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1. WO2009073671 - ELECTRONIC PILLOW FOR ABATING SNORING/ENVIRONMENTAL NOISES, HANDS-FREE COMMUNICATIONS, AND NON-INVASIVE MONITORING AND RECORDING

Publication Number WO/2009/073671
Publication Date 11.06.2009
International Application No. PCT/US2008/085293
International Filing Date 03.12.2008
IPC
A47C 20/00 2006.1
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
CCHAIRS; SOFAS; BEDS
20Head-, foot- or like rests for beds, sofas or the like
CPC
A47C 21/003
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
CCHAIRS
21Attachments for beds, e.g. sheet holders, bed-cover holders
003Lighting, radio, telephone or the like connected to the bedstead
A47G 2009/006
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
9Bed-covers; Counterpanes; Travelling rugs; Sleeping rugs; Sleeping bags; Pillows
006comprising sound equipment
A47G 9/10
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
9Bed-covers; Counterpanes; Travelling rugs; Sleeping rugs; Sleeping bags; Pillows
10Pillows
G10K 11/002
GPHYSICS
10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
KSOUND-PRODUCING DEVICES
11Methods or devices for transmitting, conducting or directing sound in general; Methods or devices for protecting against, or for damping, noise or other acoustic waves in general
002Devices for damping, suppressing, obstructing or conducting sound in acoustic devices
Applicants
  • NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY [US]/[US] (AllExceptUS)
  • KUO, Sen-Maw [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • KUO, Sen-Maw
Agents
  • KOHN, Kenneth, I.
Priority Data
11/952,25007.12.2007US
Publication Language English (en)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) ELECTRONIC PILLOW FOR ABATING SNORING/ENVIRONMENTAL NOISES, HANDS-FREE COMMUNICATIONS, AND NON-INVASIVE MONITORING AND RECORDING
(FR) OREILLER ÉLECTRONIQUE POUR RÉDUIRE LES BRUITS DE RONFLEMENT/ENVIRONNEMENTAUX, COMMUNICATIONS MAINS LIBRES, ET SURVEILLANCE ET ENREGISTREMENT NON INVASIFS
Abstract
(EN) An electronic pillow including a pillow unit encasing at least one error microphone and at least one loudspeaker in electrical connection with a controller unit, the pillow unit also including a power source, and a reference sensing unit including at least one reference microphone in electrical connection with the controller unit, the controller unit including an algorithm for controlling interactions between the error microphone, loudspeaker, and reference microphone. A method of abating unwanted noise, by detecting an unwanted noise with a reference microphone, analyzing the unwanted noise, producing an anti-noise corresponding to the unwanted noise in a pillow, and abating the unwanted noise. Methods of hands-free communication, recording and monitoring sleep disorders, providing real-time response to emergencies, and playing audio sounds.
(FR) L'invention concerne un oreiller électronique qui comprend une unité d'oreiller entourant au moins un microphone d'erreur et au moins un haut-parleur en liaison électrique avec une unité de commande, l'unité d'oreiller comprenant aussi une source de courant, et une unité de détection de référence comprenant au moins un microphone de référence en liaison électrique avec l'unité de commande, l'unité de commande comprenant un algorithme pour commander les interactions entre le microphone d'erreur, le haut-parleur et le microphone de référence. L'invention propose un procédé de réduction du bruit non voulu, par la détection d'un bruit non voulu avec un microphone de référence, l'analyse du bruit non voulu, la production d'un antibruit correspondant au bruit non voulu dans un oreiller et la réduction du bruit non voulu. L'invention propose également des procédés de communication mains libres, d'enregistrement et de surveillance de troubles du sommeil, de fourniture de réponse en temps réel à des cas d'urgence et de reproduction de sons audio.
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