Patents Examined by Sabrina Diaz
  • Patent number: 10187724
    Abstract: A directional sound playing system using ultrasonic sound sources, the ultrasonic sound sources being installed on a surface of a supporting body. The directional sound playing system includes a setting module, a first detecting module, and a driving control module. The setting module sets a distribution position of each of the ultrasonic sound sources on the surface of the supporting body according to the angle of output of each of the ultrasonic sound sources and a requirement angle of a listener. The first detecting module obtains location information of the listener. The driving control module selects and drives one or more ultrasonic sound sources to transmit and direct ultrasonic sound corresponding to the location information of the listener. A directional sound playing method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Hsiao-Jen Tsai
  • Patent number: 10178455
    Abstract: An electronic device including a sound output module and a housing for the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a front case including a display unit, a rear case coupled to the front case and including a mounting space of a battery, a speaker module configured to form at least one side wall of the mounting space of the battery, and a battery cover configured to cover at least the mounting space of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heecheul Moon, Jongchul Choi
  • Patent number: 10136241
    Abstract: An audio playing system has a first channel output device, a first audio modulator and a controller. The first audio modulator is electrically coupled to the first channel output device and having a set of first modulation parameters, the first audio modulator configured to selectively modulate a first channel audio signal with the set of first modulation parameters and output the modulated first channel audio signal to the first channel output device. The controller is electrically coupled to the first channel output device and the first audio modulator, wherein in a test mode, the controller is configured to send a set of test audio signals to the first channel output device, to generate a set of first user parameters based on a plurality of pieces of first confirmation signal, and to adjust the set of first modulation parameters based on the set of first user parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Hung-Wen Chen, Chih-Hsu Yen, Fu-Ming Tien
  • Patent number: 10111018
    Abstract: A system for updating a hearing aid by providing an update to a hearing aid to configure the hearing aid for an acoustic environment with a sound profile different than a physical environment a user is currently located in with an acoustic sample representative of the acoustic environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: III Holdings 4, LLC
    Inventor: Frederick Charles Neumeyer
  • Patent number: 10104212
    Abstract: A headset is described that utilizes magnetic frictional couplers. A coupler includes a first member having a first engagement surface and a second member having a second engagement surface disposed for relative positioning of the first and second members along a line of adjustment. One or more magnetic elements are arranged on the first and second members to establish a magnetic flux between the first engagement surface and the second engagement surface, and thereby establishing a frictional force tending to hold the relative positions of the first and second members. The magnetic flux varies as a function of relative position of the first and second members along the line of adjustment, and has peaks at a plurality of detent positions along the line of adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob T Meyberg, Barry J Lee, John Kelley
  • Patent number: 10104483
    Abstract: A diagnostic circuit is used for detecting the load status of an audio amplifier. The audio amplifier includes two output terminals for connection to a speaker. The diagnostic circuit may include a first circuit, which configured to generate a first signal indicating whether a signal provided via the two output terminals comprises an audio signal. A second circuit can be configured to detect a first measurement signal being indicative for the output current provided via the two output terminals, and to compare the first measurement signal with at least one threshold in order to generate a second signal indicating whether the output current has a low current amplitude profile or a high current amplitude profile. A third circuit can be configured to generate a diagnostic signal as a function of the first and the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Edoardo Botti, Marco Raimondi
  • Patent number: 10071686
    Abstract: An audio system of a vehicle includes: an acceleration state module that sets an acceleration state signal to a first state when a longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle is greater than a first predetermined acceleration, where the first predetermined acceleration is positive; a sound control module that selectively sets audio characteristics for an acceleration event in response to determinations that all of: (i) the acceleration state signal is in the first state; (ii) an electric motor is outputting positive torque to a powertrain of the vehicle; and (iii) a driver is applying pressure to an accelerator pedal; and an audio driver module that, based on the audio characteristics, applies power to speakers to output sound within a passenger cabin of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Scott M. Reilly, Frank C. Valeri, Roger C. Barlow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10076062
    Abstract: A amplifier with improved space efficiency includes a housing that dissipates heat having an upper wall and two side walls and having an interior with upper and lower portions. The amplifier further includes an upper circuit board in the upper portion and a lower circuit board in a lower portion. The amplifier further includes a connector that electrically connects the upper and lower circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas Heath Wright
  • Patent number: 10067735
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided and includes a housing including a portion that is detachably mountable on one of a user's ears, a wireless communication circuit, a battery, a speaker, at least one sensor included in the housing, a processor electrically connected to the wireless communication circuit, the battery, the speaker, and the at least one sensor, and a memory electrically connected to the processor so that the processor can request a connection from an external device configured to be detachably mounted on another one of the user's ears, determine a portion to be output from the audio data stored in the memory based on whether a response of the external device for the request for the connection is received or at least a portion of at least one signal is received from the external device by formation of the requested connection, and output the determined portion through the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ahhyun Chun, Yong-Yi Kim, Hyeong Geun Kim, Jae-Hyun Jo, Sunlyeong Hwang, Ilsung Hong
  • Patent number: 10069582
    Abstract: A memory of a parameter setting apparatus stores therein a current value of a signal processing parameter and an auxiliary value for temporarily adjusting the current value. Once an instruction for changing the current value of the parameter is given by an operation, by a user, of a manual operator when an edit mode is ON, a CPU of the parameter setting apparatus not only changes the current value but also changes the auxiliary value in response to the current value change instruction. When the edit mode is OFF, on the other hand, the CPU changes only the current value in response to the current value change instruction without changing the auxiliary value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Nishikori, Chris Angell, Chris Taylor, Hiroaki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10045114
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for an improved attachment apparatus for attaching the attachment apparatus to an ear of a user. In some embodiments, the attachment apparatus may include an attachment body that defines an opening configured to enable at least a portion of a user's ear to pass through the opening when the attachment apparatus is coupled to the user. In such embodiments, the attachment body may prevent an anterior portion of the ear from passing through the opening and may receive, from an interaction with the anterior portion of the ear, a force that biases the first attachment portion in a direction away from a median plane of the user. In some embodiments, the attachment body may secure the attachment apparatus to the ear of the user while the first attachment portion is biased away from the median plane of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Human, Incorporated
    Inventors: Benjamin S. Willis, Dae Il Kwon
  • Patent number: 10027784
    Abstract: An apparatus including a sound transducer; and a housing having the sound transducer connected thereto. The housing forms a substantially sealed air space back cavity acoustically coupled to the sound transducer. The housing includes a housing member having a first dividing structure located in the back cavity to connect two adjacent air mass sections of the back cavity, where the dividing structure includes at least one aperture to permit travel of sound waves through the at least one aperture between the air mass sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Thomas Benedict Slotte, Anders Johan Engberg
  • Patent number: 10021480
    Abstract: An enclosure for an electronic device is enclosed. The enclosure includes rib structures configured to improve structural support to prevent damage and to dissipate vibration throughout the enclosure. The rib structure can receive a speaker module and a cap member. The rib structure and the speaker module can combine to form a three-dimensional volume allowing the speaker module in which the speaker module may project sound, thereby enhancing acoustic performance. Also, the cap member may be adhesively attached to the rib structure to provide additional structural support against vibration and abuse caused by load forces associated with a drop event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: G. Kyle Lobisser, Jason S. Keats, Ryan J. Mihelich, Pablo Seoane Vieites, Kevin M. Kenney, John Raff, Erik A. Uttermann, Melody L. Kuna, Oliver C. Ross
  • Patent number: 10021503
    Abstract: Example techniques involve determining a direction of an NMD. An example implementation includes causing two audio drivers to output audio content, where the audio drivers are positioned at a known distance apart in a given azimuthal plane and recording the audio content output by the two audio drivers. The implementation also includes causing a computing device to identify a direction of the NMD relative to a center point of the two audio drivers in the given azimuthal plane. Identifying the direction of the NMD may involve determining a range of possible azimuthal angles between the NMD and the center point, the range of possible angles dependent upon the known distance between the two audio drivers and a phase offset between the two audio drivers indicated by the recorded audio content output. The implementation further includes causing a playback device to adjust calibration based on the identified direction of the NMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Romi Kadri, Dayn Wilberding
  • Patent number: 10019225
    Abstract: An example embodiment may involve determining that a client device (such as a smartphone, tablet, or in-automobile audio device) is in an automobile and that the client device has access to a playlist of audio content. Possibly based on the client device being in the automobile and having access to the playlist of audio content, the client device may request a stream of the audio content. As a consequence of making the request, the client device may receive the stream of the audio content and begin audible playout of the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Gracenote Digital Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Venkatarama Anilkumar Panguluri
  • Patent number: 10014002
    Abstract: Methods and systems for audio source separation in real-time are described. In an embodiment, the present disclosure describes reading and decoding an audio source into PCM samples, fragmenting Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) samples into fragments, transforming fragments into spectrograms, performing audio source separation using a deep neural network (DNN) to generate an estimated magnitude spectrogram of the component(s) of the audio source, reconstructing the estimated time domain component signals, and streaming the component signals to a playback engine. In an embodiment, a semantic equalizer graphical user allows for real-time mixing of individual component signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Red Pill VR, Inc.
    Inventors: Alejandro Koretzky, Karthiek Reddy Bokka, Naveen Sasalu Rajashekharappa
  • Patent number: 9997151
    Abstract: An acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) system that detects and compensates for differences in delay times between the AEC system and a set of wireless speakers. The filter coefficients used for AEC are adjusted based on the determined delay time to correct for frequency domain signal rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Ayrapetian, Philip Ryan Hilmes, Yuwen Su
  • Patent number: 9960880
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a signal sending method and device. The method includes: receiving, by a base station, an uplink pilot signal sent by authorized user equipment, and determining a direction vector parameter and a first channel fading parameter of a channel calculating, according to the direction vector parameter and the first channel fading parameter, a first signal beamformer parameter, determining a transmission area of an artificial noise signal according to the direction vector parameter, and calculating a second signal beamformer parameter; and processing a to-be-transmitted signal by using the first signal beamformer parameter and the second signal beamformer parameter, and transmitting the processed signal. In this way, in a non-target direction, energy leakage of the secrecy signal to the authorized user equipment is relatively small, and transmitted artificial noise signals are concentrated in an area with a relatively high secrecy signal leakage risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Huiming Wang, Feng Liu, Rong Wu
  • Patent number: 9950793
    Abstract: A seat integrating a loudspeaker system includes a seat having a seat body with a horizontally oriented seat bottom and a seat back secured thereto. The seat back includes an upper end and a lower end, wherein the lower end is positioned adjacent the seat bottom. The loudspeaker system includes a sound assembly mounted within the seat for selective movement between a storage orientation in which the sound assembly is housed and hidden within a support housing mounted along the seat and a use orientation extending from the support housing in which the sound assembly is positioned for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Dennis A Tracy
  • Patent number: 9940939
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods, devices and computer program products for encoding and decoding of a vector of parameters in an audio coding system. The disclosure further relates to a method and apparatus for reconstructing an audio object in an audio decoding system. According to the disclosure, a modulo differential approach for coding and encoding a vector of a non-periodic quantity may improve the coding efficiency and provide encoders and decoders with less memory requirements. Moreover, an efficient method for encoding and decoding a sparse matrix is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Leif Jonas Samuelsson, Heiko Purnhagen