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A Method to Detect and Control Audible Noise that is Emitted from Electronic Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000217031D
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to accurately detect noise offense caused by electronic sounds and alerts emitting from computers and hand-held devices and resolve it through crowdsourcing. The solution provides methods to alert the device owner that they are offending others in the area with the electronic noise generated by their device. It also provides ways to automatically lower the volume or even mute the device if the offense continues.

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A Method to Detect and Control Audible Noise that is Emitted from Electronic Devices

The volume and the frequency of electronic sounds and alerts emitting from computers and hand-held devices are often distracting to people in the immediate area. In many instances, the owner of the device either does not, or is not available, to lower the volume or stop the alert. In addition, the loud music automatically played while meeting participants are on hold for a conference call is often not as pleasant to some people as is meant.

A method is needed to automatically resolve the problem of electronic sounds without requiring the device's owner to take any specific action.

Known Solutions are:


• Automatic Reducing Active Speaker Volume


• Users click up button and down button volume control ( http://www.google.com/patents?id=zAPUAAAAEBAJ)


• Automatic Negotiation of Preferences among individual parties.

Disclosed is a method to accurately detect the noise offense (i.e., localized audio offense), and resolve it through crowdsourcing. (This solution is not applicable to the situation in which the noise is not bothering anyone in the immediate vicinity, such as when someone is working in an otherwise empty office.) The solution provides methods to alert the device owner that they are offending others in the area with the electronic noise generated by their device. It also provides ways to automatically lower the volume or even mute the device if the offense continues.

Detection

User A is sitting in his cube with several users around him. The disclosed system uses one, or a combination, of the following to detect an electronic noise problem:


• Detect the noise level emitted from the device, and if it goes beyond a certain number of decibels and for a certain amount of time, it flags the user as an offender


• Allow surrounding users to anonymously flag a person as an offender by using techniques used in a social application. Users are able to select a user and manually set that the user is too loud.


• Allow surrounding users to give that person a score as to how loud they believe the user is, which can help determine the intensity of the offense and create a pattern for a particular user


• Detect surrounding users around the offender, monitor their f...