Patents Represented by Attorney Raymond L. Owens
  • Patent number: 8200076
    Abstract: A method of estimating the gender or approximate age of a photographer, includes: determining a steadiness signal related to movement of a camera held by a photographer while capturing an image or video, wherein the steadiness signal identifies the motion of the camera in at least two dimensions as a function of time. Then using a processor for determining a demographic classification for the photographer based on an analysis of the steadiness signal, wherein the demographic classification includes the approximate age or the gender of the photographer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew C. Gallagher, Aaron T. Deever
  • Patent number: 8179445
    Abstract: A method for producing an improved high resolution image is disclosed including capturing low resolution images and a high resolution image; combining the low resolution images to provide an aggregate low resolution image; reducing the resolution of the high resolution image and then interpolated to produce a blurred high resolution image; calculating an image difference map using the aggregate high resolution image and blurred high resolution image; and using the image difference map along with the aggregate high resolution image and the high resolution image to produce an improved high resolution image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Wei Hao
  • Patent number: 8179466
    Abstract: A method of capturing a video of a scene depending on the speed of motion in the scene, includes capturing a video of the scene; determining the relative speed of motion within a first region of the video of the scene with respect to the speed of motion within a second region of the video of the scene; and causing a capture rate of the first region of the video of the scene to be greater than a capture rate of the second region of the video of the scene, or causing an exposure time of the first region to be less than exposure time of the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John N. Border, Michael E. Miller, Christopher J. White
  • Patent number: 8180208
    Abstract: A method of identifying a photographer includes determining a steadiness signal related to movement of a camera held by a first photographer while capturing an image or video, wherein the steadiness signal identifies the motion of the camera in at least two dimensions as a function of time and storing a set of steadiness signals where each steadiness signal has an associated known photographer. The method further includes using a processor to compare the steadiness signal to the set of steadiness signals to produce a set of similarity scores between the first photographer and each of the known photographers; and using the set of similarity scores to identify the photographer that has captured the image or video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew C. Gallagher, Aaron T. Deever
  • Patent number: 8180209
    Abstract: A method of identifying the activity of a camera used for capturing an image or video, such activity not being related to the activity of subjects of the scene being captured includes determining a steadiness signal related to movement of the camera while capturing an image or video, wherein the steadiness signal identifies the motion of the camera in at least two dimensions as a function of time; and using a processor for determining a camera activity classification for the camera based on an analysis of the steadiness signal, wherein the camera activity classification includes categories of the camera being stationary, the camera being located in a moving vehicle, the camera being held by hand, or the camera being held by a jogging or walking user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew C. Gallagher, Aaron T. Deever
  • Patent number: 8177367
    Abstract: A 2D/3D switchable display system having a selector for selecting a two-dimensional (2D) or a three-dimensional (3D) image processing path; a first processor for processing image data through the two-dimensional image processing path; a second processor, independent of the first processor, for processing image data through the three dimensional image processing path; a first set of at least three emitters having corresponding first wavelengths; a second set of at least three emitters having corresponding second wavelengths; and 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: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Carolyn R. Ellinger, Paul J. Kane
  • Patent number: 8174555
    Abstract: A method and device for adapting a display image on a hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device. The device includes a camera for capturing a digital video and/or still image of a user, means for adjusting the captured digital image in response to poor image capture angle of said image capture device so as to create a modified captured digital image; and means for transmitting said modified captured digital image over a wireless communication network to a second hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John N. Border, Ronald S. Cok, Amy D. Enge, Andrew F. Kurtz, Joseph A. Manico, Lynn Schilling-Benz, Peter O. Stubler, Frances C. Williams
  • Patent number: 8159591
    Abstract: A dual sided viewing panel and a method of capturing and displaying images, is disclosed. The dual sided viewing panel includes a first viewing panel and a second viewing panel. The first and second viewing panels are controllable by a control device to capture an image and display an image. The first and second viewing panels are positioned in an aligned back to back relationship to each other. In a method, a first image is captured by the first viewing panel and a second image is captured by the second viewing panel. The first captured image is displayed on the second viewing panel and the second captured image is displayed on the first viewing panel. The viewing direction of the first viewing panel is opposed to the viewing direction of the second viewing panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, John N. Border
  • Patent number: 8154485
    Abstract: A display element comprising a single layer of porous material and a discrete drop of liquid. Application of a voltage between the liquid and the layer causes movement of the liquid and consequential optical changes to the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew Clarke, Eloise H. Welfare
  • Patent number: 8150098
    Abstract: A method of grouping images captured in a common location, including receiving a collection of images; classifying the images into a set of events, where each image in the collection belongs to no more than one event; analyzing background region(s) of images from each event to determine one or more features that represent the event; and comparing features from at least two events to determine which events occurred in a common location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew C. Gallagher, Madirakshi Das, Alexander C. Loui, Jens C. Farmer
  • Patent number: 8139126
    Abstract: An image processing system (10) obtains image sequences and assembles a presentation therefrom. The system has a camera (12) for capturing image sequences, a random-access electronic memory (16) for temporary storage of the image sequences, an input reader for accepting pre-programmed instructions from a first storage medium, a control panel with a display (18) for viewing image sequences (64) and presenting pre-programmed instructions to the operator and an operator interface for accepting responses to the pre-programmed instructions. A control logic processor (20) executes pre-programmed instructions and arranges the presentation from the captured image sequences stored in random-access electronic memory (16), according to operator responses. An output writer records the presentation onto a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, John R. Fredlund, Kenneth A. Parulski, Michael J. Telek, John R. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8116596
    Abstract: A method of recognizing the environment of an image from an image and position information associated with the image includes acquiring the image and its associated position information; using the position information to acquire an aerial image correlated to the position information; identifying the environment of the image from the acquired aerial image; and storing the environment of the image in association with the image for subsequent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dale F. McIntyre, Jiebo Luo, Wei Hao
  • Patent number: 8098403
    Abstract: A method for multi-toning an input digital image having input pixels with two or more color channels to form an output digital image having modified output levels. The method includes determining modified output levels using a combined error signal formed from intermediate error signals for each color channel together with an error signal offset value, and adjusting the input levels for the nearby pixels responsive to weighted error signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kevin E. Spaulding, Douglas W. Couwenhoven
  • Patent number: 8094838
    Abstract: A method of extracting a voice command produced in an enclosed or partially enclosed environment, includes providing an impulse response signal of the enclosed or partially enclosed environment; recording the voice command and ambient sounds; and using the impulse response signal to extract the recorded voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Keith A. Jacoby, Chris W. Honsinger
  • Patent number: 8085436
    Abstract: A method for printing an input digital image using a digital printer having a set of colorants with substantially the same color but different densities, including a sequence of node points where each of the two or more colorants are either at their maximum or minimum values, setting colorant concentrations such that the color channel output responses corresponding to the sequence of node points are substantially equally spaced in a visually uniform color space; forming colorant control look-up tables to provide smooth transitions in the color channel output response between the sequence of node points; addressing the colorant control look-up tables with the printer code value for each pixel of the input digital image to determine the colorant control signals for each of the two or more colorants; and controlling the digital printer using the colorant control signals to produce a print of the input digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Douglas W. Couwenhoven, Kevin E. Spaulding
  • Patent number: 8073318
    Abstract: A method for producing a distance map of scene distance values for a digital image captured by a digital camera includes capturing a first digital image of a scene under a first illumination condition, wherein the first digital image includes a plurality of pixels and the scene includes a plurality of scene objects located at different distances from the digital camera, capturing a second digital image of the scene under a second illumination condition that is different from the first illumination condition, and using the first and second digital images to produce a distance map having a plurality of scene distance values, wherein each scene distance value relates to the distance between the digital camera and the corresponding scene object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Edward B. Gindele, Andrew C. Gallagher, Amy D. Enge
  • Patent number: 8062220
    Abstract: A method for unobtrusive screening the well-being of a person using a plurality of sensing devices, including detecting the presence of a person; identifying and tracking the person; using sensing devices, which includes at least one camera, to unobtrusively sense one or more body parameters of the person; calculating and storing wellness parameters, which are derived from the sensed body parameter data; and automatically evaluating the well-being of the person based on current and prior semantic data including comparing the wellness parameters to previously determined wellness parameters for that person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew F. Kurtz, Donald E. Olson, Kevin M. Gobeyn, John N. Border
  • Patent number: 8038614
    Abstract: A method for establishing baseline data for normalization in a physiological monitoring system which captures images of an individual in order to monitor the well being of the individual, including establishing the identity of an individual; assembling a set of personal data associated with the individual, including semantic data; using the semantic data to identify at least a portion of the wellness parameters to be monitored; acquiring images of the individual during separate capture events to establish baseline image-based wellness parameter data and baseline capture condition data for the individual and; using the baseline wellness parameter data and baseline capture condition data to monitor the physiological condition of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kevin M. Gobeyn, Andrew F. Kurtz, Donald E. Olson
  • Patent number: 8038615
    Abstract: A method for inferring the physiological condition an individual using a physiological monitoring system including providing a set of personal data regarding the individual, the personal data including wellness parameter data or semantic data or both, wherein the wellness parameters correspond to known physiological attributes for the individual; acquiring physiological data of the individual and associated capture condition data, during multiple capture events; calculating wellness parameter data for the individual, using the physiological data and the capture condition data; analyzing the wellness parameter data to identify changes in the wellness parameter data; and inferring the physiological condition of the individual from the changes in the wellness parameter data in view of the semantic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kevin M. Gobeyn, Andrew F. Kurtz, Donald E. Olson
  • Patent number: 8036417
    Abstract: A method of determining the image capture date of scanned hardcopy medium, includes scanning hardcopy medium that includes at least one index print(s) to produce scanned digital images; detecting one or more index prints from among the scanned digital images; identifying thumbnail images contained within the one or more index prints; determining an image capture date for each index print and associating the image capture date with the thumbnail image(s) contained within that index print; matching a scanned digital image to a thumbnail image from the one or more index prints; associating the date from the thumbnail image to the scanned digital image that matches the thumbnail image; and storing the date in association with the scanned digital image that matches the thumbnail image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Andrew C. Gallagher, Louis J. Beato