Body Contact Wave Transfer (e.g., Bone Conduction Earphone, Larynx Microphone) Patents (Class 381/151)
  • Patent number: 11375307
    Abstract: An earphone device includes a housing having a driver unit, and a sound guide tube mounted on a front surface of the housing to protrude from the front surface, in which the sound guide tube is disposed at a position deviated from a center position of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Tomohiro Matsuo, Takashi Ohta, Koji Nageno, Tomohiro Ito
  • Patent number: 11368780
    Abstract: A bone conduction earphone includes an earphone body configured to attach to an auricle of a human body and transmit an audio vibration signal and an ear hook configured to hook on the auricle. A first end of the ear hook is fixedly connected with the earphone body. A second end of the ear hook extends between the auricle and a head of the human body. The second end of the ear hook extends along the auricle and laterally deviates from the earphone body. In a natural state, a lateral distance between the earphone body and an extending end of the ear hook is less than a lateral distance from a front surface of the auricle to a back surface of the auricle. When the bone conduction earphone is worn, the earphone body and the ear hook clamp the auricle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN XINWANHONG TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuliang Kong
  • Patent number: 11330374
    Abstract: A head-gear mounted bone-conducting microphone includes a housing attachable to a helmet and a transducer housed in a flexible shroud. The shroud is attached to the housing. A resilient material is disposed within the shroud. A void is provided between the resilient material and the housing to prevent the transducer from transmitting vibrations directly from the housing to the transducer. This configuration allows the microphone to effectively mechanically isolate the minuscule vibrations associated with speech from the enormous vibrations associated with most loud environments (machinery, equipment, transportation, aircraft, tanks, construction, sporting events, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: JLI Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jody DiLorenzo, Peter L. Madaffari
  • Patent number: 11284206
    Abstract: A bone conduction hearing device, comprising an electronic assembly, a vibration component and a battery, the battery being configured to power the electronic assembly and the vibration component, the electronic assembly being configured to control the vibration of the vibration component, and the electronic assembly and the vibration component being configured to be placed inside an accommodation space formed between at least two adjacent molars and an alveolar bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Sonitus Medical (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Ji, Yuxiang Hong
  • Patent number: 11284189
    Abstract: A bone conduction loudspeaker, comprising an upper shell, a lower shell coupled to the upper shell and a sound transmission piece coupled to at least one of magnet and a coil, wherein a periphery of the sound transmission piece is provided with a flange bent to a side, and an outer side face having an opening within the upper shell and having a snap slot complementary to the flange, and wherein the sound transmission piece is sleeved over the opening and fixed through a snap-fit between the flange and the snap slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Fangfang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11272288
    Abstract: A system and method to selectively activate an audio reproduction device is disclosed. An audio reproduction device is provided. The audio reproduction device is coupled to an audio source to receive audio signal. A biosensor is provided to sense biosignal of a listener. Sensed biosignal is processed by a biosignal processor. The processed biosignal is evaluated by an intermediate digital processor. Based on the evaluation, the audio reproduction device is selectively enabled to reproduce the received audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Scaeva Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Elliott Curd, Wendy Susan Curd
  • Patent number: 11265637
    Abstract: A bone conduction microphone includes a housing having an opening, a microphone pad, an element support member, a piezoelectric element, and a drive plate. The microphone pad is formed in a bottomed tubular shape having a bottom portion disposed outward and a tubular portion with an outer circumference fixed to an inner circumference of the opening. The element support member has an outer circumference fixed to an inner circumference of the tubular portion, and a support portion projecting toward the bottom portion. The piezoelectric element is in a plate shape with a peripheral edge of one surface fixed to the support portion and picks up vibration. The drive plate has a diaphragm part fixed to an inward surface of the bottom portion, and the diaphragm part is provided at a center with a protrusion fixed to an element central portion on another surface of the piezoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kunimoto, Suguru Nakao, Kei Tasaka, Katsuo Saigou
  • Patent number: 11245991
    Abstract: A method, including determining a change in an actuator impedance based on a change in an electrical property of a system of which the actuator is apart, and determining one or more system characteristics based on the change in the actuator impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Martin E. Hillbratt, Kristian Asnes, Marcus Andersson, Johan Gustafsson, Mats Hojlund
  • Patent number: 11240588
    Abstract: Provided is an ear-hole open type sound reproducing apparatus which can obtain good sound quality over a wide band while adopting a bone conduction system. A first equalizer 303 removes a high range component which is difficult to be reproduced by a vibration speaker 301 and is hard to be conveyed by bone conduction. Then, the vibration speaker 301 outputs the sound over a low range to a middle range by bone conduction sound. By equalizing processing of the first equalizer 303, it is also possible to reduce sound leakage of the high range. On the other hand, a second equalizer 304 removes components over the low range to the middle range. Then, an air conduction speaker 302 outputs high quality sound of the high range component by air conduction sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masataka Ozawa, Kazuhiro Sekine, Jo Kamada
  • Patent number: 11240583
    Abstract: A pair of earbuds having interchangeable and rechargeable batteries is implemented, enabling the user to switch out a depleted battery with a charged one and virtually endlessly listen to music, video, etc. A rear of the earbud's main body is adapted with charging/connecting points to which corresponding connecting points on a detachable battery are positioned. The contact points are positive and negatively charged so that a current from the battery can pass to the main body for use. In addition, the battery is external to the earbud's main body so that the user can easily detach and replace it with a new one within seconds. Furthermore, a rear side of the battery is adapted with a touch-input surface that receives input from a user to control the earbuds and connected computing device's functions, such as play and pause, adjust the volume, and answer phone calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Charles DeMaio
  • Patent number: 11206500
    Abstract: A bone conduction speaker is provided. The bone conduction speaker includes: a housing forming an exterior; a stator including a pole piece fitted to a bottom of the housing and a voice coil arranged to an outer circumference of the pole piece; a vibrator including a permanent magnet mounted concentrically with the pole piece and voice coil, with an air gap from the pole piece, a weight attached to the permanent magnet to increase a vibration force, and a yoke attached to the permanent magnet and weight; a flexible printed circuit board mounted on the bottom of the housing, part of which extends out of the housing, and configured to transmit a signal to the voice coil; and a bone conduction pad attached to an outer surface of the housing. The vibration of the vibrator is transmitted to a bone of a user through the housing and bone conduction pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: EM-TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheon Myeong Kim, Jae Hwa Lim, Jeong Ae Ha, Ji Young Lee, Byung Ho Jung, Sung Jin Hong
  • Patent number: 11197106
    Abstract: A speaker comprises a housing, a transducer residing inside the housing, and at least one sound guiding hole located on the housing. The transducer generates vibrations. The vibrations produce a sound wave inside the housing and cause a leaked sound wave spreading outside the housing from a portion of the housing. The at least one sound guiding hole guides the sound wave inside the housing through the at least one sound guiding hole to an outside of the housing. The guided sound wave interferes with the leaked sound wave in a target region. The interference at a specific frequency relates to a distance between the at least one sound guiding hole and the portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN VOXTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xin Qi, Fengyun Liao
  • Patent number: 11197100
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a magnetic circuit assembly of a bone conduction speaker. The magnetic circuit assembly may generate a first magnetic field. The magnetic circuit assembly may include a first magnetic element, and the first magnetic element may generate a second magnetic field. The magnetic circuit may further include a first magnetic guide element and at least one second magnetic element. The at least one second magnetic element may be configured to surround the first magnetic element and a magnetic gap may be configured between the second magnetic element and the first magnetic element. A magnetic field strength of the first magnetic field within the magnetic gap may exceed a magnetic field strength of the second magnetic field within the magnetic gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN VOXTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Zhang, Fengyun Liao, Xin Qi
  • Patent number: 11178479
    Abstract: A headset for a head having a first earpiece, a second earpiece, and a headband. The first earpiece has a horseshoe shaped housing and a plurality of audio elements. The housing of the first earpiece has a crest. The second earpiece has a horseshoe shaped housing and a plurality of audio elements. The housing of the second earpiece has a crest. The headband extends between the crest of the first earpiece and the crest of the second earpiece. The plurality of audio elements of the first earpiece are positionable against a first side of the head and the plurality of audio elements of the second earpiece are positionable against a second side of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew Thomas
  • Patent number: 11140489
    Abstract: A speaker includes a frame; a magnetic circuit system in the frame; and a vibrating system in the frame. The vibrating system includes a suspension ring fixed on the frame, a number of domes fixed at a center of the suspension ring and a voice coil connected below the domes. The domes includes a first dome and a second dome stacked with each other. The second dome has a body part and a number of convex parts extending from the body part to the magnetic circuit system; a number of intervals each formed between every two contiguous convex parts. The convex part includes a bottom surface close to the magnetic circuit system. The voice coil buts the bottom surface and forms leakage passages with the second dome at the interval positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Minmin Chen, Xun Di, Bin Zhao
  • Patent number: 11109131
    Abstract: A system includes a panel extending in a plane, an actuator attached to a surface of the panel, and an electronic control module to activate the actuator to cause vibration of the panel. The actuator includes: a plate to create a force to cause vibration of the panel to generate sound waves, having a width, WT, at a first edge; a stub extending from the first edge of the plate, having a width at a region of connection to the plate that is less than WT, the stub being attached to the surface of the panel to transfer the force received from the plate to the panel and cause the panel to vibrate; and a damper supported by a surface of the plate facing the panel coupling the plate to the panel, the damper having a having a width greater than WS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark William Starnes, Jonathan James Barrett
  • Patent number: 11109135
    Abstract: This disclosure includes several different features suitable for use in circumaural and supra-aural headphones designs. Designs that enhance user comfort and improve user control of the headphones are discussed. Various sensor configurations and electronic component positions are also discussed. User convenience features that include detachable cushions and automatically detecting the donning and doffing of headphones are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin J. Corona Aparicio, Daniel R. Bloom, Jason Joseph LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 11095994
    Abstract: Pads for positioning between external hearing prosthesis components and a recipient's skin or scalp that conform to the recipient's anatomy but transmit vibrations from the external components to implanted components. Usable pad materials may include non-Newtonian materials including dilatant materials, rheological materials, memory foams, viscoelastic material, thermoplastics, electro-rheological fluids and or magneto-rheological fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Andersson, Goran Bjorn, Stefan Magnander, Henrik Fyrlund, Koen van den Heuvel, Tobias Good
  • Patent number: 11095964
    Abstract: To provide a bone-conduction earphone microphone provided with adequate noise control measures for workers working in a noisy workplace, thus enabling the workers to perform smooth communication with other people. The bone-conduction earphone microphone has a configuration in which a bone-conduction sound vibration unit 110 and a projection part 11 connected thereto are formed in a main body 1, and a core part 20 of a polyurethane first earplug section 2a and the projection part 11 are connected, facing each other, by a tubular connection section 30. This configuration enables the bone-conduction earphone microphone to provide hearing protection by acting as a high sound-insulation earplug for an ear canal, and also to perform input and output of voices by means of bone-conduction sound vibrations without picking up noises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: EKO TECHNO INC.
    Inventor: Norio Kitamura
  • Patent number: 11076215
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosure relate to microphone-equipped wearable devices, and more particularly, to wearable devices worn on users' ear. According to certain embodiments of the disclosure, a wearable device comprises a speaker, a microphone, and a housing, the housing includes a protrusion configured to be insertable into a user's ear, a first sound path including a first opening formed through an area of a surface of the protrusion, extending from the first opening in a first length, and including a second opening facing the speaker, and a second sound path including a third opening formed through another area of the surface of the protrusion, extending from the third opening in a second length larger than the first length, and including a fourth opening facing the microphone. Other certain embodiments are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seonmi Kim, Hangil Moon, Jeock Lee, Hwan Shim, Hansol Kim, Haekeu Park, Juhee Chang, Hyeonyeong Jeong, Sunghoon Cho, Hochul Hwang
  • Patent number: 11057721
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a hearing device (e.g., a HI) configured to detect own voice comprises two or more microphones configured to detect a voice, and a motion detection device or component, wherein the hearing device is configured to determine the direction of arrival (DOA) of the voice detected by the microphones of the hearing device, wherein the hearing device is configured to determine whether there is movement of the hearing device using the motion detection device or component, and wherein, if it is determined that the DOA of the voice detected by the microphones of the hearing device is from the front of a user of the hearing device and said detected voice remains stable, and there is movement detected by the motion detection device or component, the hearing device is configured to conclude that the voice detected by the hearing device is own voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventor: Nadim El Guindi
  • Patent number: 11050870
    Abstract: A bone conduction microphone is configured to convert vocal cord vibration into a sound signal. The bone conduction microphone includes a vibration collection unit configured to come into contact with a human body and collect vibration in a predetermined direction, which is included in the vocal cord vibration, and a switch configured to switch whether collection of the vibration in the predetermined direction is enabled. The switch is disposed on a side of the vibration collection unit, which is opposite to a side configured to come into contact with the human body, to allow a direction of an operation of switching whether collection of the vibration in the predetermined direction is enabled to be parallel to the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kunimoto, Suguru Nakao
  • Patent number: 11051097
    Abstract: An installation structure of a vibrator includes elastic members formed of an elastic material, the elastic members being arranged between a housing of a listening device, and the vibrator accommodating an electromechanical transducer for transducing an electric signal into mechanical vibration. The vibrator is installed on the listening device such that a lower surface of the vibrator is disposed at a position facing an ear cartilage in a state where the listening device is worn on an ear, and a first mechanical impedance of the elastic members between the vibrator and the housing is set smaller, at a frequency of 200 Hz to 1000 Hz, than twice a second mechanical impedance, with which the vibrator is loaded, of the ear cartilage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: RION Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Soeta, Takashi Iwakura
  • Patent number: 11026013
    Abstract: A method for operating a bone conduction communication system can include establishing a communicable connection, operating a transducer in an input mode wherein the bone conduction transducers are configured to detect a vibration associated with a bone of the user; transmitting an audio signal over the communicable connection; and operating the transducers responsive to the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Mobilus Labs Limited
    Inventor: Jordan McRae
  • Patent number: 11025145
    Abstract: A quadrangular leaf spring of a quadrangle for generating vibration within a linear vibration motor includes a bottom support having an outer edge of a square form, a top support having a given height with respect to the bottom support and moved up and down by an elastic force of an elastic leg part, and the elastic leg part connected to an inside of the bottom support and upward extended up to the top support. A portion where the elastic leg part and the bottom support are connected is closer to a corner than to a center of each side of the bottom support. A right line of a portion of the elastic leg part connected to the bottom support is extended from the bottom support to the upper side in a concave shape with respect to the center of the leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MPLUS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nam Sock Kim, Seok Jun Park, Tae Hoon Lee, Dong Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 11013430
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for identifying food chewed or beverage drank are disclosed herein. In embodiments, a device may comprise one or more sensors to provide vibration signal data representative of vibrations sensed from a nasal bridge of a user wearing the device, a chewing analyzer to extract from the vibration signal data a first plurality of features associated with chewing activities, and/or a drinking analyzer is to extract from the vibration signal data a second plurality of features associated with drinking activities. The extracted first and/or second plurality of features, in turn, may be used to determine a category of food the user was chewing, or a category of beverage the user was drinking. In embodiments, the methods and apparatuses may use personalized models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Coproration
    Inventors: Cagri Tanriover, Nese Alyuz Civitci, Asli Arslan Esme, Hector Alfonso Cordourier Maruri, Paulo Lopez Meyer
  • Patent number: 11012784
    Abstract: A mechanical coupling device and methods of use for concentrating dynamic force transmitted from a dynamic force actuator to a panel. The device comprises a concentrator surface that is coupled to an elastic panel. The concentrator surface is a continuous region with a surface area that may be smaller, larger, or the same surface area as a region in contact with a dynamic force actuator. The concentrator surface transmits a dynamic force to a region of the panel coupled to the concentrator surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
    Inventors: Michael Charles Heilemann, Mark Frederick Bocko
  • Patent number: 10999682
    Abstract: An arrangement for generating vibration according to an electrical input signal includes a first permanent magnet arrangement including a first permanent magnet, a frame including magnetic material, a second permanent magnet configured to be arranged between the first permanent magnet and the frame and to be coupled with the frame, one or more portion of the frame extending at least in one direction over an edge area of the second permanent magnet. The second permanent magnet is further configured to face, at a distance, the first permanent magnet such that a magnetic interaction between the first permanent magnet and the second permanent magnet causes a first force to a surface of an apparatus, wherein the frame is configured to be magnetized by the second permanent magnet in order to cause magnetic interaction between the one or more portion of the frame and the first permanent magnet arrangement in order to cause a second force to the surface having an opposite direction compared with the first force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PS Audio Design Oy
    Inventors: Petri Soronen, Vesa Kajanus, Petteri Luukkanen, Harri Kankaanpää
  • Patent number: 10981006
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hearing prosthesis having at least one acoustic converter for converting acoustic signals into electrical signals, and comprising an ultrasound device by means of which a multiplicity of focused, pulsed ultrasonic beams can be generated, wherein the ultrasound device can be fixed in the outer ear and/or outside the ear, and wherein, on the basis of electrical signals generated by the acoustic converter, the ultrasonic beams can be focused on to various physically distributed points in a region of the inner ear or in a region of the auditory pathway in the brain, while stimulating nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: AUDISENSE GMBH
    Inventor: Vera Herrmann
  • Patent number: 10969402
    Abstract: A vibration sensor having a moveable mass adapted to move in response to vibrations or accelerations. The sensor includes a damping arrangement that includes a damping fluid or gel. The moveable mass is arranged to interact directly or indirectly with the damping fluid or gel in order to reduce a mechanical resonance peak of the vibration sensor. The damping fluid or gel has a viscosity between 1000 cP and 100000 Cp and damping properties that are substantially stable over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sonion Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Eddy Dubbeldeman, Raymond Mögelin
  • Patent number: 10950245
    Abstract: This application describes methods and apparatus for generating a prompt to be presented to a user for the user to vocalise as part of speaker recognition. An apparatus according to an embodiment has a selector for selecting at least one vocal prompt element to form at least part of said prompt from a predetermined set of a plurality of vocal prompt elements. The selector is configured to select the vocal prompt element based, at least partly, on an indication of the operating conditions for the biometric speaker recognition, for example background noise. The prompt is selected to be one which will provide a good likelihood of discrimination between users when vocalised and used for speaker recognition in the current operating conditions. The prompt may be issued as part of a verification process for an existing user or an enrolment process for an enrolling user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: John Laurence Melanson, John Paul Lesso
  • Patent number: 10911867
    Abstract: An in-the-ear hearing aid device is disclosed. The device at least one electro-acoustic transducer, and at least one sensor or at least one active electronic component. The at least one electro-acoustic transducer comprises a capsule enclosing a transducer sound active part and a transducer air volume. The transducer air volume is air volume which is enclosed by said capsule and which is in fluid-connection with said transducer sound active part. At least a portion of said at least one sensor or of said at least one active electronic component is provided within said transducer air volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Troels Holm Pedersen, Therese Schønemann Blom, Seri Jalonen, Jan Thor Lunddahl Larsen, Niels Stubager Kiemer, Jesper B. Johansen, Povl Koch, Svend Oscar Petersen, Anders Erik Petersen, Kåre Tais Christensen, Antonello Salvatucci, Franz Treue
  • Patent number: 10904664
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system for enhancing an audio listening experience, the system comprising an electrical device configured to impart vibrations, to a chest area of a user, based on an incoming audio signal and detect an acoustic resonance generated in a chest cavity of the user as a result of the vibrations; and an acoustic system configured to output the incoming audio signal in synchrony with the vibrations imparted to the chest cavity and simultaneously deliver haptic and audible vibrations associated with the acoustic resonance to the ears of the user. Embodiments also include a headphone system comprising an audio driver for outputting an incoming audio signal to the ears; and at least one acoustical port configured to deliver haptic and audible vibrations to the ear, the haptic and audible vibrations being associated with an acoustic resonance generated in a chest cavity of the user based on the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SonicSensory, Inc.
    Inventor: Brock Maxwell Seiler
  • Patent number: 10880657
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are methods and apparatus for own-voice sensing in hearing assistance devices. One aspect of the present subject matter includes an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing assistance device adapted to process sounds, including sounds from a wearer's mouth. According to various embodiments, the device includes a hollow plastic housing adapted to be worn in the ear of the wearer and a differential sensor mounted to an interior surface of the housing in an ear canal of the wearer. The differential sensor includes inlets located within the housing and the differential sensor is configured to improve speech intelligibility of sounds from the wearer's mouth, in various embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Howard Burns, Lars Tuborg Jensen
  • Patent number: 10873800
    Abstract: An artificial-reality device for audio playback is provided. The artificial-reality device includes: (i) a head-mounted display including at least one lens, and (ii) one or more transducers, coupled to the head-mounted display. The transducers are configured to generate signals that vibrate the at least one lens of the head-mounted display. The at least one lens generates acoustic waves that correspond to media presented by the head-mounted display when vibrated by the one or more transducers. In some embodiments, the head-mounted display further includes a frame, and at least one transducer of the one or more transducers is coupled to the frame of the head-mounted display. In some embodiments, at least one transducer of the one or more transducers is coupled to the at least one lens of the head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Morteza Khaleghimeybodi
  • Patent number: 10848607
    Abstract: A cycling hearing device has: a stereo sound source unit; left and right vibration sources which conduct a stereo sound source from the stereo sound source unit to the left and right ears respectively without closing either of the left and right external auditory meatus; a notifier that notifies publicly that the left and right external auditory meatus are not closed; a helmet part; and a chin strap part fitted to the helmet part. The left and right vibration sources are cartilage conduction vibration sources respectively. The vibration sources are provided in the chin strap part, and the notifier is an external appearance structure in which the vibration sources conduct vibration to the ear cartilage without closing the external auditory meatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10824192
    Abstract: A method for detecting a wearing-state and a wearable device are provided. The wearable device includes an infrared proximity sensor, an acceleration sensor, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to turn on the infrared proximity sensor in response to detecting, by the acceleration sensor, a user operation. The control circuit is configured to determine whether the wearable device is in a wearing state or a non-wearing state, according to a state of the infrared proximity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Fuhao Guo
  • Patent number: 10785584
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes a housing and a frame inserted in the housing and serving to receive electrical or electronic assemblies which include a transmitting and/or receiving unit for electromagnetic waves. The frame includes an associated antenna configured as an integral part of the frame, as a stamped/bent part or as an inlay part made of metal. The antenna includes a first part with two ends. The first part in particular has a winding profile or is configured as an open loop, and a segment along the profile of the first part forms a first auxiliary structure having the shape of a closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Constantine Farmakidis, Oliver Nipp
  • Patent number: 10771882
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to a user interface for an earbud device. In some implementations, a method includes detecting contact of a finger of a user on a touch user interface of an earbud device. The method further includes determining a contact pattern based on movement of the finger on the touch user interface. The method further includes mapping the contact pattern to a predetermined command. The method further includes executing the predetermined command based on the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Estrada, Masahiko Seki, Haruhiko Kaneko, Hidetoshi Kurihara, Masahiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10751503
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide for a bone conduction system configured as a pillow, bed cushion, seat or similar body support device. The bone conduction system comprises a plurality of transducers positioned about the pillow, bed cushion, seat or similar body support. When ergonomically positioned on the user's skull, the plurality of transducers transmit sound waves to the inner ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Philip Root
  • Patent number: 10743094
    Abstract: A helmet having a dual mode headphone has a helmet. A band is attached to an interior of the helmet. A pair of first housings is provided wherein one of the first housings is formed on each end of the band. A dual mode headphone circuit is provided having a dual-output acoustic transducer module positioned in each of the pair of first housings, the dual-output acoustic transducer module allowing for both air conduction and bone conduction of sound waves. The band is adjustable to position the pair of first housings on the user when the helmet is worn by the user based on a mode of operation of the dual mode headphone circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Jonathan Jan
  • Patent number: 10743120
    Abstract: An electromagnetic vibrator for a bone conduction hearing aid is disclosed. The electromagnetic vibrator comprises a magnet arrangement comprising a central portion, a coil wound around the central portion and being configured to generate a dynamic magnetic field and at least one permanent magnet configured to generate a static magnetic field. The electromagnetic vibrator further comprises a vibrator plate arranged in position and in such a manner that a gap, extending across a longitudinal axis of the electromagnetic vibrator is provided between the vibrator plate and at least one of said central portion or at least one permanent magnet. The electromagnetic vibrator further comprises an encasing surrounding at least a portion of the magnet arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Oticon Medical A/S
    Inventor: Bengt Bern
  • Patent number: 10701470
    Abstract: A headset includes a circumaural assembly having an adjustable sensor mount configured to secure a sensor forward of the tragus of a user. The mount is movable relative to the assembly to position the sensor in contact with or proximal to the user skin. The mount may extend from an interior side or flat component of the assembly into an opening of a circumaural cushion. The sensor mount may include a resilient support arm or structure extending from behind a circumaural cushion, or integrated into the cushion, to urge the sensor into contact with the user. The mount may include a spring-biased rotatable knob having an eccentrically located aperture configured to secure the sensor, and rotatable to position the sensor. Sensor signals may be processed to detect blood flow, heart rate, etc. and/or movement, such as jaw movement indicative of talking for use in automatically muting an associated microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Light Speed Aviation, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Schrader, Matthew Raymond Evonuk, Brian David Frost
  • Patent number: 10701158
    Abstract: A control method of a wearable apparatus and related apparatuses are provided. A wearable apparatus includes a first wearable device and a second wearable device. The first wearable device and the second wearable device each include a control circuit and an input-output circuit. The wearable apparatus is coupled with an electronic apparatus. Control circuit of the first wearable device is configured to control input-output circuit of the first wearable device and to send, via the input-output circuit of the first wearable device, a first control instruction to the electronic apparatus, whereby the electronic apparatus executes the first control instruction. Control circuit of the second wearable device is configured to control input-output circuit of the second wearable device and to send, via the input-output circuit of the second wearable device, a second control instruction to the electronic apparatus, whereby the electronic apparatus executes the second control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Haiping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10684675
    Abstract: The apparatus, for using a frictional sound input, includes a microphone configured to receive an audio signal; and a processor configured to detect frictional sound from the audio signal, determine a frictional property by analyzing a characteristic of the detected frictional sound, and execute a control command corresponding to the frictional property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Oleksandr Shchur, Yevhenii Yakishyn, Byeong-hoon Kwak
  • Patent number: 10602256
    Abstract: At least an embodiment discloses an earphone comprising a shell, a signal generator and a first speaker, wherein the signal generator is electrically connected to the first speaker and both the signal generator and the first speaker are within the shell; a first earphone tube including a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first earphone tubes is connected to the shell, and the first end of the earphone tube is approximate to the first speaker; and a first earplug connected to the shell via the first earphone tube, wherein a sound generated by the first speaker is transmitted to the first earplug through the first earphone tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Hu Leng, Gang Wang
  • Patent number: 10560777
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a wearable electronic device. The wearable electronic device includes a frame containing a first arm configured to rest over an ear of a user. The wearable electronic device also includes a bone conduction unit disposed within the first arm at a position that contacts a head of the user. The bone conduction unit includes a bone conduction transducer and a suspension that isolates at least one surface of the bone conduction transducer from contacting the frame. The suspension includes a first attachment point that is attached to a side of the bone conduction transducer and a second attachment point that is attached to the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Vigo Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Gui, Aaron R. Rowley, Tiantian Zhang
  • Patent number: 10500129
    Abstract: A system for relieving pain of a user includes an electromechanical transducer configured to generate generate tactile sound waves (vibrations) with a frequency between 5 Hz and 200 Hz, a holder configured to keep the transducer in a fixed position adjacent to the mesenterial and internal organs' Pacinian corpuscles located in the abdominal cavity of the user, and a controller configured to control the amplitude and frequency of the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: PaciniMedico ApS
    Inventors: Peter Michael Nielsen, Jesper Rønager
  • Patent number: 10506322
    Abstract: An earpiece wearable includes an earpiece wearable housing, an intelligent control system disposed within the ear piece wearable housing, and an operating system associated with the intelligent control system for the earpiece wearable wherein the operating system provides for a user of the earpiece to choose between a plurality of software applications to execute on the intelligent control system. A method includes installing on the earpiece wearable a plurality of different software applications and selecting one of the plurality of software applications to execute on the intelligent control system of the earpiece wearable using the operating system of the earpiece wearable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Toby Martin, Eric Christian Hirsch, Veniamin Milevski
  • Patent number: RE48797
    Abstract: A bone conduction device comprising a multilayer piezoelectric element. The multilayer piezoelectric element comprises two stacked piezoelectric layers, and a flexible passive layer disposed between the piezoelectric layers. The device also comprises a mass component attached to the multilayer piezoelectric element; and a coupling attached to the multilayer piezoelectric element configured to transfer mechanical forces generated by the multilayer piezoelectric element and the mass component to a recipient's skull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Andersson, Kristian Asnes, Erik Holgersson, Patrik W. Stromsten, Wim Bervoets