Panasonic Patents

Panasonic Corporation manufactures and sells electronic and electric products. Its products include audiovisual equipment (such as flat-panel televisions, Blu-ray recorders, digital cameras, PCs projectors and in-flight entertainment systems), home appliances (such as cooking, beauty, cooling and heating equipment), systems and communications products (such as mobile phones and surveillance and security cameras). Panasonic also offers lighting, automotive systems (such as car navigation systems) and industrial devices (such as electronic components, electronic materials, semiconductors and optical devices).

Panasonic Patents by Type

  • Patent number: 9826586
    Abstract: A power supply includes an input for receiving a first DC voltage, an output for outputting a second DC voltage, a voltage conversion circuit configured to convert the first DC voltage into the second DC voltage, and a control circuit configured to control the voltage conversion circuit to vary a voltage value of the second DC voltage. The control circuit is configured to control the voltage conversion circuit so as to decrease the voltage value of the second DC voltage from a first voltage value to a second voltage value for a predetermined duration every time a predetermined period elapses. The first voltage value is equal to or greater than a voltage value necessary to keep lighting a light source. The second voltage value is smaller than the voltage value necessary to keep lighting the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Motomura, Hirofumi Konishi, Kenichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 9826579
    Abstract: A lighting system includes an EL unit having a light emitter, a holding frame that holds the EL unit, and a control unit that controls lighting of the EL unit, wherein the holding frame includes a rail-shaped conductive member, and power and communication signals are transmitted between the control unit and the EL unit through the conductive member. With this configuration, since the connection between the control unit and the EL unit is made by the conductive member provided on the holding frame, which holds the EL unit, space for wiring in a residential space can be reduced. Further, simply by placing the holding frame on a mounting surface and attaching the EL unit and the control unit to the holding frame, they are connected. Therefore, without special skills, a resident can install the lighting system as appropriate and can easily replace the EL unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naofumi Kodama, Kazufumi Oogi, Tosiharu Suenaga
  • Patent number: 9825773
    Abstract: A first device is installed at a first location in a first space visible to a user. A second device is installed at a second location in a second space not visible to the user. A device control method acquires line-of-sight information indicating a line-of-sight direction of the user from a camera. The line-of-sight direction of the user is determined based on the line-of-sight information. In a case where the line-of-sight direction indicates a third location other than the first location, the second device is identified as an object of control. Sound data indicating speech of the user is acquired from a microphone, a control command corresponding to the sound data is generated, and the control command is transmitted to the object of control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masafumi Okubo, Keiichi Tanaka, Tomonori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9825487
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a storage battery including one or more storage batteries and electrically connected to a predetermined load; a detector which detects a power outage state in which no electric power is being supplied from a power system; a first switch between the power system and the storage battery; and a controller which controls at least the first switch. When the detector detects the power outage state, the controller turns off the first switch to electrically disconnect the storage battery and the power system, and the storage battery causes the one or more storage batteries to discharge and supplies electric power to the controller and the predetermined load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoshi Ito, Shoichi Toya
  • Patent number: 9820697
    Abstract: A lesion determination apparatus includes: a number-of-images acquiring unit configured to acquire and record, on occurrence of a direction change that is either a first state in which a second operation instruction is received immediately after receipt of a first operation instruction or a second state in which the first operation instruction is received immediately after a receipt of the second operation instruction, a number of one-directionally viewed images that is either a number of tomography images continuously viewed in response to continuous first operation instructions including the first operation instruction in the first state or a number of tomography images continuously viewed in response to continuous second operation instructions including the second operation instruction in the second state; and a locality determining unit configured to determine whether the object part is a focal lesion or a diffuse lesion based on a change in the number of one-directionally viewed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutoyo Takata, Kazuki Kozuka, Kenji Kondo, Hirohiko Kimura, Toyohiko Sakai
  • Patent number: 9825719
    Abstract: A radio communication device includes: a directivity control unit that configures each of directivities of a plurality of antennas; a directivity switching unit that switches between the directivities of the antennas; a reception quality estimation unit that measures a reception quality of a received signal received by the antennas; and a block error estimation unit that estimates a block error in reception data which is obtained by decoding the received signal. In the case where a block error occurs continuously for a predetermined number of times or longer and an amount of decrease in the reception quality is lower than a predetermined value, the directivity control unit re-adjusts a directivity to decrease the block error, based on a result of the estimation of the block error and a result of the measurement of the reception quality, the re-adjusted directivity being one of the directivities of the antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naganori Shirakata, Hiroyuki Motozuka
  • Patent number: 9825704
    Abstract: A modulation device includes: a modulation ID signal generator that generates a first ID signal including first identification information; a reception terminal capable of receiving a second ID signal including second identification information; a transmission terminal capable of transmitting the first ID signal and the second ID signal out of the modulation device; a detector that detects a received state in which the second ID signal is received by the reception terminal and an unreceived state in which the second ID signal is not received by the reception terminal; and a switch circuit that outputs the first ID signal to the transmission terminal when the detector detects the unreceived state and outputs the second ID signal to the transmission terminal when the detector detects the received state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shojirou Kido, Yoshihiko Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 9826255
    Abstract: A frame coding unit generates individual picture signal information from a moving picture signal, and outputs a frame code value which is a numeric value to be obtained as a result of coding picture signal information of each frame. A variable length coding unit decomposes the frame code value into unit frame code values which are basic units of coding, converts the unit frame code values into frame code words using only a single code table, and constructs a frame stream by combining the converted frame code words. A multiplexing unit multiplexes a header stream which is constructed through a method equivalent to a conventional method and the frame stream, and constructs a picture coded signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Shinya Kadono, Makoto Hagai
  • Patent number: 9826219
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus which captures an image used for obtaining depth data indicating a depth of a captured scene and restored image data with a reduced optical blur, includes: an optical device which causes an optical blur having a rotationally asymmetric shape; an actuator which rotates a part or a whole of the optical device; and an imaging unit configured to capture the image each time the optical device is rotated, to generate a plurality of captured image data items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9821975
    Abstract: A second tape feeding mechanism 20B is permitted to idly rotate only in a first rotating direction and has a biasing mechanism 25 which biases a carrier tape 14 against a sprocket 21B so that the carrier tape 14 is brought into engagement with the sprocket 21B. With a preceding tape 14(1) kept in engagement with the sprocket 21B, a leading end portion of a following tape 14 (2) is inserted between the sprocket 21B and the preceding tape 14 (1), and the preceding tape 14 (1) is biased by the biasing means 25 so that the following tape 14(2) is brought into engagement with the sprocket 21B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Kanai, Junkei Shimizu, Tatsuo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9821814
    Abstract: A drowsiness determination device includes an input unit that receives vehicle information indicating the amount of variation in an attitude of a vehicle with respect to a road surface and head information indicating the amount of movement of a head of an occupant with respect to a predetermined position and a determination unit that determines whether the occupant is drowsy, on the basis of the vehicle information and the head information. The determination unit determines that the occupant is drowsy, on the conditions that when the vehicle attitude varies, the occupant head moves in the same direction as the direction in which the vehicle attitude has varied and that a delay time between the timing when the vehicle attitude has varied and the timing when the occupant head has moved is longer than a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Mochizuki, Yuko Arai
  • Patent number: 9821595
    Abstract: A film for in-molding is configured with a transfer film which is transferred to a surface of an injection molding resin, and a carrier film which is not transferred. The transfer film includes a coloring layer which includes ink which is an organic material formed of a thermoplastic resin and applies a design to an in-mold molded product, and inorganic polymer layers formed of a thermosetting resin, and the coloring layer comes into contact with the inorganic polymer layers and is interposed between the inorganic polymer layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gakuei Shibata, Kazuhiko Kaneuchi
  • Patent number: 9821669
    Abstract: The electric vehicular connector includes: a connection terminal block including a primary power transmission terminal to be electrically connected to a first power terminal of a power converter; a plug including a secondary power transmission terminal to be electrically connected to a second power terminal of an inlet of an electric vehicle; a breaker which is connected between the primary power transmission terminal and the secondary power transmission terminal and has a closed state of electrically interconnecting the primary power transmission terminal and the secondary power transmission terminal and an open state of electrically separating the primary power transmission terminal and the secondary power transmission terminal from each other; and a breaker controller configured to set the connector-side breaker in the closed state during a normal state and to set the connector-side breaker in the open state during an abnormal state in which abnormality occurs in the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuru Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9823341
    Abstract: The ultrasonic sensor includes a wave transmitting and receiving device and a cover. The wave transmitting and receiving device has a front surface including a wave transmitting and receiving surface and is configured to transmit and receive an ultrasonic wave through the wave transmitting and receiving surface. The cover covers the wave transmitting and receiving device so as to expose the wave transmitting and receiving surface. The cover is constituted by multiple portions, and the multiple portions are individually made of multiple materials different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Tsuji, Osamu Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 9826211
    Abstract: A recorder receives designation of a video which is desired to be reproduced from a user. If designation of one or more designated locations where sound is emphasized on a screen of a display which displays the video is received by the recorder from the user via an operation unit during reproduction or temporary stopping of the video, a signal processing unit performs an emphasis process on audio data, that is, the signal processing unit emphasizes audio data in directions directed toward positions corresponding to the designated locations from a microphone array by using audio data recorded in the recorder. A reproducing device reproduces the emphasis-processed audio data and video data in synchronization with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Sawa, Shinichi Shigenaga, Toshimichi Tokuda, Shintaro Yoshikuni, Shuichi Watanabe, Tadashi Maki, Hirokazu Tasaka, Susumu Ono, Keisuke Fujimoto, Shojiro Matsuo, Teppei Fukuda, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Akitoshi Izumi, Hisashi Tsuji, Kazunori Hayashi, Ryoichi Yuge
  • Patent number: 9822018
    Abstract: A water amount controlling method according to the present disclosure includes: opening a discharge valve that discharges a liquid from a water tank if an impurity concentration is higher than or equal to a first reference value, and opening a sluice gate that introduces the liquid to the water tank a predetermined period after opening the discharge valve, the first reference value being lower than a saturation concentration; throttling the discharge valve and the sluice gate if the impurity concentration is higher than or equal to a second reference value and the temperature is lower than or equal to a third reference value, the second reference value being lower than the first reference value; and closing the discharge valve if the impurity concentration is lower than the second reference value, and closing the sluice gate a predetermined period after closing the discharge valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Morio Tomiyama, Hisaaki Gyoten, Norihisa Mino, Akira Taomoto, Atsushi Ono, Stephen William John
  • Patent number: 9822019
    Abstract: A desalination system includes a water tank, a water-repellent particle layer located at a lower portion of the tank and composed of water-repellent particles, and a devolatilizing layer located below the water-repellent particle layer. Liquid is introduced to the tank, the introduced liquid is heated to be evaporated into water vapor, and the water vapor passes through the water-repellent particle layer and is liquefied at the devolatilizing layer, so that fresh water is obtained from the liquid. The desalination system further includes a liquid level controller for determining a level of the liquid introduced to the tank in accordance with information on relationship between information corresponding to an amount of the liquid introduced to the tank and a surface level of the liquid in the tank, and an introduced amount controller for adjusting the amount of the liquid introduced to the tank in accordance with the determined liquid surface level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yumi Wakita, Norihisa Mino, Hiroki Takeuchi, Mikiya Nakata
  • Patent number: 9823837
    Abstract: This display control device can effectively reduce power consumption while assuring visibility of a display area. A display control device (400) carries out display control for a display panel with an integrated touch panel and has: a touch operation information acquisition unit (410) that acquires touch operation information from the touch panel; a user operation information estimation unit (420) that estimates a region of interest, which is a region that a user is giving attention to, from the display region on the display panel on the basis of the touch operation information that is acquired; and a display control indication unit (440) that sets the brightness level for regions of non-interest, which is a region other than the region of interest estimated within the display region, lower than the set brightness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Yokoyama, Toshio Oka
  • Patent number: 9823214
    Abstract: The present invention includes a body case having a biological sample sensor mounting portion on one end side, a temperature sensor (A) provided on the one end side inside the body case, a measurement portion connected to the biological sample sensor mounting portion, and a control portion connected to the measurement portion. A temperature sensor (B) is provided on one other end side inside the body case, and when measurement is performed by the measurement portion, temperature change amounts in the two end portions are compared using the temperature sensors (A) and (B). Furthermore, a measurement value obtained by the measurement portion is corrected using temperature information from either one of the temperature sensors (A) or (B) that is provided in the end portion on the side where the temperature change is smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Ochi, Keisuke Matsumura, Hitoshi Fujino, Yohei Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9823899
    Abstract: A random number processing device according to an aspect of the present disclosure is a random number processing device generating random number data by using data read from memory cells, the memory cells having a property such that, in a variable state, in response to application of different electrical signals, a resistance value of each of the memory cells reversibly transitions between resistance value ranges and, when the resistance value falls within at least one resistance value range among the resistance value ranges, the resistance value changes as time passes, the random number processing device including a random number processing circuit that, in operation, generates first random number data from a combination of first resistance value information and second resistance value information about the resistance values of first and second memory cells among the memory cells which fall within the at least one resistance value range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Katoh
  • Patent number: 9824718
    Abstract: The recording and playback device includes a recording unit configured to record AV data on a recording medium as an AV data file, a file management unit configured to provide an access system depending on a use to the AV data file, an updating unit configured to update file information about access restrictions on the AV data file depending on the access system being provided depending on a use, based on a rule associated with the access system, and a communication unit configured to open the AV data relating to the updated file information to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshinari Suma
  • Patent number: 9823761
    Abstract: In the use of a touch panel which vibrates in synchronization with a touch operation, discomfort caused by a panel vibration sound is reduced while an operational feeling of a touch operation on the touch panel being maintained. A vibration control device used for an electronic apparatus which includes a touch panel that vibrates in synchronization with a touch operation and a vibrating source that is different from the touch panel, includes a predominant frequency acquirer that acquires a main component of a vibrational frequency of the vibrating source as a predominant frequency of vibrations of the vibrating source; a consonant sound determiner that determines a consonant sound frequency based on the acquired predominant frequency, the consonant sound frequency being a frequency of a sound which is in consonant with a sound having the acquired predominant frequency; and a vibrational frequency setter that sets a vibrational frequency of the touch panel to the determined consonant sound frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masashi Sugiyama, Takayuki Nishikawa, Yoichi Nishida, Ryo Yokoyama, Toyoharu Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9823466
    Abstract: The optical path changing device of the present disclosure includes an optical member having a parallel plate face for changing an optical path, and first, second, and third actuators. The first, the second, and the third actuators are connected with the optical member at first, second, and third vertices of a triangle imaginarily drawn on a plane parallel to the parallel plate face of the optical member. The first, the second, and the third actuators drive the optical member forward and backward in a normal direction of the parallel plate face at the first, the second, and the third vertices serving as points of load. The optical member has a center of gravity within the triangle when seen from the normal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Abe, Masutaka Inoue, Takaaki Gyoten, Ryoji Okubo, Akiyoshi Yamaguchi, Kazuma Tani
  • Patent number: 9824189
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus for estimating a position in an image which an operator who observes the image is likely to observe as the candidate of a next position is provided. The image processing apparatus includes a next observation estimating unit that estimates a position selected from among a plurality of positions using a parameter indicating an operation history and information regarding an estimation result at least at a current time on the basis of a probability value obtained from a predetermined probability distribution and a displayed image generating unit that generates an image to be displayed so that at least the candidate of the next position is visually recognizable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihide Sawada, Taichi Sato, Hideto Motomura
  • Patent number: 9824741
    Abstract: Provided is a refresh control device including: an arbitration operating unit configured to arbitrate (i) a memory access request for accessing a volatile memory that requires a refresh operation for holding data and (ii) a refresh trigger for requesting execution of the refresh operation; and a trigger generating unit configured to generate refresh triggers in a non-constant cycle to satisfy refresh-rate requirements defining the number of refresh operations necessary to be executed per predetermined period for the volatile memory to hold the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9825072
    Abstract: A pixel array in a solid-state imaging device includes first and second signal lines provided for each column. A pixel belongs to a first or second group on a row-by-row basis and includes a photoelectric conversion film, a FD line for accumulating signal charge, and an amplifier transistor for providing a voltage according to the signal charge. The pixel in the first group further includes a selection transistor for proving output voltage of the amplifier transistor to the first signal line, and the pixel in the second group further includes a selection transistor for proving output voltage of the amplifier transistor to the second signal line. The first signal line is disposed between the FD line in the first group and the second signal line, and the second signal line is disposed between the FD line in the second group and the first signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Ohtsuki
  • Patent number: 9824823
    Abstract: A case-mold-type capacitor includes a capacitor element, first and second bus bars connected to the first and second electrodes of the capacitor element, a case accommodating the capacitor element and the first and second bus bars, and a mold resin filling the case therein. The case has a cutaway portion provided therein. A sealing plate joined to the case so as to seal the cutaway portion. The first and second bus bars pass through the sealing plate and are fixed to the sealing plate. The case-mold-type capacitor improves dimensional accuracy between terminal portions of the first and second bus bars without increasing material cost, and has high reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Sato, Toshihisa Miura
  • Patent number: 9825188
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes: two solar cells, each including: a first main face and a second main face; a first electrode on the first main face, comprising a bus-bar electrode having at least one of an opening portion, notch portion, and gap portion; and a second electrode on the first or second main face having a polarity opposite to that of the first electrode; a wiring member that electrically connects the first electrode of one solar cell to the second electrode of another solar cell; and an electrically conductive connection layer that contacts the wiring member and the first main face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Hishida, Yasufumi Tsunomura, Eiji Maruyama
  • Patent number: 9824688
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a speech-recognition text-generation system that captures speech, and converts the captured speech into character strings through speech recognition. The method includes determining whether or not the character strings include a predetermined phrase, and specifying, in a case where the predetermined phrase is determined to be included, a character string associated with the predetermined phrase among the character strings as a first character string which is a deletion candidate. The method also includes displaying the first character string in a first display form on a display terminal and displaying a second character string, which is a character string other than the first character string, in a second display form on the display terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kazuki Funase, Atsushi Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9825268
    Abstract: The separator of a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery is characterized by having a composite nanofiber fiber which is a nanosize fiber that contains two or more kinds of aqueous resins whose melting points are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masateru Mikami, Toshifumi Nagino, Takao Kuromiya
  • Patent number: 9826206
    Abstract: A display control device includes: an input unit that receives environmental information on a vehicle; and a controller that outputs to an image generator a first control signal for generating a first specific image representing a presentation image to be displayed on a display medium. When decreasing the luminance of the presentation image based on the environmental information, the controller outputs to the image generator a second control signal for generating a second specific image representing the presentation image with a hue changed to decrease a blue component in a display color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Mochizuki, Koichi Emura, Tatsuru Daimon
  • Patent number: 9825209
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic component package. The method includes (i) providing a package precursor in which an electronic component is embedded such that an electrode of the electronic component is exposed at a surface of a sealing resin layer; (ii) forming a first metal plating layer such that the first metal plating layer is in contact with the exposed surface of the electrode of the electronic component; (iii) disposing a metal foil in face-to-face spaced relationship with respect to the first metal plating layer; and (iv) forming a second metal plating layer. In step (iv), the second metal plating layer is formed so as to fill a clearance between the first metal plating layer and the metal foil, thereby integrating the metal foil, the first metal plating layer and the second metal plating layer with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuma Mima, Seiichi Nakatani, Yoshihisa Yamashita, Koji Kawakita, Susumu Sawada
  • Patent number: 9826146
    Abstract: A generator generates attribute information regarding a video image, which is captured by an imaging unit by capturing a plurality of capture directions, on a predetermined unit of video content. A composition map generator extracts a predetermined object, based on the attribute information of the video images captured in the plurality of capture directions within a predetermined period, and generates a composition map indicating a position of the extracted object. A comparator determines priority orders in the respective pieces of shooting of the respective capture directions based on a comparison result obtained by comparing pieces of the attribute information, for each of the capture directions and based on the attribute information included in the composition map. A camera work controller determines a next capture direction based on the priority orders, and controls operations of the imaging unit and a camera pantilter based on the determined capture direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Morioka, Kenji Matsuura, Hideaki Hatanaka, Eiji Yamauchi, Mitsuyoshi Okamoto, Akio Nishiyama, Hirofumi Ishii
  • Patent number: 9826134
    Abstract: A digital camera includes a body that contains a CCD image sensor for capturing an object image, a monitor that is pivotably mounted relative to the body and displays an image signal relating to the object image captured by the CCD image sensor, a microphone, and a controller for changing sound pickup directivity of the microphone according to an orientation of the monitor relative to the body. This increases sound pickup sensitivity for voice-enabled shutter operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshio Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 9825297
    Abstract: A negative-electrode active material for a sodium-ion secondary battery contains a porous carbon material which has a plurality of open pores that extend through to the surface, a plurality of closed pores that do not extend through to the surface, and a solid made of carbon material. The distance between (002) planes of the solid portion is not less than 0.340 nm and not more than 0.410 nm. The plurality of closed pores account for a volume ratio of not less than 0% and not more than 10% with respect to a total volume of the plurality of open pores, the plurality of closed pores, and the solid portion. The plurality of open pores account for a volume ratio of not less than 0% and not more than 50% with respect to a total volume of the plurality of open pores, the plurality of closed pores, and the solid portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Kano, Nobuhiko Hojo, Masahisa Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20170330434
    Abstract: Displayed is a flow line analysis image in which the privacy of a person reflected in a wide imaging region is appropriately protected, and staying information or passing information of a person in the wide imaging region can be easily and accurately recognized. A camera includes an imaging section that captures an image of a differing imaging region for each camera, a background image generating section that repeatedly generates a background image of a captured image of the imaging region at predetermined timings, a flow line information analyzing section that extracts flow line information regarding a staying position or a passing position of a moving object in the imaging region of the camera, included in the captured image, and a transmitter that transmits the background image and the flow line information of the moving object to a server at a predetermined transmission cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki TAKAHASHI, Tetsuo TAYAMA, Takae OGUCHI, Shinpei HAGISU
  • Publication number: 20170330334
    Abstract: In order to provide movement-direction determination method and apparatus for appropriately informing a holder of a camera of a movement direction of the camera, a processor determines the movement direction of the camera that captures a polygonal recognition target in the movement-direction determination method and the movement-direction determination apparatus of the present disclosure. The processor acquires an orientation of the camera acquired by a sensor included in the camera, acquires an image of the recognition target captured by the camera, determines the number of corners of the recognition target included in the image, and determines the movement direction of the camera based on the orientation of the camera and the number of corners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Saki TAKAKURA, Mariko TAKENOUCHI
  • Publication number: 20170331176
    Abstract: An antenna assembly including a support and antenna tiles disposed in the support. The antenna tiles form an external surface corresponding substantially in shape to lateral faces of a frustum. The frustum includes a central axis with the antenna tiles disposed around the central axis of the frustum and sloping away therefrom. Each antenna tile includes opposite ends, with one end narrower than the other end. A planar array of antenna elements is disposed on each antenna tile in which the antenna elements of each array are configured to operate as a phased array. A control system connects to the planar arrays of antenna elements in which the control system is configured to selectively activate and deactivate each of the planar arrays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: David Levy, Brinder Bhatia, Yair Shemesh, Michael Sigalov, Benjamin Engel, Amir Haber, Paul Margis
  • Publication number: 20170325680
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image input that receives input of image data of a captured human being, a region detector that detects a specific color region of the image data, a filter that smooths a pixel value in the specific color region detected by the region detector by using a frame of the image data input into the image input and each of previous and subsequent frames of the image data of the inputting into the image input, a coder that codes an output image of the filter, and an output that outputs the output image of the filter coded by the coder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoji OGINO, Tsuyoshi NAKAMURA, Junya KUWADA
  • Publication number: 20170328124
    Abstract: The glass panel unit includes a first glass panel, a second glass panel, a seal, an evacuated space, and at least one spacer. The second glass panel is placed opposite the first glass panel. The seal with a frame shape hermetically bonds the first glass panel and the second glass panel to each other. The evacuated space is enclosed by the first glass panel, the second glass panel, and the seal. The at least one spacer is placed between the first glass panel and the second glass panel. The at least one spacer has a height H1 smaller than a height H2 of the seal between the first glass panel and the second glass panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki ABE, Eiichi URIU, Tasuku ISHIBASHI
  • Publication number: 20170332294
    Abstract: A mobile wireless terminal is provided that controls a timing or a position in which handover is conducted between a plurality of access points, the terminal includes an antenna that receives a radio wave from an access point, a wireless communication interface that measures the radio wave, a processor, and a memory. The processor stores first and second received powers from respective first and second access points in the memory, conducts handover where a difference acquired by subtracting the first received power from the second received power is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold, estimates a first available bandwidth before the handover and stores it in the memory, estimates a second available bandwidth after the handover and stores it in the memory, and controls a timing when handover of the mobile wireless terminal is conducted based on an available bandwidth difference between the first and second available bandwidths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi MIYAGOSHI, Kenji OOI, Akihiro SUZUKI, Masaki SATO
  • Publication number: 20170331166
    Abstract: A storage battery rack includes bottom frame portion, ceiling frame portion, long support posts, and side panels installed facing the support posts. Each support post has a plurality of attachment holes with a predetermined pitch along the longitudinal direction. Side panel has a plurality of female screw holes with a pitch corresponding to the predetermined pitch. Each side panel is attached to a pair of the support posts with screws fastened to attachment holes and the female screw holes. Side panel has a plurality of parallel support portions. A distance between support portions is set substantially equal to a total value of a predetermined height dimension of a refrigerant passage formed between a plurality of storage batteries and a predetermined height dimension of each storage battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Prperty Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: TAKASHI HASEGAWA
  • Publication number: 20170330208
    Abstract: A customer service monitoring device for monitoring customer service attitudes of customer service persons, based on voices when providing customer service is configured to include a voice input unit to which voices of conversations between the customer service persons and customer service partners thereof are input as voice signals, a voice data storage unit in which voice data based on each of the voice signals is stored by being linked with position data related to a position where each of the voices is acquired and time data related to time when each of the voices is acquired, and a voice data extractor which extracts voice data corresponding to a position and time designated by a user from the voice data stored in the voice data storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi WAKAKO
  • Patent number: 9819375
    Abstract: A wireless mobile device is used with the wireless mobile device mounted on a body of a user and includes a first wireless processor that performs wireless signal processing on a signal for a data communication in a first wireless system, a second wireless processor that performs wireless signal processing on a signal for a voice call in a second wireless system having a higher priority than a priority of the first wireless system, and a controller that, when a data communication in the first wireless system and a voice call in the second wireless system occurred at the same time, in a close-to-head state in which the wireless mobile device is brought close to a head of a user, reduces transmission power with which the first wireless processor outputs a transmission signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yukari Kobayashi, Masayuki Hoshino, Hiroyuki Uejima
  • Patent number: 9818904
    Abstract: In a processing of immersing substrates in a chemical solution, and agitating the chemical solution by as bubbles or liquid, the gas bubbles or liquid is supplied so as to bring about alternate occurrence of a first state and a second state. The first state is a state in which an amount of the gas bubbles or the liquid supplied to first side in one direction of each substrate is greater than an amount of the gas bubbles or the liquid supplied to a second side in the one direction of the substrate. The second state is a state in which the amount of the gas bubbles or the liquid supplied to the first side in the one direction of the substrate is smaller than the amount of the gas bubbles or the liquid supplied to the second side in the one direction of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Shima, Shinji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9818923
    Abstract: The light emitting device includes the cap including the ultraviolet light transmitting part made of glass for transmitting ultraviolet light. In the light emitting device, the first electrode of the ultraviolet light emitting element and the first conductor of the mounting substrate are bonded with the first bond made of AuSn, the second electrode of the ultraviolet light emitting element and the second conductor of the mounting substrate are bonded with the second bond made of AuSn, and the first bonding metal layer of the mounting substrate and the second bonding metal layer of the cap are bonded with the third bond made of AuSn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiko Ueda, Yoshiharu Sanagawa, Takanori Aketa
  • Patent number: 9819047
    Abstract: In a state where battery cells (2) are sandwiched from both ends by a pair of end plates (3) comprising a plurality of plates, the pair of end plates (3) are secured by metal bands (4). The end plates (3) are secured by bolts to a base, at the inside end of the plates as seen from the battery cells (2). Then, elongation of the assembled battery (1) can be kept to a small range, even when the battery cells (2) are swollen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuneyuki Ejima
  • Patent number: 9819222
    Abstract: A power control apparatus includes the following elements. A measure measures a value of a current to be supplied from a power supply source to a load set. A switch is disposed on a power supply path from power supply source to a load set. A setter sets a first maximum current value in the case of a normal state in which the load set receives power from a main power supply source and sets a second maximum current value when the load set receives power from the sub power supply source. Control circuitry turns OFF the switch when the value of the measured current exceeds the first maximum current value in the case of the normal state and turns OFF the switch when the load set receives power from the sub power supply source and the value of the measured current exceeds the second maximum current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Yamaguchi, Yoshikazu Mihara, Hiroshi Hanafusa
  • Patent number: 9816515
    Abstract: A ceiling fan includes a support, a motor portion, a blade portion, control section, illumination portion, and case. Illumination portion includes lower illumination cover, upper illumination cover, and LED substrate portion. Heat dissipation plates are provided on a side of upper illumination cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyohiko Iwamoto, Masayuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: D803249
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takuma Masuda