Hiroki Nagai 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).
Abstract: To measure the position of a walking user's toe tip, a measurement device includes: a data acquisition unit that acquires, from a depth sensor capturing an image of a walking path and outputting image data having a depth of each pixel added thereto, image data in which no user is on the path as reference data and image data in which a user is walking on the path as walking data; a specific pixel extraction unit that identifies a depth-sensor side foot based on the walking data and reference data and extracts, based on the depth, a pixel corresponding to a toe-tip among the pixels of the specified foot; and a position calculation unit that calculates three-dimensional coordinates of the extracted pixel based on the coordinates in the image data and the depth of the pixel, and takes the three-dimensional coordinates as the position of the user's toe tip.
Abstract: A liquid storage bottle includes a nozzle which has an inlet through which a liquid is injected, a cylindrical cap which is mountable on the nozzle to open or close the inlet, a slit valve which is provided in the inlet and includes a plurality of slits intersecting each other, and a sealing unit which seals the inlet when the cap is mounted on the nozzle. The cap includes a protrusion which protrudes from a surface facing the inlet toward the slit valve when the cap is mounted on the nozzle, and a tip portion of the protrusion faces the slit valve at a position separated in a radial direction of the nozzle from an intersection of the plurality of slits in a state where the inlet is sealed by the sealing unit.
Abstract: A liquid storage bottle includes a bottle main body, a nozzle having a discharge port through which a liquid stored in the bottle main body is discharged, a cap mountable on the nozzle and a sealing unit sealing the discharge port when the cap is mounted on the nozzle. The sealing unit includes an annular first rib, an annular second rib and an annular third rib. The outer peripheral surface of the first rib is inclined with respect to the axial direction of the nozzle so that a diameter decreases toward a tip portion of the first rib and the inner peripheral surface of the third rib is inclined with respect to the axial direction of the cap so that a diameter increases toward a tip portion of the third rib.
Abstract: A liquid storage bottle includes a bottle main body having a first cylindrical portion formed of a resin and a nozzle and has a second cylindrical portion formed of a resin and welded to the first cylindrical portion on an outer peripheral side of the first cylindrical portion. The first cylindrical portion includes an outer peripheral surface and a first annular surface extending radially outward from an axial end portion of the outer peripheral surface, the second cylindrical portion includes an inner peripheral surface facing the outer peripheral surface of the first cylindrical portion and a second annular surface which extends radially outward from an axial end portion of the inner peripheral surface and faces the first annular surface of the first cylindrical portion, and a peripheral wall portion extending in an axial direction is formed radially outside the second annular surfaces.
Abstract: A liquid storage bottle includes a bottle body having a resin-made first cylindrical part at one end, the first cylindrical part having an opening at its front end, and a tubular nozzle for pouring out the liquid contained in the inside of the bottle body by way of the opening, the tubular nozzle having a resin-made second cylindrical part bonded to the bottle body. The inner peripheral surface of the second cylindrical part is welded to the outer peripheral surface of the first cylindrical part. The outer peripheral surface of the first cylindrical part is provided with an annular groove extending in the circumferential direction and the annular groove is made to contain a part of the resin that is molten during the bonding operation.
Abstract: To provide a fluorinated elastic copolymer capable of obtaining a crosslinked rubber which is excellent in tensile strength and has a low compression set under high temperature conditions; a method for producing such a fluorinated elastic copolymer; a crosslinked rubber; and a method for producing such a crosslinked rubber. A fluorinated elastic copolymer having structural units based, respectively, on monomers (a), (b) and (c), and further having iodine atoms. Monomer (a): at least one member selected from the group consisting of tetrafluoroethylene, hexafluoropropylene, vinylidene fluoride, chlorotrifluoroethylene and perfluoro(alkyl vinyl ether). Monomer (b): at least one member selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by formula (I): CR1R2?CR3—R4—CR5?CR6R7 (I) (wherein R1, R2, R3, R5, R6 and R7 are each independently a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom or a methyl group; and R4 is a C1-10 perfluoroalkylene group which may have an etheric oxygen atom inserted between carbon atoms).
Abstract: Provided are a positive electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery, the positive electrode including a positive electrode active material layer, the positive electrode active material layer including insulating polyolefin particles and an electroconductive material; an electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery, the electrode including an electrode active material layer, the electrode active material layer including polyolefin particles and a resin including a structural unit derived from a nitrile group-containing monomer; and a lithium ion secondary battery using the same.
Abstract: The battery pack disclosed herein includes a plurality of unit cells. The plurality of unit cells is connected to each other by a bus bar. The bus bar has two terminal connection portions and a linking portion. A linear welded portion is formed in a portion where the terminal connection portions and the external terminals overlap with each other. The linear welded portion is non-annular in the plane of the terminal connection portions and has a straight linear portion extending in a direction orthogonal to the arrangement direction, and two circular arc portions that extend from respective ends of the straight linear portion and are curved toward a side opposite to the side where the linking portion is located.
April 6, 2018
Date of Patent:
September 1, 2020
TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
Hiroki Nagai, Koji Tamaru, Ryo Kagami, Yuki Okamoto
Abstract: Multi-phase thermal control systems, evaporators, variable porous wick elements, heat transfer structures, and methods for their production are provided. Two-phase evaporators for use in such multi-phase thermal control systems are also provided. Two-phase evaporators incorporate a vapor plate body having there three major layers: a vapor channel network, a wick, and a liquid channel. The vapor channel network comprises a plurality of extrusions (e.g., vapor pillars) and associated channels (e.g., vapor channels) configured to allow a vapor to flow therethrough. The wick comprises a porous body configured to be disposed between the vapor channel network of and the liquid flow reservoir.
August 1, 2017
Date of Patent:
August 18, 2020
California Institute of Technology
Scott N. Roberts, Arthur J. Mastropietro, Benjamin I. Furst, Eric T. Sunada, Jordan Mizerak, Hiroki Nagai, Stefano Cappucci
Abstract: A vibration damping apparatus includes a support member configured to rotate together with a rotational element, a restoration force generating member coupled to the support member so as to transmit and receive a torque with the support member, an inertial mass coupled to the support member via the restoration force generating member, a first guide surface provided on the restoration force generating member, a second guide surface provided on the inertial mass, and a coupling member having first and second rolling portions. The first and second guide surfaces are formed so that the first rolling portion rolls along the first guide surface and the second rolling portion rolls along the second guide surface along with rotation of the support member to cause the restoration force generating member to swing relative to a rotation center of the rotational element along a radial direction of the support member and cause the inertial mass to swing about the rotation center.
Abstract: A controller of a deterioration estimation device for a secondary battery is configured to acquire a first open circuit voltage when a temperature of the secondary battery is a first temperature and a second open circuit voltage when the temperature of the secondary battery is a second temperature changed from the first temperature, and estimate a degree of deterioration of the secondary battery by using a difference between first and second slopes. The first slope is a ratio of a voltage change obtained by subtracting the first open circuit voltage from the second open circuit voltage to a temperature change obtained by subtracting the first temperature from the second temperature. The second slope is a ratio of the voltage change to the temperature change when the temperature of the new secondary battery has changed from the first temperature to the second temperature.
Abstract: A work unit to be attached to a lower side of a work vehicle that includes a wheel includes a work portion, a housing that covers the work portion, a bridge portion that is provided above the housing, auxiliary plates that change their positions between a state of being housed in the bridge portion and a state of protruding from the bridge portion, a linkage mechanism that is provided in the bridge portion and is connected to the auxiliary plates, and an operation tool for operating the linkage mechanism. As a result of operating the operation tool, the linkage mechanism is folded or unfolded, and positions of the auxiliary plates are changed between the state of being housed in the bridge portion and the state of protruding from the bridge portion.
Abstract: An assembled battery (10) according to the present invention is constructed by connecting a plurality of chargeable and dischargeable cells (12) in series, this assembled battery (10) including a plurality of cells (12), each cell (12) including a flat-shaped electrode body (80) which has a positive electrode and a negative electrode and a container (14) which houses the electrode body (80) and an electrolyte, wherein the plurality of cells (12) are constrained in a state where the cells (12) are aligned so that flat surfaces of the electrode bodies (80) oppose each other and a load is applied to the cells (12) in an array direction, and a spring constant of the electrode body (80) in the array direction in each of the constrained cells (12) is 10,000 kgf/mm or less.
Abstract: A rotary inertia mass damper of a damper device is configured to include a planetary gear that includes a driven member with outer teeth, first and second input plate member as a carrier which rotatably supports a plurality of pinion gears, and a ring gear that meshes with the plurality of pinion gears and works as the mass body. The outer teeth of the driven member are arranged to be disposed outside first and second springs in a radial direction of the damper device. The driven member, the plurality of pinion gears and the ring gear are arranged to at least partially overlap with the first and second springs as viewed in the radial direction. A motion of the ring gear in the axial direction is restricted by the plurality of pinion gears.
June 27, 2016
Date of Patent:
June 9, 2020
AISIN AW INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., AISIN AW CO., LTD.
Abstract: An oil cooling structure of an engine is provided that is capable of enhancing cooling performance of oil while preventing an increase in number of components or an increase in required space from being involved as much as possible. In an oil cooling structure of an engine in which a transmission case is attached to one end wall of an engine body, and a transmission mechanism for an accessory drive is provided in the transmission case, the transmission case is formed into a potlid-shaped body having a plurality of rib walls along a front-rear direction, and is attached to an engine front wall with an engine cooling fan, and case inner chamber portions partitioned by the rib walls in the transmission case are configured as a transporting passage of oil circulated by an oil pump.
Abstract: A method of fabricating a semiconductor light-emitting device includes: (a) forming a semiconductor layer including a light-emitting layer on the first surface of a substrate; (b) forming a first trench and a second trench in the semiconductor layer, the first trench extending in a first direction that is parallel to a principal plane of the substrate, and the second trench being disposed inside and parallel to the first trench; (c) forming a third trench parallel to the first trench in the second surface of the substrate opposite to the first surface of the substrate; and (d) forming a semiconductor light-emitting device by dividing the substrate. In (d), an end of at least one divided side of the semiconductor light-emitting device is in the second trench. The first trench has a first width, and the second trench has a second width. The second width is less than the first width.
Abstract: An ECU is configured to execute SOC estimation control for estimating an SOC of a battery. The ECU obtains “first voltage” indicating an OCV of the battery in the SOC estimation control. The ECU controls an engine and a PCU such that the battery is charged with an amount of electric power equal to or larger than a prescribed amount, when the first voltage is within a voltage range where hysteresis occurs. The ECU obtains “second voltage” indicating an OCV of the charged battery, and estimates the SOC of the battery from the second voltage.
September 4, 2019
March 5, 2020
TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Panasonic Corporation
Abstract: An ECU obtains an OCV and an internal pressure, obtains a first estimated value of an SOC corresponding to the time of charging and a second estimated value of the SOC corresponding to the time of discharging using the obtained OCV and a first correspondence, obtains a third estimated value of an SOC corresponding to the time of charging and a fourth estimated value of the SOC corresponding to the time of discharging using the obtained internal pressure and a second correspondence, estimates the SOC using at least one of the first or the third estimated value when a first difference between the first and the third estimated value is less than a second difference between the second and the fourth estimated value, and estimates the SOC using at least one of the second or the fourth estimated value when the second difference is less than the first difference.
Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide nickel cobalt manganese composite hydroxide particles having a small particle diameter and a uniform particle size distribution, and a method for producing the same. A method for producing a nickel cobalt manganese composite hydroxide by a crystallization reaction is provided. The method includes: a nucleation step of performing nucleation by controlling a pH of an aqueous solution for nucleation including metal compounds containing nickel, cobalt and manganese, and an ammonium ion donor to 12.0 to 14.0 in teams of the pH as measured at a liquid temperature of 25° C. as a standard; and a particle growth step of growing nuclei by controlling a pH of an aqueous solution for particle growth containing nuclei formed in the nucleation step to 10.5 to 12.0 in terms of the pH as measured at a liquid temperature of 25° C. as a standard.
October 3, 2019
February 6, 2020
SUMITOMO METAL MINING CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA