Patents Assigned to Ricoh Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10460287
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for indexing synthetically modified images of a high quality image. An image recognition application receives images of a product, crops background regions from the images, scales the image based on a minimum value among width and height of the image and generates multiple image sizes, blurs the images, brightens the image and indexes the images as being associated with the product. The images can be of box-shaped packages that include four or six images or cylindrical packages that include, for example, eight images of the packages. The images can be indexed in a k-dimensional tree for faster retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sri Kaushik Pavani, Anshul Garg
  • Patent number: 10445821
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for aligning a realogram and a planogram. An alignment module of an image recognition application receives a realogram, the realogram including information about product recognitions, and a planogram corresponding to the realogram. The alignment module also generates a planogram brand chunk in the planogram, the planogram brand chunk grouping a plurality of planogram product facings belonging to a same brand, and a realogram brand chunk in the realogram based on the planogram brand chunk. The alignment module additionally identifies a planogram product facing in the planogram brand chunk and a realogram product facing in the realogram brand chunk and aligns the planogram product facing with the realogram product facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Michael Griffin, Tiffany Romain, Daniel G Van Olst
  • Patent number: 10417696
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for comparing a realogram and a planogram to determine differences and generate suggestions, for example, a corrective action, and present the corrective action to a user. An application receives a realogram, the realogram including information about product recognitions, and a planogram corresponding to the realogram. The application aligns the realogram with the planogram using the information about product recognitions. The application retrieves a rule, detects an issue in the realogram based on applying the rule to the realogram aligned with the planogram, generates a corrective action corresponding to the issue in the realogram, and provides the corrective action for display as an overlay on the realogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Michael Griffin, Tiffany Romain
  • Publication number: 20190275735
    Abstract: Methods, processes, and systems for the manufacture of three-dimensional articles made of polymers using 3D printing are provided. A layer of high performance polymer can be deposited on a build plate to form a powder bed. Then, a solution of a photothermal dye can be printed on the powder bed in a predetermined pattern. Alternatively, the photothermal dye can be added to the entire powder bed. Electromagnetic radiation can be applied, either to the entire bed or in a predetermined pattern, to form the final polymer. After a predetermined period of time, sequential layers are printed to provide the three-dimensional article. The three-dimensional object can be cured to produce the three-dimensional article composed of the final polymers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicants: Ricoh Co., Ltd., University of Washington
    Inventors: Chang-Uk Lee, Andrew J. Boydston, Mark A. Ganter, Duane W. Storti
  • Publication number: 20190279017
    Abstract: A system and method that gathers and labels images for use by a machine learning algorithm for image classification is disclosed. The method includes acquiring a preview image including a portion of a scene, generating a user interface including the preview image, performing object detection on the preview image to detect a set of items, adding, to the first preview image, a set of regions of interest based on the object detection, each region of interest highlighting a location of a corresponding item in the set of items, receiving an image corresponding to the preview image, determining an object identifier associated with an item, and labeling the item in the image using the object identifier and a region of interest corresponding to the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Sri Kaushik Pavani
  • Publication number: 20190279024
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for providing visual analysis focalized on a salient event. A video processing application receives a data stream from a capture device, determines an area of interest over an imaging area of the capture device, detects a salient event from the data stream, determines whether a location of the detected salient event is within the area of interest, and in response to the location of the salient event being within the area of interest, identifies a portion of the data stream, based on the salient event, on which to perform an action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manuel Martinello, Hector H. Gonzalez-Banos
  • Patent number: 10411505
    Abstract: A reconfigurable array antenna and system for including the same are described. In one embodiment, the antenna apparatus comprises a feeding network and an array coupled to the feeding network, wherein the array has a plurality of locations, with each location capable of having an antenna element attached thereto, and wherein the feeding network is operable to combine energy received by antenna elements in the array, and the energy is combined by the feeding network in RF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuai Shao, Ken Gudan, Jonathan J. Hull
  • Patent number: 10372318
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for associating strokes with content are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises: a memory to store contexts for a plurality of strokes, wherein each context represents an association between at least one stroke and a portion of image data previously displayed; and a matching module coupled to the memory to: receive an indication of a new stroke to be associated a first image and a first context, determine if the portion the first context is the same as, overlaps or is independent of the contexts stored in the memory, and update the memory to include the new stroke by adding the new stroke to one of the contexts stored in the memory or storing the new stroke with the first context independent of the contexts already stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Gormish, Max McFarland, John Barrus
  • Patent number: 10354754
    Abstract: Embodiments digitize radiology films into DICOM format. Radiology films typically include an array of captured images laid out in a grid pattern. To comply with DICOM format, the scanned image of a radiology film is segmented into sub-images and text is extracted from the sub-images to generate DICOM metadata. The sub-images and extracted text metadata are then combined to generate a DICOM-compliant multi-image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pritesh Sankhe, Mithun Das Gupta
  • Patent number: 10346876
    Abstract: A crowdsourced question and answer platform enhanced with image recognition technology is disclosed. The platform generates and organizes conversations surrounding an object recognized from an image uploaded by a user. Generating and organizing conversations includes receiving an image a from a user, analyzing the image to recognize an object in the image, receiving a comment related to the recognized object in the image from the user, generating content related to the recognized object in the image based on the received comment and adding the content related to the recognized object in the image to a conversation corresponding to the recognized object in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ashootosh Chand, Bharathi Shekar, Adit Gupta, Tarkeshwar Singh, Jamey Graham
  • Patent number: 10339690
    Abstract: A system and method for image processing result visualization. The method includes receiving a job, wherein the job includes a panoramic image and image recognition information, and creating a visualization based on the job, wherein the visualization includes the panoramic image with the image recognition information layered over the panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Roland Findlay, Michael Griffin, Tiffany Romain, Jamey Graham
  • Patent number: 10318837
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for distinguishing between stock keeping units of similar appearance that vary in size. An image recognition application receives an image including a shelving unit stocking a plurality of items, identifies each item in the image, generates a region of interest for each identified item in the image, identifies a physical dimension of a portion of region depicted in the image, determines a dimension of the region of interest for each identified item and the portion of region in pixels, determines a pixel-to-physical dimension ratio using the dimension in pixels of the portion of region and the physical dimension of the portion of region depicted in the image, and determines a stock keeping unit identifier of each identified item in the image based on the pixel-to-physical dimension ratio and the dimension of the region of interest for each identified item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bharathi Shekar, Sri Kaushik Pavani, Anshul Garg
  • Patent number: 10298071
    Abstract: A DC-DC boost converter and apparatus including the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the DC-DC converter comprises an input for receiving a first voltage at a first level, where the first voltage is negative; a transformer coupled to the input to convert the first voltage to a second voltage at a second level, where the second level is higher than the first level and the second voltage is positive; and an output connected to the transformer to output the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD
    Inventors: Kenneth Gudan, Jonathan J. Hull, Matthew S. Reynolds, Joshua Ensworth
  • Patent number: 10242036
    Abstract: A system and method for determining an object or product represented in an image is disclosed. The system receives a first image, determines a region of interest in the first image, determines a classification score for the region of interest using a convolutional neural network that assigns the region of interest the classification score corresponding to a class, and identifies a first product in the first image based on the classification score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junghyun Kwon, Ramya Narasimha, Edward L. Schwartz, Max McFarland, Silvio Savarese, Kathrin Berkner
  • Patent number: 10192279
    Abstract: A Mixed Media Reality (MMR) system and associated techniques are disclosed. The MMR system provides mechanisms for forming a mixed media document that includes media of at least two types (e.g., printed paper as a first medium and digital content and/or web link as a second medium). The present invention provides systems, methods, and computer program products for modifying documents for shared use, and for collaborative discussion of shared documents. Captured digital images of documents or portions associated with a user are received, along with modifications to the images. Documents are recognized from the captured digital images, and the modifications to the images are applied to the documents. Alternatively, captured digital images of documents are received, and the documents are recognized along with a hotspot in the document. The user is authenticated to a website associated with the hotspot, and is provided access to an associated multimedia repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Berna Erol, Jonathan J. Hull, Hidenobu Kishi, Qifa Ke, Jorge Moraleda
  • Patent number: 10158401
    Abstract: A network sensor system and method for using the same are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the network sensor system comprises: a radio-frequency (RF) emitter; a first sensor tag including a transmitter, an energy harvesting unit operable to convert incident RF energy to direct current (DC) including RF energy from the RF emitter and RF energy from one or more ambient sources, a storage unit operable to store recovered DC power, one or more sensors for sensing and logging data, a controller coupled to the energy harvesting and storage units, the one or more sensors and the transmitter, to communicate data in the form of a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) advertising packet using energy previously harvested and stored by the energy harvesting and storage unit; and a first device to receive the BLE advertising packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Hull, Ken Gudan, Harsha Binnamangalam
  • Patent number: 10147032
    Abstract: A method, system and tag for low power radio frequency communication is described. In one embodiment, the RF tag comprises: an energy harvesting unit operable to convert incident RF energy to direct current (DC); a storage unit operable to store recovered DC power; one or more sensors for sensing; a backscatter communicator to backscatter energy to communicate; and a microcontroller coupled to the energy harvesting and storage units, the one or more sensors, and the backscatter communicator, the microcontroller operable to wake up from a sleep state and cause the radio to communicate sensed data from at least one of the one or more sensors while powered by energy previously harvested and stored by the energy harvesting and storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: RICOH CO., LTD., DUKE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ken Gudan, Sergey Chemishkian, Jonathan J. Hull, Matthew S. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10104282
    Abstract: A system and method that calculates a yaw error in an image and provides a user interface to a user for correcting the yaw error. The method includes receiving an image, performing line detection in the image, computing a line parameterization for lines in the image, computing a yaw angle for the image and providing the yaw data calculated in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Daniel G Van Olst
  • Patent number: 10095833
    Abstract: A mobile information gateway comprises: a wearable human interface module having an image delivery and display mechanism for presenting information overlaid upon a wide field of view, a computing and communication module adapted to send and receive information to and from the human interface module; and a backend service server coupled for processing medical data. The present invention also includes a method comprising: capturing information with a first mobile information gateway device; processing the captured information to determine an identity of a first user and authenticate the first user; processing the captured information to determine an identity of a patient and authenticate the patient; processing the identity of the first user and the identity of the patient to retrieve information of the patient; and resenting the retrieved information of the patient overlaid on a field of view by the first mobile information gateway device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nikhil Balram, Kathrin Berkner, Ivana Tosic, Wanmin Wu
  • Publication number: 20180268537
    Abstract: A system and method that determines multiple linear groups of horizontally placed items in an image is disclosed. The method includes receiving an image including a portion of a shelving unit, identifying a plurality of items in the image, determining a plurality of facings, clustering the plurality of facings, merging a plurality of clusters and determining a list of linear groups in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael J. Gormish, Edward Schwartz