Image Reproduction System Patents (Class 358/401)
  • Patent number: 10643315
    Abstract: A position determination unit determines, in a fisheye image, a position of a clipping portion clipped from the fisheye image. Based on the position of the clipping portion determined by the position determination unit, a determination unit determines a moving amount of the clipping portion for moving the clipping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Taoki
  • Patent number: 10491808
    Abstract: Described is a method for processing image data to determine if a portion of the image data is affected due to sunlight. In some implementations, image data is sent to an image data store and camera parameters are sent to a radiance detection service. The radiance detection service, upon receiving the camera parameters, retrieves the image data, converts the image data to gray-scale and processes the image data based on the camera parameters to determine a radiance value for the camera. The radiance value may be compared to a baseline radiance value to determine if sunlight is represented in the image data. In some implementations, a baseline model may be developed for the camera and used to cancel out any pixels of the image data that are overexposed under normal or baseline conditions. Likewise, a foreground model may be generated to detect any objects in the image data for which corresponding pixel values should not be considered for determining if sunlight is represented in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Riccardo Gherardi, Saral Jain, Hasan Tuna Icingir, Griffin Alexander Jarmin, Bo Chen
  • Patent number: 10467491
    Abstract: A document forgery detection method comprising using at least one processor for providing at least one histogram of gray level values occurring in at least a portion of at least one channel of an image assumed to represent a document including text, the histogram having been generated by image processing at least a portion of at least one channel of an image assumed to represent a document including text, the image having been sent by a remote end user to an online service over a computer network, evaluating monotony of at least a portion of the at least one histogram; and determining whether the image is authentic or forged based on at least one output of the evaluating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: AU10TIX Limited
    Inventors: Sergey Markin, Ron Atzmon, Yael Moscovitz, Benjamin Neeman, Michael Blumberg
  • Patent number: 10452943
    Abstract: The information processing apparatus includes an extraction unit configured to extract a feature amount of an entire image and a feature amount of a local image, a decision unit configured to decide a position of the local image in the entire image based on the feature amount of the entire image and the feature amount of the local image, a reception unit configured to receive a selection of an object included in the local image, and a conversion unit configured to convert coordinate of the selected object in the local image into coordinate in the entire image based on the decided position of the local image in the entire image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihito Nanaumi
  • Patent number: 10445026
    Abstract: A printer includes a print module that prints data on a recording medium, a communication module that wirelessly communicates with an information apparatus, a pressable switch, a rotatable dial knob, and a controller that sends, via the communication module to the information apparatus, information for operating the information apparatus according to operations of the switch and the dial knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Tatsuya Oguchi, Sumio Watanabe, Yukihiro Mori
  • Patent number: 10427438
    Abstract: A control device determines whether an abnormality occurs in an image formed on a paper sheet with reference to image forming information regarding image formation generated by an image forming device that provides an area to be cut in the paper sheet and forms an image in an image forming area and read image information generated according to reading by a reading device that reads the image formed on the paper sheet, and generates control information for controlling image formation of the image forming device, wherein in a case where an abnormality is detected in the image forming area, the control device generates control information for adjusting positions of the image forming area and the area to be cut to move the abnormality to the area to be cut and notifies the image forming device of the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yago
  • Patent number: 10379465
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image former, a fixing device, an image forming path, a circulation path and a hardware processor. Along the image forming path, paper is conveyed to the image former and the fixing device. The circulation path (i) diverges from the image forming path on a downstream side of the fixing device in a paper conveying direction and (ii) meets the image forming path on an upstream side of the image former in the paper conveying direction so as to circulate the paper such that an image forming side of the paper is unchanged. The hardware processor performs paper heating control to (i) make the paper pass through the fixing device without image forming on the paper, thereby heating the paper, and (ii) re-convey the paper via the circulation path to the image former.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Shiokawa, Yoshiteru Kawakami, Takahiro Okubo
  • Patent number: 10242285
    Abstract: Techniques for improved binarization and extraction of information from digital image data are disclosed in accordance with various embodiments. The inventive concepts include independently binarizing portions of the image data on the basis of individual features, e.g. per connected component, and using multiple different binarization thresholds to obtain the best possible binarization result for each portion of the image data independently binarized. Determining the quality of each binarization result may be based on attempted recognition and/or extraction of information therefrom. Independently binarized portions may be assembled into a contiguous result. In one embodiment, a method includes: identifying a region of interest within a digital image; generating a plurality of binarized images based on the region of interest using different binarization thresholds; and extracting data from some or all of the plurality of binarized images. Corresponding systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Thrasher, Alexander Shustorovich, Stephen Michael Thompson, Jan W. Amtrup, Anthony Macciola
  • Patent number: 10168939
    Abstract: A method for operating a tape drive may include receiving a command to read a record stored on a tape by a tape drive having a capability to compress and decompress data. The tape drive compresses a record prior to writing the record to tape when a command to write the record to tape specifies that the record is to be compressed, and when a compressed size of the record is smaller than an uncompressed size of the record. The method further include reading the record from the tape by the tape drive, where the tape includes a plurality of compressed records and a plurality of uncompressed records. The method further includes determining by the tape drive whether the record is not compressed. The method may additionally include generating a compressed record by compressing the record by the tape drive when it is determined that the record is not compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kousei Kawamura, Koichi Masuda, Sosuke Matsui, Yutaka Oishi, Takahiro Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10110766
    Abstract: A method of controlling an image forming apparatus having a scanner that scans a document to obtain an image of the document as the image and a printer that prints an image on a sheet. The method includes performing an authentication processing for authenticating a user that uses the image forming apparatus, causing the scanner to scan a document in accordance with a copy instruction by the authenticated user, obtaining a month, day, and time on which the image obtained by scanning the document with the scanner is printed by the printer, scrambling identification information of the authenticated user using at least one of the obtained month, day, and time, and causing the printer to print, on a sheet, (i) the image obtained by scanning the document with the scanner, (ii) one or more characters obtained by scrambling the identification information, and (iii) the obtained month, day, and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanobu Inui
  • Patent number: 10091370
    Abstract: An external storage medium processing device includes a plurality of receiving units to and from which the external storage medium can be attached and detached. Further, when detecting that the external storage medium is attached to the receiving unit at the time of startup, a control unit collates identification information stored in a storage unit with identification information acquired from the external storage medium. A notification unit does not perform notification of attachment if identification information is matched and, if not, performs notification of attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 10082763
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a body frame and a slide frame. The slide frame is configured to be pulled out from the body frame along a sliding direction. A plurality of image forming cartridges is detachably mounted on the slide frame. A plurality of electrode members is mounted on the slide frame and aligned along the sliding direction so as to correspond to the image forming cartridges. A body-side contact portion of each of the electrode members is electrically connected to the body frame. A cartridge-side contact portion of the electrode member is electrically connected to the image forming cartridge. The image forming cartridge is connected to the body via the corresponding electrode member when the slide frame mounting the image forming cartridges is inserted to the body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasushi Okabe
  • Patent number: 10075614
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a first detection unit and a second detection unit. The first detection unit detects a rectangular shape in an image including plural document images. The second detection unit detects, in a case where a background of the rectangular shape is not white, rectangular shapes included in the rectangular shape detected by the first detection unit as document images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Fukunaga, Minoru Sodeura
  • Patent number: 10030986
    Abstract: Analytic maps may be used to develop and refine law enforcement strategies. Initially, the data assets and associated telemetry information of media recording devices may be stored in a primary database. The data assets include an audio recording, a video recording, or a multimedia recording. The associated telemetry information includes geolocations of the media recording devices at multiple times. References to the data assets and duplicate of the associated telemetry information are stored in a secondary database, in which the secondary database may provide faster data read speed than the primary database. Pre-calculations are performed based at least on the telemetry information as stored in the secondary database according to one or more mapping parameters to generate multiple sets of pre-calculated data. A set of pre-calculated data is then sent for presentation on an analytic map of a dashboard displayed on a remote computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: WHP WORKFLOW SOLUTIONS, INC., GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Guzik, Muhammad Adeel
  • Patent number: 10033890
    Abstract: A display input device is provided that is capable of improving user convenience. A control part of the display input device causes a display input part to display a workflow creation and registration screen, which is prepared for creating and registering a workflow, to receive operations for creating and registering the workflow, the workflow being a combination of basic and combination functions and including data that is indicative of each of a first function that is the basic function selected as a function to be registered, a setting content of the first function, a second function that is the combination function selected as a function to be registered, and a setting content of the second function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Naoto Hanada, Dai Shigenobu
  • Patent number: 10019661
    Abstract: A print control apparatus includes a print controller including one or more processors and at least one memory. The print controller functions as a receiving unit to receive, from an external device, a print job that includes a plurality of ordered document files, a print page range indicating sequential target pages, an initial page in the sequential target pages corresponding to a print start page in one of the plurality of ordered document files, and a last page in the sequential target pages corresponding to a print end page in another one of the plurality of ordered document files, and a rasterizing unit to selectively rasterize pages of the received print job based on the print page range, so that the sequential target pages, including at least (i) pages between the print start page and a last page of the one document file and (ii) pages between a first page and the print end page of the other one document file, are rasterized, and the pages other than the sequential target pages are not rasterized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Kaneda
  • Patent number: 9986129
    Abstract: A scanner includes a transport mechanism that continuously transports a plurality of documents, a sensor, a control unit that performs correction of a read image which the sensor reads by using a correction value, a calculation unit that calculates the correction value based on a result from which the sensor reads a reference region between the documents, and a storage unit that sequentially stores the correction value in any of a plurality of storage regions, in which the control unit switches the storage region where the correction value used for the correction is read out to the storage region where the calculated correction value is stored, if storing of the calculated correction value is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9964913
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and a voltage supply method are provided which are capable of fulfilling a stable bias supply to a fittable-and-removable image forming unit and moreover offering improved accessibility to the board. The image forming apparatus includes a lower casing, an image forming unit, a high-voltage board, and a left interconnecting unit. The high-voltage board has a plurality of electric components and output terminals in its upper surface portion above the image forming unit. When a top cover of the lower casing is removed off, the high-voltage board is exposed. The left interconnecting unit is fitted to a side end portion of the high-voltage board and electrically connected to the output terminals of the high-voltage board. The left interconnecting unit supplies a voltage to the image forming unit via a side portion of the high-voltage board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Akinori Matsuno
  • Patent number: 9948814
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a scanning device including a flatbed scanner and an ADF. The flatbed scanner includes a first body, a transparent substrate disposed on top surface of the first body, a first film disposed on top surface of the transparent substrate, and an image capturing module disposed under bottom surface of the transparent substrate. The ADF includes a second body, a backplane disposed at bottom of the second body for covering top surface of the flatbed scanner, a paper passage disposed inside the ADF, and a second film. An open portion is configured in the paper passage corresponding to top surface of the transparent substrate, and results communication between the paper passage and top surface of the transparent substrate. The second film is disposed at paper entrance of the open portion. Wherein, the first film and the second film are not overlap on top surface of the transparent substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Avision Inc
    Inventors: Shao-Lan Sheng, Chi-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 9760812
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit, an image reading unit, and a control unit. The fixing unit includes a first roller, a second roller, and a displacement mechanism that displaces at least one of the first roller and the second roller to form a nip portion. The image reading unit includes a scanning mechanism that scans by moving a carriage where a light source is mounted. The control unit executes a driving of the scanning mechanism and a driving of the displacement mechanism at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hidehiko Kojo
  • Patent number: 9746813
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and a voltage supply method are provided which are capable of fulfilling a stable bias supply to a fittable-and-removable image forming unit and moreover offering improved accessibility to the board. The image forming apparatus includes a lower casing, an image forming unit, a high-voltage board, and a left interconnecting unit. The high-voltage board has a plurality of electric components and output terminals in its upper surface portion above the image forming unit. When a top cover of the lower casing is removed off, the high-voltage board is exposed. The left interconnecting unit is fitted to a side end portion of the high-voltage board and electrically connected to the output terminals of the high-voltage board. The left interconnecting unit supplies a voltage to the image forming unit via a side portion of the high-voltage board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Akinori Matsuno
  • Patent number: 9733602
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming device, a trim mark adder, a duplex alignment mark adder and a hardware processor. The image forming device is capable of forming an image on both sides of a sheet based on an image data. The trim mark adder adds trim mark information to the image data so that a trim mark is formed at a trimming position of the sheet. The duplex alignment mark adder adds duplex alignment mark information to the image data so that a duplex alignment mark is formed in a margin area between an edge of the sheet and the trimming position on both sides of the sheet. The hardware processor performs a duplex alignment of the image data based on a result of scanning the duplex alignment mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Makoto Oki
  • Patent number: 9729739
    Abstract: In response to a start of a pinch-out operation in a first display area displaying a preview image, display is switched from a first display mode to a second display mode, and in a case where a pinch-in operation in the first display area ends and a display size of the preview image reaches a predetermined threshold, the display is switched from the second display mode to the first display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yohei Shogaki
  • Patent number: 9679231
    Abstract: No chase control is performed in copying utilizing ACS (auto color select) determination processing. ACS determination is performed to determine whether image data is color or black-and-white image data and the chase control is performed after the ACS determination is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Itoh
  • Patent number: 9648194
    Abstract: A document reading device including an image reader. The image reader includes a first reader to read a first image from a first face of a document fed by a document feeder and a second reader to read a second face of the document. An operation mode is switchable between a normal operation mode in which the image reader is in an operation enabled state and an energy-saving mode in which the image reader is in an operation stop state. In a return from the energy saving mode to the normal operation mode, the image reader performs a start-up operation including a first initial operation for returning the first reader to the normal operation mode and then performs a second initial operation for returning the second reader to the normal operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Kimura, Takashi Fujii, Hiroshi Kubo, Shinya Kitaoka
  • Patent number: 9637337
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a conveyance path, a detecting unit configured to detect the sheet passing along the conveyance path, a control unit configured to determine an amount of delay of a sheet conveyed along the conveyance path based on the detection and determine information to be output based on the amount of the delay, and an output unit configured to output the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriyuki Takuwa
  • Patent number: 9635193
    Abstract: Provided is a document reading device that can cause an image processing part to execute automatically image processing operations corresponding to respective plural functions, depending on a document mounting condition on a platen without performing a setting operation on a panel part. A system control part causes a document detection sensor to detect a part (periphery) of the document. The image processing operations corresponding to respective plural functions are made on image data of the document read by a scanner part. Further, when the platen cover plate open-close detection sensor detects that the platen cover plate is closed, the image processing part is allowed to execute a function that is assigned to the document detection part that has read the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Kato
  • Patent number: 9621757
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image scanning section, an exit tray, and an upper housing. The image scanning section scans an image of an original document. The exit tray is disposed below the image scanning section. A sheet bearing an image is ejected onto the exit tray. The upper housing houses the image scanning section. The image forming apparatus has a sheet ejection space that is formed between the exit tray and the upper housing. A user's hand is inserted into the sheet ejection space for taking out the sheet from the exit tray. The upper housing includes a bottom plate having a surface that faces the exit tray. The bottom plate includes a plurality of reinforcing members that are disposed on the surface of the bottom plate and that extend in a direction in which the user takes out the recording medium from the exit tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Shibata
  • Patent number: 9591158
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system for determining the size of a document on a platen of a document scanning device. In one embodiment, the scanning device comprises in part: a transparent pane (platen) whereon a hardcopy print is placed; a scan head comprising optical sensors which output a signal comprising an image of that hardcopy print; a plurality of LEDs positioned such that a topside of the platen is illuminated; and a processor for instructing the scan head to pre-scan the print. During the pre-scan, optical sensors comprising the scan head sense light from the LEDs of areas of the platen not covered by the hardcopy print at a first intensity and sense light from the LEDs of areas of the platen which are covered by the print at a second intensity. The processor determines the size of the hardcopy print from the first and second intensity levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David Berke, Gary Maxwell Smith
  • Patent number: 9549094
    Abstract: A scanning apparatus and image forming apparatus are provided. The scanning apparatus includes a scanner body including a platen on which a document is placed, a platen cover that is pivoted between a closed position where the platen is covered and an open position where the platen cover is separated from the platen, a hinge unit that pivotably connects the platen cover to the main body between the closed position and the open position, an elastic member that provides a first elastic force such that the platen cover does not fall due to a self-weight of the platen cover in a first pivot section, and a damping spring that applies to the platen cover a second elastic force that mitigates a fall impact of the platen cover onto the closed position due to the self-weight of the platen cover in a second pivot section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin-gu Kang
  • Patent number: 9535580
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display section, a control section, a first movement information detecting section configured to detect an amount of movement from an initial point to a primary stopping point of an operator's index finger touching a touch panel; a second movement information detecting section configured to detect an amount of movement from an initial point to a primary stopping point of an operator's thumb touching the touch panel; an amount-of-value-change calculating section configured to calculate, from the amount of movement of the index finger, an amount of numerical value change at each numerical display switch; and a switching speed calculating section configured to calculate, from the amount of movement of the thumb, a switching speed at each numerical display switch. The control section allows the numerical display switch of the display section in the calculated amount of numerical value change at the calculated switching speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Hideki Takeda, Takashi Namii, Yumi Hirobe
  • Patent number: 9531912
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus specifies pixels other than a white pixel which are included in a window, the window including a target pixel and pixels in the vicinity of the target pixel in a scanned image. Thereafter, the image processing apparatus averages color values of the specified pixels other than the white pixel, and then determines whether the target pixel is a color pixel based on a color value obtained by the averaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirokazu Tamura
  • Patent number: 9516183
    Abstract: In an image reading device, an image reading portion is fixed at a predetermined position on a route on which a document sheet is conveyed by a document sheet conveying portion, and can read an image from the document sheet. A color reference plate is disposed opposingly to the image reading portion, and is a member having a predetermined reference color at a part thereof opposing the image reading portion. An oscillation portion can oscillate the color reference plate in one of or both a primary scanning direction and a secondary scanning direction. A color reference data setting portion sets, based on image data read from the color reference plate by the image reading portion when the color reference plate is being oscillated by the oscillation portion, color reference data to be used for shading correction executed on image data read from the document sheet by the image reading portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Shibata
  • Patent number: 9513905
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a processor may include a vector unit to perform operations on multiple data elements responsive to a single instruction, and a control unit coupled to the vector unit to provide the data elements to the vector unit, where the control unit is to enable an atomic vector operation to be performed on at least some of the data elements responsive to a first vector instruction to be executed under a first mask and a second vector instruction to be executed under a second mask. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mikhail Smelyanskiy, Sanjeev Kumar, Daehyun Kim, Jatin Chhugani, Changkyu Kim, Christopher J. Hughes, Victor W. Lee, Anthony D. Nguyen, Yen-Kuang Chen
  • Patent number: 9488954
    Abstract: This image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a charging unit, an error detection unit, a determination unit, and a charge-condition changing unit. The image forming unit creates printouts. The charging unit charges for printouts created by the image forming unit. The error detection unit detects errors that occur during the creation of printouts by the image forming unit. The determination unit determines whether or not the error that occurred in the image forming unit is an error made intentionally by the user based on the detection results from the error detection unit. The charge-condition changing unit changes the charge conditions under which the charging unit makes a charge when the determination unit determines that the error is an error made intentionally by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Kozo Shimazu
  • Patent number: 9465046
    Abstract: A free-hand inspection apparatus for non-destructively inspecting a structure includes an array and an inertial sensor. The array includes a plurality of elements for transmitting and receiving inspection signals to/from a structure being inspected. The inertial sensor measures acceleration and angular rotation rate in three dimensions. A frame with a unique physical pattern on its edges, which are detectable by the system, is provided. In one embodiment, the frame comprises a special appliqué including a plastic sheet that has periodic edge features, or markings. The markings are detectable by the sensor and allow the system to correct the measurement distortions caused by the inertial sensors used for positioning while making scans. A computer-based process is provided to correct for drift when the sensor encounters one of these markings, thereby solving the problem of error accumulation and the resulting position inaccuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William Paul Motzer, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 9411293
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus performs control to parallelly achieve document image reading by a reading unit and image formation by an image forming unit for forming on a recording material a document image read by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Nakajima, Masaru Aoki, Hiroto Endo, Daisuke Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9406001
    Abstract: The present invention includes: an image size detection section detecting an image size according to image data including a photograph; a paper size detection section detecting a paper size for printing the image; and an enlarging/reducing unit carrying out an enlarging/reducing process to the image data, the enlarging/reducing unit comparing the image size with the paper size and carrying out the enlarging/reducing process by selecting, between a first enlarging/reducing ratio which is a first ratio of a short side length of the paper to a short side length of the image and a second enlarging/reducing ratio which is a second ratio of a long side length of the paper to a long side length of the image, one of the first enlarging/reducing ratio and the second enlarging/reducing ratio which one is to be reduced by a ratio greater than a ratio by which the other one is to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Murakami, Makio Gotoh, Masanori Minami
  • Patent number: 9395672
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first conveying path guiding a sheet such that the sheet passes through the image forming portion, a second conveying path guiding the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming portion to the first conveying path. A document is fed to the second conveying path and the image forming apparatus includes a first drive transmission portion transmitting a drive force to the image forming portion and a second drive transmission portion transmitting the drive force to a document feeding portion, a conveyance portion and a document discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Kaneko, Ichiro Yasumaru, Atsushi Ogata, Kazushi Ino, Hiroshi Kato, Tomoyuki Iwakoshi, Masaru Aoki
  • Patent number: 9386167
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a conveyor defining a conveyance path including an upper path, a lower path including a reference portion and a first and second inclined portions, and a curved path, and a first reading unit for reading an image of the sheet when passing the first inclined portion. The conveyor includes a chute member forming a guide surface. The chute member includes a first chute member forming a first guide surface defining the upper path and a second chute member forming a second guide surface defining the first inclined portion. The first chute member forms a third guide surface defining the second inclined portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Akimatsu
  • Patent number: 9384432
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that shifts to a power saving state includes a detection unit that detects an abnormality occurring in a device of the apparatus, a storage unit that stores, when the apparatus is to shift to the power saving state, information indicating the detected abnormality, a reception unit that receives a request to wake up from the power saving state, a determination unit that determines, when the reception unit has received the request, whether the device identified by the stored information is to be used, a control unit that performs control to supply power to the detection unit if the determination unit determines that the device is not to be used, and a display unit that displays information on the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 9268291
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a pair of frames, a connecting member, a supply board, and a control board. The image forming unit includes a photosensitive body configured to carry developer and an exposure unit configured to scan and expose the photosensitive body to light. The pair of frames is disposed in a horizontal direction opposite to each other with the image forming unit being positioned therebetween. The connecting member extends in the horizontal direction and supports the exposure unit. The connecting member has each longitudinal end portion connected to each of the pair of frames. The supply board is configured to supply electric power to an electric motor. The control board is configured to control operation of the image forming unit. At least one of the control board and the supply board is supported to the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Okamoto, Masahito Saeki, Shougo Sato
  • Patent number: 9264560
    Abstract: A cause identifying device includes a modifying unit and an identifying unit. The modifying unit, in a case in which an inexpedience is detected in an image formed on a print medium by conducting multiple processes, modifies processing content conducted during the image formation by modifying a processing parameter of a partial process or disabling a partial process. The identifying unit identifies a cause of the inexpedience on the basis of information obtained from an image formed on a print medium by image formation conducted after the processing content is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Mori, Jun Koyatsu, Shinsuke Sugi, Toshio Koriyama, Yoshiki Matsuzaki, Shinji Tabata
  • Patent number: 9193185
    Abstract: In a recording apparatus, a first frame holds an accommodating portion and a conveying mechanism. A second frame holds a recording head and a first tank. The second frame is connected to the first frame so as to be movable relative to the first frame. The second frame is configured to move between a first position and a second position by moving relative to the first frame. The recording head is located adjacent to the first frame when the second frame is in the first position. The recording head is further apart from the first frame when the second frame is in the second position than when the second frame is in the first position. The recording head opposes the supporting portion when the second frame is at the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9143644
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus can suppress the degradation of an image signal due to electrostatic discharge with a simple configuration. An original feeder unit is supported openably and closably by a hinge mechanism fixed on a bottom member of an image reading unit. An image sensor substrate of an image reading unit and an image processing substrate of an image forming unit are connected by a cable. An electrically conductive connecting portion electrically connects a bottom member of the image reading unit with a casing of the image forming unit, and is arranged along the cable. The bottom member has a notch formed therein, the connecting portion is fixed to the bottom member so as to extend over the notch, and the cable is arranged so as to pass through an opening portion thereby formed in a direction from above to below of the bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Hirai
  • Patent number: 9124801
    Abstract: A system and method for generating an image includes a plurality of imaging units coupled together and a system controller coupled to the plurality of imaging units for providing at least one signal to each of the plurality of imaging units. Each of the imaging units comprises: an image sensing unit for generating an in-situ image, each in-situ image being a portion of the image; an input for receiving the in-situ image; a composition unit for receiving a first composite image and producing a second composite image, the second composite image being a combination of the first composite image and the in-situ image; and an output at which the second composite image is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jizhang Shan, Weihua Xiong
  • Patent number: 9036162
    Abstract: An image sensing and printing digital camera device includes a housing defining a slot for receiving a printed instruction card having printed thereon an array of dots representing a programming script, the housing further storing therein a roll of print media; an area image sensor for sensing an image and generating pixel data representing the image; a linear image sensor for scanning the array of dots on the card and converting the array of dots into a data signal; a microcontroller provided in the housing, the microcontroller for decoding the data signal into the programming script and applying the programming script on the pixel data; and a printing mechanism for printing the pixel data, having applied thereto the programming script, on the roll of print media. The microcontroller integrates on a single chip a VLIW processor, a printhead interface, and an output buffer effecting communication between the VLIW processor and the printhead interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 9019519
    Abstract: An ink jet printer is a multifunctional recording apparatus in which a scanner unit is coupled to a recording unit in a rotationally movable manner. The scanner unit includes a protrusion. A carriage, the protrusion, and a rotational movement shaft of the scanner unit are arranged in this order from the unit front side to the unit rear side in the unit depth direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masamitsu Shimazu
  • Patent number: 9019582
    Abstract: When the two same CIS are used for a first image sensor and a second image sensor and they are arranged to face opposite sides of an original document with longer sides (i.e., a main scanning direction) thereof being aligned, if an arrangement order of the array of the imaging elements and the light guiding unit in a document conveying direction is the same, the connectors are located at opposite side ends in a front-rear direction. Thus, an electric cable connected to the connector of the second image sensor is arranged above the second image sensor and extends in a longitudinal direction. Additionally, a horizontal portion of the electric cable is supported on an upper surface of a casing accommodating the second image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Katsuro Miura, Takuya Naniwa
  • Patent number: 9013717
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device includes an image sensor for sensing an image; a multi-core processor for processing the sensed image; and a program memory provided external to the multi-core processor, and communicating therewith via a communication bus. The multi-core processor includes a bus interface for interfacing with the communication bus, and further includes an image sensor interface for interfacing with the image sensor separately from the communication bus and the bus interface. The multi-core processor includes a plurality of parallel processing units connected by a crossbar switch to form the multi-core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook