Audio devices and related methods for acquiring audio device use information

  • US 10,338,880 B2
  • Filed: 05/19/2016
  • Issued: 07/02/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/03/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A headphone for extracting and accumulating use data and transmitting the use data to a remote server, the headphone comprising:

  • one or more electrical interfaces including;

    one or more audio inputs configured to receive audio signals from a media player; and

    one or more communication interfaces configured to communicate with a use data router;

    one or more speaker elements operably coupled to the one or more audio inputs and configured to convert the audio signals from the media player to acoustic waves;

    control circuitry including;

    one or more data storage devices;

    a date/time module;

    a tracking module configured to receive sensor data from at least two sensors for providing information about where a user was and what the user was doing when certain audio content was listened to, the tracking module operably coupled to;

    the one or more audio inputs, the tracking module configured to extract use information from the audio signals and generate the use data including the use information;

    the date/time module and configured to extract use information from the date/time module and generate the use data; and

    wherein the tracking module is configured to associate environmental information with the use information in the use data, and wherein the tracking module is configured to determine what media the user consumed while exercising, walking, sitting still, and/or laying down; and

    a storage interface operably coupled to the tracking module and the one or more data storage devices and configured to store the use data generated by the tracking module in the one or more data storage devices; and

    wherein the control circuitry is configured to transmit the use data to the use data router to route the use data to the remote server.

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