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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) / 32K

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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. 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 the call in a noisy environment and move to a quieter one to continue the conversation, thus the concept of continuous sampling is suitable. 2. Sound samples from the user’s environment can better predict the user’s current noise level than a manual setting on a phone. For example, when cutting the grass, the phone would need to ring louder than normal to get the users attention. 3. Taking the average sound level samples does not require the device to record or save any sound data taken from the user’s environment. The cache is cleared after each sound reading. The sound reading could be set up also to take a series of random small samples versus a long listen to avoid any fear in this area. 4. If the user is in an environment that is just too loud to logically take a call or hear a ringer, the phone may be programmed to alert the user in a different manner, e.g., the phone may be set to vibrate or flash a light in this problem space. 5. Automatic selection of ring tune based on environment. For example, if a treble background is detected, ring bass sounds. In a bass sound environment, change to treble ring. 6. Escalating volume--the ringer volume would start at a setting based on the current ambient sound level and adjust each subsequent ring to be louder.

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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

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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...