Hands-free Or Loudspeaking Arrangement Patents (Class 455/569.1)
  • Patent number: 10313857
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor network, Machine Type Communication (MTC), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, and technology for Internet of Things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. The present disclosure relates to control a client device using a server device based on context data indicating a circumstance of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun-sun Baek, Yong-tae Kim
  • Patent number: 10292194
    Abstract: A voice I/O apparatus comprises a voice input unit that acquires uttered voice; a connection control unit that controls connection between the voice I/O apparatus and a control apparatus that generates a response to the voice; and an interaction control unit that transmits the acquired voice to the control apparatus, receives the response to the voice, and outputs the response, wherein the connection control unit establishes, between the voice I/O apparatus and the control apparatus, connection of a voice channel over which the voice is transmitted and connection of a data channel over which data other than the voice is transmitted, and terminates the data channel in a case where the connection of the voice channel is not completed within a given time period from the establishment of the connection of the data channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hayato Sakamoto, Atsushi Ikeno, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Yuta Yamamoto, Toshifumi Nishijima, Satoru Sasaki, Hiromi Tonegawa, Norihide Umeyama
  • Patent number: 10290309
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a computer-implemented method that includes receiving, at a first acoustic device, a representation of an audio signal, and amplifying the representation of the audio signal by a first gain factor to generate an amplified input signal. The method also includes processing the amplified input signal by an audio codec that includes one or more processors to generate a processed signal that represents a portion of the audio signal to be output by a second acoustic device. The processed signal includes noise originating at the audio codec. The method further includes transmitting the processed signal to the second acoustic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Alaganandan Ganeshkumar
  • Patent number: 10276207
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wirelessly recording multi-track audio files. In some aspects, each performer is equipped with a local audio device capable of locally recording the respective performer's audio while also transmitting it to a master recorder. Functions of the local audio device may be adjusted remotely. The locally recorded audio may be used to repair or replace any audio lost or corrupted during transmission to the master recorder. Such repair or replacement may be performed electronically or via playback of the locally recorded audio. In other aspects, a master recorder is not required since all locally recorded audio may be combined or otherwise processed post-recording. Locally recorded audio may include identifiers to aid in post-recording identification of such audio. A multi-memory unit is provided to facilitate manipulation and processing of audio files. A method for automatically adjusting local audio device power mode based upon recorder status is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Zaxcom, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Norman Sanders, Howard Glenn Stark
  • Patent number: 10277995
    Abstract: A bone-conduction hearing aid device is provided. The bone-conduction hearing aid device is suitable for being attached to a body surface and includes a substrate, an input transducer, an amplifier, and a bone-conduction speaker. The substrate is composed of a plurality of stacking layers stacked on top of one another. A material of the substrate includes cellulose nanofiber. The substrate is formed by 3D printing technique so that a contact surface of the substrate is tightly attached with the body surface. The input transducer is disposed on the substrate and configured to receive a sound signal and convert the sound signal into an electric signal. The amplifier is disposed on the substrate and coupled to the input transducer to amplify the electric signal into an amplified electric signal. The bone-conduction speaker is disposed on the substrate and coupled to the amplifier to convert the amplified electric signal into a vibration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Winbond Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Ming-Hung Hsieh, Yu-Hsuan Ho, Ming-Chih Tsai, Yen-Jui Chu
  • Patent number: 10272474
    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 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GUI Global Products, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10259020
    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 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GUI Global Products, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10259021
    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 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GUI GLOBAL PRODUCTS, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10259019
    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 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GUI Global Products, LTD.
    Inventors: Walter G. Mayfield, Daniel Martin Valdez
  • Patent number: 10251030
    Abstract: A portable radio system including dual programmable push-to-talk (PTT) switches is disclosed. One embodiment includes the PTT switches positioned so as to permit ambidextrous operation of the portable radio. Another embodiment allows a user to program the PTT switches to execute different functional tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Datron World Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Irwin H. Morse, Zbigniew Cyganik, Arthur L. Reynolds, III, J. Andrew Moulds, Benjamin L. LaBelle, Matthew R. Fallows
  • Patent number: 10231045
    Abstract: In order to achieve the above-mentioned object or another objective, a portable acoustic device according to one aspect of the present invention comprises: a man body housing having an opening at a first surface thereof; an acoustic output unit provided inside the main body housing; an ear housing having a first end portion connected to the opening at the first surface of the main body housing, and having an acoustic hole formed at a second end portion; and a rotating module for rotating the ear housing relative to the main body housing, wherein the portable acoustic device can be carried by being inserted into the ear of a user, can be worn in either the left ear or the right, and increases wearing sensation by being wearable since the angle thereof is changed to be suitable for the ears of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minjong Lee, Woojung Jung
  • Patent number: 10217486
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wirelessly recording multi-track audio files. In some aspects, each performer is equipped with a local audio device capable of locally recording the respective performer's audio while also transmitting it to a master recorder. Functions of the local audio device may be adjusted remotely. The locally recorded audio may be used to repair or replace any audio lost or corrupted during transmission to the master recorder. Such repair or replacement may be performed electronically or via playback of the locally recorded audio. In other aspects, a master recorder is not required since all locally recorded audio may be combined or otherwise processed post-recording. Locally recorded audio may include identifiers to aid in post-recording identification of such audio. A multi-memory unit is provided to facilitate manipulation and processing of audio files. A method for automatically adjusting local audio device power mode based upon recorder status is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Zaxcom, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Norman Sanders, Howard Glenn Stark
  • Patent number: 10185429
    Abstract: A wearable device according to one embodiment of the present invention includes a memory, a display module, a touch recognition module, a communication module configured to perform a communication link with a mobile device and a controller configured to control the memory, the display module, the touch recognition module and the communication module. In this case, the controller is configured to receive a data indicating a call mode of the mobile device from the mobile device, configured to firstly sense a predetermined gesture, configured to secondly sense a location change of at least one of the wearable device and the mobile device, configured to switch a mode of the wearable device into a call mode and transmit a command for making the mobile device enter a different specific mode instead of the call mode to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yoonchan Won, Jonghwan Kim, Hyungtae Jang, Jiyoung Hong, Jinhae Choi
  • Patent number: 10178457
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) includes a housing defining an enclosure having an aperture. A is speaker positioned within the enclosure, the speaker having a back side facing an interior surface of the housing and a front side facing away from the interior surface of the housing, a back volume defined between at least a portion of the housing and the back side of the speaker for enhancing sound generated by the speaker. A sound conduit having an end open to the enclosure and extends outside the housing through the aperture. The sound conduit has another end open toward a rear direction to transmit the sound generated by the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Tao, Clare Regimbal Long
  • Patent number: 10175767
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a method for providing a user interface. The method includes when an input event occurs, acquiring information on postures or motions of a first device and a second device associated with the input event in a preset time interval including the time of occurrence of the input event, and determining a command to be carried out in response to the input event with reference to a relative relationship between the posture or motion of the first device and that of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUTUREPLAY INC.
    Inventor: Sung Jae Hwang
  • Patent number: 10169620
    Abstract: A method of interacting with an electronic device while the display screen is deactivated and the electronic device is possibly locked is described. In one embodiment, the electronic devices generate a notification regarding a new event and/or device state using a notification element in response to receiving a predetermined key input from the hardware keyboard while the electronic device is in the locked state and while the display screen is deactivated, wherein the notification is generated while the display screen remains deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Dapeng Gao, Brian Alexander Oliver
  • Patent number: 10162593
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention can facilitate a smooth listening experience, during which a user can enjoy continuous music play despite moving between settings or using a device with restricted playing capabilities. While a first player device is playing songs from an audio collection, one or more other devices can be evaluated to determine whether one should take over the play. This determination can be made by comparatively evaluating properties of the other devices, such as their power source, battery charge (if applicable), network connection, access to a song, and/or device type. When a determination is made to transfer the play between devices, a message can be sent to the new player device that indicates when to begin play and which song to play. The first player device can cease playing substantially at the same time that the new player device begins play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Dvortsov, David J. Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 10148241
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an adaptive audio interface. In an illustrative, non-limiting embodiment, an Information Handling System (IHS) may include a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory including program instructions stored thereon that, upon execution by the processor, cause the IHS to: classify an audio environment; adjust an audio output gain setting based upon the classification; as a user changes position with respect to the IHS, monitor a distance between the user and the IHS; and modify the adjusted audio output gain setting based upon the monitoring, such that the modification causes a constant sound pressure level to be maintained at the user's position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Doug Jarrett Peeler, Ray Vivian Kacelenga, Nitin B. Gupte
  • Patent number: 10149029
    Abstract: Disclosed is a loudspeaker module applied inside a terminal, wherein, the terminal comprises a terminal housing, and the loudspeaker module is fixed inside the terminal. The loudspeaker module comprises a loudspeaker unit and a module housing for accommodating and fixing the loudspeaker unit. A closed space formed by the loudspeaker unit, an outer wall of the module housing, and the terminal housing is a rear sound cavity. By means of the loudspeaker module provided in the present invention, the usable space inside the terminal can be converted into the rear sound cavity, so that the space of the rear sound cavity is enlarged, and the acoustic performance of the loudspeaker module can be effectively improved. Therefore, the present invention makes full use of the inside space of the terminal to realize the thinning of the loudspeaker module without changing the inside space of the terminal, and achieves good acoustic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Wei Jia, Hua Shi
  • Patent number: 10135411
    Abstract: In a communications system for an individual who has access to a vehicle-mounted two-way radio and a portable two-way radio which includes a speakermic having a speaker through which audible messages are transmitted for the individual to hear, there is provided a volume control arrangement associated with the speakermic through which the audio volume of the speakermic speaker can be adjusted. The system also includes a transmitter for transmitting a signal to the volume control arrangement that the individual is seated in the vehicle, and further includes a transmitter for transmitting a signal to the volume control arrangement that the mobile radio is energized. A receiver is associated with the volume control arrangement of the speakermic so that upon receipt of the signals transmitted from the two transmitters, the audio volume of the speaker of the speakermic is automatically lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Michael D. Dieringer
  • Patent number: 10123104
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a device body and a wireless earphone. A back of the device body has an accommodating recess. The device body includes a first processing unit, a first wireless communication unit and a first electrical connector. The first electrical connector is disposed in the accommodating recess. The wireless earphone includes a second processing unit, a second wireless communication unit and a second electrical connector. The wireless earphone is configured to be detachably accommodated in the accommodating recess of the device body. When the wireless earphone is detached from the accommodating recess, the first electrical connector and the second electrical connector are separated from each other, the first processing unit switches on the first wireless communication unit, and the second processing unit switches on the second wireless communication unit, such that the first wireless communication unit and the second wireless communication unit are paired with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Xiaoling Shao
  • Patent number: 10114411
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a watch-type electronic device and a manufacturing method therefor, the electronic device comprising: a main body including a display unit; a frame provided to the main body and having an upper surface, a lower surface formed to face the upper surface, and side surfaces formed so as to cover the upper surface and the lower surface; and a touch sensor formed on the frame, wherein the upper surface comprises: a planar part formed to be parallel to the lower surface; and a curved part formed so as to be inclined toward the end of the lower surface from an end portion of the planar part, the touch sensor is formed on the curved part so as to be spaced apart from the display unit, the display unit is placed on the planar part, the frame includes a laser direct structuring (LDS) material, and the touch sensor is formed of a metal thin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Junghoon Hwang, Kyoungtae Kim, Seungyong Shin, Kuangjun An, Junhyuk Choi, Jaechan Kim, Taehyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10084554
    Abstract: System and method for controlling test flow of a radio frequency (RF) signal transceiver device under test (DUT) by inducing an interrupt via an internal signal interface or an external signal interface (with one example of the latter being a baseband signal interface for conveying audio signals). With exemplary embodiments, one or more DUT control signals are provided to or otherwise initiated within the DUT by inducing an interrupt, including inducement via use of the signal interface. With further exemplary embodiments, one or more test control signals are also provided to RF circuitry that responds by transmitting one or more RF receive signals for the DUT and receives from the DUT one or more RF transmit signals related to the one or more DUT control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: LITEPOINT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christian Volf Olgaard, Ruizu Wang, Guang Shi
  • Patent number: 10079845
    Abstract: Providing security to a device includes detecting, in a first device, a first function call, determining whether the first function call is forbidden for the first device, and in response to determining that the particular function is forbidden for the first device, preventing the function call from executing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: MCAFEE, LLC
    Inventors: Sean T. Tiernan, Simon Hunt
  • Patent number: 10075803
    Abstract: Provided is a speaker device, which includes speaker units having different diameters and sound emission directions, and which is capable of suppressing variations in sound quality at a listening position, which are caused by changing an orientation in which the speaker device is installed. A speaker device has first and second speaker units, which have different diameters and sound emission directions, mounted thereto. A controller is configured to control, depending on the orientation in which the device is installed, an equalizer correction unit to correct frequency characteristics of acoustic signals input to the first and second speaker units so that sound quality is not varied at the listening position depending on the difference in diameter and sound emission direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Katayama
  • Patent number: 10070228
    Abstract: A bending loudspeaker and an electronic wearing product using same. The bending loudspeaker comprises a vibrating system, a magnetic circuit system and a shell (1), wherein the vibrating system comprises a vibrating diaphragm (2) having a bending shape and a voice coil (3) having a bending shape which is in matched combination with the vibrating diaphragm; the magnetic circuit system comprises a washer, a magnet and a speaker frame (8) having a bending shape from top to bottom, wherein the washer comprises a central washer (4) having a bending shape and side washers (5) having a bending shape which are arranged at two sides of the central washer (4) having a bending shape, and the magnets comprises a central magnet (6) having a bending shape and side magnetic (7) having a bending shape which are arranged at two sides of the central magnet (6) having a bending shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Jingwei Wang, Ling Wan
  • Patent number: 10030989
    Abstract: In a vehicle, positional information of the vehicle and status determination information are serially acquired. Each time a user speaks a speech, speech data is acquired. A storage section stores the acquired speech data, and the positional information and status determination information acquired when the speech data is acquired, in association in a memory, as stored speech data, stored positional information, and stored status determination information. For each stored speech data in the memory, a determination is made whether a first status indicated by the stored positional information and stored status determination information associated with the stored speech data is similar to a second status indicated by the positional information and status determination information newly acquired at a current time. A reporting processor reports, to a driver, information based on the stored speech data when the determination is affirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Matsui, Takahira Kato, Takamitsu Suzuki, Yuko Nakamura, Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10013864
    Abstract: With the Internet of Things, many devices and/or objects may be connected to each other using any number of wired or wireless technologies. A user may forget a that may be relevant to an upcoming event. The user may benefit from a mechanism that notifies the user when an event is upcoming in which a specific device or object may be germane but is not proximate to the user. Accordingly, an apparatus may identify a set of device types associated with an upcoming event. The apparatus may determine a device type of the set of device types is disconnected from the apparatus. The apparatus may select a device from a set of devices associated with the at least one device type based on a subset of a set of parameters. The apparatus may provide an indication of the selected device associated with the at least one device type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Akash Kumar, Ankita, Ashutosh Giri
  • Patent number: 10013999
    Abstract: An example implementation may involve driving an audio output module of a wearable device with a first audio signal and then receiving, via at least one microphone of wearable device, a second audio signal comprising first ambient noise. The device may determine that the first ambient noise is indicative of user speech and responsively duck the first audio signal. While the first audio signal is ducked, the device may detect, in a subsequent portion of the second audio signal, second ambient noise, and determine that the second ambient noise is indicative of ambient speech. Responsive to the determination that the second ambient noise is indicative of ambient speech, the device may continue the ducking of the first audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Simon Robert Prakash, Michael Kai Morishita, Shijing Xian, Chad Seguin
  • Patent number: 9998642
    Abstract: The technology disclosed here maximizes the size of the display area associated with the mobile device by various camera placement. In one embodiment, the camera is placed inside the mobile device, and can pop outside the mobile device when the camera is activated. When the camera is inactive the camera retracts inside the mobile device, and becomes unnoticeable to the user. In another embodiment, the camera is integrated into the mobile device display as a camera icon. The integrated camera serves two purposes: to record pictures, and to act as a camera icon, that when selected activates the camera. By removing the camera from the front side of the mobile device, or by integrating the camera into the display screen of the mobile device, the size of the mobile device display screen can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 9988012
    Abstract: A seat belt system including a seat belt secured for movement over a D-ring wherein the D-ring includes a magnet and the seat belt includes a plurality of magnetized metal filaments. As the seat belt travels through the D-ring the magnet attracts the plurality of metal filaments and counteracts at least a portion of the normal force of the webbing on the D-ring provided by gravity. The shape or configuration of the magnet may also increase the arc length or radial travel distance about the D-ring to reduce bunching and correspondingly the force necessary to wind and unwind the seat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Board, Srinivasan Sundarajan, Edward Joseph DeSmet
  • Patent number: 9973607
    Abstract: A headset adapter and a headset system for voice communication comprising a headset and a headset adapter as well as a method of enabling microphone transmission to a host device are provided. The headset comprises at least one earphone having a headset speaker, a headset microphone and a headset transceiver, the headset adapter being configured to interconnect the headset and a host device, the headset adapter comprising an adapter processor, a host interface, such as a host interface interconnecting the adapter processor and the host device, an adapter transceiver configured to establish a wireless communication link with the headset. The adapter furthermore comprises a controller configured to enable and disable the headset microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GN AUDIO A/S
    Inventor: Erling Skjoldborg
  • Patent number: 9974046
    Abstract: A device may broadcast an indication of an activity level of the device. The device may also receive a notification of an incoming message and receive at least one broadcast from at least one additional device also receiving the notification of the incoming message including an indication of at least one activity level of the at least one additional device. The device may compare its own activity level with the received at least one activity level. In response to determining that the activity level of the device is equal to or greater than a highest received at least one activity level, the device may display the notification of the incoming message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, James B. Cary, Marc J. Krochmal, Matthew E. Shepherd, Neil G. Crane
  • Patent number: 9961435
    Abstract: A set of earphones or other wearable or portable audio equipment may be configured to play relevant sound signals from a speaker provided within a cavity mounted about an ear of a user. The earphones may include one or more microphones for capturing acoustic energy within a vicinity of the earphones, or may be in communication with one or more external microphones. Where one or more of the microphones captures acoustic energy that includes a plurality of sound signals, the signals may be processed to identify one of the signals that is relevant to the user. The relevant signal may be reconstructed and amplified from the speaker, and all other signals may be ignored or attenuated. The signals may be further processed to determine any additional information regarding sources of the signals, including whether such signals are within a vicinity of the user, or may pose a risk to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dushyant Goyal, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 9961423
    Abstract: Disclosed is a loudspeaker module applied inside a terminal, wherein, the terminal comprises a terminal housing, and the loudspeaker module is fixed inside the terminal. The loudspeaker module comprises a loudspeaker unit and a module housing for accommodating and fixing the loudspeaker unit. A closed space formed by the loudspeaker unit, an outer wall of the module housing, and the terminal housing is a rear sound cavity. By means of the loudspeaker module provided in the present invention, the usable space inside the terminal can be converted into the rear sound cavity, so that the space of the rear sound cavity is enlarged, and the acoustic performance of the loudspeaker module can be effectively improved. Therefore, the present invention makes full use of the inside space of the terminal to realize the thinning of the loudspeaker module without changing the inside space of the terminal, and achieves good acoustic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Wei Jia, Hua Shi
  • Patent number: 9933920
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for enabling a user to control multiple media playback systems with a single mobile device. The mobile device may connect with a first or second media playback system based on receiving a first or second household identifier (HHID), respectively. If the mobile device receives both the first and second HHIDs, the mobile device may connect with either the first or second media playback system based on a priority of the two systems. If neither the first nor second HHIDs are received by the mobile device, a user may be prompted to add a third media playback system if the mobile device receives a third HHID. The user interface of the mobile device may receive an input to connect the mobile device to the third media playback system, and a connection may be established between the mobile device and the third media playback system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Bates, Joni Rafalski Hoadley, Lee Keyser-Allen
  • Patent number: 9933985
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented to facilitate the handoff of presentation of content between a head mounted display (HMD) and another presentation device, such as a television. For example, based upon separate events, video and audio being presented to a user via a presentation device may be handed off to an HMD that the user is wearing for continued presentation. In response to a first reference event occurring, the HMD may initiate continued presentation of the video content that was being viewed by the user on the presentation device. At a later time, in response to a second reference event, the HMD may initiate continued presentation of the audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Babak Forutanpour, Daniel S. Baker, Jose R. Menendez, William E. Kimberly, Shriram Ganesh, Ramachandran Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 9924297
    Abstract: A Bluetooth system is comprised of a Bluetooth device and multiple network devices connectable to the Bluetooth device. This Bluetooth device can selectively switch connection pairings with devices in the network based on some triggering event. The switching function automatically occurs between the Bluetooth and network devices without any user intervention. This pairing enables seamless collaboration between devices owned by an owner based on the power settings and usage of the system without needing the user's interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mario Alessandro Maldari, Corville Orain Allen, Paul Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 9913059
    Abstract: A headset having corresponding computer-readable media comprises: a first portion, wherein the first portion comprises a microphone; a second portion, wherein the second portion is rotatably coupled with the first portion; one or more sensors, wherein at least one of the sensors is configured to sense a current difference angle between the first portion and the second portion; a controller configured to generate a message responsive to the current difference angle being outside a range of difference angles, wherein the range of difference angles is associated with acceptable performance of the microphone; wherein the headset is configured to provide the message responsive to the controller generating the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas K Rosener, Luis Villasenor
  • Patent number: 9913111
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for processing a communication. For example, a method may include a processor of a first mobile device receiving a communication for the first mobile device from a third-party device, the communication including a textual content, modifying the communication based upon a pairing profile associated with a second mobile device to create a modified communication, and forwarding the modified communication to the second mobile device via a wireless connection in accordance with the pairing profile. The method may further include the processor receiving a content responding to the communication from the second mobile device and transmitting a response message including the content to the third-party device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Ginger Chien
  • Patent number: 9906252
    Abstract: An electronic device with a Frequency Modulation (FM) antenna includes an earphone jack, an FM chip, a switching unit, and a processing unit. The earphone jack includes a left channel pin, a right channel pin, and a ground pin. The FM chip receives an FM signal and outputs a Receive Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) value of the FM signal to the processing unit. The processing unit receives the RSSI value, compares the RSSI value with a predetermined value, and controls the switching unit to select the left and right channel pins as a signal receiving point of the FM antenna or select the ground pin as the signal receiving point of the FM antenna according to a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Cheng-Ping Liu
  • Patent number: 9906851
    Abstract: A case for storing a mobile computing device and a wireless earbud includes a back panel; a front panel defining a viewing aperture which extends through the front panel; a plurality of sidewalls extending around a perimeter of the back panel and configured to couple the perimeter of the back panel to a perimeter portion of the front panel; a dividing layer between the front panel and the back panel, such that the front panel and the dividing layer together define a first housing configured to receive and restrain a mobile computing device, and the dividing layer and the back panel together define a second housing; and a wireless earbud charging contact disposed within the second housing and configured to contact and charge the wireless earbud when the wireless earbud is positioned in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Evolved Audio LLC
    Inventor: Paul Schrems
  • Patent number: 9865256
    Abstract: A voice controlled medical system with improved speech recognition includes a microphone in an operating environment and a medical device. The voice controlled medical system further includes a controller in communication with the microphone and the medical device that operates the medical device by executing audio commands received by the microphone. The voice controlled medical system further includes a calibration signal indicative of distortion in the operating environment which is generated by comparing an audio signal played in the operating environment with a sound signal received by the microphone. The controller uses the calibration signal to interpret audio commands received by the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Sankaran Panchapagesan, Matteo Contolini, Ted Applebaum
  • Patent number: 9860354
    Abstract: A speakerphone system integrated in a mobile device is automatically controlled based on the current state of the mobile device. In one implementation, the mobile device is controlled based on an orientation or position of the mobile device. In another implementation, the control of the speakerphone includes automatically controlling one or more graphical user interfaces associated with the speakerphone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John O. Louch
  • Patent number: 9846750
    Abstract: A software application having a graphical user interface (GUI) that displays content tiles along with the use of an electronic device to add tiles to the GUI is described in this disclosure. A predefined key on an input device is selected to indicate to display available tiles. One of the displayed available tiles is selected and the user designates a location on the display of the content tiles where to place the selected displayed available tiles. The selected tile is then inserted into the display with the plurality of tiles at the designated location and a tile previously at the designation location on the display is deleted and placed in a delete directory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Adriana Moscatelli, John SanGiovanni
  • Patent number: 9848079
    Abstract: A connection manager manages connections for associated user devices by determining whether an incoming connection has been answered at a user device, and if so then generating and transmitting silencing commands to associated user devices using first and second wireless communication modes, with one mode being faster. Connections can comprise phone calls, and modes can comprise push and Bluetooth® messaging. The connection manager can instruct device outputs to provide connection alerts, limited to visual alerts when an associated user device is active, listen for associated user device communications, and instruct device outputs to stop providing alerts when a silencing command is received. Further, a connection manager can receive a signal regarding a headset status, route an outside connection from a phone to the headset when the headset is active or to another device when the headset is not active, detect a change in headset status, and reroute the connection accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith W. Rauenbuehler, Nicholas M. Fraioli
  • Patent number: 9848088
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system including a data communication module (DCM) that, upon detecting that a user's mobile telephone is not present onboard a vehicle, is configured to instruct a telecommunications server to forward calls made to the user's mobile telephone to the DCM of the vehicle. The DCM is further configured to instruct the telecommunications server to connect a telephone call that has been initiated by the user at the vehicle using the DCM of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gareth Webb, Jay Gloomis, Cary Horvath, Marc Arceo, Doua Vang
  • Patent number: 9836270
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a visual component generator configured to determine at least one display component and an audio component with an associated location relative to an apparatus display; an orientation determiner configured to determine an orientation of the display; and a component locator configured to determine the location of the at least one display component and audio component on the display dependent on the orientation of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Marko Tapani Yliaho
  • Patent number: 9716969
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and apparatus for controlling, by a first device, a second device in a wireless communication system. There are provided a method and apparatus, including transmitting an advertising message including supportable service information to the second device, receiving a connection request message for a BLE connection from the second device, transmitting a request command to indicate a specific operation related to a specific service included in the service information to the second device, and receiving a response command in response to the request command from the second device. The service information includes at least one of a phone call service related to an incoming call or an outgoing call, a listening audio service related to audio streaming, or an alert service related to a transmission and reception of an urgent message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jonghun Song
  • Patent number: 9716944
    Abstract: Adjustable audio beamforming of a device having a plurality of microphones is disclosed. A method for forming an audio beam of a device having a plurality of microphones, wherein the device is a deformable device, comprises: recognizing a deforming state of the device; and forming the audio beam according to the recognized deforming state of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Marko Yliaho, Ari Koski