Patents by Inventor Dan Harel

Dan Harel 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: 8600191
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the invention, a method is provided for forming a group image. In accordance with the method, a set of imaging information is obtained depicting a scene over a period of time. Elements in the set of imaging information are distinguished and attributes of the elements in the set of image information are examined. Imaging information is selected from the set of imaging information depicting each element with the selection being made according to the attributes for that element. A group image is formed based upon the set of imaging information with the archival image incorporating the selected image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Carolyn A. Zacks, Michael J. Telek, Dan Harel, Frank Marino
  • Patent number: 8087054
    Abstract: A method for organizing event content in the form of electronic signals is provided. In accordance with this method an event profile is determined. The event content is obtained and the event content is organized based upon the event profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Carolyn A. Zacks, Michael J. Telek, Frank Marino, Dan Harel, Douglas B. Beaudet
  • Publication number: 20110193972
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the invention, a method is provided for forming a group image. In accordance with the method, a set of imaging information is obtained depicting a scene over a period of time. Elements in the set of imaging information are distinguished and attributes of the elements in the set of image information are examined. Imaging information is selected from the set of imaging information depicting each element with the selection being made according to the attributes for that element. A group image is formed based upon the set of imaging information with the archival image incorporating the selected image information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Carolyn A. Zacks, Michael J. Telek, Dan Harel, Frank Marino
  • Patent number: 7724290
    Abstract: An accessory is provided for use with an image capture device is provided. The accessory has a trigger button and an image capture system adapted to capture an image in response to actuation of the trigger button. The accessory also has a body adapted to be detachably connectable to the image capture device with the body including, a holding unit for receiving a removable metadata source having metadata stored therein; a communication interface for communicating with the removable metadata source; and a trigger sensor for generating a trigger signal when the trigger button of said image capture device is depressed. The communication interface obtains metadata from the removable metadata source in response to the trigger signal and stores the metadata in a metadata memory so that the metadata is associated with the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jennifer C. Perotti, Dan Harel, Elizabeth Rogers, Douglas B. Beaudet, Joseph A. Manico, John C. Neel
  • Publication number: 20090273681
    Abstract: Imaging systems and methods for calibrating imaging systems are provided. The imaging system has a body, a scene image capture system that captures images using a taking lens system that can be set to a plurality of different focus distances, and a rangefinder that is capable of determining a distance between the imaging system and at least one portion of a field of view of the taking lens system. The method comprises: automatically capturing a first calibration image of a first field of view through the taking lens system with the taking lens system set to a first focus distance setting; identifying a portion of the first calibration image having a predetermined degree of focus; using the rangefinder to determine a first calibration distance from the imaging device to the identified portion. A focus correlation is determined based upon the first calibration distance and the first focus distance setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: John N. Border, Dan Harel, Russell J. Palum, John D. Griffith, Scott C. Cahall, Bruce H. Pillman
  • Patent number: 7609958
    Abstract: Imaging systems and methods for calibrating imaging systems are provided. The imaging system has a body, a scene image capture system that captures images using a taking lens system that can be set to a plurality of different focus distances, and a rangefinder that is capable of determining a distance between the imaging system and at least one portion of a field of view of the taking lens system. The method comprises: automatically capturing a first calibration image of a first field of view through the taking lens system with the taking lens system set to a first focus distance setting; identifying a portion of the first calibration image having a predetermined degree of focus; using the rangefinder to determine a first calibration distance from the imaging device to the identified portion. A focus correlation is determined based upon the first calibration distance and the first focus distance setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John N. Border, Dan Harel, Russell J. Palum, John D. Griffith, Scott C. Cahall, Bruce H. Pillman
  • Publication number: 20090195663
    Abstract: An accessory is provided for use with an image capture device is provided. The accessory has a trigger button and an image capture system adapted to capture an image in response to actuation of the trigger button. The accessory also has a body adapted to be detachably connectable to the image capture device with the body including, a holding unit for receiving a removable metadata source having metadata stored therein; a communication interface for communicating with the removable metadata source; and a trigger sensor for generating a trigger signal when the trigger button of said image capture device is depressed. The communication interface obtains metadata from the removable metadata source in response to the trigger signal and stores the metadata in a metadata memory so that the metadata is associated with the captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Jennifer C. Perotti, Dan Harel, Elizabeth Rogers, Douglas B. Beaudet, Joseph A. Manico, John C. Neel
  • Patent number: 7528868
    Abstract: An accessory is provided for use with an image capture device is provided. The accessory has a trigger button and an image capture system adapted to capture an image in response to actuation of the trigger button. The accessory also has a body adapted to be detachably connectable to the image capture device with the body including, a holding unit for receiving a removable metadata source having metadata stored therein; a communication interface for communicating with the removable metadata source; and a trigger sensor for generating a trigger signal when the trigger button of said image capture device is depressed. The communication interface obtains metadata from the removable metadata source in response to the trigger signal and stores the metadata in a metadata memory so that the metadata is associated with the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jennifer C. Perotti, Dan Harel, Elizabeth Rogers, Douglas B. Beaudet, Joseph A. Manico, John C. Neel
  • Patent number: 7418116
    Abstract: Methods for determining affective information are provided as are imaging systems that determine affective information. In accordance with one method, affective signals are obtained containing facial characteristics and physiological characteristics of a person. The facial characteristics are analyzed and the physiological characteristics are analyzed. The emotional state of the person is determined based upon analysis of the facial and physiological characteristics of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Elena A. Fedorovskaya, Serguei Endrikhovski, Tomasz A. Matraszek, Kenneth A. Parulski, Carolyn A. Zacks, Karen M. Taxier, Michael J. Telek, Frank Marino, Dan Harel
  • Patent number: 7369100
    Abstract: Display systems, control systems for a display and a method for operating a display are provided in which people are detected a presentation space within which content presented by the display can be observed. Viewing areas are defined for each person with each viewing area comprising a less than all of the presentation space and including an area corresponding to each person. One channel of image content is obtained for presentation to each person and a combination image is presented on the display. The combination image is modulated so that each area of the combination image presented by the display is viewable only in selected areas of the presentation space. The combination image has image content from each channel of image content arranged in areas of said combination image so that, when modulated, the image content from each channel of image content is viewable only in a viewing area defined for the person for whom the content is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Carolyn A. Zacks, Dan Harel, Frank Marino, Karen M. Taxier, Michael J. Telek, Alan L. Wertheimer, William C. Archie
  • Patent number: 7364082
    Abstract: Scanner modules are provided for use with a docking station having a docking station interface adapted to receive an interface of an imaging device; the scanner module has an image-scanning unit adapted to form an image of a medium; a controller to controllably cause the image scanning unit to capture an image of the medium and to store the captured image as image data in a memory; and a scanner interface adapted so that it can be received by the docking station interface. The controller is connected to the scanner interface and adapted to send image data from the memory through the docking station interface in a manner that emulates the manner in which the imaging device sends image data through the docking station interface. Some embodiments of the scanner module can be manually or automatically moved to scan mediums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dan Harel, Douglas B. Beaudet, Joseph A. Manico
  • Publication number: 20080031610
    Abstract: Imaging systems and methods for calibrating imaging systems are provided. The imaging system has a body, a scene image capture system that captures images using a taking lens system that can be set to a plurality of different focus distances, and a rangefinder that is capable of determining a distance between the imaging system and at least one portion of a field of view of the taking lens system. The method comprises: automatically capturing a first calibration image of a first field of view through the taking lens system with the taking lens system set to a first focus distance setting; identifying a portion of the first calibration image having a predetermined degree of focus; using the rangefinder to determine a first calibration distance from the imaging device to the identified portion. A focus correlation is determined based upon the first calibration distance and the first focus distance setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: John N. Border, Dan Harel, Russell J. Palum, John D. Griffith, Scott C. Cahall, Bruce H. Pillman
  • Patent number: 7319780
    Abstract: An image capture method is provided. In accordance with the method, an image of the scene is captured and affective information is collected a capture. The scene image and affective information are transmitted to an image receiver. An imaging system is also provided having an image capture system adapted to capture an image of a scene and a memory which stores the captured image. A set of sensors is adapted to collect affective signals from the user at capture. A processor is adapted to determine affective information based upon the affective signals and to associate affective information with the captured image. A transmitter sends the scene image and the affective information to a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Elena A. Fedorovskaya, Serguei Endrikhovski, Kenneth A. Parulski, Carolyn A. Zacks, Karen M. Taxier, Michael J. Telek, Frank Marino, Dan Harel
  • Publication number: 20070201731
    Abstract: Methods for determining affective information are provided as are imaging systems that determine affective information. In accordance with one method, affective signals are obtained containing facial characteristics and physiological characteristics of a person. The facial characteristics are analyzed and the physiological characteristics are analyzed. The emotional state of the person is determined based upon analysis of the facial and physiological characteristics of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Inventors: Elena Fedorovskaya, Serguei Endrikhovski, Tomasz Matraszek, Kenneth Parulski, Carolyn Zacks, Karen Taxier, Michael Telek, Frank Marino, Dan Harel
  • Publication number: 20070182829
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the invention, a method is provided for forming a group image. In accordance with the method, a set of imaging information is obtained depicting a scene over a period of time. Elements in the set of imaging information are distinguished and attributes of the elements in the set of image information are examined. Imaging information is selected from the set of imaging information depicting each element with the selection being made according to the attributes for that element. A group image is formed based upon the set of imaging information with the archival image incorporating the selected image information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: Carolyn Zacks, Michael Telek, Dan Harel, Frank Marino
  • Patent number: 7233684
    Abstract: Imaging methods and systems are provided that use affective information. In one aspect an image of a scene is captured. Affective information is collected. The affective information is associated with the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Elena A. Fedorovskaya, Serguei Endrikhovski, Tomasz A. Matraszek, Kenneth A. Parulski, Carolyn A. Zacks, Karen M. Taxier, Michael J. Telek, Frank Marino, Dan Harel
  • Publication number: 20060137275
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safety device for a door adapted to prevent the door from being slammed. The device is installed within a recess provided in the door and comprises a housing adapted to be inserted within the recess, a tongue provided in the housing wherein the tongue is adapted to move between a first position in which it partially protrudes outwardly from the recess and a second position in which it is fully inserted within the recess. The tongue is in the first position when the door is open and is in a second position when the door is closed. When the door is unintentionally slammed into the jamb, the tongue collides in the jamb preventing the door from being fully closed and when the door is intentionally closed, the tongue is withdrawn to within the recess using the door handle so as to allow full closure of the door upon the jamb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Inventors: Eran Vashdi, Michael Dan-Harel
  • Publication number: 20060141941
    Abstract: A communication device is provided having a transceiver adapted to send and receive wireless communication signals and a contact surface. A contact circuit is adapted to detect contact of another communication device with said contact surface. A controller is adapted to enable communication only between the communication device and detected communication devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Inventors: Carolyn Zacks, Michael Telek, Frank Marino, Joseph Manico, Douglas Beaudet, Dan Harel
  • Publication number: 20060104483
    Abstract: A digital image capture device and method for operating the same are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: Dan Harel, John Neel
  • Patent number: 7027836
    Abstract: A communication device is provided having a transceiver adapted to send and receive wireless communication signals and a contact surface. A contact circuit is adapted to detect contact of another communication device with said contact surface. A controller is adapted to enable communication only between the communication device and detected communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Carolyn A. Zacks, Michael J. Telek, Frank Marino, Joseph A. Manico, Douglas B. Beaudet, Dan Harel