Patents by Inventor Takashi Kono

Takashi Kono 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: 9349185
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a non-target region detecting unit that detects a region that is not to be examined as a non-target region from an image; a pixel-of-interest region setting unit that sets a pixel-of-interest region in a predetermined area including a pixel-of-interest position in the image; a surrounding region determining unit that determines a surrounding region, which is an area for acquiring information for use in forming a reference plane with respect to the pixel-of-interest position, based on the non-target region; a reference plane forming unit that forms the reference plane based on the information in the surrounding region; and an outlier pixel detecting unit that detects an outlier pixel having a pixel value numerically distant from circumferential values based on a difference between corresponding quantities of the reference plane at each pixel position and of the original image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kono, Yamato Kanda, Makoto Kitamura, Takehiro Matsuda, Masashi Hirota
  • Patent number: 9299137
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a candidate abnormal region determining unit that determines a candidate abnormal region from an image using a first determination criterion; a bubble region determining unit that determines a bubble region from the image; a bubble inside determining unit that determines whether the candidate abnormal region is present inside the bubble region based on a determination result of the bubble region; and an abnormal region determining unit that determines whether the candidate abnormal region is an abnormal region using a second determination criterion different from the first determination criterion when the candidate abnormal region is determined to be present inside the bubble region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Kitamura, Yamato Kanda, Takehiro Matsuda, Takashi Kono, Masashi Hirota
  • Patent number: 9231242
    Abstract: A method for producing a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes: subjecting a mixture of a negative-electrode active material on which oil has been adsorbed, CMC and water to hard kneading to prepare a primary kneaded mixture; diluting the primary kneaded mixture with water to prepare a slurry; and adding a binder to the slurry. The method further includes defining an amount of the oil to a value equal to or more than 50 ml/100 g and equal to or less than 62 ml/100 g, wherein the amount of the oil is an amount at the time when the viscosity characteristics of the negative-electrode active material exhibits 70% of the maximum torque that is generated when the oil is titrated onto the negative-electrode active material. The 1% aqueous solution viscosity of the CMC is defined to a value equal to or more than 6000 mPa·s and equal to or less than 8000 mPa·s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Sugihara, Takashi Kono, Tsubasa Matsuda, Naoyuki Wada, Shuji Tsutsumi, Tatsuya Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9165370
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a probability value calculator that calculates, based on color feature data of a pixel included in an image, respective probabilities that the pixel belongs to a specific area and a non-specific area; a weighted edge intensity calculator that calculates a weighted edge intensity between neighboring pixels based on pixel values and color feature data of the pixel included in the image and a neighboring pixel of the pixel; an energy function creator that uses the probabilities and the weighted edge intensity to create an energy function expressed by a result of an area determination of the pixel; and an area divider that divides the image into the plurality of areas based on the energy function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Hirota, Yamato Kanda, Makoto Kitamura, Takehiro Matsuda, Takashi Kono
  • Publication number: 20150254826
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus processes an image obtained by capturing inside of a lumen of a living body. The image processing apparatus includes: a contour edge region extracting unit configured to extract a contour edge region of an examination target from the image; an examination region setting unit configured to set an examination region in the image so as not to include the contour edge region; and an abnormal structure identifying unit configured to identify whether a microstructure of a surface of the examination target is abnormal, based on texture information of the examination region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yamato KANDA, Makoto KITAMURA, Takashi KONO, Masashi HIROTA, Toshiya KAMIYAMA
  • Patent number: 9129412
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a color feature data calculation unit configured to calculate color feature data of each pixel in an intraluminal image or color feature data of each small region obtained by dividing the intraluminal image into a plurality of small regions; a residue candidate distribution determination unit configured to determine, from among the color feature data, color feature data distributed on a side comparatively strong in redness to be a mucosa distribution and determine color feature data distributed on a side comparatively weak in redness to be a residue candidate distribution; and a residue distribution determination unit configured to determine, from among distributions of the color feature data determined to be the residue candidate distribution, a residue candidate distribution distributed on a side strong in yellowness with reference to the mucosa distribution to be a residue distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kono, Yamato Kanda, Makoto Kitamura, Masashi Hirota
  • Publication number: 20150235710
    Abstract: In this flash memory, after first and second nodes are precharged to a power supply voltage, a sense amplifier is activated, and signals appearing at the first and second nodes are held in a register. With output signals of the register, a transistor is rendered conductive, so that a constant current source for offset compensation is connected to the first or second node. Accordingly, the offset voltage of the sense amplifier can be compensated for with a simple configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventor: Takashi KONO
  • Patent number: 9065968
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a contour-candidate-edge detecting unit that detects, as contour candidate edges, edges based on a gradient magnitude of each pixel in a target image; a contour-edge detecting unit that detect contour edges by performing thresholding on gradient magnitudes of the contour candidate edges; an interpolation-line generating unit that generates interpolation lines for connecting end points of respective end-point pairs based on gradients of pixel values between the end points while each of the end point pairs is made up of an end point of an identical contour edge as a connection base and an end point of a different contour edge as a connection destination; and a contour-edge interpolating unit that selects one of the interpolation lines based on the gradients of pixel values on the interpolation lines and interpolates a contour edge between the end points with the selected interpolation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kono, Yamato Kanda, Makoto Kitamura, Takehiro Matsuda, Masashi Hirota
  • Patent number: 9053533
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a low-luminance area detecting unit that detects a low-luminance area based on pixel values of pixels of the intraluminal image; a peripheral feature data calculating unit that calculates peripheral feature data based on pixel values of periphery of the low-luminance area; and a dark portion area determining unit that determines whether or not the low-luminance area is the dark portion area based on the peripheral feature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Hirota, Yamato Kanda, Makoto Kitamura, Takehiro Matsuda, Takashi Kono
  • Patent number: 9053806
    Abstract: In this flash memory, after first and second nodes are precharged to a power supply voltage, a sense amplifier is activated, and signals appearing at the first and second nodes are held in a register. With output signals of the register, a transistor is rendered conductive, so that a constant current source for offset compensation is connected to the first or second node. Accordingly, the offset voltage of the sense amplifier can be compensated for with a simple configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Kono
  • Publication number: 20150155102
    Abstract: A solid electrolytic capacitor includes a capacitor element and a plated layer. The capacitor element has a predetermined surface and outer peripheral surface other than the predetermined surface. The capacitor element includes an anode body, an anode lead wire and a cathode layer. The predetermined surface is perpendicular to a predetermined direction. The anode lead wire extends from the anode body along the predetermined direction through the predetermined surface. The cathode layer includes a solid electrolyte layer and forms the outer peripheral surface and a part of the predetermined surface. The plated layer completely covers the outer peripheral surface and the part of the predetermined surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji Araki, Takashi Kono, Takashi Mihara, Yoshihiko Saiki
  • Publication number: 20150155101
    Abstract: A method of forming a solid electrolytic capacitor includes forming an intermediate. The intermediate includes a capacitor element which includes an anode body, a dielectric layer formed on the anode body, a cathode layer formed on the dielectric layer and an anode lead wire extending from the anode body. The method further includes forming a plated layer on the cathode layer by soaking the intermediate into a plating solution to apply a voltage between the plating solution and the anode lead wire so that an electric potential of the plating solution is higher than another electric potential of the anode lead wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji Araki, Takashi Kono, Takashi Mihara, Yoshihiko Saiki
  • Patent number: 9031387
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus sequentially displays time-series images. The apparatus includes a movement-direction-change image extracting unit that detects a movement between images constituting the time-series images and extracts an image of which a movement direction is changed based on the detected movement between images; and a display speed controller that controls display speeds of the image extracted by the movement-direction-change image extracting unit and images adjacent to the image at a level relatively lower than display speeds of other images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kono
  • Patent number: 8998482
    Abstract: An agitation apparatus (100) has a substantially cylindrically shaped agitation vessel (102); a rotation shaft (150) provided along the central axis of the agitation vessel (102); a substantially cylindrically shaped agitation member (104) having an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the agitation vessel (102) and being fitted to the rotation shaft (150) so as to rotate concentrically with an inner circumferential surface of the agitation vessel (102); and a plurality of through holes (162, 164) formed through the agitation member (104) in radial directions of the agitation member. In the agitation apparatus (100), a gap between the inner circumferential surface of the agitation vessel (102) and the outer circumferential surface of the agitation member (104) is partially varied along a vertical direction of the agitation member (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanori Kitayoshi, Yoshiaki Ebine, Atsushi Sugihara, Kiwamu Kobayashi, Takashi Kono, Yasuyuki Nakane, Kenshu Maruta
  • Publication number: 20150092993
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an imaging distance estimating unit configured to estimate an imaging distance to a subject shown in an image; an examination region setting unit configured to set an examination region in the image such that an index indicating a spread of a distribution of imaging distances to the subject shown in the examination region is within a given range; and an abnormal structure identifying unit configured to identify whether or not a microstructure of the subject shown in the examination region is abnormal, by using texture feature data that enables identification of an abnormality in the microstructure of the subject shown in the examination region, the texture feature data being specified according the examination region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yamato KANDA, Makoto KITAMURA, Takashi KONO, Masashi HIROTA, Toshiya KAMIYAMA
  • Patent number: 8989467
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a reference surface generating unit that generates a reference surface indicating a reference value of each of a plurality of color elements of pixels constituting an intraluminal image at a pixel position of the each color element by performing a morphology process using pixel values of the color elements; and an abnormal area detecting unit that detects an abnormal area from the intraluminal image based on a difference for each of the color elements between the pixel value of each pixel and the reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Hirota, Yamato Kanda, Makoto Kitamura, Takehiro Matsuda, Takashi Kono
  • Patent number: 8981218
    Abstract: A device includes a first enclosure portion; a second enclosure portion; and a mechanical interface between the first enclosure portion and the second enclosure portion. The mechanical interface may be configured to couple the first enclosure portion to the second enclosure portion to thereby define a housing interior volume. The mechanical interface may be further configured to enable ventilation from the housing interior volume to an exterior of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Kono, Bruce A. Cariker, Michael J. Bowman, Steven T. Peng
  • Patent number: D737818
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Peng, Takashi Kono
  • Patent number: D740808
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Kono, Steven T. Peng
  • Patent number: D758366
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Tzu-Yen Peng, Takashi Kono