US Pat. No. 9,420,662

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a first light-emitting region including a first light-emitting layer group constituted of multiple kinds of light-emitting
layers emitting light rays having mutually different spectrum peaks; and

a second light-emitting region including a second light-emitting layer group constituted of multiple kinds of light-emitting
layers emitting light rays having mutually different spectrum peaks,

wherein at least one kind of light-emitting layer in the second light-emitting layer group emits a light ray having a different
spectrum peak from all of the light-emitting layers in the first light-emitting group,

the first light-emitting region emits a light ray having a first color by making the first light-emitting layer groups emit
light, and

the second light-emitting region emits a light ray having the first color by making the second light-emitting layer groups
emit light, and

wherein the first light-emitting layer group includes a light-emitting layer emitting red light, a light-emitting layer emitting
green light, and a light-emitting layer emitting blue light, and

the second light-emitting layer group includes a light-emitting layer emitting red light, a light-emitting layer emitting
yellow light, and a light-emitting layer emitting blue light.

US Pat. No. 9,351,058

SPEAKER FRAME AND SPEAKER HAVING THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A speaker frame, comprising:
a vibration support portion including a vibrating body attachment portion supporting a vibrating body of a speaker, and a
tubular portion arranged in a rear face side of the vibrating body attachment portion;

a magnet support portion arranged inside of said vibration support portion and supporting a magnetic circuit portion of said
speaker; and

a plurality of connection beams connecting said vibration support portion and said magnet support portion, wherein
the vibration support portion and the magnet support portion have a circular ring shape having the same major axis length
and minor axis length,

said plurality of connection beams are arranged radially centering on a central axis from said magnet support portion to said
vibration support portion, the central axis being parallel to a direction of an acoustic radiation, and

among the plurality of connection beams connecting the magnetic support portion, one connection beam connects to the vibrating
body attachment portion, and another connection beam connects to an inner face of the tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 9,221,352

CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, CHARGING SYSTEM, CORRELATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A charging control apparatus for controlling a plurality of charging apparatuses, each of the charging apparatuses being
configured to be capable of supplying electric power to a vehicle through a predetermined power supplying path, wherein
the charging control apparatus is configured to perform pairing between the vehicle and one of the plurality of charging apparatuses
based on a signal outputted from the vehicle which detects a first electric power having predetermined power pattern, the
first electric power is supplied from the one of the plurality of charging apparatuses to the vehicle via the predetermined
power supplying path,

the charging control apparatus controls at least one charging apparatus such that at least one charging apparatus supplies
the first electric power to the vehicle in response to a request from the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,048,202

ORGANIC EL PANEL

TOHOKU PIONEER CORPORATIO...

1. An organic EL panel having a substrate and organic EL devices formed above the substrate, each organic EL device including
a pair of electrodes, a plurality of organic layers being interposed between the pair of electrodes, wherein:
the organic EL panel is an active drive type capable of TFT driving each organic EL device;
the organic EL panel is a top emission type emitting light from a side opposite to the substrate;
luminescent units for the organic EL devices are linearly arranged by color;
film formation areas for which the plurality of organic layers are formed are arranged on the luminescent units; and
each of the film formation areas for a color covers the luminescent units for the color.

US Pat. No. 9,503,817

SOUND REPRODUCTION DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A sound reproduction device comprising:
a pair of speakers arranged in front of and behind two evaluation points set in an acoustic space, the two evaluation points
corresponding to a left ear and a right ear of a listener of sound output from the sound reproduction device;

an input unit which receives one-channel sound signal; and
a phase control unit which controls a phase of the sound signal and supplies the sound signals to the pair of speakers,
wherein the phase control unit controls a phase difference of the sound signals supplied to the pair of speakers such that
a sum of sound pressure levels at the two evaluation points corresponding to the left ear and the right ear of the listener
is increased in relation to a sum of the sound pressure levels at the two evaluation points in a case where the sound signal
is reproduced by only one of the pair of speakers without providing a delay amount.

US Pat. No. 9,503,290

DIVERSITY RECEPTION DEVICE, DIVERSITY RECEPTION METHOD, RECEPTION PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A diversity reception device that receives a signal that has been digitally modulated by single carrier modulation, comprising:
a plurality of branch processing units to each of which one of a plurality of received signals is individually inputted;
a combination and equalization unit calculating an equalized signal from said plurality of received signals; and
a transmitted symbol estimation unit calculating an estimated transmitted symbol from said equalized signal; wherein
each of said branch processing units comprises:
a front end unit performing processes including modulation frequency conversion upon said received signal that has been inputted
thereto, thus converting it to a baseband signal;

a channel frequency characteristic estimation unit calculating an estimated channel frequency characteristic on the basis
of said baseband signal and said estimated transmitted symbol; and

a carrier frequency control unit controlling the conversion frequency for said modulation frequency conversion on the basis
of said estimated channel frequency characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,448,466

DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVE METHOD FOR DISPLAY DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A display device comprising:
a screen including an optical layer of which optical state is changed if voltage is applied to the optical layer, and a first
electrode and a second electrode which are opposed to each other to sandwich the optical layer therebetween for applying voltage
to the optical layer; and

a controller which applies predetermined voltage to the first electrode and the second electrode during a projection period
of image light projected onto the screen and which switches the screen between a predetermined image state for scattering
the image light and a non-image state which is a different optical state from the image state, wherein

the controller applies, to the first electrode, first rectangular wave voltage having cycle which is an integral multiple
of cycle during which the optical state of the optical layer is changed, and applies, to the second electrode, second rectangular
wave voltage having the same cycle as that of the first rectangular wave voltage and having the same phase as or a phase-half-deviated
from the first rectangular wave voltage and pulse voltage which becomes a potential difference between the electrodes of which
the optical state is changed when the optical state of the optical layer is changed in a superimposed manner.

US Pat. No. 9,333,970

TRACTION CONTROL DEVICE AND TRACTION CONTROL METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A traction control device that performs traction control for a moving body having a driving wheel which is driven by a
motor, comprising:
an acquisition part configured to acquire a torque instruction value for said driving wheel, the rotational speed of said
driving wheel, and friction coefficient information for the road surface upon which said driving wheel runs;

a torque command value calculation part configured to calculate the torque command value to be outputted to the motor for
driving said driving wheel, on the basis of said acquired torque instruction value and a correction amount;

an estimated torque value calculation part configured to calculate an estimated value of torque operating upon said driving
wheel, on the basis of said calculated torque command value and a model for torque transmission to said driving wheel;

an inverse torque value calculation part configured to calculate a torque value corresponding to said acquired rotational
speed, according to a reference model in which no slip of said driving wheel takes place;

a filter part configured to apply a first-order delay to the difference between the result of calculation by said estimated
torque value calculation part and the result of calculation by said inverse torque value calculation part; and

a gain multiplication part configured to feed back, to said torque command value calculation part, as said correction amount,
the result obtained by multiplying said difference to which said first-order delay has been applied by a gain coefficient;
wherein

said gain coefficient takes a value which is adaptively set by using said acquired friction coefficient information; and
the time constant of said filter part takes a value which is adaptively set by utilizing said acquired friction coefficient
information, or a value which is determined on the basis of the estimated value of the maximum value taken by said gain coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,082,736

ORGANIC EL PANEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Pioneer Corporation, Kan...

1. An organic EL panel forming at least one organic EL element on a substrate, wherein
said organic EL element has a laminating structure in which an organic layer including a light-emitting layer is arranged
between an anode and a cathode,

a light-emitting region in which said organic EL element is formed and a wiring region in which a wiring electrode is formed
on said substrate,

said wiring electrode is electrically connected to the anode or the cathode of said organic EL element, and
said wiring electrode has a planar shaped portion having a rounded corner at the end part on the side of said organic EL element,
and

wherein the planar shaped portion of the wiring electrode is disposed between said substrate and one of said anode or said
cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,484,881

IMPEDANCE MATCHING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An impedance matching device included in a wireless electric power transmission system transmitting electric power by coupling
a power transmission antenna with a power reception antenna through an electromagnetic field, the impedance matching device
being provided between a power transmission circuit and the power transmission antenna, the impedance matching device comprising:
an incident-wave/reflective-wave extraction unit configured to extract incident wave voltage corresponding to an output signal
from the power transmission circuit and reflective wave voltage corresponding to a signal reflected from the power transmission
antenna;

a phase determination unit configured to compare a phase of the incident wave voltage to a phase of the reflective wave voltage
to determine which one of the phases is behind or ahead of the other phase;

a first matching circuit configured to include a variable inductor element and a variable capacitor element, the variable
inductor element being connected in series between the power transmission circuit and the power transmission antenna, the
variable capacitor element being connected in parallel closer to the power transmission antenna than the variable inductor
element;

a second matching circuit configured to include a variable inductor element and a variable capacitor element, the variable
inductor element being connected in series between the power transmission circuit and the power transmission antenna, the
variable capacitor element being connected in parallel closer to the power transmission circuit than the variable inductor
element;

a through circuit connected in series between the power transmission circuit and the power transmission antenna;
a load value estimation unit configured to estimate a value of a load of a circuit in which the transmitted electric power
is consumed, the circuit being connected to the power reception antenna;

a storage unit configured to store tables each associated with the value of the load, each of the tables previously storing
control values in ascending or descending order of a coupling coefficient corresponding thereto between the power transmission
antenna and the power reception antenna, each of the control values corresponding to an inductance value and a capacitance
value each needed for matching to a predetermined impedance value by use of the first matching circuit or the second matching
circuit;

a selection unit configured to select one of the tables corresponding to the value of the load estimated by the load value
estimation unit;

an adjustment direction determination unit configured to determine, on a basis of the determination by the phase determination
unit, a direction of a position for reading out one of the control values from the selected table, the direction indicating
whether to select a control value corresponding to a larger coupling coefficient than the coupling coefficient corresponding
to the present control value or to select a control value corresponding to a smaller coupling coefficient than the coupling
coefficient corresponding to the present control value;

a readout position determination unit configured to determine the position for reading out the control value from the selected
table based on the direction and a predetermined step width for shifting the position for reading out the control value;

a circuit selection unit configured to electrically connect one of the first matching circuit, the second matching circuit
and the through circuit based on the determined position; and

a control value output unit configured to output the control value at the determined position to the circuit selected by the
circuit selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,488,835

VIRTUAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND ATTACHMENT DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A virtual image display device used while being attached to a sun visor of a moving body, the virtual image display device
being configured to make an observer visually recognize a display image as a virtual image, the display image being optically
reflected by a half mirror, the virtual image display device comprising:
a main unit configured to include a projection unit for projecting the display image; and
a buffer member configured to reduce vibration of the main unit in rotational direction of the sun visor.

US Pat. No. 9,421,882

TRACTION CONTROL DEVICE AND TRACTION CONTROL METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A traction control device for a moving body having a driving wheel that is driven by a motor, the traction control device
comprising:
a movement speed acquisition part acquiring a movement speed of said moving body;
a rotational speed acquisition part acquiring a rotational speed of said driving wheel;
an actual torque value acquisition part acquiring an actual torque value generated by said motor; and
a control part performing limitation control of an operation of said motor, wherein
said control part comprises:
a slip ratio estimation part estimating the slip ratio of said driving wheel on the basis of said movement speed and said
rotational speed;

a driving torque estimation part estimating the driving torque of said driving wheel on the basis of a value that is obtained
by subtracting a value that is the product of the value of the differential coefficient of said rotational speed and the value
of the moment of inertia of said driving wheel, from said actual torque value;

a limit value calculation part calculating a limit value for the torque setting value on the basis of said estimated slip
ratio and said estimated driving torque; and

a limiter part limiting the torque setting value on the basis of said calculated limit value, and
said limit value calculation part calculates the limit value so that, the smaller the estimated slip ratio is, the larger
difference from the estimated driving torque becomes, and the larger the estimated slip ratio is, the smaller difference from
the estimated driving torque becomes.

US Pat. No. 9,299,947

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE HAVING AN ELECTRON- AND /OR EXCITON-BLOCKING LAYER COMPRISING AN INDOLOCARBAZOLE COMPOUND

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An organic electroluminescent device, comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
organic layers comprising at least:
a hole-injecting layer;
a hole-transporting layer;
a single light-emitting layer, and
an electron-transporting layer,
the organic layers being interposed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein:
the single light-emitting layer comprises a phosphorescent light-emitting material and a host material;
the hole-transporting layer consists essentially of one or more compounds selected from the group consisting of a triazole
derivative, an oxadiazole derivative, an imidazole derivative, a carbazole derivative, a polyarylalkane derivative, a pyrazoline
derivative, a pyrazolone derivative, a phenylenediamine derivative, an arylamine derivative, an amino-substituted chalcone
derivative, an oxazole derivative, a styrylanthracene derivative, a fluorenone derivative, a hydrazone derivative, a stilbene
derivative, a silazane derivative, an aniline-based copolymer, and a thiophene oligomer; and

the hole-transporting layer and the single light-emitting layer have an electron- and/or exciton-blocking layer therebetween,
the electron- and/or exciton-blocking layer being adjacent to the single light-emitting layer and containing an indolocarbazole
compound represented by the following general formula (1):


in the general formula (1): Z represents an n-valent aromatic hydrocarbon group having a total of 6 to 50 carbon atoms or
an aromatic heterocyclic group having a total of 3 to 50 carbon atoms; Y represents a group represented by the formula (1a);
n represents an integer of 2 to 6; and Y's may be identical to or different from each other;

in the formula (1a): a ring A represents an aromatic ring represented by the formula (1b) to be fused with adjacent rings;
a ring B represents a heterocycle represented by the formula (1c) to be fused with adjacent rings; and R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an aliphatic hydrocarbon group having a total of 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an aromatic
hydrocarbon group having a total of 6 to 12 carbon atoms, or an aromatic heterocyclic group having a total of 3 to 11 carbon
atoms;

in the formula (1 b): X represents a methine group or a nitrogen atom; R3 represents a hydrogen atom, an aliphatic hydrocarbon group having a total of 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an aromatic hydrocarbon
group having a total of 6 to 12 carbon atoms, or an aromatic heterocyclic group having a total of 3 to 11 carbon atoms, provided
that R3 may be fused with a ring including X to form a fused ring; and

in the formula (1c), Ar represents an aromatic hydrocarbon group having a total of 6 to 50 carbon atoms or an aromatic heterocyclic
group having a total of 3 to 50 carbon atoms;

wherein:
the indolocarbazole compound contained in the electron- and/or exciton-blocking layer has a LUMO energy higher than a LUMO
energy of the host material contained in the single light-emitting layer and has a LUMO energy in eV of greater than or equal
to ?1.2, the hole-transporting material contained in the hole-transporting layer has a HOMO energy higher than a HOMO energy
of the indolocarbazole compound contained in the electron- and/or exciton-blocking layer and has a HOMO energy in eV of greater
than or equal to ?4.8.

US Pat. No. 9,153,130

INFORMATION UPDATING DEVICE, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD THEREOF, PROGRAM THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An information updating device for acquiring POI information about a POI from an information distribution device via a
network to store the POI information in an update information storage section, the information updating device comprising:
a unique information acquirer for, upon recognition of acquisition request information for acquiring POI information of a
POI located in a predetermined area on a map, outputting a distribution request information for requesting distribution of
the POI information to the information distributing device and acquiring unique information of the POI information from the
information distributing device in response to the distribution request information, the POI information including POI guidance
information about a guidance of the POI and unique information that associates the POI guidance information with the POI and
identifies not the POI but the POI information;

a selecting section for comparing the unique information acquired by the unique information acquirer and the unique information
in the update information storage section to select unique information that is not stored in the update information storage
section from the acquired unique information, the selecting section outputting the selected unique information to the information
distributing device; and

an information updating section for acquiring POI information having the unique information selected by the selecting section
from the information distributing device to store the POI information in the update information storage section to update
the POI information relating to POI in the predetermined area without updating a display data for displaying the map.

US Pat. No. 9,484,010

ACTIVE VIBRATION NOISE CONTROL DEVICE, ACTIVE VIBRATION NOISE CONTROL METHOD AND ACTIVE VIBRATION NOISE CONTROL PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An active vibration noise control device which obtains error signals corresponding to a cancellation error between a vibration
noise and control sounds generated by multiple speakers, from at least one or more microphones, and which actively controls
the vibration noise, comprising:
a basic signal generating unit which generates a basic signal based on a vibration noise frequency of the vibration noise;
an adaptive notch filter unit which generates control signals provided to each of the multiple speakers by applying a filter
coefficient to the basic signal, in order to make the multiple speakers generate the control sounds so that the vibration
noise is canceled;

a reference signal generating unit which generates a reference signal from the basic signal based on multiple transfer characteristics
from the multiple speakers to the one or more microphones;

a filter coefficient updating unit which updates the filter coefficient used by the adaptive notch filter unit based on the
reference signal and the error signals detected by the one or more microphones so as to minimize the error signals; and

a controlling unit which changes amplitude of the control signals of the multiple speakers based on a highest similarity degree
between each of the multiple transfer characteristics and characteristics of the vibration noise.

US Pat. No. 9,276,553

IMPEDANCE MATCHING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An impedance matching device included in a wireless electric power transmission system in accordance with electromagnetic
field resonant coupling, the impedance matching device being provided between a power transmission circuit and a power transmission
antenna, the impedance matching device comprising:
a matching circuit configured to perform impedance matching between the transmission circuit and the transmission antenna;
an impedance measuring unit configured to measure impedance of the transmission antenna;
a storage unit configured to store control values determined based on a locus of variation of an impedance of the transmission
antenna in a condition that a coupling state between the transmission antenna and a reception antenna is changed, the reception
antenna receiving a wireless electric power signal sent from the transmission antenna, the locus of the variation of the impedance
being specific to the electromagnetic field resonant coupling;

a readout position determination unit configured to read out one of the control values stored on the storage unit based on
an output of the impedance measuring unit; and

a control value output unit configured to apply the control value read out by the readout position determination unit to the
matching circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,221,353

CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS, CHARGING CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM IMPLEMENTING SUCH

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A charging control apparatus for controlling a plurality of charging apparatuses, each of the charging apparatuses being
configured to be capable of supplying electric power to a vehicle through a predetermined power supplying path, wherein
the charging control apparatus comprises a controller which is configured to make at least one first charging apparatus output
a first electric power having predetermined power pattern through the predetermined power supplying path, the first charging
apparatus is not yet used to charge any vehicle,

the controller is configured to perform pairing between new-vehicle and one of the at least one first charging apparatus based
on a signal outputted from the new vehicle which detects the first electric power, the first electric power is supplied from
the one of the at least one first charging apparatus to the new vehicle via the predetermined power supplying path.

US Pat. No. 9,648,155

MOBILE TERMINAL, ONBOARD DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. In combination an onboard device and a separate mobile terminal that performs communication with the onboard device, wherein:
the onboard device comprises:
a first processor programmed to control functions of the onboard device, the first processor including
a reception unit configured to receive a sound played by an application program operating in a foreground of the mobile terminal;
an output unit configured to output the sound received by the reception unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire instructions inputted to the onboard device to switch a sound source by selecting
application programs of the mobile terminal; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit instructions to the mobile terminal including information indicating an application
program which is executed in the mobile terminal, the information directing switching an application program having been in
operation in a foreground until immediately before in the mobile terminal, to a background, and switching an application program
having been in operation in a background until immediately before in the mobile terminal, to a foreground, to switch a sound
source acquired by the acquisition unit; and

the mobile terminal comprises:
a second processor programmed to control functions of the mobile terminal, the second processor including
a communication control unit configured to control reception of the instructions from the onboard device to switch a sound
source of the mobile terminal;

a switching unit configured to switch the application program having been in operation in a foreground until immediately before,
to a background, on the basis of the received information instructing to switch a sound source, and to switch an application
program having been in operation in a background until immediately before, to a foreground, based on the instructions received
from the onboard device; and

a sound control unit configured to stop playing a sound of the application program having been in operation in a foreground
until immediately before, and to start playing a sound of the application program having been in operation in a background
until immediately before, based on the switch by the switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,502,657

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A manufacturing method of an organic electroluminescence device, comprising:
a step of forming an organic layer on a anode;
a step of forming a luminescent layer on the organic layer; and
a step of forming a cathode on the luminescent layer,
wherein the step of forming the organic layer includes
a step of preparing a first solution including a polymerizable compound (a) which contains a ring opening polymerizable group,
and a second solution including a polymerization initiator (b),

a step of preparing a coating liquid by mixing the first solution with the second solution,
a step of forming a coating film by applying the coating liquid, and
a step of curing the coating film by a ring opening polymerization of the polymerizable compound (a) in the presence of the
polymerization initiator (b).

US Pat. No. 9,469,193

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, DISPLAY DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, DISPLAY METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM AND DISPLAY PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A display system comprising:
a display device loaded on a vehicle; and
an information processing terminal, an image being displayed by the display system based on an application executed by the
information processing terminal on the display device,

wherein the information processing terminal comprises:
an image output unit which outputs an application image to the display device, and
a transmitting unit which transmits a property of the application to the display device, the property of the application being
information indicating whether or not the application on which the application image output by the image output unit is based
is externally controllable, and

wherein the display device comprises:
a display unit which displays the application image output by the image output unit, and
a control unit which determines whether or not the display device regulates the display of the application image in accordance
with a running state of the vehicle, based on the property of the application.

US Pat. No. 9,338,855

LIGHTING APPARATUS AND LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A lighting apparatus comprising;
a plurality of light emission units for emitting lights in luminescent colors different from each other; and
a control unit controlling in luminance the respective lights emitted from each of said plurality of light emission units,
for the respective luminescent colors, wherein,

in response to a control input, said control unit switches between a first light emission mode in which said light emission
units emit light with luminances set for the respective luminescent colors and a second light emission mode in which light
emission units corresponding to at least one luminescent color are turned off or emit light with a luminance lower than the
luminance in the first light emission mode;

for the lighting apparatus in the second light emission mode, each of the plurality of light emission units includes a luminance
ratio defined as a ratio of a luminance of the second light emitting mode (B2) to a luminance of the first light emitting mode (B1), wherein the luminance ratio is different for different luminescent colors of light emission units, and a life of each of
the light emission units is determined based on a color of the light emission unit;

the control unit determines a light emission pattern for each of the plurality of light emission units, the light emission
pattern comprising emitting one of the light emission units having a shorter life than other ones of the light emission units
having a longer life, at a reduced luminance ratio that is less than the luminance ratios of the other ones of the light emission
units; and

in the second light emission mode, the control unit generates feeding driving currents to each of the plurality of light emission
units to control the luminance of the luminance of the respective lights, based on the determined light emission pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,419,059

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS HAVING FIRST LUMINOUS BODY AND SECOND LUMINOUS BODY

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light emitting apparatus, comprising:
a substrate;
a first luminous body which is formed on the substrate, includes a first organic light emitting layer, and is linear;
a second luminous body which is formed on the substrate, includes a second organic light emitting layer, is linear, and is
parallel with the first luminous body;

a first anode and a first cathode which extend in the same direction, and interpose the first luminous body therebetween;
and

a second anode and a second cathode which extend in the same direction, and interpose the second luminous body therebetween,
wherein the second luminous body is a luminous body next to the first luminous body, and
the first anode is not connected to the second anode and the second cathode, and the first cathode is not connected to the
second anode and the second cathode.

US Pat. No. 9,393,906

GENERATION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE-EVOCATIVE SOUND AND GENERATION METHOD FOR VEHICLE-EVOCATIVE SOUND

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

3. A vehicle-evocative sound generation device that outputs vehicle-evocative sound from a sound output part to the outside
of a vehicle comprising:
one or more processors configured to:
acquire vehicle lane information including vehicle lane number information that specifies a number of vehicle lanes on a road
upon which said vehicle is traveling, by analyzing images photographed by a camera, the camera photographing images around
the path along which the vehicle is traveling,

decide whether the number of vehicle lanes is one or is two or more, based on the acquired vehicle lane information,
select a first predetermined vehicle-evocative sound arrival range over which vehicle-evocative sound output from said sound
output part is to arrive, based on said acquired vehicle lane information when the number of vehicle lanes is decided to be
one, and select a second predetermined vehicle-evocative sound arrival range over which the vehicle-evocative sound output
from said sound output part is to arrive when the number of vehicle lanes is decided to be two or more, the first predetermined
vehicle-evocative sound arrival range being different from the second predetermined vehicle-evocative sound arrival range,
without determining whether a person exists in the vicinity of the vehicle; and

a controller controlling an adjustment of a volume of the vehicle-evocative sound output from said sound output part to the
outside of the vehicle, the volume corresponding to the selected first predetermined vehicle-evocative sound arrival range
or the selected second predetermined vehicle-evocative sound arrival range.

US Pat. No. 9,272,632

CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, CHARGING SYSTEM, CORRELATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A charging control apparatus for controlling a plurality of charging apparatuses, each of the charging apparatuses being
configured to be capable of supplying electric power to a vehicle through a predetermined power supplying path, wherein
the charging control apparatus is configured to perform pairing between the vehicle and one of the plurality of charging apparatuses
based on a signal outputted from the vehicle which detects a first electric power having predetermined power pattern, the
first electric power is supplied from the one of the plurality of charging apparatuses to the vehicle via the predetermined
power supplying path,

voltage of the first electric power is lower than voltage of second electric power which is supplied from the charging apparatus
to the vehicle in normal power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,257,676

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Pioneer Corporation, Kaw...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a first light transmissive substrate;
a first electrode that is formed on a first surface of the first light transmissive substrate and has light transmissivity;
an organic functional layer that is located on an opposite side to the first light transmissive substrate with the first electrode
interposed therebetween and includes a light-emitting layer;

a second electrode that is located on an opposite side to the first electrode with the organic functional layer interposed
therebetween; and

a second light transmissive substrate to which a second surface which is a surface of the first light transmissive substrate
on an opposite side to the first surface is fixed, and which has a bending rigidity higher than that of the first light transmissive
substrate,

wherein a plurality of first irregularities are formed in the second surface of the first light transmissive substrate, and
wherein a plurality of second irregularities are formed in a surface of the second light transmissive substrate which faces
the first light transmissive substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,442,010

LIGHT MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light measurement apparatus comprising:
an integrating sphere;
a reference calibration light source body holding unit that is arranged on the integrating sphere and to which a reference
calibration light source body is attached;

a test light source body holding unit that is arranged on the integrating sphere and to which a test light source body to
be measured is attached;

a light detection unit that is arranged on the integrating sphere and detects light from the reference calibration light source
body and the test light source body; and

a control unit that controls lighting of the reference calibration light source body and the test light source body,
a first light shielding unit that lies between the reference calibration light source body holding unit and the light detection
unit; and

a second light shielding unit that lies between the test light source body holding unit and the light detection unit,
the light measurement apparatus being configured so that only either one of the reference calibration light source body and
the test light source body is able to selectively emit light in the integrating sphere,

wherein the first light shielding unit and the second light shielding unit each are retractable and extendable.

US Pat. No. 9,392,659

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a plurality of light-emitting modules;
a master control unit that generates control data for the plurality of light-emitting modules; and
a communication line through which the control data is output from the master control unit and to which the plurality of light-emitting
modules are connected in parallel,

wherein each of the plurality of light-emitting modules includes
a light-emitting source,
a light-emitting control unit that controls the light-emitting source, and
a communication control unit that controls connection between the light-emitting control unit and the communication line,
and

wherein the plurality of communication control units are connected to each other in series through a control line, and the
communication control unit located at an uppermost stream is connected to the master control unit,

wherein the master control unit outputs an address of the light-emitting module to the communication line, as the control
data, and

wherein the communication control unit receives a connection signal for controlling connection between the communication line
and the corresponding communication control unit through the control line.

US Pat. No. 9,226,066

ACTIVE VIBRATION NOISE CONTROL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An active vibration noise control device for canceling a vibration noise by making a speaker output a control sound, comprising:
a basic signal generating unit which generates a basic signal based on a vibration noise frequency generated by a vibration
noise source;

an adaptive notch filter which generates a control signal provided to the speaker by applying a filter coefficient to the
basic signal, in order to make the speaker generate the control sound so that the vibration noise generated by the vibration
noise source is canceled;

a microphone which detects a cancellation error between the vibration noise and the control sound, and outputs an error signal;
a reference signal generating unit which generates a reference signal from the basic signal based on a transfer function from
the speaker to the microphone;

a filter coefficient updating unit which updates the filter coefficient used by the adaptive notch filter based on the error
signal and the reference signal so as to minimize the error signal;

an amplitude calculating unit which calculates an amplitude of the filter coefficient updated by the filter coefficient updating
unit; and

an attenuating unit which attenuates the control signal generated by the adaptive notch filter, and provides the attenuated
control signal to the speaker, when the amplitude calculated by the amplitude calculating unit is larger than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,162,879

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An electronic device obtained in such a way that a first substrate having a functional element mounted thereon and a second
substrate are bonded together at bonding surfaces thereof with a bonding material having fluidity, wherein
at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate has
a bonding projection part provided to project from a substrate main body to an opposite surface side thereof and having the
bonding surface and

a wall body disposed between the bonding projection part and the functional element and separated from the substrate main
body at least at a part thereof, and

the wall body is supported by the bonding projection part via support pieces extending from the bonding projection part and
forms reception gaps, which are capable of receiving the bonding material extruded from the bonding surface to a side of the
functional element, between a wall surface thereof and the bonding projection part.

US Pat. No. 9,215,766

DRIVE DEVICE FOR LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

Pioneer Corporation, Kaw...

1. A drive device comprising:
a detecting part configured to detect a voltage corresponding to a current flowing through a first resistor for current detection,
the first resistor being coupled to a light-emitting element in series;

a comparing part configured to compare a magnitude of a detection voltage of the detecting part with a comparison voltage;
a driving voltage source configured to apply a voltage corresponding to a comparison result by the comparing part to a series
circuit of the light-emitting element and the first resistor; and

an offset part configured to correct the voltage corresponding to a current flowing through the first resistor by a correction
voltage,

the offset part including a series circuit of a second resistor and a constant current source, the second resistor of the
series circuit being coupled to a coupling point of the light-emitting element and the first resistor,

the detecting part being configured to detect a voltage between: a terminal of the first resistor opposite to a terminal thereof
coupled to the second resistor, and a coupling point between the second resistor and the constant current source.

US Pat. No. 9,510,099

SPEAKER DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A speaker device comprising:
a diaphragm that radiates sound;
an edge arranged in an outer periphery of the diaphragm;
a frame arranged in an outer periphery of the edge, and including an annular attachment part connected to an outer peripheral
region of the edge; and

an annular connecting member arranged between the outer peripheral region of the edge and the annular attachment part and
adhered to the outer peripheral region of the edge and the annular attachment part,

wherein a width of the annular connecting member is greater than a width of the outer peripheral region of the edge, and an
inner diameter of the annular connecting member is less than an inner diameter of the outer peripheral region of the edge.

US Pat. No. 9,517,740

SOUND OUTPUT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A sound output device for vehicles, comprising:
a reinforcing member for reinforcing a bumper of a vehicle;
a shock absorbing member attached to a front side of the reinforcing member, and
a loudspeaker device installed in between the reinforcing member and the shock absorbing member,
wherein a first opening and a second opening are provided to a front side of the shock absorbing member,
wherein the loudspeaker device is installed so that a front side of the loudspeaker device faces the first opening,
wherein a sound radiated from the front side of the loudspeaker device is radiated through the first opening, and
wherein a sound radiated from a rear side of the loudspeaker device is radiated through the second opening via a space between
the reinforcing member and the shock absorbing member.

US Pat. No. 9,399,428

MIRROR DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A mirror device comprising:
a light-transmissive substrate; and
at least one organic EL element supported on aback surface of the light-transmissive substrate, the mirror device emitting
light from a front surface of the light-transmissive substrate, wherein

the organic EL element has an organic layer containing a light-emitting layer layered between a light-transmissive electrode
and a reflection electrode that are opposite to each other,

the light-transmissive electrode is formed on the light-transmissive substrate, and
the mirror device has a plurality of metal mirror surface portions that each have an area smaller than an area of the light-transmissive
electrode and are distributed and disposed on the front surface of the light-transmissive substrate so as to be opposite to
the light-emitting layer.

US Pat. No. 9,136,493

ORGANIC EL ELEMENT

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An organic EL element comprising an organic functional layer including a light-emitting layer arranged between a first
electrode and a second electrode, wherein
the organic functional layer includes a bipolar charge generation layer which generates electrons and holes,
one of the first electrode and the second electrode is a hole-receiving electrode, and
the bipolar charge generation layer and a charge generation promotion layer are stacked between the hole-receiving electrode
and the light-emitting layer.

US Pat. No. 9,123,325

ACTIVE VIBRATION NOISE CONTROL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An active vibration noise control device for canceling a vibration noise from a vibration noise source by making plural
speakers output control sounds, comprising:
a microphone, the microphone positioned to detect the vibration noise generated from the vibration noise source; and
a controller which selects at least one speaker from the plural speakers and makes the selected speaker output the control
sound, thereby to reduce the vibration noise at an evaluation point,

wherein the controller calculates i) a first phase difference which corresponds to a difference between phase characteristics
of the vibration noise from the vibration noise source to the evaluation point corresponding to an installation position of
the microphone and phase characteristics of the vibration noise from the vibration noise source to a pseudo evaluation point
corresponding to a different position from the installation position, ii) a second phase difference for each of the plural
speakers which corresponds to a difference between phase characteristics of the control sound from the speaker to the evaluation
point and phase characteristics of the control sound from the speaker to the pseudo evaluation point, and selects at least
one speaker having such a second phase difference that an absolute value of a difference from the first phase difference is
equal to or smaller than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,073,449

EFFICIENCY MAP GENERATING APPARATUS, EFFICIENCY MAP GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An efficiency map generating apparatus that during an efficiency map generating mode, generates an efficiency map of a
plurality of motors connected to drive wheels of a mobile body while the mobile body is moving at a constant speed, the efficiency
map generating apparatus comprising: a power consumption detecting unit including an ammeter and a voltmeter, and detecting
power consumption of the motors; a rotation count detecting unit that detects rotation counts of the motors; and a processor;
configured to: detect, by the processor, an instructed torque input for the motors, based on a manipulation amount of an accelerator
pedal of the mobile body; distribute the instructed torque in a plurality of combinations to each of the motors, based on
the instructed torque by selecting at least one or all of a plurality of drive wheels connected to the motor; change the torque
distribution of the motors, by the processor; cause, by the processor, any of the motors to generate predetermined regenerative
torque and thereby, adds to the motors that are not caused to generate the regenerative torque, a torque value that is a distribution
of the instructed torque, to distribute the regenerative torque; generate, by the processor, the efficiency map based on the
plurality of combinations of torque, the power consumption, and the rotation counts; and reiteratively perform, by the processor,
processing to generate the efficiency map for each speed among a plurality of speeds of the mobile body.

US Pat. No. 9,672,978

WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION ANTENNA APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A wireless power transmission antenna apparatus comprising:
an antenna coil obtained by winding a conductive member; and
a plurality of plate members containing metal, disposed in surroundings of the antenna coil and in a radial direction of the
antenna coil, wherein

a plate face of each of the plurality of plate members crosses a direction of extension of the conductive member, and
the plurality of plate members are arranged radially from a part of an air core of the antenna coil.

US Pat. No. 9,090,173

CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, CHARGING SYSTEM, CORRELATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A charging control apparatus for controlling wireless charging between (i) one of a plurality of charging apparatuses which
are configured to perform wireless charging on a battery installed in a vehicle and (ii) the vehicle which communicates with
the one charging apparatus via a communication relay apparatus which is configured to relay communication between the plurality
of charging apparatuses and the vehicle, said charging control apparatus comprising:
an outputting device for transmitting a first signal which is a signal for designating a signal outputted from each of the
plurality of charging apparatuses, to each of the plurality of charging apparatuses when the one charging apparatus and the
vehicle are correlated;

a detecting device for detecting a third signal which is transmitted by wireless communication from the vehicle and which
is a signal corresponding to a second signal which is a signal outputted from the one charging apparatus due to the transmitted
first signal when the one charging apparatus and the vehicle are correlated; and

a distinguishing device for correlating the one charging apparatus with the vehicle on the basis of the transmitted first
signal and the detected third signal when the one charging apparatus and the vehicle are correlated.

US Pat. No. 9,521,017

DIVERSITY RECEPTION DEVICE, DIVERSITY RECEPTION METHOD, RECEPTION PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A diversity reception device that receives a signal that has been digitally modulated by single carrier modulation, comprising:
a plurality of branch processing units to each of which one of a plurality of received signals is individually inputted;
a combination and equalization unit calculating an equalized signal from said plurality of received signals;
a transmitted symbol estimation unit calculating an estimated transmitted symbol from said equalized signal; and
a sampling frequency control unit, wherein
each of said branch processing units comprises:
a front end unit converting said received signal to a baseband signal; and
a channel estimation unit calculating an estimated channel characteristic on the basis of said baseband signal and said estimated
transmitted symbol, wherein

each of said channel estimation units comprises:
an adaptive filter taking said estimated transmitted symbol as filter input and generating a desired filter output signal
from said received signal; and

an echo profile calculation unit calculating an echo profile from filter coefficients of said adaptive filter,
said combination and equalization unit calculates said equalized signal on the basis of said estimated channel characteristic,
and

said sampling frequency control unit controls sampling frequencies of said baseband signal in said front end units on the
basis of said echo profiles.

US Pat. No. 9,503,816

SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING DEVICE, SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING METHOD AND SURROUND SIGNAL GENERATING PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A surround signal generating device, to which two-channel sound signals having a left channel and a right channel are inputted,
and which generates surround signals of at least a left channel and a right channel, comprising:
a surround signal generating unit which subtracts a first sound signal, obtained by multiplying a first gain by an inputted
sound signal of a right channel, from an inputted sound signal of a left channel so as to generate a surround signal of the
left channel, and which subtracts a second sound signal, obtained by multiplying a second gain by the inputted sound signal
of the left channel, from the inputted sound signal of the right channel so as to generate a surround signal of the right
channel; and

a gain setting unit which sets the first gain and the second gain so that a correlation between the surround signal of the
left channel and the surround signal of the right channel which are generated by the surround signal generating unit is within
a range of correlations between surround signals calculated from multiple actual contents, the multiple actual contents being
content having a surround sound source of 5.1 channels,

wherein the correlation between the surround signal of the left channel and the surround signal of the right channel is a
positive correlation having a correlation value larger than zero.

US Pat. No. 9,140,719

TERMINAL HOLDING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A terminal holding device comprising:
an attaching unit to be attached to a vehicle;
a holding unit which removably holds a terminal device in such a manner that a display unit of the terminal device is exposed
and which includes a contact surface to be in contact with the terminal device;

an acceleration sensor which detects acceleration in a direction from a side of the contact surface to a side opposite to
the contact surface;

a supplying unit which supplies a detection signal of the acceleration sensor to the terminal device;
a housing unit which is attached to a side of the holding unit opposite to the contact surface, and which houses the acceleration
sensor in a fixed state;

a support member which supports the housing unit in a manner swingable with respect to the attaching unit; and
a connecting unit which rotates the holding unit with respect to the housing unit to change an attaching angle of the holding
unit with respect to the housing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,451,344

SPEAKER DEVICE

Pioneer Corporation, Kan...

1. A speaker device, comprising:
a voice coil;
a lead wire configured to be pulled out of the voice coil;
a vibrating body connecting to the voice coil;
a magnetic circuit comprising a yoke,
a frame that supports the vibrating body;
wherein the yoke comprises:
a bottom portion comprising a plurality of corners; and
a side portion extending toward the vibrating body from one side of the bottom portion, and
wherein the lead wire is configured to pass through a space that is located:
outside of and next to the side portion of the yoke, and
between the frame and the vibrating body, and
wherein the lead wire is configured to pass above a cutout of the yoke and bend toward and through the space.

US Pat. No. 9,185,772

LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A light-emitting element comprising:
an anode having a reflective electrode and a transparent electrode;
a cathode; and
an organic layer provided between the anode and the cathode,
wherein the light-emitting element has a resonance spectrum having a primary resonance peak whose central wavelength is positioned
on a long wavelength side with respect to a wavelength at which a relative luminosity takes a maximum value and a secondary
resonance peak whose central wavelength is positioned on a short wavelength side with respect to the wavelength at which the
relative luminosity takes the maximum value, and

the light-emitting element has an emission output spectrum having
a primary peak whose central wavelength positioned on a long wavelength side with respect to the wavelength at which the relative
luminosity takes the maximum value and a secondary peak whose central wavelength is positioned on a short wavelength side
with respect to the wavelength at which the relative luminosity takes the maximum value and which has an emission intensity
smaller than that of the primary peak.

US Pat. No. 9,148,715

SPEAKER FRAME AND SPEAKER HAVING THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A speaker frame, comprising:
a vibration support portion supporting a vibrating body of a speaker;
a magnet support portion arranged inside of said vibration support portion and supporting a magnetic circuit portion of said
speaker; and

a plurality of connection beams connecting said vibration support portion and said magnet support portion, wherein
the vibration support portion and the magnet support portion have a circular ring shape having the same major axis length
and minor axis length,

said plurality of connection beams are arranged radially centering on a central axis from said magnet support portion to said
vibration support portion, the central axis being parallel to a direction of an acoustic radiation, and

a length of one of said connection beams and a length of another connection beams are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,097,550

NAVIGATION DEVICE, SERVER, NAVIGATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A navigation device which performs navigation along a guide route to a destination, comprising:
a speech input unit which receives an input of speech;
a transmitting unit which transmits data of inputted speech to a server;
a receiving unit which receives a speech recognition result of the data of the inputted speech from the server; and
an obtaining unit which obtains terminal-use speech recognition data necessary for recognition of the inputted speech from
the server, before reaching a communication impossible area where communication with the server is impossible, in a case where
the guide route includes the communication impossible area.

US Pat. No. 9,511,678

FACILITY INFORMATION PRESENTATION DEVICE AND FACILITY INFORMATION PRESENTATION METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A facility information presentation device comprising:
an acquiring unit that acquires current position information indicating a current position of a vehicle; and
a selecting part configured to select one or more peripheral facilities to be presented from among peripheral facilities of
a charging facility for the vehicle on the basis of the current position information, an average time spent using each of
the peripheral facilities of the charging facility, a charging time that is an expected time for charging a storage cell of
the vehicle at the charging facility for charging energy for driving the vehicle, and availability for the vehicle to occupy
the charging facility after charging.

US Pat. No. 9,444,071

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT PANEL

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An organic EL panel, comprising:
a support including a resin material;
at least one organic EL element that is provided on the support and includes an organic functional layer including an organic
light-emitting layer and a pair of electrodes sandwiching the organic functional layer;

at least one pair of connecting wire pairs that are connected to the pair of respective electrodes and disposed on the support;
and

a sealing structure that seals the organic EL element and the connecting wire pairs together with the support,
wherein any one of the connecting wire pairs has a fuse part, and a buffer layer is provided between the support and the fuse
part; and

a void-containing layer, with the fuse part being held between the buffer layer and the void-containing layer.

US Pat. No. 9,162,584

CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, CHARGING SYSTEM, CORRELATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A charging control apparatus for controlling a plurality of charging apparatuses, each of the charging apparatuses being
configured to be capable of supplying electric power to a vehicle through a predetermined power supplying path, wherein
the charging control apparatus is configured to perform pairing between the vehicle and one of the plurality of charging apparatuses
based on a signal outputted from the vehicle which detects a first electric power having predetermined power pattern, the
first electric power is supplied from the one of the plurality of charging apparatuses via the predetermined power supplying
path.

US Pat. No. 9,868,392

APPROACHING VEHICLE WARNING SPEAKER DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An approaching vehicle warning speaker device comprising:
a voice coil conducting an electric signal;
a sleeve-shaped voice coil bobbin around which the voice coil is wound;
an insulating sheet wrapped around the voice coil bobbin at a location further in a sound-emission side than the voice coil;
a cap provided further in the sound-emission side than the voice coil bobbin; and
a diaphragm configured to generate sound,
wherein the voice coil bobbin and the cap are made of material containing aluminum,
the sheet is formed of non-woven fabric containing aramid,
the sheet and the diaphragm are joined to one another with an adhesive, and
an annular member is directly joined to the voice coil bobbin at a location further in a side opposite the sound-emission
side than the diaphragm.

US Pat. No. 9,528,695

MIRROR UNIT AND LIGHT SOURCE FOR ILLUMINATION

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An illumination set including a mirror, comprising:
surface light sources disposed in a fringe of the mirror;
a setting unit configured to set a luminosity for the surface light sources according to an input operation;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the surface light sources according to the luminosity set by the setting unit;
an output unit outputting a reproduced sound and being disposed in the fringe of the mirror;
side plates disposed at side edges of the mirror; and
a processing unit configured to selectively play a musical piece selected from a plurality of musical pieces according to
the luminosity of the surface light sources, wherein the setting unit is configured to select one luminosity for the surface
light sources from a plurality of preset luminosities according to the input operation and set the selected luminosity.

US Pat. No. 9,290,498

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE HAVING AN ELECTRON- AND/OR EXCITON-BLOCKING LAYER COMPRISING AN INDOLOCARBAZOLE COMPOUND

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An organic electroluminescent device comprising organic layers comprising at least a hole-injecting layer, a hole-transporting
layer, and a light-emitting layer sandwiched between an anode and a cathode,
wherein the hole-transporting layer consists essentially of one or more compounds selected from the group consisting of a
triazole derivative, an oxadiazole derivative, an imidazole derivative, a carbazole derivative, a polyarylalkane derivative,
a pyrazoline derivative, a pyrazolone derivative, a phenylenediamine derivative, an arylamine derivative, an amino-substituted
chalcone derivative, an oxazole derivative, a styrylanthracene derivative, a fluorenone derivative, a hydrazone derivative,
a stilbene derivative, a silazane derivative, an aniline-based copolymer, and a thiophene oligomer; and

wherein the light-emitting layer contains a fluorescent light-emitting material, and an electron- and/or exciton-blocking
layer containing an indolocarbazole compound represented by general formula (1) is disposed between the hole-transporting
layer and the light-emitting layer so as to be adjacent to the light-emitting layer:


in general formula (1), Z is an n-valent aromatic hydrocarbon group of 6 to 50 carbon atoms or an n-valent aromatic heterocyclic
group of 3 to 50 carbon atoms; Y is a group represented by formula (1a); n is an integer of 2 to 6; Y's may be identical with
or different from each other when n is 2 or more,

in formula (1a), ring A is an aromatic or heterocyclic ring fused to the adjacent rings and represented by formula (1b) and
ring B is a heterocyclic ring fused to the adjacent rings and represented by formula (1c); each of R1 and R2 is independently a hydrogen atom, an aliphatic hydrocarbon group of 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an aromatic hydrocarbon group of
6 to 12 carbon atoms, or an aromatic heterocyclic group of 3 to 11 carbon atoms,

in formula (1b), X is a methine group or a nitrogen atom; R3 is a hydrogen atom, an aliphatic hydrocarbon group of 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an aromatic hydrocarbon group of 6 to 12 carbon
atoms, or an aromatic heterocyclic group of 3 to 11 carbon atoms; R3 may be fused to a ring containing X to form a fused ring, and

in formula (1c), Ar is an aromatic hydrocarbon group of 6 to 50 carbon atoms or an aromatic heterocyclic group of 3 to 50
carbon atoms, and

wherein the LUMO energy of the indolocarbazole compound contained in the electron- and/or exciton-blocking layer is higher
than the LUMO energy of the fluorescent light-emitting material contained in the light-emitting layer, the LUMO energy in
eV of the indolocarbazole compound being greater than or equal to ?1.2, and

wherein the HOMO energy of the hole-transporting material contained in the hole-transporting layer is higher than the HOMO
energy of the indolocarbazole compound contained in the electron- and/or exciton-blocking layer, the HOMO energy in eV of
the hole-transporting material being greater than or equal to ?4.8.

US Pat. No. 9,182,304

POWER METER, POWER MEASUREMENT METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A power meter for use with a vehicle that individually measures a force applied to each of pedals of the vehicle, when
cranks connected to the pedals are rotated, the power meter comprising:
a first measurement unit configured to measure a first force applied to a first pedal and calculate predetermined first information
on the first pedal based on a measured value of the first force;

a second measurement unit configured to measure a second force applied to a second pedal and calculate predetermined second
information on the second pedal based on a measured value of the second force, the second information being a same kind of
the first information;

a controller; and
a mode switch configured to switch between a first mode set as default and a second mode, wherein,
the first mode in which the first measurement unit transmits the first information to the second measurement unit, the second
measurement unit adds the first information to the second information to form a sum calculation and then transmits the sum
calculation to the controller, and

the second mode in which the first measurement unit and the second measurement unit each individually transmit respectively
the first information and the second information to the controller.

US Pat. No. 9,387,859

SLIP RATIO ESTIMATION DEVICE AND SLIP RATIO ESTIMATION METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A slip ratio estimation device that estimates a slip ratio of each of a plurality of driving wheels possessed by a moving
vehicle, comprising:
a rotational speed acquisition part that acquires a rotational speed of each of said plurality of driving wheels;
a normal reaction force information acquisition part that acquires an information of normal reaction force upon each of said
plurality of driving wheels;

a torque control part configured to determine a torque instruction value for each of said plurality of driving wheels, and
to control a torque amount for each of said plurality of driving wheels on the basis of said torque instruction values that
have been determined;

a friction coefficient information calculation part configured to calculate friction coefficient information related to each
of said plurality of driving wheels, on the basis of a torque instruction value for each of said plurality of driving wheels,
results of acquisition by said rotational speed acquisition part, and results of acquisition by said normal reaction force
information acquisition part; and

a slip ratio calculation part configured to calculate the slip ratio of each of said plurality of driving wheels, on the basis
of the rotational speeds acquired by said rotational speed acquisition part and the results of calculation by said friction
coefficient information calculation part, wherein,

said slip ratio calculation part calculates a slip ratio of a first object wheel and a slip ratio of a second object wheel
based on i) a first rotational speed of the first object wheel, ii) a second rotational speed of the second object wheel,
iii) a difference between the first rotational speed and the second rotational speed, and iv) a ratio of a friction coefficient
of the first object wheel and a friction coefficient of the second object wheel, the first object wheel being included in
at least one of first driving wheels among said plurality of driving wheels, the second object wheel included in at least
one of second driving wheels among said plurality of driving wheels, said second driving wheels being different from said
first driving wheels, and

said slip ratio calculation part calculates the slip ratio of each of said plurality of driving wheels in at least one of
manners of the following (a) and (b):

(a) when said torque control part determines i) to give the same torque instruction values to both said first driving wheels
and said second driving wheels, and ii) that the normal reaction force upon said first object wheel and the normal reaction
force upon said second object wheel are different, said slip ratio calculation part performs a slip ratio calculating processing
for each of said plurality of driving wheels, and

(b) when said torque control part determines to give mutually different torque instruction values for said first driving wheels
and for said of second driving wheels, said slip ratio calculation part performs the slip ratio calculating processing for
each of said plurality of driving wheels without considering that the normal reaction force upon said first object wheel and
the normal reaction force upon said second object wheel are different or not different.

US Pat. No. 9,173,037

VIBRATING BODY FOR ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER AND SPEAKER DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A vibrating body for an acoustic transducer comprising:
a diaphragm including:
a first vibrating part,
a second vibrating part in the outer side of said first vibrating body, and
an edge portion in outer side of said second vibrating part; and
a reinforcing portion extending from said second vibrating part to said edge portion in a radial direction, wherein:
said second vibrating part includes a first region having a straight outer circumferential part and a second region having
a curved outer circumferential part; and

said reinforcing portion is formed in said second region of said second vibrating part.

US Pat. No. 9,528,892

MEASURING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A measuring device comprising:
a first strain gauge, a second strain gauge, a third strain gauge, and a fourth strain gauge that are disposed on a side face
that is a face of a crank parallel to a plane including a circle defined by rotational movement of the crank of a manpower
machine;

a first detection circuit, to which the first strain gauge and the second strain gauge are connected, detecting a rotating-direction
strain generated in a rotating direction of the crank;

a second detection circuit, to which the third strain gauge and the fourth strain gauge are connected, detecting at least
one of an inward/outward strain generated in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the crank and a pulling-direction strain
generated in a direction parallel to a longitudinal direction of the crank; and

a control unit measuring a propulsion force of the manpower machine based on the rotating-direction strain detected in the
first detection circuit, and measuring a loss force of the manpower machine based on at least one of the inward/outward strain
and the pulling-direction strain detected in the second detection circuit, wherein:

the first strain gauge, the second strain gage and the third strain gauge are arranged such that detection directions are
parallel to the longitudinal direction of the crank, and

the fourth strain gauge is arranged such that a detection direction is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the
crank.

US Pat. No. 9,520,905

IMPEDANCE MATCHING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An impedance matching apparatus configured to perform impedance matching between input impedance of a transmitting antenna
and output impedance of a power supply configured to supply electric power to the transmitting antenna, said impedance matching
apparatus comprising:
a matching circuit electrically disposed between the power supply and the transmitting antenna and having a plurality of variable
reactance elements;

an incident signal/reflected signal extracting circuit electrically disposed between the power supply and said matching circuit,
and configured to extract an incident signal, which is electric power transmitted from the power supply to the transmitting
antenna, and a reflected signal, which is electric power transmitted from the transmitting antenna to the power supply;

an estimating device configured to estimate the input impedance on the basis of the extracted incident signal and the extracted
reflected signal; and

a setting device configured to perform (i) a first step of calculating a theoretical value associated with one part of the
plurality of variable reactance elements such that the output impedance theoretically matches the input impedance on the basis
of the estimated input impedance, and of setting a value associated with one part of the plurality of variable reactance elements
such that the value becomes the calculated theoretical value, and (ii) a second step of changing a value associated with at
least one of the plurality of variable reactance elements in a condition that an absolute value of the reflected signal extracted
by said incident signal/reflected signal extracting circuit after the first step is greater than a first threshold value,
of comparing the absolute value of the reflected signal extracted by said incident signal/reflected signal extracting circuit
after changing the value associated with at least one of the plurality of variable reactance elements, and of setting a current
value associated with one part of the plurality of variable reactance elements as an official value if the compared absolute
value is less than or equal to the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,413,537

INFORMATION UPDATE SYSTEM AND METHOD, VEHICLE, CHARGER AND SERVER APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An information update system comprising a vehicle on which a battery is mounted, a charger which can charge the battery
and which can communicate with the vehicle, and a server apparatus configured to store therein position information associated
with the charger, wherein
the vehicle comprising:
a position information obtaining device configured to obtain position information associated with the vehicle when the battery
is charged by the charger; and

a vehicle-signature applying device configured to apply signature of the vehicle to the obtained position information associated
with the vehicle and charger information which contains identification information associated with the charger and which received
from the charger through communication,

the charger comprising:
a charger-signature applying device configured to apply signature of the charger to vehicle information which contains the
position information associated with the vehicle and which received from the vehicle through communication,

the vehicle or the charger further comprising:
a transmitting device configured to transmit, to the server apparatus, the charger information with the signature of the vehicle
applied thereto and the vehicle information with the signature of the charger applied thereto, and

the server apparatus updates the stored position information on the basis of the charger information with the signature of
the vehicle applied thereto and the vehicle information with the signature of the charger applied thereto transmitted by the
transmitting device.

US Pat. No. 9,064,296

TERMINAL DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM EXECUTED BY A TERMINAL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A terminal device mounted on a movable body, comprising:
an image capturing unit;
an image generating unit which generates a display image corresponding to a traveling direction of the movable body from a
captured image captured by the image capturing unit based on a deviation of an image capturing direction of the image capturing
unit with respect to the traveling direction of the movable body; and

a display unit which displays the display image generated by the image generating unit,
wherein the image generating unit obtains an output from an acceleration sensor which detects acceleration of the movable
body in two-dimensional directions, and obtains the deviation of the image capturing direction with respect to the traveling
direction based on the output from the acceleration sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,565,993

ENDOSCOPE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An endoscope comprising:
a lens barrel unit that has a relay lens system;
a camera unit that is connected to a base end side of the lens barrel unit and has an imaging device imaging an object through
the relay lens system;

a coaxial illumination unit that is disposed coaxially with the imaging device to surround the imaging device and illuminates
the object through the relay lens system; and

a focus position shift member that is disposed at one of a plurality of image formation positions in the relay lens system
and shifts a focus position of illumination light from the coaxial illumination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,237,856

LIGHT DETECTING APPARATUS AND FLUID MEASURING APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A light detecting apparatus for detecting a signal light component included in input light, said light detecting apparatus
comprising:
an optical current transducer unit which includes first and second photoelectric conversion element units each converting
the input light to an electric current and outputting it, and which outputs a differential current between an electric current
outputted by the first photoelectric conversion element unit and an electric current outputted by the second photoelectric
conversion element unit as a detected current; and

a first current/voltage converting unit which amplifies the detected current outputted from said optical current transducer
unit, converts it to a voltage signal, and outputs the voltage signal, wherein

the first and second photoelectric conversion element units are connected in series such that cathodes thereof or anode thereof
are connected to each other, and

a connection point between the first and second photoelectric conversion element units connected in series is floating.

US Pat. No. 9,241,220

SPEAKER DEVICE

Pioneer Corporation, Kan...

1. A speaker device comprising:
a diaphragm;
a frame supporting the diaphragm vibratably in a vibration direction with a first axis; and
a driving part disposed in proximity of the frame and vibrating the diaphragm corresponding to an audio signal, wherein
the driving part includes:
a magnetic circuit having a magnetic gap;
a voice coil supporting part having a voice coil and vibrating in a direction with a second axis different from the vibration
direction of the diaphragm with the first axis; and

a vibration-direction-conversion part direction-converting the vibration in the direction with the second axis of the voice
coil supporting part and transmitting the vibration in the direction with the first axis to the diaphragm,

wherein the vibration-direction-conversion part includes link parts angle-converting one another formed between the voice
coil supporting part and the diaphragm.

US Pat. No. 9,590,209

MIRROR DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A mirror device comprising:
a plurality of organic EL elements and a plurality of metal mirror surface portions that are divided by banks made of a light-transmissive
dielectric and aligned on a substrate, wherein

each of the organic EL elements has an organic layer that is formed between a light-transmissive electrode and a reflection
electrode and contains a light-emitting layer, and

each of the metal mirror surface portions and each of the organic EL elements or each group of the metal mirror surface portions
and each group of the organic EL elements are alternately disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,338,859

ILLUMINATED MAKEUP MIRROR SET AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LIGHT SOURCE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An illuminated makeup mirror set having a mirror unit, comprising:
a surface light source for illumination with adjustable color and brightness of an image of a person reflected in a mirror
surface of the mirror unit under the ambient light when the surface light source is turned off;

a memory unit in which illumination conditions corresponding to a plurality of scenes are stored, the illumination conditions
including color and brightness of the person in each of the plurality of scenes;

a detection unit for detecting color and brightness of ambient light at an installation position of the makeup mirror set;
a selection unit for selecting one of the plurality of scenes according to an input operation;
an acquisition unit for acquiring, from the memory unit, the illumination conditions corresponding to the scene selected through
the selection unit; and

an adjustment unit for adjusting the color and brightness of the surface light source according to the color and brightness
of the person detected by the detection unit and the illumination conditions acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,045,057

EFFICIENCY MAP GENERATING APPARATUS, EFFICIENCY MAP GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An efficiency map generating apparatus that generates an efficiency map of a plurality of motors connected to drive wheels
of a mobile body, the efficiency map generating apparatus comprising: a power consumption detecting device including an ammeter
and a voltmeter, the power consumption detecting device detecting power consumption of the motors; a rotation count detector
that detects rotation counts of the motors; and a processor configured to: detect an instructed torque input for the motors,
based on a manipulation amount of an accelerator pedal of the mobile body, distribute the instructed torque in a plurality
of combinations to each of the motors, based on the instructed torque by selecting at least one or all of a plurality of drive
wheels connected to the motor, generate the efficiency map based on the torque in the combinations, the power consumption,
and the rotation counts, change the torque distribution of the motors when the mobile body is caused to run under a condition
that the instructed torque is constant with zero yaw moment around a gravity center of the mobile body, generate the efficiency
map under the condition, and reiteratively perform processing to generate the efficiency map for each speed of a plurality
of speeds of the mobile body.

US Pat. No. 9,947,310

ACOUSTIC CONVERSION DEVICE FOR ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An acoustic conversion device for an active noise control comprising:a speaker unit for emitting sound into a room space of a vehicle; and
a closed space-forming unit for forming a closed space, the speaker unit being mounted to the closed space-forming unit, wherein
the speaker unit includes a vibration plate and an edge which supports the vibration plate, one surface of the vibration plate emits sound to the room space, and the other surface thereof emits sound to the closed space,
a volume of the closed space is smaller than an equivalent compliance air volume of the speaker unit,
an effective vibration diameter of the vibration plate is 10 cm or more and 14 cm or less, and
the volume of the closed space is 5 liters or more and 7 liters or less.

US Pat. No. 9,500,862

DISPLAY INFORMATION GENERATING APPARATUS, DISPLAY INFORMATION GENERATING METHOD, A PROGRAM FOR DISPLAY INFORMATION GENERATING, AND INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A display information generating apparatus that generates display information to be shown in a display means, the display
means moving together with a movable body, the display information generating apparatus comprising:
a position information acquiring means that acquires position information indicating a position of the movable body;
a distance information acquiring means that acquires distance information indicating distances between the position of the
movable body and respective terrestrial objects, on the basis of the acquired position information, the terrestrial objects
being positioned along a moving path on which the movable body is movable; and

a generating means that generates the display information on the basis of the acquired position information and the acquired
distance information, the display information being used for showing terrestrial object indices in the display means along
a path mark indicating the moving path, the terrestrial object indices indicating the terrestrial objects on both sides of
the moving path, the terrestrial object indices being arranged in the order in which the terrestrial object indices appear
along with the movement of the movable body,

wherein the generating means generates the display information being used for showing the path mark in the display means to
express the moving path extending in the depth direction of the display means,

in a case where the terrestrial objects exist on the left side of the moving path, the generating means generates the display
information being used for showing the terrestrial object indices indicating the terrestrial objects existing on the left
side of the moving path on only the left side of the path mark, and

in a case where the terrestrial objects exist on the right side of the moving path, the generating means generates the display
information being used for showing the terrestrial object indices indicating the terrestrial objects existing on the right
side of the moving path on only the right side of the path mark.

US Pat. No. 9,476,917

POWER THEFT INSPECTION APPARATUS AND POWER THEFT INSPECTION METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A power theft inspection apparatus to be mounted on a power transmitting apparatus provided with a power transmission unit
and a power supply unit that is configured to supply alternating current (AC) power to the power transmission unit, said power
theft inspection apparatus comprising:
a switching device configured to electrically cut off the power transmission unit from the power supply unit and to short-circuit
an input unit of the power transmission unit;

a current detecting device configured to detect a current flowing through the power transmission unit; and
a power theft detecting device configured to control said switching device to electrically cut off the power transmission
unit from the power supply unit and to short-circuit the input unit of the power transmission unit, and determine whether
or not there is power theft according to the detected current by said current detecting device.

US Pat. No. 9,331,663

IMPEDANCE MATCHING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An impedance matching device included in a wireless electric power transmission system, the wireless electric power transmission
system transmitting wireless electric power radiated from a power transmission antenna to a power reception antenna by coupling
the power transmission antenna with the power reception antenna through an electromagnetic field, the impedance matching device
being provided between a power transmission circuit and the power transmission antenna, the impedance matching device comprising:
an input impedance estimation unit configured to estimate an input impedance equivalent value corresponding to an input impedance
of the power transmission antenna or a value equivalent thereto;

a first matching circuit configured to include a first variable inductor element and a first variable capacitor element, the
first variable inductor element being connected in series between the power transmission circuit and the power transmission
antenna, one end of the first variable capacitor element being grounded, another end of the first variable capacitor element
being connected between the power transmission antenna and the first variable inductor element;

a second matching circuit configured to include a second variable inductor element and a second variable capacitor element,
the second variable inductor element being connected in series between the power transmission circuit and the power transmission
antenna, one end of the second variable capacitor element being grounded, another end of the second variable capacitor element
being connected between the power transmission circuit and the second variable inductor element;

a through circuit connected in series between the power transmission circuit and the power transmission antenna;
a load value estimation unit configured to estimate a value of a load of a power circuit in which the transmitted electric
power is consumed, the power circuit being connected to the power reception antenna;

a storage unit configured to store control values each associated with the value of the load and the input impedance equivalent
value, each of the control values corresponding to an inductance value and a capacitance value, the inductive and capacitance
values needed for matching to a predetermined impedance value used by the first matching circuit or the second matching circuit;

a circuit selection unit configured to electrically connect one of the first matching circuit, the second matching circuit
and the through circuit based on the estimated value of the load and the estimated input impedance equivalent value; and

a control value output unit configured to read out one of the control values stored in the storage unit based on the estimated
value of the load and the estimated input impedance equivalent value, and to output the control value to the respective circuit
selected by the circuit selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,649,972

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING SURROUNDING CONDITIONS OF MOVING BODY

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A system for detecting surrounding conditions of a moving body comprising:
a plurality of illumination devices disposed in a cabin of the moving body so that light emitting faces of the illumination
devices are directed into an inside of the cabin, each of said plurality of illumination devices having a switch for switching
between a lighting state and an unlit state;

a detector for detecting an object to which attention must be paid around the moving body; and
a controller for changing a state of at least one of said plurality of illumination devices upon detecting said object,
wherein when the object is a lighting rear lamp of a vehicle travelling in front of the moving body, the controller causes
one or more of the illumination devices which are disposed in front of a moving body driver's seat to light or blink with
a color corresponding to a lighting color of said rear lamp.

US Pat. No. 9,215,783

LIGHTING MODULE HAVING SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE AND LIGHTING SYSTEM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A lighting module having a surface light source, and receiving a light emission control command transmitted from a master
device, and driving and controlling the surface light source in accordance with control data for its own, the control data
being included in the received light emission control command, the lighting module comprising:
an external input detection sensor provided on a light-emitting surface of the surface light source or in a vicinity thereof,
for detecting an external input;

transmitting means for transmitting an address request command to the master device when the external input is detected by
the external input detection sensor;

acquisition means for receiving an address assignment command transmitted from the master device in response to the address
request command so as to acquire an address included in the address assignment command; and

means for extracting the control data for its own from the light emission control command according to the address acquired
by the acquisition means.

US Pat. No. 9,810,908

VIRTUAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A virtual image display device comprising:
a light source which emits a light corresponding to an image to be displayed;
an image forming element which forms the image to be displayed; and
an optical element which reflects a light emitted from the image forming element to display a virtual image, the optical element
having a concave shape opposite to a traveling direction of the light emitted from the image forming element,

wherein the light emitted from the image forming element enters the optical element without being reflected by another optical
element,

wherein the image forming element is an exit-pupil expanding element which expands an exit-pupil of the light irradiated from
a light source,

wherein the light source is arranged such that the optical axis of the light emitted from the light source enters the image
forming element non-perpendicularly to an incident surface of the image forming element, and

wherein an output surface of the image forming element is arranged in a direction substantially orthogonal to a direction
of viewing the virtual image through the optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,810,961

LIGHT EMITTING SYSTEM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light emitting system, comprising:
a light source;
a light transmission quantity adjustment unit which is arranged with a space from the light source, and adjusts a light transmission
quantity; and

a control unit which controls the light transmission quantity adjustment unit based on a timing at which the light source
emits light,

wherein, based on the timing at which the light source emits light, the control unit decreases the light transmission quantity
of the light transmission quantity adjustment unit from before a start of the timing of emitting the light, so as to prevent
leakage of light from the light source.

US Pat. No. 9,602,900

SPEAKER FRAME AND SPEAKER HAVING THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A speaker frame, comprising:
a vibration support portion including a vibrating body attachment portion supporting a vibrating body of a speaker, and a
tubular portion arranged in a rear face side of the vibrating body attachment portion;

a magnet support portion arranged inside of said vibration support portion and supporting a magnetic circuit portion of said
speaker; and

a plurality of connection beams connecting said vibration support portion and said magnet support portion, wherein
a portion of the other connection beam connecting to the tubular portion is positioned nearer to the magnet support portion
compared to a portion of one connection beam connecting to the vibrating body attachment portion,

wherein the other connection beam includes a first linear portion and a second linear portion, and
wherein the first linear portion connects to the tubular portion, and the second linear portion extends to the vibrating body
attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 9,413,449

DIVERSITY RECEPTION APPARATUS, DIVERSITY RECEPTION METHOD, RECEPTION PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A diversity reception apparatus that receives a digitally modulated signal by single carrier modulation, comprising:
a plurality of branch processing parts to which a plurality of received signals are respectively inputted individually;
a combining and equalizing part calculating an equalized signal from said plurality of received signals; and
a transmitted symbol estimation part calculating an estimated transmitted symbol from said equalized signal;
wherein each of said branch processing parts comprise:
a channel estimation part calculating a channel characteristic, and
a noise estimation part calculating an estimated noise power spectrum; and
wherein:
said combining and equalizing part calculates said equalized signal on the basis of said channel characteristic and said estimated
noise power spectrum,

said channel estimation part comprises an adaptive filter that takes said estimated transmitted symbol as filter input and
generating a desired filter output signal from said received signal, and calculates said estimated channel characteristic
from filter coefficients of said adaptive filter, and

said noise estimation part calculates said estimated noise power spectrum on the basis of a residual signal calculated by
said adaptive filter.

US Pat. No. 9,337,798

IMPEDANCE MATCHING DEVICE, POWER RECEPTION-SIDE DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An impedance matching device provided between a power transmission circuit and a power transmission antenna, the impedance
matching device comprising:
an input impedance estimation unit configured to estimate an input impedance of the power transmission antenna;
a matching circuit configured to perform impedance matching between the power transmission circuit and the power transmission
antenna;

a control communication unit configured to receive an estimated value of a load from a power reception-side device, the power
reception-side device including a reception antenna and the load, the reception antenna being electromagnetically connected
to the transmission antenna and receiving a wireless electric power signal transmitted from the power transmission antenna;
and

an output unit configured to output a control value for controlling the matching circuit based on the estimated value of the
load and the input impedance.

US Pat. No. 9,521,490

SPEAKER DIAPHRAGM AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR SPEAKER DIAPHRAGM

Pioneer Corporation, Kan...

1. A speaker diaphragm comprising a first layer and a second layer, wherein
said first layer has mica and is configured by a first component member, which is a tangled fiber body,
said tangled fiber body is configured by a natural fiber and a synthetic fiber different from said natural fiber, and
said synthetic fiber is a polyvinyl alcohol fiber having boron,
weight of the synthetic fiber is lower than weight of the natural fiber, and
said second layer being configured by a second component member, which is a tangled fiber body.

US Pat. No. 9,705,105

CONNECTION STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRICAL COMPONENT

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A connection structure for an electrical component comprising:
a substrate;
a conductor on the substrate;
an organic EL element on the substrate;
a sealing film insulating and covering the conductor and the organic EL element;
an electrical component; and
an anisotropic conductive film having first conductive particles and second conductive particles,
wherein the first conductive particle is harder than the second conductive particle,
the anisotropic conductive film connects the conductor and the electrical component, and
the first conductive particle pushes, breaks, or passes through the sealing film to contact the conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,664,374

ILLUMINATED MIRROR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ILLUMINATION THEREOF

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An illuminated mirror device comprising:
a mirror;
a light-emitting part for illumination disposed near the mirror; and
means for driving the light-emitting part, and
means for detecting a face direction of a person in front of the mirror with respect to the mirror, wherein
the means for driving controls an emission luminance distribution on a light-emitting surface of the light-emitting part based
on the face direction detected by the means for detecting, wherein the means for driving sets a luminance of a region of the
light-emitting surface opposite to the face direction with respect to a center line of the mirror so as to be greater than
a luminance of a region of the light-emitting surface corresponding to the face direction when the face direction detected
by the means for detecting is shifted from a direction directly facing the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,318,095

ACTIVE VIBRATION NOISE CONTROL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An active vibration noise control device for canceling a vibration noise by making plural speakers output control sounds,
comprising:
a basic signal generating unit which generates a basic signal based on a vibration noise frequency generated by a vibration
noise source;

plural adaptive notch filters which generate control signals provided to each of the plural speakers by applying filter coefficients
to the basic signal, in order to make the plural speakers generate the control sounds so that the vibration noise generated
by the vibration noise source is canceled;

a microphone which detects a cancellation error between the vibration noise and the control sound, and outputs an error signal;
a reference signal generating unit which generates a reference signal from the basic signal based on transfer functions from
the plural speakers to the microphone;

plural filter coefficient updating units which update the filter coefficients used by each of the plural adaptive notch filters
based on the error signal and the reference signal so as to minimize the error signal;

a dip band determining unit which determines a dip band in which a transfer characteristic from the speaker to the microphone
has a dip, based on amplitude characteristics of an output sound from the speaker;

a storage unit which stores the dip band determined by the dip band determining unit; and
a step-size parameter changing unit which changes a step-size parameter used for updating the filter coefficient of one or
more filter coefficient updating units in the plural filter coefficient updating units,

wherein, when the vibration noise frequency is in the dip band stored in the storage unit, the step-size parameter changing
unit changes the step-size parameter to a value smaller than a basic step-size parameter used when the vibration noise frequency
is not in the dip band.

US Pat. No. 10,070,797

MEASURING APPARATUS, PROBE PORTION, AND CONNECTING CABLE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A measuring apparatus of an optical type comprising a probe portion and a main body portion, which are electrically connected to each other by a connecting cable,said probe portion having:
a light source;
a reference voltage generating device configured to apply predetermined reference voltage to said main body portion; and
a storing device configured to store therein current adjustment information, which is information for adjusting a drive current to be supplied to the light source,
said main body portion having:
a drive current supplying device configured to supply the drive current to the light source, due to the applied reference voltage; and
a controlling device configured to control the drive current supplying device in such a manner that the drive current has a drive current value to be supplied to the light source, on the basis of the stored current adjustment information,
wherein said connecting cable is formed integrally with said probe portion, and has a connector at one end of said connecting cable configured to be attached to or be detached from said main body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,071,630

DISPLAY DEVICE AND DISPLAY METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A display device loaded on a vehicle, the display device comprising:a receiver which receives an application image from an information processing terminal, the application image being generated by execution of an application in the information processing terminal,
a display which displays the application image;
an obtaining system which obtains, from the information processing terminal, a property of the application which is information indicating whether or not the application generating the application image is externally controllable by the display device; and
a controller which regulates display of the application image when the property of the application indicates that the application is not externally controllable by the display device and the vehicle is running.

US Pat. No. 9,935,468

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS AND POWER RECEIVING METHOD

Pioneer Corporation, Kan...

1. A power receiving apparatus in combination with a power transmitting apparatus, the power receiving apparatus configured to transmit and receive electric power in a wireless manner with the power transmitting apparatus, said power receiving apparatus comprising:a power reception unit;
a direct current (DC) voltage changing device which electrically connects the power reception unit and an electrical load and which can change DC voltage supplied to the electrical load; and
a controlling device configured to control the DC voltage supplied from said DC voltage changing device to the electrical load to bring a current phase difference between current of a power transmission unit of the power transmitting apparatus and current of the power reception unit close to 180 degrees when the electric power is transmitted and received between the power transmission unit and the power reception unit, wherein,
the power transmitting apparatus is comprised of a direct current (DC) power supply, a primary resonance capacitor, a primary coil in series with the primary resonance capacitor, an inverter and a resonant frequency detecting apparatus connected to the inverter, by the DC power supply and the inverter, high-frequency alternating current (AC) power is supplied to the primary coil for transfer to the power reception unit, and
the controlling device is comprised of a control apparatus connected to the direct current (DC) voltage changing device and wirelessly connected to the resonant frequency detecting apparatus of power transmitting apparatus, the control apparatus configured to i) obtain a resonant frequency of the inverter detected by the resonant frequency detecting apparatus of the power transmitting apparatus, and ii) using the obtained resonant frequency of the inverter, control the DC voltage supplied from said DC voltage changing device to the electrical load, to change a combined impedance between impedance associated with the electrical load and an impedance associated with said DC voltage changing device, said controlling apparatus controlling the DC voltage supplied from said DC voltage changing device to change the combined impedance in a direction in which the combined impedance becomes changes with respect to an excitation reactance associated with the power transmission unit and the power reception unit such that the DC voltage supplied from said DC voltage changing device to the electrical load brings the current phase difference between current of the power transmission unit of the power transmitting apparatus and current of the power reception unit close to 180 degrees when the electric power is transmitted and received between the power transmission unit and the power reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,698,606

WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION ANTENNA APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A wireless power transmission antenna apparatus comprising:
an antenna coil obtained by winding a conductive member;
a plurality of plate-like members, each containing metal and disposed in surroundings of the antenna coil and in a radial
direction of the antenna coil; and

a housing case containing metal and configured to accommodate therein the antenna coil and the plurality of plate-like members,
wherein
a plate face of each of the plurality of plate-like member crosses a direction of extension of the conductive member, and
each of the plurality of plate-like members extends radially from an air core of the antenna coil.

US Pat. No. 9,615,166

ELECTRONIC MACHINE, AND AUTOMOBILE AND ACCOMMODATION UNIT PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An electronic machine comprising:
a speaker unit;
a housing; and
a rotating device,
wherein a sidewall of the speaker unit facing the housing is provided with a contact portion contacting the housing, and the
housing is provided with a contacted portion into which the contact portion is fitted,

wherein the rotating device rotates the speaker unit with respect to the housing,
wherein the speaker unit is provided with an opening portion formed along a direction in which the contact portion extends,
wherein a member, which is supported by the housing and extends substantially in parallel to a rotational axis of the speaker
unit is adapted to be passing through the opening portion substantially in parallel to the rotational axis so as to keep the
contact portion fitted into the contacted portion, and

wherein the speaker unit is rotated along the contacted portion.

US Pat. No. 9,489,052

IMAGE RECOGNITION DEVICE, IMAGE RECOGNITION METHOD, IMAGE RECOGNITION PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An image recognition device comprising:
an imaging unit disposed in a moving body, that captures an image of a user riding on the moving body;
an acceleration detection unit that detects an acceleration added to said imaging unit;
a device vibration detection unit that detects a relative device vibration between said moving body and said imaging unit
wherein the relative device vibration occurs due to the vibration of said moving body based on said acceleration;

a coupled vibration detection unit that detects a coupled vibration as a relative vibration of a predetermined body portion
of the user that is an object to be captured by said imaging unit wherein the coupled vibration occurs due to a vibration
of said moving body; and

a recognition unit that recognizes a position of the predetermined body portion of said user based on said image captured
by said imaging unit, the device vibration detected by said device vibration detection unit, and said coupled vibration detected
by said coupled vibration detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,927,468

POWER THEFT INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A power theft inspection apparatus configured to detect presence or absence of power theft for a power transmitting apparatus provided with a power transmission unit having two terminals, a power supply unit configured to supply alternating current (AC) power to the power transmission unit, a first switch unit disposed between one of the two terminals and the power supply unit, a second switch unit which allows a short-circuit between the two terminals, and a first current detecting device configured to detect a current flowing through the power transmission unit, said power theft inspection apparatus comprising:a controlling device configured to control the first switch unit such that the first switch unit is opened and then control the second switch unit such that the second switch unit is closed; and
a determining device configured to determine whether or not there is the power theft according to the current detected by the first current detecting device,
wherein said controlling device controls a third switch, which is disposed between a power reception control circuit and a power reception unit of a power receiving apparatus configured to receive electric power transmitted from the power transmitting apparatus, such that the third switch unit is opened, before controlling the first switch unit such that the first switch unit is opened.

US Pat. No. 9,786,865

OPTICAL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An optical device, comprising:
a joining structure in which a first conductive film that is constituted by a conductive material and a second conductive
film that is constituted by a metal material are joined to each other at an interface where an end of the first conductive
film overlaps an end of the second conductive film, such that the first conductive film and the second conductive film only
overlap at the interface, and

an organic EL element comprising a first electrode, a second electrode, and an organic layer positioned between the first
electrode and the second electrode, wherein the joining structure is positioned apart from the organic EL element, and the
interface is spaced apart from, and does not overlap, the first electrode and the second electrode and the organic layer of
the organic EL element;

wherein in the joining structure, a dispersing agent that is constituted by a material different from the conductive material
exists in a portion of the first conductive film which is located at the periphery of the second conductive film.

US Pat. No. 9,592,741

CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS, CHARGING CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM IMPLEMENTING SUCH

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A charging control apparatus for controlling a plurality of charging apparatuses, each of the charging apparatuses being
configured to be capable of supplying electric power to a vehicle through a predetermined power supplying path, wherein
the charging control apparatus is configured to perform pairing between the vehicle and one of the plurality of charging apparatuses
based on a signal outputted from the vehicle which detects a first electric power having predetermined power pattern, the
first electric power is supplied from the one of the plurality of charging apparatuses to the vehicle via the predetermined
power supplying path,

the charging control apparatus is configured to control at least one charging apparatus such that at least one charging apparatus
supplies the first electric power to the vehicle after receiving a request for starting the pairing via wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,544,168

CHANNEL ESTIMATION DEVICE, RECEIVING DEVICE, CHANNEL ESTIMATION METHOD, CHANNEL ESTIMATION PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A channel estimation device to which a received signal of a digitally modulated wave upon which a predetermined DC component
is superimposed is inputted, comprising:
a sum of products calculation unit performing sum of products calculation of a predetermined plural tap number of items of
tap data and a same predetermined plural tap number of coefficients;

a tap sum total calculation unit calculating a sum total of said predetermined plural tap number of items of tap data;
a replica calculation unit calculating a replica signal on the basis of a sum of products calculation result, said sum total
of said predetermined tap number of items of tap data, and a correction coefficient;

a residual calculation unit calculating a residual signal as the difference between said replica signal and said received
signal;

a coefficient updating unit updating said predetermined plural tap number of coefficients on the basis of said predetermined
plural tap number of items of tap data and said residual signal; and

a correction coefficient calculation unit calculating said correction coefficient on the basis of said residual signal,
wherein said tap data is either a data symbol before superimposition of said DC component, or an evaluation thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,876,418

ACTUATOR

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An actuator comprising:
a planar movable portion;
a supporting portion which supports the movable portion; and
a torsion bar which connects the movable portion and the supporting portion along a longitudinal direction thereof such that
the movable portion swings around a rotational axis which is along the longitudinal direction,

a rib being formed on a surface of the movable portion, the rib maintaining a flatness of the movable portion,
the movable portion having a protruding portion near a connecting portion between the torsion bar and the movable portion,
the protruding portion protruding in a direction along the surface and protruding toward an outside of the movable portion
than a surrounding area portion,

at least one portion of the rib being formed on the surface to extend on the protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,755,180

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light emitting device comprising:
a substrate;
an organic EL element which is formed over the substrate;
a sealing film which is formed over the organic EL element; and
a buffer film which is located between the organic EL element and the sealing film,
wherein the buffer film comes into close contact with the sealing film, and the sealing film includes a plurality of layers,
each of which is formed of an oxide,

wherein the organic EL element includes an upper electrode on a side opposite to the substrate,
wherein the buffer film includes a first layer coming into contact with the upper electrode and a second layer coming into
contact with the sealing film, and

wherein adhesive force between the sealing film and the second layer is higher than adhesive force between the upper electrode
and the first layer.

US Pat. No. 9,635,463

VIBRATING BODY FOR SPEAKER DEVICE AND SPEAKER DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A vibrating body for speaker device comprising:
a first interlaced fiber member; and
a second interlaced fiber member overlapping with the first interlaced fiber member, wherein one of the first interlaced fiber
member and the second interlaced fiber member includes a polyvinyl alcohol fiber containing boron,

wherein the first interlaced fiber member includes a bent portion and a first vibration portion,
wherein the second interlaced fiber member includes a second vibration portion, and
wherein fibers of the first interlaced fiber member are longer than fibers of the second interlaced fiber member.

US Pat. No. 9,574,761

ILLUMINATED MIRROR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ILLUMINATION THEREOF

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An illuminated mirror device comprising:
a mirror;
a light-emitting part for illumination disposed near the mirror; and
means for driving the light-emitting part, and
means for detecting a face direction of a person in front of the mirror with respect to the mirror, wherein
the means for driving controls an emission luminance distribution on a light-emitting surface of the light-emitting part based
on the face direction detected by the means for detecting, wherein the means for driving sets a luminance of a region of the
light-emitting surface opposite to the face direction with respect to a center line of the mirror so as to be greater than
a luminance of a region of the light-emitting surface corresponding to the face direction when the face direction detected
by the means for detecting is shifted from a direction directly facing the mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,015,585

SPEAKER FRAME AND SPEAKER HAVING THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A speaker frame, comprising:a vibration support portion including a vibrating body mounting portion for a vibrating body of a speaker, and a tubular portion connecting to the vibrating body mounting portion;
a magnet support portion arranged inside of the vibration support portion and supporting a magnetic circuit portion of the speaker; and
a plurality of connection beams connecting the vibration support portion and the magnet support portion,
wherein the plurality of connection beams contains a first connection beam connected to the vibration support portion at a connection portion, and a second connection beam connected to the vibration support portion at a portion spaced apart the connection portion in a sound emitting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,935,499

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power feeder;
a power receiver disposed with a space from said power feeder;
a power storing device electrically connected to said power feeder and configured to supply power to a load;
a detecting device configured to detect a power storage state associated with said power storing device;
a distance changing device configured to change a distance between said power feeder and said power receiver; and
a controlling device configured to control said power feeder to change output power outputted from said power feeder according to the detected power storage state, and to control said distance changing device to change the distance according to the output power.

US Pat. No. 9,722,213

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A method for manufacturing an electronic device comprising:
a step of coating a substrate partially with a partially coating member;
a step of forming an element on said substrate;
a step of forming a coating film on said substrate to cover said element and said partially coating member;
a step of forming a crack in said coating film on said partially coating member; and
a step of removing said coating film on said partially coating member together with said partially coating member,
wherein said partially coating member has a reverse taper surface on a side thereof, said coating film is formed so as to
cover said reverse taper surface in said step of forming said coating film, and said crack is formed along an acute edge at
an upper end edge of said partially coating member.

US Pat. No. 9,620,964

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD, POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising a power transmission coil and configured to transmit electric power in a wireless
manner to a power receiving apparatus, said power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a foreign body detecting device configured to detect a foreign body positioned in surroundings of the power transmission coil;
a coil displacement detecting device configured to detect displacement between the power transmission coil and a power reception
coil of the power receiving apparatus; and

a power controlling device configured to control electric power supplied to the power transmission coil so that a magnetic
flux density at a position of the detected foreign body is less than or equal to a predetermined value, on the basis of output
of the foreign body detecting device and output of the coil displacement detecting device.

US Pat. No. 10,149,063

VIBRATING BODY FOR ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER AND SPEAKER DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A vibrating body for an acoustic transducer comprising:a diaphragm including a first vibrating part and a second vibrating part located at an outer circumference of the first vibrating part;
a coil configured to vibrate the diaphragm;
an edge portion located at an outer circumference of the diaphragm;
a plurality of first ribs provided outside of the coil on the second vibrating part formed integrally with the second vibrating part; and
a plurality of second ribs provided on the edge portion formed integrally with the edge portion, wherein:
none of the integrally formed the plurality of first ribs is provided inside of the coil on the first vibrating part; and
the plurality of first ribs provided on the second vibrating part are formed in an inner circumferential side of regions of the edge portion, the regions being located between the plurality of second ribs provided on the edge portion next to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,993,194

SLEEPINESS CALCULATION DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A sleepiness calculation device comprising:a biological information acquisition section for obtaining biological information on heartbeat of a subject;
an active state acquisition section for obtaining a current active state of the subject;
a sleepiness baseline heart rate acquisition section for obtaining a sleepiness baseline heart rate as a first baseline heart rate according to the current active state from a sleepiness baseline heart rate storage section storing the sleepiness baseline heart rate of the subject for each active state;
and
a sleepiness level calculation section for calculating information on sleepiness of the subject based on the first baseline heart rate and the biological information.

US Pat. No. 9,956,476

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMMUNICATION PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM STORING THE COMMUNICATION PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A communication terminal communicably connected via a network to at least one another communication terminal, the communication terminal comprising:a receiver configured to receive opponent information, match-type game information, reward information, and reward paying place information for the match-type game;
an inputter configured to input acceptance of the match-type game;
win-loss result acquirer configured to acquire a win-loss result of the match-type game;
an outputter configured to output the opponent information, the match-type game information, the reward information, the reward paying place information, and the win-loss result;
an opponent assignor configured to assign an opponent to play the match-type game;
a reward assignor configured to assign a reward for a result of the match-type game;
a paying place assignor configured to assign a paying place of the reward; and
a transmitter configured to transmit opponent information to play the match-type game with the opponent assigned by the opponent assignor, reward information assigned by the reward assignor, and reward paving place information assigned by the paving place assignor,
wherein the receiver is configured to receive map data, and the outputter is configured to output information indicating the win-loss result on the reward paying place on the map,
wherein the opponent to play the match-type game assigned by the opponent assignor and the reward for the result of the match-type game by the reward assignor are decided before starting the match-type game,
wherein the match-type game is a win-loss match-type game, and is performed by a user and the opponent assigned by the opponent assignor,
wherein the win-loss result of the match-type game includes a win-loss result of a bet for win-loss result of the match-game, and
wherein when the opponent is assigned by the opponent assignor, the outputter is configured to output information for confirming whether or not the opponent agrees to the match-type game based on the opponent information, the match-type game information, and the reward information received in the receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,912,255

ELECTROSTATIC ACTUATOR, VARIABLE CAPACITANCE CAPACITOR, ELECTRIC SWITCH, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING ELECTROSTATIC ACTUATOR

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An electrostatic actuator comprising:
a fixed electrode that is disposed on a substrate;
a movable electrode that is disposed so as to face the fixed electrode and approaches the fixed electrode with an electrostatic
force generated between the movable electrode and the fixed electrode; and

a spacer that comes in contact with one of the fixed electrode and the movable electrode in an approaching state in which
the fixed electrode and the movable electrode approach each other and forms a prescribed air gap between the fixed electrode
and the movable electrode, wherein

the spacer has a spacer electrode portion that comes in contact with the one electrode via an insulator and has a same potential
as the one electrode at least in the approaching state.

US Pat. No. 9,854,339

SPEAKER SYSTEM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A speaker system comprising:
a speaker device; and
a cabinet including a speaker-fixation wall to which the speaker device is to be affixed, an opposing wall opposing to the
speaker-fixation wall, and two pairs of side walls opposing to each other that are provided between the speaker-fixation wall
and the opposing wall,

wherein a first duct communicating with an interior space of the cabinet is provided at the side wall of the cabinet,
wherein a first opening that makes the interior space of the cabinet communicated with an inlet of the first duct is provided
at an area encompassing a central portion of one side wall in an one pair of side walls that has a shorter mutual distance
therebetween in the two pairs of side walls,

wherein a second duct communicating with the interior space of the cabinet is provided at the side wall of the cabinet, and
wherein a second opening that makes the interior space of the cabinet communicated with an inlet of the second duct is provided
at an area encompassing a central portion of an other side wall in one pair of side walls that has a shorter mutual distance
therebetween in the two pairs of side walls.

US Pat. No. 9,825,248

OPTICAL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An optical device, comprising:
a joining structure in which a first conductive film that is constituted by a conductive material and a second conductive
film that is constituted by a metal material are joined to each other,

wherein in the joining structure,
a part of the second conductive film comes into contact with the first conductive film, and
a plurality of concave portions are provided in a contact surface of the second conductive film which comes into contact with
the first conductive film,

wherein, in a cross-sectional shape of at least a part of the plurality of concave portions which are provided in the contact
surface, at least a part between an opening end and a bottom portion of the concave portions has a cross-sectional width that
is greater than a cross-sectional width of the opening end.

US Pat. No. 9,802,532

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING SURROUNDING CONDITIONS OF MOVING BODY

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A system for detecting surrounding conditions of a moving body comprising:
a plurality of illumination devices disposed on the moving body, each of said plurality of illumination devices having a switch
for switching between a lighting state and an unlit state;

a detector for detecting an object, to which attention must be paid around the moving body; and
a controller for changing a state of at least one of said plurality of illumination devices upon detecting said object, wherein
said controller forcibly causes an illumination device among said plurality of illumination devices, which is disposed at
a position corresponding to a direction of said object, to light or blink.

US Pat. No. 9,785,028

DISPLAY APPARATUS, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND SCREEN APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a screen having an optical layer whose optical state is changed by applying a voltage and a plurality of control electrodes
arranged side by side along the optical layer to apply the voltage to the optical layer;

a projector configured to project image light on the screen to display an image; and
a controller configured to apply the voltage to the plurality of control electrodes, to switch the optical state of the screen
by the unit of each of segmented regions corresponding to the each of the control electrodes, between a predetermined visual
state in which the image light is scattered and a nonvisual state which is different from the visual state, in a projection
period of the image light,

wherein the controller switches the optical state of each of the plurality of segmented regions in the projection period of
the image light, in synchronous with the projection of the image light by the projector, to control the optical state of the
projected region of the image light in the visual state, and to maintains the optical state as the visual state with the voltage
with two or more amplitudes.

US Pat. No. 9,748,525

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE HAVING REDUCED IN-PLANE VARIATION

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a first light transmissive substrate, wherein the first light transmissive substrate is flexible and comprises a first surface
and a second surface, wherein the second surface is an opposite surface of the first surface;

a first electrode that is formed on the first surface and has light transmissivity;
an organic functional layer that is located on the first electrode and includes a light-emitting layer;
a second electrode that is located on the organic functional layer; and
a second light transmissive substrate fixed to the second surface, with the second light transmissive substrate, the first
light transmissive substrate and the organic functional layer being arranged sequentially in a thickness direction of the
light-emitting device,

wherein a plurality of first irregularities are formed in the second surface,
wherein a plurality of second irregularities are formed in a surface of the second light transmissive substrate which faces
the first surface, and

wherein one or more vertexes of one or more of the first irregularities are in contact with the surface of the second light
transmissive substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,714,838

NAVIGATION SYSTEM, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A navigation system comprising:
a terminal device including a camera and a display unit;
a holding unit which holds the terminal device such that the display unit and a lens of the camera are exposed; and
an attaching unit which attaches the holding unit to a movable body,
wherein the terminal device further comprises:
a generating unit which automatically extracts a part of images captured by the camera in accordance with a deviation of an
image-capturing direction of the camera with respect to a traveling direction of the movable body to generate the images corresponding
to the traveling direction of the movable body, and

a navigation processing unit which displays the images generated by the generating unit on the display unit to execute navigation
processing for guiding the movable body.

US Pat. No. 10,061,995

IMAGING SYSTEM TO DETECT A TRIGGER AND SELECT AN IMAGING AREA

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

3. An imaging method in an imaging system including an imaging device having a telephoto mode, in which the imaging device is configured to image a first imaging area, and a wide-angle mode, in which the imaging device is configured to image a second imaging area, which is larger than the first imaging area, the first imaging area being used to detect a user's line-of-sight, the second imaging area being used to detect a gesture including the user's upper body, said imaging method comprising:detecting a user's trigger operation to switch between the first imaging area and the second imaging area; and
controlling the imaging device to switch between the telephoto mode and the wide-angle mode based on a detection result of the trigger operation, the imaging device being controlled to switch from the telephoto mode to the wide-angle mode when the trigger operation is an operation to switch from the first imaging area to the second imaging area, and to switch from the wide-angle mode to the telephoto mode when the trigger operation is an operation to switch from the second imaging area to the first imaging area,
wherein the detecting detects at least one of (i) utterance as the trigger operation detected by a microphone, and (ii) an input operation as the trigger operation detected by a switch.

US Pat. No. 9,978,986

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A light emitting apparatus comprising:a substrate;
an insulating layer formed over the substrate and including an opening;
a light emitting element formed in the opening; and
a coating film formed over the substrate and covering a portion of the light emitting element, the insulating layer, and the substrate,
wherein the coating film does not cover a first portion of the substrate which is a portion of a region not covered with the insulating layer,
the apparatus further comprises a structure which is located between the first portion and the insulating layer,
the coating film covers the structure, and
wherein an upper surface of the structure is larger in width than a lower surface of the structure, in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,971,475

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:an operation input unit arranged around a driver seat and including a contact surface;
a display unit configured separately from the operation input unit;
at least one memory operable to store computer program instructions; and
at least one processor operable to access the at least one memory, read the program instructions, and operate according to the program instructions, the program instructions including control instructions configured to cause at least one of the at least one processor to:
detect whether a contact body contacts the contact surface or not;
display map-related information on buildings or facilities away from a current location by a predetermined distance different from already displayed information on the display unit only while a contact on the contact surface by the contact body is detected; and
hide the map-related information already displayed on the display unit when the contact on the contact surface by the contact body is released from the contact surface;
detect a pressing force applied on the contact surface; and
display the map-related information on a location from the current location at a different distance depending on the pressing strengthened or weakened force on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,900,699

SPEAKER DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A speaker device comprising:
a diaphragm that radiates sound;
an edge arranged in an outer periphery of the diaphragm; and
a connecting member arranged between an outer peripheral region of the edge and an attachment part facing the outer peripheral
region of the edge,

wherein a width of the connecting member is greater than a width of the outer peripheral region of the edge, and an inner
diameter of the connecting member is less than an inner diameter of the outer peripheral region of the edge.

US Pat. No. 9,875,672

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of light-emitting regions which are provided on a first surface side of the substrate; and
a light shielding layer, provided on a second surface side of the substrate, which is located between the plurality of light-emitting
regions when seen in a direction perpendicular to the substrate,

wherein the light shielding layer includes a first layer, and
a second layer which is located closer to the substrate side in a thickness direction than the first layer,
the second layer has a reflectance lower than that of the first layer, and
the first layer has a width less than a width of the second layer when seen in the direction perpendicular to the substrate,
and at least one edge of the second layer extends beyond at least one edge of the first layer when seen in the direction perpendicular
to the substrate, and the first layer and the second layer are on a common side of the substrate with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,876,188

LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A method of manufacturing a light emitting element, comprising:
forming a first electrode on a substrate;
forming an organic layer including a light emitting layer on the first electrode; and
forming a second electrode on the organic layer,
wherein the organic layer includes the light emitting layer and an alkali-containing layer between the light emitting layer
and the second electrode,

wherein the alkali-containing layer contains an alkali metal and an organic material, and is formed by electron beam vapor
deposition, and

wherein a material of the electron beam vapor deposition comprises a salt of the alkali metal and an acid of a different metal
than the alkali metal.

US Pat. No. 9,835,463

ROUTE SEARCHING DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND ROUTE SEARCHING METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A route searching device that searches for a route to a destination, comprising:
an input unit through which a user selects a route priority for a vehicle;
a presentation unit that presents information for a route to the destination; and
one or more processors configured to:
find both of a charging lane that charges a battery of the vehicle while the vehicle travels on the charging lane, and a charging
spot that charges the battery of the vehicle while the vehicle is stopped on the charging spot;

determine information (a) and (b) when the user selects on the input unit a priority for a first route in which use of the
charging lane has a higher priority than use of the charging spot, where information (a) and (b) are

(a) information for a route to the destination using the charging lane when the vehicle can reach the charging lane without
charging the battery at the charging spot, and

(b) information for a route to the destination using both the charging spot that the vehicle can reach when the vehicle cannot
reach the charging lane without charging the battery at the charging spot and the charging lane closest to the charging spot;
and

present on said presentation unit an applicable one of information (a) and (b).

US Pat. No. 9,831,460

OPTICAL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An optical device, comprising:
a joining structure in which a first conductive film that is constituted by a conductive material and a second conductive
film that is constituted by a metal material are joined to each other at an interface where an end of the first conductive
film overlaps an end of the second conductive film, such that the first conductive film and the second conductive film only
overlap at the interface, and

an organic EL element comprising a first electrode, a second electrode, and an organic layer positioned between the first
electrode and the second electrode, wherein the joining structure is positioned apart from the organic EL element, and the
interface is spaced apart from, and does not overlap, the first electrode and the second electrode and the organic layer of
the organic EL element;

wherein in the joining structure, a transition region, in which the conductive material and the metal material are mixed,
exists between the first conductive film and the second conductive film.

US Pat. No. 9,978,987

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light emitting device, comprising:a flexible substrate;
a light emitting portion formed over a first surface of the substrate; and
a sealing portion sealing the light emitting portion,
wherein the substrate includes: a laminated structure comprising one or more resin layer and one or more inorganic layer,
wherein the laminated structure comprises
a first resin layer,
a second resin layer which is positioned closer to the first surface side than the first resin layer,
a first inorganic layer which is positioned between the first resin layer and the second resin layer,
a second inorganic layer which is positioned over a first surface side of the second resin layer, and
a third resin layer, wherein the second resin layer, the second inorganic layer, and the third resin layer are located in that order.

US Pat. No. 9,924,262

SPEAKER FRAME AND SPEAKER HAVING THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Meg...

1. A speaker frame, comprising:
a vibration support portion including a vibrating body attachment portion supporting a vibrating body of a speaker, and a
tubular portion arranged continuing to the vibrating body attachment portion;

a magnet support portion arranged inside of the vibration support portion and supporting a magnetic circuit portion of the
speaker;

a plurality of connections connecting the vibration support portion and the magnet support portion; and
a bridge other than the connections also connecting the vibration support portion and the magnet support portion,
wherein a first place where the bridge connects to the tubular portion is positioned nearer to the magnet support portion
in a direction of an acoustic radiation than a second place where the connection connects to the tubular portion.

US Pat. No. 9,729,972

SPEAKER DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A speaker device comprising:
a diaphragm that radiates sound;
an edge arranged in an outer periphery of the diaphragm;
a frame arranged in an outer periphery of the edge, and including an annular attachment part connected to an outer peripheral
region of the edge; and

a connecting member arranged between the outer peripheral region and the attachment part and adhered to the outer peripheral
region and the attachment part,

wherein an inner diameter of the attachment part is less than an inner diameter of the outer peripheral region.

US Pat. No. 9,756,418

SOUND REPRODUCTION DEVICE, SOUND REPRODUCTION METHOD AND SOUND REPRODUCTION PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A sound reproduction device comprising:
plural speakers arranged in front of and behind a plurality of listening positions, the plural speakers including a first
speaker arranged in front of the plurality of listening positions and a second speaker arranged behind the plurality of listening
positions, each of the plurality of listening positions having two evaluation points set in an acoustic space;

an input unit which receives a sound signal; and
a phase control unit which controls a phase of the sound signal and supplies the sound signals to the plural speakers,
wherein the phase control unit determines, for each of the plurality of listening positions, a phase difference based on one
of the group consisting of i) positional relation between each of the plural speakers and the listening positions, and ii)
measurement data obtained by collecting sounds reproduced from the plural speakers at the listening positions, such that a
sum of reproduced sound levels at the two evaluation points becomes larger than the sum obtained in a case where the sound
signal is reproduced from only one of the plural speakers, and controls the sound signals supplied to the plural speakers.

US Pat. No. 10,050,676

WIRELESS POWER FEEDING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A wireless power feeding apparatus configured to perform wireless communication with a power reception side apparatus and configured to perform wireless power transmission to the power reception side apparatus, said wireless power feeding apparatus comprising:a communicating device configured to switch between a first communication method that allows one-to-many communication and a second communication method that has less communication delay than the first communication method, thereby performing the wireless communication;
a state controlling device configured to put said wireless power feeding apparatus into a state in which said wireless power feeding apparatus can instantly start the wireless power transmission to the power reception side apparatus according to information received by said communicating device in the first communication method; and
a communication controlling device configured to control said communicating device to switch from the first communication method to the second communication method and to perform the wireless communication in the second communication method, on condition that said wireless power feeding apparatus becomes in the state in which said wireless power feeding apparatus can instantly start the wireless power transmission to the power reception side apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,018,839

DISPLAY DEVICE, HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY, DISPLAY METHOD, DISPLAY PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An image providing device comprising:an image information output device configured to output image information;
an optical system configured to permit a user to visually recognize a part of an image by focusing a light that constitutes the image information onto either a center of an eyeball of the user or a position between a pupil and a retina of the user when the image providing device is mounted on a head of the user, the part of the image being associated with a gazing direction of the user; and
a controller configured to control the image information output device to provide a guide image to the user, the guide image indicating a direction that the user should gaze to visually recognize another part of the image that the user is not able to visually recognize under a current gazing direction of the user,
wherein the controller does not provide the guide image when the user directs a gaze to the other part of the image that the guide image indicates.

US Pat. No. 9,997,975

DRIVING APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a base part;
a driven part which is capable of rotating;
an elastic part which connects the base part and the driven part and which has elasticity for allowing the driven part to rotate around a rotational axis which is an axis along one direction;
a coil part which is disposed on the base part, wherein the driven part is disposed on an outside of a winding of the coil part; and
a magnetic field applying part which applies the magnetic field to the coil part, wherein
a Lorentz force makes the coil part rotate around a rotational axis which is an axis along the one direction, the Lorentz force being generated at the coil part due to an electromagnetic interaction between a controlling electrical current which is supplied to the coil part and the magnetic field which the magnetic field applying part applies,
the base part vibrates and deforms in a shape of stationary wave along another direction which is different from the one direction due to the rotation of the coil part around the rotational axis which is the axis along the one direction,
the driven part rotates around the rotational axis which is the axis along the one direction due to the deformational vibration of the base part, and
wherein nodes of the deformational vibration of the base part appear at positions which correspond to the rotational axis of the coil part along the one direction and the rotational axis of the driven part along the one direction, an antinode of the deformational vibration of the base part appears at a position between the rotational axis of the coil part along the one direction and the rotational axis of the driven part along the one direction.

US Pat. No. 9,990,039

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An electronic device comprising:a touch pad including a contact face with which a contact body contacts, the contact face having an initial position;
a housing which supports the touch pad;
a drive device which moves the touch pad with respect to the housing, and includes a support member that supports the touch pad against the contact face from below; and
a control unit which obtains position information including a contact position of the contact body with the contact face and information indicating movement of the contact position in a moving direction along a plane of the contact face, and controls the drive device to move the contact face based on the position information while the contact body is in contact with the contact face,
wherein the control unit outputs an operation image data to an external display unit, and moves the contact face in a direction opposite to the moving direction of the contact position in a direction in parallel with the plane of the contact face to return the contact face to the initial position after the contact body is released from the contact face.

US Pat. No. 9,936,559

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a first light-emitting region including a first light-emitting layer group constituted of multiple kinds of light-emitting layers emitting light rays having mutually different spectrum peaks; and
a second light-emitting region including a second light-emitting layer group constituted of multiple kinds of light-emitting layers emitting light rays having mutually different spectrum peaks, the first light-emitting region adjacent to the second light-emitting region on a common substrate,
wherein at least one kind of light-emitting layer in the second light-emitting layer group emits a light ray having a different spectrum peak from all of the light-emitting layers in the first light-emitting group,
the first light-emitting region emits a first light ray having a first color by making the first light-emitting layer groups emit light,
the second light-emitting region emits a second light ray having the first color by making the second light-emitting layer groups emit light, and
wherein the first color is within a range of daylight color, natural white color, warm white color and incandescent light bulb color, based on Japan Industrial Standards (JIS).

US Pat. No. 9,891,433

VIRTUAL IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE AND HEAD-UP DISPLAY

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A virtual image generation device which visualizes images formed by an image forming unit as virtual images, comprising:
a first optical element disposed along a travelling direction of an image light corresponding to the images and arranged on
a side of an observer who visually recognizes the virtual images, and

a second optical element disposed opposite to the first optical element and arranged on a side of the image forming unit,
wherein the first optical element and the second optical element have a characteristic of reflecting or transmitting the light
having a wavelength corresponding to the image light in accordance with an incident angle of the light,

wherein the second optical element transmits the incident image light toward the first optical element, and reflects the image
light incident after being reflected by the first optical element toward the first optical element,

wherein the first optical element reflects the image light incident after passing through the second optical element toward
the second optical element, and transmits the image light incident after being reflected by the second optical element toward
the observer, and

wherein the first optical element and the second optical element are configured such that an angle formed by the first optical
element and the second optical element is variable.

US Pat. No. 9,886,134

TERMINAL DEVICE, CALIBRATION METHOD AND CALIBRATION PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

7. A calibration program stored in a non-transitory computer-readable medium and executed by a terminal device including a
display unit and a computer, the program making the computer execute:
an image output process which outputs a second image including a first image as a part to a display device;
a relative position information obtaining process which obtains a relative position information indicating a relative positional
relation of the first image with respect to the second image;

a conversion information obtaining process which obtains, from the display device, a conversion information indicating whether
or not the input position on the second image is converted based on the relative position information; and

a conversion process which converts the input position on the second image to the input position on the first image based
on the relative position information when the conversion information indicates that the conversion is necessary.

US Pat. No. 9,882,176

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A manufacturing method of an organic electroluminescence device, comprising:
a step of forming an organic layer on a anode;
a step of forming a luminescent layer on the organic layer; and
a step of forming a cathode on the luminescent layer,
wherein the step of forming the organic layer comprising
a step of preparing a first solution and a second solution, the first solution is prepared by dissolving a polymerizable compound
(a) containing a ring opening polymerizable group in a first solvent, and the second solution is prepared by dissolving a
polymerization initiator (b) in a second solvent, the second solvent is independent from the first solvent.

US Pat. No. 9,794,520

IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING IRRADIATED POSITION MARK ON OBJECT

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An image capture device, comprising:
a mark irradiation unit which irradiates an object with a mark;
an image capture unit which captures an image of the object and generates image data;
an image capture area data generation unit which recognizes a position of the mark in the image data, and cuts out image capture
area data which is a part of the image data based on the position of the mark;

a control unit which controls an irradiation angle of the mark by using a direction of the object when based on the image
capture unit, and a distance from the object to the image capture unit;

a holding member which holds the image capture unit;
a guide member to which the holding member is attached to be movable and rotatable;
a pedestal to which the guide member is attached;
an angle detection unit which detects an angle of the holding member with respect to the guide member; and
a position detection unit which detects a position of the holding member in the guide member,
wherein the control unit calculates the direction of the object when based on the image capture unit by using a detection
result of the angle detection unit, and calculates a distance of the image capture unit with respect to the object by using
a detection result of the position detection unit,

wherein the image capture area data generation unit calculates the position of the mark in the image data based on a field
angle of the image capture unit, an irradiation direction of the mark irradiation unit, and a distance from the object to
the image capture unit and the mark irradiation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,738,167

CONTACTLESS CHARGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A contactless charging device having a power transmission part that supplies power wirelessly to an external power reception
part, comprising:
a plurality of projections that are disposed on the upper surface of said power transmission part;
a beam emission part emitting light that progresses over the upper surface of said power transmission part;
a body detection part, on the basis of light emitted by said beam emission part, detecting the presence or absence of a body
that is supported by at least one of said projections; and

a control part controlling the supply of power by said power transmission part on the basis of the result of detection by
said body detection part.

US Pat. No. 9,764,687

SOUND OUTPUT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A sound output device for a vehicle, comprising:
a reinforcing member for reinforcing a bumper of the vehicle and having an opening at a front side of the reinforcing member;
a sound path member for forming a sound path to the reinforcing member; and
a loud speaker device stored in the sound path,
wherein the sound path member is provided so that the sound path has a return portion, and
wherein sound radiated from a front side of the loudspeaker device is radiated through the opening of the front side of the
reinforcing member, and sound radiated from a rear side of the loudspeaker device passes through the sound path and is radiated
through the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,310,264

VIRTUAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A virtual image display device, comprising:a holding unit that detachably holds a portable terminal equipped with a display unit which displays an image; and
an optical element configured to reflect light of the image displayed by the display unit that permits an observer to visually recognize the image as a virtual image,
the holding unit having a near field wireless communication unit provided thereon for communicating with the portable terminal when the portable terminal is held by the holding unit, the near field wireless communication unit having information stored thereon and configured to transmit said information to the portable terminal, the information being configured so that the portable terminal, upon receipt of the information, determines a display mode of the image which the display unit displays.

US Pat. No. 10,090,488

MIRROR DEVICE HAVING A LIGHT-TRANSMISSIVE SUBSTRATE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A mirror device, comprising:a mirror surface; and
a light-emitting portion partially overlapping the mirror surface from a direction normal to the mirror surface, wherein the light-emitting portion comprises a plurality of organic EL elements emitting light of different luminescent colors,
the mirror surface having a plurality of mirrors each of which has a width smaller than a width of each of the plurality of organic EL elements when viewed from a vertical direction of the mirror surface.

US Pat. No. 10,008,686

OPTICAL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An optical device, comprising:a joining structure in which a first conductive film that is constituted by a conductive material and a second conductive film that is constituted by a metal material are joined to each other at an interface where an end of the first conductive film overlaps an end of the second conductive film, such that the first conductive film and the second conductive film only overlap at the interface, and
an organic EL element comprising a first electrode, a second electrode, and an organic layer positioned between the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein the joining structure is positioned apart from the organic EL element, and the interface is spaced apart from, and does not overlap, the first electrode and the second electrode and the organic layer of the organic EL element;
wherein in the joining structure,
a part of the first conductive film is located on the second conductive film,a part of the second conductive film contacts the first conductive film, anda plurality of concave portions are provided in a contact surface of the second conductive film which contacts the first conductive film, and the part of the first conductive film contacts the plurality of concave portions.

US Pat. No. 9,991,461

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a plurality of organic layers between the first electrode and the second electrode, each organic layer comprising a light emitting layer; and
a charge generation layer between two mutually adjacent organic layers,
wherein the charge generation layer comprises:
a first layer containing an electron transport material;
a second layer containing a metal and a hole injection material; and
a third layer containing a hole injection material,
wherein the charge generation layer contains an electron injection material between the second layer and the first layer or in the first layer, and
wherein a content of the metal in the third layer is less than a content of the metal in the second layer.

US Pat. No. 9,884,586

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A vehicle lighting device, comprising:
a light arranged in a vehicle interior;
a controller controlling the light;
a detector including a touch panel, and detecting a position or a motion of a detection object by detecting the detection
object at a plurality of positions of the touch panel,

wherein the controller controls the light to change an emission direction of the light and not to irradiate a predetermined
area in accordance with a detected result when the position or the motion of the detection object in the touch panel is detected
by the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,186,687

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE HAVING AN INTERMEDIATE LAYER

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a light-transmitting substrate having a refractive index n1;
a light-transmitting first electrode formed over the substrate and having a refractive index n2;
an insulating layer formed over the substrate and the first electrode, the insulating layer having an opening overlapping the first electrode and a refractive index n3;
an organic layer located within the opening;
a light-transmitting second electrode formed over the organic layer; and
an intermediate layer formed in at least a portion of a region between the substrate and the first electrode and having a refractive index n4,
wherein n4 is between n1 and n2.

US Pat. No. 10,147,165

DISPLAY DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A display device comprising:a display configured to display a first letter or a first graphic in a state that the first letter or the first graphic appears to overlap scenery visible from a vehicle;
a controller configured to control the display by determining information on a degree of smoothness of a road surface where the vehicle is traveling; and
one or more processors configured to obtain a traveling speed of the vehicle and a vibration amount of the vehicle,
wherein the controller is configured to determine the information on the degree of smoothness by calculating an average of the vibration amount divided by an average of the traveling speed and to change a first size of the first letter or the first graphic on the display in accordance with the determined information on the degree of smoothness.

US Pat. No. 10,340,460

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT ELEMENT

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. An organic electroluminescent device, comprising one or more light-emitting layers between an anode and a cathode opposite to each other, wherein:at least one of the light-emitting layers contains two host materials and at least one light-emitting dopant; and
one of the two host materials comprises a host material selected from compounds each represented by any one of the following general formulae (1) to (2), and another of the two host materials comprises a host material selected from compounds each represented by the following general formula (3):

wherein a ring a represents an aromatic ring or heterocycle represented by the formula (a1) condensed at arbitrary positions of two adjacent rings, X1 represents C—R, a ring b represents a heterocycle represented by the formula (b1) condensed at arbitrary positions of two adjacent rings, Ar1 and Ar2 each represent an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms or a monocyclic aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms, and at least one of Ar1 and Ar2 represents a substituted or unsubstituted monocyclic aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms, L1 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms, an aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 16 carbon atoms, or a group obtained by linking 2 to 10 of the groups, the aromatic hydrocarbon groups or aromatic heterocyclic groups in Ar1, Ar2, and L1 may each have a substituent, p represents an integer of from 0 to 7 and when p represents 2 or more, L1s may be identical to or different from each other, and R and R1 to R3 each independently represent hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aralkyl group having 7 to 38 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkynyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, a dialkylamino group having 2 to 40 carbon atoms, a diarylamino group having 12 to 44 carbon atoms, a diaralkylamino group having 14 to 76 carbon atoms, an acyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an acyloxy group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxycarbonyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxycarbonyloxy group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylsulfonyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms, or an aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 16 carbon atoms, and may each have a substituent;

wherein a ring c and a ring c? each represent an aromatic ring or heterocycle represented by the formula (c1) condensed at an arbitrary position of an adjacent ring, a ring d and a ring d? each represent a heterocycle represented by the formula (d1) condensed at an arbitrary position of an adjacent ring, and the ring c and the ring c?, or the ring d and the ring d? may be identical to or different from each other, X2 represents C—R? or N, Z represents an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms, an aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 16 carbon atoms, or a divalent linking group obtained by linking 2 to 10 of the groups, but a group linked to N comprises an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms or a monocyclic aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms, Ar3 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms or a monocyclic aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms, L2 represents an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms, an aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 16 carbon atoms, or a group obtained by linking 2 to 10 of the groups, the aromatic hydrocarbon groups or aromatic heterocyclic groups in Z, Ar3, and L2 may each have a substituent, q represents an integer of from 0 to 7, and when q represents 2 or more, L2s may be identical to or different from each other, and R? and R4 to R8 each independently represent hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aralkyl group having 7 to 38 carbon atoms, an alkenyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkynyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, a dialkylamino group having 2 to 40 carbon atoms, a diarylamino group having 12 to 44 carbon atoms, a diaralkylamino group having 14 to 76 carbon atoms, an acyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an acyloxy group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxycarbonyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkoxycarbonyloxy group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, an alkylsulfonyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an aromatic hydrocarbon group having 6 to 22 carbon atoms, or an aromatic heterocyclic group having 3 to 16 carbon atoms, and may each have a substituent;

wherein R9 to R12 each independently represent hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, an acyl group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 2 to 20 carbon atoms, 1 and m each represent an integer of 1 or 2, n represents 5 or 6, R13 and R14 each independently represent hydrogen or an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and X3to X5 each independently represent C—H or N, and when n represents 2 or more, R13s, R14s, and X3s to X5s may be identical to or different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,231,042

SPEAKER DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A speaker device, comprising:a diaphragm formed of a film containing polyimide; and
a frame for supporting the diaphragm,
wherein a cross-section of the diaphragm passing the center of the diaphragm and parallel to a sound emission direction includes sequentially from an inner periphery to an outer periphery of the diaphragm along the sound emission direction:
a first bent plate portion formed by a concave arc shape;
a second bent plate portion formed by a convex arc shape;
a third bent plate portion formed by a concave arc shape; and
a fourth bent plate portion formed by a convex arc shape, and
wherein an area of the first bent plate portion is larger than any of areas of the second, the third, the fourth bent plate portions, andwherein:a radius of curvature of the concave arc shape forming the first bent plate portion is larger than a radius of curvature of the concave arc shape forming the third bent plate portion, and
a radius of curvature of the convex arc shape forming the second bent plate portion is smaller than the radius of curvature of the concave arc shape forming the third bent plate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,203,204

ROTATION ANGLE DETECTION DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A rotation angle detection device comprising:a first acceleration sensor which is arranged on a crank or a member rotated together with the crank so as to be located at a position away from the rotation shaft of the crank by a first distance, the first acceleration sensor configured to detect first acceleration in a direction parallel to a longitudinal direction of the crank;
a second acceleration sensor which is arranged on the crank or a member rotated together with the crank so as to be located at a position away from the rotation shaft of the crank by a second distance being different from the first distance, the second acceleration sensor configured to detect second acceleration in a direction parallel to the longitudinal direction of the crank; and
an output part which outputs information regarding a rotation angle of the crank based on the first acceleration, the second acceleration, the first distance, and the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,206,028

DAMPER AND SPEAKER APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A damper comprising:an opening portion having one opening;
a corrugation portion formed around the opening portion, the corrugation portion including at least one convexoconcave portion arranged in a radial direction in relation to a central axis of the damper;
a planar portion formed around the corrugation portion, the planar portion having a plurality of planar surfaces extending adjacent one another along a circumferential direction in relation to the central axis; and
an attachment portion formed around the planar portion,
wherein the plurality of planar surfaces extend substantially parallel to the attachment portion at a height in a thickness direction different from that of the attachment portion, and include a first planar surface and a second planar surface arranged at a height in the thickness direction different from that of the first planar surface, the first and second planar surfaces alternately extending adjacent one another along the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,194,236

SPEAKER FRAME AND SPEAKER HAVING THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A speaker frame, comprising:a plurality of connection beams arranged radially about a central axis oriented in the sound-emitting direction, so as to connect a magnet support portion of a speaker to a vibration support portion of the speaker,
the plurality of connection beams comprising,
a first connection beam extending linearly forming a first angle with the central axis, and
a second connection beam,
wherein the vibration support portion is substantially annular and is attached to a vibration body of the speaker, and
the magnet support portion is attached to a magnetic circuit portion of the speaker,
wherein a first groove is formed on the first connection beam, and
a second groove is formed on a first beam portion of the second connection beam and not formed on a second beam portion of the second connection beam, the first beam portion extending linearly forming a second angle with the central axis different than the first angle and extending from the magnet support portion to a bend of the second connection beam, and the second beam portion extending linearly from the bend to the vibration support portion in a direction different than the first beam portion.

US Pat. No. 10,194,260

SOUND VOLUME CONTROL DEVICE, SOUND VOLUME CONTROL METHOD AND SOUND VOLUME CONTROL PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A sound volume control device connected to a pair of speakers arranged on left and right sides of two listening positions in a vehicle interior, comprising:an analyzer configured to derive a first frequency characteristic and a second frequency characteristic, each of which is a frequency characteristic at one of the two listening positions, of sound outputted from at least one of the pair of speakers; and
a controller configured to control a sound signal of at least one of peak frequency bands of the sound common to the first frequency characteristic and the second frequency characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,135,036

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A manufacturing method of an organic electroluminescence device, comprising:a step of forming an organic layer on an anode;
a step of forming a luminescent layer on the organic layer; and
a step of forming a cathode on the luminescent layer,
wherein the step of forming the organic layer includes
a step of preparing a first solution including a polymerizable compound (a) which contains a ring opening polymerizable group, and a second solution
including a polymerization initiator (b),
a step of cooling the first solution and the second solution to room temperature; and
a step of preparing a coating liquid by mixing the first solution with the second solution.

US Pat. No. 10,109,819

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a plurality of organic EL elements that are aligned on a substrate,
a plurality of mirror surface portions, wherein
each of the plurality of organic EL elements has an organic layer that is formed between a light-transmissive electrode and a reflection electrode and contains a light-emitting layer,
the plurality of organic EL elements emit light of a plurality of luminescent colors different from each other,
the light-transmissive electrode and part of the mirror surface portion overlap each other, and
the mirror surface portion and the organic layer are positioned apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,084,350

WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A wireless power transmission system configured to perform power transmission in a wireless manner by a method using an electromagnetic field, said wireless power transmission system comprising:a power transmission and metal detection coil;
a power supplying device configured to supply electric power to the power transmission and metal detection coil;
a metal detecting device configured to perform metal detection for detecting whether or not there is metal in surroundings of the power transmission and metal detection coil by using a magnetic field generated in the surroundings of the power transmission and metal detection coil;
a controlling device configured to provide a power transmission period, which is a period for the power transmission, and a metal detection period, which is a period for the metal detection and is not executed simultaneously with the power transmission period, and further to control the power supplying device to supply electric power, which is lower than electric power supplied to the power transmission and metal detection coil in the power transmission period, to the power transmission coil in the metal detection period;
a foreign body detecting device configured to detect a foreign body in the surroundings of the power transmission and metal detection coil; and
a biodetecting device configured to detect a living body in the surroundings of the power transmission and metal detection coil,
wherein:
the controlling device controls the power supplying device not to supply electric power to the power transmission and metal detection coil under a condition that it is determined by the metal detecting device that there is metal in the surroundings of the power transmission and metal detection coil,
the controlling device changes to the metal detection period from the power transmission period under a condition that the foreign body is detected by the foreign body detecting device,
the biodetecting device determines whether or not the foreign body detected by the foreign body detecting device is a living body in the metal detection period, and
the controlling device controls the power supplying device not to supply electric power to the power transmission and metal detection coil if it is determined that the detected foreign body is a living body.

US Pat. No. 10,384,596

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING SURROUNDING CONDITIONS OF MOVING BODY

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A plurality of illumination devices disposed on a body, the plurality of illumination devices comprising:a light emitter, positioned in the body, that is configured to receive one or more drive voltages from a driver that is generated based on an input from a controller and an input from a switching device
wherein the at least one of the plurality of illumination devices receives a command signal to transit a state of the at least one of the plurality of illumination devices between a lighting state and an unlit state, the command signal including information based on a parameter associated with a detected object, and a power supply voltage is provided to the driver that provides the one or more drive voltages to the light emitter based on the command signal to cause the light emitter to generate a light output.

US Pat. No. 10,367,170

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE WITH IRREGULARITIES LOCATED ON A FIRST LIGHT TRANSMISSIVE SUBSTRATE AND A SECOND LIGHT TRANSMISSIVE SUBSTRATE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a first light transmissive substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface;
an organic functional layer that is located on the side of the first surface and includes a light-emitting layer; and
a second light transmissive substrate that is located on the side of the second surface, with the second light transmissive substrate, the first light transmissive substrate and the organic functional layer being arranged in this order in a thickness direction of the light-emitting device,
wherein a plurality of first irregularities are located on the second surface, and a plurality of second irregularities are located on a surface of the second light transmissive substrate, and intervals between vertexes of the second irregularities are narrower than intervals between the vertexes of the first irregularities.

US Pat. No. 10,319,936

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND LIGHT-EMITTING SYSTEM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a light-transmitting substrate; and
a light-emitting unit on a first surface of the substrate,
wherein the light-emitting unit includes a first electrode, a second electrode that is reflective, and an organic layer between the first electrode and the second electrode wherein the organic layer is in direct contact with the first electrode and the second electrode, and
at least an end portion of the second electrode that is located outside the light-emitting unit is oxidized and is in direct contact with the organic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,297,788

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light emitting apparatus comprising:a substrate;
an insulating layer located over the substrate and including an opening;
a light emitting element located in the opening, wherein the light emitting element comprises a first electrode, a second electrode, and an organic layer located between the first electrode and the second electrode;
a coating film covering a portion of the light emitting element, the insulating layer, and the substrate;
an interconnect electrically connecting to the first electrode or the second electrode;
a terminal electrically connected to the interconnect and located in a first portion of the substrate, wherein the first portion is a part of the portion which is not covered with the coating film and which is located outside the insulating layer; and
a structure which is located between the first portion and the insulating layer,
wherein, in a region between the insulating layer and the terminal, the structure comprises both a portion which covers the interconnect and a portion which does not cover the interconnect.

US Pat. No. 10,249,285

ACOUSTIC CONVERSION DEVICE FOR ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An acoustic conversion device for an active noise control comprising:a speaker unit for emitting sound; and
an enclosure for accommodating the speaker unit and forming a closed space to which at least a part of the sound is emitted,
wherein a volume of the closed space is smaller than an equivalent compliance air volume of the speaker unit,
wherein the speaker unit includes a vibration plate, and
wherein an effective vibration diameter of the vibration plate is 10 cm or more and 14 cm or less, and
the volume of the closed space is 5 liters or more and 7 liters or less.

US Pat. No. 10,249,840

OPTICAL DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical device, comprising:forming a joining structure in which a first conductive film is constituted by a conductive material and a second conductive film that is constituted by a metal material are joined to each other,
wherein in the joining structure,
a part of the second conductive film comes into contact with the first conductive film, and a plurality of concave portions are provided in a contact surface of the second conductive film which comes into contact with the first conductive film,
wherein, in a cross-sectional shape of at least a part of the plurality of concave portions which are provided in the contact surface, at least a part between an opening end and a bottom portion of the concave portions has a cross-sectional width that is greater than a cross-sectional width of the opening end.

US Pat. No. 10,243,165

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a substrate having a first surface;
a light-emitting unit formed over the substrate;
a first terminal formed on the substrate and electrically connected to the light-emitting unit and a first electrode;
a second terminal formed on the substrate and electrically connected to a second electrode;
an insulating layer covering an edge of the first electrode isolating the second electrode and the second terminal;
a sealing layer, formed over the substrate, which seals the light-emitting unit and does not cover the first terminal and the second terminal, the sealing layer having an edge; and
a cover layer formed over the sealing layer and is formed of a material different from that of the sealing layer,
wherein the cover layer includes an end portion having a protrusion outside of the edge of the sealing layer, the end portion of the cover layer formed by lift-off such that the end portion of the cover layer outside the edge of the sealing layer is not in contact with a foundation of the sealing layer and delineates a gap between the edge of the sealing layer, the end portion of the cover layer, and the substrate;
wherein a lower surface of the end portion having a protrusion is located higher above compared to a portion of a lower surface of the cover layer which is in contact with the sealing layer.

US Pat. No. 10,243,166

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE WITH STACKED LAYERS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a substrate comprising a resin material;
a first stacked film formed on a first surface of the substrate and comprising a plurality of stacked layers,
wherein the first stacked film is a stacked film formed by repeatedly stacking a first layer and a second layer a plurality of times,
wherein the second layer has a material different from that of the first layer, and
wherein at least one of the first layer is thicker than another first layer and the second layers;
a light-emitting unit formed on the first stacked film and comprising an organic layer;
a second stacked film covering the light-emitting unit and comprising a plurality of stacked layers;
a third stacked film formed on a second surface of the substrate and comprising a plurality of stacked layers;
a fourth stacked film formed overlapping the third stacked film and comprising a plurality of stacked layers,
wherein the number of layers of the third stacked film is the same as that of the first stacked film, and materials of respective ones of the plurality of layers constituting the third stacked film are the same as materials of respective ones of the plurality of layers of the first stacked film positioned in a laminating order corresponding to a laminating order of the third stacked film when counted from the substrate side, and
wherein the number of layers of the fourth stacked film is the same as that of the second stacked film, and materials of respective ones of the plurality of layers constituting the fourth stacked film are the same as materials of respective ones of the plurality of layers of the fourth stacked film positioned in a laminating order corresponding to a laminating order of the fourth stacked film when counted from the substrate side.

US Pat. No. 10,237,652

VOLUME CONTROL APPARATUS, VOLUME CONTROL METHOD AND VOLUME CONTROL PROGRAM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A volume control device connected to a pair of speakers arranged in front of and behind a listening position in an acoustic space, comprising:a phase controller configured to give a phase difference, at a frequency lower than a predetermined frequency, between a first sound signal to be supplied to the speaker in front of the listening position and a second sound signal to be supplied to the speaker behind the listening position, and to output the first and second sound signals to the pair of speakers,
wherein the phase controller is further configured to calculate the phase difference based on distances between the listening position and positions of the pair of speakers or based on transfer functions between the pair of speakers and two evaluation points of the listening position, and
wherein the phase controller is further configured to calculate the predetermined frequency based on a distance between the two evaluation points and angles formed by a line segment connecting the two evaluation points and line segments connecting the center of the two evaluation points and each of the pair of speakers, and
wherein the phase controller makes, by using the phase difference, a reproduced sound level at the listening position when the sound signals with the phase difference are reproduced by the pair of speakers become smaller than a reproduced sound level at the listening position when the sound signal is reproduced by either one of the pair of speakers with no phase difference.

US Pat. No. 10,189,404

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A vehicle lighting device, comprising:a light arranged in a vehicle interior;
a detector including a touch panel, the detector detecting a detection object by contact with the detection object on the touch panel; and
a controller controlling a lighting position of the light and a light intensity of the light by detecting the detection object,
wherein the detector includes a first portion for displacing, when a position of the detection object on the touch panel is detected, an emission direction of the light toward a position in the vehicle corresponding to the position of the detection object via the controller, and a second portion for controlling, when the position of the detection object on the touch panel is detected, the light intensity of the light via the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,173,538

WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM AND WIRELESS CHARGING TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD CHANGING FREQUENCY TO TRANSMIT POWER

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A wireless power transmission apparatus which is configured to transmit charging electric power for charging a battery electrically connected to a power reception side apparatus to the power reception side apparatus by magnetic resonance, and to perform charging of the battery electrically connected to the power reception side apparatus, the wireless power transmission apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit;
a controlling device configured to control alternating current power, which is supplied to the power transmission unit, to transmit a small electric power, which is lower than the charging electric power, for switching a state of the power reception side apparatus from a standby state, in which the battery can not be charged by the transmitted electric power, to a start state, in which the battery can be charged by the transmitted electric power, from the power transmission unit to a power reception unit of the power reception side apparatus before charging the battery; and
a communication device which configures a communication path, which is different from a power transmission path including the power transmission unit and the power reception unit of the power reception side apparatus, between the power reception side apparatus, and which is configured to perform dual-directional wireless communication through the communication path, wherein,
the controlling device controls the alternating current power to output the small electric power while changing frequency of the alternating current power from a first value to a second value, the second value being different from the first value, for making a receiving voltage of the small electric power received via the power reception unit be greater than a threshold value and thereby causing switching the state of the power reception side apparatus from the standby state to the start state, and
wherein the controlling device controls the alternating current power to transmit the charging electric power from the power transmission unit to the power reception unit upon information being received through the communication device indicating that the power reception side apparatus is in the start state.

US Pat. No. 10,178,470

ELECTRONIC MACHINE, AND AUTOMOBILE AND ACCOMMODATION UNIT PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An electronic machine comprising:a speaker unit;
a housing; and
a rotating device,
wherein the rotating device rotates the speaker unit with respect to the housing,
wherein the speaker unit is provided with a contact portion projecting with respect to a side face of the speaker unit and contacting the housing,
wherein the contact portion is provided with an opening portion,
wherein a member which is supported by the housing and extends substantially in parallel to a rotational axis of the speaker unit is adapted to passing through the opening portion, and
wherein the housing includes a contacted portion, and the contacted portion is in a concave shape and fitted with the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,171,211

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:a first apparatus and a second apparatus that perform wireless communication with each other,
wherein the first apparatus sends a first reference signal, and starts signal transmission to the second apparatus with a first period from a time point at which a first offset time passes from sending the first reference signal,
the second apparatus starts signal transmission to the first apparatus with the first period from a time point at which a second offset time, which is different from the first offset time, passes from sending the first reference signal, and
the first apparatus transmits a signal indicating a time obtained by adding the first offset time and a fixed time, which is shorter than one period of the first period, as the second offset time to the second apparatus before starting the signal transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,374,176

FLEXIBLE ORGANIC ELECTRO-LUMINESCENCE ELEMENT

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. A light emitting element, comprising:a glass substrate, the glass substrate comprising one surface and another surface,
an organic functional layer which includes a light emitting layer, and is on the glass substrate,
a sealing layer on the organic functional layer, the sealing layer comprising an inorganic solid, and
a resin layer which is arranged toward the another surface side of the glass substrate,
wherein a thickness of the resin layer is thicker than the thickness of the glass substrate,
wherein a center of a thickness direction of the glass substrate is positioned on the one surface side of the light emitting element with respect to a center of the thickness direction of the light emitting element, and
wherein the organic functional layer is on a concave surface side of the glass substrate when the light emitting element is curved in a curving direction such that the one surface side of the glass substrate is a concave surface, and
wherein the center of the thickness direction of the light emitting element is in the resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,374,188

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE WITH AUXILIARY ELECTRODE AND ADJACENT INSULAR CONDUCTIVE PORTIONS

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:a substrate;
a first electrode, formed over the substrate, and comprising
a transparent conductive material;
an auxiliary electrode formed over the first electrode;
an insular conductive portion formed over the first electrode and formed of the same material as that of the auxiliary electrode;
an insulating layer comprising a plurality of openings and a portion that covers the auxiliary electrode and the insular conductive portion, and a continuous width of the portion of the insulating layer that covers the auxiliary electrode and the insular conductive portion is more than twice a width of the auxiliary electrode;
an organic layer formed over the first electrode; and
a second electrode formed over the organic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,284,946

SPEAKER FRAME AND SPEAKER HAVING THE SAME

PIONEER CORPORATION, Meg...

1. A speaker frame, comprising:a plurality of connection beams arranged radially about a central axis that is oriented in a sound-emitting direction of a speaker, so as to connect a magnet support portion of the speaker to a vibration support portion of the speaker,
the plurality of connection beams comprising,
a first connection beam, and
a second connection beam,
the first connection beam and the second connection beam having different positions from each other at respective connections to the magnet support portion in an extension direction that is substantially parallel to the central axis,
wherein the vibration support portion is substantially annular and is attached to a vibration body of the speaker, and
the magnet support portion is attached to a magnetic circuit portion of the speaker,
wherein the first connection beam and the second connection beam are arranged at an interval in a circumferential direction of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,283,568

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS HAVING FIRST LUMINOUS BODY AND SECOND LUMINOUS BODY

PIONEER CORPORATION, Kaw...

1. An organic EL device comprising a light emitting member, the light emitting member comprising:a first cathode on a substrate, and a first luminous body interposed between a first anode and the first cathode; and
a second cathode on a substrate, and a second luminous body interposed between a second anode and the second cathode,
wherein the first luminous body is next to the second luminous body, and
the first anode is not connected to the second anode and the second cathode, and the first cathode is not connected to the second anode and the second cathode.

US Pat. No. 10,277,976

SPEAKER DEVICE HAVING DIAPHRAGM WITH FOLDED PORTION

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

16. A speaker device comprising:a first speaker unit provided with an external-magnet-type magnetic circuit and a diaphragm having an opening; and
a second speaker unit provided inside the opening,
wherein, in the diaphragm, an outer peripheral side of the diaphragm is formed with a folded portion protruding to an opposite side of a sound emission direction,
wherein a ratio TW/? is
0.1?TW/??0.2
wherein TW/? is the ratio of an outer diameter ? of the first speaker unit and a length TW from an upper end of the diaphragm of the first speaker unit to a lower end of the magnetic circuit of the first speaker unit.

US Pat. No. 10,264,347

TWO-WAY SPEAKER DEVICE HAVING DIAPHRAGM OF SECOND SPEAKER UNIT INSIDE VOICE COIL BOBBIN OF FIRST SPEAKER UNIT

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A speaker device comprising:a first speaker unit having a first diaphragm connected to a voice coil bobbin, the first speaker unit including a magnetic circuit including a magnet; and
a second speaker unit having a second diaphragm provided inside the voice coil bobbin,
wherein a height of an upper end of the first diaphragm is substantially equal to a height of an upper end of the second diaphragm, and
wherein a ratio TW/? is
0.1?TW??0.2
wherein TW/? is the ratio of an outer diameter ? of the first speaker unit and a length TW from an upper end of the first diaphragm to a lower end of the magnetic circuit of the first speaker unit.