Patents by Inventor Hiroshi Hirata

Hiroshi Hirata 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: 20200122471
    Abstract: An exterior body for storing a liquid storage body including a first main film, a second main film, and a first side film that define an interior space containing a liquid, the first side film having a gusset portion having a fold, the exterior body including an outer shell that forms a storage space storing the liquid storage body, and a pressing portion that is provided in the outer shell, that presses the first side film, and that bend the gusset portion inward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuyuki HIRATA, Yuji AOKI, Hiroshi NOSE
  • Patent number: 10620702
    Abstract: An internal device of a brain-machine interface system includes: an electrode group including N electrodes, N being 2 or more; an amplification element group including N amplification elements; a communicator communicating with an external device; and a controller selectively executing one of: a normal operation mode in which electroencephalogram signals acquired through the N electrodes are supplied to the amplification element group in a manner that each of the N electrodes corresponds to a respective one of the N amplification elements, and N amplified electroencephalogram signals are transmitted; and a noise-reduction operation mode in which an electroencephalogram signal acquired through an M electrode of the electrode group is supplied to the amplification element group in a manner that each M electrode corresponds to respective plural ones of the amplification elements, and an M amplified electroencephalogram signal is transmitted, M being smaller than N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Kaoru Imajo, Katsuyoshi Suzuki, Masayuki Hirata, Seiji Kameda, Takafumi Suzuki, Hiroshi Ando
  • Patent number: 10580910
    Abstract: There is provided a silver-coated copper powder which can improve the conversion efficiency of a solar cell in comparison with conventional silver-coated copper powders when it is used in an electrically conductive paste used for forming the busbar electrodes of the solar cell, the silver-coated copper powder being capable of producing a solar cell having a high conversion efficiency which is the same degree as that of a solar cell using silver powder, and a method for producing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dowa Electronics Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kamiga, Noriaki Nogami, Aiko Hirata
  • Publication number: 20200054284
    Abstract: An internal device (1) is implanted in a living body (300). A control section (6) causes a communication section (5) to wirelessly transmit data corresponding to electroencephalogram signals of the living body (300) which are detected through a group of N (N is 2 or more) electrodes, to an external device (200). When the communication section (5) receives a designation signal designating a group of M electrode(s) (2a), M being smaller than N, the communication section (5) is caused to transmit data corresponding to electroencephalogram signals of the living body (300) which are detected through the group of M electrode(s) (2a), to the external device (200) in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Kaoru IMAJO, Katsuyoshi SUZUKI, Masayuki HIRATA, Seiji KAMEDA, Takafumi SUZUKI, Hiroshi ANDO, Takatsugu KAMATA
  • Patent number: 10525349
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that can present smell to a user in an appropriate mode utilizing a smell presentation device is provided. The information processing apparatus acquires content information relating to the substance of a content that includes at least one of video and audio to be presented to the user, and controls the smell presentation device to present smell in a mode according to the acquired content information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yoichi Nishimaki, Shinichi Hirata, Hiroshi Osawa
  • Publication number: 20190385871
    Abstract: In a ceramic heater, a central-zone heating resistor and an outer-peripheral-zone heating resistor are embedded in a disc-like ceramic base having a wafer-mounting surface on one side. The central-zone heating resistor is a wire extending in a single continuous line from one of a pair of terminals to the other. The pair of terminals as a whole form a circular shape in plan view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takebayashi, Kengo Torii, Natsuki Hirata
  • Patent number: 10510189
    Abstract: In an information processing system 1, an information processing apparatus 10 recognizes, when a user moves real bodies 120a and 120b arranged on a play field 19, the movement on the basis of, for example, an image taken by a camera 122 taking an image of the movement to interlock objects of corresponding characters 202a and 202b displayed on a display apparatus 16. In addition, when the user moves the characters 202a and 202b through an input apparatus 14, the information processing apparatus 10 transmits a control signal to the corresponding real bodies 120a and 120b to perform interlocking. When a situation in which interlocking between the real bodies 120a and 120b and the characters 202a and 202b is difficult occurs, an appropriate scenario is selected from the scenarios prepared in advance and realized, thereby maintaining the consistency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Naoki Numaguchi, Keiji Togawa, Hiroshi Osawa, Takeshi Yamagishi, Shinichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 10483146
    Abstract: An electrostatic chuck heater includes an electrostatic chuck in which an electrostatic electrode is embedded in a ceramic sintered body; a small-zone formation region including a plurality of small zones in which small heater electrodes are wired; a power source to which the plurality of small heater electrodes are connected in parallel; and a small-zone control apparatus that performs control such that desired electric power is supplied to each of the small heater electrodes, wherein among the plurality of small heater electrodes, a small heater electrode that is wired in a small zone including a cool spot has a resistance that is set to a smaller value than that of the other small heater electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takebayashi, Natsuki Hirata, Shinya Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20190345860
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine 1 is provided, in an exhaust passage thereof with an electrochemical reactor including: an ion conductive solid electrolyte layer; an anode layer arranged on a surface of the solid electrolyte layer; and a cathode layer arranged on a surface of the solid electrolyte layer and able to hold NOX. The engine includes a current control device for controlling the current supplied to the electrochemical reactor so as to flow from the anode layer through the solid electrolyte layer to the cathode layer. The current control device is configured so as to supply current to the electrochemical reactor at least temporarily while that internal combustion engine is stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Keishi TAKADA, Tetsuya SAKUMA, Hiromasa NISHIOKA, Hiroshi OTSUKI, Hirohito HIRATA, Yoshiyuki SAKAMOTO, Tsuyoshi HAMAGUCHI, Chika KATO, Yuji SAKAKIBARA, Takashi KUZUYA
  • Patent number: 10471343
    Abstract: A block set assembled by a user and an information processing device communicate with each other. The information processing device thereby obtains information on the structure of the block set. In addition, an object of a crane truck corresponding to the block set is displayed on a display device. Correspondences between joints and wheels and correspondences between movements are set. Thereby, when the block set is moved, the movement of the block set is reflected in the object on display. When the object is moved, the movement of the object is reflected in the block set by transmitting a control signal from the information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Naoki Numaguchi, Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa, Keiji Togawa
  • Patent number: 10464331
    Abstract: The liquid container includes: a container main body including a containment chamber containing a liquid and has some walls including a front-end wall, a rear-end wall, and an upper-surface wall; a liquid outlet connected to a liquid-consuming device to flow out the liquid from the containment chamber to the liquid-consuming device; a liquid inlet on the upper-surface wall at a position closer to the rear-end wall and accepts injection of the liquid from outside of the container main body into the containment chamber; and a visual recognition portion that is provided on the rear-end wall and is see-through so that a position of a liquid surface of the liquid in the containment chamber is recognizable. The rear-end wall has scale marks as indexes of an amount of the liquid in the containment chamber on an outer wall surface and an inner wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Naoki Naito, Yuji Aoki, Kazuyuki Hirata, Hiroshi Nose, Keita Ichihara
  • Patent number: 10468237
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a row of substrate transfer devices 3 which can deliver a wafer W within a transfer chamber; and rows of process modules PM, arranged at right and left sides of the row of the substrate transfer devices along the row, configured to perform processes to the wafer W. The rows of the process modules PM are arranged such that each of the processes can be performed by at least two process modules PM. Thus, when a single process module PM cannot be used, the wafer W can be rapidly transferred to another process module PM which can perform the same process as performed in the corresponding process module. Therefore, even when the single process module PM cannot be used, the processes can be continued to the wafers W without stopping an operation of the apparatus, so that the number of wasted wafers W can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Atsushi Gomi, Tetsuya Miyashita, Shinji Furukawa, Koji Maeda, Masamichi Hara, Naoyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Miki, Toshiharu Hirata
  • Patent number: 10456737
    Abstract: An absorbing liquid which absorbs the CO2 or H2S or both contained in a gas, and which comprises 1) at least one tertiary-monoamine main agent selected from a tertiary-monoamine group and 2) at least one secondary-diamine first additive selected from a secondary-diamine group, the secondary-diamine concentration being within the range of 0.05 to 0.5 in terms of the additive concentration index represented by the following expression (I). (Additive concentration index)=[(secondary-diamine acid dissociation index) (pKa)/(tertiary-monoamine acid dissociation index) (pKa)] (index ratio)×[(secondary-diamine molar concentration) (mol/L)/(tertiary-monoamine molar concentration) (mol/L)] (molar ratio) (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tanaka, Takuya Hirata, Atsuhiro Yukumoto, Tsuyoshi Oishi, Takahiko Endo, Tatsuya Tsujiuchi
  • Patent number: 10449481
    Abstract: A CO2 recovery unit and a CO2 recovery method capable of having an excellent CO2 absorption rate and saving energy are provided. A CO2 recovery unit of the invention includes: a CO2 absorber which includes an upper CO2 absorption unit obtaining a CO2 absorbent by causing a flue gas containing CO2 to contact a CO2 absorbent and a lower CO2 absorption unit obtaining a CO2 absorbent by causing the CO2 absorbent to contact a flue gas containing CO2; a CO2 absorbent regenerator which obtains the CO2 absorbent by heating the CO2 absorbent a thermometer which measures a temperature of the CO2 absorbent supplied from the CO2 absorber to the CO2 absorbent regenerator; and a control device which controls a temperature of the CO2 absorbent supplied to the lower CO2 absorption unit based on the temperature of the CO2 absorbent measured by the thermometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Yukumoto, Takuya Hirata, Hiroshi Tanaka, Akiyori Hagimoto, Haruaki Hirayama, Tsuyoshi Oishi
  • Patent number: 10434784
    Abstract: There is provided with a cartridge comprising a liquid supply portion; a contact portion that is located on a +Z-axis direction side of the liquid supply portion and that is arranged to contact with an electrical connecting element; and a positioning structure that is located between the liquid supply portion and the contact portion in a Z-axis direction. The liquid supply portion is configured to receive a first external force in a ?Y-axis direction from the liquid introducing structure when the liquid supply portion is connected with the liquid introducing structure. The contact portion is configured to receive a second external force in a direction including a ?Y-axis direction component from the electrical connecting element when the contact portion comes into contact with the electrical connecting element. This configuration suppresses position misalignment of the cartridge or a connector to a mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Hirata, Masahiro Karasawa, Hiroshi Nose, Takeshi Komaki, Naoki Natio, Yuji Aoki, Tomoji Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20190299623
    Abstract: A supply apparatus includes: a tank in which a liquid supply section is formed, the liquid supply section having a liquid storage chamber, an inlet for supplying liquid to the liquid storage chamber, and a liquid flow path, the liquid storage chamber being demarcated by first surfaces facing in a first direction, a second surface joining the first surfaces, and a third surface separated from the second surface in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; a holding member holding a part of the tank from one side in the second direction; a coupling member having a coupling section coupled to the liquid supply section of the tank from another side in the second direction to allow flow of the liquid; and a casing supporting at least one of the holding member and the coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshinori OSAKABE, Masako KAWAGOE, Taichi SHIRONO, Kenichi HIRATA, Hiroshi TAIRA
  • Patent number: 10427093
    Abstract: A CO2 recovery apparatus is provided with: a CO2 absorption tower for bringing exhaust gas into contact with a CO2 absorbing liquid and making the CO2 absorbing liquid absorb the CO2 contained in the exhaust gas; a CO2 absorbing liquid regeneration tower for heating the CO2 absorbing liquid with steam and releasing CO2 from the CO2 absorbing liquid and regenerating the CO2 absorbing liquid; a flowmeter for determining the flow rates of the exhaust gas introduced into the CO2 absorption tower; and a control unit for classifying the flow rates of the exhaust gas into multiple flow rate ranges, and controlling the flow rate of the CO2 absorbing liquid supplied to the CO2 absorption tower and the flow rate of steam supplied to the CO2 absorbing liquid regeneration tower on the basis of prescribed set load values which have been previously established in accordance with the multiple flow rate ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Takuya Hirata, Hiroshi Tanaka, Hiromitsu Nagayasu, Yoshiki Sorimachi, Daisuke Shimada, Tsuyoshi Oishi
  • Publication number: 20190256301
    Abstract: A packing device of food includes a feeding part configured to supply the food, a gripping part configured to grip a plurality of foods at both sides of a plurality of foods in a direction in which the plurality of foods are placed in order by the feeding part, and a conveying part configured to convey onto a tray the plurality of foods gripped by the gripping part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Shogo HASEGAWA, Kenji BANDO, Keiichi TANAKA, Hiroshi KATAFUCHI, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Patent number: 10319593
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wafer thinning method for thinning a wafer formed from an SiC substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The wafer thinning method includes an annular groove forming step of forming an annular groove on the second surface of the SiC substrate in an annular area corresponding to the boundary between a device area and a peripheral marginal area in the condition where a thickness corresponding to the finished thickness of the wafer after thinning is left, and a separation start point forming step of applying the laser beam to the second surface as relatively moving a focal point and the SiC substrate to thereby form a modified layer and cracks inside the SiC substrate at the predetermined depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuya Hirata, Yoko Nishino, Hiroshi Morikazu, Karl Priewasser
  • Publication number: 20190160421
    Abstract: A reduction device, an acid gas recovery device, a recovery device collector, and a first removed substance returning line are provided. The reduction device is configured to perform a reduction process to turn iron oxide to reduced iron by adding a reducing agent. The acid gas recovery device is configured to recover CO2 being acid gas with CO2 absorbing liquid being acid gas absorbing liquid from exhaust gas containing at least powder-shaped iron-based solid substances and the acid gas, which are discharged from the reduction device. The recovery device collector is configured to collect the iron-based solid substance contained in the absorbing liquid with a filter. The iron-based solid substances collected by the recovery device collector are removed, and removed substances containing the removed iron-based solid substances are returned to the reduction device side through the first removed substance returning line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Hirata, Hiroshi Tanaka, Takashi Kamijo, Masayuki Inui, Shimpei Kawasaki