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).

  • Patent number: 8698902
    Abstract: A real camera image of a real space that is captured by a real camera is obtained. Color information about a plurality of sampling points in the real camera image is obtained. Next, an average color is calculated based on the obtained color information about the plurality of sampling points. Based on the calculated average color, parameters relating to the color and brightness of a light source set in a virtual space are set. A virtual object image is generated by capturing, with a virtual camera, an image of a virtual object existing in the virtual space, which virtual object is illuminated by the light source whose parameters have been set. Then, a superimposed image, in which the virtual object image is superimposed on the real camera image, is generated and displayed on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., HAL Laboratory Inc.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kawamoto, Ryusei Matsuo, Yuuki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8688042
    Abstract: Another information processing apparatus in a communicable range of a short-distance wireless communication is repeatedly searched for, wireless communication is automatically established therewith, data is automatically transmitted to the other information processing apparatus with which the wireless communication has been established, and data transmitted from the other information processing apparatus is automatically received. Then, based on an operation by a user, evaluation data is generated which indicates an evaluation by the user with respect to the data content indicated by the received data. Further, the transmission source of the data which has become a target of the evaluation indicated by the evaluation data is specified and the generated evaluation data is transmitted to the transmission source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Fujiwara, Kouichi Kawamoto, Yuichiro Ito
  • Publication number: 20130325958
    Abstract: An exemplary information-processing device includes: a first receiving unit that receives handwritten data input via an input device as posted information, the handwritten data showing an handwritten image; and a posting unit that posts the posted information received by the first receiving unit to a service that is provided to one or more communities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi MIZUKI, Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Hideto YUZAWA, Shunsaku KATO, Yasumasa NAKAI
  • Publication number: 20130321451
    Abstract: An example information processing device includes: a first display controller that displays a plurality of first objects each corresponding to a content included in a plurality of contents; and a second display controller that displays a plurality of second objects each corresponding to a user associated with at least one content included in the plurality of contents, the user being included in a plurality of users which includes at least one registered user, wherein: a second object of a user is displayed in association with a first object corresponding to a content associated with the user; and a second object of the registered user is distinguishable from an appearance of a second object of an unregistered user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi NOGAMI, Kiyoshi MIZUKI, Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Ryota OIWA, Ichiro SUZUKI, Wataru TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20130326370
    Abstract: An example system includes: a first memory in which a plurality of first objects each corresponding to a content is stored; a posting management unit that generates information based on an input by a user and posts the generated information; a second memory in which the information posted by the posting management unit is stored such that a content for which the information is posted is identifiable; a first display controller that displays at least one or more first objects each corresponding to a content selected from the plurality of contents; and a second display controller that displays information adjacent to a first object corresponding to the content for which the information is posted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi NOGAMI, Kiyoshi Mizuki, Kouichi Kawamoto, Ryota Oiwa, Ichiro Suzuki, Wataru Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130326409
    Abstract: An example information processing device includes: a first determination unit that determines a first group of contents including at least one of first contents usable by the information processing device without restriction; a second determination unit that determines a second group of contents including at least one of the first contents and at least one of second contents usable by the information processing device with a restriction; and a display controller that displays a first object corresponding to the first group of contents determined by the first determination unit and a second object corresponding to the second group of contents determined by the second determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi NOGAMI, Kiyoshi Mizuki, Kouichi Kawamoto, Ryota Oiwa, Ichiro Suzuki, Wataru Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130326382
    Abstract: An example system includes: a first memory in which a plurality of first objects each corresponding to a content included in a plurality of contents is stored; a second memory in which a plurality of second objects each corresponding to a user is stored; an association unit that associates a content with a second object; a first display controller that displays one or more first objects each corresponding to a content selected from the plurality of contents; and a second display controller that displays a second object adjacent to a first object corresponding to a content associated with the second object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi NOGAMI, Kiyoshi Mizuki, Kouichi Kawamoto, Ryota Oiwa, Ichiro Suzuki, Wataru Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130312013
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides a non-transitory storage medium encoded with a computer readable information processing program and executable by a computer of an information processing apparatus. The information processing program causes the computer to function as a data storage unit for storing for each user, data for application that can be made use of in a prescribed application program executable by a plurality of users, a data communication unit for transmitting and receiving the data for application stored in the data storage unit to and from another unspecified information processing apparatus present within a prescribed range, and an event processing unit for performing event processing based on at least one of the data for application received by the data communication unit and the data for application of another user stored in the data storage unit when one of the plurality of users executes the prescribed application program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Ito, Kouichi Kawamoto, Toshikazu Jin
  • Publication number: 20130219132
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus 10 includes a training execution section 15 which executes working memory training, a time measurement section 16 which measures cumulative training time during a given period, and a process execution section 17 which executes a process of encouraging a user to perform the working memory training on the basis of a relationship between the cumulative training time during the given period and a first ideal period of time and/or a process of restricting the user from performing the working memory training on the basis of a relationship between the cumulative training time during the given period and a second ideal period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicants: TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro ITO, Kouichi Kawamoto, Noriko Kitamura, Ryuta Kawashima
  • Patent number: 8439750
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a camera, and with this camera, images in a plurality of poses decided in advance are imaged. From the imaged image in the plurality of poses, an image of a game character in each pose is created. In a battle game and a match-up game, the image in the pose corresponding to a motion according to an operation by a player is read, and by utilizing the read image in the pose, a character is displayed on a battle screen and a match-up screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouichi Kawamoto
  • Publication number: 20130103789
    Abstract: Subject-data-to-be-collected representing an element to be collected is generated or selected, when a server and any one of a plurality of hand-held information terminals cooperate with each other to perform predetermined information processing by using data transmitted and received between the server and the one of the plurality of hand-held information terminals. Each of the plurality of hand-held information terminals transmits to and receives from another one of the plurality of hand-held information terminals, the subject-data-to-be-collected. Thus, pleasure of collecting the subject-data-to-be-collected by communication among the hand-held information terminals, is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kawamoto, Kiyofumi Funahashi
  • Patent number: 8384770
    Abstract: A hand-held image display apparatus includes a touch panel, a stereoscopic display apparatus, a first imaging section, and a second imaging section. The hand-held image display apparatus detects a marker from a real world image shot by at least one of the first imaging section and the second imaging section, and determines the relative positions of a virtual object and a pair of virtual cameras with respect to each other in a virtual space, based on the result of the detection. Then, the hand-held image display apparatus superimposes virtual space images drawn based on the first virtual camera and the second virtual camera, onto the real world images shot by the first imaging section and the second imaging section, and displays images that are stereoscopically visible by naked eyes, on the stereoscopic display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Konno, Ryuji Umezu, Kenichi Sugino, Kouichi Kawamoto, Kenta Kubo
  • Publication number: 20120214595
    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: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Kanako TSUGIHASHI, Ryutaro TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20120164945
    Abstract: Another information processing apparatus in a communicable range of a short-distance wireless communication is repeatedly searched for, and wireless communication is automatically established therewith, first data is automatically transmitted to the other information processing apparatus with which the wireless communication has been established, and first data transmitted from the other information processing apparatus is automatically received by means of the short-distance wireless communication. Further, transmission of second data is permitted which is different from first data to the other information processing apparatus with which the transmission/reception of the first data has been performed before.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya FUJIWARA, Kouichi Kawamoto, Yuichiro Ito
  • Publication number: 20120164946
    Abstract: Another information processing apparatus in a communicable range of a short-distance wireless communication is repeatedly searched for, wireless communication is automatically established therewith, data is automatically transmitted to the other information processing apparatus with which the wireless communication has been established, and data transmitted from the other information processing apparatus is automatically received. Then, based on an operation by a user, evaluation data is generated which indicates an evaluation by the user with respect to the data content indicated by the received data. Further, the transmission source of the data which has become a target of the evaluation indicated by the evaluation data is specified and the generated evaluation data is transmitted to the transmission source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya FUJIWARA, Kouichi Kawamoto, Yuichiro Ito
  • Patent number: 8189072
    Abstract: When setting that a situation permits photographing is made, a CPU causes a first image obtained by photographing of a field by an image pick-up portion to be stored as an input image in association with prescribed information. In contrast, when setting that a situation does not permit photographing is made, the CPU accepts user's drawing input onto an input portion and causes a second image in accordance with the drawing input to be stored as the input image in association with the prescribed information. Thus, an image of a type appropriate for a condition of use can be stored in association with the prescribed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Sakaino, Kouichi Kawamoto
  • Publication number: 20120113228
    Abstract: A hand-held image display apparatus includes a touch panel, a stereoscopic display apparatus, a first imaging section, and a second imaging section. The hand-held image display apparatus detects a marker from a real world image shot by at least one of the first imaging section and the second imaging section, and determines the relative positions of a virtual object and a pair of virtual cameras with respect to each other in a virtual space, based on the result of the detection. Then, the hand-held image display apparatus superimposes virtual space images drawn based on the first virtual camera and the second virtual camera, onto the real world images shot by the first imaging section and the second imaging section, and displays images that are stereoscopically visible by naked eyes, on the stereoscopic display apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki KONNO, Ryuji Umezu, Kenichi Sugino, Kouichi Kawamoto, Kenta Kubo
  • Publication number: 20120075424
    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: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicants: HAL LABORATORY INC., NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouichi KAWAMOTO, Shinya Fujiwara, Yuuki Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20120075484
    Abstract: A real camera image of a real space that is captured by a real camera is obtained. Color information about a plurality of sampling points in the real camera image is obtained. Next, an average color is calculated based on the obtained color information about the plurality of sampling points. Based on the calculated average color, parameters relating to the color and brightness of a light source set in a virtual space are set. A virtual object image is generated by capturing, with a virtual camera, an image of a virtual object existing in the virtual space, which virtual object is illuminated by the light source whose parameters have been set. Then, a superimposed image, in which the virtual object image is superimposed on the real camera image, is generated and displayed on a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicants: HAL Laboratory Inc., NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouichi Kawamoto, Ryusei Matsuo, Yuuki Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20120071242
    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: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Fujiwara, Kouichi Kawamoto, Yuichiro Ito