Patents by Inventor YASUHISA KAMIKAWA

YASUHISA KAMIKAWA 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: 20220388585
    Abstract: Provided is a robot device including a plurality of legs to perform a moving work. The robot device includes: a plurality of legs; and a body portion to which the legs are attached, the body portion having a bottom surface higher than a ground plane of the legs that are shortened to a maximum. The body portion includes a loading portion on which a load is placed in a space surrounded by the plurality of legs. Furthermore, an outer casing that covers the entire robot device including the plurality of legs is further provided. The outer casing includes an openable/closable lid or door on at least one of an upper surface, a front surface, a rear surface, a left side surface, or a right side surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Inventors: YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, YASUNORI KAWANAMI, EISUKE OHSHIMA, TOSHIMITSU KAI
  • Publication number: 20220355480
    Abstract: A control device (10) includes: an acquisition unit (12) that acquires outside-world information (11B) around a mobile body (100); and a control unit (13) that performs control to switch characteristics of a contact portion (130) capable of switching characteristics of a portion where a leg portion of the mobile body (100) comes into contact with an external environment on the basis of the outside-world information (11B) such that a contact sound between the contact portion (130) and the external environment changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Inventors: SATOKO NAGAKARI, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, WATARU KOKUBO, ATSUSHI SAKAMOTO
  • Patent number: 11419696
    Abstract: There is provided a control device that decides at least one medical image as a medical image to display or save from among medical images taken by a plurality of imaging devices, on a basis of imaging device status information that includes information about a position or an attitude for at least one of the plurality of imaging devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Kamikawa, Jun Arai
  • Publication number: 20220219321
    Abstract: There is provided a robot apparatus that includes a load compensation function dealing with a variation in load. The robot apparatus includes one or more movable portions, a load compensation section utilizing an elastic body to compensate for a load acting on the movable portion, and an initial displacement amount setting section applying, to the elastic body, an initial displacement amount corresponding to a desired position or posture of the movable portion. The initial displacement setting section includes an actuator displacing the elastic body by an initial displacement amount and locks the actuator with the elastic body remaining displaced by the initial displacement amount. The movable portion is a leg including a joint portion having a degree of rotational freedom around a pitch axis, and the initial displacement amount setting section sets the initial displacement amount on the basis of a toe force of the leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: YASUNORI KAWANAMI, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA
  • Patent number: 11382715
    Abstract: To provide a jig holding apparatus and medical observation apparatus, which enable linear motion of a jig without increasing the size of a holding mechanism configured to hold the jig. A jig holding apparatus (1) includes: a holding mechanism (100) including a holding section (173) configured to detachably hold a predetermined jig (10) from a periphery of the jig (10), and a linear motion driving section (130) provided around the jig (10) held by the holding section (173) and configured to cause the jig (10) to linearly move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Arai, Yohei Kuroda, Yasuhisa Kamikawa, Wataru Kokubo
  • Publication number: 20220192769
    Abstract: There is provided a surgical instrument having a plurality of methods of use and reducing the number of times that treatment portions are detachably replaced. The surgical instrument includes a treatment unit having a first treatment portion on an end portion thereof and a second treatment portion on another end portion thereof, and a holder that supports the treatment unit so as to allow the states of use of the first treatment portion and the second treatment portion to be switched. The holder supports the holder so as to be rotatable around a switching shaft for switching the states of use of the first treatment portion and the second treatment portion, and supports the treatment unit such that, while one of the first treatment portion and the second treatment portion is in a usable state, the other is in a standby state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: WILLIAM ALEXANDRE CONUS, MASAYA KINOSHITA, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, TAKUYA KOMAMI
  • Publication number: 20220185401
    Abstract: In a moving object including a plurality of supporting legs with casters, stability in wheel driving is improved. The moving object includes the plurality of supporting legs in which bases are mounted on a body and the casters are mounted on distal ends, a stabilizer, and a caster angle control unit. The stabilizer controls a position in contact with the ground of the caster of each of the plurality of supporting legs based on a target value of a posture of the body. The caster angle control unit controls a caster angle of each of the casters based on the target value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsufumi SUGIMOTO, Yasuhisa KAMIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20220026295
    Abstract: An environmental contact unit 20 is formed into a hemispherical shell shape, and a contact surface with an environmental surface (for example, a floor surface, a wall surface and the like) is formed into a spherical shape. A support unit 30 supports the environmental contact unit 20 so as to be movable around a first axis and around a second axis orthogonal to the first axis. Ranging sensors 41x and 41y are provided with an angular difference of 90 degrees around a third axis orthogonal to the first axis and the second axis in an opposing position between an end face 211 of the environmental contact unit 20 and an opposing surface 341 provided on the support unit 30 so as to be opposed to the end face 211.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Inventors: TAKASHI KITO, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, KAZUHITO WAKANA
  • Patent number: 11229498
    Abstract: [Object] To make it possible to perform gravity compensation with a more compact and lightweight configuration. [Solution] There is provided a medical support arm apparatus including: an arm section including multiple joint sections, and configured such that a medical tool is provided on a front end; an actuator at least provided in a compensated joint section that is a target of gravity compensation among the joint sections, and including a torque sensor that detects a torque acting on the compensated joint section; and a gravity compensation mechanism that imparts to the compensated joint section a compensating torque in a direction that cancels out a load torque due to a self-weight of the arm section acting on the compensated joint section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Kamikawa, Yohei Kuroda, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Jun Arai
  • Publication number: 20220017165
    Abstract: A robot leg structure includes: a link 500 extending downward from a leg joint; a ground contact portion 600 that comes in contact with a ground, a leaf spring 300 that couples the link 500 and the ground contact portion 600 to each other; and a damping member 400 arranged to be adjacent to the leaf spring 300 and configured to couple the link 500 and the ground contact portion 600 to each other. With this configuration, the damping member 400 damps the vibration attributed to the leaf spring 300, making it possible to reliably stabilize the motion of the legs of a robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, KAZUO HONGO, ATSUSHI SAKAMOTO, YOSHIKAZU FURUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20220016773
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes determination unit that determines whether a related element is included in environmental information on the basis of a position and a shape of the related element, and an environmental information control unit that controls a mode of acquisition or use of the environmental information on the basis of determination performed by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: RYOICHI TSUZAKI, MASAYA KINOSHITA, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, YUKI ITOTANI
  • Publication number: 20220018416
    Abstract: This elastic unit is provided with: a shaft-like member that extends in one direction and that is connected to a force point acted on by an external force; an enclosure member that has an internal space and that is penetrated by the shaft-like member; a bearing that is provided at a point of contact between the shaft-like member and the enclosure member so that the shaft-like member is movable with respect to the enclosure member; a plate member that is provided inside the internal space of the enclosure member so as to protrude from the shaft-like member; and at least one or more elastic members sandwiched between the enclosure member and the plate member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, HIROKI SAIJO, SATOKO NAGAKARI
  • Publication number: 20210309309
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a control unit (29) that controls an orientation of a mobile body (2) equipped with a plurality of leg portions (20) each including at least one joint, each of the leg portions having; a wheel body (2311) that is provided at a leading end of the leg portion and grounds the leg portion; and a pad portion (2312) that is provided on at least one side face of the wheel body and has a higher frictional resistance with respect to a ground surface than that of the wheel body, wherein the control unit controls a braking force that acts on the mobile body from the ground surface by controlling orientations of the leg portions in a pitch axis direction of the mobile body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: YASUNORI KAWANAMI, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20210291359
    Abstract: A link structure (1) includes: a first link (2); a target member to be moved (housing) (3) that is provided in the interior of the first link (2), and that is movable in the interior of the first link (2); a movement mechanism (4) that is fixed to the first link (2), and that is configured to cause the target member to be moved (3) to move in movement directions (M1, M2) along the first link (2) in response to power of a power part; and an action part (6) that is provided to the target member to be moved (3), and that is configured to act on a movement of a second link (8) mounted onto the first link (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, YASUNORI KAWANAMI
  • Publication number: 20210245647
    Abstract: A robot (1) includes: a main body (10) including a hollow portion (110) that is a hollow space penetrating the main body (10) in an up-down direction, the main body (10) being configured to lift and support a support object (30) inserted in the hollow portion (110) by moving in the up-down direction; and a movable member (200) configured to move the main body (10) at least in the up-down direction by operating a leg (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: TAKASHI KITO, YUKI ITOTANI, KOJI NAKANISHI, TAKARA KASAI, KAZUO HONGO, YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, ATSUSHI SAKAMOTO
  • Patent number: 11033340
    Abstract: To make it possible to configure a medical support arm apparatus which does not impair operability for the surgeon, and which is also compact. Provided is a medical support arm apparatus including: an arm section configured so that a medical tool is provided on a front end, and movable axes are arranged so that the arm section has at least six degrees of freedom. Among the movable axes, a movable axis provided on the front end side that prescribes an attitude of the medical tool is a passive axis that rotates by following an external force, and at least one axis provided on a base end side that prescribes a position of the medical tool is a drive axis driven by an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Kamikawa, Tetsuharu Fukushima, Wataru Kokubo, Yasuhiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10923980
    Abstract: In order to realize a movable mechanism capable of being configured more compactly and also capable of ensuring higher safety. A motor is provided. Also, an electrically active part is provided with an insulating structure so that insulating properties between the electrically active part and one or more conductors near the electrically active part satisfy a certain safety standard regarding medical electrical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Kokubo, Yasuhisa Kamikawa, Toshimitsu Tsuboi, Yohei Kuroda, Jun Arai
  • Patent number: 10898293
    Abstract: There is provided a medical support arm device including a brake provided in at least one joint of a plurality of joints that define a deployment configuration of a multi-joint arm, and configured to release a rotation shaft of the at least one joint when electricity is supplied to the multi-joint arm and lock the rotation shaft when electricity is not supplied to the multi joint arm. When electricity is not supplied the brake is configured to exert a brake force that supports a weight of the multi-joint arm to maintain the deployment configuration of the multi-joint arm, but also permits rotation of the rotation shaft by an external manually applied force equal to or larger than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuharu Fukushima, Wataru Kokubo, Toshimitsu Tsuboi, Yohei Kuroda, Yasuhisa Kamikawa
  • Publication number: 20200406781
    Abstract: An information processing device, an information processing method, and a program are proposed that make it possible to allow an autonomous moving body to make battery replacement more easily. The information processing device includes a controller. The controller couples, in a first region, a connection terminal to the autonomous moving body. The first region is provided for ejection of a first battery included in the autonomous moving body. The connection terminal is provided for power supply and included in a power supply apparatus disposed in the first region. The controller moves the autonomous moving body with the connection terminal coupled, from the first region to a second region in which a charged second battery is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: YASUHISA KAMIKAWA, ANEESH CHAND, WATARU KOKUBO, KAZUO HONGO
  • Patent number: 10856726
    Abstract: The present invention aims to make it capable of holding organs more safely. Provided is a medical support arm apparatus, including: an arm unit (510) whose driving is controlled by force control; and a retractor, provided on a front end of the arm unit (510), that holds an organ of a patient during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Arai, Yasuhisa Kamikawa, Kiyokazu Miyazawa, Yohei Kuroda, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Tetsuharu Fukushima