Patents Assigned to Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9077925
    Abstract: An image-editing service system comprises a server, a user terminal, an administrator terminal, a worker terminal, and the server including a database for storing the image information sent from worker terminal, a first image generating section for generating a first image based on the image information stored in the database, a display section for displaying an image display frame so as to display the first image in a display window of the user terminal and displaying a window information so as to display a display condition of the first image which is allowed to be input, a second image generating section for generating a second image regard to the first image based on the display condition inputted by the user terminal and, a window information generating section for displaying the first image and the second image simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuichi Marikawa, Shinji Murata, Tomoaki Tamura, Hideaki Haraga, Tsuyoshi Narumiya, Reiko Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 7978240
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging unit: including an image sensor with a number of pixels arranged in a matrix, the pixels having color pixels where color filters are disposed, and white pixels where the color filters are not disposed; a sampling circuit section for sampling pixel signals generated in the image sensor; and a main controller for controlling the image sensor and/or the sampling circuit section to sample the pixel signals generated in the white pixels or the pixel signals generated in the color pixels sequentially in a time-series manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihito Kido, Jun Minakuti, Haruki Nakayama, Dai Shintani, Tsutomu Honda
  • Publication number: 20110032395
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging unit: including an image sensor with a number of pixels arranged in a matrix, the pixels having color pixels where color filters are disposed, and white pixels where the color filters are not disposed; a sampling circuit section for sampling pixel signals generated in the image sensor; and a main controller for controlling the image sensor and/or the sampling circuit section to sample the pixel signals generated in the white pixels or the pixel signals generated in the color pixels sequentially in a time-series manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihito KIDO, Jun Minakuti, Haruki Nakayama, Dai Shintani, Tsutomu Honda
  • Patent number: 7859562
    Abstract: A visual aid display apparatus 1 includes, an image capturing section 50 for image capturing of a subject; an image processing section 60 for processing the image, information obtained from the image capturing section 50 so that the image information can be displayed, a display device for displaying the video of image information having been subjected to processing, an ocular optical system for providing video by leading to the eye the light coming from the display device, and a control section 70 for providing control in such a way that the video of the image information having been subjected to image processing can be displayed on the display area of the display section 10. The video of the external world and the image-processed image of the display area A can be viewed simultaneously by an observer on the display section 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Igarashi, Tomoaki Tamura, Hideaki Haraga, Shinri Tanaka, Haruhiko Yoshimeki
  • Patent number: 7839440
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging unit: including an image sensor with a number of pixels arranged in a matrix, the pixels having color pixels where color filters are disposed, and white pixels where the color filters are not disposed; a sampling circuit section for sampling pixel signals generated in the image sensor; and a main controller for controlling the image sensor and/or the sampling circuit section to sample the pixel signals generated in the white pixels or the pixel signals generated in the color pixels sequentially in a time-series manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihito Kido, Jun Minakuti, Haruki Nakayama, Dai Shintani, Tsutomu Honda
  • Patent number: 7835050
    Abstract: A hologram optical element is formed on a substrate so as to make an optical device. The hologram optical element is formed in an area smaller than an irradiation area of a beam for reproduction such as image light or object light on the substrate. Supposing that the beam for reproduction is made of a center beam having intensity higher than 50% of center intensity and other peripheral beam, the hologram optical element is formed on the substrate in a size for diffracting only the center beam so that a flare or a ghost can be relieved without using additional optical elements such as a shading plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tanijiri, Yoshie Shimizu, Tetsuya Noda, Ichiro Kasai
  • Patent number: 7747148
    Abstract: A shake detecting apparatus includes a shake detecting sensor for outputting signals resulting from shake given to the shake detecting apparatus. In the case of application, for example, to an image pickup apparatus, the shake detecting sensor detects camera shake given to the image pickup apparatus. The shake detecting apparatus further includes an first integrating section for integrating the signals outputted from the shake detecting sensor, a second integrating section for integrating outputs of the first integrating section, and a correcting section for correcting the outputs of the first integrating section using outputs of the second integrating section after the lapse of a specified period following a specified timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 7692869
    Abstract: An image-taking lens unit includes: a variable magnification optical system for forming an optical image of an object with a variable magnification; and an image sensor for converting the optical image into an electrical signal. The image-taking lens unit changes the shape thereof between a photographing state and a non-photographing state. The variable magnification optical system has a plurality of lens groups for performing magnification variation by changing intervals therebetween and a reflective surface for bending an optical axis. At least one of the plurality of lens groups is a movable group that moves during magnification variation. The reflective surface is kept in fixed position during magnification variation or focusing. In transition from the photographing state to the non-photographing state, at least the reflective surface moves so that at least part of the movable group is stored into a space left after the movement of the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Shinji Yamaguchi, Tetsuo Kohno, Genta Yagyu
  • Patent number: 7623159
    Abstract: A shake correction mechanism 1 has an elastic support member 2 for elastically and oscillatingly supporting a lens barrel 10 at one point, and first and second actuators 3a and 3b for applying oscillating forces to the lens barrel 10. When a moment is applied to the lens barrel 10 by the first and second actuators 3a and 3b, the elastic support member 2 is subjected to elastic deformation. Thereby, the lens barrel 10 is oscillated to tilt the optical axis thereof in a desires direction. Thus, the lens barrel 10 is oscillatingly driven without use of a rotary joint or the like as employed in the conventional gimbal mechanism. This arrangement enables to miniaturize the shake correction mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeru Wada, Junichi Tanii
  • Patent number: 7599201
    Abstract: A PWM signal generating circuit that generates a PWM signal having a period controlling portion for slightly fluctuating a period of the PWM signal; and a duty controlling portion for changing a duty of the PWM signal by changing a duty ratio in the period fluctuated by the period controlling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 7592759
    Abstract: A servo driving method of the present invention to drive a stepping motor driven by a predetermined driving pulse, by a servo control method, is comprising a setting step of setting a driving mode of the stepping motor switchable at least between a first driving mode, in which the stepping motor is driven with a relatively large current, and a second driving mode, in which the stepping motor is driven with a relatively small current, and a switching step of switching the driving mode between the first driving mode and the second driving mode when a predetermined mode switching information is given. Thereby, it becomes possible to reduce the power consumption by supplying power efficiently to the stepping motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Shibatani
  • Patent number: 7576778
    Abstract: A camera with shake correction mechanism according to the invention comprises: an image pickup device for picking up object light; shake detecting device for detecting a shake exerted to a camera body; a shake correction unit provided with a driving section for exerting a swing force for swinging the image pickup device in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis; a control board on which electronic components are mounted; and a flexible wiring member for electrically connecting the shake correction unit to the control board, wherein the shake correction unit and the control board are arranged at adjacent positions to each other in a direction of almost the same plane, while in an adjacent part of the two elements, a space part is set up that can accommodate the flexible wiring member in a bent state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Hirota, Mitsuhiro Sugita, Yoshiharu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7577290
    Abstract: The image for the face candidate region is obtained, extraction conditions are determined for extracting the eye and the mouth pixels from the face candidate region based on the size of the face candidate region. The eye pixels and the mouth pixels are then extracted from the face candidate region based on the determined extraction conditions, and then the area ratio of the eyes and the area ratio of mouth are calculated for the face candidate region based on the eye pixels and the mouth pixels. Next the area ratio for the eyes and mouth is input into the neural network and a determinations is made as to whether the face candidate region is the face of a person using the neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Chizuko Ikeda, Shoichi Nomura
  • Patent number: 7573647
    Abstract: In zooming, an optical unit moves the lens unit located at the most image side and the image sensor along the optical axis while not moving at least one lens unit, of a plurality of lens units, other than the lens unit located at the most image side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Yasushi Yamamoto, Atsuo Masui
  • Patent number: 7561787
    Abstract: A reduction optical system for forming, without re-imaging, a reduced image of a subject image formed by a main lens system. The reduction optical system has on the most object side a meniscus single-lens element convex to the object side, allowing for a high-performance, and compact reduction optical system by permitting lens replacement of the main lens system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiromichi Nose
  • Patent number: 7561345
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for fabricating a lens unit in which an inter-barrel member can be fixed with a high degree of accuracy without enlarging the lens barrels and the accuracy of the dimension of the inter-barrel member is not required. The method comprises the steps of: disposing an inter-barrel member 11 in a gap “g” defined between a front lens barrel 7 on a subject side in an optical-axis direction x and a rear lens barrel 8 on an imaging surface side in the optical-axis direction x; bringing the inter-barrel member 11 into close contact with one of the front lens barrel 7 and the rear lens barrel 8 in the optical-axis direction x; inserting a resilient member 12 into a space in the optical-axis direction x between the inter-barrel member 11 and the other of the front lens barrel 7 and the rear lens barrel 8; and fixing the front lens barrel 7 and the rear lens barrel 8 integrally with each other to compress the resilient member 12 in the optical-axis direction x.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Matsumoto, Yoshifumi Mitani, Naohiko Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7557852
    Abstract: A digital still camera switches an image sensor between moving picture shooting and still picture shooting. The digital still camera includes a variable-magnification optical system having a plurality of lens groups of which four are movable. At least one of the movable lens groups travels different movement trails for magnification variation between during zooming in moving picture shooting and during zooming in still picture shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoki Hashimoto, Kazuaki Matsui, Hiroshi Mashima, Hideo Onishi, Mamoru Terada
  • Patent number: 7553797
    Abstract: A thermal transfer recording material contains at least one colorant represented by the following general formula (I): wherein R1 represents a trifluoromethyl, alkyl, aryl, alkoxy, alkoxycarbonyl, acyl, acyloxy, amide, carbamoyl, amino, or cyano group; R2 represents alkyl, acyl, carbamoyl, or alkoxycarbonyl group; R3 represents alkyl, alkenyl or aryl group; a total number of carbon atoms in R1 and R2 is 3 or more; X represents —CR4R5—, —S—, —O— or —NR6—; R4 and R5 respectively represent hydrogen, halogen, or a substituent; R6 represents hydrogen or a substituent; and Y represents an atom group required for forming a 5- to 6-memberd ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaori Ono, Takatugu Suzuki, Kazuya Yoshida, Hiroyuki Yamashita
  • Patent number: 7548685
    Abstract: A rotating device 9 is for rotating a vertically long drivable element 90 about specified two axes (rotation axis A, rotation axis B) and is provided with a first and a second actuators 91A, 91B for giving torques to the drivable element 90, a pivot bearing portion 92 as a rotation supporting point of the drivable element 90, a first and a second position detecting sensors 93A, 93B for detecting the rotational posture of the drivable element 90, and a posture controller 94. Detecting portions 905A, 905B of the first and second position detecting sensors 93A, 93B are arranged on a straight line L1 connecting acting portions 904A, 904B of the first and second actuators 91A, 91B and near the acting portions 904A, 904B. The position of the drivable element can be detected by a simple construction and the drivable element can be quickly returned to an original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mashima, Kazuhiro Shibatani
  • Patent number: 7533999
    Abstract: Presented is an auxiliary lighting device that is incorporated in a camera and is disposed at a position apart from an optical axis of a photographic lens for capturing a subject. The device includes a light emitting member with a cylindrical shape to emit light for irradiating a subject, a circumferential wall reflector disposed behind the light emitting member to reflect the light emitted from the light emitting member toward the subject, a first sidewall reflector with a surface that intersects a longitudinal axis of the light emitting member, and which is disposed at a first position near to the optical axis of the photographic lens, and a second sidewall reflector with a surface that intersects the longitudinal axis of the light emitting member, and which is disposed at a second position far from the optical axis of the photographic lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro Suzuki, Yoshito Katagiri