Patents Examined by Qin Zhu
  • Patent number: 11228828
    Abstract: Headphones includes a pair of cups, each housing a speaker to be positioned over an ear of a user, a microphone, a processor, an actuator to move a member of at least one of the cups to uncover at least a portion of the ear of the user to expose the user to ambient sound, a user control to active a training mode of the headphones in which the processor operates the microphone to record relevant sounds occurring when the training mode is activated, the processor to subsequently analyze ambient sounds external to the headphones that are received by the microphone and compare those ambient sounds to the recorded relevant sounds and the processor to selectively activate the actuator to uncover at least a portion of the ear of the user to expose the user to ambient sound in response to determining that the ambient sounds match the relevant sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David H. Hanes, Jon R. Dory, John Michael Main
  • Patent number: 11212631
    Abstract: Disclosed is an audio signal processing method including: receiving a stereo signal; transforming the stereo signal into a frequency-domain signal; rendering the first signal based on a first ipsilateral filter coefficient; generating a frontal ipsilateral signal relating to the frequency-domain signal; rendering the second signal based on a second ipsilateral filter coefficient; generating a side ipsilateral signal relating to the frequency-domain signal; rendering the second signal based on a contralateral filter coefficient; generating a side contralateral signal relating to the frequency-domain signal; transforming an ipsilateral signal, generated by mixing the frontal ipsilateral signal and the side ipsilateral signal, and the side contralateral signal into a time-domain ipsilateral signal and a time-domain contralateral signal, which are time-domain signals, respectively; and generating a binaural signal by mixing the time-domain ipsilateral signal and the time-domain contralateral signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: GAUDIO LAB, INC.
    Inventors: Sangbae Chon, Byoungjoon Ahn, Jaesung Choi, Hyunoh Oh, Jeonghun Seo, Taegyu Lee
  • Patent number: 11190869
    Abstract: A novel phantom-powered FET (field effect transistor) circuit for audio application is disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, a novel phantom-powered FET preamplifier gain circuit can minimize undesirable sound distortions and reduce the cost of producing a conventional preamplifier gain circuit. Moreover, in one embodiment of the invention, one or more novel rounded-edge magnets may be placed close to a ribbon of a ribbon microphone, wherein the one or more novel rounded-edge magnets reduce or minimize reflected sound wave interferences with the vibration of the ribbon during an operation of the ribbon microphone. Furthermore, in one embodiment of the invention, a novel backwave chamber operatively connected to a backside of the ribbon can minimize acoustic pressure, anomalies in frequency responses, and undesirable phase cancellation and doubling effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Rodger Cloud, Stephen Sank
  • Patent number: 11184729
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are related to a system and a method for synchronizing signal processing on audio channels. In one aspect, a system includes processors, each including an audio data input configured to receive audio data from multiple audio sources. In one aspect, each processor includes audio channels coupled to the audio data input, where each audio channel includes a corresponding processing chain configured to convert a sample rate of audio data from a corresponding audio source. Each processor may include a synchronization pulse generator configured to generate a corresponding synchronization pulse for each processing chain in response to a trigger pulse. The synchronization pulse generator may include a counter configured to generate an output having a phase based on a programmable initial condition of the counter, where the synchronization pulse for each processing chain is based on the counter output and a phase register value of the corresponding processing chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Konrad Wolf, Erick Alvarado
  • Patent number: 11176951
    Abstract: A method for processing a monophonic signal in a 3D audio decoder, including processing binauralizing decoded signals intended to be delivered spatially by a headset. The method is such that, on detection, in a datastream representative of the monophonic signal, of an indication of non-binauralization processing, which indication is associated with spatial delivery position information, the decoded monophonic signal is directed to a stereophonic rendering engine, which takes into account the position information to construct two delivery channels that are directly processed via a direct mixing that sums these two channels with a binauralized signal output from the binauralization processing, in order to be delivered via the headset. A decoder device that implements the processing method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventor: Gregory Pallone
  • Patent number: 11178503
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a system of rendering object-based audio content through a system that includes individually addressable drivers, including at least one driver that is configured to project sound waves toward one or more surfaces within a listening environment for reflection to a listening area within the listening environment; a renderer configured to receive and process audio streams and one or more metadata sets associated with each of the audio streams and specifying a playback location of a respective audio stream; and a playback system coupled to the renderer and configured to render the audio streams to a plurality of audio feeds corresponding to the array of audio drivers in accordance with the one or more metadata sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sripal S. Mehta, Brett G. Crockett, Spencer Hooks, Alan Seefeldt, Christophe Chabanne, C. Phillip Brown, Joshua B. Lando, Brad Basler, Stewart Murrie
  • Patent number: 11172318
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of rendering audio. The method includes deriving filters by defining a binaural error, defining an activation penalty, and minimizing a cost function that is a combination of the binaural error and the activation penalty. In this manner, the listening experience is improved by reducing the signal level output by loudspeakers further from an audio object's desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Alan J. Seefeldt
  • Patent number: 11159867
    Abstract: A microphone assembly comprises a substrate and an enclosure disposed on the substrate. A port is defined in one of the substrate or the enclosure. An acoustic transducer is configured to generate an electrical signal in response to acoustic activity. The acoustic transducer comprises a membrane separating a front volume from a back volume of the microphone assembly. The front volume is in fluidic communication with the port, and the back volume is filled with a first gas having a thermal conductivity lower than a thermal conductivity of air. An integrated circuit is electrically coupled to the acoustic transducer and configured to receive the electrical signal from the acoustic transducer. At least a portion of a boundary defining at least one of the front volume or the back volume is configured to have compliance so as to allow pressure equalization. The first gas is different from the second gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Loeppert, Michael Pedersen, Michael Kuntzman
  • Patent number: 11153707
    Abstract: A view can be presented with an augmented reality (AR) view of the space. The viewer can also initiate alterations to the environment based on the information and recommendations presented in the AR view. Current conditions, past trends, and forecasted future trends can be included in the creation of the AR displays. For example, the AR system can capture, archive, and predict audio to accompany an augmented reality or virtual reality experience. The audio presented with the experience can be from a real-time capture, an audio file captured in the past, and/or a simulated audio file representing an estimated past or future environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brittaney Zellner, Sameena Khan, Ryan Schaub, Barrett Kreiner, Ari Craine, Robert Koch
  • Patent number: 11153509
    Abstract: A distribution assistance apparatus and a distribution assistance method are provided. An input and output IF mixes a sound input from an HS microphone or a built-in microphone with a sound signal of distribution data received from a portable terminal and outputs the sound. Even when an addition process or an effect is applied to distribution data in the portable terminal, a sound input from the HS microphone or the built-in microphone can be output through a monitor at that point in time without causing a latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11140508
    Abstract: An apparatus, based on a first audio track of at least one audio track, the first audio track audibly presented to the user as spatial audio such that it is perceived to originate from a particular location and based on the user being within a predetermined distance of the particular location; configured to provide for a change in the audible presentation of the first audio track to the user from presentation as spatial audio to presentation as at least one of monophonic and stereophonic audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Eronen, Adriana Vasilache, Henri Toukomaa, Kari Juhani Järvinen, Sujeet Shyamsundar Mate
  • Patent number: 11133785
    Abstract: An amplifier for headphones including a current digital-to-analog converter (DAC) configured to output a current based on a digital audio input signal, an output electrically connected to a speaker and configured to output an output signal to the speaker, and a pulse width modulation (PWM) loop configured to receive an error signal, the error signal based on a difference between the current from the current DAC and a current of the output signal, and generate the output signal based on the error signal. The PWM loop includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) configured to receive an analog signal based on the current from the current DAC and output a digital signal representing the analog signal, and an encoder configured to receive the digital signal and output a pulse having a width based on the analog signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: AVNERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wai Laing Lee
  • Patent number: 11128944
    Abstract: A proximity detecting headphone device is provided, with a proximity sensor, plurality of output devices, data store having predetermined heat signatures, and a control circuit communicatively coupled to the proximity sensor, output device, and data store. The control circuit is configured to: capture, via the proximity sensor, proximity data within a threshold distance of the proximity detecting headphone device; determine, using the proximity data, a presence of a person within the threshold distance; generate an audio notification when the presence of the person within the threshold distance is determined; and transmit, via the plurality of output devices, the audio notification. The proximity detecting headphone device communicates with a computing device. The proximity sensor comprises a laser rangefinder that captures time-of-flight data. The predetermined heat signatures comprise the heat signatures of vehicles and persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Patricia Williams Smith, Neva Thompson, Carl Edward Williams, Kelvin DeWayne King
  • Patent number: 11113903
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for determining a maintenance issue are described. An audio signal is obtained and analyzed to generate an audio signature. A characteristic of a component is identified based on the audio signature and an action is determined based on the characteristic of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11115765
    Abstract: One example may include a method that includes receiving, at a presentation server, an audio data signal from a mobile device located in a presentation space, identifying a mobile device identification characteristic of the mobile device based on the received audio data signal, determining a mobile device location via a location determination procedure, and playing the audio signal via a loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Biamp Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas William Metzar, Richard S. Juszkiewicz, Matthew V. Kotvis, Jason E. Damori
  • Patent number: 11115775
    Abstract: An acoustic crosstalk canceller is determined for an asymmetric audio playback device, by determining a transfer function of an acoustic stereo playback path having asymmetries defined by speakers of the playback device. The transfer function is inverted to determine an inverse transfer function. The inverse transfer function is regularised by applying frequency dependent regularisation parameters to obtain an acoustic crosstalk canceller. Also, the inverse transfer function could be regularised for symmetric playback paths by applying aggregated frequency dependent regularisation parameters to obtain an acoustic crosstalk canceller without band branching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Vitaliy Sapozhnykov
  • Patent number: 11109178
    Abstract: A method (910) for rendering an audio signal in a virtual reality rendering environment (180) is described. The method (910) comprises rendering (911) an origin audio signal of an audio source (311, 312, 313) from an origin source position on an origin sphere (114) around an origin listening position (301) of a listener (181). Furthermore, the method (900) comprises determining (912) that the listener (181) moves from the origin listening position (301) to a destination listening position (302). In addition, the method (900) comprises determining (913) a destination source position of the audio source (311, 312, 313) on a destination sphere (114) around the destination listening position (302) based on the origin source position, and determining (914) a destination audio signal of the audio source (311, 312, 313) based on the origin audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Leon Terentiv, Christof Fersch, Daniel Fischer
  • Patent number: 11107489
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a generator, an output controller, and an echo canceller. The generator generates an output sound signal by combining an over-the-phone sound signal with a system sound signal different from the over-the-phone sound signal. The output controller outputs, to a loudspeaker, the output sound signal generated by the generator. The echo canceller cancels the output sound signal from an input sound signal input via a microphone located in a vicinity of the loudspeaker. The output controller suppresses a level of the system sound signal to be output from the loudspeaker so as not to be greater than a predetermined value within a range in which a volume value for the over-the-phone sound signal is settable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Katsuaki Hikima, Atsushi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11107454
    Abstract: An audio processing device (100) includes a correction microphone (110), a reference microphone (120), a classification unit (130), an active noise cancellation (ANC) unit (140), and a speaker (150). The correction microphone is arranged in an area adjacent to an ear of a user of the device and picks up acoustic signals in the area and outputs same as a correction signal. The reference microphone picks up surrounding noises (124) from a surrounding area of the user and outputs same as a reference signal. The classification unit receives the reference signal and splits the reference signal corresponding to a spectrum and amplitude thereof into signal components of two or more classes and outputs a classified signal. The ANC unit receives and processes the correction signal based on the classified signal and outputs a corresponding audio signal. The speaker receives the audio signal and provides a corresponding acoustic signal output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Achim Volmer, Michael Brodersen, Jens Reermann
  • Patent number: 11102579
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing cross-talk between transmitted audio signals and received audio in a headset. The headset includes one or more of a set of earphones, a headset frame, a microphone boom with an array of MEMS microphone configured to isolate the earphone audio from the microphone audio, a VOX circuit, low crosstalk cable(s), and/or other components. Sets of microphones may be enabled and/or disabled to reduce cross-talk between received audio signals and transmitted audio signals. The VOX circuit is configured to reduce cross-talk between received audio signals and transmitted audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: H.M. Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Butten, Karl Knoblock, Robert Snyder