Patents by Inventor Masafumi Shimotashiro

Masafumi Shimotashiro 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).

  • Publication number: 20200239116
    Abstract: Image recording as long as possible during one activity is required in deep sea exploration. Necessity of multi-directional image recording, optical and chemical observations and probing of mineral resources of seabed are also increased. There is no underwater exploration device enable these requirements. It is disclosed that at least one battery-driven underwater exploration body having three pressure-resistant hollow glass spheres for housing an image capturing device, an illumination device, a recording device, an acoustic communication device and a control device controlling thereof and at least one battery body having an approximately the same shape and structure as the underwater exploration body are connected with each other by a connecting tool to provide the connectedly-formed underwater exploration device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Tetsuya MIWA, Dhugal LINDSAY, Masafumi SHIMOTASHIRO, Hiroshi TAKAHASHI, Atsushi ARAI
  • Publication number: 20160037233
    Abstract: An information provision system provides a program-related information in parallel with broadcast of a television program. The system includes: a program-related information server; a television receiver; and a terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus includes: a display unit; a program-related information display controller for acquiring the program-related information, and for displaying the acquired program-related information in a first display region on the display unit; and a net information display controller for acquiring net information from a net information server, and for displaying the acquired net information in a second display region on the display unit. The net information display controller displays the net information in the second display region after a lapse of a predetermined delay time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Kouichi MATSUMURA, Sako KONDO, Masafumi SHIMOTASHIRO, Rumi OHNISHI
  • Publication number: 20150358656
    Abstract: An information providing system includes a television receiver, a user terminal, and a connection state management server each connectable to a network. The user terminal can execute a program for connecting with the television receiver. The connection state management server obtains connection state information including an identifier of the television receiver and an identifier of the user terminal, through a network from one of the television receiver and the user terminal connected to each other. Further, the connection state management server scores a degree of relevance representing a level of relevance between the television receiver and the user terminal connected to each other, based on the obtained connection state information. Furthermore, the connection state management server provides the scored degree of relevance to a request source in response to a request from an outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Kouichi MATSUMURA, Sako KONDO, Masafumi SHIMOTASHIRO
  • Patent number: 8661357
    Abstract: An electronic device system with improved user convenience that is capable of controlling plural electronic devices connected via a network or the like from any of such electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi Shimotashiro, Kentaro Tanikawa, Masakazu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8599107
    Abstract: An image system includes: a display device configured to display an image; and an eyeglasses device for viewing the image displayed by the display device, wherein the display device includes: a display portion configured to display in time series the image to be viewed through the eyeglasses device; a signal generation portion configured to generate a synchronization signal for synchronizing timing of switching of frames of the image; and a transmission portion configured to transmit the synchronization signal, the eyeglasses device includes: an optical filter portion configured to adjust an amount of light of the image; a reception portion configured to receive the synchronization signal transmitted from the transmission portion; and a control portion configured to control action of the optical filter portion corresponding to the switching of the frames of the image, based on the synchronization signal, the signal generation portion further generates a parameter signal including action information for defini
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mihara, Hiroshi Miyai, Katsuo Saigo, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Seiji Nakazawa, Masayuki Kozuka, Yoshiho Gotoh
  • Patent number: 8320748
    Abstract: An audio/video information recording/reproducing device capable of easily implementing a post-recording function on an optical disk by using even a low-cost disk drive having a comparatively low-speed seek time. When recording a video file, it is recorded on an optical disk continuously for a duration equivalent to more than three times a seek time. When recording dubbing audio, it is recorded continuously only with constant data size at the same time with the reproducing of the recorded video file, thereby enabling concurrent real-time continuous reproducing and recording. Accordingly, concurrent reproductions of a video file and an audio file are ensured when reproducing dubbing audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Itoh, Masafumi Shimotashiro
  • Patent number: 8294752
    Abstract: An image system comprises an image display device which displays images, and image viewing eyeglasses used for viewing images displayed by the image display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mihara, Hiroshi Miyai, Katsuo Saigo, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Seiji Nakazawa, Masayuki Kozuka, Yoshiho Gotoh
  • Patent number: 8290348
    Abstract: The present invention provides an AV data recording apparatus and method that facilitate various processes concerning a recorded video, including continuous reproduction, digital transmission, file operation, partial deletion, and post-recording. The AV data recording apparatus divides an audio signal and a video signal into transport packets having a predetermined unit length, assembles a plurality of transport packets as one transport stream and executes recording. Accordingly, this invention enables managing whether a logical block is used or not, detecting a continuous data area comprising plural logical blocks that ensure realtime continuous reproduction, and determining logical block numbers of continuous data areas to be recorded. As a result, the transport stream is recorded continuously on a plurality of detected continuous data areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Ito, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Makoto Mitsuda, Tadashi Nakamura, Yasumori Hino
  • Patent number: 8076043
    Abstract: A fuel cell body has an anode having an anode-side separator with projections and depressions formed on its surface, a cathode, and a membrane electrode assembly disposed between the anode and the cathode, and the fuel cell body is disposed in a container for storing liquid fuel so that at least the anode side is immersed therein. Fuel passageways through which the liquid fuel flows are formed by regions surrounded by the projections and depressions on the surface of the separator and the membrane electrode assembly. By this, the downsized, simplified and lower power consuming structure of auxiliary equipment such as a fuel feed system is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Hasegawa, Toshiyuki Aoyama, Masaru Higashionji, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Masayuki Ono, Kenya Hori, Masaru Odagiri
  • Patent number: 8019197
    Abstract: The present invention provides a recording/reproduction device that can perform post-record editing on a disk on which post-record editing has been determined to be impossible by conventional methods, and that can reproduce data that thus has been subjected to post-record editing, by devising a method for access in one cycle of repetitive processes of post-record editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Okada, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Yoshiho Gotoh, Tatsushi Bannai
  • Patent number: 7983528
    Abstract: For multiple moving-image recorded on a storage medium, one piece of meta-data or each of multiple pieces of meta-data recorded for a part or all of the moving-image is managed by meta-data indices. A meta-data index keeps invalidity information indicating whether a piece of meta-data is going to be invalid and validity information indicating validity of the current piece of meta-data in the same form, when operations such as editing and processing are performed on a part or all of a moving-image that is an object of a piece of meta-data. When cutting-out occurs on a section of a moving-image that is an object of a piece of meta-data and the piece of meta-data cannot be recalculated, the invalidity information is copied to the validity information. In this manner, a meta-data added to the moving-image can be adapted and be used after the moving-image is edited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignees: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetomo Sohma, Hiroshi Tojo, Masanori Itoh, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Tadashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 7982623
    Abstract: A radio-type transmitting device capable of transmitting information other than information in an internal memory is provided. A RFID tag includes a encoding circuit for digitalizing receiving sensitivity of a radio wave sent from an external transmitting/receiving apparatus and then sending the digitalized receiving sensitivity to the external transmitting/receiving apparatus. Thus, the external transmitting/receiving apparatus can obtain a distance between the external transmitting/receiving apparatus and the RFID tag based on received sensitivity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Higashionji, Kenji Hasegawa, Masaru Odagiri, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Hiroshi Seki
  • Publication number: 20110074551
    Abstract: A radio-type transmitting device capable of transmitting information other than information in an internal memory is provided. A RFID tag includes a encoding circuit for digitalizing receiving sensitivity of a radio wave sent from an external transmitting/receiving apparatus and then sending the digitalized receiving sensitivity to the external transmitting/receiving apparatus. Thus, the external transmitting/receiving apparatus can obtain a distance between the external transmitting/receiving apparatus and the RFID tag based on received sensitivity information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru HIGASHIONJI, Kenji Hasegawa, Masaru Odagiri, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Hiroshi Seki
  • Patent number: 7906249
    Abstract: A fuel tank for a fuel cell includes a fuel valve which allows a methanol water solution to pass to a fuel supply portion from a fuel injecting portion after joining a fuel cell main body and the fuel tank for the fuel cell, and shuts off the passage of the methanol water solution before the fuel supply portion and the fuel injecting portion are disconnected. Accordingly, the fuel valve is properly opened and closed, the liquid fuel does not leak out from the fuel tank for the fuel cell at a time of attaching and detaching, and it is possible to improve a safety in the fuel supply in comparison with the conventional structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Hasegawa, Masaru Odagiri, Masaru Higashionji, Masafumi Shimotashiro
  • Publication number: 20100328439
    Abstract: An image system comprises an image display device which displays images, and image viewing eyeglasses used for viewing images displayed by the image display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mihara, Hiroshi Miyai, Katsuo Saigo, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Seiji Nakazawa, Masayuki Kozuka, Yoshiho Gotoh
  • Publication number: 20100315316
    Abstract: An image system includes: a display device configured to display an image; and an eyeglasses device for viewing the image displayed by the display device, wherein the display device includes: a display portion configured to display in time series the image to be viewed through the eyeglasses device; a signal generation portion configured to generate a synchronization signal for synchronizing timing of switching of frames of the image; and a transmission portion configured to transmit the synchronization signal, the eyeglasses device includes: an optical filter portion configured to adjust an amount of light of the image; a reception portion configured to receive the synchronization signal transmitted from the transmission portion; and a control portion configured to control action of the optical filter portion corresponding to the switching of the frames of the image, based on the synchronization signal, the signal generation portion further generates a parameter signal including action information for defini
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Kazuhiro MIHARA, Hiroshi MIYAI, Katsuo SAIGO, Masafumi SHIMOTASHIRO, Seiji NAKAZAWA, Masayuki KOZUKA, Yoshiho GOTOH
  • Patent number: 7826247
    Abstract: An initialization method of the present invention is a method for initializing a material (variable-resistance material) (2) whose resistance value increases/decreases according to the polarity of an applied electric pulse. An electric pulse having a first polarity is applied at least once between first and second electrodes (1, 3) connected to the variable-resistance material (2) such that the potential of the first electrode is higher than that of the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsaku Muraoka, Koichi Osano, Ken Takahashi, Masafumi Shimotashiro
  • Patent number: 7821410
    Abstract: A radio-type transmitting device capable of transmitting information other than information in an internal memory is provided. A RFID tag includes a encoding circuit for digitalizing receiving sensitivity of a radio wave sent from an external transmitting/receiving apparatus and then sending the digitalized receiving sensitivity to the external transmitting/receiving apparatus. Thus, the external transmitting/receiving apparatus can obtain a distance between the external transmitting/receiving apparatus and the RFID tag based on received sensitivity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Higashionji, Kenji Hasegawa, Masaru Odagiri, Masafumi Shimotashiro, Hiroshi Seki
  • Publication number: 20100182821
    Abstract: A first variable resistor (5) is connected between a first terminal (7) and a third terminal (9) and increases/reduces its resistance value in accordance with the polarity of a pulse voltage applied between the first terminal (7) and the third terminal (9). A second variable resistor (6) is connected between the third terminal (9) and a second terminal (8) and increases/reduces its resistance value in accordance with the polarity of a pulse voltage applied between the third terminal (9) and the second terminal (8). Given pulse voltages are applied between the first terminal (7) and the third terminal (9) and between the third terminal (9) and the second terminal (8) to reversibly change the resistance values of the first and second variable resistors (5, 6), thereby recording one bit or multiple bits of information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsaku MURAOKA, Koichi Osano, Ken Takahashi, Masafumi Shimotashiro
  • Patent number: 7714311
    Abstract: A first variable resistor (5) is connected between a first terminal (7) and a third terminal (9) and increases/reduces its resistance value in accordance with the polarity of a pulse voltage applied between the first terminal (7) and the third terminal (9). A second variable resistor (6) is connected between the third terminal (9) and a second terminal (8) and increases/reduces its resistance value in accordance with the polarity of a pulse voltage applied between the third terminal (9) and the second terminal (8). Given pulse voltages are applied between the first terminal (7) and the third terminal (9) and between the third terminal (9) and the second terminal (8) to reversibly change the resistance values of the first and second variable resistors (5, 6), thereby recording one bit or multiple bits of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsaku Muraoka, Koichi Osano, Ken Takahashi, Masafumi Shimotashiro