Patents by Inventor Hisataka Funakawa

Hisataka Funakawa 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: 10270925
    Abstract: The touch panel inputting device which is installed on a flat operation surface for receiving an operation performed by a operation body, detects a contact location of the operation body on the operation surface, based on light blocking of a flat scanning light path plane. The touch panel inputting device comprises: a first scanning light paths forming unit for forming first scanning light paths which are linear; and a second scanning light paths forming unit for forming second scanning light paths which are linear and intersect with the first scanning light paths. The first and the second scanning light paths form the scanning light path plane, and the scanning light path plane slopes with respect to the operation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Patent number: 10268426
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a first communication portion configured to wirelessly communicate with a terminal and a second communication portion configured to carry out near field communication with a terminal. A communication distance between the second communication portion and the terminal is shorter than a communication distance between the first communication portion and the terminal. The image processing apparatus further includes an adjustment portion configured to adjust a communication-established distance over which the first communication portion establishes communication with the terminal so as to match with a specific position at which the second communication portion establishes communication with the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Akira Ohhata, Hisataka Funakawa, Tomoo Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20190037095
    Abstract: A processing apparatus to which an option is mountable, the processing apparatus including: a power supply unit; a device that (i) is controlled by the option mounted to the processing apparatus or controls the option and that (ii) performs a process corresponding to an inspection of whether or not the device operates normally; and a switching unit that switches on and off supply of electric power from the power supply unit to the device. Here, while the switching unit is receiving an instruction to initiate the process, the switching unit switches on the supply of electric power from the power supply unit to the device, while the switching unit is not receiving the instruction, the switching unit switches off the supply of electric power from the power supply unit to the device, and the device performs the process upon receiving electric power supplied from the power supply unit by the switching unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka FUNAKAWA
  • Patent number: 10116813
    Abstract: A composite apparatus includes: a first apparatus and a second apparatus that operate independently; and a console display that is shared by the first and second apparatus. The first and second apparatus each includes: a display memory that stores display data; and a drawing processor that instructs the console display to display the display data. The composite apparatus further includes: a selector that selectively connects the drawing processor of the first or second apparatus to the console display; and a switch processor that receives a connection request from the first or second apparatus. The connection request includes requests to connect the drawing processor of the first or second apparatus to the console display and to instruct the selector to connect the drawing processor of either the first or second apparatus to the console display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Publication number: 20180249023
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a plurality of devices each having a power source, and a display. The display is shared by the plurality of devices and operated by receiving power supply from the power source of any one of the plurality of devices. The display determines a power supply device which is a device for supplying electric power to the display from the power source thereof, out of the plurality of devices, on the basis of a state of each of the plurality of devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Publication number: 20180246686
    Abstract: An operation display apparatus for shared use between a first and a second apparatus each being capable of operating independently, the operation display apparatus including a display, a manipulation device, and a processor, wherein the processor performs: allowing the display to selectively show either of display data received from the first apparatus through a first display interface and display data received from the second apparatus through a second display interface; transmitting operation information of an operation on the manipulation device to the first apparatus through a first input-output interface and to the second apparatus through a second input-output interface; detecting through the first or second display interface whether at least either one of the first and second apparatus enters power saving mode; and prohibiting the transmission of operation information to the first or second apparatus when at least either one of the first and second apparatus enters power saving mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka FUNAKAWA
  • Publication number: 20180246452
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a first device; a second device; and an operation display part, wherein the operation display part includes: an operation panel; and a hardware processor that controls operations of the operation panel, the hardware processor is: capable of sending operation input information on the operation panel to the first device via a first interface; sending the operation input information on the operation panel to the second device via a second interface; and receiving a switch request of switching a device, the first interface and the second interface are of mutually different types, and when receiving the switch request, the hardware processor: changes a source device from which display contents of the operation panel are sent, and changes a destination device to which the operation input information on the operation panel is sent, and sends the operation input information to a post-changing destination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka FUNAKAWA
  • Patent number: 10021255
    Abstract: A portable terminal device includes: a receiving unit that receives an action instruction in a predetermined action mode given by a user for one image processing device among a plurality of image processing devices; a radio wave strength detection unit that receives a radio wave for measuring the strength of the radio wave to detect the strength of radio wave of each of the image processing devices; a radio wave strength difference calculation unit that calculates differences in the strengths of radio waves between the image processing device with the maximum strength of radio wave and the other image processing devices; an identification unit that identifies, as the image processing device to which the action instruction received is given, the image processing device having the maximum strength of radio wave; and an instruction unit that gives the action instruction in the action mode to the image processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Publication number: 20180159993
    Abstract: A composite apparatus includes: a first apparatus and a second apparatus that operate independently; and a console display that is shared by the first and second apparatus. The first and second apparatus each includes: a display memory that stores display data; and a drawing processor that instructs the console display to display the display data. The composite apparatus further includes: a selector that selectively connects the drawing processor of the first or second apparatus to the console display; and a switch processor that receives a connection request from the first or second apparatus. The connection request includes requests to connect the drawing processor of the first or second apparatus to the console display and to instruct the selector to connect the drawing processor of either the first or second apparatus to the console display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Patent number: 9793958
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an operation panel, a near field communication portion, and a hardware processor. The operation panel is attached to a main body of the image processing apparatus such that a position relative to the main body is variable. The near field communication portion is arranged in the operation panel and carries out near field communication with a terminal by receiving radio waves transmitted from the terminal. The hardware processor is configured to change a communication distance in near field communication with the terminal through the near field communication portion in accordance with a position of the operation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Patent number: 9628638
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a terminal includes: a first communication unit configured to communicate wirelessly with the terminal; and a second communication unit configured to perform near field communication with the terminal over a shorter communication distance than that of the first communication unit, wherein the second communication unit is configured to be movable together with an operation panel of the image processing apparatus and establish communication with the terminal in a specific area on the operation panel, and the first communication unit is placed with respect to the operation panel such that the specific area includes a communication establishment distance within which the first communication unit establishes communication with the terminal irrespective of the movement of the operation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tomoo Yamanaka, Hisataka Funakawa, Akira Ohhata
  • Publication number: 20160360049
    Abstract: A portable terminal device includes: a receiving unit that receives an action instruction in a predetermined action mode given by a user for one image processing device among a plurality of image processing devices; a radio wave strength detection unit that receives a radio wave for measuring the strength of the radio wave to detect the strength of radio wave of each of the image processing devices; a radio wave strength difference calculation unit that calculates differences in the strengths of radio waves between the image processing device with the maximum strength of radio wave and the other image processing devices; an identification unit that identifies, as the image processing device to which the action instruction received is given, the image processing device having the maximum strength of radio wave; and an instruction unit that gives the action instruction in the action mode to the image processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: HISATAKA FUNAKAWA
  • Publication number: 20160224289
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a terminal includes: a first communication unit configured to communicate wirelessly with the terminal; and a second communication unit configured to perform near field communication with the terminal over a shorter communication distance than that of the first communication unit, wherein the second communication unit is configured to be movable together with an operation panel of the image processing apparatus and establish communication with the terminal in a specific area on the operation panel, and the first communication unit is placed with respect to the operation panel such that the specific area includes a communication establishment distance within which the first communication unit establishes communication with the terminal irrespective of the movement of the operation panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoo YAMANAKA, Hisataka FUNAKAWA, Akira OHHATA
  • Publication number: 20160216921
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a first communication portion configured to wirelessly communicate with a terminal and a second communication portion configured to carry out near field communication with a terminal. A communication distance between the second communication portion and the terminal is shorter than a communication distance between the first communication portion and the terminal. The image processing apparatus further includes an adjustment portion configured to adjust a communication-established distance over which the first communication portion establishes communication with the terminal so as to match with a specific position at which the second communication portion establishes communication with the terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: AKIRA OHHATA, Hisataka FUNAKAWA, Tomoo YAMANAKA
  • Publication number: 20160211888
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an operation panel, a near field communication portion, and a hardware processor. The operation panel is attached to a main body of the image processing apparatus such that a position relative to the main body is variable. The near field communication portion is arranged in the operation panel and carries out near field communication with a terminal by receiving radio waves transmitted from the terminal. The hardware processor is configured to change a communication distance in near field communication with the terminal through the near field communication portion in accordance with a position of the operation panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Publication number: 20160191730
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is provided that is capable of conducting short-range wireless communication with a terminal having a first display unit. The image processing apparatus includes an operation panel including a second display unit, and a sensor configured to sense a radio wave from the terminal for short-range wireless communication. The operation panel is capable of changing a position thereof relative to a main body of the image processing apparatus. The operation panel includes a touch area arranged on the operation panel, wherein the touch area is an area where the terminal is sensed by the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsutomu OHATA, Hisataka FUNAKAWA
  • Publication number: 20160170638
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a touch panel capable of displaying a plurality of software keys, an input control unit that receives input of information provided to the touch panel in response to a user's touch operation on the software keys, a short-range wireless sensor, and an object sensor. The short-range wireless sensor is arranged near the touch panel to sense radio waves for short-range wireless communication with a mobile terminal. The input control unit is configured to change an arrangement of the software keys on a display of the software keys on the touch panel such that the software keys are not arranged in a region of the touch panel near the short-range wireless sensor when the presence of the object near the short-range wireless sensor is sensed by the object sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka FUNAKAWA
  • Patent number: 9179015
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has, as operation modes, a normal mode and a power-saving mode with power consumption smaller than the normal mode. The image forming apparatus includes an operation unit for receiving an instruction from a user, having an operation area to which a prescribed instruction from the user is input. The image forming apparatus further includes: a first detection unit detecting an input from the user to the operation area in the normal mode; a power control unit controlling power supply in the normal mode and the power-saving mode, and turning off power supply to the first detection unit in the power-saving mode; and a second detection unit detecting an input from the user to the operation area in the power-saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Publication number: 20150070326
    Abstract: The touch panel inputting device which is installed on a flat operation surface for receiving an operation performed by a operation body, detects a contact location of the operation body on the operation surface, based on light blocking of a flat scanning light path plane. The touch panel inputting device comprises: a first scanning light paths forming unit for forming first scanning light paths which are linear; and a second scanning light paths forming unit for forming second scanning light paths which are linear and intersect with the first scanning light paths. The first and the second scanning light paths form the scanning light path plane, and the scanning light path plane slopes with respect to the operation surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka FUNAKAWA
  • Publication number: 20130083344
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has, as operation modes, a normal mode and a power-saving mode with power consumption smaller than the normal mode. The image forming apparatus includes an operation unit for receiving an instruction from a user, having an operation area to which a prescribed instruction from the user is input. The image forming apparatus further includes: a first detection unit detecting an input from the user to the operation area in the normal mode; a power control unit controlling power supply in the normal mode and the power-saving mode, and turning off power supply to the first detection unit in the power-saving mode; and a second detection unit detecting an input from the user to the operation area in the power-saving mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. ,
    Inventor: Hisataka FUNAKAWA