Patents by Inventor Kunihiro Sato

Kunihiro Sato 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: 10908473
    Abstract: A light beam direction control device is provided with a transparent substrates in which main surfaces of the transparent substrate are opposed to each other, transparent conductive films respectively disposed on the main surface side of the transparent substrate, electrodes electrically connected to the transparent conductive films, a control circuit for controlling a potential difference between the transparent conductive films and a plurality of light beam transmitting regions arranged on the transparent substrates, light beam absorbing regions disposed between the adjacent light beam transmitting regions, and the transparent conductive films. When shifting the range of outgoing direction of light beam to a narrow state, the control circuit applies the electrodes electrically open and holds the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TIANMA JAPAN, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsushi Sato, Kazunori Masumura, Kunihiro Shiota
  • Patent number: 10836342
    Abstract: An airbag includes a bag body and an inlet port section of inflation gas. As a gas receivable region, the bag body includes a front main inflatable region, a rear main inflatable region, a feed path that feeds the inflation gas from the inlet port section to the front and rear main inflatable regions, and a sub inflatable region that absorbs the gas from the front main inflatable region when a pressure of the front main inflatable region soars. A front partitioning region partitions the front main inflatable region from the sub inflatable region. The front partitioning region is disposed in front of a front end of an upper partitioning region in an island-like fashion remote from other uninflatable region so as to provide, at the rear of and there beneath, one each communication passage that provides gas communication between the front main inflatable region and the sub inflatable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Hayashi, Masaaki Okuhara, Takashi Iida, Ryosuke Jinnai, Kunihiro Aikawa, Sho Ikenohata, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 10827094
    Abstract: A reading apparatus, having a document supporting part, a reader, a driving mechanism, a reference density plate, and a controller, is provided. The controller controls the reader to perform a first reading action to read the reference density plate at a first position and adjust an amount of light, controls the reader to perform a second reading action under the light in the adjusted amount and create correction data for shading correction, controls the driving mechanism to move the reader from the first position toward a standby position, controls the reader while being moved from a second position toward a third position to perform a third reading action including a plurality of reading actions under the light in the adjusted amount, and inspects validity of the correction data by comparing read data obtained from signals resulted from the plurality of reading actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jie Zheng, Kunihiro Amano, Kazushi Shumiya, Seiya Sato, Kentaro Aoyama
  • Publication number: 20200314277
    Abstract: A reading apparatus, having a document placement plate, a reader, a driving device, a cover, and a controller, is provided. The cover includes an alignment part and a protrusive part. The protrusive part includes an uneven surface and first and second edges forming outer edges of the uneven surface extending in a main scanning direction and in a sub-scanning direction, respectively. The controller is configured control the driving device to move the reader in the sub-scanning direction and the reader while being moved to read the protrusive part, and detect the first edge and the second edge in image data of the protrusive part read by the reader based on an image of the uneven surface and determine a reading range for the reader in the document placement plate based on positions of the first edge and the second edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazushi SHUMIYA, Kentaro Aoyama, Seiya Sato, Kunihiro Amano, Jie Zheng
  • Patent number: 10791594
    Abstract: A control circuit is configured to: change a dispersion state of the electrophoretic particles by controlling voltage across the first transparent electrode and the second transparent electrode to change a range of exit direction of light transmitted through the light transmissive regions and the dispersion medium; apply direct voltage at a first voltage value across the first transparent electrode and the second transparent electrode to change the range of exit direction from a narrow range to a wide range; measure luminance of light transmitted through the light beam direction control panel during application of the voltage at the first voltage value; and increase the voltage value to be applied across the first transparent electrode and the second transparent electrode in a case where the measured luminance of the transmitted light is lower than a target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: TIANMA JAPAN, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsushi Sato, Kazunori Masumura, Kunihiro Shiota, Kenichi Takatori
  • Publication number: 20200301441
    Abstract: A service providing system includes a first vehicle, a second vehicle, and a management device. The first vehicle is a vehicle able to perform autonomous traveling, is a shared vehicle to be usable by a plurality of users, and is configured to provide a predetermined service to a user who uses the first vehicle. The second vehicle is a vehicle able to perform autonomous traveling, is a vehicle to be boarded by a specific user among the users, is connectable to the first vehicle, and as being connected to the first vehicle, allows the specific user to receive the predetermined service. The management device transmits traveling information for autonomous traveling to at least one vehicle such that the first vehicle and the second vehicle join with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Murakami, Katsuhiko Sakakibara, Makoto Matsushita, Junya Sato, Kiyonori Yoshida, Tae Sugimura, Takashi Hayashi, Jun Endo
  • Publication number: 20200298889
    Abstract: A controller of an autonomous traveling vehicle as an information processing apparatus of the disclosure executes acquiring first information relating to a predetermined item and the first information relating to predetermined processing in a processing apparatus mounted on the autonomous traveling vehicle, acquiring second information relating to shipping of the predetermined item, controlling running of the autonomous traveling vehicle based on the second information, and controlling the operation of the processing apparatus based on the first information when the autonomous traveling vehicle is in a running state based on the second information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro MURAKAMI, Katsuhiko SAKAKIBARA, Makoto MATSUSHITA, Junya SATO, Kiyonori YOSHIDA, Tae SUGIMURA, Takashi HAYASHI, Jun ENDO
  • Publication number: 20200290645
    Abstract: A processing device that is provided in a building in which a user stays includes a control unit configured to perform: transmitting a request for a vehicle which the user desires to use to move to the building; detecting that the vehicle reaches a vicinity of the building; inquiring of the user about whether access of the vehicle to the inside of the building is permitted when it is detected that the vehicle reaches the vicinity of the building; and guiding at least a part of the vehicle to the inside of the building when the access is permitted by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro MURAKAMI, Katsuhiko SAKAKIBARA, Makoto MATSUSHITA, Junya SATO, Kiyonori YOSHIDA, Tae SUGIMURA, Takashi HAYASHI, Jun ENDO
  • Publication number: 20200278211
    Abstract: A processing apparatus includes a control unit. The control unit is configured to acquire facility information containing an advertisement or publicity on a facility located along a travel route that a vehicle is scheduled to travel or a facility located within a predetermined range from the travel route, and, while the vehicle is traveling along the travel route, process an image of a first facility associated with the facility information or an image of a second facility present around the first facility based on the facility information and display the image of the first facility or the image of the second facility on a display provided in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro MURAKAMI, Katsuhiko Sakakibara, Makoto Matsushita, Junya Sato, Kiyonori Yoshida, Tae Sugimura, Takashi Hayashi, Jun Endo
  • Publication number: 20200273335
    Abstract: Disclosed is a processing device that is mounted in a vehicle and is able to perform communication with a center server during a normal time. The processing device includes a controller configured to execute searching for one or a plurality of other vehicles with which a host vehicle is able to perform communication, in emergency where a situation of emergency occurs and communication with the center server is disrupted, inquiring the other vehicles searched by the search about whether or not to enable intervention control related to the situation, and deciding a center vehicle giving an instruction related to the intervention control from among the other vehicles replying to enable the intervention control and the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro MURAKAMI, Katsuhiko SAKAKIBARA, Makoto MATSUSHITA, Junya SATO, Kiyonori YOSHIDA, Tae SUGIMURA, Takashi HAYASHI, Jun ENDO
  • Publication number: 20200264559
    Abstract: A holographic imaging device and method realizes both a transmission type and a reflection type, and also realizes a long working distance wide field of view or ultra-high resolution. Object light emitted from an object, sequentially illuminated with parallel illumination light whose incident direction is changed, is recorded on a plurality of object light holograms for each incident direction using off-axis spherical wave reference light. The reference light is recorded on a reference light hologram using in-line spherical wave reference light being in-line with the object light. An object light wave hologram and its spatial frequency spectrum at the object position are generated for each incident direction using each hologram. A synthetic spectrum which occupies a wider frequency space is generated by matching each spectrum in the overlapping area, and a synthetic object light wave hologram with increased numerical aperture is obtained thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventor: Kunihiro SATO
  • Publication number: 20200258336
    Abstract: A processing device includes a control unit configured to perform: identifying a user when the user enters a vehicle and performing a process of guaranteeing a boarded state of the user while the user is in the vehicle; receiving information on a predetermined procedure for performing an authentication process from the user; and transmitting user information which is required for performing the predetermined procedure as information on the user of whom the boarded state in the vehicle is guaranteed to an external device that is installed at a first place for the predetermined procedure in a state in which the boarded state of the user is guaranteed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro MURAKAMI, Katsuhiko Sakakibara, Makoto Matsushita, Junya Sato, Kiyonori Yoshida, Tae Sugimura, Takashi Hayashi, Jun Endo
  • Publication number: 20200252522
    Abstract: A reading apparatus, having a document supporting part, a reader, a driving mechanism, a reference density plate, and a controller, is provided. The controller controls the reader to perform a first reading action to read the reference density plate at a first position and adjust an amount of light, controls the reader to perform a second reading action under the light in the adjusted amount and create correction data for shading correction, controls the driving mechanism to move the reader from the first position toward a standby position, controls the reader while being moved from a second position toward a third position to perform a third reading action including a plurality of reading actions under the light in the adjusted amount, and inspects validity of the correction data by comparing read data obtained from signals resulted from the plurality of reading actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jie ZHENG, Kunihiro AMANO, Kazushi SHUMIYA, Seiya SATO, Kentaro AOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20200239033
    Abstract: A processing device performs: acquiring first information on one or more commodities of which purchase is to be recommended based on a travel schedule of a vehicle; identifying one or more users based on a route that the vehicle is scheduled to travel; transmitting second information for recommending purchase of the one or more commodities based on the first information to the identified user; and controlling travel of the vehicle such that a commodity is picked up and is then delivered to a user who has returned a reply of desiring purchase of the commodity when the reply has been returned from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro MURAKAMI, Katsuhiko SAKAKIBARA, Makoto MATSUSHITA, Junya SATO, Kiyonori YOSHIDA, Tae SUGIMURA, Takashi HAYASHI, Jun ENDO
  • Publication number: 20200223391
    Abstract: A processing device includes a control unit configured to execute identifying a first training device that is of one or more training devices equipped in a movable object for providing a training opportunity to a passenger and that is used by the passenger, and at least one process of controlling a traveling state of the movable object depending on a content of a training using the first training device and restricting use states of the one or more training devices depending on the traveling state of the movable object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro MURAKAMI, Katsuhiko SAKAKIBARA, Makoto MATSUSHITA, Junya SATO, Kiyonori YOSHIDA, Tae SUGIMURA, Takashi HAYASHI, Jun ENDO
  • Publication number: 20200170087
    Abstract: A control circuit is configured to: change a dispersion state of the electrophoretic particles by controlling voltage across the first transparent electrode and the second transparent electrode to change a range of exit direction of light transmitted through the light transmissive regions and the dispersion medium; apply direct voltage at a first voltage value across the first transparent electrode and the second transparent electrode to change the range of exit direction from a narrow range to a wide range; measure luminance of light transmitted through the light beam direction control panel during application of the voltage at the first voltage value; and increase the voltage value to be applied across the first transparent electrode and the second transparent electrode in a case where the measured luminance of the transmitted light is lower than a target value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: TIANMA JAPAN, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsushi SATO, Kazunori MASUMURA, Kunihiro SHIOTA, Kenichi TAKATORI
  • Patent number: 10635049
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ellipsometry device and an ellipsometry method whereby measurement efficiency can be enhanced. In this method, an object is illuminated by spherical-wave-like illumination light Q linearly polarized at 45° (S1), and an object light O, being a reflected light, is acquired in a hologram IOR using a spherical-wave-like reference light R having a condensing point near the condensing point of the illumination light Q, and a hologram ILR of the reference light R is furthermore acquired using a spherical-wave reference light L having the same condensing point as that of the illumination light Q (S2). The holograms are separated into p- and s-polarized light holograms IKOR, IKLR, ?=p, s and processed to extract object light waves, and object light spatial frequency spectra GK(u, v), ?=p, s are generated (S3) (S4). Ellipsometric angles ?(?), ?(?) are obtained for each incident angle ? from the amplitude reflection coefficient ratio ?=Gp/Gs=tan ?·exp(i?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: University of Hyogo
    Inventor: Kunihiro Sato
  • Publication number: 20190338398
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Ni-based heat-resistant alloy including Ir: 5.0 mass % or more and 50.0 mass % or less, Al: 1.0 mass % or more and 8.0 mass % or less, W: 5.0 mass % or more and 25.0 mass % or less, and balance Ni, having an L12-structured ?? phase present in the matrix, and including at least one of Ru: 0.8 mass % or more and 5.0 mass % or less and Re: 0.8 mass % or more and 5.0 mass % or less. This Ni-based heat-resistant alloy has improved toughness over a conventional Ni-based heat-resistant alloy based on a Ni—Ir—Al—W-based alloy, and is also excellent in ambient-temperature strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicants: TOHOKU TECHNO ARCH CO., LTD., TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO K.K.
    Inventors: Kiyohito ISHIDA, Toshihiro OMORI, Yutaka SATO, Koichi SAKAIRI, Kunihiro TANAKA, Tatsuya NAKAZAWA
  • Publication number: 20190316229
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Ni-based heat-resistant alloy including Ir: 5.0 mass % or more and 50.0 mass % or less, Al: 1.0 mass % or more and 8.0 mass % or less, W: 5.0 mass % or more and 25.0 mass % or less, and balance Ni, having an L12-structured ?? phase present in the matrix, and including at least one of Zr: 0.01 mass % or more and 3.0 mase/0 or less and Hf: 0.01 mass % or more and 3.0 mass % or less. This Ni-based heat-resistant alloy has improved toughness over a conventional Ni-based heat-resistant alloy based on a Ni—Ir—Al—W-based alloy, and is also excellent in ambient-temperature strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicants: TOHOKU TECHNO ARCH CO., LTD., TANAKA KIKINZOKU KOGYO K.K.
    Inventors: Kiyohito ISHIDA, Toshihiro OMORI, Yutaka SATO, Koichi SAKAIRI, Kunihiro TANAKA, Tatsuya NAKAZAWA
  • Publication number: 20190187612
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ellipsometry device and an ellipsometry method whereby measurement efficiency can be enhanced. In this method, an object is illuminated by spherical-wave-like illumination light Q linearly polarized at 45° (S1), and an object light O, being a reflected light, is acquired in a hologram IOR using a spherical-wave-like reference light R having a condensing point near the condensing point of the illumination light Q, and a hologram ILR of the reference light R is furthermore acquired using a spherical-wave reference light L having the same condensing point as that of the illumination light Q (S2). The holograms are separated into p- and s-polarized light holograms IKOR, IKLR, ?=p, s and processed to extract object light waves, and object light spatial frequency spectra GK(u, v), ?=p, s are generated (S3) (S4). Ellipsometric angles ?(?), ?(?) are obtained for each incident angle ? from the amplitude reflection coefficient ratio ?=Gp/Gs=tan ?·exp(i?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventor: Kunihiro SATO