Scanning Patents (Class 358/474)
  • Patent number: 11064081
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main assembly including a main assembly frame and an image forming portion; a reading unit including a reading frame, a placing portion, a reading portion, and a hinge supporting portion; a hinge; and an openable unit. The hinge supporting portion includes a first fixing portion fixed to the reading frame and a second fixing portion provided adjacent to the main assembly frame and fixed to the main assembly frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Bungo Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11046091
    Abstract: A data generation system includes circuitry configured to generate data of sub-images constructing an image. Each of the sub-images includes at least one of image elements of the image. The image elements are aligned in a direction perpendicular to a given direction in which an image forming apparatus moves to form the image. The circuitry is configured to, when, in an attempt to add another one of the image elements adjacent to the at least one of the image elements in one of the sub-images, the other one of the image elements does not fit within the one of the sub-images, generate data of the one of the sub-images without the other one of the image elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shikama, Yasunari Harada, Hiroki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11049012
    Abstract: A system and method to explain model behavior, which can benefit not only those seeking to meet regulatory requirements when using machine learning models but also help guide users of the model to assess and increase robustness associated with model governance processes. The method described utilizes changes in behavior of a time series to identify the latent factors that drive explanation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Fair Isaac Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Michael Zoldi, Chahm An
  • Patent number: 11050757
    Abstract: A notification is received that a first user device and a second user device would like to share a data set. The data set is retrieved from a database. A first security level associated with the first user device and a second security level associated with the second user device is retrieved. The data set is provided to the first user device and the second user device in accordance with the first security level and the second security level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Cleburne Robinson Burgess, Richard Paul Proft, Jeffrey Alan Smith, Theron Daniel Smelser, Katherine Virginia Lamb, Shanna Ruth Limas
  • Patent number: 11048076
    Abstract: A mirror unit includes a mirror device, a light incident/emission portion, and a support portion. The mirror device includes a base, a movable mirror, and a drive unit. The light incident/emission portion includes a first joining portion joined to a region that is located between a first electrode pad and a second electrode pad, and at least one of the movable mirror and the drive unit in a first surface of the base, and a first main body portion. The support portion includes a second joining portion joined to a region that overlaps each of the first electrode pad and the second electrode pad when viewed from a first direction in a second surface of the base, and a second main body portion. The first main body portion is provided with a first light passage region that overlaps a mirror surface of the movable mirror when viewed from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sugimoto, Tomofumi Suzuki, Kyosuke Kotani, Yutaka Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 11043164
    Abstract: What is disclosed are methods of non-uniformity compensation for active matrix light emitting diode device (AMOLED) and other emissive displays. For each pixel, greyscale level offsets for a number of predetermined greyscale drive levels which produce a uniform flat field are determined and used to generate a correction function for the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ignis Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Leerentveld, Daniel James Hills, Samer Musa
  • Patent number: 11030398
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system for on-screen ballot duplication is disclosed, that may be deployed for generating a revised ballot that satisfies predetermined rules or thresholds for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: RUNBECK ELECTION SERVICES INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Runbeck, William O'Neill, Chris Schiffhauer, Sergei Nosov, Akasha Ramnarine
  • Patent number: 11004163
    Abstract: A terminal-implemented method, a server-implemented method and a terminal for acquiring a certification document are provided. The terminal-implemented method includes: determining a target application for providing the certification document according to a user-input identification of a legal source of the certification document; acquiring page contents of the target application, the page contents containing the certification document; and sending document contents including the page contents or the certification document to a certification-document extracting server to enable certification-document extracting server to extract the certification document from the document contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Liu Fang, Meng Xu, Jianhe Jiang, Zhenyu Wu, Xianpeng Wang, Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11004158
    Abstract: A computing device: obtains an electronic image of a receipt, the receipt containing numerical information with no predefined format; automatically captures the numerical information in the obtained electronic image; organizes the captured numerical information; enables editing of the captured numerical information; enables viewing of the captured numerical information in a desired format; and enables combining the captured numerical information in the obtained electronic image with other numerical information previously captured from electronic images of other receipts into a report having predetermined categories. The report summarizes expense information contained in the captured numerical information in the obtained electronic image with the other numerical information previously captured from the electronic images of the other receipts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KRIS ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Radha K. C. Pandipati
  • Patent number: 11002528
    Abstract: A grayscale tracking sensing module includes: a main control unit, and a grayscale acquisition unit comprising at least five grayscale sensors electronically connected to the main control unit. The at least five grayscale sensors are formed a V-shape, with one of the grayscale sensors arranged at an apex of the V-shape and the rest of the grayscale sensors offsettingly arranged at two opposite sides of said one of the grayscale sensors. A smart terminal are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Jialong Kuang, Rui Gu
  • Patent number: 10992835
    Abstract: An image forming device includes a CPU. The CPU causes an image reader to collectively read a plurality of documents placed in each divided area of a document placement table and acquire individual images according to a user operation. Furthermore, the CPU generates, for each divided area, an image file that includes the image. In addition, if document reading is executed in a state where a document is placed in an inappropriate position, a notification screen for notifying the user that the document is not appropriately placed is displayed on a display before the image file data is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoya Arifuku
  • Patent number: 10990782
    Abstract: An operating method of an optical fingerprint capture apparatus includes: by the apparatus upon receipt of a scan command from a host, entering an exposure mode where an image sensor thereof is exposed to light carrying information of a fingerprint; by the apparatus upon complete exposure of the image sensor to the light, entering a sample mode where multiple pieces of pixel data that cooperatively represent an image of the fingerprint are obtained and written to a data buffer thereof; and by the apparatus at a predetermined output time point that is later than a start of the sample mode and earlier than an end of the sample mode, outputting an interrupt request to cause the host to start reading the pieces of pixel data from the data buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NOVATEK MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chun-Yen Lin, Ping Liu, Chi-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 10979590
    Abstract: Provided is an image reading apparatus including: an image reading unit configured to output image data representing an image read from an original; and an image control board configured to acquire the image data by controlling an operation of the image reading unit. When a shading error occurs, the image control board determines a part that has caused the shading error by determining whether or not a power supply voltage is being normally supplied to the image reading unit, determining whether or not a light source is normally emitting light, determining whether or not a memory is normally operating, and determining whether or not data output from the image reading unit is normally stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeto Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10951788
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a hard disc drive storing a database including image formation authority of a registered user and a remaining available amount and ID information for specifying the remaining available amount of the database to be updated based on processing detail data serving as data indicating processing details of the image forming apparatus; an image forming device; an auxiliary storage device storing processing management data including the processing detail data; and a controller managing details of processing performed by the image forming device. After ending of processing performed by the registered user, the controller uses the processing management data stored in the auxiliary storage device to update the remaining available amount specified by use of the ID information and deletes the processing management data from the auxiliary storage device in response to completion of the update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Koji Ikawa
  • Patent number: 10937368
    Abstract: A voltage compensation method, a voltage compensation device, a display device and a computer-readable storage medium are provided. The voltage compensation method includes: determining a first voltage of a target pixel in a first image; determining a second voltage of the target pixel in a second image, where the second image is switched from the first image; determining a voltage compensation value based on the first voltage and the second voltage; an determining a transition voltage based on the voltage compensation value and the second voltage, and compensating the second voltage by the transition voltage; where a gray-level of the target pixel in the first image is greater than a gray-level of the target pixel in the second image, the transition voltage is a driving voltage of the target pixel between the first voltage and the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jintao Peng, Kuanjun Peng, Wei Qin, Chengchung Yang, Wanpeng Teng, Zhiqiang Xu, Xueling Gao
  • Patent number: 10911629
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure provide a Contact Image Sensor (CIS), including a light source, a lens, a light-sensing portion receiving light converged by the lens, a sensor substrate carrying photosensitive Integrated Circuits (IC) arranged linearly, a frame accommodating the lens and the sensor substrate, and a light-transmitting plate provided on an upper part of the frame and configured to carry an original pattern. The CIS further includes a linear magnifying lens, provided between the light-transmitting plate and the lens, the linear magnifying lens having a characteristic of linearly magnifying an object in a single direction. The CIS involved in some embodiments of the present disclosure is capable of enhancing resolution in a single direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: WEIHAI HUALING OPTO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenbo Zhang, Huyan Wang
  • Patent number: 10908544
    Abstract: Provided is a discriminating device including a light-receiving unit receiving light beam from a detected surface (DS) and an optical unit (OU) guiding light beam from DS to light-receiving unit, and satisfying following conditional expressions: 0.01?|?m1/?m0?1|, and 1<|?m1/?m0?1|/|?s1/?s0?1|, where ?m0 represents a magnification of OU with respect to a first direction in a first cross section parallel to DS when DS is at a first position, ?m1 represents a magnification of OU with respect to first direction in first cross section when DS is at a second position shifted from first position by +0.2 mm in a direction perpendicular to DS, ?s0 represents a magnification of OU with respect to a second direction perpendicular to first direction in first cross section when DS is at first position, and ?s1 represents a magnification of OU with respect to second direction in first cross section when DS is at second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yu Miyajima
  • Patent number: 10890543
    Abstract: A book digitization apparatus includes an emitter that applies an energy ray to a book, a detector that detects an energy ray radiated from the book in response to a material existing in the book, and a three-dimensional data generator that generates data of a plurality of space points in accordance with the detected ray. The data of the space points associates position information of a position in a three-dimensional space within the book with a physical property value used to identify a layout pattern of the material at the position in a direction of thickness of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tohru Nakanishi, Zenken Kin
  • Patent number: 10884683
    Abstract: An information processing system in which a client uses an information processing apparatus that is managed by an apparatus manager, includes a management unit that manages client information including a contact address of a client; an acquisition unit that acquires a notification content from an apparatus manager; a specification unit that specifies a contact address of a client that uses an information processing apparatus that is managed by the apparatus manager from which the acquisition unit has acquired the notification content, on the basis of the client information that is managed by the management unit; and a notification unit that gives a notification about the notification content acquired by the acquisition unit to the contact address of the client specified by the specification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rie Muraishi, Tomoaki Hirano, Tomonori Tanaka, Manabu Hayashi, Tatsuo Mishima
  • Patent number: 10880441
    Abstract: The image reading apparatus includes a reading unit, a reading region in which a first region in which a member that suppresses entry of external light is disposed and a second region other than the first region are arranged in a main scanning direction of the reading unit, and a controller, wherein the controller calculates intensity of external light in the second region based on a reading value in the reading region, wherein the reading value is obtained by the reading unit, determines whether the intensity of the external light exceeds a threshold value, performs a first shading correction on a reading value of a document transported to the reading region when the intensity of the external light exceeds the threshold value, and performs a second shading correction on the reading value of the document when the intensity of the external light does not exceed the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Mizoguchi, Daisuke Honda
  • Patent number: 10868931
    Abstract: In an example, a scanning system includes a scanner device, a first bias member, and a second bias member. The example first bias member is able to apply pressure on a medium towards a scan surface of the scanner device (e.g., apply pressure at a scan zone defined by the boundaries of the scanner device) and the example second bias member is able to orient the medium towards the scan surface before the medium reaches the first bias member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John Andrew Bryson, Justin M. Roman
  • Patent number: 10863046
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a transport unit which transports a document, and reading units which read an image of the document which is transported. It is assumed that an operation of reading an image when specific setting information is not input to a control device of the image reading apparatus is set to a first reading mode, and an operation of reading an image when specific setting information is input to the control device is set to a second reading mode. In this case, in the second reading mode, image data of an image with a resolution which is equal to that in the first reading mode is generated, while causing the reading units to read an image from a document which is transported by the transport device at a lower speed than that in the first reading mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki Koyanagi, Tokujiro Okuno
  • Patent number: 10855876
    Abstract: In response to a position information request, a controller in a management system transmits original image position information to an image processing device such that the controller transmits first and second original image position information, respectively, in response to first and second position information requests that are different from each other, first and second original image storage positions indicated by the first and second original image position information being different from each other. The controller receives original image data from the image processing device that has accessed by using the original image position information, stores the original image data at an original image storage position, and transmits code data to the image processing device. In response to a target image data request from a terminal device that has acquired target image position information by reading a code image, the controller transmits target image data to the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 10855862
    Abstract: A reading device (100) includes a reading section (143), a casing (160), a cover section (110), a conveyance section (130), an interposed member (170), a controller (153), a cable (180), and a linking member (190). The casing (160) houses the reading section (143) therein. It is possible to place the cover section (110) on the casing (160). The conveyance section (130) is housed in the cover section (110) and conveys a sheet. The interposed member (170) is interposed between the cover section (110) and the casing (160). The controller (153) is housed in the casing (160) and controls the conveyance section (130). The cable (180) is connected to the controller (153), is also connected to the conveyance section (130), and transfers a control signal output by the controller (153) to the conveyance section (130). The linking member (190) is linked to the cover section (110) and is also linked to the casing (160).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Harada
  • Patent number: 10841441
    Abstract: A scanning device includes an outer shell, a glass platform, a contact image sensor, a paper feeding unit and an upper cover. An inside of the outer shell has an accommodating space. The glass platform is disposed to the outer shell. The glass platform includes an automatic paper fed and scanned area, and a static paper scan area. The contact image sensor is disposed in the accommodating space. The paper feeding unit is disposed to a top surface of the automatic paper fed and scanned area. The upper cover is pivotally disposed to a top surface of the static paper scan area. A top surface of the upper cover is recessed downward to form a paper loading groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Foxlink Image Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi Wen Chen, Wei Xiang Tsai, Hsing Hung Lee, Yi Hsuan Lin
  • Patent number: 10819871
    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: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Tani, Minami Sensu
  • Patent number: 10810395
    Abstract: An electronic device and an image capture method are provided. The electronic device includes an image sensor, a ramp analog to digital converter, and a memory. The image sensor includes a plurality of pixel units arranged in an array, and the pixel units output a plurality of first image capturing signals and a plurality of second image capturing signals in an image capturing operation. The ramp analog to digital converter generates a plurality of most significant bit data corresponding to a plurality of pixels according to a first nonlinear ramp signal and the first image capturing signals, and generates a plurality of least significant bit data corresponding to the plurality of pixels according to a second nonlinear ramp signal and the second image capturing signals. The memory stores the most significant bit data of these pixels and the least significant bit data of these pixels together to generate frame data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Guangzhou Tyrafos Semiconductor Technologies Co., LTD
    Inventors: Ping-Hung Yin, Jia-Shyang Wang
  • Patent number: 10813261
    Abstract: A mounting device provided with: a collecting section configured to move a component for which imaging conditions are defined as a range including multiple values to an arrangement position in a state with multiple of the components collected; an imaging section configured to image the multiple components held by the collecting section; and a control section configured to, when the collecting section is holding the multiple components that include imaging conditions with ranges that are not the same, cause the imaging section to image the multiple components using imaging conditions with a shared value among the ranges defined for the multiple components held by the collecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oike, Shuichiro Kito, Kenji Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10802147
    Abstract: An electronic device tracks its motion in an environment while building a three-dimensional visual representation of the environment that is used to correct drift in the tracked motion. A motion tracking module estimates poses of the electronic device based on feature descriptors corresponding to the visual appearance of spatial features of objects in the environment. A mapping module builds a three-dimensional visual representation of the environment based on a stored plurality of maps, and feature descriptors and estimated device poses received from the motion tracking module. The mapping module provides the three-dimensional visual representation of the environment to a localization module, which identifies correspondences between stored and observed feature descriptors. The localization module performs a loop closure by minimizing the discrepancies between matching feature descriptors to compute a localized pose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Esha Nerurkar, Simon Lynen, Sheng Zhao
  • Patent number: 10788660
    Abstract: An optical scanning device includes an optical scanner including a mirror that includes a light reflection surface, a driving source that causes the mirror to rotate around a rotation axis passing through the center of the light reflection surface in response to a driving signal, and a piezoelectric sensor that outputs a sensor signal corresponding to a rotational angle of the mirror around the rotation axis; and an impedance conversion circuit that receives the sensor signal from the piezoelectric sensor, performs impedance conversion on the received sensor signal, and outputs the impedance-converted sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi Sakaue, Takahiko Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10778856
    Abstract: A multi-function/multi-purpose portable electronic device is disclosed. In one aspect, the device may include a display monitor configured to display an image and a scanner disposed below the display monitor and extending to cross the display monitor, the scanner not directly contacting the display monitor. The device may also include a base configured to support the scanner, the base including a first portion having a first thickness and a second portion having a second thickness greater than the first thickness, the first portion at least partially vertically overlapping the display monitor and the scanner. The device may further include a speaker disposed only in the second portion of the base. The device may also include a connector physically interconnecting the base and the display monitor to support the display monitor, at least a portion of the connector vertically overlapping the second portion of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Seeminex.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Sukjoo Shin
  • Patent number: 10771644
    Abstract: An image reading device includes an image reading section, a document table, a document pressing member, and a document size indication section. The image reading section reads an image of a document. The document table is located above the image reading section. The document is loaded on the document table. The document pressing member is provided over the document table in an openable and closable manner to press the document. The document size indication section is located on the document table and indicates a plurality of document sizes. The document size indication section is constituted by a semitransparent resin plate and includes a letter presenting portion. A part of the semitransparent resin plate of the document size indication section corresponding to the letter presenting portion has a smaller thickness than a part of the document size indication section other than the part thereof corresponding to the letter presenting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Kurotsu
  • Patent number: 10764460
    Abstract: An image sensor unit includes: a light source that illuminates a document; a rod-shaped light guide including a reflection surface that reflects light from the light source and an emission surface provided on a side opposite to the reflection surface that emits light reflected by the reflection surface to the document; a thermal conductor provided so as to cover the reflection surface of the light guide; an image forming element that forms an image of reflected light from the document on a photoelectric conversion element; a sensor substrate on which the photoelectric conversion element is mounted; and a frame including a locator for mounting the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uga
  • Patent number: 10747865
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and an apparatus for controlling a flexible screen and an electronic device. The electronic device is provided with the flexible screen and a fingerprint sensor. The method includes: obtaining fingerprint data when the fingerprint sensor is pressed; matching the fingerprint data with preset fingerprint data; and unfolding the flexible screen when the fingerprint data matches the preset fingerprint data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yugui Lin
  • Patent number: 10750040
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a line image sensor receiving a light reflected from an original illuminated by a light source to generate image data, an original size detector disposed away from an original positioning portion by a predetermined distance in a sub-scanning direction, an original image reading start instructing unit outputting an image reading start instruction for starting an image reading operation when being depressed by a user, and a controller determining a size of the original based on detection results of the line image sensor and the original size detector when the size of the original is not stored in a memory in a case in which the controller receives the image reading start instruction in a state in which it is detected that an angle of a pressure plate is greater than a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yushi Oka, Asahiro Nakayoshi, Akiko Kanno
  • Patent number: 10742908
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and methods for acquiring an image having two-dimensional spatial resolution and spectral resolution. An example method comprises: acquiring a frame using rows of photo-sensitive areas on a sensor surface detecting incident light from an object imaged by an optical system onto an image plane, wherein rows of photo-sensitive areas are arranged to receive different wavelengths; moving the sensor surface in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the rows; repeating the acquiring and moving for acquiring a plurality of frames recording different spectral information for respective positions on the object; and combining information from the plurality of frames to form multiple channels of an image, wherein each channel is formed based on detected light in respective rows and represent a two-dimensional image of the object for a different wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Imec VZW
    Inventors: Julien Pichette, Wouter Charle
  • Patent number: 10725420
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit, a fixing device, and circuitry is provided. The image forming unit is configured to perform a special image forming operation that forms a color toner image and a special toner image with a color toner and a special toner, respectively, on a recording medium and a normal image forming operation that forms the color toner image without forming the special toner image on the recording medium. The fixing device is configured to fix the color toner image and the special toner image on the recording medium. The circuitry is configured to perform, in the special image forming operation, a toner amount suppression control that makes an amount of the color toner on the recording medium per unit area smaller than that in the normal image forming operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masato Tanaka, Keiji Kunimi, Masaki Yoshino, Kazumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10728415
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes: an image reading device and a controller. The controller assigns a variable character string to a file identifier for each page of image files generated by the image reading device, and repeatedly assigns the same character string to the file identifier for each number of unit pages. Further, the controller determines a file name of each of the image files by using the file identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mutsumi Nochi
  • Patent number: 10717623
    Abstract: A printer tray extension kit which allows a printer to hold and receive longer pieces of paper is provided. The printer tray extension kit includes a base, an extension arm, a support stand, and a crossbar. The base provides a structural platform in order for the printer tray extension kit to hold pieces of paper. The extension arm provides a lengthening element in order for the print tray extension kit to hold longer pieces of paper if the base is not long enough. The support stand provides a structural reinforcement which maintains the printer tray extension kit in a raised position from a table surface or similar. The crossbar provides a structural reference bar which is used to attach the support stand to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: John Latsko
  • Patent number: 10710828
    Abstract: The sheet feeding apparatus includes a stacking device on which a sheet is stacked, a feeding device, which is configured to feed the stacked sheet, a contact portion arranged at a position at which the stacked sheet is brought into contact with the contact portion, and a moving member, which is movable in a direction in which a protruding amount of the stacked sheet changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daigo Yamauchi, Fumiya Sawashima
  • Patent number: 10708456
    Abstract: The image reading apparatus includes a reading unit, a cover portion which is openable and closable and in which a first surface forms an upper surface of the apparatus in a closed state and a second surface on an opposite side to the first surface supports a document in an opened state, and a document support tray which is displaceable between a storage position where the document support tray is stored in a state along the second surface in a state where the cover portion is closed and a withdrawn position where the document support tray is withdrawn from the storage position to the upstream side in the feeding direction of the document in a state where the cover portion is opened, and which supports at least a portion of a document supported by the cover portion in a state where the cover portion is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsumi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10694059
    Abstract: It is possible to read a document at an optimal speed according to an operation mode selected by a user while improving productivity at a low cost, without forcing the user to perform a complicated operation for changing a document reading speed. A method for controlling a reading unit to read a document with a first reading resolution in a case where a reading resolution is the first reading resolution, to read a document with a second reading resolution in a case where the reading resolution is the second reading resolution smaller than the first reading resolution and a predetermined mode is not set, and to read a document with the first reading resolution in a case where the reading resolution is the second reading resolution smaller than the first reading resolution and the predetermined mode is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Unno
  • Patent number: 10686950
    Abstract: A scanning network includes a central server configured to distribute a scan task. The scan task is associated with a scanning of an identified document. The scanning network further includes a plurality of imaging devices configured to receive and execute a scan task and a storage database configured to receive a document image created from execution of a scan task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Wouter Koelewijn, Ond{hacek over (r)}ej Krají{hacek over (c)}ek, Miroslav Sova, Jakub {hacek over (S)}lesarik
  • 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: 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: 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