Multiple Channel Patents (Class 381/80)
  • Patent number: 10943619
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for identifying that a first audio stream includes first, second, and third sources of audio. A computing system identifies that a second audio stream includes the first, second, and third sources of audio. The computing system determines that the first and second sources of audio are part of a first conversation. The computing system generates a third audio stream that combines the first source of audio from the first audio stream, the first source of audio from the second audio stream, the second source of audio from the first audio stream, and the second source of audio from the second audio stream, and diminishes the third source of audio from the first audio stream, and the third source of audio from the second audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Golan Pundak
  • Patent number: 10928876
    Abstract: Certain examples described herein relate to a removable unit of an additive manufacturing system. The removable unit is connectable to a base unit. When connected and operational, the base unit supplies a first voltage to the removable unit via a first power coupling. The removable unit has a power supply unit that converts the first voltage to a second voltage. The second voltage may power a number of low voltage components. The removable unit also has a power multiplexer. When the first voltage is unavailable the removable unit switches the power multiplexer to use a second voltage that is supplied from the base unit via a second power coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Noel Liarte, Anna Torrent, Juan Manuel Zamorano
  • Patent number: 10917922
    Abstract: An audio communication system is disclosed. The audio communication system comprises a speaker device having at least one speaker, a first wireless communication unit and a first connector part; a dongle having control functionality, a second wireless communication unit, and a second connector part, the dangle being configured to operate in a first mode being an audio communication system pairing mode and in a second mode being an audio communication system operating mode. The second connector part is in the audio communication system pairing mode configured to interconnect with the first connector part to enable pairing of the dongle and the speaker device. The second connector part is the audio communication system operating mode configured to interconnect with an external device, providing wireless communication between the speaker device and the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: GN Audio A/S
    Inventor: Morten Proschowsky
  • Patent number: 10877719
    Abstract: An audio device comprises a display unit which displays information, a screen information storage unit which stores screen information of a predetermined application, an acceptance unit which accepts a selection of an application, a selection information storage unit which stores selection information of the application accepted by the acceptance unit, an audio device communication unit which sends the application selection information to the portable terminal and receives information according to the application selection information, and a screen display control unit which, upon receiving information according to the application selection information from the audio device communication unit, displays on the display unit a screen using the screen information stored in the screen information storage unit based on the application selection information stored in the selection information storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsumi Sano
  • Patent number: 10869128
    Abstract: Described herein are modular speaker systems including a plurality of wireless speaker modules configured to output sound in a first arrangement and in a second arrangement, in which the first arrangement is different from the second arrangement. In the first arrangement, at least one speaker module can be in physical contact with at least one other speaker module. In the second arrangement, the at least one speaker module can be physically separated from the at least one other speaker module. The plurality of wireless speaker modules may be arranged in any orientation with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Pangissimo LLC
    Inventors: Juncheng Qian, Constantine Hartofilis, Parsa Shahidi, Esiri Madagwa
  • Patent number: 10820121
    Abstract: A hearing system comprises a hearing device, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: OTICON A/S
    Inventors: Thomas Lunner, Martin Skoglund, Fredrik Gustafsson
  • Patent number: 10783929
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system can be configured to manage groups of playback devices. For example, playback devices can be dynamically grouped in a variety of ways. Each playback device can store attributes that define the group to which the playback device belongs. Each playback device can send its group attributes to remote control devices and the remote control devices can determine groups of playback devices based on the group attributes. The remote control devices can then configure and present graphical user interfaces that represent the various groups of playback devices. In some implementations, a group of playback devices can be configured as a persistent group. For example, a pair of playback devices (e.g., wireless speakers) can store and send attribute data indicating that the pair of playback devices is a persistent group so that remote control devices can present and control the persistent group as a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Elena Leyfman, Thomas Alsina, Edward T. Schmidt, Deepak Iyer, David P. Saracino, Astrid Yi, Adam A. Sonnanstine, Jonathan A. Bennett, Gregory R. Chapman, Aparna S. Akella, Shreyas Nandagudi Sreesha, Johannes P. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10776074
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for controlling audio output are provided. In some implementations, a method for controlling audio output is provided, the method comprising: receiving, by a computing device, audio content to be presented; determining that an output port of the computing device is connected to a corresponding connector; providing the audio content at the output port; recording a first portion of audio using a microphone; determining that the audio content is present in the first portion of audio; continuing to provide the audio content at the output port; recording a second portion of audio using the microphone; determining that the audio content is not present in the second portion of audio; and presenting the audio content using a speaker of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Nima Lotfizadeh
  • Patent number: 10750277
    Abstract: A method of locating a microphone, a device of locating a microphone and a system of locating a microphone. The method includes: determining an initial position of the microphone located in front of a light outgoing surface of a display screen; determining a target position of the microphone; determining a first displacement of the microphone in a direction perpendicular to the light outgoing surface of the display screen based on the target position and the initial position; determining a second displacement of the microphone in a direction parallel with the light outgoing surface of the display screen based on the target position and the initial position; and controlling the microphone to move to the target position based on the first displacement and the second displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: HEFEI BOE VISION-ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qianqian Hu, Chendong Xie, Weihan Li, Ya Meng
  • Patent number: 10725732
    Abstract: A display device including a display; a first external device interface configured to receive an image signal and an audio signal output from a first external input device; a second external device interface configured to receive an image signal and an audio signal output from a second external input device; and a controller configured to display a graphic user interface including a first external input item describing at least one of the first external device interface and the first external input device connected to the display device via the first external device interface, a second external input item describing at least one of the second external device interface and the second external input device connected to the display device via the first external device interface, a first audio output menu for selecting at least one of a plurality of audio output devices for outputting audio included in the audio signal received from the first external input device, and a second audio output menu for selecting at
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyojung Oh, Seunghun Lee
  • Patent number: 10586569
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for identifying that a first audio stream includes first, second, and third sources of audio. A computing system identifies that a second audio stream includes the first, second, and third sources of audio. The computing system determines that the first and second sources of audio are part of a first conversation. The computing system generates a third audio stream that combines the first source of audio from the first audio stream, the first source of audio from the second audio stream, the second source of audio from the first audio stream, and the second source of audio from the second audio stream, and diminishes the third source of audio from the first audio stream, and the third source of audio from the second audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Golan Pundak
  • Patent number: 10555082
    Abstract: Technology for grouping, consolidating, and pairing individual playback devices with network capability (players) to stimulate a multi-channel listening environment is disclosed. An example method includes receiving an audio signal containing a range of audio frequencies; amplifying, according to a gain parameter, the audio signal to be reproduced by at least one speaker. The example method includes automatically increasing the gain parameter to a higher gain parameter responsive to a determination that no more than a subset of the range of audio frequencies is to be reproduced by the at least one speaker. The example method includes amplifying, according to the higher gain parameter, the audio signal containing no more than the subset of the range of audio frequencies to be reproduced by the at least one speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kallai, Michael Darrell Andrew Ericson, Robert A. Lambourne, Robert Reimann, Mark Triplett
  • Patent number: 10462570
    Abstract: Technology for grouping, consolidating, and pairing individual playback devices with network capability (players) to stimulate a multi-channel listening environment is disclosed. An example method includes receiving an audio signal containing a range of audio frequencies; amplifying, according to a gain parameter, the audio signal to be reproduced by at least one speaker. The example method includes automatically increasing the gain parameter to a higher gain parameter responsive to a determination that no more than a subset of the range of audio frequencies is to be reproduced by the at least one speaker. The example method includes amplifying, according to the higher gain parameter, the audio signal containing no more than the subset of the range of audio frequencies to be reproduced by the at least one speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kallai, Michael Darrell Andrew Ericson, Robert A. Lambourne, Robert Reimann, Mark Triplett
  • Patent number: 10448159
    Abstract: Technology for grouping, consolidating, and pairing individual playback devices with network capability (players) to stimulate a multi-channel listening environment is disclosed. An example method includes receiving an audio signal containing a range of audio frequencies; amplifying, according to a gain parameter, the audio signal to be reproduced by at least one speaker. The example method includes automatically increasing the gain parameter to a higher gain parameter responsive to a determination that no more than a subset of the range of audio frequencies is to be reproduced by the at least one speaker. The example method includes amplifying, according to the higher gain parameter, the audio signal containing no more than the subset of the range of audio frequencies to be reproduced by the at least one speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kallai, Michael Darrell Andrew Ericson, Robert A. Lambourne, Robert Reimann, Mark Triplett
  • Patent number: 10433060
    Abstract: There may be provided a system that may include a processor and an audio hub; wherein the audio hub may include first communication interfaces, a second communication interface, a processor, and a memory; wherein the first communication interfaces may be configured to exchange audio signals with a group of audio components of different types; wherein an aggregate number of first communication interface bits exceeds a number of second communication interface bits; wherein the audio signals may include input audio signals received from the group and output audio signals transmitted to the group; wherein the processor may be configured to generate an input multiplex of input audio signals; and wherein the second communication interface may be configured to transmit the input multiplex to the processor and to receive an output multiplex from the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DSP Group Ltd
    Inventors: Eran Feld, Fredy Rabin, Gad Molkho
  • Patent number: 10405123
    Abstract: This specification describes a method comprising determining whether an estimated position of an audio capture device which captures audio data is within boundaries of a predetermined area, and in response to a determination that the estimated position is not within the boundaries of the predetermined area, associating the captured audio data with an adjusted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Francesco Cricri, Jukka Saarinen
  • Patent number: 10368162
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed to recreate directional cues and in a conventional beamformed monophonic audio signal. In an example embodiment, the apparatus captures sound in an environment via the microphone array which includes a left reference and a right reference microphone. A monophonic audio signal is generated using conventional beamforming methods. A conventional monophonic beamformed signal lacks directional cues which may be useful for multiple output channels. By applying the phase offset data of the audio signals at the left and right reference microphones, directional cues may be created for audio signals for the left and right output channels respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Jordan Sanders
  • Patent number: 10354668
    Abstract: A codec operable to process audio data and related data. The codec further operable to receive at least one of an audio, audio auxiliary, program configuration, and data signals from a program source, the audio signals including at least one of single channel audio and multi-channel audio signals, audio auxiliary signals including spatial and motion data and environmental characteristics, the data signals including program related data. The codec further operable to generate a non-transitory encoded bitstream, wherein the bitstream includes at least one of synchronization command data and at least one of a program command data, audio channel data, audio auxiliary data, program content data, and an end of stream data, wherein the encoded bitstream includes an identifier for defining packet type for each data component. The synchronization command data includes a stream start flag defining an entry point for decoding the bitstream and further provides sample rate for the encoded bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: James David Johnston, Stephen Daniel White, King Wei Hor, Barry M. Genova
  • Patent number: 10334358
    Abstract: A user device can be used to correct for a latency of a speaker. The user device can communicate an indication to the speaker to play a sound at a first time. The user device can record a second time at which a microphone on the user device detects the sound. The first and second times can be synchronized to a clock of a computer network. The user device can compare the first and second times to determine a latency of the speaker. The user device can communicate adjustment data corresponding to the determined latency to the speaker. The speaker can use the adjustment data to correct for the determined latency. In some examples, the user device can display instructions to position the user device a specified distance from the speaker, and can account for a time-of-flight of sound to propagate along the specified distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventor: Dannie Lau
  • Patent number: 10318097
    Abstract: An audio system is disclosed that contains speakers that are configured to transmit unique parameters to an audio source. The system includes a hub that is configured to be connected with one or more audio sources. At least one speaker is included having one or more filter parameters stored internally that are specific to the speaker. The speaker is operable to transmit the one or more filter parameters to the hub. The hub is operable to use the one or more filter parameters to filter an audio channel associated with the speaker and an associated subwoofer channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Klipsch Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Spitznagle, Christopher J. Perrins
  • Patent number: 10277977
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sound reproduction system configured to emit a first sound and a second sound from a loudspeaker at a time. The first sound is intended to reach ears of an object person's. The second sound is intended to reach ears of a non-object person's and compliant with a control characteristic. The control characteristic is defined such that the second sound includes a component which is emitted from the loudspeaker toward a first region occupied by the object person and has a sound pressure lower than a predetermined value, and another component which is emitted from the loudspeaker toward a second region occupied by the non-object person and has a sound pressure equal to the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Seki
  • Patent number: 10228898
    Abstract: An example method includes, based on an adjustment to a first displayed volume control, instructing the first playback device to adjust playback volume level; based on an adjustment to a second displayed volume control, instructing the second playback device to adjust playback volume level; after sending the commands, instructing the first and/or second playback device to process an audio stream into a first and/or second channel and to reproduce a respective one of the first and second channel, wherein the grouped first and second playback devices provide multi-channel sound; and based on an adjustment to a third displayed volume control, instructing the first and/or second playback device to adjust a group volume level for both the first and second playback devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kallai, Michael Darrell Andrew Ericson, Robert A. Lambourne
  • Patent number: 10171868
    Abstract: A method for processing audio data includes: setting a first queue for managing at least one configured information control node of audio data to be played and a second queue for managing at least one configured information control node of played audio data, wherein each of the at least one configured information control node contains attribute information for the audio data to be played; unchaining a unit of the at least one configured information control node from the first queue; reading audio data to be played corresponding to the unit of the at least one configured information control node according to the attribute information for the audio data to be played in the unit of the at least one configured information control node; and chaining the unit of the at least one configured information control node to the second queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Qingdao Hisense Electronics Co., Ltd., HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORP.
    Inventors: Zhonghui Lu, Shurong Li, Qiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10111014
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for multi-source audio amplification and ear protection devices are provided herein. In certain configurations, an audio amplification and ear protection device includes at least one microphone that generates an ambient sound signal based on detecting ambient sound, at least one speaker, and an electrical system that controls sound outputted by the at least one speaker based on amplifying the ambient sound signal and a secondary sound source signal. The electrical system receives a first user-controlled volume signal that is operable to control an amount of amplification provided to the ambient sound signal, and a second user-controlled volume signal that is operable to control an amount of amplification provided to the secondary sound source signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Team IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy D. Schnell, Doug Mann
  • Patent number: 10063637
    Abstract: A method for acquiring media of the same event from multiple devices can include synchronizing, using at least one timecode module configured to receive timecode data over a wireless network, a personal device and a professional device, acquiring media data with the synchronized devices, associating the timecode data with the acquired media, and merging acquired media data from the personal device with the acquired media data from the professional device. The merging can be based, at least in part, on the timecode data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Timecode Systems Limited
    Inventor: Paul Scurrell
  • Patent number: 10051398
    Abstract: A multi-channel and multi-zone audio environment is provided. Various inventions are disclosed that allow playback devices on one or more networks to provide an effective multi-channel and a multi-zone audio environment using timing information. According to one example, timing information is used to coordinate playback devices connected over a low-latency network to provide audio along with a video display. In another example, timing information is used to coordinate playback devices connected over a mesh network to provide audio in one or more zones or zone groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Jarvis, Hilmar Lehnert, Aurelio Rafael Ramos, Luis Vega
  • Patent number: 9990934
    Abstract: Higher Order Ambisonics represents three-dimensional sound independent of a specific loudspeaker set-up. However, transmission of an HOA representation results in a very high bit rate. Therefore compression with a fixed number of channels is used, in which directional and ambient signal components are processed differently. For coding, portions of the original HOA representation are predicted from the directional signal components. This prediction provides side information which is required for a corresponding decoding. By using some additional specific purpose bits, a known side information coding processing is improved in that the required number of bits for coding that side information is reduced on average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Krueger, Sven Kordon, Oliver Wuebbolt
  • Patent number: 9947364
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for identifying that a first audio stream includes first, second, and third sources of audio. A computing system identifies that a second audio stream includes the first, second, and third sources of audio. The computing system determines that the first and second sources of audio are part of a first conversation. The computing system generates a third audio stream that combines the first source of audio from the first audio stream, the first source of audio from the second audio stream, the second source of audio from the first audio stream, and the second source of audio from the second audio stream, and diminishes the third source of audio from the first audio stream, and the third source of audio from the second audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Golan Pundak
  • Patent number: 9929824
    Abstract: Methods and systems for transmitting timecode and metadata to networked devices can include identifying one or more network devices capable of receiving timecode and sync information, generating a communication signal comprising timecode and sync information by a device having an internal clock, distributing the communication signal over a network to the identified network devices, and synchronizing the identified networked devices during an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TIMECODE SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Scurrell, Paul Leslie Bannister
  • Patent number: 9775069
    Abstract: Described are techniques for configuring a group of audio devices in communication with one another to provide an audio output. Test data may be communicated between a selected audio device and each audio device in the group to determine data throughput values for each communication. A value indicative of the airtime that would be used to communicate data to each audio device, using the selected audio device, may be determined. This process may be repeated for each audio device within the group. The selected audio device associated with the lowest airtime value may be designated as a master audio device. A maximum airtime value associated with distribution of audio data from the master audio device to the other devices may be determined based on the data throughput values for each device. If the maximum airtime value is less than a threshold airtime value, the audio data may be distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Milos Jorgovanovic, Jin Guo
  • Patent number: 9729992
    Abstract: An audio receiver that receives left, right, and center audio channels for a piece of sound program content is described. A content processor in the audio receiver generates separate audio signals corresponding to each channel for driving corresponding transducers in left and right loudspeaker arrays. The content processor generates (1) first center audio signals for driving transducers in the left array to generate a first center pattern, (2) second center audio signals for driving transducers in the right array to generate a second center pattern, (3) left audio signals for driving transducers in the left array to generate a left pattern, and (4) right audio signals for driving transducers in the right array to generate a right pattern. The first and second center patterns collectively represent the center channel while the left and right patterns respectively represent the left and right channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tomlinson M. Holman
  • Patent number: 9706308
    Abstract: This invention relates to the field of multichannel audio. More particularly, the invention relates to a method for the provision of audio channels suitable for application to loudspeakers located above conventional front loudspeakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Christophe Chabanne
  • Patent number: 9704535
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for enabling interaction with multi-channel media files. For example, embodiments include computer implemented methodologies that are implemented in the context of media editing software (for example a video editing suite). In some cases the methodologies are performed by way of a plug-in, which modifies the operation of pre-existing media editing software. In other cases the methodologies are integrated into media editing software. Alternate implementation approaches may also be used thereby to achieve corresponding functionalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SCORE ADDICTION PTY LTD
    Inventors: Luke Gordon, Mark Havryliv
  • Patent number: 9689739
    Abstract: Microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors and control interfaces, control, interface components, protocols, systems, and methods are described. An exemplary control interface can comprise one or more predefined symbols that facilitate control of a MEMS sensor over an existing pin of a package comprising one or more MEMS sensors. Provided implementations described read/write protocols that enable reading and/or writing internal registers associated with MEMS sensors and/or other electronic components or portions thereof. Embodiments of the subject disclosure can provide flexible and reusable control interfaces for MEMS sensors and associated protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventors: Yang Pan, Olafur Josefsson
  • Patent number: 9671998
    Abstract: A device capable of operating according to a wireless communications protocol, the device being configured to: receive audio data from an audio data source; generate volume control data for controlling the playback volume of the audio data; encapsulate the audio data and volume control data in a broadcast packet; and broadcast the packet in accordance with the wireless communications protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jonathon Sole, Benjamin Campbell, Harith Haboubi
  • Patent number: 9584945
    Abstract: Systems and methods that reproduce surround sound effects from an audio source are described. Wireless communication devices form a wireless network in which music, for example, can be played on the speakers of the wireless communication devices to reproduce surround sound effects from a selected audio source. As the wireless communication devices roam with respect to each other or with respect to a focal point or listening position of the wireless network, the wireless network adjusts how the audio source is played at each speaker of the respective wireless communication device to maintain or to enhance the reproduction of surround sound effects from the audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Momchil Filev, Martin Brandt Freund
  • Patent number: 9547997
    Abstract: Multi-user portable electronic devices for improving reading ability and/or comprehension for a plurality of subjects are provided. The multi-user portable electronic devices may include a pitch shifter circuit configured to generate frequency altered auditory speech feedback (FAF) signals corresponding to respective auditory speech signals received from respective active microphones, and to transmit the respective FAF signals to the plurality of subjects while one or more of the plurality of subjects are respectively reading aloud, to improve the plurality of subjects' reading ability and/or comprehension. The multi-user portable electronic devices may also include a switch configured to activate the microphones selectively, serially. Related methods and systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: East Carolina University
    Inventors: Michael Rastatter, Todd Carter, Mark Allen, Ricardo Rodriguez, John Trainor
  • Patent number: 9525953
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for spatialized communication of announcements to persons in a transit vehicle moving among a plurality of transit stations in at least two different languages simultaneously, in which at least two sound-emittive speakers are spaced-apart and disposed in opposing relation for persons to hear announcements. A storage device stores signals representative of at least one announcement associated with at least each transit station in at least two different languages. A communicator simultaneously communicates the signals representative of the announcement for each one of the at least two languages to a respective one of the speakers at a predetermined time prior to arrival of the transit vehicle at the transit station in sequence. The announcement, being communicated by each one of the at least two speakers in one of the at least two languages, is spatializedly discernable by persons in the transit vehicle in each of the communicated language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Russell Louis Storms, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9491537
    Abstract: A noise reducing sound reproduction system and method may be operable with an input signal supplied to a loudspeaker by which it is acoustically radiated. The signal radiated by the loudspeaker may be received by a microphone that is acoustically coupled to the loudspeaker via a secondary path and that provides a microphone output signal. From the microphone output signal a useful-signal can be subtracted to generate a filter input signal. The filter input signal is filtered in an active noise reduction filter to generate an error signal, and the useful-signal is subtracted from the error signal to generate the loudspeaker input signal. In addition, the useful-signal is filtered by one or more spectrum shaping filters prior to subtraction from the microphone output signal or the loudspeaker input signal or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Christoph
  • Patent number: 9462386
    Abstract: A method and system for communicating audio signals between an input device and an output device via a network. The output device can include loudspeakers and headphones. In some embodiments an output device, for example a center channel speaker, transmits audio signals to other output devices. In some embodiments, the output device is coupled to, or combined with, a speaker stand or speaker bracket. The network can be wireless, wired, infrared, RF, and powerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: KSC INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: William A. McCarty, Yadir Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9462382
    Abstract: An audio system for reproducing audio signals comprising a signal processor, the signal processor having at least two processing channels and thereby the signal processor being configured to receive at least two separate audio signals and the signal processor configured to automatically select, in dependence upon the identity of each of the at least two audio signals assigned to the at least two processing channels, processing settings appropriate for each of the at least two audio signals assigned to the at least two processing channels that are for use by the signal processor in independently processing each of the at least two audio signals in each of the processing channels prior to combining said at least two audio signals and the audio system being configured to change the processing settings for a processing channel in response to a change in the identity of the audio signal assigned to that processing channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Matt Jones, Lukasz Stepek, John Cockroft
  • Patent number: 9264004
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for narrow bandwidth digital processing of an input audio signal. Particularly, the present invention includes a high pass filter configured to filter the input audio signal. A first compressor then modulates the filtered signal in order to create a partially processed signal. In some embodiments, a clipping module further limits the gain of the partially processed signal. A splitter is configured to split the partially processed signal into a first signal and a second signal. A low pass filter is configured to filter the first signal. A pass through module is configured to adjust the gain of the second signal. A mixer then combines the filtered first signal and the gain-adjusted second signal in order to output a combined signal. In some embodiments, a tone control module further processes the combined signal, and a second compressor further modulates the processed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Bongiovi Acoustics LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Bongiovi, Glenn Zelniker, Joseph G. Butera, III
  • Patent number: 9232337
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for visualizing a directional sound activity of a multichannel audio signal, comprising: receiving input audio channels, spatial information being associated with each one of said channel, performing a time-frequency transformation of said input audio channels, for each one of a plurality of frequency sub-bands, determining a directional sound activity vector from said transformed input audio channels, determining a contribution of each one of said directional sound activity vectors within sub-divisions of space on the basis of directivity information related to each sub-divisions of space, for each sub-division of space, determining directional sound activity level within said sub-division of space by summing said contributions within said sub-division of space, displaying a visualization of the directional sound activity of the multichannel audio signal by a graphical representation of directional sound activity level within said sub-division of space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: A-VOLUTE
    Inventors: Raphaël Nicolas Greff, Hong Cong Tuyen Pham
  • Patent number: 9223491
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to manage zones of a playback system are disclosed. An example method includes displaying a plurality of zone icons, including a first zone icon and a second zone icon, each of the zone icons representing zone player(s) operable to play back multimedia content in a local area network, wherein the first and second zone icons are currently located in a first zone group region, and wherein the zone players associated with the first and second zone icons are members of a first zone group, the first zone group synchronously playing back a first multimedia content; receiving a first drag and drop input to select the second zone icon and drag the second zone icon from inside the first zone group region to outside the first zone region; and, based on the first drag and drop input, causing the zone player(s) associated with the second zone icon to be disassociated with the first zone group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Reimann, Joni R. Hoadley
  • Patent number: 9197339
    Abstract: Isolator devices for a class A evacuation system are provided. The isolators each have specific address in the system. This allows the isolators to report individually with address information and status information, for example related to errors in the system and the device in particular. In an embodiment, a speaker can be connected to the device. This allows the speaker to be addressed individually so dedicated information like alarms and spoken messages can be sent to specific speakers. Dedicated isolators are available for announcing, powering the network and routing network traffic. Routers provide a possibility to create multiple loops, reducing wiring and increasing redundancy. By sending data in different branches by means of spread spectrum modulation, more data can be sent and effects of crosstalk between branches is highly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ASTREA INTELLECTUEEL EIGENDOMSRECHT B.V.
    Inventor: Willemjan Johannes Jonkman
  • Publication number: 20150149146
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an audio delivery system including an audio source, an audio conversion device, a wireless transmitter, and mobile devices. The audio source is configured to deliver raw audio output in a first format to the audio conversion device. The audio conversion device is configured to receive the raw audio output, parse the raw audio output into data packets, transmit the data packets to a network location for conversion into a second format, receive the converted data packets from the network location, and transmit the converted data packets over a wireless network. The wireless transmitter is configured to generate a wireless network in a localized area for transmission of the converted data packets to the mobile devices. The mobile devices are configured to receive instructions from a user, receive the converted data packets, and present the converted data packets to the user in the second format based on the user instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jay Abramovitz, Mark Moors
  • Publication number: 20150146881
    Abstract: An audio output device that operates on a network to connect with a first source device. The connection to the first source device can be made using a first wireless port, so that the first source device streams a first audio content to the first wireless port of the audio output device. When connected to the first source device, the audio output device generates an advertisement for the network, which communicates that the audio output device is available to receive a connection to another source device. In this way, the audio output device generates a new wireless port to connect to a second source device when the connection with the first source device is active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Todd Malsbary, Michael Larson
  • Publication number: 20150117666
    Abstract: A method includes distinctly assigning, through a driver component, each audio channel of multichannel audio data in a memory of a data processing device to one or more audio endpoint device(s) of a number of audio endpoint devices communicatively coupled to the data processing device. Each audio endpoint device of the number of audio endpoint devices is capable of supporting a number of audio channels less than a number of audio channels of the multichannel audio data. The method also includes routing, through a processor of the data processing device communicatively coupled to the memory, audio data related to the each audio channel to the appropriate one or more audio endpoint device(s) based on the assignment through the driver component to enable rendering of the multichannel audio data on the number of audio endpoint devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventor: Ambrish Dantrey
  • Patent number: 9014391
    Abstract: A system for controlling audio reproduction may include an interface operable to receive a data stream of an audio signal. The system may also include a processor. The processor may be operable to: analyze the data stream; divide the data stream into segments; associate audio classes with respective segments in accordance with audio classifications and the analysis of the data stream; and replace one or more of the segments associated with a specific audio class, with an audio file, based on information regarding the audio file and information regarding the specific audio class. Further, the system may include another interface operable to output a signal derived from the audio file, to drive a loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Münch, Philipp Schmauderer, Christoph Benz, Andreas Körner
  • Publication number: 20150104037
    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: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gyeong-tae LEE, Jong-bae KIM, Jong-in JO, Whan-oh SUNG, Joo-yeon LEE, Hwan SHIM