Patents Examined by Olisa Anwah
  • Patent number: 11218826
    Abstract: A loudspeaker system including a loudspeaker array, an audio controller, and one or more insertable columns are provided. The loudspeaker array is configured to playback an audio output in a listening environment. The audio controller is configured to provide the audio output to the loudspeaker array. The one or more insertable columns is positioned between the audio controller and the loudspeaker to adjust a height of the loudspeaker array relative to the audio controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Charles Sprinkle
  • Patent number: 11217267
    Abstract: A method, performed by an electronic device, of identifying location information of an external includes: obtaining map information including location information for each time interval of a mobile device based on the mobile device moving while generating noise near the external device; obtaining audio signal information about an audio signal including the noise generated by the mobile device, the audio signal being collected by a microphone of the external device; identifying, from the audio signal information, a time point at which a noise level of the noise generated by the mobile device is highest; obtaining, from the map information, location information of the mobile device corresponding to the identified time point; and identifying the location information of the external device based on the obtained location information of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Changwoo Han, Minkyu Shin, Jonguk Yoo, Dokyun Lee, Kangseok Choi
  • Patent number: 11216716
    Abstract: A memory chip capable of performing artificial intelligence operation and an operation method thereof are provided. The memory chip includes a memory array and an artificial intelligence engine. The memory array is configured to store input feature data and a plurality of weight data. The input feature data includes a plurality of first subsets, and each of the weight data includes a plurality of second subsets. The artificial intelligence engine includes a plurality of feature detectors. The artificial intelligence engine is configured to access the memory array to obtain the input feature data and the weight data. Each of the feature detectors selects at least one of the second subsets from the corresponding weight data as a selected subset based on a weight index, and the feature detectors perform a neural network operation based on the selected subsets and the corresponding first subsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Winbond Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Ren-Shuo Liu, Cheng-Hsuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 11216510
    Abstract: Text of an incomplete message entered by a user may be processed using a neural network to suggest messages similar to the message the user is in the process of entering. Word embeddings may be obtained for the words of the text that represent the words in a first vector space. The word embeddings may then be processed by the neural network to compute an input message feature vector that represents the incomplete message in a second vector space. The input message feature vector may be used to select a first designated message as a suggestion from a set of designated messages, and the first designated message may be selected using a similarity score computed from the input message feature vector and a first designated message feature vector corresponding to the first designated message. The first designated message may then be presented as a suggestion to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: ASAPP, INC.
    Inventors: Lisa Lijia Jiang, Tao Lei, Shawn Henry
  • Patent number: 11212620
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a screen sounding device, including a screen, a frame and an electromagnetic driving module. The electromagnetic driving module includes an electromagnet, a magnetic conduction base and a magnetic conduction covering plate. The strength of the driving force can be controlled by changing the magnitude of the electric current flowing into the coil, which can provide a greater driving force to obtain a better sound effect. In addition, the driving module of the present invention has a simple structure and can be easily installed; the vibration amplitude of the screen is small, and the sounding device can be made thinner and smaller; compared with the traditional speaker and receiver, the structure such as the diaphragm is omitted, and the manufacturing cost is lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhaoxian Chen, Lubin Mao
  • Patent number: 11212633
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method, comprising: receiving, by a media processor including a processor, spherical audiovisual media content from a content delivery network; rendering, by the media processor, video for a point of view in the spherical audiovisual media content at a display device coupled to the media processor; receiving, from a remote control device coupled to the media processor, a control signal panning the point of view, resulting in a new field of view; and generating, by the media processor, audio signals from the spherical audiovisual media content corresponding to the new field of view, wherein the audio signals are adapted to audio reproduction equipment coupled to the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Manuel Briand
  • Patent number: 11212632
    Abstract: A method of processing each of a first plurality of temporal windows of first and second input audio signals to generate first and second output audio signals comprises (a) detecting a time offset between respective portions of the first and second input audio signals corresponding to a given temporal window by: (i) detecting a correlation between one or more properties of the respective portions according to each of a group of candidate time offsets under test; and (ii) selecting, as a detected time offset for the given temporal window, an offset for which the detecting step (i) detects a correlation which meets a predetermined criterion such as greatest correlation; and (b) for each of a second plurality of temporal windows, generating a portion of the first and second output signals by applying a relative delay between portions of the first and second input audio signals in order to correct one or both of the input audio signals to generate a pair of output audio signals (such as a stereo pair) having a re
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: SONY EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Emmanuel Deruty
  • Patent number: 11204440
    Abstract: One example system for insect detection includes a block of material defining a transit opening and a sensing opening, the transit opening defined along a first axis in a first direction, and the sensing opening defined to provide a light path to traverse a cross-section of the transit opening; a light emitter positioned at a first end of the sensing opening and oriented to project light through the sensing opening and across the transit opening; and a plurality of light detectors positioned at a second end of the sensing opening and oriented to receive the projected light and to output detector signals based on an amount of detected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventor: Jianyi Liu
  • Patent number: 11205436
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a receiver and a decoder. The receiver is configured to receive a bitstream that includes a first frame and a second frame. The first frame includes a first portion of a mid channel and a first quantized stereo parameter. The second frame includes a second portion of the mid channel and a second quantized stereo parameter. The decoder is configured to generate a first portion of a channel based on the first portion of the mid channel and the first quantized stereo parameter. The decoder is configured to, in response to the second frame being unavailable for decoding operations, estimate the second quantized stereo parameter based on stereo parameters of one or more preceding frames and generate a second portion of the channel based on the estimated second quantized stereo parameter. The second portion of the channel corresponds to a decoded version of the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Venkata Subrahmanyam Chandra Sekhar Chebiyyam, Venkatraman Atti
  • Patent number: 11202146
    Abstract: An IP speaker system is disclosed that includes an IP speaker connected to one or more external analog speakers. The IP speaker comprises a CPU that provides an audio data stream for transmission to a first amplifier and a second amplifier. The first amplifier outputs a first analog audio signal at a first power level for driving an internal driver of the IP speaker, and the second amplifier outputs a second analog audio signal at a second power level for driving one or more external drivers of the one or more external analog speakers. The CPU supervises the one or more external analog speakers so as to detect any speaker failure, disconnection, short or other change in operational status. The IP speaker also comprises a power circuit that receives electrical power transmitted over a network cable as its input power and provides output power available for consumption by the IP speaker and the one or more external analog speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Zoehner
  • Patent number: 11202150
    Abstract: An audio control device for a vehicle is provided. The audio control device includes control circuitry that is communicatively coupled to one or more audio reproduction devices of the vehicle. From one or more sensors associated with the vehicle, the control circuitry receives one or more signals. corresponding to a detection of a plurality of objects in a physical space surrounding the vehicle. The control circuitry determines a scene of the physical space, based on the plurality of objects. The control circuitry determines distance between a first object of the detected plurality of objects and the vehicle, based on the received one or more signals. The control circuitry adjusts one or more audio parameters of the audio reproduction devices, based on the determined scene and the determined distance. The control circuitry controls the audio reproduction devices to reproduce a first audio output based on the adjusted audio parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Hoover
  • Patent number: 11192169
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a process of machining a metal middle frame, which includes the following steps of: obtaining a sheet material and cutting the sheet material into a linear profile; performing a finish machining to the linear profile; bending the linear profile after the finish machining, obtaining a metal border frame with an R angle; welding the metal border frame; and placing the metal border frame after the welding in a die-casting mold, providing a die-casting metal liquid, thereby obtaining a die-cast middle plate connected to the metal border frame, so as to form the metal middle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Xiangsheng Ren, Lidong Wang
  • Patent number: 11196400
    Abstract: A method for controlling a mobile terminal, the method including generating a first sound based on first information related to audio output; generating second information related to the audio output based on the first information and features of the first sound; and adjusting a volume or a frequency of a second sound based on the second information and outputting the second sound with adjusted volume or adjusted frequency, in which the first sound comprises a first sub-sound output through a speaker, a second sub-sound output from a case of the mobile terminal that is vibrated by the first sub-sound, and a third sub-sound output by a resting surface that comes in contact with the case of the mobile terminal and is vibrated by vibration of the case of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Taehyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11190882
    Abstract: Provided is a terminal device. The terminal device includes: a housing; a display screen installed on the housing; a piezoelectric body parallel to the display screen and including a fixed end and a free end, the fixed end being fixed on the housing, and the free end being opposite to the fixed end and being configured to vibrate under driving of an audio signal; and a vibrating body arranged between the display screen and the piezoelectric body, fixedly connected with the free end, and configured to vibrate in a direction perpendicular to the display screen with the vibration of the free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoujing Zhu, Diyun Xiang, Pengfei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11190865
    Abstract: A display module and a mobile terminal are provided. The display module comprises a display panel comprising an earpiece area; and a vibration function layer disposed on a surface of the display panel and used to make mechanical vibrations under control of electric signals to generate sound waves; wherein the vibration function layer comprises an actuator and a vibration layer, the actuator comprises a vibrator disposed in the earpiece area and sound insulation sections disposed on one edge of the earpiece area, and the sound insulation sections are used to stop the sound waves of the earpiece area located on one side of the sound insulation sections from propagating to an opposite side of the sound insulation sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongxiang Zhou, Chunhung Huang, Yucheng Tsai, Tengteng Shi
  • Patent number: 11182199
    Abstract: A signal processor includes a memory storing instructions and a processor that implements the stored instructions to execute a plurality of tasks, the tasks including a first input task configured to obtain a first audio signal of a first channel, a second input task configured to obtain a second audio signal of a second channel, a first signal processing task configured to perform a first signal processing on the input first audio signal, a second signal processing task configured to perform a second signal processing on the input second audio signal, and a control task configured to, when the second input task does not obtain the second audio signal, cause the second signal processing task to perform the second signal processing on the input first audio signal having undergone the first signal processing by the first signal processing task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Ryotaro Aoki, Akihiko Suyama, Tatsuya Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 11184702
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed in which a playback device transmits a first sound signal including a predetermined waveform. In one example, the playback device receives a second sound signal including at least one reflection of the first sound signal. The second sound signal is processed to determine a location of a person relative to the playback device, and a characteristic of audio reproduction by the playback device is selected, based on the determined location of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Frank
  • Patent number: 11184583
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) device may include or accommodate a viewer through a barrier. For example, an A/V device may include a first component for installation on an exterior surface of a door, a second component for installation on an interior surface of the door, a viewer that extends through an opening in the door, and a flexible connector that electrically couples the first component and the second component. The A/V device may enable use of an existing hole in the door as part of a door viewer, while also providing the functionality of an A/V device. For example, the A/V device may be configured to receive an input using a button on the first component, generate image data using a camera on the first component, and send the image data to a network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Siminoff, Matthew J. England, James Siminoff, Michael Jason Mitura
  • Patent number: 11176438
    Abstract: Provided are a neural network system, an application processor including the same, and a method of operating the neural network system. The neural network system includes an operation allocating manager configured to divide a request including a plurality of operations for neural network processing into a plurality of sub-requests each including at least one operation, allocate the plurality of sub-requests to dedicated hardware and one or more pieces of general-purpose hardware, and allocate memories for input and output for each of the plurality of sub-requests based on cost information indicating respective costs needed for hardware to access the memories; and a neural network device configured to execute the sub-requests by using the dedicated hardware and the one or more pieces of general-purpose hardware according to a result of the operation allocation. The operation allocating manager allocates different memories to at least two sub-requests of the plurality of sub-requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Seung-soo Yang
  • Patent number: 11168882
    Abstract: A behavior inducement system includes: a communication unit which obtains information from a household device, an information communication device, and a behavior detector which detects a behavior; and a control unit which controls a lighting device having a music playback function based on the information obtained by the communication unit. The communication unit obtains, from the information communication device, inducement information indicating condition related to inducement, obtains, from the household device, household device information indicating a state of the household device, and obtains, from the behavior detector, behavior information indicating the behavior. The control unit causes the lighting device to start playback of music via the communication unit when the state satisfies the condition, and, based on the behavior information, the control unit adjusts, after the start of the playback of the music, time required for the lighting device to complete the playback of the music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Yuka Yamamoto, Tomoko Takenaga