Patents Examined by Oyesola C Ojo
  • Patent number: 10250963
    Abstract: A wearable monitoring system includes a microelectromechanical (MEMS) microphone to receive acoustic signal data through skin of a user. An integrated circuit chip is bonded to and electrically connected to the MEMS microphone. A portable power source is connected to at least the integrated circuit chip. A flexible substrate is configured to encapsulate and affix the MEMS microphone and the integrated circuit chip to the skin of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Li-Wen Hung, John U. Knickerbocker
  • Patent number: 10244322
    Abstract: A space frame reinforced tweeter dome is disclosed. The tweeter dome includes a space frame and a convex diaphragm attached to the space frame. The space frame can include a crown portion in the form of a triangular frame and three leg portions each extending from a corresponding vertex of the triangular frame. Each leg portion has a distal foot adapted for connection to a voice coil former for movement therewith. The convex diaphragm can be comprised of a soft, e.g., textile, material while the space frame is comprised of rigid material such as metal. The space frame reinforced tweeter dome is free from ringing while being sufficiently rigid to follow the enormous accelerations of a music signal at high frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: YG ACOUSTICS LLC
    Inventor: Yoav Vince Geva
  • Patent number: 10237660
    Abstract: An electronic device including a frame member suitable for use with an audio driver is disclosed. The frame member may include a recessed region that receives the audio driver. The frame member may further include a flange member surrounding the recessed region. The frame member may be formed from a material having a relatively high coefficient of thermal conductivity. Accordingly, the frame member can dissipate thermal energy (heat) generated from the audio driver. In addition, the frame member may be seated in an enclosure of an electronic device in a manner that allows the frame member to pass the thermal energy to the enclosure. Also, the frame member may include a ferromagnetic material, which may cause the frame member to direct magnetic flux from a magnet of the audio driver in a desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. McBroom, Bartley K. Andre, Mikael M. Silvanto, Matthew A. Donarski, Alexander V. Salvatti, Daniel K. Boothe, Ryan J. Mihelich, Sabrina K. Paseman
  • Patent number: 10212682
    Abstract: The present subject matter includes a system for communications between a transmitter and a receiver. In various embodiments, the system uses a sleep interval to allow the receiver to go to sleep between wake up times to “sniff” for transmissions from the transmitter. The system adjusts the length of the preamble of the transmitted signal or a repetition of packets to allow the receiver to detect a transmitted signal based on drift in the clocks of the system. In various embodiments, a receive channel is changed if a signal is not received at a prior channel selection. In various embodiments, the transmission is determined by detection of an event. In various embodiments, the event is an ear-to-ear event. In various embodiments, the receiver and transmitter are in opposite hearing aids adapted to be worn by one wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Solum, Randall A. Kroenke
  • Patent number: 10200798
    Abstract: A headpiece for use with a cochlear implant including a headpiece housing, a retention magnet within the headpiece housing that generates a retention magnetic field, the retention magnet including a bottom surface that faces the cochlear implant, a top surface opposite the bottom surface, and an outer radial surface between the top and bottom surfaces, an induction coil within the headpiece housing that transmits audio signals to the cochlear implant by generating a telemetry magnetic field, and a retention flux guide within the headpiece housing and adjacent to the top surface of the retention magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: Scott A. Crawford, Douglas P. Lynch, Carla Mann Woods, Glen A. Griffith
  • Patent number: 10200782
    Abstract: A speaker structure includes a speaker box, a speaker unit, and an elastic component. An air pressure inside the speaker box is lower than that outside the speaker box. The speaker unit is disposed on the speaker box and includes a first vibrating assembly. The elastic component is disposed in the speaker box and connected to the first vibrating assembly and the speaker box in the speaker unit. When the speaker unit operates, the first vibrating assembly of the speaker unit vibrates, and the elastic component produces a pre-force correspondingly, the total pressure of the pre-force and the air pressure inside the speaker box equals to the air pressure outside the speaker box to balance the first vibrating assembly at an equilibrium position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Lai-Shi Huang, Yen-Hsin Ho
  • Patent number: 10200651
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may capture images using a camera system at a location associated with a user, transmit video content representative of the images over a network for presentation by another media processor at another location, receive at a media processor media content and second video content representative of second images that are associated with the second user, and present at a display device of the location the media content and the second video content in a telepresence configuration that simulates a presence of the other user at the location, where at least one of the media content and the video content is presented as three dimensional content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tara Hines, Andrea Basso, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 10194226
    Abstract: A device for detecting acoustic waves may include a housing having a housing wall with an inner surface, and an acoustic wave sensor provided at least partially inside the housing and configured to detect acoustic waves. The inner surface of the housing wall is made in at least half of its entire area of a thermally insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Alfons Dehe, David Tumpold, Gueclue Onaran
  • Patent number: 10181830
    Abstract: A method for operating a user device includes playing a media content on a screen, detecting a user input for lowering a volume of the media content, and decreasing the volume of the media content in response to the user input, determining whether a user input enters a play control zone after the detection of the user input for lowering the volume, and performing a pause of the media content in response to the user input entering the play control zone. A user device includes a touch screen configured to receive a user input for controlling a volume of the media content, and a controller configured to decrease the volume of the media content in response to a user input for decreasing a volume during playing of the media content, and perform a pause of the media content when the user input enters a play control zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinwan An, Yonggil Han
  • Patent number: 10178463
    Abstract: A pair of headphones including an adjustable headphone band. The headphone band can include an inner member and an outer member. The headphones can further include a braking mechanism disposed between the inner member and the outer member, and an earcup attachment feature. In some embodiments, the braking mechanism can include a brake pad and a brake pad cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christina J. Smiechowski
  • Patent number: 10171919
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides nano-scale heaters, such as nano-scale thermoacoustic loudspeakers comprising suspended metal nanobridges prepared using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The loudspeakers of the invention are capable of producing audible sound when stimulated with an electrical current or other energetic stimulus. In another aspect, the present invention provides methods of preparing and using such nanodevices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Victor M. Bright, Joseph J. Brown
  • Patent number: 10165371
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an electronic device 1 has a panel 20, a housing 10 that holds the panel 20, and a piezoelectric element 30 installed on the rear side of the panel 20, wherein the piezoelectric element 30 is installed at a position that allows for the vibration amplitude of the panel 20 to become the highest on the side closer to the center of the panel 20 in the longitudinal direction from the installed position of the piezoelectric element 30. The electronic device is capable of causing an entire panel to vibrate in a stable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeo Ishii, Yukihiro Matsui, Hiroshi Hamada, Keiichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10165353
    Abstract: An earphone is provided that has two diaphragms that are stretched on a frame and that are driven by means of an electroacoustic sound transducer that is not provided in the region of the two diaphragms. Instead, the sound transducer is acoustically coupled to the two diaphragms via a sound duct. The sound transducer preferably has a front and a rear volume, wherein the front volume of the sound transducer drives the two (parallel) diaphragms via the sound duct. This allows the provision of no electroacoustic reproduction transducer in the central region of the earpiece of an earphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: David Schunack, Christian Grone
  • Patent number: 10154351
    Abstract: A hearing aid communication system and a hearing aid communication method thereof are disclosed. The hearing aid communication method includes the following steps: determining whether the sound-providing apparatus is providing a digital signal; when the sound-providing apparatus is providing a digital signal, establishing a connection with the hearing aid; determining whether the digital signal has a sound signal; if the digital signal has the sound signal, further informing the hearing aid able to execute a streaming mode; receiving the digital signal to be transferred to the hearing aid; when the sound-providing apparatus has stopped providing the digital signal with a sound signal, notifying the hearing aid that it can stop executing the streaming mode; and when the sound-providing apparatus is not providing the digital signal, breaking the connection with the hearing aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: UNLIMITER MFA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuan-Li Chao, Kuo-Ping Yang
  • Patent number: 10154336
    Abstract: To reduce the driving loss in the diaphragm, and to ensure a good sound output in the wide bandwidth. It includes a circular coil bobbin at least partly disposed between a yoke and a magnet, a coil wound around the coil bobbin, the coil being configured to be moved with the coil bobbin where a driving current is supplied to the coil, a piezoelectric element having one end coupled to one end of the coil bobbin in a movement direction, the piezoelectric element being configured to be expanded and contracted and moved in a direction same as the movement direction where an electric current is supplied to the piezoelectric element, and a diaphragm having an inner circumference part coupled to another end of the piezoelectric element, and a coupled part of the diaphragm to the piezoelectric element and a coupled part of the piezoelectric element to the coil bobbin are positioned on a straight line in the movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Takahisa Tagami, Nobukazu Suzuki, Kaneaki Fujishita
  • Patent number: 10154348
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein relate to, among other things, a transducer capable of producing acoustic and tactile stimulation. The transducer includes a rigid mass element disposed on the diaphragm of a speaker. The mass element may optionally be removable and may have a mass selected such that the resonant frequency of the transducer falls within the range of frequencies present in an input electrical audio signal. The systems and methods advantageously benefits from both the fidelity and audio performance of a full-range speaker while simultaneously producing high-fidelity, adjustable and palpable haptic vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Immerz, Inc.
    Inventor: Shahriar S. Afshar
  • Patent number: 10154355
    Abstract: A hearing device includes: a first antenna; a first transceiver coupled to the first antenna and configured to wirelessly receive one or more audio streams from an audio system, the one or more audio streams including a first audio stream; a primary processing unit; an acoustic output transducer coupled to an output of the primary processing unit; a secondary processing unit with a first input coupled to an output of the first transceiver for receiving a first wireless input signal representative of the first audio stream from the first transceiver; a position controller for determining position data, the position controller having an output for sending a position control signal to the secondary processing unit; and at least one microphone coupled to the secondary processing unit; wherein the secondary processing unit is configured to process the first wireless input signal from the first transceiver based on the position control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventors: Jesper Udesen, Adam Weisser
  • Patent number: 10149062
    Abstract: The present invention disclosed a loudspeaker module, comprising an inner cavity enclosed by a shell, a voice coil and an FPCB installed in the inner cavity, leading wires of the voice coil and a flexible connection part between the leading wires and the FPCB, wherein one end of the flexible connection part is connected with a free end of the leading wires, and the other end thereof is connected with the FPCB; and the flexible connection part is suspended in the inner cavity through the leading wires and the FPCB. In the loudspeaker module of this invention, the leading wires can be vibrated with the flexible connection part, thereby effectively preventing the leading wires from falling and fracturing at the connection position, improving the reliability of the loudspeaker module, and simultaneously avoiding the large space demand and resonance caused by elongated leading wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Goertek Inc
    Inventors: Zhibing Zhang, Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 10148242
    Abstract: An electronic device for reproducing data and a method thereof are provided. The electronic device includes a memory; and a processor. The processor is configured to determine a spatial characteristic of a space where content is reproduced, store the spatial characteristic in the memory, and change a sound of the content based on the spatial characteristic when the content is reproduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jae-Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10149080
    Abstract: A method relates to manufacturing a sound output apparatus. The method includes processing a flat metal plate to have a shape with through-holes; forming a cylindrical grille by bonding two sides of the processed flat metal panel to each other so that a side corresponding to the upper end of the main shape forms an upper end of the grille and a side corresponding to the lower end of the main shape forms a lower end of the grille. The upper end of the grille is deformed to correspond to a shape of a cover by inserting the cover into an opening formed in an upper surface of the grille. A lower end of the grille is deformed to correspond to a shape of the lower-end holding portion formed in the base, by inserting the lower-end holding portion into a lower opening formed in the grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Sangin Kim