Electronic Siren (e.g., Wail Tone Or Yelp Tone Warning Device) Patents (Class 340/384.4)
  • Patent number: 10640084
    Abstract: The device and system discussed below are designed to track and report vehicle theft. The device and system are focused on use on smaller vehicles, specifically motorcycles, small watercraft, another related power sports hardware. The theft detection system tracks movement in combination with determining whether an authorized user is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GLOBAL PROMOTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael T Conners
  • Patent number: 10588427
    Abstract: A product display merchandiser comprising a tray, a spring biased pusher slidable within the tray, and a visual indicator comprising at least one light activated by a switch, the switch configured to be actuated when the pusher is within a predetermined portion of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Retail Space Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Michael William Mercier, Daniel Davenport, Matthew Wills, Eric Pollpeter
  • Patent number: 10522124
    Abstract: An infotainment system for a vehicle may include a controllable audio reproduction arrangement that is configured to be fixed in the vehicle and to acoustically reproduce an audio signal under the control of a control signal. It may further include a portable device that is freely movable in the vehicle and that is configured to provide the audio and control signals for the audio reproduction arrangement, as well as a wireless connection between the portable device and the audio reproduction arrangement configured to transmit the audio and control signals from the portable device to the audio reproduction arrangement. The audio reproduction arrangement has amplification, quiescent power consumption and a maximum output power, of which at least one is controllable by the portable device via the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GmbH
    Inventors: Sachin Lawande, Gerhard Pfaffinger
  • Patent number: 9941977
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to providing data transmission between devices over audible sound. In some implementations, a method includes mapping each symbol of data to a frequency combination, where each frequency combination includes one or more frequencies. The method further includes generating a sine wave for each frequency. The method further includes adding sine waves for a given symbol to obtain a resulting sine wave. The method further includes applying a window function to the resulting sine wave to obtain a data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Pascal Tom Getreuer, Murphy Martin Stein, Ryan Michael Rifkin, Richard Francis Lyon, Ian Rickard Muldoon
  • Patent number: 9930450
    Abstract: An audio apparatus includes a signal processor, a power amplifier, a speaker, and a controller. A current consumption prediction unit in the controller predicts current consumption on the basis of a monitoring result of an output level monitoring unit in the signal processor and/or a monitoring result of a power supply voltage monitoring unit in the controller. A limiter control unit in the controller controls a limiter in the signal processor in a normal mode or a current limiting mode on the basis of predicted current consumption. In the current limiting mode, the limiter is controlled so that an attenuation speed higher than that in the normal mode and a threshold value smaller than that in the normal mode are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: ALPINE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Minoru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 9412274
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a distance to target vehicle finder function for remote keyless entry is provided. The method and system include enabling a vehicle finder function from a portable device and transmitting a low power signal from the portable device to a vehicle onboard receiver. The method and system further includes determining whether the vehicle onboard receiver receives the low power signal from the portable device and enabling a low power vehicle finding response. The method and system also include transmitting a high power signal from the portable device to the vehicle when it is determined that the vehicle onboard receiver does not receive the low power signal from the portable device, and enabling a high power vehicle finding response when it is determined that the vehicle onboard receiver receives the high power signal from the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, John Sgueglia
  • Patent number: 9209767
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for amplifying audio signals without exceeding an input current limit budgeted for the audio power amplifier circuit includes an intermediate energy storage between a battery and the audio power amplifier which provides an energy reserve to support amplifying peaks where the peaks have a peak power that is greater than the power that can be drawn from the battery due to the input current limit. Speech signals, which include substantial periodic content having short peaks relative to a pitch period, can be amplified without depleting the intermediate energy storage, allowing the intermediate energy storage to recover after a peak and before occurrence of a next peak. When an audio signal is amplified that results in depletion of the intermediate energy storage, a depletion recovery circuit reduces the overall audio gain to reduce the power demand of the audio power amplifier so as to substantially avoid distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter William Hilding Svendsen
  • 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: 8760272
    Abstract: An electric whistle has a power circuit, an inductor, an electric switch, a buzzer, a tone-set resistor and a sound IC. The sound IC generates an audio control signal to activate the electric switch. When the electric switch is activated, the inductor produces an induction voltage to activate the buzzer. The oscillation frequency of the audio control signal is determined by the single tone-set resistor without a capacitor. Therefore, few passive devices are used. The electric whistle of the present invention is compact and portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Yen-Hsiang Lien, Ting Yang
  • Patent number: 8730020
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle to emanate an audible alert. The method includes determining when the vehicle is operating, and controlling a speaker system in the vehicle to emanate the audible alert outside of the vehicle for a period of time when the vehicle is operating. The audible alert has a sound profile that includes a simultaneous emanation of a first audible frequency component at a first sound pressure level and a second audible frequency component at a second sound pressure level, with the first and second sound pressure levels being greater than a sound pressure level of the sound profile at all other frequencies. The method further includes modulating the first sound pressure level of the first audible frequency component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Tsuyoshi Kanuma, Manabu Sato, Toshiyuki Tabata
  • Patent number: 8710974
    Abstract: A sound producing apparatus for a vehicle notifying a vehicle's approach outside the vehicle comprising an original-tone generating portion generating an original tone of a vehicle's approaching sound for recognition of a vehicle's approach, a modulation-tone generating portion generating a modulation tone from the original tone with a comb filter function which is configured to apply gains to frequency components so that a gain to be applied to a specified frequency component of a times-tone row which has frequencies of n-times of a fundamental frequency is greater than that to be applied to the other frequency component than the specified frequency component of the times-tone row, a sound-pressure setting portion setting a sound pressure of the approaching sound of the modulation tone, and a speaker producing outside the vehicle the vehicle's approaching sound of the modulation tone with the set sound pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 8700011
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to a method and system for presenting a transit indicator. For example, to reduce distraction, a person in communication with a mobile device user operating a vehicle is warned. A warning signal is generated when a determined speed of travel of a mobile device is greater than a predetermined threshold speed of travel and the mobile device is in communication with a communication device. The mobile device transmits the generated warning signal to the communication device to indicate to a user of the communication device that a user of the mobile device may be operating a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Navteq B.V.
    Inventor: Ramesh Konda
  • Patent number: 8456321
    Abstract: A circuit is for checking the voltage of a battery. The circuit includes a regulator component, a pnp type transistor, an npn transistor, a diode, and an alarm. The circuit activates an alarm when the voltage of the battery is less than a preset value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong-Zhao Huang
  • Patent number: 8362921
    Abstract: A vehicle external warning sound generation system and method. A transducer generates warning sounds external to the vehicle in response to an input sound signal. A sensor senses sound external to the vehicle and has an output signal that represents both sensed ambient noise and sensed warning sounds. A processing system, responsive to the sensor output signal, generates the sound signal that is provided to the transducer. The processing system includes an adaptive filter which reduces the level of the warning sounds in the sensor output signal, so that mostly ambient noise remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Davis Y. Pan
  • Patent number: 8299904
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle to emanate an audible alert including determining when the vehicle is operating, and controlling a speaker system in the vehicle to emanate the audible alert outside of the vehicle when the vehicle is operating based on stored information representative of an internal combustion engine (ICE) noise profile. The audible alert has a sound profile including a simultaneous emanation of first, second and third audible frequency components having first, second and third frequencies, respectively, with the first and second frequencies emanating at first and second sound pressure levels greater than first and second representative sound pressure levels of the ICE noise profile at the first and second frequencies, respectively, and the third frequency emanating at a third sound pressure level less than a third representative sound pressure level of the ICE noise profile at the third frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Tsuyoshi Kanuma, Manabu Sato, Toshiyuki Tabata
  • Patent number: 8204238
    Abstract: In one embodiment the present invention includes a method of wireless communication. The method comprises receiving a sonic signal and determining a sequence of sonic tones from a received sonic signal. The receiving includes receiving the sonic signal at an electronic device using a microphone. The sonic signal includes a sequence of sonic tones. The receiving results in the received sonic signal. The sequence of sonic tones contains predefined timing. The timing includes the duration of each sonic tone and a set of intervals between successive sonic tones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Sensory, Inc
    Inventor: Forrest S. Mozer
  • Patent number: 8164429
    Abstract: A children's ride-on vehicle is disclosed. In some embodiments, the vehicle may include at least one driven wheel and a drive assembly adapted to selectively drive the rotation of the at least one driven wheel. The drive assembly may include at least one electric motor, a battery assembly including at least one battery and adapted to provide a plurality of voltages to the at least one electric motor, and at least one user input device positioned to receive inputs from a child sitting on the at least one seat, and adapted to select among the plurality of voltages and to apply that selected voltage to the at least one electric motor; and an electronics system adapted to detect the applied voltage to the at least one electric motor and to generate at least one of an audio output and a visual output based, at least in part, on the applied voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Reynolds, Richard A. Zirnheld
  • Patent number: 8138946
    Abstract: Systems and methods for notification of presence of emergency vehicles are described. The system includes an acoustic receiver to be mounted on a car, and a detection circuit connected with the car radio receiver. As soon as the detection circuit detects presence of an emergency vehicle near the car, it lowers the volume of the car radio receiver, thus allowing the car's driver to be alerted of the presence of the emergency vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventors: Eduardo Villalobos, Ramon Villalobos
  • Patent number: 8125320
    Abstract: To provide a sounder that outputs a predetermined alarm to notify an abnormality in a monitored region, and includes an output device-side connection terminal on a surface facing a predetermined installation surface, to structurally and electrically connect the sounder to a base-side connection terminal provided on a predetermined fitting base fixed to the installation surface. One of the base-side connection terminal and the output device-side connection terminal is configured using plural plates disposed in approximately parallel on the installation surface, and the other is configured using a plate sandwiched by the plural plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventor: Naoto Yamano
  • Patent number: 8054986
    Abstract: An acoustic communication device includes a computer device having an acoustic transmitter and/or an acoustic receiver. A signal processing module processes sound signals such that the transmitter and/or receiver are employed to permit acoustic communication between computer devices using sound signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Ran D. Zilca, Alexander Zlatsin
  • Patent number: 7965175
    Abstract: To provide a sounder that outputs alarm sound to notify an abnormality in a monitored region. The sounder includes: a sound source that outputs alarm sound when a pulse signal is applied to the sound source; a pulse signal application unit that applies the pulse signal to the sound source; a storage unit that stores plural combinations of a frequency and a pulse width that the pulse signal can take; and a pulse signal control unit that controls the pulse signal application unit so that the pulse signal corresponding to the combination of the frequency and the pulse width stored in the storage unit is applied to the sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventor: Naoto Yamano
  • Patent number: 7956728
    Abstract: A sound production controller can include a horn device that performs a vibrating operation at a predetermined resonance frequency in response to a predetermined operation to produce a warning sound, an input section which receives a sound production command signal outputted in response to execution of a function that requires sound production in the vehicle other than the predetermined operation, and a sound production controller which, if the input section receives the sound production command, provides a high-frequency signal having a frequency higher than the predetermined resonance frequency to the horn device to cause the horn device to produce a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Kousaka, Masayuki Kato
  • Patent number: 7876198
    Abstract: An adaptive intelligent electronic horn (100) comprises a mechanical soniferous apparatus (112), an electromagnetic coil (106), a driver circuit (104) and an oscillating circuit (102). A sensor (110) is provided between the mechanical soniferous apparatus (112) and the oscillating circuit (102). An on-off ratio adjusting circuit (108) is provided at the input end of the oscillating circuit (102). The sensor (110) measures the oscillation frequency of the mechanical soniferous apparatus (112) and feedbacks the measured oscillation frequency signal to the oscillating circuit (102). The on-off ratio adjusting circuit (108) controls a pulse width of an oscillation signal from the oscillating circuit (102) based on a voltage of power supply and/or an ambient temperature. The oscillating circuit (102) outputs corresponding oscillation signal to the driver circuit (104) based on the oscillation frequency signal received from the sensor (110) and/or the control signal from the on-off ratio adjusting circuit (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Hongwei Zhao
  • Patent number: 7821380
    Abstract: A warning light comprising a base member, a dome removeably connected to the base member, and at least one light module having a top and bottom surface positioned within the dome with the top surface being positioned against the inside of the top surface of said dome. A bracket member secures the warning light to the dome. The bracket includes a cross bar engaging the bottom surface of the warning light and legs extending upward from the cross bar and terminating in a foot portion which is attached to the inside of the top surface of the dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Grote, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7791499
    Abstract: A monitoring and notification system detects and informs vehicle occupants of sirens. The system may adjust radio, phone, or other device settings in the vehicle in conjunction with the notification. The notification may take an audible or visual form, and the monitoring system may perform its analysis across multiple types of sirens. In addition, the system may adapt its processing based on location to take into account locally expected siren formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: QNX Software Systems Co.
    Inventors: Glenn Andrew Mohan, Phillip Alan Hetherington
  • Patent number: 7764165
    Abstract: A device is described to provide a localisable information signal. The device is adapted to emit sequentially a locating sound signal comprising broad band sound and an information sound signal comprising at least verbal information. A signal generated by such a device, a system incorporating a plurality of such devices, and a method of enabling an individual to orientate in an environment using such a system or signal are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Qed Intellectual Property Limited
    Inventors: Deborah Jane Withington, James Brendan Keane
  • Patent number: 7724127
    Abstract: A sound production controller can include a horn device that performs a vibrating operation at a predetermined resonance frequency in response to a predetermined operation to produce a warning sound, an input section which receives a sound production command signal outputted in response to execution of a function that requires sound production in the vehicle other than the predetermined operation, and a sound production controller which, if the input section receives the sound production command, provides a high-frequency signal having a frequency higher than the predetermined resonance frequency to the horn device to cause the horn device to produce a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignees: Autonetworks Technologies Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Kousaka, Masayuki Kato
  • Publication number: 20100110838
    Abstract: A method and system of deterring mammals is disclosed involving incurring an acoustic startle response comprising the steps of selecting a target order, family, genus or species to be deterred, selecting a received level that is a predetermined level above a representative hearing threshold of the targeted mammals, and, taking transmission loss into account, transmitting an acoustic signal at a source level required to create the selected received level at a predetermined distance from the transmission point. The acoustic signal may comprise frequency components at which the aural sensitivity of the targeted mammals is greater than that of selected other animals, preventing the disturbance of the selected other animals whilst deterring the targeted mammals. In addition, a secondary conditioning sound may be played prior to the main acoustic signal to condition the mammals to avoid the main stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: The University Court of the Unversity of St. Andrews
    Inventors: Thomas Götz, Vincent M. Janik
  • Publication number: 20100060451
    Abstract: A gift bag having an audio message playback device is activate by a motion detector to play an audio message upon detection of movement of the gift bag or in the vicinity of the gift bag. The gift bag includes a plurality of side walls and a bottom to define an interior for receiving a gift. The audio message, played upon the detection of movement of or in the vicinity of the gift bag, may include siren noises, music and/or spoken messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: HALLMARK CARDS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Gretchen G. Finch, Susan Kathleen Klopfenstein, Molly Ann Hupke
  • Patent number: 7642900
    Abstract: An alarm device for a vehicle includes state information obtaining unit, alarm information obtaining unit, alarming unit, and controlling unit. The state information obtaining obtains as state information at least one of information of an occupant, information of the vehicle, and information of a surrounding of the vehicle. The alarm information obtaining unit obtains alarm information. The alarming unit informs the occupant of the alarm information. The controlling unit determines an expiration time of the alarm information based on the state information obtained by the state information obtaining unit when the controlling unit receives the alarm information from the alarm information obtaining unit, wherein the control unit causes the alarming unit to inform the occupant of the alarm information while the expiration time is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Natsume, Tetsuya Hara
  • Patent number: 7639147
    Abstract: A system and method to detect PASS-type device audio alarm signals and to locate such devices in alarm in a public building, airport, sports stadium or other structure which can include a system to measure speech intelligibility. Time and frequency domain analysis are carried out to establish the pressure of PASS-type device audio output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew G. Berezowski, Walter L. Heimerdinger, Charles R. Obranovich, John A. Phelps, D. Michael Shields, Philip J. Zumsteg
  • Publication number: 20090315687
    Abstract: An acoustic communication device includes a computer device having an acoustic transmitter and/or an acoustic receiver. A signal processing module processes sound signals such that the transmitter and/or receiver are employed to permit acoustic communication between computer devices using sound signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Ran D. Zilca, Alexander Zlatsin
  • Publication number: 20090309723
    Abstract: An automatic alerting apparatus and method, is herein disclosed, which audibly signals neighbors when a house or building door has not been opened in the previous twenty-four (24) hours. The system comprises a plurality of contacts aligned in a parallel connection on the exterior doors of a residence. The contacts are connected to a resettable twenty-four (24) hour timer. In use, if the timer is not rest in a twenty-four (24) hour period then power is supplied to an audible horn or beacon which alerts others to a potential emergency situation. It is envisioned that the device apparatus would have a back-up battery system for use during power failures and an override button for periods where no one will be in the residence for more than twenty-four (24) hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Allan P. Freebody, Kevin J. Freebody
  • Publication number: 20090256691
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for implementing distinctive alerts in a security alarm system for a vehicle. A plurality of distinctive alarm sounds are provided from which the user can select one that he or she prefers. The number of alarm sounds is large enough so that it is unlikely that vehicles that are in close physical proximity to each other will employ the same alarm sound. Thus, with respect to any one user, the selected alarm sound will be distinctive to that user. Accordingly, when an automobile alarm sound is heard, the user can associate the alarm with his or her vehicle. The user may also receive a text message or call to his or her cell phone or land line phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Lisa Marie Hjulberg
  • Patent number: 7554436
    Abstract: A self-contained turn signal indicator unit for signaling to the hearing impaired driver of a motor vehicle that the vehicle's turn signals are activated. The indicator unit is attached to the cover of the vehicle's steering column and produces a loud audible signal and a light signal when the turn signal lever is moved to the turning position. The circuitry includes a battery, a turn switch activated by movement of the turn signal lever, and a buzzer and a lamp. A volume control, operable by a user, controls the volume of the sound. An optional timed switch for turning off the circuit has a normally closed position and has an open position for a predetermined period of time after the turn switch is closed and remains closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Lucius W. Keller
  • Publication number: 20090085727
    Abstract: To provide a sounder that outputs a predetermined alarm to notify an abnormality in a monitored region, and includes an output device-side connection terminal on a surface facing a predetermined installation surface, to structurally and electrically connect the sounder to a base-side connection terminal provided on a predetermined fitting base fixed to the installation surface. One of the base-side connection terminal and the output device-side connection terminal is configured using plural plates disposed in approximately parallel on the installation surface, and the other is configured using a plate sandwiched by the plural plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Naoto Yamano
  • Patent number: 7474208
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention is a system for locating an object. The system may include, for example, an object electromagnetic receiver, an audio amplifier, an audio transducer, and an object microprocessor coupled to the object electromagnetic receiver and the audio amplifier. The object microprocessor is configured to ascertain whether a valid activation signal has been received by the object electromagnetic receiver, and if so, read a digital sound file, and ascertain whether the signal strength of the received valid activation signal is above a first threshold. If the signal strength is not above the first threshold, the object microprocessor outputs a maximum sound level indicator signal; and if the signal strength is above the first threshold, the object microprocessor outputs a second tier sound level indicator signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Ira Klein
  • Patent number: 7443285
    Abstract: A vehicle security system comprises a security module adapted to detect an event, a memory for storing a composition, and a processor coupled to the security module, wherein upon detecting the event the processor selects the composition from the memory and triggers a modulated signal representing the composition, wherein the modulated signal is received by a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Audiovox Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Stouffer
  • Patent number: 7292141
    Abstract: An alarm system for a computer-based monitoring system such as a patient medical monitoring system is provided. The system comprises a main processor connected to a first speaker, a second processor communicatively connected to the main processor for exchange of messages; and a second speaker controlled by the second processor. A sensor is communicatively connected to the main processor of the monitoring system for receiving input such as physiologic input from a patient. The second speaker acts as a back-up in the event that the main processor fails to annunciate an alarm or an operator fails to respond to the first alarm within a predetermined time interval. An audible alarm is sounded when the main processor or second processor are not functioning normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Zoe Medical Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen J. Staats, James M. Chickering
  • Patent number: 7256685
    Abstract: An applause device including a sound generator capable of generating at least one applause sound. The sound generator preferably can generate at least one sound which can indicate approval or disapproval, such as clapping, hollering, whistling, booing, and hissing. A switch permits the user to select between each of the sounds. The device also preferably comprises illumination structure so as to illuminate at least a portion of the sound generation device. In a preferred embodiment, the applause device is shaped substantially, at least in part, in the shape of an open hand. A method for generating applause sounds and a system for remotely controlling the applause device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Bradley Gotfried
  • Patent number: 7151458
    Abstract: A discreet bed-wetting alarm comprising a controller, earpiece with earphone, and interconnecting cable. The controller comprises a clock/processor with timer, a display, a sound signal/tone generator, an amplifier programmed to provide an increase in sound volume level, a battery, and various input devices. A plurality of alarm time selections corresponding to known bed-wetting event times is subsequently made and a suitable alarm tone or tones is selected to awaken or alert the user. The discreet bed-wetting alarm controller and earphone may be incorporated into the earpiece for further discretion. Alternate embodiments include a vibrating alarm and/or a flashing light alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventor: Anna Randolph
  • Patent number: 7142097
    Abstract: A vehicle security system comprises a security module adapted to detect an event, a memory for storing a composition, and a processor coupled to the security module, wherein upon detecting the event the processor selects the composition from the memory and triggers a modulated signal representing the composition, wherein the modulated signal is received by a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Code-Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Stouffer
  • Patent number: 7071816
    Abstract: An audible alert device includes a pulse width modulated signal generator. The audible alert device and method for manufacturing the audible alert device also provides resonant frequency and decibel peaking capabilities. Resonant frequency and decibel peaking routines may conducted at the time of manufacture, upon startup of the alarm or during operation of the alarm. The audible alert device may be programmed during a manufacturing step to exhibit a selected operation mode so that one circuit may be manufactured and programmed to operate in any of a number of operation modes or device configurations. A programming station allows an audible alert device to be programmed during a manufacturing step to exhibit a selected operation mode. Programming may occur by connection of the audible alert device to the programming device by one or more audible alert device power conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Electronic Controls Company
    Inventors: Tony J. Tewell, Tracy C. Lowder, James E. Barber
  • Patent number: 6972697
    Abstract: A system and method for a horn controller is provided that automatically operates a vessel's horn as a foghorn. The horn controller automatically causes the vessel's horn to sound according to the proper foghorn sounding schedule. The horn controller is designed to be installed in a new vessel, and/or to be retrofitted to an existing vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: TSX Products Corp.
    Inventors: David A. Vogel, Richard Andrews, Richard McCulley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6879848
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for notifying a user of an incoming cellular telephone call are provided. The apparatus includes a cellular telephone body having at least a back surface, a first transducer positioned within said cellular telephone body perpendicular to the back surface and adapted to generate a first acoustic field, and a second transducer positioned coaxially to the first transducer and adapted to generate a second acoustic field. A first frequency generator is coupled with the first transducer to drive the first transducer to generate the first acoustic field and a second frequency generator is coupled with the second transducer to drive the second transducer to generate the second acoustic field in response to an indication that an incoming cellular telephone call has been received. The first and second acoustic fields overlap. The overlapping fields generate a vibrational sensation from a difference of frequency from unequal frequencies generated by the first and second transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Edward A. Lygas
  • Patent number: 6819227
    Abstract: An acoustic signal generator, and a method for generating an acoustic signal are described. The acoustic signal generator has a membrane that can oscillate, a deflection sensor for detecting any deflection of the membrane, an exciter configuration that is coupled to the membrane, and a power semiconductor switch with a load path that is connected to the exciter configuration. The switch has a drive connection. A drive circuit has a first connection connected to the drive connection of the power semiconductor switch and at which a drive signal is available. The drive circuit further has a second connection, to which the deflection sensor is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Christian Arndt
  • Publication number: 20040160316
    Abstract: An automatic siren silencing device for false alarms, for use in an alarm system having a siren driver which powers a siren. A microcomputer monitors pulse signal characteristics of the siren driver, including duration of pulses and number of pulses, and compares these characteristics with predetermined pulse signal characteristics stored in a memory. A relay coil is energized by the microcomputer, controlling a relay switch which disconnects the siren from the siren driver when the pulse signal characteristics are indicative of a false alarm thereby silencing the siren. A user means is provided to adjust the predetermined pulse signal characteristics. Power to the microcomputer is provided by a capacitor, charged by the signal of the siren driver, whereby no battery or dedicated external power supply input is required. Indicator lights and a piezo element inform a user of siren silencing, and indicate the types of false alarms detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: Mr. Robert J. Trent, Spiral Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Robert J. Trent
  • Patent number: 6778078
    Abstract: An emergency signaling system with integrated load management functionality is provided wherein the load management circuitry is alternatively operable in programming and operating modes. The system includes a keypad, control head, control unit and a plurality of signaling features selectively activated by the control unit in the operating mode. The load management circuitry automatically sheds loads from the signaling system in response to an indication from the electrical system powering the signaling system that an energy drain is occurring at the energy source that will cause disruption to other more important systems—e.g., the ignition system in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Jer Han, Robert Spangler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6774798
    Abstract: A personal alarm system for efficiently alerting individuals nearby that the user is possibly in danger. The personal alarm system includes a power source, a switch unit, and a speaker electronically connected to a control unit and positioned within an apparel member. A pin member is removably positioned within a receptacle of the switch unit with a cord member attached to the pin member. The cord member extends through an aperture within the apparel member for providing access thereto external of the apparel member. In the event of a perceived emergency, the wearer of the apparel member pulls upon the cord member thereby removing the pin member from the switch unit thereby causing the speaker to emit an audible warning sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventors: Robert J. Fordyce, Mark L. Yukelis
  • Patent number: 6753763
    Abstract: A vehicle security system includes at least one security sensor and a security controller switchable between armed and disarmed modes. The vehicle includes a horn being electrically operable, a horn switch permitting selective occasional operation of the horn by a user, at least one light being electrically operable, and a light switch permitting selective occasional operation of the light by the user. The security controller also operates the light in a second pattern when switching between modes and the siren is sounded to supplement the light flashing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Omega Patents, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Flick