Patents by Inventor Akira Nakano

Akira Nakano 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).

  • Publication number: 20120236164
    Abstract: An imaging device including an image sensor, includes an image obtaining control unit that obtains plural continuous images of an object taken by the image sensor; a size determining unit that determines an image size of reduced images based on photographing information of at least one of the images, and generates reduced images from the images obtained by the image obtaining control unit based on the determined image size; a motion vector detection unit that detects a motion vector of the reduced images; and an image synthesis unit that synthesizes the images obtained by the image obtaining control unit based on the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection unit to obtain a synthesized image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Akira NAKANO
  • Publication number: 20120200762
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an image sensor; an image obtainer that obtains a plurality of images from the image sensor; a posture detector that obtains posture information of the imaging apparatus; a posture information accumulating buffer that accumulates the posture information obtained by the posture detector; and a power saving mode setter that activates and deactivates a power saving mode in which power consumption is suppressed, wherein the power saving mode setter determines to activate and deactivate the power saving mode based on the accumulated posture information in the posture information accumulating buffer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Akira Nakano
  • Patent number: 8235683
    Abstract: A Inlet pipe (151) communicating the space inside the hermetic enclosure with sound absorbing space (147) of inlet muffler (145) is provided so as to be inclined downward from inlet-pipe inlet (155) toward inlet-pipe outlet (157). Outlet pipe (153) communicating sound absorbing space (147) with an inlet valve includes outlet-pipe inlet (161) and outlet-pipe outlet (163). Inlet-pipe inlet (155) and outlet-pipe inlet (161) are formed at substantially same height. Herewith, introducing a refrigerant gas to outlet-pipe inlet (161) making efficient use of potential energy of the refrigerant improves the compression efficiency and stabilizes the performance of the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kinjo, Akira Nakano, Takahide Nagao
  • Publication number: 20120020817
    Abstract: Provided is a reciprocating compressor having a structure in which friction losses between a shaft and a bearing can be reduced without impairing the ability of the bearing to support the shaft. A reciprocating compressor (100) includes a cylinder (5), a piston (4), a connecting rod (6), a shaft (1), and a bearing (2). The shaft (1) has a journal portion (28) as a portion covered by the bearing (2). The journal portion (28) has a first journal portion (7) located closer to the connecting rod (6) with respect to a midpoint M of the journal portion (28) in a direction parallel to a rotational axis and a second journal portion (8) located farther from the connecting rod (6) with respect to the midpoint M. The bearing (2) has a first sliding portion (10) for supporting the first journal portion (7) and a second sliding portion (11) for supporting the second journal portion (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoko Sugamoto, Masaru Matsui, Fuminori Sakima, Ko Inagaki, Akira Nakano
  • Publication number: 20110300040
    Abstract: Provided are a method for producing sodium tungstate by supplying an oxidant made of sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite to bring a tungsten containing material and the oxidant into contact with each other in an atmosphere containing oxygen to thereby continuously produce a reaction product; a method for collecting tungsten using the method; and an apparatus for producing sodium tungstate. Also provided are a method for producing a sodium tungstate aqueous solution in which a reductant is introduced into a melt containing the above-described reaction product which is then dissolved in water; and a method for collecting tungsten using the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicants: A.L.M.T. CORP., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMETAL CORP.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Yamamoto, Kazuo Sasaya, Takayuki Fudo, Akira Nakano, Syunsuke Yamanaka, Takahisa Iguchi, Fumiatsu Sato, Akihiko Ikegaya
  • Publication number: 20110027111
    Abstract: A hermetic compressor includes a closed vessel for storing lubricating oil, an electric-driving element, and a compressing element driven by the electric-driving element. The compressing element includes a cylinder block forming a compression chamber, a piton that reciprocates inside the compression chamber, and an oiling device for supplying the lubricating oil to an outer circumference of the piston. A first oil groove is concavely formed on the outer circumference of the piston, and a second oil groove is concavely formed on a side opposite to the compression chamber relative to the first oil groove. The second oil groove has a spatial volume same or greater than that of the first oil groove. An expanded clearance portion is provided such that a clearance between the piston and the cylindrical hole portion broadens from a top dead point to a bottom dead point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Ko Inagaki, Akira Nakano, Yoshinori Ishida, Ichiro Morita
  • Patent number: 7805901
    Abstract: The present invention provides a building to be constructed without any troublesome work. The building is a building comprising a construction material 12, which has a plane heat insulation material 14 in which a madreporic core material is enclosed in a vacuum and a plate structural face material 12a, and whose heat insulation material 14 and structural face material 12a are combined in a way that a plane surface of the heat insulation material 14 faces to one side of a plane surface of the structural face material 12a, and further comprising a wooden base 9b assembled on the construction material 12 and an external wall finishing material 3 fixed on the wooden base 9b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Muneto Yamada, Kazutaka Uekado, Akira Nakano
  • Publication number: 20100239438
    Abstract: A Inlet pipe (151) communicating the space inside the hermetic enclosure with sound absorbing space (147) of inlet muffler (145) is provided so as to be inclined downward from inlet-pipe inlet (155) toward inlet-pipe outlet (157). Outlet pipe (153) communicating sound absorbing space (147) with an inlet valve includes outlet-pipe inlet (161) and outlet-pipe outlet (163). Inlet-pipe inlet (155) and outlet-pipe inlet (161) are formed at substantially same height. Herewith, introducing a refrigerant gas to outlet-pipe inlet (161) making efficient use of potential energy of the refrigerant improves the compression efficiency and stabilizes the performance of the compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kinjo, Akira Nakano, Takahide Nagao
  • Publication number: 20100125059
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a compound having an excellent cholesterol-lowering effect and to provide a drug for the treatment, prevention of onset, or prevention of progress of lipid metabolism disorder, hyperlipidemia, or atherosclerosis. A compound represented by formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof; or a medicament or a pharmaceutical composition, which contain the compound or the salt as an active ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: Teijin Pharma Limited
    Inventors: Akira Nakano, Ryota Nakajima, Masanobu Kanou, Seiichi Hisamatsu, Masayuki Kurokawa, Yasumi Nishiwaki
  • Patent number: 7557113
    Abstract: A compound having GSK-3 inhibitory activity. A1 and A3 are a single bond, an aliphatic hydrocarbon group; A2 and A4 are a single bond, CO, COO, CONR, O, OCO, NR, NRCO, NRCOO, etc.; G1 is a single bond, an aliphatic hydrocarbon, aromatic hydrocarbon, heterocyclic; G2 is H, an aliphatic hydrocarbon, an alicyclic hydrocarbon, an aromatic hydrocarbon, heterocyclic; A5 is a single bond, NR; R2 is H, halogen, an aliphatic hydrocarbon, alicyclic hydrocarbon, aromatic hydrocarbon, heterocyclic; A6 is a single bond, NR, CO, NRCO, NRCONR, CONR, COO, O, etc.; R3 is H, halogen, nitro, saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon, alicyclic hydrocarbon, aromatic hydrocarbon, heterocyclic; and R3 may be a trimethylsilyl, formyl, acyl, carboxyl, alkoxylcarbonyl, carbamoyl, alkylcarbamoyl, or cyano group when A6 is CR?CR or C?C, wherein R is H or an lower aliphatic hydrocarbon group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Teijin Pharma Limited
    Inventors: Takaharu Tsutsumi, Satoshi Sugiura, Masahiro Koga, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Toshihiro Ishii, Akira Nakano, Gen Unoki, Yuri Sakai, Reiko Takarada, Hiroko Ogawa
  • Patent number: 7528140
    Abstract: The invention provides pyrrolo[3,2-d]pyrimidine derivatives represented by formula (I), and their medically acceptable salts. The compounds of the invention exhibit GSK-3 inhibiting activity and are therefore expected to be useful as therapeutic or prophylactic agents for conditions in which GSK-3 is implicated, such as diabetes, diabetes complications, Alzheimer's disease, neurodegenerative diseases, manic depression, traumatic encephalopathy, alopecia, inflammatory diseases, cancer and immune deficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Teijin Limited
    Inventors: Kenichiro Kataoka, Tomomi Kosugi, Toshihiro Ishii, Takahiro Takeuchi, Takaharu Tsutsumi, Akira Nakano, Gen Unoki, Masanori Yamamoto, Yuri Sakai
  • Patent number: 7521739
    Abstract: The illuminating device includes a lens formed of a resin mold and having a portion for receiving an LED which is formed on one surface thereof, the LED received in the receiving portion, and a wiring member deposited on the receiving-portion-forming surface of the lens, and light irradiated from the LED is incident to the lens. In the method of fabricating the illuminating device, a transfer film having a conductive portion is set in a lens molding cavity and a wiring member including a conductive portion is deposited on one surface of the lens while the lens is injected and molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Miyazawa, Tsuyoshi Hayama, Akira Nakano, Ryosuke Uchida
  • Patent number: 7316125
    Abstract: An insulation box unit and a refrigerator of the present invention employs i) rigid urethane foam with a 8.0 MPa-or-greater bending modulus, and a 60 kg/m3-or-lower density, and ii) a vacuum insulation material. The proper bending modulus provides the insulation box unit with a substantial strength, even in the case that the coverage of the vacuum insulation material with respect to the surface of the outer box exceeds 40%. The proper density prevents the insulation box unit from poor insulation efficiency due to undesired solid thermal conductivity. Despite of an extended use of the vacuum insulation material, the insulation box unit offers an excellent insulation efficiency and therefore accelerates energy saving. According to the recycling method of the present invention, rigid urethane foam formed of tolylene di-isocyanate composition, which was separated from refrigerator wastes, is recycled as a material of rigid urethane foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Refrigeration Company
    Inventors: Kazutaka Uekado, Masato Sasaki, Akira Nakano, Yoshiki Ohashi
  • Patent number: 7301517
    Abstract: In a liquid-crystal display apparatus, each color pixel has three dots enclosed by adjacent signal lines and adjacent scanning lines. Each dot is provided with a switching device and a dot electrode. Each color pixel is provided with three display electrodes electrically connected to three dot electrodes through contact holes passing through an insulation layer. The display electrodes are disposed so as to overlap with the three dot electrodes. Each of the display electrodes is electrically connected to only one of the three dot electrodes. Each of the dot electrodes is electrically connected to only one of the display electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hebiguchi, Akira Nakano, Yukimitsu Yamada
  • Publication number: 20070257227
    Abstract: The present invention provides a building to be constructed without any troublesome work. The building is a building comprising a construction material 12, which has a plane heat insulation material 14 in which a madreporic core material is enclosed in a vacuum and a plate structural face material 12a, and whose heat insulation material 14 and structural face material 12a are combined in a way that a plane surface of the heat insulation material 14 faces to one side of a plane surface of the structural face material 12a, and further comprising a wooden base 9b assembled on the construction material 12 and an external wall finishing material 3 fixed on the wooden base 9b.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventors: Muneto Yamada, Kazutaka Uekado, Akira Nakano
  • Patent number: 7242087
    Abstract: A flexible printed circuit board includes a substrate layer composed of insulating material, a protection circuit of a thin-film capacitor element, the protection circuit including a first wiring layer on the substrate layer, a dielectric layer, and a counter electrode layer. At least a portion of each of the first wiring layer and the counter electrode layer serves as a terminal. The front surface of each of the first wiring layer and the counter electrode layer, except the terminal portion, is covered with an insulating coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Nakano, Yoshiomi Tsuji, Yoshinari Higa
  • Publication number: 20070131596
    Abstract: Filtration-function-equipped cooling water equipment that includes: filtration equipment connected to water-purifying, oxygen-supply-capable cooling water equipment, wherein the filtration equipment includes a filtration space for a filter, wherein the water-purifying, oxygen-supply-capable cooling water equipment comprises a cooling oxidation unit disposed inside of a tank body, and comprising a honeycombed or latticed porous material, wherein the filtration-function-equipped cooling water equipment operates to enlarge a contact area between water and air when untreated water drips onto the cooling oxidation unit and flows through the cooling oxidation unit while forced air flows in a counter current against the flow of water in the cooling oxidation unit, thereby facilitating solubility of oxygen in the untreated water and augmenting a cooling capability due to evaporation provided by the water-purifying, oxygen-supply-capable cooling water equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Applicant: FUJIKIN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hisashi Miyamoto, Akira Nakano
  • Patent number: 7225754
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus comprising a plurality of plasma processing units is provided. Each of the plasma processing units has a matching circuit connected between a radiofrequency generator and a plasma excitation electrode. Among these plasma processing units, a variation <RA> between the maximum and minimum values of input-terminal-side AC resistances RA of the matching circuits defined by <RA>=(RAmax?RAmin)/(RAmax+RAmin) is adjusted to be less than 0.5. A variation between the maximum and minimum values of output-terminal-side AC resistances RB of the matching circuits defined by <RB>=(RBmax?RBmin)/(RBmax+RBmin) is also adjusted to be less than 0.5. The plasma processing units can be adjusted to achieve substantially uniform plasma results in a shorter period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: ALPS Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Nakano, Tadahiro Ohmi
  • Publication number: 20070059189
    Abstract: This relates to a hermetic compressor and a manufacturing method of a suction muffler, and discloses a technique for making energy efficiency higher and reducing noise. According to that technique, in a suction muffler 140 having a sound attenuation space 143, by foam-molding a wall 147, such as an opposite surface and the like, where open ends 145a, 146a within the sound attenuation space among the walls constituting a casing 140C of the suction muffler 140 are opened, it is possible to reduce the heating action of refrigerant gas released into the sound attenuation space 143 effectively in a space-saving manner, and make a sucking efficiency higher, and effectively absorb a refrigerant pulsation tone radiated in the open end 145a within the sound attenuation space, and consequently reduce the noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Publication date: March 15, 2007
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Nakano, Ko Inagaki
  • Patent number: 7120556
    Abstract: The performance of a plasma processing apparatus which is disassembled, transferred, and reassembled is evaluated. The plasma processing apparatus has a plasma processing chamber having an electrode for exciting a plasma, a radiofrequency generator connected to the electrode, and an impedance matching circuit for performing the impedance matching between the plasma processing chamber and the radiofrequency generator. The performance of the apparatus is evaluated whether or not three times the first series resonant frequency of the plasma processing chamber is larger than the power frequency supplied to the plasma processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Nakano, Tadahiro Ohmi