Hands-free Or Loudspeaking Arrangement Patents (Class 455/569.1)
  • Patent number: 11343366
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to techniques of controlling a position of a microphone coupled to a headset. In an example implementation of present subject matter, the position of the microphone coupled to the headset is changed between a first position and a second position, depending upon a signal received by the headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Lim See, Szu-Yi Chai
  • Patent number: 11327709
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an electronic device comprises a connector and a communication circuit configured to receive a frequency modulation (FM) and/or a digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), wherein at least two ground pins for antenna signal reception among a plurality of ground pins included in the connector are set as pins positioned to contact at least one antenna pin included in a connector of an audio-purpose external electronic device based on the connector of the electronic device being connected with the connector of the audio-purpose external electronic device including an audio codec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chungik Lee, Wonpyo Park, Byongwoo Jeong, Jungmin Yang
  • Patent number: 11330405
    Abstract: A method of selecting a call connection device according to perception of surrounding conditions is disclosed. The method includes sensing an external electronic device paired with a user's portable device while waiting to receive a call, collecting first information on the paired external electronic device, recognizing at least one of first peripheral information recognizing surrounding conditions of the external electronic device and second peripheral information recognizing surrounding conditions of the portable device based on the collected first information, and learning the recognized first peripheral information or the recognized second peripheral information and recommending one of the portable device and the external electronic device suitable for surrounding conditions of the user based on a result of the learning to connect a call with the other party. Hence, the user can prevent the exposure of personal privacy by recommending the call connection device suitable for user's surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeong Heo, Beomoh Kim
  • Patent number: 11315564
    Abstract: A wireless device having an action mode that automatically repeats, at a fixed temporal interval, a sending action of sending a voice and a receiving action of receiving the voice includes a voice recorder configured to record the voice therein when the voice is input from a microphone during execution of the action mode, a sending controller configured to send the voice input in the sending action during the execution of the action mode, and a recording controller configured to control recording in the voice recorder, wherein the sending controller is further configured to send the voice recorded in the voice recorder when the voice is not input from the microphone in the sending action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventor: Masaomi Fukazawa
  • Patent number: 11284181
    Abstract: An electronic device for charging earphones includes a housing, a processor, a power supply, a wireless communication device, and a hardware storage device in data communication with the processor. The housing is configured to couple with the earphones. The power supply is in electrical communication with the processor and with an electrical contact to provide electrical communication with earphones. The wireless communication device is in data communication with the processor and configured to be in wireless data communication with the earphones. The hardware storage device is in data communication with the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kaitlyn Marley Schoeck, Ralf Groene, Panos Costa Panay, Young Soo Kim, Woo Ram Lee, Juha Eero Olavi Kuosmanen
  • Patent number: 11269417
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a proximity sensor, a communication interface that communicates with an indoor unit of an intercom, and a controller. When the communication interface acquires a signal indicating receipt of a call notification by the indoor unit of the intercom, the controller executes processing to control the indoor unit of the intercom based on a gesture detected by the proximity sensor. An electronic device includes a proximity sensor, a communication interface that communicates with an outdoor unit of an intercom, and a controller. When the communication interface acquires a call notification from the outdoor unit of the intercom, the controller executes processing to control the outdoor unit of the intercom based on a gesture detected by the proximity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueno, Shigeki Tanabe, Hideki Morita, Isao Masuike, Koutaro Yamauchi, Manabu Sakuma
  • Patent number: 11265632
    Abstract: This document describes a speaker-integration system and associated devices and systems. The speaker-integration system includes a speaker that is re-workably mounted, via an elastomeric gasket, to an intermediate structure that is mountable to an outer enclosure of an electronic device. The intermediate structure forms a cavity in which the speaker is sealed, effective to use the cavity as the speaker's back volume to contain acoustic waves without impacting other structures in the electronic device. The front of the speaker is sealed against the outer enclosure by a gasket that controls, based on its placement and geometry, axial and radial directions of the speaker relative to the intermediate structure to prevent the speaker from buzzing against surrounding rigid parts. The speaker has wires that exit the back volume via a detachable grommet, which controls positioning of the wires to prevent rub and buzz against surrounding parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Ngoc-Tran Au, Gordon Robert Dix, Luis Chau, William Raeming Dong, Laurie Man Sum Kwan
  • Patent number: 11233894
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided that includes a wireless communication device configured to connect with wireless external devices. The electronic device obtains information regarding the wireless external devices. Before and after a call connection event, it is determined whether each of the wireless external devices includes a microphone based on the information. In response to receiving the call connection event, when it is determined that only one of the wireless external devices includes a microphone, an audio input is obtained from the one of the wireless external devices that includes the microphone. In response to receiving the call connection event, when it is determined that at least two of the wireless external devices each include a respective microphone, an audio input is selectively obtained from a microphone of one of the at least two of the plurality of wireless external devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Sang-Kyu Park, Seung-Yup Lee, Jung-Ho Park, Soo-Ho Song
  • Patent number: 11212612
    Abstract: Multiple aspects of systems and methods for voice control and related features and functionality for various embodiments of media playback devices, networked microphone devices, microphone-equipped media playback devices, and speaker-equipped networked microphone devices are disclosed and described herein, including but not limited to designating and managing default networked devices, audio response playback, room-corrected voice detection, content mixing, music service selection, metadata exchange between networked playback systems and networked microphone systems, handling loss of pairing between networked devices, actions based on user identification, and other voice control of networked devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Lang, Mark Plagge, Simon Jarvis, Romi Kadri, Yean-Nian Willy Chen, Paul Andrew Bates, Luis Vega-Zayas, Chistopher Butts, Nicholas A. J. Millington, Keith Corbin
  • Patent number: 11166101
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a signal to wireless speakers. An audio stick connects to a source device and provides the audio signal to the wireless speakers. The audio stick combines the functionality of two separate devices: an audio receiver device and a transmitter device for the wireless speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: David Matthew Fischer, Sripal S. Mehta, Timothy James Eggerding
  • Patent number: 11145188
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to an apparatus, method and other techniques for detecting, by one or more sensor components, at least one sensor input, and executing, by logic, at least one instruction to cause an event on a wearable wireless device, the event comprising at least one of a change in a physical parameter on the wearable wireless device and a wireless communication with a computing device via a transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shah Saurin, Lakshman Krishnamurthy, Francis M. Tharappel, Saurabh Dadu, Brian K. Vogel, Swarnendu Kar, Michael R. Bynum, Prabhakar R. Datta
  • Patent number: 11140483
    Abstract: A mobile computing device includes a digital signal processor, a first speaker having a first sensitivity and a second speaker having a second sensitivity, where the second sensitivity is greater than the first sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Polleros, Vivek P. Nigam
  • Patent number: 11126973
    Abstract: Wireless-enabled kiosk systems and associated methods for recycling and performing other processes with mobile phones and other electronic devices are described herein. In various embodiments, the present technology includes systems and methods for wirelessly connecting a consumer-operated kiosk with an electronic device to facilitate processing (e.g., purchasing) the device. In some embodiments, the present technology includes using a wireless link to identify a device, evaluate a device, resolve device issues to enable purchase of the device, locate a device, etc. Various other aspects of the present technology are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ecoATM, LLC
    Inventors: John Silva, Jeffrey Ploetner, Mark Vincent Bowles, John Andrew Beane, Michael Librizzi, Randal Erman
  • Patent number: 11102564
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless sound device comprising: a housing having a sound hole formed on one side thereof; a sound output unit provided to the housing so as to output sound via the sound hole; a substrate provided to the housing so as to be positioned on the other side of the sound output unit; a battery provided to the housing so as to be positioned on the other side of the substrate, and comprising a pair of electrodes; a wireless communication unit provided to the substrate and carrying out wireless communication by supplying an RF signal; a pair of power terminals for connecting the pair of electrodes with the substrate so as to receive power from the battery; and a feed line connected to at least one of the pair of electrodes so as to supply the RF signal from the wireless communication unit to the at least one of the pair of electrodes, wherein the electrode connected to the feed line is an antenna for radiating the RF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Seungmin Woo
  • Patent number: 11038542
    Abstract: A technology is described for a bi-directional repeater having a switchable antenna port. The repeater can comprise a switchable common port, a switchable second-band port, and a switchable third-band port. The repeater can have a first-band amplification and filtering path coupled to the switchable common port via a first path of a first multiplexer. The repeater can have a second-band amplification and filtering path coupled to one of the switchable common port via a second path of the first multiplexer, a first path of a first radio frequency (RF) switch, and a first path of a second multiplexer. The repeater can have a third band amplification and filtering path coupled to the switchable common port via a first path of a second RF switch, the second path of the second multiplexer, the first path of the first RF switch, and the second path of the first diplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Wilson Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Robert Anderson, Christopher Ken Ashworth, Michael James Mouser
  • Patent number: 11026011
    Abstract: An earbud includes a housing that includes a driver assembly positioned within the housing forming a front volume in front of the driver and a back volume behind the driver. An acoustic insert is positioned behind the driver assembly and attached to an interior surface of the housing such that it forms a bass channel that is routed from the back volume to a vent in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arun D. Chawan, Kurt Stiehl, Benjamin A. Cousins, Jonathan S. Aase, Yacine Azmi, Paul Choiniere, Scott W. Slabaugh
  • Patent number: 11012941
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to dynamic baseband management for a wireless device. The wireless device may be an accessory device. The accessory device may determine whether it has a short-range wireless communication link with a companion device. The accessory device may determine one or more proximity metrics relating to the companion device. The accessory device may further determine one or more metrics associated with user settings, user activity and/or application activity at the wireless device. The wireless device may select a (e.g., full, limited, or off) baseband operating mode based on any or all of these considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ajoy K. Singh, Jared S. Grubb, Madhusudan Chaudhary, Saran Krishnaswamy, Jesus A. Gutierrez Gomez, Sirisha Pillalamarri, Samuel J. Miller, Rohan C. Malthankar, Sergey Sitnikov, Ziv Wolkowicki, Dimitrios Prodanos, Andreas E. Schobel, Christopher P. Saari, Keith W. Rauenbuehler, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Najeeb M. Abdulrahiman
  • Patent number: 10971130
    Abstract: A computing device, such as a headset, provides for selective sound level reduction or sound level amplification for sounds made in a local area. The computing device includes a speaker assembly and a controller. The controller receives an audio signal from a second computing device, such as a second headset, via a wireless connection with the computing device. The audio signal describes a sound made by a user of the second computing device. The audio signal arrives at the computing device prior to the sound. The controller determines an audio filter to selectively adjust an amplitude of the sound and applies the audio filter to the audio signal to generate audio content. The controller presents, via the speaker assembly, the audio content to a user such that the presented audio content combines with the sound to selectively adjust the amplitude of the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sebastià Vicenç Amengual Gari, Philip Robinson, Jacob Ryan Donley
  • Patent number: 10950238
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a Bluetooth speaker base, a method and a system for controlling a Bluetooth speaker base. The method includes: acquiring voice data, and determining whether the voice data includes a wake-up word, when positions of the Bluetooth speaker base and a Bluetooth speaker satisfy a preset condition; controlling the Bluetooth speaker base to enter a wake-up recognition state, and compressing the voice data based on a compression ratio, when the voice data includes the wake word; and sending the voice data compressed to a mobile terminal through a first profile, to cause the mobile terminal to decompress the voice data received, send the voice data decompressed to a server for voice recognition to obtain audio data, and send the audio data to the Bluetooth speaker for playback through a second profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xujie Zhu, Jingran Li, Chao Tian, Shoukuan Wang, Lili Wang, Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10893353
    Abstract: An earpiece includes an earpiece housing, a processor disposed within the earpiece, a speaker operatively connected to the processor, a microphone operatively connected the processor, and a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver disposed within the earpiece. A system may include a first earpiece having a connector with earpiece charging contacts, a charging case for the first earpiece, the charging case having contacts for connecting with the earpiece charging contacts, and a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver disposed within the charging case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Darko Dragicevic, Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10863278
    Abstract: A Bluetooth headset combined with antenna and touch sensor, which integrates a sensing touch member inside a button of the Bluetooth headset with a Bluetooth antenna. The antenna element with touch function increases the density of the earphone component, in addition to the waterproof improvement, and the Bluetooth antenna is set near the external position of the Bluetooth headset, which makes the audio signal transmission effect clearer. Further, a first touch matching circuit, a second touch matching circuit and a changeover switch are electrically connected between the antenna element and the touch sensing module. When the signal of the antenna element is blocked, the changeover switch automatically switches between the first touch matching circuit and the second touch matching circuit to perform frequency adjustment and selects the better signal of the first or second touch matching circuit to do a circuit matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Holy Stone Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiu-Lin Chiang, Chang-Ching Lin, Chih-Chung Lin
  • Patent number: 10857399
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents a patient respiratory mask that is configured to pick up patient speech from within the patient respiratory mask utilizing a microphone and to transmit that speech to a speaker or other communications device and a method of patient communication utilizing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lucca Ventures, Inc.
    Inventor: Lucca Riccio
  • Patent number: 10848968
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adaptive beacon cigarette lighter plug device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: OWIN INC.
    Inventors: Sung-Chul Shin, Do-Kuen Jung, Jae-Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10827277
    Abstract: A thin loudspeaker device includes a housing, a battery, and a loudspeaker module. The battery and the loudspeaker module are located in the housing. The loudspeaker module includes an inner shell, two loudspeaker units, and a block wall. The two loudspeaker units are located in the inner shell. The two loudspeaker units are electrically connected to the battery. The block wall is located between the two loudspeaker units. The inner shell and the block wall jointly form two chambers and a channel. The channel is communicated with the two chambers. The two loudspeaker units are respectively located in the two chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: LUXSHARE-ICT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: You-Yu Lin, Chun-Yuan Chen, Che-Yi Hsiao, Hui-Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 10778827
    Abstract: A wireless signal transceiving system includes includes a first wireless signal transceiver device and a second wireless signal transceiver device. The first wireless signal transceiver device and the second wireless signal transceiver device are configured to establish an assimilation link to become a pseudo single device through an assimilation process, and to establish a wireless link between the pseudo single device with an electronic device. After the pseudo single device receives a first packet wirelessly transmitted by the electronic device, the pseudo single device transmits an second packet to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GEAR RADIO ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: I-Feng Su
  • Patent number: 10771873
    Abstract: An audio device with charging contacts on a printed circuit board (PCB) is described herein. In some implementations, the charging contacts are on a surface of the PCB that is a bottom external surface of the audio device, thereby eliminating the need for a custom connector block. Thus, cost and height savings can be realized. In some implementations, the charging contacts are designed to enable 360 degree docking ability with a charging dock. This can be achieved using one or more ring-shaped charging contacts that make physical contact with spring-loaded pins on the charging dock in any relative axial alignment. In some implementations, the audio device includes a mating feature configured to mate with a mating feature of the charging dock to help ensure a proper charging connection is made and to help physically center the audio device relative to the charging dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Jason R. Pupecki, David Kaphammer, Colin Taylor Mosgrove
  • Patent number: 10769514
    Abstract: A sound monitoring system includes an identification card holder and a central processing and monitoring system in wireless communication with the identification card holder. The identification card holder is wearable on a body of a user, and includes a microphone for receiving sound and a visual sound indicator for displaying a noise level of the sound received through the microphone. The central processing and monitoring system processes sound data received from the identification card holder and transmits the processed sound data back to the identification card holder for display of the noise level represented by the processed sound data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Paul Wright
  • Patent number: 10764536
    Abstract: A system in a vehicle comprising one or more sensors configured to obtain cognitive-load data indicating a cognitive load of an occupant of the vehicle, a controller in communication with the one or more sensors, wherein the controller is configured to determine a cognitive load of the occupant utilizing at least the cognitive-load data in response to an initiation of a video conference session, and output on a vehicle display a first user interface in connection with the video conference session when the cognitive load exceeds a threshold and a second user interface in connection with the video conference session when the cognitive load is below a threshold, wherein the second user interface includes video of the video conference session and the first user interface excludes video of the video conference session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Zhang, Bilal Alasry, Te-Ping Kang, Vikas Upmanue, Jordan Necovski, Sean Bleicher, Doua Vang, Eleanor Duke, Nicholaus Spunar
  • Patent number: 10764679
    Abstract: Multiple aspects of systems and methods for voice control and related features and functionality for various embodiments of media playback devices, networked microphone devices, microphone-equipped media playback devices, and speaker-equipped networked microphone devices are disclosed and described herein, including but not limited to designating and managing default networked devices, audio response playback, room-corrected voice detection, content mixing, music service selection, metadata exchange between networked playback systems and networked microphone systems, handling loss of pairing between networked devices, actions based on user identification, and other voice control of networked devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Lang, Mark Plagge, Simon Jarvis, Romi Kadri, Yean-Nian Willy Chen, Paul Andrew Bates, Luis Vega-Zayas, Christopher Butts, Nicholas A. J. Millington, Keith Corbin
  • Patent number: 10725561
    Abstract: A display system includes a head-mounted display device and an input device for operating the head-mounted display device. In this display system, the input device is mounted on an arm or a leg of a user and has a movement detection unit which detects a movement in a circumferential direction of the arm or the leg where the input device is mounted. The head-mounted display device displays an operation screen where an operation is accepted, and switches the operation on the operation screen according to the movement detected by the movement detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Hiroi
  • Patent number: 10708688
    Abstract: A conferencing microphone system includes a conference microphone having a central housing member and a plurality of appendage housing members. Each of the plurality of appendage housing members includes a microphone housed therein, and each of the microphones includes a USB output connected to a USB Hub contained within the central housing member. The USB Hub includes a first USB input/output and a second USB input/output coupled thereto in a manner allowing connection of a plurality of conference microphones together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Marshall Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Marshall Shultz, Alex Sukharev
  • Patent number: 10701468
    Abstract: A miniaturized mounting assembly for the acoustic elements in an electronic device includes a housing and a functional box having function elements therein. The functional box is fastened in the housing. A chamber is defined on the housing. An elastic member is fixed on an inner end of the chamber. One end of the functional box abuts against the elastic member, and the other end of the functional box abuts against another end of the chamber away from the elastic member, thereby integrally fixing the functional box in the chamber. An electronic device having the mounting assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (ZHENGZHOU) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bo-Duo Yuan
  • Patent number: 10694286
    Abstract: A wearable device for detecting a user state is disclosed. The wearable device includes one or more of an accelerometer for measuring an acceleration of a user, a magnetometer for measuring a magnetic field associated with the user's change of orientation, and a gyroscope. The wearable device also includes one or more microphones for receiving audio. The wearable device may determine whether the orientation of the wearable device has changed and may designate or re-designate microphones as primary or secondary microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Control LLC
    Inventor: Ram David Adva Fish
  • Patent number: 10645738
    Abstract: The concepts and technologies disclosed herein provide a vehicle system that can prompt a user to select a BLUETOOTH pairing type—normal or temporary. In response to receiving selection of a temporary BLUETOOTH pairing type, the vehicle system can prompt the user to select a trigger for terminating a temporary pairing period during which the user device and the vehicle system are to be temporarily paired, and the vehicle system can receive selection of the trigger. The user device and the vehicle system can be paired. The vehicle system can receive data associated with the user and can store the data in a vehicle memory. The vehicle system can monitor for activation of the trigger. In response to the trigger being activated, the vehicle system can terminate the temporary pairing period thereby unpairing the user device and the vehicle system and can delete the data from the vehicle memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kim Withers, Joseph Harten
  • Patent number: 10625307
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GUI Global Products, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10608327
    Abstract: An antenna structure requiring less installation space but providing 2G-5G wireless capabilities includes a first antenna, a second antenna, and a ferrite beads module. The ferrite beads module connects between the first antenna and the second antenna. When the antenna structure operates at a first radiation frequency band, a connection between first antenna and second antenna is open, thus the second antenna operates independently. For a second radiation frequency band, the first antenna and the second antenna are shorted out and cooperatively transmit and receive wireless signals, frequencies of the first radiation frequency band being greater than frequencies of the second radiation frequency band. A wireless communication device employing the antenna structure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chao-Wei Ho
  • Patent number: 10589320
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10583464
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10580214
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides in some embodiments an imaging device and an imaging method for an AR apparatus. The imaging method includes steps of: achieving, by the AR apparatus, to be in communication with a terminal device; receiving, by the AR apparatus, image data from the terminal device; and displaying, by the AR apparatus, the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xitong Ma, Naifu Wu, Dianmeng Li, Rui Sun
  • Patent number: 10582351
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller that is configured to establish a first and second cellular connection, transfer vehicle diagnostic data over the first cellular connection, and transfer entertainment data over the second cellular connection. The first cellular connection may be according to a first cellular standard based on a vehicle Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) profile, and the second cellular connection may be according to a second cellular standard, different than the first, based on a personal SIM profile received from a cellular device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gopichandra Surnilla, Karuna Devi Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10562077
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10542342
    Abstract: A headset includes an ear level module including a speaker and a receiver which drives the speaker. A cord configured to carry control signals and audio signals for the receiver is connected to the headset. An illumination source is disposed along a segment of the cord spanning a range selected to be visible to the wearer and persons near the wearer. The cord includes a plurality of wires configured to carry audio signals and control signals, and one or more wires connected to the illumination source configured to carry light control signals from a controller. The controller includes circuitry responsive to control signals transmitted on the cord to provide light control signals to cause the illumination source to produce status semaphores indicating status of use of the headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Conrad Betita
  • Patent number: 10524037
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for determining when to wirelessly communicatively couple together a pair of untethered wireless audio output devices and for determining when to erase a connection history stored on one or both of the wireless audio output devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Watson, David John Shaw, Ganesha Adkasthala Ganapathi Batta, Chandrahas Aralaguppe Chandramohan, Gregory Robert Burns, Benjamin Huth Byer
  • Patent number: 10499146
    Abstract: Multiple aspects of systems and methods for voice control and related features and functionality for various embodiments of media playback devices, networked microphone devices, microphone-equipped media playback devices, and speaker-equipped networked microphone devices are disclosed and described herein, including but not limited to designating and managing default networked devices, audio response playback, room-corrected voice detection, content mixing, music service selection, metadata exchange between networked playback systems and networked microphone systems, handling loss of pairing between networked devices, actions based on user identification, and other voice control of networked devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Lang, Mark Plagge, Simon Jarvis, Romi Kadri, Yean-Nian Willy Chen, Paul Andrew Bates, Luis Vega-Zayas, Christopher Butts, Nicholas A. J. Millington, Keith Corbin
  • Patent number: 10493496
    Abstract: A lens and/or a view screen of an electronic device having at least one case can be cleaned by wiping the view screen with a cleaning component wherein the cleaning component is configured to selectively couple to the at least one case or some other substrate using a magnetic attractive force. The cleaning devices may have secondary applications such as securing fly fishing lures, activating or deactivating a device having a magnetic switch, or preventing sunglasses from sinking. They may also be manufactured without a cleaning component for use with the secondary applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10484524
    Abstract: A method for switching working modes of a headphone, and a headphone are disclosed. The method includes: receiving, via a sound channel of the headphone, a signal sent by a smart terminal; processing the signal; and when a command indicative of switching the working modes of the headphone is obtained after the signal is processed, controlling, a switch module of a microphone channel to switch the working modes according to the command such that the headphone is switchable between a call mode and an application data transmission mode. The working modes of the headphone may be automatically switched, and thus user experience may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Saiwen Lu, Hexing Liu, Lei Zhao
  • Patent number: 10432766
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a loudspeaker, a loudspeaker device and a mobile terminal. The loudspeaker includes: a frame having an outer circumferential side wall, an inner circumferential side wall arranged opposite to the outer circumferential side wall, and an acoustic output hole penetrating the outer circumferential side wall and the inner circumferential side wall; a diaphragm having a periphery connected with the frame along a circumferential direction; and a drive assembly comprising a first driving member fixed to the diaphragm and a second driving member fixed to the frame, the first driving member being vibratory relative to the second driving member to drive the diaphragm to vibrate, thereby emitting a sound wave and making the sound wave pass through the acoustic output hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Bixiang Yan
  • Patent number: 10368168
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for sonically customizing an audio reproduction device. The system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions that when executed cause the system to determine an application environment associated with an audio reproduction device associated with a user; determine one or more sound profiles based on the application environment; provide the one or more sound profiles to the user; receive a selection of a first sound profile from the one or more sound profiles; and generate tuning data based on the first sound profile, the tuning data configured to sonically customize the audio reproduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Oishi, Rex Price, Samuel Paschel, Matthew Windt, Thomas Bishop
  • Patent number: 10356503
    Abstract: A storage and charging capsule for a pair of wireless earbuds is presented. The storage and charging capsule has a base part, an elongate intermediate part, the intermediate part having a longitudinal major axis, and a cover part being retractable over the intermediate part. The intermediate part has a first end attached to the base part, a second end, and an earbud chamber formed between the first and second ends. The earbud chamber is adapted to receive the pair of wireless earbuds arranged one after another along the longitudinal major axis of the intermediate part. The capsule further has a power source for charging the pair of wireless earbuds when placed in the earbud chamber in the intermediate part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Earin AB
    Inventors: Olle Lindén, Kiril Trajkovski, Per Sennström, Carl Ståhl, Markus Millfjord, Henrik Hovmøller
  • Patent number: 10332556
    Abstract: A method for voice recording and an electronic device thereof are provided. The method includes determining a voice recording mode from among a plurality of voice recording modes, determining a voice beamforming direction according to the determined voice recording mode, and recording voice signals based on the determined voice beamforming direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-Hyun Moon, Eung-Ha Kim, Tai-Hyung Kim