Patents by Inventor Manabu Murayama

Manabu Murayama 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: 11068108
    Abstract: An input device capable of precisely determining presence or absence of a specific non-contact operation on an operation screen is provided. An input device includes a display control unit that displays an operation screen on a display surface, a first detection unit that detects a passing state of an object in a first sensing layer in air formed to face the display surface, a second detection unit that detects a passing state of the object in a second sensing layer in air formed between the display surface and the first sensing layer, and a determination unit that determines presence or absence of the specific non-contact operation performed by the object based on respective detection results of the first detection unit and the second detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Manabu Murayama
  • Patent number: 10921451
    Abstract: A laser device includes a light source that emits light; a first reflector that reflects the light toward a predetermined range; a second reflector that reflects the light reflected from the predetermined range; a light receiver that receives the light reflected by the second reflector; a driver that swings the first and the second reflector in an angular range corresponding to the predetermined range; and a calculator that: stores first information about the light reflected by the first reflector toward the predetermined range and second information about the light received by the light receiver; and measures movement speed and movement direction of a target reflecting the light from the first reflector based on the first and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Masuda, Yasuo Masaki, Manabu Murayama
  • Publication number: 20200319750
    Abstract: An input device capable of precisely determining presence or absence of a specific non-contact operation on an operation screen is provided. An input device includes a display control unit that displays an operation screen on a display surface, a first detection unit that detects a passing state of an object in a first sensing layer in air formed to face the display surface, a second detection unit that detects a passing state of the object in a second sensing layer in air formed between the display surface and the first sensing layer, and a determination unit that determines presence or absence of the specific non-contact operation performed by the object based on respective detection results of the first detection unit and the second detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Manabu MURAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20200319791
    Abstract: An input device capable of enhancing operability is provided, including: a display control unit that displays an operation screen on a display surface, and a first detection unit and a second detection unit 8 that detect respective positions of an object in a first sensing layer and a second sensing layer in air formed side by side in a direction substantially perpendicular to the display surface. When the object passes through the first sensing layer in a direction approaching the display surface, the display control unit determines a first partial operation screen including a position on the operation screen corresponding to a position of the object in the first sensing layer based on respective detection results of the first detection unit and the second detection unit, and enlarges and displays the determined first partial operation screen on the display surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: MANABU MURAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20200319720
    Abstract: An input device includes an optical sensor which senses an object on a plane where the emitted light travels, an optical member which changes a path of the light emitted from the optical sensor, and a processing unit which performs input processing based on sensing results of the optical sensor; the optical sensor and the optical member form a first sensing surface consisting of a planar region in which the light emitted from the optical sensor travels and a second sensing surface that is farther from the optical sensor than the first sensing surface, and the processing unit performs the input processing based on a first sensing result of the optical sensor on the first sensing surface and a second sensing result of the optical sensor on the second sensing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MANABU MURAYAMA, TATSUYA ITO, FUMINORI TANAKA, KAZUYA SUDO
  • Patent number: 10545241
    Abstract: A position detecting apparatus includes a light-transmitting mirror that pivots around a pivot shaft and reflects measuring light from a light source; a light-receiving mirror that pivots around the pivot shaft and reflects returning light from an object; and a light-receiving element that receives the returning light from the light-receiving mirror. When the light-transmitting mirror and the light-receiving mirror are at rest, a first mirror angle between a mirror surface of the light-receiving mirror and a direction from the pivot shaft to the light-receiving element is larger than a second mirror angle between a mirror surface of the light-transmitting mirror and the direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Murayama, Yuichiro Masuda, Tomohisa Hirai
  • Patent number: 10345579
    Abstract: A scanner mirror includes a reflecting mirror and a driver. The reflecting mirror has first and second reflectors that are pivotally arranged about a pivot axis. The first and second reflectors have light receiving faces, respectively. The light receiving faces face in directions that are angularly offset with each other about the pivot axis. The driver drives the reflecting mirror to pivot the first and second reflectors within a specific angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Manabu Murayama
  • Patent number: 10215980
    Abstract: An oscillation device includes an oscillator, an oscillation detector that detects an oscillation of the oscillator and outputs an oscillation detection signal, a phase shift controller that generates a phase shift signal to provide the drive signal as positive feedback to the oscillator, and an amplitude detector that detects an amplitude of the oscillation detection signal and outputs an oscillation amplitude signal. The oscillator is controlled based on the oscillation amplitude signal and the phase shift signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryusuke Horibe, Naoki Inoue, Manabu Murayama
  • Patent number: 10067222
    Abstract: A laser rangefinder includes a light source, a scanning mirror that scans laser light emitted from the light source by oscillating about an axis of oscillation J extending in a predetermined direction, a first lens that is disposed on an optical path of reflected light from a target object and condenses the reflected light onto the scanning mirror, a second lens that is disposed on an optical path of and condenses reflected light from the scanning mirror, and a photodetector that receives the reflected light condensed by the second lens. The first lens and the second lens are disposed in positions other than positions on an optical path of the laser light between a point of emission from the light source and a point of exit from the laser rangefinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tomohisa Hirai, Ryusuke Horibe, Manabu Murayama, Shingo Setono, Yuichiro Masuda, Atsushi Mushimoto, Fumitoshi Matsuno
  • Patent number: 10031213
    Abstract: A laser scanner includes a light source, a scanning mirror, and a first photodetector. The scanning mirror includes: a first reflective surface reflects the laser light from the light source; and a second reflective surface that reflects, toward the photodetector, the laser light reflected from the target object. The first reflective surface and at least part of the second reflective surface are disposed at mutually different angles. When a first optical axis passing through the target object and the first reflective surface is parallel with a second optical axis passing through the target object and the second reflective surface, a third optical axis passing through the first reflective surface and the light source and a fourth optical axis passing through the second reflective surface and the photodetector are at a predetermined angle relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Atsushi Mushimoto, Ryusuke Horibe, Manabu Murayama, Yuichiro Masuda, Tomohisa Hirai, Shingo Setono, Fumitoshi Matsuno
  • Patent number: 10018833
    Abstract: In a MEMS device (1), a first drive portion (40) is divided into a first drive section (41) and a second drive section (42). A second drive portion (50) is divided into a third drive section (51) and a fourth drive section (52). The first drive section, the second drive section, the third drive section, and the fourth drive section are controlled for driving independently of each other to incline an optical component (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Murayama, Kouichi Kugo, Naoki Inoue, Hitoshi Fujii
  • Patent number: 10018502
    Abstract: A laser scanner includes: a light source; a scanning mirror that scans laser light emitted from the light source, toward a target object by oscillating about axis C; a photodetector that generates a photodetection signal upon receiving the laser light reflected from the target object; a controller that controls emission of the laser light by the light source, and that performs sampling on the photodetection signal; and a detector that detects an amount of displacement of the scanning mirror, and calculates a resonant frequency of the scanning mirror based on the amount of displacement detected. The controller determines a time at which the laser light is emitted from the light source and a time at which sampling is performed on the photodetection signal, based on the resonant frequency calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Mushimoto, Ryusuke Horibe, Manabu Murayama, Yuichiro Masuda, Tomohisa Hirai, Shingo Setono
  • Publication number: 20180136333
    Abstract: A laser device includes a light source that emits light; a first reflector that reflects the light toward a predetermined range; a second reflector that reflects the light reflected from the predetermined range; a light receiver that receives the light reflected by the second reflector; a driver that swings the first and the second reflector in an angular range corresponding to the predetermined range; and a calculator that: stores first information about the light reflected by the first reflector toward the predetermined range and second information about the light received by the light receiver; and measures movement speed and movement direction of a target reflecting the light from the first reflector based on the first and the second information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Masuda, Yasuo Masaki, Manabu Murayama
  • Patent number: 9958546
    Abstract: A laser rangefinder includes: a MEMS mirror that changes a traveling direction of laser light; a first photodetector that reflects a portion of the laser light directed in a predetermined direction by the MEMS mirror and receives another portion of the laser light; a second photodetector that receives first reflected light that is reflection of the laser light from a target object outside an enclosure and second reflected light that is reflection of the portion of the laser light from the first photodetector; and a signal processor that calculates a distance from the laser rangefinder to the target object by subtracting, from a first distance from the laser diode to the target object calculated using the first reflected light, a second distance from the laser diode to the first photodetector calculated using the second reflected light, and calculates a direction of the target object with respect to the laser rangefinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shingo Setono, Ryusuke Horibe, Manabu Murayama, Yuichiro Masuda, Tomohisa Hirai, Atsushi Mushimoto, Fumitoshi Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20180059408
    Abstract: A scanner mirror includes a reflecting mirror and a driver. The reflecting mirror has first and second reflectors that are pivotally arranged about a pivot axis. The first and second reflectors have light receiving faces, respectively. The light receiving faces face in directions that are angularly offset with each other about the pivot axis. The driver drives the reflecting mirror to pivot the first and second reflectors within a specific angle range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventor: Manabu MURAYAMA
  • Patent number: 9829579
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a light source that outputs a laser light; a scanning unit that scans the laser light; a reflective member having a reflective surface that reflects the laser light; a light-receiving unit that receives a first reflected light reflected by the reflective member; and a signal processing unit that calculates a distance from the light source to the reflective surface using the first reflected light and determines a direction in which the laser light is output using the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Setono, Ryusuke Horibe, Manabu Murayama, Yuichiro Masuda, Tomohisa Hirai, Atsushi Mushimoto
  • Publication number: 20170219817
    Abstract: An oscillation device includes an oscillator, an oscillation detector that detects an oscillation of the oscillator and outputs an oscillation detection signal, a phase shift controller that generates a phase shift signal to provide the drive signal as positive feedback to the oscillator, and an amplitude detector that detects an amplitude of the oscillation detection signal and outputs an oscillation amplitude signal. The oscillator is controlled based on the oscillation amplitude signal and the phase shift signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Ryusuke HORIBE, Naoki INOUE, Manabu MURAYAMA
  • Patent number: 9651777
    Abstract: An oscillation device includes an oscillator, an oscillation detection unit that detects oscillation of the oscillator and outputs an oscillation detection signal, and a drive unit that generates a drive signal in keeping with the oscillation detection signal and outputs the drive signal to the oscillator. The drive unit includes a phase shift unit that shifts the phase to provide the drive signal as positive feedback to the oscillator. The phase shift unit includes a disturbance generating unit that outputs the periodic signal, a fluctuation unit that causes the amount of phase shift to fluctuate based on the periodic signal, a drive amplitude detection unit that detects the amplitude of the drive signal and outputs a drive amplitude signal, a product detection unit that outputs a detection signal after performing product detection on the drive amplitude signal based on the periodic signal, and an adjustment unit that adjusts the phase-shift amount based on the detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryusuke Horibe, Naoki Inoue, Manabu Murayama
  • Patent number: 9651776
    Abstract: A scanner apparatus includes: a scanner having a mirror that is driven into resonance in a first direction; a scanner holder holding the scanner and rotatable about an axis extending in a direction parallel to the first direction; and a driver that oscillates the scanner holder, and the scanner holder includes: a first holding portion holding the scanner; a second holding portion connected to the first holding portion and holding the driver; a connecting portion connected to the second holding portion; and an elastic portion connected to the connecting portion and having elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., KYOTO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Manabu Murayama, Ryusuke Horibe, Shingo Setono, Tomohisa Hirai, Yuichiro Masuda, Atsushi Mushimoto, Fumitoshi Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20170097419
    Abstract: A position detecting apparatus includes a light-transmitting mirror that pivots around a pivot shaft and reflects measuring light from a light source; a light-receiving mirror that pivots around the pivot shaft and reflects returning light from an object; and a light-receiving element that receives the returning light from the light-receiving mirror. When the light-transmitting mirror and the light-receiving mirror are at rest, a first mirror angle between a mirror surface of the light-receiving mirror and a direction from the pivot shaft to the light-receiving element is larger than a second mirror angle between a mirror surface of the light-transmitting mirror and the direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Murayama, Yuichiro Masuda, Tomohisa Hirai