Selective (e.g., Remote Control) Patents (Class 367/197)
  • Patent number: 10733995
    Abstract: A voice recognition electronic device is provided which includes a housing including a first face that faces a first direction, a second face that faces a second direction opposite to the first direction, a third face disposed between the first face and the second face, and a translucent cover that forms at least a portion of the third face, a voice reception unit disposed below the first face of the housing and including a plurality of microphones that receive a voice input from a user, a light source unit disposed inside the housing to emit light, a driving unit connected to the light source unit to control the light source unit to move according to a preset operation, and a control unit that controls the driving unit in response to the voice input of the user, which is delivered from the voice reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jin-Wook Kim, Jae-Hyung Kim, Gi-Ha Woo
  • Patent number: 10694313
    Abstract: A system and method for producing virtual binaural audio space are disclosed. In some implementations, the method includes providing staged audio data indicative of an audio data piece and of a relative position of a virtual source from which the audio data piece should be perceived by a designated listener; determining a position (e.g. location and orientation) of a head of user, which designated to be the listener; and transmitting one or more ultrasound fields towards a one or more selected audio center points located in the vicinity of the user's head for producing, via sound from ultrasound effect, left and right audible sound fields carrying the audio data piece to the left and right ears of the user respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NOVETO SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Silviu Zilberman, Tomer Shani, Noam Babayoff
  • Patent number: 10623811
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining whether a first electronic device detects a media item that is to be output by a second electronic device is described herein. In some embodiments, an individual may request, using a first electronic device, that a media item be played on a second electronic device. The backend system may send first audio data representing a first response to the first electronic device, along with instructions to delay outputting the first response, as well as to continue sending audio data of additional audio captured thereby. The backend system may also send second audio data representing a second response to the second electronic device along with the media item. Text data may be generated representing the captured audio, which may then be compared with text data representing the second response to determine whether or not they match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Dennis Francis Cwik
  • Patent number: 10430063
    Abstract: An input apparatus includes an operating portion including a plurality of metal buttons for receiving a manipulation command, a display for visually providing a control command created based on an output signal from the operating portion, and a controller for converting the operating portion to an active state if a predetermined first manipulation command is input to the operating portion, and for controlling the display to provide an increment adjustment screen in which a predetermined first increment has been adjusted if a predetermined drag touch is input to the operating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS COPORATION
    Inventors: Kye Yoon Kim, HeeJin Ro, Gi Beom Hong, Seok-young Youn, Gideok Kwon, Jong Bok Lee, Donghee Seok
  • Patent number: 10163338
    Abstract: A detection and transmission system includes a first detection and transmission device and a second detection and transmission device. The second detection and transmission device is disposed in a first direction from the first detection and transmission device. The first detection and transmission device generates a first sound signal toward the first direction when detecting a first moving object. The second detection and transmission device generates a second sound signal when receiving the first sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: LEADOT INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventor: Justin Wang
  • Patent number: 10091545
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining whether a first electronic device detects a media item that is to be output by a second electronic device is described herein. In some embodiments, an individual may request, using a first electronic device, that a media item be played on a second electronic device. The backend system may send first audio data representing a first response to the first electronic device, along with instructions to delay outputting the first response, as well as to continue sending audio data of additional audio captured thereby. The backend system may also send second audio data representing a second response to the second electronic device along with the media item. Text data may be generated representing the captured audio, which may then be compared with text data representing the second response to determine whether or not they match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Francis Cwik
  • Patent number: 10039074
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide a first apparatus comprising a transmitter, a receiver, a processor, and a UI. The transmitter is configured to command a second apparatus to emit at least one tone. The receiver is configured to receive the at least one tone. The processor is configured to determine at least one of: a signal strength and a direction associated with the at least one tone. The UI is configured to output an indication of a current location of the second apparatus based, at least in part, on the determined signal strength or the determined direction. According to an example, at least one of the request or the at least one tone may be a high-frequency or ultrasonic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel H. Sargent
  • Patent number: 9922547
    Abstract: The invention relates to a remote control unit for intelligent digital audiovisual reproduction systems, comprising storage means, payment means, a sound control circuit, display means and a metal chassis wherein said remote control unit comprises a distant radio frequency transmitter that is associated with a radio frequency receiver connected to the sound control circuit of the audiovisual reproduction system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventor: Guy Nathan
  • Patent number: 9743225
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and devices for forming a communication link using Bluetooth. An embodiment of the present invention provides a method and device, including sending a first message for Bluetooth pairing to a second device, receiving a second message for the Bluetooth pairing from the second device based on the first message, and forming the communication link based on the received message. The first message comprises an identifier (ID) of the first device, and the second message comprises information related to the communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaeho Lee, Jangwoong Park, Hyeonjae Lee, Minsoo Lee, Seungryul Yang, Younghwan Kwon
  • Patent number: 9646589
    Abstract: Data sonification arrangements for use with data visualization so as to provide parallel perceptual channels for representing complex numerical data to a user seeking to identify correlations within the data are presented. In an implementation, several varying data quantities are represented by time-varying graphics while several other varying data quantities are represented by time-varying sound, both presented to a user to observe correlations between sonic and visual events or trends. Sonification can be used to offload some information-carrying information capacity from a visualization system, while other information can be rendered via both sonification and visualization to provide affirming or orienting redundancy. In an implementation joint and coordinated visual-sonic metaphors are used for this or other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9380941
    Abstract: A system for is provided for using telemetry data based on patient habit information or patient monitoring. One or more patient monitoring devices has a unique patient ID. The one or more monitoring devices acquire patient information selected from of at least one of, a patient's activities, behaviors and habit information, and patient monitoring. ID circuitry is at the patient monitoring device. The ID circuitry includes ID storage, a communication system that reads and transmits the unique ID from an ID storage, a power source and a pathway system to route signals through the circuitry. An alarm is at the patient monitoring device that provides an alert only when the patient is in a wake-state. A telemetry system is in communication with the patient monitoring device. The telemetry system includes a database of patient ID's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hello Inc.
    Inventor: James Proud
  • Patent number: 9330561
    Abstract: A wearable monitoring device, worn by a user, has one or more sensors which acquire at least one of a user's activities, behaviors and habit information, an antenna and a unique user ID. The monitoring device includes a wireless user interface with a one or more input selection elements, which are accessible by the user to control at least a portion of one or more controllable devices housed in a building. One or more controllable systems or devices are at the building. At least a first portion of the one or more controllable systems or devices have an interface with a receiver in communication with the monitoring device that enables the monitoring device to communicate with the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Hello Inc.
    Inventor: James Proud
  • Patent number: 9320434
    Abstract: A system for is provided for using telemetry data based on patient habit information or patient monitoring. One or more patient monitoring devices has a unique patient ID. The one or more monitoring devices acquire patient information selected from of at least one of, a patient's activities, behaviors and habit information, and patient monitoring. ID circuitry is at the patient monitoring device. The ID circuitry includes ID storage, a communication system that reads and transmits the unique ID from an ID storage, a power source and a pathway system to route signals through the circuitry. An alarm is at the patient monitoring device that provides an alert only when the patient is in a wake-state. A telemetry system is in communication with the patient monitoring device. The telemetry system includes a database of patient ID's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Hello Inc.
    Inventor: James Proud
  • Patent number: 9201522
    Abstract: An acoustic tracking system is provided that includes a mobile device including a plurality of receivers that receives an acoustic signal from each of three transmitters disposed in a fixed, non-planar relationship with respect to each other, where the three transmitters are coupled to a transmitting device. The system also includes a processing component that determines based on the acoustic signals received at the plurality of receivers a position of the transmitting device in a multidimensional space. The system also includes an application controller that affects operation of an application based on a determined position of one or more transmitters of the three transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Ren Li
  • Patent number: 9064405
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus performs two-way communication with a remote control device, and includes a receiving unit which receives a data signal from the remote control device, a signal processing unit which performs signal processing to convert the received data signal into a pulse signal and a control unit which detects information included in the data signal based on a time interval between starting points of pulse periods which are in a row in the pulse signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang-rok Lee
  • Patent number: 9042204
    Abstract: An electronic wildlife call has electronics and a housing. The electronics includes an electronic sound generator, memory containing at least one sound call, and at least one speaker connected with the sound generator. The housing contains the electronics and has an upper portion and a lower portion. Legs are coupled to the lower portion of the housing. The legs are movable between a deployed position and a stowed position, wherein when the legs are in the deployed position, the housing is elevated above the ground. The housing has a docking port for receiving a remote control. When the remote control is located in the docking port, the power supply in the remote control is recharged and calls are synced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: WGI INNOVATIONS, LTD.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Barley, James Brandon Roach
  • Patent number: 9035816
    Abstract: A transmitter for remote control, the transmitter includes an amplifier configured to receive a first audio signal from an electronic device and amplify the first audio signal, a transmission module electrically connected to the amplifier to receive the amplified first audio signal and generating a carrier signal, a power supply connected to the transmission module, and an attenuation circuit electrically connected to the transmission module to receive the carrier signal, wherein the amplified first audio signal is configured to modulate the carrier signal and the first audio signal is one of a left channel audio signal and a right channel audio signal output from the electronic device via an audio connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FAVEPC INC.
    Inventor: Shao-Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 9025418
    Abstract: Methods of identifying patching connections in a communications system are provided in which an acoustic signal generator is used to transmit an acoustic signal that includes a unique identifier embedded therein over a patch cord from a first connector port to a second connector port. The acoustic signal is received at the second connector port. The unique identifier is extracted from the acoustic signal. Finally, a patching connection between the first connector port and the second connector port is logged in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Hongwei Liang, Edmond Richer, Jeffrey D. Nielson
  • Publication number: 20150117160
    Abstract: A terminal device includes a sound wave receiver, configured to receive sound wave, an electric wave receiver, configured to receive electric wave, a notification controller, configured to notify a user when an identification code contained in the electric wave received by the electric wave receiver is detected, and an activation controller, configured to activate the sound wave receiver on condition that the identification code is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Shinya SAKURADA
  • Publication number: 20150117158
    Abstract: A network service is provided that embeds encodes acoustic data to carry configuration parameters for configuring an end-user device. The network service then transmits or causes transmission of an acoustic signal carrying the configuration parameters to the end-user device. The end-user device detects information items corresponding to configuration parameters embedded in the acoustic data. The end-user device utilizes the configuration parameters in connection with performing select operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Kobo Inc.
    Inventors: James Wu, Yasuyuki Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20150117159
    Abstract: An intermediate device is operated to play back an acoustic configuration file for an end-user device. The acoustic configuration file can embed configuration parameters that are detectable by the end-user device. In particular, the end-user device can use the configuration parameters in conjunction with performing select operations, such as operations to configure the end-user device for communication with the network service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Kobo Inc.
    Inventors: James Wu, Yasuyuki Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20150098308
    Abstract: A method and a system of using vibration signatures for pairing two devices. The method and the system include an apparatus that has a master side and a slave side. The slave side has at least one frictional structure. A first device is inserted into the master side. When a second device is inserted through the slave side, a pattern of vibration is generated. Vibration detecting devices on the first and second devices detect the pattern of vibration. A program of the first device validates a master vibration signature and configures the first device as a master device. A program of the second device validates a slave vibration signature and configures the second device as a slave device. The master device and the slave device are automatically paired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Zachary S. Herman, Kaleb D. Walton
  • Publication number: 20150063074
    Abstract: An apparatus and method that provide a customized input-service is provided. The apparatus includes at least one input unit that generates an sound wave based on an exterior input and a sound wave sensor that converts an sound signal for the sound wave into an electric signal. In addition, a controller analyzes the electric signal received from the sound wave sensor to confirm where the exterior input is generated and detects a control signal based on the exterior input and performs an operation based on the control signal from operations allocated to the input unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Kwang Myung Oh, Hui Sung Lee, Sung Min Park, Sung Jin Sah
  • Patent number: 8964509
    Abstract: A method of controlling a function of an acoustic detector includes storing a reference power spectrum of a reference acoustic signal, the reference power spectrum being associated with a mode of operation of the acoustic detector; receiving an acoustic sound signal, the acoustic sound signal including a tone and harmonic tones; generating a real-time acoustic power spectrum of the acoustic sound signal responsive to the receiving of the acoustic sound signal; and performing the mode of operation when a comparison of the real-time acoustic power spectrum with the reference acoustic power spectrum indicates that the acoustic sound signal is a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Corporation
    Inventor: Theodore Hermann
  • Publication number: 20150043312
    Abstract: This sound playing method relates to information processing field. After receiving a sound trigger command, the sound playing device determines the sound collection event corresponding to the sound trigger command. If all audio files included in the sound collection event are loaded in the memory of the sound playing device, the sound playing device directly plays the audio file corresponding to the sound collection event. The sound playing device does not load the audio file to the memory repeatedly, so as to reuse the audio files loaded in the memory, which reduces the memory usage and improves running efficiency of the applications or art animation effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xiayu WU, Lian GAO, Xuejian JIANG
  • Publication number: 20150043311
    Abstract: An electronic device (1) includes an input interface (10) configured for detecting sounds and translating the sounds into electric signals; a recognizing unit (20) configured for recognizing a blow (B) from an electric signal (ES) provided by the input interface (10); and an execution unit (30) configured for executing one or more determined commands of the electronic device (1) depending on the recognition of the blow (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Your Voice S.p.a.
    Inventor: Luca Agostini
  • Publication number: 20150016228
    Abstract: A system for using a watermark embedded in an audio signal to remotely control a device. Various devices such as toys, computers, and appliances, equipped with an appropriate detector, detect the hidden signals, which can trigger an action, or change a state of the device. The watermarks can be used with a “time gate” device, where detection of the watermark opens a time interval within which a user is allowed to perform an action, such as pressing a button, typing in an answer, turning a key in a lock, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: VERANCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rade Petrovic, Joseph M. Winograd
  • Publication number: 20140376336
    Abstract: A method and system of obtaining information by interrogating an information mark attached to a device implanted in a body of a patient by transmitting a non-ionizing pulse through the body of the patient, receiving, from the information mark, a response to the transmitted non-ionizing pulse, the response including encoded information, and extracting the encoded information from the response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael STECKNER, Christopher J. Sanders, Gilles D. Guenette, Zoran Banjanin
  • Publication number: 20140355389
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided to provide for the control of a remote device. The method may include determining, with a processor, a control radius for a remote device, determining a first proximity of a user device to the remote device, in response to determining that the first proximity is within the control radius, enabling the user device to control the remote device, determining at least one command input from the user device to the remote device based on a second proximity of the user device to the remote device, and causing transmission of the command input to the remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Jukka Reunamaki, Arto Palin, Matti Hamalainen
  • Patent number: 8903563
    Abstract: A control device which controls the power of a plurality of apparatuses in a home network, and a method thereof are provided. The control device includes an input unit which receives a power off command, and a control unit which concurrently turns off apparatuses which are currently turned on among the plurality of apparatuses in response to the power off command received by the input unit. Therefore, it is possible for a user to concurrently turn off currently running apparatuses so user convenience can increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-hee Park, Seung-dong Yu, Woo-yong Chang, Ju-il Eom, Chang-hwan Hwang
  • Publication number: 20140293753
    Abstract: A smartphone or other portable electronic device is operative to unlock and lock a vehicle without the use of the cellular or Wi-Fi network or any additional hardware added to the portable unit. The system, which is configured for use with a vehicle having an existing receiver to receive remote keyless entry (RKE) codes, includes a vehicle-mounted unit with a microphone to receive an acoustic signal from a smartphone or other portable electronic device programmed to generate a modulated, encoded acoustic vehicle entry command. Circuitry in the vehicle-mounted unit demodulates and decodes the vehicle entry command, and a transmitter in the vehicle-mounted unit transmits the demodulated and decoded command to the existing RKE receiver in the vehicle to execute the command, which may be a door LOCK or UNLOCK command. A passive RKE embodiment is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: David Pearson
  • Publication number: 20140269212
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for locating a user using an ultrasound mesh. The techniques may be performed by an interactive system comprising one or more processors. The processors may be configured to determine an amplitude of a first ultrasound signal emitted by one or more transducers and received by a microphone. This first ultrasound signal may be of a first frequency. The processors may then determine an amplitude of a second ultrasound signal emitted by the one or more transducers and received by the microphone. The second ultrasound signal may be of a second frequency different from the first frequency. The processors may be further configured to determine a location of the microphone relative to the one or more transducers based at least on the determined amplitude of the first ultrasound signal and the determined amplitude of the second ultrasound signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Pei Xiang, Kwokleung Chan
  • Publication number: 20140269213
    Abstract: A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically providing audio output information to one or more portions of a portable electronic device to be outputted from said portable electronic device via one or more acoustic ultrasonic signals; and electronically outputting, said one or more acoustic ultrasonic signals to be demodulated into one or more acoustic audio signals containing one or more portions of said audio output information at one or more locations spaced from said portable electronic device based at least in part according to said one or more acoustic ultrasonic signals and based at least in part according to one or more portable electronic device ultrasonic emitter arrangements. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, William David Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K.Y. Jung, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140269214
    Abstract: A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically modulating two or more acoustic ultrasonic signals according to output information to be transmitted as two or more acoustic ultrasonic signals from two or more portable electronic device emitters of a portable electronic device; and electronically projecting said two or more acoustic ultrasonic signals from said portable electronic device emitters to produce a first set of one or more acoustic audio signals from a first set of said two or more acoustic ultrasonic signals at a first location and to produce a second set of one or more second acoustic audio signals from of a second set of said two or more acoustic ultrasonic signals at a second location. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, William David Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K.Y. Jung, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140254326
    Abstract: A transmitter for remote control, the transmitter includes a first analog-to-digital converter (ADC) configured to receive a first audio signal from a electronic device and convert the first audio signal to a first direct-current (DC) signal, a first boost circuit electrically connected to the first ADC to receive and amplify the first DC signal, and a transmission module electrically connected to the first boost circuit to receive the amplified first DC signal, wherein the amplified first DC signal is configured to modulate a carrier signal generated by the transmission module and the first audio signal is one of a left channel audio signal and a right channel audio signal output from the electronic device through an audio connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: FAVEPC INC.
    Inventor: Shao-Chang CHANG
  • Publication number: 20140254327
    Abstract: A transmitter for remote control, the transmitter includes an amplifier configured to receive a first audio signal from an electronic device and amplify the first audio signal, a transmission module electrically connected to the amplifier to receive the amplified first audio signal and generating a carrier signal, a power supply connected to the transmission module, and an attenuation circuit electrically connected to the transmission module to receive the carrier signal, wherein the amplified first audio signal is configured to modulate the carrier signal and the first audio signal is one of a left channel audio signal and a right channel audio signal output from the electronic device via an audio connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: FAVEPC INC.
    Inventor: Shao-Chang CHANG
  • Publication number: 20140169139
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and a method for automatically controlling opening/closing of a trunk door of a vehicle, and more particularly, to a technology for user with load in both hands to easily open the trunk door of a vehicle, by mounting a microphone at the rear of the vehicle such that the trunk door of the vehicle can be opened/closed in response to a sound inputted through the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Seunghwan LEE
  • Publication number: 20140146644
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for ambient system control, comprising multiple detection devices with varying levels of detection capability. The methods and systems contemplate the use of both voice and gesture commands, as well as other inputs, for system control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Chen
  • Publication number: 20140104990
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a communication unit that communicates with an external device according to a predetermined communication specification; a sound processor that generates an acoustic sound to establish a connection with the external device when a predetermined event occurs; a speaker that outputs the acoustic sound; and a controller that controls the communication unit to automatically establish a connection with the external device according to the predetermined communication specification when a response signal is received from the external device that received the acoustic sound output from the speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung-seop SHIM
  • Publication number: 20140098644
    Abstract: A screen emits a chirp. A mobile device decodes the chirp to control the screen. A screen has several speakers emitting different chirps. The decoding by a mobile device allocates a split screen to the device, that is closest to it. A screen has a microphone that decodes a chirp from a device, letting the device control the screen. A blacklist is applied by a mobile device to a chirp. The blacklist can be a function of the date and location of the device. The querying of an audio server by a mobile device to decode a chirp can be minimised, for faster decoding. The header has bits pointing to a key in a table in the audio server. The value is an URL prefix, for a company with devices emitting chirps. The prefix is cached by a mobile device. Subsequent chirps with the same key let the device use the cached prefix instead of calling the audio server. A device connected to the Internet runs a web server. The device lacks a screen. It emits a chirp wrapping an URL.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Wesley John Boudville
  • Publication number: 20140086018
    Abstract: A soundwave transmission installation method is an actuation procedure in which one system connects to and installs at least one embedded second system. The method consists of: activating the second system that is required to be installed; enabling the second system to wait for a notification signal transmitted from the first system, wherein the notification signal is in sound wave format and contains the setting data for initializing installation; and executing an installation procedure based upon setting data when the second system receives the notification signal such that installation is completed, and a designated system is automatically connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: EDIMAX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: JYU-GWANG CHI, YI-MING CHIN
  • Publication number: 20140043946
    Abstract: A surface acoustic wave (SAW)-based coherence multiplexing system includes SAW tags each including a SAW transducer, a first SAW reflector positioned a first distance from the SAW transducer and a second SAW reflector positioned a second distance from the SAW transducer. A transceiver including a wireless transmitter has a signal source providing a source signal and circuitry for transmitting interrogation pulses including a first and a second interrogation pulse toward the SAW tags, and a wireless receiver for receiving and processing response signals from the SAW tags. The receiver receives scrambled signals including a convolution of the wideband interrogation pulses with response signals from the SAW tags and includes a computing device which implements an algorithm that correlates the interrogation pulses or the source signal before transmitting against the scrambled signals to generate tag responses for each of the SAW tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicants: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Spac, University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: ROBERT C. YOUNGQUIST, DONALD MALOCHA, NANCY SALDANHA
  • Publication number: 20140007892
    Abstract: This invention relates to an acoustic control electronic cigarette case and an electronic cigarette device. The electronic cigarette case comprises a battery device, an audio sensor, a memory module, an audio processing module connecting with the audio sensor and generating an electric detecting instruction during the predetermined period of time when the predetermined type acoustic signals is detected, an electric quantity detecting module, a display control module and a display module. The acoustic control electronic cigarette case and the electronic cigarette device of the present invention through disposing the audio sensor, the audio processing module generating an electric detecting instruction during the predetermined period of time when the predetermined type acoustic signals is detected, the electric quantity detecting module, the display control module and the display module achieve technical effects of being easily and conveniently to display the electric quantity, durable, and rapidly response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Publication number: 20130329526
    Abstract: A system and method to enable vibration mediated communication between electrical devices such as photovoltaic solar panel controllers. The electrical devices may be connected to a mesh network with individual router devices. The individual router devices will send and receive data packets by creating or detecting vibrations in a solid vibration conducting media (such as the solar power wiring) that connects the individual electrical devices. Often at least one centralized control device is used to periodically request sensor data packets from the individual router devices and electrical devices. When the electrical devices are photovoltaic solar arrays, the centralized control device may, for example, be used to compute the proper adjustments for the solar arrays that will optimize the overall power output from the photovoltaic solar array. The control device will then send adjustment data packets back to the individual router devices through the mesh network, thus optimizing overall power output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib
  • Publication number: 20130315038
    Abstract: Techniques for acoustic management of entertainment devices and systems are described. Various embodiments may include techniques for acoustically determining a location of a remote control or other entertainment device. Some embodiments may include techniques for controlling one or more entertainment components using voice commands or other acoustic information. Other embodiments may include techniques for establishing a voice connection using a remote control device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth, David B. Andersen
  • Publication number: 20130315039
    Abstract: A method for controlling wake-up of a sound wave-based wireless network and a wireless sensor network using the same are provided. A wireless device constituting the wireless sensor network is woken up by receiving a sound wave from an external device and receives data, or wakes up an external device by transmitting a sound wave and transmits data. Since wake-up is controlled by a sound wave through a microphone and a speaker which consume less power, a time that an RF transceiver spends staying in a reception standby state is minimized and power consumption at a wireless sensor node is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: KOREA ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Il Yeup AHN, Min Hwan SONG, Sang Shin LEE, Jae Ho KIM, Jae Seok YUN, Kwang Ho WON
  • Publication number: 20130279300
    Abstract: Provided is an information-providing system whereby a variety of information can be provided using a sound to a portable terminal device used by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Iwase, Shinji Koezuka, Shinya Sakurada, Mitsuru Fukui
  • Patent number: 8547220
    Abstract: A system is provided for establishing a compliance zone and monitoring interactions therewith. The system includes a compliance zone designator and a wearable device. The compliance zone designator transmits an ultrasound signal to establish the compliance zone. The ultrasound signal may be encoded with information on the compliance zone. The compliance zone designator is configured for placement at a location in which the compliance zone is desired. The wearable device is separate from the compliance zone designator. The wearable device includes a compliance zone recognition component configured to recognize the compliance zone and identify one or more pre-defined interaction criteria for the compliance zone. When the wearable device is within the compliance zone, the compliance zone recognition component recognizes the compliance zone and identifies the interaction criteria of the compliance zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Dempsey, Ronald S. Newbower
  • Publication number: 20130242706
    Abstract: A device and/or method for allowing authorization of computing device association using human-perceptible signals includes forming an association between a computing device and a further computing device. The computing device computes a fingerprint of a common key derived during the forming of the association and emits a first audio stimuli based upon the computed fingerprint. The first audio stimuli is at least one octave number apart from a second audio stimuli of the further computing device emitted by the further computing device based upon the common key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: James Duran Newsome, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130201800
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing a function in a mobile device are disclosed. A media sound from a sound output device external to the mobile device is captured and a sound feature is extracted from the captured media sound. A function to be performed in the mobile device is determined by identifying at least one reference sound feature in a set of reference sound features based on the extracted sound feature, each reference sound feature in the set of reference sound features being associated with at least one of a plurality of media sounds and at least one of a plurality of functions. Further, the determined function is performed in the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Qualcomm Incorporated