Patents Assigned to Ricoh Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 9697507
    Abstract: A method, system and computer product for discount coupon acquisition, management and redemption. In one embodiment, the method comprises scanning a coupon with a portable computing device without establishing a data connection to the portable computing device. The method further comprises decoding a scanned image of the coupon for storage in the portable computing device, and generating information of the coupon by the portable computing device for redeeming the coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Andrea Mariotti
  • Patent number: 9695280
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, processes, and systems for the manufacture of three-dimensional articles of polymer materials using 3D printing. A syringe or an inkjet print head prints a solution of prepolymer onto a build plate. The printed prepolymer is exposed to a stimulus whereby the prepolymer is converted to the polymer. After a predetermined time, sequential layers are printed to provide the three-dimensional article. The three-dimensional article can be cured to produce the 3D article made from the final polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: Ricoh Co., Ltd., University of Washington
    Inventors: Andrew J. Boydston, Mark A. Ganter, Duane Storti, Adam Edward Goetz, Mete Yurtoglu, Michael Byrnes Larsen, Gregory Isaac Peterson, Di Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170178310
    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: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Gormish, Edward Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20170178372
    Abstract: A system and method that determines a seam between pairs of adjacent images for panoramic image stitching is disclosed. The method includes receiving a sequence of images, determining a pair of adjacent images in the sequence of images, matching one or more objects corresponding to a same object identifier in the pair of adjacent images, determining a seam in an overlap region between the pair of adjacent images and determining a portion of pixels from each image of the pair of adjacent images to represent in a stitched panoramic image based on the seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Gormish, Edward Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20170178227
    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: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Michael Griffin, Tiffany Romain, Daniel G. Van Olst
  • Publication number: 20170178226
    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: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Michael Griffin, Tiffany Romain
  • Publication number: 20170177969
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for classifying conditions of a data stream of object information. An image recognition receives an image and identifies a plurality of objects from the image. The image recognition application generates a data stream including information about the plurality of objects. The image recognition application generates a score based on the information about the plurality of products, determines a condition from the data stream based on the score, and generates a suggestion based on the condition. The image recognition application further provides the suggestion to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan Zaremski, Michael Griffin
  • Publication number: 20170178335
    Abstract: A system and method that generates a candidate list of indexed images that potentially match an object in a query image is disclosed. The method includes receiving a query image including an object, receiving a plurality of indexed images that match the object, computing a region of interest for the object, computing an overlap between a first region of interest corresponding to a first indexed image and a second region of interest corresponding to a second indexed image, determining that the overlap between the first region of interest and the second region of interest satisfies a threshold and including the first indexed image and the second indexed image in a candidate list of indexed images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sri Kaushik Pavani, Anshul Garg, Bharathi Shekar
  • Publication number: 20170177172
    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: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Roland Findlay, Michael Griffin, Tiffany Romain
  • Publication number: 20170177978
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for distinguishing objects of similar appearance that vary in color. An image recognition application receives a query image of a plurality of objects, determines a candidate list of indexed images that match an object in the query image based on luminance features, crops an image of the object from the query image to generate a cropped image, computes color features for the object, ranks the candidate list of indexed images based on the color features, and provides the candidate list of indexed images to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ramya Narasimha, Jorge Moraleda, Kathrin Berkner, Srikrishna Bhat, Sri Kaushik Pavani, Anshul Garg
  • Publication number: 20170178301
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for performing image rectification using a single image and information identified from the single image. An image recognition application receives an input image, identifies a plurality of objects in the input image, estimates rectification parameters for the plurality of objects, identifies a plurality of candidate rectification parameters using a voting procedure on the rectification parameters for the plurality of objects, estimates final rectification parameters based on the plurality of candidate rectification parameters, computes a global transformation matrix using the final rectification parameters, and performs image rectification on the input image using the global transformation matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jorge Moraleda, Ekta Prashnani, Michael J. Gormish, Kathrin Berkner, Silvio Savarese
  • Publication number: 20170177195
    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: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Roland Findlay, Michael Griffin, Tiffany Romain, Jamey Graham
  • Publication number: 20170178058
    Abstract: A system and method that computes a quality score for an index image is disclosed. The method includes receiving an index image, computing a blurriness score of the index image based on variance associated with the index image, computing an image resolution score of the index image based on an area of the index image and a threshold area, computing a feature spread score for the index image using a first plurality of features associated with the index image, computing a feature uniqueness score for the index image using a description associated with each of a second plurality of features and determining a quality score for the index image using the blurriness score, the image resolution score, the feature spread score, and the feature uniqueness score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Srikrishna Bhat, Sri Kaushik Pavani, Anshul Garg
  • Publication number: 20170178060
    Abstract: Methods and systems for planogram matching are described. The methods include capturing an image, processing the image to identify a product based on a symbolic identifier, receiving a planogram, identifying a region of a planogram based on a linear grouping, determining a geometrically consistent match between the product and a sample product included in the region of the planogram, and determining an alignment between the region of the planogram and a corresponding region of the image that includes the product. The methods may further include determining a location in the corresponding region that does not include an expected product based on the planogram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Edward L. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20170178061
    Abstract: A system and method that generates a planogram is disclosed. The method includes receiving, from an image processing module, a realogram, the realogram including information about items recognized in an image, aligning the items in the realogram using the information about the items recognized in the image, relocating the items horizontally and vertically such that the items are distributed among a plurality of aligned, non-overlapping slots, and providing the relocated items for display as a planogram of the items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Griffin, Jonathan Zaremski, Jamey Graham, Tiffany Romain, Roland Findlay
  • Patent number: 9680533
    Abstract: A backscatter modulation radio-frequency (RF) sensor and method for using the same are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the RF sensor 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 communication interface to backscatter energy to communicate one or more packets using a frequency-shift keying (FSK) modulator; and a microcontroller coupled to the energy harvesting and storage units, the one or more sensors, and the backscatter communicator, the microcontroller operable to cause the backscatter communication interface 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: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth Gudan, Jonathan J. Hull
  • Patent number: 9675247
    Abstract: Retinal vessel extraction on color images of eyes are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises performing alpha matting on a multi-dimensional feature set derived from image data of a first image and performing retinal vessel extraction, including performing segmentation on the image by separating foreground and background image data from the first image using an output from the alpha matting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Powel Talwar, Mithun Das Gupta
  • Publication number: 20170124416
    Abstract: A method for product recognition from multiple images includes producing a plurality of recognition results for a plurality of input images, stitching the plurality of input images into a single stitched image; merging the plurality of recognition results using information from stitching the plurality of input images to generate a merged recognition result; and outputting the merged recognition result. The disclosure also includes systems for implementing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shu Shi, Michael J. Gormish
  • Publication number: 20170109604
    Abstract: A system and method that allows the capture of a series of images to create a single linear panoramic image is disclosed. The method includes capturing an image, dynamically comparing a previously captured image with a preview image on a display of a capture device until a predetermined overlap threshold is satisfied, generating a user interface to provide feedback on the display of the capture device to guide a movement of the capture device, and capturing the preview image with enough overlap with the previously captured image with little to no tilt for creating a linear panorama.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Daniel G. Van Olst
  • Patent number: 9626589
    Abstract: A system and method that allows the capture of a series of images to create a single linear panoramic image is disclosed. The method includes capturing an image, dynamically comparing a previously captured image with a preview image on a display of a capture device until a predetermined overlap threshold is satisfied, generating a user interface to provide feedback on the display of the capture device to guide a movement of the capture device, and capturing the preview image with enough overlap with the previously captured image with little to no tilt for creating a linear panorama.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Daniel G. Van Olst