Plural Images Combined Into A Single Image Patents (Class 358/450)
  • Patent number: 10713820
    Abstract: A device is provided for adjusting brightness of a plurality of images each including a plurality of pixels. The device may include a memory configured to store instructions. The device may also include a processor configured to execute the instructions to determine overall luminance values of the images. The processor may also be configured to determine, from the images, a reference image and a reference overall luminance value based on the overall luminance values. The processor may further be configured to determine adjustment factors for the images based on the reference overall luminance value of the reference image, determine weighting factors for the pixels in an image to be adjusted, and adjust luminance values of the pixels in the image to be adjusted based on an adjustment factor for the image and the weighting factors for the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI XIAOYI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kongqiao Wang, Junzhou Mou
  • Patent number: 10602018
    Abstract: An image transmission method and a system thereof and an image transmission apparatus are provided. The method includes: determining an estimated distortion area of at least one first image; zooming out the first image to generate a second image according to the estimated distortion area; adding the estimated distortion area around the second image to generate a transmission image and filling a transmission pattern in the estimated distortion area of the transmission image, wherein a resolution of the transmission image is equal to that of the first image; and transmitting the transmission image through at least one channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Eagle Vision Tech Limited.
    Inventor: Sywe-Neng Lee
  • Patent number: 10591896
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a printing layer trimming method and an electronic device using the same. The printing layer trimming method is suitable for the electronic device and includes steps as follows. An original layer is converted into a first printing layer. At least one data region of the first printing layer is identified to identify at least one blank region of the first printing layer. Then, the blank region of the first printing layer is trimmed off The trimmed first printing layer is further converted into a print head signal data and provided to a printing device to print a corresponding three-dimensional structure. The disclosure also provides another printing layer trimming method and an electronic device using the same for trimming a second printing layer generated according to a print head signal data and providing the second printing layer to a printing device to print a corresponding three-dimensional structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: XYZprinting, Inc., Kinpo Electronics, Inc., Cal-Comp Electronics & Communications Company Limited
    Inventors: Ching-Yuan Chou, Ting-Yu Lu
  • Patent number: 10523837
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processor for generating a front-surface image captured of a front surface of a conveyed document and a back-surface image captured of a back surface of the conveyed document, detecting a feature of the conveyed document, determining whether a first end of the front-surface image and a second end of the back-surface image corresponding to the first end are continuous, based on the generated front-surface image and back-surface image and the detected feature, and synthesizing the front-surface image and the back-surface image when it has been determined that the first end and the second end are continuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomoaki Wada, Takeshi Yokogawa
  • Patent number: 10484560
    Abstract: An image capturing method and an image capturing device using the same are provided. The image capturing method includes the following steps. Firstly, the image capturing device receives a paper sheet having a plurality of regions. Then, the image capturing device provides a user interface. Then, in response to an operation of a user to the user interface, an arrangement regulation of the regions is set. Then, the image capturing device captures a plurality of region images of the regions of the paper sheet. Then, the image capturing device arranges the region images according to the arrangement regulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventor: Chun-Chieh Liao
  • Patent number: 10445891
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises processing circuitry configured to: obtain medical imaging data that is representative of an anatomical region of a subject, the anatomical region comprising at least one anatomical feature of interest; obtain a template that is representative of a desired view of the at least one anatomical feature of interest; register the medical imaging data and reference anatomical data to obtain a distribution of registration probability with respect to at least one registration parameter; and perform a selection process comprising: obtaining a plurality of transforms, each having an associated registration; for each of the plurality of transforms: generating a respective view of the at least one anatomical feature of interest based on said transform; and determining a template matching probability that represents a similarity of the generated view to the template; and selecting at least one of the transforms and/or at least one of the views based on a combination of at least one of the registrati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Catherwood Wyeth
  • Patent number: 10430925
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a system, a method, and a program for synthesizing a panoramic image that improve the image analysis accuracy. The system for synthesizing a panoramic image 1 combines images taken by a plurality of cameras 200 and produces a panoramic image; analyzes an object contained in the synthesized panoramic image; and displays the result of the image analysis. The system also analyzes an object contained in a seam in the synthesized panoramic image. Furthermore, the system associates and displays the result of the image analysis with the object. Still furthermore, the system supplements a part lacked from the object based on the result of the image analysis. Yet still furthermore, the system produces a panoramic image adjusted to the image that has the most or least pixels among those taken by the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: OPTIM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10430935
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to output an image signal, a first image processing unit, and a second image processing unit. The first image processing unit includes a first signal processing unit that generates a first image signal from the input image signal, and a second image signal including a smaller number of signals than signals included in the first image signal and corresponding to a first imaging region. The second image processing unit includes a second input portion that receives the first image signal from a first output portion and a second signal processing unit. The second signal processing unit generates, from the first image signal, a third image signal that includes a smaller number of signals than the signals included in the first image signal and corresponds to a second imaging region that is only a part of the first imaging region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10356261
    Abstract: Provided is an image-forming apparatus that is able to determine whether or not reading of a document ends properly without knowing the number of sheets of the document, and when overlapped feeding occurs, is able to estimate the location where overlapped feeding occurs. The image-forming apparatus has a document feeding unit that conveys a set document one sheet at a time, and a document reading unit that reads the conveyed document and obtains document image data. The image-forming apparatus includes an extraction-area-specifying unit that specifies part or all of the top and bottom margins of document image data as extraction areas, a number-image-extracting unit that respectively extracts the images in the extraction areas specified by the extraction-area-specifying unit as number images, and a number-image-summarizing unit that generates a number-verification page on which plural number images are summarized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yohei Yamada
  • Patent number: 10277853
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises an image sensor, a controller, and a signal processor. The image sensor includes pixels each having a photoelectric conversion element and a signal storing unit. When in a simple reproduction mode in which the image signals read out from the image sensor undergo simple reproduction, the controller stores, in the signal storing unit, image signals from all pixels output from the image sensor, converts the size of the image signals stored in the signal storing unit into a size for simple reproduction to transfer the image signals to the signal processor, and upon the simple reproduction starting, the image signals from all pixels stored in the signal storing unit are transferred to the signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Furumochi
  • Patent number: 10257420
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a division unit configured to divide one frame image into a plurality of divided images, a plurality of image processing units configured to respectively process the plurality of divided images, and a combining unit configured to combine the divided images respectively subjected to image deformation processing by the plurality of image processing units, wherein the division unit changes an amount of overlap between the plurality of divided images according to a deformation amount of the image deformation processing performed on the divided image calculated by the image processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ichiro Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10198797
    Abstract: An image processor has a gap amount detector which detects an amount of gap between a reference image and a comparative image, a first shading change rate detector which detects a shading change rate on a circumference which is away from a center of the reference image or comparative image by the gap amount, a second shading change rate detector which detects shading change rates within each area increased by the gap amount from the center of the reference image or comparative image until shading change rates within an area up to an edge of the reference image or comparative image are detected, and a shading corrector which generates a pixel value corrected in shading with respect to each pixel in the reference image based on the shading change rates detected by the first shading change rate detector and second shading change rate detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ICHIKAWA SOFT LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshikuni Ichikawa, Ryo Tamon
  • Patent number: 10120537
    Abstract: Techniques to validate data in document capture are disclosed. An indication is received that a validation rule associated with two or more dependent fields in a data entry form comprising data values extracted from a multi-page document has failed. Ahuman validation interface is provided that enables an operator to view the affected dependent fields and for each an associated document image portion from which a corresponding data value was extracted, including by providing automated navigation to and display of the affected dependent fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventor: Ming Fung Ho
  • Patent number: 10037581
    Abstract: A computing device acquires a video of a tax document utilizing a video camera such as a webcam. The video is analyzed to detect a first motion of the tax document, such as sufficient shaking or movement of the tax document, satisfying first pre-determined criteria that results in the computing device being prompted or requested by the user to take an image of the tax document. After the first pre-determined criteria has been satisfied, the user is instructed to hold the tax document steady. Subsequent video frames are analyzed to detect a second motion or the tax document being sufficiently still or steady, in response to which an image of the tax document is acquired and processed to extract data of the tax document from the acquired image and populate corresponding fields of the electronic tax return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Nankun Huang, Carol Howe, Christopher M. Dye, Robert E. Bamford
  • Patent number: 9984438
    Abstract: A method of registering images includes identifying a block size for a warp estimation on a block by block basis to improve registration of a first image to a master image, and performing the warp estimation on a block by block basis to produce warp data, wherein the warp data includes a warp vector for each block and its associated uncertainty. The method also includes performing a warp model fit on the warp data to produce reduced noise warp data, and applying the reduced noise warp data to the first image for improved registration of the first image to the master image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Suhail S. Saquib
  • Patent number: 9967407
    Abstract: In a preferred aspect of the present invention, a color distribution of manuscript image data is analyzed. At least one or more areas satisfying an allowable condition determined for a color distribution in advance in the manuscript image data is set as a reading area on the basis of a result of the analysis of the color distribution of the manuscript image data. A setting position of the printed material with respect to a reading unit that performs reading of the printed material on which an image is printed on the basis of the manuscript image data is displayed on the basis of a result of the setting of the reading area. Reading of the printed material set in the reading unit is performed after the setting position is displayed by a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Mishima
  • Patent number: 9965693
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention relates to a machine-readable form configuration (and associated method). Another embodiment of the present invention relates to a system for interpreting at least one user mark (and associated methods). In one example, a plurality of user marks may be interpreted. In another example, the machine-readable form may be a lottery play slip, survey, test, or the like. In another example, the system may interpret user mark(s) made on a lottery play slip, survey, test or the like. In another example, the system may interpret user mark(s) made on a paper or the like having non-planar distortion(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Intralot S.A.—Integrated Lottery Systems and Services
    Inventors: Argiris Diamandis, Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis
  • Patent number: 9942441
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a memory, and circuitry. The circuitry acquires a plurality of images divided from original image data, the plurality of images including at least a first image data and a second image data, predicts a size of a storage-use region in the memory, the storage-use area to be used for storing the plurality of image data to be merged based on image information of the acquired first image data, secures the predicted size of the storage-use region in the memory, merges the plurality of image data in the storage-use region secured in the memory based on image information of the acquired first image data, and stores the merged plurality of image data in the storage-use region secured in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuroh Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 9936128
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to capturing panoramic images using a computing device. For example, the computing device may record a set of video frames and tracking features each including one or more features that appear in two or more video frames of the set of video frames within the set of video frames may be determined. A set of frame-based features based on the displacement of the tracking features between two or more video frames of the set of video frames may be determined by the computing device. A set of historical feature values based on the set of frame-based features may also be determined by the computing device. The computing device may determine then whether a user is attempting to capture a panoramic image based on the set of historical feature values. In response, the computing device may capture a panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alexandros Andre Chaaraoui, Carlos Hernandez Esteban, Li Zhang, Steven Maxwell Seitz
  • Patent number: 9832343
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus acquires first and second image data respectively representing first and second image. The first and second image respectively includes first and second target image. The apparatus generates, based on the first image data, corrected image data representing a corrected image including a first corrected target image having a slant end. The apparatus identifies a blank region in contact with the slant end from the corrected image and generates complemented image data representing a complement image by performing, on the corrected image data, a complement process in which pixel values of pixels in the blank region are determined. The apparatus generates arranged image data representing an arranged image in which a first arrangement target image and a second arrangement target image are arranged, by using the complemented image data. The first and second arrangement target images concern the first and second target images, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Shimahashi, Tomohiko Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9826136
    Abstract: A control apparatus controls an image capturing unit for which an image capturing direction is movable inputs at least one of a setting value for restricting a movable range for which the image capturing direction of an image capturing unit is movable, or a setting value for restricting a visible range for which displaying is permitted in a range capturable by moving the image capturing direction of the image capturing unit and controls one of the movable range or the visible range based on a setting value for restricting the other of the movable range and the visible range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masao Akaishi
  • Patent number: 9818170
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for processing unaligned block transfer (BLT) commands. The techniques of this disclosure may involve converting an unaligned BLT command into multiple aligned BLT commands, where the multiple aligned BLT commands may collectively produce the same resulting memory state as that which would have been produced by the unaligned BLT command. The techniques of this disclosure may allow the benefits of relatively low-power GPU-accelerated BLT processing may be achieved for unaligned BLT commands without requiring a CPU to pre-process and/or post-process the underlying unaligned surfaces. In this way, the performance and/or power consumption associated with processing unaligned BLT commands in an alignment-constrained GPU-based system may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Andrew Evan Gruber
  • Patent number: 9794435
    Abstract: A photocopier optically scans a series of documents into corresponding digital images. Prior to printing an image on a print medium, such as paper, the photocopier arranges the scanned images on a preview page for display to a user. The user previews the images on the display to ensure that the images are aligned and do not overlap, and then prints the digital images to a single sheet. The images are printed to the single sheet as they are arranged on the preview page being displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventor: Renat Islamov
  • Patent number: 9734610
    Abstract: An image processing device according to one embodiment includes an acquisition unit, a first specifying unit, and a second specifying unit. The acquisition unit acquires an edge between a text region where the translucent text is superimposed and a background region where the translucent text is not superimposed. The first specifying unit acquires a plurality of pairs of a representative color in the text region and a representative color in the background region adjacent to each other with the edge placed therebetween, and specifies a text color and transparency of the translucent text from the plurality of pairs. The second specifying unit specifies a pixel color before the translucent text is superimposed for each pixel in the text region from a pixel color after the translucent text is superimposed, the text color and the transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoki Chiba, Xinhao Liu
  • Patent number: 9716838
    Abstract: Systems and methods for extracting information from a scanned item having a plurality of regularly spaced row marks along at least part of a length of the scanned item are disclosed herein. The system can include a line scan camera that can generate a line of pixels of a portion of the scanned item in an imaging area; a feed device coupled to the line scan camera; and a timing circuit. The feed device can move at least a portion of the scanned item through the imaging area, and the timing circuit can provide a plurality of capture signals to the line scan camera. The timing circuit can vary a time interval between capture signals based on a number of pixels between adjacent row marks along at least a portion of the length of the scanned item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: PEARSON EDUCATION, INC.
    Inventor: Michael S. Downing
  • Patent number: 9699378
    Abstract: A digital camera 1 includes an image composition unit 52 and a composite position determining unit 53. The image composition unit 52 acquires a plurality of images which have been captured continuously. The composite position determining unit 53 sets candidate areas for determining composite positions in adjacent images, from the plurality of images acquired by the composite position determining unit 52. Furthermore, the composite position determining unit 53 determines composite positions of the adjacent images based on a degree of similarity between the set candidate areas. The image composition unit 52 combines the adjacent images at the determined composite positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naotomo Miyamoto, Kosuke Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9641716
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image reading that reads an original document. An image processing unit determines a region other than a first document region corresponding to the first surface of the original document. The region other than the first document region is eliminated from first image data. A region other than a second document region corresponding to the second surface of the original document is determined. The region other than the second document region from the second image data is eliminated. A printing image is generated. An image forming unit prints the printing image generated by the image processing unit on a single surface of a recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Obata
  • Patent number: 9628666
    Abstract: An image processing device acquires first image data representing a first image and second image data representing a second image. The first image includes a first edge and a first region. The second image includes a second edge and a second region. The image processing device generates, when a first condition is met, first combined image data representing a first combined image by using the first image data and the second image data so that the first region is overlapped with the second region. The image processing device generates, when a second condition different from the first condition is met, second combined image data representing a second combined image by using the first image data and the second image data so that the first edge adjoins the second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Shimahashi, Tomohiko Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9621790
    Abstract: In the present invention, a control section determines the type of a touch operation performed on a touch panel during review display that is performed in a display section (monitor screen) for a predetermined amount of time after an image is captured by an imaging section, and performs type-specific processing according to the determined type on the image being review displayed. For example, when a slide operation is performed as a touch operation on the touch panel, the control section determines the slide direction as the type of the operation and performs type-specific processing based on the slide direction (direction-specific processing).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Otani
  • Patent number: 9609165
    Abstract: A read image processing apparatus is provided for processing a read image read by line image sensors arranged such that one end parts of which adjacent to each other are overlapped in a sub-scanning direction. The read image processing apparatus includes a density variation detector, a seam processor, and a line image generator. The density variation detector detects whether a density variation occurs for not less than a predetermined number of times or not in each of a plurality of regions in a seam-read image. The seam processor generates a seam image by synthesizing the seam-read images read by the line image sensors adjacent to each other in accordance with a detection result made by the density variation detector. The line image generator generates a read image corresponding to one line based on read images read by the line image sensors and the seam image generated by the seam processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Rie Suzuki, Hideaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9501826
    Abstract: Rectification techniques for camera arrays in which the resolutions, fields of view, and/or pixel sizes of various cameras may differ from one another are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may comprise logic, at least a portion of which is in hardware, the logic to receive a captured image array captured by a heterogeneous camera array, select a rectification process for application to the captured image array, identify a set of rectification maps for the selected rectification process, and apply the identified set of rectification maps to the captured image array to obtain a rectified image array. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kalpana Seshadrinathan, Oscar Nestares
  • Patent number: 9412017
    Abstract: A computing device acquires a video of a tax document utilizing a video camera such as a webcam. The video is analyzed to detect a first motion of the tax document, such as sufficient shaking or movement of the tax document, satisfying first pre-determined criteria that results in the computing device being prompted or requested by the user to take an image of the tax document. After the first pre-determined criteria has been satisfied, the user is instructed to hold the tax document steady. Subsequent video frames are analyzed to detect a second motion or the tax document being sufficiently still or steady, in response to which an image of the tax document is acquired and processed to extract data of the tax document from the acquired image and populate corresponding fields of the electronic tax return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Nankun Huang, Carol Howe, Christopher M. Dye, Robert E. Bamford
  • Patent number: 9378431
    Abstract: The invention is related to a method of matching image features with reference features, comprising the steps of providing a current image captured by a capturing device, providing reference features (r), wherein each of the reference features comprises at least one reference feature descriptor (d(r)), determining current features (c) in the current image and associating with each of the current features at least one respective current feature descriptor (d(c)), and matching the current features with at least some of the reference features by determining a respective similarity measure (D(c, r)) between each respective current feature descriptor (d(c)) and each respective reference feature descriptor (d(r)). According to the invention, the determination of the similarity measure is performed on an integrated circuit by hardwired logic or configurable logic which processes logical functions for determining the similarity measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Metaio GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Stoeffler, Peter Meier
  • Patent number: 9348443
    Abstract: Provided are an information processing apparatus provided with a display unit including a touch panel, and a method for controlling the same. The information processing apparatus detects a plurality of touch points on a display object displayed on the display unit, and, if the number of the detected plurality of touch points is a predetermined number or more, divides this display object into a plurality of display objects in response to at least some of the plurality of touch points moving in an opposite direction on the touch panel to other of the plurality of touch points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Soshi Oshima
  • Patent number: 9317733
    Abstract: A biometric information reading device includes an image capturing unit that sequentially captures a plurality of partial images about biometric information, an image feature extracting unit that extracts an image feature from each of the partial images and a position of the image feature, a matching relative position detecting unit that determines whether a relative distance between two successive partial images among the partial images is equal to or smaller than a threshold value, based on the image feature of an overlapping region between the two successive partial images, and a partial image output determining unit that determines to output at least two successive partial images as one set, determines not to output a partial image that is input after the partial images as the one set when the matching relative position detecting unit determines that a relative distance of the partial image from one of the partial images as the one set is equal to or smaller than the threshold value, and determines to out
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yukihiro Abiko
  • Patent number: 9311563
    Abstract: A method of generating a saliency image, which includes: converting an input image into an input image of the first size and an input image of the second size; applying a saliency extraction scheme to the input image of the first size to generate a first saliency image; converting the first saliency image to the second size; extracting an area that satisfies a first condition from the converted first saliency image; determining an area of the input image of the second size that corresponds to the extracted area; and generating a second saliency image by multiplying an image generated by applying the saliency extraction scheme to the determined area, and the converted first saliency image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventors: Jong-hoon Won, Jun-seong Kim, Chang-su Kim, Kazuhiko Sugimoto, Masataka Hamada
  • Patent number: 9294635
    Abstract: A system for creating media-based projects includes a server, the server having access to a processor and a data repository, the server including a non-transitory physical medium, and software running from the non-transitory physical medium, the software providing a method comprising steps of receiving a plurality of images from a user-operated computing appliance to add to the media-project; performing image analysis on the images added to the media-project to identify a plurality of distinguishable features in the images; and selecting a subset of the plurality of distinguishable features in the images for presentation in a mosaic pattern in the media-project, wherein the mosaic pattern comprises the plurality of distinguishable features displayed in a tile pattern comprising a plurality of tiles, and wherein an overlaid die-cut pattern has a plurality of die-cuts corresponding to the plurality of tiles through which the mosaic pattern comprising the distinguishable features is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Interactive Memories Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ryan Gowen, Caleb Timothy Elston, Michael David Demers, Mark Dodwell, Alexander Joseph Hofsteede, David Robert Kasper
  • Patent number: 9277067
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods are provided to allow a multi-functional apparatus to control a mixed mode scan job build. Different types of sheets of documents with various configurations can be combined into a single output document with the various configurations intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Dennis Faust
  • Patent number: 9229914
    Abstract: Optimizing a layout of an electronic document. An electronic document can be processed to identify a plurality of document sections within the document. A plurality of document sections can be recursively combined in at least a first page of a modified document and a presentation size of content within the document sections can be reduced. With each recursive combination of document sections, a first perceptual delta value can be generated based on perceptual differences between the document sections as originally presented in the electronic document and the document sections as presented when combined into the first page. When the first perceptual delta value at least equals the first threshold value, the recursive combination of document sections into the first page can cease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ileana Belfiore, Stanley K. Jerrard-Dunne, Brendan P. Murray
  • Patent number: 9218327
    Abstract: A method of optimizing a layout of an electronic document. An electronic document can be processed to identify a plurality of document sections within the document. A plurality of document sections can be recursively combined in at least a first page of a modified document and a presentation size of content within the document sections can be reduced. With each recursive combination of document sections, a first perceptual delta value can be generated based on perceptual differences between the document sections as originally presented in the electronic document and the document sections as presented when combined into the first page. When the first perceptual delta value at least equals the first threshold value, the recursive combination of document sections into the first page can cease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ileana Belfiore, Stanley K. Jerrard-Dunne, Brendan P. Murray
  • Patent number: 9185261
    Abstract: Provided are an input device and an image processing method thereof. The image processing method of the input device having a scan function includes acquiring a first image frame and a second image frame to detect coordinates of the acquired first image frame and coordinates of the acquired second image frame; dividing an overlap region between the first image frame and the second image frame into a plurality of sub overlap regions by using the detected coordinates of the first and second image frames; dividing each of the sub overlap regions into unit regions; setting a reference feature point of a plurality of feature points within the divided unit regions; and extracting corresponding points by using the set reference feature point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minwoo Kim, Jungyong Lee
  • Patent number: 9183460
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for identifying modified images based on visual dissimilarity to a first image. In an aspect, a method includes determining, for each of a first image and a second image, a respective set of local image feature descriptions; determining one or more unmatched regions of the images that include unmatched image features and that correspond to one or more same respective regions in both the first image and the second image; determining, for each of the one or more unmatched regions of the images, a modification measure based on the image data corresponding to the unmatched region in the first image and the image data corresponding to the unmatched region in the second image; and determining that the second image is a modification of the first image when one of the modification measures meets a modification measure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Zhang, Charles J. Rosenberg, Yang Song
  • Patent number: 9171238
    Abstract: Image processing system for generating control signals for printing means, from source image data from an image source, comprising a raster image processing and layout module configured to convert said source image data into a first lane bitmap element and a second lane bitmap element; a streaming processor arranged to receive said first lane bitmap element and said second lane bitmap element, and position signals comprising position data for said first and/or said second lane image in the printed image; said streaming processor being configured to generate control signals for the printing means based on said first lane bitmap element, said second lane bitmap element, and said position signals in order to be able to adjust the position of said first lane image and/or the position of the second lane image in the printed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Xeikon IP BV
    Inventors: Jürgen Norbert Bart Devlieghere, Marc Lodewijk Cornelia Goetschalckx
  • Patent number: 9134940
    Abstract: In a printing system configured such that a computer and an image forming apparatus can be connected via a network, the computer sets a stamp image and transmits the set stamp image to the image forming apparatus via the network. The image forming apparatus includes a reading device that reads an original image, an image combining unit that reads out at least one stamp image from a storage unit, combines the stamp image with the original image read by the reading device, and forms a composite image, and a printing unit that prints the composite image on recording paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuma Ogawa, Kenji Onogi, Masakazu Ohira
  • Patent number: 9117262
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing learned, piece-wise patch regression for image enhancement. In one embodiment, an image manipulation application generates training patch pairs that include training input patches and training output patches. Each training patch pair includes a respective training input patch from a training input image and a respective training output patch from a training output image. The training input image and the training output image include at least some of the same image content. The image manipulation application determines patch-pair functions from at least some of the training patch pairs. Each patch-pair function corresponds to a modification to a respective training input patch to generate a respective training output patch. The image manipulation application receives an input image generates an output image from the input image by applying at least some of the patch-pair functions based on at least some input patches of the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhe Lin, Xin Lu, Jonathan Brandt, Hailin Jin
  • Patent number: 9063674
    Abstract: Logo data can be easily created and registered in a printer without requiring special knowledge. A host computer executes a dedicated tool starting step that starts a dedicated tool for logo editing when a first printer driver is selected from a printer selection field in a print window of an application; a print data output step that outputs print data generated by the application to the dedicated tool; an image editing step that edits the print data and produces logo data using the dedicated tool; and a registration command step that outputs the logo data and a registration command to register the logo data in a receipt printer using the dedicated tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Yokoyama
  • Publication number: 20150146265
    Abstract: A method of recognizing characters in a plurality of documents includes capturing a preview image of a plurality of document, cropping each of the plurality of documents in the captured preview image into respective document images, recognizing characters on each of the plurality of the document images, and generating a document containing the plurality of the document images with the recognized characters. An apparatus for recognizing characters in a document includes a camera configured to capture a preview image of a plurality of document images, a display configured to display the preview image, and a controller configured to crop each of the plurality of documents in the captured preview image into respective document images, recognize characters on each of the plurality of the document images, and generate a document corresponding to the plurality of the document images with the recognized characters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Hee Jin Kim, Kyung Hwa Kim, Seon Hwa Kim, Jo Ah Choi
  • Patent number: 9025210
    Abstract: A document management apparatus in an embodiment is configured to manage a printer unit which erase image information obtained by printing both characteristic identification information and document information or only the document information with an erasable color material on a printing medium, and a reading unit configured to read the characteristic identification information on the printing medium to be erased by a erasing unit, comprising: an processor unit configured to manage an erasability condition of the document information on the basis of the characteristic identification information and instruct the printer unit to output new document information according to the erasability condition of the document information, the erasability condition being contained in the characteristic identification information read by the reading unit; and an interface unit performs respectively of the transmitting and receiving of information to the reading unit and the printer unit to the processor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hajime Tomizawa, Akihiko Fujiwara, Shunichi Megawa, Masaaki Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 9019527
    Abstract: A disclosed image forming apparatus capable of delivering image data includes an image forming unit configured to read an image to generate image data, a workflow selection unit configured to receive selection of workflows each obtained by optionally combining input processing, image-conversion processing and output processing plug-ins for processing the generated image data, a storage unit configured to store data identification information for identifying desired electronic data, a data selection unit configured to receive selection of the desired electronic data, an electronic data acquisition unit configured to acquire the selected electronic data based on the corresponding data identification information, and a delivery processing unit configured to carry out delivery processing on the acquired electronic data and the generated image data based on a selected one of the workflows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd
    Inventor: Tetsuhiko Omori
  • Patent number: 9013760
    Abstract: A scanner device includes a plurality of image sensor arrays and an image processing component. Each image sensor is configured to acquire a corresponding sequence of image slices, wherein the sequences of image slices are concurrently acquired, and wherein each sequence of image slices represents a contiguous partial scan of a target medium. The image processing component is configured to generate an image file representing the target medium based at least in part on the sequences of image slices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: David K. Poole