Processing Based On At Least Two Different Image Attributes (e.g., Character, Graphic, Photo, Line, Edge, Gray-level, Color) Patents (Class 358/2.1)
  • Patent number: 11030498
    Abstract: A PC includes a first set information DB that stores a plurality of pieces of first set information including color conversion information for color-converting first color information into second color information different from the first color information and a print setting corresponding to the color conversion information in association with each other, and a PC control unit that obtains a designation print setting which is a print setting designated for print data, causes a PC display unit to display a color conversion list including one or more options of the color conversion information associated with the print setting corresponding to the obtained designation print setting based on the plurality of pieces of first set information stored in the first set information DB, and controls color conversion to be performed on the print data based on color conversion information selected from the color conversion list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomonobu Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10951870
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a digital image conversion method and apparatus. The method includes: acquiring an RGB indication signal of a forward-correlated pixel of a current pixel; comparing an RGB signal of the current pixel with the RGB indication signal of the forward-correlated pixel; acquiring a YUV indication signal of the forward-correlated pixel and assigning the YUV indication signal to a YUV signal of the current pixel, if the RGB signal of the current pixel is identical to the RGB indication signal of the forward-correlated pixel; and recalculating the YUV signal of the current pixel according to the RGB signal of the current pixel, if the RGB signal of the current pixel is different from the RGB indication signal of the forward-correlated pixel. The digital image conversion method and apparatus disclosed in the embodiments of the present disclosure can effectively reduce the amount of calculation required for image data conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ye Song
  • Patent number: 10939016
    Abstract: An image processing method includes an image encoding step of encoding data in which one channel in each pixel of image data including a plurality of pixels is configured by 2 bits or more into data in which the one channel is configured by 1 bit, a transfer step of transferring the encoded data to a printing apparatus, and an image decoding step of decoding the encoded data using the printing apparatus, in which, in the image encoding step, flag information indicating whether the pixel is a character or a line image or a photograph is assigned, and in the image decoding step, decoding is performed by selecting a first decoding method or a second decoding method based on the flag information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shin Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10810469
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media are disclosed for extracting material properties from a single digital image portraying one or more materials by utilizing a neural network encoder, a neural network material classifier, and one or more neural network material property decoders. In particular, in one or more embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods train the neural network encoder, the neural network material classifier, and one or more neural network material property decoders to accurately extract material properties from a single digital image portraying one or more materials. Furthermore, in one or more embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods train and utilize a rendering layer to generate model images from the extracted material properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Kalyan Sunkavalli, Zhengqin Li, Manmohan Chandraker
  • Patent number: 10802455
    Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) object manufacturing systems and methods are operable to manufacture printed 3D objects corresponding to user-selected physical objects of interest shown in a media content event that have been viewed by a user, wherein at least one 3D printer that is accessible by the user of the media device is operable to manufacture the printed 3D object corresponding to the viewed physical object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas Newell, Swapnil Tilaye
  • Patent number: 10780652
    Abstract: A printing method for color compensation adopted by a 3D printer (1) having a 3D nozzle (121) and a 2D nozzle (122) is disclosed. The printing method includes following steps of: controlling the 3D nozzle (121) to print a slicing object (2) of the 3D object upon a printing platform (11) according to a route file; controlling the 2D nozzle (122) to perform coloring on the printed slicing object (2) according to an image file; controlling the 2D nozzle (122) and the printing platform (1) to rotate relatively for creating an angular transposition between the 2D nozzle (122) and the printing platform (1) after the slicing object (2) is colored completely; and, controlling the 2D nozzle (122) to again perform coloring on the colored slicing object (2) after the 2D nozzle (2) and the printing platform (11) rotated relatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: XYZPRINTING, INC., KINPO ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Ting Huang, Hsin-Ta Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10755152
    Abstract: An image forming system that classifies a block formed by Nb pixels included in image data into Nt groups including a group including a pixel of a highest gradation value and a group including a pixel of a lowest gradation value, generates, for at least one of the Nt groups, positional information that is information indicating positions of pixels that form the corresponding group, determines a block gradation value in accordance with a data amount that is smaller than a data amount that is used for expressing gradation values of the Nb pixels for each of the Nt groups as a target, based on a gradation value for each of pixels that form each group, tentatively determines, determines, for the block as a target, the dot arrangement using the tentatively determined dot arrangement and the positional information, and forms an image using the determined dot arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Kakutani
  • Patent number: 10750057
    Abstract: An example method of setting ink limits for a printing system is described. The method involves printing a first set of color ramps. Each color ramp has test areas which are printed based different Neugebauer Primary Area Coverage (NPac) vectors. A test area for each color ramp is indicated that meets an image quality metric and Neugebauer Primary ink use limits are set based on these test areas. A second set of color ramps, for combinations of the set of available Neugebauer Primaries, is then printed, The test areas for each ramp are defined by monotonically-varying vector element values for one Neugebauer Primary in a combination and the second set of ramps are defined by monotonically-varying vector element values across said ramps for another Neugebauer Primary in the combination. Test areas are then indicated again for the second set of color ramps to set ink use limits for the printing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic
  • Patent number: 10726203
    Abstract: System(s)/method(s) relate to machine learning to automatically respond for troubleshooting a device. A programmed computer system obtains a training dataset from at least one database including historical customer complaint records and maintenance service records with resolution codes. The training dataset is parsed by a natural language extraction engine to extract data including extracting keyword data from the historical customer complaint records. The extracted data is grouped into bags-of-words with a natural language association engine. The bags-of-words are mapped to one or more of the resolution codes with an SVM to provide corresponding mapping vectors. A current customer complaint record is received and information therein is parsed to provide a request bag-of-words. One or more of the mapping vectors having one or more most likely fits to the request bag-of-words is determined. One or more of the resolution codes associated with the one or more of the mapping vectors is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Oleg Y. Zakharov, Matthew Yoshio Morikawa
  • Patent number: 10715684
    Abstract: Three dimension (3D) model generation methods are operable to generate 3D model data corresponding to images of a physical object of interest that are viewed in a presenting media content event. An exemplary embodiment receives a user request that is associated with an interest by the user to obtain a 3D model of a physical object of interest that is being shown in a scene of a currently presenting media content event. A plurality of video image frames are selected from the scene. Then, 3D model data of the physical object of interest is generated based on at least the selected video image frames of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nick Newell, Swapnil Tilaye
  • Patent number: 10708458
    Abstract: An image forming system includes a first image forming apparatus, a second image forming apparatus, a determining unit, and a display unit. The first image forming apparatus includes a first image forming unit that forms an image with a first developer of a process color. The second image forming apparatus includes a second image forming unit that includes a second developer and that forms an image with the second developer. The second developer has characteristics different from characteristics of the first developer on a medium. The determining unit determines, on the basis of image formation conditions designated by a user, a printing order in which an image formed with the first developer and an image formed with a second developer are printed on one medium, and determines a sequence in which the image forming apparatuses perform image formation on the basis of the determined printing order. The display unit displays the sequence determined by the determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukiko Miyakoshi, Yutaka Kiuchi, Tomoshi Hara
  • Patent number: 10672150
    Abstract: A method of visualizing a building material is disclosed and includes visualizing of a building material on a color calibrated photograph of a building and providing a rendered image of the building material on the color calibrated photograph of the building. The rendered image has a color accuracy, ?E, as measured according to a Color Test, of less than 10. Further, the rendered image has a shadow accuracy as measured according to a Shadowing Test, of at least 75%. The Shadowing Test compares a shadow fidelity of the rendered image to the color calibrated photograph at least partially based on luminance angle and intensity and one or more rendered shadows are measured for accuracy of size and luminance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rachel Z. Pytel, Gregory F. Jacobs, Robert L. Jenkins, Alex C. Nash, Anthony Jouanin, Brice Dubost, Simon Mazoyer, Minas R. Apelian, Conor P. McDonald
  • Patent number: 10627765
    Abstract: In an information processing device, a controller acquires a plurality of sets of first and second information corresponding to respective ones of a plurality of first cartridges and a plurality of second cartridges replaced with respective ones of the plurality of first cartridges. The controller sets an order level for a target first cartridge using target second information of a target second cartridge, and sets at least one replacement target cartridge including the target first cartridge using the plurality of sets of first information. The at least one replacement target cartridge includes M-number first cartridges if the order level is a first level selected when the target second information represents a final residual quantity of printing agent greater than a reference. The at least one replacement target cartridge includes N-number first cartridges if the order level is a second level. N is greater than or equal to M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masafumi Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10623588
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image former that performs image forming processing to a plurality of sheets included in each of a plurality of sheet groups; and a hardware processor that detects occurrence of a jam, wherein the image former completes the image forming processing to each of the plurality of sheets included in a sheet group not including a jammed sheet that has generated the jam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasufumi Naitou, Masatoshi Hitaka, Hideki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10607101
    Abstract: Images in bitonal formats often include watermarks, stamps, or other patterns and artifacts. These patterned artifacts may be represented as a series of geometric points, dots, and/or dashes in the general shape of the original pattern. These patterned artifacts make other processes such as optical character recognition (OCR) difficult or impossible when items or pixels of interest are also found within the pattern of such artifact(s). Current patterned artifact removal solutions use methods of erosion to minimize the unwanted patterned artifact. However, such methods also erode the pixels/items of interest which, in turn, cause failures in other processes, such as OCR, that are desired to be carried out on or with the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Revenue Management Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Jay Wagner
  • Patent number: 10586370
    Abstract: The disclosed computer system may include an input module, an autoencoder, and a rendering module. The input module may receive geometry information and images of a subject. The geometry information may be indicative of variation in geometry of the subject over time. Each image may be associated with a respective viewpoint and may include a view-dependent texture map of the subject. The autoencoder may jointly encode texture information and the geometry information to provide a latent vector. The autoencoder may infer, using the latent vector, an inferred geometry and an inferred view-dependent texture of the subject for a predicted viewpoint. The rendering module may be configured to render a reconstructed image of the subject for the predicted viewpoint using the inferred geometry and the inferred view-dependent texture. Various other systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Anthony Lombardi, Jason Saragih, Yaser Sheikh, Takaaki Shiratori, Shoou-I Yu, Tomas Simon Kreuz, Chenglei Wu
  • Patent number: 10471730
    Abstract: A printing method for printing a digital image on a substantially flat substrate includes providing the digital image including a raster of a plurality of pixels; providing a height channel to the digital image defining a height for each pixel; discriminating in the digital image for each pixel a relief part, a white part and a skin part; providing an inking mask including a binary image of areas of the substrate to be finished and areas of the substrate not to be finished; image processing of the digital image by applying the inking mask to the image, wherein the height of a pixel within an area of the substrate to be finished is reduced by substantially reducing a height of the relief part of said pixel; and printing the processed image obtained in the image processing step on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Clemens T. Weijkamp, Antonius M. Gerrits
  • Patent number: 10452013
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a determining unit configured to determine a parameter for image processing for a special toner plate depending on a type of a special toner other than a process color toner; and an image processing unit configured to process an image of the special toner plate using the determined parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Taira Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10425645
    Abstract: The invention relates to the encoding of pixel blocks. To apply some encoding tools, an input 4:2:0 block is upsampled into a 4:4:4 block. Each color component of the 4:4:4 block has thus the same importance when evaluating a distortion measure. To vary the influence of the color components depending on their impact on the decoding, the invention provides assigning weights to the color components of pixels of the 4:4:4 block depending on whether the corresponding color components exist in the 4:2:0 block, due to the subsampling. In such a case, any measure is evaluated using the weighted color components. This approach may apply to the palette coding mode, for instance when updating the color component values of a palette entry upon building, or selecting the closest palette entry to a pixel currently considered, or also determining whether a palette entry predictor may be used instead of a palette entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Christophe Gisquet, Guillaume Laroche, Patrice Onno
  • Patent number: 10373343
    Abstract: A system for rendering a building material comprising a database including an adjustable parameter relating to a characteristic of a contemplated building material, wherein the system is adapted to provide a rendered image of the contemplated building material, wherein the system is adapted to be used in conjunction with manufacturing of the building material, and wherein the rendered image has a ?E, as measured according to a Color Test with respect to the building material, of less than 10, less than 8, less than 6, less than 5, less than 4, less than 3, less than 2, or even less than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rachel Z. Pytel, Gregory F. Jacobs, Robert L. Jenkins, Alex C. Nash, Anthony Jouanin, Brice Dubost, Simon Mazoyer, Minas R. Apelian
  • Patent number: 10343419
    Abstract: A control apparatus supplies a pattern to a forming apparatus for forming a gloss layer to provide gloss to a surface of a roughness shape. The control apparatus includes a derivation unit configured to derive the pattern based on height information representing the height of the roughness shape and gloss information representing the gloss level of the gloss, wherein the derivation unit determines an area ratio at which ink dots are ejected per unit area by the forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideki Kubo
  • Patent number: 10331065
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device used for image processing in an image forming device that executes linear image forming in a first direction repeatedly in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and executes two-dimensional image forming on a recording medium, the image processing device including: a processor configured to: acquire a phase of a member that contributes to image forming by rotating or circulating in the second direction and calculate, for each of different phases, an input/output gradation characteristic indicating a correspondence relationship in density in the same pixels in pre-output image data and post-output image data acquired by scanning of an image formed on the recording medium; calculates correction data to solve a difference between the input/output gradation characteristic in each of the phases and a reference input/output gradation characteristic; and correct the pre-output image data with the correction data of each of the phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Makoto Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10303991
    Abstract: In one example, a method for an inkjet printer that includes: converting original image data to rasterized data for printing with an inkjet printer; performing a first halftoning operation to modify the rasterized data for a visible independent effect, generating modified rasterized data; and performing a second halftoning operation on the modified rasterized data to generate halftone data for printing the image with the visible independent effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Frank Perdicaro
  • Patent number: 10290283
    Abstract: A content item to be displayed via a display of an electronic device may be associated with a first set of grey values or a set of color values. The electronic device may generate, maintain, or at least have access to one or more mappings that map the set of color values and/or the first set of grey values to a second set of grey values. Based on the one or more mappings, the electronic device may convert a color value of the set of color values or a first grey value of the first set of grey values to a second grey value of the second set of grey values. The content item may then be displayed utilizing the second grey value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Gupta, Jerry Yee-Ming Chung, Haili Wang, Herve Jacques Clement Letourneur, Kathryn Chinn, Nadim Awad
  • Patent number: 10275931
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to previews of objects are described. In one example, control data for generating a three-dimensional object specifying, for voxels of the object, at least one print material to be deposited in that voxel during object generation is obtained. A viewing frustum may be determined, and visible voxels within the viewing frustum identified. A number of preview display pixels to display the preview may be determined and the set of voxels to be represented by each preview display pixel identified. At least one voxel appearance parameter of a voxel may be determined from the control data. For each preview display pixel, at least one pixel appearance parameter may be determined by combining voxel appearance parameters for the set of voxels to be represented by that preview display pixel. Preview display pixels may be controlled to display a preview of the object according to the at least one pixel appearance parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jan Morovic, Peter Morovic
  • Patent number: 10237449
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a light source, a detector, and an image processing unit that processes an image so as to determine a color and density of each pixel based on image signals detected by the detector. The image processing unit includes a determination unit that compares a target pixel and adjacent front and rear pixels and that determines a degree of matching of the target pixel to a condition for the target pixel to be a color shift pixel between the adjacent front and rear achromatic color pixels based on a pattern of the color and density. The image processing unit further includes a correction unit that variably sets a color shift correction amount based on the degree of matching, and that corrects the image signal by the color shift correction amount such that the target pixel which is the color shift pixel becomes an achromatic color pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kosuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10223770
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a setting unit configured to set a virtual light source for a captured image; a brightness correction unit configured to correct brightness of a partial region of an object using the virtual light source set by the setting unit; an attribute detection unit configured to detect an attribute of the partial region; a glossy component generation unit configured to generate a glossy component that is to be applied to the partial region, according to the attribute of the partial region detected by the attribute detection unit; and a glossy appearance correction unit configured to correct a glossy appearance of the partial region using the glossy component generated by the glossy component generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kaori Tajima
  • Patent number: 10217242
    Abstract: A system for visualization of a building material on a building, the system adapted to provide a rendered image having a ?E, as measured according to a Color Test, of less than 10, less than 8, less than 6, less than 5, less than 4, less than 3, less than 2, or even less than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rachel Z. Pytel, Gregory F. Jacobs, Robert L Jenkins, Alex C. Nash, Anthony Jouanin, Brice Dubost, Simon Mazoyer, Minas R. Apelian, Conor P. McDonald
  • Patent number: 10194055
    Abstract: An area separation unit 22 determines a character in an input image on the basis of image data of the input image. The filter processing unit 23 performs a filter process for a character edge area of a character in an input image, and the color conversion unit 24 performs a color conversion process for a pixel in the character edge area in accordance with a color conversion characteristic that (a) is different from a color conversion characteristic for a pixel other than a pixel in the character edge area and (b) compensates a color error due to the filter process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitsuko Miyata
  • Patent number: 10154165
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to multiple payload pantograph. Some examples may include a first pattern generation engine to generate a first pattern. The first pattern may be a data-bearing pattern encoding a first payload. Additionally, some examples may include a second pattern generation engine to generate a second pattern, the second pattern (by itself or in combination with the first pattern) may represent a second payload. The second payload may be camouflaged by a combination of the first pattern and the second pattern. Some examples may also include a pantograph generation engine to generate a multiple payload pantograph including the first pattern and the second pattern. The multiple payload pantograph may include the first pattern in one of the pantograph background or the pantograph foreground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason S Aronoff, Steven J Simske, Matthew D Gaubatz, Robert Ulichney
  • Patent number: 10115042
    Abstract: When ink is discharged more than once to one pixel area, the ink is discharged without focusing on specific scans among a plurality of scans if the attribute in an image is a first attribute, and the ink is discharged intensively in specific scans among the plurality of scans if the attribute in the image is a second attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji Komamiya, Yasunori Fujimoto, Satoshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10083353
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed to identify a form document in an image using a digital fingerprint of the form document. To do so, the image is evaluated to detect features of the image and generate a boundary around each feature. For each boundary, dimensions of the boundary may be stored in a color channel of a pixel in a second image. Thus, the color of the pixel represents the size of the boundary. The second image is the digital fingerprint of the form. To identify the form corresponding to the digital fingerprint, the digital fingerprint may be compared to digital fingerprints of known forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Becker, Greg Knoblauch, Pavlo Malynin, Anju Eappen
  • Patent number: 10085321
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing computing, and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing transient state computing with optics. In various embodiments, a chromatic transient state computing system might receive one or more input values and might assign a “chromabit value” to each of the one or more input values. The chromatic transient state computing system might include a plurality of sets of colored light emitting diodes (“LEDs”) and a corresponding set of photoreceptors. Each distinguishable color as detected by one of the photoreceptors might correspond to a combination of colors emitted by a set of colored LEDs, each distinguishable color representing a chromabit value. The chromatic transient state computing system might perform a computing operation using the assigned chromabit values each corresponding to each of the one or more input values, and might output one or more output values resulting from the computing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Ronald A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10070008
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus of the present invention performs halftone processing with respect to first image data to generate second image data. In such a case, based on a threshold and values of a plurality of pixels in a reference area that includes a target pixel of first image data, whether or not the target pixel is included in an edge portion is determined, and a pixel value of second image data corresponding to the target pixel determined to be included in the edge portion is corrected by using correction data generated from the value of the target pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenichirou Haruta
  • Patent number: 10016973
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a first nozzle which ejects first ink containing a black coloring material, a second nozzle which ejects second ink with a low content rate of the coloring material compared to the first ink, and a control unit which controls ejecting of the ink from the first and second nozzles, in which, in a case of printing a darkest point, the control unit causes the second ink to be ejected after causing the first ink to be ejected, and causes the second ink to be ejected from the second nozzle so that a use rate of the second ink becomes 1% or more and 15% or less, when causing the second ink to be ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hirohisa Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9967433
    Abstract: In printing, it is possible to more easily reduce a change in color that is caused by the surface form of an image to be formed. A color correction unit configured to correct color data representing a color by using a correction value in accordance with gloss data representing gloss, a color conversion unit configured to convert the corrected color data into color material amount data, a first generation unit configured to generate, based on the color material amount data, data that is used to form a color development layer among the print data and which makes the color development layer flat and smooth, and a second generation unit configured to generate, based on the gloss data, data that is used to form a glossy layer among the print data are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Shibasaki
  • Patent number: 9936182
    Abstract: An image generation apparatus includes an image-data generation unit, an image-data output unit, and a retaining unit. The image-data generation unit generates image data of an evaluation image having a first reference color, a second reference color, a first evaluation color, and a second evaluation color, the first and second reference colors being paired in a predetermined color space, the first and second evaluation colors being different colors between the first and second reference colors in the predetermined color space. The image-data output unit outputs the image data to a display device. The retaining unit retains image data of the first and second evaluation colors obtained when an image having the first evaluation color looks the same as an image having the second evaluation color in terms of brightness or tint in a case where the evaluation image is displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chizuru Ohsawa, Toshihiro Iwafuchi, Noriko Sakai
  • Patent number: 9916786
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for driving a display, including: step 1, obtaining a tone of each sub-pixels in an input image; step 2, determining whether a color of each sub-pixel to be calculated in the input image is capable of being distinguished from a reference color by a two-color blind viewer; and step 3, calculating the tone of each sub-pixel in an output image based on a result of the determination in step 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ruisi Chen
  • Patent number: 9904983
    Abstract: One or more embodiments provide a neurosynaptic circuit that includes multiple neurosynaptic core circuits that: perform image sharpening by converting a source image to a sharpened destination image by: taking as input a sequence of image frames of a video with one or more channels per frame, and representing the intensity of each pixel of each channel of each frame as neural spikes; processing the source image to obtain the sharpened destination image for a particular frame and channel that enhances certain high frequency components of the source image; and processing neural spike representations of the destination image for outputting a spike representation of the sharpened destination image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Andreopoulos, Daniel F. Gruhl, Michael Karasick, Dharmendra S. Modha
  • Patent number: 9836854
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an image containing a number of colors is received. The image is divided into a number of sections, and an importance value is determined for each section. For each section of the image, a frequency of each color is determined. For each color in the image, a weighted score is calculated based on the frequency of that color in a particular section, and the importance value in the particular section. The weighted scores are used to adjust an error metric used to determine an approximation function for a color profile to transform the image from a first color space to a second color space, where the error metric measures the difference between the approximation function and an ideal function curve for the transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Apostolos Lerios, Ryan David Mack
  • Patent number: 9818321
    Abstract: The present invention is a calibration apparatus comprising a calibration unit configured to perform calibration for an image display apparatus; an acquiring unit configured to acquire a color deviation direction that represents a direction of deviation in a color space between a color measurement value and a theoretical value, for each of color patches of a plurality of colors after executing the calibration; and a control unit configured to determine degrees of similarity of the color deviation directions in relation to the color patches of at least some of the plurality of colors included in the plurality of colors and control whether or not the calibration unit is allowed to perform the calibration for the image display apparatus again, on the basis of a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoya Asanuma
  • Patent number: 9811584
    Abstract: An information retrieval method for retrieving documents relevant to a user's search inquiry from documents stored in the storage device using an arithmetic operation. The method includes receiving from a user a search query including a plurality of keywords, calculating relevance to a plurality of documents on the basis of the plurality of keywords and the influence set for each keyword, and displaying on the display device documents in the order of relevance. The method also includes displaying on the display device the influence set for each keyword, receiving changes to the displayed influence by the user, and recalculating the relevance on the basis of a change to the influence and displaying on the display device documents in the order of relevance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noritaka Adachi, Hiroshi Kurokawa, Kensuke Matsuoka, Yosuke Murakami
  • Patent number: 9792263
    Abstract: A method for managing a hardcopy document (HD). The method includes: obtaining an image of the HD; identifying, within the image, a plurality of linking labels and a plurality of regions corresponding to the plurality of linking labels; extracting a plurality of strings from the plurality of regions; generating a combined string by combining the plurality of strings based on the plurality of linking labels; and generating an editable electronic version of the HD specifying the combined string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: William John Briggs, Mabry Frazier Dozier, III
  • Patent number: 9789719
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus of the present embodiment generates image data representing an image which reproduces anisotropy. The image processing apparatus of the present embodiment has a receiving unit configured to receive an input of image data having anisotropy information and a generating unit configured to generate a signal corresponding to a printing material based on the anisotropy information. The generating unit generates an ejection signal so that a first area and a second area have different smoothnesses, the first area being formed by the printing material adjacently ejected in a first direction, the second area being formed by the printing material adjacently ejected in a second direction, the second direction being different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuya Shimada
  • Patent number: 9785385
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes receiving print job data at a printing system, tracking resource objects in print job data while the print job data is rasterized to generate rasterized print data and updating a count of resource objects for print job data confirmed as printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Robert Frederic Jessen
  • Patent number: 9785106
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a rotatable image carrier; an image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image carrier based on information defining at least one of a toner region and a non-toner region; a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image as a toner image; a cleaning unit configured to remove toner remaining on the image carrier, after transfer of the toner image; an application unit configured to apply lubricant on the image carrier; and a hardware processor configured to control an amount of the lubricant applied, calculate a ratio of a toner region for each of regions obtained by dividing a surface of the image carrier in a direction perpendicular to a rotation direction of the image carrier, and control the amount of the lubricant applied according to a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of the ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takeshi Maeyama
  • Patent number: 9760815
    Abstract: With this invention, color shifting correction is performed first based on shifting amount information indicating a shifting amount with respect to the scanning direction on an image carrier of each image forming unit, and halftone processing is then performed, thus suppressing generation of moiré due to the color shifting correction, and forming a high-quality image. To this end, an image forming engine has color shifting amount storage units C, M, Y, and K (black) which store actual shifting amounts with respect to ideal scan directions on image carriers C, M, Y, and K in image forming units C, M, Y, and K. Color shifting correction amount arithmetic units C, M, Y, and K calculate color shifting correction amounts for respective color components on the basis of the stored color shifting amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Takada, Hiroki Kitamura, Yoshiyuki Akiba, Shuichi Nakamura, Yusuke Yamamoto, Masanao Motoyama, Takeshi Akiyama, Kenzo Tojima, Takaaki Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 9734585
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus counts at least one of the number of pixels having an identical color to a target pixel, the number of pixels having a similar color to the target pixel, and the number of pixels having a different color from the target pixel in a target window, and determines an attribute of the target pixel based on a result of the counting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Kakuta
  • Patent number: 9710202
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a search unit that, in a case where job data in which a sheet type in sheet feeding setting information is specified is received, searches for a sheet cassette of which a sheet type in sheet setting information of the sheet cassette is unregistered, and an execution unit that, in a case where, as a result of the search, there is a sheet cassette of which a sheet type in the sheet setting information is unregistered, executes processing of sheet type detection for detecting a type of a sheet set in the sheet cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tateki Narita
  • Patent number: 9691353
    Abstract: A display device and method of adjusting luminance of a logo region of an image displayed on the same are disclosed. In one aspect, the display device includes a display panel configured to display an image including a logo region and a display driving integrated circuit configured to detect a logo estimate region of the image and determine a logo surrounding region that surrounds the logo estimate region. The integrated circuit is further configured to analyze a histogram of the logo surrounding region so as to determine a background maximum luminance, determine a high-gray-scale maximum luminance of the logo estimate region based on the background maximum luminance and adjust a gamma curve of the logo estimate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mi-Young Joo, Seung-Ho Park, Kang-Hee Lee, Myung-Hee Han