Patents by Inventor Tomoo Mitsunaga

Tomoo Mitsunaga 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: 10798428
    Abstract: A method to improve convenience for providing a coupon with the use of a spatial or temporal modulation component added to light that can be captured while a service is being used. Provided is a method for providing a coupon by using a terminal device and at least one server configured to provide a service to the terminal device, the method includes capturing light while the service is being used, transmitting key information based on a spatial or temporal modulation component of the light to the server, and receiving coupon information related to the service transmitted from the server by using the terminal device; and receiving the key information from the terminal device and issuing the coupon information in accordance with the key information by using the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Kensei Jo, Hiroaki Takahashi, Takeyuki Fujii, Junichi Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10638065
    Abstract: [Object] The present technique relates to an image pickup device, an image pickup method, and a program that enables pixels having 4 types of spectral sensitivities to be controlled while changing exposure times. [Solving Means] The present technique is applicable to an image pickup device including pixels having 4 types of spectral sensitivities, that include pixels having a panchromatic spectral sensitivity and are arranged on an image pickup surface, pixels that realize a first exposure and pixels that realize a second exposure different from the first exposure being arranged on the image pickup surface with respect to the 4 types of spectral sensitivities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Shun Kaizu, Teppei Kurita, Toru Nishi
  • Patent number: 10602084
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging apparatus comprising an image sensor that includes an imaging surface in which many pixels are arranged vertically and horizontally, a pixel control unit that controls the image sensor, selects a pixel corresponding to a sampling function among pixels configuring a block by applying the sampling function for each block acquired by partitioning the imaging surface of the image sensor into a plurality of blocks, and outputs a sampling signal based on a pixel value of the selected pixel, and a reduced image generating unit that generates a reduced image on the basis of the sampling signal for each block output from the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Hayato Wakabayashi, Kenichi Okumura, Yasunobu Hitomi, Daisuke Iso, Tomonori Masuno, Shinichiro Izawa, Kyoko Izuha, Kouichi Harada
  • Patent number: 10567699
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus that includes an image acquisition unit that acquires a captured image, a key information acquisition unit that acquires key information for extracting a light temporal modulation component included in the captured image, and a modulation component extraction unit that extracts the modulation component from the captured image based on the key information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Iso, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Kensei Jo, Makoto Sato, Kentaro Ida, Tomoya Narita
  • Patent number: 10506182
    Abstract: An imaging device includes imaging elements 12 arranged in two-dimensional matrix in a first direction and a second direction, an analog-digital (AD) converter 13, and a pixel signal reading device 16. The pixel signal reading device 16 selects spatially at random the imaging element 12 that outputs a pixel signal to the AD converter 13, and randomly outputs the pixel signal of the imaging element 12 from the AD converter 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Kyoko Izuha, Kouichi Harada, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Hayato Wakabayashi, Koji Kadono
  • Patent number: 10409968
    Abstract: An information processing system including: an information processing device including a light source, and a visible light communication control unit configured to control a light emission state of the light source on the basis of identification information of the information processing device and transmit the identification information; and an information processing terminal including an imaging unit, an identification information acquiring unit configured to perform image processing on an image of the light source captured by the imaging unit and acquire the identification information of the information processing device, a display control unit configured to control display of an input screen for input of an operation to the information processing device on the basis of the identification information, and an input information transmitting unit configured to transmit input information input to the input screen to the information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Kensei Jo, Takayuki Yoshigahara, Masaki Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 10381395
    Abstract: A light control device according to the present disclosure includes: stacked M (provided that M?1) light control layers 113M in each of which a first nanocarbon film 114, a first intermediate layer 117A, a dielectric material layer 116, and a second intermediate layer 117B are stacked; and a second nanocarbon film 115formed on the second intermediate layer 117B included in an M-th light control layer 113M. A voltage is applied to the first nanocarbon film 114 and the second nanocarbon film 115.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyoko Izuha, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Kouichi Harada, Koji Kadono
  • Patent number: 10373397
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing device, an information processing method, a program, and an information processing system realizing smooth entrance with an electronic ticket. ID information used for determining admittance or non-admittance of entrance with an electronic ticket is extracted from a captured image of a superimposition image which contains a predetermined image and the ID information superimposed on the predetermined image to determine admittance or non-admittance of entrance with the electronic ticket on the basis of the electronic ticket and the ID information. For example, the present technology is applicable to an entrance gate system or others provided to check entrance into an event site or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Kensei Jo, Takayuki Yoshigahara, Masaki Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 10277878
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for reconstructing a space-time volume from a coded image are provided. In accordance with some embodiments, systems for reconstructing a space-time volume from a coded image are provided, the systems comprising: an image sensor that outputs image data; and at least one processor that: causes a projection of the space-time volume to be captured in a single image of the image data in accordance with a coded shutter function; receives the image data; and performs a reconstruction process on the image data to provide a space-time volume corresponding to the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hitomi, Jinwei Gu, Mohit Gupta, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Shree K. Nayar
  • Publication number: 20190124281
    Abstract: [Object] The present technique relates to an image pickup device, an image pickup method, and a program that enables pixels having 4 types of spectral sensitivities to be controlled while changing exposure times. [Solving Means] The present technique is applicable to an image pickup device including pixels having 4 types of spectral sensitivities, that include pixels having a panchromatic spectral sensitivity and are arranged on an image pickup surface, pixels that realize a first exposure and pixels that realize a second exposure different from the first exposure being arranged on the image pickup surface with respect to the 4 types of spectral sensitivities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Shun Kaizu, Teppei Kurita, Toru Nishi
  • Patent number: 10211918
    Abstract: One information processing device may comprise circuitry configured to cause an image to be displayed on a display together with a superimposed light component having a characteristic that changes as a function of time and represents a code to be processed by a receiving terminal. Another information processing device may comprise circuitry configured to process image data from an image sensor, which image data represents an image generated on a display together with a superimposed light component having a characteristic that changes as a function of time, to identify a code represented by the superimposed light component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Teppei Kurita, Kensei Jo, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Kei Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10200639
    Abstract: [Object] The present technique relates to an image pickup device, an image pickup method, and a program that enables pixels having 4 types of spectral sensitivities to be controlled while changing exposure times. [Solving Means] The present technique is applicable to an image pickup device including pixels having 4 types of spectral sensitivities, that include pixels having a panchromatic spectral sensitivity and are arranged on an image pickup surface, pixels that realize a first exposure and pixels that realize a second exposure different from the first exposure being arranged on the image pickup surface with respect to the 4 types of spectral sensitivities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Shun Kaizu, Teppei Kurita, Toru Nishi
  • Patent number: 10148893
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for high dynamic range imaging are provided, the systems comprising: an image sensor; and a hardware processor configured to: cause the image sensor to capture first image data having a first exposure time, second image data having a second exposure time, and third image data having a third exposure time that is substantially equal to the sum of the first exposure time and the second exposure time; generate combined image data using the first image data and the second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mohit Gupta, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Daisuke Iso, Shree K. Nayar
  • Patent number: 10110827
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus and a method for generating a wide dynamic range image by executing a pixel value combination process of a plurality of different exposure time setting pixels. Control of a different exposure time is performed for each of a plurality of pixels of the same colors configuring a pixel block and an addition pixel value obtained by adding outputs of the plurality of pixels of the same colors of the pixel block is generated. The generation of the addition pixel value is executed in an operation unit having an adding unit that that adds the outputs of the plurality of pixels of the same colors of the pixel block. Or, the generation of the addition pixel value is executed by a floating diffusion (FD) set in a pixel block unit and a charge output from each of the plurality of pixels of the same colors configuring the pixel block is accumulated and output in the floating diffusion (FD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoo Mitsunaga
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10097782
    Abstract: Provided is a signal processing device, including a pixel array unit configured to include first pixels, second pixels, third pixels, and fourth pixels which have different spectral sensitivity characteristics and are arranged in a matrix form; and a pixel signal reading unit configured to read pixel signals obtained from the plurality of pixels arranged in the pixel array unit. The first pixels are adjacent to the second pixels in a row direction and a column direction, the second pixels are arranged at a two-pixel pitch in the row direction and the column direction, the third pixels are adjacent to the second pixels in one diagonal direction, the fourth pixels are adjacent to the second pixels in the other diagonal direction, and the pixel signal reading unit adds and reads the pixel signals obtained from the plurality of first pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teppei Kurita, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Toru Nishi, Yasushi Saito
  • Patent number: 10091442
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing apparatus and an image processing method which enable sufficient increase in an SNR of a dark place in a moving image. An image sensor has a plurality of pixels whose image pickup signal has a read interval as a first multiple of a vertical synchronization period or as a second multiple larger than the first multiple of the vertical synchronization period. A frame memory holds an image pickup signal of a long-time accumulated pixel as the pixel having a read interval as the second multiple of the vertical synchronization period. The present disclosure can be applied to an image processing apparatus which includes an image sensor and a frame memory and generates a moving image, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hitomi, Tomoo Mitsunaga
  • Publication number: 20180234672
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for reconstructing a space-time volume from a coded image are provided. In accordance with some embodiments, systems for reconstructing a space-time volume from a coded image are provided, the systems comprising: an image sensor that outputs image data; and at least one processor that: causes a projection of the space-time volume to be captured in a single image of the image data in accordance with a coded shutter function; receives the image data; and performs a reconstruction process on the image data to provide a space-time volume corresponding to the image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hitomi, Jinwei Gu, Mohit Gupta, Tomoo Mitsunaga, Shree K. Nayar
  • Publication number: 20180205895
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging apparatus and an information processing system capable of decreasing the amount of data of a video or the like transmitted through a network and suppressing power consumption of the imaging apparatus. An imaging apparatus which is a first aspect of the present disclosure includes: an image sensor that includes an imaging surface in which many pixels are arranged vertically and horizontally; a pixel control unit that controls the image sensor, selects a pixel corresponding to a sampling function among pixels configuring a block by applying the sampling function for each block acquired by partitioning the imaging surface of the image sensor into a plurality of blocks, and outputs a sampling signal based on a pixel value of the selected pixel; and a reduced image generating unit that generates a reduced image on the basis of the sampling signal for each block output from the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: TOMOO MITSUNAGA, HAYATO WAKABAYASHI, KENICHI OKUMURA, YASUNOBU HITOMI, DAISUKE ISO, TOMONORI MASUNO, SHINICHIRO IZAWA, KYOKO IZUHA, KOUICHI HARADA
  • Patent number: RE47062
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus which can restore, from a color and sensitivity mosaic image acquired using a CCD image sensor of the single plate type or the like, a color image signal of a wide dynamic range wherein the sensitivity characteristics of pixels are uniformized and each of the pixels has all of a plurality of color components. A sensitivity uniformization section uniformizes the sensitivities of pixels of a color and sensitivity mosaic image to produce a color mosaic image, and a color interpolation section interpolates color components of the pixels of the color mosaic image M to produce output images R, G and B. The present invention can be applied to a digital camera which converts a picked up optical image into a color image signal of a wide dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Seiji Kobayashi, Hiroaki Ono