Adjacent Ear Patents (Class 381/71.6)
  • Patent number: 11074906
    Abstract: A voice aware audio system and a method for a user wearing a headset to be aware of an outer sound environment while listening to music or any other audio source. An adjustable sound awareness zone gives the user the flexibility to avoid hearing far distant voices. The outer sound can be analyzed in a frequency domain to select an oscillating frequency candidate and in a time domain to determine if the oscillating frequency candidate is the signal of interest. If the signal directed to the outer sound is determined to be a signal of interest the outer sound is mixed with audio from the audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HED Technologies Sarl
    Inventors: Timothy Degraye, Liliane Huguet
  • Patent number: 11068228
    Abstract: An audio codec system includes an audio driver path coupled to a first node of the audio codec system. A first terminal of a sense resistor external to the audio codec system is coupled to the first node and a second terminal of the sense resistor is coupled to an auxiliary device load. The audio codec system includes a second path having a first bias circuit, a second bias circuit and an off-chip voltage reference. The first bias circuit is coupled to a second node of the audio codec system. The second bias circuit is coupled to a third node of the audio codec system. The off-chip voltage reference is associated with the auxiliary device load coupled between the first bias circuit and the second bias circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Khaled Mahmoud Abdelfattah Aly, David Ta-hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 11062688
    Abstract: Technology described in this document can be embodied in an active noise reduction (ANR) headset earpiece that includes a first microphone disposed on the ANR headset earpiece such that the first microphone is configured to capture a first input signal representing noise traversing a first noise pathway through the ANR headset earpiece, and a second microphone disposed on the ANR headset earpiece such that the second microphone is configured to capture a second input signal representing noise traversing a second noise pathway through the ANR headset earpiece. Positions of the first microphone and the second microphone on the ANR headset earpiece are configured such that a first target level of coherence is achieved at multiple frequencies, the first target level of coherence at a particular frequency representing a fraction of an output signal that can be suppressed using the first input signal and the second input signal together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Ole Mattis Nielsen
  • Patent number: 11062727
    Abstract: In a system and method for voice activity detection (VAD) including: obtaining audio frames from a multi-microphone array; calculating steered response power (SRP) values of the audio frames; calculating entropy levels based on the SRP values; detecting a sequence of audio frames in which the entropy levels are substantially constant across the sequence of frames and denoting an entropy level of the sequence as a background entropy; identifying an incoming audio frame as containing voice activity if the difference between a level of entropy of the current audio frame and the background entropy is larger than a first threshold, and as not containing voice activity otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: CEVA D.S.P LTD.
    Inventors: Ofer Shahen Tov, Ofer Schwartz, Aviv David
  • Patent number: 11039241
    Abstract: An earpiece includes a feed-forward microphone coupled to the environment outside the headphones, a feedback microphone coupled to an ear canal of a user when the earpiece is in use, a speaker coupled to the ear canal of the user when the earpiece is in use, a digital signal processor implementing feed-forward and feedback noise compensation filters between the respective microphones and the speaker, and a memory storing an ordered sequence of sets of filters for use by the digital signal processor. Each of the sets of filters includes a feed-forward filter that provides a different frequency-dependent amount of sound pass-through or cancellation, which in combination with residual ambient sound reaching the ear results in a total insertion gain at the ear of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: John Allen Rule, Daniel M. Gauger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11039254
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of electronic technology, and more particularly, to a microphone structure. A MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System)-based bone conduction sensor comprises: a closed cavity within which a uniaxial or biaxial accelerometer sensor is arranged to be adjacent to bones of a human ear; an ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) processing chip coupled to the uniaxial or biaxial accelerometer sensor, the ASIC processing chip being provided with an output end for a vibration signal. By adopting the above-mentioned technical solution, a bone conduction sensor with a closed cavity is provided in the present invention. Furthermore, a uniaxial or biaxial accelerometer sensor and an ASIC processing chip are arranged inside the closed cavity. In this way, the production costs are reduced, and interference of the sensor caused by ambient environment is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Jinghua Ye
  • Patent number: 11039236
    Abstract: The accuracy of ear authentication is ensured over a range from an audible range to a non-audible range. An earphone includes a sound emitting unit, a sound collecting unit, a housing containing the sound emitting unit and the sound collecting unit, a sound hole formed inside the housing, the sound hole being configured to propagate an emitted sound to a predetermined direction and propagate a sound coming from the predetermined direction to the sound collecting unit, and an ear pad covering at least a part of the sound hole, in which an ear-pad side end face is configured so as not to project beyond a sound-hole side end face at least in the predetermined direction, the ear-pad side end face being an end face of the ear pad, the sound-hole side end face being an end face of the sound hole in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Osugi, Kouji Oosugi, Takafumi Koshinaka
  • Patent number: 11030988
    Abstract: [Object] To shorten a time until an effect is obtained after start of an adaptive process mode on an ambient sound. [Solution] Provided is a signal processing device including: a noise cancellation processing unit configured to generate a noise cancellation signal on the basis of a collected ambient sound; a signal processing unit configured to generate an ambient sound adapted signal by performing dynamic analysis related to a feature of the ambient sound and filtering the ambient sound; and a control unit configured to control a plurality of modes related to signal processing. The plurality of modes includes a first mode in which acoustic reproduction based on the noise cancellation signal is performed and a second mode in which acoustic reproduction based on the noise cancellation signal and the ambient sound adapted signal is performed, and the signal processing unit continues the dynamic analysis even in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yushi Yamabe, Kyosuke Matsumoto, Kohei Asada
  • Patent number: 11026041
    Abstract: A method of equalising sound in a headset comprising an internal microphone configured to generate a first audio signal, an external microphone configured to generate a second audio signal, a speaker, and one or more processors coupled between the speaker, the external microphone, and the internal microphone, the method comprising: while the headset is worn by a user: determining a first audio transfer function between the first audio signal and the second audio signal in the presence of sound at the external microphone; and determining a second audio transfer function between a speaker input signal and the first audio signal with the speaker being driven by the speaker input signal; determining an electrical transfer function of the one or more processors; determining a closed-ear transfer function based on the first audio transfer function, the second audio transfer function and the electrical transfer function; and equalising the first audio signal based on a comparison between the closed-ear transfer func
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhangli Chen, Brenton Steele, Thomas Ivan Harvey
  • Patent number: 11019423
    Abstract: Provided is an active noise cancellation (ANC) method applied for an ANC headphone. The ANC method includes: in a channel estimation mode, estimating a plurality of environment channels by generating, transmitting and capturing a training signal; in the channel estimation mode, tuning a plurality of ANC filters based on the estimated plurality of environment channels; and in a normal mode, performing ANC on an input signal based on the plurality of ANC filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Hou
  • Patent number: 11017758
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program, which make it possible for a user to listen to an audio signal more appropriately, are provided. An information processing apparatus, including: behavior recognition unit configured to recognize behavior of a user on a basis of sensing information of at least one of the user and an environment; a processing controller configured to control, on a basis of the recognized behavior of the user, signal processing with respect to at least one of an audio signal listened to by the user, a noise reduction signal, and an external sound monitor signal; and a signal processing unit configured to execute the signal processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Hirohisa Shibuya
  • Patent number: 10997987
    Abstract: A signal processor comprising: an input terminal, configured to receive an input-signal; a voicing-terminal, configured to receive a voicing-signal representative of a voiced speech component of the input-signal; an output terminal; a delay block, configured to receive the input-signal and provide a filter-input-signal as a delayed representation of the input-signal; a filter block, configured to: receive the filter-input-signal; and provide a noise-estimate-signal by filtering the filter-input-signal; a combiner block, configured to: receive a combiner-input-signal representative of the input-signal; receive the noise-estimate-signal; and combine the combiner-input-signal with the noise-estimate-signal to provide an output-signal to the output terminal; and a filter-control-block, configured to: receive the voicing-signal; receive signalling representative of the input-signal; and set filter coefficients of the filter block in accordance with the voicing-signal and the input-signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Ann Elvire F. Spriet, Wouter Joos Tirry
  • Patent number: 10986688
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide dynamic reconfiguration of a connectivity configuration associated with a wireless networking device. The wireless networking device maintains multiple wireless connections with multiple user devices using a combination of beam-formed wireless signals and omnidirectional wireless signals. The wireless network device generates a list of connected or associated user devices that are capable of beam-formed wireless communications, and obtains metrics for each respective user device. The wireless networking device prioritizes the list based upon the respective metrics, and determines whether a current connectivity configuration differs from the prioritization. Responsive to determining a difference, the wireless networking device can dynamically reconfigure the connectivity configuration by modifying a connection type associated with at least one user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Mary Khun Hor-Lao, Ranjeet Gupta
  • Patent number: 10970036
    Abstract: An audio system presented herein includes a transducer array, sensor array, and a controller. The controller control tactile content imparted to a user via actuation of at least one transducer in the transducer array while presenting audio content to the user. The transducer array presents the audio content with the tactile content to the user. The audio system can be part of a headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cesare Valerio Parise, Morteza Khaleghimeybodi, Philip Robinson, Peter Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 10964304
    Abstract: In one aspect a method that includes receiving an input signal captured by one or more first sensors associated with an active noise reduction (ANR) device, and processing the input signal using a first filter disposed in an ANR signal path to generate a first signal for an acoustic transducer of the ANR device. The input signal is processed in a pass-through signal path disposed in parallel with the ANR signal path to generate a second signal for the acoustic transducer, wherein the pass-through signal path allows a portion of the input signal to pass through to the acoustic transducer in accordance with a variable gain. One or more second sensors detect an existence of a condition likely to cause instability in the pass-through signal path, and in response, the variable gain is adjusted. A driver signal for the acoustic transducer is generated using an output based on the adjusted gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher A. Barnes
  • Patent number: 10957301
    Abstract: The earphone (1) is adapted to be arranged in an operating position at a first ear (5) of a user (4) and, in the operating position, provide a first acoustic output signal (SO) to the first ear (5). The earphone has a first input unit (31) adapted to receive a first audio input signal (SI); a first noise cancellation signal path (37) with a first microphone (26) and a first noise cancellation filter (32), wherein the first microphone (26) is arranged to receive ambient sound (SA) from ambient space (7) with the earphone in the operating position and is adapted to provide a corresponding first reference signal (SR), and wherein the first noise cancellation filter (32) is adapted to apply a first transfer function (H) to the first reference signal (SR) to provide a first noise cancellation signal (SC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GN AUDIO A/S
    Inventors: Michael Hoby, Christoffer Bovbjerg
  • Patent number: 10958228
    Abstract: A circuit having a dynamically adjustable common mode rejection ratio. The circuit has a high common mode rejection ratio without the need for input transformers. The circuit's ability to adjust the circuit's common mode rejection ratio is enhanced by the circuit's high input impedance. The circuit includes first and second input terminals, and output terminals. A positive leg runs from the first input terminal to the first output terminal, the positive leg including a resistor, and a negative leg runs from an input terminal to an output terminal. The digital signal processor controls a potentiometer on one of the legs to dynamically adjust the common mode rejection ratio of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventor: Jarrod Lumpkin
  • Patent number: 10957299
    Abstract: An audio system for a wearable device dynamically updates acoustic transfer functions. The audio system is configured to estimate a direction of arrival (DoA) of each sound source detected by a microphone array relative to a position of the wearable device within a local area. The audio system may track the movement of each sound source. The audio system may form a beam in the direction of each sound source. The audio system may identify and classify each sound source based on the sound source properties. Based on the DoA estimates, the movement tracking, and the beamforming, the audio system generates or updates the acoustic transfer functions for the sound sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Tourbabin, Jacob Ryan Donley, Antonio John Miller, Ravish Mehra
  • Patent number: 10950215
    Abstract: Noise reduction circuitry for a communication apparatus can apply different noise reduction transfer functions, depending on whether a listening device is connected to the apparatus. If no listening device is connected, the noise reduction transfer function can be adapted for use with microphones and speakers that form an integral part of the communication apparatus, which may be a cellular telephone. If a listening device is connected, the noise reduction transfer function can be adapted for use with microphones and speakers that form a part of the listening device. This allows the noise reduction circuitry to provide improved noise reduction performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Alastair Sibbald
  • Patent number: 10951990
    Abstract: Digital audio signal processing techniques used to provide an acoustic transparency function in a pair of headphones. A number of transparency filters can be computed at once, using optimization techniques or using a closed form solution, that are based on multiple re-seatings of the headphones and that are as a result robust for a population of wearers. In another embodiment, a transparency hearing filter of a headphone is computed by an adaptive system that takes into consideration the changing acoustic to electrical path between an earpiece speaker and an interior microphone of that headphone while worn by a user. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Ismael H. Nawfal, Joshua D. Atkins, Stephen J. Nimick, Guy C. Nicholson, Jason M. Harlow
  • Patent number: 10950216
    Abstract: An active noise control device includes: a reference signal source that outputs a reference signal having a correlation with noise; a reference signal input unit configured to receive the reference signal output from the reference signal source; a compressor that compresses the reference signal and outputs a compressed signal of the reference signal when an amplitude of the reference signal received by the reference signal input unit is greater than or equal to a threshold; and an adaptive filter unit configured to generate a canceling signal having a phase opposite to a phase of the compressed signal by multiplying the compressed signal using an adaptive filter having a coefficient that is updated successively. The coefficient of the adaptive filter is updated using a step size parameter for determining an amount of updating the coefficient of the adaptive filter based on a change in the amplitude of the reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Tani
  • Patent number: 10940044
    Abstract: An in-ear noise dosimeter in the form of an earplug which senses sound in the ear canal using an eartip which has a sound delivery channel that couples sound at the end closest to the eardrum to an earplug microphone. The earplug can communicate wirelessly with a remote data collection and processing system. A dock unit for storing the earplugs when not worn can compensate for differences in unoccluded-ear versus occluded-ear responses by an acoustic compensator. An electronic compensation filter can be modified by a proximity switch in the earplug which changes state when the earplug is worn in the ear versus stored in a dock unit. The dosimeter can also have a temperature sensor for sensing human body temperature and remotely-located wireless LEDs used to alert the user of high noise dosage. Data can also be downloaded from the earplug using a reader unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Red Tail Hawk Corporation
    Inventor: John W. Parkins
  • Patent number: 10939206
    Abstract: An audio accessory having a locally stored and executed policy. The policy includes a rule related to audio output generation. The audio accessory can be a peripheral audio accessory, and the policy can be stored on the peripheral audio accessory so that the policy can be applied to communications from any source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chirag Deepakkumar Shah, Sergei Ivanov, Mauricio Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10932036
    Abstract: A speaker box is provided in the present disclosure. The speaker box comprises a shell, a speaker, a sound guiding channel, an auxiliary sound cavity, a baffle and a cover plate. The diaphragm separates the receiving space into a front sound cavity and a rear cavity, the sound guiding channel connects the front sound cavity with the outside and forms a front cavity. The auxiliary sound cavity is provided with a first through hole communicating with the front cavity and a second through hole communicating with the outside, and the baffle is completely covered the first through hole. The baffle is provided with a channel therethrough and the auxiliary sound cavity is communicated with the front cavity through the channel. The cover plate completely covers the second through hole. Compared with the related art, the high frequency acoustic performance of the speaker box of the present disclosure is excellent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Wu, Kaihua Shen, Yue Ren
  • Patent number: 10924859
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, an apparatus for privacy protection is provided. The apparatus includes an audio output device arranged to output sound directed to an audio input device of a second device. The apparatus further includes an audio coupling interface arranged to provide a cavity for the audio output device and the audio input device of the second device. The apparatus also includes a spectral shaper, coupled to the audio output device, operable to apply a spectral envelope to an audio signal in order to produce a shaped audio signal, wherein the shaped audio signal is selectively coupled to the audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: PPIP, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Fong, Neric Hsin-wu Fong, Teddy David Thomas
  • Patent number: 10923098
    Abstract: Various implementations include approaches for demonstrating wearable audio device capabilities. In particular aspects, a computer-implemented method of demonstrating a feature of a wearable audio device includes: receiving a command to initiate an audio demonstration mode at a demonstration device; initiating binaural playback of a demonstration audio file at wearable playback device being worn by a user and initiating playback of a corresponding demonstration video file at a video interface coupled with the demonstration device; receiving a user command to adjust a demonstration setting at the demonstration device to emulate adjustment of a corresponding setting on the wearable audio device; and adjusting the binaural playback at the wearable playback device based upon the user command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel M. Gauger, Jr., Steven Edward Munley, Matthew Eliot Neutra, Benjamin Davis Parker, Andrew Todd Sabin
  • Patent number: 10909998
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method, apparatus and computer program for reducing noise from an audio signal captured by a drone (e.g., canceling the noise signature of a drone from the audio signal) using a model of noise emitted by the drone's propulsion system set, where the propulsion system set includes one or more propulsion systems, each of the propulsion systems including an electric motor, and wherein the noise reduction is performed in response to voltage data indicative of instantaneous voltage supplied to each electric motor of the propulsion system set. In some other embodiments, a method, apparatus and computer program for generating a noise model by determining the noise signature of at least one drone based upon a database of noise signals corresponding to at least one propulsion system and canceling the noise signature of the drone in an audio signal based upon the noise model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Nicolas R. Tsingos
  • Patent number: 10873821
    Abstract: A method provides binaural sound to a person through electronic earphones. The binaural sound localizes to a sound localization point (SLP) in empty space that is away from but proximate to the person. When an event occurs, the binaural sound switches or changes to stereo sound, to mono sound, or to altered binaural sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Philip Scott Lyren, Glen A. Norris
  • Patent number: 10869145
    Abstract: An electronic device may comprise audio processing circuitry and a universal serial bus (USB) connector having a first contact and a second contact. In a first mode of operation, the audio processing circuitry is configured to output one or more audio signals carrying music and/or voice via the first contact and the second contact. In a second mode of operation, the audio processing circuitry is configured to output a signal for delivering supply current via the first contact and the second contact. While the electronic device is in the first mode of operation, a gain and/or volume limit of the audio processing circuitry may be set to a first level, and while the electronic device is in the second mode of operation, the gain and/or volume limit of the audio processing circuitry may be set to a second level that is higher than the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Kulavik
  • Patent number: 10854214
    Abstract: A device includes a memory and one or more processors coupled to the memory. The one or more processors are configured to perform an active noise cancellation (ANC) operation on noisy input speech as captured by a first microphone, the noisy input speech as captured by a second microphone, or both, to suppress a noise level associated with the noisy input speech. The one or more processors are configured to match a second frequency spectrum of a second signal with a first frequency spectrum of a first signal. The first signal is representative of the noisy input speech as captured by the first microphone, and the second signal is representative of the noisy input speech as captured by the second microphone. The one or more processors are also configured to generate an output speech signal that is representative of input speech based on the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rogerio Guedes Alves, Taher Shahbazi Mirzahasanloo, Erik Visser, Lae-Hoon Kim, Fatemeh Saki, Dongmei Wang
  • Patent number: 10856066
    Abstract: The invention discloses an earphone device comprising a first case, a first speaker unit, a first recording unit, and a second recording unit. The first speaker unit, disposed inside the first case, emits a first testing sound signal according to a test command. The first recording unit, disposed inside the first case, records a first environment sound signal according to a record command or a noise cancelling command. The second recording unit, disposed inside the first case, records a first feedback sound signal, related to the first testing sound signal, according to the test command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: XROUND INC.
    Inventors: Peng Lee, Yi-Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 10839785
    Abstract: A noise cancelling headset includes an earpiece, the earpiece including a feedback microphone, a feed-forward microphone, and an output driver. A first feedback filter receives an input from at least the first feedback microphone and produces a first filtered feedback signal. A first feed-forward filter receives an input from at least the first feed-forward microphone and produces a first filtered feed-forward signal. A first summer combines the first filtered feedback signal and the first filtered feed-forward signal and produces a first output signal. An output interface provides the first output signal as an output from the headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel M. Gauger, Jr., Jahn Dmitri Eichfeld, Steven H. Isabelle, John Allen Rule
  • Patent number: 10834494
    Abstract: Embodiments of active noise control (ANC) headphones and operating methods thereof are disclosed herein. In one example, a headphone for ANC includes a speaker, an internal microphone, a processor, and a filter function module. The speaker is configured to play an audio based on a first audio source signal. The internal microphone is configured to obtain a mixed audio signal comprising a noise signal and a second audio source signal based on the audio of interest played by the speaker. The processor is configured to determine a current system parameter of the ANC headphone based on the mixed audio signal at a first time point and determine a current parameter of a filter function module based on the current system parameter of the ANC headphone and pre-tested data. The filter function module is to perform ANC based on the determined current parameter of the filter function module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Weifeng Tong, Liang Zhang, Qian Li, Mingliang Xu
  • Patent number: 10827287
    Abstract: In a method of operating a hearing device, an input transducer of the hearing device generates an input signal. A preliminary output signal is generated from this input signal through signal processing. An expected direct sound that is expected to be heard at one ear of a user of the hearing device is ascertained based on the input signal. A propagation delay of the preliminary output signal is ascertained with respect to the expected direct sound. A masking signal is generated based on the input signal and/or the preliminary output signal, taking into account the expected direct sound and/or the propagation delay of the preliminary output signal with respect to the expected direct sound. An output signal is generated based on the preliminary output signal and masking signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Sivantos Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mirko Arnold, Stefan Petrausch
  • Patent number: 10796681
    Abstract: An automatic noise control system and method for a helmet with a rigid shell that is configured to spatially divide a shell interior from a shell ambiance include generating in connection with at least one loudspeaker disposed in the shell interior anti-sound in the shell interior based on at least one input signal. The anti-sound is configured to attenuate sound occurring in the shell interior through destructive superposition. The system and method further include providing the at least one input signal by at least one of picking up sound in the vicinity of the loudspeaker in the shell interior, picking up vibrations of the shell, and picking up sound in the vicinity of the shell exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Zukowski, Gerhard Pfaffinger
  • Patent number: 10783870
    Abstract: An audio playback device having a noise-cancelling mechanism is provided that includes an external sound-receiving circuit that receives external noise, a fixed-coefficient filtering circuit, an operation circuit, an audio playback circuit, an internal sound-receiving circuit and an adjusting circuit. The fixed-coefficient filtering circuit generates an inverted signal including a main and an auxiliary inverted components having the same amplitude and phases orthogonal to each other according to the external noise. The operation circuit multiplies the inverted signal by adjusting parameters to generate an adjusted inverted signal. The audio playback circuit receives and playbacks an audio signal and the adjusted inverted signal to generate a playback result. The internal sound-receiving circuit receives the playback result to generate a received sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Wei-Hung He, Chun-Ming Cho
  • Patent number: 10778826
    Abstract: Described are systems and methods for facilitating communication between a user and other users, services, and so forth. A wearable device, such as a pair of glasses, may be worn and used in conjunction with another user device, such as a smartphone, to support communications between the user and others. Inputs such as motion of the head, orientation of the head, verbal input, and so forth may be used to initiate particular functions on the wearable device, the user device, or with a service. For example, a user may turn their head to the left and speak to send a message to a particular person. A display light in the field of view of the user may illuminate to a particular color that has been previously associated with the particular person. This provides visual feedback to the user about the recipient of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Chia-Jean Wang, Babak Amir Parviz, Avi Bar-Zeev
  • Patent number: 10757496
    Abstract: Occlusion devices, earpiece devices and methods of forming occlusion devices are provided. An occlusion device is configured to occlude an ear canal. The occlusion device includes an insertion element and at least one expandable element disposed on the insertion element. The expandable element is configured to receive a medium via the insertion element and is configured to expand, responsive to the medium, to contact the ear canal. Physical parameters of the occlusion device are selected to produce a predetermined sound attenuation characteristic over a frequency band, such that sound is attenuated more in a first frequency range of the frequency band than in a second frequency range of the frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: Steven W. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10748522
    Abstract: An in-ear microphone with active noise control is provided, including a housing, a speaker unit and a microphone module. The housing includes an air hole and a sound outlet. The speaker unit is disposed in the housing, and separates a space in the housing into a front chamber and a rear chamber. The microphone module is at least partially located in the front chamber and between the sound outlet and the speaker unit. The air hole is in communication with the sound outlet through the front chamber. The microphone module is configured to receive sound of a user and ambient sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Cotron Corporation
    Inventor: Bill Yang
  • Patent number: 10734011
    Abstract: A method for transmission path noise control using an audio headset and a sending device comprises generating microphone signals by a first and a second microphone of the headset based on detected sound including desired audio information and noise. An encoded signal is generated on a first line of a data cable by means of the headset by encoding input signals depending on the microphone signals. The method comprises transmitting the encoded signal from the headset to the sending device via the first, reconstructing the input signals by decoding the encoded signal by the sending device, generating by the sending device a clean signal by applying a first noise control algorithm to the reconstructed first and second input signal and sending a signal depending on the clean signal to a communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ams AG
    Inventors: Horst Gether, Martin Schoerkmaier
  • Patent number: 10730423
    Abstract: Various implementations include vehicle headrest configurations and related audio systems. In some particular implementations, a vehicle headrest includes: a main body having a front surface arranged to support a back of a head of a user and a pair of acoustic channels each formed in part by a side wall having a front edge that is offset from the front surface, the main body having a portion configured to receive first and second transducers having a center-to-center spacing of approximately 130 millimeters (mm) to approximately 240 mm, where a dimension (Dimension K) defined by a distance between respective inside surfaces of the side walls of the pair of acoustic channels is related to a dimension (Dimension F) defined by an amount that the front edge of each side wall is recessed from the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Bradford Kyle Subat, Charles Terence Henry Oswald, Nicholas K. Lade
  • Patent number: 10728650
    Abstract: A head-worn audio system includes a first support frame; a first contact element coupled to the first support frame and configured to contact a first portion of a head of a user; a first actuator coupled to the first support frame and the first contact element; and a processor that is communicatively coupled to the first actuator and is configured to: generate a first actuator signal based on first information that is to be conveyed to the user; and transmit the first actuator signal to the first actuator, wherein the first actuator generates a first force on the first contact element based on the first actuator signal, the first force corresponding to the information to be conveyed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Adam Boulanger, Joseph Verbeke, Stefan Marti, Davide Di Censo
  • Patent number: 10718742
    Abstract: In environments (such as acoustic and bioelectrical environments) characterized by multiple simultaneous sources, effective blind source separation from sensor response mixtures becomes difficult as the number of sources increases-especially when the true number of sources is both unknown and changing over time. However, in some environments, non-sensor information can provide useful hypotheses for some sources. Embodiments of the present invention provide an adaptive filtering architecture for validating such source hypotheses, extracting an estimated representation of source signals corresponding to valid hypotheses, and improving the separation of the remaining “hidden” source signals from the sensor response mixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: Speech Technology and Applied Research Corporation
    Inventors: Richard S. Goldhor, Keith Gilbert, Joel MacAuslan, Karen Payton
  • Patent number: 10715905
    Abstract: A noise cancelling earphone includes an earphone housing, a filter module, and a speaker. The filter module and the speaker are installed in the earphone housing. The filter module includes a printed circuit board, a microphone, and a filter unit. The microphone and the filter unit are respectively disposed on the printed circuit board. The filter unit is electrically connected between the microphone and the speaker. The filter module is arranged in the earphone. The structural design is reasonable, the space is effectively utilized, the structure is compact, and the assembly is convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Tseng-Feng Wen
  • Patent number: 10692483
    Abstract: An active noise cancellation device having an acoustic filter includes: a casing, an active noise cancellation unit, a speaker, a noise cancellation processor and an acoustic filter. The casing includes a first channel and a second channel, wherein a channel length of the first channel is greater than a channel length of the second channel. The active noise cancellation unit includes an external microphone disposed outside the casing. The active noise cancellation is configured to detect an ambient noise, wherein a location of the external microphone corresponds to a location of the first external end of the first channel. The speaker is disposed at a second external end of the second channel, and is configured to output a phase-inverted signal of the ambient noise. The noise cancellation processor electrically couples with the external microphone and the speaker. The acoustic filter is disposed inside the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Tai-Hsin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10681453
    Abstract: A method performed by a wearable audio output device worn by a user is provided for controlling external noise attenuated by wearable audio output device. A speech is detected from a user wearing the wearable audio output device, wherein the audio output device has active noise reduction turned on. It is determined, based on the detecting, that the user desires to speak to a subject in the vicinity of the user. In response to the determining, a level of noise reduction is reduced to enable the user to hear sounds external to the audio output device. It is determined that the user desires to speak to the subject by detecting at least one condition of a plurality of conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Somasundaram Meiyappan, Nathan Blagrove, Pepin Torres, Alaganandan Ganeshkumar
  • Patent number: 10679601
    Abstract: According to an example embodiment, an apparatus for active cancellation of sound and vibration is provided, the apparatus including sound and vibration generation components for jointly producing vibration and sound under control of a driving signal provided as input thereto, the components being arranged inside a padding to generate mechanical vibration that is perceivable as a vibration and sound on at least one outer surface of the padding and to radiate a sound through the at least one outer surface of the padding, a feedback unit for providing feedback information that is indicative of acoustic energy of sound and vibration inside the padding, and a drivert for generating the driving signal in dependence of the feedback information so as to reduce energy of ambient sound and vibration induced inside the padding due to one or more external sources of sound and vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Jukka Linjama, Tommi Immonen
  • Patent number: 10672377
    Abstract: An active noise control (ANC) system uses a proportional integral (PI) controller to produce a control signal based on feedback that comprises a combination of ambient sound and antinoise. The ANC system generates a corrected control signal based on the control signal and a configurable filtering parameter, and produces the antinoise under control of the corrected control signal such that the antinoise destructively interferes with frequencies of the ambient sound to produce the feedback. The ANC system uses a microphone to receive the feedback and provide the feedback to the PI controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Steven Griffin, Adam Robert Weston, Daryn David Kono
  • Patent number: 10665219
    Abstract: A method for active noise reduction includes sensing one or more characteristics of a sound wave; calculating an inverted sound wave based on the one or more characteristics; and emitting the inverted sound wave by flowing a current, selected according to the inverted sound wave, through a wire under tension that passes through a positive pole of a magnet and a negative pole of the magnet, thereby causing the wire to vibrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond Sobol
  • Patent number: 10652648
    Abstract: A sound output device includes: a first microphone configured to receive ambient sounds from around a user; a loudspeaker configured to output sounds toward an eardrum of the user; signal processing circuitry configured, in a case in which it is detected that an external terminal is in a playback state in which the external terminal provides a playback sound signal indicative of a playback sound, to generate a first reverse-phase signal based on a first signal derived from a sound received by the first microphone, and configured to impart predetermined frequency characteristics to the first signal in a case in which it is detected that the external terminal is in a stopped state that is not the playback state; and an adder configured to add together the playback sound signal and a signal output from the signal processing circuitry, to output a resultant signal for output by the loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Hideyoshi Masui