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).

  • Patent number: 10537922
    Abstract: A determining unit 31 determines an image region of a foreign material in an imaged image generated by an imaging unit 22 by using an imaging optical system 21. A setting unit 32 sets a pressure, injection time, an injection direction of air injected to the foreign material, an injection pattern obtained by combining them and the like based on a determination result. A foreign material removal processing unit 33 adjusts air injection by an air injection adjusting unit 331 based on the setting by the setting unit 32 and injects from an air injecting unit 332 to the imaging optical system 21 to remove the foreign material adhering to the imaging optical system 21. The air is injected according to an adhesion condition of the foreign material, so that the foreign material adhering to the imaging optical system may be optimally removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Tooru Kihira
  • Patent number: 10528825
    Abstract: There is provided a system including at least one image capturing device configured to capture an image of an object from a vehicle, and at least one display device configured to display the image of the object to an occupant of the vehicle. The system further includes at least one control unit configured to determine whether to alert the occupant to proximity of the object, and in response to determining to alert the occupant to proximity of the object, superimpose, on the image of the object for display on the at least one display device, a moving pattern through which the image of the object remains visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20200004269
    Abstract: A traveling assistance device provided on a traveling assistance target vehicle 11 includes: an outside-vehicle information acquisition unit that acquires outside-vehicle information; a communication unit that communicates with a traveling assistance management device 15 providing leading vehicle information; and a traveling control unit that performs following traveling control for traveling while following a leading vehicle indicated by leading vehicle information acquired from the traveling assistance management device. The following traveling control is performed using the outside-vehicle information acquired by the outside-vehicle information acquisition unit and the leading vehicle information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Publication number: 20190367049
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Publication number: 20190337466
    Abstract: Provided is a camera mounting structure for attaching an in-vehicle camera to a vehicle. An optical protection window cover 503 is inserted into an opening 500 on the vehicle body side together with a camera 500 main body. It is possible to reduce the proportion of the water droplet 502 adhering to the surface of the optical protection window cover 503 with respect to the viewing angle of the camera 500, enabling the observer to visually recognize the presence of the water droplet 502 in visual examination of an image. In addition, the optical protection window cover 503 uses its body 602 to cover the side surface of a camera apparatus main body to implement positional alignment of a camera apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Publication number: 20190329791
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a vehicle control apparatus and a vehicle control method that allow safer automated driving. The vehicle control apparatus includes a driver monitoring section and a penalty application section. The driver monitoring section detects a driving intervention level indicating an extent to which the driver intervenes in driving of a vehicle. The penalty application section applies a penalty disadvantageous to the driver in the case where the driving intervention level is insufficient. The present technology is applicable, for example, to a vehicle control apparatus that controls automated driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventor: EIJI OBA
  • Patent number: 10462372
    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: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10427694
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20190289272
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an image sensor; a signal processing unit repeatedly performing processing different from each other in a given number of sequential frames to imaging signals obtained by the image sensor to thereby obtain image data of respective frame; and an image data output unit sequentially outputting the image data of respective frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20190281250
    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: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire
  • Publication number: 20190271981
    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: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji OBA
  • Publication number: 20190248288
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image generating device, an image generating method, and a program which are capable of calling attention of a user quickly. An integrating unit integrates a first image and a second image and generates an integrated image. A superimposition executing unit causes an alert mark to be superimposed on the integrated image and generates a superimposed image in a case in which an object shown in the second image is positioned on a farther side than an object shown in the first image. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a Camera Monitor System (CMS) which provides, for example, an image corresponding to an image observed by a side mirror or a rearview mirror or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10368009
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10331127
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20190179140
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus that displays the camera captured image via the spin window on the display and the condition of the travel direction even in the bad weather can be more reliably checked. The image processing apparatus includes a camera that captures an image via the spin window, an image processor that generates a display image, and a display that displays the generated image by the image processor. The image processing apparatus further includes a pulse light output unit, and the camera includes a first camera and a second camera that capture images at timings after elapse of different times from a pulse light output timing of the pulse light output unit. The respective cameras capture images of different spaces, and the image processor generates a differential image between the images captured by the respective cameras and displays the differential image on the display. In the differential image, the obstacle present only in either one of the spaces is more clearly displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: EIJI OBA, TSUYOSHI TOUKAIRIN
  • Publication number: 20190181588
    Abstract: A connector device according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a first connector and a second connector. The first connector has a plurality of locking groove parts provided on a first peripheral surface thereof and a plurality of unlocking parts provided on the first peripheral surface. The plurality of locking groove parts and the plurality of unlocking parts are arranged in a circumferential direction of the first peripheral surface with a positional displacement from each other. The second connector has a plurality of elastic parts provided on a second peripheral surface fitted into the first peripheral surface and held by the plurality of locking groove parts, respectively. The plurality of elastic parts are configured to be elastically deformable in a radial direction of the second connector body when rotating in a circumferential direction of the second connector body between the plurality of locking groove parts and the plurality of unlocking parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Eiji OBA, Keiichi NAGASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20190174060
    Abstract: To provide an image processing apparatus that achieves image display with improved visibility of information regarding the surroundings of a vehicle. An image photographed by a camera that photographs the surroundings of the vehicle is input. An overhead image, a vehicle travel direction image, and a vehicle lateral side image corresponding to a vehicle movement direction which is either left or right of the vehicle is generated on the basis of the input image. The generated image is displayed on a display unit. For example, a display image is generated or updated in accordance with a travel direction of the vehicle and direction-of-rotation information of a steering wheel. In a case where the vehicle is backed counter-clockwise, the overhead image, the vehicle rear image, and a vehicle left side image are generated and displayed. In a case where the vehicle is backed clockwise, the overhead image, the vehicle rear image, and a vehicle right side image are generated and displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: EIJI OBA, TOMONORI AGAWA, KYOHEI YOSHIMURA
  • Patent number: 10306199
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an image sensor; a signal processing unit repeatedly performing processing different from each other in a given number of sequential frames to imaging signals obtained by the image sensor to thereby obtain image data of respective frame; and an image data output unit sequentially outputting the image data of respective frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10298821
    Abstract: A camera module system for a vehicle, an image pickup device, and a method. The camera module system including a lens holder, a case, a first engaging part, and a second engaging part. The lens holder is configured to mount a lens, the lens holder having a first surface that is perpendicular to an optical axis of the lens. The case is configured to mount the lens holder, the case having a second surface that faces the first surface. The first engaging part is on the first surface, the first engaging part including a plurality of first projections. The second engaging part is on the second surface, the second engaging part including a plurality of second projections. The first engaging part is engaged with the second engaging part when the plurality of first projections is engaged with the plurality of second projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Publication number: 20190143989
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing device and an image processing method for acquiring a consciousness level at which a driver recognizes a surrounding environment on the basis of an image of the driver picked up by an in-vehicle camera. An image of an eyelips is picked up by an in-vehicle camera 100 at low resolution and eye positions grasped in the image analysis are corrected for each frame while being subjected to local high-speed processing in parallel, whereby the tracking of the saccade among eyeball movement is realized. That is, active local high-speed eye tracking is performed only on a capture frame 102 in an image picked up by the in-vehicle camera 100, whereby it becomes possible to monitor the saccade of the eye movement without causing an attachment load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Oba