Patents by Inventor Kevin J. Bastyr

Kevin J. Bastyr 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: 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: 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: 20170199721
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a portable electronic communication device use device operational context to provide user trigger or command input. When user input is received from a user of the device, a set of user input options is selected based on an operational context of the device, including an identification of at least one running application. Each user input option is associated with a device action, and the received user input is mapped to a matching user input option within the selected set of user input options. The device action associated with the matching user input option is then executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Plamen A. Ivanov, Kevin J. Bastyr, Mark A. Jasiuk, Seungyoon Lee, John Ross Meloney, Snehitha Singaraju
  • 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: 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: 9351091
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a group of microphones and a surface compensator that is operatively coupled to switch logic and to a signal conditioner that provides a control channel to voice recognition logic. The surface compensator may detect surfaces in proximity to the apparatus as well as the surface's acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity and may accordingly configure the group of microphones including selecting appropriate signal conditioning and beamforming based on the surface acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity and the orientation of the apparatus. Voice recognition performance is thus improved when microphones are impeded or occluded by proximate surfaces. A group of sensors of the apparatus is used by the surface compensator to detect surfaces and surface type, and to determine apparatus orientation and motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Plamen A Ivanov, Kevin J Bastyr, Joel A Clark, Rivanaldo S Oliveira, Snehitha Singaraju, Jincheng Wu
  • Patent number: 9294859
    Abstract: A method includes detecting a surface in proximity to a mobile device using sensor data and determining an acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity of the surface using the sensor data. The method may further compensate for the acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity by controlling a configurable group of microphones of the mobile device. Compensating for the surface acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity may include beamforming the outputs of the configurable group of microphones to obtain one of an omnidirectional beamform pattern or a directional beamform pattern. An apparatus that performs the method include a configurable group of microphones, a signal conditioner, and a surface compensator. The surface compensator is operative to detect a surface in proximity to the apparatus and determine a surface acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Plamen A Ivanov, Kevin J Bastyr, Joel A Clark, Rivanaldo S Oliveira, Snehitha Singaraju, Jincheng Wu
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150172816
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting microphone interference includes first and second built-in microphones producing first and second microphone signals. A first filter bank creates first high-frequency-band and first low frequency-band signals from the first microphone signal. A second filter bank creates second high-frequency-band and second low-frequency-hand signals from the second microphone signal. A first measurement calculator determines a high-frequency-band energy value from the first high-frequency-band signal and the second high-frequency-hand signal when the first and second high-frequency-band signals' magnitudes exceeds predetermined thresholds. A second measurement calculator calculates a low-frequency-band energy value from the first low-frequency-band signal and the second low-frequency-band signal when the first and second low-frequency-band signals' magnitudes exceed predetermined thresholds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Plamen A. Ivanov, Scott A. Mehrens, Kevin J. Bastyr, Joel Anthony Clark
  • Patent number: 8908880
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided that has a rear-side and a front-side, a first microphone that generates a first signal, and a second microphone that generates a second signal. An automated balance controller generates a balancing signal based on a proximity sensor signal. A processor processes the first and second signals to generate at least one beamformed audio signal, where an audio level difference between a front-side gain and a rear-side gain of the beamformed audio signal is controlled during processing based on the balancing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Robert A Zurek, Kevin J Bastyr, Joel A Clark, Plamen A Ivanov
  • Publication number: 20140270202
    Abstract: A method includes detecting a surface in proximity to a mobile device using sensor data and determining an acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity of the surface using the sensor data. The method may further compensate for the acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity by controlling a configurable group of microphones of the mobile device. Compensating for the surface acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity may include beamforming the outputs of the configurable group of microphones to obtain one of an omnidirectional beamform pattern or a directional beamform pattern. An apparatus that performs the method include a configurable group of microphones, a signal conditioner, and a surface compensator. The surface compensator is operative to detect a surface in proximity to the apparatus and determine a surface acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Plamen A Ivanov, Kevin J Bastyr, Joel A Clark, Rivanaldo S Oliveira, Snehitha Singaraju, Jincheng Wu
  • Publication number: 20140278395
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a motion environment profile to adapt voice recognition processing includes a device receiving an acoustic signal including a speech signal, which is provided to a voice recognition module. The method also includes determining a motion profile for the device, determining a temperature profile for the device, and determining a noise profile for the acoustic signal. The method further includes determining, from the motion, temperature, and noise profiles, a motion environment profile for the device and adapting voice recognition processing for the speech signal based on the motion environment profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Zurek, Kevin J. Bastyr, Giles T. Davis, Plamen A. Ivanov, Adrian M. Schuster
  • Publication number: 20140270217
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a group of microphones and a surface compensator that is operatively coupled to switch logic and to a signal conditioner that provides a control channel to voice recognition logic. The surface compensator may detect surfaces in proximity to the apparatus as well as the surface's acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity and may accordingly configure the group of microphones including selecting appropriate signal conditioning and beamforming based on the surface acoustic reflectivity or acoustic absorptivity and the orientation of the apparatus. Voice recognition performance is thus improved when microphones are impeded or occluded by proximate surfaces. A group of sensors of the apparatus is used by the surface compensator to detect surfaces and surface type, and to determine apparatus orientation and motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Plamen A. Ivanov, Kevin J. Bastyr, Joel A. Clark, Rivanaldo S. Oliveira, Snehitha Singaraju, Jincheng Wu
  • Patent number: 8571240
    Abstract: Adjustments to an electro-acoustic transducer may be made to match the performance of a second electro-acoustic transducer such that a net inertial force generated by movement of the electro-acoustic transducers' diaphragms are substantially zero. Adjustments may include adjusting a moving mass of one of the elector-acoustic transducers. Adjustments may include applying an equalization to one of the electro-acoustic transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Bastyr, Michael W. Stark
  • Patent number: 8295526
    Abstract: A television includes a flat panel display device for presenting video images, a housing for supporting the flat panel display device, and a first acoustic volume located substantially (a) inside the housing, and (b) behind the display device. Two or more acoustic drivers are provided for acoustically energizing the acoustic volume. The drivers are positioned such that acoustic energy put into the acoustic volume from the drivers is substantially additive and vibrational energy from the drivers substantially cancels out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Bastyr, Jacky Chi-Hung Chan, Brian J. Gawronski, Hilmar Lehnert, Robert Preston Parker
  • Publication number: 20120224735
    Abstract: Adjustments to an electro-acoustic transducer may be made to match the performance of a second electro-acoustic transducer such that a net inertial force generated by movement of the electro-acoustic transducers' diaphragms are substantially zero. Adjustments may include adjusting a moving mass of one of the elector-acoustic transducers. Adjustments may include applying an equalization to one of the electro-acoustic transducers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Kevin J. Bastyr, Michael W. Stark
  • Patent number: 8180076
    Abstract: Adjustments to an electro-acoustic transducer may be made to match the performance of a second electro-acoustic transducer such that a net inertial force generated by movement of the electro-acoustic transducers' diaphragms are substantially zero. Adjustments may include adjusting a moving mass of one of the elector-acoustic transducers. Adjustments may include applying an equalization to one of the electro-acoustic transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Bastyr, Michael W. Stark
  • Publication number: 20110317848
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting microphone interference includes first and second built-in microphones producing first and second microphone signals. A first filter bank creates first high-frequency-band and first low-frequency-band signals from the first microphone signal. A second filter bank creates second high-frequency-band and second low-frequency-band signals from the second microphone signal. A first measurement calculator determines a high-frequency-band energy value from the first high-frequency-band signal and the second high-frequency-band signal when the first and second high-frequency-band signals' magnitudes exceeds predetermined thresholds. A second measurement calculator calculates a low-frequency-band energy value from the first low-frequency-band signal and the second low-frequency-band signal when the first and second low-frequency-band signals' magnitudes exceed predetermined thresholds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: Plamen A. Ivanov, Scott A. Mehrens, Kevin J. Bastyr, Joel A. Clark
  • Patent number: 8031897
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing baffle vibration includes balancing an inertial force generated by two or more moving diaphragms and balancing an acoustic pressure acting on a housing supporting the two or more moving diaphragms such that a net force acting on the baffle is substantially zero. The acoustic force acting on the housing may be balanced independently of the inertial force balance. In another configuration, the acoustic force acting on the housing may be balanced by a non-zero net inertial force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Bastyr, Christopher B. Ickler, Ray Scott Wakeland