Masao Hosaka 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).
Abstract: An image forming system comprises means for image forming program modules one for each task and a plurality of monitor means for controlling a program. A predetermined one of the monitor means divides the program modules into blocks in accordance with a control mode, controls the blocks and controls the program in cooperation with the plurality of monitor means.
Abstract: A control device for an image forming apparatus with plural loads includes plural execution units for executing plural processes in accordance with at least one of a plurality of programs stored in the program memory, a monitor unit for controlling an image forming sequence and monitoring process operations of plural control execution units in accordance with at least one plurality of programs, an input unit for inputting data required for the operations of the plural control execution units, a system bus to which the system execution units in the monitor access, and a memory unit, contents of which can be read out and written in by the plural execution units and monitor unit, wherein the monitor unit and the plural control execution unit access a system bus in a time-divisional manner such that the monitor unit and the plural control execution unit is prepared to be operated in turn, and the monitor unit selects fewer of the execution units when a task to be allocated requires faster processing and wherein t
Abstract: An image processing system includes a plurality of memories for storing (1) a procedure control program and (2) a task program for automatic closed loop control. Each program is grouped into a plurality of groups of programs in response to one of a plurality of selectable stages corresponding to priority required to execute an image processing. Each group of programs is task scheduled and one of the stages is selected. The task schedule is controlled in response to the selected stage and the group of programs is supervised corresponding to the selected stage.
Abstract: An image processing controller comprising a pulse control signal generator for controlling a load. A memory is provided for storing parameters, such as the period and duty factor of the pulse control signal. The parameters are transferred from the memory to the pulse control signal generator. The pulse control signal generator generates a pulse control signal having a predetermined pulse width at a predetermined period, in accordance with the parameters.
Abstract: A control system suitable for control of an image forming apparatus such as a copying machine having a plurality of objects to be controlled. This system comprises a plurality of control units to individually and independently control those objects to be controlled, a monitor control unit to monitor those control units, and a system bus which is commonly connected to the control units and monitor control unit. The control units time-sharingly and cyclically execute their control operations by time-sharingly occupying the system bus one by one. The monitor control unit operates in parallel with the control units. The control units and monitor control unit are formed on the same semiconductor substrate consisting of, for example, Si or GaAs. The system bus may be a LAN bus or an optical fiber.
Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor for performing various information processing operations in accordance with an instruction from an operator, a bioinformation sensor for detecting a mental condition of the operator, and an output unit for outputting corresponding information to the operator based on the detected mental condition. The operator is relaxed by the information output from the output unit.
Abstract: An image processor includes a light source, a scanner for scanning an original document using the light source, an imager for forming an image on the basis of light reflected from the original document and a light from the light source, a controller having a plurality of electro-mechanical transducer elements arranged in a light path from the light source to the imager, a generator for generating image data, and a driver for driving the controller in accordance with the image data. The driver drives the light controller in accordance with the image data, thereby causing the imager to form an image corresponding to the image data. The light source is adapted for forming an image corresponding to the original document and an image corresponding to the image data.
Abstract: There is disclosed a novel control system in an electronic apparatus such as a copier, in which intelligent registers are provided in addition to the microprocessor and execute control under predetermined conditions. The microprocessor interferes with the execution of control by the registers only when the conditions become aberrated from the predetermined value, and is therefore used for other tasks.
Abstract: An audio signal transmission system includes an input section, an output section and a transmission section interposed therebetween. The transmission section analyzes the spectrum of the input audio signal and performs signal processing based on the result of this analysis and in accordance with the physical response characteristic of the output section.
Abstract: A control device for controlling plural analog devices in an image processing apparatus. The control device has a first controller for controlling the function sequence of analog devices, an analog-to-digital converter for obtaining digitals signals from the plural analog devices, and a second controller for controlling the analog devices to effect image processing by executing particular commands specified by the first controller, in response to the digital signals from the analog-to-digital converter.
Abstract: An image recording apparatus comprising a device for setting the magnification-changing mode of an image, a device for changing the magnification of the image in accordance with the setting device, and a device for controlling the magnification-changing setting device to change the magnification of a part of the image at a magnification-changing ratio different from another part thereof and to continuously reproduce such a magnification-changed image.
Abstract: A copying machine has exposure lamps for scanning an original, line sensors for recognizing an original pattern, an imaging lens, a blank exposure lamp to eliminate a black frame and a central black stripe of a reproduced image if the original is thick (i.e., book), and a controller with an MCU. The set condition and shape of the original are recognized and displayed to allow optimal image formation.
Abstract: A sequence in the control apparatus of a copy machine performs sequence timing control of electronic equipment in a predetermined order and includes a counter for counting timing pulses received from an external device. A comparison register is included in the controller for comparing a count of the counter with data stored in a memory. The controller may also include a means for designating a channel in correspondence with a control object or a means for designating a channel in accordance with a program preset during the initialization of the equipment. Comparison data may be provided as a ROM code and transmitted to a data area in accordance with the control object preset at initialization so as to be selectively used.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus which has a function of simultaneously or selectively copy an image displayed on a display screen and an image on an original at an arbitrary location is disclosed. This apparatus includes a display unit which can be used as an original and be simultaneously used with the original and further can display at an arbitrary location on a placing unit for placing the original.
Abstract: Image processing apparatus, such as a copier, having a removable medium containing programs for controlling the image processing apparatus, so that the apparatus is capable of performing multiple functions by means of the programs, which programs are controlled by a monitor program provided in the apparatus.
Abstract: There is disclosed an image processing system, particularly, for use in a copying machine with a display. This apparatus comprises a liquid crystal display panel on an original presser plate; a panel copy mode to perform the image processing with respect to the screen display; an ordinary copy mode to perform the image processing with respect to an ordinary original; a high gradient processor to perform the image processing of high gradient; a low gradient processor to perform the image processing of low gradient; and a switching circuit to switch the high gradient processor and low gradient processor in accordance with the panel copy mode and ordinary copy mode. The image processings with different gradients can be executed depending upon the states and kinds of originals, so that an appropriate copy of the display panel or ordinary original can be always provided.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises a light source, a photosensitive member adopted to be illuminated by a light from the light source, a liquid crystal for controlling illumination and non-illumination of the light to the photosensitive member to form an image on the photosensitive member, a detector for detecting an image reproduction ability of the photosensitive member to set an image forming condition on the photosensitive member, and setting means for setting the liquid crystal to a predetermined state to allow the detection by the detector.
Abstract: The optical density pattern of an original document (26) is sensed during scanning movement for radiating a light image of the document (26) onto a photoconductive belt (27) which is held stationary during the scanning. Operating parameters of the apparatus (21) which are to be controlled after completion of scanning are computed as functions of the sensed pattern. Copy sheets of different sizes are provided, and the copy sheet size is selected to be equal to the sensed width of the document (26). Illumination lamps (37) are selectively energized to discharge non-image portions of the belt (27) between scanning and developing in accordance with the sensed dimensions of the document (26). A developing bias voltage is controlled in accordance with sensed document density and contrast.
Abstract: A drive motor (3) for a photoconductive belt (1) is energized for continuous rotation and connected to the belt (1) through a clutch. The clutch is disengaged and the belt (1) held stationary while an electrostatic image of an original document is formed on the belt (1). Then, the clutch is engaged and the belt (1) driven for developing the electrostatic image into a toner image and transferring and fixing the toner image to a copy sheet. The motor (3) also drives a pulse generator (18) which produces timing pulses. The timing pulses are counted by a counter. A control unit (E19) such as a microcomputer (19) controls the operation of the apparatus in accordance with predetermined counts in the counter. Marks (15.sub.1), (15.sub.2) are provided on the belt (1) in spaced relation. A compensation unit senses the number of timing pulses counted by the counter between sensing of the marks (15.sub.1), (15.sub.2).