Patents by Inventor Tamotsu Tsuchida

Tamotsu Tsuchida 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: 8305090
    Abstract: A capacitance touch sensing device that detects the touch of a user against a surface of a door handle on the outside of a vehicle includes an upper sensor electrode provided in an upper portion of the door handle, a lower sensor electrode provided in a lower portion of the door handle, an upper detecting portion that detects when the user has touched an upper surface of the door handle based on output from the upper sensor electrode, and a lower detecting portion that detects when the user has touched a lower surface of the door handle based on output from the lower sensor electrode. The detection sensitivity of one of the upper detecting portion or the lower detecting portion is lower than the detection sensitivity of the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tamotsu Tsuchida, Arinobu Kimura
  • Patent number: 8193906
    Abstract: A mechanical key code verification system including a mechanical key and a lock apparatus into which the mechanical key is inserted. The mechanical key includes a key body. A key code pattern formed on the key body includes a plurality of recessed portions and a plurality of non-recessed portions. A wireless communication mechanism is incorporated in the key body which performs wireless communication with a communication device. The wireless communication device including an antenna arranged on the key body. The lock apparatus mechanically verifies the key code pattern of the mechanical key when the mechanical key is inserted therein. The recessed portions of the key code pattern of the mechanical key is located inward from the antenna on the key body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Toshiharu Katagiri, Yoshiyuki Seki, Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Publication number: 20100264940
    Abstract: A capacitance touch sensing device that detects the touch of a user against a surface of a door handle on the outside of a vehicle includes an upper sensor electrode provided in an upper portion of the door handle, a lower sensor electrode provided in a lower portion of the door handle, an upper detecting portion that detects when the user has touched an upper surface of the door handle based on output from the upper sensor electrode, and a lower detecting portion that detects when the user has touched a lower surface of the door handle based on output from the lower sensor electrode. The detection sensitivity of one of the upper detecting portion or the lower detecting portion is lower than the detection sensitivity of the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tamotsu Tsuchida, Arinobu Kimura
  • Publication number: 20090153294
    Abstract: A mechanical key code verification system including a mechanical key and a lock apparatus into which the mechanical key is inserted. The mechanical key includes a key body. A key code pattern formed on the key body includes a plurality of recessed portions and a plurality of non-recessed portions. A wireless communication mechanism is incorporated in the key body which performs wireless communication with a communication device. The wireless communication device including an antenna arranged on the key body. The lock apparatus mechanically verifies the key code pattern of the mechanical key when the mechanical key is inserted therein. The recessed portions of the key code pattern of the mechanical key is located inward from the antenna on the key body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Toshiharu Katagiri, Yoshiyuki Seki, Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6938896
    Abstract: An automatic card dispenser unit for displaying and dispensing cards includes a storage housing for storing an array of cards. A holding member operatively positions a lower most card at a load station in a vertical alignment for display. A controller unit can receive a user input to dispense a card which will activate a dispenser assembly to cause a pickup member to removably grasp the card surface and release it from the holding member along a predetermined path of movement. A stopper member is mounted in the path of movement for separating the card from the pickup member to enable the card to be dispense to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6651841
    Abstract: The present invention is a machine for dispensing articles, such as a vending machine, wherein the bottom article in a stack of articles is dispensed. To solve the problem of frictional resistance and excessive weight on the bottom article as it is being dispensed, the present invention provides a lifting mechanism to raise a portion of the stack of articles while the machine dispenses the bottom article. The lifting of the stack of articles above the bottom article relieves the weight of the stack from the bottom article, thereby reducing the frictional force as the machine slides the article out of a gate. In a preferred embodiment, a pair of lifting mechanisms operated by a common driving source cooperate to lift the portion of the stack of articles during the sliding operation and return the stack automatically once the bottom article has been dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6577228
    Abstract: A door handle for a vehicle which can miniaturize a transmitter provided on the vehicle and reduce a cost of the system is provided. The door handle includes a handle body which is mounted on an outer face of a door of the vehicle. A least a transmitting antenna of a transmitter which transmits a radio signal toward outside of the vehicle is integrated with the handle body. A smart key entry system for a vehicle using the door handle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tamotsu Tsuchida, Keiji Yamamoto, Hiroki Okada, Yuichi Murakami, Morihito Nomura
  • Publication number: 20020153657
    Abstract: An automatic card dispenser unit for displaying and dispensing cards includes a storage housing for storing an array of cards. A holding member operatively positions a lower most card at a load station in a vertical alignment for display. A controller unit can receive a user input to dispense a card which will activate a dispenser assembly to cause a pickup member to removably grasp the card surface and release it from the holding member along a predetermined path of movement. A stopper member is mounted in the path of movement for separating the card from the pickup member to enable the card to be dispense to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6398637
    Abstract: A device is provided in which the coin size can be simply changed, even if the paid out coin type is changed. The dispensing efficiency of the coins is maintained at a good level, even if the device is operated at high speed. The coin dispensing device includes a tank for storing coins in loose condition and a freely rotatable disk is provided at the bottom in the tank and has an open hole for receiving coins. An adjustment device is arranged on the underside of this disk means for forming the open hole into an adjustment coin size hole. A guide element is arranged on the upper surface of the disk for guiding several coins in the open hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6352472
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus of a compact design for dispensing coins at high speed from a storage hopper includes a selection mechanism for selecting the coins from the hopper and passing the coins along a passageway to an exit opening. A coin ejection guide assembly is positioned adjacent the exit opening and includes a movable member that is spring biased to contact the coin. A contact member is positioned opposite the movable member at a pre-determined distance for forcing the coin to push against the movable member. A guide unit is located downstream of the movable member for changing the direction of movement of the coin after it is pushed against the movable member. The guide unit can include a rotatable guide roller and a sloping guide rail. The movable member can further exert the storage spring energy as an ejection force against the rear edge of the coin to propel it through the exit opening in the direction determined by the guide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Tsuchida, Takashi Inozuka
  • Publication number: 20020000447
    Abstract: The present invention is a machine for dispensing articles, such as a vending machine, wherein the bottom article in a stack of articles is dispensed. To solve the problem of frictional resistance and excessive weight on the bottom article as it is being dispensed, the present invention provides a lifting mechanism to raise a portion of the stack of articles while the machine dispenses the bottom article. The lifting of the stack of articles above the bottom article relieves the weight of the stack from the bottom article, thereby reducing the frictional force as the machine slides the article out of a gate. In a preferred embodiment, a pair of lifting mechanisms operated by a common driving source cooperate to lift the portion of the stack of articles during the sliding operation and return the stack automatically once the bottom article has been dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Publication date: January 3, 2002
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6193598
    Abstract: A simplified coin hopper structure which facilitates coin size changes. The coin hopper equipment is easily applied to various coin sizes by simple adjustments. The device includes a tank for storing coins in a loose loading condition and a disk arranged rotatably at the inside bottom of the tank. One or more hole, for passage of coins, is provided through the disk. An adjustment element is provided on this disk to open and close the hole and to form an adjustable opening for different coin sizes. A base for the disk is arranged below the disk. A rotating element turns the disk. A gear train is provided at the base connecting a drive to the rotating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6168151
    Abstract: A card-like article is provided with an elevator assembly that can elevate a stacked array of cards to a discharge station. The elevator assembly can be incrementally advanced by reciprocating operating rods that extends between pairs of rails. The elevator assembly can be releaseably affixed to the rails by a braking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6021884
    Abstract: A coin selecting apparatus which can change for coin sizes simply. The coin selecting apparatus includes a plate which has a vertical length opening for throwing a coin thereinto, a diameter gage slidably disposed on this plate and having a guide portion to partially seal the length of the opening, and a thickness gage slidably disposed on said plate to partially seal the width of the opening. The coin selecting apparatus has a front part, which is made of a plastic formed product having a rectangular plate form, base part which made of a plastic formed product having an approximately rectangular plate form, a chute cover part made of a plastic formed product having an approximately tail-fin-shaped form and a door part made of a plastic formed product having a slightly small rectangular plate form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 5842598
    Abstract: An ejection apparatus for dispensing an item from a stack of items, for example, in a vending machine, includes an ejector member mounted for reciprocal movement. A movable member is connected to the ejector member and can be relatively rigid when transmitting force to the ejector member during an ejection stroke but can be bent during a return stroke to enable a compact storage configuration. A tube member can receive the movable member and bend it during its return stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 5785590
    Abstract: A coin delivering apparatus includes a hopper for accommodating therein coins at a random, and an agitating unit provided in the hopper for agitating the coins in the hopper. A charge-removing unit is further provided on a surface of or near the hopper. The charge-removing unit supplies, to charges generated on the hopper due to the agitation of the coins executed by the agitating unit, charges having a polarity reverse to that of the generated charges so as to neutralize and remove the generated charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 5425439
    Abstract: An escalator avoids jamming by preventing the edges of coins 5 from colliding with a path plate 4 in a curved portion 2 of the escalator, and prevents the deformation of the escalator by increasing the strength of the curved portion. The path plate, at the curved portion of the escalator, has a strengthening recess or trough 6 that extends along the direction in which coins pass, such that the upper ends of coins passing through the curved portion do not collide with the path plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 5295900
    Abstract: A coin dispensing device comprises a hopper 1 where a supply of coins is held in bulk. The coins are transported one by one on a coin dispensing disc 3 rotatably supported by a rotary shaft 2 for use in dispensing a coin. A base plate 20 is opposed to the coin dispensing disc 3 at a predetermined distance. The coin dispensing device also comprises guide holes 14 penetrating through the coin dispensing disc 3. Each of the guide holes 14 receives one of agitating members 13 which travels along a predetermined orbit on the base plate 20 accompanying with rotation of the coin dispensing disc 3. An extrusion member 50 is disposed on the base plate 20 along the orbit. The extrusion member 50 has a predetermined relative height to the base plate 20 to make a portion of the agitating member be protruded, as the agitation protruding end 13a, through the guide hole 14 from the coin dispensing disc 3 when the agitating member 13 passes on the extrusion member 50 along the orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tamotsu Tsuchida, Yorio Suzukawa
  • Patent number: D399633
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Tsuchida