Patents Assigned to Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20170359576
    Abstract: A video coding or decoding method in which luminance and chrominance samples in a 4:4:4 format or a 4:2:2 format are predicted from other respective samples according to a prediction direction associated with blocks of samples to be predicted; comprises detecting a prediction direction in respect of a current block to be predicted; generating a predicted block of chrominance samples according to other chrominance samples defined by the prediction direction; if the detected prediction direction is substantially vertical, filtering the left column of samples in the predicted block of chrominance samples, or if the detected prediction direction is substantially horizontal, filtering the top row of samples in the predicted block of chrominance samples; and encoding a difference between the filtered predicted chrominance block and the actual chrominance block or applying a decoded difference to the filtered predicted chrominance block so as to encode or decode the block respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Alexander GAMEI, Nicholas Ian SAUNDERS, Karl James SHARMAN, Paul James SILCOCK
  • Publication number: 20170359565
    Abstract: There is provided an image pickup device and an image pickup method for estimating the depth of an image having a repetitive pattern with high accuracy. The peripheral cameras are arranged according to base line lengths based on reciprocals of different prime numbers as having a position of a reference camera, to be a reference when images from different viewpoints are imaged, as a reference. The present disclosure is capable of being applied to a light field camera and the like, for example, which includes the reference camera and the plurality of peripheral cameras, generates a parallax image from the images of plural viewpoints, and generates a refocus image by using the images from the plural viewpoints and the parallax image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhisa ITO
  • Publication number: 20170359544
    Abstract: A solid state imaging device includes: a pixel array unit that has a plurality of pixels 2-dimensionally arranged in a matrix and a plurality of signal lines arranged along a column direction; A/D conversion units that are provided corresponding to the respective signal lines and convert an analog signal output from a pixel through the signal line into a digital signal; and a switching unit that switches or converts the analog signal output through each signal line into a digital signal using any of an A/D conversion unit provided corresponding to the signal line through which the analog signal is transmitted, and an A/D conversion unit provided corresponding to a signal line other than the signal line through which the analog signal is transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20170359785
    Abstract: There is provided a communication device including: a communication unit that receives a beacon for a second communication service making secondary usage of a spectrum assigned to a first communication service; and a control unit that controls a transmission power to be used for transmission of a radio signal of the second communication service from the communication unit based on location data included in the beacon and indicating a location of a transmission source node of the beacon and a location of an interfered node interfered by the second communication service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Sawai, Ryota Kimura
  • Publication number: 20170357737
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to information processing apparatus and information processing method. The information processing apparatus includes one or more processors configured for: acquiring a material characteristic of at least one portion of a target entity; matching the material characteristic of the target entity with a predetermined material characteristic, where the predetermined material characteristic is correlated with at least one portion of a three-dimensional model; and generating, based on a result of the matching, information indicative of a correlation between the portion of the target entity and the portion of the three-dimensional model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ji LI, Zhihui ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20170357984
    Abstract: [Object] To provide information useful to a variety of users engaged in real estate transactions. [Solution] Provided is an information processing device, including: an information extraction unit that extracts information related to a second real estate property or a second transaction similar to a first real estate property or a first transaction occurring with respect to the first real estate property, on a basis of features of a real estate property or a transaction with respect to a real estate property; and a transaction result prediction unit that predicts a transaction result including a first price associated with the first real estate property in the first transaction, on a basis of the extracted information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo TAKAMATSU, Takuya FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20170357112
    Abstract: A display unit of the present invention includes a display section (10) that outputs a first linearly-polarized light as image light, and a display switching section (20) that performs switching between an image display mode and an external light reflection mode. The display section (10) includes a first absorption-type polarization member (11) that allows the first linearly-polarized light to pass through and absorbs second linearly-polarized light. The display switching section (20) includes a reflection-type polarization member (21), a switchable transmission polarization axis member (22), and a second absorption-type polarization member (23). The reflection-type polarization member (21) allows the first linearly-polarized light to pass through and reflects the second linearly-polarized light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Shibahara, Seiji Hayashimoto, Kotaro Shima, Kazuaki Kameshima
  • Publication number: 20170357849
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to detect various motions of a user and generate useful information utilizing the result, the information processing apparatus including: a motion detection unit configured to detect a series of motions of a user which are repetitive and nonperiodic; and an information generation unit configured to generate information related to the series of motions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori KATSU, Sota MATSUZAWA
  • Publication number: 20170359315
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to information processing apparatus and information processing method. An information processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a processing circuit configured for: acquiring information of 3D printing devices which are competent to a 3D print task, where the information includes attribute features of the 3D printing devices that can be used for an attribute-based decryption; determining, based on the acquired information, an encryption attribute set or a decryption logic setting for performing an attribute-based encryption on data of the 3D print task, where the encryption attribute set or the decryption logic setting covers a specified number of the 3D printing devices and has a low encryption overhead for the data; performing the attribute-based encryption on the data using the determined encryption attribute set or decryption logic setting to obtain encrypted data; and performing control to release the encrypted data as a 3D print task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Zhihui ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20170359087
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a data processing apparatus and a data processing method that are able to secure good communication quality in data transmission using an LDPC code. One symbol is mapped to one of 16 signal points prescribed in 16APSK, with code bits of four bits of an LDPC code having a code length of 16200 bits and a code rate of 7/15 as one symbol. 16 signal points prescribed in 16APSK are four signal points on an inner circle and 12 signal points on an outer circle, and a radius ratio of the inner circle and the outer circle is 5.25. The present technology may be applied to, for example, a case of performing data transmission using an LDPC code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nabil Sven Loghin MUHAMMAD, Yuji Shinohara, Michael Lachlan, Yuichi Hirayama, Makiko Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20170357572
    Abstract: To secure flexibility of the memory extension area which is secured on the memory of the host computer and used by the memory controller. [Solution] A controller memory stores data corresponding to an area allocated to a memory in a memory controller configured to control the memory. An access control unit allocates a partial area of the controller memory to a host memory in a host computer and uses the areas as a memory extension area. The extension area managing unit performs management so that a size of the memory extension area in the host memory is changeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Okubo, Kenichi Nakanishi, Yasushi Fujinami
  • Patent number: 9841890
    Abstract: A plurality of GUIs are displayed on the screen of a display. A hit determination area of each GUI is defined within a graphic of the GUI. When a user touches a point of contact, four virtual points of contact are generated in the shape of a ā€˜Vā€™ within the screen. A GUI desired to be selected by the user is identified according to a predetermined rule by referring to whether points of contact are located within each hit determination area, the number of points of contact, the priority level defined for each GUI, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Kitao, Katsuya Hyodo, Arito Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9840254
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for an autonomous vehicle, based on detection and/or application of horn, are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in an electronic control unit (ECU) used in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits in the ECU are configured to detect a horn sound emanated from a second vehicle. First sensor data associated with the first vehicle is captured based on the detected horn sound. The captured first sensor data indicates a first traffic scenario in a vicinity of the first vehicle. Second sensor data associated with the first vehicle is captured for an elapsed time interval prior to the detection of the horn sound. One or more control systems in the first vehicle are recalibrated to perform one or more functions associated with the first vehicle. The recalibration is based on the captured first sensor data and the extracted second sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Khushwant Peswani, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9841978
    Abstract: A processor includes: an instruction fetch portion configured to fetch simultaneously a plurality of fixed-length instructions in accordance with a program counter; an instruction predecoder configured to predecode specific fields in a part of the plurality of fixed-length instructions; and a program counter management portion configured to control an increment of the program counter in accordance with a result of the predecoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Hanaki, Satoshi Takashima
  • Patent number: 9841665
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided that includes a playback unit to play back music data, an analysis unit to analyze a feature of a relevant image of the music data, an image correction unit to perform image correction with use of any of a plurality of correction types, a storage unit to store one or more than one image, a selection unit to select a correction type corresponding to the feature of the relevant image analyzed by the analysis unit from the plurality of correction types, a correction control unit to cause the image correction unit to perform image correction of an image stored in the storage unit with use of the correction type selected by the selection unit, and an output unit to output the image corrected by the image correction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Mochizuki, Kazuto Nishizawa, Mitsuo Okumura, Takaomi Kimura, Tomohiko Gotoh
  • Patent number: 9842435
    Abstract: An information processing system that acquires image data captured by an image capturing device; identifies a density of distribution of a plurality of feature points in the acquired image data; and controls a display to display guidance information based on the density of the distribution of the plurality of feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaki Fukuchi, Kenichirou Ooi, Tatsuki Kashitani
  • Patent number: 9842493
    Abstract: A control apparatus and method and an electronic device. Wherein, the apparatus includes: a communicating unit configured to establish communication connection with a controlled object; an image acquiring unit configured to obtain a preview image containing the controlled object; and a controlling unit configured to receive a control instruction inputted according to the preview image, and control the controlled object according to the control instruction. Controlling the controlled object according to the preview image containing the controlled object may realize control of the controlled object in a simple and convenient manner, thereby improving user experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Zhangbin Yin, Yingying Qu
  • Patent number: 9842284
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a subject area detector and a subject area determinator. The subject area detector is configured to perform subject detection processing to detect a subject area from an input image. The subject area determinator is configured to determine a final subject area by majority decision processing that is based on the subject areas detected in the subject detection processing performed a plurality of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuta Nakao
  • Patent number: 9841812
    Abstract: According to an illustrative embodiment, an information processing device is provided. The information processing device includes at least one electrode configured to generate at least one signal related to eye blinking of a subject; and a processing circuit configured to receive the at least one signal and detect eye blinking of the subject based on the at least one signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Kitazawa, Seiji Wada, Kota Aizawa, Yutaka Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 9842603
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an encoding device and an encoding method, a decoding device and a decoding method, and a program, configured to obtain a high quality audio with less encoding amount. A number-of-sections determining feature amount calculating circuit calculates a number-of-sections determining feature amount for determining the number of divisions to divide a process target section into continuous frame sections each including a frame for which the same estimation coefficient is selected, based on sub-band signals of a plurality of sub-bands constituting an input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Yamamoto, Toru Chinen