Patents Examined by Marlon T. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10810901
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for providing tutorial functions. The method may include obtaining a piece of music selected by a user; determining a display mode that configures one or more display categories and a layout of the one or more display categories on a user interface; obtaining one or more content items corresponding to the one or more display categories, respectively, the one or more content items being associated with the piece of music; and generating an instruction to display the one or more content items on the user interface according to the layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SUNLAND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Yan, Min Zhou, Xiaolu Liu
  • Patent number: 10810979
    Abstract: A piano system with key assisted user input may include one or more execution devices, one or more sensors, at least one signal processing circuit, a processor and a display. The one or more sensors may be configured to detect a signal indicating a status change of at least one of the one or more execution devices. The at least one signal processing circuit may be configured to generate a control signal for controlling an input of a computer device in response to the signal detected by the one or more sensors. The processor may be configured to process the control signal to determine content to be displayed on a user interface. The display may be configured to display the determined content on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SUNLAND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Yan, Zhengjun Yan
  • Patent number: 10803842
    Abstract: Due to discrepancies in musical timing signatures, the invention assesses whether a recorded displacement, expressed in terms of beats and fractions, between exit and entry points for a potential musical splice or cut, corresponds to permit a seamless music splicing of different musical sections. Assessment is achieved by establishing a third time base of pulses having a length dependent upon a lowest common multiple of fractions within respective bars for different sections, with the bars of the respective sections then partitioned into an equal number of fixed length pulses. A coefficient aligns different time signatures; it is a ratio between pulses within the different sections. The coefficient identifies corresponding locations of a cut point, related to a suitable anacrusis, in terms of respectively an aligned bar, beat, quaver and fraction in differing time signatures. The coefficient ensures that the time anacrusis in one time signature is interchangeable with others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MASHTRAXX LIMITED
    Inventor: Joseph Michael William Lyske
  • Patent number: 10791848
    Abstract: Sensory outputs are synchronized to input tempos for providing soothing and other effects for children and other persons. In example embodiments, juvenile products such as rockers and swings have motors that are controlled to produce an oscillatory motion with an adaptive tempo that is synchronized to rhythmic inputs such as a parent's heartbeat. In other example embodiments, juvenile products such as music players are controlled to output signals to play songs via speakers with an adaptive tempo that is synchronized to rhythmic inputs such as an infant's respiratory rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KIDS2, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Zufi, Scott Wells, Alan Hightower
  • Patent number: 10789920
    Abstract: A computer implemented media synchronization platform has a receiver that receives, from a user-operated computing device located at a live performance, a device media file. Furthermore, the computer implemented media synchronization platform receives, from a soundboard positioned at the live event, a soundboard audio file. The computer implemented media synchronization platform synchronizes, and receives, from the user-operated computing device via a synchronization interface, a realignment of a soundboard audio track. The device media file has a device video track and the device audio track. The soundboard audio file has the soundboard audio track. The computer implemented platform media synchronization platform has a processor that synchronizes the soundboard audio track with the video track, generates dual audio track A/V data based on the synchronization, generates the synchronization interface, and generates a single audio track A/V file based on the realignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Thirty3, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Dolder, Richard A. Duggan
  • Patent number: 10789922
    Abstract: An electronic musical instrument in one aspect of the disclosure includes; a plurality of operation elements to be performed by a user for respectively specifying different pitches; a memory that stores musical piece data that includes data of a vocal part, the vocal part including at least a first note with a first pitch and an associated first lyric part that are to be played at a first timing; and at least one processor, wherein if the user does not operate any of the plurality of operation elements in accordance with the first timing, the at least one processor digitally synthesizes a default first singing voice that includes the first lyric part and that has the first pitch in accordance with data of the first note stored in the memory, and causes the digitally synthesized default first singing voice to be audibly output at the first timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Danjyo, Fumiaki Ota, Masaru Setoguchi, Atsushi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10789924
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for assembling and displaying a visual ensemble of musical performances that were created and uploaded from one or more locations that are remote from a host of the network, a director or other administrator reviewing submissions for selection and assembly, or perhaps merely remote from one or more other submissions received over a computer network. The assembled performances include a plurality of submissions, the submissions including performances created and uploaded at one or more locations remote from the location of the director for the assembly and display over the computer network. Systems and methods are also included for mapping one performance against another performance qualitatively, quantitatively, in real-time, or some combination thereof, enabling a musician, or a reviewer of performances, in the assessment of one performance relative to another performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: JAMMIT, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Humphrey, Frank Gryner
  • Patent number: 10782779
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method includes: obtaining user movement information, wherein the user movement information characterizes real-world body pose and trajectory information of the user; generating, from real-world user movement information and a predetermined placement of the virtual instrument in the computer generated reality (CGR) environment, a predicted virtual instrument interaction time for a virtual instrument interaction prior to the virtual instrument interaction occurring; determining whether or not the predicted virtual instrument interaction time falls within an acceptable temporal range around one of a plurality of temporal sound markers; and in response to determining that the predicted virtual instrument interaction time falls within the acceptable temporal range around a particular temporal sound marker of the plurality of temporal sound markers, quantizing the virtual instrument interaction by presenting play of the virtual instrument to match the particular temporal sound marker of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Eubank, Daniel P. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10777180
    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: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Audio Inventions Limited
    Inventors: Brian Smith, Paul Davey
  • Patent number: 10773923
    Abstract: In the technical field of elevator systems, so as to provide a measure for preventing an overspeed governor rope inertia from unwantedly engaging a safety gear in an overspeed governor system, which has a governor rope connected to a moving mass of the elevator system, a machinery brake for decelerating the moving mass so as to perform a quick stop of the moving mass, a safety gear mounted to the moving mass, a synchronization linkage for tripping the safety gear and a synchronization linkage blocking device for blocking the synchronization linkage and/or a governor brake for braking the governor rope, it is determined whether a quick stop of the moving mass is performed, and the governor brake or the synchronization linkage blocking device is activated when the quick stop of the moving mass is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mikko Puranen, Riku Lampinen, Jarkko Saloranta, Antti I Mäki, Jukka Turpeinen, Samuli Mäntynen
  • Patent number: 10777177
    Abstract: An electronic device determines a first audio event of a first media content item and modifies the first media content item by superimposing a first set of data that corresponds to the first media content item over the first audio event. The first audio event has a first audio profile configured to be presented over a first channel for playback. The first set of data has a second audio profile configured to be presented over the first channel for playback. Playback of the second audio profile is configured to be masked by the first audio profile during playback of the first media content item. The electronic device transmits, to a second electronic device, the modified first media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Andreas Jansson, David Samuel Rubinstein, Peter Milan Thomson Sobot
  • Patent number: 10770045
    Abstract: A user interface for a digital audio workstation provides an overview of the audio signal routing of an audio composition in the form of a node graph. The node graph updates in real time as an audio session is edited. The representation of the nodes on the graph indicates the node type, such as audio input or track, mixer, plug-in, and output, as well as the processing resources assigned to each node. The node graph includes one or more nodes representing submixes that may be adjusted using a mixer channel independently of other submixes or outputs of the audio session. The representation of audio signal flow between the nodes in the graph distinguishes between insert routing and auxiliary sends. The user interface may be used interactively to edit the audio composition by providing a toolbox for creating new nodes and commands for specifying audio signal connections between nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Avid Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Barram, Peter M. Bouton
  • Patent number: 10768888
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wireless control and modification of electronic audio signals of remote electronic devices are disclosed. In an embodiment, a second computing device receives, from a first computing device that is configured to read radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, a first RFID tag address of a first RFID tag. A first mapping that associates each RFID tag address of a plurality of RFID tag addresses with a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) event message of a plurality of MIDI event messages is stored in one or more digital data repositories, the plurality of RFID tag addresses including the first RFID tag address. A second mapping that associates each MIDI event message of the plurality of MIDI event messages to a virtual action identifier of a plurality of virtual action identifiers is stored in one or more digital data repositories. The second computing device uses the first mapping to determine a first MIDI event message based on the first RFID tag address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel W. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10770052
    Abstract: A sound generating analog synthesizer that is comprised of potentiometers, a switch or switches and a set of patch jacks has a control system that can be operated in three modes, a manual mode, an automatic mode, and a guided mode; wherein manual mode allows potentiometer and switch positions as well as patch cable connections to be set by hand; wherein automatic mode, automatically sets patch connections as on or off, as well as set potentiometer positions and switch states with electromechanical or electrical devices; and wherein the guided mode provides at least one visual information on how to change the potentiometer positions, switch states, and patch jack connections such that a previously obtained sound can be reproduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lafayette College
    Inventors: Corey M. McKenna, Ben A. Sidell, James W. Erario, Brian R. Duke, Willem P. Ytsma, Nate Fowler, Steven G. Shaw, Kyle E. Polinski Frost, Kimberly R. Dupuis, Nathanial E. Shipp, Daniel Sabatino, Michael Tritter, Al Sgro
  • Patent number: 10762887
    Abstract: Audio data describing an audio signal may be received and used to determine a set of frames of the audio signal. A plurality of note onsets in the set of frames may be identified based on spectral energy of the audio signal in the set of frames. One or more tempos may be computed based on the identified plurality of note onsets. The one or more tempos may be validated based on a tempo validation condition. One or more music states of the audio signal may be determined based on the validated one or more tempos. Audio enhancement of the audio signal may be modified based on the one or more determined states of the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dialpad, Inc.
    Inventors: Qian-Yu Tang, John Rector
  • Patent number: 10723585
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to an elevator system of a facility with multiple floors. The elevator system can comprise elevator cars and an elevator controller. The elevator controller includes a memory and a processor. The memory stores computer program instructions executable by the processor to cause the elevator system to determine a current utilization of the elevator system, automatically activate an adaptive split group operation on a per floor basis when the current utilization of the elevator system is greater than a threshold utilization of the elevator system, and dispatch the elevator cars under the adaptive split group operation in accordance with elevator calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Paul A. Simcik
  • Patent number: 10723588
    Abstract: A system and method of measuring and diagnosing the ride quality of an elevator system, including (a) operating the mobile device to acquire ride quality data, (b) operating the mobile device to transmit ride quality data to an external computing device, (c) operating the external computing device to compare the acquired ride quality data to pre-determined system data to create performance data, (d) operating the external computing device to perform a ride quality diagnostics based at least in part on the performance data, and (e) operating the external computing device to transmit the ride quality diagnostics to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: George Scott Copeland, Soumitra Borthakur, Jinho Song, Daniel Rush
  • Patent number: 10720133
    Abstract: A stringed instrument pickup with multiple selectable coils can be utilized in a system to provide a diverse range of sound characteristics from at least one moving string under tension. A first wire can be connected to a first terminal of a first bobbin body prior to the first wire being wound around the first bobbin body a first number of times and then connecting the first wire to a second terminal of the first bobbin body. A second wire may be connected to the second terminal of the first bobbin body before winding the second wire around the first bobbin body a second number of times and then connecting the second wire to a third terminal of the first bobbin body. The first bobbin body is subsequently mounted onto a stringed instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Timothy P. Shaw
  • Patent number: 10710841
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a method for operating an elevator system which comprises a shaft system and at least three cars, which is designed for separately moving the cars in at least a first direction of travel and in a second direction of travel. The at least three cars are moved separately in sequential operation each time and for each car a stop point at which the car can stop if necessary is continuously predicted at least for one direction of travel. The distance of the predicted stop points of neighboring cars from each other is thereby continuously determined. The elevator system is transferred to a safety mode if a negative distance of the stop points is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Eduard Steinhauer, Matthias Glück, Bankole Adjibadji
  • Patent number: 10706828
    Abstract: A power plate pedal board for musical instrument electronics is provided. An exemplary battery powered pedal board structure comprises: at least one battery; and control electronics, wherein the at least one battery and control electronics are housed within the battery powered pedal board structure, wherein the battery powered pedal board structure is configured to mount a plurality of musical effects pedals and to support a load applied to the plate assembly by one or more musician, and wherein the control electronics are configured to provide a plurality of outputs from one of the at least one battery, wherein the plurality of outputs comprise one or more of: (i) one or more outputs that are electrically isolated from each other and provide power to the plurality of musical effects pedals, and (ii) one or more outputs that are not electrically isolated from each other and provide power to one or more of the plurality of musical effects pedals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CB Technology, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Christian, Paul E. Christian