Patents Examined by Olisa Anwah
  • Patent number: 11611826
    Abstract: An audio system for customizing sound fields for increased user privacy. A microphone array of a headset detects sounds from one or more sound sources in a local area of the headset. The audio system estimates array transfer functions (ATFs) associated with the sounds, and determines determining sound field reproduction filters for a loudspeaker array of the headset using the ATFs. The audio system presents audio content, via the loudspeaker array, based in part on the sound field reproduction filters. The presented audio content has a sound field that has a reduced amplitude in a first damped region of the local area that includes a first sound source of the one or more sound sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Meta Platforms Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Antonio John Miller, Jacob Ryan Donley, Scott Porter
  • Patent number: 11609783
    Abstract: A signal processor and a signal processing method thereof. The signal processor obtain a first audio signal of a first channel, obtains a second audio signal of a second channel. The signal processor performs a first signal processing on the input first audio signal. The signal processor, when it does not obtain the second audio signal, performs a second signal processing on the input first audio signal having undergone the first signal processing and output a further processed first audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Ryotaro Aoki, Akihiko Suyama, Tatsuya Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 11604622
    Abstract: Techniques for selecting portions of audio tracks for content item inclusion are described. For example, a social networking system may receive, from an audio producer, an audio track. In some examples, the social networking system may, using a machine-learned model, determine a first portion of the audio track having a change of frequency over time, and provide the first portion of the audio track to a first user for inclusion in a content item. In some cases, the social networking system may receive a selection of a second portion of the audio track. Based on the selection of the second portion of the audio track, the social networking system may modify the parameters of the machine-learned model to provide the second portion of the audio track to a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Meta Platforms, Inc.
    Inventors: Dong Guo, Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 11606533
    Abstract: Provided is a method of visually displaying a countdown time on a graphical user interface. A countdown time is set, the width and opacity of an area that changes as the set time is sequentially counted down are determined, and the area that changes based on the determined width and opacity is output on the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Hyperconnect Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Il Ahn, Byung Jong Kim, Eun Hee Choi
  • Patent number: 11602060
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the technical field of display devices, in particular, to a rear housing assembly and a display device. The rear housing assembly includes: a rear housing, a back plate, and a connecting assembly. The back plate and the rear housing are disposed oppositely in a thickness direction of the display device. The connecting assembly includes a first connecting part and a second connecting part. One of the first connecting part and the second connecting part is coupled to the rear housing, and the other is coupled to the back plate. The first connecting part includes a limiting cavity extending in the thickness direction, the second connecting part includes a limiting engaging portion, the limiting engaging portion extends into the limiting cavity, and the limiting engaging portion is engaged with the first connecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignees: K-Tronics (Suzhou) Technology Co., Ltd., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shengchang Shen, Weifeng Wang, Zijian Guo
  • Patent number: 11601618
    Abstract: A user interface display is provided to a participant who is viewing an event via a communication system that provides videoconferencing. The communication system provides a composite video stream that includes a plurality of different video layers, each video layer providing a different portion of the composite video stream. The participant has a participant computer for allowing the participant to receive the composite video stream for display on the user interface display. A plurality of participants view the event via user interface displays of their respective participant computers. The layers include a participant layer that displays video streams of the participants, a foreground layer, an event layer that includes video of the event, an audience layer, a background layer, and an immersive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventor: Benjamin Slotznick
  • Patent number: 11595528
    Abstract: An AI based moderator system for an electronic conference. The moderator scores users based on ratings and diversity, and attempts to keep a high rating person talking while maintaining diversity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Scott C Harris
  • Patent number: 11593061
    Abstract: A method, the method comprising retrieving a sound intensity map for a venue, wherein the sound intensity map is divided up into a plurality of regions, wherein the sound intensity map predicts a sound quality for each region during a current event. Receiving data from a plurality of IOT enabled operated aerial vehicles, where each IOT enabled operated aerial vehicle of the plurality of IOT enabled operated aerial vehicles travels around different regions of the plurality of regions, wherein each IOT enabled operated aerial vehicle collects data during the event. Comparing the received data to the sound intensity map to determine the region where an audio component of a venue audio needs to be adjusted. Determining the adjustment required for the audio component and adjusting the audio equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Syed Shahid Ali Afser, Namit Kabra, Smitkumar Narotambhai Marvaniya, Prashant Sharma
  • Patent number: 11586411
    Abstract: In some examples, an audio control system can include a first set of resources, a second set of resources and a controller. The first set of resources can generate a frequency energy band representation of a multi-channel source audio input. Additionally, the second set of resources can determine at least a value representing a strength of correlation between multiple channels of the multi-channel source audio input. Moreover, the audio output controller can determine a set of control parameters for tuning sound creation from an audio signal generator to reflect a set of spatial characteristics of the source audio input, based on the frequency energy band representation and the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sunil Bharitkar
  • Patent number: 11586412
    Abstract: A sound source playback apparatus includes a mounting unit, to which a sound source device may be attached and detached, and a control unit that recognizes tag information of the sound source device and performs authentication when the sound source is attached to the mounting unit, requests sound source data from the sound sources server according to a result of the tag information is authenticated, and playback the received sound source data. Accordingly, the sound source playback apparatus and the sound source playback method using the same allows permanently keep the high quality album and images of a favorite artist on a single purchase and playback a high quality sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventor: Myung Ki Chung
  • Patent number: 11587450
    Abstract: An apparatus for clinical evaluation of sensitivity of individuals to learning context provides a visual search task in which a target symbol to be located is associated with context images that cluster around the target symbol to varying degrees. Measurement of a rate of unconscious exploitation of the context symbols in finding the target symbols is used to sort the individuals into categories believed to be useful for characterizing their learning styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Peter Ari Rosenberg Maffia, Brittany Travers, Adhira Sunkara
  • Patent number: 11579840
    Abstract: A method for adjusting sound playback of a portable device for constancy notwithstanding different environments outputs from the portable device detectable audio signals inaudible to user and the device receives reflected audio before the portable device is actually commanded to play an audio file. A list of volume weightings for reflected audio is calculated. Before commencing playback of the audio file, the portable device obtains reference volume weightings from a list according to the current volume setting, and calculates adjustment coefficients for different frequency bands based on weightings of the reference volume list and of the reflected audio list. The audio signals of the audio file are output after adjustment. A portable device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Nanning FuLian FuGui Precision Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Te Wu
  • Patent number: 11580204
    Abstract: An apparatus may include an ultrasonic sensor system having a first layer stack and a second layer stack. The first layer stack may include a first ultrasonic transmitter and the second layer stack may include a second ultrasonic transmitter. The first layer stack and/or the second layer stack may include an ultrasonic receiver. A frequency splitting layer may reside between the first layer stack and the second layer stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Jessica Liu Strohmann
  • Patent number: 11581970
    Abstract: Some implementations of the disclosure relate to using a model trained on mixing console data of sound mixes to automate the process of sound mix creation. In one implementation, a non-transitory computer-readable medium has executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a processor, causes the processor to perform operations comprising: obtaining a first version of a sound mix; extracting first audio features from the first version of the sound mix obtaining mixing metadata; automatically calculating with a trained model, using at least the mixing metadata and the first audio features, mixing console features; and deriving a second version of the sound mix using at least the mixing console features calculated by the trained model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Morris, Scott Levine, Nicolas Tsingos
  • Patent number: 11582545
    Abstract: An acoustic output device includes a base case whose internal space is formed as an arrangement space and in which an insertion hole communicating with the internal space is formed, a cover that covers at least a part of the base case, an elastically deformable waterproof sheet including a flat surface portion joined to the base case and a bag-shaped pocket portion inserted into the insertion hole, a push button including an operating portion to be pressed and operated and a working portion inserted into the pocket portion, a substrate that is arranged in the arrangement space, and a switch that is arranged on the substrate and operated by the working portion via the pocket portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Daisuke Kurihara, Ryo Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11582420
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques implemented partly by a communications service for identifying and altering undesirable portions of communication data, such as audio data and video data, from a communication session between computing devices. For example, the communications service may monitor the communications session to alter or remove undesirable audio data, such as a dog barking, a doorbell ringing, etc., and/or video data, such as rude gestures, inappropriate facial expressions, etc. The communications service may stream the communication data for the communication session partly through managed servers and analyze the communication data to detect undesirable portions. The communications service may alter or remove the portions of communication data received from a first user device, such as by filtering, refraining from transmitting, or modifying the undesirable portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Adam Lichtenberg, Terrence Wise
  • Patent number: 11568731
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a processor, and a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the electronic device to learn a sound emitted by a legacy device and to issue an output when the electronic device subsequently hears the sound. For example, the electronic device can receive a training input and extract a compact representation of a sound in the training input, which the device stores. The device can receive an audio signal corresponding to an observed acoustic scene and extract a representation of the observed acoustic scene from the audio signal. The electronic device can determine whether the sound is present in the observed acoustic scene at least in part from a comparison of the representation of the observed acoustic scene with the representation of the sound. The electronic device emits a selected output responsive to determining that the sound is present in the acoustic scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hyung-Suk Kim, Daniel C. Klingler, Miquel Espi Marques, Carlos M. Avendano
  • Patent number: 11563316
    Abstract: The system includes an electronic device connected to a cord that can be unreeled and reeled in by a cord reel, and a management apparatus that can communicate with the electronic device. In the system, the cord-reel-use detector is disposed in the electronic device, and detects use of the cord reel. The memory is disposed in the electronic device and/or the management apparatus, and stores an amount of use of the cord reel. The controller is disposed in the electronic device and/or the management apparatus, and determines the use of the cord reel on the basis of the detection made by the cord-reel-use detector. The controller changes the amount of use of the cord reel in response to the electronic device having been replaced with another electronic device or in response to the cord reel having been replaced with another cord reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Akira Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11558686
    Abstract: A wireless accessory has one or more sensors positioned at an outer periphery of its housing, thereby forming a knob-like input. The sensors may be configured to detect a change in contact force or contact location of first and second fingertips at respective first and second opposite sides of the periphery. An input gesture is determined based on the detected change, and a command corresponding to the gesture may be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yao Ding, Tauseef Muzaffar
  • Patent number: 11553266
    Abstract: A microphone system includes: a microphone including a microphone output terminal and a microphone GND terminal, the microphone being configured to output, as an input sound signal, a voltage signal exhibiting a change in voltage between the microphone output terminal and the microphone GND terminal depending on an input sound; an A/D converting unit mounted on a first circuit board and configured to perform digital conversion on the input sound signal that is input; and a power supply circuit mounted on a second circuit board connected to the first circuit board via a pair of power supply lines, and configured to feed DC power to the A/D converting unit via the pair of power supply lines. The microphone outputs the input sound signal to the A/D converting unit via a pair of first signal lines different from the pair of power supply lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Junki Asai, Tetsuji Togoh