Patents by Inventor Masaya Kinoshita

Masaya Kinoshita 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: 11420335
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to estimate a position of a distal end of a movable unit with a reduced processing load, the information processing including a position computer that computes, on the basis of first positional information obtained from reading of a projected marker by a first visual sensor and second positional information including positional information obtained from reading of the marker by a second visual sensor that moves relative to the first visual sensor, a position of a movable unit in which the second visual sensor is disposed. This makes it possible to estimate the position of the distal end of the movable unit with a reduced processing load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Terasawa, Masaya Kinoshita, Kazuo Hongo
  • Patent number: 11407120
    Abstract: To provide a control device and a control method enabled to more simply execute initialization of a force sensor included in a legged walking robot. Provided is a control device including: a leg control unit that controls at least one or more legs of a legged walking robot including a plurality of legs, and stores a force sensor provided in each of the legs in a predetermined space in which the force sensor provided in each of the legs is in a non-contact state; and an initialization execution unit that performs initialization of the force sensor provided in each of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Sakamoto, Yasunori Kawanami, Masaya Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20220192769
    Abstract: There is provided a surgical instrument having a plurality of methods of use and reducing the number of times that treatment portions are detachably replaced. The surgical instrument includes a treatment unit having a first treatment portion on an end portion thereof and a second treatment portion on another end portion thereof, and a holder that supports the treatment unit so as to allow the states of use of the first treatment portion and the second treatment portion to be switched. The holder supports the holder so as to be rotatable around a switching shaft for switching the states of use of the first treatment portion and the second treatment portion, and supports the treatment unit such that, while one of the first treatment portion and the second treatment portion is in a usable state, the other is in a standby state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: WILLIAM ALEXANDRE CONUS, MASAYA KINOSHITA, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, TAKUYA KOMAMI
  • Patent number: 11345024
    Abstract: Provided is a drive device that can remove the influence of static friction by driving two drive axes with three drive units. A drive device includes: a first drive unit; a second drive unit; a third drive unit; a first differential unit connected to the first drive unit and the second drive unit; a second differential unit connected to the second drive unit and the third drive unit; and a control unit that controls the first to third drive units. The control unit controls the second drive unit at a constant speed, and controls a speed of each of the first drive unit and the third drive unit relative to that of the second drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunsuke Yajima, Kazuo Hongo, Masaya Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20220106001
    Abstract: There is achieved a traveling robot configured to travel by switching between leg driving and wheel driving while suppressing a decrease in velocity in switching between the leg driving and the wheel driving. The traveling robot includes a drive unit, a clutch configured to switch a transmission destination of a driving force from the drive unit, a leg and a wheel that are configured to be driven by the driving force from the drive unit, and a control unit. The control unit executes, in drive switching between leg driving and wheel driving, travel velocity control before the drive switching such that a travel velocity after the drive switching is substantially equal to a travel velocity before the drive switching. The control unit sets, in the drive switching between the leg driving and the wheel driving, a sliding movement state in which the wheel is caused to slide in a non-driven state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: NORIAKI TAKASUGI, WATARU KOKUBO, MASAYA KINOSHITA, YASUNORI KAWANAMI
  • Publication number: 20220016773
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes determination unit that determines whether a related element is included in environmental information on the basis of a position and a shape of the related element, and an environmental information control unit that controls a mode of acquisition or use of the environmental information on the basis of determination performed by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: RYOICHI TSUZAKI, MASAYA KINOSHITA, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, YUKI ITOTANI
  • Publication number: 20210401224
    Abstract: An information processing device 10 includes a determination unit 13 that determines a force to be applied to a food material during cooking by a pressing portion on the basis of food material information regarding elasticity of the food material before cooking, and an estimation unit 14 that estimates progress of cooking of the food material on the basis of information regarding deformation of the food material when the pressing portion has applied the force to the food material during the cooking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: TAKUYA KOMAMI, KAZUO HONGO, MASAYA KINOSHITA
  • Publication number: 20210281737
    Abstract: A control section 45 sets an exposure timing and an exposure period for imaging pixels for acquiring an imaging picture and light intensity detection pixels for detecting intensity of illumination light individually by an imaging section 21. A correction gain calculation section 32 calculates a flicker correction gain for each of the imaging pixels on the basis of pixel signals generated by the imaging pixels and pixel signals generated by the light intensity detection pixels. A flicker correction section 33 uses the flicker correction gain for each imaging pixel calculated by the correction gain calculation section 32 to perform flicker correction of the imaging pixel. Accordingly, an imaging picture can be obtained on which the influence of fluctuation of the intensity of emission light is reduced irrespective of the positional relationship between an illumination apparatus and an imaging object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: AKIRA IWASE, TAKAHIRO MORI, DAISUKE NAKAYAMA, YASUHIRO KODAMA, MASAYA KINOSHITA
  • Publication number: 20210268645
    Abstract: A control apparatus including: a control unit (110) configured to compare a weight related to a current operating environment calculated based on detected information that is detected at a current position of a control object with a predetermined threshold that is set to determination criteria of a known operating environment and, based on a comparison result, determine an operation of the control object in the current operating environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: KIYOKAZU MIYAZAWA, KAZUO HONGO, MASAYA KINOSHITA, YOHEI FUKUMA, YASUFUMI HAYASHIDA
  • Publication number: 20210213609
    Abstract: A center of gravity of a robot device is estimated without utilization of a force sensor or the like. An information processing device including: a center-of-gravity estimation unit that calculates, on the basis of torque applied to one or more joints included in each of a plurality of leg portions, reaction force applied from a ground contact surface to each of the plurality of leg portions, and that estimates a center of gravity of a robot device including the plurality of leg portions on the basis of the calculated reaction force on the plurality of leg portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: MASAYA KINOSHITA, KAZUO HONGO, HIROKI SAIJO
  • Patent number: 11012614
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device including a subject distance change determination unit configured to detect a temporal change of a distance from an imaging position to each subject present in an image and determine a tendency toward approach or recession of the each subject with respect to the imaging position on the basis of the detection, and a main subject determination unit configured to determine a main subject on the basis of the tendency toward approach or recession of the each subject determined by the subject distance change determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaya Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10979639
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an imaging control apparatus, an imaging control method, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium. The imaging control apparatus including a controller having a state detection unit and a mode processing instruction unit. The state detection unit configured to receive a sensing signal from a sensor, detect an imaging environment of an imaging apparatus becoming a first state, and detect a transition of the imaging environment from the first state to a second state based at least in part on the sensing signal. The mode processing instruction unit configured to instruct a first imaging operation in a first mode on a basis of detection of the imaging environment of the imaging apparatus becoming the first state, and instruct a second imaging operation in a second mode on a basis of detection of the transition of the imaging environment from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Kinoshita, Kentaro Matsukura, Akira Tokuse
  • Publication number: 20210046640
    Abstract: Provided is a drive device that can remove the influence of static friction by driving two drive axes with three drive units. A drive device includes: a first drive unit; a second drive unit; a third drive unit; a first differential unit connected to the first drive unit and the second drive unit; a second differential unit connected to the second drive unit and the third drive unit; and a control unit that controls the first to third drive units. The control unit controls the second drive unit at a constant speed, and controls a speed of each of the first drive unit and the third drive unit relative to that of the second drive unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke YAJIMA, Kazuo HONGO, Masaya KINOSHITA
  • Publication number: 20210037162
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging device including: a signal processing unit configured to cause a series of picture data being continuously acquired to be temporarily stored in a buffer memory area in a signal processing process, read out the series of picture data from the buffer memory area, and perform a subsequent signal processing; and a control unit configured to perform control for deleting at least a part of the picture data stored in the buffer memory area, on a basis of detecting a predetermined operation while the signal processing is being performed on the series of picture data by the signal processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Yuki Kawaguchi, Koji Ozaki, Masaya Kinoshita, Akira Iwase
  • Patent number: 10911686
    Abstract: A zoom control device includes: a zoom magnification ratio change speed setting unit that sets a main image zoom magnification ratio change speed and a monitoring image zoom magnification ratio change speed according to a zoom operation by a user; and a zoom control unit that conducts a zoom control on a main image so that a zoom magnification ratio changes according to the main image zoom magnification ratio change speed, and conducts a zoom control on a monitoring image so that the zoom magnification ratio changes according to the monitoring image zoom magnification ratio change speed. The zoom magnification ratio change speed setting unit is configured to set the main image zoom magnification ratio change speed by smoothing the monitoring image zoom magnification ratio change speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi Wakazono, Takahiro Mori, Kouji Yamamoto, Masakazu Ebihara, Masaya Kinoshita, Yuki Ono
  • Publication number: 20200406465
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus to estimate a position of a distal end of a movable unit with a reduced processing load, the information processing including a position computer that computes, on the basis of first positional information obtained from reading of a projected marker by a first visual sensor and second positional information including positional information obtained from reading of the marker by a second visual sensor that moves relative to the first visual sensor, a position of a movable unit in which the second visual sensor is disposed. This makes it possible to estimate the position of the distal end of the movable unit with a reduced processing load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo TERASAWA, Masaya KINOSHITA, Kazuo HONGO
  • Patent number: 10848662
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device including a global motion detection unit configured to detect a global motion indicating a motion of an entire image, a local motion detection unit configured to detect a local motion indicating a motion of each of areas of an image, and a main subject determination unit configured to determine a main subject based on the global motion and the local motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaya Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20200186713
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an imaging control apparatus, an imaging control method, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium. The imaging control apparatus including a controller having a state detection unit and a mode processing instruction unit. The state detection unit configured to receive a sensing signal from a sensor, detect an imaging environment of an imaging apparatus becoming a first state, and detect a transition of the imaging environment from the first state to a second state based at least in part on the sensing signal. The mode processing instruction unit configured to instruct a first imaging operation in a first mode on a basis of detection of the imaging environment of the imaging apparatus becoming the first state, and instruct a second imaging operation in a second mode on a basis of detection of the transition of the imaging environment from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Masaya Kinoshita, Kentaro Matsukura, Akira Tokuse
  • Patent number: 10630891
    Abstract: Provided is a an image processing apparatus including a candidate detection unit configured to detect each of candidate images serving as candidates for a main subject for a plurality of frames of image data, and a main subject determination unit configured to obtain a degree of stable presence of the candidate images detected by the candidate detection unit within the image data spanning the plurality of frames and to determine a main subject among the candidate images using the degree of stable presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaya Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20200120262
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device including a subject distance change determination unit configured to detect a temporal change of a distance from an imaging position to each subject present in an image and determine a tendency toward approach or recession of the each subject with respect to the imaging position on the basis of the detection, and a main subject determination unit configured to determine a main subject on the basis of the tendency toward approach or recession of the each subject determined by the subject distance change determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventor: Masaya Kinoshita