Panasonic Patents

Panasonic Corporation manufactures and sells electronic and electric products. Its products include audiovisual equipment (such as flat-panel televisions, Blu-ray recorders, digital cameras, PCs projectors and in-flight entertainment systems), home appliances (such as cooking, beauty, cooling and heating equipment), systems and communications products (such as mobile phones and surveillance and security cameras). Panasonic also offers lighting, automotive systems (such as car navigation systems) and industrial devices (such as electronic components, electronic materials, semiconductors and optical devices).

Panasonic Patents by Type

  • Publication number: 20170084767
    Abstract: A solar module is provided which has improved durability. A third wiring member (32a) includes a first portion (32a1), a second portion (32a2), and a third portion (32a3). In the first portion (32a1), metal foil (52) faces a solar cell (20). The first portion (32a1) is electrically connected to the solar cell (20). The second portion (32a2) is arranged on the solar cell (20) with the metal foil (52) facing the side opposite to the solar cell (20). The third portion (32a3) connects the first portion (32a1) and the second portion (32a2). A first wiring member (32b) electrically connects the second portions (32a2) of adjacent solar cell strings (10) to each other. The solar module (1) also includes an insulating sheet (60). The insulating sheet (60) is arranged between the first wiring member (32b) and the solar cell (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki SAKUMA, Tomonori TABE, Yoshiyuki KUDO, Yosuke ISHII
  • Publication number: 20170080868
    Abstract: An electronic mirror device has a display device that is mounted on a mounting position of a rear view mirror in an interior of a vehicle and displays an image taken by a camera mounted on the vehicle. The display device has a body case having an opening, and a display unit that is mounted in the body case. The display unit has a video display unit, and a half mirror. The video display unit has a display surface facing an opening of the body case. The half mirror is disposed closer to the opening of the body case than to the video display unit, and apart from the display surface. A gap between the half mirror and the video display unit is smaller at least at one of both ends of the half mirror in a horizontal direction than at a center of the half mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd
    Inventor: TOSHIHARU OISHI
  • Publication number: 20170083726
    Abstract: A transaction terminal device is provided. The device includes a magnetic head module that supports a magnetic head which reads a magnetic card. A plurality of communication antennas that communicate according to different standards are arranged at a same end of a housing as the magnetic head module. The magnetic head module includes a line-shaped metal urging member that exerts urging force to the magnetic head in a passing path direction of the magnetic card. The line-shaped metal urging member has a first straight portion exerting the urging force to the magnetic head in a direction perpendicular to the first straight portion when viewed from a side view of the transaction terminal device. Even though a communication antenna is arranged close to the magnetic head, a reradiated radio wave generated from the metal urging member of the magnetic head is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenya YASUTOMI, Tsutomu KOJITANI
  • Publication number: 20170083159
    Abstract: A strain quantity threshold value is set in accordance with a distance from a pressure detection unit for each divided predetermined subdivision which is obtained by dividing an operation surface of a touch panel unit into a plurality of subdivisions. The minimum value of the strain quantity threshold value is set to be a value larger than a strain quantity when water or the like is attached to the operation surface of the touch panel unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi YAMAGUCHI, Tomoki TAKANO
  • Patent number: 9603227
    Abstract: The semiconductor light source driving apparatus includes light source modules, a current control element, a second current detection element, a DC power supply, and a controller. The light source modules each include the following components connected in parallel: a semiconductor light source; a first constant-voltage diode; a series circuit of a first current detection element and a second constant-voltage diode with a lower breakdown voltage than the first constant-voltage diode; and a switching element. The controller controls the DC power supply based on a detection output of the second current detection element. After the first current detection element generates a output in response to an open fault in any of the semiconductor light sources, and then the current control element is turned off, the controller turns on the switching element of the light source module with the open fault, thereby allowing the current control element to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Gyoten, Shinji Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 9597011
    Abstract: Disclosed is a respiratory phase determination apparatus enabling a respiratory phase determination robust to personal differences in respiration among subjects and fluctuations in respiration of subjects in person without any need for calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuru Endo, Noriaki Horii, Maki Yamada
  • Patent number: 9597972
    Abstract: Provided are an electric automobile to which a power supply device supplies power, and an electricity supply system capable of accurately associating the power supply device and the electric automobile carrying out communication therewith. A power supply-side control unit (24) controls such that electricity that a power supply unit (21) supplies reaches a first electricity quantity Pa before a power supply-side communications unit (23) receives a request signal from a vehicle-side communications unit (43), and controls such that electricity that the power supply unit (21) supplies reaches a second electricity quantity Pb, which is greater than the first electricity quantity Pa, after the power supply-side communications unit (23) receives the request signal from the vehicle-side communications unit (43). The vehicle-side communications unit (43) activates on the basis of the first electricity quantity Pa received from the power supply unit (21) of a power supply device (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihisa Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 9597645
    Abstract: A drug container is arranged in a horizontal state where a central axis extends along a horizontal direction, and the drug container is rotated about the central axis. In such a way, a drug solution in the drug container is moved along an inner surface of the drug container, and the drug container is reciprocally vibrated along the central axis in a state where the drug container is rotated, to stir the drug solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Takenaka, Akinobu Okuda, Tsuyoshi Tojo, Tohru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9597836
    Abstract: There is provided a manufacturing method of the three-dimensional shaped object, the method being capable of suitably reducing the local raised portion which can occur during the light beam irradiation under the condition of the divided sub-irradiation paths. The manufacturing method of the present invention is performed by repetition of a powder-layer forming and a solidified-layer forming, wherein an irradiation path of the light beam is divided into a plurality of sub-irradiation paths including a short sub-irradiation path with its length being shorter than a predetermined length and a long sub-irradiation path with its length being the predetermined length or longer, and wherein an irradiation mode of the light beam is changed depending on the lengths of the sub-irradiation paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Abe, Isamu Matsumoto, Masataka Takenami, Masaki Kondo, Isao Fuwa, Yoshiyuki Uchinono
  • Patent number: 9597962
    Abstract: A display control device of the present invention is a device that controls an indication status of a display device disposed in front of a driver's seat of a vehicle, and includes a traveling status obtaining unit that obtains a traveling status of the vehicle, which includes at least a speed of the vehicle; a traveling status determining unit that determines, based on the traveling status, whether or not a predetermined condition is satisfied, the predetermined condition corresponding to at least a condition that both of a first region to be displayed on the display device and a second region other than the first region are present on an analog speed meter that presents the speed; and a display control unit that displays the first region of the analog speed meter on the display device, and does not display the second region of the analog speed meter on the display device when the predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Tomokazu Imaizumi, Tadashi Shibata, Takashi Toda, Takahiro Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9600237
    Abstract: A random number processing apparatus includes a memory cell and a control circuitry. The memory cell has a characteristic in which a resistance value reversibly shifts between a plurality of resistance value ranges in accordance with an electric signal applied. The control circuitry generates random number data on the basis of a plurality of items of resistance value information obtained, at a plurality of different times, from the memory cell whose resistance value is in a certain resistance value range of the plurality of resistance value ranges. The resistance value of the memory cell randomly changes over time while the resistance value is within the certain resistance value range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Katoh
  • Patent number: 9598779
    Abstract: In a carbon dioxide reduction method according to the present disclose, used is a carbon dioxide reduction device comprising a cathode container in which a first electrolyte containing carbon dioxide is stored, an anode container in which a second electrolyte is stored, a solid electrolyte membrane, a condenser, a cathode electrode having a metal or a metal compound on the surface thereof, and anode electrode having a region formed of a nitride semiconductor layer in which a GaN layer and an AlxGa1-xN layer are stacked. The anode electrode is irradiated with light condensed by the condenser and having a wavelength of not more than 360 nanometers to reduce the carbon dioxide contained in the first electrolyte on the cathode electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hashiba, Masahiro Deguchi, Satoshi Yotsuhashi, Yuka Yamada
  • Patent number: 9599511
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a first coding element that includes regions arrayed two-dimensionally in an optical path of light incident from an object, and an image sensor. Each of the regions includes first and second regions. A wavelength distribution of an optical transmittance of the first region has a maximum in each of first and second wavelength bands, and a wavelength distribution of an optical transmittance of the second region has a maximum in each of third and fourth wavelength bands. At least one selected from the group of the first and second wavelength bands differs from the third and fourth wavelength bands. The image sensor acquires an image in which components of the first, second, third and fourth wavelength bands of the light that has passed through the first coding element are superimposed on one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamasa Ando, Tsuguhiro Korenaga
  • Patent number: 9598781
    Abstract: The carbon dioxide reducing method using light includes: (a) preparing a carbon dioxide reducing cell including: a cathode chamber that holds first electrolytic solution containing carbon dioxide; an anode chamber that holds second electrolytic solution; a proton exchange membrane inserted between the cathode and anode chambers; a cathode set inside the cathode chamber to contact the first electrolytic solution, and the cathode having copper, gold, silver, indium, etc. on the cathode; and an anode set inside the anode chamber to contact the second electrolytic solution, the anode having first semiconductor layer constituted by nitride semiconductor including AlxGa1-xN layer wherein 0?x?0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Deguchi, Satoshi Yotsuhashi, Hiroshi Hashiba, Yuka Yamada
  • Patent number: 9600732
    Abstract: An image display apparatus is provided that can obtain a stable and easy to view detection frame and cut-out image in a captured image in which there is a possibility that a congested region and a non-congested region are mixed, such as an omnidirectional image. Congested region detecting section detects a congested region in a captured image by detecting a movement region of the captured image. Object detecting section detects images of targets in the captured image by performing pattern matching. Detection frame forming section forms a congested region frame that surrounds a congested region detected by congested region detecting section, and object detection frame that surround image of target detected by object detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujimatsu, Mikio Morioka
  • Patent number: 9599816
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display unit projecting an image to a light transmissive display member, and the display apparatus forms a virtual image of the image projected by the display unit on an opposite side to a user side. The display unit is configured to accommodate a display device displaying the image and a projection optical system that projects the image displayed on the display device to the display member in a housing. The projection optical system includes a first reflecting member disposed on a display device side and a second reflecting member disposed on an opening side in an optical path extending from the display device. A reflection surface of the first reflecting member reflecting the image displayed on the display device has a convex shape, and a reflection surface of the second reflecting member projecting the image to the display member has a concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kuzuhara
  • Patent number: 9599828
    Abstract: An image display apparatus is provided, which uses a light deflection element capable of deflecting incident light so as to follow the position of an observer, and suppressing reduction in the intensity of light reaching eyes of the observer, regardless of the position of the observer. The light deflection element according to the present disclosure is configured to deflect incident light, and includes: a first optical element that deflects incident light; a second optical element that changes a deflection direction of emitted light by changing a refractive index thereof according to a voltage applied thereto; a first electrode provided on the first optical element side; a plurality of second electrodes provided on the second optical element side; and a control section that controls the voltage applied to the second optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kasano, Kouki Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 9600016
    Abstract: A control device includes: a receiving unit that receives a control request signal indicating a request for controlling a total power amount during a predetermined period to be equal to or lower than a predetermined limit; an obtainment unit that obtains a power consumption amount; and a control unit that controls an apparatus to operate according to the control request signal and controls the total power amount to be equal to or lower than the predetermined limit. The control unit determines a first time in the predetermined period based on the power consumption amount obtained by the obtainment unit, controls the apparatus to operate during a first period up to the first time with power higher than average power, and controls the apparatus to operate during a second period from the first time with power lower than the average power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Waki
  • Patent number: 9603217
    Abstract: A lighting device which changes a hue of light which the lighting device outputs, by changing a brightness proportion between a first light source and a second light source, the lighting device including: a light source which includes the first light source and the second light source, storage which stores control values for causing the light source to output light having a same hue as a hue of light which is output from a light source included in another lighting device; a current adjuster which calculates a first current value, and a second current value, using the control values; and a power source which supplies a first current to the first light source according to the first current value and supplies a second current to the second light source according to the second current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinsuke Nishioka
  • Patent number: 9601735
    Abstract: The opening of a cylindrical battery case 1 with a bottom is sealed by a seal assembly 5. The seal assembly 5 has an upper valve plate 13, a lower valve plate 15, and a bottom plate 16. The bottom plate 16 has inner gas vent holes 21. When the inner gas vent holes 21 are viewed from the axial direction of the battery case 1, at least a part of each inner gas vent hole 21 overlaps a valve-hole forming portion 15b of the lower valve plate 15. With this configuration, for example, even when an electrode assembly 20 is pushed up by increased internal pressure of the battery to push up the bottom plate 16, the valve hole is not closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohiko Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 9600814
    Abstract: A transaction processing apparatus includes: a communication unit which performs communication relating to a settlement process of transaction content using a card, with a predetermined settlement destination apparatus; a magnetic card reader unit which reads card information, which is used in the settlement of the transaction using the card, from the card; an input unit to which information regarding various matters relating to the settlement process of the transaction content using the card is input; and a printing unit which prints the card information and various matters of the transaction content as an offline settlement slip, according to the settlement process of the transaction content using the card, when the communication relating to the settlement process in the communication unit is not available. The risk of the transaction information regarding a settlement process performed in an offline state being taken is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiromasa Tatara
  • Patent number: 9601330
    Abstract: To provide a plasma processing device and a plasma processing method capable of generating plasma stably and efficiently and processing the entire desired treated region of a substrate efficiently for a short period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Okumura, Hiroshi Kawaura
  • Patent number: 9601532
    Abstract: The present disclosure is an optical filter which includes: a Fabry-Perot resonator equipped with a laminated structure including one sheet of first metal layer, one sheet of second metal layer, and a dielectric layer; and one sheet of plate-shaped wire grid polarizer. The second metal layer is parallel to the first metal layer, the dielectric layer is interposed between the first metal layer and the second metal layer, the one sheet of plate-shaped wire grid polarizer is embedded in the dielectric layer, the one sheet of plate-shaped wire grid polarizer comprises three or more metal wire layers, the metal wire layers are parallel to one another, and the one sheet of plate-shaped wire grid polarizer is parallel to the first metal layer. In the optical filter according to the present invention, the effective extinction ratio of the wire grid polarizer is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kanamori, Toshinobu Matsuno, Teruhiro Shiono
  • Patent number: 9601072
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid crystal display device that enables increasing the capacitance between a pixel electrode and a common electrode without bringing about a significant decrease in the pixel aperture ratio. An In-Plane Switching LCD device in which a drain signal is supplied from one drain signal line to two pixel columns is configured such that there is a section having no drain signal line between adjacent pixels and a source electrode which is connected to a pixel electrode of a thin-film transistor extends into a contiguous pixel region that does not serve as an effective pixel region to provide one electrode of a capacitive element. A common electrode is formed in each pixel and the one electrode of the capacitive element is laid overlapping the common electrode with an insulation film intervening therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Nagami
  • Patent number: 9601718
    Abstract: A barrier film that contains primarily silicon nitride has a total hydrogen concentration of 3×1022 atoms/cm3 or higher and a silicon-bonded hydrogen concentration proportion of 40% or higher, the total hydrogen concentration indicating a total of a concentration of hydrogen bonded to silicon and a concentration of hydrogen bonded to nitrogen, and the silicon-bonded hydrogen concentration proportion indicating a proportion of the concentration of hydrogen bonded to silicon to the total hydrogen concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuka Isaji
  • Patent number: 9601669
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a light-emitting apparatus includes arranging a plurality of semiconductor light-emitting elements in a straight line on a substrate and applying a sealing material, including an optical wavelength converter, in a straight line on the substrate to collectively seal the semiconductor light-emitting elements with the sealing material. The sealing material is applied so that a contour of a longitudinal end of the sealing material has a curvature, in a plan view of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Sugiura
  • Patent number: 9602066
    Abstract: A polarity-switching amplifier circuit includes: a first amplifying transistor and a second amplifying transistor, a transformer which includes a primary winding and a secondary winding, and a polarity-switching controller. An unbalanced input signal is input to the first amplifying transistor and the second amplifying transistor. The transformer receives an output signal of the first amplifying transistor and an output signal of the second amplifying transistor as a balanced signal input to the primary winding, and outputs a signal from the secondary winding. The polarity-switching controller turns on one of the first amplifying transistor and the second amplifying transistor and turns off the other thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Isao Imazeki, Masaki Kanemaru
  • Patent number: 9601818
    Abstract: A microwave circuit with which cracks in substrates can be suppressed and which can reduce the size of module including the microwave circuit is provided. The microwave circuit includes a multilayer first substrate, a second substrate that opposes the first substrate, a plurality of first electrically conductive members that electrically connect a first layer of the first substrate and the second substrate to each other, a plurality of second electrically conductive members that electrically connect the first layer of the first substrate and another layer of the first substrate to each other and each of the plurality of second electrically conductive members has a smaller diameter than that of each of the first electrically conductive members, and transmission lines that connect the first electrically conductive members and the second electrically conductive members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Suguru Fujita, Maki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9602142
    Abstract: An encoder and decoder using LDPC-CC which avoid lowering the transmission efficiency of information while not deteriorating error correction performance, even at termination; and an encoding method of the same. A termination sequence length determining unit determines the sequence length of a termination sequence transmitted added to the end of an information sequence, according to the information length (information size) and encoding rate of the information sequence. A parity calculation unit carries out LDPC-CC coding on the information sequence and the known-information sequence necessary for generating a termination sequence of the determined termination sequence length, and calculates a parity sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Murakami, Hisao Koga, Nobutaka Kodama
  • Patent number: 9601831
    Abstract: A radio device of the present invention includes a radiation conductor which converts a radio frequency signal into an electric wave and radiates the electric wave; a circuit board electrically connected to the radiation conductor and incorporating an electric circuit for supplying the radio frequency signal to the radiation conductor a planar grounded conductor electrically connected to the electric circuit on the circuit board and placed such that the grounded conductor faces the radiation conductor, the grounded conductor constituting a ground of the radiation conductor; and a resin-made casing for accommodating the radiation conductor, the circuit board and the grounded conductor; wherein the grounded conductor, the circuit board and the radiation conductor are placed in this order in a thickness direction of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Watanabe, Hiroyuki Uno, Masaki Sugiyama, Yoshiyuki Yokoajiro, Yoshishige Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9602081
    Abstract: A method of operating a single-tuner radio includes tuning into a first frequency. A pause in a first signal associated with the first frequency is detected. Tuning is switched from the first frequency to a second frequency during the pause. Fieldstrength, multipath, adjacent channel energy, frequency offset and FM modulation for the second frequency are measured. Tuning is switched from the second frequency to the first frequency. Tuning is switched from the first frequency to the second frequency dependent upon the measuring step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Shree Jaisimha, Tatsuya Fujisawa, Jason Hingerton, Donald Thomas, David L Ryan, Mohammad Reza Kanji
  • Patent number: 9602153
    Abstract: A radio receiving apparatus includes: a radio receiving circuit that frequency-converts a radio signal frequency-modulated with a baseband signal into an intermediate frequency signal; a frequency component detecting circuit that samples the intermediate frequency signal using an over-sampling frequency that is variable and detects a plurality of frequency components in the intermediate frequency signal; and a control circuit that detects a data rate of the baseband signal that is included in the intermediate frequency signal, detects a signal level of the intermediate frequency signal, and determines and sets the over-sampling frequency for the frequency component detecting circuit in accordance with the data rate of the baseband signal and the signal level of the intermediate frequency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kouji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9602170
    Abstract: An electrical instrument of the present invention includes: a main function section; a communication section that receives an aspect of a main function to be executed by the main function section from an external information terminal by near field communication; an input section for allowing a user to input an aspect of the main function to be executed by the main function section; a notification section for issuing a notice on information regarding the near field communication; a main function section control unit that controls the main function section based on the aspect of the main function, which is inputted to the input section, and based on the aspect of the main function, which is received by the communication section; a history recording unit that records a near field communication control history that is a history that the main function section control unit has controlled the main function section based on the aspect of the main function, which is received by the communication section; and a notific
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kamon, Kazunori Kurimoto, Yasuo Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 9602743
    Abstract: An imaging device comprises at least one unit pixel cell. Each of them comprises: a photoelectric conversion layer having a first and second surfaces; a pixel electrode and a shield electrode located on the first surface and separated from each other, a shield voltage being applied to the shield electrode; an upper electrode located on the second surface and opposing to the pixel electrode and the shield electrode, a counter voltage being applied to the upper electrode; a charge accumulation node electrically connected to the pixel electrode; and a charge detection circuit electrically connected to the charge accumulation node. The charge detection circuit includes a reset transistor that sets the pixel electrode at an initialization voltage at predetermined timing. An absolute value of a difference between the shield voltage and the counter voltage is larger than an absolute value of a difference between the initialization voltage and the counter voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yamada, Masayuki Takase, Tokuhiko Tamaki, Masashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 9602711
    Abstract: A wearable camera captures an image of a capturing area, and a vehicle-mounted camera captures an image of the capturing area. The wearable camera records first image data of the capturing area in the wearable camera. The wearable camera repeatedly transmits information related to a recording amount of the first image data to the vehicle-mounted recorder. The vehicle-mounted recorder receives the information related to the recording amount of the first image data transmitted from the wearable camera. The vehicle-mounted recorder records second image data of the capturing area captured by the vehicle-mounted camera in the vehicle-mounted recorder when the recording amount of the first image data exceeds a set value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoko Tanabiki, Takayuki Haraguchi, Yasuhiro Tasaka, Haruo Tagawa
  • Patent number: 9602727
    Abstract: A digital camera includes an optical system composed of multiple lenses including an OIS lens for correcting image blur; and a CCD imaging an object image formed by the optical system. The digital camera includes an OIS actuator moving OIS lens in a plane vertical to the optical axis to correct image blur; and a CCD actuator moving the CCD in a plane vertical to the optical axis to correct image blur; and a camera controller. The camera controller corrects the image captured by the CCD and changes a correction level of peripheral brightness of the image captured by the CCD when correcting image blur is switched between by the OIS actuator and by the CCD actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Honjo, Yasuo Amano
  • Patent number: 9602799
    Abstract: A 3D video processing device includes a disparity map generator which compares a first-perspective image from a first perspective with a second-perspective image from a second perspective, which are two images forming stereoscopic video, thereby generates a disparity map which represents disparity of the second-perspective image with respect to the first-perspective image, a first new image generator which rotates the first-perspective image based on rotation angle information which represents rotation statuses of the first- and the second-perspective images, thereby generates a new first-perspective image, and a second new image generator which generates a new second-perspective image, which is paired with the new first-perspective image to form stereoscopic video, based on the first-perspective image and on the disparity map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Kobayashi, Yuki Maruyama, Kentaro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9602797
    Abstract: An apparatus including: an acquiring unit operable to acquire a stereoscopic view image which includes a left eye image and a right eye image, the stereoscopic view image representing a stereoscopic image by means of parallax between the left eye image and the right eye image; an extracting unit operable to extract a subject region from the acquired stereoscopic view image, the subject region giving a stereoscopic image of a specific subject; a calculating unit operable to calculate a length of the extracted subject region in a parallax direction; and an image correcting unit operable to adjust parallax at an edge of the subject region based on the calculated length of the subject region in the parallax direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Ono, Haruo Yamashita, Yasuhiro Kuwahara, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 9602783
    Abstract: A first image taken by a first camera device in the plurality of camera devices and first imaging environment information indicating a first imaging environment of the first camera device at a time of taking the first image is acquired. By using a parameter table that manages imaging environment information indicating an imaging environment at a time of taking an image previously by a camera device and a recognition control parameter indicating a detector corresponding to an imaging environment, a first recognition control parameter indicating a first detector corresponding to third imaging environment that is identical or similar to the first imaging environment indicated by the first imaging environment information acquired from the first camera device is selected from the recognition control parameters. The first image acquired from the first camera device is recognized by using the first detector indicated by the selected first recognition control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sugishita, Ryohei Wakai, Akihiro Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9603207
    Abstract: A driving circuit includes a rectifying and smoothing circuit that rectifies an AC dimming signal, and a voltage conversion circuit including: a switching element having a source connected to a low-potential output terminal of the rectifying and smoothing circuit; a diode having an anode connected to a high-potential output terminal of the rectifying and smoothing circuit; an inductor disposed between the diode and a drain of the switching element; an oscillation controller; a capacitor that is charged by receiving magnetic energy from the inductor when the switching element is OFF, and discharges to a load when the switching element is ON; and a power control circuit that applies a voltage corresponding to a voltage at a high-potential terminal of the capacitor to the oscillation controller as a supply voltage for driving the oscillation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Itoh, Akira Takahashi, Masanobu Murakami
  • Patent number: 9603295
    Abstract: In a case where a first mounted substrate to which a semiconductor element is bounded by solder is mounted on a second substrate, connection strength becomes low, when the first mounted substrate is bonded to the second substrate by using a solder having a low melting point. A mounted structure, in which a first mounted substrate on which a semiconductor element is bonded by using a first solder having a melting point of 217° C. or more, is mounted on a second substrate, includes plural bonding parts bonding the first mounted substrate to the second substrate; and a reinforcing member formed around the bonding part. Each of the bonding parts contains a second solder having a melting point, that is lower than the melting point of the first solder, and a space exists, in which the reinforcing members do not exist, between the bonding parts neighboring each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamaguchi, Hisahiko Yoshida, Arata Kishi, Naomichi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9602844
    Abstract: A frame coding unit generates individual picture signal information from a moving picture signal, and outputs a frame code value which is a numeric value to be obtained as a result of coding picture signal information of each frame. A variable length coding unit decomposes the frame code value into unit frame code values which are basic units of coding, converts the unit frame code values into frame code words using only a single code table, and constructs a frame stream by combining the converted frame code words. A multiplexing unit multiplexes a header stream which is constructed through a method equivalent to a conventional method and the frame stream, and constructs a picture coded signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Shinya Kadono, Makoto Hagai
  • Publication number: 20170078631
    Abstract: A projection apparatus projects pattern light onto an object, the pattern light including pattern images corresponding to information that indicates coded projection coordinates in a projection coordinate system. Each of the pattern images includes two or more continuous areas. Widths of the two or more continuous areas are identical to one another, while lengths of the two or more continuous areas are different. An imaging apparatus captures images created on the object and generates captured images including imaging pixel values at imaging pixel coordinates in an imaging coordinate system. An image correction apparatus generates, based on the captured images, coordinate conversion information that associates the projection coordinates with the imaging pixel coordinates and corrects a projection image by using the coordinate conversion information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryuji FUCHIKAMI, Masahiro OHASHI
  • Publication number: 20170078231
    Abstract: A system for exchanging messages between crews stationed on a vehicle and staff or 3rd parties stationed within at least one or more travel points. A vehicle mail server has a shared e-mail account that is addressable with a unique vehicle attribute and accessible by the vehicle crew. The shared e-mail account is also addressable with a trip identifier alias. A central mail server also has a shared e-mail account that is associated with one of the travel points, and accessible by crew deployed thereto. The shared e-mail account is also addressable with one or more trip identification and status aliases. An association between the trip identifier alias and the vehicle attribute, as well as between the trip identification and status alias and the travel point is dynamically defined on the central mail server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: James A. Haak
  • Publication number: 20170072464
    Abstract: There is provided a selective laser sintering method capable of reducing the bulge of the peripheral portion corresponding to the periphery of the three-dimensional shaped object. The manufacturing method according to an embodiment of the present invention includes alternate repetition of a powder-layer forming and a solidified-layer forming, the repetition comprising: (i) forming a solidified layer by irradiating a predetermined portion of a powder layer with a light beam, thereby sintering the powder in the predetermined portion or a melting and subsequently solidifying the powder; and (ii) forming another solidified layer by newly forming a powder layer on the formed solidified layer, followed by irradiation of a predetermined portion of the newly formed powder layer with the light beam, wherein a scanning of the light irradiation is divided into light beam-scannings “A” and “B”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masataka TAKENAMI, Satoshi ABE, Isamu MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170079109
    Abstract: An illumination device includes a first light source and a second light source, a sensor, and a controller. The controller repeats a plurality of operation cycles, one operation cycle being a set of a first period in which only a detection target light source is caused to emit light and a second period in which the first light source and the second light source are caused to emit light. The sensor outputs detection values of detected light amounts in the first period. The controller controls the light source such that light amount of the light source fall in a target range, based on a detection result that corresponds to a value corresponding to the detection values of the light amount detected a predetermined number of times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki MATSUI, Youji TACHINO
  • Publication number: 20170077323
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of manufacturing a solar cell module that comprises a step of obtaining a solar cell module that includes a translucent or transparent substrate including a substrate provided with translucency or transparency, and an antireflection film formed on a surface of the substrate provided with translucency or transparency, and a siloxane coat step of forming a siloxane layer on a surface of the antireflection film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Lt d.
    Inventors: Hirofumi YANO, Hiroyuki UENO, Ryoji NAITO, Toshio YAGIURA
  • Publication number: 20170076728
    Abstract: A speech/audio encoding device for selectively allocating bits for higher precision encoding. The speech/audio encoding device receives a time-domain speech/audio input signal, transforms the speech/audio input signal into a frequency domain, and quantizes an energy envelope corresponding to an energy level for a frequency spectrum of the speech/audio input signal. The speech/audio encoding device further groups quantized energy envelopes into a plurality of groups, determines a perceptual significant group including one or more significant bands and a local-peak frequency, and allocates bits to a plurality of subbands corresponding to the grouped quantized energy envelopes, in which each of the subbands is obtained by splitting the frequency spectrum of the speech/audio input signal. The speech/audio encoding device encodes the frequency spectrum using the bits allocated to the subbands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Takuya KAWASHIMA, Masahiro OSHIKIRI
  • Patent number: D781792
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Okawa
  • Patent number: D781945
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Uno, Satoshi Tanigawa