Patents by Inventor Paul Breen

Paul Breen 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: 11990118
    Abstract: During text-to-speech processing, a speech model creates output audio data, including speech, that corresponds to input text data that includes a representation of the speech. A spectrogram estimator estimates a frequency spectrogram of the speech; the corresponding frequency-spectrogram data is used to condition the speech model. A plurality of acoustic features corresponding to different segments of the input text data, such as phonemes, syllable-level features, and/or word-level features, may be separately encoded into context vectors; the spectrogram estimator uses these separate context vectors to create the frequency spectrogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Lorenzo Trueba, Thomas Renaud Drugman, Viacheslav Klimkov, Srikanth Ronanki, Thomas Edward Merritt, Andrew Paul Breen, Roberto Barra-Chicote
  • Publication number: 20240129680
    Abstract: A hearing assistance system is disclosed that comprises a hearing assistance device configured to reproduce sounds and to assist a person to hear the sounds, the hearing assistance device including a left hearing assistance device and a right hearing assistance device, and a computing device in communication with the hearing assistance device. The computing device interacts with the hearing assistance device to implement a fitting mode wherein the hearing assistance device is caused to generate fitting sounds usable to evaluate whether the left and right hearing devices are properly fitted into respective left and right ears of the person. The computing device produces a communication indicative of whether the left and right hearing assistance devices are properly fitted into respective left and right ears of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: NUHEARA IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Clint MATHURINE, Andrew Victor CAMMELL, Gregory Paul BREEN, Peng JIANG, David Ronald WARD, Alan DAVIS
  • Patent number: 11889273
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for configuring a hearing device. The system includes an audiogram processing component arranged to process image data indicative of an image of an audiogram associated with a person so as to produce audiogram data indicative of the audiogram, and a hearing device configuration component arranged to produce hearing device configuration data based on the audiogram data. The configuration data is indicative of configuration settings for a hearing device that will cause the hearing device to assist the hearing of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: NUHEARA IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Clint Mathurine, Andrew Victor Cammell, Gregory Paul Breen, Peng Jiang, David Ronald Ward, Alan Davis
  • Publication number: 20240013770
    Abstract: During text-to-speech processing, a speech model creates output audio data, including speech, that corresponds to input text data that includes a representation of the speech. A spectrogram estimator estimates a frequency spectrogram of the speech; the corresponding frequency-spectrogram data is used to condition the speech model. A plurality of acoustic features corresponding to different segments of the input text data, such as phonemes, syllable-level features, and/or word-level features, may be separately encoded into context vectors; the spectrogram estimator uses these separate context vectors to create the frequency spectrogram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2023
    Publication date: January 11, 2024
    Inventors: Jaime Lorenzo Trueba, Thomas Renaud Drugman, Viacheslav Klimkov, Srikanth Ronanki, Thomas Edward Merritt, Andrew Paul Breen, Roberto Barra-Chicote
  • Patent number: 11823655
    Abstract: A speech-processing system receives both text data and natural-understanding data (e.g., a domain, intent, and/or entity) related to a command represented in the text data. The system uses the natural-understanding data to vary vocal characteristics in determining spectrogram data corresponding to the text data based on the natural-understanding data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Bonafonte, Panagiotis Agis Oikonomou Filandras, Bartosz Perz, Arent van Korlaar, Ioannis Douratsos, Jonas Felix Ananda Rohnke, Elena Sokolova, Andrew Paul Breen, Nikhil Sharma
  • Patent number: 11763797
    Abstract: A speech model includes a sub-model corresponding to a vocal attribute. The speech model generates an output waveform using a sample model, which receives text data, and a conditioning model, which receives text metadata and produces a prosody output for use by the sample model. If, during training or runtime, a different vocal attribute is desired or needed, the sub-model is re-trained or switched to a different sub-model corresponding to the different vocal attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Barra Chicote, Adam Franciszek Nadolski, Thomas Edward Merritt, Bartosz Putrycz, Andrew Paul Breen
  • Patent number: 11735162
    Abstract: During text-to-speech processing, a speech model creates output audio data, including speech, that corresponds to input text data that includes a representation of the speech. A spectrogram estimator estimates a frequency spectrogram of the speech; the corresponding frequency-spectrogram data is used to condition the speech model. A plurality of acoustic features corresponding to different segments of the input text data, such as phonemes, syllable-level features, and/or word-level features, may be separately encoded into context vectors; the spectrogram estimator uses these separate context vectors to create the frequency spectrogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Lorenzo Trueba, Thomas Renaud Drugman, Viacheslav Klimkov, Srikanth Ronanki, Thomas Edward Merritt, Andrew Paul Breen, Roberto Barra-Chicote
  • Publication number: 20230113297
    Abstract: A speech-processing system receives both text data and natural-understanding data (e.g., a domain, intent, and/or entity) related to a command represented in the text data. The system uses the natural-understanding data to vary vocal characteristics in determining spectrogram data corresponding to the text data based on the natural-understanding data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Publication date: April 13, 2023
    Inventors: Antonio Bonafonte, Panagiotis Agis Oikonomou Filandras, Bartosz Perz, Arent van Korlaar, Ioannis Douratsos, Jonas Felix Ananda Rohnke, Elena Sokolova, Andrew Paul Breen, Nikhil Sharma
  • Publication number: 20230058658
    Abstract: During text-to-speech processing, a speech model creates output audio data, including speech, that corresponds to input text data that includes a representation of the speech. A spectrogram estimator estimates a frequency spectrogram of the speech; the corresponding frequency-spectrogram data is used to condition the speech model. A plurality of acoustic features corresponding to different segments of the input text data, such as phonemes, syllable-level features, and/or word-level features, may be separately encoded into context vectors; the spectrogram estimator uses these separate context vectors to create the frequency spectrogram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2022
    Publication date: February 23, 2023
    Inventors: Jaime Lorenzo Trueba, Thomas Renaud Drugman, Viacheslav Klimkov, Srikanth Ronanki, Thomas Edward Merritt, Andrew Paul Breen, Roberto Barra-Chicote
  • Publication number: 20230043916
    Abstract: During text-to-speech processing, a speech model creates synthesized speech that corresponds to input data. The speech model may include an encoder for encoding the input data into a context vector and a decoder for decoding the context vector into spectrogram data. The speech model may further include a voice decoder that receives vocal characteristic data representing a desired vocal characteristic of synthesized speech. The voice decoder may process the vocal characteristic data to determine configuration data, such as weights, for use by the speech decoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: February 9, 2023
    Inventors: Roberto Barra Chicote, Vatsal Aggarwal, Andrew Paul Breen, Javier Gonzalez Hernandez, Nishant Prateek
  • Patent number: 11545134
    Abstract: Techniques for the generation of dubbed audio for an audio/video are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcello Federico, Robert Enyedi, Yaser Al-Onaizan, Roberto Barra-Chicote, Andrew Paul Breen, Ritwik Giri, Mehmet Umut Isik, Arvindh Krishnaswamy, Hassan Sawaf
  • Publication number: 20220400873
    Abstract: A method of teaching a child to walk is disclosed in which blocks are placed on a supporting surface at a distance apart. The child stands is encouraged to walk between the blocks. One type of block is a box defining a storage compartment including a top wall, a plurality of side walls, and a bottom wall. A layer of padding is provided on the top wall and the plurality of side walls, and a weight member is disposed adjacent the bottom wall. Another type of block is a body of foam including a top surface, a plurality of side surfaces and a bottom surface. A weight member disposed adjacent the bottom surface. With either type of block, a removable cover is provided to receive and enclose the block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Publication date: December 22, 2022
    Inventor: Matthew Paul BREEN
  • Publication number: 20220386049
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for configuring a hearing device. The system includes an audiogram processing component arranged to process image data indicative of an image of an audiogram associated with a person so as to produce audiogram data indicative of the audiogram, and a hearing device configuration component arranged to produce hearing device configuration data based on the audiogram data. The configuration data is indicative of configuration settings for a hearing device that will cause the hearing device to assist the hearing of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Applicant: NUHEARA IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Clint MATHURINE, Andrew Victor CAMMELL, Gregory Paul BREEN, Peng JIANG, David Ronald WARD, Alan DAVIS
  • Patent number: 11463821
    Abstract: An audio transmitter including an audio input interface receiving first audio signals indicative of input audio from an audio source, a wireless transmitter wirelessly streaming second audio signals indicative of the input audio to a first audio reproducing device, and an audio output interface connectable to a second audio reproducing device, the audio transmitter arranged to supply third audio signals indicative of the input audio to the audio output interface. The audio transmitter facilitates connection to the audio transmitter to control wireless streaming of the second audio signals. A characteristic of sound of the wirelessly streamed second audio signals is controllable independently of a characteristic of sound of the third audio signals. An initial connection is established between the audio transmitter and a computing device in response to detection that the location of the computing device relative to the audio transmitter is less than a defined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NUHEARA IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Alan Davis, Gregory Paul Breen, Clint Mathurine, Peter Mather Combes, Andrew Victor Cammell
  • Patent number: 11445313
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for configuring a hearing device. The system comprises an audiogram processing component arranged to process image data indicative of an image of an audiogram associated with a person so as to produce audiogram data indicative of the audiogram, and a hearing device configuration component arranged to produce hearing device configuration data based on the audiogram data. The configuration data is indicative of configuration settings for a hearing device that will cause the hearing device to assist the hearing of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: NUHEARA IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Clint Mathurine, Andrew Victor Cammell, Gregory Paul Breen, Peng Jiang, David Ronald Ward, Alan Davis
  • Patent number: 11410639
    Abstract: During text-to-speech processing, a speech model creates output audio data, including speech, that corresponds to input text data that includes a representation of the speech. A spectrogram estimator estimates a frequency spectrogram of the speech; the corresponding frequency-spectrogram data is used to condition the speech model. A plurality of acoustic features corresponding to different segments of the input text data, such as phonemes, syllable-level features, and/or word-level features, may be separately encoded into context vectors; the spectrogram estimator uses these separate context vectors to create the frequency spectrogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Lorenzo Trueba, Thomas Renaud Drugman, Viacheslav Klimkov, Srikanth Ronanki, Thomas Edward Merritt, Andrew Paul Breen, Roberto Barra-Chicote
  • Patent number: 11373633
    Abstract: During text-to-speech processing, a speech model creates synthesized speech that corresponds to input data. The speech model may include an encoder for encoding the input data into a context vector and a decoder for decoding the context vector into spectrogram data. The speech model may further include a voice decoder that receives vocal characteristic data representing a desired vocal characteristic of synthesized speech. The voice decoder may process the vocal characteristic data to determine configuration data, such as weights, for use by the speech decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Barra Chicote, Vatsal Aggarwal, Andrew Paul Breen, Javier Gonzalez Hernandez, Nishant Prateek
  • Patent number: 11367431
    Abstract: A speech-processing system receives both text data and natural-understanding data (e.g., a domain, intent, and/or entity) related to a command represented in the text data. The system uses the natural-understanding data to vary vocal characteristics in determining spectrogram data corresponding to the text data based on the natural-understanding data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Bonafonte, Panagiotis Agis Oikonomou Filandras, Bartosz Perz, Arent van Korlaar, Ioannis Douratsos, Jonas Felix Ananda Rohnke, Elena Sokolova, Andrew Paul Breen, Nikhil Sharma
  • Patent number: 11291380
    Abstract: A blood volume monitor includes a carrier mountable on a subject's body part. A measuring arrangement is mounted on the carrier. The measuring arrangement provides data relating to a change in volume of the body part, and outputs signals representative of the change. A control unit is in communication with the measuring arrangement to process data output by the measuring arrangement to determine, using the volume data, the volume of the body part and determines blood volume in the body part. The control unit uses the response signals received from the measuring arrangement and the determined volume of the part of the body to determine the blood volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Paul Breen, Gaetano Gargiulo
  • Publication number: 20210287656
    Abstract: A speech-processing system receives both text data and natural-understanding data (e.g., a domain, intent, and/or entity) related to a command represented in the text data. The system uses the natural-understanding data to vary vocal characteristics in determining spectrogram data corresponding to the text data based on the natural-understanding data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Antonio Bonafonte, Panagiotis Agis Oikonomou Filandras, Bartosz Perz, Arent van Korlaar, Ioannis Douratsos, Jonas Felix Ananda Rohnke, Elena Sokolova, Andrew Paul Breen, Nikhil Sharma