Speaker Mounting (i.e., Speaker Phone Feature) Patents (Class 379/433.02)
  • Patent number: 10375469
    Abstract: A speaker box, includes a housing and a speaker unit accommodated in the housing. The speaker unit includes a diaphragm for forming a front sound cavity cooperatively with the housing. The box further includes a sound transmitting channel communicating the front sound cavity and outside, a front cavity of the speaker box formed by the front sound cavity and the sound transmitting channel, a through hole formed in the housing corresponding to the front cavity, and an elastic cover plate disposed on the housing and covering the through hole. A resonance frequency of the elastic cover plate is greater than a working frequency range of the speaker unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Peng Qin
  • Patent number: 10264335
    Abstract: The present application discloses a speaker box. The speaker box includes an upper cover, a lower cover forming an accommodation space with the upper cover, and a speaker received in the accommodation space. The speaker includes a frame and a diaphragm positioned by the frame. The upper cover forms a supporting wall extending toward the lower cover for fixing the speaker. The speaker box further includes an elastic cushion arranged between the frame and the supporting wall. A method for assembling the speaker box is also provided. Due to the elastic cushion, the consistency of the speaker is ensured, and the acoustic performance of the speaker box is accordingly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Zhang Ren, YuGuo Zhang
  • Patent number: 10257334
    Abstract: Wireless device gesture detection and operational control comprises identifying a first position of the device based on a sensor reading of at least one sensor operating as part of the device. The method may also include identifying a change in the device's position to a second position that is different from the first position, and receiving a specific pattern of touch input data on a touch pad of the device, the specific pattern of touch input data identified as a predefined object which corresponds to dimensions of a human ear being pressed against the touch pad and changing a current operating state of the device to a different operating state based on a comparison and detection operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 10185366
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an acoustic component, a first housing component including the acoustic component in the inside and including a cut in a first surface located on an outer side, the cut allowing passage of sound toward the acoustic component or sound emitted from the acoustic component, and a second housing component which is removably attached to a side of the first surface of the first housing component and includes a projection introduced in the cut in a second surface opposed to the first surface. An elastic material is located to close at least a part between an inner surface of the cut and a surface of the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10141756
    Abstract: A modular recharging system includes an electronic device that includes an internal battery, and a removable battery pack that the electronic device can use to boost the power of its internal battery. Typically, the battery pack will have a larger battery than the internal battery of the device. Based on threshold charge levels for the internal battery, the electronic device turns on and off power from the battery pack so as to preserve the life of the battery pack. Processor interrupts generated in response to the threshold levels may also be selectively masked to reduce power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vidhyananth Ramasamy Venkatasamy, Sandeep Chidambara Marathe, Haili Wang
  • Patent number: 10129378
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. An electronic apparatus comprises a panel, a case, a speaker, and a cover member. The panel comprises a first surface and a second surface located opposite to the first surface. The case supports the second surface. The speaker is located inside the case and outputs a sound. The cover member covers at least part of the first surface. The cover member comprises a first opening through which the sound output from the speaker is transmitted to the outside of the electronic apparatus. The first opening and part of the case overlap each other in a first direction along a thickness direction of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Nonaka, Atsuki Ooi
  • Patent number: 10111008
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the technical field of electroacoustic products. Disclosed is a miniature speaker. The miniature speaker comprises an upper housing and a lower housing combined together. A vibration system and a magnetic circuit system are accommodated in the space defined by the upper housing and the lower housing. The upper housing is disposed close to the vibration system. The miniature speaker also comprises a hearing-aid voice coil. The hearing-aid voice coil is fixed to the upper housing and is located at the inner side of the upper housing. The miniature speaker of the present invention solves the problem of poor acoustics caused by collision of a lead wire of a vibrating voice coil with a hearing-aid voice coil of a miniature speaker in the prior art, and the miniature speaker of the present invention has good acoustic performance and a better hearing-aid effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Xiaodong Guo, Chao Jiang
  • Patent number: 10028044
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electronic device. In an embodiment, the electronic device may include a body, a display combined with the front of the body, and a speaker assembly embedded on at least one side of the body, wherein the speaker assembly may include a casing configured to form an external appearance and a speaker unit combined with the casing and configured to have at least part of an element of the speaker assembly exposed to an outside of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yongjun Je, Youngin Ko
  • Patent number: 9924333
    Abstract: A device provides a user interface that includes a list of push-to-talk contacts, and receives, via the user interface, a gesture indicating a request to establish a push-to-talk call with a particular contact in the list of push-to-talk contacts. The device initiates the push-to-talk call with another device associated with the particular contact, and the push-to-talk call is initiated with the other device based on the gesture and directly from within the user interface. The device provides for display a visual indicator associated with the push-to-talk call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Howard G. Hammer, Adam J. Simon, Nishanth Vontela
  • Patent number: 9883266
    Abstract: A loudspeaker module comprises a loudspeaker unit and a module housing. A front acoustic cavity and a rear acoustic cavity are formed between the module housing and the loudspeaker unit. The upper and lower ends of the front acoustic cavity and the rear acoustic cavity are open. The upper and lower end surfaces of the module housing are combined with a terminal electronic device through sealing cushions. An electronic device is also disclosed. The upper and lower surfaces of the module housing are combined with the circuit board or the device housing through sealing cushions. Such a structure fully utilizes the spaces of the loudspeaker module and the electronic device, expands the internal space of the loudspeaker module, increases the sizes of the loudspeaker unit and the sound cavities, and accordingly improves the acoustical performance of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Zhigan Dai, Di Wu, Huiyu Li, Xinfeng Yang
  • Patent number: 9781497
    Abstract: An accessory device suitable for use with an electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device may include an audio assembly designed to generate acoustical energy. The audio assembly may use certain components of the accessory device to generate the acoustical energy. For example, the accessory device may include a shell, or rigid body, that provides structural support for the accessory device. The accessory device may also include a flexible layer, such as silicone, disposed over the shell. The audio assembly may use part of the shell and acoustically drive that part of the shell to generate the acoustical energy. Further, the audio assembly may use part of the flexible layer as a “surround” to allow part of the shell to move relative to other parts. The electronic device may electrically couple with the accessory device, thereby providing a means for providing an audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Rasmussen, Ian P. Colahan, Trevor M. Cardiff
  • Patent number: 9768820
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clip-type mobile terminal which can be conveniently placed on various parts of the body and other objects. The clip-type mobile terminal comprises a case defining the exterior of the mobile terminal, a display panel disposed on the front surface part of the case, and a battery disposed on the rear surface part of the case. The case comprises a first frame supporting the display panel, a second frame supporting the battery, and a connection frame connecting one side of the first frame and one side of the second frame. Here, the first frame and the second frame may be spaced apart from each other by a certain gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Choonghwan Shin, Byunghwa Lee, Sungtaek Oh
  • Patent number: 9749749
    Abstract: A signal processing module is configured to receive left and right channels of stereo input audio data and generate first and second channels of output audio data for first and second loudspeakers where the first and second loudspeakers have different frequency responses to one another. The signal processing module comprises an impulse emphasis block configured to emphasize impulsive sounds in the received audio in at least one of the first and second channels of output audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas Ivan Harvey
  • Patent number: 9648236
    Abstract: A device with a front facing camera having two discrete focus positions is provided. The device comprises: a chassis comprising a front side; a display and a camera each at least partially located on the front side; the camera adjacent the display, the camera facing in a same direction as the display, the camera configured to: acquire video in a video mode; acquire an image in a camera mode; and, discretely step between a first and second focus position, the first position comprising a depth of field (“DOF”) at a hyperfocal distance and the second position comprising a DOF in a range of about 20 cm to about 1 meter; and, a processor configured to: when the camera is in the camera mode, automatically control the camera to the first position; and, when the camera is in the video mode, automatically control the camera to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yun Seok Choi, Sui Tong Tang, Thomas Guillaume Grandin, Arnett Ryan Weber
  • Patent number: 9577693
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a watch body having a display part on an upper surface thereof and having a seating part at an outline part of the display part, and a Bluetooth headset including a sound output unit that outputs sound information received from a master terminal, having a shape corresponding to an outline part of the display part to surround the display part, seated in the seating part, and installed to be attached to and detached from the watch body, the Bluetooth headset being a slaver terminal of the master terminal that functions as a body case or a bezel of the watch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Young Gwun OH
    Inventor: Young Gwun Oh
  • Patent number: 9386134
    Abstract: An apparatus including a sound transducer; and a housing having the sound transducer connected thereto. The housing forms a substantially sealed air space back cavity acoustically coupled to the sound transducer. The housing includes a housing member having a first dividing structure located in the back cavity to connect two adjacent air mass sections of the back cavity, where the dividing structure includes at least one aperture to permit travel of sound waves through the at lease one aperture between the air mass sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Benedict Slotte, Anders Johan Engberg
  • Patent number: 9258397
    Abstract: A protective case having a speaker sound amplification path and an electronic device including at least one speaker device are disclosed. The protective case includes a base surface placed adjacent to at least one side of the electronic device to protect the electronic device, at least one speaker sound amplification path formed in the base surface and having a specific depth including a first location corresponding to a speaker hole of the electronic device to output a speaker sound of the speaker device, and a speaker sound output hole at a second location extended from the speaker sound amplification path and formed to an outer side of the protective case in an open manner, wherein the speaker sound output from the speaker hole is amplified within the speaker sound amplification path and is then output through the speaker sound output hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung-Hee Lee, Ki-Won Kim, Sun-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 9209850
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a protective case for an electronic device including a first member and a second member operationally configured to house an electronic device therein; wherein the first member is operationally configured to direct sound waves to an inner surface of the second member; and wherein the second member is operationally configured to dictate travel of sound waves within the protective case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: David Chang
  • Patent number: 8971974
    Abstract: A cover for a hand-held device, which has a device body and a speaker, includes a cover body configured for covering a portion the device body and for covering the speaker and a channel for positioning adjacent the device body. The channel is configured to form a sound duct when mounted adjacent the back side of the device body and to be in communication with the speaker when the cover is mounted to the hand-held device for redirecting at least a portion of the sound waves emitted from the speaker to a location remote from the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: nflukz, llc
    Inventor: Robert B. Weaver, III
  • Patent number: 8929538
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for switching talking mode automatically applicable to electronic equipment, which includes an accelerometer, proximity sensor and video camera. The method includes acquiring gravity information from the accelerometer during conversation between the electronic equipment and the other side of the conversation, and judging whether the electronic equipment is in a vertical state according to the gravity information; activating the video camera to take a capturing action if the electronic equipment is not in a vertical state, and acquiring distance information and/or image information, the distance information used for indicating distance to the captured object, and the image information used for indicating the captured object; and switching the talking mode to speakerphone mode if distance indicated by the distance information is greater than a first threshold value, and/or resolution of the image indicated by the image information is greater than a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Yinong Liu
  • Patent number: 8923929
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for processing a call on a mobile endpoint device in any orientation are disclosed. For example, the method receives an incoming call, detects a call answering signal, detects an audio signal within a time period after the call answering signal, determines an orientation of the mobile endpoint device and activates a microphone from a first speaker and microphone pair and a speaker from a second speaker and microphone pair based upon the orientation of the mobile endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Damian Kumor
  • Patent number: 8913738
    Abstract: Apparatus includes a housing, a substrate provided within the housing and including a first surface oppositely disposed to a second surface, an earpiece speaker module provided within the housing and including an air displacement component that is configured to move upon application of an electrical signal, the air displacement component having a front surface and a back surface, an acoustic cavity defined within the housing, and a front volume adjacent the front surface of the air moving component. The housing includes an earpiece aperture which is coupled to the earpiece speaker module by an acoustic channel, wherein the first surface of the substrate faces generally towards the earpiece aperture. The second surface of the substrate faces the back surface of the air displacement component. A rear volume is provided between the second surface of the substrate and the earpiece speaker module. The acoustic cavity is coupled via a coupling channel to the rear volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Yao Qingshan, Preben Kvist
  • Patent number: 8891806
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a case forming an external appearance, a circuit board positioned in the case, an acoustic output unit, and a connector joined to the acoustic output unit and electrically connected to the circuit board is provided. The connector contacts one lateral surface of the circuit board and is elastically deformed through the contact. The connector may include a fixed end portion inserted into the acoustic output unit and a free end portion connected to the fixed end portion to be elastically displaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minsu Jun, Leehyun You, Hongki Kim, Yongsu Jeon
  • Patent number: 8837764
    Abstract: A portable loudspeaker includes a base and a speaker cap opposing the base. The base and speaker cap are interposed by a movable resonance portion. The movable resonance portion is formed in a storing state and a releasing state. The base has a resonance reflection portion to receive reverse resonance sound waves generated by a speaker. The movable resonance portion includes a first transmission channel to transmit the reverse resonance sound waves to the resonance reflection portion and a second transmission channel to transmit base sound waves generated by the resonance reflection portion from the reverse resonance sound waves towards the speaker cap. The speaker cap has a second audio outlet to output the bass sound waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Topower Computer Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Ling Chou
  • Patent number: 8817971
    Abstract: In a video teleconference device, a microphone and a speaker are arranged in a housing in such a manner that a voice input direction of the microphone and a voice output direction of the speaker are roughly orthogonal to each other. With that, the sound coming out of the speaker is not easily received as input by the microphone. Thus, with such a simple configuration, it becomes possible to effectively curb the echo effect and the howling effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Haruo Shida, Nobutake Hayashi, Satoshi Odanaka
  • Patent number: 8804947
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system which supports a dual-purpose aperture for an electronic device. This system includes a first component configured to perform an acoustic function through the aperture and a second component configured to perform a non-acoustic function through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael N. Rosenblatt, Michael M. Lee, Justin L. Gregg
  • Patent number: 8792667
    Abstract: Even when an audio component is mounted on a non-flat portion such as a level difference portion or a bumpy portion, the audio component is stably fixed so as to improve sound quality without requiring a space for improving the sound quality, such as an exhaust chamber, and without increasing the cost. For this purpose, when a mounting rear face area of the audio component covers the non-flat portion on a substrate on which the audio component is mounted, the audio component is fixed on the substrate with a strength retaining member in the shape of a thin sheet provided therebetween for cancelling a level difference against a rear face of the audio component in the non-flat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kousuke Asami
  • Patent number: 8718309
    Abstract: In the invention a speaker apparatus acoustically combines the earpiece and hands free functions. Thus a speaker has acoustically separated functions for acting as the earpiece and as the hands free. The speaker apparatus has a back cavity having an outlet so that the damped sound of the outlet operates as the earpiece. The front of the speaker apparatus operates as the louder hands free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Weskström, Benedict Slotte
  • Patent number: 8718316
    Abstract: A computing device comprises a platform and an audio receiver component. The audio receiver component is provided on a front side of the platform and is oriented to emit sound out of the front of the housing. A gap volume adjacent to the audio receiver is defined by the front side of the platform and the front façade of the housing. The gap volume supports audio output from the audio receiver component. A first air channel is defined by a combination of (i) a through-hole in the platform at the gap volume, and (ii) an opening in a back façade of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Much, David Klawon, Sagar Savant
  • Patent number: 8654968
    Abstract: A speaker module for installing on an electronic device is disclosed. The speaker module includes a containing casing, a speaker device, an antenna, at least one audio signal transmitting member, and at least one antenna signal transmitting member. The containing casing has at least one hole formed thereon. The speaker device is disposed in the containing casing and outputs sound via the hole. The antenna is formed integrally with the containing casing along the contour of the containing casing. The audio signal transmitting member is electrically connected to the speaker device for electrically connecting to the electronic device, so as to establish audio signal transmission between the speaker device and the electronic device. The antenna signal transmitting member is electrically connected to the antenna for electrically connecting to the electronic device, so as to establish antenna signal transmission between the antenna and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron NeWeb Corporation
    Inventors: Ching-Chia Mai, Kuan-Hsueh Tseng, Cheng-Han Lee, Chih-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 8649506
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for media devices including a housing, a frame disposed adjacent to the housing, and an acoustic source that is integrated with the frame for emitting sound from the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Tang Yew Tan, Derek Boyd Barrentine
  • Publication number: 20140037085
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of a telephone with handsfree function includes a telephone set and a handset. Two metal pieces are fixed in the handset, and two electromagnetic valves are fixed in the telephone set. A processing circuit in the telephone set powers on the electromagnetic valves when the handsfree function of the telephone is enabled to generate an electromagnetic field. The electromagnetic valves magnetically attract the metal pieces, such that the handset is firmly held on the telephone set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIN-MING YU
  • Patent number: 8593397
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a handheld electronic device. The device comprises a case and an audio transducer. The case has a housing, a cover, an indentation, a first opening and an audio transducer. The housing has a housing surface. The cover has a cover surface with at least a portion of the cover surface being disposed adjacent at least a portion of the housing surface; an elongated channel formed therein opposite the cover surface; an insert; and a lens disposed adjacent to the insert. The indentation is formed in at least one of the housing adjacent the housing surface and the cover adjacent the cover surface and the indentation is disposed between and forms a cavity in the case between at least a portion of the housing adjacent the housing surface and at least a portion of the cover adjacent the cover surface. The cavity is elongated along at least a first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Craig E. Ranta, Larry Hawker, Jonathan Nobels
  • Patent number: 8553874
    Abstract: A cover system for a communication device and a case for the communication device are provided. The system comprises: a first cover and a second cover. The first cover has a shape to fit in a recessed region of a case of a communication device, the recessed region bounding a display opening and a speaker opening in the case; a first region adapted to cover the display opening; a second region to enclose the speaker opening; and at least one hole in the second region to provide a conduit through the first cover to the speaker opening. The second cover covers the second region and is shaped to allow ambient air to pass around the second cover to the at least one hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: John Holmes, Felipe Simoes, Larry Hawker
  • Patent number: 8542316
    Abstract: An electronic device (e.g., an imaging apparatus) is implemented to obtain excellent sound effects while miniaturization and slimming down are achieved. An electronic device (e.g., an imaging apparatus) has a casing; a sound emitting device that has a sound emitting portion and is provided inside the casing; a movable member provided to the casing to have a gap between the movable member and the casing; and a communicating portion that communicates between the sound emitting portion of the sound emitting device and the movable member inside the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshio Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 8531393
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a case for a handheld electronic device and an electronic device. The case comprises: a housing and a lens. The housing has a housing surface; and a first opening in the housing surface. The lens has a cover surface being disposed adjacent at least a portion of the housing surface; an indentation formed in the cover adjacent the cover surface, the indentation being disposed between and forming a cavity in the case between at least a portion of the housing adjacent the housing surface and at least a portion of the cover adjacent the cover surface, the cavity being elongated along at least a first axis; and a second first opening formed in the cover providing fluid communication between the cavity and the cover surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Craig E. Ranta, Larry Hawker, Jonathan Nobels
  • Patent number: 8532285
    Abstract: A method and apparatus perform call control by obtaining initial biometric information of ears of a user of a handheld audio device; detecting a change in the biometric information of the ears of the user; determining a position and motion of the handheld audio device by analyzing the detected change in biometric information; and performing call control based on the determined position and motion. Further, the method and apparatus perform a first call control operation in response to the determined motion and position if the handheld audio device is communicating with a first endpoint and a second call control operation if communicating with a second endpoint. In addition, the method and apparatus change an internal call control operation of a handheld audio device by determining motion and a position of the handheld audio device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Marc William Joseph Coughlan, Alexander Quentin Forbes, Ciaran Gannon, Rod D. Livingood, Paul Roller Michaelis, Peter Donald Runcie, Ralph Warta
  • Patent number: 8503970
    Abstract: An exemplary portable communication device and system comprises interchangeable speaker modules allowing different speakers to be used with a portable communication device assembly. The speaker modules and the portable communication device assembly form portable communication devices when the speaker modules are secured to the portable communication device assembly. In the exemplary embodiment, a slim speaker module includes a speaker suitable for operation during proximate communications where the portable communication device is placed near the user's ear. An extended speaker module includes a larger speaker providing improved performance during non-proximate communications where the portable communication device is positioned away from the ear such as during a push-to-talk (PTT) call or when a speaker phone option is invoked. In the exemplary embodiment, the speaker modules also perform the function of a battery compartment door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Chad Tyler Uyehara
  • Patent number: 8489151
    Abstract: A modular wireless headset having integrated but detachable elements is operable to service a cellular wireless terminal, streamed media or playback device. This modular wireless headset may include a wireless microphone and a wireless earpiece. The wireless earpiece may physically couple to the wireless microphone and a base unit in order to exchange information and share power resources. A power distribution controller allocates power between the wireless earpiece, wireless microphone, and base unit when physically coupled to operate or charge internal power supplies of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Josephus A. Van Engelen, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Nambirajan Seshadri, James D. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8472658
    Abstract: A hand-held, portable electronic device is provided with a retainer port that defines an accessory retaining structure formed in an exterior periphery of a device housing for removably retaining a retainable wireless accessory in a cavity of the accessory retaining structure. In one embodiment of the present invention, the hand-held, portable electronic device includes a first transceiver adapted to communicate with the retainable wireless accessory over a short-range wireless communication link. The retainable wireless accessory may include a second transceiver adapted to communicate with the hand-held, portable electronic device using the short-range wireless communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Sanjeev Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 8463334
    Abstract: A wideband voice electro-acoustic apparatus for a wireless telephone, including a mouthpiece for a wireless telephone. The mouthpiece has a wideband voice frequency response/passband in the frequency range of 200 Hz to 7000 Hz. The apparatus also includes an earpiece for a wireless telephone. The earpiece has a wideband voice passband in the frequency range of 200 Hz to 7000 Hz. The wideband voice electro-acoustic apparatus improves the voice quality of wireless voice band communication over that available using a conventional wireless telephone having an electro-acoustic passband smaller than 200 Hz to 7000 Hz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Louis Dominic Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8355515
    Abstract: An audio headset may comprise a case, near field microphone and far field microphone. A speaker, processor, memory, battery, charging interface and cradle detection circuit may be mounted to the case. Processor-executable instructions embodied in the memory, may be configured to implement a battery charging method. The headset may be shut off in response to placement of the headset in a charging cradle. The far-field microphone is turned on but not the near-field microphone. The battery may then be charged from the cradle. A headset having near-field and far-field microphones may be used to distinguish between user speech and competing sounds by generating signals from the sounds detected by each microphone and comparing the strengths of the signals. The signals may be processed as user speech if they are of comparable strength. Otherwise, the near-field signal may be processed as user speech and the far-field signal as competing sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Xiadong Mao, Ruxin Chen, Seth C. H. Luisi
  • Patent number: 8340966
    Abstract: A control unit extracts at least a part of data that is displayed on a display and sends the extracted part of the displayed data to a speech generating device. The speech generating device includes a conversion circuit that converts the received data to a speech signal. The conversion circuit may be connected to a speaker system for broadcasting the speech signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Nercivan Kerimovska, Gunnar Klinghult, Anna Tomasson
  • Patent number: 8280095
    Abstract: A mobile apparatus includes a main body; a wall forming part of an enclosure forming a sound space in the main body, the wall having an opening therein; a speaker disposed in the sound space; a signal line connected to the speaker and passing through the opening in the wall; and an opening sealing member that seals the opening in the wall through which the signal line passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-il Lee, Boo-sang Kim, Cheul-hae Park
  • Patent number: 8274795
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a main body, a circuit board in the main body, a rear cover, at least one first conductive member exposed through the rear cover and electrically connected to the circuit board, and a support assembly. The support assembly includes a hollow support detachably connected to the rear cover, at least one second conductive member connected to the hollow support and staying in contact with the at least one second conductive member, and at least one cable extending through the hollow support and comprising a first end electrically connected to the at least one second conductive member, and a second end extending out of the hollow support for connecting with a peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hou-Xin Sun
  • Patent number: 8265326
    Abstract: A hand-held, portable electronic device is provided with a retainer port for removably receiving one or more attachable wireless audiophones for in situ charging of at least one of a first or second attachable wireless audiophone on the hand-held, portable electronic device. In one embodiment of the present invention, a retainer port configured to mate with a first connector of a first attachable wireless audiophone including at least one of a speaker or a microphone at a hand-held, portable electronic device having a device housing with a surface is provided. The retainer port may comprise at least one of a first or a second port socket configured for removably retaining the first attachable wireless audiophone on the hand-held, portable electronic device. The first port socket to communicatively receive the first connector of the first attachable wireless audiophone for in situ charging thereof when the hand-held, portable electronic device is connected to an electrical power source for recharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Sanjeev Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 8208624
    Abstract: A device such as a mobile phone includes a device to be hearing aid compatible. The device may include a first speaker for private listening operation and a second speaker that provides both speakerphone operation and hearing aid (e.g. telecoil) operation. The device may include a first use position for normal listening and a second, substantially different, use position for telecoil operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: James Samuel Bowen
  • Patent number: 8200289
    Abstract: A portable terminal in provided. The portable terminal includes a body having a front surface, the front surface having an upper portion and a lower portion, a display unit located in the body and visible at the front surface thereof, the display unit having a first end and a second end, and at least one of the first end being adjacent the upper portion and the second end being adjacent the lower portion, and a speaker unit located in the body, the speaker unit including a bone conduction speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Won Seok Joo, Kwang Hyun Ahn
  • Patent number: 8155367
    Abstract: A hand-held, portable electronic device is provided with a retainer port for removably coupling an attachable wireless audiophone thereto. By removably coupling the attachable wireless audiophone, the retainer port may detachably retain the attachable wireless audiophone on the hand-held, portable electronic device. The hand-held, portable electronic device may include a first transceiver adapted to communicate with a second transceiver of the attachable wireless audiophone over a wireless communication link. As one example, a cell phone may removably receive a portion of a wireless headset in a retainer port on the cell phone housing for holding and/or in situ charging the wireless headset, such as Bluetooth wireless headset. Both the cell phone and the wireless headset may include a battery, respectively. A shared or common charger may charge the battery of the cell phone and the battery of the wireless headset in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Sanjeev Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: RE44286
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses an electronic device that comprising two housings connected via a hinge. The two housing are capable of rotating about one and another. The two housing may be rotated to place the electronic device in an open or closed position. Electronic device further comprises at least two scroll dials, allowing the user to operate various functions in either the closed position or the open position. A display is provided that automatically adjust orientation to allow the user to view the information provided on the display in either open or closed position. The electronic device also provides for adjusting the audio functionalities based on the position of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Gary Bell, Soren Petersen