Patents by Inventor Kazuhiro Shimauchi

Kazuhiro Shimauchi 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: 10325627
    Abstract: [Object] To propose an image processing method, image processing apparatus and program which are capable of exciting the emotions of a viewer more effectively. [Solution] An information processing method including: analyzing a beat of input music; extracting a plurality of unit images from an input image; and generating, by a processor, editing information for switching the extracted unit images depending on the analyzed beat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ikeda, Atsushi Kimura, Kazuhiro Shimauchi, Nobuho Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20190158732
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging device, an imaging method, and a program which are capable of setting a resolution based on a distance to a subject. A control unit which changes a resolution of a captured image on the basis of distance information, corresponding to the captured image, regarding a detected distance to a subject included in the image is included. The control unit changes a resolution of a portion of a region of the captured image on the basis of the distance information. The portion of the region is a region distant from another region. The control unit changes the resolution of the portion of the region such that the portion of the region becomes higher than a resolution of another region. The control unit sets a resolution of the subject to be high in a case in which the distance to the subject is longer than a predetermined reference, and sets the resolution of the subject to be low in a case in which the distance to the subject is smaller than the predetermined reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro SHIMAUCHI, Kenzaburo SEKI, Tetsuya SHIMODA, Yasuyoshi KUWAZOE, Yuta NAKAO, Takashi KOHASHI
  • Publication number: 20190158763
    Abstract: [Object] To select an effect process appropriately according to a feature of an image. [Solution] Provided is an image processing device including a flow vector detection unit configured to detect flow vectors of pixels in an input image, and an effect selection unit configured to select a process of effect to the input image, on the basis of a pattern of the flow vectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Masakazu Ebihara, Daisuke Tahara, Takashi Kohashi, Atsushi Kimura, Kazuhiro Shimauchi
  • Patent number: 10291864
    Abstract: It is possible to generate a panoramic moving image with a high combination performance while suppressing a calculation amount. The positional-shift-amount acquisition unit acquires positional shift amounts of a predetermined number of frames from a first moving image and a second moving image captured by cameras, each of the first and second moving images including a plurality of frames. The frame selection unit selects the predetermined number of frames from the plurality of frames. For example, the frame selection unit selects the predetermined number of frames on the basis of sensor output and/or image processing results. An image combination unit combines the first moving image and the second moving image on the basis of the positional shift amounts of the predetermined number of frames to obtain a panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shimauchi, Nobuho Ikeda, Seijiro Inaba
  • Publication number: 20190122064
    Abstract: An electronic system that detects an object from image data captured by a camera; divides a region of the image data corresponding to the object into a plurality of sub-areas based on attribute information of the object and an image capture characteristic of the camera; extracts one or more characteristics corresponding to the object from one or more of the plurality of sub-areas; and generates characteristic data corresponding to the object based on the extracted one or more characteristics
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriko ISHIKAWA, Masakazu EBIHARA, Kazuhiro SHIMAUCHI
  • Publication number: 20190075249
    Abstract: [Object] To reproduce an image to which an effect desired by a user is added. [Solution] There is provided an image processing device including: an image reverse stabilization processing unit configured to add an effect of expressing shaking to an image on the basis of shaking information on shaking of the image. In addition, there is provided an image processing device including: an image reverse stabilization processing unit configured to decide a degree of an effect of expressing shaking to be added to an image, on the basis of an expectation value of an immersed feeling of an observer with respect to the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Legong Sun, Kouji Yamamoto, Masafumi Wakazono, Yoichiro Sato, Kazuhiro Shimauchi
  • Patent number: 10218918
    Abstract: [Object] To select an effect process appropriately according to a feature of an image. [Solution] Provided is an image processing device including a flow vector detection unit configured to detect flow vectors of pixels in an input image, and an effect selection unit configured to select a process of effect to the input image, on the basis of a pattern of the flow vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Ebihara, Daisuke Tahara, Takashi Kohashi, Atsushi Kimura, Kazuhiro Shimauchi
  • Patent number: 10212361
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing device, an information processing method, a program, and an information processing system that make it possible to synchronize recording of time-series data acquired by a plurality of information processing devices. An information processing terminal includes a reception control unit configured to control reception of first time-series data acquired by a plurality of cameras and acquisition times of the first time-series data based on local time, which is time in each of the cameras, and a synchronization control unit configured to determine, on the basis of the first time-series data from the plurality of cameras, start timing or end timing of recording of second time-series data acquired by the plurality of cameras. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a shooting system that performs shooting with a plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Shimauchi
  • Patent number: 10148894
    Abstract: [Object] To reproduce an image to which an effect desired by a user is added. [Solution] There is provided an image processing device including: an image reverse stabilization processing unit configured to add an effect of expressing shaking to an image on the basis of shaking information on shaking of the image. In addition, there is provided an image processing device including: an image reverse stabilization processing unit configured to decide a degree of an effect of expressing shaking to be added to an image, on the basis of an expectation value of an immersed feeling of an observer with respect to the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Legong Sun, Kouji Yamamoto, Masafumi Wakazano, Yoichiro Sato, Kazuhiro Shimauchi
  • Publication number: 20180309940
    Abstract: There is described an imaging method and an imaging device including first imaging circuitry that captures at least near infrared (NIR) light and outputs an NIR image, second imaging circuitry that captures far infrared (FIR) light and outputs an FIR image, wherein the FIR light has a longer wavelength than the NIR light, and processing circuitry configured to adjust color of the NIR image based on the FIR image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: SHUNJI OKADA, RYOTA KOSAKAI, SHINJI UKITA, EIJI OBA, TSUYOSHI MASUZAWA, MASAKAZU EBIHARA, KAZUHIRO SHIMAUCHI
  • Publication number: 20180227485
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus, image processing apparatus and corresponding program and method are disclosed. In one example, a second captured image acquired from another apparatus is aligned with a first captured image. Image stabilization is carried out in response to a positional relation between the captured images. For example, when overlapping between the captured images is equal to or smaller than an image stabilization limitation threshold value, the image stabilization is stopped or a correction range is limited for at least one of the captured images. When the amount of overlapping is larger than the image stabilization limitation threshold value, the image stabilization for both of the captured images is carried out without limitation. The captured images are aligned with each other by using the captured image with limited image stabilization, or both captured images where stabilization is carried out without limitation, thereby producing a panoramic image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shimauchi, Daisuke Tahara, Nobuho Ikeda, Atsushi Kimura
  • Publication number: 20180109723
    Abstract: [Object] To support a user such that the user can easily adjust installation states of a plurality of imaging devices. [Solution] Provided is an information processing device including an adjustment instruction specification unit configured to specify an instruction regarding adjustment by extracting or arranging elements of the adjustment in accordance with a level of priority of each of the elements for shifting current installation states of a plurality of imaging devices toward appropriate installation states of the plurality of imaging devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shimauchi, Daisuke Tahara, Nobuho Ikeda, Atsushi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9852521
    Abstract: An image coding device including: an edge detecting section configured to perform edge detection using an image signal of a reference image for a coding object block; a transform block setting section configured to set transform blocks by dividing the coding object block such that a boundary between the blocks after division does not include an edge on a basis of a result of the edge detection; and a coding processing section configured to generate coded data by performing processing including an orthogonal transform of each of the transform blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shimauchi, Yuji Wada, Hiroshi Ikeda, Daisuke Tahara
  • Patent number: 9836668
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device including a spatial frequency characteristic adjusting unit configured to perform an adjustment on at least one of first image data corresponding to a first image and second image data corresponding to a second image to match a spatial frequency characteristic of the first image data with a spatial frequency characteristic of the second image data, the second image having an overlapping area that overlaps with an overlapping area of the first image, and an image processing unit configured to perform a process using the first image data and the second image data, on at least one of which the adjustment has been performed in the spatial frequency characteristic adjusting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuho Ikeda, Kazuhiro Shimauchi, Seijiro Inaba
  • Publication number: 20170337428
    Abstract: [Object] To propose an image processing method, an information processing apparatus and a program, which are able to set a section actually adopted in a summary image for each section extracted as a candidate for adoption in the summary image. [Solution] An information processing method including: analyzing content of an input image; and setting a position of an adoption section that is adopted from the image on the basis of information on a section of music and scene information of the analyzed image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: KAZUHIRO SHIMAUCHI, HIROSHI IKEDA, NOBUHO IKEDA, ATSUSHI KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20170323665
    Abstract: [Object] To propose an image processing method, image processing apparatus and program which are capable of exciting the emotions of a viewer more effectively. [Solution] An information processing method including: analyzing a beat of input music; extracting a plurality of unit images from an input image; and generating, by a processor, editing information for switching the extracted unit images depending on the analyzed beat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: HIROSHI IKEDA, ATSUSHI KIMURA, KAZUHIRO SHIMAUCHI, NOBUHO IKEDA
  • Publication number: 20170308771
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program that are designed to enable easy generation of a path for successively displaying characteristic images. The information processing device includes a setting unit that sets a path for connecting characteristic portions in at least one image by referring to metadata including at least information about feature points detected from the image. The setting unit sets the path by determining a regression curve, using the feature points. In a case where the feature points include a feature point at a distance equal to or longer than a predetermined threshold value from the regression curve, the setting unit redetermines the regression curve after removing a feature point detected from an image including a feature point having a low score among the feature points. The present technology can be applied to information processing devices that process still images and moving images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shimauchi, Seijiro Inaba, Nobuho Ikeda, Hiroshi Ikeda, Shuichi Asajima, Yuki Ono
  • Publication number: 20170142341
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus including circuitry that connects a reference image and a target image with at least one of a plurality of complement images based on a reference viewpoint of a subject and a target viewpoint of the subject in response to an identification of the target viewpoint. Each of the plurality of complement images corresponds to a complementary viewpoint of the subject between the reference viewpoint and the target viewpoint. At least one of the plurality of complement images is an interpolation image, which is an image corresponding to a virtual viewpoint along the virtual path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: HIROSHI IKEDA, NOBUHO IKEDA, SEIJIRO INABA, KAZUHIRO SHIMAUCHI, YUKI ONO, SHUICHI ASAJIMA
  • Publication number: 20170142347
    Abstract: [Object] To reproduce an image to which an effect desired by a user is added. [Solution] There is provided an image processing device including: an image reverse stabilization processing unit configured to add an effect of expressing shaking to an image on the basis of shaking information on shaking of the image. In addition, there is provided an image processing device including: an image reverse stabilization processing unit configured to decide a degree of an effect of expressing shaking to be added to an image, on the basis of an expectation value of an immersed feeling of an observer with respect to the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Legong Sun, Kouji Yamamoto, Masafumi Wakazono, Yoichiro Sato, Kazuhiro Shimauchi
  • Publication number: 20170026586
    Abstract: It is possible to generate a panoramic moving image with a high combination performance while suppressing a calculation amount. The positional-shift-amount acquisition unit acquires positional shift amounts of a predetermined number of frames from a first moving image and a second moving image captured by cameras, each of the first and second moving images including a plurality of frames. The frame selection unit selects the predetermined number of frames from the plurality of frames. For example, the frame selection unit selects the predetermined number of frames on the basis of sensor output and/or image processing results. An image combination unit combines the first moving image and the second moving image on the basis of the positional shift amounts of the predetermined number of frames to obtain a panoramic image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: KAZUHIRO SHIMAUCHI, NOBUHO IKEDA, SEIJIRO INABA