Patents Examined by William A Jerez Lora
  • Patent number: 10885896
    Abstract: Audio devices and methods are provided for detecting instability in an associated feedforward audio processing system. A microphone provides a feedforward signal for processing by a feedforward filter. The processed signal may provide noise reduction and/or sound enhancement associated with the surrounding environment. The processed signal contributes to a driver signal provided to an acoustic transducer, e.g., a driver, to produce acoustic signals for a user. A processor is configured to detect an indication of instability in one or more of the signals, and to adjust a phase response of the feedforward signal path in response to detecting the indication of instability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Emery M. Ku
  • Patent number: 10887685
    Abstract: Systems and methods for beamforming audio signals received from a microphone array. One example embodiment provides an electronic device. The electronic device includes a microphone array and an electronic processor communicatively coupled to the microphone array. The electronic processor is configured to estimate an ambient noise level. The electronic processor is configured to compare the ambient noise level to a first threshold and a second threshold, the second threshold being lower than the first threshold. The electronic processor is configured to determine a beam pattern for the microphone array based on the comparison of the ambient noise level to the first threshold and the second threshold. The electronic processor is configured to apply the beam pattern to an audio signal received by the microphone array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Charles B. Harmke, Kurt S. Fienberg, Daniel Grobe Sachs
  • Patent number: 10880650
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include networked microphone devices (NMD) determining whether a Do Not Disturb (DND) feature should be activated, in response to determining that the DND feature should be activated, activating the DND feature. In some embodiments, the NMD determines whether to activate the DND feature based on various configuration and operational states. And in some embodiments, activating the DND feature includes activating the DND feature includes activating the DND feature at one or more additional NMDs based on the configuration and operational state of the NMD and the one or more additional NMDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SONOS, INC.
    Inventors: Sein Woo, Ryan Myers, Charles Freedman
  • Patent number: 10878839
    Abstract: A device for preventing cables against external damage based on sound source localization comprises a power supply unit, and a sound source sensor unit, a camera unit, a signal processing unit and a wireless communication unit which are electrically connected to the power supply unit. The signal processing unit is connected to the sound source sensor unit, the camera unit and the wireless communication unit. The camera unit is associated with the sound source sensor unit. When the sound source sensor unit recognizes a target signal, the signal processing unit sends a trigger signal to the camera unit, and then the camera unit is triggered to replay a surveillance video to determine whether or not a target really exists. Compared with the prior art, the device has the advantages of being good in safety, high in reliability and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Mei Wang, Hai Li, Tianyu Qian, Xiaodi Wang, Pingping Xu, Jialiang Yuan, Zhe Song, Shenfu Zhang, Haowen Zhao, Wei Huang, Zhi Xu, Hong Zhou, Yuechao Chen, Junchen Zhu, He He
  • Patent number: 10869151
    Abstract: The present disclosure is provided with: at least one audio output unit each including multiple speaker units, at least one of the speaker units in each audio output unit being arranged in orientation different from orientation or orientations of the other speaker units; and an audio signal rendering unit configured to perform rendering processing of generating audio signals to be output from each of the speaker units, based on input audio signals, wherein the audio signal rendering unit performs first rendering processing on a first audio signal included in the input audio signals and performs second rendering processing on a second audio signal included in the input audio signals, and the first rendering processing is rendering processing that enhances a localization effect more than the second rendering processing does.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Takeaki Suenaga, Hisao Hattori
  • Patent number: 10856075
    Abstract: An apparatus including at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program code configured to: when the apparatus is in a voice phone call mode of sound capture, output a signal from a first microphone as a primary speech signal, and select one or more second microphones to output a noise reduction signal, where the apparatus comprises at least two of the second microphones, and where selection of the one or more second microphones is based at least partially upon a determined use of the apparatus being either a handportable or an integrated handsfree use; and/or when the apparatus is in a multi-media mode of sound capture select one or more of the microphones to output audio signals based upon both a determined type of sound capture feature being used by the apparatus and based upon a determined orientation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Heikki Tapio Sassi, Jari Petteri Sjoberg, Ari Juhani Koski, Anu Huttunen, Mari Partio, Riitta Niemisto, Jukka Vartiainen, Ville Mikael Myllyla, Jorma Makinen, Tero Takala
  • Patent number: 10856093
    Abstract: The invention refers to a system for handling digital content including an input interface, a calculator, and an output interface. The input interface receives digital content and includes a plurality of input channels. At least one input channel receives digital content from a sensor or a group of sensors belonging to a recording session. The calculator provides output digital content by adapting received digital content to a reproduction session in which the output digital content is to be reproduced. The output interface outputs the output digital content and includes a plurality of output channels, wherein at least one output channel outputs the output digital content to an actuator or a group of actuators belonging to the reproduction session. Further, the input interface, the calculator, and the output interface are connected with each other via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HOLOSBASE GMBH
    Inventors: Herbert Buchner, Hakim Ziad
  • Patent number: 10856080
    Abstract: Provided are, among other things, systems, methods and techniques for reducing echo in an audio signal. One representative embodiment involves obtaining an input signal, an estimate of a system-characterizing function, and a reference signal, each at a corresponding sample rate and each divided into a plurality of sub-bands; separately processing such sub-bands, where for a given sub-band the estimate of the system-characterizing function and the reference signal are processed to generate an echo-estimation signal and then the echo-estimation signal is subtracted from the input signal to provide an echo-corrected signal for such given sub-band; and combining the echo-corrected signal from each of different ones of the plurality of the sub-bands to provide a final output signal, with the echo-estimation signal generated using a processing sample rate that is lower than the sample rate for the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Guoguang Electric Company Limited
    Inventors: Jimeng Zheng, Yuli You
  • Patent number: 10848891
    Abstract: A headset comprises a frame and an audio system. The audio system includes a microphone assembly positioned on the frame in a detection region, the detection region external to an ear of a user wearing the headset, and within a threshold distance from an ear canal of the ear, the microphone assembly configured to detect an audio signal emitted from an audio source, wherein the audio signal detected at the detection region is within a threshold degree of similarity of a sound pressure wave at the ear canal of the user, and an audio controller configured to determine a set of head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) based in part on the detected audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Morteza Khaleghimeybodi, Pablo Francisco Faundez Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10827261
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for bone conduction detection are disclosed herein. An example wearable device includes a first sensor positioned to generate first vibration information from a bone structure of a user and a second sensor positioned to generate second vibration information from the bone structure of the user. The first vibration information and the second vibration information include sound data and motion data. The motion data is indicative of a motion by the user. The example wearable device includes a signal modifier to generate a modified signal including the sound data based on the first vibration information and the second vibration information. The example wearable device includes a communicator to transmit the modified signal for output via a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Beverly Klemme, Rajashree Baskaran, Sergio E. Sian
  • Patent number: 10811028
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of managing adaptive feedback cancellation in a hearing device comprising at least a microphone (1); a receiver (2); and a signal processing circuitry, configured to receive from said microphone (1) an input signal (Xtd, Xfd, Xc) and to provide said receiver (2) with an output signal (Yfd, Ufd, Utd). An external acoustic feedback path (300) defined by feedback sound (fb) traveling from the receiver (2) to the microphone (1) is represented by an external feedback path transfer function (3). The signal processing unit comprises at least a gain unit (4); a feedback canceller unit (5) comprising an adaptive filter element (6) configured to adaptively accommodate changes in said external acoustic feedback path transfer function (3); and a frequency shift unit (7) configured to stabilize an adaptation of the feedback canceler unit (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Sonova
    Inventors: Samuel Bucher, Xavier Gigandet, Jean-Louis Durrieu, Hannes Wuethrich, Markus Hofbauer
  • Patent number: 10812031
    Abstract: An electronic device according to various embodiments may include a processor, wherein the processor may be configured to designate a maximum amplitude of an audio signal as a designated range, wherein designating the maximum amplitude of the audio signal as the designated range comprises processing the audio signal with the designated range according to a designated gain, to determine, based at least on hearing recognition characteristics of a human per frequency band of the processed audio signal, whether to tolerate distortion in the processed audio signal, to reduce, based at least on determining not to tolerate the distortion in the processed audio signal, a gain of the processed audio signal, and to adjust, based at least on determining to tolerate the distortion in the processed audio signal, the gain of the processed audio signal based on the hearing recognition characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kudryavtsev Vadim, Byeong Jun Kim, Jae-Hyun Kim, Juhwan Woo
  • Patent number: 10797666
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method comprising determining an energy stored in a port of a vented box loudspeaker based on a physical model of the vented box loudspeaker, determining a time-varying attenuation to apply to a source signal for reproduction via the vented box loudspeaker based on the energy stored in the port, and controlling the energy stored in the port in real-time by attenuating the source signal based on the time-varying attenuation. A velocity of air in the port during the reproduction of the source signal is limited based on the controlling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan Li, Pascal M. Brunet
  • Patent number: 10785574
    Abstract: An acoustophoretic system is controlled and driven to attain a desired level of performance. An RF controller and a driver provide a frequency and power to an acoustic transducer, which can be implemented as a piezoelectric element, which presents a reactive load or a complex load. A controller implements a control technique for efficient transducer operation. The control technique can locate a frequency for operation that is at a reactance minimum or maximum for the system to produce a modal pattern and to provide efficient operation of the transducer. A method of detecting a minimum or maximum reactance in a acoustophoretic system used to trap, separate, deflect, cluster, fractionate or otherwise process particles or secondary fluids or tertiary fluids in a primary fluid and utilizing the frequency of the detected reactance to operate the acoustophoretic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: FloDesign Sonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bart Lipkens, Ronald Musiak, John Artis
  • Patent number: 10779099
    Abstract: A system and method including receiving an activity signal from a detection unit, the activity signal indicative of detected activity, responsive to the received activity signal exceeding a predetermined threshold, switching a digital microphone from a default low-power mode to active mode, and a pre-determined period of time after switching the digital microphone to active mode, switching the digital microphone back to the default low-power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Essence Smartcare Ltd.
    Inventor: Ohad Amir
  • Patent number: 10779106
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to audio object clustering based on renderer-aware perceptual difference. A method of processing audio objects is provided. The method includes obtaining renderer-related information indicating a configuration of a renderer. The method also includes determining, based on the obtained renderer-related information, a rendering difference between a first audio object and a second audio object among the audio objects with respect to the renderer. The method further includes clustering the audio objects at least in part based on the rendering difference. Corresponding system, device, and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lianwu Chen, Lie Lu, Dirk Jeroen Breebaart
  • Patent number: 10764669
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device and method for monitoring an earphone wearing state. A device and method for monitoring an earphone wearing state according to the present invention comprises: an internal microphone for receiving an internal voice generated inside an ear and generating an internal voice signal; an external microphone for receiving an external sound selectively including external noise and an external voice transferred from a vocal cords to the outside of an oral cavity and generating an external sound signal; a control unit for determining the volume of external noise though a comparison between an internal voice signal and an external sound signal and determining whether to generate an alarm signal; and an alarm unit for performing alarming in response to an alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Eundong Kim
  • Patent number: 10757529
    Abstract: A method including providing an input audio signal in a first path and applying an interpolated head-related transfer function (HRTF) pair based upon a direction to generate direction dependent first left and right signals in the first path; providing the input audio signal in a second path, where the second path includes a plurality of filters and a respective amplifier for each filter, where the amplifiers are configured to be adjusted based upon the direction, and applying to an output from each of the filters a respective head-related transfer function (HRTF) pair to generate direction dependent second left and right signals for each filter in the second path; and combining the generated left signals to form a left output signal for a sound reproduction, and combining the generated right signals to form a right output signal for the sound reproduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Mikko-Ville Laitinen
  • Patent number: 10750275
    Abstract: A speaker device according to an embodiment includes a panel, a plurality of vibration elements, and a driving unit. The plurality of vibration elements vibrate the panel. The driving unit applies, to a first vibration element, a first driving signal that includes a modulated wave provided in such a manner that a carrier wave in an ultrasonic wave band is modulated by a sound signal in an audible wave band and applies, to a second vibration element, a second driving signal that includes the carrier wave and is different from the first driving signal, so that a vibrational region is formed on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventor: Keiichiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10743112
    Abstract: The microphone and pressure sensor package comprises a carrier (1) with an opening (16), a microphone device (20) including a diaphragm (21) and a perforated back plate (22) arranged above the opening (16), an ASIC device (6), and a cover (9) forming a cavity (17) between the carrier (1) and the cover (9). The ASIC device (6) and the microphone device (20) are arranged in the cavity (17). A sensor element (7) provided for a pressure sensor is integrated in the ASIC device (6). The pressure outside the cavity (17) is transferred to the sensor element (7) through the opening (16), the diaphragm (21), and the back plate (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SCIOSENSE B.V.
    Inventor: Willem Frederik Adrianus Besling