Patents by Inventor Ikuo Yamano

Ikuo Yamano 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: 20210294418
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program that can suppress hindrance to viewing/listening to content. A control unit controls output of a tactile stimulus in a case where notification information is received during output of content including sound. Further, the control unit performs a process of controlling the tactile stimulus in response to the content or a process of controlling the content in response to the tactile stimulus. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a mobile device such as a smartphone and the like capable of reproducing content including sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi TAKEDA, Shuichiro NISHIGORI, Shiro SUZUKI, Jun MATSUMOTO, Ikuo YAMANO, Toshiyuki NAKAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20210287497
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device to reduce the difference in way of feeling a tactile sense in accordance with a state or situation, the information processing device including: an acquisition unit configured to acquire context information concerning a state or a situation user of an external environment or context information concerning a user; and a modulation unit configured to modulate a control signal for controlling a haptics unit for presenting haptics to a predetermined part of the user on the basis of the context information having been acquired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo YOKOYAMA, Ikuo YAMANO, Yusuke NAKAGAWA, Takeshi OGITA
  • Patent number: 11120674
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program for performing more appropriate haptic presentations. The information processing apparatus includes a signal processing section configured such that in a case where the presentation timing of a first presentation with haptic sensation based on first data overlaps with the presentation timing of a second presentation with either haptic sensation or a sound based on second data, the signal processing section generates a haptic signal for controlling a haptic presentation device performing at least the first presentation based on sensory characteristic data regarding the haptic sensation and on the first data in such a manner that a combined sensory effect on a user receiving both the first presentation and the second presentation becomes an effect merging a first sensory effect of the first presentation with a second sensory effect of the second presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Yokoyama, Osamu Ito, Ikuo Yamano
  • Publication number: 20210247723
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, control method, and program that allow for recognition of a state of an arm on the basis of determination of whether the information processing apparatus is worn on the left arm or the right arm, the information processing apparatus including: a determination unit configured to determine whether the information processing apparatus is worn on a user's right arm or left arm; a recognition unit configured to recognize a state of the arm; and a control unit configured to perform predetermined control on a device included in the information processing apparatus according to the recognized state of the arm. The recognition unit switches settings of a parameter which is used in the recognition of the state of the arm, according to a result of the determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki MIZUNUMA, Yuhei TAKI, Tsubasa TSUKAHARA, Ikuo YAMANO
  • Publication number: 20210235871
    Abstract: There is provided a tactile presentation device capable of realizing easier wearing/removal and contact of a tactile stimulation unit in an appropriate position. The tactile presentation device is provided with an attaching unit to a back plate of a chair, and a wearing belt portion to a body provided so as to be extendable and contractable on the attaching unit, in which one or more first tactile stimulation units are provided on the attaching unit, and one or more second tactile stimulation units are provided on the wearing belt portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takamoto TSUDA, Yusuke OTANI, Ikuo YAMANO, Osamu ITO, Ryo YOKOYAMA, Takeshi OGITA, Yohei FUKUMA
  • Patent number: 11068063
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising: an acquiring portion that acquires driving information for controlling a driving device that imparts movement to an object; and an identifying portion that identifies information for determining a dictated position dictated by the object, on the basis of detection information obtained on the basis of movement detection of the object and the driving information acquired by the acquiring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ikuo Yamano, Akihiro Komori, Yusuke Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11065537
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including a control section to generate a control signal that controls an operation of a tactile feedback apparatus including a tactile feedback section. The control section changes control on the tactile feedback apparatus on the basis of a type of the tactile feedback section which is recognized by the control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Komori, Ikuo Yamano, Yusuke Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20210200301
    Abstract: This information processing apparatus includes a display control unit that generates display information for controlling a display device to display a first virtual object defined in a virtual space, and a second virtual object different from the first virtual object; and a controller that controls the display device to move the first virtual object in the virtual space on the basis of a reference position based on an operation input of a user, controls, when determining that the reference position of the first virtual object is located inside the second virtual object, the display device to display the first virtual object at a position at which the first virtual object is externally tangent to the second virtual object, and controls, when determining that an operation to space the first virtual object away from the second virtual object is performed, a display position of the first virtual object such that the reference position and the display position of the first virtual object gradually become the same
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: RYO YOKOYAMA, YUSUKE NAKAGAWA, IKUO YAMANO
  • Publication number: 20210191517
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device to cause vibration to be generated suitable for a state between an information processing device including a vibrating device and a user, the information processing device including: corrected vibration data configured to generate corrected information for correcting a strength of vibration data for a vibrating device including a vibrator on a basis of information provided from a detecting unit configured to detect a contact state of the vibrating device; and an vibration signal generating unit configured to generate a vibration signal from the corrected vibration data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ikuo YAMANO, Osamu ITO, Yosuke MATSUZAKI, Ryo YOKOYAMA, Shinsaku HIRANO, Yusuke NAKAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20210195383
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, a program, and an information processing system capable of causing a user of a destination apparatus to be aware of arrival of delivered information without the destination apparatus communicating directly with the peripheral apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes: a notification processing unit that generates notification information for causing a user of a destination apparatus to be aware of arrival of delivered information, which is directed to a peripheral apparatus that is estimated to be located within a predetermined range from the destination apparatus of the delivered information on a basis of positional relationship information; and a communication unit that transmits the notification information generated by the notification processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ayumi KATO, Ikuo YAMANO, Kei TAKAHASHI, Kosuke YOSHITOMI, Jun KIMURA, Tsubasa TSUKAHARA
  • Publication number: 20210178254
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for controlling an operating device, wherein the operating device includes: (i) a grip part to be gripped by a user; and (ii) an operation part for activation by a finger of the user gripping the grip part, where the operation part includes: (i) a movable part capable of moving from a resting position toward another position in response to a force applied by the finger of the user, (ii) a biasing element operating to urge the movable part toward the resting position, (iii) a sensor operating to measure the force applied by the finger of the user to the movable part and produce a sensing signal therefrom, and (iv) a motorized assembly operating to receive a drive signal, and in response, apply an amount of force to the movable part in opposition to the force applied by the finger of the user, and where the drive signal is a variable dependent on variations in the sensing signal, such that the amount of force applied to the movable part in opposition to the force applied by the fin
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Ikuo Yamano, Shinichi Hirata, Yuichi Machida, Yoichi Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 11027195
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program that enable a predetermined haptic stimulus to be presented to a number of corresponding input devices on the basis of inputs from the input devices and thereby realize an intuitive haptic interface that gives a deeper sense of realism. The information processing apparatus includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of pieces of pointer information on the basis of one or a plurality of pieces of sensor data; a discrimination unit configured to discriminate an input device corresponding to each pointer on the basis of characteristics of the plurality of pieces of pointer information; and a generation unit configured to generate a predetermined haptic stimulation signal to be output to an input device corresponding to a pointer in a case in which a position of the pointer satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Yokoyama, Ikuo Yamano, Osamu Ito, Yosuke Matsuzaki
  • Publication number: 20210160150
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide an information processing device, an information processing method, and a computer program that can intuitively present a connection state between wireless appliances in a space. [Solution] An information processing device includes a control unit configured to perform control for displaying, on a display unit, a first virtual object indicating a link between a first wireless appliance and a second wireless appliance based on connection information about a connection between the first wireless appliance and the second wireless appliance, and positional information of the first wireless appliance and positional information of the second wireless appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: YUHEI TAKI, SOICHIRO INATANI, HIRO IWASE, IKUO YAMANO
  • Patent number: 11013990
    Abstract: A vibration control apparatus accepts, from a user, correction information designating the content of correction in vibrating a vibration device, and vibrates the vibration device in accordance with the content of an accepted vibration instruction corrected to reflect the correction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Ikuo Yamano
  • Publication number: 20210152931
    Abstract: [Object] To prevent appropriately that a user perceives sound emitted by a tactile stimulus (second sound). [Solving Means] To provide an information processing device including a generation section that generates, on the basis of information regarding a first perception characteristic of a user with respect to a first sound emitted from an acoustic presentation section and information regarding a second perception characteristic of the user with respect to a second sound emitted by a tactile stimulus presented from a tactile data presentation section, tactile data to be used for presentation of the tactile stimulus of emitting the second sound that is not perceived by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: RYO YOKOYAMA, OSAMU ITO, IKUO YAMANO
  • Publication number: 20210152962
    Abstract: [Object] To make it possible to present a sensation to a user taking a delay occurring before sound is perceived by the user appropriately into consideration. [Solving Means] An information processing device is provided which includes a generation section that generates, on the basis of a difference between a first timing at which a sound is to be outputted from an acoustic presentation section and a second timing at which the sound is to be perceived by a first user, first data to be used for presentation of a sensation to the first user by a sensation presentation section worn by the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: RYO YOKOYAMA, OSAMU ITO, IKUO YAMANO
  • Patent number: 11009956
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an arithmetic processing unit. The arithmetic processing unit generates a first haptic-feedback presentation signal, which is to be supplied to a first haptic-feedback presentation device of a plurality of haptic-feedback presentation devices, based on the first characteristic information extracted from a first sound signal corresponding to a first channel among sounds of a plurality of channels output from a sound output device capable of outputting the sounds of the plurality of channels, and generates a second haptic-feedback presentation signal, which is to be supplied to a second haptic-feedback presentation device of the plurality of haptic-feedback presentation devices, based on the second characteristic information extracted from a second sound signal corresponding to a second channel among the sounds of the plurality of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Ogita, Ryo Yokoyama, Ikuo Yamano
  • Publication number: 20210141484
    Abstract: [Solving Means] An input device includes a manipulation panel and a pressing-amount determination unit. The pressing-amount determination unit is configured to determine a pressing amount due to an input manipulation performed on the manipulation panel, using a plurality of different determination thresholds corresponding to respective regions of the manipulation panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: TAKESHI OGITA, IKUO YAMANO, RYO YOKOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20210132695
    Abstract: Provided are an information processing apparatus, a method. for processing information, and a program capable of adjusting a perceptual position of a tactile stimulus even with one tactile stimulus unit. The information processing apparatus (20) includes an output control unit (120) that performs output control of a vibration on at least one tactile stimulus unit (130), in which the output control unit changes a frequency of the vibration to be output from the tactile stimulus unit depending on a position of the tactile stimulus unit and predetermined positional information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo YOKOYAMA, Takeshi OGITA, Yohei FUKUMA, Ikuo YAMANO
  • Patent number: 10996635
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, control method, and program that allow for recognition of a state of an arm on the basis of determination of whether the information processing apparatus is worn on the left arm or the right arm, the information processing apparatus including: a determination unit configured to determine whether the information processing apparatus is worn on a user's right arm or left arm; a recognition unit configured to recognize a state of the arm; and a control unit configured to perform predetermined control on a device included in the information processing apparatus according to the recognized state of the arm. The recognition unit switches settings of a parameter which is used in the recognition of the state of the arm, according to a result of the determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mizunuma, Yuhei Taki, Tsubasa Tsukahara, Ikuo Yamano