Electrical Hardware Feature Patents (Class 381/384)
  • Patent number: 11153671
    Abstract: One or more sensors are configured to contextualize a series of user generated movements to control one or more electronic devices. For example, a set of earphones comprises one or more sensors for sensing a location of the earphones. The one or more sensors enable earphones such as a pair of bluetooth or earphones wirelessly coupled to a bluetooth enabled electronic device, the capability to understand the configuration of use of the earphones. Based on a location and use or non-use of the earphones, one or more contextual responses is able to be applied for a given action. In addition, a garment comprises one or more sensors for sensing a motion of a user as the garment is being used. The one or more sensors allow the user to control one or more electronic devices through a series of user generated movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Snik LLC
    Inventor: Rob Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 11134328
    Abstract: This disclosure includes several different features suitable for use in circumaural and supra-aural headphones designs. Designs that include earpad assemblies that improve acoustic isolation are discussed. User convenience features that include automatically detecting the orientation of the headphones on a user's head are also discussed. Various power-saving features, design features, sensor configurations and user comfort features are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jared M. Kole, Daniel R. Bloom, Audrey L. Sheng, Tian Shi Li, Eugene Antony Whang, Edward Siahaan, Phillip Qian, Alex C. Hellwig, Oliver M. Hewitt, Yuta Kuboyama, Christopher S. Erickson, Sneha Kadetotad, Edwin J. Corona Aparicio, Rajesh Anantharaman, Jacob E. Mattingley, Tsu-Hui Lin, Robert D. Zupke, Dustin A. Hatfield, Axit H. Patel
  • Patent number: 11044543
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to earphone device supports and earphone support cases. In embodiments described herein, an earphone support is configured to be securely positioned over an earphone device. The earphone support includes a main body with a supporting element extending therefrom. The supporting element has a curvature shaped to follow a contour of the earphone device such that it clips onto to the earphone device. In additional embodiments described herein, an earphone support case is configured to securely store the earphone supports and mate with an earphone device case. The earphone support case has a main body coupled to a lid by a hinge. The main body includes a plurality of earphone support mounts. Each of the earphone support mounts are configured to support one of a plurality of earphone supports such that each earphone support is securely positioned within the earphone support case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Navi Cohen, Jose Froilan P. Lomotan, Jonathan Thuot
  • Patent number: 10911859
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to audio systems for streaming audio data to wireless audio devices from a portable charging case. The portable charging case is arranged to wirelessly charge first and second wireless audio devices as well as stream audio data to the first and second wireless audio devices. The portable charging case can store audio files/audio data within an internal memory, or receive audio data from an external source, e.g., a cable arranged to transmit digital or analog audio data. The portable charging case is further arranged to automatically start streaming audio data to the first and/or second wireless audio devices when a cable is connected to the portable charging case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Naren Reddy Palupunoori, Taylor Russell, Douglas Warren Young
  • Patent number: 10892625
    Abstract: This application relates to a case for retaining a portable electronic device and an accessory. The case can include a main body that includes a back panel and sidewalls for retaining a portable electronic device. The case can also include a receptacle coupled to the main body. The receptacle can have a cavity that generally corresponds to the dimension of an accessory for retaining the accessory. The case can further include a first terminal, a second terminal, and a battery. The first terminal can receive electrical energy from the portable electronic device to charge the battery. And the electrical energy stored in the battery can be transferred to the accessory through the second terminal. The case and the portable electronic device may communicate via near-field communication. The case can further include a slotted compartment to store money and credit cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, Yoonhoo Jo, Nicholas R. Trincia, Paul M. Baker, Jessica J. Lu, Hao Zhu, Samuel Gilkison Smith, Amit S. Barve
  • Patent number: 10886761
    Abstract: A mobile phone cover is provided comprising: a holder 120, 1120, 2120, 3120 for receiving and retaining a mobile phone 108, the mobile phone comprising an energy supply; a portable charging device 106, 1106, 2106, 3106 having two or more charging stations 110, 1110, 2110, 3110, each charging station 110, 1110, 2110, 3110 being configured and arranged for receiving and retaining a rechargeable instrument 104, the rechargeable instrument 104 comprising an energy storage; the portable charging device 106, 1106, 2106, 3106 being further configured and arranged: to transfer energy, in use, from the energy supply of the mobile phone 108, placed in the holder, to the two or more charging stations 110, 1110, 2110, 3110; and to transfer energy, in use, from the charging stations 110, 1110, 2110, 3110 to the energy storage of the rechargeable instrument 104 placed in the respective charging station 110, 1110, 2110, 3110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Daniël Willem Elisabeth Schobben, Hubert Cécile François Martens, Marjolein Wilhelmina Maria Schets
  • Patent number: 10880630
    Abstract: An earbud includes a housing that includes a driver assembly positioned within the housing forming a front volume in front of the driver and a back volume behind the driver. An acoustic insert is positioned behind the driver assembly and attached to an interior surface of the housing such that it forms a bass channel that is routed from the back volume to a vent in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arun D. Chawan, Kurt Stiehl, Benjamin A. Cousins, Jonathan S. Aase, Yacine Azmi, Paul Choiniere, Scott W. Slabaugh
  • Patent number: 10873798
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems, devices, and techniques related to a wearable audio device, such as an earbud or other device that is configured to detect inputs and change the operation of the wearable audio device in accordance with the inputs. In some embodiments, the wearable audio device is disposed in a structure and detects signals propagating through or within the structure. Various inputs may cause one or more signals to propagate through or within the structure, outside the structure, or some combination thereof. The wearable audio device may determine whether a detected signal was generated by an input and, if so, change its operation in accordance with the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Jackson, Brenton A. Baugh, David H. Bloom, Gemma A. Roper, Karlin Y. Bark, Thomas S. Hulbert
  • Patent number: 10796682
    Abstract: A handsfree voice system has a microphone mounted in a fixed location in a passenger cabin. An audio signal from the microphone can be used by a voice recognition system to detect spoken commands of a driver or can be used by a cellular telephone transceiver to transmit sounds for a spoken conversation over a phone call. A pair of speakers is mounted at a periphery of the microphone. A plurality of noise sensors are configured to characterize intrusive noises into the cabin. An active noise cancellation controller is responsive to the noise sensors for generating anti-noise to be output by the speakers establishing a quiet zone centered on the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Wheeler, Scott A. Amman
  • Patent number: 10764699
    Abstract: An audio system comprises: a first earpiece comprising at least one acoustic driver, and circuitry that comprises at least one microphone; a housing configured to receive the first earpiece and enclose around the first earpiece; an acoustic cavity within the housing configured to provide a predetermined volume that is acoustically coupled to the acoustic driver when the first earpiece is housed within the housing. The first earpiece or the housing comprises circuitry configured to: (1) measure a response from the microphone to an acoustic wave, and (2) calibrate the circuitry based at least in part on the measured response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: John Rule
  • Patent number: 10638212
    Abstract: A personal listening apparatus is disclosed herein. The personal listening apparatus includes a housing, a main audio input, a splitter, a first headset, a second headset, and a first means for stowing the first headset. The personal listening apparatus allows a plurality of users to listen to an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Melody Anderson
  • Patent number: 10536765
    Abstract: An earphone case includes a shell, a rotating drum received in the shell, a driving assembly coupled to the rotating drum and configured for rotating the rotating drum, and a back cover latchable with the shell and receiving the driving assembly in a receiving space defined therein. The rotating drum is driven by the driving assembly to rotate to wind a wire of at least one pair of earphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Juan Wang, Jun-Liang Zhang, Tao Jiang, Tai-Shan Zhu, Chien-Chih Kuo
  • Patent number: 10506404
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the disclosed principles, a modular portable device includes a first module acting as a traditional high-function phone or “smartphone” and a second module that adds enhanced functionality to the first module. When the modules are separated, they may operate independently of each other. In an embodiment, when the first module and the second module are docked together and a voice call is placed with the first module, the earpiece speaker, microphone, and cellular connection of the first module are utilized. During the voice call, a Bluetooth connection between the first module and the second module may be established in anticipation of an undocking event to eliminate a delay in audio transfer from the first module to the second module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC
    Inventors: Michael J Lombardi, Joseph L Allore, Paul Fordham
  • Patent number: 10448520
    Abstract: A voice-activated electronic device including a first portion with a first internal surface having a first attachment structure, and a second portion with a second internal surface having a second attachment structure. The first and second internal surfaces have compatible shapes that permit the first and second portions to be moved from a separated position to a joined position, where when the first portion and the second portion are in the joined position the first and second internal surfaces form a nested arrangement. The first and second attachment structures form a secure but separable connection to one another when the first and second portions are in the joined position. The first and second portions are configured to be joined securely and separated through manual human manipulation of one or both of the first portion and the second portion to move the first and second portions between separated and joined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jung guen Tak, Amy Martin, Willard McClellan
  • Patent number: 10397683
    Abstract: A case for a listening device includes a housing and a lid attached to the housing with a pivotable joint allowing the lid to rotate between a closed position and an open position. An over center mechanism for the lid includes a torsion spring that impels the lid to either the open or the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jason J. LeBlanc, Lee M. Panecki
  • Patent number: 10397688
    Abstract: A system and method for managing wireless earpieces. Circuitry of the wireless earpieces are powered utilizing a high-power mode in response to detecting a magnetic field is not applied to one or more of the wireless earpieces. The power sent to the circuitry of the wireless earpieces is altered to a low power mode in response to detecting the magnetic field is applied to one or more of the wireless earpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Christian Hirsch, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10021477
    Abstract: A backward compatible system and method for using 4P audio jack in an electronic device to provide power and signal to headset with active noise cancellation (ANC) as well as accessories that require an external power are disclosed. The method involves automatically deciding at the electronic device accessory type after accessory insertion detected and choosing proper accessory communication mode based at least on the decided accessory type and accessory input signal. The accessory communication mode may be an accessory power mode or an accessory microphone mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Sang Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10003881
    Abstract: An earbud includes a housing having a touch sensitive region at an exterior surface of the housing. A capacitive sensor insert is disposed within the housing and has metallized circuitry formed on a first surface that is positioned adjacent an interior surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Cousins, Arun D. Chawan, Zachary C. Rich, Jonathan S. Aase, Marcus Albonico
  • Patent number: 9871553
    Abstract: Disclosed are audio apparatuses and audio communication channel circuits. The circuit includes an audio connector, an identification circuit, a first and a second audio communication channel. An output terminal of the first channel is connected to one of a first and a second pin, an output terminal of the second channel is connected to the other, a first terminal of the identification circuit is connected to one of the first and second pin, and a second terminal of the identification circuit is connected to the other. The circuit further includes: a first pull-down resistor with a first terminal connected to the first channel and a second terminal connected to ground; and a second pull-down resistor with a first terminal connected to the second channel and a second terminal connected to ground. With the present disclosure, the type of hosts that may be compatible with the audio apparatus is enlarged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TENDYRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dongsheng Li
  • Patent number: 9854359
    Abstract: A pop-free headset detection circuit includes a socket unit, a first operational amplifier, a second operational amplifier and a detection and control circuit. An inverting input end of the first operational amplifier is connected to a left-channel audio source. A non-inverting input end of the first operational amplifier receives a first reference voltage. An inverting input end of the second operational amplifier is connected to a right-channel audio source. A non-inverting input end of the second operational amplifier receives a second reference voltage. When there is a headset plug of a headset plugged into the socket unit, the detection and control circuit controls the first operational amplifier and the second operational amplifier to be in a Hi-Z state, disconnects the first operational amplifier and the second operational amplifier and their feedback resistors, and then determines the type of the headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ANPEC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ming-Hung Chang
  • Patent number: 9838771
    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: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SmartEar, Inc.
    Inventors: Kinuko Masaki, Dean Gardner, Victor Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 9800701
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a case and analog port adaptor for use with a phone. The case includes a body configured to be engaged around the perimeter of a phone. The case includes an electronic package that has an analog port for receipt of a TRS plug of an electronic accessory such as headphones. The electronics package also includes an electronic plug and an electronic pathway. The electronic plug interfaces with an electronic port of the phone. The electronic pathway provides the mechanism for power and data communication between the phone and the analog port via the interface of the case's electronic plug to the electronic port of the phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Newton Guillen
  • Patent number: 9621978
    Abstract: Electronic necklace-headset for mobile electronic device in the form of a neck loop or necklace and a pair of wired headphones, where the headphone cords attached in close proximity to the back of electronic necklace and additionally connected together in the suboccipital node, located in the position of the device on the surface of the cervico-occipital region of the user to fix headphones and its cords, which reduces the slack of the cords and streamlines their excursion, creating conditions for continuous wear electronic necklace, including under the clothes, does not change the appearance of the user, allows to control an electronic necklace on touch over clothing, and inoperative can accommodate headphones shot and its cords in the back of the electronic necklace without having to remove the entire device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Alexey Ushakov
  • Patent number: 9584900
    Abstract: A customization earphone structure and a detachable audio broadcasting module thereof are disclosed in the instant disclosure. The detachable audio broadcasting module includes an amplifier assembly and a detachable sound guiding assembly. The amplifier assembly includes a first outer casing and a plurality of first retaining structures disposed on the first outer casing. The first outer casing has an assembly concave groove. The detachable sound guiding assembly includes a second outer casing corresponding to the assembly concave groove, a sound-guiding component fixed and enclosed inside the second outer casing, and a plurality of second retaining structures disposed on the second outer casing. The detachable sound guiding assembly is received inside the assembly concave groove, the second outer casing is detachably positioned inside the assembly concave groove by respectively matching the second retaining structures and the first retaining structures with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Shih-Hsiung Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9578411
    Abstract: An electronic device having a noise removal function is provided. The electronic device includes an ear jack interface configured to operatively connect with an earphone, a key recognition unit selectively connected to a microphone contact terminal of the ear jack interface, the key recognition unit being configured to recognize a key input of the earphone, and a switching circuit configured to electrically connect or interrupt the key recognition unit to or from the microphone contact terminal according to a key input of the earphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jaeyong Sim
  • Patent number: 9525941
    Abstract: An ear jack for preventing the generation of popup noise, and an electronic device including the same are provided. The ear jack includes a body including a passage into which an earphone is inserted. On an inside of the passage is disposed a microphone terminal to which a capacitor is connected, the microphone terminal for receiving microphone bias power when the earphone is connected to the ear jack, a ground terminal, a right sound terminal for outputting right sounds, a left sound terminal for outputting left sounds, and a detection terminal for detecting insertion of the earphone. The ground terminal includes a first ground terminal, according to a standard of the ear jack; and a second ground terminal for discharging an electric power of the capacitor, which is charged by the microphone bias power when the earphone is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taeyoun Kwon, Myunggeun Koh, Junho Lee
  • Patent number: 9467776
    Abstract: Coupling between a user's ear and a speaker of a mobile device may be determined by measuring an impedance of the speaker. When the user presses the mobile device against the user's ear, the speaker impedance changes as a result of loading in the speaker's acoustic radiation impedance. The speaker impedance change may be correlated with the force applied by the user to the mobile device. The measured speaker impedance may be provided as feedback to an adaptive noise cancellation (ANC) algorithm to adjust the output at the speaker. For example, when the mobile device is removed from the user's ear, the ANC algorithm may be muted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio John Miller, Jie Su
  • Patent number: 9426555
    Abstract: The acoustically tunable headphones comprises of a flexible headband with a speaker housing affixed on either end of the flexible headband. The speaker housing encloses one or more speakers behind a grill with multiple openings. A soft and flexible ear pad is removably affixed in front of the grill. A corresponding grill with corresponding openings is affixed in the ear pad. By rotating the ear pad to various positions and repositioning the grills openings, the acoustics of the headphones may be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ever Win International Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9420366
    Abstract: Disclosed is an earphones accessory apparatus that can be removably attached to a set of earphones. The earphone accessory may provide a structure that prevents the earphone wires from becoming tangled and facilitates easy insertion and removal of the earphones. The earphone accessory may include a plurality of channel-bearing legs for guiding the earphone wires into a trunk. The channel of at least one of the legs may be discontinuous so as to accommodate, for example, an in-line volume control disposed in one of the earphone wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Heidi Lynne Whitney
  • Patent number: 9331519
    Abstract: A protecting device for an electronic device is provided. The protecting device includes a casing, an energy storage element, and a second accommodating part. The casing has a first accommodating part for accommodating the electronic device. The second accommodating part is disposed in the casing for accommodating a peripheral component. The energy storage element is disposed within the casing, and electrically connected with the first accommodating part and the second accommodating part. When the electronic device is accommodated within the first accommodating part, electric power is transmitted from the energy storage element to the electronic device. When the peripheral component is accommodated within the second accommodating part, electric power is transmitted from the energy storage element to the peripheral component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Lin, Jing-Ing Guo
  • Patent number: 9282392
    Abstract: Electronic necklace—headset for mobile electronic device in the form of a neck loop or necklace and a pair of wired headphones, where the headphone cords attached in close proximity to the back of electronic necklace and additionally connected together in the suboccipital node, located in the position of the device on the surface of the cervico-occipital region of the user to fix headphones and its cords, which reduces the slack of the cords and streamlines their excursion, creating conditions for continuous wear electronic necklace, including under the clothes, does not change the appearance of the user, allows to control an electronic necklace on touch over clothing, and inoperative can accommodate headphones shot and its cords in the back of the electronic necklace without having to remove the entire device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Alexey Ushakov
  • Patent number: 9232293
    Abstract: Audio components such as headsets or earbuds can include a control module that stores an identifying code. When an audio component is connected to an electronic device, the device determines the code and can set certain parameters (e.g., audio playback volume) and/or provide at least some level of access to functionality and data. The control module also includes one or more buttons that enable a user to provide an input sequence that can act as a personal code. When the electronic device receives the personal code and verifies that the code is associated with the identifying code of the audio component, the electronic device can provide access to additional and/or all functionality on the device, and any or all data stored for the user or device. The sequence can correspond to a beat pattern or musical sequence entered using the buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Hanson
  • Patent number: 9191729
    Abstract: An earphone with adjustable-length cable includes a plugging section, a connecting cable and a receiving section. The plugging section has an attach-conductive adapter and a plug at two ends respectively. The connecting cable connects the plugging section and the receiving section, and has at least one separable attaching cable. The separable attaching cable has two attach-conductive adapters at two ends respectively. The receiving section has an attach-conductive adapter and an audio-playing unit at two ends respectively. Each attach-conductive adapter is formed with an end surface, and has at least one attaching element and a plurality of conductive plates exposed at outside of the end surface. The attach-conductive adapters are attached each other by the attaching elements, and electrically connected to each other through the conductive plates, so that signals from the plugging section are transmitted to the receiving section and are played by the audio-playing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Chun-Hsuan Lin
  • Patent number: 9161115
    Abstract: A headset retraction device for a portable media player generally includes a base and an arbor, wherein the arbor is configured to rotate within a cavity defined by the base, and the arbor and base are cooperatively configured to wind a cord of the headset in a single plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: TURTLECELL LLC
    Inventors: Paul Schrems, Nick Turnbull
  • Patent number: 9148717
    Abstract: A case for a mobile electronic device includes an aperture configured to receive one or more earbuds, a portion configured to receive power from a power source, and circuitry configured to simultaneously charge the one or more earbuds and the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Alpha Audiotronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Everett Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9137596
    Abstract: A set of earphones includes a splitter having a splitter body, having first and second ends. A signal wire extends from the first end of the splitter. Left and right earphone wires extending from the second end of the splitter. A sleeve projecting from the second end of the splitter, surrounding the left and right earphone wires. A cinch is slidably mounted on the left and right earphone wires, a portion of the cinch is adapted to fit in the sleeve projecting from the second end of the elongate body, for stowing the cinch when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth D. Burgett, Aaron Gorga, Effrosini A. Karayiannis
  • Patent number: 9113252
    Abstract: A waterproof ear-jack connector includes: an ear-jack connector housing, a contact terminal, and a baffle. The ear-jack connector housing is disposed with a space running through the ear-jack connector housing, the space is used for accommodating an earphone plug; the baffle is located at a tail opening of the ear-jack connector housing, and tightly contacts the tail opening of the ear-jack connector housing, so as to seal the tail opening of the ear-jack connector housing; the contact terminal tightly presses against an inner wall of the space, and passes through from a hole disposed on the baffle; and the shape of the hole matches a cross section of the contact terminal, so that the hole is plugged by the contact terminal. The ear-jack connector itself is equipped with a waterproof function, thereby facilitating the thinning of an electronic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xuelong Liu
  • Patent number: 9098126
    Abstract: A method comprising in which electricity and/or information signals is/are passed between an accessory device or power supply and an apparatus through a cable comprising one or more electric or optical wires. Mechanical manipulation of the cable by a user is detected. Responsive to detecting of manipulation of the cable, controlling operation is caused in an apparatus that is in operational connection with the cable to enable the user to control the apparatus by manipulation of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Ashley Colley, Juha Kosonen
  • Patent number: 9100746
    Abstract: A mobile terminal handwriting pen is provided, and the handwriting pen is integrated with an earphone. The handwriting pen includes: a pen nib, which is an earphone plug; a pen body, one end of which is fixedly connected to the pen nib, and the other end is movably connected to a pen cap, wherein, an earphone cord is set within the pen body, and both ends of the earphone cord are respectively connected with the earphone plug and an earplug; and the pen cap, which movably cooperates and connects with the pen body and on which the earplug is set. The present invention has a simple structure and less production cost, and it is easy to be standardized and massively produced, which is convenient for usage and promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Wen Fang, Sha Cao
  • Patent number: 9042591
    Abstract: Corded devices, such as headphones and power suppliers, can be stored in a case that reduces the tendency of their cords to tangle without the need for wrapping or winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Nathan Millikan
  • Publication number: 20150139458
    Abstract: A device for coupling to a connector on an ear cup of a headset includes a mating connector corresponding to the connector of the headset. The mating connector includes a crossover conductor coupled to a first and a second terminal within the mating connector, a position sensor for determining a position of the device, and a data connection outputting data from the position sensor. The position data is usable to adjust three-dimensional audio signals to account for the direction the user is looking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Neil Ruwe, Daniel D. Gonsalves
  • Patent number: 9036855
    Abstract: A headphone includes a housing, a loudspeaker located inside the housing, a cushion coupled to the housing and arranged to acoustically couple the headphone to a user's ear, electronics electrically coupled to the loudspeaker, and a rotatable ring coupled to the housing and surrounding a central portion of the housing, rotation of the ring providing a user input to the electronics. The headphone may include a touch sensor detecting contact with the ring by an external element and providing an input signal to the electronics, the electronics reacting to the input signal based on the direction and extent of contact by the external element moving along the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Nihar Shah
  • Publication number: 20150131840
    Abstract: An actuation system for generating a physical effect, the system comprising at least one array of translating elements each constrained to travel alternately back and forth along a respective axis, toward first and second extreme positions respectively, in response to activation of first and second forces respectively; and a controller operative to use the first and second forces to selectably latch at least one subset of said translating elements into the first and second extreme positions respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Yuval COHEN, Daniel LEWIN, Shay KAPLAN, Alex SROMIN, Meir BEN SIMON
  • Publication number: 20150131839
    Abstract: A headset apparatus is provided, the apparatus comprises: a headband; two speakers and a cord; the apparatus comprises grooves and/or channels for allowing the cord to be wrapped around the apparatus during a stowage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory Blonder, Dan DeLaRosa
  • Patent number: 9031264
    Abstract: The invention relates to a radiation-resistant earphone wire, particularly to signal lines having at least a radiation-resistant device on a predetermined position thereof and the radiation-resistant device including: a radiation absorber being a cylindrical body, made of a magnetic material with high permeability and having a first through hole in a middle thereof and a radiation blocker made of a metal sleeve body and coating on an outer periphery of the radiation absorber and a top of the radiation blocker corresponding to the first through hole has a second through hole for the signal lines passing through. Based on the features disclosed, the radiation absorber at an inner layer absorbs EMI radiation and the radiation blocker at an outer layer has a shielding effect and both the radiation absorber and the radiation blocker together form an anti-EMI structure, avoiding human brain damage caused by the electromagnetic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Samya Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fu-I Yang
  • Patent number: 9025806
    Abstract: A headphone assembly is provided that includes two earpieces coupled by a flexible connecting wire. Each earpiece includes a single large button disposed on a distal side of the earpiece, thereby enabling a wearer to operate the system, even without direct access thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Krissman, Michael Craig Krisztal
  • Patent number: 9025787
    Abstract: An earphone plug with a mode switching function is presented. The earphone plug includes a terminal and a switching device. The terminal has a plurality of electrodes to transmit signals. The switching device is combined with the terminal, and is capable of switching between a first mode and a second mode, and part of the electrodes of the terminal are electrically connected together, so as to achieve mode switching to perform processing on different transmission signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Merry Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiu-Yun Tung, Fang-Chang Hsieh, Yuan-Hsing Wu, Chiung-Wen Yeh
  • Publication number: 20150110332
    Abstract: A decorative cover that surrounds the cord on earbuds and earphones and keeps the cord free of tangles during use and storage. The tubular shape has openings at either end. A plastic threading device is used to push the connector end of the cord through the length of the cover. There is a hook at one end intended for a key, id badge or to hook the cover to a jogging shirt. The cover remains on the cord during use and is easily rolled up and placed in a pocket or bag for tangle-free storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Mary Lynn Case
  • Publication number: 20150110331
    Abstract: An ear jack for preventing the generation of popup noise, and an electronic device including the same are provided. The ear jack includes a body including a passage into which an earphone is inserted. On an inside of the passage is disposed a microphone terminal to which a capacitor is connected, the microphone terminal for receiving microphone bias power when the earphone is connected to the ear jack, a ground terminal, a right sound terminal for outputting right sounds, a left sound terminal for outputting left sounds, and a detection terminal for detecting insertion of the earphone. The ground terminal includes a first ground terminal, according to a standard of the ear jack; and a second ground terminal for discharging an electric power of the capacitor, which is charged by the microphone bias power when the earphone is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Taeyoun KWON, Myunggeun KOH, Junho LEE
  • 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