Patents by Inventor Kouichi Kawamoto

Kouichi Kawamoto 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: 20240171834
    Abstract: A vehicular camera includes a first shield made of metal and disposed to surround a circuit board. The first shield includes a first bottom surface portion, a second bottom surface portion disposed to be separated from the first bottom surface portion, and a connection portion connecting an entire periphery of the first bottom surface portion and an entire periphery of the second bottom surface portion. At least a first side surface portion, a second side surface portion, a third side surface portion, and a fourth side surface portion of the first shield are formed by a contiguously curved surface, and at least the first side surface portion, the second side surface portion, the third side surface portion, the fourth side surface portion, the first bottom surface portion, the connection portion, and the second bottom surface portion are formed by a contiguously curved surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2024
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Inventors: Yoshiki USUI, Takeshi HARADA, Masayuki YOSHIE, Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Ken NAKAMURA, Tadafumi KUROGI, Kazufumi TAKESHITA, Kenichi KUWAYAMA
  • Patent number: 11178061
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a radio module which wirelessly transmits and receives a packet through synchronous communication to and from another apparatus and a first controller. The first controller determines whether or not the packet transmitted from the radio module has been received by another apparatus, and selects, when reception of a previously transmitted packet by the another apparatus is not confirmed, between retransmission processing for retransmitting the previously transmitted packet and non-retransmission processing for transmitting another packet instead of the previously transmitted packet depending on a content of the previously transmitted packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Kondo, Shumpei Yasuda, Toshiki Oizumi, Kouichi Kawamoto
  • Publication number: 20200053016
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a radio module which wirelessly transmits and receives a packet through synchronous communication to and from another apparatus and a first controller. The first controller determines whether or not the packet transmitted from the radio module has been received by another apparatus, and selects, when reception of a previously transmitted packet by the another apparatus is not confirmed, between retransmission processing for retransmitting the previously transmitted packet and non-retransmission processing for transmitting another packet instead of the previously transmitted packet depending on a content of the previously transmitted packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshihisa KONDO, Shumpei YASUDA, Toshiki OIZUMI, Kouichi KAWAMOTO
  • Patent number: 10484292
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a radio module which wirelessly transmits and receives a packet through synchronous communication to and from another apparatus and a first controller. The first controller determines whether or not the packet transmitted from the radio module has been received by another apparatus, and selects, when reception of a previously transmitted packet by the another apparatus is not confirmed, between retransmission processing for retransmitting the previously transmitted packet and non-retransmission processing for transmitting another packet instead of the previously transmitted packet depending on a content of the previously transmitted packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Kondo, Shumpei Yasuda, Toshiki Oizumi, Kouichi Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10346046
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium with an executable information processing program stored thereon. The executable information processing program causes a computer of an information processing apparatus having a storage that stores a plurality of contents to perform designating an amount of data, selecting at least one content from among the plurality of contents based on the designated amount of data, and erasing the selected content from the storage in response to an operation by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kawamoto, Eiji Tokunaga, Masaaki Sugino
  • Patent number: 10183216
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a micon, and the micon measures step counts in correspondence with the magnitude of accelerations indicated by acceleration data from an acceleration sensor when a user carries the game apparatus in a sleep mode in which the apparatus is closed. The step counts are converted into earned coins. In each of a plurality of games executed by the game apparatus, by using the earned coins, a special item is purchased, playing in a special course is permitted, a hint is displayed, and a game is played in fast-forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kawamoto, Kanako Tsugihashi, Ryutaro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10097492
    Abstract: An exemplary group selection screen shows groups in which users share a message, so that any of the groups is selectable. In an avatar display area (Ar12) for each group, avatars (Av1) of not more than five users belonging to a group, who have recently posted a message, are displayed. An arrangement of the avatars (Av1) is determined based on a posting time and date of a latest message posted by each user represented by an avatar (Av1). In an avatar display area (Ar12), a message included in a balloon is displayed, which message has been posted by a user represented by a displayed avatar (Av1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Munetaka Tsuda, Yui Iida, Kouichi Kawamoto, Taiyo Hara, Ryoma Aoki, Naonori Oonishi, Akihiro Umehara, Ginga Kamei, Hiroaki Hiruma, Masayuki Okada, Yasuto Kakimoto, Arisa Yanagi, Hayuru Soma
  • Patent number: 10069778
    Abstract: An exemplary group selection screen shows groups in which users share a message, so that any of the groups is selectable. In an avatar display area (Ar12) for each group, avatars (Av1) of not more than five users belonging to a group, who have recently posted a message, are displayed. An arrangement of the avatars (Av1) is determined based on a posting time and date of a latest message posted by each user represented by an avatar (Av1). In an avatar display area (Ar12), a message included in a balloon is displayed, which message has been posted by a user represented by a displayed avatar (Av1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Munetaka Tsuda, Yui Iida, Kouichi Kawamoto, Taiyo Hara, Ryoma Aoki, Naonori Oonishi, Akihiro Umehara, Ginga Kamei, Hiroaki Hiruma, Masayuki Okada, Yasuto Kakimoto, Arisa Yanagi, Hayuru Soma
  • Publication number: 20180107403
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium with an executable information processing program stored thereon. The executable information processing program causes a computer of an information processing apparatus having a storage that stores a plurality of contents to perform designating an amount of data, selecting at least one content from among the plurality of contents based on the designated amount of data, and erasing the selected content from the storage in response to an operation by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Eiji TOKUNAGA, Masaaki SUGINO
  • Patent number: 9889379
    Abstract: An example information processing system includes a display controller configured to display a screen that includes a plurality of subjects and at least one content generated by a user, the at least one content satisfying a predetermined timing condition for each subject in a display, at least one content for a subject being included in a plurality of contents posted with regard to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Nogami, Kiyoshi Mizuki, Kouichi Kawamoto, Ryota Oiwa, Ichiro Suzuki, Wataru Tanaka, Hideto Yuzawa, Shunsaku Kato
  • Patent number: 9889377
    Abstract: While a first mode is set, a processor causes a memory to store a result obtained by execution of an interactive application as first result data, in association with precedently obtained first result data, as a first result data group. While a second mode is set, the processor causes a result obtained by execution of the interactive application to be stored as second result data, independently of the first result data group and precedently obtained second result data. For any of a user who mainly uses an information processing device and a user who temporarily uses the information processing device, results for each user can be utilized not only primarily but also secondarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kawamoto, Masamichi Sakaino
  • Publication number: 20180013686
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a radio module which wirelessly transmits and receives a packet through synchronous communication to and from another apparatus and a first controller. The first controller determines whether or not the packet transmitted from the radio module has been received by another apparatus, and selects, when reception of a previously transmitted packet by the another apparatus is not confirmed, between retransmission processing for retransmitting the previously transmitted packet and non-retransmission processing for transmitting another packet instead of the previously transmitted packet depending on a content of the previously transmitted packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshihisa KONDO, Shumpei YASUDA, Toshiki OIZUMI, Kouichi KAWAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170252640
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a micon, and the micon measures step counts in correspondence with the magnitude of accelerations indicated by acceleration data from an acceleration sensor when a user carries the game apparatus in a sleep mode in which the apparatus is closed. The step counts are converted into earned coins. In each of a plurality of games executed by the game apparatus, by using the earned coins, a special item is purchased, playing in a special course is permitted, a hint is displayed, and a game is played in fast-forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Kanako TSUGIHASHI, Ryutaro TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 9721281
    Abstract: An example computer-readable storage medium stores an information processing program, and this information processing program causes a computer of an information processing apparatus 10A to function as a close proximity communication unit 13 and an information processing unit 12. The close proximity communication unit 13 receives communication history data indicating a history of communication of application data by an information processing apparatus 10C by close proximity communication from the information processing apparatus 10C by close proximity communication. The information processing unit 12 performs predetermined information processing with the communication history data received by the close proximity communication unit 13 as a parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryusuke Niitani, Masahiro Shiotani, Toyokazu Nonaka, Takehiko Hosokawa, Kouichi Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 9687733
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a micon, and the micon measures step counts in correspondence with the magnitude of accelerations indicated by acceleration data from an acceleration sensor when a user carries the game apparatus in a sleep mode in which the apparatus is closed. The step counts are converted into earned coins. In each of a plurality of games executed by the game apparatus, by using the earned coins, a special item is purchased, playing in a special course is permitted, a hint is displayed, and a game is played in fast-forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kawamoto, Kanako Tsugihashi, Ryutaro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9656173
    Abstract: Example systems and methods involve an information processing apparatus configured to transmit transmission data to one or more of a plurality of other information processing apparatuses, the transmission data including identification information for content data executed by the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus is also configured to receive reception data from one or more of the plurality of other information processing apparatuses, the reception data from each respective other information processing apparatus including identification information for content data executed by the respective other information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus accesses purchase information associated with purchasing content data corresponding to at least one piece of identification information included in the reception data received from the one or more of the plurality of other information processing apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenta Kubo, Yusuke Akifusa, Ryutaro Takahashi, Kouichi Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 9530249
    Abstract: When an image of a marker existing in a real space is taken by using an outer camera, an image of a plurality of virtual characters which is taken by a virtual camera is displayed on an upper LCD so as to be superimposed on a taken real image of the real space. The virtual characters are located in a marker coordinate system based on the marker, and when a button operation is performed by a user on a game apparatus, the position and the orientation of each virtual character are changed. Then, when a button operation indicating a photographing instruction is provided by the user, an image being displayed is stored in a storage means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: NINTENDO CO., LTD., HAL LABORATORY INC.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kawamoto, Shinya Fujiwara, Yuuki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9433861
    Abstract: A game apparatus automatically receives piece information from another game apparatus by short-range wireless communication. The game apparatus obtains step count data based on an amount of movement of the game apparatus (i.e., a step count of a user of the game apparatus). The game apparatus uses piece information obtained by the short-range wireless communication, thereby performing a predetermined process of an application (i.e., a process of incorporating a piece image into a collection image), or uses step count data (i.e., an owned coin count resulting from conversion of the step count data) instead of piece information obtained by the short-range wireless communication, thereby performing the predetermined process of the application (i.e., the process of incorporating a piece image into a collection image).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Fujiwara, Kouichi Kawamoto, Yuichiro Ito
  • Publication number: 20160234149
    Abstract: An exemplary group selection screen shows groups in which users share a message, so that any of the groups is selectable. In an avatar display area (Ar12) for each group, avatars (Av1) of not more than five users belonging to a group, who have recently posted a message, are displayed. An arrangement of the avatars (Av1) is determined based on a posting time and date of a latest message posted by each user represented by an avatar (Av1). In an avatar display area (Ar12), a message included in a balloon is displayed, which message has been posted by a user represented by a displayed avatar (Av1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Munetaka TSUDA, Yui IIDA, Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Taiyo HARA, Ryoma AOKI, Naonori OONISHI, Akihiro UMEHARA, Ginga KAMEI, Hiroaki HIRUMA, Masayuki OKADA, Yasuto KAKIMOTO, Arisa YANAGI, Hayuru SOMA
  • Publication number: 20160231878
    Abstract: An exemplary communication terminal (10) includes a first accepting unit (115), a second accepting unit (116), a third accepting unit (117), and a sending unit (118). The first accepting unit (115) accepts an input of a message. The second accepting unit (116) accepts a selection of an image to be associated with the message. The third accepting unit (117) accepts a transmission instruction to send a set of message information indicative of the message and image information indicative of the image. The sending unit (118) sends the set of the message information and the image information to another communication terminal (10) in response to receipt of a transmission instruction by the third accepting unit (117).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Munetaka TSUDA, Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Yui IIDA, Ryoma AOKI, Naonori OONISHI, Akihiro UMEHARA, Ginga KAMEI, Hiroaki HIRUMA, Taiyo HARA, Masayuki OKADA, Yasuto KAKIMOTO, Arisa YANAGI, Hayuru SOMA