Patents by Inventor Morio Usami

Morio Usami 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: 20230236318
    Abstract: An acoustic-based Direction of Arrival (DoA) system uses acoustic information to determine the direction of incoming sound, such as a person talking. The direction of the sound is then used to focus a laser-based time of flight (ToF) system to narrow the area of laser illumination, improving the signal to noise ratio because laser illumination is focused on the direction of the sound. The DoA system also provides elevation information pertaining to the source of the sound, to further narrow the required field of view of the laser ToF system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2023
    Publication date: July 27, 2023
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Keith Resch
  • Patent number: 11639995
    Abstract: An acoustic-based Direction of Arrival (DoA) system uses acoustic information to determine the direction of incoming sound, such as a person talking. The direction of the sound is then used to focus a laser-based time of flight (ToF) system to narrow the area of laser illumination, improving the signal to noise ratio because laser illumination is focused on the direction of the sound. The DoA system also provides elevation information pertaining to the source of the sound, to further narrow the required field of view of the laser ToF system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Keith Resch
  • Patent number: 11393737
    Abstract: A heatsink (21) is disposed on a lower surface of a circuit board (10). The circuit board (10) has through holes (h1) that penetrate the circuit board (10) in an area (A) where an integrated circuit apparatus (5) is disposed. Heat conduction paths (11) are provided in the through holes (h1). The heat conduction paths (11) connect the integrated circuit apparatus 5 and the heatsink (21). This structure allows for disposition of a component different from the heatsink (21) on the same side as the integrated circuit apparatus (5), thus ensuring a higher degree of freedom in a component layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Shikama, Morio Usami
  • Patent number: 11337024
    Abstract: A captured image obtaining unit 50 of an output control device 10 obtains a captured image such as a polarization image from an imaging device 12. A space information obtaining unit 54 obtains a normal line and a position of a surface of an actual object in a space and a sound absorption coefficient at the surface. A correction coefficient obtaining unit 56 calculates energy of sound reaching a listener including sound reflected at the actual object and obtains a correction coefficient to be given to a level of a sound signal on the basis of the sound energy. An output unit 60 adjusts the sound signals by using the correction coefficient 62 and outputs the adjusted sound signals to speakers 16a and 16b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Morio Usami, Shinichi Honda
  • Publication number: 20210258710
    Abstract: A captured image obtaining unit 50 of an output control device 10 obtains a captured image such as a polarization image from an imaging device 12. A space information obtaining unit 54 obtains a normal line and a position of a surface of an actual object in a space and a sound absorption coefficient at the surface. A correction coefficient obtaining unit 56 calculates energy of sound reaching a listener including sound reflected at the actual object and obtains a correction coefficient to be given to a level of a sound signal on the basis of the sound energy. An output unit 60 adjusts the sound signals by using the correction coefficient 62 and outputs the adjusted sound signals to speakers 16a and 16b.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Morio USAMI, Shinichi HONDA
  • Patent number: 11073196
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a rotation transmitting device which permits the transmission of rotation with a reduced play and which permits the constituents to be aligned easily. The rotation transmitting device has a transmitting member (30) which surrounds a rotating part (12) of a drive shaft (11) and a rotating part (22) of a driven shaft (21). At least either the rotating part (12) of the drive shaft (11) or the rotating part (22) of the driven shaft (21) has an external surface that comes into contact with the internal surface of the transmitting member (30) so that friction arising between the internal surface and the external surface achieves torque transmission and reception to and from the transmitting member (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiji Togawa, Morio Usami, Hiroshi Osawa
  • Publication number: 20210132378
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus include providing a head-mounted display to be worn by the user and presenting a video to the user through the head-mounted display; measuring outside world information; detecting whether or not the outside world information contains any notification information to be notified to the user, including detection of at least one reference position, which is set by the user as notification information; and notifying the user when notification information is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Morio Usami
  • Patent number: 10979687
    Abstract: Each of plural devices includes a laser emitter and a camera for detecting reflections of laser light emitted by the device, so that plural of the devices can generate their own depth maps showing images within the field of view of their cameras. The resolution of each depth map may be improved by accessing a data store of prior images of objects and combining the prior images using super-resolution with current images of the depth maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Jose Omar Gonzalez Hernandez, William Clay, Pablo Antonio Espinosa, Fred Ansfield, Bibhudendu Mohapatra, Keith Resch, Morio Usami
  • Patent number: 10979695
    Abstract: Parallax views of objects are used to generate 3D depth maps of the objects using time of flight (TOF) information. In this way, the deleterious effects of multipath interference can be reduced to improve 3D depth map accuracy without using computationally intensive algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Kazuyuki Shikama, Keith Resch
  • Patent number: 10914947
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus providing a head-mounted display to be worn by the user and presenting a video to the user through the head-mounted display; measuring outside world information via an outside world measurement section of the head mounted display; detecting, via a notification information detection section, whether or not the information measured by the outside world measurement section contains any notification information to be notified to the user, including that the notification information detection section detects at least one reference position, which is set by the user as notification information; and notifying the user, via a notification section, when the notification information detection section detects notification information by way of displaying a video of the at least one reference position to the user in the head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Morio Usami
  • Patent number: 10795022
    Abstract: Machine learning is applied to both 2D images from an infrared imager imaging laser reflections from an object and to the 3D depth map of the object that is generated using the 2D images and time of flight (TOF) information. In this way, the 3D depth map accuracy can be improved without increasing laser power or using high resolution imagers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Kissei Matsumoto, Kazuyuki Shikama, Bibhudendu Mohapatra, Keith Resch
  • Patent number: 10698109
    Abstract: Multiple independently movable devices are located upon a platform. On the platform is a directional microphone array. Each of the movable devices is assigned a unique audio signature, which may be a pulse train of chirps or a pseudo random signal or some other audio sequence that is unique to the respective device. Each movable device announces itself with its unique audio signature, and the platform's directional microphone system determines the location from which the unique audio signature comes from. For range, a difference between the time of flight (TOF) of the light relative to the sound signature is used. As another technique a unique audio signature may be an audio water mark concealed in normal audio which may be emitted by the movable device. The watermark provides the identifying information of each movable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Keith Resch
  • Publication number: 20200126884
    Abstract: A heatsink (21) is disposed on a lower surface of a circuit board (10). The circuit board (10) has through holes (h1) that penetrate the circuit board (10) in an area (A) where an integrated circuit apparatus (5) is disposed. Heat conduction paths (11) are provided in the through holes (h1). The heat conduction paths (11) connect the integrated circuit apparatus 5 and the heatsink (21). This structure allows for disposition of a component different from the heatsink (21) on the same side as the integrated circuit apparatus (5), thus ensuring a higher degree of freedom in a component layout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Shikama, Morio Usami
  • Publication number: 20200053346
    Abstract: Parallax views of objects are used to generate 3D depth maps of the objects using time of flight (TOF) information. In this way, the deleterious effects of multipath interference can be reduced to improve 3D depth map accuracy without using computationally intensive algorithms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Kazuyuki Shikama, Keith Resch
  • Patent number: 10536684
    Abstract: A camera based depth mapping system. Depth information is coded with colors to make a laser-generated 3D depth map easier to interpret. In the event that the laser illumination is not sufficient, the depth information can have a low signal to noise ratio, i.e., the depth map can be noisy. Color noise reduction techniques are used to alleviate this problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Jose Omar Gonzalez Hernandez, William Clay, Pablo Antonio Espinosa, Fred Ansfield, Bibhudendu Mohapatra, Keith Resch, Morio Usami
  • Patent number: 10495735
    Abstract: A micro mirror assembly widens the field of view (FOV) of a 3D depth map sensor, alleviating the limitation of limited laser illumination power and limitations on the resolution of the available imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Jose Omar Gonzalez Hernandez, William Clay, Pablo Antonio Espinosa, Fred Ansfield, Bibhudendu Mohapatra, Keith Resch, Morio Usami
  • Patent number: 10484667
    Abstract: Parallax views of objects are used to generate 3D depth maps of the objects using time of flight (TOF) information. In this way, the deleterious effects of multipath interference can be reduced to improve 3D depth map accuracy without using computationally intensive algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Kazuyuki Shikama, Keith Resch
  • Patent number: 10451714
    Abstract: Multiple camera systems which use laser illumination for ranging benefit from a heartbeat to synchronize the timing of the individual lasers to eliminate collisions of multiple simultaneous laser emissions. An optical micromesh system provides for the dynamic entry and egress of mobile and stationary nodes. The optical communication between nodes may be controlled using time domain multiplexing (TDM) to avoid cross talk and communication collision due to overlapping laser illumination. By using an optical, laser based micromesh network, laser ranging can be used to dynamically map node location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Jose Omar Gonzalez Hernandez, William Clay, Pablo Antonio Espinosa, Fred Ansfield, Bibhudendu Mohapatra, Keith Resch, Morio Usami
  • Publication number: 20190227166
    Abstract: Multiple independently movable devices are located upon a platform. On the platform is a directional microphone array. Each of the movable devices is assigned a unique audio signature, which may be a pulse train of chirps or a pseudo random signal or some other audio sequence that is unique to the respective device. Each movable device announces itself with its unique audio signature, and the platform's directional microphone system determines the location from which the unique audio signature comes from. For range, a difference between the time of flight (TOF) of the light relative to the sound signature is used. As another technique a unique audio signature may be an audio water mark concealed in normal audio which may be emitted by the movable device. The watermark provides the identifying information of each movable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Keith Resch
  • Publication number: 20190132573
    Abstract: Parallax views of objects are used to generate 3D depth maps of the objects using time of flight (TOF) information. In this way, the deleterious effects of multipath interference can be reduced to improve 3D depth map accuracy without using computationally intensive algorithms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Morio Usami, Kazuyuki Shikama, Keith Resch