Patents Examined by Yosef K Laekemariam
  • Patent number: 11954829
    Abstract: The invention relates to a videoconferencing system 1, comprising: a display screen 10, for displaying an image Ie(ti) containing N images Iint(k)(ti); a camera 20, for acquiring an image Ic(tj); a single-pixel-imager-employing optical device suitable for determining N images Ico(k)(tj) on the basis of sub-matrices SMimp(k)(tj) comprising: an optical source 31, suitable for irradiating an ocular portion Po(tj) of the face of the user; a matrix of single-pixel imagers that are suitable for reconstructing a correction image Ico(k)(tj) on the basis of the light beam reflected by the ocular portion Po(tj); a processing unit 40, suitable for: determining, in each image Iint(k)(ti) of the image Ie(ti), a target point Pc(k)(tj), then selecting N sub-matrices SMimp(k)(tj) each centred on a target point Pc(k)(tj); correcting the image Ic(tj), by replacing a region of the image Pc(tj) representing the ocular portion Po(tj) with the N images Ico(k)(tj).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Christophe Martinez, François Templier
  • Patent number: 11956621
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the present disclosure includes an executing unit that associates a head-related transfer function corresponding to a user with an identifier that identifies equipment that is used by the user and a providing unit that provides the head-related transfer function and the identifier associated with the head-related transfer function to a providing destination to which the head-related transfer function corresponding to the user is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tamaki
  • Patent number: 11954698
    Abstract: A method for associating perception data with a first content, which is implemented by a processor includes: triggering at least one capture using a capturing device in the direction of at least one individual, referred to as an observer, consulting the first content, the result of the capture being designated as second content; analyzing distinctive elements of the second content and transposing the distinctive elements into perception data; and associating the perception data with the first content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Chantal Guionnet, Frederic Massa, Anne Nicole Pouzet, Herve Maudier
  • Patent number: 11950087
    Abstract: An audio signal processing method, includes acquiring a first distance between a current position and an initial position of a mobile device, and a second distance between the current position of the mobile device and a wearable device. Determining a first deflection angle according to the first distance, the second distance and the initial distance between the mobile device and the wearable device. Acquiring a second deflection angle of the wearable device reflecting a posture change. Determining relative position information between the mobile device and the wearable device according to the first deflection angle, the second deflection angle and the second distance and processing an audio signal based on the relative position information to obtain a playing audio played by the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kai Wang, Runyu Shi, Xueyang Lv
  • Patent number: 11937943
    Abstract: A system may obtain a set of features characterizing a segment of inertial measurement unit (IMU) data generated by an IMU of an ear-wearable device. The system may apply a machine learning model (MLM) that takes the features characterizing the segment of the IMU data as input. The system may determine, based on output values produced by the MLM, whether a user of the ear-wearable device has potentially been subject to physical abuse. The system may then perform an action in response to determining that the user of the ear-wearable device has potentially been subject to physical abuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matan Sivan, Nitzan Bornstein, Justin Burwinkel, Roy Talman, Neta Aviel
  • Patent number: 11936967
    Abstract: An image acquisition system is disclosed. The image acquisition system includes: an object area configured to form an image on an image side; a condenser lens configured to converge light from the object area, the condenser lens being located on a light path of the object area; a color filter configured to filter the light collected by the condenser lens to obtain single wavelength of light, according to a forward direction of the light, the color filter being placed in front of the condenser lens; and an image sensor configured to receive the image on an imaging plane position of an image space, the image sensor being placed in front of the imaging plane position according to the forward direction of the light. The matrix image acquisition system and the matrix image projection system including the image acquisition system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TOPLITE INTERNATIONAL CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Yongjian Yin
  • Patent number: 11930329
    Abstract: Method and devices for testing a headphone with increased sensation are provided. The headphone can filter and amplify low frequency audio signals, which are then sent to a haptic device in the headphone. The haptic device can cause bass sensations at the top of the skull and at both ear cups. The testing system can evaluate the haptic and acoustic sensations produced by the headphone to evaluate if they have been properly assembled and calibrate the headphones if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: ALPINE ELECTRONICS OF SILICON VALLEY, INC.
    Inventors: Rocky Chau-Hsiung Lin, Thomas Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 11924625
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a method and system for a room calibration in a speaker system using an internal microphone. The method comprises calculating an impulse response of a sound signal received at an internal microphone from at least one speaker, and performing the room calibration based on the calculated impulse response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jianwen Zheng, Shao-Fu Shih
  • Patent number: 11924367
    Abstract: Joint noise and echo suppression may be performed for enhancing two-way audio communications. Audio data is captured at a communication device and audio data transmitted to the communication device from another communication device are used as input features to a trained machine learning model that uses the transmitted audio data as a reference signal to eliminate residual echo in the captured audio data when also suppressing noise in the captured audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Valin, Karim Helwani, Srikanth Venkata Tenneti, Erfan Soltanmohammadi, Mehmet Umut Isik, Richard Newman, Michael Mark Goodwin, Arvindh Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 11924619
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of rendering audio. A binaural signal is split on an amplitude weighting basis into a front binaural signal and a rear binaural signal, based on perceived position information of the audio. In this manner, the front-back differentiation of the binaural signal is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark F. Davis, Nicolas R. Tsingos, C. Phillip Brown
  • Patent number: 11917386
    Abstract: Methods and systems for performing at least one audio activity (e.g., conducting a phone call or playing music or other audio content) in an environment including by determining an estimated location of a user in the environment in response to sound uttered by the user (e.g., a voice command), and controlling the audio activity in response to determining the estimated user location. The environment may have zones which are indicated by a zone map and estimation of the user location may include estimating in which of the zones the user is located. The audio activity may be performed using microphones and loudspeakers which are implemented in or coupled to smart audio devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos Eduardo Medaglia Dyonisio, David Gunawan
  • Patent number: 11909776
    Abstract: An online video distribution support method is executed by an online video distribution support system including one or more computers connected to communicate with a plurality of viewer terminals used by viewers who view an online video. The online video distribution support method includes: displaying a video distribution screen including a material designated by a distributor that distributes the online video; acquiring information on a line-of-sight position of each of the viewers on the video distribution screen from each of the viewer terminals; detecting and acquiring a line-of-sight position of the distributor on the video distribution screen by using a captured image obtained by capturing the distributor; and calculating and outputting a degree of interest of each of the viewers based on the line-of-sight position of the corresponding viewer and the line-of-sight position of the distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yoshihara, Koji Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 11906303
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are wearable devices, their configurations, and methods of operation that use self-mixing interferometry signals of a self-mixing interferometry sensor to recognize user inputs. The user inputs may include voiced commands or silent gesture commands. The devices may be wearable on the user's head, with the self-mixing interferometry sensor configured to direct a beam of light toward a location on the user's head. Skin deformations or vibrations at the location may be caused by the user's speech or the user's silent gestures and recognized using the self-mixing interferometry signal. The self-mixing interferometry signals may be used for bioauthentication and/or audio conditioning of received sound or voice inputs to a microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mehmet Mutlu, Ahmet Fatih Cihan
  • Patent number: 11910171
    Abstract: A smart speaker power controller may be configured to receive power conforming to one of a plurality of power modes from an input power source. The power controller may be further configured to communicate the power mode to at least one component of a processing system or at least one component of an audio system for operating the smart speaker according to the received power mode, including determining a current limit of a power converter; determining a shutdown voltage threshold and safely shutting down the smart speaker if the input voltage falls below the threshold, and/or modifying audio operation of the smart speaker in response to the power mode. The smart speaker can further include an audio power supply controller configured to monitor energy required to reproduce an audio signal and to servo a power supply voltage provided to an audio amplifier in response to this energy level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhigang Dang, Daniel Naito, Evan Thompson, Peter Poon, Manasi Lagare, Michael Nussbaum, David Sumberg
  • Patent number: 11900955
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating loudspeaker signals includes an object metadata processor configured to receive metadata, to calculate a second position of the audio object depending on the first position of the audio object and on a size of a screen if the audio object is indicated in the metadata as being screen-related, to feed the first position of the audio object as the position information into the object renderer if the audio object is indicated in the metadata as being not screen-related, and to feed the second position of the audio object as the position information into the object renderer if the audio object is indicated in the metadata as being screen-related. The apparatus further includes an object renderer configured to receive an audio object and to generate the loudspeaker signals depending on the audio object and on position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Simone Fueg, Jan Plogsties, Sascha Dick, Johannes Hilpert, Julien Robilliard, Achim Kuntz, Andreas Hoelzer
  • Patent number: 11895477
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics represents three-dimensional sound independent of a specific loudspeaker set-up. However, transmission of an HOA representation results in a very high bit rate. Therefore, compression with a fixed number of channels is used, in which directional and ambient signal components are processed differently. The ambient HOA component is represented by a minimum number of HOA coefficient sequences. The remaining channels contain either directional signals or additional coefficient sequences of the ambient HOA component, depending on what will result in optimum perceptual quality. This processing can change on a frame-by-frame basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sven Kordon, Alexander Krueger
  • Patent number: 11895436
    Abstract: A device (100) includes a display (110) itself including pixel groups. A bottom and sides of each of the pixel groups are covered with non-reflective material. The pixel groups are electrically coupled together with transparent conductive interconnections. A camera (122) is located beneath the display and the camera is configured to sense light that passes through the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Chung Chun Wan, Ping Tong Chu
  • Patent number: 11894011
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to reduce noise from harmonic noise sources. An example apparatus includes at least one memory; at least one processor to execute the computer readable instructions to at least: determine a first amplitude value of a frequency component in a frequency spectrum of an audio sample; determine a set of points in the frequency spectrum having at least one of (a) amplitude values within an amplitude threshold of the first amplitude value, (b) frequency values within a frequency threshold of the first amplitude value, or (c) phase values within a phase threshold of the first amplitude value; increment a counter when a distance between (1) a second amplitude value in the set of points and (2) the first amplitude value satisfies a distance threshold; and when the counter satisfies a counter threshold, generate a contour trace based on the set of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Matthew McCallum
  • Patent number: 11895485
    Abstract: A sound signal processing method includes: obtaining a sound signal; obtaining impulse response data that was measured in a predetermined space before the sound signal is obtained; generating an early reflected sound control signal not including a reverberant sound by convolving impulse response data of an early reflected sound among the obtained impulse response data into the obtained sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Watanabe, Dai Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11895457
    Abstract: Example techniques may involve headphone interaction. An implementation may include while headphones are disconnected from a control device, the control device receiving an indication of particular audio content being played back by a first zone of the media playback system. While the particular audio content is being played back by the one or more playback devices of the media playback system, detecting that headphones have been connected to the first control device. Headphones may be connectable to the control device via either (a) an analog headphone jack or (b) a point-to-point personal area network connection. In response to detecting that the headphones are connected to the control device: the control device (i) causing the one or more playback devices of the first zone to stop playback of the particular audio content; (ii) retrieving the particular audio content and (iii) resuming playback of the particular audio content via the connected headphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Clayton, Charles Alessi