Patents by Inventor Masashi Nakata

Masashi Nakata 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: 11323682
    Abstract: An image processing device acquires a captured image and a depth image. A region dividing section divides the plane of the captured image into regions by determining distance values indicated by the depth image with respect to a preset threshold value (region-divided image). A compressing section generates and outputs data of a captured image having different levels of detail in the respective regions, with respect to the resolution and the number of gradations representing pixel values of the captured image, according to the result of the region division.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 11308694
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus which includes a voice recognition section that recognizes a voice uttered by a user, a motion recognition section that recognizes a motion of the user, a text object control section that disposes an object of text representative of the contents of the voice in a three-dimensional virtual space, and varies text by implementing interaction based on the motion, and an image generation section that displays an image with the three-dimensional virtual space projected thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 11297299
    Abstract: A camera system includes a plurality of cameras configured to capture images in different directions. The camera system rotates the plurality of cameras in a predetermined direction. The plurality of cameras are configured such that, even during rotation, one of the cameras captures an image of a preset specific region. The camera system acquires parallax information regarding an object present in the specific region on the basis of a plurality of captured images of the specific region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 11287658
    Abstract: A picture processing device includes a picture acquisition section that acquires data on a moving picture indicating a space to be viewed, an image extraction section that extracts an image of a target from a frame of the moving picture, and a magnification control section that causes the extracted image of the target to be displayed at a position corresponding to the target, at a magnification that is different from that of a remaining image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Nakata, Takashi Imamura
  • Publication number: 20220086377
    Abstract: There is provided an image sensor including a pixel unit, the pixel unit including a photodiode, a first color filter and a second color filter each disposed in a different position on a plane above the photodiode, and a first on-chip lens disposed over the first color filter and a second on-chip lens disposed over the second color filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Publication number: 20220068405
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a duty adjustment circuit includes: a first delay circuit including a plurality of first delay elements connected in series, each of the first delay elements has a first delay amount; a second delay circuit having a first variable delay unit configured to set a second delay amount smaller than the first delay amount; and a third delay circuit having a second variable delay unit configured to set a third delay amount smaller than the first delay amount. An output terminal of the second delay circuit is connected to an even numbered one of the first delay elements, and an output terminal of the third delay circuit is connected to an odd numbered one of the first delay elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Kioxia Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi NAKATA
  • Patent number: 11252315
    Abstract: In a pixel 110, a microlens layer 112 includes a microlens for each pixel region. A color filter layer 114 allows passage of light of a given color. A polarizer layer 116 includes a polarizer that allows passage of a polarization component in a given direction in some or all pixel regions and acquires a normal vector of a subject through a detection value thereof. A photoelectric conversion layer 118 includes a plurality of photodiodes in the pixel regions. A distance to a feature point of the subject is acquired through phase difference based on the detection value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Publication number: 20220045113
    Abstract: A solid state imaging device that includes a phase difference detection pixel which is a pixel for phase difference detection; a first imaging pixel which is a pixel for imaging and is adjacent to the phase difference detection pixel; and a second imaging pixel which is a pixel for imaging other than the first imaging pixel. An area of a color filter of the first imaging pixel is smaller than an area of a color filter of the second imaging pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi TAYANAKA, Yuuji INOUE, Masashi NAKATA
  • Patent number: 11231587
    Abstract: A line-of-sight direction detection section 32 detects a direction of a line of sight of a user wearing a head-mounted display. A main image generation section 42 generates a first image regarding main content selected by the user as an item to be displayed on the head-mounted display. A display control section 50 causes the head-mounted display to display a second image regarding content different from the main content for promoting recognition of a given thing or service together with the first image. The display control section 50 controls a manner in which the second image is displayed on the head-mounted display in accordance with the direction of the user's line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Nakata, Yasushi Okumura, Yurika Mulase
  • Publication number: 20220019084
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display control apparatus including an image producing part that produces an image of a virtual space to be displayed on a head-mounted display, a display control part that causes the head-mounted display to display thereon the image of the virtual space, and a position selecting part that accepts a selection instruction for a position in the virtual space displayed on the head-mounted display, through an input apparatus used by a user. When the position selecting part accepts the selection instruction for the position from the user, the position selecting part causes the head-mounted display to display thereon an image of the input apparatus, and accepts the selection instruction for the position from a plurality of selectable positions in accordance with an input position relative to a touch pad included in the input apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Mihee KANG, Masashi NAKATA
  • Patent number: 11212476
    Abstract: There is provided an image sensor including a pixel unit, the pixel unit including a photodiode, a first color filter and a second color filter each disposed in a different position on a plane above the photodiode, and a first on-chip lens disposed over the first color filter and a second on-chip lens disposed over the second color filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 11211415
    Abstract: A solid state imaging device that includes a phase difference detection pixel which is a pixel for phase difference detection; a first imaging pixel which is a pixel for imaging and is adjacent to the phase difference detection pixel; and a second imaging pixel which is a pixel for imaging other than the first imaging pixel. An area of a color filter of the first imaging pixel is smaller than an area of a color filter of the second imaging pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tayanaka, Yuuji Inoue, Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 11190714
    Abstract: In a plane of a captured image 202, a gaze-corresponding point 204 corresponding to a user's gaze point with respect to a displayed image is identified. Then, an area of interest 206 is determined based on the identified gaze-corresponding point 204. A space imaging section determines rows or pixel blocks in an imaging plane 208 that include the area of interest 206 and reads out and outputs data in pixel columns included in the rows or pixel blocks prior to other areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 11181744
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display control apparatus including an image producing part that produces an image of a virtual space to be displayed on a head-mounted display, a display control part that causes the head-mounted display to display thereon the image of the virtual space, and a position selecting part that accepts a selection instruction for a position in the virtual space displayed on the head-mounted display, through an input apparatus used by a user. When the position selecting part accepts the selection instruction for the position from the user, the position selecting part causes the head-mounted display to display thereon an image of the input apparatus, and accepts the selection instruction for the position from a plurality of selectable positions in accordance with an input position relative to a touch pad included in the input apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Mihee Kang, Masashi Nakata
  • Publication number: 20210306610
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for: capturing an image of a subject from a position; capturing a plurality of images of the subject from a plurality of further positions around the position such that the plurality of captured images of the subject are at least one of different in image quality and view angles than the image of the subject from the position; generating data to be output on a basis of the image captured from the position and the plurality of images captured from the plurality of further positions; synthesizing the image captured from the position and the plurality of images captured from the plurality of further positions; and changing a synthesis ratio according to an image synthesis position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Publication number: 20210288113
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging element and an electronic apparatus which make it possible to acquire a variety of information regarding a subject including polarization information. Included are an organic photoelectric conversion film that has a light-transmitting property, is oriented in a predetermined axial direction, and includes a step; an upper electrode arranged on a light incident surface side of the organic photoelectric conversion film; and a lower electrode arranged on a side of the organic photoelectric conversion film facing the upper electrode. Protrusions and recesses are formed on the light incident surface side of the organic photoelectric conversion film. An accumulation layer that accumulates an electric charge converted by the organic photoelectric conversion film is included between the organic photoelectric conversion film and the lower electrode, and the step is formed depending on the presence or absence of the accumulation layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: NANAKO KAWAGUCHI, TETSUJI YAMAGUCHI, MASASHI NAKATA
  • Publication number: 20210266425
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device that decreases a width of a bezel, and restricts a decrease in an image quality of an image captured with a camera. The electronic device includes: a displaying unit; and a capture unit arranged on a side opposite a displaying surface of the displaying unit. The capture unit includes: a plurality of photoelectric-conversion units that converts light that has been made to enter through the displaying unit into electricity; and a plurality of polarization elements arranged on a light entering side of at least one photoelectric-conversion unit of the plurality of photoelectric-conversion units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Masashi Nakata, Tomohiro Yamazaki, Junichi Kanai, Yuichiro Baba
  • Publication number: 20210266514
    Abstract: An image processing device acquires a captured image and a depth image. A region dividing section divides the plane of the captured image into regions by determining distance values indicated by the depth image with respect to a preset threshold value (region-divided image). A compressing section generates and outputs data of a captured image having different levels of detail in the respective regions, with respect to the resolution and the number of gradations representing pixel values of the captured image, according to the result of the region division.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Publication number: 20210258500
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image sensor and an electronic apparatus which enable higher-quality images to be obtained. Provided is an image sensor including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including one on-chip lens, and a plurality of photoelectric conversion layers formed below the on-chip lens. Each of at least two of the plurality of photoelectric conversion layers is split, partially formed, or partially shielded from light with respect to a light-receiving surface. The pixels are phase difference detection pixels for performing AF by phase difference detection or imaging pixels for generating an image. The present technology can be applied to a CMOS image sensor, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi NAKATA
  • Patent number: 11064182
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a large imaging section, a plurality of small imaging sections, and an image processing section. The plurality of small imaging sections are smaller in optical size than the large imaging section. The large imaging section captures an image of a subject outside the imaging apparatus. The plurality of small imaging sections are provided at positions around the large imaging section to capture images of the subject. The image processing section generates data to be output on the basis of the image captured by the large imaging section and the images captured by the plurality of small imaging sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata