Patents Examined by Tuan D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10771878
    Abstract: Embodiments (e.g., of the system, etc.) can include a wireless in-ear utility device (e.g., miniature form factor Bluetooth device) with improved form factor in order to fit the small to extra small ear concha bowls and inner ear canals of one or more users. In embodiments, the improved wireless in-ear utility device can include tri-ear buds to be closer the users eardrum for higher sound quality performance and comfort in the user's ear when then in-ear utility device is worn, and allows for a higher level of comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Acouva, Inc.
    Inventor: Victor Manuel Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 10771873
    Abstract: An audio device with charging contacts on a printed circuit board (PCB) is described herein. In some implementations, the charging contacts are on a surface of the PCB that is a bottom external surface of the audio device, thereby eliminating the need for a custom connector block. Thus, cost and height savings can be realized. In some implementations, the charging contacts are designed to enable 360 degree docking ability with a charging dock. This can be achieved using one or more ring-shaped charging contacts that make physical contact with spring-loaded pins on the charging dock in any relative axial alignment. In some implementations, the audio device includes a mating feature configured to mate with a mating feature of the charging dock to help ensure a proper charging connection is made and to help physically center the audio device relative to the charging dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Jason R. Pupecki, David Kaphammer, Colin Taylor Mosgrove
  • Patent number: 10757518
    Abstract: Apparatuses that operate as both a public address speaker and a wireless access point (AP) for mounting to a ceiling or wall. The compact public address access points described herein may include an AP housing, enclosing a radio (e.g., a 3×3 MIMO radio) and antenna, that is coupled to a speaker assembly including a speaker, a conical acoustic reflector positioned between a front of the speaker and the housing of the AP, and an annular region comprising a concave inner wall facing the conical acoustic reflector. Although the AP is nested atop the front of the speaker, the speaker may produce high-quality sound with accurate voice reproduction without interfering with the operation of the wireless transmission of the AP. Methods of operating and installing these apparatuses are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ubiquiti Inc.
    Inventors: Jude Lee, Mark A. Blanchard, Robert J. Pera
  • Patent number: 10750290
    Abstract: A sound, light and electrical eye device for police use includes a built-in system, a dual-magnetic steel magnetic circuit and a wing-shaped basin flame made of cast aluminum. The built-in system formed by a photoelectric plate, an aluminum pad and a copper bar is mounted below a transparent dustproof cover of a moving-coil speaker and at an axial center of the magnetic circuit. The photoelectric plate is provided with a camera, a light shading ring and LED modules; and the photoelectric plate is disposed on a top surface of the aluminum pad. The dual-magnetic steel magnetic circuit is formed by a primary magnetic steel, a secondary magnetic steel, a magnetic post and a magnetic bowl, and a through hole is arranged at the center of the magnetic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Xiangkang Qiu
  • Patent number: 10744955
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a mounting device for a smartphone provided on a door panel. A housing of a receiving device of the mounting device is simultaneously used as the door handle, and the housing of the receiving device has operating elements for locking and unlocking a door lock and/or operating elements for locking and unlocking a door brake of a side door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernhard Schmid
  • Patent number: 10735863
    Abstract: A sound producing device includes: a frame having an opening portion; a vibration plate arranged in the opening portion; a vibration support sheet that supports the vibration plate; and a drive mechanism that drives the vibration plate, which are contained in a case. The vibration support sheet includes a vibration plate support portion that covers the opening portion and includes a peripheral fixation portion that is bent from a peripheral edge portion of the vibration plate support portion and that faces an inner end surface of the opening portion. The vibration plate is fixed to the vibration plate support portion. An adhesive layer is interposed at a portion where the peripheral fixation portion faces the inner end surface, and an adhesive pool is formed at a boundary portion between an opening edge portion of the opening portion and the vibration plate support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Sato, Akihiro Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10735027
    Abstract: A method of detecting audio input mode applied to an electronic device is disclosed. According to how the user presses the start button of the electronic device, the audio input mode is determined to be a short-press mode or a long-press mode. The method of detecting an audio input mode includes: detecting if a pressing time of the start button is less than a threshold time; if so, determining that the audio input mode is the short-press mode; if not, detecting if an audio time of the receiving audio of the microphone exceeds an audio threshold time during the pressing time; if so, determining that the audio input mode is the long-press mode; if not, determining that the audio input mode is the short-press mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNLIMITER MFA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Ren Ma, Kuo-Ping Yang, Neo Bob Chih-Yung Young, Kuan-Li Chao, Jian-Ying Li
  • Patent number: 10721576
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate having an opening extending through the substrate and at least one support member on a sidewall of the opening, a vibration membrane on the substrate, a cover layer on the vibration membrane. The substrate, the vibration membrane, and the cover layer define a cavity. The opening exposes a lower surface portion of the vibration membrane. The at least one support member on the sidewall of the opening provides support to the vibration membrane in a deformation of the vibration membrane to prevent breakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jian Zhang, Jingxiu Ding
  • Patent number: 10715649
    Abstract: A headset main body includes a PTT switch, bone conduction speakers, a first connector to be coupled with a microphone, and a second connector to be coupled with a transceiver. A sleeve of the first connector is coupled to a sleeve of the second connector. A ring of the first connector is coupled to a ground. A chip of the first connector is coupled to a ring of the second connector, and the chip of the first connector is further coupled, via the PTT switch, to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kunimoto, Suguru Nakao
  • Patent number: 10715906
    Abstract: A modular speaker system, comprising an exoskeleton, configured to mechanically support and quick attach and release at least one functional panel and an electrical interface provided within the exoskeleton, configured to mate with a corresponding electrical connector of the functional panel. An optional endoskeleton is provided to support internal components. The system preferably provides a digital electronic controller, and the electrical interface is a digital data and power bus, with multiplexed communications between the elements of the system. The elements of the system preferably include at least one speaker, and other audiovisual and communications components. Multiple modules may be interconnected, communicating through the electrical interface. A base module may be provided to provide power and typical control, user and audiovisual interface connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sonic Blocks, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Wilker, Jordan D. Wilker
  • Patent number: 10715927
    Abstract: The present application discloses a MEMS microphone, including: a substrate having a cavity; and a capacitor system mounted on the substrate. The capacitor includes a back plate connected to the substrate; and a diaphragm forming a capacitor with the back plate. The back plate includes a back plate main body and a first connecting portion extending from the back plate main body toward the substrate, the first connecting portion connects with the substrate, and the diaphragm connects to the back plate main body. The vibration or the stress from the substrate will not transferred to the diaphragm, but released via the first connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Acoustic Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10701467
    Abstract: A speaker includes a flange portion, a locking member and a connecting portion. The flange portion includes a penetration hole. The locking member is arranged in the penetration hole and includes a locking portion that protrudes from the flange portion and is to be locked in a mounting hole in a prescribed size. The connecting portion connects an end surface facing the penetration hole with the locking member and is to be cut by a hand tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kumakura, Akira Shigeta, Koji Yamazawa
  • Patent number: 10694283
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention can include a teleconferencing system having a system housing, a speaker enclosure configured within the system housing, a speaker mounted to the speaker enclosure, and one or more damping cushions coupling the speaker enclosure to the system housing. The one or more damping cushions can suspend the speaker enclosure within the system housing such that the speaker enclosure is separated and mechanically isolated from the system housing by at least a minimum distance (e.g., 2 mm). In some cases, the one or more damping cushions provide the only structural coupling between the speaker enclosure and the system housing. The one or more damping cushions can be configured to dampen mechanical energy generated by the speaker thereby preventing at least a portion of the mechanical energy form coupling to the system housing via the one or more damping cushions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Kenneth Norman Haastrup, Howard Takeo Miyamura, Beau Calvin Chimene, Alexander Vitalyevich Korolenko, Bill Cheng
  • Patent number: 10681465
    Abstract: A suspension arrangement for an audio loudspeaker including a spring element disposed within a voice coil former, where the spring element includes a top portion connected to the voice coil former and an opposite bottom portion connected to a motor of the loudspeaker, and where the spring element is disposed coaxially with the voice coil former and with the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Jorge Alejandro López Castillo
  • Patent number: 10680396
    Abstract: An interface device for connecting a portable electronic device to a vehicle includes a holding module having a slot into which a portable electronic device with a display is inserted and a front opening exposing the display of the inserted portable electronic device, and an adaptor module coupled to a rear part of the holding module and connecting the portable electronic device to a vehicle. The holding module is disposed on a center fascia of the vehicle, and the adaptor module is disposed in the center fascia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: RENAULT s.a.s., JITEL GLOBAL CO., Ltd., 2BEONE SOLUTIONS CO., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chan Jung, Jeong Cheol Park, Hyung Jin Seo
  • Patent number: 10674000
    Abstract: An adjustable telescopic bracket for clamping an object includes a main body, a driving assembly, an elastic assembly, and a telescopic member. The driving assembly and the elastic assembly are disposed in an operating space of the main body. The telescopic member has a sliding portion in a sliding groove of the main body. The sliding portion has a resisting portion disposed at an end thereof, and a driving section which is transmittably connected with the driving assembly. The sliding portion is able to be extended, forcing the driving assembly to rotate, whereby the elastic assembly generates a pre-force. When the elastic assembly is released, the pre-force drives the driving assembly to rotate reversely. As a result, the resisting portion is retracted to the main body with the sliding portion on which the resisting portion is disposed, for clamping the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Chun-Huan Chuang
  • Patent number: 10673999
    Abstract: Disclosed in the present invention is a support capable of fully-automatically performing rotary clamping by means of linkage between a gear and a rack. The support includes a back side base, a bottom supporting arm, a left-side gripping arm and a right-side gripping arm. A left-side vertical spur rack portion and a right-side vertical spur rack portion are disposed on the left and right sides of the bottom supporting arm. A left-side gear engages with the left side of the left-side vertical spur rack portion, and a right-side gear engages with the right side of the right-side vertical spur rack portion. An inner end of the left-side gripping arm is connected to the left-side gear, an inner end of the right-side gripping arm is connected to the right-side gear, the left-side gripping arm rotates with the left-side gear, and the right-side gripping arm rotates with the right-side gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Weiyu Yang
  • Patent number: 10667075
    Abstract: A game headset receives a plurality of channels of game and/or chat audio during game play, monitors the plurality of channels, and detect one or more sounds on the channels during the monitoring. The game headset determines characteristics of the detected one or more sound and outputs one or more signals for generating a visual representation of the detected one or more sounds based on the determined characteristics. The game headset output the signals to a game console that provides the game play. The game console displays the visual representation during the game play based on the communicated visualization information. The one or more signals is a video stream of an in-game visualization. The game headset outputs the one or more signals to a second screen communication device that generates the visual representation during the game play based on the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Shobha Devi Kuruba Buchannagari
  • Patent number: 10652401
    Abstract: An all-encompassing fully integrated communication Access Node for call stations and other security and communications equipment includes a modular housing within which is mounted wire and wireless communication systems and power systems. The housing has a chassis for mounting the electronics and battery modules and a backbox and panel for staged installations, managing cables and providing heat dissipation. A door to the chassis is secured using latch hooks with roller bearings. Optical cable termination is provided as a two sided patch panel. Dual power supplies provide power to internal components and to external components via a distribution module. Backup power is provided by a custom battery backup with a charging controller. Cooling is controlled by dual fans and a fan controller moving air through the housing using openings and baffles. Freestanding pedestal mounting of the Access Node and various other mounts for column, wall, or ceiling to any substrate or condition is an option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Boyce Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Boyce
  • Patent number: 10645505
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for objectively assessing acoustical performance of an in-ear device having a passageway extending there through use a dual microphone probe that removably engages the passageway. The acoustical performance of the in-ear device is performed with the in-ear device inserted into the ear canal of the user and a reference sound source. A clip holding the probe in an acoustic near field of the sound source permits real time calibration thereof. The method and apparatus allow on-site and in-situ measurement of a predicted personal attenuation rating of the device, a subject-fit re-insertion test, an acoustic seal test, a rating test, a stability and reliability test, as well as a protection test of the device with an assessment of a filtered predicted exposure level at the ear for a specific noise exposure level. The apparatus may be simply housed along with the sound source for in-field evaluation tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Jeremie Voix, Frederic Laville