Patents by Inventor Hiroshi Toda

Hiroshi Toda 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: 8976153
    Abstract: A touch panel device includes: an electrostatic capacitance touch panel of mutual capacitance type which includes transmission-side electrodes and reception-side electrodes; a detecting unit which detects a contact with the electrostatic touch panel and outputs contact information; and a detection signal variation calculating unit which calculates and outputs detection signal variations of the transmission-side electrodes and the reception-side electrodes based on the contact information. The touch panel device further includes: a variation distribution calculating unit which calculates and outputs a variation distribution of the detection signals based on the detection signal variations; and a determining unit which determines that an object contacting the electrostatic touch panel is a drop of water when a peak value of the variation distribution of the detection signals is a predetermined negative threshold or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toda, Mitsuru Satou, Hidekazu Kano
  • Publication number: 20130207935
    Abstract: A touch panel device includes: an electrostatic capacitance touch panel of mutual capacitance type which includes transmission-side electrodes and reception-side electrodes; a detecting unit which detects a contact with the electrostatic touch panel and outputs contact information; and a detection signal variation calculating unit which calculates and outputs detection signal variations of the transmission-side electrodes and the reception-side electrodes based on the contact information. The touch panel device further includes: a variation distribution calculating unit which calculates and outputs a variation distribution of the detection signals based on the detection signal variations; and a determining unit which determines that an object contacting the electrostatic touch panel is a drop of water when a peak value of the variation distribution of the detection signals is a predetermined negative threshold or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toda, Mitsuru Satou, Hidekazu Kano
  • Publication number: 20120003669
    Abstract: An immunohistochemical staining apparatus for carrying out immunohistochemical staining includes a sample chamber (1) in which a primary sample (s1) comprised of a tissue specimen (t) to which a primary antibody (Ig1) is applied is disposed between a sample-side electrode (11) and an opposed electrode (12). The sample chamber (1) has first stirring means for noncontactlessly stirring the primary sample (s1) by applying for a first prescribed time period an alternating electric field adjusted so that the opposed electrode (12) is minus with respect to the sample-side electrode (11), and second stirring means for noncontactlessly stirring a secondary sample (s2) comprised of the noncontactlessly-stirred primary sample (s1) to which a labeled secondary antibody (Ig2) is applied by applying for a second prescribed time period an alternating electric field adjusted so that the opposed electrode (12) is minus with respect to the sample-side electrode (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Yoshihiro MINAMIYA, Hiroshi Toda, Jun-ichi Ogawa, Yoichi Akagami, Masami Kagaya
  • Publication number: 20110310045
    Abstract: An input indication corresponding to operation intended by a user in a touch pad can be conducted, and operability can be improved. A tip coordinate Y of a touch region is calculated by a tip coordinate calculation unit 21 and a center coordinate y of the touch region is calculated by a center coordinate calculation unit 22 on the basis of touch information associated with a touch pad 16 which is detected by a detection unit 17. A determination unit 23 determines whether or not there is a travel of the touch region, and the travel distance calculation unit 24 calculates a travel distance of a touch point with the use of the tip coordinate Y or the center coordinate y on the basis of the determination result. When the touch region travels, the travel distance is calculated by the tip coordinates, and when the stop time, the separating time, and the touch start time of the touch region, the travel distance is calculated according to the center coordinates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toda, Mitsuru Satou, Hidekazu Kano
  • Patent number: 7785716
    Abstract: A bearing apparatus includes a coil spring having a center portion in which a wire is wound at a predetermined pitch, and end turn portions arranged at both end portions of the center portion. Each of the end turn portions is formed by winding the wire at least three turns with a pitch which is smaller than the predetermined pitch of the center portion. A bearing member has a main body with an opening for supporting a shaft, and a connecting portion for connecting the coil spring to the main body. The main body and the connecting portion are integrally formed from a resin material by molding, and the end turn portion of the coil spring is connected to the connecting portion through molding of the main body and the connecting portion. The connecting portion of the bearing member has an inner connecting portion which protrudes into an inside of the end turn portion of the coil spring, and an outer connecting portion which surrounds an outside area of the end turn portion of the coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Sasatani, Hiroshi Toda, Katsushige Uematsu
  • Publication number: 20090318776
    Abstract: A physical condition management system detects during-sleep biomedical information while the driver is sleeping and during-drive biomedical information while the driver drives a vehicle. A during-sleep physical condition information calculating section calculates during-sleep physical condition information from during-drive physical condition information and/or the during-drive biomedical information, and the during-sleep biomedical information. A during-drive physical condition information calculating section calculates the during-drive physical condition information from the during-sleep physical condition information and/or the during-sleep biomedical information, and the during-drive biomedical information. The sleep support operation is controlled according to the during-sleep physical condition information and the drive support operation is controlled according to the during-drive physical condition information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toda, Masaki Ito, Takeyoshi Kaminishizono, Mitsuhiro Ando
  • Patent number: 7081484
    Abstract: An anion exchange membrane comprising a resin phase which contains from 20 to 96 mass % of a polymer having repeating units represented by the following formula (1): wherein A is a C3-8 alkylene group or an alkyleneoxyalkyl group having a total carbon number of from 4 to 9, each of R1, R2 and R3 is a hydrogen atom, a C1-6 alkyl group or a hydroxyalkyl group, and X? is an anion, and wherein any hydrogen atom bonded to the benzene ring may be substituted by an alkyl group or a halogen atom, and from 4 to 80 mass % of a thermoplastic polymer having no ion exchange groups, substantially uniformly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshio Sugaya, Hiroshi Toda, Yukio Matsumura, Hirohisa Kubota
  • Publication number: 20060093407
    Abstract: A developer regulation member for use in an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, the developer regulation member forming a thin developer layer by coming in contact with developer conveyed on a developer carrying member, wherein the developer regulation member comprises titanium or titanium compound excluding TiN and TiBN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Publication date: May 4, 2006
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toda, Kenzou Toya, Makoto Takase
  • Publication number: 20060072792
    Abstract: A driver monitoring system for a vehicle includes an image capturing means for capturing an image of a driver's seat, and a controlling means for performing a face identification determination, and an inattentive and drowsy driving determination of a driver based on an image captured by the image capturing means, wherein the controlling means determines whether or not a driver on the driver's seat is a registered driver on the basis of an image captured by the image capturing means when a shifting means is in a parking position, and determines whether or not a driver is looking aside or falling asleep on the basis of an image captured by the image capturing means when the shifting means is in a shift position other than the parking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toda, Kenichi Ogawa, Kenichi Ohue, Tomoo Kakegawa
  • Publication number: 20050031375
    Abstract: The object of the invention is to disuse press fitting of a coil spring into a bearing made of a resin material, to prevent resin chips that may be produced during press fitting. In order to achieve this object, the coil spring is inserted in the cavity of a mold. The coil spring is partly exposed in the cavity. A molten resin material is injected into the cavity and solidified. The resin material and a portion of the coil spring which is exposed in the cavity are connected to and integrated with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Publication date: February 10, 2005
    Applicant: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Sasatani, Hiroshi Toda, Katsushige Uematsu
  • Patent number: 6799103
    Abstract: An operating characteristics control device for a vehicle includes a physical constitution detecting device for detecting a physical constitution of a passenger, an operation device operated by the passenger, a condition changing device operated by the operation device and changing the condition of the vehicle and an operating characteristic setting device for setting a characteristic showing a relationship between an operating force applied to the operation device and the condition of the vehicle changed by the operation of the condition changing device in response to the physical constitution of the passenger detected by the physical constitution detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toda, Yoshiyuki Yasui
  • Publication number: 20030139863
    Abstract: An operating characteristics control device for a vehicle includes a physical constitution detecting device for detecting a physical constitution of a passenger, an operation device operated by the passenger, a condition changing device operated by the operation device and changing the condition of the vehicle and an operating characteristic setting device for setting a characteristic showing a relationship between an operating force applied to the operation device and the condition of the vehicle changed by the operation of the condition changing device in response to the physical constitution of the passenger detected by the physical constitution detecting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toda, Yoshiyuki Yasui
  • Patent number: 6565725
    Abstract: A method for producing deionized water by an electro-regenerating deionization method, which comprises employing a deionized water producing apparatus comprising an electrodialyzer, and ion exchangers being accommodated in the demineralizing compartments, supplying water to be treated in the demineralizing compartments and supplying a concentrated water to the concentrating compartments, wherein the concentrated water at the outlet of the concentrating compartments has a S value of 7 or more as defined by the following formula (1) and a pH of 2.5 or more: S value=(&ggr;−420000×A)/(B×(1−(A/0.004))3)  Formula(1), wherein &ggr; is electro-conductivity(&mgr;S/cm), A is hydrogen ion concentration (mol/l), and B is magnesium ion concentration (ppb).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshio Sugaya, Yukio Matsumura, Hiroshi Toda
  • Patent number: 6471867
    Abstract: An electro-regenerating type apparatus for producing deionized water, which comprises an electrodialyzer having cation exchange membranes and anion exchange membranes alternately arranged between an anode compartment provided with an anode and a cathode compartment provided with a cathode, demineralizing compartments compartmentalized with the anion exchange membranes on the anode side and compartmentalized with the cation exchange membranes on the cathode side, and concentrating compartments compartmentalized with the cation exchange membranes on the anode side and compartmentalized with the anion exchange membranes on the cathode side, the electrodialyzer having ion exchangers accommodated in the demineralizing compartments, wherein a porous anion exchanger layer having a porosity of from 20 to 95%, a maximum pore size of from 0.01 to 500 &mgr;m and a thickness of at least five times the maximum pore size and from 10 &mgr;m to 10 mm, is provided on the anode side of each anion exchange membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshio Sugaya, Yukio Matsumura, Hiroshi Toda
  • Patent number: 6354672
    Abstract: A braking system including a brake cylinder, a first hydraulic pressure source having a first pump device for pressurizing a working fluid, a second hydraulic pressure source operable in response to an operation of a brake operating member, to pressurize the fluid to a pressure higher than a value corresponding to an operating force of the brake operating member, and a brake-cylinder-pressure control device operable when the brake cylinder is disconnected from the second hydraulic pressure source, to control the pressure of the fluid pressurized by the first hydraulic pressure source, such that the fluid pressure in the brake cylinder is controlled to a value determined on the basis of the operating force, and wherein an emergency communication device is operated when at least one of the brake-cylinder-pressure control device and the first pump device fails to normally function, to hold the brake cylinder in communication with the second hydraulic pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiji Nakamura, Akihiro Otomo, Fumiaki Kawahata, Tetsuya Miyazaki, Hiroshi Toda
  • Publication number: 20020019448
    Abstract: An anion exchange membrane comprising a resin phase which contains from 20 to 96 mass % of a polymer having repeating units represented by the following formula (1): 1
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Applicant: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshio Sugaya, Hiroshi Toda, Yukio Matsumura, Hirohisa Kubota
  • Publication number: 20020011362
    Abstract: An electric vehicle braking control device includes a battery, an electric motor driving at least one wheel with electric energy of the battery, an electric energy re-generating mechanism that restores electric energy generated to the battery, a static pressure generator generating fluid pressure according to a brake pedal depressing force, a dynamic pressure generator generating a fluid pressure substantially equal to that generated by the static pressure generating mechanism, a first braking mechanism connected to the static pressure generating mechanism, a second braking mechanism connected to the dynamic pressure generating mechanism, a valve disposed in a fluid conduit connecting the dynamic pressure generating mechanism to the second braking mechanism to generate designated differential pressure with no steps, and a control that controls the valve to generate a differential pressure corresponding to the fluid pressure equivalent to the re-generating braking force applied by the electric energy re-genera
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: Hiroshi Toda
  • Patent number: 6338784
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing deionized water, comprising an electrodialyzer having cation exchange membranes and anion exchange membranes alternately arranged to form demineralizing compartments and concentrating compartments and having ion exchangers accommodated in the demineralizing compartments, and designed to conduct an electric current while supplying water to be treated to the demineralizing compartments, wherein a spacer is arranged in each concentrating compartment to maintain the thickness of the concentrating compartment, and the cation exchange membranes or the anion exchange membranes are incorporated in their dry state in the electrodialyzer, whereby water is supplied to the electrodialyzer, while each ion exchange membrane is brought in contact with the spacer by a pressure from the demineralizing compartment side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignees: Asahi Glass Company Ltd., Glegg Water Conditioning, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ichiro Terada, Hiroshi Toda, Kazuo Umemura, Mark Philip Huehnergard, David Florian Tessier, Ian Glenn Towe
  • Patent number: 6318816
    Abstract: A vehicle brake apparatus includes a brake pedal, a wheel brake cylinder operatively mounted on a wheel for applying a braking force to the wheel in proportion to a hydraulic braking pressure, a pressure source for pressurizing brake fluid to generate a hydraulic braking pressure and supply the hydraulic braking pressure to the wheel brake cylinder, and an auxiliary pressure source for pressurizing brake fluid in response to operation of the brake pedal to generate a hydraulic braking pressure and supply the hydraulic braking pressure to the wheel brake cylinder when the pressure source is non-operational. A mechanical valve is operatively mounted between the wheel brake cylinder and the auxiliary pressure source. A first passage is connected between the auxiliary pressure source and the mechanical valve and a second passage is connected between the mechanical valve and the wheel brake cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihito Kusano, Hiroaki Aizawa, Hiroshi Toda
  • Patent number: 6309032
    Abstract: A brake control apparatus is provided with a simulator for applying a biasing force to a manually operated braking member of a vehicle in response to braking operation. A sensor detects conditions of the vehicle including a braking condition of the vehicle. A first biasing device applies a first biasing force to the manually operated braking member in response to braking operation, and a second biasing device applies a second biasing force, as well. Only one of the first and second biasing devices applies the biasing force to the manually operated braking member when a predetermined condition is detected by the sensor, while both of the first and second biasing devices apply the biasing forces in the normal braking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihito Kusano, Hiroaki Aizawa, Hiroshi Toda