Patents Represented by Attorney Raymond L. Owens
  • Patent number: 8340436
    Abstract: A method for determining significant events in a digital image collection, including, using a processor for generating image counts time-series from the image collection; computing a model of the image counts time-series; and using the image counts time-series and the model to determine significant events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Madirakshi Das, Alexander C. Loui
  • Patent number: 8330852
    Abstract: A method of using an image capture device to identify range information for objects in a scene includes providing an image capture device having an image sensor, a coded aperture having circular symmetry, and a lens; storing in a memory a set of blur parameters derived from range calibration data; capturing images of the scene having a plurality of objects; producing a set of reference edge images using the blur parameters from the stored set; providing a set of deblurred images using the captured image, the reference edges and each of the blur parameters from the stored set; and using the set of deblurred images to determine the range information for the objects in the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Paul J. Kane, Majid Rabbani, Sen Wang
  • Patent number: 8320817
    Abstract: A method of removing charge from a charged sheet prior to stacking the charged sheet is disclosed. The method includes moving the charged sheet through a set of nipped rollers while a first roller has an AC voltage applied thereto so that a first side of the charged sheet is in contact with the first roller and has its charge substantially dissipated, whereby charge substantially remains on a second side of the charged sheet in contact with a second roller. The method further includes using at least one non-contact charge removal device to remove charge from the second side of the charged sheet, and stacking the discharged sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Mark C. Zaretsky
  • Patent number: 8315463
    Abstract: A method of organizing an image collection includes detecting faces in the image collection, extracting features from the detected faces, determining a set of unique faces by analyzing the extracted features, wherein each face in the set of unique faces is believed to be from a different person than the other faces in the set; and displaying the unique faces to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew C. Gallagher, Alexander C. Loui, Cathleen D. Cerosaletti, Stacie L. Hibino, Madirakshi Das, Peter O. Stubler
  • Patent number: 8305485
    Abstract: Method of using an image capture device to identify range information for objects in a scene includes providing an image capture device at least one image sensor, a coded aperture, a first optical path including the coded aperture and a second optical path not including the coded aperture; storing in a memory a set of blur parameters derived from range calibration data for the coded aperture; capturing a first and second image of the scene, corresponding to the first and second optical paths, the second image having equal or higher resolution than the first; providing a set of deblurred images using the first capture image and each of the blur parameters from the stored set; using the set of deblurred images to determine the range information for the objects captured by the first optical path; and using the range information to control the image capture or processing of second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Paul J. Kane, Rodney L. Miller, Sen Wang
  • Patent number: 8305452
    Abstract: Pre-image-acquisition information is obtained by a digital camera and transmitted to a system external to the digital camera. The system is configured to provide image-acquisition settings to the digital camera. In this regard, the digital camera receives the image-acquisition settings from the external system and performs an image-acquisition sequence based at least upon the received image-acquisition settings. Accordingly, the determination of image-acquisition settings can be performed remotely from the digital camera, where data-processing resources can greatly exceed those within the digital camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John R. Fredlund, Bruce H. Pillman, Andrew C. Gallagher, Andrew C. Blose, John N. Border, Kevin M. Gobeyn, Richard B. Wheeler, Michael J. Telek
  • Patent number: 8306265
    Abstract: Image data representing a captured image of an environment or a portion thereof, and electric-field data representing electric fields present in the environment or a portion thereof are received. The electric-field data and the image data represent information gathered from an overlapping portion of the environment. A candidate object is identified in the overlapping portion and classified as animate or inanimate based at least upon an analysis of the image data and the electric-field data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter T. Fry, Andrew F. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 8285085
    Abstract: A method for customizing a presentation of a set of digital images provided by a user is disclosed, comprising the steps of selecting an initial presentation format criteria for the set of digital images by the user; analyzing the digital images for additional information; providing to the user a first portable electronic storage medium having the set of digital images stored thereon, the images capable of being presented to the user on a display device in accordance with a first presentation format based upon the initial selected presentation format criteria and the analysis of the additional information; and providing a software program to the user enabling the user to select additional presentation format criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, John K. McBride, Dale F. McIntyre, Alexander C. Loui
  • Patent number: 8280164
    Abstract: A method for extracting an object out of each image in a group of digital images that contain the object, includes providing a group of digital images, each containing the object with a background; selecting a seed image from the group of digital images, and displaying the seed image to a user; the user providing at least one marking for the seed image, which corresponds to a subset of pixels in the seed image that indicates whether the set of pixels belongs to a part of object of interest or a part of the background; producing from the seed image and the marking a statistical model that can be used for separating the object of interest from the background in the group of images; and applying the statistical model to each image in the group of digital images to produce a cutout of the object of interest from each digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jiebo Luo, Dhruv Batra, Andrew C. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 8273640
    Abstract: A method of making a semiconductor nanowire device includes providing a plurality of spaced semiconductor nanowires on a growth substrate; applying a dielectric material so that it is disposed between the semiconductor nanowires producing a layer of embedded semiconductor nanowires having a top surface opposed to a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface is defined by the interface with the growth substrate; depositing a first electrode over the top surface of the layer of embedded semiconductor nanowires so that it is in electrical contact with the semiconductor nanowires; joining the first electrode to a device substrate; removing the growth substrate and exposing the bottom surface of the layer of embedded semiconductor nanowires; and depositing a second electrode on the bottom surface of the layer of embedded semiconductor nanowires so that it is in electrical contact with the semiconductor nanowires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Carolyn R. Ellinger, Keith B. Kahen
  • Patent number: 8274138
    Abstract: A high quality II-VI semiconductor nanowire is disclosed. A plurality of II-VI semiconductor nanowires is provided, with each being fixed to a support. Each nanowire terminates in a free end and a metal alloy nanoparticle is fixed to each nanowire at its free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Keith B. Kahen
  • Patent number: 8275221
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a user subject interest is based at least upon an analysis of a user's collection of digital image records and is implemented at least in part by a data processing system. The method receives a defined user subject interest, receives a set of content requirements associated with the defined user-subject-interest, and identifies a set of digital image records from the collection of digital image records each having image characteristics in accord with the content requirements. A subject-interest trait associated with the defined user-subject-interest is evaluated based at least upon an analysis of the set of digital image records or characteristics thereof. The subject-interest trait is associated with the defined user-subject-interest in a processor-accessible memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert B. Poetker, Anthony Scalise, Kevin R. DeLong, Andrew C. Blose
  • Patent number: 8259166
    Abstract: A display device for capturing and displaying images along a single optical axis, having an image capture device for capturing the objective image through the display panel when the display device is in a second transmissive state; an image supply source for providing an image to a display panel when the display panel is in a first display state; a mechanism for alternating placing the display panel between the first display state and second transmissive state such that an image can be viewed on the display screen and the object can be captured such that the alternating between the first display state and the second transmissive state is substantially imperceptible to a user of the display panel; and a mechanism for providing digitally image processing for captured images prior to display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Joseph A. Manico
  • Patent number: 8260082
    Abstract: Correction of color defects in a pupil represented in a digital image is disclosed. For example, a location in the pupil within the digital image is identified, and a target color to be corrected is computed based at least upon an analysis of pixels within a first region in which the location resides. Defect pixels in a second region in which the location resides are identified, the defect pixels being identified as having a pixel color similar to the target color. The defect pixels are color-corrected. For pupils that appear all white, appropriately configured pupil images are inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David K. Rhoda, Andrew T. Cooper, Thomas J. Murray
  • Patent number: 8242515
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device including two spaced apart electrodes; and at least one layer containing ternary core/shell nanocrystals disposed between the spaced electrodes and having ternary semiconductor cores containing a gradient in alloy composition and wherein the ternary core/shell nanocrystals exhibit single molecule non-blinking behavior characterized by on times greater than one minute or radiative lifetimes less than 10 ns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Keith B. Kahen, Xiaofan Ren
  • Patent number: 8228418
    Abstract: A sensor module for an image capture device including an image sensor and a filter system, the image capture device having a high resolution mode of operation and one or more lower resolution modes of operation; the filter system includes an adjustable spatial filter associated with the optical path of the image capture device having an adjustable optical structure which in response to a first signal causes the adjustable spatial filter to be effective in a high resolution mode of operation and in response to a second signal causes the adjustable spatial filter to be effective in a lower resolution mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Bruce H. Pillman, Russell J. Palum, John N. Border
  • Patent number: 8219513
    Abstract: A system for selecting, managing, sharing and displaying narrative data files in a manner that takes into the account the contextual significance of said narrative data files to a narrative, an author(s) and an audience. A system that is able to place an absolute and relative value upon the significance of a media object is able to assist in stimulating the recollection of the author and audience, thus making every aspect more memorable and enhancing by improving the ease of use and the quality of the final result of the use of the system of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Edward Covannon, Kevin M. Gobeyn, Stacie L. Hibino
  • Patent number: 8212236
    Abstract: A plurality of core-shell semiconductor nanowires each being fixed to a support includes II-VI materials for both the cores and the shells. Each nanowire terminates in a free end and a metal alloy nanoparticle is fixed to each nanowire at its free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Keith B. Kahen, Matthew Holland
  • Patent number: 8213725
    Abstract: A method for facilitating semantic event classification of a group of image records related to an event. The method using an event detector system for providing: extracting a plurality of visual features from each of the image records; wherein the visual features include segmenting an image record into a number of regions, in which the visual features are extracted; generating a plurality of concept scores for each of the image records using the visual features, wherein each concept score corresponds to a visual concept and each concept score is indicative of a probability that the image record includes the visual concept; generating a feature vector corresponding to the event based on the concept scores of the image records; and supplying the feature vector to an event classifier that identifies at least one semantic event classifier that corresponds to the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alexander C. Loui, Wei Jiang
  • Patent number: 8201945
    Abstract: A 2D/3D switchable display system is disclosed having a selector for selecting a two-dimensional (2D) or a three-dimensional (3D) image processing path. A first processor processes image data through the two-dimensional image processing path; a second processor, independent of the first processor, processes image data through the three dimensional image processing path. An important feature is the provision of a first set of at least three emitters having corresponding first wavelengths, and a second set of at least three emitters having corresponding second wavelengths. A controller that during a 2D operation activates both first and second sets of emitters to present a single image, while during a 3D operation activates the first set of emitters to present a first image having one half of stereo image information and activates the second set of emitters to present a second image having a second half of stereo image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Carolyn R. Ellinger, Paul J. Kane