Scanning Patents (Class 358/474)
  • Patent number: 11405518
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a character recognition unit configured to perform character recognition processing for recognizing a character string included in image data, a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data to store the image data in a folder including a name containing the character string acquired by the character recognition processing, and a reception unit configured to receive an instruction from a user. In a case where a result of the character recognition processing by the character recognition unit does not satisfy a predetermined condition, the transmission unit does not transmit the image data until the reception unit receives the instruction from the user. In a case where the result of the character recognition processing by the character recognition unit satisfies the predetermined condition, the transmission unit transmits the image data without receiving the instruction from the user by the reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shu Kumahashi
  • Patent number: 11399104
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus includes: an acquisition unit that acquires document data; an analysis unit that analyzes the document data acquired by the acquisition unit; a storage unit that stores destination information in which a destination of the document data and information for transmission are associated with each other; a determination unit that determines, based on an analysis result of the analysis unit and the destination information stored in the storage unit, a candidate for the destination of the document data; a processing unit that executes processing based on the candidate; and a transmission unit that transmits, based on the processing, the document data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoki Matsuzawa
  • Patent number: 11399145
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a image processor that reads out image data which is captured by an imaging element and transferred to a memory and on which optical noise is superimposed, as region image data for each of a plurality of divided regions of the memory, and that reads out data of a predetermined region again after reading for each region image data is finished, and an display processor that outputs corrected image data obtained by correcting captured image data for each of the plurality of regions in accordance with optical noise decided in accordance with the data read out again by the image processor, the captured image data being captured by the imaging element and stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kawai
  • Patent number: 11399109
    Abstract: Setting conditions related to reading of an image of a document are registered in association with a user according to input by a user. When a user is identified, the priority order is determined so that a setting condition corresponding to the identified user is prioritized over a setting condition not corresponding to the user among the registered setting conditions, and the setting condition information indicating the setting conditions in the determined priority is displayed. The image is read under the setting condition based on the setting condition information selected according to the input by the user of the setting condition information indicating the displayed setting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Taniyama, Rei Tsutsui, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi, Yuji Takase
  • Patent number: 11394837
    Abstract: A system and a method using matrix barcode information to process documents are provided. A document-processing apparatus generates matrix barcode information and establishes a wireless link with a mobile apparatus through the matrix barcode information. When the document-processing apparatus establishes the wireless link with the mobile apparatus, the document-processing apparatus creates a file transfer zone, performs a corresponding automatic document-processing action, such as scanning or printing, according to a driving command received from the mobile apparatus, and exchanges the generated image information with the mobile apparatus through the file transfer zone. Given the matrix barcode information, the document-processing apparatus can be directly controlled by the mobile apparatus to achieve direct information exchange and enhanced efficiency and security of the document-processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventors: Chun-Cheih Liao, Hung-Jen Lin, Chun-Ping Huang
  • Patent number: 11388299
    Abstract: A non-transitory storage medium stores a plurality of instructions readable by a computer of an information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus comprises a display, an operation unit, and a communication interface. The information processing apparatus stores a first execution program and a second execution program. The information processing apparatus displays a setting screen including a first particular setting capable of being designated in scan processing executed by the first execution program and incapable of being designated in scan processing executed by the second execution program, and determines to adopt the first execution program as the execution program that executes the scan processing in a case where the first particular setting is designated on the setting screen by an operation to the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Aiko Mizutani
  • Patent number: 11368594
    Abstract: Conveyance modes include a registration mode accompanied with skew correction and a registrationless mode unaccompanied with skew correction. When a jam occurs, the controller interrupts a job, and invokes blank-feed processing starting from a state with all sheets re-set. On invoking blank-feed processing, the controller checks the conveyance mode and recognizes the number of jams. If the conveyance mode is the registration mode and in addition the number of jams has not reached a threshold number of jams, the controller invokes blank-feed processing in the registrationless mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shota Urase, Ryota Maeda, Taro Kurahashi, Koji Fujii, Masahiro Nakao, Takuro Murata
  • Patent number: 11343406
    Abstract: A control portion performs a predetermined detection process on a first image from a first reading portion and a second image from a second reading portion. When the detection process on the each image is successful, the control portion performs, based on a value of an image processing variable specified from a detection result, predetermined image processing on the each image, When the detection process on the image of one side fails, a value of an image processing variable for the image of one side is specified based on a value of an image processing variable specified from the detection result for the image of the other side for which detection is successful. Based on the specified value of the image processing variable, image processing is performed on the image of one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 11336793
    Abstract: A multi-function printer includes a generating section, an image recognition section, a speaking section, and a transmitting section. The generating section scans an original document to generate scan data. The image recognition section performs image recognition on the scan data. The speaking section causes a word corresponding to a recognition result of the image recognition section and corresponding to a drawing, a photograph, or the like included in the original document to be spoken from a speaker circuit. The transmitting section transmits the scan data generated by the generating section to a specific destination when a specific operation is performed during speaking performed by the speaking section or within a certain period of time after completion of the speaking performed by the speaking section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Omuro
  • Patent number: 11330124
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus incudes a guiding shaft extending in an axial direction; a reading portion supported by the shaft so as to be movable in the axial direction; a casing accommodating the reading portion, the casing including a first supporting portion supporting an end portion of the shaft and a second supporting portion supporting the other end portion of the shaft; and an elastically deformable bonding portion bonding the casing and the shaft with each other, the bonding portion being provided between the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion in the axial direction and between the casing and the shaft in a diametrical direction perpendicular to the axial direction. The shaft is supported by the first supporting portion, the second supporting portion and the bonding portion, without contact to the casing except for the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Urita
  • Patent number: 11330127
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: at least one processor configured to: set reading resolutions in a first and a second directions when reading an image of a document; determine an inclination amount of the document; correct an image to reduce the inclination amount; output image data indicative of an corrected image; and obtain information relating to a first direction length of the document. In a case where the first direction length of the document is less than a predetermined length and the processor outputs the image data indicative of the corrected image, whose resolution in the first direction is a first resolution and resolution in the second direction is a second resolution lower than the first resolution, the processor sets the reading resolution in the second direction to a third resolution higher than the second resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Akagi, Satoshi Seki, Kaoru Hamada
  • Patent number: 11328421
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing apparatus, an image processing method, and a storage medium that can distinguish an anomaly while reducing influence of an individual difference of images. The image processing apparatus includes: a generation unit that uses a part of an inspection image including an inspection target to generate an estimation image including at least a predetermined region of the inspection target; a comparison unit that compares the estimation image generated by the generation unit with the inspection image; and an output unit that outputs a comparison result obtained by the comparison unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Oi
  • Patent number: 11319180
    Abstract: A document feeder includes a document placing tray on which a document is placed; a document discharging tray on which a document discharged from a document discharging port in a discharging direction is stacked; and a light source that radiates light to the document discharging tray. The document discharging tray is disposed below the document placing tray. The document discharging tray has a protruding portion protruding upward from the surrounding area. The light source is disposed within a region having a width that is the same as a document having a maximum size in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shohichi Fukutome, Kenji Kuroda, Hironori Ogasawara, Hisashi Yamanaka, Toshiki Fukunishi
  • Patent number: 11303774
    Abstract: On the basis of first read image data obtained by reading a first face, a controller calculates a first sub scanning size, which is a size of the first face in a sub scanning direction. On the basis of second read image data obtained by reading a second face, the controller calculates a second sub scanning size, which is a size of the second face in the sub scanning direction. The controller determines the larger of the first sub-scanning size and the second sub-scanning direction size to a definitive sub scanning size, which is the size of the document in the sub scanning direction set on the document stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Harada
  • Patent number: 11297198
    Abstract: In the image processing apparatus according to the present disclosure, a data processing unit derives a density variation component for at least one modulation period from a difference between a reference plate reading value when the illumination is turned off, a reference plate reading value when the illumination is turned on, and black reference data and white reference data in synchronization with modulation of the SS clock, and corrects the image data with the density variation component. The white reference data indicates the light distribution of the illumination in the main scanning direction, and the data processing unit corrects the density variation component on the basis of the difference between the white reference data and the black reference data, and corrects the image data with the corrected density variation component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Akira Shimatani
  • Patent number: 11277530
    Abstract: An inspection system includes: an inspection part that compares a scanned image obtained by scanning a sheet on which an image is formed on the basis of a job with a reference image prepared in advance and thereby performs inspection of the scanned image; and a hardware processor that sets an inspection target page to be a target of inspection and a non-inspection target page to be excluded from inspection, for the job, wherein the hardware processor causes the inspection part to perform inspection for the inspection target page and not to perform inspection for the non-inspection target page on the basis of the setting of the hardware processor, and the hardware processor creates an inspection report including scanned images of all pages of the job including the non-inspection target page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takao Kurohata
  • Patent number: 11277537
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a line sensor capable of reading a sheet being conveyed. A signal processing circuit generates, based on respective analog picture signals of pixels and in order of sequence of the pixels, detection signals each indicating whether or not a reflecting object has been read. A first counting circuit measures a duration time which is a time during which the detection signals maintain a level indicating that the reflecting object has been read. When the duration time reaches or exceeds a first specified time, the first counting circuit changes a level of a first detection result signal to a level indicating necessity of cleaning. A unit control circuit determines, based on the level of the first detection result signal, whether or not cleaning is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kohei Ishido
  • Patent number: 11277535
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit that reads a document transported in a second scan direction, a detector unit that detect a position of an edge of the document in a first scan direction crossing the second scan direction, a setting unit that sets a search range of the edge of the document in the first scan direction, the search range including the position of the edge detected by the detector unit, and a search unit that, on image data that the reading unit has read from the document, searches for the position of the edge within the search range of the edge set by the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Kenji Yamada
  • Patent number: 11269115
    Abstract: A speckled calibration artifact to calibrate metrology equipment is disclosed. A particular embodiment includes a geometric solid having a smooth outer surface of a solid base color; and a speckled contrasting color applied on the outer surface of the geometric solid in a randomly speckled pattern enabling portions of the solid base color and portions of the contrasting color to be visible on the smooth outer surface of the geometric solid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: PHOTOGAUGE, INC.
    Inventors: Sankara J. Subramanian, Sameer Sharma, Iniyan Thiruselvam, Arunnelson Xavier
  • Patent number: 11247503
    Abstract: A decoloring apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit, a scanner, a decoloring unit, and a controller. The decoloring unit decolors the image on the sheet conveyed through the sheet conveying unit. The decoloring unit is positioned downstream of the scanner in a sheet conveying direction. A distance along the sheet conveying direction between the scanner and the decoloring unit is shorter than a length of a first predetermined sheet size and longer than a length of a second predetermined sheet size. A controller determines whether the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit is the first predetermined sheet size or the second predetermined sheet size. The controller performs a mode limiting process if the sheet size is determined to be the first predetermined sheet size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Iguchi
  • Patent number: 11247296
    Abstract: A substrate-cutting stage includes a main stage and a dummy stage spaced apart from each other with a cutting region interposed therebetween and that support a substrate. The main stage supports a first portion of the substrate, the dummy stage supports a second portion of the substrate, and the cutting region overlaps a to-be-cut portion of the substrate disposed between the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eunju Kim, Seoin Han
  • Patent number: 11244417
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a digital imaging apparatus includes: a camera module and a controller. The controller detects, on a basis of data of a captured image captured by the camera module, whether or not there is a distance difference between an object and a background included in the captured image. The controller adds, where it has been detected that there is the distance difference, authentication information to the data of the captured image, and stores, in a memory, the captured image to which the authentication information has been added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 11237385
    Abstract: An optical writing device performs writing by scanning an image surface of a photoconductor with light, and includes a light source unit including a light source that emits light, a deflection unit that deflects and scans the light, an optical element unit for the light, and a housing unit that holds the light source unit, the deflection unit, and the optical element unit. The housing unit includes a vibration isolator that isolates vibration transmitted from a vibration antinode where distribution of vibration in a sub direction perpendicular to a scanning direction of the light on the image surface of the photoconductor is maximum to at least one of seat face parts for the light source unit and the optical element unit having optical sensitivity in the sub direction, in a bottom face part of the housing unit, and a rigidity enhancer that increases rigidity of the seat face part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Akira Taniyama, Masahiko Takahashi, Naoki Tajima, Takashi Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 11235612
    Abstract: A decoloring apparatus includes a sheet conveying unit, a scanner, a decoloring unit, and a controller. The decoloring unit decolors the image on the sheet conveyed through the sheet conveying unit. The decoloring unit is positioned downstream of the scanner in a sheet conveying direction. A distance along the sheet conveying direction between the scanner and the decoloring unit is shorter than a length of a first predetermined sheet size and longer than a length of a second predetermined sheet size. A controller determines whether the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit is the first predetermined sheet size or the second predetermined sheet size. The controller performs a mode limiting process if the sheet size is determined to be the first predetermined sheet size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Iguchi
  • Patent number: 11233984
    Abstract: A display system suitable for use inside an MRI system bore to display images to a patient undergoing an MRI procedure. The display system includes a curved display structure fitted inside the MRI bore, and having a width and length sufficient to present images to the patient inside the tunnel. First and second EMI shielding layers sandwich the curved display structure. A display electronics module is electrically connected to the curved display structure to provide video drive signals to the curved display structure. A housing for the display electronics module is configured to provide shielding to prevent EM signals from within the housing to affect MRI image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Resonance Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mokhtar Ziarati, Parisa Ziarati
  • Patent number: 11233909
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a reading unit that reads information; and a display unit that, in response to an operation of moving a medium closer to a display surface or placing the medium on the display surface, displays on the display surface guidance information that guides a position, at which information associated with the medium is readable by the reading unit, on the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Eriko Ikeda, Xiaojing Zhang, Hiroo Seki
  • Patent number: 11223740
    Abstract: A power switching device includes a translation mechanism, an active mechanism, and a transmission mechanism. The translation mechanism includes a rack. The active mechanism includes an active gear and a driver. The active gear connects with a first functional mechanism, and the driver drives the active gear to rotate in a first direction or a second direction. The transmission mechanism connects with a second functional mechanism. The active gear is switched between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the active gear is connected to the transmission mechanism and rotates in the first direction to drive the transmission mechanism to rotate, thereby driving the second functional mechanism to operate. In the second position, the active gear meshes with the rack and rotates in the first direction or the second direction to reciprocate on the rack so as to drive the first functional mechanism to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Hung Chung, Hsiu-Hao Cheng
  • Patent number: 11220455
    Abstract: Methods of processing coated articles, such as transparencies, are provided comprising flash annealing one or more layers of the coated article. The one or more layers may be reflective metallic layers, such as silver layers, or comprise a transparent conductive oxide, such as indium tin oxide, or a semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Vitro Flat Glass LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Fisher, James W. McCamy, Paul A. Medwick, Adam D. Polcyn, James P. Thiel, Andrew V. Wagner
  • Patent number: 11223733
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an image reading device including a conveyance unit, a reading unit, and a control unit. The conveyance unit is configured to convey a sheet to a reading surface. The reading unit is configured to read a predetermined pattern image formed on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit for each of a plurality of reading candidate positions on the reading surface which are different from each other in a conveyance direction of the sheet. The control unit is configured to cause a reading position of the reading unit to be moved in the conveyance direction on the reading surface by causing the reading unit to be moved based on reading magnification of each of the pattern images read for each of the reading candidate positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akinori Tajima
  • Patent number: 11190658
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus determines an inclination amount corresponding to an inclination angle of a leading edge of an original document in a conveyance direction, and determines the length of the original document in the conveyance direction. The image reading apparatus sets a first value as a set value in a case that the length of the original document is a first length and sets a second value larger than the first value as the set value in a case that the length of the original document is a second length shorter than the first length. If the inclination amount is smaller than the set value, inclination correction for correcting the image represented by the image data is performed such that the inclination amount is reduced, and if the inclination amount is larger than the set value, the inclination correction is not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11180411
    Abstract: Methods of processing coated articles, such as transparencies, are provided comprising flash annealing one or more layers of the coated article. The one or more layers may be reflective metallic layers, such as silver layers, or comprise a transparent conductive oxide, such as indium tin oxide, or a semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Vitro Flat Glass LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Fisher, James W. McCamy, Paul A. Medwick, Adam D. Polcyn, James P. Thiel, Andrew V. Wagner
  • Patent number: 11165919
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a communication section, an operation section, a sound generating section, and a control section. The communication section is communicably connected to an external terminal. The operation section is operated by the external terminal. The sound generating section generates sound when the operation section is operated. The control section controls the sound generating section. The operation section has an operation accepting section that accepts an operation by an operator. The control section determines whether the operation section is operated by the external terminal or operated by the operator when the operation section is operated. When determining that the operation section is operated by the external terminal, the control section prohibits generation of sound by the sound generating section. When determining that the operation section is operated by the operator, the control section permits the generation of the sound by the sound generating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11165924
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that is capable of executing a scan image process and another image process in parallel without reducing a scanning speed. A scanner scans an image of a document and generates image data. An image processor applies an image process to image data. A scanner controller transfers image data to the image processor from the scanner through a data bus. A controller determines whether a first image process applied to the scanned image data is executed in parallel with a second image process and determines whether a setting about the first image process is a predetermined setting. The controller sets a transfer speed to a first speed when the image processes are not executed in parallel and sets the transfer speed to a lower second speed when the image processes are executed in parallel and when the setting about the first image process is the predetermined setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11149914
    Abstract: A lighting device for vehicles, having a light source unit containing a plurality of light sources for emitting light and having a planar light guide body associated with the light source unit containing a flat surface portion with at least two opposite flat surfaces extending from a light input side of the flat surface portion to a light output side thereof, wherein the light can be coupled out at a narrow side of the light output side for the generation of a light distribution and comprising a deflection section for the deflection of the light emitted by the light source unit in the direction of the narrow side of the flat surface portion coupling out the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Piet Risthaus
  • Patent number: 11140297
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores computer-readable program instructions configured to, when executed, cause an information processing device to receive a scan instruction to cause an image scanner to perform image scanning of a document sheet, the scan instruction including a scan setting indicating whether to perform monochrome scanning or color scanning, receive image data generated by the image scanning of the document sheet according to the scan instruction, obtain base color information representing whether black is set as a base color in an OS of the information processing device, determine whether an image represented by the image data includes a text, and display the image in a black-white inverted manner, when the scan instruction includes the scan setting indicating to perform the monochrome scanning, the base color information represents that black is set as the base color, and it is determined that the image includes a text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masafumi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 11140295
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read an image of a document and generate image data, a filtering unit configured to perform filtering processing on the image data generated by the reading unit and generate image data, a binarization unit configured to perform binarization processing based on the image data generated by the filtering unit using a first threshold value to generate first binary image data, and perform binarization processing based on the image data generated by the filtering unit using a second threshold value to generate second binary image data, and a detection unit configured to detect an edge in the image data generated by the reading unit based on the first binary image data and the second binary image data generated by the binarization unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Morikawa
  • Patent number: 11132570
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a magnetic ink character recognition apparatus comprises a magnetic head; a conveyance module configured to relatively convey a medium on which a magnetic ink character is printed with respect to the magnetic head; an acquisition module configured to acquire a magnetic detection signal of the medium read by the magnetic head; an excluding module configured to exclude a predetermined exclusion section including a reading result of an end portion of the medium from a signal section of the magnetic detection signal; and a recognition module configured to recognize the magnetic ink character based on the magnetic detection signal of the remaining signal section except for the exclusion section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Antonius Kosasih, Noriyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11134162
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a lower unit, and a discharge tray and an upper unit that pivot with respect to the lower unit. An axis center of the discharge tray and an axis center of the upper unit are common, the image reading apparatus includes a first damping portion that damps pivoting of the discharge tray in at least an opening direction, and a second damping portion that damps pivoting of the upper unit in at least a closing direction, and the upper unit is configured to engage with the first damping portion, and, when the upper unit is closed from a state in which at least the discharge tray and the upper unit are opened, in addition to a damping force of the second damping portion, a damping force of the first damping portion is applied to the upper unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keita Fuji, Tomoyuki Mokuo, Hidenori Harada, Kazuya Hirahara, Tokujiro Okuno
  • Patent number: 11113758
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for facilitating image-based financial transactions. A computing device may display a multi-mode launch icon that is alternately selectable by a user in a first mode and in a second mode. The computing device may detect a first user input that selects the launch icon in the first mode and, in response, execute a first application. The computing device may also detect a second user input that selects the launch icon in the second mode and, in response, prompt the user to capture an image of a document with an imaging device. The computing device may determine, based at least in part on the image, that the document is of a first document type and execute a document-type routine to perform a first financial transaction based at least in part on the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Derrick T. Poon, Virenkumar R. Patel, Gregory John Hansen, Raissa Williams, Leah M. Pineda, Karen Teats Morrison
  • Patent number: 11102428
    Abstract: An integrated image sensor for capturing a mixed structured-light image and regular image using an integrated image sensor are disclosed. The integrated image sensor comprises a pixel array, one or more output circuits, one or more analog-to-digital converters, and one or more timing and control circuits. The timing and control circuits are arranged to perform a set of actions including capturing a regular image and a structured-light image. According to the present invention, the structured-light image captured before or after the regular image is used to derive depth or shape information for the regular image. An endoscope based on the above integrated image sensor is also disclosed. The endoscope may comprises a capsule housing adapted to be swallowed, where the components of integrated image sensor, a structured light source and anon-structured light source are enclosed and sealed in the capsule housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: CAPSOVISION INC
    Inventors: Kang-Huai Wang, Yi Xu, Gordon C. Wilson, Chenyu Wu
  • Patent number: 11102375
    Abstract: A sheet reading apparatus includes a sheet table on which a sheet is placed, a conveyor configured to convey the sheet, a reading guide configured to guide the sheet conveyed by the conveyor, and a reading device configured to read a shadow of the sheet conveyed by the conveyor, for detection of an inclination of the sheet. The sheet reading apparatus further includes a transparent member disposed at a position on a reading line of the reading device. The position on the reading line is withdrawn from the sheet and adjacent to the reading guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kubo, Kimiharu Yanagisawa, Hajime Tsukahara, Yoshiaki Nagao, Masahiro Itoh, Tatsuya Ozaki, Tomohiko Ono, Yuuki Nakada, Hiroki Shirado, Ayumu Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11095962
    Abstract: A printing device (100) with speakers is disclosed. The printing device (100) comprises a wireless speaker (102) positioned between a load tray (104) and an output tray (106), a first user interface (108) positioned on a first edge of the wireless speaker (102) to receive inputs for the printing device (100), and a second user interface (110) positioned on a second edge of the wireless speaker (102) to receive inputs for the wireless speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Justin Francke, Ernesto Villalobos, Joedy Zou, Wan Ying Wang
  • Patent number: 11095791
    Abstract: A reading apparatus, having a document placement plate, a reader, a driving device, a cover, and a controller, is provided. The cover includes an alignment part and a protrusive part. The protrusive part includes an uneven surface and first and second edges forming outer edges of the uneven surface extending in a main scanning direction and in a sub-scanning direction, respectively. The controller is configured control the driving device to move the reader in the sub-scanning direction and the reader while being moved to read the protrusive part, and detect the first edge and the second edge in image data of the protrusive part read by the reader based on an image of the uneven surface and determine a reading range for the reader in the document placement plate based on positions of the first edge and the second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazushi Shumiya, Kentaro Aoyama, Seiya Sato, Kunihiro Amano, Jie Zheng
  • Patent number: 11089168
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to the present invention includes a registration unit configured to register first image data as a template, a character recognition unit configured to recognize one or more character strings included in second image data different from the first image data, a display unit configured to display the one or more character strings recognized by the character recognition a reception unit configured to receive a selection of a character string displayed by the display unit, the selection being made by a user, and a storage unit configured to store the second image data in a folder named with a character string based on the selection received by the reception unit. The display unit does not display, from among of the one or more character strings recognized by the character recognition unit, a character string included in the image data registered by the registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinsaku Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11089173
    Abstract: A scanner apparatus includes a housing including an insertion port into which a medium is inserted, a discharge port from which the medium is discharged, a conveying roller configured to convey the medium inserted from the scanning insertion port, and a scanning unit configured to scan the medium conveyed by the conveying roller. The scanning insertion port and the discharge port are provided on a +Y direction side of the housing. The housing includes a placement face extending in a ?Y direction from the scanning insertion port. The placement face, when a first end of the medium is inserted into the scanning insertion port, is able to support a portion of the medium on a second end side opposite to the first end. The first end of the medium is discharged from the discharge port in a direction on the +Y direction side or in a ?Z direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuta Watanabe, Koji Higuchi, Naohiro Ueyama, Motofumi Otani
  • Patent number: 11082575
    Abstract: A document reader includes a reading unit that reads an image of a document medium, a second driving roller pair that nips and transports the document medium downstream of a read-enabling position of the reading unit, and a control unit that controls rotation of the second driving roller pair. The control unit stops the rotation of the second driving roller pair in a state in which the document medium is not positioned in the read-enabling position and in a state in which the document medium is nipped by the second driving roller pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Naohiro Ueyama, Kenichi Tanioka, Yuta Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11076066
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a first posture detection unit that detects a first posture that is a posture of the apparatus main body when not in use, a second posture detection unit that detects a second posture that is a posture of the apparatus main body when in use, and a posture change detection unit that detects a change in a posture of the apparatus main body. When the first posture detection unit detects a switchover of the apparatus main body to the first posture in a first power supply mode in which power is supplied to the first posture detection unit, the second posture detection unit, and the posture change detection unit, the first power supply mode transitions to the second power supply mode in which a controller supplies power to only the posture change detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichiro Fukumasu, Tomoyuki Mokuo, Masahiro Kimura, Sota Ishibashi, Yasuki Nogami
  • Patent number: 11074679
    Abstract: A method includes photographing a first image, where the first image comprises a document. A first area of the document is obscured by a first obstruction. The method further includes determining a location of the first area based on depth data. The method further includes photographing a second image. The method further includes restoring the obstructed information in the first area based on the second image. The method further includes displaying a third image, wherein the third image comprises the document and the first obstruction s removed from the first area of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yahui Wang, Xin Chen, Yunchao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11076037
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing a modification among displayed screens and an electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a first display, a memory to store instructions, and at least one processor coupled to the memory. The instructions, which, when executed, configure the at least one processor to control the first display to display a preview image of each of a plurality of screens including a first screen, receive a first user input for modifying a background image of the first screen in an area in which the preview image corresponding to the first screen is displayed, modify a background image of each of the plurality of screens by synchronizing a modification corresponding to the first user input among background images of the plurality of screens, and control the first display to display the preview image of each of the plurality of screens including the modified background image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyemi Yu, Daewon Kim, Junu Park
  • Patent number: 11072186
    Abstract: A printer includes a restrictor that is configured to switch between a restricted state that restricts a scanner unit from pivoting in an opening direction from a closed state in which the scanner unit is closed with respect to the casing, and a free state that allows the scanner unit to pivot in the opening direction from the closed state, and that enters the restricted state when the panel unit is set to a first orientation and enters the free state when the panel unit in the first orientation pivots by a predetermined angle to be in a second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hisayuki Akahane