Patents Examined by Walter F. Briney, III
  • Patent number: 10373647
    Abstract: A management device has a plurality of tracks (MTR) corresponding to a plurality of terminal devices, commands the terminal devices to start/stop recording in response to recording start/stop instructions (recording command circuitry), and creates, in each of the tracks, a provisional segment identifying a recording time corresponding to the instructions (provisional segment creation circuitry). Each of the terminal devices records sound data in response to the recording start/stop instructions (recording circuitry) and transfers the recorded sound data to the management device (transfer circuitry). The management device 10 acquires the sound data from the individual terminal devices (acquisition circuitry), and then the management device records the acquired sound data in association with the provisional segments of the corresponding tracks and thereby converts the provisional segments into actual segments (conversion circuitry).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Esashi
  • Patent number: 10296018
    Abstract: A system for exerting forces on a user. The system includes a user-mounted device having one or more masses disposed along one or more tracks. The system further includes a processor configured to generate a first actuator control signal to configure a first actuator to move a first mass included in the one or more masses at a first acceleration in a first direction along a first track included in the one or more tracks. The processor is further configured to generate a second actuator control signal to configure at least one of the first actuator and a second actuator to move the first mass at a second acceleration in the first direction along the first track. A magnitude of the first acceleration is above a threshold acceleration, and a magnitude of the second acceleration is below the threshold acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stefan Marti, Davide Di Censo, Jaime Elliot Nahman, Mirjana Spasojevic
  • Patent number: 10007244
    Abstract: A system includes an apparatus and a processor. The apparatus includes a set of actuator elements that move between two positions. Each actuator element is comprised in: exactly one first subset out of a plurality of non-empty first subsets and exactly one second subset out of a plurality of non-empty second subsets. The processor is configured to generate one or more control commands for a group of subsets out of the first and the second pluralities of subsets in response to a number of moving elements which, if released from the first extreme position during a second sampling cycle, enables production by the apparatus during the second sampling cycle of a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: AUDIO PIXELS LTD.
    Inventors: Daniel Lewin, Yuval Cohen, Eric Andreas Haber, Shay Kaplan, Meir Ben Simon, Raanan Zacher
  • Patent number: 9635477
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes at least one capacitive switch for controlling or communicating with the hearing aid by touch. The capacitive switch is an electrode on the inside of the housing coupled to a touch detector. Touching the outside of the hearing aid adjacent the electrode produces a switching operation. The hearing aid includes a programmed microprocessor coupled to the touch detector. The microprocessor is programmed to effect predetermined functions in response to particular touch patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Zounds Hearing, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Allan Lowmiller, Fan Wu, Samuel L. Thomasson
  • Patent number: 8385539
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for controlling adaptive filters, where a first step involves a first input signal, which has a narrowband frequency range and occurs at least intermittently during an adaptation phase in the filter, at the input of the filter prompting the adaptation phase to be continued until an echo signal which is conditional upon the first input signal and in the same frequency range is compensated for completely, a second step involves the adaptation phase being suspended when complete compensation for the echo signal has been achieved, and a third step involves the adaptation phase being continued if the first input signal is followed by a second input signal which has a narrowband frequency range and which differs from the frequency range of the first input signal at least by a frequency value, with the above steps being repeated starting at the first step, or with a fourth step involving a new adaptation phase being performed if the first input signal is followed by a third input sig
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Johann Wurz
  • Patent number: 8369974
    Abstract: A computer-based method and system to play back an audio file, and to display and animate a virtual phonograph turntable on a touch-screen similar to the movement of a record and stylus in a conventional physical turntable. A user may manipulate and control playback of the audio file by using the touchscreen to touch, move and drag the virtual record or stylus on the screen. The audio file playback is modified in accordance with the user's input, resulting in playback that is similar to what would occur if corresponding touching and movement were performed on a conventional turntable. The system may playback and mix from multiple sources under user control, which may be saved, recorded or exported for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Kyran Daisy
  • Patent number: 8355509
    Abstract: The following coding scenario is addressed: A number of audio source signals need to be transmitted or stored for the purpose of mixing wave field synthesis, multi-channel surround, or stereo signals after decoding the source signals. The proposed technique offers significant coding gain when jointly coding the source signals, compared to separately coding them, even when no redundancy is present between the source signals. This is possible by considering statistical properties of the source signals, the properties of mixing techniques, and spatial hearing. The sum of the source signals is transmitted plus the statistical properties of the source signals which mostly determine the perceptually important spatial cues of the final mixed audio channels. Source signals are recovered at the receiver such that their statistical properties approximate the corresponding properties of the original source signals. Subjective evaluations indicate that high audio quality is achieved by the proposed scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Christof Faller
  • Patent number: 8352054
    Abstract: There is a sequence of samples having values representative of a waveform. Samples corresponding to extrema including maximums and minimums in the waveform are detected. A decision is made as to whether values of successive samples between every two extremum-corresponding samples are in an upward slope or a downward slope. The number of these successive samples is detected. One is selected from coefficients in response to the detected sample number. A first group has one or more samples adjacently preceding a maximum-corresponding sample. A second group has one or more samples adjacently following the maximum-corresponding sample. A third group has one or more samples adjacently preceding a minimum-corresponding sample. A fourth group has one or more samples adjacently following the minimum-corresponding sample. Each of specified samples among the samples in the first to fourth groups is corrected in response to the slope decision result and the selected coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoya Ooue
  • Patent number: 8335332
    Abstract: A method for operating a hearing aid in a hearing aid system where the hearing aid is continuously learnable for the particular user. A sound environment classification system is provided for tracking and defining sound environment classes relevant to the user. In an ongoing learning process, the classes are redefined based on new environments to which the hearing aid is subjected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH, University Of Ottawa
    Inventors: Tyseer Aboulnasr, Eghart Fischer, Christian Giguère, Wail Gueaieb, Volkmar Hamacher, Luc Lamarche
  • Patent number: 8331583
    Abstract: A noise reducing apparatus includes: a voice signal inputting unit inputting an input voice signal; a noise occurrence period detecting unit detecting a noise occurrence period; a noise removing unit removing a noise for the noise occurrence period; a generation source signal acquiring unit acquiring a generation source signal with a time duration corresponding to a time duration corresponding to the noise occurrence period; a pitch calculating unit calculating a pitch of an input voice signal interval; an interval signal setting unit setting interval signals divided in each unit period interval; an interpolation signal generating unit generating an interpolation signal with the time duration corresponding to the noise occurrence period and alternately arranging the interval signal in a forward time direction and the interval signal in a backward time direction; and a combining unit combining the interpolation signal and the input voice signal, from which the noise is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8301281
    Abstract: A favorable high-frequency signal is generated and practical high-frequency signal interpolation is implemented through simple processing. A digital audio signal reproduced by an instrument, which also carries out compression, is supplied as an original signal to an input terminal 1, and this original signal is then supplied to a digital sample and hold circuit 3 via a band-pass filter 2. The signal from the digital sample and hold circuit 3 is supplied to a ±1 multiplier 6, which then alternately inverts sign bits. The harmonic components of this signal in which the sign bits are inverted alternately are extracted by a high-pass filter (HPF) 7. Meanwhile, the original signal from the input terminal 1 is supplied to a delay circuit 8 equivalent to the processing time consumed by the aforementioned digital sample and hold circuit 3 and related circuits, forming an adjusted, delayed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Kyushu Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Yasushi Sato, Atsuko Ryu
  • Patent number: 8295959
    Abstract: There is provided in a substantially rectangular sound-recording apparatus including: two first audio acquirers to which audio is stereophonically inputted; a second audio acquirer to which audio is monophonically inputted; and a supporter for holding the sound-recording apparatus in a predetermined attitude, in which the first and second audio acquirers are placed on different surfaces, and the two first audio acquirers are placed at both ends of a longer side of the main body, a sound-recording apparatus including an opening and closing sensor for sensing an opened and closed state of the supporter, and an attitude sensor for sensing an attitude of the sound-recording-apparatus main body, in which based on a sensing result of the opening and closing sensor and a sensing result of the attitude sensor, a stem sound-recording and a monophonic sound-recording are switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 8284970
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes an input system, an output system, and a sensor for sensing magnetic fields. In one example, a signal processing circuit electrically connects the input system to the output system, and a magnetic sensor adapted to inhibit the acoustic input and function as a magnetic input in the presence of a magnetic field. In one example, the magnetic sensor includes a giant magneto resistive (GMR) sensor. In another example, the magnetic sensor includes an anisotropic magneto resistive (AMR) sensor. The magnetic field can be generated by, among other things, a magnet in a telephone handset. The hearing aid further is programmed based on time-varying characteristics of the magnetic field. Wireless activation or deactivation of the hearing aid is also described. Other examples and options are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Karl Sacha
  • Patent number: 8280541
    Abstract: In some examples, aspects of the present disclosure may include techniques for audio control of one or more multimedia objects. In one example, a method includes receiving an electronic document that includes a group of one or more multimedia objects capable of generating audio data. The method also includes registering a multimedia object of the group of one or more multimedia objects, wherein registering the multimedia object comprises storing a multimedia object identifier that identifies the multimedia object. The method further includes receiving audio data; and determining, by a computing device, a volume level of the audio data generated by the registered multimedia object based on one or more configuration parameters, wherein the one or more configuration parameters define one or more volume levels associated with the multimedia object identifier. The method also includes outputting, to an output device, the audio data at the determined volume level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 8280035
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol (IP) telephone has a constant impedance filter that is capable of being continuously attached to the physical layer of a computer chip in the IP telephone. The constant impedance filter is located outside the physical layer and is connected to a relay on the physical layer. The relay is configured using native FET devices, which are normally conductive without a supply voltage. Therefore, the relay is capable of operating during the discovery mode of IP telephone operation, where no power is applied to the substrate. Rectifier circuits rectify an incoming signal during discovery mode, and apply the rectified signal to the gate of the relay to improve conductivity of the relay. This allows for faster detection of the IP telephone during discovery mode. During normal operation mode, voltage is applied to the physical layer, and the relay is opened by grounding the native devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Siavash Fallahi, Lin Able Chu
  • Patent number: 8280538
    Abstract: An system, method, and method of encoding/decoding a multi-channel audio signal, including a decoding level generation unit producing decoding-level information that helps a bitstream including a number of audio channel signals and space information to be decoded into a number of audio channel signals, wherein the space information includes information about magnitude differences and/or similarities between channels, and an audio decoder decoding the bitstream according to the decoding-level information. Accordingly, even a single input bitstream can be decoded into a suitable number of channels depending on the type of a speaker configuration used. Scalable channel decoding can be achieved by partially decoding an input bitstream. In the scalable channel decoding, a decoder may set decoding levels and outputs audio channel signals according to the decoding levels, thereby reducing decoding complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junghoe Kim, Miao Lei, Eunmi Oh
  • Patent number: 8275096
    Abstract: A system and method of security monitoring and response delivery for a user having a user's device by a monitoring service whose services include monitoring the user upon request. The method includes maintaining a user profile for each user in a user database, maintaining response provider information in a response provider database in which response providers are predetermined and include providers of at least one of assistance and emergency services which are selected from among public, private, commercial and non-commercial providers; receiving a transmission of a request for monitoring from a user sent via the user's device over the communication system; and commencing monitoring of the user via the user's device using advanced decision making and analysis tools employing higher logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Roger Neil Neece
  • Patent number: 8259929
    Abstract: Various methods, apparatuses, and systems in which a back up power supply is provided to a network interface device are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a network interface device (NID) located outside a building and a power supply unit located inside the building. The power supply unit has one or more ports that couple via a phone line to the NID to provide a power signal to the NID. The apparatus further includes a direct current (DC) back up power unit located in the NID. The DC back up power unit provides back up power to the NID. The NID is configured to periodically switch between receiving the power signal from the power supply unit and the DC back up power unit even when no fault condition exists in the power supply unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: 2Wire, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hinman, James T. Schley-May
  • Patent number: 8259927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for adaptive filtering in which a level of a reference signal necessary for the adaptive filtering is determined in the context of an adaptation by estimation, using a quantity equivalent to the reference signal, wherein the filtering is dependent on the electrical power of at least one signal extracted from a transmission channel to be filtered, and the equivalent quantity is determined by means of a mathematical function based on the electrical power of at least the extracted signal. The invention further relates to an arrangement with means for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Bauer, Johann Wurz
  • Patent number: 8254562
    Abstract: A port detection and protection circuit utilizes a voltage detection circuits to output a detection signal according to a voltage difference between the tip signal and the ring signal and utilizes a ring detection circuit to output another detection signal according to a voltage difference between a Subscriber Line Interface Circuit (SLIC) tip signal and a SLIC ring signal signaling an incoming call. In addition, the port detection and protection circuit utilizes at least one logic component to output logic signals according to the detection signals. The port detection and protection circuit further switches a loop of a tip wire, a ring wire and the SLIC on or/and off based on logic signals, and issues an alarm according to the logic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignees: Ambit Microsystems (Shanghai) Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Ping Yang, Kun-Shan Yu