Patents by Inventor Yoshihiro Itsuzaki

Yoshihiro Itsuzaki 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: 6122398
    Abstract: Deviation between an upper portion and a lower portion of a screw hole is recognized. This is accomplished by imaging holes in respective objects to obtain a contrast image. The position of the hole in the upper object and the lower object is detected. The deviation between the positions is calculated. Screws are tightened sequentially beginning with the hole having the smallest deviation. The rotation angle of the object to be tightened is determined. From this rotation angle, the deviation of other holes is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Misuzu Yokomae (nee Takano), Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Kinji Horikami, deceased, Kazumasa Okumura
  • Patent number: 5995663
    Abstract: A shape detection apparatus able to accurately detect the image position of a target object even when the shape of the scanning window does not match the shape of the image of the target, and even when the scanning position of the scanning window does not precisely match the image position of the target is provided. This shape detection apparatus comprises a video image producer; an image memory; an approximate position evaluator for evaluating the approximate position of the image of the target; an edge point detector for defining plural sampling line windows having a predetermined length for detecting the image density at the detected approximate position of the image, and detecting image density edge points in these sampling line windows as the contour point positions of the target image; and a detection window setter for setting the contour lines of the target image from the detected contour point positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Masatoshi Nakamura, Noriyuki Suzuki, Misuzu Takano, Kinji Horikami
  • Patent number: 5930406
    Abstract: A position detection apparatus for detecting a position of an object includes a video image producer which produces a video image signal representing the object image. The video image signal is divided into first and second level portions by an edge point. An edge point detector detects the edge point where said level difference is greater than a threshold level. A window filter is provided to increase this level difference to a level greater than a threshold so that the edge point detector can detect the edge point even when the level difference is smaller than the threshold level. A shape detector detects the position of the object based on thus detected edge point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Insustrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Kinji Horikami, Masaya Nakao, Misuzu Takano
  • Patent number: 5881167
    Abstract: A method of position recognition, includes a step of obtaining a gray image by picking up an image of an object by an image pickup device; a step of scanning the gray image by a profile scanning window composed of a plurality of gray-level detection areas which cross a scanning profile corresponding to a profile of the object on the gray image and using to measure a gray-level representative value of an inner-side gray-level detection area and a gray-level representative value of an outer-side gray-level detection area which are inside and outside of the scanning profile; a step of calculating for each gray-level detection area an absolute value of a difference between the measured gray-level representative value of an inner-side gray-level detection area and the measured gray-level representative value of an outer-side gray-level detection area, and a step of detecting a position of the profile scanning window where a number of such gray-level detection areas in which the absolute value is greater than a spe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Misuzu Takano, Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Kinji Horikami, Masaya Nakao
  • Patent number: 5763265
    Abstract: A specimen testing method and an apparatus capable of extracting accurate serum components depending on a patient even if the amount of the serum components in blood varies in each specimen. The apparatus comprises a visual sensor for taking an image of blood separated into serum components and clot components, an image memory for storing digital image data output from the visual sensor, a serum component upper boundary position detecting means for detecting an upper boundary position of the serum components from the digital image data stored in the image memory, a serum component lower boundary position detecting means for detecting a lower boundary position of the serum components, and a serum component amount measuring means for measuring the amount of the serum components from the upper boundary position and lower boundary position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Yoshikazu Okahashi, Yoshiro Hanashima
  • Patent number: 5764817
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus for effecting a series of processes for capturing an image and scrutinizing the captured image is disclosed. Each process in series of processes is selected from different modes of processes. Selector selects a mode of process for each of the series of processes. A preselected number of parameters are set for each of the selected mode of processes, and the set parameters are stored in a parameter memory sequentially. Mode data indicative of the selected modes for the series of processes are stored in the mode memory. A parameter number table informs the number of parameters necessary for each mode in each of the series of processes. When the parameters and the mode data are read from the parameter memory and said mode memory, respectively, parameter allocator allocates and produces proper parameters to corresponding modes of processes with reference to the parameter number table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Suzuki, Noriko Tokuda, Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Akira Kobayashi, Kinji Horikami, Hideo Kano, Kouji Yoshii
  • Patent number: 5742701
    Abstract: An alignment detection apparatus is able to accurately detect the alignment condition of an upper hole and a lower hole located under the upper hole even when a scanning window does not precisely match either of the two holes. This alignment detection apparatus comprises an image producer which produces a digital density image indicative of these two holes. A position detector detects positions of the holes based on the digital image signal and produces a position signal. A displacement detector detects a distance between the upper hole and lower hole based on the position signal and produces a displacement signal indicative of the thus detected distance. Based on the displacement signal, the alignment condition of two holes including the information of how the lower hole edge is displaced from the upper hole edge can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Misuzu Takano, Kinji Horikami, Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Masaya Nakao
  • Patent number: 5642434
    Abstract: Each pixel of a density reference area of a reference image is assigned a predetermined coefficient value in accordance with whether the pixel is located within a peripheral boundary of a to be detected shape, external the peripheral boundary of the to-be-detected shape, or on the peripheral boundary of the to-be-detected shape. An actual image of an object containing the to-be-detected shape is then obtained, and after setting a target pixel of the resultant image, the image density of each pixel is multiplied by the coefficient values of the density reference area of the reference image. The resultant products are transformed into a density correlation value for the target pixel. The location of the target pixel is then scanned to determine the location of a target pixel at which a maximum or a minimum density correlation value is obtained. The thus determined location is detected as the location of the to-be-detected shape within the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaya Nakao, Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Kinji Horikami, Misuzu Takano
  • Patent number: 5579415
    Abstract: A method for position recognition, includes the steps of: picking up an image of an object having a circular arc shape as at least part of its profile, by an image pickup device; converting image information of the picked-up image in gray image data and storing the gray image data into a storage device; scanning the stored gray image with a profile scanning window composed of plural gray-level detection areas crossing an imaginary scanning circular profile corresponding to the shape on the gray image and arranged in circular along the scanning circular profile and using it to measure gray-level representative values of an inner- and outer-side gray-level detection areas inside and outside of the scanning circular profile; calculating, at each scanning position during scanning and for each detection area, an absolute value of a difference between the measured gray-level representative values of the inner- and outer-side gray-level detection areas; determining a number of such detection areas in which the absol
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Misuzu Takano, Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Kinji Horikami, Masaya Nakao, Kazumasa Okumura
  • Patent number: 5446801
    Abstract: Positions of overlapping first and second circular holes of respective first and second objects are detected, the first and second objects to be screwed together by a robotic screwing mechanism. An upper surface of the first object is viewed with an image pick-up device to obtain an image of the first circular hole and a partial image of the second circular hole which overlaps the image of the first circular hole. Two maximally spaced-apart boundary points from among the boundary points along an outer periphery of the partial image are detected. First and second circles within an image frame are defined which include the two maximally spaced-apart boundary points and which have respective centers of gravity which are symmetric to each other relative to a line segment connecting the maximally spaced-apart boundary points. The positions of the first and second circular holes are detected based on the defined first and second circles within the image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Itsuzaki, Misuzu Takano, Kinji Horikami, Masaya Nakao