Masaya Takahashi 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).
Abstract: An imaging apparatus of the present disclosure includes: a liquid crystal panel configured to adjust light transmittance; a light emitting element configured to apply detection light; a first light receiving element configured to receive first detection light transmitted through the liquid crystal panel in the detection light, and to output a first output value related to a light amount of the first detection light; a second light receiving element configured to receive second detection light not transmitted through the liquid crystal panel in the detection light, and to output a second output value related to a light amount of the second detection light; a transmittance calculator configured to calculate a liquid crystal transmittance of the liquid crystal panel based on the first output value and the second output value; and an imaging element configured to image imaging light transmitted through the liquid crystal panel.
Abstract: A measurement device for a photovoltaic module includes an output characteristic measurer and a weight measurer. The output characteristic measurer measures an output voltage value and an output current value between a positive terminal and a negative terminal of the photovoltaic module. The weight measurer measures a weight value of the photovoltaic module.
Abstract: A resource recovery system for recovering articles to be recycled as a resource includes a plurality of resource recovery apparatuses that recovers the discarded articles by a person discarding waste and a server apparatus that manages the plurality of resource recovery apparatuses. The server apparatus generates suggestion information including information indicating a suggestion for a location of a target resource recovery apparatus, based on a utilization result and a location of each of the plurality of resource recovery apparatuses. The target resource recovery apparatus is the resource recovery apparatus to be newly placed and/or the resource recovery apparatus that has been located and of which location is to be changed.
Abstract: A coil unit for a contactless power supply system includes a plurality of coils for electric power transfer, and a magnetic flux reduction structure. The plurality of coils include a first coil and a second coil adjacent to the first coil in a predetermined direction. The magnetic flux reduction structure reduces, during electric power transfer using the first coil, magnetic flux by which the first coil causes an induced voltage or induced current to be generated in the second coil.
Abstract: A resource collection apparatus is an apparatus for collecting waste reusable as a resource. The resource collection apparatus includes an opening associated with a predetermined sorting type, an opening/closing unit configured to open and close the opening, a first detector configured to perform an operation to detect a target waste belonging to a user, and a controller configured to specify a sorting type into which the target waste is to be sorted, by using a result of the detection by the first detector. The controller switches the opening/closing unit from a closed state to an open state when the specified sorting type matches the sorting type associated with the opening.
Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a conveying portion, a conveying path, a discharge port, a stacking portion, a manual setting portion, a binding device which binds a sheet bundle formed by the stacking portion and a sheet bundle set at the manual setting portion by a staple, a first regulating portion which regulates a position of the sheet bundle at a rear side of the apparatus in a width direction, and a second regulating portion which regulates a position of the sheet bundle in the conveying direction. The binding device is formed to be movable back and forth to a front side and the rear side of the apparatus. When a staple is replenished to the binding device, the binding device is positioned at the third position so that a cartridge of the staple is loaded into the binding device from the front side of the apparatus.
Abstract: A resource recovery system is a system for recovering articles which can be recycled as resources. The resource recovery system includes a resource recovery apparatus that recovers the article discarded by a consumer, and a server apparatus that communicates with the resource recovery apparatus. The resource recovery apparatus transmits, to the server apparatus, a first message including an article identifier for identifying the recovered article. The server apparatus associates, based on the first message received from the resource recovery apparatus, a discarding time when the article is discarded with a provision time when the article is provided to the consumer.
Abstract: A sheet binding processing apparatus includes a conveying portion, a conveying path for sheets, a stacking portion on which sheets from the conveying path are stacked, a first regulating portion for regulating a sheet bundle on the stacking portion in a crossing direction, a second regulating portion for regulating a sheet bundle in the conveying direction, a manual setting portion for setting sheets from an outside of the apparatus, and a binding device which binds a sheet bundle by a staple and moves in the crossing direction. An angular posture of the binding device located at a third position is different from an angular posture located at a first position. An angular posture of the binding device located at the third position is different from an angular posture located at a second position. The second position is located at a second side of the first position.
Abstract: To provide an image forming apparatus having a sheet processing apparatus installed in an in-body space, capable of discharging sheets of different sizes without interfering with discharge operation of the sheet processing apparatus in a compact configuration. An image forming apparatus has a sheet binding unit disposed in an in-body space part thereof, a first conveying path for conveying the sheet discharged to the in-body space part toward the sheet binding unit, and a second conveying path for conveying the sheet discharged to the in-body space part toward a second stack tray that stacks thereon the sheet vertically below a first stack tray disposed outside the in-body space part. The second conveying path extends, inside the in-body space part, substantially horizontally between an image forming part and the sheet binding unit.
Abstract: In a wireless power transfer apparatus, a characteristic adjuster has a frequency characteristic that causes, in a power transfer mode from at least one power transmission unit to a power receiving apparatus, a resonant power transmission circuit to have a resonance frequency that substantially matches an operating frequency. The reactance of a power transmission coil has a reference value in the power transfer mode. The frequency characteristic of the characteristic adjuster causes, in a power non-transfer mode from the at least one power transmission unit to the power receiving apparatus, a reactance of a power transmission coil to become an adjusted value that is higher than the reference value.
Abstract: A power supply system includes a high voltage circuit; a system ECU that controls the high voltage circuit; and a backup power supply unit that supplies electric power in the high voltage circuit to the system ECU. The system ECU includes a discharge controller that performs discharge control to discharge the electric charges in a smoothing capacitor until a secondary-side voltage is reduced to a discharge termination determination voltage or lower; and a vehicle state monitor that determines whether a vehicle is in a stopped state, and determines whether the secondary-side voltage is lower than or equal to a re-rise determination voltage in a monitoring period from termination of the discharge control until the vehicle is determined to be in the stopped state. When the secondary-side voltage is determined to be higher than the re-rise determination voltage by the vehicle state monitor, the discharge controller performs the discharge control again.
Abstract: A contactless power supply system includes: a power transmitter including a first capacitor and a power transmission coil, and having a first resonant frequency; a power receiver including a second capacitor and a power reception coil, and having a second resonant frequency; and a repeater that transmits, to the power reception coil, AC power received from the power transmission coil. The repeater may include: a relay power reception coil unit that receives AC power and includes at least one coil that defines a first stray capacitance for forming a first self-resonant frequency having a frequency identical to the first resonant frequency; and a relay power transmission coil unit that transmits AC power and includes at least one coil that defines a second stray capacitance for forming a second self-resonant frequency having a frequency identical to the second resonant frequency.
Abstract: A delivery assist apparatus includes: a receiver configured to receive power data of at least one facility included in two or more predetermined facilities located in a predetermined area; and a controller configured to determine a procedure of delivering goods to the two or more predetermined facilities, based on the power data. At first timing, the controller executes a first procedure of determining a target area out of two or more delivery areas included in the predetermined area, based on the power data satisfying a first condition based on the first timing. At second timing after the first timing, the controller executes a second procedure of determining a delivery schedule of the goods for two or more target facilities located in the target area, based on the power data satisfying a second condition based on the second timing.
Abstract: An image capture element includes: an imaging region having a plurality of first pixels that include a first photoelectric conversion unit and a first circuit unit that is connected to the first photoelectric conversion unit; and a first control line that is connected to the plurality of first pixels, and to which a signal that controls the plurality of first pixels is outputted; and a plurality of light-shielding pixel regions having: a plurality of second pixels that include a second photoelectric conversion unit that is shielded from light and a second circuit unit, wherein the light-shielding pixel region includes therein all of the first pixels in the imaging region that are connected to the first control line of the imaging region, and is arranged outside of a closed region specified such that an outer edge thereof is a minimum length.
Abstract: Provided is a power supply system for a vehicle, which can reduce a voltage of a main circuit to a specified voltage or less within a specified time after a vehicle collision. The power supply system for the vehicle includes: a high voltage battery, a driving motor connected to a driving wheel, a high voltage circuit transferring electric power between the high voltage battery and the driving motor, a secondary side voltage sensor acquiring a secondary side voltage which is a voltage in the high voltage circuit, and a system ECU executing discharge control for operating the high voltage circuit and reducing the secondary side voltage when a discharge start condition is established. After the discharge start condition is established, the system ECU starts a discharge control process after executing a standby control process for standing by for the start of the discharge control process for a predetermined time.
Abstract: A variable stiffness device includes a first elongated member including high-bending stiffness portions and a low-bending stiffness portion between adjacent high-bending stiffness portions, a second elongated member arranged along the first elongated member and including shape-memory members and a connecting member between adjacent shape-memory members, a heater to heat a shape-memory member in the low-bending stiffness portion to increase the bending stiffness, and a moving mechanism to move the second elongated member relative to the first elongated member. When the heater heats a first shape-memory member in the low-bending stiffness portion, a second shape-memory member next to the first shape-memory member is arranged in a high-bending stiffness portion.
Abstract: A terminal (100) includes a start assist tool (120) that classifies, into multiple groups, multiple remote modules (400) including channels (CH) connected to production line devices (500) as control targets, sets, based on information about the groups, an operation mode of a remote module belonging to a specific group of the multiple groups to a first operation mode to perform operational checks, and forms an image to display an operation of the remote module belonging to a first group.
Abstract: To provide a sheet processing apparatus capable of preventing interference between a next sheet to be conveyed and a discharge claw member after a sheet bundle is discharged by the discharge claw member and reducing the occurrence of a conveyance jam due to curling or buckling of the front end of the next sheet. A sheet processing apparatus includes: a first support guide integrally provided at the upstream end portion in a sheet conveying direction of a discharge unit, which discharges a sheet placed on a processing tray by pushing the rear end portion of the sheet in the sheet conveying direction, and configured to support the downstream front end portion in the conveying direction of a sheet to be conveyed onto the processing tray; and an aligning unit that aligns the sheet on the processing tray in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the conveying direction.
Abstract: A contactless power feeding device that supplies electric power to a power receiving device without contact includes: a power transmitting circuit that transmits alternating-current power; and a power transmitting resonator including a power transmitting coil. The input impedance of the power transmitting resonator is set low in a facing state in which a power receiving coil included in the power receiving device faces the power transmitting coil, and the input impedance of the power transmitting resonator is set high in a non-facing state in which the power receiving coil does not face the power transmitting coil.
Abstract: In a dynamic wireless power transfer system, a power transmission coil is provided in a road. A power transmission circuit supplies electric power to the power transmission coil. A power reception coil is provided in a vehicle. A power reception circuit is connected to the power reception coil. A relay circuit is provided in a tire of the vehicle. The relay circuit includes at least two relay coils that are connected in series. The relay circuit transfers electric power from the power transmission coil to the power reception coil by one relay coil of the two relay coils opposing the power transmission coil and the other relay coil opposing the power reception coil. A resonance frequency of the relay circuit is a frequency that is within a fixed range that is centered on an applied frequency of an alternating-current voltage that is applied to the power transmission coil.