Digital Audio Data Processing System Patents (Class 700/94)
  • Patent number: 10104213
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including: a sensor configured to detect that the information processing device is worn on a part of a human body; a processing unit configured to process information; and a communication unit configured to communicate with another device. The processing unit transmits a signal to the another device on the basis of a detection signal detected by the sensor. The processing unit performs a process according to an instruction transmitted from the another device in accordance with the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Akihiro Ishida, Yoji Hirose, Takamoto Tsuda, Shihui Wang, Ryu Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10095469
    Abstract: At least one first user and at least one second user is identified. At least one audio track is selected based on (a) the identification of the at least one first user, (b) the identification of the at least one second user, and (c) a time of day. A playback device begins playback of the selected at least one audio track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SONOS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Reimann, David Taylor, Abhishek Kumar
  • Patent number: 10095470
    Abstract: A voice command may be received from a microphone device associated with a media playback system comprising one or more zones. An audio response zone from the one or more zones to play the audio response may be selected based on context information. The selected zone may comprise one or more playback devices. At least one playback device of the one or more playback devices of the selected zone may be caused to play the audio response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SONOS, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Lang, Mark Plagge
  • Patent number: 10091346
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for playing data, played in a device connected with a portable terminal, in another device are provided. An apparatus for storing data of a peripheral device in a portable terminal includes a user interface (UI) managing unit and a data processing unit. The UI managing unit is configured to display, in the event of connection with a peripheral device, a UI for controlling data played in the peripheral device. The data processing unit is configured to copy the played data of the peripheral device through the UI and display a list of the copied data. The data processing unit is further configured to transmit data selected from the displayed list to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hun Lim
  • Patent number: 10091548
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein involve facilitating synchronous playback in a media playback system that includes a first media device and a second media device. An example implementation involves receiving an instruction to form a zone group that includes the first media device and the second media device. The implementation further involves comparing first network performance metrics corresponding to a network interface of the first media device to second network performance metrics corresponding to a network interface of the second media device. The implementation also involves identifying the first media device as a group coordinator of the zone group based on the comparison. Based on identifying the first media device as the group coordinator, the first media device is configured to provide data indicating audio content and audio content playback timing information to the second media device to facilitate synchronous playback of the audio content as the zone group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Hrishikesh Gossain, Jonathan Lang
  • Patent number: 10089994
    Abstract: A method of acoustic matching of audio recordings by means of acoustic fingerprinting is disclosed. An acoustic fingerprint is extracted from a fragment of an audio recording. The fingerprint represents a highly discriminative compact digital digest (acoustic hash) of the acoustic recording and consists of smaller digital entities called acoustic sub-fingerprints (acoustic hash-words), computed from perceptually essential properties of the acoustic recording. Two acoustic fingerprints corresponding to two audio fragments are matched to determine degree of acoustic similarity of the two audio fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Alex Radzishevsky
  • Patent number: 10091596
    Abstract: Sound output devices, output systems and methods are provided. The sound output device includes a speaker; a communicator configured to perform communication with an external speaker and a content source that provides sound content to the external speaker; and a processor configured to recognize the external speaker in response to the device entering into a predetermined range from the external speaker, to perform pairing with the external speaker, to receive information about the content source from the external speaker, to receive the sound content from the content source based on the information about the content source, and to output the received sound content through the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-sun Lee, Yong-jin Kang, Nam-gon Kim, Ju-han Bae
  • Patent number: 10083245
    Abstract: A device receives, based on installation of a content application on a client device, credentials of a user of the client device, and information identifying a social media application granted access to content associated with the user. The device receives the content from the client device. The device generates a link for the content, and stores the credentials, the content, the link, and the information identifying the social media application. The device receives information indicating that the content is be provided in a post associated with the social media application, and provides the link to the post. The device receives a selection of the link from another client device associated with another user that is viewing the post via the social media application, and provides the content, in a secure format, to the other client device based on the selection of the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Joni Bridget Jezewski
  • Patent number: 10075496
    Abstract: An electronic device presents a first song that includes a sample of a second song, different from the first song. While presenting the first song, the electronic device displays a preview control on a display. The preview control corresponds to the second song. The electronic device receives selection of the preview control and, in response to receiving the selection of the preview control, plays a preview of the second song.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Sten Garmark, Quenton Cook, Gustav Soderstrom, Ivo Silva, Michelle Kadir, Peter Stromberg
  • Patent number: 10074350
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to automatically identifying structures of a music stream. A segment structure may be generated that visually indicates repeating segments of a music stream. To generate a segment structure, a feature that corresponds to a music attribute from a waveform corresponding to the music stream is extracted from a waveform, such as an input signal. Utilizing a signal segmentation algorithm, such as a Variable Markov Oracle (VMO) algorithm, a symbolized signal, such as a VMO structure, is generated. From the symbolized signal, a matrix is generated. The matrix may be, for instance, a VMO-SSM. A segment structure is then generated from the matrix. The segment structure illustrates a segmentation of the music stream and the segments that are repetitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Cheng-i Wang, Gautham Mysore
  • Patent number: 10074364
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating sound profiles of artificial commands detected by multiple voice activated electronic devices is described herein. In some embodiments, numerous voice activated electronic devices may send audio data representing a phrase to a backend system at a substantially same time. Text data representing the phrase, and counts for instances of that text data, may be generated. If the number of counts exceeds a predefined threshold, the backend system may cause any remaining response generation functionality that particular command that is in excess of the predefined threshold to be stopped, and those devices returned to a sleep state. In some embodiments, a sound profile unique to the phrase that caused the excess of the predefined threshold may be generated such that future instances of the same phrase may be recognized prior to text data being generated, conserving the backend system's resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Wills Wightman, Naresh Narayanan, Alexander David Rosen, Michael James Rodehorst, Daniel Robert Rashid
  • Patent number: 10074373
    Abstract: A method of wireless communication includes receiving, at a first device, a reference channel and a target channel. The reference channel includes a set of reference samples, and target channel includes a set of target samples. The method also includes determining a variation between a first mismatch value and a second mismatch value. The method also includes adjusting the set of target samples based on the variation to generate an adjusted set of target samples. The method further includes generating at least one encoded channel based on the set of reference samples and the adjusted set of target samples. The method also includes transmitting the at least one encoded channel to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Venkatraman Atti, Venkata Subrahmanyam Chandra Sekhar Chebiyyam, Daniel Jared Sinder
  • Patent number: 10075757
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that relates to a system for creating a multi-sensory environment room and more particularly to a system that enables the environment of a room to be selectively controlled to provide an integrated multi-sensory experience which includes video, sound and ambient scent technology which are all directed to a common theme which can be selectively customized. The multi-sensory environment room provides a calming and memorable setting that can showcase the decedent's life in a refreshing, upbeat setting. For example, a visual of waves crashing at the shore paired with the smell of fresh, salty air and the sounds of seagulls and surf of a special place shared with the decedent. Alternately, the environment can be personalized with sounds and scents that recreate the family memories or a patriotic theme that can highlight your loved one's values and devotion to country. A custom or stock video can be displayed using the ‘picture within a picture’ feature to customize the experience even more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FOUNDATION PARTNERS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: David Ugan, E. Braiden Rex
  • Patent number: 10068586
    Abstract: A sound processing system, method and program product for estimating parameters from binaural audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventor: Jonas Braasch
  • Patent number: 10067737
    Abstract: A head-mounted device (HMD) has a transparent display and an array of microphones. The HMD determines a task-based context of the HMD based on a task being performed by a user of the HMD, and determines an ambient-based context of the HMD based on audio data produced by the array of microphones. The HMD detects a first notification configured to be displayed in the transparent display of the HMD. The HMD intercepts the first notification in response to detecting the first notification and generates a second notification based on a priority level of the first notification, the task-based context, and the ambient-based context. The second notification includes a combination of an audio notification and a visual notification (AR content). The HMD replaces the first notification with the second notification and provides the second notification at the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Gal Ozery
  • Patent number: 10069582
    Abstract: A memory of a parameter setting apparatus stores therein a current value of a signal processing parameter and an auxiliary value for temporarily adjusting the current value. Once an instruction for changing the current value of the parameter is given by an operation, by a user, of a manual operator when an edit mode is ON, a CPU of the parameter setting apparatus not only changes the current value but also changes the auxiliary value in response to the current value change instruction. When the edit mode is OFF, on the other hand, the CPU changes only the current value in response to the current value change instruction without changing the auxiliary value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Nishikori, Chris Angell, Chris Taylor, Hiroaki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10064150
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for syntonized streaming. One embodiment provides a digital streaming device for syntonized streaming. The digital streaming device also includes a first data channel and a second data channel that communicate a data stream. The digital streaming device further includes a clock comparator electrically coupled to the reference clock and configured to receive the reference clock signal. The clock comparator is also configured to receive a first feedback signal for the first data channel and a second feedback signal for the second data channel. The clock comparator is further configured to generate a first syntonization signal based on the first feedback signal and the second feedback signal. The digital streaming device also includes a first resampling circuit electrically coupled to the clock comparator and configured to adjust a first sample rate of the first data channel based on the first syntonization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Aleksandr Leonidovich Petrov-Savchenko, Aleksei Aleksandrovich Khomich
  • Patent number: 10056872
    Abstract: A system for controlling an audio device that includes a memory storing an audio processing application and a processor that is coupled to the memory. When executing the audio processing application, the processor is configured to determine an amplifier parameter based on an audio signal, encode the amplifier parameter to generate an audio waveform, and transmit the audio waveform to an amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventor: James Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10055413
    Abstract: Systems, devices, apparatuses, components, methods, and techniques for identifying media content for playback during a repetitive motion activity are provided. An example media-playback device includes a media-output device that plays media content items and a repetitive-motion activity content identification engine. The repetitive-motion activity content identification engine is configured to: review media content items to identify the media content items that are conducive to performing repetitive-motion activities; and select certain media content items from the media content items, the certain media content items being conducive to performing the repetitive-motion activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Tristan Jehan, Dariusz Dziuk, Gustav Söderström, Mateo Rando, Nicola Montecchio
  • Patent number: 10057632
    Abstract: An operation method of a portable device, an operation method of a content reproducing device, the portable device, and the content reproducing device are provided. The portable device includes a display, a communication interface configured to receive, from a content reproducing device, a signal comprising information about content being reproduced by the content reproducing device and signal intensity information of the signal; and a controller configured to determine a degree of proximity between the portable device and the content reproducing device based on the signal intensity information, and control the display to display a user interface (UI) for inquiring about whether to start continuously reproducing the content by the portable device in response to the degree of proximity satisfying a predefined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Je-Hwan Seo
  • Patent number: 10055412
    Abstract: Examples provided herein involve a playback history for media items played by playback zones of a media playback system. An example implementation involves a computing device storing a playback history of media items played by the media playback system, the playback history including, for each of the media items, an indication of a playback zone in which the media item was played, a time at which the media item was played, and metadata of the media item. The implementation also involves receiving a request for media items played during a given time period by the one or more playback zones; and based on the request, transmitting, to the media playback system, a portion of the playback history. Transmitting the portion of the playback history causes an indication of particular media items played by the one or more playback zones during the given time period to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Amber Brown, Mark Triplett
  • Patent number: 10055674
    Abstract: A confidence map for optical flow gradients is constructed calculating a set of gradients for each pixel of an image, filtering said gradients and extracting confidence values from said gradients using a plurality of decision tree classifiers. A confidence map is then generated from said confidence values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Manu Mathew, Hrushikesh Tukaram Garud, Soyeb Noormohammed Nagori
  • Patent number: 10051013
    Abstract: A technology for a client streaming content of a server is provided. The technology includes a service installed in the client that receives the content from the server instead of a media player, downloads the content in a cache having a larger capacity than a memory buffer of the media player, and then transfers data stored in the cache to the media player. Accordingly, even when the memory buffer is full, data reception from the server is not stopped, and thus power consumption of the server and the client may be reduced. Also, since a connection to the server is performed by the service instead of the media player, various socket interfaces may be supported without having to change the media player, and since data is stored in the cache, a buffering time may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pil-seob Kang, Han-min Bang, Seong-il Hahm
  • Patent number: 10051367
    Abstract: In one example, a portable speaker is provided. The portable speaker includes a communication interface to receive an audio file from a portable computing device, a machine-readable storage medium to store the audio file, a speaker to output sound corresponding to the audio file, and a management module. The management module is to (i) add the audio file to a queue to be output by the speaker; (ii) analyze the audio file to determine a baseline audio level for the audio file, and utilize the determined baseline audio level to normalize an audio level of another audio file subsequently added to the queue; and (iii) in response to the number of audio files in the queue decreasing below a threshold, analyze metadata from audio files previously or currently in the queue to determine attribute information, and request audio content from an Internet service provider based on the attribute information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: David H. Hanes
  • Patent number: 10048930
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein include, determining that a requirement exists to output a system response. In response to determining that a requirement exists to output a system response, (i) setting a system response volume for a first speaker associated with the first networked device and (ii) outputting a system response at the set system response volume via the first speaker associated with the first networked device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Vega, Lucas Pylypczak, Rich Lean
  • Patent number: 10044337
    Abstract: Equalizer controller and controlling method are disclosed. In one embodiment, an equalizer controller includes an audio classifier for identifying the audio type of an audio signal in real time; and an adjusting unit for adjusting an equalizer in a continuous manner based on the confidence value of the audio type as identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Lie Lu, Jun Wang, Alan J. Seefeldt, Mingqing Hu
  • Patent number: 10028056
    Abstract: Technology for grouping, consolidating, and pairing individual playback devices with network capability (players) to stimulate a multi-channel listening environment is disclosed. Particularly, the embodiments described herein enable two or more playback devices to be paired, such that multi-channel audio is achieved. Such embodiments may be used to produce stereo and multi-channel audio environments for television and movies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kallai, Michael Darrell Andrew Ericson, Robert A. Lambourne, Robert Reimann, Mark Triplett
  • Patent number: 10028072
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to, for a scene comprising a representation of at least one object and at least one sound source: obtaining a decomposition of the at least one object, the decomposition comprising at least one geometric component; modelling at least one interaction of the at least one object and the at least one sound source using the at least one geometric component; and, in dependence on the modelling of the at least one interaction, processing an audio input associated with the at least one sound source to obtain an audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Abesh Thakur, Ross Taylor, Tobias Graham Fone Carpenter, Varun Nair
  • Patent number: 10019981
    Abstract: A method for using a loudspeaker array that is housed in a loudspeaker cabinet to present audio content to a listener in a room includes receiving (1) an audio channel that includes audio content and (2) acoustical characteristics of the room. The method also produces (1) a first beamformer input signal from the audio channel and (2) a second beamformer input signal and a third beamformer input signal by decorrelating the audio channel and adjusting the audio channel in accordance with the acoustical characteristics of the room. The second and third beamformer input signals are different de-correlated versions of the audio channel. The method also generates driver signals from the first, second, and third beamformer input signals to drive the loudspeaker array to produce a main beam, a first ambient beam, and a second ambient beam, respectively. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Simon K. Porter, Sylvain J. Choisel, John C. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10021457
    Abstract: A computerized method for engaging a user of a mobile computer system. The mobile computer system may be connectible to a server over a wide area network. An audio signal of ambient audio is autonomously sampled in the vicinity of the mobile computer system to capture one or more audio samples of the audio signal. The multiple samples of the audio signal are autonomously sampled without requiring any interaction from the user, thus avoiding an input from the user to capture each of the samples. The audio sample may be processed to extract an audio signature of the audio sample. The audio signature may be compared with multiple previously stored reference audio signatures. Upon matching the audio signature with at least one reference audio signature a matched reference audio signature may be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Mobile Research Labs, Ltd.
    Inventors: Aron Weiss, Omri Halevi, Hezi Manus, Dave Springer
  • Patent number: 10020023
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a synchronized audio playing method, apparatus, and system for playing audio synchronously. By outputting designated data using a designated data buffer area before arrival of the starting time point of synchronous playing so as to make an audio link in a stable state, the method shuns from the impact of factors like system process scheduling interruption and system hardware on synchronous playing, thereby enhancing the precision of synchronous playing; moreover, upon arrival of the starting time point of synchronous playing, by computing a tuning amount of the audio data in the local synchronization buffer area, adjusting the audio data in the local synchronization buffer area according to the tuning amount, and meanwhile performing output playing on the tuned audio data, the method achieves audio synchronization play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Goertek Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaobo Zeng, Chongle Wang, Qiang Gao
  • Patent number: 10015646
    Abstract: A method of selecting one of a number of wireless devices to be a group owner of a peer-to-peer network includes determining, at a first wireless device, a first count value indicating how many other wireless devices are within wireless communication range of the first wireless device; determining, for a second wireless device, a second count value indicating how many other wireless devices are within wireless communication range of the second wireless device; and selecting either the first wireless device or the second wireless device as the group owner based, at least in part, on whether the first count value is greater or less than the second count value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sidharth Ram Thakur, Stephen Craig Collmeyer
  • Patent number: 10003901
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a mix monitor system is provided in which a stage plot of the positions of the musicians and their instructions may be supplied. Based on the relative locations of a given musician who is monitoring the mix and the other musicians/instruments, the mix monitor system may generate a mix that incorporates modifications to make the sound appear to be three dimensional. That is, the source of the sound may be experienced by the musician as if the sound is being heard from the location of the musician/instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Audio Fusion Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin R. Slick
  • Patent number: 9998513
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for selecting a bitrate to stream encoded media. A manifest file is fetched, where the manifest file contains metadata for encoded media segments which includes tags signifying the associated encoded media segments being important to the viewer. A playback occupancy level is then increased before reaching these tagged media segment(s). A high bitrate (high quality) is selected to stream the tagged media segment(s) which are then fetched and played at the selected high bitrate in response to the new playback buffer occupancy level being above a threshold level. In this manner, those media segments that are of higher importance to the viewer will be viewed in a higher quality since content information is used to select the bitrate to receive the encoded media segments. As a result, the user's quality of experience in viewing media is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kanak B. Agarwal, Patrick J. Bohrer, Ketaki Borkar, Trisha E. Hanlon, Ricardo N. Olivieri, John D. Petitto
  • Patent number: 9998605
    Abstract: Conference systems are often installed in plenary halls and comprise a plurality of microphones for participants of a discussion, whereby the speech signals of the participants are received by the microphones, amplified by the conference system and distributed to the other participants of the discussion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jochem Bonarius, Marc Smaak
  • Patent number: 9997165
    Abstract: A coder and decoder, and methods therein, are provided for coding and decoding of spectral peak positions in audio coding. According to a first aspect, an audio signal segment coding method is provided for coding of spectral peak positions. The method comprises determining which one out of two lossless spectral peak position coding schemes that requires the least number of bits to code the spectral peak positions of an audio signal segment; and selecting the spectral peak position coding scheme that requires the least number of bits to code the spectral peak positions of the audio signal segment. A first one of the two lossless spectral peak position coding schemes is suitable for periodic or semi-periodic spectral peak position distributions; and a second one of two lossless spectral peak position coding schemes is suitable for sparse spectral peak position distributions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Volodya Grancharov, Sigurdur Sverrisson
  • Patent number: 9992355
    Abstract: A diagnostic apparatus includes an acquiring unit that acquires sound information; a first analysis unit that performs a frequency analysis of the sound information and generates frequency analysis result data representing a temporal change in an intensity distribution for each frequency; a specifying unit that specifies a frequency of an abnormal sound in the frequency analysis result data; a second analysis unit that analyzes a frequency component of the specified frequency of the abnormal sound; and an extracting unit that extracts period information of the abnormal sound from an analysis result acquired by the second analysis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Udaka, Fumihiko Ogasawara, Katsuyuki Kouno, Atsushi Ito, Tomoyuki Mitsuhashi, Shinya Miyamori
  • Patent number: 9984728
    Abstract: Various embodiments identify differences between frame sequences of a video. For example, to determine a difference between two versions of a video, a fingerprint of each frame of the two versions is generated. From the fingerprints, a run-length encoded representation of each version is generated. The fingerprints which appear only once (i.e., unique fingerprints) in the entire video are identified from each version and compared to identify matching unique fingerprints across versions. The matching unique fingerprints are sorted and filtered to determine split points, which are used to align the two versions of the video. Accordingly, each version is segmented into smaller frame sequences using the split points. Once segmented, the individual frames of each segment are aligned across versions using a dynamic programming algorithm. After aligning the segments at a frame level, the segments are reassembled to generate a global alignment output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: A9.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Ismet Zeki Yalniz, Adam Carlson, Douglas Ryan Gray, Colin Jon Taylor
  • Patent number: 9977584
    Abstract: A computing device can periodically acquire a current track time for a media content item being played. The device can periodically compare the current track time with a respective start time and a respective end time for each line (or segment) in a plurality of lines of text (or segments of text) associated with the media content item. If the device determines that the current track time is between start and end times for a given line of text, then the device can display the given line of text. A user of the device can scroll through the lines of text associated with the media content item. If the user selects a particular line of text, the device can identify a start time for the selected line of text. The device can then play the media content item at the identified start time of the selected line of text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Toby Ray Latin-Stoermer, Jonathan Beech, Hari Gangadharan, Gabriela Ahern, Brandon Scott Durham, Darren Levi Malek, Ralph Cameron Harvey, Benjamin Lee Shepherd, Jason Christopher Hall, Andrew Powell McGoogan, Robert Richard Morse
  • Patent number: 9980078
    Abstract: A method including, during a free-viewpoint rendering to a user, where the free-viewpoint rendering comprises rendering of an audio object, and during relative movement between a location of the user and the audio object in the free-viewpoint rendering, detecting a locational conflict abnormality between the audio object and the location of the user; and based upon the detecting of the locational conflict abnormality, changing the rendering of the audio object, where the changing is based upon at least one predetermined abnormality modification parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Lasse Juhani Laaksonen
  • Patent number: 9980044
    Abstract: A balance adjustment control method for sound/illumination devices comprises: allowing, by the control terminal, basic data, in which multiple pieces of sample sound data for the sound devices or human voices or sample illumination data for each illumination device are stored, to be input, the basic data including at least one piece of information among size information, open information, device information, and audience information of the performance area; extracting at least one piece of sample sound data or sample illumination data; performing at least one scheme by the control terminal; and performing at least one scheme by the control terminal, among a scheme of generating a sound balance adjustment signal for each of the sound output devices by comparing the input sound data and the sample sound data, and then transmitting the generated signal to the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KSEEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Real Kim, Ju Sang Kim
  • Patent number: 9977647
    Abstract: A first playback device plays first audio content in synchrony with at least one second playback device. One or more commands is received that define a duration of time. The first playback device stops playback of the first audio content based on the received one or more commands. After stopping playback of the first audio content, second audio content is played for the duration of time defined by the one or more commands. After playing the second audio content for the duration of time, the first playback device resumes playback of the first audio content in synchrony with the at least one second playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SONOS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Bates, Abhishek Kumar, Jonathan Lang
  • Patent number: 9972333
    Abstract: In order to obtain coded data which does not strike viewers and listeners as being incongruous, when plural audio data are to be coded, a coding program groups the respective audio data into one audio data, codes the grouped audio data in sequence with a predetermined number of samples being treated as units, and sets delimitations corresponding to the delimitations of the plural audio data in the coded data at coding units of the coded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuyuki Hatanaka, Mitsuru Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9965243
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve expanding playback of a media item from one playback device to another playback device. In an example implementation, while a first playback device is part of a first zone, the first playback device identifies that a second playback device has moved to a location that is within a given physical proximity of the first playback device. The first playback device determines that playback is to be expanded from the second playback device, and responsively, joins the a second zone that comprises the second playback device and initiates playback of media in synchrony with the second playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Fullerton, Ingve Holmung
  • Patent number: 9967666
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to audio content rendering. A method of rendering audio content is disclosed, which includes determining a priority level for an audio object in the audio content, selecting a rendering mode from a plurality of rendering modes for the audio object based on the determined priority level and rendering the audio object in accordance with the selected rendering mode, the rendering mode indicating an accuracy of the rendered audio object. Corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Christof Fersch, Freddie Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9959344
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods and devices for improving audio processing and playing multiple sounds using fewer resources. Various implementations may create audio files, in some cases from a single sample of a type of sound, where the files represent specific quantities of that type of sound, such as 10 footsteps or 1000 claps. Given a desired target number of sounds to play, various implementations determine an appropriate combination of the employable audio files to represent the desired number of sounds, and play or render the combination as an approximation of the desired target number of sounds. By using single audio files that represent and sound like multiple instances of a specified type of sound, the various implementations use significantly fewer computing and audio resources than playing an equivalent number of audio files each of which contains a single instance of the specified type of sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc
    Inventor: Isaac Jeremy Shepard
  • Patent number: 9959242
    Abstract: Communication accessories, such as keyfobs (KFs) and/or transmitter/receiver dongles, which can transmit and receive signals to enable connectivity between owners of different portable devices even when the devices are off or when in a sleep mode, are described. In some examples, the keyfobs and/or the dongles are programmed with connectivity tokens, such as being programmed with Facebook (FB) information, FB accounts or FBIDs, LinkedIn ID, or generically social network user information, that can be used to authenticate different smart portable devices belonging to different users to facilitate networking. Once the keyfobs and/or dongles are authenticated, they will buzz, sound, or otherwise alert their respective owners that one or more social network users, such as a FB user or a LinkedIn user, are within the general vicinity and that further actions through smart portable devices may be needed to connect the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Hoang Nhu
    Inventor: Hoang Nhu
  • Patent number: 9952739
    Abstract: A user-configurable modular audio control surface comprises master modules for controlling global surface properties and channel modules for controlling one or more individual audio channels. The modules are disposed in a two-dimensional spatial arrangement such that any module can occupy a location within the control surface not occupied by another module. The modules are connected to each other and to external platforms hosting media applications and plug-ins via a network. Control surface users can interact with external applications via remote graphical user interfaces displayed on modules within the surface, and can automate multiple external applications using an automation system built into the surface. Automation line graphs and metadata for both internal and external applications are displayed over the corresponding waveform displays that can include audio ahead of a current playback location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Avid Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Milne, Martin Kloiber, Paul A. Vercellotti, David M. Tremblay, Edward Jones, Robert Boyer
  • Patent number: 9952825
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve determining an audio processing algorithm for a playback device to apply when playing audio content in a playback zone. Determining the audio processing algorithm may involve causing the playback device to play a first audio signal in the playback zone, receiving data indicating a second audio signal detected by a microphone of the playback device. Based on the second audio signal and a characteristic of the playback device, an audio processing algorithm may be determined. The audio processing algorithm may be calculated, or identified in a database based on an acoustic characteristic of the playback zone. The acoustic characteristic of the playback zone may be determined based on the second audio signal and the characteristic of the playback device. The audio processing algorithm may then be applied by the playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. Sheen
  • Patent number: 9948539
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to predict end of streaming media using a prediction model are disclosed herein. Examples disclosed herein determine a bandwidth rate associated with streaming media presented in a streaming media application from a proxy. Examples disclosed herein also generate a prediction model based on characteristics of the bandwidth rate and determine an end time for the streaming media from the prediction model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Jan Besehanic