Patents by Inventor Shoichi Araki

Shoichi Araki 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: 9223403
    Abstract: A tactile input and output device includes: a panel; a touch information obtaining unitobtaining touch positions; an order input determining unit determining setting information; a vibration position determining unit determining a first touch position and a second touch position, the first touch position observed in a spatial order, and corresponding to the determined setting information, and the second touch position being another one of the touch positions than the first touch position; and a multi-point simultaneous vibration control unit controlling the vibration on the panel to provide a predetermined vibration to the first touch position and provide no predetermined vibration to the second touch position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Araki, Yoshifumi Hirose, Kenji Fujiune
  • Patent number: 9152232
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device which provides haptic feedback to a user touching a panel, the haptic feedback device including: the panel; a position obtaining unit which obtains a position touched on the panel by the user; a carrier signal generation unit which generates a carrier signal having a first frequency component when the position touched by the user is a first position, and generates a carrier signal having a second frequency component when the position touched by the user is a second position; an acoustic signal generation unit which generates an acoustic signal having harmonics corresponding to a predetermined fundamental frequency; a driving signal generation unit which generates a driving signal by adding together the carrier signal and the acoustic signal; and an actuator which provides haptic feedback to the user by vibrating the panel in accordance with the driving signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Hirose, Shoichi Araki, Hidetomo Nagahara
  • Publication number: 20150153830
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device including a processor that derives touch information including at least one of state information indicating a state of a panel when a plurality of touches are detected or characteristic information indicating a characteristic of at least one of a plurality of objects touching the panel at a plurality of touch positions, and generates driving signals for driving a plurality of actuators to vibrate the panel according to a haptic signal at a first touch position and vibrate the panel at a second touch position more weakly than at the first touch position by using transfer functions of the panel which correspond to the touch information and are from each of the plurality of actuators to the first touch position and the second touch position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshifumi HIROSE, Shoichi ARAKI
  • Patent number: 9007323
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device includes: a determination unit which calculates, as a path length, a length along which a user touches the touch panel; a display control unit which converts the path length into a rotation angle of a manipulation image, and display the rotated manipulation image on a display unit; and a vibration control unit which drives a vibration unit according to a drive waveform having a predetermined amplitude and a predetermined frequency upon starting rotation of the manipulation image, decreases the amplitude of the drive waveform with an increase in the path length, and performs control to cause the vibration unit to vibrate according to the drive waveform the amplitude of which is decreased to zero in a predetermined time after the rotation of the manipulation image stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoichi Araki
  • Publication number: 20140176455
    Abstract: An apparatus including: a panel; actuators; a movement input determining unit which calculates movement directions and distances of touch positions, based on time-series information of the touch positions; a display unit; a direction determining unit which determines a direction of an object included in the content item with respect to the display unit; a vibration position determining unit which determines a first touch position closer/closest to the object and one or more second touch positions detected simultaneously; a vibration determining unit which determines a tactile feedback signal presenting a vibration for the first touch position, based on the object direction; a multi-point simultaneous vibration control unit which performs control for presenting the vibration at the first touch position and not presenting the vibration at the second touch positions; and a content control unit which enables display of the content item by scrolling it based on the movement directions and distances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Shoichi ARAKI
  • Publication number: 20140132568
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device includes: a plurality of actuators for vibrating a panel; a touch information obtaining unit for obtaining a plurality of touch positions on the panel; a haptic feedback determining unit for determining a first touch position at which to provide haptic feedback from among the plurality of touch positions; and a driving signal obtaining unit for obtaining first driving signals for driving the actuators to vibrate the panel at the first touch position according to a first haptic signal and vibrate the panel at a second touch position more weakly than at the first touch position, the first driving signals being generated using transfer functions from the actuators to the first touch position or a vicinity thereof and transfer functions from the actuators to the second touch position or a vicinity thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Hirose, Shoichi Araki
  • Publication number: 20140078102
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device includes: a determination unit which calculates, as a path length, a length along which a user touches the touch panel; a display control unit which converts the path length into a rotation angle of a manipulation image, and display the rotated manipulation image on a display unit; and a vibration control unit which drives a vibration unit according to a drive waveform having a predetermined amplitude and a predetermined frequency upon starting rotation of the manipulation image, decreases the amplitude of the drive waveform with an increase in the path length, and performs control to cause the vibration unit to vibrate according to the drive waveform the amplitude of which is decreased to zero in a predetermined time after the rotation of the manipulation image stops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Shoichi Araki
  • Publication number: 20140071071
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device which provides haptic feedback to a user touching a panel, the haptic feedback device including: the panel; a position obtaining unit which obtains a position touched on the panel by the user; a carrier signal generation unit which generates a carrier signal having a first frequency component when the position touched by the user is a first position, and generates a carrier signal having a second frequency component when the position touched by the user is a second position; an acoustic signal generation unit which generates an acoustic signal having harmonics corresponding to a predetermined fundamental frequency; a driving signal generation unit which generates a driving signal by adding together the carrier signal and the acoustic signal; and an actuator which provides haptic feedback to the user by vibrating the panel in accordance with the driving signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Hirose, Shoichi Araki, Hidetomo Nagahara
  • Publication number: 20140062927
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device which provides haptic feedback to a user touching a panel, the haptic feedback device including: the panel; a position obtaining unit which obtains a first touch position touched on the panel by the user and a second touch position touched on the panel by the user after the first touch position; a speed calculation unit which calculates a speed of a touch starting at the first touch position and ending at the second touch position; a modulation signal generation unit which generates a modulation signal having a frequency component at a frequency that increases with the speed; a carrier signal generation unit which generates a carrier signal for vibrating the panel; a modulation unit which modulates the carrier signal using the modulation signal; and an actuator which provides haptic feedback to the user by vibrating the panel in accordance with the modulated carrier signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Hirose, Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 8655078
    Abstract: A congestion estimating apparatus includes an area dividing unit that divides a moving image into partial areas. A movement information determining unit determines whether there is movement, and a person information determining unit determines whether there is a person, in each partial area. A staying determining unit determines a state for each partial area. The staying determining unit determines the state as a movement area in which there is a movement of person when there is movement and there is a person; and determines the state as a noise area when there is movement and there is no person; and determines the state as a staying area in which there is a person who is staying when there is no movement and there is a person; and determines the state as a background area in which there is no person when there is no movement and there no person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Sumio Yokomitsu, Kenji Kondo, Shoichi Araki
  • Publication number: 20130285910
    Abstract: The electronic device 100 includes a touch panel 102 to be touched by a user, a vibrating section 203 for vibrating the touch panel 102, a vibration control section 301 for controlling the vibration of the vibrating section 203, and a display section 101 for displaying an image. The vibration control section 301 changes the vibration of the vibrating section 203 in accordance with a speed at which the user performs a swiping operation on the touch panel 102 and a spatial frequency in a swiping direction of an image displayed at a position where the user is performing a swiping operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Yusuke ADACHI, Shoichi ARAKI, Yoshifumi HIROSE
  • Patent number: 8472715
    Abstract: The invention provides a situation and abnormality determining apparatus, method, and program capable of easily determining the situation of a monitoring place and the degree of congestion. In addition, the invention provides a congestion estimating apparatus capable of easily and accurately estimating the degree of congestion of persons using an image. A situation determining apparatus for analyzing captured moving images or a plurality of captured still images to determine a movement situation and/or a degree of congestion of persons includes: a local image change ratio calculating unit that calculates a time change ratio of a brightness value in a local area of the captured images; and a situation determining unit that analyzes a histogram of the time change ratios of a plurality of local areas calculated by the local image change ratio calculating unit and determines the movement situation of the persons and/or the degree of congestion of the persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Sumio Yokomitsu, Kenji Kondo, Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 8266174
    Abstract: A meta classification section assigns the degree of accuracy capable of identifying an individual to person feature information containing a face, color, shape, etc., and person passage information and stores the metadata of the person feature information and the person passage information for each degree of accuracy, a discrete retrieval section retrieves the person to be retrieved in the high accuracy metadata stored by the meta classification section, a dependence determination section determines a person having a dependence on the person to be retrieved using a plurality of retrieval results hit in the discrete retrieval and the high accuracy metadata, a query generation section regenerates a retrieval key from the identifier of the person having a dependence and the identifier of the person to be retrieved, and a discrete candidate-to-candidate retrieval section retrieves the person corresponding to the regenerated retrieval key in the low accuracy metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yoshio, Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 8154599
    Abstract: An imaging region adjustment device includes plural camera terminals, capable of imaging an entire imaging target without blinds spots. Each of the camera terminals includes a camera which images a virtual imaging region obtained while changing the position of an imaging region within a specific region in a specific period of time and an adjusting unit B which adjusts the position of the virtual imaging region by controlling the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuji Aoki, Atsushi Yoshida, Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 8156363
    Abstract: An information processing device and a mobile terminal include a power consumption calculator which calculates, for each processing executed by the information processing device (or mobile terminal), power consumption information concerning an amount of power consumed by executing each processing. A request generator compares the amount of power indicated by the power consumption information and a remaining amount of power of the information processing device(or mobile terminal), and generates a request to execute predetermined processing according to a result of the comparison. A request processor executes the predetermined processing in response to the generated request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Keita Kobayashi, Ryoko Morita, Yusuke Ito, Naoya Ichinose, Shoichi Araki, Osamu Nishimura, Toshio Sasaoka, Yoko Matsushima
  • Publication number: 20110202930
    Abstract: When locking of a lock object by a process is attempted, whether the locking succeeded is determined. Having determined that the locking succeeded, the process is executed at a relatively high processing speed in an interval during which the locking is valid as compared to an interval during which the locking is invalid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 7929016
    Abstract: A monitoring system is provided that thoroughly covers an area subject to monitoring, through shooting areas of plural camera terminals, while shooting with resolution according to distribution of importance for monitoring. The monitoring system includes camera terminals, each including a camera having a shooting area adjustment function, a camera controlling unit controlling an adjustment of the shooting area of the camera, a communication IF communicating with an other camera terminal, and a processing unit adjusting a resolution of the shooting area of the camera terminal by controlling the camera via the camera controlling unit to reduce a difference between a weighted resolution of the shooting area of the camera terminal and a weighted resolution of shooting area of the other camera terminal based on information regarding the shooting area of the other camera terminal obtained through the communication IF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Yoshida, Katsuji Aoki, Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 7924311
    Abstract: A camera terminal where tables where camera operations are described are not required, and that continues thoroughly imaging a monitoring subject region as a complete system even when a portion of cameras shuts down due to a failure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Yoshida, Katsuji Aoki, Shoichi Araki
  • Patent number: 7877676
    Abstract: A context of media content is represented by context description data having a hierarchical stratum where the lowest hierarchical layer is formed from an element representing a segment of media content which corresponds to a change between scenes of video data or a change in audible tones. A score relating to the context is appended, as an attribute, to individual elements in the lowest hierarchical layer. In a selection step of a data processing method, the context of the media content is expressed, and one or a plurality of scenes of the media content is or are selected on the basis of the score of the context description data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiko Munetsugu, Minoru Etoh, Shoichi Araki, Koichi Emura
  • Publication number: 20100318566
    Abstract: A meta classification section assigns the degree of accuracy capable of identifying an individual to person feature information containing a face, color, shape, etc., and person passage information and stores the metadata of the person feature information and the person passage information for each degree of accuracy, a discrete retrieval section retrieves the person to be retrieved in the high accuracy metadata stored by the meta classification section, a dependence determination section determines a person having a dependence on the person to be retrieved using a plurality of retrieval results hit in the discrete retrieval and the high accuracy metadata, a query generation section regenerates a retrieval key from the identifier of the person having a dependence and the identifier of the person to be retrieved, and a discrete candidate-to-candidate retrieval section retrieves the person corresponding to the regenerated retrieval key in the low accuracy metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yoshio, Shoichi Araki