Patents by Inventor KAZUO HONGO

KAZUO HONGO 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: 20210247763
    Abstract: [Problem] It becomes possible to switch the operation controlling entity while maintaining continuity in the tasks. [Solution] A control device includes a driving control unit that drives a robot device based on one of a first-type driving instruction and a second-type driving instruction, at least one of which is sent from a distant location from the robot device; and a transition control unit that switches a driving instruction for driving the robot device from the first-type driving instruction to the second-type driving instruction. The transition control unit switches the driving instruction from the first-type driving instruction to the second-type driving instruction via a transition driving instruction generated based on the first-type driving instruction and the second-type driving instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: TAKARA KASAI, TAKASHI KITO, KAZUO HONGO, RYOTA KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20210232949
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device to derive a reliable answer from answers to the question received from a plurality of robot devices. The information processing device includes a weight management unit that determines, with respect to an answer to a question obtained from each of a plurality of respondent robots that have received the question and meta information of the answer, weighting of the answer based on the meta information of the answer, and a final answer determination unit that derives, based on the weighting of the answer, a final answer to the question from the respective answers from the plurality of respondent robots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo HONGO, Takara KASAI, Ryota KIMURA, Hiroki MATSUDA
  • Publication number: 20210213609
    Abstract: A center of gravity of a robot device is estimated without utilization of a force sensor or the like. An information processing device including: a center-of-gravity estimation unit that calculates, on the basis of torque applied to one or more joints included in each of a plurality of leg portions, reaction force applied from a ground contact surface to each of the plurality of leg portions, and that estimates a center of gravity of a robot device including the plurality of leg portions on the basis of the calculated reaction force on the plurality of leg portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: MASAYA KINOSHITA, KAZUO HONGO, HIROKI SAIJO
  • Patent number: 11058502
    Abstract: A support arm device includes a first drive part that is fixed to a base part and cause a first drive shaft to perform shaft rotation, a second drive part that is fixed to the base part and cause a second drive shaft to perform shaft rotation, and an arm part including at least one parallel link and that supports a predetermined tool. The arm part is caused to change an attitude to cause the predetermined tool to perform a predetermined rotational motion by the first drive part and the second drive part being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Hongo, Kenichiro Nagasaka
  • Publication number: 20210190264
    Abstract: A parallel wire device capable of translating a target object and rotating the target object in a wide movable range is provided. The parallel wire device includes a movement unit, a rotational movement unit attached to the movement unit so as to be rotatable about at least one axis, a first parallel wire configured to translationally drive the movement unit, and a second parallel wire configured to rotationally drive the rotational movement unit. The rotational movement unit includes a parallel link, and the second parallel wire includes parallel wires configured to drive respective links constituting the parallel link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo HONGO, William Alexandre CONUS
  • Publication number: 20210165412
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a control device, a control method, and a program that enable the action of a movable body to be planned in accordance with the value of a peripheral object. The control device according to an embodiment of the present technology estimates a value of an object at the periphery of a movable body on the basis of sensor data detected by the movable body, and plans an action of the movable body on the basis of the value of the object estimated. The present technology is applicable to robots capable of acting autonomously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: HAJIME MIHARA, ANDREW SHIN, TETSUYA NARITA, KAZUO HONGO, MASANOBU NAKAMURA
  • Publication number: 20210138665
    Abstract: [Problem] Provided is a link mechanism capable of moving a tip end part substantially straight by using a simpler structure. [Solution] A link mechanism including a first parallel link mechanism having a fixed link and an intermediate link parallel to each other, and a pair of side links parallel to each other, a second parallel link mechanism having a fixed link and an intermediate link parallel to each other, and a pair of side links parallel to each other, in which the fixed link is connected to the intermediate link of the first parallel link mechanism, a fixed structure that is formed including the intermediate link of the first parallel link mechanism and the fixed link of the second parallel link mechanism, and a coupling link that couples one of the side links of the first parallel link mechanism and one of the side links of the second parallel link mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: KAZUO HONGO, HIROMASA MASUDA
  • Publication number: 20210129347
    Abstract: A controller according to the present disclosure includes a whole-slip detecting unit (210) that detects, based on pressure information sent from a plurality of regions having different slipping characteristics when an object in contact with the plurality of regions is slipping, a state of a whole slip in which the object is slipping on each of the plurality of regions. An occurrence timing of the whole slip is different for each of the plurality of regions, and thus a state of a partial slip in which a part of the object is slipping is able to be detected, so that it is possible to detect a slip of the object with high accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoko NAGAKARI, Tetsuya NARITA, Kazuhito WAKANA, Kazuo HONGO, Wataru KOKUBO, Yoshinao SODEYAMA
  • Publication number: 20210060762
    Abstract: Provided is a master-slave system that causes no unintended operation. A master-slave system includes: a master device having a first link structure; a slave device having a second link structure similar to the first link structure; and a connecting portion that mechanically connects corresponding links of the first link structure and the second link structure so that the corresponding links have the same angle. The first link structure and the second link structure include respective similar parallel links. In addition, the connecting portion connects corresponding links provided at proximal ends of the first link structure and the second link structure to form a four-bar linkage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventor: KAZUO HONGO
  • Publication number: 20210046640
    Abstract: Provided is a drive device that can remove the influence of static friction by driving two drive axes with three drive units. A drive device includes: a first drive unit; a second drive unit; a third drive unit; a first differential unit connected to the first drive unit and the second drive unit; a second differential unit connected to the second drive unit and the third drive unit; and a control unit that controls the first to third drive units. The control unit controls the second drive unit at a constant speed, and controls a speed of each of the first drive unit and the third drive unit relative to that of the second drive unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke YAJIMA, Kazuo HONGO, Masaya KINOSHITA
  • Publication number: 20200406781
    Abstract: An information processing device, an information processing method, and a program are proposed that make it possible to allow an autonomous moving body to make battery replacement more easily. The information processing device includes a controller. The controller couples, in a first region, a connection terminal to the autonomous moving body. The first region is provided for ejection of a first battery included in the autonomous moving body. The connection terminal is provided for power supply and included in a power supply apparatus disposed in the first region. The controller moves the autonomous moving body with the connection terminal coupled, from the first region to a second region in which a charged second battery is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, ANEESH CHAND, WATARU KOKUBO, KAZUO HONGO
  • Publication number: 20200405426
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a tactile presentation apparatus that makes it possible to reduce a noise to be transmitted to a force sensor. [Solution] A tactile presentation apparatus including: an operation unit operated by a user; a vibration unit that presents a vibration of an operation target of the operation unit; a contact unit that transmits the vibration by the vibration unit to the user; and an installation unit coupled to the operation unit, over the contact unit provided via an elastic body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuta HORIE, Kazuo HONGO, Satoko NAGAKARI, Ryo TERASAWA, Yasunori KAWANAMI
  • Publication number: 20200406465
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to estimate a position of a distal end of a movable unit with a reduced processing load, the information processing including a position computer that computes, on the basis of first positional information obtained from reading of a projected marker by a first visual sensor and second positional information including positional information obtained from reading of the marker by a second visual sensor that moves relative to the first visual sensor, a position of a movable unit in which the second visual sensor is disposed. This makes it possible to estimate the position of the distal end of the movable unit with a reduced processing load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo TERASAWA, Masaya KINOSHITA, Kazuo HONGO
  • Patent number: 10856947
    Abstract: A grip force sensation feedback device including a first rotary member that has an outer peripheral surface including a part of a first virtual conical surface, the first rotary member being rotated around a first cone axis; a second rotary member that has an opposed surface which includes a part of a second virtual conical surface and which is opposed to the outer peripheral surface of the first rotary member, the second rotary member being rotated around a second cone axis; a wire that has both end portions connected to the second rotary member and that has a central portion wound around the first rotary member; and a driving portion that provides a force sensation feedback to a finger of a user in contact with the second rotary member by rotating the first rotary member and thereby causing a rotation of the second rotary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Hongo, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Yasunori Kawanami
  • Publication number: 20200361084
    Abstract: A signal processing device for processing a detection signal of a sensor is provided. The signal processing device branches a detection signal of a sensor into a plurality of paths, and performs different preprocessing before AD conversion for each of the paths to generate a plurality of detection signals. For example, a first path for performing AD conversion of a signal of a first sensitivity, the signal being obtained by amplifying the detection signal of the sensor to match the first sensitivity, and a second path for attenuating the signal of the first sensitivity and performing AD conversion of a signal of a second sensitivity lower than the first sensitivity, are included, and the detection signals having different sensitivities are generated. Alternatively, an offset of the signal of the first sensitivity is changed for each of the paths, and a plurality of detection signals having different measurement ranges is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventor: KAZUO HONGO
  • Publication number: 20200352665
    Abstract: [Overview] [Problem to be Solved] To provide an information processing device that makes it possible to make a user feel less strange. [Solution] An information processing device including: a first acquisition unit that acquires a vibration signal measured by a vibration sensor included in a slave apparatus; a second acquisition unit that acquires a measurement result regarding distance between a target of sensing of the vibration sensor and a contact part of the slave apparatus; and a controller that outputs an output signal to a master apparatus. The contact part comes into contact with the target. The output signal is obtained by applying a weight to the vibration signal. The weight corresponds to the measurement result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: YUKI ITOTANI, RYUTA HORIE, TAKASHI KITO, KAZUO HONGO
  • Patent number: 10744639
    Abstract: A parallel link robot includes a movable portion, a base, a plurality of drive sources, a plurality of links, and a tension member. The plurality of drive sources is attached to the base. The plurality of links is respectively connected to the plurality of drive sources. The tension member is connected between the movable portion and at least one of the plurality of links such that a bending tension is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Hongo, Kiyoyuki Kikuchi, Hiroki Ebe
  • Patent number: 10653492
    Abstract: A medical instrument according to the present disclosure includes: a contact portion configured to contact body tissue; a drive unit configured to generate drive force for causing the contact portion to contact the body tissue; and a limiter mechanism configured to impose restriction on transmission of the drive force to the contact portion, in accordance with contact force of the contact portion with respect to the body tissue. This configuration makes it possible to restrict force applied to body tissue during surgery, and to reduce failure risk, with a simple configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Suzuki, Kenichiro Nagasaka, Kazuo Hongo
  • Publication number: 20200100856
    Abstract: Provided is an information input apparatus capable of inputting rotation angles of three degrees of freedom. The information input apparatus includes: an outer shell section having a structure of a hollow sphere; a connection section attracting and rotatably supporting the outer shell section; and a rotation detection section configured to detect a rotation angle of the outer shell section. The rotation detection section includes at least one or a combination of two or more of an acceleration sensor, an angle sensor, and a magnetic sensor. The rotation detection section is arranged in a vicinity of a center of the sphere and configured to detect rotation angles of three degrees of freedom of the outer shell section. The outer shell section includes an opening section into which a finger of a user is inserted, and the rotation detection section is configured to detect the rotation angle when the outer shell section is manually operated by the inserted finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: KAZUO HONGO, YUKI ITOTANI
  • Publication number: 20190329422
    Abstract: There is provided a parallel link device including a base, a plurality of arms each having at least four degrees of freedom and each including a first arm link, a second arm link, and a rotating joint, and a support which is coupled to an end of the second arm link of each of the plurality of the arms, and a position and a posture of which changes along with changes of posture of the plurality of the arms, where an axis of rotation (O7) of the rotating joint, which is coupled to the support and the second arm link, intersects or is adjacent to a rotational central point (Q) of the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuo HONGO