Particular Cup Patents (Class 381/371)
  • Patent number: 11190878
    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: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Axit H. Patel, Edwin J. Corona Aparicio, Daniel R. Bloom, Tsu-Hui Lin, Yuta Kuboyama, Michael B. Minerbi
  • Patent number: 11089429
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining a sensor value from a sensor of a headset, the sensor value indicating the headset being worn by a user; determining a current state of the headset; and in response to the current state and the sensor value, presenting a first directional indication with an earphone of the headset and starting a presentation timer, the first directional indication identifying a coupling type of the earphone of the headset, and the presentation timer preventing a second directional indication from being presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Abhishek C. Trivedi
  • Patent number: 11056095
    Abstract: An active noise reducing earphone includes a rigid cup-like shell having an inner surface and an outer surface is provided. The inner surface encompasses a cavity with an opening, and a microphone arrangement is configured to pick up sound with at least one steerable beam-like directivity characteristic, and to provide a first electrical signal that represents the picked-up sound. The earphone further includes an active noise control filter configured to provide, based on the first electrical signal, a second electrical signal, and a speaker disposed in the opening of the cavity and configured to generate sound from the second electrical signal. The active noise control filter has a transfer characteristic that is configured so that noise that travels through the shell from beyond the outer surface to beyond the inner surface is reduced by the sound generated by the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Markus E. Christoph
  • Patent number: 11042037
    Abstract: An earphone including a base, a cover, a rotating plate, a speaker, a displacement transducer and a follower is provided. The cover is disposed on the base. The rotating plate is rotatably disposed between the base and the cover. The speaker is disposed between the base and the cover. The displacement transducer is fixed to the base and located between the base and the cover. The rotating plate is coupled to the follower, and the follower is coupled to displacement transducer. A head-mounted display is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Chun-Hung Wen, Chun-Hsien Chen
  • Patent number: 11019420
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for containing a potentiometer within a wheel for use in an earmuff. An earmuff (for use with a headset) may comprise a housing configured to contain the internal elements of the earmuff; one or more sound producing elements located within the earmuff; a wheel at least partially exposed by an opening in the housing, configured to be rotated by a user; a potentiometer located within the wheel configured to detect and measure the rotation of the wheel by the user; and a processor configured to control the sound intensity output from the one or more sound producing elements based on receiving the detection from the potentiometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Peter Kara
  • Patent number: 11006206
    Abstract: A headphone device having a listening configuration and a storage configuration. In the listening configuration, the headphone device is configured to provide an ergonomic fit for a user when the headphone device is worn on the user's head with earcups oriented over the user's ears. In the storage configuration, the headphone device is configured to provide an ergonomic fit for the user when the headphone device is worn around the user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Richard Morris, Daniel Anton Ruud Dhondt, Alexander Norman Bennett, Ryan Alain Laprise
  • Patent number: 10999672
    Abstract: This application is directed to acoustic chambers that can be incorporated into headsets to improve consistency of sound reproduction between a left and right earcup. Headsets, especially wireless headsets, need to hold many different components within the earcups (e.g., batteries, wireless components, etc.). As earcups are required to hold more components, imbalances between left and right can result. For example, a left earcup might hold a battery, while a right earcup holds wireless charging components. Differences between left and right components can ultimately result in sound reproduction inconsistencies between left and right earcups. Embodiments of the inventive subject matter create consistent acoustic chambers for both left and right earcups so that sound reproduction between the earcups is unaffected by components housed within each earcup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Kingston Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kai Lin Shen, Peter Leekuo Chou, Chia-Hsiang Chang
  • Patent number: 10986433
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an eartip including an eartip body having an attachment end and an interfacing end opposite from the attachment end. The eartip body can include an inner eartip body having a sidewall extending between the interfacing end and the attachment end, the sidewall defining a channel and having a first thickness near the attachment end and a second thickness different from the first thickness at the interfacing end. The eartip can also include an attachment structure coupled to the inner eartip body at the attachment end, the attachment structure having an inner surface and an outer surface. The attachment structure can include an upper region interfacing with the sidewall and defining discrete through-holes, a lower region below the upper region where the inner surface defines a plurality of recesses positioned around the lower region, and a mesh extending across the channel and into the upper region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sean T. McIntosh, Jason C. Della Rosa, Samuel G. Parker, Benjamin A. Cousins, Ethan L. Huwe
  • Patent number: 10932028
    Abstract: The present invention provide a method and system of audio sharing aimed to revolutionize the way people listen and share music and to give multiple uses to a wireless headphone referred to as HEDphone. A communication protocol referred to as HEDtech protocol is used in a HED system to allow users to share music amongst a plurality of HEDphones while using a single audio source. A wireless connection is established between the HEDphone and a mobile device including an audio source while simultaneously having the capability of allowing other HEDphone users to join wirelessly and listen to the same audio source. A feature of Super Human Hearing (SHH) goes beyond conventional ANR (ambient noise reduction) with additional features that allow the user to control their aural environment by being able to directionally increase or decrease selective frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: HED Technologies Sarl
    Inventors: Timothy Degraye, Liliane Huguet
  • Patent number: 10932029
    Abstract: Provided is a headphone that includes a housing that houses a sound output unit, a slider configured to support the housing, and a support unit attached to a head mounted display. The support unit slidably supports the slider and the support unit is attached to a band of the head mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ito, Yushi Koyama
  • Patent number: 10827248
    Abstract: An earphone with a first acoustic cavity, an electro-acoustic transducer configured to deliver acoustic energy into the first acoustic cavity, and a port that acoustically couples the first acoustic cavity to a different volume, wherein the port comprises a series of through-holes that are open to the first acoustic cavity and the different volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Cedrik Bacon, Keith Davidson, Daniel Collins, Liam Kelly, Michael Zalisk
  • Patent number: 10735843
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an eyewear accommodating headset with adaptive and variable ear support. An example headset may comprise an ear cup with two or more distinct sections that differ in one or more characteristics. A first section is adaptively configured to accommodate a temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses of a wearer of the headset, and a second section is configured to maintain contact with a temple of the wearer of the headset. The different sections may comprise different foams (or different parts of foam, each with different characteristics). The characteristics may comprise hardness and/or density. Another example headset may comprise an ear cup with a divot that accommodates the temple piece of the eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Thomas M. Schoene, David Zepp, Juergen Stark
  • Patent number: 10715900
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headphone earcup having a frame with an inside surface to be positioned adjacent a user's head, an outside surface opposite the inside surface, and a perimeter surface. A central hole in the frame extends from the inside surface to the outside surface. A removable cover on the outside surface of the frame covers the central hole in the frame. A first wave guide holds an earbud. The first wave guide has a perimeter surface and is sized in relative proportions to nest in the central hole of the frame. A second wave guide is positioned on the inside surface of the frame and is covered by a ported cover. A padded cover is positioned over the cover of the second wave guide for comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ZaanU Tech LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Duckwall
  • Patent number: 10582292
    Abstract: Various implementations include printed circuit board mounts and related headphone systems employing such mounts. In one implementation, a mount for a printed circuit board (PCB) includes: a plate for matingly engaging an inner portion of a headphone earcup, the plate including at least one PCB mount for coupling with the PCB; and a coupling element extending from the plate and including at least one coupler for coupling the plate proximate to a spine extending through the inner portion of the headphone earcup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel P. Baker, Christopher A Barnes
  • Patent number: 10567860
    Abstract: An open-close type earphone structure, comprising a headwear rack, a pair of ear cover sets and a positioning module. The pair of ear cover sets are respectively disposed on two opposite ends of the headwear rack, and each of the ear cover sets includes a first earphone body, a second earphone body and an external frame; the first and the second earphone bodies are opposingly connected and assembled and are correspondingly disposed to the headwear rack; a shell correspondingly covers the external frame, and the shell and the external frame collectively define an accommodation space for accommodating a speaker unit. The positioning module is correspondingly disposed to the ear cover sets, and the positioning module has at least one connection unit and at least one positioning unit, so as to enable the shell and the external frame to be opened and closed with respect to the first earphone body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: EVGA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tai-Sheng Han
  • Patent number: 10531175
    Abstract: A headphone and earbud device for receiving an audio signal may include a headphone including a speaker acoustic device to amplify the audio signal and to define a speaker chamber to cooperate with an aperture and an earbud to be detachably connected to the speaker chamber to transmit the audio signal to the speaker chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Remarkable Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam G. P. Boyajian, Michael O. Parelli, Eric A. Knight
  • Patent number: 10497357
    Abstract: An active noise reducing earphone includes a rigid cup-like shell having an inner surface and an outer surface is provided. The inner surface encompasses a cavity with an opening, and a microphone arrangement is configured to pick up sound with at least one steerable beam-like directivity characteristic, and to provide a first electrical signal that represents the picked-up sound. The earphone further includes an active noise control filter configured to provide, based on the first electrical signal, a second electrical signal, and a speaker disposed in the opening of the cavity and configured to generate sound from the second electrical signal. The active noise control filter has a transfer characteristic that is configured so that noise that travels through the shell from beyond the outer surface to beyond the inner surface is reduced by the sound generated by the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Markus E. Christoph
  • Patent number: 10469930
    Abstract: A headset may comprise at least one ear cup and an ear cup shaper configurable into at least two configurations. When the ear cup shaper is configured in a first of the configurations, the ear cup is shaped to contact the temple of a wearer of the headset. When the adjustable ear cup shaper is configured in a second of the configurations, the ear cup is shaped to accommodate the temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses of a wearer of the headset. The ear cup may comprise a filler material such as foam, and the adjustable ear cup shaper when configured in the second of the configurations may create a depression in the foam. The adjustable ear cup shaper may comprise a strap and/or a plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 10455316
    Abstract: Disclosed is an earphone for a hearing device, wherein the earphone is configured to be worn at the ear of a user, the earphone comprising: a speaker housing comprising an output transducer for reproduction of audio signals, wherein the speaker housing has a first side configured to face towards the ear of the user when the earphone is worn by the user, and a second side opposite the first side; an earphone housing configured to retain the speaker housing such that the second side of the speaker housing faces a first side of the earphone housing, wherein the earphone housing has as a second side opposite the first side; a battery compartment for accommodating a replaceable battery, such that the replaceable battery is located at least partly between the second side of the speaker housing and at least a portion of the earphone housing; wherein the earphone comprises a retaining mechanism configured to retain the speaker housing and the earphone housing in a mechanical relationship with each other; wherein the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: GN Audio A/S
    Inventors: Claus Ellegaard Madsen, Kevin Han
  • Patent number: 10321215
    Abstract: The present invention provides an earphone, comprising an earphone housing, a speaker cover, a sound emitting tube, and a speaker, wherein the earphone further includes a tuning baffle disposed inside the speaker cover, wherein a sound emitting hole, a sound outlet hole and mode slots are disposed on the speaker cover, and the sound emitting tube is connected to the tuning baffle through the sound emitting hole, a mode protrusion and a tuning hole are disposed on the tuning baffle, and the mode protrusion is limited by different mode slots by rotating the tuning baffle via the sound emitting tube, so as to adjust the sound outlet area of the sound outlet hole. By utilizing the above-mentioned invention, it is possible to adjust the mid-bass frequency response of the earphone so that a single type earphone can exhibits different sound characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Tonghui Guo, Qigao Chen, Jiangtao Xu
  • Patent number: 10299024
    Abstract: A headset may comprise at least one ear cup and an ear cup shaper configurable to maintain contact with at least a portion of the head of a user wearing the headset, when the user is utilizing other equipment that when used affect the at least a portion of the head. The ear cup may comprise filler material, such as foam, and the ear cup shaper may be configured to create a depression in the filler material to maintain the contact with at least a portion of a head of a user. The adjustable ear cup shaper may comprise one or more of a strap, a plunger, a mechanical latch, and a magnet. The other equipment may comprise a visual device, such as eyeglasses, that have a portion that makes contact with the at least a portion of the head of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: VOYETRA TURTLE BEACH, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 10187715
    Abstract: A gaming headset can include a headband that fits over a user's head and a pair of ear cup assemblies coupled to the headband. Each of the ear cup assemblies can include a housing having one or more magnets and an ear pad having one or more magnets that have an opposite polarity than the magnets in the housing, the ear pad pivotally coupled to the housing alone one side of the ear cup assembly by a hinge. The ear pad can pivot between a closed position and an open position relative to the housing. In the closed position, the magnets in the ear pad and the housing exert an attractive force therebetween to retain the ear pad in contact with the housing. In the open position, the ear pad is inclined away from the housing to overcome the attractive force and define a gap on an opposite side of the ear cup assembly from the hinge to vent a space between the ear pad and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventor: Ozhan Karacal
  • Patent number: 10171904
    Abstract: A wireless noise-cancelling earplug includes a housing within which at least an active noise cancellation (ANC) circuit for producing anti-noise, a speaker for emitting the anti-noise as a sound wave, and a battery for powering at least the ANC circuit. The earplug further includes an audio cavity for guiding the sound wave from the speaker out of the earplug, at least one microphone for measuring ambient noise and feeding the measured ambient noise to the ANC circuit, and a passive noise reduction unit for blocking ambient noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: QON OY
    Inventors: Janne Kyllönen, Matti Nisula, Pekka Sarlund
  • Patent number: 10154335
    Abstract: An interchangeable speaker assembly for use in a headphone adapted to receive the interchangeable speaker assembly. Multiple interchangeable speakers assemblies are intended for use with the headphones, each with a unique audio profile. By substituting interchangeable speaker assemblies, a user is capable of customizing the sound characteristics of the set of headphones, and altering the user's listening experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Minh Dung Hoang
  • Patent number: 10129629
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to dongle storage for head-worn audio devices. In one aspect, a head-worn audio device includes a headband having a first end and a second end. An ear sub-assembly is disposed at one or both of the first end and the second end of the headband. The headband includes a receptacle configured for removable insertion of a wireless dongle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Conrad Betita
  • Patent number: 10091576
    Abstract: An in-ear monitor that incorporates high frequency balanced armature driver tuning, both low frequency dynamic driver and balanced armature driver tuning, mid range and high range frequency balanced armature driver tuning. It also utilizes a spout that has a series of stanchions or stanchions and resonator box cavities for the simplified connection and disconnection of sound tubes and resonator boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Campfire Audio LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Ball
  • Patent number: 10063974
    Abstract: [object] To provide a headphone device in which the influence of individual differences in virtual sound field reproduction is less likely to occur and which may listen external sounds naturally, [solution] A left-side headphone body and a right-side headphone body include speaker arrays which are formed of a plurality of speaker units which are arranged to surround auricles, respectively. The speaker array of the headphone body reproduces a sound field inside a closed curved surface in the vicinity of the auricle using wave field synthesis, and since reverberation or a diffraction effect occurs in the ear of each individual, the influence caused by individual differences is less likely to occur. In addition, the speaker array has the plurality of the speaker units arranged to surround the auricle and is not of a shape that blocks the ear of the listener, and then the external sound can be heard naturally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Homare Kon
  • Patent number: 10045114
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for an improved attachment apparatus for attaching the attachment apparatus to an ear of a user. In some embodiments, the attachment apparatus may include an attachment body that defines an opening configured to enable at least a portion of a user's ear to pass through the opening when the attachment apparatus is coupled to the user. In such embodiments, the attachment body may prevent an anterior portion of the ear from passing through the opening and may receive, from an interaction with the anterior portion of the ear, a force that biases the first attachment portion in a direction away from a median plane of the user. In some embodiments, the attachment body may secure the attachment apparatus to the ear of the user while the first attachment portion is biased away from the median plane of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Human, Incorporated
    Inventors: Benjamin S. Willis, Dae Il Kwon
  • Patent number: 9973854
    Abstract: Implementations of an electronic headset are provided. In some implementations, the electronic headset may be configured to be worn on the head of a user. In some implementations, the electronic headset may be configured so that two earcups can be removably and/or rotatably coupled to a headband thereof. In some implementation, the electronic headset may be configured to power attached electronic earcups and/or other electrically powered accessories (e.g., a light, etc.) conductively coupled thereto. In some implementations, an electronic headset may comprise a headband having a mounting bracket on each end thereof, two earcup mounting hubs, and an electronic circuitry comprising a power source. In some implementations, each earcup mounting hub may be configured to conductively interface with a mounting bracket when coupled thereto. In this way, the electronic earcups may be powered by the electronic headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Trent Zimmer
  • Patent number: 9883287
    Abstract: A 3D five-channel stereo earphone, comprising: a rear housing, a frame installed on the rear housing, a loudspeaker mounted at a bottom of the frame, a front housing installed on the rear housing; the frame and loudspeaker being sealed and installed in a cavity between the rear housing and the front housing; the front housing having an output; the frame including several mutually isolated output channels connected to the output; the output channels having input holes disposed at the bottom of the frames and on the same horizontal plane; the output channels having output holes disposed on an upper surface of the frame, and the vertical distances between the output holes and the output are different; the headphone enables the optimum sound effects, acoustic quality, stimulated 3D sound effects and the 5.1-channel stereo sound, without adding any electronic circuits or applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dongguan Mocrox Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dan Yuan, Lian Qun Li
  • Patent number: 9807524
    Abstract: Examples of retaining seal assemblies for acoustically sealing and retaining a canal hearing device or an earpiece within the ear canal are disclosed. The retaining seal assembly may include one or more flanges and a clip element. The flanges may include elongate trenches along an exterior surface of one or more of the flanges. The elongate trenches may allow the flange to conform to the shape of the ear canal and distribute concentric compressive forces when the seal assembly is inserted in the ear canal. The clip element may be formed of a relatively rigid material and may include one or more locking tabs. The conforming flanges may be concentrically positioned over the clip element. The seal assembly may include a debris barrier to provide protection for a sound outlet of the canal hearing device or the earpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: iHear Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Shennib, Victor Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 9781506
    Abstract: An earphone comprising an earphone housing having a wall comprising (1) a front side that joins (2) an end portion in which a primary sound output opening is formed, which joins (3) a face portion in which a secondary output opening is formed, which joins (4) a back side which joins the front side and encloses a driver, wherein the face portion and the front side form a tapered portion of the earphone housing that is dimensioned to be inserted into, and contact, an ear of a wearer, wherein the primary output opening is dimensioned to output sound generated by a diaphragm of the driver contained within the earphone housing into the ear, the secondary output opening is dimensioned to vent the ear to a surrounding environment, and wherein the primary output opening and the secondary output opening face different directions and are positioned over a sound output face of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael B. Howes, Yacine Azmi, Scott P. Porter, Jonathan S. Aase, Andrew P. Bright, Christopher R. Wilk
  • Patent number: 9769556
    Abstract: A set of headphones and audio system comprises a first set of buttons for controlling a volume level of transmitted audio to the headphones and a second set of buttons for controlling a volume level of external audio played by the headphones. The transmitted audio comprises audio received from an audio source such as an electronic device and the external audio comprises surrounding ambient noise received by a microphone coupled to the headphones. With the first set of controls and the second set of controls a user is able to adjust the volume level of the transmitted audio and the volume level of the external audio in order to listen to the transmitted audio while still interacting with the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Snik LLC
    Inventor: Rob Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 9749728
    Abstract: An audio headset is disclosed. In examples, the audio headset is linearly and rotationally adjustable about multiple axes to ensure optimal fit over a user's ear and optimal audio quality. The audio headset further includes a microphone for accepting audio from the user. The microphone is also rotationally adjustable about multiple axes to ensure optimal positioning and comfort for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Monika Wolf, Austin Porter, Eric J. Wahl, Aditha May Adams, Patrick Gaule
  • Patent number: 9743171
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to method or apparatus that can automatically control the delivery of an audio output to a user. In some embodiments, an audio device that can automatically deliver, halt and/or modify an audio signal based on an impedance measurement made by electrical elements in a headphone or between electrical elements in both headphones of the audio device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Anderson, Steve McGarry, Michael Joseph Roy, Tom H. Carlson, Jr., Alex Danielson
  • Patent number: 9602905
    Abstract: A headset may comprise at least one ear cup and an ear cup shaper configurable into at least two configurations. When the ear cup shaper is configured in a first of the configurations, the ear cup is shaped to contact the temple of a wearer of the headset. When the adjustable ear cup shaper is configured in a second of the configurations, the ear cup is shaped to accommodate the temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses of a wearer of the headset. The ear cup may comprise a filler material such as foam, and the adjustable ear cup shaper when configured in the second of the configurations may create a depression in the foam. The adjustable ear cup shaper may comprise a strap and/or a plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: VOYETRA TURTLE BEACH, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 9591406
    Abstract: A multi-track stereo sound earphone includes an earphone main body, which includes a loudspeaker inside, a resonance cavity connected thereto, a sound hole plate, and a solid plate. The earphone main body further includes: at least a low sound hole, disposed in middle position of a lower encircling perimeter of the resonance cavity; at least a high sound hole, disposed in a middle position of an upper encircling perimeter of the resonance cavity; and a plurality of medium sound holes, disposed surrounding a sound hole plate in front of the loudspeaker. The solid plate is disposed in center of the sound hole plate, opposite to center of a vibration membrane of loudspeaker. The diameters of the plurality of medium sound holes decrease from bottom to top, and the plurality of medium sound holes are distributed around outer perimeter of the solid plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Tien-Lai Huang
  • Patent number: 9510077
    Abstract: An earphone comprising an earphone housing having a wall comprising (1) a front side that joins (2) an end portion in which a primary sound output opening is formed, which joins (3) a face portion in which a secondary output opening is formed, which joins (4) a back side which joins the front side and encloses a driver, wherein the face portion and the front side form a tapered portion of the earphone housing that is dimensioned to be inserted into, and contact, an ear of a wearer, wherein the primary output opening is dimensioned to output sound generated by a diaphragm of the driver contained within the earphone housing into the ear, the secondary output opening is dimensioned to vent the ear to a surrounding environment, and wherein the primary output opening and the secondary output opening face different directions and are positioned over a sound output face of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Howes, Yacine Azmi, Scott P. Porter, Jonathan S. Aase, Andrew P. Bright, Christopher R. Wilk
  • Patent number: 9414145
    Abstract: Headphones include removable audio drivers electrically coupled with electrical conductors using solderless and detachable interconnections. Driver assemblies for headphones include an audio driver and a driver unit housing. An acoustical cavity is defined between the driver unit housing and the audio driver, and a port extends through the driver unit housing between the acoustical cavity and the exterior of the driver assembly. The driver unit housing is configured to be secured within an outer ear-cup housing of a headphone such that the port is open to the exterior of the headphone without communicating acoustically with a volume outside the driver unit housing and within the outer ear-cup housing. Headphones include such driver assemblies. Methods are used to form such headphones and driver assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, Rex Price, Matt Windt, Thomas C. Burton
  • Patent number: 9332337
    Abstract: A headset (1) comprising at least one earphone (2, 3) with at a first earphone side (39) and earphone attachment means (14) for detachably attaching an ear pad (8) with co-operating ear pad attachment means (16) to the first earphone side (39). The headset (1) further comprising a wearing device (4) for attaching the headset (1) to the head of a user, such that the first earphone side (39) faces the ear. The earphone attachment means comprise magnetic elements (14), such that an ear pad (8) with co-operating magnetic ear pad attachment means (15) can be magnetically attached to the earphone (2, 3). The invention also relates to such an ear pad (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GN Netcom A/S
    Inventor: Bettina Ridler
  • Patent number: 9282393
    Abstract: A system for securing headphone transducers is provided. In one aspect of the present invention, the system comprises a first transducer device having a first mechanical housing, which has an outer surface and an inner surface. A first coupling device is affixed to the outer surface of the first mechanical housing of the first transducer device. A second transducer device has a second mechanical housing, which has an outer surface and an inner surface. A second coupling device is affixed to the outer surface of the second mechanical housing of the second transducer device. The first coupling device is coupled to the second coupling device when in close proximity to each other, such that the inner surfaces of the first and second mechanical devices are opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: KADDAN ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick Sean Harper
  • Patent number: 9226060
    Abstract: A modular headphone system and method of assembling a pair of headphones to satisfy individual personal fashion, comfort and performance preferences. The inventive headphone system is comprised of a plurality of modular interchangeable headphone components, each component being interchangeable and having a plurality of unique fashion, comfort or quality grade variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Directed, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Minarik, Kenneth Chae
  • Patent number: 9124976
    Abstract: A treble and bass headphone structure comprises: a headphone back cover; a headphone support frame contacted with the headphone back cover; a dynamic bass sound unit contacted with the headphone back cover; a partition contacted with the dynamic bass sound unit; a headphone front cover contacted with the partition; a film ribbon tweeter sound unit entered and accommodated in an accommodating slot of the headphone front cover from the headphone front cover; and a soft ear-cover contacted with the headphone front cover; wherein the headphone front cover covers up the headphone back cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: EASTERN TECHNOLOGIES HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Ming-Chung Chu, Pin-Tang Lee
  • Publication number: 20150146907
    Abstract: A headset may comprise at least one ear cup and an ear cup shaper configurable into at least two configurations. When the ear cup shaper is configured in a first of the configurations, the ear cup is shaped to contact the temple of a wearer of the headset. When the adjustable ear cup shaper is configured in a second of the configurations, the ear cup is shaped to accommodate the temple piece of a pair of eyeglasses of a wearer of the headset. The ear cup may comprise a filler material such as foam, and the adjustable ear cup shaper when configured in the second of the configurations may create a depression in the foam. The adjustable ear cup shaper may comprise a strap and/or a plunger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Andy Logan
  • Patent number: 9042587
    Abstract: A headphone including two earphone cups, a main strap and a decorating strap is provided. Two ends of the main strap are connected to the earphone cups. Two ends of the decorating strap are detachably connected to the earphone cups or the main strap and rotatable corresponding to the earphone cups or the main strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Cotron Corporation
    Inventor: Bill Yang
  • Patent number: 9036855
    Abstract: A headphone includes a housing, a loudspeaker located inside the housing, a cushion coupled to the housing and arranged to acoustically couple the headphone to a user's ear, electronics electrically coupled to the loudspeaker, and a rotatable ring coupled to the housing and surrounding a central portion of the housing, rotation of the ring providing a user input to the electronics. The headphone may include a touch sensor detecting contact with the ring by an external element and providing an input signal to the electronics, the electronics reacting to the input signal based on the direction and extent of contact by the external element moving along the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Nihar Shah
  • Patent number: 9031254
    Abstract: A headphone or a headset having at least a first and a second earphone unit is provided, the first and second earphone units being interconnected via a connecting band, the connecting band having a first end configured to connect to the first earphone unit and a second end configured to connect to the second earphone unit, wherein at least the first earphone unit comprises a first transceiver, and at least the first end of the connecting band comprises a second transceiver, the first and second transceivers being configured to inductively connect, thereby connecting the first earphone unit to conducting elements in the connecting band. It is an advantage of using an inductive connection between the earphone unit and the connecting band that no wires need to be transferred from the earphone unit to the connecting band. Hereby, a 360 degree rotation of the joint may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: GN Netcom A/S
    Inventor: Stefan Heise
  • Patent number: 9025806
    Abstract: A headphone assembly is provided that includes two earpieces coupled by a flexible connecting wire. Each earpiece includes a single large button disposed on a distal side of the earpiece, thereby enabling a wearer to operate the system, even without direct access thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Krissman, Michael Craig Krisztal
  • Patent number: 9014409
    Abstract: An earcup assembly for a headset may include a housing having a first side adapted to engage the head of a user when in use and a second side opposite thereto. A recess provided in the second side of the housing receives and stores a battery. A battery door is arranged to slidably engage the second side of the housing such that the battery door may be moved between a first, open position in which the recess is accessible to a user and a second, closed position in which the recess is covered by the battery door. Preferably, the earcup assembly includes active noise reduction circuitry. One or a pair of such earcup assemblies may be arranged to form a headset, wherein the assemblies are coupled to a headband via yokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Andre Steyn, Aran Pudney
  • Patent number: 9008346
    Abstract: A headphone with articulating earpieces includes a headband, a hinged fork, and earpieces connected to the fork in a manner allowing the earpieces to articulate relative to the fork as a hinge on the fork articulates. The earpieces are arranged on the fork in a manner allowing them to face each other while articulating from a folded position adjacent the headband, to an unfolded position for listening. When unfolded for listening, the earpieces are adapted to fully extend into a biased open position with an audible click. Similarly, when articulating the earphones to a closed position, they are biased against the headband with an audible click.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton