Patents by Inventor Masaaki Sumi

Masaaki Sumi 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: 11069176
    Abstract: A game machine pushbutton configured for mounting to a game machine, the game machine pushbutton including: an input key configured to accept a depression thereof; a plurality of light sources arranged along a peripheral part of the input key; and a light guide including a lighting surface; the light guide provided to surround the peripheral part of the input key and configured to direct light radiating thereon from the plurality of light sources and emit the light from the lighting surface; and the plurality of light sources is arranged with light emitting surfaces thereof oriented in a direction that is different from the direction toward which the lighting surface is oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Sumi, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Jun Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10957499
    Abstract: To achieve a push-button for a game machine, capable of maintaining excellent waterproof performance and having excellent operability even when a large amount of liquid is spilled, or even when liquid is spilled while the push-button is pressed. A push-button for a game machine includes: an elastic body provided in a flange shape integrally with a key top with an outer periphery of the key top and having an outer end held between a base and a bezel; and a discharge path that communicates with a space partitioned by the key top, the bezel, and the elastic body and discharges liquid having entered the space to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Sumi, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Takehiro Agata
  • Patent number: 10783739
    Abstract: A push-button for a game machine which is mounted on the game machine includes an operation key configured to accept a press, a side surface portion having translucency and provided in a direction vertical to a pressing direction of the operation key as viewed from the operation key, a light source configured to apply light in a direction parallel to the pressing direction, and a light guiding portion configured to guide light applied from the light source. The light guiding portion includes a first reflective structure configured to reflect at least a part of the light applied from the light source, and a second reflective structure configured to reflect at least a part of the light reflected by the first reflective structure toward the side surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Sumi, Takehiro Agata, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Junya Fujita
  • Publication number: 20200294348
    Abstract: A game machine pushbutton configured for mounting to a game machine, the game machine pushbutton including: an input key configured to accept a depression thereof; a plurality of light sources arranged along a peripheral part of the input key; and a light guide including a lighting surface; the light guide provided to surround the peripheral part of the input key and configured to direct light radiating thereon from the plurality of light sources and emit the light from the lighting surface; and the plurality of light sources is arranged with light emitting surfaces thereof oriented in a direction that is different from the direction toward which the lighting surface is oriented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Sumi, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Jun Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10698649
    Abstract: An operation switch unit attached to a game machine includes a spin button that receives an input operation of an operator, an input detector that detects that the input operation of the operator is performed, and a controller that controls a directional speaker such that the directional speaker emits a directional sound, which does not spread uniformly but has directionality, to the operator as a notification that an operation input is performed based on a detection signal from the input detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Takuma Ikeda, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Takahiro Ono, Masaaki Sumi
  • Publication number: 20200090882
    Abstract: To achieve a push-button for a game machine, capable of maintaining excellent waterproof performance and having excellent operability even when a large amount of liquid is spilled, or even when liquid is spilled while the push-button is pressed. A push-button for a game machine includes: an elastic body provided in a flange shape integrally with a key top with an outer periphery of the key top and having an outer end held between a base and a bezel; and a discharge path that communicates with a space partitioned by the key top, the bezel, and the elastic body and discharges liquid having entered the space to the outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Sumi, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Takehiro Agata
  • Publication number: 20190147690
    Abstract: A push-button for a game machine which is mounted on the game machine includes an operation key configured to accept a press, a side surface portion having translucency and provided in a direction vertical to a pressing direction of the operation key as viewed from the operation key, a light source configured to apply light in a direction parallel to the pressing direction, and a light guiding portion configured to guide light applied from the light source. The light guiding portion includes a first reflective structure configured to reflect at least a part of the light applied from the light source, and a second reflective structure configured to reflect at least a part of the light reflected by the first reflective structure toward the side surface portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Sumi, Takehiro Agata, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Junya Fujita
  • Publication number: 20190122493
    Abstract: A game machine that can discriminate between two states of an occupied state and an unoccupied state includes a credit function. The game machine includes the credit function configured to determine presence or absence of a credit and a timer part configured to measure a lapse of time, and transitions to the occupied state in which a game is determined to be interrupted or the unoccupied state in which the game machine is determined to be idle according to a determination of the presence or absence of the credit in the credit function when the timer part measures a lapse of a first time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takuma Ikeda, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Takahiro Ono, Masaaki Sumi
  • Publication number: 20190114872
    Abstract: An operation switch unit attached to a game machine includes a spin button that receives an input operation of an operator, an input detector that detects that the input operation of the operator is performed, and a controller that controls a directional speaker such that the directional speaker emits a directional sound, which does not spread uniformly but has directionality, to the operator as a notification that an operation input is performed based on a detection signal from the input detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takuma Ikeda, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Takahiro Ono, Masaaki Sumi
  • Patent number: 10258872
    Abstract: An operating apparatus includes a touch panel, an LED board, and a display panel. The LED board is arranged below the touch panel. A plurality of LEDs is mounted on the LED board. The display panel is arranged below the LED board. The display panel is configured to change an image displayed in the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Ono, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Masataka Kimura, Masaaki Sumi, Takehiro Agata
  • Patent number: 10262581
    Abstract: An operating apparatus includes a touch panel, a fluid holder, a display panel, and a fan. The fluid holder is arranged below the touch panel. The fluid holder holds a transparent fluid. The display panel is arranged below the fluid holder. The fan is configured to produce ripples in the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Ono, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Masataka Kimura, Masaaki Sumi, Takehiro Agata
  • Patent number: 10210698
    Abstract: A pushbutton includes a key top, including a light-transmissive display part, the key top configured to be depressed; and LEDs configured to emit light toward the display part. The display part includes a bottom surface and a sloped surface, the sloped surface being continuous with an outer edge of the bottom surface and broadening outward as the sloped surface progresses upward from the bottom surface. The light emitted from the LEDs toward the display part is reflected by the sloped surface and emitted toward the exterior from a top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Sumi, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Takehiro Agata
  • Patent number: 10058780
    Abstract: An operating apparatus operating apparatus includes a touch panel, a first projection portion, a fluid holder, and a second projection portion. The first projection portion is arranged below the touch panel. The fluid holder is arranged below the first projection portion. The fluid holder holds a transparent fluid. The second projection portion is arranged below the fluid holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Ono, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Masataka Kimura, Masaaki Sumi, Takehiro Agata
  • Patent number: 10043338
    Abstract: An operation unit has a touch panel that senses a press, a button plate disposed above the touch panel, and having a plurality of push buttons, each of which protrudes on a side opposite to a side where the touch panel is disposed, a light guide plate disposed between the touch panel and the button plate, and a light emission pattern disposed on a surface of the light guide plate that forms an image by emitted light. The button plate is provided along a surface of the touch panel and has a base section comprising apertures at respective positions where the plurality of push buttons are formed, top surface sections, each of which constitutes corresponding one of the plurality of push buttons and serving as an operation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Sumi
  • Patent number: 9995478
    Abstract: A switch unit has a display part configured to display an image, and an operation part provided on the display part in a stacked manner. The operation part includes a plurality of press buttons each having a pressable top surface formed to be transparent, a transparent base having a plurality of openings formed so as to be spaced from each other in positions corresponding to a display region of the display part, while avoiding a peripheral edge of the display region, and a transparent substrate provided below the base and having a light source in a position corresponding to the outer periphery of the top surface. Each of the press buttons includes, and forms into a unit, a button body having the top surface, and a frame-like light guiding body provided in a flange shape below the button body and provided so as to cover the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Taichi Onoyama, Masaaki Sumi, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Takehiro Agata, Masataka Kimura
  • Patent number: 9978545
    Abstract: A switch unit has a display part configured to display an image, and an operation part provided on the display part in a stacked manner. The operation part includes a plurality of press buttons each having a pressable top surface formed to be transparent, a transparent base having a plurality of openings which are formed so as to be spaced from each other in positions corresponding to a display region of the display part, while avoiding a peripheral edge of the display region, a transparent substrate provided below the base and mounted with an electronic component, and a top plate having openings in positions corresponding to the press buttons and provided on the base, with the press buttons mounted thereon, so as to cover the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Taichi Onoyama, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Masaaki Sumi, Takehiro Agata, Masataka Kimura
  • Publication number: 20180071620
    Abstract: An operating apparatus includes a touch panel, an LED board, and a display panel. The LED board is arranged below the touch panel. A plurality of LEDs is mounted on the LED board. The display panel is arranged below the LED board. The display panel is configured to change an image displayed in the display panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro ONO, Hiroyuki ONITSUKA, Masataka KIMURA, Masaaki SUMI, Takehiro AGATA
  • Publication number: 20180075691
    Abstract: A pushbutton includes a key top, including a light-transmissive display part, the key top configured to be depressed; and LEDs configured to emit light toward the display part. The display part includes a bottom surface and a sloped surface, the sloped surface being continuous with an outer edge of the bottom surface and broadening outward as the sloped surface progresses upward from the bottom surface. The light emitted from the LEDs toward the display part is reflected by the sloped surface and emitted toward the exterior from a top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki SUMI, Hiroyuki ONITSUKA, Takehiro AGATA
  • Publication number: 20180075799
    Abstract: An operating apparatus includes a touch panel, a fluid holder, a display panel, and a fan. The fluid holder is arranged below the touch panel. The fluid holder holds a transparent fluid. The display panel is arranged below the fluid holder. The fan is configured to produce ripples in the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro ONO, Hiroyuki ONITSUKA, Masataka KIMURA, Masaaki SUMI, Takehiro AGATA
  • Publication number: 20180071627
    Abstract: An operating apparatus operating apparatus includes a touch panel, a first projection portion, a fluid holder, and a second projection portion. The first projection portion is arranged below the touch panel. The fluid holder is arranged below the first projection portion. The fluid holder holds a transparent fluid. The second projection portion is arranged below the fluid holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro ONO, Hiroyuki ONITSUKA, Masataka KIMURA, Masaaki SUMI, Takehiro AGATA