Particular Support Structure Patents (Class 381/374)
  • Patent number: 10178476
    Abstract: A compliant constrained headband spring for audio headphones includes a headband spring element and a stiffness enhancing element coupled to the headband spring element. The compliant constrained headband spring exhibits a first stiffness in an open position and a second stiffness greater than the first stiffness when closed beyond a predetermined point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric M. Wallace, Michael J. Monahan, Derek James Butland
  • Patent number: 10172245
    Abstract: The shell for a mobile device comprises one or more functional modules attached to the shell and a connector, the functional module being capable of being electrically connected to the mobile device via the connector and a first interface of the mobile device, for providing a corresponding function for the mobile device. Such a shell can not only provide protection function for the mobile device but also can enhance the performance of the mobile device, enrich the function of the mobile device and promote the user's experience in using the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiyan Yao, Hanzhang Niu, Pei Li, Yuanfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10070225
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system includes a headphones device and a vehicle headrest. The headphones device includes a first speaker disposed in a first speaker housing, a second speaker disposed in a second speaker housing, and a headband connecting the first speaker housing to the second speaker housing. The vehicle headrest includes a recessed channel shaped and dimensioned to receive the headband, the first speaker housing, and the second speaker housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ciaran Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10003904
    Abstract: Disclosed is a binaural audio signal processing device. The binaural audio signal processing device includes a binaural renderer and an extra exciter. The binaural renderer receives an audio signal, and outputs a binaural-rendered audio signal by performing binaural rendering on the received audio signal. The extra exciter generates a stimulation to a body of a user, wherein the stimulation corresponds to the binaural-rendered audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: GAUDI AUDIO LAB, INC.
    Inventors: Hyunoh Oh, Yonghyun Baek
  • Patent number: 9998818
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system includes a headphones device and a vehicle headrest. The headphones device includes a first speaker disposed in a first speaker housing, a second speaker disposed in a second speaker housing, and a headband connecting the first speaker housing to the second speaker housing. The vehicle headrest includes a recessed channel shaped and dimensioned to receive the headband, the first speaker housing, and the second speaker housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ciaran Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9973843
    Abstract: The present invention relates to ear gear (100; 200), such as headphones, headset, ear protection or similar, having a pair of earpieces (102, 103; 203), being attached generally to a respective end region (106, 107; 206, 207) of an interconnecting headband (108; 208). Each earpiece is adjustably associated with the headband, for adjustment of the position of the earpieces relative to the headband. The ear gear further comprises at least two extending legs (106A, 106B, 107A, 107B; 206A, 206B, 207A, 207B) provided at the end region (106, 107; 206, 207) at the headband, and arm members (110, 111; 211) that at one end (110A, 111A; 211A) are attached to a respective earpiece. Further, the ear gear comprises an end cap (110E, 111E; 211E) provided at the respective headband end region (106, 107; 206, 207). At least one of the extended legs is rotatably arranged to each end cap (110E, 111E; 211E), such that the end cap can rotate relative to the at least one leg (106A, 106B, 107A, 107B; 206A, 206B, 207A, 207B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Zound Industries International AB
    Inventor: Erik Petersén
  • Patent number: 9949011
    Abstract: An earphone keeper having a jack clip to attach to an audio jack, several earphone clips to attach to respective speaker housings of a pair of earphones, and securement features that releasably couple the earphone clips to the jack clip, is disclosed. More particularly, an embodiment includes a magnet in the jack clip to magnetically attract soft magnetic inserts in the earphone clips such that the speaker housings are releasably retained at the audio jack and cable portions of the earphones resist tangling. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Jimmy Jen
  • Patent number: 9894983
    Abstract: Media cord managing zipper systems in accordance with the present invention may comprise a zipper slider and a pull tab. Prongs may extend from the pull tab on opposing sides of a longitudinal axis of the pull tab. The prongs may be shaped to hold portions of a media cord in a cavity of the pull tab. The media cord managing zipper system may be incorporated into articles of clothing, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hernandez, Kristin Reiter
  • Patent number: 9883288
    Abstract: A compliant constrained headband spring for audio headphones includes a headband spring element and a stiffness enhancing element coupled to the headband spring element. The compliant constrained headband spring exhibits a first stiffness in an open position and a second stiffness greater than the first stiffness when closed beyond a predetermined point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric M. Wallace, Michael J. Monahan, Derek James Butland
  • Patent number: 9866940
    Abstract: A variety of different implementations of waterproof headphone designs are disclosed as well as techniques for producing the same. The disclosed headphones may include one or more features which increase the buoyancy of the headphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Todd Walker, Scott Walker, Justin Zsiros, Mark G. Nader
  • Patent number: 9820028
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for managing a cord, for example a headphone cord includes a first connector configured to connect to a second connector, creating a connection point such that the cord can be wrapped around the connection point. A third connector can also be included configured to attach a cord portion or a plug to a different cord portion when the cord is wrapped around the connection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Robert J. Long
  • Patent number: 9795177
    Abstract: A head-mounted impact sensing and warning device includes a band adapted to be worn around at least a portion of the head or helmeted area of a user; an impact sensing device configured to sense an impact sustained by the head or the helmeted area of the user; at least one visual indicating device operatively coupled to the impact sensing device, the at least one visual indicating device configured to produce a visual indicator when the impact sensing device senses an impact that exceeds a predetermined impact level, thereby providing a visual alert that the impact sustained by the head or the helmeted area of the user exceeded the predetermined impact level; and a unit housing containing the impact sensing device and the at least one visual indicating device, the unit housing being coupled to the band or the helmeted area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Steven Douglas Weaver
  • Patent number: 9788098
    Abstract: A low profile earphone cover comprising a layer of soft, minimally absorbent mesh fabric and a flexible adhesive layer configured for affixing the cover on the ear pad of an earphone. The earphone cover is minimally visible, maintaining the original appearance of earphone. The earphone cover protects the ear pad from damage from sweat and bacteria and increases the comfort of the user by drawing sweat away from the surface of an ear's auricle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Charles Roberts, LLC
    Inventors: Jon Paul Roberts, Stephanie Charles
  • Patent number: 9743177
    Abstract: A waterproof structure for a microphone includes a single-directional sound head disposed within an upper sleeve, which is disposed above a fixing seat having two fixing end portions, wherein a peripheral wall interconnecting the fixing end portions is formed with an insert hole. An empty tube is inserted into the insert hole in the fixing seat. Top and bottom covers are mounted respectively on the upper fixing end portion of the upper sleeve and a lower fixing end portion of the fixing seat, wherein each of the top and bottom covers is formed with a central through hole. Three pieces of breathable waterproof fabric are disposed between the top cover and the upper fixing end portion of the upper sleeve and another six pieces are disposed between the bottom cover and the lower fixing end portion of the fixing seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWANMIC INC.
    Inventor: Wei-Chih Lee
  • Patent number: 9712905
    Abstract: Headsets with non-occluding earbuds are disclosed. The earbud includes a non-occluding housing having a directional sound port offset with respect to a center axis of the earbud. The housing can have an asymmetric shape amenable to in-the-ear retention. Additionally, the housing can have a seamless or nearly seamless construction even though two or more parts are joined together to form the housing. Front and back volumes can exist for a driver of the earbud, and embodiments of this invention use mid-mold and rear-mold structures to achieve desired performance from the earbud. For example, the mid-mold structure can be used to tune the front volume while the rear-mold structure can be used to tune the back volume. Apertures may also be included in the housing to further improve the performance of the earbud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Rico Zorkendorfer, Julian Hoenig, Jonathan Aase, Kurt Stiehl, Phillip Michael Hobson, Eric Wang, Ian Davison
  • Patent number: 9674600
    Abstract: The utility model relates to an earphone with air release valve, comprising a shell, the shell is provided with an earphone rear cavity for accommodating a sounding unit, the sounding unit is placed in the earphone rear cavity and fixedly connected with the shell, the side of the shell facing the human ear is connected with an ear pad, the earphone is provided with an air release hole on the earphone shell between the earphone rear cavity and the earphone sound chamber cavity, and the air release hole is provided with an air release valve which automatically opens due to the increase of pressure. Therefore, when the people wear the earphone or transmit the earphone, the instantaneous pressure wave produced in the sound chamber cavity can be discharged from the air release valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: ACOUSTIC INNOVATION (HUIZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chee Kit Yuen
  • Patent number: 9654867
    Abstract: An acoustic device having a neck loop that is constructed and arranged to be worn around the neck. The neck loop includes housing that defines an acoustic volume, a first acoustic driver located at a first distal end of the housing and acoustically coupled to the housing, and a second acoustic driver located at a second distal end of the housing, opposite the first distal end and acoustically coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Roman N. Litovsky, Bojan Rip, Joseph M. Geiger, Chester Smith Williams, Pelham Norville
  • Patent number: 9648407
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing headphone/earbud/transducer wires through a clasping structure created when the earbuds are connected. The coupling of the headphones may create a clasping structure whereby the headphone wire can be coiled and then held in place, preventing the wires from knotting or tangling. When the headphones are connected to one another, there may exist a space between them, serving as a closed loop around the coiled headphone wires. When the headphones are unconnected, however, no such loop exists. The width of the loop may be approximately the same thickness of the coiled headphone wires so that friction holds the wires in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Kaddan Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Sean Harper
  • Patent number: 9608356
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headset and a cover component for a connection port in a housing portion of a headset, wherein the cover component is movable relative to the position of the connection port, where the cover component is arranged to at least partly enclose at least a part of the housing portion, and where the cover component is configured to be: arranged in a first position where the connection port is uncovered by the cover component, and where a cable is configured to be inserted into the connection port; and arranged in a second position where the connection port is covered by the cover component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: GN NETCOM A/S
    Inventor: Peter Ulrik Kann
  • Patent number: 9609417
    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: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Ketchum Group
    Inventors: Charles Krissman, Michael Craig Krisztal
  • Patent number: 9571914
    Abstract: Headphones are provided that can be formed into one or more loops of sufficient size to be worn as an accessory when the headphones are not in use. The one or loops can be formed by a magnetic closure. The headphones can be worn as a necklace, a bracelet, or around the waist. The cord of the headphones can be accessorized with one or more additional components including a chain, a thread, multiple threads, a wire, a string of beads, or a string of charms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: REDESIGN STUDIO, LLC
    Inventor: Vanessa Chan
  • Patent number: 9516401
    Abstract: A headphone system including a first earpiece, a second earpiece, and a coupler. The headphone system receives a wireless signal having audio content from an external audio source and reproduces at least a portion of the audio content using the first and second earpieces. The first earpiece includes a power source connector to be removably connected to an external power source, a first energy storage device coupled to receive power from the power source connector, and a first power transfer device coupled to receive power from the power source connector. The second earpiece includes a second power transfer device for receiving power from the first power transfer device and a second energy storage device coupled to receive power from the second power transfer device. The coupler is to hold the first and second earpieces together with the first and second power transfer devices in a power transfer configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: T.REX HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James McCarthy, Carl Francis Masters, Matthew R. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9338545
    Abstract: An acoustic wave conductor assembly for mitigation of harmful radiation inherent in a mobile device belonging to a user. The assembly includes an acoustic wave conductor designed ergonomically for insertion into the external auditory ear canal of the user's ear and connecting means between the acoustic wave conductor and the user's mobile device, such that the user is enabled to hear telephone conversations, but keep the mobile device at a safe distance from his head and all his vital tissues, wherein the assembly is simple, efficient, economical and effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Gregory Rubin
  • Patent number: 9288566
    Abstract: An in-ear headphone system with cord management system. The system provide for conjugation of each headphone to provide a spool for winding and securing the cord about the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Ryan Minarik, Michael DiTullo
  • Patent number: 9167329
    Abstract: An earphones holder is used to affix a headset to clothing and/or other items. The earphones holder comprises a magnet which removably couples with a magnetically attractable portion of a set of earphones. In some embodiments, the earphones holder further comprises an electronic device controller which controls the operation of an electronic device. The controller is configured to send a signal to an electronic device activation circuit which operates the electronic device based upon a coupling status of the earbuds with the one or more magnetically attractable surfaces of the earphones holder body. In some embodiments, the electronic device controller controls the operation of an electronic device. The controller is configured to send a signal to an electronic device activation circuit which operates the electronic in a manner dependent upon a signal from the holder body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: SNIK LLC
    Inventor: Rob Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 9049782
    Abstract: A mobile device case includes a reel assembly, including a reel, a supporting plate, and a hub between the reel and the supporting plate. The hub includes a first cavity between the hub and the supporting plate for housing a spring, and a second cavity between the hub and the reel for housing a flat flexible cable (FFC). The spring is wound in a first direction, while the FFC is wound in a second direction. The FFC includes a first end for electrically coupling to a female jack connector of a device. A female connector is electrically coupled to a second end of the FFC for engaging a male jack connector of user-provided headphones. When the reel rotates in the first direction, the spring tightens and the FFC loosens. When the reel rotates in the second direction, the spring loosens and the FFC tightens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Koenig
  • Publication number: 20150146908
    Abstract: An ambient and audio earphone system having a right-side earbud and a left-side earbud operatively connected to a detachable electronic clasp that is in communication with an electronic pendant for controlling the operation of the ambient and audio earphone system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: David Kalhok
  • Patent number: 9042590
    Abstract: A positioning and retaining structure for an in-ear earpiece. An outer leg and an inner leg are attached to each other at an attachment end and attached to a body of the earpiece at the other end. The outer leg lies in a plane. The positioning and retaining structure have a stiffness that is greater when force is applied to the attachment end in a counterclockwise direction in the plane of the outer leg than when force is applied to the attachment end in a clockwise direction in the plane of the outer leg. The positioning and retaining structure position an earpiece associated with the earpiece in a user's ear and retains the earpiece in its position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Silvestri, Eric M. Wallace, Kevin P. Annunziato, Ian M. Collier, Michael Monahan
  • Publication number: 20150139471
    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: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: KADDAN ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick Sean HARPER
  • Publication number: 20150139470
    Abstract: A hearing article having an acoustic decoupling section is provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a hearing article described herein includes a tether having a first end attached to a first hearing device, a first acoustic decoupling section proximate the first end, and a substantially straight intermediate section. The acoustic decoupling section comprises a predetermined shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Jacob H. Ely
  • Patent number: 9036850
    Abstract: An augmented custom fit headset (300) is disclosed. The augmented headset (300) can include: a wearable module (310) configured to be worn around a user's head including an outer band structure (312) with left and right ends (314) and (316), at least one of the left and right ends (314) and (316) having an inner facing cavity (318); earpiece modules (322) and (324) including left and right speakers (326) and (328) connected to the left and right ends (314) and (316); and a removable inner band (330) including a plug portion (332), the plug portion (332) being snap connected to the inner facing cavity (318), defining a snap connector (336). Advantageously, this structure provides an improved removable inner band (330), which is effective, economical, reliable and easy to use. Also, this construction helps to allow the plug portion (332) to remain in place, during use, and can slightly deflect or bend inwardly, to facilitate insertion and removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: David W. Larmour, Carl A. Cepress, Scott A. Wilke, Mark D. Zaveson
  • Patent number: 9036847
    Abstract: A glasses apparatus which works in conjunction with a display apparatus which operates in a multi-view mode to combine and output a plurality of contents. The glasses apparatus includes: a first interface module which receives a synchronization signal in a first wireless communication method; first and second glasses mounted on a glasses frame and which are driven in synchronization with one of the plurality of contents based on the synchronization signal; a second interface module which receives an audio signal of at least said one content in a second wireless communication method; a controller which selects an audio signal of said one content from among audio signals corresponding to the plurality of contents, and an audio outputter which outputs the audio signal of the selected content, and which is integrally formed with the glasses frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jea-hee Han, Je-hwan Seo, Ju-won Cho
  • Patent number: 9036851
    Abstract: Electrical signals corresponding to sound are received at a wire, and sound is generated at a speaker connected to the wire. The sound is resonated in a cavity of a shell housing the speaker, and then passed along a transmission tube toward a pinna of a user's ear without directing the sound directly toward the user's ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Yan-Ru Peng
  • Patent number: 9036854
    Abstract: Audio equipment comprising a signal generating module (26) arranged to output signals to a pair of speakers (20), wherein the speakers (20) are mounted upon respective housings (18), adapted to be carried by a glasses frame unit (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Marcus Lewis
  • Patent number: 9031275
    Abstract: A headset (1) comprising an attachment device (2) for attaching the headset (1) to the head of a user and a speaker housing (3). The speaker housing 3 is connected slidable along and rotatable about a first axis (X) to the attachment device (2), such that it can be placed into a selected longitudinal and angular position within a longitudinal interval (LI) and an angular interval (AI). The longitudinal interval (LI) comprises a first zone (Z1) and a second zone (Z2), and the speaker housing (3) can rotate through a first angular interval (AI1), when in the first zone (Z1) and through a second angular interval (AI2), when in the second zone (Z2). The first angular interval (AI1) is larger than the second angular interval (AI2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: GN Netcom A/S
    Inventor: Brian Brødsgaard
  • 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: 9008345
    Abstract: An earphone device includes a housing having a driver unit, and a sound guide tube mounted on a front surface of the housing to protrude from the front surface, in which the sound guide tube is disposed at a position deviated from a center position of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Matsuo, Takashi Ohta, Koji Nageno, Tomohiro Ito
  • Publication number: 20150086059
    Abstract: A headset system for interchangeable wearing styles is disclosed. A retention element is detachably coupled to an earpiece, allowing the headset to interchange between a headband, ear loop and neckband wearing style. The retention element comprises a security element that prevents rotation of the earpiece when coupled, providing a stable and ergonomic wearing experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Gougherty, John Kelley, Erik Tews
  • Patent number: 8989426
    Abstract: A positioning and retaining structure for an in-ear earpiece. An outer leg and an inner leg are attached to each other at an attachment end and attached to a body of the earpiece at the other end. The outer leg lies in a plane. The positioning and retaining structure have a stiffness that is greater when force is applied to the attachment end in a counterclockwise direction in the plane of the outer leg than when force is applied to the attachment end in a clockwise direction in the plane of the outer leg. The positioning and retaining structure position an earpiece associated with the earpiece in a users ear and retains the earpiece in its position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Silvestri, Eric M. Wallace, Kevin P. Annunziato, Ian M. Collier, Michael Monahan
  • Patent number: 8976993
    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: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kaddan Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Sean Harper
  • Patent number: 8976995
    Abstract: An ear unit for stably fitting in an ear includes a first surface facing inwardly toward the ear, a second, opposite surface facing outwardly from the ear and an outer circumferential surface formed between the first and second surfaces. The outer circumferential surface is shaped as a decremental curve. The distance between the ends of the decremental curve is approximately equal to the distance between a first cavity formed under the tragus of the ear and second cavity covered by the lower node of the antihelix of the ear. The first surface is provided with a curvature that provides a contact surface that substantially conforms to the concha, providing an improved attachment, thereby enabling the ear unit to fit closely against the concha when the ear unit is positioned into the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Freebit AS
    Inventor: Richard Steenfeldt Berg
  • Publication number: 20150063622
    Abstract: An audio headset includes a pair of earphones and a nape-band. The earphones are secured to the nape-band at respective ends of the nape-band. A pair of suspension elements each have (i) a first end connected to the headset at a location in front of a user's respective ear when the user is wearing the headset, and (ii) a second end connected to the headset at a location behind the user's respective ear when the user is wearing the headset. As such, each suspension element at least partially wraps around a portion of a top of a respective ear of the user to support the headset when the headset is being worn by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Eric M. Wallace
  • Patent number: 8971562
    Abstract: A headphone can have at least one wireless audio reproducing element attached to a headband. The headband may have parietal and temporal features with the temporal feature contacting a user's temporal bone and the parietal feature having a curvilinear extension from the temporal feature that contacts a predetermined portion of a user's parietal bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: WR Nine Ventures LLC
    Inventors: Mark Clayton, John Grayson Estes, Phillip Dale Lott
  • Patent number: 8929581
    Abstract: A headphone apparatus is provided that may include a headphone and a writing surface. The headphone may include a headband, supports, and earpieces. The writing surface may be attached to a portion of the headphone. The writing surface may comprise a surface adapted to be written and erased on repeatedly, such as a dry-erase panel. The headphone apparatus may also include an eraser, which may be adapted to substantially and repeatedly erase what is written on the writing surface. The eraser may be slidably attached to at least a portion of the writing surface. Alternatively, the eraser may be attached to a portion of the headphone and/or the writing surface removably and/or via a flexible material. The headphone apparatus may further include a writing apparatus, which may be attached to a portion of the headphone apparatus and/or the writing surface removably and/or via a flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Zeikos Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Kost
  • Patent number: 8929582
    Abstract: A positioning and retaining structure for an in-ear earpiece. An outer leg and an inner leg are attached to each other at an attachment end and attached to a body of the earpiece at the other end. The outer leg lies in a plane. The positioning and retaining structure have a stiffness that is greater when force is applied to the attachment end in a counterclockwise direction in the plane of the outer leg than when force is applied to the attachment end in a clockwise direction in the plane of the outer leg. The positioning and retaining structure position an earpiece associated with the earpiece in a users ear and retains the earpiece in its position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Silvestri, Eric M. Wallace, Kevin P. Annunziato, Ian M. Collier, Michael Monahan
  • Patent number: 8913774
    Abstract: The present invention provides a double earphone structure and an electronic device. The double earphone structure comprises a primary earphone assembly having a primary earphone rod, and a secondary earphone assembly having a secondary earphone rod which can be in snapping connection with the primary earphone rod. When desired in use, the secondary earphone rod is detached from the primary earphone rod, and the primary earphone receiver and the secondary earphone receiver can be used simultaneously so as to obtain dual-channel, stereo effect. When not in use, the secondary earphone rod is connected with the primary earphone rod via a snapping structure, so it is convenient to retract the double earphone structure into an earphone cable retracting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Xinjiang Tiandi Group
    Inventor: Daqing Zheng
  • Patent number: 8897480
    Abstract: There is provided an in-ear earphone having a housing (50) for receiving an electroacoustic transducer and an expansion adaptor unit (20) which is coupled to the housing (50) of the in-ear earphone. The expansion adaptor unit (20) has an expansion unit (20) with an upper portion (26) having a curvature for fitting into a crus inferius anthelicis, an anti-helix and/or a concha of an ear of a user. The expansion adaptor unit further has at least one coupling element for coupling the upper portion (26) to the housing (50) of the in-ear earphone, wherein the expansion unit (20) has at least two flexible legs (22, 25) as coupling elements, wherein one leg (22) is coupled to a first end (28) of the upper portion (26) and a second leg (25) is coupled to a second end (29) of the upper portion (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Chee Keong Tan, Yuen Shen Wong
  • Patent number: 8891798
    Abstract: Headphones can be configured such that back surfaces of the speaker housings can be coupled to form a loop enabling users to wear the headphones around their necks when the speakers are not in use. In various embodiments, faces of the respective speaker housings may comprise asymmetrical, complementary surfaces. In such embodiments, the users can distinguish between the speakers intended to correspond with respective right and left stereo channels by tactile feel. In some embodiments, the interlocking of the housing structures can be achieved by magnetic force to maintain the coupling when the speakers are not in use but can be decoupled by the user without undue effort. In some embodiments, the speaker housings are configured to constrain the housings to a specific orientation when mated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel J M Laffon de Mazieres, Adam K. Cybart, Nicholas Ryan Gilmour, Marc Rene Walliser, Chi Chiu Kwok
  • Patent number: 8873790
    Abstract: Non-occluding earbuds and methods for making the same are disclosed. The earbud has a non-occluding housing having a directional port positioned offset with respect to a center axis of the housing. The directional port may be constructed to project acoustic signals into the user's ear canal. In addition, the directional port can include separate openings or ports for different front volumes existing within the housing. Front and back volumes can exist for each speaker contained within the housing, and embodiments of this invention use a midmold structure that enables the front volumes to be tuned independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hayashida, Jonathan Aase, Julian Hoenig
  • Publication number: 20140314265
    Abstract: A set of headphones comprises first and second earpiece assemblies connected by a headband. At least one of the first and second earpiece assemblies comprises a housing, with a rotatable speaker arranged within the housing and configured to rotate independently of the housing about a designated axis of the earpiece assembly responsive to actuation of a control mechanism. The speaker may be configured to rotate about the designated axis without requiring that the headphones be removed from a head of a user. For example, the rotatable speaker of the earpiece assembly may be configured to rotate between at least first and second positions associated with respective internal and external listening modes in which a front side of the speaker is configured to face in respective inward and outward directions. The rotatable speaker may be further configured to rotate into at least one intermediate position between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: LSI Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph M. Freund