuit of a battery-powered hearing aid device includes an input terminal of a voltage regulator that receives an input voltage supplied by a battery. An output terminal of the voltage regulator provides an output voltage to a hearing aid terminal that is electrically connected to one or more electrical components of the hearing aid device. A sensing terminal of the voltage regulator senses an electrical connection between the charging device is and charging contacts of the voltage regulating circuit. The voltage regulator is configured to reduce a magnitude of the input voltage when the magnitude of the input voltage exceeds an input voltage threshold to generate the output voltage having a magnitude that is less than a maximum output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ZPower, LLC
    Inventors: Troy W. Renken, Don Barrett, Timothy W. Powers
  • Patent number: 10362396
    Abstract: A phase control signal generation device generating a phase control signal for each of frequency bands for an audio signal converted into a frequency domain, the phase control signal generation device comprising: a setting change means that is able to change setting of a propagation delay time for each of predetermined frequency bands; a difference obtaining means that obtains a difference between propagation delay times before and after setting change; an updating means that updates a phase control amount of the frequency band for which the propagation delay time is changed, based on the obtained difference; and a phase control signal generating means that generates a phase control signal of each frequency band by performing a smoothing process for the phase control amount in a frequency domain using the updated phase control amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hashimoto, Tetsuo Watanabe, Hideyuki Morita, Takatomi Kumagai, Yasuhiro Fujita, Kazutomo Fukue
  • Patent number: 10356530
    Abstract: An electronic device and a loudspeaker are provided. The loudspeaker includes: a hollow frame for being connected to the electronic device, a vibration means for producing sound through vibration, a voice coil for driving the vibration means and a magnetic circuit having a magnetic property and arranged at a lower end of an interior of the hollow frame, wherein an end face opening is provided at an upper end of the hollow frame; the vibration means covers the end face opening; one end of the voice coil is connected to the vibration means, and the other end can enter a gap of the magnetic circuit to perform reciprocating motion; the vibration means includes a vibrating diaphragm and a top dome fixedly installed in the middle of the vibrating diaphragm; an outer edge of the vibrating diaphragm is connected to an edge of the end face opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jie Hou
  • Patent number: 10338881
    Abstract: A processor and memory comprising instructions stored therein executable by the processor to display a first media item available for playback, wherein the first media item is associated at least with a preview option, a playback option, and a queue option. A first input associated with the first media item is received. The first input is determined to correspond only to the preview option. Responsive to determining that the first input corresponds only to the preview option, causing at least a portion of the first media item to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Bates, Abhishek Kumar, Jonathan Lang
  • Patent number: 10327056
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an eyewear accommodating headset with adaptive and variable ear support. An example headset may comprise an ear cup with two or more distinct sections that differ in one or more characteristics. A first section is adaptively configured to accommodate a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses of a wearer of the headset, and a second section is configured to maintain contact with a temple of the wearer of the headset. The different sections may comprise different foams (or different parts of foam, each with different characteristics). The characteristics may comprise hardness and/or density. Another example headset may comprise an ear cup with a divot that accommodates the temple piece of the eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Thomas M. Schoene, David Zepp, Juergen Stark
  • Patent number: 10325580
    Abstract: Techniques for generating a virtual music experience. The techniques include source separating an arbitrary digital audio input into a plurality of source-separated tracks. Sets of music features are determined from the plurality of source-separated tracks and provided to a video presentation system at a video frame rate of the video presentation system. The providing the sets of music features to the video presentation system causes the video presentation system to animate one or more graphical assets based on the provided sets of music features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Red Pill VR, Inc
    Inventors: Laurent Scallie, Alejandro Koretzky, Karthiek Reddy Bokka, Naveen Sasalu Rajashekharappa, Luis Daniel Bernal
  • Patent number: 10324502
    Abstract: A speaker module includes a DC-DC converter device including a switching circuit device and a choke coil connected to the switching circuit device and a speaker device that converts an electric signal generated using output voltage from the DC-DC converter device into sound. A magnetic substrate which includes the choke coil and on which the switching circuit device is mounted is disposed between the switching circuit device and the speaker device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Hirokazu Yazaki