Patents Assigned to Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
  • Patent number: 10616563
    Abstract: A reconfigurable imaging apparatus, a computer-implemented method, and an imaging system are described. Generally, the apparatus includes platforms. Each platform houses one or more optical sensors. A pivotal connector is connected with at least two platforms and supports a relative movement of such platforms with respect to one another. Hence, the platforms can be arranged and switched between different arrangements based on the pivotal connector, thereby allowing a reconfiguration of the apparatus. In an example, arrangement, the optical sensors are pointed in different directions to cover different fields of views, thereby supporting monoscopic imagery. In another example arrangement, the optical sensors are pointed in substantially a same direction to cover substantially a same field of view, thereby supporting stereoscopic imagery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Taylor, Glenn T. Black, Todd S. Tokubo
  • Patent number: 10614589
    Abstract: A motion detecting section 30 detects the attitude of a head-mounted display device worn on the head of a user. A visual line direction determining section 32 determines a visual line direction in accordance with the detected attitude of the head-mounted display device. An image generating section 34 generates an image based on the determined visual line direction. An image providing section 36 provides the head-mounted display device with the generated image. An instruction acquiring section 24 acquires from an input device 6 an instruction to switch the visual line direction. When the instruction acquiring section 24 acquires the switching instruction, the visual line direction determining section 32 changes the visual line direction by a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Takayuki Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10616583
    Abstract: Input digital frames may be down-sampled to create one or more base frames characterized by a lower resolution than the input digital frames. Enhancement information corresponding to a difference between pixel values for the one or more input digital frames and corresponding pixel values of up-sampled versions of the one or more base frames is then created. The one base frames are encoded to form a set of base data and the enhancement information is encoded to form a set of enhancement data. The base data and enhancement data may then be transmitted over a network or stored in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Rathish Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10613641
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to realize character string input using two or more devices by an efficient technique. A character string input system includes a first information processing apparatus and a second information processing apparatus. The first information processing apparatus acquires an operation done on a first input device and acquires a first character string on the basis of the acquired operation. The second information processing apparatus acquires an operation done on a second input device and acquires a second character string on the basis of the acquired operation. The first information processing apparatus outputs an input character string on the basis of the first character string acquired by the time input of the second character string is started by use of the second input device and the second character string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Masanori Nomura, Tomohiro Ogawa, Satoru Matsuda, Takenori Oshima, Junichi Naoi
  • Patent number: 10610788
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs for obtaining profile data of a user from a wearable device are provided. One example method includes connecting a peripheral device with a base computing device via a data connection. The peripheral device usable for interfacing with a computer game when executed by the base computing device. The method also includes detecting, by the peripheral device, a wearable device of a user that is using the peripheral device. The wearable device having an electronic circuit and a memory for storing information usable to identify a profile of the user. The method further includes reading or obtaining, by the peripheral device, the information from the memory of the wearable device, then sending the information to the base computing device. The information is used by the base computing device to identify the profile of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Anton Mikhailov
  • Patent number: 10613630
    Abstract: A head mounted display (HMD) including a lens of optics configured for viewing virtual reality (VR) content. The HMD includes a display screen disposed behind the lens of optics such that the lens of optics is between the display screen and an eye of a user when the HMD is worn by the user, wherein the display screen is configured for rendering the VR content. The HMD includes a support structure configured to fit around a head of the user when worn, wherein the lens of optics and display screen is disposed within the support structure such that the display screen is located in front of the eye when the HMD is worn. The HMD includes a heating component disposed in the support structure, wherein the heating component is controllable to provide heat in response to an environmental cue in the VR content displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masanori Omote
  • Patent number: 10614558
    Abstract: To solve a problem that when there is an error in a mounting position in mounting a lens and thus an optical axis of the lens and a center of a display is shifted, centers of images seen by the left and right eyes of a user individually, are shifted and thus an intended sense of distance cannot be presented to the user. An output apparatus includes a display portion including a plurality of sub-pixels every pixel, and a lens arranged on a display surface side of the display portion, and outputs information on an assembly error representing position shift between an optical axis of the lens and a center of the display portion. An information processing apparatus produces corrected image data obtained by correcting image data becoming an object of display based on the information on the assembly error output from the output apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takizawa, Takamasa Araki, Rei Miyazaki, Shotaro Tada
  • Publication number: 20200103642
    Abstract: A head-mounted display includes a main assembly, a mounting unit mounted on a head of a user and supporting the main assembly, a display unit housed in the main assembly and displaying images, a first lens and a second lens housed in the main assembly and guiding image light from the display unit to right eye and left eye, respectively, of the user, a first light reducer including an annular first end base disposed in the main assembly in surrounding relationship to edge of the first lens and a tubular first wall extending from the first end base in rearward direction of the main assembly, and a second light reducer including an annular second end base disposed in the main assembly in surrounding relationship to edge of the second lens and a tubular second wall extending from the second end base in the rearward direction of the main assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Yuko HIROWATARI
  • Patent number: 10609308
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for presenting non-video content through a mobile device that uses a video camera to track a video on another screen. In one embodiment, a system includes a video display, such as a TV, that displays video content. A mobile device with an integrated video camera captures video data from the TV and allows a user to select an area in the video in order to hear/feel/smell what is at that location in the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Osman
  • Patent number: 10607417
    Abstract: A position/posture acquiring unit of image generating apparatus acquires information on the position and posture of the head of a user. A view screen control unit sets a view screen according to the point of view of a user. An original image operating unit disposes an original image in a virtual space and moves the position thereof in response to movement of the point of view of the user. In addition, the original image operating unit calculates the amount of displacement of pixels in such a manner that an object looks fixed. Thereby, the original image operating unit sets a reference vector for each pixel of the image plane. The original image operating unit decides the reference vector by interpolation regarding a pixel for which the reference vector is not set. A displayed image generating unit carries out mapping of the original image onto the view screen by using the obtained reference vectors to generate a displayed image. An output unit outputs the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment inc.
    Inventors: Nobuo Sasaki, Atsushi Takizawa
  • Patent number: 10603576
    Abstract: An operating device includes: right and left hold sections to be held by a user, the right and left hold sections provided with first operating members; and a central section interconnecting the right and left hold sections. The operating device has a second operating member forming an upper surface of the central section. The second operating member includes a touch sensor located between the first operating members of the right and left hold sections, and is so supported as to be capable of vertical movement in response to a user's pressing-down operation. The second operating member is plate-like in shape, so that user's fingers can easily reach the second operating member in a condition where the user is holding the hold sections. As a result, operability of the operating device can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 10603590
    Abstract: To provide a game presenting system having a plurality of game systems for each executing a process of a game in which a plurality of users participate, and a game presenting machine for presenting a situation of the game executed by the game system, wherein the game presenting machine obtains a motion image related to the game executed by each of the plurality of game systems, and produces a game presenting screen image showing, as a list, at least some of the plurality of motion images obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Yumi Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10609024
    Abstract: An information processing device includes an imaged image display section configured to display an imaged image on a display, a registered user information retaining section configured to retain face identifying data of a registered user, a face authenticating section configured to detect a face image of the registered user present in the imaged image using the face identifying data retained in the registered user information retaining section, a region image display section configured to display, to the detected registered user, a region image specifying a region to which to move an object on the display, and a guidance control section configured to provide guiding assistance for facilitating the detected registered user moving the object to the region specified by the region image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Nodoka Tokunaga, Masaki Takase
  • Patent number: 10608863
    Abstract: A transmission control device includes a delaying section and a transmitting section. When an application program calls a connect function, the delaying section delays transmission of a synchronize packet in response to the calling of the connect function. Upon calling of a transmit function by the application program while the transmission of the synchronise packet is being delayed, the transmitting section transmits the synchronise packet including transmission target data in response to the calling of the transmit function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Koji Shima, Makoto Ikushima
  • Publication number: 20200099236
    Abstract: An electrical machinery and apparatus has a first rechargeable battery, and a second rechargeable battery different in characteristics from the first rechargeable battery built therein, the electrical machinery and apparatus including: a first charging circuit charging the first rechargeable battery; and a second charging circuit charging the second rechargeable battery. The second charging circuit charges the second rechargeable battery with an electric power supplied from an outside of the electrical machinery and apparatus, and the first charging circuit charges the first rechargeable battery with both the electric power supplied from the outside of the electrical machinery and apparatus, and an electric power supplied from the second rechargeable battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Ohashi
  • Publication number: 20200099304
    Abstract: There is provided a DC/DC converter that can eliminate the necessity of current sense resistors to thereby reduce the mounting area, improve the efficiency, and realize favorable transient characteristics. A multi-phase DC/DC converter with N phases (N is an integer equal to or greater than 2) is provided. A high-side transistor MH, a low-side transistor ML, and an inductor L are provided for each phase ?. Output power supply wiring connects a load side end of each of N inductors L1 to LN and a load. The output power supply wiring is branched from the load toward the load side ends of the N inductors L1 to LN. A coil current flowing through an inductor Li of an ith phase ?i (i=1, 2, . . . N) is detected based on a voltage drop Vsi of a branch portion bri corresponding to the phase ?i of the output power supply wiring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuki Sasao
  • Publication number: 20200099913
    Abstract: A video providing device for providing video content having a plurality of viewpoints, the device includes: a video storage unit operable to store a plurality of versions of a video for each of a plurality of the viewpoints in the video content, the videos being encoded such that each video includes a region of high resolution corresponding to that viewpoint, where a plurality of the videos each include the same region of high resolution, and each video having the same region of high resolution is encoded with a temporal offset of the group of pictures relative to those other videos with the same region of high resolution, the group of pictures offsets defining video switching times for each video, a viewpoint determining unit operable to determine a requested viewpoint in the video content, a timing identification unit operable to identify a next suitable video switching time from amongst the plurality of video switching times, a video selection unit operable to select a video with a high resolution region c
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony William GODAR
  • Patent number: 10599304
    Abstract: The present invention provides a content player allowing a user to select content to view using a viewing history of content viewed by another user. The content player performs a content playing process in response to a user instruction. The content player acquires viewing history information about content viewed by a related user related to the user with a content player different from the content player. The content player presents, to the user, the acquired viewing history information. The content player performs, if the user selects the presented viewing history information, a playing process of content indicated by the selected viewing history information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Hisayuki Kunigita, Seung-Hyun Lee, Jae-Hyun Park, Ju-Yeong Ji
  • Patent number: 10596451
    Abstract: A replay data acquisition section acquires replay data for reproducing a play status of a game. A replay image generation section generates a replay image of a game scene on the basis of the acquired replay data. A user determination section determines a user to be included in a combined image. A user image acquisition section acquires a user image obtained by imaging the determined user. A combination processing section generates the combined image by combining the acquired user image with the replay image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nodoka Tokunaga, Keigo Tamura, Toshimasa Aoki, Shoichi Ikenoue
  • Patent number: 10596464
    Abstract: The game apparatus has an instruction input acquisition block configured to acquire information indicative of an entered instruction from a first input apparatus used by a first user whose head wearing a head mounted display on and information indicative of entered instruction from a second input apparatus used by a second user enabled to view a display apparatus; a control block configured to control, in a virtual three-dimensional space, an event on the basis of an instruction acquired by the instruction input acquisition block; a first image generation block configured to generate a first image of the virtual three-dimensional space to be displayed on the head mounted display; and a second image generation block configured to generate a second image of the virtual three-dimensional space to be displayed on the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Doucet, Yutaka Yokokawa, Gento Morita, Keiichiro Ishihara, Yuki Miyamae, Kazutomo Sasaki, Ngo Tuyen Thibaud, Masafumi Noda, Takumi Yoshida