Patents by Inventor Jun Minakuti

Jun Minakuti 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).

  • Publication number: 20050052547
    Abstract: A database obtained based on the photoelectric conversion characteristics for R and G signals and a database obtained based on the photoelectric conversion characteristics for G and B signals are stored in LUTs respectively. Signal value calculators read out the databases from the LUTs respectively and perform white balance processing on the R and B signals respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Publication date: March 10, 2005
    Inventors: Jun Minakuti, Koichi Kamon, Masayuki Kusuda
  • Patent number: 6762863
    Abstract: A user inputs whether a reading object film is negative film, positive film, or monochrome film. A suitable profile for use in color matching is selected based on this input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Minakuti, Satoshi Deishi, Yukari Nakai
  • Patent number: 6694503
    Abstract: For allowing processing of a material into an intended three-dimensional configuration having different processed depths while suppressing an influence exerted on a processed configuration by a configuration of a transparent portion, a processing device includes an SR light source 1 for emitting SR light, an X-ray mask having a transparent portion of a predetermined configuration for passing the X-rays emitted from the SR light source 1, and exposure stage 3 for oscillating the X-ray mask and the material relatively to each other in accordance with a movement pattern determined based on the processing configuration of the processing material for moving the X-ray mask and the material relatively to each other and thereby oscillating the region where the material is irradiated with the X-ray passed through the transparent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignees: Gakkohojin Ritsumeikan, Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Minakuti, Osamu Tabata, Koji Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20030184812
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image processing technique capable of determining input image data obtained by a digital camera and generating output image data which can be visually outputted with equivalent tone and color characteristics even from a different output device from the input image data in consideration of tone characteristics. An application AP stored in a storing unit 15 is loaded into a memory 10b, and a control unit 10 is activated as an image processing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Applicant: MINOLTA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Minakuti, Atsushi Ueda
  • Patent number: 6614996
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus automatically determines the photographing mode and displays on a display a kind of the photographing mode with the image of the subject. The image forming apparatus comprises an image pickup part for forming an image of the subject, a photographing mode automatically setting part for automatically selecting one photographing mode from among a plurality of photographing modes based on a photographing condition when the subject is photographed, and setting the selected photographing mode, a display part for displaying the image of the subject; and a display control part for displaying on the display part a kind of the photographing mode set by the photographing mode automatically setting part together with the image of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Okisu, Jun Minakuti, Ayumi Itoh, Motohiro Nakanishi, Shoichi Minato
  • Publication number: 20030123111
    Abstract: An image output system has a digital camera, a personal computer, and a monitor. The personal computer generates a transform tone characteristic in which a tone characteristic peculiar to the monitor is considered on the basis of an ideal tone characteristic associated with image data generated by the digital camera. When image data is transformed on the basis of the transform tone characteristic and the resultant is displayed on the monitor, the ideal tone characteristic can be reproduced on the monitor. As a result, an image captured by the digital camera can be outputted with equivalent tone characteristics from different output devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Jun Minakuti
  • Publication number: 20030080968
    Abstract: A profile conversion 40 is performed by a CPU 15 of a computer. In the profile conversion 40, an ICC profile PFb of a projector 20 is profile-converted based on an ICC profile PFc of a screen 30, angle information DA and ambient light information DB. Consequently, color correction information obtained by the profile conversion is information reflecting the color reproduction characteristic of the screen 30, the angle at which the screen 30 is viewed and the effect of the ambient light, and by performing color correction based on the color correction information in a gamut adjustment 42, an image with high color reproducibility can be projected onto the screen 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Masahito Niikawa, Jun Minakuti
  • Publication number: 20030081954
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique capable of properly associating captured image data with color conversion data such as an ICC profile in accordance with a color correction mode of the captured image data. When a color correction mode designated by the user is a “special image capturing OFF” mode in step S11, a digital camera sets so that a captured image is associated with an ICC profile for color image (step S31). In a “black and white” mode, the digital camera sets so that the captured image is associated with an ICC profile for black and white image (step S32). When the designated color correction mode is a “sepia” mode (or “saturation emphasizing” mode”), the digital camera sets to inhibit association of a captured image with an ICC profile (step S33).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Masahito Niikawa, Jun Minakuti
  • Publication number: 20030076424
    Abstract: An image processing system has a digital camera and a colorimeter, and radio data communications can be performed between the digital camera and the colorimeter. The colorimeter obtains a color component value in the direction of a subject and transmits the value to the digital camera. The color component value received by the digital camera is stored in an internal RAM. When the color component value is stored in the RAM at the time of image capturing, the digital camera performs white balance correction on captured image data on the basis of the color component value. Thus, white balance correction can be performed on the image data with high precision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Jun Minakuti, Hiroshi Ueda, Motoshi Yamaguchi, Tougo Teramoto, Masahito Niikawa
  • Publication number: 20030071912
    Abstract: Each of a digital camera and a printer has an auto power saving function, shifts to a power saving mode when there is no operation of the user for predetermined time, and returns to a normal mode when there is any user operation. When the digital camera returns from the power saving mode to the normal mode, a WakeUp signal is transmitted to the printer. On receipt of the WakeUp signal, the printer returns to the normal mode. Also when the printer returns to the normal mode, the WakeUp signal is transmitted to the digital camera, and the digital camera returns to the normal mode. Thus, by returning one of the devices to the normal mode, both of the devices return to the normal mode, so that the devices can be more easily handled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Applicant: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Minakuti
  • Publication number: 20030048374
    Abstract: In a digital camera 1, an interchangeable lens 3 is attachable to a camera body 2, and a lens ROM 30 is provided in the interchangeable lens 3. In the lens ROM 30, an ICC profile which is color compensate information particular to the interchangeable lens 3 is recorded. When photographing is performed with the interchangeable lens 3 attached, the ICC profile is associated with the obtained image data. Consequently, color compensate information can be set for each kind of interchangeable lens, so that color compensation reflecting the characteristic of the interchangeable lens can be appropriately performed on the image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Jun Minakuti, Hiroshi Ueda, Matoshi Yamaguchi, Masahito Niikawa
  • Publication number: 20030026607
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus automatically determines the photographing mode and displays on a display a kind of the photographing mode with the image of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: MINOLTA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Okisu, Jun Minakuti, Ayumi Itoh, Motohiro Nakanishi, Shoichi Minato
  • Publication number: 20030007076
    Abstract: A digital camera is provided with a plurality of image-pickup modes to carry out an optimal controlling process in accordance with an image-pickup scene. With respect to mode selection settings, a switching can be made between a manual selection setting in which the user manually selects an image-pickup mode and an automatic selection setting which automatically discriminates each image-pickup scene, and selects a suitable image-pickup mode. In the case of the automatic selection setting in the mode selection setting, a limited value in comparison with a parameter value relating to the image quality set at the time of the manual selection setting is set as the parameter. As a result, even in the case of a misdiscrimination in an image-pickup scene, it is possible to provide a flawless image as the resulting image, and consequently to prevent serious degradation in the image quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Applicant: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Okisu, Jun Minakuti, Ayumi Itoh, Motohiro Nakanishi
  • Publication number: 20020113996
    Abstract: A print system in which a digital camera 1 is detached from a printer 3 based on the ending of a lock state via user operation of an unlock button 17 includes a lock controller 201 that determines whether or not the digital camera 1 and the printer 3 are communicating with each other. When they are not communicating, the lock state is ended by a plunger 253 pulling the lock member 251 that maintains the connection between the two apparatuses in a lock state. When they are communicating, the user operation of the unlock button 17 is deemed invalid. Consequently, printing errors that are caused by erroneous detachment of the digital camera 1 from the printer 3 while they are communicating with regard to printing are prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Applicant: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Minakuti
  • Publication number: 20010012696
    Abstract: For allowing processing of a material into an intended three-dimensional configuration having different processed depths while suppressing an influence exerted on a processed configuration by a configuration of a transparent portion, a processing device includes an SR light source 1 for emitting SR light, an X-ray mask having a transparent portion of a predetermined configuration for passing the X-rays emitted from the SR light source 1, and exposure stage 3 for oscillating the X-ray mask and the material relatively to each other in accordance with a movement pattern determined based on the processing configuration of the processing material for moving the X-ray mask and the material relatively to each other and thereby oscillating the region where the material is irradiated with the X-ray passed through the transparent opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Publication date: August 9, 2001
    Applicant: GAKKOHOJIN RITSUMEIKAN
    Inventors: Jun Minakuti, Osamu Tabata, Koji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6149260
    Abstract: An ink jet printing head that can eject ink droplets forming dot sizes in any of a plurality of differing dot sizes. The plurality of differing dot sizes has a low level range and a high level range. The ink jet printing head has a plurality of small size nozzles and a plurality of large size nozzles. The plurality of small size nozzles eject ink droplets capable of forming a plurality of differing dot sizes in a low level range. The plurality of large size nozzles eject ink droplets capable of forming a plurality of differing dot sizes in a high level range. The change in dot size between adjacent dot sizes of the low level range is different from the change in dot size between adjacent dot sizes of the high level range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Minakuti
  • Patent number: 5461439
    Abstract: A camera records instructions for printing at the time of photographing, and a printer for producing a print from the film reads the instructions recorded on the film and calculates an appropriate exposure amount for the printing operation. The instructions are photographic magnification of a main object, information concerning flash photography, a position of a main object and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Minakuti, Takehiro Katoh, Yoshinobu Kudo, Hiroshi Ootsuka
  • Patent number: 5377019
    Abstract: A document reading apparatus which can determine an effective image pickup area containing no object such as operator's hands or fingers pressing a document and rectify image data prior to imaging operation, making use of a difference of the object from the document in chromaticity, luminous density, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Okisu, Shinya Matsuda, Satoshi Nakamura, Jun Minakuti