Speaker Mounting (i.e., Speaker Phone Feature) Patents (Class 379/433.02)
  • Patent number: 6628784
    Abstract: Cellular telephone with a device to protect against radiation generated during its use. It is divided into two groups: a radiation receiver-emitter group (6), consisting of the receiver, the emitter, the antenna (2) and a telescopically extendable support handle for the user, and a personal communication group (7), consisting of the speaker (3); the microphone (4); the keypad (12); the screen (17); and the said casing (5), both of the groups being connected one another via cable or wirelessly. During communication, the radiation receiver-emitter group (6) is distanced from the personal communication group (7), so that the power density of the radiation energy that reaches the personal communication group, and therefore the user, van be less than 0.1 microW/cm2. In the absence of communication, the emitter group can be inserted in a snug manner in a housing provided for that purpose in the casing. It can be used either in individual or collective usages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Consulting Comunicacio I Disseny, S.L.
    Inventor: Miquel Montane Condemines
  • Patent number: 6584198
    Abstract: A system is devised for utilizing the speaker in a mobile phone or other appliance as a transducer for monitoring the shock to which the appliance is subjected. The shock signal is processed and stored signals relative to said shock and providing means to access said stored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Limited
    Inventor: Kari-Pekka Heikkinen
  • Patent number: 6567677
    Abstract: A notebook computer-telephone includes a body that is comprised of at least two hinged parts, a microphone, a speaker, and a ported speaker cover that is rotatably attached to the body. The cover has at least two useful positions. The first position direct sound from the speaker out of the body when the hinge is closed. In this position the speaker is useful in conjunction with the microphone for telephone use. The second position is useful when the hinge is open, directing sound from the speaker out of the body within the area exposed by the opened hinge. Multiple resting positions created by the hinged structure are useful, especially for speakerphone use. A position of the cover that protects the speaker when the hinge is closed is provided. All three positions are achieved without an impact on the size of the device. A second microphone as well as a camera may be provided for flexibility and videophone use. The speaker and the camera may be mounted in conjunction with the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Seth David Sokoloff
  • Patent number: 6553119
    Abstract: A portable radio unit has a housing with a cavity defined in a surface thereof, and an acoustic component is housed in the cavity. A decorative panel is mounted on the housing in covering relation to the cavity. The acoustic component is sandwiched in position between the housing and the decorative panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Mori
  • Patent number: 6546101
    Abstract: A radio (100) provides multiple audio modes of operation, such as a cellular and dispatch modes. Illumination devices (108, 110) are located near the radio's audio sources (104, 106) and become activated to indicate to the user which mode of operation is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Murray, Ryan M. Nilsen, Michael R. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20030003879
    Abstract: A speaker system includes a display panel for displaying an image; a transparent panel provided such that the image displayed in the display panel is viewed through the transparent panel; an electric-mechanical-acoustic-transducer having a diaphragm for outputting a sound by vibrating the diaphragm in accordance with an electric signal; and an acoustic signal transfer member for transferring the sound output from the electric-mechanical-acoustic-transducer to a space provided between the display panel and the transparent panel. The transparent panel is allowed to be vibrated by the sound transferred to the space from the electric-mechanical-acoustic-transducer via the acoustic signal transfer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Shuji Saiki, Sawako Usuki, Shuhei Konishi
  • Patent number: 6483917
    Abstract: A telephone system is provided with a receiver equipped to enable a hearing-impair person to receive a telephone call through bone-conduction and air-conduction hearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Insitute
    Inventors: Kyeong Ok Kang, Jin Woo Hong, Hee Soo Kim, Ki Bang Lee
  • Patent number: 6473631
    Abstract: A wireless video swivel phone device includes a pivoting module. The pivoting module includes at least one video camera lens for capturing video images from at least one direction. The pivoting module rotates to allow the at least one video camera lens to capture video images from different directions. The pivoting module includes an ear cup portion that provides audio output to a user's ear for using the wireless video swivel phone as an ear-to-mouth audio phone communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig F Siddoway, Scott H. Richards
  • Patent number: 6473629
    Abstract: A method of displaying alternating transmitting and receiving phases of voice communication in a mobile phone with a display when it is operated in the speakerphone mode includes the steps of comparing the intensity of a received voice signal from a caller with that of a transmitted voice signal, outputting the received voice signal through the speaker of the mobile phone while displaying a visual indication representing the receiving phase on the display if the intensity of the received voice signal is stronger than that of the transmitted voice signal, and sending the transmitted voice signal to the caller while displaying a visual indication representing the transmitting phase on the display if the intensity of the received voice signal is weaker than that of the transmitted voice signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yun-Seok Chang
  • Patent number: 6453045
    Abstract: A telecommunication device (10) includes a housing (14, 16) and a dual earpiece arrangement (26) associated with the housing. The dual earpiece arrangement (26) includes a handsfree transducer (28) that generates dispatch-level audio output in a handsfree operating mode of the telecommunication device, and a private-mode transducer (38) that generates private-level audio output in a private operating mode of the telecommunication device. In particular, the device (10) includes a cantilevered bender (30) having a first end and a second end wherein the first end of the bender is mounted to the housing (16), a diaphragm (32) having a first end and a second end wherein the first end of the diaphragm (32) is attached to the second end of the bender (30), and a surround (34) joining the second end of the diaphragm (32) to the housing (16). The bender (30) drives the diaphragm (32) in a reciprocating manner to generate dispatch level audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Zurek, Thomas Gitzinger, Michael L. Charlier
  • Patent number: 6449363
    Abstract: A portable telephone with a speakerphone with a safety mechanism. This portable telephone is prevented from entering speakerphone mode unless the device is within a predetermined amount of horizontal. Otherwise, speakerphone mode cannot be entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Phillipe Kielsnia
  • Patent number: 6438227
    Abstract: A mechanically adjustable acoustic filter for a telephone handset earpiece can be adjusted for users with normal hearing or for hearing-impaired users. The acoustic filter includes an enclosure and at least two plates within the enclosure. Each plate has a plurality of holes of a particular diameter. The two plates are capable of being displaced relative to each other, such that an aggregate size of the holes vary as the plates are displaced. The variations in the aggregate size of the holes changes the frequency response of the acoustic filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kretsch
  • Patent number: 6434407
    Abstract: A wireless speakerphone is designed to prevent damage to a user's ear when the phone is placed against the user's ear during speakerphone operation. The phone includes a second speaker, or second speaker, embedded behind its rear surface. The rear surface is shaped so that, when resting against a rigid surface such as a desktop or tabletop, the rear surface and the rigid surface together form a waveguide that directs sound waves from the second speaker into the surrounding room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Denso Corporation, Ltd.
    Inventor: Steven Cook
  • Patent number: 6411719
    Abstract: A loudspeaker assembly for use in electronic devices especially hand held communication devices e.g. a cellular mobile telephone, comprising a loudspeaker (12) for emitting sound through a front cover (9), and a board (8) for mounting components, the board (8) having a first side (10) carrying user interface means (5) accessible through the front plate (9), and a second side (11), facing towards a back cover (7). The loudspeaker (12) is mounted between the board (8) and the back cover (7). Thereby the electronic devices can be made very compact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Erik Möster, Paul Larsson, Mats Olsson, Olof Simonsson, Mats Larsson, Rafael Portela
  • Patent number: 6411710
    Abstract: In a voice receiving mechanism and a handset, an ear pad and a speaker are secured to a ball of a ball joint, and a grip portion supports a ball holder of the ball joint. Therefore, the ear pad, and so on are swingable in any direction relative to the grip portion, and the ear pad, can be brought into close contact with the ear. Further, a leaf spring applies a braking force to the ball. So that, even after the ear pad is separated from the ear, the orientation (direction and angle) of the ear pad, can be kept so that the ear pad can come into close contact with the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Sato, Junya Ohmoto
  • Patent number: 6389297
    Abstract: The invention relates to a radiocommunications terminal comprising a housing having a front face, a back face, and a base, the terminal further comprising a microphone and an earpiece mounted inside the housing, and being provided with at least one input opening constituting an input interface with the microphone, and at least one output opening constituting an output interface with the earpiece, the input opening being on said back face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Luc Attimont, Jannick Bodin
  • Publication number: 20020044645
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the acoustic coupling between a sound receiving transducer and a sound transmitting transducer is disclosed. A housing, wherein the receiving transducer and the transmitting transducer are mounted, is provided to increase the acoustic separation between the receiving transducer and the transmitting transducer. The housing has a surface, which may have an acoustic impedance condition, which is preferably resistive. The housing may further act as a barrier structure between the receiving transducer and the transmitting transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: James G. Ryan, Michael R. Stinson
  • Patent number: 6374120
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a receptacle for acoustically guiding tones emitted from the side of the transducer. The receptacle is adapted to be mounted onto an acoustic transducer within a housing for acoustically sealing and guiding sound from the transducer. The receptacle has a depression on the bottom surface adapted for mating with and sealing the acoustic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: John Krauss
  • Patent number: 6359984
    Abstract: A flip-up type mobile telephone terminal enables a user to answer an incoming call even without opening a flip. A speaker unit includes first and second speakers installed at front and rear sides of the flip, respectively, facing the opposite directions. The speaker unit further includes a partition intervening between the first and second speakers to prevent interference therebetween. A flip-open sensor senses an open state of the flip. A controller detects the open state of the flip through the flip-open sensor, and switches a voice output path to the first speaker when the flip is closed and to the second speaker when the flip is open. A microphone device is installed in a bottom of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Myung Kim
  • Patent number: 6337908
    Abstract: A telephone handset, a cordless telephone or a mobile telephone (4) comprising a transducer (2) provided as a circular capsule (2), which along a ring-shaped front side by means of a ring-shaped gasket is connected to an inner wall of an earcap plane or an earpiece (10), which in front of the front side of the transducer diaphragm has a number of apertures (14), and where a number of acoustic connections (16) to an interior cavity (6) and occurring leakages of the handset or the telephone are provided in said earcap plane or earpiece (10) in such a manner, that said connections (16) are positioned outside the ring-shaped gasket (12) and preferably outside the circumference of the transducer (2) but inside a diameter determined by the ear represented by a standardized measuring ear, that is inside a diameter of preferably 25 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Kirk Acoustic A/S
    Inventor: Morten Kjeldsen Andersen
  • Patent number: 6324284
    Abstract: A handset comprising a sealed unit receiver and a loudspeaker, first apparatus for providing sound from the receiver to the ear of a user when the ear of the user is sealed to the handset, and second apparatus for providing sound from both the receiver and from the loudspeaker to the ear of the user when the ear of the user is only partly sealed to the handset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventors: Larry E. Hawker, Walter Dolezal
  • Publication number: 20010039200
    Abstract: The combination of a personal portable communications device having an audio output intended for use when proximate to a user's ear, and a physically separable accessory to amplify the audio output of the communications device for remote reception. The accessory comprises a bending wave panel-form acoustic radiator, and the communications device has a vibration transducer for coupling to the radiator to drive bending wave energy into the radiator to produce an acoustic output therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Inventors: Henry Azima, Neil Simon Owen, David Gamble