US Pat. No. 9,258,602

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING A VIDEO SIGNAL FROM A TRANSMITTER TO A RECEIVER AND READING AND WRITING EDID

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Ib...

1. A video transmitting system,
in which a transmitter device to transmit a video signal and a receiver device to receive the video signal transmitted by
the transmitter device are connected through a digital interface including an HPD (Hot Plug Detect) line, the digital interface
having a CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) interface to transmit CEC messages including a Header and an Op Code,

wherein the receiver device includes an EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) recording part to record an EDID indicating
the performance of the receiver device,

wherein:
the transmitter device reads the EDID of the receiver device through the digital interface, and transmits the video signal
to the receiver device based on the read EDID of the receiver device,

the receiver device transmits a first CEC message for prohibiting the transmitter device to read the EDID of the receiver
device and resetting a contents protection while a signal level of the HPD line is a high level, and transmits a second CEC
message for enabling the transmitter device to read the EDID of the receiver device while a signal level of the HPD line is
a high level,

the transmitter device transmits a reply for the first CEC message to the receiver device, transmits a reply for the second
CEC message to the receiver device and is prohibited to read the EDID of the receiver device after the transmitter device
receives the first CEC message from the receiver device, until the transmitter device receives the second CEC message from
the receiver device, and

the transmitter device starts a process of the contents protection after the transmitter device receives the second CEC message
from the receiver device.

US Pat. No. 9,348,210

PROJECTION APPARATUS AND TRANSPARENT SCREEN FOR IT

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection apparatus having a projection optical system comprising:
a plurality of lenses which project an image light from an image display element onto a screen;
wherein the screen is provided with a Fresnel lens on an incidence side of the image light;
wherein a cross-section of the Fresnel lens in a vertical direction of the screen is comprised of a first lens region wherein
the image light is emitted to an image viewing side by refraction action, a second lens region which is a mixed region of
the region where the image light is emitted to the image viewing side by refraction action and region where the image light
is emitted to the image viewing side by total reflection of the image light are mixed, and a third region where the image
light is emitted to the image viewing side by the total reflection of the image light; and

wherein a ratio of the second lens region changes from a first end of the Fresnel lens in the vertical direction of the screen
toward a second end of the Fresnel lens, and wherein the first region is located at the first end, the second region is located
at the second end, and the third end is located in between the first end and the second end in the vertical direction of the
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,086,726

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An image processing device which outputs an image signal, the image processing device including:
a camera configured to capture an image including that of a user therein;
a portion detecting unit, which is configured to detect positions of a hand and a face of the user from the image, which is
captured by said camera; and

an operation recognizing unit configured to recognize a gesture of the user determine one (1) menu corresponding to said gesture,
for a video signal showing plural numbers of menus therein, which is outputted by said image processing device, wherein

said operation recognizing unit determines a boundary line at a position separated from the position of the face, which is
detected, in a left-hand direction by a predetermined distance therebetween, when the gesture is made by a left hand of the
user,

said operation recognizing unit determines a boundary line at a position separated from the position of the face, which is
detected, in a right-hand direction by a predetermined distance therebetween, when the gesture is made by a right hand of
the user, and

said operation recognizing unit determines a first menu when the position of the hand making the gesture is detected within
a first region, which is divided by the boundary line determined, while determines a second menu when the position of the
hand making the gesture is detected within a second region, which is divided by the boundary line determined.

US Pat. No. 9,165,586

MAGNETIC RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A magnetic recording medium comprising: a non-magnetic substrate; a non-magnetic layer formed on one of principal surfaces
of the non-magnetic substrate; and a magnetic layer formed on a principal surface of the non-magnetic layer opposite to the
non-magnetic substrate,
wherein Mr and t satisfy 0.0020 ?T·m?Mr·t?0.0150 ?T·m, where Mr is the residual magnetic flux density of the magnetic layer,
and t is the average thickness of the magnetic layer,

L1 satisfies 2 nm?L1?6 nm, where L1 is the average thickness of a first mixed layer that is formed on the surface of the magnetic layer opposite to the non-magnetic
layer,

L2 satisfies 0.1?L2/t?0.45, where L2 is the average thickness of a second mixed layer that is formed on the surface of the magnetic layer facing the non-magnetic
layer,

the first mixed layer comprises components of the magnetic layer and non-magnetic components including at least one selected
from the group consisting of a lubricant, a resin, and a filler,

a content of the components of the magnetic layer per unit volume of the first mixed layer is lower than a content of components
of the magnetic layer per unit volume of the magnetic layer, and

the second mixed layer comprises components of the magnetic layer and components of the non-magnetic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,066,058

DISPLAY DEVICE AND PLAY-BACK DEVICE HAVING RESPECTIVE FIRST AND SECOND INTERFACES

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A display device to receive video information transmitted from a playback device and to display the video information,
comprising:
a first interface to communicate information with the playback device;
a second interface to communicate information with the playback device; and
a display circuit to display video information received by the first interface or the second interface, wherein the display
device transmits a first connection confirmation signal to confirm connection, via the first interface to the playback device
and receives a response signal in reply to the first connection confirmation signal,

transmits a second connection confirmation signal to confirm connection, via the second interface to the playback device and
receives a response signal in reply to the second connection confirmation signal, and

makes a function to use the first interface and the second interface between the display device and the playback device available
if the response signal in reply to the first connection confirmation signal and the response signal in reply to the second
connection confirmation signal are received,

and wherein if an interval of time between when the response signal is received in reply to the first connection confirmation
signal and when the response signal is received in reply to the second connection confirmation signal is within a predetermined
time range, it is judged that the function to use the first interface and the second interface is available.

US Pat. No. 9,086,594

LIGHTING DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a curvedly shaped base chassis having a reflection layer provided on an inner surface thereof;
an optical sheet which is disposed to face the reflection layer of the base chassis and outputs illuminating light of the
lighting device;

a light source group which is disposed in a space between the base chassis and the optical sheet and includes a plurality
of first light sources emitting light in a first direction and a plurality of second light sources emitting light in a second
direction opposite to the first direction;

a light source substrate on which the light source group is mounted and which is mounted on the base chassis; and
a light distribution adjusting member which is disposed to cover an optical sheet side of the light source group and which
directs light from the light source group into predetermined directions,

wherein the first and second directions in which light is emitted from the light source group are, in a space between the
base chassis and the optical sheet, in parallel with a light output surface of the optical sheet, the plurality of the first
light sources are arranged in a direction perpendicular to the first direction, and the plurality of the second light sources
are arranged in a direction perpendicular to the second direction, and

wherein the reflection layer on the inner surface of the base chassis is curved such that a portion thereof on each of the
first-direction side and the second-direction side relative to where the light source substrate is mounted is curved to concavely
face the optical sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,077,035

NONAQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A nonaqueous secondary battery comprising:
a positive electrode having a positive electrode mixture layer, a negative electrode, and a nonaqueous electrolyte,
wherein the positive electrode comprises, as active materials, at least two lithium-containing transition metal oxides having
different average particle sizes, and the lithium-containing transition metal oxide having the smallest average particle size
is a lithium-containing transition metal oxide represented by the formula (1):

LixM1yM2zM3vO2  (1)

wherein M1 represents at least one transition metal element selected from Co, Ni and Mn, M2 represents Mg and at least one metal element selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr, Ge, Nb, Al and Sn, M3 represents at least one element selected from the group consisting of Na, K, Rb, Be, Ca, Sr, Ba, Sc, Y, La, Hf, V, Ta, Cr,
Mo, W, Tc, Re, Fe, Ru, Rh, Cu, Ag, Au, B, Ca, In, Si, P and Bi, and x, y, z and v are numbers satisfying the equations respectively:
0.97?x<1.02, 0.8?y<1.02, 0.002?z?0.05, and 0?v?0.05, and has an average particle size from 2 ?m to 10 ?m, and the lithium-containing
transition metal oxide having the largest average particle size is a lithium-containing transition metal oxide represented
by the formula (2):

LiaM1bM2cM3dO2  (2)

wherein M1, M2 and M3 are the same as defined in the formula (1), and a, b, c and d are numbers satisfying the equations respectively: 0.97?a<1.02,
0.8?b<1.02, 0.0002?c?0.02, and 0?d?0.02, and has an average particle size from 5 ?m to 25 ?m,

wherein said electrolyte contains a fluorine-containing organic solvent,
wherein the content of Co in the transition metal M1 of the formulae (1) and (2) is from 30% by mole to 100% by mole,

wherein the content of said lithium-containing transition metal oxide having the smallest average particle size in the lithium-containing
transition metal oxides is from 5% by weight to 60% by weight,

wherein the content of said lithium-containing transition metal oxide having the largest average particle size in the lithium-containing
transition metal oxides is from 40% by weight to 95% by weight, and

wherein an amount of said fluorine-containing organic solvent is 0.1% by weight to 30% by weight based on the whole weight
of the electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 9,336,743

VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND VIDEO SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A video signal receiving apparatus connectable with a video signal transmitting apparatus through a first signal line and
a second signal line, the video signal receiving apparatus comprising:
an input terminal for receiving digital video signals which are either first type video signals including luminance/color
difference signals or second type video signals including three primary color signals through the first signal line;

a data processing circuit for decrypting the digital video signals input through the input terminal; and
an information transmitter for outputting information to the video signal transmitting apparatus through the second signal
line, the information indicating whether the video signal receiving apparatus is capable of handling the first type video
signals or not,

wherein in a case that the information, transmitted by the information transmitter to the second signal line, indicates that
the video signal receiving apparatus is not capable of handling the first type video signals, the video signal receiving apparatus
receives information which indicates that the digital video signals are the second type video signals in addition to the second
type video signals encrypted by the video signal transmitting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,313,541

BROADCASTING METHOD AND BROADCAST SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A video information displaying comprising:
receiving a program or a script via a first transmission path;
receiving video information via a second transmission path;
displaying the video information at a first point in time;
executing the program or the script to obtain information via a network at a second point in time; and
resulting in a situation of a plurality of situations, based on a state of the network, the plurality of situations including:
a first situation in which the information obtained before a timeout processing occurring via the network is displayed at
least as a part of a display image simultaneously with at least a part of the video information; and

a second situation in which execution of the program or the script to obtain the information for display is stopped by the
timeout processing without obtaining the information to be displayed, via the network.

US Pat. No. 9,131,218

VIDEO ENCODING METHOD AND VIDEO DECODING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video decoding method comprising the steps of:
calculating a motion vector based on information decoded from a coded stream; and
performing an inter-prediction process using the motion vector calculated in the motion vector calculating step, wherein the
motion vector calculating step includes:

a first process to select a plurality of candidate blocks including decoded blocks located near a block to be decoded, as
options to be used for calculating a motion vector of the block to be decoded, and exclude one of the candidate blocks from
the options when a difference between motion vectors of the candidate blocks located near the block to be decoded is smaller
than a threshold value;

a second process to read out selection information indicating which one of the options is to be selected among the options
from the coded stream; and

a third process to calculate the motion vector for the inter-prediction process based on the selection information.

US Pat. No. 9,124,758

TELEVISION RECEIVER WITH A TV PHONE FUNCTION

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A digital information receiving and transmitting apparatus comprising:
a network interface configured to:
receive a first digital information including a first video information and a first audio information from a content server
via a network;

receive a second digital information including a second video information and a second audio information from other communication
apparatus via the network; and

transmit a third digital information including a third video information and a third audio information to the other communication
apparatus via the network; and

a processor configured to output the first video information and the second video information on a display, and output the
first audio information and the second audio information through a speaker;

wherein when a videophone communication is started after receiving, from the other communication apparatus, an inbound videophone
call in the middle of outputting the first video information received by the network interface, the processor outputs the
second video information received from the other communication apparatus via the network interface;

when the videophone communication is finished, the processor stops outputting the second video information received by the
network interface; and

wherein the processor stops an operation of a camera creating the third video information in a case that the processor receives
a stop instruction of the videophone communication from the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,256,060

PINHOLE ARRAY AND DISPLAY DEVICE USING SAME

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A pinhole array, comprising:
plural numbers of entrance pinholes, each of which is configured to capture a light ray therein;
plural numbers of exit pinholes, each of which is configured to emit the light ray therefrom; and
plural numbers of pinhole reflectors, in each of which a pair of an entrance pinhole and an exit pinhole are formed to face
to each other, and each of which is configured to emit the light ray entering therein from said entrance pinhole, after reflecting
at least two (2) times therein, wherein

an image is formed by the light rays emitting from said plural numbers of exit pinholes.

US Pat. No. 9,421,704

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MOLDED PRODUCT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING MOLDED PRODUCT HAVING PLATING FILM, METHOD FOR PRODUCING RESIN PELLET, FOAM MOLDED PRODUCT HAVING PLATING FILM, FOAM INJECTION MOLDING METHOD, NOZZLE UNIT, AND INJECTION MOL

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A method for producing a molded product, the method comprising:
mixing a block copolymer having a hydrophilic segment with a functional material;
mixing the block copolymer, which has been mixed with the functional material, with a thermoplastic resin;
molding the thermoplastic resin in which the functional material and the block copolymer are mixed; and
contacting a surface of the molded product with a solution, thereby dissolving and removing a part of the block copolymer
included in the molded product.

US Pat. No. 9,348,202

LAMP UNIT AND PROJECTOR EMPLOYING SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projector which is used in at least two mounting states, comprising:
a discharge lamp;
a cooling air discharge section having a cooling air exit partitioned into three discharge ports by two partition plates,
the cooling air discharge section discharging cooling air toward the discharge lamp, the discharge of cooling air from the
discharge ports being controlled according to the at least two mounting states, the cooling air discharge section including:

a ball which moves by its own weight according to the mounting states of the projector; and
a first discharge port, a second discharge port, and a third discharge port for the cooling air,
a display element which receives a light emitted from the discharge lamp, and
a projection lens which project a light from the display element,
wherein:
the ball moves by its own weight according to a first mounting state and reduces an air flow of the cooling air passing through
the first discharge port, and the ball moves by its own weight according to a second mounting state and reduces an air flow
of the cooling air passing through the second discharge port.

US Pat. No. 9,350,019

NONAQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A nonaqueous secondary battery comprising: a positive electrode having a positive electrode mixture layer, a negative electrode,
and a nonaqueous electrolyte, wherein
the positive electrode contains, as an active material, at least two lithium-containing transition metal oxides having different
average particle sizes,

said lithium-containing transition metal oxide having the smallest average particle size is a lithium-containing transition
metal oxide represented by the formula (1):

LixM1yM2zM3vO2  (1)

wherein M1 represents at least one transition metal element selected from Co, Ni and Mn, M2 represents Mg, or Mg and at least one metal element selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr, Ge, Nb, Al and Sn, M3 represents an element other than Li, M1 and M2, and x, y, z and v are numbers satisfying the equations respectively: 0.97?x<1.02, 0.8?y<1.02, 0.002?z?0.05, and 0?v?0.05;

a content of Mg in the formula (1) is from 0.15% by mole to less than 2% by mole based on an amount of the metal element M1;

the positive electrode mixture layer has a density of at least 3.5 g/cm3; and the nonaqueous electrode mixture contains a compound having at least two nitrile groups in the molecule.

US Pat. No. 9,118,924

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image with executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting, wherein the information includes information indicating a direction
of the flip of the partial area of the image and information indicating a position of the flipped partial area, and

wherein the size of the flipped partial area is larger than a block unit.

US Pat. No. 9,570,777

LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A lithium secondary battery, comprising: a positive electrode; a negative electrode; a nonaqueous electrolytic solution;
and a separator,
wherein the positive electrode includes a collector and a positive electrode material mixture layer formed on the collector,
the positive electrode material mixture layer includes a positive active material, a conductive agent, and a binder,
the positive active material contains a lithium-containing composite oxide containing nickel,
wherein a molar ratio of a total nickel amount with respect to a total lithium amount contained in the entire positive active
material is 0.05 to 1.0, and

the nonaqueous electrolytic solution contains 0.5 to 5.0 mass % of a phosphonoacetate-based compound represented by the following
General Formula (1):


in the General Formula (1), R1 and R2 independently represent an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, or an alkynyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, which may be substituted
by a halogen atom, R3 represents an alkynyl group, and “n” represents an integer of 0 to 6.

US Pat. No. 9,319,687

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image by executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting,

wherein the information includes information indicating a direction of the flip of the partial area of the image and information
indicating a position of the flipped partial area, and

wherein the information indicating the direction of the flip includes vertical flipping.

US Pat. No. 9,069,237

PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING A LIGHT SOURCE AND DISPLAY ELEMENT CONFIGURED TO PROVIDE INCREASED LIFESPAN OF OPTICAL CONSTITUENT COMPONENTS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection type display apparatus, comprising:
a light source;
a display element;
an illumination optical system comprising a plurality of optical elements to enter light from the light source and to emit
the light to the display element; and

a projection lens to magnify an optical image formed by the display element and to project a magnified image of the optical
image,

wherein the illumination optical system comprises:
a first array lens and a second array lens each includes a plurality of lens elements arranged in a matrix, each of the lens
elements having a rectangular shape opening and a polarization conversion element having a polarization conversion function
to convert a polarization direction of light incident thereon into a predetermined polarization direction of light and to
emit polarized light by use of a plurality of polarized beam splitters and a plurality of half-wave phase plates, the beam
splitters and the phase plates being arranged in an array and opposing to the lens elements of the second array lens, and

wherein the light source comprises a light emitting plane having substantially a rectangle or an ellipse shape, and
wherein a vertical direction of the shape of the light emitting plane is substantially parallel to the predetermined direction,
and a longitudinal direction of the shape of the light emitting plane is substantially parallel to a longitudinal direction
of an opening of the polarization conversion element, and

wherein, when a ratio of a longitudinal length of the display element to a vertical length thereof is M/N (M>N), a ratio of
a length in the longitudinal direction of the light emitting plane of the light source to a length in the vertical direction
thereof is less than (4N×N)/(M×M).

US Pat. No. 9,065,116

LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY POSITIVE ELECTRODE AND LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A lithium secondary battery positive electrode comprising a positive electrode material mixture layer containing a positive
electrode active material and a conductivity enhancing agent on one or both sides of a current collector,
wherein the positive electrode active material contains a lithium-containing composite oxide,
the conductivity enhancing agent contains carbon fibers having an average fiber length of 10 nm or more and less than 1000
nm and an average fiber diameter of 1 nm or more and 100 nm or less,

the content of the carbon fibers in the positive electrode material mixture layer is 0.25 mass % or more and 1.5 mass % or
less and the carbon fibers are dispersed in the positive electrode material mixture layer,

the positive electrode active material contains a layer-structured lithium-containing composite oxide represented by the general
compositional formula: Li1+xMO2,

where x is within a range of ?0.15 ?x ?0.15, and M represents an element group of three or more elements including at least
Ni, Co and Mn, and

the ratios of Ni, Co and Mn to the total elements constituting M satisfy 45?a?90, 5?b?30, 5?c?30 and 10?b+c?55, where the
ratios of Ni, Co and Mn are represented by a, b and c, respectively, in units of mol %.

US Pat. No. 9,313,295

CONTENT DELIVERY SYSTEM, DELIVERY SERVER, RECEIVING TERMINAL, AND CONTENT DELIVERY METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A content delivery system comprising a transmitting terminal, a receiving terminal, and a delivery server which are connected
via a network and configured to transmit picture content from the transmitting terminal to the receiving terminal via the
delivery server,
the delivery server comprising:
a database for registering device IDs, each identifying a receiving terminal, and member IDs, each configured to be assigned
to a plurality of devices by a user, the device IDs and the member IDs being associated with each other; and

a content storage for storing picture contents transmitted from transmitting terminals,
wherein, when a transmitting terminal accesses the delivery server and inputs sender's information and a receiving terminal's
member ID as a destination to the delivery server,

the delivery server tentatively registers the input receiving terminal's member ID in the database and notifies the tentatively
registered receiving terminal that tentative member registration of the sender has been made,

in a case where the tentative member registration has been accepted by the receiving terminal, the delivery server registers
the tentatively registered member information and allows the receiving terminal to receive a picture content transmitted from
the transmitting terminal, and

in response to a request from the registered receiving terminal to transmit the picture content, the delivery server transmits
the picture content to the receiving terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,178,930

CONTENT RECEIVING DEVICE, AND CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A content receiver apparatus comprising:
a download microprocessor that executes download of contents;
a storage memory that stores the downloaded contents;
a license information acquiring microprocessor that acquires output license information describing output requirements of
the contents;

an output microprocessor that executes output of the contents to an external storage medium, by export after recording the
contents, or by direct export;

a meta-information acquiring unit that acquires meta-information having output times information showing times which can output
the contents to the storage medium;
characterized in that:
the output license information has usage conditions information indicating usage conditions of the contents in an output destination;
in the case of the export after recording, the download microprocessor stores the downloaded contents in the storage memory;
the output microprocessor outputs the contents stored in the storage memory to the external storage medium; acquires the usage
conditions information from the output license information for the contents; and sets the acquired usage conditions information
in a management information storing area in the external storage medium;

in the case of the direct export, the output microprocessor outputs the downloaded contents by the download microprocessor
to the external storage medium, without storing in the storing memory; the output microprocessor acquires the usage conditions
information from the output license information for the contents and sets the acquired usage conditions information in a management
information storing area in the external storage medium;

the output license information has, as the usage conditions information, usage time limit information indicating usage time
limit of the contents in an output destination;

the output microprocessor executes output of the contents, on times indicated in the output times information, and sets the
usage time limit information acquired from the output license information, and times corresponding to the output times information
acquired from the meta-information in a management information storing area in the external storage medium.

US Pat. No. 9,335,618

PROJECTION IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection image display apparatus comprising:
an integrator optical system which converges and uniformizes light from a light source;
a color separating optical system which separates colors of light emitted from the integrator optical system;
a color synthesizing optical system which synthesizes lights separated by the color separating optical system;
a projection optical system which emits the light, which has been synthesized by the color synthesizing optical system, onto
a projection surface;

a first optical case which fixes and houses the integrator optical system, the color separating optical system, and the color
synthesizing optical system at respective predetermined positions; and

a second optical case which fixes and houses optical components of the integrator optical system at predetermined positions,
wherein the second optical case is attached to the first optical case,
wherein the second optical case is inserted and attached to the first optical case in a direction opposite to an insertion
direction of the optical components of the integrator optical system, and

wherein the integrator optical system further includes an iris unit which adjusts the amount of the light from the light source,
and the second optical case has an insertion hole for inserting the iris unit on its bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 9,314,943

KNEADING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMOPLASTIC RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A kneading apparatus comprising:
a plasticizing cylinder in which a high pressure kneading zone and a pressure reduction zone are formed adjacently in this
order from an upstream side so that a molten resin obtained by plasticizing a thermoplastic resin and a pressurized fluid
are kneaded with each other in the high pressure kneading zone, and gasified pressurized fluid, which is gasified by reducing
a resin internal pressure, is separated in the pressure reduction zone from the molten resin kneaded with the pressurized
fluid,

a screw that rotates forwardly and reversely and that moves back and forth in the plasticizing cylinder; and
a downstream side seal mechanism that is provided between the high pressure kneading zone and the pressure reduction zone
and that makes communication and disconnection of the pressurized fluid and the molten resin between the high pressure kneading
zone and the pressure reduction zone in accordance with a rotation state of the screw, wherein

the downstream side seal mechanism is provided with a reduced diameter portion of the screw that is arranged between the high
pressure kneading zone and the pressure reduction zone and that has a seal portion, and a seal ring that is externally fitted
to the reduced diameter portion of the screw movably in an axial direction and that has a contact surface to abut against
the seal portion; and

the high pressure kneading zone and pressure reduction zone are communicated with each other when the seal portion of the
reduced diameter portion and the contact surface of the seal ring are separated from each other in one rotation state of the
screw, while the high pressure kneading zone and the pressure reduction zone are disconnected from each other when the seal
portion of the reduced diameter portion abuts against the contact surface of the seal ring in the other rotation state of
the screw.

US Pat. No. 9,305,484

CAPACITIVE-LOAD DRIVING CIRCUIT AND PLASMA DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A flat panel display apparatus comprising a display panel having a plurality of display cells and a driving circuit for
driving the display panel,
the driving circuit including:
a driving power supply source to generate a driving voltage;
a driving module in which a drive IC to drive the plurality of display cells of the display panel and a power supply terminal
to supply power to the drive IC are formed to be a module; and

a power distributor that is arranged outside the driving module and that is connected between the driving power supply source
and the power supply terminal of the driving module, and

the driving voltage being supplied to the power supply terminal of the driving module via the power distributor,
wherein an impedance of the power distributor is equal to or higher than one-tenth of a conductive impedance of the drive
IC.

US Pat. No. 9,267,047

INK COMPOSITION FOR FORMING CLEAR LAYER, METHOD OF APPLYING THE SAME, AND PRINTED ARTICLE USING THE SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A printed article comprising a thick clear layer comprised of at least two clear layers that are directly in contact with
each other and the at least two clear layers are formed using an ink composition for forming a clear layer, and the thick
clear layer is formed at least on a recording layer which is formed on a substrate, wherein
the ink composition for forming a clear layer contains a polymerizable compound consisting of polymerizable compound(s) that
can be cured by radical polymerization, a photopolymerization initiator and a surface tension regulator, wherein the polymerizable
compound comprises a (meth)acrylate monomer as a monofunctional monomer or a polyfunctional monomer, and oligomers or prepolymers,

the recording layer is formed of an ink composition containing a coloring material, a polymerizable compound, a photopolymerization
initiator and a surface tension regulator, wherein the polymerizable compound comprises a (meth)acrylate monomer as a monofunctional
monomer or a polyfunctional monomer,

the substrate is selected from the group consisting of polypropylene which have been subjected to corona discharge treatment,
polyethylene terephthalate, polycarbonate, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, polyvinylidene chloride, and an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene
copolymer,

the surface free energy of the substrate is 30 to 45 (mJ/m2),

the surface free energy of the recording layer is 40 to 50 (mJ/m2),

the contact angle of the ink composition for forming a clear layer to the substrate is 30 to 65 degrees, the contact angle
of the ink composition for forming a clear layer to the recording layer is 40 to 55 degrees, and

the contact angle of the ink composition for forming a clear layer to the clear layer is 45 to 60 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,188,458

POSITIONAL INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, AND TERMINAL DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A positional information providing system comprising:
a server device connected to a terminal device through a network, wherein:
the server device includes:
a map data storage unit configured to store map data and story information including an altitude of each story of a structure
in a position on the map data;

a positional information receiving unit configured to receive positional information about the terminal device transmitted
from the terminal device through the network; and

a geographic information transmitting unit configured to transmit map data stored on the map data storage unit to the terminal
device through the network; and

the terminal device includes:
a positional information acquiring unit configured to acquire positional information about the terminal device;
a positional information transmitting unit configured to transmit the acquired positional information to the server device
through the network;

a map data receiving unit configured to receive the map data from the geographic information transmitting unit of the server
device;

an altitude detecting unit configured to detect an altitude data about a position of the terminal device; and
a display unit configured to calculate on which story of the structure the terminal device exists based on the story information
including the altitude of each story of the structure, the map data received at the map data receiving unit, and the altitude
data detected at the altitude detecting unit, and display the calculated story on which the terminal device exists, the map
data, and the positional information about the terminal device.

US Pat. No. 9,172,436

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER DEVICE AND WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A wireless power transfer device comprising:
a power transmitter including a power transmission resonator composed of a power transmission coil and a resonant capacitance;
a power receiver including a power receiving resonator composed of a power receiving coil and a resonant capacitance; and
a power-transmission auxiliary device including an auxiliary resonator composed of an auxiliary coil and a resonant capacitance,
thereby transferring power from the power transmitter to the power receiver through magnetic field resonance between the power
transmission coil and the power receiving coil,

wherein the power-transmission auxiliary device and the power transmitter are configured to be disposed so as to face each
other, forming a power receiving space for disposing the power receiving coil between the power transmission coil and the
auxiliary coil,

a resonant frequency ft of a power transmission-side resonant system composed of the power transmission resonator and the
auxiliary resonator appears as two resonant frequencies of a lower resonant frequency ftL and a higher resonant frequency
ftH by a close coupling between the power transmission resonator and the auxiliary resonator, and

a resonant frequency f3 of the auxiliary resonator is set such that the resonant frequency f2 of the power receiving resonator coincides with either the lower resonant frequency ftL or the higher resonant frequency
ftH.

US Pat. No. 9,287,544

HEAT-RESISTANT POROUS FILM, SEPARATOR FOR NONAQUEOUS BATTERY, AND NONAQUEOUS BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A heat-resistant porous film formed on a porous base material for forming a separator for a nonaqueous battery or on an
electrode used in a nonaqueous battery,
wherein the heat-resistant porous film comprises at least an organic binder and particles having a heat-resistant temperature
of 130° C. or higher,

the heat-resistant porous film has pores capable of transmitting Li ions in the nonaqueous battery,
as the organic binder, the heat-resistant porous film comprises a polymer having a backbone derived from a polymeric double
bond and a group having a cyclic structure including an amide bond, the polymer having a glass transition temperature of 130°
C. or higher and a weight-average molecular weight of 350,000 or more, and

a 180° peel strength between the heat-resistant porous film and the porous base material or the electrode is 0.6 N/cm or more.

US Pat. No. 9,270,922

TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND RELAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A relay device adapted to be positioned in a transmission system for transmitting a video signal from a source device to
a sink device, the relay device comprising:
a video signal receiving unit that receives the video signal from the source device;
a video signal transmitting unit that transmits the video signal to the sink device;
a first communication unit that receives a first message regarding a power supply capability of the sink device;
a second communication unit that transmits a second message regarding a power supply capability of the relay device to the
source device;

a first power circuit that receives power supplied by the sink device; and
a second power circuit that supplies power to the source device;
wherein an amount of sum of the power supply capability of the relay device and power consumed at the relay device does not
exceed an amount of power supply capability of the sink device, and

wherein an amount of power to be supplied from the second power circuit to the source device is arranged to be difference
between an amount having been supplied from the sink device to the first power circuit and another amount consumed at the
relay device.

US Pat. No. 9,196,311

VIDEO RECORDING METHOD AND VIDEO RECORDING DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video recording device that records a video on a recording medium in a file format, comprising:
an imaging unit configured to image an object;
a signal processing unit configured to process output from the imaging unit;
a video encoding unit configured to encode output from the signal processing unit in a predetermined encoding method to output
a video;

a format control unit configured to control recording format so as to generate and record a file according to a format defined
such that a BDMV directory is placed and both of a directory to record the video and a directory to record a PlayList file
are placed below the BDMV directory, and form the format such that one PlayItem is generated in each video recording and a
plurality of PlayItems are stored in one PlayList file; and

a recording control unit configured to record the video on the recording medium according to the recording format,
wherein when a video based on output from the imaging unit is recorded in the state where a first PlayList file is recorded,
the PlayItems associated with the video are stored in the first PlayList file without generating a new PlayList file as long
as the number of PlayItems stored in the first PlayList file does not exceed a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,154,757

IMAGING DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An imaging device that images an object, the imaging device comprising:
an imaging element including a plurality of color filters;
a same-color interpolation unit that generates a lens distortion-corrected interpolation signal by using a same-color pixel
in an image signal from the imaging element;

a luminance signal generation unit that generates a luminance signal from the image signal from the imaging element;
a first luminance interpolation unit and a second luminance interpolation unit that use the luminance signal generated by
the luminance signal generation unit to generate a lens distortion-corrected interpolation signal;

a lens distortion characteristics table data unit that holds information of coordinates after lens distortion characteristics
correction in a memory;

a coordinate/interpolation coefficient setting unit that individually generates interpolation coefficients for correcting
lens distortion for each of the same-color interpolation unit, the first luminance interpolation unit, and the second luminance
interpolation unit on the basis of information from the lens distortion characteristics table data unit; and

a correction unit that outputs an interpolation signal that corrects a signal from the same-color interpolation unit from
a ratio between the interpolation signal generated by the first luminance interpolation unit and the interpolation signal
generated by the second luminance interpolation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,311,946

MAGNETIC RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A magnetic recording medium comprising a non-magnetic substrate; a non-magnetic layer that is formed on one of principal
surfaces of the non-magnetic substrate and contains a non-magnetic powder, a binder, and a lubricant; and a magnetic layer
that is formed on a principal surface of the non-magnetic layer opposite to the non-magnetic substrate and contains a magnetic
powder and a binder,
wherein the magnetic powder is either a platy hexagonal ferrite magnetic powder or a spherical iron nitride magnetic powder,
the magnetic layer has a thickness of 10 to 150 nm,
the magnetic layer has a surface roughness of 1 nm or more and less than 2 nm,
the magnetic powder has an average particle size between 10 nm and 25 nm inclusive,
a lubricant layer is formed on a surface of the magnetic layer, and
when spacing of the surface of the magnetic layer before and after washing the magnetic recording medium with n-hexane is
measured with a TSA (Tape Spacing Analyzer) while pressurizing the surface of the magnetic recording medium under a pressing
pressure of 0.5 atm, the value of the spacing before washing is 1 to 5 nm smaller than the value of 5 to 10 nm of the spacing
after washing.

US Pat. No. 9,257,697

POSITIVE ELECTRODE MATERIAL, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, POSITIVE ELECTRODE FOR NON-AQUEOUS RECHARGEABLE BATTERY, AND NON-AQUEOUS RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A positive electrode material for use in a positive electrode for a non-aqueous rechargeable battery, comprising:
a positive electrode active material including a lithium nickel composite oxide represented by the following general compositional
formula (1);

a coating layer formed on a surface of said positive electrode active material and made of an organic compound;
an alkaline component having a content of 0.22% to 2%; and
when the supernatant of a mixture obtained by mixing and stirring 20 g of the positive electrode active material and 100 ml
of pure water in a nitrogen atmosphere for 1 hour is titrated with 0.2 mol/l hydrochloric acid, a titer is from 9.3 to 103.2
ml;

Li1+xMO2  (1)

where ?0.5?x?0.5, M represents a group of at least two elements including at least one of Mn and Co and Ni and 20?a<100 and
50?a+b+c?100 when the ratios (mol %) of Ni, Mn and Co in the elements forming M are a, b, and c, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,217,915

PROJECTION-TYPE VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING A TRANSMISSION-TYPE SCREEN

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Ib...

1. A projection-type video display apparatus, comprising:
a transmission-type screen;
a video projection unit, which is configured to project an image displayed on a video display surface as an image light;
a projection optic system, which is configured to enlarge and project the image light projected from said video projection
unit on a rear surface of said transmission-type screen; and

a plane mirror, which is provided in a part of said projection optic system, and which is configured to reflect the image
light from said video projection unit, thereby to project it on said transmission-type screen, wherein

said transmission-type screen, said video projection unit and said projection optic system are mounted on a base;
said video projection unit builds up an oblique projection optic system; and
said transmission-type screen and said plane mirror are disposed on said base, being perpendicularly fixed, independently,
in parallel with each other, and on the rear surface of said transmission-type screen is attached a foldable back cover, detachably,
so as to cover a rear surface of said plane mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,197,917

PORTABLE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTENT DISPLAY SYSTEM AND CONTENT DISPLAY METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Ib...

1. A system including a mobile terminal and an information processing apparatus, wherein:
the mobile terminal comprising:
an input unit configured to accept a user operation from a user;
a first display configured to display a content; and
a controller configured to control receiving of a content and a communication with the information processing apparatus,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
an output configured to output a content for a second display; and
a controller configured to control receiving of a content and a communication with the mobile terminal,
the mobile terminal:
displays a first icon to accept a first user operation for taking over displaying of a content for the first display of the
mobile terminal to displaying of the content for the second display by the information processing apparatus when a first content
is displayed on the first display; and

if the first user operation is accepted by the input unit, terminates the displaying of the content for the first display,
transmits a first control information to the information processing apparatus, the first control information being necessary
to take over the displaying of the content for the first display to the displaying of the content for the second display,
and displays a second icon, by replacing the first icon, to accept a second user operation for taking over displaying of a
content for the second display by the information processing apparatus to displaying of the content for the first display
of the mobile terminal,

if the first control information is received from the mobile terminal when a second content, being different from the first
content, is displayed for the second display, the information processing apparatus receives the first content, without passing
through the mobile terminal and changes a display image from the second content to the first content,

if the second user operation is accepted by the input unit, the mobile terminal transmits a second control information to
the information processing apparatus, the second control information being necessary to take over the displaying of the content
for the second display by the information processing apparatus to the displaying of the content for the first display of the
mobile terminal, receives the first content without passing through information processing apparatus, and displays the first
content for the first display, and

if the second control information is received from the mobile terminal when the first content is displayed for the second
display, the information processing apparatus terminates the displaying of the first content for the second display.

US Pat. No. 9,186,634

KNEADING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMOPLASTIC RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT, AND FOAM INJECTION MOLDING METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A kneading apparatus for a thermoplastic resin, comprising:
a plasticizing cylinder which has a high pressure kneading zone for kneading a molten resin obtained by plasticizing and melting
the thermoplastic resin with a pressurized fluid, and a pressure reduction zone for discharging the gasified pressurized fluid
from the molten resin kneaded with the pressurized fluid;

a screw which is arranged rotatably and movably back and forth in the plasticizing cylinder;
a downstream side seal mechanism which is provided between the high pressure kneading zone and the pressure reduction zone
and which shuts off communication between the high pressure kneading zone and the pressure reduction zone; and

a pressure reduction zone pressure adjusting mechanism which is connected to the pressure reduction zone of the plasticizing
cylinder and which controls a pressure of the pressure reduction zone so that the pressure is not less than an atmospheric
pressure and the pressure is not more than a maximum pressure of the high pressure kneading zone that is achieved when kneading
the molten resin with the pressurized fluid, when the downstream side seal mechanism shuts off the communication between the
high pressure kneading zone and the pressure reduction zone.

US Pat. No. 9,083,942

DIGITAL INFORMATION RECORDING APPARATUS, REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An apparatus, comprising:
a receiver configured to receive audio/video information;
a storage medium configured to store the audio/video information; and
a reproducer configured to reproduce the audio/video information from the storage medium, according to control information
related to the audio/video information;

wherein the control information includes:
a first period for retaining the audio/video information on the storage medium, and
a second period, that begins at the start of an initial reproduction of the audio/video information, for allowing a start
of a reproduction of the audio/video information stored on the storage medium;

wherein in a case where an elapse time from a retaining of the audio/video information is within the first period and an elapsed
time from an initial reproduction of the audio/video information is within the second period, a reproduction of the audio/video
information is allowed; and

in a case where a reproduction is started before the end of the first period and the reproduction is continuing at the end
of the first period, the reproduction to an end of the audio/video information beyond the end of the first period is allowed,
thereafter a start of an another reproduction of the audio/video information is disabled even if an elapsed time from the
initial reproduction of the audio/video information is within the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,418,704

PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An information obtaining and reproducing device, which can download data via a network from an external server comprising:
a storage device configured to store a plurality of identification information of audio and/or video data, which are obtained
from a plurality of recording media being purchased by a user as a first obtaining route, not being downloaded via a network
from the external server;

a display device configured to display a list of specific audio and/or video data which are downloadable from the external
server via a network, each of the specific audio and/or video data being associated with the stored plurality of identification
information;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain specific audio and/or video data by downloading from the external server via a network
as a second obtaining route which is different from the first obtaining route;

reproducer configured to reproduce the obtained specific audio and/or video data; and
a controller,
wherein the controller configured to control,
when one of the listed specific audio and/or video data associated with arbitrary identification information is selected,
to obtain the selected specific audio and/or video data by the obtaining unit,
to store the obtained specific audio and/or video data in connection with the arbitrary identification information, and
to display the stored specific audio and/or video data as distinguished from unobtained specific audio and/or video data and
an icon for obtaining unobtained specific audio and/or video data by the display device, and

when the icon is selected,
to newly obtain the specific audio and/or video data by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,325,959

RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A recording and reproducing apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
a transmitting and receiving unit which is configured to transmit, via a network, first video and audio information comprising
image information that is input from an image sensor and audio information that is input from an audio input unit to a server
which records the first video and audio information, or receives, from the server, a second video and audio information recorded
in the server;

a recording unit which is configured to record the first video and audio information or the second video and audio information
to a recording medium;

a reproducing unit that reproduces the first or the second video and audio information recorded by the recording unit; and
a control unit which is configured to control the recording unit and the transmitting and receiving unit in accordance with
one of: a first predetermined recording mode, a second predetermined recording mode or a third predetermined recording mode;

wherein the control unit, in the first predetermined recording mode, is configured to record the first video and audio information
to the recording medium and transmit the first video and audio information to the server, and

wherein the control unit, in the second predetermined recording mode, is configured to record the first video and audio information
to the recording medium or transmit the first video and audio information to the server, and

wherein the control unit, in the third predetermined recording mode, is configured to record the first video and audio information
to the recording medium in case of a communication state of the recording and reproducing apparatus in which the transmitting
and receiving unit cannot transmit the first video and audio information to the server;

in a third predetermined recording mode, the video and audio information is recorded to the recording medium only when a communication
cannot be performed and a recordable capacity of the recording medium is not less than a predetermined threshold value;

in the third predetermined recording mode, the video and audio information is recorded only to the server when a communication
can be performed, and

when the video and audio information recorded on the recording medium is deleted, a deletion is carried out after confirming
that information to be deleted is also recorded on a server.

US Pat. No. 9,253,535

SINK DEVICE RECEIVING AN IMAGE SIGNAL FROM A SOURCE DEVICE AND POWER SUPPLY METHOD FOR SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A sink device which receives an image signal from a source device, comprising:
a power supply unit which supplies power to the source device; and
a detection unit which detects connection with the source device,
wherein the power supply unit starts a power supply after the detection unit detects the connection with the source device,
and

wherein the power supply unit transmits a message to the source device after stopping the power supply to the source device,
and, when there is a response to the transmitted message, the stop of the power supply from the power supply unit is continued.

US Pat. No. 9,148,635

PROJECTION VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection video display device for projecting a video formed by a display element, comprising:
a case;
a common base comprising a first and second pedestal portions, wherein the common base is attached to the case;
an optical engine comprising a light guide having a first and second ends, a light source disposed at the first end of the
light guide, and a display element disposed at the second end of the light guide, the optical engine arranged to radiate light
emitted from a light source onto the display element to form the video, wherein the optical engine is attached to the common
base only by a connection between the first pedestal portion of the common base and the second end of the light guide; and

a projection optical system arranged to enlarge and project the video emitted from the optical engine, wherein the projection
optical system is attached to the second pedestal portion of the common base.

US Pat. No. 9,304,380

PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projector, comprising:
a light source;
two lens arrays through which light emitted from the light source passes;
optical elements including an optical element through which light coming via the two lens arrays passes or by which light
coming via the two lens arrays is reflected;

a display element which receives light from the two lens arrays;
a projection lens which projects light coming via the display element; and
a light shielding unit which light-shields light between the two lens arrays,
wherein, one of the two lens arrays has a plurality of lens cell areas arranged in a matrix manner including four center lens
cell areas arranged at a center of the plurality of lens cell areas, a first group of L (L is an integer number of 3 or larger)
lens cell areas in which the L lens cell areas include one adjacent lens cell area adjacent to each of the four center lens
cell areas in the first direction, and in which the other L-1 lens cell areas arranged in series straightly in the first direction
next to the one adjacent lens cell area, and a second group of M (M is an integer number of 1 or larger) lens cell areas adjacent
to each of the four center lens cell area in second direction, which is the different direction from the first direction,
the total of the lens cell areas include more lens cell areas than or equal to 8 lens cell areas in the first direction and
include more lens cell areas than or equal to 4 lens cell areas in the second direction;

wherein, in one light shielding condition of the light shielding unit, the light shielding unit light-shields the plurality
of lens cell areas so that 1) each cell area in the first group of lens cell areas is light-shielded partially but not fully
light-shielded, 2) each cell area in the second group of lens cell areas is light-unshielded partially but not fully light-shielded,
3) each cell area in the four center lens cell areas is light-shielded partially or light-unshielded, and 4) each cell area
in the other lens cell areas is light-shielded fully or partially.

US Pat. No. 9,277,225

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image by executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting,

wherein the information includes information indicating a direction of the flip of the partial area of the image and information
indicating a position of the flipped partial area,

wherein a size of the flipped partial area is larger than a block unit, and
wherein the information indicating the direction of the flip includes horizontal flipping.

US Pat. No. 9,204,142

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, MONITOR APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A monitor apparatus connected via a given interface to an image processing apparatus constructed in a separate casing,
the monitor apparatus configured to display an image based on an image signal input from the image processing apparatus via
the given interface, the monitor apparatus comprising:
a communication unit including a transmitter and a receiver, wherein the communication unit is configured to transmit a linked
authentication CEC vendor command to the image processing apparatus and receive a linked authentication CEC vendor command
from the image processing apparatus;

a controller configured to control a power of the monitor apparatus and switch the monitor apparatus to a linked operation
mode in response to receiving the linked authentication CEC vendor command from the image processing apparatus; and

wherein when the monitor apparatus and the image processing apparatus are in linked operation mode and an operation for controlling
a power of the monitor apparatus is performed,

the communication unit transmits a first command, according to the operation, to the image processing apparatus via the given
interface, and receives a second command via the given interface, the second command issued from the image processing apparatus
in response to the first command,

the controller controls the power of the monitor apparatus in accordance with the second command received by the communication
unit, and

the communication unit receives from the image processing apparatus a third command inquiring about a power on/off status
of the monitor apparatus whose power is controlled by the second command, and transmits to the image processing apparatus,
via the given interface, a fourth command that indicates the power on/off status of the monitor apparatus and that is used
to control a power of the image processing apparatus, in response to reception of the third command, and wherein the operation
for controlling power is performed in response to operation of anyone of a power button provided on the monitor apparatus
and a power button provided on a remote controller for use in operating the monitor apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,154,003

NON-CONTACT POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, RECEIVING APPARATUS AND TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

7. A non-contact power transmission system, comprising:
a primary coil including a power supply coil and a magnetic resonance coil; and
a secondary coil including a load coil, wherein:
an electric power is transmitted from said power supply coil at a self-resonating frequency of said magnetic resonance coil,
said self-resonating frequency being determined by a parasitic capacitance between wound wires of the magnetic resonance coil
and a self inductance of the magnetic resonance coil,

the electric power supplied is taken out, from the load coil of said secondary coil through magnetic coupling, with non-contact,
a resonance circuit, which resonates with inductance of the load coil, is added to the load coil of said secondary coil, the
resonance circuit being connected to the load coil in series or in parallel,

said magnetic resonance coil has electrically open ends, and
the parasitic capacitance between the wound wires of said magnetic resonance coil and the self inductance of said magnetic
resonance coil forms a parallel resonance circuit, such that a phase of a magnetic field generated by said magnetic resonance
coil at a frequency smaller than the self-resonating frequency of said magnetic resonance coil differs by 180 degrees from
a phase of a magnetic field generated by said magnetic resonance coil at a frequency larger than the self-resonating frequency
of said magnetic resonance coil.

US Pat. No. 9,100,604

ELECTRIC CAMERA

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An electric camera comprising:
an image sensing device, with a light receiving surface having a quantity N of vertically arranged pixels, and an arbitrary
quantity of pixels arranged horizontally, wherein N is greater than or equal to three times a quantity M of effective scanning
lines of a display screen of a television system;

a driver configured to drive the image sensing device to vertically mix or cull signal charges accumulated in individual pixels,
at intervals of a quantity K of pixels, in order to produce a quantity of lines of output signals which corresponds to the
quantity M of effective scanning lines, wherein the quantity K is an integer less than or equal to an integer portion of a
quotient of N divided by M;

a view angle change switch configured to input a request to change a view angle of a moving image; and
a signal processing unit configured to generate image signals by using the output signals of the image sensing device;
wherein when the request to change the view angle is to magnify an output image by the view angle change switch. the driver
changes the quantity of K from a

first value K1 to a second value K2, in order to read out image signals with the same quantity of output lines from different areas on the imaging sensing device
wherein the first value K1 is larger than the second value K2;

wherein the signal processing unit generates the image signals with the same scanning lines.

US Pat. No. 9,360,656

IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. An imaging lens comprising:
a first lens having negative power, a second lens having negative power, a third lens having positive power, and a fourth
lens having positive power arranged in order from an object side toward an image side, wherein

the fourth lens is a cemented lens composed of an object side lens having negative power and an image side lens having positive
power, and is provided with a resin adhesive layer bonding the object side lens and the image side lens together;

an image side lens surface of the object side lens and an object side lens surface of the image side lens have different aspheric
shapes; and

following conditional expressions (1) and (2) are satisfied,
20 ?m?D  (1)

Sg1H
where D represents a thickness of the adhesive resin layer along an optical axis, Sg1H represents sag at height H in an effective
diameter of the image side lens surface of the object side lens in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis, and Sg2H represents
sag in an object side lens surface of the image side lens at height H.

US Pat. No. 9,277,226

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image by executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting,

wherein the information includes information indicating a direction of the flip of the partial area of the image and information
indicating a position of the flipped partial area,

wherein a size of the flipped partial area is larger than a block unit, and
wherein the information indicating the direction of the flip includes vertical flipping.

US Pat. No. 9,164,578

INPUT DEVICE FOR OPERATING GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An input device comprising:
an input unit which inputs an operator's motion as an image signal;
a motion detector which detects the motion on the basis of the image signal inputted into the input unit;
a display unit which displays a graphical user interface; and
a controller which causes the display unit to change a display of the graphical user interface according to the motion detected
by the motion detector,

wherein
before conducting a motion by the operator, the controller causes the display unit to display a motion guide which shows,
by means of animation movement, a required operator's motion which is asynchronous with the motion of the operator and a state
of changed graphical user interface on the display caused by conducting the required operator's motion, and

after conducting the motion by the operator following the animation movement, the controller makes the display unit change
the display of the graphical user interface so that the animation movement is synchronized with the operator's motion detected
by the motion detector.

US Pat. No. 9,154,545

VIDEO INFORMATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a memory, which is configured to memorize plural numbers of video information, photographing position information, and photographing
time information corresponding to each of said plural numbers of video information in association with each other;

a transmitter, which is configured to transmit said plural numbers of video information, together with said photographing
position information and said photographing time information corresponding to each of said plural numbers of video information,
through a network to an outer device;

a receiver, which is configured to receive one or plural numbers of video information corresponding to information relating
to a position, which is designated, or information relating to a time, which is designated, among said plural numbers of video
information, and map information corresponding to said one or plural numbers of video information, through the network, when
receiving the designation of the information relating to the position or information relating to the time; and

an output unit, which is configured to output a picture for displaying a picture, which is obtained by combining said one
or plural numbers of video information, which is/are received from said receiver, and a map, which is produced based upon
said map information received by said receiver,

wherein said one or plural numbers of video information to be displayed on said display is disposed on said map, based upon
said photographing position information corresponding to said one or plural numbers of video information, and

wherein the position of said one or plural numbers of video information disposed on said map is changed to a position, which
is specified by said photographing position information corresponding to said photographing time information, in accordance
with a change of the photographing time information.

US Pat. No. 9,497,493

VIDEO TRANSMISSION DEVICE, VIDEO RECEPTION DEVICE, AND VIDEO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video transmission device, comprising:
an encoder coding input video data and outputting a video stream; and
a packet processing part grouping the video stream output from said encoder into packets and outputting the same to a communication
path, wherein:

said packet processing part
generates original data clusters, encoded with a first target bit rate by the encoder, in which packets for a group of a prescribed
number of macro block (MB) processes are consolidated into one original data cluster,

generates redundant data for correcting data errors of corresponding one original data cluster, stream data of the redundant
data holding the same data as that of the corresponding one original data cluster, and

determines, based on a data amount of the corresponding one original data cluster, how many times the redundant data can repeatedly
be sent together with the corresponding one original data cluster within a second target bit number obtained by converting
a second target bit rate during communication into the prescribed number of MB processes the redundant data and the corresponding
one original data cluster filing in the second target bit number while not exceeding the second target bit number, and

the first target bit rate is smaller than the second target bit rate.

US Pat. No. 9,451,255

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An image decoding method using intra prediction, the method comprising:
a first step for performing inverse variable length coding processing;
a second step for inverse quantization processing the data that has been processed in the first step;
a third step for decoding prediction residuals by inverse frequency conversion processing the data obtained by inverse quantization
in the second step; and

a fourth step for obtaining a decoded image as a cluster of decode target pixels by performing a decoding process using the
prediction residuals and a decoded pixel,

wherein, processes in the fourth step include:
a first process for generating a first reference pixel using a pixel in a decoded block adjacently located on left side or
upper side of a decode target block, and for generating a prediction pixel in a prediction mode, in which a calculation process
is performed using the first reference pixel and a decoded second reference pixel, the second reference pixel being adjacently
located on left side or upper side of the decode target block and located at a different side from the side of the first reference
pixel; and

a second process for generating a prediction pixel using a decoded pixel adjacently located to the decode target block in
a different prediction mode from the prediction mode in the first process, and

wherein a decode target pixel is obtained by using the prediction pixel generated by the first process or the second process
and the prediction residuals.

US Pat. No. 9,166,251

BATTERY SEPARATOR AND NONAQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A battery separator comprising:
heat-resistant fine particles; and
a thermoplastic resin,
wherein the heat-resistant fine particles along with a binder constitute a heat-resistant layer,
the thermoplastic resin constitutes a shutdown layer formed of a heat-shrinkable microporous film,
the heat-resistant layer and the shutdown layer are integrated into a multilayer structure,
the shutdown layer has a thickness A (?m) of 5 to 30, the heat-resistant layer has a thickness B (?m) of 1 to 10, a sum of
A and B is 6 to 23, and a ratio A/B is 1/2 to 4,

a content of the heat-resistant fine particles in the heat-resistant layer is 50 vol % or more of a total volume of components
in the heat-resistant layer,

a proportion of particles with a particle size of 0.2 ?m or less in the heat-resistant fine particles is 10 vol % or less
and a proportion of particles with a particle size of 2 ?m or more in the heat-resistant fine particles is 10 vol % or less,
and

a shutdown is effected in a range of 135° C. to 150° C.

US Pat. No. 9,094,668

DIGITAL CONTENT RECEIVING APPARATUS, DIGITAL CONTENT RECEIVING METHOD AND DIGITAL CONTENT RECEIVING/TRANSMITTING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A reproducing apparatus, comprising:
a reproducing portion, which is configured to reproduce a video content from a recording medium,
a decoder, which is configured to decode a video content reproduced by the reproducing portion, and
an on screen display (OSD) producing portion, which is configured to produce an OSD, wherein
the reproducing apparatus is capable of high-speed reproducing a 3D video content to be displayed in 3D from the recording
medium by a plurality of reproducing methods at one reproducing speed,

the OSD producing portion is capable of producing a set up menu OSD that allows the plurality of reproducing methods to be
selectable by a user,

the decoder is capable of changing a decoding process for a 3D video content to be displayed in 3D at the one reproducing
speed according to a reproducing method selected via the set up menu OSD.

US Pat. No. 9,094,712

VIDEO PROCESSING DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A video processing device comprising:
at least one processor executing instructions to implement:
an extension unit which extends compressed video information;
an image processing unit which performs image processes for the video information extended by the extension unit; and
an interface unit which outputs a signal containing the video information obtained after the image processes are performed
by the image processing unit,

wherein the signal outputted from the interface unit includes information showing whether or not the video information has
been subjected to the image processes by the image processing unit,

wherein, when the interface unit receives, from a display device connected to the interface unit, a message requiring the
interface unit to transmit information on functions and setting values of the image processes by the image processing unit,
the interface unit is configured to transmit, to the display device, the information on functions and setting values of the
image processes by the image processing unit,

wherein, when the interface unit receives, from the display device, a message requiring the interface unit to modify the setting
values of the image processes by the image processing unit, the interface unit is configured to modify the setting values
of the image processes by the image processing unit based on the received message, and

wherein the functions of the image processes to modify the setting values include any one or a plurality of at least 2D-3D
conversion, execution of digital image processes, digital compression noise reduction, contrast adjustment execution and frame
rate conversion.

US Pat. No. 9,560,368

MOVING PICTURE DECODING METHOD AND MOVING PICTURE ENCODING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Ib...

1. A moving picture decoding method for using an inter prediction process, the method comprising:
a first step to receive encoded information of a target block to be decoded by the inter prediction process, the encoded information
being encoded without a frequency transform process;

a second step to decode prediction difference data of the target block from the encoded information without the frequency
transform process;

a third step to determine whether the target block is encoded by a motion-vector combined area mode or not;
a fourth step to determine a motion vector for the target block, wherein when the target block is encoded by the motion-vector
combined area mode, the motion vector for the target block is determined so as to be in common with a motion vector of an
adjacent block adjacent to the target block without adding a difference vector, based on a status of motion vectors of a plurality
of adjacent blocks adjacent to the target block;

a fifth step to generate a prediction image for the target block by using the determined motion vector; and
a sixth step to generate a decoded image of the target block based on the prediction image generated in the fifth step and
the prediction difference data decoded in the second step.

US Pat. No. 9,519,205

PROJECTION IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection-type image display device comprising:
a light source configured to radiate white light;
a rod lens with a square cross section configured to receive the white light from the light source enter, and to output light
with uniformly dispersed illuminance;

an optical modulation element arranged near an outgoing surface of the rod lens, and configured to modulate the light output
from the rod lens as incoming light according to an image signal to form a display image; and

a projecting lens configured to enlarge and project the display image modulated in the optical modulation element, wherein
the rod lens includes
only a pair of rods formed divided along an optical axis to divide the rod lens into equal two parts with long sides of the
square cross section of the rod lens, and having a thin film formed on a part of a periphery of mutually facing surfaces,
and

a cover unit that covers an external periphery of the pair of rods, holds the pair of rods to face each other, slightly separated
with the thin film formed on the mutually facing surfaces, and forms openings in an incoming side and an outgoing side of
the rod lens,

wherein the cover unit includes an external wall that covers the external periphery of the pair of rods, and a plurality of
holding frame parts protruding from an inner surface of the external wall in a frame manner, and abutting on the external
periphery of the pair of rods, and an opening in the incoming side of the cover unit is formed in a square manner such that
the thin film formed on the facing surface of the pair of rods is positioned outside the opening when the rod lens is viewed
from a side of the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,509,985

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image processing unit which inputs video signals including both a three-dimensional video content and a two-dimensional
video content from a plurality of video signal sources to be output as images after a predetermined process is performed;

a display position processing unit which outputs display position information for simultaneously displaying the input video
signals on a screen;

a multi-screen processing unit which performs a multi-screen process to display the respective images input from the image
processing unit on a display panel screen of a display device on the basis of the display position information;

a 3D/2D converting unit which converts an image of a three-dimensional video content into an image of a two-dimensional video
content, or converts an image of a two-dimensional video content into an image of a three-dimensional video content, and

a controlling unit which controls the image processing unit, the display position processing unit, the 3D/2D converting unit
and the multi-screen processing unit,

wherein when the three-dimensional video content and the two-dimensional video content are displayed at the same time on the
screen, the controlling unit controls the display panel screen of the display device to display, as a three-dimensional image,
the three-dimensional video content on a first area of the display panel screen, and the two-dimensional video content, an
image of which is converted to a three-dimensional video by the 3D/2D converting unit, on a second area of the display panel
screen; and

wherein a center line of a stereoscopic view for the first area of the display panel screen matches that for the second area
of the display panel screen.

US Pat. No. 9,544,517

ELECTRIC CAMERA

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An electric camera comprising:
an image sensing device with a light receiving surface having an array of vertically and horizontally arranged pixels including
N vertically arranged pixels, where N is an integer greater than or equal to three times an integer of M which is a number
of effective scanning lines of a display screen of a television system;

a driver configured to drive the image sensing device to vertically mix or cull signals accumulated in individual pixels,
at intervals of K pixels, in order to produce a plurality of lines of output signals which correspond to the M effective scanning
lines, where K is an integer less than or equal to a whole number portion of a quotient of N divided by M;

a zoom operation unit configured to receive a request to continuously change a view angle of a moving image; and
a signal processing unit configured to generate image signals of the moving image by using the output signals of the image
sensing device,

wherein the display screen displays the moving image,
wherein, when the request to continuously change a magnification factor to magnify the moving image is received by the zoom
operation unit, the driver:

drives the image sensing device to vertically mix or cull signals at intervals of K1 pixels in a first area on the image sensing
device corresponding to a first image of the moving image, when the first image is displayed on a display unit, and

drives the image sensing device to vertically mix or cull signals at intervals of K2 pixels in a second area on the image
sensing device corresponding to a second image of the moving image, when the second image is displayed on the display unit,

wherein the magnification factor of the first image is smaller than the magnification factor of the second image, and a value
of K1 is larger than a value of K2, and

wherein M, K1, and K2 are positive integers greater than 1.

US Pat. No. 9,451,229

VIDEO RECORDING AND REPRODUCING METHOD, AND VIDEO REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A photographing apparatus, comprising:
a photographing unit at least partially embodied by at least one hardware component and which is configured to photograph
an object and output a moving picture and/or a still picture of the object;

a recording unit at least partially embodied by at least one hardware component and which is configured to record: (1) the
moving picture after encoding by an MPEG method, (2) a first thumbnail picture corresponding to the moving picture encoded
by the MPEG method, after encoding by a JPEG method (3) the still picture after encoding by the JPEG method, and (4) a second
thumbnail picture corresponding to the still picture encoded by the JPEG method, after encoding by the JPEG method;

a thumbnail generating unit at least partially embodied by at least one hardware component and which is configured to: (1)
generate the first thumbnail picture according to the JPEG method for the moving picture encoded by the MPEG method so that
a size of the first thumbnail picture corresponding to the moving picture is adjusted so as to be close to a size of the second
thumbnail picture to be generated based on the still picture encoded by the JPEG method and (2) store the first thumbnail
picture and the second thumbnail picture in a same directory in which the moving picture and the still picture are not stored,

wherein both the moving picture and the first thumbnail picture are generated based on picture information obtained by photographing
of one moving picture, and both the still picture and the second thumbnail picture being generated based on picture information
obtained by photographing of one still picture;

a display unit at least partially embodied by at least one hardware component and which is configured to display a list including
the first thumbnail picture and the second thumbnail picture which are read from the same directory, the first thumbnail picture
and the second thumbnail picture to be displayed being selectable; and

a reproducing unit at least partially embodied by at least one hardware component and which is configured to reproduce one
of the moving picture and the still picture, the one of the moving picture and the still picture corresponding to one thumbnail
picture selected from the list including the first thumbnail picture and the second thumbnail picture.

US Pat. No. 9,270,998

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image by executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting,

wherein the information includes information indicating a direction of the flip of the partial area of the image and information
indicating a position of the flipped partial area, and

wherein the information indicating the direction of the flip includes horizontal flipping.

US Pat. No. 9,225,963

VIDEO DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A video display system, having a reproduce apparatus, which is configured to reproduce content, thereby to output, and
a display apparatus, which is configured to display the content outputted from said reproduce apparatus, wherein
said display apparatus transmits a first command message for suppressing an output of a first guidance message for prompting
preparation of viewing/listening of a 3D video, to said reproduce apparatus, and presents a second guidance message for prompting
the preparation of the viewing/listening of the 3D video, the first guidance message is produced by the reproduce apparatus
and the second guidance message is produced by the display apparatus, and

said reproduce apparatus reproduces said 3D content, without outputting the first guidance message to the display apparatus,
and thereby to output.

US Pat. No. 9,189,610

PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projector comprising:
a controller to operate the projector, which is configured to restrict a use of the projector;
a memory to store information of a plurality of kinds of conditions in an authorized use of the projector and a password for
releasing a restriction on a use of the projector;

a detector to detect a use condition of the projection; and
a projection unit to project an image,
wherein, at a power-on timing, the controller selects a process of starting an operation of the projector among the plurality
of processes including:

(1) a first process in which use of the projector is restricted and a password verification operation is executed before starting
a normal operation; and

(2) a second process in which a normal operation is started without password verification operation even if a password for
restricting use of the projector is registered,

wherein, the first process is selected by the controller in a case that in at least one kind of the conditions a use condition
detected by the detector does not match the condition stored by the memory, and the projection unit projects an image for
prompting a user to input a password in the password verification operation,

wherein, the controller releases the restrictions on the use of the projector if a password inputted in the password verification
operation matches the password stored in the memory;

wherein the plurality of kinds of conditions stored in the memory include a condition of an orientation of the projector,
a condition of input to an input terminal of the projector and a condition of fixing the projector.

US Pat. No. 9,159,368

RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A recording and reproducing apparatus comprising:
an imaging module for capturing image data on each scene,
a recording unit for recording said captured image data into a recording medium,
a face recognizing execution unit for executing a face recognizing process on said captured image data before recording into
said recording medium,

a reproducing unit for reproducing said image data from said recording medium;
a display unit for displaying a list of face thumbnail images of persons registered beforehand by a user based upon said image
data captured by said imaging module and executed by said face recognizing process by said face recognizing unit in a person
registering mode in which a person image is captured and registered;

a specific person setting unit for setting as a specific person, a person corresponding to a face thumbnail image selected
by a user from said displayed list of face thumbnail images;

an importance level setting unit for setting an importance level of said recorded image data which include said specific person
set by the specific person setting unit; and

a control unit for controlling said reproducing unit so as to reproduce said recorded image data which include said specific
person by using 1st mode and 2nd mode,

wherein said importance level of said recorded image data is set to high level or low level, reproduced time of 1st mode is shorter than one of 2nd mode, at 1st mode said reproducing unit reproduces said recorded image data of high level, and at 2nd mode said reproducing unit reproduces said recorded image data of both high level and low level.

US Pat. No. 9,098,195

PRESENTATION SYSTEM AND DISPLAY DEVICE FOR USE IN THE PRESENTATION SYSTEM

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A display device for use in a presentation system, which optically emits an image to an interactive white board device
having a display section of the image for displaying the image, the display device comprising:
a display device control section comprising a central processing unit, the display device control section controls the operation
of the display device;

an image processing section that reduces a first image input to the display device in a vertical direction to generate a second
image on the basis of a command related to a projection angle to the interactive white board from the display device control
section;

an OSD display control section that generates a third image which is displayed together with the second image on the basis
of a command from the display device control section;

an OSD synthesis processing section that synthesizes the second image and the third image without superimposition with each
other to generate a fourth image;

a distortion correction processing section that reduces the fourth image in a horizontal direction according to a vertical
position of the fourth image on the basis of the command related to the projection angle to the interactive white board from
the display device control section to generate a fifth image; and

an optical display section that optically emits the fifth image to the interactive white board,
wherein the display device control section controls the OSD display control section so as to generate the third image to modify
its display form in the vertical direction according to the reduction processing of the first image in the vertical direction
in the image processing section by reducing a number of scanning lines,

to synthesize the second image that is the inputted image of which width in the vertical direction is reduced and the third
image that is an OSD image after both images are generated separately, and

to reduce the synthesized image in the horizontal direction according to the projection angle and to correct the distortion.

US Pat. No. 9,429,832

OBLIQUE PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection type display apparatus comprising:
a group of lenses consisting of a plurality of lenses for enlarging an image displayed on a display screen of a display device
and projecting an enlarged image on a projection screen,

wherein the group of lenses comprises a first lens arranged at a position optically nearest to the projection screen,
wherein the first lens has an effective image area through which a light flux of the image is passed and has such a shape
that a portion which does not include the effective image area is truncated, and

wherein, a height (shift amount) of a position of the displayed enlarged image with respect to an optical axis shared by the
plurality of lenses in the vertical direction of the projection screen is increased; and

a mirror for reflecting an optical path arranged between the first lens and the projection screen,
wherein an upper end of a vertical effective image area of the first lens is located above a lower end of a vertical effective
image area of the mirror,

wherein the mirror has a predetermined angle of elevation with respect to the optical axis, and
wherein the mirror is provided with a mirror moving mechanism adaptable to move the mirror along the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,420,272

DIGITAL CONTENTS RECEIVER, DIGITAL CONTENTS RECEIVING METHOD AND DIGITAL CONTENTS TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a network interface configured to receive video content and content information including information which identifies whether
video content to be transmitted for next viewing by a viewer includes 3D video content or not;

a video processing unit configured to change video processing of video content, and
a display unit configured to display video content in 3D view or in 2D view, wherein,
in case that the received content information indicates that the video content to be transmitted for next viewing includes
3D video content, the display unit is configured to display an indication indicating the video content to be transmitted for
next viewing includes 3D video content, and requesting viewer-determination of whether the video content to be transmitted
for next viewing is to be displayed in 3D view or in 2D view, and

the video processing unit configured to change video processing of the video content to be viewed next in accordance with
the viewer-determination.

US Pat. No. 9,414,082

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image by executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting,

wherein the information includes information indicating a direction of the flip of the partial area of the image and information
indicating a position of the flipped partial area, and

wherein the information indicating the direction of the flip includes horizontal flipping,
wherein a scanning direction for a flipped partial area can be the same direction as a non-flipped partial area.

US Pat. No. 9,369,761

DISPLAY DEVICE AND PLAY-BACK DEVICE HAVING RESPECTIVE FIRST AND SECOND INTERFACES

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A display device adapted to connect with a playback device via a first interface and a second interface and to receive
video information from the playback device via the first interface or the second interface to display the received video information,
comprising:
a control section configured to instruct a first communication section and a second communication section to repeat a connection
confirmation two or more times within a predetermined time interval;

said first communication section configured to transmit a first connection confirmation signal for confirming a connection
with the playback device and receive a response signal in response to the first connection confirmation signal via the first
interface;

said second communication section configured to transmit a second connection confirmation signal for confirming a connection
with the playback device and receive a response signal in response to the second connection confirmation signal via the second
interface; and

a display section configured to display the video information;
wherein, the connection confirmation includes the first communication section receiving the response signal in response to
the first connection confirmation signal and the second communication section receiving the response signal in response to
the second connection confirmation signal, and wherein when the first and second communication sections repeat the connection
confirmation two or more times within the predetermined time interval, the control section controls the display section to
display a screen relating to a function which uses one or both of the first interface and the second interface between the
display device and the playback device.

US Pat. No. 9,218,783

DISPLAY APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., To...

1. A portable image apparatus comprising:
a photographing device configured to capture still or moving images;
a memory device for storing the still or moving images captured by the photographing device, wherein the still images are
compressed into compressed still image data;

a transmission device configured for transmitting the still or moving images stored in the memory to an external display device
through a predetermined interface being connected to the external display device;

a receiving device configured to receive a picture acquisition request from the external display device for allowing the external
display device to receive the plurality of the picture information pieces; and

a signal processing device, wherein:
the predetermined interface configured to connect to the external display device includes a first interface and a second interface;
in response to the picture acquisition request being requested from the external display device and being received by the
receiving device, the signal processing device converts the compressed still image data stored in the memory device into data
of a signal format which can be displayed in the external display, the transmission device configured to transmit the data
converted by the signal processing device to the external display device through the first interface, and transmit the compressed
still image data to the external display device through the second interface.

US Pat. No. 9,118,896

DIGITAL CONTENTS RECEIVER, DIGITAL CONTENTS RECEIVING METHOD AND DIGITAL CONTENTS TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A receiver comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a program content including video information, and identification information including
information which identifies whether the program content is a 2D program content or a 3D program content;

a video processing unit configured to change video processing of the video information in the program content in accordance
with the received identification information, and

a display unit configured to display the program content,
wherein, in a case that the receiving unit receives a 3D program content, the display unit is configured to display an OSD
(On Screen Display) informing the program content is a 3D program content, and requesting viewer-determination of whether
the 3D program content is to be displayed in 3D view or in 2D view.

US Pat. No. 9,053,539

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A displaying apparatus comprising:
an input unit to input an input image signal; and
an image corrector to correct the input image signal, wherein
said image corrector extracts from the input image signal at least two different components each of which has different ray
component from each other and generates a corrected image signal based on a calculation with respect to the extracted two
different components; and

in the calculation by said image corrector, the extracted two different components are applied weighting and combined; and
wherein said image corrector applies different gain adjustment processing to respective ones of the extracted two different
components before execution of the weighting with respect to these extracted reflection components.

US Pat. No. 9,240,897

METHOD OF USING AV DEVICES AND AV DEVICE SYSTEM

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An audio and video (AV) device for receiving a request for recording an AV signal onto a recording medium, comprising:
a communication unit adapted to transmit and receive a control signal with other devices through a network, where the received
control signal is the request for recording the AV signal onto the recording medium at a desired time;

a recording unit adapted to record the AV signal including at least one of sound data or image data, onto the recording medium;
and

a timer reservation unit adapted to check whether or not the recording medium is set to the recording unit in a case where
the communication unit receives the request for recording the AV signal at the desired time, and to detect a residual capacity
of the recording medium, wherein:

the communication unit transmits a control signal for notifying the other device of the recording medium not being set to
the recording unit, in a case where the recording medium is not set to the recording unit,

the communication unit transmits a control signal for notifying the capacity required for recording the AV signal being available
in the recording medium, in a case where the detected residual capacity of the recording medium is more than or equal to the
capacity required for recording the AV signal, and

the communication unit transmits a control signal for notifying the other device of the residual capacity of the recording
medium being less than the capacity required for recording the AV signal, in a case where the detected residual capacity of
the recording medium is less than the capacity required for recording the AV signal.

US Pat. No. 9,047,829

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An image display apparatus for displaying an image comprising:
a display liquid crystal panel formed by arranging a plurality of liquid crystal elements each having a light transmittance
variable in accordance with a signal of an input image, the liquid crystal panel being divided into a plurality of regions;

a plurality of light sources which generate light for irradiating each one of the regions of the liquid crystal panel;
a dimming value determination unit which determines a dimming value for setting a light emitting luminance of each of the
light sources based on the signal of the input image in the respective regions;

an image signal compensation unit which compensates the signal of the input image supplied to the liquid crystal panel for
each of the regions in accordance with the dimming value corresponding to each of the light sources, which has been determined
by the dimming value determination unit; and

a drive control unit which drives and controls the light sources in accordance with the dimming value corresponding to each
of the light sources, which has been determined by the dimming value determination unit,

wherein
in the regions of the liquid crystal panel where the transmittance of the liquid crystal elements when applying the signal
of the input image compensated in accordance with the dimming value of a present frame transitions lower than the transmittance
of the liquid crystal elements when applying the signal of the input image compensated in accordance with the dimming value
of a previous frame, and where the light emitting luminance of the light sources when applying the dimming value of the present
frame increases compared to the light emitting luminance of the light sources when applying the dimming value of the previous
frame, the drive control unit applies, to the light sources in said regions, the dimming value of the previous frame before
the end of the transition of the liquid crystal elements and the dimming value of the present frame after the end of transition
of the liquid crystal elements.

US Pat. No. 9,560,329

PROJECTION-TYPE VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING ADJUSTING MECHANISM OF TWO OPTICAL ENGINES

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection-type video display device which optically projects an image based on a video signal on an outside display
unit, comprising:
two optical engines which optically project the image to the outside, and
an adjusting mechanism which adjusts six parameters expressed by horizontal (H-axis direction) positions H and vertical (V-axis
direction) positions V of the images displayed by the two optical engines, depth-direction (Z-axis direction) positions Z
between the two optical engines and the display unit, relative angles ?H of the H-axis direction with respect to the V axes
of the two optical engines, relative angles ?V of the V-axis direction with respect to the H axes of the two optical engines,
and relative angles ?Z of the V-axis direction with respect to the Z axes of the two optical engines,

wherein one of the two optical engines has an adjusting mechanism which adjusts at least one and 5 or less parameters of the
six parameters, and the other optical engine has an adjusting mechanism which adjusts the other parameters of the six parameters,

wherein each of the two optical engines is an optical engine of a liquid crystal display device including:
a liquid crystal panel unit having a first liquid crystal panel which generates an optical image based on a red primary color
signal of the video signal, a second liquid crystal panel which generates an optical image based on a green primary color
signal of the video signal, and a third liquid crystal display panel which generates an optical image based on a blue primary
color signal of the video signal, and

a cross prism which synthesizes the optical images generated by the first to third liquid crystal panels,
wherein origins of the H axis, the V axis, and the Z axis are located at an optical center of the cross prism,
wherein one optical engine of the two optical engines has an adjusting mechanism which adjusts at least the parameter ?V of
the six parameters, and the other optical engine adjusts at least the parameter ?Z of the six parameters, and

wherein the adjusting mechanisms include:
a cylindrical seat having the optical center of the cross prism to adjust the parameter ?V as a rotating center,
a cylindrical seat having the optical center of the cross prism to adjust the parameter ?Z as a rotating center, and
a rotating mechanism having the optical center of the cross prism to adjust the parameter ?H as a rotating center.

US Pat. No. 9,519,204

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS USED IN A PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:
a light source which emits exciting light;
a dichroic mirror which reflects said exciting light;
a condenser lens which converges the reflected exciting light;
a metal member to receive said converged exciting light to generate phosphor light; and
an optical device to guide the converged exciting light converged by said condenser lens to said metal member, and to transmit
the phosphor light from said metal member to said condenser lens, wherein:

said generated phosphor light passes through said condenser lens, thereby becoming mostly parallel phosphor light by said
condenser lens,

said dichroic mirror has a characteristic to reflect said exciting light and to transmit said mostly parallel phosphor light,
said exciting light enters the dichroic mirror as mostly parallel light,
said exciting light is transmitted to said metal member through said optical device by lens action of said condenser lens,
said metal member has a concave portion in a portion where said transmitted exciting light is received, and phosphor to generate
said phosphor light from said transmitted exciting light is coated in said concave portion,

said optical device is arranged at a portion where said phosphor light generated in said concave portion is emitted and has
a taper shape which is narrowed toward the said metal member, the phosphor light from the metal member being reflected a plurality
of times within the taper shaped optical device to form diffused phosphor light,

the progressively diffused phosphor light is introduced to said condenser lens, and
a width of light flux of the phosphor light which exits from said condenser lens and passes through said dichroic mirror is
wider than a width of the light flux of the exciting light which is reflected by said dichroic mirror and enters said condenser
lens.

US Pat. No. 9,489,985

MULTIMEDIA PLAYER DISPLAYING OPERATION PANEL DEPENDING ON CONTENTS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A digital content operating apparatus, comprising:
a network connection unit which is configured to receive digital content including a linear content and an interactive content
from a network;

a communication interface which is configured to send the digital content to an external device which has a display for displaying
the digital content;

a display which is configured to display a user operation interface which is configured to receive a user operation to control
the digital content displayed on the external device as either a linear content operation panel or an interactive content
operation panel; and

a controller which is configured to control the display corresponding to information on the digital content which is displayed
on the external device, in accordance with a monitoring result indicating whether the digital content received from the network
is the linear content or the interactive content, and determine whether the interactive content is within an appreciation
term or out of the appreciation term in case that the digital content is interactive;

wherein the controller is further configured to control the display to automatically display the linear content operation
panel to accept the user operation when the digital content received from the network is the linear content, and the linear
content operation panel only has operation keys usable to operate the linear content,

wherein the controller is further configured to control the display to automatically display the interactive content operation
panel to accept the user operation only when the digital content received from the network is the interactive content and
the interactive content is within the appreciation term, and the interactive content operation panel only has operation keys
usable to operate the interactive content, and

wherein either the linear content operation panel or the interactive content operation panel is displayed alternatively to
accept the user operation on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,438,843

OPERATION CONTROLLING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An operation controlling apparatus, for executing operation controlling for equipment, comprising:
an equipment management portion, which is configured to manage control commands corresponding to a plural number of control
items;

a video producing portion, which is configured to produce videos corresponding to the plural number of control items;
a video display portion, which is configured to display the video produced by the video producing portion laying on a control
surface;

a distance detector portion, which is configured to detect distance from the video producing portion to the control surface;
and

a controller portion, which is configured to control the video display portion, so that a size of the video to be displayed
by the video display portion is within a size of the control surface, depending on the distance detected by the distance detector
portion, and to make an equipment of a control target execute a control command associated with a control item, which is managed
by the equipment management portion, when execution of the control item is determined, wherein the controller portion controls
the video producing portion, so that the control item is changed depending on the distance detected by the distance detector
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,432,618

TELEVISION RECEIVER WITH A TV PHONE FUNCTION

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A digital information receiving and transmitting apparatus comprising:
a network interface configured to receive a first digital information including a first video information from a content server
and to receive a second digital information including a second video information from another communication apparatus;

an encoder configured to generate a third digital information including a third video information by encoding a video signal
generated by a camera;

a processor configured to control outputs of the first digital information, the second digital information and the third digital
information; and

a user input device configured to accept an input from a user,
wherein in a case where the digital information receiving and transmitting apparatus receives an inbound videophone call from
the other communication apparatus during outputting of the first digital information received from the content server, the
digital information receiving and transmitting apparatus communicates with the content server for pausing a transmission of
the first digital information and outputs the second digital information, and

wherein in a case where the digital information receiving and transmitting apparatus receives an input for stopping the videophone
call from one of the user input device as the input from the user and the another communication apparatus, the digital information
receiving and transmitting apparatus stops output of the third digital information.

US Pat. No. 9,420,212

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:
a first radio communication unit capable of receiving digital video information by radio from an external video processing
apparatus;

a second radio communication unit capable of connecting by radio to the external video processing apparatus, accessing to
an internet or a home network through the external video processing apparatus by radio, and receiving digital information;
and

a control unit for controlling assignment of connection by radio transmission for each of the first and second radio communication
units, so that the first radio communication unit receives digital video information from the external video processing apparatus
and the second radio communication unit connects to the internet or the home network simultaneously,

wherein said first radio communication unit and said second radio communication unit are different from each other in frequency
bandwidth and modulation/demodulation method,

wherein the control unit controls assignment of a transmission rate between the first radio communication unit and the external
video processing apparatus, and assignment of a transmission rate between the second radio communication unit and the internet
or the home network, and

wherein the control unit controls the assignment of the transmission rate such that the transmission rate between the first
radio communication unit and the external video processing apparatus, is more than the transmission rate between the second
radio communication unit and the internet or the home network, when a user issues an indication to receive video information
by using the first radio communication unit from the video processing apparatus while acquiring information from the Internet
by use of the second radio communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,122,139

PROJECTION IMAGE DISPLAYING DEVICE WITH OPENINGS AROUND ITS PROJECTION LENS AND MIRROR

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Ib...

1. In a projection image displaying device having a sealable projection mirror on an upper surface of a case and enlarging
and projecting imaging light emitted from a projection lens onto a projecting plane by being reflected by said projection
mirror,
the projection image displaying device, characterized in that it comprises:
a plurality of cooling fans taking in and exhausting external air in order to cool components contained within the case, and
an air inlet on the projection mirror for sucking the external air into the case is disposed at the near position of a sealing
mechanism for operating said projection mirror to be sealed/unsealed,

wherein an opening is provided around said projection lens for movement adjustment of said projection lens, and said air inlet
provided on the projection mirror sucks air blown off through said opening provided on said projection lens into the case.

US Pat. No. 9,865,853

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROCHEMICAL DEVICE

MAXELL HOLDINGS, LTD., K...

1. A method for manufacturing an electrochemical device comprising a spiral electrode body that comprises a positive electrode,
a negative electrode, and a pair of separators, each of which includes a first porous layer having a shutdown function and
a second porous layer integrated with the first porous layer,
the method comprising:
lapping the pair of separators one over the other so that the second porous layers of the respective separators are arranged
inside, and wrapping the lapped separators around a winding shaft with the first porous layer facing the winding shaft;

winding the positive electrode and the negative electrode with the pair of separators to form the spiral electrode body; and
removing the wound electrode body from the winding shaft,
wherein
the first porous layer of each of the separators contains 50 vol % or more of a thermoplastic resin and the second porous
layer of each of the separators contains an insulating filler with a heat-resistant temperature of 150° C. or higher and an
organic binder for binding insulating filler particles, a content of the insulating filler in the second porous layer being
50 vol % or more.

US Pat. No. 9,602,754

BI-DIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION METHOD BETWEEN APPARATUSES USING TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A bi-directional communication method using a transmission device which includes a first unit to receive an uncompressed
video signal from a video signal source via a first HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable, a second unit to transmit
the uncompressed video signal to a video reception device via a second HDMI cable, comprising:
reading, by the second unit, a first EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) from the video reception device through the
second HDMI cable;

sending, by the first unit, a second EDID stored in the first unit to the video signal source through the first HDMI cable;
verifying that the video signal source supports a predetermined bi-directional communication when the first unit receives
a CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) message from the video signal source through the first HDMI cable after sending the second
EDID; and

enabling the predetermined bi-directional communication between the video signal source and the video reception device through
the first and second HDMI cables and the first and second units, when the video signal source and the video reception device
support the predetermined bi-directional communication based on results of the verification,

wherein the predetermined bi-directional communication is disabled when a DDC+5V is not supplied by the video signal source
via the first HDMI cable.

US Pat. No. 9,503,648

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SWITCHING DISPLAY METHODS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit having an image pickup device that outputs signals and a signal processing unit which processes the signals
outputted from the image pickup unit to output pickup images;

a manual focus operation unit configured to allow a user to manually control a focus position of the image pickup unit;
a face recognition unit configured to detect a face of a person in the pickup images outputted from the image pickup unit
using image processing;

a cutout image generation unit configured to generate cutout images by cutting out and enlarging a predetermined area from
the pickup images, and the cutout image generation unit changes the predetermined area in accordance with a position of the
face of the person in the pickup images detected by the face recognition unit;

an image display unit configured to singly display any one of the pickup images or the cutout images, or superimposingly display
both the pickup images and the cutout images; and

a control unit that has a control mode to control the display of the cutout images generated by the cutout image generation
unit in accordance with the position of the face of the person on the image display unit,

wherein, when an operation by the manual focus operation unit is performed in the control mode, the control unit controls,
according to the operation, so as to singly display on the image display unit the cutout images generated by cutting out and
enlarging the predetermined area corresponding to the position of the face of the person in the pickup images detected by
the face recognition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,116,349

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An image display device comprising:
an optical scanning unit that scans an image plane with a light emitted from a light source in a first direction and a second
direction of the image plane due to a rotational movement of reciprocation of a reflecting surface of the light; and

an optical system that enlarges a scanning angle of the scanned light, wherein the optical system has a free curved surface
lens on the optical scanning unit side, and has a free curved surface mirror on the image plane side,

wherein in a surface roughness of the free curved surface mirror, a plurality of surface roughness is present in band shapes
in the same direction as the scanning direction of the free curved surface mirror with the light from the light source, or
in a direction substantially orthogonal to the scanning direction, and a dimension between boundaries of the band-like roughness
is smaller than a beam dimension on the free curved surface mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,099,154

INFORMATION RECORDING/REPRODUCING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit which is configured to receive moving images captured with user operations;
a receiving unit which is configured to receive pieces of current position information of the image processing apparatus;
a recording unit which is configured to record the moving images in correlation with the pieces of position information, each
piece of position information corresponding to a position where one of the moving images was captured;

a display unit which is configured to display at least one thumbnail image of the moving images recorded by the recording
unit on a map with route information, the at least one thumbnail image being displayed in relation to a position on the map
corresponding to the piece of position information which correlates to the moving images corresponding to the at least one
thumbnail image; and

a wireless communication unit which is configured to transfer the moving images and an image of the map on which the at least
one thumbnail image and the route information are displayed to a network server.

US Pat. No. 9,544,658

VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMISSION/RECEPTION METHOD, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND DECODING DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A method for first, second, and third devices to transmit or receive a video signal, the first and second devices being
coupled together through a first network, the first and third devices being coupled together through a second network which
is a different network from the first network, and the second and third devices being coupled together through the second
network, the method comprising:
when the first device cannot process a video signal received from the third device through the second network,
transmitting a limited multicast message from the first device to devices that are coupled to the first device by both the
first network and the second network, via the second network to search for a device which can process the video signal which
cannot be processed by the first device, the limited multicast message being addressed to only devices coupled to the first
network, wherein a communication protocol of the first network is different from a communication protocol of the second network,
and the limited multicast massage employs the communication protocol of the second network;

transmitting a response message from the second device to the first device through the second network, the response message
indicating that the second device can process the video signal;

transmitting a request message from the first device to the second device to request the second device to process the video
signal;

receiving, by the second device, the video signal from the third device through the second network;
processing, by the second device, the received video signal; and
transmitting, by the second device, the processed video signal to the first device through the first network.

US Pat. No. 9,538,151

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROJECTOR APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME THEREIN

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video processing apparatus, comprising:
an input portion, which is configured to input a video signal therein; and
a video correcting portion, which is configured to correct said input video signal,
wherein said video correcting portion is constructed to conduct a part of a Retinex process and a part of resolution restoration
(deconvolution) by a circuit for common use,

wherein said Retinex process is conducted upon basis of a result of calculation, applying a first output obtained by applying
a mirror reflection component (specular) filter onto the input video signal, a second output obtained by applying a diffuse
reflection component (diffuse component) filter onto the input video signal, and a third output obtained by applying an ambient
light component (ambient component) filter onto the input video signal, in the structure thereof, and

wherein said resolution restoration (deconvolution) is conducted by a calculating process upon basis of at least said first
output or said second output.

US Pat. No. 9,530,455

VIDEO RECORDING METHOD AND VIDEO RECORDING DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video recording device that records a video on a recording medium in a file format, comprising:
an imaging unit configured to take an image of an object;
a signal processing unit configured to process an output from the imaging unit;
a video encoding unit configured to encode an output from the signal processing unit in a predetermined encoding method to
output a video;

a format control unit configured to control a recording format so as to generate and record a file according to a format defined
such that a BDMV directory is placed and both of a directory to record the video and a directory to record a Playlist file
are placed below the BDMV directory, and form the format such that one PlayItem, Entry for PlaylistMark and date and time
information are generated in each recording of one scene from start to end of video recording and a plurality of PlayItems,
a plurality of Entry for PlaylistMarks and a plurality of date and time information are stored in one Playlist file; and

a recording control unit configured to record the video on the recording medium according to the recording format,
wherein when a new scene is recorded in the state where a first Playlist file is recorded, all of PlayItem, Entry for PlaylistMark
and date and time information which correspond to the new scene are stored in the first Playlist file without generating a
new Playlist file as long as the number of PlayItems stored in the first Playlist file does not exceed a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,459,517

PROJECTION IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR ATTACHING AND DETACHING A PROJECTION LENS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection image display apparatus comprising:
an optical engine which irradiates a display element with light emitted from a light source to form an image;
a projection lens which enlarges and projects the image emitted from the optical engine;
a lens shift mechanism for adjusting a position of an image to be projected onto a screen;
a lens attachment unit for attaching the projection lens to the lens shift mechanism; and
a first plate for attaching the projection lens to the lens attachment unit to achieve a locked state,
wherein the attachment of the projection lens to the lens attachment unit and the achievement of the locked state are performed
by only rotation of the first plate in a first direction,

wherein the first plate is connected to a second plate for putting the projection lens into the locked state via an urging
spring,

wherein the lens attachment unit includes a third concave portion for connection with the second plate,
wherein the second plate includes a hook for connection with the lens attachment unit,
wherein the hook is hung on the third concave portion by the rotation of the first plate in the first direction,
wherein the locked state is a state where the hook is hung on the third concave portion,
wherein the first plate includes a lever for rotating the first plate in the first direction,
wherein the second plate includes a tab for rotating the first plate in a second direction opposite the first direction,
wherein the locked state caused by fitting the hook into the third concave portion and fixation of the projection lens are
achieved by only the rotation of the first plate in the first direction due to a force applied to the lever, and

release of the locked state and detachment of the projection lens are achieved by only rotation of the second plate in the
second direction opposite to the first direction due to a force applied to the tab.

US Pat. No. 9,411,424

INPUT DEVICE FOR OPERATING GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An image display device comprising:
an input unit configured to input image signals of an operator who has been imaged;
a motion detector configured to detect a motion of the operator based on the input image signal;
a display unit configured to display a menu screen which can be operated by gesturing of the operator, wherein the display
unit displays the menu screen as acted upon by the gesturing of the operator while image signals of the operator are received
at the input unit; and

a controller configured to recognize the gesture of the operator following a predetermined pattern based on the motion of
the operator detected by the motion detector and determines the operation for the menu screen to control the image display
device, wherein,

when the controller recognizes that the motion of the operator detected by the motion detector corresponds to a first gesture,
the controller displays an operation guide for presenting to the operator how to operate the menu screen on the display unit
with the menu screen, the operation guide including a certain video which is unrelated to any motion of the operator,

when the controller recognizes that the motion of the operator detected by the motion detector corresponds to a second gesture
presented by the operation guide, the controller enables the operation of the menu screen by the second gesture.

US Pat. No. 9,414,083

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image by executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting,

wherein the information includes information indicating a direction of the flip of the partial area of the image and information
indicating a position of the flipped partial area

wherein a size of the flipped partial area is larger than a block unit, and
wherein the information indicating the direction of the flip includes horizontal flipping,
wherein a scanning direction for a flipped partial area can be the same direction as a non-flipped partial area.

US Pat. No. 9,407,894

INFORMATION RECORDING/PLAY-BACKING APPARATUS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A portable information recording/play-back apparatus comprising:
an imaging module which images video information;
a first recording/play-back module which records the video information into a first recording medium, or plays-back the video
information from the first recording medium;

a second recording/play-back module which records the video information into a second recording medium, or plays-back the
video information from the second recording medium;

a battery; and
a controller which controls at least the imaging module, the first and second recording/play-back module,
wherein the controller controls so that the first recording/play-back module or the second recording/play-back module records
a video information imaged by the imaging module into the first recording medium or the second recording medium in an imaging
mode, and controls a dubbing operation in a dubbing mode in which the first recording/play-back module plays-back a video
information from the first recording medium and the second recording/play-back module records the video information which
is play-backed from the first recording medium into the second recording medium;

wherein the controller controls so that if recording operation into one recording medium is performed, recording operation
into the other recording medium is not performed in the imaging mode when running on the battery; and

wherein if the battery remaining amount is larger than a threshold value, the controller controls so that the dubbing operation
is permitted in the dubbing mode when running on the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,384,783

EDITING METHOD AND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a recording unit configured to record a plurality of video information on a recording medium;
an output unit configured to output a menu display for a user to select video information to be reproduced from among the
plurality of video information recorded on the recording medium by the recording unit; and

a reproducing unit configured to reproduce the selected video information read out from the recording medium,
wherein a first area and a second area are displayed within the menu display, the first area being configured to display at
least first indication associated with a first group of video information for a first classification and second indication
associated with a second group of video information for a second classification different from the first classification, the
second area being configured to display thumbnails corresponding to video informations recorded on the recording medium by
the recording unit,

wherein, when the first indication shown in the first area is selected, a first group of thumbnails corresponding to the first
group of video information is displayed in the second area,

wherein, when the second indication shown in the first area is selected, a second group of thumbnails corresponding to the
second group of video information is displayed in the second area,

wherein, even if one video information recorded on the recording medium included in both the first group of video information
and the second group of video information is deleted from the first group of video information, the one video information
continue to be included in the second group of video information.

US Pat. No. 9,185,371

LIQUID CRYSTAL PROJECTOR HAVING SHADE MEMBER PREVENTING DETERIORATION OF POLARIZING PLATE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A liquid crystal projector that converts a supplied image signal to a light signal comprising:
a light source that generates light;
a liquid crystal panel that is irradiated by light supplied from the light source and allows passage of the light depending
on a level of said image signal;

a polarizing plate, disposed next to the liquid crystal panel, having an elongated underside surface;
a projection lens that projects light passed through the liquid crystal panel toward outside;
a cooling section that generates cooling air for cooling said liquid crystal panel and said polarizing plate and blows the
cooling air toward said liquid crystal panel and said polarizing plate; and

a shade member disposed directly below the elongated underside of said polarizing plate that reduces said cooling air that
hits against the elongated underside surface of said polarizing plate, and prevents dust particles included in the cooling
air from attaching to the elongated underside surface of the polarizing plate,

wherein said shade member has a curved shape such that an upwind surface of the shade member that faces toward the cooling
air has a convex shape and a downwind surface of the shade member that faces the polarizing plate has a concave shape, and
wherein said shade member is disposed toward a direction of one of the side surfaces of the polarizing plate thereby redirecting
the cooling air substantially along one of the side surfaces of the polarizing plate.

US Pat. No. 9,083,870

DRIVE DEVICE, IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Hitachi Maxell, LTD., Os...

1. A drive device comprising:
a piezoelectric element that expands and contracts according to a drive voltage;
a drive shaft that is attached to the piezoelectric element and that receives vibration produced by the piezoelectric element;
a stationary member that holds the drive shaft in a state where the drive shaft is slidable along a longitudinal direction
of the drive shaft; and

a movable object that is fixed to the draft shaft, wherein:
the movable object moves, together with the piezoelectric element and the drive shaft, relative to the stationary member according
to drive of the piezoelectric element, and

the entire piezoelectric element and the drive shaft move relative to the stationary member and in a moving direction of the
movable object in synchronization with the movable object according to drive of the piezoelectric element.

US Pat. No. 9,858,888

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., To...

1. A display device, comprising:
a first input terminal which is configured to connect via a first interface with an external image apparatus that stores a
plurality of pieces of compressed still image information and inputting compressed still image information from the external
image apparatus via the first interface,

an extension circuit which is configured to extend the compressed still image information inputted to the first input terminal
and generate a baseband still image information;

a second input terminal which is configured to input therein baseband moving image information from the external image apparatus
via a second interface;

a display which is configured to display an image based on the baseband still image information generated by the extension
circuit and/or an image based on the baseband moving image information inputted to the second input terminal; and

a receiver which is configured to receive an input of a user operation of the display device via a remote controller;
wherein the display has:
a first display mode, for displaying, on the display the image based on the baseband still image information generated by
extending, at the extension circuit, the compressed still image information inputted to the first input terminal; and

a second display mode for, in accordance with the user operation input to the receiver via the remote controller, outputting,
to the external image apparatus, an image acquisition request signal for extending plural pieces of compressed still image
information stored in the external image apparatus to convert the extended information to a baseband moving image information
switched at a predetermined time interval and output the baseband moving image information, and displaying, on the display,
an image based on the baseband moving image information inputted to the second input terminal from the external image apparatus
in accordance with the image acquisition request signal, wherein the first interface is a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface
and the second interface is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), and wherein the predetermined time interval is
variable and is based on a user operation.

US Pat. No. 9,812,740

BATTERY UNIT

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A battery unit used as a power source for a device comprising terminals, the battery unit comprising:
a coin shaped flat battery having a cylindrical positive electrode exterior can with a bottom and a cylindrical negative electrode
sealing can with a bottom that covers an opening of the positive electrode exterior can, the open end of a side wall of the
positive electrode exterior can being fitted on an outer circumferential surface of a side wall of the negative electrode
sealing can; and

a single substrate layered above the flat battery and provided on a side of the negative electrode sealing can, the substrate
having a circular disc shape,

the substrate having:
a circuit component mounted on an inner surface of the substrate facing to the negative electrode sealing can; and
a ground external terminal formed on an outer surface of the substrate opposite to the inner surface and electrically connected
to the negative electrode sealing can, and

wherein the positive electrode exterior and the negative external terminal are adapted to respectively contact to the terminals
of the device.

US Pat. No. 9,532,101

DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER UNIT

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A digital broadcast receiving apparatus comprising:
a receiver configured to receive digital multiplexed signals including video signals of at least three different video programs
encoded using an encoding/decoding standard in one transport stream, where video signal formats of the video signals include
a plurality of different video signal formats having different combinations of a number of scan lines and a scan method, and
where a difference between the different video signal formats is at least either of a number of scan lines or a scan method;

an isolator configured to isolate a video signal of one video program to be viewed from the digital multiplexed signals;
a decoder configured to decode the video signal from the isolator according to the encoding/decoding standard;
a processor configured to execute a plurality of video signal conversion processes with respective video signal conversion
processes providing different video signal conversions;

a controller configured to use information obtained from the digital multiplexed signals to determine a video signal format
of the video signal decoded by the decoder, and to select a video signal conversion process from among the video signal conversion
processes to provide video signal conversion to the decoded video signal having the determined video signal format; and

a display configured to display a video signal processed by the processor, wherein the video signal conversion process executed
by the processor is included in video signal conversion processes to change the video signal having the determined video signal
format into a video signal which can be displayed in the display.

US Pat. No. 9,367,176

OPERATION DETECTION DEVICE, OPERATION DETECTION METHOD AND PROJECTOR

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An operation detection device that detects an operation performed by a finger of a user with respect to an operation surface,
the operation detection device comprising:
a first illumination and a second illumination that irradiate illumination light from different positions onto the operation
surface;

a camera that captures, together with the finger of the user, the operation surface onto which the illumination light has
been irradiated;

a shadow region extraction unit that, on the basis of a captured image obtained by the camera, extracts a first shadow of
the finger of the user produced by the first illumination and a second shadow of the finger of the user produced by the second
illumination;

a touch point detection unit that, on the basis of the first shadow and the second shadow extracted, detects a touch point
of the finger of the user on the operation surface; and

a contour detection unit that detects a contour of the first shadow and a contour of the second shadow extracted,
wherein the touch point detection unit detects a touch point of the finger of the user on the operation surface from the distance
between the contour of the first shadow and the contour of the second shadow,

wherein the shadow region extraction unit compares the brightness of the captured image with a predetermined threshold value,
and discerns and extracts the first shadow of the finger of the user and the second shadow of the finger of the user,

wherein the contour detection unit extracts, as contours, corresponding substantially linear line segments from within the
contour of the first shadow and the contour of the second shadow, and

wherein the touch point detection unit determines that the finger of the user has touched the operation surface when the distance
between the two contours extracted has become equal to or less than a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,322,530

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A light source device, comprising:
a plurality of excitation light sources which emit excitation light;
a phosphor which changes the excitation light to fluorescent light;
a dichroic mirror which transmits the excitation light and reflects the fluorescent light; and
a condensing lens which condenses the excitation light transmitted through the dichroic mirror in an excitation light irradiation
region on the phosphor,

wherein the plurality of light sources are arranged so that each excitation light emitted from each of the plurality of light
sources enters asymmetrically to a center of the condensing lens; and

wherein when the excitation light irradiation region is a center and an incident angle to the excitation light irradiation
region of any excitation light of each of the excitation light is an elevation angle ?,

???
is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,818,449

EDITING METHOD AND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a recording unit configured to record a plurality of video information on a recording medium;
an output unit configured to output a menu display for a user to select one group of video information among a plurality of
groups of video information by specifying a position of a character corresponding to the one group of video information;

a reproducing unit configured to reproduce selected video information read out from the recording medium; and
a controller,
wherein, when a first group of video information is selected in the menu display by specifying a position of a character corresponding
to the first group of video information, the controller controls the output unit to display a first group of thumbnails corresponding
to the first group of video information,

wherein, when a second group of video information is selected in the menu display by specifying a position of a character
corresponding to the second group of video information, the controller controls the output unit to display a second group
of thumbnails corresponding to the second group of video information, and

wherein, when one video information recorded on the recording medium that is included in both the first group of video information
and the second group of video information is deleted from the first group of video information, the controller continues to
include the one video information in the second group of video information, and a thumbnail corresponding to the one video
information is displayed as one of the thumbnails of the second group of thumbnails when the controller controls the output
unit to display the second group of thumbnails.

US Pat. No. 9,810,865

LENS MEMBER, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, COMMUNICATION MODULE, LENS ARRAY, AND LIGHT-SOURCE MODULE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A lens member to be surface-mounted to a substrate, the lens member comprising:
a glass lens that has been previously made; and
a mounting portion including a material different from the glass lens, provided by flowing the material in a flowable state
into a mold in which the glass lens is disposed and fixing the material, the mounting portion housing therein at least a portion
of the glass lens,

wherein the mounting portion has a polygonal column shape including a top face, a bottom face, and plural side faces,
wherein an incident face of the glass lens, where light to the glass lens is incident, and an emission face of the glass lens,
where light from the glass lens is emitted, are exposed by way of openings provided on the top face and on the bottom face
of the mounting portion, and

wherein one of the plural side faces of the mounting portion is a reference face that abuts on a mounting face in a case where
the glass lens is surface-mounted to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,773,522

DIGITAL INFORMATION RECORDING APPARATUS, REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A system, comprising:
a transmitter configured to transmit audio/video information;
a receiver configured to receive the audio/video information;
a storage medium configured to store the audio/video information; and
a reproducer configured to reproduce the audio/video information from the storage medium according to control information
related to the audio/video information,

wherein the control information includes: a first period for retaining the audio/video information on the storage medium,
and a second period, that begins at the start of an initial reproduction of the audio/video information, for enabling a start
of a reproduction of the audio/video information stored on the storage medium, and

wherein, in a case where an elapsed time from a retaining of the audio/video information is within the first period and an
elapsed time from an initial reproduction of the audio/video information is within the second period, a reproduction of the
audio/video information is enabled, and, in a case where a reproduction is started before the end of the first period and
the reproduction is continuing at the end of the first period, the reproduction to an end of the audio/video information beyond
the end of the first period is enabled, and thereafter a start of an another reproduction of the audio/video information is
disabled even if an elapsed time from the initial reproduction of the audio/video information is within the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,651,205

LIGHTING DEVICE WITH LIGHT SHIELDING PATTERN AND VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE USING THE SAME

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A lighting device for emitting light comprising:
a base chassis;
a reflection sheet provided on the base chassis;
an optical element arranged at a predetermined distant position away from the reflection sheet in a direction in orthogonal
to a light emitting surface of the lighting device;

a plurality of LEDs arranged in one row in a space between the reflection sheet and the optical element so as to emit light
in a direction in parallel with the light emitting surface of the lighting device; and

an optical sheet provided on the light emitting surface side of the optical element,
wherein a light shielding pattern is provided at a position corresponding to each of the LEDs on the light emitting surface
side of the optical element, and

the light shielding pattern is configured by stacking a plurality of light shielding layers in which a light shielding layer
positioned closest to the optical element side among the light shielding layers has a ratio of white color higher than a ratio
of white color of at least one of the other light shielding layers.

US Pat. No. 9,674,474

IMAGE TRANSFER APPARATUS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video transmission system, the system comprising:
a first device;
a second device; and
a third device,
wherein the first device receives an uncompressed video signal from the second device through a first HDMI (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) cable and transmits the received uncompressed video signal to the third device through a second HDMI
cable,

wherein the first HDMI cable has a first bi-directional communication line for transmitting a CEC (Consumer Electronic Control)
message and a first EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) line for transmitting a first EDID,

wherein the second HDMI cable has a second bi-directional communication line for transmitting a CEC message and a second EDID
line for transmitting a second EDID,

wherein the first device provides a first HPD (Hot Plug Detect) signal to the second device through the first HDMI cable and
receives a second HPD signal from the third device through the second HDMI cable,

wherein when the first device confirms that both the second device and the third device have a predetermined bi-directional
communication function by exchange of particular CEC messages with at least one of the second device communicating through
the first bi-directional communication line and the third device communicating through the second bi-directional communication
line, the first device activates the predetermined bi-directional communication function between the second device and the
third device,

wherein when the second HPD (Hot Plug Detect) signal from the third device is set to an “L” level after activating the predetermined
bi-directional communication function between the second device and the third device, the predetermined bi-directional communication
function between the second device and the third device is deactivated,

wherein the first device, until activating the predetermined bi-directional communication function between the second device
and the third device, does not transfer a message from the second device to the third device,

wherein the second device is a video signal reproduction device that reproduces and outputs the video signal, and
wherein the third device is a display device which displays a video based on a video signal transmitted to the third device.

US Pat. No. 9,609,322

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., To...

1. An image decoding method that decodes an image by performing prediction processing, comprising:
a prediction mode selection step, which selects one of a plurality of prediction modes for the prediction processing; and
a prediction step, which performs the prediction processing of the prediction mode selected at the prediction mode selection
step,

wherein the prediction modes selectable at the prediction mode selection step include:
a first intra prediction mode in which first reference pixels are generated as prediction pixels at a location where no decoded
pixel exists employing pixels within a decoded block adjacent to one of left and upper sides of a target block to be decoded,
at calculation processing of prediction values of target pixels to be decoded which are disposed between two reference pixels,
namely, decoded second reference pixels adjacent to one of the upper and left sides of the target block to be decoded which
is a different side from the first reference pixels and the first reference pixels, computation being performed employing
values of the second reference pixels and values of the first reference pixels; and

a second intra prediction mode which is different from the first intra prediction mode and in which prediction pixels are
generated employing values of the decoded pixels adjacent to the target block to be decoded,

wherein there is a state in the first intra prediction mode in which the calculation processing of the prediction pixels employing
the computation is feasible for any pixels excepting all boundary pixels located at a lower end of the target block to be
decoded within the target block to be decoded,

wherein a unidirectional prediction is performed towards a direction designated by an encoding side based on the decoded pixels
employing the values of the pixels within the decoded block at the second intra prediction mode, and

wherein a processing order of target blocks to be decoded does not change irrespectively of whether the first intra prediction
mode or the second intra prediction mode is selected at the prediction mode selection step.

US Pat. No. 9,552,072

IMAGE PROJECTION DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An image projection device to control or operate a projected image by gesture, comprising:
a sensor element to detect a gesture; and
a control section configured to generate an operation signal to operate a projected image projected according to a gesture
detected by the sensor element,

wherein the control section generates, in response to the sensor element detecting a gesture in a first direction, an operation
signal to operate the projected image, and in response to the sensor element detecting a gesture in a second direction, other
than the first direction, the control section suspends the generating of the operation signal for a gesture in the first direction
that is subsequent to the gesture detected in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,516,363

SYSTEM, VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTENT SERVER, AND INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A system comprising a video display television apparatus, a portable information terminal, and a content server storing
video contents configured to communicate with each other via a network,
the portable information terminal comprising:
a keyword information storage unit configured to store search keyword information for searching the video contents; and
a transmitter configured to transmit the search keyword information stored in the keyword information storage unit, and
the video display television apparatus configured to receive digital broadcasting and comprising;
a receiver configured to receive the search keyword information transmitted from the portable information terminal;
a search controller configured to search the video contents stored in the contents server using the search keyword information
received by the receiver; and

a display unit configured to display a search result of the search controller as recommended video content information and
display a recommended video content selected from the recommended video content information, and

wherein
the portable information terminal is configured to acquire a search tag associated with a video content that has been searched
and displayed on the video display television apparatus,

the video display television apparatus is configured to:
extract a viewing keyword from program information of a digital broadcasting program viewed on the television apparatus; and
transmit the viewing keyword to the portable information terminal, and
the portable information terminal is configured to store the viewing keyword to the keyword information storage unit as the
search keyword information.

US Pat. No. 9,400,560

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An image display device that picks up an image of a user and provides a display corresponding to an operation of the user
on a display screen, the image display device comprising:
a 3D camera, which is configured to pick up the image of the user including a hand thereof and recognize the hand from said
image, and thereby to measure a distance from the display screen to the hand;

an operating region setup unit which sets an operating region where the user can perform the operation, within an imaging
region of said 3D camera, depending on the distance from the display screen to the hand, which is measured by said 3D camera;
and

a control unit which controls a display of a pointer on said display screen corresponding to the hand operating within said
operating region, and to move the displayed pointer according to a movement of the hand when the hand is moved in said operating
region,

wherein the control unit causes the operating region to follow the position of the hand when the hand is about to move beyond
the periphery of the operating region, dynamically changing the operating region in accordance with the movement of the hand,

wherein said 3D camera recognizes a hand-waving motion of the user, and
wherein the operating region setup unit sets the size of the operating region in accordance with the magnitude of the user's
hand-waving motion.

US Pat. No. 9,166,250

SEPARATOR FOR BATTERY, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A separator for a battery, comprising:
a porous film formed of a thermal melting resin; and
an insulator layer formed of insulating inorganic fine particles and a binder,
wherein the separator has the insulator layer on the porous film,
the thermal melting resin includes at least one selected from the group consisting of polyethylene, copolyolefin whose structural
unit derived from ethylene is at least 85 mol %, and polypropylene,

the separator has a porosity in a range of 20% to 70%,
the separator has a thickness of 3 ?m or more and 20 ?M or less, and
water content per unit volume is equal to or smaller than 1 mg/cm3 when the separator is held for 24 hours in an atmosphere with a relative humidity of 60% at 20° C.

US Pat. No. 9,810,877

IMAGING LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGING DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An imaging lens system consisting of:
in order from an object side, a first lens made of a negative meniscus lens having a convex surface facing the object side,
a second lens made of a positive lens having a convex surface facing the object side, a third lens made of a negative lens
having a concave surface facing an image side, a fourth lens made of a positive lens having a convex surface facing the object
side, and a fifth lens made of a negative meniscus lens having a concave surface facing the image side, wherein:

an aperture stop is arranged on the object side or the image side of the second lens, and
the lens surface on the image side of the third lens and the lens surface on the object side of the fourth lens are bonded
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,748,565

NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery comprising a positive electrode, a negative electrode, a non-aqueous electrolyte,
and a separator,
wherein the positive electrode comprises a positive electrode current collector and a positive electrode material mixture
layer formed on one or both sides of the positive electrode current collector,

the positive electrode material mixture layer has a thickness of 100 ?m or more and 300 ?m or less per side of the positive
electrode current collector,

the positive electrode material mixture layer includes a positive electrode active material,
the positive electrode active material comprises a lithium-containing composite oxide obtained by baking under an oxygen gas
atmosphere after preheating,

the lithium-containing composite oxide is represented by a general compositional formula: Li1+xMO2,

where x is in the range of ?0.5?x?0.5, and M comprises Ni and at least one selected from Co and Mn,
20?a<100 and 50?a+b+c?100 are satisfied when the ratios of Ni, Co, and Mn to all the elements constituting M are a, b, and
c, respectively, in units of mol %, and

the ratio of elements other than Ni, Co, and Mn to all the elements constituting M is 2.0 mol % or less,
the positive electrode active material is composed of secondary particles formed by aggregation of primary particles,
an average particle size of the secondary particles is 6 ?m or less,
when an average particle size of the primary particles is A and the average particle size of the secondary particles is B,
A/B is 0.1 or less,

when diffraction-line integrated intensities of a (003) plane and a (104) plane in an X-ray diffraction chart of the positive
electrode material mixture layer are I003 and I104, respectively, the ratio I003/I104 of the integrated intensities is 1.1 or more,

the positive electrode material mixture layer contains an organosilane compound represented by a general formula X1—Si(OR1)3 or X2—SiR2(OR2)2, where R1, R2, and R3 represent —CH3, —C2H5, or —C3H7, R2 and R3 may be the same or different, and X1 and X2 are selected from the group consisting of a vinyl group, an epoxy group, a styryl group, a methacryloxy group, an acryloxy
group, an amino group, a ureido group, a chloropropyl group, a mercapto group, a sulfide group, and an isocyanate group, and

the organosilane compound content is 0.05 to 3.0 mass % relative to the total mass of the positive electrode material mixture
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,743,129

MULTIMEDIA PLAYER DISPLAYING OPERATION PANEL DEPENDING ON CONTENTS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A digital content operating apparatus, comprising:
a network connection interface which is configured to receive digital contentincluding a linear content and an interactive content from a network;
a display having first and second display areas;
a communication interface which is configured to send the digital content to the first display area of the display for displaying
the digital content;

a user operation interface displayed in the second display area of the display which is configured to receive a user operation
to control the digital content displayed in the first display area as either a linear content operation panel or an interactive
content operation panel; and

a controller which is configured to control the second display area of the display corresponding to information on the digital
content which is displayed in the first display area, in accordance with a monitoring result indicating whether the digital
content received from the network is the linear content or the interactive content, and determine whether the interactive
content is within an appreciation term or out of the appreciation term in case that the digital content is interactive;

wherein the controller is further configured to control the second display area of the display to automatically display the
linear content operation panel to accept the user operation when the digital content received from the network is the linear
content, and the linear content operation panel only has operation keys usable to operate the linear content,

wherein the controller is further configured to control the second display area of the display to automatically display the
interactive content operation panel to accept the user operation only when the digital content received from the network is
the interactive content and the interactive content is within the appreciation term, and the interactive content operation
panel only has operation keys usable to operate the interactive content, and

wherein either the linear content operation panel or the interactive content operation panel is displayed alternatively to
accept the user operation in the second display area.

US Pat. No. 9,578,369

PORTABLE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTENT DISPLAY SYSTEM AND CONTENT DISPLAY METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An information processing apparatus for displaying a content acquired via the internet, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a communication unit arranged to conduct communication with a mobile terminal;
a display unit arranged to display a video content; and
a control unit arranged to control the display unit,
wherein the control unit is arranged to:
control the display unit to display a first video content;
control the display unit to terminate displaying of the first video content and to start displaying a second video content
acquired via the internet when the communication unit receives first information from the mobile terminal, wherein the second
video content is a same video content as a video content displayed on the mobile terminal before the mobile terminal sends
the first information to the information processing apparatus, and wherein a state of displaying of the video content on the
mobile terminal at a time when the first information is sent from the mobile terminal is taken over to a state of displaying
of the second video content on the display unit at a time when the display unit starts displaying the second video content,
based on the first information;

control displaying of the second video content on the display unit based on second information for operating the second video
content displayed on the display unit when the communication unit receives the second information from the mobile terminal;
and

control the display unit to terminate displaying of the second video content when the communication unit receives third information
from the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,565,388

VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video display device comprising:
a video input unit;
a first Retinex processing unit which performs a first Retinex process on a video input from the video input unit;
a second Retinex processing unit which performs a second Retinex process, which is different from the first Retinex process,
on the video input from the video input unit;

a video composing unit which composes a video processed by the first Retinex processing unit and a video processed by the
second Retinex processing unit in accordance with a feature of the video input from the video input unit; and

a display unit which displays the composed video composed by the video composing unit,
wherein the display unit displays a setting menu screen, and
wherein, on the setting menu screen, a setting item is displayed to switch a video display state of the display unit among
at least two display states of:

a first state in which a video subjected to the first Retinex process and a video subjected to the second Retinex process
are subjected to video composition is displayed,

a second state in which a video subjected not to the second Retinex process, but the subject to the first Retinex process
is displayed,

a third state in which a video subjected not to the first Retinex process, but subject to the second Retinex process is displayed,
and

a fourth state in which a video subjected to neither the first Retinex process nor the second Retinex process is displayed.
US Pat. No. 9,537,139

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE FOR NON-AQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY, AND A NON-AQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL LTD., Osa...

1. A negative electrode for non-aqueous secondary battery, comprising:
a negative electrode active material, comprising
a composite consisting of SiOx, wherein atom ratio x of O to Si is 0.5?x?1.5, and a carbon material, and

graphite, and
wherein the graphite has an average particle diameter dg (?m) of 4 to 20 ?m,
wherein the SiOx has an average particle diameter ds (?m) of 1 ?m or more,

wherein a ratio ds/dg is 0.05 to 1,
wherein the SiOx has a crystallite diameter of 50 nm or less, the crystallite diameter is obtained from a half width at a (220) plane of Si
obtained by an X-ray diffraction method, using Scherrer Formula,

wherein in 100 mass % of the composite, a ratio of the SiOx is 70 to 95 mass %.

US Pat. No. 9,443,546

MAGNETIC TAPE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A magnetic tape having an entire thickness of from 2 ?m to 8 ?m produced by cutting a magnetic sheet with a wide breadth
into a tape with a predetermined width using a cutting device, wherein the magnetic sheet comprises a magnetic layer with
a thickness of 10 to 300 nm containing magnetic powder and a binder formed on one surface of a non-magnetic substrate, and
a primer layer comprising inorganic powder and a binder having a thickness of 0.1 ?m to 3.0 ?m between said magnetic layer
and said non-magnetic substrate, and wherein a center line average height (Ra) along a roughness curve of a cut edge of the
magnetic tape in a thickness direction is from 0.09 to 0.23 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,392,321

VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR DEMULTIPLEXING RECEIVED COMPRESSED AND NON-COMPRESSED VIDEO SIGNALS AND TRANSMITTING DEMULTIPLEXED SIGNALS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A display device comprising:
a receiving and sending unit configured to connect with an external device through a predetermined interface cable for transmitting
both of a compressed video signal and a non-compressed video signal, to send the compressed video signal to the external device
through the predetermined interface cable, and to receive the non-compressed video signal from the external device through
the predetermined interface cable; and

a display unit configured to display an image represented by the non-compressed video signal which is received by the receiving
and sending unit from the external device through the predetermined interface cable;

wherein the non-compressed video signal received by the receiving and sending unit is decoded by the external device based
on the compressed video signal which is sent through the predetermined interface cable,

wherein the receiving and sending unit is configured to execute a process to send the compressed video signal to the external
device, a process to receive the non-compressed video signal from the external device, and a process to receive a reference
clock from the external device, and

wherein the reference clock received by the receiving and sending unit is used for the process to receive the non-compressed
video signal at the receiving and sending unit.

US Pat. No. 9,231,272

ELECTRODE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A method for producing an electrode consisting of an active material-containing single layer, comprising the steps of:
forming an electrode precursor including an active material-containing layer by uniformly applying a paint for forming an
active material-containing layer once to one side or both sides of a current collector so that an active material-containing
single precursor layer having a uniform porosity is formed on one side or both sides of the current collector, and then drying
the active material-containing single precursor layer internally with an infrared heater including a filament-type heating
element; and

compressing the electrode precursor,
wherein when the surface of the current collector on which the active material-containing single layer is formed is given
as a first datum,

the active material-containing single layer is marked off every 5 ?m from the first datum by planes parallel to the first
datum, and the plane parallel to and located 5 ?m from the first datum is given as a second datum,

the average porosity of a part of the active material-containing single layer located 5 to 10 ?m from the first datum is given
as Va %, and the highest of average porosities measured every 5 ?m range between the second datum and the surface of the active
material-containing single layer not opposing the current collector is given as Vm %, the active material-containing single
layer is formed in the electrode precursor forming step so that the following formulae (1) and (2) hold:

Va?16%  (1)

Va/Vm?0.98  (2).

US Pat. No. 9,743,034

VIDEO TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING DEVICE AND VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A video transmitting/receiving device comprising:
a receiving unit which receives video content;
a converting unit which performs predetermined conversion on a video signal included in the video content;
an information adding unit which adds a complement signal to the video signal converted by the converting unit;
an input/output unit which inputs information of an external device and outputs the video signal; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit performs control to select and output one of the video signal before performing the conversion by
the converting unit, the video signal which has been converted by the converting unit, and the video signal to which the complement
signal has been added by the information adding unit, in accordance with device information of the external device serving
as an output destination, which is obtained by the input/output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,661,363

RECEIVER SET, INFORMATION APPARATUS AND RECEIVING SYSTEM

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A data distribution apparatus communicatively connected with a plurality of connection equipment, comprising:
a distributer distributing data, simultaneously, to the plurality of connection equipment;
a memory storing a limiting number for limiting the plurality of connection equipment, to which the data can be distributed
from the distributer;

a receiver receiving a signal for requesting distribution of the data from the plurality of connection equipment; and
a distribution controller, communicatively connected to the data distribution apparatus, controlling distribution of the data
to a connection equipment sending out a data distribution requesting signal when receiving the data distribution requesting
signal from the plurality of connection equipment, depending upon a distribution condition of the data to the connection equipment
other than the plurality of connection equipment which send out the data distribution requesting signal,

wherein the distribution controller determines a number of the plurality of connection equipment data,
wherein the distribution controller makes a decision based on whether the plurality of connection equipment are authenticated
to be regular connection equipment and whether the number of the plurality of connection equipment under a distribution of
data is equal to or smaller than the limiting number, when receiving the data distribution requesting signal from the connection
equipment,

wherein the data is distributed from the distributer, simultaneously, to the plurality of connection equipment using a result
of the decision, and

wherein the data is not distributed by the receiver during the distribution of data from the distributer to the connection
equipment, thereby controlling the distribution of data to the connection equipment sending out the data distribution requesting
signal by using a result of the decision.

US Pat. No. 9,648,291

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A light source device comprising:
first and second light sources which generate blue laser light as excitation light;
a phosphor which is excited by the excitation light from the first and second light sources to generate yellow fluorescent
light; and

a mirror which guides the excitation light from the first and second light sources to the phosphor and transmits the fluorescent
light from the phosphor,

wherein the mirror includes a first region which reflects the excitation light and transmits the fluorescent light and a second
region which transmits the fluorescent light and diffused excitation light which is diffused and reflected in the phosphor,
and

wherein the first region is installed corresponding to a first portion on which the excitation light from the first light
source is incident and a second portion on which the excitation light from the second light source is incident.

US Pat. No. 9,618,175

VEHICLE LAMP HAVING A LASER EMITTING ELEMENT

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A vehicle lamp which emits illumination light by using laser light as excitation light, comprising:
a semiconductor light-emitting element emitting laser light;
a phosphor which receives the laser light emitted from the semiconductor light-emitting element as excitation light to emit
visible light;

a reflector which is disposed to face the phosphor from the rear side to the lower side thereof and reflects the visible light
emitted from the phosphor forward to emit illumination light; and

an absorbing member which is disposed on the back of the phosphor and absorbs, of the excitation light, excitation light regularly
reflected by a surface of the phosphor, wherein

the phosphor is formed on a metal plate, the metal plate has a surface which is inclined to cause the excitation light regularly
reflected by the surface of the phosphor to be incident on the absorbing member, and

the phosphor and an incident portion of the absorbing member, which receives the regularly reflected excitation light, are
disposed at a position higher in a vertical direction than that of an upper end portion of the reflector.

US Pat. No. 9,459,448

BEAM SCANNING TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A beam scanning type display apparatus which performs an image display on a screen by two-dimensionally scanning a beam
light from a light source, comprising:
a light source driving unit that drives the light source;
a reflection angle variable mirror that performs beam scanning by reflecting a beam light from the light source;
at least two light detectors which detect a light amount of screen reflection light of the beam light, the light detectors
being disposed at a predetermined distance in a beam scanning direction of the reflection angle variable mirror, the at least
two light detectors being disposed at opposite sides of a scanning direction of an emitting unit that emits a beam light reflected
by the reflection angle variable mirror;

a distortion correction calculation unit that obtains a drive correction value of the reflection angle variable mirror by
calculating an irradiation distance to an irradiation point and a screen inclination of the irradiation point, from the light
amount of the reflection light which is detected by the light detectors at two different scanning timings and a mirror inclination
angle of the reflection angle variable mirror at this time; and

a mirror driving unit that controls an inclination angle of the reflection angle variable mirror by the drive correction value,
wherein the drive correction value is obtained at a plurality of timings of a scanning period of beam light, and the beam
light is scanned by the reflection angle variable mirror controlled based on the drive correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,428,660

OIL-BASED INK COMPOSITION

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. An oil-based ink composition for ink jet printing comprising a colorant, an organic solvent, a polymeric compound and a
pigment dispersant, wherein
an amount of the organic solvent is from 30 to 99% by weight based on the total weight of the ink composition;
an amount of the polymeric compound is from 5 to 200% by weight based on the weight of the colorant;
an amount of the pigment dispersant is from 5 to 150% by weight based on the weight of the colorant;
the ink composition has a surface tension of 20 to 35 mN/m at 25° C.;
the ink composition has a viscosity of 2 to 20 cp at 25° C.; and
pH of the aqueous phase is from 5.5 to 8.0 when ions in the ink composition are transferred to water, which pH is obtained
by adding 15 parts by weight of the oil-based ink composition to 85 parts by weight of ultrapure water, stirring the mixture,
filtrating the mixture to obtain a filtrate, and measuring pH of the filtrate.

US Pat. No. 9,424,875

CONTENT-RECEIVING DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Ib...

1. A content receiver apparatus comprising:
a meta information acquiring unit that acquires meta-information which is attribute information of the contents;
a license information acquiring unit that acquires output license information describing output requirements of the contents;
and

an output unit that outputs the contents to an external device via a network,
wherein:
the meta-information has output times information showing times in which the contents can be output to the external device;
the output license information has usage time limit information indicating a usage time limit of the contents in an output
destination; and

the output unit executes output of the contents based on times indicated by the output times information, acquires the usage
time limit information from the output license information for the contents and sets the acquired usage time limit information
in a management information storing area in the external device,

wherein:
the management information storing area is a tamper resistant area;
the license information acquiring unit acquires playback license information describing a playback condition of the contents;
the playback license information has playback time limit information indicating a time limit during which a playback of the
contents is allowed by the content receiver apparatus;

the output license information further has body watching/listening time period matching information indicating whether the
usage time limit, indicated by the usage time limit information, of the contents in the output destination is made to match
with the time limit, indicated by the playback time limit information, during which the playback of the contents is allowed
by the content receiver apparatus; and

the output unit executes (a) or (b) below, in case of executing output of the contents, based on times indicated by the output
times information:

(a) in a case of indicating that the body watching/listening time period matching information is made to match, acquiring
the playback time limit information from the playback license information for the contents and setting the acquired playback
time limit information in the tamper resistant area in the external device, and

(b) in a case of not indicating that the body watching/listening time period matching information is made to match, acquiring
the usage time limit information from the output license information for the contents and setting the acquired usage time
limit information in the tamper resistant area in the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,414,084

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image by executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting,

wherein the information includes information indicating a direction of the flip of the partial area of the image and information
indicating a position of the flipped partial area, and

wherein the information indicating the direction of the flip includes vertical flipping,
wherein a scanning direction for a flipped partial area can be the same direction as a non-flipped partial area.

US Pat. No. 9,899,640

FLAT-SHAPED BATTERY

MAXELL HOLDINGS, LTD., K...

1. A flat-shaped battery comprising:
an outer can that is open upward;
a sealing can that is open downward; and
a gasket that is placed between the outer can and the sealing can to seal a space between them,
wherein the outer can comprises a base plate and a cylindrical surrounding wall, and the base plate comprises a recess where
a central portion of the base plate curves downward, and an annular peripheral portion surrounding the recess,

the surrounding wall of the outer can comprises a straight portion that extends upward and perpendicular to the base plate,
the sealing can comprises a housing in the form of an inverted dish, a flange that projects outward from a lower end of an
opening of the housing, and a single outer surrounding wall without folding that extends downward from an outside edge of
the flange so as to be perpendicular to the flange,

the outer surrounding wall of the sealing can is arranged perpendicular to the base plate of the outer can and is tapered
so that a thickness of the outer surrounding wall of the sealing can becomes smaller toward an opening of the sealing can,

the gasket comprises a base that receives a lower end of the outer surrounding wall of the sealing can, and an outer cylindrical
wall that extends upward from the base and is disposed between the surrounding wall of the outer can and the outer surrounding
wall of the sealing can, and the base of the gasket is in direct contact with the base plate of the outer can,

the surrounding wall of the outer can has a curved edge such that the surrounding wall at an opening of the outer can is bent
toward an axis of the outer can and positioned laterally with respect to the outer surrounding wall of the sealing can,

the curved edge presses an upper end of the outer cylindrical wall of the gasket against an upper end of the outer surrounding
wall of the sealing can,

an end position of the curved edge of the surrounding wall of the outer can is located closer to the axis of the outer can
than an inner surface of the outer surrounding wall of the sealing can,

a lateral distance from a first virtual extension surface of the inner surface of the outer surrounding wall of the sealing
can to the end position of the curved edge is set within a range of 10% to 300% of a thickness of the outer surrounding wall
of the sealing can, and

at a point on a curve where a second virtual extension surface of an outer surface of the outer surrounding wall of the sealing
can intersects an outer surface of the surrounding wall of the outer can, an inclination angle between the second virtual
extension surface and a tangential virtual plane contacting the point is set within a range of 65° to 105° when the angle
is measured from the second virtual extension surface upward.

US Pat. No. 9,848,185

VIDEO DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY DEVICE AND SOURCE DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A video display system comprising:
a source device that reproduces and outputs content through an HDMI cable; and
a display device that displays the content output from the source device through the HDMI cable,
wherein, when the display device receives a 3D content from the source device through the HDMI cable and changes from a 2D
displaying state to a 3D displaying state, the display device provides a guidance to prompt a user to make preparations for
viewing the 3D content and transmits a message for halting reproduction of the 3D content to the source device through the
HDMI cable,

after the source device receives the message for halting reproduction of the 3D content from the display, the source device
halts reproduction of the 3D contents,

after being instructed or operated to reproduce the 3D content by a user after the source device halts the reproduction of
the 3D content by the message for halting reproduction of 3D content, the display device transmits a message for reproducing
the 3D content to the source device through the HDMI cable, and

after the source device receives the message for reproducing the 3D content from the display device, the source device reproduces
and outputs the 3D content to the display device through the HDMI cable.

US Pat. No. 9,746,931

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An image display device comprising:
a display that displays an image based on an input image signal and a menu screen operable by a user; and
a system controller circuitry that controls the image display device according to an operation of the user on the menu screen
displayed on the display,

wherein the menu screen includes a first menu screen displayed on one of the left and right of a screen of the display and
a second menu screen displayed on the other,

the system controller circuitry is configured to detect a position of a hand of the user based on a captured image of the
user, recognize a gesture of the user, and determine an operation on the menu screen by the gesture,

when the operation on the menu screen is performed by the gesture, the system controller circuitry is further configured to
control the display to display the first menu screen in response to a detection of the hand of the user to be positioned on
one of the left and right with respect to a predetermined reference position, to display the second menu screen in response
to a detection of the hand of the user to be positioned on the other of the left and right, and to display neither the first
menu screen nor the second menu screen when the hand of the user is detected neither on the one nor on the other,

wherein a control operation of the first menu screen in response to the hand of the user on one of the left and right is different
from a control operation of the second menu screen in response to the hand of the user on the other of the left and right,

wherein the system controller circuitry controls the display to display an indicator which indicates a relative position of
the hand of the user with respect to the predetermined reference position and moves on the screen of the display according
to a position of the hand of the user, and

wherein the system controller circuitry further controls the first menu screen to be active when the indicator is displayed
on the one of the left and right of the screen of the display in a state of displaying the first menu screen, and controls
the second menu screen to be active when the indicator is displayed on the other of the left and right of the screen of the
display in a state of displaying the second menu screen.

US Pat. No. 9,749,675

DIGITAL CONTENTS RECEIVER, DIGITAL CONTENTS RECEIVING METHOD AND DIGITAL CONTENTS TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A content outputting apparatus comprising:
a network interface configured to receive video content and content information including information which identifies whether
video content to be transmitted via network for next viewing by a viewer includes three-dimensional video content;

a video processing unit configured to change video processing of video content, and
an outputting unit configured to output video content in three-dimensional viewing format or in two-dimensional viewing format,
wherein,

in response to determining that the received content information indicates that the video content to be transmitted for next
viewing includes three-dimensional video content, the outputting unit is configured to output indication information indicating
the video content to be transmitted for next viewing includes three-dimensional video content, and requesting viewer-determination
of whether the video content to be transmitted for next viewing is to be viewed in three-dimensional view or in two-dimensional
view, and

the video processing unit configured to change video processing of the video content to be viewed next according to the viewer-determination.

US Pat. No. 9,432,681

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF USING INTER-CODED PREDICTIVE ENCODING CODE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A decoding method for decoding a signal of an intra-coded image, the decoding method comprising:
a determination step of determining whether a partial area of the image has been converted in an up-down symmetry conversion
mode to flip the partial area of the image vertically or in a right-left symmetry conversion mode to flip the partial area
of the image horizontally with reference to information sent together with the signal of the image; and

a decoded image creation step of creating a decoded image by executing conversion associated with a conversion mode determined
in the determination step after intra-coded predicting,

wherein the information includes information indicating a direction of the flip of the partial area of the image and information
indicating a position of the flipped partial area,

wherein a size of the flipped partial area is larger than a block unit, and
wherein the information indicating the direction of the flip includes vertical flipping,
wherein a scanning direction for a flipped partial area can be the same direction as a non-flipped partial area.

US Pat. No. 9,673,446

LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY CONTAINING A NEGATIVE ELECTRODE MATERIAL LAYER CONTAINING SI AND O AS CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A lithium ion secondary battery comprising a positive electrode having a positive electrode material mixture layer, a negative
electrode, a separator and a nonaqueous electrolyte containing at least an electrolyte salt and an organic solvent,
wherein the negative electrode has a negative electrode material mixture layer that comprises as a negative electrode active
material a composite of a material containing Si and O as constituent elements and a carbon material,

wherein an atomic ratio x of O to Si is 0.5?x?1.5,
the nonaqueous electrolyte contains the electrolyte salt at a concentration of higher than 1.2 mol/L and has a conductivity
at 25° C. of 6.5 to 12.2 mS/cm,

a relationship of A/B?4 is satisfied when A (mA) indicates a current value for discharging a capacity of the lithium ion secondary
battery in an hour and B (cm2) indicates an opposed area between the positive electrode material mixture layer and the negative electrode material mixture
layer, and

the nonaqueous electrolyte further contains 4-fluoro-1,3-dioxolan-2-one as halogen-substituted cyclic carbonate, and at least
one selected from dimethyl carbonate and diethyl carbonate as chain carbonate.

US Pat. No. 9,640,144

PROJECTOR, FIGURE INPUT/DISPLAY APPARATUS, PORTABLE TERMINAL, AND PROGRAM

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projector capable of communicating with a plurality of portable terminals, comprising:
a network communication unit that transmits/receives data to/from the plurality of portable terminals; and
a CPU that performs a processing of analyzing data received from the plurality of portable terminals and generating a display
image,

a projection unit that displays the generated display image,
wherein data on a character and a figure received by the network communication unit from the plurality of portable terminals
has two types of drawing line-type data for drawing the character and the figure and eraser line segment data for deleting
line-type data of the character and the figure,

the network communication unit receives data on a character and a figure received from one portable terminal of the plurality
of portable terminals, the CPU analyzes attribute information indicating coordinates of a start point and an end point of
a line segment for the character and the figure and including information indicating that a drawing line is either a drawing
line type or an eraser line segment to generate the display image, contained in the received data, the projection unit displays
the display image, and the network communication unit transmits the data on the character and the figure received from the
one portable terminal to other portable terminal of the plurality of portable terminals,

based on the data on the character and the figure which is the eraser line segment data subsequently received from the one
portable terminal, the CPU deletes line-type data of the character and the figure in the display image drawn based on the
data on the character and the figure which is the drawing line-type data previously acquired from the other portable terminal
of the plurality of portable terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,591,261

VIDEO TELEPHONE DEVICE AND VIDEO TELEPHONE PROCESSING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video telephone device, comprising:
an imaging unit that images an image;
an image processing unit that generates image information including the image imaged by the imaging unit;
a communication unit that transmits the image information generated by the image processing unit to another video telephone
device and receives image information including an image imaged by an imaging unit of the other video telephone device;

a display unit that displays the image information from the other video telephone device received by the communication unit;
an individual information storage unit that stores account information identifying members who are able to perform a call
using the video telephone device and/or the other video telephone device, member information of the members registered in
association with the account information, speaker recognition information for recognizing a speaker using the video telephone
device and a speaker using the other video telephone device, and individual setting information according to a combination
of the member of the video telephone device and the member of the other video telephone device;

a speaker recognizing unit that recognizes the speaker using the video telephone device and the speaker using the other video
telephone device based on the speaker recognition information stored in the individual information storage unit; and

a control unit that sets the image information to be transmitted to the other video telephone device through the communication
unit or a display of the image information to be displayed on the display unit based on a recognition result of the speaker
recognizing unit and the individual setting information stored in the individual information storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,581,795

PROJECTION-TYPE VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection-type video display device comprising:
a lens group which is disposed in a light propagation direction with respect to a video display element and includes a plurality
of lenses;

a first free-form-surface lens which is disposed in the light propagation direction with respect to the lens group;
a second free-form-surface lens which is disposed in the light propagation direction with respect to the first free-form-surface
lens; and

a free-form-surface mirror which reflects light emitted from the second free-form-surface lens to project the light on a screen
in an inclined manner,

wherein the lens group includes, in order from a side close to the video display element, a first lens which has positive
refractive power and a bi-convex shape of which a small radius of curvature is oriented toward the side close to the video
display element, a second lens which has an aspherical shape, a third lens which has positive refractive power and a bi-convex
shape, a fourth lens which has negative refractive power and a bi-concave shape, a fifth lens which has positive refractive
power and a bi-convex shape, a sixth lens which has positive refractive power and a bi-convex shape of which a small radius
of curvature is oriented toward a magnification side, a seventh lens which has negative refractive power and an aspherical
meniscus shape of which a convex surface is oriented toward a reduction side, an eighth lens which has negative refractive
power and a bi-concave shape, a ninth lens which has positive refractive power and a bi-convex shape of which a small radius
of curvature is oriented toward the magnification side, and a tenth lens which has negative refractive power and an aspherical
meniscus shape of which a convex surface is oriented toward the magnification side,

wherein the third, fourth, and fifth lenses constitute a cemented triplet lens, and
wherein the first and second free-form-surface lenses have a meniscus lens shape of which a convex surface is oriented toward
the magnification side.

US Pat. No. 9,538,115

OPERATION CONTROLLING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An operation controlling apparatus, for executing operation controlling for equipment, comprising:
a command management portion configured to manage control commands corresponding to a plural number of control items;
an image producing portion configured to produce images corresponding to the plural number of control items;
a display portion configured to display the image produced by the image producing portion on a movable surface;
a distance detector portion configured to detect distance between the image producing portion and the movable surface;
a motion detector portion configured to detect movement of the movable surface; and
a controller portion,
wherein a range in a predetermined distance from the image producing portion is divided into a plurality of areas,
wherein the controller portion is configured to manage correspondence between the plurality of the areas and predetermined
numbers of the control items selected from the plurality of control items by an operator, and

wherein the controller portion determines the control item corresponding to the area that includes the distance detected by
the distance detector portion when the motion detector portion detects a predetermined movement of the movable surface and
executes the control command corresponding to the determined control item by using the command management portion.

US Pat. No. 10,025,430

PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, MANIPULATION DETECTION DEVICE AND PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Maxell, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A projection type image display device that projects anddisplays an image, the projection type image display device comprising:an image projecting unit that projects an image;at least one or more lighting units that illuminates (or irradiates) an illuminating light that is different from the projection light from the image projecting unit onto a manipulation surface which at least partially overlaps an image projection surface onto which the image projecting unit projects an image;
an image capture unit that captures an image of the manipulation surface;
a first detection unit that performs a first detection process to detect the position where a first object being manipulated that emits light from a distal end, contacts the manipulation surface;
a second detection unit that performs a second detection process to detect the position that a second object being manipulated that does not emit light, contacts the manipulation surface, and that is different from the first detection process;
a control unit that controls the operation of the projection type image display device, to change at least a part of the image that is projected by the image projecting unit based on detection results from the first detection unit or the second detection unit,
wherein the control unit performs control to notify of a change in the state:
when changing from the state where both the first detection unit and the second detection unit can perform detection, to a state where either one of the first detection unit or the second detection unit cannot perform detection; and
when changing from the state where either one of the first detection unit or the second detection unit cannot perform detection to a state where both the first detection unit and the second detection unit can perform detection, and
wherein the control unit performs control to notify of a change in the state by utilizing the light emitted by the first object being manipulated.

US Pat. No. 9,846,354

PROJECTION VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE WITH RAISABLE/LOWERABLE MIRROR

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection video display device which enlarges and projects an image from an image-displaying means, comprising:
a housing which encloses a power supply, a light source, and a lens unit which guides light from the light source to the image-displaying
means and, after that, enlarges the light; and

a raisable/lowerable mirror which covers a projection-light opening formed on a top surface of the housing, is installed to
be rotatable with respect to the housing, and has a convex mirror on an inside surface thereof,

wherein, when the raisable/lowerable mirror covers the top surface of the housing, a top surface of the projection video display
device becomes a convexly curved surface which is smoothly connected with no height difference in an up/down direction between
an edge of the raisable/lowerable mirror and a front edge of the opening, and a half-bowl-shaped concavity is formed on at
least one side surface in a rotation shaft direction of the raisable/lowerable mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,832,473

MOVING PICTURE ENCODING METHOD AND DECODING METHOD WITH MOTION VECTORS OF BLOCKS ADJACENT TO TARGET BLOCKS AND MOTION VECTORS AT A SAME POSITION TO TARGET BLOCKS IN OTHER FRAMES

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A method for decoding a moving picture included in a coded stream, comprising:
a first step to determine whether a prediction mode of a target block is a prediction mode in which a motion vector is not
transmitted from an encoding side to a decoding side or not, based on information included in the coded stream; and

a second step to execute a decoding process when the prediction mode of the target block is determined as the prediction mode
in which the motion vector is not transmitted from the encoding side to the decoding side,

wherein a determining method of the motion vector used in the second step is selected from among a plurality of determining
methods based on a flag for selecting the determining method of the motion vector in the prediction mode in which the motion
vector is not transmitted and based on whether a plurality of adjacent blocks adjacent to the target block are located outside
of a picture to be decoded or not,

wherein the plurality of determining methods include at least: a first method to select one motion vector as the vector used
in the second step from among motion vectors used in the plurality of adjacent blocks adjacent to the target block, a second
method to select a zero vector used in the second step, and a third method to calculate the motion vector used in the second
step based on another motion vector used in a block that is located at a same position as the target block in another frame
positioned backward of a frame including the target block, and

wherein a zero vector can be selected as the vector used in the second step even if an adjacent block directly adjacent to
the target block at left side is located inside of the picture to be decoded, which has a motion vector that is not a zero
vector, and all the adjacent blocks adjacent to the target block at an upper side are located outside of the picture to be
decoded.

US Pat. No. 9,819,018

LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A lithium ion secondary battery, comprising a positive electrode, a negative electrode, a separator and a nonaqueous electrolyte
liquid,
wherein the positive electrode comprises:
a first positive electrode material in which a surface of particles of a positive electrode active material is coated with
an Al-containing oxide, wherein a coating of the Al-containing oxide has an average coating thickness of 5 to 50 nm,

wherein the positive electrode active material contained in the positive electrode material comprises a lithium cobalt oxide
comprising at least one element selected from the group consisting of Mg, Zr, Ni, Mn, Ti and Al; and

a second positive electrode material comprising a lithium nickel oxide comprising Co and Al,
wherein the negative electrode comprises a material S including SiOx (0.5?x?1.5) as a negative electrode active material,

wherein in 100 mass % of a total of the negative electrode active material included in the negative electrode, the materials
S is included in the negative electrode active material at a content from 10 mass % to 100 mass %.

US Pat. No. 9,794,629

PORTABLE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTENT DISPLAY SYSTEM AND CONTENT DISPLAY METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A display apparatus for displaying video content acquired from a television broadcast and for displaying video content
acquired from the internet, the display apparatus comprising:
a digital television broadcast receiver;
a signal separator which conducts de-multiplexing video data and audio data from a signal;
a processor which converts a format of video data;
a processor which converts a format of audio data;
a network communication module which connects to the internet;
a display panel; and
a controller configured to:
control the display panel to display a first video content acquired via a digital television broadcast;
receive from an external mobile terminal an identifier for identifying a second video content;
control the display panel to display the second video content acquired using the identifier; and
receive display state information from the external mobile terminal,
wherein the controller controls the display panel to terminate display of the first video content before the controller controls
the display panel to start displaying the second video content.

US Pat. No. 9,781,415

IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE ENCODING DEVICE, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND IMAGE DECODING DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An image decoding method for decoding a coded stream including encoded picture, comprising:
a first step for determining a motion vector of a target block to be decoded, by selecting a motion vector among motion vectors
of candidate blocks including adjacent blocks adjacent to the target block to be decoded, according to coding mode information
obtained from the coded stream; and

a second step for generating a prediction image by using the motion vector of the target block to be decoded and a reference
picture, wherein, in a motion vector selection process of the first step, candidate blocks are selected among first blocks
adjacent to the target block to be decoded in the same frame as the target block to be decoded and a second block located
at the same position of the target block to be decoded in a different frame from the target block to be decoded,

and wherein, in the motion vector selection process of the first step:
excluding a block located on the upper side of the target block to be decoded in the first blocks from the candidate blocks
in the case that the block located on the upper side of the target block to be decoded has the same motion vector as a block
located on the left side of the target block in the first blocks,

excluding a non-referenceable block in the first blocks from the candidate blocks in the case that the first blocks have a
non-referenceable block, and

adding another block or blocks to the candidate blocks, wherein the number of blocks to be added is changed based on the number
of blocks that have been selected as candidate blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,721,462

TERMINAL DEVICE AND REMOTE CONTROL METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A terminal device that remotely controls a plurality of electric equipment, the terminal device comprising:
a position information acquiring unit that acquires position information of the terminal device;
a height information acquiring unit that acquires height information of the terminal device;
an azimuth detecting unit that detects an azimuth toward which the terminal device is placed;
an inclination detecting unit that detects an inclination of the terminal device;
a storage unit that stores position information and height information of the plural electric equipment acquired from the
electric plural equipment; and

a control unit that remotely controls an electric equipment selected from the plural electric equipment,
wherein the control unit is programmed to:
calculate azimuths of the plural electric equipment toward the terminal device based on the position information of the terminal
device acquired by the position information acquiring unit and the position information of the plural electric equipment stored
in the storage unit;

calculate inclinations of the plural electric equipment toward the terminal device based on the height information of the
terminal device acquired by the height information acquiring unit and the height information of the plural electric equipment
stored in the storage unit; and

compare the calculated azimuths of the plural electric equipment with the azimuth toward which the terminal device is placed,
compare the calculated inclinations of the plural electric equipment with the inclination of the terminal device, and select
the electric equipment having the respective azimuth within a predetermined azimuth range of the azimuth of the terminal device
and the respective inclination within a predetermined inclination range of the inclination of the terminal device as the electric
equipment to be remotely controlled.

US Pat. No. 9,706,202

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An image decoding method that decodes an image by performing prediction processing, comprising:
a prediction mode selection step, which selects one of a plurality of prediction modes for the prediction processing; and
a prediction step, which performs the prediction processing of the prediction mode selected at the prediction mode selection
step, wherein the prediction modes selectable at the prediction mode selection step include:

a first intra prediction mode in which first reference pixels are generated employing pixels within a decoded block adjacent
to one of left and upper sides of a target block to be decoded, and prediction pixels are generated through computation employing
values of decoded second reference pixels adjacent to one of the upper and left sides of the target block to be decoded which
is a different side from the first reference pixels and values of the first reference pixels; and

a second intra prediction mode which is different from the first intra prediction mode and in which prediction pixels are
generated employing values of the decoded pixels adjacent to the target block to be decoded,

wherein there is a state in the first intra prediction mode in which calculation processing of values of the prediction pixels
employing the computation is feasible for any pixels excepting all boundary pixels located at a right end of the target block
to be decoded within the target block to be decoded,

wherein the prediction pixels are generated through computation employing interpolation processing between the values of the
second reference pixels and the values of the first reference pixels in the first intra prediction mode, and

wherein a processing order of the target block to be decoded does not change irrespectively of whether the first intra prediction
mode or the second intra prediction mode is selected at the prediction mode selection step.

US Pat. No. 9,661,323

METHOD OF ENCODING PICTURE AND PICTURE ENCODING DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A method of generating an encoded moving picture, the method comprising:
a quantization parameter determination step of determining a quantization parameter;
an encoding step of encoding a moving picture using the determined quantization parameter and generating an encoded bit; and
an outputting step of outputting the encoded bit generated in the encoding step,
wherein, in an encoded stream output in the outputting step in a predetermined section unit smaller than one frame, an amount
of generated bits larger than a first amount of bits corresponding to a predetermined bitrate is tolerated, and in each section
of the predetermined section unit, a difference between the amount of generated bits and the first amount of bits is a second
amount of bits or less,

wherein the second amount of bits is a product of the predetermined bitrate and a predetermined delay time.

US Pat. No. 9,576,063

DOWNLOAD CONTROL DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A download control apparatus for downloading content, comprising:
a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing instructions that when executed by the processor cause
the processor to execute:

a receiving unit adapted to receive download control meta information that includes meta location information indicating a
location of the download control meta information, content location information indicating a location of a first content,
and update check information indicating whether or not to check for an update to the download control meta information that
is located at the location indicated in the meta location information, and to receive the first content from the location
indicated by the content location information; and

an update check unit adapted to:
in a case where the update check information indicates to check for an update to the download control meta information that
is located at the location indicated in the meta location information, check whether the download control meta information
in the location indicated by the meta location information has been updated, and when the download control meta information
that is located at the location indicated in the meta location information has been updated and when information of a second
content has been added in the updated download control meta information, direct the receiving unit to receive the second content
indicated in the updated download control meta information.

US Pat. No. 9,557,462

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An optical element that functions as a polarizing filter, the optical element comprising:
(a) a substrate transparent to an electromagnetic wave incident thereon; and
(b) a plurality of metal wires formed on a principal surface of the substrate, arranged at first period intervals in a first
direction, and extend in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,

wherein among the plurality of metal wires, at least part of the metal wires has a plurality of gaps formed at second period
intervals in the second direction and extending to the substrate, and

the second period interval between the plurality of gaps is greater than or equal to ?/n, where ?, represents the wavelength
of the electromagnetic wave and n represents the refractive index of the substrate;

wherein each of the metal wires that have the plurality of gaps formed therein is called a split wire,
each of the metal wires that do not have the plurality of gaps formed therein is called a straight wire, and
the straight wire is disposed between a first split wire and a second split wire adjacent to the first split wire, the straight
wire being formed of a single straight wire having a substantially similar length as the first split wire and the second split
wire.

US Pat. No. 9,544,555

PROJECTION-TYPE VIDEO-IMAGE-DISPLAYING DEVICE

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A projection-type video-image-displaying device comprising:
a light source which radiates white light;
a light-collecting optical element which collects light from the light source and emits the light;
a rotary color filter which is disposed near an emitting surface of the light-collecting optical element and has a plurality
of types of filters for selectively transmitting or reflecting light of a specific color in a predetermined order from white
light which is emitted from the emitting surface of the light-collecting optical element;

a light modulation element which has a plurality of pixels and which modulates incident light in accordance with an image
signal and performs an image display;

an illumination optical element which collects emitted light from the rotary color filter and forms illumination light for
projecting the emitted light onto the light modulation element;

a projection lens which projects an image formed by the light modulation element; and
a control device which controls a rotation of the rotary color filter to synchronize with the image display by the light modulation
element, wherein

the rotary color filter forms, on a part thereof, a light-emitting surface using light from the emitting surface of the light-collecting
optical element, the optical axis of light-collecting optical element is disposed at inclination angle in a range of 1 to
10 degrees with respect to a vertical line from a surface of the rotary color filter, and

the illumination optical element is disposed so as to have a substantially conjugate relationship with the light-emitting
surface on the rotary color filter.

US Pat. No. 9,383,634

PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH LIGHT MASKING UNIT HAVING TWO LIGHT-MASKING PLATES TO ADJUST LIGHT MASKING AMOUNT

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection type image display apparatus, comprising;
a light source which emits light;
an optical system which includes a first array lens and a second array lens;
optical elements which separates light from the optical system into 3 different lights of different color bands,
light valves, the respective light valves receives the respective 3 different lights;
a projection lens which projects lights from the light valves; and
a light-masking unit which has only two light-masking plates to be turned or moved so as to adjust a light masking amount
by masking light beams between the first array lens and the second array lens, each of the two light-masking plates includes
a flat surface to mask the light beams, light beams that are not masked by the light-masking unit are going to be separated
by the optical elements,

wherein,
the first array lens has a plurality of lens cells arranged in a first direction and a second direction, including:
1) at least one center lens cell contacting an optical axis of the light emitted from the light source,
2) at least one first adjacent lens cell adjacent to the at least one center lens cell in the first direction away from the
optical axis, and

3) at least one second adjacent lens cell adjacent to the at least one center lens cell in the second direction away from
the optical axis,

in one light-masking condition, the light-masking unit masks light beams between the first array lens and the second array
lens so that not less than 80% of the amount of light which is emitted from the light source and reaches the light valve is
masked by the two light-masking plates; both the at least one center lens cell and the at least one first adjacent lens cell
are partially light-masked and partially open; and a light masking ratio of the at least one center lens cell is different
from a light masking ratio of the at least one first adjacent lens cell.

US Pat. No. 9,906,828

VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR DEMULTIPLEXING RECEIVED COMPRESSED AND NON-COMPRESSED VIDEO SIGNALS AND TRANSMITTING DEMULTIPLEXED SIGNALS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A video signal transmission method in a video signal transmission device including a function for transmitting a video
signal via an interface having three data lines for transmitting video signal data and a clock line for transmitting a clock
signal and video signal data, the method comprising:
a first controlling step which transmits respective red, green and blue signals of video signal data to respective lines of
the three data lines and transmits a clock signal, of which a cycle is equal to 10 times a bit period of the video signal
data, to the clock line; and

a second controlling step which transmits video signal data, including a format configured to sample a clock signal, to the
three data lines and the clock line, and each line transmits one-fourth of the video signal data.

US Pat. No. 9,877,026

IMAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An on-board camera system, the system comprising:
an image transmission device that encodes an input image and outputs a bit stream; and
an image reception device that receives the bit stream and decodes the bit stream into a decoded image,
wherein the image reception device includes an image processing unit configured to perform image processing using the decoded
image,

wherein the image reception device includes a bit precision information generation unit configured to generate bit precision
information for each of a plurality of regions in the decoded image,

wherein the image transmission device includes a quantization control unit configured to control a quantization step width
in a quantization process performed by the image transmission device in accordance with the bit precision information,

wherein the bit precision information generation unit switches among a plurality of methods for generating the bit precision
information in accordance with a driving assistance system mode of the image processing unit,

wherein the bit precision information generation unit generates the bit precision information using at least one of the processing
mode and an image recognition processing result of the image processing unit,

wherein the driving assistance system mode has a plurality of modes including an overview monitor mode and a lane detection
mode, and

wherein the bit precision information generation unit switches the methods of generating the bit precision information depending
on which of the overview monitor mode and the lane detection mode currently is the driving assistance system mode of the image
processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,769,448

VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND VIDEO SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A video signal transmitting apparatus connectable to an external video signal receiving apparatus and for transmitting
video signals to the video signal receiving apparatus, the video signal transmitting apparatus comprising:
video signal output circuitry transmitting either luminance and color difference signals or R,G,B primary color signals to
the video signal receiving apparatus; and

information acquisition circuitry acquiring, from the video signal receiving apparatus, information indicating whether or
not the video signal receiving apparatus is capable of handling the luminance and color difference signals,

wherein the video signal output circuitry transmits colorimetry information on the luminance and color difference signals
to the video signal receiving apparatus if the information acquired by the information acquisition circuitry indicates that
the video signal receiving apparatus is capable of handling the luminance and color difference signals,

the video signal output circuitry transmits colorimetry information on the R,G,B primary color signals to the video signal
receiving apparatus if the information acquired by the information acquisition circuitry indicates that the video signal receiving
apparatus is not capable of handling the luminance and color difference signals, and

the luminance and color difference signals are encrypted.

US Pat. No. 9,704,389

TERMINAL DEVICE AND REMOTE CONTROL METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A terminal device having a remote control function for electric equipment, including:
a location information detection means for acquiring a present location of the terminal device;
a storage means for storing location information of the electric equipment;
a display means for displaying information;
a distance calculation means for calculating a distance between the terminal device and the electric equipment, using location
information of the terminal device which is acquired by the location information detection means and the location information
of the electric equipment which is stored in the storage means;

a switching means for performing switching in accordance with whether the electric equipment is a target device to be operated,
based on the distance calculated by the distance calculation means; and

a case position detection means for detecting a position of a case of the terminal device,
wherein electric equipment having the distance equal to or less than a predetermined value, calculated by the distance calculation
means, is displayed on the display means, and

switching of the predetermined value is performed in accordance with the position of the case of the terminal device detected
by the case position detection means.

US Pat. No. 9,699,458

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. An image decoding method that decodes an image by performing prediction processing, comprising:
a prediction mode selection step, which selects one of a plurality of prediction modes for the prediction processing; and
a prediction step, which performs the prediction processing of the prediction mode selected at the prediction mode selection
step,

wherein the prediction modes selectable at the prediction mode selection step include:
a first intra prediction mode in which first reference pixels are generated employing pixels within a decoded block adjacent
to one of left and upper sides of a target block to be decoded, and prediction pixels are generated through computation employing
values of decoded second reference pixels adjacent to one of the upper and left sides of the target block to be decoded which
is a different side from the first reference pixels and values of the first reference pixels;

a second intra prediction mode which is different from the first intra prediction mode and in which prediction pixels are
generated employing values of the decoded pixels adjacent to the target block to be decoded; and

an inter prediction mode that performs inter prediction processing, and
wherein there is a state in the first intra prediction mode in which calculation processing of values of the prediction pixels
employing the computation is feasible for any pixels excepting all boundary pixels located at a right end of the target block
to be decoded within the target block to be decoded.

US Pat. No. 9,661,101

CONTENT DELIVERY SYSTEM, DELIVERY SERVER, RECEIVING TERMINAL, AND CONTENT DELIVERY METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A content delivery system comprising: a transmitting terminal, a receiving terminal and a delivery server,
wherein the delivery server comprises a database which registers first information for identifying the transmitting terminal
and second information for identifying the receiving terminal being associated with each other, and a content storage which
stores picture contents transmitted from the transmitting terminal,

wherein, in case that the transmitting terminal transmits a new picture content to the delivery server, the receiving terminal
receives a first notice indicating that the new picture content is stored in the content storage, and

wherein the receiving terminal displays a list of the picture contents which are transmitted from the transmitting terminal
and stored in the content storage, information about a sender who transmitted listed picture contents, and a comment inputted
by the transmitting terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,118,537

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

MAXELL, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An image projection system for projecting an image on a road surface from a vehicle,comprising:
a controller configured to connect at least one of a sensor or communication circuitry and to input a signal including information related to the vehicle from the at least one of the sensor or the communication circuitry;
an image projection apparatus that comprises:
a light source configured to irradiate light;
a light modulator configured to modulate the light from the light source based on the information related to the vehicle input by the controller and generate an information image; and
a projection optical system configured to project the information image generated by the light modulator on a road surface; and
a camera configured to image an outside of the vehicle,
wherein the light source is further configured to irradiate light including predetermined wavelength light for sensing, the light modulator is further configured to modulate the light including predetermined wavelength light for sensing and generate a sensing image, and projection optical system is further configured to project the sensing image generated by the light modulator on the road surface,
wherein the camera is further configured to image the sensing image on the road surface which is projected by the image projection apparatus, and
wherein the controller is further configured to:
calculate or detect a road surface condition or a presence of another vehicle from the sensing image on the road surface which is imaged by the camera; and
control the image projection apparatus to change the information image based on the detected road surface condition or the presence of another vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,906,808

MOVING PICTURE DECODING METHOD AND MOVING PICTURE ENCODING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Ib...

1. A moving picture decoding method comprising:
a first step to receive encoded information of a target block to be decoded by an inter prediction process, the encoded information
being encoded without a frequency transform process;

a second step to decode prediction difference data of the target block from the encoded information without the frequency
transform process;

a third step to determine by which prediction mode the target block is encoded;
a fourth step to generate a prediction image by the prediction mode determined by the third step, wherein if the target block
is encoded by an intra prediction mode, a prediction image is generated by the intra prediction mode, and wherein if the target
block is encoded by a motion-vector combined area mode, the prediction image is generated by using a motion vector determined
so as to be in common with a motion vector of an adjacent block adjacent to the target block without adding a difference vector,
based on a status of motion vectors of a plurality of adjacent blocks adjacent to the target block;

and
a fifth step to generate a decoded image of the target block based on the prediction image generated in the fourth step and
the prediction difference data decoded in the second step.

US Pat. No. 9,900,569

PROJECTION-TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection-type image display device including a discharge lamp as a light source, comprising:
a lamp driving unit configured to drive the discharge lamp;
a lamp voltage detection unit configured to detect a voltage between electrodes (hereinafter, a lamp voltage) of the discharge
lamp;

an image correction processing unit configured to perform an image quality correction of an image signal supplied to an image
display element;

a control unit configured to control an amount of correction for the image correction processing unit based on the lamp voltage
detected by the lamp voltage detection unit, and

a menu screen creating unit,
wherein, via a menu screen created by the menu screen creating unit, both a first setting item regarding an image quality
adjustment and a second setting item regarding an image quality adjustment are settable,

the first setting item is configured to control the amount of correction for the image correction processing unit based on
the lamp voltage detected by the lamp voltage detection unit, and

the second setting item is configured to allow a user to select a parameter regarding the amount of correction not based on
the lamp voltage detected by the lamp voltage detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,718,217

KNEADING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THERMOPLASTIC RESIN MOLDED PRODUCT, AND FOAM INJECTION MOLDING METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A kneading apparatus for a thermoplastic resin, comprising:
a plasticizing cylinder which has a high pressure kneading zone, and a pressure reduction zone;
a screw which is arranged rotatably and movably back and forth in the plasticizing cylinder;
a downstream side seal mechanism which is provided between the high pressure kneading zone and the pressure reduction zone;
and

a pressure reduction zone pressure adjusting mechanism which is connected to the pressure reduction zone of the plasticizing
cylinder and which controls a pressure of the pressure reduction zone to a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,686,578

VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR DEMULTIPLEXING RECEIVED COMPRESSED AND NON-COMPRESSED VIDEO SIGNALS AND TRANSMITTING DEMULTIPLEXED SIGNALS

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Os...

1. A display device, comprising:
an interface configured to input information from a source device and to send information to the source device, the interface
having a plurality of lines;

a tuner unit configured to receive video information transmitted via digital broadcast; and
a display unit configured to display a video based on video information input to the interface or a video based on video information
received by the tuner unit,

wherein the display unit is capable of conducting:
a first display operation for displaying a video, based on video information and clock information, wherein in the first display
operation the video information is input via at least one line of the plurality of the lines of the interface, and the clock
information is input via a different line among the plurality of the lines of the interface than the at least one line;

a second display operation for displaying a video, based on video information and clock information, wherein in the second
display operation the clock information is input via at least one line of the plurality of the lines of the interface that
is the same line that the video information is input; and

a third display operation for displaying a video, based on video information received by the tuner unit,
wherein information indicating that the second display operation is available on the display device is transmitted via the
interface to a source device.

US Pat. No. 9,665,922

PICTURE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND SETTING MODIFICATION METHOD AND SETTING MODIFICATION PROGRAM THEREFOR

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., To...

1. A picture display device capable of displaying picture content, the picture display device comprising:
an audio input unit configured to obtain a voice uttered by an operator who is a person;
an imaged picture input unit configured to obtain an image picture of the operator;
a storage unit configured to store settings information related to a settings change applied to the picture display device
and operator information related to an operator instructing the settings change to the picture display device so that the
settings information and the operator information are associated with each other;

an operator identification unit configured to newly acquire information related to an operator operating the picture display
device and compare the information related to the operator newly acquired with the operator information stored in the storage
unit to perform an operator identification process; and

a control unit configured to be capable of controlling a plurality of control states including:
a first control state in which, in a case where as a result of the identification process in the operator identification unit,
operator information corresponding to the information related to the operator newly acquired is stored in the storage unit,
the settings change based on the settings information stored in the storage unit in association with the corresponding operator
information is applied to the picture display device, and

a second control state which enables, in case where no operator information corresponding to the information related to the
operator newly acquired is stored in the storage unit, a storing process for newly storing operator information related to
a new operator into the storage unit without applying the settings change based on the settings information already stored
in the storage unit, the storing process for newly storing the operator information related to the new operator into the storage
unit is performed after the control unit receives a power off command,

wherein the settings information is settings information related to a layout on a display screen on which a picture content,
an icon related to an acquisition source of information acquirable via a network by a network connecting function of the picture
display device, and an icon related to an application executable in the picture display device are displayed together,

wherein the operator identification process is performed by comparing the information related to the operator newly acquired
based on the imaged picture obtained by the imaged picture input unit with the operator information stored in the storage
unit, and

wherein the operator identification process is performed after a predetermined keyword, that is to be a trigger of starting
the operator identification process, is recognized as being included in the voice obtained by the audio input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,292

IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A cemented lens comprising: a negative lens having negative power; and a positive lens having positive power, the negative
lens and the positive lens being bonded together with an adhesive layer, wherein
both surfaces of the negative lens are aspheric in shape, both surfaces of the positive lens are aspheric in shape, one of
a cemented surface of the negative lens on a side of the positive lens and a cemented surface of the positive lens on a side
of the negative lens is a concave surface and another is a convex surface,

the concave surface and the convex surface have different aspheric shapes, and
following conditional expression (a) is satisfied:
Sg1H
where Sg1H represents sag in the concave surface at height H in an effective diameter of the concave surface in a direction
orthogonal to an optical axis, and Sg2H represents sag in the convex surface at the height H.

US Pat. No. 9,388,965

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A light source device, comprising:
an excitation light source configured to generate excitation light;
a phosphor wheel including a phosphor segment configured to generate fluorescent light by excitation of the excitation light
from the excitation light source; and

a mirror configured to guide the excitation light from the excitation light source to the phosphor wheel and emit the fluorescent
light from the phosphor wheel as illumination light,

wherein the phosphor wheel further includes an anisotropic diffusion and reflection unit configured to diffuse and reflect
incident excitation light so that an optical path of the incident excitation light and an optical path of diffused excitation
light after the incidence of the excitation light are not overlapped; and

the mirror includes a first region configured to reflect the excitation light and transmit the fluorescent light, and a second
region configured to transmit the fluorescent light and the diffused excitation light which the anisotropic diffusion and
reflection unit has diffused and reflected, the first region comprising a plurality of parts arranged in a checkerboard pattern
disposed at the center of the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,933,553

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. An optical element comprising:(a) a transparent substrate transparent to an incident electromagnetic wave; and
(b) a plurality of metal wires formed on a main surface of the transparent substrate and arranged at a first periodic interval in a first direction,
wherein each of the plurality of metal wires extends while having a periodic structure in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and,
when a wavelength of the electromagnetic wave is assumed to “?” and a refractive index of the transparent substrate is assumed to “n”,
a period of the periodic structure is ?/n or larger,
wherein the period of the periodic structure is smaller than the wavelength of the electromagnetic wave, and
wherein in the periodic structure, a center position of a width of each of the plurality of metal wires in the first direction is constant, and the width thereof in the first direction is periodically modulated in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,911,968

ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, ELECTRODE FOR NONAQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY, AND NONAQUEOUS SECONDARY BATTERY

MAXELL HOLDINGS, LTD., K...

1. An electrode active material comprising particles of a lithium-containing composite oxide represented by the general compositional
formula:
Li1+xMO2,

where x is within a range of ?0.05?x?0.15, and M represents an element group of three or more elements including at least
Ni, Co and Mn,

wherein the ratios of Ni, Co and Mn to the total elements constituting M satisfy 45?a?60, 5?b?30, 5?c?30 and 10?b+c?55, where
the ratios of Ni, Co and Mn are represented by a, b and c, respectively, in units of mol%,

the average valence A of Ni in the whole particles is 2.2 to 3.2, the valence B of Ni on the surface of the particles has
the relationship: B
the average valence C of Co in the whole particles is 2.5 to 3.2, the valence D of Co on the surface of the particles has
the relationship: D?C, and

the average valence of Mn in the whole particles is 3.5 to 4.2.

US Pat. No. 9,883,225

PORTABLE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTENT DISPLAY SYSTEM AND CONTENT DISPLAY METHOD

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A display apparatus which displays a content acquired via a television broadcast or via the internet and which receives
from a remote controller an operation input for television broadcast signal reception and an operation input for content acquisition
via the internet, the display apparatus comprising:
a communication device which conducts communication with a mobile terminal having a display screen for a video content, the
mobile terminal being different from the remote controller;

a display panel configured to display a video content; and
a controller configured to control the display panel, wherein the controller is configured to:
control the display panel to display a first video content acquired via a television broadcast, in response to an operation
input from the remote controller;

control the display panel to terminate displaying of the first video content and to start to display a second video content
acquired via the internet without an operation input from the remote controller, when the communication device receives first
information from the mobile terminal, wherein the second video content is a same video content as a video content displayed
on the display screen of the mobile terminal before the mobile terminal sends the first information to the display apparatus;

control displaying of the second video content on the display panel based on second information for operating the second video
content displayed on the display panel without an operation input from the remote controller when the communication device
receives the second information from the mobile terminal; and

control the display panel to terminate displaying of the second video content without an operation input from the remote controller
when the communication device receives third information from the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,857,669

PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE WITH SYMMETRICALLY ARRANGED LIGHT SOURCE AND POWER SUPPLY

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection type image display device, comprising:
a housing having a shape that is erectable using one side as a bottom surface, the housing including a lower case and an upper
case, the upper case including an openable mirror cover on which a reflective mirror is attached, the lower case including
a plurality of air exhaust ports formed in a sidewall surface thereof;

a light source that irradiates the reflective mirror with image light to be enlarged and projected;
an optical system that is configured with the reflective mirror and a plurality of lenses; and
a power supply unit that supplies electric power to the light source,
wherein the optical system is arranged in the lower case along a central axis of the lower case in parallel to a bottom surface
of the housing, and

wherein the light source and the power supply unit are arranged at symmetric positions centering on the optical system in
the lower case.

US Pat. No. 9,767,835

MAGNETIC RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. A magnetic recording medium comprising a non-magnetic substrate; a non-magnetic layer that is formed on one of principal
surfaces of the non-magnetic substrate and contains a non-magnetic powder, a binder, and a lubricant; and a magnetic layer
that is formed on a principal surface of the non-magnetic layer opposite to the non-magnetic substrate and contains a magnetic
powder and a binder,
wherein the magnetic powder is either a platy hexagonal ferrite magnetic powder or a spherical iron nitride magnetic powder,
the magnetic layer has a thickness of 10 to 150 nm,
the magnetic layer has a surface roughness of 1 nm or more and less than 2 nm, and
when spacing of the surface of the magnetic layer before and after washing the magnetic recording medium with n-hexane is
measured with a TSA (Tape Spacing Analyzer) while pressurizing the surface of the magnetic recording medium under a pressing
pressure of 0.5 atm, the value of the spacing before washing is 1 to 5 nm smaller than the value of the spacing after washing,
and

the value of the spacing after washing is between 5 nm and 10 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,720,213

INFRARED LENS UNIT, IMAGE CAPTURE MODULE, AND IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Ib...

1. An infrared lens unit comprising:
a lens group configured from three lenses, and an interference filter for transmitting light beams of a prescribed wavelength
band of a near-infrared region, in order from an object side toward an image side;

the lens group having, in order from the object side toward the image side, a first meniscus lens which has a positive power
and is convex on the object side, a second meniscus lens which has a positive power and is convex on the image side, and a
third convex lens which has a positive power and is convex on the object side, wherein

a lens surface on the object side of the third convex lens has no inflection point within an effective diameter thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,699,459

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., To...

1. An image decoding method that decodes an image by performing prediction processing, comprising:
a prediction mode selection step, which selects one of a plurality of prediction modes for the prediction processing; and
a prediction step, which performs the prediction processing of the prediction mode selected at the prediction mode selection
step,

wherein the prediction modes selectable at the prediction mode selection step include:
a first intra prediction mode in which first reference pixels are generated employing pixels within a decoded block adjacent
to one of left and upper sides of a target block to be decoded, and prediction pixels are generated through computation employing
values of decoded second reference pixels adjacent to one of the upper and left sides of the target block to be decoded which
is a different side from the first reference pixels and values of the first reference pixels; and

a second intra prediction mode which is different from the first intra prediction mode and in which prediction pixels are
generated employing values of the decoded pixels adjacent to the target block to be decoded,

wherein there is a state in the first intra prediction mode in which calculation processing of values of the prediction pixels
employing the computation is feasible for any pixels excepting all boundary pixels located at a lower end of the target block
to be decoded within the target block to be decoded,

wherein the prediction pixels are generated through computation employing interpolation processing between the values of the
second reference pixels and the values of the first reference pixels in the first intra prediction mode.

US Pat. No. 10,095,094

SOLID-STATE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

Maxell, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A solid-state light source device using a solid-state light source as a light emitting body, comprising:a plurality of light source cells configured with the solid-state light sources; and
a light combining device combining light emitted from the plurality of light source cells and emitting combined light,
wherein the light combining device has a plurality of reflective planes on a top, bottom and two side surfaces thereof, has a plurality of columnar-shaped regions divided along emission directions in an interior thereof, and has a plurality of wavelength selective reflective planes in interfaces between the columnar-shaped regions, and
wherein the plurality of light source cells are arranged on the top, bottom and two side surfaces of the light combining device.

US Pat. No. 9,904,152

SOLID-STATE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

HITACHI MAXELL, LTD., Os...

1. A projection-type display apparatus, comprising:
a solid-state light source device, which is configured to irradiate a white color light therefrom;
a light modulating portion, which is configured to modulate the white color light from said solid-state light source device,
thereby forming an optical image, depending on a video signal inputted; and

a light projection portion, which is configured to project said optical image composed, enlargedly, wherein
said solid-state light source device comprises:
a solid-state light emitting portion, which is configured to emit excitation light therefrom;
a beam condensing portion, which is configured to condense the excitation light from said solid-state light emitting portion
to be point-like;

a base member, including fluorescence regions, including a fluorescent substance, and reflection/scattering regions, configured
to receive the condensed excitation light alternately at the fluorescence regions, and emit converted light having a different
wavelength than that of the received excitation light, and at the reflection/scattering regions, and reflect as reflected/scattered
light; and

a separation mirror, configured to allow excitation light from the solid-state light emitting portion to pass through toward
the beam condensing portion, and configured to receive the reflected/scattered light and the converted light and transmit
them on a same optical path, thereby outputting light with an approximately white color.