Character Generation Using Control Points Or Hints Patents (Class 345/469)
  • Patent number: 9727974
    Abstract: A method for increasing the resolution of a series of low resolution frames of a low resolution video sequence to a series of high resolution frames of a high resolution video sequence includes receiving the series of low resolution frames of the video sequence. The system determines a first plurality of semantically relevant key points of a first low resolution frame of the series of low resolution frames and determines a second plurality of semantically relevant key points of a second low resolution frame of the series of low resolution frames. The system temporally processes the first plurality of key points based upon the second plurality of key points to determine a more temporally consistent set of key points for the first plurality of key points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Xu Chen, Anustup Kumar A. Choudhury, Christopher A. Segall, Petrus J. L. Van Beek
  • Patent number: 9652669
    Abstract: For reflecting handwriting attributes in typographic characters, code parses calligraphic data from digitized handwriting on the touch screen display. The calligraphic data includes a character stroke slant and a character pixel matrix. In addition, the code renders the digitized handwriting with a render font selected in response to one or more of the character stroke slant and the character pixel matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Jianbang Zhang, Jian Li, Ming Qian
  • Patent number: 9514394
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that changes image data into document data includes a character recognition unit, a font matching unit, and a character attribute data setting unit. The character recognition unit recognizes a character from the image data. The font matching unit performs matching so as to determine which of a plurality of fonts and a plurality of character sizes a recognized character corresponds to, with respect to an area of the image data, recognized as the character by the character recognition unit. The character attribute data setting unit sets, in the document data, a font and a character size whose matching is established by the font matching unit and sets an origin of drawing, a character width, and a side bearing as a drawing position of a character so that the origin of drawing, the character width, and the side bearing correspond to the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hara
  • Patent number: 9420143
    Abstract: The method for water-marking digital books with parameters includes developing, for each parameter, a new typeface on the basis of a pre-existing typeface, by creating at least one new code/glyph pair. The method includes developing a new coded text on the basis of the pre-existing coded text by replacing, in the pre-existing coded text, at least one code or group of codes from the pre-existing typeface. The method further includes allowing display of a character or a combination of characters from the digital book by the code or the group of codes from the new typeface allowing display of the graphically identical character or combination of characters on any screen. The code/group of codes from the new typeface has/have at least the code from the new code/glyph pair. The method also includes providing the new coded text and the new typeface as a water-marked digital book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Viaccess
    Inventor: Laurent Clisson
  • Patent number: 9336599
    Abstract: Portions of the disclosure relate generally to shadow analysis, e.g., on mobile platforms. One claim recites a mobile phone comprising: a camera for capturing images and video; memory for buffering captured images and video; means for identifying a shadow cast by the mobile phone on a subject being imaged by said camera by analyzing buffered captured images and video; and means for determining proximity to the subject based on an analysis of the shadow. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 9230186
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a processor configured to perform: acquiring target image data representing a target image; and generating binary image data representing the letter in the target image by using the target image data. The generating of the binary image data comprises: identifying a background color value representing color of background of the target image; identifying a letter color value representing color of the letter in the target image; acquiring a difference between the background color value and the letter color value, the difference including a plurality of component differences; selecting one specific component image data corresponding to a specific component from among the plurality of components, the specific component corresponding to a maximum component difference among the plurality of component differences; and performing a binarizing process on the selected one specific component image data to generate one binary image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryohei Ozawa, Masaki Kondo
  • Patent number: 9224219
    Abstract: Systems and method for presenting a free-form drawing are described. In some aspects, a first point, a second point, and a third point from an input curve in the free-form drawing are received. A first quadratic Bezier curve is determined, where a control point of the first quadratic Bezier curve includes the second point and endpoints of the first quadratic Bezier curve include the first point and the third point. A first portion of the first quadratic Bezier curve is provided for display, where endpoints of the first portion of the first quadratic Bezier curve include the first point and a second terminal point, and where the first portion of the first quadratic Bezier curve does not include the third point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Frederic Mayot
  • Patent number: 9159147
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process includes: receiving into a computer memory a response to a generic question not specifically related to handwriting style; converting the response into one or more tags representing handwriting characteristics; selecting a typeface having a handwriting characteristic of one of the tags; receiving a text string to display into a computer memory; and displaying the text string by rendering glyphs from a font file containing glyphs for the selected typeface, after applying random variations to simulate human handwriting variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Ian Lubetkin, Stephen Martin, Gahl Burt
  • Patent number: 9019277
    Abstract: A curve division device is provided enabling a multiprocessor system to perform effective curve division on Bézier curves. The curve division device comprises: N (N?2, N being an integer) processor elements; a reception unit receiving curve information indicating a Bézier curve; a first execution unit causing the N processor elements to execute a division algorithm of taking the curve information as initial input data and repeatedly (i) generating two divided curves by dividing the Bézier curve indicated by the input data, (ii) selecting one of the divided curves according to the assigned setting value, and (iii) defining new input data indicating the divided curve selected for subsequent division, until the divided curve selected by each processor element is different; and a second execution unit causing each processor element to execute a determination algorithm of determining line segments approximating a divided curve resulting from the division algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masato Yuda
  • Patent number: 9001126
    Abstract: A method of displaying text on a path includes creating a mapping between distances along the path and points on a line based on changes in direction of the path, composing glyphs on the line, having a total line length defined in accordance with the mapping, to form a composed line, associating the glyphs with the path in accordance with the mapping and the composed line, and outputting the association of the glyphs with the path for display of the glyphs along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Andrei Burago
  • Patent number: 8941666
    Abstract: A system includes a computing device that includes a memory configured to store instructions. The computing device also includes a processor configured to execute the instructions to perform a method that includes representing animation states of a virtual character in editable graphical representations. Each animation state represents each individual action of the character for an instance in time. The method also includes storing data that represents one or more changes in the animation states of the virtual character from the editable graphical representations. A pose of the virtual character is reconstructable upon retrieval of the stored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Lucas A. Kovar
  • Publication number: 20150015587
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for editing a character image in a character image editing apparatus and a recording medium having a program recorded thereon for executing the method. The present invention is implemented through processes of enabling a character image editing apparatus to take, as an input, character information and to generate a dot image at the position corresponding to the position of the margin on the character image relevant to the input character information. According to the present invention, a development of a design can be easily performed in various articles, art work, building, craftwork, city planning in which characters such as Hangul are represented. In addition, according to the present invention, a development of industrial products with symbolized characters such as Hangul can be promoted in a variety of fields such as industry, art, design, construction, handicraft, and city planning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jungha RYU
  • Patent number: 8934716
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of sequencing character information in order to increase precision of character recognition. The method includes: a pre-processing that extracts character information from an image to binarize the extracted character information through a predetermined threshold and extracts and thins a center line of the binarized character information; normalizing the pre-processed character information to character information according to a predetermined criteria; and sequencing the normalized character information using structural features including an end point or a divergence point of the character information. The present invention suggests an angle normalization method of input character information, a structural feature position determining method, and a structural feature numeral string generating method to strongly recognize characters configured by various fonts obtained from a natural scene regardless of an angle or a size of the characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Ho Sub Yoon, Ji Eun Kim, Kyu Dae Ban, Dong Jin Lee, Jae Hong Kim, Joo Chan Sohn
  • Patent number: 8917276
    Abstract: A graphics or image rendering system, such as a map image rendering system, receives image data from an image database in the form of vector data that defines various image objects, such as roads, geographical boundaries, etc., and textures defining text strings to be displayed on the image to provide, for example, labels for the image objects. The imaging rendering system renders the images such that the individual characters of the text strings are placed on the image following a multi-segmented or curved line. This rendering system enables text strings to be placed on a map image so that the text follows the center line of a curved or angled road or other image feature without knowing the specifics of the curvature of the line along which the text will be placed when creating the texture that stores the text string information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Cornell
  • Patent number: 8917275
    Abstract: A developer tool is used to programmatically calculate the contrast between the text and background in a user interface. A luminosity ratio is automatically calculated by the tool by capturing an image of a user interface, archiving user interface elements that do not contain text, performing optical character recognition on the remaining user interface elements to find pixels on the text part of the user interface element and pixels on the background part of the user interface element, and finally calculating the luminosity ratio. Results including errors, warnings and luminosity ratio for one or more hotspots in the image can be returned. Results can be used to identify user interface elements that comply or fail to comply with visibility guidelines for contrast between user interface text and background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Anthony Grieves, Matthew Karr, Katherine Ann Corner
  • Patent number: 8866820
    Abstract: A difference of coordinate values stored adjacent to each other is compressed by means of a statistical coding system when reading out outline font data storing coordinate values necessary for drawing a contour of a character in order of drawing the contour in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction and also a category of a line connecting a pair of coordinates simultaneously, followed by compressing the coordinate values of the outline font data. A value of a result of subtracting “A?1” from a difference of coordinate values is determined to be a difference value of coordinates if the difference of coordinate value is equal to or greater than a certain value A, and a code expressing the difference value of “0” is added in front of the codes of difference values that are smaller than the value A in the case of a category of line connecting adjacent coordinates to each other being a straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kohei Terazono, Yoshiyuki Okada, Masashi Takechi
  • Patent number: 8847962
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are described to perform operations including displaying a first character in a user interface in response to a first user input, the first character encoded by a first ordered sequence comprising at least one code point, receiving a second user input, determining if the second user input defines an exception input to the first ordered sequence, in response to determining that the second user input defines an exception input to the first ordered sequence, generating a second ordered sequence comprising at least one code point, the second ordered sequence based on the first ordered sequence and the exception input, wherein the second ordered sequence does not include the first ordered sequence in a predicate sequence, and displaying a second character defined by the second ordered sequence in place of the first character in the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mandayam T. Raghunath, Balaji Gopalan
  • Patent number: 8810581
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus are described herein for input of characters into a mobile device. In one implementation, a user can input representations of character strokes of logographic characters, such as Chinese characters, using a trackpad module. The system can then associate the character strokes with a character the user desires to input based on the received inputs and a series of well-known rules for writing the logographic characters. One implementation of the trackpad includes an optical trackpad comprising a plurality of sub-sections that can be used to determine the direction of movement of an object over the optical trackpad, for example, a finger over the optical trackpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Archer Chi Kwong Wun, Kwok Ching Leung
  • Patent number: 8780117
    Abstract: A display control apparatus controls display on a display screen and includes an area designation unit configured to designate an area on the display screen, and an extraction unit configured to extract images of objects displayed in the area designated by the area designation unit and to calculate circumscribed rectangular areas circumscribing the respective objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taisuke Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 8743120
    Abstract: A controller remote-controlling a digital mixer which performs signal processing to an input signal by a DSP to output the processed signal is provided with functions of: accepting the setting of level of a dummy signal; calculating a gain of the signal processing at each stage in the DSP based on a value of a parameter used for the remote controlling; calculating level that the dummy signal would have at a reference point selected by a reference point selection button if the dummy signal is assumed to be inputted to the DSP, based on the level of the dummy signal and the calculated gain; and displaying the calculated level in a level display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Masaru Aiso
  • Patent number: 8730244
    Abstract: A device includes a character-data rotating section that rotates a regular-position character by a predetermined angle with respect to a reference point that is the center point of the background area of the regular-position character by using regular-position character data having a rotation angle of 0° and a center-point matching processing section that horizontally and/or vertically enlarges the background area of the rotated character data to cause the center point of the rotated character and the center point of BMP data to match each other even with respect to rotated character data. Thus, when multiple pieces of character data are arranged so that the center points thereof lie on a reference line, not only are the center points of the characters aligned along the reference line, but also bottom portions of the characters aligned with respect to the reference line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Noboru Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8717596
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing downgraded fonts for VDP printing application are described. A server system may be configured to generate and/or select a set of downgraded rasterized fonts for delivery to a client system in order to provide limited client-side WYSIWIG display functionality using the downgraded fonts. A client side application may use the downgraded fonts to provide a display-only or draft print only rendering of a VDP print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Printable Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Neal Cogan
  • Patent number: 8707208
    Abstract: A multi-glyph character selector is disclosed. The selector includes at least two glyphs associated with a character, wherein a microprocessor driven activation of the character selects a first of the at least two glyphs, and a subsequent activation of the character selects a second of the at least two glyphs, and a display driver, wherein the first glyph provides a first characterization of the character on a display in accordance with the display driver, and the second glyph provides a second characterization of the character on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Confetti & Frolic
    Inventors: Adrienne T. DiCamillo, Mark R. DiCamillo
  • Patent number: 8687016
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention recite a method for enhancing the quality of visual prompts in and interactive media response system. In one embodiment, a video coder/decoder (codec) used by a thin device is determined. A visual prompt to be displayed on the thin device is accessed and the display parameters of the visual prompt are modified such that at least one character of the visual prompt is aligned with a blocking artifact generated by the video codec.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michele Covell, Sumit Roy, John Ankcorn
  • Patent number: 8648862
    Abstract: A method, system and computer readable media relating to automatically adjusting a graphics feature to compensate for a predetermined resolution limit. The method generally relates to automatically identifying, within a selected area of a graphics file, one or more portions of at least one graphics feature meeting predetermined criteria for adjustment, including criteria for defining a thin portion having a thickness less than the resolution limit. The method then automatically modifies only the identified one or more portions to have an adjusted thickness greater than the initial thickness. Additional criteria may be used to restrict which thin portions of the feature are actually modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Esko Software BVBA
    Inventors: Luc Henri Maria Leon Schildermans, Wim Jan C. Fransen, Frank Adegeest
  • Patent number: 8643652
    Abstract: A font subset is received that includes one or more glyphs of a master font which has a master ordering that establishes an order of precedence on the glyphs of the master font. When the font subset is received, one or more glyphs already exist in a consecutive sequence in an extensible data structure. In response to receiving the font subset, at least one existing glyph is repositioned in the extensible data structure and each received glyph of the received font subset is positioned in the extensible data structure. The repositioning of the at least one existing glyph and the positioning of each received glyph jointly establish a new consecutive sequential ordering on the glyphs in the extensible data structure, such that the new consecutive sequential ordering preserves on the glyphs in the extensible data structure the order of precedence established by the master ordering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Gregory A. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 8634112
    Abstract: A document processing apparatus comprises an image reader for scanning an original manuscript which is not updated to generate first image data on the original manuscript and for scanning an updated manuscript to generate second image data on the updated manuscript, a text information extraction part for extracting first text information from the first image data and extracting second text information from the second image data, an updated portion detector for detecting an updated portion of the updated manuscript on the basis of the first text information and the second text information, an electronic document generator for generating an electronic document of the updated manuscript on the basis of the second image data, and a storage controller for generating display data of the updated portion on the basis of a detection result on the updated portion and storing the display data into the electronic document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Matsuda, Kazumi Sawayanagi, Toshihiko Otake, Masao Hosono, Manabu Furukawa
  • Publication number: 20130328886
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating an electronic signature that looks like a handwritten signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Barracuda Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Thorfinn A. Clark
  • Patent number: 8558838
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus to perform an enlarging process for an original image constituted by C colors (C?2) includes a target color selecting unit that selects two target colors C1 and C2 for each local region of the original image, a sorting unit that sorts the local region on the basis of a layout of the target colors selected by the target color selecting unit, and a processing unit that determines pixel values after enlargement from the target colors C1 and C2 in accordance with a result of the sorting performed by the sorting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kanya Ishizaka
  • Patent number: 8520007
    Abstract: A distance information generating unit 4 for rasterizing minute line segments divided by a curved line dividing unit 2 through a combination of straight line cells and corner cells to generate distance information corresponding to a pixel 12 of a display and an edge rasterizing unit 7 for rasterizing edge information about the minute line segments divided by the curved line dividing unit 2 are disposed, and a mapping unit 10 determines whether the pixel 12 is located inside or outside by using the edge information rasterized by the edge rasterizing unit 7, and maps the distance information generated by the distance information generating unit 4 onto the antialiasing intensity 11 of a component 13 included in the pixel 12 according to the results of the inside or outside determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electronic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kato, Akira Torii, Hiroyasu Negishi, Ryohei Ishida, Masaki Hamada
  • Patent number: 8520006
    Abstract: It is determined whether the size of an outline vector to be output is equal to or smaller than a predetermined size. If it is determined that the size of the outline vector to be output is equal to or smaller than the predetermined size, image data is generated by using outline font data corresponding to the outline vector. If it is determined that the size of the outline vector to be output is larger than the predetermined size, image data is generated by using the outline vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 8494278
    Abstract: A method and computer program product for recognizing handwriting. A handwritten character is captured as an image of black pixels and white pixels. The image is partitioned into segments, each of which having a pixel ratio of a total number of black pixels in the segment to a total number of black pixels in the image. A reference character has segments corresponding to the image segments. Each reference character segment has a value range of a pixel ratio of a total number of black pixels in the segment of the reference character to a total number of black pixels in the reference character. It is ascertained that the pixel ratio of more than a predetermined number of segments in the image are within the value range of the pixel ratio of the corresponding segments of the reference character, from which, the handwritten character is recognized as the reference character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Choudhary Khushboo, Shiva C T Kumar, Mukundan Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 8494277
    Abstract: A system for recognizing handwriting. A handwritten character is captured as an image of black pixels and white pixels. The image is partitioned into segments, each of which having a pixel ratio of a total number of black pixels in the segment to a total number of black pixels in the image. A reference character has segments corresponding to the image segments. Each reference character segment has a value range of a pixel ratio of a total number of black pixels in the segment of the reference character to a total number of black pixels in the reference character. It is ascertained that the pixel ratio of more than a predetermined number of segments in the image are within the value range of the pixel ratio of the corresponding segments of the reference character, from which, the handwritten character is recognized as the reference character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Choudhary Khushboo, Shiva C T Kumar, Mukundan Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 8471856
    Abstract: The principles of the present invention relate to rendering stroke pairs. A graphical object includes at least a first stroke and a second similarly oriented second stroke collectively representing a stroke pair. A calculated distance between the first stroke and the second stroke is constrained (e.g., to a center line between the strokes) to mitigate the possibility of rounding errors causing the represented stroke pair to be inappropriately rendered. After the stroke pair is constrained, controls points of the individual strokes can be adjusted so that the individual strokes are appropriately rendered at their respective constrained locations. The adjusted stroke pair is constrained between external reference points for appropriate rendering relative to other graphical objects. The graphical object, including the adjusted constrained stroke pair, is rendered at an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Beat Stamm, Michael J. Duggan, Gregory C. Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 8466816
    Abstract: A circuit for serializing bits including a clock circuit and a serializer. The clock circuit may be configured to generate a plurality of clock signals from a received master clock signal. A plurality of bits may be transmitted to the serializer in response to a transition of a first clock signal. The serializer may comprise a system of latches and a rotary circuit. The system of latches may be configured to receive a first half of the plurality of bits in response to a first transition of a second clock signal and to receive a second half of the plurality of bits in response to a transition of a third clock signal. The rotary circuit may be configured to receive the plurality of bits from the system of latches and to output each bit at a particular time based on a plurality of rotary clock signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Martin S. Denham
  • Patent number: 8457350
    Abstract: The invention illustrates a system and method of displaying a base image and an overlay image comprising: capturing a base image of a real event; receiving an instrumentation data based on the real event; identifying a visual segment within the base image based on the instrumentation data; and rendering an overlay image within the visual segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Gibbs, Michael Hoch
  • Patent number: 8416244
    Abstract: A graphics or image rendering system, such as a map image rendering system, receives image data from an image database in the form of vector data that defines various image objects, such as roads, geographical boundaries, etc., and textures defining text strings to be displayed on the image to provide, for example, labels for the image objects. The imaging rendering system renders the images such that the individual characters of the text strings are placed on the image following a multi-segmented or curved line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Cornell
  • Patent number: 8363947
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for recognizing cursive and non-cursive handwriting. The invention comprises capturing a handwritten character as an image of pixels, partition the image into a plurality of segments each having a pixel ratio of the number of pixels in the segment divided by the total number of pixels in the image, and compare the pixel ratio for each segment to a value range associated with a corresponding segment of a reference character. The handwritten character is recognized as the reference character if more than a predetermined number of the segments in the image have the pixel ratios within the respective value ranges of the reference character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Choudhary Khushboo, Shiva C T Kumar, Mukundan Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 8355025
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying text are described. According to embodiments of the invention, the system and methods describe operations for displaying text, where the text does not include hints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Alan Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8339642
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system for processing character data is provided, which selects a format of the character data to be used for generating print data. When a user instruction for printing character data according to character command data specifying the output of the character data is received, the format of the character data is selected based on the character command data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akiyoshi Ono
  • Publication number: 20120320065
    Abstract: The principles of the present invention relate to rendering stroke pairs. A graphical object includes at least a first stroke and a second similarly oriented second stroke collectively representing a stroke pair. A calculated distance between the first stroke and the second stroke is constrained (e.g., to a center line between the strokes) to mitigate the possibility of rounding errors causing the represented stroke pair to be inappropriately rendered. After the stroke pair is constrained, controls points of the individual strokes can be adjusted so that the individual strokes are appropriately rendered at their respective constrained locations. The adjusted stroke pair is constrained between external reference points for appropriate rendering relative to other graphical objects. The graphical object, including the adjusted constrained stroke pair, is rendered at an output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Beat Stamm, Michael J. Duggan, Gregory C. Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 8330760
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for modifying glyphs. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a glyph outline for a glyph to be rendered, the glyph to be rendered being associated with a character of a particular font and at a specified scaled size, the glyph to be rendered having one or more horizontal stems; identifying a darkening amount to be applied to the one or more horizontal stems of the glyph; modifying hints of the one or more horizontal stems of the glyph outline using the identified darkening amount to modify the glyph outline; and rasterizing the glyph using the modified glyph outline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: R. David Arnold, Terence S. Dowling
  • Patent number: 8300042
    Abstract: An interactive video display system uses strobing light to allow easy and unencumbered interaction between a person and projected video images. A camera may be synchronized to the strobing light and the strobing light may be in an infrared spectral range. A processing system detects images of a human in the field of view of the camera and controls the display so that the projected video images are changed based on an interaction between the human and the projected video images. The system may project the video images on a surface around the person and may move the projected video images on the surface based on a movement of the person. The projected video images may include computer-generated characters and/or virtual objects that react to the movement of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Bell
  • Patent number: 8289340
    Abstract: A method for creating a coordinated image display by designing a digital template for the image display. The template includes a number of openings for displaying digital images. Each of the openings has at least one stored required image attribute that must be satisfied to a programmed degree according to the artistic design of the template. A template recipe includes an image attribute for a dependent opening, which means that it's defined to be dependent upon at least one image attribute of an image in another opening of the template. The computer system automatically searches an image database for an image satisfying the required image attribute for the dependent opening. If a user of the computer system manually replaces or modifies an image upon which another image depends, the computer system will automatically search the image database for a new image that satisfies the required dependency upon the replaced or modified image, if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Raymond W. Ptucha, Laura R. Whitby, William Bogart
  • Patent number: 8274523
    Abstract: A method for creating an artistically coordinated image display. A digital template is provided for said image display and it includes of openings for placing images each having at least one required attribute for an image. A programmed computer system automatically searches a database of images for images to be placed in the openings and each of the images satisfy the openings required image attributes. One or more vertical and horizontal lines are demarcated in the so that subjects in the image can be placed on the lines or their intersecting points by modifying and shifting the image appropriately. A subject of the image can also be measured and its size can be set as a reference measurement unit to assist in aesthetically placing subjects proportionally within the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Raymond W. Ptucha, Laura R. Whitby, William Bogart
  • Patent number: 8274515
    Abstract: A method for converting an image includes the steps of: obtaining an inclination of a character in the image; obtaining apex pixels forming contours of the character; obtaining an identical line segment candidate pixel group from a portion supposed to be expressed by a single line segment; extracting, based on the inclination, the identical line segment candidate pixel group as an identical line segment pixel group; obtaining both-end pixels which are apex pixels located on both sides of the identical line segment pixel group thus extracted; approximating, by a line segment connecting between the both-end pixels thus obtained, a contour of the character in a portion corresponding to the both-end pixels; and approximating a portion, excluding the portion that has been approximated, by a straight line or a curved line by performing an outlining process using apex pixels other than the apex pixels of the identical line segment pixel group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Naoko Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 8253742
    Abstract: The principles of the present invention relate to rendering stroke pairs. A graphical object includes at least a first stroke and a second similarly oriented second stroke collectively representing a stroke pair. A calculated distance between the first stroke and the second stroke is constrained (e.g., to a center line between the strokes) to mitigate the possibility of rounding errors causing the represented stroke pair to be inappropriately rendered. After the stroke pair is constrained, controls points of the individual strokes can be adjusted so that the individual strokes are appropriately rendered at their respective constrained locations. The adjusted stroke pair is constrained between external reference points for appropriate rendering relative to other graphical objects. The graphical object, including the adjusted constrained stroke pair, is rendered at an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Beat Stamm, Michael J. Duggan, Gregory C. Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 8243077
    Abstract: A method and computer graphical user interface tool for generating and/or modifying character font data to be suitable for low-resolution display are provided. The method generally includes four steps. First, a set of characters to be displayed on a low-resolution display is received. Each character is formed with one or more strokes/glyphs, and all of the strokes/glyphs are represented by a set of basic strokes/glyphs, wherein each basic stroke/glyph is defined by key points and width values. Second, the received set of characters is projected on a low-resolution pixel matrix screen having two-dimensional coordinates and corresponding to the low-resolution display. Third, each stroke/glyph forming the set of characters is redefined, with key points and/or width values of the stroke/glyph are adjusted according to predefined rules, to thereby form a redefined set of characters. Fourth, the redefined set of characters are rendered according to predefined rendering criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: DynaComware Taiwan Inc.
    Inventor: Kuo-Young Cheng
  • Patent number: 8207969
    Abstract: Various approaches are disclosed for generating an output graphical object from an input graphical object. In one approach, vector graphics data representing the input graphical object in a memory are stored. A first subset of the vector graphics components of the vectors graphics data to leave unchanged for the output graphical object, a second subset of vector graphics components to alter for the output object, and a third subset of vector graphics components to discard from the output object are determined. Each vector graphics component in the second subset is altered, and the first and altered second subsets of vector graphics components as the output graphical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Ballagh, Thomas E. Fischaber, Roger B. Milne, Krista M. Marks
  • Patent number: 8160621
    Abstract: A method for writing a character message in a mobile telecommunication handset, including writing a message, inputting a page divider transferring a current page to a next page at any area of the current page on which the message is being written, displaying page information on the message, transmitting the written message, determining if the page divider is inputted, enabling the current page on which to write the short message to be changed if the page divider is input; and displaying the updated page information on the short message if the current page is changed. Thus, it is possible to change a current page at any area of the current page during the writing of a short message, and continue to write the short message on a new page of a message-writing window during the writing of the short message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Wo-No Zo