Mechanical Detail Patents (Class 381/395)
  • Patent number: 10499181
    Abstract: Audio reproduction apparatus that includes a memory and a control circuitry. The memory stores an encoded object-based audio stream that includes a plurality of audio frames which include at least one encoded audio object that comprises an audio segment and metadata information. The control circuitry extracts the metadata information and controls movement of a first speaker of a plurality of speakers in a physical three dimensional (3D) space from a first position to a second position at a first time instant, based on the extracted metadata information associated with the at least one encoded audio object. The control circuitry decodes the audio segment from the at least one encoded audio object and controls play back of the decoded audio segment, at a second time instant, by the first speaker at the second position in a first audio frame of the plurality of audio frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Prabakaran Ramalingam
  • Patent number: 10484767
    Abstract: A loudspeaker system comprises a speaker frame and a grill assembly formed of a number of components that can be molded in different colors, removed from the frame for painting or other customization and/or replaced with other grill components in order to vary, as desired, the aesthetic appearance of the loudspeaker system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: JL Audio, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucio Proni, Dwayne Spanbroek, Carlos A Gomez
  • Patent number: 10009687
    Abstract: An audio system, an audio outputting method, and a speaker apparatus are disclosed. The audio system includes a plurality of speaker modules connected to each other, a detection module configured to detect information of the plurality of speaker modules and user information, and a home control module configured to receive an audio signal, process the received audio signal based on the information of the plurality of speaker modules and the user information, and transmit the processed audio signal to the plurality of speaker modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gyeong-tae Lee, Jong-bae Kim, Jong-in Jo, Whan-oh Sung, Joo-yeon Lee, Hwan Shim
  • Patent number: 9420361
    Abstract: A loudspeaker system includes a housing having an upper housing unit, a lower housing unit, and a cylindrical passageway connecting the upper housing unit and the lowering housing unit such that the upper housing unit and the lower housing unit are in fluid communication. A driver mounting plate is secured within the lower housing unit and divides the housing into an upper compartment and a lower compartment. At least one of the side walls of the lower housing unit includes a side wall aperture linking the lower compartment to an external environment surrounding the housing. A driver is mounted to the driver mounting plate, the driver being positioned to fire into the lower compartment of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Dennis A Tracy
  • Patent number: 9398375
    Abstract: In an electrodynamic electroacoustic transducer, a diaphragm assembly including a diaphragm and a voice coil is attached to a unit housing accurately and easily. A peripheral portion of the diaphragm curves upward while forming a downward convex portion toward an end portion side thereof. In an opening edge portion of the unit housing, a support base portion contacting the downward convex portion of the diaphragm is formed and a concave portion which a peripheral end portion of the diaphragm engages with is formed in an inside surface. In the diaphragm, the downward convex portion is supported by the support base portion of the unit housing in the peripheral portion thereof, so that the peripheral end portion engages with the concave portion of the unit housing in a state in which the peripheral end portion has upward elastic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA AUDIO-TECHNICA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Akino
  • Patent number: 9294845
    Abstract: A miniature speaker is disclosed. The miniature speaker includes a frame, a magnetic circuit received in the frame, a voice coil partially received in the magnetic circuit, a diaphragm connected to the voice coil, and a contact fixed by the frame for electrically connecting the voice coil to an external circuit. The contact includes an elastic arm, and a latch located at a position between two ends of the elastic arm. Corresponding to the latch, the frame includes a protrusion engaging with the latch for restricting the upward movement of the elastic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Cai, Yunxia Xu
  • Patent number: 9167338
    Abstract: An ear cup for a hearing protection unit comprises a partition wall for separating a first part of the ear cup, facing the wearer, from a second part of the ear cup, facing the surroundings. A speaker is located in the first part of the ear cup and an electric connector is located in the second part of the ear cup. The speaker is mounted in a speaker holder, having a first cavity facing the ear of the wearer, to seal off a resonance space, the speaker holder in turn being arranged on the partition wall above a first aperture in the partition wall. Further, the speaker holder comprises a membrane above the first aperture. The speaker and the electric connector are connected by an electric cable, extending through the first aperture or through a second aperture in the partition wall. The speaker holder sealingly engages the electric cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hellberg Safety AB
    Inventor: Joakim Ohlander
  • Patent number: 9124964
    Abstract: An air motion transformer loudspeaker driver including a plurality of diaphragm layers having electric conductors. Each of the diaphragm layers defines a surface having at least one curved portion. The curved portions have an axis of curvature being perpendicular to the surface of the diaphragm layer at the location of the curved diaphragm portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Eugene J. Christensen
  • Patent number: 9094747
    Abstract: A weatherproof loudspeaker includes a rigid enclosure having two or more sides, an interface between the sides being sealed sealing an internal space from an environment external to the rigid enclosure, and a sound projecting region formed on at least one side of the rigid enclosure. The sound projecting region includes an active driver speaker rigidly connected with the rigid enclosure, the active driver speaker to project sound outward from the sound projecting region and to reflect sound waves within the rigid enclosure. The speaker includes a flexible inner surround that frames the active driver speaker, and a passive radiator at least partially around the active driver speaker and connected between the inner surround and a flexible outer surround. The outer surround is connected with the rigid enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: TREEFROG DEVELOPMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary Rayner
  • Patent number: 9014394
    Abstract: Systems and methods for retaining a microphone using a microphone boot are disclosed. The microphone boot may include a sound channeling structure for receiving and delivering sound, and a microphone retaining block for retaining a microphone and passing the sound to the microphone. The sound channeling structure may be secured to a housing of an electronic device. The sound channeling structure may include a sound tube and a hooking component that may be insertable into a tunnel and a slot, respectively, of the microphone retaining block. The sound tube may deliver the sound into the tunnel for passing to the microphone. The hooking component may lock into the slot to secure the sound channeling structure to the microphone retaining block. Thus, the microphone boot may be tightly sealed to prevent leakage of the sound, and may fix the microphone within the electronic device even in the presence of external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sawyer Cohen, Michael Wittenberg, David Pakula
  • Patent number: 9014409
    Abstract: An earcup assembly for a headset may include a housing having a first side adapted to engage the head of a user when in use and a second side opposite thereto. A recess provided in the second side of the housing receives and stores a battery. A battery door is arranged to slidably engage the second side of the housing such that the battery door may be moved between a first, open position in which the recess is accessible to a user and a second, closed position in which the recess is covered by the battery door. Preferably, the earcup assembly includes active noise reduction circuitry. One or a pair of such earcup assemblies may be arranged to form a headset, wherein the assemblies are coupled to a headband via yokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Andre Steyn, Aran Pudney
  • Patent number: 8976996
    Abstract: An array speaker structure for audio/video device includes a slide contact assembly by means of which an array speaker unit is movable out of the audio/video device from a retracted position to an extended position. The slide contact assembly is connected with a connector. By means of operating and 180-degree rotating the connector, the speakers of the array speaker unit can be rotatable to a front side of the audio/video device. Then the array speaker unit is lifted and attached to a lateral side of the audio/video device, whereby the speakers can emit sound from the front side of the audio/video device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Arima Communitions Corp.
    Inventors: Ting-shuo Ku, Che-Ming Liang, Jui-Hsiang Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8953833
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling airflow into an electronic device are disclosed. An airflow control system may include an airflow impedance plate having one or more airflow impeding features. The airflow impedance plate may be a passive device that may be configured to impede forceful airflow therethrough and also allow sound to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sawyer Cohen, Scott Porter, Ruchir Dave
  • Patent number: 8948438
    Abstract: A speaker cabinet pole mount includes a socket body and an attachment element. The socket body defines a pole socket comprising a first socket part and a second socket part extending generally from one end of the first socket part. The first socket part has a first diameter and the second socket part having a second, smaller diameter. The second socket part has an internal wall which is provided with at least one coupling element adapted to engage with a threaded pole. The attachment element is coupled to the socket body generally at the other end of the first socket part, the attachment element being adapted for connection to a wall of a speaker cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Penn Elcom Limited
    Inventors: James Hatton, Roger Willems
  • Patent number: 8938086
    Abstract: A micro-speaker includes a case having a cavity and a receiving hole, a magnetic circuit unit and a vibrating unit with a voice coil received in the cavity, a pair of needle seats embedded in the case for electrically connecting with the voice coil, a pair of pogo-pins arranged in the receiving hole for electrically connecting with the pair of needle seats. Each of the pogo-pins has a barrel unit, a first protrusion and a second protrusion extending from an outer surface of the barrel unit, at least one plunger extending from the barrel unit and projecting out of the receiving hole, a receiving space formed between the first protrusion and the second protrusion. A third protrusion extends from an inner surface of the receiving hole and accommodated in the receiving space for fixing the pogo-pin in the corresponding receiving hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignees: AAC Acoustic Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., AAC Microtech (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiong Zhang, San-You Wu
  • Publication number: 20140369546
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a speaker box module, and particularly relates to a loudspeaker that produces sound through the mechanical vibration generated by electromagnetic force and a manufacturing method therefor. The loudspeaker comprises a speaker box module which comprises a speaker, a passive radiator and a speaker box panel, wherein a mounting hole is arranged in the speaker box panel; the speaker is arranged in the mounting hole and is integrated with the speaker box panel by means of insert injection molding; a secondary mounting hole is arranged in the speaker box panel at one side of the mounting hole; and the passive radiator is arranged in the secondary mounting hole and is integrated with the speaker box panel by means of insert injection molding. The loudspeaker is small and thin, structurally simple, and enhances bass, and can be used as a built-in speaker or an external speaker for modern tablet computers or smart phones, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Hsinmin Huang
  • Patent number: 8913778
    Abstract: Provided is a speaker fall prevention structure, which includes a speaker device formed by housing a speaker unit in a housing independent of a main appliance, a speaker attaching part provided to the main appliance to allow the speaker device to be attached, an attached part facing the speaker attaching part in the speaker device, a fall prevention wire set between the speaker device and the main appliance, and a fastening member for attaching the attached part to the speaker attaching part. Using the fastening member, a first end of the fall prevention wire is fastened and fixed to the main appliance along with the attached part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventor: Renichi Mitsuhashi
  • Publication number: 20140355812
    Abstract: An apparatus including a transducer membrane for generating sound waves; and a plate, through which sound waves can pass, at least partially overlaying the transducer membrane configured to produce a magnetically shielded region so to impede particles reaching the transducer membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Antero Johannes TOSSAVAINEN, Veijo KAJANUS, Jian GUO
  • Patent number: 8899374
    Abstract: A speaker unit mounting structure includes a provisionally fastening mechanism for fastening a speaker unit to a ceiling with a cabinet section of the speaker unit inserted in a mounting hole of the ceiling. The provisionally fastening mechanism includes a provisionally fastening tab formed of resilient metal, fixed to the outer peripheral side surface of the cabinet section and having a stepped engaging section engageable with the inner peripheral edge portion of the mounting hole. Engagement of the engaging section with the inner peripheral edge portion of the mounting hole can be canceled by a human operator pressing, from the face side of the ceiling, an operating section of the tab, exposed to a gap between the front side and a flange portion of the speaker unit, to thereby resiliently deform the operating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuya Tanaka, Kotaro Mizuno
  • Patent number: 8897481
    Abstract: A grille attachment for a loudspeaker is disclosed. A grille retainer is defined by a retention lip portion, a radial rim interface portion, and a hinge portion. The radial rim interface portion is in an abutting relationship with a flange radial mounting surface of the loudspeaker basket. The hinge portion connects the retention lip portion and the radial rim interface portion. The retention lip portion extends toward a flanged rim of the speaker basket, and defines an inner retention surface that is opposed to a flange circumferential surface. A grille extends across the griller retainer and is defined by a grille body and a grille rim that is circumferentially disposed and extending from the grille body. The grille rim is interposed between the flange circumferential surface and the inner retention surface, with the retention lip portion exerting a radial compressive force against the grille rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sound Sources Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sumitani, Chun-Yi Lin, Yu-Ling Cheng
  • Patent number: 8879758
    Abstract: A loudspeaker includes a back panel and a plurality of thin loudspeakers mounted onto the back panel. The back panel has an aspect ratio of 6 or higher, and has a wiring unit formed thereon and wire-connecting the thin loudspeakers. The thin loudspeakers are arranged on the back panel in series in a straight line. Accordingly, a thin-type loudspeaker can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Yamauchi, Masatoshi Okuyama, Satoshi Takayama, Satoshi Koura, Shoji Nakajima, Yachiyo Shimokawatoko, Hideaki Inoue, Mitsutaka Enomoto
  • Patent number: 8879773
    Abstract: A retractable storage system for handheld electronic device comprises a removable panel with one or more storage chambers for storing an accessory item, such as a wireless earbud, cabled earbud, headphone cable or e-cigarette, and a retractable mechanism to retrieve and dispense the stored accessory item through an accessory station. The removable panel can be replaced with another removable panel configured with different structure to store different accessory item, such as a battery to charge a wireless earbud or e-cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hybrid Skillz Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Merenda
  • Patent number: 8867777
    Abstract: A speaker assembly includes a speaker housing having a substantially closed speaker chamber, the speaker housing including a first wall with a dimple assembly defining a heat sink formed therein. A first driver is mounted and enclosed in the speaker chamber, the first driver including a cone coupled to a driver magnet for generating sound. The driver magnet is in direct contact with the dimple assembly effectively exposing the driver magnet to an exterior of the speaker housing via the heat sink defined by the dimple assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis A. Tracy
  • Patent number: 8861763
    Abstract: A speaker retaining mechanism for retaining a speaker at a predetermined position of a cabinet is disclosed. This speaker retaining mechanism includes: a retaining member that is fixed to the cabinet and that has a hollow space surrounded by an inner wall; and a vibration damping member attached to both ends of the speaker. The vibration damping member is disposed in the hollow space of the retaining member so that the vibration damping member contacts elastically with the inner wall of the retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Yukawa
  • Publication number: 20140301580
    Abstract: A bracket for attachment to a first speaker and for suspending a second speaker therefrom. The bracket comprises a suspension member configured for attachment to a second speaker and defining an axis about which a second speaker is free to rotate when attached to the suspension member and an adjustable end stop configured to limit the maximum amount of rotation of a second speaker about the axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Funktion One Research
    Inventors: Anthony John Andrews, Toby Charles Collingwood Hunt, John Newsham
  • Patent number: 8855354
    Abstract: An electro-acoustic transducer includes a frame; a cover covering the frame, a magnetic system assembled with the frame, a vibration system having a diaphragm and a driving coil assembled with the frame, conductive terminals assembled with the frame, and an wireless charging coil supported by the frame. The conductive terminals include a pair of first terminals connecting to the driving coil and a pair of second terminals connecting to the wireless charging coil. The present electro-acoustic can provide wireless charging function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignees: AAC Acoustic Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., AAC Microtech (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jing He
  • Patent number: 8848965
    Abstract: A device for preventing the tangling of cords associated with in-ear earphones is disclosed. The device includes an annular portion and a sectioned membrane disposed interior to the annular portion. The annular portion is formed of an elastomeric material. The sectioned membrane includes a plurality of separate sections where each section is configured to be displaced independently of another section. The sectioned membrane is configured to grip a cord associated with a pair of in-ear earphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Garret W. Glaser
  • Publication number: 20140270324
    Abstract: A speaker unit including a housing, a connector adapted to form a physical connection with a cooperating connector of a second speaker unit in order to physically join the speaker unit to the second speaker unit, and an input port adapted to form an electrical connection to an input source. The speaker unit may further include an electrical coupling that is automatically engaged with an electrical coupling of a second speaker unit when the connectors are fully engaged. A speaker unit may include a cover for providing and/or adjusting an opening at the back of a speaker unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: RedSonic Sound, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan REDMOND, Lyndel L. WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20140270192
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to acoustic transducers. In certain aspects, the acoustic transducer includes a speaker in the base of the transducer for emitting acoustic energy at a first range of frequencies. The transducer may also include a diaphragm coupled to the base that is configured to emit acoustic energy at a second range of frequencies. Transducers of the invention may also include at least one actuator coupled to the diaphragm to cause movement of the diaphragm and thus, the acoustic energy at the second range of frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: EMO LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Bokaemper, Daniel Hedges, Terrence Keith Jones
  • Publication number: 20140254857
    Abstract: An audio equipped fan is disclosed having a housing defining an inner cavity, a motor disposed at least partially in the inner cavity of the housing and having an output shaft extending therefrom that is rotatable by the motor, a fan connected to the output shaft of the motor and rotatable therewith, a grille connected to the housing and positioned in alignment with the fan, the grille having an interior side and an exterior side and defining first openings through which air may flow while the fan is rotated and second openings through which sound may travel, a speaker connected to at least one of the housing, motor, fan and grille and aligned on the interior side of the grille with the second openings of the grille so that sound may travel through the grille, and a temporary power source connected to the speaker. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Homewerks Worldwide, LLC
    Inventors: Peter D. Berkman, Ruilin Zhang, Jeffrey Jon Pischke, Michael Malaker
  • Patent number: 8831268
    Abstract: A micro-speaker includes a case having a ring wall forming a receiving cavity, a number of restricting apertures formed in the ring wall, a magnetic plate received in the case and having a main plate, a plurality of auxiliary plates extending from the main plate, and a number of protrusions extending from edges of the auxiliary plates, a first gap formed between two adjacent auxiliary plates communicating with the receiving cavity of the case, the main plate and the auxiliary plates being surrounded by the ring wall of the case, and the protrusions being located in the restricting apertures for restricting the magnetic plate in proper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: AAC Acoustic Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., American Audio Components Inc.
    Inventor: Si-Long Yuan
  • Patent number: 8818006
    Abstract: A loudspeaker system includes an enclosure surrounding a plurality of loudspeakers. The plurality of loudspeakers are disposed in series along a straight line in the enclosure. The enclosure includes a front panel, a back panel and side panels. The front panel, the side panels, and the back panel are disposed parallel to the straight line on which the loudspeakers are arranged. The side panels are provided with a front slit and a back slit. The back slit is disposed at an opposite side of the front slit in the enclosure. Sounds emitted to the upper and lower sides of diaphragms of the loudspeakers are separated from each other such that the sounds are prevented from mixing with each other. This provides a loudspeaker system capable of achieving desired sound pressure-frequency characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Yamauchi, Masatoshi Okuyama, Shoji Nakajima, Satoshi Takayama, Satoshi Koura, Yachiyo Shimokawatoko, Kazuhiro Oshika, Hideaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 8807271
    Abstract: A speaker device with vibration absorbing function includes a main body and at least one damping mechanism. The main body is installed inside a first casing and a second casing for generating sound. The at least one damping mechanism is connected to the main body and includes a sheathing member, a sleeve member and a resilient member. The sheathing member is disposed on the first casing and located in a position near the main body. The sleeve member is connected to the main body and sheathes the sheathing member in a slidable manner for transmitting vibration generated by the main body as generating sound. Two ends of the resilient member are respectively installed inside the sheathing member and inside the sleeve member for resiliently abutting against the sleeve member, so as to absorb the vibration transmitted from the sleeve member as the main body generates sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Hsin Chen, Chang-Ming Kuo
  • Publication number: 20140193025
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an internal speaker module and an external sound box detachably applied to the internal speaker module. The valve is resisted to the opening to cover the opening of the internal speaker module. When external sound box is applied to the internal speaker module, the connector is magnetically attracted with the magnetic attracter, while the valve is magnetically repelled from the connector and moves away from the opening to open the opening, thereby the external sound chamber is communicating with the internal sound chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: CHIUN MAI COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: CHUAN-HSIEN CHENG
  • Patent number: 8774446
    Abstract: A retractable storage system for handheld electronic device comprises a removable panel with one or more storage chambers for storing an accessory item, such as a wireless earbud, cabled earbud, headphone cable or e-cigarette, and a retractable mechanism to retrieve and dispense the stored accessory item through an accessory station. The removable panel can be replaced with another removable panel configured with different structure to store different accessory item, such as a battery to charge a wireless earbud or e-cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Hybrid Skillz Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Merenda
  • Patent number: 8761432
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an internal speaker module and an external sound box detachably applied to the internal speaker module. The valve is resisted to the opening to cover the opening of the internal speaker module. When external sound box is applied to the internal speaker module, the connector is magnetically attracted with the magnetic attracter, while the valve is magnetically repelled from the connector and moves away from the opening to open the opening, thereby the external sound chamber is communicating with the internal sound chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chuan-Hsien Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140169613
    Abstract: A speaker module includes a speaker, a bracket and a pair of conductive pins. The bracket holds the speaker. The pair of pins is arranged diagonally on the corners of the bracket and is configured for mounting to and electrically connecting the speaker with a PCB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: HSIAO-YUAN LEE
  • Patent number: 8737668
    Abstract: An assembly for holding a personal speaker relative to a user's ear. A headband assembly can include a band, a sleeve attached to an end of the band, and an arm moveably secured to the sleeve. The sleeve can include a pair of laterally opposed detent channels, and the arm can include a pair of spring-loaded bearings. Each spring-loaded bearing can engage one of the laterally opposed detent channels. The headband assembly can be adjusted by moving the arm relative to the sleeve. An arm of the headband assembly can be pivotally secured to a yoke by a magnetic pivot arrangement. The magnetic pivot arrangement can include a groove, a protrusion, and magnetic elements. A yoke can be pivotally secured to a housing by housing pivot arrangement. The housing pivot arrangement can include a pin extending from the yoke and a collar retained in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Koss Corporation
    Inventors: Nick S. Blair, Stephen Fiacchino, Michael J. Koss, Michael J. Koss, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8737674
    Abstract: A housed loudspeaker array includes a first substrate having a plurality of loudspeaker elements formed therein, a second substrate fixed at a first surface of the first substrate in a flip-chip manner and comprising a plurality of orifices that are aligned with the loudspeaker elements of the plurality of loudspeaker elements of the first substrate, and a cover applied to a second surface of the first substrate opposite to the first surface. A method for manufacturing the housed loudspeaker array is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Alfons Dehe
  • Publication number: 20140140533
    Abstract: An electronic device has a housing in which components are installed. The components contain audio components having audio ports and terminals. Elastomeric material is molded over the surface of an audio component so that the leads attached to the terminals protrude through the elastomeric material. The protruding portions of the leads are bent back to lie flush with the surface of the elastomeric material. The elastomeric material are configured to form elastomeric structures with an opening that is aligned with the audio port in a component. The housing of an electronic device has one or more openings that form an audio port. The opening in the elastomeric structures that are molded onto the audio component is aligned with the audio port in the housing and the audio port in the audio component. Mesh structures cover the audio port in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shayan Malek, Michael B. Wittenberg, Warren Z. Jones
  • Patent number: 8724842
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a loudspeaker unit to a structure is disclosed. A primary mounting bracket is defined by an arcuate center section and a pair of opposed arms extending therefrom. There is at least one open groove and at least one substantially coextensive track spanning the arcuate center section. Each of the arms include a circular planar bearing structure rotatably engageable to a corresponding one of bracket coupling platforms on an enclosure of the loudspeaker unit. A tab defining at least one mounting hardware hole in axial alignment with open groove substantially throughout its length is in a guided sliding engagement with the track. The enclosure of the loudspeaker unit is rotatable about a first axis extending between the arms of the primary mounting bracket and about a second axis defined by a radial center of an arc corresponding to a travel path of the tab along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Sound Sources Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sumitani, Chun-Yi Lin, Yu-Ling Cheng, Chih-Huang Hsiao
  • Publication number: 20140093119
    Abstract: A loudspeaker includes a diaphragm, a magnetic circuit, and a frame. The frame includes an outer peripheral part supporting the diaphragm, a center part supporting the magnetic circuit, and a connection part connecting the center part to the outer peripheral part. The outer peripheral part molded with resin includes an inner wall, an outer wall facing the inner wall, and a reinforcing rib provided between the inner wall and the outer wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Kagawa, Goro Tsuchiya, Koji Sano, Akihiro Yogo, Kenichi Ajiki, Mitsukazu Kuze
  • Publication number: 20140072166
    Abstract: An external loudspeaker includes a holding member and a speaker. The holding member includes two clamping portions and a mounting portion located between the two clamping portions, the mounting portion defining a through hole and includes a latching ring. The speaker includes a sealing portion. The sealing portion is deformedly received in the through hole. The sealing portion defines a latching groove, and the latching ring is latched in the latching groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicants: FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YE WANG, YONG-GANG ZHANG, KUAN-HUNG CHEN
  • Patent number: 8666107
    Abstract: A loudspeaker includes a housing, a conducting sound element, a rotating element, and a modulating element slidably mounted to the rotating element. The housing defines an insertion chamber and a notch. The conducting sound element is mounted in a front of the insertion chamber. The rotating element is rotatablely mounted in a rear of the insertion chamber. A rear end of the rotating element defines a holding groove. A portion of the rear surface of the rotating element is recessed forward to form a sliding groove. A front surface of the modulating element is equipped with an audio plug and defines a sliding element slidably located in the sliding groove. The audio plug is capable of being inserted into the holding groove or projecting out of the holding groove and the notch under a rotation of the modulating element together with the rotating element with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guan-Hua Tzeng
  • Patent number: 8646569
    Abstract: A mounting ring with which an engaging hook of a fall-preventing member is to be engaged and a flexible handle member are fixed within an area of a cabinet section that is located upward of a first plane passing through the position of a center of gravity of the cabinet section generally in parallel to the bottom surface of the cabinet section and located to one side of a second plane passing through the position of the center of gravity in intersecting relation to the first plane. The speaker unit hung by the handle member being held with a hand of a human operator is inclined, so that the mounting ring is oriented upward near the hand. Thus, the human operator can perform with ease an operation for engaging the engaging hook with the mounting ring with one hand while holding the handle member with the other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Yoshida, Katsuya Tanaka, Tadashi Morikawa
  • Publication number: 20140029784
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a suspension for a sound transducer which has a central portion serving as a center diaphragm and which has a cover layer and a copper pattern partially removed to prevent a decrease in sound pressure from being caused by an increase in weight of a vibration system. According to the present invention, there is provided a suspension for a sound transducer which includes a central portion, a peripheral portion, and a support portion for connecting the central portion to the peripheral portion, the suspension comprising: a base film, a conductive film attached on the base film by means of an adhesive, and a cover layer attached on the conductive film by an adhesive, wherein at least part of the cover layer disposed on the central portion is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: EM-TECH. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joong Hak Kwon, Ho Il Jeong, Kyu Dong Choi, In Ho Jeong
  • Publication number: 20140029783
    Abstract: Provided is a speaker module for a portable terminal which e includes a speaker housing having an opened front surface thus defining a resonance space, a radiation pattern disposed on a back surface of the speaker housing, and connection terminals which extend from the radiation pattern to be disposed in the resonance space, such that the radiation pattern is disposed on the speaker housing and the connection terminal for providing electric connection of the radiation pattern is disposed in an inner side of the speaker housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Hyun-Mo YANG
  • Patent number: 8630439
    Abstract: An acoustic conversion device includes: a driving unit including magnets, a yoke, a coil, a vibrating portion, and an armature fixed to the yoke; a diaphragm unit including a holding frame fixed to the driving unit, with one face as a first-joint face jointed to the driving unit, and the other face as a second-joint face, a resin film adhered to the holding frame, a diaphragm held on the holding frame, and a beam portion propagating vibration from the vibrating portion to the diaphragm; and a storage unit including a case body for storing the driving unit and diaphragm unit; with the driving unit and diaphragm unit being stored in the case body, the case body being pressed against and deforming a sealing agent loaded in the second-joint face, from a side facing the second-joint face, thereby sealing each gap between the case body, cover body, and holding frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Nagumo, Koji Matsuda, Koji Nageno, Takeshi Hara, Takahiro Suzuki, Takayuki Ishii, Kenji Hiraiwa
  • Patent number: 8605932
    Abstract: A single chamber headphone apparatus and earcup design is provided which enhances wearer comfort, reduces headphone weight, facilitates ease of use, maintenance and operation by providing an improved internal chamber and battery cap configuration. Sound quality is improved by eliminating acoustic problems associated with two-chamber headset designs. A volume balance control is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Able Planet Incorporated
    Inventor: Kevin R. Semcken
  • Patent number: RE47048
    Abstract: An ultrasound flow meter unit arranged to measure a fluid flow rate with one or more ultrasound transducers (606), and a circuit board (602) with an electronic circuit arranged to operate the ultrasound transducer(s) (106, 306). The ultrasound transducer (606), e.g. in the form of a piezo-electric element, is mechanically fixed to the circuit board (602) by a first electrically conducting fixing means which additionally serve(s) to provide an electrical connection between an electrical terminal of the transducer (606) and the electronic circuit. Hereby a functional flow measurement unit (600) is provided which can be tested prior to assembly with a flow meter housing etc. Preferably, a set of ultrasound transducers (106, 306) are soldered directly onto electrically conducting paths (631) on a surface of the circuit board (602) being in electrical connection with the electronic circuit, e.g. in a single SMT mounting process together with mounting of all other electronic components on the circuit board (602).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: KAMSTRUP A/S
    Inventors: Anders Skallebæk, Peter Schmidt Laursen, Søren Tønnes Nielsen