Patents by Inventor Masaho Morita

Masaho Morita 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: 20210060418
    Abstract: Sliding movements between a button drive member and a manipulation button are reduced in a manipulation input device having a function of providing the haptic sense. Manipulation buttons (20R, 20L) individually have contact portions (20b) on sides opposite to sides to be pushed by a user, and are movable about rotation center lines (Ax1). Actuators (30R, 30L) and (230) have button drive members (31, 231) that contact the contact portions (20b) of the manipulation buttons (20L, 20R), and apply, to the manipulation buttons (20L, 20R), forces in opposite directions to directions in which the manipulation buttons (20L, 20R) are pushed. In addition, the actuators (30R, 30L, 230) have guides (34a, 234a) that define the directions in which the button drive members (31, 231) move, and the button drive members (31, 231) are slidable along the guides (34a, 234a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Kawashima, Ryo Fukikoshi, Masaho Morita
  • Patent number: 10870050
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an input device including a first external surface, a second external surface facing in a direction different from the first external surface, a first operating pad disposed in the first external surface, and a second operating pad disposed in the second external surface. The first operating pad includes a touch sensor and is movable in response to a pressing operation. The second operating pad includes a touch sensor and is movable in response to a pressing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaho Morita
  • Publication number: 20200368611
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device (301) includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section (321) which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface (328c) adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface (328c) provided at a front surface of the central section (321). The central section (321) includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface (328c) and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface (328c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi IGARASHI, Masaho MORITA, Kazuyoshi ENOMOTO, Toshimasa AOKI
  • Patent number: 10765937
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device (301) includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section (321) which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface (328c) adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface (328c) provided at a front surface of the central section (321). The central section (321) includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface (328c) and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface (328c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 10712492
    Abstract: An operating device includes a first light-emitting area provided on a front surface of the operating device, a first light-transmitting member that is formed with a material that transmits light and that makes up the first light-emitting area, a second light-emitting area provided on an upper surface of the operating device, a second light-transmitting member that is formed with a material that transmits light and that makes up the second light-emitting area, a light source, and a light guide member adapted to guide light of the light source to the first light-transmitting member and the second light-transmitting member. The light guide member includes a first guide section arranged behind the first light-transmitting member to guide light to the first light-transmitting member, and a second guide section that extends upward beyond a position of the first light-transmitting member toward the second light-transmitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaho Morita, Kazuyuki Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20200114256
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device (301) includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section (321) which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface (328c) adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface (328c) provided at a front surface of the central section (321). The central section (321) includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface (328c) and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface (328c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi IGARASHI, Masaho MORITA, Kazuyoshi ENOMOTO, Toshimasa AOKI
  • Patent number: 10603576
    Abstract: An operating device includes: right and left hold sections to be held by a user, the right and left hold sections provided with first operating members; and a central section interconnecting the right and left hold sections. The operating device has a second operating member forming an upper surface of the central section. The second operating member includes a touch sensor located between the first operating members of the right and left hold sections, and is so supported as to be capable of vertical movement in response to a user's pressing-down operation. The second operating member is plate-like in shape, so that user's fingers can easily reach the second operating member in a condition where the user is holding the hold sections. As a result, operability of the operating device can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Publication number: 20190388779
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an input device including a first external surface, a second external surface facing in a direction different from the first external surface, a first operating pad disposed in the first external surface, and a second operating pad disposed in the second external surface. The first operating pad includes a touch sensor and is movable in response to a pressing operation. The second operating pad includes a touch sensor and is movable in response to a pressing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaho Morita
  • Patent number: 10507386
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface provided at a front surface of the central section. The central section includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 10354816
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an operating device including: a circuit board; a frame arranged on top of the circuit board; a plate-shaped operating member located relative to the frame and including a surface touched by a user's finger and a touch sensor adapted to detect the position of the user's finger that has touched the surface, the plate-shaped operating member being arranged to be able to move up and down so that the operating member can be pressed by the user; and an elastic member arranged between the frame and operating member to bias the operating member upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaho Morita
  • Publication number: 20180158627
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an operating device including: a circuit board; a frame arranged on top of the circuit board; a plate-shaped operating member located relative to the frame and including a surface touched by a user's finger and a touch sensor adapted to detect the position of the user's finger that has touched the surface, the plate-shaped operating member being arranged to be able to move up and down so that the operating member can be pressed by the user; and an elastic member arranged between the frame and operating member to bias the operating member upward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaho Morita
  • Patent number: 9911552
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an operating device including: a circuit board; a frame arranged on top of the circuit board; a plate-shaped operating member located on top of the frame, the plate-shaped operating member including a surface touched by a user's finger and a touch sensor adapted to detect the position of the user's finger that has touched the surface, the plate-shaped operating member being arranged to be able to move up and down so that the operating member can be pressed by the user; and an elastic member arranged between the frame and operating member to bias the operating member upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaho Morita
  • Publication number: 20180011242
    Abstract: An operating device includes a first light-emitting area provided on a front surface of the operating device, a first light-transmitting member that is formed with a material that transmits light and that makes up the first light-emitting area, a second light-emitting area provided on an upper surface of the operating device, a second light-transmitting member that is formed with a material that transmits light and that makes up the second light-emitting area, a light source, and a light guide member adapted to guide light of the light source to the first light-transmitting member and the second light-transmitting member. The light guide member includes a first guide section arranged behind the first light-transmitting member to guide light to the first light-transmitting member, and a second guide section that extends upward beyond a position of the first light-transmitting member toward the second light-transmitting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaho Morita, Kazuyuki Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20170348596
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface provided at a front surface of the central section. The central section includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Takeshi IGARASHI, Masaho MORITA, Kazuyoshi ENOMOTO, Toshimasa AOKI
  • Patent number: 9789395
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface provided at a front surface of the central section. The central section includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 9757648
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface provided at a front surface of the central section. The central section includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Publication number: 20170239559
    Abstract: An operating device includes: right and left hold sections to be held by a user, the right and left hold sections provided with first operating members; and a central section interconnecting the right and left hold sections. The operating device has a second operating member forming an upper surface of the central section. The second operating member includes a touch sensor located between the first operating members of the right and left hold sections, and is so supported as to be capable of vertical movement in response to a user's pressing-down operation. The second operating member is plate-like in shape, so that user's fingers can easily reach the second operating member in a condition where the user is holding the hold sections. As a result, operability of the operating device can be enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Takeshi IGARASHI, Masaho MORITA, Kazuyoshi ENOMOTO, Toshimasa AOKI
  • Patent number: 9690392
    Abstract: An operating device includes: right and left hold sections to be held by a user, the right and left hold sections provided with first operating members; and a central section interconnecting the right and left hold sections. The operating device has a second operating member forming an upper surface of the central section. The second operating member includes a touch sensor located between the first operating members of the right and left hold sections, and is so supported as to be capable of vertical movement in response to a user s pressing-down operation. The second operating member is plate-like in shape, so that user s fingers can easily reach the second operating member in a condition where the user is holding the hold sections. As a result, operability of the operating device can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Publication number: 20150290534
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface provided at a front surface of the central section. The central section includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Publication number: 20150193017
    Abstract: An operating device includes: right and left hold sections to be held by a user, the right and left hold sections provided with first operating members; and a central section interconnecting the right and left hold sections. The operating device has a second operating member forming an upper surface of the central section. The second operating member includes a touch sensor located between the first operating members of the right and left hold sections, and is so supported as to be capable of vertical movement in response to a user s pressing-down operation. The second operating member is plate-like in shape, so that user s fingers can easily reach the second operating member in a condition where the user is holding the hold sections. As a result, operability of the operating device can be enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki