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Electrical audio signal processing systems and devices January USPTO class patent listing 01/07

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01/25/2007 > 24 patent applications in 21 patent subcategories.

20070019812 - Method and apparatus to reproduce wide mono sound: A wide mono sound reproducing method and apparatus to widen mono sound by using 2 channel speakers. The method include separating an input mono sound signal into a plurality of decorrelated signals, generating virtual sound sources by localizing each of the separated signals at virtual locations asymmetrical about a center... Agent: Stanzione & Kim, LLP

20070019813 - Concept for bridging the gap between parametric multi-channel audio coding and matrixed-surround multi-channel coding: The purpose of the invention is to bridge the gap between parametric multi-channel audio coding and matrixed-surround multi-channel coding by gradually improving the sound of an up-mix signal while raising the bit-rate consumed by the side-information starting from 0 up to the bit-rates of the parametric methods. More specifically, it... Agent: Glenn Patent Group

20070019814 - Method for modifying the compatibility of an audio precision analyzing apparatus with an application program: The present invention provides a method for checking and modifying the compatibility of an audio precision analyzing apparatus with an application program. The method includes the steps of: providing a server installed with the program, and a test computer; generating audio signals, and sending the audio signals to the test... Agent: North America Intellectual Property Corporation

20070019815 - Sound field measuring apparatus and sound field measuring method: A sound field measuring apparatus includes a microphone set having a first and second microphones arranged at a prescribed interval, which collects audio signals outputted from a first and second speakers, a measuring unit measuring distances between the first and second speakers, and the first and second microphones based on... Agent: Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, PC

20070019816 - Directional loudspeaker control system: In a directional speaker control system for realizing good sound localization by correcting the directivity of a directional speaker, adapted to an audio surround system in which a desired sound is reflected on a wall surface or a sound reflection board so as to produce a virtual speaker, a first... Agent: Rossi, Kimms & Mcdowell LLP.

20070019818 - Device and method for configuring a hearing aid: A device and method for configuring a hearing aid for a patient has an audiometer that generates test tones and at least one open loudspeaker, brought close to at least one ear of the patient, connected to the audiometer, for transmitting short-pulse test tones generated in the audiometer. Fixed signal... Agent: William Collard Collard & Roe, P.C.

20070019817 - Hearing device with automatic determination of its fit in the ear and corresponding method: The risk of inadequate hearing device provision for the hearing-impaired is to be reduced. To this end provision is made to determine the correct fit of the hearing device or the hearing device component in an auditory canal. To this end an acoustic measurement signal is output into the auditory... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070019819 - Audio entertainment system: The present invention relates to a digital audio player which is adapted to output its stored audio content to another media device and receive audio content from the other media device and conduct that audio content to the digital audio player's headphone jack. The invention includes the system of the... Agent: Owen J. Bates

20070019820 - Communication device with single output audio transducer: A communication device 100 includes a first audio output 105; a second audio output 110; an audio transducer 115 for dual mode use; a shuttered acoustic path 120 coupled between the audio transducer 115 and the first audio output 105; and an attenuated acoustic path 125 coupled between the audio... Agent: Motorola, Inc Intellectual Property Section

20070019821 - Illuminating headphones: A personal headphone designed to be used with personal music players, such as, for example, an iPod, MP3, Portable CD, etc., that provides sound, preferably in stereo, from the personal music player to a user's ears. It may also be used with other portable devices that provide sound such as,... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070019822 - Audio apparatus and control method thereof: An audio apparatus comprising a speaker to output an audio signal. The apparatus comprises an audio signal receiver which receives an input audio signal, a signal processor for processing the input audio signal and providing an output audio signal, an audio connection terminal to which the output audio signal processed... Agent: Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman, L.L.P.

20070019823 - Acoustic design support apparatus: In an acoustic design support apparatus, a speaker selection supporter selects a desired speaker as a candidate for use in a given space based on shape information representing a shape of the space. A speaker mounting angle optimizer calculates an optimal mounting direction of the selected speaker by selecting a... Agent: Morrison & Foerster, LLP

20070019824 - Acoustic feedback cancellation system: A system for canceling acoustic feedback includes an input for receiving a digital audio signal and a processor configured to detect acoustic feedback signal in the digital audio signal and to determine the frequency of the feedback signal The system also includes a plurality of bandpass filters for attenuating the... Agent: Michael J. Buchenhorner

20070019825 - In-vehicle audio processing apparatus: On the basis of status information on a vehicle collected by a status information input interface from a navigation device, an ECU, and sensors, an S/N ratio estimating unit estimates, as an S/N ratio, the level of the ratio between the power of a component corresponding to audio-device output sound... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20070019826 - Reduced latency low frequency equalization system: A frequency equalization system is provided that substantially equalizes the room frequency responses generated by at least one loudspeaker within a listening area so that the frequency responses in the listening area are substantially constant and flat within a desired frequency range with minimum signal latency. The frequency equalization system... Agent: The Eclipse Group

20070019827 - Digital amplifier for a personal computer: The present invention provides a digital amplifier connected to a personal computer using USB, which can be easily installed in the PC and immediately used without installing a further driver in desktop and laptop computers, and which can have various additional input/output functions according to a user's needs. The digital... Agent: Attn: Intellectual Property Department Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP

20070019828 - Modular amplification system: A system is provided for amplifying audio signals from an audio source for use on a motorcycle or other personal motorized vehicles that includes a control module configured to receive audio input signals from a source and a plurality of outputs to send amplified audio output signals to a plurality... Agent: Stevens Law Group

20070019829 - Microphone array: By integrating plural condenser microphone constituting bodies in an array state, a condenser microphone array is obtained. The condenser microphone array is formed by dicing a laminate of a circuit board forming member, a housing forming member, a spacer forming member, diaphragm sheet, diaphragm plate forming member and a cover... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070019830 - Electroacoustic transducer using diaphragm and method for producing diaphragm: An electroacoustic transducer has a cup chamber and a diaphragm made of deformable electrostrictive polymer, which is attached to an opening of the chamber. The electroacoustic transducer also has first and second adaptive electrode layers formed on a front surface and a rear surface of the diaphragm, across which audio... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070019831 - Array speaker system: In an array speaker system that performs multi-channel reproduction using an array speaker constituted by arraying a plurality of speaker units in a matrix manner, a left channel signal, a right channel signal, and a center channel signal, all of which instruct reproduction of sound at a front side of... Agent: Rossi, Kimms & Mcdowell LLP.

20070019832 - Hearing aid with pull cord: Hearing aid comprising two parts that can be joined together/taken apart. One part is provided with the electronics and preferably consists of a universal part. The other part comprises an accommodation for the battery and is matched to the wearer's auditory canal. Both parts are provided with a pull cord... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070019833 - Hearing device and method for setting an amplification characteristic: The amplification of a hearing device, in particular a hearing aid, is to be improved for different useful signal level ranges. Provision is made to this end for the hearing device first to determine the useful signal level range and then to displace a knee point of the amplification characteristic... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070019834 - Component for a hearing aid and a hearing aid: A hearing aid (1) comprising a lid (31), an electronics module (4), and a microphone adapter (15), wherein the electronics module and the microphone adapter provides a groove (30) for sliding engagement with a pivot of the lid, the groove extending partially over the electronics module and partially over the... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070019835 - Wind noise suppression in directional microphones: A directional microphone includes a housing, a diaphragm dividing the housing into a front volume and a back volume, electronics for detecting signals corresponding to movements of the diaphragm, and front and back inlets for the front and back volumes, respectively. To obtain additional low frequency roll-off in the directional... Agent: Daniel J. Burnham Jenkens & Gilchrist

01/18/2007 > 11 patent applications in 10 patent subcategories.

20070014417 - Accoustic processing device: To realize virtual surround reproduction with small deterioration in the SN ratio of an entire reproduction system, in the case of adding together virtual surround signals and front-channel audio signals in an adder 1300, volume normalization is carried out in a volume normalizing section 1200 before the addition. In the... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20070014418 - Vibration excited sound absorber with dynamic tuning: Sound radiation from a region of a vibrating surface is reduced by coupling a stiff structure to the vibrating surface using a first compliant element, such that the region of the vibrating surface is substantially covered. A dynamic force is applied to the stiff structure. The dynamic force reacts against... Agent: Graham P. Eatwell

20070014419 - Method and apparatus for producing adaptive directional signals: The invention relates to adaptive directional systems, and more particularly to a method and apparatus for producing adaptive directional signals. The invention may be applied to the provision of audio frequency adaptive directional microphone systems for devices such as hearing aids and mobile telephones. The method involves constructing the adaptive... Agent: Knoble, Yoshida & Dunleavy

20070014420 - Auto-mute command stream by voice-activated remote control: A voice-activated, or voice-operated, remote control is adapted to reduce or eliminate the sound output of one or more entertainment appliances in order quiet the environment and thereby improve the effectiveness and accuracy its voice recognition functions. In one aspect of the present invention, the remote control sends a mute... Agent: Raymond J. Werner

20070014421 - Electroacoustic transducer using diaphragm and method for producing diaphragm: An electroacoustic transducer has an cup chamber and a diaphragm made of deformable electrostrictive polymer, which is attached to an opening of the chamber. The electroacoustic transducer also has first and second adaptive electrode layers formed on a front surface and a rear surface of the diaphragm, across which audio... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070014422 - Mixing media files: Mixing individualized media content. When individualized media content is generated from separate media clips or files, mixing the separate media clips includes controlling the audio. The volume of the audio in each clip is determined and normalized with respect to other media clips as the individualized media content is mixed.... Agent: Workman Nydegger (f/k/a Workman Nydegger & Seeley)

20070014423 - Behind-the-ear auditory device: An auditory device is disclosed. The auditory device includes a behind-the-ear element and an at least partially in-ear element. The behind-the-ear element has a shell shaped to fit behind an outer portion of an ear of a user. The shell has first and second sides that are substantially parallel to... Agent: Patent Department Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.

20070014424 - Double-resonator micro-speaker assemblies and methods for tuning the same: Micro-speaker assemblies and mobile terminals including micro-speaker assemblies are provided. The micro-speaker assemblies include a micro-speaker positioned in a housing. A first forward tuning volume is positioned adjacent a front face of the micro-speaker. A passageway extends from the first forward tuning volume to an opening in the housing. A... Agent: Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A.

20070014425 - Acoustic structure of seat back: An acoustic structure of seat back, with an acoustic unit provided in a hole of padding of the seat back. The acoustic unit includes speaker unit (s) and a support box in which the speaker unit (s) is/are supportively received. The support box is accommodated in the afore-said hole of... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20070014426 - Multimedia audio dock: A multimedia audio dock is provided to support a portable electronic device so that the portable electronic device can stand on a plane. The multimedia audio dock includes two retractable arms formed by a plurality of sleeved-through tubes so that the length of the two retractable arms can be varied... Agent: Rabin & Berdo, PC

20070014427 - Apparatus for creating acoustic energy in a balanced receiver assembly and manufacturing method thereof: A paddle (142) of a diaphragm (118) of a receiver (100) is manufactured using one or more layers of a material selected for their inertial mass and rigidity. The paddle may have a layered structure with stiff outer layers such as aluminum and a less dense inner layer, such as... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

01/11/2007 > 11 patent applications in 10 patent subcategories.

20070009105 - Apparatus and method of encoding and decoding audio signal: In one embodiment, at least first and second channels in a frame of the audio signal are independently subdivided into blocks if the first and second channels are not correlated with each other. The first and second channels are corresponding subdivided into blocks such that the lengths of the blocks... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20070009107 - Method and a device for real ear measurements: An adapter for coupling a probe tube (6) for real ear measurements to a microphone of a hearing aid comprises a sleeve (2) adapted to be arranged around the housing (8) of a hearing aid. The sleeve comprises a sound opening allowing sound to pass from the probe tube to... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070009106 - Systems and methods for in situ cerumen removal from hearing devices: Various embodiments provide systems, methods and assemblies for in situ removal of cerumen from hearing devices positioned in the ear canal. One embodiments provides a fitting for in situ cerumen removal comprising a top portion shaped to be removably coupled to a hearing device component surface and a plurality of... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070009108 - Update system for an audio amplifier: A system and method for updating the software of a digital audio amplifier. The digital data used to update the amplifier's software is transmitted as an analog signal over analog audio channels to the amplifier. The amplifier is adapted to recognize when an audio signal should be used to update... Agent: Indianapolis Office 27879 Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20070009109 - Apparatus for estimating an amount of noise: An apparatus for estimating an amount of noise is disclosed. The apparatus includes a FET processor that analyzes frequency components of an audio signal input to a speaker in a vehicle, a FET processor that analyzes frequency components of a signal output from a microphone in the vehicle, a coherence... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20070009110 - Muting circuit and semiconductor integrated circuit: A muting circuit of the present invention includes: an input terminal that receives a control signal for allowing switching between ON and OFF of a mute operation; and a muting transistor connected to the input terminal and an output terminal of the amplifier. The muting transistor is a MOS transistor,... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson P.C.

20070009111 - Microphone assembly with p-type preamplifier input stage: A microphone assembly is provided that includes a condenser transducer element having a displaceable diaphragm and a back-plate. The displaceable diaphragm and the back-plate are arranged to form a capacitor in combination. A preamplifier circuit has an input stage, the input stage comprising a P-type field effect transistor. The displaceable... Agent: Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C.

20070009112 - Dual-mode radio studio: A dual-mode radio studio includes a virtual data bus which is used for exchange of data and program material between associated components of the radio studio system. The virtual data bus facilitates the transfer of both analog and digital communications. A computer having a digital mixer and editor is coupled... Agent: Roy A. Ekstrand

20070009114 - Integrated videoconferencing system: In some embodiments, the components of a videoconferencing system may be incorporated in a unitary housing. For example, an integrated videoconferencing system may include microphones to capture participant audio and a camera to capture participant video (along with corresponding audio processing capabilities) in a unitary housing. The unitary housing may... Agent: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C.

20070009115 - Modeling of a microphone: A system that models a microphone may include capsules that receive individual signals. The signals may be combined and modified based on a weighting factor. Directivity patterns of a converted signal may be modified or controlled based on the weighting of the signals.... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20070009113 - Set top box videoconferencing system: A videoconferencing system may include a camera, microphones, speakers, and a codec. In some embodiments, the codec functionality may be incorporated in a set-top box (e.g., a cable box, a satellite box, or a gaming box). The codec functionality may also be split between different components of the videoconferencing system.... Agent: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C.

20070009116 - Sound field microphone: A sound field microphone is provided. The sound field microphone includes a plurality of pressure-gradient microphone capsules symmetrically arranged in three dimensional space on the sides of a virtual polyhedron. The virtual polyhedron defines a first volume. A solid body is located in a-space created between the plurality of microphone... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20070009117 - Fetal environment device: A fetal environment device including an adjustable belt assembly and a communications section having an electronics unit, a music playback unit at least one wearer earphone and at least one fetal speaker located in a stomach region of the wearer to transmit the music to a fetus, a microphone to... Agent: Davis & Bujold, P.l.l.c.

20070009118 - Boundary microphone: An object of the present invention is to provide an on-surface sound pickup microphone that is made wireless by eliminating the need for a cable for connection to a receiver. An on-surface sound pickup microphone 1 includes a flat microphone case 10 including a base portion 20 that has a... Agent: Kanesaka Berner And Partners LLP

20070009119 - Display apparatus and control method thereof: A display apparatus includes a display part to display an image thereon, a speaker to output sound, an audio input part to receive an audio signal, an audio signal processor to process the audio signal input from the audio input part through the speaker and to output the audio signal,... Agent: Stanzione & Kim, LLP

20070009120 - Dynamic binaural sound capture and reproduction in focused or frontal applications: A new approach to capturing and reproducing either live or recorded three-dimensional sound is described. Called MTB2.5 for “Motion-Tracked Binaural 2.5,” the method employs six real or simulated microphones, a head tracker, and special signal-processing procedures to combine the signals picked up by the microphones. In the microphone array, two... Agent: John P. O'banion O'banion & Ritchey LLP

20070009122 - Hearing apparatus and a method for own-voice detection: A hearing aid wearer's own voice frequently leads to artifacts and response errors in various hearing aid algorithms. It is provided that the user's own voice to be detected by a special analysis device, and the hearing aid algorithms can be controlled as a function of detection. This can be... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070009121 - Method for processing the signals from two or more microphones in a listening device and listening device with plural microphones: A method for processing the signals from two or more microphones in a listening device, and a listening device for conducting the method which has a casing holding the microphones, a signal processing unit which provides an output signal corresponding to the microphone signals and suited to the user's hearing,... Agent: Dykema Gossett PLLC

20070009126 - Hearing aid and method for its adjustment: A hearing aid and appertaining method of adjustment permit adjusting a hearing aid more conveniently and more specifically. For this purpose, parameters for real hearing situations are stored in a storage device in the hearing aid or in the remote control for an adjustment procedure by the hearing aid wearer... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070009124 - Hearing aid wireless network: A hearing aid is provided comprising a transceiver for interconnection of the hearing aid with a wireless network for communication with a plurality of other devices, and a communication controller that is adapted for controlling data exchange through the network in accordance with a simple network protocol. The hearing aid... Agent: Bingham, Mccutchen LLP

20070009125 - Push to lower hearing assisted device: A mechanism for switching a wireless device between normal operation and a lower-power mode is provided. A wireless device has a selection mechanism for reducing the power output of the wireless device. The wireless device then returns to a normal operation mode upon user release of the selection mechanism.... Agent: Woodcock & Washburn LLP

20070009123 - Remote control unit for a hearing aid: A remote control device is provided for a hearing device, and which comprises an input interface which receives input information. A conversion device converts the input information into hearing device control commands. A transmission device transmits the hearing device control commands to the hearing device.... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070009127 - Hearing aid with reduced wind sensitivity and corresponding method: The wind sensitivity of hearing aids is to be further reduced. It is therefore proposed to measure a noise level of at least two microphones and to compare the levels with one another. The microphones are then controlled according to the comparison result. Preferably the microphone having the lowest noise... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070009128 - Flexible hearing aid tip with an integral receiver: A flexible tip for a hearing aid includes a mushroom shaped tip, an inner portion having a bore and a receiver mounted within the bore. The receiver can be housing and sealed within a receiver housing. The receiver housing can include a spring having a high compliance along a longitudinal... Agent: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

20070009129 - In the ear hearing aid utilizing annular acoustic seals: Disclosed is a hearing aid assembly wherein the hearing aid is comprised of an acoustic receiver, an acoustic transmitter, and a body, and an annular channel, wherein the acoustic receiver is designed to fit into a external acoustic meatus of an ear, the acoustic transmitter is designed to fit into... Agent: Howard J. Greenwald P.C.

20070009130 - Bte/cic auditory device and modular connector system therefor: An earpiece auditory device is described which includes a behind-the-ear component shaped to fit behind the ear of a user. The behind-the-ear component can also have at least one microphone and processing circuitry, where the processing circuitry is used to processes audio signal from the microphone. The device also includes... Agent: Dallas Office Of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

20070009131 - Portable audio system: The present invention integrates an amplifier with a speaker into the portable audio system. Due to the design of the structure, a portable electronic device can be installed on the portable audio system. The portable audio system includes a body, at least one amplifier unit, at least one input/output interface... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20070009132 - Implantable microphone with shaped chamber: An implantable microphone is disclosed having an external diaphragm and housing that forming chamber capable of being pressurized by deformational movement of the diaphragm induced by pressure waves (e.g., acoustic signals) propagating through overlying tissue. The chamber is shaped such that the volume of the chamber upon deflection of the... Agent: Marsh, Fischmann & Breyfogle LLP

20070009133 - Loudspeaker: The invention relates to a loudspeaker comprising at least one magnet (5), a membrane (2) with an outer edge (32) defining an outer edge plane (30) of the membrane, a bead (3) surrounding the membrane (2), a moving coil (9) which is fixed to the first membrane (2), and a... Agent: Dort Patent Corporation

01/04/2007 > 11 patent applications in 10 patent subcategories.
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