In Electronic Apparatus Or Vehicle Patents (Class 381/365)
  • Patent number: 10506336
    Abstract: Audio circuitry, comprising: a speaker driver operable to drive a speaker based on a speaker signal; a current monitoring unit operable to monitor a speaker current flowing through the speaker and generate a monitor signal indicative of that current; and a microphone signal generator operable, when external sound is incident on the speaker, to generate a microphone signal representative of the external sound based on the monitor signal and the speaker signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: John Paul Lesso
  • Patent number: 10462557
    Abstract: Provided are an anti-vibration structure of a speaker and an anti-vibration method for the same. A housing of the speaker has at least one annular pad mounted on a bottom portion of the housing to form at least one chamber respectively. Each of the at least one annular pad has an attachment surface. When the housing is rested on a placement surface, the attachment surface of each of the at least one annular pad is attached to the placement surface with a negative pressure effect generated by a pressure difference between the at least one chamber and air in the ambient environment, thereby ensuring an anti-slip effect and simultaneously providing an attachment force for absorbing shock generated when the speaker outputs sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KYE SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: Chi-Wai Chan
  • Patent number: 10361479
    Abstract: Embodiments are described herein in the context of housings for electronic devices. In one embodiment, a housing can make use of an outer member, which can be formed of glass. The outer member can be secured with respect to other portions of the housing for the electronic device. The output member can also be protected at its edges by a protective side member. Still further, one or more antenna can be provided at least partially internal to the protective side member. The electronic devices can be portable and in some cases handheld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Anthony S. Montevirgen, Emery A. Sanford, Stephen B. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10341752
    Abstract: A removable cartridge for a portable communication device. The removable cartridge includes frame having a first surface, and an opposite second surface. The second surface is non-planar and is shaped to conform to a shape of a speaker cone in the portable communications device. The removable cartridge also includes a membrane coupled to the first surface of the frame. A portion of the membrane is suspended over an open gap defined by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
    Inventors: Andrew P. Miehl, Deborah A. Gruenhagen, Ryan M. Nilsen, Jorge L. Garcia, Vance McGary
  • Patent number: 10225645
    Abstract: The present application discloses a speaker box, including: a housing having an accommodating space; a speaker accommodated in the accommodating space for dividing the accommodating space into a front cavity and a rear cavity; a sound passageway formed in the accommodating space for communicating the front cavity with outside of the speaker box; a leakage hole penetrating the housing for communicating the rear cavity with the outside; a first air permeable film covering the leakage hole; a sound cavity formed by the front cavity and the sound passageway; an auxiliary leakage hole penetrating the sound passageway for communicating the rear cavity with the sound passageway; and a second air permeable film covering the auxiliary leakage hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Xuedong Lv
  • Patent number: 10034082
    Abstract: A speaker is disclosed. The speaker includes a housing with an accommodation space, a retaining wall enclosing an accommodation cavity for accommodating sound absorption materials with one end thereof having an opening, a sound filter covering the opening, and a support ring installed around the sound filter. The sound filter is located between the support ring and the retaining wall, or the support ring is clamped between the sound filter and the retaining wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: AAC TECHNOLOGIES PTE, LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Cai, Wei Wei
  • Patent number: 10028046
    Abstract: A speaker system and lamp has a base and a pedestal rotationally mounted and extending upwardly from the base. A speaker housing is rotatably mounted to the pedestal. A speaker is positioned inside the speaker housing and audibly outputs music that is received by the speaker system. A lamp assembly is fixedly mounted to a top or upper portion of the pedestal above the speaker housing. An amplifier is located in the base and connects by cabling extending through the pedestal to the speaker. A wireless receiver is located in the base or speaker housing. A floor standing speaker system and lamp includes multiple speaker components, including a subwoofer in a portion of the base and multiple speakers mounted to the pedestal. Optional removable components such as a mirror, a vinyl record display, artwork, a clock, or a directional light are available for removably mounting to the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: glori, llc
    Inventor: Devon A. Rolf
  • Patent number: 9872094
    Abstract: This application relates to an audio assembly that includes both a speaker assembly and a microphone. By mounting both the microphone and the speaker assembly to a unitary audio bracket, space savings can be achieved over a configuration that relies on separate brackets for each component. In some embodiments, an acoustic mesh can be embedded within the audio bracket and extending across an audio channel defined by the audio bracket. The microphone can be aligned with an opening in the audio bracket by an alignment clip that is coupled with the microphone. The alignment clip helps to achieve alignment of a sensor opening of the microphone with a channel defined by the audio bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Meyer, Daniel W. Jarvis, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Stoyan Hristov
  • Patent number: 9545885
    Abstract: An in-vehicle microphone apparatus includes one or more microphone elements having a diaphragm and converting a vibration received by the diaphragm into an electric signal, an acoustic retainer retaining the one or more microphone elements and having an end surface provided with a plurality of sound collection ports, a bezel attached to the end surface of the acoustic retainer and having a plurality of through-holes formed at positions directly facing the plurality of the sound collection portion, and lips disposed on one of the bezel and the acoustic retainer and coming into close contact with the other at a position surrounding each of the plurality of the sound collection ports so as to fill the gap between the bezel and the acoustic retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: KOJIMA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9432759
    Abstract: A surface mountable microphone package comprises a first microphone and a second microphone. Furthermore, the surface mountable microphone package comprises a first opening for the first microphone and a second opening for the second microphone. The first opening and the second opening are arranged on opposite sides of the surface mountable microphone package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Klaus Elian, Horst Theuss, Thomas Mueller
  • Patent number: 9386364
    Abstract: This waterproof microphone device includes a plurality of microphones, a housing, and a plurality of air-impermeable cover members. The plurality of microphones pick up sound wave and output an audio signal. The housing individually houses the plurality of microphones. The housing includes a plurality of holes. The hole guides sound wave to the microphone. The plurality of air-impermeable cover members are mounted on the housing. The air-impermeable cover member seals off the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Panansonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Aihara
  • Patent number: 9369790
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for safely and efficiently removing or returning a radio microphone from a mounting surface. The system includes a first magnet attached to the rear side of a radio microphone and a second magnet located at a desired mounting position on the mounting surface. The second magnet preferably includes an outer vinyl layer to prevent breaking or cracking of the first second magnet when returning the radio microphone to its mounting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Products Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan J. Schreiber, Michael J. Tinter
  • Patent number: 9186990
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for a manually controlled operating system for permitting a handicapped person to brake and accelerate an automobile with hand operated controls. The system comprises a brake handle operably coupled to a foot brake pedal with a first cable and an accelerator handle operably coupled to a foot accelerator pedal with a second cable, wherein the brake handle and accelerator handle are positioned within hand reach of the handicapped person while positioned within the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Efrain Ayon, Martha Rivera
  • Patent number: 9014394
    Abstract: Systems and methods for retaining a microphone using a microphone boot are disclosed. The microphone boot may include a sound channeling structure for receiving and delivering sound, and a microphone retaining block for retaining a microphone and passing the sound to the microphone. The sound channeling structure may be secured to a housing of an electronic device. The sound channeling structure may include a sound tube and a hooking component that may be insertable into a tunnel and a slot, respectively, of the microphone retaining block. The sound tube may deliver the sound into the tunnel for passing to the microphone. The hooking component may lock into the slot to secure the sound channeling structure to the microphone retaining block. Thus, the microphone boot may be tightly sealed to prevent leakage of the sound, and may fix the microphone within the electronic device even in the presence of external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sawyer Cohen, Michael Wittenberg, David Pakula
  • Patent number: 9003637
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a microphone assembly having an ear set function includes assembling a mike cell unit; obtaining a region for connection with the mike cell unit on a PCB, mounting only a conductive member in the region, and mounting other remaining components outside the region; adhering the mike cell unit to a corresponding region of the PCB; and sealing an adhering portion between the mike cell unit and the PCB. Assembling the mike cell unit includes inserting a mike cell case having a sound hole and a curing portion into a diaphragm assembly; stacking a spacer on the diaphragm assembly; inserting a back electrode plate into an insulating ring base; mounting the insulating ring base on the spacer; mounting a metal ring base on the insulating ring base; and curing or clamping a curing portion of the mike cell case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: BSE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Sun Lee, Hyoung Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 9008344
    Abstract: In accordance with methods and systems of the present disclosure, a mobile device may include an enclosure adapted such that the enclosure is readily transported by a user of the mobile device, a speaker associated with the enclosure for generating sound, and a controller within the enclosure, communicatively coupled to the speaker. The controller may be configured to receive a signal from the speaker, the signal induced at least in part by sound incident on the speaker other than sound generated by the speaker and process the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Melanson, Eric Swanson
  • Patent number: 8995681
    Abstract: An audio processing apparatus includes first and second audio pickup units. The second audio pickup unit includes an audio resistor provided to cover a sound receiving portion to suppress external wind introduction while passing an external audio. A first filter attenuates a signal having a frequency lower than a first cutoff frequency of the output signal of a first A/D converter. A second filter attenuates a signal having a frequency higher than a second cutoff frequency of the output signal of a second A/D converter. A third filter is provided between the first audio pickup unit and the first A/D converter to attenuate a signal having a frequency lower than a third cutoff frequency for suppressing the wind noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masafumi Kimura, Fumihiro Kajimura, Koichi Washisu
  • Patent number: 8989423
    Abstract: A foldable tongue piece portion formed to extend at an end of a microphone bush. An insertion hole in which a lead wire is inserted is formed near the tongue piece portion. By storing a microphone, to which the microphone bush is attached, in a container portion, the tongue piece portion is folded and the lead wire drawn through the insertion hole is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hisakazu Hazama
  • Publication number: 20150078606
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable electronic device, comprising: a housing comprising at least one hole; and at least two directional microphones mounted in the housing and placed coincidentally for stereo sound pickup, each one of the microphones defining a main sound axis and each one of the two directional microphones defining a direct sound direction and a opposite sound direction which describe opposite directions of the main sound axis, wherein the at least one hole is a common hole shared between the at least two directional microphones such that the main sound axis of the at least two directional microphones are pointing through the common hole in different directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Deming Zhang, David Virette, Yue Lang
  • Patent number: 8965026
    Abstract: Some embodiments herein include at least one of systems, methods, and devices for remote audio capture using a hand-held device. In some embodiments, the device captures, stores, and transmits audio to another device via wireless technologies. In some embodiments, the device may be used either as a hand-held microphone or as a lavaliere microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canopy Co.
    Inventor: Andrew Charles Kamin-Lyndgaard
  • Patent number: 8958571
    Abstract: A personal audio device, such as a wireless telephone, includes noise canceling circuit that adaptively generates an anti-noise signal from a reference microphone signal and injects the anti-noise signal into the speaker or other transducer output to cause cancellation of ambient audio sounds. An error microphone may also be provided proximate the speaker to estimate an electro-acoustical path from the noise canceling circuit through the transducer. A processing circuit uses the reference and/or error microphone, optionally along with a microphone provided for capturing near-end speech, to determine whether one of the reference or error microphones is obstructed by comparing their received signal content and takes action to avoid generation of erroneous anti-noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Kwatra, Jeffrey Alderson, Jon D. Hendrix
  • Publication number: 20150010192
    Abstract: An electronic device having a microphone device is provided. The electronic device includes at least one case frame which forms the external appearance of the electronic device, at least one microphone device which is disposed in the at least one case frame, and at least one microphone hole which is formed in a position corresponding to the at least one microphone device of the at least one case frame, and is disposed in a region which is not visually exposed in the at least one case frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo-Chul LEE, Ju-Yong KIM, Eun-Su JEONG
  • Publication number: 20150003660
    Abstract: In accordance with methods and systems of the present disclosure, a mobile device may include an enclosure adapted such that the enclosure is readily transported by a user of the mobile device, a speaker associated with the enclosure for generating sound, and a controller within the enclosure, communicatively coupled to the speaker. The controller may be configured to receive a signal from the speaker, the signal induced at least in part by sound incident on the speaker other than sound generated by the speaker and process the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: John L. Melanson, Eric Swanson
  • Publication number: 20140376762
    Abstract: Described here are devices, systems, and methods for analyte measurement. The analyte measurement devices and systems may be configured to produce a prompt that may convey information, instructions and/or encouragement to a user. In some variations, analyte measurement devices may be configured to change a prompt based on the replacement or addition of components of/to the device. In some instances, a prompt may be an auditory prompt and/or a visual prompt. In some variations, a system may comprise an analyte measurement device comprising a housing, a speaker, and a control unit. The housing may comprise a releasable housing portion comprising an identifier that is associated with a prompt. In some variations, a system may comprise an analyte measurement device and a skin that may releasably attach to the analyte measurement device and may comprise an identifier that is associated with a prompt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Kelley J. LIPMAN, Robin S. GAFFNEY, Raul ESCUTIA, Matthew M. SHEMLUCK, Paul D. REYNOLDS
  • Patent number: 8913756
    Abstract: A connector with an audio receiving module provided for being electrically coupled to a main board of an electronic device includes an insulating base, an audio receiving module and a jack. The insulating base has a containing space and a containing groove, and the containing space has an opening, and the containing groove has a port. The audio receiving module is contained in the containing space and disposed at a position corresponding to the opening and includes a microphone unit and a plurality of pins, and the microphone unit is electrically coupled to each pin. The jack is contained in the containing groove and disposed at a position corresponding to the port. Therefore, the connector can provide an audio receiving effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Nai-Chien Chang
  • Publication number: 20140341414
    Abstract: An air conditioner is provided. The air conditioner may include a body including an outlet and an audio collecting device provided on one side of the outlet, the audio collecting device including a microphone that collects audio input. The audio collecting device may include a housing body including an opening in which the microphone is installed, a housing cover provided on one side of the housing body, and a noise insulation space defined by the housing body and the housing cover. The microphone may be received in the noise insulation space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sanggil Park, Yeol Lee, Jungwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 8891806
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a case forming an external appearance, a circuit board positioned in the case, an acoustic output unit, and a connector joined to the acoustic output unit and electrically connected to the circuit board is provided. The connector contacts one lateral surface of the circuit board and is elastically deformed through the contact. The connector may include a fixed end portion inserted into the acoustic output unit and a free end portion connected to the fixed end portion to be elastically displaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minsu Jun, Leehyun You, Hongki Kim, Yongsu Jeon
  • Patent number: 8879743
    Abstract: A compact portable stereo microphone apparatus can acquire three dimensional immersive sounds which can then be recorded and played back in a standard audio recording device. The apparatus includes two elastomer fabricated simplified human ear elements (ear models) fitted at the ends of a cylindrical cavity of a microphone enclosure. The ear models may be protected against physical damage by end grills. A circuit board, microphone cable interface, power indicator, power switch and batteries may be located in the lower shell of the enclosure. A handle may serve as the hand grip for the microphone as well as a battery cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Soumya Mitra
  • Publication number: 20140270312
    Abstract: In accordance with methods and systems of the present disclosure, a mobile device may include an enclosure adapted such that the enclosure is readily transported by a user of the mobile device, a speaker associated with the enclosure for generating sound, and a controller within the enclosure, communicatively coupled to the speaker. The controller may be configured to receive a signal from the speaker, the signal induced at least in part by sound incident on the speaker other than sound generated by the speaker and process the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: John L. Melanson, Eric Swanson
  • Patent number: 8761413
    Abstract: An audio apparatus has a housing including a tub-shaped recessed part having an upper surface and a wall surface formed on the upper surface. Microphones are circularly arranged in the vicinity of the wall surface inside the recessed part. Each microphone face toward a center direction of the recessed part and the upper surface so that a sound pick-up directivity is toward the center of the housing. A back side, opposite to the direction having the directivity of each microphone is open acoustically and is directed toward a direction higher than the wall surface of the tub-shaped recessed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Ishibashi
  • Publication number: 20140169607
    Abstract: An apparatus has a packaged microphone with a base and a lid that at least in part form an interior chamber containing a microphone die. The base has a bottom surface with an electrical interface and a base aperture. The apparatus also has a device housing having an internal surface, and a filter extending between the internal surface of the device housing, through an underlying substrate, and the bottom surface of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Invensense, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Goida, Jason P. Fiorillo
  • Publication number: 20140161297
    Abstract: A microphone port design for a handheld device is disclosed. The microphone port design includes an elongated channel disposed in a first surface of the handheld device. A microphone port is located within the channel to reduce unwanted noise caused by air pressure build up around the microphone port opening due to coverage of the opening by a user's finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Park, Wade L. Heimbigner, Joseph R. Fitzgerald, Mark A. Cherry, Terry Lee Rickman
  • Patent number: 8750551
    Abstract: A shielded microphone, and method for shielding a microphone, are provided for use in a communications device having a circuit board and a microphone. The microphone is provided in an electromagnetic shield and a resilient separator is provided over the shield. The device housing is stacked over the separator and shield, while the latter are stacked over the circuit board so that the separator and shield, with microphone there under, are sandwiched between the housing and the circuit board. By this sandwiching the separator is loaded onto the shield to drive the shield directly against the circuit board to make an electrical ground connection therewith, the microphone also being electrically connected to the printed circuit board. The resilience of the separator accommodates the variation in the stacking of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Robert W. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20140140560
    Abstract: In accordance with methods and systems of the present disclosure, a mobile device may include an enclosure adapted such that the enclosure is readily transported by a user of the mobile device, a speaker associated with the enclosure for generating sound, and a controller within the enclosure, communicatively coupled to the speaker. The controller may be configured to receive a signal from the speaker, the signal induced at least in part by sound incident on the speaker other than sound generated by the speaker and process the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: John L. Melanson, Eric Swanson
  • Patent number: 8724822
    Abstract: A communication system enhances communications in a noisy environment. Multiple input arrays convert a voiced or unvoiced signal into an analog signal. A converter receives the analog signal and generates digital signals. A digital signal processor determines temporal and spatial information from the digital signals. The processed signals are then converted to audible sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Haulick, Gerhard Uwe Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140112518
    Abstract: A microphone module for an electronic device is provided. The microphone module includes a window having at least one microphone hole in a part of an edge of the window, a microphone installed in a position corresponding to the microphone hole of the window, and a case frame coupled with the window and forming an appearance of the electronic device. The microphone module receives an external voice through the microphone hole of the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-Tae LEE
  • Publication number: 20140112517
    Abstract: A portable computing device includes one or more microphones that function seamlessly with other components within the portable computing device. In one embodiment, a microphone opening is disposed on a side of the personal computing device and configured to be substantially perpendicular to a user. In another embodiment, two microphones can be disposed on an upper region above a keyboard section and can include a third microphone facing toward a rear portion of the portable computing device. In yet another embodiment, a fixture for providing a bonding pressure to microphones is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Houtan R. FARAHANI, Matthew P. CASEBOLT, Hilbert T. KWAN, William F. LEGGETT, Gavin J. REID
  • Patent number: 8700101
    Abstract: A system and methods for controlling a mobile electronic device is disclosed. A notification in response to a prescribed event is outputted. A change in a position of the mobile electronic device is detected. A strength of the notification is reduced, when a change in the position of the mobile electronic device is detected while the notification sound is being outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Reiko Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20140079269
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal including a terminal body, a printed circuit board provided in the terminal body, and a microphone provided on the printed circuit board a prescribed distance from the terminal body. The printed circuit board may be provided between an opening in the terminal body and the microphone, and a channel may be provided that extends from the opening in the terminal body to the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Iwon CHOI
  • Publication number: 20140050348
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a mobile communication device. The device comprises: a housing including a housing port; a microphone in the housing; circuitry in the housing and connected to the microphone; a coupler including an acoustic conduit having a first end in communication with the housing port and a second end, and a body section associated with the microphone and in communication with the second end of the acoustic conduit; and a support to brace the coupler in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Larry Hawker, Ilan Rashish, Robert Phillips, Robert Lowes
  • Publication number: 20130336493
    Abstract: A flexible microphone and amplification system is disclosed. The system includes a first end supporting a first device and a second end supporting a second device. A flexible portion connects the first end to the second end. The flexible portion is bendable and twistable and can be contorted into various shapes to support the first end and second end in various positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: FIRST ACT, INC.
    Inventor: First Act, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8611577
    Abstract: Provided is a portable terminal including a microphone hole formed to perforate from an outer wall of a housing to an inner wall of the housing, a duct groove extending from an inner side of the housing and being open on a top surface thereof, a microphone holder coupled with the top surface of the duct groove, and a microphone coupled with the microphone holder, in which a duct connected to the microphone hole is formed by coupling the microphone holder with the duct groove, and the microphone is connected with the microphone hole through the duct. The duck is formed by coupling the duct groove formed in the housing of the terminal with the microphone holder coupled with the microphone, thereby smoothly delivering input sound such as user's voice to the microphone and contributing to the slimness of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jee-Young Jung, Sung-Min Jang, Hoon Namkoong
  • Patent number: 8577072
    Abstract: In an electronic device, a speaker attaching section 17 which is vertically open with respect to a circuit board 10 and into which a speaker 16 is press-fitted is integrally formed on a contact sheet 13 arranged on the circuit board 10 provided inside an upper case 8. Therefore, the speaker 16 can be easily attached in a manner that sound therefrom does not leak, simply by the speaker 16 being press-fitted into the speaker attaching section 17 of the contact sheet 13. Accordingly, in the present invention, the structure of the speaker section 6 is simple and the number of its components is small, whereby the thickness of the speaker section 6 can be reduced. In addition, sound generated by the speaker can be favorably and reliably emitted from the speaker attaching section 17 to the outside of the upper case 8, without chattering noise being generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Watanabe, Maki Maeda
  • Patent number: 8564961
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with housing components that have improved aesthetics. One or more holes may be formed through an extruded portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Joseph Weber
  • Patent number: 8565465
    Abstract: Provided is a microphone unit having flat frequency characteristics. A microphone unit includes a casing, a first substrate, a second substrate, a vibrating unit, a diaphragm, an ASIC, and a dummy component. The dummy component is attached to the substrate to be located below an opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: Funai Electric Co., Ltd., Funai Electric Advanced Applied Technology Research Institute Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Inoda, Ryusuke Horibe, Fuminori Tanaka, Rikuo Takano, Kiyoshi Sugiyama, Toshimi Fukuoka, Masatoshi Ono
  • Patent number: 8548185
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a microphone coupler and coupler system for a communication device. The microphone coupler comprises a conduit having an internal channel therein, a distal end, a proximal end, a first opening in the distal end connecting to the internal channel and a second opening in the proximal end connecting to the internal channel, the conduit being attachable to a printed circuit board of the communication device over an opening in the printed circuit board with the second opening mating to the opening and with the distal end of the coupler extending towards an end of the printed circuit board. The coupler has a microphone having a port that is mounted on the printed circuit board and the port is aligned with the opening in the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Larry Hawker, Ilan Rashish, Robert Phillips, Robert Lowles
  • Patent number: 8548176
    Abstract: An apparatus includes first and second microphone arrangements, arranged to output first and second signals respectively and is operable in a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode, an output signal is generated based on the second signal and a third signal, where the second signal and, optionally, the first signal, can be used to compensate for ambient noise, for example, for noise cancellation when a telephone call is relayed through a speaker. In the second mode, an output signal is generated based on the first and second signals. In this manner, the combination of the first and second microphone arrangements provides a directional sensitivity that can pick up sound from a remote source, for example, in an audio or video recording session. The apparatus may include a sensor to allow automatic switching between one or more of modes, directional sensitivity patterns and types of recording session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew P. Bright
  • Publication number: 20130202142
    Abstract: A low power microphone circuit for a vehicle is provided that includes: at least one microphone transducer; a digital signal processor for receiving output signals from the at least one microphone transducer and for generating a digitally processed audio signal; an output amplifier for amplifying the audio signal from the digital signal processor and modulating an input voltage with the audio signal; and a DC power supply for supplying power to the digital signal processor. The output amplifier and the DC power supply may be electrically coupled in series. The DC power supply and the output amplifier may be powered by the input current, where the input current is no greater than about 6 mA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: GENTEX CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130182880
    Abstract: A mobile communications device having an antenna partly formed from an electrostatic discharge shield covering a microphone. The antenna includes a radiator arm extending from the electrostatic discharge shield and includes a feed element connecting the electrostatic discharge shield to a signal trace. To the extent the microphone employs an acoustic tube to form an acoustic pathway between the device casing and the microphone, the radiator arm of the antenna may be arranged over the acoustic tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventor: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
  • Patent number: 8483776
    Abstract: A printed circuit board for a wireless communications device includes an acoustic path, and acoustically couples microphone circuitry mounted to a surface of the printed circuit board to an exterior of the wireless communications device. A portion of the acoustic path is integrally formed with the printed circuit board and extends generally parallel to the surface of the printed circuit board. One end of the acoustic path is disposed proximate the microphone circuitry and an opposing end opens to receive acoustic sound from the exterior of the wireless communications device. Audible sound propagates through the acoustic path to the microphone circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Matthew Justin Murray