Patents by Inventor Yasuo Morinaga

Yasuo Morinaga 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: 20190004699
    Abstract: A terminal device is provided which is capable of making a key display with which a user makes an input easily. A hover position detection unit measures a distribution of a physical quantity indicating a degree of approach of an operation finger to a touch panel, and detects a hover position from the distribution of the physical quantity. A target key identification unit identifies, as a target key, a key corresponding to a display region including coordinates of the hover position. A user assistance display control unit generates a display control signal indicating that an assistance display that represents the target key is to be displayed at a different position from a display position of the target key. A display makes a screen display in accordance with the display control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Masashi TAGAYA, Shigeko KOBAYASHI, Masakatsu TSUKAMOTO, Sadanori AOYAGI, Yasuo MORINAGA
  • Patent number: 9467946
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes a first detection unit that detects a change in a position of the portable terminal; a second detection unit that detects a change in a physical quantity representing a surrounding condition of the portable terminal; and a transition unit that causes the portable terminal to transition from a first state to a second state in which electricity consumption is smaller than that of the first state, when a relation between a direction of the change detected by the first detection unit and a trend in the change in the physical quantity detected by the second detection unit satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Masashi Tagaya, Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Sadanori Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 9454836
    Abstract: In an object display device, a pattern extraction unit extracts a region where an object is easily visually recognized when the object is overlaid and displayed in an image in real space, from the image in real space, based on information about the size and color of the object and information about the color of the image in real space that are acquired by an image analysis unit, and a display position correction unit corrects the display position of the object to this region. This facilitates visual recognition of the object and enhances various effects, such as informativeness, brought about by the displaying of the object in the image in real space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Manabu Ota
  • Patent number: 9305399
    Abstract: An object display device includes an image capturing unit for acquiring an image in real space, an image feature extraction unit for extracting a predetermined feature about an image either in a plurality of feature regions detected from the image in real space or in the entire image in real space, an image processing unit for performing correction processing on an image of an object based on the predetermined feature about the image, and a display unit for displaying an overlaid image in which the image of the object subjected to correction processing is overlaid on the image in real space. With this configuration, the feature of the image in real space is appropriately reflected in the image of the object in the overlaid image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Manabu Ota
  • Patent number: 9223468
    Abstract: A display apparatus communicatively connected to a distribution apparatus. The display apparatus storing one or more information contents of external information distributed from the distribution apparatus and/or internal information of the display apparatus, an icon associated with each of the information contents, a placement area for placing the icon, and one or more templates having one or more placement areas for placing icons; determining which of the information contents and the icons are to be displayed; selecting a template where the determined information contents and icons are displayable; and generating and displaying an image to be displayed by embedding the determined icon in a placement area of the selected template corresponding to a placement area associated with the determined icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Ota, Yasuo Morinaga, Masakatsu Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 9172767
    Abstract: A data distribution server, a mobile terminal, and a data distribution method perform distribution of data in consideration of memory capacity. In a mobile terminal, an amount-of-space arithmetic unit carries out an arithmetic operation for an amount of space and a possible amount of space of an object storage unit. Then, in an object distribution server, object data is selected based on the amount of space or the like, and a distribution list is generated and transmitted to the mobile terminal. In the mobile terminal, deletion of object data determined as deletable is performed in order to acquire object data in the distribution list. Acquisition of the object data is then performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Manabu Ota
  • Patent number: 9171388
    Abstract: In an object display device, in the case that a marker is not detected at present, a display complementing unit acquires a change in an image in real space displayed on a display unit between the past when the marker was detected and the present. Since a virtual object is displayed based on the position and shape of the marker in the image in real space, the display position and display manner of the virtual object are also to be changed in accordance with a change in the image in real space. A display decision unit can therefore decide the display position and display manner of the virtual object at present from the display position and display manner of the virtual object in the past, based on the change in the image in real space between the past and the present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Manabu Ota
  • Patent number: 9153202
    Abstract: An object display device includes: an image acquisition unit for acquiring an image in real space; a shade computation unit for acquiring shade information indicating an appearance position of a shadow in real space; an image processing unit for correcting the image in real space or an image of a marker stored in advance, so as to eliminate the effects of a shadow, based on the shade information; a marker sensing unit for extracting the marker from the image in real space using the image in real space and the image of the marker at least one of which is corrected; and a display unit for overlaying a virtual object associated with the marker on the image in real space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Manabu Ota
  • Patent number: 9154742
    Abstract: In a terminal location specifying system, landmark information of a landmark located within a specified distance from an approximate position is retrieved based on approximate position information of a mobile terminal, and the retrieved landmark information is transmitted to the mobile terminal. The mobile terminal can thereby acquire the landmark information about the landmark located in the vicinity of the mobile terminal. Further, because the landmark information pre-stored in a server is transmitted to the mobile terminal, it is possible to reliably specify the position of the mobile terminal based on the landmark image. Then, the photographing position of the image is analyzed based on the landmark image, and the photographing position is managed as the located position of the mobile terminal and used for position correction, and it is thus possible to accurately specify the position of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Ota, Yasuo Morinaga
  • Patent number: 9153199
    Abstract: A mobile equipment includes an alternative display searching part sending an alternative display list request including current position information indicating the current position of the mobile equipment to a server, receiving from the server an alternative display list representing a list of display devices located near the current position, and selecting an alternative destination display device from the alternative display list on the basis of an inter-device distance between each of the display device and the mobile equipment, an ME short-distance radio communication part sending a distance measuring signal request signal to the display devices by short-distance radio communication and estimating the inter-device distance on the basis of the field strength of a distance measuring signal sent from the display devices, and an ME network connection part sending event information of the mobile equipment to the alternative destination display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Yasuo Morinaga, Masashi Tagaya
  • Publication number: 20150277661
    Abstract: To suppress the occurrence of operation error with respect to a user operation for indicating an object on a display surface. Display device displays an image on display surface, and can also detect a proximity operation in which finger F is brought close to display surface without making contact and a contact operation in which the finger makes contact with display surface. Display device displays on display surface email composing screen SC1 that includes selectable objects. When a proximity operation that indicates object b1 is detected, display device sets a selection of object b1 to valid and sets a selection of surrounding objects b2 to b5 (objects represented by diagonal hatching in FIG. 6B) to invalid. When detecting a contact operation that indicates object b1 for which selection is set to valid, display device specifies object b1 as a selected object by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Masashi Tagaya, Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Sadanori Aoyagi
  • Publication number: 20150277760
    Abstract: A terminal device is provided which is capable of making a key display with which a user makes an input easily. A hover position detection unit measures a distribution of a physical quantity indicating a degree of approach of an operation finger to a touch panel, and detects a hover position from the distribution of the physical quantity. A target key identification unit identifies, as a target key, a key corresponding to a display region including coordinates of the hover position. A user assistance display control unit generates a display control signal indicating that an assistance display that represents the target key is to be displayed at a different position from a display position of the target key. A display makes a screen display in accordance with the display control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Tagaya, Shigeko Kobayashi, Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Sadanori Aoyagi, Yasuo Morinaga
  • Patent number: 9146636
    Abstract: A mobile information terminal that can acquire an optimum placement area for a controllable object, regardless of variability in user's gripping features among individuals. A pressure sensor array acquires a gripping pressure distribution; a gripping pressure logger records time-series changes in gripping pressure at each pressure sensor forming the pressure sensor array; a gripping pressure change point detection unit includes a gripping pressure change amount calculation section that acquires time-series changes in gripping pressure at each pressure sensor and determines whether the change in gripping pressure per unit time exceeds a predetermined value at any pressure sensor; and a placement area acquisition section specifies, when the change in gripping pressure per unit time exceeds the predetermined value at any pressure sensor, an optimum placement area for a controllable object with reference to a position where the change in gripping pressure per unit time exceeds the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Manabu Ota, Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Takeshi Higuchi
  • Patent number: 9146637
    Abstract: A mobile information terminal to determine whether a user's operation state is one-handed operation or two-handed operation. The mobile information terminal includes a pressure sensor array that acquires a gripping pressure distribution; a gripping pressure logger that records time-series changes in gripping pressure at each pressure sensor forming the pressure sensor array; a gripping pressure change point detection unit that includes a gripping pressure change amount calculation section that acquires time-series changes in gripping pressure at each pressure sensor and determines whether the amount of change in gripping pressure per unit time exceeds a predetermined value at any pressure sensor; and an operation state determination section that determines the operation state of the user of the mobile information terminal is one-handed operation when the amount of change in gripping pressure per unit time exceeds the predetermined value at any pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Manabu Ota, Takeshi Higuchi
  • Publication number: 20150253925
    Abstract: Support information or related information regarding an input operation target is explicitly displayed when the proximity is detected before a user selects and fixes an input operation target, so as to support a user's accurate input operation, thereby improving operability. A portable terminal includes a proximity detection unit that detects a proximity of the finger to a screen, and a key image combining unit that displays enlarged images of an item displayed at a proximity correspondence position on the screen and all items adjacent to the item at the proximity correspondence position which is a position on the screen corresponding to proximity coordinates of the finger of which the proximity is detected, or in a vicinity of the proximity correspondence position, as related information or support information regarding the item displayed at the proximity correspondence position on the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicants: PANASONIC MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS CO., LTD., NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Nakao, Hiroyuki Sato, Masashi Tagaya, Yasuo Morinaga, Masaki Itou
  • Publication number: 20150245297
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes a first detection unit that detects a change in a position of the portable terminal; a second detection unit that detects a change in a physical quantity representing a surrounding condition of the portable terminal; and a transition unit that causes the portable terminal to transition from a first state to a second state in which electricity consumption is smaller than that of the first state, when a relation between a direction of the change detected by the first detection unit and a trend in the change in the physical quantity detected by the second detection unit satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Masashi Tagaya, Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Sadanori Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 9117067
    Abstract: A mobile information terminal includes a mode acquisition section adapted to acquire the mode of the mobile information terminal; a sample filling section adapted to, when the number of gripping feature samples acquired in a mode is insufficient, fill in lacking gripping feature samples with gripping feature samples acquired in another mode; a gripping-feature sample acquisition section adapted to acquire gripping feature samples; a switch adapted to switch the mobile information terminal between a learning state and an authentication state; a template learning section adapted to learn an authentication template in each mode using the gripping feature samples when the mobile information terminal is in the learning state; an authentication section adapted to compare the learned authentication template with gripping feature samples in each mode to perform authentication; and a locking section adapted to lock some or all of functions of the mobile information terminal when the authentication fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC
    Inventors: Manabu Ota, Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Yasuo Morinaga, Takeshi Higuchi
  • Publication number: 20150193112
    Abstract: Display device is able to detect a proximity operation in which finger F is brought close to display surface without making contact and a contact operation in which the finger makes contact with display surface. Display device specifies a position of a finger of a user while in a stationary state above display screen as reference position BP1 or BP2 based on the proximate operation of the user. When display device specifies reference position BP1 or BP2 after screen SC1 including selectable objects is displayed on display surface, display device enlarges and displays objects located in specific region Ts according to the specified reference position (objects having reference sign “M” at the end). This allows for supporting the user in indicating by a contact operation of an object located at a position further away from the finger when the user operates display device with one hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Applicant: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Tagaya, Sadanori Aoyagi, Yasuo Morinaga, Masakatsu Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 9032511
    Abstract: A mobile information terminal including a gripping-feature sample acquisition unit to acquire a gripping-feature sample, one or more environmental sensors outputting an environmental signal, a terminal status detector to acquire the environmental signal and detect a terminal status, a template selection unit to select a user authentication template fitting the detected terminal status, a user authentication unit collating the acquired gripping-feature sample with the selected user authentication template and outputting a user authentication result, a user authenticity level monitor that outputs a sensor power source OFF signal when the user authenticity level exceeds a threshold value and outputs a sensor power source ON signal when the user authenticity level falls below the threshold value, and a power source control unit halting energization to a sensor when acquiring the sensor power source OFF signal, and energizing a sensor when acquiring the sensor power source ON signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Masakatsu Tsukamoto, Manabu Ota, Takeshi Higuchi
  • Patent number: 8996577
    Abstract: In an object information provision system, at least one matching data is transmitted from an object information provision device to a terminal, and a result of image analysis based on the matching data is transmitted from the terminal to the object information provision device, and the amount of information of matching data is adjusted based on the image processing result. The success or failure of extraction of a valid physical object represented by the matching data in the terminal is thereby reflected on the amount of information of matching data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Ota, Yasuo Morinaga