Patents by Inventor Hirotaka Kawano

Hirotaka Kawano 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: 20200358955
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an alignment unit configured to perform alignment for a group of images including a plurality of short-time-exposure images that are captured with a first exposure time and a long-time-exposure image that is captured with a second exposure time that is longer than the first exposure time; and an output unit configured to output the long-time-exposure image in a case where the long-time-exposure image satisfies a predetermined condition and configured to output a composite image which is generated by compositing a plurality of images selected from among the plurality of short-time-exposure images, in a case where the long-time-exposure image does not satisfy the predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicants: MORPHO, INC., Sharp Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kawano, Shun HIRAI, Masaki Satoh, Michihiro KOBAYASHI, Taiga Koseki
  • Patent number: 9433759
    Abstract: An insertion assisting tool for an endoscope into which an insertion section of the endoscope is inserted from a base end portion side. The insertion assisting tool may include a fluid sealing device which seals a space between a base end part of the insertion assisting tool and the endoscope insertion section, the space being formed while the insertion section of the endoscope is inserted into the base end portion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Fujikura, Hirotaka Kawano
  • Publication number: 20150165874
    Abstract: A vent device has: a vent duct having a vent opening for communicating between the inside of the vehicle and the outside of the vehicle; and a flap attached to the vent duct and being able to open and close the vent opening. In the vent device, an electromagnet is disposed in a lower section of a peripheral edge of the vent opening in the vent duct, and an iron plate is disposed in a lower section of the flap. These electromagnet and iron plate constitute a suppression mechanism. In the vent device, when a possibility that a vehicle door is opened or closed is low, the electromagnet is brought into an energized state by a controller, and opening of the vent opening is suppressed. When the possibility that the vehicle door is opened or closed is high, the electromagnet is brought into an unenergized state by the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kawano, Hideaki Ryuse
  • Publication number: 20120232347
    Abstract: An insertion assisting tool for an endoscope into which an insertion section of the endoscope is inserted from a base end portion side. The insertion assisting tool may include a fluid sealing device which seals a space between a base end part of the insertion assisting tool and the endoscope insertion section, the space being formed while the insertion section of the endoscope is inserted into the base end portion side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Tetsuya FUJIKURA, Hirotaka Kawano
  • Patent number: 8088063
    Abstract: An insertion assisting tool for an endoscope into which an insertion section of the endoscope is inserted from a base end portion side, comprising: a fluid sealing device which seals a space between a base end part of the insertion assisting tool and the endoscope insertion section, the space being formed while the insertion section of the endoscope is inserted into the base end portion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Fujikura, Hirotaka Kawano
  • Publication number: 20070299308
    Abstract: An insertion assisting tool for an endoscope into which an insertion section of the endoscope is inserted from a base end portion side, comprising: a fluid sealing device which seals a space between a base end part of the insertion assisting tool and the endoscope insertion section, the space being formed while the insertion section of the endoscope is inserted into the base end portion side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventors: Tetsuya Fujikura, Hirotaka Kawano
  • Publication number: 20050124856
    Abstract: An insertion assisting tool for an endoscope into which an insertion section of the endoscope is inserted from a base end portion side, comprising: a fluid sealing device which seals a space between a base end part of the insertion assisting tool and the endoscope insertion section, the space being formed while the insertion section of the endoscope is inserted into the base end portion side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Inventors: Tetsuya Fujikura, Hirotaka Kawano
  • Patent number: 6409657
    Abstract: A viewing head cap that is made of an elastic material includes a cylindrical cap body and a spray nozzle formed integrally with the cap body and provides a drain port which is located at a location opposite to the spray nozzle with respect to a viewing window and opens between the cap body and a viewing head and which is communicated with a forceps channel functioning as a suction channel through a drain path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Optical. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Kawano
  • Patent number: 5733245
    Abstract: An endoscope provided with a curved portion protecting mechanism which is capable of straightening the curved portion securely and protecting the insertion portion itself from damage. The endoscope is provided with an end portion ?ac! in which an observing means is disposed and an insertion portion including a curved portion which is freely bent, the insertion portion being inserted into a body cavity through a mantle tube. A flexible tube is laid from the end portion to a predetermined position through the curved portion, and a hard straightening rod for straightening the curved portion is withdrawably disposed in the flexible tube. A rack-and-pinion mechanism is connected to the straightening rod, which is advanced and withdrawn by a rotary operating means of an endoscope operating portion. In this manner, when the straightening rod is inserted into the flexible tube by the rotary operating means, the curved portion is straightened securely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Kawano
  • Patent number: 5412418
    Abstract: A first pictorial communication apparatus for transmitting and receiving a pictorial signal and a sound signal through a first channel and a control message through a second channel, having a line interface for communicating with ISDN, a video codec portion for coding and decoding of the pictorial signal, a key input portion and a camera, further comprises a character storing portion for storing character codes in corporation with the key input portion, a data conversion portion for converting character data train read from the character storing portion into a character video signal. On arrival of a call in an automatic answering mode, the character data train is read and transmitted through the first channel in place of a video signal from the camera after the conversion. The second apparatus has similar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Nishimura, Toshio Hayashi, Hirotaka Kawano, Hideshi Fujiki