Digital Audio Data Processing System Patents (Class 700/94)
  • Patent number: 10206010
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sharing personal media using a digital recorder transfers multimedia content via email to a digital video recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Matt Arnold, Jim Barton
  • Patent number: 10205817
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method, device and storage medium for controlling a screen state. The method includes: transmitting an ultrasonic transmission-signal for N times within a preset time period when detecting that an ultrasonic sensing function of the terminal is enabled, N being an integer greater than 1; receiving an ultrasonic receipt signal; generating N determination results of whether the terminal is covered, wherein each of the N determination results is based on one of the N times transmission of the ultrasonic transmission-signal and receipt of the corresponding ultrasonic receipt signal; and determining that the terminal is covered and switching the screen state of the terminal from a turn-on state to a turn-off state, when at least one of the N determination results indicates that the terminal is covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chiafu Yen, Nannan Wang, Dawei Xiong
  • Patent number: 10205543
    Abstract: A system that acquires information from at least first and second electronic devices, the information indicating a quality of a wireless link between the at least first and second electronic devices; generates adjustment information indicating an adjustment of at least one of a position, orientation, antenna position or antenna direction of at least one of the first or second electronic devices to improve the quality of the wireless link between the first and second electronic devices; and controls outputting the adjustment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erika Saito, Natsuki Itaya, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Kenzoh Nishikawa, Chihiro Fujita
  • Patent number: 10198697
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that generates sound primitives to facilitate sound recognition. First, the system performs a feature-detection operation on sound samples to detect a set of sound features, wherein each sound feature comprises a measurable characteristic of a window of consecutive sound samples. Next, the system creates feature vectors from coefficients generated by the feature-detection operation, wherein each feature vector comprises a set of coefficients for sound features detected in a window. The system then performs a clustering operation on the feature vectors to produce feature-vector clusters, wherein each feature-vector cluster comprises a set of feature vectors that are proximate to each other in a feature-vector space that contains the feature vectors. After the clustering operation, the system defines a set of sound primitives, wherein each sound primitive is associated with a feature-vector cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OtoSense Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien J. V. Christian, Thor C. Whalen
  • Patent number: 10191715
    Abstract: Implementations of a method of synchronizing audio playback may include, using a correction block and a second sample counter, comparing a number of playback samples in a slave channel stream with a number of master playback samples in a master channel stream received from a wireless telecommunication channel from a first audio speaker device. The method may include adjusting an input transfer rate of playback samples into an ASRC if the number of playback samples in the slave channel stream and the number of master playback samples is not the same, keeping an output transfer rate of playback samples of the slave channel stream out of the ASRC to a slave DAC at a constant value, and, through adjusting the input transfer rate into the ASRC, synchronizing the playback of audio data included in the slave channels stream with the playback of audio data included in the master channel stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yoshihide Ando, Hiroyuki Okita
  • Patent number: 10194256
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to analyze microphone placement for watermarks and signatures are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a signal transformer to determine a frequency spectrum of a received noise burst; a variance determiner to compute a variance of a frequency band in the frequency spectrum; and a detection rates determiner to determine a recovery rate of at least one of a watermark or a signature based on the computed variance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Marc Messier, James Joseph Vitt, Venugopal Srinivasan, Alexander Topchy
  • Patent number: 10185538
    Abstract: Systems, devices, apparatuses, components, methods, and techniques for identifying and playing media content are provided. An example media-playback device for identifying and playing media content for a user traveling in a vehicle includes an audio identification engine and a media playback engine. Audio content is recorded and identified by comparison to media content databases. The audio content is identified and immediately played on the same device. Additional media content is selected for playback based on user listening preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Johan Oskarsson, Christopher Swanson
  • Patent number: 10185539
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention are directed to an audio production system which is more portable, less expensive, faster to set up, and simpler and easier to use than conventional audio production tools. An audio production system implemented in accordance with some embodiments of the invention may therefore be more accessible to the typical user, and easier and more enjoyable to use, than conventional audio production tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: iZotope, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bailey, Todd Baker, Brett Bunting, Mark Ethier, Matt Fuerch
  • Patent number: 10187507
    Abstract: A centralized resource manager manages the routing of audio or visual information within a device, including a handheld device such as a smartphone. The resource manager evaluates data-driven policies to determine how to route audio or visual information to or from various input or output components connected to the device, including headphones, built-in speakers, microphones, bluetooth headsets, cameras, and so on. Among the data considered in the policies are connection status data, indicating if a device is connected, routing status data, indicating if a device is permitted to route information to or from a component, and grouping data, indicating logical relationships between various components. Components may be considered inherently routable, automatically routable, or optionally routable. Numerous other uses exist for such data, including providing simpler and more logical management interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Rostaing, Anthony J. Guetta, Greg Chapman
  • Patent number: 10180741
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus, including an emissive display configured to provide a first image having a first image quality; a transparent display disposed on the emissive display and configured to provide a second image having a second image quality; and a controller configured to control the emissive display to provide the first image in according to first mode and control the transparent display to provide the second image according to a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-ho Kim, Joo-ho Kim, Jin Ra, Jong-hyun Ryu, Moon-il Jung, Hyun-min Song, Hong-suk Kim, Dong-hyun Sohn
  • Patent number: 10175932
    Abstract: Examples include a playback device with a network interface and memory with program instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the playback device to (a) receive, via the network interface from a network device communicatively coupled to the playback device over a local area network (LAN), an address identifying a network location of first audio information available at an audio information source, where the audio information source is outside of the LAN, (b) obtain, via the network interface from the audio information source, the first audio information, (c) receive, from a second audio information source connected to the playback device via a direct communication link, second audio information, and (d) play back one of the first audio information and the second audio information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A. J. Millington
  • Patent number: 10176826
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to source separation in audio content. A method for separating sources from audio content is disclosed, the audio content being of a multi-channel format based on a plurality of channels. The method comprises performing a component analysis on the audio content for each of the plurality of channels to generate a plurality of components, each of the plurality of components comprising a plurality of time-frequency tiles in full frequency band; generating at least one dominant source with at least one of the time-frequency tiles from the plurality of the components and separating the sources from the audio content by estimating spatial parameters and spectral parameters based on the dominant source. Corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Wang
  • Patent number: 10178143
    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: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    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: 10175934
    Abstract: A system for optimizing music listening which includes a multimedia server controlled by a user. The multimedia server includes a transmitter of the multimedia server to transmit an audio stream to various connected appliances provided with an acoustic emitter and a selector to select at least one connected appliance to which the audio stream is transmitted. A predetermined table of characteristics links the various connected appliances to a measurement of the acoustic reproduction capabilities thereof. A predetermined user table links at least one user with the hearing capabilities thereof. An adapter to adapt the audio stream in accordance with the measurement of the acoustic reproduction capabilities of the connected appliance to which the audio stream is transmitted and in accordance with the hearing capabilities of the user connected to the multimedia server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ARKAMYS
    Inventor: Frédéric Amadu
  • Patent number: 10175760
    Abstract: A haptically enabled system receives a haptic effect primitive comprising a plurality of input parameters and receives an input from a sensor. The system generates a haptic effect signal from the haptic effect primitive, the haptic effect signal comprising a plurality of output parameters where at least one of the output parameters is varied based on the sensor input. The system then applies the haptic effect signal to an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Liwen Wu, Christopher J. Ullrich
  • Patent number: 10178482
    Abstract: An audio transmission system and an audio processing method thereof are disclosed. The audio transmission system includes a wireless communication module, a sound receiving module, a memory module, a sound adjustment module, and an output module. The wireless communication module is used for receiving a wireless communication signal or a wireless audio signal from an electronic device. The sound receiving module is used for receiving an ambient sound signal. The memory module stores a first parameter, a second parameter, and a third parameter. The sound adjustment module adjusts the received wireless communication signal, the wireless audio signal, or the ambient sound signal according to the first parameter, the second parameter, or the third parameter so as to generate an adjusted sound signal. The output module is used for outputting the adjusted sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: UNLIMITER MFA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ping Yang, Jian-Ying Li, Kuan-Li Chao, Neo Bob Chih-Yung Young
  • Patent number: 10175846
    Abstract: The communication device comprising a first weather implementer, a second weather implementer, a first weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer, a second weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer, and an audio playback implementer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 10176647
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for monitoring a sound are described. An audio signal is obtained and the audio signal is analyzed to generate an audio signature. An object type is identified based on the audio signature and an action corresponding to the object type is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10171055
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention are directed to an audio production system which is more portable, less expensive, faster to set up, and simpler and easier to use than conventional audio production tools. An audio production system implemented in accordance with some embodiments of the invention may therefore be more accessible to the typical user, and easier and more enjoyable to use, than conventional audio production tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: iZotope, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bailey, Todd Baker, Brett Bunting, Mark Ethier, Matt Fuerch
  • Patent number: 10171923
    Abstract: A system (202) for binaural signal processing. A first speaker (210) and a second speaker (220) are respectively mounted proximal to, and deliver respective first and second acoustic signals to, the left and right ears of a user. A first microphone (212) and a second microphone (222) are respectively mounted proximal to the left and right ears. A binaural processing device receives signals from the microphones and, based on the microphone signals, determines the first and second acoustic signals. The binaural processing device operates at a distance from both the left and right ears of the user. The speakers, microphones and the binaural processing device are connected by a signal network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CIRRUS LOGIC, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony John Shilton
  • Patent number: 10171535
    Abstract: A computer system for implementing a method for communicating an audio message file from a computing device to an audio player device. The computer system includes the computing device, the audio player device, and one or more computer readable hardware storage devices containing program instructions which upon being executed on both the computing device and the audio player device, implement the method. An audio message file is generated by the computing device and sent to the audio player device. In response to receipt of the audio message file, the audio player device halts play of a song or other audio content that was being played by the audio player device at a time of receipt of the audio message file, and plays the audio message file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Robert D. Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10162824
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying video and/or audio content are presented. An identification management component (IMC) groups users determined to be at least potentially be watching the same content based on first content fingerprints associated with respective content viewed by the users on communication devices, and a defined matching criterion. IMC facilitates identifying the content associated with the group of users based on first content fingerprints associated with the group of users and first reference content fingerprints. IMC receives a second content fingerprint associated with a communication device of a user in the group, sends the second content fingerprint to a third-party identification component for comparison with second reference content fingerprints, and receives content identification information in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Zbigniew Skolicki, Jurek Foryciarz, Jan Wicijowski, Grzegorz Glowaty
  • Patent number: 10158439
    Abstract: When a name of a group level control section is tapped, the group level control section is expanded and a group expansion screen is displayed on a display. In the group expansion screen, the group level control section is expanded and images of channel level control sections for respectively controlling output levels of channels belonging to a group corresponded to the group level control section are displayed by juxtaposing next to the group level control section. In this case, each channel level control section belongs to a lower layer than that of the group level control section. Although the channel level control sections and the group level control section belong to the different layers, they are aligned in the same line on the same screen on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kotaro Terada, Tomohiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10158619
    Abstract: An example implementation may involve a computing system receiving, from a media playback system, a request to initiate playback of a cloud queue. The cloud queue may currently have a first access status that authorizes a first set of queue operations, which may include playback of the cloud queue. After receiving the request to initiate playback, the computing system may cause audio tracks of the cloud queue to be queued in a local queue of the media playback system such that the media playback system may playback audio tracks of the cloud queue via the local queue. The computing system may modify the access status of the cloud queue to a second access status. This second access status may authorize a second set of queue operations on the cloud queue. The computing system may cause access to the local queue to be restricted to the second set of queue operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Beckhardt, Andrew J. Schulert, Gregory Ramsperger
  • Patent number: 10152989
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for audience measurement using a mobile device accessory are disclosed. In one aspect, a mobile device accessory includes a power source configured to provide power to the mobile device. The mobile device accessory further includes an audio capturing device configured to capture an ambient sound, and a microprocessor coupled to the audio capturing device and configured to identify distinctive features of the ambient sound and generate a digital representation of the ambient sound. The mobile device accessory further includes a memory coupled to the microprocessor and configured to store at least the digital representation, and a transmitter coupled to the microprocessor and configured to transmit at least the digital representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: comScore, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Brown, Magid M. Abraham
  • Patent number: 10152522
    Abstract: A method and system for requesting a first data, including receiving from a first requestor a first query request to read the first data located in a first geographic location, where the first requestor is located in a second geographic location. The method further includes executing the first query request by a query engine in the first geographic location to obtain a first query result, obtaining a first compliance rule based on at least one of the first geographic location, the second geographic location, generating an exportable result by applying the first compliance rule to the first query result, and transmitting the first exportable result to the first requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Jeroen Mattijs van Rotterdam, David Humby, Una T. Kearns, Raman Meenakshisundaram
  • Patent number: 10149007
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems to help disambiguate channel identification in a scenario where a video fingerprint of media content matches multiple reference video fingerprints corresponding respectively with multiple different channels. Given such a multi-match situation, an entity could disambiguate based on an audio component of the media content, such as by further determining that an audio fingerprint of the media content at issue matches an audio fingerprint of just one of the multiple channels, thereby establishing that that is the channel on which the media content being rendered by the media presentation device is arriving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung Won Seo, Youngmoo Kwon, Jaehyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10147443
    Abstract: A matching device includes a matching unit that judges, based on a first sequence of parameters ? corresponding to each of at least one time-series signal of a predetermined time length which makes up a first signal and a second sequence of the parameters ? corresponding to each of at least one time-series signal of the predetermined time length which makes up a second signal, the degree of match between the first signal and the second signal and/or whether or not the first signal and the second signal match with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION, The University of Tokyo
    Inventors: Takehiro Moriya, Takahito Kawanishi, Yutaka Kamamoto, Noboru Harada, Hirokazu Kameoka, Ryosuke Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10146501
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for gesture recognition are disclosed for audio control. The gestures can be used for audio control in virtualized environments. The audio control can include generating a sound that mimics an effect of a modification of a sound wave that would occur if the gesture were performed in a non-virtualized environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Kee-Hyun Park, Heekab Shin, Keunsung Lee, Srinivas Reddy Julakanti
  • Patent number: 10140367
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of media clips accessed by a user is scored by analyzing metadata associated with the media clips. A representative subset of the media clips is selected based on the scoring. A visual representation of the representative subset of the media clips is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Peter Jung, Deborah Serianni, Chris Colborn, William Turnage, Seth Solomon, Michael C. Piccuirro, Tye Rattenbury
  • Patent number: 10140086
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an audio module, a Bluetooth module, and a processor. If an audio output mode is a mode in which the audio module and the Bluetooth module are activated at the same time and if playback of audio data is requested while the Bluetooth module is connected with an external device, the processor is configured to determine whether the audio data is call data or media data, to send the audio data through a first path if the audio data is the call data, and to send the audio data through a second path if the audio data is the media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eun Seok Hong
  • Patent number: 10142759
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a spatial audio analyzer configured to determine, using at least one audio signal, at least one acoustic source; a location determiner configured to determining at least one point of interest location associated with the at least one acoustic source; a trajectory determiner configured to determine a trajectory of the at least one point of interest location associated with the at least one acoustic source; and a processor configured to reproduce the at least one audio signal from at least one sound playback transducer based on the determined trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Kemal Ugur, Mikko Tapio Tammi
  • Patent number: 10142757
    Abstract: A new service can be provided as maintaining the compatibility with a related audio receiver, without deteriorating an efficient usage of a transmission band. A predetermined number of audio streams having first encoded data and second encoded data which is related to the first encoded data are generated, and a container in a predetermined format including these audio streams is transmitted. The predetermined number of audio streams are generated so that the second encoded data is discarded in a receiver which is not compatible with the second encoded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10140087
    Abstract: The disclosure provides methods and systems for processing audio signals. The method may comprise receiving, via an application displayed at a client computing device, an audio signal and a user control input for controlling an audio processing effect of the audio signal. Then, the method may comprise sending, via a wide area network connection, the audio signal and the user control input to an audio server and then relaying the audio signal through the audio server to an input of an audio processing device. The method may also comprise controlling a setting on the audio processing device through a hardware controller based on the user control input, and returning a processed version of the audio signal from the audio processing device to the client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Access Analog, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Barrett
  • Patent number: 10136240
    Abstract: Methods a provided for improving an audio scene for people suffering from hearing loss or for adverse hearing environments. Audio objects may be prioritized. In some implementations, audio objects that correspond to dialog may be assigned to a highest priority level. Other implementations may involve assigning the highest priority to other types of audio objects, such as audio objects that correspond to events. During a process of dynamic range compression, higher-priority objects may be boosted more, or cut less, than lower-priority objects. Some lower-priority audio objects may fall below the threshold of human hearing, in which case the audio objects may be dropped and not rendered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Mark David De Burgh, Tet Fei Yap
  • Patent number: 10133541
    Abstract: An audio processing method and a computing system performing the audio processing method are provided. The computing system includes an audio processing engine and a host central processing unit (CPU). The audio processing engine determines whether it is possible for the audio processing engine to perform a first process for first audio data, based on a run time of the first process for the first audio data, and performs the first process or requests the host CPU to perform the first process, based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyoung-min Seo
  • Patent number: 10129314
    Abstract: A media service server for streaming media items with similar media features receives a plurality of media items, where each media item of the plurality of media item is labeled with one or more media features characterizing the media item. Audio content features from the plurality of media items are extracted. Correlations between the audio content features and the media features are identified. A set of media items to be analyzed is received. For each media item of the set of media items, a set of media features based on the identified correlations between the audio content features and the plurality of media features is estimated. Each estimated media feature is associated with a confidence score. The set of media items with the estimated media features is provided to one or more experts for expert analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Pandora Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas F Ehmann, Erik Michael Schmidt, Stephen Hogan
  • Patent number: 10129633
    Abstract: A method for automatically alerting, via an active noise reducing device having a sensor, a user to a predetermined or learned trigger in an external environment includes the steps of: (i) receiving, via the sensor while the active noise reducing device is in a first noise reduction mode, sensor data from the external environment; (ii) identifying, from the sensor data, the predetermined or learned trigger in the external environment; and (iii) automatically providing an alert to the user, in response to detection of the trigger, indicating the predetermined or learned trigger in the external environment, wherein the alert comprises entering a second operating mode of the active noise reducing device, the second operating mode characterized by providing hear-through of ambient sound in the external environment to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: NB Patil, Nathan Blagrove, Stephen McDonald
  • Patent number: 10127012
    Abstract: An apparatus for managing input/output (I/O) data may include a streaming I/O controller to receive data from a load/store domain component and output the data as first streaming data of a first data type comprising a first data movement type and first data format type. The apparatus may also include at least one accelerator coupled to the streaming I/O controller to receive the first streaming data, transform the first streaming data to second streaming data having a second data type different than the first data type, and output the second streaming data. In addition, the apparatus may include a streaming interconnect to conduct the second data to a peer device configured to receive data of the second data type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Howard, Steven B. McGowan, Krzysztof Perycz
  • Patent number: 10127010
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for causing a playback device to pre-cache audio content in a playback queue. An example implementation involves a playback device detecting by a sensor on the playback device, movement in relation to the playback device. In response to detecting the movement, the playback device identifies a particular media item in a playback queue associated with the playback device. Prior to receiving a user command to play the media item, the playback device stores at least a portion of the particular media item in memory on the playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathon Reilly
  • Patent number: 10122338
    Abstract: Example techniques involve controlling playback volumes of playback zone in a network media system. An example implementation includes displaying a first volume indicator along a first scale at a first position corresponding to a first volume setting of a zone, and a second volume indicator along a second scale at a second position corresponding to a second volume setting of a zone group including the zone. The implementation also includes receiving an input corresponding to the second volume indicator to adjust the first volume setting to be equal to the second volume setting, and in response, displaying the first volume indicator at a third position along the first scale that indicates the first volume setting is equal to the second volume setting, and transmitting a command to adjust a playback volume of the playback zone to a volume setting corresponding to the third position along the first scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Eduardo Ahumada Apodaca
  • Patent number: 10121491
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, comprising receiving a first audio signal during an application execution in an apparatus, determining a volume level of a volume control interface for controlling a volume level of the first audio signal, controlling processing the first audio signal by at least one digital signal processing algorithm determined on the basis of the determined volume level of the volume control interface for controlling the volume level of the first audio signal, and outputting the controlled processed first audio signal at the determined volume level of the volume control interface. The invention further relates to an apparatus and a computer program product that perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Koray Ozcan, Miikka Vilermo
  • Patent number: 10120531
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a first electronic device, during a playlist mode, displays a plurality of representations of content items available on the first electronic device. While in the playlist mode, the first electronic device optionally receives a first input, via one or more input devices, selecting a respective representation of a respective content item from the plurality of representations of content items. In response to receiving the first input, in accordance with a determination that the respective content item was playing on the first electronic device when the first input was received, the first electronic device optionally transitions to a now playing mode. In accordance with a determination that the respective content item was not playing on the first electronic device when the first input was received, the first electronic device optionally plays the respective content item on the first electronic device while remaining in the playlist mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lochhead, Joe Howard, Jeffrey L. Robbin, William Bachman, Benjamin W. Keighran, Elbert D. Chen, Jennifer L. C. Folse
  • Patent number: 10120954
    Abstract: A system includes a search engine configured to search mobile applications based on a query received from a mobile device and to output search results in a first format. A first processor is configured to process the search results and to generate processed search results in the first format for rendering on the mobile device. A first converter is configured to convert the processed search results into a second format. A second processor is configured to process the processed search results in the second format and to generate a presentation of the processed search results in the second format. A second converter is configured to convert the presentation into the first format or a third format for rendering on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kalyan Desineni, Sudhir Mohan, Leigh L. Klotz, Jr., Manikandan Sankaranarasimhan
  • Patent number: 10122983
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to automation of video creation for an associated audio file or musical composition. In particular, a video can be generated for the audio file that includes images and videos that are compelling and contextually relevant to, and technically compatible with, the audio file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Ross, Hrishikesh Aradhye, Douglas Eck, Christopher Tim Althoff
  • Patent number: 10123142
    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: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-sun Lee, Yong-jin Kang, Nam-gon Kim, Ju-han Bae
  • Patent number: 10114606
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for providing play/pause content. An example method includes receiving a command to play audio from a zone, the zone including one or more playback devices, wherein the zone is configured to play items from a playback queue responsive to the command to play audio. The example method also includes determining that the playback queue includes no playable items. The example method also includes automatically placing information identifying at least one playable item in the playback queue. The example method also includes, responsive to the command to play audio, causing to play the at least one playable item by the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Griffiths, Jonathon Reilly
  • Patent number: 10108393
    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: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. J. Millington, Tom Cullen, Robert Reimann, Brent Lehman
  • Patent number: 10111005
    Abstract: A method and a device are provided for modifying audio signals in accordance with hearing capabilities of a specific individual who is listening to audio signals being played via a set of headphones. The method comprises the steps of: providing results of one or more hearing tests performed to the specific individual; retrieving information that relates to deviations in hearing capabilities of the individual from a pre-defined hearing pattern, based on the results obtained in the one or more hearing tests; and when the set of headphones is used by the individual while listening to input audio signals, modifying the input audio signals based on the retrieved information, thereby enabling the individual to listen to modified audio signals, being the input audio signals after their change into a form that takes into account the individual's hearing capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: EVEN INC.
    Inventors: Ofer Raz, Danny Aronson
  • 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