Patents Assigned to Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130179780
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that determines a direction to browsed next as a guiding direction with a location of content displayed by a display of the information processing apparatus as a reference location; determines a perceptual strength of each of a plurality of active elements disposed in different locations on or within a casing of the information processing apparatus based on the guiding direction; and controls each of the plurality of active elements based on the perceptual strengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130176189
    Abstract: A mobile terminal that includes a first antenna element disposed in proximity to a first side of the mobile terminal, a second antenna element disposed in proximity to a second side of the mobile terminal, and a third antenna element disposed in proximity to a third side of the mobile terminal. The mobile terminal further including a switching mechanism that switches between a first connection mode in which the first and second antenna elements are feed elements and the third antenna element is a parasitic element, and a second connection mode in which the first and third antenna elements are feed elements, and a control unit that controls the switching mechanism to switch between the first connection mode and the second connection mode in accordance with a predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichiro KODAMA, Aiko YOSHIDA, Akihiro BUNGO
  • Publication number: 20130169221
    Abstract: A charging apparatus including a mounting portion on which a plurality of information processing apparatuses are mounted, a power transmission unit that transmits power in a non-contact manner to each of the plurality of information processing apparatuses placed on the mounting portion, and a control unit that receives a charge order instruction from at least one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses, and controls the power transmission unit to transmit power to each of the plurality of information processing apparatuses in an order determined based on the received charge order instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130169215
    Abstract: A charging device including a first connector connected to a power source; a second connector connected an electronic device; a magnetic element connected to a magnet of the electronic device; a magnetic sensor that detects a magnetic force generated by the magnet of the electronic device; and a switch circuit disposed between the first connector and the second connector and that switches between an open state and a closed state based on an output of the magnetic sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130172016
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that detects a first location of the information processing apparatus; receives information representing a target location from a target information processing apparatus; detects a target direction from the first location toward the target location; detects an orientation of a casing of the information processing apparatus; calculates an angular difference between the target direction and the orientation of the casing; determines a perceptual strength of each of a plurality of active elements disposed in different locations on or within the casing based on the angular difference; and controls each of the plurality of active elements based on the perceptual strengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130163158
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus including a first housing; a second housing; and a slide hinge that couples the second housing to the first housing such that the second housing is slidable with respect to the first housing in a first direction between a closed state and an open state. The slide hinge includes a support plate fixed to the second housing, a movable plate slidably coupled to the first housing with respect to the support plate along the first direction, an intermediate plate slidably supported by the support plate with respect to the support plate in the second direction, and a cam mechanism that slides the intermediate plate in the second direction in accordance with a slide operation of the movable plate along the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130162566
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that controls a display to display captured image at a first portion of the display; detects whether an image of a specific pattern exists in the captured image; controls the display to display an image corresponding to data in a second portion of the display; detects that a user input was received at a first position corresponding to the first portion of the display and a second position corresponding to the second portion of the display; and transmits data corresponding to an image displayed at the first position to another information processing apparatus corresponding to the captured image displayed at the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130165098
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that receives, from another information processing apparatus, first displacement information; senses second displacement information corresponding to movement of the information processing apparatus; and establishes a connection with the another information processing apparatus based on a predetermined relationship between the first displacement information and the second displacement information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130154554
    Abstract: When the charge level of a fully-charged rechargeable battery decreases due to quiescent power drain, in order to recharge it is necessary for the user to pick up and again place the mobile device in which the rechargeable battery is inserted onto a charging apparatus and issue instructions to start recharging. To address this issue, a charging controller applies control to disconnect a capacitor from a receiver coil with a switch in the case where the charge level of a rechargeable battery is equal to or greater than a given threshold value, and additionally applies control to connect the capacitor to the receiver coil with the switch in the case where the charge level of the rechargeable battery is less than the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130147731
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including a display and a touch panel disposed on or integrally formed with the display that detects a touch input by a user. The information processing apparatus setting initial coordinates corresponding to a first position of a touch input detected by the touch panel; setting a first region and a second region of the display based on the initial coordinates; and controlling the display to change a scale of a displayed image based on a distance between the initial coordinates and a second position of the touch input continuously detected by the touch panel in one of the first and second regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130141857
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus that includes a first case, a second case, and a complex hinge module that has a slide hinge and a rotational hinge, to shift each of the first case and the second case between a closed state and an opened state. The slide hinge further includes a movable plate, a support plate that slidably supports the movable plate and is secured to the second case, and an elastic member configured to move the second case back toward the first case. The rotational hinge includes a fixed part secured to the first case, a rotational part which is rotatable on an axis common to the fixed part and the rotational part, and a link mechanism that connects the rotational part with the movable plate and has an extruding part to move the second case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: Tatsuya SANO
  • Publication number: 20130141361
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including a display; a touch panel stacked on or integrally formed with the display; and a controller that receives an output from the touch panel indicating that first gesture input is detected that substantially encloses a region of the display, and controls the display to expand an image displayed by the display based on a size of the region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130141362
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that includes an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject, a display, provided on a first surface of the information processing apparatus, that displays the image of the subject, and a touch panel, provided on a second surface of the information processing apparatus, that detects a touch input, the second surface being a surface opposite to the first surface. The information processing apparatus further including a controller that receives an output from the touch panel corresponding to the touch input and outputs a command to control at least one of the imaging unit and the display based on the touch input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130106773
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including a touch panel that detects a non-contact operation of an operation element by detecting an electrostatic capacitance of an operation surface of the touch panel; and a controller that determines a distance between the operation surface and the operation element based on the detected electrostatic capacitance, and controls a predetermined operation of the information processing apparatus based on the determined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji TOKUTAKE
  • Publication number: 20130109414
    Abstract: A terminal device that includes a display that displays an image; a positioning unit that measures a current position; a memory that stores information corresponding to a plurality of positions measured by the positioning unit in association with a time at which each of the plurality of positions was measured; and a controller that controls the display to display a travel trace on a map based on the information stored in the memory and that variably sets a display scale of the map according to a travel speed or traveled distance per unit time corresponding to the travel trace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryoji MIYAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20130104342
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including first and second cases, and a hinge shifting the first and second cases between open and closed states. The hinge including a slide hinge including a movable plate, and a support plate secured to the second case that slidably supports the movable plate. The hinge further including a rotation hinge including a fixed part secured to the first case; a rotational part rotatable on an axis common with the fixed part; an elastic member providing the rotational part with a force to rotate the rotational part with respect to the fixed part; a link mechanism connecting the rotational part with the movable plate; and a locking member locking rotation of the rotational part with respect to the fixed part. The support plate including a rotation actuating part that unlocks the locking member so that the rotational part rotates with respect to the fixed part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya SANO
  • Publication number: 20130093719
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising: a touch panel that detects a contact operation and a contactless operation of an operation element by detecting an electrostatic capacitance of an operation surface of the touch panel; and a controller that determines whether an application activated at the information processing apparatus supports contactless operations; controls the application based only on contact operations detected at the touch panel when is determined that the application does not support contactless operations; and controls the application based on both contact operations and contactless operations detected at the touch panel when it is determined that the application supports contactless operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji TOKUTAKE
  • Publication number: 20130093680
    Abstract: A mobile communication terminal that includes a display panel; a first touch panel provided on a surface of the display panel; a second touch panel provided on at least one surface of the mobile communication terminal other than the surface of the display panel; and a controller that controls the display panel based on at least one of a size and number of contacts corresponding to a touch input detected at the second touch panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi OGITA
  • Publication number: 20130093631
    Abstract: A wireless terminal including a display device; a first conductive plate that supports the display device; a second conductive plate that supports the display device; a circuit board including a ground pattern that is connected to the first conductive plate; a radio frequency (RF) circuit mounted on the circuit board; and a first feeding unit connected to the RF circuit and disposed between the first and second conductive plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichiro KODAMA
  • Patent number: 8424092
    Abstract: A battery pack includes at least one rechargeable battery configured to output power; a remaining battery capacity detection unit configured to detect a remaining battery capacity of the at least one rechargeable battery; and a cryptographic unit configured to output a response word in response to an external request word by encrypting the external request word based on a cryptographic algorithm with a common code key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignees: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd., Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Akira Ikeuchi, Itsuki Nakano, Kenichi Kasai, Katsuya Suzuki, Kuniharu Suzuki