Patents by Inventor Toshimasa Aoki

Toshimasa Aoki 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).

  • Publication number: 20210260477
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for: generating image data for an application to be displayed on an output device; recording the image data generated by the image generating unit; and receiving operation information from an input device, where the recording includes storing the image data for an application for a predetermined period of time up to the point in time at which operation information is received during the receiving operation information from a specific input unit provided in the input device while displaying an application image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoki Takaichi, Kiyobumi Matsunaga, Toshimasa Aoki, Takeshi Matsuzawa, Takahiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 11090556
    Abstract: There are provided an entertainment device, a display control method, a program, and an information storage medium for enabling command information arranged on a screen to be less of a nuisance for the user than before. A voice receiving section (56) receives a voice. When the voice represents prescribed information, a command information arranging section (68) arranges command information at a position on a screen in accordance with display content of the screen, the command information being indicative of a command and causing execution of a process corresponding to the command upon receipt of the voice represented by the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Keigo Tamura, Tomoki Takaichi, Masaki Higuchi, Toshimasa Aoki, Ikuo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11050901
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heater, first control circuitry, second control circuitry, and a detector. The heater is configured to heat an inside of the apparatus. The first control circuitry is configured to cause the apparatus to be in a standby state, a sleep state having smaller power consumption than the standby state, or a deep sleep state having smaller power consumption than the sleep state. The second control circuitry is configured to control an operation of the heater. The detector is configured to detect humidity of the inside of the apparatus. The first control circuitry causes the apparatus in the deep sleep state to periodically and temporarily return to the sleep state, and the second control circuitry operates the heater according to the humidity detected by the detector in the sleep state to which the apparatus has returned from the deep sleep state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshimasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 11033816
    Abstract: An input device for transmitting operation information of a user to an information processing device, includes: a housing having an upper surface; a left grip part located proximate to a left side of the upper surface of the housing, and sized and shaped to be gripped by a left hand of the user; a right grip part located proximate to a right side of the upper surface of the housing, and sized and shaped to be gripped by a right hand of the user; a first input part located proximately to the left grip part such that the user provides inputs to the first input part with the left hand; a second input part located proximately to the right grip part such that the user provides inputs to the first input part with the right hand, where the inputs from one of the first input part and the second input part cause system software of the information processing device to take action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoki Takaichi, Kiyobumi Matsunaga, Toshimasa Aoki, Takeshi Matsuzawa, Takahiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 10967262
    Abstract: When an acquisition unit acquires image data of a game being played on another information processing apparatus, a display processing unit displays, using the acquired image data, an image of game play. A participation processing unit allows a user to join the game being played on the other information processing apparatus, and an execution unit activates game software after it is determined that the user joins the game. While the execution unit is activating the game software, the display processing unit continues to display the image of the game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichi Imai, Shigeru Enomoto, Hiroshi Saito, Toshimasa Aoki, Satoshi Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20200368611
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device (301) includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section (321) which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface (328c) adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface (328c) provided at a front surface of the central section (321). The central section (321) includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface (328c) and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface (328c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi IGARASHI, Masaho MORITA, Kazuyoshi ENOMOTO, Toshimasa AOKI
  • Publication number: 20200333055
    Abstract: In embodiments, a compressor includes three suction pipes. A first center of a first suction pipe, a second center of a second suction pipe, and a third center of a third suction pipe are positioned at vertices of a triangle. A first distance between the first center and a center of a compressor main body is smaller than a second distance between the second center and the center of the compressor main body and a third distance between the third center and the center of the compressor main body. A first flow path cross section of the first suction pipe overlaps a center connection line passing through the center of the compressor main body and a center of an accumulator. A second flow path cross section and a third flow path cross section are positioned on opposite sides of the center connection line sandwiched therebetween. The first suction pipe is connected to a suction port which is at an uppermost position among three suction ports provided in a case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Toshiba Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Toshimasa AOKI, Koji SATODATE, Tadayuki YAMAZAKI, Takuya HIRAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20200324806
    Abstract: A steering system installed on a vehicle, including: a steering mechanism including a steering member and configured to enable a wheel to be steered in accordance with a movement of the steering member; an operation assist device configured to apply a torque to a steering shaft for assisting an operation of a steering operation member; a steering assist device configured to assist the movement of the steering member utilizing a working fluid; and a controller configured to control a torque applied to the steering shaft by the operation assist device and control a supply flow rate of the working fluid, wherein the steering assist device assists the movement of the steering member with an assist force that depends on the supply flow rate, and the controller increases the supply flow rate when an operation speed of the steering operation member becomes equal to or higher than a set threshold speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshimasa Aoki, Shuji Fujita, Koki Sato, Hiroki Fukui, Tsuyoshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10765952
    Abstract: A system and method for providing system-level multiuser matchmaking is provided. A user selection specifying a multiuser activity associated with an interactive content title is received. An activity template associated with the selected activity is retrieved and the retrieved activity template includes activity requirements required to launch the selected activity. A new multiuser session having session requirements is established, and the session requirements are based on at least the activity requirements. The user device and at least one peer device identified based on the session requirements is added to the new multiuser session. The selected activity is launched in the new multiuser session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Steven Trombetta, Toshimasa Aoki, Jonathan Webb
  • Patent number: 10765937
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device (301) includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section (321) which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface (328c) adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface (328c) provided at a front surface of the central section (321). The central section (321) includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface (328c) and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface (328c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Publication number: 20200171378
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus connected to a manipulation device including manipulation members, the apparatus including: a main program executing section executing a main program to display a main screen image; a sub-program executing section executing a sub-program around the same time as the main program to display a sub-screen image together with the main screen image; and a manipulation receiving section switching an operation mode in which a manipulation by a user for predetermined some manipulation members of the manipulation members is received as a manipulation for the main program, and an operation mode in which a manipulation by the user for the predetermined some manipulation members is received as a manipulation for the sub-program and in which a manipulation for a manipulation member different from the predetermined some manipulation members is received as a manipulation for the main program over to each other according to a given manipulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ikuo KOBAYASHI, Toshimasa AOKI
  • Publication number: 20200114256
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device (301) includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section (321) which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface (328c) adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface (328c) provided at a front surface of the central section (321). The central section (321) includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface (328c) and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface (328c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi IGARASHI, Masaho MORITA, Kazuyoshi ENOMOTO, Toshimasa AOKI
  • Patent number: 10603576
    Abstract: An operating device includes: right and left hold sections to be held by a user, the right and left hold sections provided with first operating members; and a central section interconnecting the right and left hold sections. The operating device has a second operating member forming an upper surface of the central section. The second operating member includes a touch sensor located between the first operating members of the right and left hold sections, and is so supported as to be capable of vertical movement in response to a user's pressing-down operation. The second operating member is plate-like in shape, so that user's fingers can easily reach the second operating member in a condition where the user is holding the hold sections. As a result, operability of the operating device can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Publication number: 20200094148
    Abstract: A system and method for providing system-level multiuser matchmaking is provided. A user selection specifying a multiuser activity associated with an interactive content title is received. An activity template associated with the selected activity is retrieved and the retrieved activity template includes activity requirements required to launch the selected activity. A new multiuser session having session requirements is established, and the session requirements are based on at least the activity requirements. The user device and at least one peer device identified based on the session requirements is added to the new multiuser session. The selected activity is launched in the new multiuser session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: STEVEN TROMBETTA, TOSHIMASA AOKI, JONATHAN WEBB
  • Patent number: 10596451
    Abstract: A replay data acquisition section acquires replay data for reproducing a play status of a game. A replay image generation section generates a replay image of a game scene on the basis of the acquired replay data. A user determination section determines a user to be included in a combined image. A user image acquisition section acquires a user image obtained by imaging the determined user. A combination processing section generates the combined image by combining the acquired user image with the replay image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nodoka Tokunaga, Keigo Tamura, Toshimasa Aoki, Shoichi Ikenoue
  • Publication number: 20200084261
    Abstract: An input device for transmitting operation information of a user to an information processing device, includes: a housing having an upper surface; a left grip part located proximate to a left side of the upper surface of the housing, and sized and shaped to be gripped by a left hand of the user; a right grip part located proximate to a right side of the upper surface of the housing, and sized and shaped to be gripped by a right hand of the user; a first input part located proximately to the left grip part such that the user provides inputs to the first input part with the left hand; a second input part located proximately to the right grip part such that the user provides inputs to the first input part with the right hand, where the inputs from one of the first input part and the second input part cause system software of the information processing device to take action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: c/o Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoki Takaichi, Kiyobumi Matsunaga, Toshimasa Aoki, Takeshi Matsuzawa, Takahiro Fujii
  • Publication number: 20200045198
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heater, first control circuitry, second control circuitry, and a detector. The heater is configured to heat an inside of the apparatus. The first control circuitry is configured to cause the apparatus to be in a standby state, a sleep state having smaller power consumption than the standby state, or a deep sleep state having smaller power consumption than the sleep state. The second control circuitry is configured to control an operation of the heater. The detector is configured to detect humidity of the inside of the apparatus. The first control circuitry causes the apparatus in the deep sleep state to periodically and temporarily return to the sleep state, and the second control circuitry operates the heater according to the humidity detected by the detector in the sleep state to which the apparatus has returned from the deep sleep state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: TOSHIMASA AOKI
  • Patent number: 10554742
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing system capable of controlling a user s own name disclosed to other user in accordance with the relationship with the other user. A user management server stores, for each of a plurality of users, an identification name adapted to identify the user in association with a restricted disclosure name registered by the user and information identifying a user entitled to disclosure to whom the disclosure of the restricted disclosure name is permitted. The user management server receives a request for acquisition of name information of a requested user including information identifying a requesting user from a client device. The user management server transmits the restricted disclosure name of the requested user as a reply to the acquisition request if the requesting user is registered as a user entitled to disclosure of the requested user. If not, the user management server transmits the identification name of the requested user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Aoki, Tomoki Takaichi, Kosuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10516724
    Abstract: An image generation unit generates image data to be displayed on an outputting apparatus. An acceptance unit accepts operation information of inputting units provided in an inputting apparatus. A sharing processing unit carries out, when the acceptance unit accepts operation information of particular one of the inputting units provided in the inputting apparatus, a process of sharing the image data generated by the image generation unit or information relating to the image data. The particular inputting unit provided in the inputting apparatus is used by a user to input operation information to system software of an information processing apparatus, and the sharing processing unit carries out the sharing process only when the acceptance unit accepts the operation information of the particular inputting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoki Takaichi, Kiyobumi Matsunaga, Toshimasa Aoki, Takeshi Matsuzawa, Takahiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 10507386
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface provided at a front surface of the central section. The central section includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki