With Furniture, Clothing, Or Image Presentation Means Patents (Class 381/333)
  • Patent number: 10722054
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved neck pillowcase for a neck pillow. The neck pillowcase includes a top fabric layer, an intermediate fabric layer, a bottom fabric layer, wherein the top fabric layer and the bottom fabric layer are joined together with the intermediate fabric layer at two perimeter edges of the intermediate fabric layer to form a body portion, two side arms, an interior cavity accessible through a first closure means embodied near the body portion of the improved pillowcase. The neck pillowcase further includes one or more pockets configured internally and proximal to the first closure means within the body portion of the improved neck pillowcase for holding one or more objects, and at least one flap configured externally on at least one of the two arms for facilitating portability of the improved neck pillowcase, and holding the one or more objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Pleasants Olivia Staton
  • Patent number: 10658610
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a display member including a base substrate and a plurality of pixels disposed on the base substrate to display an image, a window member disposed on the display member and including a transparent part through which the image is transmitted and a bezel part disposed between the transparent part and the display member and contacting the transparent part, and a filling member disposed between the window member and the base substrate and contacting the bezel part. The bezel part includes a first layer contacting the transparent part and a second layer disposed between the first layer and the filling member. The second layer has an opening that overlaps the filling member in a plan view, and the filling member is disposed in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sungsoo Lee, Heesook Yoon, Tetsuji Kamine
  • Patent number: 10652647
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes a display unit projecting an image beam to user's eyes, thus enabling the user to see an enlarged virtual image, a headphone unit configured to transmit sound information to user's ears, and a connecting unit. The connecting unit is substantially C-shaped and defines a C-shaped opening. A middle portion of the connecting unit couples to the display unit. Two opposite sides of the C-shaped opening of the connecting unit couples to the headphone unit. The connecting unit includes an outer frame, a connecting assembly, and an inner frame. The connecting assembly includes at least two independent connecting members. The connecting assembly couples to the outer frame. The inner frame couples to the connecting assembly, and portions near the two opposite sides fix to the outer frame, thus sandwiching the connecting assembly between the inner frame and the outer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peng Tan, Xiaofei Fan
  • Patent number: 10575423
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are smart device concealment systems. The concealment systems can be attached to a user's body or a user's garment and worn as a functional or fashion accessory. The systems can consist of a concealment member, an attachment mechanism configured to attach the concealment system to the user's body or the user's garment, and the concealment member is configured to permit a user to engage the smart device while the smart device is concealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: INTERLOKIT INC.
    Inventor: Dawn DiMeglio
  • Patent number: 10540960
    Abstract: Various embodiments are provided for masking unauthorized commands in an Internet of Things (IoT) computing environment by a processor. One or more commands issued to an IoT device may be filtered according to a selected cone of authentication to distinguish between primary users and secondary users to aid in validation of the one or more commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew R. Jones, Gregory J. Boss, Jeremy R. Fox, John E. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10511912
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display device (1; 101) comprising an imaging plane (2; 103) configured to controllably display an image, a backplane (3) located behind the imaging plane (2; 103), a number of sound actuators (4; 104, 105) configured to produce vibrations based on a driving signal (5), and at least one mechanical coupling element (6) for every sound actuator (4; 104, 105) configured to mechanically couple the imaging plane (2; 103) through the backplane (3) with the sound actuators (4; 104, 105).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: VESTEL ELEKTRONIK SANAYI VE TICARET A.S.
    Inventor: Barbaros Kirisken
  • Patent number: 10469928
    Abstract: A display apparatus including a display panel configured to display an image is disclosed. The display apparatus includes a supporting member on a rear surface of the display panel. The supporting member includes a groove. The display apparatus also includes a sound generator between the display panel and the supporting member, and configured to provide a vibration. The display apparatus further includes a vibration transfer member between the display panel and the sound generator, and configured to transfer the vibration of the sound generator to the display panel to generate sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwangho Kim, KwanHo Park, YeongRak Choi, Sungtae Lee
  • Patent number: 10271132
    Abstract: A method and personal stereo speaker system is provided for providing audio to a user. Speakers provide audio to the ears of a user. The speakers are preferably mounted on the shoulders of the user. The audio emanating from the speakers has a beam angle and an audio level. When the system detects that the head of the user has moved, either side-to-side, up and down, or rotationally, or that the user has commended moving, a controller changes at least one of the beam angle and the audio level in response to the movement. This improves the quality of the sound heard by the user and also keeps the privacy of the audio optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Felix Barmoav, Uzi Cohen, Haim Kahlon, Dori Sasson, Alexander Shmoukler
  • Patent number: 10219079
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel; a support structure at a rear of the display panel; a sound generation actuator supported by the support structure and configured to vibrate the display panel to generate sound; and a cap member surrounding the sound generation actuator and secured to the support structure at an area of the support structure, the area being near the sound generation actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YeongRak Choi, Sungtae Lee
  • Patent number: 10171896
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device including a side speaker hole. The disclosed electronic device may include: a housing including a first face facing a first direction, a second face facing a second direction opposite the first direction, a side face facing a third direction perpendicular to each of the first and second directions and surrounding at least a portion of a space between the first and second faces; a first plate disposed on the first face and exposed in the first direction; and a second plate disposed on the second face and exposed in the second direction. The first plate may include a plurality of first edge regions, and at least one of the first edge regions includes, in at least a portion thereof, at least one first curved region that extends in the third direction, and at least one speaker hole may be disposed on a side face between the first curved region and the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Il Seo, Kijae Kim, Yong-Seok Lee, Min-Su Jung
  • Patent number: 10139100
    Abstract: A speaker includes a speaker apparatus configured to generate sound and provided with a coned shaped vibration portion; and a lighting apparatus inserted through the vibration portion and disposed at a center of the vibration portion to emit light to the vibration portion. The lighting apparatus includes: a lighting module having a light emitting device; and a light diffusion portion configured to surround the lighting module in order to diffuse light generated from the light module toward the vibration portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong Kyun Yim, Sung Jin Ann, Sin Wi Moon, Eun Lee, Yu Li Sung, Young Soo Hong
  • Patent number: 10129646
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display device that includes a display panel, sound generating actuators including a first sound generating actuator in a first area of the display panel and a second sound generating actuator in a second area of the display panel, the first and second sound generating actuators configured to vibrate the display panel to generate sound, and a partition between the first sound generating actuator and the second sound generating actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YeongRak Choi, KwanHo Park, Sungtae Lee
  • Patent number: 10114414
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing including a first plate, a second plate, and a side member a first band detachably mounted to the side member, and shaped to wrap around a wrist of a user; a display exposed through the first plate; a processor a memory and a mounting structure configured to connect the first band to the side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kyung-Hwan Lee, Jin Yong Kim, Hyungwoo Lee, Seungyeon Kim, You-Sub Shim, Jong-Chul Choi
  • Patent number: 10091585
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display device that includes a display panel, sound generating actuators including a first sound generating actuator in a first area of the display panel and a second sound generating actuator in a second area of the display panel, the first and second sound generating actuators configured to vibrate the display panel to generate sound, and a partition between the first sound generating actuator and the second sound generating actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YeongRak Choi, KwanHo Park, Sungtae Lee
  • Patent number: 10015574
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is described and includes a device housing, an acoustic housing disposed within the device housing and defining an interior volume, a speaker diaphragm assembly disposed within the interior volume and in fluid communication with a first opening leading out of the housing, and a microphone disposed within the interior volume and in fluid communication with a second opening leading out of the acoustic housing. Placing both the speaker diaphragm assembly and microphone within the same acoustic housing allows both components to share common power and data transfer circuitry. Furthermore, the additional volume of the acoustic housing used to accommodate the microphone can improve the acoustic performance of the speaker diaphragm assembly by increasing the back volume associated with the speaker diaphragm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Luce, Robert I. Luan, Thomas H. Tsang
  • Patent number: 9913042
    Abstract: A method of forming a device having a compliant member includes creating a membrane having one or more elastomeric layers which are at least partially cured. Another elastomeric layer is provided on the membrane in an uncured state. At least one of a bobbin and a housing are positioned so that an end of the bobbin or housing, or the ends of both the bobbin and housing, extend at least partially into the uncured elastomeric layer. The uncured elastomeric layer is then cured to secure it to the membrane and to the housing or bobbin, or both the housing and bobbin. The method substantially reduces or eliminates the formation of holes that can form during fabrication or use of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wit Bushko, Thomas Landemaine, Prateek Nath
  • Patent number: 9888313
    Abstract: Wearable electronic device includes a neck loop worn on a neck with two electromechanical units; two in-ear earphones; two earphone cords. Each unit has an earphone cord winding mechanism including (i) a spool for winding the earphone cord; (ii) a double drive mechanism including an electric motor, a reducer, and a spiral spring; (iii) an engagement mechanism for engagement between the drive mechanism and the spool; and (iv) a lock mechanism. One unit has a motor control key for the electric motor and the lock mechanism. One end of the cords is connected to one of the earphones and the other end to one of the spools. The units are mechanically connected to each other to prevent twisting, and to the neck loop so that one of the units is on the left side of the chest, and the other electromechanical unit is on the right side of the chest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Alexey Leonidovich Ushakov
  • Patent number: 9883275
    Abstract: A wearable telecommunication device configured as an electronic necklace in a form of an open or closed neck loop comprising electronic components and connected to two in-ear earphones. The point of connection of the proximal end of the earphone cords to the neck loop is on the dorsal neck surface. An additional cord connection node positioned under the user's occiput, which allows the earphones and the cords to be secured when the earphones are operational, and reduces excursion of the loose portions of the cords, thus providing the device to be non-changing appearance of the user. Ferromagnetic inserts allow the earphones and the cords to be secured when non-operational, for the device to be hidden. The device may be embodied as a wireless headset for a mobile telecommunication device, a telecommunication device itself, an audio player, a CB radio station, a part of a personal health or security system, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Alexey Ushakov
  • Patent number: 9871285
    Abstract: Antenna configurations for wireless speakers are disclosed. An example playback device includes a housing having a first base on which the playback device rests when oriented in a first direction, a second base on which the playback device rests when oriented in a second direction, and a side of the playback device. A first antenna may be affixed to the side of the playback device, oriented perpendicular to the second base, and arranged to produce a first electric field in a first direction extending through the first base of the playback device. A second antenna of a second type may be positioned above the second base and below a speaker of the playback device when the playback device is oriented in the second direction. The second antenna may produce a second electric field in a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Victoria Ben-Yaacov, Shao-Hon Chen
  • Patent number: 9749750
    Abstract: A method of minimizing edge reflections of vibrational waves in a flat panel speaker assembly for a stereo device by characterizing the impulse response of the flat panel and associated components in response to a test signal to produce a cancellation signal, and applying the cancellation signal for each stereo channel to the opposing stereo channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Dmitri Vladislavovich Kuksenkov, Dragan Pikula, Guangxin Tang
  • Patent number: 9553960
    Abstract: Systems and methods enhancing loudspeaker audio performance in thin devices, such as mobile computing platforms and/or communication handsets. In some embodiments, a laminate panel including a dielectric membrane and one or more conductive traces forming an inductive loop suitable wireless charging and/or near field communication (NFC) element is employed as a loudspeaker driven at audio frequencies. In some embodiments, the laminate panel is driven with one or more piezoelectric element. In some embodiments, the laminate panel is of a stiffness and mass to provide a frequency response distinct from that of integrated micro-speakers for a 2.1 audio solution with wider bandwidth than is possible with micro-speakers employing back-side cavities. In some embodiments, the frequency spectrum spanned by the laminate panel loudspeaker enables a tweeter design lacking back-side cavities for smaller device form factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Tapio Liusvaara
  • Patent number: 9445039
    Abstract: There has been a need for a technology for effectively realizing a narrow frame in a flat-screen display device including a speaker. A liquid crystal television is provided with SP bosses (30) for attaching a speaker unit (50) to a bottom cover (20) which also serves as an appearance part. In addition, the speaker unit (50) is arranged onto a backlight chassis (12) (rear side). By arranging the speaker unit (50) and anchoring with a screw (81) so as to cause fixation holes of SP fixation portions (53) and holes of the SP bosses (30) to coincide, the speaker unit (50) is fixed to the bottom cover (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Daisaku Kiguchi, Harutaka Uno, Ryuji Hanao
  • Patent number: 9398358
    Abstract: A speaker includes a hollow glass substrate and a plurality of vibration exciters. The glass substrate defines a hermetical receiving cavity. The vibration exciters are received in the receiving cavity, and are attached to the glass substrate to drive the glass substrate to vibrate, thus generating sound waves. The disclosure further relates a display having the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sei-Ping Louh
  • Patent number: 9343818
    Abstract: Antenna configurations for wireless speakers are disclosed. An example playback device includes a housing having a metallic face and a non-metallic face, the metallic face including an opening; a first antenna of a first type positioned within the housing adjacent an inner surface of the non-metallic face; and a second antenna of second type different from the first type positioned within the housing, the second antenna including a slot aligned with the opening of the metallic face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SONOS, INC.
    Inventors: Lee-Yin Vicki Chen, Shao-Hon Tim Chen
  • Patent number: 9282400
    Abstract: A portable isolation cabinet includes a body with a sidewall, a floor, and a positioning device. The sidewall is located on an edge of the floor. The positioning device is disposed on an interior face of the sidewall for removably securing a combination amplifier. The lid is pivotally connected to the body along one of its edges lid and an edge of the sidewall. The insulation is located on the interior face of the sidewall and is operable to absorb, and prevent reflection of, sound. The body and the lid are operable to close and thereby form an enclosed interior space. A focuser reflects sound emanating from the amplifier and directs it to a microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventors: William Greene, IV, C. Trent Canupp
  • Patent number: 9265641
    Abstract: An orthotic apparatus includes a garment, first and second switches, a power source, an indicator and a series of electrical conductors. When a patient wearing the garment assumes an undesirable position, the switches are activated and the indicator produces an audible, visual or other prompt to remind the patient to change position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Bernie T. Veldman
  • Patent number: 9206969
    Abstract: A compact lighting assembly includes a circuit board having a battery, a light, a switching circuit and a push button switch selectively powering the light with the battery via the switching circuit. The operating life of the compact lighting assembly is increased by using a rechargeable battery charged by a photovoltaic device such as a solar cell. Even greater operating life is achieved with the use of a light-actuated switch, such as a photocell or photodiode, which limits or cuts off battery draw and illumination of the light in daylight or lighted ambient conditions and enables illumination of the light in dark ambient conditions such as nighttime and low light environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn Bushee
  • Patent number: 9204219
    Abstract: A stereophonic device for a bed disposed adjacent to at least a wave reflecting object is provided. The bed has an upper side and a lower side. The stereophonic device includes a loudspeaker disposed on the lower side of the bed. The loudspeaker is adapted to generate direct sound waves radially propagating therefrom. A part of the direct sound waves propagate through the bed toward the upper side of the bed, and another part of the direct sound waves propagate toward the wave reflecting object, reflected by the wave reflecting object and becoming a reflected sound waves. The reflected sound waves then propagate toward the upper side of the bed and demonstrate stereophonic sound along with the direct sound waves propagating theretoward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignees: Ruoey Lung Enterprise Corp., PPJ.LLC
    Inventors: Philip Woods McCarty, Philip Reid Sherman, Chuan-Hang Shih
  • Patent number: 9148713
    Abstract: According to at least one embodiment, a television includes a housing further including a pair of corner portions and an enclosed space on an inner side thereof, a pair of speaker boxes housed in the enclosed space in vicinities of the corner portions, a pair of speakers housed in the speaker boxes respectively in a direction which crosses a thickness direction of the housing, and each of the speaker boxes further includes a first duct to guide sounds from a first side of the respective speaker to the respective first opening portion and a second duct to guide sounds from a second side of the respective speaker towards the enclosed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tomofumi Miyamoto, Hideki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9128359
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a speaker; a speaker holder that holds the speaker; a main unit on which the speaker holder is mounted; a first mounting part formed on the speaker; a second mounting part formed on the speaker holder; a first elastic part that engages with both the first and second mounting parts; a third mounting part formed on the speaker holder; a fourth mounting part formed on the main unit; and a second elastic part that engages with both the third and fourth mounting parts. The speaker and the main unit are provided in such a manner as not to come into contact with each other under the condition that the first and second mounting parts engage with the first elastic part, and the third and fourth mounting parts engage with the second elastic part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Masamichi Yamada, Hideo Namba, Satoshi Tsuchiya, Yasunari Mikutsu, Hideo Kanai, Naoyuki Ishikawa, Motohisa Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20150146903
    Abstract: A novelty article of attire including a novelty device. The novelty device includes a visual output/illumination feature; a processor controlling the novelty device; an actuator associated with the processor and actuating the visual output/illumination feature; a sound receiver operably connected to the actuator and the processor; and a power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander Mariasov
  • Publication number: 20150146904
    Abstract: An audio output device including a casing, a first speaker component, a second speaker component and a sound-guiding board, and a video/audio output device using the same are disclosed. The first speaker component is a circular speaker, and is disposed at the casing. The first speaker component faces towards a first direction. The second speaker component is disposed at the casing, and faces towards a second direction which is different from the first direction. The sound-guiding board is a square plate body, located above the first speaker component, and is separated at a predetermined distance from the first speaker component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jung-Hsin CHIEN
  • Patent number: 9042568
    Abstract: A smart portable stethoscope is formed of a smart mobile device and a casing assembly for the mobile device. The casing assembly comprises a casing member, a diaphragm holder member configured to securely and effectively retain a diaphragm, and a vibrator-transducer member. The casing member includes a diaphragm connector part configured to securely fasten the diaphragm holder member to the casing member. The vibrator-transducer member is configured to be securely fastened to diaphragm holder member or casing member in such a manner that its vibrator is disposed to interconnect with the diaphragm and effectively duplicate vibrations captured by the diaphragm so as to deliver medical-grade auscultation electronic signal based on the duplicated vibrations to the mobile device through an audio plug plugged into a microphone jack thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Barry Poplaw
  • Patent number: 9036837
    Abstract: A desktop audio loudspeaker system, for placement on a desktop used a work surface by a listener, includes an enclosure for placement on or above the desktop, the enclosure having a front surface; a first loudspeaker mounted in the enclosure, the first loudspeaker radiating sound from the enclosure, past the front surface, in a direct path to ears of the listener. This embodiment also includes a first reflective element having a surface, the first reflective element mounted in relation to the enclosure so as to reduce multipath effects caused by reflection of sound by the desktop, wherein the surface of the first reflective element is disposed transversely with respect to the front surface of the enclosure, and forming an angle with the front surface, to reflect sound, emanating from the first loudspeaker, away from the desktop in a direction that avoids a direct path to ears of the listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: James Tuomy, Barry Michael Kosherick, Laurie Wilk, J. Richard Aylward
  • Publication number: 20150131834
    Abstract: A frame has an interior side and an exterior side. The frame is configured to extend around the back of a user's head. A first membrane is coupled to at least a portion of the interior side of the frame. In one embodiment, a second membrane is coupled to the first membrane. The first membrane and the second membrane define a receptacle and an opening that communicates with the receptacle. In one embodiment, a speaker is disposed in the receptacle. A first electrical wire has a first end electrically coupled to the speaker and a second end including a connector. The connector can be disposed proximate to the opening of the receptacle. The connector is configured to be electrically coupled to a second electrical wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: 180S, INC.
    Inventors: Brian E. LE GETTE, David L. REEB, Alan S. TIPP
  • Patent number: 9031256
    Abstract: A method of orientation-sensitive recording control includes indicating, within a portable device and at a first time, that the portable device has a first orientation relative to a gravitational axis and, based on the indication, selecting a first pair among at least three microphone channels of the portable device. This method also includes indicating, within the portable device and at a second time that is different than the first time, that the portable device has a second orientation relative to the gravitational axis that is different than the first orientation and, based on the indication, selecting a second pair among the at least three microphone channels that is different than the first pair. In this method, each the at least three microphone channels is based on a signal produced by a corresponding one of at least three microphones of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Erik Visser, Ian Ernan Liu, Dinesh Ramakrishnan, Lae-Hoon Kim, Pei Xiang
  • Patent number: 9030386
    Abstract: A sound penetrating display apparatus for outputting sound having an object-based position coordinate effect is disclosed, which apparatus comprises a plurality of pixels, a plurality of holes which are distributed in an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display panel in a certain dense in order for sound from a speaker disposed at a back side of the OLED display panel to penetrate, a driving circuit for driving the OLED display panel, a protecting layer which is attached to a back side of the OLED display panel or is disposed close to the same and is formed of holes matching with the holes of the panel, and a plurality of matrix speakers which are disposed at a back side of the OLED display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The Korea Development Bank
    Inventor: Seung-min Park
  • Publication number: 20150125019
    Abstract: A speaker assembly that is configured to be placed over a rectangular display screen and provide speakers along the sides thereof. The assembly comprises a left and right set of speakers disposed within the arms of an expandable frame, wherein the upper portion of the frame includes a telescoping structure to allow the distance between the arms of the frame to be changed based on the size of the display screen. The frame forms a substantial U-shape, wherein one or more speaker elements (speaker drivers, woofers, tweeters, etc.) are disposed within the arms and are joined by the telescoping upper portion of the frame. The interior portion of the frame arms may include attachment fasteners to the outer sides of the display, while audio connections extend from the rear of the arms to connect to an audio output source. The assembly is an improved audio system that consumes minimal volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony Porter
  • Publication number: 20150117686
    Abstract: An apparatus including a first speaker configured to output higher-frequency sound from among sound of a channel via at least one slit, and a second speaker configured to output lower-frequency sound from among the sound of the channel via at least one other slit. The at least one slit may have a thickness that is less than a wavelength of sound emitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-bae KIM, Dae-joung KIM, Dong-kyu PARK, Sung-ha SON, Gyeong-tae LEE, Joo-yeon LEE, Jong-in JO, Sung-joo KIM, Dong-hyun JUNG, Seon-ho HWANG, Dae-kyung AHN, Sang-sung WOO, Sang-min HYUN
  • Patent number: 9020177
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for providing a speaker with a backvolume that can be used in a portable electronic device are disclosed. The backvolume can be arranged to fit into a small, irregularly shaped space, thereby efficiently utilizing available space. In one embodiment, the backvolume can have a reduced wall thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sawyer I. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150109534
    Abstract: A transparent ultrasonic audio speaker includes an emitter and a driver. The emitter can include first and second transparent conductive sheets. The conductive sheets can comprise a base layer and a conductive layer, and can be transparent. The transparent ultrasonic audio speaker can be configured to be positioned on or in place of the display screen of a content device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Parametric Sound Corporation
    Inventors: Elwood Grant Norris, Brian Alan Kappus
  • Patent number: 9008320
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus receives sound signals that are respectively output by a plurality of microphones, and detects a sound arrival direction from which sounds of the sound signals are traveled. The image processing apparatus calculates a sound level of sounds output from the sound arrival direction, and causes an image that reflects the sound level of sounds output from the sound arrival direction to be displayed in vicinity of an image of a user who is outputting the sounds from the sound arrival direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Koubun Sakagami
  • Patent number: 9003582
    Abstract: Provided is a pillow and method of marking the pillow to mitigate tinnitus. The pillow includes a first and second portions of fill material, an anchor strip assembly and a pillow casing. The anchor strip assembly is disposed between the first and second portions of fill material. The anchor strip assembly includes an anchor strip and a plurality of speakers secured to the anchor strip at a distance from each other. A first and second edge portions the anchor strip extends beyond edges of the first and second portions of fill material. The pillow casing secures the anchor strip assembly disposed between the first and second portions of the fill material inside the pillow casing such that the first and second edge portions of the anchor strip are secured respectively between a first and second seams of the pillow casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Armbruster Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Scott Armbruster
  • Patent number: 9002050
    Abstract: A speaker bar for a tablet computer is presented. The speaker bar is sized to fit inside a cover of the tablet computer by folding or rolling the speaker bar inside the cover. The speaker bar has retractable speaker members that extend outward beyond the edges of the speaker bar housing along a longitudinal axis of the speaker bar. Power is provided to the speaker bar when the retractable members are extended, and the power is turned off when the retractable members are retracted. The speaker bar connects to a tablet computer via Bluetooth wireless connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: BBY Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Widner, Amy Prescott
  • Publication number: 20150092972
    Abstract: An article of functional headwear is provided. The article of headwear including a material configured for surrounding at least a portion of an individual's head, an audio delivery device movably positioned within the material, and a microprocessor positioned within the material, the microprocessor being coupled to the audio delivery device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Wei-Shin LAI, Jason WOLFE, Wei-Han LAI
  • Publication number: 20150078604
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel which displays an image, a cushion tape member which is disposed below the display panel to protect a rear surface of the display panel, and includes a first cushion tape and a second cushion tape, a sound element which is disposed between the first cushion tape and the second cushion tape, and includes a pair of electrodes and a vibrating material layer disposed between the pair of electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Mi SEO, Joon Hak OH, Ha-Yun KANG
  • Patent number: 8983094
    Abstract: An all-in-one audio system includes an audio chip, an audio interface, first and second audio signal amplifiers, a speaker, a woofer, a multi-function controller, a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI), and a switch. The multi-function controller is connected to the audio chip, the switch, the audio interface, the first and second audio signal amplifiers, and the HDMI. When the multi-function controller detects a high definition multimedia signal through the HDMI, the multi-function controller turns off the switch, decodes the high definition multimedia signal into an audio signal, and transmits the audio signal to the audio interface, and the first and second audio signal amplifiers. The first and second audio signal amplifiers amplify the audio signal and output the amplified audio signal to the speaker and woofer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Zhongshan Innocloud Intellectual Property Services Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Feng-Long He
  • Patent number: 8976997
    Abstract: A transparent ultrasonic emitter includes a first transparent base layer; a transparent conductor disposed on the first transparent base layer; a second transparent base layer; and a partially open transparent conductive layer disposed on the second transparent base layer between the first and second transparent base layers, wherein the partially open conductive layer comprises conductive portions, the conductive portions having a thickness and being arranged to define one or more open volumes adjacent the second transparent base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Turtle Beach Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Hecht, Brian A. Kappus, Elwood G. Norris, Mark W. Norris
  • Patent number: 8976996
    Abstract: An array speaker structure for audio/video device includes a slide contact assembly by means of which an array speaker unit is movable out of the audio/video device from a retracted position to an extended position. The slide contact assembly is connected with a connector. By means of operating and 180-degree rotating the connector, the speakers of the array speaker unit can be rotatable to a front side of the audio/video device. Then the array speaker unit is lifted and attached to a lateral side of the audio/video device, whereby the speakers can emit sound from the front side of the audio/video device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Arima Communitions Corp.
    Inventors: Ting-shuo Ku, Che-Ming Liang, Jui-Hsiang Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8976992
    Abstract: A system for porting a speaker through a keyboard module and a backlight module is provided. The system includes an enclosure, the enclosure configured to mount the keyboard module, the backlight module, and the speaker thereto, wherein the speaker is disposed under a portion of the keyboard module and the backlight module. The system also includes a port path for porting the speaker through the keyboard module and the backlight module, the port path extending from the speaker to an outer surface of the keyboard module, wherein a first portion of the port path includes a passage in the enclosure, the passage disposed adjacent to an edge of the keyboard module and the backlight module, and wherein a second portion of the port path includes a periphery of a key of the keyboard module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ryan Loo, Leng Ooi