Patents by Inventor Masayoshi Tojima

Masayoshi Tojima 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: 20210114563
    Abstract: An information processing method includes the following executed by a computer: obtaining a result of sensing the interior of a mobile body; performing a recognition process of recognizing at least one of dirt and damage inside the mobile body, on the basis of the result of sensing; determining handling timing for handling at least one of the dirt and the damage inside the mobile body, according to the result of the recognition process; and outputting a notification for the mobile body to move to a handling place according to the handling timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Shunsuke KUHARA, Masayoshi TOJIMA
  • Publication number: 20210110696
    Abstract: In an information processing method, a computer obtains a result of sensing the interior of a mobile body, performs a recognition process of recognizing at least one of dirt and damage inside the mobile body, on the basis of the sensing result, determines a handler who handles at least one of the dirt and the damage inside the mobile body, according to the result of the recognition process, and outputs a notification for the handler to handle the interior of the mobile body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Shunsuke KUHARA, Masayoshi TOJIMA
  • Publication number: 20190370829
    Abstract: Provided is a server device (101) including: a transmitting/receiving section (201) for receiving, from a household electric appliance (102), an identifier for identifying the household electric appliance (102) and an operation status of the household electric appliance (102); an updating section (207) for estimating a consumption status of a consumer good using the received operation status so as to update the consumption status of the consumer good stored in a utilization information accumulating section (205) based on the estimated consumption status of the consumer good; and a determination section (206) for deciding whether or not to transmit a confirmation message for confirming the consumer good being used with the household electric appliance, based on the updated consumption status of the consumer good.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Toshihisa NAKANO, Masayuki KOZUKA, Motoji OHMORI, Takako HIROSE, Tsuyoshi SAKATA, Yoshiyuki MIYABE, Kazuo OKAMURA, Masayoshi TOJIMA
  • Publication number: 20190347562
    Abstract: A user management method according to the present disclosure includes: storing (S101) appliance use information including: appliance identification information for identifying an appliance; user information for identifying a user of the appliance; and an operating state of the appliance when the appliance was used; analyzing (S102) the appliance use information stored in the storing (S101) to identify, from among a plurality of functions of the appliance, one or more first functions each having a use frequency less than or equal to a threshold value; and providing (S103) the user with a notice which prompts use of the one or more first functions identified in the analyzing (S102).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Kotaro SAKATA, Tomoaki MARUYAMA, Kenji KONDO, Hiroaki YAMAMOTO, Masayoshi TOJIMA
  • Patent number: 10445751
    Abstract: Provided is a server device (101) including: a transmitting/receiving section (201) for receiving, from a household electric appliance (102), an identifier for identifying the household electric appliance (102) and an operation status of the household electric appliance (102); an updating section (207) for estimating a consumption status of a consumer good using the received operation status so as to update the consumption status of the consumer good stored in a utilization information accumulating section (205) based on the estimated consumption status of the consumer good; and a determination section (206) for deciding whether or not to transmit a confirmation message for confirming the consumer good being used with the household electric appliance, based on the updated consumption status of the consumer good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Masayuki Kozuka, Motoji Ohmori, Takako Hirose, Tsuyoshi Sakata, Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Kazuo Okamura, Masayoshi Tojima
  • Patent number: 10402732
    Abstract: A user management method according to the present disclosure includes: storing appliance use information including: appliance identification information for identifying an appliance; user information for identifying a user of the appliance; and an operating state of the appliance when the appliance was used; analyzing the appliance use information stored in the storing to identify, from among a plurality of functions of the appliance, one or more first functions each having a use frequency less than or equal to a threshold value; and providing the user with a notice which prompts use of the one or more first functions identified in the analyzing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kotaro Sakata, Tomoaki Maruyama, Kenji Kondo, Hiroaki Yamamoto, Masayoshi Tojima
  • Patent number: 10380607
    Abstract: Provided is a server device (101) including: a transmitting/receiving section (201) for receiving, from a household electric appliance (102), an identifier for identifying the household electric appliance (102) and an operation status of the household electric appliance (102); an updating section (207) for estimating a consumption status of a consumer good using the received operation status so as to update the consumption status of the consumer good stored in a utilization information accumulating section (205) based on the estimated consumption status of the consumer good; and a determination section (206) for deciding whether or not to transmit a confirmation message for confirming the consumer good being used with the household electric appliance, based on the updated consumption status of the consumer good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Masayuki Kozuka, Motoji Ohmori, Takako Hirose, Tsuyoshi Sakata, Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Kazuo Okamura, Masayoshi Tojima
  • Publication number: 20190051064
    Abstract: Event-related information is acquired, and a judgment is made as to whether a particular event is detected. When a particular event is detected, direction information indicating a first direction is acquired, and first recognition result information is acquired as to a result of a recognition process as to an object located outside a vehicle. Furthermore, a judgment is made as to whether the first recognition result information includes a result of object recognition in the first direction and as to whether existence of a specific object in the first direction is detected. In a case where it is judged that the first recognition result information indicates that object recognition in the first direction is performed and existence of a specific object in the first direction is not detected, process completion information indicating that the vehicle has performed the recognition process in the first direction is generated and output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Masayoshi TOJIMA, Shunsuke KUHARA
  • Patent number: 9979612
    Abstract: Provided is a server device capable of increasing the availability of a device by urging a user who uses the device to perform actions related to maintenance service. In this server device, an information transceiver receives operation information about a device. A remaining life determination unit determines the remaining life of the device or a component of the device based on the operation information. When the determined remaining life reaches a predetermined remaining life or becomes shorter than the predetermined remaining life, a transmission destination setting unit sets a device that is possessed by a person having a predetermined relationship with the user of the device as a transmission destination for the transmission of maintenance service information based on relationship information indicating the relationship between the user of the device and another person who is not the user. The information transceiver transmits the maintenance service information to the transmission destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kenji Kondo, Tomoaki Maruyama, Kotaro Sakata, Hiroaki Yamamoto, Masayoshi Tojima
  • Patent number: 9953267
    Abstract: A control method of the present disclosure is a control method of an information processing apparatus which includes a storage unit that stores predetermined resource information related to a resource required for a living activity of a user, the method including: an acquiring step of acquiring device information; an estimating step of estimating a living activity of the user; a competition extracting step of extracting a living activity group including living activities for which the resources are likely to compete among the living activities, based on the resource information; a resource judging step of judging whether a required resource has been secured for each of the living activities, based on the device information and the resource information; and an inhibition extracting step of extracting, as an inhibited living activity, a living activity for which it has been judged that the required resource has not been secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Maruyama, Kotaro Sakata, Kenji Kondo, Masayoshi Tojima, Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150222476
    Abstract: Provided is a server device capable of increasing the availability of a device by urging a user who uses the device to perform actions related to maintenance service. In this server device, an information transceiver receives operation information about a device. A remaining life determination unit determines the remaining life of the device or a component of the device based on the operation information. When the determined remaining life reaches a predetermined remaining life or becomes shorter than the predetermined remaining life, a transmission destination setting unit sets a device that is possessed by a person having a predetermined relationship with the user of the device as a transmission destination for the transmission of maintenance service information based on relationship information indicating the relationship between the user of the device and another person who is not the user. The information transceiver transmits the maintenance service information to the transmission destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji Kondo, Tomoaki Maruyama, Kotaro Sakata, Hiroaki Yamamoto, Masayoshi Tojima
  • Publication number: 20150161514
    Abstract: A user management method according to the present disclosure includes: storing appliance use information including: appliance identification information for identifying an appliance; user information for identifying a user of the appliance; and an operating state of the appliance when the appliance was used; analyzing the appliance use information stored in the storing to identify, from among a plurality of functions of the appliance, one or more first functions each having a use frequency less than or equal to a threshold value; and providing the user with a notice which prompts use of the one or more first functions identified in the analyzing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Kotaro Sakata, Tomoaki Maruyama, Kenji Kondo, Hiroaki Yamamoto, Masayoshi Tojima
  • Publication number: 20150134369
    Abstract: There are included: a step for receiving, through communication, pieces of operation information each including (a) operating state information of a device and (b) user information for identifying a user, in association with each other; a step storing the pieces of the operation information received in the receiving into a first storage unit; a step for reading, from a second storage unit, behavior tendency information including, in association with each other, (c) operating state information of at least one device and (d) a predetermined user behavior tendency of the user; and a step for specifying the predetermined user behavior tendency which corresponds to the operating state information of at least one device, by searching the pieces of the operation information for the operating state information of at least one device which is included in the behavior tendency information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Kotaro Sakata, Tomoaki Maruyama, Kenji Kondo, Masayoshi Tojima, Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150127421
    Abstract: Provided is a server device (101) including: a transmitting/receiving section (201) for receiving, from a household electric appliance (102), an identifier for identifying the household electric appliance (102) and an operation status of the household electric appliance (102); an updating section (207) for estimating a consumption status of a consumer good using the received operation status so as to update the consumption status of the consumer good stored in a utilization information accumulating section (205) based on the estimated consumption status of the consumer good; and a determination section (206) for deciding whether or not to transmit a confirmation message for confirming the consumer good being used with the household electric appliance, based on the updated consumption status of the consumer good.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Masayuki Kozuka, Motoji Ohmori, Takako Hirose, Tsuyoshi Sakata, Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Kazuo Okamura, Masayoshi Tojima
  • Publication number: 20140324764
    Abstract: A control method of the present disclosure is a control method of an information processing apparatus which includes a storage unit that stores predetermined resource information related to a resource required for a living activity of a user, the method including: an acquiring step of acquiring device information; an estimating step of estimating a living activity of the user; a competition extracting step of extracting a living activity group including living activities for which the resources are likely to compete among the living activities, based on the resource information; a resource judging step of judging whether a required resource has been secured for each of the living activities, based on the device information and the resource information; and an inhibition extracting step of extracting, as an inhibited living activity, a living activity for which it has been judged that the required resource has not been secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Tomoaki Maruyama, Kotaro Sakata, Kenji Kondo, Masayoshi Tojima, Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8867612
    Abstract: There is disclosed a decoding method for decoding an incoming bitstream entropy-encoded according to an encoding method based on either of arithmetic encoding algorithm and non-arithmetic encoding algorithm, the incoming bitstream including syntax elements. The decoding method includes a first converting step of converting the incoming bitstream into an intermediate bitstream according to the encoding method, the first converting being capable of being omitted, a buffering step of selecting, according to the encoding method, either the intermediate bitstream or the incoming bitstream to store the selected bitstream onto a memory, and a second converting step of reading the selected bitstream from the memory to convert the read bitstream into syntax elements, the read bitstream being either the intermediate bitstream or the incoming bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masayoshi Tojima, Masayasu Iguchi, Kiyofumi Abe, Hiroaki Toida, Takahiro Nishi
  • Patent number: 8502505
    Abstract: A battery-driven device extends an operating time of a battery (a secondary battery). A battery control unit included in the battery drive-device stores therein one or more voltage thresholds, and detects a sharp voltage drop that occurs immediately after the start of discharging of a battery that is fully charged, based on the current and voltage of the battery and the stored voltage thresholds. Upon detecting a sharp voltage drop, the battery control unit decreases power consumption of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kanzaki, Masayoshi Tojima
  • Patent number: 8438523
    Abstract: In layout design step of the semiconductor integrated circuit manufacturing method, when it is found that the wiring length between an external terminal and an IO block (external terminal I/F circuit) corresponding to the external terminal increases after a floorplan of a circuit including a functional block and the IO block is determined, placement of the IO block is determined such that the IO block is placed close to the external terminal to alleviate constraints on the wiring between the IO block and the external terminal, and timing adjustment circuits whose number is determined according to the wiring length of a bus (or a shared bus) connecting a data transfer circuit and the IO block is inserted into the bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Iwahashi, Masayoshi Tojima, Tokuzo Kiyohara
  • Patent number: 8406308
    Abstract: An encoding device encoding binary signals using arithmetic-encoding. The encoding device includes a binarization unit binarizing multivalued syntax elements in order to generate the binary signals. The generated binary signals are stored on an intermediate buffer. Further, the encoding device includes an arithmetic-encoding unit performing the arithmetic-encoding on the binary signals stored on the intermediate buffer. Additionally, the generated binary signals are binary representations of values of the multivalued syntax elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masayoshi Tojima, Masayasu Iguchi, Kiyofumi Abe, Hiroaki Toida, Takahiro Nishi
  • Publication number: 20120110535
    Abstract: In layout design step of the semiconductor integrated circuit manufacturing method, when it is found that the wiring length between an external terminal and an IO block (external terminal I/F circuit) corresponding to the external terminal increases after a floorplan of a circuit including a functional block and the IO block is determined, placement of the IO block is determined such that the IO block is placed close to the external terminal to alleviate constraints on the wiring between the IO block and the external terminal, and timing adjustment circuits whose number is determined according to the wiring length of a bus (or a shared bus) connecting a data transfer circuit and the IO block is inserted into the bus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Daisuke Iwahashi, Masayoshi Tojima, Tokuzo Kiyohara