Hook Over Ear Or Spectacle Patents (Class 381/381)
  • Patent number: 11310579
    Abstract: The present application discloses a headset, the headset includes a headband; and two earphones respectively connected to two ends of the headband and including: an earphone housing connected to an end of the headband; an earmuff provided therein with a sounder; and a universal adjuster connected between the earphone housing and the earmuff and configured to arbitrarily adjust the earmuff relative to the earphone housing. The headset improves the fit of the earmuffs and the human ears, and improves the comfort when wearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Mickael Bernard Andre Lefebvre, Haiquan Wu, Zhongqiang Tang, Shiwen Guo, Xin Yu, Jiugao Peng, Ruiwen Shi
  • Patent number: 11303992
    Abstract: A unique system for providing wireless messaging to a user within an earring type device is described. The earring type device (any type of ear jewelry—pierced, clip-on, cuff, etc.) includes an embedded wireless Audio Clip Player, a Bluetooth transceiver, a speaker, battery with wired or wireless charging, memory to hold configuration or audio files, and switches (mechanical, capacitive touch, etc.) for control. The utility of these electronics embedded in the earring is so to periodically (predetermined timing) play short audio clip messages to the user's ear with the ambient noise, as if someone were whispering in their ear. The system includes a smartphone application that manages timing and transmits audio clips for personal messaging as well as creates a platform for social media and repository of audio clips from a community of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: MACHO DAISY, LLC.
    Inventors: Michelle McCollum Bechert, Fred Bechert
  • Patent number: 11252503
    Abstract: An assembly of a sound generator having a sound output, a spout connected to the receiver, the spout having a sound channel having a first opening connected to the sound output and a second opening from which sound may be output. The spout has one or more third openings blocked by fastening portions of a dome, and a sensor positioned in the sound channel at the third opening(s). Sound may pass the sensor in the sound channel while travelling in the third opening(s). The assembly may be a personal hearing instrument and the sensor may be a microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sonion Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Friso Van Noort, Raymond Mogelin
  • Patent number: 11240620
    Abstract: A sound field recording system 100 and method for sound recording includes a paired spherical acoustic pressure sensor assembly 120. A user wears paired transducer assembly 120 during recording in a position which captures a sonic image or sound-field the way the user hears it. Sound field recording system 100 effectively captures and encodes a surprisingly uniform Head Related Transfer Function (“HRTF”) into an audio recording. The paired spherical acoustic pressure sensor assembly 120 includes transducers 130, 140 which are worn over the ears on opposing sides of a person's head, carried on left and right side cable temple defining ear hook members 132, 142, and suspended in front of the ear canals in front of the tragus. System 100 and the method of the present invention enable users to make audio-visual recordings having an aural perspective which is substantially constant and fixed in relation to a contemporaneous video recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Russel O. Hamm
  • Patent number: 11204512
    Abstract: Techniques for providing eyewear with electrical components are disclosed. The electrical components can provide electrical technology to eyewear (e.g., eyeglasses) without having to substantially compromise aesthetic design principles of the eyewear. Often, the electrical components can be attached to the eyewear as an after-market enhancement. The electrical components can operate independently or together with other electrical components provided elsewhere. In some embodiments, tethered electrical components can be coupled to electrical components in or attached to a pair of eyeglasses. Tethered electrical components, alone or in combination with eyeglass electrical components can be used for a variety of different applications and uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: IngenioSpec, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 11103025
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of riding equipment, and particularly to a headband and a multifunctional helmet. The headband comprises a strap configured to bind a head, an adjustment assembly that adjusts the tightness of the strap, and an electronic device that endows the headband with intelligent properties. The strap is connected to the adjustment assembly, and the electronic device is disposed within the adjustment assembly and connected to the adjustment assembly. The headband is an accessory of the helmet, electronic devices are combined with the headband such that the headband has electronic functions associated therewith, expanding the use range of the headband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Jingang Liu, Ming Fang, Zhigang Zhou
  • Patent number: 11082766
    Abstract: A device having a first anchor portion adjacent to a second anchor portion, where the first and second anchor portions are separated by a retaining portion, where the device is configured for positioning on an ear, where the retaining portion is configured to prevent egress of an earphone positioned in or on the ear when the device is positioned on the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Raphael Bar Lev
  • Patent number: 10993016
    Abstract: An earphone includes a body portion and a sound port, with the sound port including an earhook attachment located adjacent the body portion, an earfin attachment located adjacent the earhook attachment, and an ear tip adjacent the earfin attachment. An earhook is provided which engages the earhook attachment adjacent the body portion. An earfin includes an earfin aperture, which engages the earfin attachment when the sound port portion is inserted through the aperture. The earfin is configured such that when the tip is attached to the sound port, the tip extends beyond the earfin, opposite the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Timothy Val Kolton
  • Patent number: 10841682
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a wireless in-ear utility device that rests in the user's ear canal near the user's eardrum. The in-ear utility device may be configured in a variety of ways, including, but in no way limited to a smart in-ear utility device, a flexible personal sound amplification product, a personal music player, a “walkie-talkie” and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SmartEar, Inc.
    Inventors: Kinuko Masaki, Dean Gardner, Victor Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 10841686
    Abstract: A novel ear pad includes a lateral surface and a medial surface. The lateral surface is adapted to be coupled to a headset and the medial surface includes a recess that accommodates the passage of an article between the ear pad and a user's head. In a particular embodiment, the recess is contoured to receive an eyeglass temple. In another embodiment, an ear pad includes an annular wall having an inferior portion and a superior portion wherein the wall thickness of the inferior portion is greater than the wall thickness of the superior portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Neal John Brace
  • Patent number: 10681461
    Abstract: A headphone includes: a headband; at least one sound-emitting unit including a sound emitter located therein; at least one connector connecting the sound-emitting unit to the headband such that the sound-emitting unit is rotatable around a rotation axis along an up-down direction, and at least one adjuster configured to adjust a rotation range of the sound-emitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Ryusuke Fukushima, Kazunori Kakiyama
  • Patent number: 10602259
    Abstract: A TWS earphone with multiple speakers and a crossover circuit embedded therein includes a body and a circuit unit set in the body. The circuit unit includes a Bluetooth module, a crossover circuit electrically connected to the Bluetooth module, at least two dynamic speakers or an assembly of at least one dynamic speaker and at least one balanced armature, with different response features, electrically connected to the crossover circuit, and a battery module supplying power for the circuit unit. The Bluetooth module is configured to wirelessly receive audio signals and then output the audio signals to the crossover circuit for frequency division. The crossover circuit is configured to transmit medium-low frequency audio signals after frequency division to one dynamic speaker and high frequency audio signals to the other dynamic speaker or the balanced armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Jianhua Huang, Yong Yang
  • Patent number: 10580383
    Abstract: Virtual reality glasses are provided, which may include: a glasses body that can be assembled with an external electronic device that plays virtual reality content; and a data connection line. The data connection line includes a first connection plug at a first end, the first connection plug being engaged with a first interface on the glasses body to detachably connect the data connection line with the glasses body. The data connection line also includes a second connection plug at a second end, the second connection plug being adapted to a second interface of the external electronic device. The virtual reality glasses and the data connection line in the present disclosure are detachably connected such that the data connection line can be separated from the glasses body of the virtual reality glasses, improving the versatility of virtual reality glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hao Jiang, Shun Wang, Wenhui Ding, Huiming Zhang
  • Patent number: 10440460
    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: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: T.Rex Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael James McCarthy, Carl Francis Masters, Matthew R. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10342427
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus which is capable of being worn on a user's body is provided. The electronic apparatus includes first and second wearing units configured to connect to each other, the first wearing device including a first measurer configured to measure the user's body, and a first communicator configured to communicate with the second wearing device, and the second wearing device including a second measurer configured to measure a user's body, and a second communicator configured to communicate with the first wearing device, and a at least one main processor configured to process a first measurement signal generated by using the first measurer while the first and second wearing devices are connected to each other, and to process a second measurement signal measured and generated by the second measurer while the first and second wearing devices are either connected to each other or disconnected from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-ho Hwang, Mi-young Kim, Min-sung Jang, Hang-ho Lee, Min-su Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 10291979
    Abstract: A headphone is provided with a housing and a transducer. The housing has a baffle surface with a recess formed therein and an edge formed about a periphery of the baffle surface. The transducer disposed in the recess and supported by the housing. The headphone is also provided with an ear cushion and a sheet. The ear cushion has a base formed in an annular shape and connected to the housing about the edge and a contact surface spaced apart from the base to engage a portion of a user's head around an outer ear, wherein the ear cushion defines a cavity to collectively form an acoustic chamber with the user's head. The sheet is disposed over the baffle surface with a hole formed therethrough and aligned with the transducer. The sheet is also formed of a sound absorbent material to suppress sound reflections within the acoustic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries Incorporated
    Inventors: Ulrich Horbach, Kevin Bailey
  • Patent number: 10277971
    Abstract: An earpiece for reproducing audio has multiple drivers, including a bone conduction bass driver and an air conduction treble driver, attached to the ends of a malleable, yet stiff, tubing. The bass driver is placed behind or over the ear to provide a high quality bass output while the treble driver is placed so as to extend in proximity to the user's ear canal. The malleable, yet stiff, tubing enables a user to bend the earpiece and thereby position the earpiece comfortably and securely around the user's ear and to optimally position the drivers in the desired positions around the user's ear. The tubing also allows the earpiece, when not in use, to be reshaped for easy storage or to be worn as an accessory. The earpiece may also include one or more microphones with the treble and/or bass drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Roxilla LLC
    Inventors: Danielle Evin Gerber, Frank Filipetti, Rock G. Positano
  • Patent number: 10037056
    Abstract: An optical touch device includes a foldable frame assembly, two image sensing units and two light emitting units. The foldable frame assembly comprises a first frame, a second frame, a third frame and a fourth frame. The two image sensing units are disposed on opposite ends of the fourth frame respectively. The two light emitting units are disposed on opposite ends of the fourth frame respectively and adjacent to the two image sensing units respectively. The frames of the foldable frame assembly are pivotally connected to each other such that the frames can rotate with respect to each other so as to be folded or expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: You-Xin Liu, Jr-Shiung Jang, Chia-Te Chou, Shou-Te Wei, Shih-Che Chien, Po-Liang Huang
  • Patent number: 10009873
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes: a transceiver configured to communicate with at least one wearable device and receive, from the at least one wearable device, status information indicating whether the at least one wearable device is currently being worn; and a processor configured to determine whether to send a notification request to the at least one wearable device based on the status information received by the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Jong-hyun Ryu, Han-joo Chae
  • Patent number: 10003879
    Abstract: An earphone apparatus includes at least one sound broadcasting device. Each of the sound broadcasting device includes a main shell, a plurality of first electrodes, a speaker device and an expanding speaker device. The main shell has a first connector. The speaker device is disposed in the main shell, and receives a sound signal through a signal transmitting wire coupled to the first electrodes. The expanding speaker device has a second connector, and the expanding speaker device is detachably connected to the first connector through the second connector. When the second connector is connected to the first connector, the expanding speaker device is electronically connected to the first electrodes, and receives the sound signal transmitted by the signal transmitting wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Hsiu-Po Yang
  • Patent number: 9918152
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for an improved peripheral speaker. The peripheral speaker includes an exterior casing enclosing one or more drivers. The exterior casing further has a channel formed therein such that the channel is sized to removably secure an electronic device. The exterior casing is equipped with a connector lead which partially defines the cavity and that connects the one or more drivers to a port of the electronic device. The one or more drivers output audio according to an audio signal transmitted from the electronic device via the connector lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Michael Daley
  • Patent number: 9894430
    Abstract: The present specification discloses an incoming/outgoing-talk unit having an ear-hook unit, a cartilage conduction vibration unit that makes contact with ear cartilage in a state where the hook unit is hooked to the ear, an outgoing-talk unit, and a unit for performing short-range wireless communication with the mobile telephone. Further disclosed is an incoming-talk unit having an ear-hook unit, and a cartilage conduction vibration unit for transmitting cartilage conduction from outside of ear cartilage in a state where the hook unit is hooked to the ear. Also disclosed is an incoming-talk unit having a three-dimensional viewing adjustment unit, a temple having a unit for adjusting contact of eyesight-adjusting eyeglasses with the temple when the unit is superposedly mounted on the eyesight-adjusting eyeglasses; and an audio information output unit provided to the temple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: Rohm Co., Ltd., Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masashi Morimoto, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9881600
    Abstract: A headphone includes an electroacoustic transducer and a support structure for suspending the transducer adjacent to a user's ear when worn by the user such that the headphone is acoustically open. A first microphone is coupled to one or more of the transducer and the support structure such that the first microphone is located in a substantially broadband acoustic null of the transducer. A processor is coupled to the headphone. The microphone receives sound pressure waves and outputs a related electronic signal to the processor. The processor uses the electronic signal to operate the transducer to reduce targeted sound pressure waves at the user's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Mihir D. Shetye, Ole Mattis Nielsen, Ryan C. Silvestri
  • Patent number: 9872101
    Abstract: A system for sound capture and generation via nasal vibration is described. In embodiments the system includes eyeglasses that include at least a frame that is wearable by a user. Sensing circuitry is mounted to the frame, and a device is incorporated into the frame. The sensing circuitry includes at least one sensor, wherein the sensor can passively sense voice vibration induced in the user's nose, and/or which may actively induce audio vibration in the user's nose based on audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Hector A. Cordourier Maruri, Paulo Lopez Meyer, Willem M. Beltman, Jose R. Camacho Perez, Julio C. Zamora Esquivel, Alejandro Ibarra Von Borstel
  • Patent number: 9814017
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes: a transceiver configured to communicate with at least one wearable device and receive, from the at least one wearable device, status information indicating whether the at least one wearable device is currently being worn; and a processor configured to determine whether to send a notification request to the at least one wearable device based on the status information received by the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jong-hyun Ryu, Han-joo Chae
  • Patent number: 9813795
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to techniques (300) and apparatuses (100, 500) for implementing a flexible transducer for soft-tissue audio production. These techniques (300) and apparatuses (100, 500) enable an audio-production device (102) having a flexible transducer (116, 402) conformed to a person's pinna to create audio within the person's external ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Daley
  • Patent number: 9807493
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for an improved attachment apparatus for attaching the attachment apparatus to an ear of a user using a hook body. The hooking body may be secured to the user's ear, such as in response to receiving a deforming force from the user that causes the hooking body to deform in conformity with at least a portion of the root of the user's ear. In some embodiments, the hooking body may be coupled to the attachment body via the bridging member of the attachment body. Accordingly, the hooking body may be configured to secured the attachment apparatus to the user's ear. In some embodiments, a sealing body may be coupled to the plate member of the attachment body, and the cover body may form at least a partial acoustic seal around the user's ear while the hooking body is secured to the attachment apparatus to the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Human, Incorporated
    Inventors: Benjamin S. Willis, Adam Abraham Jossem, Stephen John Minarsch, Dae Il Kwon, Francesca Alyssum Quaglia, Lea Martin
  • Patent number: 9729959
    Abstract: Apparatus comprises adapter and speaker system. Adapter is configured to plug into port of personal digital audio player. Speaker system is in communication with adapter, and comprises multiple acoustic transducers, programmable processor circuit, and wireless communication circuit. In first operational mode, processor circuit receives, via adapter, and processes digital audio content from personal digital audio player into which adapter is plugged, and the multiple acoustic transducers output the received audio content from the personal digital audio player. In second operational mode, wireless communication circuit receives digital audio content from a remote digital audio source over a wireless network, processor circuit processes the digital audio content received from remote digital audio source, and the multiple acoustic transducers output the audio content received from the remote digital audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Michael J. Koss, Michael J. Pelland
  • Patent number: 9723397
    Abstract: A wireless audio accessory that is adapted to removably attach to an item of clothing or eyewear. The wireless audio accessory has an elongated, flexible main body with fasteners disposed along a length thereof. The fasteners comprise main body fasteners fixed to the main body and article fasteners adapted to attach to the item of clothing or eyewear. One or more sound generation units attached to the flexible main body are adapted to provide audio to a wearer of the wireless audio accessory. The wireless audio accessory includes a control unit that controls audio output aspects of the sound generation units. A short-range wireless receiver electronically coupled to the control unit receives short-range wireless signals and transmits audio signals to the sound generation units via the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Four Seasons Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikh Nobouphasavanh
  • Patent number: 9648408
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headset and an ear hook for a headset, the headset comprising a housing portion and a microphone component, the microphone component comprising a microphone boom, the microphone boom comprising a wire, wherein the ear hook comprises: a first end structurally connected to the housing portion; a second end comprising a wire holder configured for detachable retention of the wire from the microphone boom; and where a portion of the ear hook between the first end and the second end is configured for attaching the ear hook to an ear of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GN Netcom A/S
    Inventors: Camilla Korch-Haahr, Stig Holbek, Peter Ulrik Kann
  • Patent number: 9616222
    Abstract: A system for providing non-invasive neuromodulation to a patient includes a mouthpiece and a controller. The mouthpiece includes an elongated housing, a printed circuit board, control circuitry mounted within the elongated housing, and a cable for connecting to a controller. The controller includes an elongated u-shaped element, an electronic receptacle, and a microcontroller. A method for providing non-invasive neurorehabilitation of a patient including connecting a mouthpiece to a controller, transmitting a numeric sequence to the mouthpiece, generating a first hash code, transmitting the first hash code to the controller, generating a second hash code, comparing the second hash code with the first hash code, enabling electrical communication between the mouthpiece and the controller only if the first hash code matches the second hash code, contacting the mouthpiece with the patient's intraoral cavity, and delivering neurostimulation to the patient's intraoral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Neurohabilitation Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Guarraia, Adam Muratori, Justin Fisk, Aidan Petrie, Jeffrey M. Wallace, Daniel P. Smith
  • Patent number: 9525929
    Abstract: An adjustable occlusion headphone includes a housing having a face, a resilient seal member on the housing, adapted to surround the user's ear, and with the face of the housing form a chamber enclosing the user's ear. A speaker communicates through the face of the housing to provide sound to the user's ear. There is at least one port in the face of the housing. A passage extends from each port to the exterior of the housing. A valve member associated with each passage, is operable between an open position and a closed position, and an operator for operating each valve member between its open and closed position to control sound communication from outside the housing to the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth D. Burgett, Michael Joseph Spenner
  • Patent number: 9338539
    Abstract: An in-ear-canal headset assembly includes an accommodating housing, a speaker unit, a fixing unit, an in-ear unit and a microphone unit. The accommodating housing has a resonance chamber, a sound chamber in air communication with the resonance chamber, and an outer cover covering the resonance chamber. The resonance chamber receives a socket therein. The speaker unit is received in the sound chamber. The fixing unit has a ring portion disposed around the sound chamber and a hooking portion connected to the ring portion. The in-ear unit has a covering lid covering the sound chamber, a wave-guiding tube extending from the covering lid, and a flexible tip fixed on the wave-guiding tube. The microphone unit has an arm, an earphone plug, a microphone disposed on an end of the arm, and a connecting cord arranged on the arm for electrically connecting the earphone plug to the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Yi-Shun Chen
  • Patent number: 9307311
    Abstract: An audio device (100) provides an on-ear speaker housing (110), an adjustable shaft (120), and a malleable ear loop (130) coupled to the adjustable shaft. The adjustable shaft (120) controls vertical movement of the malleable ear loop (130). The malleable ear loop (130) can be fit about a user's ear with its height being adjusted by the adjustable shaft 120. The adjustable shaft further controls rotation of the on-ear speaker housing (110). The rotation of the on-ear speaker housing (110) allows for user adjustable left ear mounting or right ear mounting with a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Chi T. Tran
  • Patent number: 9237395
    Abstract: Modular audio systems comprise two speaker assemblies and a wiring system. Each speaker assembly may comprise a speaker and an audio jack integral to each speaker assembly. The wiring system comprises a first wiring assembly comprising two audio jacks configured to connect to the audio jacks of the two speaker assemblies and two wires connected to the two audio jacks at first ends of the two wires. Headphone assemblies may comprise two speaker assemblies and a headband configured for removable attachment to the speaker assemblies. Each speaker assembly may comprise an attachment structure configured for attachment to another device or structure, wherein the attachment structure of each speaker assembly of the two speaker assemblies comprises a frustoconical surface and two first attachment features comprising elongated features on the frustoconical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Sze, Zack Leader, Jon Lee Anderson, Peter M. Kelly, Tetsuro Oishi, Thomas C. Burton
  • Patent number: 9210493
    Abstract: A wireless earpiece may include a local memory for storing audio files that can be played back by the user. The wireless earpiece may fit entirely within the user's ear canal. Audio files, for example music files, may be loaded on the wireless earpiece by docking the wireless earpiece with a mobile device, which includes a larger memory storing the user's library of music files. The wireless earpiece may also be charged while docked with the mobile device by receiving power from the mobile device's larger battery. To provide stereo sound, two wireless earpieces may be worn by the user and docked separately with the mobile device. Each of the two wireless earpieces may store a single channel of an audio file, which is separated by the mobile device during synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. Swanson
  • Patent number: 9210498
    Abstract: A wearable electronic band configured to contain a plug to engage a power source, and one or more earbud charging receptacles. The band also contains its own rechargeable battery electrically connected to the receptacles and a power source, such as an external source or an induction coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Alpha Audiotronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Everett Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9167334
    Abstract: Adjustable single-ear headsets or earpieces have an earplug portion to be inserted in the user's ear canal, a body portion to rest in the user's outer ear, and an adjustable securing loop to encircle the user's pinna, the loop adjusted by a rotary mechanism to change the size or shape of the loop and hold the earpiece securely in the user's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick R. Triato
  • Patent number: 9106997
    Abstract: A behind-the-ear mountable earphone includes a generally C-shaped ear support. The support has a first section extending between a first end and the top of the “C”, adapted to fit behind the user's ear, and a second section extending from the top of the “C” to a second end. The second section is in a plane different from the first section, so that when the first section is behind the user's ear, the second section extends over the front of the user's ear. An earphone is telescopingly mounted on the second end of the C-shaped support. The earphone comprising a generally circular face adapted to be received in the concha of the user's ear, the generally circular face disposed at an angle with respect to the first section of the generally C-shaped support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Seth D. Burgett, Aaron Gorga, Effrosini A. Karayiannis
  • Patent number: 9084054
    Abstract: An audio device worn in a piercing in an ear of a user. The audio device extends through the piercing and includes a wireless communications unit disposed at a first end and a sound-production unit coupled to an opposite second end thereof. The signal path from a master device to the sound-production unit for producing audio outputs thus passes through the pinna of the ear. The sound-production unit may include an ornamental cover such that the device can be worn as jewelry. The speaker and the wireless communications unit may be removable from a body of the device to enable the body to be worn alone as jewelry and to allow replacement of the wireless communications unit with a wired connection. The device may include a control surface useable to provide inputs to the master device coupled to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventors: Barrett Prelogar, Patsy Prelogar
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150131838
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a sound outputting device includes a front unit, a first side unit, a second side unit, a sound transmitting portion, and a piezoelectric speaker. The first side unit is coupled to one end portion of the front unit. The second side unit is coupled to another end portion of the front unit. The sound transmitting portion is provided in the first side unit for transmitting a sound via cartilage conduction. The piezoelectric speaker vibrates the sound transmitting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Seiji HORII
  • 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: 9020168
    Abstract: An apparatus including an air-conduction transducer and a bone conduction transducer. The air-conduction transducer is configured to convert a first frequency band component of an electrical audio signal into acoustic energy to be delivered to an ear canal of a user. The bone conduction transducer is configured to convert a second, at least partially different, frequency band component of the electrical audio signal into mechanical energy to be delivered to a skull of the user. The apparatus is configured to deliver both forms of the energies to the user at a substantially same time to provide a combined audio delivery result to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Karkkainen, Lance Williams, Peng Xie
  • Patent number: 9008341
    Abstract: A system and method for identification of a peripheral device is provided. A system and method for automatic parameter adjustment of a destination device based on the identification of a peripheral device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventor: James Ryan
  • Patent number: 8983110
    Abstract: A headphone device including a driver unit, and an ear-hook hanger of a loop shape that is integrated with the driver unit and supports an entire circumference of an ear capsule is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Keitaro Fujiwara, Katsunori Murozaki
  • Patent number: 8983109
    Abstract: A wireless ear-hook headset includes a flexible tube, a receiver and a transceiver. The flexible tube has a cable, a first fixing binder fixed on one end of the cable, a second fixing binder fixed on the other end of the cable, and an outer layer. The cable has at least one shapeable metallic wire, a plurality of signal wires and an insulating cover layer. The outer layer has two ends which are fixedly connected with the first and second fixing binders respectively and fully covering the cable. The receiver is connected to the first fixing binder of the flexible tube. The transceiver is connected to the second fixing binder of the flexible tube. The present invention also discloses the flexible tube structure and a method for manufacturing the flexible tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Lite-On Electronics (Guangzhou) Limited, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chung-Ming Wang, Che-Cheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20150071479
    Abstract: An audio apparatus including a housing and a piezoelectric transducer mounted in the housing so that the transducer is adjacent a user's pinna. The transducer excites vibration in the pinna to cause it to transmit an acoustic signal from the transducer to a user's inner ear. The apparatus further including a coupler coupling the transducer to the housing with the coupler approximating to a simple support for the transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: NVF TECH LTD.
    Inventors: James East, Neil Simon Owen
  • Patent number: 8958589
    Abstract: An In-The-Ear (ITE) device is disclosed. This ITE is adapted for connection to a cable from a Behind-The-Ear (BTE) device, the ITE device including a releasable mechanical retention device for the cable, such that the cable may be customized in length and may be attached to the retention device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Slobodan Ilic, Phillip Stallard, Thomas Hunkeler, Olivier Blättler
  • Publication number: 20150030197
    Abstract: A device (400) includes a device hook receiver (503). The device hook receiver defines a port (707) to an acoustic chamber (1103) disposed within the device. An ear hook (403) includes a device hook (502). The device hook attaches to the device hook receiver and at least partially visibly obscures the port. The device hook also provides separation between an outer surface (1303) of the device hook and the port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Peter M. Pavlov, Sean N. Davie, Peng Jiang, Ryan P. Rye