Patents by Inventor Tomoyuki Nagao

Tomoyuki Nagao 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: 10378581
    Abstract: In the linear motion guide unit, a retainer plate for retaining rolling elements, or rollers, is prevented from deformation so as to smoothly guide the rollers. The retainer plate is composed of a retainer member, frame members fitted into respective through holes formed in the retainer member, and a fixing member disposed in a longitudinally extending recess of the retainer member. The frame members form a predetermined gap between the fixing member and a carriage. Tightening forces of fastening bolts are not applied to the retainer member, thereby avoiding deformation of the retainer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON THOMPSON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Nagao, Tomoyuki Hayashi, Masahiro Miura
  • Publication number: 20190210370
    Abstract: A printer includes a print head and a processor. The processor controls operation of the head. In an area where the head is movable, (i) a drawing region where a finger or a toe is placed, and the head performs drawing on a nail of the finger or the toe, (ii) a standby region where the head is positioned during a no-drawing period, and (iii) a suspension region where the head can stop temporarily are provided such that a moving distance of the head from the suspension region to the drawing region is shorter than a moving distance of the head from the standby region to the drawing region. If nails are successively subjected to the drawing, the processor causes the head to stop temporarily in the suspension region between drawing operations on the nails without causing the head to move to the standby region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NAGAO
  • Patent number: 10318838
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus includes an object insertion portion to which an object is inserted, the object being a finger or a toe having a nail; a light source unit configured to emit light to the nail of the object inserted into the object insertion portion; an image acquisition unit configured to acquire image data of the object with the nail illuminated by the light; and a control unit. The light source unit includes at least one light source disposed obliquely above the nail so that a shadow is formed near a border between the nail and a cuticle part on the root side of the nail by the light emitted from the light source. The control unit detects a position of the border based on the shadow and detects a region of the nail based on the position of the border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Patent number: 10149526
    Abstract: A drawing device includes: an object placing part on which an object is placed, the object being a finger or a toe having a nail; a direction detection unit configured to detect an extended direction of a streaky pattern naturally-existing on a surface of the nail based on the image including the nail of the object placed on the object placing unit; an image processing unit configured to adjust a direction of a nail design based on the extended direction of the streaky pattern detected by the direction detection unit; and a nail design forming unit configured to form the nail design which is adjusted by the image processing unit on the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Patent number: 9930951
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus is provided by which quality of a predetermined degree or higher can be preserved in cases of drawing a nail design on a nail; and a drawing method for the drawing apparatus. The drawing apparatus includes a reference plane on which a finger or toe having a nail is mounted; a drawing unit (40) that draws a nail design on a drawable area in the nail; a nail height detection portion (814) that detects a distribution of height from the reference plane within a surface of the nail, on the basis of an image obtained by imaging the nail; and a design determination portion (815) that determines the suitability of drawing the nail design on the surface of the nail by the drawing unit (40), on the basis of the drawable area based on the distribution by the nail height detection portion (814).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Patent number: 9901156
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus includes an object mounting portion on which an object is mounted, the object being at least one finger or toe having a nail, and a processor. The processor detects an actual outline, which indicates an actual shape of an outer periphery of the nail, based on an image obtained by imaging the nail of the object mounted on the object mounting portion; creates an interpolation outline with respect to the actual outline other than a root portion of the nail, from the image, wherein the interpolation outline is an outline in which the actual outline is interpolated to eliminate a concavity in cases where the actual outline other than the root portion of the nail has the concavity; and determines whether or not the nail has a damaged portion on the basis of a comparison of the interpolation outline with the actual outline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Patent number: 9894978
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus including a drawing head to which a drawing tool is mounted, the drawing tool drawing on a drawing object; a drawing testing portion having a drawing media on which an image is drawn by the drawing tool; and a control unit. The control unit interrupts drawing on the drawing object by the drawing tool and attempts drawing on the drawing media by the drawing tool in the drawing testing portion when the drawing on the drawing object by the drawing tool is not performed correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Publication number: 20170181520
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus includes an object mounting portion on which an object is mounted, the object being at least one finger or toe having a nail, and a processor. The processor detects an actual outline, which indicates an actual shape of an outer periphery of the nail, based on an image obtained by imaging the nail of the object mounted on the object mounting portion; creates an interpolation outline with respect to the actual outline other than a root portion of the nail, from the image, wherein the interpolation outline is an outline in which the actual outline is interpolated to eliminate a concavity in cases where the actual outline other than the root portion of the nail has the concavity; and determines whether or not the nail has a damaged portion on the basis of a comparison of the interpolation outline with the actual outline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NAGAO
  • Publication number: 20170172279
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus is provided by which quality of a predetermined degree or higher can be preserved in cases of drawing a nail design on a nail; and a drawing method for the drawing apparatus. The drawing apparatus includes a reference plane on which a finger or toe having a nail is mounted; a drawing unit (40) that draws a nail design on a drawable area in the nail; a nail height detection portion (814) that detects a distribution of height from the reference plane within a surface of the nail, on the basis of an image obtained by imaging the nail; and a design determination portion (815) that determines the suitability of drawing the nail design on the surface of the nail by the drawing unit (40), on the basis of the drawable area based on the distribution by the nail height detection portion (814).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NAGAO
  • Patent number: 9603431
    Abstract: A nail design device which allows a user to more easily select one of a plurality of nail designs that fits the shape of a nail, a nail printing apparatus which includes the nail design device and performs drawing on a nail, a nail design method, and a computer-readable recording medium storing a nail design program are provided. The nail printing apparatus 10 includes an analyzing unit 62 which derives a feature quantity of a nail based on a shape of the nail from an image including the nail, a judging unit 63 which judges whether at least one of a plurality of nail designs is suitable for the nail on the basis of a comparison between the feature quantity and design data, the design data being corresponding to the plurality of nail designs, and a display control unit 60 which causes at least one of the plurality of nail designs that has been judged to be suitable for the nail by the judging unit 63, to be displayed highlighted on a display unit 32 as a fitting nail design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Publication number: 20170065053
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus including a drawing head to which a drawing tool is mounted, the drawing tool drawing on a drawing object; a drawing testing portion having a drawing media on which an image is drawn by the drawing tool; and a control unit. The control unit interrupts drawing on the drawing object by the drawing tool and attempts drawing on the drawing media by the drawing tool in the drawing testing portion when the drawing on the drawing object by the drawing tool is not performed correctly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NAGAO
  • Patent number: 9510658
    Abstract: A nail printing apparatus is provided with a controlling unit for acquiring an end position on a tip side of a nail of a finger based on image data of an image of the finger, wherein the finger includes the nail having a nail tip portion and a nail back portion whose color is darker than a color of the nail tip portion. The controlling unit acquires luminance difference values which are difference in two of luminance values adjacent to each other in the image data, acquires a reference position where the luminance difference values represent a extreme value corresponding to a difference value between color of the nail tip portion and the nail back portion, and acquires the end position of the nail based on a position where the luminance difference values represent extreme value on the tip side from the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Publication number: 20160183657
    Abstract: A drawing device includes: an object placing part on which an object is placed, the object being a finger or a toe having a nail; a direction detection unit configured to detect an extended direction of a streaky pattern naturally-existing on a surface of the nail based on the image including the nail of the object placed on the object placing unit; an image processing unit configured to adjust a direction of a nail design based on the extended direction of the streaky pattern detected by the direction detection unit; and a nail design forming unit configured to form the nail design which is adjusted by the image processing unit on the nail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NAGAO
  • Publication number: 20160182867
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus includes an object insertion portion to which an object is inserted, the object being a finger or a toe having a nail; a light source unit configured to emit light to the nail of the object inserted into the object insertion portion; an image acquisition unit configured to acquire image data of the object with the nail illuminated by the light; and a control unit. The light source unit includes at least one light source disposed obliquely above the nail so that a shadow is formed near a border between the nail and a cuticle part on the root side of the nail by the light emitted from the light source. The control unit detects a position of the border based on the shadow and detects a region of the nail based on the position of the border.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NAGAO
  • Publication number: 20160088918
    Abstract: A nail printing apparatus is provided with a controlling unit for acquiring an end position on a tip side of a nail of a finger based on image data of an image of the finger, wherein the finger includes the nail having a nail tip portion and a nail back portion whose color is darker than a color of the nail tip portion. The controlling unit acquires luminance difference values which are difference in two of luminance values adjacent to each other in the image data, acquires a reference position where the luminance difference values represent a extreme value corresponding to a difference value between color of the nail tip portion and the nail back portion, and acquires the end position of the nail based on a position where the luminance difference values represent extreme value on the tip side from the reference position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NAGAO
  • Publication number: 20160088917
    Abstract: A nail design device which allows a user to more easily select one of a plurality of nail designs that fits the shape of a nail, a nail printing apparatus which includes the nail design device and performs drawing on a nail, a nail design method, and a computer-readable recording medium storing a nail design program are provided. The nail printing apparatus 10 includes an analyzing unit 62 which derives a feature quantity of a nail based on a shape of the nail from an image including the nail, a judging unit 63 which judges whether at least one of a plurality of nail designs is suitable for the nail on the basis of a comparison between the feature quantity and design data, the design data being corresponding to the plurality of nail designs, and a display control unit 60 which causes at least one of the plurality of nail designs that has been judged to be suitable for the nail by the judging unit 63, to be displayed highlighted on a display unit 32 as a fitting nail design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki NAGAO
  • Patent number: 9200768
    Abstract: A light source unit includes an excitation light source, a plurality of light sources at least one of which emits a light ray in a wavelength band different from that of the excitation light source, a plurality of collimator lenses which make light rays from the light sources into parallel ones, a luminous light emitting device which receives the light ray from the excitation light source to emit a luminous light ray, a microlens array which diffuses the light rays from the light sources to a predetermined range and distributes the luminance thereof uniformly within the predetermined range and a collective lens which collects the light rays from the light sources which are emitted from the microlens array, and the light sources are disposed so that the light rays from the plurality of light sources intersect the light ray from the excitation light source at right angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naotsugu Ogura, Hideki Nakamura, Hideyuki Kurosaki, Tomoyuki Nagao, Makoto Sato, Hiroshi Ogino
  • Patent number: 8683371
    Abstract: A screen creating system including: a display unit that displays a drawing screen; a property-information managing unit that manages property information of components configuring the drawing screen; and a list display unit configured to acquire the property information of a component selected by a user from the property-information managing unit, display the acquired property information of the component on the display unit, and edit a predetermined setting item of setting items configuring the displayed property information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Publication number: 20130242267
    Abstract: A light source unit includes an excitation light source, a plurality of light sources at least one of which emits a light ray in a wavelength band different from that of the excitation light source, a plurality of collimator lenses which make light rays from the light sources into parallel ones, a luminous light emitting device which receives the light ray from the excitation light source to emit a luminous light ray, a microlens array which diffuses the light rays from the light sources to a predetermined range and distributes the luminance thereof uniformly within the predetermined range and a collective lens which collects the light rays from the light sources which are emitted from the microlens array, and the light sources are disposed so that the light rays from the plurality of light sources intersect the light ray from the excitation light source at right angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naotsugu OGURA, Hideki NAKAMURA, Hideyuki KUROSAKI, Tomoyuki NAGAO, Makoto SATO, Hiroshi OGINO
  • Publication number: 20130086524
    Abstract: A screen creating system including: a display unit that displays a drawing screen; a property-information managing unit that manages property information of components configuring the drawing screen; and a list display unit configured to acquire the property information of a component selected by a user from the property-information managing unit, display the acquired property information of the component on the display unit, and edit a predetermined setting item of setting items configuring the displayed property information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao