Patents Examined by Leshui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11393444
    Abstract: A noise suppressor includes a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory, the processor is configured to: acquire a noise signal in a vicinity of a head region of an occupant seated in a vehicle seat; generate a control sound having an opposite phase to the acquired noise signal; acquire a sound signal having a predetermined frequency that is different from the noise signal; and output, as an output sound signal, the acquired sound signal in combination with the generated control sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tamami Yamada
  • Patent number: 11393481
    Abstract: A method is described which decodes a downmix matrix for mapping a plurality of input channels of audio content to a plurality of output channels, the input and output channels being associated with respective speakers at predetermined positions relative to a listener position, wherein the downmix matrix is encoded by exploiting the symmetry of speaker pairs of the plurality of input channels and the symmetry of speaker pairs of the plurality of output channels. Encoded information representing the encoded downmix matrix is received and decoded for obtaining the decoded downmix matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Florin Ghido, Achim Kuntz, Bernhard Grill
  • Patent number: 11393482
    Abstract: An audio encoding and decoding method includes obtaining a channel combination scheme for a current frame, obtaining an encoding mode of the current frame based on a downmix mode of a previous frame and the channel combination scheme for the current frame, performing time-domain downmix processing on left and right channel signals of the current frame based on the encoding mode of the current frame to obtain primary and secondary channel signals of the current frame, and encoding the primary and secondary channel signals of the current frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLGOIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiting Li, Bin Wang, Lei Miao
  • Patent number: 11381925
    Abstract: A multi-channel decorrelator for providing a plurality of decorrelated signals on the basis of a plurality of decorrelator input signals is configured to premix a first set of N decorrelator input signals into a second set of K decorrelator input signals, wherein K<N. The multi-channel decorrelator is configured to provide a first set of K? decorrelator output signals on the basis of the second set of K decorrelator input signals. The multi-channel decorrelator is further configured to upmix the first set of K? decorrelator output signals into a second set of N? decorrelator output signals, wherein N?>K?. The multi-channel decorrelator can be used in a multi-channel audio decoder. A multi-channel audio encoder provides complexity control information for the multi-channel decorrelator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderang der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Sascha Disch, Harald Fuchs, Oliver Hellmuth, Juergen Herre, Adrian Murtaza, Jouni Paulus, Falko Ridderbusch, Leon Terentiv
  • Patent number: 11375330
    Abstract: A method and device for processing information are provided. The method for processing information includes: determining a current output voltage of a power supply in a terminal device; determining a target parameter of an audio processing circuit in the terminal device according to the current output voltage; and configuring the audio processing circuit for processing an audio signal according to the target parameter. With the embodiments of the present disclosure, an impact of a change of the output voltage of the power supply on output volume of a loudspeaker can be reduced, thereby improving user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jing Chen
  • Patent number: 11372614
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes an internal speaker, a communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication with a wearable external speaker, and a control unit. The control unit establishes wireless connection with the external speaker through the communication unit and the control unit continuously performs a control operation for preventing an output of an audio signal from the internal speaker in a case where the wireless connection with the external speaker is disconnected by a first factor in a state where the control unit performs the control operation. The control unit cancels performance of the control operation in a case where the wireless connection with the external speaker is disconnected by a second factor different from the first factor in a state where the control unit performs the control operation for preventing the output of the audio signal from the internal speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Tomokazu Mori, Akitaka Yoshizawa, Hitoshi Nishitani
  • Patent number: 11368775
    Abstract: Wireless, wearable audio devices and methods for assigning position and operational controls. Wireless audio devices or earbuds are described that are provided as a pair in which both audio devices are physically substantially identical. In use, the audio devices are assigned a right or left position associated with the respective ear of the user in which they are to be disposed. Control surfaces are similarly assigned to provide particular control functionalities on a particular side of the user. Master and slave designations are provided and may be swapped based on a battery status of the respective audio devices. Battery usage and the duration of available use of the pair of audio devices may thus be maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Piearcings, LLC
    Inventors: Barrett Prelogar, Troy Calderwood, David Warner
  • Patent number: 11361772
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software are disclosed herein for compressing audio data. In an implementation, sampled values of an audio signal have a dynamic range. A division of the dynamic range, into at least a lower range and an upper range, is identified based on a fixed mapping of a lower portion of the sampled values to a subset of quanta in a set of quanta having a depth less than a depth of the sampled values. Then an adaptive mapping of an upper portion of the sampled values to a remaining subset of quanta in the set of quanta is also identified, based at least on a dimension of the upper range. The fixed mapping is used to encode the lower portion of the sampled values based, while the adaptive mapping is used to encode the upper portion of the sampled values based on the adaptive mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Daly, Garrett Douglas Blankenburg
  • Patent number: 11361777
    Abstract: A system for determining prioritisation values for two or more sounds within an audio clip includes: a feature extraction unit operable to extract characteristic features from the two or more sounds, a feature combination unit operable to generate a combined mix comprising extracted features from the two or more sounds, an audio assessment unit operable to identify the contribution of one or more of the features to the combined mix, a feature classification unit operable to assign a saliency score to each of the features in the combined mix, and an audio prioritisation unit operable to determine relative priority values for the two or more sounds in dependence upon the assigned saliency scores for each of one or more features of the sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Hume, Fabio Cappello, Marina Villanueva-Barreiro, Michael Lee Jones
  • Patent number: 11361781
    Abstract: Method to perform dynamic beamforming to reduce SNR in signals captured by head-wearable apparatus starts with microphones generating acoustic signals. Microphones are coupled to first stem of the apparatus and to second stem of the apparatus. First and second beamformers generate first and second beamformer signals, respectively. Noise suppressor attenuates noise content from the first beamformer signal and the second beamformer signal. Noise content from first beamformer signal are acoustic signals not collocated in second beamformer signal and noise content from second beamformer signal are acoustic signals not collocated in first beamformer signal. Speech enhancer generates clean signal comprising speech content from first noise-suppressed signal and second noise-suppressed signal. Speech content are acoustic signals collocated in first beamformer signal and second beamformer signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Asfaw, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11361776
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described by which to code scaled spatial components. A device comprising a memory and one or more processors may be configured to perform the techniques. The memory may store a bitstream including an encoded foreground audio signal and a corresponding quantized spatial component. The one or more processors may perform psychoacoustic audio decoding with respect to the encoded foreground audio signal to obtain a foreground audio signal, and determine, when performing psychoacoustic audio decoding, a bit allocation for the encoded foreground audio signal. The one or more processors may dequantize the quantized spatial component to obtain a scaled spatial component, and descale, based on the bit allocation, the scaled spatial component to obtain a spatial component. The one or more processors may reconstruct, based on the foreground audio signal and the spatial component, scene-based audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Ferdinando Olivieri, Taher Shahbazi Mirzahasanloo, Nils G√ľnther Peters
  • Patent number: 11361774
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting and combining audio transmissions containing data are provided. In one embodiment, a method is provided that includes receiving multiple audio signals from multiple receivers. An audio transmission may be detected in a first subset of the audio signals and the audio transmission may contain data. A second subset of the audio signals may be identified with the strongest magnitude of the audio transmission. Portions of the second subset of the audio signals may then be combined to generate a combined audio transmission signal and the combined audio transmission signal may be decoded for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: LISNR
    Inventors: Oz Mendel, William Knauer
  • Patent number: 11354511
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device including a control section that recognizes an intention of a first action subject on a basis of an action performed by the first action subject in a first context, generates information indicating the intention of the first action subject in a second context of the second action subject, and causes the information to be outputted to the second action subject. The first action subject is one of a user or a communication target of the user. The second action subject is another of the user or the communication target of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Negishi
  • Patent number: 11355131
    Abstract: An audio encoding and decoding method and a related apparatus are provided. The audio encoding method includes: determining a channel combination scheme for a current frame; when the channel combination scheme for the current frame is different from a channel combination scheme for a previous frame, performing segmented time-domain downmix processing on left and right channel signals in the current frame based on the channel combination scheme for the current frame and the channel combination scheme for the previous frame, to obtain a primary channel signal and a secondary channel signal in the current frame; and encoding the obtained primary channel signal and secondary channel signal in the current frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Wang, Halting Li, Lei Miao
  • Patent number: 11341976
    Abstract: A voice output corresponding to a fixed position of a wide viewing angle image is easily obtained. A transmission unit configured to transmit spatial voice data and information regarding a predetermined number of registered viewpoints is included. For example, the spatial voice data is data of scene-based audio. Then, for example, the data of the scene-based audio is each component of an HoA format. For example, the information regarding a viewpoint includes information regarding an azimuth angle (azimuth information) and an elevation angle (elevation angle information) that indicate a position of this viewpoint. For example, the data of the scene-based audio and the information regarding the predetermined number of registered viewpoints are transmitted with being included in a packet of object audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 11330368
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for a portable microphone array system comprising a computing device and a case having an array of microphones embedded or integrated into the case. A user may position the laptop and case facing the general direction of a target audio source to capture a target acoustic audio input at the microphone array. The microphone array may deliver a first stage of beamformed audio from the acoustic audio input to the computing device via a communications interface or bus. The computing device may comprise an audio processor configured to perform one or more successive audio processing steps to process the audio input and render a digital audio output. The digital audio output may be outputted from the computing device to an audio output device, such as headphones or an earpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Wave Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: James Keith McElveen, Gregory S. Nordlund, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11322164
    Abstract: The present document describes a method (400) for encoding a soundfield representation (SR) input signal (101, 301) describing a soundfield at a reference position, wherein the SR input signal (101, 301) comprises a plurality of channels for a plurality of different directivity patterns of the soundfield at the reference position. The method (400) comprises extracting (401) one or more audio objects (103, 303) from the SR input signal (101, 301). Furthermore, the method (400) comprises determining (402) a residual signal (102, 302) based on the SR input signal (101, 301) and based on the one or more audio objects (103, 303). The method (400) also comprises performing joint coding of the one or more audio objects (103, 303) and/or the residual signal (102, 302). In addition, the method (400) comprises generating (403) a bitstream (701) based on data generated in the context of joint coding of the one or more audio objects (103, 303) and/or the residual signal (102, 302).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, David S. McGrath, Heiko Purnhagen, Mark R. P. Thomas
  • Patent number: 11308931
    Abstract: A metamaterial comprising, a plurality of acoustic vector field sensors, each configured to sense an acoustic vector field of a fluid within a fluid-filled space in response to fluid waves, and producing an electrical signal corresponding to the sensed acoustic vector field; a processor configured to perform a time and space transform on the electrical signal; and at least one phased array transducer, configured to emit fluid waves according to a produced acoustic vector field pattern dependent on a result of the time and space transform, a within a portion of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 11301636
    Abstract: A system for analyzing resumes. The system includes an electronic computing device, including an electronic processor. The electronic processor is configured to receive a selection of a resume and determine a first set of terms included in both the resume and a sentiment dictionary. The sentiment dictionary includes a plurality of terms organized in a plurality of categories. The electronic processor is also configured to generate a visual representation of information included in the resume based on the first set of terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Lamont Hattix, Lin Sung Chiang, Rachel Katheryn Hacker
  • Patent number: 11299080
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a vehicle seat that includes a seat headrest portion for supporting the head of an occupant, and a seat backrest portion for supporting the back of the occupant in a seated position. The backrest portion includes an enclosure for receiving at least a portion of an acoustic transducer. The vehicle seat also includes an acoustic channel having a first end that is configured to be fitted around a driver of the acoustic transducer in an acoustically sealed configuration, and a second end. The second end is opposite the first end and disposed at a location closer to the seat headrest portion than the seat backrest portion. The acoustic channel is configured to radiate acoustic energy from the acoustic transducer through the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Oswald, Bradford Kyle Subat, Tobe Z. Barksdale, Muhammad Haris Usmani