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"Information System, Information Reproducing Apparatus, Information Generating Method, and Storage Medium" in Patent Application Approval Process

July 15, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventor Kondo, Tetsujiro (Tokyo, JP), filed on August 1, 2012, was made available online on July 3, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to I-cubed Research Center Inc.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Conventionally, there has been an electronic musical instrument realizing a music session between remote locations, while suppressing a sense of unnaturalness (see Patent Document 1, for example). This is an electronic musical instrument realizing a music session between different locations via a network, including: a transmitting part that transmits input musical sound information based on a person's operation via the network to another location; a receiving part that receives music performance information from an electronic musical instrument for the music session at the other location; a delay part that delays the input musical sound information by a predetermined delay time; and a musical sound generating part that generates and mixes musical sound signals from the input musical sound information delayed by the delay part and the music performance information received by the receiving part; wherein musical sounds based on the musical sound signals from the music performance information are used to provide a music performance timing for the electronic musical instrument."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Technical Problem

"However, such a conventional electronic musical instrument cannot output information obtained by adding a value to information received from one or more remote locations.

"Furthermore, a person who is generating information at a remote location cannot be provided with information that is to be output to viewers and the like. Accordingly, for example, a music performer who is giving a music performance at a remote location away from viewers cannot give a music performance while feeling the content that is to be provided to the viewers.

"Solution to Problem

"A first aspect of the present invention is directed to an information system, including: at least one information acquiring apparatus for acquiring information respectively from at least one acquisition space, which is a space for acquiring information; an information reproducing apparatus for constructing reproduced information associated with a reproduction space, which is different from the acquisition space and is a space that is a target to be reproduced; and at least one information output apparatus for outputting the reproduced information to at least one output space, which is a space for outputting the reproduced information; wherein the information acquiring apparatus includes: an information acquiring unit that acquires information; and an acquired information transmitting unit that transmits the information to the information reproducing apparatus; the information reproducing apparatus includes: a reproduction source information storage unit in which reproduction source information, which is information for constructing reproduced information, can be stored; an acquired information receiving unit that receives at least one piece of information respectively from the at least one information acquiring apparatus; a reproduced information acquiring unit that acquires reproduced information, using the at least one piece of information received by the acquired information receiving unit and the reproduction source information; and a reproduced information sending unit that sends the reproduced information constructed by the reproduced information acquiring unit to the at least one information output apparatus; and the information output apparatus includes: a first reproduced information accepting unit that receives reproduced information from the information reproducing apparatus; and a first reproduced information output unit that outputs the reproduced information received by the first reproduced information accepting unit.

"With this configuration, it is possible to output information obtained by adding a value to information received from one or more remote locations.

"Furthermore, a second aspect of the present invention is directed to the information system according to the first aspect, including at least two information acquiring apparatuses for acquiring information respectively from at least two acquisition spaces, wherein the information reproducing apparatus includes: an acquired information receiving unit that receives at least two pieces of information respectively from the at least two information acquiring apparatuses; an acquired information output unit that outputs the at least two pieces of information received by the acquired information receiving unit; a reproduced information acquiring unit that acquires reproduced information containing the at least two pieces of information output by the acquired information output unit; and a reproduced information sending unit that sends the reproduced information acquired by the reproduced information acquiring unit to the at least one information output apparatus.

"With this configuration, it is possible to output information obtained by synthesizing information received from two or more remote locations.

"Furthermore, a third aspect of the present invention is directed to the information system according to the first or the second aspect, wherein the information acquiring apparatus further includes: a second reproduced information accepting unit that receives reproduced information from the information reproducing apparatus; and a second reproduced information output unit that outputs the reproduced information received by the second reproduced information accepting unit; and the reproduced information sending unit of the information reproducing apparatus sends the reproduced information constructed by the reproduced information acquiring unit to the at least one information acquiring apparatus and the at least one information output apparatus.

"With this configuration, it is possible to output, to an acquisition space, information similar to reproduced information that is to be output to an output space.

"Furthermore, a fourth aspect of the present invention is directed to the information system according to any one of the first to the third aspects, including at least two information acquiring apparatuses, wherein the reproduced information acquiring unit includes: an information synthesizing part that acquires synthesis information, by synthesizing at least two pieces of information received by the acquired information receiving unit; and a reproduced information constructing part that constructs reproduced information, using the synthesis information acquired by the information synthesizing part and the reproduction source information.

"With this configuration, it is possible to output information obtained by synthesizing information received from two or more remote locations and adding a value thereto.

"Furthermore, a fifth aspect of the present invention is directed to the information system according to any one of the first to the fourth aspects, including at least two information acquiring apparatuses, at least one information reproducing apparatus, one information aggregating apparatus, and at least one information output apparatus, wherein the information aggregating apparatus includes: an acquired information receiving unit that receives at least one piece of information respectively from at least one of the information acquiring apparatuses; a reproduced information collecting unit that receives at least one piece of reproduced information from the at least one information reproducing apparatus; a reproduced information acquiring unit that acquires reproduced information that is to be output, using the at least one piece of information received by the acquired information receiving unit and the at least one piece of reproduced information received by the reproduced information collecting unit; and a reproduced information sending unit that transmits the reproduced information constructed by the reproduced information acquiring unit to the at least one information output apparatus, or to the at least one information output apparatus and the at least two information acquiring apparatuses; and the reproduced information sending unit of the at least one information reproducing apparatus transmits the reproduced information constructed by the reproduced information acquiring unit of the information reproducing apparatus to the information aggregating apparatus.

"With this configuration, it is possible to output information obtained by synthesizing information from two or more apparatuses that output information obtained by synthesizing information received from two or more remote locations and adding a value thereto.

"Furthermore, a sixth aspect of the present invention is directed to the information system according to the fifth aspect, wherein the information aggregating apparatus further includes a reproduction source information storage unit in which reproduction source information, which is information for constructing reproduced information, can be stored, and the reproduced information acquiring unit of the information aggregating apparatus constructs reproduced information that is to be output, using the reproduction source information, the at least one piece of information received by the acquired information receiving unit, and the at least one piece of reproduced information received by the reproduced information collecting unit.

"With this configuration, it is possible to output information obtained by synthesizing information from two or more apparatuses that output information obtained by synthesizing information received from two or more remote locations and adding a value thereto.

"Furthermore, a seventh aspect of the present invention is directed to the information system according to any one of the first to the sixth aspects, including at least two information acquiring apparatuses, at least two information reproducing apparatuses, an information synthesizing apparatus, and at least one information output apparatus, wherein the reproduced information sending unit of each of the information reproducing apparatuses transmits the reproduced information constructed by the reproduced information acquiring unit to the information synthesizing apparatus, and the information synthesizing apparatus includes: a reproduced information collecting unit that receives reproduced information from each of the at least two information reproducing apparatuses; a reproduced information synthesizing unit that constructs reproduced information that is to be output, by synthesizing the at least two pieces of reproduced information received by the reproduced information collecting unit; and a third reproduced information sending unit that sends the reproduced information constructed by the reproduced information synthesizing unit to the at least one information output apparatus, or to the at least two information acquiring apparatuses and the at least one information output apparatus.

"Advantageous Effects of Invention

"The information system according to the present invention can output information obtained by adding a value to information received from one or more remote locations.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a conceptual diagram of an information system in Embodiment 1.

"FIG. 2 is a block diagram of the information system in this embodiment.

"FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating the operation of an information acquiring apparatus in this embodiment.

"FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating the operation of an information reproducing apparatus in this embodiment.

"FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a first example of the reproduced information acquiring process in this embodiment.

"FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a second example of the reproduced information acquiring process in this embodiment.

"FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating a third example of the reproduced information acquiring process in this embodiment.

"FIG. 8 is a conceptual diagram of an information system in Embodiment 2.

"FIG. 9 is a block diagram of the information system in this embodiment.

"FIG. 10 is a flowchart illustrating the operation of an information reproducing apparatus in this embodiment.

"FIG. 11 is a flowchart illustrating the reproduced information synthesizing process in this embodiment.

"FIG. 12 is a conceptual diagram of an information system in Embodiment 3.

"FIG. 13 is a block diagram of the information system in this embodiment.

"FIG. 14 is a flowchart illustrating the operation of an information synthesizing apparatus in this embodiment.

"FIG. 15 is a schematic view of a computer system in the embodiments.

"FIG. 16 is a block diagram of the computer system in the embodiments."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Kondo, Tetsujiro. Information System, Information Reproducing Apparatus, Information Generating Method, and Storage Medium. Filed August 1, 2012 and posted July 3, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=765&p=16&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140626.PD.&OS=PD/20140626&RS=PD/20140626

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, I-cubed Research Center Inc., Information and Data Storage.

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