Hand-held Camera With Recorder In A Single Unit Patents (Class 358/906)
  • Patent number: 10666284
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging apparatus and electronic equipment which can realize operation with lower power consumption in a sensing mode. A solid-state imaging apparatus has an A/D conversion unit that A/D converts a pixel signal and an oscillator that generates a second internal clock with a frequency lower than that of a first internal clock obtained by multiplying an external clock, in which the A/D conversion unit is configured to operate, when operating by the second internal clock, with resolution lower than resolution of A/D conversion when operating by the first internal clock. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsumi Niwa
  • Patent number: 10354330
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use and determining risk associated with operation of autonomous vehicles are provided. According to certain aspects, autonomous operation features associated with a vehicle may be determined, and operating data regarding vehicle operation may be obtained. The operating data may include information regarding use levels or settings associated with use of the autonomous operation features. Risk levels associated with the features may be determined from test data or actual loss data. The risk levels and operating data may be used to determine a total risk level associated with operation of the vehicle with expected use levels of the autonomous operation features. The total risk level may further be used to determine or adjust aspects of an insurance policy associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10152890
    Abstract: Provided is an on-vehicle camera device that swiftly and accurately detects, in every frame, data line signals of respective bits from imaging elements. This on-vehicle camera device includes a failure-diagnosis processing unit that diagnoses whether the data line signals of imaging element units, are in a fixed state. Furthermore, the imaging element units each include an entire imaging region that is divided into an effective image region and an ineffective image region. Also provided is a diagnosis data region that includes fixation diagnosis data for diagnosing whether the data line signals of the imaging element units in the ineffective image regions are in a fixed state. In an image acquisition period in which image data of the entire imaging region is acquired, and/or an image-calculation processing period, the failure-diagnosis processing unit uses the fixation diagnosis data of the diagnosis data region to perform failure-diagnosis processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Mutou, Rikiya Kashimura
  • Patent number: 10010752
    Abstract: An athletic parameter measurement device worn by an athlete during an athletic activity session includes a housing which attaches to the athlete, a display, a processor associated with the display, and an athletic parameter measurement sensor. During the athletic activity, the device detects, using the sensor, a vertical jump height of the athlete, and displays, during the performance of the athletic activity session, a representation of the vertical jump height on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Meschter, James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 9900109
    Abstract: A method of communicating with an ingestible capsule includes detecting the location of the ingestible capsule, focusing a multi-sensor acoustic array on the ingestible capsule, and communicating an acoustic information exchange with the ingestible capsule via the multi-sensor acoustic array. The ingestible capsule includes a sensor that receives a stimulus inside the gastrointestinal tract of an animal, a bidirectional acoustic information communications module that transmits an acoustic information signal containing information from the sensor, and an acoustically transmissive encapsulation that substantially encloses the sensor and communications module, wherein the acoustically transmissive encapsulation is of ingestible size. The multi-sensor array includes a plurality of acoustic transducers that receive an acoustic signal from a movable device, and a plurality of delays, wherein each delay is coupled to a corresponding acoustic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Innurvation, Inc.
    Inventors: William Robert Bandy, Roger Allen Davenport, Yuri Okunev
  • Patent number: 9793912
    Abstract: Analog-to-digital conversion circuitry for generating a digital output signal is disclosed comprising a sample-and-hold circuit comprising an adjustable sample capacitor for coupling to an analog input signal during a sample phase, and an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) coupled to an output of the sample-and-hold circuit during a hold phase. In order to compensate in real-time for an increase in an amplitude of the input signal, a capacitance of the sample capacitor is decreased by an attenuation factor, and an output of the ADC is multiplied by an inverse of the attenuation factor to generate the digital output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Ferris, Jaesoo Byoun
  • Patent number: 9757619
    Abstract: An athletic parameter measurement device worn by an athlete during an athletic activity session includes a housing which attaches to the athlete, a display, a processor associated with the display, and an athletic parameter measurement sensor. During the athletic activity, the device detects, using the sensor, a vertical jump height of the athlete, and displays, during the performance of the athletic activity session, a representation of the vertical jump height on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Meschter, James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 9552376
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of associating digital tags with digital files comprises storing a plurality of digital files having embedded therein content data and metadata including tags; receiving, via a user interface device of a client device, a first tag label containing alphanumeric text created and inputted by a user of the client device; modifying, using a controller device, a selected first one of the tags of the metadata in a first of the digital files to include the first tag label; receiving, via the user interface device or another user interface device, an instruction to search for all of the digital files having at least the first tag label; responsive to receiving the instruction, automatically searching for all of the digital files having at least the first tag label; and displaying, on a video display device associated with the client device, a first indication of the first tag label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: MemoryWeb, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Desmond, Nancy L. Desmond, L. Michael Taylor
  • Patent number: 9542922
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic device is provided. The method includes determining one or more images; determining at least one first sound sources; dividing the first sound source into a plurality of second sound sources; and inserting at least one of the plurality of the second sound sources into the one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ho-Chul Hwang, Moon-Soo Kim, Ki-Huk Lee, Jung-Eun Lee
  • Patent number: 9389057
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems in which video segments of an athletic activity session of a user may be captured by a plurality of video sources and a processing system may determine that each of the video segments correspond to the athletic activity session of the user. The processing system may accordingly generate a video replay of the athletic activity session of the user by piecing together the video segments captured by the video sources. The first portion of the video replay includes a first video segment captured by a first video source and a second portion of the video replay includes a second video segment captured by a second video source different than the first video source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Meschter, James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 8731396
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system configured to operate with a hand-held camera. The hand-held camera is configured to operate with a film cartridge. The film cartridge defines an opening to enable entry of a driven film-feeding member into engagement with film edge perforations, the film-feeding member being driven by the camera for movement in a rectilinear path whereby successive film edge perforations are engaged so as to intermittently move the film past the exposure aperture. The system comprises a housing configured to be moveably engageable with the camera, in place of the film cartridge; a detector configured to generate a first signal in response to detecting a movement of the film-feeding member; and circuitry configured to write signals from an image sensor into the memory, according to an addressing mechanism that is responsive to the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshisuke Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 7948665
    Abstract: A system for imaging a document including an imaging apparatus, which includes a camera positioned inside the imaging apparatus, the camera configured to acquire a plurality of images of a document in front of the camera. The document is place behind a glass window on a wall opposing the camera. The imaging apparatus includes an illumination system which is positioned around the glass window but outside the field of view (FOV) of the camera. The imaging apparatus further includes an opaque cover, which covers the whole glass window area. The cover includes a slit to insert a document to be imaged, a slit to remove the document and a groove that enables a user to move the document with his finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventors: Iuval Hatzav, Daniel Hatzav, Ilan Ben-Shahar, Giyora Sharaby
  • Patent number: 7808681
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for copying documents, especially to a personal, portable and foldable document copier that can identify the presence of a new document such as a book, a page, a business card, an ID card, a passport and the like documents, adapt to its size, automatically synchronize with text line orientation if present, take an image and transfer it to a coupled computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventors: Iuval Hatzav, Ilan Ben-Shahar, Giyora Sharaby, Daniel Hatzav
  • Patent number: 7751075
    Abstract: Method and system for storing and managing digital images in a database is provided. The method includes, acquiring plural digital images based on digital image requirements for product assemblies; uploading the plural digital images to the database; making the digital images available to plural users via a user interface that allows the plural users to electronically accept or reject a digital image, based on authority of the user; and notifying plural users if an authorized user rejects a digital image, wherein the users are notified via electronic mail. The system includes a database for storing plural digital images; and a user interface that allows plural users to view the plural digital images, approve or reject a digital image based on user authority, and view a status of whether users have approved or rejected any of the plural digital images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Egan, David W. Craig, Steven C. Hord
  • Patent number: 7675478
    Abstract: The camera reads identification information of the user, which is contained in an identification card, through a card reading part. The camera connects automatically to a server designated in accordance with the read identification information through a communication interface. Then, the camera transmits and stores the data of recorded images to the designated server. The camera retrieves the image data stored in the server, and reproduces and displays the image on an image display at the back of the camera. A plurality of cameras in which the same user's identification information is set can be controlled altogether in the image-recording and reproduction by one camera. One camera in which the identification information of a plurality of user's is set can distribute the recorded image data to the servers of the users simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Akihisa Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 7499200
    Abstract: A system and method for organizing digital images automatically. A digital image is acquired and automatically converted into an image data file with an associated date, and stored into a file system folder associated with that date. When the digital image is to be acquired using an optical scanner, the method automatically acquires the image using predefined scanner settings that are appropriate to a photographic image to scan the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David O. Hamilton, Steven T. Breidenbach, James E. Sutton
  • Patent number: 7414758
    Abstract: A method of improving a digital image captured by a digital camera comprising: providing a digital camera having a memory for storing known values of a color chart having a plurality of color patches of different colors and a digital image processor, using the digital camera to capture an image of the color chart to produce image values of the color patches of the color chart; operating the digital image processor to process at least some of the color patch imaged values and the stored known values of the color patches to produce a color correction matrix or profile; and storing the color correction matrix or profile to correct color images subsequently acquired by the digital camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Michael A. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 7409148
    Abstract: A waterproof type electronic device is composed of a disc lid 13 capable of opening and closing an opening portion (17) of a camera apparatus body (2), a buckle (12) capable of detachably fastening the disc lid (13) to the camera apparatus body (2) and a sealing member (24) provided on at least one of the buckle (12) and the camera apparatus body (2) to hermetically seal the buckle 12 and the camera apparatus body (2). When the disc lid (13) is fastened to the camera apparatus body (2) by the buckle (12), the camera apparatus body (2) is hermetically sealed at least at its part of the portion covered with the buckle (12). In this kind of related-art waterproof type electronic device, operation buttons are not formed so as to have waterproof structures and water and water component can therefore enter this waterproof type electronic device relatively easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nobutatsu Takahashi, Seiya Amatatsu
  • Patent number: 7392330
    Abstract: Memory access bandwidth within a digital camera is allocated among several requestors by assigning each requester a “tokens per snapshot” (TPS) value. Each requestor has a DMA engine and a DMA entry queue. If the requester wishes to access the memory, then a DMA entry is pushed onto the DMA entry queue of the requester. An arbiter uses the TPS values to select DMA entries off the various queues for incorporation into a “snapshot”. The arbiter then selects DMA entries from the snapshot in an order for servicing such that memory access overhead in accessing the memory is reduced. Only after all DMA entries of the snapshot have been serviced is another snapshot of entries selected. Maximum latency in servicing a queue is controlled by assigning each queue a time out value (TOV). If a queue times out, then that queue is moved up in the order of servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Mediatek USA Inc.
    Inventor: Darryl G. Weatherspoon
  • Patent number: 7330644
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes a single release switch member. The single release switch member is for instructing an image capture operation, and selects one of a first operative state and a second operative state. The first operative state is selected when the single release switch member is pushed down to a first depth. The second operative state is selected when the single release switch member is pushed down to a second depth which is deeper than the first depth. The camera apparatus selects a recordable portion of a recording medium in response to selection of the first operative state, and generates a predetermined electrical signal if the camera apparatus selects the recordable portion of the recording medium. The camera apparatus records the image signal on the selected recordable portion if the second operative state is selected by the single release switch member, and the predetermined electrical signal is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Nemoto, Kuniyoshi Suzaki, Masanori Uchidoi, Akihiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7177529
    Abstract: A digital still camera includes a vibration detector for detecting vibrations. In accordance with certain conditions, a control unit controls finalization (session closing) which enables a CD-ROM drive to read data recorded on a recording medium. The control of session closing includes starting session closing after a predetermined period of time elapses since the selection of the execution of session closing. The countdown id displayed to indicate the time remaining before the start of session closing. After the countdown is completed, or when the vibration detector detects vibrations during the countdown until the start of session closing, session closing is not started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Chisato Yoshida, Hiroshi Maeda
  • Patent number: 7119930
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of recording an image of an object (103) using an electronic camera (102), one or more light sources (104), and means for light distribution (105), where light emitted from the light sources (104) is distributed to illuminate the object (103), light being reflected to the camera (102). In the light distribution, an integrating cavity (106) is used to whose inner side (107) a light reflecting coating has been applied, and which is provided with first and second openings (109, 110). The camera (102) is placed in alignment with the first opening (109) so that the optical axis of the camera extends through the first and second openings (109, 110). The object (103) is received in the second opening (110), and the interior of the integrating cavity is illuminated using the one or more light sources (104). The invention also relates to an apparatus for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Videometer ApS
    Inventors: Jens M. Carstensen, Jørgen Folm-Hansen
  • Patent number: 6957011
    Abstract: A low cost video recording apparatus for one time recording on a recording medium, comprises a casing (15) which houses a video cassette tape, a lens (1), a microphone (16), a colour CMOS sensor, a signal processing module, a write head and a drive unit, in operational relation to each other. Also provided is a view finder (21) and an operating switch (22). The casing (15) has formed thereon a tear strip (20) used for opening the casing once recording has been completed. Removal of the cassette tape also involves disabling of tape guide components. Since one time recording only is possible with no playback or rewind, the life requirements for the various components can be considerably reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Disposable Video Camcorders Limited
    Inventor: Colin Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6942400
    Abstract: This invention relates to an image pickup apparatus having a stable holding mechanism which can pivot through a predetermined amount to switch between two predetermined positions in using and repositing states, and enables stable phototaking operation. The image pickup apparatus has a grip member which assists the grip of the image pickup apparatus main body for the user and can pivot through a predetermined amount about a pivot support to switch between two predetermined positions in using and repositing states. The pivot support which pivotally supports the grip member is arranged at a corner of the side surface of the image pickup apparatus main body farthest from the phototaking optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Shibayama
  • Patent number: 6938215
    Abstract: In order to enable a user to obtain information about a large number of recorded images, a display apparatus includes a browser window that can be switched between two modes. In the first mode, a first screen, referred to as an Icon Browser Screen, displays a list of files (that contain image data and/or additional data such as sound data and overlay image data) that are recorded in a recording apparatus such as, e.g., an electronic camera. In the second mode, a second screen, referred to as a Thumbnail Image Browser Screen, displays a series of thumbnail images of the images recorded in the recording apparatus. A thumbnail check box can be selected to switch between the two screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Mayumi Kobayashi, Tadashi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 6909456
    Abstract: There is disclosed an electronic still camera that has a printer section in addition to a camera section. The printer section prints an image on a self-developing type instant photo film unit in accordance with digital image data picked up and memorized through the camera section. A film pack containing a stack of instant photo film units is loaded in a loading chamber of the electronic still camera, such that the instant photo film units of the film pack are successively exposed through the printer section. A connector device for connecting a battery pack to the electronic still camera is provided in the loading chamber, whereas a charging circuit for charging a main power source with the battery pack is provided in the electronic still camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidemi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6867887
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for sending and receiving data such as photographic or other color images. The apparatus includes a housing and a data entry module such as a number were keypad for dialing. It also includes a recording mechanism, for example a color printer for recording data received onto the fixed medium, for example to produce color photographs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: John F. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6859226
    Abstract: A camera having an image capture unit and first and second image compression units adapted to compress a digital image outputted from the image capture unit in a first compression method and a second compression method which is different from the first compression method. First and second image decompressions units are adapted to decompress a digital image compressed in the first and second compression methods. The camera is adapted to provide a digital image outputted from the image capture unit to the first or the second image compression unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Kawamura, Kan Takaiwa, Hiroyuki Horii
  • Patent number: 6795651
    Abstract: A print on demand camera and printer system in which the camera unit incorporating a lens, image sensor, and image processing circuitry is connected to a detachable printer unit by way of a PCMCIA interface. The printer unit may incorporate a business card sized paper cartridge and have the overall dimensions of a PCMCIA type III card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 6791604
    Abstract: An electronic camera of the present invention includes a paper exit opening for removal of printed paper provided on the upper surface of the case of the camera main body, a protection sheet having a base end fixed to the inside of the paper exit opening, with a free end revertible to a wound-up roll shape retracted inside the case, and capable of being extended by the front end of the printed paper when the printed paper is transported from the case to the outside so that the protection sheet covers the photosensitive surface of the paper, and an open-and-close lid having one end edge axially supported to be rotatable to the case so that the paper exit opening is closed from the outside of the case when the protection sheet is retracted within the case. Further, the protection sheet includes a linking mechanism for linking the protection sheet to the open-and-close lid so that the open-and-close lid is opened or closed interlocked with a movement of the protection sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignees: Polaroid Corporation, Olympus Optical Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Loo Lama, Hiroyuki Sakayauchi, Tatsutoshi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 6765686
    Abstract: Image data is stored on a removable external card together with previous printing information relating to printing of this image data. Accordingly, when printing identical with that executed previously is carried out, the need to make printing settings again is eliminated by performing printing based upon the stored information. By further storing printing paper information in the external card, information regarding a new type of printing paper can be registered in an image processing apparatus with ease. This makes it possible for the apparatus to print properly even on a new type of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Maruoka
  • Patent number: 6714718
    Abstract: A recording and reproducing apparatus for reproducing an immediately preceding recorded image includes recording circuitry for recording an input image signal on a recording medium. Reproducing circuitry is provided for reproducing an image signal recorded on the median. Control circuitry is provided for causing, immediately after the recording of an image signal for a plurality of consecutive frames on the recording medium, the reproducing circuitry to reproduce a specific still image signal from among the plurality of frames without a manual instruction being provided to the reproducing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Takayama, Shigeo Yamagata, Yuji Sakaegi
  • Patent number: 6707490
    Abstract: A digital camera includes a camera main body, an image sensing unit which is detachably connected to the camera main body and electrically connectable to the camera main body via a cable in a state that the image sensing unit is detached from the camera main body. The image sensing unit includes a taking lens, an image pick-up element for picking up an object image focused by the taking lens, and an A/D converter which converts an analog image signal outputted from the image pick-up element into a digital image signal. The camera main body includes an image processor for subjecting a prescribed image processing to the digital image signal outputted from the A/D converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihito Kido, Masahito Niikawa
  • Patent number: 6549643
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting key-frames to generate a content-based visual summary of video and facilitate digital video browsing and indexing, which provides a real-time approach for key-frame selection irrespective of the available computation power. A method for selecting key-frames according to one aspect of the present invention is based on quantifiable measures such as the amount of motion and behavior of curves defined statistically or non-statistically, i.e. by finding the monotonically increasing segments of a curve, instead of thresholding the statistically defined image dissimilarity measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Candemir Toklu, Shih-Ping Liou
  • Patent number: 6546186
    Abstract: The present invention provides a VTR collecting system in which various data such as, for example, a representative still picture, start time, stop time, OK/NG flag, etc., of each scene is recorded as editorial base data to the memory card when collecting, and a position of each necessary scene can be searched for with references to the recorded editorial base data without reproducing the video tape from the start to the end at the time of editing, and therefore, the editorial work can be performed quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Fukai, Masataka Higuchi
  • Patent number: 6510278
    Abstract: In an editing system with an editing apparatus and a recording apparatus in mutually distant locations, a reproducing apparatus is at first connected with the editing apparatus. The reproducing apparatus outputs the reproduced image signal and the positional information, indicating the position of the image signal on the recording medium, to the editing apparatus. The editing apparatus generates program information, for controlling the reproducing operation of the reproducing apparatus, utilizing the image signal and the positional information, and outputs the program information to the reproducing apparatus. Then the reproducing apparatus is connected with the recording apparatus. Based on the program information outputted by the editing apparatus, the reproducing apparatus controls the reproducing operation of the reproducing apparatus itself and also controls the recording operation of the recording apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobutoshi Takayama
  • Patent number: 6504992
    Abstract: When a video signal reproduced by a helical scan type video signal reproducing apparatus is displayed on the screen of a liquid crystal matrix circuit, a change in brightness on the screen is eliminated in a mode for displaying a trick reproduced image such as a noiseless search image, a still image or the like with respect to a mode for displaying a normally reproduced image, thus providing the user with displayed images causing a less feeling of strangeness. During normal reproduction, where a video signal is continuously written into a liquid crystal display circuit, the brightness of the liquid crystal display circuit is controlled based on the value in a reference brightness register set by the user. During trick reproduction, where a video signal is discontinuously written into the liquid crystal display circuit, the liquid crystal display circuit is controlled to display an image relatively darker than the value in the reference brightness register.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Minabe, Masayuki Kijima, Hideo Nishijima, Teruo Hoshi, Takashi Tsujio
  • Patent number: 6493033
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus for receiving a memory card. A card connector is disposed in an opening of an exterior wall of the electronic apparatus. A door connected to the electronic apparatus pivots between and open and closed position. In the open position, a slot integral with the door removably receives the memory card. In the closed position, an exterior surface of the door covers the opening. An aperture in the slot is arranged in overlapping registration with the electrical connection portion when the door is in the closed position whereby, when a memory card is disposed within the slot, a terminal portion of the memory card forms an electrical connection with the electrical connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David J. Glogan, Glenn W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6477318
    Abstract: With the object of effecting color management of dynamic image data obtained under a variety of image capture conditions, when dynamic image data is recorded on a medium by means of a recording head, together with the dynamic image data, conversion characteristic data for the purpose of converting the dynamic image data to another color space is recorded on the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiki Ishii
  • Patent number: 6469738
    Abstract: A digital still camera comprising a CPU 40 for compressing the one frame image data of a photo-shot having a constant data quantity by JPEG method into a variable length with the maximum data quantity of no more than 30 k bytes, and a flash memory 41 for storing the compressed image data in an image region 412. The CPU 40 counts a number of frames of the image data already written onto the image region 412 and the unused data capacity, obtains a remaining number of frames allowable to be photo-shot from the number of frames of the image data already written onto the image region 412, and obtains a remaining number of frames allowable to be photo-shot from the unused data capacity of the image region 412, and also displays either smaller one as the number of frames allowable to be photo-shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideto Hayashi
  • Patent number: 6459849
    Abstract: A video signal reproducing apparatus for reproducing a video signal from a recording medium on which the video signal is recorded, the video signal including a plurality of small images in each of vertical scanning periods, comprises: a reproducer for reproducing the video signal recorded on the recording medium; a memory capable of storing a portion of one vertical scanning period of the video signal reproduced by the reproducer; and a memory controller for controlling writing and reading operations of the memory so that a video signal read out from the memory contains only one of the small images in each of vertical scanning periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahide Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 6442336
    Abstract: A portable camera and recording device capable of recording motion picture and still image signals on an erasable magnetic tape and, in an embodiment thereof, still images on hard copy as photographic images. A single assembly supports a television camera at one end, a videocassette recorder behind the television camera and an instant photographic camera below or to the side of the television camera. Still and motion picture images of image phenomena recorded as full-frame video picture signals on the magnetic tape and are displayable on a miniature electronic display screen within the housing. Controls on the housing permit select still images of frames of recorded picture information to be selectively displayed on the screen, viewed though an eyepiece and passed through an aperture of an instant photographic camera for photoghic reproduction. Methods for effectively operating the camera and producing magnetic recordings and hard copy recordings are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Jerome H. Lemelson
  • Patent number: 6434325
    Abstract: A video tape recorder integrally combined with a video camera has a housing having a battery casing for accommodating a battery therein and a battery cover mounted on the housing for openably closing the battery casing. A display unit for displaying various pieces of information relative to the video tape recorder is mounted on the battery cover. The battery cover also supports various control keys thereon, and includes a battery storage area for storing a backup battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Noda, Yasuyuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 6424787
    Abstract: A magnetic recording/reproducing apparatus equipped with an image sensor, has a camera portion having an A/D converter for converting a signal from an image sensor into a digital signal and a first digital processor for receiving an output of the A/D converter and for digitally processing thereof. A VTR portion of a helical scan type mounts at least two or more of magnetic heads for recording/reproducing a FM modulated luminance signal and a low band converted chrominance signal. A second digital processor processes a video signal of the VTR. A switching circuit is provided in a preceding stage of the A/D converter. The image sensor signal, an external video signal and a reproduced signal from the magnetic heads are exchanged. The output of the A/D converter is inputed to the second digital processor, and a sampling clock of the A/D converter is exchanged to the most appropriate clock for the respective image sensor signal, the external video signal and the reproduced signal from the magnetic heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Video and Information System, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Watanabe, Hideo Nishijima, Koichi Ono, Akihito Nishizawa, Kazuaki Hori
  • Patent number: 6411361
    Abstract: A size sensor detects a standard-size printing medium or a panorama-size printing medium. An image processing section selects image data for an area to be printed from the image data according to the detected size of the printing medium and subjects the image data in the printing area to an image process, such as enlargement, according to the size of the printing medium. A printer prints the processed image data on the printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Hidaka, Akihiro Kubota, Susumu Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20020071051
    Abstract: An electronic imaging apparatus is convenient to operate and can be easily configured according to interface, communication, and memory capacity requirements. The electronic imaging apparatus is constructed so that the imaging device, processing circuit, memory circuit, and central processing unit (CPU) are located within a main housing. The main housing includes an opening for receiving a plurality of PC cards of different types including memory cards and I/O cards. Accordingly, PC cards can be chosen and mounted in the opening to provide the electronic imaging apparatus with desired capacities and capabilities. Within the opening are a plurality of connection terminals that electrically connect to the PC cards. Each connection terminal can receive the different types of PC cards. The imaging device, processing circuit, memory circuit, CPU and each of the plurality of connection terminals are connected to a data bus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 1997
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventor: OSAMU IKEDA
  • Publication number: 20020067520
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus (1) comprises: a combined electronic camera (2) and swipe scanner (4), the electronic camera (2) having an associated optical system (8) and detector array (12) for remote capturing of a first image (46) and the swipe scanner (4) having an associated optical system (28) and detector array (34) for swipe capturing of a second image (38); and a data storage means arranged to store the first image (46) and the second image (38) in association with each other. The electronic camera (2) may be a moderate resolution color camera, and the swipe scanner (4) may have a grey-scale detector (34) array capable of scanning an object at a higher resolution than the camera (2). A display (6) is provided so that both images (38,46) can be viewed separately in association with each other, or combined into a combination image, which has color information from the camera (2) to colorize higher resolution pixels from the scanner (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Barry Allen Thomas Brown, Colin Stephen I'Anson, Weng Wah Loh, Andrew Dudley Morgan, Kenton Paul Anthony O'Hara, Christopher Gwyn Romans, Abigail Jane Sellen
  • Publication number: 20020044768
    Abstract: A video tape recorder integrally combined with a video camera has a housing having a battery casing for accommodating a battery therein and a battery cover mounted on the housing for openably closing the battery casing. A display unit for displaying various pieces of information relative to the video tape recorder is mounted on the battery cover. The battery cover also supports various control keys thereon, and includes a battery storage area for storing a backup battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: YASUSHI NODA, YASUYUKI INOUE
  • Patent number: 6374039
    Abstract: There is disclosed an image pickup apparatus which outputs moving image information, obtained with an image pickup device of progressive scanning type, as video signals of two channels, compresses the amount of information of the video signals of the two channels with compressing units of two channels, and transmits the compressed video signals of two channels to a peripheral device in the compressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taizo Hori, Hidetoshi Wada, Izumi Matsui
  • Patent number: 6370324
    Abstract: A signal reproduced from an ADV head, which is advanced a recording head is error corrected in the ECC decoder. The compression encoding process is decompressed in the compression decoder. The output signal of the ECC decoder is input to the selector. A reproduction signal of the CNF head reproducing a recording data just after recording is supplied to a selector through a ECC decoder and a compression decoder. A bypass signal from the ECC encoder of the recording side is supplied to the the ECC decoder as it's another input. In the ECC decoder, two types of data are written to two different areas of the memory. One of the data is read out selectively and supplied to the selector. The selector is switched from the output of the ADV head to the bypass signal at an in-point. The preview operation can be attained by the picture that has been compressed and decompressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Kawahara, Kenji Yamasaki