Patents by Inventor Norifumi Takaya

Norifumi Takaya 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: 9792556
    Abstract: Using the short form information people tend to use in their calendar locations (not full address or GPS location), machine learning techniques are used to map gathered location information to these short form names.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Norifumi Takaya, Priyan Deveka Gunatilake, Guru Prashanth Balasubramanian
  • Publication number: 20160092785
    Abstract: Using the short form information people tend to use in their calendar locations (not full address or GPS location), machine learning techniques are used to map gathered location information to these short form names.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Norifumi Takaya, Priyan Deveka Gunatilake, Guru Prashanth Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 8982283
    Abstract: A method of scanning television channels at initial setup. The method includes at a first power mode, automatically scanning for channels using a first scanning setup procedure during which the television is unusable by a user. The first power mode is when the television is at a full power mode. The detected channels are automatically provided for use by the television upon completion of the first scanning setup procedure. The method further includes automatically scanning for channels using a second scanning setup procedure at a second power mode following the first power mode. The second power mode is at a lower power mode than the first power mode, and the second scanning setup procedure is more time consuming in comparison to the first scanning setup procedure. Additional channels not detected during the initial setup by the first scanning setup procedure are automatically detected at the second power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Tonni Sandager Larsen, Yuko Suzuki, Norifumi Takaya, William Schupp, Max Wu, Liviu Burciu
  • Patent number: 8918272
    Abstract: When a driver leaves a vehicle as indicated by a separation event such as the driver's portable wireless communication device (WCD) losing Bluetooth connectivity with the vehicle, the WCD uploads to a cloud server its GPS location before the driver has been able to walk away from the vehicle an appreciable distance. The location is recorded and the driver subsequently can use its WCD to communicate with the server to obtain map information showing the current location of the WCD and the location recorded at the separation event, so that the driver knows the location of her vehicle relative to her current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Marvin DeMerchant, David Andrew Young, Norifumi Takaya, David Thiele, Steven Friedlander
  • Publication number: 20140343992
    Abstract: An adaptive push calendar senses a user is in a vehicle and automatically looks up a calendar event, prompting the user as to whether the user wishes to have information presented pertaining to the calendar event. Based on the user's response the next prompt of a calendar even is modified to account for any additional information required by the user as part of responding to the first prompt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marvin DeMerchant, Norifumi Takaya, David Thiele
  • Publication number: 20140343834
    Abstract: When a driver leaves a vehicle as indicated by a separation event such as the driver's portable wireless communication device (WCD) losing Bluetooth connectivity with the vehicle, the WCD uploads to a cloud server its GPS location before the driver has been able to walk away from the vehicle an appreciable distance. The location is recorded and the driver subsequently can use its WCD to communicate with the server to obtain map information showing the current location of the WCD and the location recorded at the separation event, so that the driver knows the location of her vehicle relative to her current location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marvin DeMerchant, David Andrew Young, Norifumi Takaya, David Thiele, Steven Friedlander
  • Patent number: 8782697
    Abstract: Improved channel mapping is provided wherein both virtual channel information associated with the currently-tuned channel, as well as physical channel information associated with this same channel is added to a television system's channel map. User inconvenience associated with errors in the virtual channel information may be mitigated since the television system's channel map will contain, not only the standard virtual channel information provided by broadcast stations in their broadcast signals, but also the corresponding physical channel information for the broadcast station in question. In other embodiments, multiple channel maps may be maintained and be user-selectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Norifumi Takaya, Xuan Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140108615
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided to create a unified catalog of media content that reflects media content available across a multitude of electronic devices. Each electronic device generates a catalog representative of all media content stored thereon and provides that catalog to a requesting server or other electronic device to be combined with at least one other catalog to form a combined or central catalog that accounts for duplicate entries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Norifumi Takaya, Aravind Asam
  • Patent number: 8669869
    Abstract: A device and methods are provided for monitoring and reporting activity including providing an alert based on detected activity. In one embodiment, a method includes is monitoring activity relative to a device based on activity detected by the device, determining a baseline activity level for the device, and detecting a change in the baseline activity level. The method may further include transmitting an electronic message via a network connection based on the change in baseline line activity, the electronic message providing an alert based on the change in baseline activity level. The device and methods may advantageously allow for providing alerts based on inactivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Norifumi Takaya
  • Publication number: 20140009688
    Abstract: A method of scanning television channels at initial setup. The method includes at a first power mode, automatically scanning for channels using a first scanning setup procedure during which the television is unusable by a user. The first power mode is when the television is at a full power mode. The detected channels are automatically provided for use by the television upon completion of the first scanning setup procedure. The method further includes automatically scanning for channels using a second scanning setup procedure at a second power mode following the first power mode. The second power mode is at a lower power mode than the first power mode, and the second scanning setup procedure is more time consuming in comparison to the first scanning setup procedure. Additional channels not detected during the initial setup by the first scanning setup procedure are automatically detected at the second power mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicants: SONY ELECTRONICS INC., SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tonni Sandager Larsen, Yuko Suzuki, Norifumi Takaya, William Schupp, Max Wu, Liviu Burciu
  • Publication number: 20130198278
    Abstract: A targeted delivery of content and related metadata is made to users of various types of electronic devices that are adapted to render or play the content. Images of each user are captured at various times while various items of the content are being played. According to one embodiment the images are processed via one or more facial recognition algorithms so that the identity of each of the users, including their names, is determined. This data is stored in a central server thereby establishing a database of profiles of these users. The profiles are comprised of tracking information of content played by each of the users on a per-content basis. The central server either uses this tracking information directly or transmits it to another server or another business entity, such as for example another content provider, for use by the other business entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Kai Liu, John D. Smith, Norifumi Takaya, David Tao
  • Publication number: 20130198279
    Abstract: A targeted delivery of content and related metadata is made to users of various types of electronic devices that are adapted to render or play the content. Images of each user are captured at various times while various items of the content are being played. According to one embodiment the images are processed via one or more facial recognition algorithms so that the identity of each of the users, including their names, is determined. This data is stored in a central server thereby establishing a database of profiles of these users. The profiles are comprised of tracking information of content played by each of the users on a per-content basis. The central server either uses this tracking information directly or transmits it to another server or another business entity, such as for example another content provider, for use by the other business entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Kai Liu, John D. Smith, Norifumi Takaya, David Tao
  • Publication number: 20130194406
    Abstract: A targeted delivery of content and related metadata is made to users of various types of electronic devices that are adapted to render or play the content. Images of each user are captured at various times while various items of the content are being played. According to one embodiment the images are processed via one or more facial recognition algorithms so that the identity of each of the users, including their names, is determined. This data is stored in a central server thereby establishing a database of profiles of these users. The profiles are comprised of tracking information of content played by each of the users on a per-content basis. The central server either uses this tracking information directly or transmits it to another server or another business entity, such as for example another content provider, for use by the other business entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Kai Liu, John D. Smith, Norifumi Takaya, David Tao
  • Publication number: 20130198280
    Abstract: A targeted delivery of content and related metadata is made to users of various types of electronic devices that are adapted to render or play the content. Images of each user are captured at various times while various items of the content are being played. According to one embodiment the images are processed via one or more facial recognition algorithms so that the identity of each of the users, including their names, is determined. This data is stored in a central server thereby establishing a database of profiles of these users. The profiles are comprised of tracking information of content played by each of the users on a per-content basis. The central server either uses this tracking information directly or transmits it to another server or another business entity, such as for example another content provider, for use by the other business entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Kai Liu, John D. Smith, Norifumi Takaya, David Tao
  • Patent number: 8448205
    Abstract: Alternative-channel user selectivity is provided when a user tunes to a broadcast channel for which the desired broadcast station corresponding to such broadcast channel has been reassigned. In one embodiment, after tuning to broadcast channel in response to a user input, it may first be determined if in fact the desired broadcast station corresponding to the tuned broadcast channel has been reassigned. If so, one or more alternative broadcast channels corresponding to the desired broadcast station may be identified, and an alternative channel availability indicator may then be displayed to the user to provide alternative-channel user selectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Xuan Zhang, Norifumi Takaya, Jenny Chow
  • Patent number: 8436946
    Abstract: A method of scanning television channels at initial setup. The method includes at a first power mode, automatically scanning for channels using a first scanning setup procedure during which the television is unusable by a user. The first power mode is when the television is at a full power mode. The detected channels are automatically provided for use by the television upon completion of the first scanning setup procedure. The method further includes automatically scanning for channels using a second scanning setup procedure at a second power mode following the first power mode. The second power mode is at a lower power mode than the first power mode, and the second scanning setup procedure is more time consuming in comparison to the first scanning setup procedure. Additional channels not detected during the initial setup by the first scanning setup procedure are automatically detected at the second power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Tonni Sandager Larsen, Yuko Suzuki, Norifumi Takaya, William Schupp, Max Wu, Liviu Burciu
  • Publication number: 20130061257
    Abstract: A television apparatus for generating personalized verbal outputs in response to identifying individual viewers. A camera and image/facial recognition subsystems are configured to identify individuals and retrieve stored information for use in generating personalized verbal outputs to the viewers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: NORIFUMI TAKAYA
  • Publication number: 20130061258
    Abstract: A television apparatus for performing personalized viewing mode adjustments in response to identifying individual viewers. A camera and image/facial recognition subsystems are configured to identify individuals and retrieve stored viewing adjustment preference information for use in automatically adjusting the viewing mode of the television, and optional external devices (e.g., electronically controlled lights, shades, and so forth), to enhance the television viewing experience for individuals and groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norifumi Takaya, John D. Smith, Kai Liu, David Tao
  • Publication number: 20130057403
    Abstract: A device and methods are provided for monitoring and reporting activity including providing an alert based on detected activity. In one embodiment, a method includes is monitoring activity relative to a device based on activity detected by the device, determining a baseline activity level for the device, and detecting a change in the baseline activity level. The method may further include transmitting an electronic message via a network connection based on the change in baseline line activity, the electronic message providing an alert based on the change in baseline activity level. The device and methods may advantageously allow for providing alerts based on inactivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Norifumi Takaya
  • Publication number: 20120086868
    Abstract: A remote control designed to operate an electronic device comprising: a housing, a plurality of buttons arranged on the housing, and a single button is designed to lock the plurality of buttons on the remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Norifumi Takaya