Patents Represented by Attorney Panasonic Patent Center
  • Patent number: 8027566
    Abstract: A BD-ROM playback apparatus for selecting and playing back one among text subtitle streams together with a moving picture. PSR 48-61 store Decode Capability flags whose set values indicate, for each language, whether or not a decode capability is present. Procedure executing unit 20 judges whether each text subtitle stream can be displayed, by referring to each set value of flags. Stream selection unit 17 selects a text subtitle stream judged as being able to be decoded. Here, the decode capability for a language being present indicates presence of rendering capability for converting character codes of the language into bitmaps, and support capability for supporting properties of the language. The b16 to b23 in PSR 30 includes a permission flag indicating whether stream selection unit 17 is permitted to select an unsupported language for which rendering capability is present but not support capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Wataru Ikeda, Tomoyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 8018661
    Abstract: A lens barrel has a first lens group, a second lens group, a third lens group, a first support frame for supporting the first lens group, a second support frame for supporting the second lens group, a third support frame for supporting the third lens group, a first drive unit, and a second drive unit. The first lens group has an overall negative refractive power, and includes a prism. The second support frame is driven along a second optical axis by the first drive unit. The third support frame is driven along the second optical axis by the second drive unit. Part of a first movement region in which the second support frame moves overlaps a second movement region in which the third support frame moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Ito
  • Patent number: 8020117
    Abstract: A BD-ROM has recorded therein an AV Clip generated by multiplexing a video stream and a graphics stream. The graphics stream represents an interactive display to be overlayed with the video stream, and includes a sequence of three Button State groups. The interactive display includes a plurality of buttons, each of which changes from a normal state to a selected state, and from the selected state to an active state, according to a user operation. In the three Button State groups in the graphics stream, the first-order group (N-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent normal states of the buttons, the second-order group (S-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent selected states of the buttons, and the third-order group (A-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent active states of the buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yahata, Joseph McCrossan, Tomoyuki Okada, Wataru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8013350
    Abstract: An optical device is equipped with a light receiving region 16a and a peripheral circuit region 22 located around the light receiving region 16a on a major surface of an light receiving element 11a; electrodes for external connection 15 electrically connected to the peripheral circuit region 22 formed on a back surface opposite to the major surface of the light receiving element 11a; a transparent member 12 covering the light receiving region 16a adhered on the major surface of the light receiving element 11a with a light-transmitting adhesive 13; and a molding resin 14 for coating side surfaces of the transparent member 12 and the major surface of the light receiving element 11a excluding the region covered with the transparent member 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Itoi, Toshiyuki Fukuda, Yoshiki Takayama, Tetsushi Nishio, Tetsumasa Maruo
  • Patent number: 8014551
    Abstract: There is provided a behind-the-ear hearing aid that makes it easy for a hearing aid wearer to estimate a position of a sound source with respect to a front-back direction and that enables an increase in aesthetic property when the hearing aid is worn. A behind-the-ear hearing aid of the present invention is used while fitted to an ear of a human body, and includes at least a microphone 101 which collects ambient sound, thereby generating an input signal and signal processing unit 102 that generates an output signal from the input signal. The hearing aid also has a behind-the-ear portion 110 that can be fitted to the ear and a receiver 103 that reproduces output sound from the output signal. When the behind-the-ear portion 110 is fitted to the ear, the microphone 101 is arranged in an entrance of an ear canal that lies in the extension of an ear canal 220 and that is disposed closer to an eardrum than to a plane that is defined by a helix 901, a tragus 902, and an earlobe 903.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Iwano, Hiroshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8013265
    Abstract: A switch device includes a box-shaped case, a harness portion, and a fixing member. The harness portion is connected to a switch contact point and includes a plurality of lead lines extending out of the case. The case includes a holding body and a guide portion. The holding body includes a fixing portion protruding from an outer face of the case and provided on a tip side, and a through-hole provided under the fixing portion. The guide portion is opposed to the through-hole and formed in a substantially concave curve shape. The guide portion is formed such that an end portion further from the through-hole is positioned to be above an end portion closer to the through-hole. The fixing member extends through the through-hole and fixes the harness portion to the holding body by winding the harness portion and the fixing portion together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Fujita, Mikio Nishimura, Shigetaka Douzono, Kouichi Santo, Kenji Otomo
  • Patent number: 8010908
    Abstract: A BD-ROM has recorded therein an AV Clip generated by multiplexing a video stream and a graphics stream. The graphics stream represents an interactive display to be overlayed with the video stream, and includes a sequence of three Button State groups. The interactive display includes a plurality of buttons, each of which changes from a normal state to a selected state, and from the selected state to an active state, according to a user operation. In the three Button State groups in the graphics stream, the first-order group (N-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent normal states of the buttons, the second-order group (S-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent selected states of the buttons, and the third-order group (A-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent active states of the buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yahata, Joseph McCrossan, Tomoyuki Okada, Wataru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8006173
    Abstract: A BD-ROM has recorded therein an AV Clip generated by multiplexing a video stream and a graphics stream. The graphics stream represents an interactive display to be overlayed with the video stream, and includes a sequence of three Button State groups. The interactive display includes a plurality of buttons, each of which changes from a normal state to a selected state, and from the selected state to an active state, according to a user operation. In the three Button State groups in the graphics stream, the first-order group (N-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent normal states of the buttons, the second-order group (S-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent selected states of the buttons, and the third-order group (A-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent active states of the buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yahata, Joseph McCrossan, Tomoyuki Okada, Wataru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8006076
    Abstract: A processor for sequentially executing a plurality of programs using a plurality of register value groups stored in a memory that correspond one-to-one with the programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazushi Kurata, Tetsuya Tanaka, Nobuo Higaki, Kunihiko Hayashi, Hiroshi Kadota, Tokuzo Kiyohara, Kozo Kimura, Hideshi Nishida, Kazuya Furukawa, Shigeki Fujii, Toshio Sugimura
  • Patent number: 8000580
    Abstract: A BD-ROM stores a video stream and a graphics stream. The video stream represents a moving picture. The graphics stream is used for overlaying one or more menus on the moving picture, and includes interactive control information (ICS) and a plurality of pieces of graphics data (ODSs). The graphics data is used to generate both the menus and an effect for introduction or removal of a menu. The interactive control information includes (i) a reference value (window_id_ref) specifying a window within which each display composition of graphics is rendered for presenting the effect and (ii) information (effect_duration) showing a duration after which a display composition is replaced by a subsequent display composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph McCrossan, Tomoyuki Okada, Masayuki Kozuka
  • Patent number: 8000596
    Abstract: A camera body includes an imaging unit for generating image data from an optical signal incident via the interchangeable lens, a detector for detecting a light quantity of the optical signal, a controller for setting an aperture value of a diaphragm of the interchangeable lens and an exposure condition which is a setting relating to exposure other than a setting of the diaphragm, a sending unit for sending a control signal for control with the set aperture value to the interchangeable lens, and a mode setting unit for selecting one from a plurality of operating modes. The plurality of operating modes includes a first mode for automatically adjusting the aperture value of the diaphragm and the exposure condition according to the detected light quantity during capturing of a moving image, and a second mode for automatically adjusting the aperture value with the exposure condition being fixed according to the detected light quantity during capturing of the moving image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Hashigami, Koji Shibuno
  • Patent number: 7999437
    Abstract: An acoustic boundary wave device includes a piezoelectric body, an IDT layer formed on the piezoelectric body, a pad electrode layer formed on the piezoelectric body and connected to the IDT layer, a first dielectric layer formed on the piezoelectric body and covering at least a part of the IDT electrode layer, and a second dielectric layer formed on the piezoelectric body, covering the first dielectric layer, and having an opening through which at least a part of a top face of the pad electrode layer is exposed. The metal forming lateral faces of the pad electrode layer diffuses more readily into the first dielectric layer than into the second dielectric layer. The second dielectric layer covers the lateral faces of the pad electrode layer and prevents the first dielectric layer from touching the lateral faces of the pad electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Kamiguchi, Hidekazu Nakanishi, Yosuke Hamaoka, Shoji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7991270
    Abstract: On a BD-ROM, PlayList information is recorded. The PlayList information includes MainPath information and SubPath information. The MainPath information specifies one of a plurality of AVClips as a MainClip, and defines a primary playback section on the MainClip. The SubPath information specifies, among the rest of the AVClips, one AVClip as a SubClip, and defines, on the SubClip, a secondary playback section to be synchronized with the primary playback section. The PlayList information includes an STN_table, which indicates SubClip and, from among a plurality of elementary streams multiplexed into the SubClip, elementary streams allowed to be played back. A total data size of AVClip per unit time is, for example, less than or equal to 48 Mbits when the AVClip includes a plurality of elementary streams allowed in the STN_table to be played back and does not include elementary streams which are not allowed in the STN_table to be played back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yahata, Tomoyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 7986469
    Abstract: An interchangeable lens unit comprises a second lens group unit, a focus lens unit, a fourth lens group unit, a zoom ring unit, and a focus motor. The zoom ring unit mechanically transmits operational force inputted to a zoom ring to the second lens group unit and the fourth lens group unit. The focus motor electrically drives the focus lens unit in the Z axis direction with respect to the second lens group unit. When the zoom ring is operated in a state in which no power is being supplied to the focus motor, a gap is always ensured in the Z axis direction between the focus lens unit and the second lens group unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Yumiki, Hideo Onishi, Yoshiharu Araki, Fumio Muramatsu, Masato Murayama
  • Patent number: 7978967
    Abstract: An interchangeable lens includes an obtaining unit for obtaining first control information and second control information from the camera body, the first control information being an instruction to control the first drive unit (diaphragm), the second control information being an instruction to control the second drive unit (focus lens, etc), a storage unit for storing the obtained second control information, and a controller for controlling the first drive unit and the second drive unit based on the first and second control information obtained. The second control information (reservation control information) is an instruction to control the second drive unit when the obtaining unit receives the first control information after receiving the second control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Shibuno, Mitsuyoshi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7972069
    Abstract: A camera body includes a body mount that supports an attachable lens unit, an imaging element that captures an optical image of a subject and generates image data, a shutter unit disposed between the body mount and the imaging element, a protecting plate that has a first condition of shielding an opening of the shutter unit and a second condition of retracting from the opening of the shutter unit, a motor that drives the protecting plate, a power source operable to supply power, and a camera controller that controls the motor before power supply from the power source is stopped, so that the protecting plate is in the first condition when the power supply from the power source is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Dai Shintani
  • Patent number: 7970266
    Abstract: A camera includes an optical system, a housing, an image blur corrector, a displacement acquisition section, a rotary driver, a correction computer, and a drive controller. The displacement acquisition section is configured to acquire the amount of displacement of the housing. The rotary driver is configured to rotationally drive the displacement acquisition section with respect to the housing. The correction computer is configured to calculate a first correction amount at the image blur corrector from the displacement amount acquired by the displacement acquisition section. The drive controller is configured to control the operation of the rotary driver, and also controls the operation of the image blur corrector on the basis of the first correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyuki Hashi, Kenichi Hayashi, Hironori Honsho, Masanobu Tanaka, Kazuo Sibukawa, Masato Murayama
  • Patent number: 7962012
    Abstract: A BD-ROM has recorded therein an AV Clip generated by multiplexing a video stream and a graphics stream. The graphics stream represents an interactive display to be overlayed with the video stream, and includes a sequence of three Button State groups. The interactive display includes a plurality of buttons, each of which changes from a normal state to a selected state, and from the selected state to an active state, according to a user operation. In the three Button State groups in the graphics stream, the first-order group (N-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent normal states of the buttons, the second-order group (S-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent selected states of the buttons, and the third-order group (A-ODSs) is made of a plurality of pieces of graphics data, which represent active states of the buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yahata, Tomoyuki Okada, Wataru Ikeda, Joseph McCrossan
  • Patent number: D644256
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiko Kitano, Shoichi Kobayashi, Mizuho Sakakibara, Rie Takahashi, Hajime Kawano, Tatsuo Sakai, Hiroyuki Uematsu, Shintaro Kinoshita, Ryosuke Murai
  • Patent number: D644257
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiko Kitano, Shoichi Kobayashi, Mizuho Sakakibara, Rie Takahashi, Hajime Kawano, Tatsuo Sakai, Hiroyuki Uematsu, Shintaro Kinoshita, Ryosuke Murai