Patents Assigned to Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20170090951
    Abstract: A method may include associating, with a timer-B, a second application in a terminal device; setting the terminal device in a standby mode; and executing the second application when a processor in the terminal device wakes up after the timer-B measures a second amount of elapsed time. The timer-B may not initiate wake-up of the processor. The method may further include determining whether the second application is associated with the timer-B or a timer-A when the terminal device receives a command of setting the terminal device in the standby mode; and when the second application is determined as being associated with the timer-A, unassociating the second application with the timer-A. The timer-A may initiate wake-up of the processor when the timer-A measures another second amount of elapsed time while the terminal device is the standby mode. A timer associated with a first application may initiate wakeup of the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Koichi KATO
  • Patent number: 9244531
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive sheet member contains a body having predetermined hardness and a sheet shape and a sense-of-touch-representing unit that represents a sense of touch. The sense-of-touch-representing unit has a predetermined size and is arranged at positions of the body or at a predetermined position of the body. The touch-sensitive sheet member also contains a medium-supplying unit that supplies medium to the sense-of-touch-representing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Shun Kayama, Takashi Sawada, Yukiko Shimizu, Tsutomu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8886017
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including an input terminal that receives a plurality of image units that are temporally or spatially continuous; an image processing unit that performs image processing on the plurality of image units by iteratively performing the image processing on subsets of the plurality of image units; and a display image generating unit that controls a display to display the plurality of image units when the image processing unit begins performing the image processing; display, at a time of a completion of intermediate processing of a subset of the plurality of image units by the image processing unit, an intermediate processed image including the processed subset of the plurality of image data units; and display, after completion of the processing of the plurality of image units by the image processing unit, a complete processed image including the processed plurality of image data units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Junichi Kosaka, Hideshi Yamada
  • Publication number: 20140098031
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that detects touch input at a touch panel disposed on or formed integrally with a display, extracts one or more character strings from a plurality of character strings displayed on the display based on the detected touch input, prioritizes the extracted one or more character strings, and controls the display to display the extracted one or more character strings in order based on the prioritizing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: Takahiro Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20140094229
    Abstract: An attitude detector installed in a cabinet detects the current attitude of the cabinet. Control circuitry suppresses radiated output power of a wireless transceiver in accordance with the current attitude of the cabinet, which is detected by the attitude detection unit. The attitude detection unit obtains two angles ? and ? based on x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis outputs of a three-axis acceleration sensor, for example. The control circuitry determines the necessity or lack thereof of the suppression of the radiated output power in accordance with a combination of the angle values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro MISHIMA, Hiroki Nitta
  • Publication number: 20140089701
    Abstract: A method may include associating, with a timer-B, a second application in a terminal device; setting the terminal device in a standby mode; and executing the second application when a processor in the terminal device wakes up after the timer-B measures a second amount of elapsed time. The timer-B may not initiate wake-up of the processor. The method may further include determining whether the second application is associated with the timer-B or a timer-A when the terminal device receives a command of setting the terminal device in the standby mode; and when the second application is determined as being associated with the timer-A, unassociating the second application with the timer-A. The timer-A may initiate wake-up of the processor when the timer-A measures another second amount of elapsed time while the terminal device is the standby mode. A timer associated with a first application may initiate wakeup of the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: Koichi Kato
  • Publication number: 20140062801
    Abstract: A multi-band frame antenna to be used for LTE, MIMO, and other frequency bands. The frame antenna includes two main parts: a metallic frame with no gaps or discontinuities, and a conductive block. The outer perimeter of the metallic frame surrounds the conductive block, and there is a gap between the metallic frame and the conductive block. The conductive block is connected to a system ground. One or more antenna feeds are routed across the gap, between the metallic frame and the conductive block. One or more electrically shorted connections may also be made across the gap, between the metallic frame and the conductive block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventors: Check Chin YONG, Minh-Chau HUYNH
  • Publication number: 20140015724
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus may include a conductor layer having an aperture and a slit that adjoins the aperture; and a resonance tuning component including a first element, a second element, and a third element coupled with the first and second elements. The slit may have an opening at a periphery of the conductor layer. A first gap may be arranged between the first element and the conductor layer. At least a part of the first element may be coupled with the conductor layer. A second gap may be arranged between the second element and the conductor layer. The antenna apparatus may include a capacitor and an inductor. The capacitor may be connected with the inductor in parallel between the first element and the conductor layer. The terminal device may include the antenna apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: Akihiro Bungo
  • Publication number: 20130332918
    Abstract: A terminal device may include: a communication interface to receive, from a server via a network, a file for updating software in a memory device coupled with the terminal device, and a software update table that includes data regarding one or more performance values and one or more time values indicative of one or more lengths of time taken to update the software using the file; a processor to obtain data regarding a performance value of the memory device, select, from the software update table, one of the one or more performance values based on the performance value of the memory device, and obtain, from the software update table, a time value associated with the selected performance value; and an output device to provide an output corresponding to the obtained time value. Each performance value is associated with one of the one or more time values, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Aoyagi, Miki Suzuki, Yasuyuki Hirao, Hidefumi Kaneko, Takeshi Kanemoto, Tomohiro Ichikawa
  • Publication number: 20130321309
    Abstract: To improve ease of operation in a case where a display device and a small terminal apparatus are connected to each other, and coordinated display is performed. When a contact or approach of an object having a size greater than or equal to a threshold value with or toward the surface of a display panel is detected, a video or an instruction corresponding to the motion detected by the motion sensor is output. The display device, on the basis of the video or the instruction that is output, displays a video in which the position of a pointer or the like is changed in response to the motion detected by a motion sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji TOKUTAKE
  • Publication number: 20130244574
    Abstract: A terminal device including an operation unit configured to receive an operation instruction performed by an external object; an operation disabling controller which performs control such that when the terminal device is in a disabled state, the operation instruction performed on the operation unit is ignored or the disabled state is cancelled; an operation detector which outputs, when a touch operation by the external object is detected, content of the touch operation as the operation instruction; an operation speed determination unit which determines whether a movement speed of the touch operation is higher than a predetermined threshold; and an operation controller which instructs the operation disabling controller to cancel the disabled state and control execution of a predetermined function when it is determined that the touch operation is an operation instruction to cancel the disabled state and in accordance with the movement speed of the touch operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventors: Takayoshi OKUNO, Takeaki Shimoe
  • Publication number: 20130222334
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including a display that displays a three-dimensional (3D) image including a left-eye image and a right-eye image; a sensor unit that detects a proximity operation of an object by detecting detection data corresponding to a distance between the sensor unit and the object; and a controller that adjusts a difference between the left-eye image and the right-eye image of the 3D image displayed by the display based on the detection data detected by the sensor unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji TOKUTAKE
  • Publication number: 20130227033
    Abstract: A client device including a first message receiver that receives a first message from an external device; a second message receiver that receives a second message from the external device; a display unit that displays one of the first message received by the first message receiver and the second message received by the second message receiver; and a controller that determines whether or not a specific address or a specific keyword is stated in the body of the second message received by the second message receiver, and discards the received second message on the basis of the determination result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130208153
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising: a sensor unit including a plurality of sensor arrays that output first imaging data formed by an optical system; an array converter that generates second imaging data by converting the first imaging data output by the sensor unit into an order corresponding to a predetermined arrangement; a first signal processor that performs first signal processing on the second imaging data output by the array converter; and a second signal processor that performs second signal processing on the first imaging data output by the sensor unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi TAKANO
  • Publication number: 20130201151
    Abstract: A touch panel device including a touch panel unit having transparent electrodes arranged in an X and Y direction; an electrical potential detection unit configured to scan the electrodes and detect electrostatic capacitance values in the X and Y direction; an object type detection unit configured to detect a type of object that has come within proximity to the surface of the touch panel unit on the basis of a distribution shape of the electrostatic capacitance values detected by the electrical potential detection unit; and an operation position detection unit configured to, based on the detected type of object, change a data extraction threshold value used to calculate a touch position of the object, and detect coordinates of a position at which the object has come within proximity to or come into contact with the surface of the touch panel unit based on the changed data extraction threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130194143
    Abstract: A communication terminal apparatus and wireless communication device include comprising a first antenna having a first feed point, and a second antenna including a slit antenna and having a second feed point, the second antenna being spaced apart from the first antenna. The slit antenna includes a first conductive plate, a second conductive plate disposed substantially parallel to the first conductive plate, and a short-circuiting structure electrically connected between the first conductive plate and the second conductive plate so as to electrically short the first conductive plate to the second conductive plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
  • Patent number: 8493334
    Abstract: An optical input device has a display screen, a portion of the display screen being shielded from light by an operating member to implement input processing based on a plurality of input modes. The input device includes an input detection unit including a display unit that displays predetermined input information, and a control unit. The input detection unit detects an area and/or brightness of a light-shielded portion formed on the display screen by the operating member by approaching the display unit. The control unit provides display control of the display unit and input control on the basis of the detected area and/or brightness. The control unit compares the detected area and/or brightness with a predetermined threshold value to select a desired input mode from among the plurality of input modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Tsutomu Takahashi, Satoshi Kushima, Hideki Okii, Shun Kayama, Yukiko Shimizu, Takashi Sawada
  • Publication number: 20130181938
    Abstract: A touch panel device including an electrostatic capacitance type touch sensor in which a plurality of transparent electrode units are arranged in X and Y directions; a conductive layer that is connected to predetermined transparent electrode units among the plurality of transparent electrode units forming the electrostatic capacitance type touch sensor unit and that extends outward from an arrangement area of the plurality of transparent electrode units; a position detection unit that detects a position at which an external object contacts a surface near the electronic capacitance type touch sensor or the conductive layer; and a processor that executes a predetermined application program based on the position detected by the IC unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Kouichiro TAKASHIMA, Mitsuhiro TANIHATA, Fumiyuki ITO
  • Publication number: 20130181941
    Abstract: An input processing apparatus, including a consecutive input operation interval detector that detects a time interval between consecutive input operations received at the input processing apparatus; and an information processing unit that conducts information processing based on the detected time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130176285
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that includes a memory that stores a plurality of images, and a controller that obtains a template having attributes applied to each of a plurality of display areas, selects images matching the attributes of the respective display areas from among the plurality of images stored in the memory, disposes the selected images matching the attributes of the respective display areas in the respective display areas, and controls a display to display the template including the selected images disposed in the respective display areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Mayuko SATO, Kazutoshi OHNO, Rie NAGASAWA