Patents by Inventor Motoari Ota

Motoari Ota 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: 7986299
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a technique for acquiring information specific to a device via an imaging element and performing remote-control of a desired device based on the acquired information specific to the device, and an object thereof is to suspend information display of certain devices in order to suppress disorderliness of a screen and enable remote control of devices to be easily performed. By arranging displaying of the information specific to the device to be suspended according to device state information, the present invention can reduce the risk of remote control being impeded by specific information displayed in an indiscriminant and disordered manner, and efficient remote control operations may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Motoari Ota, Takeshi Misawa, Takeshi Miyashita
  • Patent number: 7916300
    Abstract: A spectroscopy device that separates input light into a plurality of wavelength ranges. A metal body has a hole or aperture which is open on the upper side. The hole or aperture is formed in a polygonal shape having at least a pair of opposite faces not parallel to each other in horizontal cross-section. Inner side faces of the hole or aperture are finished as mirror like reflection surfaces. Polarized input light inputted from the opening to the hole or aperture is reflected by the reflection surfaces and a standing wave is generated inside of the hole or aperture by self interference, whereby the input light is separated into a plurality of wavelength ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Misawa, Shuu Takahashi, Mitsuru Iwata, Kazuya Oda, Motoari Ota, Kazuyoshi Ito, Yasuyuki Ozeki, Yoshitaka Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20100245638
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a plurality of pixel portions including color filters and photoelectric conversion portions, respectively, each of the photoelectric conversion portions generating charge according to light incident thereon, the color filters being provided on a light incidence side of the respective photoelectric conversion portions, a distance between the photoelectric conversion portions and the color filters being shorter than or equal to 3 ?m; and a separation wall which is provided between adjoining ones of the color filters and separates the color filters from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoari OTA
  • Publication number: 20100231769
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a plurality of pixel portions each comprising a photoelectric conversion portion disposed in a semiconductor substrate; and a light shield layer disposed over the semiconductor substrate and having openings which are located over parts of the photoelectric conversion portions, respectively, each of the pixel portions further includes: a transistor comprising a gate electrode, a channel region, and a charge storage portion which is located between the semiconductor substrate and the gate electrode and stores charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion, the channel region and the charge storage portion are covered with the light shield layer, and the photoelectric conversion portion extends to under the channel region of the transistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto SHIZUKUISHI, Motoari OTA
  • Patent number: 7777797
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes photo-sensitive cells for converting incident light to signal charges, and a transfer path for transferring, in response to a drive signal fed through a transfer electrode, the signal charges read out from the photo-sensitive cells. The solid-state imaging device outputs electrical signals corresponding to the signal charges thus transferred. The transfer electrode is divided into a first transfer electrode for transferring the signal charges and a second transfer electrode for reading out the signal charges from the photo-sensitive cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Motoari Ota
  • Publication number: 20100053393
    Abstract: A solid-state image sensor includes: a photoelectric conversion section; a floating gate provided above a semiconductor substrate; a first transistor for accumulating charge generated in said photoelectric conversion section into said floating gate; and a second transistor for reading a signal corresponding to the charge accumulated in said floating gate. In an oxide film formed between said floating gate and said semiconductor substrate, at least a part of said oxide film in a region overlapping with the gate electrode of said first transistor is formed thinner than said oxide film in a region overlapping with the gate electrode of said second transistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoari Ota
  • Publication number: 20100053406
    Abstract: A solid-state image sensor includes: photoelectric conversion section; a floating gate provided above a semiconductor substrate; a first transistor for accumulating charge generated in said photoelectric conversion section into said floating gate; and a second transistor for reading a signal corresponding to the charge accumulated in said floating gate. A distance between a gate electrode of said first transistor and said floating gate is shorter than a distance between a gate electrode of said second transistor and said floating gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoari OTA
  • Publication number: 20100002110
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a solid state imaging element that includes a plurality of pixels; and a driving unit; wherein each pixel includes: a photoelectric converting element includes a pair of electrodes stacked above a semiconductor substrate and a photoelectric converting layer arranged between the electrodes; a connecting portion that is arranged in the semiconductor substrate; a potential barrier portion; a first charge accumulating portion; and a signal output circuit, and wherein the driving unit drives the solid state imaging element so that the connecting portion and the potential barrier portion are set to a same potential by injecting charges into the connecting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoari OTA
  • Publication number: 20100002113
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a solid state imaging element that includes a plurality of pixels; and a driving unit; wherein each pixel includes: a photoelectric converting element includes a pair of electrodes stacked above a semiconductor substrate and a photoelectric converting layer arranged between the electrodes; a connecting portion that is arranged in the semiconductor substrate; a potential barrier portion; a first charge accumulating portion; and a signal output circuit, and wherein the driving unit executes such a same potential driving that the connecting portion and the potential barrier portion are set to have a same potential by varying the potential of the potential barrier portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoari OTA
  • Publication number: 20090153716
    Abstract: A solid state imaging device is provided and includes: a semiconductor substrate a photoelectric conversion element including a pair of electrodes and a photoelectric conversion layer sandwiched between the pair of electrodes; a signal output circuit including an MOS transistor for outputting a signal responsive to an electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion layer; a first electric charge storage section which is provided in the semiconductor substrate and in which the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion layer is directly stored; a second electric charge storage section provided in the semiconductor substrate and connected to a gate of an output transistor in the signal output circuit; and an electric charge transfer section that transfers the electric charge, stored in the first electric charge storage section, to the second electric charge storage section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Motoari OTA
  • Publication number: 20090046185
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: a solid-state image sensing device that includes a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including: a photoelectric conversion film; and a photoelectric conversion element that is formed in the semiconductor substrate below the photoelectric conversion film, are made up of at least three types of photoelectric conversion elements for detecting light in different wave ranges, of visible light, and absorbs light in a wave range different from the wave ranges detected in the at least three types of photoelectric conversion elements and generates a charge responsive to the absorbed light, the image pickup apparatus further including: a monochrome image data generation unit; a color image data generation unit; and a record image data generation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoari OTA
  • Publication number: 20090040520
    Abstract: A spectroscopy device that separates input light into a plurality of wavelength ranges. A metal body has a hole or aperture which is open on the upper side. The hole or aperture is formed in a polygonal shape having at least a pair of opposite faces not parallel to each other in horizontal cross-section. Inner side faces of the hole or aperture are finished as mirror like reflection surfaces. Polarized input light inputted from the opening to the hole or aperture is reflected by the reflection surfaces and a standing wave is generated inside of the hole or aperture by self interference, whereby the input light is separated into a plurality of wavelength ranges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Misawa, Shuu Takahashi, Mitsuru Iwata, Kazuya Oda, Motoari Ota, Kazuyoshi Ito, Yasuyuki Ozeki, Yoshitaka Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20080211954
    Abstract: A lower electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer, and an upper electrode are stacked in order above a semiconductor substrate, and a charge storage section that stores charge generated in the photoelectric conversion layer is connected to the lower electrode. The charge stored in the charge storage section is swept away by a charge sweeping away section for a given time from the endpoint of exposure. The given time is a time taken until the residual image charge existing in the photoelectric conversion layer at the exposure end point time is sufficiently discharged to the outside of the photoelectric conversion layer in a state in which the same bias as that at the exposure start time point is applied to the photoelectric conversion layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoari OTA
  • Patent number: 7420607
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging element contains a plurality of photoelectric converting regions, vertical transfer portions, a horizontal transfer portion, and an output portion. These photoelectric converting regions are arranged on a surface of a semiconductor substrate along a row direction, and a column direction perpendicular to the row direction. The photoelectric converting regions are subdivided into main regions “m” having relatively wide light-receiving areas, and sub-regions “s” having relatively narrow light-receiving areas. These main areas “m” and sub-areas “s” produce signal electron charges corresponding to light having predetermined spectral sensitivities, and then store the produced signal electron charges. A partial photoelectric converting region within the photoelectric converting regions corresponds to different color light with respect to the main region “m” and the subregion “s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Motoari Ota, Naoki Kubo
  • Patent number: 7362359
    Abstract: A mobile telephone is connected to a camera, and their respective power supplies are turned on. A telephone number of the local station is read out and recorded in a flash ROM as registration number data. Moreover, the registration number data is input with image data. As the registration number data is the telephone number of the local station input from the mobile telephone, the image data may be secured without the complex encryption processing of conventional examples. That is, a sense of security may be obtained because forgetting the specific registration number is unlikely when the telephone number of the local station input from the mobile telephone is used as the specific registration number data. Accordingly, the collation procedure becomes easier when the image data is obtained or an order for photo prints is made, and access to the image data may be easily restricted since the image data can be secured without complex encryption processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Motoari Ota, Tsuneo Sato
  • Publication number: 20080068479
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes photo-sensitive cells for converting incident light to signal charges, and a transfer path for transferring, in response to a drive signal fed through a transfer electrode, the signal charges read out from the photo-sensitive cells. The solid-state imaging device outputs electrical signals corresponding to the signal charges thus transferred. The transfer electrode is divided into a first transfer electrode for transferring the signal charges and a second transfer electrode for reading out the signal charges from the photo-sensitive cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: Motoari Ota
  • Publication number: 20070222797
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, it is possible to visually show both of information which is originally visually recognizable and information which is originally not seen that have been provided from equipment on the same image, so that it is possible to grasp the content of information and the source of providing the information corresponding to or in association with each other. Furthermore, it is possible to view information difficult to visually recognize together with visually recognizable information, and it is possible to clearly grasp, in addition to information which can be visually obtained at the place where a user currently stays, information related to the visually obtained information, from an image visually indicating the association.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Takeshi Misawa, Sumie Mikami, Masaaki Koshiba, Akihisa Yamazaki, Motoari Ota
  • Publication number: 20070223069
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image sensor for photoelectrically converting light incident from a field to produce an image signal via al least two output portions. The temperature of the image sensor is sensed. The image sensor is driven such that the image signal is output via one of the output portions if the temperature sensed is higher than a predetermined value inclusive or is output via the two output portions if the former is lower than the latter. A black level corrector uses, when the image signal is output via one of the output portions, a predetermined single value as a reference to execute black level correction on the image signal, or uses, when the image signal is output via the two output portions, a particular predetermined value as a reference to execute black level correction on each of image signals output from respective output portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventor: Motoari Ota
  • Publication number: 20070217650
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a technology which acquires information specific to a device by an image pickup element and remotely controls a desired device based on the acquired device-specific information. Particularly, the present invention relates to a technology which displays information for performing detailed remote control easily. In the present invention, it is intended to display information about manipulation of a desired device as needed and to facilitate remote manipulation of the device. As a result, according to an aspect of the present invention, since detailed information of a desired device can be selected to be viewed, detailed information of each of multiple devices can be easily identified by a single controller as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motoari Ota, Takeshi Misawa, Takeshi Miyashita
  • Publication number: 20070214368
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a technique for acquiring information specific to a device via an imaging element and performing remote-control of a desired device based on the acquired information specific to the device, and an object thereof is to suspend information display of certain devices in order to suppress disorderliness of a screen and enable remote control of devices to be easily performed. By arranging displaying of the information specific to the device to be suspended according to device state information, the present invention can reduce the risk of remote control being impeded by specific information displayed in an indiscriminant and disordered manner, and efficient remote control operations may be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motoari Ota, Takeshi Misawa, Takeshi Miyashita