ClearOne just announced Wednesday that it has been awarded another new patent relating to beamforming microphone array technology by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
ClearOne’s new patent, US Patent No. 10,728,653 (the “’653 Patent”), is entitled “Ceiling Tile Microphone.” It describes a ceiling tile microphone that includes beamforming, acoustic echo cancellation and adaptive acoustic processing that automatically adjusts to a room configuration. There is no language in the new patent’s claims limiting its scope to flush-mounted ceiling tile beamforming microphone arrays, as opposed to non-flush mounted ceiling tile beamforming microphone arrays.
The ’653 Patent is a member of a family of patents and applications that includes US Patent No. 9,813,806. That patent family includes issued patents and patent applications that cover ceiling tile and wall tile embodiments of beamforming microphone arrays and augmentation of beamforming microphone arrays with non-beamforming microphones.
The ’653 Patent is part of ClearOne’s patent portfolio covering new technologies in audio and video processing, streaming and communication technologies.