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1. WO2020113017 - AUTOMATICALLY SWITCHING ACTIVE MICROPHONE

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CLAIMS

1. A system, comprising:

a first device in wireless communication with a second device, the first device comprising:

a speaker;

a microphone configured to operate in an active mode wherein it captures audio input for transmission to a computing device, and in an inactive mode in which it does not capture audio input; and one or more processors;

wherein when the first device microphone is in the active mode and the second device microphone is in the inactive mode, the one or more processors of the first device are configured to: receive speech input through the first device microphone;

detect an endpoint in the received speech input; and

provide an opportunity for the second device microphone to switch to the active mode.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein providing an opportunity for the second device microphone to switch to the active mode comprises switching the first device microphone to the inactive mode.

3. The system of claim 2, wherein when the first device microphone is in the inactive mode, it listens for audio input without capturing the audio for transmission.

4. The system of claim 3, wherein the one or more processors of the first device, when the first device is in the inactive mode, are further configured to determine whether to switch the first device microphone to the active mode based at least on the listening.

5. The system of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the one or more processors of the first device are further configured to receive a notification when the second device microphone switches to the active mode.

6. The system of claim 5, wherein the notification comprises a sound emitted from the speaker of the second device.

7. The system of claim 6, wherein the sound is one of a sidetone or a comfort noise.

8. The system of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the one or more processors of the first device are further configured to:

determine whether the first device microphone is in the active mode;

detect whether a user of the first device is providing audio input; and

provide a notification to the user of the first device when the first device microphone is in the inactive mode and audio input is detected.

9. The system of claim 8, wherein the notification comprises a sound emitted from the speaker of the first device.

10. The system of any one of the preceding claims, wherein detecting the endpoint comprises detecting at least one of a pause, keyword, or inflection.

11. A method, comprising :

receiving speech input through a first device microphone of a first wireless device, wherein the first wireless device operates in an active microphone mode and communicates with a second wireless device operating in an inactive microphone mode;

detecting, by one or more processors of the first device, an endpoint in the received speech input; and

providing, by the one or more processors of the first device, an opportunity for the second device microphone to switch to the active mode.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein providing an opportunity for the second device microphone to switch to the active mode comprises switching the first device microphone to the inactive mode.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein when the first device microphone is in the inactive mode, it listens for audio input without capturing the audio for transmission.

14. The method of claim 13, further comprising, when the first device is in the inactive mode, determining whether to switch the first device microphone to the active mode based at least on the listening.

15. The method of any one of claims 11 to 14, further comprising receiving a notification when the second device microphone switches to the active mode.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the notification comprises a sound emitted from the speaker of the second device.

17. The method of any one of claims 11 to 16, further comprising:

determining whether the first device microphone is in the active mode;

detecting whether a user of the first device is providing audio input; and

providing a notification through the first device when the first device microphone is in the inactive mode and audio input is detected.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein the notification comprises a sound emitted from the speaker of the first device.

19. The method of any one of claims 11 to 18, wherein detecting the endpoint comprises detecting at least one of a pause, keyword, or inflection.

20. A computer-readable medium storing instructions executable by one or more processors of a first device in wireless communication with a second device to perform a method, comprising: receiving speech input through a first device microphone of the first device, wherein the first device operates in an active microphone mode and communicates with the second wireless device operating in an inactive microphone mode;

detecting an endpoint in the received speech input; and

providing an opportunity for the second device microphone to switch to the active mode.