Digital Audio Data Processing System Patents (Class 700/94)
  • Patent number: 10254824
    Abstract: An audio playback device may be capable of operating in a “shuffle” mode in which audio or other content items are randomly selected. Environmental factor(s) such as ambient conditions or forces applied to the device or a peripheral can be used to identify one or more subsets of available content items from which content items are selected to thereby provide an “ambient shuffle” mode. By including or excluding items from the subset, the randomly-selected content items may more likely match the conditions under which the playback device is operating and/or match input provided by a user via tapping on, shaking, or otherwise applying force to the device or components in communication with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Erin Ramsay
  • Patent number: 10254921
    Abstract: A method of controlling a mobile terminal, for diagnosing a home appliance using the mobile terminal is disclosed. The method includes a menu display step of displaying a diagnosis menu for diagnosis of a home appliance on a display, an information receiving step of receiving information about a current state of the home appliance or presence of a problem as an audio signal when the diagnosis menu is selected, the information being diagnosed by the home appliance, a result display step of displaying a diagnosis result of the home appliance on the display, the diagnosis result being obtained based on the information received in the information receiving step, and a solution display step of displaying a solution based on the diagnosis result to suggest a measure to be taken by a user to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Mijin Jung, Moonhyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10255924
    Abstract: In multichannel audio coding, an improved coding efficiency is achieved by the following measure: the noise filling of zero-quantized scale factor bands is performed using noise filling sources other than artificially generated noise or spectral replica. In particular, the coding efficiency in multichannel audio coding may be rendered more efficient by performing the noise filling based on noise generated using spectral lines from a previous frame of, or a different channel of the current frame of, the multichannel audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Maria Luis Valero, Christian Helmrich, Johannes Hilpert
  • Patent number: 10257603
    Abstract: An electronic wearable device includes an electrical cord for carrying electrical signals. An electrical power module includes an interface for detachable connection to the electrical cord. A first audio module includes an interface for detachable connecting to the electrical cord. A second audio module includes an interface for detachable connecting to the electrical cord. The electrical cord is configured to support the first audio module and the second audio module thereon. A controller module controls the first audio module and the second audio module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryutaro Sakai, Alex Millie, Richard Overcash
  • Patent number: 10255710
    Abstract: An audio media visualization method and system. The method includes receiving by a computing processor, mood description data describing different human emotions/moods. The computer processor an audio file comprising audio data and generates a mood descriptor file comprising portions of the audio data associated with specified descriptions of the mood description data. The computer processor receives a mood tag library file comprising mood tags mapped to animated and/or still objects representing various emotions/moods and associates each animated and/or still object with an associated description. The computer processor synchronizes the animated and/or still objects with the portions of said audio data and presents the animated and/or still objects synchronized with the portions of said audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tamer E. Abuelsaad, John E. Moore, Jr., Rajeshkumar N. Singi, Robert R. Wentworth
  • Patent number: 10248381
    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: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: iZotope, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bailey, Todd Baker, Brett Bunting, Mark Ethier, Matt Fuerch
  • Patent number: 10250937
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transitioning between media assets are described. In the described techniques, a client device may receive and render a first plurality of coded segments corresponding to a first media asset. Subsequently, while rendering the first media asset, the client device may receive a second plurality of coded segments corresponding to a second media asset. In order to transition between the media assets, a starting point for the rendering of the second media asset is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Roger N. Pantos, James D. Batson, Simon Ezriel Chaim Goldrei
  • Patent number: 10248380
    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: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: iZotope, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bailey, Todd Baker, Brett Bunting, Mark Ethier, Matt Fuerch
  • Patent number: 10250733
    Abstract: In various embodiments, different mobile phones are provided, comprising: a touchscreen including a backlight; a near field communication interface; at least one non-transitory memory storing instructions; and one or more processors in communication with the touchscreen, the near field communication interface, and the at least one non-transitory memory, wherein the one or more processors execute the instructions to initiate various capabilities and/or functionalities in connection with a lock screen displayed on the touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Majen Tech, LLC
    Inventors: George Andrew Gordon, Joseph A Cerrato, Ronald A Johnston, Kevin J Zilka
  • Patent number: 10236004
    Abstract: A method of hiding non-audio data in audio data of multiple audio channels which can be applied to first and second audio channel. Audio data segments from the audio data of the multiple audio channels are retrieved and pairs of target audio data segments associated with the first channel and the second channel are selected. The target audio data segments are divided into a plurality of audio frames based on sampling points. An entropic value of each of the audio frames is calculated and the audio data of the audio frames is adjusted to embed the non-audio data into the calculated and recorded entropic differences within the pairing of audio frames respectively associated with the first and second audio channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chun-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10237675
    Abstract: A system for enabling spatial delivery of multi-source audio data to a user based on a multi-layer audio stack is provided. The multi-layer audio stack includes a central layer located within a predetermined vertical distance from a reference line associated with the user, such as the horizon line of the user. The multi-layer audio stack can also include an upper layer located above the central layer and/or a lower layer located below the central layer. Audio data from multiple sources are collected and prioritized based on context data gathered for the user. Audio data on which the user would like to focus is assigned the highest priority and delivered on the central layer. Audio data that the user does not currently focus on, but would like to visit next, can be assigned a lower priority and be delivered in the upper layer or the lower layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: George Michael Valavanis
  • Patent number: 10231046
    Abstract: An audio system includes a transducer assembly, an audio sensor, and a controller. The transducer assembly is coupled to a back of an auricle of an ear of the user. The transducer assembly vibrates the auricle over a frequency range to cause the auricle to create an acoustic pressure wave in accordance with vibration instructions. The acoustic sensor detects the acoustic pressure wave at an entrance of the ear of the user. The controller dynamically adjusts a frequency response model based in part on the detected acoustic pressure wave, updates the vibration instructions using the adjusted frequency response model, and provides the updated vibration instructions to the transducer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Antonio John Miller, Ravish Mehra
  • Patent number: 10225019
    Abstract: A digital adjusting signal for adjusting a multi-channel SQUID system is transmitted only to a control circuit module including a SQUID channel selected in an embodiment of the present invention and not transmitted to other modules. Accordingly, the digital adjusting signal is prevented from flowing into all SQUID adjusting channels to minimize noise generated by the digital adjusting circuit of the SQUID channel and to stably control the SQUID sensor without malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF STANDARD AND SCIENCE
    Inventors: Jin Mok Kim, YongHo Lee, Hyukchan Kwon, Ki Woong Kim, KwonKyu Yu
  • Patent number: 10218329
    Abstract: Each input channel adjusts a level of an audio signal by individual first parameters and outputs the level-adjusted audio signals to individual output routes that include bus channels. Each bus channel mixes the level-adjusted audio signals and processes the mixed audio signal by a second parameter to output to a main output. A preview channel adjusts a level of the audio signal of each of input channels by a third parameter, mixes the level-adjusted audio signals of the input channels and processes the mixed audio signal by a fourth parameter to output to a monitor output. In response to a preview instruction, the first parameter of the input channel is copied as the third parameter, and the second parameter of the bus channel is copied as the fourth parameter of the preview channel. In response to an adjustment instruction, the third or fourth parameter of the preview channel is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Kosuke Saito
  • Patent number: 10217471
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for decoding audio, The method includes receiving a bitstream consisting of audio packets; decoding an audio packet included in the received bitstream; extracting a type of the decoded packet; obtaining system data from a packet of which system metadata corresponds to the extracted packet type; and transmitting the obtained system data to a system engine, wherein the system data includes at least one of information regarding a type of the system engine and a length of the system data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-bae Chon, Sun-min Kim
  • Patent number: 10216266
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that allow a user to interact with a device using gaze detection. In the provided systems and methods, the gaze detection is initiated by detecting a triggering event. Once gaze detection has been initiated, detecting a gaze of a user may allow the user to activate a display component of the device, pass a security challenge on the device, and view content and alerts on the device. The gaze detection may continue looking for the user's gaze and keep the display component of the device activated as long as a gaze is detected, but may deactivate the display component of the device once a gaze is no longer detected. To conserve power the gaze detection may also be deactivated until another triggering event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Darrell L. Krulce, Francis B. MacDougall, Shaun W. Van Dyken
  • Patent number: 10212233
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, a system and apparatuses for establishing application virtual data paths (VDP) over a device gateway, a network of interconnect end-points and an application server gateway for the purpose of forwarding application data from an Internet of Things (IoT) device to its destination application server based on the unique IoT device identity, while the IoT device, the device gateway and the network of end-points are unaware of the destination application server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Marc-Olivier Arsenault, Mario Bonja, Emmanuel Grecki, Steven Rochefort Rochefort
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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