Patents Assigned to MAXELL, LTD.
  • Patent number: 11418710
    Abstract: A composite reception and emission apparatus comprises: a plurality of first-type devices that receives or emits energy; a plurality of second-type devices whose type is different from a type of the first-type devices; and a base body. The first-type devices and the second-type devices measure a full solid angle, and are arranged on the base body such that a device closest to each of the first-type devices in an orientation space is at least one of the second-type devices, and a device closest to each of the second-type devices in the orientation space is at least one of the first-type devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Hiroaki Ono, Osamu Kawamae, Nobuo Masuoka
  • Patent number: 11414009
    Abstract: An image projection apparatus that can be attached to a vehicle and can be effectively utilized for acquisition of road surface condition information, detection of a hidden vehicle, and the like is provided. The image projection apparatus that projects an image includes: an acquisition unit that acquires information related to a vehicle; an image projection unit that projects an image based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit; and imaging means that acquires an image outside the vehicle, the image projection unit projects light in a wavelength band centered on a wavelength of 1.4 ?m and the imaging means provides the information related to the vehicle by imaging an image projected based on the light in the wavelength band centered on the wavelength of 1.4 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kunii, Toshinori Sugiyama, Takuya Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20220240839
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a hardness meter which estimates hardness in a stable manner regardless of a compression strength. A hardness meter includes: a movable portion which is continuously pressed against an object to be measured; a sensor which outputs an output signal reflecting a reaction force at a part of the object to be measured; a motive force mechanism that causes the movable portion to perform a piston motion; a hardness estimating portion which estimates the hardness of the object on the basis of an alternating current component of the output signal, generated by the piston motion; a position estimating portion which estimates a measurement position information by shooting with a camera; and a hardness map display portion which maps and displays the hardness on a schematic diagram of the surface of a living body based on the measurement position information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuko SANO, Akihiko KANDORI, Mitsuo OKIMOTO, Shigemitsu ANDO, Mitsunobu WATANABE
  • Patent number: 11405679
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus includes a broadcast receiver that receives a broadcast wave of a digital broadcasting service; a separator that separates at least coded program video data, program-cooperation data, and screen layout control information, from the broadcast wave; a video decoder that decodes the coded program video data to reproduce program video information; a cooperation information generator that interprets the program-cooperation data to generate program-cooperation information; and a control unit that, when an instruction to display a given screen is input while the presentation processor divides video display region into sub-regions based on the screen layout control information, places the program video information in one of the sub-regions, places the program-cooperation information in another sub-region, and outputs the data of the video display region as the video information, outputs information of the given screen as the video information without dividing the video display region b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Takuya Shimizu, Nobuo Masuoka, Yusuke Uchiyama, Yasunobu Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11398208
    Abstract: An information display apparatus capable of reducing the viewpoint movement of a driver and achieving safer driving in consideration of the relationship between the traveling speed and the stopping distance of a vehicle is provided. The information display apparatus is configured to display image information in a transportation and comprises a HUD apparatus disposed between a windshield of the transportation and an instrument panel of the transportation. The HUD apparatus detects a viewpoint position of a driver; and displays a virtual image of the image information in front of the transportation by reflecting light emitted from the HUD apparatus to display the image information by the windshield. The HUD apparatus is configured to set a display position of the virtual image in accordance with movement of the viewpoint position of the driver who is driving the transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Hirata, Akio Misawa, Takumi Nakada
  • Patent number: 11399209
    Abstract: While presenting on a display apparatus videos of high picture quality obtained from portable video processing apparatuses such as a camera and a cellular, it is possible to communicate with the Internet and/or a home network. A display apparatus includes a first radio communication unit capable of receiving video information by radio from an external video processing apparatus, a second radio communication unit capable of connecting by radio to a network, and a control unit for controlling assignment of connection by radio transmission for each of the first and second radio communication units. The control unit assigns connection of the first radio communication unit with higher priority and controls the assignment of the transmission rate such that the transmission rate between the first radio communication unit and the external video processing apparatus is more than that between the second radio communication unit and the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kurita, Hitoaki Owashi
  • Patent number: 11399210
    Abstract: While presenting on a display apparatus videos of high picture quality obtained from portable video processing apparatuses such as a camera and a cellular, it is possible to communicate with the Internet and/or a home network. A display apparatus includes a first radio communication unit capable of receiving video information by radio from an external video processing apparatus, a second radio communication unit capable of connecting by radio to a network, and a control unit for controlling assignment of connection by radio transmission for each of the first and second radio communication units. The control unit assigns connection of the first radio communication unit with higher priority and controls the assignment of the transmission rate such that the transmission rate between the first radio communication unit and the external video processing apparatus is more than that between the second radio communication unit and the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kurita, Hitoaki Owashi
  • Patent number: 11395042
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiving apparatus capable of executing a function with a higher added value is provided. A broadcast receiving apparatus configured to receive contents includes: a receiving unit configured to receive the contents; an interface through which the contents received by the receiving unit are outputted; and a control unit configured to control an output state of the contents from the interface. The control unit is configured to determine an output state of the contents from the interface in accordance with a combination of control information indicating a copy control state of the contents, control information for specifying whether protection is required or not when the contents are to be outputted, information indicating resolution of video of the contents, and information indicating transmission characteristics of the video of the contents, which are received by the receiving unit together with the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Shimizu, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Nobuo Masuoka, Nobuaki Kabuto
  • Patent number: 11391905
    Abstract: A lens unit can inhibit deterioration in optical characteristics caused due to deformation of resin lens. The lens unit includes: a metal lens barrel; a plurality of lenses arranged on the inner peripheral side of the lens barrel in the axial direction thereof; and an annular intermediate ring disposed between the lenses adjacent to each other in the axial direction. The intermediate ring is made of metal and has a convex portion formed toward the image side or the object side. The lens is made of resin, having a concave portion fitted with the convex portion. A gap formed between the outer peripheral surface of the lens and the inner peripheral surface of the lens barrel is larger than a gap formed between the outer peripheral surface of the intermediate ring and the inner peripheral surface of the lens barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Hidehiro Endo, Naohiro Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20220219538
    Abstract: An information display system configured to unidirectionally display an image to inside or outside of a space via a transparent projected member provided in the space includes an image projection apparatus arranged inside the space and configured to generate and project image light by modulating a light flux from a light source, a transparent sheet provided on an inner surface of a display region set on a part of the projected member, and a light direction changing panel configured to change a direction of the image light from the image projection apparatus toward the transparent sheet of the display region, and the transparent sheet includes a retardation plate, an absorption type polarization plate that absorbs a specific polarized wave, and a transparent diffusion sheet material having a light diffusion function, and projects the image light whose direction has been changed by the light direction changing unit to the inside or the outside of the space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji HIRATA, Koji FUJITA, Toshinori SUGIYAMA, Eiji TAKAGI
  • Patent number: 11388431
    Abstract: A modulator has a first grating pattern, and a second grating pattern having a phase shifted from the first grating pattern; a sensor processor receives a first image signal outputted by the first grating pattern, and a second image signal outputted by the second grating pattern; a difference processor calculates a difference between the first image signal and the second image signal; and a compression processor 3005 contains information that indicates a range of the difference to first compression image data. Those make it possible to reduce a data amount of images capable of focus adjustment etc. from later, and to lead to reduction in costs of a storage apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Mayumi Nakade, Yusuke Nakamura, Keisuke Inata
  • Patent number: 11388593
    Abstract: There is provided a mobile terminal capable of being protected against unauthorized use by a third party without using a dedicated key device. A plurality of mobile terminals are previously registered mutually. When unlocked among them, one mobile terminal communicates with another mobile terminal in a communication range of short-range wireless communications, unlocks the above another mobile terminal, and when out of the communication range, locks it again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirabayashi, Hideo Nishijima
  • Patent number: 11380095
    Abstract: A work supporting apparatus includes: a visible light camera (visible light image photographing unit) configured to photograph a visible light image; a far-infrared camera (thermal image photographing unit) configured to photograph a thermal image; a work progress status determining unit configured to determine a work progress status from the visible light image photographed by the visible light camera and the thermal image photographed by the far-infrared camera; and a display configured to display a determination result of the work progress status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Yoshida, Hiroaki Ito
  • Patent number: 11378244
    Abstract: A headlight apparatus includes a high beam headlight and a low beam headlight, which includes: an LED; an LED collimator that is a light source condensing optical system configured to condense a light emitted from the LED; a light guide that is a light distribution controlling light guide, a light from the LED collimator entering the light guide; and a projector lens that a light from the light guide enters, the projector lens being configured to project a light. The light guide includes an incident surface, a plurality of total reflection surfaces, and an emission surface. A first light of an incident light from the incident surface is emitted from the emission surface without reaching the plurality of total reflection surfaces, and a second light of the incident light is emitted from the emission surface via multiple times of total reflection by the plurality of total reflection surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshinori Sugiyama, Yasuhiko Kunii, Masahiro Kishigami
  • Patent number: 11378805
    Abstract: A head-mounted display comprises: a wearing body; a display; a communication module configured to perform communication connection with a mobile information terminal; a field of view (FOV) sensor configured to output status data used for determining whether the mobile information terminal is included in a user's FOV through the wearing body; and a controller connected to each of the display, the communication module, and the FOV detection sensor. The controller determines whether the mobile information terminal is included in the user's FOV based on the status data, and performs display control with respect to the display so as to display an application screen of the mobile information terminal on the display when determining that the mobile information terminal is not included in the FOV, and not to display the application screen on the display when determining that the mobile information terminal is included in the FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsunobu Watanabe, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Osamu Kawamae, Nobuo Masuoka, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Hiroshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11378874
    Abstract: A projector includes: a white light generator that uses a blue laser as a light source to generate blue light and yellow light based on the blue laser and generates white light including the generated blue light and yellow light; and an optical system that modulates light based on the white light generated by the white light generator with an image display element and projects the modulated light, wherein the white light generator includes: a dichroic mirror that is irradiated with the blue light from the blue laser as the light source; a first condenser lens that focuses blue light being reflected by or passing through the dichroic mirror; a diffusion plate that diffuses the blue light focused by the first condenser lens; a second condenser lens that focuses the blue light passing through or being reflected by the dichroic mirror; and a phosphor that emits yellow light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nakamori, Kazuo Shikita, Chiaki Kinno, Akihiro Shiraishi, Takuya Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20220208199
    Abstract: A digital assistant function is provided to individual users even when a primary device having the digital assistant function is at a location away from a hand of a user. An information processing device that relays sound data to a primary device that executes a digital assistant process includes: a sound acquiring unit that acquires surrounding sounds as sound data; a destination device determination unit that determines a destination primary device which is the primary device that is a destination of the sound data; a transmitting and receiving unit that transmits the sound data to the destination primary device and receives, from the destination primary device, a result of a digital assistant process executed depending on the sound data as a reply; and a reply presentation unit that presents the reply received at the transmitting and receiving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Sadao TSURUGA
  • Publication number: 20220196963
    Abstract: A lens unit and a camera module are provided which are capable of warming the lens surface and realizing a quick snow melting effect without impairing the antireflection characteristics of the antireflection film. The lens unit has lens heating means which includes: i) a transparent conductive film provided on a lens surface facing the object side of the lens located closest to the object side, the lens constituting the lens group; ii) at least a pair of electrodes electrically connected to the transparent conductive film; wherein an electric current is caused to flow to the transparent conductive film by applying a voltage between the electrodes to generate Joule heat on the lens surface. The lens unit further includes an antireflection film provided to cover the lens heating means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki SUGINOME, Akira INABA, Yusuke BABA, Hideki SHINOHARA
  • Patent number: 11367309
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging system capable of stereo-photographing with both of visible and infrared images, and improving color reproducibility in visible-light-photographing. The imaging system includes two imaging sensors 1, and two DBPFs 5 that have transmittance characteristics in a visible light band and a second wavelength band, are respectively provided correspondingly to the two imaging sensors, and serve as optical filters. The imaging system has: at least four kinds of filters, which have mutual different spectral transmission characteristics corresponding to wavelengths in the visible light band and whose transmissions in a second wavelength band approximate each other; and two color filters provided so as respectively correspond to the two imaging sensors. The imaging system measures a distance to a target based on two visible or infrared image signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Kawamae, Chiyo Ohno, Hiroyasu Otsubo, Osamu Ishizaki
  • Patent number: D958997
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohiko Mizuguchi