Patents Assigned to Minolta Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 7474766
    Abstract: In an encoding unit 100 for encoding a motion image are provided a corrector 121 scene determiner 122, correction data generator 123, and scene change detector 124. The scene change detector 124 detects a scene change in a motion image based on a differential image during encoding, and the detection result is input to the scene determiner 122. The scene determiner 122 determines details of the scene of an image after a scene change using a predicted image from the movement compensator 116, and the correction data generator 123 determines the correction method based on the result of the scene determination. The corrector 121 executes corrections by the set correction method until a next scene change is detected. In this way the correction method is updated only when a scene change is detected, thereby executing suitable correction and reducing the quantity of calculation necessary for correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshio Komaki
  • Patent number: 7468843
    Abstract: A display apparatus which has a mirror with a free curved reflective surface of which curvature fluctuates with inflection points, a liquid crystal display (LCD), a back light and a polarizer. Light of an image which was modulated by the LCD is reflected by the free curved reflective surface and passes through the polarizer. Then, the light is directed to an optical pupil. Since the curvature of the free curved reflective surface fluctuates with inflection points, curvature of field and distortion can be corrected properly, and an image of high quality can be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Tanijiri, Hiroaki Ueda, Ichiro Kasai, Takao Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20080309972
    Abstract: In case of transmitting a document file such as a PDF file to a printer without converting it into print data, a PC extracts from the document file to be printed information to be accessed when starting an analysis of the document file and transmits the information to the printer. The PC extracts a specified data from the document file and transmits it to the printer each time when the specified data is requested by the printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: MINOLTA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Ozawa
  • Patent number: 7454060
    Abstract: In image processing of a document having image data of a document including an image with character images on a background image, the character images and the background image thereof are separated. First, areas in correspondence to the character images from the image data are extracted, and character code data are generated based on the extracted areas in the image data. On the other hand, the character image in the image data is replaced with the background image. The character images are reproduced with reference to the character code data at the positions of the character images. On the other hand, the original character images are deleted from the image data. The character images on the background image is complemented based on the background image data. Then the character images based on the character code data and the background image thereof are synthesized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoko Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 7454507
    Abstract: Upon reception of a data transmission request, an image input device 1 searches for transmission means available for transmission to a destination, such as transfer to FTP server or transmission by e-mail, and lists all the extracted available transmission means. Image input device 1 then creates a selection menu executed as an applet for receiving a selection of transmission methods from the destination. The destination can use the selection menu acquired from image input device 1 to designate the priority order of desired transmission means and a file name in reception of transmitted data. The selection menu thus created is transmitted to the image input device 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironobu Nakata, Takeshi Morikawa, Tatsuya Tanigawa, Kiyoshi Emori
  • Patent number: 7453416
    Abstract: An image displaying device includes a first display portion capable of changing display contents and provided at a surface side of a main body, a second display portion capable of changing display contents and provided at a lower surface side of the main body and a detector which detects a turning-over of the main body. The display contents of the first or second display portion is changed by a display controller depending on detected results of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Muramatsu, Tomoyuki Atsumi, Hiroaki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 7454064
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a coder and a coding method that raise the possibility of improving the compression ratio of multivalued image data in which one pixel consists of a plurality of bits and are accordingly effective to increase the amount of image that is stored in a recording medium with a certain capacity. The coder according to the present invention includes an obtaining unit for obtaining a predetermined amount of image data in which one pixel consists of a plurality of bits, a developing unit for developing on the virtual plane each piece of the bit data in the obtained image data, and a coding unit for performing the entropy coding on the developed bit data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Mishima
  • Patent number: 7450252
    Abstract: A method of processing image data including the steps of receiving a printer language data, obtaining a bitmap data by developing the printer language data, obtaining a BM compressed data by compressing the bitmap data, comparing volumes of the printer language data and the BM compressed data and storing the image data of the smaller of two volumes while discarding the image data of the larger of two volumes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takenori Idehara
  • Patent number: 7448713
    Abstract: An ink jet printer ejects ink droplets of a plurality of sizes based on image data, and prints dots of a plurality of sizes corresponding to the ink droplets of the plurality of sizes for recording the image. In the ink jet printer, in order to print a smoothing dot close to a normal dot, pulse voltage having a waveform having its printing timing changed from a waveform for printing the normal dot is applied to a piezoelectric element. As a result, an ink jet printer capable of recording high definition images can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiichi Sano, Shoichi Minato
  • Publication number: 20080273177
    Abstract: A projection optical system for projecting, while enlarging, an image formed on an image formation surface onto an image projection surface from an oblique direction relative thereto has at least three optically powered reflective surfaces and a refractive lens surface having a non-rotation-symmetric free-form curved surface and disposed between the first and second reflective surfaces as counted from the image formation surface side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Applicants: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc., Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki IMAOKA, Tomokazu Masubuchi, Jun Ishihara, Tomiei Kuwa
  • Patent number: 7446811
    Abstract: A driving controller is adapted for controlling driving of a plurality of driving units physically connected with one another, at least one of which includes a driving member frictionally engaged with a driven member. It is detected whether the driven member is being driven at a predetermined time. The unit including the driving member and another driving unit are driven at a predetermined timing when the detecting circuit detects the driven member is not driven at the predetermined time. The driven member and the driving member can be easily released from an adhered state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 7447730
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus such as a copier and an air conditioner communicate with one another in a network. The air conditioner provides information regarding ambient temperature and/or humidity to the image forming apparatus. Based upon this information, the image forming apparatus selectively activates systems within the apparatus that regulate its internal temperature and humidity levels, to thereby achieve power savings. The image forming apparatus provides information regarding its operation state to the air conditioner. The air conditioner uses this information to adjust its heating or cooling operations to compensate for the heat generated by the image forming apparatus when it is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukinobu Iguchi, Fumio Maekawa
  • Patent number: 7440129
    Abstract: Disclosed is a printing system having a data processing apparatus on which printer driver software capable of setting various kinds of print conditions is installed, and a printer for performing a printing operation based on print job data transmitted from the data processing apparatus. The printer driver software provides a user with a setting screen on which various user-selectable setting options for printing are displayed and can visually disable at least one of the setting options from the setting screen based on information about the state of the printer acquired from the printer. The information on the state of the printer includes information on the remaining amount of a consumable item loaded in the printer or an optional device connected to the printer, information on the size of a recording medium loaded in the printer, or information as to whether the optional device is connected to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Yamade
  • Patent number: 7440133
    Abstract: A tandem-type color image forming apparatus forms an image in a monochrome mode or in a full color mode. The apparatus has a controller which delays an image forming operation for a predetermined period of time when a color mode is switched from the monochrome mode to the full color mode during different images are continuously formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takanobu Yamada, Seiichi Munemori, Yuusuke Morikami
  • Patent number: 7436379
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reversible image display medium which can be repeatedly used and can display high quality images, in which cells between the two substrates accommodate a dry developer containing at least two kinds of frictionally chargeable dry developing particles having different chargeable polarities and different optical reflection densities; images are displayed by forming an electrostatic latent image corresponding to the image to be formed on one of the two substrates to drive the developing particles in an electrostatic field based on the electrostatic latent image; a developer-facing surface of one of the substrates has a surface resistivity of at least 1×1012 ohm/square; a developer-facing surface of the opposite substrate has a surface resistivity from 1×106 ohm/square to 1×1012 ohm/square; a developer-facing surface of one of the substrates has a surface average median roughness Ra of 0.2 ?m to 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Matsuura, Hiroshi Mizuno, Akihito Ikegawa, Masaharu Kanazawa, Keyaki Yogome, Takaji Kurita
  • Patent number: 7437017
    Abstract: In accordance with an image processing method, a data region is detected from input image data. The input image data is rotated in accordance with inclination of an image. Determination is made whether the data region of rotated image data protrudes from an image area of the input image data. When detection is made of protruding, the smallest area including the data region is extracted from the rotated image data. When the data region of the rotated image data protrudes from the image area of the image data previous to rotation, the smallest region including the data region of the rotated image data is extracted from the rotated image data. Therefore, loosing information from image data subjected to rotational correction can be prevented. Also, the amount of image data subjected to rotational correction can be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Aihara
  • Patent number: 7436975
    Abstract: In an image reading apparatus, a user ID is input as login information pertaining to the user who implemented reading of the original document. The user ID is embedded in the image data created from the original document data as an electronic watermark, and the image data is sent to a PC. The PC that receives the image data reads the user ID from the image data. If the user ID read from the image data matches a user ID entered by a user who issued a printing command, the PC issues a print command regarding the image data. Otherwise, printing is prohibited. Through this processing, printing of the image data is permitted only for the user who implemented reading of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichi Shibata
  • Patent number: 7436435
    Abstract: A compensator for correcting a possible blur of image caused by a shake of an image pickup apparatus in which the compensator is arranged, and in which a downsize circuit board having a diminished area thereof and holding an image taking component is swung or moved. The compensator includes the circuit board with the diminished area for holding the image taking component, in which the circuit board is moved together with the image taking component. On the circuit board, there are arranged the image taking component and at least one other component. The at least one other component can be a component which is associated with reading of the signal(s) of the image outputted from the image taking element, and/or can be a component which is associated with the control to correct the possible blur of the image caused by the shake of the image pickup apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Wada
  • Patent number: 7433067
    Abstract: When a print job is received from the network, subsequent processing depends on whether the print job includes authentication information. Where the print job includes authentication information, the print job is stored in a memory while being associated with the authentication information. When authentication information is received from the network thereafter, a print controller selects, from among the print jobs stored in the memory, the job that is associated with authentication information that matches the received authentication information, and causes it to be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Nonoyama, Toshikazu Higashi, Yoshiki Nakazawa, Kiyohito Tsujihara
  • Publication number: 20080244392
    Abstract: In case of transmitting a document file such as a PDF file to a printer without converting it into print data, a PC extracts from the document file to be printed information to be accessed when starting an analysis of the document file and transmits the information to the printer. The PC extracts a specified data from the document file and transmits it to the printer each time when the specified data is requested by the printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: MINOLTA CO., LTD
    Inventor: Masahiro Ozawa