Patents by Inventor Shoji Yamamoto

Shoji Yamamoto 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: 8911268
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector housing having a terminal accommodating chamber, and a terminal fitting, and a lance. The terminal fitting includes: a lance sliding part formed in a shape of a flat face parallel to an inserting direction of the terminal fitting; a lance abutting part formed in a shape of a flat face which is different in level from the lance sliding part by a stepped part; and a lance engaging part. The lance includes a terminal engaging part which engages the lance engaging part; a terminal slide part which slides on the lance sliding part during an inserting process of the terminal fitting into the terminal accommodating chamber; and a chamfered part and a terminal abutting part which are located between the terminal engaging part and the terminal slide part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Kobayashi, Shoji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140319144
    Abstract: A synthetic resin cap mounted on a lip section of a container filled with a carbonated beverage includes a top plate section and a cylindrical section extending downward from a circumferential edge of the top plate section, wherein an annular inner seal projection fitted into the lip section and an outer seal projection abutting an outer surface of the lip section are formed at an inner surface of the top plate section. An annular abutting convex section abutting the inner surface of the lip section is formed at an outer surface of the inner seal projection. The outer seal projection has an inner surface having an inner diameter reduced toward a distal end, and a minimum inner diameter section, which is a lower end of the inner surface, abuts the outer surface of the lip section at a position spaced apart from an opening end section toward a container main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Closure Systems International Japan, Limited
    Inventors: Mitsuo Tsuzuki, Fuminori Takazawa, Shoji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140300887
    Abstract: An optical distance measuring apparatus including a light source, a variable mirror scanning the light on an object, a receiving device receiving light from the object, a detected signal amplifying unit detecting a light receiving signal obtained by the receiving device, an amplification control unit detecting a set target value of light sensitivity of the receiving device or sets the light sensitivity based on a light quantity of reflected light, and a distance calculation unit detecting a flight time of the ranging light from a light emitting signal and calculating a distance up to the object, wherein in a first scan period, the amplification control unit detects the set target value based on a light quantity of the reflected light, and in a second scan period, the amplification control unit sets sensitivity of the receiving device to the set target value and the distance calculation unit calculates the distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji YAMAMOTO, Yoshiho SEO
  • Publication number: 20140254174
    Abstract: One of a radiator plate (21) and a globe cover (13) is provided, on a part which makes contact with the other one, with a plurality of cutout sections (41), and the other one is provided, at positions corresponding to the respective cutout sections (41), with a plurality of projections (31). By engaging the cutout sections (41) and the projections (31), the globe cover (13) is attached to the radiator plate (21). This makes it possible to prevent, for a long term, the globe cover (13) which encloses a light source so as to cover the light source from being detached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shoji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8827492
    Abstract: To provide a back light unit that reduces an uneven brightness and has a spatially uniform brightness distribution. According to an aspect of the present invention, the back light unit comprises an LED and a light guide plate for guiding light from the LED to a liquid crystal panel side, wherein a recess is provided on the back surface side of the light guide plate, wherein a plurality of LEDs are housed in the recess, and wherein a light amount limiting member is provided at a position facing the recess on s light exit surface side of the light guide plate. The light amount limiting member is configured, for example, by applying an ink with a predetermined optical property to a transparent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Satoshi Ouchi, Mayumi Nagayoshi, Hajime Inoue
  • Publication number: 20140240808
    Abstract: A beam scanning type display apparatus includes a reflection angle variable mirror that scans a beam light, at least two light detectors disposed at a predetermined distance in a beam scanning direction of the mirror that detects a light amount of screen reflection light, a distortion correction calculation unit that obtains a drive correction value of the mirror by calculating an irradiation distance and a screen inclination, from a light amount of a reflection light detected by the light detectors at two different scanning timings and an inclination angle of the mirror at this time, and a mirror driving unit that controls an inclination angle of the mirror by the drive correction value. A drive correction value of the mirror driving unit is obtained at a plurality of timings of a scanning period of beam light, and beam light is scanned at the corrected inclination angle of the mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: HITACHI MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji YAMAMOTO, Yoshiho SEO, Keiichi BETSUI
  • Patent number: 8807819
    Abstract: An illumination unit of the present invention includes a tabular light guide plate having a light emitting surface for emitting light coming from an LED as planar light, wherein a recessed portion is formed in the opposite surface of the light emitting surface of the light guide plate, and wherein the LED is provided in the recessed portion so that the optical axis of the LED becomes parallel to the light emitting surface of the light guide plate. Then, a dimming pattern is provided at a location corresponding to the LED of the light emitting surface of the light guide plate, and the dimming pattern includes a main portion covering the LED on the light emitting surface side, and protrusions radially extending toward a light emitting direction of the LED around the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Shiraishi, Masayuki Tanabe, Mika Tanimura, Shoji Yamamoto, Kenji Takano, Yoshifumi Shimane, Yasuaki Ohara, Reiji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8766964
    Abstract: Provided is an image display device including: a pixel circuit; a power supply line; a data line for supplying a data signal to the pixel circuit; and a current path control unit. The pixel circuit includes: a light emitting element; a drive transistor for controlling a current flowing to the light emitting element; a storage capacitor provided between the data line and a gate electrode of the drive transistor, for storing a potential difference; and a data line connection switch for connecting one end of the storage capacitor on the gate electrode side of the drive transistor and the data line. Before the data line supplies the data signal, the data line connection switch is turned ON, and the current path control unit interrupts a current path from the power supply line to the one end of the storage capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignees: Japan Display Inc., Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Junichi Yokoyama, Masahisa Tsukahara
  • Publication number: 20140162365
    Abstract: A composite material sheet to support all or any part of the heart includes a lamina or a laminate of thin sheet made of a composite material which contains reinforcement fiber matrix. A value for the Young' modulus of the reinforcement fiber is as large as one hundred times or more of a value for the Young' modulus of the matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Shoji YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 8740441
    Abstract: A backlight unit includes light emitting diodes (LED's) and light guide plate which guides light from the light emitting diodes to liquid crystal panel and is constructed so that light is emitted from light emission plane of light guide plate opposite to liquid crystal panel toward liquid crystal panel. Area of light emission plane of light guide plate is smaller than effective display area of liquid crystal panel and predetermined shape for diffusing or dispersing light is formed on a lateral side perpendicular to light emission plane of light guide plate and/or at an edge portion near the lateral side of the light emission plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Satoshi Ouchi
  • Patent number: 8690407
    Abstract: An illumination unit includes an LED and a tabular light guide plate having a light emitting surface for emitting light from the LED as planar light, wherein a recessed portion is formed in the opposite surface of the tight emitting surface of the light guide plate, and wherein the LED is provided in the recessed portion so that the optical axis of the LED becomes parallel to the light emitting surface of the light guide plate. Further, a plurality of LEDs are arranged along the longer direction of the recessed portion, a dimming pattern is provided at a location corresponding to each of a plurality of LED of the light emitting surface of the light guide plate, and the shape or the size of the dimming pattern is varied with a location on the light emitting surface of the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Shiraishi, Masayuki Tanabe, Mika Tanimura, Shoji Yamamoto, Kenji Takano, Yoshifumi Shimane, Yasuaki Ohara, Reiji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8684756
    Abstract: A lever-type connector includes a connector housing, a cover attached to the connector housing, a lever rotatably mounted on the connector housing. The lever is rotated in a situation that a mating connector is fitted to the connector housing in a half-fitted condition, thereby moving the mating connector with respect to the connector housing from the half-fitting condition to a completely fitting condition. A retaining portion is provided on the lever. A lock portion provided on the cover is engaged with the retaining portion when the lever has been rotated. A lever claw portion is provided on the retaining portion. The lock portion is provided on a distal end portion of the lock arm. A lock protection portion is provided on the retaining portion so as to be positioned away from a rotation center of the lever than the lever claw portion so that the lock protection portion covers the lock portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Kobayashi, Shoji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8684773
    Abstract: There is provided a lever type connector including a positioning lock provided in a lever and a jig pressing space in the positioning lock. A spacer pressing surface is in symmetrical position to the jig pressing space with respect to a center line of the lever that intersects orthogonally with the jig passing space in a longitudinal direction of a spacer. A terminal is inserted in a state that the spacer and the lever are attached to a connector housing, then the terminal is held in a temporarily latching state, and then the spacer pressing surface is pushed down by a jig and thus the terminal is held in a normally latching state. The spacer pressing surfaces is configured to be pushed by pushing pins which are provided on the jig in bilaterally symmetrical positions with respect to a center line that intersects orthogonally with the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Kobayashi, Shoji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8657477
    Abstract: An illumination unit includes LEDs and a tabular light guide plate having a light emitting surface for emitting light from the LEDs as planar light, wherein a recessed portion is formed in the opposite surface of the light emitting surface of the light guide plate, and the LED is provided in the recessed portion so that the optical axis of the LED becomes parallel to the light emitting surface of the light guide plate. Here, a dimming pattern is provided at a location corresponding to the LED of the light emitting surface of the light guide plate, and furthermore a first light guide pattern is provided on the light emitting surface of the light guide plate and a second light guide pattern is provided on a rear surface that is a reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Shiraishi, Masayuki Tanabe, Mika Tanimura, Shoji Yamamoto, Kenji Takano, Yoshifumi Shimane, Yasuaki Ohara, Reiji Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20140001945
    Abstract: A lighting device includes: an LED module; a holding member which holds the LED module on its mount part, the mount part protruding in a direction of light emission from the LED module; and a light distribution lens which faces toward the mount part, the light distribution lens (i) receiving light emitted from the LED module and (ii) causing the light to travel to a first side to which the LED module emits the light and to a second side opposite to the first side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Sei Natsume, Yoshiyuki Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20130338854
    Abstract: An automatic drive navigation system includes a navigation terminal having a display, to issue, to a server, a drive request for an autonomous vehicle input by an operator via a LAN communication, the server to hold the drive request, and the autonomous vehicle to start driving upon receipt of the drive request from the server, recognize a spot sign on a driving route, and automatically operate a self-driving system in accordance with the spot sign, wherein the navigation terminal, server, and autonomous vehicle are connected via a LAN and the autonomous vehicle notifies the server of driving information about the autonomous vehicle via the LAN communication, the server holds the notified driving information, and the navigation terminal accesses the server via the LAN communication to display the driving information on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shoji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130157522
    Abstract: A connector includes a connector housing having a terminal accommodating chamber, and a terminal fitting, and a lance. The terminal fitting includes: a lance sliding part formed in a shape of a flat face parallel to an inserting direction of the terminal fitting; a lance abutting part formed in a shape of a flat face which is different in level from the lance sliding part by a stepped part; and a lance engaging part. The lance includes a terminal engaging part which engages the lance engaging part; a terminal slide part which slides on the lance sliding part during an inserting process of the terminal fitting into the terminal accommodating chamber; and a chamfered part and a terminal abutting part which are located between the terminal engaging part and the terminal slide part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tohru Kobayashi, Shoji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130115801
    Abstract: There is provided a lever type connector including a positioning lock provided in a lever and a jig pressing space in the positioning lock. A spacer pressing surface is in symmetrical position to the jig pressing space with respect to a center line of the lever that intersects orthogonally with the jig passing space in a longitudinal direction of a spacer. A terminal is inserted in a state that the spacer and the lever are attached to a connector housing, then the terminal is held in a temporarily latching state, and then the spacer pressing surface is pushed down by a jig and thus the terminal is held in a normally latching state. The spacer pressing surfaces is configured to be pushed by pushing pins which are provided on the jig in bilaterally symmetrical positions with respect to a center line that intersects orthogonally with the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tohru Kobayashi, Shoji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130102168
    Abstract: There is provided a lever type connector. In the lever type connector in which an electric wire cover is attached to a connector housing to which a lever is already fitted, a false fitting preventing projection that protrudes from the electric wire cover and prevents the false fitting of the electric wire cover when this projection comes into contact with the lever is provided, and the false fitting preventing projection protrudes outward rather than the connector housing and an outer surface of the lever. The false fitting preventing projection absorbs an impact applied from the outside, and serves as a cushioning member against at least the connector housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tohru Kobayashi, Shoji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130082595
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes: an LED module; a power supply part supplying electricity to the LED module; a heat sink releasing heat generated by the LED module; a cap containing in the inside at least a part of the power supply part; and an insulating member located between the cap and the heat sink. In the insulating member, one end side has a connection part connected to the inside of the cap. The connection part has an opening part conducting heat from the power supply part to the cap. Since the opening part is provided in the connection part connected to the inside of the cap, a part of the power supply part is arranged in the inside of the cap without being blocked by the insulating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Takeshi Echigo, Yu Shinohara