Patents by Inventor Naoyuki Sato

Naoyuki Sato 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: 11916095
    Abstract: To increase the capacity of a charge holding section of a pixel in an imaging device that performs imaging using a global shutter method. An imaging device includes a photoelectric converter, a first charge holding section, an auxiliary charge holding section, a transfer route, and an image signal generator. The first charge holding section is formed near a front surface of a semiconductor substrate. A first charge transfer section transfers charge from the photoelectric converter to the first charge holding section. The auxiliary charge holding section underlies the first charge holding section, and holds a portion of the charges held in the first charge holding section. The transfer route transfers the charge between the first charge holding section and the auxiliary charge holding section. The image signal generator generates an image signal based on the charges held in the first charge holding section and the auxiliary charge holding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoyuki Sato
  • Publication number: 20240053169
    Abstract: A map for determining a safe traveling route that does not collide with a performer or an object on a stage is generated, and an image capturing robot is caused to travel according to a route determined on the basis of the map. A potential map in which a traveling allowance area of the image capturing robot that moves on a stage and captures an image is defined is generated. A data processing unit acquires action schedule data of a performer, arrangement schedule data of an object on a stage, and control schedule data of a lighting on the stage, and generates, on the basis of the acquired data, a potential map in which an area that does not collide with a performer or an object and is inconspicuous by a lighting is defined as a travel allowance area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2021
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Naoyuki SATO
  • Publication number: 20240033641
    Abstract: Provided is a game machine in which pieces of music prepared in a music distribution service provided only to members can be utilized in game play. A game machine provides a music selection opportunity to select music for play, such that multiple pieces of music are included as options in a music distribution service, which is provided separately from music games as a service that distributes multiple pieces of music only to user terminal devices that have passed member authentication. In addition, the game machine acquires musical score data for play corresponding to music for play from a game distribution system connected via a network. Furthermore, the game machine acquires music data corresponding to music for play from a music distribution system connected via the network, such that a music game is provided according to the combination of the music data and the musical score data for play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: KONAMI AMUSEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoyuki SATO, Yoshitaka Nishimura, Shinya Ishida, Yuto Nishino
  • Publication number: 20230411194
    Abstract: This method is for conveying, in a processing system comprising at least one processing unit that performs a desired process on substrates and a conveyance unit that conveys the substrates to the processing unit, a plurality of substrates, which are to be continuously processed, from the conveyance unit to the processing unit. To each of the substrates, an adjustment value for optionally changing processing time is assigned in advance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: Wataru NAKAGOMI, Shotaro MURAKAWA, Naoyuki SATO, Fumitaka SENTO, Tatsuya MUKOYAMA, Shigeru KUBOTA, Keisuke HIRAIDE
  • Patent number: 11797458
    Abstract: An optimal network is constructed in a case in which a plurality of IoT standards or IoT platforms coexist. According to the present disclosure, provided is a terminal management device including a receiving unit that receives, from a terminal that collects information from a sensor, access timing information related to an accessible timing to the terminal and a transmitting unit that transmits the access timing information to a server that searches for the information. With this configuration, it is possible to construct an optimal network in a case in which a plurality of IoT standards or IoT platforms coexist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takano, Naoyuki Sato, Katsuyoshi Kanemoto, Erika Saito, Hirotaka Suzuki, Taichi Yuki
  • Publication number: 20230307469
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state image sensing device and an electronic device for reducing noises. The solid-state image sensing device includes a photoelectric conversion unit, a charge holding unit for holding charges transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit, a first transfer transistor for transferring charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge holding unit, and a light blocking part including a first light blocking part and a second light blocking part, in which the first light blocking part is arranged between a second surface opposite to a first surface as a light receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion unit and the charge holding unit, and covers the second surface, and is formed with a first opening, and the second light blocking part surrounds the side surface of the photoelectric conversion unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2023
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Inventors: HIROSHI TAYANAKA, KENTARO AKIYAMA, YORITO SAKANO, TAKASHI OINOUE, YOSHIYA HAGIMOTO, YUSUKE MATSUMURA, NAOYUKI SATO, YUKI MIYANAMI, YOICHI UEDA, RYOSUKE MATSUMOTO
  • Patent number: 11694675
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus that includes a voice recognition section that executes a voice recognition process on a user speech and a learning processing section that executes a process of updating a degree of confidence on the basis of an interaction made between a user and the information processing apparatus after the user speech. The degree of confidence is an evaluation value indicating the reliability of a voice recognition result of the user speech. The voice recognition section generates data on degrees of confidence in recognition of the user speech in which data plural user speech candidates based on the voice recognition result of the user speech are associated with the degrees of confidence which are evaluation values each indicating reliability of the corresponding user speech candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidenori Aoki, Fujio Arai, Yusuke Kudo, Gen Hamada, Naoyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 11676984
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device capable of further decreasing reflectivity, a method of manufacturing the same, and an electronic device. The solid-state imaging device includes a semiconductor substrate on which a photoelectric converting unit is formed for each of a plurality of pixels, and an antireflection structure provided on a light incident surface side from which light is incident on the semiconductor substrate in which a plurality of types of projections of different heights is formed. The antireflection structure is formed by performing processing of digging a light incident surface of the semiconductor substrate in a plurality of stages with different processing conditions. The antireflection structure is the structure in which a second projection lower than a first projection is formed between the first projections of predetermined height. The present technology may be applied to a CMOS image sensor, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 11637135
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state image sensing device and an electronic device for reducing noises. The solid-state image sensing device includes: a photoelectric conversion unit; a charge holding unit for holding charges transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit; a first transfer transistor for transferring charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge holding unit; and a light blocking part including a first light blocking part and a second light blocking part, in which the first light blocking part is arranged between a second surface opposite to a first surface as a light receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion unit and the charge holding unit, and covers the second surface, and is formed with a first opening, and the second light blocking part surrounds the side surface of the photoelectric conversion unit. The present technology is applicable to solid-state image sensing devices of backside irradiation type, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tayanaka, Kentaro Akiyama, Yorito Sakano, Takashi Oinoue, Yoshiya Hagimoto, Yusuke Matsumura, Naoyuki Sato, Yuki Miyanami, Yoichi Ueda, Ryosuke Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20230072586
    Abstract: A behavioral ability obtainment unit 351 obtains behavioral abilities including, for example, at least one of physical behavioral abilities and intellectual behavioral abilities, of a plurality of members, i.e., members of a group to be guided. A guidance control unit 352 performs guidance control for the group on the basis of the behavioral abilities obtained by the behavioral ability obtainment unit 351. For example, the guidance control unit determines a member to be prioritized from the group members, generates a route plan to a destination according to the behavioral abilities of the determined member to be prioritized, and performs guidance control based on the route plan. This makes it possible to perform guidance operations according to the group to be guided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: March 9, 2023
    Inventors: NAOYUKI SATO, KUNIAKI TORII, KAZUNORI YAMAMOTO, KAZUMI SATO
  • Publication number: 20220343757
    Abstract: To realize an apparatus and a method for receiving a recognition level of an own vehicle from another vehicle and/or an infrastructure facility and performing control to improve a recognition level. A recognition level of the own vehicle calculated by another vehicle or the infrastructure facility is received, and control for improvement of a recognition level of the own vehicle is executed in accordance with the received recognition level. As the control for improvement of a recognition level of the own vehicle, any process is executed among: (a) a process of reducing a traveling speed or stopping; (b) a process of turning on a light; and (c) a process of changing transmission information from the own vehicle. As the process of changing transmission information, a process of adding, to the transmission information, vehicle location information, vehicle speed information, vehicle size information, or reference marker position information is executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: October 27, 2022
    Inventors: HIROMASA UCHIYAMA, RYOTA KIMURA, SHINICHIRO TSUDA, NAOYUKI SATO, MASANE KAWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20220327818
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information processing system, an information processing method, and an information processing apparatus that are capable of diagnosing sensor degradation. A recognition result of a predetermined recognition target based on results of sensing performed by a plurality of sensors mounted in a vehicle is acquired, the acquired recognition result is compared with another recognition result different from the acquired recognition result so that a comparison result is output, and performance degradation of each sensor is evaluated on the basis of the comparison result. The present disclosure can be applied to mobile structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: NAOYUKI SATO, HIROMASA UCHIYAMA, SHINICHIRO TSUDA
  • Publication number: 20220320167
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging element includes an insulating film layer, a first light blocking film, and a wiring layer that are stacked on a second face of a semiconductor substrate, on a side opposite to a first face on which light is incident. The first light blocking film covers at least a formation region of a charge retention section and has a protrusion section protruding on a side of the semiconductor substrate in a part corresponding to a formation position of the second light blocking film. The second light blocking film has a first light blocking section between a photoelectric conversion section and the charge retention section that extends partway through the semiconductor substrate, a second light blocking section between a photoelectric conversion section and the charge retention section, and a third light blocking section covering a part of the first face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoyuki SATO
  • Patent number: 11456325
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging device, a method for manufacturing an imaging device, and an electronic device capable of reducing light entering an electric-charge holding unit in a back-illuminated imaging device. An imaging device includes: a photoelectric conversion unit; an electric-charge holding unit; a semiconductor substrate; a wiring layer; an insulation film layer; a first light-shielding film; and a second light-shielding film. The insulation film layer, the first light-shielding film, and the wiring layer are stacked on a second surface of the semiconductor substrate. The second light-shielding film includes: a first light-shielding portion extending from the first surface of the semiconductor substrate to a middle of the semiconductor substrate; a second light-shielding portion penetrating the semiconductor substrate; and a third light-shielding portion covering a part of the first surface of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoyuki Sato, Eriko Ohtsu
  • Patent number: 11436348
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program that allow authority to be delegated without bothering the user. Provided are an acquisition unit that acquires information for receiving delegation of an authority that is predetermined, a change unit that changes a level of the authority when a predetermined condition is satisfied, and a processing unit that performs a process using the authority that is predetermined. The acquisition unit acquires first information, an inquiry is made to a server using the first information to acquire second information from the server, and the authority that is predetermined is delegated by acquiring the second information. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an agent device to which the authority to access predetermined information is delegated from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Sato, Kuniaki Torii, Fujio Arai, Yusuke Kudo
  • Patent number: 11424278
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging device, a method for manufacturing an imaging device, and an electronic device capable of reducing light entering an electric-charge holding unit in a back-illuminated imaging device. An imaging device includes: a photoelectric conversion unit; an electric-charge holding unit; a semiconductor substrate; a wiring layer; an insulation film layer; a first light-shielding film; and a second light-shielding film. The insulation film layer, the first light-shielding film, and the wiring layer are stacked on a second surface of the semiconductor substrate. The second light-shielding film includes: a first light-shielding portion extending from the first surface of the semiconductor substrate to a middle of the semiconductor substrate; a second light-shielding portion penetrating the semiconductor substrate; and a third light-shielding portion covering a part of the first surface of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Sato, Eriko Ohtsu
  • Patent number: 11406788
    Abstract: The present technology relates to information processing apparatus and method, and a program that make a stress level controllable depending on circumstances. A stress level measuring unit measures a stress level of a user on the basis of a result of detection by various types of sensors included in an input unit. A stress factor specifying unit specifies a factor causing an increase or decrease in the stress level on the basis of an action of the user in a period in which the stress level is increased or decreased. The present technology is applicable to a stress control system, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoyuki Sato, Atsushi Iwamura, Ryoji Miyazaki, Shigeru Sugaya, Masakazu Ukita, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11393860
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging element includes an insulating film layer, a first light blocking film, and a wiring layer that are stacked on a second face of a semiconductor substrate, on a side opposite to a first face on which light is incident. The first light blocking film covers at least a formation region of a charge retention section and has a protrusion section protruding on a side of the semiconductor substrate in a part corresponding to a formation position of the second light blocking film. The second light blocking film has a first light blocking section between a photoelectric conversion section and the charge retention section that extends partway through the semiconductor substrate, a second light blocking section between a photoelectric conversion section and the charge retention section, and a third light blocking section covering a part of the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Naoyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 11389949
    Abstract: There is provided a control device, a control method, and a control system that implement a robot that flexibly executes a task in cooperation with another robot, the control device including: an ability management unit that determines capability indicating ability that can be executed by a first robot at predetermined timing as of that timing; a help management unit that compares ability required for a task to be executed by the first robot with the capability of the first robot and generates a help list indicating ability required for execution of the task; and a cooperation management unit that instructs a second robot having the capability that satisfies the ability indicated in the help list to execute the task in cooperation with the first robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kuniaki Torii, Naoyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 11393177
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a controller (100) that performs: control of displaying information in augmented reality in a preparation mode in which a real object is disposed, the information that supports disposition of the real object on the basis of prerecorded information about the real object with which a virtual object has an interaction; and control of recording disposition result information of the real object in a disposition result information database referred to in a normal mode in which the virtual object that has the interaction with the disposed real object is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuko Ishihara, Hidenori Aoki, Shintaro Tsutsui, Fujio Arai, Naoyuki Sato