Patents Examined by Matthew Eason
  • Patent number: 10721566
    Abstract: The present invention provides a receiver assembly. The receiver assembly comprises a receiver housing comprising a first housing part and a second housing part. The receiver housing defines an inner space, and the first housing part and the second housing part are movable relative to each other to define an open configuration and a closed configuration. The receiver assembly further comprises an armature extending in a first direction in the inner space, and a diaphragm operationally attached to the armature via a drive pin extending in a second direction, where the first and second directions are different. The drive pin and the armature are formed in one part. A circumferential edge part of the diaphragm is arranged in a joint between the first housing part and the second housing part in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sonion Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Mattijs Tjepkema, Jan Hijman, Gerardus Johannes Franciscus Theodorus van der Beek, Camiel Eugène Groffen, Tomasz Kaszuba, Krzysztof Bialy, Grzegorz Kurpiel
  • Patent number: 10715899
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a wind noise prevention microphone and an earphone cable control apparatus. The microphone comprises: a microphone chamber enclosed by a bottom and a first side wall; a microphone unit arranged inside the microphone chamber and of which a sound pick-up hole of the microphone unit is arranged opposite to the bottom, a set gap being arranged between the sound pick-up hole and the bottom; and a sound channel in communication with the sound pick-up hole and an outer space, and led out of the first side wall. The sound channel of the microphone is arranged on a side of the sound pick-up hole of the microphone, other than directly opposite to the sound pick-up hole of the microphone, which can effectively reduce wind noise and improve the sound pick-up quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Liyang Zhu, Mingjun Zuo, Shiwen Zhang, Jiangtao Xu
  • Patent number: 10708697
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes an assembly, the assembly comprising: a microphone for reception of sound and conversion of the received sound into a corresponding first audio signal; a signal processor configured to provide a second audio signal compensating a hearing loss of a user of the hearing aid, wherein the second audio signal is based on the first audio signal; a wireless communication unit; and an antenna system comprising a first feeding structure and a radiating segment; wherein the first feeding structure is connected or coupled to the wireless communication unit; and wherein at least a part of the first feeding structure is galvanically disconnected from the radiating segment, and is capactively coupled to the radiating segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventor: Alexandre Pinto
  • Patent number: 10701490
    Abstract: The invention relates to audio transducers, such as loudspeaker, microphones and the like, and includes improvements in or relating to: audio transducer diaphragm structures and assemblies, audio transducer mounting systems; audio transducer diaphragm suspension systems, personal audio devices incorporating the same and any combination thereof. The embodiments of the invention include linear action and rotational action transducers. For both types of transducer, rigid and composite diaphragm constructions and unsupported diaphragm periphery designs are described. Systems and methods for mounting the transducer to a housing, such as an enclosure or baffle are also described. Furthermore, hinge systems including: rigid contact hinge systems and flexible hinge systems are also disclosed for various rotational action transducer embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: David John Palmer, Michael Ian Palmer
  • Patent number: 10694280
    Abstract: A speaker system broadly comprises a plurality of speaker assemblies each including a speaker housing, an input circuit, a low range speaker, and a higher-range speaker. The input circuit receives audio signals from a sound system or other controller and actively or passively sends the audio signals to the speakers. The low-range speaker is positioned in the upper section and the higher-range speaker is positioned in the lower section. Each speaker assembly is configured to be spaced from the other speaker assemblies within a listening area with each speaker assembly generating low frequency soundwaves and higher-frequency soundwaves. This reduces or eliminates out-of-phase crossover frequency wave cancellation effects within the listening area. The speaker housings are compact while allowing the low-range speaker and higher-range speaker to effectively produce and project desired soundwaves from the suspended speaker housing into the listening area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher E. Combest, Lindsey K. Humphrey, Kenneth Hecht
  • Patent number: 10694276
    Abstract: A low-profile earbud is disclosed that sits securely within an ear of a user. The earbud includes a protruding portion that passes through a channel defined by the tragus and anti-tragus of the ear. In some embodiments, the protruding portion can take the form of a cable configured to supply power and transfer data to the earbud. In some embodiments, the protruding portion can provide additional space for electrical components and sensors supporting the earbud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn K. Trainer, Scott C. Grinker, Ethan L. Huwe, Craig M. Stanley
  • Patent number: 10694279
    Abstract: A loudspeaker can include first and second drivers. The first driver can include a cone that has a center region, a peripheral region surrounding the center region, and a boundary connecting the center region and the peripheral region. A bridge can position the second driver coaxial with and proximal to the first driver. The center region of the cone can be recessed to allow a lower profile of the loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Benny Danovi
  • Patent number: 10681438
    Abstract: A dynamic arrangement for loudspeaker grilles is disclosed. A first perforated grille is operable to move with respect to a second perforated grille. The relative movement is controlled to cause the two respective sets of perforations to fall in or out of alignment as required, leading to advantageous effects such as different levels of acoustic transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Torsten Bech
  • Patent number: 10679597
    Abstract: A flow controlled sound generation system is disclosed that includes one or more fluid pumps to control air flow through a sound channel. The air flow is modulated through one or more valves to produce audible frequency pressure waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DeftIO LLC
    Inventor: Manjirnath Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 10681467
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a slim acoustic transducer having a thin thickness a low-frequency reproduction capability and a sound pressure level in the entire frequency band of which may not be lowered. A slim acoustic transducer includes a diaphragm; a voice coil disposed at a peripheral portion of the diaphragm; and a permanent magnet disposed around the voice coil and configured to apply a magnetic field to the voice coil, wherein a maximum amplitude of the diaphragm is less than a thickness of the permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyeong-tae Lee, Jong-bae Kim, Sung-ha Son
  • Patent number: 10670890
    Abstract: Various aspects include audio eyeglasses with through-hinge wiring configurations. In particular aspects, audio eyeglasses include: a frame for resting on a head of a user, the frame comprising: a lens region; a pair of arms extending from the lens region; and a hinge coupling the lens region and one of the pair of arms, the hinge comprising: a body; a friction element coupled to the body for damping the movement of the arm relative to the lens region; and a cavity within the body, the cavity sized to accommodate a cable extending therethrough, the hinge permitting movement of the arm relative to the lens region; and an electro-acoustic transducer at least partially housed in the frame and comprising a sound-radiating surface for providing an audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Allen Timothy Graff, Cedric Bosch, Nathan David Schaal, Edgardo Alicea, Vincent James Lee, Ryan Richard Meganck
  • Patent number: 10659857
    Abstract: The invention discloses a rapidly mountable ceiling loudspeaker device comprising a loudspeaker housing, a ceiling locking assembly, a woofer module and a dustproof assembly. The loudspeaker housing comprises a basket, a speaker inner frame and a surface frame ring body; the ceiling locking assembly comprises a locking sleeve body, a ceiling locking piece and a locking member; the woofer module is arranged in the basket; and the dustproof assembly is arranged on the speaker inner frame. After the scheme is employed, the ceiling loudspeaker device can be efficiently assembled and disassembled without the aid of a mounting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Huizhou Chuangxiang Audio Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hailin Hu, Meng Liu, Ankang Liu, Tianyun Wu
  • Patent number: 10659894
    Abstract: A hearing system includes at least one hearing aid (10) and a personal communication device (17) both having a short range radio transceiver for providing a short range radio communication link. The personal communication device includes application software for controlling the operation of said at least one hearing aid. The at least one hearing aid has a user operable control for opening the user interface of the application software on said personal communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventor: Morten Kjaer Johansen
  • Patent number: 10659872
    Abstract: A speaker apparatus includes a sound guide and a pair of speakers mounted to the sound guide. The sound guide includes a first guide portion configured to guide a sound generated from any one of the pair of speakers in a first direction; and a second guide portion configured to guide a sound generated from the other speaker in a second direction that is plane-symmetric with respect to the first direction. Each of the first and second guide portions includes an opening forming portion formed in an end portion of the corresponding portion and including an opening configured to output a sound generated by the pair of speakers, and a slit forming portion including a slit configured to output a sound, together with the opening, wherein the slit is extended from one side of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Byoung Soo Je
  • Patent number: 10651026
    Abstract: An apparatus for presenting a chemical spectrum to a human user in an audible and/or tactile format comprises an input that receives at least one chemical spectrum, a processor, and at least one transducer that produces the audible and/or tactile output. The processor identifies a first component and a second component of at least one value of the at least one chemical spectrum, selects at least one periodic function for each first component, and modulates the at least one periodic function according to the second component. Modulated periodic functions are composed into at least one complex function which is output to the at least one transducer to produce the audible and/or tactile output. The chemical spectrum may comprise data obtained from a sample using mass spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Queen's University at Kingston
    Inventor: Randy E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10652644
    Abstract: An earbud tip for an in-ear headphone can include an outer body; an inner tube extending at least partially within the outer body, the tube having opposing first and second ends and first and second openings at the opposing first and second ends, respectively, the first opening configured to emit audio signals provided by a speaker of an in-ear headphone into a user's ear canal during operation of the in-ear headphone and when the earbud tip seals the user's ear canal and the second opening configured to be removably coupled to a portion of the in-ear headphone; and one or more channels extending from an outer periphery of the earbud tip to the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Bruss, Duy P. Le, Sean S. Corbin, Robert A. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10652671
    Abstract: There is provided a method of operating a hearing device (10, 11) to be worn by a user, comprising: defining a plurality of hearing device services and assigning to each hearing device service a service access confirmation level selected from a plurality of hierarchically structured service access confirmation levels; providing an access software platform for enabling third party service access to the hearing device services; providing at least one application program adapted to provide a third party service to the hearing device, each application program adapted to utilize the access software platform and at least one of the hearing device services; providing a manufacturer access service for approving or denying access to the hearing device for each of the application programs depending on whether or not approval for the respective service access confirmation level(s) has been previously obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Hilmar Meier, Reto Kurmann, Nadim El Guindi, Thomas Wessel, Stefan Launer
  • Patent number: 10638215
    Abstract: A headphone with a headband and at least one earcup. The at least one earcup is movably coupled to the headband by a joint that is structured to allow rotation of the earcup relative to the headband about two mutually perpendicular axes, and translation along one of these axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Breen, Eric M. Wallace, Michael J. Monahan
  • Patent number: 10629219
    Abstract: A system includes a first microphone that captures audio, a communication module communicatively coupled to the first microphone, a logic circuit communicatively coupled to the first microphone and communication module, a speaker operatively coupled to the logic circuit, and an interaction element. The interaction element and logic circuit are configured to initiate control of audio content for output from the speaker in response to at least one voice command detected in captured audio. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Wayne Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10631093
    Abstract: A loudspeaker system is provided including an enclosure and a transducer mounted within the enclosure. A port is provided in the enclosure, the port having an inlet located at an external surface of the enclosure and an outlet located in an interior of the enclosure which allow bi-directional air flow in and out of the enclosure. At least one duct is provided in the port to extract air flow from the port and redirect the air flow within the enclosure. In one embodiment, the at least one duct may comprise a NACA duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Jerry Moro