Patents by Inventor Tohru Kurata

Tohru Kurata 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: 10600411
    Abstract: A method for reducing response time in a speech interface including constructing a partially completed word sequence from a partially received utterance from a speaker received by an audio sensor, modeling a remainder portion using a processor based on a rich predictive model to predict the remainder portion, and responding to the partially completed word sequence and the predicted remainder portion using a natural language vocalization generator with a vocalization, wherein the vocalization is prepared before a complete utterance is received from the speaker and conveyed to the speaker by an audio transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gakuto Kurata, Tohru Nagano
  • Publication number: 20200051569
    Abstract: A method for reducing response time in a speech interface including constructing a partially completed word sequence from a partially received utterance from a speaker received by an audio sensor, modeling a remainder portion using a processor based on a rich predictive model to predict the remainder portion, and responding to the partially completed word sequence and the predicted remainder portion using a natural language vocalization generator with a vocalization, wherein the vocalization is prepared before a complete utterance is received from the speaker and conveyed to the speaker by an audio transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Gakuto Kurata, Tohru Nagano
  • Patent number: 10298847
    Abstract: There is provided an image stabilization device including: a control unit configured to perform first camera shake correction processing based on an optical camera shake correction method using a lens and second camera shake correction processing based on an electronic camera shake correction method of cutting out a captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tohru Kurata
  • Publication number: 20180339124
    Abstract: A hydrogen gas supplying apparatus includes a switching section configured to output, in accordance with switch instructions, one of a hydrogen-containing gas that contains hydrogen and a non-hydrogen-containing gas that does not contain hydrogen, an output section through which the gas that has been output from the switching section is supplied to a subject, and a controller configured to send the switch instructions to the switching section in accordance with an elapsed time and to control an amount of hydrogen that is output from the switching section. The controller controls an amount of hydrogen output per unit time during a first period from a start of switching from the non-hydrogen-containing gas to the hydrogen-containing gas to be greater than an amount of hydrogen output per unit time during a second period successively following the first period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsushi HYOGO, Tohru KURATA, Shinya NAGATA
  • Patent number: 10104336
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an image processing device capable of outputting audio acquired as an audio data signal by capturing an arbitrary image. [Solution] Provided is an image processing device, including: a separation unit that separates a flicker pattern from an image obtained by capturing, at multiple exposure times, an image containing a scene that emits light on a basis of a flicker pattern converted from an audio signal; and a conversion unit that converts the separated flicker pattern to an original audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideshi Yamada, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Kensei Jo, Tohru Kurata
  • Publication number: 20170272656
    Abstract: There is provided an image stabilization device including: a control unit configured to perform first camera shake correction processing based on an optical camera shake correction method using a lens and second camera shake correction processing based on an electronic camera shake correction method of cutting out a captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Tohru KURATA
  • Publication number: 20170251171
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an image processing device capable of outputting audio acquired as an audio data signal by capturing an arbitrary image. [Solution] Provided is an image processing device, including: a separation unit that separates a flicker pattern from an image obtained by capturing, at multiple exposure times, an image containing a scene that emits light on a basis of a flicker pattern converted from an audio signal; and a conversion unit that converts the separated flicker pattern to an original audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: HIDESHI YAMADA, TOMOO MITSUNAGA, KENSEI JO, TOHRU KURATA
  • Patent number: 9667748
    Abstract: There is provided a client device including a storage section which stores content data, a control section which acquires content identification information for identifying the content data stored in the storage section, and a transmission section which transmits, to a server device, a registration request including user identification information for identifying a user who uses the client device and the content identification information acquired by the control section, and which, when the server device holds the content data identified by the content identification information, causes the server device to hold information obtained by associating the user identification information with the content identification information as user-specific registration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Shin Yanai, Tohru Kurata, Hiroki Kato, Masayuki Ebisawa, Tatsuya Koeda, Hideaki Nishino
  • Patent number: 9514524
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods for an electronic device, which includes circuitry configured to detect a size of a face from a captured image. The circuitry is also configured to identify a distortion correction parameter which varies according to a size of the detected face. The circuitry is also configured to correct a distortion of the face within the captured image by utilizing the distortion correction parameter identified based on the size of the detected face from the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Tohru Kurata, Satoshi Numata
  • Publication number: 20160253791
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods for an electronic device, which includes circuitry configured to detect a size of a face from a captured image. The circuitry is also configured to identify a distortion correction parameter which varies according to a size of the detected face. The circuitry is also configured to correct a distortion of the face within the captured image by utilizing the distortion correction parameter identified based on the size of the detected face from the captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tohru KURATA, Satoshi NUMATA
  • Patent number: 8885715
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a local motion vector detection section; a global motion calculation section; a global motion vector calculation section; and an evaluation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tohru Kurata
  • Patent number: 8818046
    Abstract: An image processing device, includes: a first motion vector calculation unit calculating a motion vector of a target block regarding the target block made with a plurality of pixels set up in a target image by detecting a block position maximally correlated with the target block in a search range set up in a reference image; a second motion vector calculation unit calculating a motion vector between the target image and the reference image from the motion vector for each of a plurality of target blocks set up in the target image; and a predictive motion vector setup unit setting up a predictive motion vector using a motion vector calculated between images in further past than the target image. The first motion vector calculation unit sets up the search range on the reference image based on a position of the target block and the predictive motion vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Kurata, Atsushi Kimura, Naoki Hayashi, Akira Iwase
  • Publication number: 20140156739
    Abstract: There is provided a client device including a storage section which stores content data, a control section which acquires content identification information for identifying the content data stored in the storage section, and a transmission section which transmits, to a server device, a registration request including user identification information for identifying a user who uses the client device and the content identification information acquired by the control section, and which, when the server device holds the content data identified by the content identification information, causes the server device to hold information obtained by associating the user identification information with the content identification information as user-specific registration information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shin YANAI, Tohru Kurata, Hiroki Kato, Masayuki Ebisawa, Tatsuya Koeda, Hideaki Nishino
  • Patent number: 8694613
    Abstract: There is provided a client device including a storage section which stores content data, a control section which acquires content identification information for identifying the content data stored in the storage section, and a transmission section which transmits, to a server device, a registration request including user identification information for identifying a user who uses the client device and the content identification information acquired by the control section, and which, when the server device holds the content data identified by the content identification information, causes the server device to hold information obtained by associating the user identification information with the content identification information as user-specific registration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Corporation of America
    Inventors: Shin Yanai, Tohru Kurata, Hiroki Kato, Masayuki Ebisawa, Tatsuya Koeda, Hideaki Nishino
  • Patent number: 8611424
    Abstract: The present application provides an image processing apparatus, including: a correlation value calculation section configured to determine a correlation value between a target block and a each of reference blocks; a section configured to determine a highest value from among the correlation values; a motion vector detection section configured to detect a motion vector of the target block; and a section configured to calculate an index to reliability of the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tohru Kurata
  • Patent number: 8525904
    Abstract: A process output image generator generates one sheet of a process output image by performing a process using plural sheets of captured images sequentially output from a pickup device in consideration of one of the plural sheets of captured images as a reference image. A deterioration corrector corrects the image deterioration occurring in the captured images by an optical pickup system, with respect to the captured images in a front end of the process output image generator. A controller can control whether to perform the correction in the deterioration corrector for one sheet of the captured images, and controls to perform the correction with respect to at least the reference image among the plural sheets of captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Mitsuya, Tohru Kurata
  • Patent number: 8446957
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: motion vector detection section configured to detect a motion vector of each of a plurality of blocks of a predetermined size set in an image and formed from a plurality of pixels; and global motion calculation section configured to carry out convergence mathematical operation, from the motion vectors of the blocks detected by the motion vector detection section, using extended affine transformation in which at least one of affine parameters is represented by a function of a variable regarding a displacement axis of the image to calculate a global motion representative of deformation applied to the entire image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tohru Kurata
  • Patent number: D682842
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Kurata, Wataru Tajika, Masayuki Ebisawa, Goro Takaki, Daisuke Kawamura, Ryuji Nakayama
  • Patent number: RE45231
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of compensating a signal of an image of one screen for distortions in the horizontal and/or vertical directions of a screen of the image. The method includes the steps of: dividing one screen area of the image into a plurality of picture divisions; and detecting a movement vector of the image for each particular one of the picture divisions from information on a difference in image between the particular picture division on one of two screens and the particular division on the other of the two screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tohru Kurata
  • Patent number: D881217
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichirou Sakata, Tohru Kurata