Patents by Inventor Mark LaBosco

Mark LaBosco 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: 11172291
    Abstract: A method for operating a beamforming microphone array for use in a predetermined area comprising: receiving acoustic audio signals at each of a plurality of microphones, converting the same to an electrical mic audio signal, and outputting each of the plurality of electrical mic audio signals; generating a user location data signal by a wave sensor system, and outputting the user location data signal, wherein the user location data signal includes location information of one or more people within the predetermined area; receiving both the user location data signal and plurality of mic audio signals at an adaptive beamforming device; adapting one or more beams by the adaptive beamforming device based on the user location data signal and plurality of output electrical mic audio signals wherein each of the one or more beams acquires sound from one or more specific locations in the predetermined area; and performing acoustic echo cancellation on each of the one or more beams output from the adaptive beamforming d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Patent number: 11170771
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for delaying audio from a received signal prior to processing in an acoustic echo cancellation device, comprising: receiving an audio signal at an audio extraction and delay device; determining a first amount of delay to apply to the received audio signal such that acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) processing can occur; applying the first amount of delay to the received audio signal; transmitting the un-delayed audio signal to an AEC circuit; and transmitting the delayed audio signal to one or more speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Patent number: 11158313
    Abstract: Disclosed is a microphone system, comprising: one or more microphones each of which is adapted to receive acoustic audio signals and convert the same from acoustical energy signals into electrical audio signals and output the same as microphone output audio signals; and an acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) device adapted to receive the microphone output audio signals, and wherein the AEC device also receives as a second input a reference audio signal from a network, and wherein the AEC device is further adapted to cancel substantially all of the reference audio signal from the microphone output audio signals and output the same as a corrected audio signal, and wherein the reference audio signal comprises an audio signal generated by an external audio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Patent number: 11070913
    Abstract: A beamforming microphone array is described herein, comprising: a plurality of microphones each of which is adapted to receive an acoustic audio signal and convert the same to a microphone (mic) audio signal; a wave sensor system adapted to determine locations of one or more people within a predetermined area about the beamforming microphone array and output the same as user location data signal; and an adaptive beamforming circuit adapted to receive the user location data signal and plurality of mic audio signals and perform adaptive beamforming on the plurality of mic audio signals that takes into account the received user location data signal to adapt a plurality of beam signals, one for each of the microphones, to acquire sound from one or more specific locations in the predetermined area; and a plurality of acoustic echo cancellation devices, one for each of the beam signal outputs from the adaptive beamforming circuit, wherein each of the plurality of acoustic echo cancellation devices is adapted to rec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Patent number: 11069350
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for determining one or more spoken words, comprising: receiving acoustic audio signals at one or more microphones within a microphone system, and converting the same from acoustical energy signals into electrical audio signals and outputting them as microphone output audio signals; receiving the microphone output audio signals from the microphone device at a first input of an acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) device, and receiving a reference input signal at a second input of the AEC device; cancelling substantially all of the reference audio signal from the microphone output audio signal; and outputting the same as a corrected audio signal, and wherein the reference audio signal comprises an audio signal generated by an external audio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Patent number: 11056109
    Abstract: Disclosed is an audio extraction device for use in an audio signal processing system, comprising: an audio transceiver adapted to receive an audio signal; a delay circuit adapted to delay the received audio signal by a first delay period; a first audio transmitter adapted to transmit the delayed version of the received audio signal to a first destination; and a second audio transmitter adapted to transmit the un-delayed version of the received audio signal to a second destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Patent number: 11019426
    Abstract: A beamforming microphone array is described herein, comprising: a plurality of microphones each of which is adapted to receive an acoustic audio signal and convert the same to a microphone (mic) audio signal; a wave sensor system adapted to determine locations of one or more people within a predetermined area about the beamforming microphone array and output the same as user location data signal; and an adaptive beamforming circuit adapted to receive the user location data signal and plurality of mic audio signals and perform adaptive beamforming on the plurality of mic audio signals that takes into account the received user location data signal to adapt one or more beams to acquire sound from one or more specific locations in the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Publication number: 20210074311
    Abstract: An audio processing device for use in a network connected audio conferencing system is provided, comprising: a network microphone array comprising two or more microphones (mics) and a beamforming circuit, wherein the network mic array is adapted to acquire acoustic audio signals, convert the same to electric audio signals, perform audio beamforming on the electric audio signals, and output a digital combined beamforming circuit output signal that comprises a first signal part and a second signal part, and wherein the first signal part comprises a first set of digital bits that comprises an active beam index, and wherein the active beam index encodes a selected beam position out of a possible N beam positions, and wherein the second signal part comprises a second set of digital bits that comprises a beamformed audio signal; a receiver adapted to receive the digital combined beamforming circuit output signal and split the same into the first signal part and the second signal part; a plurality of acoustic echo c
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark LaBosco, Dennis Fink, Mitchell Walker, Alex Parisi, Matthew King
  • Patent number: 10854216
    Abstract: An audio processing device for use in a network connected audio conferencing system is provided, comprising: a network microphone array comprising two or more microphones (mics) and a beamforming circuit, wherein the network mic array is adapted to acquire acoustic audio signals, convert the same to electric audio signals, perform audio beamforming on the electric audio signals, and output a digital combined beamforming circuit output signal that comprises a first signal part and a second signal part, and wherein the first signal part comprises a first set of digital bits that comprises an active beam index, and wherein the active beam index encodes a selected beam position out of a possible N beam positions, and wherein the second signal part comprises a second set of digital bits that comprises a beamformed audio signal; a receiver adapted to receive the digital combined beamforming circuit output signal and split the same into the first signal part and the second signal part; a plurality of acoustic echo c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Mark LaBosco, Dennis Fink, Mitchell Walker, Alex Parisi, Matthew King
  • Patent number: 10783888
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for determining which controllable device an audible command is directed towards, the method comprising: receiving at each of two or more controlling devices the audible command signal, the audible command being directed to control at least one of two or more controllable devices controlled by a respective one of the two or more controlling devices; digitizing each of the received audible command signals; attaching a unique identifier to each digitized audible command so as to uniquely correlate it to a respective controlling device; determining a magnitude of each of the digitized audible command; determining a digitized audible command with the greatest magnitude, and further determining to which controlling device the audible command is directed to on the basis of the unique identifier associated with the digitized audible command with the greatest magnitude; performing speech recognition on the digitized audible command with the greatest magnitude; and forwarding a com
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Bargetzi, Ara Seferian, Josh Stene, Mark LaBosco
  • Publication number: 20200275203
    Abstract: A method for operating a beamforming microphone array for use in a predetermined area is provided herein, the method comprising: receiving acoustic audio signals at each of a plurality of microphones, converting the same to an electrical mic audio signal, and outputting each of the plurality of electrical mic audio signals; generating a user location data signal by a wave sensor system, and outputting the user location data signal, wherein the user location data signal includes location information of one or more people within the predetermined area; receiving both the user location data signal and plurality of echo-corrected mic audio signals at an adaptive beamforming device; and adapting one or more beams by the adaptive beamforming device based on the user location data signal and plurality of mic audio signals wherein each of the one or more beams acquires sound from one or more specific locations in the predetermined area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Publication number: 20200275201
    Abstract: A beamforming microphone array is described herein, comprising: a plurality of microphones each of which is adapted to receive an acoustic audio signal and convert the same to a microphone (mic) audio signal; a wave sensor system adapted to determine locations of one or more people within a predetermined area about the beamforming microphone array and output the same as user location data signal; and an adaptive beamforming circuit adapted to receive the user location data signal and plurality of mic audio signals and perform adaptive beamforming on the plurality of mic audio signals that takes into account the received user location data signal to adapt one or more beams to acquire sound from one or more specific locations in the predetermined area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Publication number: 20200275204
    Abstract: A method for operating a beamforming microphone array for use in a predetermined area comprising: receiving acoustic audio signals at each of a plurality of microphones, converting the same to an electrical mic audio signal, and outputting each of the plurality of electrical mic audio signals; generating a user location data signal by a wave sensor system, and outputting the user location data signal, wherein the user location data signal includes location information of one or more people within the predetermined area; receiving both the user location data signal and plurality of mic audio signals at an adaptive beamforming device; adapting one or more beams by the adaptive beamforming device based on the user location data signal and plurality of output electrical mic audio signals wherein each of the one or more beams acquires sound from one or more specific locations in the predetermined area; and performing acoustic echo cancellation on each of the one or more beams output from the adaptive beamforming d
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Publication number: 20200275202
    Abstract: A beamforming microphone array is described herein, comprising: a plurality of microphones each of which is adapted to receive an acoustic audio signal and convert the same to a microphone (mic) audio signal; a wave sensor system adapted to determine locations of one or more people within a predetermined area about the beamforming microphone array and output the same as user location data signal; and an adaptive beamforming circuit adapted to receive the user location data signal and plurality of mic audio signals and perform adaptive beamforming on the plurality of mic audio signals that takes into account the received user location data signal to adapt a plurality of beam signals, one for each of the microphones, to acquire sound from one or more specific locations in the predetermined area; and a plurality of acoustic echo cancellation devices, one for each of the beam signal outputs from the adaptive beamforming circuit, wherein each of the plurality of acoustic echo cancellation devices is adapted to rec
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Publication number: 20200265859
    Abstract: An audio processing device for use in a network connected audio conferencing system is provided, comprising: a network microphone array comprising two or more microphones (mics) and a beamforming circuit, wherein the network mic array is adapted to acquire acoustic audio signals, convert the same to electric audio signals, perform audio beamforming on the electric audio signals, and output a digital combined beamforming circuit output signal that comprises a first signal part and a second signal part, and wherein the first signal part comprises a first set of digital bits that comprises an active beam index, and wherein the active beam index encodes a selected beam position out of a possible N beam positions, and wherein the second signal part comprises a second set of digital bits that comprises a beamformed audio signal; a receiver adapted to receive the digital combined beamforming circuit output signal and split the same into the first signal part and the second signal part; a plurality of acoustic echo c
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Mark LaBosco, Dennis Fink, Mitchell Walker, Alex Parisi, Matthew King
  • Patent number: 10748539
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for determining which controllable device an audible command is directed towards, the method comprising: receiving at each of two or more controlling devices the audible command signal, the audible command being directed to control at least one of two or more controllable devices controlled by a respective one of the two or more controlling devices; digitizing each of the received audible command signals; attaching a unique identifier to each digitized audible command so as to uniquely correlate it to a respective controlling device; determining a magnitude of each of the digitized audible command; determining a digitized audible command with the greatest magnitude, and further determining to which controlling device the audible command is directed to on the basis of the unique identifier associated with the digitized audible command with the greatest magnitude; performing speech recognition on the digitized audible command with the greatest magnitude; and forwarding a com
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Bargetzi, Ara Seferian, Josh Stene, Mark LaBosco
  • Publication number: 20200244471
    Abstract: A Power over Ethernet (PoE) Powered Device (60) is described herein that includes an auxiliary processor (62) that negotiates a power level with a PoE Power Sourcing Equipment using a first link layer (650), means for holding the PoE Powered Device in a low power state, and a second link layer (50) that allows the main processor to communicate over the Ethernet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Crestron Electromics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark LaBosco, Marc Dubowski, John Hartnett
  • Patent number: 10686943
    Abstract: Described herein is a retrofit digital speaker system comprising two or more retrofitted speaker enclosures, each of the two or more retrofitted speaker enclosures (enclosures) comprising: at least one speaker; and an analog-and-digital interface adapted to receive digitally encoded audio signals, electrical power, and digital command signals, and wherein the digitally encoded audio signals, electrical power, and digital command signals are transmitted over existing two wire analog audio cables, and further wherein the two or more retrofitted speaker enclosures are wired in a daisy chain fashion, via the existing two wire analog audio cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark LaBosco, Alexander Marra
  • Publication number: 20200175978
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for delaying audio from a received signal prior to processing in an acoustic echo cancellation device, comprising: receiving an audio signal at an audio extraction and delay device; determining a first amount of delay to apply to the received audio signal such that acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) processing can occur; applying the first amount of delay to the received audio signal; transmitting the un-delayed audio signal to an AEC circuit; and transmitting the delayed audio signal to one or more speakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco
  • Publication number: 20200175977
    Abstract: Disclosed is an audio extraction device for use in an audio signal processing system, comprising: an audio transceiver adapted to receive an audio signal; a delay circuit adapted to delay the received audio signal by a first delay period; a first audio transmitter adapted to transmit the delayed version of the received audio signal to a first destination; and a second audio transmitter adapted to transmit the un-delayed version of the received audio signal to a second destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark LaBosco