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Dynamic Microphones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247494D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and associated application for a dynamic microphone. The solution leverages the microphones already present in mobile devices and introduces an application to dynamically add meeting participants' microphones to an audio projection and recording system so that all participants, remote and in-house, can easily hear a speaker.

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Dynamic Microphones

In a typical presentation with a large audience and remote participants, one or two people act as "microphone runners." This job entails running to people in the audience who have questions and sharing a microphone so that remote participants can hear the questions. Sometimes, the people who want to ask questions are not patient enough to wait for a microphone and simply blurt out a question. As a result, remote participants are unable to hear the question and any recording of the session does not include the question, unless it is paraphrased by the speaker, which is an infrequent occurrence.

In these settings, nearly every participant in the room has a smart phone. A method is needed that can take advantage of the smart phones and create dynamic microphones for the duration of the presentation, negating the need to wait for a microphone runner and keeping remote participants actively engaged.

The novel system provides a simple way to dynamically add participants' microphones to the meeting room so that remote participants hear everything. Location awareness system and Bluetooth* beacons can track the locations of these microphones (i.e., on smart phones). Having the location enables the system to steer a camera toward the speaker.

Prior to the start of a meeting or presentation, each participant installs a dynamic microphone application on a personal smart phone. This application has at least a microphone on/off button and access to the smart phone's microphone. When the user attends a presentation, the dynamic microphone application connects to a larger application that is managing the session and all of the other dynamic microphones. (The mechanism to identify participants is enabling art, achievable through passcodes, wireless proximity, etc.)

As with typical conference calls, the dynamic microphones can operate in one of several modes. In the Free for All mode, anyone can speak at any time. In another mode, the moderator of the session uses the session managing application to enable and disable the users' dynamic microphones. In this mode, the user indicates the desire to speak by raising a hand or electronically through the application on a smart phone or wearable devic...