Computer Mgranrgry Wired phone

Computer Mgranrgry Wired phone
US 20070234889A1
(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2007/0234889 A1
(43) Pub. Date:
Rotolo de Moraes
(54)
ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR THE
Publication Classi?cation
PRODUCTION, PLAYING,
ACCOMPANIMENT AND EVALUATION OF
SOUNDS
(75)
Inventor:
Oct. 11, 2007
Aurelio Rotolo de Moraes, Curitiba
PR (BR)
(51)
Int. Cl.
G10H 3/14
(52)
US. Cl.
(2006.01)
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(57)
ABSTRACT
One describes an electronic device for the production,
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playing, accompaniment and evaluation of sounds, compris
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ing means do be associated to audio system and, the device
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comprising a) a processing unit Which (i) produces musical
instrument sounds from an user’s touches; (ii) plays music
sounds, adds musical effects, alters reproduction parameters
of the music playing; (iii) mixes sounds produced from the
user’s touches With music sounds played; and (iv) comprises
music parameters able to evaluate an instrumental accom
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paniment performance resulted from the instrumental music
(21) Appl. No.:
11/694,299
(22) Filed:
Mar. 30, 2007
sounds produced by the user’s touches; b) the processing
unit comprising a touch sensitive surface Which comprises:
(i) touch sensors arranged under said surface providing
regions sensitive to touches; and (ii) Leds distributed under
said surface and controlled by a microprocessor providing a
luminous indication sequence according to the music sounds
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ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR THE PRODUCTION,
PLAYING, ACCOMPANIMENT AND EVALUATION
OF SOUNDS
adjustable elastic belt in order to fasten the instrument onto
one’s body, a remote sensor and an adapter. The present
invention’s instrument is portable, made for use in different
places and situations, presenting tWo preferred embodiments
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
[0001] This application is a continuation of International
Patent Application No. BR2005/0002l0, ?led Oct. 3, 2005
Which designated the United States and Was published under
featuring the same activity but in different Ways.
[0011] The ?rst preferred embodiment consists of a kit
made up of an adapter and a processing unit completely
functional and able to produce musical instrument sounds
(percussion, keyboard, string or bloW instruments), sound
PCT Article 21(2) in English and Which is hereby incorpo
rated in its entirety by reference.
effects, play a song, alter play parameters, mix sounds and
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
sensor, Which sends commands to the processing unit, for it
to produce sounds, effects, alter parameters of a song based
[0002]
1. Field of the Invention
on these commands.
[0003]
This invention refers to an electronic audio device,
[0012] The second preferred embodiment consists of a
processing unit, a remote sensor, and an adapter, and this kit
features the same functionalities of the ?rst preferred
embodiment. The processing unit Works based on com
mands received from the remote sensor, being able to
fastened or not to the body of a user.
[0004]
2. Description of the State of the Art
[0005] The agitation and intense Work of everyday life in
the big cities has deprived many people from their much
longed moments of leisure. The daily routine, many times
evaluate user performance in vocal and/or instrumental
accompaniment. This unit also accepts the use of a remote
produce musical instrument sounds (percussion, keyboard,
their lunch time, on their Way home or to Work, etc. In
string or bloW instruments), sound effects, play a song, alter
play parameters, mix sounds and evaluate user performance
in vocal and/or instrumental accompaniment.
leisure moments, such as Walks in parks, resting at the beach
or even at home, repetitive activities usually become boring
[0013] Another important functionality is that the device
keeps people isolated in commercial buildings, partly during
and upsetting.
[0006]
In many different cultures, music serves as a natu
ral means of fun, unWinding and relaxation. Everyday life
makes people seek some Way of expressing themselves
freely and individually through music, for instance, or some
musical instrument.
can be used by a DJ (Disk Jockey), the user being provided
With the same resources used by a sound professional/
operator knoWn as a DJ, also being essential the use of the
Jog disk.
[0014] One of the main characteristics of this device, in
both preferred embodiments, is the function to produce a
score or grade at the end of the performance of the user/DJ
[0007] The idea of the present invention is to create
moments of peace, relaxation and pleasure for users, by
means of an electronic instrument, object of the present
invention, Which gathers audio and musical resources.
vocal. Different dif?culty levels can be selected to de?ne a
[0008] Karaoke instruments of today evaluate only one’s
voice, Which accompanies the music, and it is for domestic
his performance, indicating, in the form of points or regions,
use, as Well as entertainment in bars or restaurants. The
karaoke of the present invention, in addition to evaluating
the user’s voice, also evaluates the instrumental accompa
niment of the music. Through user iteration, it is possible to
produce musical instrument sounds (percussion, keyboard,
string or bloW instruments) mixed With the music as accom
paniment. In addition, this karaoke device is portable and
can be taken by the user anyWhere he goes.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
[0009]
The purpose of the present invention is to provide
the user an electronic instrument strapped to one’s body or
not (depending on the occasion), that can play a song, mix
into this song instrumental music from musical instruments
(percussion, keyboard, string or bloW instruments), or sound
effects controlled by the user and place them for perfor
mance evaluation in this musical accompaniment activity.
Thus, the instrument of the present invention acts as a
portable equipment to provide the user pleasant, fun, relax
ing and pleasurable moments especially in idle and personal
situations of every day life.
[0010] The electronic instrument referred to by this inven
tion is composed by a processing unit Which is ?xed to an
in the accompaniment of the song’s instrumental and/or
given evaluation level. Leds (light emission diodes) present
on the Jog disk and on a pad of the processing unit, and a
remote sensor provide visual indication and aid the user in
the moment to touch the surface and at the respective
intensity.
[0015] The processing unit also features applications such
as a personal agenda, calculator, games, clock, alarm clock,
music list editor, battery meter, etc. This unit can also be
used as a data storage unit for a computer, saving informa
tion in ?ash storage memory or in the memory card.
[0016]
The adapter consists of a remote device able to
receive the resulting sound of the processing unit and/or
send a sound to this unit. The purpose of this adapter is to
deliver audio and video signals onto any audio and video
equipment.
[0017] According to the teachings of the invention, the
electronic device for the production, playing, accompani
ment and evaluation of sounds, comprising means do be
associated to audio system, comprises: a) a processing unit
Which (i) produces musical instrument sounds from an
user’s touches; (ii) plays music sounds, adds musical effects,
alters reproduction parameters of the music playing; (iii)
mixes sounds produced from the user’s touches With music
sounds played; and (iv) comprises music parameters able to
evaluate an instrumental accompaniment performance
resulted from the instrumental music sounds produced by
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the user’s touches; b) the processing unit comprising a touch
sensitive surface Which comprises: (i) touch sensors
arranged under said surface providing regions sensitive to
touches; and (ii) Leds distributed under said surface and
controlled by a microprocessor providing a luminous indi
cation sequence according to the music sounds played, said
luminous indication sequence being folloWing by touches of
the user in this surface.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0018] This invention Will be thereafter described in more
details based on an example of execution represented in the
draWings. The ?gures shoW:
[0019]
FIG. liis a functional block diagram of the ?rst
[0033] FIG. 15ivieWs of the front side and upper side of
the second modality of the remote sensor, in reference to the
second preferred embodiment of the device object of the
present invention;
[0034] FIG. 16iis a spatial vieW of the ?rst modality of
the processing unit, in reference to the ?rst preferred
embodiment of the device object of the present invention;
[0035] FIG. 17iis a spatial vieW of the second modality
of the processing unit, in reference to the ?rst preferred
embodiment of the device object of the present invention;
[0036] FIG. 18iis a spatial vieW of the third modality of
the processing unit, in reference to the second preferred
embodiment of the device object of the present invention;
preferred embodiment of the device object of the present
[0037]
invention;
the remote sensor, in reference to the second preferred
[0020]
and
FIG. 2iis a functional block diagram of the sec
ond preferred embodiment of the device object of the
embodiment of the device object of the present invention;
present invention;
[0038]
[0021] FIG. 3iis a block diagram of the ?rst modality of
the processing unit, in reference to the ?rst preferred
embodiment of the device object of the present invention;
tion.
[0022] FIG. 4iis a block diagram of the second modality
of the processing unit, in reference to the ?rst preferred
embodiment of the device, object of the present invention;
[0023] FIG. Siis a block diagram of the third modality of
the processing unit, in reference to the ?rst preferred
embodiment of the device object of the present invention;
[0024]
FIG. 6iis a block diagram of the ?rst modality of
the remote sensor, in reference to the second preferred
embodiment of the device object of the present invention;
[0025]
FIG. 7iis a block diagram of the second modality
of the remote sensor, in reference to the second preferred
FIG. 19iis a spatial vieW of the ?rst modality of
FIG. 20iis a spatial vieW of the second modality
of the remote sensor, in reference to the second preferred
embodiment of the instrument object of the present inven
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
INVENTION
[0039] The present invention is divided into tWo preferred
embodiments, that perform the same functionalities, but in
different Ways. FIG. 1 presents the processing unit 1, the
remote sensor 7, and the adapter 8, objects of the present
invention. The processing unit 1 interacts With other acces
sories such as computer 4, accesses a memory card 5, sends
sounds to Wireless sound speakers 2, sends to/receives from
Wireless phone and/or microphone 3, Wired phone and/or
microphone 6.
embodiment of the device object of the present invention;
[0040] The second preferred embodiment of the device,
object of this invention, is shoWn in the block diagram of
[0026]
FIG. 2. This embodiment comprises a processing unit 10, a
remote sensor 7 and a adapter 8, composes the electronic
FIG. 8iis a functional block diagram of the ?rst
adapter’s modality and object of the present invention;
[0027]
FIG. 9iis a functional block diagram of the sec
ond adapter’s modality and object of the present invention;
[0028]
FIG. 10iis a functional block diagram of the third
device object of the present invention. The processing unit
10 interacts With other accessories such as the computer 4,
memory card 5, Wireless sound speakers 2, Wireless phone
and/or microphone 3, Wired phone and/or microphone 6 and
adapter’s modality and object of the present invention;
portable player 17.
[0029] FIG. 11ivieWs of the front side, upper side, loWer
side, left side and right side of the ?rst modality of the
processing unit, in reference to the ?rst preferred embodi
ment of the device object of the present invention;
[0041] The ?rst preferred embodiment is characterized in
that a processing unit 1,20,50 is operated independently of
[0030] FIG. 12ivieWs of the front side, upper side, loWer
side, left side and right side of the second modality of the
processing unit, in reference to the ?rst preferred embodi
ment of the device, object of the present invention;
[0031] FIG. 13ivieWs of the front side, upper side and
loWer side of the third modality of the processing unit, in
reference to the second preferred embodiment of the device,
object of the present invention;
the remote sensor 7,100,110, that is, requiring only one
accessory for its sound to be heard by the user, such as
Wireless sound speakers 2. In this case, the remote sensor
7,100,110 features an additional means for user interaction.
[0042] The second preferred embodiment is distinguished
from the ?rst for the fact that the processing unit 10,80
requires the remote sensor 7,100,110 to operate, comple
menting the functionalities for this preferred embodiment. In
addition, this unit accepts the sound of the portable player 17
to actuate With other sounds.
[0032] FIG. 14ivieWs of the front side and upper side of
the ?rst modality of the remote sensor, in reference to the
second preferred embodiment of the device object of the
[0043] The block diagram of the ?rst modality of the
processing unit 20, in reference to the ?rst preferred embodi
ment, is presented on FIG. 3. This unit is equipped With
analogical and digital electronic circuits Which, in associa
present invention;
tion With the softWare installed, constitute a system able to
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produce musical instrument sounds (percussion, keyboard,
string or blow instruments), play music, add musical effects,
alter play parameters of the music playing, mix sounds and
evaluate the user ability in instrumental and/or vocal per
formance, directly or indirectly acting in all of the function
alities.
transmitted to this unit. It is important to point out that this
interface is compatible With most communication ports With
Wire or Wireless communication systems used in PCs.
[0050] The earphone and/or microphone interface 41 con
verts the resulting digital sound into proper analogical
sounds to drive the Wireless earphone/mic sets 6. In the same
[0044] The processing unit 20 is supplied by a recharge
able battery and charging management 21, With the poWer
Way, the microphone’s analogical signal is converted into
supply circuit 22 being responsible for providing regulated
required processing.
voltages to the remaining circuits.
[0045]
digital Words sent to the DSP 31, Which carries out the
[0051]
The communication system 39 has the function of
The Jog disk 127 features different functionalities
providing communication With the remote sensor 7,100,110
in the device. A spinning disk simulates a conventional
turntable, although it does not spin by itself, but it can act on
to receive and/or send commands. This communication can
be bidirectional (tWo-Way) and can be achieved by radio
the sound effects attributed in the playing music. By spin
frequency, ultrasound, infrared light or electric Wiring/ca
ning the Jog disk 127 clockWise, a function or command is
bling, as Well as an association of tWo or more of these
means of communication.
progressively actuated, While anticlockWise, regressive
actuation of the function or command is achieved. The speed
at Which the disk is spun by the hand and/or ?nger of the user
is also taken into consideration. In addition, the Jog disk 127
is sensitive to touch/beat by the user’s hand and/or ?ngers,
and can be used in the accompaniment of a song, for
example.
[0046] The Jog disk surface 127 has at least one touch
sensor 24 beloW its surface, Which detects beats/touches by
the hand and/or ?ngers of the user, being sensitive to
[0052]
The resulting sound can be sent to Wireless sound
speakers 2 and/or Wireless earphones. To attain these goals,
the use of the Wireless signal transceiver 43 is made. This
transceiver is able to send and receive sounds, analogical or
digitiZed, to any compatible device, including Wireless
sound speakers 2 and Wireless earphone and/or microphone
3. In addition, the Wireless signal transceiver 43 can send the
resulting sound of the processing unit 20 to any equipment
able to receive this sound and reproduce it, or to the adapter
frequency and intensity. The touch sensor 24 can be a
8 as Well, making available this sound in the form of
piezoelectric transducer, ?eld effect, or a pressure, force,
analogical or digital audio signals. This transceiver, Which
communicates and is controlled by DSP 31, is also capable
of sending/receiving digitiZed commands. The Wireless sig
vibration or acceleration sensor. The signals of this sensor
are conditioned through the analog signal processing 23 and
converted into digital Words by means of an analog-to
digital converter 25, being the data read by the Digital Signal
Processor or DSP 31.
[0047] The DSP 31 runs the entire processing of digital
sounds, signals and communications associated to this
device. This device uses tWo types of memoryziRAM
memory 32, Which temporarily stores data and;iFlash
memory 33, Which contains the softWare of the system,
called ?rmware, synthesiZed digital sounds, samples, sound
effects and other essential data for the unit’s functioning.
nal transceiver 43 can communicate in single or tWo-Way
form, and the communication can be by means of radio
frequency, ultrasound or infrared light, as Well as an asso
ciation of tWo or more of these means of communication.
[0053] The microprocessor 29 processes user interface
devices such as the display 28, keyboard 27 and Jog disk
sensors 30, as Well as controls the remaining system com
ponents, Working in conjunction With the DSP 31. The
display 28 shoWs the user the instrument’s operational
status, menus, functions, charts and other visual information.
The DSP 31 also gains access to ?les and/or data contained
The keyboard 27 Works as a command input, gathering user
in the ?ash memory for data storage 35. It is also responsible
press-keys. The microprocessor 29 has a speci?c ?ash
memory 38, Which contains the ?rmWare that de?nes its
functionalities and all operations that this device should
for musical play, instrumental sounds production (percus
sion, keyboard, string or bloW instruments), alteration of
play parameters, sound mixing, addition of sound effects
execute. The Jog disk sensors 30, Which have the purpose of
(echo, delay, pitch, distortions, etc.), interpretation and
detecting the speed and angular position of the disk, provide
execution of musical and/or instrumental karaoke sounds, as
Well as user performance from these ?les, among other
attributes.
digital signals Which are sent to the microprocessor 29, and
Which run the respective local processing, sending them to
[0048] When sounds or a song are presented encoded
and/or compacted, the DSP 31 can use the decoder 34 to
obtain intelligible data for processing. Different audio chan
nels, analogical or digital, can result from the processing of
sound by the DSP 31, Where the audio mixer 36 is able to
the DSP 31 in the form of commands.
[0054] The Leds of the Jog disk 37 are distributed in
suitable form beloW the Jog disk 127 and are controlled by
the microprocessor 29. The function of these leds is to
receive the sounds from these channels and mix them to
provide luminous indication to the user in reference to
actions that need to be taken, that is, inform the user the disk
spot that should be touched as Well as the moment and
produce a single resulting sound.
intensity of the respective touch.
[0049] The computer interface 42 provides a means of
communication With the computer in order to update ?rm
memory card data 5, through the memory card interface 40.
The sounds resulting from the processing unit 20 can be sent
[0055] The block diagram of the second modality of the
processing unit 50, in reference to the ?rst preferred embodi
ment, is presented on FIG. 4. This second modality is
distinguished from the ?rst for presenting a sensitive surface
or touch sensitive pad in place of the Jog disk 127. This
to the computer 4 as Well as computer sounds 4 can be
block diagram is identical to the one of FIG. 3, With the
Ware, add, or exclude stored ?ash memory data 35, or
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exception of the absence of Jog disk sensors 30 and the fact
of the leds being related to the pad 169 and called pad leds
embodiment, is presented on FIG. 7. This sensor is identical
to the ?rst modality of the remote sensor 100, With the
65.
exception of having a pad 169 in place of a Jog disk 127.
Thus, the block diagram of the second modality does not
present Jog disk sensors 102 and the leds refer to the pad,
called leds of the pad 119 for being under its surface.
[0056] FIG. 5 presents a block chart of the third modality
of the processing unit 80, in reference to the second pre
ferred embodiment of the device, object of the present
invention. This third modality is distinguished from the ?rst
and second modalities for not presenting a Jog disk 127 or
[0063] Many touch sensors can be spread out under the
Jog disk 127 or pad 169 to provide different touch-sensitive
coupled pad 169, since it receives commands from a remote
regions, assigning distinct functionalities for each. With this
sensor 7,100,110, Which has a Jog disk 127 or pad 169. This
multiplicity of sensors, the user can, for instance, act on
block diagram is similar to the block diagram of the ?rst
modality of the processing unit 20, but it does have a touch
various commands, or produce instrumental and/or different
musical note sounds, change parameters or concurrently
insert different effects or not, into the playing music.
sensor 24, analog processing circuit 23, analog-to-digital
converters 25 and Jog disk leds 37. In addition, the process
ing unit 80 accepts sounds from a portable player 17 by
means of an audio input interface 95 to mix With other
sounds.
[0057] The audio input interface 95 is able to receive
analogical or digitiZed sounds from a music/potable sound
player 17. In addition, it can also receive/send command
to/from the portable player 17. If the input sound is ana
logical, this interface has the means of converting analogical
signals into digital Words. The DSP 31 runs the control and
reading of data received by the audio input interface 95.
[0058] It is important to point out that the functionalities
conducted by the second preferred embodiment of this
invention’s device are the same but ful?lled in a different
manner. In the second preferred embodiment, the processing
unit 10,80 requires the remote sensor 7,100,110 to perform
the same functionalities as the ?rst built model of the
instrument.
[0059]
FIG. 6 presents a block chart of the ?rst modality
of the remote sensor 100, in reference to the second pre
ferred embodiment of the device. The remote sensor 100 is
built to send processed commands to the processing unit
1,10,20,50,80. This sensor has a rechargeable battery and
charge management circuit 105, as the poWer supply circuit
107 provides regulated voltages to supply the remaining
circuits.
[0060]
[0064] The block diagram of the ?rst modality of the
adapter 260, Which acts in all modalities of the processing
unit 20,50,80, is presented on FIG. 8. This adapter alloWs the
processing unit 20,50,80 to receive and/or send sounds and
data to audio and video equipment.
[0065] An external poWer source connected to the adapter
260 supplies poWer to the poWer supply circuit 263, Which
provides regulated voltages to the other circuits. The Wire
less signal transceiver 261 is identical and equivalent to the
Wireless signal transceiver 43 of the processing unit 20,50,
80, forming a communication pair. This transceiver receives
digitiZed data, Which are red by the microprocessor 265,
Which also sends data to the transceiver.
[0066] Any device can supply an analogical audio signal
to the adapter 260, in Which this signal is treated and
converted to analogical Words by means of an audio input
interface 273, Which sends these Words to the microproces
sor 265.
[0067] The resulting sound of the processing unit 20,50,80
received by the adapter 260 is decoded by the microproces
sor 265 and sent to the D/A (Digital to Analogical) converter
and active ?lters 262, recomposing the analogical signal.
This signal passes through a volume control circuit 266,
Which adjusts its intensity and is controlled by the micro
processor 265, being made available in standard audio
channel form to enter any audio and/or video equipment.
At least one touch sensor 101 is placed under the
surface of the Jog disk 127, and it detects beats/touches by
the hand and/or ?ngers of the user, sensitive to frequency
and intensity. The touch sensor 101 can be a pieZoelectric
transducer, ?eld effect, or a pressure, force, vibration or
acceleration sensor. The signals of these sensors are condi
tioned through the analog signal processing 109 and con
verted into digital Words by means of an analog-to-digital
converter 108, since the data is read by the Microprocessor
103. The Jog disk sensors 102, Which inform the speed and
The digital audio interface 264 is another option for the input
or output of digitiZed audio, being compatible With any
audio/video equipment.
[0068] FIG. 9 shoWs the block diagram of the second
modality of the adapter 272 acting in all modalities of the
processing unit 20,50,80. This adapter is identical to the ?rst
modality of the adapter 260, With the exception of including
audio poWer ampli?ers 267 for direct poWer output to the
speakers.
angular position of the disk, send signals to the micropro
[0069] The block diagram of the third modality of the
cessor 103.
adapter 275, Which also acts in all modalities of the pro
cessing unit 20,50,80, is presented on FIG. 10. This adapter
incorporates the circuits and functionalities of the ?rst
[0061] The microprocessor 103 also does the keyboard
104 reading, besides sending resulting processed data to the
communication system 106, Which is compatible and iden
tical to the communication system 106 of the processing unit
100. The microprocessor 103 receives instructions by means
of a communication system 106 to actuate the leds of the Jog
disk 99, Which are placed under the surface of the Jog disk
127.
[0062] The block diagram of the second modality of the
processing unit 110, in reference to the second preferred
modality of the adapter 260, including the means to provide
a video, analogical or digital signal. To this end, the pro
cessing unit 20,50,80 sends data and/or commands in ref
erence to characters, points, ?gures, images or photos to the
adapter 260, by means of a Wireless signal transceiver 261.
These data and/or commands are decoded and pre-processed
by the microprocessor 265, Which sends the resulting data to
the digital video processor 268. This processor is responsible
for image formation, sending it to the video digital interface
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270 and to the analog video interface 269, Which respec
tively provide digital and analogical video signals. These
signals that leave the adapter 275 are compatible With the
existing video standards, providing images for a TV or
projector.
[0070] FIG. 11 shoWs the upper side 120, frontal side 124,
right side 137, left side 123 and loWer side 134 of the ?rst
modality of the processing unit 20. The upper side 120 has
an on/olf key 122 for the unit and a connector for an
through the INSTRUMENT SELECT key 129. Once a given
instrument is selected, to produce its sounds, just beat the
Jog disk surface 127 or pad 169, With the user’s hand or
?ngers. The intensity of the beat Will in?uence the instru
ment’s sound intensity or its musical note. In addition, sound
effects can be produced, such as: scratching, echo, frequency
?lters, play delay, stop or gradual play, in addition to
different types of distortions in the music on play. Selection
of the type of effect is through EFFECT SELECT 130.
earphone and microphone 121. The left side 123 has tWo
[0077] Using the Through LEVEL 146 key, it is possible
keys for produced sound control 126, 125, While the right
to set the di?iculty level of the performance evaluation for
the user in four levels: beginner With help, easy, medium and
di?icult.
side 137 there are tWo keys for setting resulting and master
volumes 142, 144. The loWer side 134 has connector for the
entry of the battery charger 133, memory card entry 135
connector and a computer connector 136.
[0071] The main commands are on the front side 124. The
graphic display alloWs the user to see menus and sub menus,
[0078] Similar to the ?rst modality, the second modality of
the processing unit 50, in reference to the ?rst preferred
embodiment is shoWn on FIG. 12. The upper side 160 and
loWer side 172 are exactly equal to the ?rst modality.
name of songs, play list, volume settings, graphic equalizer,
[0079] The left side 164 contains the keys corresponding
battery meter, communication monitors, accompaniment
to the basic music control functions: STOP 149, PLAY/
PAUSE 148, Fast-ForWard/Next-music 139 and Fast-Re
Wind/Previous-music 131 and REC 150 for sound recording.
signals, di?ferent icons as Well as application interface
graphics.
[0072] The Jog disk 127 acts in the production of musical
instrument sounds (percussion, keyboard, string or bloW
instruments), sound effects, changes play parameters of a
song or sound, can be used in assisting menu broWsing, acts
in application control as Well as being touch sensitive.
[0073]
The basic music control functions are in the fol
loWing keys: STOP 149, Which cancels play; Fast-ForWard/
Next-music 139, Which fast forWards the playing track or
jumps to the next track; Fast-ReWind/Previous-music 131,
Which reWinds the playing track or plays the previous track
and; PLAY/PAUSE 148, Which begins playing the music
selected or pauses it. The REC key 150 makes it possible for
the instrument sounds (percussion, keyboard, string or
bloW), sound effects or resulting sound to be recorded, being
stored in the form of data or ?les in ?ash memory storage 35,
or in memory card 5. From the MENU key 147, it is possible
to access the system submenu menus, activate application
On the right side 177, there are four keys for parameter
selection and tWo keys for settings 183, 178. The DJ
EFFECT SELECT key 179 makes it possible to select one
of the major e?fects available (pitch, scratch, cue, ?y cue,
among others). The VOLUME SELECT key 182 changes
betWeen volume of produced sound and master volume.
Different types of musical instruments (percussion, key
boards, string or bloW) can be selected through INSTRU
MENT SELECT 129. Sound effects, such as echo, ?lter,
noise, distortions, among others, can be selected through the
EFFECT SELECT key 130. The keys in the form of an
arroW 183, 178 act in setting the selected parameter.
[0080] From MENU key 147 and broWsing keys 170, 183
or the pad itself 169, it is possible to access the system
submenu-menus, activate application and function keys in
general. The pad 169 consists of a touch-sensitive surface
that acts in the production of instrumental sounds (percus
and functions keys in general.
sion, keyboard, string or bloW), sound effects, changing of
play parameters and control of applications, functions and
[0074]
menus.
By acting as D], the user has different functions
and resources. One of these resources is the cue function
responsible for marking a spot to begin playing a song. It is
therefore necessary to pause the song by pressing PLAY/
PAUSE 148, set the exact point by spinning the Jog disk 127,
or acting on the pad 169, and pressing CUE 141. When the
user Wishes to return to the memorized point, he just needs
to press CUE 141. Another similar function is given by the
FLY CUE key 140, Which marks a point on the song playing,
alloWing the song to be restarted from the point marked by
the CUE key 141. CUE (1) 132 and CUE (2) 138 make it
possible to mark tWo extra points.
[0075] Another important function of the instrument is the
music play speed setting (pitch function). Through PITCH
key 145, the pitch is set through the Jog disk 127 or pad 169.
A point on the song can be marked Without the need to pause
the song by just pressing FLY CUE 140 at the desired
moment. The SCRATCH key 128 simulates music stop and
controlled play from the Jog disk 127 or pad 169.
[0076] The processing unit 20 can produce several musical
instruments such as percussion instruments, keyboards,
string instruments or bloW instruments, being selected
[0081] The external details of the third modality of the
processing unit 80, in reference to the second built model,
are shoWn on FIG. 13. The keys and elements already
mentioned Will not be repeated in this case as they have
identical characteristics. On the front side 195, there is a set
of broWsing keys 214,215,213,211 arranged in such manner
as to facilitate menu broWsing, improve interaction With
applications and functions of this unit. The upper surface
190 also provides a connector for audio input 204, from a
portable player 17.
[0082] FIG. 14 presents the front side 220 and upper side
225 of the ?rst remote sensor modality 100, in reference to
the second preferred embodiment. The upper side 225 has an
on/ off key 222 for this sensor, and a connector for the battery
charger 221. On the front side 220, there is a Jog disk 127
and four quick function keys: FLY CUE 140, CUE 141,
PITCH 145 and SCRATCH 128. These keys conduct the
same functions When associated to the processing unit 80 as
the ones treated previously.
[0083]
The front side 221 and upper side 228 of the second
remote sensor 110 modality, in reference to the second built
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model of the instrument, are shown on FIG. 15. The upper
side 228 is identical to the upper side 225 of the ?rst
modality. The front side 221 has a touch sensitive surface or
pad 169.
[0084] Several leds are arranged under the surface of the
Jog disk 127 and pad 169. The illuminated region or point
on the surface correspond to the touch point and the lumi
nous intensity, Which is controllable, and is related to the
force or pressure to be applied. The combination of these
leds also provides luminous indication in the form of arroWs,
circles, squares, and other geometric formats, in addition to
?gures and symbols to indicate functionalities, functions,
commands and, aid and improve the use of the device.
260,272,275 is encapsulated in a box or casing that contains
a printed circuit board, electronic components, connectors,
Wires and mechanical fastening supports.
[0091]
The instruments of this invention also have user
applications such as: games, personal agenda, calendar, play
list editor, sound settings, advanced con?gurations, ?le
editor, contact list, alarm clock and clock. These applications
are preferentially found in the processing unit 1,10,20,50,80.
[0092] The user interacts With the processing unit 1,10,
20,50,80 or through the remote sensor 100,110, through the
available controls to run the instrumental and/or vocal of a
song or apply sound effects to it, Where, by the end of the
song, the user receives a score corresponding to his perfor
[0085] An important characteristic of the Jog disk 127 and
mance. In the case of instrumental accompaniment or use of
pad 169 is that their surfaces are composed of a soft rubber
or cushioned material, Which is semitransparent or transpar
sound effects, the evaluation considers the synchronism,
touch intensity, Jog disk 127 or pad 169 movement, used
musical instruments, instrumental notes used and types of
ent to light, alloWing the luminosity of the leds 37,65,99,119,
placed beloW the surface, to be properly seen by the user. For
example, When a future action is of the type “spin Jog disk
127 clockWise at maximum intensity”, a group of leds
arranged in arroW form should light up in a sequence in
reference to the rotation and the intensity Will inform the
pitch to be applied. Thus, the user notices the rotation’s
direction and hoW fast he should rotate, observing the speed
of the arroW formation and its luminous intensity. Another
reason for the Jog disk 127 and pad 169 surfaces to be soft
is to prevent hand and/or ?nger injury due to repetitive
touches/impacts.
[0086] The pad 169 has several touch sensors associated to
its surface regions or points, as Well as leds 65, 119 distrib
uted under the surface to indicate functionalities, functions,
commands and also assist and improve the use of the
instrument. In this case, to simulate the rotation of the Jog
disk 127, the user should slide or drag his hand/?ngers over
the pad 169. The speed, movement direction and intensity
are detected by the sensors in place and converted in rotation
direction and speed equivalent to the Jog disk 127.
[0087] FIG. 16 shoWs a spatial vision of the ?rst modality
of the processing unit 20, Which is strapped by an adjustable
elastic belt 250 With Velcro straps or adhesive parts 251,
252,253,254. In the same Way, the second modality of the
processing unit 50 is shoWn on FIG. 17. The third and last
modality of the processing unit 80 is presented on FIG. 18.
effects during the activity.
[0093] Through the Jog disk 127 or pad 169 and incorpo
rated functions into the processing unit 1,10,20,50,80, the
user can assume the role of a DJ, having his DJ abilities
evaluated. In addition to these functionalities, the device can
also be used as a vocal karaoke to evaluate rhythm, syn
chronism, tone, timbre and intensity of the user’s voice
When singing, through the use of a microphone. The refer
ence standards for the evaluated parameters are in the ?le
composing the song or a speci?c karaoke ?le. These param
eters are used for the calculation of the score/grade in
reference to the user’s performance, Which is shoWn on the
graphic display 28,143.
[0094] The dif?culty level has the function of establishing
a given rigor in the user’s performance evaluation. They are
divided into four levels: beginner With help, easy, medium
and difficult. To such end, the evaluation parameters receive
different Weights and different standards are selected accord
ing to the de?ned level.
[0095] Once the processing unit 1,10,20,50,80 has a signal
transceiver 43, the resulting sound can be sent to a sound
system, as Well as any domestic appliance, cell phone, TV,
or appliance able to receive and play sound. The adapter
8,260,272,275 can be used to provide this sound in a
non-enabled device and receive sound directly from the
processing unit 1,10,20,50,80. An application of the adapter
[0088] FIG. 19 shoWs a spatial vision of the ?rst modality
of the remote sensor 100, Which is strapped by an adjustable
elastic belt 250 With Velcro straps or adhesive parts 251,
making it possible to hear the sound of the processing unit
252,254,253. In a similar Way, FIG. 20 shoWs the second
modality of the remote sensor 110.
transmission, to another user aWay at the same time, alloW
ing that user to also interact With this sound. In the same
[0089] The adjustable elastic belt 250, present in all
Way, a domestic sound appliance With an adapter 8,260,272,
275 connected to its audio input Will receive the sound from
modalities of the processing unit 20,50,80, and remote
sensor 100,110, has Velcro straps or adhesive parts 251,252,
254,253 that alloW for ergometric positioning safely and
correctly onto the user’s body.
[0090] Considering all modalities for the processing unit
20,50,80 and remote sensor 100,110, these elements are
composed of a box or casing With a display, keyboard and
contact surface (pad or Jog disk). Inside this box are
installed printed circuit boards, electronic components, com
munication modules, rechargeable battery, connection Wires,
mechanical supports and other elements to compose the
electronic circuit and mechanical structure. The adapter
8,260 includes a connection to a telephone of cell phone,
1,10,20,50,80 on this device and send, by call or data
the processing unit 1,10,20,50,80 and play it. The micro
phone or equipment signal to Which the adapter 8,260,272,
275 is connected can also be sent to the processing unit
1,10,20,50,80.
[0096] The adapter 8,275 can generate video, digital or
analogical signals for a TV or projector to display the
images, Which correspond to an extension of the display
28,143 of the processing unit 1, 10, 20, 50, 80. Other types
of images can also be displayed, such as photos or ?gures.
[0097]
The processing unit 1,10,20,50,80 can also be used
as a data storage unit for a computer, saving information
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and/or ?les in ?ash storage memory 35 or in the memory
card 5. The stored data in these memories can be read by the
computer 4.
1. Electronic device for the production, playing, accom
paniment and evaluation of sounds, comprising means do be
associated to audio system and, said device being charac
terized in that comprises:
a) a processing unit (1,10,20,50,80) Which:
(i) produces musical instrument sounds from an user’s
touches;
(ii) plays music sounds, adds musical elfects, alters
reproduction parameters of the music playing;
(iii) mixes sounds produced from the user’s touches
With music sounds played; and
(iv) comprises music parameters able to evaluate an
instrumental accompaniment performance resulted
from the instrumental music sounds produced by the
user’s touches;
b) the processing unit (1,10,20,50,80) comprising a touch
sensitive surface Which comprises:
(i) touch sensors (24) arranged under said surface
providing regions sensitive to touches; and
(ii) Leds (34, 64) distributed under said surface and
controlled by a microprocessor providing a luminous
indication sequence according to the music sounds
played, said luminous indication sequence being
folloWing by touches of the user in this surface.
2. Electronic device according to claim 1, characterized in
that, the processing unit (1,10,20,50,80) is associated to a
10. Electronic device according to claim 3, characterized
in that the leds (37,65) are con?gured to illuminate a region
or a point of the surface of the jog disk (127) or pad (169).
11. Electronic device according to claim 10, characterized
in that the leds (37,65) are con?gured in such a manner, that
the combination provides luminous indication in the form of
geometric shapes and to indicate functions of the electronic
device.
12. Electronic device according to claim 3, characterized
in that the Jog disk (127) and the pad (169) have a surface
composed of a soft, rubber or cushioned material, semitrans
parent or transparent to light.
13. Electronic device according to claim 3, characterized
in that the processing unit (1,10,20,50,80) is con?gured to
evaluate the synchronism and touch intensity and the move
ment of the jog disk (127) or pad (169) in relation to the
musical sounds.
14. Electronic device according to claim 1, characterized
in that the processing unit (1,10,20,50,80) comprises a
Wireless transceiver (43) is able to send and receive ana
logical or digital sounds to compatible devices and to a
adapter (8,260,272,275), the adapter being con?gured to
send analogical and digital audio signals.
15. Electronic device according to claim 1, characterized
in that the sound resulting from the processing unit (20,50,
80) and received by the adapter (260), enables the input into
any audio and/or video equipment.
16. Electronic device according to claim 13, characterized
in that the adaptor (8,260) is capable of making a connection
to a telephone or data transmission line, to another user,
alloWing that user to also interact With the transmitted sound.
system (39) Which communicates in single or tWo-Way form,
17. Electronic device according to claim 1, characterized
in that the it comprises an elastic belt (250) With Velcro
straps or adhesive parts (251,252,253,254) to strap the
the communication being made by means of radio fre
processing unit (1,10,20,50,80) to the user’s body.
quency, ultrasound or infrared light or by means of electric
18. Electronic device according to claim 1, characterized
in that it comprises a processing unit the processing unit
remote sensor (7,100,110), by means of a communication
Wiring/cabling, as Well as an association of tWo or more of
these means of communication to sending and receiving
(10,80), a the remote sensor (7,100,110) and a adapter are
commands generated by the touch sensors (24).
3. Electronic device according to claim 2, characterized in
fastened to an adjustable elastic belt (250) With Velcro straps
or adhesive parts (251,252,253,254) to be strapped onto the
that the touch sensitive surface is a Jog disk (127).
4. Electronic device according to claim 2, characterized in
that the touch sensitive surface is a pad (169).
5. Electronic device according to claim 3, characterized in
that the touch sensors (24) have a function of detecting
beats/touches of the hand and/or ?ngers of the user.
6. Electronic device according to claim 3, characterized in
that the touch sensor (24) comprise at least one transducer of
piezoelectric type, ?eld effect, or also, a pressure, force,
user’s body.
vibration or acceleration sensor.
7. Electronic device according to claim 3, characterized in
that the touch sensors (24) is sensible to frequency and
intensity.
8. Electronic device according to claim 3, characterized in
that the touch sensor (24) generates signals that are pro
cessed by an analog signal processing 23 and converted into
digital Words by means of an analog-to-digital converter 25
and read by a digital signal processor (31).
9. Electronic device according to claim 3, characterized in
that the touch sensors (24) are distributed under the jog disk
(127) or the pad (169), the touch sensors being distributed in
such a manner to have multiple touch sensitive regions.
19. Electronic device according to claim 1, characterized
in that it comprises a processing unit the processing unit
(1,20,50) and an adapter (8,260,272,275), the processing
unit (1,20,50) being fastened to an adjustable elastic belt
(250) to be strapped onto the user’s body.
20. Electronic device according to claim 1, characterized
in that it the processing unit (1,10,20,50,80) is capable of
changing the play parameters of a song.
21. Electronic device according to claim 1, characterized
in that it the processing unit (1,10,20,50,80) has play param
eters to evaluate alteration of play parameters of a song.
22. Electronic device according to claim 21, characterized
in that it comprises the gains access to ?les and/or data
contained in the ?ash memory for data storage 35.
23. Electronic device according to claim 21, characterized
in that it comprises reference standards for the evaluated
parameters, the reference standards being contained in a ?le
composing the song or a speci?c ?le.
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