Picture Size Conversion Patents (Class 358/451)
  • Patent number: 11423269
    Abstract: A printing apparatus for printing on a front surface of a printing medium, and thereafter printing on a back surface of the printing medium. The apparatus includes the following elements: a front surface print head for printing a front surface image based on front surface image data, over a surface page length on the front surface of the printing medium; a back surface print head for printing a back surface image based on back surface image data, on the back surface of the printing medium; a data corrector for creating corrected front surface image data by correcting an image size of the front surface image data based on elasticity information in the transport direction; and a printing controller for causing printing based on the corrected front surface image data, and controlling the back surface print head to perform printing on the back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Susumu Takahashi, Asuka Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 11170518
    Abstract: An imaging processing part 131 executes first imaging processing of causing a first illuminating part to emit structured light from a first direction to a measurement target, causing an imaging part 120 to generate image data, and causing a buffer memory 133 to store therein the generated image data. A computing processing part 132 executes first computing processing of generating, height data corresponding to the first direction. Concurrently with the first computing processing, the imaging processing part 131 executes second imaging processing of causing the second illuminating part to emit structured light from a second direction to the measurement target, causing the imaging part 120 to generate image data, and causing a buffer memory 134 to store therein the generated image data. The computing processing part 132 executes second computing processing of generating height data corresponding to the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: KEYENCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xing Li, Toshihiro Konaka, Naoyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11153459
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image reading device, an image forming device, and a control device. The image reading device reads a source document image. The image forming device forms the source document image read by the image reading device, on a recording sheet. The control device includes a processor, and acts as a controller, when the processor executes a control program. The controller arranges a plurality of source document images sequentially read by the image reading device, in a consolidated form in an area corresponding to one recording sheet, and causes the image forming device to record the source document images on one recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Haruna Takamura
  • Patent number: 10885121
    Abstract: Methods and systems for searching for similar documents include comparing an input index of a requested document to one or more stored indices for respective stored documents to produce a similarity score for each of the stored documents. Each index indicates which of a plurality of queries matched a respective document. The stored documents are filtered to remove dissimilar documents based on a comparison of each respective similarity score to a threshold. A list of any stored documents that remain after said filtering is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Takuma
  • Patent number: 10863086
    Abstract: A communication terminal for displaying a predetermined-area image, which is an image of a part of a whole image, includes circuitry. The circuitry receives first predetermined information specifying a first predetermined area, the first predetermined information being transmitted from another communication terminal displaying a first predetermined-area image, which is an image of the first predetermined-area. The circuitry calculates a position of the first predetermined area with respect to a second predetermined area, based on the first predetermined information received and second predetermined information specifying the second predetermined area, the second predetermined area being an area of a second predetermined-area image being displayed by the communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yohhei Ohmura, Kenichiro Morita, Takeshi Homma, Takuya Soneda, Mayu Hakata, Hidekuni Annaka
  • Patent number: 10803553
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide image resolution enhancement. For example, a method includes: receiving a reference image (e.g., a visible light image) of a scene comprising image pixels identified by pixel coordinates; receiving a lower-resolution target image (e.g., an infrared image) of the scene; resizing the target image to a larger size; determining an adaptive-shape neighborhood for each pixel coordinate, wherein the adaptive-shape neighborhood extends from the each pixel coordinate such that those reference image pixels that are within the shape-adaptive neighborhood meet a regularity condition; determining, for each adaptive-shape neighborhood, a local estimate based on those target image pixels that are within the adaptive-shape neighborhood; and aggregating the local estimates associated with the adaptive-shape neighborhoods to provide a global estimate that corresponds to the target image with an improved resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Alessandro Foi, Enrique Sanchez-Monge
  • Patent number: 10706268
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for ensuring a desired distribution of images in a multimedia document (e.g., yearbook, slideshow). A desired distribution of facial signatures in a multimedia document to be created by the user is received. Upon receiving an image to be added to the multimedia document by the user, a facial signature for a face detected in the image is generated. The current number of instances of the facial signature in the multimedia document is then determined. A determination is then made as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets the desired distribution. An indication is then provided to the user as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets or does not meet the desired distribution. In this manner, the user can ensure a desired distribution of images in the multimedia document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa M. Bradley, Brian O'Donovan, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 10659654
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a memory; and a processor, in which the processor is configured to operate as an attribution area detection unit that detects an attribution area from a document image, the attribution area including an attribution image representing attribution information, an attribution image detection unit that detects the attribution image included in the attribution area, an attribution information extraction unit that extracts the attribution information represented by the attribution image, a marking detection unit that detects a marking image from an article area, the article area being an area excluding the attribution area in the document image, a marking area image generation unit that generates, from the document image, a marking area image surrounded by the marking image, and a combined image generation unit that combines the marking area image and a character string representing the attribution information to generate a combined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Miura
  • Patent number: 10560602
    Abstract: A system and method provide an improvement to publications with gutter creep that shifts page content to the edges of pages. In an exemplary embodiment, a process may be triggered which determines a printable page area for pages of each respective sheet that will be printed on, based on the sheet gutter value for the page. A scaling factor may be applied to the printable page area to produce a scaled printable area. The printed content may be scaled within the printable area by the scaling factor so that when the gutter creep value becomes larger and there is less printable area available, the content remains readable on the page. A user interface may include a manual creep shift button to shift positioned scaled printed content toward or away from a sheet fold axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Nishan Hossepian
  • Patent number: 10356277
    Abstract: A system and method provide an improvement to publications with gutter creep that shifts page content to the edges of pages, if not off the page entirely. In an exemplary embodiment, a process may be triggered which determines a printable page area for pages of each respective sheet that will be printed on, based on the sheet gutter value for the page. A scaling factor is applied to the printable page area to produce a scaled printable area. The printed content may be scaled within the printable area by the scaling factor so that when the gutter creep value becomes larger and there is less printable area available, the content remains readable on the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Nishan Hossepian
  • Patent number: 10319136
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can detect a trigger to initiate at least one of a pixelation animation or a depixelation animation for a media content item. A set of pixelated images can be generated based on a source image associated with the media content item. Variable durations for presenting the set of pixelated images can be determined. The set of pixelated images can be presented, based on the variable durations, to produce the at least one of the pixelation animation or the depixelation animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nilesh Vinubhai Patel, William M. Ruben, William Joseph Flynn, III, Daniel James Smith, II
  • Patent number: 10306105
    Abstract: An image scanner has an operation clock generator, a photoelectric converter, an AD converter configured to convert the analog pixel signals serially output by the photoelectric converter to digital pixel data by sampling the analog pixel signals in accordance with an operation clock generated by the operation clock generator, a data generator configured to generate read image data representing an read image of the original based on the pixel data converted by the AD converter, a resolution setter configured to set a reading resolution in the sub scanning direction, and a line period determiner configured to determine the line period to be (integer+decimal value) times a modulation period based on the reading resolution set by the resolution setter, the modulation period being inversion of the modulation frequency. The integer is greater than one and the decimal value is determined based on the reading resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazushi Shumiya, Jie Zheng, Masashi Fujimoto, Takahiro Ikeno
  • Patent number: 10169645
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for ensuring a desired distribution of images in a multimedia document (e.g., yearbook, slideshow). A desired distribution of facial signatures in a multimedia document to be created by the user is received. Upon receiving an image to be added to the multimedia document by the user, a facial signature for a face detected in the image is generated. The current number of instances of the facial signature in the multimedia document is then determined. A determination is then made as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets the desired distribution. An indication is then provided to the user as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets or does not meet the desired distribution. In this manner, the user can ensure a desired distribution of images in the multimedia document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa M. Bradley, Brian O'Donovan, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 10158776
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a scanner and a printing apparatus, wherein the scanner includes a scanning window; a transport unit configured to transport a document to a top surface of the scanning window; a scan unit configured to obliquely irradiate light to a bottom surface of the scanning window to scan the document; a transport guide member configured to be disposed to face the top surface of the scanning window to guide a transport of the document; and a curved reflection member configured to be coupled to the transport guide member to collect the light irradiated from the scan unit and to reflect the collected light toward the scanning window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong-yul Kim, Kyung-rok Kim
  • Patent number: 10148848
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a document setting table, an image data generation unit, a downsized image data generation unit, a document information generation unit, and an image cropping unit. The image data generation unit reads a plurality of source documents placed on the document setting table and generates image data representing the plurality of source documents. The downsized image data generation unit generates downsized image data by reducing a size of the image data. The document information generation unit analyzes the downsized image data to detect respective positions of the plurality of source documents and generate document information indicating the detected positions. The image cropping unit cuts out a plurality of regions from the image data according to the document information and acquires a plurality of items of cropped image data respectively representing the plurality of source documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Harada
  • Patent number: 10070006
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a first inverter to output binary image data having first resolution, as image data having pixel values that are inverted or image data having unprocessed pixel values, in accordance with an inversion signal; a thinning processor to convert the image data output from the first inverter from the first resolution to second resolution and perform a thinning process of thinning pixels of edge portions of the image data in units of the second resolution; and a second inverter to output the image data having the second resolution for which the thinning process is performed, as image data having pixel values that are inverted or image data having unprocessed pixel values, in accordance with the inversion signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hayato Fujita, Muneaki Iwata
  • Patent number: 10068312
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus which is capable of providing images with enhanced resolution and enhanced sharpness is provided. The image processing apparatus includes an inputter configured to receive an input of image data, an up-scaler configured to up-scale the inputted image data, a region sense unit configured to sense an edge region and a line region within the up-scaled image data by extracting brightness information of the up-scaled image data, an image corrector configured to correct the up-scaled image data in different correction methods for each of the edge region and the line region, and an outputter configured to output the corrected image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-seok Han, Jong-ho Kim, Se-hyeok Park
  • Patent number: 9984409
    Abstract: Techniques for generated and presenting images of items within user selected context images are presented herein. In an example embodiment, an access module can be configured to receive a first environment image. A simulation module coupled to the access module may process the environment image to identify placement areas within the image, and an imaging module may merge an item image with the environment image and filter the merged image in an erosion area. In various embodiments, the items and environments may be selected by a user and presented to a user in real-time or near-real time as part of an online shopping experience. In further embodiments, the environments may be processed from images taken by a device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mihir Naware, Jatin Chhugani, Jonathan Su
  • Patent number: 9906681
    Abstract: An original is read, image data is generated, image data of a set transmission resolution is generated based on the generated image data, printing is performed based on the generated image data, a transmission instruction is accepted, and image data of a set transmission resolution is transmitted in accordance with the accepted transmission instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Osuki
  • Patent number: 9900549
    Abstract: Image data is accurately resized in real time by downscaling. An image signal generating apparatus includes a parameter generator that dynamically generates a parameter PM and an image signal generator that repeats processing of generating an output image signal Q in response to each sampling signal B. Each parameter includes a division ratio parameter DP. The division ratio parameter DP corresponds to a ratio of a second time period Tb and a third time period Tc other than the second time period Tb. The second time period Tb is a time interval until the generation of a sampling signal Bn in a first time period Ta until input of an immediate timing signal Ak+1 since input of a last timing signal Ak. The image signal generator repeatedly generates a first weighted signal and a second weighted signal of the image signal in response to each sampling signal Bn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kamon, Kazuki Fukui, Kunio Muraji
  • Patent number: 9721149
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for ensuring a desired distribution of images in a multimedia document (e.g., yearbook, slideshow). A desired distribution of facial signatures in a multimedia document to be created by the user is received. Upon receiving an image to be added to the multimedia document by the user, a facial signature for a face detected in the image is generated. The current number of instances of the facial signature in the multimedia document is then determined. A determination is then made as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets the desired distribution. An indication is then provided to the user as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets or does not meet the desired distribution. In this manner, the user can ensure a desired distribution of images in the multimedia document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa M. Bradley, Brian O'Donovan, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 9662083
    Abstract: A medical image display apparatus for displaying at least one medical image acquired from an object, the medical image display apparatus comprises: memory circuitry configured to store at least one functional image representing functional information of a tissue in the object, and at least one morphological image representing morphological information of the object; processing circuitry configured: to specify a region of interest based on the functional image; and to find a position of a characteristic structure of a human body by analyzing the morphological image, the position detection section being further configured to find area information corresponding to the position of the region of interest of the functional image; and a display configured to display the area information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kousuke Sakaue
  • Patent number: 9600350
    Abstract: A method is provided to remotely access an application hosted by a server and having a corresponding application graphical user interface (GUI) represented on the server, the method comprising: a client automatically sending GUI display update requests to the server throughout a duration of the access, the requests being HTTP requests over corresponding HTTP connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventor: Sarel Kobus Jooste
  • Patent number: 9507996
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for ensuring a desired distribution of images in a multimedia document (e.g., yearbook, slideshow). A desired distribution of facial signatures in a multimedia document to be created by the user is received. Upon receiving an image to be added to the multimedia document by the user, a facial signature for a face detected in the image is generated. The current number of instances of the facial signature in the multimedia document is then determined. A determination is then made as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets the desired distribution. An indication is then provided to the user as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets or does not meet the desired distribution. In this manner, the user can ensure a desired distribution of images in the multimedia document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa M. Bradley, Brian O'Donovan, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 9483687
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for ensuring a desired distribution of images in a multimedia document (e.g., yearbook, slideshow). A desired distribution of facial signatures in a multimedia document to be created by the user is received. Upon receiving an image to be added to the multimedia document by the user, a facial signature for a face detected in the image is generated. The current number of instances of the facial signature in the multimedia document is then determined. A determination is then made as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets the desired distribution. An indication is then provided to the user as to whether the current number of instances of the facial signature meets or does not meet the desired distribution. In this manner, the user can ensure a desired distribution of images in the multimedia document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa M. Bradley, Brian O'Donovan, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 9444965
    Abstract: A scan device includes a main body, a transparent glass plate, a carrier, a light source, a reflecting unit, a lens and an image sensor. Light is emitted from the light source through the transparent glass plate to a document. Then, the light is reflected by the document and passes through the transparent glass plate to reach the reflecting unit. The light is reflected by the first mirror to travel to the second mirror and the third mirror and reflected by the second and third mirrors for several times, then reaches the fourth mirror and fifth mirror to passes through the lens, and forms an image on the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., ASIA OPTICAL CO., INC.
    Inventors: Yun-Min Yeh, Hsien-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 9374601
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for processing images (or other such instances of content) to detect which of the images exhibit artifacts when modified, such as by applying standard transformation algorithms to modify the images. Such techniques enable transformation algorithms to be applied to the detected images to minimize or prevent artifacts. In some embodiments, the headers of the detected images can be tagged with transformative instructions that indicate which transformation algorithms to apply. Responsive to a request from a web client to modify and render one of the detected images, embodiments obtain the requested image, read the transformative instructions in the header, apply the transformation algorithm specified in the header to modify the image so as to minimize or prevent artifacts, and render the modified image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy N. Harkness, Paul A. Larpenteur, Ajay Gopalakrishnan, Hubert Wong
  • Patent number: 9344589
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image data input unit reading an input image and acquiring input image data on a per line basis; an effective image data generation unit generating effective image data based on the input image data acquired by the image data input unit; an address generation unit generating addresses of transmission destinations of the input image data; an image data transmission unit transmitting the input image data to the transmission destinations designated by the addresses generated by the address generation unit; and an adjustment unit adjusting an operation of the image data transmission unit in a manner so that margin data can be transmitted in periods other than periods when effective image data are transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Norio Sakai
  • Patent number: 9313357
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a contact glass, an image sensor, a holder, a mount, a biasing member, and an adjusting screw. The image sensor reads image data from a document through the contact glass. The image sensor includes plural reading elements arranged on an identical line along a main scanning direction. The holder holds the image sensor. The mount mounts the holder including a screw hole. The holder is movable toward and away from the contact glass. The biasing member biases the holder toward the contact glass. The adjusting screw is attached to the screw hole to adjust a position of the holder relative to the contact glass against a biasing force of the biasing member by advancing and retreating in an axial direction of the screw hole. The biasing member and the adjusting screw are arranged on an identical straight line along the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9153155
    Abstract: An image signal source alternately outputs two types of image signal. A pixel shifting unit outputs an image as light displayed by a display element having a number of pixels corresponding to the image signal while alternately shifting the light by a distance of a ½ pixel horizontally and a ½ pixel vertically. A horizontal display control unit receives the image signal and, in response to an installation position, changes the received image signal so that an image corresponding to any one of the two types of image signal alternately outputted is horizontally shifted by one pixel. A display element drive unit receives the changed image signal and, in response to the installation position, controls the display element so that the display element displays an image obtained by horizontally inverting the image based on the received image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuji Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 9151599
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image sensing module including an image sensing device and a calculation device. The image sensing device includes a plurality of pixels for acquiring an operation image containing an object image. The calculation device stores a look-up table regarding a temperature related parameter and a position deviation of the object image at each pixel associated with the temperature related parameter, and selects a deformation error from the look-up table according to the temperature related parameter corresponding to the operation image so as to correct a current position of the object image in the operation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Cheng Nan Tsai, Chun Yi Lu, Hui Hsuan Chen, Hung Ching Lai, Yuan Yu Peng, Tsung Min Su, Chih Hsin Lin, Yu Chia Lin, Teng Wei Hsu, Chuan Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 9121992
    Abstract: A development device includes an imaging lens and light shielding walls. The imaging lens includes a body part having a constant diameter and both end parts arranged at both ends in an optical axial direction having diameters larger than the body part to capture a reflected light from a document onto an imaging part. The light shielding walls has a space with an interval larger than the diameter of the body part and smaller than the diameters of the both end parts, allowing the body part of the imaging lens to be arranged in the space, and shielding a light in the optical axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tomohide Hozono
  • Publication number: 20150116788
    Abstract: To improve operability for a user who uses an image processing apparatus which images an original document and displays an image indicating the imaged original document, a camera scanner causes a displaying device to display a remaining image corresponding to the image indicating the original document at a position where the original document was put, and, when detecting that an original document enters a detecting region, causes the displaying device to display a thumbnail image of the remaining image such that the thumbnail image does not overlap the original document which enters the detecting region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Soshi Oshima
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150085326
    Abstract: Systems and method for improving the quality of document images are provided. One method includes identifying a plurality of image fragments within a previously received document image that includes text. The method further includes separating the plurality of image fragments into a plurality of classes. Each class includes a subset of the plurality of image fragments that are substantially similar to one another. The method further includes, for each of the plurality of classes: (1) processing a class of image fragments to generate a combined and substantially enlarged image fragment for the class; and (2) filtering the combined and substantially enlarged image fragment to generate a filtered image fragment for the class. The method further includes generating an improved document image by replacing or modifying the image fragments within the document image based on the filtered image fragments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: ABBYY Development LLC
    Inventors: Mikhail Kostyukov, Ivan Zagaynov
  • Publication number: 20150085327
    Abstract: Systems and method for improving the quality of document images are provided. One method includes identifying a plurality of image fragments within a previously received document image that includes text. The method further includes separating the plurality of image fragments into a plurality of classes. Each class includes a subset of the plurality of image fragments that are substantially similar to one another. The method further includes, for each of the plurality of classes: (1) processing a class of image fragments to generate a combined and substantially enlarged image fragment for the class; and (2) filtering the combined and substantially enlarged image fragment to generate a filtered image fragment for the class. The method further includes generating an improved document image by replacing or modifying the image fragments within the document image based on the filtered image fragments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: ABBYY Development LLC
    Inventors: Mikhail Kostyukov, Ivan Zagaynov
  • Patent number: 8977071
    Abstract: Means which enables image conversion in which a plurality of conversion results can be output without once saving all of video-image data, which has been input from image-pickup means, in a storage medium is provided. A single line memory having a plurality of lines is used while switching the role thereof for a reading use by a video-image converting means and a use for inputting image data from the image-pickup means. The image converting means obtains an input image, which is in the line memory, and carries out conversion of the input image based on a conversion specifying means interpreted by an instruction decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Kido, Shoji Muramatsu, Hiroyuki Hamasaki, Akihiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8976429
    Abstract: A image reading device comprises a reading part for reading a document, a storage part including shared space, and an operation part for accepting input of identification information when the device is in a logged-out state, entering a logged-in state when a user is successfully certified, accepting settings input and function execution input when the logged-in state is in effect, and entering the logged-out state when predetermined conditions are met, the operation part including a scanning START key for accepting instructions to perform scanning using the reading part. When the scanning START key is pressed while the device is in the logged-out state, the reading part reads a document and forms image data, and the storage part stores the image data formed by logged-out scanning in the shared space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mamoru Kani
  • Patent number: 8958118
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adjusting the size of an object included in a printing target to be printed according to a reduction ratio, the method including calculating at least one dimensional value of the object after the size of the object has been converted according to a reduction ratio, by the way of the at least one processor; and changing the at least one dimensional value to a predetermined value, when the calculated the at least one dimensional value is equal to or less than a reference dimensional value, by the way of the at least one processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-myun Lee
  • 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: 20150002910
    Abstract: A light source section of the image reading apparatus illuminates a document with light. An image sensor outputs image signals. An operating section accepts input of an enlargement factor and selection of a document scanning mode. An image processing section generates image data, from pixels (lines) in a quantity according to an enlargement factor. A stepper motor moves the document or the light source section. During a quiet mode, a signal generating section inputs to the stepper motor a pulse signal of a fixed frequency within a quiet mode frequency band. The quiet mode frequency band is a frequency band in which vibration of the stepper motor is at or below a predetermined normal vibration level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tadashi MIYAZAKI
  • Patent number: 8902474
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to the present invention comprises an input unit sequentially scanning first image data having first resolution, in units of a predetermined number of pixels that are contiguous in a first direction, in a second direction crossing the first direction at right angles, thereby inputting a pixel group corresponding to each unit of pixels, a computation unit calculating pixel values of second image data having second resolution using pixels in a reference area having a predetermined range in the first image data, a storage unit storing pixel values of a range of the first image data that is larger than the reference area in the first direction, and a control unit controlling the computation unit so as to successively output pixels of the second resolution in the first direction in units of the predetermined number of pixels using the stored pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jumpei Ashida
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8804188
    Abstract: A technique is presented for making effective use of sheets when the total number of pages to be printed on a sheet is changed after the number of pages per sheet was originally specified. In one aspect, the technique is implemented on an apparatus that accepts a specified number of pages per sheet, obtains a page group having a number of pages, determines whether the number of pages in the page group has changed, changes the specified number of pages per sheet when the number of pages in the page group has changed, and generates output data of the pages with the specified number of pages when the number of pages in the page group has not been changed, and generates the changed number of pages when the number has been changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mareyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 8792144
    Abstract: An image reading device includes an arbitrating unit configured to obtain read data on a main-scan-line-by-main-scan-line basis from a first image sensor that reads one side of a document and read data on a main-scan-line-by-main-scan-line basis from a second image sensor that reads the other side of the document. The arbitrating unit transfers a piece of read data obtained from the first image sensor and the second image sensor alternately. The device also includes a reducing unit configured to perform reduction in image data including the read data in a sub-scanning direction in a way that thins on the transferred pieces of read data corresponding respectively to main scan lines; an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the read data having undergone the thinning; and a transfer unit configured to transfer the read data having undergone the image processing to another unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Mitsuo Shinya
  • Patent number: 8792130
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image processing apparatus including: an operation pixel arrangement unit to arrange the operation pixels to be inserted or deleted in a staggered form from one end of the image to the other end of the image in the second direction, so as to satisfy a first condition in which a distance in the first direction between the operation pixels adjacent in the second direction is 2 pixels or more and less than the predetermined number of pixels, and a second condition in which a direction in which the operation pixels adjacent in the second direction are apart from each other is reversed at intervals of not more than 2 pixels which are consecutive in the second direction; and an image enlargement/reduction unit to enlarge or reduce the image by inserting or deleting the operation pixels arranged by the operation pixel arrangement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuhei Kurigata
  • Patent number: 8767250
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an acquiring unit; a resolution converting unit; a receiving unit; a position determining unit; a correcting unit; and a scaling unit. The acquiring unit acquires image data composed of a plurality of pixels; the scaling-factor determining unit determines a scaling factor of the acquired image data; the resolution converting unit converts a resolution of the acquired image data into a higher resolution than the resolution of the image data; the receiving unit receives a designation of a sub-scanning directional shift amount of a correction pixel to be corrected; a position determining unit performs a position determining process; and the scaling unit scales the image data at the determined scaling factor by causing the position determining unit and the correcting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Kaima
  • Publication number: 20140160535
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of acquiring an image of a target to provide an output video image that has a plurality of frame images. The method includes the steps of receiving a series of frame images from a video camera, using a processor to manipulate the series of frame images, which includes determining a reference resolution for providing output frame images, and displaying and/or storing the manipulated series of frame images as the output video image without changing a resolution of the output frame images. Also disclosed is a document imaging apparatus that includes a digital imaging unit. The digital imaging unit contains optics that having an infinite focal length. The document imaging apparatus also includes a processor that is coupled to the digital imaging unit and that is configured to cause the digital imaging unit to zoom in or zoom out in real-time while maintaining a resolution value of stored images constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: JI SHEN, Dongbing Zhang
  • Patent number: 8743410
    Abstract: Images are laid out appropriately according to the sizes of faces of people pictured therein. A user selects a plurality of images to be laid out on a single background image. A layout determining section selects a template having the same number of image insertion regions as the number of images selected by the user, from among a plurality of templates, each having one or more image insertion regions of various sizes. Whether faces are included in the images is judged. Image layout is determined such that images that include faces are inserted in image insertion regions of the template having greater sizes as the size of a representative face is smaller; and images that do not include faces are inserted into image insertion regions of the template having smaller sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Mika Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8730541
    Abstract: A duplex scanning apparatus includes a flatbed scanning portion and an automatic document feeder. The flatbed scanning portion has a first scanning module. The automatic document feeder has a second scanning module. The first scanning module has a first normal line perpendicular to a horizontal plane. The second scanning module is disposed in an inclined channel, and has a second normal line. In addition, an included angle is defined between the first normal line and the second normal line. Since the second scanning module is not directly disposed over the first scanning module, the height of the duplex scanning apparatus is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Tung-Wen Tu, Yan-Hua Li