Patents by Inventor Hiroyuki Kurase

Hiroyuki Kurase 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: 11463593
    Abstract: A printer-equipped camera includes an instant film pack loading unit in which an instant film pack including an exposure opening is loaded, a first displaying unit of which a displaying surface is arranged to face an exposure surface of an instant film in the instant film pack through the exposure opening with respect to the instant film pack loaded in the instant film pack loading unit, and that exposes the instant film by displaying an image, a light exit direction restriction member that is included on the displaying surface of the first displaying unit and restricts a light exit direction of light from each pixel of the first displaying unit to a constant range, the light exit direction restriction member being arranged to be spaced from the exposure surface of the instant film, an imaging unit that captures a subject image, and a second displaying unit that displays an image to an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurase, Tsuneo Sato, Kenji Sugiyama
  • Publication number: 20210181605
    Abstract: A printer-equipped camera includes an instant film pack loading unit in which an instant film pack, a first displaying unit of which a displaying surface is arranged to face an exposure surface of an instant film in the instant film pack through the exposure opening with respect to the instant film pack loaded in the instant film pack loading unit, and that exposes the instant film by displaying an image, a light exit direction restriction member that is included on the displaying surface of the first displaying unit and restricts a light exit direction of light from each pixel of the first displaying unit to a constant range, an imaging unit that captures a subject image, a second displaying unit that displays an image to an outside, a print instruction unit that provides a print instruction for the image displayed on the second displaying unit, and a displaying control unit that exposes the exposure surface of the instant film by displaying the image on the first displaying unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KURASE, Tsuneo SATO
  • Publication number: 20210185184
    Abstract: A printer-equipped digital camera and a displaying control method thereof capable of printing a high quality image and reducing a power load are provided. A printer-equipped digital camera 1 includes a film loading chamber 50 in which an instant film pack 100 is loaded, an exposure display 56, a louver plate 62 that is included on a displaying surface of the exposure display 56, an imaging lens 12, an image sensor 42, and an image displaying display 16, in which an image is recorded on the instant film 110 by displaying the image on the exposure display 56. Displaying of the image displaying display 16 is switched OFF while the image is displayed on the exposure display 56.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KURASE, Tsuneo SATO
  • Publication number: 20210185183
    Abstract: A printer-equipped camera includes an instant film pack loading unit in which an instant film pack including an exposure opening is loaded, a first displaying unit of which a displaying surface is arranged to face an exposure surface of an instant film in the instant film pack through the exposure opening with respect to the instant film pack loaded in the instant film pack loading unit, and that exposes the instant film by displaying an image, a light exit direction restriction member that is included on the displaying surface of the first displaying unit and restricts a light exit direction of light from each pixel of the first displaying unit to a constant range, the light exit direction restriction member being arranged to be spaced from the exposure surface of the instant film, an imaging unit that captures a subject image, and a second displaying unit that displays an image to an outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KURASE, Tsuneo SATO, Kenji SUGIYAMA
  • Patent number: 7755673
    Abstract: In the method of properly deleting music data in a music player or other equipment with audio reproduction function, and a camera with audio reproduction function, unnecessary audio file can be exactly deleted to keep a recording area of image data during image-capturing. The camera is a digital camera for recording electronic image data picked up via a CCD in a memory card. This camera contains an audio decoder circuit that can reproduce a music file stored in the memory card and can output audio from a speaker or a head phone. When the music file is deleted, a part of the file is reproduced to prompt an operator to make a confirmation. Also, when the memory card becomes full in an image-capturing mode, the music file can be reproduced if a photographer depresses a shutter button, thereby prompting the operator to confirm deletion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: FujiFilm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Patent number: 7429898
    Abstract: A clock signal generating circuit is disclosed. The clock signal generating circuit includes: a reference clock signal generating unit for generating a reference clock signal; a plurality of frequency dividing units for carrying out frequency dividing of the reference clock signal and outputting frequency-divided clock signals; a plurality of frequency division ratio storing units for storing frequency division ratios different from each other for the respective frequency dividing units; and a switching unit for switching, synchronously with the reference clock signal, at least one initial frequency division ratio at the frequency dividing units to the frequency division ratios stored in the corresponding frequency division ratio storing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Akiyama, Hiroyuki Kurase, Kenji Funamoto
  • Publication number: 20080231742
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus is disclosed which includes: an image pickup unit that picks up a shooting object; an illuminating unit that illuminates the shooting object; a specifying unit that specifies a range of illumination by the illuminating unit; an illumination range image generating unit that generates an image of the range of illumination which shows the range of illumination specified by the specifying unit. An image is generated by superimposing the image of the shooting object picked up by the image pickup unit and the image of the range of illumination generated by the illumination range image generating unit, so that the generated superimposed image is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki KURASE
  • Patent number: 7408665
    Abstract: A print service system capable of providing effectively a print service in the amusement park is provided. The print service system is constructed to include a print service server connected to a network, which is established in an amusement park, access points, and a digital camera. The print service server executes a print service based on printing order information that is received via the network and contains receipt information designating a receiving spot of a print. Prior to reception of the print receiving spot information included in the order information, the information for assisting the decision of the receiving spot are generated and transmitted. The candidate information of the receiving spot and the information about attractions corresponding to the candidate information are included in the assist information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Mikio Watanabe, Hideki Kashima, Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Patent number: 7301565
    Abstract: A photographing device divides corrected image data into four quadrants by x and y axes with a position corresponding to an optical center being an origin (base point), divides each of the quadrants into a plurality of strip regions so that the x axis direction width has a predetermined number of pixels processed, and performs correction for each of the strip regions on a line by line basis within a corresponding strip region (which will be referred to as a “short line” hereinafter in order to distinguish from one line on an entire image). The order of correction for short lines within each strip region starts from a short line which is closest to the x axis and successively proceeds in a direction away from the x axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Publication number: 20070103241
    Abstract: A clock signal generating circuit is disclosed. The clock signal generating circuit includes: a reference clock signal generating unit for generating a reference clock signal; a plurality of frequency dividing units for carrying out frequency dividing of the reference clock signal and outputting frequency-divided clock signals; a plurality of frequency division ratio storing units for storing frequency division ratios different from each other for the respective frequency dividing units; and a switching unit for switching, synchronously with the reference clock signal, at least one initial frequency division ratio at the frequency dividing units to the frequency division ratios stored in the corresponding frequency division ratio storing units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: May 10, 2007
    Inventors: Toshifumi Akiyama, Hiroyuki Kurase, Kenji Funamoto
  • Patent number: 7197650
    Abstract: A battery is charged utilizing electric power provided by a power supply line included in a cable that is in accordance with IEEE 1394. A charging apparatus and a personal computer are connected together by the cable. A power source unit in the personal computer converts AC voltage to direct voltage and supplies the DC voltage to the power supply line. The voltage is applied to a charging circuit via the power supply line, thereby charging the battery. A signal line included in the cable is used when the charging apparatus and personal computer send and receive data to and from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Watanabe, Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Publication number: 20050004953
    Abstract: A receiving terminal device capable of accessing one of a plurality of screens that has an instruction for performing object processing by sequentially tracing a plurality of hierarchical layers of a menu, comprises: a user interface that displays the plurality of screens that correspond to said plurality of hierarchical layers of the menu; an operation history information storage section that stores operation history information of a user in correspondence with ID information; a tag reader section that receives the ID information from a wireless tag attached to a personal belonging of the user; and a control section that acquires, from the operation history information storage section, operation history information of the user corresponding to the ID information received by the tag reader section and displays on the user interface a screen corresponding to the operation history information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Publication date: January 6, 2005
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Publication number: 20040034727
    Abstract: A print service system capable of providing effectively a print service in the amusement park is provided. The print service system is constructed to include a print service server connected to a network, which is established in an amusement park, access points, and a digital camera. The print service server executes a print service based on printing order information that is received via the network and contains receipt information designating a receiving spot of a print. Prior to reception of the print receiving spot information included in the order information, the information for assisting the decision of the receiving spot are generated and transmitted. The candidate information of the receiving spot and the information about attractions corresponding to the candidate information are included in the assist information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Applicant: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Watanabe, Hideki Kashima, Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Publication number: 20030218683
    Abstract: The present invention provides a photographing device. This photographing device divides corrected image data into four quadrants by x and y axes with a position corresponding to an optical center being an origin (base point), divides each of the quadrants into a plurality of strip regions so that the x axis direction width has a predetermined number of pixels processed, and performs correction for each of the strip regions on a line by line basis within a corresponding strip region (which will be referred to as a “short line” hereinafter in order to distinguish from one line on an entire image). The order of correction for short lines within each strip region starts from a short line which is closest to the x axis and successively proceeds in a direction away from the x axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Patent number: 6636325
    Abstract: To reduce the necessary storage capacity of the internal memory of a printer, a printing start command is transmitted from a printer controller to a printer by asynchronous transfer before the transmission of image data. Isochronous transfer of image data to be printed in packet units starts upon elapse of a fixed period of time following transmission of the printing start command. Image data thenceforth is transmitted from the printer controller to the printer successively by isochronous transfer at a fixed period. Since the image data is transmitted from the printer controller to the printer at the fixed period, printing can be performed at a constant speed without requiring that the printer be provided with an image memory for storing image data representing one frame of an image. In a case where a transfer request command is supplied from the printer to the printer controller, the image data is transmitted from the printer controller to the printer in response to the transfer request command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Publication number: 20020063783
    Abstract: In the method of properly deleting music data in a music player or other equipment with audio reproduction function, and a camera with audio reproduction function, unnecessary audio file can be exactly deleted to keep a recording area of image data during image-capturing. The camera is a digital cameral for recording electronic image data picked up via a CCD in a memory card. This camera contains an audio decoder circuit that can reproduce a music file stored in the memory card and can output audio from a speaker or a head phone. When the music file is deleted, a part of the file is reproduced to prompt an operator to make a confirmation. Also, when the memory card becomes full in an image-capturing mode, the music file can be reproduced if a photographer depresses a shutter button, thereby prompting the operator to confirm deletion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Publication number: 20010032275
    Abstract: To execute processing for installing driver software reliably and in comparatively simple fashion, a device including an EEPROM and a device controller are connected using a cable in accordance with IEEE 1394, and driver software of a plurality of types is stored in the EEPROM. Whether driver software suitable for controlling the device has been stored in the device is judged by the device controller. If suitable driver software has been stored, then this driver software is transmitted from the device to the device controller. The driver software proceeds to control the device based upon driver software that has been transmitted. A battery is charged utilizing electric power provided by a power supply line included in a cable that is in accordance with IEEE 1394. A charging apparatus and a personal computer are connected together by the cable. A power source unit in the personal computer converts AC voltage to direct voltage and supplies the DC voltage to the power supply line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Applicant: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Watanabe, Hiroyuki Kurase
  • Patent number: 6298395
    Abstract: A battery is charged utilizing electric power provided by a power supply line included in a cable that is in accordance with IEEE 1394. A charging apparatus and a personal computer are connected together by the cable. A power source unit in the personal computer converts AC voltage to direct voltage and supplies the DC voltage to the power supply line. The voltage is applied to a charging circuit via the power supply line, thereby charging the battery. A signal line included in the cable is used when the charging apparatus and personal computer send and receive data to and from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurase