Patents by Inventor Eiji Oba

Eiji Oba 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: 20180309940
    Abstract: There is described an imaging method and an imaging device including first imaging circuitry that captures at least near infrared (NIR) light and outputs an NIR image, second imaging circuitry that captures far infrared (FIR) light and outputs an FIR image, wherein the FIR light has a longer wavelength than the NIR light, and processing circuitry configured to adjust color of the NIR image based on the FIR image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: SHUNJI OKADA, RYOTA KOSAKAI, SHINJI UKITA, EIJI OBA, TSUYOSHI MASUZAWA, MASAKAZU EBIHARA, KAZUHIRO SHIMAUCHI
  • Patent number: 10110820
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an image sensor that photoelectrically converts subject light to generate image signals; a storage portion that sets a second area within a first area so as to correspond to a specific area specified by a setting value for setting an extracting range of an image based on the image signals; a timing adjustment unit that adjusts the timing at which the image signals are read from the image sensor and written to the storage portion and the timing at which the image signals are read from the storage portion; an image conversion processor that performs predetermined processing on the image based on the image signals read from the image sensor; an output unit that converts processed image signals with continuous scanning timing into image signals of a predetermined format and outputs the image signals to a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20180178766
    Abstract: An environment information acquisition unit 20 acquires an image in which environment around a vehicle has been imaged, information indicating a contact with the vehicle or an impact on the vehicle, surround sounds, approach identification information for enabling an approach of an emergency vehicle to be identified, and the like as surrounding environment information of the vehicle. A vehicle control processing unit 61 recognizes predetermined external stimulation information included in the surrounding environment information, for example, a specific signal or a movement with a specific pattern, a contact to a specific part, and a specific sound. The vehicle control processing unit 61 uses the recognized predetermined external stimulation information as a vehicle brake instruction from outside and starts a vehicle braking sequence to stop the vehicle. Even if an abnormality occurs in an automatically driven vehicle and the like, vehicle brake control is easily applied to a traveling vehicle from outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Publication number: 20180151066
    Abstract: A system for an autonomous vehicle that receives driving environment information corresponding to a driving environment provided by another autonomous vehicle, and determines a navigation route based on a degree of reliability of the driving environment information provided by the another autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Patent number: 9888157
    Abstract: An insertion part 355 inserted into an insertion hole 255 of a front case 25 in an insertion direction which is a direction of an optical axis and a regulation part 351 for regulating the insertion are formed in a lens holder 35 for holding an image pickup lens 31. Engaging parts 252 and 352 are provided on a surface opposed to a case of the regulation part 351 and on a surface opposed to the regulation part of the front case 25. Projections 3521 of the engaging part 352 are formed surrounding the insertion part 355, and projections 2521 of the engaging part 252 are formed surrounding the insertion hole 255. An interval of the projections of the engaging part 352 is wider than that of the projections of the engaging part 252, and an interval of the projections of the engaging part 252 is formed wider than that of the projections of the engaging part 352. Accordingly, the position of the lens holder relative to the front case is adjusted in a state where the engaging parts 252 and 352 are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20170364070
    Abstract: A method for switching modes for operating a vehicle, a non-transitory computer-readable medium for performing the method, and information processing apparatuses. The method includes determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus, whether a mode for operating the vehicle is to be switched from one of autonomous and manual driving modes to the other of the autonomous and manual driving modes. A state of a driver of the vehicle is obtained when the mode for operating the vehicle is determined to be switched. The method further includes switching, by the circuitry, the mode for operating the vehicle from the one of the autonomous and manual driving modes to the other of the autonomous manual driving modes based on the obtained state of the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Publication number: 20170305440
    Abstract: A method for decelerating a vehicle, a non-transitory computer-readable medium for performing the method, and reception apparatuses. The method includes monitoring a state of a driver of the vehicle, and causing a notification to be output based on the monitored state of the driver. The method further includes determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus and when operating in a manual operation mode, whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate after the notification is output. The vehicle is caused by the circuitry to decelerate based on the determination of whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate. A passenger of the vehicle may trigger an automatic emergency stop (unit 23), which in turn may be overridden by the driver (switch 24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Publication number: 20170166131
    Abstract: In accordance with driving information that is obtained by a driving situation detecting sensor 13 and is related to the driving situation of a vehicle, a display control unit 20 sets the image area to be presented to the driver DR of the vehicle from an image obtained by a peripheral area imaging unit 11 imaging a peripheral area around the vehicle, and, in accordance with the driving situation, controls the visual recognition range in the peripheral area the driver DR can visually recognize from the image presented by a display unit 50 via a mirror 55. When the driving situation is such that the orientation of a cabin differs from the orientation of a trailer portion, for example, the image area to be presented is set so that the outer side of the trailer portion is included in the visual recognition range even though the orientation of the cabin differs from the orientation of the trailer portion. Thus, a desired peripheral area around the vehicle can be readily viewed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Publication number: 20170150086
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Eiji OBA, Frederic Maire
  • Publication number: 20170129405
    Abstract: Vehicle display device (10) including a display unit (50), installed in a cabin of a vehicle and having a display face oriented in a different direction from a direction of a driver (DR), configured to display an image depicting a surrounding area of the vehicle, and a mirror unit (55) installed in the cabin of the vehicle and configured to reflect some or all of an image area displayed on the display unit (50). A visible range of the surrounding area visible to the driver through an image of the display unit (50) reflected in the mirror unit (55) changes according to movement of a viewing position of the driver (DR) with respect to the mirror unit (55).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Patent number: 9643539
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire
  • Publication number: 20170073007
    Abstract: A cruise-assist image generation device includes: a steering-angle information acquisition unit acquiring steering angle information of a steering wheel; an additional line generation unit generating a cruise assist additional line corresponding to the acquired steering angle information and formed by combination of a given number of segments; and an additional line superimposing unit superimposing the generated cruise assist additional line on a taken image of the vehicle periphery to obtain a composite image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 9533709
    Abstract: A cruise-assist image generation device includes a steering-angle information acquisition unit, an additional line generation unit generating a cruise assist additional line corresponding to acquired steering angle information and formed by combination of a given number of segments, and an additional line superimposing unit superimposing the generated cruise assist additional line on a taken image of the vehicle periphery to obtain a composite image. The additional line generation unit generates respective curved lines forming at least some of the segments by quadratic curve approximation using coordinate data corresponding to the acquired steering angle information and including coordinates of points representing each segment, and generating respective straight lines forming any remaining segments by collinear approximation using coordinate data corresponding to the acquired steering angle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20160352986
    Abstract: An insertion part 355 inserted into an insertion hole 255 of a front case 25 in an insertion direction which is a direction of an optical axis and a regulation part 351 for regulating the insertion are formed in a lens holder 35 for holding an image pickup lens 31. Engaging parts 252 and 352 are provided on a surface opposed to a case of the regulation part 351 and on a surface opposed to the regulation part of the front case 25. Projections 3521 of the engaging part 352 are formed surrounding the insertion part 355, and projections 2521 of the engaging part 252 are formed surrounding the insertion hole 255. An interval of the projections of the engaging part 352 is wider than that of the projections of the engaging part 252, and an interval of the projections of the engaging part 252 is formed wider than that of the projections of the engaging part 352. Accordingly, the position of the lens holder relative to the front case is adjusted in a state where the engaging parts 252 and 352 are engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20160325684
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Eiji OBA, Frederic MAIRE
  • Patent number: 9485429
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire
  • Patent number: 9473686
    Abstract: A camera device includes: an imaging unit taking image light to obtain a video signal; an output unit outputting the video signal obtained in the imaging unit to a connected cable; a detection unit detecting current variation or voltage variation of the video signal to be outputted from the output unit; and a control unit determining a control signal transmitted through the cable based on the signal variation detected by the detection unit and performing operation control corresponding to the determined control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Noboru Katsui, Hiroyasu Nakano, Satoshi Tagami
  • Publication number: 20160217625
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus circuitry receives first image data from a first image capture device of an area adjacent to an automobile and also receives second image data from a second image capture device of the adjacent area. The circuitry combines the first image data with the second image data to form composite image data of a junction region of the at least a portion of the adjacent area. The circuitry changes over time respective image areas taken from the first image capture device and second image capture device to form the composite image data of the junction region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji OBA, Ken MABUCHI
  • Patent number: 9386204
    Abstract: An insertion part inserted into an insertion hole of a front case in an insertion direction which is a direction of an optical axis and a regulation part for regulating the insertion are formed in a lens holder for holding an image pickup lens. Projections of an engaging part are formed surrounding the insertion part, and projections of another engaging part are formed surrounding the insertion hole. An interval of the projections of the engaging part is wider than that of the projections of the other engaging part, and an interval of the projections of the other engaging part is formed wider than that of the projections of the engaging part. Accordingly, the position of the lens holder relative to the front case is adjusted in a state where the engaging parts and are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20160173748
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging apparatus capable of offering useful information with higher certainty. An imaging apparatus includes an optical system that condenses light received from a subject, an imaging device that photoelectrically converts the light received from the optical system to form a pickup image, and a cover glass disposed between the optical system and the imaging device to protect a surface of the imaging device. The cover glass is disposed obliquely to the imaging device. When stray light corresponding to light reflected on the imaging device enters the cover glass as a part of light having entered the imaging device via the optical system and the cover glass, this stray light is reflected on the cover glass toward a low harmful area of the imaging device. Accordingly, flares generated by stray light decreases in a recognition useful area. The present technology is applicable to an on-vehicle camera, a ceiling type monitoring camera, or others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventor: Eiji Oba