Patents by Inventor Richard M. Powell

Richard M. Powell 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: 20220239715
    Abstract: One embodiment provides for a media playback device comprising a memory device to store instructions; one or more processors to execute the instructions stored on the memory device, the instructions to cause the one or more processors to provide a playback queue manager to manage one or more media playback queues including a set of media items associated with a scheduled event and a playback routing manager to determine an output destination for the set of media items based on context associated with the scheduled event, the playback routing manager to route output of playback of the set of media items to one or more of multiple different connected media playback devices based on the context associated with the scheduled event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas M. ALSINA, David C. GRAHAM, Andrew M. WADYCKI, Edward T. SCHMIDT, Joel M. LOPES DA SILVA, Richard M. POWELL, Gregory R. CHAPMAN
  • Patent number: 11303686
    Abstract: One embodiment provides for a data processing system comprising a memory device to store instructions and one or more processors to execute the instructions stored on the memory device. The instructions cause the one or more processors to provide a virtual assistant to receive voice input at a media playback device associated with the data processing system. The virtual assistant, via the one or more processors, is configured to receive a voice command at the media playback device, where the voice command is to schedule an event, then determine a user account associated with the voice command, a type of command based on context information associated with the voice command, and a target device to which media playback associated with the event is to be scheduled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Alsina, David C. Graham, Andrew M. Wadycki, Edward T. Schmidt, Joel M. Lopes Da Silva, Richard M. Powell, Gregory R. Chapman
  • Publication number: 20210392129
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for enabling a computing device to securely configure a peripheral computing device. According to some embodiments, the method can include the steps of (1) approving a request received from the peripheral computing device to engage in a setup procedure for the peripheral computing device, (2) receiving, from the peripheral computing device: (i) an audio signal that encodes a password and timing information, and (ii) a light signal. Additionally, the method can involve, in response to identifying that the timing information correlates with the light signal: (3) extracting the password from the audio signal, and (4) establishing a communication link with the peripheral computing device based on the password. In turn, the method can involve (5) providing configuration information to the peripheral computing device over the communication link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jay S. COGGIN, Daniel C. KLINGLER, Kyle C. BROGLE, Johannes P. SCHMIDT, Eric A. ALLAMANCHE, Thomas ALSINA, Bob BRADLEY, Alex T. NELSON, Rudolph VAN DER MERWE, Joseph M. TRISCARI, Keun Sup LEE, Pedro MARI, Aaron M. ELDER, Richard M. POWELL
  • Publication number: 20210385602
    Abstract: A system and method is described for determining whether a loudspeaker device has relocated, tilted, rotated, or changed environment such that one or more parameters for driving the loudspeaker may be modified and/or a complete reconfiguration of the loudspeaker system may be performed. In one embodiment, the system may include a set of sensors. The sensors provide readings that are analyzed to determine 1) whether the loudspeaker has moved since a previous analysis and/or 2) a distance of movement and/or a degree change in orientation of the loudspeaker since the previous analysis. Upon determining the level of movement is below a threshold value, the system adjusts previous parameters used to drive one or more of the loudspeakers. By adjusting previous parameters instead of performing a complete recalibration, the system provides a more efficient technique for ensuring that the loudspeakers continue to produce accurate sound for the listener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventors: Bruce C. Po, Richard M. Powell, Aram M. Lindahl, Baptiste P. Paquier, Phillip A. Kamp
  • Publication number: 20210352448
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for transmitting an announcement to one or more devices. In one example, a first device receives a first message that includes an announcement, the announcement associated with a voice that spoke the announcement. The first device may determine the announcement from the first message, and then identify one or more devices for receiving the announcement. The one or more devices may have a particular device type of a plurality of different device types comprising at least a mobile device. The first device may then transmit a second message to the one or more devices for presentation of the announcement by the one or more devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Powell, John A. Aguilar, Patrick L. Coffman
  • Patent number: 11109173
    Abstract: A system and method is described for determining whether a loudspeaker device has relocated, tilted, rotated, or changed environment such that one or more parameters for driving the loudspeaker may be modified and/or a complete reconfiguration of the loudspeaker system may be performed. In one embodiment, the system may include a set of sensors. The sensors provide readings that are analyzed to determine 1) whether the loudspeaker has moved since a previous analysis and/or 2) a distance of movement and/or a degree change in orientation of the loudspeaker since the previous analysis. Upon determining the level of movement is below a threshold value, the system adjusts previous parameters used to drive one or more of the loudspeakers. By adjusting previous parameters instead of performing a complete recalibration, the system provides a more efficient technique for ensuring that the loudspeakers continue to produce accurate sound for the listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bruce C. Po, Richard M. Powell, Aram M. Lindahl, Baptiste P. Paquier, Phillip A. Kamp
  • Patent number: 11070676
    Abstract: Techniques to use an embedded passcode within an audio ringtone to establish a secure connection for arbitrary phone relay are described. The use of an embedded passcode enables encrypted ad-hoc connections for the relay of audio of an incoming telephone call to a secondary device, such as a virtual assistant enabled smart speaker device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Klingler, David L. Biderman, Nicholas M. Fraioli, Christopher M. Garrido, Adam E. Kriegel, Shuang Liu, Richard M. Powell
  • Publication number: 20210216273
    Abstract: In one aspect a device-side audio handling input/output unit (DIO) of a hardware device writes audio data generated by the hardware device within a ring buffer. An input provided by a user for activation of a software program is received, and a notification that the software program is ready to accept the audio data is generated. A system-side audio handling input/output unit (SIO) additionally provides past audio data from the ring buffer to the software program. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Moore, Richard M. Powell, Alexander C. Powers, Anthony J. Guetta
  • Patent number: 11050737
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for enabling a computing device to securely configure a peripheral computing device. According to some embodiments, the method can include the steps of (1) approving a request received from the peripheral computing device to engage in a setup procedure for the peripheral computing device, (2) receiving, from the peripheral computing device: (i) an audio signal that encodes a password and timing information, and (ii) a light signal. Additionally, the method can involve, in response to identifying that the timing information correlates with the light signal: (3) extracting the password from the audio signal, and (4) establishing a communication link with the peripheral computing device based on the password. In turn, the method can involve (5) providing configuration information to the peripheral computing device over the communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Coggin, Daniel C. Klingler, Kyle C. Brogle, Johannes P. Schmidt, Eric A. Allamanche, Thomas Alsina, Bob Bradley, Alex T. Nelson, Rudolph Van Der Merwe, Joseph M. Triscari, Keun Sup Lee, Pedro Mari, Aaron M. Elder, Richard M. Powell
  • Patent number: 10976990
    Abstract: In one aspect a device-side audio handling input/output unit (DIO) of a hardware device writes audio data generated by the hardware device within a ring buffer. An input provided by a user for activation of a software program is received, and a notification that the software program is ready to accept the audio data is generated. A system-side audio handling input/output unit (SIO) additionally provides past audio data from the ring buffer to the software program. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Moore, Richard M. Powell, Alexander C. Powers, Anthony J. Guetta
  • Publication number: 20210029184
    Abstract: One embodiment provides for a data processing system comprising a memory device to store instructions and one or more processors to execute the instructions stored on the memory device. The instructions cause the one or more processors to provide a virtual assistant to receive voice input at a media playback device associated with the data processing system. The virtual assistant, via the one or more processors, is configured to receive a voice command at the media playback device, where the voice command is to schedule an event, then determine a user account associated with the voice command, a type of command based on context information associated with the voice command, and a target device to which media playback associated with the event is to be scheduled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas M. Alsina, David C. Graham, Andrew M. Wadycki, Edward T. Schmidt, Joel M. Lopes Da Silva, Richard M. Powell, Gregory R. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10856018
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide control of media synchronization using time stamp pairs. In an embodiment, a first device may request a time stamp from a second device. The first device may determine any de-synchronization between the first and second devices based on the requested time stamp and characteristics of the request. The first device may define a rate scalar based on the determined de-synchronization. A sample rate conversion may be performed for the first device based on the rate scalar such that the outputs of the first device and the second device are synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard M. Powell, Ashley I. Butterworth, Anthony J. Guetta, Daniel C. Klingler, Jeffrey C. Moore, Alexander C. Powers
  • Patent number: 10805370
    Abstract: One embodiment provides for a media playback device comprising a memory device to store instructions; one or more processors to execute the instructions stored on the memory device, the instructions to cause the one or more processors to provide a playback queue manager to manage one or more media playback queues including a set of media items associated with a scheduled event and a playback routing manager to determine an output destination for the set of media items based on context associated with the scheduled event, the playback routing manager to route output of playback of the set of media items to one or more of multiple different connected media playback devices based on the context associated with the scheduled event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Alsina, David C. Graham, Andrew M. Wadycki, Edward T. Schmidt, Joel M. Lopes Da Silva, Richard M. Powell, Gregory R. Chapman
  • Publication number: 20200314247
    Abstract: Techniques to use an embedded passcode within an audio ringtone to establish a secure connection for arbitrary phone relay are described. The use of an embedded passcode enables encrypted ad-hoc connections for the relay of audio of an incoming telephone call to a secondary device, such as a virtual assistant enabled smart speaker device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel C. Klingler, David L. Biderman, Nicholas M. Fraioli, Christopher M. Garrido, Adam E. Kriegel, Shuang Liu, Richard M. Powell
  • Publication number: 20200245088
    Abstract: A system and method is described for determining whether a loudspeaker device has relocated, tilted, rotated, or changed environment such that one or more parameters for driving the loudspeaker may be modified and/or a complete reconfiguration of the loudspeaker system may be performed. In one embodiment, the system may include a set of sensors. The sensors provide readings that are analyzed to determine 1) whether the loudspeaker has moved since a previous analysis and/or 2) a distance of movement and/or a degree change in orientation of the loudspeaker since the previous analysis. Upon determining the level of movement is below a threshold value, the system adjusts previous parameters used to drive one or more of the loudspeakers. By adjusting previous parameters instead of performing a complete recalibration, the system provides a more efficient technique for ensuring that the loudspeakers continue to produce accurate sound for the listener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce C. Po, Richard M. Powell, Aram M. Lindahl, Baptiste P. Paquier, Phillip A. Kamp
  • Publication number: 20200175890
    Abstract: The method includes receiving selection of text to be read in a group reading session; identifying a plurality of participants for the group reading session; and upon receiving the selection of the text and the identification of the plurality of participants, automatically, without user intervention, generating a reading plan for the group reading session, wherein the reading plan divides the text into a plurality of reading units and assigns at least one reading unit to each of the plurality of participants in accordance with a comparison between a respective difficulty level of the at least one reading unit and a respective reading ability level of the participant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Michael I. INGRASSIA, Richard M. POWELL, David SHOEMAKER, Casey M. DOUGHERTY, Gregory S. ROBBIN
  • Publication number: 20200076788
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for enabling a computing device to securely configure a peripheral computing device. According to some embodiments, the method can include the steps of (1) approving a request received from the peripheral computing device to engage in a setup procedure for the peripheral computing device, (2) receiving, from the peripheral computing device: (i) an audio signal that encodes a password and timing information, and (ii) a light signal. Additionally, the method can involve, in response to identifying that the timing information correlates with the light signal: (3) extracting the password from the audio signal, and (4) establishing a communication link with the peripheral computing device based on the password. In turn, the method can involve (5) providing configuration information to the peripheral computing device over the communication link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Jay S. COGGIN, Daniel C. KLINGLER, Kyle C. BROGLE, Johannes P. SCHMIDT, Eric A. ALLAMANCHE, Thomas ALSINA, Bob BRADLEY, Alex T. NELSON, Rudolph VAN DER MERWE, Joseph M. TRISCARI, Keun Sup LEE, Pedro MARI, Aaron M. ELDER, Richard M. POWELL
  • Patent number: 10567901
    Abstract: A system and method is described for determining whether a loudspeaker device has relocated, tilted, rotated, or changed environment such that one or more parameters for driving the loudspeaker may be modified and/or a complete reconfiguration of the loudspeaker system may be performed. In one embodiment, the system may include a set of sensors. The sensors provide readings that are analyzed to determine 1) whether the loudspeaker has moved since a previous analysis and/or 2) a distance of movement and/or a degree change in orientation of the loudspeaker since the previous analysis. Upon determining the level of movement is below a threshold value, the system adjusts previous parameters used to drive one or more of the loudspeakers. By adjusting previous parameters instead of performing a complete recalibration, the system provides a more efficient technique for ensuring that the loudspeakers continue to produce accurate sound for the listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bruce C. Po, Richard M. Powell, Aram M. Lindahl, Baptiste P. Paquier, Phillip A. Kamp
  • Patent number: 10530318
    Abstract: An audio system having a variable reset volume, and a method of conditionally resetting a volume parameter, are described. The audio system can include a processor to generate an audio signal for a speaker to convert into a sound. A volume parameter of the audio signal can be set before a user pauses playback of the audio signal. The processor can determine that the volume parameter is outside of a resting volume range, and that the user resumes playback of the audio signal at least a selected interval after pausing playback. The processor can responsively reset the volume parameter when playback is resumed to a different level based on one or more acoustic factors, such as an audio decay time of a surrounding environment. The different level can be within the resting volume range. Other aspects are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Richard M. Powell, Kshitij S. Deshpande, David Chance Graham, Hugo Verweij, Afrooz Family
  • Publication number: 20190384563
    Abstract: In one aspect a device-side audio handling input/output unit (DIO) of a hardware device writes audio data generated by the hardware device within a ring buffer. An input provided by a user for activation of a software program is received, and a notification that the software program is ready to accept the audio data is generated. A system-side audio handling input/output unit (SIO) additionally provides past audio data from the ring buffer to the software program. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Moore, Richard M. Powell, Alexander C. Powers, Anthony J. Guetta