Patents by Inventor Masaaki Wakizaka

Masaaki Wakizaka 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: 10095360
    Abstract: A communication device, including: a touch sensor configured to detect a touch or an approach of an input object by detecting a change in capacitance; and a near field communicator configured to perform near field communication with an information processing terminal present in a communication area in which near field communication is possible, the information processing terminal being capable of performing the near field communication, wherein a distance within which the touch or the approach of the input object is detectable by the touch sensor is shorter than a distance within which the near field communication by the near field communicator with the information processing terminal is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Akagi, Masaaki Wakizaka, Shoji Sato, Akikazu Murata
  • Patent number: 9875014
    Abstract: An input apparatus including: a display device on which at least one operational image is displayed; a selected image determining section which determines, as a selected image, an operational image displayed at a position designated by an input operation; and a display updating section which updates a display from a first operational screen to a second operational screen where a display update condition has been satisfied, and which includes: a position specifying section which, where the input operation has been performed or expected to be performed within a period after the satisfaction of the display update condition and before the update, specify one of positions designated by the input operation and expected to be designated by the input operation; and an image arranging section which arranges the at least one operational image on the second operational screen after the update so as to avoid the specified position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 9648183
    Abstract: An electric device, including a chassis and an operation panel, is provided. The operation panel is disposed on a face of the chassis and has one end and the other end opposite from the one end. The operation panel includes a first capacitive touch switch configured to be responsive to a touch and a second capacitive touch switch configured to be responsive to a touch. The first capacitive touch switch has a first sensitivity for responding to the touch, and the second capacitive touch switch has a second sensitivity for responding to the touch. The second capacitive touch switch is arranged in a position closer to the one end of the operation panel than the first capacitive touch switch, and the second sensitivity of the second capacitive touch switch is lower than the first sensitivity of the first capacitive touch switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Akagi, Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Publication number: 20160021266
    Abstract: An electric device, including a chassis and an operation panel, is provided. The operation panel is disposed on a face of the chassis and has one end and the other end opposite from the one end. The operation panel includes a first capacitive touch switch configured to be responsive to a touch and a second capacitive touch switch configured to be responsive to a touch. The first capacitive touch switch has a first sensitivity for responding to the touch, and the second capacitive touch switch has a second sensitivity for responding to the touch. The second capacitive touch switch is arranged in a position closer to the one end of the operation panel than the first capacitive touch switch, and the second sensitivity of the second capacitive touch switch is lower than the first sensitivity of the first capacitive touch switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji AKAGI, Masaaki WAKIZAKA
  • Patent number: 9146628
    Abstract: An input apparatus including: a display device which displays an operational image; an image-designation detecting device which detects designation of the operational image; a processing executing section configured to, where the image-designation detecting device has detected that the operational image has been designated, execute a processing assigned to the designated operational image; a display updating section which updates display on the display device from a state in which the operational image has been displayed; and a disabling section configured to, where the image-designation detecting device has detected a designation of an operational image which has been displayed on the display device after the update of the display by the display updating section and which is different from an operational image having been displayed on the display device before the update, disable an execution of a processing assigned to the designated operational image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Wakizaka, Hiroki Asai
  • Patent number: 9143640
    Abstract: A display apparatus, wherein a display controller configured to perform a first display processing in which display informations from a starting point display number to a second target display number which is between the starting point display number and a first target display number corresponding to an approach-touch area are displayed on a display portion as to-be-displayed informations such that a difference between the display number of the to-be-displayed informations displayed at a start and an end of a unit time is a first value, and then perform a second display processing in which display informations from the second target display number to the first target display number are displayed as the to-be-displayed informations such that a difference between the display number of the to-be-displayed informations displayed at a start of an end of the unit time is a second value which is smaller than the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshinari Watanabe, Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 9141268
    Abstract: An inputting apparatus including: a detecting portion which detects an approach-touch area of a detecting area, the approach-touch area being an area detecting an approach or a touch of an input object; a first judging section which judges whether the approach-touch area has been moved in a direction other than a first direction in which the approach-touch area has initially started to be moved; a first-display-moving-amount determining section which determines, where the approach-touch area has been moved in the direction other than the first direction, a first display moving amount for moving an image to be displayed on a display portion, on the basis of a movement of the approach-touch area after the judgment of the first judging section; and a first-movement-display commanding section which provides a command for moving the image by the first display moving amount in a predetermined direction specified on the basis of the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshinari Watanabe, Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 9065942
    Abstract: A display processing apparatus includes a display, a display control unit, and a detection unit configured to determine an inputted position of the display. The display processing apparatus includes a processing performing unit configured to determine a selected designator and to perform the processing indicated by the selected designator. The display processing apparatus further includes a judging unit configured to judge whether or not the inputted position determined by the detection unit is included in a direction selecting portion of the display. When the judging unit judges that the inputted position determined by the detection unit is included in the direction selecting range of the display, the display control unit changes a display direction of the designator in such a way that the designator orients the direction selecting portion which is judged to include the inputted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshinari Watanabe, Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 8964233
    Abstract: A communication device, including: a near field communicator configured to perform near field communication with an information processing terminal; a display configured to display an image; and a controller configured to execute specific processing in which the controller obtains data from the information processing terminal utilizing the near field communication and executes process in accordance with the obtained data, wherein the controller is configured to determine, when an image is being displayed on the display, whether displayed-image-based processing that is processing in accordance with the image displayed on the display is the specific processing, and wherein the controller is configured to inactivate a communication function of the near field communicator if it is determined that the displayed-image-based processing is not the specific processing and to activate the communication function of the near field communicator if it is determined that the displayed-image-based processing is the specific
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Wakizaka, Shoji Sato, Koji Akagi, Akikazu Murata
  • Publication number: 20140293328
    Abstract: A communication device, including: a near field communicator configured to perform near field communication with an information processing terminal; a display configured to display an image; and a controller configured to execute specific processing in which the controller obtains data from the information processing terminal utilizing the near field communication and executes process in accordance with the obtained data, wherein the controller is configured to determine, when an image is being displayed on the display, whether displayed-image-based processing that is processing in accordance with the image displayed on the display is the specific processing, and wherein the controller is configured to inactivate a communication function of the near field communicator if it is determined that the displayed-image-based processing is not the specific processing and to activate the communication function of the near field communicator if it is determined that the displayed-image-based processing is the specific
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaaki WAKIZAKA, Shoji SATO, Koji AKAGI, Akikazu MURATA
  • Publication number: 20140292359
    Abstract: A communication device, including: a touch sensor configured to detect a touch or an approach of an input object by detecting a change in capacitance; and a near field communicator configured to perform near field communication with an information processing terminal present in a communication area in which near field communication is possible, the information processing terminal being capable of performing the near field communication, wherein a distance within which the touch or the approach of the input object is detectable by the touch sensor is shorter than a distance within which the near field communication by the near field communicator with the information processing terminal is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji AKAGI, Masaaki WAKIZAKA, Shoji SATO, Akikazu MURATA
  • Patent number: 8599221
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a first display section configured to display an image, an input receiving device configured to receive an input associated with the image, and a computer processing unit (CPU). The CPU is configured to determine a selected portion of the image based on the input, to reduce a scaling factor associated with the selected portion of the image as an amount of time that the input device continuously receives the input increases, and to apply the scaling factor to the selected portion of the image to generate a scaled image. The device also includes a second display section configured to display the scaled portion of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 8521088
    Abstract: There is disclosed a communication apparatus which wirelessly communicates information with a first other communication apparatus by a first communication method and using a second frequency band which is at least partially overlapping a first frequency band usable according to the first communication method. The communication apparatus includes a first communicator which implements the wireless information communication with the first other communication apparatus by the first communication method, and a requestor which requests the first other communication apparatus, where at least there is a possibility that a field strength of an external radio wave in the second frequency band is equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold, to increase the number of times the first other communication apparatus sends information when making the wireless information communication with the communication apparatus using the second frequency band, as compared to where there is not the possibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 8446600
    Abstract: A multi function peripheral with a plurality of functions includes a function selecting unit accepting therethrough an input to select a function to be executed from the plurality of functions, a display unit displaying thereon an information screen showing information on the function selected through the function selecting unit, and a display control unit controlling the display unit to, each time a function is selected through the function selecting unit, display thereon a first information screen showing information on the selected function. When a second information screen showing information on a function in execution has been displayed on the display unit, the display control unit controls the display unit to display thereon the first information screen concurrently with the second information screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriko Misumi, Ayako Sakai, Takahiro Ikeno, Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 8442446
    Abstract: A radio communication device and multifunction device are provided. The radio communication device includes a radio communicating unit which receives data according to a radio communication method using one of a plurality of radio channels provided in a frequency band and changes the radio channel according to a period; a data processing unit which performs processing using the data; a communication status determining unit which determines, for each channel, whether a communication status of the radio channel is good; a ratio changing unit which changes a ratio of setting a good channel whose communication status is determined as good, and a ratio of setting a not-good channel whose communication status is determined as not-good; and a setting unit which sets either the good channel or the not-good channel as the radio channel in the radio communication method according to the ratios changed by the ratio changing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiko Kimura, Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 8271900
    Abstract: An inputting apparatus including: a display unit on which an image is displayed; a detecting portion configured to detect an approach value which represents an approaching or a touching degree of an input object with respect to each position in the display unit and which becomes larger where the approaching or touching degree is a certain degree than where the approaching or touching degree is a degree smaller than the certain degree; a button-display portion which displays at least one button; a receiving portion which receives an input of a predetermined command assigned to one of the at least one button where an approach value detected in the one button exceeds a first threshold value; and an enlarging and displaying portion which enlarges and displays only the one button on the display unit where the approach value exceeds a second threshold value smaller than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Wakizaka, Toshinari Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8170628
    Abstract: A telephone communication device having a sound generating portion, a sound receiving portion, a detecting portion for detecting a state of approach or contact of a region of a housing between sound output and input apertures of the sound generating and receiving portion, to or with the face of the user, a reference-state memory for storing a reference approach-contact state of the region detected in a standard position of the housing relative of the user's face, a state-change obtaining portion for obtaining a change of the state of approach or contact, with respect to the reference approach-contact state, an adjustment-amount determining portion for determining amounts of adjustment of the sound output level and sound input level according to the obtained change, and a control portion for adjusting the sound output level and sound input level according to the determined amounts of adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Wakizaka, Koji Akagi
  • Patent number: 8098709
    Abstract: A wireless device including a first radio communication portion configured to effect radio communication with a first external communication device while using frequency bands selected one after another from among a group of frequency bands, a field intensity measuring portion which is configured to measure a field intensity value for each of a plurality of frequency bands belonging to at least the group of frequency bands and which is provided in a portion different from the first radio communication portion, and an excluding portion configured to exclude each of the above-indicated plurality of frequency bands for which the measured field intensity value is higher than a predetermined threshold value, from the above-indicated group of frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Patent number: 8040816
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus including: a specific external communication section configured to communicate with a specific external communication device through a wireless communication while successively changing a communication frequency band that is a frequency band in which a communication is performed; and a communication condition recognizing section configured to recognize a communication condition in each of a plurality of frequency ranges each having a predetermined range width, wherein the specific external communication section determines, on the basis of the recognized communication condition in each of the plurality of frequency ranges, a set number of a plurality of communication planned frequency bands in each of which the specific external communication section is planned to communicate with the specific external communication device, by allocating to a part of the plurality of frequency ranges, and wherein the specific external communication section communicates, in the determined comm
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Wakizaka
  • Publication number: 20110214057
    Abstract: An input apparatus including: a display device on which at least one operational image is displayed; a selected image determining section which determines, as a selected image, an operational image displayed at a position designated by an input operation; and a display updating section which updates a display from a first operational screen to a second operational screen where a display update condition has been satisfied, and which includes: a position specifying section which, where the input operation has been performed or expected to be performed within a period after the satisfaction of the display update condition and before the update, specify one of positions designated by the input operation and expected to be designated by the input operation; and an image arranging section which arranges the at least one operational image on the second operational screen after the update so as to avoid the specified position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaaki WAKIZAKA