Patents by Inventor Shunji Ota

Shunji Ota 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: 20200354231
    Abstract: Provided is a functional unit for a bathroom that includes a functional component for a bathroom, separated from a water faucet device and fixed to a bathroom wall part; and a reforming unit that is formed integrally with the functional component for a bathroom and that includes a cartridge capable of reforming raw water flowing through a water supply passage from the water faucet device to a water discharge device. The reforming unit includes a casing that houses the cartridge, and the casing is detachably connected to the functional component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: LIXIL Corporation
    Inventors: Shunji OTA, Kouji NAKATA, Mayuko OUCHI, Yuichiro KOMATSU, Naoya TAMURA, Wakaba HYODO, Shinichi YAGI, Touichirou MATSUURA, Kazuhiro SATO, Takashi HAGIWARA, Shinya SAKATA
  • Publication number: 20190180126
    Abstract: The state of a driver driving a vehicle is easily determined. A state estimation apparatus includes an image selection unit that selects at least one monitoring image for use in estimating a state of a target person from a plurality of monitoring images of a target person captured by a plurality of cameras installed at different positions, a state estimation unit that estimates the state of the target person based on the selected monitoring image, and an output unit that outputs information indicating an estimation result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi KINOSHITA, Shunji OTA
  • Patent number: 10223577
    Abstract: A face image processing apparatus includes: a lighting portion including a first polarizer which polarizes light in a first direction and a light emitter which emits, through the first polarizer, infrared light; an image capturing portion including a second polarizer which polarizes light in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and an image capturing unit which captures images through the second polarizer; and an image processing portion which detects candidates of eyes using a first image captured when the lighting portion emits the infrared light and a second image captured when the lighting portion does not emit the infrared light. The image processing portion determines, as an eye, a candidate having a hyperbolic or cross shaped pattern present in the first image but not present in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keishin Aoki, Shunji Ota
  • Publication number: 20170255819
    Abstract: A face image processing apparatus includes: a lighting portion including a first polarizer which polarizes light in a first direction and a light emitter which emits, through the first polarizer, infrared light; an image capturing portion including a second polarizer which polarizes light in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and an image capturing unit which captures images through the second polarizer; and an image processing portion which detects candidates of eyes using a first image captured when the lighting portion emits the infrared light and a second image captured when the lighting portion does not emit the infrared light. The image processing portion determines, as an eye, a candidate having a hyperbolic or cross shaped pattern present in the first image but not present in the second image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keishin Aoki, Shunji Ota
  • Patent number: 8238617
    Abstract: A similarity degree calculating unit calculates a similarity degree of a feature quantity of a face image of an imaged checking target, and a feature quantity of a face image of a registrant or a non-registrant registered in a registrant information DB or a non-registrant information DB. A check determination unit notifies a service determination unit when the similarity degree is higher than a threshold value. A related information acquiring unit acquires related information including inter-registrant information, and provides to a time-series information DB generation unit and the service determination unit. The time-series information DB generation unit updates the time-series information DB. A statistical information DB generation unit generates the statistical information DB from the time-series information DB. The service determination unit provides services based on the related information, the time-series information DB, and the statistical information DB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yasumichi Omoto, Shunji Ota, Hiroyoshi Koitabashi, Takeshi Shoji
  • Patent number: 7853051
    Abstract: The present invention enables a user's movement indicating his or her intention to be recognized easily and accurately. On the basis of image data taken by a camera 13, a face direction detecting section 14 senses the direction of a user's face and a line-of-sight sensing section 15 senses the direction of the user's line of sight. When the user's face is directed downward, while the user's line of sight is directed upward with respect to the face direction, a nod recognizing section 21 recognizes that the user has nodded. When the user's face is directed rightward or leftward, while the user's line of sight is directed in a direction laterally opposite to the face direction, a head shake recognizing section 22 recognizes that the user has shaken his or her head. The present invention is applicable to an intention checking apparatus that checks the driver's intention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Shunji Ota
  • Publication number: 20100232658
    Abstract: A similarity degree calculating unit calculates a similarity degree of a feature quantity of a face image of an imaged checking target, and a feature quantity of a face image of a registrant or a non-registrant registered in a registrant information DB or a non-registrant information DB. A check determination unit notifies a service determination unit when the similarity degree is higher than a threshold value. A related information acquiring unit acquires related information including inter-registrant information, and provides to a time-series information DB generation unit and the service determination unit. The time-series information DB generation unit updates the time-series information DB. A statistical information DB generation unit generates the statistical information DB from the time-series information DB. The service determination unit provides services based on the related information, the time-series information DB, and the statistical information DB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasumichi Omoto, Shunji Ota, Hiroyoshi Koitabashi, Takeshi Shoji
  • Patent number: 7551987
    Abstract: A driver illuminating apparatus adapted for use in a vehicle includes a light emitting element mounted within a rear field of vision of a driver of the vehicle through a rear-view mirror, for emitting infrared radiation toward the mirror. Alternatively, a driver illuminating apparatus includes a light emitting element mounted out of a rear field of vision of a driver through a rear-view mirror, for emitting infrared radiation to be reflected by a cold filter and delivered to the mirror. The cold filter is provided in part or whole of a portion of a rear window of the vehicle. The portion is located within the rear field of vision. Further alternatively, a driver illuminating apparatus adapted for use in a car includes a light emitting element mounted approximately at the center of a rear window of the car, for emitting infrared radiation toward an interior rear-view mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Shunji Ota
  • Patent number: 7536255
    Abstract: An information processing device (central apparatus (2)) in a sensor network system is arranged so as to include an input-output processing section (101); an information converting section (103) and a resource specification information recognizing section (104) for dividing target information which is requested with the information request signal into a combination of information elements which appropriately compose the target information; a data acquiring section (107) for acquiring data of sensing results; and an input-output processing section (101) for outputting information based on the data acquired by said data acquiring section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Otsuki, Shunji Ota, Masayuki Oyagi, Masaki Yamato
  • Publication number: 20090050807
    Abstract: An image in which a shade of a driver's face is certainly suppressed is to be obtained, while suppressing increases in a size and an electric power consumption of an illumination. An illumination pulse-lights an illumination light which is an infrared light whose peak wavelength is 940 nm, under a control of a synchronous control section. The illumination light is irradiated to a driver through a polarizing filter and a visible light interruption filter. Reflex lights of the illumination light and a disturbance light, which were reflected by the driver, enter to an infrared BPF, in which a center wavelength is 940 nm, through the visible light interruption filter, a polarizing filter 34 and an optical lens. An image pickup element image-picks-up a light which transmitted through the infrared BPF. A synchronous control section controls such that a lit term of the illumination synchronizes with an exposure time of the image pickup element. The present invention can be applied, e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunji Ota, Hajime Tamanaha, Yasumichi Omoto
  • Publication number: 20090043409
    Abstract: An alcohol density test can be avoided, but the alcohol density test is prevented from being easily avoided at the same time. A vehicle control unit sets a controlled vehicle in a mobile state when an alcohol density detected from the driver is determined to be lower than a predetermined threshold based on results of a test conducted using an alcohol test unit or when an instruction for exemption of the alcohol test is input through an input unit. When an instruction for exemption of the alcohol test is input, a history recording control unit records a history indicating that the alcohol density test has been exempted in a recording unit. The invention may be applied to a vehicle control apparatus for controlling a vehicle based on results of an alcohol density test conducted on the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji Ota
  • Publication number: 20090016636
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus, method, program and recording medium, which make it possible to remove an obstacle, which blocks the field of view, and provide an image of a pleasant field of view. An interference status detector determines whether it is necessary to correct an image obtained by an image pickup unit, and an obstacle detector detects a pixel corresponding to an obstacle in an obtained image. An obstacle removal processor, based on output from a movement status controller and an obstacle registry, replaces the pixel of the obstacle in the frame of the image to be corrected with a corresponding pixel in the chronologically previous frame, carries out correction so as to remove the obstacle from the image, and outputs the corrected image to a display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Kasashima, Shunji Ota, Tanichi Ando
  • Patent number: 7406401
    Abstract: A sensor network controller (4) includes: a sensor interface (44) receiving sensing data transmitted from sensors (5); a data write section (150) writing the received sensing data and sensing time information indicating a sensing time of the sensing data in association with each other to a memory section (42); the memory section (42) storing the sensing data and the sensing time information; a first data processing section (144) generating sensing data which is at the timing designated by a client on the basis of the sensing data and the sensing time information stored in the memory section (42); and a data output section (148) outputting the generated sensing data to the client. The client is enabled to acquire sensing data in accordance with a request even if the scheme by which the sensors convey sensing data does not match with the scheme by which the client makes a request for sensing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Shunji Ota, Yoshiyuki Otsuki, Masayuki Oyagi, Yoshihiko Fukushima
  • Patent number: 7330124
    Abstract: A driver image capturing apparatus includes an interior rear-view mirror, an infrared emitter, and an infrared camera. The mirror is mounted at a location obliquely upward and forward from a driver seat. Mounted at a location obliquely upward and backward from the mirror, the infrared emitter emits infrared radiation to the mirror. The camera is pointed at a face of a driver in the driver seat. The mirror has a first reflecting mirror and a second reflecting mirror. The first mirror reflects visible light and transmits infrared radiation. Disposed behind the first mirror at an angle ? relative to the first mirror, the second mirror reflects infrared radiation. The first mirror provides a field of rear vision to the driver. Infrared radiation emitted by the infrared emitter is delivered to the face of the driver through the first and second mirrors, reflected by the face, and received by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventor: Shunji Ota
  • Patent number: 7289881
    Abstract: A robot includes a robot sensor for sensing abnormality around the robot, a moving portion for moving the robot main body, and a movement control unit for controlling the moving portion so that the robot main body is moved to a destination determined according to the information sensed by a fixed-position sensor fixed to a predetermined position outside the robot. The moving destination may be determined by the total control unit of the robot main body according to the information from the fixed-position sensors or by a center communicating with the robot according to the information from the fixed-position sensors. Since abnormality is sensed by the fixed-position sensors together with the robot sensor, the fixed-position sensors may have low accuracy obtained at a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Shunji Ota, Masayuki Oyagi, Masaki Yamato
  • Publication number: 20070182538
    Abstract: When a Doppler sensor (2) itself receives a change in a reflected wave generated by reflection of a microwave, which is transmitted by the Doppler sensor (2), to a detected object and detects movement of the object, an authentication processing unit (3) performs ID authentication processing. A control unit (4) gives an execution instruction for threatening processing to a threatening executing unit (10) on the basis of an output of authentication processing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: Shunji Ota, Akihiko Nakamura, Masazumi Kubota, Hisashi Takeuchi, Shinichi Mukaigawa, Hideyuki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20070071321
    Abstract: The present invention enables a user's movement indicating his or her intention to be recognized easily and accurately. On the basis of image data taken by a camera 13, a face direction detecting section 14 senses the direction of a user's face and a line-of-sight sensing section 15 senses the direction of the user's line of sight. When the user's face is directed downward, while the user's line of sight is directed upward with respect to the face direction, a nod recognizing section 21 recognizes that the user has nodded. When the user's face is directed rightward or leftward, while the user's line of sight is directed in a direction laterally opposite to the face direction, a head shake recognizing section 22 recognizes that the user has shaken his or her head. The present invention is applicable to an intention checking apparatus that checks the driver's intention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 29, 2007
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Shunji Ota
  • Publication number: 20060215882
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to allow easier acquisition of image data having the necessary luminosity range. The pixel value distribution detecting unit detects the distribution of the pixel values of the input image data, constituted by pixel values that are substantially proportional to the logarithm of the quantity of incident light. The extraction range setting means sets one or more extraction ranges, which are ranges of predetermined pixel values and have the same width, on the basis of the distribution of the pixel values of the input image data. The image extraction unit produces processed image data by extracting pixels having pixel values contained in the extraction ranges from the input image data, and supplies the processed image data thus produced to the image detecting unit. The present invention can be used in image detection devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Tanichi Ando, Shunji Ota
  • Publication number: 20060215884
    Abstract: A driver authenticating apparatus has a camera for capturing a facial image of a person in a driver seat, and a controller connected to the camera. The controller permits a driver to start an vehicle engine if the captured facial image matches a pre-registered facial image of an authorized driver. When restarting an engine with the driver present in the driver seat, the apparatus allows the driver to start the vehicle engine without an authenticating procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Shunji Ota
  • Publication number: 20060212202
    Abstract: A driver illuminating apparatus adapted for use in a vehicle includes a light emitting element mounted within a rear field of vision of a driver of the vehicle through a rear-view mirror, for emitting infrared radiation toward the mirror. Alternatively, a driver illuminating apparatus includes a light emitting element mounted out of a rear field of vision of a driver through a rear-view mirror, for emitting infrared radiation to be reflected by a cold filter and delivered to the mirror. The cold filter is provided in part or whole of a portion of a rear window of the vehicle. The portion is located within the rear field of vision. Further alternatively, a driver illuminating apparatus adapted for use in a car includes a light emitting element mounted approximately at the center of a rear window of the car, for emitting infrared radiation toward an interior rear-view mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Applicant: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Shunji Ota