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DESCRIPTION JP2008167404
The invention provides a means for enabling a built-in speaker or microphone to be easily shut
down without much effort with regard to external headphone configuration or microphone plug
removal. An automatic arrangement which deactivates a computer's speaker or microphone
immediately upon plug removal of an external headphone, speaker or microphone from the
computer. Similar principles can be utilized in other contexts where it is desired to provide
different types or levels of audio output to different parties or settings. [Selected figure] Figure 1
Computer audio input / output automatic control
[0001]
The present invention relates to audio control of desktop and laptop computers, and more
particularly to plugging (plugging) and plugging off (amplifying) headphones, microphones or
analog devices.
[0002]
In the context of desktop or laptop computers, headphones have long provided the user with a
practical tool for listening to audio media without disturbing others by computers, as well as the
headphones being unplugged It brings a desirable "cocoon" effect "cozy" that users can be
comfortable listening to until they have a job to do other work.
[0003]
Frequently, listening to audio content in headphones has to be replaced by the transmission of
such content via the computer's built-in speakers, so unfortunately the user has to move on to
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other tasks It means that you can not do it.
[0004]
A common thing is to encounter unpleasant surprises when the user chooses to put the computer
in suspend mode.
When the headphones are removed and the audio content is not muted or reduced, when the
suspend mode is released, a loud noise is immediately emitted from the computer, causing great
discomfort or hate to the user and others around it. I feel a sense.
Of course, muffling or sound reduction in advance can avoid such a situation, but this is often
seen as an undesirable extra step.
[0005]
Similar problems are commonly encountered with computer microphones.
The computer has a built-in microphone, while the external microphone can be plugged into the
computer's jack. In this case, if the external microphone is unplugged and the computer is put
into the suspend mode, it is often the case that the computer's built-in microphone operates
instantly at a certain point immediately after the computer releases the suspend mode. This leads
to undesirable problems such as feedback or recording of unintended or unauthorized
individuals. Again, the problem can be avoided in advance by deliberately shutting down the
computer built-in microphone before going to suspend, but this is an undesirable extra step.
[0006]
Therefore, there is a need to avoid the problems and issues described above in a way that allows
the built-in speaker or microphone to be easily shut down without much effort in terms of
external headphone configuration or microphone plug removal. Are perceived and reassuring
users.
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[0007]
In accordance with at least one presently preferred embodiment of the present invention, broadly
contemplated herein immediately deactivates a computer's built-in speaker or microphone upon
plug removal of an external headphone, speaker or microphone from the computer Automatic
configuration.
Similar principles can be used in other contexts where it is desired to provide different types or
levels of audio output to different parties or settings.
[0008]
In summary, one aspect of the invention comprises a processor, at least one of an audio input
element and an audio output element in communication with the processor, and a module
operable to control at least one of the audio input element and the audio output element. A
memory storage code accessible by the processor to direct the module to automatically change at
least one condition of the audio input element and the audio output element in response to a
change of the external condition, the change of the external condition being an environment or A
system is provided that includes changes in operating conditions and connections or disconnects
on at least one external element.
[0009]
Another aspect of the present invention comprises providing the computer with at least one of an
audio input element and an audio output element, and automatically changing at least one
condition of the audio input element and the audio output element according to a change in
external conditions. And changing the external condition provides a method that includes
changing the environment or operating condition and connecting or disconnecting at least one
external element.
[0010]
Furthermore, another aspect of the present invention is a program storage device readable by a
machine and executing a program executable by the machine to perform a plurality of
operations, the operations including an audio input element and a computer. V. Providing at least
one of the audio output elements, and changing at least one of the audio input elements and the
audio output elements in response to changes in the external conditions, the changes in the
external conditions being environmental or operational conditions. A program storage device is
provided that includes changes and connections or disconnections for at least one external
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element.
[0011]
The invention will now be described with reference to the drawings in order to provide a better
understanding of the present invention, as well as other features and advantages.
The scope of the invention is pointed out in the claims.
[0012]
It will be readily understood that the components of the present invention are configured and
designed in a wide variety of different configurations, as generally described and illustrated in
the figures.
Accordingly, for the embodiments of the apparatus, system and method of the present invention
as represented in FIG. 1, the following detailed description is intended to limit the scope of the
invention as pointed out in the claims. Rather, they are merely representative of selected
embodiments of the present invention.
[0013]
Throughout this specification, references to "one embodiment" or "an embodiment" (or synonyms
thereof) refer to at least one embodiment of the present invention in which specific features,
structures or characteristics described in connection with the embodiments are given. Is meant to
be included in
Thus, the appearance of the phrases "in one embodiment" or "in an embodiment" in several
places throughout the specification is not necessarily referring to the same embodiment.
[0014]
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Furthermore, the described features, structures or characteristics may be combined in any
suitable manner in one or more embodiments. In the following description, several specific
details are provided to provide a thorough understanding of the embodiments of the present
invention. However, as will be appreciated by one skilled in the art, the present invention may be
practiced as having other methods, components, equipment, etc., without one or more of the
specific details. In other instances, well-known structures, devices, or operations are not shown
or described in detail to avoid obscuring aspects of the invention.
[0015]
The illustrated embodiment of the present invention is best understood with reference to the
drawings, where like parts are designated with like numerals throughout. The following
description is intended as an example only and briefly illustrates certain selected embodiments of
the devices, systems and processes consistent with the claimed invention.
[0016]
Now, certain presently preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described with
reference to the drawings in which like numerals indicate identical or functionally similar
elements. The components of the present invention are intended in various aspects, as generally
described and illustrated in the figures. Accordingly, the following detailed description of the
embodiments of the system and method of the present invention, as illustrated in the figures, is
not intended to limit the scope of the claimed invention, but is a presently preferred practice of
the present invention. It is merely representative of the example.
[0017]
Throughout the following description, some system components are referred to as "modules" or
synonyms thereof. In one embodiment, these components are implemented as software,
hardware, firmware, or a combination thereof.
[0018]
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For example, as used herein, a module may include any type of computer instruction or computer
executable code. It is stored in the memory device and / or transmitted as an electronic signal via
the system bus or network.
[0019]
Specific modules may include, for example, one or more physical (logical) blocks or logical
(logical) blocks of computer instructions, which are implemented in one or more objects,
procedures, functions, etc. ing.
[0020]
Specific modules do not have to be physically stored together, but may include separate
instructions stored in different memory locations, which together perform the described logical
functions of the modules.
In fact, modules can contain a single instruction, or many instructions, and are distributed among
several separate code segments, within different programs, and across several memory devices.
Be done.
[0021]
According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, as shown in FIG. 1, a computer
(eg, a desktop or laptop) 102 includes a processor 104 and memory 106 in a known manner.
Jacks 108, 110 are provided to receive the plugs 118, 122, respectively. The plugs 118, 122
correspond to the external microphone device 116, the external headphones or the speaker set
120, respectively. Typically, computer 102 also includes a built-in microphone 112 and a built-in
speaker 114. According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, modules or
arrangements 124 are provided in a manner which will be described and understood in detail
later. This automatically controls the input or output at the built-in microphone 112 and built-in
speaker 114 in response to connecting and disconnecting the plugs 118 and 122 with respect to
the jacks 108 and 110. Preferably, when the plugs 118, 122 are disconnected from the
corresponding jacks 108, 110, the audio input or output at the built-in microphone 112, built-in
speaker 114 is changed.
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[0022]
According to a particularly preferred embodiment of the present invention, when the external
headphone or speaker plug 122 is disconnected from the jack 110, the audio output at the builtin speaker 114 is attenuated or blocked. This is commonly encountered in laptops where the
user, for example, listens to music on the external headphones 120, then the plug 122 is
removed from the jack 110 and the laptop is put into "suspend" mode. Especially useful in
situations where Typically, an audio output (eg, music) will be emitted from built-in speaker 114
suddenly when the laptop is out of suspend mode. However, in accordance with an embodiment
of the present invention, the module or arrangement 124 is configured such that the audio
output from the speaker 114 is immediately blocked when the plug 122 is removed from the
jack 110. This is in stark contrast to, for example, a conventional arrangement where the user
typically presses the laptop "mute" button or at least presses the volume control several times,
greatly reducing the volume level associated with the speaker 114 .
[0023]
The same principle applies preferably to built-in microphone 112 and external microphone 116.
As such, when the connection between plug 118 and jack 108 is broken and external
microphone 116 is disconnected from computer 102, built-in microphone 112 is deactivated and
unnecessary feedback from outside of computer 102 when not desired. There is no such thing as
causing or receiving an audio input unknowingly. Again, the module or arrangement 124 is
preferably configured such that such a deactivation is performed as soon as the plug 118 is
disconnected from the jack 108.
[0024]
There are several applications of the principles broadly addressed above, including some
variations of the basic theme discussed. A common theme is in each case to automatically adjust
or manage audio input or output in the computer based on changed parameters or conditions.
For example, the detected user profile may govern the type of audio output that is permitted to
be output from one or both of the built-in speaker 114 or the audio output 110. In this way,
certain types of audio output can be blocked for all but a large number of pre-authorized adults,
to avoid having such output audible to children. In certain areas, there are regulatory restrictions
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on the size and level of audio output from built-in speakers or external speakers or headphones.
[0025]
In connection with the above, computer 102 may include several profiles related to user or
location preferences and desired standards. For example, one profile or sub-profile
corresponding to the use of headphones (e.g. with headphones at a laptop at the office) for each
user and (as a subset profile for general or each user) When used, another profile exists for each
use in laptops at home corresponding to the use of headphones. Thus, expected environmental
noise levels can be taken into account at different locations. The program can control the
combined settings and can, for example, rely on GPS reading or environmental noise level
reading as input.
[0026]
In general, the particular manner in which the module or arrangement 124 controls audio input
or output can basically take any conceivable form. Such an automatic control device is inherent
to the sound card or device driver already present in the computer 102 and may be retrofitted in
any conceivable format (for example, downloading the latest information from a company
website) Supplied by
[0027]
Other embodiments of the present invention are of course conceivable besides those discussed
and intended above. With the advent of voice transmission protocols over the Internet, many
computer users are using headsets that combine stereo headphones and microphones. Thus, the
volume and microphone levels preferred by the user when using such an ensemble are
completely different than the levels preferred when the headset is unplugged. According to
another embodiment of the present invention, appropriate levels of both volume and microphone
input are discussed above and intended by other embodiments in which the headset is plugged
or unplugged. Set simultaneously and automatically in a manner consistent with.
[0028]
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It should be clearly recognized that the ideas, considered, broadly contemplated and embraced
herein, and in the drawings, are applicable to a wide range of computers and computer operating
environments. Thus, embodiments of the present invention may be implemented, in particular, in
a laptop or desktop computer or basically in a machine or device comprising a sound card.
[0029]
It should be understood that the present invention, according to at least one presently preferred
embodiment, includes at least one general purpose computer implemented element executing a
suitable software program. Also, they are implemented on at least one IC or part of at least one
IC. Thus, it should be understood that the present invention is implemented in hardware,
software or a combination of both.
[0030]
Although illustrative embodiments of the present invention have been described with reference
to the drawings, it should be understood that the present invention is not limited to these
embodiments themselves, and several other variations, It is intended that modifications may be
made by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope or spirit of the present
invention.
[0031]
FIG. 1 schematically illustrates a computer with an arrangement for automatically controlling
audio output.
Explanation of sign
[0032]
102 ... computer 104 ... processor 106 ... memory 108 ... jack 110 ... jack 112 ... built-in
microphone 114 ... built-in speaker 116 ... external microphone 118 ... plug 120: External
headphone / speaker 122: Plug 124: Module / arrangement / automatic control device
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