Patents Assigned to Sharp Corporation
  • Patent number: 11159725
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an alignment unit configured to perform alignment for a group of images including a plurality of short-time-exposure images that are captured with a first exposure time and a long-time-exposure image that is captured with a second exposure time that is longer than the first exposure time; and an output unit configured to output the long-time-exposure image in a case where the long-time-exposure image satisfies a predetermined condition and configured to output a composite image which is generated by compositing a plurality of images selected from among the plurality of short-time-exposure images, in a case where the long-time-exposure image does not satisfy the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: MORPHO, INC., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kawano, Shun Hirai, Masaki Satoh, Michihiro Kobayashi, Taiga Koseki
  • Publication number: 20200358955
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an alignment unit configured to perform alignment for a group of images including a plurality of short-time-exposure images that are captured with a first exposure time and a long-time-exposure image that is captured with a second exposure time that is longer than the first exposure time; and an output unit configured to output the long-time-exposure image in a case where the long-time-exposure image satisfies a predetermined condition and configured to output a composite image which is generated by compositing a plurality of images selected from among the plurality of short-time-exposure images, in a case where the long-time-exposure image does not satisfy the predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicants: MORPHO, INC., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kawano, Shun HIRAI, Masaki Satoh, Michihiro KOBAYASHI, Taiga Koseki
  • Patent number: 10547026
    Abstract: A reflective liquid crystal display device (30) including a reflection electrode (31), a liquid crystal layer (32), and a counter electrode (33) is formed above an insulating layer (25) in a first region (R) of a TFT substrate (20). An organic EL display device (40) including a first electrode (41), an organic layer (43), and a second electrode (44) is formed on the insulating layer (25) of the TFT substrate (20) in a second region (T). A coating layer (45) is formed at least on a surface of the organic EL display device (40) so as to wrap the second electrode (44) and the organic layer (43) of the organic EL display device (40). A part of the coating layer (45) is in contact with the insulating layer (25). As a result, a complex display apparatus capable of preventing the organic layer from deteriorating and excellent in reliability can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: Sakai Display Products Corporation, Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Yozo Narutaki, Katsuhiko Kishimoto, Shinji Shimada, Masahiro Mitani, Kohzoh Nakamura, Kiyoshi Minoura, Hiroshi Tsuchiya, Yuhki Kobayashi, Shinichi Kawato
  • Patent number: 10205168
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an electrode comprising one or more sodium-containing transition metal silicate compounds of the formula: AaM1bM2cXdOe wherein A comprises sodium or a mixture of sodium with lithium and/or potassium M1 comprises one or more transition metals, wherein M1 is capable of undergoing oxidation to a higher oxidation state, M2 comprises one or more non transition metals and/or metalloids, X comprises at least 40 mol % silicon, a is >0, b is >0 c is ?0, d is ?1, e is ?2, wherein the values of a, b, c, d, and e are selected to maintain the electroneutrality of the compound; and further wherein the one or more sodium-containing transition metal silicate compounds does not include Na2MnSiO4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: FARADION LIMITED, SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeremy Barker, Emma Kendrick, Chaou Choak Tan, Joshua Charles Treacher
  • Patent number: 10102814
    Abstract: A controllable device for phase modulation of coherent light comprises a modulator matrix having a plurality of liquid crystal modulator cells each being adapted to modulate a phase value of light passing through a liquid crystal modulator cell depending on a voltage, which is applied to the liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one polarity area of said modulator matrix including at least one liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one storage unit for storing at least one pair of voltage values of which one has a positive and the other has a negative polarity for the liquid crystal modulator cells, whereby the pair of voltage values corresponds to a predetermined phase value; and a control unit for selectively applying one pair of voltage values to one liquid crystal modulator cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A., SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Missbach, Stephan Reichelt, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Naru Usukura, Hiromi Katoh, Yuichi Kanbayashi
  • Patent number: 9882499
    Abstract: In a switching power supply circuit of the invention, a low-voltage node capacitor is connected between a primary-side low-voltage stable potential node and a secondary-side low-voltage stable potential node, and a high-voltage node capacitor is connected between a primary-side high-voltage stable potential node and an anode of a rectifier element. Thereby, it is possible to provide the switching power supply circuit which achieves, with a simple configuration, both of noise reduction and potential stabilization of stable potential nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Sakuno, Hiroshi Itoh, Toshiyuki Oka
  • Patent number: 9613587
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for enhancing display viewability in high ambient conditions without excessive increase in power consumption. In one aspect, a controller associated with the display device can be configured to obtain an indication of ambient light conditions from an ambient light sensor or from a host device hosting the display device. Upon receiving an image frame, the controller can derive a set of color subfields and determine a bit-depth value for each color subfield based on the obtained indication of current ambient light conditions and mapping data which maps ranges of ambient light to respective bit-depth values on a color subfield by color subfield basis. The controller can then generate a number of subframes for each color subfield based on the respective determined bit-depth value and cause the generated subframes to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: SNAPTRACK, INC., SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Douglas Halfman, Edward Buckley, Nakano Taketoshi, Brian Finkel, James Eakin, Jignesh Gandhi, Alan Gerald Lewis, Robert Myers, Fahri Yaras, John Fijol
  • Patent number: 9440848
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus including devices that include layers of passivation material covering at least a portion of an exterior surface of a thin film component within a microelectromechanical device. The thin film component may include an electrically conductive layer that connects via an anchor to a conductive surface on a substrate. The disclosure further provides processes for providing a first layer of passivation material on an exterior surface of a thin film component and for electrically connecting that thin film component to a conductive surface on a substrate. The disclosure further provides processes for providing a second layer of passivation material on any exposed surfaces of the thin film component after release of the microelectromechanical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: Pixtronix, Inc., Sharp Corporation, Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruo Sasagawa, Junghun Chae, Jasper Lodewyk Steyn, Takeshi Hara, Asahi Yamato
  • Publication number: 20160080806
    Abstract: [Object] To allow a server to check a change in a device state via a communication terminal device even in the case where a display device does not include a function of detecting its device state that changes in response to a user operation and of making a notification. [Solution] A communication terminal device 20 capable of communicating with a server device 2 via a network NW is connected to a television device 10 by HDMI. The server device 2 stores a detection setting table in which information indicating a detection setting used in a detection process is associated with corresponding device identification information. The server device 2 identifies, in the detection setting table, detection setting information associated with device identification information output from the television device 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicant: SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiko OZEKI
  • Publication number: 20160055306
    Abstract: [Object] To make it possible to remotely check a condition of a monitored person in detail without using monitoring sensors. [Solution] In a user condition checking system 1, a connection terminal device 30 is connected to a television device 10 operated by a user, so as to enable communication with a server device 2. The communication terminal device 3 acquires a user operation state output from the television device 10. Upon acquisition of the user operation state, the communication terminal device 30 outputs, to the television device 10, screen information corresponding to a question screen or the like to be displayed on the television device 10. The communication terminal device 30 acquires a user's answering state for the displayed question screen or the like and transmits the user's answering state to the server device 2. In this way, the server device 2 can check the condition of the monitored person in detail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Applicant: SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiko OZEKI, Daiki OGASAWARA
  • Patent number: 9185663
    Abstract: In a mobile communication system comprising a base station (100) and a plurality of mobile stations (200) and operating closed loop transmitter power control, power control commands for transmission on an uplink are derived from measurements made on received downlink signals comprising nonpredetermined data values. Optionally the non-predetermined data values may comprise power control commands for uplink transmit power control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Moulsley, Matthew P. J. Baker
  • Patent number: 9178600
    Abstract: A packet data transmission system comprises primary stations (PS) having signal transmitting and receiving means and antennas (PA1 to PA4) for propagating downlink signals and receiving uplink signals and a plurality of secondary stations (SS) able to roam within the coverage areas of the primary stations. Each secondary station (SS1) has signal transmitting and receiving means, a predetermined number of antennas (SA1 to SA4), and means for monitoring its radio environment. Information about the radio environment is relayed as an uplink signal to the respective primary station which modifies its mode of transmission of packet data signals. The secondary station in response to the modified mode of transmission of the downlink signals adapts its receiver resources to process the packet data signals and effect cancellation of any interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Moulsley, Matthew P. J. Baker, Alistair S. Cameron
  • Patent number: 9178577
    Abstract: A radio communication system comprises a communication channel for the transmission of data packets (302) from a primary station having a plurality of antennas to a secondary station having at least one antenna. The channel comprises a plurality of paths, and the primary station transmits a plurality of packets substantially simultaneously. Each of the plurality of packets is transmitted via a different subset of the plurality of paths, for example by arranging for each packet to be transmitted via a different antenna or antenna beam. The secondary station receives the plurality of data packets, determines whether each packet is received correctly and signals this determination (typically as an acknowledgement (304) or a negative acknowledgement (306)) to the primary station for each of the plurality of packets. The signaling may be by any convenient means, for example transmitting each acknowledgement or negative acknowledgement via a different subset of available uplink paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy J. Moulsley, Matthew P. J. Baker, Bernard Hunt
  • Patent number: 9161336
    Abstract: In order to improve efficiency for sub-carrier allocation in a TDM multi-carrier system, the invention provides a novel frame structure and corresponding method and apparatus. During a centralized short period, each terminal sends a probe message including a predefined sequence to a network device and the network device estimates the channel characteristics for each sub-carrier with respect to each terminal by estimating the received probe message. In this way, sub-carrier allocation can be improved and sub-carriers with good channel characteristics are allocated to appropriate terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sharp Corporation
    Inventor: Yanmeng Sun
  • Patent number: 9154200
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the signaling of channel quality information in a multi-beam transmission system, wherein a plurality of beams are simultaneously transmitted and a plurality of sets of channel quality information are transmitted for controlling independently the transmission rate on the different beams. Determined are beams with a different quality resulting in different effects of errors in the transmissions of the channel quality information for the beams. Said different effects are exploited for reducing a signaling overhead of the channel quality information for the beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Peter John Baker, Timothy James Moulsley
  • Publication number: 20150279293
    Abstract: A controllable device for phase modulation of coherent light comprises a modulator matrix having a plurality of liquid crystal modulator cells each being adapted to modulate a phase value of light passing through a liquid crystal modulator cell depending on a voltage, which is applied to the liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one polarity area of said modulator matrix including at least one liquid crystal modulator cell; at least one storage unit for storing at least one pair of voltage values of which one has a positive and the other has a negative polarity for the liquid crystal modulator cells, whereby the pair of voltage values corresponds to a predetermined phase value; and a control unit for selectively applying one pair of voltage values to one liquid crystal modulator cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicants: SEEREAL TECHNOLOGIES S.A., SHARP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Missbach, Stephan Reichelt, Norbert Leister, Ralf Haussler, Naru Usukura, Hiromi Katoh, Yuichi Kanbayashi
  • Patent number: 9076598
    Abstract: A paste containing a silica polymer, made by substituting at least some of the surface functional groups thereof with alkyl groups, and solvent-removable inorganic particles is prepared, and the paste is applied and fired to form a transparent insulating film in a dye-sensitized solar cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignees: SHARP CORPORATION, SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liyuan Han, Ryohsuke Yamanaka, Nobuhiro Fuke, Atsushi Fukui, Shingo Takano, Gaku Fujihashi
  • Patent number: 9025548
    Abstract: A communication system comprises a downlink indicator channel (DL1) for the transmission of a indicator signal (302) indicating that a data packet (202) is scheduled to be transmitted on a downlink data channel (DLz) from a primary station to a secondary station. In operation, on detection of the indicator signal, the secondary station transmits a status signal, for example a negative acknowledgement signal (204), on an uplink channel (UL) to the primary station immediately before transmission of a positive (206) or negative acknowledgement signal to indicate the status of the received data packet. By providing the primary station with two chances to detect the case where the secondary station fails to detect the indicator signal, peak power requirements of the uplink channel can be reduced, thereby reducing system interference levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sharp Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy J. Moulsley
  • Patent number: 8971458
    Abstract: The present invention relates to space-time or space-frequency coding in cellular systems. The same data is transmitted from different antennas with different coverage areas, corresponding to different cells. The different data streams have different parts of the space-time block codes applied. A mobile terminal can combine the different parts of the space-time block codes in different received signals. This provides better performance than the known techniques for single frequency networks. The invention can also be applied to antennas with different coverage areas from the same site, and different beams formed with antenna arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy James Moulsley, David Keith Roberts, Matthew Peter John Baker, Xusheng Wei
  • Patent number: 8953519
    Abstract: A method of transmitting a data signal in a wireless communication system from a primary station to a secondary station, where the data signal includes a medium access control header (MAC-hs header) and a protocol data unit associated with the medium access control header. The medium access control header includes a set of fields (TSN, SEG, LI, LCid). The method includes determining a size allocated to at least one field of the set based at least in part on a length of the protocol data unit. For example, the size allocated to a segmentation indication field (SEG) determined for a first length of the protocol data unit is lower than the one determined for a second length of the protocol data unit, where the second length being higher than said first length, where the segmentation indication indicates in how many segments the protocol data unit is subdivided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Bucknell, Matthew Peter John Baker