Listener's Voiced Response Recorded Patents (Class 434/320)
  • Patent number: 9549239
    Abstract: An earphone wire control device, an earphone, a voice recording system and a voice recording system and method. When a switching unit turns on a first path, a microphone path is short-circuited, a first signal generating unit generates a recording start signal and cuts off the first path after generating the recording start signal so that the microphone path is turned on. When the switching unit turns on a second path, the microphone path is short-circuited, a second signal generating unit generates a recording stop signal and cuts off the second path after generating the recording stop signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Yuejun Liu, Chenglin Liu
  • Patent number: 9098731
    Abstract: An image associated with a poll may be acquired via a camera. One or more symbols indicating responses may be found by analyzing the image. The responses specified by the symbols may be determined and saved. The responses may also be displayed to the operator and/or to the respondents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Plickers Inc.
    Inventors: Nolan R. Amy, Stan R. Amy
  • Patent number: 9031494
    Abstract: An adaptable audio instruction system and method allows for tailoring and modification to audio sequences used for audio instruction of users. The tailoring and modification abilities of the system regard content and presentation details of the audio sequences to comply with user preferences and user progress in learning content contained in the audio sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Dongju Chung
  • Patent number: 9002258
    Abstract: An adaptable audio instruction system and method allows for tailoring and modification to audio sequences used for audio instruction of users. The tailoring and modification abilities of the system regard content and presentation details of the audio sequences to comply with user preferences and user progress in learning content contained in the audio sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Dongju Chung
  • Patent number: 8223374
    Abstract: A maintenance system of an image forming apparatus is composed of an image forming apparatus and a central management apparatus connected to it via a communication line. The image forming apparatus is composed of an image forming unit for forming an image, an information output unit for outputting intra-machine information of the image forming unit, a voice information input unit for inputting voice information of a user of the image forming unit, and a first communication controller for outputting the intra-machine information and voice information via the communication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyo Katou
  • Publication number: 20100248204
    Abstract: Interactive media includes first and second pages having a transmitter and a user input, a speaker, a microphone, and a receiver in communication with the transmitters. The interactive media includes an electronic memory device and a processor in communication with the speaker, microphone, receiver, and memory device. A mode device is in data communication with the processor to cause the processor to alter between a recording mode in which the processor is controlled by recording programming in the processor and a playback mode in which the processor is controlled by playback programming in the processor. The recording programming causes the processor to actuate the microphone and store audio data input through the microphone in the electronic memory device to correspond to a selected page. The playback programming causes the processor to actuate the speaker to present the stored audio data corresponding to a selected page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Debra A. Meyering
  • Publication number: 20100216108
    Abstract: An audiovisual recording of a user reading a book aloud is generated for playback with a virtual book. A book reading user interface presents a virtual book concurrently with a current image of the user. The virtual book may be presented based at least in part on an aspect ratio of the virtual book. As the user reads the virtual book aloud, an audiovisual recording of the user is generated. In addition, synchronization information is recorded that enables the audiovisual recording to be synchronized with the presentation of pages of the virtual book during playback. The generated audiovisual recording is stored in a database and may be played back to a recipient on demand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: Jackson Fish Market, LLC
    Inventors: Hillel Cooperman, Jenny Lam, Walter Smith
  • Publication number: 20100159430
    Abstract: An educational system using virtual reality includes an image computer for extracting an image of a student from an entire image acquired by capturing the student; a remote lecturer computer for extracting an image of a lecturer at a remote place from an entire image acquired by capturing the remote lecturer. Further, the educational system using the virtual reality includes a classroom lecturer computer for executing learning content in which a virtual space is implemented, and performing real-time communication with the remote lecturer computer; and a virtual reality computer for combining the image of the student and the image of the remote lecturer with the virtual space of the learning content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Su Woong LEE, Jong-Gook Ko, Junsup Lee, Hyung-Keun Jee, Junsuk Lee
  • Patent number: 7674181
    Abstract: Game processing apparatus comprising: an indication generator operable to generate an indication of a sequence of target actions to be executed by a user; a detector operable to detect user actions executed by said user; comparison logic operable to compare said target actions with said user actions to determine whether said target actions have been successfully completed by said user actions; and scoring logic operable, when in a non-scoring mode, to detect a first pattern of target actions that have been successfully completed with respect to target actions that have not been successfully completed, as determined by said comparison logic, said scoring logic entering a scoring mode upon detection of said first pattern, said scoring logic operable, when in said scoring mode, to detect a second pattern of target actions that have been successfully completed with respect to target actions that have not been successfully completed, as determined by said comparison logic, said scoring logic entering said non-s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark Yates
  • Publication number: 20090286213
    Abstract: Speech analysis system with a system for undisturbed speech generation of a person and to a method for analysing a speech generation of a person. The speech analysis system allows for an undisturbed speech generation by the person. The system first writes out the test sentence, clears it and shows afterwards a sequence of visual clues to the person in order to remind him of the correct wording. The person is reminded of the sentence and repeats it exactly but without any influence through letters. The method provides visual clues that remind the person of the exact sentence, without influencing his pronunciation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Gerd Lanfermann, Richard Daniel Willmann, Claudia Hannelore Igney
  • Patent number: 7174010
    Abstract: Improving the frequency with which agents complete training in a call center or other constituent contact environment. Agents working in call centers are typically given periodic training to improve their skills. Training breaks are scheduled at various times throughout the day that can depend on the workload of the call center. However, often times the agents are unable to receive or complete their training during the scheduled training break due to unexpected work loads and other interruptions. The present invention enables monitoring and recording of whether training is received and completed during a training break. If the training was not completed, the training break is stored and rescheduled for a later time. The invention also facilitates completion of missed training breaks by providing spontaneous training breaks during periods of unexpectedly lower workload at the call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Knowlagent, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. C. McIIwaine, Matthew G. A. McConnell, Surj Ramlogan
  • Patent number: 6843726
    Abstract: A game system is provided with a converting means including a voice input member, such as a microphone, for allowing the game player or his/her friend to input voices and for converting the inputted voices into electrical signal data, a sound data storage for storing the electrical signal data obtained by the conversion together with predetermined sound-relating data corresponding to contents of instructions, a sound generator for generating voices from the corresponding electrical signal data when a game player makes a motion in response to the content of instruction, and a device for evaluating a game result based on the content of instruction. Accordingly, a sound output type game system which can provide more interesting and enjoyable games can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Nomi, Satoshi Ueno, Yasuhiro Noguchi
  • Patent number: 6692330
    Abstract: An infant toy includes a body portion having an interior cavity within which an audio device is disposed. The body portion has a soft exterior surface. The audio device has “play” and “record” functions, both of which may be activated manually or by voice. The audio device has the capability of playing pre-recorded sounds such as soothing music, user-recorded sounds such as the parent' voices, or a combination of pre-recorded sounds and user-recorded sounds. The toy can cease operation after a predetermined period of time. By setting the toy in the voice-activated mode, the toy can comfort an infant when necessary and turn itself off after the infant has fallen asleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: David Kulick
  • Patent number: 6319010
    Abstract: An interactive system for teaching, entertaining, and habituating a child utilizes an interactive entity such as a doll, the doll having input and output elements and control circuitry adapted for driving the I/O elements, and a bi-directional communication link to a personal computer (PC). Scripted data stored at the computer directs doll activity and verbal articulation, and utilizes response from the child through the doll to the PC in directing output to the doll. The communication between the doll and the PC treats the doll as a peripheral device. In specific embodiments the interactive doll has servo-mechanisms for providing doll motion, such as eye and mouth and limb movement, which may be coordinated with verbalization in different scripts by commands retrieved at the computer and sent to the doll. In a preferred embodiment environments and applications are provided on CD-ROM disks which may also provide the operating application for the interactive doll system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 6199076
    Abstract: An audio program and message distribution system in which a host system organizes and transmits program segments to client subscriber locations. The host organizes the program segments by subject matter and creates scheduled programming in accordance with preferences associated with each subscriber. Program segments are associated with descriptive subject matter segments, and the subject matter segments may be used to generate both text and audio cataloging presentations to enable the user to more easily identify and select desirable programming. A playback unit at the subscriber location reproduces the program segments received from the host and includes mechanisms for interactively navigating among the program segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventors: James Logan, Daniel F. Goessling, Charles G. Call
  • Patent number: 6167233
    Abstract: A recording device that is coupled to a book. The recording device records, saves and plays back a plurality of discrete messages. An archival control disables and enables the device, thus permitting the user to ensure that no new messages will be accidentally recorded over existing saved messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Voicemark, LLC
    Inventors: William Gresser, Jr., Scott Turner, Ann K. O'Connor, Randall Toltzman, Michael Panson, Chris Buttenob
  • Patent number: 6101366
    Abstract: A sound belt removably mounted on diapers includes a housing with two opposite flat surfaces on which one or more switch actuators are exposed. A removably mounted overlay with pictorial representations that cooperatively coincide with the switches permit a baby to activate them. Prerecorded sounds, including messages, are generated in response to the actuation of the switches and these messages are relevant to the pictorial representations so that the baby user learns what they means and aids him/her in communicating his/her desires and/or needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Celia Castillo
  • Patent number: 6029042
    Abstract: A novel educational audio playback device is disclosed which, in the preferred embodiment, is in the shape of a simulated telephone. On the body of the apparatus are a plurality of buttons, each of the buttons having a hinged cover mounted thereon. These hinged covers have indicia on their front, this indicia, in the preferred embodiment, being letters of an alphabet. Upon the user opening the hinged cover, a simulated sound of a telephone ringing is generated and the associated button is exposed. On each of the buttons is a symbol or picture that is representative of a character, object or thing that is related to the letter of the alphabet on the hinged cover. The letter "H", for example, could contain a picture of a nursery rhyme figure, such as Humpty Dumpty. Upon the user depressing the associated button, an index is generated that tells a circuit or microprocessor where on the internal sound storage portion of the device is to be found the appropriate sound segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Leah Yaron-Moallim
  • Patent number: 5888070
    Abstract: A learning aid is provided which allows the user to selectively mute one part of a prerecorded multipart drama and substitute his or her voice for that muted part. A recorded copy of a composite of the unmuted prerecorded portions of the drama, the user's voice, and additional sound effects may thus be created. A voice sensitive microphone allows the period of time for the user's part to be flexibly varied and prerecorded control signals provide visible cues to the user that the part selected is imminent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventors: Kathryn E. La Tour, Thomas L. Maser, Robert A. Pavlik
  • Patent number: 5822744
    Abstract: A consumer feedback apparatus for collecting, analyzing, and reporting information on goods and services offered for sale to consumers by providers, comprising a recording station selectively operable by consumers for recording oral comments regarding goods and services offered by the providers. The oral comments and associated time signals are communicated to an analyzer for creating discrete normalized representations including comment category, at least one descriptor, at least one dimension, and an attitude, representative of each oral comment. Normalized comments are then selected according to the comment category, descriptor, dimension, attitude, and time signal, and analyzed for reporting to the provider for use in responding to perceptions of consumers as to the services and goods offered by the store to consumers. A method of collecting, analyzing, and reporting consumer feedback comments on goods and services offered for sale to consumers by retailers is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Brad Kesel
  • Patent number: 5746601
    Abstract: An audio system with a language exercise function, the system including a cassette tape deck, comprising a keyboard, an output display, a microcomputer to which the keyboard and the output display are connected, a voice synthesizer memory unit connected to the microcomputer, the memory unit including a plurality of random access memories and a voice synthesizer circuit, and an audio level sensor connected to the cassette tape deck which is connected to the microcomputer so that automatic repeated playback and pronunciation functions of the cassette tape deck are executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: Man Hee Yoon
  • Patent number: 5746602
    Abstract: An interactive system for teaching, entertaining, and habituating a child utilizes an interactive entity such as a doll, the doll having a microphone, a speaker, and control circuitry adapted for driving the speaker and microphone and a bidirectional communication link to a personal computer (PC). Scripted data stored at the computer directs doll activity and verbal articulation, and utilizes response from the child through the doll to the PC in directing output to the doll. In alternative embodiments the interactive doll has also servo-mechanisms for providing doll motion, such as eye and mouth and limb movement, which may be coordinated with verbalization in different scripts by commands retrieved at the computer and sent to the doll. In a preferred embodiment environments and applications are provided on CD-ROM disks which may also provide the operating application for the interactive doll system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 5608700
    Abstract: A remote controller is disclosed having recording and playback functions which enables repetitive operation in applications such as language study. The remote controller is used in combination with conventional audio recording and playback devices and imposes only a small economic burden on the user. The remote controller includes the following capabilities: recording external audio signals, playback of the signals, storing recordings in memory for future playback, and controlling the operation of an audio recording and playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventor: Takeshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 5513993
    Abstract: An educational training device in disclosed which includes a replica of a telephone including a telephone headset having an operational speaker and a telephone keypad having a plurality of numeric key buttons. A machine is associated with a telephone operatively connected to the speaker and a machine readable medium which embodies an 911 emergency program is provided. The 911 program contains a series of questions relating to a predetermined 911 emergency situation to be asked to a child or other person being trained by the device. A voice converter or synthesizer is operatively connected to the machine and receiver for converting the machine readable program into a voice output through the handset speaker so that the voice of a 911 operator is realistically reproduced to the child listening on the handset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Cathy R. Lindley
    Inventors: Cathy R. Lindley, Gerald R. Boss
  • Patent number: 5456606
    Abstract: A voice, familiar to a patient having a short-term memory loss problem, records comments, of the type that evoke responses, on a tape cassette followed by blank portions on the tape cassette to allow the patient to respond. The cassette is then played back for the patient over a personal cassette player through headphones to allow the patient to respond to the comments while the blank intervals are being played back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Inventor: Kevin M. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 5356287
    Abstract: A voice, familiar to a patient having a short-term memory loss problem, records comments, of the type that evoke responses, on a tape cassette followed by blank portions on the tape cassette to allow the patient to respond. The cassette is then played back for the patient over a personal cassette player through headphones to allow the patient to respond to the comments while the blank intervals are being played back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Kevin M. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 5087205
    Abstract: A commercial, two deck, stereo tape system, FIGS. 2 and 3, by means of the system control and switching logic module of FIG. 4 and the manual controls of FIG. 5, is adapted to provide an adjustable, interactive audio training system. A three position switch 503 permits an operator to select from three modes of system operation, namely, normal tape mode, master tape mode and training mode.When the system is in the normal tape mode, the switches of FIG. 3 are in full control. The system can be used exactly the same way as the original two deck stereo tape system.When the system is in the master tape mode, the system control and switching logic module of FIG. 4, in response to signals from manual controls of FIG. 5, permits an instructor to prepare "Master" tapes which may comprise: lecture material as a preamble to a training exercise; one or more series of "cues" to which a trainee is to respond; and discretely coded control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Inventor: Abraham Y. Chen
  • Patent number: 4914033
    Abstract: A composition of matter comprising a polypeptide of the formula:A-R.sub.1 -B-R.sub.2-22 -CwhereinA is the amino acid sequence 1-16 of human beta interferon;R.sub.1 is cysteine, serine or alanine;B is the amino acid sequence 18-31 of human beta interferon;R.sub.2-22 are naturally occurring amino acids;C is the amino acid sequence 53-166 of human beta interferon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: G. D. Searle & Co.
    Inventors: Leslie D. Bell, Paul G. Boseley, Alan G. Porter
  • Patent number: 4895519
    Abstract: Audio-frequency converter apparatus, in particular for treating subjects suffering from audio-phonatory disorders, the apparatus being suitable for generating, on the basis of an input audio frequency signal, a parametric signal for application via an electro-acoustic transducer to a person being treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: I. Beller
    Inventors: Isi Beller, Boris Fradin
  • Patent number: 4708657
    Abstract: Audio frequency converter apparatus, in particular for treating subjects suffering from audio-phonatory disorders, the apparatus being suitable for generating, on the basis of an input audio frequency signal, a parametric signal for application via an electro-acoustic transducer to a person being treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: I. Beller
    Inventors: Isi Beller, Boris Fradin
  • Patent number: 4380438
    Abstract: A foreign language study reproduction voice record system which allows automatic operation under control of a predetermined study procedure program. More specifically, the system is disclosed wherein there are provided a tape or tapes on which are recorded program signals indicative of study procedures, master study materials voice signals and identification signals indicative of blocks for pronunciation practice, the program signals are beforehand stored or loaded in a memory of a microcomputer prior to starting of master study, so that reproduction of the master study materials recording of student's pronunciation voice are automatically effected under control of the program, thereby allowing efficient and effective self-study of recorded foreign or native language instruction materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Assignee: Yugen Kaisha Batora Konsaruteingu
    Inventor: Ikuko Okamoto