Patents Examined by Norman Yu
  • Patent number: 10418955
    Abstract: A process is provided. The process receives, at a mobile computing device, audio content via a communication application that provides a voice-based communication between a first user and a second user through a computerized network. Further, the process amplifies, via an acoustic amplification device, the audio content. In addition, the process delivers the audio content through a receptacle that receives the mobile computing device. The receptacle is integrated with the acoustic amplification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Language Line Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Lindsay D'Penha, Jeffrey Cordell
  • Patent number: 10419868
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an interior cabin space and a sound system. The sound system includes one or more speakers and sensors configured to change sounds emitted from the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: James T. Hotary
  • Patent number: 10418049
    Abstract: The present invention makes it possible to reduce noise from a driving unit with a two-channel microphone configuration. An audio processing apparatus has a first microphone whose main acquisition target is sound from outside of the apparatus, a second microphone whose main acquisition target is driving noise from the driving unit, and a noise removing unit that generates two-channel audio data in which driving noise made by the driving unit of the apparatus has been reduced based on the difference between time-series audio data acquired by the first microphone and time-series audio data acquired by the second microphone. This noise removing unit has two adaptive filter units that respectively perform filter processing on time-series audio data from the first microphone and time-series audio data from the second microphone, and generates stereo two-channel audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Toriumi
  • Patent number: 10397684
    Abstract: Wireless speaker systems and methods for synchronous audio playback. Speaker systems can comprise more than one wireless speaker assembly, such as wireless earphones, in serial communication with an audio source device, such as a smartphone. Separate audio rendering by each wireless speaker assembly and synchronization of audio playback by imposing a fixed latency from an output timestamp associated with the audio source data, and rate matching the sample allow for tightly synchronized playback of stereo audio at low latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arthur Chang, Chung Lung Chang
  • Patent number: 10382866
    Abstract: Haptic feedback is generated on a headphone to indicate contexts of ambient sound. In this way, noise-canceling headphones can alert the wearer to audible cues of potentially dangerous situations that otherwise would be suppressed by the noise cancelation feature of the headphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC
    Inventor: Jun-Ki Min
  • Patent number: 10375466
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a gain redistribution application restructures gains associated with multiple microphones included in a head-worn audio system to minimize near field noise. In response to a sound generated by a sound source, the microphones generate input signals. The gain redistribution application performs mixing operations on the input signals to generate an output signal that mitigates near field noise associated with the same side of the head as the sound source. Subsequently, the gain redistribution application transmits the output signal to a speaker that targets the same side of the head as the sound source. Advantageously, by reducing the gain associated with an input signal received via a microphone located on the same side of the head as the sound source, the gain redistribution application reduces near field noise transmitted to the user during operation in a more comprehensive fashion relative to conventional designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Branden Sheffield, James M. Kirsch
  • Patent number: 10366708
    Abstract: A headphone system is provided that includes a left and right earpiece having a left and right microphone, respectively, to receive left and right acoustic signals and provide left and right signals for processing. The left and right signals are added to provide a principal signal, and the left and right signals are subtracted to provide a reference signal. A detection circuit compares the principal signal to the reference signal and selectively indicates whether a user is speaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xiang-Ern Yeo, Mehmet Ergezer, Alaganandan Ganeshkumar
  • Patent number: 10368156
    Abstract: A configurable earbud retention and stabilization system is disclosed herein. The configurable earbud retention and stabilization system includes a bendable earloop configured to fit over an ear of a user, the bendable earloop having a first end and a second end oppositely disposed relative to the first end, the bendable earloop defining a clip aperture proximate to the first end, the bendable earloop configured to be deformed into a plurality of different positions so as to provide a customized fit for the user; and an earbud clip, the earbud clip forming a cavity configured to receive an earbud headphone therein, the earbud clip including a connecting member received within the clip aperture of the bendable earloop so as to detachably couple the earbud clip to the bendable earloop. In some embodiments, the bendable earloop includes an inner wire enabling the bendable earloop to be deformed into the different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Gordon Haggott Beckhart
  • Patent number: 10362406
    Abstract: A MEMS microphone package includes a substrate including a base layer, a sound hole cut through the base layer, a conduction part arranged on the base layer, a sidewall connected with one end thereof to the top surface of the base layer and having a conducting line electrically connected to the conduction part, a cover plate connected to an opposite end of the sidewall and having a solder pad and a third contact disposed in conduction with the solder pad and electrically connected to the conducting line, an acoustic wave sensor mounted on the top surface of the base layer to face toward the sound hole, a processor chip mounted on the top surface of the base layer and electrically connected to the acoustic wave sensor and the conduction part, and one or multiple electronic components electrically bonded to the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: LINGSEN PRECISION INDSUTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yao-Ting Yeh, Hsien-Ken Liao, Jyong-Yue Tian, Ming-Te Tu
  • Patent number: 10361484
    Abstract: A network device communicates with one or another set of antennas depending on an orientation of the network device. The network device includes a first set of one or more antennas, a second set of one or more antennas, a processor, and memory having stored thereon instructions executable by the processor to cause the device to perform functions. The functions include (1) determining that an orientation of the network device is one of a first orientation and a second orientation; (2) if the determined orientation is the first orientation, then causing the network device to communicate using the first set of one or more antennas; and (3) if the determined the orientation is the second orientation, then causing the network device to communicate using the second set of one or more antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Niels van Erven, Carlo van Niekerk, Michael Frey
  • Patent number: 10362389
    Abstract: A loudspeaker system comprises a driver mounted within the interior of a single-reflex band-pass box which is self-draining to protect the driver from exposure to standing water. The band-pass box may be mounted at the stern of a boat to direct acoustic energy from the driver to an individual being towed behind it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: JL Audio, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucio Proni, Bellal J Hamze, Donald C Nesbit, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10345855
    Abstract: A parabolic-shaped receptacle is provided. The parabolic-shaped receptacle has a frame having a left side that has a left parabolic curvature and a right side that has a right parabolic curvature. Further, the parabolic-shaped receptacle has one or more speaker ports. In addition, the parabolic-shaped receptacle has a coupling mechanism that couples a computing device to the frame such that one or more speakers of the computing device are aligned with the one or more speaker ports to deliver audio from the one or more speakers through the one or more speaker ports. The parabolic-shaped receptacle also has a left receptacle speaker positioned on the frame along the left parabolic curvature to the left of the one or more speaker ports. Further, the parabolic-shaped receptacle has a right receptacle speaker positioned on the frame along the right parabolic curvature to the right of the one or more speaker ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Language Line Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Lindsay D'Penha, Jeffrey Cordell
  • Patent number: 10343898
    Abstract: A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) microphone is provided. The MEMS microphone includes a substrate, a backplate, a diaphragm, a first insulating protrusion and a plurality of second insulating protrusions. The backplate is disposed on a side of the substrate. The diaphragm is disposed between the substrate and the backplate and is movable relative to the backplate. The first insulating protrusion and the second insulating protrusions are formed on the side of the backplate facing the diaphragm. The first insulating protrusion is connected to and affixed to the diaphragm permanently, and an air gap is formed between the diaphragm and each of the second insulating protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FORTEMEDIA, INC.
    Inventors: Jien-Ming Chen, Nai-Hao Kuo, Wen-Shan Lin, Hsin-Li Lee
  • Patent number: 10334371
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus reduce feedback in a hearing aid device. The method includes the step of acquiring a first feedback transfer function at a first point in time on a feedback path from a signal processing device via an electro-acoustic transducer, an acoustic signal path from the electro-acoustic transducer to an acousto-electric transducer and via the acousto-electric transducer back to the signal processing device. In a further step, a weighted mean value function is determined in a manner dependent on amplitude absolute values of the first feedback transfer function. A second feedback transfer function is estimated by an adaptive filter, wherein coefficients of the adaptive filter are determined in a manner dependent on the weighted mean value function. The adaptive filter is applied to a signal which is derived from an acoustic input signal of the acousto-electric transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Henning Puder, Tobias Daniel Rosenkranz, Tobias Wurzbacher
  • Patent number: 10334366
    Abstract: To provide an audio playback device which allows a novel listening experience for a listener by bone conduction from a prescribed position of the head area. [Solution] Provided is the audio playback device including at least one bone conduction device. The bone conduction device is provided at a position to be worn at a prescribed position of a head area of a listener. The prescribed position is a position allowing the listener to feel that a sound source moves from a position to which the bone conduction device is attached and to feel the sound source from another position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Nakagawa, Junya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10327088
    Abstract: A spatial audio processor for providing spatial parameters based on an acoustic input signal has a signal characteristics determiner and a controllable parameter estimator. The signal characteristics determiner is configured to determine a signal characteristic of the acoustic input signal. The controllable parameter estimator for calculating the spatial parameters for the acoustic input signal in accordance with a variable spatial parameter calculation rule is configured to modify the variable spatial parameter calculation rule in accordance with the determined signal characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Oliver Thiergart, Fabian Kuech, Richard Schultz-Amling, Markus Kallinger, Giovanni Del Galdo, Achim Kuntz, Dirk Mahne, Ville Pulkki, Mikko-Ville Laitinen
  • Patent number: 10321223
    Abstract: A mobile computing device receptacle is provided. The mobile computing device receptacle has a rear enclosure with a receiving area for receiving a mobile computing device. The mobile computing device receptacle also has a first acoustic amplification component operably connected to a first side of the rear enclosure. In addition, the mobile computing device receptacle has a second acoustic amplification component operably connected to a second side of the rear enclosure. Further, the mobile computing device receptacle has a front enclosure having a first side speaker hole arrangement and a second speaker hole arrangement. The first side speaker hole arrangement is configured to be positioned over the first acoustic amplification component. In addition, the second side speaker hole arrangement is configured to be positioned over the second acoustic amplification component. A coupling mechanism couples a mobile computing device between the front enclosure and the rear enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Language Line Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Lindsay D'Penha, Jeffrey Cordell, Greg Weisenfeld
  • Patent number: 10313802
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the status and/or performance of one or more hearing devices is disclosed. The system comprises a number of access points configured to receive wireless signals transmitted by the hearing devices, wherein the access points are connected to a central unit communicatively connected to the Internet/cloud, wherein the system is configured to automatically monitor the status and/or performance of one or more parameter of the one or more hearing devices received by access points, wherein the monitored parameters are accessible from the central unit and/or from a cloud service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Oticon A/S
    Inventors: Lars Pinnerup Frederiksen, Thorvaldur Oli Bodvarsson, Søren Hesselballe Larsen, Lars Bramsløw, Niels Søgaard Jensen, Filip Marchman Rønne, Ariane Laplante-Lévesque, Eline Borch Petersen, Carina Graversen, Lasse Juul Villadsen, Rikke Birksteen Rossing, Adis Bjelosevic
  • Patent number: 10311889
    Abstract: A headphone, headphone system, and speech enhancing method is provided to enhance speech pick-up from the user of a headphone and includes receiving a plurality of signals from a set of microphones and generating a primary signal by array processing the microphone signals to steer a beam toward the user's mouth. A noise reference signal is also derived from one or more microphones, and a voice estimate signal is generated by filtering the primary signal to remove components that are correlated to the noise reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Alaganandan Ganeshkumar, Xiang-Ern Yeo, Mehmet Ergezer
  • Patent number: 10299028
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for a headset with force isolation, where the headset comprises a headband having two upper headband sections coupled by a center block and two ear cups, where each ear cup is coupled to one of the two upper headband sections. The two upper headband sections may include side support strips between which a movable strip may be placed utilizing a slider knob, thereby increasing the rigidness of the headband when fully extended between the side support strips utilizing the slider knob. The rigidness of the headband may decrease when the movable strips are retracted from between the side support strips and into the center block utilizing the slider knob. The side support strips may be plastic and the movable strip may be metal. The center block may be more rigid than the side support strips. The center block may be plastic. The headband may include headband endcaps at lower ends of the headband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Scot Cochran, Tim Wiley, Andy Logan