Patents by Inventor Masashi Okabe

Masashi Okabe 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: 10386624
    Abstract: A microscope-image processing apparatus including: a processor including hardware, wherein the processor is configured to implement: a captured-region-image generating portion configured to generate a captured-region image by pasting together a plurality of partial images acquired by using a microscope while changing a viewing field with respect to a sample; an uncaptured-region-color setting portion configured to set pixel values of an uncaptured region based on pixel values of rows of pixels at at least one side of the partial images that are positioned at edge portions of the captured-region image generated by the captured-region-image generating portion; and an image combining portion configured to generate a combined image by combining the captured-region image generated by the captured-region-image generating portion and an uncaptured-region image that has the pixel values set by the uncaptured-region-color setting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Okabe, Shohei Imamura
  • Publication number: 20190152444
    Abstract: A wiper apparatus 4 is configured to wipe a rear windshield of a vehicle body rear portion. Above the vehicle body rear portion, the wiper apparatus is arranged on a rear side and a lower side of an ornamental member arranged to form a space to flow air between the ornamental member and an upper surface portion of the vehicle body rear portion. The wiper apparatus is provided with a flow straightening portion standing on the wiper apparatus and including a surface portion that inclines to a vehicle body rear side from a base portion toward a top portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Koji OKABE, Masashi MIYAZAWA, Masaki KAWAMURA
  • Patent number: 10067327
    Abstract: To acquire a pasted image having an enlarged dynamic range and having a high quality and a high angle of view, an image acquisition apparatus includes an imaging unit that captures an object, to acquire an image, an imaging control unit that controls the imaging unit, an HDR processing unit that combines a plurality of partial images acquired by capturing the same region of the object under different exposures, to generate an HDR image having an enlarged dynamic range, a pasting processing unit that pastes the plurality of HDR images generated for different regions of the object, to acquire a pasted image having a higher angle of view, and an exposure setting unit that sets an exposure condition in capturing all the partial images based on image information acquired by capturing a wider range than the single partial image included in the pasted image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Okabe
  • Publication number: 20180067297
    Abstract: A microscope-image processing apparatus including: a processor including hardware, wherein the processor is configured to implement: a captured-region-image generating portion configured to generate a captured-region image by pasting together a plurality of partial images acquired by using a microscope while changing a viewing field with respect to a sample; an uncaptured-region-color setting portion configured to set pixel values of an uncaptured region based on pixel values of rows of pixels at at least one side of the partial images that are positioned at edge portions of the captured-region image generated by the captured-region-image generating portion; and an image combining portion configured to generate a combined image by combining the captured-region image generated by the captured-region-image generating portion and an uncaptured-region image that has the pixel values set by the uncaptured-region-color setting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi OKABE, Shohei IMAMURA
  • Patent number: 9829694
    Abstract: Provided is a microscope system including a microscope provided with a multi-channel image-acquisition unit that acquires images of a specimen at respective wavelengths; an adjustment-method storage portion that stores, for respective channels, contrast adjusting methods for the images acquired by the image-acquisition unit; and a contrast adjusting portion that adjusts, for the respective channels, contrasts of the images acquired by the image-acquisition unit based on the contrast adjusting methods stored in the adjustment-method storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Okabe
  • Publication number: 20160274347
    Abstract: A microscope system including an optical microscope for observing a specimen, an image-acquisition portion that performs image acquisition of an image of the specimen obtained by the optical microscope, a monitor that displays the image of the specimen acquired by the image-acquisition portion, a region-of-interest setting portion that sets, in the image of the specimen, a region-of-interest that is being observed by the observer on the monitor, and an exposure control portion that controls the exposure level of the image-acquisition portion based on the brightness of the region-of-interest set in the image of the specimen by the region-of-interest setting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi OKABE
  • Publication number: 20150355443
    Abstract: To acquire a pasted image having an enlarged dynamic range and having a high quality and a high angle of view, an image acquisition apparatus includes an imaging unit that captures an object, to acquire an image, an imaging control unit that controls the imaging unit, an HDR processing unit that combines a plurality of partial images acquired by capturing the same region of the object under different exposures, to generate an HDR image having an enlarged dynamic range, a pasting processing unit that pastes the plurality of HDR images generated for different regions of the object, to acquire a pasted image having a higher angle of view, and an exposure setting unit that sets an exposure condition in capturing all the partial images based on image information acquired by capturing a wider range than the single partial image included in the pasted image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi OKABE
  • Patent number: 9151942
    Abstract: A microscope system including a stage on which a specimen is mounted and that can be moved in a direction that intersects with an optical axis of illumination light irradiated on the specimen; an observation optical system that acquires an image of the specimen on which the illumination light is irradiated; a viewing-range setting unit that sets a viewing range of the image acquired by the observation optical system and displayed on a display unit; a ratio calculating unit that calculates a ratio of the viewing range of the image, which is set by the viewing-range setting unit, relative to a maximum image-acquisition area that can be captured by the observation optical system; and a stage controller that controls a moving speed of the stage in accordance with the ratio calculated by the ratio calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Okabe, Naohiro Ariga
  • Patent number: 9046696
    Abstract: Optimal shading correction is achieved even when exposure times are different. An apparatus includes a section that stores a ? property of an image pickup device, a section that stores a shading pattern acquired by the image pickup device, and a first exposure time, a section that stores image data acquired by the image pickup device and a second exposure time, a section that calculates a pre-correction pattern, based on the stored shading pattern and the stored ? property, a section that calculates a revised pattern by performing ? correction for the calculated pre-correction pattern after multiplying the calculated pre-correction pattern by a ratio of the second exposure time to the first exposure time, and a section that performs shading correction for the stored image data by using the calculated revised pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Okabe
  • Publication number: 20150145982
    Abstract: Provided is a microscope system including a microscope provided with a multi-channel image-acquisition unit that acquires images of a specimen at respective wavelengths; an adjustment-method storage portion that stores, for respective channels, contrast adjusting methods for the images acquired by the image-acquisition unit; and a contrast adjusting portion that adjusts, for the respective channels, contrasts of the images acquired by the image-acquisition unit based on the contrast adjusting methods stored in the adjustment-method storage portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi OKABE
  • Patent number: 8962115
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a fire-resistant piping material that can be fire-protection measures by itself and is excellent in construction workability. A single-layered fire-resistant piping material according to the present invention is constituted of a fire-resistant resin composition containing heat-expandable graphite in an amount of 1 to 10 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of a polyvinyl chloride-based resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Okabe, Koji Ichihara, Hideharu Kimura, Toshifumi Sanni
  • Patent number: 8768056
    Abstract: An image processing system is provided that includes: an image data storage section that stores image data of a consecutive plurality of frames; a display section that displays image data that is stored; a region-of-interest setting section that sets a region of interest in the displayed image data; a change amount detection section that, with respect to the region of interest that is set, compares image data of adjacent frames stored in the image data storage section and detects a change amount therebetween; a change determination section that determines whether the detected change amount exceeds a predetermined threshold value; and an index storage section that stores image data of a frame that is determined to exceed the predetermined threshold value by the change determination section as an index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Okabe
  • Publication number: 20120314951
    Abstract: An image processing system is provided that includes: an image data storage section that stores image data of a consecutive plurality of frames; a display section that displays image data that is stored; a region-of-interest setting section that sets a region of interest in the displayed image data; a change amount detection section that, with respect to the region of interest that is set, compares image data of adjacent frames stored in the image data storage section and detects a change amount therebetween; a change determination section that determines whether the detected change amount exceeds a predetermined threshold value; and an index storage section that stores image data of a frame that is determined to exceed the predetermined threshold value by the change determination section as an index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi OKABE
  • Publication number: 20120026582
    Abstract: Changes in moving speed of an observation image relative to the viewing range of an image displayed on a display unit are reduced, even if a stage is driven when the viewing range of the image on the display unit is changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi OKABE, Naohiro ARIGA
  • Publication number: 20100173109
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a fire-resistant piping material that can be fire-protection measures by itself and is excellent in construction workability. A single-layered fire-resistant piping material according to the present invention is constituted of a fire-resistant resin composition containing heat-expandable graphite in an amount of 1 to 10 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of a polyvinyl chloride-based resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Okabe, Koji Ichihara, Hideharu Kimura, Toshifumi Sanni
  • Patent number: 7570244
    Abstract: Signal lines for supplying signal currents to respective pixel circuits having light emitting elements are arranged. A signal line driving circuit generates, on a signal line, a signal current corresponding to the image data, by switching bit weighting currents output from bit weighting current source circuits provided for respective bits of the image data, using a switch circuit turned on/off dependent on the corresponding bit. Each current source circuit has a function of correcting the level of the bit weighting current output from itself, based on a reference current of the bit weighting current supplied from a reference current line. Therefore, even when the characteristics of TFTs forming respective current source circuits vary widely, variation in signal currents among the signal lines can be suppressed, and unevenness in emission luminance can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabuhsiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masafumi Agari, Hidetada Tokioka, Ryuichi Hashido, Takahiro Urakabe, Suehiro Gotoh, Masashi Okabe, Mitsuo Inoue
  • Publication number: 20080295958
    Abstract: A polyolefin resin drawn sheet 4 is laminated on at least one face of a sheet-form core material 6 having a density of 30 to 300 kgf/m3. At this time, a sheet or film 5 made of a bonding synthetic resin or rubber having a flow starting temperature lower than the thermal deformation temperature of the core material 6 and the melting point of the drawn sheet 4 is interposed between the core material 6 and the drawn sheet 4. The resultant stack product is heated to not less than the flow starting temperature of the synthetic resin or the rubber and not more than the thermal deformation temperature of the core material 6 and the melting point of the drawn sheet 4. At the same time of or after the heating, the stack product is pressed to apply a compression strain of 0.01 to 10% to the core material 6.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Michitaka Tsujimoto, Katsuo Matsuzaka, Koji Yamaguchi, Masashi Okabe, Masanori Hirata, Masafumi Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 7452440
    Abstract: A polyolefin resin drawn sheet 4 is laminated on at least one face of a sheet-form core material 6 having a density of 30 to 300 kgf/m3. At this time, a sheet or film 5 made of a bonding synthetic resin or rubber having a flow starting temperature lower than the thermal deformation temperature of the core material 6 and the melting point of the drawn sheet 4 is interposed between the core material 6 and the drawn sheet 4. The resultant stack product is heated to not less than the flow starting temperature of the synthetic resin or the rubber and not more than the thermal deformation temperature of the core material 6 and the melting point of the drawn sheet 4. At the same time of or after the heating, the stack product is pressed to apply a compression strain of 0.01 to 10% to the core material 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michitaka Tsujimoto, Katsuo Matsuzaka, Koji Yamaguchi, Masashi Okabe, Masanori Hirata, Masafumi Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 7369125
    Abstract: A current supply circuit providing a data line with a current corresponding to a digital signal composed of data bits includes a current control circuit, a precharge switch and a precharge regulating circuit. The current control circuit responds to control signals reflecting respective data bits to control the amount of current along the data line. The precharge switch precharges the data line to a predetermined voltage prior to current supply. The precharge regulating circuit exchanges with the data line electric charge corresponding to the control signals to move the voltage on the data line closer to a steady voltage corresponding to the data bits. In this way, an analog current corresponding to digital data can be promptly produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidetada Tokioka, Masafumi Agari, Ryuichi Hashido, Masashi Okabe
  • Patent number: 7242378
    Abstract: A current supply circuit includes a bit select circuit selectively providing even-numbered bits or odd-numbered bits of eight bit image data, and supplies a gray-scale current corresponding to the bits provided from the bit select circuit to a pixel. In a one-frame period, a time length for supplying a current corresponding to the even-numbered bits to the light-emitting element is set twice as large as a time length for supplying a current corresponding to the odd-numbered bits. By setting 16 levels of the gray-scale current for four bits, a current-time product of a current passing through the light-emitting element during the one-frame period can be controlled to 256 levels for eight bits. Thereby, an image display device provided at each of the pixels with the light-emitting element can reduce sizes of circuits generating the gray-scale current in accordance with a digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Okabe, Masafumi Agari, Hidetada Tokioka, Ryuichi Hashido