Atsushi Takahashi 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).
Abstract: A clamping apparatus is provided with: a metallic detector that is provided to a pivot shaft pivotally moving integrally with a clamp arm under the operation of a driving unit, in such a manner as to extend along the pivot shaft so as to be around the axis thereof; and one proximity sensor that is arranged so as to be opposed to the detector and that detects the magnetic loss of the detector. The detector is formed so that the area of a sensor opposing part opposed to a detection surface of the proximity sensor changes in association with the pivotal moving of the pivot shaft.
Abstract: A heat source unit and a refrigeration cycle apparatus that are able to reduce damage to a connection pipe when a refrigerant containing at least 1,2-difluoroethylene is used are provided. An outdoor unit (20) that is connected via a liquid-side connection pipe (6) and a gas-side connection pipe (5) to an indoor unit (30) including an indoor heat exchanger (31) and that is a component of an air conditioner (1) includes a compressor (21) and an outdoor heat exchanger (23). A refrigerant containing at least 1,2-difluoroethylene is used as a refrigerant. A design pressure of the outdoor unit (20) is lower than 1.5 times a design pressure of each of the liquid-side connection pipe (6) and the gas-side connection pipe (5).
Abstract: A projector that can increase the brightness of an image, includes: first and second image forming elements that each include micromirrors; a projection lens that projects images formed on the first and second image forming elements; and a light source/optical unit that irradiates the first and second image forming elements with first blue light and second blue light in a first display period, and irradiates the first image forming element with the green light and irradiates the second image forming element with the red light in a second display period.
Abstract: A semiconductor device comprises a substrate. A plurality of electrode layers and a plurality of insulating layers are formed in an alternating stack above the substrate. A semiconductor column extends through the plurality of electrode layers and the plurality of insulating layers. The semiconductor column comprises a single-crystal semiconductor material on an outer peripheral surface facing the electrode and insulating layers. First insulating films are formed between the semiconductor column and the electrode layers. The first insulating films are spaced from each other along the column length. Each first insulating film corresponds to one electrode layer. A charge storage layer is between each of the first insulating films and the electrode layers. A second insulating film is between the charge storage layer and each of the electrode layers.
Abstract: A communication terminal comprising circuitry to: receive selection of screen data, from among one or more items of screen data, as sharing target data to be shared with other communication terminal, each screen data to be used for generating a display screen and having been generated at the communication terminal; and share the sharing target data with the other communication terminal.
Abstract: An endoscope includes an image pickup device inserted into a through hole in a housing, in which the image pickup device includes an optical unit including a distal end lens and optical members, and an image pickup unit, the distal end lens is fixed to a distal end portion of the through hole, the optical members are held by a lens frame, the lens frame being inserted into the through hole, and a part of the lens frame being bonded to the through hole, and the image pickup unit includes a unit frame fixed to the lens frame, a front portion of the unit frame being inserted into the through hole and being bonded to the through hole, and an outer surface of a rear portion of the unit frame including stoppers to which a jig is to be fixed, the rear portion not being inserted into the through hole.
Abstract: A joining apparatus includes: a die having a recess; and a punch disposed opposite to the recess. The punch includes an inner punch portion and an outer punch portion disposed around the inner punch portion, the inner punch portion and outer punch portion are configured to be movable relative to each other, and a depression is formable at a front end of the punch. The joining apparatus is configured such that, in a state in which the depression is formed at the front end of the punch, the punch is moved relatively so as to press and deform the multiple plate members toward the recess by the punch, and the inner punch portion is moved relatively so as to extrude a metal in the depression by the inner punch portion.
Abstract: A semiconductor memory device includes a channel layer and a gate electrode. A first insulating layer is between the semiconductor layer and the gate electrode. A second insulating layer is between the first insulating layer and the gate electrode. A storage region is between the first insulating layer and the second insulating layer. The storage region comprises metal or semiconductor material. A coating layer comprises silicon and nitrogen and surrounds the storage region. The coating layer is between the storage region and the second insulating layer and between the storage region and the first insulating layer.
Abstract: A printing apparatus comprises: a print head comprising, for each of a plurality of types of inks, an ejection opening and pressure chamber, and configured to perform printing operation by ejecting the ink from the ejection opening; a circulation unit capable of circulating the ink of each ink type; a determination unit configured to determine an accumulated time for which a first type of ink is circulated by the circulation unit in the printing operation using the first type of ink and not using a second type of ink different from the first type of ink; and a control unit configured to perform control based on the determined accumulated time to cause the circulation unit to circulate at least the second type of ink among the plurality of types of inks in a case where the accumulated time is longer than a predetermined time.
Abstract: A secondary battery for electronic appliance to be installed in an electronic appliance, thereby feeding an electric power to the electronic appliance is disclosed, which includes a battery cell in which a positive electrode, a negative electrode and an electrolyte are accommodated in a pack, and a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal from the positive electrode and the negative electrode, respectively are lead out from one side face of the pack; a metallic battery can in which an opening is formed in the both end sides in an insertion direction of the battery cell and which accommodates the battery cell therein such that one side face from which the positive electrode terminal and the negative electrode terminal are lead out is faced towards the side of one of the openings; and a pair of lids made of a synthetic resin, each plugging the opening of the battery can, at least one of the lids plugging one of the openings towards which one side face from which the positive electrode termi
Abstract: In one embodiment, a semiconductor device includes a substrate, insulating films and first films alternately stacked on the substrate, at least one of the first films including an electrode layer and a charge storage layer provided on a face of the electrode layer via a first insulator, and a semiconductor layer provided on a face of the charge storage layer via a second insulator. The device further includes at least one of a first portion including nitrogen and provided between the first insulator and the charge storage layer with an air gap provided in the first insulator, a second portion including nitrogen, provided between the charge storage layer and the second insulator, and including a portion protruding toward the charge storage layer, and a third portion including nitrogen and provided between the second insulator and the semiconductor layer with an air gap provided in the first insulator.
Abstract: A manipulation device has a manipulation body rotationally operated by the manipulator, a support body rotatably supporting the manipulation body, and a rotational load imparting mechanism. The rotational load imparting mechanism has a movable member engaged with the rotational axis of the manipulation body, a magnetism generating mechanism facing the movable member with a gap intervening, and a magnetic viscous fluid, its viscosity changing according to the strength of a magnetic field. The magnetism generating mechanism has a coil generating a magnetic field and a first yoke provided so as to enclose the coil. The first yoke has a first opposing part and second opposing part, which are separated by slits, on a side facing the movable member. The magnetic viscous fluid is filled in the gap, which is between the first opposing part and the movable member and between the second opposing part and the movable member.
Abstract: A switch failure detection device includes switches provided on branch paths, current detection units provided on the branch paths, the current detection units being to output current detection signal, a storage unit to store an initial value of the current detection signal, the initial value being to be output from the current detection units, a switch control unit to turn off one of the plurality of switches one by one with at least another one of the plurality of switches being turned on and a first failure detection unit to compare the initial value and a value of a first current detection signal output from corresponding one of the current detection units when the one of the switches is turned off, the first failure detection unit being to detect a first failure of the plurality of switches based on a result of the comparison.
Abstract: A measurement auxiliary member is placed on an arrangement surface of a prism. A measurement object is placed on an upper surface of the measurement auxiliary member. The measurement auxiliary member totally reflects the terahertz wave input from a lower surface by the upper surface and outputs the totally-reflected terahertz wave from the lower surface. A main pulse of a terahertz wave totally reflected by the upper surface of the measurement auxiliary member without multiply-reflected inside any optical element on an optical path of the terahertz wave, and a noise pulse of a terahertz wave multiply-reflected inside any optical element on the optical path and reflected on an interface between the prism and the measurement auxiliary member, are temporally separated from each other when detecting a correlation by a terahertz wave detection element.
Abstract: A fixing device includes a fixing rotator, a hollow pressure rotator, a heater, a holder, and a bearing. The pressure rotator is configured to contact the fixing rotator. The heater is disposed inside the pressure rotator. The holder is configured to hold the pressure rotator and the heater. The bearing is configured to rotatably support the pressure rotator. The holder includes a curved face contact portion having a curved face conforming to an outer circumferential surface of the bearing to contact the bearing. The bearing includes a flange. The flange is configured to divide the bearing into an inboard area and an outboard area in an axial direction of the pressure rotator. The inboard area and the outboard area are asymmetrical.
Abstract: An alkaline dry battery includes a battery case, a hollow cylindrical positive electrode accommodated in the battery case, a negative electrode disposed in the hollow portion of the positive electrode, a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, and an electrolytic solution contained in the positive electrode, the negative electrode and the separator. The alkaline dry battery further includes a layer principally including a compound containing a polyoxyethylene group between the positive electrode and the inner surface of the battery case.
Abstract: In one embodiment, a semiconductor storage device includes a stacked body in which a plurality of conducting layers are stacked through a plurality of insulating layers in a first direction, a semiconductor layer penetrating the stacked body, extending in the first direction and including metal atoms, and a memory film including a first insulator, a charge storage layer and a second insulator that are provided between the stacked body and the semiconductor layer. The semiconductor layer surrounds a third insulator penetrating the stacked body and extending in the first direction, and at least one crystal grain in the semiconductor layer has a shape surrounding the third insulator.
Abstract: A diagnosis device provided with a position data generation unit (224) and a linking unit (226). The position data generation unit (224) generates first position data and second position data using a relative position image showing the relative positions of an upper bow and a bite-fork, an upper-part image showing the positional relationship of the bite-fork and the maxillary dental arch of a patient, and an articulation image showing the positional relationship of the maxillary dental arch and the mandibular dental arch of the patient. The linking unit (226) generates a virtual articulator by positioning three-dimensional models of the patient's maxillary dental arch and mandibular dental arch generated by a model generation unit (223), using the first position data and the second position data.