Patents by Inventor Tomoyuki Yamashita

Tomoyuki Yamashita 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: 10759314
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat pad; a backboard disposed on a back side of the seat pad; and a seat cover covering the seat pad and the backboard. The seat cover includes a pair of covering pieces adjacent to each other on the backboard-side, and a slide fastener that connects the covering pieces. When the slide fastener is closed with use of a slider, an end portion of the slide fastener is projected from an edge end of the seat cover in a state where the slider is disposed in the end portion of the slide fastener. The backboard is provided with an insertion portion. When the end portion of the closed slide fastener is disposed on a reverse side of the seat cover, the end portion of the slide fastener and the slider are inserted in and locked to the insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mayu Takahashi, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Atsushi Koizumi, Keisuke Tagami
  • Publication number: 20200244832
    Abstract: A power supply controlling apparatus includes a first power supply unit that supplies DC power to a load using power supplied from a commercial power supply, a power detecting unit that detects an input voltage and an input current input from the commercial power supply to the first power supply unit, and a control unit that controls the input current to be a constant current having an upper limit current value in response to the input voltage by controlling DC power supplied to the load from the first power supply unit based on the input voltage and the input current which are detected by the power detecting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junpei HOSOYA, Tomoyuki YAMASHITA, Norikazu OKADA, Takaaki HIRASAWA, Shunta YAMAHORI
  • Publication number: 20190312074
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a first lens layer; and a second lens layer, wherein the second lens layer is formed at least at a periphery of each first microlens formed based on the first lens layer, and the second lens layer present at a central portion of each of the first microlenses is thinner than the second lens layer present at the periphery of the first microlens or no second lens layer is present at the central portion of each of the first microlenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Ootsuka, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Kiyotaka Tabuchi, Yoshinori Toumiya, Akiko Ogino
  • Patent number: 10355038
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a first lens layer; and a second lens layer, wherein the second lens layer is formed at least at a periphery of each first microlens formed based on the first lens layer, and the second lens layer present at a central portion of each of the first microlenses is thinner than the second lens layer present at the periphery of the first microlens or no second lens layer is present at the central portion of each of the first microlenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Ootsuka, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Kiyotaka Tabuchi, Yoshinori Toumiya, Akiko Ogino
  • Publication number: 20190160987
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat pad; a backboard disposed on a back side of the seat pad; and a seat cover covering the seat pad and the backboard. The seat cover includes a pair of covering pieces adjacent to each other on the backboard-side, and a slide fastener that connects the covering pieces. When the slide fastener is closed with use of a slider, an end portion of the slide fastener is projected from an edge end of the seat cover in a state where the slider is disposed in the end portion of the slide fastener. The backboard is provided with an insertion portion. When the end portion of the closed slide fastener is disposed on a reverse side of the seat cover, the end portion of the slide fastener and the slider are inserted in and locked to the insertion portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mayu TAKAHASHI, Tomoyuki YAMASHITA, Atsushi KOIZUMI, Keisuke TAGAMI
  • Publication number: 20170317128
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a first lens layer; and a second lens layer, wherein the second lens layer is formed at least at a periphery of each first microlens formed based on the first lens layer, and the second lens layer present at a central portion of each of the first microlenses is thinner than the second lens layer present at the periphery of the first microlens or no second lens layer is present at the central portion of each of the first microlenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Ootsuka, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Kiyotaka Tabuchi, Yoshinori Toumiya, Akiko Ogino
  • Patent number: 9741757
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a first lens layer; and a second lens layer, wherein the second lens layer is formed at least at a periphery of each first microlens formed based on the first lens layer, and the second lens layer present at a central portion of each of the first microlenses is thinner than the second lens layer present at the periphery of the first microlens or no second lens layer is present at the central portion of each of the first microlenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Ootsuka, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Kiyotaka Tabuchi, Yoshinori Toumiya, Akiko Ogino
  • Patent number: 9661169
    Abstract: An electric power supplying device includes a main power supply that supplies electric power to each component of an apparatus, an auxiliary power supply that supplies electric power to an assisted component in the apparatus, the assisted component requiring power supply during start-up time of the apparatus and having a whose start-up time being equal to or longer than a predetermined period of time, a discharging control circuit that controls the auxiliary power supply to cause the auxiliary power supply to output a voltage, the output voltage being lower than a voltage output by the main power supply and being equal to or more than a lower limit voltage of a voltage range that the assisted component is operable, and a power supply prevention circuit that prevents the auxiliary power supply from supplying power to a component other than the assisted component in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamashita, Atsuki Iwata, Takuma Kasai, Norikazu Okada, Homare Ehara, Tetsuya Yano, Toshimasa Aoki, Ryohta Kubokawa, Shuntaroh Nakayama, Takaaki Shirai
  • Patent number: 9541867
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device to fix an image on a recording medium by heating the recording medium, multiple heat storing devices to store heat generated at the fixing device, an electric generating element to generate power by converting the heat into power, and a switch to switch connection and disconnection between the electric generating element and at least one of the multiple heat storing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Rioch Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Homare Ehara, Takaaki Shirai, Norikazu Okada, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Ryohta Kubokawa, Takuma Kasai, Keita Maejima
  • Publication number: 20160344885
    Abstract: An electric power supplying device includes a main power supply that supplies electric power to each component of an apparatus, an auxiliary power supply that supplies electric power to an assisted component in the apparatus, the assisted component requiring power supply during start-up time of the apparatus and having a whose start-up time being equal to or longer than a predetermined period of time, a discharging control circuit that controls the auxiliary power supply to cause the auxiliary power supply to output a voltage, the output voltage being lower than a voltage output by the main power supply and being equal to or more than a lower limit voltage of a voltage range that the assisted component is operable, and a power supply prevention circuit that prevents the auxiliary power supply from supplying power to a component other than the assisted component in the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamashita, Atsuki Iwata, Takuma Kasai, Norikazu Okada, Homare Ehara, Tetsuya Yano, Toshimasa Aoki, Ryohta Kubokawa, Shuntaroh Nakayama, Takaaki Shirai
  • Publication number: 20160336799
    Abstract: A commercial AC power shutdown detecting apparatus includes a photocoupler including a light-emitting element and a light-receiving element, a lighting circuit that flows a pulsating current through the light-emitting element of the photocoupler to turn on and off light of the light-emitting element, a charging-discharging circuit including a capacitor and a resistor that charges the capacitor via the resistor when the light-emitting element is turned off, and discharges the capacitor via the light-receiving element and the a resistor when the light-emitting element is turned on, and a comparing circuit that compares a voltage value between capacitor terminals with a predetermined voltage value intermediate between a maximum voltage value between the capacitor terminals when the light-emitting element repeats turning light on and off and the consistent DC voltage value, and outputs a shutdown detection signal if the voltage value between the capacitor terminals exceeds the predetermined voltage value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuki Iwata, Takuma Kasai, Norikazu Okada, Homare Ehara, Tetsuya Yano, Toshimasa Aoki, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Ryohta Kubokawa, Shuntaroh Nakayama, Takaaki Shirai
  • Patent number: 9429909
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heat-generating component, a power generation device including a thermoelectric element, a heat radiation device, a cooling device, a temperature detector that detects a temperature increase of the heat-generating component, and a controller. The heat radiation device includes a first radiator plate interposed between the heat-generating component and a surface of the thermoelectric element and a second radiator plate attached to another surface of the thermoelectric element. The cooling device cools the first radiator plate. The controller controls operations of the cooling device and the power generation device by operating the cooling device if the detected temperature increase reaches at least a predetermined threshold value, and causing the power generation device to generate power without operating the cooling device to cool the first radiator plate passively if the detected temperature increase falls below the predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Shirai, Satoru Tao, Takuma Kasai, Norikazu Okada, Homare Ehara, Keita Maejima, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Ryohta Kubokawa
  • Patent number: 9389573
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heat generator configured to generate heat in the image forming apparatus; a converter including a capacitor to convert AC power supplied from an external power supply into DC power for a load unit; a thermoelectric transducer configured to convert the generated heat into DC power for the load unit; a detector configured to detect a voltage of the AC power; and a controller configured to cause the converter to continue supplying the DC power to the load unit when a first elapsed time elapsed since the detected voltage drops below a rated voltage is shorter than a first time period shorter than an upper limit of a period of time over which the capacitor is dischargeable, and cause the thermoelectric transducer to supply the DC power to the load unit when the first elapsed time exceeds the first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Norikazu Okada, Takaaki Shirai, Takuma Kasai, Keita Maejima, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Ryohta Kubokawa, Satoru Tao, Homare Ehara
  • Patent number: 9300136
    Abstract: An activation control apparatus includes a voltage fluctuation obtainer to obtain voltage fluctuation amplitude of an external power source at a given voltage, the voltage fluctuation caused when activating an apparatus using the external power source; a voltage fluctuation detector to detect the voltage fluctuation of the external power source at the given voltage; an activation controller to determine whether the voltage fluctuation amplitude obtained by the voltage fluctuation obtainer at the given voltage of the external power source, detected by the voltage fluctuation detector, is within a preset allowable voltage fluctuation range, and to control activation of the apparatus using the external power source based on a result of the voltage fluctuation determination made by the activation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiriko Chosokabe, Mikio Nakajima, Tomoyuki Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20160077475
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device to fix an image on a recording medium by heating the recording medium, multiple heat storing devices to store heat generated at the fixing device, an electric generating element to generate power by converting the heat into power, and a switch to switch connection and disconnection between the electric generating element and at least one of the multiple heat storing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Homare EHARA, Takaaki SHIRAI, Norikazu OKADA, Tomoyuki YAMASHITA, Ryohta KUBOKAWA, Takuma KASAI, Keita MAEJIMA
  • Publication number: 20160013234
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a first lens layer; and a second lens layer, wherein the second lens layer is formed at least at a periphery of each first microlens formed based on the first lens layer, and the second lens layer present at a central portion of each of the first microlenses is thinner than the second lens layer present at the periphery of the first microlens or no second lens layer is present at the central portion of each of the first microlenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Yoichi Ootsuka, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Kiyotaka Tabuchi, Yoshinori Toumiya, Akiko Ogino
  • Publication number: 20150370216
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heat generator configured to generate heat in the image forming apparatus; a converter including a capacitor to convert AC power supplied from an external power supply into DC power for a load unit; a thermoelectric transducer configured to convert the generated heat into DC power for the load unit; a detector configured to detect a voltage of the AC power; and a controller configured to cause the converter to continue supplying the DC power to the load unit when a first elapsed time elapsed since the detected voltage drops below a rated voltage is shorter than a first time period shorter than an upper limit of a period of time over which the capacitor is dischargeable, and cause the thermoelectric transducer to supply the DC power to the load unit when the first elapsed time exceeds the first time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Norikazu OKADA, Takaaki SHIRAI, Takuma KASAI, Keita MAEJIMA, Tomoyuki YAMASHITA, Ryohta KUBOKAWA, Satoru TAO, Homare EHARA
  • Patent number: 9159760
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device with microlenses having a first lens layer and a second lens layer, the second lens layer being formed at least at a periphery of each microlens with either a portion of the second lens layer present at a central portion of each of the microlenses being thinner than a portion of the second lens layer present at the periphery of the microlens or no portion of the second lens layer being present at the central portion of each of the first microlenses. Between first pixel portions there is an interpixel gap, and the solid-state imaging device includes light blocking layers in alignment with the gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichi Ootsuka, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Kiyotaka Tabuchi, Yoshinori Toumiya, Akiko Ogino
  • Patent number: 9116479
    Abstract: A fixing control device includes an image detection unit that determines presence of an image in each of areas obtained by division of an image formation region in which the image is formed, a heater selection unit that selects from heaters of a fixing device heaters at positions corresponding to areas in which the presence of the image is determined, a heating amount computation unit that computes a heating amount of a heating area heated by each of the selected heaters in a fixing region corresponding to the image formation region, a change amount computation unit that computes an amount of change of the heating amount between adjoining ones of the heating areas, and a heating amount correction unit that corrects one of the heating amounts of the adjoining heating areas so that the amount of change after the correction is less than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Umezawa, Shiho Shimosaka, Katsunori Kume, Koh Tokumaru, Osamu Kizaki, Noboru Sugiura, Norikazu Okada, Atsuki Iwata, Keita Maejima, Tomoyuki Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20150177684
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heat-generating component, a power generation device including a thermoelectric element, a heat radiation device, a cooling device, a temperature detector that detects a temperature increase of the heat-generating component, and a controller. The heat radiation device includes a first radiator plate interposed between the heat-generating component and a surface of the thermoelectric element and a second radiator plate attached to another surface of the thermoelectric element. The cooling device cools the first radiator plate. The controller controls operations of the cooling device and the power generation device by operating the cooling device if the detected temperature increase reaches at least a predetermined threshold value, and causing the power generation device to generate power without operating the cooling device to cool the first radiator plate passively if the detected temperature increase falls below the predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki SHIRAI, Satoru TAO, Takuma KASAI, Norikazu OKADA, Homare EHARA, Keita MAEJIMA, Tomoyuki YAMASHITA, Ryohta KUBOKAWA