Patents by Inventor Akira Yoda

Akira Yoda has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7908547
    Abstract: An album creating apparatus for automatically designing image frames depending on the kind of subjects is provided. The album creating apparatus includes: an image storage section for storing a plurality of images; an image layout section for laying out the images stored in the image storage section into an album; an amount of designing determining section for determining the amount of designing in the album depending on the kind of object included in the image laid out in the album by the image layout section; and a designing section for designing such that the larger the amount of designing determined by the amount of designing determining section, the more the designing section transforms from a rectangle the frame shape of the image laid out in the album by the image layout section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Ayumu Isomura, Shuji Ono, Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7787692
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus for correcting an image of a subject, includes: a first illuminated image acquisition unit for acquiring the first reference member image that is an image a reference member having a plurality of normal directions taken under the first illumination condition; the second illuminated image acquisition unit for acquiring the second reference member image and a subject image that are an image of the reference member and an image of the subject, respectively, taken under the second illumination condition; a shape acquisition unit for acquiring three-dimensional shapes of the reference member and the subject; a normal direction determination unit for determining a normal direction of each region of the first reference member image, the second reference member image and the subject image based on the three-dimensional shapes of the reference member and the subject; a difference calculation unit for calculating a color difference in each region between the first and second reference memb
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yukinori Noguchi, Akira Yoda, Yusuke Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 7769696
    Abstract: An information storing apparatus for judging who requests personal information and for setting an access level for the personal information for the requester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Yoda
  • Publication number: 20100167017
    Abstract: Methods of making a display panel component, rib precursor (i.e. curable paste) compositions, and articles comprising such cured and preferably sintered rib precursor compositions are described. The rib precursor (i.e. curable paste composition) comprises at least one curable aliphatic (meth)acryl binder having a low content of chlorine, fluorine, sulfur, and phosphorous and/or a molecular weight of at least 200 g/mole; a diluent; and inorganic particulate material. The low ionic content of the rib precursor is amenable to reducing corrosion, particularly of aluminum electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Yorinobu Takamatsu, Yusuke Saito, Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7722789
    Abstract: A defoaming method for removing air bubbles from a curable resin material and a contact portion of the resin material with an irregular structure of a flat metallic mold. The mold includes a fine structural region having a fine irregular structure and a flat region in the periphery of the fine structural region. The curable resin material is applied to the irregular structure of the fine structural region, filling the irregular structure with the resin material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Toru Aoki, Hiroshi Kikuchi, Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7715691
    Abstract: A video image file constituted by video data and attendant data formed by an image pickup device is input to an image service providing apparatus. Image services such as image distribution, medium recording, and printing are described in the attendant data. In the image service providing apparatus, an image service type is specified by a service selecting device on the basis of the attendant data, and a service switching device is switched to output the video data to any one of a distribution device, a recording device, an image forming device, and a video editing device. Therefore, any one of distribution, recording, image formation, and image editing of the video image file can be easily executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7701608
    Abstract: An automatic counting device for measuring the number of target objects included in an image, which includes a discrimination section, a counting section, and a correction section. The discrimination section discriminates the target objects included in the image based on face information extracted from the image. The counting section measures the number of target objects discriminated by the discrimination means. The correction section corrects the number of each type of target object measured by the counting section such that the counting error arising from the difference in the discrimination accuracy between each type of target object is minimized based on information related to the discrimination accuracy for each type of target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Katayama, Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7693308
    Abstract: A face image in which a user's face turns to a direction different from the front is picked up clearly and individual authentication is executed more precisely. An authentication system for executing authentication of a user is provided, wherein the authentication system comprises a first image pickup unit for picking up a face image of the user; a second image pickup unit for picking up a face image of the user from a direction different from that of the first image pickup unit, a direction calculation unit for acquiring a direction to which the user's face turns on the basis of the face images picked up by the first and the second image pickup units, and a selection unit for selecting at least one of the face images picked up by the first and second image pickup units on the basis of the direction to which the user's face turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Ono, Akira Yoda, Kazuhiro Mino, Katsuo Ogura
  • Patent number: 7675647
    Abstract: When a photo album on an event such as wedding is generated, images to be inserted in image insertion areas in a template can be selected easily. A professional photographer photographs the bride and groom on the day of wedding, and obtains images. Characteristic quantities of scenes represented by the images are calculated, and the images are classified into image groups of the scenes. With reference to a reference-value sequence table describing reference values of the characteristic quantities of the scenes in the event in order of occurrence of the scenes, the image groups are arranged in order of the scene occurrence. A catalog of the images is generated in the same order, and displayed in an editing screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Tsue, Koichi Yamada, Akira Yoda
  • Publication number: 20100040257
    Abstract: An image displaying system for displaying an image operable to change a displayed image according to a direction of a image displaying apparatus, including: an image storing unit storing thereon the image; a displaying unit operable to display the image, the displaying unit being carried by a user; a photographing unit operable to photograph exterior as a plurality of photographed images, the photographing unit being carried with the displaying unit all together; a travel distance computing unit operable to compute a travel distance of the displaying unit by analyzing the plurality of photographed images which are photographed by the photographing unit at different times; and a display control unit operable to change the image, which is different from the photographed images, based on the travel distance computed by the travel distance computing unit and to causes the displaying unit to display the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro MINO, Akira Yoda, Shuichi Ohtsuka, Shuji Ono, Wataru Ito, Masahiko Yamada
  • Publication number: 20100034432
    Abstract: A face image in which a user's face turns to a direction different from the front is picked up clearly and individual authentication is executed more precisely. An authentication system for executing authentication of a user is provided, wherein the authentication system comprises a first image pickup unit for picking up a face image of the user; a second image pickup unit for picking up a face image of the user from a direction different from that of the first image pickup unit, a direction calculation unit for acquiring a direction to which the user's face turns on the basis of the face images picked up by the first and the second image pickup units, and a selection unit for selecting at least one of the face images picked up by the first and second image pickup units on the basis of the direction to which the user's face turns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Shuji Ono, Akira Yoda, Kazuhiro Mino, Katsuo Ogura
  • Patent number: 7639846
    Abstract: An authentication system for authenticating a person-to-be-authenticated, including: a first photographing section, which is provided in a route passed by the person-to-be-authenticated, operable to photograph the person-to-be-authenticated; a first authentication section operable to perform a first authentication of the person-to-be-authenticated photographed by the first photographing section; a second photographing section, which is provided at a location through which the person-to-be-authenticated passes, operable to photograph the person-to-be-authenticated, wherein the second photographing section is located downstream of the first photographing section in the route passed by the person-to-be-authenticated; and a second authentication section operable to authenticate the person-to-be-authenticated by comparing an image of the person-to-be-authenticated photographed by the first photographing section with an image of the person-to-be-authenticated photographed by the second photographing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7639940
    Abstract: An auxiliary light source such as a flash is controlled for highly accurately reflecting a lighting condition with less effect of a factor other than the lighting condition such as contrasting density caused by shadow or black compression or white compression. For this purpose, a parameter acquisition unit obtains weighting parameters for principal components representing lighting conditions in a face region in an image detected by a face detection unit, by fitting to the detected face region a mathematical model generated according to a method of AAM using a plurality of sample images representing human faces in different lighting conditions. A flash control unit obtains a flash control condition by referring to a reference table according to the parameters, and controls flash light emission according to the control condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Yoda, Wataru Ito
  • Patent number: 7634130
    Abstract: A moving image generating apparatus for generating three-dimensional moving image to display a subject as a three-dimensional object, comprises a plurality of two-dimensional moving image generators, and each of the two-dimensional moving image generators is provided to each position, of which relative positions with respect to each of the two-dimensional moving image generators is predetermined respectively, and captures the subject at different timing intermittently, so that each of the two-dimensional moving image generators generating two-dimensional captured moving image respectively, and a three-dimensional moving image generator operable to generate the three-dimensional moving image of which frame rate is higher than a frame rate of the two-dimensional captured moving image, based on both the relative positions of the plurality of two-dimensional moving image generator and the two-dimensional captured moving images generated by the two-dimensional moving image generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Yoda, Kensuke Terakawa
  • Patent number: 7602519
    Abstract: Additional information of visual information printed on a printing medium can be stored in a large volume and can be provided easily. A photograph is printed on a photograph printing paper roll embedded with an IC chip having unique ID. A Web server stores additional information of the photograph in relation to the unique ID, and the URL address of the Web server is written in a ROM of the IC chip. The URL address sent from a transmission unit of the IC chip is received by a terminal, and the terminal accesses the server based on the URL address to obtain the additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7602527
    Abstract: An album with the color arrangement harmonized with images is provided. An album creating apparatus for creating an album including a plurality of images includes: a color extraction section for extracting a plurality of colors included in the plurality of images; an appearance frequency of color calculating section for calculating the appearance frequency of the plurality of colors extracted by the color extraction section; a characteristic color determining section for determining characteristic colors which are colors characteristic of the plurality of images based on the appearance frequency of the plurality of colors calculated by the appearance frequency of color calculating section; and a template color selecting section for selecting colors for template which are used for a template of the album including the plurality of images based on the characteristic colors determined by the characteristic color determining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Yoda, Shuji Ono, Kimiko Tachikawa, Yasuhiko Kaneko
  • Patent number: 7587136
    Abstract: An output apparatus for outputting sounds associated with the captured images without boring sound repetitions with image repetitions. The image output apparatus has an image storage section storing a plurality of captured images, an image output control section controlling an image output section to output the stored images, a sound output control section selecting and causing a sound storage section storing a plurality of recorded sounds to output a first sound stored in the sound storage section when the image output section first outputs a particular image or particular images, and when the image output section outputs the particular image or particular images at a subsequent time, selecting and causing the output of a sound different from the first sound to reduce possible user boredom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mino, Akira Yoda, Yukita Gotohda
  • Patent number: 7586524
    Abstract: When a photo album for an event such as a wedding ceremony is generated, images to be inserted in image insertion areas in a template can be selected easily. A professional photographer photographs a bride and groom on the wedding day and obtains a plurality of images. Characteristic quantities of scenes represented by the images are calculated, and the images are classified in image groups of respective scenes. The scenes, image groups and image insertion areas of the template for album are related to each other. An event bar is displayed on an editing screen. When a desired scene button is selected, a catalog of images of an image group corresponding to the scene represented by the selected scene button, and the image insertion areas of the template are displayed on the editing screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Tsue, Koichi Yamada, Akira Yoda
  • Patent number: 7571218
    Abstract: An information intermediary apparatus for communicating through a communication network with an information management apparatus having user information stored therein, the information intermediary apparatus, which includes: a first communication section for establishing communication through the communication network with the information management apparatus; a second communication section for communicating with a portable communication apparatus having identification information for identifying a user; an identification information-obtaining section, connected with said second communication section, for obtaining said identification information from said portable communication apparatus through said second communication section; user information input unit, connected with said first communication section, for inputting user information for the user of the portable communication apparatus; and a data-identifying section, connected with said identification information-obtaining section and said user informati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tanaka, Asa Namiki, Akira Yoda, Yasuhiro Shinkai
  • Publication number: 20090174708
    Abstract: An image generating apparatus for generating a visual field image seen from a photographed person who is photographed in at least one part of plural two-dimensional images, based on the plural two-dimensional images captured by plural image capturing apparatuses, comprises a photographed person's position detector for detecting a position of the photographed person, based on at least two of the plural two-dimensional images; a photographed person's direction detector for detecting a face direction of the photographed person; a three-dimensional information generating section for generating three-dimensional information of space that is photographed, based on at least two of the two-dimensional images; and an image generating section for generating the visual field image seen from the position of the photographed person along the face direction, based on the three-dimensional information, the position of the photographed person, and the face direction of the photographed person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Yoda, Yukita Gotohda, Shuji Ono, Kazuhiro Mino