Patents Examined by Olisa Anwah
  • Patent number: 10893230
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamically switching between at least two cameras. A first and second video input received from a first and second camera of the at least two cameras to identify first and second directional parameters of a face of a user, respectively. A first algorithm is executed on the first and second directional parameters to identify a first and second percentage associated with facial coverage of the user, respectively. It is determined that the first percentage exceeds the second percentage and in response, the first video input is utilized to capture the face of the user and the second video input is disabled. Either the first and second cameras are attached to the device or one camera of the first and second cameras is attached to the device and another camera of the first and second cameras is attached to a monitor associated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Gregory J. Boss, Jeremy R. Fox
  • Patent number: 10891107
    Abstract: At least one processor that performs at least one of determine at least two audio signals, determine at least one directionality of at least one audio source from the at least two audio signals, determine at least one timing of the at least one audio source from the at least two audio signals, generate at least one context for the at least two audio signals based on the at least one directionality and the at least one timing of the at least two audio signals, and provide at least one user interface based on the generated at least one context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 10891961
    Abstract: A device includes a receiver configured to receive an encoded bitstream from a second device. The encoded bitstream includes a temporal mismatch value. The device also includes a decoder configured to decode the encoded bitstream to generate a first signal and a second signal. Based on the temporal mismatch value, the decoder is configured to map one of the first signal or the second signal as a decoded target channel. The decoder is also configured to perform a shift operation on the decoded target channel based on the temporal mismatch value to generate an adjusted decoded target channel. The device also includes an output device configured to output a first output signal and a second output signal. The second output signal is based on the adjusted decoded target channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Venkata Subrahmanyam Chandra Sekhar Chebiyyam, Venkatraman Atti
  • Patent number: 10887681
    Abstract: A combination of a bone conduction Bluetooth earphone and a charging base includes an earphone body, a PCB, a wireless module, and a rechargeable battery. The PCB, the wireless module and the rechargeable battery are disposed in the earphone body. The wireless module and the rechargeable battery are electrically connected to the PCB. It realizes the design of the bone conduction Bluetooth earphone and solves the problem that an air conduction speaker needs good air tightness, a resonant chamber and tuning and is inconvenient for assembly. The structural design is clever and reasonable, and it is easy for production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSOUND ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tseng-Feng Wen
  • Patent number: 10887718
    Abstract: An audio control system can automatically determine an occupancy of an audience seating area, and can automatically adjust a spectral content of an audio signal to at least partially compensate for spectral effects caused by the occupancy in the audience seating area. Such an audio control system can ensure that the sound in a particular room remains constant, or nearly constant, from performance to performance. The occupancy can include a number of people in attendance in the audience seating area, and/or locations of attendees in the audience seating area. The audio control system can automatically adjust the spectral content a single time, at the start of a performance, or can optionally automatically dynamically update the adjustment throughout the performance based on subsequent measurements of the occupancy. The system can determine the occupancy through ticket sales, and/or analysis of imaging of the seats in the audience seating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Maher, Theo Mack
  • Patent number: 10887696
    Abstract: A wireless headphone including two wireless earphones and a charging band. In normal operation, the wireless earphones are each worn in an ear of a user and are not connected to each other via cables, and each include a first rechargeable battery. When the first rechargeable batteries are running low, the charging band can be connected to the wireless earphones so as to recharge the first rechargeable batteries on the go without interrupting the use of the wireless earphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co, KG
    Inventor: Thomas Trommer
  • Patent number: 10880521
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program are provided for receiving face models based on face data points. In use, a real-time face model is received, wherein the real-time face model includes one or more face data points. Real-time face data points are received, including additional one or more face data points. The real-time face model is manipulated based on the real-time face data points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: DUELIGHT LLC
    Inventors: William Guie Rivard, Brian J. Kindle, Adam Barry Feder
  • Patent number: 10880520
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a group photograph system coordinates and creates a group photograph of participants of a video conferencing session. Using inputs from the participants, the group photograph system captures images of individual participants and selectively assembles a group photograph based on the rating of each individual participant. In one embodiment, the group photograph system sends a countdown signal to a first participant and a second participant wherein the first participant and the second participant are part of a group photograph within a video conferencing session wherein the countdown signal represents an amount of time before a first participant image is captured of the first participant. In another embodiment, the group photography system captures the first participant image and a second participant image of the first participant and the second participant, respectively and creates a first group photograph which includes the first participant image and the second participant image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Dingping Jiang, Juan Jiang Wald, Liang Wang, Huipin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10879855
    Abstract: Disclosed is a configurable dual vacuum tube triode amplifier. The amplifier comprises two vacuum tube triodes and a user configurable switching component. The user configurable switching component can be positioned into at least a first position and a second position to modify an arrangement of the two vacuum tube triodes to provide varying tonal characteristics of the amplifier. Positioning the user configurable switching component in the first position arranges the two vacuum tube triodes in a cascode configuration to achieve a tonal characteristic of a vacuum tube pentode. Positioning the multi-position user switch in the second position arranges the two vacuum tube triodes in either a single vacuum tube triode configuration to achieve a tonal characteristic of a single vacuum tube triode operating alone or two vacuum tube triodes operating in a parallel configuration to achieve the tonal characteristics of two vacuum tube triodes operating in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MESA/Boogie Ltd
    Inventor: Randall Smith
  • Patent number: 10873801
    Abstract: A speaker includes a casing, a first diaphragm and a second diaphragm. The casing encloses a first sound chamber and a second sound chamber independent of each other. The casing has a dividing wall, and the dividing wall blocks between the first sound chamber and the second sound chamber. The first diaphragm is disposed in the first sound chamber, the second diaphragm is disposed in the second sound chamber, and the vibration frequency of the second diaphragm is higher than the vibration frequency of the first diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: Ampacs Corporation, Dongguan Yi Xin Electronic Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hsiu-Chen Hsu
  • Patent number: 10869122
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to rest on a wearer's neck or shoulders, and has a first microphone positioned at a first position located on the right side of the wearer, when the apparatus is worn, and a second microphone positioned at a second position located on the left side of the wearer. A processor receives audio signals output by the first and second microphones, and compares the audio signals from the first microphone to the audio signals from the second microphone. Based on the comparison, the processor determines whether the wearer's head is rotated to the right, left, or center, during an instance of the user speaking. Based on the determination, the processor selects a first one of at least two audio signal destinations, and provides the audio signal from at least one of the microphones to the first selected audio signal destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: William Henry Arthur Voigt, Darren Abrams, William D. Rice, Pelham Norville, Noah Stupak, John Trotter
  • Patent number: 10869129
    Abstract: A method captures binaural sound of a voice of a first user with microphones located at left and rights ears of a dummy head. The dummy head transmits the voice of the first user to a portable electronic device with or near the first user. This portable electronic device transmits the binaural sound over one or more networks to another electronic device being used by a second user to communicate with the first user during the electronic call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Glen A. Norris, Philip Scott Lyren
  • Patent number: 10863269
    Abstract: Double-talk detection systems and methods are provided that include a plurality of microphones and array processing to detect when a vehicle occupant is speaking. One or more array processors combine the microphone signals to provide a primary signal and a reference signal. The responses of the primary signal and the reference signal are different in the direction of an occupant location. A comparison of energy content is made between the primary signal and reference signal to selectively indicate double-talk based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Elie Bou Daher, Cristian M. Hera, Vigneish Kathavarayan, Tobe Z. Barksdale
  • Patent number: 10861434
    Abstract: A noise-cancellation system, including: a plurality of sensors, each sensor outputting a sensor signal; a controller configured to receive each sensor signal, and, for each sensor signal, to: determine a power of the sensor signal at a plurality of frequencies; determine a measure of association between the power of the sensor signal at the plurality of frequencies and frequency; and determine whether the measure of association exceeds a predetermined threshold, wherein the processor is further configured to compute a noise-cancellation signal using the sensor signals, wherein the noise-cancellation signal is computed excluding sensor signals that were determined to exceed the predetermined threshold; and at least one actuator receiving the noise-cancellation signal and producing a noise-cancellation audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Ankita D. Jain
  • Patent number: 10848889
    Abstract: Image analysis of a video signal is performed to produce first metadata, and audio analysis of a multi-channel sound track associated with the video signal is performed to produce second metadata. A number of time segments of the sound track are processed, wherein each time segment is processed by either (i) spatial filtering of the audio signals or (ii) spatial rendering of the audio signals, not both, wherein for each time segment a decision was made to select between the spatial filtering or the spatial rendering, in accordance with the first and second metadata. A mix of the processed sound track and the video signal is generated. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Sheaffer, Joshua D. Atkins, Martin E. Johnson, Stuart J. Wood
  • Patent number: 10848711
    Abstract: A method including a dedicated device for simple, automatic, and immediate communication system for protected persons, who may for short or long term benefit from assistance, with oversight by an administrator, who manages which persons are trusted to communicate with the protected person through the system. In particular, the present invention focuses on pervasive presence, the system does not go to sleep, continually monitoring and measuring objective and subjective aspects of the protected person's experiences, states, and system states, including health and communication measures, maintains a schedule with reminders, and a series of adaptive prompts, for example, medications and appointments, social activities and engagements, and automatically and in a simple manner, connects the protected person with trusted persons and authorized services and features through an adaptive customizable interface, by a variety of means such as touch, audio and visual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SociAvi Company
    Inventor: Paula Muller
  • Patent number: 10848864
    Abstract: A liquid-resistant module can be formed as a laminated construct having a housing, a cap, and a port membrane to inhibit liquid from passing across the membrane. The housing defines an internal duct extending from an inlet port to an outlet region. The cap defines an acoustic port and extends across the outlet region of the housing. The port membrane is attached to the cap and extends across the acoustic passage. The port membrane inhibits passage of liquid water through the membrane at differential pressures across the membrane less than a threshold pressure differential, and yet is gas permeable. The module can provide a liquid-resistant seal with an enclosure of an electronic device, and an enclosed microphone transducer or an enclosed loudspeaker transducer can be attached to the cap such that a port opening to or from the transducer is aligned with the acoustic port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse A. Lippert, Nikolas T. Vitt, Shannon X. Yang, William Lukens, Trevor J. Ness
  • Patent number: 10841725
    Abstract: A method processes binaural sound to externally localize to a first user at a first location. This location is shared such that an electronic device processes the binaural sound to externally localize to a second user at a second location. The first and second locations occur at a same or similar location such that the first and second users hear the binaural sound as originating from the same or similar location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Philip Scott Lyren
  • Patent number: 10838107
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to sensors configured to measure acceleration and pressure. In various embodiments, an apparatus includes a first hydrophone sensor having a first piezoelectric material and a first housing structure and a second hydrophone sensor having a second piezoelectric material and a second housing structure. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a first pair of wires configured to provide a first differential voltage and a second pair of wires configured to provide a second differential voltage. The first pair of wires may be coupled to the first hydrophone sensor and the second pair of wires may be coupled to the second hydrophone sensor. In various embodiments, the apparatus is configured to determine, based on the first and second differential voltages, a pressure and an acceleration experienced by the first and second hydrophone sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Stig Rune Lennart Tenghamn, Frederick James Barr
  • Patent number: 10839815
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving a representation of a soundfield, the representation characterizing the soundfield around a point in space; decomposing the received representation into independent signals; and encoding the independent signals, wherein a quantization noise for any of the independent signals has a common spatial profile with the independent signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Willem Bastiaan Kleijn, Jan Skoglund, Sze Chie Lim