Patents by Inventor Satoru Kawamoto

Satoru Kawamoto 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: 10890884
    Abstract: A control system, method and computer program product cooperate to assist control for an autonomous robot. The system includes a communications interface that exchanges information with the autonomous robot. A user interface displays a scene of a location in which the autonomous robot is positioned, and also receives an indication of a user selection of a user selected area within the scene. The communications interface transmits an indication of said user selected area to the autonomous robot for further processing of the area by said autonomous robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Kawamoto, Yoshiaki Iwai, Satoru Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10863096
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Yasunori Kawanami, Kenta Kawamoto, Tsutomu Sawada, Satoru Shimizu, Peter Duerr, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10843337
    Abstract: A control system, method and computer program product cooperate to assist control for an autonomous robot. An interface receives recognition information from an autonomous robot, said recognition information including candidate target objects to interact with the autonomous robot. A display control unit causes a display image to be displayed on a display of candidate target objects, wherein at least two of the candidate target objects are displayed with an associated indication of a target object score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta Kawamoto, Yoshiaki Iwai, Satoru Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10773515
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes a carriage which reciprocatingly moves in a scanning direction, a head mounted on the carriage to jet liquid, a speed sensor which acquires speed data related to speed of the carriage, and a controller configured to: record an image by executing a recording pass in which the liquid is jetted from the head toward a recording medium while moving the carriage once toward one side in the scanning direction; determine whether the speed indicated by the speed data is lower than a threshold value during the recording pass; and based on determination that the speed indicated by the speed data is lower than the threshold value at a first point of time in the recording pass, determine whether to suspend or continue the recording pass by referring to the speed data acquired after a predetermined time since the first point of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Kenji Kawamoto, Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10730286
    Abstract: There is provided an image recording apparatus including a carriage, a head, a velocity sensor, and a controller. The controller obtains velocity data of the carriage from the velocity sensor, determines a threshold value based on the velocity data, records an image on a recording medium, and suspends a recording pass when the controller has determined that a velocity indicated by the velocity data is lower than a velocity corresponding to the threshold value. The controller can execute a first recording mode and a second recording mode in which the velocity of the carriage is faster than that of the first recording mode. The velocity data for the first recording mode is obtained in a warm-up time after a recording command is received until recording of the image is started. The velocity data for the second recording mode is obtained in other time other than the warm-up time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Kenji Kawamoto, Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10717189
    Abstract: A control system, method and computer program product cooperate to assist control for an autonomous robot. An interface receives recognition information from an autonomous robot, said recognition information including candidate target objects to interact with the autonomous robot. A display control unit causes a display image to be displayed on as display of candidate target objects, wherein at least two of the candidate target objects are displayed with an associated indication of a target object score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Kawamoto, Yoshiaki Iwai, Satoru Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10637998
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, when a correction request is received, a correction image including a correction pattern and identification information is printed on a printing medium. Thereafter, when a scanning request is received, the image is scanned and identification information is obtained. When the identification information corresponds to one stored in the storage, the driving information is corrected based on the scanned image. When a particular standby condition is satisfied, an information setting process is performed to set non-completion information, while, when a particular standby release condition is satisfied, the controller displays a screen corresponding to the satisfied standby release condition instead of the scan notification screen at a particular timing after the standby release condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Yuka Hattori, Kenji Kawamoto, Tony Lee
  • Patent number: 10602068
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Yasunori Kawanami, Kenta Kawamoto, Tsutomu Sawada, Satoru Shimizu, Peter Duerr, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20200070552
    Abstract: A printer includes a head having nozzles, a carriage with the head mounted thereon, a carriage motor to move the carriage along a scanning direction, an encoder including a scale having reference marks formed thereon along a particular direction, and a sensor to detect the reference marks while moving relative to the scale along with movement of the carriage along the scanning direction, and a controller configured to perform liquid discharging to control the head to discharge liquid from the nozzles toward a recording medium while performing feedback control of the carriage motor based on velocity information such that the carriage moves at a target velocity along the scanning direction, the velocity information representing a carriage velocity based on detection results of the sensor, and interrupt the liquid discharging when the carriage velocity exceeds an overshoot threshold higher than the target velocity during the liquid discharging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kuwayama, Satoru Arakane, Kenji Kawamoto, Shoji Sato, Shoko Ota
  • Publication number: 20200047513
    Abstract: When a correction request is received, a printing correction pattern is printed. Thereafter, a screen prompting to scan the printed correction pattern is displayed. When the scan notification screen is displayed, if the scanning request is received, an image is scanned. Next, the driving information is corrected based on a scanned image. When a particular standby condition is satisfied without the scanning request being received, a process of setting non-completion information is performed. When a particular standby release condition is satisfied without the scanning request is received, a screen corresponding to the satisfied standby release condition is displayed at a particular timing. When the correction request is input when a screen different from the scan notification screen is displayed, information regarding necessity determination of the pattern printing process is received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru ARAKANE, Yuka HATTORI, Kenji KAWAMOTO, Tony LEE
  • Publication number: 20200053228
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, when a correction request is received, a correction image including a correction pattern and identification information is printed on a printing medium. Thereafter, when a scanning request is received, the image is scanned and identification information is obtained. When the identification information corresponds to one stored in the storage, the driving information is corrected based on the scanned image. When a particular standby condition is satisfied, an information setting process is performed to set non-completion information, while, when a particular standby release condition is satisfied, the controller displays a screen corresponding to the satisfied standby release condition instead of the scan notification screen at a particular timing after the standby release condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Yuka Hattori, Kenji Kawamoto, Tony Lee
  • Publication number: 20200045233
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro SABE, Yasunori KAWANAMI, Kenta KAWAMOTO, Tsutomu SAWADA, Satoru SHIMIZU, Peter DUERR, Yuki YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200036901
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the, image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Yasunori Kawanami, Kenta Kawamoto, Tsutomu Sawada, Satoru Shimizu, Peter Duerr, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20200001600
    Abstract: There is provided an image recording apparatus including a carriage, a head, a velocity sensor, and a controller. The controller obtains velocity data of the carriage from the velocity sensor, determines a threshold value based on the velocity data, records an image on a recording medium, and suspends a recording pass when the controller has determined that a velocity indicated by the velocity data is lower than a velocity corresponding to the threshold value. The controller can execute a first recording mode and a second recording mode in which the velocity of the carriage is faster than that of the first recording mode. The velocity data for the first recording mode is obtained in a warm-up time after a recording command is received until recording of the image is started. The velocity data for the second recording mode is obtained in other time other than the warm-up time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Satoru ARAKANE, Kenji KAWAMOTO, Tsuyoshi ITO
  • Publication number: 20200001598
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes a carriage which reciprocatingly moves in a scanning direction, a head mounted on the carriage to jet liquid, a speed sensor which acquires speed data related to speed of the carriage, and a controller configured to: record an image by executing a recording pass in which the liquid is jetted from the head toward an recording medium while moving the carriage once toward one side in the scanning direction; determine whether the speed indicated by the speed data is lower than a threshold value during the recording pass; and based on determination that the speed indicated by the speed data is lower than the threshold value at a first point of time in the recording pass, determine whether to suspend or continue the recording pass by referring to the speed data acquired after a predetermined time since the first point of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Kenji Kawamoto, Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10500720
    Abstract: A control system, method and computer program product cooperate to assist control for an autonomous robot. An interface receives recognition information from an autonomous robot, said recognition information including candidate target objects to interact with the autonomous robot. A display control unit causes a display image to be displayed on a display of candidate target objects, wherein at least two of the candidate target objects are displayed with an associated indication of a target object score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenta Kawamoto, Yoshiaki Iwai, Satoru Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10469757
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Yasunori Kawanami, Kenta Kawamoto, Tsutomu Sawada, Satoru Shimizu, Peter Duerr, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10427437
    Abstract: There is provided an ink-jet printer which includes a head, a carriage, an encoder having a scale and a sensor, a memory, and a controller. The controller executes judging whether or not a recording medium is positioned at an area that can face the carriage, and detecting an abnormal position, and printing an image on a recording medium, and comparing a velocity parameter value acquired and a first threshold value, when the carriage is at a position other than the abnormal position, and comparing the velocity parameter value acquired and a second threshold value corresponding to a velocity slower than the first threshold value, when the carriage is at the abnormal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Kenji Kawamoto
  • Publication number: 20190248017
    Abstract: Provided is a robot device including an image input unit for inputting an image of surroundings, a target object detection unit for detecting an object from the input image, an object position detection unit for detecting a position of the object, an environment information acquisition unit for acquiring surrounding environment information of the position of the object, an optimum posture acquisition unit for acquiring an optimum posture corresponding to the surrounding environment information for the object, an object posture detection unit for detecting a current posture of the object from the input image, an object posture comparison unit for comparing the current posture of the object to the optimum posture of the object, and an object posture correction unit for correcting the posture of the object when the object posture comparison unit determines that there is a predetermined difference or more between the current posture and the optimum posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru SHIMIZU, Kenta KAWAMOTO, Yoshiaki IWAI
  • Patent number: 10350886
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording apparatus includes: a recording head including first and second nozzles and first and second driving elements corresponding to the first and second nozzles respectively; a controller; and a head driving circuit connected to the controller by first and second signal lines and a third signal line for transmitting a clock signal, the head driving circuit connected electrically to the first and second driving elements. Each of the first and second driving elements is driven to jet an ink droplet from one of the first and second nozzles corresponding thereto when driving voltage is applied from the head driving circuit. The controller executes relative movement processing for the recording head and a sheet in parallel with recording processing in which pattern signals of the driving voltage are outputted serially to the first signal line and a jetting instruction signal is outputted serially to the second signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shoji Sato, Keisuke Yamamoto, Kenji Kawamoto, Satoru Arakane