Image Portion Selection Patents (Class 358/538)
  • Patent number: 10347217
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and storage media associated with placing graphical elements in a graphical user interface (GUI) in view of a region of interests (ROI) are disclosed herein. An apparatus may comprise a GUI manager to receive a designation of a region of interest, ROI, of a first graphical element of a GUI to be rendered on a display device; and to place a second graphical element into the GUI in view of the ROI of the first graphical element. The GUI manager may be loaded into the memory and executed by the processor circuitry of a computing device. The first graphical element may have one or more ROIs, and there may be one or more instances of the first graphical element, placed over one or more display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Raghavendra Angadimani, Sean J. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10313631
    Abstract: A method includes determining, at a first computing device, first capabilities of a second computing device. The method includes setting, at the first computing device, a user configurable option based on a first capability of a second computing device, a second capability associated with a bandwidth of a network, or a combination thereof. The method includes generating, at the first computing device, multimedia content. The multimedia content includes a first layer and a second layer. The first layer includes first media content received from a first content source. A first bit rate of the first layer is determined based on the user configurable option. The method also includes sending the multimedia content to the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Randolph Wohlert
  • Patent number: 10210273
    Abstract: A computer device to generate an image with content and create active regions at locations or coordinates of the image including the content. The computing device associates the active regions with accessible links corresponding to the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Qian Lin, Feng Tang
  • Patent number: 10140742
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to automatic generation of dynamically changing layouts for a graphical user-interface. Specifically, embodiments of the present disclosure employ analysis of an image associated with the view (e.g., either the current view or a future view) of the graphical user-interface to determine colors that are complementary to the image. The colors are applied to the view, such that the color scheme of the view matches the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Joe R. Howard, Brian R. Frick, Timothy B. Martin, Christopher John Sanders
  • Patent number: 9924066
    Abstract: An operability of a user in an image processing apparatus such as a camera scanner is improved. For this purpose, the image processing apparatus has: a pickup image obtaining unit for obtaining a pickup image on a stage through an imaging unit; a distance image obtaining unit for obtaining a distance image on the stage through a solid measuring unit; a detecting unit for detecting the putting of an object on the stage based on the obtained pickup image; a projecting unit for projecting an operation display regarding the reading of the object onto the stage through a projector when the putting of the object is detected; a recognizing unit for recognizing a gesture of the user on the stage based on the obtained distance image; and a reading unit for obtaining a read image of the object in accordance with the gesture to the projected operation display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Takahashi, Ryo Kosaka, Soshi Oshima
  • Patent number: 9846965
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying an augmented reality toy. Embodiments capture a visual scene for display. The visual scene includes a first physical object and is captured using one or more camera devices. The first physical object is identified as a first predetermined object type, based on one or more object identifiers associated with the first physical object. Embodiments retrieve predefined geometric information corresponding to the first predetermined object type and render a sequence of frames for display in which the captured visual scene is augmented, based on the predefined geometric information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth John Mitchell, Robert Walker Sumner
  • Patent number: 9812086
    Abstract: A method for displaying a result of area extraction processing of dividing a target image into a foreground area and a background area includes a result acquisition step of acquiring a result of the area extraction processing on the target image, an extraction result image generation step of acquiring an extraction result image representing an estimated foreground area or an estimated background area estimated by the area extraction processing or a boundary between the estimated foreground area and the estimated background area, based on the acquired result, and a display step of generating a composite image by combining the extraction result image with the target image, and displaying the composite image on a display device. The extraction result image generation step includes a color extraction step and a color determination step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Minato, Yukiko Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 9557908
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rendering web content in a browser are described herein. An embodiment includes a web rendering engine in a rendering engine process to generate one or more requests to selectively redraw one or more regions of content retrieved by a browser process. A renderview then generates a bitmap based on the requests and content retrieved by the browser process. The bitmap may then be stored by the renderview in a shared memory area where it may be accessed by a renderview host in the browser process. The renderview host may then provide the bitmap to a backing store associated with a display device for display to a user. In another embodiment, the shared memory area between the browser process and the rendering engine process may be used to achieve efficient scrolling of a web page through rate limited rendering of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Fisher, Brett Wilson
  • Patent number: 9521273
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a communication circuit, a storage circuit, a communications control circuit, a spool circuit, a RIP processing circuit, a matching circuit, and a grouping circuit. The RIP processing circuit rasterizes the stored one or more pieces of document data to generate one or more pieces of rasterized data. The matching circuit performs matching processing of the generated one or more pieces of rasterized data. The grouping circuit groups pieces of rasterized data with an identical content one another among the one or more pieces of rasterized data based on the result of the matching processing. The communications control circuit transmits the grouped one or more pieces of rasterized data to an image forming apparatus by each of the groups via the communication circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Yoshida, Satoshi Kawakami, Takahiro Minami, Akira Yuki
  • Patent number: 9390485
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a first generating unit configured to generate smoothed image data including an edge portion by performing a smoothing process on original image data using an edge preserving smoothing filter; a second generating unit configured to generate first differential image data of a differential image between an image of the original image data and an image of the smoothed image data; a histogram generating unit configured to generate a differential histogram, which is a histogram of frequencies of difference values included in the first differential image data; a third generating unit configured to generate second differential image data by correcting the first differential image data using a correction amount, the correction amount for the first differential image data being calculated based on the differential histogram; and a synthesizing unit configured to synthesize the smoothed image data and the second differential image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9286669
    Abstract: A model is defined by a plurality of first positions on an edge extracted from a model image and a changing direction of the edge in each of the first positions. An image processing apparatus calculates a changing direction of an edge in a second position of an input image corresponding to the first position on the edge of the model image. The image processing apparatus accepts an instruction associated with a permissible value of the changing direction of the edge. The image processing apparatus calculates a similarity degree of the first position and the second position corresponding to the first position based on the accepted instruction, the changing direction of the edge in the first and second position. The image processing apparatus determines whether a specific area in the input image is similar to the model or not based on the calculated similarity degree in the second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Kato, Yutaka Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 9275270
    Abstract: This invention provides a technique which can enhance personal recognition precision in personal recognition processing of a face in an image. To this end, a management unit classifies feature patterns each including feature information of a plurality of parts of a face region of an object extracted from image data, and manages the feature patterns using a dictionary. A segmenting unit determines whether or not feature information of each part of the face region of the object is segmented, and segments the feature information of the part of interest into a plurality of feature information as new feature information. A registration unit registers a feature pattern as a combination of the new feature information of the part of interest and feature information of parts other than the part of interest in the dictionary as a new feature pattern of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Suwa, Hiroyasu Kunieda, Yusuke Hashii, Naoki Sumi, Takashi Nakamura, Takashi Fujita, Kiyoshi Umeda, Hiroyuki Sakai
  • Patent number: 9269218
    Abstract: By rendering lower half of 30 FPS in the processing of even numbered frame of 60 fps and rendering upper half of 30 fps in the processing of odd numbered frame, the processing load of the processor 70 can be reduced to half. Thus, by delaying image rendering, the image quality degradation can be prevented, therefore stable high-quality images can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: EPX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kumagai, Takayuki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9262842
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus for compressing an image. The apparatus includes a compressing section configured to compress an image based on N representative colors to generate N-representative-color-based compression data and calculate an indicator for evaluating an image quality of the image compressed based on M representative colors during compressing the image based on N representative colors, where M<N holds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Keishi Sakuma
  • Patent number: 9183451
    Abstract: An image editing apparatus including: an image-data obtainer which obtains: first-face and second-face image data respectively created by reading first and second faces of a document, the first-face image data being as first target data, the second-face image data being as second target data; a receiver which receives a command for executing a processing for one of the first and second target data; and an image processor which, upon receipt of the command by the receiver, executes, for the one target data, a processing based on the command and executes, for another of the first and second target data, a processing symmetrical to the processing based on the command with respect to an axis extending through a center of an image corresponding to the one target data and extending in a sub-scanning direction during reading of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Miyata
  • Patent number: 9060078
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are provided for objective, quantitative assessment of printer image quality. Quantitative scores are determined for objective analysis and evaluation of the age quality produced by the target printer and determining corrective actions to be performed on the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kirk Szymanski
  • Patent number: 9053360
    Abstract: An image inspection method and apparatus for inspecting images output on sheets including a reference white plate disposed at a position of the transport route of sheet while facing a scan position for scanning a sheet; a contact glass disposed opposite the reference white plate; an image scanning device fixed facing the scan position to conduct a scanning operation through the contact glass, a noise detector to detect a first noise image in a blank area of the inspection sheet by scanning the blank area of the inspection sheet, and a second noise image in the reference white plate by scanning the reference white plate; and a stain source determination unit to determine a noise origin from the contact glass or the reference white plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 9049335
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus includes a scanner configured to scan a manuscript and generate a plurality of scan images; a discriminator configured to calculate a color ratio regarding each of the generated plurality of scan images, compare the calculated color ratio and a predetermined reference value, and discriminate color or black and white regarding each of the generated plurality of scan images; and a controller configured to control the discriminator so that a same discrimination is performed regarding ‘a scan image having a color ratio within a predetermined range including the predetermined reference value’ of among the plurality of scan images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Su-han Song, Jung-tag Gong
  • Patent number: 9030709
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a drawing receiving unit to receive a page start command and a drawing command from an OS, a transparency processing unit to generate a bitmap upon receiving the page start command, to alpha blend a first image with a second image existing on the bitmap to generate a blended image upon receiving the drawing command that includes the first image with an alpha channel, and to duplicate the alpha blended image, and a drawing processing unit to convert the drawing command that includes the first image with the alpha channel, into a print command to draw the duplicated alpha blended image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Shimohira
  • Patent number: 9007658
    Abstract: Color shift detection requires additional processing as compared to detection of other items, and thus increases the load on the inspection processing. Conventional inspection apparatuses have a problem that the processing speed associated with inspection is affected and the costs of the inspection processing apparatus are raised. In a case where an inspection setting specified by a user includes color shift detection (YES in S406), scan image data of a printed material for a test print is determined to be a reference (S407). Then, comparison is made between scan image data obtained by scanning the printed material associated with a print job and the scan image data of the printed material for the test print.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Ito
  • Patent number: 8994972
    Abstract: A printing system includes an image forming apparatus, a management server, and a print data transmission apparatus, each of which are coupled one another via a network. The print transmission apparatus transmits print data to the management server in association with a user. The image forming apparatus, including apparatus-supported setting data, (i) causes the management server to authenticate the user, and (ii) prints the print data. The management server (i) manages the print data transmitted from the print data transmission apparatus, (ii) performs authentication of the user, and changes the print data associated with the user to supported print data corresponding to the apparatus-supported setting data, and (iii) transmits the supported print data to the image forming apparatus, if the authentication of the user is successful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Keisaku Matsumae, Daisuke Yoshida, Ryusuke Nakatani
  • Patent number: 8988749
    Abstract: Scanning technology related to editing a scan image. A request to edit a scan image that was acquired through an input apparatus is received and an editing user interface area that includes an editing version of the scan image and at least one functional icon is displayed. After selection of the editing version of the scan image, user input is received moving the editing version of the scan image to a predetermined area of the editing user interface area that corresponds to a functional icon. The editing version of the scan image is converted into text data, a function associated with the functional icon is determined, and the converted text data is used in the determined function associated with the functional icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jungyong Lee, Bumsang Lee, Injik Lee
  • Publication number: 20150077817
    Abstract: The image processing apparatus includes an input image acquisition module for acquiring an input image generated by reading a document, a character string information calculator for calculating character string density or character string variance in the input image, and a document type identification module for identifying a type of the document based on the character string density or the character string variance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Katsuhito Shimazaki, Yuki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8965134
    Abstract: A method of registering a document comprises, with a processor (150), defining (block 505) a plurality of clusters in an image of a template document (300) by assigning each of a number of feature points of an image of a template document to a cluster with the closest mean, with the processor (150), refining (block 510) a correspondence set of the feature points between the image of the template document (300) and the image of the target document (400) using a histogram of Euclidian distances, and with the processor (150), eliminating (block 515) outliers within a correspondence set of the feature points between the image of the template document (300) and an image of a target document (400) by generating a hypothesis and evaluating the hypothesis a number of iterations, in which the image of the target document (400) is captured by an imaging device (110) from a physical document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Suryaprakash Kompalli, Venkata Gopal Edupuganti, Vinayak Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8958655
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an attention region determining unit and a blurring unit. The attention region determining unit is configured to determine an attention region of an image that includes an intended subject of the image. The blurring unit is configured to blur all of the image regions outside of the attention region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Ueda, Jun Minakuti
  • Patent number: 8953905
    Abstract: Movies to be colorized/depth enhanced (2D?3D) are broken into backgrounds/sets or motion/onscreen-action. Background and motion elements are combined into composite frame which becomes a visual reference database that includes data for all frame offsets used later for the computer controlled application of masks within a sequence of frames. Masks are applied to subsequent frames of motion objects based on various differentiating image processing methods, including automated mask fitting/reshaping. Colors/depths are automatically applied with masks throughout a scene from the composite background and to motion objects. Areas never exposed by motion or foreground objects may be partially or fully realistically drawn/rendered/applied to the occluded areas and applied throughout the images to generate artifact-free secondary viewpoints during 2D?3D conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Legend3D, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Sandrew, Tony Baldridge, Anthony Lopez, Timothy Tranquill, Craig Cesareo
  • Patent number: 8947754
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an image reading part for reading an image of a document and generating image data, a preview image creation part for creating preview image from the image data generated by the image reading part, a display part capable of displaying at least one part of the preview image, an operation input part for receiving input in response to operation made by a user, a display area determination part for determining a part specified in response to operation made through the operation input part as a displaying area of the preview image, and a display control part for extracting an image responsive to the displaying area from the preview image and for displaying the extracted image on the display part. So, a load for user's operation for preview of an image read from a document may be reduced, and page update and others may be executed efficiently by reducing time to preview display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Shuhei Kashiwa
  • Patent number: 8947741
    Abstract: An image processing unit, includes: an overlap portion detection unit that detects an overlap portion between plural objects from image data configured by objects expressed by geometrical information and color values; a color value calculation unit that for the overlap portion between the plural objects, calculates a color value of the overlap portion from the plural objects according to an overlap processing method of the overlap portion; an object producing unit that produces a new object from the overlap portion between the plural objects detected by the overlap portion detection unit, and the color value calculated by the color value calculation unit; and a control unit that controls the object produced by the object producing unit to be superimposed on the overlap portion between the plural objects with a knock-out method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Suzuki, Takuya Ohta
  • Patent number: 8928940
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a density conversion unit converting the density of one or more image data from among plural image data to be combined having different tones so as to correspond to the tone to be combined; a combine unit combining the plural image data by using the image data whose density is converted by the density conversion unit; and an image forming unit forming an image by using the image data combined by the combine unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8928941
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus prints an image without streaks on a medium. A receiving section receives base color image data and non-base color image data. A detecting section detects a boundary between a first area in which the base color image is printed and a second area which surrounds the first area and no image is printed therein. A correction section performs correction on the image data to generate one of a third area defined in a peripheral portion of the first area and a fourth area which is defined in a peripheral portion of the second area and is contiguous to the first area. A smaller amount of base color toner is consumed in the third and fourth area than in the first area. A printing section prints an image on a medium in accordance with the corrected base color image data and the non-base color image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Akimitsu Kawano
  • Publication number: 20150002915
    Abstract: An adaptive and selective scanning method, particularly for identifying and authenticating identification cards, is disclosed herein. The present invention evolved from a trend of more intricate security features configured to modern ID cards motivating more sophisticated counterfeits. These intricate features would typically require higher resolution (therefore large electronic files) and increased scanning times that would be unworkable in many environments where scan time is very important, such as airport security. Essentially, the method comprises multiple timely passes where specific target data is obtained. Initial ID card passes are concentrated to magnetic strip, as well as one and two dimensional barcode information. Subsequent card passes are focused to high resolution images of a specific portion of the card thereby reducing scan time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Lebaschi
  • Patent number: 8917426
    Abstract: A technology that enables accurate position specification on an image displayed on a screen to perform processing and correction of the image data is provided. When the image is printed on a sheet on which a dot pattern is printed, a reference point of the image on the display device is set and the reference point is printed in a visible mark together with the image. This mark is imaged with an imaging means, and calibration is performed in which position coordinates of the marks on the sheet and the reference points of the image are matched, thereby preventing variation in coordinates between designation made on the sheet with the imaging means and processing on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Kenji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8917424
    Abstract: Data processing methods provide a work flow for producing custom screen printed products based on digital images. Disclosed techniques include a work flow for receiving user-supplied images and transforming the images into color separation data and related metadata that can drive screen printing, including previewing the appearance of the products as they will appear when screen printed, for user approval; finding key color components using a filtering and grouping approach; image resolution limiting; structured error diffusion halftoning with an improved random number generator for use in adding blue noise; error diffusion dot spread correction; and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Zazzle.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Young Harvill
  • Patent number: 8917934
    Abstract: Foreground objects of interest are distinguished from a background model by dividing a region of interest of a video data image into a grid array of individual cells that are each smaller than that a foreground object of interest. More particularly, image data of the foreground object of interest spans a contiguous plurality of the cells. Each of the cells are labeled as foreground if accumulated edge energy within the cell meets an edge energy threshold, if color intensities for different colors within each cell differ by a color intensity differential threshold, or as a function of combinations of said determinations in view of one or more combination rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ankur Datta, Rogerio S. Feris, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Xiaoyu Wang
  • Patent number: 8913285
    Abstract: Some embodiments produce an image capture application that implements a novel auto scan feature. The auto scan feature directs a scanner to perform an initial scan and then decomposes the scanned document into component regions. Some embodiments then identify a set of attributes of each region from the initial scan, select a set of optimal scanning parameters for each region based on the identified set of attributes, and then direct the scanner to perform a detailed secondary scan of each region with the identified set of scanning parameters. Following the secondary scan, some embodiments perform post-scan operations on the image of the scanned region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Hans-Werner Neubrand
  • Patent number: 8908230
    Abstract: Provided is a control apparatus for controlling an image forming apparatus including an inline sensor. The control apparatus includes: a data analyzing section configured to extract color information contained in an image of a target page positioned a predetermined number of pages after a certain page, where the predetermined number of pages are pages to be printed during at least a period from print processing for the certain page to measurement of color information on the printed image of the certain page; a color patch creating section configured to create a color patch corresponding to the color information contained in the image of the target page and arrange the color patch in the certain page; and a control section configured to send image data of the certain page to the image forming apparatus so as to make the image forming apparatus perform print processing and measuring color information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuro Yamamuro
  • Patent number: 8896896
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes simulating a preprinted form using a presentation overlay. The presentation device is directed to present the overlay as if it had been preprinted on the paper. Document data is then mixed with the simulated preprinted form such that the result accurately simulates a real preprinted form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Production Print Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Harry R. Lewis, Reinhard H. Hohensee, David E. Stone
  • Patent number: 8891145
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for processing scanned documents by digitizing the scanned documents, converting the digitized documents to a JPEG2000 file, encoding content information corresponding to the digitized documents using spatial capabilities of JPEG2000's Region of Interest feature, and creating an image file having the digitized documents and the region of interest information for forwarding to a computing device, such as a handheld computing device, for display. The system and method are especially useful in Digital Mail applications which entail digitizing and delivering mail documents to recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: William K. Stumbo
  • Patent number: 8885214
    Abstract: The present invention provides a color image processing apparatus which reduces the amount of color materials consumed that are used to form a color image with reference to an index with high utility. To accomplish this, a color image forming apparatus of the present invention is a color image processing apparatus which applies image processing to image data of an input color image, and outputs the processed image data, and which changes tone values of respective colors of the color image, so that a conversion result obtained when image data of the color image are converted into amounts of color materials becomes an amount based on a reference conversion result, the reference conversion result being obtained when the image data are color-converted by a predetermined color conversion method and the converted data is further converted into an amount of a color material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Saiki
  • Patent number: 8873088
    Abstract: A printing control device includes a web page data acquiring portion configured to acquire web page data of a prescribed web page from the web server and a display configured to display the prescribed web page. The printing control device further includes an extraction portion configured to extract data for constituting a duplication object. The printing control device still further includes a print data creation portion configured to create print data for forming at least two duplicated images of the duplication object based on the extracted data. Moreover, the printing control device includes a printing instruction portion configured to instruct the printing unit to form an image on the recording medium based on the created print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kanako Kotake
  • Patent number: 8861054
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing apparatus, an image processing method, a computer-readable medium storing a computer program and an image processing system improving edge detection precision at the time of flare occurrence. The image processing apparatus includes an input unit for taking image data including a document region, a first candidate detector for detecting a first candidate of an edge point constituting a boundary line of the document region by scanning binarized image of the image data with a predetermined pattern along a line, a second candidate detector for detecting a second candidate of an edge point based on differential value of pixels adjoining each other, and an edge point determination unit for determining the second candidate as an edge point when the second candidate is positioned more inside of the document region than the first candidate, and otherwise determines the first candidate as an edge point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Akira Iwayama, Toshihide Suzumura
  • Patent number: 8854691
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus extracts a line segment included in an image, and includes a density gradient direction determining section that determines a direction, in which density changes, of each processing unit composed of a predetermined number of pixels of an image, and an line segment extracting section that regards a couple of processing units whose density gradient direction are opposite each other as a processing unit pair and extracts a processing unit group including a plurality of processing unit pairs allocated in a row in a direction perpendicular to the density gradient directions as a line segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery Ltd.
    Inventor: Nariyasu Kan
  • Publication number: 20140293383
    Abstract: A computer-readable instructions in an image-processing device, when executed by a processor, cause the image-processing device to perform: acquiring a target image; identifying an encircling region and an object region; determining a first candidate region and a second candidate region by using both the encircling line region and the object region; and extracting a contacting object region including a first candidate region and a second candidate region that satisfies conditions as follows: a condition that the first candidate region is disposed on an inner peripheral side of the encircling line region, and that the second candidate region is disposed on an outer peripheral side of the encircling line region; and another condition that the first candidate region and the second candidate region abut the encircling line region, and that the first candidate region and the second candidate region confront each other across the encircling line region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryohei Ozawa
  • Publication number: 20140285861
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image-processing device that includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores computer-readable instructions therein. The computer-readable instructions cause the image-processing device to perform identifying a first region and a second region in a target image. The first region represents an encircling line for identifying a specific sub-region in the target image. The first region includes a plurality of pixels. The second region includes an inside region that is surrounded by the first region, and an outside region that is outside the first region. The image-processing device further performs changing a color value of a first target pixel included in the plurality of the pixels using a first internal pixel and a first external pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Kondo
  • Patent number: 8842322
    Abstract: An image layout apparatus includes a cropping unit, a displaying unit, a checking unit, first and second computing units, a noticing unit, and a preventing unit. The cropping unit crops an image file image. The displaying unit displays and arranges cropped images on a page. The checking unit checks whether first and second image files are same. The first computing unit computes, in response to the first image file and the second image file being the same, an overlapping area between a first displayed image and a second displayed image. The second computing unit computes overlapping size ratio of the computed overlapping area. The noticing unit notices, in response to the first image file and the second image file being the same, information regarding duplication of image files. The preventing unit prevents, in response to the computed overlapping size ratio being smaller than a predetermined value, noticing the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Satomi, Yosato Hitaka
  • Patent number: 8842350
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing apparatus, an image processing method, a computer-readable medium storing a computer program and an image processing system improving precision of the calculation of boundary based on candidate pixels constituting the boundary of a side of the document region. The image processing apparatus includes a candidate pixel detector for detecting candidate pixels constituting boundary of sides of the document region, a classifier for classifying coordinates of the candidate pixels respectively detected in plural portions of the boundary into a plurality of groups, an approximate line calculator for calculating a plurality of approximate lines for the boundary based on the coordinates belonging to each of the plurality of groups, and a provisional line determination unit for determining a provisional line for the boundary of the side based on the approximate line having the largest number of candidate pixels within a prescribed distance from the approximate line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Akira Iwayama, Masayoshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8843756
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus sections an image to be processed into a plurality of blocks, rearranges the blocks into positions specified by an encryption key that uniquely specifies the positions of the blocks in the image, determines a computing method used to convert pixel values of pixels that form a minimum area included in each of the blocks after the blocks are rearranged based on the pixel values of predetermined pixels that do not belong to the minimum area, and converts the pixel values based on the computing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Jun Takahashi, Shohei Nakagata, Kensuke Kuraki, Taizo Anan
  • Patent number: 8837023
    Abstract: A printing apparatus which prints a composite image formed of a background image and an input image on a recording medium includes: a display; a display image data generating section which generates data of a display image to be displayed on the display; a display controller which controls the display; an input region determining mechanism which determines at least one input region in which the input image is to be inputted on the background image displayed on the display; an image capturing mechanism which captures the input image inputted via the display; a composite image data generating section which generates data of the composite image from data of the background image and the input image captured by the image capturing mechanism; and a printing mechanism which prints the composite image on the recording medium based on the data of the composite image generated by the composite image data generating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masayuki Takata, Kazuma Goto, Atsushi Nakamura, Narumi Kawai, Yuichi Ito
  • Patent number: 8824014
    Abstract: A method of operating a printer includes reducing a first plurality of coverage parameters in a first continuous tone (contone) pixel by a predetermined amount if a combination of at least two of the coverage parameters is below a predetermined threshold and reducing a second plurality of coverage parameters in a second pixel by a smaller amount if the combination of coverage parameters in the second pixel is greater than the predetermined threshold. The method further includes generating half-tone image data from the first and second pixels and forming printed marks corresponding to the first and second pixels on an image receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David Robinson, Katherine Loj
  • Patent number: 8824019
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus may include a generation unit, a calculation unit, and a storing unit. The generation unit generates, from job data, image data independent of a model of the image processing apparatus. The calculation unit calculates charging information about contents included in the image data and charging information about additional information added to the image data. The storing unit stores the charging information about the contents and the charging information about the additional information for each charging destination stored in a storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhide Hasegawa