Patents by Inventor Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation 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: 20160048843
    Abstract: A purchaser of a CE device informs a retail clerk at the point of sale (POS) of features of the CE device the purchaser wishes to employ, some of which require a license. The CE device is vended without the licenses but the clerk can upload the desired features to a server, which correlates the features to licensable components and which returns to the POS the license codes needed to enable the components. The codes can be provided to the CE device using RFID at the POS, or storing the codes on a removable storage at the POS and giving the storage to the purchaser, or by printing the codes as bar codes in the sales receipt at the POS and giving the receipt to the purchaser, who later scans the codes past a camera of the CE device to enable the associated licensable components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: SONY CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20140126125
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a display displaying images on a display surface; a back chassis arranged in a position opposite to the display surface of the display; and a rear cover arranged in a position opposite to a surface of the back chassis which faces the display, wherein through holes piercing in a thickness direction are formed in the back chassis and reinforcing portions are provided in the back chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140111752
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid crystal display device including a liquid crystal display element including a first alignment film and a second alignment film provided on opposing surfaces of a pair of substrates, and a liquid crystal layer arranged between the first alignment film and the second alignment film and including crystal molecules having negative dielectric constant anisotropy. At least the first alignment film includes a compound in which a polymer compound having a first side chain and a second side chain is crosslinked or polymerized. The first side chain has a crosslinkable functional group or a polymerizable functional group. The second side chain has a structure inducing dielectric anisotropy. The liquid crystal molecules are pretilted by the first alignment film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140108169
    Abstract: A purchaser of a CE device informs a retail clerk at the point of sale (POS) of features of the CE device the purchaser wishes to employ, some of which require a license. The CE device is vended without the licenses but the clerk can upload the desired features to a server, which correlates the features to licensable components and which returns to the POS the license codes needed to enable the components. The codes can be provided to the CE device using RFID at the POS, or storing the codes on a removable storage at the POS and giving the storage to the purchaser, or by printing the codes as bar codes in the sales receipt at the POS and giving the receipt to the purchaser, who later scans the codes past a camera of the CE device to enable the associated licensable components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: SONY CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20140077171
    Abstract: A display device includes a first electrode, an organic layer including a light emitting region, and a second electrode. The display device also includes a conductive layer electrically connected to the second electrode and including an opening corresponding to the light emitting region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: SONY CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20140028882
    Abstract: A solid-state image sensor with one or more control lines driven at arbitrary dividing points along the control line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: SONY CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130344360
    Abstract: A secondary battery for electronic appliance to be installed in an electronic appliance includes a battery cell in which a positive electrode, a negative electrode and an electrolyte are accommodated in a pack. A positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal are lead out from one side face of the pack. The secondary battery may further include a metallic battery can accommodating the battery cell therein and a pair of lids made of a synthetic resin, each plugging an opening of the battery can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130325205
    Abstract: A cruise-assist image generation device includes a steering-angle information acquisition unit, an additional line generation unit generating a cruise assist additional line corresponding to acquired steering angle information and formed by combination of a given number of segments, and an additional line superimposing unit superimposing the generated cruise assist additional line on a taken image of the vehicle periphery to obtain a composite image. The additional line generation unit generates respective curved lines forming at least some of the segments by quadratic curve approximation using coordinate data corresponding to the acquired steering angle information and including coordinates of points representing each segment, and generating respective straight lines forming any remaining segments by collinear approximation using coordinate data corresponding to the acquired steering angle information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130314575
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device is provided, which includes a pixel region in which pixels including a photoelectric conversion section and a plurality of pixel transistors are arranged. In the solid-state imaging device, a transfer transistor of the pixel transistors includes: a transfer gate electrode extended in a surface of the substrate formed on the surface of a semiconductor substrate; and a transfer gate electrode buried in the substrate which is electrically insulated from the transfer gate electrode extended in a surface of the substrate and is embedded in the inside of the semiconductor substrate in the vertical direction through the transfer gate electrode extended in a surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130313557
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a scanning line to which a scanning signal is input, a signal line arranged perpendicular to the scanning line to which an image signal is input, a storage capacity line arranged in parallel with the signal line, an insulating film having a gate insulating portion that covers a gate electrode of a transistor, a pixel electrode connected to the transistor, a capacitor including a first electrode and a second electrode, the first electrode connected to the storage capacity line, the second electrode connected to the pixel electrode, and a protection film having a first insulating portion and a second insulating portion, the first insulating portion covering a source electrode and a drain electrode, the second insulating portion provided between the first electrode and the second electrode, the first electrode and the second electrode arranged to face each other with the second insulating portion disposed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130308049
    Abstract: In an apparatus and a method for executing generation and reproduction processing of picture data suitable for picture display devices having differing processable frame rates, low frame rate picture data is generated on the basis of a plurality of temporally continuous pictures having a high frame rate to provide picture data having a plurality of layers. Decimated data may be set as the high frame rate layer data. In this manner, the quantity of data to be transmitted or stored is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130308743
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a shift register circuit that is formed on an insulating substrate with thin film transistors having channels of the same conductivity type and includes shift stages, each of the shift stages including: a first thin film transistor; a second thin film transistor; a 3(1)-th thin film transistor; a 3(2)-th thin film transistor; a 4(1)-th thin film transistor; a 4(2)-th thin film transistor; a fifth thin film transistor; and a sixth thin film transistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: SONY CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130293735
    Abstract: An imaging control device includes a character recognition section, an object recognition section, an imaging condition determination section, and an imaging control section. The character recognition section is configured to recognize a predetermined character string in an image to be imaged, and the object recognition section is configured to recognize a predetermined object in the image. The imaging condition determination section is configured to determine an imaging condition for imaging of the image, the imaging condition being determined based on the recognized character string and the recognized object. The imaging control section is configured to control the imaging of the image in accordance with the determined imaging condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130293727
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a housing configured to be grasped by a hand, a determination unit configured to determine whether an object point is present in a vicinity of an electronic apparatus, a recognition unit configured to recognize a relative relationship between the object point and a position of the electronic apparatus when the determination unit has determined that the object point is present in the vicinity, and a stimulation control unit configured to perform control in a manner that a stimulus is provided to a hand in accordance with the recognized relative relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130285884
    Abstract: Disclosed is a head mount display including: a user operation section configured to determine one or more coordinates based on a first operation performed by a user via the user operation section while receiving content via the head-mount device; and a controller configured to: superpose, in response to detection of the first operation by the user, upon at least one of one or more display sections of the head-mount device, a screen including one or more items, each of the one or more items of the superposed screen being selectable by the user to control the content being received by the user; and highlight, based on the one or more coordinates determined upon detection of the first operation, at least one of the one or more selectable items of the superposed screen in comparison to other selectable items of the superposed screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130272397
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, a method, and a program that enable an amount of code to be suppressed below a desired value with more reliability. An emergency mode determining section determines that the amount of code of a next picture is likely to exceed an upper limit if a target bit calculated by a rate controlling section exceeds a predetermined upper limit. If it is determined that the amount of code of the next picture is likely to exceed the upper limit, the code amount controlling section controls an orthogonal transducing section to replace a transform coefficient of a predetermined frequency component with zero, controls an intra predicting section to restrict intra prediction modes to be applied, and controls a mode determining section to restrict inter prediction modes to be applied. The prevent invention can be applied to an encoding apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130227599
    Abstract: An intelligent device is configured to receive a DTV signal that includes audio/visual information as well as data signals in a datacast format. The datacast format includes web pages, e.g., in the HTML (hypertext markup language) format of the world wide web. An intelligent filter modifies itself based on user behavior and user preferences in terms of the web pages that a viewer routinely visits. The intelligent filter is then used to identify certain web pages of the pages that are being broadcast and these identified web pages are stored in a cache memory for later use by the viewer. A second tuner can be used to poll multiple channels when updating the cached contents. Cached web pages avoid broadcast latencies (due to periodic updating) and thereby are displayed faster to the viewer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicants: SONY ELECTRONICS INC., SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
  • Publication number: 20130221416
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes the steps of forming a gate electrode of a transistor on an insulator layer on a surface of a semiconductor substrate, forming an isolation region by performing ion implantation of an impurity of a first conductivity type into the semiconductor substrate, forming a lightly doped drain region by performing, after forming a mask pattern including an opening portion narrower than a width of the gate electrode on an upper layer of the gate electrode of the transistor, ion implantation of an impurity of a second conductivity type near the surface of the semiconductor substrate with the mask pattern as a mask, and forming a source region and a drain region of the transistor by performing ion implantation of an impurity of the second conductivity type into the semiconductor substrate after forming the gate electrode of the transistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130222660
    Abstract: An image pickup unit includes: an image pickup section including a plurality of pixels, the plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric converter device and a field-effect transistor; and a driving section reading out a signal charge with use of the transistor, the signal charge being accumulated in each of the plurality of pixels. The driving section turns off the transistor by applying an off-voltage to the transistor, the off-voltage being set in consideration of an off-leakage current between a source and a drain of the transistor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sony Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130224607
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes: a cathode; an anode; and an electrolytic solution, in which an open-circuit voltage under a fully-charged state per pair of the cathode and the anode is about 4.3 V or over, and the electrolytic solution includes an unsaturated cyclic ester carbonate represented by an expression (1): where X is a divalent group in which m-number of >C?CR1R2 and n-number of >CR3R4 are bonded in any order, R1 to R4 each are a hydrogen group, a halogen group, a monovalent hydrocarbon group, a monovalent halogenated hydrocarbon group, a monovalent oxygen-containing hydrocarbon group, or a monovalent halogenated oxygen-containing hydrocarbon group, any two or more of R1 to R4 may be bonded to one another, and m and n satisfy m?1 and n?0, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sony Corporation