Patents by Inventor Akichika Tanaka

Akichika Tanaka has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9020643
    Abstract: A robot apparatus includes a reception arm determination unit that determines from a left arm or a right arm of a user a reception arm which is used in handing of an object; a hand location calculation unit that calculates a current location of a hand of the reception arm; and a handing operation unit that performs an object handing operation at the location of the hand of the reception arm which is calculated using the hand location calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Shimizu, Wataru Kokubo, Akichika Tanaka, Tetsuharu Fukushima
  • Publication number: 20150080125
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an attribute management unit configured to manage a variable attribute value associated with each one or more characters existing in a real space, a detection unit configured to detect an interaction event between a first character and a real object by using an image captured by a camera that captures the real space, and a setting unit configured to set a rule for changing the attribute value of the first character depending on the interaction event. In a case where the detection unit has detected the interaction event, the attribute management unit changes the attribute value of the first character in accordance with the rule set by the setting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Alexis Andre, Akichika Tanaka, Yasuhiro Takeda, Tetsu Natsume, Kenichi Okada, Takatoshi Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20140152970
    Abstract: Provided is a distance detecting apparatus including a detecting unit that is inserted in an external auditory canal and includes a light emitting unit that emits light onto an eardrum and a plurality of light receiving units that each receive the light emitted from the light emitting unit and reflected by a light cone of the eardrum, and a distance estimating unit configured to estimate a distance from a target inserted in the external auditory canal together with the detecting unit to the eardrum based on light intensity and distribution detected by each of the light receiving units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiji Wada, Takeshi Asakawa, Naoya Sazuka, Toshimitsu Tsuboi, Akichika Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140060223
    Abstract: Provided is an actuator device used in a plurality of sites of a multi-shaft driving mechanism such as a multi-shaft manipulator, a robot arm, a leg structure and a snake-shaped robot. A torque sensor 14 is connected to a bearing 17 such as a cross roller bearing through a mount part. As illustrated, the torque sensor 14 is driven by an outer ring relative to a stationary part case 19 of an actuator device 10. An attachment surface of an output shaft frame 20 is arranged in a position offset from the bearing 17 on a side of the stationary part case 19. An entire length of the actuator device 10 in an output shaft direction does not change also after the output shaft frame 20 is attached and an occupied space does not increase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akichika Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140032281
    Abstract: A service through remote control of a robot operated in an everyday living space is suitably provided. A server of a service provider matches up a user and an operator on the basis of subjective evaluations on services received from the user and operational skill parameters received from the robot. The server selects operators to be assigned to the user for subsequent remote control services and performs scheduling of the operators to realize team building among the operators. The service provider also pays remuneration or reward to the operators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokazu Shirado, Akichika Tanaka, Toshimitsu Tsuboi, Yoshiaki Iwai
  • Publication number: 20130296685
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an eardrum recognition unit configured to recognize a position of an eardrum based on image information regarding the eardrum, a temperature measurement unit configured to acquire a temperature within an external ear canal including the eardrum, and a temperature processing unit configured to determine a temperature of the eardrum based on a recognition result of the eardrum recognition unit and a measured temperature of the temperature measurement unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Tsuboi, Akichika Tanaka, Takeshi Asakawa, Naoya Sazuka, Seiji Wada
  • Patent number: 8474893
    Abstract: A grasping apparatus includes a base unit, left and right parallel links, and a driving unit that is housed in the base unit and drives the first link of the right parallel link and the first link of the left parallel link in the open/close direction. Each of the left and right parallel links has a first link attached pivotably in an open/close direction about a base shaft of the base unit, a second link attached pivotably in the open/close direction about an auxiliary shaft located on an outer side in the open/close direction, a finger unit supported pivotably at an end of the first link and an end of the second link, and a claw projecting toward the inner side in the open/close direction and disposed along an end face of the grasping surface of the finger unit of each of the left and right parallel links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Kawanami, Akichika Tanaka, Kenichiro Nagasaka, Masakuni Nagano
  • Publication number: 20130035607
    Abstract: There is provided an in-ear information acquiring apparatus including: an information acquiring unit that is inserted in the ernal auditory canal and acquires information inside the ear; and a fixing mechanism that fixes the information acquiring unit inside the ernal auditory canal, wherein the fixing mechanism includes: a rod portion having a plurality of support portions, which are erected toward a wall surface of the ernal auditory canal, provided on an outer side surface thereof around an outer circumference thereof at at least one location along the ernal auditory canal; and an adjusting portion adjusting an erect state of the support portions provided on the rod portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji WADA, Takeshi Asakawa, Naoya Sazuka, Toshimitsu Tsuboi, Akichika Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130010997
    Abstract: An auricle-installed apparatus, including: a device configured to be installable to a user's ear and have an electric conversion function; and a main body including a supporting portion configured to support the device, and a first curved portion and a second curved portion that are configured to be installable to a user's auricle, the first curved portion and the second curved portion having a first state configured to maintain a first curved shape and a second state configured to maintain a second curved shape different from the first curved shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akichika TANAKA, Takeshi ASAKAWA, Naoya SAZUKA, Toshimitsu TSUBOI, Seiji WADA
  • Publication number: 20120310411
    Abstract: Provided is a robot apparatus including actuators for driving joint shafts and measuring at least one of a joint angle and a joint angle speed of each of the joint shafts, and a central control part for controlling each of the actuators, wherein the central control part performs a periodic communication at predetermined control periods and the periodic communication includes transmitting a desired control value from the central control part to each of the actuators and transmitting a measured value from each of the actuators to the central control part, the central control part stops the periodic communication in response to an occurrence of an actuator that has failed to receive the measured value during a given period of time, and each of the actuators performs a safety stop in response to an event where the actuator has not received the desired control value during a given period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toshimitsu TSUBOI, Akichika Tanaka, Hirokazu Shirado, Yoshiaki Iwai, Atsushi Miyamoto
  • Publication number: 20110238211
    Abstract: There is provided a robot device including a behavior plan unit that detects a current status of the robot device or an external environment and that decides one behavior plan of a plurality of behavior plan candidates as a future behavior plan, based on the current status, and a display control unit that decides one display pattern of a plurality of previously prepared display pattern candidates as display content to be displayed on a remote control device that remotely controls the robot device based on the decided behavior plan and that cause the remote control device to display the display pattern decided by the behavior plan unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Shirado, Yasuhiro Suto, Takashi Kito, Akichika Tanaka, Kenichiro Nagasaka
  • Publication number: 20110231018
    Abstract: Provided is a control apparatus comprising an executing unit for allowing a movable body to perform a predetermined process, a storage unit for storing an environment map of a movable area of the movable body, a detection unit for detecting information on the surroundings of the movable body, an update unit for updating the environment map based on the information on the surroundings of the movable body, which is detected by the detection unit, and an acquisition unit for acquiring instruction information representing an instruction of a user according to user input, wherein the executing unit allows the movable body to perform the process based on the instruction information with reference to the environment map, and the update unit updates the environment map based on the instruction information and the process performed by the movable body based on the instruction information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki IWAI, Yasuhiro SUTO, Kenichiro NAGASAKA, Akichika TANAKA, Takashi KITO
  • Publication number: 20110156416
    Abstract: A grasping apparatus includes a base unit, left and right parallel links, and a driving unit that is housed in the base unit and drives the first link of the right parallel link and the first link of the left parallel link in the open/close direction. Each of the left and right parallel links has a first link attached pivotably in an open/close direction about a base shaft of the base unit, a second link attached pivotably in the open/close direction about an auxiliary shaft located on an outer side in the open/close direction, a finger unit supported pivotably at an end of the first link and an end of the second link, and a claw projecting toward the inner side in the open/close direction and disposed along an end face of the grasping surface of the finger unit of each of the left and right parallel links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Kawanami, Akichika Tanaka, Kenichiro Nagasaka, Masakuni Nagano