Patents Assigned to Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130076944
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that includes a camera unit including an imaging sensor that captures an image; a display that displays an image; and a processor that: clips an image region having a size corresponding to a photography zoom power from an image captured by the camera unit; adjusts a clipping position at a time of clipping the image region from the image; and controls the display to display the clipped image region on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Junichi KOSAKA
  • Publication number: 20130076688
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus that includes a touch panel; a proximity detection unit configured to detect an approach and contact of an external object to the touch panel based on a changed in capacitance value and to detect a location on a surface of the touch panel where the capacitance value changed; and an operation control unit configured to control the proximity detection unit to stop the detection of a location contacted by the external object on the touch panel surface when the approach of the external object is detected by the proximity detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS JAPAN, INC.
    Inventor: Kenji TOKUTAKE
  • Patent number: 8406824
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus includes a power-supply apparatus configured to supply electric power to a load that is intermittently operated by using a battery as a power supply; and a control unit configured to control the power-supply apparatus, wherein the power-supply apparatus includes a capacitor; a switching unit capable of selectively forming a first path through which charging is performed from the battery to the capacitor and a second path through which the battery is connected in series with the capacitor, and wherein the control unit controls the switching unit so that the first path is formed during a period in which the load is idle and the second path is formed during a period in which the load is not idle, and thereby supplies the voltage of the sum of the battery voltage and the charged voltage of the capacitor in a non-idle period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Hirotada Taniuchi, Shigeo Kusunoki, Tetsuo Kimura, Akihito Kato, Kazuhiko Saito
  • Patent number: 8406686
    Abstract: A mobile communication terminal apparatus includes a non-contact communication section configured to perform non-contact communication with an external terminal apparatus. The non-contact communication section includes a main unit having a controller configured to control communication with the external terminal apparatus and a main antenna, and a sub-unit having a sub-antenna having a coil whose number of windings is smaller than the number of windings of a coil of the main antenna and an adjuster configured to adjust a resonance frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Takaaki Tsushima, Hideaki Hatakeyama
  • Publication number: 20130069836
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus that includes a first antenna section having a first power feed point; a second antenna section having a second power feed point; a first electrically conductive plate extending between the first antenna section and the second antenna section; a second electrically conductive plate disposed substantially in parallel with the first electrically conductive plate and extending between the first antenna section and the second antenna section; and a short-circuiting member that electrically short-circuits the first electrically conductive plate and the second electrically conductive plate to each other such that a slit is formed by a part of a periphery of the first electrically conductive plate and a part of a periphery of the second electrically conductive plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Akihiro BUNGO
  • Patent number: 8400369
    Abstract: A multiband antenna includes at least two antenna elements for use in a low frequency band and a high frequency band, a feeding point unit configured to be shared by both of the antenna elements for use in the low frequency band and the high frequency band and an impedance matching unit configured to be inserted into and connected to a position between an end of the antenna element for use in the high frequency band on the side of the feeding point unit and an open end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communication Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Hideaki Shoji
  • Patent number: 8392852
    Abstract: An user interface for facilitating user operation. At time of an initial setup, the user selects a desired character, a room, images of items to be installed in the room, such as a television receiver set, a personal computer apparatus, etc. After selection, a user interface is formed in which images of the character and an item are incorporated into an image of the room, such as for example a living room selected by the user. The user may virtually reproduce his or her room at the user interface by imagining his or her room so as to select a room and install items. As a result, it becomes possible to provide the user with a user interface which allows an intuitive and simple operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Mamoru Tokashiki
  • Patent number: 8386458
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device capable of coupling to the Internet and a home network, includes: accompanying information storing means operable to store an image obtained by photographing and accompanying information pertaining to the image and the photographing; search request means operable to request a search server on the Internet to execute a search with the accompanying information as a keyword; search result storing means operable to temporarily store search result obtained from the search server; image composition means operable to create a composite image by combining the search result with the image obtained by the photographing; and transmission means operable to transmit the composite image to a specified output device on the home network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshika Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20130033196
    Abstract: A light emitting element drive apparatus capable of outputting the lowest voltage satisfying drive conditions and having high light emitting efficiency and low power loss, and a portable apparatus using the same, comprising an LED drive apparatus to which LEDs of different drive voltages required for emitting light are connected in parallel and driving one or more LEDs, wherein the LED drive apparatus 10 has drive circuits connected to the corresponding LEDs among a plurality of LEDs and driving the corresponding LEDs with luminances based on set values and power supply circuits for deciding a drive voltage value required for the highest light emission among one or more LEDs driven to emit light based on drive states of drive circuits (for example terminal voltages of the current source) and supplying a drive voltage having at least the decided value to LEDs in parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicants: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc., Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Tsuchida, Junji Saito, Kazuo Sudo
  • Publication number: 20130021487
    Abstract: A mobile terminal having a camera function includes a camera unit for capturing an image of a subject, and an image-capture control calculation unit that controls an image-capturing operation performed by the camera unit and that also calculates a movement speed of the subject that is being captured by the camera unit. Then, when the camera unit is performing continuous image capture, the image-capture control calculation unit dynamically changes and controls an image-capture time interval at the time of continuous image capture in accordance with a movement speed of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Masahide Ishino, Hiroaki Adachi, Kensuke Mashita, Yuuji Wada, Mitsuyo Usami
  • Patent number: 8350896
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus includes: a display unit configured to display a projection image of a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional display screen; an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an operator who is in a state of viewing the display screen; a changing unit configured to change a viewpoint position relative to the three-dimensional object in response to a position of an image of the operator's face relative to the captured image; and a projection image generator configured to obtain a projection image generated by projecting each portion of the three-dimensional object viewed from the viewpoint position onto a predetermined projection plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Kawakami, Hiroyuki Kawakami, Kenta Ohmori
  • Publication number: 20130003334
    Abstract: A chip component is provided with a block including a dielectric, input and output terminals, which are the first and second terminals that are provided on the surface of the block, an adjustment terminal that is a third terminal that includes an internal electrode extended into the block and that is provided on the surface of the block, and at least two inter-terminal circuits that are provided in the block and that are connected between at least two sets of two terminals of the first, second, and third terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Kotaro Fujimori
  • Patent number: 8346311
    Abstract: An audio signal processing apparatus includes a band signal component extraction unit for extracting signal components in a predetermined frequency band from an audio signal input by an audio collection unit for collecting at least an outgoing call audio upon an audio phone call, a stationary signal component extraction unit for extracting a stationary signal component from the signal components, a signal adjustment unit having a level adjustment function of adjusting an output signal level with respect to an input signal level and an input and output characteristics change function of changing input and output characteristics upon level adjustment in the level adjustment function through a control signal and configured to set an incoming call audio signal upon the audio phone call as the input signal, and a control signal generation unit for generating the control signal for changing the input and output characteristics by using the stationary signal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Makoto Tachibana
  • Patent number: 8340653
    Abstract: A communication terminal apparatus that includes a personal information obtaining unit configured to obtain contact information about one or a plurality of persons that are a subject of an image; a storage unit configured to store the image in an image address book as an image-attached personal information list item after being added with the contact information obtained by the personal information obtaining unit; a display unit configured to display the image stored in the storage unit; and a control unit configured to cause the display unit to display the image stored in the storage unit when an operation of reading the image-attached personal information list item is performed, and perform a process related to the contact information added to the image in the storage unit when an operation of selecting the one or plurality of persons on the displayed image is performed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Junji Shimagaki
  • Patent number: 8339107
    Abstract: A portable device is disclosed that includes a charge control circuit configured to control charging of a secondary battery included in a battery pack, the secondary battery being configured to supply power to the portable device; a temperature detection terminal at which the temperature of the secondary battery is detected from a temperature detection part of the battery pack; positive and negative power terminals to be connected to the battery pack; a control circuit configured to control the operation of the portable device; and an interface circuit connected between the temperature detection terminal and each of an input terminal of the charge control circuit and an input terminal of the control circuit, in which a signal detected at the temperature detection terminal is fed to each of the charge control circuit and the control circuit through the interface circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd., Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Akira Ikeuchi, Itsuki Nakano, Kenichi Kasai, Katsuya Suzuki, Kuniharu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8341539
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a content detector portion, a display controller portion, an operation state detector portion, and a popup display controller portion. The content detector portion detects contents belonging to a same time range from different types of contents. The display controller portion collects the contents detected by the content detector portion and belonging to the same time range, displays content-related graphical information of the respective contents collected in units of the respective time range, and displays on the display portion a selector. The operation state detector portion detects an operation state of an operation portion. After detecting a predetermined operation state, the popup display controller portion detects a content having past time information with respect to the time information of the selected content, and popup displays content-related graphical information of the detected content on the display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsuzawa, Yoshimitsu Funabashi, Mayu Irimajiri, Atsushi Imai, Seiji Muramatsu, Takamoto Tsuda, Keiko Hiraoka, Takeshi Tanigawa, Tomoharu Okamoto, Akihiko Adachi, Tatsuhiko Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8340696
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device including a communication processor that conducts wireless communication processing, an operation unit that receives an instruction input from a user for selecting a communication contact, a displacement detector that detects a magnitude of displacement in orientation of the mobile terminal device, and a controller that causes the communication processor to conduct the wireless communication with the selected communication contact according to the detected magnitude of displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Kosuke Endo, Hironori Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20120320000
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that includes a first sensor that receives a first type of signal; second and third sensors that receive a second type of signal; a control unit that calculates a position of a source from which a signal of the first type and a signal of the second type are transmitted based on a first time at which the signal of the first type is received at the first sensor, a second time at which the signal of the second type is received at the second sensor and a third time at which the signal of the second type is received at the third sensor; and a display that displays an image corresponding to a path obtained based on changes in position of the source calculated by the control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Susumu Takatsuka
  • Patent number: 8328364
    Abstract: A projection display apparatus includes an axial fan and a louver. The axial fan includes blades which are rotated to generate an airflow in an axial direction so that air is exhausted from a housing. The louver includes inclined plate portions which are inclined with respect to the axial direction, the inclined plate portions being arranged in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction at an airflow exit side of the axial fan, the louver being divided into a first area and a second area by a straight line which passes through an axial center of the blades, the inclined plate portions being inclined in different directions between the first area and the second area such that the inclined plate portions are inclined along the direction in which the blades are rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroko Fujibayashi, Hiroyuki Meguro, Kazuhiro Takai
  • Patent number: 8331959
    Abstract: A mobile communication terminal device includes: an operation unit registering information related to a predetermined region in which a user desires QoS guarantee; a sending unit sending the information related to the predetermined region registered in the operation unit and information that can identify a current position of the mobile communication terminal device; a receiving unit receiving QoS guaranteed data when the current position is in the predetermined region; and a control unit controlling a behavior of sending the information in the sending unit and a behavior of guaranteeing the QoS in the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Satofumi Tomioka