Patents Examined by Ryan Robinson
  • Patent number: 10999665
    Abstract: A speaker includes a frame, a magnetic circuit and a deflectable diaphragm. The frame supports the magnetic circuit and the deflectable diaphragm. The magnetic circuit includes a yoke, permanent magnet, top plate and a voice coil former. The voice coil former includes a voice coil wrapped around a lower portion of the perimeter. In an embodiment, an inner wall of T-Yoke forms a through hole along the height of the T-Yoke. A lead wire fixture is positioned at least partially within the through hole. The lead wire fixture includes a cable that is spliced or stripped into one or more lead wires that electrically couples with the voice coil. In an embodiment, the cable, the lead wire fixture, and the lead wires are pre-assembled or integrated into a component. This integration helps to reduce the height and width of the speaker and helps to create a more compact speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: GUOGUANG ELECTRIC CORP. LTD.
    Inventors: Hanxiong Huang, Hongfei Zhao, George Shaolin Wei
  • Patent number: 10999672
    Abstract: This application is directed to acoustic chambers that can be incorporated into headsets to improve consistency of sound reproduction between a left and right earcup. Headsets, especially wireless headsets, need to hold many different components within the earcups (e.g., batteries, wireless components, etc.). As earcups are required to hold more components, imbalances between left and right can result. For example, a left earcup might hold a battery, while a right earcup holds wireless charging components. Differences between left and right components can ultimately result in sound reproduction inconsistencies between left and right earcups. Embodiments of the inventive subject matter create consistent acoustic chambers for both left and right earcups so that sound reproduction between the earcups is unaffected by components housed within each earcup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Kingston Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kai Lin Shen, Peter Leekuo Chou, Chia-Hsiang Chang
  • Patent number: 10999682
    Abstract: An arrangement for generating vibration according to an electrical input signal includes a first permanent magnet arrangement including a first permanent magnet, a frame including magnetic material, a second permanent magnet configured to be arranged between the first permanent magnet and the frame and to be coupled with the frame, one or more portion of the frame extending at least in one direction over an edge area of the second permanent magnet. The second permanent magnet is further configured to face, at a distance, the first permanent magnet such that a magnetic interaction between the first permanent magnet and the second permanent magnet causes a first force to a surface of an apparatus, wherein the frame is configured to be magnetized by the second permanent magnet in order to cause magnetic interaction between the one or more portion of the frame and the first permanent magnet arrangement in order to cause a second force to the surface having an opposite direction compared with the first force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PS Audio Design Oy
    Inventors: Petri Soronen, Vesa Kajanus, Petteri Luukkanen, Harri Kankaanpää
  • Patent number: 10999670
    Abstract: Aspects describe an earpiece with structure for positioning and retaining the earpiece and with structure for sealing against the entrance to the ear canal. According to aspects, the retaining structure has at least one substantially elliptical leg configured to follow the curve of the anti-helix and/or the cymba concha at the rear of the concha. The leg increases in thickness from a tip of the earpiece towards the body of the earpiece. The sealing structure is substantially frusto-conical and extends from a nozzle. The nozzle is angled to align with ear geometry. In an example, he sealing structure has a slight radius on an outer surface of the sealing structure. In another example, the sealing structure has a substantially constant thickness from the nozzle to the wide end of the sealing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Andrew Zalisk, Thomas Aquinas Nilsen
  • Patent number: 10993012
    Abstract: A set of earphones enable a user to automatically activate and/or deactivate an electronic device. The earphones comprise an electronic device controller which controls the operation of an electronic device. The controller is configured to send a signal to an electronic device activation circuit which operates the electronic device based upon a coupling status of the earbuds with the one or more magnetically attractable surfaces and/or one or more magnets. The earphones are usable with an electronic device that is able to be customized to blend in with its background such as when worn with specific clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Snik LLC
    Inventor: Rob Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 10993029
    Abstract: An audio system on a headset presents audio content via tissue conduction to an inner ear of a first ear of a user. The system monitors, via one or more sensors on the headset, data about the presented audio content. The one or more sensors including at least one sensor configured to capture data about the presented audio content at a second ear of the user. The system estimates array transfer functions (ATFs) associated with the data, and generates sound filters for the transducer array using the estimated ATFs. The system presents adjusted audio content based in part on the sound filters. The adjusted audio content has a damped region at the second ear such that the amplitude of the adjusted audio content at the first ear has a higher amplitude than at the second ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Ryan Donley, Morteza Khaleghimeybodi
  • Patent number: 10993013
    Abstract: A set of headphones and audio system comprises a first set of buttons for controlling a volume level of transmitted audio to the headphones and a second set of buttons for controlling a volume level of external audio played by the headphones. The transmitted audio comprises audio received from an audio source such as an electronic device and the external audio comprises surrounding ambient noise received by a microphone coupled to the headphones. With the first set of controls and the second set of controls a user is able to adjust the volume level of the transmitted audio and the volume level of the external audio in order to listen to the transmitted audio while still interacting with the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Snik LLC
    Inventor: Rob Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 10993034
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a speaker including a housing, a vibration unit received in the housing, a magnetic circuit unit, flexible circuit boards, and conductive terminals. The housing includes an upper cover and a holder. The housing includes an upper cover and a holder. The holder includes a holder body and extension portions extending from the holder body. The extension portion includes a groove formed by inwardly recessing from a side surface of the extension portion facing away from the receiving space, and a through hole formed by recessing from a top end of the extension portion and communicating with the groove. One end of the flexible circuit board is received in the groove, and the conductive terminal passes through the through hole to be fixedly connected to the flexible circuit board. The present disclosure also provides a method for manufacturing the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Dai Feng
  • Patent number: 10993009
    Abstract: An earphone with a first acoustic cavity, a second acoustic cavity, and an electro-acoustic transducer configured to deliver acoustic energy into the first and second acoustic cavities. A port acoustically couples one of the first and second acoustic cavities to a different volume. The port comprises an opening with a mesh structure that is insert molded into the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Cedrik Bacon, Daniel R. Collins, Natalie Zucker, Keith L. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10993035
    Abstract: A magnet system (100) for an electromechanical transducer has a first set (2) of magnets and a second set (4) of magnets. The first set (2) of magnets has a first, inner annular magnet (6) and a first outer, annular magnet (8), and the second set (4) of magnets has a second, inner annular magnet (10) and a second, outer annular magnet (12). The first, inner annular magnet (6) is arranged in the interior of the first outer annular magnet (8), and the second inner annular magnet (10) is arranged in the interior of the second outer annular magnet (12). The magnetic polarity in respect of the first, inner annular magnet (6), the first, outer annular magnet (8), the second, inner annular magnet (10), and of the second, outer annular magnet (12) has a direction (Y) corresponding to a direction perpendicular to the annular extension (X) of the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Upper Level APS
    Inventor: Michael Børresen
  • Patent number: 10993044
    Abstract: The present invention provides a MEMS device such as a capacitive MEMS microphone that comprises a new design of air flow restrictor having a pair of continuous looped insert and trench. An air channel/space includes a first internal wall and a second internal wall for air to flow between. A continuous looped trench is recessed from the first internal wall, and a continuous looped insert is extended from the second internal wall and inserted into the trench. The spatial relationship between the insert and the trench can vary or oscillate. Air resistance of the channel/space may be controlled by the trench's depth. The invention has a significant effect on, for example, keeping the sound frequency response plot more flat on the low frequency part ranging from 20 Hz to 1000 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GMEMS TECH SHENZHEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Guanghua Wu, Xingshuo Lan
  • Patent number: 10993050
    Abstract: A joint spectral gain adaption module, which comprises: an aided-ear loudness model, wherein an aided-ear loudness spectrum is obtained by performing computations on an aided-ear threshold elevation profile and a spectrum selected from the group consisting of an input spectrum and a first spectrum derived from the input spectrum; a bare-ear loudness model, wherein a bare-ear loudness spectrum is obtained by performing computations on a bare-ear threshold elevation profile, and a modified spectrum previously obtained; and a spectrum shaping sub-module, wherein the modified spectrum previously obtained is passed to the bare-ear loudness model as an input, and a modified spectrum and a linear spectral gain vector are obtained by performing computations on the input spectrum, the bare-ear loudness spectrum, and a loudness spectrum selected from the group consisting of the aided-ear loudness spectrum and a first loudness spectrum derived from the aided-ear loudness spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: INVICTUMTECH INC
    Inventor: Ming-Luen Liou
  • Patent number: 10993053
    Abstract: A hearing device includes: an input transducer for providing an electrical signal representing ambient sound, a sound processor for processing the electrical signal, an output transducer, an extractor cord, attached to the housing, for removing and/or inserting the hearing device in the ear canal of the wearer, an antenna unit for reception and/or emission of electromagnetic energy, the antenna unit being at least partly disposed within the extractor cord, a communication unit, and a coaxial cable configured as a transmission line connecting the communication unit and the antenna unit. The coaxial cable is configured to transfer a signal from the communication unit to the antenna unit and/or from the antenna unit to the communication unit, so as to minimize parasitic effects on the antenna unit. The coaxial cable includes a shield and the shield of the coaxial cable is terminated at a battery inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Poul Henriksen, Jens Troelsen
  • Patent number: 10993052
    Abstract: A method for selecting audio input from a microphone of a hearing device or a microphone of a mobile device comprising: detecting proximity between the hearing device and the mobile device. If proximity between the hearing device and the mobile device is detected, receiving an audio input with the microphone of the mobile device and generating a mobile device audio signal from the audio input; transmitting the mobile device audio signal from the mobile device into a communication network. If proximity between the hearing device and the mobile device is not detected, the method comprises: receiving an audio input with the microphone of the hearing device and generating the hearing device audio signal from the audio input with the hearing device; transmitting the hearing device audio signal from the hearing device to the mobile device; transmitting the hearing device audio signal from the mobile device into a communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventor: Amre El-Hoiydi
  • Patent number: 10993017
    Abstract: A smart earbud device including a first bud and a first base is provided. The smart earbud device comprises a first conductive connection-separation mechanism coupled to the first bud and the first base to indicate a first status of a first connection condition and a first separation condition associated with the first bud and the first base. The smart earbud device further comprises an electronic alarm mechanism configured to sound an alarm signal upon detection of the first separation condition of the first bud and first base. The smart earbud device further comprises an electric wire circuit to connect the first conductive connection-separation mechanism to the electronic alarm mechanism to enable the electronic alarm mechanism to receive the first status of the first separation condition from the first conductive connection-separation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Ningombam Aryamann Singh, Hritik Rewaria, Siya Singh, Sanjeev Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 10993055
    Abstract: Described is a solid wax mitigation barrier for a hearing aid that is cleanable via a simple wiping motion, is not a cause of irritation within the ear canal, and is acoustically transparent. In one embodiment, a wax barrier function is provided by a tube cap for fitting over the acoustic port tube of a hearing aid receiver. The tube cap may be constructed of an elastomeric high tear strength material so as create a small flexible acoustic tube cap that prevents direct ingress of wax into the hearing aid receiver. The design of the cap may also include a bridge that spans an acoustic port inlet so as to block direct material ingress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney A. Higgins, John Becker
  • Patent number: 10993042
    Abstract: A microphone is provided, including a base having a chamber; and a capacitor system fixed to the base. The capacitor system includes a backplate fixed to the base and a diaphragm located in the chamber. The backplate and the diaphragm form a capacitor structure. The diaphragm is fixed to the backplate and partitions the chamber into a front chamber and a back chamber. The backplate is provided with a sound receiving hole in communication with the front chamber. The base or the backplate is provided with a vent hole for communicating the back chamber with the outside. The microphone provided by the present disclosure has the advantages of high reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: AAC Acoustic Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10993043
    Abstract: Provided is a MEMS acoustic sensor including a substrate and a cavity, a back plate supported on the substrate and including a plurality of through-holes, at least one anchor projecting from the back plate toward the substrate, and a diaphragm supported by the at least one anchor and deformed by a sound wave introducing from the outside through the cavity, wherein no part of the deformed diaphragm comes into contact with the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHIN SUNG C&T CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang woo Lee, Ci Moo Song, Keun Jung Youn, Yong Kook Kim, Kyu dong Jung, Muhammad Ali Shah
  • Patent number: 10972845
    Abstract: An exemplary hearing device configured to assist a user in hearing comprises a memory storing instructions and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory. The processor may be configured to execute the instructions to receive, by way of a first wireless link established between the hearing device and a first external device using a first wireless communication protocol, audio content transmitted by the first external device, receive signaling data transmitted by a second external device and indicating that the second external device has additional audio content available to be transmitted to the hearing device, the signaling data transmitted to the hearing device using a second wireless communication protocol that is of a different type than the first wireless communication protocol, and perform, in response to receiving the signaling data, an action with respect to the additional audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Georg Dickmann, Daniel Lucas-Hirtz
  • Patent number: 10917711
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an earbud for insertion into an ear canal and a hearing device that includes such earbud are disclosed. The earbud includes an elongated body having a first end, a second end, and a cavity that extends along a body axis between the first end and the second end of the elongated body. The earbud also includes a first flange connected to the elongated body, where the first flange includes a first end adjacent the first end of the elongated body, a second end, and a sound hole disposed in the first end of the first flange that is acoustically connected to the cavity of the elongated body. The first flange further includes a vent disposed through the first flange. The earbud also includes a second flange connected to the second end of the elongated body and including a first end adjacent the second end of the elongated body and a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Sidney A. Higgins