An audio system and method of operation therefor

Ashish Vijay Pandharipande (Inventor), Sriram Srinivasan (Inventor)

Research output: PatentPatent publication


An audio system comprises an ultrasound sensor array (105) which has a plurality of ultrasound sensor elements, and an audio band array (101) comprising a plurality of audio band elements. The same array of wideband audio transducers may be used for both the ultrasound sensor array (105) and the audio band array (101). An estimator (107) generates a presence characteristic of a user in response to ultrasound signals received from the ultrasound sensor array. The presence characteristic may specifically comprise a position estimate for the user. An audio array circuit (103) generates a directional response for the audio band array (101) by applying weights to individual audio band signals for the audio band elements. A weight circuit (109) determines the weights in response to the presence characteristic. The system may provide improved adaptation of the directivity of the audio band array (101) and specifically does not require the sound source in the audio band to be active for adaptation.

Original languageEnglish
Patent numberWO2012093345
IPCH04R 29/ 00 A I
Priority date5/01/11
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2012


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