Patents Examined by Marlon Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10252163
    Abstract: A music based video game provides a user directed sound generation feature. In some embodiments, the user is provided a video game controller simulating a musical instrument, which the user may operate similarly to its real musical instrument counterpart. A free play feature is provided for users to operate the video game controller, where a processor of a video game console receives input signals from the video game controller and outputs audio samples based on the received input signals. During the free play feature, multiple suggestions as to how to operate the video game controller are simultaneously provided to give users some guidance as to what to play using the video game controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Chrzanowski, Jr., Jonathan L. Hilliker, Robert L. Gallerani
  • Patent number: 10255036
    Abstract: A system and methods for acquiring cadence and selecting a song version based on the acquired cadence are disclosed. If the system detects a new cadence, then a new song version that corresponds to the new cadence can be played. The new song version playback can start in a corresponding position as the location of playback in a currently-playing song version. Each related song version shares one or more characteristics, such as melody, but is different in at least one characteristic, such as tempo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Sten Garmark, Dariusz Dziuk, Mateo Rando, Angus William Sackfield
  • Patent number: 10252882
    Abstract: An elevator motion alert system is configured to alert a person of an object moving in at least one hoistway of an elevator system. The elevator motion alert system includes a sensor configured to detect object motion. A transmitter of the elevator motion alert system is carried by the object and is configured to transmit a pressure wave at a pre-defined frequency upon movement of the object. An electronic device of the elevator motion alert system is configured to receive and process the pressure wave for alerting the person of object movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Daisuke Meguro, Hisanori Seki, Keiji Hashimoto, Takayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10255895
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic percussion instrument. The electronic percussion instrument includes a struck surface and a plurality of strike sensors configured to detect a strike on the struck surface. The plurality of strike sensors include at least one central sensor that is disposed on a back side of the struck surface and disposed at a center side of the struck surface and a plurality of peripheral sensors that are disposed on a peripheral side of the struck surface. The central sensor and the peripheral sensors each have the same structure. The peripheral sensors are configured to transmit a strike signal in a shorter time than the central sensor when the struck surface is struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Takasaki, Yoshiaki Mori
  • Patent number: 10252880
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for initiating elevator service by entering an elevator call on a call input device having a plurality of graphical objects displayed on a graphical user interface is provided. The method includes the steps of selecting a first landing graphical object from the plurality of graphical objects, and selecting a second landing graphical object from the plurality of graphical objects. The method also includes selecting a third landing graphical object from the plurality of graphical objects. The method also includes creating an anticipated trip graphical object, the anticipated trip graphical object indicating a trip from the third landing to the first landing. The method also includes selecting the anticipated trip graphical object to initiate a hall call and floor call from the third landing to the first landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul A. Simcik, Eric C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10235980
    Abstract: An automatic performance system includes a sign detector configured to detect a sign action of a performer performing a musical piece, a performance analyzer configured to sequentially estimates a performance position in the musical piece by analyzing an acoustic signal representing performed sound in parallel with the performance, and a performance controller configured to control an automatic performance device to carry out an automatic performance of the musical piece so that the automatic performance is synchronized with the sign action detected by the sign detector and a progress of the performance position estimated by the performance analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Maezawa, Kazuhiko Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10229663
    Abstract: With reference to FIG. 7a the present invention relates to transducer apparatus (200) for use with a reed instrument (201) having an air chamber (15) forming a resonant cavity whose resonance characteristics are controlled by opening and closing of tone holes (17A, 17B) connecting the air chamber to the exterior of the reed instrument. The transducer apparatus comprises attachment means (202) for releasably securing the transducer apparatus to a mouthpiece (201) of the reed instrument in place of a reed. A reed replacement section (203) has a housing with an abutment surface for abutting a surface part of the mouthpiece which would be abutted by a reed secured to the mouthpiece. An air passage extends through the housing of the reed replacement section (203) from an air inlet (211) through which a player of the instrument can blow to an air outlet (213) through which air blown by the player is delivered to atmosphere, without passing through the air chamber (15) within the reed instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Audio Inventions Limited
    Inventors: Brian Smith, Paul Davey
  • Patent number: 10214382
    Abstract: An elevator brake disk assembly is provided. The elevator brake disk assembly includes a brake disk which is keyed to and rotatable with a shaft of an elevator machine, a machine frame and dampers. The dampers are respectively anchored to the machine frame and biased to symmetrically hold the brake disk during rotations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Wei Wei, James L. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 10204610
    Abstract: A musical note generation device includes at least one processor, performing a process of generating convolved sound waveform data by convolving first sound waveform data corresponding to pitch information associated with a specified key with second sound waveform data corresponding to an impulse response; a process of generating third sound waveform data by respectively reducing, among frequency components included in the generated convolved sound waveform data, amplitudes of respective frequency components of a fundamental tone and harmonics of the fundamental tone corresponding to a pitch indicated by the pitch information; and a process of outputting piano sound waveform data generated on the basis of the generated third sound waveform data generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Goro Sakata
  • Patent number: 10199023
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic woodwind instrument for that allows adjusting the behavior thereof to be adjusted to approach as much as close as possible to that of an acoustic woodwind instrument. The instrument includes a mouthpiece, a body provided with keys and a channel connected to the mouthpiece and leading to the outside of the instrument, at least one pressure sensor configured to deform under the action of breath, and an electronic processing system connected to the keys and the pressure sensor and configured to produce musical notes according to the handling of the keys and the measurement of breath. The channel includes an inlet tube, an outlet tube and an intermediate chamber, the elements being configured to pressurize the chamber when the musician blows into the mouthpiece. The chamber includes a measuring port on to which the pressure sensor is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AODYO
    Inventors: Laurent Pouillard, Ludovic Potier
  • Patent number: 10199022
    Abstract: A signal processing system, machine, and method of use to dynamically vary the power supplied to a signal processing circuit, imparting the processed output signal of the signal processing circuit with alterations substantially beyond the alterations typically produced by the signal processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan Greenlee
  • Patent number: 10196241
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an elevator system includes a camera, a passenger detection module and a controller. The camera is capable of imaging a particular range in a direction from a vicinity of a door of a car to a hall when the car arrives at the hall. The passenger detection module detects presence or absence of a passenger who intends to get into the car by focusing on movement of a movable body within a specific area by using a plurality of time-series continuous images which are captured by the camera. The controller controls an opening/closing operation of the door based on a detection result of the passenger detection module. A width of the area is being set greater than at least a width of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA ELEVATOR KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shuhei Noda, Kentaro Yokoi, Hiroshi Sukegawa, Yukari Murata, Sayumi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10192533
    Abstract: A voice generation device (10b) is configured to generate a voice corresponding to one or a plurality of characters designated in a pre-defined character string. A controller (10a) for the voice generation device is provided with a character selector (60a) configured to be operable by a user to designate the one or a plurality of characters in the character string, and a voice control operator (60b) configured to be operable by the user to control the state of the voice to be generated by the voice generation device. The controller (10a) is provided with a grip (G) suitable for being held with a hand of the user, and the character selector and the voice control operator are provided on the grip. The character selector and the voice control operator are provided on the grip at such positions as to be operable with different fingers of the user holding the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Keizo Hamano, Kazuki Kashiwase, Yoshitomo Ota
  • Patent number: 10187002
    Abstract: A system for communicating with a motor includes an NFC antenna coupled to a motor assembly and configured to receive signals from a motor controller. The NFC antenna is configured to emit a magnetic field at a selected frequency. The system also includes a communication interface configured to relay the signals from the NFC antenna to a handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Albert Nardin, Brian Lee Beifus, Ryan Keith Stephens, Shailesh Prabhakar Waikar
  • Patent number: 10186242
    Abstract: A musical performance device is provided by which, even by a novice user's operation, an attack sound, which is musically important, can be emitted as intended. In the device, sequence data representing each note of a musical piece for musical performance is provided for each track. When the sequence data of a certain segment of at least one track among these tracks is being replayed, if a target track to be replayed is specified from among the tracks not being replayed, the sequence data of the certain segment of the target track is replayed at a speed higher than a normal speed in accordance with a calculated playback rate, and then the target track and the other track are replayed at the normal speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yousuke Ishioka, Tomomi Notsu
  • Patent number: 10181313
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic percussion instrument including a struck surface and strike sensors. The strike sensors include a central sensor; a plurality of peripheral sensors; a first position calculation device configured to, when an initial half wave of a strike waveform of the central sensor is detected within a first predetermined time after the central sensor detects a strike, calculate a first strike position from the central sensor based on the initial half wave; a second position calculation device configured to calculate a second strike position based on a difference in strike detection by the plurality of peripheral sensors; and a sound production instruction device configured to instruct production of a striking sound based on the first and second strike positions respectively calculated by the first and second position calculation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Takasaki, Ryo Susami
  • Patent number: 10176788
    Abstract: On a worm drive the second bushing of the worm is replaced with an oblique thrust surface or made to follow a path constraining the worm to move closer to the gear as it is pushed forward by the gear itself as a result of the torque applied by the load. The oblique forces thus generated push the worm towards the gear and constitute a meshing force that makes the system self-adjusting with zero play between the parts, eliminating backlash and dependency from manufacturing tolerances and from the effects of wear. It also results in freedom of movement between worm and gear allowing them to be easily disengaged. The meshing force is predictable and independent from the deformability of the parts, and makes possible the use of stronger triangular teeth, allowing much higher gear ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Eduardo Edison Gonzalez Middleton
  • Patent number: 10170094
    Abstract: An electronic musical instrument uses a mouthpiece model that models a mouthpiece as a three-dimensional shape having one end at which the mouthpiece is to be held in a mouth of a performer being smaller than another end. A processor in the instrument calculates a reflection coefficient of a progressive wave and a regressive wave using the mouthpiece model by calculating a wave impedance for the progressive wave and calculating a wave impedance for the regressive wave, and generates a musical sound signal on the basis of the calculated reflection coefficient, which is then outputted to a sound generator for sound production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazutaka Kasuga
  • Patent number: 10170087
    Abstract: The inventive device relates to musical instruments. Use of this invention in a stringed instrument ensures a simpler apparatus allowing for sounding a string of the stringed instrument in the same way as a musician does. The apparatus for sounding a string of stringed instrument comprises: a first servo motor designed for securing a mediator to an output shaft thereof and for rotating the mediator in opposing directions for ensuring an interaction of the mediator with the string; a guide disposed substantially orthogonally to the string plane of the stringed instrument and designed for moving, along one side thereof, the first servo motor from or to the string; a second servo motor mounted at the reverse side of the guide; a transmission mechanism which first end being coupled with an output shaft of the second servo motor and which second end being connected to the first servo motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Vladimir A. Demin
  • Patent number: 10167170
    Abstract: A smart elevator system includes: an elevator provided in a building having multiple floors; a controller configured to control the elevator; a portable terminal used by a person to make a reservation for using the elevator and including a communicator for long-range communication and short-range communication; a server system configured to receive the reservation for using the elevator from the portable terminal by communicating with the portable terminal and control an operation of the elevator through the controller according to the reservation; and a portable terminal detector provided near a door of the elevator and configured to obtain a unique key of the portable terminal through the communicator, when the portable terminal used to make the reservation approaches it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MFS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dong Gyun Kim