Multicolor Picture Patents (Class 355/32)
  • Patent number: 10389918
    Abstract: A document reading unit includes an R light source, a G light source, a B light source, a UV light source, a lighting control unit, a first photoelectric conversion element, a second photoelectric conversion element, a lens, and an output unit. The first photoelectric conversion element includes an M filter. The second photoelectric conversion element includes a G filter. The output unit outputs outputs of the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element at the time of simultaneous lighting of the R and G light sources and an output of the first photoelectric conversion element at the time of simultaneous lighting of the B and UV light sources as the image data, and outputs an output of the second photoelectric conversion element at the time of simultaneous lighting of the B and UV light source as fluorescent color data indicating a fluorescent color region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masayoshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10364179
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a glass cliché using laser etching includes a dipping step for dipping a glass cliché, which will be etched, into an etching solution, a patterning step for irradiating laser to the glass cliché dipped in the etching solution to form a pattern therein, and a washing step for washing the patterned glass cliché. This method allows making a cliché with a high aspect ratio and fine line widths in comparison to a conventional cliché manufacturing method using photoresist for etching, and also ensures more efficient energy consumption and higher etching efficiency rather than an etching method using laser only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventor: Bu-Gon Shin
  • Patent number: 10284828
    Abstract: A projection-type display system has: a light-emitting wheel that, by rotating, sequentially supplies light excited by light emitted from a light source and transmitted or reflected light of light that is emitted by the light source; a color separation wheel that, by rotating, sequentially color-separates and supplies light output of the light-emitting wheel; an image-forming element that, in accordance with a picture signal, performs light modulation of the light supplied by the color separation wheel; a light detection unit that detects the light that has undergone light modulation; and control units that adjust the light modulation and rotation timing of the light-emitting wheel after adjusting the light modulation and rotation timing of the color separation wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventor: Michio Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10186012
    Abstract: In a video capture system, a virtual lens is simulated when applying a crop or zoom effect to an input video. An input video frame is received from the input video that has a first field of view and an input lens distortion caused by a lens used to capture the input video frame. A selection of a sub-frame representing a portion of the input video frame is obtained that has a second field of view smaller than the first field of view. The sub-frame is processed to remap the input lens distortion to a desired lens distortion in the sub-frame. The processed sub-frame is the outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Newman, Joshua Edward Bodinet, Otto Kenneth Sievert, Timothy Macmillan
  • Patent number: 10053006
    Abstract: An illuminated assembly is provided herein that includes a light-diffusing element disposed between an outer panel and an inner panel. A light source is configured to direct light into a first portion of the light-diffusing element. A seal is disposed between the outer and inner panels. The outer and inner panels extend beyond the seal in two opposing directions. A controller is configured to illuminate the light source to provide notifications about a vehicle outwardly of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Kristin Ann Hellman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 9903543
    Abstract: A lighting device (100) comprising a collimator (112) having an entrance aperture and an exit aperture (302), a crossed beam splitter (106, 206) and at least four lighting units. Each of the lighting units comprises a light source (102) and a focusing element (104) having an entrance aperture (308) arranged to receive light from the light source (102) and an exit aperture (304). The focusing element (104) is configured to focus light towards the beam splitter (106, 206), and the crossed beam splitter is arranged to receive light from each of the lighting units and configured to split the light from each light source into four beams. Further, the beam splitter (106, 206) is arranged and configured such that said four beams are directed towards the entrance aperture of the collimator (112). The collimator (112) is configured to interact with said beams to provide four images, each image comprising one fourth of the light from each lighting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Oliver Dross
  • Patent number: 9576341
    Abstract: An image-processing system including an image processor and a correction processor is provided. The imaging processor obtains a captured image. The correction processor produces a corrected image by correcting an aberration that emerges in the captured image. The correction processor produces: at least one or more processed images obtained by applying different processes to the captured image; a masking image by applying a predetermined process to one of the captured images or the at least one or more processed images; a composite image by synthesizing the masking image and either of the captured image or the at least one or more processed images, which are not used when producing the masking image; and the corrected image by synthesizing the composite image and the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shusei Itagaki, Masakazu Terauchi, Masashi Miyata
  • Patent number: 9361674
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire an input image, an identifying unit configured to identify a distance from a reference point to a processing target pixel in the input image, a deformation unit configured to deform an image based on the distance, and a sharpening processing unit configured to perform sharpening processing on an image while changing a strength of the sharpening processing, the changing of the strength based on the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sakai, Kouta Murasawa
  • Publication number: 20140175787
    Abstract: A substrate with security print and a method to obtain it, which comprises a laminar substrate where color ink prints have been applied on the obverse and reverse of the substrate, whereby these prints coincide and leave an area free of print to form a watermark, and an ultraviolet ink print within said watermark, in a way that the substrate can be verified by holding it against the light to visually verify the watermark and under ultraviolet light to visually detect the ultraviolet ink print that coincides with the watermark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Jorge Bernardes, Lourdes Bernardes Sievens
  • Patent number: 8451472
    Abstract: Print verification is done by scanning the printed copies, thereby forming a stream of scanned images of the specific pages. Digitized images from the stream are then spatially aligned page by page, line by line and pixel (pel) by pixel (pel) with corresponding digitized images in a stream of source images. The source and scanned images are compared to find pel sequences that are different. These differences represent defects in the printed copies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: InfoPrint Solutions Company, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon Wesley Braudaway
  • Patent number: 7794077
    Abstract: An inkjet printer with a print head carriage is disposed above the printing bed for displacing a print head unit in a transverse feed direction, a print head unit with at least one print head being provided for every color to be printed and having at least one nozzle row oriented in the forward feed direction of the print medium. Another print head unit is provided for applying white ink, whereby the row length of the color print head unit and the row length of the other print head unit at least partially overlap with one another, and whereby of the nozzles of the nozzle row of the color print head unit, only those nozzles lying outside of the overlap region between the row length of the color print head unit and the row length of the other print head unit activated for applying white ink are activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Falser, Peter Duracher, Franz Obertegger
  • Publication number: 20080198349
    Abstract: There are provided film printing systems and methods for printing images on one of two different width film stocks. A method for printing images on one of two different width film stocks includes the step of combining each of three different color light streams into a combined color stream. The method further includes the step of directing the combined color stream into a hybrid lens that focuses the combined color stream onto one of the two different width film stocks such that a uniformity of the combined color stream remains the same regardless of film width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Youngshik Yoon, Sek Loong Chai, David Michael Gilmartin
  • Publication number: 20070285636
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which is capable of adjusting the color density while improving the printing efficiency. A color density adjustment value-adjusting unit adjusts a color density adjustment value in predetermined adjustment timing so as to keep colors of an image constant. A color density adjustment value-storing unit stores the color density adjustment value in advance. An adjustment timing occurrence-determining unit determines whether or not the adjustment timing occurs during execution of an image forming job. A color density adjustment value-predicting unit predicts the color density adjustment value in the adjustment timing determined to occur, based on the color density adjustment value stored in advance. The color density adjustment value-adjusting unit is adapted to adjust the color density adjustment value based on the predicted color density adjustment value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshio HAYASHI
  • Patent number: 7088432
    Abstract: Three-dimensional structures are fabricated by a process in which a 3D solid model is designed by software at a PC and sliced into a series of 2D layers. Each 2D layer is displayed at a dynamic mask via micro-mirror deflections projected onto a photoresist to form a layer, which is lowered and the process is repeated to build the object layer by layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: Xiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 7013803
    Abstract: A color registration control system for a printing press including an area scanner for acquiring an image of a paper substrate and an image processing system adapted to receive the image and process the image to determine any color register error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Quad/Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Hansen, Glen W. Rantala, Bradly Moersfelder
  • Patent number: 6980280
    Abstract: A two level image writer (10) forms an image from digital data onto a photosensitive medium. A first level illumination system has a first source (20) for emitting a first polarized light beam having a first color; a second source (22) for emitting a second polarized light beam having a second color; and a third source (26) for emitting a third polarized light beam having a third color. A fold mirrors directs each beam to a second level. Three polarizing beamsplitters (73, 75, 77) on the second level receive the polarized beams from the fold mirrors and isolate polarization states of each of the first, second, and third polarized light beam. Three spatial light modulators (90, 95, 97) on the second level modulate the first, second, and third polarized light beam from the polarizing beamsplitter prisms to form an array of image pixels according to said digital data. A diechroic combiner (86) combines the three modulated light beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James E. Roddy, Robert J. Zolla, Richard L. Druzynski
  • Patent number: 6919915
    Abstract: A system for managing information on a carrier, and an image reading apparatus, which enable easy resetting of correction data. When a film carrier is mounted in an image reading apparatus main body, a control section reads the identification number of the film carrier from an EEPROM, and determines whether the identification number corresponds to any of the identification numbers stored in a RAM. When correspondence is not found, it determines that the film carrier is mounted in the main body for the first time, and correction data is read from the EEPROM and stored in the RAM with the identification number. Instead of losing the correction data if the substrate is replaced, the correction data stored in the RAM is read from the control section and written into a new EEPROM, thereby enabling easy resetting of the correction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 6891594
    Abstract: In a printing device which prints a color image on a photosensitive material by allowing an exposing head to modulate light from a light source for each pixel in accordance with image information, the exposing head is constituted by superposing three LCS's in the light-axis direction. The respective LCS's control the transmission and interruption of only the respective blue, green and red color components so that color tones in the respective pixels with respect to an image printed on printing paper are controlled based upon the subtractive color process. Therefore, it is possible to eliminate the generation of pixel offsets in an image printed on the photosensitive material by using a simple structure, and consequently to provide a printing device having a superior processability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 6829036
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating a digital image on photographic paper and subsequent correction of color. The method and apparatus provides a digital image printer that is capable of rapidly producing digital images on photographic paper having good clarity and sharpness and correct color content. Further, the method and apparatus provides a digital image printer having a controllable lamp house that is easily removable and may be coupled with conventional photographic printers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Louis H. Asbury, III
  • Patent number: 6819397
    Abstract: The remote photographic processing system connects one or more photographic processing sites to a center having a database which stores a photographic printing condition at the photographic processing apparatus installed in each of the photographic processing sites via a communication line. The system then stores the photographic printing condition of previous printing such as simultaneous printing at each of the photographic processing sites. When each of the photographic processing sites which has received a request for later printing such as reprinting inquires the database in the center as to whether the photographic printing condition at the time of the previous printing corresponding to the request for the later printing is stored therein or not and catches that the photographic printing condition is stored, the request for the later printing is processed using the thus stored photographic printing condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuji Kuhara
  • Patent number: 6812995
    Abstract: A digital camera capable of performing accurate document reading, and a document processing system utilizing the digital camera. In the document processing system, a document is divided into blocks and each block is sensed by a CCD 103; perspective correction is performed on the image data of each of the plurality of images obtained by divisionally sensing the document; and OCR process is performed on the corrected image data to convert the corrected image data to text data. The converted text data, corresponding to the image data of each of the plurality of images, is combined into one text data, and the combined text data is outputted for printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideo Honma
  • Patent number: 6809795
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exposure device for exposing a transparent photographic original and reproducing said photographic original (2) on photosensitive material or by means of a recording device. The exposure device has a primary light source (1) comprising a number of elements that emit light of different spectral bands, whose light travels to the photographic original along a first optical path or can be directed onto the photographic original using optical elements. The exposure device has additional real and/or virtual light sources, (15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 26, 28,) whose light strikes the photographic original along additional optical paths, or can be directed onto the photographic original using optical elements. The light that falls along the additional optical paths strikes the photographic original (2) at different angles of incidence from the angle of incidence of the first optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Mueller
  • Patent number: 6791663
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for suppressing deviations in the application position of light emitted from an optical box, thus preventing an image from being deteriorated, has an image bearing body, a light source, a deflecting device for deflecting a light emitted from the light source, a lens for imaging a light deflected in this manner onto the image bearing body, and an optical box for containing at least the light source, the deflecting device, and the lens, wherein the optical box is provided plurally and the plurality of optical boxes are stacked to be integrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6751006
    Abstract: Addressed herein are techniques and equipment for pre-processing digital images to be superimposed for display. Filtering, re-sampling, and decimation are variously used to process images and sub-images to produce to-be-superimposed images. One of the described techniques is designed primarily (although not necessarily exclusively) for computational efficiency, while the other sacrifices some computational efficiency for higher quality of output images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Imax Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Z. Zhou, Sean Adkins
  • Patent number: 6739767
    Abstract: An image processing method to conduct an image processing on image signals indicating a photographed image for generating image signals for output, having the steps of: detecting an area in the photographed image where the mixed ratio of flashlight to environment light in the course of photographing is greater than a prescribed value, based on respective information including information about environment light in the course of photographing, information about flashlight in the course of photographing, and at least one of information about zoom magnification in the course of photographing, information about ISO speed and information about a subject distance in the course of photographing; and determining a content of image processing in accordance with a ratio of the area detected to the total area of the photographed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Chizuko Ikeda, Tsukasa Ito, Hiroaki Takano
  • Patent number: 6741325
    Abstract: A method for exposing photographic paper is disclosed that utilizes existing DPE processing labs. The method comprises illuminating a light transmittance device, the light transmittance device being controlled to display a digital image to be printed onto the photographic paper. The photographic paper is then exposed with the light transmitted through said light transmittance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Omni Vision International Holding Ltd
    Inventor: Katsumi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6738127
    Abstract: A printing apparatus (110) for selectively printing an image from image data either onto any member of a set of photosensitive media (140), including a first photosensitive medium (140) having a relatively low contrast response and a second photosensitive medium (140) having a relatively high contrast response. The printing apparatus (110) uses a spatial light modulator (136) for forming an image, having at least a first set of setup voltage conditions for printing onto the first photosensitive medium (140) and a second set of setup voltage conditions for printing onto the second photosensitive medium (140). An adjustable polarizing component in the path of output light from the spatial light modulator (136), has at least a first contrast setting for the first photosensitive medium (140) and a second contrast setting for the second photosensitive medium (140).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James E. Roddy, Robert J. Zolla
  • Patent number: 6734948
    Abstract: An optical printer capable of controlling the amount of exposure light, and so forth, accurately is disclosed, and the optical printer comprises a light source irradiating light and an optical shutter producing exposure light for exposing a photosensitive object by controlling transmission of the light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Futakami, Chikara Aizawa, Toshiyuki Inage, Kenji Mito
  • Publication number: 20040057029
    Abstract: Images being processed in a photographic laboratory system into different forms of output are automatically evaluated to determine for each image whether it is of sufficient quality to merit processing into a selected form of output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Applicant: Agfa-Gevaert AG
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Schindler, Thomas Hagen, Stephan Thormann
  • Publication number: 20040041992
    Abstract: A light scanning device adjusts scanning speed uniformity with high accuracy to obtain an image having fine absolute position accuracy. The light scanning device is mounted on an image forming apparatus. The light scanning device includes a scanning speed uniformity adjusting mechanism that can move a reflection mirror around the axis that is orthogonal to a main scanning corresponding direction and parallel to a reflection surface of the reflection mirror. The light scanning device further includes a scanning line inclination adjusting mechanism that can move an optical element around the axis orthogonal to the main scanning corresponding direction and orthogonal to the sub-scanning corresponding direction. The optical element has a function of adjusting a scanning line position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Masato Yokoyama
  • Publication number: 20040021838
    Abstract: An image forming film includes a substrate having a non-light-absorbing surface. At least two light-transmitting layers each comprising a pattern, are stacked over each other and formed on the non-light-absorbing surface. A light-transmitting surface sheet is attached to the stack of the layers. The surface sheet has an outer surface on which a plurality of raised, substantially parallel strips are formed, each strip having a side face for directing light from the patterns of the layers toward different angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventor: Hsin-Chuan Wong
  • Patent number: 6646716
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for printing multiple simultaneous images onto a photosensitive media comprises the steps of imaging light from a light source through an optics assembly (75) to a polarization beamsplitter (80). The polarization beamsplitter (80) produces light having a first polarized state and light having a second polarized state. The first polarized light is directed to a first spatial light modulator (90). The first spatial light modulator is addressed with a first signal to create a first modulated light beam, which is imaged through a print lens assembly onto the photosensitive media. A second polarized light is directed to a second spatial light modulator (95). The second spatial light modulator is addressed with a second signal to create a second modulated light beam, which is imaged through the print lens onto the photosensitive media. The first modulated light beam and the second modulated light beam create at least two simultaneous images on the photosensitive media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Sujatha Ramanujan, Victor C. Wong, Badhri Narayan, Dan S. Talbot
  • Patent number: 6642993
    Abstract: Plural line sensors are arranged parallel to each other in a predetermined order and with a predetermined interval, and they read different lines on a manuscript respectively. A delay module outputs an image signal output from at least one of the plural line sensors with a delay for a number of lines according to a number of pixels which corresponds to shifts of reading positions of the plural line sensors. An ahead-reading signal acquiring module outputs the image signal acquired from at least one line sensor other than a last stage line sensor of the plural line sensors as an ahead-reading signal. The image processing device outputs the image signal wherein the shifts of the reading positions of the plural line sensors are corrected by the delay module, and outputs the ahead-reading signal acquired by the ahead-reading signal acquiring module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunichi Megawa, Takahiro Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 6636292
    Abstract: A writing apparatus (10) for forming images from digital data onto color motion picture film or other photosensitive media (32), the apparatus employing a single spatial light modulator (30) and having a hybrid light source (20) with three components: a red laser (40), a green laser (42), and one or more blue LEDs (18). Each component of the light source is adapted to the sensitometric response characteristics of a particular motion picture film type. The apparatus allows high-speed imaging to photosensitive media (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James E. Roddy, Robert J. Zolla
  • Patent number: 6624876
    Abstract: A printer prints a calibration pattern on a leading end portion of a roll of recording paper when the recording paper is loaded in the printer. A cutter cuts the leading end portion off the recording sheet so as to make an end edge rectangular to side edges of the recording sheet. A photometric device measures densities of the printed calibration pattern, and a system controller derives correction values for correcting density or color from the measured densities. After the calibration process, an image is printed in an image recording area on the recording paper following the leading end portion. For a printer that prints an image on a cut sheet recording paper, a calibration pattern is printed on a margin outside an image recording area. After densities of the calibration pattern are measured, the margin with the calibration pattern is cut off the recording paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Fukuda, Takashi Ebato
  • Patent number: 6614506
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for sequentially superimposes images formed by a plurality of image forming stations for forming images of different colors, respectively, on a transferring material born and transported by a transferring material transporting member, which forms a misregister detection mark on the transferring material transporting member, illuminates to read the mark, calculates a misregister amount of the read misregister detection mark, and corrects the misregister of an image based on calculated results, wherein the apparatus adjusts an illuminating light amount according to a color of a misregister detection mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirokazu Kodama, Tatsuhito Kataoka
  • Patent number: 6597428
    Abstract: A standard color image and at least one processed image are printed on a single sheet of photosensitive material. The standard color image is obtained by carrying out standard image processing on a single original color image. The processed image is obtained by carrying out image processing under different processing conditions on the original color image. The different processing conditions may be the processing conditions for altering an image tone, image sharpness, image gradation, image trimming, an image size enlargement scale factor, or a combination of at least two of them. Various prints, which are obtained from image processings carried out by setting the processing conditions to various different processing conditions, can thus be seen easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Adachi, Kazushige Uenaka
  • Patent number: 6593996
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for projecting or displaying images comprising a valve exhibiting a plurality of image-forming elements having a light transmission coefficient which can be controlled so as to present the image, and a means of illuminating the valve comprising a light source and an integrator having two lens arrays associated in such a way that each lens of the second array distributes over the valve the light received from a corresponding lens of the first array. This system comprises a means for focusing the illuminating beam onto the integrator. The dimensions of the integrator are thus minimized. The focusing means comprises, for example, a reflector which reflects the light produced by the source, the integrator being arranged substantially in the focal plane of the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing SA
    Inventors: Denis Battarel, Valter Drazic
  • Patent number: 6556275
    Abstract: An optical printer including a fluorescent light-emitting tube equipped with an anode in a form of dot and a rotatable rotating filter part equipped with filters R, G, B. A film is moved relative to the optical printer set at a given position. A controlling means rotates the rotating filter part, and, in synchronization with that, the fluorescent light-emitting tube is made to emit light by the image signal of every color of red, green and blue. The image can be formed by moving the film one time relative to irradiation with the light in a state of a dot transmitted selectively through each filter of red, green and blue. Since the head is fixed and the film is moved, room for the movement of the head which has been conventionally required is not required. Spatial room for the slide of the filter is not required differently from the slide-switching type-filter of the conventional art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Futaba Denshi Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukihiko Shimizu, Hiroshi Sakurada
  • Publication number: 20030058419
    Abstract: A writing apparatus (10) for forming images from digital data onto color motion picture film or other photosensitive media (32), the apparatus employing a single spatial light modulator (30) and having a hybrid light source (20) with three components: a red laser (40), a green laser (42), and one or more blue LEDs (18). Each component of the light source is adapted to the sensitometric response characteristics of a particular motion picture film type. The apparatus allows high-speed imaging to photosensitive media (32).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James E. Roddy, Robert J. Zolla
  • Publication number: 20030038930
    Abstract: The illumination optical system includes an illumination light source and a spatial light modulator having a plurality of elements which reflect incident light from the illumination light source to form outgoing light and which flexibly switch a deflecting direction of a principal ray of the outgoing light between at least two directions including a first deflecting direction and a second deflecting direction, wherein a first angle between an incident direction of a principal ray of the incident light and the first deflecting direction is set to be approximately equal to a second angle between the first deflecting direction and the second deflecting direction and/or the first and second deflecting directions of the principal ray of the outgoing light inclines with reference to a normal line to an element array surface of the spatial light modulator. The image display apparatus and the image exposure apparatus have the above illumination optical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Applicant: FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsuto Sumii
  • Publication number: 20030016336
    Abstract: In a printing device which prints a color image on a photosensitive material by allowing an exposing head to modulate light from a light source for each pixel in accordance with image information, the exposing head is constituted by superposing three LCS's in the light-axis direction. The respective LCS's control the transmission and interruption of only the respective blue, green and red color components so that color tones in the respective pixels with respect to an image printed on printing paper are controlled based upon the subtractive color process. Therefore, it is possible to eliminate the generation of pixel offsets in an image printed on the photosensitive material by using a simple structure, and consequently to provide a printing device having a superior processability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 6503670
    Abstract: A process for restoring the color of faded color negative film, particular for faded color motion pictures. The original faded negative film is used to produce a green enhancement mask and a blue enhancement mask (or a combination green/blue enhancement mask). Standard red, green, and blue separations are also made from the original faded negative. By combining the green and blue enhancement masks with the standard green and blue separations, respectively, (or the combination green/blue enhancement mask with the green separations and blue separations), enhanced green and blue separations are created. The enhanced green separation, the enhanced blue separation, and the red separation are recombined to form the restored color negative or interpositive. Alternately, from the original negative, an enhanced blue mask can be created, and intermediate film stock printed with yellow light passed through the original negative to produce unprocessed intermediate stock can be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: VCE.com, Inc
    Inventor: Peter Kuran
  • Patent number: 6498638
    Abstract: Optimization apparatus for photographic image data with a data input device for input of first image data which are present in a first color space and represent a photographic image or a set of photographic images, an optimization device for optimizing the first image data and a data output device for output of the optimized first image data which optimally represent the photographic image or the set of photographic images, whereby the optimization device carries out an optimization transformation on the first image data, whereby the optimization transformation corresponds to a combination of at least the following transformations: a first transformation which transforms the first image data from the first color space into another, second color space; a correction transformation, which corrects the transformed first image data in the second color space; and a second transformation which transforms the corrected first image data into a third color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Gretag ImagingTrading AG
    Inventors: Peter Zolliker, Walter Kraft
  • Patent number: 6486938
    Abstract: A line exposure type image forming apparatus having a micromirror device 40 with numerous micromirrors 41 tiltable for reflecting light incident from a light source to a predetermined exposure position on a photosensitive material 2, and a sub-scan moving mechanism 8a for moving the photosensitive material relative to the exposure position. The micromirror device is disposed such that an imaginary line linking imaging positions on the photosensitive material of the micromirrors in a predetermined line is at an angle to a direction of relative movement of the photosensitive material. As a result, an exposure dot line is produced on the photosensitive material in a main scanning direction perpendicular to the direction of relative movement by a main scanning mirror set formed of micromirrors selected in a direction at an angle to a direction of the columns of the micromirror device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Morita, Tomoyuki Ishii
  • Patent number: 6459470
    Abstract: An image printer for printing images with less cross-talk between images and less image flickering is provided. A plurality of images are interleft in one or a plurality of line units and a lenticular lens is used to make it possible for each individual pixel to be distinguished. The difference in brightness between an attentional pixel and the surrounding pixels that surround this attentional pixel is taken, and a correlation value is produced, the correlation value being reduced if the difference is large and increased if the difference is small. The image printer is equipped with a pixel shape controller that makes the printed pixels smaller in a region where the correlation value is low, and makes the printed pixels larger in a region where the correlation value is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Iwano, Hiroshi Akahori, Kunio Nobori, Kazuhiro Kayashima, Makoto Fujimoto, Yasuhito Kawamata
  • Patent number: 6445403
    Abstract: In an optical printer apparatus designed so that an optical head (100) having an LED light source (110) therein is moved relatively to a sensitized sheet (500) and an image is formed by emitting a plurality of color light beams in regular order from the LED so that the light beams are focused at given spaces on the sensitized sheet, an image pitch P for the color light beams is substantially equal to an integer multiple of the maximum exposure distance D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadao Masubuchi, Shigeru Futakami, Masaaki Matsunaga, Masafumi Yokoyama, Akira Shiota, Shinichi Nonaka
  • Publication number: 20020105625
    Abstract: A method of sensing the pitch or relative location of a lenticular lens on a sheet of transparent lenticular material of the type having a repeating pattern of cylindrical lenses on one side and a flat opposite side, comprising the steps of: forming a beam of light; focusing the beam of light into a spot smaller than the pitch of the cylindrical lenses onto the lenticular material; moving the lenticular material relative to the beam in a direction perpendicular to the axes of the cylindrical lenses to modulate the angle of reflection or refraction of the beam of light; and sensing the position of the modulated beam of light to determine the pitch or relative location of lenticular material to the focused spot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventors: Joshua M. Cobb, Jeffery R. Hawver, Andrea S. Rivers, Roger A. Morton
  • Patent number: 6396565
    Abstract: A plurality of LEDs are used as a light source for projecting light onto a film negative recording an original image. The LEDs have different respective spectral characteristics, and are provided so as to incline with respect to a light axis, so that light emitted thereby has directivity toward a light axis. By this means, the light emitted by each LED has directivity, thus increasing the light quantity of light projected onto peripheral areas of photographic paper. Accordingly, density unevenness and color unevenness on the photographic paper can be easily distinguished without scattering the light from each LED more than necessary, as was done conventionally. As a result, there is no need for control which attempts to obtain sufficient scattered light by increasing the exposure time or brightness of each LED. Further, there is no need to provide a large number of LEDs, thus simplifying control of the emitted light quantities of the respective LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Yamamoto, Hidetoshi Nishikawa
  • Publication number: 20020060781
    Abstract: The optical printer 1 comprises the fluorescent light-emitting tube 2 equipped with the anode 11 in a form of dot and the rotatable rotating filter part 15 equipped with the filters R, G, B. The film 3 is moved relative to the optical printer 1 set at a given position. The controlling means 30 rotates the rotating filter part 15, and, in synchronization with that, the fluorescent light-emitting tube 2 is made to emit light by the image signal of every color of red, green and blue. The image can be formed by moving the film one time relative to irradiation with the light in a state of dot transmitted selectively through each filter of red, green and blue. Since the head is fixed and the film is moved, room for the movement of the head which has been conventionally required is not required. Spatial room for the slide of the filter is not required differently from the slide-switching type-filter of the conventional art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: May 23, 2002
    Applicant: FUTABA DENSHI KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukihiko Shimizu, Hiroshi Sakurada