Audio Patents (Class 348/462)
  • Patent number: 10750117
    Abstract: A method and system for transmitting and receiving an audio signal over a video signal in a single cable. The method and system including receiving an analog video signal, the analog video signal comprising one or more rows of video data, an audio header, and one or more quantized audio data. The method includes detecting, the audio header in a blank interval of the analog video and determining a reference level of the audio header. The method and system include extracting, in response to detecting the audio header, the one or more quantized audio data and converting the one or more quantized audio data to an original value of audio data based on the reference level of the audio header. The method and system are configured for storing the one or more quantized audio data in the original value in a First-in-First-Out (FIFO) buffer, and reconstructing, utilizing the FIFO buffer, a continuous audio signal from the one or more quantized audio data in the original value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Techpoint, Inc.
    Inventor: Feng Kuo
  • Patent number: 10652623
    Abstract: Voice storage data acquisition means of a display timing determination device acquires voice storage data storing a plurality of voices to be output sequentially. Timing data acquisition means acquires timing data on provisional display timings of a plurality of pieces of character information, which are to be sequentially displayed during reproduction of the voice storage data and represent content of the respective voices. Waveform analysis means analyzes a voice waveform of the voice storage data to acquire an output timing of each of the voices. Display timing determination means determines a definitive display timing of each of the pieces of character information based on the output timing of each of the voices acquired by the waveform analysis means and the provisional display timings of the respective pieces of character information determined based on the timing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventor: Bjorn Stenger
  • Patent number: 10595099
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and/or a device for transmitting and receiving a broadcast signal for a broadcast service on the basis of an XML subtitle. The method for transmitting a broadcast signal, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: encoding video data, subtitle data, and signaling information including metadata related to the subtitle data; generating a broadcast signal including the encoded video data, subtitle data, and signaling information; and transmitting the generated broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Soojin Hwang, Sejin Oh, Jongyeul Suh
  • Patent number: 10511999
    Abstract: The present disclosure is for controlling a size of a voice packet in a wireless communication system. A method for operating a base station includes: detecting a loss of at least one uplink voice packet; transmitting a downlink voice packet including an indication regarding a sampling rate change of a terminal according to the loss; and receiving an uplink voice packet according to a changed transmission rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Taiho Yoon
  • Patent number: 10381007
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for processing audio information are disclosed. An exemplary method includes receiving an audio stream. The audio stream may be monitored by a low power integrated circuit. The audio stream may be digitized by the low power integrated circuit. The digitized audio stream may be stored in a memory, wherein storing the digitized audio stream comprises replacing a prior digitized audio stream stored in the memory with the digitized audio stream. The low power integrated circuit may analyze the stored digitized audio stream for recognition of a keyword. The low power integrated circuit may induce a processor to enter an increased power usage state upon recognition of the keyword within the stored digitized audio stream. The stored digitized audio stream may be transmitted to a server for processing. A response received from the server based on the processed audio stream may be rendered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric Liu, Stefan Johannes Walter Marti, Seung Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 10348938
    Abstract: First ratio acquisition means of a display timing determination device acquires, for each voice, a first ratio that relates to intervals between output timings of voices. Second ratio acquisition means acquires, for each piece of character information, a second ratio that relates to intervals between provisional display timings of pieces of character information. Identification means identifies, based on the first ratio of each voice and the second ratio of each piece of character information, an association relationship between the voice and the piece of character information. Display timing determination means determines a definitive display timing of each piece of character information based on the association relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Bjorn Stenger
  • Patent number: 10242077
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for the transfer and/or aggregation of data and, in particular, integrating data used in managing a professional services practice. The invention preferably transfers and/or aggregates data relating to the identity of clients and matters for whom professional services are being rendered with data relating to the work which data may be maintained in inconsistent, proprietary formats, comprising one or more of the following types of information: accounting; budgeting; docketing; time and billing: work product; word processing; records; project management; and/or other information relating to the professional services. The system of the present invention preferably comprises data storage and data processing means adapted to use the data in substantially portable and/or application-independent format, and/or and transfer or aggregate data between common, and/or proprietary data formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Patrick J. Coyne
  • Patent number: 10200789
    Abstract: The present principles relate to a method, for configuring an audio rendering and/or acquiring device of a communication system comprising a master device, the audio rendering and/or acquiring device being adapted to use at least one channel of a plurality of audio channels of the master device, the method being performed in the audio rendering and/or acquiring device. According to an embodiment, the method includes obtaining a state of at least one of the audio channels, the state of an audio channel being representative of a current assigning of the audio channel to another audio rendering and/or acquiring device and selecting the at least one audio channel to be used according to its state. The present principles also relate to the corresponding audio rendering and/or acquiring device, system, computer readable program product and computer readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Interdigital CE Patent Holdings
    Inventors: Ludovic Jeanne, Jean-Pierre Bertin, Anne Peaudouye
  • Patent number: 10129498
    Abstract: Transmitting audio and video signals, can include: detecting if the state of a video control signal has changed, where a video signal includes the video control signal and a video data signal; generating, if the state of the video control signal has not changed, a first serial data packet based on the video signal and an audio signal; generating, if the state of the video control signal has changed, a second serial data packet based on the video signal and the audio signal; transmitting over a serial link, an encoded data frame formed by encoding the first and second serial data packets in a predetermined encoding manner; decoding and de-serializing the encoded data frame to restore the video signal and the audio signal; and outputting the video signal to a video display circuit, and outputting the audio signal to an audio processor respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Weifeng Shi, Jiangping Xu
  • Patent number: 10088903
    Abstract: Haptic information in a series of frames of a media file is identified and time stamps corresponding thereto are determined in accordance with information embedded in a tag either preceding or appending the media file. The haptic effect information is automatically synchronized to the media file based on the information in one or more frames of the tag, whereby an actuator outputs the defined haptic effects in the tag in a manner synchronized with corresponding audio and/or video content of the media file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Stephen D. Rank, Munibe M. Bakircioglu
  • Patent number: 10070211
    Abstract: The invention is a multi-microphone voice processing SoC primarily for head worn applications. It bypasses the use of conventional pre-amp voice CODEC (ADC/DAC) chips all together by replacing their functionality with digital MEMS microphone(s) and digital speaker driver (DSD). Functionality necessary for speech recognition such as noise/echo cancellation, speech compression, speech feature extraction and lossless speech transmission are also integrated into the SoC. One embodiment is a noise cancellation chip for wired, battery powered headsets and earphones, as smart-phone accessory. Another embodiment is as a wireless Bluetooth noise cancellation companion chip. The invention can be used in headwear, eyewear glass, mobile wearable computing, heavy duty military, aviation and industrial headsets and other speech recognition applications in noisy environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KOPIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dashen Fan, Jang Ho Kim, Yong Seok Seo, John C. C. Fan
  • Patent number: 9990175
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a lighting device and related voice broadcasting systems and methods. The lighting device includes a light-emitting module configured to provide lighting, a process and control module, a memory module configured to store audio contents stored in a local memory and downloaded from the Internet, and a voice input module configured to receive voice information from users. The process and control module is configured to receive voice information from the voice input module, to recognize and determine whether the voice information is a voice command, and to send control instructions to a corresponding module according to the matched voice command. A voice output module is configured to select and play a audio content according to the control instructions sent from the process and control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SHENGHUI LIGHTING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Zonggen Zhang, Shuyu Cao, Zhen Xie, Weisheng Zhou, Jinxiang Shen
  • Patent number: 9872053
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a signal processing apparatus, a signal processing method, a program, and a signal transmission system realizing an SDI (serial digital interface) capable of effectively transmitting an audio stream together with video data, for example, of which the frame rate is 100 Hz or 120 Hz. An audio multiplexing unit multiplexes an audio sample into a data area of horizontal lines of n2 (here, 2?n2?n1) rows after a first horizontal line in which the audio sample is generated, which is a predetermined data area arranged within a horizontal blanking area disposed for each horizontal line of video data in a data stream defined in a format of an SDI used for transmitting the video data, in a case where an audio is sampled at an interval of once or less for horizontal lines of n1 (here, n1?2) rows of the video data of a predetermined frame rate. For example, the present technology can be applied to a broadcast camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeyuki Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9832411
    Abstract: A transmission system includes: a first timing signal generation unit; a second timing signal generation unit; a timing adjustment unit; a transmission processing unit; a first valid data generation unit which receives a first timing signal, receives only data according to valid timing of the first timing signal in a first image signal from a process signal to generate a first valid image signal, and receives only data according to valid timing of the first timing signal in a second image signal and a second timing signal from the process signal to output the received second image signal and the received second timing signal; and a second valid data generation unit which receives the second timing signal from the first valid data generation unit and receives only data according to valid timing of the second timing signal in the second image signal to generate a second valid image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sachiko Okura, Takehiko Ito
  • Patent number: 9681223
    Abstract: Technology for smart line-in processing in an audio environment is disclosed. An example playback device includes a line-in connector for receiving a first audio signal, a network interface, and a processor. A computer readable storage medium has stored instructions executable by the processor to determine that the first audio signal is present at the line-in connector, and, in response to determining that the first audio signal is present at the line-in connector, (i) cease playback of a second audio signal being played by the playback device, wherein the second audio signal is not present at the line-in connector, (ii) cause the playback device to play at least a first portion of the first audio signal, and (iii) cause the playback device to transmit, via the network interface, at least a second portion of the first audio signal to another playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. J Millington, Tom Cullen, Robert Reimann, Brent Lehman
  • Patent number: 9538129
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for improving audio conferencing services. One aspect relates to processing audio content of a conference. A first audio signal is received from a first conference participant, and a start and an end of a first utterance by the first conference participant are detected from the first audio signal. A second audio signal is received from a second conference participant, and a start and an end of a second utterance by the second conference participant is detected from the second audio signal. The second conference participant is provided with at least a portion of the first utterance, wherein at least one of start time, start point, and duration is determined based at least in part on the start, end, or both, of the second utterance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Family Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9496969
    Abstract: A pulse wave shaper for reducing the radiation emission level is disclosed. The pulse wave shaper, comprises a first integrator, wherein the first integrator receives a first pulse wave and generates a second pulse wave and a second integrator coupled to the first integrator, wherein the second integrator receives the second pulse wave and generates a third pulse wave with a pulse wave amplitude. The first pulse wave comprises a first pulse wave shape, the second pulse wave comprises a second pulse wave shape, and the third pulse wave comprises a third pulse wave shape. The third pulse wave shape, when transmitted over a bus, generates a reduced radiation emission level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Jérôme Jean Pierre Luc Casters
  • Patent number: 9332211
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal and an audio zooming method thereof capable of effectively capturing audio based on an image while capturing and reproducing video. According to the present disclosure, if an event for changing the capture location or range or capture mode of a subject occurs when capturing the subject while capturing the sound of the subject in a predetermined sound capture range, the sound of the subject may be captured by changing a sound capture angle and automatically controlling a sound capture range according to the relevant event, and if an event for changing the capture location or range or capture mode of a subject occurs, the sound of the subject may be captured by automatically controlling a sound capture range according to the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Keansub Lee, Hosung Song, Yonghee Lee, Youngjoo Son, Joontae Kim
  • Patent number: 9007524
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a digital display, processor circuit, and an audio isolation component. The audio isolation component may be operative on the processor circuit to identify a selected position on the digital display during presentation of a video, where the video comprises a video stream and two or more audio streams. The audio isolation component may be operative on the processor circuit to generate an audio beam from the one or more audio streams based upon the selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Greg D. Kaine, Daniel Avrahami, Jered B. Wikander, Gamil A. Cain
  • Patent number: 9001275
    Abstract: HDMI is a digital audio and video communications protocol commonly used in consumer electronics. HDMI is particularly synonymous with high fidelity audio and video. Even though HDMI is a digital communications protocol, the audio quality can be impaired by analog signal impairments and distortions even if there are no digital decoding errors. In particular, the very process by which the audio is converted from Digital (HDMI) to human audible “Analog Audio” can be prone to errors. This occurs when the Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) clock, which is derived from the HDMI TMDS clock or HDMI source, is “distorted” due to its jitter, resulting in erroneous sampling or outputting of vital audio samples, thereby reducing the audio quality of the experience. The present invention reduces the jitter on the TMDS clock, and hence the audio DAC clock, resulting in lower audio distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Joo Kim, David Anthony Stelliga
  • Patent number: 8976293
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an electronic apparatus, including: a first detector configured to attempt to detect a telop and a warning sound from a received video content at a first image reading interval and a first sound reading interval, respectively; and a second detector configured to attempt, upon a detection of at least one of a telop and a warning sound by the first detector, to detect a telop and a warning sound from the video content at a second image reading interval and a second sound reading interval which are shorter than the first image reading interval and the first sound reading interval, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takaya Matsuno, Koji Yamamoto, Takashi Sudo, Chikashi Sugiura
  • Patent number: 8958013
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for aligning video clips to closed caption files. A method includes receiving a video clip, applying speech-to-text to the received video clip, applying an initial alignment of the speech-to-text output to candidate closed caption text in a closed caption file, identifying one or more islands, and outputting the video clip with the aligned closed caption text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ramp Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Nina Vladimirovna Zinovieva
  • Patent number: 8922717
    Abstract: As information to be processed at an object-based video or audio-visual (AV) terminal, an object-oriented bitstream includes objects, composition information, and scene demarcation information. Such bitstream structure allows on-line editing, e.g. cut and paste, insertion/deletion, grouping, and special effects. In the interest of ease of editing, AV objects and their composition information are transmitted or accessed on separate logical channels (LCs). Objects which have a lifetime in the decoder beyond their initial presentation time are cached for reuse until a selected expiration time. The system includes a de-multiplexer, a controller which controls the operation of the AV terminal, input buffers, AV objects decoders, buffers for decoded data, a composer, a display, and an object cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Alexandros Eleftheriadis, Hari Kalva
  • Patent number: 8913189
    Abstract: Audio data and video data are processed to determine one or more audible events and visual events, respectively. Contemporaneous presentation of the video data with audio data may be synchronized based at least in part on the audible events and the visual events. Audio processing functions, such as filtering, may be initiated for audio data based at least in part on the visual events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard William Mincher, Todd Christopher Mason
  • Patent number: 8878997
    Abstract: A visual display includes at least a first canvas configured to display a first session on the display and a second canvas configured to display a second session on the display. The first session includes first content received from a first content source and the second session includes second content having subject matter associated with the first content. The display includes a user agent configured to determine that the first content of the first session is associated with the second content of the second session and to pair the first and second canvases such that the first content and the second content are synchronized to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Graham Clift, Brant Candelore, Kazumoto Kondo, Steven Richman, Fred Zustak
  • Patent number: 8860882
    Abstract: A system for constructing seamlessly viewable multimedia content from selectably presentable multimedia content blocks includes a block definition module for facilitating creation and modification of the content blocks. The block definition module includes a media assignment submodule for associating a synchronized audio and video segment with a content block. Also included is a block linking submodule for creating seamless connections between content blocks, whereby a transition between the connected blocks occurs substantially without interruption upon viewing the multimedia content. The block definition module further includes a layer submodule for associating an interactive layer having interactive controls with the content block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd—Israel
    Inventors: Jonathan Bloch, Barak Feldman, Tal Zubalsky, Kfir Y. Rotbard
  • Patent number: 8861021
    Abstract: An installation method, an installation program and a computer-readable record medium are supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Kanai
  • Patent number: 8855321
    Abstract: An audio signal processing method and a broadcasting output apparatus using the audio signal processing method are provided. The audio signal processing method includes selecting an audio signal to be processed from among a plurality of audio signals in which the same audio data is compressed in different formats, when the plurality of audio signals are received; and processing the selected audio signal. Therefore, it is possible to select a high quality audio signal from among audio signals compressed in various audio formats and to provide a user with the high quality sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-pill Park
  • Publication number: 20140282706
    Abstract: A data transmitting apparatus is provided. The data transmitting apparatus includes a packet generator configured to generate a packet including a first sub packet and a second sub packet, and a transmitter configured to transmit the generated packet to a data receiving apparatus, and the first sub packet and the second sub packet include different audio data related to a first content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-hwa KIM, Kyeong-jae LEE
  • Publication number: 20140267905
    Abstract: Provided are data transmitting apparatuses and methods, data receives apparatuses and methods, and data transceiving systems and methods. A data transmitting apparatus includes: a packet generator configured to generate an audio metadata packet; and a transmitter configured to transmit the generated audio metadata packet to a data receiving apparatus, wherein a header of the generated audio metadata packet includes a split screen information field in relation to audio data represented by the generated audio metadata packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyeong-jae LEE, Soo-young KIM, Jong-hwa KIM, Il-ju NA
  • Patent number: 8824568
    Abstract: For use as or in connection with a set-top box, a digital TV broadcast signal is decoded by processing its audio stream into and read from a FIFO buffer. According to certain embodiments, fullness of the FIFO buffer is compared to a reference fullness, which can be updated based on changes to the bit rate of the audio stream. In response to the FIFO buffer fullness, the set top box regulates the rate at which the audio stream is decoded. The disclosed decoding methods do not need to rely on the accuracy or presence of a system time encoded into the broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre Roger Bernard Le Pifre
  • Patent number: 8823731
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the invention provides an apparatus for converting data encoded in a graphics signal to at least one output signal. The apparatus includes an input, a plurality of outputs, signal processing circuitry and a controller. The input is adapted to receive the graphics signal where the graphics signal includes a plurality of frames generated at least in part from original data. The signal processing circuitry is adapted to locate, in the graphics signal, data corresponding to the original data, convert the data corresponding to the original data to output data and communicate the output data to the plurality of outputs. The controller is adapted to monitor a capacity of the signal processing circuitry and generate a signal that results in at least one disposable frame being added to the plurality of frames. The signal processing circuitry is adapted to discard the at least one disposable frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Matrox Electronic Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Danny Pierini, François Germain, Jean Lapierre
  • Patent number: 8817185
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a reproduction controller and a transmitter. The reproduction controller is configured to reproduce a first type of information of a first content. The first content includes a plurality of types of information. The transmitter is configured to transmit an instruction to reproduce a second type of information of the first content to other electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kazawa
  • Patent number: 8813120
    Abstract: A method executed on a processor for controls audio during playing of a video segment. The method includes receiving a request to play one or more main videos; noting a request for audio matching among the main videos and one or more interstitial videos; determining requested audio parameters for the audio matching; identifying a first interstitial in the main videos in which the interstitial videos may be served, the first interstitial in proximity to a first main video; locating one or more candidate interstitial videos to serve in the first interstitial by matching audio parameters of each of the candidate videos and audio parameters of at least the first main video; and selecting to serve in the first interstitial, one or more interstitial videos having a closest audio match to the first main video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David Alan Kosslyn
  • Patent number: 8804035
    Abstract: A method and system for communicating text descriptive data has a receiving device that receives a data signal having text description data corresponding to a description of a video signal. A text-to-speech converter associated with the receiving device converts the text description data to a first audio signal. A display device in communication with the text-to-speech converter converts the first audio signal associated with the receiving device to an audible signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Casavant, Brian D. Jupin, Stephen P. Dulac
  • Patent number: 8792059
    Abstract: A control device signals user inputs to an audio-video display. The control device may be configured as a pillow speaker and include a speaker for reproducing audio from the audio-video display. The control device is coupled to the audio-video display by wiring. Shared signals in the wiring are used to provide power to operate the control device and are used to signal the user inputs to the audio-video display. A touch panel is used to sense user inputs. The touch panel may be transparent with an underlay containing indicia of user-selectable commands located below the touch panel. The arrangement and selection of commands available to the user may be modified by changing the underlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Anacom Medtek
    Inventors: Joachim Kuciera, Kevin Paul Finnegan, Kevin E. Nortrup
  • Patent number: 8760584
    Abstract: A memory space configuration method applied in a video signal processing apparatus is provided. The method includes: arranging a first memory space and a second memory space in a memory, the first and second memory spaces being partially overlapped; determining a type of a signal source; when the signal source is a first video signal source, enabling a first processing circuit and buffering data associated with the first video signal source by using the first memory space; and, when the signal source is a second video signal source, enabling a second processing circuit and buffering data associated with the second video signal source by using the second memory space. The second processing circuit is disabled when the first processing circuit is enabled; the first processing circuit is disabled when the second processing circuit is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: MSTAR Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Po-Jen Yang
  • Patent number: 8737647
    Abstract: A display, includes: a display section; a first output section; a second output section; and a housing containing the display section, the first output section, and the second output section, wherein, the display section has an aspect ratio with a width more than twice a height, the first output section is arranged along an upper side of the display section so as to face forward and is configured to output a plurality of channels of audio, and the second output section is arranged along a lower side of the display section so as to face forward and is configured to output a plurality of channels of audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Gen Fujiki
  • Publication number: 20140125866
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein include systems and methods for delivering secondary content to a plurality of portable devices, the secondary content comprising events synchronized to primary content, the process including delivering an application to a plurality of portable display devices, the application configured to execute events on the portable display devices; and causing the events executed on the portable display devices to be synchronized with primary content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: JAMES K. DAVY, BRIAN KWAN, DAVID M. JESSEN, JAMES MADDEN
  • Publication number: 20140118616
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is simultaneous processing of multiple MPEG audio packetized elementary streams (PES). Each audio PID gets processed separately, substantially simultaneously. Example embodiments of the systems and methods of video delivery to a multilingual audience disclosed herein enable the processing of two or more audio tracks within the same transport stream simultaneously and deliver each audio to separate audio outputs where one of the outputs may be going to a wireless headset, a secondary room or a secondary screen. The main language audio (PES) is rendered with the video on the main screen, or the different audio streams may be rendered concurrently in different rooms such as in a business application. The main screen would have the main video along with its original language audio while the dubbed audio will be processed and played at the same time with the original video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Zouhir Zack Oughriss, Ray Killick
  • Publication number: 20140085538
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a digital display, processor circuit, and an audio isolation component. The audio isolation component may be operative on the processor circuit to identify a selected position on the digital display during presentation of a video, where the video comprises a video stream and two or more audio streams. The audio isolation component may be operative on the processor circuit to generate an audio beam from the one or more audio streams based upon the selected position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Greg D. Kaine, Daniel Avrahami, Jered B. Wikander, Gamil A. Cain
  • Patent number: 8654250
    Abstract: A method and a system for deriving visual rhythm from a video signal are described. A feature extraction module receives the video signal and extracts a two-dimensional feature from the video signal. A one-dimensional video feature computation module derives a one-dimensional feature from the extracted two-dimensional feature. A visual rhythm detector module detects a visual beat and a visual tempo from the one-dimensional feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ching-Wei Chen, Trista Chen
  • Patent number: 8643779
    Abstract: Audio tracks may be added to a live video stream using one or more mixers that may decode the audio from a video stream, mix an additional audio stream, and encode the mixed audio stream. The system may make the new audio stream available for live download by consumers. The mixers may include a video playback mechanism to view the live video stream, as well as an audio capture and mixing system that may create a new audio track that may be synchronized with the video stream using timestamps. A consumer device may download and consume the video with the new audio track on a slight delay from the live video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Suess, Aleksandar Zambelli
  • Patent number: 8629940
    Abstract: Remote control signal detection systems and methods are operable to set media device operation preferences in a media device. An exemplary embodiment detects a remote control communication signal transmitted from a remote control, wherein the remote control communication signal includes a unique identifier associated with the transmitting remote control; determines that at least one foreign language preference is associated with the transmitting remote control; and reconfigures information generated by the media device into the preferred foreign language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Curtis Norman Daly
  • Patent number: 8607296
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Publication number: 20130314596
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an electronic apparatus, including: a first detector configured to attempt to detect a telop and a warning sound from a received video content at a first image reading interval and a first sound reading interval, respectively; and a second detector configured to attempt, upon a detection of at least one of a telop and a warning sound by the first detector, to detect a telop and a warning sound from the video content at a second image reading interval and a second sound reading interval which are shorter than the first image reading interval and the first sound reading interval, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Takaya MATSUNO, Koji YAMAMOTO, Takashi SUDO, Chikashi SUGIURA
  • Publication number: 20130300928
    Abstract: A digital cable broadcast receiver and a method for automatically processing caption data of various standards and types, is disclosed. The digital broadcast receiver includes: a demultiplexer for dividing a received broadcast stream into video data, audio data, supplementary information; a controller for determining whether caption data included in the video data is digital caption data or analog caption data on the basis of caption information included in the supplementary information, and outputting a control signal according to a result of the determining; a digital caption decoder for extracting and decoding digital caption data from the video data according to the control signal; and an analog caption decoder for extracting and decoding analog caption data from the video data according to the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Tae Jin Park
  • Publication number: 20130300927
    Abstract: A digital cable broadcast receiver and a method for automatically processing caption data of various standards and types, is disclosed. The digital broadcast receiver includes: a demultiplexer for dividing a received broadcast stream into video data, audio data, supplementary information; a controller for determining whether caption data included in the video data is digital caption data or analog caption data on the basis of caption information included in the supplementary information, and outputting a control signal according to a result of the determining; a digital caption decoder for extracting and decoding digital caption data from the video data according to the control signal; and an analog caption decoder for extracting and decoding analog caption data from the video data according to the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Tae Jin Park
  • Patent number: 8564721
    Abstract: The addition of temporal positions to an inverted index allows for temporal queries in addition to phrase queries. Store additional binary data for each term instance in the word-level index to prepare for searching in response to time-based queries from a user is accomplished through the use of Lucene's binary payload feature where the payload structure is defined for use in such searches. The pre-defined payload fields consist of three integers, which account for 12 extra bytes that must be stored for each term instance. A content database on the Master/Administrator server node provides the indexes for search into content in response to user events, returning results in JSON format. The search results may then be used to locate and present content segments to a user containing both requested search term results and the time location and duration within a content asset where the search term(s) is found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Berry, Changwen Yang
  • Patent number: RE45052
    Abstract: A file for storing digital data with high compression rate stores digital data for video and audio signals in multiple streams interleaved with each other. Each track has a stream descriptor list and a stream data list. The stream descriptor list includes a stream header chunk, a stream format chunk, and a stream name chunk. For a video stream, the stream descriptor list also includes a stream header data chunk if the video stream is under digital rights management (DRM) protection. The file format is compatible with high level data compressing algorithms, such as MPEG-4, which provide data compression ratio about six to ten times higher than a standard DVD format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sonic IP, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Li