Patents by Inventor Atsushi Ikeno

Atsushi Ikeno 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: 10867607
    Abstract: A voice dialog device includes a sight line detection unit configured to detect a sight line of a user, a voice acquiring unit configured to acquire voice pronounced by the user, and a processor. The processor is configured to perform a step of acquiring a result of recognizing the voice, a step of determining whether or not the user is driving, and a step of determining whether or not the voice dialog device has a dialog with the user. When the detected sight line of the user is in a certain direction, and a start keyword has been detected from the voice, the processor determines that the user has started a dialog. The processor switches the certain direction based on whether the user is driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Ikeno, Muneaki Shimada, Kota Hatanaka, Toshifumi Nishijima, Fuminori Kataoka, Hiromi Tonegawa, Norihide Umeyama
  • Patent number: 10828773
    Abstract: A voice interactive robot interacting with a user by voice includes a main body, a movable part capable of moving relative to the main body, a following control unit that moves the movable part so that the movable part follows the user, a temporary origin setting unit that sets a temporary origin of the movable part in response to movement of the movable part by the following control unit, an acquisition unit that acquires an operation instruction issued in relation to the movable part, and an operation execution unit that moves the movable part in accordance with the operation instruction using the temporary origin as a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hayato Sakamoto, Atsushi Ikeno, Masaaki Hanada, Takehiko Ishiguro, Masayuki Taniyama, Toshifumi Nishijima, Hiromi Tonegawa, Norihide Umeyama, Satoru Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10750054
    Abstract: First, second, and third line reading processing is processing of emitting light of each color to first, second, and third line of an original document in first, second, and third lighting order, respectively, and reading reflection light of the emitted light. A color that is first in the first lighting order, a color that is first in the second lighting order, and a color that is first in the third lighting order are different from each other. A color that is second in the first lighting order, a color that is second in the second lighting order, and a color that is second in the third lighting order is different from each other. A color that is third in the first lighting order, a color that is third in the second lighting order, and a color that is third in the third lighting order is different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Maeda, Takahiro Ikeno
  • Patent number: 10633391
    Abstract: Provided is a diol that excels in thermal stability; and, a method for manufacturing a diol, a di(meth)acrylate, and a method for manufacturing a di(meth)acrylate. The diol represented by the formula (1) below; wherein each of R1 and R2 independently represents a hydrocarbon group; and each R3 independently represents a hydrogen atom, hetero atom-containing group, halogen atom, straight chain alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, branched alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms or, aryl group-containing group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Sato, Atsushi Okamoto, Taketo Ikeno, Tetsuya Shimo
  • Patent number: 10629202
    Abstract: A voice interaction system includes: a speaker; a microphone having a microphone gain that is set at a low level while a sound is output from the speaker; a voice recognition unit that implements voice recognition processing on input sound data input from the microphone; a sound output unit that generates output sound data and outputs the generated output sound data through the speaker; and a non-audible sound output unit that, when a plurality of sounds are output with a time interval no greater than a threshold therebetween, outputs a non-audible sound through the speaker at least in the interim between output of the plurality of sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Ikeno, Satoshi Mizuma, Hayato Sakamoto, Hiroto Konno, Toshifumi Nishijima, Hiromi Tonegawa, Norihide Umeyama, Satoru Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20200118243
    Abstract: A processor, when a distance indicated by a distance information is greater than or equal to a first reference distance, displays, in a display, a second number of first objects each corresponding to each or a plurality of a first number of apparatuses and indicative of a state of the corresponding apparatus, and when a distance indicated by the distance information is less than the first reference distance, selects a third number of apparatuses from among the first number of apparatuses according to a predetermined condition, the third number being smaller than the first number, to display, in the display, a fourth number of second objects each corresponding to each or a plurality of the third number of apparatuses and indicative of a state of the corresponding apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Yusaku OTA, Kohei TAHARA, Yuji KUNITAKE, Atsushi IKENO, Hiroko SUGIMOTO
  • Patent number: 10592997
    Abstract: A decision making support device including: an opinion acquiring module that acquires an expressed opinion from each of a plurality of participants with respect to each of the plurality of selective elements; and a target person determining module that determines, with respect to a given selective element, from which participant an opinion on the selective element is to be elicited when there are a plurality of unexpressed participants who have not yet expressed opinions on the selective element, wherein the target person determining module respectively calculates, when assuming that each of the unexpressed participants has expressed any of expected opinions, assumed group satisfaction that is determined based on contents of decision making and contents of expression of opinions of the plurality of participants, and determines from which participant an opinion on the selective element is to be elicited in consideration of the assumed group satisfaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Infotechnology Center Co. LTD.
    Inventors: Junichi Ito, Atsushi Ikeno, Kenro Aihara, Susumu Kono
  • Patent number: 10593323
    Abstract: A keyword generation apparatus, comprises a vocabulary acquisition unit that acquires a keyword uttered by a first user; a first positional information acquisition unit that acquires first positional information including information representing a location at which the first user has uttered the keyword; a storage unit that stores the first positional information and the keyword in association with each other; a second positional information acquisition unit that acquires second positional information including information representing a current position of a second user; and an extraction unit that extracts a keyword unique to a locality in which the second user is positioned from the storage unit based on the second positional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuma Minemura, Sei Kato, Junichi Ito, Youhei Wakisaka, Atsushi Ikeno, Toshifumi Nishijima, Fuminori Kataoka, Hiromi Tonegawa, Norihide Umeyama
  • Patent number: 10578446
    Abstract: A route search apparatus configured to search a route from a set place of departure to a set destination comprises network data that includes nodes and links representing a road network, an average cost value indicating an average of travel time of each of the links, and a variance value indicating a degree of variance of the travel time, and a route searcher configured to determine the route from the place of departure to the destination as a recommended route, based on the average cost value, the variance value and a weight coefficient of the variance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: ZENRIN CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiko Masutani, Hiroyuki Tashiro, Tomoko Arita, Motohiro Nakamura, Tomoki Kodan, Atsushi Ikeno, Yoshitaka Kato, Sadahiro Koshiba, Kazuteru Maekawa, Koichi Ushida
  • Publication number: 20200011685
    Abstract: Route search devices and programs obtain network data including nodes and links, and link information including (i) travel times for traveling a link included in the network data, the nodes and the links representing a road network, and (ii) for each entry link or each exit link, information that identifies a value representing statistical variation of travel times for the link, the entry link being a link entering a node at one end of the link, and the exit link being a link exiting from a node at another end of the link. The devices and programs search for a recommended route by taking into account (i) a travel time to a destination, based on the network data and the link information, and (ii) cost values identified based on a representative value of travel times for a link and a value representing statistical variation of the travel times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicants: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sadahiro KOSHIBA, Kazuteru MAEKAWA, Koichi USHIDA, Hiroyuki TASHIRO, Tomohiko MASUTANI, Tomoko ARITA, Motohiro NAKAMURA, Atsushi IKENO, Yoshitaka KATO
  • Patent number: 10495473
    Abstract: A route search apparatus comprises a road information storage part configured to store road information including link information comprised of single link information and composite link information; and a route searcher configured to search a recommended route between two different points using the link information. The single link information includes information regarding an approach link that is a link approaching to a node at one end of a target link, an exit link that is a link exiting from a node at the other end of the target link, and a cost of the target link for entering from the approach link and exiting to the exit link. The composite link information includes information regarding an approach link that is a link approaching to a node at one end of a target link array, an exit link that is a link exiting from a node at the other end of the target link array, and a cost of the target link array for entering from the approach link and exiting to the exit link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: ZENRIN Co., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tashiro, Tomohiko Masutani, Yukiko Hiroo, Motohiro Nakamura, Tomoki Kodan, Atsushi Ikeno, Yoshitaka Kato, Sadahiro Koshiba, Kazuteru Maekawa, Koichi Ushida
  • Publication number: 20190341046
    Abstract: A voice dialog device includes a sight line detection unit configured to detect a sight line of a user, a voice acquiring unit configured to acquire voice pronounced by the user, and a processor. The processor is configured to perform a step of acquiring a result of recognizing the voice, a step of determining whether or not the user is driving, and a step of determining whether or not the voice dialog device has a dialog with the user. When the detected sight line of the user is in a certain direction, and a start keyword has been detected from the voice, the processor determines that the user has started a dialog. The processor switches the certain direction based on whether the user is driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi IKENO, Muneaki SHIMADA, Kota HATANAKA, Toshifumi NISHIJIMA, Fuminori KATAOKA, Hiromi TONEGAWA, Norihide UMEYAMA
  • Patent number: 10438586
    Abstract: A voice dialog device, comprises a voice processing unit configured to obtain a voice pronounced by a user and a result of recognizing the voice; a plurality of estimation units configured to estimate emotion of the user by different methods; and a response unit configured to create a response sentence, based on results of estimating the emotion of the user, and provide the response sentence to the user, wherein when a discrepancy exists between the results of estimating the emotion of the user by the plurality of estimation units, the response unit makes an inquiry to the user, and determines which estimation result is to be adopted, based on content of an obtained response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Ikeno, Muneaki Shimada, Kota Hatanaka, Toshifumi Nishijima, Fuminori Kataoka, Hiromi Tonegawa, Norihide Umeyama
  • Patent number: 10416597
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a body, a fuser to fix an image on a recording medium by heat, an interface to accept a value for a first time, which is between an end of fixing by the fuser until entry into a low power-consuming condition for the heater, a fan, and a controller, is provided. The controller sets a second time being a predetermined length and subtract the second time from the first time to obtain a third time. If the third time is given a positive value, the controller continues driving the fan after the end of the fixing and throughout the third time, and inactivates the fan after the third time. If the third time is given a value smaller than or equal to zero, the controller inactivates the fan during the first time before the entry into the low power-consuming condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Ishizuka, Yuichi Ikeno, Atsushi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10395653
    Abstract: A voice dialog device, comprises a sight line detection unit configured to detect a sight line of a user; a voice processing unit configured to obtain voice pronounced by the user and a result of recognizing the voice; a dialog determination unit configured to determine whether or not the voice dialog device has a dialog with the user; and an answer generation unit configured to generate an answer, based on a result of recognizing the voice, wherein the dialog determination unit determines whether or not the user has started the dialog, based on both the sight line of the user and the obtained voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Ikeno, Muneaki Shimada, Kota Hatanaka, Toshifumi Nishijima, Fuminori Kataoka, Hiromi Tonegawa, Norihide Umeyama
  • Publication number: 20190256524
    Abstract: Provided is a diol that excels in thermal stability; and, a method for manufacturing a diol, a di(meth)acrylate, and a method for manufacturing a di(meth)acrylate. The diol represented by the formula (1) below; wherein each of R1 and R2 independently represents a hydrocarbon group; and each R3 independently represents a hydrogen atom, hetero atom-containing group, halogen atom, straight chain alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, branched alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms or, aryl group-containing group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Hideyuki SATO, Atsushi OKAMOTO, Taketo IKENO, Tetsuya SHIMO
  • Patent number: 10378910
    Abstract: Facility output systems, methods, and programs specify a purpose for which a user utilizes a facility, based on information input by the user and a facility type that enables the specified purpose to be achieved, based on stored purpose information. The stored purpose information includes facility type and the purpose that is achievable by using the facility type. The systems, methods, and programs specify a common facility type that is common to a facility type specified for a first purpose; and one of a facility type specified for a second purpose that is different from the first purpose and a facility type specified differently from the specified facility type that enables the purpose to be achieved. The systems, methods, and programs specify the facility corresponding to the specified common facility type based on stored facility information including the specified facility type and information for specifying the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuhei Goshi, Kenji Nagase, Motohiro Nakamura, Tomoki Kodan, Yoshitaka Kato, Atsushi Ikeno
  • Publication number: 20190244620
    Abstract: A voice dialogue system includes: a voice input unit which acquires a user utterance; an intention understanding unit which interprets an intention of utterance of a voice acquired by the voice input unit; a dialogue text creator which creates a text of a system utterance; and a voice output unit which outputs the system utterance as voice data, wherein when creating a text of a system utterance, the dialogue text creator creates the text by inserting a tag in a position in the system utterance, and the intention understanding unit interprets an utterance intention of a user in accordance with whether a timing at which the user utterance is made is before or after an output of a system utterance at a position corresponding to the tag from the voice output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi IKENO, Yusuke JINGUJI, Toshifumi NISHIJIMA, Fuminori KATAOKA, Hiromi TONEGAWA, Norihide UMEYAMA
  • Publication number: 20190230251
    Abstract: First, second, and third line reading processing is processing of emitting light of each color to first, second, and third line of an original document in first, second, and third lighting order, respectively, and reading reflection light of the emitted light. A color that is first in the first lighting order, a color that is first in the second lighting order, and a color that is first in the third lighting order are different from each other. A color that is second in the first lighting order, a color that is second in the second lighting order, and a color that is second in the third lighting order is different from each other. A color that is third in the first lighting order, a color that is third in the second lighting order, and a color that is third in the third lighting order is different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Atsushi MAEDA, Takahiro IKENO
  • Publication number: 20190187593
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, having a body, a fuser to fix an image on a recording medium by heat, an interface to accept a value for a first time, which is between an end of fixing by the fuser until entry into a low power-consuming condition for the heater, a fan, and a controller, is provided. The controller sets a second time being a predetermined length and subtract the second time from the first time to obtain a third time. If the third time is given a positive value, the controller continues driving the fan after the end of the fixing and throughout the third time, and inactivates the fan after the third time. If the third time is given a value smaller than or equal to zero, the controller inactivates the fan during the first time before the entry into the low power-consuming condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke ISHIZUKA, Yuichi Ikeno, Atsushi Hayakawa