Patents by Inventor Yoshinori Kuno

Yoshinori Kuno 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: 7804538
    Abstract: A solid state image pickup device being provided with a photoelectric converter portion being composed of a plurality of pixels disposed in a row, a charge transfer portion for transferring the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion, and a charge/voltage converter portion for converting the charges transferred by the charge transfer portion into voltages, comprising; a timing pulse generator portion for generating at least more than one pulse signal from among the followings: a first pulse signal for driving the charge transfer portion, a second pulse signal for reading out the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion, a third pulse signal for sweeping out the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion and a fourth pulse signal for discharging the charges transferred to the charge/voltage converter portion, and a switch circuit for switching over at least one pulse signal out of the abovementioned pulse signals to a predetermined fixed potential or a floating le
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kuno, Masahide Hirama, Toshimitsu Nagae
  • Patent number: 7355760
    Abstract: A CCD linear sensor includes a monochrome sensor and a color sensor, which have different transfer speeds and which are mounted on the same chip. In the CCD linear sensor, while one read-out operation is performed by the color sensor, two read-out operations are performed by the monochrome sensor. During the second read-out period of the monochrome sensor, by stopping the generation of two-phase transfer pulses to be supplied to the transfer registers of the color sensors during a predetermined period of time before and after the second read-out pulse occurs, the transfer operation of the transfer registers of the color sensors is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Yoshihara, Masahide Hirama, Yoshinori Kuno
  • Patent number: 7312825
    Abstract: A solid state image pickup device being provided with a photoelectric converter portion being composed of a plurality of pixels disposed in a row, a charge transfer portion for transferring the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion, and a charge/voltage converter portion for converting the charges transferred by the charge transfer portion into voltages, comprising; a timing pulse generator portion for generating at least more than one pulse signal from among the followings: a first pulse signal for driving the charge transfer portion, a second pulse signal for reading out the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion, a third pulse signal for sweeping out the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion and a fourth pulse signal for discharging the charges transferred to the charge/voltage converter portion, and a switch circuit for switching over at least one pulse signal out of the abovementioned pulse signals to a predetermined fixed potential or a floating le
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kuno, Masahide Hirama, Toshimitsu Nagae
  • Publication number: 20070097243
    Abstract: A solid state image pickup device being provided with a photoelectric converter portion being composed of a plurality of pixels disposed in a row, a charge transfer portion for transferring the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion, and a charge/voltage converter portion for converting the charges transferred by the charge transfer portion into voltages, comprising; a timing pulse generator portion for generating at least more than one pulse signal from among the followings: a first pulse signal for driving the charge transfer portion, a second pulse signal for reading out the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion, a third pulse signal for sweeping out the charges generated in the photoelectric converter portion and a fourth pulse signal for discharging the charges transferred to the charge/voltage converter portion, and a switch circuit for switching over at least one pulse signal out of the abovementioned pulse signals to a predetermined fixed potential or a floating le
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: May 3, 2007
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kuno, Masahide Hirama, Toshimitsu Nagae
  • Patent number: 6473125
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a sensor portion for accumulating a signal charge produced by photoelectric conversion, a charge transfer register for transferring the signal charge, a charge/voltage converting portion connected to the charge transfer register, and a means for carrying out a shutter operation for discharging the charge accumulated by the sensor portion in synchronization with a signal charge reset period of the charge/voltage converting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinori Kuno
  • Publication number: 20020145675
    Abstract: A CCD linear sensor includes a monochrome sensor and a color sensor, which have different transfer speeds and which are mounted on the same chip. In the CCD linear sensor, while one read-out operation is performed by the color sensor, two read-out operations are performed by the monochrome sensor. During the second read-out period of the monochrome sensor, by stopping the generation of two-phase transfer pulses to be supplied to the transfer registers of the color sensors during a predetermined period of time before and after the second read-out pulse occurs, the transfer operation of the transfer registers of the color sensors is stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: Satoshi Yoshihara, Masahide Hirama, Yoshinori Kuno
  • Patent number: 6028299
    Abstract: A linear image sensor device with at least two lines including linear sensors 10, 20, which device is capable of showing a wide dynamic range. In the linear image sensor device, one linear sensor 10 is made to have a high sensitivity, while the other linear sensor 20 is made to have a low sensitivity. The linear sensors are respectively equipped with readout gates 13, 23 for reading out charges from sensor arrays 12, 22 comprising a number of pixels and CCD analog shift registers 14, 24 for transferring the charges read out. In the other linear sensor 20, analog memories 29a, 29b are provided between the readout gate 23 and the CCD analog shift register 24. Owing to the provision of the analog memories 29a, 29b, the signal outputs OUT1, OUT2 simultaneously occur, which can eliminate a problem coming from the difference in position between the lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masahide Hirama, Yoshinori Kuno, Tadakuni Narabu
  • Patent number: 5945697
    Abstract: A MOS transistor comprising channel stoppers formed of a first polysilicon layer to determine a channel width, and a gate electrode formed of a second polysilicon layer, wherein a bias voltage is applied to the channel stoppers. In a charge detector having a source follower circuit with a drive MOS transistor and a load MOS transistor for converting a transferred signal charge into a signal voltage, the MOS transistor of the invention is used as the drive transistor, and its source output voltage is fed back as a bias voltage to the channel stoppers, thereby minimizing both the DC bias variation in the output voltage of the source follower circuit and the nonuniformity in the conversion efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Sonu Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kuno, Masahide Hirama
  • Patent number: 5802494
    Abstract: The patient monitoring system includes a patient-data-acquiring section and a monitor section. The patient data-acquiring section includes a data-inputting device for inputting at least one of two data items, the first data item representing a patient image, and the second data item representing the physical conditions of the patient, a detecting circuit for detecting whether or not it is necessary to examine the patient's image on the basis of the data items input by the data-inputting device, a message-sending device for sending a message to the patient asking whether or not the patient agrees to be examined when the detecting circuit detects that it is necessary to examine the subject's image, an agreement-recognizing circuit for recognizing the patients's agreement to being examined, and a data-transmitting circuit for transmitting the first data item to a monitor room when the agreement-recognizing means recognizes the patient's agreement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yoshinori Kuno
  • Patent number: 5581276
    Abstract: A 3D human interface apparatus using a motion recognition based on a dynamic image processing in which the motion of an operator operated object as an imaging target can be recognized accurately and stably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Roberto Cipolla, Yasukazu Okamoto, Yoshinori Kuno
  • Patent number: 5467102
    Abstract: A portable display device capable of presenting a document in an easy to read format, in which a simultaneous display of different parts of the document in reasonable sizes can be made, by a simple operation of the device. The display device comprises a document memory for storing documents to be displayed, at least two display screens for displaying the documents stored in the document memory means, and a display control unit for controlling displays of the documents on the display screens to be in a linked mode in which the displays on the display screens are linked together and in a separate mode in which the displays on the display screens are independent from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kuno, Noboru Tanabe, Koichi Hasebe
  • Patent number: 5430838
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for multi-window display with enhanced window manipulation facilities. In the apparatus, window images to be displayed in multi-window display are stored in a bit map memory. Various image processing operations are performed on the window images stored in the bit map memory, by regarding the window images as graphic images. Appropriate sections of processed window images are transferred to a frame buffer by using a bit block transfer device, and the image in the frame buffer is displayed on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kuno, Hiroshi Mizoguchi, Minoru Ishikawa, Hiroaki Kubota
  • Patent number: 5365093
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device. An intermediate portion of a channel region have a tapered width from one shift register in which the signal charges to be read-out toward the other shift register. Therefore, the potential distribution of the channel region along the charge transfer direction has a continuous down-slope toward the one shift register. Thus, reading-out electric field can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinori Kuno
  • Patent number: 5243418
    Abstract: A display monitoring system of the invention comprises an image pickup section for picking up an image including at least one of an object to be picked up and a background, a change detecting section for detecting an image changing area in the picked-up image, a tracking section for tracking the changing area, and a display monitoring system control section for controlling the tracking section, determining a tracking result, and performing predetermined processing. In addition, the system includes a display unit control section for outputting the data of the tracking area as data of a rectangular frame, and a display section for displaying the image picked up by the image pickup means together with the tracking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kuno, Kazuhiro Fukui, Hiroaki Nakai
  • Patent number: 4573191
    Abstract: Two-dimensional images of a three-dimensional body photographed by two video cameras are parallactically compensated prior performing the detection of the corresponding point necessary to recognize the body. Namely, the parallax between both cameras for the object distance measured by a range finder is calculated by a parallax calculator, and one image is electrically shifted by an image shifting circuit by only the number of pixels in accordance with the parallax value, thereby performing the parallax compensation of the images. In a calculation processing unit, the correlation values for the corresponding points between both images are calculated, and the distance images of the body are produced on the basis of these correlation values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Assignee: Tokyo Shibaura Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masatsugu Kidode, Yoshinori Kuno