Patents by Inventor Heishiro Fudo

Heishiro Fudo 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: 20220080779
    Abstract: A tire deterioration inferring (estimating) method uses a tire deterioration inferring device placed on the inner surface of a tire. The method has: a deformation velocity measurement step of measuring a tire deformation velocity, which is the deformation velocity of the tire while the tire is rotating, and obtaining time-series changes in the tire deformation velocity; a calculation step of calculating peak values of the tire deformation velocity from the time-series changes in the tire deformation velocity; and an inference step of inferring the degree of the deterioration of the tire by using a first peak value, which is a peak value of the tire deformation velocity before and at the stepping of the tire or at and after the kicking of the tire, the first peak value being in the time-series changes in the tire deformation velocity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Inventors: Heishiro FUDO, Eiji SHINOHARA, Shinya ICHISE, Hiroyuki TOBARI, Akihito YAMAMOTO, Yuki ONO
  • Publication number: 20210273153
    Abstract: A composite piezoelectric element includes a first electrode layer, a piezoelectric substance layer disposed on the first electrode layer, and a second electrode layer disposed on the piezoelectric substance layer, and, in plan view, a measuring unit including the first electrode layer, the piezoelectric substance layer, and the second electrode layer and a buffer portion in which the piezoelectric substance layer is not provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Heishiro FUDO, Eiji SHINOHARA, Akihito YAMAMOTO, Shinya ICHISE, Yuki ONO, Hisashi KOMATSU, Hiroyuki TOBARI
  • Publication number: 20200392769
    Abstract: A door handle includes door handle case, a first detection electrode and a second detection electrode disposed in the door handle case, and a controller connected to the first detection electrode and the second detection electrode. The controller separately measures a first capacitance between the first detection electrode and an operation body and a second capacitance between the second detection electrode and the operation body, and the controller determines whether a locking operation is performed by the operation body based on one or both of the first capacitance and the second capacitance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Toshiki NAKAMURA, Takashi SASAKI, Yoshiyuki KIKUCHI, Yuzuru KAWANA, Yukimitsu YAMADA, Daisuke TAKAI, Heishiro FUDO
  • Publication number: 20200378161
    Abstract: An operation detection device includes an electrostatic sensor accommodated inside a casing and including a first conductor and a second conductor, and a controller electrically connected to the first conductor and the second conductor, and applies a voltage to each of the first conductor and the second conductor, to measure an electrostatic capacitance of each of the first conductor and the second conductor. The first conductor is arranged in and the second conductor is not arranged in a detection region in which an operating body is detected by the electrostatic sensor. The first conductor and the second conductor are arranged in a non-detection region in which the operating body is not detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Toshiki NAKAMURA, Daisuke TAKAI, Takashi SASAKI, Yuzuru KAWANA, Yoshiyuki KIKUCHI, Heishiro FUDO
  • Publication number: 20200331328
    Abstract: A door handle includes a door handle case and an electrostatic sensor provided in the door handle case. The electrostatic sensor includes a detection electrode that is formed of a flat conductor plate, or that is formed on a surface of a flat substrate or within a flat substrate. The detection electrode includes a middle portion in a longitudinal direction of the detection electrode and includes peripheral portions proximal to both end portions of the detection electrode in the longitudinal direction. For a width of the detection electrode in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, each peripheral portion is wider than the middle portion, and the width of the detection electrode gradually increases toward each end portion in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Toshiki NAKAMURA, Takashi SASAKI, Yoshiyuki KIKUCHI, Yuzuru KAWANA, Heishiro FUDO, Yukimitsu YAMADA, Hiroshi SHIGETAKA
  • Patent number: 10770644
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a substrate that is flexible and thermally deformable, and a composite piezoelectric body disposed on the substrate. Output in accordance with deformation of the composite piezoelectric body is obtained. The composite piezoelectric body includes a piezoelectric layer containing an organic binder containing piezoelectric particles, a first electrode layer stacked on a first surface side of the piezoelectric layer, and a second electrode stacked on a second surface side of the piezoelectric layer. The substrate is insert molded and integrated with a molded resin body having a curved shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heishiro Fudo, Yasuji Hagiwara, Daisuke Takai, Shoji Sakurai, Masahiro Ishida, Yo Tahara
  • Patent number: 10298231
    Abstract: An input device includes a capacitive sensor and a piezoelectric sensor. The piezoelectric sensor is positioned on the front side of the capacitive sensor in a front-to-back direction from the front to the back of the input device, and is configured to change its output in response to a force applied to the piezoelectric sensor from its front side. The piezoelectric sensor includes a piezoelectric layer and a first electrode and a second electrode positioned across the piezoelectric layer from each other in the front-to-back direction. The capacitive sensor includes a capacitive sensing area where the capacitive sensor is configured to perform a sensing operation. The first electrode and the second electrode of the piezoelectric sensor do not overlap the capacitive sensing area when viewed in the front-to-back direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shigetaka, Kunio Sato, Hiroaki Takahashi, Heishiro Fudo, Jo Ri
  • Publication number: 20180183438
    Abstract: An input device includes a capacitive sensor and a piezoelectric sensor. The piezoelectric sensor is positioned on the front side of the capacitive sensor in a front-to-back direction from the front to the back of the input device, and is configured to change its output in response to a force applied to the piezoelectric sensor from its front side. The piezoelectric sensor includes a piezoelectric layer and a first electrode and a second electrode positioned across the piezoelectric layer from each other in the front-to-back direction. The capacitive sensor includes a capacitive sensing area where the capacitive sensor is configured to perform a sensing operation. The first electrode and the second electrode of the piezoelectric sensor do not overlap the capacitive sensing area when viewed in the front-to-back direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shigetaka, Kunio Sato, Hiroaki Takahashi, Heishiro Fudo, Jo Ri
  • Publication number: 20170317265
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a substrate that is flexible and thermally deformable, and a composite piezoelectric body disposed on the substrate. Output in accordance with deformation of the composite piezoelectric body is obtained. The composite piezoelectric body includes a piezoelectric layer containing an organic binder containing piezoelectric particles, a first electrode layer stacked on a first surface side of the piezoelectric layer, and a second electrode stacked on a second surface side of the piezoelectric layer. The substrate is insert molded and integrated with a molded resin body having a curved shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Heishiro FUDO, Yasuji HAGIWARA, Daisuke TAKAI, Shoji SAKURAI, Masahiro ISHIDA, Yo TAHARA
  • Patent number: 9217970
    Abstract: A heater for fixing devices includes a glass substrate, a heating element, electrode patterns connected to the heating element, a first protective layer, and a second protective layer. The glass substrate is made of an alkali-free glass. The first protective layer is formed by firing a mixture of a first glass powder and a first filler. The first glass powder contains no alkali metal oxide and has a lower softening point than the glass substrate. The first filler has a lower thermal expansion coefficient than the alkali-free glass for the glass substrate. The second protective layer is made of a material that does not contain the first filler contained in the first protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heishiro Fudo, Tomoko Wauke, Eihin Setsu, Hirotoshi Terao, Kazuma Kobashi, Eiji Okada, Susumu Nakajima, Mikio Onodera
  • Publication number: 20140353303
    Abstract: A heater for fixing devices includes a glass substrate, a heating element, electrode patterns connected to the heating element, a first protective layer, and a second protective layer. The glass substrate is made of an alkali-free glass. The first protective layer is formed by firing a mixture of a first glass powder and a first filler. The first glass powder contains no alkali metal oxide and has a lower softening point than the glass substrate. The first filler has a lower thermal expansion coefficient than the alkali-free glass for the glass substrate. The second protective layer is made of a material that does not contain the first filler contained in the first protective layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heishiro FUDO, Tomoko WAUKE, Eihin SETSU, Hirotoshi TERAO, Kazuma KOBASHI, Eiji OKADA, Susumu NAKAJIMA, Mikio Onodera
  • Publication number: 20080175022
    Abstract: Disclosed is an illuminating unit capable of effectively introducing light emitted from a light source into a light guide sheet to improve the brightness of light and emitting uniform color light. Light emitted from a light emitting diode of a light source unit is incident on a side surface of a light guide sheet. A spacer aligns the emission center of the light emitting diode with the center of the light guide sheet in the thickness direction thereof. The incident light travels in the light guide sheet and is then diffused in light emitting regions provided on the main surface of the light guide sheet. Then, the diffused light is emitted to the outside. In addition, light components emitted from a gap between the light emitting diode and the side surface of the light guide sheet or light components emitted from the upper surface of the light source unit to the outside are reflected to the light guide sheet by a cover member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Takuro Sugiura, Heishiro Fudo, Toshimitsu Kuroki, Ikuo Hibino, Atushi Yoshida, Katsuyuki Katayama, Hironobu Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20070238361
    Abstract: A printed circuit board comprises an insulating substrate, a plurality of wiring members disposed on the insulating substrate, and a coating member that covers the wiring members and the insulating substrate between the wiring members. The wiring members include Ag, and the coating member is formed of an acrylic glass and a curing agent comprising hexamethylene diisocyanate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Heishiro Fudo