Patents by Inventor Naofumi KATO

Naofumi KATO 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: 20210041128
    Abstract: When a state in which a driving voltage of a pump is set to an upper limit voltage and an opening degree of at least one of a plurality of flow rate control valves is set to a maximum opening degree continues for a first determination time period, an operation frequency of a compressor is raised at a first time so as to increase an amount of heat exchange by a second heat exchanger. When an operation stop request is input, or an indoor temperature reaches a set temperature, in at least one of a plurality of third heat exchangers after the first time, the operation frequency of the compressor is lowered or the driving voltage of the pump is lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Naoki KATO, Yuji MOTOMURA, Naofumi TAKENAKA, Kimitaka KADOWAKI
  • Publication number: 20210041130
    Abstract: An air conditioning apparatus has a first mode and a second mode as operation modes. In the first mode, a degree of opening of a first flow rate adjustment valve is fixed to a first degree of opening smaller than 100% and greater than 0%, and an operation frequency of a compressor is varied in accordance with air conditioning performance required of a third heat exchanger. In the second mode, the degree of opening of the first flow rate adjustment valve is varied in accordance with air conditioning performance required of the third heat exchanger. When a difference between the air conditioning performance required of the third heat exchanger and air conditioning performance offered by the third heat exchanger becomes greater than a determination value, the operation mode is changed from the first mode to the second mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Naoki KATO, Yuji MOTOMURA, Naofumi TAKENAKA, Kimitaka KADOWAKI
  • Patent number: 10776181
    Abstract: According to an illustrative embodiment an information processing device is provided. The device includes a processor for controlling acquisition of first information which indicates a service not registered in an integrated circuit of the device and a service registered in the integrated circuit of the device, the first information being acquired from within the device, controlling acquisition of second information which indicates a service registered in the integrated circuit of the device, and controlling display based on the first information and second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FELICA NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Haruna Ochi, Naofumi Hanaki, Shinichi Kato, Keitarou Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10763053
    Abstract: A switch device includes an operation switch including a switch knob formed integrally with a recess configured to allow a finger to be inserted. The operation switch includes a detector configured to detect a change in a physical amount caused by operation of the switch knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Masanori Kosugi, Naofumi Kato
  • Patent number: 10752177
    Abstract: A vehicular visual recognition device, including: an imaging section that, from outside a vehicle, captures plural vehicle exterior capture images in which portions of the images overlap with each other; and a controller that effects control such that an image of a vehicle body portion of a vehicle cabin image set to a predetermined transmissive state overlaps with at least part of an overlapping portion of the plural vehicle exterior capture images, and such that the plural vehicle exterior capture images and the vehicle cabin image are combined and displayed at a display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Masanori Kosugi, Takashi Nagao, Tetsuya Egawa, Takuya Hayashi, Naofumi Kato
  • Publication number: 20200105482
    Abstract: A switch device includes an operation switch including a switch knob formed integrally with a recess configured to allow a finger to be inserted. The operation switch includes a detector configured to detect a change in a physical amount caused by operation of the switch knob.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Masanori KOSUGI, Naofumi KATO
  • Patent number: 10399496
    Abstract: There is provided a viewing device for a vehicle, including: an imaging portion that captures an image of a rear of a vehicle from a vehicle exterior; and a display portion that carries out image processing that combines a first captured image that has been captured by the imaging portion and a second captured image that shows a vehicle cabin interior in which a vehicle rear including the vehicle cabin interior is captured from the vehicle cabin interior, such that a region of a rear side window glass becomes longer than an apparent width of the rear side window glass that is actually seen from a position of capturing the second captured image, and displays the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Masanori Kosugi, Tetsuya Egawa, Takuya Hayashi, Takashi Nagao, Naofumi Kato
  • Patent number: 10308241
    Abstract: In a drive control system for a vehicle configured to cause the vehicle to travel in a limp-home mode when a malfunction occurs in a selectable one-way clutch, when it is determined that a malfunction occurs in the SOWC, the cause of the malfunction is specified as one of a plate-open failure of a selector plate that is unintentionally placed in an open state, and a sensor failure. In the case of the plate-open failure, a first limp-home traveling mode is carried out in which the vehicle travels in the limp-home mode while keeping the SOWC in a negative rotational speed range. In the case of the sensor failure, a second limp-home traveling mode is carried out in which the vehicle travels in the limp-home mode while the SOWC is placed in the non-engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Itagaki, Naofumi Magarida, Koichi Kato
  • Patent number: 10059264
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular visual recognition device including: an imaging section that is provided at a rear of a vehicle and that captures images rearward of a vehicle; a display section that displays an image captured by the imaging section; an optical mirror that is provided at a display face side of the display section, that transmits the captured image being displayed when the display section is in a display state, and that reflects light from rearward of the vehicle when the display section is in a non-display state; and a controller that controls the display section so as to switch the display state of the display section in accordance with a predetermined signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Naofumi Kato
  • Publication number: 20180086271
    Abstract: A vehicular visual recognition device, including: an imaging section that, from outside a vehicle, captures plural vehicle exterior capture images in which portions of the images overlap with each other; and a controller that effects control such that an image of a vehicle body portion of a vehicle cabin image set to a predetermined transmissive state overlaps with at least part of an overlapping portion of the plural vehicle exterior capture images, and such that the plural vehicle exterior capture images and the vehicle cabin image are combined and displayed at a display section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Masanori KOSUGI, Takashi NAGAO, Tetsuya EGAWA, Takuya HAYASHI, Naofumi KATO
  • Publication number: 20180077330
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular visual recognition device including: an imaging section that images vehicle surroundings through a region that a wiper blade passes through; a display section that displays an imaging result of the imaging section; a detection section that detects a position of the wiper blade; and a controller that performs display control to display an image of vehicle surroundings captured by the imaging section and, at a timing at which the wiper blade passes through the imaging section, to hold an imaging result of prior to the wiper blade passing the imaging section for display on the display section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Naofumi KATO
  • Publication number: 20180072227
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicular visual recognition device including: an imaging section that is provided at a rear of a vehicle and that captures images rearward of a vehicle; a display section that displays an image captured by the imaging section; an optical mirror that is provided at a display face side of the display section, that transmits the captured image being displayed when the display section is in a display state, and that reflects light from rearward of the vehicle when the display section is in a non-display state; and a controller that controls the display section so as to switch the display state of the display section in accordance with a predetermined signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Naofumi KATO
  • Publication number: 20180056870
    Abstract: There is provided a viewing device for a vehicle, including: an imaging portion that captures an image of a rear of a vehicle from a vehicle exterior; and a display portion that carries out image processing that combines a first captured image that has been captured by the imaging portion and a second captured image that shows a vehicle cabin interior in which a vehicle rear including the vehicle cabin interior is captured from the vehicle cabin interior, such that a region of a rear side window glass becomes longer than an apparent width of the rear side window glass that is actually seen from a position of capturing the second captured image, and displays the images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Masanori KOSUGI, Tetsuya EGAWA, Takuya HAYASHI, Takashi NAGAO, Naofumi KATO