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Automatically Adjust Speaker and Ringer Volume/ Tone/ Tune Based on Acoustic Sampling of the Ambient Noise Level of the Users Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130453D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 10K

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Abstract

People use cell phones in a variety of environments. Calls are missed or difficult to hear when the environment the user is in is very loud as in a construction site. An alternative problem is that ringer and speaker volume in a very quiet environment where the cell phone rings and causes a disturbance that may embarrass the user.

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AUTO VOLUME ADJUSTMENT BASED ON ENVIRONMENT

Automatically Adjust Speaker and Ringer Volume/ Tone/ Tune Based on Acoustic Sampling of the Ambient Noise Level of the Users Environment

Disclosed Anonymously

People use cell phones in a variety of environments. Calls are missed or difficult to hear when the environment the user is in is very loud as in a construction site.

An alternative problem is that ringer and speaker volume in a very quiet environment where the cell phone rings and causes a disturbance that may embarrass the user.

The problems:

1.      Do we have to have manually adjusted speaker and ringer volumes or can we use data from the environment to automatically solve the problem.

2.      Can sound samples from the environment accurately predict the ambient noise level the user is experiencing?

3.      Is the concept of listening to one’s environment ethical?

4.      What if the user’s environment to just too loud for a ringer to be effective?

5.      What about special programming of ring tones?

6.      Can we help the user hear the phone ringing?

Solutions:

1.      A software solution may be designed where the cell phone checks samples of the noise level in the user’s environment and self adjusts the ringer, speaker and microphone volume to suit the user’s environments. The software would take samples of the ambient noise level before ringing the phone and during the call samples may be taken to maintain a suitable sound level for the speaker and microphone. For instance, the user may take t...