Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Shimizu

Hiroaki Shimizu 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: 11900696
    Abstract: A system and a method for processing a plurality of images, each image of the plurality of images being acquired by a respective image acquisition module of a vehicle and each image acquisition module being oriented outwardly with respect to the vehicle, the method comprising: elaborating a bird's eye view image of surroundings of the vehicle using pixel values of pixels of at least one portion of each image of the plurality of images as pixel values of the bird's eye view image, and performing, on the bird's eye view image, a detection of at least one lane marked on a surface on which the vehicle is and visible on the bird's eye view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE, KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
    Inventors: Kazuki Tamura, Hiroaki Shimizu, Marc Proesmans, Frank Verbiest, Jonas Heylen, Bruno Dawagne, Davy Neven, Bert Debrabandere, Luc Van Gool
  • Publication number: 20240034101
    Abstract: In a pneumatic tire, a bead core has end portions in a tirewidth direction formed as vertical lines along a tireradial direction. A length of the vertical lines is from 20% to 30% of a core height. In two adjacent bead core layers of first, second and third layers, the radial outer layer tireincludes two or more bead cores more than the radially inner layertire, and a misalignment amount between the bead wires each at an end portion on one side in the tirewidth direction is one-half of a bead wire thickness. A side on which the misalignment amount between the first and second layer bead wires is one-half of the thickness of the bead wire is opposite in the tirewidth direction to a side on which the misalignment amount between the second and third layer bead wires is one-half of the thickness of the bead wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventors: Takanori ITO, Hiroaki HONDA, Mari SHIMIZU, Mingquan WANG, Feng GAO, Jingwei HUANG, Niancun WANG, Yulong LI, Jiang WU, Xiquan JIA, Yuchao JIAO
  • Patent number: 11881016
    Abstract: A system and a method for processing an image so as to perform instance segmentation. The system/method includes: a—inputting (S1) the image (IMG) to a first neural network configured to output an affinity graph (AF), and b—inputting (S2), to a second neural network, the affinity graph and a predefined seed-map (SM), so as to determine whether other pixels belong to a same instance, and set at a first value the value of the other pixels determined as belonging to the same instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE, KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, K.U. LEUVEN R&D
    Inventors: Hiroaki Shimizu, Bert De Brabandere, Davy Neven, Marc Proesmans, Luc Van Gool
  • Publication number: 20240002510
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides anti-CTLA-4 antibodies and methods of producing and using the antibodies. The present disclosure also provides nucleic acids encoding the anti-CTLA-4 antibodies and host cells containing the nucleic acids. Furthermore, the present disclosure provides polypeptides containing a variant Fc region containing amino acid alterations in a parent Fc region and methods of producing and using the polypeptides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: January 4, 2024
    Inventors: Hitoshi KATADA, Kanako TATSUMI, Yutaka MATSUDA, Shun SHIMIZU, Masaki KAMIMURA, Yasunori KOMORI, Yuji HORI, Tomoyuki IGAWA, Hiroki KAWAUCHI, Hiroki HAYASHI, Hiroaki SUSUMU, Shimon SAKAGUCHI
  • Patent number: 11858146
    Abstract: A working method of performing work with increase or decrease in weight on an object by a robot system having a robot, a first hand with an assist device, and a second hand without the assist device, includes switching between an assisted work state in which the first hand is coupled to the robot and work is performed with assistance by the assist device and a non-assisted work state in which the second hand is coupled to the robot and work is performed without assistance by the assist device according to a weight of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nahomi Adachi, Hiroaki Shimizu, Masaki Miyasaka, Kazufumi Oya
  • Publication number: 20230418424
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention provides a sensor 10 including: a base material 11; a first electroconductive part 12 provided on a first face 11A side of the base material 11; and a second electroconductive part 13 provided on the first face 11A side of the base material 11, and disposed apart from the first electroconductive part 12; wherein the first electroconductive part 12 has a plurality of first electrode portions 12A and a wiring portion 12B electrically connecting the first electrode portions 12A adjacent to each other; wherein the second electroconductive part 13 has a plurality of second electrode portions 13A, and a bridge wiring portion 13B straddling the wiring portion 12B and electrically connecting the second electrode portions 13A adjacent to each other; and wherein the bridge wiring portion 13B contains a resin portion 17B and an electroconductive fiber 18B disposed in the resin portion 17B
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: Yuji SHIMIZU, Takashi TAKEKOSHI, Hiroaki MUTOU
  • Patent number: 11837120
    Abstract: In a display device, when blue (B) light enters a first liquid crystal panel, radiated light radiated from the first liquid crystal panel contains red (R) phosphorescence having a wavelength range longer than blue (B) light due to a deterioration of a liquid crystal material. Thus, in the display device, an optical sensor device is provided behind a mirror comprised of a dichroic mirror to monitor or the like the service life of the first liquid crystal panel on the basis of a result of reception, at the optical sensor device, of light having a frequency band ranging from 600 nm to 650 nm, and makes notification of the result. Furthermore, on the basis of a result from the optical sensor device, an electrode used to suck impurities provided at the first liquid crystal panel is driven to sweep ionic impurities from a display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Shimizu, Tatsuya Yanagisawa
  • Publication number: 20230352865
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a high-speed transmission device includes a substrate, a control device on the substrate, a first connector, a second connector; and a cable assembly between the first connector and the second connector. The first connector is disposed at a position near the control device on the substrate and electrically connected to the control device via the substrate. The second connector is disposed at a position away from the control device on the substrate and equipped with an apparatus for transmitting / receiving a signal to and from the control device. The cable assembly includes a cable row, a paddle card substrate and a first conductive resin cover. Cables each transmitting a differential signal are arranged side by side in the cable row. The cables each comprise an internal conductor and an external conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2023
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Inventors: Toshiyasu ITO, Osamu SHIMIZU, Yoshihide KUROKI, Keita NOZAWA, Masashi TANAKA, Hiroaki KURIBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20230306753
    Abstract: A method includes: recognizing a signal candidate position around a vehicle by using a sensor mounted on the vehicle, the signal candidate position being a position a traffic light is possibly present, the vehicle including a light configured in such a manner that a light distribution state of the light changes; and performing a first light control process of controlling the light in response to recognition of the signal candidate position, the first light control process including at least one of: increasing an intensity of light emitted to the signal candidate position to a value higher than before the recognition of the signal candidate position; or making the intensity of the light emitted to the signal candidate position higher than an intensity of light emitted to an area other than the signal candidate position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2023
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro KINOSHITA, Akihiro WATANABE, Hiroaki SHIMIZU, Ichiro MATSUYAMA, Masaki KISHIMOTO, Masamichi OHSUGI, Masateru UDATE, Satoshi TAKEYASU, Takahiro DOI, Takashi MORIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20230290160
    Abstract: A stop line detection apparatus recognizes a boundary line of a lane on which the host vehicle travels, and detect a stop line at an intersection in front of the host vehicle. The apparatus sets an intersection area corresponding to the intersection in the road on which the host vehicle travels on the basis of a captured image by a front camera of the host vehicle, detects a crosswalk in the intersection area, a stop line search area setting unit configured to set a stop line search area extending from the crosswalk toward a front side in the lane on which the host vehicle travels, and performs stop line detection in the stop line search area. A depth of the stop line search area in an extending direction of a traveling lane is smaller than twice a depth of the crosswalk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2023
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Kawaharada, Akihiro Watanabe, Hiroaki Shimizu, Ichiro Matsuyama, Masaki Kishimoto, Masamichi Ohsugi, Masateru Udate, Satoshi Takeyasu, Takahiro Doi, Takashi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11745366
    Abstract: A comb-shaped outer blade that scoops up body hair while suppressing the damage to the skin. The comb-shaped outer blade includes a base part that has a rod shape and extends in a first direction, a comb-blade attachment part that has a plate shape and extends in the first direction and a second direction, open blade parts each of which has a cantilever shape and protrudes from base part in a third direction, and bent blade parts arranged alternately with the open blade parts in the first direction, the bent blade parts connecting the base part to the attachment part. Each of the bent blade parts includes a protruding part that protrudes from the base part along the third direction, bent part that is connected to a distal end of the protruding part, and connecting part that connects bent part and comb-blade attachment part in an inclined state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoki Okura, Masato Omori, Hiroaki Shimizu, Shunsuke Komori, Atsutaka Ikemoto, Daisuke Sone
  • Publication number: 20230224179
    Abstract: When a first user makes a video call with a second user of the other side by using the video call function, a first state is set as a state in which the enclosure is flatly placed on a first surface of an object, and in which a face of the first user is included within a range of an angle of view AV1 of the front camera C1. In the first state, the mobile information terminal 1 detects a first region including the face of the first user from a wide angle image that is captured by the front camera C1, trims a first image corresponding to the first region, creates a transmission image to be transmitted to a terminal of the other side on the basis of the first image, and transmits the transmission image to the terminal of the other side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2023
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Inventors: Hiroshi SHIMIZU, Hiroaki ONO, Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Kazuhiko YOSHIZAWA, Naohisa TAKAMIZAWA, Nobuo MASUOKA
  • Patent number: 11685067
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electric razor that can further suppress irritation to a skin. An electric razor of the present disclosure includes a body configured to be gripped by a user, a head having three or more blade blocks, and a head support connecting the head and the body to each other. The head support supports the head in a floatable-and-sinkable way with respect to the body. The head includes a case that supports the three or more blade blocks, and a blade float that allows each of the three or more blade blocks to float and sink with respect to the case. A first urging force with which the head support urges the head in a floating direction is larger than a second urging force with which the blade float urges the plurality of blade blocks which are one or more less than three or more blade blocks in a floating direction. The first urging force is smaller than a third urging force with which the blade float urges all of the three or more blade blocks in the floating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Hashimoto, Shunsuke Komori, Hiroaki Shimizu, Akitaka Ito, Daiki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11679520
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electric razor in which a support frame that supports an outer blade and an inner blade, which constitute a block, can be smoothly removed. An electric razor according to the present disclosure includes a main body gripped by a user and a head having a blade block including an outer blade (that is, a slit blade, a mesh blade) and an inner blade disposed inside the outer blade and sliding with respect to the outer blade. The head includes a base, a support frame that supports the blade block so as to be able to float and sink, a case held by the support frame, a hook that locks the support frame or the case to the base, and at least one push-up member that urges the support frame in a direction away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Hashimoto, Shunsuke Komori, Kotaro Yanagi, Akitaka Ito, Hiroaki Shimizu, Daisuke Sone
  • Publication number: 20230184226
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade includes: a blade body; and a leading edge protector covering a leading edge portion of the blade body. The leading edge protector includes: a body layer; and a coating layer having higher hardness than the body layer and at least partially covering a surface of the body layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Inventors: Hiroaki TAKEUCHI, Toshiyuki HIRANO, Takayuki SHIMIZU, Shuhei YOSHIZU, Takeshi FUJITA, Atsushi YUGE
  • Publication number: 20230158644
    Abstract: An impact tool includes a motor, an output block, a hammer, and a magnetostrictive sensor. The magnetostrictive sensor includes a magnetostrictive member and a coil portion covering the magnetostrictive member. The output block includes a claw block and a body block. The claw block includes an anvil claw, against which a hammer claw collides. The claw block has been subjected to quenching treatment. The body block includes a thermally sprayed portion and is coupled to the claw block. The thermally sprayed portion includes, on a surface thereof, the magnetostrictive member made of a magnetostrictive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Publication date: May 25, 2023
    Inventors: Hiroaki MURAKAMI, Hidenori SHIMIZU, Fumiaki SAWANO
  • Publication number: 20230098793
    Abstract: An image-capturing device includes: an image sensor that captures an image of a subject to output an image-capturing signal; a development processing unit that generates development data based on the image-capturing signal; and an output control unit that outputs the development data to an external device in a predetermined transmission format via a connecting member that connects the image-capturing device to the external device. The output control unit outputs the image-capturing signal to the external device via the connecting member in the predetermined transmission format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2022
    Publication date: March 30, 2023
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro YOSHIMURA, Hiroaki SHIMIZU
  • Patent number: 11598731
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an inspection method determining whether there is a defect in an electrode structural body including a cathode electrode layer, an electrolyte layer and an anode electrode layer electrode by an image processor. The inspection method includes a step of scanning the electrode structural body along a scanning direction to obtain a continuous transmission image, a step of digitizing a shade of each pixel of the transmission image, a step of calculating a difference value between a grayscale of a specific pixel and a median value of grayscales of comparison pixels located in front or rear of the specific pixel along the scanning direction, and a step of determining presence or absence of the defect according to the difference value and a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11546529
    Abstract: An image-capturing device includes: an image sensor that captures an image of a subject to output an image-capturing signal; a development processing unit that generates development data based on the image-capturing signal; and an output control unit that outputs the development data to an external device in a predetermined transmission format via a connecting member that connects the image-capturing device to the external device. The output control unit outputs the image-capturing signal to the external device via the connecting member in the predetermined transmission format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Yoshimura, Hiroaki Shimizu
  • Patent number: D1009648
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Rhythm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Shimizu