Abstract: Provided is a novel mono-axial taper lock screw for connecting a connecting rod to bone. The screw is capable of being secured to the underlying bone while the screw head adapted to securely hold a connecting rod is rotated about the longitudinal axis of the screw to facilitate a stable connection to the connecting rod. The screw head can be partially locked to hold the device in place while permitting manipulation of the spine. The screw head can then be fully locked securing the connecting rod into a selected position. The screw is configured for easy insertion and connection as well as easy removal and disconnection from the connecting rod. Also provided is a bone fragments. A method of fixing bones or bone fragments is also provided.
Abstract: A communication apparatus capable of being connected to another communication apparatus generates temporary connection information used in making a wireless connection. The apparatus presents this temporary connection information and makes a wireless connection to another communication apparatus based upon this temporary connection information.
Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to install a print server simply. In the present invention, a port monitor, an IP address and a data sending method corresponding to an installed logical printer are acquired and stored in an installed logical printer information storage module, by an installed logical printer analysis module. A logical printer auto-creation module creates the port monitor of the logical printer to be used by the print server to be installed, based on the stored information, and associates the port monitor as the port monitor of a newly created logical printer or the existing logical printer.
Abstract: Even when a remaining amount of an image memory built in a digital camera is decreased, the photographing can be further continued while reserving a photographed image. An image which is obtained from an image input unit including image pickup means is accumulated into an image memory. When a remaining amount calculating unit detects that the remaining amount of the imag memory is small, an image record discriminating unit compares it with an image size in a photograph mode at that time which is obtained from an image size table, thereby discriminating whether the continuation of the photographing can be performed or not. When the photographing is impossible, an image selecting unit selects an old image, an image in which the number of colors is small, or the like on the basis of management data regarding the photographed images in a memory managing table. The selected image is transmitted by a PHS communication by a data transmitting apparatus.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus which is capable of easily determining, when a user causes the apparatus to scan a sheet original to carry out predetermined processing, whether or not the sheet original has been modified or edited from a document file as the source of the sheet original. A scanner section not only reads an original and generates original image data, but also recognizes information embedded in the original. Rights information concerning the original is acquired based on the information embedded in the original. A controller unit determines whether or not the original has been edited, and performs control based on contents of the rights information and a result of the determination, such that execution of processing, which is designated by a user, on the original image data is permitted or restricted.
Abstract: A drill guide apparatus for aligning a cervical drill bit and a target site in a vertebral body prior to drilling a hole in the vertebral body is disclosed. The apparatus includes a handle assembly, an extension member extending from the handle assembly, a mounting plate disposed on the distal end of the extension member, a guide member proximally extending from the mounting plate and a rotation mechanism operably connecting the handle assembly and the extension member. The rotation mechanism is configured to selectively position the handle assembly relative to the mounting plate. The guide member may include a single or double barrel configuration. The guide member is selectively positionable relative to the mounting plate. The mounting plate may include a protrusion for selectively engaging a second plate.
August 23, 2007
Date of Patent:
October 9, 2012
Larry McClintock, Peter Harris, Todd Wallenstein
Abstract: An illumination optical system includes first and second reflection integrators. The second reflection integrator forms a plurality of linear light sources using light from the first reflection integrator. The illumination optical system further includes a pair of flat plane mirrors that are arranged parallel to the meridional line direction on the second reflection integrator and opposite to each other so as to sandwich the plurality of linear light sources in between, a unit for changing an aperture shape of an aperture stop arranged at an exit side of the second reflection integrator in a direction perpendicular to the meridional line direction so that the aperture stop has an optical Fourier transformation relationship with the surface to be illuminated, and an adjustment unit configured to adjust an interval between the pair of flat plane mirrors as the aperture shape of the aperture stop is changed.
Abstract: Pieces of reading frequency information representing the use frequencies of first and second reading units are acquired. Read color information of a color on a document that is read by the first or second reading unit is acquired. Based on the acquired pieces of reading frequency information and the acquired read color information, one of the first and second reading units is decided as a reference reading unit serving as a reference when performing correction to make the reading characteristics of the first and second reading units relatively coincide with each other.
Abstract: Color processing is executed in consideration of a change in size of a region of interest in a moving image. To this end, a region of interest is set in each frame image of a moving image and an occupied area ratio indicating an amount that the region of interest occupies with respect to the entire frame image is calculated for each of the frame images set with the regions of interest. A temporal increase or decrease of the occupied area ratio is determined based on the occupied area ratios of a plurality of frame images set with the regions of interest, and a color processing method is set for each frame image based on the occupied area ratio and the temporal increase or decrease determination result. Color processing is applied to each frame image by the color processing method set for that frame image.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a color removing unit, a determining unit, and a preventing unit. The color removing unit is configured to remove a specified color from an input image. The determining unit is configured to determine whether information is embedded in the input image. The preventing unit is configured to prevent an image in an area where the information is embedded in the input image from being removed by the color removing unit when the determining unit determines that the information is embedded in the input image.
Abstract: In an image capturing apparatus that is capable of selecting a display mode for live view display from multiple display modes, the difference between a measured subject brightness and an image brightness obtained from an exposure condition for acquiring live view images is obtained. Then, exposure conditions for acquiring the live view images are changed depending on a threshold corresponding to the selected display mode and on the value of the obtained difference. The image capturing apparatus allows for control of the exposure conditions for acquiring the live view images in accordance with the selected live view display mode.
Abstract: This invention is to easily generate a normal map at a low cost. Hence, image data representing the characteristic of the surface of paper is inputted using an image input device. The type of finish of the paper is determined. Filtering processing corresponding to the type of finish is performed for the image data. A normal map is generated from the image data on which the filtering processing is performed.
Abstract: Compositions, kits and regimens for treatment of damaged skin, especially décolletage, include application of a retinoid, hydroquinone or hydroquinone derivatives, and a composition containing a multi-metal complex.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus switches a line of image data, to be read out from a storage unit, to another, depending on a position in the line in a scanning direction such that the curving of a scanning line is offset, and reducing trouble in reading out image data in units of rectangular image data blocks A data processing section performs image processing based on a plurality of rectangular image areas generated by dividing image data stored in a memory section. An image reading unit reads out the image data as the rectangular image areas, and transfers the rectangular image areas to the data processing section. A printer section forms an image by scanning a photosensitive member with irradiation light based on the rectangular image data areas. A DMA controller stores positional information indicative of line-switching positions. The rectangular image data areas are read out according to the positional information.
Abstract: The apparatus of the present invention includes a reduction ratio determination unit that determines a reduction ratio in each of a plurality of image data based on a character size included in each of the plurality of image data; a reduction unit that reduces the plurality of image data according to the respective reduction ratio; a layout trial unit that arranges the plurality of reduced image data according to a plurality of layout methods; and a layout determination unit that determines a layout method from the plurality of layout methods based on the number of the plurality of image data arranged.
Abstract: An apparatus detects a motion vector using image data to be encoded, and a plurality of reference image data. The apparatus conducts a motion vector search for first reference image data using a large block obtained by dividing the image data to be encoded, and divides the large block into a smaller block size at the position of a smallest matching error. The apparatus determines a block size used in a motion vector search for another reference data based on matching errors in the small blocks.
Abstract: A plurality of images are input, specific regions are set for each of the inputted plurality of images, a typical size of the specific regions of each of the plurality of images is determined, and the ratio of the typical size to the size of the entire image is calculated as a typical size ratio. A typical size ratio used as a reference is selected from the typical size ratios calculated for the respective images as a reference ratio, and a candidate region upon trimming that image is determined based on the specific regions of each of the plurality of images. A trimming region for each of the plurality of images is determined based on the reference ratio, and the typical size ratio and candidate region of each image, and each of the plurality of images is trimmed according to the trimming region.
Abstract: A liquid reclamation apparatus for use in changing automobile oil includes a container, a portable receptacle within the container and dimensioned to hold a volume of oil sufficient to perform an oil change and a cover releasably secured to the container.