Patents by Inventor William H. Bush

William H. Bush 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: 10306364
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a crossover frequency between a plurality of audio speakers rendering audio content. In one example, a first subset of a plurality of audio speakers may be rendering a first sub-range of a range of audio frequencies of an audio content, and a second subset of speakers of the plurality of audio speakers may be rendering a second sub-range of the range of audio frequencies. In this example, the first sub-range and the second sub-range may be substantially separated at the crossover frequency. In one case, a characteristic of the audio content may be determined, and the crossover frequency may be adjusted based on the determined characteristic to help improve the audio content rendering quality by the respective subsets of audio speakers in the plurality of audio speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Sheen, Michael Darrell Andrew Ericson, William H. Bush
  • Patent number: 10299055
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve configuring a playback device based on distortion, such as that caused by a barrier. One implementation may involve causing the playback device to play audio content according to an existing playback configuration, determining an existing frequency response of the playback device in a given system, and determining whether a difference between the existing frequency response of the playback device in the given system and a predetermined frequency response for the playback device is greater than a predetermined distortion threshold. If it is determined that the difference between the existing frequency response of the playback device and the predetermined frequency response for the playback device is greater than the predetermined distortion threshold, then the existing playback configuration of the playback device is changed to an updated playback configuration of the playback device and the playback device plays audio content according to the updated playback configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Publication number: 20190075415
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve configuring a playback device based on distortion, such as that caused by a barrier. One implementation may involve causing the playback device to play audio content according to an existing playback configuration, determining an existing frequency response of the playback device in a given system, and determining whether a difference between the existing frequency response of the playback device in the given system and a predetermined frequency response for the playback device is greater than a predetermined distortion threshold. If it is determined that the difference between the existing frequency response of the playback device and the predetermined frequency response for the playback device is greater than the predetermined distortion threshold, then the existing playback configuration of the playback device is changed to an updated playback configuration of the playback device and the playback device plays audio content according to the updated playback configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Publication number: 20190075414
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may involve dynamically adjusting the equalization of multiple speakers in a playback device. An example implementation involves a playback device emitting, via a speaker, a first audio signal. While emitting the first audio signal, the playback device detects, via a microphone, data representing a second audio signal, the second audio signal comprising one or more reflections of the first audio signal as emitted by the speaker within a surrounding environment. The playback device determines a frequency response curve based on the second audio signal, the frequency response curve representing acoustic characteristics of a system comprising the playback device and the surrounding environment. The playback device determines filter coefficients based on a difference between the determined frequency response curve and a target frequency response curve, and applies the filter coefficients to one or more filters during playback of audio content by the playback device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventor: William H. Bush
  • Patent number: 10129675
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may involve dynamically adjusting the equalization of multiple speakers in a playback device. An example implementation involves a playback device emitting, via a first speaker, a first audio signal and emitting, via a second speaker, a second audio signal. The playback device may detect, via a microphone, an audio signal representing (i) at least a portion of the first audio signal and (ii) at least a portion of the second audio signal. The implementation may further involve the playback device determining one or more reflection characteristics based on the detected audio signal. The example implementation may also involve identifying a first audio setting and a second audio setting based on one or more reflection characteristics and applying (i) the first audio setting to playback of media content via the first speaker and (ii) the second audio setting to playback of media content via the second speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Bush
  • Patent number: 10051399
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve configuring a playback device based on distortion, such as that caused by a barrier. One implementation may involve causing the playback device to play audio content according to an existing playback configuration, determining an existing frequency response of the playback device in a given system, and determining whether a difference between the existing frequency response of the playback device in the given system and a predetermined frequency response for the playback device is greater than a predetermined distortion threshold. If it is determined that the difference between the existing frequency response of the playback device and the predetermined frequency response for the playback device is greater than the predetermined distortion threshold, then the existing playback configuration of the playback device is changed to an updated playback configuration of the playback device and the playback device plays audio content according to the updated playback configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Publication number: 20180146313
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may involve dynamically adjusting the equalization of multiple speakers in a playback device. An example implementation involves a playback device emitting, via a first speaker, a first audio signal and emitting, via a second speaker, a second audio signal. The playback device may detect, via a microphone, an audio signal representing (i) at least a portion of the first audio signal and (ii) at least a portion of the second audio signal. The implementation may further involve the playback device determining one or more reflection characteristics based on the detected audio signal. The example implementation may also involve identifying a first audio setting and a second audio setting based on one or more reflection characteristics and applying (i) the first audio setting to playback of media content via the first speaker and (ii) the second audio setting to playback of media content via the second speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventor: William H. Bush
  • Patent number: 9872119
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may involve dynamically adjusting the equalization of multiple speakers in a playback device. An example implementation involves a playback device emitting, via a first speaker, a first audio signal and emitting, via a second speaker, a second audio signal. The playback device may detect, via a microphone, an audio signal representing (i) at least a portion of the first audio signal and (ii) at least a portion of the second audio signal. The implementation may further involve the playback device determining one or more reflection characteristics based on the detected audio signal. The example implementation may also involve identifying a first audio setting and a second audio setting based on one or more reflection characteristics and applying (i) the first audio setting to playback of media content via the first speaker and (ii) the second audio setting to playback of media content via the second speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Bush
  • Publication number: 20170353808
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve configuring a playback device based on distortion, such as that caused by a barrier. One implementation may involve causing the playback device to play audio content according to an existing playback configuration, determining an existing frequency response of the playback device in a given system, and determining whether a difference between the existing frequency response of the playback device in the given system and a predetermined frequency response for the playback device is greater than a predetermined distortion threshold. If it is determined that the difference between the existing frequency response of the playback device and the predetermined frequency response for the playback device is greater than the predetermined distortion threshold, then the existing playback configuration of the playback device is changed to an updated playback configuration of the playback device and the playback device plays audio content according to the updated playback configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Patent number: 9743208
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier in proximity to the playback device. One embodiment may involve receiving proximity data that includes an indication of a barrier that is proximate to a playback device; detecting that the barrier is within a threshold proximity to a first speaker of the playback device based on the indication of the barrier proximate to the playback device; in response to the detecting, setting a playback configuration of the playback device; and causing the playback device to play an audio content according to the playback configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H. Bush
  • Publication number: 20170048638
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier in proximity to the playback device. One embodiment may involve receiving proximity data that includes an indication of a barrier that is proximate to a playback device; detecting that the barrier is within a threshold proximity to a first speaker of the playback device based on the indication of the barrier proximate to the playback device; in response to the detecting, setting a playback configuration of the playback device; and causing the playback device to play an audio content according to the playback configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Patent number: 9521488
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier in proximity to the playback device. In an example embodiment, a playback device causes one or more speakers to emit audio and then receives audio data representing at least a portion of the emitted audio. The playback device determines, based on the received audio data, that a barrier is distorting audio output of the playback device by at least a distortion threshold. In response to determining that the barrier is distorting audio output of the playback device beyond the distortion threshold, the playback device applies a playback configuration that at least partially offsets the distortion. The playback device may cause the one or more speakers to play back audio content according to the playback configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Patent number: 9521487
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier in proximity to the playback device. An example implementation may involve configuring the playback device for audio output in a given environment by calibrating the playback device to at least partially offset acoustic effects of the given environment. After the playback device is configured for audio output, the playback device may detect a barrier within proximity of the playback device by detecting a change in the acoustic effects of the given environment. In response to detecting the barrier within proximity of the playback device, the playback device may adjust the calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Patent number: 9516419
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier remaining in proximity to the playback device until a gating condition is satisfied. In an example embodiment, a playback device receives sensor data, and determines, based on the received sensor data, that a barrier has remained within a threshold proximity to the playback device for at least a threshold duration of time. In response to determining that the barrier has remained within the threshold proximity to the playback device for at least the threshold duration time, a playback configuration is applied to the playback device. This playback device may adjusts audio output of the playback device at one or more frequency ranges. After applying the playback configuration, the playback device play backs audio content according to the playback configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Publication number: 20160323686
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may involve dynamically adjusting the equalization of multiple speakers in a playback device. An example implementation involves a playback device emitting, via a first speaker, a first audio signal and emitting, via a second speaker, a second audio signal. The playback device may detect, via a microphone, an audio signal representing (i) at least a portion of the first audio signal and (ii) at least a portion of the second audio signal. The implementation may further involve the playback device determining one or more reflection characteristics based on the detected audio signal. The example implementation may also involve identifying a first audio setting and a second audio setting based on one or more reflection characteristics and applying (i) the first audio setting to playback of media content via the first speaker and (ii) the second audio setting to playback of media content via the second speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventor: William H. Bush
  • Patent number: 9439022
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier in proximity to the playback device. One embodiment may involve causing the playback device to play an audio content, where a first speaker of the playback device is arranged to output in a first direction and configured to play a component of the audio content; receiving proximity data that includes an indication of a barrier that is proximate to the playback device; detecting that the barrier is within a threshold proximity to the first speaker of the playback device; based on the detecting, causing the first speaker to be deactivated; and causing a second speaker of the playback device to play at least the component of the audio content, where the second speaker arranged to output in a second direction that is different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H. Bush
  • Patent number: 9439021
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier in proximity to the playback device. One embodiment may involve receiving proximity data that includes an indication of a barrier that is proximate to a playback device; detecting that the barrier is within a threshold proximity to a first speaker of the playback device based on the indication of the barrier that is proximate to the playback device; in response to the detecting, setting a playback configuration of the playback device; and causing the playback device to play an audio content according to the playback configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H. Bush
  • Patent number: 9419575
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may involve dynamically adjusting the equalization of a playback device based on the environment in which the playback device is operating. An example embodiment may involve detecting, by at least one microphone, an audio signal. The example embodiment may also involve selecting a playback device environment from among two or more playback device environments based on the detected audio signal. The example embodiment may further involve identifying an audio setting corresponding to the selected playback device environment; and applying the audio setting when playing media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Bush
  • Publication number: 20160198260
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier remaining in proximity to the playback device until a gating condition is satisfied. In an example embodiment, a playback device receives sensor data, and determines, based on the received sensor data, that a barrier has remained within a threshold proximity to the playback device for at least a threshold duration of time. In response to determining that the barrier has remained within the threshold proximity to the playback device for at least the threshold duration time, a playback configuration is applied to the playback device. This playback device may adjusts audio output of the playback device at one or more frequency ranges. After applying the playback configuration, the playback device play backs audio content according to the playback configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H Bush
  • Publication number: 20160192098
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve configuring a playback device based on the detection of a barrier in proximity to the playback device. An example implementation may involve configuring the playback device for audio output in a given environment by calibrating the playback device to at least partially offset acoustic effects of the given environment. After the playback device is configured for audio output, the playback device may detect a barrier within proximity of the playback device by detecting a change in the acoustic effects of the given environment. In response to detecting the barrier within proximity of the playback device, the playback device may adjust the calibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, William H. Bush