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(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. N0.: US 2012/0300962 A1
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SOLAR POWERED WIRELESS BLUETOOTH
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NOV. 29, 2012
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STEREO SPEAKER WITH CONNECTIVITY
TO MP3 PLAYER
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ABSTRACT
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AleXaIldel‘ William Gregory
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A portable Bluetooth stereo speaker including a rechargeable
battery coupled to power the Bluetooth stereo speaker, a solar
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panel coupled to the rechargeable battery for recharging the
battery When the solar panel is exposed to sunlight, a capaci
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tive touch panel coupled to the Bluetooth stereo speaker for
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controlling music, skip track or Volume, and a Bluetooth
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Pubhcatlon Classl?catlon
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Int, Cl,
H04R 5/02
H04B 7/00
(2006.01)
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phone or MP3 player Wirelessly coupled to send their music
to the stereo speaker. A poWer boost function is coupled to the
Bluetooth stereo speaker Which turns on automatically to
supply extra power to the speakers for louder, clearer sound
playback When connected to an external charger.
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Patent Application Publication
Nov. 29, 2012
FIG. 1
US 2012/0300962 A1
Nov. 29, 2012
US 2012/0300962 A1
SOLAR POWERED WIRELESS BLUETOOTH
STEREO SPEAKER WITH CONNECTIVITY
TO MP3 PLAYER
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0001] 1. Field of the Invention
[0002] The present invention relates to a solar powered
Wireless Bluetooth stereo speaker Which combines integrated
Bluetooth technology With solar poWered battery support.
The Bluetooth connectivity alloWs listeners to send their
music Wirelessly to the stereo speaker via their iPhone or MP3
player and enjoy the ease of remotely sending commands
betWeen the connected device and speaker, and vice versa.
Superior sound quality is provided With the unit’s 2><2 W
speakers. Listeners can enjoy signi?cantly higher volume and
quality stereo sound, Which has historically been lacking
from direct mobile or MP3 playback. Maximum ?exibility is
obtained With an included retractable headphone Solar Sound
cable Which alloWs any MP3 player to be connected.
[0003]
2. Description of RelatedArt
[0004]
Bluetooth connected speakers are knoWn in the
prior art. More speci?cally, by Way of example, US. PreGrant
Publication No. 2009/0047905 to Yang discloses a stereo
Bluetooth headset including a Bluetooth transceiver, an inter
speaker, a microphone and an audio output port. The inter
speaker is electrically connected to the Bluetooth transceiver
for broadcasting audio signals received from the electronic
device. The audio output port is electrically connected to the
Bluetooth transceiver for connecting to an audio input port of
tooth headset in the headset receiving slot and electrically
connects the signal-transmitting terminal of the Bluetooth
headset With the control circuit board of the speaker base.
[0009] US. PreGrant Publication No. 2008/0287166 to
LIN discloses a Bluetooth module, a Wire-receiving unit hav
ing a Wire slot, a Wire-rolling disk, a communication Wire, a
volute spring, and a judging unit connected With the voice
sWitching module and the Wire-receiving unit. The volute
spring alloWs the communication Wire to be extended or
received. One end of the communication Wire is connected
With the voice sWitching module. The other end of the com
munication Wire is connected With the earphone. The judging
unit outputs a judging signal to the voice sWitching module
for sWitching the voice signal according to the communica
tion Wire being extended or received.
[0010] US. PreGrant Publication No. 2007/0042712 to
Yuen discloses a speaker With large poWer, a corresponding
speaking amplifying circuit and a sWitching circuit on an
existing Bluetooth earphone. The user can adjust his/her
Bluetooth earphone by sWitching to a different circuit so that
it can Work in earphone mode or speaker mode.
[0011] US. PreGrant Publication No. 2006/0046656 to
Yang discloses When a calling signal from a mobile commu
nication device is received by a Bluetooth transceiver, the
audio signal transmitted to the stereo headset connected to the
Bluetooth device is sWitched to the audio signal provided by
the mobile communication device, and the audio signal trans
mitted to a speaker of the Bluetooth headset is sWitched to the
audio signal provided by the mobile communication device.
an outer-speaker through a connecting cable to transmit ste
reo audio signals received from the electronic device to the
outer-speaker through the connecting cable for broadcasting.
[0005] US. PreGrant Publication No. 2009/0197533 to
Luk; et al. discloses a Bluetooth remote control Wristwatch
having a means for user-input to an included non-Bluetooth
transmitter/receiver that Wireles sly transmits the user-input to
a modi?ed Bluetooth remote control module having a non
Bluetooth transmitter/receiver that receives the user-input.
The Bluetooth remote control module develops and Wire
lessly transmits a Bluetooth pro?le control signal to a Blue
tooth-equipped device in accordance With the user-input at
the Wristwatch to establish WristWatch remote control of
Bluetooth-equipped devices.
[0006] US. PreGrant Publication No. 2008/0070516 to
Lee; et al. discloses a speaker system Which includes an audio
ampli?er, a loudspeaker, a Wireless communications module,
and an electronic sWitch. The electronic sWitch receives an
audio signal from an audio source and routes the audio signal
to the audio ampli?er or the Wireless communications mod
ule.
[0007] US. PreGrant Publication No. 2008/0159565 to
Kim discloses a headset for outputting audio data, adjusting a
gain of a microphone in response to a change control signal of
an output path of the audio data, and changing the output path
of the audio data and an amplifying speaker for outputting the
audio data provided through the headset.
[0008] US. PreGrant Publication No. 2008/0268777 to Lin
discloses a magnetic adsorptive to combine a Bluetooth head
set With a speaker base. The Bluetooth headset has an absorb
able part and a signal-transmitting terminal. The speaker base
has a headset receiving slot With a magnetic element and a
control circuit board. When the Bluetooth headset approaches
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
[0012] In an exemplary embodiment of the present inven
tion, there is disclosed a portable Bluetooth stereo speaker
comprising:
[0013] a rechargeable battery coupled to poWer the Blue
tooth stereo speaker;
[0014] a solar panel coupled to the rechargeable battery for
recharging the battery When the solar panel is exposed to
sunlight;
[0015] a capacitive touch panel coupled to the Bluetooth
stereo speaker for controlling the music, skip track or volume;
and
[0016] a Bluetooth phone or MP3 player supporting the
A2DP or AVRCP pro?les Wirelessly coupled to send their
music to the stereo speaker;
[0017] Wherein a poWer boost function is coupled to the
Bluetooth stereo speaker Which turns on automatically to
supply extra poWer to the speakers for louder, clearer sound
playback When connected to an external charger.
[0018]
In another exemplary embodiment of the present
invention, there is disclosed a method for providing a portable
Bluetooth stereo speaker comprises:
[0019] providing a rechargeable battery coupled to poWer
the Bluetooth stereo speaker;
[0020] providing a solar panel coupled to the rechargeable
battery for recharging the battery When the solar panel is
exposed to sunlight;
[0021] coupling a capacitive touch panel to the Bluetooth
stereo speaker for controlling the music, skip track or volume;
and
[0022]
the headset receiving slot, the magnetic element absorbs the
providing a Bluetooth phone or MP3 player sup
porting the A2DP or AVRCP pro?les Wirelessly coupled to
absorbable part of the Bluetooth headset to receive the Blue
send their music to the stereo speaker;
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[0023] wherein a power boost function is coupled to the
Bluetooth stereo speaker Which turns on automatically to
betWeen the connected device and the speaker and vice versa
in accordance With the principles of the invention.
[0031] The compact, portable Solar poWered Wireless
supply extra poWer to the speakers for louder, clearer sound
playback When connected to an external charger.
[0024] The more important features of the invention have
thus been outlined in order that the more detailed description
that folloWs may be better understood and in order that the
present contribution to the art may better be appreciated.
Additional features of the invention Will be described here
inafter and Will form the subject matter of the claims that
folloW.
[0025] Before explaining at least one embodiment of the
invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is
not limited in its application to the details of construction and
the arrangements of the components set forth in the folloWing
description or illustrated in the draWings. The invention is
use of the iPhone 3.0 softWare update). Plus, an included
capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and
retractable headphone cable alloWs any MP3 player to be
carried out in various Ways.Also it is to be understood that the
connected ensuring maximum ?exibility.
phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the
purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting.
[0026] As such, those skilled in the art Will appreciate that
the conception, upon Which this disclosure is based, may
[0033] An integrated 150 mA solar panel Which is dis
played via an illuminated yelloW logo When charging, sup
readily be utiliZed as a basis for the designing of other struc
hours at maximum volume.
tures, methods and systems for carrying out the several pur
poses of the present invention. It is important, therefore, that
the claims be regarded as including such equivalent construc
tions insofar as they do not depart from the spirit and scope of
the present invention.
[0034] The speaker has a compact siZe (l6.5><5.5><5.5 cm),
is light Weight (260 g/0.5 lbs), includes a 3.5 mm retractable
cable for added connectivity, and includes an AC-DC plug
and charging cable. Furthermore, the unit includes the addi
[0027] The foregoing has outlined, rather broadly, the pre
ferred feature of the present invention so that those skilled in
the art may better understand the detailed description of the
invention that folloWs. Additional features of the invention
Will be described hereinafter that form the subject of the
claims of the invention. Those skilled in the art should appre
ciate that they can readily use the disclosed conception and
speci?c embodiment as a basis for designing or modifying
other structures for carrying out the same purposes of the
present invention and that such other structures do not depart
from the spirit and scope of the invention in its broadest form.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0028]
Other aspects, features, and advantages of the
present invention Will become more fully apparent from the
folloWing detailed description, the appended claim, and the
accompanying draWings in Which similar elements are given
similar reference numerals.
[0029] FIG. 1 is a perspective vieW of a portable stereo
speaker Which combines integrated Wireless Bluetooth tech
nology With solar poWered battery support Which alloWs lis
teners to send their music Wirelessly to the stereo speakers via
their phone or MP3 player in combination With the ability to
remotely send “commands” betWeen the connected device
and the speaker and vice versa in accordance With the prin
ciples of the invention.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED
EMBODIMENT
[0030] Referring to FIG. 1, there is shoWn a perspective
vieW of the portable stereo speaker Which combines inte
Bluetooth stereo speaker is the ?rst portable stereo speaker to
combine integrated Bluetooth technology With solar poWered
battery support. The Bluetooth connectivity alloWs listeners
to send their music Wirelessly to the speaker via their phone or
MP3 player and enjoy the ease of remotely sending ‘com
mands’ betWeen the connected device and speaker, and vice
versa. Superior sound quality is provided by the unit’s 2><2W
speakers Which alloWs listeners to noW enjoy signi?cantly
higher volume and quality stereo sound, Which has histori
cally been lacking from direct mobile or MP3 playback.
[0032] The sound is compatible With the majority of phone
models, including Nokias, Blackberry and the iPhone (With
ports a built in Lithium-Ion 1500 mAh battery Which provides
eight hours of continuous playing at medium volume or four
tional features of touch screen remote controls Which provide
forWard, reWind and volume. In addition, a built in micro
phone is provided Which alloWs it to be used for hands free
communication When driving.
[0035] With the majority of listeners storing their music on
either their iPhone or iPod, the invention disclosed provides
higher quality sound from portable music devices and lap
tops, and steps aWay from the ‘tinny’ noise associated With
direct laptops and phone speakers.
[0036] The Bluetooth speakers are light and portable While
still being able to produce a deep, clear sound. With integrated
Bluetooth, they can be connected Wirelessly to most of the
latest phones, including the iPhone (With use of the iPhone 3 .0
or above software), have an integrated solar panel for charg
ing in sunny areas, and a 3.5 mm connector and cable for use
With music sources that do not have Bluetooth. The speakers
are ideal for travel, are lightWeight and can easily be carried in
a backpack.
The solar poWered Wireless Bluetooth stereo speaker has the
folloWing speci?cations:
2x2 W speakers for proper stereo sound
Wireless connectivity to any Bluetooth® phone or MP3
player supporting the A2DP and AVRCP pro?les
Plug into any standard headphone jack With an included 3.5
mm headphone retractable cable
Built in Microphone for hands free communication When
paired With a suitable phone
Large solar panel for charging a built in Lithium-Ion 1600
mAh battery
Up to 10 hours continuous play time via Bluetooth from the
battery and can even play Without a battery on a sunny day.
Touch-screen panel for remotely controlling music, including
Fast ForWard and ReWind buttons, as Well as Volume Control
grated Wireless Bluetooth technology With solar poWered bat
Gold Plated audio connectors and silver coated, oxygen free
tery support Which alloWs listeners to send their music Wire
lessly to the speakers via their iPhone or MP3 player in
combination With the ability to remotely send “commands”
copper speaker cabling
Line out function for streaming music over Bluetooth to a
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Includes an AC/ DC plug and charging cable
Charging time is from 4 hours by AC/U SB, or about 12-24
hours from solar panel
For Hands-free Audio using the microphone, select the
“Bluetooth Hands-free Audio” and then “Set Default”.
Click Ok.
Small Dimensions: 16.5><5.5><5.5 cm
[0037]
Weight of about 320 g.
PoWerBoost function
[0038] In addition, the solar poWered Wireless Bluetooth
stereo speaker has the folloWing features:
[0039] Acoustically optimiZed bass-re?ex speaker cabinets
High quality audio components
Audio circuits optimiZed for signal quality
Use of higher quality Bluetooth BC5 audio chip
Capable of higher volume levels
Bluetooth sound quality much improved
[0050]
Finally, before you can start using the Bluetooth
speaker as an audio output you must restart (exit the softWare
then open the softWare again) any softWare you intend to use,
such as iTunes, Skype etc.
[0051] The Bluetooth speaker are compact and ultrapor‘t
able While still being able to produce a deep, clear sound,
With integrated Bluetooth, they can be connected Wirelessly
to most phones, including the iPhone 4, as Well as other
devices such as laptop computers, The speakers have an inte
grated solar panel for recharging and extending playback time
Large 40 mm speakers
in sunlight, and a 3.5 mm connector for use With music
sources that do nor have Bluetooth. The speaker are ideal for
Inclusion of line-out audio connector.
travel, they are very robust and can easily be carried in a
Use of higher quality Woven speakers
backpack. The long playback times from the integrated
Lithium battery combined With solar recharging and high
Large battery
Improved solar charging performance
Use of gold plated connectors
Use of silver coated oxygen free copper cabling for the speak
ers
PoWer Boost function
Front facing microphone.
[0040]
The solar poWered Wireless Bluetooth stereo
speaker can be connected to a WindoWs Vista PC or Laptop.
Instructions for connecting Bluetooth on a WindoWs Vista PC
or Laptop are as folloWs:
[0041]
Note, the folloWing instructions should Work on
most
volume output means they are extremely convenient to use in
a Wide range of environments. To obtain more poWer, just
plug the speaker into a supplied charger and a PoWer Boost
function Will turn on automatically to supply extra poWer to
the speakers for louder, clearer sound playback
[0052] While there have been shoWn and described and
pointed out the fundamental novel features of the invention as
applied to the preferred embodiments, it Will be understood
that the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
principles of the invention and not intended to be exhaustive
or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed. Obvi
ous modi?cations or variations are possible in light of the
above teachings. The embodiments discussed Were chosen
WindoWs XP, WindoWs Vista and WindoWs 7 computers,
although the process may vary slightly. The overall process of
pairing, connecting audio and setting the audio output are
applicable to most computer systems such as Linux and
and described to provide the best illustration of the principles
of the invention and its practical application to enable one of
ordinary skill in the art to utiliZe the invention in various
Apple OS-X.
the particular use contemplated All such modi?cations and
[0042]
1) Turn on the Bluetooth speaker and any physical
Bluetooth sWitches on your laptop or PC or connect your
Bluetooth dongle.
Next, open WindoWs control panel and select the
“Hardware and Sound” section.
[0043] 2) Scroll doWn and click on “Bluetooth Devices”
[0044] 3) Select “Add Wireless Device”, Which Will start
the device searching and pairing process.
[0045] 4) Select the Bluetooth speaker then click “next” to
proceed pairing With the Bluetooth speaker. It may take up to
embodiments and With various modi?cations as are suited to
variations are Within the scope of the invention as determined
by the appended claims When interpreted in accordance With
the breadth to Which they are entitled.
What is claimed is:
1. A portable Bluetooth stereo speaker comprising:
a rechargeable battery coupled to poWer the Bluetooth
stereo speaker;
a solar panel coupled to the rechargeable battery for
recharging the battery When the solar panel is exposed to
sunlight;
30 seconds to connect.
a capacitive touch panel coupled to the Bluetooth stereo
[0046] 5) Your computer is noW paired to the Bluetooth
speaker, but you still have to connect the audio. To do this,
click on “Bluetooth Settings”.
[0047] 6) Click the “Audio” tab and check that “Bluetooth
and
a Bluetooth phone or MP3 player supporting the A2DP or
Stereo Audio” and “Bluetooth Hands-Free Audio” are both
connected. If not, click them and press “connect”. When
done, click “Ok” to exit.
[0048] 7) Your computer is noW fully connected to the
Bluetooth speaker and you can exit the Bluetooth control
WindoW.
HoWever, you must still select the Bluetooth speaker as an
audio output in the WindoWs settings. To do this, open the
“Hardware and Sound” section of WindoWs control panel
again, and click on “Manage Audio Devices”.
[0049] 8) For stereo music or sound streaming, select the
“Bluetooth Stereo Audio” option and click “Set Default”.
speaker for controlling the music, skip track or volume;
AVRCP pro?les Wirelessly coupled to send their music
to the stereo speaker;
Wherein a poWer boost function is coupled to the Bluetooth
stereo speaker Which turns on automatically to supply
extra poWer to the speakers for louder, clearer sound
playback When connected to an external charger.
2. The apparatus of claim 1 Wherein the stereo speaker
includes tWo-tWo Watt speakers.
3. The apparatus of claim 2 Wherein the Bluetooth stereo
speaker is connected to a microphone for hands free commu
nication.
4. The apparatus of claim 3 Wherein the stereo speakers
have Woven cones.
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5. The apparatus of claim 4 wherein the Bluetooth stereo
speaker includes a headphone retractable cable for plugging
into any standard headphone jack for use With a music source
that does not have Bluetooth.
6. The apparatus of claim 5 Wherein the headphone retract
able cable is about 3.5 mm.
7. The apparatus of claim 5 Wherein the rechargeable bat
tery is a Lithium polymer 1600 mAh battery.
8. The apparatus of claim 7 Wherein the rechargeable bat
tery is supported by a 150 mA solar panel.
9. The apparatus of claim 1 Wherein the portable Bluetooth
stereo speaker can be connected to a WindoWs Vista PC or
laptop.
10. A method for providing a portable Bluetooth stereo
speaker comprises:
providing a rechargeable battery coupled to poWer the
Bluetooth stereo speaker;
providing a solar panel coupled to the rechargeable battery
for recharging the battery When the solar panel is
exposed to sunlight;
coupling a capacitive touch panel to the Bluetooth stereo
speaker for controlling the music, skip track or volume;
and
providing a Bluetooth phone or MP3 player supporting the
A2DP or AVRCP pro?les Wirelessly coupled to send
their music to the stereo speaker;
Wherein a poWer boost function is coupled to the Bluetooth
stereo speaker Which turns on automatically to supply
extra poWer to the speakers for louder, clearer sound
playback When connected to an external charger.
11. The method of claim 10 Wherein the stereo speaker
includes tWo-tWo Watt speakers.
12. The method of claim 11 Wherein the Bluetooth stereo
speaker is connected to a microphone for hands free commu
nication.
13. The method of claim 11 Wherein the stereo speakers
have Woven cones.
14. The method of claim 13 Wherein the Bluetooth stereo
speaker includes a headphone retractable cable for plugging
into any standard headphone jack for use With a music source
that does not have Bluetooth.
15. The method of claim 14 Wherein the headphone retract
able cable is about 3.5 mm.
16. The method of claim 14 Wherein the rechargeable bat
tery is a Lithium polymer 1600 mAh battery.
17. The method of claim 16 Wherein the rechargeable bat
tery is supported by a 150 mA solar panel.
18. The method of claim 10 Wherein the portable Bluetooth
stereo speaker can be connected to a WindoWs Vista PC or
laptop.
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