Patents Examined by Joseph Saunders, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11150863
    Abstract: A vehicle sound output device including: an acquiring section configured to acquire wakefulness level information that indicates a degree of a wakefulness state of a driver of a vehicle; and a control section configured to, in a case in which the degree of the wakefulness state indicates a decreased level of wakefulness, control a sound output section to output a sound based on at least one of a predetermined frequency, a predetermined tone, or a predetermined content that stimulates a sympathetic nerve of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Kobayashi, Akihiro Muguruma, Yukiya Sugiyama, Shota Higashihara, Riho Matsuo, Naoki Yamamuro
  • Patent number: 11146901
    Abstract: Latency on different devices (e.g., devices of differing brand, model, vintage, etc.) can vary significantly and tens of milliseconds can affect human perception of lagging and leading components of a performance. As a result, use of a uniform latency estimate across a wide variety of devices is unlikely to provide good results, and hand-estimating round-trip latency across a wide variety of devices is costly and would constantly need to be updated for new devices. Instead, a system has been developed for crowdsourcing latency estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Smule, Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Chaudhary, David Steinwedel, John Shimmin, Lance Jabr, Randal Leistikow
  • Patent number: 11145284
    Abstract: An adaptive music playback system is disclosed. The system includes a composition system that receives information corresponding to user activity levels. The composition system modifies the composition of a song in response to changes in user activity. The modifications are made according to a set of composition rules to facilitate smooth musical transitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Fraga, Levi J. Patton
  • Patent number: 11140480
    Abstract: A system includes a CS playback device that establishes a secure communication channel with a media source device on a wireless medium, wherein the CS playback device receives and decodes a media stream transmitted from the media source device on the secure communication channel, thereby providing a decoded media stream. The CS playback device generates playback clock messages based on the decoded media stream, and transmits these playback clock messages on a wireless communication channel. One or more SPS playback devices are provided, each storing information enabling the SPS playback device to receive and decode the media stream transmitted from the media source device on the secure communication channel, whereby each SPS playback device extracts audio playback messages from the media stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventor: Kit S. Tam
  • Patent number: 11140507
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising means for: obtaining an indication of a variable position of at least one user in real space; mapping the position of the user in real space to a position of the user in a sound space; controlling an output audio signal, for rendering a sound scene by a loudspeaker, the sound scene being defined by the one or more sound sources of the plurality of sound sources that are within a sub-volume of the sound space that excludes the position of the user in the sound space and that is sized in dependence upon the position of the user in the sound space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jussi Leppänen, Miikka Vilermo, Arto Lehtiniemi, Antti Eronen
  • Patent number: 11137970
    Abstract: A digital signal extraction device that includes an input configured to receive a digital audio input signal from an audio media player, an output configured to provide high-resolution digital audio output to an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and a microprocessor coupled between the input and output. The microprocessor is configured to extract the high-resolution digital audio output from the digital audio input signal received at the input, while keeping intact any copy protection for the digital audio input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Geerfab LLC
    Inventor: Eric Geer
  • Patent number: 11132172
    Abstract: Systems and methods for low latency audio data pipelines are disclosed. For example, a software enabled access point is established for direct wireless communication between a microphone device and an electronic device. Additionally, an audio data processing pipeline that bypasses default data processing of an operating system stack of the electronic device is utilized. The audio data processing pipeline includes minimal audio data processing that writes audio data directly to hardware components for output of corresponding audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Apoorv Naik, Samer A. Sarhan Hussein, Shubhashri Mohanty, Michael A Pogue, Ali Tootoonchian, Nitin Arora, Victor Daniel Bazan
  • Patent number: 11127413
    Abstract: A method and system of estimating human perception of audibility of audio alerts in the presence of background noise. In the audibility estimation system, a microphone generates an input signal corresponding to an audio alert. A processor receives the input signal and generates an audibility metric representing human perception of audibility of the audio alert based on a comparison between a background noise estimate and an audio alert estimate, and causes an action to be taken based on the audibility metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Sam Karimian Azari, Mark Robert Every
  • Patent number: 11109143
    Abstract: Disclosed is a signal processing apparatus including a surrounding sound signal acquisition unit, a NC (Noise Canceling) signal generation part, a cooped-up feeling elimination signal generation part, and an addition part. The surrounding sound signal acquisition unit is configured to collect a surrounding sound to generate a surrounding sound signal. The NC signal generation part is configured to generate a noise canceling signal from the surrounding sound signal. The cooped-up feeling elimination signal generation part is configured to generate a cooped-up feeling elimination signal from the surrounding sound signal. The addition part is configured to add together the generated noise canceling signal and the cooped-up feeling elimination signal at a prescribed ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunobu Murata, Kohei Asada, Yushi Yamabe
  • Patent number: 11080003
    Abstract: An electronic device may comprise audio processing circuitry, pace tracking circuitry, and positioning circuitry. The pace tracking circuitry may be operable to selects a tempo of songs for playback, by the audio processing circuitry based on position data generated by the positioning circuitry, a desired tempo, and whether the songs are stored locally or network-accessible. The position data may indicate the pace of a runner during a preceding, determined time interval. The pace tracking circuitry may control the song selection and/or time stretching based on a runner profile data stored in memory of the music device. The profile data may include runner's distance-per-stride data. The electronic device may include sensors operable to function as a pedometer. The pace tracking circuitry may update the distance-per-stride data based on the position data and based on data output by the one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Christopher Church
  • Patent number: 11080006
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements involving electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablet computers, wearable devices, etc., are disclosed. One arrangement involves a low-power processing technique for discerning cues from audio input. Another involves a technique for detecting audio activity based on the Kullback-Liebler divergence (KLD) (or a modified version thereof) of the audio input. Still other arrangements concern techniques for managing the manner in which policies are embodied on an electronic device. Others relate to distributed computing techniques. A great variety of other features are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Ravi K. Sharma, Shankar Thagadur Shivappa, Osama M. Alattar, Brett A. Bradley, Scott M. Long, Ajith M. Kamath, Vojtech Holub, Hugh L. Brunk, Robert G. Lyons, Aparna R. Gurijala
  • Patent number: 11074031
    Abstract: An audio processing system (100) includes a server complex (102) in communication with a network (103). The server complex (102) receives a digital audio file (104) and one or more analog domain control settings (111) from a client device (101) across the network. A digital-to-analog converter (118) converts the digital audio file (104) to an analog signal (119). One or more analog signal processors (105,106) apply at least one analog modification (181) to the analog signal in accordance with the one or more analog domain control settings. An analog-to-digital converter (124) converts the modified analog signal to a modified digital audio file (125). The server complex can then deliver the modified digital audio file to the client device across the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Colin Leonard
  • Patent number: 11068535
    Abstract: A system and method for automated reconstruction of previously released media content, without requiring detailed information from content owners. An embodiment of the system and method accesses content repositories of one or more digital service providers and retrieves metadata corresponding to the media content. Some embodiments include transforming the retrieved metadata to a standardized format. Audio fingerprinting can be used to match metadata to audio files and reconstruct the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Symphonic Distribution Inc.
    Inventor: Eshan Shah Jahan
  • Patent number: 11068231
    Abstract: Example systems and techniques disclosed herein facilitate interoperability between different media playback systems referred to herein as a virtual line-in (VLI) media playback system and a native playback system. When a VLI session is created by a VLI sender, a first native playback device can join a VLI group as a VLI receiver. As a VLI receiver, the first native playback device receives audio content and playback commands from the VLI sender to facilitate synchronous playback with other VLI receivers. At the same time, this native playback device can concurrently operate as a native domain group coordinator of a native domain synchrony group. As the native domain group coordinator, the native playback device translates VLI domain audio, control, and timing signals into the native domain and distributes such signals to native domain group members. In this way, the native domain group members can synchronize their playback with the VLI group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Coburn, IV, Chris Kotowski
  • Patent number: 11042349
    Abstract: An electronic device that coordinates a playback operation is described. In particular, an interface circuit in the electronic device may calculate, based on differences between transmit times when packets were transmitted by a second electronic device and receive times of the packets, relative drift as a function of time between a clock in the interface circuit and a second clock in the second electronic device. Then, the interface circuit may adjust, based on the relative drift, a clock circuit that provides the clock to eliminate the relative drift, and may determine a remaining time offset between the clock and the second clock. Next, the interface circuit may modify a future time when the second electronic device is to perform the playback operation based on the remaining time offset to determine a corrected future time, and may transmit information to the second electronic device specifying the corrected future time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: B&W Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Leo Lay, Adrian Harold Chadd, Haisong Wang, Shiwei Zhao, Li Li, Gaylord Yu
  • Patent number: 11042587
    Abstract: An audio processing method includes determining an audio data source, registering an audio block service for the audio data source to obtain registration information of the audio block service, where the registration information of the audio block service includes identification information used for performing the audio block service on the audio data source, performing software decoding on the audio data source to obtain audio track data when it is determined, based on the identification information, that the audio data source needs to be blocked, and performing behavior analysis based on the audio track data. Hence, audio track data can be collected in a targeted manner, the collected audio track data is converted into text through speech recognition, and the text can be used for semantic analysis or internally-recorded audio recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: HONOR DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhongyin Jiang, Kunfang Chen
  • Patent number: 11037258
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure provide improved techniques to process and identify segments of media content and associated intellectual property rights associated with the media content. Intellectual property rights associated with media content may include copyright, trademarks, licenses to composition, synchronization, performance, recordings, etc. In particular, various embodiments provide improved techniques to identify segments of media content using fingerprinting and/or other heuristic rules to identify the original source of the segments of media content, the rights holders, and/or rights associated with the segments of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Vadim Brenner, Stephen White, Ryan Wigley, Mijat Nenezic, Jay Juilin Hung
  • Patent number: 11016725
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide a system connected to a casket to play an audio file selected by a user. The system includes an above-ground unit arranged to lead down into the casket. The above-ground unit includes a wireless module, controller, first speakers, light-emitting devices (LEDs), solar panel, and second speakers. The wireless module establishes a wireless connection with a computing device of the user. The controller facilitates the user to initiate the wireless connection on receiving a push gesture through buttons. The first speakers are configured within an amplifier chassis to generate audio data corresponding to the audio file through the computing device. The LEDs indicate the power status of the system and the connection status of the wireless module. The solar panel generates direct current (DC) electricity. The second speakers generate the audio data corresponding to the audio file selected by the user through the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: John Raymond Maneman
  • Patent number: 11016726
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including an estimation section that, when it is determined that a user is able to receive vocal information presentation, estimates a duration for which it is possible to receive the information presentation and an adjustment section that adjusts an amount of information to be presented to the user in accordance with the estimated duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Shibuya, Makoto Murata, Masafumi Kato, Kengo Yoshii
  • Patent number: 10996917
    Abstract: A method includes displaying a first media information affordance representing a first media item in response to detecting an indication that a physical proximity between an electronic device and an external device satisfies a proximity condition. The electronic device receives a first input representing selection of the first media information affordance. In response to receiving the first input: in accordance with a determination that the first input is a first type of input, a process to playback the first media item is initiated; and in accordance with a determination that the first input is a second type of input different from the first type of input, a second media information affordance representing the first media item is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Chance Graham, Taylor G. Carrigan, Patrick L. Coffman