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12/25/14 / #20140380449

Information processing device and method, program, and recording medium

. . . . . . . . . . To improve the convenience of a user and further provide service comfortable and safe for the user. A pk storing pmd as personal related information of a user communicates with a service system. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140380389

Acoustic signalling to switch from infrastructure communication mode to ad hoc communication mode

A system includes a first computerized device configured for communicating in an infrastructure mode and an ad hoc mode and a second computerized device configured for communicating at least in the ad hoc mode. A first computerized device operating in infrastructure mode prompts the user of the first computerized device to switch to ad hoc mode in order to communicate with the second computerized device.. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140380345

Passing control of gesture-controlled apparatus from person to person

A television (tv) includes a display and a processor controlling the display and receiving signals representing human gestures. The processor is programmed to respond to gestures from a first viewer to control the display. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140380161

Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and program

There is provided an information processing apparatus including a communication unit that is capable of communicating with a communication apparatus through a communication network, and a control unit configured to perform control to place, in a virtual space, a communication-apparatus image that represents the communication apparatus and content being executed by the communication apparatus, and to display the virtual space.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140380063

Information processing device, information storage device, information processing system, information processing method, and program

Provided is an information storage device including a storage unit configured to store encrypted content and an encryption key to be applied to decryption of the encrypted content, wherein the storage unit stores a converted encryption key generated through an arithmetic operation of the encryption key and an electronic signature that is constituent data of an encrypted content signature file set corresponding to the encrypted content, wherein the electronic signature is an electronic signature for data that includes constituent data of the encrypted content and the encryption key, and wherein a reproduction device configured to read the encrypted content from the storage unit and execute a decryption process is able to be caused to perform acquisition of the encryption key through an arithmetic operation of applying the electronic signature to the converted encryption key.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140380062

Information processing apparatus, image processing method, and program

Provided is an information processing apparatus including a number acquisition unit configured to acquire a number used for a coefficient of each term constituting a set of a multi-order multivariate polynomial f=(f1, . . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140380037

Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and program

A plurality of user terminals or sensors transmit data encrypted by individual cryptographic key, a server receives the encrypted data items, and executes a data process according to a program defining a decryption process sequence. Bit slice expression data is generated by performing a bit slice process with respect to the plurality of encrypted data items which are decryption target, bit slice expression key based on the cryptographic key of each encrypted data item is generated, round key is generated based on a bit slice expression key, a decryption process including operation and movement processes of a block unit of the bit slice expression data, and an operation using the round key is executed, and a plurality of plain text data items corresponding to the plurality of encrypted data items are generated by a reverse conversion of the data with respect to the decryption process results.. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140380032

Electronic device, method for controlling electronic device, and program

There is provided an electronic device including a manipulation unit configured to acquire manipulation by a user, and a control unit configured to selectively execute one of a plurality of controls of the electronic device which are associated with a duration of the manipulation and to perform switching of at least one of the plurality of controls according to information indicating a state of the electronic device.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140379788

Information delivery system for generating a data stream with a server system based on a content file received from a client device

An information delivery system, an information delivery method, an information processing apparatus, and an information processing method is used advantageously to deliver content stream data easily, reliably and inexpensively to the general users. A personal computer prepares a content file and an order form file using software provided by a center system, and transmits the prepared files to the center system over the internet. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140379701

Chronology providing method, chronology providing apparatus, and recording medium containing chronology providing program

A method for providing chronologic information that is generated by placing one or more pieces of related information according to information about elapsed time is provided. The method includes the steps of obtaining, by an obtaining unit, (i) basic information associating pieces of the related information with the information about time indicating positions on the chronologic information and (ii) information indicating a display form of the chronologic information; and providing, by a control unit, the chronologic information to a user by displaying the chronologic information in a display unit based on the information indicating a display form of the chronologic information by using the basic information.. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140379461

Information processing device, communication system, and information processing method

There is provided an information processing apparatus including a circuitry configured to initiate an outputting of advertisement information through a display device associated with a person, initiate a generation of an effect measurement information based on at least one of a reach metric and an effectiveness of the outputted advertisement information, and initiate an adjustment of the advertisement information based on the effect measurement information.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140379188

Electric storage device, electronic device, power system, and electric vehicle

An electric storage device includes an electric storage unit that includes one or a plurality of electric storage elements, a measurement unit that measures voltage, a current, and a temperature of the electric storage element, and a calculation unit that calculates internal resistance of the electric storage element based on the voltage, the current, and the temperature measured by the measurement unit. When a determination unit detects discontinuity of temporal variation of the calculated internal resistance, it is determined that the electric storage element has been exchanged. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140379099

Control system and method for control of electrical devices

A control device and a corresponding control method for controlling one or more electrical devices, each having a device profile including energy usage-related information of the device. The control device includes a profile input that obtains device profiles of electrical devices to be controlled from a device-specific storage location identified by a device-specific location identifier, an identifier input that receives device-specific location identifiers and/or device identifiers usable for generating respective device-specific location identifiers, a control unit that processes obtained device profiles and generates control commands for controlling the one or more electrical devices based on the obtained device profile, and a control output that provides the control commands.. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140378762

Wireless communication system, wireless terminal apparatus, and storage medium

There is provided a wireless communication system including a wireless capsule including an imaging section, a posture control section, a first wireless communication section which transmits an image captured by the imaging section and receives a control signal for controlling the posture control section, and a power supply section which supplies power to the imaging section and the posture control section, and a wireless terminal apparatus including a second wireless communication section which receives the image transmitted from the first wireless communication section, and transmits the control signal, a display control section which performs a control in a manner that the image is displayed on a display section, a posture detection section which detects a posture of the display section, and a generation section which generates the control signal based on a posture signal detected by the posture detection section.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140378183

Method and apparatus for use in displaying content on a consumer electronic device

Some embodiments provide portable handheld devices comprising: first and second displays; a controller; and a first display casing secured within the first display and a second display casing secured within the second display, the second display casing is moveable to move between closed and an open positions; wherein, when in the closed position, at least a majority of the second display is not visible; wherein, when in the open position, both the first display and the second display are visible and configured to display the graphical content; and wherein the controller is configured to cooperatively utilize both the first display and the second display when in the open position such that the graphical content is cooperatively displayed on both the first display and the second display.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140377627

Secondary battery, manufacturing method of secondary battery, electrode for secondary battery, and electronic device

There is provided a secondary battery including a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a solid electrolyte layer disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, wherein at least one of the positive electrode and the negative electrode contains a granular solid electrolyte and a granular conduction aid both bonded to a surface of a granular electrode active substance.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376888

Information processing apparatus, program and information processing method

An information processing apparatus is provided that includes a playback unit to play back music data, an analysis unit to analyze a feature of a relevant image of the music data, an image correction unit to perform image correction with use of any of a plurality of correction types, a storage unit to store one or more than one image, a selection unit to select a correction type corresponding to the feature of the relevant image analyzed by the analysis unit from the plurality of correction types, a correction control unit to cause the image correction unit to perform image correction of an image stored in the storage unit with use of the correction type selected by the selection unit, and an output unit to output the image corrected by the image correction unit.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376881

Display apparatus, video signal transmission method for display apparatus, transmitting apparatus, and transmission method of video signal

Provided is a display apparatus including a first signal receiving unit that receives a non-compressed video signal from an external device via a first transmission path through a plurality of channels by means of a differential signal, an image display unit that displays images by processing the video signal received by the first signal receiving unit, a second signal receiving unit that receives a compressed video signal of a same video source as the non-compressed video signal by using a bi-directional communication path configured by predetermined lines of the first transmission path, and a signal transmitting unit that transmits a compressed video signal corresponding to the compressed video signal received by the second signal receiving unit to another external device different from the external device.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376877

Information processing apparatus, information processing method and program

There is provided an information processing apparatus including a recording control unit that changes time intervals of frame images in a process target image, the frame images being to be recorded, on the basis of detection results of events corresponding to the frame images, which are images corresponding to respective frames of the process target image, which is a moving image generated by imaging.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376809

Image processing apparatus, method, and program

An image processing apparatus includes a depth control signal generation unit generating a depth control signal controlling emphasis of the feel of each region of an input image based on the depth position of a subject in each region of the input image; a face skin region control signal generation unit generating a face skin region control signal controlling emphasis of the feel of each region in the input image based on the human face skin region in the input image; a person region control signal generation unit generating a person region control signal controlling emphasis of the feel of each region in the input image based on the region of the person in the input image; and a control signal synthesis unit synthesizing the depth control signal, the face skin region control signal, and the person region control signal to generate a control signal.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376781

Image processing device, method of controlling image processing device, and program for causing computer to execute the same method

There is provided an image processing device including a depth acquisition unit and a smoothing processing unit. The depth acquisition unit acquires a depth to a subject in correlation with a pixel in a captured image of the subject, and the smoothing processing unit designates a pixel in a region excluding a predetermined region in the image as a target pixel, and performs a smoothing process of the degree according to the depth corresponding to the target pixel for a pixel value of the target pixel in a predetermined direction. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376753

Crosstalk reduction in a headset

A method for reducing crosstalk in a headset connected to an audio device, in which the includes a left headphone, a right headphone and a common ground for the left headphone and the right headphone includes determining a frequency dependent impedance of the headset. The method also includes determining a frequency dependent impedance of the common ground, and determining a frequency dependent substantially optimum cross feed for attenuating crosstalk in at least one of the left headphone and the right headphone based on the impedance of the headset and the frequency dependent impedance of the common ground. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376642

Image processing device and image processing method, program, and imaging apparatus

Provided is an image processing device including: a division unit that divides pictures of image data into multiple arrangements; multiple coding units, each of which codes pictures in the mutually-different arrangements that result from the division by the division unit and generates a stream; and a composition unit that composites the streams in the arrangements, which are generated by the multiple coding units, in which the coding unit generates header information on the stream in such a manner that a stream which results from the compositing by the composition unit becomes normal.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376631

Image processing device and method

The present invention relates to an image processing device and method enabling noise removal to be performed according to images and bit rates. A low-pass filter setting unit 93 sets, from filter coefficients stored in a built-in filter coefficient memory 94, a filter coefficient corresponding to intra prediction mode information and a quantization parameter. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376630

Image processing device and method

The present invention relates to an image processing device and method enabling noise removal to be performed according to images and bit rates. A low-pass filter setting unit 93 sets, from filter coefficients stored in a built-in filter coefficient memory 94, a filter coefficient corresponding to intra prediction mode information and a quantization parameter. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376629

Decoding apparatus, decoding method, and program of same

An encoding apparatus for encoding progressive image data and interlace image data corresponding to this progressive image data, having a first encoding unit configured to encode picture data composing the interlace image data to generate first encoded data and decoding and recomposing the first encoded data to generate recomposed image data, an up sample processing unit configured to up sample the generated recomposed image data to generate image data having the same resolution as that of the progressive image data, and a second encoding unit configured to encode the picture data composing the progressive image data to generate second encoded data using the generated image data as predictive image data.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376575

Semiconductor-laser-device assembly

A semiconductor-laser-device assembly includes a mode-locked semiconductor-laser-element assembly including a mode-locked semiconductor laser element, and a dispersion compensation optical system, on which laser light emitted from the mode-locked semiconductor laser element is incident and from which the laser light is emitted; and a semiconductor optical amplifier having a layered structure body including a group iii-v nitride-based semiconductor layer, the semiconductor optical amplifier configured to amplify the laser light emitted from the mode-locked semiconductor-laser-element assembly.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376492

Apparatus and method for signaling in a wireless communication system

A method of signaling in a wireless communication system (300) comprising a first network element (310) serving a wireless communication unit (325) with at least one packet data network (pdn) connection. The method comprises transmitting, by the first network element (310) to the wireless communication unit (325), a signaling message relating to a wireless communication unit (325) uplink (ul) pdn transmission, where the signaling message comprises a parameter indicative of at least one aggregate maximum bit rate (ambr) value.. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376449

Communication system, communication apparatus, communication method and computer program

By deciding positions of frequencies used via a relay station by a system in advance for assignment of boundary frequencies, frequencies of a central frequency more likely to be affected by the relay station are also mapped by avoiding a signal thereof. Alternatively, an adjacent cell whose central frequency is affected changes depending on a position of the relay station and thus, locations set to be highly likely to interfere with the central frequency of the adjacent cell is reduced by setting a region of the boundary frequencies permitted to the relay station in accordance with the position of the relay station.. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376301

Memory element and memory device

A memory element includes: a memory layer disposed between a first electrode and a second electrode. The memory layer includes: an ion source layer containing one or more metallic elements, and one or more chalcogen elements of tellurium (te), sulfur (s), and selenium (se); and a resistance change layer disposed between the ion source layer and the first electrode, the resistance change layer including a layer which includes tellurium and nitrogen (n) and is in contact with the ion source layer.. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140376182

External structure and electronic apparatus

Provided is an external structure configured to be attached to or detached from an electronic device having a concave portion formed on a surface of a housing, and a connection connector provided in a position of the concave portion receding from the surface of the housing, the concave portion having a cross-sectional shape enabling locking of the external structure, the external structure including a first fitting unit configured to be fitted to the connection connector.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375892

Receiving audio/video content

An audio/video content receiver for receiving and decoding audio/video data signals modulated onto transmission channels, at least one transmission channel carrying non-viewing information includes: a tuner arrangement capable of concurrently tuning to two or more transmission channels; a multiplexer configured to generate a composite data signal from received audio/video signals relating to required programs for decoding; a content decoder capable of concurrently decoding two or more audio/video programs from the composite data signal; a detector configured to detect whether one or more of the transmission channels tuned by the tuner arrangement are not currently in use in respect of providing a program for decoding; a controller, responsive to a detection that a transmission channel is not currently in use, for controlling the tuner to tune that channel to a transmission channel carrying non-viewing information; and a non-viewing information decoder for decoding the received non-viewing information.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375888

Videolens media engine

A system, method, and computer program product for automatically analyzing multimedia data are disclosed. Embodiments receive multimedia data, detect portions having specified features, and output a corresponding subset of the multimedia data. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375871

Imaging apparatus, method of displaying information, and information processing unit

An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging section having a focusing function, the imaging section being configured to generate a shooting image based on a subject and to output the generated shooting image; a calculation section configured to calculate a variation amount of focus level of the shooting image generated by the imaging section; and a display control section configured to allow a shooting image screen based on the shooting image and to allow information in accordance with the variation amount of the focus level calculated by the calculation section to be displayed on a display section.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375860

Information processing device, information processing system, and storage medium storing program

There is provided an information processing device including an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image including a plurality of objects, and a display control unit configured to, after an operation has been performed on a first object of the plurality of objects, control identification information associated with a second object, the identification information indicating the second object.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375857

Solid-state imaging device and electronic apparatus

A solid-state imaging device includes: an r pixel provided with an r filter for transmitting red-color light; a b pixel provided with a b filter for transmitting blue-color light; an s1 pixel which is provided with an s1 filter with a visible light transmittance independent of wavelengths in a visible light region and has a sensitivity higher than that of the r pixel; and an s2 pixel which is provided with an s2 filter with a visible light transmittance independent of wavelengths in the visible light region and lower than the visible light transmittance of the s1 filter and has a sensitivity lower than the sensitivity of the s1 pixel.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375855

Imaging element, imaging device, electronic device, and imaging method

To improve the speed of ad conversion. An amplifier amplifies, by a magnification larger than 1, signals of a pixel that outputs a signal in which there is no accumulation of a charge by a photon as a reset signal, and outputs a signal in which there is accumulation of a charge by a photon as an accumulation signal. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375848

Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program

An apparatus and a method capable of effectively eliminating flicker are provided. Flicker which occurs in a captured image captured under a lighting environment such as a fluorescent light having a luminance change is effectively eliminated or reduced. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375843

Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program

An image processing apparatus includes a superimposition processing unit that performs a blending process for a plurality of continuously captured images, wherein the superimposition processing unit is configured to selectively input luminance signal information of a raw image or a full color image as a processing target image and perform a superimposition process, and performs a process for sequentially updating data that is stored in a memory for storing two image frames so as to enable superimposition of any desired number of images.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375780

Method and receiver for enabling switching involving a 3d video signal

A transmitter according to the present invention includes a decoder that decodes a video signal received from outside and acquires identification information including a format concerning 2d or 3d of video from a layer corresponding to each frame of the video signal and a backend processor that performs spatial or temporal scaling of video data by the video data based on the identification information and, when the format of the video is switched, switches parameters for the scaling adjusting to switching timing.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375694

Image processing device, image processing system, image processing method, and computer program

An image processing device includes: an input information obtaining section for obtaining input information for changing a display region in an image as a display object; a display image processing section for generating an image inside the display region determined on a basis of the input information as a display image; and a display section for displaying the generated display image on a display, wherein when the input information obtaining section obtains input information for scaling the display image, the display image processing section scales the display image according to the input information, and performs image manipulation making visibility of a region in a predetermined range including a focus as a center of scaling in an image plane different from visibility of another region.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375691

Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and program

An apparatus including an image processor configured to receive a video including an object, determine a positional relationship between the apparatus and the object, and change a positional relationship between an image superimposed on the video and the object when the positional relationship between the apparatus and the object changes.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375586

Function of touch panel determined by user gaze

The invention is directed to systems, methods and computer program products for configuring a user interface of a portable mobile communication device. An exemplary method includes determining, by at least one of the portable mobile communication device or an electronic device in communication with the portable mobile communication device, a direction associated with a user's gaze. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375571

Signal processing device, touch panel unit, information processor, and signal processing method

A sampling unit acquires a sample data series of a signal indicating a touch state quantity detected in a touch panel. A discrete fourier transformation unit transforms the sample data series into the frequency domain. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375559

Display device and display method that determines intention or status of a user

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. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375509

Wireless electronic devices including a feed structure connected to a plurality of antennas

Wireless electronic devices are provided. A wireless electronic device may include a ground plane and a metal perimeter around the ground plane. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375248

Charging stand

An apparatus includes a main body having an opening and a movable member configured to hold a plug capable of transmitting an electrical current to an external device. At least one of the movable member and the plug include a magnet. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375138

Power supply device, power receiving device, and program

Devices, methods, and programs for providing a notice indicating whether a device supports an authentication function. A method for providing notice may include performing communication with a device, making a determination whether the device is a power supply target, selectively transmitting power to the device based on a result of the determination, and providing a notice indicating whether the device supports an authentication function based on the result of the determination. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140375119

Secondary battery, method of manufacturing the same, battery pack, electric vehicle, electric power storage system, electric power tool, and electronic apparatus

A secondary battery includes: an electrode including an active material layer; and an electrolyte layer provided on the active material layer, wherein area density of the active material layer is equal to or larger than about 40 milligrams per square centimeter, the electrolyte layer includes a polymer compound and an electrolytic solution, and by surface observation of the electrolyte layer, (a) circular regions are not observed, or (b) one or more circular regions are observed, and an average diameter of the circular regions is equal to or less than about 1.3 millimeters.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140374752

Perpendicular magnetization storage element and storage device

A storage element includes a storage layer which has magnetization perpendicular to its film surface and which retains information by a magnetization state of a magnetic substance, a magnetization pinned layer having magnetization perpendicular to its film surface which is used as the basis of the information stored in the storage layer, an interlayer of a non-magnetic substance provided between the storage layer and the magnetization pinned layer, and a cap layer which is provided adjacent to the storage layer at a side opposite to the interlayer and which includes at least two oxide layers. The storage element is configured to store information by reversing the magnetization of the storage layer using spin torque magnetization reversal generated by a current passing in a laminate direction of a layer structure including the storage layer, the interlayer, and the magnetization pinned layer.. ... Sony Corporation

12/25/14 / #20140373629

Angular velocity sensor

An angular velocity sensor includes: a frame including a pair of first beams extending in a first direction and opposed to each other in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, a pair of second beams extending in the second direction and opposed to each other in the first direction, and connections between those pairs; a drive unit that vibrates the frame in a first plane, to which the first and second directions belong, in a vibration mode in which when one pair of those pairs move closer to each other, the other move away from each other, and vice versa; a first detector that detects, based on the amount of deformation of the frame in the first plane, an angular velocity around an axis of a third direction orthogonal to the first plane; and a support mechanism including a base portion and joint portions.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140373081

Playback synchronization in a group viewing a media title

. . . . A method and apparatus for synchronizing the playback of a media title to a group of client device platforms is disclosed. A synchronizer may make adjustments to the playback modes of one or more client device platforms within a group watching the same media title in order to ensure synchronized playback. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140373075

Method and system for downloading content to a content downloader

A content downloader system including a display for displaying a user interface enabling a user to select content to be downloaded and initiate downloading; a set-top-box coupled to the display for providing the user interface and for receiving an indication of the content to be downloaded; and a content downloader coupled to and separate from the set-top-box, the content downloader for receiving the content. The content downloader has at least one memory component for storing content, at least one input/output connection for communicating to electronic devices, optionally including a removable memory card and optionally including an encryption/decryption unit. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140373054

Content distribution

A content receiver useable in a broadcast content distribution system includes a content source that broadcasts audio/video content for reception by content receivers with associated metadata defining links to other content for possible reproduction by the content receiver and information indicative of a category of each link. The content receiver is configured to generate link information for display in dependence upon received metadata relating to links having a subset of categories while reproducing the broadcast audio/video content, and includes a user control operable to select a link for which link information is currently displayed by the content receiver causing the content receiver to reproduce content defined by that link and a category memory storing category information defining the subset of categories, the content receiver configured to modify stored category information in dependence upon which links are selected using the user control.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140373045

Reverse 911 using tv

A reverse 911 can be sent to a tv communicating with the internet. The tv is automatically turned on if it is off, and a viewer can acknowledge the reverse 911 using a tv remote control.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140372942

Chronology providing method, chonology providing apparatus, and recording medium containing chronology providing program

A method for providing chronologic information that is generated by placing one or more pieces of related information according to information about elapsed time is provided. The method includes the steps of obtaining, by an obtaining unit, (i) basic information associating pieces of the related information with the information about time indicating positions on the chronologic information and (ii) information indicating a display form of the chronologic information; and providing, by a control unit, the chronologic information to a user by displaying the chronologic information in a display unit based on the information indicating a display form of the chronologic information by using the basic information.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140372791

Interface control circuit, memory system, and method of controlling an interface control circuit

Disclosed is an interface control circuit including an error detection unit, an error correction unit, and an adjustment control unit. The error detection unit is configured to detect whether an error occurs in error correction coded data transmitted via an interface. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140372612

Information processing device, information processing method, and program

There is provided an information processing device including an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from a user terminal, developer identification information, and access control information for controlling whether or not one or more functions possessed by the information processing device are permitted to be executed, the developer identification information and the access control information being related to an application program possessed by the user terminal, a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a developer of the application program indicated by the developer identification information is a developer who has made an advance request for authorization for use, and a control unit configured to control execution of at least a portion of the one or more functions based on the access control information, based on the result of the determination by the determination unit.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140372562

Server device, client device, information processing system, information processing method, and program

An information processing method of an information processing system including a client device functioning as a client and a server device functioning as a server which are capable of communication via a network, includes the steps of: at the server device, managing format identification information provided so as to be unique for each content data within the range of each data format, corresponding to the contents of each content; at the client device, causing execution of communication via network, for specifying a content, as to the server device; at the server device, transmitting, to the client device, format identification information correlated with a specified content in response to specification of a content via network from the client device; and at the client device, managing the received and obtained format identification information as corresponding to the specified content.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140372057

Method and system for measuring capacitance difference between capacitive elements

Methods and systems for measuring capacitance difference are disclosed. In one aspect, first and second capacitive elements are connected between voltage receiving nodes for receiving first and second dc voltages and nodes connectable to a third dc voltage via a first, resp. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140370983

Application provision server and application provision method

Disclosed herein is an application provision method in a client-server type system providing a game application to a plurality of users via a network. The method causes a computational resource of a server to perform the steps of: providing, to a first user using a client terminal connected to the server, a game application selected by the first user; providing, to a second user specified by the first user, the game application provided to the first user after the game application is ended by the first user; and notifying achievement levels of the first and second users to the client terminals of the first and second users after the game application is ended by the second user.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140370941

Power efficient sensor accessory management through sensor subsystem

Application instructions for a sub-system processing unit are received through an application programming interface (api). The application instructions control a sub-system processing unit to process wireless messages directed to a main processing unit. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140370586

Microchip and microchip-type fine-particle measuring device

A microchip is provided. The microchip includes an incident surface configured to receive light transmitted from a light source, the light being received from an incident direction and a back surface that is opposite the incident surface, the back surface including a portion that is configured to reflect light transmitted from the light source away from the incident direction.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140370337

Electrode, secondary battery, battery pack, electric vehicle, electric power storage system, electric power tool, and electronic apparatus

A secondary battery includes a cathode, an anode, and a non-aqueous electrolytic solution. The cathode includes a cathode current collector, and a cathode active material layer provided on the cathode current collector. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369667

Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and program

Disclosed herein is an information processing apparatus including: a display control section configured to display on a display section a picture based on a video signal and a caption synchronized with the picture and based on caption information attached to the video signal; and a character string information acquisition section configured to acquire character string information common to the caption information and to information related to music contents stored in a storage section, by comparing the caption information with the related information. The display control section displays on the display section the caption in which the common character string information acquired by the character string information acquisition section is highlighted in a predetermined manner.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369662

Communication system, transmission apparatus, transmission method, reception apparatus and reception method

An av system composed of an hd recorder and a display unit uses a communication interface of the hdmi. An hdmi source of the hd recorder transmits image data (image signal) in the form of differential signals to an hdmi sink of the display unit through three tmds channels. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369620

Image processing device and image processing method

Provided is an image processing device including a selection section configured to select, from a plurality of transform units with different sizes, a transform unit used for inverse orthogonal transformation of image data to be decoded, a generation section configured to generate, from a first quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a first size, a second quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a second size from a first quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a first size, and an inverse quantization section configured to inversely quantize transform coefficient data for the image data using the second quantization matrix generated by the generation section when the selection section selects the transform unit for the second size.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369619

Image processing device and image processing method

Provided is an image processing device including a selection section configured to select, from a plurality of transform units with different sizes, a transform unit used for inverse orthogonal transformation of image data to be decoded, a generation section configured to generate, from a first quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a first size, a second quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a second size from a first quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a first size, and an inverse quantization section configured to inversely quantize transform coefficient data for the image data using the second quantization matrix generated by the generation section when the selection section selects the transform unit for the second size.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369522

Sound-output-control device, sound-output-control method, and sound-output-control program

A sound-output-control device including an acquisition unit which acquires an anaerobic threshold, a reception unit which receives an input about exercise intensity, a calculation unit which calculates a value indicating a target heart rate of a user on the basis of the acquired anaerobic threshold and the received exercise-intensity input, a detection unit which detects a value indicating the current tempo of a physical exercise done by the user, and a control unit that controls a sound output on the basis of a result of a comparison of the target heart-rate value calculated by the calculation unit and the current physical-exercise-tempo value detected by the detection unit, so as to lead a heart rate of the user so that the heart rate of the user attains the target heart rate is provided.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369441

Selection of training sequences for multiple-in multiple-out transmissions

A cellular communication system comprises a multiple-in multiple-out, mimo, transmitter and receiver. The mimo transmitter comprises a message generator for generating mimo messages comprising selected training sequences and transceivers transmitting the messages on a plurality of antennas. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369432

Division of bit streams to produce spatial paths for multicarrier transmission

A device for bit-demultiplexing in a multicarrier mimo communication system (e.g. Precoded spatial multiplexing mimo communication systems using adaptive ofdm), including a multicarrier mimo transmitter and a multicarrier mimo receiver. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369407

Image processing device and method

An image processing device and method that enable suppression of a reduction in coding efficiency. The image processing device encodes an image to generate encoded data, and set, as syntax of the generated encoded data, syntax whose semantics is set so that a default quantization matrix having the same size as a block size that is a unit of processing in which quantization is performed is referred to when in a copy mode in which a quantization matrix is copied, quantization matrix reference data identifying a reference destination of the quantization matrix matches quantization matrix identification data identifying the quantization matrix. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140369406

Image compression circuit, image compression method, and transmission system

An image compression circuit includes: a transform section configured to transform a plurality of pieces of pixel data into a plurality of pieces of coefficient data; and a quantization section configured to obtain a quantization parameter based on a predetermined number of pieces of the coefficient data, and to quantize the predetermined number of pieces of the coefficient data with use of the quantization parameter.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368907

Light source device and steroscopic display apparatus

A light guide plate is described that includes a plurality of reflection areas and a plurality of scattering areas arranged to provide light to a display panel to display images with parallax. A display apparatus is described that can include a light guide plate comprising a plurality of scattering areas and a plurality of reflection areas arranged to form a parallax barrier, and a display panel that displays an image based on light received from the light guide plate. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368718

Display control device, display control method, program, and imaging apparatus

A display control device includes: a composition determining unit that determines a plurality of recommended compositions of an input image; and a display controller that controls one recommended composition to be displayed distinguishably from other recommended compositions among the plurality of recommended compositions.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368714

Solid-state imaging device, driving method of solid-state imaging device, and electronic apparatus

A solid-state imaging device includes a first chip including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a light sensing unit generating a signal charge responsive to an amount of received light, and a plurality of mos transistors reading the signal charge generated by the light sensing unit and outputting the read signal charge as a pixel signal, a second chip including a plurality of pixel drive circuits supplying desired drive pulses to pixels, the second chip being laminated beneath the first chip in a manner such that the pixel drive circuits are arranged beneath the pixels formed in the first chip to drive the pixels, and a connection unit for electrically connecting the pixels to the pixel drive circuits arranged beneath the pixels.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368709

Solid-state imaging device, method of driving the same, and electronic system including the device

A solid-state imaging device includes: a unit pixel including a photoelectric conversion section, an impurity-diffusion region capable of temporarily accumulating or holding electric charges generated by the photoelectric conversion section, and a reset transistor resetting the impurity-diffusion region by a voltage of a voltage-supply line, and having an impurity concentration such that at least the reset transistor side of the impurity-diffusion region becomes a depletion state; and a drive circuit changing the voltage of the voltage-supply line from a first voltage lower than a depletion potential of the reset transistor side of the impurity-diffusion region to a second voltage higher than the depletion potential while the reset transistor is on.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368705

Solid-state imaging device and camera system

A solid-state imaging device and a camera system are disclosed. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel unit and a pixel signal readout circuit. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368704

Imaging device and camera system including sense circuits to make binary decision

An imaging device includes: a pixel array section having an array of pixels, each of which has a photoelectric converting device and outputs an electric signal according to an input photon; a sense circuit section having a plurality of sensor circuits each of which makes binary decision on whether there is a photon input to a pixel in a predetermined period upon reception of the electric signal therefrom; and a decision result ic section which integrates decision results from the sense circuits, pixel by pixel or for each group of pixels, multiple times to generate imaged data with a gradation, the decision result ic section including a count circuit which performs a count process to integrate the decision results from the sense circuits, and a memory for storing a counting result for each pixel from the count circuit, the sense circuits sharing the count circuit for integrating the decision results.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368698

Display control apparatus, display control method, program, and image pickup apparatus

There is provided a display control apparatus, including: a composition determining section configured to determine recommended composition of an input image; an image generating section configured to generate an image based on the recommended composition; and a display controller configured to control displaying the input image, the recommended composition, and the image based on the recommended composition, on a display section.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368697

Image processing including image correction

Long and short exposure time pixel information are input to pixel information. A long exposure time image set with the pixel values assuming all of the pixels have been exposed for a long time and a short exposure time image set with the pixel values assuming all of the pixels have been exposed for a short time are generated. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368695

Control device and storage medium

There is provided a control device including a focus control unit configured to perform control so as to sequentially bring multiple subjects within a captured image into focus, and a recording control unit configured to perform control in response to a trigger from a user so as to record, onto a storage medium, captured images of the multiple subjects sequentially brought into focus by the focus control unit.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368681

Methods and devices for parallax elimination

Devices and methods for reducing parallax in graphic content captured by a camera array include identifying color fringes that correspond to the parallax in the captured graphic content, determining an amount of displacement of the color fringes and adjusting the parallax in the captured graphic content based on the amount of displacement. The camera array may comprise a two-dimensional array of cameras.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368671

Image processing device, server, and storage medium

There is provided an image processing device including an extraction nit configured to extract an object from an image picked up by use of a certain imaging parameter, a ranging unit configured to acquire distance information indicating a distance between an image pickup unit that has picked up the image and the object that has been imaged, a communication unit having a first transmission function, a second transmission function, and a reception function, and a composition unit configured to combine the object candidate image received by the communication unit in a region of the object included in the second image.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368608

Imaging apparatus, image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program

An imaging apparatus includes: an image generation section that generates at least one of a first captured image having a predetermined size and a second captured image having an aspect ratio different from that of the first captured image; a recording control section that, when an instruction operation to record the generated captured image is received, records the generated captured image based on the instruction operation; and a display control section that, when a captured image to be displayed at the time of displaying the recorded captured image on a display section is the second captured image, displays the second captured image and an enlarged image of a specific region in the second captured image are displayed on the display section in a correlated manner.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368556

Display device

A display apparatus includes: a display unit that includes a display area including display elements arranged in a two-dimensional matrix and is configured to display an image in the display area based on a video signal; and a correction signal generation unit configured to generate a correction signal that accelerates a change with time for a display element having a small change with time and performs a slowdown or a stop of the change with time for a display element having a large change with time, based on a value of the video signal and time-varying characteristics of a luminance of each display element. When the display apparatus is not used after a normal image is displayed based on the video signal, a corrected image based on the correction signal is displayed to equalize a degree of the change with time of each display element.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368542

Image processing apparatus, image processing method, program, print medium, and print-media set

There is provided an image processing apparatus including an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image that shows a real object including a primary recognition target and a secondary recognition target, and a control unit configured to set an augmented reality space associated with the image on the basis of image recognition of the primary recognition target, and configured to decide an augmented reality object to be arranged in the augmented reality space depending on the secondary recognition target that is recognized on the basis of the image recognition of the primary recognition target.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368510

Information processing device, information processing method, and computer-readable recording medium

There is provided an information processing device including an area decision processing unit configured to set, on the basis of at least three vertices designated to decide a boundary of an area to be defined in a map and on the basis of a drawing locus input to include at least three of the vertices, a boundary region by sequentially adding boundary line segments connecting one of the vertices to be a starting point from among the vertices included inside the drawing locus with points on the drawing locus in accordance with an input order of the drawing locus, configured to sequentially decide the vertices constituting respective area definition line segments for deciding the boundary of the area, and configured to decide, as the area, a region prescribed by connecting the area definition line segments.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368469

Information processing apparatus

An information processing apparatus including a touch panel that detects a non-contact operation of an operation element by detecting an electrostatic capacitance of an operation surface of the touch panel; and a controller that determines a distance between the operation surface and the operation element based on the detected electrostatic capacitance, and controls a predetermined operation of the information processing apparatus based on the determined distance.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368456

Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and computer program

An information processing apparatus may include a control unit to control processing on an operation object, where an operation right of the operation object is given to a user, displayed on a display unit based on detection of a user from at least one information signal input to the apparatus from outside of the apparatus.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368413

Display apparatus and driving method therefor

A display apparatus disclosed herein includes a plurality of pixel circuits each having a plurality of switches configured to receive a driving signal of a predetermined period and be controlled for opening and closing operation by the driving signal; and a drive circuit configured to control the open/closed state of the switches; the drive circuit being operable to scan the pixel circuits and open and close the switches in periods independent of each other.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368399

Antenna device and electronic apparatus using it

An antenna device includes a ground conductor, a radiation conductor having a feed point, and a guard conductor that is insulated from the ground conductor and is disposed at a position that is closer to a specific site of a user than the radiation conductor in one use form and is such a position that at least part of the guard conductor overlaps with a place where the intensity of an electric field radiated from the radiation conductor is high.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368205

Electronic device and methods therein

A battery cell is configured to operate in within an electronic device. Determining the status of the battery cell includes using a strain gauge attached to the battery cell. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368088

Piezoelectric device and electronic apparatus

A piezoelectric device includes a vibrator, a piezoelectric drive unit, and a first piezoelectric detector. The vibrator includes a first surface, a first groove formed along a first axis direction, and a second groove formed to be parallel to the first groove. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140368055

Power supply device, communication terminal device, and non-contact power transmission method

A power supply apparatus including a near-field wireless communication unit that wirelessly communicates with a plurality of communication terminals, a power transmission unit that sets a plurality of resonance frequencies to transfer power in a non-contact manner to each of the plurality of communication terminals, and a control unit that determines a priority level of each of the communication terminals based on identification information received from the communication terminals and determines an amount of power transmitted at each of the resonance frequencies based on the determined priority levels.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140367821

Solid-state imaging device, method of manufacturing solid-state imaging device, and electronic apparatus

There is provided a solid-state imaging device including plural pixel regions, each including a pixel having a photoelectric conversion unit, a color filter, and a microlens that condenses the incident light to the photoelectric conversion unit; a first light shielding portion that has a first end face at the side of the microlens, and a second end face opposite to the first end face, and that is formed at each side portion of each pixel region of the plurality of the pixel regions; and a second light shielding portion that has a first end face at the side of the microlens, and a second end face opposite to the first end face, and that is formed at each corner portion of the pixel region, in which a distance from a surface of the pixel to the first end face is short compared to the first light shielding portion.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140367814

Storage element, storage device, method of manufacturing storage element, and magnetic head

A storage element includes a layer structure, which includes a storage layer including magnetization perpendicular to the film surface, in which the magnetization direction is changed corresponding to information; a magnetization fixing layer including magnetization perpendicular to the film surface that becomes a reference for information stored on the storage layer; a tunnel barrier layer made from an oxide provided between the storage layer and the magnetization fixing layer; and a spin barrier layer made from an oxide provided contacting the surface of the opposite side of the storage layer to the surface contacting the tunnel barrier layer. A low resistance region is formed in a portion of the spin barrier layer formed with a predetermined set film thickness value and information storage on the storage layer is performed by changing the magnetization direction of the storage layer by current flowing in the stacking direction of the layer structure.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140367668

Photoelectric conversion device, method of manufacturing photoelectric conversion device, solid-state imaging unit, and electronic apparatus

A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device includes: forming a first electrode on a first surface side of a substrate that has two opposing surfaces; forming an electrode section on a second surface side of the substrate, the electrode section being used for external connection; and after forming the first electrode and the electrode section, forming an organic photoelectric conversion layer and a second electrode on the first electrode.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140367660

Light-emitting device, display apparatus, and illumination apparatus

A light-emitting device includes: a first electrode; a second electrode; and an organic layer that is provided between the first electrode and the second electrode and is formed by stacking a first light-emitting layer and a second light-emitting layer in order from the first electrode side, in which light emitted from the organic layer is reflected by an interface between the first light-emitting layer and the first electrode, passes through the second electrode, and is emitted to the outside of the light-emitting device, a first light-transmitting layer, a second light-transmitting layer, and a third light-transmitting layer are provided on a side of the second light-emitting layer opposite to the first light-emitting layer in order from the second light-emitting layer side, and predetermined conditions are satisfied.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140367581

Radiation image-pickup device and radiation image-pickup display system

A radiation image-pickup device includes: a drive substrate including a transistor used to read, from each of a plurality of pixels, signal charge based on radiation; a charge collection electrode provided on the drive substrate, for each of the pixels; a conversion layer formed on the charge collection electrode, and configured to generate the signal charge by absorbing radiation; a counter electrode provided on the conversion layer; and a first conductive film disposed, between the drive substrate and the charge collection electrode, to face at least a part of the charge collection electrode, and included in a first capacitive element configured to retain the signal charge.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140367554

Imaging element, method for manufacturing imaging element, pixel design method, and electronic apparatus

An imaging element includes a plurality of pixels that are two-dimensionally arranged and each have a light receiving part including a photoelectric conversion element and a light collecting part that collects incident light toward the light receiving part. Each of the light collecting parts in the plurality of pixels includes an optical functional layer having, in a surface, a specific projection and depression structure depending on the pixel position.. ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140367251

Sintering apparatus, method of manufacturing sintered compact, and target material

A sintering apparatus includes: a non-transportable section mounted in the atmosphere; a transportable section that has a mold capable of accommodating a material to be processed and is loaded detachably with respect to the non-transportable section; and a covering member that envelops the transportable section loaded on the non-transportable section in an almost hermetically sealed state and allows the transportable section to be separated from the non-transportable section with the transportable section enveloped in the almost hermetically sealed state.. . ... Sony Corporation

12/18/14 / #20140366636

Signal compensation unit, bend sensor module, and input unit

A signal compensation unit includes an adjustment section configured to adjust temporal variation characteristics of a detection signal obtained by a bend sensor. The adjustment section includes: a signal amplifier including a positive input terminal, a negative input terminal, and an output terminal, and amplifying the detection signal; and a resistor for adjustment of the temporal variation characteristics disposed between the positive input terminal and the negative input terminal of the signal amplifier.. ... Sony Corporation








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