Sound Reproducer Patents (Class 340/692)
  • Patent number: 8094007
    Abstract: A security system, such as in a home or other building, includes a broadcast band RF transmitter for transmitting an audio message that can be received by a user on a common home or car radio, for example. The audio message may be provided in response to a command that is transmitted to the security system by a user from a wireless key fob or the like. The user command may instruct the security system to arm or disarm itself, for instance. The audio message, which can be received on a selected channel on a car's radio receiver, informs the user that the command has been executed. The audio message may include a voice message such as “system armed” or “system disarmed”, a musical passage, a beep, chirp, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Hinkson, Kenneth L. Addy, Alfred M. Lizza
  • Publication number: 20120001767
    Abstract: There is provided a radar system that includes an emitter system (e.g., an antenna), configured to emit electromagnetic pulses and detect electromagnetic pulses, and a reflection target, placed opposite the emitter system. The emitter system and the reflection target define an area of interest. A controller is configured to identify a reflection from the reflection target and, if the reflection is not identified, to stop sending a radar check signal. The radar system may be part of a warning horn control system, where the radar check signal is used as a control input for activating a warning horn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Forrest H. BALLINGER
  • Patent number: 8077028
    Abstract: An emergency alert system with the capability of providing audible alerts upon the detection of a possible emergency condition or a malfunctioning system component is provided. An audible alert may include voice phrases that are selected and output based, at least in part, on information associated with the possible emergency condition or malfunctioning system component. The noise in an area may be received and the volume of the outputted voice phrase may be changed based, at least in part, on the noise in the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: John Evan Lane, Victor Eugene Sanhdage
  • Patent number: 8068025
    Abstract: A personal alerting device and method for detecting an approaching sound source includes a sound detector for detecting environmental sounds and for providing an electrical signal to a sound analyzer. The sound signal is analyzed to determine a baseline sound pattern comprising a plurality of distinct sounds corresponding to sounds emitted from a reference sound source. The distinct sounds in the baseline sound pattern may have substantially the same amplitude and time interval. The sound signal is monitored and compared against the baseline sound pattern to determine whether a target sound pattern is present in the sound signal, the target sound pattern corresponding to sounds emitted by the approaching sound source. When it is determined that the target sound is present in the sound signal, one or more of an audible, visual and tactile alert may be emitted to provide warning of the approaching sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Simon Paul Devenyi, Tyler Thomas Devenyi
  • Patent number: 8058976
    Abstract: A security system includes a warning notification module adapted to recognize at least one of a wireless or audible signal. A door bell ringer or emergency transmission signal from a wireless transmitter can provide a recognition signal to a microprocessor in the security system via the warning notification module. The microprocessor retrieves dog barking sounds stored in memory and provides them to at least one of an amplifier or radio frequency transmitter after the microprocessor receives the recognition signal from the warning notification module. Dog barking sounds can be broadcasted using the wireless transmitter. Processing can be with a time delay after first receipt of the recognition signal. A random module can enable random retrieval of various dog barking sounds from memory for processing. A time out module can disable operation of the microprocessor at a set time after recognition signal receipt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventors: Melisendro T. Ortiz, Luis M. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 8036393
    Abstract: A method for providing audio-guided deployment of a data processing system is disclosed. An unpack instruction related to a data processing system in a first container for audio presentation is designated, and one or more position sensors in the first container are queried to determine whether the position sensors are spatially configured for audible presentation of the unpack instruction. In response to determining that the position sensors are not spatially configured for the audible presentation of the unpack instruction, a position sensor error message is audibly presented. One or more radio frequency sensors associated with the first container are queried to determine whether the first container contents are ready for audible presentation of the instruction, and in response to determining that the first container contents are not ready for audible presentation of the unpack instruction, a radio-frequency sensor error message is audibly presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas R. Bloch, John C. Hilburn
  • Publication number: 20110241896
    Abstract: An aural warning processor includes a warning signal monitoring circuit and an audio output generation circuit under the operable control of a microcontroller. A system interface provides off-system electrical connectivity for the processor. The warning signal monitoring circuit is monitors the states of various subsystems of a host system with which the aural warning processor is used, as actually measured by through failure detection circuits otherwise provided with the host system and configured to produce electrical signals indicative of the existence of abnormal conditions in or pertaining to monitored subsystems. The electrical signals output from the failure detection circuits are conveyed to the warning signal monitoring circuit through the system interface, the control circuit operates to determine whether any conveyed signal is indicative of an abnormal condition and, if so, further operates to control generation of an appropriate audio message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Holman Ricardo Camino
  • Patent number: 8031077
    Abstract: A remote tracking and communication device comprising a housing which encloses a processor, a memory, a position locator, a first transmitter, and a second transmitter. Each of the latter components are electronically coupled to the processor. Both the first and second transmitters are adapted to send and receive wireless voice and data signals in a digital format. The device further comprises a first battery, which is removably affixed to the housing and electronically coupled to each component within the housing, a speaker and a microphone electronically coupled to the first transmitter, and a button electronically coupled to the processor. When pressed, the button is adapted to activate voice communications with a call center using the first transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: SecureAlert, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Derrick, David S. McNab, Stephen N. D. Larson, Gerard E. Robidoux, B. Kent Davidson, Patrick Y. D. Boutet, Jean-Sebastien Langlois, David J. Kalhok, Scott S. Walker
  • Patent number: 8026826
    Abstract: A door bell includes a case and a frame is located within the open space of the case. An electro-magnetic valve is connected to the frame and controls two hit pins and a circuit board is connected to the frame and electronically connected to the electro-magnetic valve. Two resilient members are mounted to the hit pins which hit a sound plate located beneath the hit pins to generate sound. The sound is amplified by two sound boxes. The circuit board transfers alternative current into direct current so that no hulky part projecting from the door bell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Chuan Hao Chao
  • Patent number: 8026798
    Abstract: An apparatus for presenting a time-variant information element in a vehicle, which has a steering wheel (1602), comprises one or more remotely and individually controllable tactile pads (1620), which produce a tactile sensation in response to a respective pad output signal, which is produced by a controller (CTRL). The tactile pads are positioned or adapted to be positioned on the steering wheel (1602) or proximate to it, such that they can be touched by at least one hand (1610,1612) of the vehicle driver while driving the vehicle. The apparatus further comprises means for determining the time-variant information element to be presented and for applying the determined time-variant information element to the controller and means for encoding the determined time-variant information element by the controller into temporal variations of the one or more pad output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Senseg Ltd.
    Inventors: Ville Makinen, Jukka Linjama, Moaffak Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8018334
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a portable electronic device electronically is provided. The method comprises receiving a first radio signal, the first radio signal emitted by the electronically monitored portable electronic device and determining a first received signal strength of the first radio signal. The method also comprises receiving a second radio signal, the second radio signal emitted by the electronically monitored portable electronic device, the second radio signal received after the first radio signal. The method also comprises determining a second received signal strength of the second radio signal, comparing the second received signal strength to the first received signal strength, and alerting when a result of the comparing exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Allison A. DiMartino, Jason R. Delker, John M. Everson, Jason K. Whitney
  • Patent number: 8018328
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided which generate an alarm signal that alerts individuals who may be in the vicinity of a reversing vehicle and that alerts a vehicle operator when the alarm signal is not audible due to high ambient sound levels or detritus covering the alarm transducer. A background noise level in proximity to the vehicle is monitored. A level of the alarm signal is increased as the ambient (or background) sound level rises. Conversely, the level of the alarm signal is reduced as the background noise level decreases. The alarm signal is changed in volume, frequency, or both based on a velocity of the vehicle. A frequency content of the alarm signal may be modified if a spectral profile of an ambient sound field contains spectral components that may mask the alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Personics Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Goldstein, John Usher
  • Patent number: 8013720
    Abstract: Systems and methods which allow a spotter external to a vehicle to provide signals to a driver of the vehicle in order to facilitate safe backup operations of the vehicle are disclosed. A wireless transmitter, in wireless communication with a receiver positioned within the vehicle, is operated by the spotter. An indicator, also in communication with the receiver, is configured to provide a plurality of audible and/or visible signals perceivable by the driver in response to a wireless signal received by the receiver from the transmitter. The audible and/or visible signals may comprise selected patterned tones and lights which inform the driver whether they should proceed to backup the vehicle or stop the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Reverse Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oelrich, Curtis John Oelrich
  • Patent number: 8013754
    Abstract: An audible playback device that allows an athlete, such as a runner, to conveniently listen to audible content and receive athletic performance information. A single device may be employed to both playback audible content and provide monitored performance information to a user. The performance information may be provided to a user audibly, so that the user does not need to move the monitoring device's user interface to a viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Nike Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Gregory Vissia
  • Patent number: 7990281
    Abstract: A doorbell chime (100) can comprise a chassis (101), a cover (104) having a mechanical-cover identifier (105, 106), a mechanical-cover identifier detector (103) (to detect when the cover is at least substantially disposed in the installed position), and a chime (102) mounted in the chassis. This chime is configured to operate in a first mode of operation (302) when the mechanical-cover identifier detector detects the cover and in a second mode of operation (303) (that is different than the first mode of operation) when the mechanical-cover identifier detector does not detect the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: HeathCo, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Blaise Tylicki, Timothy Gale Birdwell, Thomas Michael Gott, Jimmy David Claiborne
  • Patent number: 7982629
    Abstract: A method and system that controls the playback of different audio or video files in a motor vehicle mounted electronic device that includes a plurality of different audio or video files and an audio file player software program. The electronic device is connected to at least one external sensor that measures one of the following: the motor vehicle's current location, the time of day, and/or the weather or temperature. The software program is designed to automatically play the audio file when the external condition occurs. When the driver is driving and listening to the electronic device, the audio or video files are automatically played based on the occurrence of the linked external conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen Crowe
  • Patent number: 7982628
    Abstract: A verbal language based output system includes data defining a geometrical region, such as a building, configuration data relative to various detectors in the region, and a plurality of event inputs associated with the detectors. Verbal language generation software, in response to the data and the event inputs, produces verbal descriptions of developing events. Such verbal descriptions can be audibly output for use by personnel needing to enter the region to address the events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Plocher, Henry Chen
  • Patent number: 7982627
    Abstract: A meter device includes an indicator unit, movably supported within a predetermined range, for representing an amplitude value of an input signal by a movement amount ?? from a reference position ?0 which is one end of the predetermined range. A gain acquiring unit acquire a gain of the input signal; and a maximum movement amount determining part determines a maximum movement amount ??M of the indicator unit at the gain based on the gain acquired by the gain acquiring unit. A drive control unit moves the indicator unit to a position corresponding to the amplitude value of the input signal between the reference position ?0 and a maximum movement position ?M moved from the reference position ?0 by the maximum movement amount ??M based on the maximum movement amount ??M determined by the maximum movement amount determining part and the amplitude value of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sato, Yoko Kuzuoka, Kiyoshi Suzuki, Wei Keat Yew
  • Publication number: 20110148653
    Abstract: The present invention illustrates a touch input and display device of door bell systems to replace conventional bells, which only have push buttons. Having a variety of input options, the door bell systems in the present invention can produce customized products, such as visitors ringing the bell, door opened automatically, transmitting calls, and message bulletin board etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Lin, Tzu-An Lin
  • Patent number: 7956764
    Abstract: An ambient condition detector outputs an alarm comprising a tonal pattern comprising at least two distinctly different pitch tones in one embodiment of the invention. Another embodiment comprises a detector whereby a user can select a pitch tone to be output within a tonal pattern alarm when the detector senses an ambient condition. Options include verbal output to indicate the type of ambient condition sensed and/or the location of the detector sensing the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Jay Morris
  • Publication number: 20110095900
    Abstract: Various inventive features are disclosed for efficiently generating regulation-compliant audible alerts, including but not limited to 520 Hz square wave alert/alarm signals, using an audio speaker. One such feature involves the use of a non-linear amplifier in combination with a voltage boost regulator to efficiently drive the audio speaker. Another feature involves speaker enclosure designs that effectively boost the output of the audio speaker, particularly at relatively low frequencies. These and other features may be used individually or combination in a given alarm-generation device or system to enable regulation-compliant audible alerts to be generated using conventional batteries, such as AA alkaline batteries. Various examples of efficiently generated regulation-compliant audible alerts and further enhancing such audible alerts by utilizing speaker enclosure designs are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: INNOVALARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Landgrave T. Smith, James J. Lewis, David E. Albert
  • Publication number: 20110095896
    Abstract: Various inventive features are disclosed for efficiently generating regulation-compliant audible alerts, including but not limited to 520 Hz square wave alert/alarm signals, using an audio speaker. One such feature involves the use of a non-linear amplifier in combination with a voltage boost regulator to efficiently drive the audio speaker. Another feature involves speaker enclosure designs that effectively boost the output of the audio speaker, particularly at relatively low frequencies. These and other features may be used individually or combination in a given alarm-generation device or system to enable regulation-compliant audible alerts to be generated using conventional batteries, such as AA alkaline batteries. Various examples of efficiently generated regulation-compliant audible alerts and further enhancing such audible alerts by utilizing speaker enclosure designs are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: INNOVALARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: James J. Lewis, Landgrave T. Smith, David E. Albert
  • Publication number: 20110098544
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for integrating voice with a medical device. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided a medical device comprising a speech recognition system configured to receive a processed voice, compare the processed voice to a speech database, identify a command for the medical device corresponding to the processed voice based on the comparison, and execute the identified medical device command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: NELLCOR PURITAN BENNETT LLC
    Inventors: Jayesh Shah, Scott Amundson
  • Patent number: 7907048
    Abstract: A fire extinguisher accessory device for providing oral instructions for using a fire extinguisher comprising a housing, a digital memory circuit disposed inside the housing, wherein the digital memory circuit can provide oral instructions for using the fire extinguisher such as “pull,” “aim,” “squeeze,” and “sweep”; a speaker disposed on the front surface of the housing; an amplifier disposed inside the housing; and a pressure switch operatively connected to the housing via a lead, wherein when the pressure switch is compressed, the digital memory circuit is activated and provides oral instructions for using the fire extinguisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Werner
  • Patent number: 7904119
    Abstract: A method and device for detecting alert events and responsively playing out audio-clips. The audio-clips may comprise data representing a sound recording. Playing out the audio-clips occurs in an order defined by a sequence. The audio-clips and the sequence are maintained in data storage. A processor executes program logic to detect a first alert event and responsively play out at least a first audio-clip of the sequence, and to detect a next alert event and responsively play out at least a next alert event of the sequence. After playing out all audio-clips in the sequence, play out of the audio-clips may then continue with the first audio-clip of the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Devon L. Biere, Michael A. Gailloux
  • Patent number: 7889068
    Abstract: Under the present invention, a single, overall alarm for an entire set of shopping items will be used for any and all discrepancies. The metric used for creating an alarm for the overall set of shopping items can be based on any one of the following candidate policies: if at least one item generated an alarm; if some fixed number of items generated an alarm; if some threshold discrepancy metric got exceed; if basket size is larger than certain threshold cash value and the alarm exceeded certain threshold alarm rate; a randomly generated alarm (e.g., random audit); the customer's identity and track record (e.g., loyalty card); and/or any combination of the above. Regardless, if an overall alarm is generated one or more of the following actions can be taken: no action send the customer to customer service; appropriately record customer track record (e.g., loyalty card) when customer identity is available; audit the customer at the “shop exit; and/or any combination of thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan H. Connell, II, Myron D. Flickner, Norman Haas, Arun Hampapur, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti
  • Patent number: 7885719
    Abstract: A communication terminal using a flat panel speaker outputs a message of warning, in forms of sound or text shown on display, before outputting sound from the flat panel speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yukiko Yoshino
  • Patent number: 7880637
    Abstract: A low-profile signal device is provided having a plurality of light emitters disposed on at least one support member, the plurality of light emitters configured to emit light in a plurality of colors that indicate one or more predefined conditions; a housing substantially enclosing the at least one support member; a signal interface coupled to the plurality of light emitters and configured to selectively activate light emitters from the plurality of light emitters in response to a received control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Seegrid Corporation
    Inventor: Mitchell Weiss
  • Publication number: 20110012746
    Abstract: A notification appliance configured to emit a notification output based upon at least one detected environmental condition is provided that includes a sensor configured to detect the at least one environmental condition, at least one light emitting diode (LED) light source configured to emit light having an intensity during a pulse time period, and a controller in communicative connection with the sensor and the LED light source, wherein the controller is configured to control the LED light source so that the pulse time period is approximately less than or equal to two hundred milliseconds (200 ms), while substantially maintaining an effective intensity and enhancing a perceived brightness of the emitted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Richard T. Fish, JR., Greg R. Pattok, Scott R. Edwards, Jeremy A. Fogg, Darin D. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 7869588
    Abstract: A system and method of generating at least two distinctive auditory alerts upon receiving a transmission or telephone call at a device is described. Data indicative of a first plurality of sounds corresponding to a user of a device configured to receive the transmission or telephone call is accessed, such as from a memory. The first plurality of sounds is played at the device so as to identify a received transmission or telephone call being directed to the user. A telephone number, subscriber name or identifier associated with a transmitting or calling party of the transmission or telephone call is accessed. Data indicative of a second plurality of sounds designating the transmitting or calling party based on the subscriber name, telephone number or identifier is retrieved, such as from a data structure, and the second plurality of sounds is played at the device so as to identify the transmitting or calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Somatek
    Inventor: Mark I. Fitchmun
  • Patent number: 7864036
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus, includes notice unit for raising an alarm to call attention, control unit for setting intensity associated with an attention degree of the alarm of the notice unit, detection unit for detecting a determined state, and execution unit for urging the notice unit to output the alarm, irrespective of setting the intensity by the control unit, if the predetermined state is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Tomohiro Hanyu
  • Publication number: 20100309012
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a label configured to be coupled to a medicament delivery device. The label includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is configured to be coupled to an outer surface of the medicament delivery device. The second surface includes a textual indicia. The label further includes an electronic circuit system configured to output an electronic signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Eric Shawn EDWARDS, Evan Thomas EDWARDS, Mark J. LICATA, Paul F. MEYERS, David A. WEINZIERL
  • Patent number: 7843327
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a portable electronic device electronically is provided. The method comprises receiving a first radio signal, the first radio signal emitted by the electronically monitored portable electronic device and determining a first received signal strength of the first radio signal. The method also comprises receiving a second radio signal, the second radio signal emitted by the electronically monitored portable electronic device, the second radio signal received after the first radio signal. The method also comprises determining a second received signal strength of the second radio signal, comparing the second received signal strength to the first received signal strength, and alerting when a result of the comparing exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Allison A. DiMartino, Jason R. Delker, John M. Everson, Jason K. Whitney
  • Patent number: 7830252
    Abstract: The present invention is an ASIC-controlled alarm unit. The ASIC circuit performs all the necessary control functions to provide audible and visual signaling when used with external horn and strobe circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Wheelock, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn P. Keeney, Joseph Kosich, Luy B. Nguyen, John Yerger, Erik Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100277762
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises: an operation part having a display area and operable to receive an input from a user; a first display part operable to display, in a part of the display area, (i) a first image to be visible only from a range of a first viewing angle and (ii) a second image to be visible only from a range of a second viewing angle that does not overlap with the range of the first viewing angle; an audio output part operable to output an audio explaining the first image; and a second display part operable, while the audio explaining the first image is being output, to display, in a remaining part of the display area, a notification indicating that the audio explaining the first image does not correspond to the second image, such that the notification is visible from the range of the second viewing angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Eguchi, Toshikazu Higashi, Tatsuya Eguchi
  • Publication number: 20100274643
    Abstract: A system for transmitting auxiliary data within a modulated video signal from a broadcast source to a hand-held device with a slot, the system comprising the broadcast source comprises means for transmitting auxiliary data to the slotted hand-held device via the modulated video signal; an interface device electronically coupled to the hand-held device via the slot and comprises a card microcontroller, a receiver electronically coupled to the card microcontroller for receiving the modulated video signal from the broadcast source, and circuitry electronically coupled to the card microcontroller and the receiver for demodulating the modulated video signal and reproducing the auxiliary data, and transferring the auxiliary data to the hand-held device via an interface protocol, and the hand-held device with the slot comprises a microcontroller for processing the signal auxiliary data received via the interface protocol from the interface device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: KOPLAR INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Yousri H. Barsoum, Alan G. Maltagliati, Christopher E. Chupp, Daniel A. Ciardullo
  • Patent number: 7821392
    Abstract: A modular programmable safety device and system coupled with multiple sensors. The device has a memory unit to store the data modules, which can be synthesized into speech and a microprocessor-based speech module, which is connected to the memory and to a transceiver. A remote server computer is connected to the programmable device through a wireless communication system and is provided with a database to store digital data modules and scripts that are either input by a user or downloaded from a third party content provider. Software is operated on the remote server computer to provide the third party contents and the scripts. The device has an external sensor port which is coupled with multiple sensors. The safety device senses a variety of safety parameters programmable with rule sets to communicate with a parent or service provider automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Publication number: 20100265086
    Abstract: Verbal warning labels and other audible warning systems for use with different devices, containers, products and other things in various environments are disclosed herein. An audible warning system configured in accordance with an embodiment of the invention includes a device having a standardized textual warning associated therewith, and a sound playback system operably coupled to the device. The sound playback device can be configured to audibly output a verbal warning corresponding to the textual warning. The verbal warning can be provided by at least one of a manufacturer, supplier, distributor or retail vendor of the device, and the verbal warning can supplement or replace the standardized textual warning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Josiah N. Olson, Marty Olson
  • Patent number: 7804412
    Abstract: A remote tracking and communication device comprising a housing which encloses a processor, a memory, a position locator, a first transmitter, and a second transmitter. Each of the latter components are electronically coupled to the processor. Both the first and second transmitters are adapted to send and receive wireless voice and data signals in a digital format. The device further comprises a first battery, which is removably affixed to the housing and electronically coupled to each component within the housing, a speaker and a microphone electronically coupled to the first transmitter, and a button electronically coupled to the processor. When pressed, the button is adapted to activate voice communications with a call center using the first transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: SecureAlert, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Derrick, David S. McNab, Stephen N. D. Larson, Gerard E. Robidoux, B. Kent Davidson, Patrick Y. D. Boutet, Jean-Sebastien Langlois, David J. Kalhok, Scott S. Walker
  • Publication number: 20100231395
    Abstract: A multifunctional power bank includes a box for installing different component modules, an electric power unit and a sound producing unit, both installed in the box, and an interface disposed on the box and connected to an external electronic device, wherein the sound producing unit is connected to the electric power unit, and the interface is connected to the electric power unit. When the power bank is connected to the electronic device through the interface, the electric power unit can exchange electric power with the electronic device, and the sound producing unit can issue a warning to users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Shih-Hui Chen, Chin-Tien Lin
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100219971
    Abstract: Audibly identifying an event includes enabling selection of a first sound based upon an identifier. The identifier enables identification of an entity related to the event. A notification of an occurrence of the event is received. The notification includes the identifier. An intended recipient is alerted of the event by playing, in response to the notification, at least a portion of the first sound and at least a portion of a second sound that is related to the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: AOL INC.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Stephen Vaughan Murphy
  • Patent number: 7777632
    Abstract: An acoustic occupancy sensor includes and acoustic transmitter, acoustic receiver, variable bandpass filter and a controller. The acoustic transmitter transmits acoustic signals into a defined region and the acoustic receiver receives acoustic signals from the defined region. The received acoustic signal is converted to an electrical signal. A pre-amplifier amplifies the electrical signal and the electrical signal is digitized. The digitized electrical signal is demodulated by a demodulator to remove the carrier signal. The digitized electrical signal is filtered by a bandpass filter that sweeps up along a range of frequencies and down along a range of frequencies. The amplitudes of the filtered signals are averaged and analyzed to determine the presence or absence of an occupant within the defined region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Brian Elwell
  • Patent number: 7772986
    Abstract: Verbal warning labels and other audible warning systems for use with different devices, containers, products and other things in various environments are disclosed herein. An audible warning system configured in accordance with an embodiment of the invention includes a device having a standardized textual warning associated therewith, and a sound playback system operably coupled to the device. The sound playback device can be configured to audibly output a verbal warning corresponding to the textual warning. The verbal warning can be provided by at least one of a manufacturer, supplier, distributor or retail vendor of the device, and the verbal warning can supplement or replace the standardized textual warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Vesstech, Inc.
    Inventors: Josiah N. Olson, Marty Olson
  • Publication number: 20100195447
    Abstract: An alarm clock, a system and a method wake a user. The alarm clock may have a transmitter which sends a signal to an ear piece which may be worn in and/or on an ear of a user. The earpiece may emit an alert in response to the wireless signal to alert the user to a specified time without disturbing other individuals. The earpiece may have a vibrating module which may emit vibrations into the ear after receiving the signal. The earpiece may have a speaker which may emit an audible alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Nicolas J. George
  • Patent number: 7760106
    Abstract: The invention relates to a signaling system for use in a system for monitoring and/or controlling a stack of power cells. The stack of power cells is series connected, i.e. the negative terminal of one power cell is connected to the positive electrode of the adjacent power cell. A monitoring device is associated with each power cell to monitor characteristics of the power cell (temperature, voltage). Every monitoring device is powered by the power cell it is associated. The monitoring device monitors the status of the cell (e.g. it measures the difference of potential between the positive terminal and the negative terminal of that cell but it may also measure the temperature of the power cell, the pH of the electrolyte if the power cell Ci is a battery, etc. and communicates information on the status of the cell to other monitoring devices. The monitoring devices are daisy chained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Geert Vandensande, Bernard Gentinne, Francois Laulanet
  • Publication number: 20100171886
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to automatically provide an audio sub-channel for a reading service to a visually impaired user. An audio service system includes a control module and a transmit module. The control module is operable to identify an audio sub-channel for a reading service available for reception within a broadcast area of a television content provider. The control module is further operable to identify a set of commands for a television tuner instructing the television tuner to tune to the audio sub-channel. The transmit module is operable to transmit the set of commands to the television tuner so the visually impaired user can listen to the audio sub-channel for the reading service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: John Wm. Anderson, Neil Blank, David Farrell, Kirill Belyayev
  • Patent number: 7746242
    Abstract: Electronic devices that include batteries can be adapted to provide one or more indications of a low battery condition. An electronic device such as a controller can include a battery and can be adapted to determine a first low battery condition. A first indication can be provided in response to the first low battery condition. In some cases, a second battery condition can be determined and a second indication can be provided in response to the second battery condition. The indications provided to the user can be made progressively more noticeable over time, until the battery is replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Schwendinger, David P. Mulhouse, Marcus D. Stoner
  • Patent number: 7741975
    Abstract: An audible playback device that allows an athlete, such as a runner, to conveniently listen to audible content and receive athletic performance information. A single device may be employed to both playback audible content and provide monitored performance information to a user. The performance information may be provided to a user audibly, so that the user does not need to move the monitoring device's user interface to a viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Gregory Vissia
  • Publication number: 20100141440
    Abstract: An apparatus and method thereof wherein a portable computer system or personal digital assistant generates a visual signal in response to an occurrence of a programmed event. For example, the portable computer system can use a light emitting diode to visually signal an alarm at a specified time. The visual signal can be varied in order to indicate the type of event associated with the alarm. In one implementation, the visual signal blinks at a particular rate depending on the type of event. In another implementation, the visual signal blinks a prescribed number of times or according to a particular pattern depending on the type of event. When enabled, the visual signal is generated in lieu of an audible signal, thus providing to the user a silent alarm that does not disturb other people in proximity, such as in a meeting, a theater, or some other gathering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: PALM, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Cortopassi, Eric Fuhs, Wayne Hile, Thomas Robinson, Edward Endejan