Patents by Inventor Yasuji Hagiwara

Yasuji Hagiwara 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: 20180356965
    Abstract: A controller identifies, when a contact position of a finger is detected by a detector, an object on a screen of a display device designated by the contact made on an input surface, on the basis of the contact position detected by the detector. When the object on the screen is identified, the control unit selects the object as an object to be moved, according to pressing force detected by the detector. When the contact position detected by the detector moves, with the object on the screen kept selected as the object to be moved, the controller moves such object to be moved on the screen, according to the movement of the contact position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Yasuji Hagiwara, Daisuke Takai, Yoshiyuki Kikuchi, Kazuhito Oshita, Mitsuo Makino, Hiroshi Shigetaka
  • Publication number: 20180210554
    Abstract: A tactile sensation reproduction apparatus, includes an input device; and a control unit, wherein the input device includes a plurality of operation bodies that protrude in an opposite direction from the case, a position detection device that detects a protruded position of each of the operation bodies from the case, and a motor that provides a force to each of the operation bodies, wherein when it is detected that one of the operation bodies is moved toward the case earlier than the other of the operation bodies based on the detection signal from the position detection device, the control unit drives the motor such that the other of the operation bodies is also moved toward the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Yasuji HAGIWARA, Daisuke TAKAI
  • Publication number: 20180129288
    Abstract: A tactile-sensation-reproducing apparatus includes input devices. In each of the input devices, two first operation members and one second operation member project from the case. The input device is operated with the second operation member held with a thumb and the first operation members held with index and middle fingers, respectively, as if an object were held. A control signal is transmitted from a control unit to a motor provided in the case, and reaction forces exerted by the first operation members and the second operation member are applied to the fingers, respectively. The reaction forces applied to the fingers are simulated as a sensation of hardness, softness, or elasticity of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Yasuji Hagiwara, Wataru Sato, Yuzuru Kawana, Daisuke Takai
  • Publication number: 20180120943
    Abstract: A tactile sensation reproduction apparatus including an input device including an operation body that is moved by a finger, a detection member that detects a moved position of the operation body, and a motor that provides a force to the operation body; a control unit; and a display panel that is controlled by the control unit, wherein the display panel displays a simulation image of a hand and a finger and a simulation image of an object to be touched by a hand or a finger, and wherein upon detecting that the operation body is pressed by a finger by a detection signal from the detection member, the control unit controls an output of the motor such that a force that stimulates the reaction force in accordance with the moved distance of the operation body is applied to the hand or the finger from the operation body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Wataru SATO, Yasuji HAGIWARA, Yuzuru KAWANA, Keigo WAKANA
  • Publication number: 20170317265
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a substrate that is flexible and thermally deformable, and a composite piezoelectric body disposed on the substrate. Output in accordance with deformation of the composite piezoelectric body is obtained. The composite piezoelectric body includes a piezoelectric layer containing an organic binder containing piezoelectric particles, a first electrode layer stacked on a first surface side of the piezoelectric layer, and a second electrode stacked on a second surface side of the piezoelectric layer. The substrate is insert molded and integrated with a molded resin body having a curved shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Heishiro FUDO, Yasuji HAGIWARA, Daisuke TAKAI, Shoji SAKURAI, Masahiro ISHIDA, Yo TAHARA
  • Publication number: 20170212548
    Abstract: A movement member which reciprocates includes a thick portion and a thin portion, a bearing portion formed in the thick portion is slidingly supported by the guide shaft, and a sliding portion formed in the thin portion is slidingly guided by the sliding guide portion. Power of the motor is transmitted to a pinion gear via a speed reduction gear and a speed reduction mechanism inside a gear box, and a movement reaction force is applied from the pinion gear to the rack portion. Since the rack portion is positioned on an axis Os, a force is effectively applied to the movement member by the power from the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Kunio SATO, Shun MIYAZAKI, Yasuji HAGIWARA, Keigo WAKANA, Shoji SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20170203208
    Abstract: An operating device includes a moving member that reciprocates, a motor that applies a force for moving forward and a force for moving rearward to the moving member, a position sensing unit that detects a position to which the moving member is moved, and a control device that varies a load applied to the motor in accordance with an output signal from the position sensing unit. According to the operating device, a reaction force that acts on a finger or the like can be changed in accordance with the position of the moving member that is operated by using a hand or the finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Kunio SATO, Shun MIYAZAKI, Yasuji HAGIWARA, Shoji SAKURAI, Keigo WAKANA
  • Patent number: 8476542
    Abstract: A flat-type input unit capable of outputting information regarding a position where a finger touches as coordinate data is provided in a casing of an input device. A main-switch unit and sub-switch units operated by the flat-type input unit are also provided in the casing. When ON output signals are simultaneously supplied from the main-switch unit and one of the sub-switch units, the flat-type input unit determines a position where the finger touches by performing a detection operation. It can be determined on the basis of the position whether the main-switch unit or the sub-switch unit is controlled. Moreover, since pressing any position of the flat-type input unit can cause the main-switch unit to supply an ON output signal, a confirmation input can be performed easily with the ON output signal supplied from the main-switch unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuji Hagiwara, Hayato Hosoya, Hirofumi Niitsuma, Kazunori Nakano
  • Patent number: 8368655
    Abstract: An input device includes an operation surface, a first detection means, a second detection means, an operation signal generating means, and a transmission means. The operation signal generating means generates an operation signal used to perform a first operation on a screen where a detection result of the first detection means has been reflected, if the duration of the detection, which is performed at the same contact position by the first detection means, is shorter than a predetermined time. The operation signal generating means generates an operation signal used to perform a second operation on the screen where a detection result of the second detection means has been reflected, as long as the detection is continued at the same contact position, if the duration of the detection, which is performed at the same contact position by the first detection means, reaches the predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuji Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 8077057
    Abstract: A capacitive input pad is provided at a position near input keys constituting a keyboard input unit. A left palm detecting unit and a right palm detecting unit are provided both sides of this input pad. When the left palm detecting unit and the right palm detecting unit detect both palms, an input operation, corresponding to a space key input area, an L-key input portion, or an R-key input portion, is performed through an operation of the input pad. When the left palm detecting unit and the right palm detecting unit do not detect both palms, a coordinate input operation is performed using the input pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhito Ohshita, Yasuji Hagiwara, Tadamitsu Sato
  • Patent number: 7583508
    Abstract: A strap controller (input device) includes a band-shaped strap, a connecting member which connects the strap in a looped shape, and a connecting cord which connects the connecting member to a portable audio device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuji Hagiwara, Junichi Inamura
  • Publication number: 20090128510
    Abstract: An input device includes an operation surface, a first detection means, a second detection means, an operation signal generating means, and a transmission means. The operation signal generating means generates an operation signal used to perform a first operation on a screen where a detection result of the first detection means has been reflected, if the duration of the detection, which is performed at the same contact position by the first detection means, is shorter than a predetermined time. The operation signal generating means generates an operation signal used to perform a second operation on the screen where a detection result of the second detection means has been reflected, as long as the detection is continued at the same contact position, if the duration of the detection, which is performed at the same contact position by the first detection means, reaches the predetermined time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yasuji Hagiwara
  • Publication number: 20080266143
    Abstract: A capacitive input pad is provided at a position near input keys constituting a keyboard input unit. A left palm detecting unit and a right palm detecting unit are provided both sides of this input pad. When the left palm detecting unit and the right palm detecting unit detect both palms, an input operation, corresponding to a space key input area, an L-key input portion, or an R-key input portion, is performed through an operation of the input pad. When the left palm detecting unit and the right palm detecting unit do not detect both palms, a coordinate input operation is performed using the input pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Kazuhito Ohshita, Yasuji Hagiwara, Tadamitsu Sato
  • Publication number: 20080223706
    Abstract: A flat-type input unit capable of outputting information regarding a position where a finger touches as coordinate data is provided in a casing of an input device. A main-switch unit and sub-switch units operated by the flat-type input unit are also provided in the casing. When ON output signals are simultaneously supplied from the main-switch unit and one of the sub-switch units, the flat-type input unit determines a position where the finger touches by performing a detection operation. It can be determined on the basis of the position whether the main-switch unit or the sub-switch unit is controlled. Moreover, since pressing any position of the flat-type input unit can cause the main-switch unit to supply an ON output signal, a confirmation input can be performed easily with the ON output signal supplied from the main-switch unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Yasuji Hagiwara, Hayato Hosoya, Hirofumi Niitsuma, Kazunori Nakano
  • Patent number: 7312790
    Abstract: An input apparatus includes a flat input device of a pressure-sensitive type or a capacitive type, and an indicator sheet on which indication marks are formed is fixed on the surface of the flat input device. A tactile-feel-generating unit is provided behind the flat input device. The tactile-feel-generating unit includes dome-shaped inversion plates which are disposed at positions corresponding to the indication marks. When one of the indication marks is pressed setting an input mode, an operation signal is generated in accordance with an item represented by the indication mark, and a tactile feel is generated by a reaction force of the corresponding inversion plate. When an indication mark is touched, while in an input mode, the control unit recognizes the resulting signal to be a coordinate data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadamitsu Sato, Katsumi Kato, Yasuji Hagiwara, Masahiro Soma
  • Patent number: 7310083
    Abstract: A coordinate input device includes a housing containing a movable member, a resilient member formed of a coil spring, and first and second detectors for detecting the sliding direction and the sliding distance of the movable member. The movable member in an initial position before a sliding operation faces a supporter of a first cover provided in the housing. When the movable member is slid in a certain direction, the resilient member is stretched in the certain direction and the first and second detectors detect the sliding direction and the sliding distance of the movable member. When the sliding operation of the movable member is finished, a resilient force of the resilient member stretched in the certain direction forces the movable member to return automatically to the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuji Hagiwara, Masahiro Soma, Masahiro Takata
  • Publication number: 20070262968
    Abstract: An input device is provided using a capacitive input pad for performing diverse inputs and minimizing an area of a space for arranging a keyboard input unit and an input pad. A multiplex input unit is provided adjacent to input keys constituting a keyboard input unit. The multiplex input unit includes a large-scaled key, a detection switch of which an output is switched when the large-scaled key is pressed, and a capacitive input pad provided on a surface of the large-scaled key. A data processor generates different input signals depending on whether the detection switch is in an OFF state or an ON state when a finger touches the input pad for a manipulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Applicant: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhito Ohshita, Yasuji Hagiwara, Tadamitsu Sato
  • Patent number: 7238896
    Abstract: A switch device is provided that includes a first switch portion in which an upper electrode and lower electrodes face each other at a predetermined gap and a second switch portion having metal domes which are disposed at a lower side facing the first switch portion and expand to a predetermined height. A first spacer having a predetermined thickness A is disposed in the first switch portion to form a gap between the upper electrode and the lower electrodes, a second spacer having a thickness B equal to or greater than the expanded height of the metal domes is disposed in the second switch portion, and the thickness of the second spacer is greater than that of the first spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daihei Nakayama, Masahiro Takata, Takashi Kondo, Yasuji Hagiwara, Kazunori Nakano
  • Publication number: 20060248457
    Abstract: To read and display the hiragana character “e” on a display device, an operator traces the outline of an input button three times with a finger. This allows a character on the display device to be changed sequentially from “a” to “i”?“u”?“e”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Yamamoto, Yasuji Hagiwara
  • Patent number: RE41443
    Abstract: An input device includes a pressure-sensitive or capacitive planar input unit with an indicator sheet which has input sections being secured to the surface of the planar input unit. A tactile feedback generator is provided at the back side of the planar input unit. The tactile feedback generator includes dome-shaped inversion plates that are separately provided at locations corresponding to the input sections and provide feedback to the operator. When an input section is pressed, an operation signal in accordance with what is indicated at the pressed input section is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsumi Kato, Yasuji Hagiwara, Masahiro Soma, Tadamitsu Sato