Patents Assigned to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
  • Patent number: 9264785
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Dominic S. Mallinson
  • Patent number: 9259646
    Abstract: An object control device includes an object of interest specifying unit configured to specify an object of interest to obtain position information on the object of interest, an obstacle determining unit configured to determine whether there is an obstacle between the object of interest and the object, and a time measuring unit configured to measure a period after determining that there is the obstacle, and a holding unit configured to hold position information of the object of interest when the period reaches a predetermined period, and an object action control unit configured to control a direction of a part of the object, based on the position information obtained by the object of interest specifying unit before the period reaches the predetermined period, and based on the position information on the object of interest held in the holding unit after the period reaches the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Kudo, Fumito Ueda, Keiichiro Ishihara, Takahisa Suzuki, Yui Sasajima, Junichi Hosono, Takeshi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9262996
    Abstract: A mask region extraction unit extracts a region that is to be masked in a panoramic image. A mask processing unit generates the object image where the region to be masked in the panoramic image is masked. A positioning unit adjusts the direction of a spherical image to the shooting direction of the object image. A mapping processing unit maps the mask-processed object image and the spherical image onto a three-dimensional (3D) object space as textures. A 3D image generator generates a 3D panoramic image, when the 3D panoramic image is viewed in a specified line of sight in such a manner so as to regard the shooting location of the panoramic as a viewpoint position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoko Furumura, Shinichi Hirata, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9259647
    Abstract: The image generating program makes the image generating device perform: setting a number of increase or decrease objects in at least one of a plurality of regions on a field having the plurality of regions divided from each other and connected to each other; generating a display image including a display corresponding to the field and the set number of increase or decrease objects; generating the display image in which an increase or decrease number corresponding to a selected level is set in the region within a predetermined area; generating the display image in which the number of increase or decrease objects is increased or decreased on a basis of the set increase or decrease number; and ending the stage when the number of increase or decrease objects set in each of the regions becomes a predetermined value as a result of the increase or decrease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Koji Tada, Wataru Kato, Masasuke Yasumoto, Masahiko Sato
  • Patent number: 9258012
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for compressing a set of RAM data that may have some portions duplicated in a set of ROM data. The ROM data may be divided into a plurality of data chunks and hashed to obtained unique key values. Then a second hash may be performed on the RAM to see if there are any RAM data chunks that match the ROM data chunks. RAM data chunks with matching key values are replaced with pointers to the location of the data in the ROM. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Victor Octav Suba Miura
  • Patent number: 9256601
    Abstract: Audio fingerprinting and other media matching technologies can be used to identify media, such as movies, 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 then can share this information with other users, such as by uploading to a social networking site or passing the information to peers on a peer network as part of a container. Users can have the ability to add tagged content, provide comments and ratings, and otherwise interact based at least in part upon the tagged media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Dominic S. Mallinson
  • Patent number: 9256269
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure describe methods and apparatuses for executing operations on a client device platform that is operating in a low-power state. A first analysis may be used to assign a first confidence score to a recorded non-tactile input. When the first confidence score is above a first threshold an intermediate-power state may be activated. A second more detailed analysis may then assign a second confidence score to the non-tactile input. When the second confidence score is above a second threshold, then the operation is initiated. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Dominic S. Mallinson, Ruxin Chen
  • Patent number: 9256354
    Abstract: Provided is a list display apparatus configured to: arrange, from a list including a plurality of item images arranged in order, item images included in a partial range of the list in a predetermined scroll direction, and display the item images in the partial range on a screen; and move the item images in the scroll direction at a speed corresponding to a user's scroll instruction, and move item images that have not been displayed on the screen in the scroll direction from outside of the screen into the screen so as to newly display the item images on the screen. When the item image that is newly displayed is moved in the scroll direction into the screen, at least a part of the item image is moved in a cross direction crossing the scroll direction from the outside of the screen into the screen at a predetermined speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Arito Mochizuki, Kuniaki Oe
  • Publication number: 20160030845
    Abstract: Methods and systems for using a position of a mobile device with an integrated display as an input to a video game or other presentation are presented. Embodiments include rendering an avatar on a mobile device such that it appears to overlay a competing user in the real world. Using the mobile device's position, view direction, and the other user's mobile device position, an avatar (or vehicle, etc.) is depicted at an apparently inertially stabilized location of the other user's mobile device or body. Some embodiments may estimate the other user's head and body positions and angles and reflect them in the avatar's gestures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Stafford, Yunpeng Zhu, Steven Osman
  • Patent number: 9248374
    Abstract: A client device platform may provide an emulator with game inputs to advance an emulated game from a first state to a second state. The emulator may record the game inputs. Once the emulation of the game is suspended, the client device platform may deliver a replay request to the emulator. Upon receiving the replay request, the emulator may re-emulate the game inputs that have been stored in the emulator's memory. The re-emulation will produce the replay which may be delivered back to the client device platform. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael Christopher Watson, Victor Octav Suba Miura, Jacob P. Stine, Nicholas J. Cardell
  • Patent number: 9250799
    Abstract: Provided is a control method for an information input device capable of facilitating an operation input performed by a user. The control method for an information input device includes: acquiring a moving distance of an object when a user performs a movement operation for moving the object on a detection surface of a touch sensor for detecting a position of the object on the detection surface; acquiring a value regarding an operation mode of the movement operation; and outputting a value calculated based on the acquired moving distance and the acquired value regarding the operation mode, as an operation input amount exhibited in the movement operation performed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Junya Okura, Toshitake Tsuchikura
  • Patent number: 9250703
    Abstract: Methods, computer programs, and systems for interfacing a user with a computer program, utilizing gaze detection and voice recognition, are provided. One method includes an operation for determining if a gaze of a user is directed towards a target associated with the computer program. The computer program is set to operate in a first state when the gaze is determined to be on the target, and set to operate in a second state when the gaze is determined to be away from the target. When operating in the first state, the computer program processes voice commands from the user, and, when operating in the second state, the computer program omits processing of voice commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Gustavo A. Hernandez-Abrego, Steven Osman, Anton Mikhailov, Ruxin Chen
  • Patent number: 9251561
    Abstract: When there is a shooting location of another panoramic image in a shooting direction of a panoramic image to be displayed, a marker setting unit associates a marker, indicating the presence of the another panoramic image in the shooting direction, with the panoramic image to be displayed. A mapping processing unit maps the panoramic image to be displayed, which has been associated with markers for the other panoramic images, into a three-dimensional (3D) panoramic space as textures. A 3D image generator generates a 3D panoramic image when the 3D panoramic space is viewed in a specified line of sight, with the shooting location of the panoramic image to be displayed being set as a viewpoint position. An interface receives an instruction from a user concerning the displayed 3D panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoko Furumura, Takeshi Yamagishi, Shinichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 9253478
    Abstract: A video-image selection unit cyclically acquires at least two types of video images. A replacing mask determination unit selects, for each acquired video image, a mask pattern for masking a video image acquired by the video-image selection unit by replacing some pixels composing the video image with pixels of a single color such that said some pixels are spatially removed. Based on the mask pattern, the video-image replacing unit replaces said some pixels composing the video image with the pixels of a single color. A video-image output unit outputs the video image for which the replacement was performed. When selecting a mask pattern, the replacing mask determination unit selects a mask pattern that is different from a mask pattern used for the last video image, the mask pattern being different in the position of pixels not to be replaced with pixels of a single color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Morita, Yasuo Takahashi, Hideyuki Agata, Akitoshi Yamaguchi, Takeshi Makishima
  • Patent number: 9253480
    Abstract: A viewpoint detection unit detects a user viewing a stereoscopic image, including a parallax image of a subject as viewed from a predetermined position defined as a reference view position, and tracks a viewpoint of the detected user. A motion parallax correction unit determines, if a speed of movement of the viewpoint becomes equal to or higher than a predetermined level, an amount of motion parallax correction for the parallax image, on the basis of an amount of movement of the viewpoint, so as to generate a stereoscopic image corrected for motion parallax, generates, if the speed of movement of the viewpoint subsequently becomes lower than a predetermined level, a stereoscopic image by changing the amount of motion parallax correction in steps until the parallax image return to parallax images as seen from the reference view position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Akio Ohba, Nobuo Sasaki, Akihiko Sugawara, Hiroyuki Segawa, Tetsugo Inada
  • Patent number: 9253902
    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: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shinya Tsuchida, Yuta Tamaki
  • Patent number: 9251764
    Abstract: A display format identification unit identifies a display format defined in a plurality of items of image data associated with each other. A message communication unit communicates a message corresponding to the identified display format when an image generation unit generates a display image in a display format different from the identified display format. A communication storage unit stores a record indicating that the message communication unit communicates a message. If the communication storage unit stores the record indicating that the message was communicated, the message communication unit does not communicate a message again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Higuchi, Masaki Takahashi, Fumiaki Hisamatsu, Masaki Takase
  • Patent number: 9251783
    Abstract: In syllable or vowel or phone boundary detection during speech, an auditory spectrum may be determined for an input window of sound and one or more multi-scale features may be extracted from the auditory spectrum. Each multi-scale feature can be extracted using a separate two-dimensional spectro-temporal receptive filter. One or more feature maps corresponding to the one or more multi-scale features can be generated and an auditory gist vector can be extracted from each of the one or more feature maps. A cumulative gist vector may be obtained through augmentation of each auditory gist vector extracted from the one or more feature maps. One or more syllable or vowel or phone boundaries in the input window of sound can be detected by mapping the cumulative gist vector to one or more syllable or vowel or phone boundary characteristics using a machine learning algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ozlem Kalinli-Akbacak, Ruxin Chen
  • Patent number: 9250704
    Abstract: First a standard image to which a link is defined is displayed. If a user operates a input device and if the viewpoint enters into the first link boundary, and if the information indicating that a resume operation is required does not exist the first frame of moving image data is read out and displayed on the display device as a still image. If the viewpoint enters into the second link boundary, playing back and displaying of the moving image and is started. If the viewpoint moves out from the second link boundary, a frame displayed when the playback of the moving image is suspended is displayed as a still image and the resume point is stored. If the viewpoint moves out of the first link boundary, a standard image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki Shinohara, Hidehiko Morisada, Yute Lin
  • Patent number: 9244285
    Abstract: Methods of eye gaze tracking are provided using magnetized contact lenses tracked by magnetic sensors and/or reflecting contact lenses tracked by video-based sensors. Tracking information of contact lenses from magnetic sensors and video-based sensors may be used to improve eye tracking and/or combined with other sensor data to improve accuracy. Furthermore, reflective contact lenses improve blink detection while eye gaze tracking is otherwise unimpeded by magnetized contact lenses. Additionally, contact lenses may be adapted for viewing 3D information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Ruxin Chen, Ozlem Kalinli