Patents Examined by Thomas H Maung
  • Patent number: 11922356
    Abstract: Methods and systems for videoconferencing include generating work quality metrics based on emotion recognition of an individual such as a call center agent. The work quality metrics allow for workforce optimization. One example method includes the steps of receiving a video including a sequence of images, detecting an individual in one or more of the images, locating feature reference points of the individual, aligning a virtual face mesh to the individual in one or more of the images based at least in part on the feature reference points, dynamically determining over the sequence of images at least one deformation of the virtual face mesh, determining that the at least one deformation refers to at least one facial emotion selected from a plurality of reference facial emotions, and generating quality metrics including at least one work quality parameter associated with the individual based on the at least one facial emotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: SNAP INC.
    Inventors: Victor Shaburov, Yurii Monastyrshyn
  • Patent number: 11900014
    Abstract: Systems and methods for podcast playback in a system including a playback device and a mobile device as a system controller are disclosed. In one embodiment, a playback system comprising a first playback device and a mobile device, the mobile device comprising computer-readable medium having stored thereon instructions executable to perform a method comprising capturing user input selecting an alarm function, capturing user input selecting a time for playing an alarm on the first playback device, capturing user input selecting a podcast channel, updating the graphical user interface to reflect the selected podcast channel, capturing user input specifying what order to play podcast episodes from the selected podcast channel, and starting playback of a first podcast episode on the first playback device according to the specified order to play podcast episodes by the previous user input and the selected time for playing an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Marisa McKently, Brandon Lynne, Ryan Kitson
  • Patent number: 11901062
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to methods and systems for playback of adaptive music corresponding to an athletic activity. A user input is received from a user selecting an existing song for audible playback to the user, the song comprising a plurality of audio layers including at least a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. Augmented playback of the existing song to the user is initiated by audibly providing the first layer but not the second layer. Physical activity information derived from a sensor corresponding to a real-time physical activity level of a user is received. If the physical activity level of the user is above a first activity level threshold, the augmented playback of the existing song is continued by audibly providing the first layer and the second layer to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Fraga, Harold L. Lindstrom, Jr., Willoughby H. Walling, Christopher Andon, Kristopher J. Schultz, Eric S. McGary
  • Patent number: 11875775
    Abstract: The present disclosure proposes a speech conversion scheme for non-parallel corpus training, to get rid of dependence on parallel text and resolve a technical problem that it is difficult to achieve speech conversion under conditions that resources and equipment are limited. A voice conversion system and a training method therefor are included. Compared with the prior art, according to the embodiments of the present disclosure: a trained speaker-independent automatic speech recognition model can be used for any source speaker, that is, the speaker is independent; and bottleneck features of audio are more abstract as compared with phonetic posteriorGram features, can reflect decoupling of spoken content and timbre of the speaker, and meanwhile are not closely bound with a phoneme class, and are not in a clear one-to-one correspondence relationship. In this way, a problem of inaccurate pronunciation caused by a recognition error in ASR is relieved to some extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Nanjing Silicon Intelligence Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huapeng Sima, Zhiqiang Mao, Xuefei Gong
  • Patent number: 11871198
    Abstract: An audio system presents enhanced audio content to a user of a headset. The audio system detects sounds from the local area, at least a portion of which originate from a human sound source. The audio system obtains a voice profile of an identifies human sound source that generates at least the portion of the detected sounds. Based in part on the voice profile, the audio system enhances the portion of the detected sounds that are generated by the human sound source to obtain enhanced audio. The audio system presents the enhanced audio to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Meta Platforms Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Robinson, Vladimir Tourbabin, Jacob Ryan Donley, Andrew Lovitt
  • Patent number: 11868728
    Abstract: Techniques for providing and implementing a single skill associated with custom functionality and system-provided functionality are described. The skill may be used to invoke functionality in response to a user input without requiring a user remember exact formulations to cause the functionality to be performed. The skill may be associated with more than one domain. For example, the skill may be associated with custom sample user inputs (corresponding to the custom functionality) that correspond to a custom domain while the skill may also be associated with system-provided sample user inputs (corresponding to the system-provided functionality) associated with a non-custom domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Alan Meissner, Ernesto Gonzalez, Nikhil Mehta, Anemona Oana Hagea, John Montague Howard
  • Patent number: 11837002
    Abstract: A system and method for extracting data from a piece of content using spatial information about the piece of content. The system and method may use a conditional random fields process or a bidirectional long short term memory and conditional random fields process to extract structured data using the spatial information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventor: Tharathorn Rimchala
  • Patent number: 11830504
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for decoding a compressed Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) representation of a sound or soundfield. The method may include receiving a bit stream containing the compressed HOA representation and decoding, based on a determination that there are multiple layers, the compressed HOA representation from the bitstream to obtain a sequence of decoded HOA representations. A first subset of the sequence of decoded HOA representations is determined based only on corresponding ambient HOA components. A second subset of the sequence of decoded HOA representations is determined based on corresponding ambient HOA components and corresponding predominant sound components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger, Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Patent number: 11831627
    Abstract: An example implementation may involve a computing system receiving, from a media playback system, a request to initiate playback of a cloud queue. The cloud queue may currently have a first access status that authorizes a first set of queue operations, which may include playback of the cloud queue. After receiving the request to initiate playback, the computing system may cause audio tracks of the cloud queue to be queued in a local queue of the media playback system such that the media playback system may playback audio tracks of the cloud queue via the local queue. The computing system may modify the access status of the cloud queue to a second access status. This second access status may authorize a second set of queue operations on the cloud queue. The computing system may cause access to the local queue to be restricted to the second set of queue operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Beckhardt, Andrew J. Schulert, Gregory Ramsperger
  • Patent number: 11818424
    Abstract: Disclosed in the embodiments of the present disclosure are a method and apparatus used for generating a video, and an electronic device. The method comprises: while displaying an original video, acquiring audio material by means of background music of the original video, and acquiring image material, determining music points of the audio material, the music points being used for dividing the audio material into a plurality of audio clips; using the image material to generate a video clip for each music clip in the audio material so as to obtain a plurality of video clips, corresponding music clips and video clips having the same duration; and according to the times at which the music clips corresponding to the plurality of video clips appear in the audio material, splicing the plurality of video clips together, and adding the audio material as a video audio track to obtain a synthesized video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: BEIJING BYTEDANCE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ya Wang, Pingfei Fu, Wei Jiang, Qifan Zheng
  • Patent number: 11810594
    Abstract: A gaming headset receives a plurality of audio channels comprising game audio channels and a chat audio channel during play of a particular game. The gaming headset monitors the received audio channels for predefined words that are associated with particular sounds in a data structure, and in response to detecting predefined words, filters out at least a portion of the detected predefined words from the received plurality of audio channels. The monitoring compares sounds on the received audio channels with the particular sounds in the data structure and also performs signal analysis on the audio channels during game play to detect the occurrence of the predefined words. The filtering mutes one or more of the plurality of audio channels so that the detected occurrence of the one of the predefined words is not output via speakers of the gaming headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Michael A. Jessup
  • Patent number: 11803349
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for a playback device to play a media item using an audio setting corresponding to the media item and characteristics of the playback device. An example implementation involves a first playback device transmitting, to a first computing device, information indicating one or more characteristics of the first playback device and queue information indicating one or more media items in a playback queue to be played by the first playback device. The example implementation may further involve receiving, from the first computing device, one or more audio settings associated with the one or more media items, the one or more audio settings corresponding to the one or more media items and the one or more characteristics of the first playback device and playing a first media item of the one or more media items according to a first audio setting of the one or more audio settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Kuper
  • Patent number: 11798569
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for obtaining audio rendering information from a bitstream. A method of rendering audio data includes receiving, at an interface of a device, an encoded audio bitstream, storing, to a memory of the device, encoded audio data of the encoded audio bitstream, parsing, by one or more processors of the device, a portion of the encoded audio data stored to the memory to select a renderer for the encoded audio data, the selected renderer comprising one of an object-based renderer or an ambisonic renderer, rendering, by the one or more processors of the device, the encoded audio data using the selected renderer to generate one or more rendered speaker feeds, and outputting, by one or more loudspeakers of the device, the one or more rendered speaker feeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Moo Young Kim, Nils G√ľnther Peters
  • Patent number: 11789690
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a method may involve, while a first zone and a second zone of a media playback system are playing back respective media, receiving data indicating the occurrence of a first trigger condition. The method may also involve, based on the received data, modifying respective volume limits of the first zone and the second zone, wherein modifying the volume limit causes first volume levels that exceed the second limit to be reduced to respective second volume levels that are at or below the second limit. The method may also involve receiving data indicating the occurrence of a second trigger condition. The method may further involve, based on the received data, modifying the respective volume limits of the first zone and the second zone from the second limit to the first limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk Bulis, Jeremy Wessely, Jonathan Lang, Romi Kadri
  • Patent number: 11783848
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides method and system for voice separation based on DUET algorithm, and the method comprises receiving signals from microphones; performing a Fourier transform on the received signals; calculating a relative attenuation parameter and a relative delay parameter for each data point; selecting a clustering range for the relative delay parameters based on a distance between the microphones and a sampling frequency of the microphones, clustering the data points within the clustering range for the relative delay parameters into subsets, and performing an inverse Fourier transform on each subsets. According to the present disclosure, it is possible to provide an efficient and intelligent solution to deploy DUET on the software and/or hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Xiangru Bi, Guoxia Zhang, Youye Xie, Qingshan Zhang
  • Patent number: 11785386
    Abstract: An embodiment sets forth a technique for configuring one or more audio parameters. The technique includes presenting a first plurality of setting options associated with an audio parameter, wherein the first plurality of setting options comprises a first option having a same value as a first setting of the audio parameter and a second option having a first value different than the first setting; receiving a selection of one of the first option and the second option; based on the selection, presenting a second plurality of setting options associated with the audio parameter, wherein the second plurality of setting options comprises a third option having a same value as a second setting of the audio parameter and a fourth option having a second value different than the second setting; and setting the audio parameter based on a selection of at least one of the second plurality of setting options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Timothy Pye, Michael Edmund Knappe, Kevin Hague, Sean E. Olive, Omid Khonsaripour, Todd Welti
  • Patent number: 11763837
    Abstract: A data processing device includes: a digital signal processor; at least one processor; and at least one memory device configured to store a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to operate to: output a first determination result relating to a scene of content through use of sound data; select processing for the sound data by a first selection method based on the first determination result; determine an attribute of the content from among a plurality of attribute candidates; and select the processing by a second selection method, which is different from the first selection method, based on a determination result of the attribute, wherein the digital signal processor is configured to execute the processing selected by the at least one processor on the sound data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuta Yuyama, Kunihiro Kumagai, Ryotaro Aoki
  • Patent number: 11755834
    Abstract: A computing system is described that includes user interface components configured to receive typed user input; and one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to: receive, by a computing system and at a first time, a first portion of text typed by a user in an electronic message being edited; predict, based on the first portion of text, a first candidate portion of text to follow the first portion of text; output, for display, the predicted first candidate portion of text for optional selection to append to the first portion of text; determine, at a second time that is after the first time, that the electronic message is directed to a sensitive topic; and responsive to determining that the electronic message is directed to a sensitive topic, refrain from outputting subsequent candidate portions of text for optional selection to append to text in the electronic message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Paul Roland Lambert, Timothy Youngjin Sohn, Jacqueline Amy Tsay, Gagan Bansal, Cole Austin Bevis, Kaushik Roy, Justin Tzi-jay Lu, Katherine Anna Evans, Tobias Bosch, Yinan Wang, Matthew Vincent Dierker, Gregory Russell Bullock, Ettore Randazzo, Tobias Kaufmann, Yonghui Wu, Benjamin N. Lee, Xu Chen, Brian Strope, Yun-hsuan Sung, Do Kook Choe, Rami Eid Sammouf Al-Rfou'
  • Patent number: 11729568
    Abstract: A first computing device is configured to establish a communication path with a second computing device and receive, from the second computing device over the communication path, an indication to begin transmitting an audio tone comprising identifying information for the first computing device, where the audio tone, when detected by the second computing device, causes the second computing device to update a user interface of the second computing device. Based on the received indication, the first computing device begins transmitting the audio tone. The second computing device is configured to detect, via at least one microphone, the audio tone and then, based on the detected audio tone, update the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Reimann
  • Patent number: 11727953
    Abstract: A method implemented by a computing system comprises generating, by the computing system, a fingerprint comprising a plurality of bin samples associated with audio content. Each bin sample is specified within a frame of the fingerprint and is associated with one of a plurality of non-overlapping frequency ranges and a value indicative of a magnitude of energy associated with a corresponding frequency range. The computing system removes, from the fingerprint, a plurality of bin samples associated with a frequency sweep in the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Berrian, Todd J. Hodges, Robert Coover, Matthew James Wilkinson, Zafar Rafii