Apple patent applications show earbud designs that use sensors to make automatic adjustments
posted by Alan F. / May 29, 2014, 6:56 AM
With noise-cancelling technology a major gobbler of battery life, the first patent shows how the technology can be turned off if the sensors inside the earbuds determine that they have been removed from the user's ears. This would require the use of the accelerometer, capacitive touch sensors, ultrasonic sensors, acoustic sensors and touch sensors. Last month, Apple detailed in a patent application how an accelerometer and a pair of microphones, placed inside a set of earbuds, could help block out ambient noise that prevents voice recognition technology from working.
The second patent is similar in that it deals with sensors being able to determine if earbuds have been removed from someone's ears. But this patent details how streaming music could be halted when the earbuds have been removed, and resume playing when the buds are re-inserted into the user's ears. This patent is described as a "win-win" for everyone. The device owner isn't charged with the data used to play a song that he isn't listening to, and the battery life needed to stream a song is saved until someone is actually listening. The carrier, which usually pays for each song streamed from a third party app, also saves money.
Both patents were originally filed with the USPTO in November 2012. The first patent application is credited to Nicholas A. Rundle, while the second gives credit to Alessandro Pelosi. Both applications have been assigned to Apple.
source: USPTO (1), USPTO (2) via AppleInsider
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Sony already has ear buds that have noise canceling mics on them. You get them when you buy a Z2. But I can see they are going beyond by using an accelerometer and checking to see if the user is still wearing them.
posted on May 29, 2014, 7:07 AM 4
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Apple had big plans for Beats, this could persuade me into trying them for the first time. My son has the wireless ones, and loves em.
posted on May 29, 2014, 7:51 AM 1
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posted on May 29, 2014, 8:29 AM 1
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posted on May 29, 2014, 3:52 PM 0
To all you haters: Apple had always been making quality performance earbuds.
posted on May 29, 2014, 8:30 AM 0
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New Apple earpods are vast improvement over the old earbuds which sounds cold, flat, harsh and ill-fitted to my ears. The new earpods are definitely better, the design was more ergonomic had a better comfort (still pain to listen too after a periods of time), had more bass impact (The bass bleeds into the mids and makes it sound a little muddy). I think it will please a young non-audiophile customers.
posted on May 29, 2014, 7:08 PM 1
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its totally anoying totalt my idea i filled a patent by nokia i will case if they release any this for infrings , i can prove i have every thing that i have a power to smash this headphone ... too much angry
posted on May 29, 2014, 10:17 AM 2
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seems interesting enough I suppose, a small convenience thing. As long as they don't begin suing people that already have similar stuff, noise cancel and such, in fact I think there already is something like this though if it is accel. meter I don't know, I think it might be something else, we will see.
posted on May 29, 2014, 1:08 PM 0
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