Patents by Inventor J. Richard Aylward

J. Richard Aylward 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).

  • Patent number: 9036837
    Abstract: A desktop audio loudspeaker system, for placement on a desktop used a work surface by a listener, includes an enclosure for placement on or above the desktop, the enclosure having a front surface; a first loudspeaker mounted in the enclosure, the first loudspeaker radiating sound from the enclosure, past the front surface, in a direct path to ears of the listener. This embodiment also includes a first reflective element having a surface, the first reflective element mounted in relation to the enclosure so as to reduce multipath effects caused by reflection of sound by the desktop, wherein the surface of the first reflective element is disposed transversely with respect to the front surface of the enclosure, and forming an angle with the front surface, to reflect sound, emanating from the first loudspeaker, away from the desktop in a direction that avoids a direct path to ears of the listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: James Tuomy, Barry Michael Kosherick, Laurie Wilk, J. Richard Aylward
  • Patent number: 9014404
    Abstract: A multichannel audio system for radiating sound to a listening area that includes a plurality of listening spaces. The audio system includes directional audio devices, positioned in a first of the listening spaces, close to a head of a listener, for radiating first sound waves corresponding to components of one of the channels and nondirectional audio devices, positioned inside the listening area and outside the listening space, distant from the listening space, for radiating sound waves corresponding to components of a second of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Charles R. Barker, III, Klaus Hartung
  • Publication number: 20120224729
    Abstract: A multichannel audio system for radiating sound to a listening area that includes a plurality of listening spaces. The audio system includes directional audio devices, positioned in a first of the listening spaces, close to a head of a listener, for radiating first sound waves corresponding to components of one of the channels and nondirectional audio devices, positioned inside the listening area and outside the listening space, distant from the listening space, for radiating sound waves corresponding to components of a second of the channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: J. Richard AYLWARD, Charles R. BARKER, III, Klaus HARTUNG
  • Patent number: 8238578
    Abstract: A method for clipping and post-clipping processing an audio signal, includes clipping an audio signal to provide a clipped audio signal; filtering, by a first filter, the audio signal to provide a filtered unclipped audio signal; and filtering, by a second filter, the clipped audio signal to provide a filtered clipped audio signal. The method further includes differentially combining the filtered clipped audio signal and the clipped audio signal to provide a differentially combined audio signal; and combining the filtered unclipped audio signal and the differentially combined audio signal to provide an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: J. Richard Aylward
  • Patent number: 8175292
    Abstract: A method for processing and transducing audio signals. An audio system has a first audio signal and a second audio signal that have amplitudes. A method for processing the audio signals includes dividing the first audio signal into a first spectral band signal and a second spectral band signal; scaling the first spectral band signal by a first scaling factor proportional to the amplitude of the second audio signal; and scaling the first spectral band signal by a second scaling factor to create a second signal portion. Other portions of the disclosure include application of the signal processing method to multichannel audio systems, and to audio systems having different combinations of directional loudspeakers, full range loudspeakers, and limited range loudspeakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Erik E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8175311
    Abstract: An acoustic waveguide system, having source of acoustic radiation and a source of opposing acoustic radiation. An acoustic waveguide has an open end and an interior. A first acoustic driver having a first radiating surface and a second radiating surface is arranged and constructed so that the first radiating surface radiates sound waves into free air and the second radiating surface radiates sound waves into the acoustic waveguide so that sound waves are radiated at the open end. A source of opposing sound waves in the acoustic waveguide opposes a predetermined spectral component of the sound waves radiated into the acoustic waveguide to reduce the acoustic radiation of the predetermined spectral component from the acoustic waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: J. Richard Aylward
  • Patent number: 8139797
    Abstract: A multichannel audio system for radiating sound to a listening area that includes a plurality of listening spaces. The audio system includes directional audio devices, positioned in a first of the listening spaces, close to a head of a listener, for radiating first sound waves corresponding to components of one of the channels and nondirectional audio devices, positioned inside the listening area and outside the listening space, distant from the listening space, for radiating sound waves corresponding to components of a second of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Charles R. Barker, III, Klaus Hartung
  • Patent number: 8045743
    Abstract: An acoustic device, including an acoustic enclosure and a first electroacoustical transducing apparatus comprising a motor structure providing mechanical vibration, the vibration having a direction of vibration, mounted in the acoustic enclosure. The acoustic device is constructed and arranged so that first pressure waves are radiated from a first radiation point and second pressure waves are radiated from a second radiation point and so that the first pressure waves and the second pressure waves destructively interfere at observation points relatively equidistant from the first and second radiation points. The acoustic device is further constructed and arranged to be structurally combined with a seating device so that the first radiation point is relatively close to the head of an occupant of the seating device and so that the second radiation point is relatively far from the head of the occupant. The acoustic device is further constructed and arranged to transmit the mechanical vibration to the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Charles R. Barker, III
  • Publication number: 20110235838
    Abstract: A desktop audio loudspeaker system, for placement on a desktop used a work surface by a listener, includes an enclosure for placement on or above the desktop, the enclosure having a front surface; a first loudspeaker mounted in the enclosure, the first loudspeaker radiating sound from the enclosure, past the front surface, in a direct path to ears of the listener. This embodiment also includes a first reflective element having a surface, the first reflective element mounted in relation to the enclosure so as to reduce multipath effects caused by reflection of sound by the desktop, wherein the surface of the first reflective element is disposed transversely with respect to the front surface of the enclosure, and forming an angle with the front surface, to reflect sound, emanating from the first loudspeaker, away from the desktop in a direction that avoids a direct path to ears of the listener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: James Tuomy, Barry Michael Kosherick, Laurie Wilk, J. Richard Aylward
  • Publication number: 20100119081
    Abstract: A method for clipping and post-clipping processing an audio signal, includes clipping an audio signal to provide a clipped audio signal; filtering, by a first filter, the audio signal to provide a filtered unclipped audio signal; and filtering, by a second filter, the clipped audio signal to provide a filtered clipped audio signal. The method further includes differentially combining the filtered clipped audio signal and the clipped audio signal to provide a differentially combined audio signal; and combining the filtered unclipped audio signal and the differentially combined audio signal to provide an output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: J. Richard Aylward
  • Patent number: 7676047
    Abstract: A method for processing a multichannel audio signal. The method includes mounting electroacoustical transducers in a low frequency augmenting device. The electroacoustical transducers radiate different high frequency acoustic energy and common low frequency acoustic energy. The transducers may be part of directional arrays. The method is applied to multimedia entertainment devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Charles R. Barker, III
  • Publication number: 20090003639
    Abstract: An acoustic waveguide system, having source of acoustic radiation and a source of opposing acoustic radiation. An acoustic waveguide has an open end and an interior. A first acoustic driver having a first radiating surface and a second radiating surface is arranged and constructed so that the first radiating surface radiates sound waves into free air and the second radiating surface radiates sound waves into the acoustic waveguide so that sound waves are radiated at the open end. A source of opposing sound waves in the acoustic waveguide opposes a predetermined spectral component of the sound waves radiated into the acoustic waveguide to reduce the acoustic radiation of the predetermined spectral component from the acoustic waveguide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: J. Richard Aylward
  • Publication number: 20080273722
    Abstract: A vehicle loudspeaker system in a vehicle including directional loudspeakers. One directional loudspeaker radiates sound at a first seating position and another loudspeaker radiates sound at a second seating position. The directional loudspeakers may be used with other vehicle loudspeakers to control spatial perceptions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Charles R. Barker, James Schofield Garretson, Klaus Hartung
  • Patent number: 7426280
    Abstract: An acoustic waveguide system, having source of acoustic radiation and a source of opposing acoustic radiation. An acoustic waveguide has an open end and an interior. A first acoustic driver having a first radiating surface and a second radiating surface is arranged and constructed so that the first radiating surface radiates sound waves into free air and the second radiating surface radiates sound waves into the acoustic waveguide so that sound waves are radiated at the open end. A source of opposing sound waves in the acoustic waveguide opposes a predetermined spectral component of the sound waves radiated into the acoustic waveguide to reduce the acoustic radiation of the predetermined spectral component from the acoustic waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: J. Richard Aylward
  • Patent number: 7382888
    Abstract: Combining audio channel signals includes shifting the phase of a first audio signal relative to a second audio signal. In one embodiment, the relative phase shifting is substantially limited to a predetermined frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Hilmar Lehnert, Robert P. Parker
  • Patent number: 7164768
    Abstract: A method for processing and transducing audio signals. An audio system has a first audio signal and a second audio signal that have amplitudes. A method for processing the audio signals includes dividing the first audio signal into a first spectral band signal and a second spectral band signal; scaling the first spectral band signal by a first scaling factor proportional to the amplitude of the second audio signal; and scaling the first spectral band signal by a second scaling factor to create a second signal portion. Other portions of the disclosure include application of the signal processing method to multichannel audio systems, and to audio systems having different combinations of directional loudspeakers, full range loudspeakers, and limited range loudspeakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Erik E. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20060291669
    Abstract: A method for processing and transducing audio signals. An audio system has a first audio signal and a second audio signal that have amplitudes. A method for processing the audio signals includes dividing the first audio signal into a first spectral band signal and a second spectral band signal; scaling the first spectral band signal by a first scaling factor proportional to the amplitude of the second audio signal; and scaling the first spectral band signal by a second scaling factor to create a second signal portion. Other portions of the disclosure include application of the signal processing method to multichannel audio systems, and to audio systems having different combinations of directional loudspeakers, full range loudspeakers, and limited range loudspeakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Erik Anderson
  • Patent number: 7016501
    Abstract: The degree of correlation between two audio signals is determined and the channels are normalized according to first and second normalization modes responsive to correlation and uncorrelation respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Hilmar Lehnert
  • Patent number: 6928169
    Abstract: Processing a single channel audio signal provides a plurality of audio channel signals by separating the single channel audio signal into a first separated signal, characterized by a spectral pattern generally characteristic of speech, and a second separated signal processed to provide the remainder of the plurality of audio output channel signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: J. Richard Aylward
  • Publication number: 20040196982
    Abstract: A multichannel audio system for radiating sound to a listening area that includes a plurality of listening spaces. The audio system includes directional audio devices, positioned in a first of the listening spaces, close to a head of a listener, for radiating first sound waves corresponding to components of one of the channels and nondirectional audio devices, positioned inside the listening area and outside the listening space, distant from the listening space, for radiating sound waves corresponding to components of a second of the channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: J. Richard Aylward, Charles R. Barker, Klaus Hartung