Patents Examined by Jianchun Qin
  • Patent number: 10717644
    Abstract: A microelectro-mechanical system (MEMS) device includes a substrate of a semiconductor material having thereon a movable component, a glass substrate bonded to the substrate, an electrostatic biasing layer disposed between the movable component and the glass substrate. A cavity is defined between the movable component and a top surface of the glass substrate. The electrostatic biasing layer completely overlaps with the movable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Linlin Zhao
  • Patent number: 10706827
    Abstract: An enhanced collapsible drum provides for a collapsible and expandable drum that in its collapsed state provides for improved portability and storage, while in its expanded state maintains the look, feel and playing quality of a drum having a traditional unibody shell or base design. The collapsible drum may be comprised of an elongated base or shell portion divided into two or more sections which may be nested in the collapsed position and can be extended and locked together by mating interlocking components to form an elongated drum base or shell in the expanded position. The collapsible drum may additionally include an internal lighting device and control responsive to sound. The collapsible drum may also include a case, handles and a strap for carrying or supporting the drum while playing or for securing the drum sections in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Shafik N Bahou
  • Patent number: 10700485
    Abstract: The invention relates mainly to an assembly comprising a brush cage and a spiral spring (36), the spiral spring (36) comprising an axis (Y), a wound part (37) wound about the axis (Y) and an arm (39) extending from one end of the wound part (37), the brush cage comprising at least one lateral wall provided with an opening for the passage of the arm (39) through the lateral wall so that one end of the arm (39) can press against at least part of an end face of a brush, wherein the arm (39) comprises a first portion (391) of which the width (L5) measured along the axis (Y) is different from the width (L6) of the wound part (37) measured along the axis (Y) of the spiral spring (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur
    Inventors: Marie-Ange Nalin, Pierre Mollon, Wilfried Pays, Maximilien Gentil, Alain Bost
  • Patent number: 10692477
    Abstract: A strainer assembly is provided for a snare drum having a shell and a bottom drumhead. The strainer assembly comprises a plurality of snare wires, a frame, a control mechanism, and a throw-off mechanism. Both ends of the snare wires are connected to the frame. The control mechanism includes a slidable part connected to a first end of the frame and a first button for controlling the vertical movement of the slidable part. The throw-off mechanism includes a slidable lower part connected to a second end of the frame and a second button for controlling the vertical movement of the slidable lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: K.H.S. Musical Instrument Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Ling Wu
  • Patent number: 10679515
    Abstract: The teachings described herein are generally directed to a system, method, and apparatus for separating and mixing tracks within music. The system can have a video that is synchronized with the variations in the musical tempo through a variable timing reference track designed and provided for a user of the preselected performance that was prerecorded, wherein the designing of the variable timing reference track includes creating a tempo map having variable tempos, rhythms, and beats using notes from the preselected performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: JAMMIT, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Humphrey
  • Patent number: 10679590
    Abstract: A sound resonator device for internal connection to a guitar or other musical instrument that has strings tensioned over any type of bridge piece. The resonator device includes a torsion arm affixed to a sound board of the instrument from which is connected one or more involute coil sets, and a connecting rod. A first version employs coils having a circular section. A second variety uses at least one, thicker ribbon shaped coil configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Dwaine Moore, Joseph S. DeSimone, Ralph A. DeSimone
  • Patent number: 10665213
    Abstract: This invention details a universal, self-contained, removable head and ring system for upgrading or nesting your acoustic musical drum kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ES DRUM RING LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Sidell, Christopher Wells, Elliott Sidell
  • Patent number: 10650696
    Abstract: Systems and methods of orienting a vision impaired user with a musical instrument and systems and methods of directing the vision impaired user to tune the musical instrument are disclosed. A method of orienting includes directing the user to play a note on the musical instrument, determining the note and a corresponding location on the musical instrument, the corresponding location being a portion of the musical instrument that generates the note, determining a difference between the corresponding location and a target location, the target location representing at least a portion of a positioning necessary for the user to play the musical instrument, generating one or more non-visual directions based on the difference, and providing the one or more non-visual directions to the user. The one or more non-visual directions direct the user to the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlo Cruz
  • Patent number: 10643583
    Abstract: Improvements in a stringed instrument finger board is disclosed. The finger board customizes the metal edge on the frets adding vertical indented scalloped elongated slots. The slots are created between each fret without actually cutting grooves into the actual wood on the fretboard. The design can also work with a fretless embodiment with vertical indented scallop shape elongated slots cut in between each string where the strings aren't sitting on any frets. A guitarist can pull any string on the fretboard up or down into the slots to create new bending techniques. The frets can have an angled edge to adjust the tone and allow bending the string(s) over the frets. The neck groove allows altering the string pitch, bending the string into the groove for to add an extra X-note or a ghost note beat to a 2 note pull off to add a triplet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Max Greenhouse
  • Patent number: 10643588
    Abstract: A drum tuning apparatus includes: a shaft having a first end separated from a second end by a distance; a percussion mallet formed on the first end of the shaft; and an elongated member that extends from the shaft substantially transverse with respect to an axis of the shaft. A distal end of the elongated member has an opening defining a recess that is shaped and sized to receive a lug of a drum tension rod therein. An outer surface of the elongated member proximate to its distal end may be formed as a cylindrical surface. A second percussion mallet may be formed on the second end of the shaft such that the drum tuning apparatus can tune different types of percussion instruments without having to use different tools. The first percussion mallet may be a snare drum tip, and the second percussion mallet may be a bass drum tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Conan Doherty
  • Patent number: 10644551
    Abstract: A rotor is provided for use in an electric motor. The rotor includes a shaft assembly rotatable about an axis. The rotor also includes a plurality of magnets arranged arcuately about the shaft assembly, and a plurality of pole segments arranged arcuately about the shaft assembly. The pole segments alternate with the magnets, such that each of the magnets is at least in part interposed between adjacent pole segments. The pole segments interlock with the coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Nidec Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Keith I. Hoemann, Michael W. Major, Philip S. Johnson, William R. Lewis, Kent A. Sheeran
  • Patent number: 10637312
    Abstract: Described are methods and apparatus for altering the sound generated by a motor during operation. For example, the implementations described herein include a motor in which the spacing between the rotor magnets is non-uniform (i.e., the spacing varies between rotor magnets). With non-uniform spacing of the rotor magnets, the sound generated during operation of the motor is altered. In still other implementations, the spacing or alignment of the electromagnetic coils of the stator may also be non-uniform or irregularly spaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Austin Brown
  • Patent number: 10637316
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a stator of a drive motor including: a stator coil having three phases (U, V, W) and four parallels (U1˜U4, V1˜V4, W1˜W4); a stator core having eight poles and 48 slots, where the stator coil is inserted into a slot configured by four pitches along a clockwise direction in the stator core; a first slot being set as a slot that U1 phase is inserted into; a sixth slot being set as a draw out slot of U phase; a ninth slot being set as a draw out slot of V phase; a twelfth slot being set as a draw out slot of W phase; U1, U3, V1, V4, W1 and W4 phases, a winding draw out direction of which is a clockwise direction; and U2, U4, V2, V3, W2 and W3 phases, a winding draw out direction of which is a counter-anticlockwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dongyeon Han, Yo Sub Sim, Jungwoo Lee, Hyoungjun Cho
  • Patent number: 10637320
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the present disclosure, example stator assemblies for three phase dynamoelectric machines and related winding methods are disclosed. An example stator assembly generally includes a non-segmented stator core including a stator yoke and a plurality of teeth. The stator assembly also includes a plurality of coil portions electrically coupled in a delta winding pattern, and including a first coil portion extending around a first one of the plurality of teeth and a second coil portion extending around a second one of the plurality of teeth. The stator assembly further includes a plurality of connection portions including a first connection portion extending between the first coil portion and the second coil portion and electrically coupling the first coil portion and the second coil portion. The first coil portion, the second coil portion and the first connection portion are defined by a continuous length of winding wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Weirong Wang, Yongyue Yin
  • Patent number: 10636320
    Abstract: A computer system may generate acoustical recommendations for a user. A set of actual acoustical data input may be received and compared with a set of expected acoustical data accessed from memory. The set of actual and expected acoustical data may be corresponding. A set of actual acoustical data vectors may be generated and analyzed against a set of expected acoustical vectors. Deviating portions between the actual and expected may be determined and a set of performance rating vectors may be generated based on each deviating portion. Based on these vectors, and by applying the performance rating vectors to a list of reference ratings, the system can generate a set of acoustical recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Graham C. Charters, Benjamin T. Horwood, Mark A. Shewell, Bret W. Dixon, Alexander H. Poga
  • Patent number: 10629176
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for encoding digital representations of musical compositions are described. Various components of a musical composition that are defined in modern music theory, such as notes and bars, are encoded as respective hierarchically-dependent data objects in a data file. The hierarchically-dependent data objects encode the musical composition in a tree-like data structure with modular nodes and adjustable relationships between nodes. Note start times and beat start times are encoded independently of one another and characterized by a timing relationship that captures the expressiveness imbued when notes and beats are not precisely synchronized. Musical variations that preserve the timing relationship between the notes and beats of the original composition are also generated and encoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Obeebo Labs Ltd.
    Inventors: Colin P. Williams, Gregory Gabrenya
  • Patent number: 10614783
    Abstract: A percussion instrument with a plurality of sound zones comprising a main body defining an inner space containing a volume of air, the main body including an upper surface and a lower surface that are joined along their perimeters by a side wall, the upper surface including a sound hole and functioning as a soundboard, and an inner bracing attached directly to an inner face of the soundboard, the inner bracing configured to define a plurality of sound zones across the soundboard, each sound zone having a specific tonal quality related to the surface area comprising the sound zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVA MUSIC, LLC
    Inventors: Bob Kilpatrick, Manuel Luz
  • Patent number: 10607577
    Abstract: A support assembly according to one embodiment of the present invention is provided, the support assembly including a jack rotatably supported by a support; a repetition lever rotatably supported with respect to the support; a protrusion disposed at an intersecting portion of the jack and the repetition lever; and a protrusion receiving portion for receiving the protrusion; wherein the protrusion receiving portion defines a movable range of the protrusion and limits a rotation range of the jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Akito Ohba, Shunsuke Ichiki
  • Patent number: 10581309
    Abstract: A linear motor for short strokes includes a primary section including a coil brace and coils disposed in it, as well as a secondary section that is movable relative to the primary section and has magnet holders with magnets placed on both sides of the coil brace. Spacers separate the magnet holders from each other such that the coil brace is movable between the two magnet holders. The spacers are guided through openings in the primary section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ETEL S.A.
    Inventor: André-Rafael Da Conceição Rosa
  • Patent number: 10580391
    Abstract: An improved Bigsby vibrato device for a guitar. The improved device includes a mechanical stop which ensures that the device returns to its original neutral position after being used, thereby preventing mistuning of the guitar. The mechanical stop may be a hard stop which prevents the device from increasing tension on the guitar strings (thereby raising the pitch) beyond the neutral position, or it may be a spring stop which allows the user to increase the tension on the strings beyond the neutral position by pulling upward on the device arm with a force sufficient to overcome the spring stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Martine Tobias