Patents Assigned to Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20220150402
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a controller and a control method capable of providing an imaging system which achieves cost reduction. A control unit controls a first imaging direction of a first imaging unit and a second imaging direction of a second imaging unit as a direction different from the first imaging direction in accordance with a situation of an object associated with a first image captured by the first imaging unit or a second image captured by the second imaging unit. For example, the present technology is applicable to a lecture capture system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro SHIMAUCHI, Hidetoshi NAGANO
  • Patent number: 11327556
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing system including a storage section that holds a plurality of agent programs with different attributes, a communication section that provides an agent service by the agent programs to a client terminal of a user, and a control section that selects, from among the plurality of agent programs, one agent program suited to an emotion of a user who can use the agent service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Shionozaki
  • Patent number: 11327576
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including an information request unit, in a case in which a predetermined trigger signal is detected in a first sensor, requesting second detection information based on a signal detected in a second sensor located at a different position from that of the first sensor, a local communication unit receiving the second detection information, and a processing determination unit determining processing to be executed based on first detection information based on a signal detected in the first sensor and the second detection information. Power consumption can be further suppressed in an information processing apparatus in which sensors are provided at different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11330310
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an encoding device, an encoding method, a reproduction device, a reproduction method, and a program enabling each reproduction equipment to reproduce an appropriate content in a simplified manner. A content data decoding unit decodes encoded metadata and outputs zoom area information, which is included in metadata acquired as a result thereof, designating an area to be zoomed. A zoom area selecting unit selects one or a plurality of pieces of zoom area information from among the zoom area information. A video segmenting unit segments a zoom area represented by the selected zoom area information in a video based on video data and outputs zoom video data acquired as a result thereof. An audio converting unit performs an audio converting process according to the selected zoom area information for audio data and outputs zoom audio data acquired as a result thereof. The present technology can be applied to a reproduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Tsuji, Toru Chinen, Runyu Shi, Masayuki Nishiguchi, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11330191
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device that includes a wide image capturing unit which captures an image of a wide viewing angle, a tele image capturing unit which captures an image of a narrow viewing angle, and an image processing unit which receives an input of the captured images of the respective imaging units and executes signal processing. In a case where a wide conversion lens is attached to the tele image capturing unit, the image processing unit executes any one of a high-sensitivity image generation processing, a HDR image generation processing, or a high-resolution image generation processing based on the captured images of the wide image capturing unit and the tele image capturing unit according to a situation at the time of imaging with a wide conversion lens attachment detection unit which detects whether the wide conversion lens is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatoshi Yokokawa, Hideyuki Ichihashi, Yiwen Zhu, Tomohiro Nishi
  • Patent number: 11330599
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic apparatus, a method and a computer-readable storage medium for a wireless communication system. The electronic apparatus for a wireless communication system according to the present disclosure comprises: a processing circuit, configured to generate resource allocation information according to interference conditions encountered by user equipment (UE), wherein a current altitude of the UE is higher than an altitude threshold, and sending the resource allocation information to base station equipment of other cells apart from neighboring cells of a current serving cell of the UE, so as to configure information sending resources for the base station equipment of the other cells. The electronic device, method and computer-readable storage medium of the present disclosure are capable of reducing information interference generated in a wireless communication system of an unmanned aerial vehicle device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuan Zhang, Penshun Lu, Wenbo Zhang
  • Patent number: 11328444
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a signal processing apparatus and system. In calibration, a sensor section is used to acquire a time of day when a stereo camera image capturing a target is acquired and a time of day when a radar image capturing the target is acquired. The target has a radar reflector and a marker. The image acquisition times of day are acquired while at the same time changing a distance between the sensor section and the target so as to find an amount of time-of-day discrepancy, a difference in time of day between the stereo camera image and the radar image at the same distance. At the time of object detection, the radar image acquired first is buffered and then output together with the stereo camera image acquired by the time-of-day discrepancy later, thus combining the stereo camera image and the radar image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshio Yamazaki, Takuto Motoyama, Kentaro Doba, Yasuhiro Sutou
  • Patent number: 11325520
    Abstract: A transmittance estimation unit estimates a transmittance for each of regions from a captured image. The transmittance estimation unit estimates the transmittance for each pixel, using, for example, dark channel processing. A transmittance detection unit detects a transmittance of haze at the time of imaging of the captured image, using the transmittance estimated for each pixel by the transmittance estimation unit and depth information for each pixel. The transmittance detection unit detects the transmittance of the haze on the basis of, for example, a logarithm average value of the transmittances in the whole or a predetermined portion of the captured image, and an average value of depths indicated by the depth information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawata, Kazunori Kamio, Yuki Tokizaki
  • Patent number: 11329759
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to electronic device, communication method, decoding method, and medium. There is provided an electronic device comprising processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to determine a codec capability of at least one of a first communication apparatus and a second communication apparatus, wherein determining the codec capability comprises determining whether the codec capability comprises a capability of performing decoding process based on quantum computing. The processing circuitry is further configured to determine codec information for communication between the first communication apparatus and the second communication apparatus based on the codec capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Yalei Wang, Xin Guo, Chen Sun
  • Patent number: 11329995
    Abstract: There is disclosed a blockchain-based system, and an electronic apparatus and a method in the system. The electronic apparatus at a control node end includes a processor configured to: verify, in response to an ownership declaration for a new object that is first introduced from a to-be-verified node in the system, the ownership declaration; and sign, in a case that the verification is successful, the ownership declaration to be returned to the to-be-verified node, so that the signed ownership declaration is verified by other nodes in the system and a record regarding the ownership declaration is added to the blockchain. According to the embodiment of the disclosure, it is possible to verify the newly introduced object in the blockchain-based system without binding with a cipher coin, while maintaining a peer-to-peer architecture of the blockchain-based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zhihui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11329090
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image sensor, a manufacturing method and an electronic device capable of preventing a ghost. In the image sensor, a plate-like transparent member larger than a sensor chip in size is affixed to a side of a pixel array unit of the sensor chip having the pixel array unit in which pixels that perform photoelectric conversion are arrayed. The present technology can be applied to a case of capturing an image by receiving light, regardless of whether the light is visible light or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taizo Takachi
  • Patent number: 11329078
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solid-state imaging device including a plurality of pixels and a plurality of on-chip lenses. The plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix pattern. Each of the pixels has a photoelectric conversion portion configured to photoelectrically convert light incident from a rear surface side of a semiconductor substrate. The plurality of on-chip lenses are arranged for every other pixel. The on-chip lenses are larger in size than the pixels. Each of color filters at the pixels where the on-chip lenses are present has a cross-sectional shape whose upper side close to the on-chip lens is the same in width as the on-chip lens and whose lower side close to the photoelectric conversion portion is shorter than the upper side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rena Suzuki, Hiroki Tojinbara, Ryoto Yoshita, Yoichi Ueda
  • Patent number: 11328716
    Abstract: When a confirmation response to a user speech is generated, a confirmation response capable of reducing a possibility of the occurrence of misunderstanding by adding additional information acquired from dictionary data or an application execution results is generated. Provided is an information processing device including an audio input unit that receives a user speech, a confirmation response generating unit that generates a confirmation response for requesting confirmation of a speaking user to the user speech, and an audio output unit that outputs the confirmation response generated by the confirmation response generating unit, in which the confirmation response generating unit executes generation of a confirmation response using additional information acquired from at least any of dictionary data and an application execution result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke Touyama
  • Patent number: 11324438
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program through which it is possible to intuitively and visually recognize skin conditions. An analysis result acquisition unit acquires a skin condition analysis result based on an epidermis image obtained by capturing skin epidermis. A display control unit displays an analysis result image of a predetermined display form based on a skin condition analysis result on a display unit. Therefore, it is possible to intuitively and visually recognize skin conditions. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an electronic device configured to display a skin analysis result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Natsuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 11327568
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the present technology includes an information acquisition unit and a signal output unit. The information acquisition unit acquires electronic information. The signal output unit outputs a first haptic signal for presenting haptic feedback with respect to an object, the haptic feedback with respect to the object being set corresponding to the acquired electronic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATION INC
    Inventors: Mikio Takenaka, Ryosuke Murakami, Hideaki Hayashi, Akira Ono, Ryo Yokoyama, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Seiji Muramatsu, Mioko Ambe, Kazutoshi Ohno, Tetsuya Naruse, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11328379
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus and an image processing method that enable selection of viewpoints of depth images suitable for creation of a 3D model. A viewpoint determination unit determines that a candidate viewpoint be a viewpoint of a depth image of a 3D model on the basis of the 3D model projected on a screen from the candidate viewpoint. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an encoding device or the like that generates and encodes color images and depth images from predetermined viewpoints, from color images and depth images from a plurality of viewpoints of a 3D model of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kendai Furukawa, Junichi Tanaka, Yuichi Araki
  • Patent number: 11330226
    Abstract: A configuration capable of recording MMT format data on a medium as BDAV format data and performing copy control according to the original copy control information is achieved. The MMT format data, for which copy control information is set, is input and recorded on an information recording medium as BDAV format data. As record data, (a) a stream file including a packet string in which the MMT format data is stored, and (b) copy control information corresponding to the stream file, in which the copy control information corresponding to the MMT format data is reflected, are generated and recorded as an additional header of a packet included in the stream file or as another file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Uchimura, Kenjiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 11330183
    Abstract: A shake correction device including a driven body, a first actuator that is extendable and contractible in a first direction, a second actuator that is extendable and contractible in a second direction, a support that supports the driven body via the first actuator and the second actuator, a first connection mechanism unit that connects at least either between the first actuator and the driven body or between the first actuator and the support, and a second connection mechanism unit that connects at least either between the second actuator and the driven body or between the second actuator and the support. The first connection mechanism unit and the second connection mechanism unit have at least one degree of rotational freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Nakata, Satoshi Nakamaru, Yoshio Goto, Tomoya Takei, Kazuyuki Ejima
  • Patent number: 11327712
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a receiver, a shared information unit, a transmitter, a voice recognition unit, and an application execution unit. The receiver is configured to receive a voice signal and information from a second apparatus. The shared information unit is configured to create shared information shared by both the apparatus and the second apparatus based on the information received from the second apparatus. The transmitter is configured to transmit the shared information to the second apparatus. The voice recognition unit is configured to analyze the voice signal. The application execution unit is configured to execute an application based on a result generated by the voice recognition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Onohara, Roka Ueda, Keishi Daini, Taichi Yoshio, Yuji Kawabe, Seizi Iwayagano, Takuma Higo, Eri Sakai
  • Patent number: 11329873
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an acquisition control unit configured to acquire information on function extension from an external object, the information on the function extension including attribute information indicating a function of a device and connection information relating to a connection to the device, and a function control unit configured to extend a function of the information processing apparatus based on the acquired attribute information, connect to a device corresponding to the extended function based on the acquired connection information, and enable the extended function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Matsuo, Masahiro Oba, Shunsuke Suzuki