Patents Examined by Thomas L. Stoll
  • Patent number: 6005641
    Abstract: A built-in monitor apparatus such as an electronic game machine which is adapted to allow a built-in monitor unit having a rectangular picture screen to rotate in a 90-degree arc and includes a monitor unit comprising a cathode-ray tube; a base unit comprising a frame for rotatably supporting the monitor unit, and a stretchable damper biased to be moved forward, each end of the damper being pivotally connected to a portion between the frame and said casing; a guide roller mounted on the frame and adapted to slide along a guide rail provided within the casing; and a locking element for restraining the movement of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Tecmo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ui
  • Patent number: 5852500
    Abstract: An image communication apparatus includes a multi-address call unit, having a plurality of multi-address call modes including at least a first multi-address call mode and a second multi-address call mode, for transmitting image data to a plurality of destinations, a console/display unit for setting a proper multi-address call mode of the multi-address call unit, and a main control unit for controlling multi-address transmission in accordance with the proper multi-address call mode set by the console/display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Motoaki Yoshino
  • Patent number: 5850295
    Abstract: The present invention is structured in such a manner that, when multivalued pixel data which constitutes a multivalued image are supplied, a predetermined number of interpolated pixel data are generated and inserted between the supplied and successive pixels. At this time, the gradient of each of the interpolated pixels is calculated and determined in accordance with the gradient of the supplied neighboring multivalued pixels. Thus, the image is recorded on a recording medium in accordance with image data including the interpolated pixel. As a result, print information processed so as to be printed by a low resolution printer can be printed with the same size and high quality as when printed by a high resolution printer according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Uchiyama, Atsushi Kashihara, Kaoru Seto, Hiroshi Mano, Tetsuo Saito, Takashi Kawana
  • Patent number: 5822082
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a reader for reading an image to be added to an original image, an editor for performing a desired editing process for image data read with the reader, and a storage medium for storing therein the image data edited by the editor. The storage medium is detachably mounted on a copying machine for copying the original image. The image data edited by the editor may be directly transmitted to the copying machine so as to be combined with the image being copied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunji Sato, Chikara Sato, Koji Doji
  • Patent number: 5822692
    Abstract: A data communication device is provided that can be connected to a host computer to add communications capabilities to the host. The data communication device contains a user-programmable multi-channel pager/e-mail receiver that has both numeric and alphanumeric capabilities and a modem. Further, the data communication device may be used with the host as a telephone set or a telephone answering machine. When the device is used as a telephone answering machine and a user desires to retrieve stored messages, the local telephone office is prevented from placing a fast busy signal on the telephone line. The user can update the firmware of the data communication device, or it can be updated remotely by downloading a new firmware version using the pager/e-mail receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Flat Connections, Inc.
    Inventors: Baldev Krishan, Wang Yang Chang
  • Patent number: 5819010
    Abstract: The present invention is structured in such a manner that, when multivalued pixel data which constitutes a multivalued image are supplied, a predetermined number of interpolated pixel data are generated and inserted between the supplied and successive pixels. At this time, the gradient of each of the interpolated pixels is calculated and determined in accordance with the gradient of the supplied neighboring multivalued pixels. Thus, the image is recorded on a recording medium in accordance with image data including the interpolated pixel. As a result, print information processed so as to be printed by a low resolution printer can be printed with the same size and high quality as when printed by a high resolution printer according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Uchiyama, Atsushi Kashihara, Kaoru Seto, Hiroshi Mano, Tetsuo Saito, Takashi Kawana
  • Patent number: 5815642
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus designates a type of color gamut check method and an output device model for a color gamut check, and sets information indicating a color gamut of the output device model in accordance with a designated type of color gamut check method and a designated output device model. The apparatus then checks, on the basis of the information, whether input color image data is within the color gamut of the designated output device model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuichi Kumada
  • Patent number: 5815645
    Abstract: A method of combining at least one customer generated digital image to form a merged image and/or text with at least one prestored digital image. The prestored digital image has a predetermined location where the customer generated digital image may be placed. A design characteristic is determined from an item to be associated with the merged image. The customer generated digital image or the prestored digital image is modified in accordance with the design characteristic so as to form a first modified digital image that is then combined with the other of the customer generated digital image or the prestored digital image so as to form a newly merged digital image. The newly merged digital image is the merged image sent to an output device for printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John Randall Fredlund, Ronald Steven Cok
  • Patent number: 5808754
    Abstract: When a call signal is received, the caller's telephone number transmitted from the switchboard is stored in the RAM. Then, whether the caller's telephone number matches one of telephone numbers stored in the abbreviated-dialing list is determined in S29. When the caller's telephone number matches one telephone number stored in that list (Yes in S29), the attribute stored in correspondence with the caller's telephone number is judged in S31. Then, a reception mode suited for the determined attribute is selected and set to the facsimile machine 1 in S34, S36, or S38. Afterward, a reception operation of the set mode is performed in S35, S37, or S39. At this stage, the telephone circuit is first connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shingo Itoh, Suzuyo Murai
  • Patent number: 5805306
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus for approximately obtaining an image signal which might have been obtained if scanned in a second direction using an image signal obtained by scanning in a first direction. The image apparatus includes a conveyer for conveying a document, a detector for detecting the inclination of the conveyed document, and a window generator for generating a window signal. Also included is an image reader for reading an image by scanning the document in a first direction at a width broader than the width of the document and reading the scanned image only when the window signal is present to produce an issuing image signal. Also included is a first corrector for adjusting the start timing of the window signal so that the window signal may be started when the scanning passes through the beginning end of the document by reference to the inclination angle of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Kitsutaka, Jun Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 5801853
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing color image processing includes inputting a standard color image signal, performing color correction on the standard color image signal using a predetermined parameter to produce a color-corrected standard color image signal, and encoding the color-corrected standard color image signal to produce an encoded standard color image signal. The encoded standard color image signal is decoded to produce a decoded standard color image signal. The predetermined parameter is determined on the basis of both the standard color image signal and the decoded standard color image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Yamada, Toshihiko Nakazawa, Yasutomo Suzuki, Hirokazu Uchio
  • Patent number: 5787192
    Abstract: An image data compression apparatus and image data communication system is disclosed for compressing color image data in relatively simple software process, and compressing a still or moving picture of a color image to be transmitted and/or received thereby.The image data compression apparatus generates image data having pixel data, each of which is constituted by a luminance signal and color difference signals, and generates n.times.m block data. Block components constituted by a plurality of luminance signals, color difference signals, and an n.times.m bit map representing a distribution of luminance signal components, all of which represent the generated blocks, are generated to compress the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushikaisha Equos Research
    Inventors: Toshio Takaichi, Yoshihiro Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 5784180
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an input device for inputting first color component signals for plural colors in parallel from outside through parallel lines, a convertor for converting the input first color component signals for plural colors to second color component signals for plural colors, an output device for serially outputting the second color component signals for plural colors converted by the converter to the outside through one of the parallel lines, and a controller for controlling the output device and the input device in order not to operate simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanori Sakai, Toshihiro Kadowaki, Naoto Arakawa, Tetsuya Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 5778099
    Abstract: The invention selects a plurality of search ranges so that picture block motion detection can be controlled by feed forward sequence. A picture block motion detecting apparatus obtains an activity of blocks to be detected in advance, and then controls detection range of blocks to be detected next according to said activity. In the picture block motion detecting apparatus, motion vector is detected while picture block motion detection is not carried out, and backward inter-frame picture block motion detecting circuit in idle state operates when forward inter-frame picture block motion detection is operating, which provides an enlarged search range rather than that of bidirectional inter-frame picture block motion detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5777755
    Abstract: An image-scanning device which includes an image input area possessing an image sensor area that reads images such as characters and graphics on a manuscript illuminated by a light source, transfers the image data corresponding to the read data in a specified size after issuing an image data transfer interrupt request; and an image processing area possessing a ring buffer that stores the image data being sent from the image input area on a specified data size basis in specified areas, and which performs image correction on the image data stored in this ring buffer between image data transfer interrupt requests from the image input area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Mikio Aoki, Takashi Nitta
  • Patent number: 5778322
    Abstract: Transceiver frequency and power level are allocated in a radio communications system which includes a base station, a radio personal communications terminal, and a radio personal communications network, by using a smart card to store frequency and power level indicators. The stored indicators are used to set personal communications terminal-to-base station communications. The smart card may be removably coupled to the base station or the personal communications terminal. Since the smart cards are issued by the radio personal communications system carrier, appropriate frequencies and power levels can be assigned for base stations, to minimize same channel interference with the radio personal communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventor: Nils Rutger Rydbeck
  • Patent number: 5777756
    Abstract: A video processing apparatus uses multiple image signal integration and reduction for decreasing noise. A television camera picks up an image of a still object and outputs image signals repetitively. An adder adds each newly outputted signal to the sum of previously outputted image signals stored in a memory and stores each new sum of image signals in the memory. A circuit divides each new sum of image signals by the number of times the adder has performed additions, thereby providing a signal that is displayed on a monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Hirofumi Hidari
  • Patent number: 5774568
    Abstract: A method for obtaining data representing the physical dimensions of a physical three-dimensional object without actually measuring the dimensions of the object. The data is obtained by providing a video image of the object and a model data representing an ideal model of the object. The model data is used to construct a model image, which is then superimposed over the video image. The model data is then modified until the model image exactly overlaps the video image. At that point, the data as so modified represents the physical dimensions of the object. The method is particularly suitable for inspecting object and surfaces for defects, especially when human presence is not desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: GEC Alsthom Systemes et Services SA
    Inventor: Gerard Freneix
  • Patent number: 5774232
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image recording apparatus comprising a document size detection sensor 103 for recognizing a size of an image to be recorded, an image input section 101 for reading and storing therein the image to be recorded, a paper feeder (not shown herein) for storing therein and feeding recording paper having a specified size, an image forming section 108 for forming an image on recording paper fed from the paper feeder, an image processing section 106 for dividing a read image to two portions based on a result of detection by the document size detection sensor 103 when a size of the image to be recorded is larger than recording paper having a specified size and executing image processing for displacing a central position of each image so that an edge section of each image will be aligned to an edge of a binding space of each discrete sheet of recording paper, and an image output section 107 for outputting an image processed by the image processing section 108.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tabata, Koji Hikawa, Yoshimasa Honda, Soukichi Araki, Hiroshi Hosaka, Yuichi Deguchi, Naoko Kudo, Takakazu Nomura, Eiji Sawamura
  • Patent number: 5774634
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus and method in which plural gradation-information storage units are provided, and at least one of those units is selected to store a given body of gradation informatin based on command information, such as resolution information. The different units store gradation information in different forms, e.g., compressed and uncompressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Honma, Hisashi Ishikawa, Hiroshi Atobe