Patents by Inventor Takafumi Nishino

Takafumi Nishino 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: 11027709
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a brake operating member, an electrical switch, and a wireless communication unit. The brake operating member is movably coupled to the base member. The electrical switch is to provide an electric signal. The electrical switch is disposed at one of the base member and the brake operating member. The wireless communication unit is connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal. The wireless communication unit is disposed at the other of the base member and the brake operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10988198
    Abstract: A bicycle electric suspension comprises a first tube, a second tube, a positioning structure, an electric positioning actuator, and a telescopic controller. The first tube has a center axis. The second tube is telescopically received in the first tube. The positioning structure is configured to relatively position the first tube and the second tube in a telescopic direction extending along the center axis of the first tube. The electric positioning actuator is configured to actuate the positioning structure. The telescopic controller has a control mode in which the telescopic controller controls the electric positioning actuator to actuate the positioning structure, and a sleep mode in which power consumption of the telescopic controller is lower than power consumption of the telescopic controller in the control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Yuta Kurokawa
  • Publication number: 20210114689
    Abstract: A bicycle operating apparatus includes a base member, an operating member, an electrical switch, a wireless transmitter, and a power supply device. The base member is configured to be attached to a bicycle body. The operating member is movably mounted to the base member configured to be operated by a user. The electrical switch is configured to be activated by an input operation from the user. The wireless transmitter is configured to be electrically connected to the electrical switch and is configured to wirelessly transmit a signal to an additional bicycle component in response to the input operation. The power supply device is configured to supply electrical power to at least one of the electrical switch and the wireless transmitter. The wireless transmitter and the power supply are mounted to the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Takafumi NISHINO
  • Patent number: 10967931
    Abstract: To provide a brake controller and a brake system that appropriately brake a rotary body of a human-powered vehicle, a brake controller includes one or more processors configured to programmatically control a braking portion of a brake device so that the braking portion brakes a rotary body of the human-powered vehicle based on first information related to travel of the human-powered vehicle, the first information excluding a road surface gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takafumi Nishino, Toshihiko Takahashi, Daisuke Nago, Hitoshi Takayama, Masahiro Nakakura
  • Patent number: 10967935
    Abstract: A creation device includes an acquisition part that acquires input information concerning traveling of a human-powered vehicle; and a creation part that creates different learning models that each produce output information concerning control of a component of the human-powered vehicle based on input information acquired by the acquisition part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Hayato Shimazu, Hitoshi Takayama, Satoshi Shahana, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10967933
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, an operating member, a hydraulic unit, an electrical switch, a wireless communicator, and a power supply. The base member includes a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The operating member is pivotally coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis. At least part of the hydraulic unit is disposed closer to the second end than the first pivot axis when viewed from a first direction parallel to the first pivot axis. The power supply is electrically connected to the wireless communicator to supply electrical power to the wireless communicator. At least one of the wireless communicator and the power supply is at least partly disposed closer to the first end than the first pivot axis when viewed from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10953950
    Abstract: A bicycle electric device comprises an electric actuator, a controller, and a switch. The electric actuator is configured to be operated in response to an operation of a bicycle electric operating device. The controller has a pairing mode in which the controller receives identification information of at least one electric telescopic apparatus. The switch is electrically connected to the controller to set the controller to the pairing mode based on a user input received by the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Yuta Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10933949
    Abstract: A bicycle operating apparatus comprises an operating member, a hydraulic unit, an electrical switch, and a wireless transmitter. The operating member is configured to be operated by a user. The hydraulic unit is configured to be operatively coupled to the operating member and is configured to operate a bicycle component in response to an operation of the operating member. The electrical switch is configured to be activated by an input operation from the user. The wireless transmitter is configured to be electrically connected to the electrical switch and is configured to wirelessly transmit a signal to an additional bicycle component in response to the input operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Takafumi Nishino
  • Patent number: 10919339
    Abstract: A bicycle hub assembly comprises a hub axle, a hub body, a sprocket support structure, and a brake-rotor support structure. The sprocket support structure includes a first torque-transmitting profile and a first externally-threaded portion. The first torque-transmitting profile is configured to transmit a rotational force between the sprocket support structure and a bicycle sprocket assembly. The first externally-threaded portion is configured to threadedly engage with a first internally-threaded portion of a first lock member. The brake-rotor support structure includes a radially external surface, a radially internal surface, and a second torque-transmitting profile configured to transmit a rotational force between the brake-rotor support structure and a brake rotor. The second torque-transmitting profile is provided on the radially external surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Koji Yuasa, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10913508
    Abstract: A bicycle operation device is provided that allows for easy operation of operation units. The bicycle operation device includes a clamp, a first operation unit and a second operation unit. The clamp is attachable to a handlebar of a bicycle. The first operation unit including an operation lever, and is coupled to the clamp. The second operation unit includes an electric switch and is attached to the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takehiko Nakajima, Takafumi Nishino
  • Patent number: 10913507
    Abstract: A human-powered vehicle system and a control method are provided that reduce power consumption of a detection device. The human-powered vehicle system includes an electronic controller having at least one processor configured to control a detection device provided at a human-powered vehicle to detect an electromagnetic wave having a frequency that is greater than or equal to 30 GHz and excluding visible light. The at least one processor is configured to control the detection device in at least one of a first mode and a second mode that consumes less power than the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takafumi Nishino, Toshihiko Takahashi, Hitoshi Takayama, Masahiro Nakakura
  • Patent number: 10913505
    Abstract: A notification system notifies brake-related information related to braking of a rotation body of a human-powered vehicle. The notification system includes a notification unit that includes a notification device configured to notify a user of the brake-related information. The notification device is provided on at least one of a brake device braking the rotation body, an operation device operating the brake device, and a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Takafumi Nishino
  • 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: 20210031870
    Abstract: An operating device for a human-powered vehicle comprises a base member, an operating member, and an assist operating interface. The base member includes a coupling end, a free end, and a grip portion. The coupling end is configured to be coupled to a handlebar. The free end is opposite to the coupling end. The grip portion is provided between the coupling end and the free end. The operating member is pivotally coupled to the base member about a pivot axis. The assist operating interface is configured to receive a first user input indicating that an assist driving unit generates a temporary assist driving force for a limited period corresponding to an operation of the first user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Toshio TETSUKA, Takafumi NISHINO, Takehiko NAKAJIMA
  • Patent number: 10906608
    Abstract: A brake system includes a driving part driven by electric power to brake a rotary body of a human-powered vehicle and an electronic controller configured to control the driving part. The electronic controller has a plurality of control modes including a first mode that drives the driving part in accordance with a user operation and a second mode that does not drive the driving part regardless of the user operation. The electronic controller is configured to switch the plurality of control modes based on setting information related to an input to the human-powered vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takafumi Nishino, Toshihiko Takahashi, Daisuke Nago
  • Patent number: 10858063
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a brake operating member, an additional operating member, an electrical switch, and a wireless communication unit. The brake operating member is movably coupled to the base member. The additional operating member is movably coupled to the brake operating member. The electrical switch is to provide an electric signal in response to a movement of the additional operating member. The electrical switch is disposed at the brake operating member. The wireless communication unit is connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal. The wireless communication unit is disposed at the additional operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takehiko Nakajima, Takafumi Nishino
  • Patent number: 10843763
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a brake operating lever, an additional operating lever, an electrical switch, and a wireless communication unit. The brake operating lever is pivotally coupled to the base member in a first direction. The additional operating lever is pivotally coupled to one of the base member and the brake operating lever in a second direction and in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction. The electrical switch is to provide an electric signal in response to a movement of the additional operating lever in the third direction. The electrical switch is disposed at the base member. The wireless communication unit is connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10843757
    Abstract: A bicycle electric telescopic apparatus comprises a first tube, a second tube, a positioning structure, an electric positioning actuator, and a power supply. The first tube has a center axis. The second tube is telescopically received in the first tube. The positioning structure is configured to relatively position the first tube and the second tube in a telescopic direction extending along the center axis of the first tube. The electric positioning actuator is configured to actuate the positioning structure. The power supply is to supply electricity to the electric positioning actuator. The power supply is configured to be detachably connected to an electric bicycle component other than the bicycle electric telescopic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Yuta Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10829180
    Abstract: A hydraulic operating device for a small vehicle including a bicycle comprises a base member, a mounting structure, an operating member, and a piston. The base member includes a cylinder bore having a cylinder axis. The mounting structure defines a mounting axis linearly extending along the handlebar in a mounting state where the base member is mounted on a handlebar with the mounting structure. The operating member is pivotally coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis between a rest position and an operated position. The cylinder axis is non-perpendicular to the mounting axis as viewed along the first pivot axis in the mounting state. The piston is movably provided in the cylinder bore. The piston is coupled to the operating member to be pulled in response to a pivotal movement of the operating member from the rest position to the operated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takuma Sakai, Yasuyuki Komada, Mototsugu Nakai, Masahiro Nakakura, Takafumi Nishino
  • Publication number: 20200346710
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, a brake operating member, an additional operating member, an electrical switch, and a wireless communication unit. The brake operating member is movably coupled to the base member. The additional operating member is movably coupled to the brake operating member. The electrical switch is to provide an electric signal in response to a movement of the additional operating member. The electrical switch is disposed at the additional operating member. The wireless communication unit is connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal. The wireless communication unit is disposed at one of the base member and the brake operating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi KOMATSU, Takehiko NAKAJIMA, Takafumi NISHINO