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: 11361203
    Abstract: In some examples, the disclosure describes a computing device that includes instructions to: position an image with a first aspect ratio within a boundary with a second aspect ratio, select a window that includes a portion of the image and a portion of the boundary, predict transitional pixels into the portion of the boundary based on proximate pixels of the image within the selected window, and generate the transitional pixels into the portion of the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Lorena Topete Uribe, Jordan Le, Joshua I. Urlaub
  • Patent number: 11350007
    Abstract: An image processing method includes correcting a show-through of a document image, and setting a document type, wherein a correction amount for the document image is changed based on the set document type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11328427
    Abstract: Provided is a border detection method, server, and storage medium. The method including detecting a plurality of first straight line segments in a to-be-detected image, the to-be-detected image comprising a target region of a to-be-determined border; generating a plurality of first candidate borders of the target region according to the plurality of first straight line segments; obtaining a plurality of second candidate borders of the target region from the plurality of first candidate borders; extracting border features of the plurality of second candidate borders; and obtaining an actual border of the target region from the plurality of second candidate borders according to the border features of the plurality of second candidate borders and a border detection model, the border detection model being used to determine a detected value of each candidate border, and the detected value representing a similarity between each candidate border and the actual border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LTD
    Inventors: Xing Sun, Rui Wang, Xiaowei Guo
  • Patent number: 11327458
    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: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas Newell, Swapnil Tilaye
  • Patent number: 11218607
    Abstract: A method and system for rendering a correlation mark, can involve determining a combined path of a foreground comprising a first layer based on a first correlation pattern and a background comprising a second layer based on a second correlation pattern. The size of the second layer of the second layer can be calculated based on a trade off between how well the second layer hides a correlation effect and a readability of the second layer. The combined path can be filled with variable data at the size of the second layer at a selected color or a third correlation pattern to produce a two-layer correlation mark having a variable data hiding layer for rendering on or through a recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Edward N. Chapman
  • Patent number: 11157142
    Abstract: A document processing apparatus includes a display controller and a button update unit. The display controller performs, in a document processing application that is capable of adding multiple types of objects to an electronic document to be processed, control such that a display screen is displayed, the display screen including multiple recent instruction input buttons that are allocated multiple object adding instructions for adding an object to the electronic document, the multiple object adding instructions having been recently received from a user; and a button update unit that performs button update processing for updating an object adding instruction allocated to one of the multiple recent instruction input buttons to a newly received object adding instruction. In a case where it is determined that object adding instructions for adding a same type of objects to the electronic document to be processed are received consecutively, the button update unit does not perform the button update processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFLIM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Koji Bito, Taro Yoshihama, Yohei Uchiumi, Naoto Kashiwagi, Kosuke Kikushima
  • Patent number: 11151752
    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: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED LLC
    Inventors: Rachel Z. Pytel, Gregory F. Jacobs, Robert L. Jenkins, Alex C. Nash, Anthony Jouanin, Brice Dubost, Simon Mazoyer, Minas R. Apelian
  • Patent number: 11151755
    Abstract: Methods and systems disclosed herein relate generally to systems and methods for modifying pixel values of an image to improve the visibility of target pixel patterns. A pixel-simulation application accesses an initial image including an initial set of pixel values. The initial set of pixel values define, in an initial color space, a particular color of pixels that indicate a target pixel pattern. The pixel-simulation application generates, based on the initial set of pixel values, a simulated image including a modified set of pixel values that visually indicate another color of pixels in an intermediate color space. The pixel-simulation application generates a pixel map by identifying a difference between the initial set pixel values of the initial image and the modified set of pixel values of simulated image. The pixel-simulation application generates, for display, an output image based at least in part on the pixel map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Michele Saad, Lauren Dest
  • Patent number: 11134176
    Abstract: Certain examples described herein relate to smoothing a lookup table for an imaging system. The lookup table comprises entries to map elements in a first color space to corresponding elements in a second color space. In certain cases, the entries of the lookup table are classified into a plurality of classes, each of the plurality of classes being based on a color space characteristic in the first color space or the second color space. Each of the plurality of classes of entries is sequentially smoothed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jan Morovic, Peter Morovic
  • Patent number: 11128763
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus connected to an external user terminal includes a scanner unit that optically reads an original to acquire a scanned image, an information acquisition unit that acquires user information, an image storing unit that stores the scanned image in association with the user information, a type acquisition unit that acquires an image conversion type, which indicates a desired converted image type, from the external user terminal, and an image conversion unit that, in response to acquiring the image conversion type, reads out a scanned image from the image storing unit based on the user information and converts the read-out scanned image into an image of the acquired image conversion type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Ono
  • Patent number: 11115644
    Abstract: A display system for displaying video content, the display unit including a display controller operable to control the display of at least a region of the video content and a visual acuity identification unit operable to identify at least regions of high visual acuity and low visual acuity of a viewer at display positions corresponding to particular regions of the video content, where the display controller is operable to control the display of video content such that regions of high visual acuity are displayed differently to regions of low visual acuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony William Godar
  • 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