Patents Examined by Heather D Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7170653
    Abstract: The present invention is made to provide a fixing structure for solid state image forming device made inexpensively and easily by simple caulking adhering method with keeping high positional accuracy, by which it is achieved that the solid state image forming device can be separated easily from the image focusing lens holding member when the image focusing lens holding member has a defect. In the fixing structure of present invention, an image focusing lens holding member 3 and an intermediate holding member 6 are adhered by caulking adhering method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Tsuyuki
  • Patent number: 7170656
    Abstract: An automatic slide feeder according to one embodiment of the present invention may comprise a housing configured to define an input slide tray, an output slide tray and a scan slide tray. A slide actuator operatively associated with the housing moves a slide from the input slide tray to the scan slide tray. A control system operatively associated with the slide actuator and a document scanner operates the document scanner to scan a slide positioned in the scan slide tray and operates the slide actuator to move a new slide from the input slide tray to the scan slide tray after the slide positioned in the scan slide tray has been scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Lisa M. Geer
  • Patent number: 7167279
    Abstract: Detection of the direction of an original is effected not at the time of scanning the original, but at the time of standby for the start of printing. Thereby, the scanning performance is prevented from deteriorating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironobu Machida
  • Patent number: 7164511
    Abstract: A system and method for scanning a photographic film using a scanner automatedly identifies the film as either a positive or negative and controls the scanner settings to perform the scan accordingly. The method includes performing a pre-scan of the film, sampling a color density of at least one location of the film, comparing the color density to a standard range indicating an orange bias for the at least one location, and setting the scanner to treat the film as a negative if the color density is within the standard range and to otherwise treat the film as a positive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gordon D. Ford, Leland A. Lester, David C. Iglehart
  • Patent number: 7161709
    Abstract: A handheld mobile image-sensing device comprising: a support structure; an image sensor positioned on the support structure for sensing an image; a display positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to the image sensor for displaying the image sensed by the image sensor; a printing mechanism positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to the image sensor to print the image sensed by the image sensor; a receptacle for receiving an ink cartridge containing at least one ink for supply to the printhead; and a remote transmission arrangement positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to the image sensor to transmit data representing the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7161715
    Abstract: A handheld mobile communications device comprising: a support structure; radio signal processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and configured to receive and transmit radio signals; audio signal processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to the radio signal processing circuitry; image processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to the radio signal processing circuitry; and a receptacle for receiving a detachable printing mechanism, the receptacle including an interface enabling connection of the printing mechanism to the image processing circuitry, thereby enabling images processed by the image processing circuitry to be printed by the printing mechanism when it is operatively positioned within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7161716
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image reading apparatus comprising a scanning member movable along an original mounting table and provided with a reading element for reading an original image, a frame member housing the scanning member, and a control board adapted for controlling the scanning member and provided in the frame member, wherein the control board is so positioned that, when the scanning member moves toward the control board, a portion protruding under the scanning member does not pass on the control board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Canon Kabsuhiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeru Kawasaki, Hirotoshi Kishi, Tsuyoshi Yamauchi, Toshio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7158258
    Abstract: A handheld mobile communications device comprising: a support structure; radio signal processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and configured to receive and transmit radio signals; an image sensor positioned on the support structure for electronically capturing an image; image processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to: the image sensor to receive the electronically captured image; and the radio signal processing circuitry; a receptacle for receiving a detachable printing mechanism, and a slot for receiving manually inserted print media to be printed on by the printing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7158268
    Abstract: A scanner is provided with a variable aperture lens system. High resolution scans use a relatively small aperture size, and scanning speed is relatively slow. Low resolution scans use a relatively large aperture size, and scanning speed is increased. Fast scans are limited to lower sampling rates, which in turn permit more optical blurring relative to high sampling rates. Accordingly, the incremental cost of the larger aperture is minimized by permitting the lens aberrations specifications to be relaxed at larger apertures. Preferably, an electronic variable aperture is provided, for example, by use of electronically controlled polarization plates or by use of electrochromic substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: David W Boyd
  • Patent number: 7158251
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes an electronic image sensor, a processor, and a memory. The memory includes a full-size image storage storing one or more full-size digital images and a transfer image storage storing one or more corresponding transfer images. During an image capture, the image capturing device captures and stores a full-size image and also stores a transfer image that is a smaller version of the full-size image. The size of the transfer image is predetermined by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Charles Edward Schinner
  • Patent number: 7154626
    Abstract: A cellular phone includes a print processor that controls an integrated print media transport assembly and printhead. The print processor communicates with a mobile phone processor by means of a user-interface integrated circuit. An imaging device is incorporated into the cellular phone and mounted in a manner that allows its position to be adjusted. The imaging device provides signals to the print processor to facilitate printing of captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Tobin Allen King
  • Patent number: 7154632
    Abstract: A handheld mobile communications device comprising: a support structure; radio signal processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and configured to receive and transmit radio signals; an image sensor positioned on the support structure for electronically capturing an image; image processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to: the image sensor to receive the electronically captured image; and the radio signal processing circuitry; a receptacle for receiving a detachable printing mechanism, the receptacle including an interface enabling connection of the printing mechanism to the image processing circuitry, thereby enabling images processed by the image processing circuitry to be printed by the printing mechanism when it is operatively positioned within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7154644
    Abstract: An image reader of the stepping image reading type, by time division using a fluorescent lamp using a dielectric barrier discharge, in which for each divided image uniform lamp emission is always enabled and which can react advantageously especially when the image read rate increases is achieved by providing an image reader having a lighting part with a fluorescent lamp which use a dielectric barrier discharge and produces pulse emission and an inverter circuit which feeds this fluorescent lamp; a CCD line sensor which continuously receives the reflection light reflected by a manuscript and emitted by this fluorescent lamp, time-divided; and a controller which resets a divided image which is recognized by this CCD line sensor and which controls the timing of the start of recognition of the next divided image and which sends this timing signal to the inverter circuit as well, where the controller, within a given time in which the CCD line sensor recognizes a divided image of the manuscript, sends a flashing si
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Ushiodenki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahiro Hiraoka, Koji Oda
  • Patent number: 7154642
    Abstract: A digital picture frame device is provided with image acquisition capabilities. The digital picture frame device may include a display device mounted on a hinged lid. An image acquisition device may be located beneath the hinged lid. The image acquisition device may, for example, be a line scanner in which successive scan line images of an object are obtained as the scan head moves in relation to the object being scanned. Alternatively, the image acquisition device may be a two dimensional image acquisition device. In this manner, an image of a desired object can be acquired and displayed on the digital picture frame device without the need for a separate image acquisition device. Alternatively, the digital picture frame device may be provided without a hinged lid. In this case, an object to be scanned may be fed into the digital picture frame device through a slot. A drive mechanism, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Hans A. Lichtfuss
  • Patent number: 7149009
    Abstract: In the scanning optical apparatus, a light source including one or more of the plurality of light emitting points of the light source device, and a synchronism detecting device constituting the synchronism detecting device are provided on one and the same substrate, the substrate is designed to be rotatable in a plane perpendicular to the direction of an optical axis of the incidence optical device, an optical element constituting the synchronism detecting device is disposed on a light incidence side of the synchronism detecting device, and the optical element is designed to be rotated in synchronism with the substrate when the substrate is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiichiro Mori
  • Patent number: 7148993
    Abstract: A handheld mobile communications device comprising: a support structure; radio signal processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and configured to receive and transmit radio signals; an image sensor positioned on the support structure for electronically capturing an image; image processing circuitry positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to: the image sensor to receive the electronically captured image; and the radio signal processing circuitry; a receptacle for receiving a detachable printing mechanism; and a dispenser interface for receiving a print media dispenser, the dispenser interface being configured to receive print media from the print media dispenser supplying print media to be printed on by the printing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7149001
    Abstract: A system for processing of a print ready data stream for an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Dolan, John C. Dalrymple
  • Patent number: 7145689
    Abstract: A handheld mobile communications device comprising: a support structure; an antenna mounted on the support structure for transmitting and receiving radio signals; radio signal processing circuitry positioned on the support structure to process the radio signals; a speaker and microphone arrangement positioned on the support structure and operatively connected to the radio signal processing circuitry; a printhead positioned on the support structure to carry out a printing operation; a slot formed through an outer surface of the device to receive manually inserted print media to be printed by the printhead; drive means for driving the print media past the printhead during printing; and printing processing circuitry positioned on the support structure, the printing processing circuitry being configured to: generate dot data; supply the dot data to the printhead; and control operation of the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7142333
    Abstract: A method of document scanning comprises wirelessly communicating a request, initiated by a mobile computing device, to a scanner to image a paper document into an electronic document. After imaging the paper document with the scanner to produce an electronic document, the method includes sending the electronic document from the scanner to a document server identified by the mobile computing device. A document scanner comprises an imaging mechanism configured for creating an electronic document from a paper document and a wireless communication module configured for wirelessly receiving an imaging request from a mobile computing device and for sending the electronic document to a document server based on the imaging request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Christian L. Struble
  • Patent number: 7139108
    Abstract: A single plate flatbed scanner utilizing a single sensor to detect both opening of a lid covering the plate and the leading edge of an automatically fed document. The flatbed scanner includes a contact glass plate defining a flatbed scanning area where a document to be scanned may be manually positioned. An automatic document feeder (ADF) scan window where ADF-fed documents are scanned is defined within the flatbed scanning area. An image sensor is maintained at a fixed position in the ADF scan window while scanning ADF-fed documents. To scan a manually fed document, the image sensor moves under the flatbed scanning area so as to scan an image of the document. Since the ADF scan window and the flatbed scanning area both are defined in the same area of the contact glass plate, a document inadvertently left on the contact glass blocks the ADF scan window and prevents the scanning of an ADF fed document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric L. Andersen, Paul K. Mui