Patents by Inventor Yasutoshi Yamamoto

Yasutoshi Yamamoto 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: 9197818
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a determining unit operable to determine whether a subject indicated by a feature quantity information extracted by an extracting unit is a same face indicated by a feature quantity information stored in a storing unit as the registration candidate, and a display unit operable to display a screen for prompting a user to perform an operation concerning registration in accordance with number of times the determining unit determines that the subject indicated by the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit is the same subject indicated by the feature quantity information stored in the storing unit as the registration candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Tsutomu Mukai, Akio Nishiyama, Jun Watanabe, Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8780214
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus having a continuous shooting function includes an imaging unit configured to generate an image signal based on an optical signal of a subject, a storage unit configured to store an image file based on the image signal, a first detector configured to detect a motion of the imaging apparatus, and a controller configured to control a capturing interval of the imaging unit for capturing an image in a continuous shooting operation based on a detecting result of the first detector so that the capturing interval for a magnitude of the motion of the imaging apparatus which is larger than a predetermined value is shorter than the capturing interval for the magnitude of the motion of the imaging apparatus which is smaller than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Ishii, Masatoshi Nakamura, Ryo Hirota, Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8675096
    Abstract: An imaging device of the present invention comprises: an imaging mechanism; a sound acquisition unit operable to acquire sound data that includes information reflecting an imaging environment; and a setting unit operable to, based on the sound data acquired by the sound acquisition unit, select and set one or more setting values for controlling the imaging mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Ryouichi Kawanishi, Tsutomu Uenoyama, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Keiichi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8666221
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature associated with a case of the imaging apparatus, a moving image recording unit configured to generate moving image data based on one of a plurality of recording methods which determines image quality of a recording image, and records the moving image data in a recording medium, and a controller configured to control the recording method set on the moving image recording unit. The controller changes the recording method to be set on the moving image recording unit, according to a result of the sensing by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Okazaki, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Akira Seto, Tsutomu Mukai
  • Patent number: 8654229
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a synchronizing signal generation portion outputting a synchronizing signal periodically; a diaphragm; an imaging portion operated based on the synchronizing signal to pick up a subject image through the diaphragm and generate image data; a trigger input portion operable to input a trigger signal commanding a start of a photographing operation by the imaging portion; and a control portion controlling the operation of the imaging portion. The control portion controls synchronous processing for operating the diaphragm in synchronization with the synchronizing signal. When the trigger signal is input, the control portion stops the generation of the synchronizing signal by the synchronizing signal generation portion and thereafter resumes the generation of the synchronizing signal, while when the synchronous processing is being performed, the control portion initializes the synchronous processing before resuming the generation of the synchronizing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Shigeta, Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8503817
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus electrically corrects distortion of an input image to generate an output image. The image processing apparatus includes a correction processing section operable to sequentially read data of the input image for each pixel in an order of scanning, and perform distortion correction for each pixel of the output image using the read data of the pixel. The correction processing section outputs data of a pixel which distortion correction is completed, in an order different from an order of scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shogo Sasaki, Yoshimasa Okabe, Yuji Shigeta, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Keiichi Tagano
  • Patent number: 8447161
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a setting unit and a display controller configured to control the display unit. A plurality of recording modes include a first recording mode which generates heat so that the temperature in the case reaches a predetermined temperature, and a second recording mode which generates heat so that the temperature in the case cannot reach the predetermined temperature. The display controller determines the remaining recording time based on the temperature of a case, and determines whether the set-up recording mode is the first recording mode, and determines, based on a result of the determination, whether to display a remaining recording time which is determined based on the temperature in the case, on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Okazaki, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Akira Seto, Tsutomu Mukai
  • Patent number: 8441559
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus is provided for reducing noise which is derived from random noise contained in a correction signal used for correcting an image data and is newly generated on correction of the image data. The imaging apparatus drives vertical transfer registers with no signal charge from photoelectric transducers read out to the vertical transfer registers to obtain and store a correction signal into a field memory. The apparatus subtracts the correction signal from the image data by a subtractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Tanizoe, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Yoshimasa Okabe, Hiromasa Funakoshi
  • Patent number: 8339448
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit operable to capture a subject to generate image data, an extracting unit operable to extract feature quantity information indicative of a feature of the subject from the image data generated by the imaging unit, a storing unit operable to store the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit as a registration candidate, a determining unit operable to determine whether a subject indicated by the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit is a same face indicated by the feature quantity information stored in the storing unit as the registration candidate, and a display unit operable to display a screen for prompting a user to perform an operation concerning registration in accordance with number of times the determining unit determines that the subject indicated by the feature quantity information extracted by the extracting unit is the same subject indicated by the feature quantity information stored in the storing unit as the r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Mukai, Akio Nishiyama, Jun Watanabe, Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8294813
    Abstract: The imaging device of the present invention includes an image generator that generates an electric image from optical information inputted thereto; an operation portion that receives an instruction for a shooting preparation operation or a shooting operation from a user; a scene discriminator that discriminates a shooting scene on the basis of the image generated by the image generator and a picture quality adjuster that adjusts the picture quality of the image generated by the image generator on the basis of a result of discrimination performed by the scene discriminator. Due to this configuration, it is possible to discriminate an optimum shooting scene on the basis of an image to be captured, and consequently the operability can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Kawaguchi, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Yuki Miura, Akihiro Okamoto, Shoichi Yokoi, Hidetsugu Ichino, Ikuhiro Sakurai, Masanori Kouyama
  • Publication number: 20120189265
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature associated with a case of the imaging apparatus, a moving image recording unit configured to generate moving image data based on one of a plurality of recording methods which determines image quality of a recording image, and records the moving image data in a recording medium, and a controller configured to control the recording method set on the moving image recording unit. The controller changes the recording method to be set on the moving image recording unit, according to a result of the sensing by the temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: YOSHINORI OKAZAKI, YASUTOSHI YAMAMOTO, AKIRA SETO, TSUTOMU MUKAI
  • Publication number: 20120189264
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a setting unit and a display controller configured to control the display unit. A plurality of recording modes include a first recording mode which generates heat so that the temperature in the case reaches a predetermined temperature, and a second recording mode which generates heat so that the temperature in the case cannot reach the predetermined temperature. The display controller determines the remaining recording time based on the temperature of a case, and determines whether the set-up recording mode is the first recording mode, and determines, based on a result of the determination, whether to display a remaining recording time which is determined based on the temperature in the case, on the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: YOSHINORI OKAZAKI, YASUTOSHI YAMAMOTO, AKIRA SETO, TSUTOMU MUKAI
  • Publication number: 20120162498
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a synchronizing signal generation portion outputting a synchronizing signal periodically; a diaphragm; an imaging portion operated based on the synchronizing signal to pick up a subject image through the diaphragm and generate image data; a trigger input portion operable to input a trigger signal commanding a start of a photographing operation by the imaging portion; and a control portion controlling the operation of the imaging portion. The control portion controls synchronous processing for operating the diaphragm in synchronization with the synchronizing signal. When the trigger signal is input, the control portion stops the generation of the synchronizing signal by the synchronizing signal generation portion and thereafter resumes the generation of the synchronizing signal, while when the synchronous processing is being performed, the control portion initializes the synchronous processing before resuming the generation of the synchronizing signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji SHIGETA, Yasutoshi YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 8115843
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus includes: a synchronizing signal generation portion (6); an imaging portion (1) that is operated based on a synchronizing signal to pick up an image and generate image data; a trigger input portion (18) operable to input a trigger signal for commanding a start of a photographing operation; and a control portion (5) that controls the operation of the imaging portion based on the synchronizing signal and the trigger signal. The control portion controls synchronous processing that is performed in synchronization with the synchronizing signal to pickup a moving image. When the trigger signal is input, the control portion immediately stops the generation of the synchronizing signal by the synchronizing signal generation portion when the synchronous processing is not being performed, while the control portion initializes the synchronous processing and then stops the generation of the synchronizing signal when the synchronous processing is being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Shigeta, Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8073280
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to the present invention includes a feature extracting portion that extracts a feature of a frequency characteristic of an input image, a correction amount calculating portion that calculates a correction amount of the frequency characteristic from the feature extracted by the feature extracting portion, and an image correcting portion that corrects the input image according to the correction amount calculated by the correction amount calculating portion. This configuration achieves imperviousness to frequency characteristics of a subject and makes it possible to correct image degradation properly so as to restore an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20110279691
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus having a continuous shooting function includes an imaging unit configured to generate an image signal based on an optical signal of a subject, a storage unit configured to store an image file based on the image signal, a first detector configured to detect a motion of the imaging apparatus, and a controller configured to control a capturing interval of the imaging unit for capturing an image in a continuous shooting operation based on a detecting result of the first detector so that the capturing interval for a magnitude of the motion of the imaging apparatus which is larger than a predetermined value is shorter than the capturing interval for the magnitude of the motion of the imaging apparatus which is smaller than the predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: HIROFUMI ISHII, MASATOSHI NAKAMURA, RYO HIROTA, YASUTOSHI YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20110181759
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus is provided for reducing noise which is derived from random noise contained in a correction signal used for correcting an image data and is newly generated on correction of the image data. The imaging apparatus drives vertical transfer registers with no signal charge from photoelectric transducers read out to the vertical transfer registers to obtain and store a correction signal into a field memory. The apparatus subtracts the correction signal from the image data by a subtractor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Tanizoe, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Yoshimasa Okabe, Hiromasa Funakoshi
  • Patent number: 7956907
    Abstract: An image capture device which can reduce low-frequency noise even circuitry of a small scale is provided. An image capture device includes: an acquisition section which is used to acquire sensitivity information concerning a sensitivity; an imager for generating first image data; a zoom section for changing a size of an image which is based on input image data, the zoom section outputting second image data which is obtained by reducing a size of an image represented by the first image data; and a noise suppression section for outputting third image data which is obtained by reducing noise in an image represented by the second image data. In accordance with the sensitivity information, the zoom section changes a zoom factor by which to reduce the size of the image represented by the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Tanizoe, Yoshimasa Okabe, Yuuji Shigeta, Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7948531
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus is provided for reducing noise which is derived from random noise contained in a correction signal used for correcting an image data and is newly generated on correction of the image data. The imaging apparatus drives vertical transfer registers with no signal charge from photoelectric transducers read out to the vertical transfer registers to obtain and store a correction signal into a field memory. The apparatus subtracts the correction signal from the image data by a subtractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Tanizoe, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Yoshimasa Okabe, Hiromasa Funakoshi
  • Patent number: 7936383
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus has an optical zoom function, with which the image imaged on the imaging device (CCD) is enlarged and reduced by moving an optical system, and an electronic zoom function, with which the image data generated by the imaging device is electronically enlarged and reduced. In an imaging mode (pixel-number conversion mode) in which the image generated by the imaging device is recorded with the number of pixels lower than that of the imaging device, the imaging apparatus performs control so that only the electronic zoom is actuated when a total zoom magnification is not more than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Masaaki Nakayama, Shinobu Fusa, Kaoru Mokunaka, Shougo Sasaki