Patents by Inventor Shinichi Hirata

Shinichi Hirata 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).

  • Publication number: 20180144033
    Abstract: The present invention provides an information processing device capable of properly controlling a smell presentation device by matching a using state. The information processing device acquires information on the using state of the smell presentation device that presents a smell to a user, and causes the smell presentation device to present a smell in a mode determined in accordance with the acquired information on the using state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Shinichi HIRATA, Yoichi NISHIMAKI, Hiroshi OSAWA, Kyoko FURUMURA, Takeshi YAMAGISHI
  • Publication number: 20180140950
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that can present smell to a user in an appropriate mode utilizing a smell presentation device is provided. The information processing apparatus acquires content information relating to the substance of a content that includes at least one of video and audio to be presented to the user, and controls the smell presentation device to present smell in a mode according to the acquired content information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yoichi Nishimaki, Shinichi Hirata, Hiroshi Osawa
  • Patent number: 9979884
    Abstract: A multiview imaging part includes a plurality of imaging units. An exposure setting section individually sets an exposure value in each of the plurality of imaging units. The exposure setting section sets, in each of the imaging units, an individual reference exposure value and relative exposure values. The relative exposure values are obtained by changing the reference exposure value in a given number of steps in such a manner that the relative exposure values are centered around the reference exposure value. A panoramic image storage section stores captured images having different exposure values captured by the imaging units whose exposure values have been set by the exposure setting section. An HDR synthesis section synthesizes the captured images having different exposure values so as to generate a captured image having an adjusted dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Kyoko Furumura, Hiroshi Osawa
  • Patent number: 9894272
    Abstract: A posture detection unit detects posture information of three axes of portable equipment using at least one of a three-axis gyro sensor, a three-axis acceleration sensor and a three-axis geomagnetic sensor built in the portable equipment. A pan angle-elevation angle calculation unit calculates a pan angle and an elevation angle of a camera built in the portable equipment based on the posture information detected by the posture detection unit. A component image generation unit generates a component image in which the pan angle and the elevation angle calculated by the pan angle-elevation angle calculation unit are associated with an image picked up using the camera built in the portable equipment. A panoramic image generation unit combines a plurality of component images having pan angles or elevation angles different from each other to generate a synthesis image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoko Furumura, Shinichi Hirata, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Publication number: 20180030346
    Abstract: The present invention is a liquid crystal composition having negative dielectric anisotropy containing one or two or more of compounds represented by General Formula (i), and is also a liquid crystal display element using the liquid crystal composition. The problem to be solved by the present invention is to provide a liquid crystal composition with a large refractive index anisotropy (?n), a low rotational viscosity (?1), a large elastic constant (K33), a high voltage holding ratio (VHR), and which has a negative dielectric anisotropy (??), and a liquid crystal display element which, when using the liquid crystal composition, has a high response speed with excellent display quality in which display defects such as drop marks, burn-in, and display unevenness are absent or suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Go Sudo, Shinichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 9858643
    Abstract: An image generating device includes: a storage section that stores images of surrounding spaces centered at plural different fixed points; a detecting section that detects translational movement on the basis of the location of the point of view; an image processor that acquires an image of a displaying target by clipping out part of the image of the surrounding space centered at the fixed point, stored in the storage section, on the basis of the location of the point of view and the direction of the line of sight; and a switching section that makes switching to the image of the surrounding space centered at another fixed point closest to the point of view after translational movement if the plural different fixed points are so disposed that the surrounding spaces centered at the fixed points overlap with each other in a world coordinate system and translational movement is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Yoichi Nishimaki, Takeshi Yamagishi, Shinichi Hirata, Kyoko Furumura
  • Publication number: 20170253800
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid crystal composition having the following properties without suffering reductions in refractive index anisotropy (?n) and nematic phase-isotropic liquid phase transition temperature (Tm): sufficiently low viscosity (?), sufficiently low rotational viscosity (?1), a large elastic constant (K33), and a negative dielectric anisotropy (??) with a large absolute value. There is also provided a liquid crystal display device of, for example, a VA type that uses such a liquid crystal composition and that has a high response speed and excellent display quality with defective display being eliminated or reduced. In particular, a liquid crystal composition having a negative dielectric anisotropy is provided, the composition containing a first component that is at least one compound represented by General Formula (i) and a second component that is at least one compound selected from compounds represented by General Formula (L).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Maruyama, Shinichi Hirata
  • Publication number: 20170226419
    Abstract: The problem to be solved by the present invention is to provide: a liquid crystal composition suitable for a liquid crystal display element which hardly generates drop marks in production without worsening various characteristics thereof as liquid crystal display elements such as dielectric anisotropy, viscosity, nematic phase upper limit temperature, low-temperature nematic phase stability, y1 and others, and also burn-in characteristics of display elements, and which realizes a stable discharge amount of a liquid crystal material in an ODF process, and to provide a liquid crystal display element using the composition. The purpose of the present invention is to provide a liquid crystal composition provided with photosensitizing properties as the entire composition where a polymerizable monomer is combined with specific liquid crystal compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: DIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Iwashita, Shinichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 9729788
    Abstract: A characteristic point extraction unit extracts a characteristic point in an overlapping region of a plurality of component images picked up using a camera built in portable equipment and having pan angles or elevation angles different from each other. A self-position estimation unit estimates three-dimensional coordinate values of the characteristic point and three-dimensional coordinate values of a camera position, which are associated with each other, at the same time in two component images in which the camera positions are displaced from each other. A panoramic image generation unit adjusts, based on the estimated three-dimensional coordinate values of the camera position, the three-dimensional coordinate values of the characteristic point of the component image to correct the component image and combine a plurality of component images having pan angles or elevation angles different from each other to generate a synthesis image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoko Furumura, Shinichi Hirata, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9725651
    Abstract: There is provided a polymerizable compound-containing liquid crystal composition having strong alignment regulating force of a liquid crystal compound. The polymerizable compound-containing liquid crystal composition includes: a polymerizable compound; and a liquid crystal compound, in which the polymerizable compound includes at least one polymerizable compound represented by General Formula (I), and in which the liquid crystal compound includes at least one component selected from the group consisting of at least one compound represented by General Formula (II) as a second component, at least one compound represented by General Formulae (IIIa), (IIIb), and (IIIc) as a third component, and at least one compound represented by General Formulae (IVa), (IVb), and (IVc) as a fourth component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Shotaro Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20170218271
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid crystal composition containing at least one compound represented by General Formula (a). There is also provided a liquid crystal display device using such a liquid crystal composition. The liquid crystal composition of the present invention has the following properties without suffering reductions in refractive index anisotropy (?n) and nematic phase-isotropic liquid phase transition temperature (Tni): sufficiently low viscosity (?), sufficiently low rotational viscosity (?1), a large elastic constant (K33), a high voltage holding ratio after UV exposure (VHR (UV)), and a negative dielectric anisotropy (??) with a large absolute value. A liquid crystal display device of, for example, a VA type that uses such a liquid crystal composition has a high response speed and excellent display quality with defective display being eliminated or reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Go Sudo
  • Publication number: 20170210989
    Abstract: The problem that the present invention is to solve is to provide a liquid crystal display element using a liquid crystal composition having negative dielectric anisotropy that can achieve excellent display characteristics by using a liquid crystal display element without deteriorating various characteristics as a liquid crystal display element such as dielectric anisotropy, viscosity, nematic phase upper limit temperature, nematic phase stability at low temperature and ?1, and burn-in characteristics as a display element. The liquid crystal display composition contains at least one selected from the group of compounds represented by a General Formula (1) as a first component, and at least one selected from the group of compounds represented by a General Formula (2) as a second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi HIRATA, Yoshinori IWASHITA
  • Patent number: 9710094
    Abstract: A driving unit successively selects one drive line from among a plurality of drive lines of a touch inputting device and applies a driving voltage to the selected drive line. A voltage detection unit successively selects one sensing line from among a plurality of sensing lines and detects an output voltage of the selected sensing line. An arithmetic operation unit determines a resistance value of a pressure-sensitive resistive element provided at the location at which the selected drive line and the selected sensing line cross with each other based on the driving voltage and the output voltage. The driving unit applies 0 volts or a bias voltage equal to or lower than the driving voltage to the other drive lines than the selected drive line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Shinichi Hirata
  • Publication number: 20170182412
    Abstract: By extracting figures of a play field and a display apparatus from a taken image, the positional coordinates of the play field and a screen in a world coordinate system are obtained. Next, a virtual world is built such that the ground of the virtual world is positioned continually flush with the surface of the play field in a real world, on the opposite side of the real world with the screen in between in a virtual space defined in the world coordinate system. Then, a virtual viewpoint is placed at a position corresponding to the viewpoint of a user in a real space so as to generate an image with the virtual world projected to the screen on the basis of this virtual viewpoint as a display image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Osawa, Naoki Numaguchi, Shinichi Hirata, Keiji Togawa, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9692966
    Abstract: A bus interface/camera control interface connects a processor and a plurality of imaging units. A control data pass-through logic exchanges data between the bus interface/camera control interface and the plurality of imaging units. A pass-through mask register includes: a write register used to specify, of the plurality of imaging units, one or more imaging units to be selected so as to selectively supply write data to the one or more imaging units; and a read register used to specify, of the plurality of imaging units, a single imaging unit to be selected so as to selectively receive read data from the single imaging unit. The control data pass-through logic can use the pass-through mask register to switch between input and output operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Hiroshi Osawa, Kyoko Furumura
  • Patent number: 9683173
    Abstract: A liquid crystal composition of the present invention is used for a liquid crystal display device of an active matrix driving method, which requires fast response. The liquid crystal composition has negative dielectric anisotropy and a large absolute value thereof, and low viscosity. The liquid crystal composition is chemically stable to heat, light, water, and the like, and is suitable as a liquid crystal composition capable of low-voltage driving and practicable and having high reliability. A liquid crystal display device using the liquid crystal composition can be preferably used for a liquid crystal display device of a VA mode, a PASV mode, a PSA mode, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Kuriyama, Go Sudo, Shinichi Hirata, Shotaro Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20170158960
    Abstract: Provided are a liquid crystal composition containing a compound represented by general formula (I-IV): and a compound represented by general formula (I): and a liquid crystal display device including the liquid crystal composition. The liquid crystal composition according to the present invention has a sufficiently low viscosity (?), a sufficiently low rotational viscosity (?1), a high elastic constant (K33), a high voltage holding ratio after UV exposure (VHR(UV)), and a large absolute value of negative dielectric anisotropy (??) without decreased refractive index anisotropy (?n) or nematic-isotropic liquid phase transition temperature (Tni). The display device including the liquid crystal composition has fast response time and good display quality with reduced or no display defects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Go Sudo, Shinichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 9628372
    Abstract: A data communication apparatus forms a mesh network together with at least one gateway includes a frame generating unit and a frame transferring unit. The frame generating unit generates a meter data frame to transmit to a gateway. The meter data frame is a frame including meter data. The frame transferring unit transfers the meter data frame received from another data communication apparatus. The meter data frame is addressed to the gateway. The frame generating unit transmits the meter data frame to which number of alternate routing that indicates number of allowable transmission attempts from a data communication apparatus adjacent to a destination gateway of the meter data frame to the gateway is added. The frame transferring unit changes the number of alternate routing added thereto to a value smaller by 1 than a value that has been set and transits the meter data frame to another data communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yosuke Nishikata, Koichi Ishibashi, Yoshihiko Shirokura, Yasuaki Kamimura, Yukio Hayashi, Takahiro Koharagi, Kobun Nakajima, Taiji Kondo, Takao Ito, Shinichi Hirata
  • Publication number: 20170063074
    Abstract: The present overcurrent protective device comprises an input terminal configured to receive a power supply voltage, an output terminal, a switch, a detector, and a controller. The switch is provided between the input terminal and the output terminal. The detector is configured to output a limitation signal without delay when a current flowing through the switch exceeds a prescribed tolerance value. The controller is configured to receive the limitation signal and control the switch to prevent the current from exceeding the tolerance value. The detector is configured output a turn-off signal to the controller when a first state continues for a delay time determined depending on the current's magnitude. The first state is a state where the current is smaller than the tolerance value and the current exceeds a first threshold value smaller than the tolerance value. The controller turns off the switch in response to the turn-off signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Makoto Yasusaka, Daisaku Shugo, Shinichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 9583133
    Abstract: Frame memories store captured images supplied from a plurality of imaging units, respectively. A motion detection portion detects the motion of a captured image of at least one of the imaging units. A mode determination portion sets, in accordance with at least either the amount of the motion detected by the motion detection portion or a power consumption limit of the image generation device, one of two modes, one for operating the plurality of imaging units simultaneously and the other for operating the plurality of imaging units intermittently. A control signal generation portion supplies, to the plurality of frame memories, a control signal adapted to control reading of the captured images from the plurality of frame memories in accordance with the mode set by the mode determination portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Hiroshi Osawa, Kyoko Furumura