With Computer Element Patents (Class 340/384.5)
  • Patent number: 9986615
    Abstract: The lighting coordinator of an information handling system may associate quantitative values of a state parameter that describes a state of operation of a component of the information handling system with lighting effects. The lighting effect associated with a quantitative value may be indicative of a range of the quantitative value. The lighting coordinator may receive a signal indicative of a quantitative value of the state parameter and may transmit control signals to generate the lighting effect associated with the quantitative value of the state parameter. The lighting coordinator may receive user input to configure the association of quantitative values of the state parameter with the lighting effects. The lighting coordinator may also represent an attribute of a character or other aspect of a video game by another lighting effect. The components may include a CPU and GPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventor: Shawn P. Hoss
  • Patent number: 9781801
    Abstract: The lighting coordinator of an information handling system may associate quantitative values of a state parameter that describes a state of operation of a component of the information handling system with lighting effects. The lighting effect associated with a quantitative value may be indicative of a range of the quantitative value. The lighting coordinator may receive a signal indicative of a quantitative value of the state parameter and may transmit control signals to generate the lighting effect associated with the quantitative value of the state parameter. The lighting coordinator may receive user input to configure the association of quantitative values of the state parameter with the lighting effects. The lighting coordinator may also represent an attribute of a character or other aspect of a video game by another lighting effect. The components may include a CPU and GPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventor: Shawn P. Hoss
  • Patent number: 9257019
    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: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Bradley Shayne Ferringo, Gregory Jason Fields, Susan Tammy teWinkel, John Patrick Grenn, Joseph Leonard Dvorak, Michael Williams Suman
  • Patent number: 8954172
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to process a user-defined audio user interface (UI), and an audio device using the same. The method includes designating a specific portion of an audio signal being reproduced, using a specific input member, capturing audio data of the designated specific portion, mapping the captured audio data of the designated specific portion to information on the specific input member, and constructing an audio UI database using the audio data of the designated specific portion mapped to the information on the specific input member. Accordingly, by constructing an audio UI database by selecting sounds preferred by a user, demands of various users, which cannot be provided by existing MP3 players, can be satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoon-hark Oh
  • Patent number: 8760271
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for producing an auditory alert that comprises sonic properties to an equipment operator wearing an auditory headset prior to the presentation of the auditory alert to the operator. The method comprises measuring an at-ear ambient noise spectrum, determining frequencies within the at-ear ambient noise spectrum that have relative minimum intensities and enhancing the magnitude of the determined relative minimum intensities. The method then generates the auditory alert incorporating the enhanced relative minimum intensities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Lancaster, Robert De Mers
  • 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: 8564421
    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: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Bradley Shayne Ferringo, Gregory Jason Fields, Susan Tammy teWinkel, John Patrick Grenn, Joseph Leonard Dvorak, Michael Williams Suman
  • Publication number: 20130194082
    Abstract: Electroactive transducers as well as methods of producing a haptic effect in a user interface device simultaneously with a sound generated by a separately generated audio signal and electroactive polymer transducers for sensory feedback applications in user interface devices are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Ilya Polyakov
  • Publication number: 20130088338
    Abstract: In an apparatus and a method for providing a key sound effect in a mobile terminal, when one key is selected among a plurality of keys included in a key pad, a key sound effect corresponding to the selected key is detected among key effect sounds corresponding to the plurality of previously stored keys in a pulse code modulation (PCM) method and the detected key sound effect is output through a speaker without conversion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8294548
    Abstract: A method for associating sounds with different keypresses, involving receiving an input of a first keypress from a keyboard including a plurality of keys, wherein the keyboard is associated with a computing device, determining whether a key corresponding to the first keypress is one of a plurality of significant elements, wherein the plurality of significant elements is a subset of the plurality of keys, determining a first sound event associated with the key, when the key is one of the plurality of significant elements, and outputting a first sound associated with the first sound event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Oracle America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Mori
  • 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: 8169305
    Abstract: A warning device (610) includes a horn A (630) for generating a first horn sound having a volume level satisfying the legal standard and a horn B (632) for generating a second horn sound satisfying at least one of a condition that it has a volume level equal to or lower than that of the first horn sound and a condition that it is of a type different from that of the first horn sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsunari Matsumoto, Takeshi Ishida, Hirosato Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 8115607
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, computer program product and a data processing system acoustically monitor an internal data processing system component. The internal data processing system component is selected for diagnosis. The internal data processing system component is within the data processing system and has an associated microphone located proximate to the component. The microphone associated with the internal data processing system component is enabled, and an acoustic signal for the internal data processing system component is identified. An exemplar fingerprint for the internal data processing system component is then identified from storage. A determination is then made as to whether the acoustic signal deviates from the exemplar fingerprint by more than a defined statistical variance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Daniel Kangas, Jeff David Thomas
  • Patent number: 8086088
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a digital video recording method, and in particular, when a recording mode is audio detection, according to an audio signal transmitted from a mike mounted on a camera or a mike mounted separately, this method records the video taken by said camera during the time period for which a recording speed and video resolution is already set as super-high speed and high video resolution. After the elapse of an already set time period, when the audio signal is sensed, this method records the video by varying the recording speed and video resolution from super-high speed and high video resolution into low-speed and low video resolution at a time interval which is already set. Therefore, it becomes possible to obtain the specific information about the video data which is important in an unmanned security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Sam Myung Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-Jae Park
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110267180
    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: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Bradley Shayne FERRINGO, Gregory Jason FIELDS, Susan Tammy teWINKEL, John Patrick GRENN, Joseph Leonard DVORAK, Michael Williams SUMAN
  • Publication number: 20110173539
    Abstract: Various techniques for adaptively varying audio feedback data on an electronic device are provided. In one embodiment, an audio user interface implementing certain aspects of the present disclosure may devolve or evolve the verbosity of audio feedback in response to user interface events based at least partially upon the verbosity level of audio feedback provided during previous occurrences of the user interface event. In another embodiment, an audio user interface may be configured to vary the verbosity of audio feedback associated with a navigable list of items based at least partially upon the speed at which a user navigates the list. In a further embodiment, an audio user interface may be configured to vary audio feedback verbosity based upon the contextual importance of a user interface event. Electronic devices implementing the present techniques provide an improved user experience with regard to audio user interfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Andrew Rottler, Aram Lindahl, Allen Paul Haughay, Jr., Shawn A. Ellis, Policarpo Wood
  • Publication number: 20110109446
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an enhanced earplug having a first and second portion. The first portion includes both an external casing and an internal cavity of sufficient size and dimension to maintain a digital sound system. Preferably, the first portion is essentially rounded in shape having a first flat and a corresponding second flat end. The second portion includes a deformable member having a first flat end, a cylinder and a semi-circular second end. The second flat end of the first portion can be connected to the first flat end of the deformable member through a pivot member. The digital sound system can include programmable memory, a processor, an internal power source, and a display that provides a read out. The digital sound system can be programmed through two programming buttons. Optionally, the digital sound system can include a temperature sensor and a GPS chip to gauge distance traveled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Nuwonia B. Alves
  • Publication number: 20110090541
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to methods and systems for gathering, archiving, transmitting, and processing forensic and latent fingerprints. An integrated forensic fingerprint scanning system is provided that includes a number of features for use with forensic-quality fingerprinting. One set of features of embodiments of the portable forensic fingerprint scanning system provides real-time feedback for accurate fingerprinting and training, including visual and/or audio feedback. Another set of features provides cadence-based functionality for improving fingerprinting results. Another set of features provides cryptographic-based approaches to secure highly sensitive collected fingerprint information against loss, theft, or surreptitious modification or tampering. Yet another set of features provides latent fingerprint collections and processing. Still another set of features provides various databasing functions, including centralized storage, data sharing, secure networking, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Jack Harper
  • Patent number: 7847677
    Abstract: A system for providing auditory feedback to visually impaired users when defining visual models. As the visually impaired user creates a visual model, the system detects when an object is placed in such a way that it overlaps with at least one previously placed object. In response to detection of an overlap, the system causes an auditory warning signal to be produced, indicating to the visually impaired user that object is overlapping a previously placed object. The disclosed system operates to create an invisible object within the user interface to cause a warning to be output, or modifies the object whose placement caused the object overlap to include the overlap warning. The user interface focus is then changed or reset to be on the invisible object or the object that caused the overlap to occur, enabling the user to conveniently fix the overlap condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Corinne M. Ryan, Kimberly A. Frederick
  • Patent number: 7808370
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for the creation of vehicle sound fonts, for utilizing the vehicle sound fonts to augment the engine sounds of a vehicle, and for establishing a network for sharing and controlling the playback of vehicle sound fonts and other media. The systems install in automobiles and play simulated engine sounds of other recorded vehicles in a controlled manner synchronized with the engine spark frequency of the playback vehicle. Automobiles with these systems may network together to share media and to coordinate playback in a synchronized manner among all vehicles of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven Tischer
  • Publication number: 20100134261
    Abstract: Architecture for communicating data values that enables visually impaired persons to perceive a non-image indicator corresponding to the data values. For example, an organized data set such as a chart or a graph can be displayed on a computer monitor or other user interface output component. A user employs a mouse or other user input component to select a data value from the organized data set. A non-image indicator such as an audible tone can be generated to correspond to the selected data value. A spread of audible tones corresponding to the organized data set is assigned across a range between a maximum data value and a minimum data value. A tonal separation is assigned between audible tones sufficient to enable the user to discern a pitch variation and corresponding change in data value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Scott M. Heimendinger
  • Publication number: 20100060436
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, computer program product and a data processing system acoustically monitor an internal data processing system component. The internal data processing system component is selected for diagnosis. The internal data processing system component is within the data processing system and has an associated microphone located proximate to the component. The microphone associated with the internal data processing system component is enabled, and an acoustic signal for the internal data processing system component is identified. An exemplar fingerprint for the internal data processing system component is then identified from storage. A determination is then made as to whether the acoustic signal deviates from the exemplar fingerprint by more than a defined statistical variance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Daniel Kangas, Jeff David Thomas
  • Publication number: 20100052877
    Abstract: A method for associating sounds with different keypresses, involving receiving an input of a first keypress from a keyboard including a plurality of keys, wherein the keyboard is associated with a computing device, determining whether a key corresponding to the first keypress is one of a plurality of significant elements, wherein the plurality of significant elements is a subset of the plurality of keys, determining a first sound event associated with the key, when the key is one of the plurality of significant elements, and outputting a first sound associated with the first sound event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Mori
  • Patent number: 7646293
    Abstract: An exemplary system for testing a buzzer (110) associated with a computer (100) includes a buzzing module (122) for controlling the buzzer to sound continuously according to a reference frequency value and a reference amplitude value; a recording module (124) for storing the buzzer sound recorded by an audio receiving device as a recorded audio data file into the computer; an analyzing module (126) for analyzing the recorded audio data file to obtain a real frequency value and a real amplitude value of the buzzer sound; and a determining module (128) for comparing the real frequency value and the real amplitude value with their reference values to determine whether the buzzer is in good working condition. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhao-Bin Zhang, De-Hua Dang
  • Publication number: 20090295575
    Abstract: A device for dispensing medication includes a medication hopper, a dispensing mechanism that is configured to dispense medication from the hopper to a user and a processor. The processor is in communication with a communication network and is configured to generate instructions to the dispensing mechanism that cause the dispensing mechanism to dispense medications according to a stored prescription and track an amount of medication in the medication hopper. If the amount is less than a predetermined threshold, then the processor is configured to send a message to a designated entity indicating that the amount of medication in the hopper is less than the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Philip R. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7605686
    Abstract: An alerting system (202) for a communication device (100) is provided. The alerting system is designed to operate in a plurality of operating modes. The alerting system includes a transducer (204) and an electromechanical switch (106). The transducer transforms electrical impulses into vibrations. The electromechanical switch couples the transducer to a first component (206) of the communication device in a first operating mode. Further, the electromechanical switch couples the transducers to a second component (208) of the communication device in a second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Salomon Serfaty, Izak Avayu, Eyal Brami, Alexander Shmoukler
  • Patent number: 7570154
    Abstract: A wireless door chime system has an activation unit. A receiving unit is in wireless communication with the activation unit. The receiving unit has a plurality of sound files loaded therein. A user can view the plurality of sound files and select a sound file to play when the activation unit sends a signal to the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: O-Zone Management Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Bartorelli, Kevin J. Wall
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7551060
    Abstract: A feedback device 1 including an interface 2 for receiving a first signal 3 from a point of sale console 4. A processor 5 is responsive to signal 3 for selectively defining a second signal, in the form of an inaudible ultrasonic transmission 6. An output, in the form of an ultrasonic transducer 7, is responsive to processor 5 for propagating transmission 6 to provide only in a predetermined spatially defined transmission zone 8 an audible signal 9 indicative of signal 3. Signal 9 is substantially inaudible outside of zone 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel B. Seevers
  • Patent number: 7439872
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method for signaling the status of a mobile device, said mobile device comprising a user input interface, a storage including status information of said device and a signal generator, comprising the steps of receiving a status request from said user input interface, retrieving at least one status information from said storage according to said received status request, and which is characterized by generating an output signal by said signal generator, wherein said output signal comprises at least one non-visual signal component, said non-visual signal component being indicative of said retrieved at least one status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Miska Hiltunen
  • Patent number: 7382233
    Abstract: A digital sampling playback doorbell system has two or more doorbell buttons and a central unit with solid state memory storage for multiple digitally sampled sound files. User assignment means are provided for assigning a particular sound file to a particular doorbell button. The digital sampling playback doorbell has computer interface of RS-232, or USB, or infrared wireless connection type and relies on computer installed software to download digitally sampled sound files stored in the computer hard drive to the memory of the digital sampling playback doorbell system central unit. The digitally sampled sound files stored in the computer hard drive are obtained by accessing a web site through the Internet or capturing sound through an audio computer connection to a microphone, CD player, radio broadcast or mass music storage device using software resident in the computer. Alternatively, an IPOD can be used as a source for sounds that can be transferred or sent to play on the doorbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventors: Scott Steinetz, Michael Palazzi
  • Patent number: 7346172
    Abstract: Methods and systems for distinguishing an auditory alert signal from a background of one or more non-alert signals. In a first embodiment, a prefix signal, associated with an existing alert signal, is provided that has a signal component in each of three or more selected frequency ranges, with each signal component in each of three or more selected level at least 3-10 dB above an estimated background (non-alert) level in that frequency range. The alert signal may be chirped within one or more frequency bands. In another embodiment, an alert signal moves, continuously or discontinuously, from one location to another over a short time interval, introducing a perceived spatial modulation or jitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Durand R. Begault
  • Patent number: 7319392
    Abstract: A glass breakage detector (100) having an acoustic transducer (102) for sensing first acoustic waves (130) and for providing a first analog signal (110) representative of the received first acoustic waves (130), an analog to digital converter circuit (104) adapted to convert the first analog signal (110) to a digital signal (112), processing circuitry (106) adapted to process the digital signal (112) to determine if the received first acoustic waves (130) are a result of glass breakage and generate an alarm signal (116) when it is determined that the received first acoustic waves (130) are a result of glass breakage, and a memory circuit (108), wherein the processing circuitry (106) is adapted to cause the memory circuit (108) to store the digital signal (112) for subsequent retrieval and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S Babich, Kevin G Piel, Richard A Smith, Thomas R Petek
  • Patent number: 7274288
    Abstract: In a vehicle alarm sound output device and a program, position data of an obstacle(s) and sound data of an alarm sound are output from an obstacle detector to DSP of a virtual sound source generator. Position data of a tire having air pressure abnormality and sound data of an alarm sound are output from an abnormality detector to DSP. Position data of a target object of a route guidance and sound data of a voice are output from a position detector to DSP. In DSP, an audio signal with which a virtual sound source can be implemented is created by using a detection signal/localization position converting table and head related transfer functions, and the audio signal thus created is output to a sound output unit. In the sound output unit, the signal corresponding to the audio signal is output to speakers so that a passenger(s) can hear an alarm sound such as a warning sound, a voice guidance or the like from the localization position of a virtual sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Nagata
  • Patent number: 7173534
    Abstract: A computer based bird control system is provided. The bird control system utilizes an impactor that is attachable to a structure, such as an I-beam or other similarly sized and dimensioned metal object, to create an acoustic impact noise similar to a whacking of the structure. The impactor is preferably actuated at a random or a semi-random impact rate such as around once every ten seconds. The acoustic impact noise may be provided in addition to the playing of bird predator or other deterrent sounds maintained in audio files on the computer. The system also provides audio and/or physical bird presence detection within a monitored area. Detection of the presence of a bird may be used as a trigger for the actuation of the impactor and/or predator/deterrent sounds. Actuation of the impactor and/or sound files may be accomplished via a schedule through the use of timer files in addition to or in place of animal presence detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventors: Robert W. Markham, Patrick W. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7148789
    Abstract: An electronic device (100) comprises a housing (112), an input (118, 122) coupled mechanically to the housing for receiving data, an output (114, 118) coupled mechanically to the housing for presenting information to a user of the electronic device in at least one of an audio and visual mode, an electronic circuit (210) coupled mechanically to the housing for providing intelligent operations that receives the data from the input and provides the information to the output, and at least two electromechanical transducers (226), each providing a tactile alert to the user in response to the data, the tactile alerts occurring simultaneously or in succession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sadler, Michael E. Caine, Angela Chang, Xunhu Dai, Claudia Jensen, Daniel Zindel
  • Patent number: 7094995
    Abstract: In an in-store oven system audible customer messages are automatically generated based upon a food product cooked in an oven within the store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventor: Nigel G. Mills
  • Patent number: 7091832
    Abstract: A sound variation indication apparatus includes a comparison element, an interval checker, and an indication generator. The comparison element receives an audio signal and compares it to a check value to provide a status signal indicating a presence and absence of an expected sound input. The interval checker detects the status signal at predetermined intervals, to provide an interval output. The indication generator generates an indication if the interval output is an absence representation. A process of generating an indication on absence of a sound input includes providing an audio signal based on a sound input and comparing the audio signal to a check value, providing a status signal indicating a presence and absence of the sound input. A status signal value is determined at predetermined intervals, to provide an interval output. An indication is generated if the interval output is an absence representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Fonar, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay A. Butterman, James J. Kelly
  • Patent number: 7079014
    Abstract: A digital sampling playback doorbell system has two or more doorbell buttons and a central unit with solid-state memory storage for multiple digitally sampled sound files. User assignment means are provided for assigning a particular sound file to a particular doorbell button. The digital sampling playback doorbell m has computer interface of RS-232, or USB, or infrared wireless connection type and relies on computer installed software to download digitally sampled sound files stored in the computer hard drive to the memory of the digital sampling playback doorbell system central unit. The digitally sampled sound files stored in the computer hard drive are obtained by accessing a web site through the Internet or capturing sound through an audio computer connection to a microphone, CD player or radio broadcast using software resident in the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Steinetz, Mike Palazzi
  • Patent number: 7075415
    Abstract: A system for the automated conversion of light signals to audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Burton L. Levin, Charles E. Pierson
  • Patent number: 6996777
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for presenting one or more auditory icons are provided to deliver contextual information in a timely manner to the user without requiring the user to view the mobile terminal's display. The auditory icons may correspond to visual icons that are provided on a display of the mobile terminal, for example, a navigational bar. The mobile terminal receives a plurality of messages from one or more message sources, prioritizes them according to one or more context values, and presents to the user auditory icons associated with the messages in accordance with any number of pre-set preferences set by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Jarmo Antero Hiipakka
  • Publication number: 20040246109
    Abstract: An exciting device capable of producing sound by sound-producing vibration body of a main body of an apparatus is provided. An exciting member 32A thin and long in the direction X is provided on a vibration substrate 31 thin and long in the direction X. Both ends of the exciting member 32A are fixed to the vibration substrate 31. Further, a piezoelectric element 33 that functions as vibration generating means is provided in the middle in the direction X of the exciting member 32A. The vibration substrate 31 is directly or indirectly fixed to the sound-producing vibration body. Vibration of the exciting member 32A is transmitted to the sound-producing vibration body through the vibration substrate 31 so that the sound-producing vibration body produces sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Suzuki, Koichi Saito, Takenobu Horino, Shinichi Higuchi, Katsuji Suzuki, Tetsuya Mitsuichi
  • Patent number: 6788188
    Abstract: A multi-function electronic warning horn system comprises a couple of horns (1, 2) and a microprocessor (6), integrated in an electronic module (16) comprising a voltage adjuster (13), an oscillator (17), power stages (3, 4) and a control circuit (7). Horns (1, 2) are controlled by either the push-button (5) of the steering wheel for the traditional function of acoustic signaling or by a coded signal transmitted to microprocessor (6) by the “intelligent” electronic unit or onboard computer of the vehicle for the function of buzzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Fabbrica Italiana Accumulatori Motocarri
    Inventor: Alain Sague
  • 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: 6750759
    Abstract: When a dividing ratio data is written in a counter/timer register 530, a counter/timer circuit 534 divides a frequency of an oscillation signal of the oscillator 532 as much as the dividing ratio data. When an output enabling data is written in the port B register 536, a variable gain control signal is output from an envelope producing circuit 538. A variable gain control circuit 540 changes amplitude of a dividing signal as much as the value responsive to a voltage of the variable gain control signal. When an output disabling data is written in the port B register 536, the variable gain control signal is not output from the envelope producing circuit 538. The variable gain control circuit 540 stops the amplitude control of the dividing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kojima
  • Patent number: 6646548
    Abstract: An electronic siren emulates the sound of a mechanical siren using a dynamic algorithm and look up tables to generate a series of wave sets, each wave set including one fixed frequency wave and one variable frequency wave. A micro controller stores the algorithm and look up tables and executes the algorithm on command to produce a digital output emulating the mechanical siren. The digital output is converted to an analog signal that is applied to a class D amplifier. A switching power supply provides 70 VDC to the output stage of the amplifier. This arrangement produces 126 dB of sound pressure at a distance of 10 feet from the reverse folded horn speaker. The electronic siren generates little heat and requires only 10 amps of current from the vehicle electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Dornfeld
  • Patent number: 6603392
    Abstract: A driver circuit for an alarm tone transducer includes a signal generator for generating a first signal, a converter for converting the first signal into a second signal for the alarm tone transducer, a battery as a power supply for the circuit, and a circuit for raising the voltage to increase the voltage supply for the signal generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Ross Richard Ramm
  • Publication number: 20030112129
    Abstract: A programmable electronic circuit is disclosed. The circuit includes a CPU, signal-generating circuitry, and RC circuitry having at least two capacitors, such that when both of the capacitors are switched into the RC circuitry by the CPU, a signal is produced from an output of the signal-generating circuitry that is longer in duration than when one of the capacitors is switched into the RC circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Applicant: Edwards Systems Technology, Incorporated (CT Corporation)
    Inventor: Angelo S. Arcaria
  • Patent number: 6545595
    Abstract: A doorbell system having a sound memory for storing and playing a CD quality doorbell sound is disclosed. Said doorbell system includes a receiver unit for receiving an indication of a doorbell button being pressed, a code detector for commanding the sound memory to output stored sound signals and sound producing means for outputting a CD quality sound. Also disclosed is a method for storing a CD quality sound into a doorbell system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: The Lamson & Sessions Co.
    Inventor: Thomas G. Xydis