Patents by Inventor Nobuyuki Kaku

Nobuyuki Kaku 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: 10794719
    Abstract: Information related to a vehicle can be displayed by projecting an image based on the information on a road surface or the like. An image projection apparatus that projects an image includes: a sensor unit that acquires information related to a vehicle; and an image projection unit that projects the image based on the information acquired by the sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kunii, Takuya Shimizu, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Nobuyuki Kaku
  • Publication number: 20200231085
    Abstract: Information related to a vehicle can be displayed by projecting an image based on the information on a road surface or the like. An image projection apparatus that projects an image includes: an acquisition unit that acquires information to be displayed; and an image projection unit that projects the image based on the information to be displayed acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Yasuhiko KUNII, Nobuyuki KAKU, Toshinori SUGIYAMA, Hiroyuki NAKAMURA, Hiroshi CHIBA, Masahiro KISHIGAMI, Hiroyuki KAJIKAWA, Chohei ONO, Megumi KURACHI, Noriaki HARADA
  • Patent number: 10647248
    Abstract: Information related to a vehicle can be displayed by projecting an image based on the information on a road surface or the like. An image projection apparatus that projects an image includes: an acquisition unit that acquires information to be displayed; and an image projection unit that projects the image based on the information to be displayed acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kunii, Nobuyuki Kaku, Toshinori Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Hiroshi Chiba, Masahiro Kishigami, Hiroyuki Kajikawa, Chohei Ono, Megumi Kurachi, Noriaki Harada
  • Patent number: 10551726
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus which is held in a state of being suspended from a mounting bracket fixed to a ceiling surface and emits illumination light is provided, and the lighting apparatus includes: an illumination light source for generating the illumination light disposed inside a housing; a projector disposed in an inner space of the housing and configured to project an image onto a projection surface; and a lint disposed in an upper portion inside the housing, wherein an air intake and an air outlet are formed at such positions in the housing that air flow generated by the fan is sucked from a lower portion of the housing, passes upward through a vicinity of the illumination light source and the projector, and is exhausted from the upper portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Watanabe, Takatsugu Kawabata, Nobuyuki Kaku, Shinji Shibuya
  • Publication number: 20190362659
    Abstract: An illuminating apparatus with a video projecting function suitable for a digital signage or the like, which has an excellent video displaying function and better usability for a user is provided. An illuminating apparatus includes: an illumination light source disposed in a housing and configured to generate illumination light; a video projecting apparatus disposed in the housing, the video projecting apparatus being configured to generate video light, the video light from the video projecting apparatus being projected into an illumination light area from the illumination light source; a motion detector configured to detect approach of a human body; and a controller configured to control an operation of at least one or both of the illumination light source and the video projecting apparatus on a basis of a detection signal from the motion detector, the controller being configured to adjust brightness of the illumination light from the illumination light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Katsuyuki WATANABE, Koji FUJITA, Nobuyuki KAKU
  • Patent number: 10457199
    Abstract: Information related to a vehicle can be displayed by projecting an image based on the information on a road surface or the like. An image projection apparatus that projects an image includes: an acquisition unit that acquires information to be displayed; and an image projection unit that projects the image based on the information to be displayed acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kunii, Nobuyuki Kaku, Toshinori Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Hiroshi Chiba, Masahiro Kishigami, Hiroyuki Kajikawa, Chohei Ono, Megumi Kurachi, Noriaki Harada
  • Patent number: 10415776
    Abstract: The present invention provides an illumination apparatus having a video projection function capable of more favorably moving and adjusting a position on which a video is projected even after the apparatus is set. The illumination apparatus is an illumination apparatus which is held by a holding tool for fixing to a ceiling surface or a wall and which emits illumination light, and includes: a light source arranged inside a housing for generating the illumination light; a diffusion plate attached to a part of the housing, the diffusion plate diffusing the illumination light from the light source; a projector which is arranged inside a space formed by the housing and a part of the diffusion plate and which projects a video onto a projection surface; and movement means for making the whole or a part of the projector movable in a direction parallel to the projection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuomi Kaneko, Chohei Ono, Nobuyuki Kaku, Takuya Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20190248277
    Abstract: Information related to a vehicle can be displayed by projecting an image based on the information on a road surface or the like. An image projection apparatus that projects an image includes: an acquisition unit that acquires information to be displayed; and an image projection unit that projects the image based on the information to be displayed acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko KUNII, Nobuyuki KAKU, Toshinori SUGIYAMA, Hiroyuki NAKAMURA, Hiroshi CHIBA, Masahiro KISHIGAMI, Hiroyuki KAJIKAWA, Chohei ONO, Megumi KURACHI, Noriaki HARADA
  • Publication number: 20190211982
    Abstract: The present invention provides an illumination apparatus having a video projection function capable of more favorably moving and adjusting a position on which a video is projected even after the apparatus is set. The illumination apparatus is an illumination apparatus which is held by a holding tool for fixing to a ceiling surface or a wall and which emits illumination light, and includes: a light source arranged inside a housing for generating the illumination light; a diffusion plate attached to a part of the housing, the diffusion plate diffusing the illumination light from the light source; a projector which is arranged inside a space formed by the housing and a part of the diffusion plate and which projects a video onto a projection surface; and movement means for making the whole or a part of the projector movable in a direction parallel to the projection surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuomi KANEKO, Chohei ONO, Nobuyuki KAKU, Takuya SHIMIZU
  • Patent number: 10345689
    Abstract: Provided is a video-image-projecting-function-equipping lighting device having favorable usability for a user. The lighting device has: a lighting unit for emitting illumination light; a projection type video image display unit for projecting a video image; and also a structure of suspending the lighting device from a ceiling surface so as to make its horizontality adjustable, and the projection type video image display unit displays an image for guiding the adjustment of the horizontality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Watanabe, Nobuyuki Kaku, Tatsuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10281098
    Abstract: The present invention provides an illumination apparatus having a video projection function capable of more favorably moving and adjusting a position on which a video is projected even after the apparatus is set. The illumination apparatus is an illumination apparatus which is held by a holding tool for fixing to a ceiling surface or a wall and which emits illumination light, and includes: a light source arranged inside a housing for generating the illumination light; a diffusion plate attached to a part of the housing, the diffusion plate diffusing the illumination light from the light source; a projector which is arranged inside a space formed by the housing and a part of the diffusion plate and which projects a video onto a projection surface; and movement means for making the whole or a part of the projector movable in a direction parallel to the projection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuomi Kaneko, Chohei Ono, Nobuyuki Kaku, Takuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10260691
    Abstract: An illumination device configured to emit illumination light has a light source arranged inside a housing generating the illumination light; a diffusing panel attached to the housing; and a projector arranged inside a space formed by the housing and a part of the diffusing panel for projecting an image onto a projection surface. An optical unit is arranged so that an incident direction of a light flux incident from a display element provided in the projector onto a projection optical system of the projector is substantially vertical or in a direction closer to a vertical direction than a direction parallel to a horizontal plane, or so that an optical axis of the projection optical system on which the light flux from the display element provided in the projector is incident is substantially vertical or in a direction closer to the vertical direction than the direction parallel to the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chohei Ono, Kazuomi Kaneko, Nobuyuki Kaku
  • Publication number: 20190079374
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus which is held in a state of being suspended from a mounting bracket fixed to a ceiling surface and emits illumination light is provided, and the lighting apparatus includes: an illumination light source for generating the illumination light disposed inside a housing; a projector disposed in an inner space of the housing and configured to project an image onto a projection surface; and a lint disposed in an upper portion inside the housing, wherein an air intake and an air outlet are formed at such positions in the housing that air flow generated by the fan is sucked from a lower portion of the housing, passes upward through a vicinity of the illumination light source and the projector, and is exhausted from the upper portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Katsuyuki WATANABE, Takatsugu KAWABATA, Nobuyuki KAKU, Shinji SHIBUYA
  • Patent number: 10197233
    Abstract: An illumination device emits illumination light and has a light source arranged inside a housing generating illumination light; a diffusing panel attached to the housing; and a projector inside a space formed by the housing and a part of the diffusing panel and projecting an image onto a projection surface. An optical unit is arranged so that an incident direction of a light flux incident from a display element provided in the projector onto a projection optical system of the projector is substantially parallel to a horizontal plane or in a direction closer to a direction parallel to the horizontal plane than a vertical direction, or in so that an optical axis of the projection optical system on which the light flux from the display element is substantially parallel to the horizontal plane or in a direction closer to a direction parallel to the horizontal plane than the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chohei Ono, Kazuomi Kaneko, Nobuyuki Kaku
  • Publication number: 20180348617
    Abstract: Provided is a video-image-projecting-function-equipping lighting device having favorable usability for a user. The lighting device has: a lighting unit for emitting illumination light; a projection type video image display unit for projecting a video image; and also a structure of suspending the lighting device from a ceiling surface so as to make its horizontality adjustable, and the projection type video image display unit displays an image for guiding the adjustment of the horizontality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Katsuyuki WATANABE, Nobuyuki KAKU, Tatsuya ISHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20180156401
    Abstract: An illumination device emits illumination light and has a light source arranged inside a housing generating illumination light; a diffusing panel attached to the housing; and a projector inside a space formed by the housing and a part of the diffusing panel and projecting an image onto a projection surface. An optical unit is arranged so that an incident direction of a light flux incident from a display element provided in the projector onto a projection optical system of the projector is substantially parallel to a horizontal plane or in a direction closer to a direction parallel to the horizontal plane than a vertical direction, or in so that an optical axis of the projection optical system on which the light flux from the display element is substantially parallel to the horizontal plane or in a direction closer to a direction parallel to the horizontal plane than the vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Chohei ONO, Kazuomi KANEKO, Nobuyuki KAKU
  • Patent number: D827693
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Shibuya, Nobuyuki Kaku, Takatsugu Kawabata, Katsuyuki Watanabe, Tamaki Iwamiya
  • Patent number: D828864
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Shibuya, Nobuyuki Kaku, Takatsugu Kawabata, Katsuyuki Watanabe, Tamaki Iwamiya
  • Patent number: D844043
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Shibuya, Nobuyuki Kaku, Takatsugu Kawabata, Katsuyuki Watanabe, Tatsuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: D848517
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Shibuya, Nobuyuki Kaku, Takatsugu Kawabata, Katsuyuki Watanabe, Tatsuya Ishikawa