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US2021005177A1
INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM
Publication/Patent Number: US2021005177A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 16/969,446 Filing Date: 2018-11-29 Inventor: Aoki, Hidenori   Arai, Fujio   Kudo, Yusuke   Hamada, Gen   Sato, Naoyuki   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: G10L15/01 Abstract: Implemented are an apparatus and a method for detecting misrecognition of a user speech on the basis of a subsequent interaction. The apparatus includes a voice recognition section that executes a voice recognition process on a user speech and a learning processing section that executes a process of updating a degree of confidence on the basis of an interaction made between a user and the information processing apparatus after the user speech. The degree of confidence is an evaluation value indicating the reliability of a voice recognition result of the user speech. The voice recognition section generates data on degrees of confidence in recognition of the user speech in which data plural user speech candidates based on the voice recognition result of the user speech are associated with the degrees of confidence which are evaluation values each indicating reliability of the corresponding user speech candidate. The learning processing section updates the degree-of-confidence values in the data on the degrees of confidence in recognition of the user speech, by analyzing context consistency or subject consistency in the interaction made between the user and the information processing apparatus after the user speech.
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US2021006749A1
INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM
Publication/Patent Number: US2021006749A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 16/982,376 Filing Date: 2019-02-15 Inventor: Koike, Ryusei   Sakai, Yusuke   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04N7/14 Abstract: [Problem] To provide an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program capable of providing a joint work space in which people feels as if people are performing work in the same space as a communication partner in two-way communication. [Solution] An information processing apparatus includes a first display unit, a second display unit that displays an image acquired from a space on a communication partner side, and a control unit that performs a display control of the first display unit and the second display unit, in which the control unit performs control to display, on at least one of the first display unit or the second display unit, a shared object whose display at least extends to a work area on the communication partner side.
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US2021004990A1
IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND MOBILE BODY
Publication/Patent Number: US2021004990A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 17/040,525 Filing Date: 2018-12-27 Inventor: Kamio, Kazunori   Sasaki, Toshiyuki   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: G06T7/90 Abstract: There is provided an image processing device to which a visible light image and an infrared ray image are input, the visible light image having been obtained corresponding to irradiation of a visible light in a second direction, the infrared ray image having been obtained corresponding to irradiation of an infrared ray in a first direction, which is a direction having an irradiation range larger than an irradiation range of the second direction, and which synthesizes the infrared ray image and the visible light image to generate a color image.
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US2021004203A1
INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM
Publication/Patent Number: US2021004203A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 17/028,236 Filing Date: 2020-09-22 Inventor: Oide, Kenichi   Mizuuchi, Takayuki   Nishida, Osamu   Shibuya, Hirohisa   Usui, Taeko   Nakazono, Taisuke   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: G06F3/16 Abstract: To enable listening to audio in a more suitable mode without any complicated operation even in a situation in which the user's state or situation successively changes. An information processing device including: a recognition processing unit that recognizes a user's state in accordance with a detection result of a predetermined state or situation; and an output control unit that controls audio output from a predetermined output unit on the basis of a function map, which is selected in accordance with a predetermined condition, in which a setting related to control of the audio output is associated with each of a plurality of candidates for the user's state, and the recognized user's state.
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US10887809B2
Method and system for realizing function by causing elements of hardware to perform linkage operation
Publication/Patent Number: US10887809B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 16/896,225 Filing Date: 2020-06-09 Inventor: Hagiwara, Takehiro   Masuda, Hiroyuki   Kondo, Genta   Takizawa, Hiromu   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04W36/00 Abstract: A system that stores functional information indicating a capability of each of a plurality of elements located remotely from the system; identifies a function capable of being performed by linking a plurality of the elements based on the stored functional information; and transmits information corresponding to the identified function capable of being performed by linking the plurality of elements to a first device remote from the system.
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US10887530B2
Signal processing apparatus, imaging pickup apparatus, and signal processing method
Publication/Patent Number: US10887530B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 16/080,912 Filing Date: 2017-01-23 Inventor: Sato, Yasushi   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04N5/33 Abstract: To prevent deterioration in image quality in mixing a visible light signal and an infrared light signal to generate a color image signal. A signal processing device includes a mixture ratio creator and a mixer. The mixture ratio creator is configured to create a mixture ratio that is a ratio in mixing a low frequency visible light signal that is a low frequency component of a visible light signal and a low frequency invisible light signal that is a low frequency component of an invisible light signal together on a basis of the low frequency visible light signal and the low frequency invisible light signal. The mixer is configured to mix the low frequency visible light signal and the low frequency invisible light signal together on a basis of the mixture ratio to generate a mixed signal.
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US2021004130A1
INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM
Publication/Patent Number: US2021004130A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 17/030,936 Filing Date: 2020-09-24 Inventor: Hiro, Daisuke   Takaoka, Lyo   Yano, Akane   Narita, Tomoya   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: G06F3/0482 Abstract: An information processing apparatus that controls a display to display an operation target; determines a contact size of an object on the display; and enables or disables an operation input for the operation target based on the contact size.
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US2021004088A1
INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM
Publication/Patent Number: US2021004088A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 16/981,082 Filing Date: 2019-01-18 Inventor: Yokoyama, Ryo   Ito, Osamu   Yamano, Ikuo   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: G06F3/01 Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus that makes it possible to apply a tactile stimulus in a more flexible manner in accordance with the position of a tactile-sense applying unit. The information processing apparatus includes: an acquiring unit that acquires the positional information on at least one of a plurality of tactile-sense applying units that apply a tactile stimulus by using a tactile control signal generated for each of the tactile-sense applying units; and a data processing unit that changes the tactile control signal by using the positional information.
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US2021005167A1
INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM
Publication/Patent Number: US2021005167A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 16/982,886 Filing Date: 2019-01-29 Inventor: Ishihara, Atsushi   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: G09G5/38 Abstract: To improve the quality of rendering or display of a virtual image based on a sensing result relating to a real space. Provided is an information processing apparatus including a rendering control unit configured to switch a rendering frequency of a virtual image between a first rendering frequency and a second rendering frequency higher than the first rendering frequency on the basis of a sensing result relating to a real space, and a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display the virtual image on the basis of the sensing result and either the first rendering frequency or the second rendering frequency.
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US10887892B2
Apparatus and method in wireless communication system
Publication/Patent Number: US10887892B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 16/706,829 Filing Date: 2019-12-09 Inventor: Guo, Xin   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04W72/08 Abstract: An apparatus and method in a wireless communication system. The apparatus includes a dynamic network planning trigger unit and a master user equipment selecting unit. The dynamic network planning trigger unit triggers, based on a predetermined trigger event, a dynamic network planning in an area managed by the apparatus. The dynamic network planning includes selection of a master user equipment used for device-to-device communication, and the master user equipment receives signals from a base station during the device-to-device communication process and relays signals between the base station and a slave user equipment. The master user equipment selecting unit selects, from user equipment in the area according to quality of channels between the user equipment and the base station, one or more user equipment as master user equipment, distances between the master user equipment being greater than the intervals.
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USD907238S1
Embryo culture dish
Publication/Patent Number: USD907238S1 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 29/668,634 Filing Date: 2018-10-31 Inventor: Shinoda, Masataka   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC:
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US10887878B2
Wireless telecommunications apparatus and methods
Publication/Patent Number: US10887878B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 16/346,129 Filing Date: 2017-10-06 Inventor: Atungsiri, Samuel Asangbeng   Wong, Shin Horng   Beale, Martin Warwick   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04W72/04 Abstract: A method of operating a wireless telecommunications system for communicating higher layer data from network infrastructure comprises establishing an allocation of radio resources for the network infrastructure equipment to use for transmitting higher layer data to the terminal device during a higher layer data transmission period; transmitting an indication of the allocated radio resources to the terminal device; beginning transmission of the higher layer data to the terminal device at the beginning of the higher layer data transmission period; and subsequently identifying during the higher layer data transmission period whether any of the allocated radio resources which have not yet been used are needed by the network infrastructure equipment for transmitting other data in the wireless telecommunications system.
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US10887914B2
Electronic device, information processing apparatus, and information processing method
Publication/Patent Number: US10887914B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 16/066,418 Filing Date: 2017-03-28 Inventor: Hu, Bingshan   Sun, Chen   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04W4/00 Abstract: An electronic device, information processing apparatus, and information processing method. The electronic device at a base station side includes a processor circuit. The processor circuit is configured to acquire information related to a success rate of uplink transmission in an unlicensed frequency band of at least one user equipment unit, wherein the user equipment unit employs a channel detection process to perform carrier sensing on the unlicensed frequency band, and the channel detection process includes a random back-off process having a variable contention window size. The processor circuit is further configured to adjust, based on the information, the contention window size of the user equipment unit. The processor circuit is further configured to perform control, such that the user equipment unit is notified of the adjusted contention window size or a value of a random back-off counter generated on the basis of the adjusted contention window size.
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US10887636B2
AV server system and AV server
Publication/Patent Number: US10887636B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 15/741,312 Filing Date: 2016-09-07 Inventor: Urata, Kaoru   Mizukami, Mamoru   Ichinaka, Yasuhiro   Itou, Akira   Abe, Kenta   Fujimoto, Yoshihide   Hoshi, Takashi   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04N21/242 Abstract: To increase the number of IO ports and to increase the storage amount easily. An AV server system includes: a plurality of AV servers including internet protocol (IP) input-output ports for connecting to other AV servers, the IP input-output ports being independent from input-output ports to an outside of the system; a client controller configured to control the plurality of AV servers; a manager storing information relevant to AV clip data recorded in the plurality of AV servers and AV clip data input into the plurality of AV servers; and a frame synchronization unit configured to perform frame synchronization between the plurality of AV servers.
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US10887121B2
Communication device and communication method
Publication/Patent Number: US10887121B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 16/429,164 Filing Date: 2019-06-03 Inventor: Morioka, Yuichi   Sakai, Eisuke   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04L12/18 Abstract: [Object] To provide a communication device and a communication method which are capable of achieving both an improvement in reliability of communication in which a frame is transmitted to a plurality of destinations and effective use of wireless communication resources. [Solution] The communication device includes: a communication unit configured to perform communication of a frame. The communication unit transmits a transmission acknowledgment request frame for a transmission acknowledgment response frame including frequency allocation information specifying a transmission frequency of the transmission acknowledgment response frame, and receives the transmission acknowledgment response frame which has undergone frequency division multiplexing, on the basis of the frequency allocation information.
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US10887571B2
Image processing apparatus and image processing method
Publication/Patent Number: US10887571B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 16/318,431 Filing Date: 2017-07-14 Inventor: Furukawa, Kendai   Tanaka, Junichi   Oryoji, Hiroshi   Hasegawa, Yuichi   Kobayashi, Goh   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04N13/117 Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing apparatus and an image processing method that make it possible to generate a texture image of high picture quality at a predetermined viewpoint using an omnidirectional image. A plurality of real cameras image a plurality of reference images at a plurality of viewpoint positions in a plurality of sight line directions. A great weight is applied to a reference image in a sight line direction close to a virtual viewpoint specified in response to a movement of a head mounted display and having a virtual viewpoint position and a sight line direction to generate a virtual viewpoint image by weighted averaging, and the virtual viewpoint image is displayed on the head mounted display. The present disclosure can be applied, for example, to a home server or the like that generates a display image of a predetermined viewpoint from an omnidirectional image.
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USD906869S1
Wrist band attachment
Publication/Patent Number: USD906869S1 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 29/672,575 Filing Date: 2018-12-06 Inventor: Yaegashi, Ryoko   Shimizu, Minoru   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC:
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US2021006836A1
IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD
Publication/Patent Number: US2021006836A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 17/040,763 Filing Date: 2019-03-18 Inventor: Kondo, Kenji   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04N19/60 Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image encoding apparatus, an image encoding method, an image decoding apparatus, and an image decoding method that are capable of reducing the processing amounts of encoding and decoding. In the encoding apparatus, identification information for identifying a threshold of an orthogonal transformation maximum size is set. In a case where a coding unit is larger than the threshold of the orthogonal transformation maximum size, simple orthogonal transformation is performed on the coding unit. A simple transformation coefficient that is a result of the simple orthogonal transformation is encoded so that a bitstream including the identification information is generated. In the image decoding apparatus, identification information is parsed from a bitstream. The bitstream is decoded so that a simple transformation coefficient that is a result of simple orthogonal transformation on a coding unit is generated. Simple inverse orthogonal transformation based on a size of the coding unit is performed by referring to the identification information. The present technology is applicable to, for example, an image encoding apparatus configured to encode images and an image decoding apparatus configured to decode images.
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US2021006791A1
FORWARD AND INVERSE QUANTIZATION FOR POINT CLOUD COMPRESSION USING LOOK-UP TABLES
Publication/Patent Number: US2021006791A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-07 Application Number: 16/812,117 Filing Date: 2020-03-06 Inventor: Zaghetto, Alexandre   Graziosi, Danillo   Tabatabai, Ali   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04N19/124 Abstract: A quantization scheme substitutes the division operation by forward and inverse quantization look-up tables to improve efficiency.
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US10887060B2
Electronic device and communication method in a wireless communication system
Publication/Patent Number: US10887060B2 Publication Date: 2021-01-05 Application Number: 16/089,558 Filing Date: 2016-07-14 Inventor: Peng, Jianjun   Bai, Bo   Chen, Wei   Guo, Xin   Liu, Shuai   Assignee: SONY CORPORATION   IPC: H04L5/00 Abstract: The present application relates to an electronic device and communication method in a wireless communication system. The device comprises a processing circuit configured to acquire user specific information of a plurality of user equipments communicating with the electronic device and set resource allocating parameters for non-orthogonal multiplex of a set of transmission resources based on the user specific information to apply to the sparse code multiple access of at least part of the user equipments. The user specific information includes channel status of channels between the user equipments and the electronic device.