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DESCRIPTION JP2014175993
Abstract: A notification control device, a notification control method, and a program capable of
improving user convenience are provided. A determination unit determines whether a sound
collection unit that collects sound in a microphone is blocked, and when it is determined that the
sound collection unit of the microphone is blocked, the determination result is sent to the user. A
notification control unit for notifying the user, the notification control unit including one or more
notification methods not including an auditory notification method when an audio signal
indicating a sound collected by the microphone is recorded; Depending on the method of
notification, the user is notified of the determination result, and if the audio signal is not
recorded, one or more of the one or more notification methods including the audible notification
method. A notification control device is provided which causes the user to be notified of the
determination result. [Selected figure] Figure 2
Notification control device, notification control method, and program
[0001]
The present disclosure relates to a notification control device, a notification control method, and
a program.
[0002]
Techniques have been developed to alert the user by detecting that the microphone is blocked
during use of the device.
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As a technique for detecting that the microphone is blocked during use of the device and giving a
warning to the user, for example, the technique described in Patent Document 1 below can be
mentioned.
[0003]
Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2011-512732
[0004]
For example, a technology described in Patent Document 1 for detecting that the microphone is
blocked during use of the device and giving a warning to the user (hereinafter, simply referred to
as "existing technology").
) Detects that the microphone is blocked and generates a warning signal. And, in the existing
technology, the warning based on the warning signal is made by at least one of the sound, the
vibration of the device, and the visual display. Thus, for example, if existing technology is used,
there is a possibility that the user can be notified that the microphone is blocked while using the
device.
[0005]
Here, when notifying the user that the microphone is blocked by the user's finger or the like,
there may be an undesirable notification method. However, for example, in the existing
technology, no consideration is given to the possibility of the undesirable notification method as
described above. Therefore, for example, in the case of using the existing technology, notifying
the user that the microphone is blocked during use of the device may bring a disadvantage to the
user. Therefore, for example, even if the existing technology is used, the convenience of the user
can not always be improved.
[0006]
The present disclosure proposes a new and improved notification control device, a notification
control method, and a program that can improve the convenience of the user.
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[0007]
According to the present disclosure, a determination unit that determines whether a sound
collection unit that collects sound in a microphone is blocked, and a determination when it is
determined that the sound collection unit of the microphone is blocked A notification control unit
for notifying the user of the result, wherein the notification control unit includes a method of
auditory notification when an audio signal indicating the sound collected by the microphone is
recorded According to one or more notification methods, the user is notified of the determination
result to the user, and when the audio signal is not recorded, one or more of the notification
methods including the auditory notification method. A notification control device is provided
which causes the user to be notified of the determination result by one or more notification
methods.
[0008]
According to the present disclosure, it is determined whether the sound collection unit for
collecting sound in the microphone is blocked or not, and if it is determined that the sound
collection unit of the microphone is blocked, the determination result Notifying the user to the
user, and in the step of notifying, if an audio signal indicating the sound collected by the
microphone is recorded, the method of auditory notification is not included 1 Alternatively, the
user is notified of the determination result to the user by two or more notification methods, and
if the audio signal is not recorded, one of two or more notification methods including an audible
notification method, A notification control method is provided which causes the user to be
notified of the determination result by one or more notification methods.
[0009]
According to the present disclosure, in the step of determining whether the sound collection unit
for collecting sound in the microphone is blocked, it is determined that the determination result
is determined when the sound collection unit of the microphone is blocked. Informing the user of
the step of causing the computer to execute the step of notifying does not include a method of
auditory notification when an audio signal indicating the sound collected by the microphone is
recorded 1 Alternatively, the user is notified of the determination result to the user by two or
more notification methods, and if the audio signal is not recorded, one of two or more
notification methods including an audible notification method, A program is provided that causes
the user to be notified of the determination result by one or more notification methods.
[0010]
According to the present disclosure, the convenience of the user can be improved.
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[0011]
It is an explanatory view for explaining an example of notice control processing in a notice
control device concerning this embodiment.
It is a block diagram showing an example of composition of a notice control device concerning
this embodiment.
It is an explanatory view showing an example of hardware constitutions of a notice control device
concerning this embodiment.
[0012]
Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of the present disclosure will be described in detail with
reference to the accompanying drawings.
In the present specification and the drawings, components having substantially the same
functional configuration will be assigned the same reference numerals and redundant description
will be omitted.
[0013]
Moreover, below, it demonstrates in order shown below.
1.
Notification control method according to the present embodiment Notification control device
according to the present embodiment Program according to the present embodiment
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[0014]
(Notification control method according to the present embodiment) Before describing the
configuration of the notification control device according to the present embodiment, the
notification control method according to the present embodiment will be described first. In the
following, the notification control method according to the present embodiment will be described
by taking the case where the notification control device according to the present embodiment
performs the process related to the notification control method according to the present
embodiment as an example.
[0015]
[1] Outline of Notification Control Method According to this Embodiment For example, an
apparatus is provided with an imaging apparatus such as a digital still camera or digital video
camera, a communication apparatus having a communication function such as a smartphone, an
audio recording apparatus such as an IC recorder There are a variety of devices that can process
audio signals that represent the sound collected by an external microphone connected to the
microphone or device. Hereinafter, the microphone included in the device and the external
microphone connected to the device may be collectively referred to as a “microphone”.
[0016]
Taking a case where the user performs imaging using the above-described imaging device, for
example, the user can hold the imaging device in various ways depending on the imaging style
when imaging. Therefore, when the user captures an image, the microphone included in the
imaging device or the external microphone connected to the imaging device may be blocked by
the user's finger or the like. In addition, the above-mentioned “microphone may be blocked by
the user's finger or the like” may occur in various devices such as the communication device
and the voice recording device.
[0017]
Then, in the case where “the microphone is blocked by the user's finger or the like” as
described above, for example, the sound collected by the microphone can not be recorded, or the
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sound is collected by the microphone Unwanted situations may occur, such as noise being mixed
in with the voiced speech. In addition, when such an undesirable situation as described above
occurs, the convenience of the user may be reduced.
[0018]
Here, as one measure for preventing the user's convenience from being reduced due to the
occurrence of such an undesirable situation as described above, for example, as in the existing
technology described in Patent Document 1, the microphone is blocked. It can be mentioned that
the user is notified of the problem. By notifying the user that the microphone is closed, the user
can recognize that the microphone is closed, and the microphone is closed when the microphone
is closed. It is possible to carry out an operation to change to an unoccupied state. Therefore, by
notifying the user that the microphone is blocked, for example, preventing the occurrence of
such an undesirable situation as described above or reducing the influence of the undesirable
situation as described above It becomes possible.
[0019]
However, as noted above, when notifying the user that the microphone is blocked, there may be
undesirable ways of notification. As a specific example of the undesirable notification method, for
example, in a device such as an imaging device, the microphone is blocked when processing
pertaining to recording of an audio signal corresponding to voice collected by the microphone is
performed. Sounds like being removed (including beeps and music). The same shall apply
hereinafter. ) To audibly notify the user. When processing related to recording of an audio signal
is being performed, if the user is notified by voice that the microphone is blocked, the audio
indicated by the recorded audio signal includes the audio related to the notification. Since it is
possible to notify the user that the microphone is blocked, there is a possibility that the user may
be disadvantageous. In addition, if the user is disadvantaged, it is not desirable to improve the
convenience of the user.
[0020]
Therefore, the notification control device according to the present embodiment determines, for
example, whether the sound collection unit for collecting the sound in the microphone is blocked
as the processing related to the notification control method according to the present embodiment
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(determination processing) . A specific example of the determination process according to the
present embodiment will be described later.
[0021]
In addition, the notification control device according to the present embodiment sends the
determination result to the user, for example, when it is determined that the sound collection unit
of the microphone is blocked as the process related to the notification control method according
to the present embodiment. It makes it notify to (notification control processing). The notification
control device according to the present embodiment may be referred to as an audio signal
(hereinafter, simply referred to as an “audio signal”) indicating an audio collected by the
microphone in the notification control process. The method of notifying the determination result
is changed depending on whether or not the voice signal is recorded. Here, the determination
result notified by the notification control device according to the present embodiment is a
determination result when it is determined that the sound collecting unit of the microphone is
blocked. That is, the notification made by the notification control device according to the present
embodiment corresponds to a notification indicating that the sound collecting unit of the
microphone is closed.
[0022]
Here, as a microphone according to the present embodiment, for example, a dynamic (or
electrodynamic) microphone, a condenser (or electrostatic) microphone, or the like is used to
collect and collect voice. There may be any type of microphone capable of producing an audio
signal indicative of audio. Moreover, as a sound collection part which concerns on this
embodiment, the structural part which concerns on the sound collection in a microphone, such as
a part containing the diaphragm (diaphragm) in a microphone, is mentioned, for example.
[0023]
Moreover, although the microphone with which the notification control apparatus which
concerns on this embodiment is equipped is mentioned as a microphone which concerns on this
embodiment, for example, The microphone which concerns on this embodiment is not restricted
above. For example, the microphone according to the present embodiment includes a
microphone connected to the notification control device according to the present embodiment, a
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microphone provided in an external device capable of communicating with the notification
control device according to the present embodiment, and the microphone connected to the
external device It may be an external device of the notification control device according to the
present embodiment, such as a microphone.
[0024]
More specifically, in the notification control process according to the present embodiment, the
notification control device according to the present embodiment, for example, does not include
the method of auditory notification when an audio signal is recorded. The user is notified of the
determination result in the determination process by the above notification method. In the above
case, the notification control device according to the present embodiment displays, for example,
“visual notification according to the display according to the notification according to the
present embodiment, such as displaying an image or a character on the display screen or lighting
a lamp. The user is notified of the determination result by “the manner of tactile notification”
by the vibration related to the notification, such as “How” and / or vibrating the vibrator. That
is, when the audio signal is recorded, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment does not notify the user of the determination result by the auditory notification
method.
[0025]
Further, in the notification control process according to the present embodiment, the notification
control device according to the present embodiment is, for example, one or more notification
methods including an audible notification method when an audio signal is not recorded. The user
is notified of the determination result in the determination process according to one or more of
the notification methods. In the above case, the notification control device according to the
present embodiment is, for example, “how to make aural notification” by outputting a voice,
“a method of visual notification” by displaying according to the notification according to the
present embodiment, The determination result is notified to the user according to one or more
notification methods of “the tactile notification methods” by vibrating the vibrator or the like.
[0026]
Here, a device to be subjected to the determination as to whether or not an audio signal is
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recorded in the notification control process according to the present embodiment may be
referred to as a “target device” hereinafter. For example, the notification control device
according to the present embodiment and the external device of the notification control device
according to the present embodiment can be given as the). The notification control device
according to the present embodiment is, for example, an apparatus that performs processing
relating to recording of an audio signal according to the present embodiment as a target device
according to the present embodiment.
[0027]
For example, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment is a
device that performs processing relating to the recording of the audio signal according to the
present embodiment, the notification control device according to the present embodiment is the
device itself (in the present embodiment Based on the state (for example, an operation mode
described later) of the notification control device, it is determined whether an audio signal
related to the notification control process according to the present embodiment is recorded. Also,
for example, when the external device of the notification control device according to the present
embodiment is a device that performs the process related to the recording of the audio signal
according to the present embodiment, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment is the external device Based on the information (for example, data indicating an
operation mode to be described later) indicating the state of the external device acquired from
the information processing apparatus according to the present embodiment, the determination as
to whether or not the audio signal according to the notification control process is recorded. Do.
[0028]
In addition, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment notifies
the user of the determination result according to the “visual notification method”, the
notification control device according to the present embodiment may, for example, The display
unit (to be described later) included in the notification control device) or an external display
device performs display related to the notification. The notification control device according to
the present embodiment transmits, for example, a signal for causing a display according to the
notification to a display unit (described later) included in the own device (the notification control
device according to the present embodiment). The display unit (to be described later) performs
display relating to the notification. In addition, the notification control device according to the
present embodiment transmits, for example, a signal for causing the external display device to
perform display relating to the notification via the communication unit (described later) or the
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connected external communication device. To display the notification on the external display
device.
[0029]
Here, as a signal for performing display according to the notification according to the present
embodiment, for example, data relating to display contents such as image data and character
data, and a signal indicating control data for lighting a lamp can be mentioned. . In addition,
when the display related to the notification is to be performed by the external display device, the
notification control device according to the present embodiment may further transmit, for
example, a control signal for controlling the display in the external display device.
[0030]
In addition, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment notifies
the user of the determination result by “the way of tactile notification”, the notification control
device according to the present embodiment may be, for example, the own device (in the present
embodiment). The vibration related to the notification is performed by a vibration unit (described
later) included in the notification control device) and an external vibration device such as a
vibrator. The notification control device according to the present embodiment transmits, for
example, a signal for causing a vibration related to the notification to a vibrating unit (described
later) included in the own device (the notification control device according to the present
embodiment). The vibration unit (to be described later) performs the vibration related to the
notification. In addition, the notification control device according to the present embodiment
transmits, for example, a signal for causing the external vibration device to perform the vibration
related to the notification via the communication unit (described later) or the connected external
communication device. By doing this, the external vibration device is caused to perform the
vibration related to the notification.
[0031]
Here, as a signal for performing the vibration which concerns on the notification which concerns
on this embodiment, the control signal which controls the vibration in vibrating devices, such as
a vibrator, is mentioned, for example.
[0032]
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In addition, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment notifies
the user of the determination result according to the “aural notification method”, the
notification control device according to the present embodiment may, for example, The audio |
voice which concerns on notification is output to the audio | voice output part (it mentions later)
with which the notification control apparatus which concerns, and an external audio | voice
output device.
The notification control device according to the present embodiment performs notification, for
example, by transmitting an audio signal indicating the sound relating to the notification to an
audio output unit (described later) included in the own device (the notification control device
according to the present embodiment). Is output to an audio output unit (described later).
Further, the notification control device according to the present embodiment transmits an audio
signal indicating the sound relating to the notification to an external audio output device via, for
example, a communication unit (described later) or a connected external communication device.
Thus, the voice related to the notification is output to the external voice output device. In
addition, when outputting the audio | voice which concerns on notification to an external audio |
voice output device, the notification control apparatus which concerns on this embodiment
transmits the control signal which controls the output of the audio | voice in the said external
audio | voice output device further, for example It is also good.
[0033]
A specific example of the notification control process according to the present embodiment will
be described later.
[0034]
The notification control device according to the present embodiment performs, for example, (1)
determination processing and (2) notification control processing as processing according to the
notification control method according to the present embodiment, for example.
[0035]
Here, in the notification control process according to the present embodiment, the notification
control device according to the present embodiment determines if the sound collection unit of
the microphone is determined to be blocked in the determination process according to the
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present embodiment. Inform the user of the result.
The notification control device according to the present embodiment notifies the user of the
determination result when it is determined that the sound collecting unit of the microphone is
blocked, for example, the user is blocked of the microphone. Can be recognized, and an operation
can be performed to change the state in which the microphone is closed to the state in which the
microphone is not closed.
[0036]
Therefore, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment performs
the process related to the notification control method according to the present embodiment, for
example, the occurrence of the above-mentioned undesirable situation can be prevented, and the
above-mentioned undesirable situation Can reduce the effects of
[0037]
Further, the notification control device according to the present embodiment changes the method
of notification depending on whether the audio signal is recorded or not.
More specifically, when the audio signal is recorded, the notification control device according to
the present embodiment does not notify the user of the determination result in an audible
notification manner.
Therefore, when notification is performed by the notification control device according to the
present embodiment, the sound indicated by the recorded audio signal is prevented from
including the sound related to the notification, so the microphone is blocked. Informing the user
that there is no risk of disadvantage to the user.
[0038]
Therefore, the notification control device according to the present embodiment can improve the
convenience of the user by performing the process according to the notification control method
according to the present embodiment.
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[0039]
[2] Process Related to Notification Control Method According to Present Embodiment Next, an
example of a process related to the notification control method according to the present
embodiment will be described more specifically.
[0040]
(1) Determination Process The notification control device according to the present embodiment
determines whether the sound collection unit for collecting sound in the microphone is blocked.
[0041]
(1-1) First example of determination processing In the notification control device according to
the present embodiment, for example, whether the sound collection unit of the microphone is
blocked based on the sound signal indicating the sound collected by the microphone Determine
[0042]
Here, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment includes a
microphone, examples of the audio signal used by the notification control device according to the
present embodiment for the determination process include an audio signal transmitted from the
provided microphone. .
In addition, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment does not
include a microphone, for example, a communication unit (described later) receives as an audio
signal used by the notification control device according to the present embodiment for the
determination process. Examples include audio signals transmitted from an external device.
Even when the notification control device according to the present embodiment includes a
microphone, the notification control device according to the present embodiment can use, for
example, an audio signal transmitted from an external device for the determination process. May
be
[0043]
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For example, the notification control device according to the present embodiment determines
whether the voice indicated by the acquired voice signal includes a voice pattern corresponding
to the sound generated when the sound collection unit of the microphone is blocked. Do.
The notification control device according to the present embodiment is, for example, an audio
signal acquired using data indicating an audio pattern (for example, waveform data etc.) stored in
a storage unit (described later) or an external recording medium. It is determined whether or not
the voice indicated by the voice includes a voice pattern corresponding to the sound generated
when the sound collecting unit of the microphone is blocked.
Here, as an external recording medium according to the present embodiment, for example, a
recording medium connected to the communication control device according to the present
embodiment, or an external such as a server that can communicate with the communication
control device according to the present embodiment There is a recording medium provided in the
device.
[0044]
When the microphone according to the present embodiment has one sound collecting unit for
monaural reproduction or monophonic reproduction, the notification control device according to
the present embodiment corresponds to the sound collected by the sound collecting unit. It is
determined whether or not the voice indicated by the voice signal includes a voice pattern
corresponding to the sound generated when the sound collecting unit of the microphone is
blocked. Also, for example, in the case where the microphone according to the present
embodiment has two sound collecting units for collecting sound for stereophonic reproduction,
the notification control device according to the present embodiment includes two sound
collecting units respectively. It is determined whether or not the voice indicated by the voice
signal includes a voice pattern corresponding to the sound generated when the sound collecting
unit of the microphone is blocked in the voice signal corresponding to the voice collected by .
Furthermore, for example, when the microphone according to the present embodiment has three
or more sound collectors, the notification control device according to the present embodiment is
an audio signal corresponding to the sound collected by each of the sound collectors. On the
other hand, it is determined whether or not the voice indicated by the voice signal includes a
voice pattern corresponding to the sound generated when the sound collecting unit of the
microphone is blocked.
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[0045]
Then, in the notification control device according to the present embodiment, when the sound
indicated by the acquired audio signal includes a sound generated when the sound collecting unit
of the microphone is blocked, the sound collecting unit of the microphone is blocked. Determined
to be loose.
[0046]
As described above, in the notification control device according to the present embodiment, the
sound collection unit of the microphone is blocked by the sound indicated by the sound signal
with respect to the sound signal corresponding to the sound collected by each of the sound
collection units of the microphones. It is possible to determine whether an audio pattern is
included that corresponds to the sound produced when it comes off.
Therefore, when the microphone according to the present embodiment has a plurality of sound
collecting units, the notification control device according to the present embodiment may, for
example, determine which sound collecting unit the microphone according to the present
embodiment has. It is also possible to make a determination.
[0047]
Note that the determination process according to the first example in the notification control
device according to the present embodiment is not limited to the example described above.
[0048]
For example, in the case where the microphone according to the present embodiment has two
sound collectors that collect sound for stereophonic reproduction, the notification control device
according to the present embodiment collects the sound by each of the two sound collectors. Is
represented by the level (for example, [dB]) of the audio signal corresponding to the voice.
Compare). Then, the notification control device according to the present embodiment collects, for
example, any one of the sound collection in the microphone when the difference in level of the
audio signal is larger than the set threshold (or in the case of the set threshold or more). It is
determined that the department is closed.
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[0049]
Here, when the acquired audio signal is an analog signal, the notification control device
according to the present embodiment compares, for example, the levels of the audio signals in
the comparison operation circuit after time integration of each audio signal by the integration
circuit. Do. Here, in the above example, for example, the above-mentioned threshold is
determined by the setting of the comparison operation circuit. The setting of the comparison
operation circuit may be a fixed setting set in advance, or may be a variable setting that can be
reset by a user operation or the like.
[0050]
Then, the notification control device according to the present embodiment determines, for
example, whether or not the sound collecting unit of the microphone is blocked by the signal
(high level signal / low level signal) output from the comparison operation circuit. Do.
[0051]
In addition, the process in case the audio | voice signal acquired is an analog signal is not
restricted to the example shown above.
For example, the notification control device according to the present embodiment converts the
acquired audio signal into a digital signal by an ADC (Analog-to-Digital Converter), and then uses
the integration circuit and the comparison operation circuit to collect the microphones. It may be
determined whether the sound part is blocked.
[0052]
Further, when the acquired audio signal is a digital signal, the notification control device
according to the present embodiment uses, for example, the integration circuit and the
comparison operation circuit as in the case where the acquired audio signal is an analog signal.
Thus, it is determined whether the sound collecting unit of the microphone is blocked.
[0053]
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(1-2) Second example of determination processing The notification control device according to
the present embodiment is based on a detection signal of a sensor capable of detecting an object
in proximity to the sound collection unit of the microphone according to the present
embodiment. , It is determined whether the sound collecting unit of the microphone is closed.
Here, as a sensor capable of detecting an object approaching the sound collection unit according
to the present embodiment, for example, a proximity sensor such as an infrared proximity sensor
provided in the microphone according to the present embodiment, or the present embodiment A
proximity sensor connected to a microphone may, for example, be mentioned. The notification
control device according to the present embodiment uses, for example, a detection signal
transmitted from a provided sensor or a detection signal transmitted from an external device for
the determination process.
[0054]
For example, when the detection data according to the present embodiment indicates that an
object close to the sound collecting unit of the microphone according to the present embodiment
is detected, the sound collecting unit of the microphone according to the present embodiment
There is a high possibility of being blocked by an example) or the like, or blocked by a finger (an
example of the object) or the like. Therefore, when the detection data according to the present
embodiment indicates that an object approaching the sound collecting unit of the microphone
according to the present embodiment is detected, the notification control device according to the
present embodiment may It is determined that the sound collection unit is blocked.
[0055]
(1-3) Another Example of Determination Processing The determination processing according to
the present embodiment is not limited to the determination processing according to the first
example or the determination processing according to the second example. For example, the
notification control device according to the present embodiment may determine whether the
sound collecting unit of the microphone is blocked, such as a method using a noise floor
estimated value or a power estimated value estimated from the acquired audio signal. A process
according to any possible method may be performed as the determination process according to
the present embodiment.
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[0056]
(2) Notification control processing When the notification control device according to the present
embodiment determines that the sound collection unit of the microphone is blocked in the
processing (determination processing) of the above (1), the determination result is sent to the
user Give notice to. The notification control device according to the present embodiment
determines the determination result according to one or more notification methods not including
an auditory notification method when an audio signal indicating a voice collected by a
microphone is recorded. Notify the user of In addition, the notification control device according
to the present embodiment, when the audio signal is not recorded, one or more of the one or
more notification methods including the audible notification method according to the one or
more notification methods. , Notify the user of the determination result.
[0057]
More specifically, in the notification control device according to the present embodiment, for
example, a target device according to the present embodiment (a device to be subjected to the
determination of whether or not an audio signal is recorded) is recorded with an audio signal.
First operation mode, or a second operation mode in which no audio signal is recorded. If it is
determined that the operation mode is the first operation mode, the notification control device
according to the present embodiment sends the determination result to the user according to one
or more notification methods not including an audible notification method. Let me know. In
addition, when it is determined that the second operation mode is set, the notification control
device according to the present embodiment is one or more of the one or two or more
notification methods including the audible notification method. The user is notified of the
determination result according to the notification method of
[0058]
Here, the operation mode according to the present embodiment is, for example, a type of
operation indicating which function of the functions possessed by the target device according to
the present embodiment is to operate. For example, when the target device according to the
present embodiment is an imaging device having an imaging function using an imaging device
provided or an external imaging device connected, the operation mode according to the present
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embodiment includes imaging There are imaging modes in which such parameters are set.
[0059]
The operation mode according to the present embodiment is managed by, for example, a flag in
the target device according to the present embodiment. The notification control device according
to the present embodiment specifies the operation mode in the target device according to the
present embodiment by, for example, acquiring flag data corresponding to each operation mode
from the target device according to the present embodiment. It goes without saying that the
process for the target device according to the present embodiment to specify the operation mode
in the target device according to the present embodiment is not limited to the process using the
flag data.
[0060]
In the following, the notification control process according to the present embodiment will be
described by mainly taking the case where the target device according to the present
embodiment is an imaging device as an example. Note that the target device according to the
present embodiment is not limited to the imaging device. For example, the target device
according to the present embodiment may be a device such as an audio recording device such as
an IC recorder, on which an audio signal is recorded.
[0061]
When the target device according to the present embodiment is an imaging device, for example,
an audio signal and an image signal indicating a captured image captured by an imaging device
are both recorded as a first operation mode according to the present embodiment. , One or more
imaging modes. Note that the first operation mode according to the present embodiment is not
limited to the example described above. For example, the first operation mode according to the
present embodiment may include an audio recording mode in which only an audio signal is
recorded. In addition, an example of the imaging mode corresponding to the first operation mode
according to the present embodiment will be described later.
[0062]
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The notification control device according to the present embodiment determines that the
operation mode is the first operation mode, for example, when any imaging mode in which both
the audio signal and the image signal are recorded is set. Further, for example, when the voice
recording mode is set, the notification control device according to the present embodiment
determines that the operation mode is the first operation mode.
[0063]
When the target device according to the present embodiment is an imaging device, for example,
in the second operation mode according to the present embodiment, an imaging by an imaging
device is performed, but an imaged state is not recorded (so-called through image There is an
operation mode for realizing the operation state displayed on the display screen. Note that the
second operation mode according to the present embodiment is not limited to the above. The
second operation mode according to the present embodiment includes an arbitrary operation
mode in which an audio signal is not recorded.
[0064]
(2-1) First example of notification control process: First example of notification control process
when it is determined to be the first operation mode For example, any imaging mode in which
both an audio signal and an image signal are recorded Is set, it is determined that the notification
control device according to the present embodiment is in the first operation mode. Then, the
notification control device according to the present embodiment notifies the user of the
determination result according to the notification method corresponding to the set imaging
mode.
[0065]
More specifically, the notification control device according to the present embodiment is, for
example, a notification corresponding to the set operation mode by using a table, a database or
the like in which the operation mode and the notification method are associated. Identify the
way. Then, the notification control device according to the present embodiment causes the
determination result to be notified to the user according to the specified notification method.
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[0066]
FIG. 1 is an explanatory diagram for explaining an example of notification control processing in
the notification control device according to the present embodiment, and the method of
notification corresponding to the set operation mode is performed by the notification control
device according to the present embodiment. An example of a table used when determining
[0067]
Here, A shown in FIG. 1 is an operation mode for realizing an operation state in which an imaging
device performs imaging but no imaging image is recorded, that is, an operation mode
determined as the second operation mode according to the present embodiment. An example is
shown.
[0068]
Further, B illustrated in FIG. 1 illustrates an example of an imaging mode in which both an audio
signal and an image signal are recorded, that is, an example of an operation mode determined as
the first operation mode according to the present embodiment.
Here, “recording (auto)” shown in B of FIG. 1 indicates an automatic setting mode in which one
imaging mode is automatically set among a plurality of imaging modes.
Further, “person shooting (face detection)” shown in B of FIG. 1 shows an example of a person
shooting mode for shooting a person, and “landscape shooting mode” shown in B of FIG. An
example of the imaging mode is shown. In addition, “in water”, “macro”, “at zoom”
(operation mode in which a zoom operation is performed based on a user operation), “night
shooting (without people)”, “quiet place” shown in B of FIG. 1 The “spotlight” indicates an
example of an imaging mode which is not an imaging mode of either a person imaging mode for
imaging a person or a landscape imaging mode for imaging a landscape.
[0069]
Further, C illustrated in FIG. 1 illustrates another example of the sound recording mode, that is,
another example of the operation mode determined as the first operation mode according to the
present embodiment.
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[0070]
Further, D shown in FIG. 1 indicates whether or not the user is notified of the determination
result according to the “visual notification method” in each operation mode, and E shown in
FIG. 1 indicates in each operation mode. Whether or not to notify the user of the determination
result is indicated by "the way of auditory notification".
In addition, F shown in FIG. 1 indicates whether or not the user is notified of the determination
result by “the way of tactile notification” in each operation mode. Here, “OK” shown in FIG.
1 indicates that notification is possible, and “NG” shown in FIG. 1 indicates that notification is
not possible. Further, “N / A” shown in FIG. 1 indicates that, for example, it has no function.
[0071]
Further, G shown in FIG. 1 is, for example, when it is determined that one of the sound collecting
units is blocked when the microphone according to the present embodiment has two sound
collecting units for stereophonic reproduction. In addition, the audio signal corresponding to the
sound collected by the other sound collection unit that is not blocked is automatically reproduced
in monaural (or monophonic reproduction). The same shall apply hereinafter. It shows whether
or not to record as an audio signal for.
[0072]
The notification control device according to the present embodiment specifies the method of
notification corresponding to the set operation mode by using, for example, a table as shown in
FIG. 1 and determines the determination result according to the specified method of notification.
Notify the user.
[0073]
For example, a person imaging mode for imaging a person or a landscape imaging for imaging a
landscape such as “person shooting (face detection)” or “landscape shooting mode” shown
in FIG. In the case of the mode, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment notifies the user of the determination result by the way of visual notification and /
or the way of tactile notification by vibration.
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[0074]
Also, for example, the set imaging mode is “in water”, “macro”, “at zoom”, “night
shooting (no people)”, “quiet place”, “spotlight” shown in B of FIG. As in the above, when
the imaging mode is not one of a person imaging mode for imaging a person and a landscape
imaging mode for imaging a landscape, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment makes a determination according to the way of visual notification. Inform the user
of the result.
[0075]
Further, for example, when the set imaging mode is an automatic setting mode as in “recording
in progress (auto)” shown in B of FIG. 1, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment may, for example, One imaging mode is selected from a plurality of imaging modes
based on one or more of a captured image indicated by an image signal, information on an
imaging environment in which imaging is performed by an imaging device, and a signal level of
an audio signal. .
Then, the notification control device according to the present embodiment causes the user to be
notified of the determination result according to the notification method corresponding to the
selected one imaging mode.
[0076]
Here, as information on the imaging environment according to the present embodiment, for
example, detection data indicating the value of the illuminance detected by the illuminance
sensor may be mentioned.
The information on the imaging environment according to the present embodiment is not limited
to the above.
For example, the information on the imaging environment according to the present embodiment
may be detection data indicating detection values of another sensor, such as detection data
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indicating the value of luminance detected by the luminance sensor. Below, the case where the
information regarding the imaging environment which concerns on this embodiment is the
detection data which show the value of illumination intensity is mentioned as an example.
[0077]
For example, when using the acquired image signal, the notification control device according to
the present embodiment selects the imaging mode based on the subject included in the captured
image indicated by the image signal. For example, when a person is included as a subject in the
captured image, the notification control device according to the present embodiment selects
“person shooting (face detection)” shown in B of FIG. 1. Also, for example, when the
information related to the acquired imaging environment is detection data indicating the value of
illuminance, the notification control device according to the present embodiment sets, for
example, the value of illuminance represented by the information related to the imaging
environment. If it is equal to or greater than the corresponding threshold (or if it is greater than
the corresponding threshold), select the "spotlight" shown in FIG. 1B. Also, for example, when
using an acquired audio signal, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment, for example, the case where the signal level of the audio signal is less than or equal
to the corresponding threshold set (or less than the corresponding threshold) 1), select the
"apparent place" shown in B of FIG.
[0078]
Also, for example, when a captured image indicated by the acquired image signal does not
include a person as a subject, and a value of illuminance indicated by information related to the
acquired imaging environment is equal to or less than a corresponding threshold set (or In the
case of being less than the corresponding threshold value, “night shooting (without person)”
shown in B of FIG. 1 is selected. Also, for example, the value of the illuminance indicated by the
information related to the acquired imaging environment is equal to or higher than the set
corresponding threshold (or larger than the corresponding threshold), and the signal level of the
audio signal is set. If it is equal to or higher than the corresponding threshold (or if it is larger
than the corresponding threshold), the "landscape shooting mode" shown in B of FIG. 1 is
selected.
[0079]
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When the set imaging mode is an automatic setting mode as in “recording in progress (auto)”
shown in B of FIG. 1, the notification control device according to the present embodiment is, for
example, as described above. One imaging mode out of a plurality of imaging modes is selected
based on one or two or more of a captured image indicated by the image signal, information on
an imaging environment, and an audio signal. Needless to say, the example related to the
selection of the imaging mode in the automatic setting mode is not limited to the example
described above.
[0080]
The notification control device according to the present embodiment specifies the method of
notification corresponding to the set operation mode by using, for example, a table as shown in
FIG. Thus, the user is notified of the determination result.
[0081]
Note that an example of a table used by the notification control device according to the present
embodiment in the notification control process according to the present embodiment is not
limited to the example shown in FIG.
[0082]
For example, in the case of indicating that notification is possible (in the case of “OK” shown in
FIG. 1), the notification level may be further set in the table used in the notification control
process according to the present embodiment.
[0083]
Examples of the level of notification according to the present embodiment in the “visual
notification method” include the size of an image or character displayed on the display screen,
the color and brightness of light emitted from a lamp, and the like.
Moreover, as the level of the notification according to the present embodiment in the “aural
notification method”, for example, the volume of the sound, the type of the sound, and the like
can be given.
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In addition, as the level of notification according to the present embodiment in “the method of
tactile notification”, for example, the magnitude of vibration, the method of causing vibration,
and the like can be given.
[0084]
Also, for example, FIG. 1 shows that “at the time of zooming” shown in B of FIG. 1 can not be
notified by “the way of tactile notification” shown in F of FIG. In the case of “zooming”
shown in B, notification by “a method of tactile notification” shown in F of FIG. 1 may be
possible.
[0085]
Here, for the setting of “at zoom” in the table shown in FIG. 1, for example, a user who uses the
imaging apparatus (an example of the target apparatus according to the present embodiment)
displays a captured image An example is shown in which it is assumed that the image is taken
with the field angle in mind while looking at the display screen.
[0086]
Further, for example, the setting corresponding to the other operation mode in the table shown
in FIG. 1 also shows an example in which the setter who sets the table is set assuming the use
case.
As an example, the setting of “quiet place” in the table shown in FIG. It is assumed that the
generated sound is not desirable either, and an example is shown in which audio auditory
notification and vibration notification by vibration are not performed.
In addition, when the level of notification is set in “How to notify aurally” or “How to notify in
a tactile manner”, for example, as a setting of “quiet place” in the table shown in FIG. It is
possible to have a tactile notification and a tactile notification by vibration at a certain
notification level.
[0087]
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That is, for example, the correspondence between the operation mode according to the present
embodiment and the notification method according to the present embodiment is the type of the
target device according to the present embodiment, and the use of the target device according to
the assumed present embodiment. It may be possible to set as appropriate by a setter who sets
the table as shown in FIG. 1 based on the state or the like.
Here, as the setter according to the present embodiment, for example, the maker of the target
device according to the present embodiment, the user of the target device according to the
present embodiment, the user of the notification control device according to the present
embodiment, etc. may be mentioned. .
[0088]
Also, “whether or not to automatically record an audio signal corresponding to the audio
collected by the other uncollected sound collection unit as an audio signal for monaural
reproduction” shown in G of FIG. For the correspondence with the operation mode according to
the present embodiment, a table as shown in FIG. 1 is set as in the correspondence between the
operation mode according to the present embodiment and the notification method according to
the present embodiment. It may be possible to set as appropriate by the setting person.
[0089]
In addition, the correspondence between the operation mode according to the present
embodiment and the notification method according to the present embodiment, and the “audio
signal corresponding to the sound collected by the other uncollected sound collection unit are
automatically The correspondence between “whether to record as an audio signal for monaural
reproduction” and the operation mode according to the present embodiment may be, for
example, a fixed setting set in advance, or appropriately set by the user etc. It may be a variable
setting that can be done.
[0090]
When it is determined that the operation mode is the first operation mode, the notification
control device according to the present embodiment performs the process as described above.
[0091]
The process in the case where it is determined that the first operation mode is set is not limited
to the notification control process according to the first example.
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[0092]
For example, the user automatically records, as an audio signal for monaural reproduction, an
audio signal corresponding to the audio collected by the other uncollected sound collector as
shown in G of FIG. It is possible to set whether or not to use the function (on / off of the
function), and the notification control device according to the present embodiment may perform
processing based on the state of the function.
[0093]
For example, as shown in G of FIG. 1, “a function of automatically recording an audio signal
corresponding to an audio collected by the other unoccupied sound collecting unit as an audio
signal for monaural reproduction”. When the setting not to be used is made (when the function
is off or when the function is not provided), the notification control device according to the
present embodiment has the settings shown in D to F in FIG. 1. Follow the notification.
[0094]
Also, for example, as shown in G of FIG. 1, a function of automatically recording an audio signal
corresponding to the audio collected by the other uncollected sound collecting unit as an audio
signal for monaural reproduction It is possible that the notification control device according to
the present embodiment does not perform the notification according to the settings shown in D
to F of FIG. 1 when the setting using “” is set (when the function is on). It is.
That is, in the above case, the notification control device according to the present embodiment
determines that the user is permitted to be recorded as an audio signal for monaural
reproduction, and does not perform notification.
[0095]
For example, as described above, as shown in G of FIG. 1, an audio signal corresponding to an
audio collected by the other uncollected sound collecting unit is automatically set as an audio
signal for monaural reproduction. If the notification is selectively made based on the state of the
function to be recorded, the frequency of the notification to the user is further reduced.
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Therefore, in the above case, the notification control device according to the present embodiment
can further reduce the possibility of the user feeling that the notification is bothersome, so that
the convenience of the user can be improved.
[0096]
(2-2) Second example of notification control processing: second example of notification control
processing when it is determined to be the first operation mode For example, a voice recording
mode such as "IC recorder function" shown in C of FIG. If it is set, the notification control device
according to the present embodiment determines that it is in the first operation mode.
Then, the notification control device according to the present embodiment notifies the user of the
determination result, for example, by the notification method corresponding to the voice
recording mode.
More specifically, in the above case, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment notifies the user of the determination result by the method of tactile notification by
vibration as illustrated in C of FIG. 1, for example.
[0097]
In addition, the process in the case where it is determined that the first operation mode is not
limited to the notification control process according to the second example.
[0098]
For example, in the notification control device according to the present embodiment, as in the
notification control process according to the first example, the sound is collected by the other
uncollected sound collecting unit as illustrated in G of FIG. The notification may be selectively
performed based on the state of the function of automatically recording an audio signal
corresponding to audio as an audio signal for monaural reproduction.
[0099]
(2-3) Third example of notification control processing: example of notification control processing
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when it is determined to be the second operation mode. For example, “Image capturing by an
imaging device is performed as shown in A of FIG. When the “operation mode to realize the
non-recording operation state” is set, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment determines that the second operation mode is set.
When the notification control device according to the present embodiment is determined to be in
the second operation mode, for example, as shown in A of FIG. 1, the method of visual
notification, the method of auditory notification, The determination result is notified to the user
by the notification method of one or more of the tactile notification methods by vibration.
[0100]
Here, in the case of “the operation mode for achieving an operation state in which the imaging
by the imaging device is performed but the captured image is not recorded” shown in A of FIG.
For example, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment is
determined to be in the second operation mode, imaging is performed by notifying the user of
the determination result by the notification method as illustrated in A of FIG. 1, for example. The
user is notified that the microphone is blocked before recording of the image is started.
[0101]
Therefore, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment is
determined to be in the second operation mode, for example, by notifying the user of the
determination result by the notification method as shown in A of FIG. Since it is possible to
further improve the real-time property of notification relating to the microphone being blocked,
the convenience of the user can be further improved.
[0102]
In addition, the process in the case where it is determined that the second operation mode is not
limited to the above.
[0103]
For example, in the notification control device according to the present embodiment, as in the
notification control process according to the first example, the sound is collected by the other
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uncollected sound collecting unit as illustrated in G of FIG. The notification may be selectively
performed based on the state of the function of automatically recording an audio signal
corresponding to audio as an audio signal for monaural reproduction.
[0104]
(2-4) Fourth Example of Notification Control Process For example, when the microphone
according to the present embodiment has two sound collectors for collecting audio for
stereophonic reproduction, the notification control according to the present embodiment As
described above, the apparatus determines whether or not the sound collecting unit is blocked
for each sound collecting unit in the microphone in the process (determination process) of the
above (1), or any sound collecting unit in the microphone Determine if the is blocked.
[0105]
As described above, when the microphone according to the present embodiment has two sound
collecting units for collecting the sound for stereophonic reproduction, the notification control
device according to the present embodiment comprises two sound collecting units in the
microphone. If it is determined that at least one of the sound collecting units is closed, or if it is
determined that two sound collecting units are closed, the determination result is notified to the
user You may
[0106]
More specifically, for example, as shown in G of FIG. 1, an audio signal for monaural
reproduction automatically corresponds to an audio signal collected by the other uncollected
sound collecting unit. When the function to record as is set (when the function is on), the
notification control device according to the present embodiment closes one sound collection unit
in the process (determination process) of the above (1). Even if it is determined that there is
peeling, the determination result is not notified to the user, for example, by setting of the
function such as “OK” shown in G of FIG.
In addition, when the function is on, the notification control device according to the present
embodiment blocks two sound collection units in the process (determination process) of (1)
regardless of the setting of the function, for example. When it is determined that the condition is
determined, the determination result is notified to the user.
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[0107]
In the notification control device according to the present embodiment, for example, as described
above, in the process (determination process) of the above (1), two of the two sound collectors in
the microphone are blocked. When it is determined that the determination result is determined,
the determination result can be notified to the user.
[0108]
Also, for example, as shown in G of FIG. 1, a function of automatically recording an audio signal
corresponding to the audio collected by the other uncollected sound collecting unit as an audio
signal for monaural reproduction When “is not set (when the function is off or does not have
the function), the notification control device according to the present embodiment performs the
process (determination process of the above (1) When it is determined in (1) that the sound
collecting unit is closed, the determination result is notified to the user.
Also, for example, as shown in G of FIG. 1, a function of automatically recording an audio signal
corresponding to the audio collected by the other uncollected sound collecting unit as an audio
signal for monaural reproduction Even when “is set (when the function is on), the notification
control device according to the present embodiment may be selected depending on the setting of
the function such as“ NG ”in G of FIG. When it is determined in the process (determination
process) of the above (1) that the sound collection unit is blocked, the determination result is
notified to the user.
[0109]
In the notification control device according to the present embodiment, for example, as described
above, at least one sound collection unit of the two sound collection units in the microphone is
blocked in the process (determination process) of the above (1) If it is determined that there is, it
is possible to notify the user of the determination result.
[0110]
The notification control device according to the present embodiment performs, for example,
notification control processing according to the first example to notification control processing
according to the fourth example as the notification control processing according to the present
embodiment.
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Needless to say, the example of the notification control process according to the present
embodiment is not limited to the notification control process according to the first example to the
notification control process according to the fourth example.
[0111]
The notification control device according to the present embodiment is, for example, the
processing of (1) (determination processing) and the processing of (2) (notification control
processing) as the processing according to the notification control method according to the
present embodiment. )I do.
[0112]
(Notification Control Device According to Present Embodiment) Next, an example of a
configuration of the notification control device according to the present embodiment capable of
performing the process related to the notification control method according to the present
embodiment described above will be described.
Hereinafter, an example of the configuration of the notification control device according to the
present embodiment will be described by taking the case where the notification control device
according to the present embodiment and the target device according to the present embodiment
are an integrated device as an example.
[0113]
FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing an example of the configuration of the notification control
device 100 according to the present embodiment.
The notification control device 100 includes, for example, an audio signal generation unit 102,
an imaging unit 104, a display unit 106, and a control unit 108.
[0114]
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Further, the notification control device 100 is, for example, a ROM (Read Only Memory).
Not shown), RAM (Random Access Memory).
It includes a storage unit (not shown), an operation unit (not shown) that can be operated by the
user, and a communication unit (not shown) that can communicate wirelessly / wiredly with an
external device. It may be
The notification control device 100, for example, connects the above-mentioned components by a
bus as a data transmission path.
[0115]
Here, the ROM (not shown) stores programs used by the control unit 108 and control data such
as operation parameters.
The RAM (not shown) temporarily stores programs and the like executed by the control unit 108.
[0116]
The storage unit (not shown) is storage means included in the notification control device 100,
and stores, for example, data indicating a display object, various data such as an application, and
the like.
Here, as the storage unit (not shown), for example, a magnetic recording medium such as a hard
disk (Hard Disk), or a non-volatile memory (e.g., an EEPROM (Electrically Erasable and
Programmable Read Only Memory) or a flash memory). nonvolatile memory) and the like.
Further, the storage unit (not shown) may be removable from the notification control device 100.
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[0117]
As an operation part (not shown), the operation input device mentioned later is mentioned, for
example.
[0118]
The communication unit (not shown) is a communication unit included in the notification control
device 100, and performs wireless / wired communication with an external device such as a
server via a network (or directly).
Further, in the communication unit (not shown), for example, the control unit 108 controls
communication.
[0119]
Here, as the communication unit (not shown), for example, a communication antenna and an RF
(Radio Frequency) circuit (wireless communication), an IEEE 802.15.1 port and a transmitting /
receiving circuit (wireless communication), an IEEE 802.11b port and transmitting / receiving A
circuit (wireless communication) or a LAN (Local Area Network) terminal and a transmitting /
receiving circuit (wired communication) can be given. Also, as a network according to the present
embodiment, for example, a wired network such as LAN or WAN (Wide Area Network), a wireless
LAN (WLAN; Wireless Local Area Network), or a wireless WAN (WWAN; Wireless Wide Area) via
a base station. And the Internet using a communication protocol such as TCP / IP (Transmission
Control Protocol / Internet Protocol).
[0120]
[Hardware Configuration Example of Notification Control Device 100] FIG. 3 is an explanatory
view showing an example of the hardware configuration of the notification control device 100
according to the present embodiment. The notification control device 100 includes, for example,
an MPU 150, a ROM 152, a RAM 154, a recording medium 156, an input / output interface 158,
an operation input device 160, a display device 162, a microphone 164, a communication
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interface 166, and an imaging device. And 168. Further, the notification control device 100
connects the respective constituent elements by, for example, a bus 170 as a data transmission
path.
[0121]
The MPU 150 includes, for example, an MPU, various processing circuits, and the like, and
functions as a control unit 108 that controls the entire notification control device 100. Further,
in the notification control device 100, the MPU 150 serves, for example, the determination unit
110 and the notification control unit 112 described later.
[0122]
The ROM 152 stores programs used by the MPU 150 and control data such as calculation
parameters. The RAM 154 temporarily stores, for example, a program or the like executed by the
MPU 150.
[0123]
The recording medium 156 functions as a storage unit (not shown), and stores, for example,
various data such as table data as shown in FIG. 1, data related to notification such as image data
indicating notification content, applications, and the like. Here, examples of the recording
medium 156 include a magnetic recording medium such as a hard disk, and a non-volatile
memory such as a flash memory. Also, the recording medium 156 may be removable from the
notification control device 100.
[0124]
The input / output interface 158 connects, for example, the operation input device 160, the
display device 162, and the microphone 164. The operation input device 160 functions as an
operation unit (not shown), and the display device 162 functions as a display unit 164. Further,
the microphone 166 functions as the audio signal generation unit 102, collects audio and
generates an audio signal indicating the collected audio.
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[0125]
Here, as the input / output interface 158, for example, a universal serial bus (USB) terminal, a
digital visual interface (DVI) terminal, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) terminal,
various processing circuits, and the like can be given.
[0126]
Also, the operation input device 160 is provided, for example, on the notification control device
100, and is connected to the input / output interface 158 inside the notification control device
100.
Examples of the operation input device 160 include a button, a direction key, a rotary selector
such as a jog dial, or a combination of these.
[0127]
Further, the display device 162 is provided, for example, on the notification control device 100,
and is connected to the input / output interface 158 inside the notification control device 100. As
the display device 162, for example, a liquid crystal display (Liquid Crystal Display) or an organic
EL display (Organic Electro-Luminescence display). Alternatively, it is also called an OLED display
(Organic Light Emitting Diode display). And the like.
[0128]
Also, the microphone 166 is provided, for example, on the notification control device 100, and is
connected to the input / output interface 158 inside the notification control device 100. The
microphone 166 may be, for example, a dynamic type microphone, a condenser type
microphone, or any other type of microphone capable of collecting a sound and generating an
audio signal indicating the collected sound.
[0129]
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It goes without saying that the input / output interface 158 can also be connected to an external
device such as a keyboard or a mouse, a display device, a microphone or the like as an external
device of the notification control apparatus 100. . The display device 162 may also be a device
capable of display and user operation, such as a touch screen, for example.
[0130]
The communication interface 166 is communication means included in the notification control
device 100, and is communication for performing wireless / wired communication with an
external device such as the display device according to the present embodiment via the network
(or directly). Function as a unit (not shown). Here, as the communication interface 166, for
example, a communication antenna and an RF circuit (wireless communication), an IEEE
802.15.1 port and a transmitting and receiving circuit (wireless communication), an IEEE
802.11b port and a transmitting and receiving circuit (wireless communication), or a LAN
Terminals and transmission / reception circuits (wired communication) can be mentioned.
[0131]
The imaging device 168 functions as an imaging unit (not shown) that captures a still image or a
moving image, and generates an image signal indicating the captured image. Here, examples of
the imaging device 168 include a lens / imaging device and a signal processing circuit. The lens /
imaging device includes, for example, a lens of an optical system and an image sensor using a
plurality of imaging devices such as a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS). The
signal processing circuit includes, for example, an AGC (Automatic Gain Control) circuit or an
ADC, converts an analog signal generated by the imaging device into a digital signal (image data),
and performs various signal processing. Examples of signal processing performed by the signal
processing circuit include White Balance correction processing, color tone correction processing,
gamma correction processing, YCbCr conversion processing, edge enhancement processing, and
the like.
[0132]
The notification control device 100 performs processing according to the notification control
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method according to the present embodiment, for example, by the configuration shown in FIG.
Note that the hardware configuration of the notification control device 100 according to the
present embodiment is not limited to the configuration shown in FIG.
[0133]
For example, the notification control device 100 may include a plurality of communication
interfaces having different communication schemes or the same communication scheme.
[0134]
Also, for example, when communicating with an external device such as the display device
according to the present embodiment via an external communication device connected via the
input / output interface 158 or the like, or when performing processing in a stand-alone manner.
The notification control device 100 may not have the communication interface 166.
[0135]
In addition, the notification control device 100 may further include, for example, a sensor such as
an infrared proximity sensor that can detect an object close to the sound collection unit of the
microphone according to the present embodiment.
The notification control device 100 may further include a vibrating device such as a vibrator that
functions as, for example, a vibrating unit (not shown).
The notification control device 100 may further include, for example, a speaker that functions as
an audio output unit (not shown).
[0136]
Further, the notification control device 100 may be configured not to include the operation
device 160, the display device 162, and the imaging device 168, for example.
[0137]
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With reference to FIG. 2 again, an example of the configuration of the notification control device
100 will be described.
The audio signal generation unit 102 collects audio and generates an audio signal indicating the
collected audio. Further, the generation of the audio signal in the audio signal generation unit
102 is controlled by, for example, the control unit 108.
[0138]
Here, the audio signal generation unit 102 may be, for example, a dynamic type microphone, a
condenser type microphone, or any other type capable of generating an audio signal indicating a
collected audio by collecting audio. Microphones.
[0139]
The imaging unit 104 captures a still image or a moving image, and generates an image signal
indicating the captured image.
Further, the imaging in the imaging unit 104 is controlled by, for example, the control unit 108.
[0140]
Here, examples of the imaging unit 104 include a lens / imaging device and a signal processing
circuit.
[0141]
The display unit 106 displays, for example, a screen on which an image such as an image
captured by the imaging unit 104 is displayed, an operation screen for causing the user to
perform a desired operation, and a display according to the notification according to the present
embodiment. Display various screens such as screens on the display screen.
Further, the display on the display unit 106 is controlled by, for example, a signal indicating
display content transmitted from the control unit 108 or a control signal indicating display
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timing or the like.
[0142]
Here, examples of the display unit 106 include a liquid crystal display and an organic EL display.
[0143]
The control unit 108 is formed of, for example, an MPU, and serves to control the entire
notification control device 100.
The control unit 108 also includes, for example, a determination unit 110 and a notification
control unit 112, and plays a leading role in performing processing related to the notification
control method according to the present embodiment.
[0144]
The determination unit 110 plays a leading role in performing the process (determination
process) of the above (1), and a sound collection unit in a microphone (for example, the audio
signal generation unit 102 shown in FIG. 2 or a microphone as an external device) Determine if it
is blocked.
[0145]
More specifically, the determination unit 110 determines, for example, the determination process
according to the first example and the determination according to the second example as shown
in (1-1) to (1-3). It is determined whether the sound collection unit in the microphone is blocked
by the process and the determination process according to the third example.
[0146]
The notification control unit 112 plays a leading role in performing the processing (notification
control processing) of the above (2), and when the determination unit 110 determines that the
sound collecting unit of the microphone is blocked, the determination result Notify the user of
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For example, when a voice signal indicating a voice collected by a microphone is recorded, the
notification control unit 112 determines the user as the determination result by one or more
notification methods not including an audible notification method. Give notice to
In addition, for example, when the audio signal is not recorded, the notification control unit 112
makes a determination according to one or more notification methods out of one or more
notification methods including an audible notification method. Inform the user of the result.
[0147]
More specifically, for example, in the notification control process according to the first example
and the second example as described in (2-1) to (2-4). The user is notified of the determination
result by the notification control process, the notification control process according to the third
example, and the notification control process according to the fourth example. The notification
control unit 112 specifies the method of notification corresponding to the set operation mode by
using, for example, a table in which the operation mode and the method of notification are
associated as shown in FIG. The determination result is notified to the user according to the
notified method.
[0148]
The control unit 108 primarily performs the process related to the notification control method
according to the present embodiment by, for example, including the determination unit 110 and
the notification control unit 112.
[0149]
The notification control device 100 performs processing (for example, the processing
(determination processing) of the above (1) and processing (notification control processing of the
above (2)) according to the notification control method according to the present embodiment by
the configuration shown in FIG. ))I do.
[0150]
Therefore, the notification control device 100 can improve the convenience of the user, for
example, by the configuration shown in FIG.
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[0151]
The configuration of the notification control device according to the present embodiment is not
limited to the configuration shown in FIG.
[0152]
For example, the notification control device according to the present embodiment includes one or
more of the determination unit 110 and the notification control unit 112 shown in FIG. 2
separately from the control unit 108 (for example, by an individual processing circuit) Can be
realized).
[0153]
Further, for example, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment
processes an audio signal generated by the microphone as the external device, or the notification
control device according to the present embodiment and the target device according to the
present embodiment are separate bodies. In the case of the device of (1), the notification control
device according to the present embodiment may not include the sound collection unit 102.
Even if the sound collection unit 102 is not provided, the notification control device according to
the present embodiment is, for example, the process (determination process) and the process (2)
according to the notification control method according to the embodiment. (Notification control
processing) can be performed.
Therefore, even if the sound collection unit 102 is not provided, the notification control device
according to the present embodiment can improve the convenience of the user, as in the
configuration shown in FIG.
[0154]
Also, for example, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment and
the target device according to the present embodiment are separate devices, the notification
control device according to the present embodiment is the target device according to the present
embodiment or It may further include a communication unit (not shown) capable of
communicating with an external device such as a server.
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[0155]
Also, for example, the notification control device according to the present embodiment may
include a vibration unit (not illustrated) capable of performing vibration related to the
notification, and / or an audio output unit capable of outputting voice related to the notification.
It may further comprise (not shown).
Here, as a vibration part (not shown) which concerns on this embodiment, vibration devices, such
as a vibrator, are mentioned, for example.
Moreover, as an audio | voice output part (not shown) which concerns on this embodiment, audio
| voice output devices, such as a speaker, are mentioned, for example.
[0156]
Furthermore, for example, the notification control device according to the present embodiment
may not include the imaging unit 104 and / or the display unit 106 illustrated in FIG.
Even if the imaging unit 104 and / or the display unit 106 is not provided, the notification
control device according to the present embodiment is, for example, the process (1) according to
the notification control method according to the present embodiment It is possible to perform
the determination process) and the process (notification control process) of the above (2).
Therefore, even if the imaging unit 104 and / or the display unit 106 is not provided, the
notification control device according to the present embodiment can improve the convenience of
the user as in the configuration shown in FIG. Can.
[0157]
As described above, the notification control device according to the present embodiment is, for
example, the processing (determination processing) of the above (1) and the processing
(notification of the above (2) as processing according to the notification control method
according to the present embodiment. Control processing).
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[0158]
Here, the notification control device according to the present embodiment determines that the
sound collection unit of the microphone is blocked in the processing (determination processing)
of the above (1) in the processing (notification control processing) of the above (2) When it is
determined, the determination result is notified to the user.
The notification control device according to the present embodiment notifies the user of the
determination result when it is determined that the sound collecting unit of the microphone is
blocked, for example, the user is blocked of the microphone. Can be recognized, and an operation
can be performed to change the state in which the microphone is closed to the state in which the
microphone is not closed.
[0159]
Therefore, when the notification control device according to the present embodiment performs
the process related to the notification control method according to the present embodiment, for
example, the occurrence of the above-mentioned undesirable situation can be prevented, and the
above-mentioned undesirable situation Can reduce the effects of
[0160]
Further, the notification control device according to the present embodiment changes the method
of notification depending on whether the audio signal is recorded or not.
More specifically, for example, when an audio signal is recorded, the notification control device
according to the present embodiment does not notify the user of the determination result in an
audible notification manner. Therefore, when notification is performed by the notification control
device according to the present embodiment, the sound indicated by the recorded audio signal is
prevented from including the sound related to the notification, so the microphone is blocked.
Informing the user that there is no risk of disadvantage to the user.
[0161]
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In addition, the notification control device according to the present embodiment is, for example, a
notification corresponding to the set operation mode by using a table in which the operation
mode and the method of notification are associated as shown in FIG. The method is specified, and
the determination result is notified to the user according to the specified notification method.
Therefore, the notification control device according to the present embodiment corresponds to,
for example, a situation corresponding to the operation mode (for example, a use situation of the
target device according to the present embodiment, a situation corresponding to the use
environment of the target device according to the present embodiment) The determination result
can be notified to the user by the notification method in accordance with the above.
[0162]
Therefore, the notification control device according to the present embodiment can improve the
convenience of the user.
[0163]
As mentioned above, although the notification control apparatus was mentioned and
demonstrated as this embodiment, this embodiment is not limited to this form.
In the present embodiment, for example, an imaging device such as a digital still camera or
digital video camera, an audio recording device such as an IC recorder, a tablet type device, a
communication device such as a mobile phone or a smartphone, a video / music reproducing
device (or video The present invention can be applied to various devices (electronic devices) such
as computers / music recording / reproducing devices), game machines, PCs (Personal
Computers) and the like. The present embodiment can also be applied to, for example, a
processing IC (Integrated Circuit) that can be incorporated into the above-described device.
[0164]
(Program according to the present embodiment) A program for causing a computer to function
as a notification control device according to the present embodiment (for example, processing
(determination processing) of the above (1) and processing (notification control processing of the
above (2) The convenience of the user can be improved by executing a program capable of
executing the process according to the notification control method according to the present
embodiment) on the computer.
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[0165]
The preferred embodiments of the present disclosure have been described in detail with
reference to the accompanying drawings, but the technical scope of the present disclosure is not
limited to such examples.
It is obvious that those skilled in the art of the present disclosure can conceive of various
modifications or alterations within the scope of the technical idea described in the claims. It is
understood that also of course falls within the technical scope of the present disclosure.
[0166]
For example, although it has been described above that a program (computer program) for
causing a computer to function as a notification control device according to the present
embodiment is provided, the present embodiment further includes a record in which the program
is stored. A medium can also be provided.
[0167]
The configuration described above is an example of the present embodiment, and naturally
belongs to the technical scope of the present disclosure.
[0168]
The following configurations are also within the technical scope of the present disclosure.
(1) a determination unit that determines whether a sound collection unit that collects sound in a
microphone is blocked, and a determination result indicating that the sound collection unit of the
microphone is determined to be closed A notification control unit for notifying to the user, the
notification control unit including: an audio notification indicating an audio collected by the
microphone; The user is notified of the determination result by two or more notification methods,
and when the audio signal is not recorded, one of one or more notification methods including an
audible notification method, 1 Or a notification control device for notifying the user of the
determination result by two or more notification methods.
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(2) The notification control unit determines whether it is a first operation mode in which the
audio signal is recorded or a second operation mode in which the audio signal is not recorded,
and the notification control unit is the first operation mode. When it is determined that the
determination result is notified to the user according to one or more notification methods not
including an auditory notification method, and it is determined that the second operation mode is
set. The user is notified of the determination result to the user according to one or more
notification methods among one or more notification methods including an audible notification
method, as described in (1). Notification control device. (3) The first operation mode includes one
or more imaging modes in which the audio signal and an image signal indicating a captured
image captured by an imaging device are recorded together, and the notification control unit If
any one of the imaging modes is set, it is determined that the first operation mode is set, and the
determination result is sent to the user according to the method of notification corresponding to
the set imaging mode. Notification control unit according to (2). (4) In the case where the set
imaging mode is a person imaging mode for imaging a person or a landscape imaging mode for
imaging a landscape, the notification control unit may perform visual notification and / or
vibration. The notification control device according to (3), wherein the determination result is
notified to the user according to a method of tactile notification by the user. (5) When the set
imaging mode is not an imaging mode for either of a person imaging mode for imaging a person
and a landscape imaging mode for imaging a landscape, the notification control unit determines
whether the notification mode is visual or not. The notification control device according to (3) or
(4), wherein the determination result is notified to the user. (6) The first operation mode includes
an automatic setting mode for automatically setting one of the plurality of imaging modes, and
the notification control unit sets the automatic setting mode. In the case where one of a plurality
of imaging modes is selected based on one or more of the captured image indicated by the image
signal, the information related to the imaging environment in which imaging is performed by the
imaging device, and the audio signal. The notification control device according to any one of (3)
to (5), wherein the determination result is notified to the user according to a notification method
corresponding to the one imaging mode. (7) The first operation mode includes an audio
recording mode in which only the audio signal is recorded, and the notification control unit,
when the audio recording mode is set, the first operation mode The notification control according
to any one of (2) to (6), wherein the determination result is notified to the user according to the
method of notification corresponding to the set voice recording mode. apparatus.
(8) The notification according to (7), wherein, when the voice recording mode is set, the
notification control unit notifies the user of the determination result by way of tactile notification
by vibration. Control device. (9) If the notification control unit determines that the second
operation mode is selected, one of the method of visual notification, the method of auditory
notification, and the method of tactile notification by vibration. Alternatively, the notification
control device according to any one of (2) to (8), wherein the determination result is notified to
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the user by two or more notification methods. (10) When the microphone includes two sound
collecting units that collect sound for stereophonic reproduction, the determination unit may
block the sound collecting unit for each of the sound collecting units in the microphone. The
notification control unit determines whether any one of the sound collecting units in the
microphone is blocked, and the notification control unit determines at least one of the two sound
collecting units in the microphone. When it is determined that one of the sound collecting units is
blocked, or when it is determined that two of the sound collecting units are blocked, the
determination result is notified to the user ( The notification control device according to any one
of 1) to 9). (11) determining whether a sound collecting unit for collecting sound in a
microphone is blocked, and when it is determined that the sound collecting unit of the
microphone is blocked, the determination result is sent to the user Notifying to the user, and in
the notifying, one or more not including a method of auditory notification when an audio signal
indicating audio collected by the microphone is recorded. The user is notified of the
determination result according to the notification method, and if the audio signal is not recorded,
one or two of the one or more notification methods including the audible notification method. A
notification control method for notifying the user of the determination result according to the
method of notification described above. (12) determining whether a sound collecting unit for
collecting sound in a microphone is blocked; and when it is determined that the sound collecting
unit of the microphone is blocked, a determination result is output to the user Making the
computer execute the notifying step, and in the notifying step, if an audio signal representing the
sound collected by the microphone is recorded, one or two or more cases not including an
auditory notification method The user is notified of the determination result according to the
notification method, and if the audio signal is not recorded, one or two of the one or more
notification methods including the audible notification method. A program for notifying the user
of the determination result according to the above notification method.
[0169]
100 notification control unit 102 audio signal generation unit 104 imaging unit 106 display unit
108 control unit 110 determination unit 112 notification control unit
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