Patents by Inventor Wataru Sakurai

Wataru Sakurai 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: 20210081919
    Abstract: A checkout apparatus includes an input device through which an instruction to start checkout settlement processing is input, a wireless tag reader configured to read tag information from a wireless tag attached to a commodity in first and second areas, and a processor. The processor is configured to, when the wireless tag reader reads tag information from a wireless tag attached to a commodity in either the first area or the second area, register the tag information in a memory, and upon receipt of an input of the instruction, perform settlement processing using the registered tag information. The processor determines whether commodities to be purchased have been moved from the first area to the second area and controls the input device to not accept the input of the instruction until all commodities are determined to have been moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Patent number: 10853595
    Abstract: A reading apparatus for reading commodity information relating to a commodity from a RFID tag attached to the commodity includes a placement section, a first antenna, one or more second antennas, a reflection member, and a reading controller. The placement section is configured to support the commodity. The first antenna is configured to emit radio waves in a direction facing the placement section. The one or more second antennas are arranged below the first antenna in such a manner that a direction of an emitting plane from which radio waves are emitted is different from that of the emitting plane of the first antenna 15. The reflecting member is configured to reflect radio waves emitted from the one or more second antennas. A reading controller is configured to read the commodity information from the RFID tag of each commodity placed on the placement section with at least one of the first antenna or the one or more second antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Sakurai
  • Publication number: 20200359497
    Abstract: A relay circuit board includes: a plurality of first pads arranged in parallel in a first direction; a plurality of second pads arranged in parallel in a second direction; and wirings connecting the plurality of first pads and the plurality of second pads, respectively. The second direction is inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to the first direction, and the predetermined angle is greater than 0 degree and smaller than 90 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichiro FUKUDA, Masaki OYAGI, Toru NAKANISHI, Wataru SAKURAI
  • Patent number: 10691903
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading device reads inherent information of a commodity from an attached RFID tag. The device includes antennas arranged at different vertical locations with respect to a table having a placing region. The antennas respectively transmit radio waves from different locations to the placing region. A specifying unit of the reading device can specify a commodity in the placing region based on the inherent information read through the antennas. A selection unit of the reading device can select one commodity to be moved from the placing region from commodities specified by the specifying unit if a container in which the commodities are contained is taken in the placing region. A guide unit of the reading device can display guide information for instructing a movement of the commodity selected by the selection unit from the placing region on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Sakurai
  • Publication number: 20200195309
    Abstract: A reading device includes an antenna, a data storage unit, and a controller. The antenna is configured to receive tag information from RFID tags attached to objects in a receiving range. The data storage unit stores an object ID in association with a predetermined total number of RFID tags on an object corresponding to the object ID. The controller is configured to start a reading operation in which the antenna emits radio waves and receives tag information from the RFID tags. The controller counts the number of RFID tags associated with the object ID according to the tag information received during the reading operation. The counted number is compared to the predetermined total number associated with the object ID, and the controller controls a timing for terminating the reading operation based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20200143126
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes an antenna, provided under a placing surface on which a placing area is formed. The antenna is configured to radiate radio waves capable of communicating with an RFID tag attached to a commodity placed in the placing area on the placing surface. The apparatus includes a moving module configured to move the antenna in the placing area in parallel with the placing surface, a detector configured to detect a position of the antenna within the placing area, a change module configured to change an output of the antenna according to the position of the antenna detected by the detector, and a reading module configured to read information from the RFID tag via the antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20200143122
    Abstract: A reading device includes an accommodating unit having an opening through which a commodity is taken therein and an opening/closing lid for opening or closing the opening. The reading device includes an antenna that emits radio waves to communicate with a wireless tag attached to the commodity, an open/close state controller configured to acquire an open or closed state of the opening/closing lid. The device also includes a reading control unit configured to read commodity information from the wireless tag of each commodity by modifying a communication range of the wireless antenna to the wireless tag when the commodity is accommodated in the housing and the opening/closing lid is moved from the open state in which the opening is open to the closed state in which the opening is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20200143121
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading device reads inherent information of a commodity from an attached RFID tag. The device includes antennas arranged at different vertical locations with respect to a table having a placing region. The antennas respectively transmit radio waves from different locations to the placing region. A specifying unit of the reading device can specify a commodity in the placing region based on the inherent information read through the antennas. A selection unit of the reading device can select one commodity to be moved from the placing region from commodities specified by the specifying unit if a container in which the commodities are contained is taken in the placing region. A guide unit of the reading device can display guide information for instructing a movement of the commodity selected by the selection unit from the placing region on a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Patent number: 10621396
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading apparatus for reading a wireless tag includes a housing having a chamber and an opening providing an entrance to the chamber, a door attached to the housing and covering the opening when closed and permitting access to the chamber when opened, and an antenna within the housing and configured to emit a radio wave to read information from a wireless tag inside the chamber, a radiation surface of the antenna being parallel to a first inner wall surface and a second inner wall surface of the housing facing each other. The distance between the first and second inner wall surfaces is at least one half of a wavelength of a radio wave emitted from the antenna, and is a length based on an odd number multiple of a quarter of the wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Sakurai
  • Publication number: 20190147205
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading apparatus for reading a wireless tag includes a housing having a chamber and an opening providing an entrance to the chamber, a door attached to the housing and covering the opening when closed and permitting access to the chamber when opened, and an antenna within the housing and configured to emit a radio wave to read information from a wireless tag inside the chamber, a radiation surface of the antenna being parallel to a first inner wall surface and a second inner wall surface of the housing facing each other. The distance between the first and second inner wall surfaces is at least one half of a wavelength of a radio wave emitted from the antenna, and is a length based on an odd number multiple of a quarter of the wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20190138772
    Abstract: A reading apparatus for reading commodity information relating to a commodity from a RFID tag attached to the commodity includes a placement section, a first antenna, one or more second antennas, a reflection member, and a reading controller. The placement section is configured to support the commodity. The first antenna is configured to emit radio waves in a direction facing the placement section. The one or more second antennas are arranged below the first antenna in such a manner that a direction of an emitting plane from which radio waves are emitted is different from that of the emitting plane of the first antenna 15. The reflecting member is configured to reflect radio waves emitted from the one or more second antennas. A reading controller is configured to read the commodity information from the RFID tag of each commodity placed on the placement section with at least one of the first antenna or the one or more second antennas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Patent number: 10210359
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading apparatus for reading a wireless tag includes a housing having a chamber and an opening providing an entrance to the chamber, a door attached to the housing and covering the opening when closed and permitting access to the chamber when opened, and an antenna within the housing and configured to emit a radio wave to read information from a wireless tag inside the chamber, a radiation surface of the antenna being parallel to a first inner wall surface and a second inner wall surface of the housing facing each other. The distance between the first and second inner wall surfaces is at least one half of a wavelength of a radio wave emitted from the antenna, and is a length based on an odd number multiple of a quarter of the wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Sakurai
  • Publication number: 20190026507
    Abstract: A wireless tag reading apparatus communicates with a wireless tag attached to an object conveyed by a conveyance section. The apparatus includes a tunnel section and an antenna. The tunnel section is provided to cover an upper portion of a part of a lane of the conveyance section and the antenna. The antenna is configured to radiate radio waves to read information stored in the wireless tag. The tunnel section has a first door provided at an entrance of the tunnel section in a conveying direction, a second door provided at an exit of the funnel section, and a third door provided between the first door and the second door of the tunnel section. The antenna is arranged in a space between the second door and the third door in the tunnel section. The first door, second door and third door is opened and closed in response to the conveyance position of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20190026509
    Abstract: A wireless tag reading apparatus includes a tunnel, an antenna, and a protrusion. The tunnel section is arranged to surround an upper portion of the lane of a part of a conveyance section for conveying an object to which a wireless tag is attached. The antenna is provided on an inner surface of the tunnel section, and is configured to radiate radio waves to read information stored in the wireless tag attached to the object that is being conveyed. The protrusion is provided at a part of a region on the inner surface of the tunnel section facing the antenna and projects from the region. The protrusion has a step portion facing a center of a surface of the antenna from which radio waves are radiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20180316234
    Abstract: A rotor includes a rotor core and one or more magnets. The rotor core includes magnet supporters radially formed around a rotating shaft. The magnet includes a supported part supported by the magnet supporter and a projection projecting from the magnet supporter in an axial direction of the rotating shaft, The rotor core and the supported parts arranged annularly form a first generation part that generates a cogging torque of a first waveform, and the projections arranged annularly form a second generation part that generates a second cogging torque that differs in phase from the cogging torque of the first waveform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Masaaki Ikawa, Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20180171696
    Abstract: An opening and closing load device includes a door configured to be openable and closable with respect to an opening in a side of a housing, the housing including a perimeter wall surrounding the opening, a seal member provided on a perimeter of the door or the perimeter wall and configured to seal the opening when the door is closed to sandwich the seal member between the door and the perimeter wall, and a controller configured to adjust an attraction force between the door and the perimeter wall based on a distance between the door and the perimeter wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20180053024
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading apparatus for reading a wireless tag includes a housing having a chamber and an opening providing an entrance to the chamber, a door attached to the housing and covering the opening when closed and permitting access to the chamber when opened, and an antenna within the housing and configured to emit a radio wave to read information from a wireless tag inside the chamber, a radiation surface of the antenna being parallel to a first inner wall surface and a second inner wall surface of the housing facing each other. The distance between the first and second inner wall surfaces is at least one half of a wavelength of a radio wave emitted from the antenna, and is a length based on an odd number multiple of a quarter of the wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20180025266
    Abstract: A reading apparatus for reading a wireless tag, such as an RFID tag, comprises a housing having a chamber and an opening providing an entrance to the chamber. A door attached to the housing and covers the opening when closed and permits access to the chamber when opened. A detector is proximate to a first portion of the housing and is configured to detect whether the door is opened or closed. The first portion of the housing faces the door when the door is closed. An antenna within the housing is configured to emit a radio wave to read information from wireless tags inside the chamber. A shielding portion is disposed adjacent to the detector to prevent the radio wave emitted by the antenna from leaking to the outside of the housing through the first portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventor: Wataru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20160365763
    Abstract: A rotor includes: a circular rotor core in which a plurality of magnetic poles are formed in a circumferential direction on an outer circumferential surface; an auxiliary magnet placed on an axial end face of the rotor core so as to face the rotor core; a plate-shaped mounting member having a thickness t1 on which the auxiliary magnet is mounted; and a plate-shaped back yoke having a thickness t2 and placed opposite to the rotor core, sandwiching the auxiliary magnet and the mounting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Wataru Sakurai, Wataru Kusakabe
  • Patent number: 9293847
    Abstract: A connector includes a holding member. The holding member has two guide portions which are arranged away from each other in a pitch direction. Each of the guide portions has a side portion, an upper portion and a lower portion which are formed as described below. The side portion intersects with the pitch direction and is provided with a first projection portion and a side surface facing inward in the pitch direction. Each of the upper portion and the lower portion intersects with an up-down direction, and at least one of the upper portion and the lower portion is provided with a second projection portion. The first projection portion is away from both the upper portion and the lower portion and projects inward in the pitch direction from the side surface. The second projection portion is away from the side surface and projects inward in the up-down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED, SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD
    Inventors: Yohei Yokoyama, Wataru Sakurai, Toru Nakanishi, Takayuki Shimazu