Patents by Inventor Yasuhiro Watari

Yasuhiro Watari 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: 20210223558
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for: generating virtual space images by specifying from among a plurality of viewpoint positions and a plurality of directions of line of sight in the virtual space; and displaying the virtual space images on a head-mounted display, where the generating includes changing from a currently selected viewpoint position among the plurality of viewpoint positions to a newly selected viewpoint position among the plurality of viewpoint positions, which is selected in accordance with operation by a user, when generating the virtual space images in response to changing to the newly selected viewpoint position, the generating includes specifying, as a new direction of line of sight among the plurality of directions of line of sight, a direction in which a first position in the virtual space is seen from the newly selected viewpoint position, and at least some of the plurality of viewpoint positions are separated from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki, Yasuhiro Watari
  • Patent number: 11042038
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a display control section that generates a virtual space image by specifying a viewpoint position and a direction of line of sight and displays the image on a head-mounted display. The display control section can specify a plurality of positions in the virtual space as viewpoint positions and can change the viewpoint position to a position determined from among the plurality of positions in accordance with an attitude of the head-mounted display, and when the viewpoint position is changed, the display control section specifies, as a direction of line of sight, the direction in which a first position in the virtual space is seen from the changed viewpoint position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki, Yasuhiro Watari
  • Patent number: 11002973
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a display control section that generates a virtual space image by specifying a viewpoint position and a direction of line of sight and displays the image on a head-mounted display. The display control section can specify a plurality of positions in the virtual space as viewpoint positions and can change the viewpoint position to a position determined from among the plurality of positions in accordance with an attitude of the head-mounted display, and when the viewpoint position is changed, the display control section specifies, as a direction of line of sight, the direction in which a first position in the virtual space is seen from the changed viewpoint position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki, Yasuhiro Watari
  • Patent number: 10957104
    Abstract: In an information processing device, a photographed image acquiring unit acquires an image which has been photographed by a camera attached to a head mount display. A region determining unit predicts a region which a user gazes at in a display image. An image analyzing unit has a first fineness processing unit and a second fineness processing unit, with the former analyzing a region corresponding to the gaze region in the photographed image with a higher fineness than the latter. An information processing unit performs information processing by using the result of analysis. An image generating unit has a first fineness processing unit and a second fineness processing unit, with the former generating a display image on the gaze region with a higher fineness than the latter. An output unit sends data of the display image to the head mount display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki Ishida, Akio Ohba, Akihiko Sugawara, Yasuhiro Watari, Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10724859
    Abstract: A distance-measuring device includes first and second stereoscopic cameras each to be used to measure the distance to an object included in an imaging range. The first stereoscopic camera includes two imaging elements arranged side by side in a first direction, and the second stereoscopic camera includes two imaging elements arranged side by side in a second direction. The second direction is defined as a direction which intersects a plane containing the first direction and an imaging direction of the first stereoscopic camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Akira Suzuki, Manabu Ishioka, Hidehiko Ogasawara, Yasuhiro Watari, Masao Shimizu, Takayuki Ishida, Toshihiro Kusunoki, Yuichiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10620436
    Abstract: An image captured by a camera or the like mounted to a housing to be worn on the head of a user is receded, a first image portion corresponding to a first site of the body of the user is detected from the image, and a predetermined feature amount in the detected first image portion is acquired. In addition, an area which contains the first image portion within the image and in which the predetermined feature amount is continuously changed is specified, and a second image portion corresponding to a second site of the body of the user different from the first site is detected from an image portion within the specified area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Watari, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20200090403
    Abstract: In an information processing device, a photographed image acquiring unit acquires an image which has been photographed by a camera attached to a head mount display. A region determining unit predicts a region which a user gazes at in a display image. An image analyzing unit has a first fineness processing unit and a second fineness processing unit, with the former analyzing a region corresponding to the gaze region in the photographed image with a higher fineness than the latter. An information processing unit performs information processing by using the result of analysis. An image generating unit has a first fineness processing unit and a second fineness processing unit, with the former generating a display image on the gaze region with a higher fineness than the latter. An output unit sends data of the display image to the head mount display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki Ishida, Akio Ohba, Akihiko Sugawara, Yasuhiro Watari, Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10587862
    Abstract: Provided is a head-mounted device that includes a housing, first imaging means, and second imaging means. The housing is to be mounted on the head of a user. The first and second imaging means are mounted on the housing to capture images from different angles of view. The head-mounted device receives an image captured by the first imaging means, detects an image portion corresponding to a body portion of the user from the received image, and estimates, based on information indicative of the detected image portion, a possible existence range of a predetermined part of the body of the user within an image captured by the second imaging means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Watari, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20200038751
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling a game include: controlling a game based on gameplay of a game player; receiving instructions from the game player and forwarding the instructions for controlling the game; and setting respective viewpoints, from among a plurality of viewpoints, serving as bases for generating respective watching screens for viewing the game offered to respective watching players, among a plurality of watching players, different from the game player, where at least one of: (i) the setting includes employing watching player conditions regarding each of the plurality of watching players for each of the plurality of viewpoints; and (ii) the setting includes employing one or more predetermined conditions in setting one or more of the respective viewpoints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiya Ikenaga, Nobuaki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Watari, Toshiharu Sayano, Hiromasa Ohkubo
  • Patent number: 10471354
    Abstract: In a game system, a game managing server includes: a game controlling unit that controls a game; a game player instruction receiving unit that receives an instruction from a game player and forwards the instruction to the game controlling unit; and a watching point setting unit that sets a viewpoint position for generating a watching screen for viewing the game, the watching screen being offered to a plurality of watching players different from the game player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiya Ikenaga, Nobuaki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Watari, Toshiharu Sayano, Hiromasa Ohkubo
  • Patent number: 10427055
    Abstract: There is provided a game video distribution device that permits distribution of game videos with higher value for users through the use of game-specific information. The game distribution device includes video generating means that generates a game video selected by a user, related information acquiring means that acquires related information in which scene identification information identifying individual scenes included in the game video is related to time information representing a time period during which each of the scenes is reproduced, related display information generating means which, in accordance with the related information, generates related display information identifiably displaying a temporal location of each of the scenes relative to an entire time span of the game video, and composing means that generates a composite of the generated video and the related display information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Watari, Toshiya Ikenaga, Toshiharu Sayano, Shinkichi Hasama
  • Patent number: 10427033
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus includes a position control section and a display control section. The position control section controls a position of an object arranged in a virtual 3D space based on a relative position between an input apparatus used by a user wearing a head-mounted display and the head-mounted display. The display control section generates an image in the virtual 3D space including the object and displays the image on the head-mounted display. When a distance between the input apparatus and the head-mounted display is equal to a first distance or more, the position control section linearly changes the object position in response to a change in position of the input apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki, Yasuhiro Watari
  • Patent number: 10279263
    Abstract: A game delivery device and so on are implemented which enable an operable object to be operated with increased ease, in the case where game images designed to be executed in a dedicated game device are delivered to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiya Ikenaga, Toshiharu Sayano, Yasuhiro Watari, Shinkichi Hasama
  • Publication number: 20190089899
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an image processing device to be connected to a display device which is worn on the user's head during operation, that determines a position of an object to be photographed outside coverage of a camera attached to the display device, and that controls the display device as to display a guide image that guides the user to a position where the camera can photograph the object position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yasuhiro WATARI, Takayuki ISHIDA, Akira SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20190089946
    Abstract: Provided is a head-mounted device that includes a housing, first imaging means, and second imaging means. The housing is to be mounted on the head of a user. The first and second imaging means are mounted on the housing to capture images from different angles of view. The head-mounted device receives an image captured by the first imaging means, detects an image portion corresponding to a body portion of the user from the received image, and estimates, based on information indicative of the detected image portion, a possible existence range of a predetermined part of the body of the user within an image captured by the second imaging means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yasuhiro WATARI, Takayuki ISHIDA, Akira SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20190033589
    Abstract: An image captured by a camera or the like mounted to a housing to he worn on the head of a user is receded, a first image portion corresponding to a first site of the body of the user is detected from the image, and a predetermined feature amount in the detected first image portion is acquired. In addition, an area which contains the first image portion within the image and in which the predetermined feature amount is continuously changed is specified, and a second image portion corresponding to a second site of the body of the user different from the first site is detected from an image portion within the specified area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Yasuhiro WATARI, Takayuki ISHIDA, Akira SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20180373349
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a display control section, a space information acquisition section, and a reporting section. The display control section generates a virtual space image by specifying a viewpoint position and a direction of line of sight and displays the image on a head-mounted display. The space information acquisition section acquires information related to a position of an object existing in a space around a user wearing the head-mounted display. The reporting section informs the user that the object exists around the user when a distance between the head-mounted display and the object becomes smaller than a given value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Yasushi OKUMURA, Tomokazu KAKE, Takayuki ISHIDA, Akira SUZUKI, Yasuhiro WATARI
  • Publication number: 20180329215
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a display control section that generates a virtual space image by specifying a viewpoint position and a direction of line of sight and displays the image on a head-mounted display. The display control section can specify a plurality of positions in the virtual space as viewpoint positions and can change the viewpoint position to a position determined from among the plurality of positions in accordance with an attitude of the head-mounted display, and when the viewpoint position is changed, the display control section specifies, as a direction of line of sight, the direction in which a first position in the virtual space is seen from the changed viewpoint position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki, Yasuhiro Watari
  • Publication number: 20180328727
    Abstract: A distance-measuring device includes first and second stereoscopic cameras each to be used to measure the distance to an object included in an imaging range. The first stereoscopic camera includes two imaging elements arranged side by side in a first direction, and the second stereoscopic camera includes two imaging elements arranged side by side in a second direction. The second direction is defined as a direction which intersects a plane containing the first direction and an imaging direction of the first stereoscopic camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Akira SUZUKI, Manabu ISHIOKA, Hidehiko OGASAWARA, Yasuhiro WATARI, Masao SHIMIZU, Takayuki ISHIDA, Toshihiro KUSUNOKI, Yuichiro NAKAMURA
  • Publication number: 20180318703
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus includes a position control section and a display control section. The position control section controls a position of an object arranged in a virtual 3D space based on a relative position between an input apparatus used by a user wearing a head-mounted display and the head-mounted display. The display control section generates an image in the virtual 3D space including the object and displays the image on the head-mounted display. When a distance between the input apparatus and the head-mounted display is equal to a first distance or more, the position control section linearly changes the object position in response to a change in position of the input apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Takayuki Ishida, Akira Suzuki, Yasuhiro Watari