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A Cognitive Sensor Based Headphone System/Mobile Device for Power Loss Minimization and Audio Arbitration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247618D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a built-in sensory mechanism with an intelligent audio arbitration mechanism in the headphones of mobile devices to detect the proximity of the ear or the person to the speaker and take necessary action to pause audio or hold the call.

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A Cognitive Sensor Based Headphone System /

Minimization and Audio Arbitration

During a telephone conversation, if a user physically drops the mobile phone (or headset) and loses contact, then the user not only misses information, but can also cause an awkward and disruptive situation when the speaker has to repeat a statement. Likewise, if a user is listening to music and loses contact with the headset, then the
user is disappointed or annoyed to have missed an enjoyable piece.

In addition, the headphone systems and mobile devices often lead to power loss and there is no mechanism to provide feedback to the user. The user has no other way to hear the conversation without access to the phone.

The novel contribution is a built-in sensory mechanism with an intelligent audio arbitration mechanism in the headphones of mobile devices to detect the proximity of the ear or the person to the speaker and take necessary action to pause audio or hold the call. A predictive mechanism monitors the call per the user's preferences and takes the necessary action when the user drops the phone or takes it away from the ear (depending upon the feedback). Finally, a cognitive method determines the nature of the call, call segments, or part of the calls.

Reflective sensors plugged inside the headphones detect whether the headphone is inserted to the ear or is very close in the vicinity. If the headphones are out, then the system pauses the song being played and the mobile device receives information to stop playing the audio. When the system detects that the headphones are back in the user's ears, then the system begins the audio play again.

If a user is talking on a mobile phone and the headphones (enabled with reflective sensors) fall down or the user loses contact, then the system automatically holds the call and notifies the user on...