Patents by Inventor Keiji Togawa

Keiji Togawa 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: 11073196
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a rotation transmitting device which permits the transmission of rotation with a reduced play and which permits the constituents to be aligned easily. The rotation transmitting device has a transmitting member (30) which surrounds a rotating part (12) of a drive shaft (11) and a rotating part (22) of a driven shaft (21). At least either the rotating part (12) of the drive shaft (11) or the rotating part (22) of the driven shaft (21) has an external surface that comes into contact with the internal surface of the transmitting member (30) so that friction arising between the internal surface and the external surface achieves torque transmission and reception to and from the transmitting member (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Morio Usami, Hiroshi Osawa
  • Patent number: 10950218
    Abstract: A drive system includes an actuator including an electric motor, a microphone, and a sound generator emitting a sound in response to a signal derived from sound caught by the microphone. The microphone is attached to the actuator. This drive system makes it easy to establish an optimal positional relationship between the microphone and the noise source in the actuator, thereby properly reducing noise arising from the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Osamu Ota, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Publication number: 20200189125
    Abstract: According to a certain aspect of the present invention, a control device for a robot is provided. The control device includes a processor configured to implement: a function of obtaining a signal indicating a detected value of a sensor detecting a state quantity of the robot; and a function of, in converting the detected value to an estimated value of the state quantity according to a conversion function obtained by calibration of the sensor, applying an offset value compensating for a difference between the estimated value and the actual state quantity in a critical situation in operation of the robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamagishi, Keiji Togawa, Norio Nagatsuka, Naoki Numaguchi
  • Patent number: 10510189
    Abstract: In an information processing system 1, an information processing apparatus 10 recognizes, when a user moves real bodies 120a and 120b arranged on a play field 19, the movement on the basis of, for example, an image taken by a camera 122 taking an image of the movement to interlock objects of corresponding characters 202a and 202b displayed on a display apparatus 16. In addition, when the user moves the characters 202a and 202b through an input apparatus 14, the information processing apparatus 10 transmits a control signal to the corresponding real bodies 120a and 120b to perform interlocking. When a situation in which interlocking between the real bodies 120a and 120b and the characters 202a and 202b is difficult occurs, an appropriate scenario is selected from the scenarios prepared in advance and realized, thereby maintaining the consistency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Numaguchi, Keiji Togawa, Hiroshi Osawa, Takeshi Yamagishi, Shinichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 10471343
    Abstract: A block set assembled by a user and an information processing device communicate with each other. The information processing device thereby obtains information on the structure of the block set. In addition, an object of a crane truck corresponding to the block set is displayed on a display device. Correspondences between joints and wheels and correspondences between movements are set. Thereby, when the block set is moved, the movement of the block set is reflected in the object on display. When the object is moved, the movement of the object is reflected in the block set by transmitting a control signal from the information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Naoki Numaguchi, Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa, Keiji Togawa
  • Patent number: 10293268
    Abstract: A block system 1 includes a block 102 and a host terminal 10. The block 102, configured such that two or more blocks are connectable with each other, includes a power supply mechanism 110 for supplying power to the block 102, a communication mechanism 114 for establishing connection with the host terminal 10 to transmit and receive various signals, a storage mechanism 112 for storing identification information related with the block 102, a display mechanism 118 for emitting light and displaying an image under the control of the host terminal 10, and a control mechanism 116 for executing programmed processing in accordance with a signal from the host terminal 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa, Keiji Togawa, Naoki Numaguchi
  • Publication number: 20190130888
    Abstract: A drive system includes an actuator including an electric motor, a microphone, and a sound generator emitting a sound in response to a signal derived from sound caught by the microphone. The microphone is attached to the actuator. This drive system makes it easy to establish an optimal positional relationship between the microphone and the noise source in the actuator, thereby properly reducing noise arising from the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Osamu Ota, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Publication number: 20190107181
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a rotation transmitting device which permits the transmission of rotation with a reduced play and which permits the constituents to be aligned easily. The rotation transmitting device has a transmitting member (30) which surrounds a rotating part (12) of a drive shaft (11) and a rotating part (22) of a driven shaft (21). At least either the rotating part (12) of the drive shaft (11) or the rotating part (22) of the driven shaft (21) has an external surface that comes into contact with the internal surface of the transmitting member (30) so that friction arising between the internal surface and the external surface achieves torque transmission and reception to and from the transmitting member (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Morio Usami, Hiroshi Osawa
  • Patent number: 10192360
    Abstract: By extracting figures of a play field and a display apparatus from a taken image, the positional coordinates of the play field and a screen in a world coordinate system are obtained. Next, a virtual world is built such that the ground of the virtual world is positioned continually flush with the surface of the play field in a real world, on the opposite side of the real world with the screen in between in a virtual space defined in the world coordinate system. Then, a virtual viewpoint is placed at a position corresponding to the viewpoint of a user in a real space so as to generate an image with the virtual world projected to the screen on the basis of this virtual viewpoint as a display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Osawa, Naoki Numaguchi, Shinichi Hirata, Keiji Togawa, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10146332
    Abstract: A core information receiving section of an information processing device receives information related to the state of a core from a first block of a block set assembled by a user. A structure analyzing section identifies the shape, posture, and position of the block set on the basis of an image photographed by a camera and the information related to the state of the core. An information processing section performs predetermined information processing according to the shape, posture, and position of the block set or an operation on an input device by the user. A display processing section generates an image to be displayed as a result of the information processing, and outputs the image to a display device. A driving control section transmits a signal for controlling the operation of the block set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Shinichi Hirata, Naoki Numaguchi, Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa
  • Patent number: 10130883
    Abstract: An information processing device communicates with a block set assembled by a user, and thereby obtains information on the structure of the block set. In addition, a corresponding position setting screen including an image of an object corresponding to the block set is displayed on a display device. The user moves a joint of the block set which joint is desired to be associated, by for example bending and stretching the joint. Next, the user indicates a joint to be associated on a 3D object side in the image of the 3D object by a cursor, and performs a determination input. The joint of the block set and the joint of the 3D object are thereby associated with each other. The block set and the object are interlocked with each other bidirectionally by thus setting the corresponding positions of the block set and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Naoki Numaguchi, Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa, Keiji Togawa
  • Patent number: 9996152
    Abstract: In an interface apparatus for presenting a force sense at a remote place or in a virtual space to a user, the number of motors for exerting force upon fingers of the user is decreased. The interface apparatus includes a first arm and a second arm for being attached to the thumb and a finger other than the thumb, respectively. A motor includes a motor main body supported for rotation, and a rotary shaft that relatively rotates with respect to the motor main body. The rotary shaft is connected to the second arm. The motor main body is connected to the first arm so as to impart rotation thereof to the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shigeo Hirose, Hiroaki Ishida, Takeshi Yamagishi, Tomokazu Kake, Keiji Togawa
  • Patent number: 9833719
    Abstract: A robot 150 is placed on a touch panel. When touch sensor action sections 156a to 156c provided on a bottom face 150b of the robot act on a touch pad, an information processing device shows a face image in a rectangular area 16 of a display screen 14 of the touch panel. The rectangular area 16 corresponds to the bottom face of the robot. The face image is grabbed from the bottom face 150b of the robot 150 and appears in a face section 152. Further, the brightness of pixels in areas 18a and 18b of the display screen 14 is changed. The areas 18a and 18b correspond to optical sensors 160a and 160b provided on the bottom face 150b of the robot. The robot 150 detects the change in question, converting the change into a motion of an internal actuator, sound output, light emission, and so on in accordance with predetermined rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Takeshi Yamagishi, Yoichi Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 9724599
    Abstract: The operator includes: an operation body having a shaft section that extends along a first direction (Z direction), the operation body being operated by a user; a first detecting body to detect the rotational motion of the operation body about a rotational axis that extends along a plane, the plane being defined by second (X direction) and third (Y direction) directions, the second direction being orthogonal to the first direction, and the third direction being orthogonal to the first and second directions; and a second detecting body provided independently of the first detecting body to detect the translational motion of the operation body along the plane described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Publication number: 20170182412
    Abstract: By extracting figures of a play field and a display apparatus from a taken image, the positional coordinates of the play field and a screen in a world coordinate system are obtained. Next, a virtual world is built such that the ground of the virtual world is positioned continually flush with the surface of the play field in a real world, on the opposite side of the real world with the screen in between in a virtual space defined in the world coordinate system. Then, a virtual viewpoint is placed at a position corresponding to the viewpoint of a user in a real space so as to generate an image with the virtual world projected to the screen on the basis of this virtual viewpoint as a display image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Osawa, Naoki Numaguchi, Shinichi Hirata, Keiji Togawa, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9630101
    Abstract: An operating device includes an operating shaft, a movable body that supports the operating shaft, and a base body. The base body includes a contact surface that is in contact with the movable body so as to receive, from the movable body, forces along the plane vertical to the axial direction of the operating shaft. Further, the operating device includes a plurality of sensors adapted to detect forces acting on the base body. The operating device allows the motion of the operating shaft on the plane vertical to the axial direction of the operating shaft and the detection of the motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Keiji Togawa
  • Publication number: 20170024934
    Abstract: In an information processing system 1, an information processing apparatus 10 recognizes, when a user moves real bodies 120a and 120b arranged on a play field 19, the movement on the basis of, for example, an image taken by a camera 122 taking an image of the movement to interlock objects of corresponding characters 202a and 202b displayed on a display apparatus 16. In addition, when the user moves the characters 202a and 202b through an input apparatus 14, the information processing apparatus 10 transmits a control signal to the corresponding real bodies 120a and 120b to perform interlocking. When a situation in which interlocking between the real bodies 120a and 120b and the characters 202a and 202b is difficult occurs, an appropriate scenario is selected from the scenarios prepared in advance and realized, thereby maintaining the consistency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Naoki NUMAGUCHI, Keiji TOGAWA, Hiroshi OSAWA, Takeshi YAMAGISHI, Shinichi HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20160346705
    Abstract: A robot 150 is placed on a touch panel. When touch sensor action sections 156a to 156c provided on a bottom face 150b of the robot act on a touch pad, an information processing device shows a face image in a rectangular area 16 of a display screen 14 of the touch panel. The rectangular area 16 corresponds to the bottom face of the robot. The face image is grabbed from the bottom face 150b of the robot 150 and appears in a face section 152. Further, the brightness of pixels in areas 18a and 18b of the display screen 14 is changed. The areas 18a and 18b correspond to optical sensors 160a and 160b provided on the bottom face 150b of the robot. The robot 150 detects the change in question, converting the change into a motion of an internal actuator, sound output, light emission, and so on in accordance with predetermined rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: KEIJI TOGAWA, Takeshi YAMAGISHI, Yoichi NISHIMAKI
  • Publication number: 20160332075
    Abstract: An information processing device communicates with a block set assembled by a user, and thereby obtains information on the structure of the block set. In addition, a corresponding position setting screen including an image of an object corresponding to the block set is displayed on a display device. The user moves a joint of the block set which joint is desired to be associated, by for example bending and stretching the joint. Next, the user indicates a joint to be associated on a 3D object side in the image of the 3D object by a cursor, and performs a determination input. The joint of the block set and the joint of the 3D object are thereby associated with each other. The block set and the object are interlocked with each other bidirectionally by thus setting the corresponding positions of the block set and the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Naoki Numaguchi, Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa, Keiji Togawa
  • Publication number: 20160334885
    Abstract: A core information receiving section of an information processing device receives information related to the state of a core from a first block of a block set assembled by a user. A structure analyzing section identifies the shape, posture, and position of the block set on the basis of an image photographed by a camera and the information related to the state of the core. An information processing section performs predetermined information processing according to the shape, posture, and position of the block set or an operation on an input device by the user. A display processing section generates an image to be displayed as a result of the information processing, and outputs the image to a display device. A driving control section transmits a signal for controlling the operation of the block set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Shinichi Hirata, Naoki Numaguchi, Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa