Patents by Inventor Naruatsu Baba

Naruatsu Baba 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: 10589176
    Abstract: A method of providing a virtual space. The method includes defining a virtual space by a processor. The method further includes displaying a field of view of the virtual space on a head mounted display device. The method further includes detecting, by the processor, a motion of the user wearing the head mounted display device. The method further includes determining, by the processor, a flying direction for an object in the virtual space in response to the detected motion. The method further includes flying, by the processor, the object within the virtual space in accordance with the flying direction. The method further includes moving, by the processor, the field of view in the flying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Yuki Kono, Naruatsu Baba
  • Patent number: 10564801
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space containing an avatar object and the avatar object includes a virtual head and a virtual body. The method includes receiving first information, wherein the first information contains information indicating a relationship between a first direction indicating a direction in which a real body is facing and a second direction indicating a direction in which a real head is facing. The method includes determining in which of a first mode or a second mode the avatar object is to be controlled. The method includes controlling the avatar object without synchronizing movement of the virtual head and movement of the virtual body in response the first mode being set. The method includes controlling the avatar object so that the movement of the virtual head and the movement of the virtual body are synchronized with each other in response the second mode being set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba
  • Patent number: 10539797
    Abstract: A method of providing a 360 degree virtual space to a head mounted display (HMD). The method includes defining the 360 degree virtual space including sections. The method further includes generating synthetic content by synthesizing a main content and sub-content, the main content to be played in the 360 degree virtual space as a 360 degree movie in accordance with a predetermined timeline, and the sub-content to be displayed in a part of a display region of the main content at a temporal position defined by the timeline, the display region is specified by one or more sections of the 360 degree virtual space. The method further includes adapting the synthetic content to the 360 degree virtual space. The method further includes determining a line of sight of a user. The method further includes specifying a field-of-view region based on the line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Kento Nakashima, Yuichiro Arai, Naruatsu Baba
  • Publication number: 20190240566
    Abstract: A method includes acquiring position information of a user. The method further includes receiving an input operation designating a position range that enables configuring a game parameter in map data usable in a game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventor: Naruatsu BABA
  • Publication number: 20190232165
    Abstract: A method of providing a virtual space. The method includes defining a virtual space by a processor. The method further includes displaying a field of view of the virtual space on a head mounted display device. The method further includes detecting, by the processor, a motion of the user wearing the head mounted display device. The method further includes determining, by the processor, a flying direction for an object in the virtual space in response to the detected motion. The method further includes flying, by the processor, the object within the virtual space in accordance with the flying direction. The method further includes moving, by the processor, the field of view in the flying direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Yuki KONO, Naruatsu BABA
  • Patent number: 10279256
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable game medium storing instructions for controlling an operation of a game system. The game system includes a head mounted display (HMD); a processor; a memory; and an input reception device capable of detecting a physical movement of a user. The processor is configured to cause the HMD to display a virtual reality space for forming a game. The processor is configured to cause the HMD to display, in the virtual reality space, a moveable object to be operated by the user in association with the physical movement of the user detected by the input reception device. The processor is configured to give a disadvantage to a player in the game in response to the physical movement of the user exceeding a predetermined velocity in comparison to a case in which the physical movement of the user is equal to or less than a predetermined velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba
  • Patent number: 10252162
    Abstract: A method of providing a virtual space. The method includes defining a virtual space by a processor. The method further includes displaying a field of view of the virtual space on a head mounted display device. The method further includes detecting, by the processor, a motion of the user wearing the head mounted display device. The method further includes determining, by the processor, a flying direction for an object in the virtual space in response to the detected motion. The method further includes flying, by the processor, the object within the virtual space in accordance with the flying direction. The method further includes moving, by the processor, the field of view in the flying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Yuki Kono, Naruatsu Baba
  • Publication number: 20180373414
    Abstract: A method of communicating via a virtual space according to at least one embodiment includes defining a virtual space to be associated with a first user, wherein the virtual space comprises a first avatar object corresponding to a second user and the first avatar object includes a first virtual head and a first virtual body. The method further includes receiving first information, wherein the first information contains information indicating a relationship between a first direction including a direction in which a real body of the second user is facing and a second direction indicating a direction in which a real head of the second user is facing. The method further includes determining in which of a first mode and a second mode the first avatar object is to be controlled based on the first information. The method further includes controlling the first avatar object without synchronizing the first virtual head and the first virtual body in response to a fact that the first mode is set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba
  • Patent number: 10099118
    Abstract: A terminal includes a display, a touch panel, and a processor. The processor is configured to detect an initial touch position corresponding to a first touch input. The processor is configured to generate instructions for displaying a timing indicator that moves from the initial touch position to a predetermined position, and then moves from the predetermined position to the initial touch position. The processor is configured to detect whether a next touch input is received when the timing indicator is displayed as overlapping the initial touch position. The processor is configured to generate instructions for displaying an elastic object having an initial shape at the initial touch position. The processor is configured to generate instructions for displaying the elastic object deformed from the initial shape so as to form a leading edge portion extending toward the predetermined position. The timing indicator superimposed over the leading edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba
  • Patent number: 9958937
    Abstract: Provided is a content viewing system using a head-mounted display (HMD), which enables a user to know a popular broadcaster content in real time. A device to be used for content viewing includes: a display unit configured to display, on the head-mounted display, a plurality of virtual displays arranged in a virtual space; a selecting unit configured to select one of the virtual displays based on movement detected by a detector of the head-mounted display; and a playing unit configured to play a content associated with a selected virtual display. The plurality of virtual displays are arrayed in grid sections provided along a celestial sphere surface. The selecting unit is configured to identify one of the grid sections on the celestial sphere surface based on the detected movement, to thereby select one virtual display associated with the identified grid section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Naruatsu Baba, Takeshi Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20180021672
    Abstract: A terminal includes a display, a touch panel, and a processor. The processor is configured to detect an initial touch position corresponding to a first touch input. The processor is configured to generate instructions for displaying a timing indicator that moves from the initial touch position to a predetermined position, and then moves from the predetermined position to the initial touch position. The processor is configured to detect whether a next touch input is received when the timing indicator is displayed as overlapping the initial touch position. The processor is configured to generate instructions for displaying an elastic object having an initial shape at the initial touch position. The processor is configured to generate instructions for displaying the elastic object deformed from the initial shape so as to form a leading edge portion extending toward the predetermined position. The timing indicator superimposed over the leading edge portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: COLOPL, Inc.
    Inventor: Naruatsu BABA
  • Publication number: 20180003979
    Abstract: A method of providing a 360 degree virtual space to a head mounted display (HMD). The method includes defining the 360 degree virtual space including sections. The method further includes generating synthetic content by synthesizing a main content and sub-content, the main content to be played in the 360 degree virtual space as a 360 degree movie in accordance with a predetermined timeline, and the sub-content to be displayed in a part of a display region of the main content at a temporal position defined by the timeline, the display region is specified by one or more sections of the 360 degree virtual space. The method further includes adapting the synthetic content to the 360 degree virtual space. The method further includes determining a line of sight of a user. The method further includes specifying a field-of-view region based on the line of sight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kento NAKASHIMA, Yuichiro ARAI, Naruatsu BABA
  • Publication number: 20170354882
    Abstract: A method of providing a virtual space. The method includes defining a virtual space by a processor. The method further includes displaying a field of view of the virtual space on a head mounted display device. The method further includes detecting, by the processor, a motion of the user wearing the head mounted display device. The method further includes determining, by the processor, a flying direction for an object in the virtual space in response to the detected motion. The method further includes flying, by the processor, the object within the virtual space in accordance with the flying direction. The method further includes moving, by the processor, the field of view in the flying direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Yuki KONO, Naruatsu BABA
  • Publication number: 20170266551
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable game medium storing instructions for controlling an operation of a game system. The game system includes a head mounted display (HMD); a processor; a memory; and an input reception device capable of detecting a physical movement of a user. The processor is configured to cause the HMD to display a virtual reality space for forming a game. The processor is configured to cause the HMD to display, in the virtual reality space, a moveable object to be operated by the user in association with the physical movement of the user detected by the input reception device. The processor is configured to give a disadvantage to a player in the game in response to the physical movement of the user exceeding a predetermined velocity in comparison to a case in which the physical movement of the user is equal to or less than a predetermined velocity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventor: Naruatsu BABA
  • Patent number: 9721396
    Abstract: Action of a head around which an HMD main body is worn is related to manipulation of an object in an immersive three-dimensional virtual space. Information on a sight in a virtual space may be determined based on information on head inclination sensed with an inclination sensor; an image of the sight in the virtual space may be generated based on the sight information in order to display the sight image in the head mounted display; an object placed on a reference sight line in the virtual space may be identified, the reference sight line being determined in correspondence with a predetermined position in the sight image; and an object the identified object may be manipulated in response to the identification of the object in accordance with action of inclining in a predetermined direction the head around which the head mounted display is worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: COLOPL, Inc.
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba
  • Publication number: 20170090556
    Abstract: Provided is a content viewing system using a head-mounted display (HMD), which enables a user to know a popular broadcaster content in real time. A device to be used for content viewing includes: a display unit configured to display, on the head-mounted display, a plurality of virtual displays arranged in a virtual space; a selecting unit configured to select one of the virtual displays based on movement detected by a detector of the head-mounted display; and a playing unit configured to play a content associated with a selected virtual display. The plurality of virtual displays are arrayed in grid sections provided along a celestial sphere surface. The selecting unit is configured to identify one of the grid sections on the celestial sphere surface based on the detected movement, to thereby select one virtual display associated with the identified grid section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Naruatsu BABA, Takeshi KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20170024935
    Abstract: Action of a head around which an HMD main body is worn is related to manipulation of an object in an immersive three-dimensional virtual space. Information on a sight in a virtual space may be determined based on information on head inclination sensed with an inclination sensor; an image of the sight in the virtual space may be generated based on the sight information in order to display the sight image in the head mounted display; an object placed on a reference sight line in the virtual space may be identified, the reference sight line being determined in correspondence with a predetermined position in the sight image; and an object the identified object may be manipulated in response to the identification of the object in accordance with action of inclining in a predetermined direction the head around which the head mounted display is worn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: COLOPL, Inc.
    Inventor: Naruatsu BABA
  • Publication number: 20170007921
    Abstract: A method includes detecting a first input indicative of a first position in an image output by a display, detecting a second input indicative of a second position in the image different from the first position, and causing an object to be output by the display based on the first input or the second input. The object includes a boundary having a first end closer to the first position than to the second position, and a second end closer to the second position than to the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Naruatsu BABA, Natsuo KASAI, Daisuke FUKUDA, Naoki TAGUCHI, Iwao MURAMATSU
  • Patent number: 8260316
    Abstract: Improper acquisition of position information is prevented in a system in which points are added according to a movement distance of a user owning a cellular phone terminal. Position information of a cellular phone and the time information corresponding thereto are acquired on the basis of GPS or base station information. The movement distance and movement speed are calculated for each predetermined time interval, and whether or not the movement is within a range allowed for the corresponding transportation mode is determined on the basis of these position information and movement speed with reference to the mobile body database where timetables or the like have been recorded. The acquisition of the position information is determined to be improper when the movement is not in the range allowed for any of the transportation modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: COLOPL, Inc.
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba
  • Publication number: 20120040692
    Abstract: Improper acquisition of position information is prevented in a system in which points are added according to a movement distance of a user owning a cellular phone terminal. Position information of a cellular phone and the time information corresponding thereto are acquired on the basis of GPS or base station information. The movement distance and movement speed are calculated for each predetermined time interval, and whether or not the movement is within a range allowed for the corresponding transportation mode is determined on the basis of these position information and movement speed with reference to the mobile body database where timetables or the like have been recorded. The acquisition of the position information is determined to be improper when the movement is not in the range allowed for any of the transportation modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba