Sonos had 34 patents in internet of things during Q4 2023. Sonos Inc’s patents filed in Q4 2023 focus on innovative features for playback devices. These include a command bypass mode activated when the device is in motion, smart configuration of audio settings based on zone groups, noise-robust acoustic echo cancellation, and the ability to transmit audio streams to other playback devices via a second wireless network. Additionally, the patents describe using a control device as a secondary display for supplemental content while viewing video content on a primary display. GlobalData’s report on Sonos gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Sonos grant share with internet of things as a theme is 50% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Preventing accidental media device commands (Patent ID: US20230418406A1)

The patent filed by Sonos Inc. describes a playback device that can detect its motion using onboard sensors and activate a command bypass mode when in motion. This mode prevents the execution of commands from the touch-sensitive user interface integrated into the device. Once the device detects that it is stationary, the command bypass mode is deactivated. The device can detect motion through various means such as movement sensors like accelerometers or gyroscopes, proximity sensors indicating distance from other devices, or power source indications when not connected to an external power source.

The playback device's operation within the command bypass mode is controlled by a computer-readable medium with program instructions executed by the processor. The method involves detecting motion, activating the command bypass mode, and deactivating it when stationary. Different sensors are used to detect motion, including movement sensors and proximity sensors. The device can also receive commands from a separate control device while in the command bypass mode and execute them. The method ensures that the touch-sensitive user interface inputs are disregarded while the command bypass mode is active, enhancing user experience and device functionality.

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