Patents by Inventor Masahide Tanaka

Masahide Tanaka 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: 20210021698
    Abstract: Provided is a portable telephone or an earphone or an electromagnetic-type vibration unit that comprises an electromagnetic-type vibrator including two mutually relatively moving portions supported via an elastic body, and that is configured to produce vibrations from at least one of the two portions for cartilage conduction. The elastic body provides a cartilage conduction portion to be contacted with the ear cartilage. The elastic body is disposed on or in the vicinity of an upper corner portion of a housing. One of the two portions is supported on a housing structure with the elastic body supported by the housing structure, and the other of the two portions is supported by the elastic body. Of the two portions, one with a greater weight is supported by the elastic body. Of the two portions, one or a portion connected thereto provides a cartilage conduction portion to be contacted with the ear cartilage, with the elastic body disposed between the two portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi HOSOI, Yoji HOSOI, Masahide TANAKA
  • Patent number: 10880592
    Abstract: A television set is capable of receiving both broadcast program from television station and corresponding digital file of the same contents from a server station through internet. The television set keeps information of time limit for the server station to surely provide the file. The television set automatically downloads the file when the time limit comes close or the time limit information is failed to be kept. The television set keeps URL for the moving image program enjoyed upon turning-off of the television set until the next turning-on for instantly enjoying the moving image content provided at the URL. User who turning-on the television set or changing the channel with any program not in mind to feel interest in the program on display by chance can enjoy the program from the beginning by means of downloading corresponding digital file of the same contents through internet by an automatic link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10873729
    Abstract: Monitoring system of person coming to entrance comprises camera for capturing image of the person and recorder for the captured image, the system informing the person of the image recordation for deterring a crime in bad visit case or making polite notice in goodwill visit case. Unlock system has an intercom for visitor to request unlock and a self unlock operating portion for resident. If unlock done through intercom with acquaintance confirmed, polite notice is preferred, whereas “note record” is added to the image record in case of intercom unlock with unacquainted assumed. If unlock done by resident, the information and the image recordation are withheld. If entrance in a group detected, “note record” is added to the image record in case bad person successively follows goodwill person duly unlocking entrance. Privacy of acquaintance visitor image is protected by password. “Note record” is added to image record without voice message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20200391318
    Abstract: What is provided is an electric resistance welded steel pipe manufacturing device that is configured to perform welding while forming a strip-shaped steel sheet in a tubular shape and supplying a plasma flow to a pair of abutment end surfaces to perform shielding. The electric resistance welded steel pipe manufacturing device includes a mandrel; and a plasma flow feeder that is provided in the mandrel to supply the plasma flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kotaro WATANABE, Hideki HAMATANI, Fuminori WATANABE, Kimiharu TANAKA, Yusuke TAKEDA, Yuya TOMONAGA, Yoshihiro HASHIMOTO, Masahide HAYASHI
  • Patent number: 10848607
    Abstract: A cycling hearing device has: a stereo sound source unit; left and right vibration sources which conduct a stereo sound source from the stereo sound source unit to the left and right ears respectively without closing either of the left and right external auditory meatus; a notifier that notifies publicly that the left and right external auditory meatus are not closed; a helmet part; and a chin strap part fitted to the helmet part. The left and right vibration sources are cartilage conduction vibration sources respectively. The vibration sources are provided in the chin strap part, and the notifier is an external appearance structure in which the vibration sources conduct vibration to the ear cartilage without closing the external auditory meatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10834506
    Abstract: There is provided is a stereo headphone provided with a pair of earphones having a cartilage conduction unit, a sheath unit connected to the cartilage conduction unit, and a piezoelectric bimorph of a vibration source connected to the cartilage conduction unit covered by the sheath unit without making contact with the inner wall thereof. The cartilage conduction unit is an elastic body. The cartilage conduction unit is in contact with the entrance to the external auditory meatus and has a passage hole in communication with the external auditory meatus. The vibration source is supported by a thick portion on the tragus side at the periphery of the passage hole. In accordance with a more specific feature, the thick portion is provided. The outer shape of the sheath has a thickness in the direction of the earhole that is less than the thickness in the direction orthogonal thereto. A guide part for directing the sheath to the intertragic notch is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masashi Morimoto, Masahide Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20200346458
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a recording unit that performs a recording by ejecting a liquid on a medium; a carriage that includes the recording unit and is movable in a width direction; a casing that has the carriage therein and constitutes an external appearance of the apparatus; an adapter that is mounted on an upper portion of the recording unit and accommodates the liquid to be supplied to the recording unit; at least one liquid accommodating unit that supplies the liquid to the adapter through a tube and includes a filling port into which the liquid can be filled; and a waste liquid receiving unit that receives the liquid discharged as a waste liquid during a maintenance operation of the recording unit, in which the casing has a cover for covering both the liquid accommodating unit and the waste liquid receiving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki TANAKA, Atsuya HIRABAYASHI, Nobuhisa NOMOTO, Masahide NAKAGAWA
  • Patent number: 10803156
    Abstract: In a biometrics system for a building entrance unlocking or a bank account authentication, reference information registered under administration by the system is transmitted to a room or mobile-phone for private storage, with the original reference information deleted from the system. Biologic information gotten upon authentication is transmitted through wireless system to the room or mobile-phone for comparison with the reference, the result being returned to the system. Or, the reference is tentatively sent back to the system for comparison with the gotten biologic information. The biologic information sent to mobile-phone also includes health control information for storage and display. Mobile-phone also can receive blood pressure information at a waiting lounge of medical institution though wireless local communication even if the main power shut down. The communication between the biometrics system and the mobile-phone is encrypted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Masahide Tanaka, Tohru Matsui
  • Patent number: 10795321
    Abstract: Provided is a wristwatch provided with a display unit with which the top and bottom of a display can be inverted when being observed, and vibration transferring units for cartilage conduction provided respectively in the vicinity of the distal end of the radius and in a part in contact with the distal end of the ulna when being worn. The wristwatch is provided with an operating portion which is located at the back of the hand when being worn. The orientation whereby the top and bottom of the display unit are in an upright condition is determined on the basis of an acceleration detected by an acceleration detecting unit, and a determination is performed on the basis of a mean value of gravitational acceleration to determine whether the wristwatch is being worn with the operating portion facing up or down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masahide Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20200296478
    Abstract: A receiving apparatus comprises a recorder of the received digital contents and commercial messages. Commercial message retrieved from the recorder is interposed into a digital content or between a pair of digital contents in accordance with the type of commercial message. Interposition of commercial message is controlled by internal information, such as history of actually displaying the same commercial message, or history of skipping the same commercial message. The receiving apparatus controls the repetition time of displaying the same commercial message, or decision whether or not actually displaying a specific commercial message, or the order of displaying commercial messages. Skip of commercial message is prevented unless display has been repeated over a minimum requirement, or user agrees with a compensation for the skip. Repetition of the same commercial message ceases with skip repeated over a limit. Notice of interposing commercial message or of compensation for skip is made in advance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: NL Giken Incorporated
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10778823
    Abstract: A mobile telephone in accordance with some implementations has a mobile telephone upper edge unit including a right-ear cartilage conduction unit, a left-ear cartilage conduction unit, and a linking unit linking the right-ear cartilage conduction unit and the left-ear cartilage conduction unit, the units being exposed at the mobile telephone surface; and a cartilage-conduction vibration source for transmitting vibration to the mobile telephone upper edge unit. The mobile telephone can include: a sound source unit for outputting a sound signal; an acoustic processing unit for applying correction to the sound signal output from the sound source unit, doing so on the basis of the vibration frequency characteristics of ear cartilage; a cartilage-conduction vibration source vibrated by the sound signal corrected by the acoustic processing unit; and a detection unit for detecting pressing of the mobile telephone against the ear cartilage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masashi Morimoto, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10779075
    Abstract: The present specification discloses an incoming/outgoing-talk unit having an ear-hook unit, a cartilage conduction vibration unit that makes contact with ear cartilage in a state where the hook unit is hooked to the ear, an outgoing-talk unit, and a unit for performing short-range wireless communication with the mobile telephone. Further disclosed is an incoming-talk unit having an ear-hook unit, and a cartilage conduction vibration unit for transmitting cartilage conduction from outside of ear cartilage in a state where the hook unit is hooked to the ear. Also disclosed is an incoming-talk unit having a three-dimensional viewing adjustment unit, a temple having a unit for adjusting contact of eyesight-adjusting eyeglasses with the temple when the unit is superposedly mounted on the eyesight-adjusting eyeglasses; and an audio information output unit provided to the temple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masashi Morimoto, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10778824
    Abstract: A pen-type handset has a clip portion as a cartilage conduction unit. The clip portion, of an elastic body, is supported on a main body with no direct contact of a cartilage-conduction vibration source in the clip portion with the main body. The clip portion supporting the cartilage-conduction vibration source is supported on the main body via a vibration isolating material. With the clip portion closed, vibration of the cartilage-conduction vibration source is not conducted to the main body; with the clip portion open, vibration of the cartilage-conduction vibration source is conducted to the main body. With the clip portion open, operation of an incoming-call display unit is prohibited. With the clip portion open, operation on an operation unit is invalidated. An incoming call is responded to by closing the open clip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10766260
    Abstract: A recording apparatus includes: a recording unit that performs a recording by ejecting a liquid on a medium; a carriage that includes the recording unit and is movable in a width direction; a casing that has the carriage therein and constitutes an external appearance of the apparatus; an adapter that is mounted on an upper portion of the recording unit and accommodates the liquid to be supplied to the recording unit; at least one liquid accommodating unit that supplies the liquid to the adapter through a tube and includes a filling port into which the liquid can be filled; and a waste liquid receiving unit that receives the liquid discharged as a waste liquid during a maintenance operation of the recording unit, in which the casing has a cover for covering both the liquid accommodating unit and the waste liquid receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Atsuya Hirabayashi, Nobuhisa Nomoto, Masahide Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10764422
    Abstract: A digital image viewing system comprises a wireless phone unit, a battery charger for the wireless phone unit and a digital photo frame in short-range wireless communication with the wireless phone unit. The digital photo frame may include phone function unit. Usual slide show is played on display of digital photo frame and replaced by a special image when a speaker of digital photo frame plays a ringer melody. The special image relates to a person causing the ringer melody. An operation at the wireless phone unit is transmitted to the digital photo frame through the short-range wireless communication to change the special image back to the usual slide show. Upon receipt of e-mail with image data attached, cellar phone automatically but conditionally opens the e-mail and takes out the image data to transmit it to digital photo frame through the short-range wireless communication or direct contact with battery charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10726116
    Abstract: In a biometrics system for a building entrance unlocking or a bank account authentication, reference information registered under administration by the system is transmitted to a room or mobile-phone for private storage, with the original reference information deleted from the system. Biologic information gotten upon authentication is transmitted through wireless system to the room or mobile-phone for comparison with the reference, the result being returned to the system. Or, the reference is tentatively sent back to the system for comparison with the gotten biologic information. The biologic information sent to mobile-phone also includes health control information for storage and display. Mobile-phone also can receive blood pressure information at a waiting lounge of medical institution though wireless local communication even if the main power shut down. The communication between the biometrics system and the mobile-phone is encrypted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Masahide Tanaka, Tohru Matsui
  • Patent number: 10728535
    Abstract: 3D television set or its external speaker box has container for a plurality of 3D spectacles. Container can locate individual 3D spectacles therein. Each of 3D spectacles has unique modulation reflector of infrared synchronizing signal. 3D television set displays 3D image on 3D program upon use of 3D spectacles detected directly by the modulation reflection or indirectly by 3D spectacles not remaining in container. 3D television set displays 2D image on 3D program if nonuse of 3D spectacles is detected directly by the no modulation reflection or indirectly by 3D spectacles remaining in container. Upon detection of nonuse, recommendation display is made to ware 3D spectacles. During 2D commercial message, synchronizing signal is halted. Recommendation to put unnecessary 3D spectacles in container is made upon end of every program, or end of 3D program followed by 2D program, or right before power off of 3D television set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20200184845
    Abstract: A data control system comprises a user terminal such as a cellular phone, or an assist appliance, or a combination thereof, and a server in communication with the user terminal. The user terminal acquires the name of a person and an identification data of the person for storage as a reference on an opportunity of the first meeting with the person, and acquires the identification data of the person on an opportunity of meeting again to inform the name of the person with visual and/or audio display if the identification data is in consistency with the stored reference. The reference is transmitted to a server which allows another person to receive the reference on the condition that the same person has given a self-introduction both to a user of the user terminal and the another person to keep privacy of the same person against unknown persons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: NL Giken Incorporated
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10674231
    Abstract: A receiving apparatus comprises a recorder of the received digital contents and commercial messages. Commercial message retrieved from the recorder is interposed into a digital content or between a pair of digital contents in accordance with the type of commercial message. Interposition of commercial message is controlled by internal information, such as history of actually displaying the same commercial message, or history of skipping the same commercial message. The receiving apparatus controls the repetition time of displaying the same commercial message, or decision whether or not actually displaying a specific commercial message, or the order of displaying commercial messages. Skip of commercial message is prevented unless display has been repeated over a minimum requirement, or user agrees with a compensation for the skip. Repetition of the same commercial message ceases with skip repeated over a limit. Notice of interposing commercial message or of compensation for skip is made in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20200126006
    Abstract: A run efficiency measuring system measures both investment into a vehicle for run and actual run performance by the vehicle. The investment means cost of energy, toll, and budgeted time, while the actual run performance means travel distance and saved time. Run efficiency is calculated on the measurements separately by difference in driver, between toll run and free run, and in unit price of energy. The measurement is summarized every time when one of the differences occurs, or day changes, or predetermined travel distance has been run. Vehicle is in wireless communication with IC card type certificate integrated with credit card which is inserted into card slot of the vehicle to identify driver for the individual run efficiency calculation, authentication as qualified driver, and ETC payment. Run efficiency data gotten in a vehicle can be taken over to next different vehicle for accumulation by way of memory of the certificate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: NL Giken Incorporated
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka