Patents by Inventor Kohei Asada

Kohei Asada 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: 20240064455
    Abstract: Disclosed is a signal processing apparatus including a surrounding sound signal acquisition unit, a NC (Noise Canceling) signal generation part, a cooped-up feeling elimination signal generation part, and an addition part. The surrounding sound signal acquisition unit collects a surrounding sound to generate a surrounding sound signal. The NC signal generation part generates a noise canceling signal from the surrounding sound signal. The cooped-up feeling elimination signal generation part generates a cooped-up feeling elimination signal from the surrounding sound signal. The addition part adds together the generated noise canceling signal and the cooped-up feeling elimination signal at a prescribed ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Inventors: YASUNOBU MURATA, KOHEI ASADA, YUSHI YAMABE
  • Patent number: 11895461
    Abstract: Provided is an acoustic reproduction system capable of setting a sound image localization service area at an arbitrary position even in a case where a sound production direction of a directional sound cannot be changed. An acoustic reproduction system according to the present technology includes a sound producing device that emits a directional sound and a sound reflector positioned between a viewer and a viewing target by the viewer and having a sound reflecting surface that reflects the directional sound emitted by the sound producing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei Asada, Go Igarashi, Kazunobu Ookuri, Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Naoki Shinmen, Chisato Numaoka
  • Patent number: 11877121
    Abstract: This speaker system includes: a speaker device that is disposed outside a region of a projection surface on which a display surface of a display is projected, the speaker device functioning as a real sound source; and a reflector that has a reflection surface reflecting a sound output from the speaker device, the reflector localizing a sound image of a virtual sound source within the region of the projection surface. The reflector has an elliptical reflection surface in at least a part of the reflection surface. With this configuration, the sound output from the speaker device disposed outside the region of the projection surface is reflected on the reflector, and a sound image thereof is localized within the region of the projection surface, whereby it is possible to bring a display position of a video into alignment with an output position of the sound. Thus, a comfortable viewing state can be ensured for a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunobu Ookuri, Kohei Asada, Masaki Kamata, Hiroyuki Shirakawa
  • Publication number: 20230412955
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an audiovisual presentation device and a signal processing device that enable a sound image to be localized on a video displayed on a higher-image-quality screen. A plurality of fine holes provided in a substrate of a display unit in which light-emitting elements for displaying a video are arranged in an array on the substrate, and an air chamber of a speaker unit from which sound is output according to an audio signal are connected by a plurality of sound conduits. Further, the audiovisual presentation device includes a plurality of opening/closing mechanisms for individually opening/closing the plurality of sound conduits, and a plurality of micro speakers arranged in an array on the substrate of the display unit to output a higher-frequency sound than speakers of the speaker unit. The present technology can be applied, for example, to high-image-quality LED displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: YOSHIYUKI KURODA, GO IGARASHI, NAOKI SHINMEN, MASAKI KAMATA, KOHEI ASADA
  • Patent number: 11838717
    Abstract: Disclosed is a signal processing apparatus including a surrounding sound signal acquisition unit, a NC (Noise Canceling) signal generation part, a cooped-up feeling elimination signal generation part, and an addition part. The surrounding sound signal acquisition unit collects a surrounding sound to generate a surrounding sound signal. The NC signal generation part generates a noise canceling signal from the surrounding sound signal. The cooped-up feeling elimination signal generation part generates a cooped-up feeling elimination signal from the surrounding sound signal. The addition part adds together the generated noise canceling signal and the cooped-up feeling elimination signal at a prescribed ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunobu Murata, Kohei Asada, Yushi Yamabe
  • Publication number: 20230388703
    Abstract: The present technique relates to an earhole-wearable sound collection device, a signal processing device, and a sound collection method for realizing sound collection at a high S/N ratio, with noise influence being reduced not by a noise reduction process. In the earhole-wearable sound collection device, a microphone that collects emitted speech voice is provided in a space that is substantially sealed off from outside and connects to an ear canal of the wearer (the speaker). With the microphone being located in the space sealed off from outside, emitted speech voice that propagates through the ear canal of the wearer is collected. In a sound collection signal obtained through the ear canal, the emitted speech voice component is dominant over the noise component particularly at low frequencies. Therefore, the S/N ratio of an emitted speech voice collection signal can be improved by extracting the low-frequency component of the sound collection signal with the use of a LPF, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Inventors: KOHEI ASADA, SHINPEI TSUCHIYA, DAIZEN KOBAYASHI, KOJI NAGENO
  • Publication number: 20230367531
    Abstract: An output apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes: one or more display panels; a support member; and an actuator section. The one or more display panels are capable of displaying an image. The support member includes a support portion for supporting the respective one or more display panels. The actuator section is disposed between the one or more display panels and the support portion and vibrates the respective one or more display panels. In this output apparatus, an image is output by the one or more display panels. Further, the actuator section is disposed between the display panels and the support portion of the support member, and the display panels are vibrated. As a result, it is possible to output an image and sound with high quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Inventors: NAOKI SHINMEN, GO IGARASHI, KOHEI ASADA, YOSHIYUKI KURODA, MASAKI KAMATA
  • Publication number: 20230336934
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus (30) includes a sound source extraction unit (341) and a mapping processing unit (343). The sound source extraction unit (341) extracts one or more audio data (AD) corresponding to different sound sources from audio content (AC). The mapping processing unit (343) selects, for each audio data (AD), one or more display units (12) to serve as mapping destinations of the audio data (AD) from one or more combinable display units (12) including a sound producing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Publication date: October 19, 2023
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Go Igarashi, Naoki Shinmen, Kohei Asada, Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Masaki Kamata
  • Publication number: 20230308811
    Abstract: An optical microphone includes a housing, a diaphragm provided in the housing, a first light source provided within the housing, a first light receiving element provided within the housing, a detection unit that detects an output of the first light receiving element, and a control unit that switches a control mode from a first control mode to a second control mode according to a determination result of an abnormal state by the detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Inventors: OSAMU NAKAMURA, KOHEI ASADA
  • Patent number: 11765497
    Abstract: Provided are an earhole-wearable sound collection device, a signal processing device, and a sound collection method for sound collection at a high S/N ratio, with noise influence being reduced not by a noise reduction process. In the earhole-wearable sound collection device, a microphone that collects emitted speech voice is provided in a space that is substantially sealed off from outside and connects to an ear canal of the wearer (the speaker). With the microphone being located in the space sealed off from outside, emitted speech voice that propagates through the ear canal of the wearer is collected. In a sound collection signal obtained through the ear canal, the emitted speech voice component is dominant over the noise component particularly at low frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei Asada, Shinpei Tsuchiya, Daizen Kobayashi, Koji Nageno
  • Patent number: 11743626
    Abstract: There is provided a sound device used while being worn on the listener's ears. The sound device includes a main body installed on a medial surface of an auricle, a holding portion having an annular hollow structure arranged to be coupled to an intertragic notch of an ear near an entrance of an ear canal, a sound guide portion formed as a pipe structure having one end communicating with the main body and another end communicating with the holding portion, an open/close operation unit configured to open or close an earhole, and a control unit configured to control driving of the open/close operation unit. The earhole open/close state is set for each user. The earhole open/close state can be switched depending on the type of application or content to be played, ambient noise level, user behavior, position information, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Go Igarashi, Naoki Shinmen, Kohei Asada
  • Patent number: 11741938
    Abstract: There is provided a mechanism that enables cooperation of a plurality of audio processing devices. An earphone device includes a sensor unit that detects an overlapping state of the earphone device and a headphone device and a wireless communication unit that wirelessly communicates with the headphone device which is worn to overlap an outer side of the earphone device worn by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei Asada, Go Igarashi, Naoki Shinmen, Shigetoshi Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20230254630
    Abstract: An acoustic output device according to an embodiment includes: a housing (520) one or more outward microphones (100) provided in the housing toward an outside of the housing; and two or more drivers (140(1)-(L)) that are provided inside the housing and each of which generates an acoustic control sound based on an acoustic control signal. Furthermore, in a method of controlling an acoustic output device according to an embodiment, the method includes: a processor (300a), causing each of two or more drivers provided inside a housing on which one or more microphones are provided toward an outside to generate an acoustic control sound based on an acoustic control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Inventors: KOYA SATO, KOHEI ASADA, TETSUNORI ITABASHI
  • Publication number: 20230245640
    Abstract: An acoustic signal processing device includes a noise cancelling section that is provided for each of multiple microphones and that generates a signal for canceling noise according to a sound signal inputted from the corresponding microphone, and a digital filter that processes an external input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: August 3, 2023
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Shinpei Tsuchiya, Kohei Asada, Yushi Yamabe, Kyosuke Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20230230568
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including a sensor, an actuator, a vibration control circuit, a transmission circuit, and a reception circuit. The sensor detects vibration of a control target. The actuator provides vibration control of the control target. The vibration control circuit generates a drive signal for the vibration control for the actuator according to an output signal of the sensor, and outputs the generated drive signal to the actuator. The transmission circuit modulates transmission data to produce a transmission signal, and synthesizes the modulated transmission signal to produce the drive signal for the vibration control that is to be outputted to the actuator. The reception circuit extracts a reception signal from the output signal of the sensor, and demodulates the extracted reception signal to produce reception data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Inventors: YOSHIYUKI KURODA, KOHEI ASADA, KOYA SATO, MASAKI KAMATA, TETSUNORI ITABASHI, SHIGETOSHI HAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20230223001
    Abstract: To promote further improvement in usability. A signal processing apparatus (10) includes an acquisition unit (111) that acquires an acoustic characteristic in a user's ear, isolated from the outside world, an NC filter unit (1122) that generates sound data having a phase opposite to an ambient sound leaking into the user's ear, a correction unit (1123) that corrects the sound data by using a correction filter, an a determination unit (1121) that determines a filter coefficient of the correction filter based on the acoustic characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Inventors: YASUNOBU MURATA, KOHEI ASADA
  • Publication number: 20230222998
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including a control unit configured to control a gain of a drive signal for an actuator that is used for vibration control of an object to be controlled, according to a processing result of adaptive processing using an output signal from a sensor and the drive signal for the actuator that have been decimated, the sensor being configured to detect vibration of the object to be controlled, the drive signal being generated according to the output signal from the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Inventors: SHIGETOSHI HAYASHI, YOSHIYUKI KURODA, TETSUNORI ITABASHI, KOHEI ASADA, KOYA SATO, MASAKI KAMATA
  • Patent number: 11659347
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus that carries out a process of deriving a head related transfer function. The information processing apparatus includes a detection unit that detects a position of a head of a user, a storage unit that stores a head related transfer function of the user, a determination unit that determines a position of a sound source for measuring the head related transfer function of the user based on the position of the head detected by the detection unit and information stored in the storage unit, a control unit that controls the sound source to output measurement signal sound from the position determined by the determination unit, and a calculation unit that calculates the head related transfer function of the user based on collected sound data obtained by collecting, at the position of the head, the measurement signal sound output from the sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Go Igarashi, Naoki Shinmen, Kohei Asada, Chisata Numaoka, Yoshiyuki Kuroda
  • Publication number: 20230134165
    Abstract: A composition containing a phosphorescent compound represented by the formula (1) and a compound (F) having a condensed hetero ring skeleton containing at least one atom (a) selected from the group consisting of a nitrogen atom and a boron atom in the ring is provided. If the value of the energy level in the lowest triplet excited state of the above-described phosphorescent compound is expressed as Tp (eV), the value of the energy level of the lowest triplet excited state of the above-described compound (F) is expressed as TF (eV) and the number of the above-described atom (a) in the condensed hetero ring skeleton per 1000 of the molecular weight of the above-described compound (F) is expressed as Nf, then, the formula (A) and the formula (B) are satisfied: |TP|?|TF|?0.15??(A) 0.01?Nf?4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Publication date: May 4, 2023
    Inventors: Takakazu SAITO, Ryuji MATSUMOTO, Takayuki IIJIMA, Kohei ASADA, Taichi ABE
  • Publication number: 20230009189
    Abstract: Provided is an acoustic reproduction system capable of setting a sound image localization service area at an arbitrary position even in a case where a sound production direction of a directional sound cannot be changed. An acoustic reproduction system according to the present technology includes: a sound producing device that emits a directional sound; and a sound reflector positioned between a viewer and a viewing target by the viewer and having a sound reflecting surface that reflects the directional sound emitted by the sound producing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: January 12, 2023
    Inventors: KOHEI ASADA, GO IGARASHI, KAZUNOBU OOKURI, YOSHIYUKI KURODA, NAOKI SHINMEN, CHISATO NUMAOKA