Scanning Patents (Class 358/474)
  • Patent number: 10666815
    Abstract: An image reading device can perform fixed-reading processing where image data is read by a fixed-document method and conveyed-reading processing where image data is read by a sheet-through method while a reading module is kept staying at any of a plurality of image reading positions including a reference reading position. A control portion, when a reference second adjustment value for the reference reading position used for shading correction in the conveyed-reading processing is acquired, calculates a second adjustment values for a plurality of image reading positions based on the reference second adjustment value, and when the reference second adjustment value is not acquired and a first adjustment value used for shading correction in the fixed-reading processing is acquired, calculates the second adjustment values for the plurality of image reading positions based on the first adjustment value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Horiguchi
  • Patent number: 10666829
    Abstract: An image scanning device includes a platen, an image scanning unit that scans at a single time documents placed on the platen and generates pieces of image data, and an image data processing unit that performs processing of the pieces of image data. When the image scanning unit generates pieces of first image data by scanning first surfaces of the documents, each of which is placed in one of predetermined areas on the platen, and generates pieces of second image data by scanning surfaces opposite to the first surfaces of the documents, each of which is turned over and placed again in the one of the predetermined areas, the image data processing unit associates one of the pieces of the first image data with a corresponding one of the pieces of the second image data for each of the predetermined areas, as image data of the front and back surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaya Asakawa, Yohichi Tomota, Yuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10659736
    Abstract: An alignment apparatus performs alignment of a substrate is provided. The apparatus comprises a stage that moves while holding a substrate, an imaging device that captures an image of a mark on the substrate, and a processor that obtains a position of the mark based on the image of the mark. The imaging device includes an image sensor and a storage device that stores image data obtained by the image sensor. The imaging device performs next image capturing after the image sensor performs accumulation of charge and transfer of image data to the storage device is completed. The apparatus moves the stage for next image capturing concurrently with transfer of the image data to the storage device when capturing an image of the mark using the imaging device at a plurality of positions while moving the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tadaki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10654307
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the filed of optically variable security elements comprising a region based on a single cured ink comprising a cholesteric liquid crystal polymer, said region having at least two, preferably at least three, patterns exhibiting, at at least one viewing angle, a different CIE (1976) color index parameter and/or a different position of the selective reflection band for protecting security documents against counterfeiting and/or illegal reproduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Christophe Garnier, Lucien Vuilleumier, Cecile Pasquier
  • Patent number: 10642049
    Abstract: A pass-through camera in a head-mounted device may capture image data for displaying on a display in the head-mounted device. However, only low-resolution image data may be needed to display low-resolution images in the periphery of the user's field of view on the display. Therefore, the pass-through camera may only capture high-resolution images that correspond to the portion of the user's field-of-view that is being directly viewed and may capture lower resolution image data that corresponds to the real-world objects in the user's peripheral vision. To enable the camera module to selectively capture high-resolution images, the pass-through camera may include an image sensor with two or more pixel densities, a distortion lens, and/or one or more planar or curved mirrors. Any of the components in the camera module may be adjusted to change which portion of a scene is captured with high-resolution image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward S. Huo, David A. Schmuck, Jason C. Sauers, Kevin A. Gross
  • Patent number: 10644548
    Abstract: Scanning apparatus includes a rotor, including a permanent magnet, which is configured to rotate about an axis. A stator includes a magnetic core, which is configured to generate a static magnetic field in a vicinity of the rotor and defines an equilibrium angle of rotation of the rotor, at which the permanent magnet is aligned with the static component of the magnetic field. At least one coil is wound on the magnetic core so that when the coil driven with an AC electrical current at a selected frequency, the stator generate a time-alternating magnetic field, which causes the rotor to oscillate on the axis at the selected frequency about the equilibrium angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Noel Axelrod, Rashed Mahameed, Raviv Erlich, Yuval Gerson
  • Patent number: 10645249
    Abstract: A three dimensional scanner assembly for producing a two dimensional print of a three dimensional object includes a scanning panel that is positioned on a copying machine. The scanning panel is comprised of a resiliently flexible material. In this way the scanning panel can conform to the curvature of a rounded or otherwise bulky object thereby facilitating the copying machine to scan a majority of an outer surface of the rounded or otherwise bulky object. Thus, the copying machine is facilitated to reproduce a two dimensional print of a three dimensional object in a single scan. A lid panel is positioned on a scanning lid of the copying machine and the lid panel is positioned on top of the object that is placed on the scanning panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: David Brodish
  • Patent number: 10630860
    Abstract: An image sensor in an image reading device reads a document based on light from a lamp while a carriage is moving from one to the other side. An image data generation circuit generates read image data based on an analog image signal fed out from the image sensor. A controller senses the edge of the document in the read image data generated while the carriage is moving. On recognizing once or a plurality of times, while the carriage is moving, based on the result of sensing of the edge, that the reading of one placed sheet of the document is completed, the controller makes a moving mechanism stop the movement of the carriage and turns off the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Jennybelle Sillador
  • Patent number: 10630823
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a portable terminal which can achieve reduction in thickness of the portable terminal even in a case where the portable terminal includes a display tray that displays identification information. A mobile phone (1A) includes a display sheet (20) displaying a bar code (21), the display sheet (20) being incorporated in a sub-antenna (5). The bar code (21) is viewable to a user when the display sheet (20) is pulled out from the sub-antenna (5). The display sheet (20) is made of a flexible band-shaped sheet member. Further, the mobile phone (1A) includes a sheet guide member (10) for guiding the display sheet (20) along a direction in which the display tray is pulled out, the sheet guide member (10) guiding the display sheet (20) so as to allow the display sheet (20) to be pulled out from the sub-antenna (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuro Sakamaki, Yuta Ito
  • Patent number: 10616431
    Abstract: A document scanning apparatus reading an image of a document includes a signal output unit configured to output a pulse signal at predetermined intervals, a sensor configured to detect a document set on a platen glass, the sensor having a light emitting unit configured to emit light in response to a pulse signal output from the signal output unit and a light receiving unit configured to output a detection signal in accordance with light output from the light emitting unit, and a control unit configured to receive the detection signal output from the light receiving unit. In this case, the signal output unit outputs the pulse signal at a different time point from the predetermined intervals in response to a request from an external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Sato
  • Patent number: 10609253
    Abstract: A data communication apparatus that is capable of improving operability when inputting authentication information. An authentication unit accepts authentication information inputted when a user logs in to the data communication apparatus and authenticates the user based on the accepted authentication information. A designation unit designates a file transmission destination that is inputted by the authenticated user. A transmission unit transmits a file to the transmission destination inputted. A registration unit registers the transmission destination of the file. A control unit prohibits registration of the authentication information at the time of registration of the transmission destination of the file when the accepted authentication information is used for file transmission, and permits registration of the authentication information at the time of registration of the transmission destination of the file when the inputted authentication information is not used for file transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Morita
  • Patent number: 10609235
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image former forming a toner image on a long sheet; a main conveyance path conveying the long sheet to the image former; and a double-side conveyance path which branches off from a first side, in the main conveyance path, downstream of the image former in a conveyance direction of the long sheet, and which conveys the long sheet to a second side upstream of the image former by reversing the conveyance direction at a point of switching back to invert the long sheet. The double-side conveyance path includes, in a downstream side in the conveyance direction before the switching back, a merging pathway connected to the second side upstream of the image former in the main conveyance path, and a first introducer introducing into the merging pathway a head of the long sheet in the conveyance direction before the switching back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Shiokawa, Yoshiteru Kawakami, Takahiro Okubo
  • Patent number: 10594895
    Abstract: A controller 70 of an image reading device 1 acquires first black reference data at a first time point with a light source 31 off, and stores the first black reference data in a reference data storage 41, and at a second time point after the first time point, acquires with the light source 31 off and stores second black reference data in the reference data storage 41. The controller 70 stores in a scanning data storage 42, without applying shading correction, scanning data read from a document between the first time point and second time point with the light source 31 on. A shading corrector 51 applies shading correction using the first black reference data and second black reference data to the scanning data stored in the scanning data storage 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Motoki Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 10594886
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes a light-guide member that extends in one direction, a light emitting element that radiates light onto an end surface of the light-guide member, a reflective member that extends in the one direction and reflects, while holding the light-guide member, light that is emitted from a surface of the light-guide member, and a housing that accommodates the reflective member and includes a holding unit, the holding unit being configured to hold the reflective member at an accommodating position of the reflective member and configured to allow the reflective member to be released from a state of being held when the reflective member is bent in a crossing direction that crosses the one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masao Nakahara
  • Patent number: 10578992
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including: an image signal generating portion configured to generate an image signal based on image data; a light source configured to emit a light beam based on the image signal; and a deflection device configured to deflect the light beam in a main scanning direction, wherein the image signal generating portion includes: a mode setting portion configured to set a plurality of modes including a mode in which a value of a pixel of the image data is not converted and a mode in which the value of the pixel in one or more lines is converted, to a plurality of areas into which a scanning area is divided in the main scanning direction, respectively; and a pixel value conversion portion configured to convert the value of the pixel in each mode in accordance with a position of the pixel in the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Oyama
  • Patent number: 10574850
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes an illumination unit that illuminates light on an image surface of a sheet, and a photoelectric conversion element that converts reflected light from the sheet illuminated by the illumination unit into an electric signal. The illumination unit includes a circuit board including a light emitting element, and a light guide that guides light, emitted from the light emitting element, to a sheet read surface. In the image reading apparatus, the light guide includes a positioning surface that abuts against a first surface of the circuit board and that performs positioning of the light guide and the circuit board, and a pressing portion that abuts against a second surface of the circuit board on an opposite side of the first surface and that presses the circuit board against the positioning surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Suga
  • Patent number: 10571246
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes a memory and one or more processors. The one or more processors are electrically connected to the memory, and calculate blur correction information to make a blur of a first shape of an object approach a blur of a second shape of the object. The first shape of the object is contained in a first component image of one image. The second shape of the object is contained in a second component image of the one image. The one or more processors calculate a distance between an imaging device and the object based on an image distance when the one image is captured and the blur correction information. The image distance is a distance from a lens up to an image forming surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Jun Yamaguchi, Yusuke Moriuchi, Nao Mishima, Takayuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10564907
    Abstract: A display control method for an image forming apparatus includes detecting that a document is placed on a document reading unit, determining, when it is detected that the document is placed on the document reading unit, whether the size of the document is a predetermined size, displaying a first function screen on a display when a first function capable of performing one of a plurality of functions accompanying a reading operation for a document placed on the document reading unit is performed, and displaying a second function screen to which a screen is switched from the first function screen and that is displayed when a second function created by modifying the first function based on a specific setting is performed, in a case where, while the first function screen is displayed, it is determined that the size of the detected document is not the predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuya Hasegawa, Takayuki Iikura, Shinya Ikeda, Satoru Ikeda, Toru Ikeda, Tomoya Sato, Kanta Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10567609
    Abstract: An illumination device includes a light guide member having a bar-like shape and a light source disposed so as to face an end surface of the light guide member. The illumination device guides light from the light source in the light guide member and emits the light from a light emission surface of the light guide member formed in a longitudinal direction of the light guide member. The light emission surface includes a first light diffusing portion that is formed in a first portion near the light source and that has a protruding/recessed shape, and a second light diffusing portion that is formed in a second portion adjacent to an end of the first light diffusing portion, the end being away from the light source. The second light diffusing portion has a protruding/recessed shape and has lower light diffusivity than the first light diffusing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Sutoh, Shohichi Fukutome, Kenji Nakanishi, Yuuya Iwai
  • Patent number: 10554834
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a supply tray; a discharge tray, which is positioned below the supply tray to support the sheet; a conveyance guide, which conveys the sheet from the supply tray to the discharge tray; a reading sensor, which reads an image on the sheet conveyed on the conveyance guide; a discharge unit, which includes a discharge port to discharge the sheet conveyed by the conveyance guide to the discharge tray and is configured to move from a third position to a fourth position, the fourth position being higher than the third position; a first drive source, which generates a drive force; and a second drive source, which generates a drive force, wherein the movable plate is moved by the drive force from the first drive source, and the discharge unit is moved by the drive force from the second drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Oyama
  • Patent number: 10554848
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus comprises a plate with light transparency on which a sheet is to be placed, the plate including light-responsive display elements, a scanner including a first light source and a light sensor and configured to read image information of a sheet placed on the plate according to light detected by the light sensor in response to light irradiated by the first light source, and a second light source that is controlled to irradiate light on a portion of the light-responsive display elements in the plate to produce a visible image on the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sueo Ueno
  • Patent number: 10547758
    Abstract: A platen assembly in an image-forming device is designed to assist visually impaired users in situating a document into the home corner of the platen. The platen assembly has a pair of placement-assisting thermal strips disposed extending along intersecting sides of the platen. A temperature gradient is established in the thermal strips, by a warming source provided at common ends of the thermal strips, by the thermal strips being an electrical-resistance heating material and a cooling structure or device being provided at common ends of the strips, or by the thermal strips substantially consisting of a thermoelectric material. To further assist a user in situating a document on the platen, the assembly may feature a raised edge extending from the home corner of the platen, along where the pair of placement-assisting thermal strips meet, as well as Braille written strategically on the thermal strips to direct toward the document-orienting corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Gin Yoshidome
  • Patent number: 10527780
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus, comprising a light source unit, a rod-shaped light guide configured to guide light from the light source unit and emit the light from a light emitting surface, a covering member configured to contain the light guide, and a housing configured to contain the light source unit, the light guide, and the covering member, the light guide including a protruded portion configured to suppress a shift in a longitudinal direction, the covering member including an opening, and the housing including a receiving portion configured to receive the protruded portion of the light guide, wherein the protruded portion of the light guide is engaged with the receiving portion of the housing via the opening of the covering member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CANON COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Ryoki Matsui, Suguru Tashiro, Hidemasa Yosida
  • Patent number: 10529208
    Abstract: A device tracking system of the present disclosure has a theft tracking device that permanently secures to an item that has the propensity to be stolen, the theft tracking device has a theft tracking processor and a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) module, and the theft tracking processor receives ping data and in response transmits response data via the Wi-Fi module. The system also has a remote locator device that has a case and that has a plug for securing the remote locator device to a power receptacle. The remote locator device also has a remote locator processor and a Wi-Fi module, and the remote locator processor periodically transmits a ping to the theft tracking device and receives the response data from the theft tracking device. The processor further transmits data indicating that the theft tracking device is not responding via a network when a response is not received from the tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Swaywin LLC
    Inventors: Tracy Lynn Baldwin Swayne, Jeffrey Scott Swayne, Donathan Eugene Hutchings
  • Patent number: 10530955
    Abstract: A light sensing apparatus includes a sheet passage, a first sensing assembly and a first background sheet. The sheet passage has a scan window. The first sensing assembly disposed on a first side of the scan window outputs first scan light to the scan window. The first background sheet disposed on a second side of the scan window has a first reflective surface reflecting the first scan light, passing through the scan window, back to the first sensing assembly through the scan window. The first reflective surface of the first background sheet and the scan window are disposed in a non-parallel manner. Therefore, a light sensing method is also provided to achieve the effects of brightness calibration and boundary detection of the first sensing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventors: Shao-Lan Sheng, Chi-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 10521803
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatus, systems, and methods for service representative and remote location document communication. One or more embodiments include a memory, and a processor configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to identify a remote location of a customer, identify a type of device available to be utilized at the remote location, and provide to the device at the remote location instructions for capturing information from a document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: David P. Dixon, Robert J. Haines, John P. Hyltin, Peter H. McKenna, Bharat Prasad, Brady Carl Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10516794
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes an image reading unit, a document pressing unit, a first position detection unit, a second position detection unit, and a controller. The image reading unit reads an image of a document. The document pressing unit presses the document against a document placement component. The first position detection unit detects a first closed position at which the document pressing unit is not in contact with the document placement component. The second position detection unit detects a second closed position that is closer to the document placement component than the first closed position is. The controller performs first width detection on the document and further performs second width detection. The first width detection is performed in accordance with detection performed by the first position detection unit on a closing operation of the document pressing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Kitaichi
  • Patent number: 10506124
    Abstract: A plurality of image-forming optical elements are disposed such that a part of a field-of-view region of one image-forming optical element overlaps a part of a field-of-view region of an image-forming optical element disposed adjacent to the one image-forming optical element, each of the image-forming optical elements includes: a lens for collecting light scattered by a reading object; an aperture stop for cutting off some of the light collected by the lens; a phase modulating element for modulating phase of light passing through the aperture stop; and a lens for allowing the light whose phase is modulated by the phase modulating element to form an image on an image-forming surface, and the phase modulating elements are loaded such that resolution characteristics of the phase modulating elements in an arrangement direction of the image-forming optical elements are the same among the image-forming optical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kawano, Shigeru Takushima, Yoshitaka Toyoda, Toru Aoki, Tetsuo Funakura, Taku Matsuzawa
  • Patent number: 10482302
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for decoding codes applied to objects for use with an image sensor that includes a two dimensional field of view (FOV), the method comprising the steps of providing a processor programmed to perform the steps of obtaining an image of the FOV and applying different decode algorithms to code candidates in the obtained image to attempt to decode the code candidates wherein the decode algorithm applied to each candidate is a function of the location of the code candidate in the FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Negro, Xiangyun Ye
  • Patent number: 10475199
    Abstract: An optical measurement device and an optical measurement method for measuring a gap on an electronic device are provided. The optical measurement device includes an image capture device and an image processing device. The image capture device is used to capture an image including a gap. The electronic device includes a body and a component assembled on the body. The gap of the electronic device is existed between the body and the component. The image processing device is coupled to the image capture device. The image processing device is used to receive the image, and the image scanning operation is executed to the image to measure the breadth of the gap. The precise measurement result is quickly obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Kuan-Hsien Liu, Ding-Chia Kao, Hao-Ting Hung, Yi-Ou Wang, You-Hung Tsai, Po Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 10469689
    Abstract: A reading control apparatus is directed to improving convenience for a user when a reading device is caused to read a display surface of a terminal apparatus having the function of changing the size of an image to be displayed on a display device, and includes a reading unit configured to cause the reading device to read, as a reading target, the display surface, which is a surface including the display device of the terminal apparatus operating in either of a first state where an image in a first size is displayed on the display device, and a second state where the image in a second size smaller than the first size is displayed on the display device, thereby acquiring image data, and a notification unit configured to, in a case where the terminal apparatus placed on a document platen is not in the first state, execute a notification process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Syunichi Kunihiro, Shigeki Hachiro, Toshiyuki Kuroda, Kaede Furuichi, Tomofumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10469677
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises an image reading portion, and an operation unit having at least a touch panel display is provided in a front side of the image reading portion. A housing of the image reading portion has a housing projection portion that is projected frontward as compared with a front surface of a document pressing cover, and a power key that is a hardware key is provided on an upper surface of the housing projection portion in a back side as compared with the touch panel display and within a range of a breadth of the operation unit. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent the power key from being operated carelessly, and it becomes easy to recognize a position of the power key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakamura, Osamu Kawata
  • Patent number: 10462318
    Abstract: The image reading apparatus according to the present invention includes an original conveyor configured to convey an original, and a first image reader, which includes a first light transmitting member, and is configured to read, through the first light transmitting member, an image on a first surface of the original conveyed by the original conveyor. A fluorine-containing organic compound coating is applied in a first region on a surface of the first light transmitting member to be brought into contact with the first surface of the original. A conductive resin sheet is provided in a second region that is positioned on an upstream side in a conveying direction of the original with respect to the first region on the surface of the first light transmitting member. The conductive resin sheet is electrically connected to a grounded metal portion of the image reading apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10447880
    Abstract: On a touch-panel display of an image forming apparatus, which is divided to five areas, that is, a system area, a function selection area, a preview area, an action panel area and a task trigger area, pieces of information are displayed. Even if an operational mode is switched, the same or similar information is always displayed in the area arranged at the same position. In the task trigger area, software buttons operated by the user for actually operating the image forming apparatus are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Tani, Minami Sensu
  • Patent number: 10447891
    Abstract: Provided is an image data processing server including: a user authenticating unit that authenticates a user of an imaging device; a permission issuing unit that issues, to a predetermined service, access permission to an account of the user in the image data processing server; an image receiving unit that receives image data transmitted from the imaging device; a request receiving unit that receives a request for data from the predetermined service; and a data transmitting unit that transmits, when the image data received from the imaging device exists, data related to the image data to an account of the user of the predetermined service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasuo Omori, Hisashi Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 10447877
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus including: an original reading circuit configured to scan at least one original placed on an original table and read an image of the original; an original size detector configured to detect a size of an original to be scanned before the scan; and a control circuit configured to determine as a reading-area an area from which an image is to be read by the original reading circuit by referring to the original size detected by the original size detector, wherein the control circuit is configured to initiate a multi-crop process in which the original reading circuit scans a plurality of originals placed on the original table in batch as a batch-scan and crops an image of each of the originals, and to determine the reading-area based on a width of a maximum original in a main scanning direction and a length of a maximum original in a sub-scanning direction regardless of the detection of the original size detector when initiating the multi-crop process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mizude, Kazuma Ogawa, Tatsuya Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 10447885
    Abstract: A scanner system including a generating unit configured to selectively execute either a first process of generating image data from a conveyed document conveyed by a conveyance device, synthesizing the scanned images, and generating image data, or a second process of generating image data from a placed document set on a scanning platen; the second process scanning by a method that, compared with the first process, is less affected by deviation of the document perpendicularly to the scanning platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Netsu, Toshifumi Sakai
  • Patent number: 10432811
    Abstract: An image reading method has a first moving step, a first determining step and a second determining step. In the first moving step, the reading head moves to a detection position by a predetermined distance from a position, at which a first document is detected, while the reading head does not perform any reading processing. In the first determining step, the size and layout of the first document is determined based on the result of reading processing at the detection position. In the second determining step, whether or not a second document exists at the detection position is determined based on the result of the reading processing at the detection position, and then the size and layout of the second document is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiya Fujinaga
  • Patent number: 10425553
    Abstract: A device to be managed by a management device, the device includes a processor that receives selection of an item of device information to be transmitted to the management device out of device information of a plurality of items on the device; and a communication IF that transmits only device information of the selected item to the management device. The device further includes a display control section that displays a service provided in accordance with the selection of the device information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Tsujioka
  • Patent number: 10414609
    Abstract: An automatic document feeding system includes an image reader including an optical window and a light source illuminating the optical window, and an automatic document feeder including a reflective flag positioned within a viewing region of the optical window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sean B S Lim, Lim Cheng Woon, Praveen Francis
  • Patent number: 10418968
    Abstract: An electronic component manufacturing method, in which a notch and a concave portion are formed in a substrate, includes forming an etching mask in which a maximum width of a first mask portion which forms a width between two side surfaces of the concave portion along a longitudinal direction, when the substrate is seen in a plan view from a direction perpendicular to a surface of the substrate having the concave portion formed therein, is smaller than a width of a second mask portion which forms a minimum width of an opening of the notch, and forming the notch and the concave portion by performing dry etching processing on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Matsuo, Takayuki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10410455
    Abstract: Disclosed is a banknote processing method and device. The banknote processing method includes: scanning a substrate through the image acquisition module while acquiring banknote image data through an image acquisition module to obtain substrate image data; acquiring a characteristic value of the substrate image data; calculating a change value of the characteristic value of the substrate image data relative to a reference characteristic value; judging whether the change value is greater than a preset threshold value; and configuring parameters of the image acquisition module if it is judged that the change value is greater than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chunkai Xu, Yanbin Xing, Bingqing Liu, Lu Sun
  • Patent number: 10401143
    Abstract: A method for scanning and obtaining three-dimensional (3D) coordinates is provided. The method includes providing a 3D measuring device having a projector, a first camera and a second camera. The method records images of a light pattern emitted by the projector onto an object. The 3D measuring device is moved from a first position and a second position along a second path. A gesture and a corresponding control function are determined based at least in part on the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit Hillebrand, Rolf Heidemann, Martin Ossig
  • Patent number: 10394508
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes circuitry to execute workflow processing on data according to a workflow. The workflow defines a plurality of processes in a predetermined order. The circuitry obtains a first size of the data after a specific process of the plurality of processes is performed. The circuitry performs a subsequent process based on the first size. The subsequent process is one of a plurality of subsequent processes each of which is defined as a process subsequent to the specific process in the workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuhiko Hirose
  • Patent number: 10382648
    Abstract: A scanner has a first sensor array; a second sensor array; a timing controller that individually outputs at different times a first drive signal that drives the first sensor array, and a second drive signal that the second sensor array; and a light source configured that emits and illuminates a document during periods between the first drive signal and the second drive signal output next after the first drive signal, and periods between the second drive signal and the first drive signal output next after the second drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Takita
  • Patent number: 10382647
    Abstract: An image sensor unit includes: multiple first light guides that shape light emitted by light sources into a line and emit linear light elongated in longitudinal direction to an object to be read (P); multiple holding members that hold each of the first light guides on a frame; and an image sensor that detects light from the object to be read (P). The multiple first light guides are parallel, and in a range in which the image sensor detects the light from the object to be read (P) in the longitudinal direction of the first light guides, center positions in the main-scan direction of the multiple holding members that hold one first light guide of the multiple light guides and center positions in the main-scan direction of the multiple holding members that hold another light guide different from the one first light guide deviate from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CANON COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Hidemasa Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10365370
    Abstract: The present invention relates to using a self calibrating and recalibrating 230, 925 optical sensors piston rod displacement. Self calibration enables field calibration of uncalibrated 230, 925 optical sensors. During operation, recalibration enables detecting and correcting for wear and damage of the 200 piston rod and/or 230, 925 optical sensors. 210 Calibration positions on the surface of the 200 piston rod are imaged by 230 optical sensors using laser or darkfield lenses designed for optical computer mice. Natural surface patterns can be used in locations where 210 calibration positions are required, which reduces or eliminates the need for marked 210 calibration positions. Marked 210 calibration positions are spatially unique encoded sequences used to determine the piston rod absolute position. Storing only the significant features of 210 calibration positions saves significant memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy Webster
  • Patent number: 10367965
    Abstract: An image scanning device includes an upper shell, a feeding shaft pivotally connected to the upper shell, a feeding roller mounted around the feeding shaft, a sensing roller, a motor, a lower shell pivotally covered to the upper shell, a plurality of springs and a contact image sensor. The sensing roller is mounted around the feeding shaft. The motor is connected with the feeding shaft. The motor drives the feeding shaft to rotate in different speeds. The plurality of the springs are mounted to the lower shell. The contact image sensor is mounted to the plurality of the springs. A top surface of the contact image sensor is capable of abutting against lower portions of outer surfaces of the feeding roller and the sensing roller by virtue of the plurality of the springs elastically abutting against a bottom surface of the contact image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Foxlink Image Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun Huei Cheng, Chang Hsien Sung, Yung Wen Lee
  • Patent number: 10356270
    Abstract: A lens unit according to one or more embodiments includes a lens plate member including a plurality of lenses arranged in a first direction; and a light block member provided facing the lens plate member and including a plurality of opening portions arranged in the first direction, the opening portions being provided in one-to-one correspondence with the lenses. A first positioning portion is formed at a first position in first direction of each of the lens plate member and the light block member. The first positioning portion of the lens plate member and the first positioning portion of the light block member align with each other and continuously extend in a second direction along an optical axis direction of the lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Akihiro Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10356349
    Abstract: Embodiments of the subject application disclose various light field capture control methods and apparatuses and various light field capture devices, wherein one of the light field capture control methods comprises: determining at least one sub-lens, which affects light field capture of a first region, in a sub-lens array of a light field camera, the first region being a local part of a to-be-shot scene; determining a to-be-adjusted region of an image sensor of the light field camera according to the at least one sub-lens; adjusting pixel density distribution of the image sensor, to cause average pixel density distribution of the to-be-adjusted region to be distinguished from that of other regions of the image sensor; and performing, by the adjusted image sensor, light field capture of the to-be-shot scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liang Zhou, Lin Du