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Communication system for wireless audio devices

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Communication system for wireless audio devices


The present subject matter provides a system for wireless communications between one or more wireless audio devices and other electronics for providing a rich set of streaming audio, control, programming and enhanced hearing functions.
Related Terms: Audio Communications Communication System Hearing Streaming Wireless

Inventors: Rob Duchscher, David A. Preves, Thomas A. Victorian, Jeffrey Paul Solum, Randy L. Magstadt
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130004002 - Class: 381315 (USPTO) - 01/03/13 - Class 381 
Electrical Audio Signal Processing Systems And Devices > Hearing Aids, Electrical >Remote Control, Wireless, Or Alarm

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130004002, Communication system for wireless audio devices.

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RELATED APPLICATION

This application is a continuation of and claims the benefit of priority under 35 U.S.C. §120 to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/447,617, filed on Jun. 5, 2006, which claims the benefit of priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(e) of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/687,707 filed Jun. 5, 2005, the benefit of priority of each of which is claimed hereby, and each of which are incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present subject matter relates generally to wireless communications and more particularly to wireless communication systems for wireless audio devices.

BACKGROUND

Audio devices for listening to sound are becoming more diverse and prolific with time. Audio device manufacturers find new technologies and applications which enable new solutions and designs. In an effort to make audio devices more portable, manufacturers are becoming increasingly interested in producing wireless devices. New forms of content and communication arise which provide opportunities and engineering hurdles for manufacturers.

What is needed in the art is a system for communication with wireless audio devices. Such a system should be flexible to provide enhanced features. The system should be configurable for a variety of content and communications options.

SUMMARY

The above-mentioned problems and others not expressly discussed herein are addressed by the present subject matter and will be understood by reading and studying this specification.

The present subject matter provides a system for wireless communications between one or more wireless audio devices and other electronics for providing a rich set of streaming audio, control, programming and enhanced hearing functions. In one application, the present system provides highly programmable and intelligent communications to hearing assistance devices, such as hearing aids. Mono and stereo communication modes are supported in various embodiments. Unicast, multicast and broadcast communication modes are also supported in some embodiments. Several approaches are provided and the examples set forth herein are not intended to be limiting or exclusive.

This Summary is an overview of some of the teachings of the present application and not intended to be an exclusive or exhaustive treatment of the present subject matter. Further details about the present subject matter are found in the detailed description and appended claims. The scope of the present invention is defined by the appended claims and their legal equivalents.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

FIGS. 1A, 1B, and 1C demonstrate an interface between a communication device and one or more wireless audio devices, according to some embodiments of the present subject matter;

FIGS. 2-5 provide some examples of an interface according to some embodiments of the present subject matter;

FIG. 6 shows a microphone application according to one embodiment of the present subject matter.

FIG. 7 shows a wireless audio controller according to one embodiment of the present subject matter.

FIGS. 8 and 9 show some examples of applications of the interface to demonstrate that several communication modes and uses of the present system are possible according to some embodiments of the present subject matter.

FIG. 10 shows a byte diagram according to one embodiment of the present subject matter.

FIG. 11 shows various layers of the system according to one embodiment of the present subject matter.

FIG. 12 is logic diagram of the system according to one embodiment of the present subject matter.

FIGS. 13-16 show various transmission and reception processes of the system according to one embodiment of the present subject matter.

FIG. 17 shows various request timings of the system according to one embodiment of the present subject matter.

FIG. 18 shows various protocol relationships according to one embodiment of the present subject matter.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130004002 A1
Publish Date
01/03/2013
Document #
13458304
File Date
04/27/2012
USPTO Class
381315
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04R25/00
Drawings
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Communication System
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