Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Watanabe

Hiroaki Watanabe 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: 20200011041
    Abstract: A flush toilet is provided with a toilet main unit and a functional unit. The toilet main unit has a toilet bowl and an upper surface portion on which a recessed portion is formed. The functional unit is provided on the rear side of the toilet bowl and offers a function different from a function for washing the toilet bowl. The functional unit is able to move between an entering position where at least a portion of the functional unit is located inside the recessed portion and a retreating position where the entire functional unit is located outside the recessed portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: LIXIL Corporation
    Inventors: Akiya SAEKI, Hiroaki WATANABE, Tomoya SASAKI, Ryuichi YOKOI
  • Patent number: 10529927
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an organic thin film transistor having excellent carrier mobility and excellent atmospheric stability, a novel compound, an organic thin film transistor material, an organic semiconductor film, an organic thin film transistor composition, and a method of manufacturing an organic thin film transistor using this. The organic thin film transistor according to the present invention has an organic semiconductor film containing a compound represented by Formula (1) or (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: FUJIFILM Corporation, THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
    Inventors: Eiji Fukuzaki, Hiroaki Tsuyama, Masashi Koyanagi, Yoshihisa Usami, Tetsuya Watanabe, Toshihiro Okamoto, Junichi Takeya
  • Patent number: 10514652
    Abstract: A developer set includes a first developer and a second developer. The first developer includes a first toner and a first carrier. The second developer includes a second toner and a second carrier. The second toner is a toner that includes a flaky brilliant pigment, a toner that includes a white pigment, or a transparent toner. The second carrier has a higher volume resistivity than the first carrier and has a larger volume average particle diameter than the first carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shintaro Anno, Hiroaki Saijo, Takuro Watanabe, Yasuaki Hashimoto, Fusako Kiyono
  • Publication number: 20190369572
    Abstract: An energy operation system, apparatus, and method capable of stably supplying energy and providing adjustment control based on prediction precision and planning precision for energy supply and demand. An energy operation apparatus includes a demand predictor, planner, evaluator, and solution quality controller. The demand predictor predicts demand and/or a power generation amount of future energy in a management area. The planner prepares a future energy supply plan in the management area based on a prediction. The evaluator evaluates supply and/or demand conditions including at least one of future weather in the management area, energy demand in the management area, a demand density and/or a generation density of future energy in the management area. The solution quality controller controls the quality of at least one of a prediction solution of the demand predictor and the energy supply plan of the planner based on an evaluation result from the evaluator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Tohru WATANABE, Isao HAGIYA, Masamichi NAKAMURA, Yu IKEMOTO, Masato UTSUMI, Masashi FUKAYA, Jyunpei OGAWA, Hiroaki OGAWA, Ikuo SHIGEMORI, Hiroshi IIMURA
  • Publication number: 20190370832
    Abstract: Provided is a prediction system for calculating a prediction value related to a prediction target to which prediction in an arbitrary period is adapted. The prediction system includes a storage device which records a plurality of data used to calculate the prediction value and a control device which includes a predetermined operation model and applies the plurality of data to the operation model to calculate the prediction value. The control device changes the operation model, on the basis of information of respective temporal attributes of the plurality of data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Masato UTSUMI, Tohru WATANABE, Ikuo SHIGEMORI, Hiroshi IIMURA, Hiroaki OGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190369963
    Abstract: A data processing system calculates prediction or planning data of an object from observation data of a calculation object of the prediction or planning data and observation data of various factors, including a first processing section which identifies a model used for calculation of the prediction or planning data of each of the factors, a second processing section which calculates data which indices the kind of a time transition of the factor from the observation data of the factor and classifies the observation data of the factor by using the calculated data which indicates the kind of the time transition, and a third processing section which changes the model for calculation of the prediction or planning data on the basis of the classified observation data and the prediction data of the factor in a prediction or planning data calculation object time period and calculates the prediction or planning data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Masato UTSUMI, Tohru WATANABE, Yoshihisa OKAMOTO, Ikuo SHIGEMORI, Hiroshi IIMURA, Hiroaki OGAWA
  • Patent number: 10493983
    Abstract: A vehicle driving support system includes a detection part detecting an object; an area classification part classifying areas other than a presence area where the object detected by the detection part is present into an empty area and an unknown area, the empty area being such an area that it is determined that no object is present and an unknown area being such an area that whether an object is present is unknown; and a control part guiding a vehicle to the empty area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION NAGOYA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takada, Yousuke Watanabe, Shigeharu Teshima, Yoshiki Ninomiya, Kenya Sato
  • Patent number: 10496029
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes an image carrier, a transferring member and a cleaning device. The cleaning device includes a cleaning member, a case and a toner seal. A refresh mode including a first operation and a second operation is executable when an image forming operation is not performed. The first operation is executed such that the image carrier is rotated in a counter direction and for a predetermined distance or longer. The counter direction is a direction opposite to the rotation direction of the image carrier at the image forming operation. The predetermined distance is a distance from a contact position where the cleaning member comes into contact with the surface of the image carrier to a transferring position where the transferring member transfers the toner image. The second operation is executed such that the transferred body is driven and the transferring member is applied with transferring bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190363412
    Abstract: Provided are an air cell that has a reduced environmental impact and has favorable discharge characteristics as well as a patch equipped with the air cell. An air cell of the present invention includes, an outer case, which contains a positive electrode having a catalyst layer containing a catalyst and a binder, a negative electrode containing a metal material, a separator, and an electrolytic solution. The electrolytic solution is an aqueous solution with a pH of 3 or more and less than 12. The separator has an air permeability of 10 sec/100 ml or more, or the positive electrode has a porous sheet made of carbon as a current collector. A patch of the present invention includes the air cell of the present invention as a power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: MAXELL HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro FURUTANI, Kunihiko KOYAMA, Mitsutoshi WATANABE, Hiroaki ONO
  • Patent number: 10490789
    Abstract: An electric storage device is provided. The electric storage device includes a case, first and second terminals, a conduction state switch, an electronic component and a cover member including a connecting portion. The case has a first opening and a second opening on a first surface of the case and is configured to house a battery unit including a first terminal portion and a second terminal portion. The conduction state switch is provided between the first terminal portion of the battery unit and the first terminal of the case. The conduction state switch is in a conducting state when the connecting portion of the cover member is connected with the conduction state switch and the cover member is attached to the first surface of the case and covers the first opening, the second opening, the first terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naotake Yoshida, Tatsuya Adachi, Hiroaki Ono, Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190350665
    Abstract: Provided is a wearable patch that can reliably interrupt the power supply from the cell after use and can be disposed of as it is. Moreover, provided is a sheet-type cell that can reliably interrupt the power supply after use and can be disposed of safely. The wearable patch is worn on the body and includes a functional element, a drive circuit unit that operates the functional element, and a cell as a power source. A cutting facilitating member is formed to allow a predetermined portion of the wearable patch to be cut with a force of 200 N or less so that the power supply from the cell to the drive circuit unit is interrupted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Maxell Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro FURUTANI, Mitsutoshi WATANABE, Hiroaki ONO
  • Publication number: 20190356825
    Abstract: An image sensor capable of performing satisfactory distortion aberration correction on an imaging result regardless of a combination of a lens module and an imaging module being used is provided. A main body module of an image sensor acquires size information of an imaging element from a mounted imaging module, acquires distortion aberration characteristic information of an optical system from the mounted lens module, and performs distortion aberration correction using the acquired information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki MOTOSHIMA, Kosuke WATANABE, Yasuhito UETSUJI
  • Publication number: 20190356824
    Abstract: An image sensor capable of performing satisfactory distortion aberration correction on an imaging result, regardless of a combination of a lens module and an imaging module being used, is provided. A main body module of an image sensor acquires form information of each module from an imaging module and a lens module which are mounted thereon, acquires size information indicating a number of pixels and/or a pixel size of an imaging element within the imaging module and distortion aberration characteristic information indicating distortion aberration characteristics of an optical system within the lens module from a predetermined device on the basis of the acquired form information, and performs distortion aberration correction using the acquired information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki MOTOSHIMA, Kosuke WATANABE, Yasuhito UETSUJI
  • Patent number: 10472260
    Abstract: A fluid sterilization device includes: a flow passage tube having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end and defining a processing passage extending in an axial direction; a light source provided in a vicinity of the first end and radiating ultraviolet light from the first end toward the processing passage in the axial direction; and a housing that defines a straightening chamber encircling the first end from outside in a radial direction. The straightening chamber includes a communication port that serves as an inlet or an outlet for a fluid flowing in the processing passage, and communicates with the processing passage via a gap between the first end and an opposing member opposing the first end in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIKKISO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Mochizuki, Shinya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10471429
    Abstract: A material film is formed as a thin film having a thickness of 1 ?m on a surface of a glass substrate. A plurality of micro-chambers having a diameter of 5 ?m are formed in the material film to be arrayed at a high density. The respective chambers filled with an aqueous test solution have openings that are liquid-sealed by a lipid bilayer membrane to provide a high-density micro-chamber array. Significant downsizing of the micro-chambers enhances a change in concentration by a reaction of one biomolecule in the chamber and thereby increases the detection sensitivity. In the configuration that a large number of micro-chambers are formed at a high density, even in the case of an extremely slow reaction of the biomolecule, the reaction proceeds in any of the chambers. This configuration accordingly enables the reaction of the biomolecule to be detected with high sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Noji, Rikiya Watanabe, Hiroaki Suga, Daishi Fujita
  • Patent number: 10457105
    Abstract: An automobile undercarriage component has at least three elongated arms, each including a web and a rib having an inner wall surface. One of the three elongated arms is a first arm having a first one of the ribs and at least one of the three elongated arms is a second arm having a second one of the ribs. For each of the second ones of the ribs, the leading end of the respective second one of the ribs has a width in the direction parallel to the plane of the web and transverse to the direction of elongation of the arm which is narrower than the width of a leading end of the first one of the ribs, as an inner wall surface is disposed closer to an opposing outer wall surface in the respective second one of the ribs as compared to the first one of the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KOBE STEEL, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Watanabe, Keita Okada, Hiroaki Hosoi
  • Patent number: 10457371
    Abstract: For a vessel steering apparatus for performing a movement control to move a vessel to a target position on the basis of a signal of a GPS apparatus, a movement control stop area, a buffer area adjacent to the movement control stop area, and a movement-controlling area adjacent to the buffer area are set on the basis of the distance from the target position, wherein in the movement control stop area, thrust generation by a propulsion apparatus is stopped; in the movement-controlling area, thrust is generated by the propulsion apparatus; and in the buffer area, thrust is generated by the propulsion apparatus of the vessel for movement control only in the case where the vessel moves from the movement-controlling area to the buffer area, then stays in the buffer area, and moves in a direction away from the target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiro Hara, Hiroaki Wakahara, Jun Watanabe, Gakuji Tamura
  • Publication number: 20190326566
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery device including a battery enclosure incorporating a battery cell. The battery device further includes an output terminal that outputs power of the battery cell. The battery enclosure includes a first surface, a second surface, a first step surface, a second step surface, a first engaging portion, a second engaging portion, a first groove, and a second groove formed in the second step surface and the second engaging portion, and a recess is provided in at least one of the first step surface and the second step surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mieko HARA, Toshio TAKESHITA, Yoichi MIYAJIMA, Hiroaki Sato, Tomonori Watanabe, Naoki Kamaya
  • Publication number: 20190323880
    Abstract: The present invention provides a measuring device which is configured to measure a body weight of a user sitting on a toilet seat, which is installed on a toilet bowl, and on which the toilet seat is installed, the device including a plurality of load measuring units that are configured to measure a load of the user acting on the toilet seat and that are disposed to protrude upward from an upper surface. The toilet seat includes a plurality of leg portions disposed to protrude downward from a lower surface, a height from the upper surface to upper ends of the load measuring units is greater than a height from the lower surface of the toilet seat to lower ends of the leg portions, and the load measuring units are disposed at different positions from the leg portions as seen in plan view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: LIXIL Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu SHIMASAKI, Hiroaki WATANABE, Tsunaki ITOU, Tomoya SASAKI, Hideya KOIKE
  • Publication number: 20190324379
    Abstract: Disclosed is a charging member comprising an electro-conductive support; and an elastic layer, the elastic layer is a surface layer thereof and is constituted by a mono layer, the elastic layer includes domains and a matrix, an outer surface of the charging member is constituted by a surface of the matrix and surfaces of the domains, and the charging member has concave portions on the outer surface, the domains exist at bottom portions of the respective concave portions and are exposed to the outer surface of the charging member only at the bottom portions of the respective concave portions, the elastic layer has a volume resistivity of 1×105 ?cm or more and 1×108 ?cm or less, and A2 is 20 times or more of A1, wherein A1 and A2 are current values obtained by a prescribed method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Takumi Furukawa, Hiroaki Watanabe, Kenya Terada, Yuya Tomomizu, Toshimitsu Nakazawa