Ear Insert Or Bone Conduction Patents (Class 381/380)
  • Patent number: 10715939
    Abstract: A transducer supported by the eardrum provides a piezoelectric material exchanging energy with the eardrum through a nanoscale membrane, the latter serving to boost the coupling between the piezoelectric material and the eardrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, University of Hamburg
    Inventors: Max Lagally, Abhishek Bhat, Frank Flack, Shelley Scott, Robert H. Blick
  • Patent number: 10715901
    Abstract: Audio reproduction devices, including without limitation headphones, universal in-ear monitors and custom in-ear monitors, are improved by electrical design that targets a flat electrical impedance across a predetermined frequency range such as the typical audible range of 20 Hz-20 kHz. Headphones and earphones having a flat or linear electrical impedance characteristic will have more consistent audio performance when driven by different sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: 1964 Ears, LLC
    Inventor: Vitaliy Y. Gordeyev
  • Patent number: 10701471
    Abstract: An ear tip for an earpiece including a body having first and second ends, an inner wall extending between the first and second ends to define a hollow passage to conduct sound waves, and an outer wall connected to the inner wall of the body at the first end and tapering away from the inner wall toward the second end. The ear tip further includes one or more protrusions arranged on an inner surface of the outer wall, wherein the one or more protrusions has a varying thickness between the first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Caitlin Hanson, Shawn Prevoir, Natalie Zucker
  • Patent number: 10694282
    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 primary output opening is dimensioned to output sound generated by a diaphragm of the driver contained within the earphone housing into the ear and 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Howes, Yacine Azmi, Scott P. Porter, Jonathan S. Aase, Andrew P. Bright, Christopher R. Wilk
  • Patent number: 10649522
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for controlling a smart device based on a headphone are disclosed. The method includes: collecting, by the headphone, head motion feature data of a human body if a trigger condition of a collection task is satisfied; judging, according to the collected data, whether a target motion feature satisfying a predetermined motion feature is present in head motion feature of the human body; and if the target motion feature is present, acquiring information of an application currently running on the smart device, and generating an operation control instruction corresponding to the target motion feature according to the information of the currently running application and sending the operation control instruction to the smart device. According to the present application, control function may be enhanced for the smart device and control accuracy may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Luming Zhou, Hexing Liu, Saiwen Lu, Ping Xu, Hongwu Li, Yicong Lin
  • Patent number: 10642572
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for an audio system and methods for facilitating a group-listening user experience. A first audio device and a second audio device may each include at least one speaker. The first audio device and the second audio device may be selectively coupled to each other via one or more coupling devices. In such embodiments, the respective speaker or speakers of each of the first and second audio devices may be configured to direct sound into the at least partial acoustic chamber formed by the first and second audio devices. The at least partial acoustic chamber may be configured to have a shape that is suitable for mixing, combining, blending, acoustically amplifying, and/or directing the sound from the speakers of the first and second audio devices in a direction that is away from the audio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Human, Incorporated
    Inventors: Benjamin S. Willis, Joseph David Dieter, Gelmont Rios, Stephen John Minarsch, Kyle Marcolini, Adam Abraham Jossem, Eliza Arango Vargas
  • Patent number: 10616675
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an earphone. The earphone comprises: an earbud, wherein a cable comes out from an open end of a stem of the earbud; and a strain relief element mounted at the open end, the material of which is softer than that of the stem. The strain relief element contains a cable tube where the cable passes through and the inner wall of the cable tube fits the cable in a close manner. According to an embodiment of this invention, the present invention can provide a better strain relief effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Morten Birkmose Sondergaard, Sune Lonbaek Olsen, Frederik Skovgaard, Andrew Paddock Bright, Rui Du
  • Patent number: 10582294
    Abstract: An earphone includes a housing, a speaker unit arranged in the housing, a sound guiding portion disposed on the housing, and a sound guiding tube disposed in the sound guiding portion such that an inner sound guiding channel and an outer sound guiding channel are formed in the sound guiding portion. The sound guiding portion has a sound output hole of the inner sound guiding channel and a sound output hole of the outer sound guiding channel. The sound output hole of the inner sound guiding channel protrudes from the sound output hole of the outer sound guiding channel. The sound waves in the inner sound guiding channel directly pass through the sound output hole of the inner sound guiding channel, and the sound waves in the outer sound guiding channel directly pass through the sound output hole of the outer sound guiding channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: I-Hung Tu
  • Patent number: 10516948
    Abstract: A loudspeaker arrangement for a plurality of MEMS loudspeakers for generating sound waves in the audible wavelength spectrum includes a housing, which has a sound conduction cavity and at least one sound outlet opening, and at least two MEMS loudspeakers, arranged in the interior of the housing opposite and spaced apart from each other by the sound conduction cavity. Each MEMS loudspeaker has a cavity in the region of their opposite faces. The loudspeaker arrangement includes a shielding wall for acoustically decoupling the two MEMS loudspeakers from each other. The shielding wall is arranged in the interior of the housing between the two MEMS loudspeakers such that the sound conduction cavity is subdivided into a first and a second a cavity region respectively associated with one of the two MEMS loudspeakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: USOUND GMBH
    Inventors: Andrea Rusconi Clerici Beltrami, Ferruccio Bottoni
  • Patent number: 10482871
    Abstract: A method for processing signals, a terminal device, and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium are provided. The method includes the following. A sound signal of external environment is recorded via a microphone of a headphone when the headphone is in a playing state. Feature audio in the sound signal is identified and reminding information corresponding to the feature audio is acquired. Inquire of a user whether recorded sound signal is critical according to the reminding information in response to the headphone being paused. An input operation of the user is detected and the sound signal is processed according to the input operation of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bixiang Yan
  • Patent number: 10477330
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a tooth or teeth are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon a removable oral appliance to form a hearing aid assembly. Such an oral appliance may be a custom-made device. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or through a receiver to process and amplify the signals and transmit the processed sounds via a vibrating transducer element coupled to a tooth or other bone structure, such as the maxillary, mandibular, or palatine bone structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SoundMed, LLC
    Inventors: Amir Abolfathi, Vahid Saadat, Loc X. Phan
  • Patent number: 10477295
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a canal type earphone configured such that an outlet for a sound wave to be reproduced is inserted into an inlet of a user's ear canal. The earphone includes an electrodynamic speaker unit configured to electroacoustically convert an audio signal into a high-frequency sound wave containing a band component having a higher frequency than that of an audible band of a human being, thereby emitting the high-frequency sound wave; an electromagnetic speaker unit configured to electroacoustically convert the audio signal into a low-frequency sound wave containing more band components having a lower frequency than that of the high-frequency sound wave, thereby emitting the low-frequency sound wave; and a housing to the inside of which the electrodynamic speaker unit and the electromagnetic speaker unit are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Onkyo Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ouchi, Akira Tamadera, Masanori Ito, Naoki Imagawa
  • Patent number: 10448147
    Abstract: The inside of the housing of an acoustic device, such as an earphone, is divided into two or more spaces based on a driver. Diaphragms are disposed to cover a nozzle communicating with an ear of a user and a vent hole formed in the back of the housing. Optimum sound quality can be secured by adjusting the sizes of the spaces formed by the diaphragms and the housing and the locations where the diaphragms are disposed. When the housing is of a sealed type, low-band sound pressure can be effectively prevented from being lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BUJEON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Donghyeon Seo, Minkoo Park, Minkyeom Kim
  • Patent number: 10433045
    Abstract: An earbud design is disclosed that is configured to sit securely within an ear of a user. The earbud can be secured within the ear by an anchoring feature formed from an elastomeric material. The anchoring feature has a size and shape in accordance with an interior geometry of an ear of a user. Because the anchoring feature positions the earbud with respect to the ear, geometries of the earbud can be focused upon audio performance and/or device aesthetics. In some embodiments, the earbud housing can have a linear design which allows an audio driver within the earbud housing to be positioned close to an opening defined by the earbud housing. In this way, acoustic degradation associated with a long audio path from the audio driver to the opening can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn K. Trainer, Scott C. Grinker, Craig M. Stanley
  • Patent number: 10420911
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an apparatus for ascertaining a personal tinnitus frequency consisting of an audio signal generator unit and an associated audio signal earphone, which apparatus provides a first audio signal whose frequency is continuously adjustable. The invention is characterized in that compensating means are provided in order to eliminate ambient noise through active noise reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Resaphene Suisse AG
    Inventor: Volker Merz
  • Patent number: 10419841
    Abstract: An active noise-reduction headphone arrangement has a housing bearing a loudspeaker having a first diaphragm surface coupled to a first volume of air bounded by and coupled to a user's ear, and a second diaphragm surface bounding a cavity within the housing assembly so as to define a second volume of air, rearward of the diaphragm; a conduit provided in the housing, the conduit being in fluid communication the ambient air via a first acoustic couple means having a first characteristic acoustic impedance, the conduit also being in fluid communication with said second volume of air via a second acoustic couple means having a second characteristic acoustic impedance; and a microphone having an inlet coupled acoustically to a predetermined location within the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INCUS LABORATORIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Alastair Sibbald, Peter John McCutcheon, Robert Alcock
  • Patent number: 10397690
    Abstract: An earpiece includes an earpiece housing sized and shaped to block an external auditory canal of a user, at least one microphone positioned to sense ambient sound, a speaker, and a processor disposed within the earpiece housing and operatively connected to each of the at least one microphone and the speaker, wherein the processor is configured to modify the ambient sound based on user preferences to produce modified ambient sound in a first mode of operation and to produce a second sound in response to a trigger condition. The second sound may be an unmodified version of the ambient sound. The second sound may be a modified version of the ambient sound which suppresses at least a portion of the ambient sound. The second sound may be a warning sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Vincent Boesen, Darko Dragicevic
  • Patent number: 10386399
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide an improved material structure for a human body model. The human body model comprises (1) a first layer comprising a first material, (2) a second layer, comprising a second material, underneath the first layer, and (3) a third layer, comprising a third material, underneath the second layer. The dielectric constant of the second material is less than a dielectric constant of the first material and less than a dielectric constant of the third material. According to an aspect, the thickness of the first and/or second layer may represent the thickness of human skin and fat, respectively. The thickness of one or more layers may vary based on a location on the human body model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Louis G. Chen
  • Patent number: 10368158
    Abstract: An earphone device comprises a casing, an earphone body and a switching unit. The casing includes an opening and an accommodating space, and the opening communicates with the accommodating space and an outside of the casing. The earphone body is disposed in the accommodating space. The switching unit is disposed on the casing. The switching unit can selectively seal or expose the opening to correspondingly switch the earphone device to an open-type earphone device or a closed-type earphone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Shih-Hsiung Hsiao, Shau-Jiun Huang
  • Patent number: 10362384
    Abstract: An earphone cover for an earphone includes an ear bud skin and an extension. The earphone includes an ear bud with a stem, and the earphone is inserted into a user's ear canal. The stem extends from the ear bud and a primary speaker outlet is formed on the ear bud. The ear bud skin substantially covers the ear bud of the earphone and increases friction between the ear bud and user's ear (provides an interface that increases friction between the ear bud and the user's ear) and the extension extends from the ear bud skin for more secure fit of the earphone to user's ear. The earphone cover is sufficiently flexible and elastic to accept insertion of the earphone therein along with being made of a material to provide a comfortable fit too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SPIGEN KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sun Woo Yun
  • Patent number: 10362383
    Abstract: An ear hanging type music player includes a left ear hanger and a right ear hanger. The left ear hanger includes a first hanging main body and a first ear plug. The first hanging main body includes a first earplug receiving groove, the first ear plug is movably received in the first earplug receiving groove. The right ear hanger includes a second hanging main body and a second ear plug. The second hanging main body has a same structure as the first hanging main body, the second hanging main body includes a second earplug receiving groove, the second ear plug is movably received in the second earplug receiving groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pan Yu
  • Patent number: 10334366
    Abstract: To provide an audio playback device which allows a novel listening experience for a listener by bone conduction from a prescribed position of the head area. [Solution] Provided is the audio playback device including at least one bone conduction device. The bone conduction device is provided at a position to be worn at a prescribed position of a head area of a listener. The prescribed position is a position allowing the listener to feel that a sound source moves from a position to which the bone conduction device is attached and to feel the sound source from another position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Nakagawa, Junya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10334347
    Abstract: An earbud includes a capacitive sensor including at least one conductive trace and a controller configured to provide an indication of the earbud being inserted into an ear of a user responsive to detecting changes in capacitance of one of the at least one conductive trace relative to ground or different conductive traces relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Igor Kofman, Jay Klemme
  • Patent number: 10299051
    Abstract: A bone conduction hearing aid system includes a hearing aid housing with a hearing aid vibrator. A skin interface has an interface connector offset on an outer interface surface and detachably connected to a housing connector. A skin adhesive connects to the skin of a patient user to transmit the sound vibrations through the skin to underlying skull bone for transmission by bone conduction to a hearing organ of the user. When the skin adhesive is pressed against the skin of the user, the skin is initially engaged during an initial engagement period with an initial adhesive force that promotes removal and relocation of the skin interface, and the skin is fully engaged after the initial engagement period with a full adhesive force greater than the initial adhesive force that promotes a fixed secure connection that resists removal of the skin interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventor: Patrik Westerkull
  • Patent number: 10257600
    Abstract: An earphone includes a housing having a sound output hole, wherein a center axis line of the sound output hole is deviated from a center axis line of the housing by an angle; a drive unit received inside the housing; and a resilient element disposed on the housing, wherein the resilient element can be squeezed and deformed, the resilient element or the housing abuts a cavum conchae of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: 1MORE INC.
    Inventors: Kuan-Hong Hsieh, Yonghui Hu, Qianlong Liu
  • Patent number: 10225637
    Abstract: A case for an earbud includes a receiving cavity sized and shaped to accept the earbud within the receiving cavity. The case includes one or more housing magnetic components configured to magnetically attract and secure the earbud within the receiving cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lee M. Panecki, Marcus Albonico, Shannon X. Yang, Arun D. Chawan, Kurt Stiehl, Daniel C. Wagman, Rico L. Zörkendörfer, Benjamin A. Cousins, Daniel Max Strongwater, Eric S. Jol
  • Patent number: 10200775
    Abstract: A device includes a balloon inflation module having an involuted balloon housed within a lumen, an integrated reservoir in fluid communication with the involuted balloon where the balloon inflation module is configured to selectively displace a volume of fluid from the integrated reservoir into the involuted balloon and from the involuted balloon into the integrated reservoir. The device also includes a port configured to receive an accessory module. In one embodiment, the accessory module is a communication module having a logic circuit coupled to an ambient microphone configured to pick up ambient audio content, an ear canal microphone configured to pick up audio in the proximity of an ear canal, and an ear canal receiver configured to provide audio content in the proximity of the ear canal. In some embodiments, the integrated reservoir is formed within portions of a push button spring-loaded pump assembly. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventors: Moises Perez, Steven W Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10178461
    Abstract: Audio ear buds preferably include a housing, an ear tip, an audio speaker, a chamber divider and a power line. The housing preferably includes a driver cup and a chamber cup. The ear tip is attached to the driver cup. A speaker cavity is formed in the driver cup. The speaker cavity is sized to receive the audio speaker. The driver cup is inserted into the chamber cup. The chamber cup includes a divider bore and an acoustic cavity bore, which are sized to receive the chamber divider. A sound hole is formed through a wall of the chamber cup into the acoustic cavity bore. The chamber divider includes at least one air passage hole. The chamber divider creates a ported speaker chamber and an acoustic chamber. The chamber divider acts as a passive resonator. The power line supplies power to the audio speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: YaYuan Lu
  • Patent number: 10149034
    Abstract: An earphone includes a first driver units reproducing sound waves in a high-frequency range, a second driver units reproducing sound waves other than the high-frequency range of the first driver units, and a unit case for housing the respective driver units and a sound delivery tube for leading sound waves from the driver units to a user's ear canal, the sound delivery tube being formed to communicate with the unit case. A sound emission axis of the first driver units and a sound emission axis of the second driver units are disposed in parallel to each other, and the sound emission axis of the first driver unit passes through in an opening of the sound delivery tube. This construction, including multiple driver units for producing different frequency ranges, allows to provide an earphone in which attenuation of high-frequency components in particular is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AUDIO-TECHNICA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kodai Tsubone
  • Patent number: 10117012
    Abstract: Ear buds are provided that communicate wirelessly with an electronic device. To determine the current status of the ear buds and thereby take suitable action in controlling the operation of the electronic device and ear buds, the ear buds may be provided with sensor circuitry. The sensor circuitry may include proximity sensors. The ear buds may each have a housing with a main body portion that is configured to be inserted into the ear of the user and an elongated stem portion that extends from the main body portion. The proximity sensors may include sensors on the main body and sensors on the stem. The proximity sensors may be light-based sensors that emit light that passes through the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley N. Saulsbury, Travis J. McQueen
  • Patent number: 10080088
    Abstract: A system capable of directing audio output to a portion of a shared acoustic environment. For example, the system may divide the environment into two or more sound zones and may generate audio output directed to one or more sound zones. The system may distinguish between target sound zones and quiet sound zones and may determine a set of global filter coefficients with which to direct the audio output. The system may generate a first set of filter coefficients that increase audio volume in the target sound zones and a second set of filter coefficients that increase a ratio of audio volume between the target sound zones and the quiet sound zones. The system may generate the set of global filter coefficients using a combination of the first set and the second set. The system may also direct audio from multiple audio sources in different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Yang, Haoliang Dong, Yingbin Liu
  • Patent number: 10045117
    Abstract: An earpiece includes an earpiece housing sized and shaped to block an external auditory canal of a user, at least one microphone positioned to sense ambient sound, a speaker, and a processor disposed within the earpiece housing and operatively connected to each of the at least one microphone and the speaker, wherein the processor is configured to modify the ambient sound based on user preferences to produce modified ambient sound in a first mode of operation and to produce a second sound in response to a trigger condition. The second sound may be an unmodified version of the ambient sound. The second sound may be a modified version of the ambient sound which suppresses at least a portion of the ambient sound. The second sound may be a warning sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Vincent Boesen, Darko Dragicevic
  • Patent number: 10045112
    Abstract: An earpiece includes an earpiece housing, wherein the earpiece housing is configured to substantially encompass an opening of an ear canal to physically block ambient sound from entering the ear canal. The earpiece further includes a processor disposed within the earpiece housing, at least one microphone operatively connected to the processor and configured to sense ambient sound, and a speaker operatively connected to the processor. The processor is configured to process the ambient sound from the microphone and add additional ambient sound to produce a modified ambient sound at the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Vincent Boesen, Darko Dragicevic
  • Patent number: 10043535
    Abstract: A method and device for automatically increasing the spectral bandwidth of an audio signal including generating a “mapping” (or “prediction”) matrix based on the analysis of a reference wideband signal and a reference narrowband signal, the mapping matrix being a transformation matrix to predict high frequency energy from a low frequency energy envelope, generating an energy envelope analysis of an input narrowband audio signal, generating a resynthesized noise signal by processing a random noise signal with the mapping matrix and the envelope analysis, high-pass filtering the resynthesized noise signal, and summing the high-pass filtered resynthesized noise signal with the input narrowband audio signal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventors: John Usher, Dan Ellis
  • Patent number: 10027787
    Abstract: A system includes an earphone having an earplug, a processor, a wireless interface, a battery, a memory, and a speaker, and an electronic device separate from the earphone and in communication with the earphone via the wireless interface. The electronic device transmits audio to the earphone for storage in the memory. The processor of the earphone causes the speakers to play the audio stored in the memory in a loop. The electronic device and the processor of the earphone do not operate the wireless interface continuously after the audio is stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hush Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lee, Chesong Lee, Dongyeup D. Synn
  • Patent number: 9973841
    Abstract: An ear bud set comprises: a body part; a leg part foldably connected to the body part; and an elastic body connected to the body part and a foldable portion of the leg part. The earbud set is stably provided in the ears when being used for the hearing aid or the earphone, the Bluetooth and the like, and thus is not easily separated from the ears despite vigorous motion, and since earholes are ventilated and external sound can be heard after being worn in the ears, sound transmission efficiency capable of preventing a safety accident is effective. The earbud set can be stably worn in the ears irrespective of the different shapes and sizes of ears of people, does not cause earaches by dispersing the force applied to the ears, and can be stably provided to the ears with low pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GOELBIO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Chun, Kyung Min Lee
  • Patent number: 9906636
    Abstract: A system includes an earphone having an earplug, a processor, a wireless interface, a battery, a memory, and a speaker, and an electronic device separate from the earphone and in communication with the earphone via the wireless interface. The electronic device transmits audio to the earphone for storage in the memory. The processor of the earphone cause the speakers to play the audio stored in the memory in a loop. The electronic device and the processor of the earphone do not operate the wireless interface continuously after the audio is stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hush Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lee, Chesong Lee, Dongyeup D. Synn
  • Patent number: 9888305
    Abstract: A speaker system is provided with a docking station and a removable housing that is mounted to the docking station. The speaker system also includes a receiver, a transducer and a processor that are supported by the removable housing. The receiver receives an audio signal from a mobile media device. The processor communicates with the receiver and is programmed to determine a location of the removable housing relative to the docking station, separate the audio signal into channels and provide at least one channel to the transducer based on the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Prommersberger, Matthias von Saint-George
  • Patent number: 9877098
    Abstract: Features of the present application provide an audio earphone having an adjustable cable system interconnecting a first speaker unit (e.g., left speaker) and a second speaker unit (e.g., right speaker). The adjustable cable system may include a plurality of pods connected to different parts of the adjustable cable system such that the relative movement of the pods may adjust an effective length of the adjustable cable system. The audio earphone of the present disclosure may also include a plurality of operating modes for operating the audio earphone where each of the plurality of operating modes may correspond to one of a plurality of relative distances between a first pod and a second pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Walter Riley, Simon Cameron Dearsley, Emron Jackson Henry, Kaitlyn Marley Schoeck
  • Patent number: 9799188
    Abstract: The present teachings disclose methods and apparatuses for an intelligent, wireless earplug system comprising a speaker, an earplug, an electronics base, and a cable. The earplug fits into a user's ear canal and is operatively connected to a smart device, such as a smart phone, to intelligently transmit sounds from the smart device to the earplugs in a manner selected by the user, such as for example transmitting binaural beats to the earplugs to facilitate sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hush Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lee, Chesong Lee, Dongyeup D. Synn
  • Patent number: 9706283
    Abstract: A combination necklace and earphone set is disclosed which is changeable between the two configurations by magnetically attaching ear buds at each end of a chain to each other. When attached, the chain is closed, forming a loop and necklace, such that controls for the earphones act as beads on each side and a pendant is situated opposite the ear buds. The pendant, in embodiments, houses a battery which powers the earphones. When detached, the chain is an open loop, with an earphone at each end. A joint between the earphones and wire/chain allows the earphones to swivel with respect to the wire/chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Adrian Stoch
  • Patent number: 9668043
    Abstract: An elastomeric component for use with an earbud headphone and for positioning within an auditory canal of an ear includes a distal end configured for insertion within an external portion of the auditory canal and an at least substantially hollow stem region extending proximally from the distal end. The hollow stem may include at least one connection feature configured to interface with another component of an earbud headphone to removably retain the elastomeric component thereon. The elastomeric component may also include an outer portion extending proximally from the distal end and at least substantially surrounding at least a portion of the stem region. The outer portion may include an outer surface having an at least substantially circular cross-sectional shape in a plane perpendicular to a central axis of the elastomeric component. Earbud headphones may include such elastomeric components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Paschel, Andrew Pierce, Joshua B. Poulsen
  • Patent number: 9635452
    Abstract: An in-ear headphone comprises an earbud body constructed and arranged for positioning in an ear canal of a wearer, and configured to have a distal end farther into the ear canal than a proximal end. The earbud body includes a cavity and an opening to the cavity. The in-ear headphone further comprises a transducer in the opening to the cavity, a portion of the transducer facing outward from the opening; a microphone at the distal end of the earbud body; an earbud tip on the earbud body and complying with a surface of the earbud body; and an acoustically resistive mesh structure at a distal end of the earbud tip. The mesh structure covers the microphone and the portion of the transducer facing outward from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Cheng, Ellen I. Searl, Joseph Jankovsky
  • Patent number: 9609414
    Abstract: An earphone with at least one air orifice contains a body. The body includes at least one slot defined on a rear cap thereof, and each of the at least one slot has at least one air orifice formed therein. Thereby, the air discharges or draws to vibrate the speaker via the at least one air orifice to reduce resistance of the air against the speaker and to enhance tone quality, when the speaker vibrates in a closed space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: M2 Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Yao Yang
  • Patent number: 9591393
    Abstract: An earpiece auditory device is described which includes a behind-the-ear component shaped to fit behind the ear of a user. The behind-the-ear component can also have at least one microphone and processing circuitry, where the processing circuitry is used to processes audio signal from the microphone. The device also includes a speaker sized to fit in the ear canal of a user, and an ear mold holding the speaker in place. The ear mold can also be position to touch the bony portion of the ear canal and provide sound attenuation in the ear canal. A connector physically and electrically connects the behind-the-ear component to the speaker. The connector is capable of being used to insert and remove the speaker and ear mold from the ear canal of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hear-Wear Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Feeley, Mike Feeley
  • Patent number: 9544677
    Abstract: A pair of in-ear headphones is disclosed that are operable to reproduce incoming audio signals. The in-ear headphones include a housing defining an internal chamber. A front portion of the housing defines a nozzle extending away from the housing. A driver is positioned in the internal chamber such that a sound reproduction portion of the driver is aligned with an internal audio channel running through the nozzle. A damper is positioned in an end of the nozzle having a damper aperture having a predetermined size. The nozzle extends from a base portion of the housing at a predetermined upward angle and a predetermined bend angle that provides improved audio frequency responses in desirable frequency ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Klipsch Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Joshua Doerr, Thomas Edward Gospel, Brooke Lyn Hilsmeyer, Anthony Martin
  • Patent number: 9538301
    Abstract: There is provided a method of operating a device, the device comprising a plurality of audio sensors and being configured such that when a first audio sensor of the plurality of audio sensors is in contact with a user of the device, a second audio sensor of the plurality of audio sensors is in contact with the air, the method comprising obtaining respective audio signals representing the speech of a user from the plurality of audio sensors; and analyzing the respective audio signals to determine which, if any of the plurality of audio sensors is in contact with the user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Patrick Kechichian, Wilhelmus Andreas Martinus Arnoldus Maria Van Den Dungen
  • Patent number: 9532135
    Abstract: Problem is to provide a bone conduction speaker unit which is compact as a whole, and can be used, being simply and neatly mounted to a great variety of pieces of existing communication equipment, such as mobile phones. A unit case 1 is provided which incorporates a bone conduction speaker 2 such that a diaphragm 3 is exposed, with an earphone-jack mating plug 4, which is connected to the bone conduction speaker 2, being disposed on the unit case 1, and by connecting the plug 4 to an earphone jack 22 on a cabinet 21 of a piece of communication equipment, such as a mobile phone, the piece of communication equipment is allowed to be used as a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TEMCO JAPAN CO., LTD
    Inventors: Takeshi Takeda, Yasuhide Terasawa
  • Patent number: 9510086
    Abstract: An earphone comprising an earphone housing having a body portion, the body portion having an acoustic output opening to output sound from a driver positioned therein into an ear of a user. An acoustic tuning member is positioned within the body portion. The acoustic tuning member defines a back volume chamber of the driver and includes an acoustic output port for outputting sound from the back volume chamber of the driver to improve an acoustic performance of the earphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael B. Howes, Yacine Azmi, Scott P. Porter, Jonathan S. Aase
  • Patent number: 9491535
    Abstract: An earphone includes a housing and a thermoacoustic device array. The housing has a hollow structure. The thermoacoustic device array is disposed in the housing. The thermoacoustic device array includes a number of thermoacoustic device units. The thermoacoustic device unit includes a substrate, a sound wave generator, a first electrode and a second electrode. The first electrode and the second electrode are spaced from each other and electrically connected to the sound wave generator. The first surface defines a number of recesses parallel with and spaced from each other. At least one of the recesses is located between the first electrode and the second electrode. A depth of each recess ranges from about 100 micrometers to about 200 micrometers. The sound wave generator is located on and insulated with the substrate. The sound wave generator includes a carbon nanotube structure suspended over the at least one recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yang Wei, Shou-Shan Fan