Patents by Inventor Bradford Kyle Subat

Bradford Kyle Subat 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: 20200317104
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a vehicle seat that includes a seat headrest portion for supporting the head of an occupant, and a seat backrest portion for supporting the back of the occupant in a seated position. The backrest portion includes an enclosure for receiving at least a portion of an acoustic transducer. The vehicle seat also includes an acoustic channel having a first end that is configured to be fitted around a driver of the acoustic transducer in an acoustically sealed configuration, and a second end. The second end is opposite the first end and disposed at a location closer to the seat headrest portion than the seat backrest portion. The acoustic channel is configured to radiate acoustic energy from the acoustic transducer through the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Oswald, Bradford Kyle Subat, Tobe Z. Barksdale, Muhammad Haris Usmani
  • Publication number: 20200276923
    Abstract: Various implementations include vehicle headrest configurations and related audio systems. In some cases, a headrest includes: a main body having a front surface to support a back of a user's head and a pair of acoustic channels each formed in part by a side wall having a front edge that is offset from the front surface, the main body having a portion configured to receive first and second transducers having a center-to-center spacing of approximately 130 millimeters (mm) to approximately 240 mm, where a dimension (Dimension K) is defined by a distance between respective inside surfaces of side walls of the pair of acoustic channels, a dimension (Dimension F) is defined by an amount that the front edge of each side wall is recessed from the front surface and, the first and second transducers are oriented at an outward firing angle relative to the centerline of the vehicle headrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Terence Henry Oswald, Nicolas K. Lade
  • Patent number: 10730423
    Abstract: Various implementations include vehicle headrest configurations and related audio systems. In some particular implementations, a vehicle headrest includes: a main body having a front surface arranged to support a back of a head of a user and a pair of acoustic channels each formed in part by a side wall having a front edge that is offset from the front surface, the main body having a portion configured to receive first and second transducers having a center-to-center spacing of approximately 130 millimeters (mm) to approximately 240 mm, where a dimension (Dimension K) defined by a distance between respective inside surfaces of the side walls of the pair of acoustic channels is related to a dimension (Dimension F) defined by an amount that the front edge of each side wall is recessed from the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Terence Henry Oswald, Nicholas K. Lade
  • Patent number: 10730422
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a vehicle seat that includes a seat headrest portion for supporting the head of an occupant, and a seat backrest portion for supporting the back of the occupant in a seated position. The backrest portion includes an enclosure for receiving at least a portion of an acoustic transducer. The vehicle seat also includes an acoustic channel having a first end that is configured to be fitted around a driver of the acoustic transducer in an acoustically sealed configuration, and a second end. The second end is opposite the first end and disposed at a location closer to the seat headrest portion than the seat backrest portion. The acoustic channel is configured to radiate acoustic energy from the acoustic transducer through the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Oswald, Bradford Kyle Subat, Tobe Z. Barksdale, Muhammad Haris Usmani
  • Publication number: 20190379956
    Abstract: A vehicle headrest includes an electro-acoustic transducer and an acoustic enclosure that supports the electro-acoustic transducer. A unitary foam member is coupled to the acoustic enclosure. The foam member has regions of contrasting firmness including a first region having a first firmness and a second region having a second firmness that is greater than the first firmness. The second region defines a speaker grille that is configured to overlie the electro-acoustic transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Bradford Kyle Subat
  • Publication number: 20190375324
    Abstract: A vehicle headrest includes an electro-acoustic transducer and an acoustic enclosure. The acoustic enclosure defines an acoustic chamber. The acoustic enclosure supports the electro-acoustic transducer such that a rear radiating surface of the electro-acoustic transducer radiates acoustic energy into the acoustic chamber. A cushion member is coupled to the acoustic enclosure for supporting a user's head. A grille member overlies a front radiating surface of the electro-acoustic transducer. The grille member is formed of a 3D printed lattice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Carl J. Price
  • Patent number: 10343571
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a seat headrest that includes an interior chamber that accommodates an acoustic transducer, and an acoustic channel disposed between the interior chamber and an external opening in the seat headrest. The headrest also includes a soft outer layer disposed around at least a portion of a periphery of the external opening, and a grill mount. The grill mount is disposed in or attached to the outer layer, the grill mount extending, at least in part, around the periphery of the acoustic channel, and configured to engage with a portion of a speaker grill-assembly in a mating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald
  • Publication number: 20190202330
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a headrest of a seat, the headrest including an enclosure for housing one or more acoustic transducers, and an adjustable headrest wing disposed in front of the enclosure. The headrest wing is coupled to the enclosure by a pivot, and configured to be adjusted to one of multiple positions within an angle range around the pivot. The headrest wing is also configured to support the head of a seat-occupant. The headrest further includes a connector disposed between the enclosure and a rear portion of the headrest wing. The connector is configured to provide an acoustic channel between the enclosure and the headrest wing such that audio signals from the one or more acoustic transducers are radiated outward through the headrest wing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald, Joseph Walter McCabe
  • Publication number: 20190111820
    Abstract: Various implementations include vehicle headrest configurations and related audio systems. In some particular implementations, a vehicle headrest includes: a main body having a front surface arranged to support a back of a head of a user and a pair of acoustic channels each formed in part by a side wall having a front edge that is offset from the front surface, the main body having a portion configured to receive first and second transducers having a center-to-center spacing of approximately 130 millimeters (mm) to approximately 240 mm, where a dimension (Dimension K) defined by a distance between respective inside surfaces of the side walls of the pair of acoustic channels is related to a dimension (Dimension F) defined by an amount that the front edge of each side wall is recessed from the front surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Terence Henry Oswald, Nicholas K. Lade
  • Patent number: 10239432
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a headrest of a seat, the headrest including an enclosure for housing one or more acoustic transducers, and an adjustable headrest wing disposed in front of the enclosure. The headrest wing is coupled to the enclosure by a pivot, and configured to be adjusted to one of multiple positions within an angle range around the pivot. The headrest wing is also configured to support the head of a seat-occupant. The headrest further includes a connector disposed between the enclosure and a rear portion of the headrest wing. The connector is configured to provide an acoustic channel between the enclosure and the headrest wing such that audio signals from the one or more acoustic transducers are radiated outward through the headrest wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald, Joseph Walter McCabe
  • Publication number: 20180312091
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a seat headrest that includes an interior chamber that accommodates an acoustic transducer, and an acoustic channel disposed between the interior chamber and an external opening in the seat headrest. The headrest also includes a soft outer layer disposed around at least a portion of a periphery of the external opening, and a grill mount. The grill mount is disposed in or attached to the outer layer, the grill mount extending, at least in part, around the periphery of the acoustic channel, and configured to engage with a portion of a speaker grill-assembly in a mating configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald
  • Patent number: 10029590
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a seat headrest that includes an interior chamber that accommodates an acoustic transducer, and an acoustic channel disposed between the interior chamber and an external opening in the seat headrest. The headrest also includes a soft outer layer disposed around at least a portion of a periphery of the external opening, and a grill mount. The grill mount is disposed in or attached to the outer layer, the grill mount extending, at least in part, around the periphery of the acoustic channel, and configured to engage with a portion of a speaker grill-assembly in a mating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald
  • Publication number: 20180118063
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a vehicle seat that includes a seat headrest portion for supporting the head of an occupant, and a seat backrest portion for supporting the back of the occupant in a seated position. The backrest portion includes an enclosure for receiving at least a portion of an acoustic transducer. The vehicle seat also includes an acoustic channel having a first end that is configured to be fitted around a driver of the acoustic transducer in an acoustically sealed configuration, and a second end. The second end is opposite the first end and disposed at a location closer to the seat headrest portion than the seat backrest portion. The acoustic channel is configured to radiate acoustic energy from the acoustic transducer through the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Oswald, Bradford Kyle Subat, Tobe Z. Barksdale, Muhammad Haris Usmani
  • Patent number: 9930433
    Abstract: The technology described in this document is embodied in a speaker grill configured to be attached to a speaker system disposed in a portion of a vehicle seat. The speaker grill includes a base that includes perforations to allow acoustic energy from the speakers to pass through the grill, a sidewall extending from the base such that the sidewall and the base define a cavity, and a structural feature configured to allow the speaker grill to be to be attached to a substantially rigid portion of the vehicle seat. The speaker grill is attached in an acoustic path of the speaker system, and is removable from the substantially rigid portion of the vehicle seat following attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald, Tobe Z. Barksdale, David Meeker
  • Patent number: 9845059
    Abstract: A method of creating in situ an acoustic enclosure in a space that is between body panels of a motor vehicle, wherein the space defines an empty volume, the method comprising placing into the space between body panels a molding tool that comprises a solid barrier that divides the space between body panels into an interior portion on an inside of the molding tool and an exterior portion that is external to an outside of the molding tool, where the outside of the molding tool is exposed to the space between body panels, and while the molding tool is in the space between the panels, introducing a fluid material into the exterior portion of the space between the body panels, wherein the fluid material is configured to cure into a solid shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Tobe Z. Barksdale, Charles E. Dunn, Jr., Lee Prager, Ben J. Feng
  • Patent number: 9802519
    Abstract: The technology can be embodied in a headrest that includes an enclosure that includes one or more acoustic transducers. The headrest includes a bar for mounting on a backrest of the seat, such that the mounted headrest is movable with respect to the backrest to different positions over an adjustable range. The bar includes one or more wires each of which is coupled to an electrical contact at one end, and an acoustic transducer at an opposite end, the one or more wires disposed within a hollow interior portion of the bar. The bar also includes an opening for permitting an electrical connection to be established between an electrical connector coupled to an external source, and the electrical contact coupled to the one or more wires. The connection is maintained over the adjustable range of the headrest by a mechanical bias on either the electrical connector or the electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles E. Dunn, Jr., Charles Oswald, Kurt Mathew Heiden
  • Patent number: 9796305
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in an acoustic enclosure for a speaker system disposed in a portion of a vehicle seat. The acoustic enclosure includes a rigid plate configured to be attached to a frame, a first section, and a second section. The rigid plate configured to support a speaker disposed in part within the acoustic enclosure. The first section is constructed from expanded resin, and disposed in contact with the rigid plate. The second section is disposed in contact with the first section, between the second section and the rigid plate. The first and second section together define a housing of the acoustic enclosure that includes at least one cavity configured to accommodate a portion of the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Bradford Kyle Subat
  • Publication number: 20170267139
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a seat headrest that includes an interior chamber that accommodates an acoustic transducer, and an acoustic channel disposed between the interior chamber and an external opening in the seat headrest. The headrest also includes a soft outer layer disposed around at least a portion of a periphery of the external opening, and a grill mount. The grill mount is disposed in or attached to the outer layer, the grill mount extending, at least in part, around the periphery of the acoustic channel, and configured to engage with a portion of a speaker grill-assembly in a mating configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald
  • Publication number: 20170267138
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a headrest of a seat, the headrest including an enclosure for housing one or more acoustic transducers, and an adjustable headrest wing disposed in front of the enclosure. The headrest wing is coupled to the enclosure by a pivot, and configured to be adjusted to one of multiple positions within an angle range around the pivot. The headrest wing is also configured to support the head of a seat-occupant. The headrest further includes a connector disposed between the enclosure and a rear portion of the headrest wing. The connector is configured to provide an acoustic channel between the enclosure and the headrest wing such that audio signals from the one or more acoustic transducers are radiated outward through the headrest wing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald, Joseph Walter McCabe
  • Publication number: 20170267137
    Abstract: The technology can be embodied in a headrest that includes an enclosure that includes one or more acoustic transducers. The headrest includes a bar for mounting on a backrest of the seat, such that the mounted headrest is movable with respect to the backrest to different positions over an adjustable range. The bar includes one or more wires each of which is coupled to an electrical contact at one end, and an acoustic transducer at an opposite end, the one or more wires disposed within a hollow interior portion of the bar. The bar also includes an opening for permitting an electrical connection to be established between an electrical connector coupled to an external source, and the electrical contact coupled to the one or more wires. The connection is maintained over the adjustable range of the headrest by a mechanical bias on either the electrical connector or the electrical contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles E. Dunn, JR., Charles Oswald, Kurt Mathew Heiden