Patents by Inventor Yoichiro Sako

Yoichiro Sako 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: 10771845
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus that obtains information of a voice input of at least one user and estimates an attribute of the user based on the information of the voice input. The information processing apparatus further controls a display apparatus to display a layout image for the information of the voice input based on the estimated attribute of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Mitsuru Takehara, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Takatoshi Nakamura, Kohei Asada, Kazunori Hayashi, Yasunori Kamada, Takayasu Kon, Akira Tange, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Tomoya Onuma, Yuki Koga
  • Patent number: 10771957
    Abstract: There is provided a wireless communication apparatus that includes a communication unit that uses wireless communication to transmit and receive data related to a service provided by at least one of the wireless communication apparatus and another wireless communication apparatus with other wireless communication apparatuses present within a designated range, and a control unit that associates service information for identifying the service with user information for identifying a user using a wireless communication apparatus that provides the service, and include and transmit the associated information in the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Sakoda, Takushi Kunihiro, Yoichiro Sako, Kouichirou Ono, Makoto Akagi, Katsuhito Ishida, Mitsuru Takehara, Kento Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10754435
    Abstract: The present technology relates to information processing apparatus and method, and a program, which are capable of presenting an operation input unit in a position in which a user easily performs an input operation. An imaging unit captures an image of a vicinity of a display unit. A hand recognition unit recognizes a hand by extracting a hand image obtained by capturing a hand, based on feature information of the hand, from the image captured by the imaging unit. The hand position detection unit specifies a real position on a display unit from information on a position in an image in which the hand image is present. A display control unit for an operation input unit displays an operation input unit in a position on the display unit which is specified based on the position of the hand detected by the hand position detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichirou Ono, Yoichiro Sako
  • Patent number: 10733516
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus, including a calculation section which calculates a proficiency level of a user for operations performed by the user for achieving a prescribed objective based on history information related to the operations and attribute information related to physical features of the user, and a generation section which generates advice for achieving the objective based on the proficiency level calculated by the calculation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayasu Kon, Yoichiro Sako, Kazunori Hayashi, Yasunori Kamada, Takatoshi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Tomoya Onuma, Akira Tange
  • Publication number: 20200241532
    Abstract: An automatic driving vehicle includes an automatic driving mode in which autonomous traveling is carried out. The automatic driving vehicle receives information for estimating a setup for a destination and a time. The information is input by a driver or a user when the driver or the user gets out of the automatic driving vehicle. The automatic driving vehicle is controlled to move to the destination on a basis of the destination and the time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: MICOLATTA INC.
    Inventors: Masahiro SUZUKI, Yoichiro SAKO
  • Publication number: 20200198658
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a traveling driving system configured to execute traveling of an own vehicle; a non-traveling-application providing unit configured to provide a passenger with an application other than the traveling of the own vehicle; and a control unit. The control unit includes: inquiry means for inquiring a usage application of the own vehicle to the passenger when it is detected that the passenger gets into the own vehicle, the usage application including a traveling application and the application other than traveling of the own vehicle; non-traveling-application providing unit activating means for activating the non-traveling-application providing unit in a case where the application other than traveling is selected in response to the inquiry by the inquiry means; and traveling driving system activating means for activating the traveling driving system in a case where the traveling application is selected in response to the inquiry by the inquiry means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Mico Latta Inc.
    Inventors: Masahiro SUZUKI, Mayumi SUZUKI, Yoichiro SAKO
  • Publication number: 20200162415
    Abstract: A communication method includes the steps of transmitting, by means of a first communication apparatus, personal information to a second communication apparatus; receiving, by means of the second communication apparatus, the personal information and searching, by means of the second communication apparatus, whether or not personal information having the same content as the received personal information exists in the second communication apparatus; and notifying, by means of the second communication apparatus, the first communication apparatus of a search result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Cororation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Mitsuru Takehara, Toshiro Terauchi, Makoto Inoue, Motoyuki Takai, Masamichi Asukai, Katsuya Shirai, Takatoshi Nakamura, Toru Sasaki, Yuichi Sakai, Masafumi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10656648
    Abstract: An automatic driving vehicle includes an automatic driving mode in which autonomous traveling is carried out. The automatic driving vehicle receives a setup for a destination and an arrival time after a driver or a passenger gets out of the automatic driving vehicle. The setup for the destination and the arrival time is input when the driver or the passenger gets out of the automatic driving vehicle. The automatic driving vehicle is controlled to move to the destination after the driver or the passenger gets out of the automatic driving vehicle on a basis of the destination and the arrival time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MICOLATTA INC.
    Inventors: Masahiro Suzuki, Yoichiro Sako
  • Patent number: 10607625
    Abstract: There is provided a storage control device including: a filter detecting unit configured to detect a voice signal estimation filter for estimating a first voice signal heard by a specific user himself/herself; an estimation unit configured to estimate the first voice signal heard by the specific user himself/herself, on the basis of a voice signal including a second voice signal of the specific user collected by an air conduction sound collecting unit in accordance with the voice signal estimation filter detected by the filter detecting unit; and a storage control unit configured to cause a storage unit to store the first voice signal estimated by the estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Kohei Asada, Katsuhisa Aratani, Mitsuru Takehara, Takatoshi Nakamura, Kazunori Hayashi, Takayasu Kon, Yuki Koga, Tomoya Onuma, Akira Tange, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Yasunori Kamada, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Kazuhiro Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20200098157
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a bio-information obtaining unit configured to obtain bio-information of a subject; a kinetic-information obtaining unit configured to obtain kinetic information of the subject; and a control unit configured to determine an expression or movement of an avatar on the basis of the bio-information obtained by the bio-information obtaining unit and the kinetic information obtained by the kinetic-information obtaining unit and to perform a control operation so that the avatar with the determined expression or movement is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akane Sano, Masamichi Asukai, Taiji Ito, Yoichiro Sako
  • Patent number: 10587567
    Abstract: A communication method includes the steps of transmitting, by means of a first communication apparatus, personal information to a second communication apparatus; receiving, by means of the second communication apparatus, the personal information and searching, by means of the second communication apparatus, whether or not personal information having the same content as the received personal information exists in the second communication apparatus; and notifying, by means of the second communication apparatus, the first communication apparatus of a search result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Mitsuru Takehara, Toshiro Terauchi, Makoto Inoue, Motoyuki Takai, Masamichi Asukai, Katsuya Shirai, Takatoshi Nakamura, Toru Sasaki, Yuichi Sakai, Masafumi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10546281
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and programs for billing for electric power. A billing method may include generating billing information for an amount related to electric power transmitted by a power supply device, performing a billing process based on the billing information, and selectively transmitting electric power based on the result of the billing process. A power supply device may include a billing information generating unit, a billing processing unit, and a power control unit. Another billing method may include determining whether billing information has been received, performing a billing process after it is determined that the billing information has been received, transmitting a response signal to a power supply device, and providing notice regarding information related to the billing process. A power receiving device may include a billing processing unit, a power control unit, and a notice control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Taro Tadano, Takanori Washiro, Kazuyoshi Takemura, Kuniya Hayashi, Isao Soma, Kayoko Tanaka, Satoshi Higano, Kazutoshi Serita
  • Patent number: 10529114
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a bio-information obtaining unit configured to obtain bio-information of a subject; a kinetic-information obtaining unit configured to obtain kinetic information of the subject; and a control unit configured to determine an expression or movement of an avatar on the basis of the bio-information obtained by the bio-information obtaining unit and the kinetic information obtained by the kinetic-information obtaining unit and to perform a control operation so that the avatar with the determined expression or movement is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akane Sano, Masamichi Asukai, Taiji Ito, Yoichiro Sako
  • Publication number: 20200005099
    Abstract: There is provided a display control system including a plurality of display units, an imaging unit configured to capture a subject, a predictor configured to predict an action of the subject according to a captured image captured by the imaging unit, a guide image generator configured to generate a guide image that guides the subject according to a prediction result from the predictor, and a display controller configured to, on the basis of the prediction result from the predictor, select a display unit capable of displaying an image at a position corresponding to the subject from the plurality of display units, and to control the selected display unit to display the guide image at the position corresponding to the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Watanabe, Yoichiro Sako, Akira Tange, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Kohei Asada, Takatoshi Nakamura, Mitsuru Takehara, Yasunori Kamada, Takayasu Kon, Kazunori Hayashi, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Yuki Koga, Tomoya Onuma
  • Patent number: 10495904
    Abstract: To provide a contact lens and a storage medium enabling a pair of contact lenses to operate in coordination with each other. Provided is a pair of contact lenses including: a pair of lens parts configured to be worn on respective eyeballs of both eyes; a first function unit provided to one of the pair of lens parts; and a second function unit provided to the other one of the pair of lens parts, the second function unit having a function different from a function of the first function unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Kazunori Hayashi, Takatoshi Nakamura, Tomoya Onuma, Takayasu Kon, Akira Tange, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Masakazu Yajima, Kohei Asada
  • Patent number: 10481677
    Abstract: An adequate display operation control in accordance with the external world situation is realized. For example, where a user wears the wearing unit of a spectacle-shaped or head-worn unit, the user is made to be able to view any type of image on the display section immediately in front of the eyes, and provided with taken images, reproduced images, and received images. At the point, a control relative to various display operations such as on/off of the display operation, display operation mode, and source chage is carried out based on external world information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Masaaki Tsuruta, Taiji Ito, Masamichi Asukai
  • Publication number: 20190340523
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus, including a calculation section which calculates a proficiency level of a user for operations performed by the user for achieving a prescribed objective based on history information related to the operations and attribute information related to physical features of the user, and a generation section which generates advice for achieving the objective based on the proficiency level calculated by the calculation section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayasu KON, Yoichiro SAKO, Kazunori HAYASHI, Yasunori KAMADA, Takatoshi NAKAMURA, Hiroyuki HANAYA, Tomoya ONUMA, Akira TANGE
  • Patent number: 10466773
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display apparatus and a display method for realizing control for display operations by a user precisely reflecting the user's status, i.e., the user's intentions, visual state and physical conditions. Worn as an eyeglass-like or head-mount wearable unit for example, the display apparatus of the present invention enables the user to recognize visibly various images on the display unit positioned in front of the user's eyes thereby providing the picked up images, reproduced images, and received images. As control for various display operations such as switching between the display state and the see-through state, display operation mode and selecting sources, the display apparatus of the present invention acquires information about either behavior or physical status of the user, and determines either intention or status of the user in accordance with the acquired information, thereby controlling the display operation appropriately on the basis of the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Masaaki Tsuruta, Taiji Ito, Masamichi Asukai
  • Publication number: 20190299933
    Abstract: A vehicle dispatch management system includes a vehicle dispatch management server and an autonomous vehicle managed thereby. The system dispatches a vehicle to a user based on a vehicle dispatch request to the vehicle dispatch management server from the user. The autonomous vehicle includes a network interface that communicates with the dispatch management server. The vehicle performs a first authentication by comparing first reference information and first authentication information, and determining, based on the first comparison, whether the user passes a first authentication. The vehicle dispatch management server includes a further network interface that carries out communication with the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: MICO LATTA INC.
    Inventors: Masahiro SUZUKI, Yoichiro SAKO
  • Patent number: RE47948
    Abstract: By allowing the movement of a user to affect the playback of content, the entertainment characteristic or uplifting spirits derived from content playback itself can be enhanced. The timing at which the user places his/her foot on the ground while walking or the timing at which the user shakes or changes from swinging in one direction to swinging to another direction is detected. Then, content, such as a music piece or moving pictures, is played back by allowing the timing of beats or bars of the music piece or the timing of scene changes or cut changes of the moving pictures to be synchronized with the timing of the movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Motoyuki Takai, Toshiro Terauchi, Yoichiro Sako, Yasushi Miyajima, Kosei Yamashita, Makoto Inoue, Masamichi Asukai, Katsuya Shirai, Kenichi Makino