Patents by Inventor Taihei Nishihara

Taihei Nishihara 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: 20210031881
    Abstract: An operating system for a human-powered vehicle comprises a first operating device, a second operating device, a first user interface, and a second user interface. The first operating device comprises a first base member and a first operating member. The second operating device comprises a second base member and a second operating member. The first user interface is configured to receive a first user input and mounted to the first operating device. The second user interface is configured to receive a second user input and mounted to the second operating device. At least one of the first user interface and the second user interface is configured to be operated to control an assist driving unit configured to assist a human power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Toshio TETSUKA, Taihei NISHIHARA, Eiji MISHIMA, Takuma SAKAI, Takafumi NISHINO, Takehiko NAKAJIMA
  • Publication number: 20210031865
    Abstract: An operating switch device for a human-powered vehicle comprises an assist operating switch and a coupling structure. The assist operating switch is configured to receive a user operation input to operate an assist driving unit configured to assist a human power. The coupling structure is configured to detachably couple the assist operating switch to a base member of an operating device configured to be mounted to a handlebar. The base member includes a base body including a grip portion provided between a coupling end configured to be coupled to the handlebar and a free end opposite to the coupling end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Toshio TETSUKA, Taihei NISHIHARA
  • Patent number: 10868288
    Abstract: An attachment member attaches a bicycle battery pack to a frame of a bicycle. The attachment member includes a coupling member and a lock. The coupling member restricts movement of the bicycle battery pack relative to the frame while the attachment member is in an attachment state in which the battery pack is attached to the frame. The coupling member extends through a first frame portion of the frame and coupled to a first housing portion of the housing while the attachment member is in the attachment state. The lock is provided on the coupling member and switchable between a restriction state that restricts movement of the coupling member relative to the housing and the frame, and a release state that permits movement of the coupling member relative to the housing and the frame while the attachment member is in the attachment state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Taihei Nishihara, Yuya Yoneda, Satoshi Shahana, Hiroyuki Miyoshi, Pieter D'Haens
  • Publication number: 20200010138
    Abstract: An information processing device includes an input device and an artificial intelligence processor. First information related to a human-powered vehicle is input to the input device. The artificial intelligence processor is configured to generate second information related to at least one of deterioration, wear, and failure of an element of the human-powered vehicle from history information of the first information input to the input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Taihei Nishihara, Takeshi Kuroiwa, Kazuhiro Takeda, Tsuyoshi Miyake, Takashi Komemushi
  • Patent number: 10435100
    Abstract: A bicycle component is provided with a base including a recess, a cover, a protected member that is at least partially arranged in the recess, and an engagement portion. The cover is configured to close the recess. The protected member is at least partially arranged in the recess. The engagement portion is configured separately from the cover and the protected member. The engagement portion is arranged in the recess and engages the cover that covers the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Shimoda, Yoshitaka Nose, Yuya Yoneda, Taihei Nishihara
  • Patent number: 10170737
    Abstract: A battery holder includes a first base, a first holding portion and a second holding portion. The first base is opposed to a first end of the battery unit in the state in which the battery unit is located at a first holding position. The first holding portion is movably arranged on the first base between a first position, where the first holding portion contacts a held portion of the battery unit to hold the battery unit at the first holding position, and a second position, where the first holding portion is separated from the held portion. The second holding portion is arranged on the first base at a downstream side of the first holding portion in a removal direction of the battery unit from the battery holder to hold the battery unit at a second holding position that is located at a downstream side of the first holding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: Shimano Inc., Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Shimoda, Yoshitaka Nose, Yuya Yoneda, Taihei Nishihara, Koji Wada, Henry Bosch, Bas Van Dooren
  • Patent number: 10106223
    Abstract: A bicycle control system is provided that is configured to control a bicycle component using a threshold value that is appropriate for the rider. The bicycle control system includes a controller for controlling a bicycle component based on a threshold value and a parameter related to a running state of a bicycle. The controller changes the threshold value when an operating unit is operated, and the change amount of the threshold value when the operating unit is operated is determined based on an operating state of the operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Usui, Takashi Komemushi, Taihei Nishihara
  • Publication number: 20180269439
    Abstract: A bicycle battery pack that can be reduced in volume includes a housing configured to be located on a frame of a bicycle and battery cells accommodated in the housing. The battery cells include at least a first battery cell and a second battery cell. The housing includes a side wall extending in a longitudinal direction of the frame in a state located on the frame. An outer portion of the side wall includes at least one groove. The at least one groove is recessed toward a region between the first battery cell and the second battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Yuya YONEDA, Taihei NISHIHARA, Satoshi SHAHANA, Shunki INOUE
  • Publication number: 20180241022
    Abstract: An attachment member attaches a bicycle battery pack to a frame of a bicycle. The attachment member includes a coupling member and a lock. The coupling member restricts movement of the bicycle battery pack relative to the frame while the attachment member is in an attachment state in which the battery pack is attached to the frame. The coupling member extends through a first frame portion of the frame and coupled to a first housing portion of the housing while the attachment member is in the attachment state. The lock is provided on the coupling member and switchable between a restriction state that restricts movement of the coupling member relative to the housing and the frame, and a release state that permits movement of the coupling member relative to the housing and the frame while the attachment member is in the attachment state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Taihei NISHIHARA, Yuya YONEDA, Satoshi SHAHANA, Hiroyuki MIYOSHI, Pieter D'HAENS
  • Publication number: 20180009496
    Abstract: A bicycle component is provided with a base including a recess, a cover, a protected member that is at least partially arranged in the recess, and an engagement portion. The cover is configured to close the recess. The protected member is at least partially arranged in the recess. The engagement portion is configured separately from the cover and the protected member. The engagement portion is arranged in the recess and engages the cover that covers the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Makoto SHIMODA, Yoshitaka NOSE, Yuya YONEDA, Taihei NISHIHARA
  • Publication number: 20180006278
    Abstract: A battery holder includes a first base, a first holding portion and a second holding portion. The first base is opposed to a first end of the battery unit in the state in which the battery unit is located at a first holding position. The first holding portion is movably arranged on the first base between a first position, where the first holding portion contacts a held portion of the battery unit to hold the battery unit at the first holding position, and a second position, where the first holding portion is separated from the held portion. The second holding portion is arranged on the first base at a downstream side of the first holding portion in a removal direction of the battery unit from the battery holder to hold the battery unit at a second holding position that is located at a downstream side of the first holding position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Makoto SHIMODA, Yoshitaka NOSE, Yuya YONEDA, Taihei NISHIHARA, Koji WADA, Henry BOSCH, Bas VAN DOOREN
  • Publication number: 20180001785
    Abstract: A bicycle battery unit is configured to reduce the effect of contact with an obstacle. The bicycle battery unit includes a plurality batteries, a housing accommodating the batteries and a protector. The protector is integrally provided on at least a portion of the outer surface of the housing. The protector has a lower hardness than a hardness of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Makoto SHIMODA, Yoshitaka NOSE, Yuya YONEDA, Taihei NISHIHARA
  • Publication number: 20180006277
    Abstract: A battery holder includes a first base, a first restriction portion and a holding portion. The first base is opposed to one end of a battery unit in a first direction in the state in which the battery unit is located at a holding position. The first restriction portion is configured to restrict relative movement of the battery unit and the first base in the first direction. The holding portion is movable to a first position, at which the battery unit contacts a held portion of the battery unit, and a second position, at which the holding portion is separated from the held portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Makoto SHIMODA, Yoshitaka NOSE, Yuya YONEDA, Taihei NISHIHARA, Koji WADA
  • Patent number: 9643497
    Abstract: A bicycle control apparatus is basically provided with a memory device and a control device. The control device is programmed with an automatic switching function and a manual switching function. The automatic switching function automatically switches an assist ratio, which is a ratio of a manual drive force to a drag force of an electric assist motor, based on a relationship between a threshold value that is stored and a reference value that is indicative of one of a bicycle traveling environment and a bicycle traveling state. The manual switching function switches the assist ratio based on a manual operation. The control device is further programmed to update the threshold value is updated based on the reference value when switching the assist ratio by the manual switching function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Junya Fujita, Makoto Usui, Taihei Nishihara
  • Patent number: 9561734
    Abstract: A bicycle power supply system comprises a first power supply, a second power supply, and a power supply level sensing structure. The power supply level sensing structure is operatively coupled to the first and second power supplies. The first and second power supplies are selectively electrically coupled with electrical power being supplied from the second power supply to the first power supply while a first power supply level is detected by the power supply level sensing structure to be below a first prescribed power threshold, and with electrical power being supplied from the first power supply to the second power supply while a second power supply level is detected by the power supply level sensing structure to be below a second prescribed power threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Etsuyoshi Watarai, Taihei Nishihara
  • Patent number: 9545855
    Abstract: A bicycle control apparatus is configured to control a drive unit having a motor that assist in manual driving. The bicycle control apparatus includes an operating unit and a control unit. The operating unit is configured to be operated in accordance with first and second operating methods that are different from each other. The control unit is configured to change a setting state of a function that is set in advance without driving the drive unit in response to the operating unit being operated in accordance with the first operating method. The control unit is configured to drive the drive unit in response to the operating unit being operated in accordance with the second operating method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Ryuichiro Takamoto, Jun Gao, Ayumi Kato, Makoto Usui, Taihei Nishihara, Yasuhiro Tsuchizawa
  • Publication number: 20170001687
    Abstract: A bicycle control system is provided that is configured to control a bicycle component using a threshold value that is appropriate for the rider. The bicycle control system includes a controller for controlling a bicycle component based on a threshold value and a parameter related to a running state of a bicycle. The controller changes the threshold value when an operating unit is operated, and the change amount of the threshold value when the operating unit is operated is determined based on an operating state of the operating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Makoto USUI, Takashi KOMEMUSHI, Taihei NISHIHARA
  • Patent number: 9502702
    Abstract: A bicycle battery holder is configured to be mounted to a bicycle. The bicycle battery holder includes a first support portion and a second support portion. The first support portion is configured to support a battery at a first supporting position. The second support portion is configured to support the battery at a second supporting position, along with the first support portion. At least one of the first supporting position and the second supporting position is adjustably mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Taihei Nishihara, Wataru Suzuki, Hiroyuki Miyoshi, Satoshi Shahana, Yuya Ishimaru
  • Publication number: 20160254506
    Abstract: A bicycle battery holder is configured to be mounted to a bicycle. The bicycle battery holder includes a first support portion and a second support portion. The first support portion is configured to support a battery at a first supporting position. The second support portion is configured to support the battery at a second supporting position, along with the first support portion. At least one of the first supporting position and the second supporting position is adjustably mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Taihei NISHIHARA, Wataru SUZUKI, Hiroyuki MIYOSHI, Satoshi SHAHANA, Yuya ISHIMARU
  • Publication number: 20160121730
    Abstract: A bicycle control apparatus is basically provided with a memory device and a control device. The control device is programmed with an automatic switching function and a manual switching function. The automatic switching function automatically switches an assist ratio, which is a ratio of a manual drive force to a drag force of an electric assist motor, based on a relationship between a threshold value that is stored and a reference value that is indicative of one of a bicycle traveling environment and a bicycle traveling state. The manual switching function switches the assist ratio based on a manual operation. The control device is further programmed to update the threshold value is updated based on the reference value when switching the assist ratio by the manual switching function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Junya FUJITA, Makoto USUI, Taihei NISHIHARA