Patents by Inventor Adrian M. Schuster

Adrian M. Schuster has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190341044
    Abstract: A device performs a method for using image data to aid voice recognition. The method includes the device capturing (302) image data of a vicinity of the device and adjusting (304), based on the image data, a set of parameters for voice recognition performed by the device (102). The set of parameters for the device performing voice recognition include, but are not limited to: a trigger threshold of a trigger for voice recognition; a set of beamforming parameters; a database for voice recognition; and/or an algorithm for voice recognition. The algorithm may include using noise suppression or using acoustic beamforming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Zurek, Adrian M. Schuster, Fu-Lin Shau, Jincheng Wu
  • Patent number: 10405113
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for equalizing audio data for output by a speaker of an electronic device based on a local position or orientation of the electronic device. According to certain aspects, the electronic device can determine (858, 868) its local position based on various sensor data, and identify (870, 872) an appropriate equalization setting. In some cases, the electronic device can modify (876, 880) the equalization setting based on acoustic and/or optical data. The electronic device can apply (882) the modified or unmodified equalization setting to an audio signal and cause the speaker to output (886) the audio signal with the applied equalization setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Kevin J. Bastyr, Prabhu Anabathula, Andrew K. Wells, Wen Hao Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190208344
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for receiving a request to output audio at a first speaker and a second speaker of an electronic device, determining that the electronic device is oriented in a portrait orientation or a landscape orientation, identifying, based on the determined orientation, a first equalization setting for the first speaker and a second equalization setting for the second speaker, providing, for output at the first speaker, a first audio signal with the first equalization setting, and providing, for output at the second speaker, a second audio signal with the second equalization setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Kevin J. Bastyr, Prabhu Anabathula, Andrew K. Wells, Wen Hao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10311868
    Abstract: A device performs a method for using image data to aid voice recognition. The method includes the device capturing (302) image data of a vicinity of the device and adjusting (304), based on the image data, a set of parameters for voice recognition performed by the device (102). The set of parameters for the device performing voice recognition include, but are not limited to: a trigger threshold of a trigger for voice recognition; a set of beamforming parameters; a database for voice recognition; and/or an algorithm for voice recognition. The algorithm may include using noise suppression or using acoustic beamforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Zurek, Adrian M. Schuster, Fu-Lin Shau, Jincheng Wu
  • Publication number: 20180341455
    Abstract: The present application provides a method and device for processing audio in a captured scene including an image and spatially localizable audio. The method includes capturing a scene including image information and spatially localizable audio information. The captured image information of the scene is then presented to a user via an image reproduction module. An object in the presented image information is then selected, which is the source of spatially localizable audio information, by isolating the spatially localizable audio information in the direction of the selected object. The isolated spatially localizable audio information is then altered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Plamen A. Ivanov, Adrian M. Schuster
  • Patent number: 9984675
    Abstract: A method of operation beamforms a plurality of microphone outputs to obtain a plurality of virtual microphone audio channels with at least one audio output channel and at least one audio control channel. The method performs voice recognition on the audio control channel to detect voice commands for controlling audio output channel attributes, and adjusts an audio channel attribute in response to detecting a voice command. Adjusting an attribute of the audio channel may be accomplished by, for example, controlling one or more parameters of an adjustable beamformer. The detected voice commands for controlling audio channel attributes may include voice commands for controlling audio sensitivity zooming, panning in a specified direction, focusing on a specified direction, blocking a specified direction, mixing a narrator's voice, blocking a narrator's voice, or reducing background noise. An apparatus that performs the method of operation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Adrian M Schuster, Plamen A Ivanov
  • Patent number: 9942658
    Abstract: A method and apparatus increase audio output of a device. A mode of audio output operation of a device can be determined. Audio output can operate in a determined first mode of audio output operation that powers at least one first speaker at a first bandwidth and at a first output level below a first output level threshold. The audio output can operate in a determined second mode of audio output operation. The second mode of audio output operation can power the at least one first speaker at a high pass filtered second bandwidth that filters out low frequencies of the first bandwidth. The second mode of audio output operation can power the at least one first speaker at a second output level below a second output level threshold. The second output level threshold can be higher than the first output level threshold. The second output level can exceed the first output level threshold at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Robert Zurek, Kevin J Bastyr, Joel Clark, Giles T Davis, Adrian M Schuster
  • Publication number: 20180098166
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for equalizing audio data for output by a speaker of an electronic device based on a local position or orientation of the electronic device. According to certain aspects, the electronic device can determine (858, 868) its local position based on various sensor data, and identify (870, 872) an appropriate equalization setting. In some cases, the electronic device can modify (876, 880) the equalization setting based on acoustic and/or optical data. The electronic device can apply (882) the modified or unmodified equalization setting to an audio signal and cause the speaker to output (886) the audio signal with the applied equalization setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Kevin J. Bastyr, Prabhu Anabathula, Andrew K. Wells, Wen Hao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9883023
    Abstract: A portable electronic communication device includes a user input receiver, one or more user outputs, and a processor programmed to receive user input from the user input receiver and to determine based on the user input whether the user desires the device to enter a private mode. The device alters communications from the device via the one or more user outputs while in the private mode, and enters the private mode if the user input indicates that the user desires the device to enter the private mode. While in the private mode, the device may alter the manner in which it communicates to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Rajib Acharya, Roger W. Ady, Plamen A. Ivanov, Mark A. Jasiuk, Dusan Macho Cierna, Robert Zurek
  • Patent number: 9854374
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for equalizing audio data for output by a speaker of an electronic device based on a local position or orientation of the electronic device. According to certain aspects, the electronic device can determine (858, 868) its local position based on various sensor data, and identify (870, 872) an appropriate equalization setting. In some cases, the electronic device can modify (876, 880) the equalization setting based on acoustic and/or optical data. The electronic device can apply (882) the modified or unmodified equalization setting to an audio signal and cause the speaker to output (886) the audio signal with the applied equalization setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Kevin J. Bastyr, Prabhu Annabathula, Andrew K. Wells, Wen Hao Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170366662
    Abstract: A portable electronic communication device includes a user input receiver, one or more user outputs, and a processor programmed to receive user input from the user input receiver and to determine based on the user input whether the user desires the device to enter a private mode. The device alters communications from the device via the one or more user outputs while in the private mode, and enters the private mode if the user input indicates that the user desires the device to enter the private mode. While in the private mode, the device may alter the manner in which it communicates to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Rajib Acharya, Roger W. Ady, Plamen A. Ivanov, Mark A. Jasiuk, Dusan Macho Cierna, Robert Zurek
  • Patent number: 9747900
    Abstract: A device performs a method for using image data to aid voice recognition. The method includes the device capturing image data of a vicinity of the device and adjusting, based on the image data, a set of parameters for voice recognition performed by the device. The set of parameters for the device performing voice recognition include, but are not limited to: a trigger threshold of a trigger for voice recognition; a set of beamforming parameters; a database for voice recognition; and/or an algorithm for voice recognition, wherein the algorithm can include using noise suppression or using acoustic beamforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Robert A Zurek, Adrian M Schuster, Fu-Lin Shau, Jincheng Wu
  • Publication number: 20170193996
    Abstract: A device performs a method for using image data to aid voice recognition. The method includes the device capturing (302) image data of a vicinity of the device and adjusting (304), based on the image data, a set of parameters for voice recognition performed by the device (102). The set of parameters for the device performing voice recognition include, but are not limited to: a trigger threshold of a trigger for voice recognition; a set of beamforming parameters; a database for voice recognition; and/or an algorithm for voice recognition. The algorithm may include using noise suppression or using acoustic beamforming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Robert A. Zurek, Adrian M. Schuster, Fu-Lin Shau, Jincheng Wu
  • Patent number: 9680983
    Abstract: A portable electronic communication device includes a user input receiver, one or more user outputs, and a processor programmed to receive user input from the user input receiver and to determine based on the user input whether the user desires the device to enter a private mode. The device alters communications from the device via the one or more user outputs while in the private mode, and enters the private mode if the user input indicates that the user desires the device to enter the private mode. While in the private mode, the device may alter the manner in which it communicates to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Rajib Acharya, Roger W. Ady, Plamen A. Ivanov, Mark A. Jasiuk, Dusan Macho Cierna, Robert Zurek
  • Publication number: 20170134857
    Abstract: A method and apparatus increase audio output of a device. A mode of audio output operation of a device can be determined. Audio output can operate in a determined first mode of audio output operation that powers at least one first speaker at a first bandwidth and at a first output level below a first output level threshold. The audio output can operate in a determined second mode of audio output operation. The second mode of audio output operation can power the at least one first speaker at a high pass filtered second bandwidth that filters out low frequencies of the first bandwidth. The second mode of audio output operation can power the at least one first speaker at a second output level below a second output level threshold. The second output level threshold can be higher than the first output level threshold. The second output level can exceed the first output level threshold at least once.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Zurek, Kevin J. Bastyr, Joel Clark, Giles T. Davis, Adrian M. Schuster
  • Publication number: 20170055092
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for equalizing audio data for output by a speaker of an electronic device based on a local position or orientation of the electronic device. According to certain aspects, the electronic device can determine (858, 868) its local position based on various sensor data, and identify (870, 872) an appropriate equalization setting. In some cases, the electronic device can modify (876, 880) the equalization setting based on acoustic and/or optical data. The electronic device can apply (882) the modified or unmodified equalization setting to an audio signal and cause the speaker to output (886) the audio signal with the applied equalization setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Kevin J. Bastyr, Prabhu Annabathula, Andrew K. Wells, Wen Hao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9542947
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for voice recognition performed in a voice recognition block comprising a plurality of voice recognition stages. The method includes receiving a first plurality of voice inputs, corresponding to a first phrase, into a first voice recognition stage of the plurality of voice recognition stages, wherein multiple ones of the voice recognition stages includes a plurality of voice recognition modules and multiples ones of the voice recognition stages perform a different type of voice recognition processing, wherein the first voice recognition stage processes the first plurality of voice inputs to generate a first plurality of outputs for receipt by a subsequent voice recognition stage. The method further includes, receiving by each subsequent voice recognition stage a plurality of outputs from a preceding voice recognition stage, wherein a plurality of final outputs is generated by a final voice recognition stage from which to approximate the first phrase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Adrian M Schuster, Joel A Clark, Giles T Davis, Plamen A Ivanov, Robert A Zurek
  • Patent number: 9521497
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for equalizing audio data for output by a speaker of an electronic device based on a local position or orientation of the electronic device. According to certain aspects, the electronic device can determine (858, 868) its local position based on various sensor data, and identify (870, 872) an appropriate equalization setting. In some cases, the electronic device can modify (876, 880) the equalization setting based on acoustic and/or optical data. The electronic device can apply (882) the modified or unmodified equalization setting to an audio signal and cause the speaker to output (886) the audio signal with the applied equalization setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Kevin J. Bastyr, Prabhu Annabathula, Andrew K. Wells, Wen Hao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9275638
    Abstract: An electronic device digitally combines a single voice input with each of a series of noise samples. Each noise sample is taken from a different audio environment (e.g., street noise, babble, interior car noise). The voice input/noise sample combinations are used to train a voice recognition model database without the user having to repeat the voice input in each of the different environments. In one variation, the electronic device transmits the user's voice input to a server that maintains and trains the voice recognition model database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John R Meloney, Joel A Clark, Joseph C Dwyer, Adrian M Schuster, Snehitha Singaraju, Robert A Zurek
  • Publication number: 20160057555
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for equalizing audio data for output by a speaker of an electronic device based on a local position or orientation of the electronic device. According to certain aspects, the electronic device can determine (858, 868) its local position based on various sensor data, and identify (870, 872) an appropriate equalization setting. In some cases, the electronic device can modify (876, 880) the equalization setting based on acoustic and/or optical data. The electronic device can apply (882) the modified or unmodified equalization setting to an audio signal and cause the speaker to output (886) the audio signal with the applied equalization setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Adrian M. Schuster, Kevin J. Bastyr, Prabhu Annabathula, Andrew K. Wells, Wen Hao Zhang