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Interactive sound reproducing

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Interactive sound reproducing


An audio system attachable to a computer includes a sound reproduction device for producing audible sound from audio signals. The sound reproduction device includes a radio tuner and a powered speaker. The audio system further includes a connector for connecting the sound reproduction device with a computer. The computer provides audio signals from a plurality of sources, the sources including a computer CD player, digitally encoded computer files stored on the computer, and a computer network connected to the computer. The sound reproduction device further includes control buttons for controlling at least one of the computer CD player, the digitally encoded computer files and the computer network.

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Inventors: Paul E. Beckmann, Santiago Carvajal, Christopher H. Perry
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120281852 - Class: 381 80 (USPTO) - 11/08/12 - Class 381 
Electrical Audio Signal Processing Systems And Devices > One-way Audio Signal Program Distribution >Multiple Channel

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120281852, Interactive sound reproducing.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 11,608,034, filed Dec. 7, 2006, and is a continuation of and claims priority to U.S. application Ser. No. 09/689,337, filed Oct. 12, 2000, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,277,765. The contents of each of these prior applications are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to interactive sound reproducing and more particularly to sound reproducing from computer compact disk (CD) drives, network radio stations, broadcast radio stations, and digitally encoded computer files.

It is an important object of the invention to provide improved interactive sound reproducing.

BRIEF

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

According to the invention, an audio system includes a sound reproduction device for producing audible sound from audio signals. The sound reproduction device includes a radio tuner, a powered speaker and a connector for connecting the sound reproduction device with a computer. The computer provides audio signals from a plurality of sources. The sources include a computer CD player, digitally encoded computer files stored on the computer, and a computer network connected to the computer. The sound reproduction device includes control buttons for controlling at least one of the computer CD player, the digitally encoded computer files and the computer network.

In another aspect of the invention, an audio system includes a sound reproduction device for producing audible sound from audio signals. The sound reproduction device includes an enclosure, enclosing a radio tuner and a powered speaker. The audio system further includes a connector for connecting the sound reproduction device with a computer, the computer for providing audio signals from a computer CD player, from digitally encoded computer files, and from a computer network.

In another aspect of the invention, an audio system includes a sound reproduction device for reproducing audible sound from audio signals, a computer coupled to the sound reproduction device for receiving the audio signals from a computer network, the audio signals being transmitted from an alternatively selectable plurality of network addresses, and a remote control device, for communicating commands to the sound reproduction device, the remote control device comprising a plurality of indicator buttons. An indicating one of the indicator buttons causes the computer to select a preassigned one of the network addresses.

In another aspect of the invention, an audio system includes a computer system and a sound reproduction system for reproducing audible sound from audio signals. The audio signals come from a plurality of selectable sources. A method for switching the sound reproduction system from an unpowered state to a powered state includes transmitting a control signal from the sound reproduction system to the computer system. If the computer system responds to the control signal, the method determining by the sound reproduction device that the computer system is in a responsive state and

If the computer system does not respond to the control signal, determining by the sound reproduction device that the computer system in an unresponsive state.

In another aspect of the invention, a radio receiver has a number n of preset indicators. A method for assigning broadcast frequencies to individual preset indicators includes determining the location of the radio receiver and scanning the frequency spectrum to determine the strongest signals.

In another aspect of the invention, a sound system includes a sound reproduction device coupled to a computer system and a remote control device, for transmitting encoded control commands to the sound reproduction device. A method for decoding the commands includes receiving, by the sound reproduction device, one of the encoded control commands, and decoding, by the sound reproduction device, the one received control command, and executing, by the sound reproduction device, the one received control command. In the event that the one received control command is not decodable or is not executable by the sound reproduction device, the method includes transmitting the encoded control command to the computer system.

In another aspect of the invention, an audio system includes a sound reproduction device for reproducing audible sound from audio signals from a plurality of sources. The sources including a radio tuner and at least one of a CD containing a plurality of individually indicatable tracks, a plurality of individually indicatable network addresses, and a plurality of individually indicatable digitally encoded files stored on a digital storage device. The audio system includes a source selector for selecting from the plurality of sources, a source of audio signals to be reproduced by the sound reproduction device and a control signal input device. If the selected source is the radio tuner, an activation of the control signal input device changes the tuning frequency of the radio tuner; if the selected source is the CD, an activation of the control signal input device changes the indicated CD track or play position within a track; and if the selected source is the selectable network addresses, an activation of the control signal device changes the indicated network address.

In another aspect of the invention, a method of operating an audio system adapted to reproduce sound from a plurality of digitally encoded files which contain identifying characteristics includes assigning a value of one of the identifying characteristics to a preset indicator; on the indicating of the preset indicator, searching the plurality of files for the value of the one identifying characteristic; and selecting for reproduction the digitally encoded files having the value.

In still another aspect of the invention, a method for selecting from a plurality of audio signal sources having identifying characteristics, a single audio signal source, includes specifying a value of one of the identifying characteristics; determining, by a computer, which of the audio signal sources have the value for the one characteristic; and selecting a single audio source from the plurality of audio signal sources.

According to another aspect of the invention, a method gives multiple sets of values to a single set of presets being used with a single source. The method changes the set of values by clicking on a graphic, such as a right or left arrow on the screen display, to bring up a new set of values for the presets. Typically, any one of the set of values is selectable by either clicking with the pointing device on the appropriate preset on the screen, pressing the selected preset on the remote, or pressing the preset on the radio.

Other features, objects, and advantages will become apparent from the following detailed description, which refers to the following drawings in which:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a first configuration of a networked sound system according to the invention;

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a second configuration of a networked sound system according to the invention;

FIG. 3 is a block diagram of the interface unit of FIGS. 1 and 2;

FIG. 4 is a diagram helpful in explaining the logical database relationships of recorded units and assemblages of recorded units;



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120281852 A1
Publish Date
11/08/2012
Document #
13427404
File Date
03/22/2012
USPTO Class
381 80
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04B3/00
Drawings
34



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