Patents by Inventor Osamu Shibata

Osamu Shibata 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: 11128806
    Abstract: A camera system includes an imaging device that acquires a first image by a normal exposure including only one exposure and that acquires a second image by a multiple exposure including a plurality of exposures; and an image processor that extracts a feature value of a first object in the first image and that identifies one or more locations corresponding to the feature value in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Satou, Sanshiro Shishido, Yasuo Miyake, Kazuko Nishimura, Hiroshi Iwai, Osamu Shibata
  • Publication number: 20210197707
    Abstract: A light apparatus mounted on a vehicle includes a lamp unit having: a first cover, and a light source that emits light through a first cover into a predetermined area including a first direction. The light apparatus also includes: a radar unit provided on a lower side or an upper side of the lamp unit, and a separator provided between the lamp unit and the radar unit. The radar unit includes: a circuit board having a board surface arranged in a substantially horizontal state, and an antenna unit that transmits an electromagnetic wave in a range including a second direction different from the first direction and that receives a reflected wave from an object existing outside the vehicle. The antenna unit is arranged in the board surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi IWAI, Ryosuke SHIOZAKI, Shuji AKAMATSU, Osamu SHIBATA, Ken TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 10981491
    Abstract: An in-vehicle light apparatus for a vehicle is provided and includes lamp radar units. The lamp unit includes a light source and a reflector arranged around the light source and outputting light from an opening area of the reflector to a predetermined region including in a first direction. The radar unit is provided on a lower or upper side of the lamp unit and includes a circuit board having a board surface arranged in a substantially horizontal state and an antenna unit that transmits an electromagnetic wave and receives a reflected wave in a second direction. The opening area extends in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction in plan view, and a direction perpendicular to the second direction on the board surface is a direction intersecting the first direction and non-parallel to the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Iwai, Ryosuke Shiozaki, Shuji Akamatsu, Osamu Shibata, Ken Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10957028
    Abstract: An image generation device includes a first reception unit and a control unit. The first reception unit receives travel information about the travel state of a moving body. The control unit sets, based on the travel information, a multiple-exposure region in an imaging region of an image sensor used on the moving body, and generates image data in which the multiple-exposure region in the imaging region is formed through a multiple exposure and a region other than the multiple-exposure region is not formed through the multiple exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Shibata, Hiroshi Iwai, Kazuko Nishimura, Yasuo Miyake, Yoshiaki Satou
  • Publication number: 20210051261
    Abstract: An imaging device having an imager that includes first pixels having sensitivity to a first light and second pixels having sensitivity to a second light, a wavelength of the first light being different from a wavelength of the second light. The imager being configured to acquire first image data from the first pixels and being configured to acquire second image data from the second pixels. Each of the first image data and the second image data including an image of a code, the code being configured to output the second light. The imaging device further including an image processor configured to extract an image of the code based on the first image data and the second image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshiaki SATOU, Kazuko NISHIMURA, Yasuo MIYAKE, Osamu SHIBATA, Hiroshi IWAI
  • Patent number: 10922248
    Abstract: A slave device is to be connected to a host device through at least one of a first interface and a second interface. The slave device includes a first terminal group used for the first interface, a second terminal group used for the second interface and a signal input and output part. The first terminal group and the second terminal group are provided at positions identical to terminal groups of another slave device to be connected through a third interface different from the second interface. The signal input and output part supplies a signal to a predetermined terminal in the first terminal group within a predetermined period from supply of power to the slave device, the signal notifying the host device whether the second terminal group is compliant with the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Isao Kato, Osamu Shibata
  • Patent number: 10868983
    Abstract: An objective is recognition of the travel direction of an object captured in an image frame. An image generating apparatus includes: a receiver circuit that receives a single exposure frame created by a single exposure and a multiple exposure frame created by multiple exposures after the single exposure frame, the single exposure frame and the multiple exposure frame being output from an image sensor; and a control circuit that specifies a starting point of a motion track of an object in the multiple exposure frame in accordance with a position of the object in the single exposure frame and a position of the same object in the multiple exposure frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Shibata, Hiroshi Iwai, Kazuko Nishimura, Yasuo Miyake, Yoshiaki Satou
  • Patent number: 10841505
    Abstract: An imaging device including an imager that includes first pixels having sensitivity to a first light and second pixels having sensitivity to a second light, a wavelength of the first light being different from a wavelength of the second light, the imager acquiring first image data from the first pixels and acquiring second image data from the second pixels, each of the first image data and the second image data including an image of a code, the code being configured to output the second light; and an image processor. The image processor performs a differential processing based on the first image data and the second image data to generate third image data, and extracts an image of the code from the third image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Satou, Kazuko Nishimura, Yasuo Miyake, Osamu Shibata, Hiroshi Iwai
  • Publication number: 20200339032
    Abstract: An in-vehicle light apparatus for a vehicle is provided and includes lamp radar units. The lamp unit includes a light source and a reflector arranged around the light source and outputting light from an opening area of the reflector to a predetermined region including in a first direction. The radar unit is provided on a lower or upper side of the lamp unit and includes a circuit board having a board surface arranged in a substantially horizontal state and an antenna unit that transmits an electromagnetic wave and receives a reflected wave in a second direction. The opening area extends in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction in plan view, and a direction perpendicular to the second direction on the board surface is a direction intersecting the first direction and non-parallel to the third direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi IWAI, Ryosuke SHIOZAKI, Shuji AKAMATSU, Osamu SHIBATA, Ken TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 10763285
    Abstract: An image generation device includes a receiver and a controller. The receiver receives travel information about the travel state of a movable-body apparatus. The controller selects, based on the travel information, a first partial region from an entirety of a plurality of pixels of an image sensor or an entirety of image data captured by the image sensor, and generates image data in which a region other than the first partial region has a resolution lower than the resolution of the first partial region. The image sensor is to be mounted to the movable-body apparatus and is configured to capture an area in a traveling direction of the movable-body apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Shibata, Hiroshi Iwai, Kazuko Nishimura, Yasuo Miyake, Yoshiaki Satou
  • Patent number: 10744926
    Abstract: An in-vehicle light apparatus for monitoring a region in a first direction outside a vehicle, including: a lamp unit including a light source and a reflector; a radar unit including a circuit board disposed such that a board surface extends substantially along the horizontal direction on a lower side or an upper side of the lamp unit and a plurality of antenna elements disposed in the hoard surface of the circuit hoard to transmit an electromagnetic wave in the first direction; and the plurality of the antenna elements are arranged in an array on the first direction side relative to the reflector in plan view, and an array direction of the plurality of antenna elements is a direction intersecting the first direction and non-parallel to an extending direction of an end portion on the side of the first direction of the reflector in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Iwai, Ryosuke Shiozaki, Shuji Akamatsu, Osamu Shibata, Ken Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20200201803
    Abstract: An information recording device stores data. The information recording device includes a first bus interface that transmits data to and receives data from an access device according to a first interface scheme, the access device accessing the information recording device, and a second bus interface that transmits data to and receives data from the access device according to a second interface scheme. The first bus interface and the second bus interface only share wiring of a power supply and wiring of a ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Takuji MAEDA, Shuichi OHKI, Masayuki ORIHASHI, Osamu SHIBATA
  • Publication number: 20200195830
    Abstract: An imaging device including an imager that includes first pixels having sensitivity to a first light and second pixels having sensitivity to a second light, a wavelength of the first light being different from a wavelength of the second light, the imager acquiring first image data from the first pixels and acquiring second image data from the second pixels, each of the first image data and the second image data including an image of a code, the code being configured to output the second light; and an image processor. The image processor performs a differential processing based on the first image data and the second image data to generate third image data, and extracts an image of the code from the third image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshiaki SATOU, Kazuko NISHIMURA, Yasuo MIYAKE, Osamu SHIBATA, Hiroshi IWAI
  • Publication number: 20200150271
    Abstract: A distance-measurement controller is to be used with an imaging device. The imaging device includes a light source that emits invisible light and a light receiver that receives reflected light. The reflected light is the invisible light that has been reflected by a target object. The distance-measurement controller includes a controller and a distance measurer. The controller causes the light receiver to make images at a constant frame rate, and causes the imaging device to vary a condition for at least two divided ranges into which a range that is a predetermined distance from the imaging device is divided. The condition is a condition under which the images are made to measure a distance from the imaging device to the target object. The distance measurer measures the distance from the imaging device to the target object, based on the reflected light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: HIROSHI IWAI, TETSURO OKUYAMA, OSAMU SHIBATA, TAKEHIRO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 10616495
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imager that includes first pixels having sensitivity to visible light and second pixels having sensitivity to non-visible light, the imager acquiring first image data from the first pixels and acquiring second image data from the second pixels, each of the first image data and the second image data containing an image of an object that displays a code through non-visible light; and an image processor. The image processor performs a correction process including a process of multiplying at least either the first image data or the second image data by a correction factor, generates third image data from a difference between a pair of image data obtained by the correction process, and extracts the code on the basis of the third image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Satou, Kazuko Nishimura, Yasuo Miyake, Osamu Shibata, Hiroshi Iwai
  • Publication number: 20200101889
    Abstract: An in-vehicle light apparatus for monitoring a region in a first direction outside a vehicle, including: a lamp unit including a light source and a reflector; a radar unit including a circuit board disposed such that a board surface extends substantially along the horizontal direction on a lower side or an upper side of the lamp unit and a plurality of antenna elements disposed in the hoard surface of the circuit hoard to transmit an electromagnetic wave in the first direction; and the plurality of the antenna elements are arranged in an array on the first direction side relative to the reflector in plan view, and an array direction of the plurality of antenna elements is a direction intersecting the first direction and non-parallel to an extending direction of an end portion on the side of the first direction of the reflector in plan view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi IWAI, Ryosuke SHIOZAKI, Shuji AKAMATSU, Osamu SHIBATA, Ken TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20200056879
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a pixel. The pixel includes: a first electrode; a second electrode facing the first electrode; a photoelectric conversion layer between the first electrode and the second electrode, the photoelectric conversion layer converting light into signal charge; and a charge accumulation region coupled to the second electrode, the charge accumulation region accumulating the signal charge. The pixel captures first data in a first exposure period and captures second data in a second exposure period different from the first exposure period, the first exposure period and the second exposure period being included in a frame period. A length of the first exposure period is different from a length of the second exposure period. The imaging device generates multiple-exposure image data including at least the first data and the second data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuko NISHIMURA, Yasuo MIYAKE, Yoshiaki SATOU, Osamu SHIBATA, Hiroshi IWAI
  • Publication number: 20200034317
    Abstract: A slave device is to be connected to a host device through at least one of a first interface and a second interface. The slave device includes a first terminal group used for the first interface, a second terminal group used for the second interface and a signal input and output part. The first terminal group and the second terminal group are provided at positions identical to terminal groups of another slave device to be connected through a third interface different from the second interface. The signal input and output part supplies a signal to a predetermined terminal in the first terminal group within a predetermined period from supply of power to the slave device, the signal notifying the host device whether the second terminal group is compliant with the second interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Isao KATO, Osamu SHIBATA
  • Patent number: 10534240
    Abstract: An imaging control device includes a controller and an input section. The controller causes an image sensor to, during at least one first frame period, capture at least one first multiple exposure image by using a first exposure signal that contains a plurality of pulses having a plurality of pulse widths different from one another; the image sensor is configured to capture an image by making multiple exposure. The input section receives the at least one first multiple exposure image. The controller selects one pulse width from the plurality of pulse widths, based on the first multiple exposure image received by the input section and then causes the image sensor to, during a second frame period, capture the image by using a second exposure signal that contains a pulse having the selected pulse width; the second frame period follows the first frame period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Iwai, Osamu Shibata, Kazuko Nishimura, Yasuo Miyake, Yoshiaki Satou
  • Patent number: 10531021
    Abstract: An object is to extract the motion tracks of other vehicles from an image taken from a target vehicle. An image generating apparatus includes: a determiner circuit that determines whether surroundings of the target vehicle are in a dark place; and a control circuit that causes an image sensor including a high-sensitivity cell and a highly-saturated cell to create a highly-saturated frame by multiple exposures through the highly-saturated cell, the highly-saturated cell having lower sensitivity and larger charge storage capacity than the high-sensitivity cell, when the determiner circuit determines that the surroundings of the target vehicle are in the dark place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Shibata, Hiroshi Iwai, Kazuko Nishimura, Yasuo Miyake, Yoshiaki Satou