Patents by Inventor Hideki Aoyama

Hideki Aoyama 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: 20170318212
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes setting an exposure time of an image sensor of a customer terminal so that, in an image obtained by capturing the subject, a bright line corresponding to each of a plurality of exposure lines appears according to a change in luminance of the subject. The method also includes obtaining a bright line image including a plurality of bright lines, by capturing the subject and obtaining identification information of the subject, by demodulating data specified by a pattern of the plurality of bright lines included in the obtained bright line image. The method further includes sending the identification information to a server, obtaining a menu listing a product of the store from the server, displaying the menu on a display of the terminal, and sending product information of the product that is selected by the customer and payment information of the customer to the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Hideki AOYAMA, Ikuo FUCHIGAMI, Tsutomu MUKAI, Hidehiko SHIN, Yosuke MATSUSHITA, Shigehiro IIDA, Kazunori YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20170318213
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided for obtaining information from a subject using a terminal device that includes an image sensor having a plurality of exposure lines. The method includes setting an exposure time of the image sensor so that a bright line corresponding to each of the plurality of exposure lines appears according to a change in luminance of the subject. The method also includes obtaining a bright line image including a plurality of bright lines by capturing the subject that changes in luminance, and obtaining identification information of the subject by demodulating data specified by a pattern of the plurality of bright lines included in the obtained bright line image. The method further includes sending the identification information to a server, obtaining place information indicating a location of the subject from the server, and displaying a location of the terminal device on a map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AME RICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Hideki AOYAMA, Ikuo FUCHIGAMI, Hidehiko SHIN, Tsutomu MUKAI, Yosuke MATSUSHITA, Shigehiro IIDA, Kazunori YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20170310743
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates to a signal generating method for generating a visible light signal. A signal generating method includes: a step SD11 of determining, as a method for transmitting a visible light signal from a transmitter, one of a single-frame transmitting method for transmitting data as one frame and a multiple-frame transmitting method for transmitting the data while dividing the data into a plurality of frames; a step SD12 of, when the multiple-frame transmitting method is determined, generating partition type information indicating a type of data to be transmitted, and generating combination data by adding the partition type information to the data to be transmitted; a step SD13 of generating the plurality of frames each of which includes each of a plurality of data parts by dividing the combination data into the plurality of data parts; and a step SD14 of generating the visible light signal by adding a preamble to a head of each of the plurality of frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: HIDEKI AOYAMA, MITSUAKI OSHIMA
  • Patent number: 9794489
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided for obtaining information from a subject using a terminal device that includes an image sensor having a plurality of exposure lines. The method includes setting an exposure time of the image sensor so that, in an image obtained by capturing the subject by the image sensor, a bright line corresponding to each of the plurality of exposure lines included in the image sensor appears according to a change in luminance of the subject. The method also includes obtaining a bright line image including a plurality of bright lines, and obtaining identification information of the subject by demodulating data specified by a pattern of the plurality of bright lines. The method further includes sending (i) the identification information and (ii) language identification information to a server, obtaining a content identified by the identification information from the server, and displaying the translated content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Ikuo Fuchigami, Tsutomu Mukai, Hidehiko Shin, Yosuke Matsushita, Shigehiro Iida, Kazunori Yamada
  • Patent number: 9791727
    Abstract: A transmitter includes a controller, configured to generate a control voltage corresponding to a pattern of the change in an amount of light emitted wherein the pattern in which one of a plurality of amounts of light emitted occurs indicates a signal to be transmitted, and a reflector that reflects sunlight. The transmitter also includes a liquid crystal board that receives reflected light that is sunlight reflected by the reflector and transmits the signal to a receiver by changing the amount of light emitted toward the receiver according to the control voltage. The liquid crystal board changes the reflected light passing through rate to a high passing through rate when one of the plurality of the amounts of light emitted occurs, and changes the reflected light passing through rate to a low passing through rate when another one of the plurality of amounts of light emitted occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hideki Aoyama, Mitsuaki Oshima
  • Patent number: 9768869
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided that determines a pattern of a change in luminance by modulating a signal to be transmitted, and outputs the determined pattern to a light emitter that changes in luminance according to the determined pattern. In the method, the signal includes a first data, a first header of the first data, second data, and a second header of the second data. Additionally, the pattern of the change in luminance is determined according to in an order of (i) the first data, (ii) the first header, (iii) the first data, (iv) the second data, (v) the second header, and (vi) the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Ikuo Fuchigami, Tsutomu Mukai, Hidehiko Shin, Yosuke Matsushita, Shigehiro Iida, Kazunori Yamada
  • Publication number: 20170264364
    Abstract: A signal decoding method which enables communication between various devices is disclosed according to one aspect. The signal decoding method includes: a step SF1 of determining whether or not a Datapart length that is a bit length of a data part included in a packet of a visible light signal is an eight bit; and a step SF2 of decoding the data part according to a result of the determination of the Datapart length, and, in step SF2, the decoding is performed according to LSB first when it is determined in step SF1 that the Datapart length is not an eight-bit length, and the decoding is performed according to MSB first when it is determined in step SF1 that the Datapart length is the eight-bit length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: HIDEKI AOYAMA, MITSUAKI OSHIMA
  • Patent number: 9756255
    Abstract: A method is provided for obtaining information from a transmission device using an image sensor that includes a plurality of exposure lines. The method includes obtaining image data by starting exposure sequentially for the plurality of exposure lines each at a different time, starting exposure of a next exposure line before exposure of one exposure line ends, and imaging for a predetermined exposure time. The method also includes obtaining the information by demodulating data specified by a pattern of bright lines that appear in the image data, the bright lines corresponding to the plurality of exposure lines. The method further includes setting the predetermined exposure time so that a relation of tE>tHT is satisfied, where the predetermined exposure time is tE ?s, and a period of high frequency noise of a light source included in the transmission device is tHT ?s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Ikuo Fuchigami, Hidehiko Shin, Tsutomu Mukai, Yosuke Matsushita, Shigehiro Iida, Kazunori Yamada
  • Publication number: 20170244483
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided that includes continuously capturing an image of a subject that transmits a signal by changing luminance, with an image sensor, and displaying a captured image that includes a box. The method also includes determining whether the subject is in the box, and receiving the signal transmitted by the subject when it is determined that the subject is in the box. In in the receiving, image data is obtained by capturing the subject with an exposure time, the signal is obtained by demodulating a bright line pattern, and the bright line pattern is caused to appear in the image data by setting the exposure time to be less than or equal to 1/480 second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Hideki AOYAMA, Chikara YOSHIDA, Shigehiro IIDA, Shinsuke OGATA, Kengo MIYOSHI
  • Patent number: 9742494
    Abstract: A visible light communication method is provided that includes obtaining a first ID indicating a default interpolation ID previously stored in a receiver. The method also includes obtaining a second ID, by the receiver, through visible light communication with a light source, and generating a third ID, by the receiver, by combining the first ID and the second ID. The method further includes obtaining, by the receiver, information from a server using the third ID, which is a combination of the first ID and the second ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Shigehiro Iida
  • Publication number: 20170237488
    Abstract: In one embodiment, such a method may include receiving a visible light signal by a sensor of a terminal device from a transmitter which transmits the visible light signal by a light source changing in luminance. The terminal device may transmit a request signal for requesting content associated with the visible light signal, from the terminal device to a server, and receive a content from the server. The content may include time points and data to be reproduced at the time points. Thereafter the terminal device may reproduce data included in the content and corresponding to a time point of a clock included in the terminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: HIDEKI AOYAMA, MITSUAKI OSHIMA, KOJI NAKANISHI, TOSHIYUKI MAEDA, AKIHIRO UEKI, KENGO MIYOSHI, TSUTOMU MUKAI
  • Publication number: 20170223248
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided for obtaining information from a subject using a terminal device that includes an image sensor having a plurality of exposure lines. The method includes setting an exposure time of the image sensor so that, in an image obtained by capturing the subject by the image sensor, a bright line corresponding to each of the plurality of exposure lines included in the image sensor appears according to a change in luminance of the subject. The method also includes obtaining a bright line image including a plurality of bright lines, and obtaining identification information of the subject by demodulating data specified by a pattern of the plurality of bright lines. The method further includes sending (i) the identification information and (ii) language identification information to a server, obtaining a content identified by the identification information from the server, and displaying the translated content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Hideki AOYAMA, Ikuo FUCHIGAMI, Tsutomu MUKAI, Hidehiko SHIN, Yosuke MATSUSHITA, Shigehiro IIDA, Kazunori YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20170206417
    Abstract: A display method is for a display apparatus to display an image, and includes: obtaining a captured display image and a decode target image by an image sensor capturing an image of a subject; obtaining a light ID by decoding the decode target image; transmitting the light ID to a server; obtaining, from the server, an AR image and recognition information which are associated with the light ID; recognizing a region according to the recognition information as a target region from the captured display image; and displaying the captured display image in which the AR image is superimposed on the target region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hideki AOYAMA, Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Toshiyuki MAEDA, Akihiro UEKI, Kengo MIYOSHI, Tsutomu MUKAI
  • Publication number: 20170206844
    Abstract: A display method is provided that includes displaying an image included in a video signal on a per frame basis, and representing a tone level of luminance of the image by controlling a light emission period in a frame. The method also includes specifying a light emission period in which light emission is performed for greater than or equal to a time required for transmitting a visible light communication signal, and transmitting the visible light communication signal by superimposing the visible light communication signal onto a portion of the video signal corresponding to the specified light emission period. The method further includes in a case where the specified light emission period is greater than or equal to a time required for transmitting the visible light communication signal, the visible light communication signal is transmitted by luminance changing of the light source in the specified light emission period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Hideki AOYAMA, Koji AOTO, Akira SHIOKAWA, Toshiyuki MAEDA, Akihiro UEKI, Takashi SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20170180047
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided, in which a plurality of luminance change frequencies of a light emitter is determined by coding one of a plurality of transmission information sources. The light emitter transmits a transmission information source by a change in luminance according to each of the plurality of luminance change frequencies. A signal, which controls the change in luminance of the light emitter according to each of the plurality of luminance change frequencies, is output to the light emitter. The plurality of luminance change frequencies include a first frequency and a second frequency. A signal of the first frequency and a signal of the second frequency respectively cause the light emitter to change in luminance according to the first frequency during a first time period and to change in luminance according to the second frequency during a second time period after the first time period has elapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hideki AOYAMA, Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Toshiyuki MAEDA, Akihiro UEKI, Kengo MIYOSHI, Tsutomu MUKAI
  • Patent number: 9680572
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided that includes continuously capturing an image of a subject that transmits a signal by changing luminance, with an image sensor. The method also includes displaying a captured image that includes a box and a subject image for identifying the subject, while continuously updating a position of the subject image on the captured image, according to a positional relationship between the image sensor and the subject established when the image of the subject is captured. The method further includes determining whether the subject image is in the box, and receiving the signal transmitted by the subject when it is determined that the subject image is in the box. In the receiving, information is obtained by demodulating a bright line pattern that appears in a second image data and corresponds to the plurality of exposure lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Chikara Yoshida, Shigehiro Iida, Shinsuke Ogata, Kengo Miyoshi
  • Publication number: 20170149500
    Abstract: A visible light signal transmitting method includes: determining a luminance change pattern to transmit the visible light signal; switching a common switch according to the luminance change pattern, the common switch being for turning ON a plurality of light sources in common; and turning ON a first pixel switch, to cause the first light source to be ON for a period in which the common switch is ON and the first pixel switch is ON, to transmit the visible light signal, the first light source being one of the plurality of light sources. In the turning ON of a first pixel switch, when the image is displayed on the display, the first pixel switch is switched to increase a lighting period that corresponds to the first light source, to compensate a period in which the first light source is OFF for transmission of the visible light signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hideki AOYAMA, Mitsuaki OSHIMA, Koji NAKANISHI, Toshiyuki MAEDA, Akihiro UEKI, Kengo MIYOSHI, Tsutomu MUKAI
  • Patent number: 9646568
    Abstract: A display method is provided that reduces the probability of communication error without causing significant deterioration of picture quality. The method includes specifying, as a specified light emission period, a light emission period in which light emission is performed for greater than or equal to a time required for transmitting a block included in a visible light communication signal, out of one or more light emission periods in which light emission is performed for displaying an image included in a video signal. The method also includes transmitting the block of the visible light communication signal by luminance changing in the specified light emission period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Koji Aoto, Akira Shiokawa, Toshiyuki Maeda, Akihiro Ueki, Takashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9641766
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided for obtaining information from a subject using a terminal device that includes an image sensor having a plurality of exposure lines. The method includes setting an exposure time of the image sensor so that, in an image obtained by capturing the subject by the image sensor, a bright line corresponding to each of the plurality of exposure lines included in the image sensor appears according to a change in luminance of the subject. The method also includes obtaining a bright line image, including a plurality of bright lines, by capturing the subject that changes in luminance, and obtaining identification information of the subject. The method further includes sending the identification information to a first server, obtaining access information from the first server, sending the access information to a second server, and obtaining information from the second server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Ikuo Fuchigami, Tsutomu Mukai, Hidehiko Shin, Yosuke Matsushita, Shigehiro Iida, Kazunori Yamada
  • Patent number: 9635278
    Abstract: An information communication method is provided for obtaining information from a subject. The method includes setting an exposure time of an image sensor so that, in an image obtained by capturing the subject by the image sensor, a plurality of bright lines corresponding to a plurality of exposure lines included in the image sensor appears according to a change in luminance of the subject. The method also includes obtaining a bright line image, including the plurality of bright lines, by capturing the subject that changes in luminance by the image sensor with the set exposure time. The method further includes obtaining the information by demodulating data specified by a striped pattern of the plurality of bright lines included in the obtained bright line image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Ikuo Fuchigami, Hidehiko Shin, Tsutomu Mukai, Yosuke Matsushita, Shigehiro Iida, Kazunori Yamada