Sound Reproducer Patents (Class 340/692)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7733222
    Abstract: A flexible audio output device includes control circuits couplable to a communications system and an audio announcement system. The communications system can transmit function specifying parameters to the device. Various forms of directional audio, or verbal messages can be emitted in accordance with received parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Zia Karim, Daniel C. Hawkinson, Andrew G. Berezowski
  • Publication number: 20100124732
    Abstract: System and methods of detecting and measuring periodontal disease comprising filling a periodontal pocket with a fluid capable of propagating sound waves, transmitting a sound wave into the periodontal pocket, sensing the return sound wave from the periodontal pocket, and determining the depth of the pocket by measuring the time it takes the at least one transmitted sound wave to traverse the periodontal pocket and return. A peak discrimination analysis algorithm is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: Gregory D. Ariff, Jennifer L. Case, Robert Jason Gwaltney, Christian Haller, Patrick Hardin, Jeffrey Cameron Loper, Charles Luddy, Lynessa Erler, Jeffery Smithanik, Andrew Steinberg, Craig Swanner
  • Patent number: 7719407
    Abstract: A voice alarm system, coupled to a fire monitoring system responds to received wireless signals. The signals can be emitted by a portable wireless control unit that can be carried or worn by first responders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Charles T. Pearson, Jonathan W. Leach
  • Patent number: 7714700
    Abstract: The pitch of tones within tonal patterns emitted by ambient condition detector units and systems in the alarm or testing state is not always optimum to be heard by a wide range of users. An ambient condition detector outputs an alarm comprising a tonal pattern whereby a user can select at least one pitch tone emitted within a tonal pattern alarm when the detector senses an ambient condition. Options include verbal output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Gary Jay Morris
  • Patent number: 7710289
    Abstract: A communication apparatus with an anti-theft mode is provided. A preferred embodiment of the apparatus includes an input unit and a CPU. The input unit is for generating an operational signal in response to an operational input. The CPU is for receiving an anti-theft mode signal and setting the communication apparatus in an anti-theft mode, and disabling communication functions of the communication apparatus when the operational signal received from the input unit is a communication operational signal and the communication apparatus is in the anti-theft mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fang-Hua Liu, Shih-Fang Wong
  • Publication number: 20100102983
    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: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas A. Plocher, Henry Chen
  • Publication number: 20100096293
    Abstract: A system for electronic dispensing of medication and methods of increased exposure of users to such system is provided. Medication dispensing while in transit and related transit amenities is provided. Advertising on such devices and electronic coupon clipping and administration is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Raanan Liebermann
  • Patent number: 7692536
    Abstract: A RFID-enabled recommendation system and related method utilizing information from RFID tags of products (e.g., foodstuffs) to generate recommendations regarding said products. In accordance with one aspect, a server generates recommendations based on product-specific information sent from a RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Channell
  • Publication number: 20100073186
    Abstract: A locator of personal articles being monitored to prevent loss or misplacement. The locator emits a location cue. The location cue may be emitted at the monitored article, or if in the form of a verbal message, may be generated at the person who is monitoring the personal article. Location cues emitted at the monitored article may be audible, visible, or olfactory. The locator may comprise two separate cooperating devices including a querying device and a cue emitting device, or may comprise only one device, such as for emitting the verbal message. The sole device may comprise a location cue emitter kept with the monitored article, such as for emitting an audible cue, a visible cue, or an olfactory cue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Alexandra Montclare
  • Patent number: 7683800
    Abstract: A door bell notification and personal protection system includes a warning notification module adapted to recognize at least one of a door bell notification from a door bell ringer or emergency transmission signal from a wireless transmitter and thereafter provide a recognition signal to a microprocessor. The microprocessor is adapted to retrieve dog barking sounds stored in a memory and provide the dog barking sounds 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. A delay module can enable processing with a delay time 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: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: Melisendro T. Ortiz, Luis M. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20100069105
    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: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Devon L. Biere, Michael A. Gailoux
  • Publication number: 20100052907
    Abstract: A security alarm system suitable for bicycles or other mobile articles, which may be attached to said article to be protected. This anti-theft device is equipped with a security cable and a siren and two LED's. Said cable may be spooled thru the major components of the article. Having several options of attachment said alarm is suitable on many different articles, such as construction equipment, motorcycles, children's toys, barbeques etcetera. The security siren alarm system is simple to operate yet provides a sophisticated security unit. This system uses a low current drain design in the arming/timing circuit to provide long battery life. The security cable provides ample length to attach a number of parts together even more than one bicycle. Should this cable be cut or somehow removed the attached alarm will sound off for up to three hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: John Alfred Shannon, Debra Carliss Shannon, Devendra Girish Soman
  • Publication number: 20100052917
    Abstract: An intelligent medical vigilance system that observes and analyzes, and, only in the event of a clinically significant negative condition, notifies and reports the event to the care staff utilizing the hospital's existing nurse call system. The device includes a bedside unit connected to a pad or coverlet with a sensor array (placed under the patient) and also to an existing hospital nurse call system via an interface. Within the physical bedside unit are a signal processor and an alarm processor that measure data and evaluate whether a clinically significant event is occurring. The bedside unit is a wall-mounted unit with a display that becomes active when an alarm condition is enabled. The sensing pad or coverlet is a thin, piezoelectric film, or other similar sensing technology, with an array of sensors sheathed in soft padding and is not directly in contact with the skin of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: HOANA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: PATRICK K. SULLIVAN, MATTHEW S. GLEI, PAUL M. EMBREE, SHASHIDHAR B. HEBSUR, NICHOLAS C. EPPERSON
  • Publication number: 20100045476
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for discretely alerting an operator or operators of a state of alarm or for conveying sensory or other signal data to operator or operators is described. Such method and device functions to transmit signals in the ultrasonic band to an operator and utilizes a transducer to covertly transfer the signal to said operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Martin L. Lenhardt
  • Patent number: 7663499
    Abstract: A warning signal included in a wireless signal received, and the warning signal is displayed in the form of a warning information message. The warning information displaying method includes receiving a wireless signal through one channel among channels including a warning broadcasting channel, changing the current channel to the warning broadcasting channel when the current channel is not the warning broadcasting channel at predetermined intervals, receiving the wireless signal through the warning broadcasting channel, reading warning information corresponding to a warning signal if the wireless signal includes the warning signal, and visibly or audibly outputting the warning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ju-Young Min
  • Patent number: 7659809
    Abstract: An engine of a hybrid electric vehicle is started following a determination that the vehicle is not moving, the ignition system is in a run state, a door is open, and the engine is not running to alert a driver that the vehicle is in a drive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Valascho, Michael L. Gusta, Raymond C. Siciak, Dino H. Candela, Jamala Kianga Massenburg, Robert Lewis Humphrey
  • Publication number: 20100026510
    Abstract: An alarm suspend system utilizes an alarm trigger responsive to physiological parameters and corresponding limits on those parameters. The parameters are associated with both fast and slow treatment times corresponding to length of time it takes for a person to respond to medical treatment for out-of-limit parameter measurements. Audible and visual alarms respond to the alarm trigger. An alarm silence button is pressed to silence the audible alarm for a predetermined suspend time. The audible alarm is activated after the suspend time has lapsed. Longer suspend times are associated with slow treatment parameters and shorter suspend times are associated with fast treatment parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: MASIMO Corporation
    Inventors: Massi Joe E. Kiani, Steve L. Cebada, Gregory A. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7656276
    Abstract: The travel situation of a vehicle is detected by sensors and a sensor section 110 recognizes the moving state of the vehicle and outputs event signals. A processing section 180 has a sound emission control section that acquires a MIDI message to be used for notifying the travel situation by means of a MIDI sound source generating section. At the same time, it recognizes the priority level of the event signal to be used for notification in terms of urgency or significance and defines the parameter value of the MIDI message so as to bring the localized sound image of the sound to be emitted from a speaker located substantially at the center relative to a driver according to the priority level. Then, it has a sound emitting section 150 emit the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Takahashi, Motoji Hashimoto, Fumio Isozaki
  • Patent number: 7653418
    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: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Devon L. Biere, Michael A. Gailloux
  • Patent number: 7639130
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a system and method for controlling the output level of an enunciator on a portable electronic device. In the system, an enunciator management system for an electronic device is provided. The system comprises: an enunciator having a first enunciation level and a lower, second enunciation level; a sensor; a monitoring circuit connected to the sensor providing a trigger signal that registers a notable activation of the sensor; memory to store data relating to the first and the second enunciation levels for the enunciator and adjustment information for the enunciator for an application operating on the device; and an enunciator management module to initiate the enunciator at the first enunciation level and selectively activate the enunciator at the lower, second enunciation level depending on the adjustment information and the trigger signal from the monitoring circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Orr
  • Patent number: 7629898
    Abstract: A method for providing an emergency vehicle alert to an occupant of a second vehicle includes: receiving an alert signal at a receiver device on the second vehicle from the emergency vehicle; and, responsive to the received alert signal, automatically warning the occupant of the second vehicle that the emergency vehicle may be approaching and/or is in a vicinity of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 7629894
    Abstract: A plurality of directional sounders located in a region being monitored can be synchronously and sequentially activated in various patterns to establish an audibly defined exit route from the region. Emitted audio, from a respective sounder, can be different than the audio emitted by other activated sounders to provide a path and direction for evacuation to individuals in the vicinity of the exit route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Plocher, Janet J Z X Jin, Foong Yeen Chan, Qing Li
  • Publication number: 20090290722
    Abstract: Another example of an audible product information device for placing proximate and associated consumer product includes a housing and electrical components in the housing configured to operate in a playback mode, a record more, and a standby mode. The electrical components include a controller, a record playback device for storing and playing an audible product information message, a speaker for audibly outputting the audible product information message, battery contact terminals in electrical communication with the record/playback device, an activation switch for starting a playback of the product information message, and a recording switch for starting a recording of the product information message. A method for providing an audible product information message to a consumer is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: CUSTOM TALK LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Dorflinger, Robert Kral, Mark Stephany
  • Patent number: 7623024
    Abstract: The present invention is a door chime. The door chime has a decorative cover connected to a sound module including sound controls. The decorative cover is shiftable relative to the sound module from a first position in which the decorative chime will be displayed during normal use, to a second position to allow access to the sound controls in the second position. The connection between the sound module and the decorative cover allows for either a sliding connection or a rotating connection depending on the desired configuration. The power module for the door chime is interchangeable between a battery powered and hard wired module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: IQ Group SDN BHD
    Inventors: Wen-Chin Chen, Chun Teng Tan
  • Publication number: 20090276357
    Abstract: An information apparatus switches a display at a predetermined area which includes at least a part of a portion where an electromagnetic-wave emitting unit used for data communications with a data storage device is disposed, according to data communication processing with the data storage device, and emits sound generated according to the processing at corresponding timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Oda, Yojiro Kamise, Hisakazu Yanagiuchi, Takayuki Ohnishi, Yuji Morimiya, Kazuyoshi Takemura, Kenji Nakada
  • Patent number: 7612659
    Abstract: A method and system for warning an operator of a vehicle of a vehicular task that is being performed beyond a pre-determined time for execution of the task involving incrementally increasing audio and visual warnings as the task continues to be performed past the pre-determined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Nattel Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjeev Nath, Rajesh Patel
  • 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: 7605687
    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: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Gary Jay Morris
  • Patent number: 7593142
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method secure a device and/or a removable attachment of the device with an optical sensor. Additionally, the apparatus, the system and the method attach and/or secure the device and/or the removable attachment to a structural element. A base, a spring and/or a screw connect the device to an alarm box, a power source and/or the structural element. The alarm box and/or the power source communicate with the optical sensor and/or the device via a cable to secure the device and/or the attachment of the device. A programmable logical device controls a voltage from the power source and transmits the voltage to the device. A first LED and/or a second LED indicate that the voltage is provided to the device and that the removable attachment is secured. The optical sensor has a photo emitter and/or a photo receiver to secure the device and/or the removable attachment of the device to a structural element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Sennco Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Marszalek, Daniel Horvath, Sorin Petrusan, Jim Chmela
  • Publication number: 20090231155
    Abstract: An emergency/hazard warning system which provides a warning of a dangerous roadside condition to oncoming traffic by means of an elevated flare, reflector, emergency light, or other safety signal, but which also meets an essential safety need by utilizing a position-responsive switch or other means for energizing a battery powered audible alarm. The battery powered audible alarm is energized when a predetermined perimeter around the roadside dangerous condition is breached. This provides a system for warning those individuals involved in a roadside dangerous condition, such as a disabled vehicle, road work, and the like, that the perimeter has been breached so that evasive action can be taken to prevent personal injury or property damage. Either a single unit can be deployed to established the required perimeter or multiple units may be daisy chained together with a retractable cord to provide a more comprehensive barrier. The emergency/hazard warning system is light weight and compact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Henry Kovarnik
  • Patent number: 7561030
    Abstract: A vehicle remote control system can have a transmitter transmitting a signal, a receiver receiving the signal, and a control device in communication with the receiver and controlling at least one operation of the vehicle. A selected operation may be executable by the signal. The vehicle remote control system includes a microphone that can determine an ambient noise volume and an ambient noise frequency in an area around the vehicle and is in communication with the control device. Furthermore, the vehicle remote control system includes a speaker that is able to generate an answer signal to confirm that the selected operation was executed. The speaker is in communication with the control device which generates an answer signal as a function of ambient noise volume and the ambient noise frequency in the area surrounding the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin P. McBride, Thomas J. Keeling, Christopher M. Kurpinski, Toshihiro T. Wakamatsu, Michael A. Wiegand
  • Patent number: 7561061
    Abstract: A monitor with reminder sounds is disclosed. The device includes at least a monitor, at least a button and an audio player. The button is disposed on the monitor for adjusting status of the monitor. The audio player is also arranged on the monitor and is connected with the button. When pressing the button, the audio player receives a signal and makes a sound. The monitor further includes a detection module that is used to check output image signals of the monitor. When detecting errors of output image signals of the monitor, the detection module sends a detection signal to the audio player so as to make the audio player generate a sound. Thus the user is reminded that whether the button is pressed precisely. Furthermore, the device also informs the user is that the monitor is in abnormal status. Therefore, the present invention provides users more convenience of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Asustek Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Yueh-Huah Lee, Yaw-Huei Chiou
  • Patent number: 7551100
    Abstract: A system having a support that supports a child seat and a controller that outputs motion, sound, and/or image signals to be experienced by a child in the child. An actuator connected to the support moves the support responsive to the motion signal, and the corresponding sounds and image signal may be synchronized therewith. A recorder may be used to record motions and sounds from an actual vehicle. A method includes providing a support for the child seat, and producing a motion signal substantially corresponding to the motions experienced by the child in the child seat in the vehicle. The method further includes moving the support responsive to the motion signal for simulating the motions experienced by the child in the child seat when in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventors: G. Mackay Salley, Julian E. Hankinson, Jr.
  • 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: 7545263
    Abstract: A system for providing audio-based information pertaining to a situation communicated to a first responder en route to the situation. The information may include real-time and current data of the on-going situation (e.g., a building fire). The information may be relayed to the first responder by a dispatch center, or other intermediary, or come directly from monitoring instrumentation at a location of the situation. Also, background and/or preplanned information about the location may be provided to the first responder via a handset or other device. The responder may request certain information via the handset or device in a vehicle en route with voice requests or button activation. Visual displays of information on the instrumentation may be converted to audio- or speech-based displays for the responder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Plocher, Jeffrey M. Rye, Steve D. Huseth, Walter Heimerdinger
  • Publication number: 20090135164
    Abstract: Provided are a pointing apparatus capable of providing haptic feedback, and a haptic interaction system and method using the same. The pointing apparatus includes a wireless communication unit, a controller, and a haptic stimulator. The wireless communication unit receives an event including haptic output information through wireless communication with the outside. The controller generates a control signal for reproducing a haptic pattern corresponding to the haptic output information. The haptic stimulator reproduces the haptic pattern by means of the control signal. Thus, it is possible to increase the performance and usability of a user interface of a user terminal including a touch screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Ki Uk KYUNG, Jun Young LEE, Jun Seok PARK, Chang Seok BAE, Dong Won HAN, Jin Tae KIM
  • Patent number: 7538685
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product for providing auditory feedback in a personal virtual assistant (PVA) is presented. A user communication is received at the PVA. A determination is made whether an event sound is required in response to the receiving a user communication and upon determination that an event sound is required, an event sound is provided to the user and upon determination that an event sound is not required an event sound is not provided to the user. A response to the communication received from the user is determined and is transmitted to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Samuel Cooper, Derek Sanders, Jeffrey F. McElroy
  • Publication number: 20090128353
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method including detecting a select hazardous condition by at least one triggering alarm unit of a plurality of interconnected hazardous condition alarm units. An actuatable latch in the triggering alarm unit is switched from an unlatched state to a latched state. An audible alert is generated in all of the interconnected alarm units. A test switch is actuated to identify the triggering alarm unit. Actuating the test switch disables the audible alert in each alarm unit having an actuatable latch in the unlatched state. A reset switch is actuated in only one of the alarm units to reset the actuatable latch in each of the alarm units to the unlatched state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Eric V. Gonzales
  • Patent number: 7532117
    Abstract: A hazard alarm includes: a detector for detecting a hazard parameter, trigger logic; and reset logic. The trigger logic triggers an alarm state when the measured parameter reaches a predetermined trigger threshold. The alarm state is maintained until a reset is successfully performed. The reset logic, upon a reset command, resets the alarm state if the measured parameter is below a predetermined reset threshold, and inhibits resetting of the alarm state if the measured parameter is above the predetermined reset threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventors: Mark P. Barrieau, Robert W. Farley
  • Patent number: 7525440
    Abstract: A person monitoring system, such as a baby monitor a monitored unit including a microphone for transducing radiated sound waves and sound waves emanating from the person to a received audio signal and circuitry for removing from the received audio signal a portion of the received audio signal corresponding to the radiated sound waves to provide an audio signal corresponding to the sound waves emanating from the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ricardo F. Carreras, Glenn Gomes-Casseres, Marc Hertzberg, Daniel D. Najemy, Ray Wakeland
  • Patent number: 7515060
    Abstract: Methods of programming a pump and insulin pumps. One method include displaying a first screen on a display of the pump. The method also includes, upon displaying the first screen, emitting a first sound. The method further includes displaying a second screen on the display of the pump, the second screen different from the first screen. The method also includes, upon displaying the second screen, emitting a second sound different from the first sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Smiths Medical MD, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Blomquist
  • Patent number: 7511629
    Abstract: Communication systems and apparatus to allow a user to perceive the relative spatial location or present position of other elements of interest in a control space, such as the location of a speaker participating in a telephone conference or that of an aircraft carrier to a remotely piloted vehicle on final approach. The system inserts synthetic sound cues into the communication to the user that represent the relative position(s). In one embodiment, the user will perceive the communication as though it were communicated through free space to the user from the relative position of the represented source, so that, for example, the squad leader will perceive his wingman to be at his immediate left. Methods of conveying relative position sound cues are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian J Tillotson
  • Publication number: 20090079581
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a novelty container with a cover mounted to the container operable between closed and open positions which activate and deactivate a sound generating assembly. An electrically operated sound generating assembly is mounted to the container, having a sound generator circuit board, a battery electrically connected to the sound generator circuit board and a speaker electrically connected to the circuit board. A switch is mounted to the container to activate the sound generating assembly and has a resilient electrically conductive first member attached to the container and electrically connected to sound generating assembly, biased towards and engaging an electrically conductive second member attached to the container and electrically connected to the sound generating assembly. A flexible electrically insulating element attached to the cover and adjacent to the resilient electrically conductive first member which is reciprocatingly moveable in concert with the operation of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Chin Yoon Wong, Christopher Goh
  • Publication number: 20090045969
    Abstract: Communication systems and apparatus to allow a user to perceive the relative spatial location or present position of other elements of interest in a control space, such as the location of a speaker participating in a telephone conference or that of an aircraft carrier to a remotely piloted vehicle on final approach. The system inserts synthetic sound cues into the communication to the user that represent the relative position(s). In one embodiment, the user will perceive the communication as though it were communicated through free space to the user from the relative position of the represented source, so that, for example, the squad leader will perceive his wingman to be at his immediate left. Methods of conveying relative position sound cues are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Brian J. Tillotson
  • Patent number: 7492274
    Abstract: A motion producing motion-based notification/alert device to be used in and for attachment to mobile electronic equipment or devices, where the motion producing motion-based notification/alert device, upon receipt of an electronic signal from the mobile electronic equipment or device, reacts to set the mobile electronic equipment or device into various elevations and motions. The motion producing motion-based notification/alert device is designed to receive electronic signals from the mobile electronic equipment or device, whereby producing various motions resulting in the owner or user of the mobile electronic equipment or device being notified/alerted that the mobile electronic equipment or device has received an incoming signal or a desired event of the mobile electronic equipment or device has taken place. The motion producing motion-based notification/alert device includes a housing containing a power spring/electric motor which can be used in or attached to the mobile electronic equipment or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Morgan Kennedy Osborne
  • Publication number: 20090033504
    Abstract: An illumination system including an image capture unit, a light emitting diode (LED) light source, an alarm unit, and a control platform is provided. The control platform is electrically connected to the image capture unit, the LED light source and the alarm unit. The above-mentioned illumination system integrates the LED light source and other units via the control platform, so as to provide multiple functions, such as illumination, image capture, alarm and precaution to natural disaster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: TOPCO TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventors: Wen-Kuei Tsai, Chun-Chien Wang
  • Publication number: 20090032550
    Abstract: Device for emitting sound from a perfume spray package. This package is shaped so as to contain various microcomponents of a sound-emitting device, such as a microloudpeaker, electronic micorcomponents and microbatteries, operated by pressing on the push button of the spray bottle, the diffusion of the sound and the diffusion of a perfume having the same direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Patrice Touron
  • Patent number: 7486197
    Abstract: A blanket with audio device, which comprises a removable audio device located in the thickness of the blanket under a flap, is disclosed. The flap is both pliable and transparent. The audio device is waterproof and replaceable. The audio device is offered in more than one embodiment, with the preferred embodiment featuring recording, playback, erasure, on/off, voice activated control, and elevated Braille letters for the visually impaired. The audio device is, therefore, visually, manually, audibly, and palpably accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventors: Leon Frazier, Lillie Bettis
  • Patent number: 7486173
    Abstract: Parameters defining operational characteristics of audible, visual or audible/visual alarm indicating output devices, can be transmitted to the respective devices from common output control circuitry to avoid having to set up the devices electromechanically in the field upon installation, or upon replacement for maintenance purposes. The downloaded parameters can be stored locally at the respective device and can include prerecorded verbal messages, horn or chime output volumes, tonal patterns and repetition rates. Candela settings for strobes can also be downloaded from the control circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Charles F. Fisler