Document Size Detection Patents (Class 358/449)
  • Patent number: 10805476
    Abstract: A program causes, when executed, a terminal apparatus to perform operations including: receiving a target signal from a target scanner, the target signal being sequentially transmitted from the target scanner after a placement operation of placing an original document of a scan target is performed at the target scanner, the target signal not being transmitted from the target scanner before the placement operation is performed at the target scanner; in response to receiving the target signal from the target scanner, acquiring target communication information for performing wireless communication between the terminal apparatus and the target scanner through a target network; in response to acquiring the target communication information, transmitting a scan request to the target scanner through the target network by using the target communication information; and in response to transmitting the scan request to the target scanner, receiving scan data from the target scanner through the target network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Susumu Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10778925
    Abstract: A multiple-column-per-channel image CCD sensor utilizes a multiple-column-per-channel readout circuit including connected transfer gates that alternately transfer pixel data (charges) from a group of adjacent pixel columns to a shared output circuit at high speed with low noise. Charges transferred along the adjacent pixel columns at a line clock rate are alternately passed by the transfer gates to a summing gate that is operated at multiple times the line clock rate to pass the image charges to the shared output circuit. A symmetrical fork-shaped diffusion is utilized in one embodiment to merge the image charges from the group of related pixel columns. A method of driving the multiple-column-per-channel CCD sensor with line clock synchronization is also described. A method of inspecting a sample using the multiple-column-per-channel CCD sensor is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Ho Alex Chuang, Jingjing Zhang, Sharon Zamek, John Fielden, Devis Contarato, David L. Brown
  • Patent number: 10764461
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus compares a difference in luminance value between a pixel of interest in image information acquired via a reading unit and a pixel separated from the pixel of interest by a first distance with a first threshold value. Further, the image reading apparatus compares a difference in luminance value between the pixel of interest and a pixel present within a range to a pixel separated from the pixel of interest by a second distance that is larger than the first distance with a second threshold value. The image reading apparatus determines whether or not the pixel of interest is an edge pixel at an original end portion based on results of those comparisons, and determines an original size based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10659639
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a document sheet table, an image reading portion, a detection processing portion, and a determination processing portion. A document sheet is placed on the document sheet table. The image reading portion reads linear image data representing an image of a linear area that extends along a main scanning direction of the document sheet that is placed on the document sheet table. The detection processing portion detects, based on the linear image data, a size of the document sheet in the main scanning direction. The determination processing portion determines, when the size of the document sheet in the main scanning direction detected by the detection processing portion meets a specific condition, that the document sheet is a predetermined card-shaped document sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masaki Baba
  • Patent number: 10638008
    Abstract: In an example, an apparatus is described that includes a transparent platen, a substrate, an array of light sources, and a sensor. The substrate is positioned on one side of the platen and has substantially uniform reflective properties. The array of light sources is positioned on an opposite side of the platen from the substrate and includes a plurality of light sources that emits light in a visible spectrum and a light source that emits light in an invisible spectrum. The sensor is positioned on the opposite side of the platen from the substrate and detects reflected portions of the light in the visible spectrum and the light in the invisible spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John Michael Heineck, Tiffany L Greyson, Derek Wade, Tyelisa C Shields, Adam Greystone
  • Patent number: 10498909
    Abstract: Conventionally a user who owns images exceeding the upper limit of the number of analyzable images cannot perform automatic album creation. To solve this problem, an embodiment of this invention selects images from obtained images, in a first case where the number of the obtained images is more than a predetermined threshold, according to a predetermined condition so as to make the number of selected images equal to a predetermined threshold. In the first case, the number of selected images are analyzed. In a second case where the number of the obtained images is not more than the predetermined threshold, the obtained images are analyzed. Images among the selected images are laid out based on the analysis in the first case, and images among the obtained images are laid out based on the analysis in the second case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mizuki Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10462330
    Abstract: An image reading device including a contact glass; a reading unit; a pressure plate; a pressure-plate opening/closing sensor; and circuitry. The circuitry determines a presence or absence of external light input to a space between the pressure plate and the surface of the contact glass based on image data obtained by the reading unit when the light source is turned off; compares read data according to light emitted from the light source and received by the image sensor when the pressure plate is closed, with read data of a reference value obtained when the pressure plate is completely closed, to obtain a difference and determine a state of the read data based on the difference; and determines whether the pressure plate is open or closed based on a determination result of the presence or absence of external light and on the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Inui, Susumu Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10356269
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit, which includes an illumination portion for irradiating an original placed on an original table with light and a light receiving portion for receiving irradiated light reflected from the original. The image reading apparatus reads the original one line at a time in a main scanning direction according to the received reflected light. The image reading apparatus determines the size of the original based on the reading result of the reading unit. The image reading apparatus shortens, in a case where the platen cover is in an open state, the lighting duration of the illumination portion than the duration where the platen cover is in a close state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10140560
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a sheet holding unit, a printing unit, a storage unit, and a control unit. The printing unit prints an image on types of sheets supplied from the sheet holding unit. The storage unit stores first information indicating a type of sheet placed on the sheet holding unit and second information indicating whether predetermined setting for allowing omission of selection of a sheet type is performed. When the second information indicates that the predetermined setting is performed, a printing operation is executed according to sheet type designated for the first print job. When the second information indicates that the predetermined setting is not performed, a printing operation corresponding to the same sheet type is executed. Where execution of a second print job in which a sheet type is not designated is instructed, a printing operation corresponding to the sheet type indicated by the first information is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Aizono
  • Patent number: 10109223
    Abstract: An image display apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes an image display unit, a calculator, and a notification section. The image display unit includes an emission surface and displays an image by emitting light from the emission surface. The calculator calculates a reference distance from the emission surface, the reference distance serving as a determination criteria for an influence of emitted light that is emitted from the image projection section. The notification section notifies about information on the influence of the emitted light on the basis of the calculated reference distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shoji Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 10097722
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus, having a conveyer, a sheet tray, an obtaining device, a memory, a determining device, and a controller, is provided. The controller determines whether information concerning pixels in the memory indicates edge positions or edge absence in in read-image data concerning a sheet, detects an upstream leading-end position and a downstream leading-end position, detects upstream continuing pixels and downstream continuing pixels, detects an upstream lateral-end position and a downstream lateral-end position, calculates a line representing an upper end of the sheet based on the upstream leading-end position and the downstream leading-end position, calculates an upstream corner position and a downstream corner position based on the upstream and downstream lateral-end positions and the line representing the upper end of the sheet, and calculates a width of the sheet based on the upstream corner position and the downstream corner position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushikia Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10075610
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for providing print dimensions from a printer. An example method includes analyzing a first roll of a printer, the first roll holding first paper having a first width; determining, via a processor of the printer, a first print dimension of the first paper on the first roll based on the first width; and providing the first print dimension to an electronic device, the electronic device to use the first print dimension to determine whether content is to be clipped when printed on the first paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Viella Fernandez, Sebastia Castelltort Amoros, Alessia Rullo
  • Patent number: 10057450
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus 300 comprises: the scanner device SD which reads information about a sheet P conveyed on a paper conveying route PP and information about a position, a form and a color of an image formed on the sheet P; a spectrophotometer CI which reads information about a color of an image formed on a sheet P conveyed on the paper conveying route PP; and a support base TR which incorporates the paper conveying route and a motor for conveying a sheet and can be pulled out from a main body together with the paper conveying route and the motor. The scanner device SD is not mounted on the support base TR but fixed to the main body of the image reading apparatus. The spectrophotometer CI is mounted on and fixed to the support base TR, and spaced from the paper transfer route PP by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Kawatsu, Tsuyoshi Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 9894228
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an image processing apparatus including a reading unit and a determining unit. The reading unit generates sheet image data indicating image data of a sheet. The determining unit determines, on the basis of a degree of gradation in the sheet image data generated by the reading unit, whether a planar object adheres on the sheet read by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Nuita
  • Patent number: 9888142
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus performs operations including: upon detection of a first angle, causing light to be emitted to an original and recording a distribution of reflected light of the emitted light as first read data; upon elapse of a predetermined time from detection of a second angle, causing light to be emitted to the original and recording a distribution of reflected light of the emitted light as second read data; detecting a closed state of a pressure plate based on the second read data; and upon determination of an angle of the pressure plate with respect to the platen being equal to or smaller than a third angle smaller than the second angle in the detection of the closed state, detecting a width of the original in an opening-closing direction of the pressure plate based on a difference between the first and second read data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiko Kusuhata
  • Patent number: 9848097
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a controller that performs control, when a document size is to be determined, so as to reduce a light amount irradiated by a light source more than that in a case of image reading; a period extending unit that extends, when the document size is to be determined, a period in which an image sensor performs photoelectric conversion in a main scanning direction longer than that in a case of image reading; an averaging unit that averages, when the document size is to be determined, results obtained when a plurality of predetermined pixels perform the photoelectric conversion; and a determining unit that determines the document size according to a result averaged by the averaging unit in a period extended by the period extending unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9756210
    Abstract: An image reader of the present disclosure includes a contact glass, an automatic document feeder, a first reading module, and a second reading module. The first and second reading modules each acquire black reference data through reading performed by a sensor with a light source turned off, and acquires white reference data through reading performed by the sensor at a position facing a white reference plate with the light source turned on. In a case of performing continuous one-side reading by means of the first reading module, based on a sensor output value of the second reading module in the continuous one-side reading, it is determined whether it is necessary for the first reading module to reacquire the black reference data or the white reference data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Horiguchi
  • Patent number: 9643442
    Abstract: A page-turning device for turning a page of an opened book, page-turning device including an adhesive part which adheres to the page of the book; an arm part with the adhesive part provided on a top end, the arm part making the adhesive part go to and fro between a departure position and a destination position such that the adhesive part adheres to the page at the departure position and separates from the page at the destination position; and a drive unit which rotates the adhesive part in relation to the arm part. The drive unit rotates the adhesive part before the adhesive part reaches the destination position so that an adhering portion of the adhesive part is changed, and stops rotation of the adhesive part when the adhesive part adheres to the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9529811
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manipulating data records in a byte accessible format are provided. Records may be loaded into one of two byte accessible files or arrays, with a determined record length added to the beginning and/or end of each record. Records may then be slewed between the two files and records added, removed, or modified at the split between the two files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Melvin Lawerence Dey
  • Patent number: 9471859
    Abstract: An image processing device that changes the output format of the generated printout can dynamically change the output format of the printout using print data from an existing system. An image processing device that executes a process to change the output format of a printout has an output format selector that selects a template determining the format of the printout based on information contained in the print data for the printout, and a print data generator that changes the print data according to the selected template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Susumu Shiohara, Toshifumi Yamaji
  • Patent number: 9413913
    Abstract: A paper type detection apparatus includes a surface-property detection unit, a thickness detection unit, and a paper-type setting unit. The surface-property detection unit detects a surface property of paper by performing image processing on image data of the paper read by an image reading unit. The thickness detection unit causes the image reading unit to read the image data of the paper over which a reference chart with a predetermined black density is laid. The thickness detection unit detects the thickness of the paper based on the difference between the black density of the reference chart and the black density appearing on the image data through the paper. The paper-type setting unit sets the type of the paper associated with the detected surface property and thickness of the paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Toshiki Mamura, Keisuke Isoda
  • Patent number: 9344591
    Abstract: A display method for displaying a schedule screen which indicates an execution reservation state of JOBS on a display section, the method including the step of displaying a part or the whole of information concerning two or more of the JOBs, by superimposing on the schedule screen, according to a display condition; and displaying, in cases where information which is required to be recognized by a user exists in the information displayed by superimposing, the information required to be recognized by the user on an uppermost layer to be visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Shigeo Konuma
  • Patent number: 9277073
    Abstract: A scanner identifies a document size on the basis of the intensity of light outputted in a photometric condition different from a first photometric condition, by photometric units provided to a position subject to determination that is a position excluding a position where light of an intensity not less than a first threshold value is received in the first photometric condition, among a plurality of positions to which the photometric units are provided. The first photometric condition is a condition where a document cover is open and a light-emitting unit is not emitting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Hanamura, Toshimitsu Ohara
  • Patent number: 9253450
    Abstract: A synchronized video monitoring system may include a plurality of separate sensor modules that each include a lens assembly, an image sensor, and a sensor controller. Each sensor module may be connected to a data bus. A collection module that includes a digital image compressor engine may also be connected to the data bus. Each sensor module may capture an image of a field of view of a monitored area. Each sensor module may insert its image data onto the data bus within a different allotment of time within a frame capture cycle. The collection module may compress and encode the image data received from each sensor module, and may generate a composite video image frame. Each region of the composite video image frame may depict image data captured by a different sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventor: Jon McCammon
  • Patent number: 9060147
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a blank elimination processing portion that performs blank elimination processing for eliminating image data of an original document if a preset blank detection area in the original document is blank and a frame erasure processing portion that performs frame erasure processing for correcting image data of an original document so that any image in an area other than a preset effective image area in the original document does not appear. The blank elimination processing portion performs resetting in which a superimposition area where the preset blank detection area and the preset effective image area are superimposed on each other is set as a new blank detection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Yabuuchi
  • Patent number: 9036217
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing apparatus, an image processing method, a computer-readable medium storing a computer program and an image processing system cropping a document image from image data including a document region having a tab. The image processing apparatus includes a line determination unit for determining a line extending the boundary of the document region in the tab portion and a line extending the boundary of the document region in the non-tab portion, respectively, a selector for selecting, in accordance with the setting designating the outside or the inside of the document region, one line either in the outside or in the inside from the among lines determined by the line determination unit, and an image cropper for cropping an image of the document region with the selected line as a boundary line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Akira Iwayama, Masayoshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9030715
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance device is capable of detecting a sheet length in a conveyance direction correctly, and of detecting a length of a non-standard size sheet correctly. A detection unit detects front and rear ends of a sheet conveyed with a conveyance unit. A measurement unit measures sheet length in a conveyance direction based on a detection result of the detection unit. An acquisition unit acquires a reference length of the sheet. A computation unit computes a correction value that is used to correct a length measured by the measurement unit based on length measured and the reference length acquired in a correction mode. A storage unit stores the correction value computed. A determination unit determines sheet length corrected based on the correction value and the length measured at the time of conveyance of a sheet in a mode other than correction mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidenori Sunada
  • Patent number: 9025217
    Abstract: There is provided a document, wherein a measurement image for measuring a position of an image relative to a document is formed on a first surface thereof, a designation image for designating a document position, at which the document is placed on an image reading apparatus that reads an image, is formed on a second surface thereof, and wherein the document is spaced from an end portion of a reading region of the image reading apparatus by placing the document in accordance with the designation of the designation image, and the designation image is formed such that the measurement image is placed in the reading region of the image reading apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Tanigawa, Kousuke Kubota, Osamu Goto, Ryuji Fujiki, Takeshi Kato
  • Patent number: 9013759
    Abstract: A document reading unit included in an image forming apparatus and operated with a method of detecting an original document, includes an original document table, a moving irradiation unit having multiple block light sources moving in a sub scanning direction while irradiating the original document, an image sensor receiving reflected light, and a controller that starts a length specifying operation with the moving irradiation unit located at a position facing the original document, sequentially turns on the block light sources, obtains an amount of reflected light under lighting conditions of each block light sources, and determines the length of the original document in the main scanning direction. While the moving irradiation unit is moving in the sub scanning direction, the image sensor receives the reflected light on a region of the original document in the sub scanning direction under each lighting condition during the length specifying operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Ishida
  • Patent number: 9007662
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus operative to properly obtain an original area when one or a plurality of originals exists. The image processing apparatus decides an image data area of an original from read image data read thereby. The image processing apparatus has an extracting unit for extracting a plurality of image areas from the read image data and a discriminating unit for discriminating whether or not tilt angles of the image areas extracted by the extracting unit are equal. If one or more tile angles of the image areas are not equal as a result of the discrimination by the discriminating unit, it is determined that each of the image areas is an image data area of the original on the assumption that there are a plurality of originals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mizuki Hayakawa, Yuya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8988743
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a document detecting apparatus includes a light-emitting element, a photoelectric conversion element, a light-emission controller and a detection processor. The light-emitting element projects light onto a detection position of a document. The light-emitting element is not used for reading an image of the document. The photoelectric conversion element converts light projected onto the detection position into an electric signal and outputs the electric signal. The light-emission controller changes the light quantity of the light emitted by the light-emitting element during a predetermined interval. The detection processor detects the presence or absence of the document at the detection position of the document based on whether a value of the output electric signal during the predetermined interval changes in correspondence to the change of the light quantity caused by the light-emission controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sueo Ueno, Mitsuru Hatano, Katsuya Nagamochi, Hiroyuki Shiraishi, Yusuke Hashizume
  • Patent number: 8976420
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for processing value documents. A value document is input to the input opening of an apparatus for value-document processing and transported using a transport system of the apparatus to an image sensor which senses a partial image of the value document. A contour of the front partial area is ascertained from the sensed partial image and checked. If the check of the contour of the front partial area yields a fault, the value document is rejected. Faulty or faultily transported value documents can thus be recognized and transported back to the input opening at a very early time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Steidl
  • Publication number: 20150062664
    Abstract: A scanner identifies a document size on the basis of the intensity of light outputted in a photometric condition different from a first photometric condition, by photometric units provided to a position subject to determination that is a position excluding a position where light of an intensity not less than a first threshold value is received in the first photometric condition, among a plurality of positions to which the photometric units are provided. The first photometric condition is a condition where a document cover is open and a light-emitting unit is not emitting light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Osamu HANAMURA, Toshimitsu OHARA
  • Patent number: 8970925
    Abstract: A scanner for automatically detecting a scan target includes a transparent scan region configured to support the target, an image sensor including a light source for irradiating light toward the scan region and a light receiving element array for sensing the incident light through the scan region, a drive unit configured to linearly move the sensor across the scan region, and a control unit that controls the sensor and the drive unit. The control unit controls the light source of the sensor and the drive unit such that the sensor moves to a detection position and then the array senses the incident light through the scan region with the light source turned on and off. The control unit compares output signals of the array obtained by turning on and off the light source and automatically determines, based on the comparison, whether the target is placed in the scan region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wisecube Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Kook Lah
  • Patent number: 8964225
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a printing control method, a printing control device and a printing device with printing data printed according to height of another blank space. The printing control method comprises the following steps: receiving printing data; acquiring first printing format information of the printing data, wherein the first printing format information includes a first blank space height; acquiring paper-saving parameter information; obtaining second printing format information according to the first printing format information and the paper-saving parameter information, wherein the second printing format information includes a second blank space height; and printing the printing data according to the second blank space height. With the disclosure, a significant paper-saving effect can be achieved during printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinfeng Ding, Yuguo Wang, Xuejun Zhang, Lei Che
  • Patent number: 8953226
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes placement member, pressing member, and open/close detection portion. Open/close detection portion detects opening and closing of pressing member. Open/close detection portion includes movable portion, guide hole, and sensor. When pressing member is opened, movable portion moves toward one side, thereby protruding to an area between placement member and pressing member, and when pressing member is closed, movable portion moves toward the other side. Movable portion extends along movement direction thereof. Guide hole of movable portion guides movement of movable portion in movement direction. Movable portion has a plurality of groove portions extending in movement direction, and groove portions partially include guide groove. Guide hole has guide protrusion protruding from inner circumferential surface thereof toward groove portion of movable portion, so as to guide movement of movable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujimura, Takehiro Sato
  • Patent number: 8947746
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a platen glass, a document feeder, a light source, a light receiving section, a first opening/closing detection sensor, a second opening/closing detection sensor, and a document size determination section. The document size determination section determines a size of an original document on the basis of a measurement result from the light receiving section. Where the first opening/closing detection sensor indicates the open state, while the second opening/closing detection sensor indicates no open state when the original document is placed on the platen glass, the document size determination section determines a size of the original document in a main scanning direction on the basis of full lighting-up determination data obtained with all of plural light emitting elements lighted up and partial lighting-up determination data obtained with some of the plural light emitting elements lighted up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Sota Nanbu
  • Patent number: 8947690
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a carriage, a carriage detector, and a control unit. The carriage detector outputs a detection signal of the carriage when the carriage is at the home position, and outputs a non-detection signal of the carriage when the carriage is located closer to a document size reading position than a predetermined position between the home position and the document size reading position. The control unit moves the carriage to the home position when the image reading apparatus enters a sleep mode, keeps the carriage detained while performing initialization after the sleep mode is cancelled, and moves the carriage, upon receipt of a scanning instruction after the initialization is completed, toward the document size reading position in the case where the carriage detector outputs the detection signal of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mizue Kadobayashi
  • Patent number: 8941864
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image processing apparatus which (i) determines whether or not characters to be subjected to a character recognition process in image data have a size larger than a predetermined size, (ii) in a case where the characters is determined as larger than the predetermined size, reduces at least a region including the characters so that the size of the characters fits within the predetermined size, and (iii) performs a character recognition process of the characters with use of the reduced image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Hirohata, Akihito Yoshida, Atsuhisa Morimoto, Yohsuke Konishi
  • Publication number: 20150015922
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for detecting boundaries of documents on flatbed and multi-function scanners on a first pass of a carriage assembly, and then performing a high resolution scan on a second pass. High resolution images of documents can then be obtained with little or no interaction normally necessary to identify areas of interest on the scanner bed. Patterns on the scanner cover or lid facilitate not only edge determination, but orientation of text and other objects, and straightening of images in preparation for OCR and related functions. Electronic images and files derived from paper documents may be automatically cropped, deskewed, subjected to OCR, and named consistent with content or other information derived from them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Andrey Isaev
  • Patent number: 8934153
    Abstract: An image reader is provided, which includes a housing including a base, and a reading unit including a holder, the base including a bottom wall, a first guide disposed at a first-side portion of the bottom wall in a first direction, and a second guide disposed at a second-side portion of the bottom wall in the first direction, and the reading unit further including a third guide disposed at a first-side portion of the holder in the first direction, the third guide configured to come into sliding contact with the first guide when the reading unit moves, and a fourth guide disposed at a second-side portion of the holder in the first direction, the fourth guide configured to come into sliding contact with the second guide when the reading unit moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Shiomi
  • Patent number: 8908236
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus are presented for custom media size detection in a printing device. A user places standard or custom sized media in a media tray associated with a printing device. The media tray contains a media tray sensor which determines whether the media tray is closed and a media size sensor which determines whether the media tray is loaded with custom size media. If so, a computer processing device connected to the sensors and a visual display displays to the user the opportunity to select a media platen and image scanning device to scan an example media item with the same dimensions as the custom size media located in the media tray. The scanning device selected then scans an example media item a user has placed on the selected media platen, and data on the determined dimensions is presented to the user for confirmation or modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Rudge, Peter Granby, Stephen Foster, Richard Bradford, John A. Kerslake, Christopher D. Olliffe
  • Patent number: 8908235
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a partial pre-scanning device configured to convey a reading unit in an edge detection area and causes the reading unit to execute a reading operation in the edge detection area, the edge detection area being a partial area within a scannable area on a platen, and a detecting device configured to detect a plurality of edge pixels on a basis of image data, the plurality of edge pixels representing a side of a document, the image data being outputted by the reading unit that reads the edge detection area through execution of the reading operation by the partial pre-scanning device. Upon the plurality of edge pixels not detected on the basis of the image data, the partial pre-scanning device moves the edge detection area in a conveying direction of the reading unit and causes the reading unit to execute the reading operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Maeda
  • Publication number: 20140355073
    Abstract: A method for automatically classifying scanned hardcopy media based on its physical size. The hardcopy media is classified as a photograph if the determined physical size matches a common physical sizes for photographs to within a predetermined tolerance, and is classified as a document if the determined physical size matches one of the common physical sizes for documents to within a predetermined tolerance. Otherwise, a media classification is determined using contextual processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventor: Louis James Beato
  • Patent number: 8885207
    Abstract: The printing apparatus for printing at least an address on an envelope that is set to a paper tray includes an envelope size detection portion for scanning an address print side of an envelope set to the paper tray to detect a size of the envelope based on a read image of the address print side; a print position setting portion for setting a print position of an address corresponding to the read size of the envelope; and a data synthesis processing portion for synthesizing the read image of the address print side and an image of the address at a position set by the print position setting portion and previews the synthesized address print image of the envelope on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kondoh
  • Patent number: 8879127
    Abstract: A first light source and a second light source are arranged so that a protrusion direction of a first terminal from a first supporting body and a protrusion direction of a second terminal from a second supporting body are different when viewed in the longitudinal direction of a light guide. The first light source and the second light source are arranged so as to reduce a protrusion direction of the first supporting body and the second supporting body in a predetermined direction from an area where the first light source and the second light source overlap when viewed in the longitudinal direction of the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Murakami, Kenji Nagata, Junya Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8861040
    Abstract: An image-reading device may include a conveyor, a reading unit, and a control device. The control device may be configured to extract feature points from an area between a first edge and a line, obtain the density of the extracted feature points, and compare the density to a threshold. The control device may be further configured to identify the first edge as a document leading edge or a document trailing edge based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Maeda
  • Patent number: 8861047
    Abstract: A document size detector sets an amount of light to be emitted from a light source for document size detection in accordance with the amount of disturbance light detected by the CCD, switches on the light source so as to make the light source emit the set amount of light, and detects the size of a document placed on a platen. Therefore, erroneous detection of a document size is prevented and glare that a user is subjected to when the size of a document placed on the platen is detected is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Ishido
  • Patent number: 8860989
    Abstract: A scanning system is described providing an exception correction capability during multi-page scanning operations. A sensing system is used to sense exception conditions during a multi-page scanning operation. In response to detecting an exception, at least one scanned page associated with the exception condition is displayed on an image display and a user interface system is used to provide a plurality of user-selectable corrective actions associated with the exception condition. One or more corrective operations are then performed in response to a user selecting a particular corrective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kodak Alaris Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Link, George E. Lathrop, Joseph John Furno, Jon McDonough, John D. Meierdiercks
  • Patent number: 8854697
    Abstract: Systems and methods of scanning, enlarging, and printing one or more selected areas of a document are disclosed. The systems and methods include an imaging device that partitions a document into a plurality of grid areas and receives, from a user, a selection for one or more of the grid areas to be enlarged and printed. The imaging device further receives or determines an enlarged output size for the selected grid areas. The imaging device scans the document to form digital images corresponding to the selected grid areas, and adjusts and enlarges the digital images to equate to the enlarged output size. A printer of the imaging device outputs the enlarged digital images on paper of the output size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Pesar