Patents by Inventor Kenichi Makino

Kenichi Makino 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: 11067166
    Abstract: A hydraulic control unit of a vehicle drive system including an automatic transmission, and an oil pump device, includes: a first electromagnetic valve; a second electromagnetic valve; first and second oil passages; a third oil passage; a manual valve operated to connect and disconnect the first and third oil passages and a drain oil passage to and from each other, in response to an operation of a manually operated shifting device by a vehicle operator, such that the first oil passage is connected to the third oil passage when the shifting device is placed in a first operating position, while the first oil passage is connected to the drain oil passage when the shifting device is placed in a second operating position; an accumulator connected to the first oil passage; and a check valve provided in the second oil passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daiki Koyama, Yusuke Ohgata, Yoshinobu Soga, Shuji Moriyama, Hiromitsu Nitani, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Kenichi Tsuchida, Takahiro Kokubu, Toshiaki Hayashi, Koji Makino, Yuta Seriguchi
  • Patent number: 11024280
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a signal processor configured to: generate a first noise reduction signal using an adaptive filter based on a signal output from a first input apparatus, and cause the generated first noise reduction signal to be output by a first output apparatus; and generate a second noise reduction signal using a feedback filter based on a signal output from a second input apparatus, and cause the generated second noise reduction signal to be output by a second output apparatus. The feedback filter has a fixed feedback coefficient. The first input apparatus is located at a first noise-cancellation target location in an environment, and the second input apparatus is located at a second noise-cancellation target location in the environment, which may be different from the first noise-cancellation target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsunori Itabashi, Kohei Asada, Shigetoshi Hayashi, Kenichi Makino, Kazuma Yoshii
  • Publication number: 20200286461
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a signal processor configured to: generate a first noise reduction signal using an adaptive filter based on a signal output from a first input apparatus, and cause the generated first noise reduction signal to be output by a first output apparatus; and generate a second noise reduction signal using a feedback filter based on a signal output from a second input apparatus, and cause the generated second noise reduction signal to be output by a second output apparatus. The feedback filter has a fixed feedback coefficient. The first input apparatus is located at a first noise-cancellation target location in an environment, and the second input apparatus is located at a second noise-cancellation target location in the environment, which may be different from the first noise-cancellation target location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsunori Itabashi, Kohei Asada, Shigetoshi Hayashi, Kenichi Makino, Kazuma Yoshii
  • Patent number: 10748519
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a signal processor configured to: generate a first noise reduction signal using an adaptive filter based on a signal output from a first input apparatus, and cause the generated first noise reduction signal to be output by a first output apparatus; and generate a second noise reduction signal using a feedback filter based on a signal output from a second input apparatus, and cause the generated second noise reduction signal to be output by a second output apparatus. The feedback filter has a fixed feedback coefficient. The first input apparatus is located at a first noise-cancellation target location in an environment, and the second input apparatus is located at a second noise-cancellation target location in the environment, which may be different from the first noise-cancellation target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsunori Itabashi, Kohei Asada, Shigetoshi Hayashi, Kenichi Makino, Kazuma Yoshii
  • Publication number: 20200202837
    Abstract: [Object] There is proposed a mechanism that allows for a higher noise cancellation effect by operating a plurality of units in coordination. [Solution] An information processor including a signal processing section that: acquires a first signal to be detected by an acoustic input section of a first unit including the acoustic input section disposed within a predetermined distance from one ear hole of a user in a state of being worn by the user; acquires a second signal, which indicates a noise generated from a noise source, to be acquired by a second unit; and generates a noise cancellation signal directed to the noise on the basis of the first signal and the second signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: KENICHI MAKINO, KOHEI ASADA, TETSUNORI ITABASHI, SHIGETOSHI HAYASHI, GO IGARASHI
  • Publication number: 20200043459
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a structure that can effectively reduce a noise containing a component varying in characteristic. [Solution] A signal processing apparatus including: a signal processing section configured to generate a first noise reduction signal using an adaptive filter on the basis of a signal output from a first input apparatus, and cause the generated first noise reduction signal to be output by a first output apparatus, and generate a second noise reduction signal using a fixed filter on the basis of a signal output from a second input apparatus, and cause the generated second noise reduction signal to be output by a second output apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsunori Itabashi, Kohei Asada, Shigetoshi Hayashi, Kenichi Makino, Kazuma Yoshii
  • Patent number: 10440475
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a signal processing device, a signal processing method, and a program. [Solution] The signal processing device includes: a first arithmetic processing unit that performs first suppressing processing for suppressing a first audio signal based on a first microphone on a basis of a second audio signal based on a second microphone; and a second arithmetic processing unit that performs second suppressing processing for suppressing the second audio signal on a basis of the first audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Makino, Kohei Asada, Keiichi Osako, Shigetoshi Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20190251948
    Abstract: [Object] To reduce the influence of noise in a more preferred aspect even in an environment in which a user hears an acoustic sound output to an open space. [Solution] A signal processing device includes: a generation unit configured to generate a first noise reduction signal for driving a first acoustic device which outputs a first acoustic sound for reducing noise; and an acquisition unit configured to acquire a sound collection result of an acoustic sound collected by a predetermined sound collection unit, the acoustic sound including the first acoustic sound propagating from the first acoustic device via a first propagation path and a second acoustic sound propagating from a second acoustic device different from the first acoustic device via a second propagation path. The generation unit generates the first noise reduction signal on a basis of the sound collection result and a cancellation signal based on a second noise reduction signal for driving the second acoustic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shigetoshi Hayashi, Kohei Asada, Tetsunori Itabashi, Kenichi Makino
  • Publication number: 20180262837
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a signal processing device, a signal processing method, and a program. [Solution] The signal processing device includes: a first arithmetic processing unit that performs first suppressing processing for suppressing a first audio signal based on a first microphone on a basis of a second audio signal based on a second microphone; and a second arithmetic processing unit that performs second suppressing processing for suppressing the second audio signal on a basis of the first audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Makino, Kohei Asada, Keiichi Osako, Shigetoshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10034088
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a sound processing device, a sound processing method, and a program, which can collect a desired sound. A sound processing device includes: a sound collection unit configured to collect a sound; an application unit configured to apply a predetermined filter to a signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit; a selection unit configured to select a filter coefficient of the filter applied by the application unit; and a correction unit configured to correct the signal from the application unit. The selection unit selects the filter coefficient on the basis of the signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit. The selection unit creates, on the basis of the signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit, a histogram which associates a direction where the sound occurs and a strength of the sound and selects the filter coefficient on the basis of the histogram. The present technology can be applied to a sound processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiichi Osako, Kenichi Makino, Kohei Asada, Tetsunori Itabashi
  • Publication number: 20170332172
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a sound processing device, a sound processing method, and a program, which can collect a desired sound. A sound processing device includes: a sound collection unit configured to collect a sound; an application unit configured to apply a predetermined filter to a signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit; a selection unit configured to select a filter coefficient of the filter applied by the application unit; and a correction unit configured to correct the signal from the application unit. The selection unit selects the filter coefficient on the basis of the signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit. The selection unit creates, on the basis of the signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit, a histogram which associates a direction where the sound occurs and a strength of the sound and selects the filter coefficient on the basis of the histogram. The present technology can be applied to a sound processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: KEIICHI OSAKO, KENICHI MAKINO, KOHEI ASADA, TETSUNORI ITABASHI
  • Patent number: 9675866
    Abstract: A movement supporting method includes the following steps: detecting a movement tempo of a user; determining whether a movement tempo detection value is within a target range; and outputting a warning when the movement tempo detection value is out of the target range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Hirofumi Tamori, Susumu Takatsuka, Toshiro Terauchi, Makoto Inoue, Katsuya Shirai, Motoyuki Takai, Kenichi Makino, Takatoshi Nakamura, Akihiro Komori, Akane Sano, Toru Sasaki, Yuichi Sakai
  • Patent number: 8812502
    Abstract: Music contents assigned to play lists are reproduced so as to correspond to user's preference. A music content database 7 has stored a plurality of music contents. A CPU 3 creates genre ranks such that music contents that have been more frequently, for example, reproduced are more highly ranked. In addition, the CPU 3 creates play lists corresponding, for example, to tempos and stores the created play lists in a play list database 8. The CPU 3 selects a play list corresponding to a moving tempo obtained from a tempo detection section 9 and selects music content categorized as a highly ranked genre in the genre ranks from those corresponding to the selected play list. The selected music content is supplied to a decoder and amplifier section 12 and then reproduced from a head phone 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Susumu Takatsuka, Toru Sasaki, Yuichi Sakai, Yoichiro Sako, Toshiro Terauchi, Hirofumi Tamori, Makoto Inoue, Katsuya Shirai, Kenichi Makino, Motoyuki Takai, Takatoshi Nakamura, Akihiro Komori, Akane Sano
  • Patent number: 8762135
    Abstract: Provided is a frequency band extension apparatus and method, an encoding apparatus and method, a decoding apparatus and method, and a program. Band-pass filters obtain a plurality of lowband subband signals from an input signal. A frequency envelope extracting circuit extracts a frequency envelope from the plurality of lowband subband signals obtained by the plurality of band-pass filters. A highband signal generating circuit generates highband signal components on the basis of the frequency envelope obtained by the frequency envelope extracting circuit, and the plurality of subband signals obtained by the band-pass filters. A frequency band extension apparatus extends the frequency band of the input signal on the basis of the highband signal components generated by the highband signal generating circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Honma, Toru Chinen, Yuki Yamamoto, Yuhki Mitsufuji, Kenichi Makino
  • Patent number: 8641616
    Abstract: A bio-information processing apparatus includes a bio-information sensor for measuring the bio-information of a subject in a non-contact manner and in an unrestricted manner; and a circuit for estimating the psychological state of the subject and the intensity thereof on the basis of the measured value of the bio-information measured using the bio-information sensor and on the basis of an initial value or a standard value of the measured value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuya Shirai, Yoichiro Sako, Toshiro Terauchi, Makoto Inoue, Masamichi Asukai, Kenichi Makino, Motoyuki Takai, Yasushi Miyajima
  • Publication number: 20130058500
    Abstract: A player apparatus for playing an input signal after band-extending the input signal includes: an extension controller to determine an extension start band for the input signal in accordance with information relating to the input signal; and a band divider to divide the input signal into a plurality of sub-band signals. The frequency band is extended on the basis of a plurality of the sub-band signals on a side lower than the extension start band, among the plurality of sub-band signals into which the input signal is band-divided by the band divider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Yuhki MITSUFUJI, Toru Chinen, Hiroyuki Honma, Kenichi Makino
  • Patent number: RE46481
    Abstract: A content reproducing apparatus is disclosed which includes: a sensor; a discrimination circuit configured to discriminate whether a movement of a user is a first movement or a second movement based on a detection output from the sensor; a storage configured to store contents; a reproduction circuit configured to reproduce the contents; and a control circuit configured to supply the reproduction circuit with contents retrieved from the storage in accordance with a discrimination output from the discrimination circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Kenichi Makino, Akane Sano, Katsuya Shirai, Motoyuki Takai, Makoto Inoue
  • Patent number: RE47948
    Abstract: By allowing the movement of a user to affect the playback of content, the entertainment characteristic or uplifting spirits derived from content playback itself can be enhanced. The timing at which the user places his/her foot on the ground while walking or the timing at which the user shakes or changes from swinging in one direction to swinging to another direction is detected. Then, content, such as a music piece or moving pictures, is played back by allowing the timing of beats or bars of the music piece or the timing of scene changes or cut changes of the moving pictures to be synchronized with the timing of the movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Motoyuki Takai, Toshiro Terauchi, Yoichiro Sako, Yasushi Miyajima, Kosei Yamashita, Makoto Inoue, Masamichi Asukai, Katsuya Shirai, Kenichi Makino
  • Patent number: D889253
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventors: Kenichi Makino, Yasushi Kumakawa
  • Patent number: D910429
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: PIOLAX, INC.
    Inventor: Kenichi Makino