Digital Audio Data Processing System Patents (Class 700/94)
  • Patent number: 11687056
    Abstract: In an approach for identifying machinery conversion pivot opportunities utilizing a crowdsourced database, a processor receives machinery information for machinery of a user. A processor identifies a plurality of alternative uses for the machinery from a public cloud database based on the machinery information. A processor ranks the plurality of alternative uses for the machinery based on a set of factors. A processor sends the ranked plurality of alternative uses for the machinery to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Trudy L. Hewitt, Zachary A. Silverstein, Alan Chung, Jeremy R. Fox
  • Patent number: 11683070
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for gathering research data indicating exposure to media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first wireless receiver to receive a first modulated audio signal via a wireless data connection from a media device using a wireless communication protocol, the first modulated audio signal associated with the media, the first wireless receiver to output a baseband audio signal corresponding to the first modulated audio signal. The example apparatus includes a first wireless transmitter to modulate the baseband audio signal to form a second modulated audio signal, the first wireless transmitter to transmit the second modulated audio signal to wireless headphones using the wireless communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: William K. Krug, James Zhang
  • Patent number: 11682259
    Abstract: A technique of synchronizing a timing to display an event in a game with a beat of a sound is provided. A gaming machine includes a display, a speaker, a storage device that stores tempo data including beat information of the entire BGM and BGM sound data, and a controller connected to the display, the speaker, and the storage device. The controller starts a display of a progression of a game in the display while causing the speaker to output the BGM on the basis of the BGM sound data, determines a timing at which an event is displayed on the display on the basis of the tempo data, dynamically configures animation data so that the event is displayed at the determined timing, and causes the dynamically configured animation data to be displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Norikazu Miura, Shinnosuke Hiratsuka
  • Patent number: 11678105
    Abstract: The headphones (10) comprise: a transducer (16) (12); an noise-canceling processing chain (30, 40) comprising: a microphone (31, 41); a noise-canceling processing filter (34, 44) which comprises in series: a stabilisation filter (34A, 44A) whose transfer function is substantially equal to the inverse of the transfer function of the processed secondary path, and a noise cancellation filter (34B, 44B) whose transfer function is a noise cancellation transfer function. The secondary path is formed between the transducer (16) and the eardrum, and the transfer function of the processed secondary path is the transfer function of the secondary path combined with the transfer functions of the processing components, excluding the processing filter (34, 44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: DEVIALET
    Inventor: Vu Hoang Co Thuy
  • Patent number: 11678118
    Abstract: An audio distribution system includes an audio source; and a plurality of audio playback devices in communication with each other and with the audio source. A group of the audio playback devices are arranged to render audio content provided by the audio source in synchrony. One of the audio playback devices within the group is configured as an audio master which distributes audio content from the audio source to the other audio playback devices within the group, and one of the plurality of audio playback devices, other than the audio master, is configured as a clock master, which distributes clock information that the group of audio playback devices synchronizes to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Debasmit Banerjee, Michael William Elliot
  • Patent number: 11664015
    Abstract: A method for searching content having same voice as a voice of a target speaker from among a plurality of contents includes extracting a feature vector corresponding to the voice of the target speaker, selecting any subset of speakers from a training dataset repeatedly by a predetermined number of times, generating linear discriminant analysis (LDA) transformation matrices using each of the selected any subsets of speakers repeatedly by a predetermined number of times, projecting the extracted speaker feature vector to the selected corresponding subsets of speakers using each of the generated LDA transformation matrices, assigning a value corresponding to nearby speaker class among corresponding subsets of speakers, to each of projection regions of the extracted speaker feature vector, generating a hash value corresponding to the extracted feature vector based on the assigned values, and searching content having a similar hash value to the generated hash value among the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: NEOSAPIENCE, INC.
    Inventors: Suwon Shon, Younggun Lee, Taesu Kim
  • Patent number: 11665214
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of receiving audio data using Bluetooth Low Energy technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyeonjae Lee, Minsoo Lee, Jinkwon Lim
  • Patent number: 11659220
    Abstract: A system and method in which a TV signal reception device (e.g., set top box) receives a broadcast signal, sends the broadcast signal to a TV, and sends an event signal to a rating statistics information server or associated user terminal when a predetermined condition occurs, to ultimately cause an associated user terminal to generate fingerprint data of audio from the TV and to provide the fingerprint data to the server so as to facilitate channel identification and generation of ratings statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote Korea Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoon-Young Cho, Kil-youn Kim, Jaehyung Lee
  • Patent number: 11650784
    Abstract: In general, user interfaces for controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a user interface is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When the scene is activated, the players in the scene react in a synchronized manner. For example, the players in the scene are all caused to play a multimedia source or music in a playlist, wherein the multimedia source may be located anywhere on a network. The user interface is further configured to illustrate graphically a size of a group, the larger the group appears relatively, the more plays there are in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Lambourne, Nicholas A. J. Millington
  • Patent number: 11653171
    Abstract: A method that generates binaural headphone playback signals given multiple audio source signals with an associated metadata and binaural room impulse response (BRIR) database, wherein the audio source signals are channel-based, object-based, or a mixture of both channel-based and object-based signals. The method includes parameterizing BRIR to be used for rendering, dividing each audio source signal to be rendered into a number of blocks and frames, and averaging the parameterized BRIR sequences. The method also includes downmixing the divided audio source signals using the diffuse blocks of BRIRs, and performing late reverberation processing on the downmixed version of the previous blocks of the audio source signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ehara, Kai Wu, Sua Hong Neo
  • Patent number: 11640286
    Abstract: In some aspects, a computing system can determine a set of attributes based on analyzing input data using attribute templates written in a production-ready programming language. The computing system can generate attribute definitions for the set of attributes using the attribute templates and deploy the attribute definitions for the set of attributes to a production environment of a software program. The software program is written in a programming language compatible with the production-ready programming language. The computing system can monitor the performance of the set of attributes in the production environment of the software program and cause the attribute definitions of the plurality of attributes to be modified based on the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: EQUIFAX INC.
    Inventors: Yuvaraj Sankaran, Felipe Ernesto Castillo Carvajal, Carlos Augusto Pinzon Pinto, Gerardo Jorge Villarroel Gonzalez, Pablo Andres Martinez Castro
  • Patent number: 11635935
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling zone group and zone group characteristics such as audio volume in a multi-zone system are disclosed. The multi-zone system includes a number of multimedia players, each preferably located in a zone. A controller may control the operations of all of the zone players remotely from any one of the zones. Two or more zone players may be dynamically grouped as a zone group for synchronized operations. According to one aspect of the techniques, a zone group configuration can be managed, updated, modified via an interactive user interface provided in a controlling device. The zone group configuration may be saved in one of zone players. According to another aspect of the techniques, the audio volume control of a zone group can be performed individually or synchronously as a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Lambourne, Nicholas A. J. Millington
  • Patent number: 11625214
    Abstract: A system may include an audio coder-decoder (codec) having a plurality of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and a plurality of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), a serial interface communicatively coupled to the audio codec wherein the serial interface is configured to communicate audio streams to or from the audio codec, wherein the audio codec is configured to be configured as a device on the serial interface, and logic configured to control performance of a communication path within the audio codec based on one or more system conditions associated with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley A. Lambert, Michael A. Kost, Bruce E. Duewer
  • Patent number: 11622219
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, method, apparatus, and computer program product are provided. The apparatus includes at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code; the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to perform: assign one or more audio representations to one or more audio scene entities in an audio scene; generate one or more audio scene entity combinations based on the one or more audio scene entities and the one or more audio representations; and signal the one or more audio scene entity combinations to a client, wherein the one or more audio representations assigned to the one or more audio scene entities cause the client to select an appropriate audio scene entity combination from the one or more audio scene entity combinations to render the audio scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Sujeet Shyamsundar Mate, Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Antti Johannes Eronen, Jussi Artturi Leppänen
  • Patent number: 11609736
    Abstract: An audio processing system includes at least one memory storing a program and at least one processor. The processor implements the program to analyze an audio signal including sound from a first sound source; identify, based on the analysis of the audio signal, a series of sound indicators each representing a certainty that audio components of the first sound source are included in the audio signal; identify a series of pitches, each relating to the components of the first sound source; and cause a display device to display the series of the sound indicators and the identified series of the pitches along a common time axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Maezawa, Yoshimasa Isozaki
  • Patent number: 11609739
    Abstract: In an exemplary technique for providing audio information, an input is received, and audio information responsive to the received input is provided using a speaker. While providing the audio information, an external sound is detected. If it is determined that the external sound is a communication of a first type, then the provision of the audio information is stopped. If it is determined that the external sound is a communication of a second type, then the provision of the audio information continues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Nair, Golnaz Abdollahian, Avi Bar-Zeev, Niranjan Manjunath
  • Patent number: 11604824
    Abstract: A system and method of managing user engagement with a musical playlist provides feedback for a host and allows attendees to directly engage with the host to adjust a playlist for an event or social gathering. The system includes at least one remote server, a corresponding user personal computing (PC) device, and a corresponding host PC device. The method begins by prompting the at least one host account to initiate an event session for a plurality of attendee accounts and then to designate a plurality of playlist songs with the corresponding host PC device. The event session is managed in between the host account and the plurality of attendee accounts through the remote server. A current song is played during the event session and feedback is relayed for the current song with the corresponding user PC device. The feedback is then outputted with the corresponding host PC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: Mohammed Mizan Rahman, Min Soe Hein Aung
  • Patent number: 11601104
    Abstract: Example techniques involve controlling playback volumes. An example implementation includes displaying a group volume control of a synchrony group, the group volume control comprising a group volume indicator on a group volume slider and receiving, via the displayed group volume control, input data representing a selection of the group volume control. The implementation also includes displaying, concurrently with the group volume control, a first volume control comprising a first volume indicator on a first volume slider and a second volume control comprising a second volume indicator on a second volume slider. The implementation also includes receiving, via the displayed group volume control, input data representing an input to modify a first volume setting of the synchrony group to a second volume setting and transmitting instructions to cause the synchrony group to modify volume settings according to the second volume setting of the synchrony group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Eduardo Ahumada Apodaca
  • Patent number: 11600289
    Abstract: The present document discloses a method for fading discontinued audio feeds for replay by a speaker. In particular, the method may first comprise receiving an input audio feed comprising a plurality of samples. The method may further comprise determining whether the input audio feed is discontinued. And, when discontinuity of the input audio feed is detected, the method may comprise generating an intermediate audio signal comprising a plurality of samples based on the discontinued input audio feed. In particular, the intermediate audio signal may be generated based on a last portion of the discontinued input audio feed that has been output for replay. In addition, the method may further comprise applying a fadeout function to the intermediate audio signal to generate a fadeout audio signal. Finally, the method may comprise outputting the fadeout audio signal for replay by the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Gael Lassure, Alexander Stahlmann
  • Patent number: 11595592
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve a system and a method for performing operations comprising: displaying, by a messaging application, a sound capture screen that enables a user to record the sound; after the sound is recorded using the sound capture screen, generating, by the messaging application, a visual element associated with the sound; receiving, by the messaging application, selection of the visual element from a displayed list of visual elements representing different sounds; in response to receiving the selection of the visual element, conditionally adding one or more graphics representing the sound to one or more images at a user selected position based on a privacy status of the sound; and playing, by the messaging application, the sound associated with the visual element together with displaying the one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: SNAP INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Kenneth Boyd, Jonathan Dale Brody, Andrew Grosvenor Cooper, Joseph Timothy Fortier, Brandon Francis, Christie Marie Heikkinen, Ranidu Lankage
  • Patent number: 11595800
    Abstract: A Bluetooth audio streaming passthrough, and a method for transmitting an audio stream over a Bluetooth communication link and disclosed. The method is carried out by a source device. An audio codec configuration and a sampling rate of the audio stream are received, the audio stream coming from a streaming application running on the source device. A Bluetooth audio stream between the source device and a sink device is configured using the received audio codec configuration and sampling rate. The first audio stream is received from the streaming application. The received first audio stream is packetized into the Bluetooth audio stream. The Bluetooth audio stream is transmitted to the sink device over the Bluetooth communication link, including the packetized received audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Girardier, Antoine Soulier
  • Patent number: 11587591
    Abstract: A video is provided to viewers using a web-based platform without restricted audio, such as a copyrighted soundtrack. To do so, a video comprising at least two audio layers is received. The audio layers can include separate and distinct audio layers or a mix of audio from separate sources. A restricted audio element is identified in a first audio layer and a speech element is identified in a second audio layer. A stitched text string can be generated by performing speech-to-text on both audio layers and removing the text corresponding to the restricted audio element of the second audio layer. When playing back the video, a portion of the video is muted based on the restricted audio element. A voice synthesizer is employed to generate audible sound during the muted portion using the stitched text string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Haro, Ellis Shui-Man Luk, Selcuk Kopru
  • Patent number: 11586472
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus determines that one or more tasks should be relocated from a first processor to a second processor by comparing performance metrics to associated thresholds or by using other indications. To relocate the one or more tasks from the first processor to the second processor, the first processor is stalled and state information from the first processor is copied to the second processor. The second processor uses the state information and then services incoming tasks instead of the first processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander J. Branover, Benjamin Tsien, Elliot H. Mednick
  • Patent number: 11588564
    Abstract: A receiving device including a first electronic component and a second electronic component. The first electronic component includes: an analog audio demodulator that demodulates a received signal including a digital broadcast wave and an analog broadcast wave to output an analog audio, the analog broadcast wave being broadcast later by a preset first delay time than the digital broadcast wave; and a transmitter that transmits a communication signal including the analog audio and the received signal to the second electronic component. The second electronic component includes: a receiver that receives the communication signal from the transmitter; a digital audio demodulator that demodulates the received signal included in the communication signal to output a digital audio; and a selector that selects at least one of the digital audio and the analog audio as an output sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masataka Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11588874
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recording “on-screen” content of a user device via a web browser-based coupling with a content recording system. The content to be recorded may include an audio component and a video component. The audio and video components are merged into a single stream that contains the content displayed via the user device. Segments of the recorded stream are periodically stored to a local storage associated with the web browser. Upon completion of the storage of a segment in the local storage, the segment is uploaded to the content recording system. As the recording session persists, multiple file segments are created in the local storage of the web browser and uploaded, on a segment-by-segment basis, to the server. The server of the content recording system concatenates the multiple uploaded file segments to generate a single file associated with the recorded session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: McGraw Hill LLC
    Inventors: Ori Wallenstein, Max Romanov, Oleg Yudovich
  • Patent number: 11587666
    Abstract: The current invention describes a method and system for delivering reconfigured digital content or reconfigured delivery of digital content designed to allay the effects of Q/D-related EMS. Disclosed is a system/method for delivering an extended digital therapeutic (ExRx) based on a selected emotional/mental state (EMS) and home-bound state (HBS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Get Together Inc
    Inventor: Michael Phillips Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 11581086
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for delivering a digital therapeutic, specific to both a user-selected emotional or mental state (EMS) and at least one user profile attribute comprising of: an EMS store; a message prescriber; a processor coupled to a memory element with instructions, the processor when executing the memory-stored instructions, configure the system to cause: the EMS store comprising a plurality of EMS to allow a user to select at least one EMS, said selected EMS indicating at least one of an emotion, mental, and/or physical state of the user. The message prescriber then pushing to a user device at least one stored digital therapeutic coupled to the selected EMS from the EMS store, wherein the digital therapeutic is at least one of a message or content with a behavioral and/or physical (b/p) recommendation of varying severity and/or varying design cues specific to both the user-selected EMS and at least one user profile attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Get Together Inc
    Inventor: Michael Phillips Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 11579836
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an electronic device comprises: a wireless communication module; a memory storing a priority of a plurality of external electronic devices; an output module; and a processor operatively connected to the wireless communication module, the memory, and the output module, wherein the processor is configured to: control the wireless communication module to establish a first wireless communication channel with a first external electronic device; control the wireless communication module to establish a second wireless communication channel with a second external electronic device; control the output module to output first audio data received through the first wireless communication channel; identify a priority of the first external electronic device and a priority of the second external electronic device when receiving second audio data through the second wireless communication channel while outputting the first audio data; identify a type of the first audio data and a type of the second audi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heejin Kim, Ochae Kwon, Inje Hwang
  • Patent number: 11573948
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to data science and data analysis, computer software and systems, and wired and wireless network communications to interface among repositories of disparate datasets and computing machine-based entities configured to access datasets, and, more specifically, to a computing and data storage platform to implement predict data constraints to validate one or more portions of a dataset, according to at least some examples. For example, a method may include predicting a subset of constraint data to validate a graph-based data arrangement, and analyzing the graph-based data arrangement against a subset of constraint data to determine an action. At least one action may include validating data in a graph-based data arrangement. Also, the method may include integrating graph-based data arrangement into a graph data arrangement responsive to determining data representing a validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: data.world, Inc.
    Inventor: David Lee Griffith
  • Patent number: 11574623
    Abstract: An example embodiment may involve receiving, from a client device, a selection of text-based articles from newsfeeds. The selection may specify that the text-based articles have been flagged for audible playout. The example embodiment may also involve, possibly in response to receiving the selection of the text-based articles, retrieving text-based articles from the newsfeeds. The example embodiment may also involve causing the text-based articles to be converted into audio files. The example embodiment may also involve receiving a request to stream the audio files to the client device or another device. The example embodiment may also involve causing the audio files to be streamed to the client device or the other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote Digital Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Venkatarama Anilkumar Panguluri
  • Patent number: 11570522
    Abstract: An electronic device stores a shared playback queue for the shared playback session, the shared playback queue comprising one or more media content items, including a first media content item requested by a first user. While the shared playback queue includes the first media content item, the device receives a second request, from a second user, to add a second media content item to the shared playback queue. The device determines an order of the shared playback queue based at least in part on the musical preferences indicated in a profile of a third user of the plurality of users participating in the shared playback session. The device provides, for playback in the shared playback session, the first media content item and the second media content item based on the order of the shared playback queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventor: Mattias Anders Malte Patricks
  • Patent number: 11567552
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a visual color display of audio-file data are provided. The system includes a processor that performs a method including receiving audio-file data; generating filtered-audio data by processing the audio-file data by frequency-band filters. The frequency band filters have different frequency bands. The method includes generating one or more waveforms corresponding to the filtered-audio data and displaying the waveforms superimposed in unique color relative to one another. The method includes downsampling the waveforms. The method includes processing the waveforms through an envelope detector. The method includes processing the waveforms through an expander and applying a gain factor. The waveforms have transparency levels at sections that are proportional or inversely proportional to amplitudes at the sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: inMusic Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John O'Donnell, Christopher Blane Roman, James Samuel Heintz, Lindsey Ryan Cole, Manuel Kaletta, Vincent Ming Chen, Marcus Tillmans
  • Patent number: 11570518
    Abstract: A first client device is associated with a first user hosting a shared playback session. While a first media content item from the shared playback session is being presented on a set of presentation devices, the first client device communicates with a set of observer devices for the shared playback session. The first client device receives a request to modify playback of the shared playback session from a second client device, the second client device being one observer device of the set of observer devices. In response to the request to modify playback of the shared playback session, the first client device determines an action to take with respect to the shared playback session. In response to determining the action to take with respect to the shared playback session, the first client device sends a command for the action to each of the set of presentation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Erik Broberg, Daniel Per Åke Lindstrand
  • Patent number: 11550536
    Abstract: In general, user interfaces for controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a user interface is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When the scene is activated, the players in the scene react in a synchronized manner. For example, the players in the scene are all caused to play a multimedia source or music in a playlist, wherein the multimedia source may be located anywhere on a network. The user interface is further configured to illustrate graphically a size of a group, the larger the group appears relatively, the more plays there are in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Lambourne, Nicholas A. J. Millington
  • Patent number: 11550878
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure provide improved techniques to process and manage media content and associated intellectual property rights associated with the media content. Intellectual property rights associated with media content can include copyright, trademarks, licenses to composition, synchronization, performance, recordings, etc. In particular, various embodiments provide media licensing management and monetization based on media licensing using a centralized registry of media content and associated asset rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Vadim Brenner, Stephen White, Ryan Wigley, Mijat Nenezic
  • Patent number: 11546071
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for modifying the playback of content using pre-processed profile information are described. Example instructions, when executed, cause at least one processor to access a media stream that includes media and a profile of equalization parameters, the media stream provided to a device via a network, the profile of equalization parameters included in the media stream selected based on a comparison of a reference fingerprint to a query fingerprint generated based on the media, the profile of equalization parameters including an equalization parameter for the media; and modify playback of the media based on the equalization parameter specified in the accessed profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: GRACENOTE, INC.
    Inventors: Vadim Brenner, Markus K. Cremer, Michael Becker
  • Patent number: 11546393
    Abstract: A system for producing a live performance combining separate performances of remote players comprises a plurality of connected computing devices transmitting a plurality of communication streams to one another in series. The system can employ the plurality of series conceded computing devices, each for receiving and playing back an immediate predecessor communication stream from an immediate predecessor computing device, and each for capturing and transmitting a current performance along with the played back immediate predecessor communication stream. Typically, the individual performances of remote players can comprise live instrument music and/or vocals which can also include live video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Mark Goldstein, Michael Mcnabb, Boris Smus
  • Patent number: 11546462
    Abstract: [Problem] Provided is a relaying device that can track and record a communicated voice of a specific communication terminal using a mixing function of the relaying device. [Solution] When a communication terminal has made a call, a communication session in which the communication terminal that has made a call and a communication terminal that has been called are participating terminals is established. When a voice signal is transmitted from one participating terminal of the established communication session, this voice signal is transmitted to the other participating terminal(s) of the same communication session along with session information. A virtual device is associated with a communication terminal, and is registered in a communication session in which the communication terminal participates as a participating terminal together with the communication terminal. A communication monitoring unit records a voice signal transmitted to the virtual device from the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: ICOM INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Akira Nakano
  • Patent number: 11545162
    Abstract: Provided are an audio reconstruction method and device for providing improved sound quality by reconstructing a decoding parameter or an audio signal obtained from a bitstream, by using machine learning. The audio reconstruction method includes obtaining a plurality of decoding parameters of a current frame by decoding a bitstream, determining characteristics of a second parameter included in the plurality of decoding parameters and associated with a first parameter, based on the first parameter included in the plurality of decoding parameters, obtaining a reconstructed second parameter by applying a machine learning model to at least one of the plurality of decoding parameters, the second parameter, and the characteristics of the second parameter, and decoding an audio signal, based on the reconstructed second parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-sang Sung, Jong-hoon Jeong, Ki-hyun Choo, Eun-mi Oh, Jong-youb Ryu
  • Patent number: 11540050
    Abstract: Technology for grouping, consolidating, and pairing individual playback devices with network capability (players) to stimulate a multi-channel listening environment is disclosed. An example method includes receiving an audio signal containing a range of audio frequencies; amplifying, according to a gain parameter, the audio signal to be reproduced by at least one speaker. The example method includes automatically increasing the gain parameter to a higher gain parameter responsive to a determination that no more than a subset of the range of audio frequencies is to be reproduced by the at least one speaker. The example method includes amplifying, according to the higher gain parameter, the audio signal containing no more than the subset of the range of audio frequencies to be reproduced by the at least one speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Kallai, Michael Darrell Andrew Ericson, Robert A. Lambourne, Robert Reimann, Mark Triplett
  • Patent number: 11539767
    Abstract: Embodiments are described herein that involve a computing device initiating playback of a particular media item on a media playback system that is registered to a particular account of a social media service. The computing device may query the social media service for one or more accounts of the social media service that are registered to respective media playback systems that have played the particular media item on at least a threshold number of occasions and have not yet been connected to the particular account of the social media service within the social network. The computing device may receive the queried one or more accounts of the social media service and cause a graphical interface to display one or more respective selectable indications of the received one or more accounts of the social media service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Corbin, Abhishek Kumar, Ron Kuper, Gregory Paul Ramsperger, Andrej Sarkic
  • Patent number: 11537356
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns the playback of audio, e.g. in the form of music. More particularly, the disclosure concerns the playback of streamed audio. In one example embodiment, there is a method of operating an electronic device for playback of an audio stream. While an audio stream is being played, for example at a user interface of the electronic device, a first request to adjust an energy level (e.g., a tempo) of the played audio stream is received. In response to receiving the first request, the energy level (e.g., the tempo) of the played audio stream is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Souheil Medaghri Alaoui, Miles Lennon, Kieran Del Pasqua
  • Patent number: 11531518
    Abstract: A system and method for differentially locating and modifying audio sources that includes receiving multiple audio inputs from a set of distinct locations; determining a multi-dimensional audio map from the audio inputs; acquiring a set of positional audio control inputs applied to the audio map, each audio control input comprising a location and audio processing property; and generating an audio output according to the audio control inputs and the audio inputs. The audio control inputs capable of configuration through manual, automatic, computer vision analysis, and other configuration modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Grabango Co.
    Inventors: William Glaser, Brian Van Osdol
  • Patent number: 11531517
    Abstract: An example playback device includes a first interface for receiving a first audio signal from a first audio source; a second interface for receiving a second audio signal from a second audio source; and a processor configured to: cause the playback device to playback the second audio signal; determine that the first audio signal is present at the first interface; in response to determining that the first audio signal is present at the first interface, (i) cease playback of the second audio signal being played by the playback device and (ii) cause the playback device to playback the first audio signal; receive an instruction to stop the playback device from playing the first audio signal while the first audio signal is still present at the first interface; and arm the playback device such that a subsequent presence of the first audio signal at the first interface causes the playback device to play the first audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. J. Millington, Tom Cullen, Robert Reimann, Brent Lehman
  • Patent number: 11526510
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for searching time series information in a distributed data processing system. A method of processing a semantic search query comprises receiving a structured search query, processing the structured search query to deconstruct into query elements, identifying a set of connected elements based on the query elements, processing a time series data structure of the identified set of connected elements to determine a command data element, utilizing the command data element to process the time series data structure of the identified set of connected elements, annotating the time series data structure of each of the identified set of connected elements to form a queried data set, and providing the queried data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC USA, INC.
    Inventors: Charbel Joseph El Kaed, Imran Khan, Hicham Hossayni
  • Patent number: 11528527
    Abstract: Example techniques relate to a loss of control of a playback queue. An example implementation involves a playback device receiving, from a native controller, an instruction to add audio tracks to a queue, where, in a first mode associated with the native controller, the playback device is configured to play back from the queue. While the audio tracks are in the queue, the playback device receives, from a media player application associated with a particular wireless protocol, an instruction to play back a media item. In response, the playback device is configured to play back in a second mode associated with the particular wireless protocol, where, in the second mode, the queue is not in use. While playing back the media item, the playback device detects a loss of control by the media player application and configures the playback device to play back in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Coburn, IV, Sherwin Liu
  • Patent number: 11526326
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving data indicating a configuration of one or more playback devices. The one or more playback devices may include one or more transducers. The method further includes, based on the received data, associating each of one or more audio streams respectively with at least one transducer of the one or more transducers. The method further includes generating the one or more audio streams and sending at least one of the generated one or more audio streams to each of the one or more playback devices. An example non-transitory computer readable medium and an example computing device related to the example method are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Ted Lin, Romi Kadri
  • Patent number: 11516586
    Abstract: An audio configuration method establishes an audio connection between an audio source and multiple audio sinks and determines an audio context of an audio application generating audio content. The audio connection includes multiple components of latency and at least one latency component is configured based on the audio context. The transport may include a group of synchronized isochronous streams and may be associated with a transport latency indicative of time required to deliver packets to the audio sinks and a presentation latency indicative of time required for the audio sinks to render packets. The transport latency may reflect a flush timeout parameter used to extend the lifetime of a packet in exchange for longer transport delay. The flush timeout parameter may be configured in accordance with an audio context of the audio application. Applications with low latency tolerance might perform better with a lower flush timeout and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventor: Harpreet Narula
  • Patent number: 11509955
    Abstract: A display system includes: a plurality of secondary display units that respectively display a plurality of videos; a primary display unit that displays at least one of the plurality of videos; a detection unit that detects a number of viewers of each of the plurality of secondary display units; and a control unit that causes the primary display unit to display a same video as the video being displayed by the secondary display unit having a highest number of viewers among the plurality of secondary display units, based on the numbers of viewers detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventor: Eifu Nezu
  • Patent number: 11500611
    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: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Vega-Zayas, Lucas Pylypczak, Rich Lean