Digital Audio Data Processing System Patents (Class 700/94)
  • Patent number: 9619198
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for dynamically playing audible punctuation in connection with playout of content defined by a playlist. A client receives a playlist defining a sequence of media content items to be played out by the client, the playlist indicating attribute data for each media content item of the sequence. For each of at least one of the media content items of the playlist, the client determines based on the attribute data and perhaps based on user preference data an audible punctuation to play out in connection with playout of that media content item, and the client retrieves and plays out the audible punctuation in connection with playout of that media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Tribune Digital Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatarama Anilkumar Panguluri, John Zhenghao Yeh
  • Patent number: 9614881
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor a media presentation are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a housing defining a sleeve dimensioned to receive a monitoring device, the monitoring device to monitor the media presentation. The example apparatus includes a receiver carried by the housing to receive a first modulated audio signal from a media device via a wireless data connection using a wireless communication protocol, the first modulated audio signal associated with the media presentation, the receiver to output a baseband audio signal corresponding to the first modulated audio signal. The example apparatus includes a speaker carried by the housing to emit the baseband audio signal for receipt by the monitoring device within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: William K. Krug, James Zhang
  • Patent number: 9606766
    Abstract: An approach is described for creating an audio file sample based upon user preferences. An associated method may include detecting selection of an audio file by a user, wherein the selection of the audio file occurs via a communications network and indexing the audio file to create a plurality of indexed segments based upon audio analysis. The method further may include selecting at least one segment among the plurality of indexed segments based upon a profile of the user and incorporating the at least one selected segment into an audio sample having a designated length. Indexing the audio file to create a plurality of indexed segments based upon audio analysis may include, for each audio characteristic among a plurality of designated audio characteristics, creating from the audio file at least one indexed segment corresponding to the audio characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Al Chakra, John A. Feller, Trudy L. Hewitt, Francesco C. Schembari
  • Patent number: 9607083
    Abstract: An audio system including an audio playback device that is configured to operatively connect to a plurality of digital audio sources for playback of content from the digital audio sources and each of the audio playback devices including a set of preset indicators. Each preset indicator in the set of preset indicators is configured to have assigned to it an entity associated with one of the plurality of digital audio sources. A first control device is wirelessly coupled to the audio playback device via a first wireless communication interface and includes a first level of control functionality while a second control device is wirelessly coupled to the audio playback device via a second wireless communication interface and includes a second level of control functionality that is greater than the first level of control functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn Gomes-Casseres, Yong Gao, John Michael Sakalowsky
  • Patent number: 9609452
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for obtaining audio rendering information in a bitstream. A device configured to render higher order ambisonic coefficients comprising a processor and a memory may perform the techniques. The processor may be configured to obtain sparseness information indicative of a sparseness of a matrix used to render the higher order ambisonic coefficients to a plurality of speaker feeds. The memory may be configured to store the sparseness information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nils Günther Peters, Dipanjan Sen, Martin James Morrell
  • Patent number: 9589027
    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: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Zbigniew Skolicki, Jurek Foryciarz, Jan Wicijowski, Grzegorz Glowaty
  • Patent number: 9589052
    Abstract: A remote node for bi-directional digital audio data and control communications includes remote components including: a remote transceiver; a remote low-voltage power supply that provides power to the other remote node components; and a sub-system that derives a master clock signal from received digital audio data. The sub-system includes a phase-locked loop (PLL) that is locked to a PLL input signal and outputs a remote node clock signal, and a switch that selects the PLL input signal from the derived clock signal and the remote node clock signal. The remote node is enabled to receive over a two-wire communication network digital audio data and digital control signals, and to transmit over the network digital control signals. The remote power supply has an input that is configured to be coupled to the network to derive the power for the remote node from power coupled to the network by a host end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Remco Terwal
  • Patent number: 9582244
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method for outputting an alert indicating a functional state of a back-up audio-broadcast system involves: a computing device receiving a first audio-stream that represents first audio-content; the computing device generating a first signature based, at least in part, upon an extent of mute/non-mute transitions included within the first audio-content; the computing device receiving a second audio-stream that represents second audio-content; the computing device generating a second signature based, at least in part, upon an extent of mute/non-mute transitions included within the second audio-content; the computing device making a determination that the generated first-signature and the generated second-signature lack a threshold extent of similarity; and responsive to the determination that the generated first-signature and the generated second-signature lack the threshold extent of similarity, the computing device outputting an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 9575969
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating concept structures from signature reduced clusters (SRCs) are provided. The method includes retrieving at least one SRC including a cluster of signatures respective of a plurality of multimedia data elements (MMDEs); generating at least one metadata for each signature of the cluster of signatures; identifying a number of repetitions of a metadata of the at least one generated metadata; and determining whether the number of repetitions of the metadata exceeds a predefined repetition threshold; upon determining that the number of repetitions of the metadata exceeds the predefined repetition threshold, identifying the metadata as representative of the SRC; comparing the representative metadata to metadata that is representative of at least one previously generated SRC to determine a metadata match; and upon determining the metadata match, identifying the retrieved SRC and the matching previously generated SRC as a concept structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cortica, Ltd.
    Inventors: Igal Raichelgauz, Karina Odinaev, Yehoshua Y. Zeevi
  • Patent number: 9576050
    Abstract: Techniques for generating a playlist include: receiving acoustic information, obtaining seed information based on the acoustic information, identifying audio tracks in an audio library based on the seed information, and generating the playlist using at least some of the identified audio tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Walters, Douglas Eck, Ryan M. Rifkin
  • Patent number: 9575776
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system that enhances the experience of using a portable device such as mobile phones, smart phones, Personal Digital Assistants PDA etc. To improve the user experience in the use of a portable device, techniques are used for “context characterization, i.e., from a range of conditions possible to detect by the system, such as time (date/time), current location, motion, etc., as well as the historical use of the device, a certain grouping of actions and settings, called “context” are selected automatically or manually, modifying and setting from that moment the way of user interacts with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
  • Patent number: 9575984
    Abstract: A similarity analysis method, an apparatus, and a system where the method includes acquiring file fingerprint information of a file to be analyzed, sending an analysis request that carries the file fingerprint information to at least two MDSs, selecting at least one group according to an analysis result returned by each MDS, where the analysis result includes a group number and a similarity of at least one group that has the highest similarity with the file fingerprint information and is found by the MDS, and the MDS locally queries a duplicate data block in the selected group. Hence, each MDS needs to query only a file fingerprint information set of a group that the MDS itself is responsible for, which reduces the amount of data retrieval and waiting time of reading, writing, and locking a database file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yan Huang
  • Patent number: 9578413
    Abstract: An audio processing system, includes: an audio collector that collects audio in a non-directivity state using audio collection elements; an operator receives an input of one or more designation directions for audio emphasis for switching from the non-directivity state to a directivity state; an emphasis processor that generates audio data in the directivity state obtained by performing an emphasis process on the audio data in the designation direction from the audio collector using audio data collected by the audio collector according to the input of the designation direction; a volume adjustor that adjusts volume of the audio data in a directivity state; and an audio output that outputs the audio in a non-directivity state collected by the audio collector or the audio in a directivity state after the volume has been adjusted by the volume adjustor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Sawa, Toshimichi Tokuda, Shuichi Watanabe, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Hisashi Tsuji, Shintaro Yoshikuni
  • Patent number: 9571951
    Abstract: An acoustic apparatus and a method thereof in a mobile terminal are provided. More particularly, an apparatus and a method for establishing a multi-sound system that provides sounds of sense of reality by connecting with players existing in the neighborhood and reproducing channels of contents using a plurality of players when reproducing the contents including multi-sound channels are provided. The apparatus includes a control player, a server player, and a client player. The control player selects players that reproduce respective channels using information of the channels forming the multi-sound channel contents. The server player analyzes the contents to be reproduced by the players to provide the information regarding the channels to the control player. The client player reproduces the channels of the relevant contents under control of the control player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyung-Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9558162
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for producing mixed media. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention are configured to provide users the ability to play one or more multimedia files and mix the files in real time (live) according to user manipulation of system controls and or manipulation of user defined presets, thus producing a mixed media mashup. Further embodiments of the present invention are configured to allow users to record, save, replay, and share the mixed media mashup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy Micheal Murphy
  • Patent number: 9557958
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve maintaining a database of audio processing algorithms. Maintaining the database may involve generating or updating audio processing algorithm entries. In one example, generating an audio processing algorithm may involve a computing device causing a playback device to play a first audio signal in a playback zone, receiving (i) data indicating one or more characteristics of a playback zone, and (ii) data indicating a second audio signal detected by a microphone of the playback device in the playback zone. Based on the second audio signal and a characteristic of the playback device, an audio processing algorithm may be determined. The an association between the determined audio processing algorithm at least one of the one or more characteristics of the playback zone may be stored in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Sheen, Simon Jarvis
  • Patent number: 9554229
    Abstract: One or more devices may receive, from a media presentation device worn by a user, sensory data comprising at least information describing orientation of the media presentation device. The one or more devices may also determine an approximate direction of a gaze of the user in a three dimensional audio space based on the information describing the orientation of the media presentation device, identify a sound source at which the user gazes based on the approximate direction of the gaze of the user in the three dimensional audio space, obtain audio data associated with the sound source based on an identity of the identified sound source, determine an action to perform on the audio data associated with the sound source, and perform the determined action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Ek, Per Magnus Landqvist, Par-Anders Aronsson, Ola Thorn, Gert Magnus Jendbro, Par Stenberg
  • Patent number: 9553976
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method, system and computer program product for mobile device management during synchronized audio playback in coordination with external video playback. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for mobile device management during synchronized audio playback in coordination with external video playback includes receiving in memory of a mobile device a request to synchronize playback of an audio file through the mobile device with a presentation of video externally to the mobile device and in response to the request, automatically dimming a display of the mobile device and synchronizing playback of the audio file with the external presentation of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: THEATER EARS, LLC
    Inventor: Larry A. Kawa
  • Patent number: 9549275
    Abstract: Improved tools for authoring and rendering audio reproduction data are provided. Some such authoring tools allow audio reproduction data to be generalized for a wide variety of reproduction environments. Audio reproduction data may be authored by creating metadata for audio objects. The metadata may be created with reference to speaker zones. During the rendering process, the audio reproduction data may be reproduced according to the reproduction speaker layout of a particular reproduction environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Nicolas R Tsingos, Charles Q. Robinson, Jurgen W. Scharpf
  • Patent number: 9549235
    Abstract: A user interface apparatus using a speaker to control device operations by utilizing a speaker and a method thereof are provided. The user interface apparatus includes a user input pad that forms at least a portion of the exterior of a speaker and is configured to generate an impact sound wave based on an external impact An impact sound wave recognizer is configured to receive feedback of an output signal output via the speaker and separate a reverse current signal due to the impact sound wave included in the feedback signal. In addition, a controller is configured to analyze a waveform of the reverse current signal separated by the impact sound wave recognizer to recognize a user input pattern, and output a control signal that corresponds to the recognized user input pattern. The device operations of various devices may be controlled by tapping or flicking the exterior of a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kwang Myung Oh, Sung Min Park, Hui Sung Lee, Sung Jin Sah
  • Patent number: 9549258
    Abstract: An example implementation involves a first playback device receiving audio content to be played back by the first playback device and a second playback device in synchrony. Such audio content may include a first and second stereo component. The first playback device determines a limiting result that indicates frequencies at which a playback volume of the second playback device is limited and determines a crossover frequency based on the indicated frequencies at which the playback volume of the second playback device is limited. The first playback device causes the second playback device to play a first portion of the second stereo component that is above the determined crossover frequency and plays (i) the first stereo component and (ii) a second portion of the second stereo component that is below the indicated frequency in synchrony with playback of the first portion by the second playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelio Rafael Ramos, Timothy W. Sheen
  • Patent number: 9547470
    Abstract: An example implementation may involve a control device displaying a prompt to initiate a calibration sequence that involves calibration of a playback device for a given environment in which the playback device is located. The example implementation may also involve the control device displaying (i) a prompt to prepare a playback device for calibration within a given environment, (ii) a prompt to prepare the given environment for calibration of the playback device, and/or (iii) a prompt to prepare the control device for calibration of the playback device. The example implementation may also involve a control device displaying a selectable control, that, when selected, initiates calibration of the playback device. The example implementation may further involve a control device initiating calibration of the playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Sheen, Dayn Wilberding
  • Patent number: 9548830
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to generate signatures representative of media are disclosed. An example method includes transforming a block of samples from a time-domain representation to a frequency-domain representation comprising multiple frequency bands, determining a signature function by fitting a curve to at least a subset of the frequency bands, and calculating signature values for the block. Calculating the tuple includes calculating a first angle between a reference line and a first line that is tangent to the signature function at a first index, calculating a second angle between the reference line and a second line that is tangent to the signature function at a second index, calculating a third angle between the reference line and a third line that is tangent to the signature function at a third index, and creating the signature values based on the first angle, the second angle, and the third angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Manjunath Puttappa Kariyappa, Srinivasa Rao Edara, Suresh Kumar Kulathumkal Kalayil
  • Patent number: 9548059
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new method and apparatus for improvement of High Frequency Reconstruction (HFR) techniques using frequency translation or folding or a combination thereof. The proposed invention is applicable to audio source coding systems, and offers significantly reduced computational complexity. This is accomplished by means of frequency translation or folding in the subband domain, preferably integrated with spectral envelope adjustment in the same domain. The concept of dissonance guard-band filtering is further presented. The proposed invention offers a low-complexity, intermediate quality HFR method useful in speech and natural audio coding applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars G. Liljeryd, Per Ekstrand, Fredrik Henn, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 9538212
    Abstract: A method of generating a stream comprising synchronized interactive content is described. The method comprises the steps of: transmitting a first stream from a studio to a terminal or a terminal system of a first user and to a buffer; transmitting in response to the first stream a second stream to a mixer connected to the buffer, the second stream comprising content generated in reaction to the content of the first stream; providing the mixer with a temporal relation between the packets in the first and second stream; generating a first output stream comprising a substantially synchronized content by mixing packets in second stream with packets of the buffered first stream on the basis of the temporal relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignees: Koninklijke KPN N.V., Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Hans Maarten Stokking, Omar Aziz Niamut, Mattijs Oskar Van Deventer, Fabian Arthur Walraven, Victor Bastiaan Klos, John Gerard Beerends
  • Patent number: 9528852
    Abstract: Various methods are described for generating an audio summary representing a location on a place exploration service. One example method may comprise receiving at least one audio file. The method may further comprise dividing the at least one audio file into one or more audio segments. Additionally, the method may comprise determining a representative audio segment for each of the one or more audio segments. The method may further comprise generating an audio summary of the at least one audio file by combining one or more of the representative audio segments of the one or more audio segments. Similar and related methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Johannes Eronen, Miska Matias Hannuksela, Toni Heittola, Annamaria Mesaros, Tuomas Virtanen
  • Patent number: 9524721
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for concealing frame erasure and a voice decoding apparatus and method using the same. The frame erasure concealment apparatus includes: a parameter extraction unit determining whether there is an erased frame in a voice packet, and extracting an excitement signal parameter and a line spectrum pair parameter of a previous good frame; and an erasure frame concealment unit, if there is an erased frame, restoring the excitement signal and line spectrum pair parameter of the erased frame by using a regression analysis from the excitement signal and line spectrum pair parameter of the previous good frame. According to the method and apparatus, by predicting and restoring the parameter of the erased frame through the regression analysis, the quality of the restored voice signal can be enhanced and the algorithm can be simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hosang Sung, Kangeun Lee, Seungho Choi
  • Patent number: 9520142
    Abstract: Audio information is monitored by a user device by generating audio signatures of ambient audio content captured by the user device, receiving conditions of the user device that were present when the ambient audio content for each audio signature was captured, performing audio content recognition on the audio signatures by comparing in a query engine the generated audio signatures to audio signatures previously stored in a database associated with the query engine, identifying generated audio signatures that match audio signatures stored in the database within a threshold confidence level, thereby establishing successful audio content recognition, identifying the conditions of the user device that were present for successful audio content recognition, generating scheduling rules regarding the conditions present during successful audio content recognition and controlling when the user device captures audio content and/or generates audio signatures based on the scheduling rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Alphonso Inc.
    Inventors: Lampros Kalampoukas, Ashish Chordia, Raghu Srinivas Kodige
  • Patent number: 9519708
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include devices and processes for concurrently processing different audio streams with different hardware-based audio processing modes. A computing device for such embodiments may have multiple hardware audio signal processing modes capable of parallel execution. An operating system or audio stack thereof may manage audio paths or streams for audio sources producing respective types of audio signals. Which of the audio paths or streams will be connected with which of the hardware audio signal processing modes may be determined according to the types of the audio signals. A first hardware audio signal processing mode may be processing a first type of audio signal of a first audio path or stream while concurrently a second hardware audio signal processing mode processes a second type of audio signal of a second audio path or stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yerrace, Kishore Kotteri, Rian Chung
  • Patent number: 9513868
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to a software application that is configured to operate as an add-on software component to audio-playback software on a playback device of a media playback system. One embodiment may involve transmitting, to a computing device, data indicating that a first add-on component installed on a playback device is active; receiving, from the computing device, a command to activate a second add-on component installed on a playback device; in response to receiving the command, activating the second add-on component on the playback device; and causing playback of audio using at least the second add-on component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Triplett
  • Patent number: 9509267
    Abstract: There is provided a method for audio signal adjustment comprising: determining a loudness estimate for at least one frame of an audio signal; determining a level value for the at least one frame based on the loudness estimate; and adjusting the audio signal based on the level value. An apparatus for carrying out the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Pushkar Prasad Patwardhan, Ravi Shenoy
  • Patent number: 9503778
    Abstract: A reception device including a reception unit configured to receive AV content, a feature value extraction unit configured to extract a feature value from data of the received AV content, an identification result acquisition unit configured to acquire an identification result of the AV content identified using the extracted feature value, a command acquisition unit configured to acquire a command for controlling an operation of an application program that is executed in linkage with the AV content according to the acquired identification result, a control unit configured to control the operation of the application program according to the acquired command, and a detection unit configured to detect switching of the AV content being viewed. When the switching of the AV content is detected, the control unit closes the application program that has been executed in linkage with the AV content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 9501140
    Abstract: An apparatus method and computer program product for developing and executing NUI applications. The apparatus for developing the NUI application comprising a development platform comprising a design manager for indicating a NUI object and a graphic object, wherein the graphic object is designed to track movements of the NUI object, based on movements of an object captured by a NUI device and associated with the NUI object when the application is executed; an interactive manager for managing interactive actions between the NUI object and the graphic object; and a NUI manager for defining a NUI device to be supported by a computing platform executing the application, wherein the application is developed graphically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: ONYSUS SOFTWARE LTD
    Inventors: Dolly Ovadia Nahon, Kfir Matza, Sarel Matza
  • Patent number: 9497541
    Abstract: A method for operating an audio system for transmitting wireless audio streams to a hearing system, the wireless audio streams comprising a first audio stream and a second audio stream, the audio system comprising a communication unit and a radio system comprising stationary transmitter units for transmitting at least the first audio stream with first audio identification data indicative of the first audio stream and the second audio stream with second audio identification data indicative of the second audio stream, the stationary transmitter units including a first transmitter unit and a second transmitter unit, the method includes: receiving a request indicative of an audio track; determining configuration data based on the request indicative of the audio track; and transmitting the configuration data to the hearing system for allowing the hearing system to receive one of the first and second audio streams representative of the audio track indicated in the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: GN RESOUND A/S
    Inventors: Peter Siegumfeldt, Ole Gudiksen
  • Patent number: 9491404
    Abstract: A videoconferencing system has a videoconferencing unit that use portable devices as peripherals for the system. The portable devices obtain near-end audio and send the audio to the videoconferencing unit via a wireless connection. In turn, the videoconferencing unit sends the near-end audio from the loudest portable device along with near-end video to the far-end. The portable devices can control the videoconferencing unit and can initially establish the videoconference by connecting with the far-end and then transferring operations to the videoconferencing unit. To deal with acoustic coupling between the unit's loudspeaker and the portable device's microphone, the unit uses an echo canceller that is compensated for differences in the clocks used in the A/D and D/A converters of the loudspeaker and microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Chu, Yibo Liu
  • Patent number: 9483229
    Abstract: An audio apparatus for a portable device is provided. The portable device includes computing hardware coupled to associated data memory, which stores one or more audio or computer program products that include a plurality of audio libraries. The audio apparatus is operable to execute the audio products upon the computing hardware, whereby the audio products are operable to call the audio libraries to generate digital audio data. The digital audio data so generated is provided to sound-generating hardware, which is then operable to generate acoustic audio signals corresponding to the digital audio data. The audio apparatus is operable to host one or more replacement audio products, which are storable in the data memory. The audio apparatus is operable to invoke the replacement audio products as an alternative to the audio products for generating the digital audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Unity Technologies Finland Oy
    Inventor: Antti Tapaninen
  • Patent number: 9478228
    Abstract: An encoder (1201) for encoding a plurality of audio signals comprises a selector (1303) which selects a subset of time-frequency tiles to be downmixed and a subset of tiles to be non-downmix. A downmix indication is generated which indicates whether tiles are encoded as downmixed encoded tiles or as non-downmix tiles. An encoded signal comprising the encoded tiles and the downmix indication is fed to a decoder (1203) which includes a receiver (1401) for receiving the signal. A generator (1403) generates output signals from the encoded time-frequency tiles where the generation of the output signals includes an upmixing for tiles that are indicated by the downmix indication to be encoded downmixed tiles. The invention may provide more flexible and/or improved encoding/decoding and may specifically provide improved scalability, especially at higher data rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Arnoldus Werner Johannes Oomen, Jeroen Gerardus Henricus Koppens, Erik Gosuinus Petrus Schuijers
  • Patent number: 9473813
    Abstract: A method and system for providing an immersive surround environment for enhanced content experience is provided. The method includes receiving an encoded media stream and processing the stream to obtain decoded media data. The received media stream can also be captured real-time media. The method further includes extracting one or more environmental parameters from the stream. The environmental parameters are then embedded or encoded. Thereafter, the method includes providing the one or more environmental parameters to one or more devices that control environmental conditions to produce environmental effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventors: Puneet Gupta, Akshay Darbari
  • Patent number: 9473251
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention use one or more audible tones to communicate metadata during a transfer of an audio file. Embodiments of the present invention communicate an audio file from a speaker in a recording device (e.g., a recordable book, toy, computing device) to a microphone in a receiving device. The audio file is transferred by audibly broadcasting the audio file content. The audio file may be a recording made by the user (e.g., the user singing a song, a child responding to a storybook prompt intended to elicit a response). The file transfer process uses one or more audible tones, such as dual-tone multi-frequency signaling (“DTMF”) tones to communicate metadata associated with the audio file. Audible tones may also be used to communicate commands that delineate the beginning and/or end of a file broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: HALLMARK CARDS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Scott A. Schimke, Nicholas Pedersen, Kiersten Wilmes, Max J. Younger, Ma Lap Man
  • Patent number: 9467529
    Abstract: An information dissemination system comprises an Internet-connected server adapted for gathering information from plural sources, and sorting the information according to subscriber preferences. The sorted information is transmitted via the Internet to a subscriber's Internet Appliance (IA) as electronic documents, where the documents are downloaded to a connected playback device. The playback device may be disconnected from the PC, and the information electronic documents rendered as speech to a speaker in the playback device by a text-to-speech system. In a preferred embodiment annotation is added at the Internet-connected server to control speech characteristics, such as inflection, upon playback. In some embodiments updates may be made by radio with the playback device disconnected from the IA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: OL SECURITY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 9465603
    Abstract: An application management apparatus includes an output unit that outputs an application contained in a server to an image processing device connected to the apparatus if the application contained in the server is a first application that is not contained in the image processing device or if the application contained in the server is a second application that is contained in the image processing device but is of a version different from that stored in a storage unit of the image processing device, and that acquires the application from the server and outputs the acquired application to the image processing device if the application contained in the server is not stored in the storage unit of the image processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiongfan Jin, Osamu Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9461603
    Abstract: A method includes comparing a magnitude value of an audio signal in a fixed unit section with a target volume level, measuring audio gain in each fixed unit section using specific functions which are each determined to be different according to a ratio of the target volume level to the audio signal magnitude, and providing the measured audio gain to the audio signal in the fixed unit section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chi-ho Chung
  • Patent number: 9462407
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to receive a request for reverberation in an environment having a plurality of media devices, and adjust a time delay for audio signals presented by one of the plurality of media devices operably coupled to the set top box based at least in part on the request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William O. Sprague, Jr., Jason B. Sprague
  • Patent number: 9455679
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for volume interactions for connected playback devices. In one example, a playback device applies a state variable update associated with the playback device. The playback device may be one of a plurality of playback devices, and the state variable update may indicate a limited volume range associated with the playback device. The playback device renders audio content in synchrony with other playback devices in the plurality of playback devices. The playback device receives input data indicating a group volume adjustment for the plurality of playback device and adjusts a playback volume of the playback device based on the group volume adjustment and the limited volume range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Marino, Eduardo Ahumada Apodaca, Robert Andrew Lambourne
  • Patent number: 9454918
    Abstract: Example techniques are disclosed for processing of animal calls. For example, sound can be matched to one or more reference calls to identify whether the sound matches the reference calls. In one example, a user operates an animal calling device and is provided with feedback on whether they have correctly operated the calling device, e.g., whether they sound like the animal they are trying to emulate. In another example, a trail camera is provided that generates a log of animal calling activity while taking pictures of animals moving through a given area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph F Hlatky, Jr., Steven Dwight Thomas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9451378
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus to reproduce a multi-channel audio signal, in which mixing of a center channel signal is performed with a center channel signal in a home theater system. The method of reproducing a multi-channel audio signal includes calculating a delay value of a center channel signal according to location relationships of a listener, a center channel speaker and other channel speakers, regulating a time delay of the center channel signal according to the calculated delay value, and mixing the time-delay regulated center channel signal with other channel signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hae-kwang Park
  • Patent number: 9449216
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for detection of cast members in video content such as movies, television shows, and other programs. Data indicating cast members who appear in a video program is obtained. Each cast member is associated with a reference image depicting a face of the cast member. A frame is obtained from the video program, and a face is detected in the frame. The detected face in the frame is recognized as being a particular cast member based at least in part on the reference image depicting the cast member. An association between the cast member and the frame is generated in response to the detected face in the frame being recognized as the cast member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnab Sanat Kumar Dhua, Gautam Bhargava, Douglas Ryan Gray, Sunil Ramesh, Colin Jon Taylor
  • Patent number: 9445195
    Abstract: Directivity control method and device which can emphasize or suppress sound deriving from an arbitrary direction with a little computation using two microphones closely disposed are provided. An interchange circuit 2 alternately interchanges a pair of input signals InL, InR for each one sample to generate a pair of interchanged signals InA, InB. A coefficient updating circuit 3 multiplies the one InB of the interchanged signals by a coefficient m to generate an error signal between the interchanged signals InA, InB. A recurrence formula of the coefficient m containing the error signal is calculated to update the coefficient m for each one sample. Subsequently, the pair of input signals InL, InR are multiplied by the sequentially updated coefficient m, and output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: KYOEI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Gotoh, Yoshitaka Murayama
  • Patent number: 9436815
    Abstract: A block management unification system and method for communicating a data file that includes a source component, a first rearrangement criterion, a first block encryption key, a second rearrangement criterion, a second block encryption key, a compression module, and an encryption module. The source component accesses the data file that is divided into a plurality of blocks. The first rearrangement criterion organize the blocks according to the first rearrangement criterion. The first block encryption key is inserted into the blocks. The second rearrangement criterion organize the blocks according to the second rearrangement criterion. The second block encryption key is inserted into the blocks. A compression module compresses the rearranged blocks. An encryption module encrypts the rearranged blocks with the first block encryption key and the second block encryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: XSETTE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Albert Carlson, Steven B. Cohen, Lawrence duBoef, H. Stan Johnson
  • Patent number: 9436929
    Abstract: Exemplary collaborative event playlist systems and methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary system includes a moderator device located at an event premises, connected to a local area network at the event premises, and hosting a collaborative event playlist for playback at an event at the event premises. The system further includes a participant device located at the event premises, connected to the local area network at the event premises, and configured to communicate with the moderator device by way of the local area network to participate in populating the collaborative event playlist with a song to which the participant device has access rights. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Oliver, Brian F. Roberts