For Control Of Diverse Art Device Patents (Class 369/70)
  • Patent number: 8680385
    Abstract: An apparatus for signal processing, wherein a disc is placed on a turntable and is provided with a groove which can be followed by the pick-up element, and employing a time-code signal wherein during use of the disc the said time-code signal controls the digital audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: N2IT Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Mark-Jan Bastian, Tim Hemel
  • Patent number: 8271108
    Abstract: There is provided an audio playback device that prevents a user from losing an opportunity to use a content that is not playable on an AOP mode. In the case where the playback device functions on the AOP mode, when a DVD-Audio disk 1 being a subject of playback contains an ATT_GR that is not playable in the AOP mode, a navigation manager 11 of a DVD-Audio playback device displays such situation on a display device 15 via a display control unit. On the other hand, in the case where the playback device functions in a VCAP mode, when the DVD-Audio disk 1 being the subject of playback contains an ATT_GR that is playable only in the VCAP mode, the navigation manager 11 displays the ATT_GRN of the ATT_GR on the display device 15 via the display control unit to urge the user to use the ATT_GR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Akifusa
  • Patent number: 8198524
    Abstract: An apparatus for signal processing, wherein a disc is placed on a turntable and is provided with a groove which can be followed by the pick-up element, and employing a time-code signal wherein during use of the disc the said time-code signal controls the digital audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: N2IT Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Mark-Jan Bastian, Tim Hemel
  • Publication number: 20120026853
    Abstract: An optical disc reproducing apparatus includes an Internet connectable LAN module and a control unit for controlling the LAN module. In the optical disc reproducing apparatus, the operation of the LAN module is temporarily stopped for periods during which an optical disc is being reproduced and Internet connection is not necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Tetsuo MIKAMI
  • Patent number: 7965588
    Abstract: An optical disk apparatus includes an I/O port that connects to a port of a drive apparatus, and a storage unit that prestores manufacturing information in correspondence with device drivers. The optical disk apparatus further includes a controller that transmits a command indicating to return manufacturing information, to the drive apparatus via the I/O port. When manufacturing information is returned from the drive apparatus via the I/O port, the controller extracts a device driver corresponding to the returned manufacturing information from the device drivers in the storage unit. The controller then controls a reading operation or a recording operation of the drive apparatus on the optical disk, based on the extracted device driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiichi Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 7576644
    Abstract: A system that provides location-specific information through a mobile device. During operation, the system receives coordinates for a physical location of the mobile device from a global-positioning system (GPS) receiver within the mobile device. The system then retrieves a description of a point of interest within a specified range of the coordinates received for the physical location and presents the description of the point of interest to a user through the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventor: Matt E. Hart
  • Patent number: 7010371
    Abstract: In a digital audio signal player having a simulated analogue record, a high frequency alternator is provided, which is connected to the microprocessor, and constantly sends out a high-frequency signal; the alternator has an output terminal electrically connected to a diode connected to the microprocessor; a control element is also connected to the diode. Music is played in a normal way when the microprocessor receives high-frequency signal in a non-reduced form. The control element will send an interfering signal to the diode to reduce high frequency signal passing through the diode when touched by hands, thus making the microprocessor receive high frequency signal in reduced form; music is played with speed and direction changing according to the movement of the control element when the microprocessor receives the reduced high frequency signal. Music is played normally as soon as hands are removed from the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Hanpin Electron Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Han-Chih Liu
  • Publication number: 20040174795
    Abstract: An information storage medium for storing data structures supporting multi-angles is provided. The information storage medium includes clips as recording units of motion picture data for respective angles. As additional information for each clip, clip information is recorded on a separate storage area from the clip. The clip information includes jumping-point information for jumping into another angle. At least one clip for a desired angle can be divided and recorded in contiguous recording area of the information storage medium, or can be divided into smaller interleaved units, multiplexed, and recorded. Therefore, it is possible to easily track and reproduce motion picture data for multi-angle and also facilitate recording area arrangement when one clip is recorded in a contiguous storage area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Applicant: SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kil-soo Jung, Seong-iln Moon, Jung-wan Ko, Jung-kwon Hao, Sung-wook Park, Hyun-kwon Chung
  • Patent number: 6788359
    Abstract: A method for illuminating a liquid crystal display device, a back-light assembly for performing the same and a liquid crystal display device using the same can improve the front luminance and production yield. Lights from a lamp is incident to a LCD panel side, which are then primarily diffused for a uniformity of the luminous flux of the incident lights. The luminous flux of the primarily diffused lights is condensed with respect to a first orientation component on a plane in parallel with the LCD panel, and then partially and secondarily diffused for extending a view angle of pixels of the LCD panel. After the luminous flux of the secondarily diffused lights is condensed with respect to a second orientation component perpendicular to the first orientation on the parallel plane, the condensed lights are illuminated onto the LCD panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong-Hwan Lee, Ik-Soo Lee, Kyu-Seok Kim, Jong-Ho Won
  • Publication number: 20030029305
    Abstract: A computerized method and apparatus for creating a scratch effect through a MIDI interface. In one form, timing signals are derived from a turntable whose direction and speed of rotation are manually controlled by a disk jockey. The timing signals are processed by a microcomputer into a MIDI protocol recognizable by a conventional MIDI instrument. Preferably, the microcomputer is coupled to control a computer which interprets the MIDI protocol output and uses the output to regulate speed and direction of playback of a musical and/or visual presentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: Justin A. Kent, Kevin D. Mccormick
  • Publication number: 20020181378
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disc for use in an apparatus for signal processing, which apparatus comprises a digital audio source and a record player with a turntable and an arm carrying a pick-up element which is arranged to play a conventional record. The disc during its use is placed on the turntable and is provided with a groove which can be lowered by the pick-up element, and which comprises a time-code signal wherein during use of the disc the said time-code signal controls the digital audio source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Mark-Jan Bastian
  • Publication number: 20020150015
    Abstract: The present invention provides a disc player comprising one or more light sources that project a pulsing light onto the upper portion of a disc being played by the disc player. The pulse frequency, pulse length, pulse period, pulse interval, pulse color, pulse intensity or a combination thereof of the light source can be synchronized with the rotation of the spindle in the disc player, with the optical data stored, or with the rotation of an image precursor on the disc. When the disc is viewed through a viewing port while the disc is being played, a two-dimensional or three-dimensional discrete image is formed by the persistence of vision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Jose R. Matos
  • Patent number: 6181662
    Abstract: A cartridgeless data storage disk for a data storage disk drive has a latent irradiance marker. A light source illuminates the marker and the marker emits irradiance as phosphorescence. A photosensor detects the emitted irradiance, and the decay time is determined. The decay time is checked to provide identification of different types or generations of cartridgeless data storage disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Iomega Corporation
    Inventors: George T. Krieger, Fred C. Thomas, III
  • Patent number: 6169498
    Abstract: A method for communicating location-specific messages includes storing a library of such messages within a portable device having a capability of randoly accessing the messages. Each location-specific message has a content that is related to a particular geographical location within a facility. At each of the geographical locations, there is a device-readable identification of an identifier for each location-specific message relating to that geographical location. In the preferred embodiment, the identifier is transmitted to the portable device wirelessly. Also in the preferred embodiment, the message library is contained on a recording medium that facilitates automated random access, such as a compact disk, and the portable device is a personal digital assistant (PDA). In an application of the method, map information may be prerecorded and supplemented or complemented with time-dependent information downloaded from a source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Siemens Information and Communication Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal J. King, William J. Beyda
  • Patent number: 5684477
    Abstract: An arrangement for use in the control of electronic systems and/or equipment by an operator which enables the operator to use tactile touch and audio information to control or select facilities of the electronic systems and/or equipment under the control of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Smith Myers Communications Limited
    Inventors: Peter James Myers, Anthony John Smith
  • Patent number: 5610774
    Abstract: In an audio sound recording/reproducing apparatus, instruction information related to a document is recorded in a recording region of a semiconductor memory together with the document. In the semiconductor memory, flags related to a document portion and an instruction portion, and the addresses of the document and the instruction portions are provided. At the time of reproduction, the instruction portion is reproduced prior to reproduction of the document portion. When the content of the semiconductor memory is stored in a built-in memory in the apparatus, the instruction portion is stored before the document portion is stored. Since the instruction portion is reproduced prior to the document portion at the time of reproduction, the user does not have to retrieve the instruction portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kousou Hayashi, Tadashi Koike
  • Patent number: 5280572
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for encoding data in a text format such as ASCII or EBCDIC on a laser disc or compact disc without affecting the digitized sound by utilizing what is known as the subcode channel of the laser disc or compact disc. By storing text data in the subcode channel region as described herein, it is possible to create subtitles for movies in a number of languages such that the language in which the subtitles appear is user selectable. In this manner, it is possible to create laser discs having subtitle information in, for example, ten languages thereby avoiding the necessity of creating ten separate laser discs, each having a different language used for subtitling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Time Warner Interactive Group Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Case, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 5241525
    Abstract: An encoder system for providing a large number of actual positional control pulses per revolution utilizes an optical digital disc. The disc is driven by the work piece transport system. A playback unit similar in construction to audio disc players can be used. The positional control information is recorded on the disc as the disc is being driven by the transport system with which the disc is to be associated. Mechanical anomalies of the drive system are compensated for in the recording process. The accuracy of the positional information is improved. The system is especially useful for high resolution ink jet printing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas N. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5206842
    Abstract: A technique for recording a performance of a musical work having a persistent, accented beat in which substituted for this beat are synthesized sound effects simulating those associated with arcade electronic games in a percussive format. Hence when the recording is played back, the listener receives an acoustical image in which the music is heard in an arcade-like environment. To produce this recording, a system is provided in which characteristic arcade game sound effects are simulated in a music synthesizer for audio duplication and are reduced to a single keystroke, thereby enabling an operator to generate a percussive audio pulse which is mixed in a recording with the other components of the performed work. When the recording is played back, it incorporates these arcade game sound-effects pulses which define the accented beat of the music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 5194683
    Abstract: The purpose of the invention is to ensure that when digitally coded music is being reproduced as audio signals and lyrics are being displayed on a screen that the progress of the two operations is synchronized.To this end music reproduction data is processed for reproduction in accordance with division values calculated on the basis of tempo data contained in the said music reproduction data while synchronization with the current position in the lyrics, which are displayed on a visual display unit, is advanced in accordance with values derived through multiplication of the aforementioned division values by a constant factor, thereby ensuring the synchronization of the reproduction of the music and the display of the current lyric position on the visual display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Ricos Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mihoji Tsumura, Shinnosuke Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 5170388
    Abstract: An image/audio information recording/reproduction apparatus has a first recording device for receiving a first electrical signal representing image information and recording the image information on a dynamic recording medium of a given type, a static recording medium of a given type for storing a second electrical signal digitally representing audio information accompanying the image information, and a second recording device which is electrically connected to the static recording medium. The second recording device determines a memory address in the static recording medium of audio information accompanying the image information in a manner corresponding to a recording position of the image information on the dynamic recording medium, and records the audio information in the static recording medium in accordance with the determined memory address. The static recording medium includes a non-volatile semiconductor memory, such as an electrically erasable programmable read only memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Naoki Endoh
  • Patent number: 5062097
    Abstract: A device for playing back a music or video source such as a digital audio tape recorder, Compact Disc, Laser Vision Disc, video tape recorder, television and FM broadcasting and analog records comprises means responsive to control information supplied from a music or video source device for controlling an externally controllable electrical or electronic musical instrument so as to perform the musical instrument automatically in synchronism with playback of the source device. An electrical or electronic musical instrument is performed automatically in synchronism with playback of a source so that a reproduction atmosphere which cannot be obtained by mere playback of the source can be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Michiaki Kumaoka
  • Patent number: 5055939
    Abstract: Method, system and apparatus correlate an audio message of an auxiliary sound source with an audio message from a sound track of motion picture film, video tape or other picture source with accompanying audio message track. This auxiliary source contains multiple language channels (also called "translation tracks" or "translation sound channels") running synchronously with each other. One such channel is a "prime language channel" including an audio message carrying the same information (possibly higher quality) in the same language as the message in the track accompanying the motion picture. This prime channel is derived from the same "master recording" (or high quality duplicate thereof) as the track accompanying the motion picture. Consequently the audio message conveyed by the prime channel (at high quality) is the same audio message conveyed by the motion picture track, but signals carrying those two messages may be quite different from each other: digital signal versus analog signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventors: John J. Karamon, Daniel W. Gravereaux
  • Patent number: 4995026
    Abstract: An optical disc suitable for a so-called KARAOKE equipment by which a singer sings into a microphone in accordance with a music signal recorded in a compact disc or laser disc. According to one embodiment of the present invention, in an optical disc in which a synchronizing signal, digital audio data and a sub-code signal are recorded in one frame, respective codes corresponding to a hue parameter, an intensity parameter and a fade-in or fade-out parameter are recorded in predetermined bits (user's bits) of the above-mentioned sub-code signal. Thus, it is possible to provide an optical disc which can automatically control the lighting equipment without hands by means of the reproduced output from the optical disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Dai Makabe, Yuji Kumai
  • Patent number: 4959037
    Abstract: A writing doll having a body portion, a head mounted on top of the body portion, a pair of legs protruding from the bottom of the body portion, and a pair of arms connected to the body portion. The arms include a pair of hands with one hand formed to hold a stylus. The writing doll includes a forearm motion control system mounted in at least one of the arms near the stylus hand for moving the stylus hand along an axis in a X direction. A shoulder motion control system mounted in at least one of the arms near the body portion for moving the stylus hand along an axis in a Z direction, and an elbow motion control system mounted in at least one of the arms between the forearm and shoulder motion control systems for moving the stylus along an axis in a Y direction. The doll also has a control means connected to each motion control system for providing control signals to control the movement of the motion control systems in each of the axis directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Inventor: Henry Garfinkel
  • Patent number: 4949327
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the recording and playback of animation control signals, including voice, are disclosed. In accordance with the method, a dual track cassette recording is made, one track consisting of a voice channel and the other track consisting of a plurality of control signals for the control of animation, and in some instances for control of the speaker or speakers through which the voice channel will be played back, whereby two or more animated characters may appear to speak to each other or speak or sing in unison are disclosed. The control signals are pulse width modulated signals to provide, in general, proportional control signals to provide proportional control, through appropriate servo motors and the like, of the animated elements such as mouth, eyes, etc. of the animated character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Gray Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl K. Forsse, Larry K. Larsen, John M. Davies, Darwin Thompson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4839733
    Abstract: A method and system for synchronizing a digital signal of an audio message at higher quality with another signal of the same audio message at lower quality. The invention synchronizes an auxiliary high quality audio digital sound signal source with the ordinary quality analog sound signal coming from a conventional analog sound track on motion picture film as the motion picture is being shown and maintains effective synchronization in spite of missing segments of the sound track due to film splices. The invention does not require synchronization tracks, markers, codes, time codes or other extrinsic data. The only requirement is that the higher qualtiy audio message recording, e.g. in a digital medium, be made from the same "master recording" (or a high quality duplicate thereof) as the sound track so that the auxiliary recording have the same informational content as the sound track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventors: John J. Karamon, Daniel W. Gravereaux
  • Patent number: 4613965
    Abstract: A digital audio disc system having a main channel in which main data consisting of audio PCM signals and codes for error correction are recorded and a subchannel in which information digital signals other than said main data are recorded is disclosed. The code signals comprising a sync signal which has a prescribed bit pattern, a display position data, a command for a computer, and a display data relating a content of said audio PCM signals are also recorded multi-times on the disc together with said main data so as to enable the error check of said code signals. Both code signals and main data are reproduced and supplied to a display unit so as to indicate the correct display information data on a display screen under control of a microcomputer provided in the playback side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuya Hori, Tsuneo Furuya