Patents by Inventor Sho OCHI

Sho OCHI 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: 20220212140
    Abstract: Provided is a humidity control device capable of stably absorbing and desorbing moisture. The humidity control device includes: a moisture absorber causing a hygroscopic material to come into contact with air so that the hygroscopic material absorbs portion of moisture contained in the air, the hygroscopic material being in liquid and containing water, polyalcohol having hygroscopicity, and metal salt having hygroscopicity; and a composition controller controlling composition of the hygroscopic material. The composition controller controls the composition of the hygroscopic material to be within a range in which the hygroscopic material is capable of absorbing the moisture while the metal salt is kept from being deposited.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: TETSUYA IDE, SHO OCHI, HIROKA HAMADA, TSUYOSHI KAMADA
  • Patent number: 11376549
    Abstract: Provided is a humidity conditioning method that enables absorption and desorption of moisture with low power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sho Ochi, Tetsuya Ide, Makoto Yamada, Hiroka Hamada, Jun Sakuma, Tsuyoshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 11318415
    Abstract: A humidity conditioning method includes: the humidity-absorbing step of bringing a hygroscopic liquid containing a hygroscopic material into contact with a first mass of air so that the hygroscopic liquid absorbs moisture in the first mass of air; and the regeneration step of separating moisture from the hygroscopic liquid having absorbed moisture, wherein the regeneration step retains the hygroscopic liquid having absorbed moisture, bombards at least some of the retained hygroscopic liquid with ultrasound to generate misty droplets from the hygroscopic liquid having absorbed moisture, and removes the misty droplets to separate moisture from the hygroscopic liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sho Ochi, Tetsuya Ide, Tsuyoshi Kamada, Makoto Yamada, Hiroka Hamada, Jun Sakuma
  • Publication number: 20220049861
    Abstract: The humidity control system includes: a moisture absorption unit; an atomizing and regenerating unit; and a circulation mechanism that causes a liquid hygroscopic material to circulate between the moisture absorption unit and the atomizing and regenerating unit, in which the atomizing and regenerating unit includes at least one storage tank that stores the liquid hygroscopic material, and an ultrasonic wave generating unit that is provided at the storage tank and emits ultrasonic waves, the ultrasonic wave generating unit forms a liquid column on a liquid surface of a first region, and a flow of the liquid hygroscopic material transported from the moisture absorption unit to the first region in the atomizing and regenerating unit is set in the circulation mechanism to be small relative to a flow of the liquid hygroscopic material supplied from the moisture absorption unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Inventors: SHO OCHI, TETSUYA IDE, HIROKA HAMADA, TSUYOSHI KAMADA
  • Publication number: 20210129076
    Abstract: A humidity conditioning method includes: the humidity-absorbing step of bringing a hygroscopic liquid containing a hygroscopic material into contact with a first mass of air so that the hygroscopic liquid absorbs moisture in the first mass of air; and the regeneration step of separating moisture from the hygroscopic liquid having absorbed moisture, wherein the regeneration step retains the hygroscopic liquid having absorbed moisture, bombards at least some of the retained hygroscopic liquid with ultrasound to generate misty droplets from the hygroscopic liquid having absorbed moisture, and removes the misty droplets to separate moisture from the hygroscopic liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: SHO OCHI, TETSUYA IDE, TSUYOSHI KAMADA, MAKOTO YAMADA, HIROKA HAMADA, JUN SAKUMA
  • Publication number: 20210113958
    Abstract: An air conditioner includes: a moisture absorption unit that brings a liquid hygroscopic material, which contains a hygroscopic substance, and air into contact with each other and thereby causes the liquid hygroscopic material to absorb some moisture contained in the air; an atomizing and regenerating unit that atomizes some moisture contained in the liquid hygroscopic material supplied from the moisture absorption unit, generates atomized droplets, and removes the atomized droplets from the liquid hygroscopic material to thereby regenerate the liquid hygroscopic material and supply the regenerated liquid hygroscopic material to the moisture absorption unit; a circulation flow path through which air containing the atomized droplets is discharged from the atomizing and regenerating unit and the air is returned to the atomizing and regenerating unit; and an atomized droplet collecting unit that is provided in the circulation flow path and that collects the atomized droplets from the air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicants: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: JUN SAKUMA, TSUYOSHI KAMADA, SHO OCHI, TETSUYA IDE
  • Publication number: 20210107027
    Abstract: An atomizer and a humidity controller that are able to separate water with high atomization efficiency are provided. The atomizer includes: a housing that includes an intake port and a discharge port; an ultrasonic wave generating unit that irradiates at least some hygroscopic liquid stored in the housing and containing a hygroscopic substance with ultrasonic waves and generates atomized droplets containing moisture; and an adjustment unit that adjusts relative humidity to reduce a vapor pressure determined in accordance with the relative humidity to less than a saturated vapor pressure of the hygroscopic liquid in at least a portion of a gas-liquid interface in an inner space of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: SHO OCHI, TETSUYA IDE, HIROKA HAMADA, JUN SAKUMA, TSUYOSHI KAMADA
  • Publication number: 20210077949
    Abstract: Provided is a humidity conditioning method that enables absorption and desorption of moisture with low power consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: SHO OCHI, TETSUYA IDE, MAKOTO YAMADA, HIROKA HAMADA, JUN SAKUMA, TSUYOSHI KAMADA
  • Publication number: 20210053010
    Abstract: A humidity control device includes: a storage unit that stores hygroscopic liquid that contains a hygroscopic substance; a vent that is provided in the storage unit; absorption means by which air and the hygroscopic liquid are brought into contact with each other and moisture contained in the air is absorbed by the hygroscopic liquid; an ultrasonic wave generation unit that irradiates at least a part of the hygroscopic liquid, which has absorbed the moisture, with an ultrasonic wave; and removal means by which an atomized droplet that is generated is removed from the hygroscopic liquid that has absorbed the moisture, in which the storage unit suppresses an outflow of a coarse droplet whose particle size is larger than that of the atomized droplet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: JUN SAKUMA, SHO OCHI, TETSUYA IDE, TSUYOSHI KAMADA, HIROKA HAMADA, MAKOTO YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20200360957
    Abstract: Provided is an atomizing device capable of obtaining high atomization efficiency while suppressing deterioration in reliability of an ultrasonic wave generation unit regardless of a type of a liquid to be atomized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: JUN SAKUMA, SHO OCHI, TETSUYA IDE
  • Publication number: 20200340692
    Abstract: An air conditioning device includes: a moisture absorption unit that causes a liquid hygroscopic agent to absorb moisture contained in the air; an atomizing regeneration unit that atomizes the moisture contained in the liquid hygroscopic agent supplied from the moisture absorption unit via a first liquid hygroscopic agent transport flow path, removes the moisture from the liquid hygroscopic agent, and regenerates the liquid hygroscopic agent: an air introduction flow path through which the air is introduced to the moisture absorption unit and the atomizing regeneration unit; a second liquid hygroscopic agent transport flow path through which the liquid hygroscopic agent is transported from the atomizing regeneration unit to the moisture absorption unit; and an air internal pressure rising suppression member that suppresses rising of an internal pressure of the air in the air introduction flow path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: TETSUYA IDE, MAKOTO YAMADA, HIROKA HAMADA, SHO OCHI, JUN SAKUMA, TSUYOSHI KAMADA
  • Publication number: 20200278126
    Abstract: An air conditioning apparatus according to an aspect of the invention includes: an air conditioner that has a heat pump; a humidity controller of a wet desiccant type; an air transport flow path through which air discharged from the air conditioner is transported to the humidity controller; and a control unit that includes an air conditioner temperature control unit controlling a temperature of air discharged from the air conditioner and a humidity controller humidity control unit controlling a humidity of air discharged from the humidity controller. The air conditioner supplies the air, the temperature of which is controlled, to the humidity controller via the air transport flow path and the humidity controller discharges the air, the humidity of which is controlled, into a room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: TETSUYA IDE, SHO OCHI, MAKOTO YAMADA, HIROKA HAMADA, JUN SAKUMA, TSUYOSHI KAMADA
  • Patent number: 10665184
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device of one aspect of the present invention includes a liquid crystal display unit that includes a liquid crystal layer which exhibits vertical alignment and plural picture elements, and a control unit that controls a voltage which is supplied to the liquid crystal display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Asaoka, Tomoko Ueki, Sho Ochi, Makoto Uno
  • Patent number: 10338426
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a light diffusion member which includes a light diffusion film, a polarizing film, and a retardation film. The light diffusion film includes a first substrate, a light diffusion portion, and a light shielding layer. The polarizing film includes a second substrate and a polarization layer. The retardation film includes a third substrate and a retardation layer. The retardation layer is formed from a birefringence body which has optically-negative uniaxiality. An alignment direction of the birefringence body is different in a thickness direction thereof. A slow axis of the retardation layer is positioned at azimuth between a transmission axis and an absorption axis of the polarization layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Asaoka, Tsuyoshi Maeda, Shohei Katsuta, Emi Yamamoto, Sho Ochi
  • Publication number: 20190122619
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device of one aspect of the present invention includes a liquid crystal display unit that includes a liquid crystal layer which exhibits vertical alignment and plural picture elements, and a control unit that controls a voltage which is supplied to the liquid crystal display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicants: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: YASUSHI ASAOKA, TOMOKO UEKI, SHO OCHI, MAKOTO UNO
  • Patent number: 10197712
    Abstract: A light-diffusing-member manufacturing method includes a step of forming a light diffusion portion on one surface side of a base, by developing an exposed negative photosensitive resin layer with an alkali developing solution, and a step of performing an acid treatment on the light diffusion portion with an acid solution, after removing the alkali developing solution which is adhered to the light diffusion portion and suspended matter in the alkali developing solution in the negative photosensitive resin layer, so as to lower an ionization degree of the negative photosensitive resin layer which is in an ionized state due to the alkali developing solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sho Ochi, Yasushi Asaoka, Tsuyoshi Maeda, Toru Kanno
  • Patent number: 10185171
    Abstract: A light control member includes a light-transmissive first substrate, a light diffusing portion which is defined on a first surface of the first substrate, and a light shielding layer which is defined in a first region other than a second region in which the light diffusing portion is formed on the first surface and includes a light emitting end surface in contact with the first substrate, and a light incident end surface opposite the light emitting end surface and having a first area larger than a second area of the light emitting end surface, and structured such that a height from the light incident end surface to the light emitting end surface is larger than a layer thickness of the light shielding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sho Ochi, Yasushi Asaoka, Tsuyoshi Maeda
  • Patent number: 10168569
    Abstract: A light-diffusion member (7) includes: a substrate (39) having light-transmitting properties; a light-diffusion portion (40) on a face of the substrate (39) facing a display medium (6); and a light-blocking layer (41) on a part of the face of the substrate (39) facing the display medium (6) other than where the light-diffusion portion (40) is provided. The light-diffusion portion (40) includes: a light-emitting end face (40a) in contact with the substrate (39); and a light-incident end face (40b) facing, and being larger in area than, the light-emitting end face (40a). The adhesive layer (42) adheres to light-incident end face (40a) and partly (42a) encroaches into a space (43) between the light-diffusion portion (40) and light-blocking layer (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shohei Katsuta, Yasushi Asaoka, Sho Ochi, Hideomi Yui, Tsuyoshi Maeda, Emi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10162214
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device according to one aspect of the present invention includes a liquid crystal panel of a vertical alignment mode, and an optical control member disposed on a light-exiting side of the liquid crystal panel. The liquid crystal panel includes a plurality of pixels having at least two domains (50a, 50b), in which directors of liquid crystal molecules are in a first direction. An absorption axis of a first polarizing sheet and an absorption axis of a second polarizing sheet are a mutually orthogonal and form angle that is approximately 45°. The optical control member includes a base, a light diffusion part, a light blocking layer and a low refractive index part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shohei Katsuta, Yasushi Asaoka, Sho Ochi, Emi Yamamoto, Hideomi Yui, Tsuyoshi Maeda, Tsuyoshi Kamada, Yuhsuke Tsuda, Katsumi Kondoh
  • Patent number: 10036837
    Abstract: A light-control member (13) includes a substrate (39); light-shielding layers (40) provided in a first area (A1) on one surface (39a) of the substrate (39); a light-diffusion section (41) provided in an area other than the light-shielding layers (40) in the first area (A1) and formed of light transmitting material; and a support section(45) provided in a second area (A2) positioned on an outer side of the first area (A1) on the one surface (39a), in which the light-diffusion section (41) has a light emitting end surface (41a) in contact with the one surface (39a) of the substrate (39), a light incident end surface (41b) opposing the light emitting end surface (41a) and having an area greater than an area of the light emitting end surface (41a), and a reflective surface (41c) which is in contact with the light emitting end surface (41a) and the light incident end surface (41b) and on which light incident from the light incident end surface (41b) is reflected, and a formation area of the support section (45) pe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Asaoka, Shohei Katsuta, Hideomi Yui, Sho Ochi, Tsuyoshi Maeda