Patents by Inventor Hirofumi Shimada

Hirofumi Shimada 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: 11523078
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state imaging device and an electronic apparatus capable of achieving both of a high dynamic range operation and an auto focus operation in a pixel configuration in which a plurality of unit pixels includes two or more subpixels. The solid-state imaging device includes a first pixel separation region that separates a plurality of unit pixels including two or more subpixels, a second pixel separation region that separates each of the plurality of unit pixels separated by the first pixel separation region and an overflow region that causes signal charges accumulated in the subpixels to overflow to at least one of adjacent subpixels, in which the overflow region is formed between a first subpixel and a second subpixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Yamashita, Shohei Shimada, Yusuke Otake, Yusuke Tanaka, Toshifumi Wakano
  • Patent number: 11470395
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a content distribution system and a content distribution method capable of improving a user experience of a user who views content. A distribution server distributes content in which a plurality of high-definition partial images and a low-resolution entire image including those partial images as regions are hierarchically configured. Then, a mobile display device displays the entire image and displays the partial image in a selectable manner on the entire image, and operation of selecting a predetermined partial image is performed. On the other hand, a large screen display device displays the partial images distributed from the distribution server in high definition according to operation on the mobile display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Shimada, Masako Komuro, Kouji Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20220270850
    Abstract: A semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes: a substrate including a plurality of through holes provided at predetermined intervals along a first direction in a substrate surface and along a second direction intersecting the first direction in the substrate surface; an insulating layer provided on the substrate, the insulating layer being penetrated by the through holes; a plurality of first electrodes provided on the insulating layer, the first electrodes being adjacent to the respective through holes in the first direction; a plurality of second electrodes provided on the insulating layer, the second electrodes being adjacent to the respective through holes in the first direction, the second electrodes being provided to face the first electrodes, the second electrodes being held at a predetermined potential; and a wiring layer provided on the insulating layer, the wiring layer electrically connecting the adjacent second electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kei OBARA, Kazuyuki HIGASHI, Miyoko SHIMADA, Yoshiaki SHIMOOKA, Hitomi YAMAGUCHI, Yoshikuni GOSHIMA, Hirofumi MORITA, Hiroshi MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20220268316
    Abstract: A method for measuring indentation resistance includes: obtaining a first curve indicating a yield shear stress in a depth direction of a raceway surface of a material forming a rolling bearing in a state before the raceway surface is subjected to machining, a second curve indicating a static shear stress in the depth direction of the raceway surface in a state in which the raceway surface is subjected to the machining, and a third curve indicating a static shear stress in the depth direction of the raceway surface in a state in which rolling elements are in contact with the raceway surface and a static load is applied to the raceway surface; and obtaining a correlation between an area and an indentation depth of the raceway ring by defining a region surrounded by exceeding the first curve and the second curve and falling below the third curve as the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirofumi ITO, Takahito SHIMADA, Masahide NATORI, Hideyuki HIDAKA, Hayato ISHIGAMI, Hiroki KOMATA
  • Publication number: 20220217438
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a display control device, a display control method, and a program that enable improvement of the user experience of a user who views and listens to content. A superimposition-data generation unit generates, in reproduction of content hierarchically including a plurality of high-definition partial pictures and a low-resolution entire picture including the plurality of partial pictures as regions, superimposition data to be superimposed onto the entire picture, on the basis of metadata regarding the partial pictures. A display-picture generation unit generates a display picture in which a picture based on the superimposition data is superimposed on the entire picture. Then, a request transmission unit transmits a request for distribution of a desired partial picture selected with the display picture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masako KOMURO, Hirofumi SHIMADA, Kouji OGAWA
  • Publication number: 20210352344
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a content distribution system, a content distribution method, and a program capable of improving a user experience of a user who views content. A distribution server distributes content in which a plurality of high-definition partial images and a low-resolution entire image including those partial images as regions are hierarchically configured. Then, a mobile display device displays the entire image and displays the partial image in a selectable manner on the entire image, and operation of selecting a predetermined partial image is performed. On the other hand, a large screen display device displays the partial images distributed from the distribution server in high definition according to operation on the mobile display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Inventors: HIROFUMI SHIMADA, MASAKO KOMURO, KOUJI OGAWA
  • Patent number: 10930317
    Abstract: An attention position detection section detects an attention position of a user to a reproduction image of moving image data. Image-related information indicating a position of a virtual division area in which the reproduction image is virtually divided and an importance level of the virtual division area is associated with the moving image data. A reproduction control section determines the importance level of the virtual division area corresponding to the attention position detected by the attention position detection section and controls a reproduction operation of the moving image data in accordance with the determined importance level. For example, the reproduction control section sets a larger number of images to be thinned in the reproduction operation as the importance level becomes lower so as to make the reproduction speed faster. The user can control the reproduction operation only by moving the attention position and easily perform the appropriate reproduction operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji Ogawa, Hirofumi Shimada, Yuta Murata, Masako Komuro
  • Patent number: 10878545
    Abstract: Captured images acquired by a plurality of imaging units are output to a captured image combining unit, which generates a composite image by joining the captured images in accordance with composite setting information generated by a composite setting information generation unit. A specific region information generation unit generates specific region information indicating the specific region corresponding to a specific imaging region in the composite image. In accordance with the specific region information, the captured image combining unit can easily perform an invalidation or emphasizing process, for example, on the image corresponding to the specific imaging region. The specific region information is also associated with the composite image generated by the captured image combining unit, so that reproduction control on the specific region corresponding to the specific imaging region in the composite image can be performed at the time of reproduction or the like of the composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji Ogawa, Mitsuru Katsumata, Hirofumi Shimada, Yuta Murata, Takehiko Nakano
  • Patent number: 10845942
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device enabling performance of display that causes a user to recognize a position in a picture. Display of a screen is controlled, the screen includes a visual-field picture displaying a region of part of a three-dimensional picture, an indicator having a shape expressing a three-dimensional direction of the three-dimensional picture and a window expressing the region displayed as the visual-field picture in the indicator. The three-dimensional picture is an entire-celestial-sphere picture. Furthermore, the indicator is a three-dimensional sphere with wire frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Shimada, Kouji Ogawa, Yuta Murata, Masako Komuro
  • Publication number: 20200349637
    Abstract: A purchase type determining unit 244 determines whether content is rental content, which has a valid time limit for enjoying, from purchasing type information included in the license information. An icon image processing unit 352 disposes an icon image of the content in a menu screen. In case the content is determined to be rental content by the purchase type determining unit 244, a rental mark disposing unit 356 disposes a rental mark indicating that associated content is rental content near the icon image of the content or disposes the rental mark so as to overlap with the icon image of the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Masaki Higuchi, Hirofumi Shimada, Syunichi Souma, Kiyobumi Matsunaga, Yuichiro To
  • Patent number: 10748208
    Abstract: A purchase type determining unit 244 determines whether content is rental content, which has a valid time limit for enjoying, from purchasing type information included in the license information. An icon image processing unit 352 disposes an icon image of the content in a menu screen. In case the content is determined to be rental content by the purchase type determining unit 244, a rental mark disposing unit 356 disposes a rental mark indicating that associated content is rental content near the icon image of the content or disposes the rental mark so as to overlap with the icon image of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Masaki Higuchi, Hirofumi Shimada, Syunichi Souma, Kiyobumi Matsunaga, Yuichiro To
  • Publication number: 20190179511
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing device enabling performance of display that causes a user to recognize a position in a picture, an information processing method, and a program. Display of a screen is controlled, the screen including: a visual-field picture displaying a region of part of a three-dimensional picture; an indicator having a shape expressing a three-dimensional direction of the three-dimensional picture; and a window expressing the region displayed as the visual-field picture in the indicator. The three-dimensional picture is an entire-celestial-sphere picture. Furthermore, the indicator is a three-dimensional sphere with wire frame. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a head-mounted display or the like that displays a three-dimensional picture, such as an entire-celestial-sphere picture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: HIROFUMI SHIMADA, KOUJI OGAWA, YUTA MURATA, MASAKO KOMURO
  • Publication number: 20190139574
    Abstract: An attention position detection section detects an attention position of a user to a reproduction image of moving image data. Image-related information indicating a position of a virtual division area in which the reproduction image is virtually divided and an importance level of the virtual division area is associated with the moving image data. A reproduction control section determines the importance level of the virtual division area corresponding to the attention position detected by the attention position detection section and controls a reproduction operation of the moving image data in accordance with the determined importance level. For example, the reproduction control section sets a larger number of images to be thinned in the reproduction operation as the importance level becomes lower so as to make the reproduction speed faster. The user can control the reproduction operation only by moving the attention position and easily perform the appropriate reproduction operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji OGAWA, Hirofumi SHIMADA, Yuta MURATA, Masako KOMURO
  • Publication number: 20190057496
    Abstract: Captured images acquired by a plurality of imaging units are output to a captured image combining unit, which generates a composite image by joining the captured images in accordance with composite setting information generated by a composite setting information generation unit. A specific region information generation unit generates specific region information indicating the specific region corresponding to a specific imaging region in the composite image. In accordance with the specific region information, the captured image combining unit can easily perform an invalidation or emphasizing process, for example, on the image corresponding to the specific imaging region. The specific region information is also associated with the composite image generated by the captured image combining unit, so that reproduction control on the specific region corresponding to the specific imaging region in the composite image can be performed at the time of reproduction or the like of the composite image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji OGAWA, Mitsuru KATSUMATA, Hirofumi SHIMADA, Yuta MURATA, Takehiko NAKANO
  • Patent number: 9731624
    Abstract: An electric driving wheel type work vehicle has a traveling motor, an inverter for supplying the motor with three-phase power converted from DC power, a pre-driver circuit for supplying a gate signal to the inverter on the basis of an input PWM signal, a controller for outputting to the pre-driver circuit the PWM signal for controlling the driving of the motor, a parking brake, and a parking brake condition detector that detects the condition of the parking brake. When it is detected that the parking brake has been operated, the pre-driver circuit cuts off the output of the gate signal or the input of the PWM signal to the pre-driver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Morita, Shigeyuki Yoshihara, Kazuo Ishida, Noritaka Ito, Hirofumi Shimada
  • Publication number: 20170001539
    Abstract: An electric driving wheel type work vehicle has a traveling motor, an inverter for supplying the motor with three-phase power converted from DC power, a pre-driver circuit for supplying a gate signal to the inverter on the basis of an input PWM signal, a controller for outputting to the pre-driver circuit the PWM signal for controlling the driving of the motor, a parking brake, and a parking brake condition detector that detects the condition of the parking brake. When it is detected that the parking brake has been operated, the pre-driver circuit cuts off the output of the gate signal or the input of the PWM signal to the pre-driver circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Yuichiro MORITA, Shigeyuki YOSHIHARA, Kazuo ISHIDA, Noritaka ITO, Hirofumi SHIMADA
  • Patent number: 9457688
    Abstract: An electric driving wheel type work vehicle has a traveling motor, an inverter for supplying the motor with three-phase power converted from DC power, a pre-driver circuit for supplying a gate signal to the inverter on the basis of an input PWM signal, a controller for outputting to the pre-driver circuit the PWM signal for controlling the driving of the motor, a parking brake, and a parking brake condition detector that detects the condition of the parking brake. When it is detected that the parking brake has been operated, the pre-driver circuit cuts off the output of the gate signal or the input of the PWM signal to the pre-driver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Morita, Shigeyuki Yoshihara, Kazuo Ishida, Noritaka Ito, Hirofumi Shimada
  • Patent number: D795108
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: OPTEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kondo, Hirofumi Shimada, Takeo Hyodo, Yu Kawashima
  • Patent number: D836013
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: OPTEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shun Onishi, Chihiro Morita, Hiroyuki Ikeda, Michinori Noguchi, Shinya Nishimura, Hirofumi Shimada, Takashi Kondo, Takeo Hyodo, Yu Kawashima
  • Patent number: D862266
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: OPTEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kondo, Hirofumi Shimada, Takeo Hyodo, Yu Kawashima