Photographic Patents (Class 358/302)
  • Patent number: 10372060
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a halftone processing unit configured to perform halftone processing on image data by a dither matrix that includes a plurality of submatrices and decide an exposure region of an image. In at least one of a first dither matrix corresponding to a first section, and a second dither matrix corresponding to a second section adjacent to the first dither matrix in the main scanning direction and corresponding to a second section different from the first section in tone value, at least a size of an exposure region of an image formed by using a first submatrix corresponding to a predetermined tone value in the dither matrix and a size of an exposure region of an image formed by using a second submatrix corresponding to the predetermined tone value are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Iida, Yusuke Shimizu, Jun Hara
  • Patent number: 10225415
    Abstract: An image processing system causes a first information processing apparatus (i) to acquire a plurality of images, (ii) to lay out images out of the acquired plurality of images, respectively, in slots of templates out of a plurality of stored templates so as to generate a plurality of layout images, (iii) to generate layout information in which pieces of identification information respectively assigned to the templates used in the generated layout images are included, wherein the layout information does not include any templates themselves, (iv) to generate a data set in which the images used in generating the layout images are included, wherein the data set does not include any template themselves, and (v) to send the generated layout information and the generated data set, wherein no templates themselves are sent with the generated layout information and the generated data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Abe
  • Patent number: 10178252
    Abstract: Provided is a method and a system for reminding a remaining time for shooting in a shooting process. The method includes: acquiring, by a terminal, a remaining memory space and/or a remaining battery power of the terminal in a shooting process; determining, by the terminal, a first remaining time for shooting according to the acquired remaining battery power; and/or determining, by the terminal, a second remaining time for shooting of the terminal according to the acquired remaining memory space; and displaying, by the terminal, the first remaining time for shooting and/or the second remaining time for shooting, or displaying, by the terminal, the smaller one between the first remaining time for shooting and the second remaining time for shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nubia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingshuang Zou, Yuxing Wei, Xiaohui Cui, Lei Miao, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 10097734
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device, a gradation adjustment mark adder and a hardware processor. The hardware processor monitors and adjusts a gradation characteristic based on a result of scanning a gradation adjustment mark. The hardware processor makes a determination as to whether to form the gradation adjustment mark overlapping an image area of an image based on image data. If it is determined to form the gradation adjustment mark overlapping the image area, the hardware processor controls the gradation adjustment mark adder to add gradation adjustment mark information to the image data in the image area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kazuomi Sakatani
  • Patent number: 10051263
    Abstract: The multi-aperture camera system includes a first aperture receiving an RGB optical signal, a second aperture distinguished from the first aperture and receiving an optical signal of which a wavelength is different from that of the RGB optical signal, an image sensor, a plurality of frame buffers, wherein the first and second images are respectively stored in the frame buffers, and a scan line-based processor unit (SPU) processing the first and second images using a scan line processing technique to determine a depth at at least one pixel of the first and second images. The first aperture and the second aperture are formed on a single optical system so as to be offset in a horizontal direction of the image sensor and thus have center positions deviated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: CENTER FOR INTEGRATED SMART SENSORS FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Chong Min Kyung
  • Patent number: 10045007
    Abstract: A 3D scene presenting method and apparatus are provided. The 3D scene presenting method for application in a 3D scene presenting apparatus includes: loading 3D scene information, where multiple pieces of 3D image information are stored in the 3D scene information, and each piece of 3D image information carries corresponding shooting position information; determining observation position information of a current observer in real time when the observer is detected in a viewable angle range of the 3D scene presenting apparatus, where the observation position information is position information of the current observer relative to the 3D scene presenting apparatus; determining a piece of 3D image information to be presented based on the observation position information and the 3D scene information; and presenting 3D content corresponding to the piece of 3D image information to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLGOY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao Wang
  • Patent number: 10025221
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a correction unit configured to correct a tone of each pixel in first image data in accordance with an image height on a photosensitive member, and output second image data; a halftone processing unit configured to determine exposed regions of pixels in an image by applying halftone processing to the second image data; and a scanning unit configured to form a latent image by scanning the photosensitive member with light that changes in scanning speed in accordance with an image height based on the exposed regions of the pixels. The scanning unit is further configured to perform partial exposure with respect to the pixels based on the exposed regions of the pixels, the partial exposure exposing partial regions of the pixels to light unlike entire exposure that exposes entire regions of the pixels to light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Iida, Yusuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9996914
    Abstract: Techniques for generating an arbitrary view from a plurality of other existing views are disclosed. In some embodiments, arbitrary view generation includes retrieving a first image having a first perspective and a second image having a second perspective, transforming each of the first image and the second image into a third perspective; and generating a third image having the third perspective by combining at least some of the pixels from the transformed first image and at least some of the pixels from the transformed second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Outward, Inc.
    Inventors: Clarence Chui, Manu Parmar
  • Patent number: 9979840
    Abstract: An image processing system includes first and second information processing apparatus that include a plurality of templates and identification information assigned to each template. The information processing apparatus include at least one processor and memory storing code that, when executed, causes the information processing apparatus to generate a plurality of layout images by laying out an image in a slot of each template using the templates, to generate layout information in which the pieces of identification information respectively assigned to the plurality of templates are described in an arrangement order of the templates in the plurality of layout images, to generate a data set in which layout data to be laid out in at least one slot included in each of the plurality of templates arranged in the arrangement order are stored using file names with consecutive numbers, and to send the layout information generated and the generated data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Abe
  • Patent number: 9927735
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a photosensitive member; an exposure unit configured to divide one pixel into a plurality of pixel pieces and perform exposure on a pixel piece-by-pixel piece basis, to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member; a determination unit configured to determine, based on image data, an isolated pixel surrounded by blank pixels in the electrostatic latent image; a selection unit configured to select a correction target pixel from the blank pixels surrounding the isolated pixel; and a correction unit configured to correct the image data so as to expose a pixel piece of the correction target pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Go Araki, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Takaomi Uezono, Hidenori Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 9813566
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including an evaluation value calculation unit configured to calculate an evaluation value of each of candidate images which are candidates for an image to be selected based on information regarding an image corresponding to each of the candidate images, a page allocation unit configured to determine the number of pages based on a parameter regarding a layout and determine the number of images disposed in each page based on the parameter regarding the layout and the calculated evaluation value, an image selection unit configured to select the image among the candidate images based on the parameter regarding the layout and the calculated evaluation value, and a layout generation unit configured to generate the layout in which the selected image is disposed for each page based on the parameter regarding the layout and the evaluation value corresponding to the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Murata, Koji Sato, Naoki Shibuya, Yuki Okamura
  • Patent number: 9804480
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus stand includes a first member having an L shape, a second member similarly having an L shape, an adjustment section which raises and lowers the first member, and a third member rotatably coupled to a portion of the second member provided extending at right angle to the second member. The first member includes a stage provided extending at right angle thereto. On the stage, a tablet terminal is placed such that its camera section is directed downward. The adjustment section raises and lowers the first member, i.e., the stage by an operation knob being operated. The third member functions as a leg portion for making the imaging apparatus stand self-supporting. On the lower surface of the stage of the first member, a lighting device using an LED as a light emitting element is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiji Tachibana, Toshiaki Kanamura, Hirokazu Hasegawa, Marie Hashimoto, Akihiro Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9806621
    Abstract: Each phase of a multi-phase voltage converter includes a power stage, passive circuit, synchronous rectification (SR) switch, and control circuit. Each passive circuit couples its power stage to an output node of the voltage converter, and is switchably coupled to ground by the SR switch. The current through the SR switch has a half-cycle sinusoidal shape with a resonant frequency determined by the reactance of the passive circuit. The control circuit generates signals to control switches within the power stage and the SR switches. The control circuit measures current through the SR switch of each phase, and adjusts the duty cycles of the control signals for the phases so that the SR switches are switched off when zero or almost zero current is flowing through them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Amir Babazadeh
  • Patent number: 9772578
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus comprising: a scanning unit configured to scan, in accordance with image signals, a photosensitive member with laser light in a main scanning direction at a scanning speed that is not constant; an image signal generation unit configured to generate image signals that are changed such that the faster the scanning speed is, the narrower an image signal width becomes; a clock signal generation unit configured to generate sampling clock signals for sampling the image signals whose image signal width is changed such that the faster the scanning speed is, the shorter a sampling interval becomes; and a count unit configured to count image signals whose image signal width is changed based on the sampling clock signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Nakajima, Go Araki, Hidenori Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 9715189
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including: a first processing unit configured to subject input image data to tone correction with use of a tone correction table; a second processing unit configured to subject the image data to dither processing; a correction unit configured to correct the image data with use of a correction amount based on positional deviation of scanning lines caused by a mirror face tangle error; a deflection unit configured to deflect light beams emitted from the light source with a mirror face to form the scanning lines; an extraction unit configured to extract a feature amount of the tone correction table; and an adjustment unit configured to adjust a change in tone characteristics in a case where the feature amount extracted by the extraction unit exceeds a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Izuru Horiuchi, Yasutomo Furuta
  • Patent number: 9665031
    Abstract: A scanning unit performs scanning over a photosensitive member with a laser beam irradiated from a light source. A width correction unit corrects exposure time. A luminance correction unit corrects luminance of the laser beam for forming latent images. A density correction unit corrects a density value of each of the pixels of the image data according to a scanning position of the laser beam on the surface of the photosensitive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Nagasaki, Go Araki, Hidenori Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 9658562
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a scanning unit configured to form a latent image on a photosensitive member, wherein a scanning speed changes within a scan line; a control unit configured to perform correction control of a luminance and a light-emitting time of a light source; a holding unit configured to hold profile information indicating a change of the light spot due to an environment or due to a position of the pixel. The holding unit is further configured to hold scanning information indicating the light-emitting time of the light source or the luminance of the light source with respect to a pixel, for correcting a change in the scanning time of the pixel, and the control unit is further configured to perform the correction control based on the scanning information and the profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shuhei Watanabe, Hidenori Kanazawa, Takashi Kawana, Junya Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Fukuhara
  • Patent number: 9596415
    Abstract: A control apparatus, an imaging system, a control method, and a program in which, when performing automatic image-recording, subjects which seem to be present around an imaging apparatus can be recorded as evenly as possible. An automatic recording operation for recording, upon detection of a subject from an image obtained by imaging, data representing an image containing the subject is performed. On that basis, if it is determined, on the basis of image-recording history information, that the transition to a subject configuration different from that used in the last image-recording is to be performed, a movable mechanism unit is moved to change an imaging field-of-view range, thereby obtaining a different subject configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shingo Yoshizumi
  • Patent number: 9521225
    Abstract: A small fold-down optical frame holds a smart phone that is provided with reading software that enables those with vision impairment to be able to hear the written word as audible speech. The frame has a tray and a base and legs connecting them. The tray holds the smart phone and positions it so that its camera is placed directly over a coded symbol containing the content of the printed page. One corner of the base is shaped such that a vision-impaired person can place the frame, by feel or touch, at the proper location for the smart phone to pick up the coded symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: John R. Hattersley
  • Patent number: 9485409
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprising: an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion on light that enters via an imaging optical system and output an image signal; a focus detection unit configured to detect an in-focus position based on the image signal output from the image sensor; an edge detection unit configured to detect an edge angle and a number of edge of a subject included in an image based on the image signal output from the image sensor; and a correction unit configured to obtain a correction amount for the in-focus position based on the detected edge angle and the number of edge and correct the in-focus position detected by the focus detection unit based on the obtained correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yumi Takao
  • Patent number: 9152762
    Abstract: A system including a database storing a plurality of patient data corresponding to a plurality of patients, where the patient data corresponds to a particular patient and includes at least one image of the particular patient; and a component configured to receive patient identification information previously assigned to one of the particular patients, extract the patient data corresponding to the particular patient identification information received, and display the patient data on a display including at least one image of the particular patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Robert T Boyer, Richard M. Batch
  • Publication number: 20140293360
    Abstract: A power supply system includes: capacitors connected to an alternating current power supply; a rectification circuit connected to the capacitors and rectifying an alternating current voltage applied to the capacitors; a signal generation circuit connected to an output line of the rectification circuit and configured to generate a detection signal corresponding to a zero cross point of an alternating current output; an electricity storage unit connected to the output line of the rectification circuit; a backflow regulation element provided on the output line of the rectification circuit and configured to regulate backflow of current; a current limit element configured to limit current flowing from the output line of the rectification circuit towards the electricity storage unit, and a control unit that is connected to the output line of the rectification circuit, and is configured to detect a zero cross point of the alternating current output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Katsumi INUKAI
  • Publication number: 20140247470
    Abstract: A process and system to transform a digital photograph of a text document into a scan-quality image is disclosed. By extracting the document text from the image, and analyzing visual clues from the text, a grid is constructed over the image representing the distortions in the image. Transforming the image to straighten this grid removes distortions introduced by the camera image-capture process. Variations in lighting, the extraction of text line information, and the modeling of curved lines in the image may be corrected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Compulink Managment Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin G. Hunt, Maria A. Pavlovskaia, Logan M.K. Gordon, William W. Tipton, Trang T. Pham, Darryl H. Yong, Weiqing Gu, James O. Egan, Liangnan Wu, Kin-Chung Wong
  • Patent number: 8773690
    Abstract: The invention allows an online print engine to enhance a printing quality and a user experience of an online printing system. The invention may be used for photo books, photo cards, photo calendars, and in other online print situations. One embodiment is a print engine residing on and executable from a digital medium, the print engine integrated with a graphical user interface (GUI) for creating and editing photo-based projects over a data network, the print engine including a communications link to a print server and a printer connected to the data network, a print queue for queuing printing tasks, and an effects filter size-reduction module. The print engine automatically senses via the effects filter size-reduction module if the area of a filter is greater than a pre-defined threshold, and if so produces a smaller filter embedded into a bitmap image, after which the bitmap image is scaled back up to the filters original size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Interactive Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Aryk Erwin Grosz, Daniel Andrew Laffoon, Daniel Thanh Schultz
  • Patent number: 8749571
    Abstract: An information processing section of a game apparatus executes a program for implementing a step S100 of acquiring a camera image; a step S200 of detecting a marker; a step S400 of calculating a position and an orientation of a virtual camera; a step S600 of generating an animation in which a hexahedron is caused to appear on the marker when the start of a game is requested; a step S800 of generating an animation in which the hexahedron is unfolded so as to position thereon virtual objects representing targets; a step S900 of mapping the photographed image on objects; a step S1000 of taking an image of the objects by means of the virtual camera; and a step S1100, S1200 of displaying the camera image and an object image which is superimposed on the camera image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Hal Laboratory Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Noge
  • Patent number: 8731396
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system configured to operate with a hand-held camera. The hand-held camera is configured to operate with a film cartridge. The film cartridge defines an opening to enable entry of a driven film-feeding member into engagement with film edge perforations, the film-feeding member being driven by the camera for movement in a rectilinear path whereby successive film edge perforations are engaged so as to intermittently move the film past the exposure aperture. The system comprises a housing configured to be moveably engageable with the camera, in place of the film cartridge; a detector configured to generate a first signal in response to detecting a movement of the film-feeding member; and circuitry configured to write signals from an image sensor into the memory, according to an addressing mechanism that is responsive to the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshisuke Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 8670040
    Abstract: In an image processing method of processing an image obtained from an image sensor, the resolution distribution of the image sensor is held in a memory, and a resolution corresponding to a pixel of interest of the image is acquired from the resolution distribution of the image sensor which is held in the memory. Sharpening processing having the sharpening level selected on the basis of the acquired resolution is executed for the pixel of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Nokita
  • Patent number: 8648871
    Abstract: An information processing section of a game apparatus executes a program for implementing a step S100 of acquiring a camera image; a step S200 of detecting a marker; a step S400 of calculating a position and an orientation of a virtual camera; a step S600 of generating an animation in which layed-flat surfaces of a hexahedron appear, and the hexahedron is folded so as to confine virtual objects representing targets therein when a stage is cleared; a step S800 of generating an animation in which the folded hexahedron is unfolded so as to position different virtual objects thereon; a step S900 of mapping the photographed image on objects; a step S1000 of taking an image of the objects by means of the virtual camera; and a step S1100, S1200 of displaying the camera image and an object image which is superimposed on the camera image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., HAL Laboratory Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Noge
  • Patent number: 8605111
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for correcting color in a portable image projector in consideration of an effect of a background color when the portable image projector projects images. The method corrects the effect of the background color to be projected, using color constancy technique, and thereby represents high-quality image which can be projected on a white screen. The method includes the steps of determining if a background color exists on a projection screen using a portable camera, converting the size of a mask image in order to connect a spatial position of an original image and an image photographed by a camera, correcting brightness of the mask image in order to correct non-homogeneity of the brightness of the projected image due to the distribution of different brightness values of the background color, and correcting the background color in order to correct color distortion of the image projected in different colors on the background color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Kyungpook National University Industry-Aademic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Jae-Won Moon, Sung-Dae Cho, Young-Min Jeong, Jong-Man Kim, Yun-Je Oh, Young-Ho Ha, Chul-Hee Lee, Chang-Hwan Son, In-Su Jang
  • Patent number: 8599433
    Abstract: An image processor includes: a first storage; a rendering unit; a second storage; a creation unit; and a control unit that performs: a first control that makes the creation unit create sequentially variable images corresponding to respective records of variable data, and output the created variable images; and a second control that, in a case where variable image creating format data corresponding to format definition data conforming to the records embedded by the creation unit is not stored in the second storages makes the rendering unit render from the format definition data conforming to the records stored in the first storage to the variable image creating format data, and makes the creation unit output the variable image in which the recodes are embedded in the variable image creating format data rendered by the rendering unit separately from the output of the variable image by the first control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kentaro Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20130314752
    Abstract: An exposure device includes a first lens plate including first lenses arranged substantially linearly and configured to form an intermediate image being an inverted reduced image of an object, a second lens plate including second lenses arranged substantially linearly in an arrangement direction of the first lenses and configured to form an inverted enlarged image of the intermediate image on a light reception surface, and light emitting elements arranged substantially linearly at pitch PD in the arrangement direction. A shift s in an arrangement pitch between the first lenses in the arrangement direction satisfies 0<s<(m÷(1?m)×PD) where magnification m of the first lenses is a ratio of a size of the intermediate image to a size of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Akihiro YAMAMURA
  • Patent number: 8559063
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system, method, and/or apparatus to scan and/or visualize a document placed on a document placement deck and to automatically adjust the image of the document scanned using a mobile device. In one embodiment, the document scanning and visualization system comprises a base element comprising a document placement deck; a neck element comprising a head end and a base end and coupled to the base element at the base end; and a doublet of lighting arms comprising a first lighting arm and a second lighting arm. In this embodiment, the first lighting arm and the second lighting arm are coupled to at least one of the base element and the neck element and are positioned above the base element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Atiz Innovation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sarasin Booppanon, Chanwut Sangsok, Supichai Kantrasiri, Apiwat Pituksin, Pituk Kaewsuksai, Nut Phanitch
  • Patent number: 8542914
    Abstract: A film scanning method is provided. When the film is judged as a negative film, the scanning device sets the scan exposure time for the film according to the base background color of the film. The negative film is scanned for the scan exposure time, wherein, the film passes through the scanning device at one time so as to complete the above judge of the film type and scanning of the film. The film scanning method automatically completes the recognition of film type, performs accurate scanning based on the scan exposure time, expands the dynamic range and reduces noise impacts, so as to obtain a scanned image with higher accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Qisda (Suzhou) Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Xian-Qiang Guo, Chien-Hsing Tang
  • Patent number: 8493630
    Abstract: A passport and identification card reader minimizes the time and effort required for an operator to read/scan a passport or piece of identification. An immigration official, for example, can slide a passport into place with one hand while tending to other important security activities with the other hand. Once in place, the passport will be automatically detected and read. Numerous passports bound together by a traveler with multiple visas can be held flat in place and accurately read, even with one hand, despite the natural tendency of the passport(s) to return to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: L-I Indentity Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Queenan, John P. Sanroma, Mohamed Lazzouni
  • Patent number: 8437048
    Abstract: When trimming is performed on a photograph image obtained by a photography apparatus, a plurality of trimming range candidates is set by analyzing the photograph image. A judgment is made as to whether the zoom magnification ratio of the photography apparatus during photography corresponds to a predetermined limit, the limit being a maximum zoom magnification ratio or a minimum zoom magnification ratio that can be set by the photography apparatus. A trimming range is set by selecting one of the plurality of trimming range candidates. If the zoom magnification ratio is judged to be a magnification ratio corresponding to the predetermined limit, a trimming range candidate that has a smaller or larger range than that of a trimming range candidate selected if the zoom magnification ratio is judged to be a magnification ratio that does not correspond to the predetermined limit is selected as the trimming range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Hirokazu Kameyama
  • Patent number: 8427709
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus selects either an FCP system, an RT system or a WT system, acquires latest battery capacity information and storage capacity information of an AV hard disk device (AVHDD) using either the FCP system, RT system or WT system, and informs a user about conditions of a battery and a storage capacity of the AVHDD. By providing such an imaging apparatus, the user can recognize the conditions of the battery and the storage capacity of the AVHDD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakama, Shinichi Koyama
  • Patent number: 8411321
    Abstract: Disclosed is a printing apparatus including an image input unit, a first image narrowing unit, and gives a high weight for image data photographed during a time period in which the number of shots is large, a second image narrowing unit, and gives a high weight for image data photographed during a time period in which the number of shots is large, a weight synthesis unit, a layout decision unit, an image data extraction unit, an image assignment unit, an image color determination unit, and an additional information adjustment unit. The first image narrowing unit counts a group of a plurality of image data photographed at a predetermined time under a specific setting as one group including a number of shots, and calculates the number of shots for each predetermined time period based on the shooting date and time of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 8345272
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems and methods for third-party control of remote imaging jobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Rodney Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8334993
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for associating an image with a communication characteristic are disclosed. According to one method, a content characteristic of a first image may be identified. Communication of the first image may be monitored to identify a communication characteristic of the first image. Further, the content characteristic may be associated with the communication characteristic. The association between the content and communication characteristics may be used to associate a second image having the content characteristic with the communication characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: FotoMedia Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mona Singh
  • Patent number: 8325380
    Abstract: A method of printing an image and a photo printing system and a digital camera adapted for the printing method are provided. The method of printing an image is a printing method for outputting through a photo printer an image stored in an image storage device. The method includes: setting a temporary printing area on an image to be printed; determining whether or not an option for Paper-full printing in which no space is left on a printing material, is selected; if the Paper-full print option is selected, detecting a face area photographed on the image; determining whether or not the detected face area is included in a printing area; and according to the determination result, adjusting a printing area so that the face area can be included in the printing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-cheol Bae, Won-jung Kim
  • Patent number: 8300257
    Abstract: In an image network system used for network print service which receives an order for printing or the like by using a communication network such as the Internet, there are provided a center server capable of providing service which is different depending upon points given to a customer according to an order track record, at a time of using the system, capable of suitably setting a storage capacity and a storage period of an image for a user without placing a burden on the user while importance is placed on an operational efficiency of the system, capable of allowing a user to upload images as many as possible in an album, and useful for prompting an order, and an image network system including the center server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Wataru Hirayama, Maki Kurose, Kyouko Shiromizu, Kenji Hori, Takeshi Dosaka, Osamu Mito, Karin Kon, Takeshi Teraoka, Takuya Shimomura, Yoshiji Endo
  • Patent number: 8279481
    Abstract: This invention relates to the updating of image processing control data that is related to image data and controls image processing of the image data. An image related data generator generates an image file that includes image data and image processing data pre-stored therein. The image processing control data can be updated according to the following process. The image related data generator sends specification data that specifies image processing control data to be updated to an update data server. Then the image related data generator receives the update data from the update data server. And the image related generator updates the image processing control data stored therein with the update data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasumasa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8269837
    Abstract: Default image data and subject image data are stored separately in nonvolatile memory and when the subject image data stored in the nonvolatile memory is displayed in a standard playback mode, the subject image data is displayed on an LCD at a specific scaling factor (first scaling factor) determined by the image size of the subject image data regardless of whether or not default image data is set for the subject image data. On the other hand, when composite image data is displayed in a print preview mode, scaling processing to display the subject image data on the LCD at a smaller scaling factor than the first scaling factor is performed so that the whole of the composite image data can be displayed on one screen of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masanobu Shirakawa, Shuji Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8139266
    Abstract: The color printing control device outputs color material reduction processed data generated by applying a color material reduction process to each pixel of bitmaps converted to color material colors to be used in printing, when it is judged that the color material reduction printing mode is specified. The color material reduction process includes chroma conversion that reduces chroma and under-color removal/black generation that replaces at least a portion of achromatic components generated by overlaying of a plurality of color materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Iida
  • Patent number: 8072618
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that selects and prints images represented by candidate image data files to be output among a plurality of image data files includes an image data file acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of image data files, each having image data regarding an image and additional data regarding at least a photographing condition when the image was taken, and a candidate file selection unit that selects image data files, which have the additional data, not the image data, satisfying one of one or more predetermined selection conditions, among the plurality of image data files as the candidate image data files to be output, and a printing unit that performs printing of images represented by at least some of the candidate image data files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Aiso
  • Patent number: 8039825
    Abstract: This installation includes: a light source; means for storing film photoresist for exposure and exposed photoresist; a film carrier for positioning said film photoresist at an exposure plane; a projection lens capable of projecting the digital images at the exposure plane; a liquid crystal matrix where the various digital images to be exposed are displayed; a retractable mirror oriented at 45° to an optical axis of the projection lens; and an image analysis device positioned symmetrically to said exposure plane with regard to the plane containing said mirror when the latter is in place on the optical axis. When said mirror is positioned on the optical axis, the image analysis device is suitable for receiving the image transmitted by the liquid crystal matrix issuing from the projection lens. The signals thereby detected are processed using an associated software, for setting the characteristics of the optical members of the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Photo Me Holding France
    Inventors: Patrice Lavergne, Ke-Hua Lan, Christian Croll
  • Patent number: 8036703
    Abstract: An electronic device. The device comprises circuitry for capturing data representing an image and circuitry for detecting a wireless signal associated with an object. The device also comprises circuitry, responsive to the detecting circuitry, for storing image data from said circuitry for capturing and associating and storing, with same image data, additional data included in the wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard M. Baker, Leonardo W. Estevez, Ketan P. Malani
  • Patent number: 7978376
    Abstract: A digital photographic display frame includes a processor, a communication module responsive to the processor, and a touch screen display. The touch screen display is responsive to the processor to display a digital photographic image and to provide a touch screen number pad interface. The processor is configured to initiate a voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephone call via the communications module in response to a number entered via the touch screen number pad interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Abha S. Divine, Donna M. Harrison
  • Patent number: 7969606
    Abstract: An automatic advertisement system creates and processes a digital image that includes a user's digital photograph and advertisement images from selected advertisers. The new composed images are larger than the standard photographs in size (e.g., 4?×6?, 5?×7?) to allow the user's photograph to be in the standard size and to allow space for the advertisement images. The system provides a criteria specification tool to allow advertisers to accurately specify their target audiences based on, e.g., zip code, age, education. The system also provides a criteria specification tool to allow the user to specify his/her preferences of advertisement on his/her digital photograph production. The system further provides various layouts to prevent the user from clipping out advertisement images all at once. The system further allows advertisers to track their advertising results and allows the user to maintain his/her privacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Yu-Chung Chu
  • Patent number: 7936483
    Abstract: A digital photo frame for storing and displaying photos. The photo frame has a photo-sized display screen rotatably mounted on a support such that the display screen is configurable in landscape-viewing or portrait-viewing orientations by rotation of the screen. A memory stores photo image files tagged as either landscape orientation or portrait orientation and a user interface receives instructions to display photos stored in the memory. A processor is configured for receiving orientation data regarding an orientation of the display screen, retrieving only photo image files from the memory that are tagged with an orientation corresponding to the orientation of the display screen, and displaying the retrieved photo image files as photos on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook