Patents Assigned to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
  • Patent number: 9311156
    Abstract: The workload is heavy in the development of an application program that controls the task distribution in consideration of the variety of the execution environment. In a system where the processing is distributed to SPUs serving as plural processing entities so as to execute the computer program, the data processing is broken into plural units of processing by referring to the script code in which the content of the data processing is written, and the units of processing are assigned to the plural SPUs. Then, the whole computer program is executed when the SPUs execute the assigned process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Yokote, Hirotoshi Maegawa, Noriyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 9311950
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an optical disc apparatus including: an optical pickup radiating light having a first wavelength provided for an optical disc medium of a first type and light having a second wavelength which is smaller than the first wavelength and provided for another optical disc medium of a second type; a signal outputting section outputting a signal according to light reflected by the optical disc medium to reflect light radiated by the optical pickup; and a type determination section requesting the optical pickup to radiate light having the first wavelength to an object optical disc medium to acquire the signal output by the signal outputting section and determining the type of the object optical disc medium in accordance with the number of peaks appearing in the acquired output signal output by the signal outputting section while moving the optical pickup in a direction to the object optical disc medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Mimura
  • Patent number: 9310962
    Abstract: A data processing technology provides improved convenience. A user interface unit assigns a first object to a data file and displays the object on a screen. The unit also assigns a second object to an application processing the data file and displaying the object on the screen. When an operation to allow the first object to affect the second object is accepted, a notifying unit notifies the application of the direction or speed of the operation. The operation determining unit determines an operation performed in processing the data file, based an the direction or speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Tomokazu Kake
  • Patent number: 9311754
    Abstract: An image acquisition unit acquires an image captured by a first imaging device provided in a HMD for presenting an image observed when a three-dimensional image in a virtual three-dimensional space is projected onto a real-world setting, the first imaging device being configured to visualize an area including a field of view of a user wearing the HMD. A marker detection unit detects a marker included in the image captured by the first imaging device and acquired by the image acquisition unit. The image acquisition unit acquires an image captured by a second imaging device having an angle of view that at least partially overlaps an angle of view of the first imaging device. If the marker is not captured in the image captured by the first imaging device, the marker detection unit detects the marker in an image captured by the second imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Yoichi Nishimaki, Yoshinori Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9289679
    Abstract: Provided is a program capable of facilitating an operation input made by a user. A computer-readable information storage medium has stored thereon a program for controlling a computer connected to an operation input device to function so as to obtain, for each time unit, an input value indicating specifics of the operation input of the user received by the operation input device, and to calculate, as an output value of a parameter to be operated, a value obtained by changing a reference value by a change amount, the reference value being determined by one of a plurality of obtained input values, the change amount being determined by each of the plurality of obtained input values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Junya Okura, Toshitake Tsuchikura
  • Patent number: 9292071
    Abstract: In an electronic device provided with a resume function, a timer outputs a predetermined signal if a measured time value becomes a set time. Upon receiving the predetermined signal from the timer, a state control unit executes a resume process. A time information receiving unit receives time information that specifies a time interval, at which an application executes a predetermined process. A time interval retaining unit retains a time interval T for restoring the application to an executable state. A defining unit registers a set time with the timer on the basis of the received time information and the time interval T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Wataru Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9286053
    Abstract: A management server comprises: a control program storing unit which stores control programs of multiple types that correspond to respective user skill levels, which allow the user to remotely control an apparatus via a portable information terminal; a device information acquisition unit which acquires device information with respect to the apparatus to be controlled; a history acquisition unit which acquires the user's operation history; a control program judgment unit which judges the control program type to be transmitted based upon the operation history; and a version management unit which transmits the latest-version control program when a control program already transmitted to the portable information terminal does not match the latest version. When the latest-version control program is transmitted to the portable information terminal, the control program judgment unit again judges the control program type to be transmitted, based upon the user's operation history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Masayuki Chatani
  • Patent number: 9286059
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: an application recording portion in which application software is recorded; a patch obtaining portion obtaining patch data from a server; a patch recording portion in which the obtained patch data is recorded; and an application executing portion executing an application using the application software and the patch data. The patch obtaining portion includes a difference information obtaining unit obtaining data block difference information between a latest patch file retained by the server and a patch file recorded in the patch recording portion, and a download executing unit downloading an updated data block from the latest patch file according to the difference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Akiyuki Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 9286817
    Abstract: A picture-dimensionality check unit checks whether or not a picture to be reproduced is a three-dimensional picture containing a first parallax image and a second parallax image, which are images of an object from different points of view in a three-dimensional space. A display panel check unit configured acquires, from a display apparatus by which the picture is displayed on a display panel, information including the type of the display panel on the condition that the picture to be reproduced is a three-dimensional picture. A picture adjusting unit retrieves from a database a picture output condition that provides suitable display of the picture on the display panel, on the basis of the information acquired by the display panel check unit, and to adjust the picture in accordance with the retrieved picture output condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Kouichi Takenaka
  • Patent number: 9280265
    Abstract: A game device includes: a display control unit that displays a plurality of display targets on a display screen of a display device; an input acquiring unit that acquires a position of input from a front touch panel or a rear touch panel, which can detect input on the display screen; and a movement control unit that defines as a target to be moved a display target displayed by the display control unit on the display screen at a position corresponding to the position of a first input entry acquired by the input acquiring unit, and operative to scroll a display target other than the target to be moved in accordance with a second input entry acquired by the input acquiring unit while keeping the display position of the target to be moved at the position of the first input entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Arito Mochizuki, Tomoya Kitayama, Yoshiyuki Imada, Phillip Profitt
  • Patent number: 9280274
    Abstract: An information processing device for allowing a user to immediately understand that a beginning or end element object is displayed on a screen is provided. The device includes a display unit for displaying a portion of a display object, in which a plurality of element objects are arranged, in a display area, a first scrolling unit for scrolling the display object in a first direction in response to an operation of a user, a second scrolling unit for scrolling the display object in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction, and a determination unit for determining whether or not to scroll the display object in the second direction based on a position of the display area and a position corresponding to the plurality of element objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Eiichi Nishina, Keigo Tsuchiya, Hisao Wada
  • Patent number: 9275075
    Abstract: To provide an information processing device, an information processing method, an information storage medium, and a program capable of providing information and executing a processing according to a situation in which content is used. A channel data obtaining unit obtains content-corresponding images corresponding to a plurality of respective contents. An index screen image producing and outputting unit outputs a screen image showing a picture in which the respective content-corresponding images are placed according to a rule determined based on data that is updated upon use of the respective contents. An index-object-related processing executing unit executes, upon receipt of selection of the content-corresponding image, a processing that corresponds to a content-corresponding image selected and is based on data that is updated upon use of a content corresponding to the content-corresponding image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yoko Isobe, Shigeru Enomoto
  • Patent number: 9274702
    Abstract: A game device includes: an input position acquiring unit for acquiring the position of an input entry to a touch panel capable of concurrently detecting input entries at a plurality of points; a drawing start determination unit for determining, when the respective positions of concurrent input entries to the touch panel at two points are acquired, to start drawing a graphic if a distance between the two points is within a first range; a drawing unit for drawing, while the input entries at the two points continue to be input after drawing a graphic is started, a graphic calculated based on the respective movement trajectories of the two points and displaying the graphic on a display device; and a drawing end determination unit for determining to end drawing the graphic when the input of the input entries at the two points ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignees: SPNY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Masaomi Nishidate
  • Patent number: 9272218
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing system with which a new function can be added without altering an application program itself. The information processing system includes: a first execution information obtaining unit configured to obtain first execution information which indicates an execution state of a first execution unit configured to execute an application program; an execution information storing unit configured to store the first execution information; and the first execution unit or a second execution unit configured to execute the application program, in which the first execution unit or the second execution unit uses the stored first execution information to execute the application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiya Ikenaga, Osamu Ota, Hirotoshi Maegawa
  • Patent number: 9268430
    Abstract: If a corresponding area that is an area in a touch sensor related with an option is set larger than the size of a displayed option and corresponding areas related with different options overlap each other, any user-selected options may be properly identified. A processing execution block controls such that an option is displayed on a display block. An option identification block identifies, if a detection corresponding position that is a position in the display block related with a detected position detected by a touch sensor is inside an area in which a corresponding area that is an area including an area in which an option is displayed overlaps two or more options, any of these two or more options on the basis of a positional relation between said detection corresponding position and a corresponding area for each of these two or more options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Hatakeda
  • Patent number: 9268620
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device capable of issuing a notification of an occurrence of an event depending on a current operation mode in a case where the information processing device operates in a plurality of operation modes. An information processing device operates in a plurality of operation modes including at least a first mode and a second mode, receives event information output by an event output program, and notifies a user that the event information has been received, and the information processing device changes a pattern of notification between a case where the event information is received during the operation in the first mode and a case where the event information is received during the operation in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Motoki Kobayashi, Shigeru Enomoto
  • Patent number: D752088
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shuji Hiramatsu, Taku Sugawara, Shinji Kimura
  • Patent number: D753159
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shuji Hiramatsu, Taku Sugawara, Shinji Kimura
  • Patent number: D753700
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shuji Hiramatsu, Taku Sugawara, Shinji Kimura
  • Patent number: D753701
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shuji Hiramatsu, Taku Sugawara, Shinji Kimura