Audible Indication Patents (Class 340/384.1)
  • Patent number: 10261514
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating autonomous vehicle operations are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining data associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes identifying an object within the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle or a planned vehicle motion action of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the data associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining an audible vehicle indication that is associated with the identified object or the planned vehicle motion action. The audible vehicle indication is indicative of a type of the object or a type of the planned vehicle motion. The method includes outputting, via one or more output devices onboard the autonomous vehicle, the audible vehicle indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Noah Zych
  • Patent number: 10224017
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for active sound desensitization to tonal noise in a vehicle. An example vehicle includes an electric motor, a microphone, speakers, and an active sound desensitizer. The active sound desensitizer (a) randomizes channels of the speakers based on multiple uncorrelated broadband sound profiles, (b) determine upper and lower frequency band limits for a band-limited filter, (c) generate a desensitizing sound based on the upper and lower frequency band limits and the randomized channels, and (d) broadcast the desensitizing sound via the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ming-Ran Lee, Ming-te Cheng, Ramasunder Krishnaswami, Liqun Na, Mingfeng Li
  • Patent number: 10223552
    Abstract: A privacy protection method and a terminal device are provided. The privacy protection method in a terminal device includes receiving a user input of designated multimedia content that is stored in the terminal device, detecting an activation of a privacy mode on the terminal device, determining a set of private multimedia content stored in the terminal device based on the designated multimedia content, and preventing the set of private multimedia content from being displayed on the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Li Zhang, Rui Wu, Zhenbo Luo, Tang Tang
  • Patent number: 10209716
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating autonomous vehicle operations are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining data associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes identifying an object within the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle or a planned vehicle motion action of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the data associated with the autonomous vehicle. The method includes determining an audible vehicle indication that is associated with the identified object or the planned vehicle motion action. The audible vehicle indication is indicative of a type of the object or a type of the planned vehicle motion. The method includes outputting, via one or more output devices onboard the autonomous vehicle, the audible vehicle indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Noah Zych
  • Patent number: 10203203
    Abstract: In the preset invention, in an initial stationary state of a drumstick section, a CPU stores acceleration that occurs due to gravity and is obtained by an acceleration sensor in a RAM, obtains, at every predetermined timing, acceleration that occurs due to a motion provided to the drumstick section and is obtained by the acceleration sensor at a predetermined timing, accumulates the accelerations each obtained at the predetermined timing for each predetermined interval, and conforms the accelerations obtained by accumulation to the acceleration stored in the RAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Sakurai, Ryutaro Hayashi, Yuji Tabata, Kazutaka Kasuga
  • Patent number: 10168737
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body portion having a first wall section providing a casing to surround electrical components and being configured to have a lower structural rigidity compared to a remainder of the body portion and a display assembly coupled to the body portion, the display assembly comprising at least one of a display and a display window. The first wall section comprises a first thinned portion coupled to the display assembly and configured to suspend the display assembly at a thicker portion of the first wall section and a second thinned portion at an outer edge of the body portion, the second thinned portion being configured to flex and allow movement of the display assembly. The first wall section is configured to bend or flex relative to the remainder of the body portion upon application of the force to the display assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Pasi Kemppinen
  • Patent number: 10133540
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle sound generator apparatus comprising a vehicle state sensing unit, a storage unit comprising a sound source storage unit and a reference data storage unit, a sound source playback unit, a sound source amplification unit, a sound output unit, and a control unit. The vehicle state sensing unit senses a vehicle speed, and the control unit calculates a corresponding shifting factor from the velocity shifting profile to correspond to the vehicle speed, and controls and outputs the sound pressure or the pitch of the operating sound. The present invention generate and control a virtual operating sound, which reflects a change in vehicle speed and time to generate a virtual sound that imitates a real internal combustion engine sound while increasing recognizability of a pedestrian so that the vehicle operating sound can be transferred to the driver and pedestrian to further secure safety of the pedestrian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LS AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dae Woo Kwon
  • Patent number: 10109190
    Abstract: An emergency vehicle warning system is a portable electronic device that detects emergency signals coming from emergency vehicles within a given radius and generates a warning in the form of audible signals, vibration, and/or lights within the vehicle to provide advanced warning to the occupants of the vehicle providing additional time to pull safely over to the side of the road to avoid accidents or tickets that may result from the failure to yield to emergency vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Danyell Baptiste
    Inventor: Danyell Baptiste
  • Patent number: 9972299
    Abstract: A method of active noise reduction. The method comprises instructing a microphone electronically coupled by a client terminal to record a nonaural noise signal, instructing a circuit of the client terminal to record an aural noise signal using at least one electroacoustic transducer of an earphone, calculating a noise reduction signal based on a function combining nonaural noise signal and the aural noise signal, calculating a noise reduced signal based on a combination of a content signal prepared to be played by the at least one electroacoustic transducer and the noise reduction signal, and instructing the circuit to play the noise reduced signal via the at least one electroacoustic transducer. The nonaural noise signal and the aural noise signal are recorded at least partly simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Bugatone Ltd.
    Inventors: Edmund Ben-Ami, Noam Petrank
  • Patent number: 9959725
    Abstract: A notification appliance is disclosed. The notification appliance may be a strobe notification appliance, such as an LED strobe notification appliance. The notification appliance may be wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted. Further, the notification appliance may include an optic that is configured to shape the light output from the notification appliance. For example, in a wall-mount, the optic may be mounted off-axis of a plane defined by a back plate of the notification appliance. Further, the notification appliance may be composed of a back plate, a driver board, and a front housing, with the front housing being attached to one or both of the back plate and the driver board. Moreover, the notification appliance may be used with an adapter bracket, which may be used to connect the notification appliance with one or more types of junction boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TYCO FIRE & SECURITY GMBH
    Inventors: Kenneth Savage, Jr., Steven Varieur
  • Patent number: 9940921
    Abstract: A vehicle, a vehicle control method, and a vehicle driving sound control apparatus in which a user may freely generate a requested vehicle driving sound using a user terminal and generate an additional driving sound more similar to an actual vehicle driving sound by vibrating a structure of a vehicle using an exciter are provided. The vehicle includes a controller configured to receive vehicle driving sound parameters requested by a user from a user terminal and an exciter configured to vibrate a structure of a vehicle based on the vehicle driving sound parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dong Chul Park, Sang Il Lee, Dongwook Lee, Seonghyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 9921387
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lens driving apparatus. The lens driving apparatus includes a base, a yoke coupled to the base, having an upper surface formed with a hole, a closed side surface, and an opened bottom surface, a bobbin movably installed in an inner portion of the yoke, a lens module coupled to the bobbin to go in and out the hole according to movement of the bobbin, a magnet fixed to an inner portion of the yoke, a coil fixed to an outer portion of the bobbin while facing the magnets, and springs coupled to the bobbin to provide restoration force to the bobbin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ji Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9901301
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, devices including a wearable device may be associated to share information and coordinate data between the devices as part of a coordination between relationship wearables. For example, a first wearable device and a second device, each associated with different users, may provide data to a history analysis module. The history analysis module may analyze this data for coordinated relationship patters made up of repeated events. Coordinated relationship data may be generated by this analysis, and then used by a current data analysis module to analyze an incoming stream of current data from at least one of the devices. When a repeated status value is identified within the current data stream, a coordination communication may be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer T. Brenner, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Yu Tang, Jason Ziaja, Ananya Das
  • Patent number: 9883290
    Abstract: An audio driver assembly comprises a driver housing and an audio driver secured within the driver housing. The audio driver comprises a magnet assembly, a flexible diaphragm overlying the magnet assembly, and a spacer between the magnet assembly and the flexible diaphragm. A headphone and a method of forming a headphone are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: John Timothy, Sam Noertker
  • Patent number: 9846507
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal for transmitting and receiving data using a wireless communication module and a control method thereof, and there is provided a mobile terminal for performing a notification display function in cooperation with a wireless communication unit, a touch screen and a controller, wherein the controller performs the notification display function through the steps of receiving notification information for notifying that information satisfying a preset condition is displayed on the other terminal, from the other terminal connected thereto in a wireless manner, and controlling the touch screen to display visual information indicating that information satisfying the preset condition is displayed on the transmitting terminal based on the notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeongyun Heo, Junghoon Chu, Hyungtae Jang, Minhun Kang
  • Patent number: 9832187
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes receiving a first indication of an incoming communication and determining that the incoming communication includes private information. The method may also include outputting, for display at a wearable computing device, a second indication of the incoming communication, wherein the indication includes non-private information. The method may also include determining, based on motion data generated by the wearable computing device, that a user of the wearable computing device is likely viewing the wearable computing device. The method may also include outputting, for display at the wearable computing device, an indication of the private information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Faaborg, Joshua Robin Kaplan, Michael Steven Feldstein
  • Patent number: 9815405
    Abstract: A vehicle approach alert device includes: an output sound generator that generates a sound output of output sound data read out from a memory device; a voltage control unit that changes a voltage of an output waveform of the sound output, and outputs a voltage control output; an amplifier that flows current, corresponding to the voltage control output, to a sound output body to output a vehicle approach alert sound; an acceleration operation amount obtaining device; a change amount calculation device that calculates a temporal change amount of the acceleration operation amount; an output sound control device that sets an envelope frequency of the vehicle approach alert sound based on the temporal change amount; and a change control device that controls the voltage control unit to change the voltage according to the envelope frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ANDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Haruyuki Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 9746847
    Abstract: An operator control device includes an operator control element configured to provide haptic feedback to an operator. The operator control element is activatable by an input member of the operator and has: a first planar component; and a second planar component oriented in parallel with the first planar component, the first and second planar components being movable relative to one another. The first and second planar components are guidable between a position of rest and an activation position while maintaining their parallel orientation with respect to one another. In the activation position the distance between the first and second planar components is smaller than in the position of rest. The first and second planar components are spring loaded in the position of rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Gutermuth, Thorsten Alexander Kern, Robert Wolfgang Kissel, Sabine Vorberg, Ingo Zoller
  • Patent number: 9725035
    Abstract: A method of emanating a sound from a vehicle comprising detecting a speed of the vehicle, and emanating a speed sound, including emanating a sound profile and changing at least one of a sound pressure level and a pitch of the sound profile in relation to the speed of the vehicle changing. The method further comprises ceasing emanation of the speed sound upon the speed of the vehicle increasing from below a first threshold to above the first threshold, and resuming emanation of the speed sound upon the speed of the vehicle decreasing from above a second threshold to below the second threshold, the second threshold being less than the first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Tsuyoshi Kanuma, Manabu Sato, Toshiyuki Tabata, Andy Christensen
  • Patent number: 9725034
    Abstract: A method of emanating a sound from a vehicle comprising detecting an accelerator state, a brake state, and a transmission state of the vehicle, and emanating a take-off sound. The take-off sound includes changing emanation of a sound profile from a first sound pressure level to a second sound pressure level that is greater than the first sound pressure level, upon first detecting the accelerator state transitioned from an accelerator released state to an accelerator depressed state while the brake state indicates the brake released state and the transmission state indicates a motive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Tsuyoshi Kanuma, Manabu Sato, Toshiyuki Tabata, Andy Christensen
  • Patent number: 9722558
    Abstract: A sound volume is adjusted in accordance with a volume adjustment coefficient ka calculated in accordance with a coefficient map with respect to an accelerator opening angle APO and another volume adjustment coefficient kv calculated in accordance with the coefficient map with respect to a vehicle speed V. The coefficient map with respect to vehicle speed V is set such that, as accelerator opening angle APO becomes higher, volume adjustment coefficient ka becomes larger in a sigmoid configuration. In addition, the coefficient map with respect to accelerator opening angle APO is set such that, as vehicle speed V becomes higher, volume adjustment coefficient kv becomes smaller in the sigmoid configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunichi Kanehara, Koji Shionome
  • Patent number: 9694746
    Abstract: A user may freely generate a vehicle driving sound using a mounted mobile terminal so as to generate various types of driving sounds through a speaker. A vehicle includes a setting unit configured to set response characteristics of a vehicle driving sound for at least one of a plurality of pieces of vehicle state information and set a section-specific volume of the vehicle driving sound for at least one of a plurality of set response characteristics including revolutions per minute (RPM) and a controller configured to control an output of the vehicle driving sound generated according to a setting of the setting unit and control sound transfer characteristics unique to the vehicle to be reflected when the vehicle driving sound is generated and output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Enusoo Jo, Ju In Kim, Taekun Yun, Kyoung Jin Chang, Seonghyeon Kim, Doyoung Park, Dong Chul Park, Seok Gwan Hong, Ki Woong Jeong
  • Patent number: 9697723
    Abstract: An illuminated doorbell touch pad system is disclosed, having a chime control unit controlled by a micro-processor which continually calibrates according to a process for discriminating between a human touch and moisture, rain and small animals, for changes in capacitance of a metal housing enclosing an outdoor portion of the illuminated doorbell touch pad system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Litex Industries, Limited
    Inventors: Donald J Ladanyi, Georgios V Lazaridis
  • Patent number: 9681240
    Abstract: A sound quality adjustment apparatus of an approaching vehicle audible system that generates a signal of a notification sound, which is emitted from a sounding device provided in an electric vehicle that generates at least part of driving force by use of a motor to the outside of the electric vehicle, is provided with a sound element storage unit that stores sound element data forming an element of the notification sound; a sound-source sound quality extraction unit that analyzes the sound element data so as to extract a characteristic value related to the sound quality of a sound element; a parameter setting unit that obtains a parameter for converting the sound element data in accordance with vehicle information, by use of the characteristic value extracted by the sound-source sound quality extraction unit; and a parameter storage unit that stores the parameter obtained by the parameter setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takahisa Aoyagi, Asako Omote, Yoichi Kato
  • Patent number: 9672000
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating an audio notification file for a computing device are provided. A first audio file associated with a first mental state is selected as a first section of the audio notification file. The audio notification file enabled for storage in a memory. The audio notification file is further enabled for processing by a processing unit to control a speaker. A final state of the audio notification file is determined, the final state designated as a final section of the audio notification file, the final state associated with a second mental state. At least one intermediate section of the audio notification file is generated, between the first section and the second section, by morphing the first audio file to the final state by processing the first audio file using a digital signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Bradley Shayne Ferringo, Gregory Jason Fields, Susan Tammy teWinkel, John Patrick Grenn, Joseph Leonard Dvorak, Michael Williams Suman
  • Patent number: 9626842
    Abstract: The accessorized doorbell device has a device control in wireless communication with an actuator, such as a doorbell. Chosen music and other informational playback upon an actuator's enablement plays from a plethora of music and other choices stored within and available to the device. A plurality of wireless playback units is provided such that chosen playback is selectively heard throughout or in an isolated area in an abode. A plurality of control buttons, a monitor, and a speaker provide discriminating input from the device control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Guy Navon
  • Patent number: 9584922
    Abstract: A hybrid speaker is provided. The hybrid speaker can include first magnets, second magnets, a yoke that accommodates the first and second magnets, a diaphragm, voice coils fixed at one face of the diaphragm, a frame, and a plate spring resiliently supporting the yoke at the frame. The first magnets can be arranged at predetermined intervals such that south poles or north poles thereof are oriented to the same side. The second magnets can have smaller volumes than the first magnets and be arranged singly or plurally between the first magnets their magnetic poles oriented the opposite those of the first magnets. The voice coils can be disposed so as to cross magnetic circuits between the first magnets and the yoke. The diaphragm can be fixed to the frame at periphery portions of the face at the side of the diaphragm at which the voice coils are fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: FPS INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Hori, Tohru Nakabayashi, Yasuo Enokido
  • Patent number: 9578438
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for driving loudspeakers of a sound system in a vehicle, the system having at least two loudspeakers of a basic system, and a plurality of loudspeakers of a focus system wherein each of the loudspeakers has a position in an environment. The apparatus includes a basic channel provider for providing basic system audio channels for driving the loudspeakers of the basic system and a focused source renderer for providing focus system audio channels to drive the loudspeakers of the focus system. The focused source renderer is configured to calculate a plurality of filter values for the loudspeakers of the focus system based on the positions of the loudspeakers of the focus system and based on a position of a focus point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: BARCO NV
    Inventors: Olaf Stepputat, Robert Steffens
  • Patent number: 9549051
    Abstract: A mobile communication device that comprises a fashion accessory and a signaling assembly is provided. The signaling assembly may be configured to provide sensory stimuli such as a flashing LED light and a vibration. These stimuli may vary depending on the signal received from a remote communication device or from gestures made by a user or from information stored in the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ringly Inc.
    Inventors: Christina Mercando, Logan Munro, Antonio Cerruto, Matt Gattis
  • Patent number: 9517724
    Abstract: The acoustic signaling system for electric, hybrid vehicles or the like, which can be installed on an electric vehicle or the like, includes: an amplifier device of a piloting signal; an electroacoustic transducer device operatively connected to the amplifier device; a supervision unit operatively connected to a control device installed on the electric vehicle; a digital audio processor operatively connected to the supervision unit and to the amplifier device; wherein the supervision unit has elements for sending a command signal to the digital audio processor according to a check signal sent by the control device; wherein the digital audio processor has selection elements suitable for selecting one between at least two different audio files, according to the command signal received; and wherein the digital audio processor has processing elements suitable for producing the piloting signal starting from the audio file selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: META SYSTEMS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Zenobi Massimo
  • Patent number: 9474174
    Abstract: A cover panel is located on a surface of an electronic apparatus, and includes at least one through-hole and is made of sapphire. A panel support member includes a plate part, support parts, and a reinforcing part. The plate part is opposed to the cover panel. The support parts are vertically arranged on both sides of the plate part and support the cover panel. The reinforcing part is located in the plate part and reinforces the plate part. An operation button passes through the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Motohashi, Toshimitsu Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9467774
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiment, a method includes amplifying signal provided by a microphone to form an amplified signal. The method also includes converting the amplified signal into a frequency-based signal having a frequency dependent on an amplitude of the amplified signal. The frequency-based signal is converted into a pulse code modulated bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Dirk Hammerschmidt, Michael Kropfitsch, Andreas Wiesbauer
  • Patent number: 9423264
    Abstract: A navigation system (NS) can determine a junction between a current position of a user and a maneuver point of a route. Additionally, the NS can determine, change, and output an explicit notification not to turn at the junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Lars Hansen
  • Patent number: 9396625
    Abstract: An alarm circuit includes an audio chip, a basic input and output system (BIOS), a platform controller hub (PCH), and a speaker unit. The audio chip is electrically coupled to the BIOS, the PCH, and the speaker unit. The audio chip receives control signals from the BIOS and the PCH, and controls the speaker unit to alarm according to the control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Zhao Huang
  • Patent number: 9351063
    Abstract: A system and methods for providing a wireless earplug system are described. An earplug includes a wireless receiver/transmitter, a battery, a speaker, a sound canal and an on/off switch. The system also includes a controller including a wireless receiver/transmitter used to transmit wireless signals to the earplug. The earplug receives the wireless signals from the controller and plays audio sounds through the speaker and into the user's ear canal, thus enabling the user to hear the transmitted audio signals while ambient noises are blocked. The controller is also used to control the parameters of the time, duration and type of audio sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Liviu Burciu
  • Patent number: 9311910
    Abstract: A method includes providing a fundamental frequency corresponding to the RPM of an engine of a vehicle; determining a plurality of harmonics of the fundamental frequency; and determining a target shape of the plurality of harmonics. The target shape includes, for each of the harmonics of the plurality of the harmonics, a gain value as a function of the RPM of the engine. The method also includes determining an accelerator pedal position (APP) based gain that includes a gain value as a function of an accelerator pedal position; and determining a speed based gain that includes a gain value as a function of a difference between a set maximum speed and a measured vehicle speed. The method further includes combining the plurality of harmonics, the target shape of the plurality of harmonics, the APP based gain, and the speed based gain to produce a set of engine harmonic enhancement signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Cristian M. Hera
  • Patent number: 9096165
    Abstract: A method is provided for generating noise in an interior and exterior of a motor vehicle in which a control unit is provided which can be activated and which is operatively connected to a noise generator. The noise generator is connected to at least one noise emitting device (3). The noise emitting device (3) is mounted underneath a hood of the motor vehicle, and is connected to the vehicle interior via at least one hose with at least one sound transmitting element. Sound waves are extracted from the noise emitting device (3) and are transmitted into the vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Daniel Grosse-Budde
  • Patent number: 9000900
    Abstract: A vehicle proximity annunciator device reduces an occurrence of a pop noise without an additional circuit changing an output of a power amplifier. A capacitor is located between a connection point connecting multiple resistances generating a reference voltage and a ground terminal. The capacitor causes a rise-up time of the reference voltage to delay at a start of power supply to a power source terminal. A sound emission signal is increased at substantially a same level of the reference voltage so that a variation of a differential voltage between the reference voltage and the sound emission signal falls in a pre-determined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Anden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruyuki Tsuzuki, Yoshimitsu Ukai, Yukiko Matsubara, Chikara Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8994549
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for facilitating oilfield operations utilizing auditory data. In one embodiment, the present invention generates one or more auditory mapping structures whereby oilfield data may be mapped to sounds. The present invention provides at least one computer generated selection tool through which the user may select one or more portions of displayed oilfield data for auditory enhancement. Once the user has indicated an area of interest using the selection tool, the present invention may identify the oilfield data displayed within the outlined area of interest, identify auditory data associated with the displayed oilfield data utilizing one or more auditory mapping structures, and emit at least a portion of the identified auditory data to enhance the user's understanding of the displayed oilfield data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos F. P. Rocha, Flavio Ivan Da Silva
  • Patent number: 8988212
    Abstract: An electric vehicle pedestrian warning system includes an encapsulating container disposed in a location of an electric vehicle (EV) that is exterior to a cabin of the EV. The warning system also includes a speaker affixed to an interior portion of the container, an amplifier coupled to the speaker, a computer processor communicatively coupled to the amplifier, and logic executable by the computer processor. The logic is configured to transmit a sound file to the speaker through the amplifier over a vehicle network upon activation of the EV. The sound file includes a pedestrian warning sound. A first portion of the pedestrian warning sound is output by the speaker and amplified using acoustical properties of the encapsulating container. The first portion of the pedestrian warning sound is amplified in a low frequency range capable of being cancelled by an active noise cancellation system that is located in the interior cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Susan T. Carruthers
  • Publication number: 20150077233
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations a retractable environmental detector system includes two portions, a base or retractor unit that can be attached to a ceiling and a retractable environmental detector operably coupled to the base or retractor through a flexible retractable connector that retracts and extends the retractable environmental detector from and to the base or retractor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Lehti
  • Patent number: 8978797
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle approach notification device of a saddle-ridden electric-powered vehicle that outputs a notification sound for notifying the approach of a vehicle. The saddle-ridden electric-powered vehicle includes a front cover that covers the periphery of a head pipe of a vehicle body frame. The sound emission device is located inside the front cover, the front cover has an air opening for taking in air from an outside, and a ventilation passage that is a passage of the air from the air opening and is used for cooling at least one of a power engine of the saddle-ridden electric-powered vehicle and electric components, and the sound emission device is arranged in the ventilation passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Takewaka, Masahiro Akiba, Ryuji Akiba, Kazuhiko Tanaka, Satoru Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20150061845
    Abstract: Event sounds for a multimedia system are assigned statically and/or dynamically to an event based on internal and/or external events and the like. An associator associates a sound to an event based on these factors. User related information that is implicit and/or explicit can also be used to determine an association between an event sound and an event. A controller controls which sound is played back when a particular event occurs based on the event sound association. Probabilities related to a user's preferences can also be utilized to determine which sound is played back during an occurrence of an event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Sheldon George Phillips, Ryan Cameron Coulter, Michael Etter, Rodrigo Thomas Moyses, Greg Alan Martin, John Vieira
  • Patent number: 8965678
    Abstract: A device for assisting the driver of a vehicle in the process of parking is provided. The device includes sensors for detecting obstacles in an environment of the vehicle, at least in an environment in front and in back of the vehicle, and a display for indicating the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in the environment. The display includes a first means, with which the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in front of the vehicle can be displayed on a windshield of the vehicle, and a second means, with which the distance between the vehicle and an obstacle identified in back of the vehicle can be displayed on a rear window of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Hartmut Herrmann
  • Patent number: 8941478
    Abstract: A vehicle system for determining that at least one mobile electronic device is generally stationary and is potentially forgotten is provided. The system includes a vehicle data bus and a control module. The vehicle data bus transmits a signal indicating at least one trigger event. The trigger event indicates a vehicle exit condition. The control module is in communication with the mobile electronic device and the vehicle bus. The control module is in communication with the mobile device through a data connection to receive information. The control module includes control logic for receiving the trigger signal from the vehicle data bus. The control module includes control logic for determining if the mobile electronic device has moved based on information received from the data connection. The control module includes control logic for determining if the mobile electronic device is generally stationary if the trigger signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Sanjeev C. Mirle, Eric S. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8937535
    Abstract: A greeting card having an audio message and playback device delivers a first sound recording upon opening of the greeting card and a second sound recording upon closing of the greeting card. The delivery of each sound recording may be delayed by a timing component within the audio message and playback device. Additionally, the delivery of each sound recording may be played simultaneously or in queue. Sound recordings may also be recorded by a user using a recording component that is in addition to the audio message and playback device. The audio message and playback device may also include an additional trial mode component that allows the user to test a recorded message before purchasing the greeting card and place the greeting card into a use mode that allows the user to permanently record the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy J. Lien, John B. Watkins, Robert D. Wertanen
  • Publication number: 20140368348
    Abstract: A laser processing system for accurate detection of how far away the surface of a workpiece may be includes a platform, a laser processing device, a distance detection device, and a driving device. The platform is configured for carrying at least one workpiece. Both the laser processing device and the distance detection device are arranged upon the platform. The distance detection device detects an actual distance between a surface of the workpiece and the laser processing device, and compares the preset height with the actual height. If the preset height is less than the actual height, the distance detection device emitting a warning signal to remind a worker to re-enter a new preset height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: CHEN-HAN LIN
  • Patent number: 8902069
    Abstract: The Snooze Alert is a device that prevents a person from falling asleep while driving a vehicle, truck, bus or for any reason that requires a person to stay awake and alert. The advantage of this device is that it does not hang on the ear and it has three sources of power. The Snooze Alert is incased in a soft pouch with an adjustable strap that holds the pouch between the lower chin and the upper chest area. When a person's head tilts forward or to the side, like when falling asleep the chin depresses the activator switch which send an electrical current that activates the vibrator and the buzzer and thereby instantly waking up the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Edmund M. Martinez, Darrell T. Harness, Edmund P. Martinez
  • Patent number: 8896459
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an interior component, movably attached to an exterior component. Rotation of the exterior component causes an actuation piece to activate a circuit provided to either the interior or exterior component. Activation of the circuit causes sound to be played from a speaker provided to either the interior or exterior component. Also included is a hollow portion provided to the interior component, of sufficient diameter to fit a bottle top therein. Also, the apparatus includes a grip, provided on the hollow portion and operable to fixedly engage the bottle top at least when the exterior component is rotated. Rotation of the exterior component relative to the interior component causes engagement of the interior component by the exterior component, such that the interior component is caused to rotate in concert with the exterior component, further causing rotation of the bottle top which the grip fixedly engages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Camilla Marie Denison, Buford Harrison Shumaker
  • Patent number: 8880124
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for providing previews of voice calls are provided. A voice call from a communication device to a remote communication device is initiated, via a communication interface. Sound data is received via a microphone, prior to the voice call being established. Preview data is transmitted in association with the voice call to the remote communication device, via the communication interface, the preview data indicative of the sound data, and the preview data for presentation at the remote communication device prior to the voice call being established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Bradley Shayne Ferringo, Jerome Pasquero, Noel John Orland Stonehouse