Combined Patents (Class 181/141)
  • Patent number: 11336123
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided. The display apparatus includes a power supply; a connection interface; and a processor configured to: identify whether a device connected to the connection interface comprises a speaker or a wireless power transmitter, based on the device being identified as comprising the speaker, provide power supplied from the power supply and a sound signal to the speaker, and based on the device being identified as comprising the wireless power transmitter, provide power supplied from the power supply to the wireless power transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Youngho Choi
  • Patent number: 11310590
    Abstract: An emergency reporting device in a motor vehicle for manually and/or automatically reporting an emergency to a report center is provided. A hands-free communication apparatus, consisting of at least one microphone and at least one loudspeaker, can be used to communicate with the report center. The microphone is arranged in a first vertical plane extending perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle, and the loudspeaker is arranged separate from the microphone in a second vertical plane extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle. Furthermore, the microphone and the loudspeaker are additionally arranged in a central region of the motor vehicle containing a vertical longitudinal center plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Simon Bork
  • Patent number: 11287783
    Abstract: A thermal management system and method for a vehicle includes a cooling system having a variable cooling capacity and which is connectable to a heat-producing system of the vehicle. A control system is configured to increase the cooling capacity of the cooling system to a first predetermined level in response to the at least one input indicating an increase in the future heat load of the heat-producing system when a temperature of the cooling system is at least a predetermined temperature and the cooling system is operating below the first predetermined level. The control system is also configured to inhibit increasing the cooling capacity of the cooling system to the first predetermined level in response to the at least one input indicating an increase in the future heat load of the heat-producing system when the temperature of the cooling system is less than the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Engineered Machined Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Steinmetz, Michael P. Lasecki
  • Patent number: 11285851
    Abstract: Various implementations include vehicle headrest configurations and related audio systems. In some cases, a headrest includes: a main body having a front surface to support a back of a user's head and a pair of acoustic channels each formed in part by a side wall having a front edge that is offset from the front surface, the main body having a portion configured to receive first and second transducers having a center-to-center spacing of approximately 130 millimeters (mm) to approximately 240 mm, where a dimension (Dimension K) is defined by a distance between respective inside surfaces of side walls of the pair of acoustic channels, a dimension (Dimension F) is defined by an amount that the front edge of each side wall is recessed from the front surface and, the first and second transducers are oriented at an outward firing angle relative to the centerline of the vehicle headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Terence Henry Oswald, Nicolas K. Lade
  • Patent number: 11252489
    Abstract: Disclosed is a loudspeaker module, comprising a module housing formed with an accommodation cavity, and a loudspeaker unit accommodated in the accommodation cavity, wherein the loudspeaker unit comprises a magnetic conductive yoke; a through hole which corresponds to the magnetic conductive yoke and penetrates through inner and outer surfaces of the module housing is provided, near the magnetic conductive yoke, on the module housing, and the magnetic conductive yoke extends into the through hole; and an assembly gap is provided between the magnetic conductive yoke and a hole wall of the through hole. The loudspeaker module further comprises a sealing member, wherein a part of the sealing member is adhered to the outer surface of the housing, and the other part is adhered to a bottom surface of the magnetic conductive yoke so as to seal the assembly gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventor: Qing Miao
  • Patent number: 11223886
    Abstract: A sound bar system and method of use are disclosed. The sound bar system, in various embodiments, includes a tubular hollow housing, two woofers, two speaker assemblies, and two baffles. The tubular hollow housing includes two terminal circular openings, one at each end of the tubular hollow housing, and an interior passage that extends between the two terminal circular openings. Each terminal circular opening receives one of the woofers. The tubular hollow housing also includes two speaker assembly openings that each extend from an outer surface of the tubular hollow housing to the interior passage. Each speaker assembly opening receives one of the speaker assemblies. The baffles are located inside the interior passage, such that the baffles divide the interior passage into three isolated sound spaces. One sound space houses one woofer and one speaker assembly. Another sound space houses another woofer and another speaker assembly. The last sound space is located in between the other two sound spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: GRACE DIGITAL, INC.
    Inventors: Greg William Fadul, James D. Palmer, Jonathan Jay Lorenzen
  • Patent number: 11218824
    Abstract: A head-mounted device can effectively manage heat while also managing noise output levels in a manner that preserves the user's desired experience with the head-mounted device. The head-mounted device can manage sound levels of a cooling system based on detected a sound level of ambient noise in a vicinity of the head-mounted device. For example, the head-mounted device can operate a fan at a speed that produces noise at a sound level that is low enough to be masked by the ambient noise perceived by the user. By further example, the sound level of a cooling system can be based on a sound level of a speaker of the head-mounted device providing audio to the user. By further example, other operational parameters of a cooling system can be controlled to manage noise at a sound level that is sufficiently low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward S. Huo, Trevor J. Ness, Sivesh Selvakumar, Anna V. Mirabella, Phil M. Hobson
  • Patent number: 11206472
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an acoustic shielding component including a stiffener formed of a rigid material providing structural integrity to the acoustic shielding component, a cosmetic mesh comprising a plurality of interlaced wires, and an acoustic mesh disposed between the stiffener and the cosmetic mesh. The stiffener includes first and second walls extending along a length of the stiffener and a plurality of ribs spaced apart from each other and extending between the first and second walls. The cosmetic mesh includes a mesh cover disposed over the stiffener and having an outer surface and an inner surface, and a mesh wall extending from an outer periphery of the inner surface of the mesh cover and defining a tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Cousins, Esge Andersen, Mei Zhang, Brian R. Twehues, Ethan L. Huwe, Thanh P. Hua
  • Patent number: 11202144
    Abstract: An acoustic wavefront shaping device for altering the propagation of emergency siren sounds is provided. The device includes an enclosed framework containing sound channels mounted before a siren horn. The sound channels are positioned to partition the spherical wavefronts emitted by the siren and transmit each wavelet from the channel's entrance to exit into free space. The interior space of the sound channels contain acoustic macroscopic metamaterial structures that direct wavelet acoustic energy on meandering paths, which extend the transmission duration. Channels higher up in the framework, and away from the center, have straighter paths that transmit acoustic energy more quickly than other channels. The wavelets exit the channels at different times and reconfigure to form a wavefront that is squat and narrow, compared to spherical wavefronts. This wavefront expands into free space staying closer to the ground and closer to the center of the road than spherical wavefront expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Michael Coyle
  • Patent number: 11118779
    Abstract: A luminaire includes a speaker positioned at a first depth within a luminaire housing and capable of generating an audio output from a speaker diaphragm. The luminaire also includes a light source that generates a light output. Further, the luminaire includes a light guide assembly positioned at a second depth within the luminaire housing different from the first depth. The light guide assembly includes an acoustically transparent area positioned along a sound path from the speaker diaphragm, and the light guide assembly extracts the light output from the light source and directs the light output away from the luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Charles Jeffrey Spencer, Daniel Francis Posacki, Kyle Michael Bradd, Gregory Philip Frankiewicz, Feng Chen, John Glenn Serra, Darcie Renee Callison
  • Patent number: 11095974
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a loudspeaker assembly for a vehicle is provided. The assembly includes a diaphragm; a loudspeaker, and a carrier. The loudspeaker includes a first end for being positioned in a first area of the vehicle that is exposed to external ambient noise to the vehicle and a second end for being positioned in a second area of the vehicle that is exposed directly within an interior cabin of the vehicle to provide desired audio along a first axis to the interior cabin. The carrier is attached to the second end of the loudspeaker and includes noise absorption material to prevent the external ambient noise from entering into the vehicle. The carrier defines a plurality of openings positioned on an outer perimeter thereof to enable the desired audio to enter into the interior cabin along a second axis that is different than the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Brandon Michael Wheeler
  • Patent number: 11076218
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a horn assembly and a dual-listening Bluetooth headset. The horn assembly comprising a housing and a horn. The dual-listening Bluetooth headset includes a horn assembly, the sound outlet of the horn assembly does not need to be inserted into the ear canal, but only needs to be hung on the outer ear. It is more comfortable to wear and submit. The sound from the horn assembly is transmitted along the air through the sound outlet in the area near the ear, which can relieve the stethoscope effect and the head effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ALEX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Qingquan Liu
  • Patent number: 11034310
    Abstract: A pickup truck includes a passenger cabin that includes a rear wall. A truck bed includes a front wall that faces the rear wall of the passenger cabin. A space is provided between the rear wall of the passenger cabin and the front wall of the truck bed. A speaker assembly includes a speaker enclosure mounted externally to the rear wall of the passenger cabin and located between the rear wall of the passenger cabin and the front wall of the truck bed. A speaker extends forward from the speaker enclosure and through an opening in the rear wall of the passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Harris, Edgardo Reyes-Crespo
  • Patent number: 10882461
    Abstract: An acoustic conduit provides a waveguide for coupling a loudspeaker inside a vehicle to a region outside the vehicle, or vice versa. The acoustic conduit includes a proximal opening configured to accommodate the loudspeaker. A distal opening is configured to acoustically couple to an exterior of the vehicle. The acoustic conduit defines an interior volume between the proximal opening and the distal opening and is configured to provide waveguide acoustic coupling between the loudspeaker and the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ben J. Feng, Douglas J. Holmi
  • Patent number: 10882460
    Abstract: Disclosed is an extension tube-type vehicle-mounted back support comprising a mounting rod and a mounting part mounted on the mounting rod and used for fixing a mobile terminal. The mounting rod comprises a connector and two connection tubes respectively connected to the left and right ends of the connector, wherein outer ends of the two connection tubes are both connected to a clamping part, an extension spring is provided inside at least one of the connection tubes, and the corresponding clamping part is arranged in a manner of shifting to the left and right relative to the connection tube with the action of the extension spring. The overall structure of the mounting rod is simple and compact and has good stability. By designing the mounting rod as an elastically extending structure, the mounting rod can be directly installed on a vehicle seat headrest metal rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: BENZHI (SHENZHEN) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fan Yu
  • Patent number: 10848861
    Abstract: A loudspeaker assembly for a vehicle includes an enclosure arranged to be positioned outside of a passenger compartment of the vehicle adjacent a first vehicle body panel. The enclosure has a front side, a rear side, a top portion and a substantially enclosed bottom portion, where the top portion includes an outer wall structure. A loudspeaker is mounted in the enclosure and configured to generate an acoustic signal to be radiated into the passenger compartment through an opening in a second vehicle body panel. The enclosure may include a plurality of ribs extending between the loudspeaker and the outer wall structure. A barrier may be disposed within the top portion inward of the outer wall structure and substantially surrounding the loudspeaker. The ribs and the barrier damp high frequencies to reduce propagation of high-frequency noise toward the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Prokisch, Michael Schuster, Andreas Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10747279
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a computer program product for managing noise generated by active cooling devices of an electronic device. The method includes determining a current noise level of at least one active cooling device of an electronic device. The method further includes measuring, by at least one microphone of the electronic device, a level of ambient noise within a surrounding environment. The method further includes measuring, via at least one thermal sensor, a heat load generated by at least one heat generating device of the electronic device. The method further includes applying, to the at least one active cooling device, at least one adjustment that mitigates the heat load and minimizes noise generated by the at least one active cooling device relative to the level of ambient noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Giles Davis, Martin R. Pais
  • Patent number: 10738992
    Abstract: An acoustics lamp includes a lamp body, a hanging device detachably mounted on the lamp body, a lighting device mounted in the lamp body, a sound device mounted in the lighting device, and a control device mounted in the lamp body. The control device drives and controls operation of the lighting device and the sound device. The acoustics lamp is mounted on a ground insert to construct a ground insert lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dong Guan Jia Sheng Lighting Technology Co., Ltd. China
    Inventor: Kevin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10715896
    Abstract: A speaker includes a flange portion, a locking member and a connecting portion. The flange portion includes a penetration hole. The locking member is arranged in the penetration hole and includes a locking portion that protrudes from the flange portion and is to be locked in a mounting hole in a prescribed size. The connecting portion connects an end surface facing the penetration hole with the locking member and is to be cut by a hand tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kumakura, Akira Shigeta, Koji Yamazawa
  • Patent number: 10659856
    Abstract: A modular auditory low frequency sound reproduction and vibration generating speaker enclosure platform system for use to support a seating apparatus includes a main housing having a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, a rear wall, and a pair of side walls forming an internal chamber, a subwoofer speaker coupled to the main housing, an amplifier electrically coupled to the subwoofer, and a plurality of reflex ports coupled to the front wall of the main housing. The top wall of the main housing is designed to support the seating apparatus thereon. The amplifier is designed to activate the subwoofer to generate the sound pressure waves that project from the speaker to the seating apparatus and throughout the main housing. The generated sound pressure waves transferred along the top wall of the main housing delivers tremulous movement to the seating apparatus situated thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Alan Pierce, Timothy Alan Pierce
  • Patent number: 10636162
    Abstract: A smart phone with an application for electronically photographing a section of a patterned ceiling along with a color and grayscale calibration template surrounding the small speaker system installation site, storing the image, uploading the image to a computer that has color correction software, correcting the color of the image, and printing the image on a steel ring and a steel disc for magnetic attachment to a diffuser of a small ceiling speaker system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Johnathan Ivey, Kevin Sykes, Tyler Jo Keller, Cristian Botos
  • Patent number: 10596941
    Abstract: A headrest includes: (a) a headrest frame, (b) a speaker unit supported by the headrest frame and having a speaker box, a speaker attached to the speaker box, and a megaphone-shaped tube attached to the speaker box, (c) a cushion material, (d) a skin material having an opening, sewed into a pouch shape, and covering the headrest frame, the speaker unit, and the cushion material, and (e) a ring-shaped member securing the entire opening-side end portion of the skin material sandwiched between the ring-shaped member and the megaphone-shaped tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: TACHI-S ENGINEERING U.S.A. INC., BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Kakishima, Ravi Krishnan, Dave Hamel, Barry McLean, Seiji Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10524033
    Abstract: An electronic device, comprises a display and an expandable enclosure positioned opposite the display. The expandable enclosure is operable between at least a closed configuration and an open configuration, such that in the open configuration, the expandable enclosure defines faces of a resonance box. One or more speakers include a speaker cone and a drive magnet assembly. Each of the one or more speakers is positioned on an outer surface of the expandable enclosure and oriented so that the drive magnet assembly faces an interior of the resonance box, and so that the speaker cone faces an exterior of the resonance box. In this way, the electronic device gains the benefit of amplifying audio via the resonance box without adding significantly to the device volume or requiring an auxiliary speaker system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Efri Efraim Vaturi
  • Patent number: 10518716
    Abstract: A loudspeaker system for vehicle has a wall of a frame of a vehicle that separates an exterior from an interior and has a through hole, a box mounted in the wall in correspondence of the through hole, a loudspeaker mounted in the box, a back resonance chamber formed between the membrane of the loudspeaker and the walls of the box, a through hole obtained in a wall of the box and disposed in register with the hole of the wall of the frame of the vehicle and a partition of sound-absorbing material that closes the through hole of the wall of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: ASK INDUSTRIES SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Maurizio Servadio, Claudio Panni, Pietro Massini, Enrico Esposito, Manrico Colonna
  • Patent number: 10486569
    Abstract: A headrest comprising a mounting frame on a backrest of a seat, a mounting structure for a loudspeaker, the structure being associated in the upper portion of the frame, the loudspeaker associated with the structure, a block of elastically compressible padding material covering the structure, the block being provided with a conduit configured to allow the sound emitted by the loudspeaker to propagate, a covering cover fitted over the block, the cover being provided with an orifice positioned facing the conduit, a grating for covering the orifice, the grating comprising a peripheral overhang covering a peripheral strip of the cover extending at the periphery of the orifice, a thickness of the padding material extending in alignment with the strip, the headrest further comprising a washer configured to stiffen the strip, the washer having an internal periphery of geometry analogous to that of the orifice, the overhang extending facing the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TESCA France
    Inventors: Franck Bieven, David Ganier
  • Patent number: 10490175
    Abstract: An audio device and an electronic instrument are provided by which a device case can be downsized. An elastic member is interposed between an attachment hole provided in a panel-side sealed frame section of a speaker panel and a projection section of a speaker grill and, in this state, the speaker grill is fixed to the speaker panel by the projection section being subjected to torsion deformation. By the elastic member being deformed inside the attachment hole and coming in close contact with the surface of the projection section and the inner surface of the attachment hole, the attachment hole that is a through hole is filled. As a result of this structure, an attachment hole that is used when a speaker grill is attached to a speaker panel can be arranged at a position where it penetrates to an acoustic space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Oshiro
  • Patent number: 10469642
    Abstract: A middle frame for a mobile phone, includes a middle plate, and an edge of the middle plate forms a latching portion. A boarder frame defining a latching groove on a side thereof facing the middle plate, and the latching portion is riveted in the latching groove. The middle plate and the border frame form a first seam and a second seam on a junction portion and the middle plate and the border frame are provided with a first mounting groove and a second mounting groove. The first seam is located in the first mounting groove, the second seam is located in the second mounting groove. First and second sealing elements, and the first sealing element is filled in the first mounting groove, and the second sealing element is filled in the second mounting groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG EVERWIN PRECISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangsheng Ren, Lidong Wang, Lilei Wang, Ke Zhang, Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 10442349
    Abstract: A lighting element for a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle includes a diffuser; an elongated light guide, wherein the light guide is at least partially accommodated in the diffuser; and a reflector arranged on an inner side of the diffuser and having a reflective surface facing the light guide. The reflector is configured to reflect light from the light guide to an outer side of the light guide. The reflector has a rough surface in order to reflect light from the light guide diffusely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Robert Jaeger, Dirk Brinkmann, Heinz Czemmel
  • Patent number: 10438921
    Abstract: A method for direct bonding an electronic chip onto a substrate or another electronic chip, the method including: carrying out a hydrophilic treatment of a portion of, a surface of the electronic chip and of a portion of a surface of the substrate or of the other electronic chip; depositing an aqueous fluid on the portion of the surface of the substrate or of the second electronic chip; depositing the portion of the surface of the electronic chip on the aqueous fluid; drying the aqueous fluid until the portion of the surface of the electronic chip is rigidly connected to the portion of the surface of the substrate or of the other electronic chip: and during at least part of the drying of the aqueous fluid, emitting ultrasound into the aqueous fluid through the substrate or the other electronic chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Frank Fournel, Xavier Baillin, Séverine Cheramy, Patrick Leduc, Loic Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10433041
    Abstract: An outdoor loudspeaker that is weather resistant and includes environmental lighting is described. The lamp is mounted to a cap at the top of the loudspeaker. An audio driver is mounted below the lamp. A system outdoor loudspeakers is also described. The lighting circuitry and the audio circuitry is separate, e.g., separate conduits and wiring in the loudspeaker. The cap can include a light guide, e.g., a lens centrally mounted in the cap or an opaque cover to direct the light downwardly and outwardly. At least part of the loudspeaker can be mounted underground and, in the case of a sub-woofer, the entire chamber can be mounted below ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: James Garrett, Fred Tubis, An Duc Nguyen, Aaron L. Butters, Timothy Gladwin
  • Patent number: 10362388
    Abstract: A passive radiator includes an elastomeric member and mass. The elastomeric member defines a suspension structure that has an inner peripheral boarder and an outer peripheral boarder and a first snap-attach feature that is arranged along the outer peripheral boarder of the suspension structure. The first snap-attach feature enables the elastomeric member to be coupled to a mating feature. The mass is supported along the inner peripheral boarder of the suspension structure and is configured for pistonic movement, relative to the first snap-attach feature, along a motion axis of the passive radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan A. Jeffery
  • Patent number: 10334365
    Abstract: An acoustic processing device includes: a plurality of loudspeaker units that output sound; and a mechanism that is configured to be capable of changing a distance between the loudspeaker units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Iwamoto, Satsuki Kawahashi, Koichi Ishizaki, Ryuichiro Kuroki, Naoyuki Onozawa
  • Patent number: 10250967
    Abstract: An array of speaker modules includes a first speaker module having at least one electroacoustic driver and a housing that together define a first acoustic cavity having a first cavity volume. The array also includes a second speaker module having at least one electroacoustic driver and a housing that together define a first enclosed volume that is greater than the first cavity volume by a first volume difference. The second speaker module includes a first internal enclosure having a first internal volume that is substantially equal to the first volume difference. The portion of the first enclosed volume that is outside the first internal volume defines a second acoustic cavity having a second cavity volume that is substantially equal to the first cavity volume. This configuration enables the performance of low frequency acoustic drivers in the speaker modules to be substantially matched without requiring complicated alternative approaches for matched performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Lippitt, Greg Joseph Zastoupil, Randy J. Kulchy, Kevin Brousseau
  • Patent number: 10239432
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a headrest of a seat, the headrest including an enclosure for housing one or more acoustic transducers, and an adjustable headrest wing disposed in front of the enclosure. The headrest wing is coupled to the enclosure by a pivot, and configured to be adjusted to one of multiple positions within an angle range around the pivot. The headrest wing is also configured to support the head of a seat-occupant. The headrest further includes a connector disposed between the enclosure and a rear portion of the headrest wing. The connector is configured to provide an acoustic channel between the enclosure and the headrest wing such that audio signals from the one or more acoustic transducers are radiated outward through the headrest wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald, Joseph Walter McCabe
  • Patent number: 10104467
    Abstract: A speaker device includes a first cabinet, a speaker unit, a second cabinet and a tube cabinet. The first cabinet is disposed in a casing and with a first chamber formed therein. The speaker unit is disposed in the first chamber. The second cabinet is connected to the casing and with an opening formed on the casing. The second cabinet has a second chamber formed therein and communicating with the opening. The tube cabinet connects the first cabinet and the second cabinet. The tube cabinet has a tube chamber formed therein and communicating with the first chamber and the second chamber. A sound generated by the speaker unit is enhanced in the first chamber, transmitted to the second chamber via the tube chamber and emitted out via the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Feng-Ming Liu, Jia-Ren Chang, Chih-Hsueh Huang, Chien-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 10090119
    Abstract: In one embodiment a sound generating system comprises: a housing; a speaker located at least partially inside the housing; and an interactive faceplate subassembly comprising: a front surface, wherein a portion of the front surface contains a first plurality of openings forming a speaker grille; a display operable to display through a first portion of the front surface; the display disposed behind the front surface of the interactive faceplate subassembly and coupled to a second surface having a second plurality of openings, and wherein at least one of the openings in the second plurality of openings aligns with one or more of the openings in the first plurality of openings, thereby promoting improved sound transmission from the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: James Thomas O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 10064496
    Abstract: There is provided a head rest device 10 that does not impair safety of a seated person even when a secondary battery 35 is accommodated therein. An accommodation space 28 partitioned by a partitioning plate part 25 is provided inside a cushioning core material 12 of a head rest main body, and a secondary battery 35 is accommodated inside the accommodation space 28.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Takada, Fumiaki Nakashima, Takao Ishikawa, Takahiko Nagasawa, Yasuyuki Ito
  • Patent number: 10057669
    Abstract: Described herein are devices that combine aspects of storage containers and audio housing devices. These devices can be installed into a vehicle and function as a speaker box for the vehicle's sound system as well as a vehicle's glove box. In some embodiments, devices incorporating features of the present invention include a body that is configured to define a first internal space configured to house one or more audio devices. The body is further configured to define a second internal space configured as a storage container. In some embodiments, the first and second internal spaces are separated by at least one common wall. In some embodiments, the second internal space is at least partially surrounded by the first internal space. In some embodiments, the devices can further comprise one or more speaker driver openings to facilitate sound emission from the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SSV WORKS, INC.
    Inventor: Trevor Kaplan
  • Patent number: 10029590
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a seat headrest that includes an interior chamber that accommodates an acoustic transducer, and an acoustic channel disposed between the interior chamber and an external opening in the seat headrest. The headrest also includes a soft outer layer disposed around at least a portion of a periphery of the external opening, and a grill mount. The grill mount is disposed in or attached to the outer layer, the grill mount extending, at least in part, around the periphery of the acoustic channel, and configured to engage with a portion of a speaker grill-assembly in a mating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald
  • Patent number: 10034080
    Abstract: A speaker is provided in the present disclosure. The speaker includes a box body with a receiving space and a sound production unit received in the receiving space, the sound production unit comprises a diaphragm for vibrating to produce sound, the diaphragm is spaced from the box body to form a front sound cavity, and the box body comprises a sound outlet channel communicating the front sound cavity with the outside and a plurality of baffles disposed in the sound outlet channel and staggered at intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Peng Qin
  • Patent number: 10000162
    Abstract: A speaker device for a vehicle includes a speaker unit, an enclosure mounted to a vehicle body accommodating the speaker unit, and provided with an inner space which is divided into a front space into which a front sound of the speaker unit is radiated and a rear space into which a rear sound of the speaker unit is radiated by a division member, a first path connecting the front space to a first division space provided in the vehicle body, a second path connecting the rear space to a second division space provided in the vehicle body, and a front sound outlet connecting the front space to an indoor space of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: YoungKyu Kim, Jung Uk Noh, Jong Suh Park
  • Patent number: 9994839
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for capturing, concentrating, and isolating molecules in a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Yu-Hwa Lo, Wen Qiao, Junlan Song
  • Patent number: 9980023
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are provided for recording high output power levels of sound at low sound pressure levels. For example, an apparatus comprises an enclosure, a speaker disposed within the enclosure, a microphone disposed within the enclosure, and an evacuation port. The evacuation port is configured to connect to a system that reduces a pressure level within the enclosure to a level that is less than an ambient air pressure level outside the enclosure. The enclosure is sealed or otherwise configured to provide a sealed enclosure, to maintain the reduced air pressure within the enclosure. The speaker can be driven by an amplifier at high output power levels to generate a distorted sound of an amplified electric musical instrument for recording purposes, while the reduced pressure level within the enclosure serves to attenuate the sound pressure level and perceived loudness which emanates from the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: James J. Fallon
  • Patent number: 9967672
    Abstract: Seat systems and vehicle audio systems are provided. In one example, a seat system includes a seat including at least a first armrest, and a first acoustic element attached to the first armrest and configured to radiate acoustic energy to a surface in a forward facing direction of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ClearMotion Acquisition I LLC
    Inventor: Michael Rosen
  • Patent number: 9961422
    Abstract: An apparatus of fan heat dissipation comprises a fan component, a resonator and a speaker component. The fan component is located below a device in parallel and configured to dissipate heat from the device. The resonator is located below the fan component, and a working region is located between the bottom of the fan component and the top of the resonator. The speaker component is formed with the resonator, and the resonator serves as a cabinet for the speaker component. Furthermore, the resonator is the Helmholtz resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kuo-Chi Ting
  • Patent number: 9942655
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a socket that comprises a socket body. The socket body forms a socket cavity for receiving a plug. The socket further comprises an acoustic device and a sound port. The sound port is disposed in the socket body for acoustically coupling the acoustic device with the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Andreas Froemel
  • Patent number: 9930433
    Abstract: The technology described in this document is embodied in a speaker grill configured to be attached to a speaker system disposed in a portion of a vehicle seat. The speaker grill includes a base that includes perforations to allow acoustic energy from the speakers to pass through the grill, a sidewall extending from the base such that the sidewall and the base define a cavity, and a structural feature configured to allow the speaker grill to be to be attached to a substantially rigid portion of the vehicle seat. The speaker grill is attached in an acoustic path of the speaker system, and is removable from the substantially rigid portion of the vehicle seat following attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Oswald, Tobe Z. Barksdale, David Meeker
  • Patent number: 9872091
    Abstract: An electrical apparatus includes a frame, a speaker connected to the frame, a digital signal processor in communication with the speaker to receive audio data and control data to control the speaker, the digital signal processor connected to the frame, and a lamp base coupler electrically connected to the speaker and receiver, the lamp base coupler detachably connectable to a power source, when the power source is present. A method of steering the diffused sound field includes, broadcasting at least one calibration audio signal through a plurality of speakers (M) in an audio system, receiving the calibration audio signal in a plurality of microphones spaced apart and positioned about at a listening position, and calculating respective relative speaker placement angles relative to the listening position between each of the plurality of speakers in response to receipt of the calibration audio signal in the plurality of microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Caavo Inc
    Inventor: Ashish Dharmpal Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 9848268
    Abstract: There are provided an acoustic generator capable of generating a high-quality sound having little distortion, and an acoustic generation device and an electronic apparatus using the same. An acoustic generator has a vibration body, a first exciter, a second exciter, a first damping material and a second damping material. The vibration body has two surfaces which are positioned with a gap therebetween in a first direction. The first exciter and the second exciter are disposed on the vibration body. The first damping material is disposed on the vibration body and has a first portion which overlaps the first exciter when viewed in the first direction. The second damping material is disposed on the vibration body and has a second portion which overlaps the second exciter when viewed in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kushima, Kentarou Miyazato, Tooru Takahashi, Shuichi Fukuoka, Kenji Yamakawa, Masato Murahashi, Hiroshi Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 9843850
    Abstract: Small-scale audio speakers of various shapes are installed in parent devices. Inner casings, and the surrounding vibration-damping zone often required between such casings and the surrounding parent-device walls, are omitted from the assembly. During integration with the parent device, each un-encased speaker and its signal lines are sealed into a single-walled enclosure that incorporates a parent-device wall as at least one side. The entire interior of the single-walled enclosure becomes a back volume for the speaker. The single-walled enclosure may incorporate seals at the speaker's audio-output aperture, at the pass-through for the signal lines, and at the interface between the parent-device wall(s) and the added side(s) constituting the single-walled enclosure. Optional adhesive-free sealing options include sliding tabs held by a snap-lock latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Devon Worrell, David A. Rittenhouse