Patents by Inventor Akihiko Kaino

Akihiko Kaino 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: 11367257
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to bring a three-dimensional model generated in accordance with observation information, closer to a real object. The information processing apparatus includes: a control section configured to allocate, to a second three-dimensional model being at least a partial three-dimensional model included in a first three-dimensional model, a definite shaped model having a predetermined shape corresponding to a shape of the second three-dimensional model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko Kaino, Shunichi Homma, Masaki Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 11244145
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an estimating unit that estimates a normal on at least a part of a face of an object in a real space on the basis of polarization information corresponding to a detection result of each of a plurality of beams of polarized light acquired by a polarization sensor and having different polarization directions and a control unit that controls output of notification information for guiding a change in a position in the real space according to an estimation result of the normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Eshima, Akihiko Kaino, Daiki Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 11232590
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to achieve both the stabilization of estimation of the distance to a target physical body and the suppression of power consumption. The information processing apparatus includes: a first estimation unit configured to estimate a distance between a prescribed visual point and a physical body in a real space on the basis of result of detection of light that is sent from a prescribed light sending unit toward the physical body and is reflected at the physical body; a second estimation unit configured to estimate at least either one of a position or an attitude in the real space of the prescribed visual point on the basis of result of estimation of the distance; and a control unit configured to control the light sent from the light sending unit in accordance with a situation regarding estimation of at least either one of the position or the attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko Kaino, Masashi Eshima, Daiki Yamanaka, Shunichi Homma
  • Publication number: 20210407189
    Abstract: To enable both an increase in reproducibility for reproduction of a shape of an object and suppression of an increase in data amount. An information processing apparatus including: an acquisition unit that acquires first information associated with a result of estimation of a shape of an object on a real space and second information associated with a result of estimation of a geometrical feature of the object; and a correction unit that corrects the first information on the basis of the second information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: DAIKI YAMANAKA, MASASHI ESHIMA, AKIHIKO KAINO
  • Patent number: 11189042
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device to enable a three-dimensional shape of an object in a real space to be estimated in a more preferred manner, the information processing device including: a division unit configured to divide, into one or more regions, an image plane corresponding to a viewing point in a real space on which geometric structure information is mapped in accordance with distribution of the geometric structure information; an acquisition unit configured to acquire orientation information indicating at least one of a position and an orientation of the viewing point; an extracting unit configured to extract, as a region of interest, at least part of the regions obtained by dividing the image plane; and an estimation unit configured to estimate a shape of an object in the real space based on the geometric structure information in regions of interest on image planes respectively corresponding to a plurality of different viewing points associated with each other among the viewing point
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko Kaino, Masashi Eshima, Daiki Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20210287334
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program with which highly accurate depth information can be acquired. The information processing apparatus includes an interpolation image generation unit, a difference image generation unit, and a depth calculation unit. The interpolation image generation unit generates an interpolation image on the basis of a first normal image and a second normal image among the first normal image, a pattern image irradiated with infrared pattern light, and the second normal image, the interpolation image corresponding to a time at which the pattern image is captured. The difference image generation unit generates a difference image between the interpolation image and the pattern image. The depth calculation unit calculates depth information by using the difference image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiko KAINO
  • Patent number: 11061111
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a signal processing apparatus, a signal processing method, and an object detection system. A stereo camera performs imaging by a right camera and a left camera to acquire a stereo image and a millimeter wave radar acquires a radar image in which a position of an object is detected in a radiation range of millimeter waves by using millimeter waves. Then, by communication via a communication apparatus with a target in which positional information is known, it is determined whether or not the target is reliable, and in a case where it is determined that the target is reliable, calibration processing is performed for eliminating a deviation in coordinate systems generated in the stereo image and the radar image in which the target is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshio Yamazaki, Kenichi Kawasaki, Ryo Sawai, Shingo Tsurumi, Akihiko Kaino, Takuto Motoyama
  • Publication number: 20210125416
    Abstract: An information processing system that acquires video data captured by an image pickup unit; detects an object from the video data; detects a condition corresponding to the image pickup unit; and controls a display to display content associated with the object at a position other than a detected position of the object based on the condition corresponding to the image pickup unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko KAINO, Masaki FUKUCHI, Tatsuki KASHITANI, Kenichiro OOI, Jingjing GUO
  • Publication number: 20210124174
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an HMD, a control method for the head mounted display, an information processor, a display device, and a program that make it possible to estimate camera parameters of a camera mounted in the HMD without the awareness of a user wearing the HMD. At a timing when the HMD is displaying content including a VR image or an AR image, the camera mounted in the HMD captures an image of a calibration pattern displayed on an external display, executes calibration on the basis of the captured image of the calibration pattern, and estimates the camera parameters. At this time, the calibration pattern displayed on the external display is displayed with dimensions according to a positional relationship between the HMD and the external display. The present disclosure is applicable to the HMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Daniel TOKUNAGA, Shunichi HOMMA, Akihiko KAINO, Masashi ESHIMA, Kentaro DOBA
  • Publication number: 20210110574
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to achieve both the stabilization of estimation of the distance to a target physical body and the suppression of power consumption. The information processing apparatus includes: a first estimation unit configured to estimate a distance between a prescribed visual point and a physical body in a real space on the basis of result of detection of light that is sent from a prescribed light sending unit toward the physical body and is reflected at the physical body; a second estimation unit configured to estimate at least either one of a position or an attitude in the real space of the prescribed visual point on the basis of result of estimation of the distance; and a control unit configured to control the light sent from the light sending unit in accordance with a situation regarding estimation of at least either one of the position or the attitude.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko KAINO, Masashi ESHIMA, Daiki YAMANAKA, Shunichi HOMMA
  • Patent number: 10970877
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, an image processing method, and a program that permit camera calibration with high accuracy by using a known object in images captured by a plurality of imaging sections. An estimation section estimates a 3D position of a road sign included in each of images captured by a plurality of cameras with respect to each of the imaging sections. A recognition section recognizes a positional relationship between the plurality of cameras on the basis of the 3D position of the road sign with respect to each of the cameras estimated by the estimation section. The positional relationship between the plurality of cameras recognized by the recognition section is used to correct the images captured by the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Eshima, Akihiko Kaino, Takaaki Kato, Shingo Tsurumi
  • Patent number: 10909759
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a memory storing instructions is provided. The apparatus includes a control unit for executing the instructions to send signals to display, for a user, a first virtual image superimposed onto a representation of real space. The control unit further executes instructions to send signals to identify a potential source of interest for the user, the potential source of interest being outside of a user focus area in the representation of real space. The control unit further executes instructions to send signals to notify the user of the potential source of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Kaino, Yoshiaki Iwai, Kenichiro Oi, Shunichi Homma, Jianing Wu
  • Publication number: 20210027486
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a controller, a control method, and a program that enable self-localization with lower power consumption. Provided are a selection unit that selects, from a horizontal camera mounted in a horizontal direction and a downward camera mounted in a downward direction, a camera used for self-localization depending on speed, and a self-localization unit that performs self-localization using an image obtained by imaging with the horizontal camera or the downward camera selected by the selection unit. The selection unit selects the horizontal camera in a case where the speed is equal to or higher than a predetermined speed, and selects the downward camera in a case where the speed is not equal to or higher than the predetermined speed. The present technology can be applied to a self-localization system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Akihiko KAINO
  • Patent number: 10902682
    Abstract: An information processing system that acquires video data captured by an image pickup unit; detects an object from the video data; detects a condition corresponding to the image pickup unit; and controls a display to display content associated with the object at a position other than a detected position of the object based on the condition corresponding to the image pickup unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko Kaino, Masaki Fukuchi, Tatsuki Kashitani, Kenichiro Ooi, Jingjing Guo
  • Publication number: 20200394841
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to bring a three-dimensional model generated in accordance with observation information, closer to a real object. The information processing apparatus includes: a control section configured to allocate, to a second three-dimensional model being at least a partial three-dimensional model included in a first three-dimensional model, a definite shaped model having a predetermined shape corresponding to a shape of the second three-dimensional model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko KAINO, Shunichi HOMMA, Masaki FUKUCHI
  • Patent number: 10803600
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program capable of performing continuous estimation of a self-position. An information processing device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes: a main imaging unit that includes a stereo camera mounted on a moving body, and captures moving images at a predetermined frame rate to output a pair of stereo main images as time-series images; a plurality of sub imaging units each of which is so mounted on the moving body as to have an imaging direction different from an imaging direction of the main imaging unit, and captures moving images at a predetermined frame rate; and a final pose determination unit that estimates a pose of the moving body on the basis of the pair of stereo main images captured by the main imaging unit, and sub images captured by the sub imaging units. For example, the present disclosure is applicable to a self-position sensor for in-vehicle use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Kaino, Shingo Tsurumi, Masashi Eshima, Takaaki Kato, Masaki Fukuchi, Tatsuki Kashitani, Shunichi Homma
  • Patent number: 10753757
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus and an information processing method enables enhancement of accuracy in recognition of locations of a moving body. The information processing apparatus is arranged on a moving body and includes an own-location recognition block that recognizes, based on an image taken from the moving body, a first own location of the moving body. A moving body recognition block recognizes a relative location of another moving body relative to the moving body in the image taken from the moving body, and a communication block executes communication with the another moving body to obtain the absolute location of the another moving body, An own location computation block computes, based on the absolute location of the another moving body and the relative location of the another moving body, a second own location of the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Tsurumi, Masashi Eshima, Akihiko Kaino, Takaaki Kato, Masaki Fukuchi, Suguru Aoki, Takuto Motoyama
  • Publication number: 20200264276
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a signal processing apparatus, a signal processing method, and an object detection system. A stereo camera performs imaging by a right camera and a left camera to acquire a stereo image and a millimeter wave radar acquires a radar image in which a position of an object is detected in a radiation range of millimeter waves by using millimeter waves. Then, by communication via a communication apparatus with a target in which positional information is known, it is determined whether or not the target is reliable, and in a case where it is determined that the target is reliable, calibration processing is performed for eliminating a deviation in coordinate systems generated in the stereo image and the radar image in which the target is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: TOSHIO YAMAZAKI, KENICHI KAWASAKI, RYO SAWAI, SHINGO TSURUMI, AKIHIKO KAINO, TAKUTO MOTOYAMA
  • Patent number: 10731994
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information processing device and an information processing method that are capable of estimating the self-position by accurately and continuously estimating the self-movement. The information processing device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a downward imaging section and a movement estimation section. The downward imaging section is disposed on the bottom of a moving object traveling on a road surface and captures an image of the road surface. The movement estimation section estimates the movement of the moving object in accordance with a plurality of images representing the road surface and captured at different time points by the downward imaging section. The present disclosure can be applied, for example, to a position sensor mounted in an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki Kato, Shingo Tsurumi, Masashi Eshima, Akihiko Kaino, Masaki Fukuchi
  • Publication number: 20200242335
    Abstract: It is possible to acquire information used for recognizing an object in a real space in a more suitable manner. An information processing apparatus includes: an estimating unit that estimates a normal on at least a part of a face of an object in a real space on the basis of polarization information corresponding to a detection result of each of a plurality of beams of polarized light acquired by a polarization sensor and having different polarization directions; and a control unit that controls output of notification information for guiding a change in a position in the real space according to an estimation result of the normal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: MASASHI ESHIMA, AKIHIKO KAINO, DAIKI YAMANAKA