Patents by Inventor Yasuhiro Funahashi

Yasuhiro Funahashi 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: 5619425
    Abstract: The memory device 13 in the center 3 stores a plurality of information data categorized in a plurality of genres. The input device 43 of the terminal 5 selects an information data desired to be obtained, out of the plurality of information data stored in the memory device 13. The control portion 41 in the terminal 5 receives the desired information data and reproduces the desired information, when the desired information data is of a genre the terminal is contracted for. The control portion 41 does not reproduce the desired information or reproduces the desired information in a manner so that the user may not obtain when the desired information data is out of the genre the terminal is contracted for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignees: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Xing Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Funahashi, Kazunori Ikami, Yukie Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 5613192
    Abstract: When a song data group of a requested song comes in the normal mode ("Yes" in S230, ) the terminal 5 picks up that song data D5 in S240. When the song data group of the requested song does not arrive ("No" in S230,) the terminal first judges in S250 whether or not it is necessary to rapidly obtain the song data of the requested song. If the terminal is presently playing a karaoke performance, it is unnecessary to rapidly obtain the song data of the requested song, and therefore the terminal waits for the song data that will come in the normal mode. If the terminal is not conducting a karaoke performance (i.e., "No" in S250), the terminal should be rapidly supplied with the requested song. When it is determined that the requested song will come soon ("Yes" in S290 or S300,) the terminal still waits for the song data that will come in the normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignees: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Xing Inc.
    Inventors: Kazunori Ikami, Yasuhiro Funahashi, Yukie Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 5611693
    Abstract: A compact image karaoke device with only a small number of image disks which provides the impression of having a great many background images. Two players are provided for reading background images from image disks. Background images are selected from at least one image unit group corresponding to at least one image genre corresponding to selected song genre and are read by the two players and changed at random, for example, every 30 seconds. By editing the display of background images in this manner, a great number of background image series can be obtained for combinations of the background images. Images obtained and displayed corresponding particularly to the starting portion of the song are provided only on the number of images available. Therefore, even if a great number of songs are consecutively selected, a user will not feel as though the same images are being repeatedly shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignees: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Xing, Inc.
    Inventors: Norio Chaya, Hiroshi Nishikawa, Koichi Hayashi, Hiroyuki Takada, Yasutada Aoyama, Yasuhiro Funahashi, Osamu Nishimura
  • Patent number: 5612681
    Abstract: The clock demodulator 25 continually demodulates the clock signal of the control CPU 7 transmitted from the clock modulator 10 of the center S. The terminal control CPU 23 performs processes such as transmission and reception of data with the demodulated clock signal as a reference clock. The time required to synchronize the clocks of the CPUs 7 and 23 is eliminated. Transmission and reception of data is executed quickly as soon as right of transmission is transferred to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha and Xing Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Funahashi, Kazunori Ikami, Osamu Nishimura, Yuji Kiyohara, Yoshihiko Hibino, Yuichi Yasutomo
  • Patent number: 5548281
    Abstract: In a data transmission system, a center and a plurality of terminals are connected by a coaxial cable. The center is controlled by a server to transmit mode sense polling signals in succession every predetermined time (for example every 30 seconds) to all of the karaoke terminals connected to the center. The center determines whether each terminal is in a karaoke mode or not based on the mode response signal transmitted from each terminal in response to the mode sense polling signals. The center then transmits request polling signal only to terminals determined as being in the karaoke mode, confirms whether a request for a song has been made, and transmits karaoke data to those terminals that have a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignees: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Xing, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Funahashi, Kazunori Ikami, Osamu Nishimura, Yoshihiko Hibino, Yuji Kiyohara, Yuichi Yasutomo
  • Patent number: 5319452
    Abstract: The music number is input through the panel switch arranged in the music accompanying apparatus. The modulated music number signal by the modulation-demodulation device is transmitted to the control apparatus through the coaxial cable. In the control apparatus, the music number data signal is received through the coaxial cable, and further demodulated into the music number data by the modulation-demodulation device. The controller reads out the various music data. At the same time, the controller controls the four video disc devices so that the four video picture data each of which is corresponded to the different music genre, are reproduced by the video disc devices. Thereafter, both the various music data and the four video picture data are mutually superimposed through the head amplifier after modulated by each of the modulators and transmitted to each of the music accompanying apparatuses through the coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Funahashi
  • Patent number: 5233438
    Abstract: An entertainment apparatus includes a loudspeaker for producing an orchestral background for singer's accompaniment and a TV monitor for displaying a background video relevant to a song sang by the singer. In a compact disk, accompaniment data and corresponding song text data are recorded with respect to each of a plurality of songs, and in a video disk, stored are a plurality of background video data each being used in conjunction with a song selected. When a desired song is selected, its accompaniment data and the corresponding song text data are read from the compact disk and one of the plurality of background video data is read from the video disk. The song text data is superimposed on the background video data so that the song text and the background video are superimposedly displayed on the TV monitor. In synchronous with the display on the TV monitor, the accompaniment data is reproduced from the loudspeaker to give an orchestral background for singers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Funahashi, Yasutada Aoyama, Toshinori Taniuchi, Ryuji Sekiya
  • Patent number: 5131311
    Abstract: A music reproducing method and apparatus for mixing voices input from a microphone and music data displays various information which represents that a musical performance of a piece of music is entering an interlude inserted between singing -portions, i.e., choruses, or is entering a postlude after the choruses are terminated, the information being provided by a screen display or speaker output of the music reproducing apparatus. The information can inform the user of the end of a song when the musical performance enters the postlude, and can inform the user of the end of singing-portions in the song when the musical performance enters the interlude. The information can be related to the music or the like known to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuo Murakami, Yasuhiro Funahashi
  • Patent number: 4674055
    Abstract: A software vending system comprising a host system including primary memory means for storing a plurality of different software programs, and a plurality of peripheral vending instruments each operatively connected to the host system for interactive data communication therebetween. Each of the peripheral vending instruments includes a selector device for selecting a desired one of the software programs, and a recording device operable to duplicate in a recording medium the selected software program transferred from the primary memory means in response to the operation of the selector device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirokazu Ogaki, Yasuhiro Funahashi, Hiroshi Koie, Tomoko Kurachi
  • Patent number: 4604615
    Abstract: An image reproduction interface disposed between a CPU, and a display device for reproducing an image based on code signals from the CPU corresponding to multiple image elements. The interface comprises a random-access memory for temporarily storing the code signals, and a multiplexor for selecting, for a first period, an address bus for the CPU to address the memory for storing therein the code signals, and for a second period, a refresh address bus for a controller of the display device to address the memory for reading out therefrom the code signals to reproduce the image. A sum of said first and second periods is equal to an interval at which the image elements are reproduced, whereby both storage and retrieval of the code signals into and from the memory may be effected within each reproduction interval in a time-sharing manner, thus reducing an idle or waiting time of the CPU and increasing a rate of updating the image on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Funahashi