Patents by Inventor Kenji Ogata

Kenji Ogata 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: 10951965
    Abstract: An oscillator (4) for warping to oscillate due to expansion and contraction of a piezoelectric layer, having a tabular shape and including a substrate and the piezoelectric layer layered on the substrate. A casing (2) has an internal space (2C) accommodating the oscillator (4) and a fixing section (2D) fixing the circumferential edge of the oscillator (4). The casing (2) is conductive of oscillations transmitted from the oscillator (4) via the fixing section (2D) to the outside. A signal input unit (3) receives an audio voltage signal input from a smartphone and applies the signal to the piezoelectric layer. The oscillator (4) has a main surface (4A) having an entire width W1 longer than the entire width of the fixing section (2D) in a direction orthogonal to a direction from the fixing section (2D) to the center of the oscillator (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Shogo Kurogi, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10792880
    Abstract: A tableting punch or a die includes a base material and a tableting surface layer on the base material. The tableting surface layer includes crystalline yttrium oxide containing nitrogen and a group 4A element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Towa Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Daisuke Higashi
  • Publication number: 20200182834
    Abstract: A fixed frame (2) is fixed to an external member. An ultrasonic oscillator (3) is disposed inside the fixed frame (2) and includes a flexible first substrate and a first piezoelectric element deposited on the first substrate in the form of a thin film. The ultrasonic oscillator (3) is warped in response to expansion or contraction of the first piezoelectric element and generates ultrasonic waves. Actuator units (4) include a flexible second substrate coupling the first substrate to the fixed frame (2) and a second piezoelectric element deposited on the second substrate in the form of a thin film. The actuator units (4) are warped in response to expansion or contraction of the second piezoelectric element and cause the ultrasonic oscillator (3) to swing relative to the fixed frame (2). The fixed frame (2), the first substrate, and the second substrate are composed of the same substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Kenji OGATA, Shogo KUROGI
  • Patent number: 10638234
    Abstract: A piezoelectric driver (10) includes n piezoelectric layers (3A to 3D) (where n is an integer equal to or greater than 2) that are stacked, with electrode layers (4B to 4D) each interposed between any adjacent piezoelectric layers, and with electrode layers (4A and 4E) further formed underneath the lowermost piezoelectric layer (3A) and on top of the uppermost piezoelectric layer (3D), and the piezoelectric driver (10) is bent and displaced in the direction in which the piezoelectric layers are stacked. A signal converter (11) converts an n-bit digital signal (IS) into n bits of a bit string data signal (BS) comprising of bit data indicating whether a drive voltage to be applied to each of the piezoelectric layers (3A to 3D) via the electrode layers (4A to 4B) is on or off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Yoshifumi Ikeda, Shogo Kurogi, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20200049978
    Abstract: An actuator includes an arm starting end having a piezoelectric element, a first end of the arm starting end connected to an inner side of a fixed frame the arm starting end extending in a straight line, along a Y-axis direction through a gap between the fixed frame and a mirror surface, from the first end to beyond a middle point of an outer side of the mirror surface; an arm terminating end including a first end connected to the middle point of the outer side of the mirror surface, the arm terminating end extending parallel to the arm starting end; and an arm relay that connects a second end of the arm starting end to a second end of the arm terminating end, the arm relay being formed in a zigzag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Kenji OGATA, Shogo KUROGI
  • Patent number: 10481391
    Abstract: Actuators (140), which are a pair of members, are disposed one on either side of a movable frame (120) in the X-axis direction, and oscillate the movable frame (120) about the X axis in relation to a fixed frame (110) by deformation caused by stretching and contracting of piezoelectric elements. Actuators (150), which are a pair of members, are disposed one on either side of a mirror (130) in the Y-axis direction, and oscillate the mirror (130) about the Y axis in relation to the movable frame (120) by deformation caused by stretching and contracting of the piezoelectric elements. The length of each actuator (140) extending in the Y-axis direction is longer than a distance between an inner side of the fixed frame (110) to which the actuator (140) is connected and the middle point of an outer side of the movable frame (120) in the Y-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Shinya Sakamoto, Yoshifumi Ikeda, Shogo Kurogi, Kazuhiro Okada, Satoshi Era
  • Patent number: 10484796
    Abstract: An array speaker device (1A) includes a vibrator (20) arranged on one face of a substrate having a uniform thickness, the vibrator being formed of a base material layer (11), a first electrode layer (12), a piezoelectric element layer (13), and a second electrode layer (14), each of which has a uniform thickness, and which are layered in the order mentioned on the substrate. A hole through which a sound wave is outputted in the thickness direction of the substrate is provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the vibrator (20), the sound wave being generated by vibration of the vibrator (20) to which a voltage signal is applied via the first electrode layer (12) and the second electrode layer (14). Scallops (S) made of an indentation and a projection alternating in the thickness direction of the substrate are formed on the inner circumferential wall of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Shogo Kurogi, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10473917
    Abstract: A mirror with a reflective layer formed thereon is supported within a frame-shaped support by two U-shaped arms. A plate-like arm connects fixation points (Q1, Q2), and a plate-like arm connects fixation points (Q3, Q4). A pair of piezoelectric elements (E11, E12) disposed along a longitudinal axis (L1) on an upper surface of an outside bridge of the arm, and a single piezoelectric element (E20) disposed along the longitudinal axis (L2) on the upper surface of an inside bridge. Similarly, a pair of piezoelectric elements (E31, E32) disposed on an upper surface of an outside bridge of the arm, and a single piezoelectric element (E40) disposed on the upper surface of an inside bridge. When a positive drive signal is applied to the piezoelectric elements (E11, E20, E31, E40) and a negative drive signal is applied to the piezoelectric elements (E12, E32), the mirror is displaced efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Okada, Satoshi Era, Shinya Sakamoto, Yoshifumi Ikeda, Shogo Kurogi, Kenji Ogata
  • Publication number: 20190327543
    Abstract: An oscillator (4) for warping to oscillate due to expansion and contraction of a piezoelectric layer, having a tabular shape and including a substrate and the piezoelectric layer layered on the substrate. A casing (2) has an internal space (2C) accommodating the oscillator (4) and a fixing section (2D) fixing the circumferential edge of the oscillator (4). The casing (2) is conductive of oscillations transmitted from the oscillator (4) via the fixing section (2D) to the outside. A signal input unit (3) receives an audio voltage signal input from a smartphone and applies the signal to the piezoelectric layer. The oscillator (4) has a main surface (4A) having an entire width W1 longer than the entire width of the fixing section (2D) in a direction orthogonal to a direction from the fixing section (2D) to the center of the oscillator (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Kenji OGATA, Shogo KUROGI, Yoshiyuki WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20190268702
    Abstract: An array speaker device (1A) includes a vibrator (20) arranged on one face of a substrate having a uniform thickness, the vibrator being formed of a base material layer (11), a first electrode layer (12), a piezoelectric element layer (13), and a second electrode layer (14), each of which has a uniform thickness, and which are layered in the order mentioned on the substrate. A hole through which a sound wave is outputted in the thickness direction of the substrate is provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the vibrator (20), the sound wave being generated by vibration of the vibrator (20) to which a voltage signal is applied via the first electrode layer (12) and the second electrode layer (14). Scallops (S) made of an indentation and a projection alternating in the thickness direction of the substrate are formed on the inner circumferential wall of the hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Shogo Kurogi, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10397685
    Abstract: An earphone (1) is provided that includes a first vibration plate (31) for vibration by a first piezoelectric element (32) and a cylindrically-shaped casing (2) for transmission of the vibration of the first vibration plate (31) to ear canal cartilage. The first vibration plate (31) is disposed inside the casing (2). The earphone (1) has a structure whereby an amount of sound leakage, which is due to transmission of the vibration of the first vibration plate (31) to the air, is low. The ear canal cartilage transmits sound to the eardrum of only one ear, thereby enabling localization of sound. The woofer (3) maintains sound pressure at low frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Akihiko Hosaka, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190176428
    Abstract: A tableting punch or a die includes a base material and a tableting surface layer on the base material. The tableting surface layer includes crystalline yttrium oxide containing nitrogen and a group 4A element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Kenji OGATA, Daisuke HIGASHI
  • Publication number: 20190124451
    Abstract: A piezoelectric driver (10) includes n piezoelectric layers (3A to 3D) (where n is an integer equal to or greater than 2) that are stacked, with electrode layers (4B to 4D) each interposed between any adjacent piezoelectric layers, and with electrode layers (4A and 4E) further formed underneath the lowermost piezoelectric layer (3A) and on top of the uppermost piezoelectric layer (3D), and the piezoelectric driver (10) is bent and displaced in the direction in which the piezoelectric layers are stacked. A signal converter (11) converts an n-bit digital signal (IS) into n bits of a bit string data signal (BS) comprising of bit data indicating whether a drive voltage to be applied to each of the piezoelectric layers (3A to 3D) via the electrode layers (4A to 4B) is on or off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Yoshifumi Ikeda, Shogo Kurogi, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10104477
    Abstract: To respond to an n-bit digital signal, a speaker (1) is provided that includes an sound pressure generator (10) including 2i?1 piezoelectric elements (51, 52, and 53) for an i-th bit, and a total of 2n?1 stacked piezoelectric elements (51, 52, and 53). Due to divided vibration of the piezoelectric elements (51, 52, and 53), the speaker (1) has low directionality. Planar electrodes (80, 81, 82, and 83), to which voltage is applied, are provided between the piezoelectric elements (51, 52, and 53). By this means, all the piezoelectric elements can be driven using similar voltages, and high sound quality can be obtained without a problem of unit-to-unit differences between voltage sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Akihiko Hosaka, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10021473
    Abstract: A digital speaker (1) is provided that is equipped with a piezoelectric element (4) including n electrodes (51, 52, 53) spaced apart from one another. Sound pressure is adjusted according to the surface area of the electrodes (51, 52, 53), and all the electrodes (51, 52, 53) can be driven by the same voltage. A speaker system is provided that uses the digital speaker (1) as a tweeter (11), or as all the speakers including a woofer (13). By this speaker system, earphones (8) are provided that are miniaturized and have high sound quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Akihiko Hosaka, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20180172982
    Abstract: A mirror with a reflective layer formed thereon is supported within a frame-shaped support by two U-shaped arms. A plate-like arm connects fixation points (Q1, Q2), and a plate-like arm connects fixation points (Q3, Q4). A pair of piezoelectric elements (E11, E12) disposed along a longitudinal axis (L1) on an upper surface of an outside bridge of the arm, and a single piezoelectric element (E20) disposed along the longitudinal axis (L2) on the upper surface of an inside bridge. Similarly, a pair of piezoelectric elements (E31, E32) disposed on an upper surface of an outside bridge of the arm, and a single piezoelectric element (E40) disposed on the upper surface of an inside bridge. When a positive drive signal is applied to the piezoelectric elements (E11, E20, E31, E40) and a negative drive signal is applied to the piezoelectric elements (E12, E32), the mirror is displaced efficiently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Okada, Satoshi Era, Shinya Sakamoto, Yoshifumi Ikeda, Shogo Kurogi, Kenji Ogata
  • Publication number: 20180167743
    Abstract: To respond to an n-bit digital signal, a speaker (1) is provided that includes an sound pressure generator (10) including 2i-1 piezoelectric elements (51, 52, and 53) for an i-th bit, and a total of 2n?1 stacked piezoelectric elements (51, 52, and 53). Due to divided vibration of the piezoelectric elements (51, 52, and 53), the speaker (1) has low directionality. Planar electrodes (80, 81, 82, and 83), to which voltage is applied, are provided between the piezoelectric elements (51, 52, and 53). By this means, all the piezoelectric elements can be driven using similar voltages, and high sound quality can be obtained without a problem of unit-to-unit differences between voltage sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Akihiko Hosaka, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20180160209
    Abstract: An earphone (1) is provided that includes a first vibration plate (31) for vibration by a first piezoelectric element (32) and a cylindrically-shaped casing (2) for transmission of the vibration of the first vibration plate (31) to ear canal cartilage. The first vibration plate (31) is disposed inside the casing (2). The earphone (1) has a structure whereby an amount of sound leakage, which is due to transmission of the vibration of the first vibration plate (31) to the air, is low. The ear canal cartilage transmits sound to the eardrum of only one ear, thereby enabling localization of sound. The woofer (3) maintains sound pressure at low frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Akihiko Hosaka, Yoshiyuki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20180157031
    Abstract: Actuators (140), which are a pair of members, are disposed one on either side of a movable frame (120) in the X-axis direction, and oscillate the movable frame (120) about the X axis in relation to a fixed frame (110) by deformation caused by stretching and contracting of piezoelectric elements. Actuators (150), which are a pair of members, are disposed one on either side of a mirror (130) in the Y-axis direction, and oscillate the mirror (130) about the Y axis in relation to the movable frame (120) by deformation caused by stretching and contracting of the piezoelectric elements. The length of each actuator (140) extending in the Y-axis direction is longer than a distance between an inner side of the fixed frame (110) to which the actuator (140) is connected and the middle point of an outer side of the movable frame (120) in the Y-axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Shinya Sakamoto, Yoshifumi Ikeda, Shogo Kurogi, Kazuhiro Okada, Satoshi Era
  • Publication number: 20180139527
    Abstract: A digital speaker (1) is provided that is equipped with a piezoelectric element (4) including n electrodes (51, 52, 53) spaced apart from one another. Sound pressure is adjusted according to the surface area of the electrodes (51, 52, 53), and all the electrodes (51, 52, 53) can be driven by the same voltage. A speaker system is provided that uses the digital speaker (1) as a tweeter (11), or as all the speakers including a woofer (13). By this speaker system, earphones (8) are provided that are miniaturized and have high sound quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: DAI-ICHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogata, Akihiko Hosaka, Yoshiyuki Watanabe