Patents by Inventor Sho Tanaka

Sho Tanaka 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: 20190101854
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material; a fixing portion including a cylindrical heat transfer member and a heating member contacting an inner surface of the heat transfer member and configured to fix the image on the recording material by heating the image-formed recording material by heat from the heating member through the heat transfer member; and a control unit configured to control a target temperature of the heating member. The control unit analyzes whether or not a plurality of pixels, of image data corresponding to the image to be formed on the recording material, in each interval corresponding to a circumferential length of the heat transfer member with respect to a recording material feeding direction are pixels for forming an image with a predetermined density or more, and sets the target temperature depending on an analyzation result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Sho Taguchi, Masashi Tanaka, Tatsuya Kinukawa, Naofumi Murata
  • Publication number: 20190088122
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for driving assistance along a path are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, a unique identifier is received from a communication device at an electronic control unit (ECU) of a first vehicle. The unique identifier is received when the first vehicle has reached a first location along a first portion of the path. A communication channel is established between the first vehicle and the communication device based on the received unique identifier. Data associated with a second portion of the path is received by the ECU from the communication device based on the established communication channel. Alert information associated with the second portion of the path is generated by the ECU based on the received data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: MANISH GUPTA, RAMESHA CHELUR RAMACHANDRA SASTRY, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20190086223
    Abstract: A mobile device 20 transmits, to an information processing device 50, a route search request including search conditions which contain a destination, destination arrival time, and moving purpose designated by a user. On the basis of the route search request, the information processing device 50 searches for a moving route to the destination in accordance with the destination arrival time, together with stop-by place candidates corresponding to the moving purpose, and transmits a search result to the mobile device 20. The mobile device 20 presents the searched moving route to the user. Moreover, in response to selection of a stop-by place by the user, the moving route, an estimated arrival time to the destination, and the stop-by place candidates are dynamically changed. A moving plan which includes information regarding available stop-by places can be provided from a mobile device of a vehicle or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: SHO TANAKA, TAKUMI HACHISUKA, HIROSHI UJI, KENICHI MATSUHISA, KAZUMA YOSHII
  • Patent number: 10225477
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a first display panel unit for executing display toward a user side; a second display panel unit for executing display toward a subject side; an imaging processing unit for subjecting incident light from the subject side to photoelectric conversion to obtain a captured image signal; a recording processing unit for executing a recording process to a recording medium regarding the captured image signal obtained at the imaging processing unit; and a control unit for controlling the display states of the first display panel unit and the second display panel unit for each of a plurality of various types of operation periods changing along with the operation of the imaging processing unit or the recording processing unit, and executing display control wherein the first display panel unit and the second display panel unit can have different display content during at least a single operation period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Miho Akita, Kazuyuki Marukawa, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20190050936
    Abstract: There are provided an information processing device and an information processing method which are capable of processing information provided in a mobile object such as a vehicle and a mobile object. A calculation unit 104 performs a process of extracting stores which can be stopped off or products or services which can be provided in each store on the basis of selection of a final destination, a boarding time, a purpose of boarding, a route, or a boarding course designated by a passenger via an input unit 101 or information such as a budget or the like and giving a notification to the passenger through a display unit 102. Further, a driving route, an arrival time to a destination, and providable products or services are dynamically changed in response to selection of a product or a service by the passenger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: TAKUMI HACHISUKA, HIROSHI UJI, KENICHI MATSUHISA, KAZUMA YOSHII, SHO TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20190016188
    Abstract: A damping control device and a damping control method for controlling damping of a vehicle are provided. Damping control of the vehicle is performed by adaptively switching a damping mode while considering energy consumption (fuel economy, a consumption amount of a battery, and the like) according to a state of the vehicle such as a state of an interior of the vehicle, a driving state of the vehicle, and an ambient environment. That is, the state of an interior of the vehicle, the driving state of the vehicle, and the ambient environment are constantly monitored, and the damping mode is switched to a weak damping mode in the case where unnecessity of damping as strong as a current state is determined whereas the damping mode is switched to a strong damping mode in the case where necessity of stronger damping is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: TAKUMI HACHISUKA, HIROSHI UJI, KENICHI MATSUHISA, KAZUMA YOSHI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 10181266
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to provide driving assistance are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in an electronic control unit used in a vehicle configured to detect one or more actions associated with the vehicle based on one or more signals generated by one or more sensors embedded in the vehicle. The electronic control unit may be further configured to control the activation of an imaging device located on the vehicle at an opposite side of a driver of the vehicle, based on the detected one or more actions. The imaging device is operable to capture one or more images in a forward-facing direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20190009713
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: PRALAY KUMAR PAL, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20180357668
    Abstract: Provided is an information distribution apparatus which effectively distributes information such as advertisements. An advertisement distribution system predicts seat conditions such as a change in seat occupancy rate with time and distributes advertising information to prospective customers who can visit around the time when the seats are available. By offering more advantageous discount rates, coupons and the like to prospective customers with a short traveling time to a store in a case where seats are already available, it is possible to quickly occupy the seats and recover the seat occupancy rate in a short period of time. On the other hand, a disadvantageous offer is made to prospective customers who arrive after the time when empty seats are predicted since they do not contribute much to the recovery of the seat occupancy rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: KATSUYOSHI KANEMOTO, NAOKI IDE, NOBUHIRO OGAWA, TAKASHI OGATA, SHO TANAKA, KENTA KAWAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180345992
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to provide driving assistance to safely overtake a vehicle are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, an electronic control unit used in a first vehicle is configured to detect a second vehicle in front of the first vehicle. A first position associated with the first vehicle and a second position associated with the detected second vehicle is determined for a first time instance. It may be determined whether a lateral distance between the determined first position and the determined second position is below a pre-defined threshold distance. A first alert is generated when the determined lateral distance is below the pre-defined threshold distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: MANISH GUPTA, RAMESHA CHELUR RAMACHANDRA SASTRY, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 10140861
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for driving assistance along a path are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, a unique identifier is received from a communication device at an electronic control unit (ECU) of a first vehicle. The unique identifier is received when the first vehicle has reached a first location along a first portion of the path. A communication channel is established between the first vehicle and the communication device based on the received unique identifier. Data associated with a second portion of the path is received by the ECU from the communication device based on the established communication channel. Alert information associated with the second portion of the path is generated by the ECU based on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10093223
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pralay Kumar Pal, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10071748
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to provide driving assistance to safely overtake a vehicle are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, an electronic control unit used in a first vehicle is configured to detect a second vehicle in front of the first vehicle. A first position associated with the first vehicle and a second position associated with the detected second vehicle is determined for a first time instance. It may be determined whether a lateral distance between the determined first position and the determined second position is below a pre-defined threshold distance. A first alert is generated when the determined lateral distance is below the pre-defined threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20180222388
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for generation of a preventive alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in a vehicle configured to retrieve sensor data associated with the vehicle and/or obstacle information generated by one or more sensors of the vehicle, along a path of the vehicle. The system further comprises one or more circuits configured to communicate to a server, a set of data based on the retrieved sensor data and/or the retrieved obstacle information. The generation of an alert to one or more vehicles is controlled by the server, based on the communicated set of data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: NAGESH B.T. SHENOY, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9969329
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for generation of a preventive alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in a vehicle configured to retrieve sensor data associated with the vehicle and/or obstacle information generated by one or more sensors of the vehicle, along a path of the vehicle. The system further comprises one or more circuits configured to communicate to a server, a set of data based on the retrieved sensor data and/or the retrieved obstacle information. The generation of an alert to one or more vehicles is controlled by the server, based on the communicated set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nagesh B. T. Shenoy, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20170355301
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: PRALAY KUMAR PAL, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9840254
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for an autonomous vehicle, based on detection and/or application of horn, are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in an electronic control unit (ECU) used in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits in the ECU are configured to detect a horn sound emanated from a second vehicle. First sensor data associated with the first vehicle is captured based on the detected horn sound. The captured first sensor data indicates a first traffic scenario in a vicinity of the first vehicle. Second sensor data associated with the first vehicle is captured for an elapsed time interval prior to the detection of the horn sound. One or more control systems in the first vehicle are recalibrated to perform one or more functions associated with the first vehicle. The recalibration is based on the captured first sensor data and the extracted second sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Khushwant Peswani, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20170345299
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for driving assistance along a path are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, a unique identifier is received from a communication device at an electronic control unit (ECU) of a first vehicle. The unique identifier is received when the first vehicle has reached a first location along a first portion of the path. A communication channel is established between the first vehicle and the communication device based on the received unique identifier. Data associated with a second portion of the path is received by the ECU from the communication device based on the established communication channel. Alert information associated with the second portion of the path is generated by the ECU based on the received data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: MANISH GUPTA, RAMESHA CHELUR RAMACHANDRA SASTRY, PRAMOD CHINTALAPOODI, SHO TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9767687
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for driving assistance along a path are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, a unique identifier is received from a communication device at an electronic control unit (ECU) of a first vehicle. The unique identifier is received when the first vehicle has reached a first location along a first portion of the path. A communication channel is established between the first vehicle and the communication device based on the received unique identifier. Data associated with a second portion of the path is received by the ECU from the communication device based on the established communication channel. Alert information associated with the second portion of the path is generated by the ECU based on the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Ramesha Chelur Ramachandra Sastry, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9758092
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to generate a parking alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits are configured to detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pralay Kumar Pal, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka