Including Aid For Handicapped User (e.g., Visual, Tactile, Hearing Aid Coupling) Patents (Class 379/52)
  • Patent number: 10714074
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method, a browser client, and a server for reading web page information by speech. The browser client is installed with a text to speech (TTS) engine. The method includes: sending, by a browser client, a page access request to a server, where the page access request includes a page address and TTS identity information; receiving, by the browser client, response data returned by the server, where the response data includes a TTS standard version number determined by the server according to the TTS identity information, and TTS page data corresponding to the page address; and reading, by the browser client, the TTS page data by speech according to the TTS standard version number by using a TTS engine. In the present disclosure, page information is read by speech by using the TTS engine installed on the browser client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Guangzhou UCWeb Computer Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Liang, Weiyong Wu
  • Patent number: 10709887
    Abstract: A mouthpiece for providing non-invasive neuromodulation to a patient. The mouthpiece includes an elongated housing having a center of gravity located within a posterior region, a positioning pad attached to the top surface of the elongated housing for minimizing contact between a patient's upper teeth and the exterior top surface of the elongated housing, and a printed circuit board mounted to a bottom portion of the elongated housing, the printed circuit board having a plurality of electrodes for delivering subcutaneous local electrical stimulation to the patient's tongue. In some embodiments, the mouthpiece includes at least one locator disposed along the anterior region of the elongated housing for contacting a patient's teeth to securely position the mouthpiece within the patient's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Helius Medical, Inc
    Inventors: Mark Guarraia, Aidan Petrie, Justin Fisk, Adam Muratori, Jeffrey M. Wallace, Jeffrey C. Morang
  • Patent number: 10686937
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are disclosed for automatically connecting to a relay service and establish a captioning communication session during a call between a hearing-impaired user and a far-end user. The apparatus includes communication elements configured to receive captions from a relay service, and a processor configured to automatically connect to the relay service and establish a captioning communication session during a call responsive to a determination that a connection to the relay service failed during a time in which the hearing-impaired user desired captions to be enabled. A method includes determining captions are desired by the hearing-impaired user at a first time to be enabled for display to the communication device during a call, detecting a failed connection to the relay service at a second time, and automatically connecting with the relay service and establishing a new captioning communication session at a third time during the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Chevrier, Michael S. Stimpson
  • Patent number: 10679013
    Abstract: A call assistant device is used to command a call management system to perform a specified task in association with a specified call. The call assistant device can be an Internet of Things (IoT) based device, which can include one or more buttons and connect to a communication network wirelessly. When a user activates the call assistant device, e.g., presses a button, the call assistant device sends a message to the call management system to perform a specified task. Upon receiving the message, the call management system executes the specified task in association with a specified call of the user. The task to be performed can be any task that can be performed in association with a call, e.g., generating a summary of the call, bookmarking a specified moment in the call, sending a panic alert to a particular user, or generating an action item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AffectLayer, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Raanani, Russell Levy, Micha Yochanan Breakstone
  • Patent number: 10668244
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for use in treating tinnitus, employs a sound processing unit, a tactile unit, and an interface therebetween. The tactile unit comprises an array of stimulators each of which can be independently actuated to apply a tactile stimulus to a subject, and an input for receiving a plurality of actuation signals from the interface and directing individual actuation signals to individual stimulators. The sound processing unit receives an audio signal at an input, analyses the signal with a digital signal processor to generate the actuation signals which are representative of the audio signal, and provides the plurality of actuation signals to the interface. In a preferred embodiment the digital signal processor divides the audio signal into a series of frames in the time domain, performs a transform on each frame to generate a set of coefficients representing said frame, and maps the set of coefficients to a set of actuation signals to be applied to the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: National University of Ireland
    Inventors: Paul O'Grady, Ross O'Neill, Barak A. Pearlmutter
  • Patent number: 10644666
    Abstract: An audio normalization gain value is applied to an audio signal to produce a normalized signal. The normalized signal is processed to compute dynamic range control (DRC) gain values in accordance with a selected one of several pre-defined DRC characteristics. The audio signal is encoded, and the DRC gain values are provided as metadata associated with the encoded audio signal. Several other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Frank Baumgarte, Eric A. Allamanche, Stefan K. O. Strommer
  • Patent number: 10638015
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing computer-readable instructions for a mobile terminal is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Eiji Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10594851
    Abstract: A method for accessing offline voicemail messages within a mobile messaging application may be provided. First, a voice mail message may be received and the voicemail message may be transcribed to text. Next, the voicemail message and the text transcription may be stored. The recipient may then be presented with a list of voicemail messages and the voicemail message may be retrieved in response to the recipient. The recipient may read or listen to the voicemail message or both. The recipient may also annotate the voicemail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Shivakumar Seetharaman, Michael K. Higashi, Selvaraj Nalliah, Joseph T. Flint, Salman Zafar, Juan V. Esteve Balducci
  • Patent number: 10573312
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining first audio data originating at a first device during a communication session between the first device and a second device. The method may also include obtaining a first text string that is a transcription of the first audio data, where the first text string may be generated using automatic speech recognition technology using the first audio data. The method may also include obtaining a second text string that is a transcription of second audio data, where the second audio data may include a revoicing of the first audio data by a captioning assistant and the second text string may be generated by the automatic speech recognition technology using the second audio data. The method may further include generating an output text string from the first text string and the second text string and using the output text string as a transcription of the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David Thomson, Jadie Adams, Jonathan Skaggs, Joshua McClellan, Shane Roylance
  • Patent number: 10560788
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and a hearing device. The hearing device comprises a first microphone for provision of a first microphone input signal; a sound impulse suppression module configured for detecting a sound impulse in the first microphone input signal; a processor for processing the first microphone input signal in a processing set of frequency bands to obtain an electrical output signal; and a receiver for converting the electrical output signal to an audio output signal, wherein the sound impulse suppression module is configured to apply a detection scheme on the first microphone input signal, wherein the detection scheme defines a detection set of frequency bands, wherein the frequency bands of the detection set covers a part of the frequency bands of the processing set, and wherein a sound impulse is detected based on the detection set of frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GN HEARING A/S
    Inventors: Niels Oddershede, Ditlev Munk Rabøl
  • Patent number: 10560497
    Abstract: Systems and methods for developing, deploying, and/or providing location-based controls for remote visitation in controlled-environment facilities are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method may include identifying a request to establish a visitation session between a resident and a non-resident of a controlled-environment facility, wherein the visitation session includes at least one of: a voice or a video call, and wherein the non-resident operates a mobile device; receiving spacial information of the mobile device; and applying a rule to the visitation session based upon the spacial information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Richard Smith
  • Patent number: 10560574
    Abstract: A method of operating a captioned telephone comprising the steps of dialing a telephone number to a relay gateway, connecting to the gateway over a communication network, performing a test to assess communication network quality, based on the test results, setting up the captioned telephone to operate in at least one of a first mode and a second mode wherein each of the first and second modes is one of (i) a PSTN mode in which data is communicated between the captioned telephone and the relay gateway via analog transmission and (ii) an IP mode in which data is communicated between the captioned telephone and the relay gateway via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ultratec, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Engelke, Kevin R. Colwell, Troy Vitek
  • Patent number: 10542141
    Abstract: A system and method, the method comprising receiving, at a processor, an hearing user's (HU's) voice signal from an HU participant during a first call, wherein the first call is a communication across a communication network, the processor programmed to perform the steps of, examining at least a portion of the voice signal to determine an identity of the HU, identifying a voice model associated with the identity of the HU, wherein the voice model comprises a plurality of rules, and further wherein each of the plurality of rules is a rule for transcribing a word in the HU voice signal into text and generating a text output, wherein the text output is a transcription of a plurality of words identified in the HU voice signal, and further wherein at least one of the plurality of words identified is identified using at least one rule of the plurality of rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ultratec, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Engelke, Kevin R. Colwell
  • Patent number: 10542369
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a hardware processor and a storage medium. The storage medium may be coupled to the processor, and may store instructions. When executed by the processor, the instructions may cause the apparatus to receive a direction signal indicating a first direction in which a head of a user is facing with respect to a fixed direction. The instructions may also cause the apparatus to convert the first direction in which the head is facing with respect to the fixed direction into a second direction in which the head is facing with respect to a third direction, connecting the head and an object. Additionally, the instructions may cause the apparatus to generate an audio signal having characteristics such that a sound generated from the audio signal is perceived by the user as arriving from the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Miyazawa, Yasushi Okumura
  • Patent number: 10468028
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a first network interface for a first network type and a second network interface for a second network type that is different from the first network type. The system also includes at least one processor configured to cause the system to perform operations. The operations may include obtaining, from the first network interface, audio from a communication session with a remote device established over the first network and obtaining an indication of a communication device available to participate in the communication session and direct audio obtained from the communication session to a remote transcription system. The operations may also include directing the audio to the second network interface for transmission to the communication device, obtaining transcript data from the remote transcription system based on the audio, and directing the transcript data to the second network interface for transmission to the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Holm, Jasper C. Pan
  • Patent number: 10469660
    Abstract: A communication system and method for displaying text captions corresponding to voice communications between an assisted user's mobile wireless device and a separate hearing user's device includes at least one communication component configured to enable the appliance to communicate with a relay, a display, and a processor operably coupled to the at least one communication component and the display. The processor is configured to enable the assisted user to establish an association between the appliance and the mobile device, receive text originating at the relay, the text corresponding to a transcript of the hearing user's voice signal originating at the hearing user's device, and cause text captions corresponding to the received text to be displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ULTRATEC, INC.
    Inventors: Robert M Engelke, Kevin R Colwell, Troy D Vitek
  • Patent number: 10460159
    Abstract: Communication systems and methods are disclosed for enabling a first user at a video endpoint to communicate with a far-end user at a communication device via a relay service providing translation services for the first user. The video endpoint may include a camera and may be configured to frame a view of the camera to include a signing area of a user. The video endpoint may be configured to determine the signing area of the user by taking measurements of the user's body and framing a region around the user to include the signing area based on the measurements, by monitoring a range of motion for the signing area of the user, and other methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SORENSON IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Richard H. Shields
  • Patent number: 10356239
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method to provide transcriptions of an audio communication session is disclosed. The method may include receiving audio data at a first device from a second device over a first wireless network connection of a first wireless network type and providing the audio data to a speaker of the first device for output of the audio data. The method may further include encoding the audio data at the first device based on a second wireless network type and transmitting the encoded audio data from the first device over a second wireless network of the second wireless network type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas N. Pakidko, Jasper Pan
  • Patent number: 10348881
    Abstract: A method for accessing offline voicemail messages within a mobile messaging application may be provided. First, a voice mail message may be received and the voicemail message may be transcribed to text. Next, the voicemail message and the text transcription may be stored. The recipient may then be presented with a list of voicemail messages and the voicemail message may be retrieved in response to the recipient. The recipient may read or listen to the voicemail message or both. The recipient may also annotate the voicemail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shivakumar Seetharaman, Michael K. Higashi, Selvaraj Nalliah, Joseph T. Flint, Salman Zafar, Juan V. Esteve Balducci
  • Patent number: 10292119
    Abstract: Certain features relate to operating a distributed antenna system or repeater system communicating frequency-division duplexing (“FDD”) signals in a time-division duplexing (“TDD”) mode. A TDD mode scheduler is configured for monitoring a downlink communications channel for the start of a downlink frame, sub-frame, or resource slot. Based on the start of a downlink frame, sub-frame, or resource slot, the TDD mode scheduler can identify a TDD transmission time-slot. The TDD mode scheduler can schedule high-powered downlink sub-frames during the TDD transmission time-slots where higher power output may be desirable. Based on the indication of the TDD transmission time-slot, a transmit/receive controller can increase the gain of the downlink communication and reduce the gain of the uplink communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Kummetz
  • Patent number: 10284966
    Abstract: Techniques used to selectively amplify audio signals are described herein in connection with audio amplification electronic devices, such as hearing aids, including over-the-ear hearing aids. A device and its operation are described to facilitate setting low and high tone/volume controls separately, using at least two selection mechanisms. In one aspect, a first selection mechanism includes a pitch frequency control rocker switch and the second selection mechanism includes a bass frequency control rocker switch disposed separately. In one aspect, the bass frequency control rocker switch causes a processor to bias the frequency response of the sound amplifier for frequencies below 1 kHz. In another aspect, the pitch frequency control rocker switch causes a processor to bias the frequency response of the hearing for frequencies above 1 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Enrique Gajstut
  • Patent number: 10225400
    Abstract: A method of operating a captioned telephone, comprising storing analog test data in a captioned telephone memory, dialing a telephone number to a relay gateway, connecting to the relay gateway over a communication network and performing a test of the communication network quality using the test data to determine if the network is sufficient to carry analog data, the test including at least one of transmitting the test data to the relay gateway and receiving test data from the relay gateway via the communication network, wherein the network is one of a POTS network and a VOIP network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ultratec, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Engelke, Kevin R. Colwell, Troy Vitek
  • Patent number: 10203762
    Abstract: Configurations are disclosed for presenting virtual reality and augmented reality experiences to users. The system may comprise an image capturing device to capture one or more images, the one or more images corresponding to a field of the view of a user of a head-mounted augmented reality device, and a processor communicatively coupled to the image capturing device to extract a set of map points from the set of images, to identify a set of sparse points and a set of dense points from the extracted set of map points, and to perform a normalization on the set of map points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGIC LEAP, INC.
    Inventors: Gary R. Bradski, Samuel A. Miller, Rony Abovitz
  • Patent number: 10186170
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to providing error correction in a text caption are disclosed. A method may comprise displaying a text caption including one or more blocks of text on each of a first device and a second device remote from the first device. The method may also include generating another block of text and replacing a block of text of the text caption with the other block of text. Furthermore, the method may include displaying the text caption on the second device having the block of text of the first text caption replaced by the other block of text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph N. Romriell, Scot Brooksby, Shane Arthur Roylance, Brian Chevrier, Robert Cochran Puzey
  • Patent number: 10186057
    Abstract: In a data input device according to one aspect of the present invention, a position detection unit detects a first position based on a position of one part of a body of a user represented in a video captured by an image capturing device and a second position based on a position of another part of the body. A drawing input detection unit establishes, based on the first position, an input detection region in which a drawing input is detected, and detects, based on whether or not the second position is included in the input detection region, the drawing input. A position-of-interest detection unit detects a position-of-interest corresponding to the second position on an image display plane. An image forming unit forms an image indicating a position-of-interest in a case that the drawing input detection unit detects the drawing input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoya Shimura, Sakae Saito
  • Patent number: 10148604
    Abstract: A system for providing multimedia messages to a mobile device and a method thereof that includes a server structured to receive and forward multimedia messages. In the system, the server may include a processor structured to receive a multimedia message. When the multimedia message is received, the processor may determine a multimedia standard operable with the mobile device, and direct the formatting of the multimedia message in accordance with the standard. The formatting may be done by the processor itself or another means for formatting the multimedia message. Further, the system may notify the mobile device that the multimedia message has been received and send the formatted multimedia message to the mobile device based on a response to the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventor: Larry Clement Edward Singleton
  • Patent number: 10149069
    Abstract: The application relates to a configurable hearing device such as a hearing aid comprising an input transducer adapted to transform an input sound signal to an electrical input signal; a memory storing at least two different performance categories, each comprising a group of technical features, the group of technical features of each of the at least two different performance categories being at least partially overlapping and each technical feature of the group of technical features being defined by a selectable range and/or parameter settings; a signal processing unit adapted to access the memory and to process the electrical input signal in accordance with an active performance category selectable from the at least two different performance categories, the signal processing unit providing a processed electrical signal; and an output transducer adapted to transform the processed electrical signal to an output signal producing a hearing perception to a user of the hearing device. The invention may e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BERNAFON A/G
    Inventors: Uwe Blessing, Carsten Braun, Remo Vaterlaus, Christian Glück
  • Patent number: 10022549
    Abstract: A system for transferring power to, and communicating with, at least one body-implantable active device includes an external power transfer system associated with an external device disposed outside of a body, operable to transfer power through a dermis layer to each body-implantable active device, and communicate data to and from each body-implantable active device, and also includes a power receiving system associated with each body-implantable active device, operable to receive power transferred from the external power transfer system, and communicate data to and from the external power transfer system. The body-implantable active device may include an implantable neurostimulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Syntilla Medical LLC
    Inventors: Harry Dellamano, Paul Griffith, Francis M. Menezes
  • Patent number: 9996638
    Abstract: The technology disclosed relates to simplifying updating of a predictive model using clustering observed points. In particular, it relates to observing a set of points in 3D sensory space, determining surface normal directions from the points, clustering the points by their surface normal directions and adjacency, accessing a predictive model of a hand, refining positions of segments of the predictive model, matching the clusters of the points to the segments, and using the matched clusters to refine the positions of the matched segments. It also relates to distinguishing between alternative motions between two observed locations of a control object in a 3D sensory space by accessing first and second positions of a segment of a predictive model of a control object such that motion between the first position and the second position was at least partially occluded from observation in a 3D sensory space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LEAP MOTION, INC.
    Inventors: David S Holz, Raffi Bedikian, Kevin Horowitz, Hua Yang
  • Patent number: 9993640
    Abstract: A mouthpiece for providing non-invasive neuromodulation to a patient. The mouthpiece includes an elongated housing having a center of gravity located within a posterior region, a positioning pad attached to the top surface of the elongated housing for minimizing contact between a patient's upper teeth and the exterior top surface of the elongated housing, and a printed circuit board mounted to a bottom portion of the elongated housing, the printed circuit board having a plurality of electrodes for delivering subcutaneous local electrical stimulation to the patient's tongue. In some embodiments, the mouthpiece includes at least one locator disposed along the anterior region of the elongated housing for contacting a patient's teeth to securely position the mouthpiece within the patient's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Neurohabilitation Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Guarraia, Aidan Petrie, Justin Fisk, Adam Muratori, Jeffrey M. Wallace, Jeffrey C. Morang
  • Patent number: 9965467
    Abstract: Implementations enable conversations between operators of communication devices who use sign language and other operators who don't. A method may include receiving images of first sign language gestures captured by a camera of a first communication device, converting the first sign language gestures into first text, transmitting the first text to a second communication device, receiving second text from the second communication device, and converting the second text into images of second sign language gestures made by an avatar. The method may also include operating the camera to capture the images of the first sign language gestures and presenting the images of the second sign language gestures on a display of the first communication device. The method may further include receiving first speech captured at the second communication device, converting the first speech into third text, and then into images of third sign language gestures made by the avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: Dhanuj Dharmarajan Mary
  • Patent number: 9956407
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein are generally directed to techniques for compensating for tonal deafness experienced by a recipient of an auditory prosthesis. More specifically, an auditory prosthesis system includes an external device configured to generate a graphical representation that enables the recipient to compensate for reduced tonal perception associated with delivery of the stimulation signals representative of speech signals. The external device is configured to analyze received speech signals to determine vocal articulator movement of the speaker of the speech signals and/or emotion of the speaker. The external device is further configured to display one or more animated visual cues representative of the detected vocal articulator movement and/or emotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Florent Maxime Hubert-Brierre
  • Patent number: 9921996
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method to obtain an image from the perspective of a pacifier user. The method involves the steps of: providing a digital camera mounted on pacifier apparatus 90 and capturing the image. This can be accomplished in one embodiment by providing an apparatus made of a perpendicular mounting member 30 or linear mounting member 35 that has a plurality of grooved prongs shaped to secure the ring 20 of a pacifier; and a digital camera 40 attached to the perpendicular mounting member 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Jerald Burton
  • Patent number: 9893938
    Abstract: A properties server includes memory configured to store group properties and global properties used to control operation of the communication devices, and a processor configured to manage the group properties and the global properties responsive to modifications made by an administrator, and to transmit the group properties and the global properties to the communication devices. A communication device includes a processor configured to communicate with a properties server to receive a set of properties that includes at least one group property and at least one global property, and memory operably coupled with the processor. The memory is configured to locally store properties used by the processor to operate the communication device, the locally stored properties being configured to be modified responsive to the set of properties received from the properties server. Related devices, communication systems, and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Boehme, Stacey Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9883294
    Abstract: The application relates to a configurable hearing device such as a hearing aid comprising an input transducer adapted to transform an input sound signal to an electrical input signal; a memory storing at least two different performance categories, each comprising a group of technical features, the group of technical features of each of the at least two different performance categories being at least partially overlapping and each technical feature of the group of technical features being defined by a selectable range and/or parameter settings; a signal processing unit adapted to access the memory and to process the electrical input signal in accordance with an active performance category selectable from the at least two different performance categories, the signal processing unit providing a processed electrical signal; and an output transducer adapted to transform the processed electrical signal to an output signal producing a hearing perception to a user of the hearing device. The invention may e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BERNAFON A/G
    Inventors: Uwe Blessing, Carsten Braun, Remo Vaterlaus, Christian Glück
  • Patent number: 9875753
    Abstract: A system for improving speech intelligibility of an audio signal, comprises a hearing aid (10), a server (71), and an external device (50)—such as a smartphone or a tablet computer. The hearing aid has a short range transceiver. The server is accessible via the Internet, and has a Speech Recognition Engine converting speech into text. The external device has a short range transceiver for communication with said hearing aid, a second transceiver for providing a wireless data connection to said server via the Internet, means for handling a speech stream intended for the hearing aid, and a Text-To-Speech engine adapted to synthesize speech based on a string of text. The invention also provides a method of improving speech intelligibility of an audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Michael Ungstrup, Mike Lind Rank
  • Patent number: 9864981
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for making purchases at a merchant point-of-sale (POS) device using a mobile device. Transaction information may be communicated from the POS device to the mobile device and an authorization from the purchaser to proceed with the transaction returned to the POS device from the mobile device. After authorization, the POS device may communicate the transaction information together with an identifier of the mobile device to a financial institution to process payment. The financial institution may confirm the transaction with the purchaser at the mobile device using the identifier of the mobile device. Upon receiving a confirmation response from the mobile device, the financial institution may then transfer funds from a purchaser account to a merchant account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Barrington Riverton Saint Aloysius Young, Bharat Prasad, Bradly Jay Billman
  • Patent number: 9833620
    Abstract: An implantable processor arrangement is described for an active implantable medical device (AIMD) system implanted under the skin of a patient. An implantable communications coil arrangement is configured for transdermal transfer of an implant communications signal. An implantable processor is coupled to and controls the implantable communications coil arrangement so as to operate in two different communications modes. In a normal operation mode, the processor configures the communications coil arrangement for peridermal communication with an external communications coil placed on the skin of the patient immediately over the implantable communications coil arrangement. In a long range telemetry mode, the processor configures the communications coil arrangement for extradermal communication with an external telemetry coil located distant from the skin of the patient immediately over the implantable communications coil arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Wissenwasser, Andreas Mitterer
  • Patent number: 9764133
    Abstract: A TENS apparatus includes a portable TENS device having a housing with a lower surface and a pair of integral electrodes that are incorporated into the lower surface of the housing. The portable TENS device includes a pulse driver that is located within the housing and adapted to generate a program of pulse waveforms for TENS therapy without a carrier wave, and a wireless transceiver component that is operatively connected to the pulse driver. The TENS apparatus includes a remote controller that is provided for communicating with the wireless transceiver component of the portable TENS device by means of a wireless communication signal in order to allow for wireless activation and control of the pulse driver of the portable TENS device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Modular Therapeutx, LLC
    Inventors: Charles M. Thomas, D. Keith Hagy, Donald Kay Riker, Nathan Anderson Pollock, Brad Peter Ryan, Lee Anthony Rodezno, Troy Christiaan Nyssen
  • Patent number: 9763028
    Abstract: A method for wireless communication is described. The method includes receiving a signal from a short-range transmit device using a first communication technology. The signal indicates proximity and characteristics of a remote device that uses a second communications technology. The method also includes configuring a controller according to the signal for communications with the remote device using the second communications technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Jeremy Robin Christopher O'Donoghue
  • Patent number: 9762725
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling communication systems for the hearing impaired are disclosed. A portable communication device requests control over a plurality of communication devices. The portable communication device connects to and controls the plurality of communication devices. The portable communication device includes a user interface that enables a user to transfer a call from a first communication device to a second communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SORENSON IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Scot L. Brooksby, Trevor Wagner, Tara Ault, Bradley Grimm, Jennifer Harris
  • Patent number: 9756188
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a method for initiating an enhanced communication connection, between a calling party (A) and a called party (B), within a telecommunication network system comprising multiple interconnected networks, said enhanced communication connection comprising a circuit switched connection and a packet-switched connection, the method according to the invention is characterized in the steps of processing the setting up of said circuit-switched connection and said packet-switched connection based on one single response invoked by said called party (B). In one embodiment of the method the single response could be the pressing of a button or the selection of a displayed icon on a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Jos den Hartog, Rakesh Taori
  • Patent number: 9736298
    Abstract: Voice to text (VTT) call transcription technologies are provided. At least one server receives a request from a mobile device to initiate a transcription of voice communication of a call between the mobile device and another device. The server, responsive to the request, establishes a bridged communication session between the server, the mobile device, the other device and a VTT system. The bridged communication session includes the voice communication of the call that is exchanged between the mobile device and the other device. The VTT system converts the voice communication of the call in the bridged communication session to a text transcription. The VTT system sends the text transcription of the voice communication of the call, for example, to the first mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Wahlon Lam, Jason Coglon
  • Patent number: 9727145
    Abstract: A detecting device includes a processor and a memory which stores a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor to execute: specifying a region of a hand from a captured image; deciding, based on a movement amount of a region specified by the specifying, a first region with a first movement amount and a second region with a second movement amount that is larger than the first movement amount; if a first region and a second region decided by the deciding are captured in a joined state, deriving a region that remains after removing the first region from the captured image; and detecting a predetermined site in an image of a region derived by the deriving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Taichi Murase, Takahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9699564
    Abstract: An audio adaptor and method of communication is provided. The audio adaptor includes a first connector for connecting to a source of audio, a second connector for connecting to a telephone, a third connector for connecting to an audio output device, and an attenuator connected to the first connector and the second connector. The method involves receiving a first audio signal at a line level from the source of audio, receiving a second audio signal at the line level from a telephone, transmitting the first audio signal and the second audio signal at the line level to an audio output device, attenuating the first audio signal from the line level to a microphone level and transmitting the attenuated first audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: New Brunswick Community College
    Inventors: William J. McIver, Jr., Jonathan Daigle, Noah Hay
  • Patent number: 9691386
    Abstract: A system for institutions (particularly public safety) to accept spoken information such that users can report incident details as required to convey an official incident (e.g., crime) report and to aid in the investigation of the incident. Similarly, users can employ a combination of voice or text input, media submission, [GUI menu screens] and information download to aid in the immediate analysis of incident information to facilitate a rapid response for the incident. This method of interaction with institutions enables reporting parties to more quickly and efficiently convey incident information when direct interaction by an official is not possible or is subject to delay. This helps institutions, for example, police to provide better services while using less staff and resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony Formhals, Eric C Geerdes
  • Patent number: 9673923
    Abstract: Described are systems and methods for communicating emergency alerts to a hearing-impaired user. Queries are performed to one or more emergency alert databases to develop emergency alert notifications. At least some of the emergency alert notifications are filtered responsive to user selected criteria to select one or more filtered emergency alerts. An attention desired indicator is transmitted to a hearing-impaired user device that subscribes to a hearing-impaired relay service supported by the server if the one or more filtered emergency alerts are present. The filtered emergency alerts are transmitted to the hearing-impaired user device in response to a emergency information query from that user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SORENSON IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Taggart, Bruce Johnson, Steve Saunders, Jarod Cranor, Don Brenner, Brian Chevrier, Jennifer Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9652194
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a host computing device includes an internal display and also includes a connector to connect to an external display. A cable is provided to connect to the connector and to connect to the external display. The cable includes video processing capabilities. For example, the cable may include a memory configured to store a frame buffer. The frame buffer may store a frame of video data for further processing by the video processing device in the cable. The video processing device may manipulate the frame in a variety of ways, e.g. scaling, rotating, gamma correction, dither correction, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anup K. Sharma, Scott P. Krueger, James M. Hollabaugh, Roberto G. Yepez, Brijesh Tripathi, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 9635174
    Abstract: Video relay services, communication systems, and methods are disclosed connecting users with N11 services in a video relay service environment. A video relay service may comprise at least one server configured to manage a customer database including customer records for audibly-impaired users of the video relay service, manage an N11 database including alternate numbers corresponding to N11 codes for a plurality of different locations defined by political boundaries, receive incoming video calls including an N11 code from a calling party, resolve the N11 code to an appropriate alternate number for an N11 service based on a political boundary for the calling party responsive to a query of the N11 database, establish a first connection between a video communication device associated with the calling party and a call assistant station associated with a sign language interpreter, and establish a second connection between the call assistant station and the N11 service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SORENSON IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Montero, Janet Lynn Esposito, Scot L. Brooksby, Grant A. Beckmann
  • Patent number: 9622001
    Abstract: A method of remote fitting a hearing aid system (102) adapted to avoid mal-functioning of the hearing aid system as a consequence of an interruption or failure of the remote connection during a remote fitting of the hearing aid system. A hearing aid fitting system adapted for such a method and a hearing aid adapted for such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Anders Westergaard, Svend Vitting Andersen