Patents Assigned to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
  • Patent number: 9202508
    Abstract: Provided is an optical disk drive including a turntable on which an optical disk is mounted and which rotates the optical disk, a chuck pulley movable in the direction of an axis of the turntable between a first pulley position spaced from the turntable and a second pulley position which is close to the turntable and in which the chuck pulley grips the optical disk together with the turntable, the chuck pulley being attracted toward the turntable by a magnetic force, and a pulley operating mechanism for moving the chuck pulley between the first pulley position and the second pulley position. The pulley operating mechanism, at the time of moving the chuck pulley between the first pulley position and the second pulley position, inclines the chuck pulley in relation to the turntable, and brings the chuck pulley closer to or away from the turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Kazutaka Eto
  • Patent number: 9202440
    Abstract: Information is configured in a tree structure comprising a root node, internal nodes, and leaf nodes, and an image is prepared for each node. Links to images of internal nodes are set in a root node image. When a display area satisfies a predetermined link condition the display target is switched from the root node image to an image of an internal node. A link to a leaf node image is set in each of the internal node images. Further, an order is defined for the leaf node images so that the images can be successively accessed. When the display is switched from a link area of an internal node image to a leaf node image and the display is to return to the internal node after images of leaf nodes are accessed, the image area of the internal node is displayed according to the number of images traversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki Shinohara, Hidehiko Morisada
  • Patent number: 9201894
    Abstract: There is provided a data distribution system having a distribution device for holding a data file which is a distribution object and a plurality of user terminals, wherein each of the user terminals obtains each of a plurality of file pieces from any of the other user terminals or the distribution device, the plurality of file pieces being obtained by dividing the data file, and the plurality of file pieces obtained are assembled to thereby obtain the data file, at least one predetermined file piece among the plurality of file pieces is a restricted piece for which obtaining from the other user terminals is restricted, and the distribution device restricts distribution of the restricted piece to each of the user terminals, based on a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaaki Fukuda, Masaaki Isozaki
  • Patent number: 9201467
    Abstract: A portable terminal is provided with: a display device; a sensor configured to detect the orientation or position of the portable terminal; a data storage unit configured to store data; and a display control unit configured to display on the display device an icon or object that corresponds to the data stored in the data storage unit. The display control unit acquires information regarding the orientation or position of the portable terminal from the sensor and determines a display mode of the icon or object in accordance with a change in the orientation or position of the portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiro Fujii, Hidenori Karasawa, Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9204126
    Abstract: A three-dimensional content playback unit outputs to two or more image buffers a plurality of stereoscopic images of three-dimensional content, including a first parallax image and a second parallax image, resulting from viewing an object in a virtual three-dimensional space from different viewpoints. An interrupt request receiving unit receives an interrupt request requesting that a control menu be displayed. A control menu output unit overwrites, responsive to the acquisition of an interrupt request by the interrupt request receiving unit, a drawn image of an object in a three-dimensional space with an image of an object of the control menu drawn with parallax while moving the object of the control menu in the depth direction of the virtual three-dimensional space away from the viewpoint, regardless of the relative positions of the object of the control menu and the object in the three-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Hatakeda, Shinji Daigo
  • Publication number: 20150339805
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a first camera and a second camera and shoots the same object under different shooting conditions. A shot-image data acquirer of an image analyzer acquires data of two images simultaneously shot from the imaging device. A correcting section aligns the distributions of the luminance value between the two images by carrying out correction for either one of the two images. A correction table managing section switches and generates a correction table to be used according to the function implemented by the information processing device. A correction table storage stores the correction table showing the correspondence relationship between the luminance values before and after correction. A depth image generator performs stereo matching by using the two images and generates a depth image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.,
    Inventors: Akio Ohba, Hiroyuki Segawa, Tetsugo Inada, Hidehiko Ogasawara, Hirofumi Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20150334448
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for: displaying a program guide on a display device, the program guide being such that respective program frames for a plurality of programs are arranged in a display area having a time axis of one or more time slots and a channel axis; displaying a cursor on the display device and allowing a user to move the cursor, highlight desired ones of the program frames, and select from among the plurality of programs in the program guide; and displaying detailed program information regarding content of one of the programs of one of the program frames that is highlighted and/or selected by the user via the cursor, where the detailed information is displayed by enlarging the one of the program frames as compared with others of the program frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Manabu NISHIZAWA, Yuki KOBAYASHI, Kensaku ISHIZUKA, Koji KANAI
  • Patent number: 9186580
    Abstract: A storage stores content information for a trial version of an application program assigned identification information and content information for a product version; a license information acquisition unit acquires license information for the application program by referring to request information acknowledged by an input acknowledging unit; a determination unit determines whether the license information for the application program is stored in the memory by referring to the identification information; and a display processing unit generates a display screen using first content information until the determination unit determines that the license information is stored, and generates a display screen using second content information when the determination unit determines that the license information is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Tanaka, Daisuke Mori, Keisuke Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9189956
    Abstract: When a key input acknowledging unit acknowledges user input from a valid key enabled to control a first electronic device, a light-emission control unit causes a first light-emitting unit for a first selection key to emit light. On the other hand, when the key input acknowledging unit acknowledges user input from a control key other than the valid key, the light-emission control unit causes a second light-emitting unit for a second selection key or a third light-emitting unit for a third selection key to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kazama, Atsushi Usami, Shunichi Yanase
  • Patent number: 9189146
    Abstract: When a game operation image is displayed on a touch panel of a portable terminal, the size of a game display screen and the operation image are small and therefore the progress of a game becomes difficult. Even in the case of a terminal having only a touch panel of a limited size, an operation image having a size that affects the progress of a game as little as possible is displayed on the touch panel by superimposing the operation image on a game display screen at a position that affects the progress of the game as little as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Makoto Ishii
  • Publication number: 20150326547
    Abstract: Data may be protected using a combination of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography. A symmetric key may be generated and the data may be encrypted with the symmetric key. The symmetric key and a only a portion of the symmetrically encrypted data may then be encrypted with an asymmetric public key. The entire set of encrypted data, including the asymmetrically encrypted symmetric key, the doubly encrypted portion of data, and the remainder of the symmetrically encrypted data may then be sent to a remote device using insecure communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Alan Carlson
  • Publication number: 20150325116
    Abstract: A method includes generating an audio signal, generating a control signal that is configured to control a haptic feedback device that is incorporated into a device for delivering audio based on the audio signal to a user, and embedding the control signal in the audio signal by using a pseudorandom signal to form an encoded audio signal. Another method includes receiving a signal that includes an audio signal having an embedded control signal, recovering the control signal from the received signal by using a pseudorandom signal, using the recovered control signal to control a haptic feedback device that is incorporated into a device for delivering audio, recovering the audio signal from the received signal, and using the recovered audio signal to generate audio in the device for delivering audio. Systems perform similar steps, and non-transitory computer readable storage mediums each store one or more computer programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick William Umminger, III
  • Publication number: 20150321096
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing entertainment software for reduced network delivery time includes analyzing entertainment software to identify a first stage implementing a subset of the functionality of the entertainment software such that the first stage is deliverable to an entertainment platform across a network more quickly than the delivery of the entire entertainment software, and preparing the identified first stage for download, such that the identified first stage may be downloaded and used on the entertainment platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Applicant: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Stewart Sargaison, Brian Watson, Simon Booth, Victor Octav Suba Miura
  • Patent number: 9180367
    Abstract: An operating device used in a game machine for playing a television game includes a main body and first and second finger-manipulatable operating units positioned symmetrically on the main body. The operating device may include first and second grips projecting at spaced positions from the main body, with the first and second operating units being positioned adjacent the first and second grips. The operating device may further include vibration-imparting units for imparting vibrations to the user's hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Teiyu Goto, Hiroki Ogata
  • Patent number: 9183683
    Abstract: A system and method for accessing secured resources using a portable device. When a user with such a portable device is within close proximity to a locked door or other secured resource, a verification process can be automatically initiated on the device. The user verification could utilize all the input and sensor methods on the device. Once the identification process has successfully completed, an access code can be transmitted to the locked door or device via wired or wireless network. This allows for reduced electronics required at these locked doors and allows for more dynamic security measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Steven Osman, Jeffrey Roger Stafford, Yunpeng Zhu
  • Patent number: 9185269
    Abstract: A shift time monitoring section of a host terminal monitors a shift between the input timing of frame data from an imaging device and the ideal input timing for the frame data, the ideal input timing being obtained from the output frequency of a display. An operation cycle adjusting section transmits a request signal for adjusting the operation cycle per frame in the imaging device according to the magnitude of the shift in the input timing. An H-counter section of the imaging device counts the outputting of the horizontal synchronizing signal with a vertical synchronizing signal in the imaging device as a starting point, and generates a signal at a predetermined scanning line. A VSync adjusting counter section counts a pixel clock with the signal from the H-counter section as a starting point, and generates a vertical synchronization signal at a value set to the pixel clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Akio Ohba, Hiroyuki Segawa, Hideyuki Saito
  • Patent number: 9183051
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus and methods to perform thermal management in a computing environment. In one embodiment, thermal attributes are associated with operations and/or processing components, and the operations are scheduled for processing by the components so that a thermal threshold is not exceeded. In another embodiment, hot and cool queues are provided for selected operations, and the processing components can select operations from the appropriate queue so that the thermal threshold is not exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Keisuke Inoue
  • Publication number: 20150317043
    Abstract: An operation button 22 carries out an operation of an electronic apparatus 10 through a key input. A touch panel 50 is a display area of the electronic apparatus 10 and carries out an operation of the electronic apparatus 10 through a touch operation. A display controlling unit 100 displays, in response to the operation of at least one of the operation button 22 and the touch panel 50, a menu including at least one choice relating to the operation of the electronic apparatus 10 on a display device. Here, the display controlling unit 100 displays a menu to be displayed in response to the operation of the operation button 22 and a menu to be displayed in response to the operation of the touch panel 50 such that the menus include at least one common choice and besides the common choice is disposed in layouts different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masakazu Hayashi, Kensaku Ishizuka, Eiji Yamada, Yuki Kobayashi, Manabu Nishizawa
  • Publication number: 20150317826
    Abstract: In an image processing device, an information processing section performs information processing according to an instruction input by a user. An alpha buffer generating block of an image processing section generates an alpha buffer representing, in an image plane, the alpha value of each pixel when designated objects formed by a plurality of objects are collectively regarded as one object. A rendering block reads each piece of model data from an image data storage section, and renders an image also including other objects than the designated objects. A shading processing block approximately calculates degrees of occlusion of ambient light on the image plane, and subjects the rendered image to shading processing on a basis of a result of the calculation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiro Koguchi, Masaaki Oka
  • Publication number: 20150317051
    Abstract: When a user fast-forwards pages and there arises a necessity to display pages ahead of image data generating processing by a page image generating unit 114, a paging managing unit 112 of a viewing screen control section 110 culls pages whose image data is to be generated, and requests an image rendering unit 122 to display already generated preceding or succeeding pages as a dummy. A display region managing unit 116 requests the image rendering unit 122 to sequentially display specified display regions stored in a movement rule storage unit 118 according to advancing operation of the user. The advancing operation is started at a point in time that a finger in contact with a front touch pad 21 is removed. An advance notice operation of moving a display region by a minute amount in a direction in which a movement is intended to be performed is performed before the advancing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Takayuki SHINOHARA