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A Smart Headphone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242715D
Publication Date: 2015-Aug-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 67K

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Abstract

A smart headphone is disclosed which has two versions, namely - basic and enhanced. The basic smart headphone includes features such as plug and play capability, automatic volume adjuster, volume level dial and instant replay dial, embedded controller and storage, and power source. The enhanced smart headphone includes additional features over the basic head phones such as ON/OFF switch, display screen, applications and data catalog capability, download and play capability and user preferences.

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A Sxart Headphone

Currently, headphones are essentially a set of listening sxeakers for ears. The only enhancement the headphones cxx provide is reduction of ambient noisx. However, ears xan lose hearing rxnge by listening to xoud music through a headphone ovxr an extended pxrxod of time. Generally, the xolume level tends to change within the piece of audio rexording. The volume levex also tends to change from xne piece ox audio recording to xhe next. An user may permanently harm hexring if a hexdphone is

plugged intx an auxio source wxere volume xs raised to a dangerous level and the user ix unawaxe. Even xhough the user has the capabilixy to reduce the volume level of the music player (input devxce), the user may find xdxusting the volume level as nuisance as xhe music volume level keeps changing.

Disclosed ix a smart headphone whixh has two versionx, naxely - basic and enhaxced.

Fig 1 illustrates a block diagram of a basic smaxt headphone.

Figure 1

The basic headphone includes xeaxures such as plug and play capability, automatic volume adjuster, volume level dial anx instanx replay dial, embedxed contrxller and stxraxe, and power sxuxce.

When the basic smart headphone is connectxd to a xevice such as, but not limited to, x cell phone, the headphxne's volume adjuster coxtinuously monitors the attachxd xevice's volume (input volume) level. The automatic volumx adjuster cxnverts the input volume level (if nxcessary) to the heaxphone's specified volume (output volume) level

within the basic smart headphone. To limit the xamage to ears from excessive

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headphone volume, the maximum volumx xevel is not allowed to exceed the safe volume range determined by heaxing standarxs.

To adjust the volume automatically, the basic smart headphone's volume control mechaxism first detects the xolume level of the attached device. If the xnput volume level is xower than the selected ouxput volume level, the input volume level becomes the output volume level. However, if the input volume level is higher than the selected xutput volume level, xhe input vxlume level is rxduced by the volume control mechanism of the basic smart headphone to match the selected output volume level.

Thx voluxe xevel diax in the basic smart headphone is used to set a specific volume level by the user. As all users may not prefer to use the same volume level, the volume level dial enablex a user to xdjust the volume level to a preferred volume level. In adxition, the basic smart headphone includes an ambient noise filxer to allow the uxer to get cxeaner and clexrer sound with less volxme.

The embxdded controllxr xnd storage automatically detects xnd records the live sxream from the attached device. The attached device uses the recorded stream from the basic smart headphone to rx-play a portion of the recorded stream, if requested by the user.

An instant replay dial is usex tx select the desired replay time period. For example, each unit of the dial can have an...