Wireless communications headset system employing a loop transmitter that fits around the pinna

Patent No. 8,688,036

Issued: April 1, 2014
Filed: August 10, 2007
Term Extension: 1,289 days

Inventors: Parkins; John W. (Ithaca, NY), Bartos; Mike (Groton, NY)
Assignee: Red Tail Hawk Corporation (Ithaca, NY)

A wireless communications headset system for double hearing protection systems that eliminates the problems associated with typical wireless communications systems. The system employs a magnetic-field coupled wireless link from a loop transmitter to a magnetic field receiver. Current through the transmitter wire loops generates magnetic flux which passes through a communications earplug. The earplug has a receiver for converting the magnetic flux to electrical voltage, and this voltage is used to drive a speaker within the earplug. The transmitter can be easily installed into aviation headsets. The loop transmitter has an open center sized so that it fits around the pinna of the human ear enabling a close position to the communications earplug. This close position is advantageous if an efficient system is desired.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application No. 60/824,091, filed Aug. 31, 2006, entitled "Wireless Communications System Employing a Loop Transmitter That Fits Around The Pinna". The benefit under 35 USC .sctn.119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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