Patents Examined by Melur Ramakrishnaiah
  • Patent number: 10348264
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method for audio mixing. At least two audio input signals are obtained. Then the at least two audio input signals are linearly superimposed. A mixed signal obtained by linearly superimposing the at least two audio input signals is divided into at least two audio mixing signal-intensity zones according to an audio intensity of the mixed signal. Audio intensity scalability is performed for respective audio mixing signal-intensity zones using corresponding scalability ratios. The at least two audio mixing signal-intensity zones after performing the audio intensity scalability is superimposed and output. The embodiments of the present disclosure further provide an apparatus for audio mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xinliang Wang, Bin Li
  • Patent number: 10348890
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including processing circuitry is provided. The processing circuitry is configured to perform security authentication on the first terminal when receiving a call setting request of a first terminal. The processing circuitry is configured to obtain personalized information that is set by a first user via the first terminal when the security authentication on the first terminal succeeds. The processing circuitry is further configured to provide the personalized information of the first user to a second terminal for display during a call with the first terminal. Further, the provided personalized information of the first user is displayed on a call interface of the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Cancai Yuan, Zhigang Wu, Jiayao Feng, Zhaowu Lin
  • Patent number: 10347262
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to improve timestamp transition resolution of watermarks are disclosed. An example system includes a watermark detector to detect watermarks and a decoder to decode timestamps in respective ones of the watermarks. The example system also includes a timestamp transition resolution enhancer that estimates a first transition window indicative of a transition between a first time period to a second time period based on a first one of the timestamps and a second one of the timestamps. The timestamp transition resolution enhancer also estimates, when the first transition window does not satisfy a threshold, a second transition window indicative of a transition between the second time period and a third time period based on the second timestamp and a third one of the timestamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Ken Joseph Frett, Vladimir Kuznetsov, David Gish, Sadhana Gupta
  • Patent number: 10349006
    Abstract: A network-based, e.g., cloud-based, and apparatus based in-call command control for dynamically performing user commands such as voice commands or gesture commands are provided. The result allows for hands free operation of a calling system including one where the user is located separate from a base station, and provides for recognizing both voice and gestural commands. Filtering of commands can be performed dynamically so that commands are not perceived by those participating in the call. Further, the user, who has given the command, can be notified regarding the performance of the requested command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10339947
    Abstract: A decoder operable to decode audio signals. The decoder operable to receive an encoded bitstream that includes bitstream synchronization command data and program command data and process the encoded bitstream and identify within the bitstream the synchronization command data. The decoder further operable to decode the program command packet and at least one program related channel data using information provided in the synchronization command data and decode program related channel data using information provided in the program command data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: James David Johnston, Stephen Daniel White, King Wei Hor, Barry M. Genova
  • Patent number: 10341495
    Abstract: Presented are a method, apparatus, and computer-readable medium for aiding emergency response. The method includes receiving, by a processor, a plurality of data corresponding to a geographic location from a plurality of data sources. The method further includes aggregating, by the processor, the plurality of data. The method still further includes determining, by the processor, a first profile and a second profile based on the aggregated plurality of data. The method can conclude with transmitting, by the processor, the first profile to a plurality of user equipments and the second profile to at least one user equipment, wherein the at least one user equipment is different from the plurality of user equipments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bryx, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Brown, David Thomas, Travis Brown
  • Patent number: 10334105
    Abstract: A first call from a caller to a called party is forwarded to an agent at an answering service. A notification is received from the agent that a level of seriousness of the first call has become dire, and a second call is established between the agent and a crisis service having a crisis counselor that can provide assistance to the caller. The agent is connected into the second call only when the crisis counselor has acknowledged being available, and the second call is joined with the first call. The crisis counselor and the caller are allowed to speak directly by way of the joined calls, so that the crisis counselor can address the caller and attempt to convince same to avoid any activity that would be harmful thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ASD Inc., a PA Corp.
    Inventors: Martin Czachor, Jr., Kevin Czachor, Norman Franke
  • Patent number: 10334348
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an earphone apparatus and method. The earphone apparatus includes an earpiece, including a speaker, configured for arrangement relative to a user's ear for listening to audio from the speaker, a bio-sensor, a motion sensor, and a controller configured to determine an activity state of the user based on aggregated sensor data from the bio-sensor and the motion sensor over time, and to control audio output to the user based on the determined activity state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sammy Pergament, Victor PĂ„sse, Iman Habib, Jesper Johansson, Amir Adlouni
  • Patent number: 10321065
    Abstract: A remote communication method of a remote communication system including a first robot deployed in a first place and a first presentation device deployed in a second place, includes capturing an image of a first user in the first place with a camera, transmitting the captured image of the first user from the first robot to the first presentation device, receiving the captured image from the first robot, displaying the captured image, detecting a first amount of change indicating a change in a position of a second user in the second place with reference to a second robot that virtually represents the first user, transmitting the first amount of change to the first robot, receiving the first amount of change from the first presentation device, and moving the first robot to change a point of view of the camera in response to the first amount of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hongjie Shi
  • Patent number: 10321254
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for processing an audio signal, and more particularly, to a method and an apparatus for processing an audio signal, which synthesize an object signal and a channel signal and effectively perform binaural rendering of the synthesized signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: WILUS INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Hyunoh Oh, Taegyu Lee, Jinsam Kwak, Juhyung Son
  • Patent number: 10321094
    Abstract: Video conferencing in a controlled environment facility entails significant security concerns. These concerns are even more prevalent in a system that permits residents of such facilities to communicate via their own personal devices. Therefore, in order to alleviate these concerns and provide a secure system in which a resident is able to make video calls using their personal device, a kiosk unit is provided to which the personal device must be linked for completing a video call. When making the video call, the camera and display on the personal device are disabled, and all video data is captured and displayed by the kiosk unit. The link between the kiosk unit and the personal device facilitates the exchange of the image information for transmission to the outside party, or display to the user. By providing a fixed camera, and disabling the personal device camera, security can be maintained while permitting video calling services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Hodge, Anthony Bambocci
  • Patent number: 10320352
    Abstract: A class-D amplifier includes an output driver, a pulse width modulator, an integrator, and duty cycle control circuitry. The output driver is configured to drive a loudspeaker. The pulse width modulator is coupled to the output driver. The integrator is coupled to the pulse width modulator. The duty cycle control circuitry is coupled to the integrator. The duty cycle control circuitry is configured to monitor amplitude of output signal of the integrator, and change an average duty cycle of signal at an output of the output driver as a function of the amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jianquan Liao, Xiuyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 10313531
    Abstract: A universal data gate converts between interface format types of interconnected systems. The data gate learns new interface types and greatly simplifies the requirement for a human user to reprogram the new interface types. A library of known interface types is built up over time and allows re-use of known interface types as required. Voice based room control is enabled by automatically activating the voice control on a guest device when the guest is checked in to a hotel room. Text corresponding to voice commands captured from the user's voice is passed to a hotel app. The system automatically pairs the guest device with the user's assigned room and determines which in-room controllable devices are to be operated by the user's voice commands. When the user switches to a new guest room during travel, the system automatically updates the room pairing and new voice commands operate the new in-room devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Bullhead Innovations Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter S. Warrick
  • Patent number: 10313816
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention pertain to augmented performance synchronization systems and methods. According to some embodiments of the invention, an audio waveform may be used to generate one or more haptic waveforms for one or more electronic devices. The haptic waveforms may be generated based on any of a number of factors, including features of the audio waveform, capabilities of the haptic actuators performing the haptic waveforms, the number, type and location of devices having haptic actuators, and the like. The haptic waveforms may be synchronized with performance of the audio waveform to provide an augmented listening experience to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhipeng Zhang, Brian T. Gleeson, Michael Diu, Addison Cugini
  • Patent number: 10303967
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting an active area of interest within video data are disclosed. A videoconferencing system may include a sensor configured to capture sequential frames of video image data during a videoconference, and a processing subsystem. The processing subsystem may be configured to, for a given frame, apply filter(s) to individual pixels of the given frame to identify one or more pixels of interest within the given frame, where the filter(s) include a motion detection filter. The processing subsystem may further apply a multidimensional filter to the one or more pixels of interest, the multidimensional filter specifying one or more programmable density thresholds. The processing subsystem may further designate at least one group of pixels of interest that satisfies the one or more programmable density thresholds as an active area of interest; and control an aspect of the videoconference based at least in part upon the active area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LIFESIZE, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Flosdorf, Sulanka Goonetilleke
  • Patent number: 10299962
    Abstract: An earmuffs system for noise reduction including an external microphone used in combination with active noise cancellation technology for the reduction of wind or other noises typically experienced while riding a vehicle such as a motorcycle, snow machine or ATV, the earmuffs system including a first earmuff including a first speaker and a first microphone therein; a second earmuff electrically coupled to the first ear muff, the second ear muff including a second speaker and a second microphone therein; noise cancellation circuitry for receiving first sounds from the first microphone and the second microphone and processing the first sounds by in part canceling the first sounds to form a first sound output that is provided from the first speaker and the second speaker; and a third microphone placed external to the first earmuff and to the second earmuff, the third microphone supplying second sounds for the first speaker and the second speaker to output as a second sound output without the second sounds underg
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Alvin J. Halfaker
  • Patent number: 10306059
    Abstract: Systems and methods of on hold handling of calls are provided. A call may be received, from a caller, at a public safety access point. An Artificial Intelligence (AI) bot may monitor a context associated with the call. The call may be placed on hold. The AI bot may determine, based on the context associated with the call, that the call should be taken off hold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Mariya Bondareva, Randy L. Ekl, David Kaleko
  • Patent number: 10299059
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a monitor mixing system is provided in which a stage plot of the positions of the musicians and their instructions may be supplied. Based on the relative locations of a given musician who is monitoring the mix and the other musicians/instruments, the monitor mixing system may generate a mix that incorporates modifications to make the sound appear to be three dimensional. That is, the source of the sound may be experienced by the musician as if the sound is being heard from the location of the musician/instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Audio Fusion Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin R. Slick
  • Patent number: 10299027
    Abstract: A headset with an electro-acoustic input transducer arranged to pick up an acoustic signal and convert the acoustic signal to an electric signal. Based on processing a portion of the electric signal, the voice activity detector is configured to: detect proximal voice activity, distal voice activity and no voice activity, at times when respectively present in the acoustic signal picked up by the electro-acoustic transducer, and to select a respective mode, the selection of which is encoded in the control signal. The first processor is controlled by the voice activity detector to reduce, in the output signal, intelligibility of distal voice activity at least at portions of time periods when the control signal indicates the mode of presence of distal voice activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GN Audio A/S
    Inventor: Rasmus Kongsgaard Olsson
  • Patent number: 10298883
    Abstract: A management apparatus is configured to, when a connection request specifying, as a communication partner, a communication apparatus or an information processing apparatus has been received from a partner apparatus, transmit a connection request to a communication apparatus. The communication apparatus is configured to transmit a reception notification message to the management apparatus, when the connection request has been received. The management apparatus is configured to, when the reception notification message has been received from the communication apparatus, identify the information processing apparatus that is in cooperation with the communication apparatus that is a transmission source of the received reception notification message, and transmit the reception notification message to the identified information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Shiro, Takashi Hasegawa, Takeshi Homma