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MONITORING/MEASURING OF AUDIO DEVICES

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381 - Electrical audio signal processing systems and devices

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381059000 Loudspeaker operation 107
381060000 Testing of hearing aids 94
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20080260169Headset Derived Real Time Presence And Communication Systems And Methods - A method for real time digital instant messaging includes monitoring a condition of a wireless headset, estimating a potential for the user to receive and immediately respond to a real time digital message, such as an instant communications or a VoIP message, and then selectively directing a real time digital message, when received, to the user via the headset when the estimated potential indicates that the user is reasonably likely to immediately respond to the real time digital message. A sensor in the headset may be used to determine if a recent action of the user was don the headset by putting it on, doff the headset by taking it off, dock the headset by placing it in a charging station, move while wearing the headset, leave the headset on a desktop or other surface or carry the headset.10-23-2008
20090122997Audio processing apparatus and program - In an audio processing apparatus, a signal processor controls a volume of a sound signal provided to a sound emitting device. An adaptive filter determines an adaptive signal so as to minimize a magnitude of an error signal. A subtracter generates the error signal represented by a difference between the adaptive signal and an observation signal generated by a sound receiving device. A magnitude ratio calculator calculates a magnitude ratio of the observation signal relative to the error signal or magnitude ratio of the adaptive signal relative to the error signal for each frame that is sequentially segmented from the error signal along a time axis. A controller variably controls a gain of the volume of the sound signal according to the magnitude of the error signal when the magnitude ratio is less than a reference value, and controls the gain of the volume of the sound signal so as to suppress an increase of the gain according to the magnitude of the error signal when the magnitude ratio is higher than the reference value.05-14-2009
20100074451ACOUSTIC SEALING ANALYSIS SYSTEM - A test signal emitted by an earpiece is compared against the acoustic signal to determine if a sealing section of the earpiece is sealed properly. The degree of acoustic sealing is used to adjust the attenuation level of a sealing section of the earpiece or alert the user that the sealing section of the seal status.03-25-2010
20130039502METHOD FOR TESTING ECHO CANCELLERS - The performance of an echo canceller is assessed using a) a test signal launched from originating test equipment and b) a simulated echo of the test signal launched from terminating test equipment. The launch of the simulated echo signal is timed in such a way that it arrives at the tandem echo canceller(s) at a particular point in time relative to the arrival of the test signal, at the tandem echo canceller(s), when the tandem echo canceller(s) is (are) not able to cancel the simulated echo signal. The latter thus arrives uncanceled at the target echo canceller. The launch of the simulated echo signal is further timed in such a way that it arrives at the target echo canceller at a point in time relative to the arrival of the test signal, at the target echo canceller, when the target echo canceller is able to cancel the simulated echo signal. As a result, any residual echo received at the originating test equipment is a measure of the performance of the target echo canceller exclusive of the performance of the tandem echo canceller(s).02-14-2013
20130039501System, Method, and Computer Program Product for Voice Decibel Monitoring on Electronic Computing Devices - The present invention in general relates to a voice decibel application and a method for a phone and in particularly relates to the application and the method for a phone to measure the voice decibel during a phone call. The application incorporated into the user's phone is configured to measure the voice decibel during a phone call and send a signal to the user in case the voice decibel exceeds or goes below a preset voice decibel threshold level. The present invention is advantageous because it will help the users to recognize their talking habits and assist them in improving their talking habits.02-14-2013
20130039500TRIM METHOD FOR CMOS-MEMS MICROPHONES - Systems and methods for adjusting a bias voltage and gain of the microphone to account for variations in a thickness of a gap between a movable membrane and a stationary backplate in a MEMS microphone due to the manufacturing process. The microphone is exposed to acoustic pressures of a first magnitude and a sensitivity of the microphone is evaluated according to a predetermined sensitivity protocol. The bias voltage of the microphone is adjusted when the microphone does not meet the sensitivity protocol. The microphone is then exposed to acoustic waves of a second magnitude that is greater than the first magnitude and a stability of the microphone is evaluated according to a predetermined stability protocol. The bias voltage and the gain of the microphone are adjusted when the microphone does not meet the stability protocol.02-14-2013
20100046765SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING AUDIO DATA02-25-2010
20130034234HEARING AID DETECTION - A hearing aid compatible portable electronic audio device is configured to automatically determine whether or not the device is being used by a hearing impaired user who is wearing a hearing aid, and select a mode of operation based on this determination. The device includes a proximity sensor and a magnetic field sensor. The proximity sensor is used to detect a change in distance of the device to the user's ear. The magnetic field sensor is used to detect a change in magnetic field caused by the device moving relative to the hearing aid. The device selects between a normal audio mode of operation and a hearing aid compatible mode of operation based on both the change in detected distance and the change in detected magnetic field. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.02-07-2013
20090141904Devices for Displaying Modal Patterns - The present invention provides an acoustic display device for displaying modal patterns in response to sound from a sound source. The display device 06-04-2009
20130083935METHOD FOR TESTING AN AUDIO JACK OF A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method for testing an audio jack of a portable electronic device is provided. The audio jack has a first sound channel, a second channel and a microphone. First, the first sound channel is controlled to play a designated audio file by the portable electronic device. Nest, the played sound is recorded into another recorded audio file by the portable electronic device at the same when the first sound channel is playing the designated audio file. Afterwards, the recorded audio file is played via the second sound channel by the portable electronic device. Finally, it is determined whether the another recorded audio file that is played matches with the designated audio file, and if the audio files match, it represents that the first sound channel, the second sound channel and the microphone have normal function.04-04-2013
20130083934Processing Audio Signals - Method, device and computer program product for processing audio signals at the device, the device comprising an audio output for outputting audio signals. Audio signals are received at a plurality of microphones of the device. A characteristic of at least one of the audio signals received by the plurality of microphones is measured. A beamformer applies beamformer coefficients to the received audio signals, thereby generating a beamformer output. An echo canceller is applied to the beamformer output, thereby suppressing, from the beamformer output, an echo resulting from audio signals output from the audio output, wherein an operating parameter of the echo canceller is controlled based on the measured characteristic of the at least one of the audio signals received by the plurality of microphones.04-04-2013
20130083933PRESSURE SENSING EARBUDS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE USE THEREOF - Pressure sensing earbuds and systems are disclosed. The earbuds can include one or more pressure sensors to determine the size and shape of a user's ear. The pressure signals can be relayed back to a processor, which may use them to dynamically optimize the volume levels delivered for frequencies over the audible range for a particular user.04-04-2013
20130083932Methods and systems for measuring and reporting an energy level of a sound component within a sound mix - Various embodiments relate to determining an energy level of one or more sound components from a sound mix. Based on at least one sound mix signal received from a mixing device and at least one component signal received from one or more sound components, at least one signal value of the sound mix signal and at least one signal value of the component signal may be computed. The component signal corresponds to each of the one or more sound components. An energy level of the one or more sound components may be determined based on the sound mix signal value and the component signal value which corresponds to each of the one or more sound components. The energy level of the one or more sound components may be output in order to determine the energy level of each component in the sound mix.04-04-2013
20100092000APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR NOISE ESTIMATION, AND NOISE REDUCTION APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME - Provided are an apparatus and method for estimating noise and a noise reduction apparatus employing the same. The noise estimation apparatus estimates noise by blocking audio signals from a direction of a target sound source from received audio signals, and compensating for distortions from directivity gains of a target sound blocker blocking the audio signals from the target sound source.04-15-2010
20130089210END OF BRANCH MODULE SYSTEM - An end-of-branch (EOB) module system for an audio signal distribution system having a wired trunk and a plurality of wired branches extending communicatively from such trunk, the EOB module system including: a plurality of EOB modules including one EOB module electronically coupled at each distal end of each branch and trunk of the audio signal distribution system, where each EOB module of the plurality of EOB modules has a unique address together forming a plurality of unique addresses; a test system able to send a test carrier signal encoded with any one unique address of the plurality of unique addresses at a time onto the trunk; and a switch within each EOB module, responsive to its unique address to place an end-of-line (EOL) load on its respective branch or trunk, and where power for operation of each EOB module is provided by rectification of the test signal.04-11-2013
20090304192METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PHASE DIFFERENCE MEASUREMENT FOR MICROPHONES - The invention provides a system for phase difference measurement. In one embodiment, the system comprises a speaker, a high-speed digital input/output (HSDIO) device, and a testing computer. The speaker plays a test voice, wherein a reference microphone converts the test voice to a reference signal, and a plurality of test microphones convert the test voice to a plurality of tested signals. The HSDIO device receives the reference signal and the tested signals, and generates a multi-bit datastream according to the reference signal and the tested signals, wherein each word of the multi-bit datastream comprises a bit of the reference signal and a plurality of bits of the tested signals. The testing computer retrieves the reference signal and the tested signals from the multi-bit datastream, and measures phase differences between the tested signals and the reference signal.12-10-2009
20120219158METHOD FOR CHECKING AUDIO INTERFACE IN AV SYSTEM AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for checking availability of audio interface between a display apparatus and an AV apparatus in an AV system, and an AV apparatus using the same are provided. The checking includes transmitting a command to check an audio interface to a second AV apparatus where an audio from a first AV apparatus is output, and receiving a result of checking the audio interface in response to the command from the second AV apparatus. Therefore, a user can recognize whether or not an audio interface has a problem in an AV system.08-30-2012
20130070932FAILURE DETECTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE SPEAKER - A failure detection device for a vehicle speaker includes a signal generator, an amplifier, a coupling capacitor, a supply circuit, a detection circuit, and a determination section. The signal generator generates a sound signal corresponding to sound outputted from the speaker. The amplifier amplifies the sound signal. The capacitor supplies the amplified sound signal to the speaker. The supply circuit supplies a direct-current test current to the speaker so that the test current does not flow through the capacitor by applying a test voltage to the speaker. The test voltage is higher than a voltage of the sound signal. The detection circuit detects a terminal voltage of the speaker. The determination section determines whether at least one of an open-circuit and a short-circuit occurs in the speaker based on the terminal voltage during application of the sound signal to the speaker.03-21-2013
20130058491AUDIO LEVEL METER - A circuit for correcting the output of an audio level meter comprises input means for generating the square or the absolute value of an input signal, a low pass filter having a predetermined attack time and release time, and output means for converting the output signal from a linear scale to a logarithmic scale. The circuit further comprises a correction means to which an information about whether the input signal to the audio level meter was subject to squaring or converting into an absolute value at the input, as well as the attack and release time of the low pass filter, are supplied as input values, and which provides, at its output, a value representing the difference between the output of the audio level meter and the true signal power of the input signal.03-07-2013
20130058490SUPPRESSION OF INTERFERENCE ACROSS TRANSCEIVERS INTEGRATED ON A SINGLE SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP - Suppression of interference across transceivers integrated on a single semiconductor chip. An example of a method of reducing noise in a transceiver includes introducing an adjustable time delay into a signal between a first section of a signal path into which noise may be introduced and a second section of the signal path into which noise may be introduced. The method also includes selectively adjusting the time delay and signal polarity to improve a signal-to-noise metric of the transceiver. An example of the transceiver includes a transmitter and a receiver. The transceiver also includes an adjustable time delay between a first section of a transceiver signal path into which noise may be introduced and a second section of the transceiver signal path into which noise may be introduced and circuitry for reducing noise by adjusting a value of the time delay.03-07-2013
20110013780Adaptive Headset Connection Status Sensing - A controller of a personal audio device, on multiple occasions, monitors a conductor by which it is able to be coupled to another device for the end to an instance of signal activity, and following the end of signal activity, injects a current into the conductor and measures the resulting voltage to calculate an adaptive threshold voltage and to compare the measured voltage to the adaptive threshold to determine at least whether or not the conductor of the personal audio device is coupled to another device.01-20-2011
20130064381MOBILE DEVICE FOR MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND COLLECTION AND OUTPUT USING COMMON CONNECTOR, AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile device for providing multi-channel sound collection and output using a common connector, and a driving method thereof are provided. A mobile device having a sound compressor and a sound decompressor includes a connector slidably receiving a sound collector plug or a sound output plug, a plug identification unit for, if one of the sound collector plug and the sound output plug is coupled to the connector, identifying if the plug coupled to the connector is the sound collector plug or is the sound output plug, a switching unit for electrically coupling the plug coupled to the connector, to the sound compressor, or electrically coupling the plug coupled to the connector, to the sound decompressor, and a controller for controlling switching of the switching unit according to the identification outcome.03-14-2013
20090238371SYSTEM, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PREDICTING THE PERCEIVED SPATIAL QUALITY OF SOUND PROCESSING AND REPRODUCING EQUIPMENT - The present invention relates to a method and corresponding system for predicting the perceived spatial quality of sound processing and reproducing equipment. According to the invention a device to be tested, a so-called device under test (DUT), is subjected to one or more test signals and the response of the device under test is provided to one or more means for deriving metrics, i.e. a higher-level representation of the raw data obtained from the device under test. The derived one or more metrics is/are provided to suitable predictor means that “translates” the objective measure provided by the one or more metrics to a predicted perceived spatial quality. To this end said predictor means is calibrated using listening tests carried out on real listeners. By means of the invention there is thus provided an “instrument” that can replace expensive and time consuming listening tests for instance during development of various audio processing or reproduction systems or methods.09-24-2009
20090238370SYSTEM, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PREDICTING THE PERCEIVED SPATIAL QUALITY OF SOUND PROCESSING AND REPRODUCING EQUIPMENT - The present invention relates to a method and corresponding system for predicting the perceived spatial quality of sound processing and reproducing equipment. According to the invention a device to be tested, a so-called device under test (DUT), is subjected to one or more test signals and the response of the device under test is provided to one or more means for deriving metrics, i.e. a higher-level representation of the raw data obtained from the device under test. The derived one or more metrics is/are provided to suitable predictor means that “translates” the objective measure provided by the one or more metrics to a predicted perceived spatial quality. To this end said predictor means is calibrated using listening tests carried out on real listeners. By means of the invention there is thus provided an “instrument” that can replace expensive and time consuming listening tests for instance during development of various audio processing or reproduction systems or methods.09-24-2009
20100278348Intercom Headset Connection and Disconnection Responses - A headset is able to be coupled via a cable to an intercom system, is able to be wirelessly coupled to a wireless device via a wireless transceiver of the headset, and is able to be connected to a wired device via another cable. A controller of the headset separately monitors the microphone conductors and audio conductors by which the headset may be coupled to the intercom system to detect whether or not one or both of a communications microphone and an acoustic driver of the headset are coupled to the intercom system, and monitors the operating state of the wireless transceiver to detect whether or not the wireless transceiver is inactive, on standby or in use; and selectively couples a system ground conductor to one of the microphone conductors, selectively provides a local sidetone, and/or selectively provides a local microphone bias voltage in response to what is observed through such monitoring.11-04-2010
20110135102METHOD, COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND SYSTEM FOR LOCALIZING ACOUSTIC SOURCE - A system for localizing an acoustic source is provided. This system includes a microphone apparatus, an audio processing apparatus, a photographing apparatus, and a decision apparatus. The microphone apparatus receives an acoustic signal and generates at least one received audio signal. The audio processing apparatus generates first location information based on the at least one received audio signal. The decision apparatus generates depth information based on at least one image captured by the photographing apparatus. According to the first location information, the at least one captured image, and the depth information, the decision apparatus determines a location corresponding to the source of the acoustic signal.06-09-2011
20090279707Listener Specific Audio Reproduction System - A system for use with an audio reproduction system that corrects for distortion caused by the system as well as any hearing impairment suffered a listener. Test signals are introduced into the input of the system to produce test sounds that are perceptible by the listener. Using a pushbutton, the listener indicates when a test signal of progressively increasing volume reaches an audible level. The resulting measured values of the listener's threshold of hearing at different frequencies is compared with comparable data for a normal listener to generate correction values that are used to program an equalizer which compensates for not only the listener's hearing impairments but also any distortion produced by system components or room acoustics.11-12-2009
20120237043Surface Texture Recording With Microphone - An apparatus including a microphone; and a profilometer system including the microphone. The profilometer system is configured to use vibrations received at the microphone to create a Surface Texture File (STF).09-20-2012
20090175460ARTIFICIAL MOUTH WITH ACOUSTIC TUBE OUTPUTTING PLANE WAVES - An artificial mouth includes a front cover, a loudspeaker, and an acoustic tube. The front cover has a plurality of holes which is coplanar. The loudspeaker generates sound waves which pass through the acoustic tube, and turn into plane waves when arriving at the plurality of holes of the front cover.07-09-2009
20090103740AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD FOR SPECIFYING SOUND GENERATING PERIOD - Even in a state that the change of an environmental noise cannot be anticipated, a sound generating period in an audio signal can be specified with high accuracy. Sound in an audio space in which an audio signal processing system 04-23-2009
20090147962CONSUMER ELECTRONICS DEVICE WITH HEADPHONES - A system having a consumer electronics device (06-11-2009
20090129604SOUND FIELD CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM - Characteristics of spatial transmission from a speaker to a microphone contained in a remote controller and set in a listening area and in a non-listening area are measured. A plurality of different types of sound field control effects is calculated on the basis of the spatial transmission characteristics to predict the plurality of types of sound field control effects. The plurality of types of sound field control effects is displayed and presented to a user. The speaker is driven by using a control sound source corresponding to one sound field control effect selected from the plurality of types of sound field control effects by the user operating the remote controller to perform effective sound field control in the listening area and in the non-listening area.05-21-2009
20100067710NOISE SPECTRUM TRACKING IN NOISY ACOUSTICAL SIGNALS - The invention relates to a method of estimating noise power spectral density PSD in an input sound signal comprising a noise signal part and a target signal part. The invention further relates to a system to its use. The object of the present invention is to provide a scheme for estimating the noise PSD in an acoustic signal consisting of a target signal contaminated by acoustic noise. The problem is solved by a method comprising the steps of d) providing a digitized electrical input signal to a control path and performing; d1) storing a number of time frames of the input signal each comprising a predefined number N2 of digital time samples x03-18-2010
20100086142DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY TESTING AUDIO PLAYER DEVICE - A method for testing an audio player device is provided. The method includes: transcribing sound signals of each of the audio files which are supposed to be supported by the audio player device as a sound file; determining the ID code of each of the sound files; and determining whether the ID code of each of the sound files has been listed on a predetermined audio format table by comparing the ID code of each of the sound files with the ID codes listed on the audio format table, thus to determine which of audio formats listed on the audio format table is supported by the audio player device according to the relationships of the ID codes and the audio formats recorded by the audio format table. A test device applying the method to testing audio player devices is also provided.04-08-2010
20090086985Apparatus and method for testing audio jacks of sound card - An apparatus and a method for testing audio jacks of a sound card are applicable for detecting whether at least one audio jack of the sound card in a personal computer (PC) sounds normally. Each audio jack provides at least one sound channel for transmitting a sound signal. The testing system includes driving circuits and a plurality of light-emitting units. The driving circuits are electrically connected to the sound card and an external voltage source, and used to change a current transmitting path according to the received sound signal. The light-emitting units are electrically connected to the driving circuits, and receive the current generated from the driving circuit, such that the light-emitting units emit lights. A sound channel to be tested is selected first, and a sound signal is sent to the sound channel. After the testing apparatus receives the sound signal, the light-emitting units emit lights.04-02-2009
20090285405METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARRAY MICROPHONES AND SYSTEM FOR CATEGORIZING MICROPHONES - The invention provides a method for manufacturing array microphones. First, signal delays of a plurality of microphones are measured. The microphones are then categorized into a plurality of categories according to the signal delays. A plurality of array microphones are then assembled with a number of component microphones selected from the same categories.11-19-2009
20090296946DEFECT DETECTION METHOD FOR AN AUDIO DEVICE UTILIZING A MICROPHONE ARRAY - An audio device is provided, employing a defect detection method to detect defectiveness within a microphone array. The microphone array comprising a first microphone and a second microphone, respectively, generates a first audio signal and a second audio signal from ambient audio signals. An error detector is provided to detect functions of the first and second microphones based on the first and second audio signals to generate a status signal. A digital signal processor (DSP) processes the first and second audio signals based on the status signal. If the status signal indicates that only the first microphone or the second microphone is defective, the DSP switches to a single microphone mode in which only the remaining normal microphone is enabled. If the status signal indicates that both the first and second microphones are defective, the DSP generates an error indication signal and stops processing the first and second audio signals.12-03-2009
20100111314APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOCALIZING SOUND SOURCE IN REAL TIME - The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for localizing a sound source in real time. The apparatus for localizing a sound source in real time includes a sound signal acquisition unit for acquiring sound signals through two or more channels. A sample delay storage unit stores a plurality of pieces of data, sampled from the sound signals acquired through respective channels, for a predetermined period of time. A correlation calculation unit calculates correlations between the channels from the plurality of pieces of sampled data stored in the sample delay storage unit. A sound source direction calculation unit calculates an azimuth angle of the sound source using both the correlations between the channels and location relationships of the sound signal acquisition unit. Accordingly, the present invention can localize a sound source in real time.05-06-2010
20110200200TELECOMMUNICATIONS TERMINAL AND METHOD OF OPERATION OF THE TERMINAL - A telecommunications terminal (08-18-2011
20110200201MEASUREMENT SIGNAL GENERATING DEVICE, MEASUREMENT SIGNAL GENERATING METHOD, MEASUREMENT SIGNAL GENERATING PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A measurement signal generating device is suitably applied to an AV system capable of generating measurement signals used for a sound field correction. Concretely, based on an average value and a standard deviation of a correlation value between two channels in plural channels, a measurement signal generating unit determines an amount for mixing the two signals between the two channels. Then, the measurement signal generating unit generates the measurement signal by mixing the two signals based on the determined amount for mixing the two signals, so as to generate the measurement signals for the plural channels. Thereby, it is possible to generate the measurement signals having the correlation between the channels which is close to a real content. Therefore, by performing the sound field correction by using the measurement signals, it becomes possible to reduce a gap with an evaluation at the time of reproducing the real content.08-18-2011
20110206211AUDIO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A system and method for combining multiple media types for demanding mobile communications environments, such as airborne and ship borne communications. The system facilitates integration of multiple media types into a common system, enabling use of the optimal communication system for each media type when possible, and transfer of media between communication systems as necessary. The system facilitates convergence of various media types to a common communications system, for example transferring voice and data over a common IP communications system, integrated control and management of the communications systems including interconnection configuration, priority, and accessibility with integrated management of shared resources. The system is designed to meet all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulatory requirements.08-25-2011
20100278349Intercom Headset Connection and Disconnection Detection - A headset is able to be coupled via a cable to an intercom system, is able to be wirelessly coupled to a wireless device via a wireless transceiver of the headset, and is able to be connected to a wired device via another cable. A controller of the headset separately monitors the microphone conductors and audio conductors by which the headset may be coupled to the intercom system to detect whether or not one or both of a communications microphone and an acoustic driver of the headset are coupled to the intercom system, and monitors the operating state of the wireless transceiver to detect whether or not the wireless transceiver is inactive, on standby or in use; and selectively couples a system ground conductor to one of the microphone conductors, selectively provides a local sidetone, and/or selectively provides a local microphone bias voltage in response to what is observed through such monitoring.11-04-2010
20090310793AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - An audio signal processing device includes: a microphone configured to collect noise; an analyzing unit configured to analyze an audio signal collected by the microphone to detect the level and frequency property of the collected audio signal; and a signal processing unit configured to subject an audio signal to be reproduced to signal processing based on the analysis results of the analyzing unit.12-17-2009
20090169024Data capture bridge - A method and apparatus are provided for gathering research data indicating exposure to audio content to a user of an audio source device and an audio receiver device. The audio source device wirelessly transmits an audio signal containing the audio content. The audio receiver device receives an audio signal containing the audio content. The audio receiver device includes a speaker to output the audio content to be heard by the user. The apparatus includes a bridge device for wirelessly bridging the audio signal from the audio source device to the audio receiver device. The bridge device includes a speaker for outputting the audio content from the audio signal. The apparatus also includes a monitoring device acoustically coupled to the bridge device for monitoring the audio content output by the speaker of the bridge device, and generating research data identifying the audio content.07-02-2009
20080285764Method for Automatically Controling Volume Level for Calculating Mos - The present invention relates to a method of automatically controlling the volume level of communication speech for Mean Opinion Score (MOS) measurement, which, before evaluating the quality of communication speech using a MOS measurement method, automatically controls the volume level of actual communication speech to a predetermined optimal level, thus improving the reliability of MOS values.11-20-2008
20100135502SPL Dose Data Logger System - A method for using an earpiece (06-03-2010
20100135501CALIBRATING AT LEAST ONE SYSTEM MICROPHONE - A system including at least one system microphone, a processor connected to computer readable memory and the at least one system microphone, a measurement microphone connected to the processor, at least one audio speaker, a signal generator connected to the processor and configured to produce signals from the at least one audio speaker for both the measurement microphone and the at least one system microphone to measure the response of the at least one audio speaker, and a device manager application executable from the computer readable memory and configured to perform the steps of calibrating the at least one audio speaker with the measurement microphone using the signals of the signal generator based on the response of the at least one audio speaker thereby creating at least one calibrated audio speaker and calibrating the at least one system microphone with the at least one calibrated audio speaker using the signals of the signal generator.06-03-2010
20090190768SOUND CHANNEL DETECTION CIRCUIT - A sound channel detection circuit includes a amplifier circuit and a LED. The amplifier circuit has an input connected to a connector for receiving an AC voltage signal and an output. The LED has an anode connected to the output of the amplifier circuit and a cathode connected to ground, when a sound channel circuit to be tested works normally, the AC voltage is amplified by the amplifier circuit and drives the LED to flash, when the sound channel circuit to be tested is not working, the LED doesn't emit light. The sound channel detection circuit with the amplifier circuit and the LED can improve the accuracy and efficiency of detection in a situation of a batch production in a noisy environment.07-30-2009
20090180628System and method for conditioning a signal received at a MEMS based acquisition device - A system and method for monitoring for a specified frequency band is disclosed. The technology initially utilizes a micro-electromechanical system (“MEMS”) based acquisition device to monitor an environment. The MEMS device receives a signal from the environment, and generates an input signal comprising an electronic representation of the received environmental signal. This input signal is then conditioned for at least one frequency band. Embodiments of the invention next allow the conditioned signal to be compared to various pre-defined events in order to determine the signal's origin.07-16-2009
20100142717AUDIOMETER WITH INTERCHANGEABLE TRANSDUCER - An audiometer including a processor controlled test signal generator is adjustable so as to produce a uniform output signal when coupled with a transducer load. Each transducer set to be used with the test signal generator includes recordable indicia in written or electronic form, upon which correction values for adjusting the electronic signal output of the audiometer module to produce a desired sound output from the each transducer in the transducer set. When the transducer set is connected to the audiometer module, the correction values are either retrieved automatically from the electronic indicia, which may be an EEPROM, or are input to the processor manually by a user through an interface such as a keyboard. These correction values are then used by the processor to dynamically adjust the output of the audiometer to correct for sound output response deviation of each transducer in the transducer set.06-10-2010
20090180630ELECTRONIC DEVICE CIRCUITRY FOR COMMUNICATING WITH ACCESSORIES - Electronic devices and accessories such as headsets for electronic devices are provided. A microphone may be included in an accessory to capture sound for an associated electronic device. Buttons and other user interfaces may be included in the accessories. An accessory may have an audio plug that connects to a mating audio jack in an electronic device, thereby establishing a wired communications link between the accessory and the electronic device. The electronic device may include power supply circuitry for applying bias voltages to the accessory. The bias voltages may bias a microphone and may adjust settings in the accessory such as settings related to operating modes. User input information may be conveyed between the accessory and the electronic device using ultrasonic tone transmission. The electronic device may also gather input from the accessory using a voltage detector coupled to lines in the communications path.07-16-2009
20090180629METHODS OF CALIBRATING TONE-BASED COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS - Electronic devices and accessories such as headsets for electronic devices are provided. A microphone may be included in an accessory to capture sound for an associated electronic device. Buttons and other user interfaces may be included in the accessories. An accessory may have an audio plug that connects to a mating audio jack in an electronic device, thereby establishing a wired communications link between the accessory and the electronic device. The electronic device may include power supply circuitry for applying bias voltages to the accessory. The bias voltages may bias a microphone and may adjust settings in the accessory such as settings related to operating modes. User input information may be conveyed between the accessory and the electronic device using ultrasonic tone transmission. The electronic device may also gather input from the accessory using a voltage detector coupled to lines in the communications path.07-16-2009
20120070010ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR DETECTING WHITE NOISE DISRUPTIONS AND A METHOD FOR ITS USE - The present device is an audio detection system for detecting irregularities in white noise levels. This system works by first amplifying an audio input signal and determining a baseline. A detecting unit within the system then detects audio levels at, above or below the baseline level and signals a visual output device allowing a user to view this information. In one embodiment, multiple audio detection systems can be used together or combined into a single instrument to determine if irregularities in white noise levels are occurring in a particular place or direction. In another embodiment, the audio detection system can comprise a white noise generator.03-22-2012
20090003613Method of Performing Measurements By Means of an Audio System Comprising Passive Loudspeakers - The present invention relates to a method of performing measurements by means of an audio system comprising passive loudspeakers, whereby said measurements loudspeakers for producing sound and at least one of said loudspeakers for measuring said sound. The present invention further relates to an audio system comprising N passive loudspeakers, wherein said audio system further comprises an output stage where each output acts as a combined output channel and a measurement input.01-01-2009
20110222696CONFIGURABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE REPROGRAMMABLE TO MODIFY THE DEVICE FREQUENCY RESPONSE - A test signal generator provides a test signal to an acoustic device under test and a data acquisition device acquires data from the acoustic device. The initial frequency response of the signal path through the acoustic device is determined based on the test signal and the acquired data. A target frequency response is selected. A desired configuration of a configurable circuit in the signal path is determined modifying the signal path such that the frequency response of the signal path is substantially similar to the target frequency response. At least one parameter for at least one programmable component of the configurable circuit is determined and programmed into the programmable component.09-15-2011
20090080668Apparatus and method for testing sound input and output of sound card - An apparatus and a method for testing a sound card are applicable for detecting whether a sound leakage problem occurs to a sounding interface of the sound card. The testing apparatus includes a switching circuit and a switching unit. The switching circuit is electrically connected to the sounding interface and a sound-receiving interface of the sound card respectively, and has a plurality of transfer paths. The switching circuit is used to receive a first and a second sound channel, and to connect the first and the second sound channel to corresponding transfer paths, so as to transmit the audio signal back to the sound-receiving interface. The switching unit is electrically connected to the sounding interface and the switching circuit, for receiving the first and the second sound channel. The switching unit alters the transfer paths in the switching circuit according to a first and/or a second switching audio signal.03-26-2009
20090052679Apparatus for fault detection for parallelly transmitted audio signals and apparatus for delay difference detection and adjustment for parallelly transmitted audio signals - Characteristic amounts in each small region of audio signals transmitted in the working system and the standby system are extracted by characteristic amount calculators 02-26-2009
20090220097SOUND TESTING DEVICE FOR MOBILE PHONE AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME - A sound testing device (09-03-2009
20090252342Method and apparatus to measure differential phase and frequency modulation distortions for audio equipment - A testing method or apparatus utilizes multiple frequencies applied to a device under test for measuring newly discovered frequency modulation effects. An embodiment may include a lower frequency signal with a smaller amplitude higher frequency signal to test a dynamic change in frequency response, gain, and or phase. This dynamic test can reveal frequency modulation effects. Another embodiment may include the use of a multiple frequency signal to dynamically induce a time varying phase or frequency distortion for the device that has differential phase distortion. The device's output is then measured with an FM detector to measure a shift in one of the frequencies used in the test signal or to measure frequency modulation effects of any signals, including distortion products, from the device. Yet another embodiment of the invention may include biasing a device with a voltage to span the output voltage range of the device while measuring harmonic or intermodulation distortion or phase or frequency response at the various operating points.10-08-2009
20090316917AUDIO TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An audio testing system is configured for receiving an audio signal from the an audio emitting device. The system samples the audio signal and obtains sampling points from the audio signal for determining if the audio signal has been distorted. A related method is also disclosed.12-24-2009
20090316919ACOUSTIC CHARACTERISTIC CORRECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an acoustic characteristic correction apparatus comprises a main module reproducing an audio signal and a remote controller includes a microphone, wherein the main module comprises a generation module generating a measurement signal, a receiver receiving a picked-up signal output from the microphone receiving the measurement signal, a detector module detecting acoustic characteristics based on the picked-up signal, a processor module obtaining correction characteristics based on the acoustic characteristics, and a correction module correcting the audio signal based on the correction characteristics.12-24-2009
20090316918Electronic Device Speech Enhancement - Disclosed herein is an apparatus. The apparatus includes a first audio input device, a second audio input device, an analog to digital converter, a voice activity detector, and a position detector. The first audio input device is configured to receive a first audio signal. The second audio input device is configured to receive a second audio signal. The analog to digital converter is connected to the first and the second audio input devices. The voice activity detector is connected to the analog to digital converter. The voice activity detector is configured to receive input from the first and the second audio input devices. The position detector is connected to the voice activity detector. The position detector is configured to determine a position of the apparatus and classify the audio signals based on, at least partially, a ratio of the first audio signal and the second audio signal.12-24-2009
20100150360AUDIO SOURCE LOCALIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods are described that perform audio source localization in a manner that provides increased robustness and responsiveness in the presence of acoustic echo. The systems and methods calculate a difference between a signal level associated with one or more of the audio signals generated by a microphone array and an estimated level of acoustic echo associated with one or more of the audio signals. This information is then used to determine whether and/or how to perform audio source localization. For example, a controller may use the difference to determine whether or not to freeze an audio source localization module that operates on the audio signals. As another example, the audio source localization module may incorporate the difference (or the estimated level of acoustic echo used to calculate the difference) into the logic that is used to determine the location of a desired audio source.06-17-2010
20100150359Methods and Systems for Improved Acoustic Environment Characterization - In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for determining a multi-dimensional sound signature for a location within a hypothetical space, comparing the multi-dimensional sound signature to a known multi-dimensional sound signature, and modifying the hypothetical space such that the similarity between the multi-dimensional sound signature for the location within the modified hypothetical space and the known multi-dimensional sound signature is increased.06-17-2010
20100189273METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF AN AUDIO SOURCE SUCH AS A WIRELESS MICROPHONE SYSTEM - A method and apparatus is provided for remotely controlling a set of functions for a wireless audio system from a remote control. The method includes the steps of generating a digitally modulated pilot tone, and transmitting this pilot tone within a radio communication to a wireless receiver. The digitally modulated pilot tone carries data about a plurality of functions related to an audio source and its associated transmitter. The method further includes a step of receiving the data at a wireless receiver, augmenting it by information related to the wireless receiver, and communicating the resulting data via a communication network to a remote central control. The method further includes monitoring the resulting data at the remote central control, diagnosing detected problems associated with the wireless audio system, and communicating to the wireless audio system appropriate remedial action to alleviate the detected problems.07-29-2010
20100189272PORTABLE TERMINAL AND SOUND DETECTOR, WHICH BOTH COMMUNICATE USING BODY AREA NETWORK, AND DATA CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR - A sound detector communicates with a portable terminal by manipulation of the portable terminal by a user and may reproduce data communicated between the sound detector and the portable terminal.07-29-2010
20090116655Adaptive filter calculation method and sound field generating device - For an inverse system including an adaptive filter having an inverse characteristic of a reproduction sound field characteristic and arranged in series with a stage previous to an output stage of the reproduction sound field characteristic, and an auxiliary filter for updating the adaptive filter arranged in parallel with an output stage of an arbitrary sound field characteristic, the auxiliary filter is identified based on the arbitrary sound field characteristic as a target using the adaptive filter with an initial value set therein or the adaptive filter having been updated. The adaptive filter is updated using the auxiliary filter thus identified. When update of the adaptive filter satisfied a predetermined end condition, the adaptive filter thus updated is superposed on the reproduction sound field characteristic.05-07-2009
20100183160VIBRATION SENSOR ASSEMBLY WITH AMBIENT NOISE DETECTION - A sensor assembly for detecting vibrational energy on a target surface, including at least one target vibration transducer configured to measure vibrational energy associated with at least one target surface; and at least one environmental vibration transducer, each environmental vibration transducer being configured to measure vibrational energy in the immediate vicinity of the environmental vibration transducer wherein the environmental vibration transducer is vibrationally isolated from the target vibration transducer.07-22-2010
20100215183AUDIO JACK FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a processor provided in a housing, a jack being sized for receiving a plug of an audio accessory and having electrical connectors for enabling communication between the audio accessory and the processor, the electrical connectors for contacting corresponding electrical connectors of the plug and a switching circuit in communication with the processor and the electrical connectors, the switching circuit for determining a pin-out of the plug and routing audio signals between ungrounded ones of the corresponding electrical connectors of the plug and the processor.08-26-2010
20090257600SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUDIO TESTING OF ACOUSTIC DEVICES - A system and method of testing the audio performance of an acoustic device is provided. To test a device microphone, an audio signal is generated, provided to an external speaker, outputted to the device microphone, and routed to an auxiliary input/output device where it is outputted and analyzed. To test a device speaker, an audio signal is generated, inputted to an auxiliary input/output device, routed to the device speaker, outputted to an external microphone, and outputted to an audio analyzer.10-15-2009
20090274312Detecting a Loudspeaker Configuration - A detecting circuit measures at least one response characteristic of an output channel in an electro-acoustic transducer system. A memory stores a plurality of equalizations, each equalization corresponding to a known electro-acoustic transducer system associated with at least one response characteristic stored in the memory. A processor in communication with the detecting circuit and the memory selects one of the stored response characteristics matching the response characteristic measured by the detecting circuit. In some cases, an appropriate equalization is loaded based on the selected response characteristic.11-05-2009
20090074195DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGIBILITY TESTING SYSTEM - A distributed intelligibility testing system provides standardized audio tests to a plurality of remotely located client systems. The testing system includes a test manager that records a plurality of audio test words and generates a test protocol corresponding to the audio test words. A database receives and stores the audio test words and the test protocol. The audio test words are stored as a plurality of audio test files. Respective client systems in communication with the database receive and play the audio test files in accordance with the test protocol. The client systems record test responses when the audio test files are played. The test responses are stored in a database, and then evaluated.03-19-2009
20090074196Apparatus and method for monitoring own voice during singing or speaking event - A headset includes a housing having an inner side thereof engageable at least with a human ear and a curved member for attaching the housing behind the ear. An audible sound emitting speaker is mounted within the housing and a microphone capable of receiving sound wave and for converting the sound wave into an electrical signal is connected to one end of a boom. The other end of the boom is attached to the housing. An amplifier is disposed within the housing and is operatively connected to the speaker and the microphone for amplifying the electrical signal. A manually operable variable volume control resistive switch is operatively disposed between the amplifier and the microphone for controlling amplification of the electrical signal. A battery is contained within the housing and supplies a predetermined voltage to the amplifier and microphone. A manually operable switch controls voltage supply from the battery.03-19-2009
20090180631PERSONAL SOUND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAY OF SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL OR OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITION - A cell phone providing a display of sound pressure level or other environmental condition is described. An ear-level module, which includes a microphone or other sensor, and processing resources for analyzing the input from the microphone to provide a measure of an environmental condition, such as sound pressure level, at the ear, and deliver it to a cell phone or other hand held device for display in a manner readable by the user. The companion cell phone provides a display and supporting processing resources, presenting a graphical meter view. Alternatively, the audio data or other measurement is produced using a microphone on the cell phone.07-16-2009
20090110206METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SENSING A SIGNAL ABSENCE OF AUDIO AND AUTOMATICALLY ENTERING LOW POWER MODE - An electronic device having a unique audio sensing method that senses the event of no audio for a predetermined period of time. The sensed information is used by a microprocessor to bring the device into a low-power mode. The same method may be used to bring a device into active mode from a low-power mode.04-30-2009
20090110205Portable Sound System Testing Apparatus - A portable sound system testing apparatus at least includes: an AC power module adapted to provide connected AC power to the apparatus; a power switch module adapted to switch power to the apparatus ON and OFF; an AC-to-DC conversion module adapted to convert AC power received into DC power suitable for powering a sound system to be tested; a power and ground module coupled to the AC to DC conversion module, and at least including a power out terminal for outputting DC power to the sound system to be tested, and a ground terminal for connecting the sound system to be tested to ground; a testing antenna; an antenna lead module coupled to the testing antenna and adapted to be coupled to the antenna of the sound system to be tested; a speaker terminal module at least including speaker terminals adapted to be connected to loudspeaker connectors of the sound system to be tested; a sound reproduction module coupled to the speaker terminal module, adapted to reproduce audio signals received from the sound system to be tested; and a control module coupled to the power and ground module, coupled to the speaker terminal module, and coupled to the sound reproduction module, the control module adapted to control the operation of the apparatus.04-30-2009
20100310082INPUT SELECTION FOR AUDITORY DEVICES - A method and auditory device for automatic evaluation of an input signal for use in an auditory device, the method including the steps of: detecting a signal; processing the signal to determine one or more shape parameters relevant to the change of spectral shape over time of said signal, and the signal level; and on the basis of the shape parameter and the signal level, and a predetermined set of rules, evaluating whether said signal is a useful input signal for said device.12-09-2010
20130136267Microphone and Method for Calibrating a Microphone - A microphone and a method for calibrating a microphone are disclosed. In one embodiment the method for calibrating a microphone comprises operating a MEMS device based on a first AC bias voltage, measuring a pull-in voltage, calculating a second AC bias voltage or a DC bias voltage, and operating the MEMS device based the second AC bias voltage or the DC bias voltage.05-30-2013
20100303249SYSTEM AND METHOD OF IMPROVING AUDIO SIGNALS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED - A system and method for using an audiogram and audio filters to provide improved audio characteristics for hearing impaired listeners by equalizing the received sound level of the signal across the frequency spectrum. The system and method further provide for modifying an audio signal based on the personal hearing characteristics of a listener to compensate for hearing loss.12-02-2010
20100322430PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND A METHOD OF PROCESSING SIGNALS THEREIN - A portable communication device is disclosed. The portable communication device comprises a speaker adapted to be held to an ear of a user for conveying sound to the user, at least one sensor for sensing sound emanating from said sound conveyed to the user, and a control unit. The control unit is adapted to estimate, based on an electrical input signal supplied to an input port of the speaker and an electrical output signal received from an output port of the at least one sensor, a transfer characteristic from the input port of the speaker to the output port of the sensor. Furthermore, the control unit is adapted to estimate, based on the estimated transfer characteristic, a degree of sound leakage from the user's ear. A corresponding method is also disclosed.12-23-2010
20110116643ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND HEADSET WITH SPEAKER SEAL EVALUATION CAPABILITIES - Electronic devices and accessories for electronic devices such as headsets are provided. The electronic devices may produce audio output. The headsets may include earbuds with speakers that play the audio output for a user while the earbuds are located in the user's ears. Circuitry in an electronic device and a headset may be used in evaluating how well the earbuds are sealed to the user's ears. In response to seal quality measurements, informative messages can be generated for the user, overall earbud volume may be increased, balance adjustments may be made to correct for mismatched balance between left and right earbuds, equalization settings may be adjusted, and noise cancellation circuitry settings can be changed. Electrical impedance measurements and acoustic measurements can be used in evaluating seal quality.05-19-2011
20110116642Audio System with Portable Audio Enhancement Device - A portable audio enhancement device is configured for enhancing audio signals, and may be utilized in an audio system. The audio system may include a portable audio source, the audio enhancement device, an audio playback device, and a loudspeaker. The audio enhancement device receives audio signals from the audio source and produces enhanced audio signals. The audio playback device receives the enhanced audio signals and outputs the enhanced audio signals to the loudspeaker for playback. Enhancement of the audio signals may be based on an analysis performed by the audio enhancement device by measuring sample audio signals derived from the sound outputted from the loudspeaker.05-19-2011
20110044460 METHOD OF COMBINING AT LEAST TWO AUDIO SIGNALS AND A MICROPHONE SYSTEM COMPRISING AT LEAST TWO MICROPHONES - A method of combining at least two audio signals for generating an enhanced system output signal is described. The method comprises the steps of: a) measuring a sound signal at a first spatial position using a first transducer, such as a first microphone, in order to generate a first audio signal comprising a first target signal portion and a first noise signal portion, b) measuring the sound signal at a second spatial position using a second transducer, such as a second microphone, in order to generate a second audio signal comprising a second target signal portion and a second noise signal portion, c) processing the first audio signal in order to phase match and amplitude match the first target signal with the second target signal within a predetermined frequency range and generating a first processed output, d) calculating the difference between the second audio signal and the first processed output in order to generate a subtraction output, e) calculating the sum of the second audio signal and the first processed output in order to generate a summation output, f) processing the subtraction output in order to minimise a contribution from the noise signal portions to the system output signal and generating a second processed output, and g) calculating the difference between the summation output and the second processed output in order to generate the system output signal.02-24-2011
20100150358PERSONAL COMPUTER BASED AUDIO FREQUENCY IMPEDANCE ANALYZER - An apparatus, method, and system for analyzing the response of a device under test using a signal generated by an audio card comprises a housing. The apparatus comprises a first connector coupled to the housing and configured to couple electrically with an output of the audio card and to receive a first signal from the audio card. The apparatus also comprises a second connector being electrically coupled with the first connector and configured to interface with the device under test in order to transmit the first signal to a device under test. The apparatus also comprises a third connector configured to receive a second signal from the device under test. The apparatus also comprises a fourth connector being electrically coupled with the third connector and configured to transmit the second signal to an input of the audio card.06-17-2010
20110243340Parameter Setting Method and Audio Apparatus - A method of setting a parameter for an audio apparatus including a delay processing unit which applies a delaying process and an amplifying process on an input audio signal in accordance with the set parameter, includes: performing a measuring process including: causing an outputting device to output measurement sound; and measuring a first impulse response at a sound receiving point; performing a specifying process including: analyzing the measured first impulse response; calculating a second impulse response at the sound receiving point when the outputting device outputs sound in case where a parameter is set in the audio apparatus and an audio signal indicative of the measurement sound is input to the audio apparatus; and specifying a parameter in accordance with the calculated second impulse response; and performing a setting process of setting the specified parameter in the delay processing unit.10-06-2011
20120243697MULTIPLE SUPERIMPOSED AUDIO FREQUENCY TEST SYSTEM AND SOUND CHAMBER WITH ATTENUATED ECHO PROPERTIES - A composite sound dampening structure includes a first base layer of sound dampening material extending around and against an inside surface of a container and a second wedge layer of sound dampening material attached to an inside surface of the first base layer. The composite sound dampening structure provides improved acoustic dampening in relative small sound chambers. An audio test system generates a composite audio signal of multiple different audio signals that are combined together using linear superposition. The composite audio signal allows a device to be simultaneously tested with multiple different audio frequencies.09-27-2012
20100226501BACKGROUND NOISE ESTIMATION - In a system for estimating the power spectral density of acoustical background noise when the level of a smoothed power spectral density signal increases, an increment value is increased, starting from a minimum increment value, by a predetermined amount until a maximum increment value is reached if at the same time the value of the power spectral density currently determined in a new calculation cycle is larger than the estimate value of the power spectral density of the background noise determined in the previous calculation cycle. For cases in which the level of the smoothed power spectral density decreases, the amplitude of the decrement value is increased, starting from a minimum decrement value, by a predetermined amount until a maximum decrement value is reached if at the same time the value of the power spectral density currently determined in a new calculation cycle is smaller than the estimate value of the power spectral density of the background noise determined in the previous calculation cycle.09-09-2010
20090052678AUDIO TEST APPARATUS AND TEST METHOD THEREOF - An audio test apparatus, and an exemplary audio test method that includes: processing an audio file through two independent channels; outputting no signals from a left channel and from a right channel in a first time period; receiving noise signals from the left and right channels; outputting single-frequency signals from the left channel only in a second time period; receiving the single-frequency signals from the left channel and crosstalk signals from the right channel; outputting multi-frequency signals from the left and right channels in a third time period; receiving the multi-frequency signals from the left and right channels; outputting single-frequency signals from the right channel only in a fourth time period; receiving the crosstalk signals from the left channel and the single-frequency signals from the right channel; and testing parameters according to the signals received during the four time periods.02-26-2009
20100034396METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING PRESENTATION OF MEDIA CONTENT - 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.02-11-2010
20110096934AUDIO MONITORING SYSTEM - An audio monitoring system for an audio performance consists of one or more terminal units and one or more base units. The base units are configured to send transmission data consisting of channel labels, frequencies, and mix identifiers to the terminal units. The terminal units are configured to receive and store the transmission data. The terminal units permit a user to select the stored transmission data and to display the transmission data on a user display. The terminal units can receive audio signals from the base units over the stored frequencies and are configured to output the corresponding audio signals to a sound transmission device.04-28-2011
20090274311Multi-Channel Audio Load Box With Selectable Loading - An audio load box to test multiple audio channels using selectable loading for each channel. A resistive load is switched into the signal path of each audio channel before audio tests are conducted. The resistive load can be a single resistor or resistors in parallel. The multi-channel audio load box with selectable loading can provide greater flexibility, reliability and accuracy for tests, for example inter-channel phase measurements and crosstalk.11-05-2009
20110069844ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH BANDLESS CONTENT SELECTION - An entertainment system comprising a base unit with a transceiver for interacting, at times, with a control unit via a communications link, and a control unit for controlling the base unit, the control unit being dockable with the base unit to establish direct electrical connection between them, and including a transceiver for interacting with the control unit via said link when undocked. The control unit is a separate aspect of the invention or system. The base unit may contain a tuner, preferably with bandless tuning capability, and may be designed to receive into a universal docking arrangement a digitally controllable auxiliary audio source such as a portable MP3 player or other device. The base unit may further provide alarm clock functionality with numerous features including a “fail-safe' volume control system and fail-safe alarm time setting capability.03-24-2011
20120201394AUDIO DEVICE VOLUME MANAGER USING MEASURED DISTANCE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND AUDIO DEVICES TO CONTROL VOLUME GENERATION BY THE SECOND AUDIO DEVICE - An audio volume control method employs an audio system that includes a first audio device and a second audio device. A communications link connects the first and second audio devices together so that each may communicate with the other. The system includes an audio volume manager that varies the audio output level of the second audio device as a function of the perceived loudness of the second audio device as perceived at the first audio device. To determine the perceived loudness of the second audio device as perceived at the first audio device, the audio volume manager may measure the current distance between the first and second audio devices.08-09-2012
20100260343System for estimating sound pressure levels at the tympanic membrane using pressure-minima based distance - In various embodiments, a system is used to provide an apparatus configured to measure sound in an ear canal of a wearer's ear at a distance from a tympanic membrane of the ear. The sound is measured and received by the apparatus to produce a signal. A frequency analysis is performed on the signal to determine output as a function of the frequency and to determine the frequency of the minima (null). Further, a distance equal to a quarter wavelength of the null frequency is calculated. A correction factor associated with the quarter wavelength is retrieved and applied to the output to generate a corrected output. An estimated sound pressure level at the tympanic membrane from the corrected output is produced.10-14-2010
20100054487SOUND INSULATING DEVICE - A sound insulating device used to carry out audio testing of a mobile phone is provided. The sound insulating device includes a sound speaker, a sound receiver, a clamping platform clamping the mobile phone thereon and a sound insulating chamber. The sound insulating chamber receives the sound speaker and the sound receiver and the clamping platform therein. The sound insulating chamber is enclosed by several sound insulating boards. Each sound insulating board includes a sound absorbing layer, a cushion layer and an aluminium-alloy layer combined together. The cushion layer is sandwiched between the absorbing layer and the aluminium-alloy layer.03-04-2010
20110211704METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING CROSS-POLARIZATION ISOLATION VALUE AND 1 dB GAIN COMPRESSION POINT - Exemplary embodiments include methods and systems for receiving a signal at a monitoring station, determining a transmit cross-polarization isolation value and/or 1 dB gain compression point based at least in part on the signal having one or more polarities; and outputting at about real-time the determination of the transmit cross-polarization isolation value and/or the 1 dB gain compression point to a user.09-01-2011
20110150230SOUND PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A sound processing apparatus according to the present invention acquires a test signal for measuring a standing wave state emitted in a listening room, and determines a peak position or a dip position due to a standing wave based on frequency characteristics of the test signal. Next, the sound processing apparatus emits a burst signal corresponding to the frequency of the peak position or the dip position, and acquires this signal. The sound processing apparatus calculates an increment ΔP of the acquired signal, which indicates an amount of increase of a peak in the trailing edge portion corresponding to the end position of the burst signal relative to a peak in the portion corresponding to the stationary portion of the burst signal, and attenuates the frequency of the above peak position or dip position of a sound signal to be output by an attenuation depending on ΔP.06-23-2011
20110164757PINNA SIMULATOR - An ear simulator has an inlet port (07-07-2011
20100284545Direct vocal and instrument monitor - The present invention relates to direct voice and instrument monitoring systems and methods of use thereof.11-11-2010
20110033056NOISE CANCELLATION FOR MICROPHONE-SPEAKER COMBINATIONS USING COMBINED SPEAKER AMPLIFIER AND REFERENCE SENSING - An audio host device has a connector having a speaker contact, a microphone contact, and a reference contact. The reference contact is shared by a microphone and a speaker. The reference contact is also directly coupled to a power return plane of the audio host device. A difference amplifier is provided, having a first cold input, a second cold input, and hot input. The first cold input is coupled to an output of the speaker amplifier, while the second cold input is coupled a sense point for the reference contact. The hot input is coupled to the microphone contact. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.02-10-2011
20110135103System and Method for Audio Adjustment - A system and a method for audio adjustment are provided. The method includes following steps. A first output audio signal generated from the under-test audio playback device according to a frequency response test signal is received. The first output audio signal is analyzed to generate a set of suggested equalization parameter. A set of equalization parameters are adjusted according to the suggested equalization parameters, and a sound test signal is generated from an original sound signal according to the equalization parameters and output to the under-test audio playback device. A second output audio signal is generated from the under-test audio playback device in response to the sound test signal. Whether the auditory effect of the second output audio signal is close to the original sound signal or matches the user's need is determined. The equalization parameters are adjusted when the auditory effect of the second output audio signal is not close to the original sound signal or the user is not satisfied with the auditory effect.06-09-2011
20110255700Detecting Musical Structures - Among other things, techniques and systems are disclosed for detecting musical structures, such as downbeats. In one aspect, a method performed by a data processing device includes receiving an input audio signal. The method includes detecting a meter in the received audio signal. Detecting the meter includes generating an envelope of the received audio signal; generating an autocorrelation phase matrix having a two-dimensional array based on the generated envelope to identify a dominant periodicity in the received audio signal; and filtering both dimensions of the generated autocorrelation phase matrix to enhance peaks in the two-dimensional array. The meter represents a time signature of the input audio signal having multiple beats. Additionally, the method includes identifying a downbeat as a first beat in the detected meter.10-20-2011
20110135104MODULAR WIRELESS AUDITORY TEST INSTRUMENT WITH INTELLIGENT TRANSDUCERS - A method and apparatus for performing various auditory tests utilizing a hand-held, portable, wireless testing device is provided. Within the device is a diagnostic subsystem used to implement and analyze selected tests. Attached to the device, either directly or via a flexible cable, are one or more probes. A processor, storage means, input means and display means are included, thus allowing the device to process and store instructions as well as process, store and display data. A wireless networking subsystem is included, enabling the device to communicate with other, similarly enabled, systems and devices within the device's communication range. Due to the inclusion of the wireless networking subsystem, the device can be configured to allow the user to transmit and/or print data, connect to a network, obtain device configuration updates, and send and receive patient and office updates.06-09-2011
20100246837Systems and Methods for Tuning Automatic Speech Recognition Systems - A tuning system for tuning a speech recognition system includes a transmitter for sending a user response to a speech recognition system. The user response is based at least in part on a test stimulus that may be generated by the control system. A receiver receives a recognized response from the speech recognition system; this recognized response is based at least in part on the associated user response. An adjustment module adjusts at least one parameter of the speech recognition system based at least in part on at least one of the test stimulus, the associated user response, and the recognized response.09-30-2010
20110051941MICROPHONE DIAGNOSTIC METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACCOMPLISHING THE SAME - A microphone diagnostic method and system for accomplishing the same are disclosed herein. The method includes generating an analog tone signal and receiving the analog tone signal at a microphone. Via a processor operatively associated with the microphone, the analog tone signal is converted into a digital tone signal and the digital tone signal is compared to a reference digital tone signal having a predetermined amplitude range and a predetermined frequency range associated therewith. The method further includes generating a diagnostic trouble code signal when the digital tone signal falls outside of the predetermined amplitude range, or determining that the microphone is functioning properly when the digital tone signal falls within the predetermined amplitude range.03-03-2011
20110150229METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AN AUDITORY PATTERN OF AN AUDIO SEGMENT - A method and apparatus for determining an auditory pattern associated with an audio segment. An average intensity at each of a first plurality of detector locations on an auditory scale based at least in part on a first plurality of frequency components that describe a signal is determined. A plurality of tonal bands in the audio segment, wherein each tonal band comprises a particular range of detector locations of the first plurality of detector locations is determined. Corresponding strongest frequency components in the tonal bands are determined. A plurality of non-tonal bands is determined, and each non-tonal band is subdivided into multiple sub-bands. Corresponding combined frequency components that are representative of a combined sum of intensities of the first plurality of frequency components that is in a corresponding sub-band are determined. An auditory based on the corresponding strongest frequency components and the corresponding combined frequency components is determined.06-23-2011
20120148058METHODS AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE LOCATIONS OF AUDIENCE MEMBERS - A disclosed example method to determine a location of an audience member involves generating a correlation analysis result based on correlating first audio samples from a stationary audio detector with second audio samples from a portable audio detector carried by the audience member and determining via a neural network the location of the audience member based on the correlation analysis result.06-14-2012
20110064231Method and System for Noise Dosimeter with Quick-Check Mode and Earphone Adapter - A noise dosimeter with capability to rapidly predict noise exposure over an extended time period based on a measurement of short duration. Either an acoustic or an electrical earphone adapter provides a convenient means to connect the noise dosimeter to an external sound source. A direct input jack operable to receive at least one audio signal provides a signal to an RMS detector, which provides a DC signal to a two-stage amplifier circuit. The outputs of the amplifiers are provided to a processor having multiple A/D channels. The processor calculates accumulated noise doses and drives a display, which in one embodiment includes a panel of light-emitting diodes. In one embodiment, the dosimeter includes functionality for control of external devices such as sound boards.03-17-2011
20120045068SELF-FAULT DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MICROPHONE ARRAY AND AUDIO-BASED DEVICE - Disclosed herein is a self-fault detection system and method in a microphone array system, in which features for self-fault detection of a microphone array are formed using internal values of a voice activity detector (VAD) with respect to audio signals respectively outputted from a plurality of microphones, the features generated with respect to each of the microphones are mutually and automatically compared without a special reference signal, thereby self-detecting fault microphones.02-23-2012
20120177210EARHEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD II - Methods of operating an audio device are provided. A method includes measuring sound pressure levels (SPL07-12-2012
20120014530MULTI-MODE AUDIO DEVICE INTERFACING - A headset having a connector compliant with a specification for a first digital serial bus incorporates a separator circuit that monitors the voltage level of one conductor of that connector to distinguish between a first digital interfacing mode in which the conductors of that connector are operated in a manner supporting the first digital serial bus and a second digital interfacing mode in which the conductors of that connector are operated in a manner in supporting a second digital serial bus, and further, the monitoring of the voltage level of the one conductor may also be employed to distinguish between both the first and second digital interfacing mode and either a third digital interfacing mode or an analog interfacing mode.01-19-2012
20120014529Electro-Acoustic Transducer Tuning and Data Storage - A device into which an electro-acoustic transducer is incorporated has at least two audio signal conductors through which the device may be coupled to another device to convey analog audio signals representing sounds at a time when the other device places a relatively low DC bias voltage across the at least two audio signal conductors, and to be operated as either a digital serial bus to exchange pieces of digitally-encoded data concerning the electro-acoustic transducer or as a trigger to cause the electro-acoustic transducer to be bypassed to enable another electro-acoustic transducer to be tested at a time when the other device places a relatively high DC bias voltage across the at least two audio signal conductors.01-19-2012
20120057713AUTOMATIC AUDIO SYSTEM EQUALIZING - An automated process for equalizing an audio system and an apparatus for implementing the process. An audio system includes a microphone unit, for receiving the sound waves radiated from a plurality of speakers, acoustic measuring circuitry, for calculating frequency response measurements; a memory, for storing characteristic data of the loudspeaker units and further for storing the frequency response measurements; and equalization calculation circuitry, for calculating an equalization pattern responsive to the digital data and responsive to the characteristic data of the plurality of loudspeaker units. Also described is an automated equalizing system including a acoustic measuring circuitry including a microphone for measuring frequency response at a plurality of locations; a memory, for storing the frequency responses at the plurality of locations; and equalization calculation circuitry, for calculating, from the frequency responses, an optimized equalization pattern.03-08-2012
20090323973SELECTING AN AUDIO DEVICE FOR USE - Selecting for use an audio input device such as a microphone based on the quality of sound sampled from multiple available input devices. The sample is analyzed to determine a background sound level and a peak deviation level above the background. That device having the greatest deviation above the background is selected and all other input devices deactivated. The selection process may also require that the peak value meet or exceed some threshold value in order to be considered. The sampling may occur starting with system activation or may occur prior to activation with selection occurring after system activation.12-31-2009
20120155662AUDIO APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE AUDIO APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An audio apparatus includes a sound generation unit configured to generate a measuring signal, a sound collection unit configured to obtain a sound collection signal, a detection unit configured to detect a level difference between the sound collection signal and background noise, a characteristic calculation unit configured to extract each signal period of the measuring signal from the sound collection signal, a feature amount calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount representative of sudden noise for each period based on each of the period signals, and a determination unit configured to compare feature amounts of the periods and to remove, from periods to be used for averaging the period signals, a period or periods whose feature amounts are not within a range between a threshold value and a minimum value of the feature amounts as a reference, wherein the threshold value is determined according to the detected level difference.06-21-2012
20120155661ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TESTING AN AUDIO MODULE - An electronic device and method for testing an audio module of a network device including establishing a first connection between an audio output interface of the electronic device and a microphone interface of the network device. First audio data of a test file is transmitted from the audio output interface to the microphone interface through the first connection. An audio card of the network device records the first audio data output by the microphone interface to generate second audio data, and transmit the second audio data to the electronic device through a network. The second audio data is compared with the first audio data in response to receiving the second audio data by the electronic device. The audio module is determined to be normal if the second audio data matches the first audio data.06-21-2012
20120155660AUDIO TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An audio testing system includes an acquisition unit, an input unit, a first analysis unit, a second analysis unit, and an output unit. The acquisition unit obtains an audio signal played back by the audio player. The input unit generates a first input signal and a second input signal. The first analysis unit analyzes the acquired audio signal with a first analysis method in response to the first input signal to obtain performance parameters of the audio player. The second analysis unit analyzes the acquired audio signal with a second analysis method in response to the second input signal to obtain another set of performance parameters of the audio player. The first analysis unit is more accurate than the second analysis unit, and efficiency of the second analysis unit exceeds that of the first analysis unit.06-21-2012
20120027217APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MERGING ACOUSTIC OBJECT INFORMATION - An apparatus and method for merging acoustic object information to provide an Augmented Reality (AR) service in which real images are merged with sounds. The acoustic object information merging apparatus includes an acoustic objectization unit, an acoustic object information creator and a merging unit. The method classifies sounds received in a microphone array to identify an object corresponding to the received sound. If there is a failure to identify an object for each sound, then a band-pass filter is applied to secondarily classify the received sounds. Acoustic object information is created and merged with a captured image or recorded sound. The acoustic object information may include additional information about the object identified as corresponding to the received sound.02-02-2012
20110103601ACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE - Provided is an acoustic measurement device capable of reducing the number of microphones while solving a problem of the dependency of interval between microphones on the frequency. The acoustic measurement device comprises a sound reception section (05-05-2011
20110103599AUDIO OUTPUT APPARATUS AND COMPENSATION METHOD THEREOF - An audio output apparatus including a digital operation unit, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a left channel unit, a right channel unit and a common unit is provided. During an initial setting, the digital operation unit detects a cross talk voltage on a left channel earphone unit in the left channel unit or a right channel earphone unit in the right channel unit, calculates a first ratio and a second ratio, and then performs an arithmetic operation on a left and a right channel signals according to the first and the second ratios, so as to obtain a compensated left channel signal and a compensated right channel signal respectively for eliminating a cross talk phenomenon.05-05-2011
20110103600TUNER DEVICE - A pitch detection device in which a frequency can be lowered after having maintained both a pitch error accuracy and a response time at practical values to reduce current consumption. Because a number of times of cumulative addition is changed in response to a pitch of a measured signal, a cumulative addition time sum equals or exceeds a constant T_SUM_MIN. Accordingly, a pitch error accuracy of the measured signal achieves a required error accuracy. Furthermore, a frequency of the clock signal is decided using a numerical formula (6) and a numerical formula (7) so that the constant T_SUM_MIN does not exceed a required response time. Accordingly, a response time is within the required response time regardless of whether the frequency of the measured signal is lowered.05-05-2011
20100290634METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TESTING AND CALIBRATING ELECTRONIC SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS WHICH CONVERT SOUND INTO ELECTRICAL SIGNALS - A method for testing and calibrating electronic semiconductor components which convert sound into electrical signals acoustically irradiates the components in a sound chamber whose largest free length is less than half the wavelength of the highest frequency of the sound waves produced during the test.11-18-2010
20100246836Personal Acoustic Device Position Determination - Apparatus and method for determining an operating state of an earpiece of a personal acoustic device and/or the entirety of the personal acoustic device through tests to determine the current operating state, wherein the tests differ depending on a current power mode of the personal acoustic device, and wherein at least one lower power test is employed during at least one lower power mode.09-30-2010
20120128166SYSTEMS, METHODS, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR HEAD TRACKING BASED ON RECORDED SOUND SIGNALS - Systems, methods, apparatus, and machine-readable media for detecting head movement based on recorded sound signals are described.05-24-2012
20120128167HOWLING CANCELLER - A howling canceller applied to an acoustic system having a speaker and a microphone comprises: a filter insertion unit for inserting a notch filter at a frequency of an audio signal picked up by the microphone; a setting unit for setting the insertion time of the notch filter on the basis of the frequency at which the notch filter is inserted; and a releasing unit for, when the insertion time set by the setting unit has elapsed, releasing the notch filter, the insertion time of which has elapsed. The setting unit sets the insertion time of the notch filter to be shorter as the frequency at which the notch filter is inserted increases.05-24-2012
20100208904DEREVERBERATION APPARATUS AND DEREVERBERATION METHOD - A dereverberation apparatus includes a signal selecting unit which selects a sound signal to be used for dereverberation process from a plurality of sound signals, and a dereverberation processing unit which performs the dereverberation process for the selected sound signal.08-19-2010
20100208903AUDIO MODULE FOR THE ACOUSTIC MONITORING OF A SURVEILLANCE REGION, SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FOR THE SURVEILLANCE REGION, METHOD FOR GENERATING A SOUND ENVIRONMENT, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - The invention relates to an audio module 08-19-2010
20120134503SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MICROPHONE POLARITY DETECTION - The present disclosure provides a method of determining microphone polarity in a headset. By being able to detect the polarity of the microphone within the headset, a portable electronic device may be compatible with any headset and is not limited to use with a specific headset. By applying a detection signal over one of lines within a headset cable, a return signal may be sensed on one of the other lines to determine which of the lines is the ground line and which line is the microphone line.05-31-2012
20120250870CALIBRATING A PUBLIC ADDRESS INSTALLATION - A method for calibrating a public address installation comprising simulation of a public address system based on simulation parameters is provided. The public address system may comprise the public address installation and an auditorium. A simulation may deliver configuration parameters for the public address installation. The public address installation may be configured using the delivered configuration parameters, for example. The public address installation may be operated, and acoustic measurements may be taken in the auditorium. The simulation parameters may be customized based on measurement results from the acoustic measurements in order to reduce a discrepancy between simulation results and measurement results for the public address system.10-04-2012
20090060212MULTI-CHANNEL SWITCH AND TESTING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A multi-channel switch for connecting between an electronic apparatus and a testing apparatus comprising: a multi-channel interface for connecting with the electronic apparatus, comprising a plurality of channels; a single-channel interface for connecting with the testing apparatus, comprising one channel; an audio sensor for receiving a sound input, and generating audio signals accordingly; and a controller for receiving the audio signals and establishing a through connection between one of the multi-channel interface and the single channel interface according to the audio signals.03-05-2009
20120230501 AUDITORY TEST AND COMPENSATION METHOD - The present invention provides an auditory test and compensation method for an audio system comprising an audio device coupled to an audio output means and a listener of the audio device. The method comprises the steps of: delivering a series of audio stimuli through the audio output means; capturing a listener's response to the audibility of the stimuli; calculating a compensation print from the frequency response; deriving a filter from the calculated compensation print with respect to the frequencies associated with the frequency response and applying the filter to an audio signal of the audio system.09-13-2012
20110123034AUDIO TEST DEVICE AND AUDIO TEST METHOD THEREOF - A method for audio test of an audio test device is provided. The audio test device includes audio ports, decoders, a storage unit, and an encoder. Each of the decoders includes an identification corresponding to one of the audio ports. The storage unit stores audio files. The method includes displaying a test interface, which includes a plurality of recording the audio ports and a plurality of recording preset test items being corresponding to the audio files; obtain the IDs of the decoders and the audio files; controlling the encoders to encode the audio files and to embed the corresponding ID, and identifying the IDs of the encoded audio files and transmits the encoded audio files to the corresponding decoders according to the identified IDs. A related audio test device is also provided.05-26-2011
20100166197SOUND CORRECTOR, SOUND MEASUREMENT DEVICE, SOUND REPRODUCER, SOUND CORRECTION METHOD, AND SOUND MEASUREMENT METHOD - According to one embodiment, a sound corrector includes a signal outputter, a response signal, a frequency specifier, a coefficient specifier, a filter, and an outputter. The signal outputter outputs a measurement signal to measure acoustical properties of an object to be measured. The response signal receiver receives a response signal from the object in response to the measurement signal. The frequency specifier specifies a resonant frequency at a resonance peak from the response signal. The coefficient specifier specifies a correction coefficient of a correction filter for reducing the resonant frequency based on the specified resonant frequency. The filter performs filtering on a signal to be output to the object using the correction filter with the correction coefficient. The outputter outputs the signal having undergone the filtering to the object.07-01-2010
20080298599SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING PERFORMANCE OF MICROPHONE FOR LONG-DISTANCE SPEECH RECOGNITION IN ROBOT - A system and method for evaluating performance of a microphone for long-distance speech recognition, which enables a robot to receive and respond to voices. A robot, which includes a network robot, must correctly recognize speech in order to recognize the user and to perceive its surroundings, objective evaluation criteria are required for choosing a microphone to be used in the robot. The methods include measuring a degree of attenuation of the voice, measuring a degree of distortion of the voice, and simultaneously measuring the degree of attenuation of the voice and the degree of distortion of the voice. A standard for the choice of a microphone, which can be digitalized, for a speech recognition function of a robot, permits choice of a microphone which has good sensitivity and can pick up voices without distortion when used at a large distance.12-04-2008
20120237044Electronic Device and Audio Accessory Having a Plurality of Passive Switches for Controlling the Audio Device - According to some aspects, a system for controlling an electronic device including an audio accessory coupled to the electronic device. The audio accessory has at least one speaker adapted to provide audio output and a plurality of resistive switches. The electronic device has a bias voltage source adapted to provide power to the resistive switches via a bias resistor and a ground connection, and a measurement module. The measurement module is adapted to monitor a bias point to determine which of the at least one switch has been engaged based on effect of the resistive switches on the ground offset voltage after compensating for a ground offset voltage caused by the audio output.09-20-2012
20110002472METHOD AND APPARATUS TO MEASURE DIFFERENTIAL PHASE AND FREQUENCY MODULATION DISTORTIONS FOR AUDIO EQUIPMENT - A testing method or apparatus utilizes multiple frequencies applied to a device under test for measuring newly discovered frequency modulation effects. An embodiment may include a lower frequency signal with a smaller amplitude higher frequency signal to test a dynamic change in frequency response, gain, and or phase. This dynamic test can reveal frequency modulation effects. Another embodiment may include the use of a multiple frequency signal or a modulated signal such as an amplitude modulated to dynamically induce a time varying phase or frequency distortion for the device that has differential phase distortion. In another embodiment, the device's output is then measured with an FM detector, Wow and/or Flutter meter, phase detector, and or spectrum analysis system to measure a shift in one of the frequencies used in the test signal or to measure phase and or frequency modulation effects of any signals such as a distortion product, a carrier signal, and or a distortion product of the carrier signal from the device.01-06-2011
20110038487EARPHONE ACOUSTIC SIMULATION SYSTEM AND OPTIMAL SIMULATION METHOD OF THE SAME - An earphone acoustic simulation system and an optimal simulation method of the same is disclosed. The earphone acoustic simulation system comprises an earphone front end simulation circuit and an earphone back end simulation circuit for simulating acoustic environment of a front cavity and a back cavity inside an earphone, and an artificial ear simulation circuit is connected respectively with the earphone front end simulation circuit and the earphone back end simulation circuit. Variation of an impedance of the artificial ear simulation circuit represents the frequency response in the earphone cavity. Besides, the optimal simulation of the earphone acoustic simulation system utilizes simulated annealing algorithm to obtain the optimal parameter of the earphone cavity, and anticipates the SPL curve related to the optimal earphone cavity through utilizing the earphone acoustic simulation system.02-17-2011
20120269356SELF CALIBRATING MULTI-ELEMENT DIPOLE MICROPHONE - A self calibrating dipole microphone formed from two omni-directional acoustic sensors. The microphone includes a sound source acoustically coupled to the acoustic sensors and a processor. The sound source is excited with a test signal, exposing the acoustic sensors to acoustic calibration signals. The responses of the acoustic sensors to the calibration signals are compared by the processor, and one or more correction factors determined. Digital filter coefficients are calculated based on the one or more correction factors, and applied to the output signals of the acoustic sensors to compensate for differences in the sensitivities of the acoustic sensors. The filtered signals provide acoustic sensor outputs having matching responses, which are subtractively combined to form the dipole microphone output.10-25-2012
20100202623LIGHTWEIGHT AUDIO SYSTEM FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS AND METHOD - A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The PCB architecture is bifurcated into a first board carrying common circuit components in a surface mount configuration suitable for high volume production, and a second board carrying application specific circuit components in a wave soldered stick mount configuration. The major components and subassemblies are self-fixturing during the final assembly process, eliminating the need for dedicated tools, fixtures and assembly equipment. The major components and subassemblies self-interconnect by integral guide and connection features effecting “slide lock” and “snap lock” self-interconnection. The radio architecture includes improved push buttons employing 4-bar living hinge linkage and front loaded decorative trim buttons.08-12-2010
20120243696Supervisory Method and Apparatus for Audio Input Path - A supervisory apparatus and method are useable with personal, or micro-computers. A passive module can be coupled to a computer sound card. The module can be coupled to a speaker and a microphone. The speaker can emit a supervisory audio signal generated by the sound card. The microphone can sense and feedback the supervisory signal. Where no supervisory audio has been detected during a pre-set time interval, an audio path failure can be reported.09-27-2012
20080226086Audio Signal Processing System - In a mixer system having a digital mixer having functions processing waveform data in plural input channels and outputting the data via an ST bus, and a PC executing a DAW application realizing a function of plural tracks to record and reproduce waveform data, it is made possible to set a first mode instructing the digital mixer to process waveform data inputted from outside the system in all input channels and the DAW application to mix the waveform data in all tracks to supply to the ST bus of the digital mixer, and a second mode instructing the digital mixer to process waveform data received from the DAW application in all input channels and the DAW application to send the waveform data in all tracks to corresponding input channels of the digital mixer.09-18-2008
20130170657METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO MONITOR A MEDIA DEVICE USING A DIGITAL AUDIO SIGNAL - Methods and systems are disclosed to monitor a media device. An example method includes attempting to detect a transition in a digital audio signal output by a port of the media device. If the transition is detected, the example method includes determining the media device is in an on state. If the transition is not detected, the example method includes determining the media device is in an off state.07-04-2013
20130170658INFORMATION PROCESSOR, AUDIO PROCESSOR, AUDIO PROCESSING SYSTEM AND PROGRAM - An audio processor acquires processed sound data, which is obtained by processing original sound data according to a content of processing defined such that first sound is emitted under the standard sound emission condition, in association with a sound emission device, acquires a control signal, and acquires a device sound emission condition. In order to make second sound emitted by the sound emission device under the acquired device sound emission condition close to the first sound, the audio processor identifies the correction content of the processed sound data based on a difference between the device sound emission condition and the standard sound emission condition, the control signal, and the processed sound data acquired in association with the sound emission device. The audio processor corrects the processed sound data according to the correction content, and supplies the corrected processed sound data to the sound emission device.07-04-2013
20130142347VEHICULAR THREAT DETECTION BASED ON AUDIO SIGNALS - Techniques for ability enhancement are described. Some embodiments provide an ability enhancement facilitator system (“AEFS”) configured to enhance a user's ability to operate or function in a transportation-related context as a pedestrian or a vehicle operator. In one embodiment, the AEFS is configured perform vehicular threat detection based at least in part on analyzing audio signals. An example AEFS receives data that represents an audio signal emitted by a vehicle. The AEFS analyzes the audio signal to determine vehicular threat information, such as that the vehicle may collide with the user. The AEFS then informs the user of the determined vehicular threat information, such as by transmitting a warning to a wearable device configured to present the warning to the user.06-06-2013
20130142346AUDIO TESTING SYSTEM AND AUDIO TESTING METHOD FOR DEVICE UNDER TEST - An audio testing system and an audio testing method for an electronic device under test are provided. The audio testing method includes the following steps. A testing audio is sent through a testing audio sending end of a testing device. An electronic device under test is controlled to perform recording through an audio receiving end, so as to generate an under-testing audio. After the recording is completed, the device under test controlled to playback the under-testing audio from one of both-side audio sending ends to perform recording through the testing audio receiving end, and calls an audio analyzing process to generate a first testing result. The device under test controlled to playback the under-testing audio from the other one of the both-side audio sending ends to perform recording through the testing audio receiving end, and calls the audio analyzing process to generate a second testing result.06-06-2013
20080219461SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AUDIBLE TONES IN A MULTIPLE PLANAR CHASSIS - Aspects for monitoring audible tones indicative of operational status of each planar in a multiple planar chassis are described. Included in the aspects is the monitoring of a speaker channel of each planar of a plurality of planars in a common chassis for state changes of beep tones. An operational status of a specific planar emitting the beep tones is identified based on the state changes.09-11-2008
20080219460Bug detector - This present invention provides a bug detector for detecting a hidden bug, comprising: an acoustic generator, an identification decoder, and a control device. The acoustic generator generates a specific audio signal for the microphone of the bug receiving the specific audio signal and outputting a radio signal through the radio transmitter. The identification decoder receives the radio signal for decoding so as to obtain a decoded audio signal. The control device connects to the acoustic generator and the identification decoder for comparing the specific audio signal with the decoded audio signal so as to determine that the bug is existence or not.09-11-2008
20110268285SOUND IMAGE LOCALIZATION ESTIMATING DEVICE, SOUND IMAGE LOCALIZATION CONTROL SYSTEM, SOUND IMAGE LOCALIZATION ESTIMATION METHOD, AND SOUND IMAGE LOCALIZATION CONTROL METHOD - Sound pressure acquisition element integrate by time and convert into logarithms a plurality of inputted sound signals to acquire each sound pressure corresponding to the plurality of sound signals. Normalizing element normalizes each sound pressure acquired by the sound pressure acquisition element. Linear sum calculating element calculates a linear sum of each sound pressure normalized by the normalizing element using a plurality of parameters which differ for each frequency range of the sound signals.11-03-2011
20130182858AUGMENTED REALITY WITH SOUND AND GEOMETRIC ANALYSIS - A method for responding in an augmented reality (AR) application of a mobile device to an external sound is disclosed. The mobile device detects a target. A virtual object is initiated in the AR application. Further, the external sound is received, by at least one sound sensor of the mobile device, from a sound source. Geometric information between the sound source and the target is determined, and at least one response for the virtual object to perform in the AR application is generated based on the geometric information.07-18-2013
20120281848MICROPHONE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AN OPERATING FREQUENCY FOR A OR SAID MICROPHONE SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - Wireless microphones are used in a plurality of applications, such as concerts, discussions, theater performances, operas, etc. The wireless microphones are normally connected to a transmitter which transmits the audio signals captured by the microphone to a base station via a transmitting frequency. The invention relates to a microphone system (11-08-2012
20110311065EXTRACTION OF CHANNELS FROM MULTICHANNEL SIGNALS UTILIZING STIMULUS - An approach and device for optimizing a sound system by extracting a two-channel stereo source out of a set of multiple channels with unknown frequency responses, crosstalk, time delays and sample rate by employing a digital test sequence that utilizes maximum-length-sequences (MLS) that is fed into the sound system and results in a reconstructed stereo source that may be further used as an input to a signal processor that performs improved speaker and room equalization.12-22-2011
20130188795METHOD AND APPARATUS TO MEASURE DIFFERNTIAL PHASE AND FREQUENCY MODULATION DISTORTIONS FOR AUDIO EQUIPMENT - A testing method or apparatus utilizes multiple frequencies applied to a device under test for measuring newly discovered frequency modulation effects. An embodiment may include a lower frequency signal combined with two (or more) higher frequency signals to test a dynamic change in frequency response, gain, and or phase of the lower frequency signal from an audio device. This dynamic test can reveal frequency modulation effects via the two higher frequency signals emulate a modulated signal that provides a phase or frequency modulation frequency related to the difference of the two higher frequency signals. Another embodiment may include the use of a higher frequency signal and pulsed waveform to dynamically induce a time varying phase or frequency distortion of the pulsed waveform or components of the pulsed waveform from the device that has differential phase distortion. In another embodiment, the device's output is then measured with an FM detector and or phase detector to measure a phase and or frequency shift in one or more signals of the frequencies related to the pulsed waveform, such as a signal of the fundamental frequency and or one or more harmonic related to the pulsed waveform the device.07-25-2013
20120020487AUDIO DEVICE VOLUME MANAGER USING MEASURED DISTANCE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND AUDIO DEVICES TO CONTROL VOLUME GENERATION BY THE SECOND AUDIO DEVICE - An audio system includes a first audio device and a second audio device. A communications link connects the first and second audio devices together so that each may communicate with the other. The system includes an audio volume manager that varies the audio output level of the second audio device as a function of the perceived loudness of the second audio device as perceived at the first audio device. To determine the perceived loudness of the second audio device as perceived at the first audio device, the audio volume manager may measure the current distance between the first and second audio devices.01-26-2012
20120020486AUDIO DEVICE VOLUME MANAGER USING MEASURED VOLUME PERCEIVED AT A FIRST AUDIO DEVICE TO CONTROL VOLUME GENERATION BY A SECOND AUDIO DEVICE - An audio system includes a first audio device and a second audio device. A communications link connects the first and second audio devices together so that each may communicate with the other. The system includes an audio volume manager that varies the audio output level of the second audio device as a function of the perceived loudness of the second audio device as perceived at the first audio device.01-26-2012
20120057712MULTI-CHANNEL AUDIO DISPLAY - An audio display system can include an audio input configured to receive a plurality of inputs corresponding different audio channels of a multi-channel audio signal. A phase calculator is configured to determine a relative phase between at least a given pair of the audio channels. An amplitude calculator is configured to determine an amplitude for at least the given pair of audio channels. A display generator is configured to generate an audio display. The audio display can include an amplitude element representing the amplitude determined for each audio channel in the given pair of the audio channels, the amplitude elements being spaced apart from each other to define a phase zone between the respective pair of amplitude elements. The audio display can also include a phase output plotted in the phase zone between the respective pair of amplitude elements, the phase output representing a phase relationship between the given pair of the audio channels.03-08-2012
20130101127SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHANGING AN ACTIVATION STATE OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING ACOUSTIC SIGNALS - The disclosure relates to a system and method for unlocking and unlocking activation to a device. An activation management system of an embodiment comprises: a sensor providing an output signal when the sensor is activated by an acoustic signal; and an activation module receiving the output signal from the sensor. The activation module evaluates the output signal against a pattern and to change an activation state of the device if the output signal completes a match for the pattern.04-25-2013
20100034397SOUND SOURCE TRACKING SYSTEM, METHOD AND ROBOT - A result of a sound source direction measurement based on an output of an REMA (first microphone array) (02-11-2010
20120093328DETECTION CIRCUIT FOR AUDIO DEVICE - A detection circuit of an electronic device, includes a jack circuit, a first switch, a second switch, and a detection end. The jack circuit includes a type detection pin and a connection detection pin. The first switch includes a first control end. The connection detection pin is connected to the first control end to control the first switch on or off according to whether the audio device is connected to the electronic device. The second switch is connected to ground via the first switch. The second switch includes a second control end. The type detection pin is connected to the second control end to control the second switch on or off according to the type of the audio device. The detection end is connected to the first switch via a first resistor, and is connected to the second switch via a second resistor. The detection end is adapted to generate different signals to indicate a connection status of the electronic device and the audio device.04-19-2012

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