Patents by Inventor Koichiro Kishima

Koichiro Kishima 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: 8922637
    Abstract: A sample-image acquisition apparatus includes: an image taking device; a movement control section; and a sample-image acquisition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Publication number: 20140296718
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a storage unit, a cutting-out unit, and a display controller. The storage unit is configured to store an image of fluorescence emitted from an observation target area of a living body in a recording medium as a fluorescence image of the observation target area, the image of fluorescence being captured with a first definition, the image of fluorescence being obtained by applying excitation light to the observation target area to which a fluorescent reagent is added in advance. The cutting-out unit is configured to cause a user to select at least a partial area of the fluorescence image and to cut out the selected area as a fluorescence image of a ROI area. The display controller is configured to cause a display unit to display the fluorescence image of a ROI area with a second definition that is lower than the first definition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8786693
    Abstract: A microscope system includes an accommodation unit, a stage, an optical system, an image pickup unit, a movement mechanism, a control unit, an image processing unit, and a display unit. The accommodation unit is capable of accommodating a plurality of specimens. On the stage, each of the specimens loaded from the accommodation unit is placed. The optical system includes a lens for spherical aberration correction. The image pickup unit is capable of capturing a partial image of each of the specimens placed on the stage, via the optical system. The movement mechanism moves the lens for spherical aberration correction along an optical axis. The control unit controls movement of the lens for spherical aberration correction by the movement mechanism and correct spherical aberration. The image processing unit combines the partial images captured by the image pickup unit and generate a composite image. The display unit displays the generated composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Kihara, Kiyoshi Osato, Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8759790
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for producing an image associated with a biological sample is disclosed. A processor focuses on a portion of the biological sample based on fluorescence of a first fluorescent material and captures an image of the portion of the biological sample based on fluorescence of the first fluorescent material and the second fluorescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kishima, Takashi Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140131592
    Abstract: An image obtaining apparatus and an image obtaining method are provided. The image obtaining apparatus including a light source configured to generate excitation light causing a fluorescent label of a biological sample to emit light; an image sensor; an optical system configured to cause the image sensor to form a fluorescent image of the partial area of the biological sample; a movement control unit; a generation unit configured to continuously expose the image sensor during the movement of the focal position of the optical system, and to generate a long-time exposed image of the partial area; and a calculation unit configured to analyze a frequency of the generated long-time exposed image, and to calculate positional information in the optical axis direction of the fluorescent label by using at least results of the analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8710412
    Abstract: It is possible to generate image data of a biological tissue in a short time. A focus information generating device (2) receives a first reflected light beam (Lr1) split from a reflected light beam (Lr) and a second reflected light beam (Lr2) passing through a pin-hole plate (36). A signal processing unit (13) calculates a uniform reflectance (RE) representing a light amount ratio of the second reflected light beam (Lr2) to the first reflected light beam (Lr1) along with a sum signal (SS) and a difference signal (SD). An integrated control unit (11) detects a position (Z1) corresponding to a top surface (104A) of a cover glass (104) on the basis of the sum signal (SS) and the difference signal (SD) and detects a position (Z3) representing a biological tissue (102) on the basis of the sum signal (SS) and the uniform reflectance (RE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kishima, Yu Hirono, Takamichi Yamakoshi
  • Patent number: 8675970
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including: an edge detection processing section configured to generate an edge image by performing edge detection processing on a detection target image from which a target object is to be detected; a segment area setting section configured to segmentalize the edge image into a plurality of segment areas; an index value calculation section configured to calculate, for each of the plurality of segment areas, an edge component index value that indicates an amount of edge components included in each segment area; and a target object determining section configured to determine whether there is an image of the target object in each segment area based on the edge component index value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Gakuho Fukushi, Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8654188
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an interface connected to a microscope having a stage having a placement surface on which a sample including a target is placed, an objective lens that zooms in an image of the sample, and an image pickup element that forms the image of the sample, a controller, and a memory. The controller causes a focus of the objective lens to shift in a vertical direction to the placement surface, and causes the image pickup element to be exposed, thereby obtaining a first image. The controller performs a uniform shift of the focus in the vertical direction and a uniform linear shift thereof in a parallel direction to the placement surface, and causes the image pickup element to be exposed, thereby obtaining a second image. The controller calculates a position of the target in the vertical direction based on the first and second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Publication number: 20140016005
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, including: an image obtaining section configured to obtain a RAW image, the RAW image being taken by an imaging unit, the imaging unit including an image sensor; and a controller configured to cause the imaging unit to preliminarily photograph a preliminary photographing object, and to obtain the RAW image as a first RAW image, to specify a defective pixel of the first RAW image based on the amount of difference between a value of a target pixel and a value of a neighboring pixel around the target pixel, and to create defective position data, to cause the imaging unit to actually photograph an actual photographing object, and to obtain the RAW image as a second RAW image, and to correct a luminance value of the second RAW image based on the defective position data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8598541
    Abstract: A fluorescent image obtaining device includes a light source that irradiates light such that a fluorescent material marked on a target in a biological sample lies in a non-excited state and a fluorescent material marked on a control with the target lies in an excited state, and an imaging unit that takes an image including the entire biological sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kishima, Yu Hirono, Nobuhiro Hayashi, Takamichi Yamakoshi, Nobuhiro Kihara, Takashi Yamamoto, Fumiyasu Suzuki, Ryu Narusawa
  • Patent number: 8553140
    Abstract: An image acquisition apparatus includes: an imaging device on which an image of a small area allocated to an area to be imaged is formed; a detection section detecting intensity of light irradiated on the small area from a light source; an integration section integrating the intensity of light detected by the detection section; if an integration value of the intensity of light integrated by the integration section from a point in time when light is emitted from the light source is greater than a predetermined threshold value, a light-source control section terminates light emission; an exposure control section starting exposure of the imaging device before light is emitted from the light source and terminating exposure of the imaging device after emission of light from the light source is terminated; and an image acquisition section acquiring the image of the small area as a divided image from the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takamichi Yamakoshi, Koichiro Kishima
  • Publication number: 20130243437
    Abstract: A connector provided on a projector has an RF chip. A plug connected to the connector has an RF chip at a position opposite to the RF chip of the connector. When a protruding section of the plug is inserted and fit into an aperture section of the connector, the RF chip of the plug and the RF chip of the connector perform wireless communication with each other in a non-contact state. Thus, a connecting tool can be easily attached to/detached from a receiving tool without breaking a terminal due to contact such as in a case where a conventional contact type terminal is used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kishima, Ayataka Nishio, Tamotsu Yamagami
  • Patent number: 8497899
    Abstract: A biological sample image acquiring apparatus includes: a sample stage on which a biological sample is placed and which can move in a direction; an objective lens magnifying a region of the biological sample; an imaging device imaging the region magnified by the objective lens; a stage on which the imaging device or the objective lens is placed and which can move in a corresponding direction of the direction; a first moving mechanism moving the sample stage so that a target region of the biological sample is located at an imaging range; a second moving mechanism moving the stage in the corresponding direction at a movement speed obtained by multiplying a movement speed of the sample stage by a magnification of the objective lens; and an imaging controller starting the exposure of the imaging device before the sample stage moved by the first moving means is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8421033
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for producing an image associated with a biological sample is disclosed. The biological sample is focused on the biological sample based on fluorescence of a first fluorescent material and the image is captured based on fluorescence of the second fluorescent material. A computer readable memory device storing instructions to cause a data processing unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kishima, Takashi Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130088634
    Abstract: An image acquisition apparatus includes an optical system, an imaging device, a movement controller, and a multiple exposure processing unit. The optical system includes an objective lens for magnifying a portion of an imaging target. The imaging device is capable of performing all-pixel simultaneous exposure and is configured to image the portion magnified by the optical system. The movement controller is configured to move a focal point of the objective lens in a thickness direction of the portion of the imaging target. The multiple exposure processing unit is configured to perform multiple exposure of the imaging device at a plurality of positions such that, for each of ranges sectioned by positions in a direction in which the focal point is movable, an average image that covers each of the ranges is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichiro Kishima, Ryu Narusawa, Fumiyasu Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20130022268
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a scan image, a tile area setting unit configured to section the scan image into a plurality of tile areas, a temporary tile area setting unit configured to set a temporary tile area in the scan image, the temporary tile area including the tile area and being larger than the tile area, a temporary tile image generation unit configured to extract the scan image for each temporary tile area to generate a temporary tile image, a noise removal unit configured to perform a noise removal process with respect to the temporary tile image, and a tile image generation unit configured to extract the temporary tile image for each tile area to generate a tile image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Publication number: 20120288157
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a depth calculation portion configured to calculate, based on a first blurred image of an observation area of at least a part of a sample, that is obtained by relatively moving an objective lens of a microscope and the sample along an optical-axis direction of the objective lens and a second blurred image of the observation area that is obtained by relatively moving the objective lens and the sample along a direction that includes a component of the optical-axis direction but is different from the optical-axis direction, a depth of a bright spot in the sample in the optical-axis direction, the bright spot being obtained by coloring a target included in the observation area; and a correction portion configured to correct the first blurred image based on information on the calculated depth of the bright spot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8254641
    Abstract: A biometrics authentication system includes: a detection section; a light source section including a plurality of unit light sources capable of illuminating independently of one another; an image pickup device being arranged on the same side as a side where the light source section is arranged with respect to the detection section; a driving section driving the light source section so that the unit light sources periodically illuminate by time division, and driving the image pickup device so that while an image pickup operation by a first image pickup cell group positioned near each of illuminating unit light sources is suspended, an image pickup operation by a second image pickup cell group positioned farther from each of illuminating unit light sources than the first image pickup cell group is performed; an image processing section; and an authentication section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corportion
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8237843
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an imaging device, including: an imaging lens having an aperture stop; an imaging element adapted to obtain image data based on received light; and a microlens array provided in the focal plane of the imaging lens between the imaging lens and imaging element, the microlens array including a plurality of microlenses arranged in such a manner that each microlens is associated with a plurality of imaging pixels of the imaging element, wherein the arrangement of the microlenses of the microlens array is corrected from an equidistant arrangement to a non-linear arrangement according to the height of the image from the imaging lens on the imaging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Yamamoto, Isao Ichimura, Kengo Hayasaka, Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 8233149
    Abstract: A biometric image pickup apparatus includes: a light source section selectively switching between light of a first wavelength region with a high transmittance through a living organism and light of a second wavelength region with a lower transmittance through the living organism than light of the first wavelength region to apply the light of the first wavelength region and the light of the second wavelength region to the living organism; an image pickup lens section condensing light from the living organism; an image pickup device obtaining first image pickup data of the living organism on the basis of the light of the first wavelength region in light condensed by the image pickup lens, and obtaining second image pickup data on the basis of the light of the second wavelength region in the light condensed by the image pickup lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Kishima