Patents by Inventor Taro Iwamoto

Taro Iwamoto 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: 8212659
    Abstract: An alarm sound according to the distance of a dangerous object exiting around a vehicle is created. A reference sound which enables a driver to recognize the distance of the dangerous object when the driver hears the alarm sound, comparing with the reference sound, is created. The alarm sound and the reference sound are generated at the same time or a different timing. It is preferable that the sound volume of the alarm sound be greater than that of the reference sound. Accordingly, the driver can be warned precisely of the distance of the dangerous object from the vehicle with the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Publication number: 20110241868
    Abstract: A sound producing apparatus for a vehicle notifying a vehicle's approach outside the vehicle comprising an original-tone generating portion generating an original tone of a vehicle's approaching sound for recognition of a vehicle's approach, a modulation-tone generating portion generating a modulation tone from the original tone with a comb filter function which is configured to apply gains to frequency components so that a gain to be applied to a specified frequency component of a times-tone row which has frequencies of n-times of a fundamental frequency is greater than that to be applied to the other frequency component than the specified frequency component of the times-tone row, a sound-pressure setting portion setting a sound pressure of the approaching sound of the modulation tone, and a speaker producing outside the vehicle the vehicle's approaching sound of the modulation tone with the set sound pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taro IWAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20110186201
    Abstract: A tire having a circumferential tread, at least one belt, an inner liner, a pair of sidewalls, and at least three carcass plies. The tire includes a pair of bead portions, each including a bead core, a bead filler, a flipper, a chaffer, and a gum strip. The at least three carcass plies extend radially downward, inward of the bead filler, extend around the bead core, and continue upward, outward of the bead filler and terminate in at least three turn-up ends. At least one of the turn-up ends does not contact at least one of the radially downward extending carcass plies, the flipper, or the bead filler in one of the sidewalls, and at least two of the turn-up ends contact at least one of the radially downward extending carcass plies, the flipper, or the bead filler in one of the sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Todd A. Buxton, Bradley J. Harris, Taro Iwamoto, Christopher A. Swartzwelder
  • Patent number: 7742857
    Abstract: An information display system for a vehicle includes: a display for displaying, an operation screen for operating at least one piece of in-vehicle equipment; a first operation section including a leftward moving switch, a rightward moving switch, and a selection enter switch capable of being manipulated upward and downward and being pushed; and a controller. The controller changes a position of the operation menu selected point in the operation menus horizontally arranged on the operation screen for selecting any one of the operation menus in response to a manipulation signal from the leftward moving switch or the rightward moving switch and executes an operation relating to the selected operation menu in response to an upward or downward manipulation signal from the selection enter switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Taro Iwamoto, Yoshihisa Okamoto, Toshihiro Hara
  • Publication number: 20100060441
    Abstract: An alarm sound according to the distance of a dangerous object exiting around a vehicle is created. A reference sound which enables a driver to recognize the distance of the dangerous object when the driver hears the alarm sound, comparing with the reference sound, is created. The alarm sound and the reference sound are generated at the same time or a different timing. It is preferable that the sound volume of the alarm sound be greater than that of the reference sound. Accordingly, the driver can be warned precisely of the distance of the dangerous object from the vehicle with the sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taro IWAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20090009535
    Abstract: A display processing device for displaying a display object in a display window and changing a display range includes a sectioning unit that divides the display window into a plurality of sections (screens) by creating boundary lines. Maps of geographical ranges to be displayed are sectioned and displayed in the plurality of screens. In the event that a boundary line is moved through a user input, the geographical ranges of the maps in the screens for which the screen size has become larger than an initial screen size are enlarged, and the maps in the screens which have become smaller than the initial screen size are reduced in scale in accordance with the reduction in screen size, while maintaining the geographical range of the maps displayed in the display window prior to the boundary line being moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Taro Iwamoto, Akihiko Takizawa, Takeshi Kimoto, Mitsuhiro Yashiro, Makoto Nishiyama
  • Publication number: 20070126698
    Abstract: An information display system for a vehicle includes: a display for displaying, an operation screen for operating at least one piece of in-vehicle equipment; a first operation section including a leftward moving switch, a rightward moving switch, and a selection enter switch capable of being manipulated upward and downward and being pushed; and a controller. The controller changes a position of the operation menu selected point in the operation menus horizontally arranged on the operation screen for selecting any one of the operation menus in response to a manipulation signal from the leftward moving switch or the rightward moving switch and executes an operation relating to the selected operation menu in response to an upward or downward manipulation signal from the selection enter switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Publication date: June 7, 2007
    Inventors: Taro Iwamoto, Yoshihisa Okamoto, Toshihiro Hara
  • Patent number: D550637
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Taro Iwamoto, Taku Oikawa, Ikuo Inouchi
  • Patent number: D559228
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: D565032
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: D571350
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Taro Iwamoto, Hideki Endo
  • Patent number: D572218
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: D575252
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: D593881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideki Endo, Taro Iwamoto, Takayuki Horie
  • Patent number: D595685
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: D608774
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Taro Iwamoto, Hideki Endo
  • Patent number: D613733
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: D635969
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Taro Iwamoto, Takayuki Horie
  • Patent number: D635970
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Ichikawa, Hideki Endo, Taro Iwamoto, Mitsuhiro Yashiro, Makoto Nishiyama
  • Patent number: D665380
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto