Plotter Patents (Class 358/1.3)
  • Patent number: 10270928
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus downloads a content via a network and prints an image of the content. when a shift instruction to shift to a first display process is input from a user operation unit after a registration process is completed, a control unit repeats the first display process, a second display process and the registration process so that another content information is newly created and stored in a first storage unit, and when a print instruction to start printing is input from the user operation unit after the registration process is completed, the control unit downloads contents indicated with the content information stored in the first storage unit wherein these contents are defined as print target contents, and sequentially executes print operations for the images of one or more of the print target contents with the print conditions associated with the print target contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Sagata
  • Patent number: 10250774
    Abstract: A method for transmitting content and an apparatus therefor are provided. The apparatus includes a transceiver configured to transmit content to an external source, a display configured to display receiver information about the content, and a user interface (UI) element, a memory configured to store identification information of the electronic apparatus, and at least one processor configured to generate a code comprising the identification information, based on a user input of selecting the UI element, receive the receiver information from an external device, and control the display to display the receiver information on the display. The electronic apparatus can use address information stored in the external device, without a separate communication setting with the external device that provides the receiver information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HP Printing Korea Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyung-seon Song
  • Patent number: 10022984
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus including a drawing unit that detachably holds a drawing tool that performs a drawing on an object and a drawing tool standby unit for causing at least one spare drawing tool to stand by. In a state where a first drawing tool is caused to be held in the drawing unit and a second drawing tool is caused to be held in the drawing tool standby unit, the drawing unit is controlled to perform a drawing within a first region of the object by using the first drawing tool and, when a first undrawn area occurred within the first region, the first undrawn area being an area where the first drawing tool was not performed correctly, the first drawing tool held is caused to be replaced with the second drawing tool; and the drawing unit is caused to perform a drawing in the undrawn area by using the second drawing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Irie
  • Patent number: 10001698
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides one embodiment of an IC method that includes receiving an IC design layout including a first main feature and a second main feature; determining that the first main feature includes has a curvilinear-based shaped; determining that the second main feature has a polygon-based shape; and mapping a first portion of the IC design layout that includes the first main feature onto a polar coordinate and mapping a second portion of the IC design layout that includes the second main feature on onto a Cartesian coordinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 9894978
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus including a drawing head to which a drawing tool is mounted, the drawing tool drawing on a drawing object; a drawing testing portion having a drawing media on which an image is drawn by the drawing tool; and a control unit. The control unit interrupts drawing on the drawing object by the drawing tool and attempts drawing on the drawing media by the drawing tool in the drawing testing portion when the drawing on the drawing object by the drawing tool is not performed correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Patent number: 9600893
    Abstract: The invention provides an image processing device, an image processing method, and an image processing program capable of correctly discriminating a type of a test object, even when similar model images have been registered. The image processing device includes: a hardware that holds a feature amount obtained from model images of a plurality of reference objects belonging to mutually different types; a region determination module that determines a non-common region as a region indicating a feature amount different from those of other objects, within a model image of each object; and a discrimination module that discriminates which type an object included in an input image belongs to, by using a feature amount corresponding to a non-common region of the object out of feature amounts of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Minato, Yuhki Akatsuka
  • Patent number: 9588720
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for printing a scheduled print job by a printing device connected to a client device over a network. The method includes transmitting, by the client device, a request to print the scheduled print job to the printing device. The scheduled print job include print data and schedule data corresponding to a scheduled time the print data is to be printed. The printing device obtains the print job from cloud storage or from local storage depending on a storage selection indicator, and executes the scheduled print job at the scheduled time. A determination is made as to whether the scheduled print job was printed successfully at the scheduled time. Further, a message indicating whether the scheduled print job was printed successfully, based on the determination, is sent to a predetermined device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jayasimha Nuggehalli, Daren Gilmore, Kazutaka Oba
  • Patent number: 9451128
    Abstract: A mobile data processing method, in which a request for performing a data processing job by a data processing device is initiated from a user of a mobile device. A device code of the mobile device in association with the user is transmitted to the data processing device. The user is authenticated by the data processing device. Whether the device code of the mobile device is identifiable by the data processing device is determined. An entry of the data processing job in association with the user and the device code of the mobile device is created in the data processing device if the device code of the mobile device is identified by the data processing device. The data processing job is executed if the entry of the data processing job is created and stored in association with the user and the device in the data processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignees: CANON INFORMATION AND IMAGING SOLUTIONS, INC., CANON USA, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Pearson Ferreira, Craig Mazzagatte, Royce E. Slick, Anthony Louis DeMartini, Nigel Patrick Brady, Jiuyuan Ge, Jiayin Peng
  • Patent number: 9307936
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatuses, etc. for providing a visual expression of the performance of one or more blood glucose sensors. In one particular example, a relative comparison of a rate of change sensor blood glucose and a rate of change in reference blood glucose may be expressed in a polar plot or graph. The polar plot or graph may then be generated onto a visual medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Rebecca K. Gottlieb, Ying Luo, Ning Yang, James Geoffrey Chase
  • Patent number: 9251441
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a presenting unit and a control unit. The presenting unit presents a plurality of options for interrupt printing along with an amount of incompletely printed sheet to be discharged while images are being printed on both surfaces of a continuous sheet in accordance with a prior job. The control unit interrupts, when one of the plurality of options presented by the presenting unit is designated, the prior job in timing according to the designated option to execute an interrupt job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayoshi Noguchi, Atsushi Hirahara
  • Patent number: 9196066
    Abstract: A method of rendering a graphical object on a page in a pixel sequential renderer (1100) processing a page having a plurality of scanlines, is disclosed. Each of the scanlines is divided into at least a first swathe and a second swathe. The method tracks a plurality of edges of the graphical object and sorts a first portion of the tracked edges on a first swathe of one or the plurality of scanlines using a first sorter to control first activation information. A second portion of the tracked edges on a second swathe of said one of the plurality of scanlines is sorted using a second sorter to control second activation information and the second activation information is synchronized with the first activation information. The graphical object is rendered on the page in the pixel sequential renderer (1100) using the first and the synchronized second activation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kevin John Moore
  • Patent number: 9160883
    Abstract: An image reading system and an image reading apparatus are provided. The system or apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read a still original, a selecting unit configured to select one of a plurality of image data of a first area acquired by reading the first area a plurality of times, the first area being a partial area of the original, and a generating unit configured to generate a file storing a first image data which is the image data of the first area selected by the selecting unit, and a second image data which is image data acquired by reading a second area of the original different from the first area by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toyoshi Adachi, Naoki Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9069508
    Abstract: A printer driver generates a print command based on the spool data of a print job to thereby transmit the print command to a printer. The printer driver manages a correspondence between job identification information that identifies a print job for which an error occurred and information about the number of printed pages at the moment when the error occurred in a storage device. When it is determined that the print job to be processed is a data type to be spooled by an intermediate drawing command and the job identification information for the print job to be processed is managed by the storage device, the printer driver skips page configuration processing relating to printed pages and generates a print command based on the information about the number of printed pages, which corresponds to the job identification information and is managed by the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshinori Kawaura
  • Patent number: 9036162
    Abstract: An image sensing and printing digital camera device includes a housing defining a slot for receiving a printed instruction card having printed thereon an array of dots representing a programming script, the housing further storing therein a roll of print media; an area image sensor for sensing an image and generating pixel data representing the image; a linear image sensor for scanning the array of dots on the card and converting the array of dots into a data signal; a microcontroller provided in the housing, the microcontroller for decoding the data signal into the programming script and applying the programming script on the pixel data; and a printing mechanism for printing the pixel data, having applied thereto the programming script, on the roll of print media. The microcontroller integrates on a single chip a VLIW processor, a printhead interface, and an output buffer effecting communication between the VLIW processor and the printhead interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 9013717
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device includes an image sensor for sensing an image; a multi-core processor for processing the sensed image; and a program memory provided external to the multi-core processor, and communicating therewith via a communication bus. The multi-core processor includes a bus interface for interfacing with the communication bus, and further includes an image sensor interface for interfacing with the image sensor separately from the communication bus and the bus interface. The multi-core processor includes a plurality of parallel processing units connected by a crossbar switch to form the multi-core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8953178
    Abstract: A handheld digital camera device including: a digital camera unit having a first image sensor for capturing images and a color display for displaying captured images to a user; an integral processor configured for: controlling operation of the first image sensor and color display; decoding an imaged coding pattern printed on a substrate, the printed coding pattern employing Reed-Solomon encoding; and performing an action in the handheld digital camera device based on the decoded coding pattern. The decoding includes the steps of: detecting target structures defining an extent of a data area; determining the data area using the detected target structures; and Reed-Solomon decoding the coding pattern contained in the determined data area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8947679
    Abstract: A portable handheld device including a CPU for processing a script; a multi-core processor for processing an image; an input buffer for receiving data for processing by the multi-core processor, the input buffer being provided under the control of the multi-core processor to send data thereto; and an output buffer for receiving data processed by the multi-core processor, the output buffer being provided under the control of the multi-core processor to receive data therefrom. The multi-core processor comprises a plurality of micro-coded processing units. The CPU is configured with authority to clear and query the input and output buffers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8941878
    Abstract: With respect to an object that strokes a path existing in page description data, the position of a start point of a line element formed along the path is estimated based on a path construction operator and a dotted line pattern determining operator. If the distance between the start point and an end point of the path is equal to or less than a prescribed threshold value, the position of the end point of the path is changed to another position along the path in order to increase the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuharu Aoki
  • Patent number: 8937727
    Abstract: A portable handheld device includes an image sensor for capturing an image; an orientation sensor for determining a rotation of the image sensor; and a system-on-chip processor having integrated on a common wafer a CPU for processing a script language, a multi-core processor for processing an image captured by the image sensor, and a common synchronization register. The multi-core processor includes multiple processing units connected in parallel by a crossbar switch. Each processing unit stores one or more synchronization bits for identifying which of the other processing units are functioning as a single process therewith. The common synchronization register contains therein synchronization bits from each of the processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8928897
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, a portable handheld device includes a CPU for processing a script; a multi-core processor for processing an image, and a DRAM for storing image data. The CPU and the multi-core processor are integrated on one chip and share a data cache provided on the same chip. The DRAM is provided external to the chip. The portable handheld device further comprises a DRAM interface for receiving and sending data to the DRAM, the DRAM interface being provided on the same chip and sharing the data cache with the CPU and the multi-core processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8922817
    Abstract: A self-propelled printing apparatus to perform printing on an object to be printed includes a moving unit that moves the self-propelled printing apparatus on the object to be printed and a printing unit that performs printing on the object to be printed on the basis of print processing data generated based on information of a position to which the self-propelled printing apparatus has been moved by the moving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pita4 Mobile LLC
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8922791
    Abstract: A camera system including: a substrate having a coding pattern printed thereon and a handheld digital camera device. The camera device includes: a digital camera unit having a first image sensor for capturing images and a color display for displaying captured images to a user; an integral processor configured for: controlling operation of the first image sensor and color display; decoding an imaged coding pattern printed on a substrate, the printed coding pattern employing Reed-Solomon encoding; and performing an action in the handheld digital camera device based on the decoded coding pattern. The decoding includes the steps of: detecting target structures defining the extent of the data area; determining the data area using the detected target structures; and Reed-Solomon decoding the coding pattern contained in the determined data area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8908205
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for allowing a user to create a document processing job (e.g., a print job, a scan job, a copy job, fax job) at a mobile device instead of at a document processing device, such as a printer, scanner, or copier. A cloud service interacts with the mobile device to retrieve job settings data from the mobile device. The cloud service generates a job identifier, associates the job identifier with job settings associated with the job settings data, and sends the job identifier to the mobile device, which displays the job identifier to the user. The user later enters the job identifier at the document processing device, which, in turn, uses the job identifier to request the job settings from the cloud service. The cloud service identifies the job settings based on the job identifier and sends the job settings to the document processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaoru Watanabe, Guiluan Luo, Zhenyu Lu, Jiang Hong
  • Patent number: 8885179
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, a portable handheld device includes a CPU for processing a script; a multi-core processor for processing an image, and a DRAM for storing image data. The CPU and the multi-core processor are integrated on one chip and share a data cache provided on the same chip. The DRAM is provided external to the chip. The portable handheld device further comprises a DRAM interface for receiving and sending data to the DRAM, the DRAM interface being provided on the same chip and sharing the data cache with the CPU and the multi-core processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8885180
    Abstract: A portable handheld device includes an image sensor for capturing an image; an orientation sensor for determining a rotation of the image sensor; and a system-on-chip processor having integrated on a common wafer a CPU for processing a script language, a multi-core processor for processing an image captured by the image sensor, and a common synchronization register. The multi-core processor includes multiple processing units connected in parallel by a crossbar switch. Each processing unit stores one or more synchronization bits for identifying which of the other processing units are functioning as a single process therewith. The common synchronization register contains therein synchronization bits from each of the processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8873101
    Abstract: A correction in less than one pixel raises an issue of generation of image defect such as density unevenness caused by a destruction of a screen pattern that generates a cycle of image data. To solve this issue, an image processing apparatus includes a correction unit configured to perform a correction less than one pixel on image data, and a changing processing unit configured to perform a correction by one pixel on image data, wherein the correction unit performs processing for correction in less than one pixel by shifting a pixel according to a moving locus synchronized with a cycle of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirokazu Tamura
  • Patent number: 8867796
    Abstract: Automated inspection method for detecting a defect in a printed image, comprising processing a raster image, sending the raster image to a print process, printing a printed image corresponding to the raster image onto a medium, capturing a target image from at least a part of the printed image at a lower resolution than the printed image, at least in a medium moving direction, converting at least a part of the raster image to a reference image, and comparing the reference image to the target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Marie Vans, Gidi Amir, Rodolfo Jodra, Omer Barkol, Ram Dagan, Avi Malki, Carl Staelin, Sagi Schein, Mani Fischer, Doron Shaked, Steven J Simske
  • Patent number: 8842328
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a storage unit capable of storing various kinds of images, a first drawing unit to write a source image after subjected to an image processing in the storage unit, a second drawing unit to generate an image and write the generated image in the storage unit, and an analyzing unit to analyze a page drawing command, so that the analyzing unit controls the first drawing unit in accordance with a first drawing command, if the analyzed command is the first drawing command to instruct the first drawing unit to write the image, and the analyzing unit controls the second drawing unit in accordance with a second drawing command, if the analyzed command is the second drawing command to instruct the second drawing unit to write the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Naoto Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 8705111
    Abstract: An ink jet printing apparatus comprises a distributing unit configured to distribute print data for printing dot into data used for printing by first printing elements provided in a print head and data used for printing by second printing elements provided in the same print head, and a determining unit configured to, for the data used for printing by the respective parts of the printing element arrays of each of first and second print heads which have the overlapped print regions, determine a ratio between amount of the data used for printing by a combination of the first and second printing element arrays in the first print head and a combination of the first and second printing element arrays in the second print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Masuda, Norihiro Kawatoko, Hitoshi Nishikori, Osamu Iwasaki, Tomoki Yamamuro, Atsuhiko Masuyama, Fumiko Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20140092400
    Abstract: One example includes a printer (110) having a calculator (120) to determine plot density of a printer content page (130). A controller (140) is provided to set a print parameter based on the determined plot density for the printer content page (130) to mitigate dry time for a printed output page (150).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP.
    Inventors: Maria Isabel Borrell Bayona, Luis Garcia Garcia, Sergio Puigardeu Aramendia, Angel Martinez Barambio
  • Patent number: 8665496
    Abstract: A control device includes a shape information storage storing shape information to be plotted, a stroke generation unit generating first and second stroke data having transmission start and end coordinates of first and second strokes, a scanning start time computation unit determining scanning start time of the second stroke by adjusting, when selecting first and second points having a shortest distance, a waiting time to scan the second stroke, a traveling rate from the transmission end coordinates of the first stroke to the transmission start coordinates of the second stroke, and scanning rates of scanning the first and second strokes to have a desired time interval between the selected points, a plotting instruction generation unit generating plotting instructions including the scanning start time of the second stroke and the transmission start and end coordinates of the first and second strokes, a plotting instruction storage storing the plotting instructions, and a plotting instruction execution unit exe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumihiro Hasegawa, Tomomi Ishimi
  • Publication number: 20140055796
    Abstract: A method of creating a structural document may include determining a shape of a structural document, determining a plurality of dimensions of the structural document, receiving information associated with one or more content items, identifying one or more security features associated with the structural document and causing a graphical representation of the structural document to be displayed at a user computing device. A shape of the graphical representation may correspond to the determined shape, a plurality of dimensions of the graphical representation may be representative of the determined plurality of dimensions, and the graphical representation may include at least a portion of the received content items and at least a portion of the identified security features. The method may include receiving an indication that a user is finished creating the structural document, generating a print document including an encoded data mark, and providing the print document to print-related devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William J. Hannaway, William J. Nowak, Cynthia J. Ryan, Stephen C. Morgana, James Milo Sweet, Reiner Eschbach
  • Patent number: 8630012
    Abstract: A system includes a circuit board mounted within a printer. A first chip is mounted on the circuit board. A transceiver includes a receiver that: is implemented in the first chip; wirelessly receives a radio frequency signal; and generates a first baseband signal based on the radio frequency signal. A transmitter of the transceiver is implemented in the first chip and wirelessly transmits, based on a second baseband signal, a second radio frequency signal. A second chip is separate from the first chip and is mounted on the circuit board. The second chip includes first and second processing modules and a processor. The first processing module processed the first and second baseband signals and generates a data signal based on the first baseband signal. The processor generates the second baseband signal based on the first baseband signal. The second processing module implements a printing process based the data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark D. Montierth, Gary D. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8619332
    Abstract: Provided is a printing apparatus that prints an image of a first colorimetric system that is constructed with a plurality of pixels by using dots having a plurality of sizes, including: a print head that ejects a printing material to form the dots on a printing medium; a color conversion unit that converts the image in the first colorimetric system to an intermediate image in a second colorimetric system that can be printed by the printing apparatus; a detection unit that detects edge pixels, which constitute an edge of the intermediate image, among a plurality of pixels constituting the intermediate image; a dot allocation unit that allocates dots having a predetermined size among the dots having the plurality of sizes to the edge pixels; and a printing unit that controls the print head based on printing data indicating the dot allocation to form the image on the printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Karito, Masaki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8587824
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first type printer driver and a second type printer driver that is different than the first type printer driver, where each driver runs on the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus also includes a display control unit that displays an identification of the first type printer driver as a printer driver suited to create print data based on drawing data in response to a first type application outputting the drawing data, and displays an identification of the second type printer driver as a printer driver suited to create print data based on drawing data in response to a second type application different than the first type application outputting the drawing data. The first and second type printer drivers are used for a printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Furuya
  • Patent number: 8542369
    Abstract: A printer having multiple stages of nozzles is controlled to avoid or minimize blank space between print portions when printing on roll paper. A controller in communication with the printer is configured to determine if last partial print data to be printed contains blank raster data. If so, the controller calculates the difference between a total number of rasters in the first through the last partial print data and the number of blank rasters in the last partial print data, prints the last partial print data, and controls the paper transportation mechanism to advance the roll paper only the calculated distance to eliminate excess blank space between print portions. The functionality of the controller is also embodied in a method for controlling a printer as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Hyogo, Hiroshi Wanibuchi, Mitsuhisa Ando
  • Patent number: 8537415
    Abstract: In an inkjet printer, a feeding side tension applying means is provided with a feeding side tension adjustment mechanism, which is structured of a feeding side ballast arm that is extended toward a winding side tension applying means and vertically swingable around a rotation shaft perpendicular to a feeding direction of a printing medium and a feeding side ballast member that is attached to a tip end of the feeding side ballast arm, and a winding side tension applying means is provided with a winding side tension adjustment mechanism which is structured of a winding side ballast arm that is extended toward the feeding side tension applying means and vertically swingable around a rotation shaft perpendicular to the feeding direction of the printing medium “M” and a winding side ballast member that is attached to a tip end of the winding side ballast arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuma Okura, Tetsuharu Ikeda, Takahiro Hasegawa, Masakazu Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 8508790
    Abstract: An image writing system includes: a display medium displaying an image rewritably recorded according to an external force and holding the image after the external force is removed, the display medium including a memory externally readably storing capability information on a capability of displaying an image on the display medium; and a writing apparatus applying the external force to the display medium so as to write the image into the display medium, the writing apparatus including: a reading section reading the capability information from the memory; a display-capability presenting section presenting information including the capability information, a list of images to be written, and display attributes of the respective images; an image-selection accepting section accepting a selection of an image to be written into the display medium; and a writing section applying the external force to the display medium so as to write the selected image into the display medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitsugu Hirose, Hiroyuki Hotta, Minoru Koshimizu, Naoki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8488167
    Abstract: A computerized chart recorder is revealed, comprises a signal conversion unit, an operation control unit, a printing control unit, and a database. A signal conversion unit receives measurement signals of a measurement instrument, and converts the measurement signals to signal conversion data. A operation control unit receives the signal conversion data required for printing, produces corresponding chart data, and prints the curve of signal variations, which can be also displayed on a human-machine interface unit. Whether to store the data or to print can be determined. Besides, the data can be also transmitted to a printing control unit. When the printing control unit is activated, it can receive the chart data and the quality assurance data, and control a printing unit to emulate the chart recorder for executing chart recording. In addition, the quality assurance data can be printed as well for complying with the requirements of the quality-assurance operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Atomic Energy Council-Institute of Nuclear Energy Research
    Inventors: Hsin-Fa Fang, Ming-Churng Hsieh, Chung-Liang Chen, Ming-Chen Yuan, Cheng-Si Tsao, Kang-Neng Peng
  • Patent number: 8488182
    Abstract: The information processing apparatus, which transmits/receives information to/from a scanner and a printer, is operated by an application program for instructing the printer to print an image read by the scanner in alignment with at least one end of a printable range belonging to a print paper size to be printed. A scanner driver program allows the apparatus to implement: a determination function of determining a readable range of a read paper size to be read by the scanner; an acquisition function of executing a printer driver program for the printer to acquire a printable range belonging to a print paper size as large as the read paper size; and a control function of making control to print an image within an overlapping range between the readable range and the printable range according to an instruction of the instruction function when the determined readable range includes the acquired printable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromi Mori
  • Patent number: 8477357
    Abstract: A system in a package includes a printed circuit board and first and second SOCs. The printed circuit board is connected to a second circuit board mounted within a printer. The first SOC is mounted on the printed circuit board and includes a receiver and a transmitter. The receiver receives a first radio frequency signal from a low noise amplifier and generates a first baseband signal based on the first radio frequency signal. The transmitter transmits, based on a second baseband signal, a second radio frequency signal to a power amplifier. The second SOC is mounted on the printed circuit board and includes a baseband processing module and an imaging module. The baseband processing module processes the first baseband signal and the second baseband signal and generates a data signal based on the first baseband signal. The imaging module processes the data signal to implement physical printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark D. Montierth, Gary D. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8446602
    Abstract: A method of printing an image comprises sending a data stream representing the image to a printer driver, generating a stream of print instructions at the printer driver, forwarding the stream of print instructions to a printer, and printing the image in accordance with the print instructions. The data stream or stream of print instructions is intercepted and processed so that the printer uses less ink to print the image than it would if the processing was not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Spline Network Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony William Harris, Peter Kaplan, Bruno Bouby, Jerry Lim
  • Patent number: 8416450
    Abstract: For use with lazy-portrait narrow-end to narrow-end (LPEE) formatted document pages printed on a continuous web of material, a system and method for assembling correctly page-sequenced document sets that utilizes a slitter for separating the LPEE formatted document pages into two separate streams of continuous sheets, a turn-bar assembly positioned to flip only one of the continuous sheet streams, a cutter that produces separates pages from both the flipped stream of sheets and non-flipped stream of sheets, a collator for collating all of the separate pages into the correctly page-sequenced document sets, and a controller for tracking the LPEE formatted document pages and overseeing the assembly of the correctly page-sequenced document sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: DST Output
    Inventors: Frank W. Delfer, Charles B. Clupper, Marc J. Fagan, Brett Jay Flickner, Matthew Thomas Leettola
  • Patent number: 8411326
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes: an area tone setting device which sets an arbitrary tone correction table for each of image forming areas obtained by dividing a recording medium into a plurality of areas; a tone correction table storage device which stores tone correction tables set respectively for the image forming areas by the area tone setting device; an area judgment device which judges the image forming areas on which respective pixels constituting input image data are to be printed; a tone correction table selection device which selects from the tone correction table storage device one of the tone correction tables corresponding to the image forming area judged by the area judgment device; and a tone correction device which performs tone correction of each pixel constituting the input image data, using the tone correction table selected by the tone correction table selection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 8411337
    Abstract: A step and non-uniformity in density in a drawing object due to an offset for an electrical color-shift correction are reduced. An image forming apparatus includes: a unit for determining a changing coordinate in a main scanning direction for correcting a color shift; a unit for detecting a closed region lying across the determined changing coordinate, from a drawing object; and a unit for performing a changing by using the determined changing coordinate without changing a shape of the detected closed region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryousuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8400671
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a system and method for selectively disabling document rendering. An electronic document is first generated having a customized operator. The generated electronic document is then communicated to an associated document rendering device. The generated electronic document is received by the associated document rendering device and the customized operator is parsed and executed so as to secure identification data representing an identity of the documents rendering device. The identification data is then tested. An output of a document rendering operation is then controlled in accordance with an output of testing of the identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Arthur J. Poirier
  • Patent number: 8390831
    Abstract: A guidance display control unit performing control so that operation guidance is displayed in a preview display area provided to preview-display image data read by an image reading apparatus is provided, where the operation guidance is used to read the image corresponding to the preview display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Nozaki
  • Patent number: 8379264
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a reading mechanism having an original placement portion on which an original document is placed for reading an image; a recording mechanism having a medium supply tray on which a recording medium is set, the recording mechanism being disposed in such a manner that a longitudinal direction of the medium supply tray is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the original placement portion; an angular casing that houses the reading mechanism and the recording mechanism while stacking the reading mechanism and the recording mechanism vertically; and a cartridge holder that houses an ink cartridge and is disposed in a space located at a corner position of the casing below the reading mechanism and surrounded by a circumferential wall of the casing and a side wall of the medium supply tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Hattori, Shota Iijima
  • Patent number: 8373893
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a light emission element, a lighting signal generation section, a storage section, a communication line, a control section and an electromagnetic noise generation source. The storage section stores data used when the lighting signal generation section generates a lighting signal. The lighting signal generation section and the storage section transmit and receive the data therebetween through the communication line. The control section that controls the transmitting and receiving of the data between the lighting signal generation section and the storage section. The control section controls so as to start the transmitting and receiving of the data between the storage section and the lighting signal generation section in a state where a magnitude of the electromagnetic noise, at a position where the lighting signal generation section is disposed, generated by the electromagnetic noise generation source is smaller than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michihiro Inoue, Yasukazu Horii, Takayoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 8363268
    Abstract: A printing system and control method thereof which insert partitions between printed materials printed by a printing apparatus execute substitution operation in a case that there is no partition. The substitution operation includes executing shift discharge sheet operation which loads printed materials onto a stacker with a shift by units of printed materials to be partitioned, or supplying an partition for substitution from another sheet feed cassette in which partitions for substitution operation are stored, or supplying a sheet from another sheet feed cassette in which other sheets being different from the printed material used to printing of printed materials in at least one of size, type and color as an partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Aizono, Takeshi Kaneda