Patents by Inventor Nobuo Masuoka

Nobuo Masuoka 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: 10965981
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus includes: a first receiving unit receiving broadcast data for a first transmission method; a second receiving unit receiving broadcast data for a second transmission method; a first decoding unit decoding the broadcast data received by the first receiving unit; a second decoding unit decoding the broadcast data received by the second receiving unit; a video output unit outputting video, the video being generated based on data decoded by the first or second decoding unit; an operation input unit receiving control information from a remote controller; and a control unit controlling the units based on the control information received by the operation input unit. The remote controller includes a button to output control information for switching between a display state and a non-display state of service, the service being linked with a broadcasting program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Takuya Shimizu, Nobuo Masuoka, Yasunobu Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10915220
    Abstract: This input terminal device 1 for receiving a user operation via a position input object PS is provided with: a position detection unit 106 which detects the position of the position input object; a display unit 109a which displays a cursor; and an operation processing control unit 1024 which causes operation processing to be performed. The operation processing control unit has a plurality of operation modes and one of these modes includes a state M0 in which the operation processing control unit does not cause any operation processing to be performed, except for movement of the cursor in accordance with the position of the position input object. The operation processing control unit is configured to switch between the plurality of operation modes when the user has performed a specific operation by means of the position input object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Suzuki, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Nobuo Masuoka, Hiroshi Shimizu, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Mitsunobu Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20210037129
    Abstract: A portable terminal apparatus includes a display unit displaying an image, an operation input unit inputting a user operation, and a wireless communication unit performing wireless communication by a wireless LAN, and at a time of startup from a sleep state, a remote control button is displayed on the display unit when a mutual communication with a predetermined access point can be performed in the wireless communication unit, and when the remote control button is selected, a remote control signal corresponding to the selected remote control button is transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Nobuo MASUOKA, Yasunobu HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200349212
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a suitable user-friendliness to a user regarding a recommendation of application software on a portable information terminal. In order to accomplish the purpose, this portable information terminal is configured to set an application as a recommendation candidate when the status of the portable information terminal matches a condition corresponding to the application, and recommend the application when the application further matches a pre-set recommendation permitting condition. Hence, the portable information terminal and the application recommending method thereof capable of providing a preferable user-friendliness to the user can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Nobuo Masuoka, Motoyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Shimizu, Hideyuki Kuwajima
  • Patent number: 10812646
    Abstract: A portable terminal apparatus includes a display unit displaying an image, an operation input unit inputting a user operation, and a wireless communication unit performing wireless communication by a wireless LAN, and at a time of startup from a sleep state, a remote control button is displayed on the display unit when a mutual communication with a predetermined access point can be performed in the wireless communication unit, and when the remote control button is selected, a remote control signal corresponding to the selected remote control button is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuo Masuoka, Yasunobu Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20200329031
    Abstract: A user authentication system 100 includes: a main body device 200 including: an authentication code transmission requesting unit that generates an authentication code transmission request including a first value, and transmits the authentication code transmission request to an authentication device 300; a verification unit 272 that decides that authentication is successful if an authentication code transmitted from the authentication device 300 in response to the authentication code transmission request is included in a verification authentication code generated in response to the first value; and an unlocking unit 273 that enables a predetermined functionality if the verification unit 272 decides that the authentication is successful; and an authentication device 300 including an authentication code reply unit that generates the authentication code in response to the first value included in the authentication code transmission request, and transmits the authentication code as a reply to the main body device
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Osamu KAWAMAE, Kazuhiko YOSHIZAWA, Nobuo MASUOKA, Hiroshi SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20200322672
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiving apparatus executing a function with a higher added value can include: a broadcast receiving unit configured to receive broadcasting data of broadcasting program contents and location information from a broadcast transmission path, a reference destination for obtaining data related to the broadcasting data being described in the location information; a communication unit configured to receive communication data of the program contents from the reference destination described in the location information via a communication line; a recording/reproducing unit configured to record and reproduce the broadcasting data of the broadcasting program contents received by the broadcast receiving unit; an outputting unit configured to output the broadcasting data of the broadcasting program contents reproduced from the recording/reproducing unit to external equipment; and a server function unit for external equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuhiko YOSHIZAWA, Takuya SHIMIZU, Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Mitsunobu WATANABE, Nobuo MASUOKA, Masayuki HIRABAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20200288203
    Abstract: In a broadcast receiving apparatus including: a broadcast receiving unit configured to receive control information regarding contents of digital broadcasting and content protection for the contents; an accumulation unit configured to accumulate the contents received by the broadcast receiving unit; a video output unit configured to output video of the contents received by the broadcast receiving unit or video of the contents accumulated by the accumulation unit to external equipment; an interface; and a control unit, switching of content protecting processes are executed in accordance with the number of pixels of video of contents in a first video outputting process state to output contents to external equipment without accumulation, a second video outputting process state to output contents to external equipment after an accumulating process, a copying process state, and a moving process state, and control is executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Takuya SHIMIZU, Kazuhiko YOSHIZAWA, Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Nobuo MASUOKA
  • Publication number: 20200288193
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiving apparatus capable of executing a function with a higher added value is provided. A broadcast receiving apparatus configured to receive contents includes: a receiving unit configured to receive the contents; an interface via which the contents received by the receiving unit is outputted; a control unit configured to control an output state of the contents from the interface. In this case, the control unit is configured to determine the output state of the contents from the interface in accordance with a combination of control information indicating a copy control state of the contents, control information for specifying necessity or not of protection when to output the contents, information indicating resolution of video of the contents, and information indicating transmission characteristics of video of the contents, which are received by the receiving unit together with the contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuhiko YOSHIZAWA, Takuya SHIMIZU, Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Nobuo MASUOKA, Nobuaki KABUTO
  • Publication number: 20200279470
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus with an image-projecting function that is convenient for a user can be provided. The lighting apparatus includes: an illuminating unit that emits illumination light; and a projection-type image display unit that projects an image. The projection-type image display unit is configured so that a setting menu screen settable about an image displayed by the projection-type image display unit can be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Takuya SHIMIZU, Katsuyuki WATANABE, Hiroyuki URATA, Tatsuya ISHIKAWA, Nobuo MASUOKA
  • Patent number: 10747832
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a suitable user-friendliness to a user regarding a recommendation of application software on a portable information terminal. In order to accomplish the purpose, this portable information terminal is configured to set an application as a recommendation candidate when the status of the portable information terminal matches a condition corresponding to the application, and recommend the application when the application further matches a pre-set recommendation permitting condition. Hence, the portable information terminal and the application recommending method thereof capable of providing a preferable user-friendliness to the user can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Nobuo Masuoka, Motoyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Shimizu, Hideyuki Kuwajima
  • Patent number: 10735801
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiving apparatus executing a function with a higher added value can include: a broadcast receiving unit configured to receive broadcasting data of broadcasting program contents and location information from a broadcast transmission path, a reference destination for obtaining data related to the broadcasting data being described in the location information; a communication unit configured to receive communication data of the program contents from the reference destination described in the location information via a communication line; a recording/reproducing unit configured to record and reproduce the broadcasting data of the broadcasting program contents received by the broadcast receiving unit; an outputting unit configured to output the broadcasting data of the broadcasting program contents reproduced from the recording/reproducing unit to external equipment; and a server function unit for external equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Takuya Shimizu, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Mitsunobu Watanabe, Nobuo Masuoka, Masayuki Hirabayashi
  • Publication number: 20200236418
    Abstract: The present invention provides a digital broadcast receiver capable of executing functions having higher added values. The broadcast receiver receives a broadcast wave of a digital broadcast service, controls an operation including activation and end of an application that is in cooperation with a broadcast program based on application-related information, and selects control relating to reactivation of the application based on a user's operation. If activation of the application is requested after the end of the application, the broadcast receiver controls the reactivation or non-reactivation of the application in accordance with the selection of control by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Motoyuki SUZUKI, Kazuhiko YOSHIZAWA, Nobuo MASUOKA
  • Patent number: 10715868
    Abstract: In a broadcast receiving apparatus including: a broadcast receiving unit configured to receive control information regarding contents of digital broadcasting and content protection for the contents; an accumulation unit configured to accumulate the contents received by the broadcast receiving unit; a video output unit configured to output video of the contents received by the broadcast receiving unit or video of the contents accumulated by the accumulation unit to external equipment; an interface; and a control unit, switching of content protecting processes are executed in accordance with the number of pixels of video of contents in a first video outputting process state to output contents to external equipment without accumulation, a second video outputting process state to output contents to external equipment after an accumulating process, a copying process state, and a moving process state, and control is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Shimizu, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Nobuo Masuoka
  • Patent number: 10715858
    Abstract: When a user inputs an operation of recording a broadcast program into a broadcast reception device, the broadcast reception device outputs, by a display video output unit of the broadcast reception device, a recording setting screen selecting a first recording method of recording program related information and not recording a video content of a broadcast program or a second recording method of recording the program related information and a video content of the broadcast program about a first program. When the first recording method is selected, the program related information is recorded and the video content of the broadcast program is not recorded. When the user inputs an operation of playing back the first program into the broadcast reception device, the broadcast reception device communicates with the server, receives the video content of the first program from the server, and outputs the video content by the display video output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Nobuo Masuoka, Motoyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Shimizu, Yasunobu Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20200221014
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image pickup device that recognizes the object that the user is attempting to capture as the subject, tracks the movement of that subject, and can continue tracking the movement of the subject even when the subject leaves the capturing area so that the subject can always be reliably brought into focus. The image pickup device includes a main camera that captures the subject; an EVF that displays the captured image captured by the main camera, a sub-camera that captures the subject using a wider capturing region than the main camera, and a processing unit that extracts the subject from the captured images captured by the main camera and the sub-camera, tracks the extracted subject, and brings the subject into focus when an image of the subject is actually captured. When the subject moves outside of a capturing region of the main camera, the processing unit tracks the subject extracted from the captured image captured by the sub-camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroshi SHIMIZU, Kazuhiko YOSHIZAWA, Yasunobu HASHIMOTO, Nobuo MASUOKA
  • Patent number: 10708647
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiving apparatus capable of executing a function with a higher added value is provided. A broadcast receiving apparatus configured to receive contents includes: a receiving unit configured to receive the contents; an interface via which the contents received by the receiving unit is outputted; a control unit configured to control an output state of the contents from the interface. In this case, the control unit is configured to determine the output state of the contents from the interface in accordance with a combination of control information indicating a copy control state of the contents, control information for specifying necessity or not of protection when to output the contents, information indicating resolution of video of the contents, and information indicating transmission characteristics of video of the contents, which are received by the receiving unit together with the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Takuya Shimizu, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Nobuo Masuoka, Nobuaki Kabuto
  • Patent number: 10699552
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus with an image-projecting function that is convenient for a user can be provided. The lighting apparatus includes: an illuminating unit that emits illumination light; and a projection-type image display unit that projects an image. The projection-type image display unit is configured so that a setting menu screen settable about an image displayed by the projection-type image display unit can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Shimizu, Katsuyuki Watanabe, Hiroyuki Urata, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Nobuo Masuoka
  • Publication number: 20200162782
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus includes: a first receiving unit receiving broadcast data for a first transmission method; a second receiving unit receiving broadcast data for a second transmission method; a first decoding unit decoding the broadcast data received by the first receiving unit; a second decoding unit decoding the broadcast data received by the second receiving unit; a video output unit outputting video, the video being generated based on data decoded by the first or second decoding unit; an operation input unit receiving control information from a remote controller; and a control unit controlling the units based on the control information received by the operation input unit. The remote controller includes a button to output control information for switching between a display state and a non-display state of service, the service being linked with a broadcasting program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuhiko YOSHIZAWA, Takuya SHIMIZU, Nobuo MASUOKA, Yasunobu HASHIMOTO
  • Patent number: 10659833
    Abstract: The present invention provides a digital broadcast receiver capable of executing functions having higher added values. The broadcast receiver receives a broadcast wave of a digital broadcast service, controls an operation including activation and end of an application that is in cooperation with a broadcast program based on application-related information, and selects control relating to reactivation of the application based on a user's operation. If activation of the application is requested after the end of the application, the broadcast receiver controls the reactivation or non-reactivation of the application in accordance with the selection of control by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Motoyuki Suzuki, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Nobuo Masuoka