Sonos had 41 patents in future of work during Q1 2024. Sonos Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 focus on innovative systems and methods for detecting, configuring passive speakers, receiving voice input, managing media playback protocols, adjusting audio playback based on time stamps, and synchronizing playback devices to respond to voice inputs effectively. These patents showcase advancements in audio technology and user experience within playback systems. GlobalData’s report on Sonos gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Sonos grant share with future of work as a theme is 34% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Systems and methods for authenticating and calibrating passive speakers with a graphical user interface (Patent ID: US20240107253A1)

The patent filed by Sonos Inc. describes systems and methods for detecting and configuring passive speakers within a playback system using a graphical user interface. The method involves deriving speaker identification data based on electrical signals sent to and returned from the passive speakers, displaying a graphical user interface screen on a mobile device based on the identified speaker type, and providing selectable options for configuration based on the speaker type. The patent also includes claims related to an automotive audio headunit that detects passive speakers, determines compatibility with a playback configuration, initiates calibration, and applies audio enhancements based on speaker types. The system involves spectral calibration of passive speakers using sound captured by microphones in the vehicle while playing audio signals from the amplifier.

Overall, the patent focuses on a comprehensive approach to configuring passive speakers in a playback system, ensuring compatibility with specific playback configurations in vehicles. It involves detecting speaker types, initiating calibration processes, and applying audio enhancements tailored to the identified passive speakers. The system utilizes a graphical user interface on a mobile device or within the automotive audio headunit to facilitate the configuration process, providing a user-friendly and efficient way to optimize the audio playback experience in vehicles.

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