US 9,813,836 B1
Providing voices of people in a telephone call to each other in a computer-generated space
Glen A. Norris, Tokyo (JP); and Philip Scott Lyren, Hong Kong (CN)
Filed by Glen A. Norris, Tokyo (JP); and Philip Scott Lyren, Hong Kong (CN)
Filed on Aug. 11, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/674,960.
Application 15/674,960 is a continuation of application No. 15/635,224, filed on Jun. 28, 2017, granted, now 9,794,723.
Application 15/635,224 is a continuation of application No. 15/610,640, filed on Jun. 1, 2017, granted, now 9,769,584.
Application 15/610,640 is a continuation of application No. 15/441,199, filed on Feb. 23, 2017, granted, now 9,674,628, issued on Jun. 6, 2017.
Application 15/441,199 is a continuation of application No. 15/430,549, filed on Feb. 13, 2017, granted, now 9,681,245, issued on Jun. 13, 2017.
Application 15/430,549 is a continuation of application No. 15/367,186, filed on Dec. 2, 2016, granted, now 9,615,190, issued on Apr. 4, 2017.
Application 15/367,186 is a continuation of application No. 15/259,072, filed on Sep. 8, 2016, granted, now 9,532,159, issued on Dec. 27, 2016.
Application 15/259,072 is a continuation of application No. 15/096,352, filed on Apr. 12, 2016, granted, now 9,445,214, issued on Sep. 13, 2016.
Application 15/096,352 is a continuation of application No. 15/011,563, filed on Jan. 31, 2016, granted, now 9,344,544, issued on May 17, 2016.
Application 15/011,563 is a continuation of application No. 14/946,806, filed on Nov. 20, 2015, granted, now 9,282,196, issued on Mar. 8, 2016.
Application 14/946,806 is a continuation of application No. 14/311,532, filed on Jun. 23, 2014, granted, now 9,226,090, issued on Dec. 29, 2015.
Int. Cl. H04S 7/00 (2006.01); H04R 5/04 (2006.01); H04R 5/033 (2006.01); H04S 3/00 (2006.01)
CPC H04S 7/304 (2013.01) [H04R 5/033 (2013.01); H04R 5/04 (2013.01); H04S 3/008 (2013.01); H04S 2400/01 (2013.01); H04S 2400/11 (2013.01); H04S 2400/15 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method executed by a computer system that provides voices of a first person and a second person in a telephone call to each other in a computer-generated space, the method comprising:
capturing, with a microphone during the telephone call while the first person and the second person talk to each other in the computer-generated space, a voice of the first person;
designating, with the computer system during the telephone call and at an image representing the first person in the computer-generated space, a sound localization point (SLP) in empty space that simulates a location of a source of the voice of the first person that the second person hears such that the SLP in empty space is at least one meter away from a head of the second person;
determining, with the computer system during the telephone call, a head orientation of the second person with respect to the SLP in empty space that is at least one meter away from the head of the second person;
adjusting, with the computer system during the telephone call and while the head of the second person moves with respect to the SLP in empty space, interaural time differences (ITDs) and head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) so the location of the source of the voice of the first person continues to originate from the SLP in empty space and at the image representing the first person as the head of the second person moves with respect to the SLP and the image representing the first person; and
providing, with the computer system during the telephone call and through earphones or headphones, the voice of the first person to the second person so the location of the source of the voice of the first person continues to originate from the SLP in empty space and at the image representing the first person as the head of the second person moves with respect to the SLP and the image representing the first person.