Patents by Inventor Makoto Usami

Makoto Usami 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: 10368038
    Abstract: A monitoring camera includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject, the image capturing unit having an image capturing field angle adjustable by a zooming optical system, and a light source having a light emitting diode configured to emit an illuminating radiation. The camera further includes a lens unit configured to apply the illuminating radiation in a direction which is substantially identical to a direction in which the image capturing unit captures the image, and an irradiation moving unit configured to variably set an irradiation range of the illuminating radiation to irradiate an area which is substantially the same as the image capturing field angle of the image capturing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami, Norio Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 9558977
    Abstract: A transport device simultaneously transports a plurality of articles with a simple device configuration. The transport device includes a chucking device that holds a magazine. An overhead carriage that transports the magazine held by the chucking device includes article storage parts that each accommodate the magazine held by the chucking device. The article storage parts include rotary tables that receive, from the chucking device, the magazine held by the chucking device. The rotary tables having received the magazines from the chucking device move from the chucking device to the article storage parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Usami, Yukio Iizuka
  • Patent number: 9457480
    Abstract: A transport device that allows transport containers varying in shape or size to be transported without changing a device configuration, and can prevent works in a transport container from popping out of the transport container with a simple device configuration. An overhead carriage includes a chucking device that holds a magazine accommodating works. The overhead carriage transports the magazine held by the chucking device. The chucking device includes a holding unit that holds the magazine and a sensor that detects the magazine held by the holding unit. The holding unit is controlled based on the detection of the sensor to hold the magazine so that the holding unit prevents works stored in the magazine from popping out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Usami
  • Patent number: 9457479
    Abstract: A transport device that can transport stacked articles to be transported without changing a device configuration and can correct and prevent a displacement of the stacked articles to be transported with a simple device configuration. A chucking device is provided to hold trays in a stacked state. The chucking device is provided with an overhead carriage for transporting the trays held by the chucking device. The chucking device includes a holding unit that holds the trays and sensors that detect the trays held by the holding unit. The holding unit is configured such that the holding operation of the holding unit on the trays is controlled based on detection of the sensors, and correct and prevent a displacement of the stacked trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Usami
  • Publication number: 20150357211
    Abstract: Provided is a transport device that can simultaneously transport a plurality of articles with a simple device configuration. The transport device includes a chucking device that holds a magazine. An overhead carriage that transports the magazine held by the chucking device includes article storage parts that each accommodate the magazine held by the chucking device. The article storage parts include rotary tables that receive, from the chucking device, the magazine held by the chucking device. The rotary tables having received the magazines from the chucking device move from the chucking device to the article storage parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Applicant: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto USAMI, Yukio IIZUKA
  • Publication number: 20150336279
    Abstract: A transport device that can transport stacked articles to be transported without changing a device configuration and can correct and prevent a displacement of the stacked articles to be transported with a simple device configuration. A chucking device is provided to hold trays in a stacked state. The chucking device is provided with an overhead carriage for transporting the trays held by the chucking device. The chucking device includes a holding unit that holds the trays and sensors that detect the trays held by the holding unit. The holding unit is configured such that the holding operation of the holding unit on the trays is controlled based on detection of the sensors, and correct and prevent a displacement of the stacked trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto USAMI
  • Publication number: 20150336280
    Abstract: A transport device that allows transport containers varying in shape or size to be transported without changing a device configuration, and can prevent works in a transport container from popping out of the transport container with a simple device configuration. An overhead carriage includes a chucking device that holds a magazine accommodating works. The overhead carriage transports the magazine held by the chucking device. The chucking device includes a holding unit that holds the magazine and a sensor that detects the magazine held by the holding unit. The holding unit is controlled based on the detection of the sensor to hold the magazine so that the holding unit prevents works stored in the magazine from popping out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto USAMI
  • Patent number: 8896911
    Abstract: The present invention is a laser system including a DFB laser 10 emitting a laser light 50, a semiconductor optical amplifier 20 that modulates an intensity of the laser light, and a harmonic generation element 30 that converts the laser light modulated to a visible light 54 that is a harmonic of the laser light. According to the present invention, it is possible to employ the highly efficient harmonic generation element capable of modulating the intensity of the laser light and to reduce power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: QD Laser, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Sugawara, Makoto Usami, Tomoyuki Akiyama
  • Publication number: 20140211004
    Abstract: A monitoring camera is provided. The monitoring camera includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject therein, the image capturing unit having an image capturing field angle adjustable by a zooming optical system; and a light source having a light emitting diode configured to emit an illuminating radiation. The camera further includes a lens unit configured to apply the illuminating radiation in a direction which is substantially identical to a direction in which the image capturing unit captures the image; and an irradiation moving unit configured to variably set an irradiation range of the illuminating radiation to irradiate an area which is substantially the same as the image capturing field angle of the image capturing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami, Norio Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 8576284
    Abstract: In a monitoring system for monitoring parking of a vehicle in a specific area by a monitoring image pick-up device, and a monitoring apparatus, the monitoring image pick-up device includes an image pick-up portion. And the monitoring apparatus includes: a parking area enter/exit determining portion for determining whether or not a vehicle enters or exits from the specific area; an imaging setting change instructing portion for instructing the image pick-up portion to change an imaging setting to another one suitable for capturing a vehicle image containing specific information on the vehicle when it is determined that the vehicle enters or exits from the area; and a parking determining portion for calculating a time for which the vehicle is parked in the area from image capturing time when the vehicle enters the area, and image capturing time when the vehicle exits from the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami
  • Patent number: 8159522
    Abstract: There is provided a camera unit used in a communications system having a display section and arranged to exchange sound and images via communication between at least two locations. The camera unit includes a camera section having an image sensor for photoelectrically converting a visual image to an electric signal; a transparent filter section having signal lines for supplying power to the camera section and transferring the image signal supplied thereto from the camera section; a frame section for holding the transparent filter section therein, the frame section having a power input terminal for supplying power to the camera section and a video output terminal for outputting the image signal transferred thereto from the camera section; and attaching members for attaching the frame section holding the transparent filter section therein, to a front surface of a display screen of the display section of the communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami
  • Publication number: 20110157685
    Abstract: The present invention is a laser system including a DFB laser 10 emitting a laser light 50, a semiconductor optical amplifier 20 that modulates an intensity of the laser light, and a harmonic generation element 30 that converts the laser light modulated to a visible light 54 that is a harmonic of the laser light. According to the present invention, it is possible to employ the highly efficient harmonic generation element capable of modulating the intensity of the laser light and to reduce power consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Mitsuru Sugawara, Makoto Usami, Tomoyuki Akiyama
  • Patent number: 7936385
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides an image pickup apparatus to which a zoom lens having a variable imaging angle of view is mounted, including: a dynamic body detecting portion for detecting a dynamic body from an image signal obtained by capturing an image; a motion vector detecting portion for detecting a motion vector representing an amount of motion per unit time of the dynamic body detected by the dynamic body detecting portion; a comparing portion for comparing the motion vector detected by the motion vector detecting portion with a reference value; and a control portion for adjusting a set value for an angle of view of the zoom lens based on a comparison result obtained in the comparing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami
  • Publication number: 20080316293
    Abstract: There is provided a camera unit used in a communications system having a display section and arranged to exchange sound and images via communication between at least two locations. The camera unit includes a camera section having an image sensor for photoelectrically converting a visual image to an electric signal; a transparent filter section having signal lines for supplying power to the camera section and transferring the image signal supplied thereto from the camera section; a frame section for holding the transparent filter section therein, the frame section having a power input terminal for supplying power to the camera section and a video output terminal for outputting the image signal transferred thereto from the camera section; and attaching members for attaching the frame section holding the transparent filter section therein, to a front surface of a display screen of the display section of the communications system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami
  • Publication number: 20080151078
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides an image pickup apparatus to which a zoom lens having a variable imaging angle of view is mounted, including: a dynamic body detecting portion for detecting a dynamic body from an image signal obtained by capturing an image; a motion vector detecting portion for detecting a motion vector representing an amount of motion per unit time of the dynamic body detected by the dynamic body detecting portion; a comparing portion for comparing the motion vector detected by the motion vector detecting portion with a reference value; and a control portion for adjusting a set value for an angle of view of the zoom lens based on a comparison result obtained in the comparing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami
  • Publication number: 20080151051
    Abstract: In a monitoring system for monitoring parking of a vehicle in a specific area by a monitoring image pick-up device, and a monitoring apparatus, the monitoring image pick-up device includes an image pick-up portion. And the monitoring apparatus includes: a parking area enter/exit determining portion for determining whether or not a vehicle enters or exits from the specific area; an imaging setting change instructing portion for instructing the image pick-up portion to change an imaging setting to another one suitable for capturing a vehicle image containing specific information on the vehicle when it is determined that the vehicle enters or exits from the area; and a parking determining portion for calculating a time for which the vehicle is parked in the area from image capturing time when the vehicle enters the area, and image capturing time when the vehicle exits from the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami
  • Publication number: 20080122927
    Abstract: A monitoring camera is provided. The monitoring camera includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject therein, the image capturing unit having an image capturing field angle adjustable by a zooming optical system; and a light source having a light emitting diode configured to emit an illuminating radiation. The camera further includes a lens unit configured to apply the illuminating radiation in a direction which is substantially identical to a direction in which the image capturing unit captures the image; and an irradiation moving unit configured to variably set an irradiation range of the illuminating radiation to irradiate an area which is substantially the same as the image capturing field angle of the image capturing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Georgero Konno, Makoto Usami, Norio Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 6665007
    Abstract: It is difficult to simplify the structure of a video camera system having various adjusting functions. Therefore, the video camera system has an information-obtaining-region setting function for setting an information-obtaining region in a screen according to the output of an image pickup device, an information-obtaining-region moving function for moving an information-obtaining region in the screen every predetermined cycle of the output of the image pickup device, an information-obtaining function for obtaining predetermined information-obtaining-region information based on the output of the image pickup device in the information-obtaining region every predetermined cycle, and control information generating function for generating control information in accordance with the obtained-region information obtained by an information-obtaining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Usami
  • Patent number: 5914118
    Abstract: A multi-layered film preparation is disclosed having a drug-containing layer which contains at least one water-soluble high molecular weight compound as a main base material, a layer which is made difficult to dissolve in water and positioned at one side of the drug-containing layer and a powdery adhesive compound positioned at the other side of the drug-containing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Sanwa Kagaku Kenkyusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiko Yamamura, Noboru Tomiya, Manabu Sugimoto, Makoto Usami, Yuji Sato, Yoshiyuki Nagao
  • Patent number: 5283655
    Abstract: A video camera apparatus having a solid state imager for generating video signals and a black level balance adjusting circuit for automatically adjusting black levels of the video signals. The video camera apparatus comprises an incident light control device, an electronic shutter control circuit, a comparator and a processor. The incident light control device controls the amount of light incident to the solid state imager. The electronic shutter control circuit varies the mode of the solid state imager between at least a first mode and a second mode. The effective accumulating period of the solid state imager in the first mode is different from the corresponding period in the second mode. The comparator compares the voltage level of the video signal obtained in the first mode with that obtained in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Usami