Distance Or Direction Finding Patents (Class 367/118)
  • Patent number: 10878956
    Abstract: Provided are mechanisms and processes for directional signal fencing for medical schedule management. According to various examples, a system is provided which comprises a first sensor module, which includes a directional transceiver configured to transmit a first wireless signal directed toward a location within a medical examination room such that the location is within a first coverage area. A second sensor module includes a directional transceiver configured to transmit a second wireless signal directed toward the location such that the location is within a second coverage area. The first and second coverage areas overlap at a signal overlap area, which surrounds the location. The first and second sensor modules connect to a device corresponding to a physician within the signal overlap area. The duration of the connection between the device and the sensor modules is used to track the presence of the physician in the medical examination room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Deborah T. Bullington, Andrew B. Bullington
  • Patent number: 10877170
    Abstract: The invention allows vessel monitoring based on directionally captured ambient sounds. A remote operation centre for monitoring a vessel comprises a set of speakers and a controller. The controller comprises an input unit configured to receive at least one microphone signal from at least one on-board directional microphone of an array of on-board directional microphones. The controller further comprises a processing unit configured to analyze the received at least one microphone signal and to generate speaker-specific directional output signals based on the analysis. The controller further comprises an output unit configured to send the generated speaker-specific directional output signals to respective one or more speakers of the set of speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: KONGSBERG MARITIME FINLAND OY
    Inventors: Sauli Sipilä, Mark Callaway, Mikko Mertovaara, Lasse Lindell
  • Patent number: 10830914
    Abstract: A method for processing audible sounds using ultrasonic sensors. The method includes passively monitoring, via ultrasonic sensors, an external environment for a audible sounds. An audible sound may be detected and used to produce a sound signal. The sound signal may be filtered to determine one or more features corresponding thereto, including a class, a position, and a velocity. A priority may be assigned to the sound signal based on the sound signal to determine an appropriate response. A corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Myers, Alexander Groh, Ramchandra Karandikar
  • Patent number: 10768313
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device including a first circuit for measuring positions using a first positioning method; a second circuit for measuring positions using a second positioning method; a memory for storing information on a service zone; and a processor is configured to identify a first position using the first circuit; determine whether the first position is included in the service zone; identify a second position using the second circuit when the first position is included in the service zone; and determine the second position to be a position of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Woo-Jin Jun, Hyun-Sang Jung
  • Patent number: 10698109
    Abstract: Multiple independently movable devices are located upon a platform. On the platform is a directional microphone array. Each of the movable devices is assigned a unique audio signature, which may be a pulse train of chirps or a pseudo random signal or some other audio sequence that is unique to the respective device. Each movable device announces itself with its unique audio signature, and the platform's directional microphone system determines the location from which the unique audio signature comes from. For range, a difference between the time of flight (TOF) of the light relative to the sound signature is used. As another technique a unique audio signature may be an audio water mark concealed in normal audio which may be emitted by the movable device. The watermark provides the identifying information of each movable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Keith Resch
  • Patent number: 10686514
    Abstract: A wireless receiving device includes a signal measurement unit; a weighting factor generation unit that generates weighting factors each for suppression of the received signals, based on measurement results of the received signals; interference suppression units that each perform, in a parallel manner, interference suppression processing on the received signals, using, one of the weighting factors; arrival detection units that are connected in one-to-one to the interference suppression units, the arrival detection units each detecting arrival of a desired signal; an arrival determination unit that determines whether the desired signal has arrived; and a demodulation processing unit that demodulates the received signals when the arrival determination unit determines that the desired signal has arrived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shusaku Umeda, Kazumasa Suzuki, Hiroyasu Sano
  • Patent number: 10680676
    Abstract: Various embodiments associated with signal conversion while underwater are described. A source can transmit an alternating current signal with a relatively high frequency over a relatively long distance. The alternating current signal with the relatively high frequency can be converted to an alternating current signal with a relatively low frequency. An example of this conversion can be done by converting the alternating current signal with the relatively high frequency into a direct current signal. The direct current signal can then be converted into the alternating current signal with the relatively low frequency. The alternating current signal with the relatively low frequency can be transmitted from a transmission coil to a pick-up coil. After reception by the pick-up coil the alternating current signal with the relatively low frequency can be processed, such as processed to determine a direction of the source of the alternating current signal with the relatively high frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States, as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Mark Govoni, John Suarez
  • Patent number: 10677946
    Abstract: Systems and methods of performing a seismic survey in a marine environment are provided. The system includes a seismic data acquisition unit disposed on a seabed in the marine environment. The seismic data acquisition unit includes a local pressure sensor, an optical transmitter and an optical receiver to determine one or more pressure values. The system includes an extraction vehicle including a reference pressure sensor, an optical transmitter, and an optical receiver to establish an optical communications link with the seismic data acquisition unit, and generate reference pressure data. The system includes at least one of the local pressure sensor and the one or more pressure values calibrated based on the reference pressure data generated by the extraction vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MAGSEIS FF LLC
    Inventors: Michael Morris, William Guyton
  • Patent number: 10638265
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for tracking location data among a plurality of communication devices communicable with a communication server. A plurality of communication devices may be linked into a group. The communication server may receive location data for each of the plurality of communication devices and calculate a distance and heading data between each of the plurality of communication devices. This data may be distributed to each of the plurality of communication devices in the group. A first communication device in the group may include a ring of light emitting diodes (LEDs), a microphone, and a speaker but lack a display screen. The first communication device may receive the location, distance, and heading data from the communication server while also determining its own orientation via a magnometer. The first communication device may calculate a heading offset between its orientation and a second communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Republic Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Morton, Justin Milam, Sai Rathnam
  • Patent number: 10599389
    Abstract: A nonlinear control system and a speaker protection system are disclosed. In particular, a control system for adapting an audio output from a speaker in the proximity of an object is disclosed. The controller is configured to accept one or more input signals, and one or more estimated states produced by the model to produce one or more control signals. A speaker protection system and a quality control system are disclosed. More particularly, a system for clamping the input to a speaker dependent upon an estimate of the proximity, acoustic volume, and/or acoustic coupling of the speaker to a nearby object is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Pär Gunnars Risberg, Carl Lennart Stahl, Landy Toth
  • Patent number: 10564254
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for locating a portable device giving “hands free” access to a vehicle, by a location device intended to be installed in the vehicle, the portable device communicating with the location device by ultra high frequency waves, the invention consisting at each transmission of an ultra high frequency signal by the location device: of simultaneously transmitting by the location device at least one ultrasonic signal, intended for the portable device; of measuring a delay between a first time of reception of the ultra high frequency signal and un second time of reception of the ultrasonic signal by the portable device; of determining a distance between the portable device and the location device on the basis of the delay thus measured. Also disclosed is a location device and a corresponding portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Rachid Benbouhout, Sylvain Godet
  • Patent number: 10547736
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a presence of a mobile device located in a predetermined detection zone within a vehicle may include a plurality of transmitters located within the vehicle, in which each of the plurality of transmitters is configured to transmit an acoustic signal into an acoustic environment within the vehicle, and in which each of the acoustic signals comprises at least one ultrasonic pulse, a mobile device configured to periodically record sounds in the acoustic environment, and a processor configured to determine that a periodically recorded sound by the mobile device comprises each of the acoustic signals transmitted by the plurality of transmitters, determine a location of the mobile device within the vehicle based on the acoustic signals recorded by the mobile device, and determine that the location of the mobile device matches the predetermined detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Driving Management Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Marwan Hannon, Peter Qiang Qu, James W. Allison, Cristian Cesane
  • Patent number: 10489894
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device including: an image read-in unit 51 which reads in one or more observation images which retain observation results from one or a plurality of wavelength regions; a reflection-absorption band region deletion unit 52 which deletes, from each of one or more of the observation images, observation results with respect to a reflection-absorption band region, and generates reflection-absorption band-deleted images; a coefficient constituent proportional value computation unit 53 which, using the reflection-absorption band-deleted images, derives a proportional value of a coefficient constituent for each wavelength band used in the observation; and a coefficient constituent deletion unit 54 which, on the basis of the obtained proportional values of the coefficient constituents for each of the wavelength bands, deletes the coefficient constituents from each of the observation values included in the one or more observation images, and generates illumination-corrected images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10489932
    Abstract: A data information integrated management system, particularly to an intelligent shooting training management system. The system includes a data acquisition apparatus, an operation terminal and a server. The operation terminal is connected with the data acquisition apparatus and the server. The data acquisition apparatus acquires a target paper image to obtain a photograph and a video record, and meanwhile, the data acquisition apparatus includes an automatic analysis module that analyzes a point of impact in the target paper image to obtain a shooting accuracy. The server manages the photograph, the video record, and the shooting accuracy. The operation terminal controls data exchange with the data acquisition apparatus and the server, and the operation terminal invokes and displays the photograph, the video record and the shooting accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Huntercraft Limited
    Inventors: Danyang Li, Ming Chen, Yayun Gong
  • Patent number: 10477324
    Abstract: A test apparatus for binaurally-coupled acoustic devices is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base, a lid, a primary speaker, and a binaural test fixture. The lid is coupled to the base and movable between a closed position in which the lid and base cooperate to form a closed sound chamber that is symmetric about a vertical mirror plane, and an open position. The primary speaker is coupled to one of the base and the lid, and faces a direction that lies on the mirror plane. The binaural test fixture is positioned inside the sound chamber, and includes first and second acoustic coupler mounts. The vertical mirror plane extends symmetrically between the first and second acoustic coupler mounts. A binaural test fixture, an acoustic coupler assembly, and a method of testing binaurally-coupled acoustic devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ETYMONIC DESIGN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: John W. Cole, William A. Cole, Jacobus A. Jonkman, Jonathan M. Pietrobon
  • Patent number: 10448152
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatus, devices, and methods for monitoring marine animals, such as whales, and other marine mammals, and fish groups within a marine environment. A marine animal monitoring system may include an acoustic receiver array having a high-resolution directional sensing capacity using large-aperture densely-sampled coherent ocean acoustic receiver arrays operative to enhance detection range and localization accuracy of marine mammal vocalizations and fish acoustic signals. The acoustic receiver array may generate acoustic signal information based on acoustic signals sensed at the array. The marine monitoring system may operate to generate marine animal information based on the acoustic signal information, such as marine animal location, species, call type, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Purnima Ratilal Makris, Nicholas Constantine Makris
  • Patent number: 10341765
    Abstract: A system and method for processing sounds. The sound processing system includes a sound sensing unit including a plurality of microphones, wherein each microphone is configured to capture non-manipulated sound signals; a beam synthesizer including a plurality of first modules, each first module corresponding to one of the plurality of microphones, wherein each first module is configured to filter the non-manipulated sound signals captured by the corresponding microphone to generate filtered sound signals; and a sound analyzer communicatively connected to the sound sensing unit and to the beam synthesizer, wherein the sound analyzer is configured to generate a manipulated sound beam based on the filtered sound signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: InSoundz Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomer Goshen, Emil Winebrand
  • Patent number: 10271016
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an integrated monitoring CCTV, an abnormality detection apparatus, and a method for operating the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: IVS TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Young-Hoon Bae
  • Patent number: 10255927
    Abstract: An audio processing scheme is described. In an example, an apparatus comprises: at least two acoustic sensors through which audio content is received; at least one other sensor; an audio processor connected to the sensors and configured to receive audio information from the acoustic sensors and other information from the other sensor. The audio processor is configured to determine a use case of the apparatus based on the audio information and the other information. The audio processor is configured to adjust at least one audio processing scheme for the apparatus based on the determined use case. In other examples, a method and a computer program product are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anu Huttunen, Mari Partio
  • Patent number: 10217236
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for processing images from an aerial imaging device. The method includes receiving a first image of a geographical area having a first resolution. The method transmits the first image to a machine learning model to identify an area of interest containing an object of interest. The method receives a second image of the geographical area having a second resolution higher than the first resolution. The method transmits the second image to the machine learning model to determine a likelihood that the area of interest contains the object of interest. The method trains the machine learning model to filter out features corresponding to the area of interest in images having the first resolution if the likelihood is below a threshold. The method transmits a visual representation of the object of interest to a user device if the likelihood exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ORBITAL INSIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Wiggen Kraft, Boris Aleksandrovich Babenko, Alexander Bogdanov Avtanski, Daniel Michael Sammons, Jasper Lin, Jason D. Lohn
  • Patent number: 10175364
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating whether a receiver is indoors or outdoors. Certain approaches evaluate data associated with a network of beacons to determine whether the receiver is indoors or outdoors. Such evaluation may include any of determining whether azimuthal angles corresponding to the beacons meet an azimuthal angle condition, determining whether elevation angles corresponding to the beacons meet an elevation angle condition, determining whether signal strengths corresponding to the beacons meet a signal strength condition, and determining whether other measurements associated with the beacons meet other measurement conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NextNav, LLC
    Inventors: Jagadish Venkataraman, Ganesh Pattabiraman
  • Patent number: 10178475
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method for foreground signal suppression. The method includes: capturing a plurality of input signals using a plurality of sensors within a sound field; subjecting each input signal to a short-time Fourier transform to transform each signal into a plurality of non-overlapping subband regions; estimating the diffuseness of the sound field based on the plurality of input signals; decomposing each of the plurality of input signals into a diffuse component and a directional component based on the diffuseness estimate; applying a spatial analysis operation to filter the directional component of each of the plurality of input signals, wherein the spatial analysis operation includes applying a set of beamformers to the directional components to produce a plurality of beamformer signals; and processing the plurality of beamformer signals to decompose the signal into a foreground channel and a background channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY—HELLAS (F.O.R.T.H.)
    Inventors: Nikolaos Stefanakis, Athanasios Mouchtaris
  • Patent number: 10074251
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting personal distress and gesture commands in security video are provided. Some methods can include receiving a sequence of images from a video device monitoring a secured area, analyzing the sequence of images to detect a presence of a human in the sequence of images, when the presence of the human is detected in the sequence of images, analyzing the sequence of images to detect one of a plurality of contexts that requires an action in the sequence of images, and when the one of the plurality of contexts that requires the action is detected in the sequence of images, transmitting a signal to execute the action. Each of the plurality of contexts can include a respective act performed by the human or a respective condition of the human irrespective of the human being in motion or being stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Eric Oh, David S. Zakrewski, Mi Suen Lee
  • Patent number: 10062076
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving an image captured by a mobile device and determining an orientation and a geographic location of the mobile device based on the image. The method includes generating a display for the image that identifies the location of one or more merchants relative to the mobile device and providing the relative location of the one or more merchants by sending the display to the mobile device as an overlay on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Ellis, Michael J. Kennedy, Ashish Bhoopen Kurani, Melissa Lowry, Uma Meyyappan, Bipin Sahni, Nikolai Stroke
  • Patent number: 10013863
    Abstract: A radio apparatus includes a Man-Overboard detection unit, a control unit and a distress key. The Man-Overboard detection unit outputs a Man-Overboard signal when the radio apparatus has fallen to a water surface or into water. The control unit generates a distress signal including a distress type. A distress key outputs a distress key manipulation signal to the control unit when the distress key is manipulated. When the control unit receives the Man-Overboard signal from the Man-Overboard detection unit, the control unit automatically sets a distress type of the distress signal to Man-Overboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ICOM INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Yoshio Sekiyama
  • Patent number: 10002502
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for providing transmission and localized reception of audio, visual, and tactile signaling are taught for a myriad of useful purposes, including embodiments that permit differentiation between selected groups of intended recipients to permit simultaneous use of multiple instances of this technology in close proximity, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Frederick G. Nesemeier, Gary F. Nesemeier, David C. Williams
  • Patent number: 9989501
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for analyzing an object using acoustic emissions. Load data is received for the object. Acoustic waveform data is received for the object from an acoustic sensing system. The acoustic waveform data represents acoustic emissions emanating from the object and is detected using the acoustic sensing system. A plurality of bins is created for the load data. A plurality of frequency distribution functions is generated for the plurality of bins using the acoustic waveform data. A set of learning algorithms is applied to the plurality of frequency distribution functions and the acoustic waveform data to generate an output that allows an operator to more easily and quickly assess a structural integrity of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Hong Hue Tat, Yuan-Jye Wu, Joseph D. Schaefer, Mary J. Mathews, Anne Kao, Victor P. Pauca, Rongzhong Li
  • Patent number: 9971012
    Abstract: A sound direction estimation device includes a transfer function storage unit configured to store transfer functions of sound sources in correlation with directions of the sound sources, a calculation unit configured to calculate the number of classes to be searched and a search interval for each class based on a desired search range and a desired spatial resolution for searching for the directions of the sound sources, and a sound source localization unit configured to search the search range for every search interval using the transfer function, to estimate the direction of the sound source based on the search result, to update the search range and the search interval based on the estimated direction of the sound source until the number of classes calculated by the calculation unit is reached, and to estimate the direction of the sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Nakamura, Kazuhiro Nakadai
  • Patent number: 9961455
    Abstract: A test apparatus for binaurally-coupled acoustic devices is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base, a lid, a primary speaker, and a binaural test fixture. The lid is coupled to the base and movable between a closed position in which the lid and base cooperate to form a closed sound chamber that is symmetric about a vertical mirror plane, and an open position. The primary speaker is coupled to one of the base and the lid, and faces a direction that lies on the mirror plane. The binaural test fixture is positioned inside the sound chamber, and includes first and second acoustic coupler mounts. The vertical mirror plane extends symmetrically between the first and second acoustic coupler mounts. A binaural test fixture, an acoustic coupler assembly, and a method of testing binaurally-coupled acoustic devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ETYMONIC DESIGN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: John W. Cole, William A. Cole, Jacobus A. Jonkman, Jonathan M. Pietrobon
  • Patent number: 9955259
    Abstract: A transmitter is provided that is capable of communicating with a management apparatus via a network and is configured to output a plurality of sound waves in a plurality of different directions. The transmitter includes a memory storing a program, and a processor configured to execute the program to implement processes of outputting a first sound wave including first unique information in a first output direction of the plurality of different directions, outputting a second sound wave including second unique information that differs from the first unique information in a second output direction that differs from the first output direction, and individually controlling the first sound wave output by the first sound wave output unit and the second sound wave output by the second sound wave output unit based on a request from the management apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michiaki Shinotsuka, Tsutomu Kawase, Takaya Ochiai, Takashi Saito
  • Patent number: 9939540
    Abstract: A system that detects signals and transmits data regarding certain detected signals for further analysis is disclosed. The detected signals may be analyzed to determine whether any of the detected signals correspond to a source. The system may transfer in near-real time data and information regarding the data to one or more client devices. Methods for detecting signals and transmitting data associated with the detected signals are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Thomas Calupca, Christopher W. Clark, Sam Fladung, Amanda Kempf, Matthew Robbins, Eric Spaulding
  • Patent number: 9880283
    Abstract: A system is provided for tracking an asset within a geographic area. The system includes an antenna mast supportable by, and extending upward from, an object configured to move or facilitate movement of the asset. The antenna mast is capable of supporting a plurality of wireless locating units of a plurality of geo-spatial positioning systems, which are configured to locate a respective one or more locating units, and thereby the asset, within the geographic area. The system also includes a controller positionable on the object and configured to control operation of the wireless locating units. The controller is further configured to direct transmission of data to a host via one of the locating units or another wireless transmitter, and in a manner that accounts for a wireless link between the respective locating unit or other wireless transmitter and the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Tom Richardson, Santiago Romero, David S. Wisherd, Michael A. Wohl
  • Patent number: 9873496
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for the deployment of a plurality of autonomous underwater seismic vehicles (AUVs) on or near the seabed based on acoustic communications with an underwater vehicle, such as a remotely operated vehicle. In an embodiment, the underwater vehicle is lowered from a surface vessel along with a subsea station with a plurality of AUVs. The AUVs are configured to acoustically communicate with the underwater vehicle or a second surface vessel for deployment and retrieval operations. The underwater vehicle and/or second surface vessel is configured to instruct the AUVs to leave the subsea station or underwater vehicle and to travel to their intended seabed destination. The underwater vehicle and/or second surface vessel is also configured to selectively instruct the AUVs to leave the seabed and return to a seabed location and/or a subsea station for retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SEABED GEOSOLUTIONS B.V.
    Inventors: Arne Henning Rokkan, Geir Valsvik, Bjarne Isfeldt, Jean-Baptiste Danre
  • Patent number: 9779895
    Abstract: A small form-factor input device operative to be coupled to an electronic device using a cable may include a circuit board; a first electrical switch disposed on a first side of the circuit board; a second electrical switch disposed on a second side of the circuit board; a frame defining a periphery, wherein the circuit board is maintained within the periphery of the frame; first and second shells that house the circuit board, the first shell placed over the first side of the circuit board, and the second shell placed over the second side of the circuit board; and at least one clip coupled to each one of the first shell and the second shell, wherein the at least one clip is operative to engage the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Stiehl, Michelle Yu, Wilhelmus M. C. Crooijmans, Cameron Frazier
  • Patent number: 9767661
    Abstract: An audio surveillance system includes a plurality of nodes and each node includes a microphone, a speaker, and a control unit. The microphone is configured to detect sound and the speaker is configured to provide sound. The control unit is configured to receive a plurality of inputs from the plurality of nodes and the plurality of inputs are based on a detected sound; determine a location of the source of the detected sound based on the plurality of inputs; classify the detected sound according to predefined alert conditions and based on the location of the source of the detected sound; provide an alert to a monitoring device regarding the detected sound based on the classification of the detected sound; and control at least one node from the plurality of nodes to provide an audio response to the detected sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Ehren J. Brav, Roderick A. Hyde, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Thomas A. Weaver, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9754588
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a voice control interface engine operative in a first mode to receive a speech command, through a microphone, from a first distance and produce, through a loudspeaker and in response to the speech command, an audible output at a first output level. One or more processors are operable with one or more proximity sensors to detect objects proximately located with a housing of the electronic device. Where there are none, a timer can be initiated. Upon expiration of the timer, the one or more processors can then transition the voice control interface engine to a second mode operative to receive the speech command from a second distance and produce, in response to the speech command, the audible output at a second output level, where the second distance is greater than the first distance and the second output level is greater than the first output level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Boby Iyer, Kevin O Foy
  • Patent number: 9746328
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system, and method for generating underwater navigational information includes receiving data from a user, obtaining inertial data from inertial sensors, producing an estimation of a propulsion power by the user at a predetermined points of time by calculations at least partly based on the obtained inertial data, a hydrodynamic coefficient is calculated for the user at least partly based on the input data by the user, a velocity of the user is calculated at least partly on a basis of the estimated propulsion power and the determined hydrodynamic coefficient, heading information of the user at the predetermined points of time is calculated from the obtained inertial data, the calculated velocity information is combined with the calculated heading information at corresponding points of time and navigational information is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ARIADNA TECH OY
    Inventors: Jyrki Salonen, Pasi Lahtinen
  • Patent number: 9720068
    Abstract: An acoustic processing device includes: a sound pickup unit configured to record an acoustic signal; a motion detection unit configured to detect the motion of the device; a self-localization unit configured to estimate the position of the device based on the acoustic signal and the motion; and a use determination unit configured to determine whether or not to use the acoustic signal in a sound source localization unit detecting the position of a target sound source to be detected based on the intensity of a reference signal incoming from a reference sound source determined in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Nakamura, Kazuhiro Nakadai, Tetsuo Kinoshita, Hideyuki Takahashi, Lana Sinapayen
  • Patent number: 9706328
    Abstract: A sound apparatus includes: an acceptance unit that accepts an input of an input audio signal from outside; a communication unit that accepts from a terminal apparatus first direction information indicating a first direction, the first direction being a direction in which a virtual sound source is arranged; a position information generation unit that generates virtual sound source position information based on listening position information, the first direction information and boundary information, the listening position information indicating a listening position, the boundary information indicating a boundary of a space where the virtual sound source is arranged, the virtual sound source position information indicating a position of the virtual sound source on the boundary; a signal generation unit that imparts, based on loudspeaker position information, the listening position information and the virtual sound source position information, a sound effect to the input audio signal such that a sound is heard a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Suyama, Ryotaro Aoki
  • Patent number: 9668041
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and directing athletic or other physical activities is disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, a headset worn by an athlete includes one or more sensors, a microprocessor, a non-volatile memory and a communication link. The athlete's headset receives and transmits signals to a coach while the athlete is performing an activity. In this embodiment, the present invention provides coordinated audio streams to the athlete during his/her activity and training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Zonaar Corporation
    Inventors: Jon L. Vavrus, Stig M. Pedersen, Lawrence Weill
  • Patent number: 9629652
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a power supply, a connector, and a surgical instrument having a body assembly, a transmission assembly, a transducer, and a connection assembly. The connection assembly is configured to selectively electrically couple electrodes on the transducer with wires of the connector. The connection assembly may be operable in response to actuation of a trigger. Various connection assemblies include an extensible member that extends to contact an electrode, a rotatable member that rotates a contact into contact with an electrode, a solenoid that extends contacts coupled to each end of the solenoid into the electrodes, or a solenoid that translates a frame having contacts towards the electrodes. Alternatively, the surgical instrument may include a connection assembly having a slip ring and a weighted cable end. Still further, the connection assembly may include contacts on a coupleable member that may be decoupled from contacts on the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Mumaw, David A. Witt
  • Patent number: 9489172
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a voice control interface engine operative in a first mode to receive a speech command, through a microphone, from a first distance and produce, through a loudspeaker and in response to the speech command, an audible output at a first output level. One or more processors are operable with one or more sensors to detect a predefined user input. The one or more processors can then transition the voice control interface engine to a second mode operative to receive the speech command from a second distance and produce, in response to the speech command, the audible output at a second output level, where the second distance is less than the first distance and the second output level less than the first output level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Boby Iyer, Kevin O Foy
  • Patent number: 9479865
    Abstract: A transducer amplification circuit may include a preamplifier circuit with a signal input receiving a transducer signal to provide an amplified transducer signal comprising audible frequency components and ultrasonic frequency components. The transducer amplification circuit may include a first sigma-delta modulator configured to sample and quantize the amplified transducer signal to generate a first digital transducer signal comprising a first quantization noise signal. The first sigma-delta modulator may include a first noise transfer function having a high pass response in at least a portion of an audible frequency range to push the quantization noise signal to ultrasonic frequencies. A second sigma-delta modulator is configured to sample and quantize the amplified transducer signal to generate a second digital transducer signal comprising a second quantization noise signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global
    Inventors: Khiem Quang Nguyen, Kim Spetzler Berthelsen, Robert Adams
  • Patent number: 9465107
    Abstract: Wireless location identification systems, methods, and devices include a wireless device configured to transmit at least one sonic signal operating on at least one acoustic frequency and to receive at least one echo signal indicative of the at least one sonic signal being reflected by objects in a current location, an audio module configured to measure the received at least one echo signal and process the at least one echo signal to extract attributes of the echo signal and generate at least one echo profile characteristic; and logic configured to compare the at least one profile characteristic with previously-stored sonic characteristics that are correlated with pre-identified locations. The current location is then identified as a pre-identified location correlated to the previously-stored sonic characteristics that match the at least one profile characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin Junkar, Lei Yang, Xue Yang
  • Patent number: 9462378
    Abstract: An apparatus for deriving a directional information from a plurality of microphone signals or from a plurality of components of a microphone signal, wherein different effective microphone look directions are associated with the microphone signals or components, has a combiner configured to obtain a magnitude value from a microphone signal or a component of the microphone signal. The combiner is further configured to combine direction information items describing the effective microphone look directions, such that a direction information item describing a given effective microphone look direction is weighted in dependence on the magnitude value of the microphone signal, or of the component of the microphone signal, associated with the given effective microphone look direction, to derive the directional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Fabian Kuech, Giovanni Del Galdo, Oliver Thiergart, Ville Pulkki, Jukka Ahonen
  • Patent number: 9432621
    Abstract: A technique is directed to interfacing a user to an online meeting. The technique includes performing an evaluation operation on a set of input/output (I/O) devices available for use by the user during the online meeting, each I/O device of the set being constructed and arranged to perform a same I/O function. The evaluation operation assesses online meeting performance of each I/O device of the set. The technique further includes selecting an I/O device based on a result of the evaluation operation. The technique further includes involving the selected I/O device of the set in the online meeting and excluding a non-selected I/O device of the set from the online meeting. Accordingly, the best suited I/O device can automatically be selected to improve the user experience. In some arrangements, rather than automatically switching I/O devices, the user is automatically prompted with a recommended I/O device to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish V. Thapliyal, Florian Winterstein
  • Patent number: 9385821
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for calibrating BLE signal strengths to high-accuracy/precise distances. The present disclosure involves auto-calibrating BLE-based tracking systems, such as, for example, those used indoors using acoustic signals. The present disclosure enables BLE-based distance estimation to be accurate to decimeters and centimeters. The disclosed systems and methods utilize signals communicated to and from roaming devices in order to determine the distance(s) between the roaming device and installed BLE units. A signal-strength to distance map can then be constructed for reuse on any device with a Bluetooth component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Excaliber IP, LLC
    Inventors: Haojian Jin, Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 9383468
    Abstract: A streamer without a tail buoy for a marine survey is disclosed. The method and system here relate to an embodiment where at least one streamer in a marine survey is free of tail buoys. An embodiment shows that a vessel is deployed in an area where the tail end of the streamer is. In one embodiment, a vessel serves as a visual reference indicating streamer end(s). In an embodiment, a vessel is operable to control marine traffic. Because the method and system include at least one streamer without a tail buoy, entanglement of the streamer may be reduced. In some embodiments, the existing navigation equipment on a vessel may be utilized to locate a tail end of at least one streamer. The existing navigation system on the vessel may also be employed to communicate with the corresponding equipment on a survey vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: David Anthony Poulton
  • Patent number: 9380397
    Abstract: A method for identifying a gunshot occurrence. According to one embodiment, microphone data and inertial motion data are acquired with a hand-held device. Based on an acoustic criterion, a determination is made as to whether a gunshot has been produced. Based on a correlation criterion applied to the inertial motion data, a determination is made as to whether the gunshot was produced from fire produced by a first person having physical possession of the hand-held device or by a second person spaced away from the first person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Intrepid Networks, LLC
    Inventors: Brittin Kane, Joshua Witter, Jim Schmorde, Joel Villa
  • Patent number: 9371099
    Abstract: A modular intelligent transportation system, comprising an environmentally protected enclosure, a system communications bus, a processor module, communicating with said bus, having a image data input and an audio input, the processor module analyzing the image data and/or audio input for data patterns represented therein, having at least one available option slot, a power supply, and a communication link for external communications, in which at least one available option slot can be occupied by a wireless local area network access point, having a communications path between said communications link and said wireless access point, or other modular components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: The Wilfred J. and Louisette G. Lagassey Irrevocable Trust
    Inventor: Paul J. Lagassey