Patents by Inventor Shuji Hiramatsu

Shuji Hiramatsu 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: 20190179517
    Abstract: A screen generating unit generates a home screen for allowing a user to select a desired item of content from among multiple items of content, and the home screen includes a list in which multiple icons representing the multiple items of content are arranged. A display control unit displays the home screen on a television monitor. The screen generating unit further arranges, in the list on the home screen, a search icon used to search for an item of content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: c/o Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Motoki KOBAYASHI, Yasuhiro YAMANAKA, Shuji HIRAMATSU, Shigeru ENOMOTO, Taku SUGAWARA, Shinji KIMURA, Yumiko TANAKA, George ARRIOLA, Carsten SCHWESIG
  • Patent number: 10318124
    Abstract: A screen generating unit 287 generates a home screen for allowing a user to select a desired item of content from among multiple items of content, and the home screen includes a list in which multiple icons representing the multiple items of content are arranged. A display control unit displays the home screen on a television monitor 204. The screen generating unit 287 further arranges, in the list on the home screen, a search icon used to search for an item of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Motoki Kobayashi, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Shuji Hiramatsu, Shigeru Enomoto, Taku Sugawara, Shinji Kimura, Yumiko Tanaka, George Arriola, Carsten Schwesig
  • Publication number: 20190114042
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for acquiring menu display instructions from a user, and generating and outputting the operating system menu screens for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Higuchi, Shigeru Enomoto, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10191642
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including a novel user interface capable of switching a number of images for display on a screen. The information processing apparatus displays a menu image representing one or more menu item images on a screen, displays, when any one of the one or more menu item images is selected, a selection target image associated with the selected menu item image on the screen, stores a selected order of already-selected ones of the one or more menu item images, displays, when one direction along one side of the screen is specified, another selection target image, which is selected in accordance with the stored selected order and the one direction, and redisplays the menu image when an opposite direction to the one direction is specified in a state in which the selection target image associated with the menu image selected most recently is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Munetaka Tsuda, Shuji Hiramatsu, Shigeru Enomoto, Motoki Kobayashi, Toru Morita
  • Patent number: 10185470
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for acquiring menu display instructions from a user, and generating and outputting the operating system menu screens for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Higuchi, Shigeru Enomoto, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10101873
    Abstract: A portable terminal is provided with: a display device; a sensor configured to detect the orientation or position of the portable terminal; a data storage unit configured to store data; and a display control unit configured to display on the display device an icon or object that corresponds to the data stored in the data storage unit. The display control unit acquires information regarding the orientation or position of the portable terminal from the sensor and determines a display mode of the icon or object in accordance with a change in the orientation or position of the portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiro Fujii, Hidenori Karasawa, Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10028007
    Abstract: A home screen display unit arranges and displays a plurality of content icons indicating a plurality of pieces of content in a first area in a content zone screen. If a specific content icon is focused on by the cursor and if a preset determination operation is performed, a content playback unit starts playback of the content indicated by the focused icon. If a specific content icon is focused on by the cursor, a related information acquiring unit acquires related information relating to the content that is indicated by the focused icon that is registered in an external device from the external device without starting playback of the content. A home screen display unit displays the acquired related information in a second area of the content zone screen and displays, if related information is updated, the updated related information in the second area so as to replace the related information displayed until that moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: George Arriola, Anahi Bagu Casas, Shinji Kimura, Shigeru Enomoto, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Motoki Kobayashi, Shuji Hiramatsu, Yumiko Tanaka, Taku Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9933934
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus that displays on a screen at least a part of a display region, in which display elements are arranged; terminates the display of the display region when an operation of specifying a first direction with respect to a predetermined region in the screen is received from a user; and shifts into a state, in which the termination of the display of the display region, when an operation of specifying a second direction that is different from the first direction with respect to the predetermined region is received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Munetaka Tsuda, Shuji Hiramatsu, Shigeru Enomoto, Motoki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9852323
    Abstract: The present invention provides a facial image display apparatus that can display moving images concentrated on the face when images of people's faces are displayed. A facial image display apparatus is provided wherein a facial area detecting unit (21) detects facial areas in which faces are displayed from within a target image for displaying a plurality of faces; a dynamic extraction area creating unit (22) creates, based on the facial areas detected by the facial area detecting means, a dynamic extraction area of which at least one of position and surface area varies over time in the target image; and a moving image output unit (27) sequentially extracts images in the dynamic extraction area and outputs the extracted images as a moving image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Munetaka Tsuda, Shuji Hiramatsu, Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9762948
    Abstract: A home screen display unit displays a global navigation screen 12 that is located on an upper layer with respect to a screen transition and that is used for selecting a category of content to be processed. The home screen display unit displays a content zone screen 18 that is located on a lower layer with respect to a screen transition and that is used for selecting a piece of content to be processed from among a plurality of pieces of content corresponding to the category selected in the global navigation screen 12. If a specific piece of content is selected in the content zone screen 18, a game screen display unit displays a screen of the selected content. The home screen display unit displays, in the global navigation screen 12, an image of at least a portion of the content zone screen 18 with image quality lower than that in the case where the image is displayed in the content zone screen 18.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: George Arriola, Anahi Bagu Casas, Shinji Kimura, Shigeru Enomoto, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Motoki Kobayashi, Shuji Hiramatsu, Yumiko Tanaka, Taku Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9621880
    Abstract: A mode setting part 112 has a function to selectively set 2D and 3D display output modes. A play control part 132 changes the manner in which to control switching between display images in accordance with the display output mode set by the mode setting part 112. The play control part 132 changes the opacities of first and second display images with time so that when the two display images are cross-faded, the sum of the opacities of the first and second display images in a 3D display output mode is equal to or smaller than the sum of the opacities of the first and second display images in a 2D display output mode during a cross-fading period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Yoshinobu Matono, Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Publication number: 20160299644
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for acquiring menu display instructions from a user, and generating and outputting the operating system menu screens for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Higuchi, Shigeru Enomoto, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9389752
    Abstract: An instruction acquisition unit acquires a menu display instruction in a menu screen display device. When the menu display instruction is acquired while a game program is running, a menu-screen generating unit displays, by a function of a system, on a television set a second system menu screen in which an end icon for terminating the running game program is inserted in between a plurality of content icons that are arranged in a line in a first system menu screen and displayed. The instruction acquisition unit acquires the selection of the displayed end icon from a user. When the selection of the end icon is acquired, a menu screen constituting unit terminates the running game program and displays on the television set a first system menu screen by deleting the end icon from the second system menu screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Higuchi, Shigeru Enomoto, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9342234
    Abstract: A user screen display control unit displays not only a content selected by the user but also places a plurality of icons, with which to select a content to be displayed, adjacent to each other and displays the plurality of icons. When a drag operation over the plurality of icons is detected by an operation detector, the user screen display control unit displays the caption for a selected icon in a forefront manner and switches the caption for each icon sequentially selected by a drag operation and sequentially displays the caption. When a predetermined operation is detected on an icon located in a position where the drag operation ends, the user screen display control unit switches the content displayed on the display device to a content associated with the icon located in the position where the drag operation ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ikuo Kobayashi, Masaki Takahashi, Shuji Hiramatsu, Toru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: D753701
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shuji Hiramatsu, Taku Sugawara, Shinji Kimura
  • Patent number: D757087
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC., SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: D768195
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: D780221
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shuji Hiramatsu, Taku Sugawara, Ikuo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: D794066
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shuji Hiramatsu, Taku Sugawara, Ikuo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: D828389
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shuji Hiramatsu, Taku Sugawara, Ikuo Kobayashi