Patents Assigned to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
  • Publication number: 20160199739
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided wherein a user can be evaluated by a information processing apparatus acquires action result data indicative of a result of an action executed between a plurality of users or user groups, and executes a trace process by a plural number of times and calculate an evaluation value of each of the users or user groups in response to a number of times by which the user or user group is selected as a target in the plural number of times of the trace process. The trace process includes a starting point selection process for randomly selecting a target from among the plurality of users or user groups, and a target selection process for repetitively performing a process for newly selecting, as a next target, an opponent of an action carried out by the target at present on the basis of the action result data until a predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Honda, Shinichi Kariya
  • Publication number: 20160205192
    Abstract: An acquisition processing section 120 acquires recorded data about a past application session from a log server. A user screen generating block 140 generates a screen related to the application session on the basis of the acquired recorded data. Specifically, a session list displaying section 142 displays information related to a plurality of past application sessions. A user list displaying section 144 displays information identifying the users having participated in one past application session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Fumiaki HISAMATSU, Yuji NAKAMURA
  • Patent number: 9387397
    Abstract: A method of producing a handheld videogame controller is provided. The method includes providing a circuit board of a predetermined fixed size, the circuit board comprising a plurality of switches at predetermined positions. The method further includes obtaining measurements of at least a first hand of a user for whom the handheld videogame controller is to be produced, modifying a design of at least a first part of the handheld videogame controller responsive to the measurements, and 3D printing one or more modified parts of the handheld videogame controller using the modified design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Yee Woon Goh
  • Publication number: 20160196417
    Abstract: A taken-image display unit displays a taken image on a display. By use of face identification data held in a registered user information holding section, a face authentication unit detects a face image of a registered user existing in a taken image. A face frame processing unit displays a face frame on the display for the detected registered user. If, when the face frame is being displayed, the face authentication unit detects by use of the face identification data held in the user information holding section that the face image of the registered user is included in the face frame, a login processing unit lets this user log in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nodoka Tokunaga, Keigo Tamura, Shoichi lkenoue, Tomohiro Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20160193528
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for: executing a game program in response to each of a plurality of operation signals that input to each of the plurality of ports of a controller port from a plurality of operation devices, wherein the controller port comprises the plurality of ports to which the plurality of operation signals are input from the plurality of operation devices via a network; assigning the plurality of the operation devices to the plurality of ports; obtaining connection information indicating a connection status between the plurality of ports and the plurality of operation devices; and changing the assignment of the plurality of operation devices to the plurality of ports depending on the obtained connection status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiya IKENAGA, Makoto ISHII
  • Publication number: 20160170501
    Abstract: The operability is improved when an operation for moving a cursor to a target position is carried out by a controller which outputs operation amount data associated with an operation amount vector representative of a direction and a magnitude of the operation. An operation amount component specification unit specifies, on the basis of the operation amount data, the magnitude of a first operation amount component and the magnitude of a second operation amount component. A movement amount component determination unit determines the magnitude of a first movement amount component and the magnitude of a second movement amount component. A cursor position changing unit changes the position of the cursor from a current position of the cursor to a position spaced by the magnitude of the first movement amount component in a first disposition direction and spaced by the magnitude of the second movement amount component in a second disposition direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Takase, Junichi Naoi
  • Publication number: 20160156897
    Abstract: A three-dimensional image generating device, a three-dimensional image generating method, a program, and an information storage medium provide for the ability to set the amount of disparity of a generated three-dimensional image to the amount of disparity according to the kind of display on which this three-dimensional image is displayed. A set value identifying section identifies the kind of display to which a three-dimensional image is output. An image generating section generates the three-dimensional image with the amount of disparity according to the kind of the display identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kondo
  • Publication number: 20160151707
    Abstract: An image of a game played by a user A is streaming distributed to information processing apparatuses of users B, C and D. On an outputting apparatus of the user A, candidates for a user who is to play the game in place of the user A are presented. To a user who has the operation right of the game, a controller mark indicating that the user has the operation right of the game is applied. Consequently, the user A can recognize at a glance who has the operation right.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoki Takaichi, Masahiro Fujihara, Haijie Hewu
  • Patent number: 9348424
    Abstract: An input control unit includes: a keyboard storage unit for storing keyboard screens each corresponding to a set of characters or symbols; a keyboard display unit for reading one of the keyboard screens and displaying the read keyboard screen on the screen; an input receiving unit for receiving a selection of the character or the symbol by the user; and a switching control unit for reading keyboard screens from the keyboard storage unit, displaying the read keyboard screens on the screen as selection candidates, and switching the selection candidate from among the plurality of keyboard screens. When the switching control unit receives a user control input to confirm the candidate being selected from the user, the keyboard display unit displays the keyboard screen selected on the screen, and receives a selection of the character or the symbol selected from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsuzawa, Takashi Amada, Ryota Uchino, Yasuhiro Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9342925
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an image generation unit configured to generate a viewpoint image in a case where a watch point set in a three-dimensional virtual space is viewed from a predetermined virtual viewpoint, a detection unit configured to detect a movement of an operator, and a viewpoint displacement unit configured to displace the virtual viewpoint with the set watch point as a reference on the basis of the detected movement of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Fujiwara, Naoyuki Onoe, Junichi Yamashita, Yun Sun, Naoki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20160129344
    Abstract: An information processor determines data content to be transmitted and a destination device to which to transmit the data on the basis of the posture of the information processor identified on the basis of detection results of a sensor adapted to detect the posture thereof, a control method of an information processor, a program, and an information storage medium. A game process execution section determines a transmission destination device on the basis of the posture of the information processor identified on the basis of detection results of the sensor. A missile data generation section determines data content to be transmitted to the transmission destination device on the basis of the posture of the information processor identified on the basis of detection results of the sensor at a time different from when the transmission destination device is determined. A missile data transmission section transmits the data to the transmission destination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shiina, Toshikazu Iwasa
  • Patent number: 9331858
    Abstract: Using persistent party rooms, including: initializing, via a computing device, a global array according to a hierarchical server architecture; determining, via the computing device, whether or not to create a new persistent party room or to join a previously bookmarked persistent party room; creating, via the computing device, the new persistent party room within a position indexed in the global array; and joining, via the computing device, the previously bookmarked persistent party room by searching for the previously bookmarked party room utilizing the global array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Mohammed Aafaq Khan, Vinod Tandon, Hai Jie Hewu, Ramana Bangalore Prakash, Yasutaka Miwa, Mark Fortuna, Scott Kirkland, Christopher Reese
  • Patent number: 9326405
    Abstract: A slide cover has a engaged portion formed thereon. A rotatable member includes a stopper portion which is abutted against the engaged portion so as to restrict a relative movement of the engaged portion of the slide cover when the slide cover is arranged at a closed position. The stopper portion is positioned away from a rotation center of the rotatable member, and the rotatable member rotates to allow the relative movement of the engaged portion when the stopper portion is pushed by the engaged portion. This makes it possible to increase an angle between an stopper surface formed on the stopper portion and a movement direction (right-left direction) of the engaged portion. As a result, the cover is stably held at the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shinya Tsuchida, Yuta Tamaki
  • Patent number: 9320965
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a controller port having a plurality of ports to which a plurality of operation signals are input from a plurality of operation devices via a network. The information processing system also includes an execution unit configured to execute a game program in response to each of the plurality of operation signals input from each of the plurality of operation devices to each of the plurality of the ports, and an assignment unit configured to assign each of the plurality of operation devices to each of the plurality of respective ports. The assignment unit changes assignment of each of the plurality of operation devices to each of the plurality of ports in a predetermined case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiya Ikenaga, Makoto Ishii
  • Publication number: 20160112762
    Abstract: Audio fingerprinting and other media matching technologies can be used to identify broadcast media, such as television shows and radio broadcasts. A user device can record image, audio, and/or video information and upload information to a matching service that is able to use matching technology to identify the media and provide supplemental content or information to the user. The user might receive information identifying a product in an advertisement, identifying an actor on screen in a movie at a particular time, or other such information. In some embodiments, the user can receive access to a digital copy of the captured media, such as the ability to download a copy of a program in which a user expressed interest. Since a user might capture media information after the point of interest, a device can buffer a window of recently captured media in order to attempt to identify the intended media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic S. Mallinson
  • Publication number: 20160109957
    Abstract: A recording unit records an event list in which time information and physical solid image information are associated with an event. An image processing portion determines whether an image corresponding to physical solid image information recorded in the recording unit is included in a picked up image picked up within a time zone specified by the time information recorded in the recording unit. A condition determination portion determines that an event starting condition is satisfied if it is determined that the image corresponding to the physical solid image information is included in the picked up image. A starting instruction portion instructs an application execution section to execute processing of the application. The application execution section starts processing of the application associated with the event whose starting condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Shinji Takashima
  • Patent number: 9317246
    Abstract: A reception unit receives an image file from other electronic device. A display processing unit displays an image related to acquisition of content together with a content image if content identification information is included in an acquired image file. The display processing unit displays, as an image relating to acquisition of content, a link button which permits access to a content server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9317739
    Abstract: An information processing device includes an image acquirer that acquires a shot image of a user, a registered user information holder that holds face identification data of a registered user, and a first authentication section that detects a face image of a registered user existing in the shot image by using face identification data held in the registered user information holder. The information processing device further includes a second authentication section that detects an image of an object having a predetermined positional relationship with a region of the face image detected by the first authentication section, and an information processing section that executes information processing based on detection results by the first authentication section and the second authentication section. The second authentication section uses information obtained in detection processing by the first authentication section for detection processing of the image of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Shoichi Ikenoue
  • Patent number: D754658
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsu Sumii
  • Patent number: D757087
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC., SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuji Hiramatsu