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Ear tip with anti-tragus stabilizer

Methods and apparatuses for delivering sound to a user ear are disclosed. In one example, an apparatus for delivering sound to an ear canal includes a body attachable to an electro-acoustic transducer and an ear canal port attached to the body arranged to insert into an entrance of the user ear canal. ... Plantronics Inc

Enhanced voiceprint authentication

The invention relates to a method for enhanced voiceprint authentication. The method includes receiving an utterance from a user, and determining that a portion of the utterance matches a pre-determined keyword. ... Plantronics Inc

Headset with magnetic frictional coupler

A headset is described that utilizes magnetic frictional couplers. A coupler includes a first member having a first engagement surface and a second member having a second engagement surface disposed for relative positioning of the first and second members along a line of adjustment. ... Plantronics Inc

Subscription-enabled audio device and subscription system

A subscription-enabled audio device is provided, which comprises at least a speaker for providing an application audio output; a subscription verification module, allowing to determine a subscription state indicator; and an audio processor for controlling the speaker. To provide an enhanced audio device that is particularly suitable for device-as-a-service application, the audio processor is configured to query the subscription verification module to obtain the subscription state indicator and to provide a subscription state audio output in addition to said application audio output to the speaker in case the subscription state indicator corresponds to an unsubscribed state.. ... Plantronics Inc

Companion out-of-band authentication

Methods and apparatuses for user authentication are described. In one example, authenticating a user includes establishing a first wireless communication link between a headset and a first computing device and a second wireless communication link concurrent with the first wireless communication link between the headset and a second computing device. ... Plantronics Inc

Connection switching for bluetooth headsets

Connection switching for bluetooth headsets is disclosed. A bluetooth headset includes a bluetooth transceiver configured to receive a message from a first bluetooth device over a first bluetooth connection with the first bluetooth device. ... Plantronics Inc

Connection switching for bluetooth headsets

A method is disclosed for switching connections of bluetooth headsets. The method includes indicating, on a user interface of the first bluetooth device, (i) the first bluetooth device has a first bluetooth connection with a bluetooth headset, and (ii) a second bluetooth device has no bluetooth connection with the bluetooth headset. ... Plantronics Inc

Locality based noise masking

Methods and apparatuses for noise masking are described. In one example, a location data is received or identified at a noise masking system, the noise masking system including a plurality of selectable noise masking sound audio files and a plurality of selectable video files. ... Plantronics Inc

Headset position sensing, reporting, and correction

A method is disclosed for sensing, reporting, and correcting microphone proximity for a headset. The method includes determining a current proximity of a headset microphone to a face of a user. ... Plantronics Inc

Masking open space noise using sound and corresponding visual

Methods and apparatuses for addressing open space noise are disclosed. In one example, a method for masking open space noise includes outputting from a speaker a speaker sound corresponding to a flow of water, and displaying a water element system, the water element system generating a sound of flowing water.. ... Plantronics Inc

High yield strength, low thermal impedance component and manufacturing method

A machine component is formed of a coalesced metal body of multiple zones of material having at least one high hardness surface, along with high yield strength and good thermal conductivity. The coalesced metal body can have a zone of steel and a zone of copper, and have a transition zone in which the zones of steel and copper coalesce. ... Plantronics Inc

User authentication persistence

Methods and apparatuses for user authentication are described. In one example, an active condition of an authenticator device is detected and the identity of the user is authenticated. ... Plantronics Inc

Enhanced biometric user authentication

Methods and apparatuses for enhanced user biometric authentication are described. In one example, authenticating a user includes storing user authentication pairs in a memory of an authenticator device, each authentication pair comprising an instruction prompt and a stored corresponding user response biometric to the instruction prompt. ... Plantronics Inc

Vowel sensing voice activity detector

Methods and apparatuses for detecting user speech are described. In one example, a method for detecting user speech includes receiving a microphone output signal corresponding to sound received at a microphone and identifying a spoken vowel sound in the microphone signal. ... Plantronics Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014145

Enhanced security for near field communication enabled bluetooth devices

Methods and apparatuses for enhanced security for near field communication bluetooth devices are described. In one example, a physical proximity of a bluetooth device is detected with a first near field communications device disposed at a headset base, the bluetooth device including a second near field communications device. ... Plantronics Inc

12/28/17 / #20170374444

Sound exposure limiter

Methods and apparatuses for user sound exposure limiting are disclosed. In one example, an accumulated sound dose exposure from a headset speaker is determined for a plurality of sequentially monitored time intervals during a current listening session, wherein the current listening session comprises a total session time. ... Plantronics Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357474

Mode switchable audio processor for digital audio

An audio processor for digital audio data is provided, which comprises at least a host interface for connection to a digital audio host to transfer the digital audio data between the digital audio host and the audio processor; a device interface for connection to a user audio device; and a processing unit, connected with the host interface and the device interface. To allow a user to employ an audio device, such as a speaker or a pair of headphones of their choice when connecting to different digital audio hosts, said processing unit is configured to at least conduct a configuration procedure, in which the processing unit communicates with said digital audio host in one of at least a first communication mode and a second communication mode, wherein the communication modes differ from each other, and wherein the communication mode is selected according to the setting of a communication mode selector.. ... Plantronics Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289739

Connection switching for bluetooth headsets

Connection switching for bluetooth headsets is disclosed. A bluetooth headset includes a bluetooth transceiver configured to receive a message from a first bluetooth device over a first bluetooth connection with the first bluetooth device. ... Plantronics Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245075

Headset position sensing, reporting, and correction

A headset having corresponding computer-readable media comprises: a first portion, wherein the first portion comprises a microphone; a second portion, wherein the second portion is rotatably coupled with the first portion; one or more sensors, wherein at least one of the sensors is configured to sense a current difference angle between the first portion and the second portion; a controller configured to generate a message responsive to the current difference angle being outside a range of difference angles, wherein the range of difference angles is associated with acceptable performance of the microphone; wherein the headset is configured to provide the message responsive to the controller generating the message.. . ... Plantronics Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223162

Wearable devices for headset status and control

A wearable device includes an output display device, a transceiver, a user-operable control, and a processor. The transceiver is configured to communicate over a wireless link with a phone. ... Plantronics Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201832

Headset audio system

A headset audio system is provided, comprising at least a headset, a control unit, and a control assignment selector, wherein the headset is adapted to provide output audio to a user from at least a first and a second audio signal and the control unit is provided to allow user adjustment of one or more audio parameters and comprises at least a first assignable audio control and a second assignable audio control. To allow the user to select one of the control modes according to the respective application and/or her or his preference, the control assignment selector is configured to switch the assignable audio controls of the control unit between at least a first control mode and second control mode, wherein in said first control mode, the first assignable audio control is configured for adjustment of a main volume of said output audio and the second assignable audio control is configured for adjustment of a mixing level between said at least first and second audio signals; and in said second control mode, the first assignable audio control is configured for adjustment of a volume of said first audio signal, and the second assignable audio control is configured for adjustment of a volume of said second audio signal.. ... Plantronics Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193979

Headphones with active noise cancellation adverse effect reduction

Methods and apparatuses for headphones are disclosed. In one example, a noise cancelling signal is generated with an active noise cancelling system, and the noise cancelling signal is output at a headphones speaker. ... Plantronics Inc

06/22/17 / #20170173298

Using audio to alter respiratory rates

Apparatus having corresponding methods and computer-readable media comprise a controller configured to i) determine a desired respiratory rate of a person, and ii) generate an audio signal having a periodic component, wherein a rate of the periodic component is based on the desired respiratory rate; and a speaker configured to produce sound based on the audio signal.. . ... Plantronics Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164086

Headset with stem mounted connector

Methods and apparatuses for head-worn devices are disclosed. In one example, a head-worn device includes a primary housing and an earbud speaker. ... Plantronics Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127170

Sidetone-based loudness control for groups of headset users

Methods and computer-readable media embodying instructions executable by a computer to perform functions comprise: obtaining one or more indications of a sound level produced by a group of users of audio communication devices; and adjusting sidetone gains of the audio communication devices based on the one or more indications of the sound level produced by the group of users.. . ... Plantronics Inc

05/04/17 / #20170123047

System for determining a location of a user

A system for determining a location of a user is provided that comprises a plurality of transmitters, each associated with a predefined physical location and each comprising a light source to provide an optical location signal; and at least one head-worn locator device with an optical receiver for receiving at least one of the optical location signals. To allow the determination of a location of a user that is wearing the head-worn locator device, each transmitter is configured to provide location information in the respectively provided optical location signal, wherein said location information corresponds to said predefined physical location of the respective transmitter.. ... Plantronics Inc

03/16/17 / #20170076708

Steerable loudspeaker system for individualized sound masking

Apparatus having corresponding computer-readable media and methods comprise a steerable loudspeaker system configured to produce sound based on audio delivered to the steerable loudspeaker system; a masking audio source configured to generate individualized masking audio based on preferences of a listener, and to deliver the individualized masking audio to the steerable loudspeaker system; and a controller configured to steer the steerable loudspeaker system based on a position of a listener.. . ... Plantronics Inc

03/02/17 / #20170061950

Biometrics-based dynamic sound masking

Apparatus having corresponding methods and computer-readable media comprises: a speaker configured to provide a masking sound to an individual; a biometric sensor configured to collect biometric data from the individual; and a controller configured to modify the masking sound based on the biometric data.. . ... Plantronics Inc

02/09/17 / #20170041695

Headset with adjustable microphone boom

In one example of the invention, an apparatus includes a housing, a first shoe contacting a surface of the housing, and a second shoe contacting the surface of the housing. The apparatus includes a spring having a first spring end contacting the first shoe and a second spring end contacting the second shoe. ... Plantronics Inc

01/19/17 / #20170019517

Wearable devices for headset status and control

One embodiment features a wearable device having computer-readable media and comprising: an output device; a receiver configured to communicate over a wireless link with a phone; and a processor configured to cause the output device to indicate a status of a headset, the headset being in wireless communication with the phone, responsive to the receiver receiving, over the wireless link, an indication of the status of the headset. Another embodiment features a wearable device having associated computer-readable media and comprising: an output device; a receiver configured to communicate over a wireless link with a headset; and a processor configured to cause the output device to indicate a status of a headset responsive to the receiver receiving, over the wireless link, an indication of the status of the headset.. ... Plantronics Inc








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