Document Or Print Quality Inspection (e.g., Newspaper, Photographs, Etc.) Patents (Class 382/112)
  • Patent number: 10242283
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pre-validating a digital image of an identification (ID) card (e.g., a government-issued passport, driver's license, etc.) are disclosed. A mobile computing device captures image(s) of an ID card. In response, a pre-validation system in communication with the mobile computing device analyzes one or more quality features of the image(s), which includes determining, utilizing a trained neural network (trained using a dataset including images that have been accepted by a post-validation platform and images that have been rejected by the post-validation platform) and based on the one or more quality features, whether at least a first image of the captured image(s) is usable by a remote post-validation process. Responsive to the determining that the at least a first image is usable, the mobile computing device transmits the first image to a remote server for post-validation of the identification card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Chintan Jain, Ryan Fox, Monika Valiramani Boyle
  • Patent number: 10242921
    Abstract: The method includes classifying sample pattern data into a standard normal group and a standard weak group based on a first criterion. The method further includes extracting a normal group determination function by calculating an image parameter with respect to each piece of sample pattern data included in the standard normal group, and extracting a weak group determination function by calculating the image parameter with respect to each piece of sample pattern data included in the standard weak group. The method also includes classifying the object pattern data into a normal group and a weak group by calculating the image parameter with respect to object pattern data based on a first proximity between the normal group determination function and the object pattern data and a second proximity between the weak group determination function and the object pattern data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-Wook Park, Heung-Kook Ko, No-Young Chung
  • Patent number: 10217179
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods to classify and authenticate ID documents based on the information contained on the face of the ID document. This present system can automatically classify, authenticate, and extracting data from documents using artificial intelligence (AI) based machine learning for image recognition. In some implementations, the machine learning techniques include a convolutional neural network. The system can also determine the authenticity of other documents, such as currency, stamps, and invoices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Raphael A. Rodriguez, Michael Muesch, David Thor, Justin Boyd, Ryan Cahill, Xiaolu Xiong
  • Patent number: 10212299
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for detecting a folded page in a digital image of a scanned document. In one embodiment, the present method involves receiving a digital image of a document which has been converted to a digitized form using a document scanning device. The digital image is segmented horizontally and vertically to obtain a plurality of image segments. An edge profile is generated for the horizontal and vertical segments. A determination is then made, based on a comparison of the profiles, whether a page fold exists in the digital image. If a page fold is determined to exist in the digital image, the user is notified and the digital image is not sent to a print engine. Otherwise, the digital image is printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Arindam Das, Ravindranath Mannuru
  • Patent number: 10192127
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for dynamically tuning optical character recognition (OCR) processes. The system receives or captures an image of a resource document and uses a general or default OCR process to identify a source of the document and values of multiple data fields in the image of the document. When the system determines that a data field is missing or cannot be extracted, it causes a computing device to display the image of the resource document and requests user input of a coordinate area of the missing data field from an associated specialist. Once the user input is received, the system applies a data field-specific OCR process on the coordinate area of the missing data field to extract the value of the data field. This value of the missing data field can be transmitted to a processing system for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: John B. Hall, Michael J. Pepe, Jr., Murali Santhanam, Kerry Kurt Simpkins
  • Patent number: 10176413
    Abstract: A tamper or copy resistant information bearing device is disclosed. The information bearing device comprises a first data bearing pattern and a second data bearing pattern in overlap. At least a portion of the first data bearing pattern overlaps with at least a portion of the second data bearing pattern to form an overlapping region comprising an overlapped data bearing pattern. At least some information bearing elements of the first type and at least some information bearing elements of the second type in said overlapping data bearing pattern are joined or connected in abutment to form a plurality of overlapped information bearing elements. An overlapped information bearing element comprises a first portion due to said information bearing element of the first type, a second portion due to said information bearing element of the second type, and a third portion due to merging or overlapping of said information bearing element of the first type and said information bearing element of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: EASY PRINTING NETWORK LIMITED
    Inventors: Tak Wai Lau, Wing Hong Lam
  • Patent number: 10133710
    Abstract: Social networking systems benefit from techniques that improve the ability of users to share online content with other users of a social networking system. In one embodiment, when a user types, pastes, or otherwise inserts a URL, or some other hyperlink, into a message or post to the social networking system, a set of data on the referenced hyperlink target is acquired and stored on a server of the social networking system. The stored data is analyzed, to automatically generate a preview for the hyperlink; and the hyperlink preview is transmitted to the client device for approval. In one embodiment, follow-up actions related to the content are performed when the content is posed, which enables users to perform social graph actions to user nodes and concept nodes related to the message or post. In one embodiment, the shared content is cached on the social networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Vojin Katic
  • Patent number: 10007907
    Abstract: A method and a system of capturing an image of a card having a magnetic stripe is provided. The method includes obtaining a first image by an imaging device of the card, obtaining a plurality of images of the card via color delta analysis, and obtaining a third image of the card by comparing the first and the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Givol, Anand Kumar, Patrick Zearfoss
  • Patent number: 9990544
    Abstract: A method and system provides augmented OCR data to a user of a financial system. The method and system include receiving image data related to an image of a financial document of the user and generating OCR data based on the image data. The method and system further include receiving financial data related to the financial document, analyzing the financial document, and generating the augmented OCR data based on the OCR data and the financial data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Karla Julietta Uribe, Robert E. Bamford, Massimo Mascaro, Michael Miljour, Horace Chan, Greg Coulombe, Sheldon Porcina, Carol Ann Howe, Kasey L. Matthews, Vitaliy Lee, Brian J. Chung, Varadarajan Sriram
  • Patent number: 9984288
    Abstract: An identity document digital image correction method comprising identifying the type, class and issue of a presented identity document from features in a digital image thereof; retrieving from a reference identity document repository, information about a reference authentic version of an identity document of the same type, class and issue as the presented identity document; allowing a user to select at least two features in the digital image of the presented identity document calculating the distance between the two selected features; determining the distance between corresponding features in the reference authentic version of the identity document; calculating a scaling factor ?x, y from the ratio of the distance between the two selected features in the presented identity document and the distance between corresponding features in the reference authentic version of the identity document; applying the scaling factor to measurements of features in the digital image of the presented identity document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GB GROUP PLC
    Inventors: Tamlyn Sean Thompson, Zaher Zeidan
  • Patent number: 9783387
    Abstract: A sheet behavior monitor for a sheet processor includes: a folding machine processing a sheet; and a camera taking an image once for each signature (Wb) folded by the folding machine. The camera takes every image at a folding machine rotation phase different from that of the image immediately before taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinya Matsuyama, Tadahiko Iino
  • Patent number: 9779294
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for classifying pictures. In the method, the device obtains a picture to be classified. The device determines a class of the picture according to feature information of the picture, in which the class includes a text picture class and a non-text picture class. The device classifies the picture according to the class of each picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhang, Fei Long, Zhijun Chen
  • Patent number: 9767163
    Abstract: The disclosure described herein is directed to a computerized system and method of grading and authenticating collectibles utilizing digital imaging devices and processes to provide an objective, standardized, consistent high-resolution grading of collectible objects, such as but not limited to sport and non-sport trading cards. The disclosure eliminates the subjectivity present in the human grading process and overcomes the inherent limitations of the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen Brent Kass, Edward Korbel, Daniel R. Barbakow, Robert Alan Cook, Hayden Blauzvern, Megan Shao, Ben Teng, Avi Thaker
  • Patent number: 9749487
    Abstract: A document reading device includes a reading section, an orientation detecting section, an orientation determining section, and a notification section. The reading section reads images of respective pages of a spread document one at a time. The orientation detecting section sequentially detects orientations of respective images read by the reading section. The orientation determining section determines whether or not the orientation detecting section detects orientation alternation between a first orientation and a second orientation opposite to the first orientation for a read image read by the reading section. The notification section notifies an error upon the orientation determining section determining that the orientation detecting section does not detect orientation alternation between the first orientation and the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Harada
  • Patent number: 9706968
    Abstract: A digital image (40) comprises pixels with intensities relating to different energy levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Rafael Wiemker, Thomas Buelow, Andre Goossen, Klaus Erhard, Martin Bergtholdt, Harald Sepp Heese
  • Patent number: 9688066
    Abstract: A plurality of recording elements included in a printed head are grouped into a plurality of groups, a test order is set in units of groups, and a test of the recording elements is periodically performed in units of groups in the set test order. In a case where an abnormality is detected in the recording element as a result of the test, the recording element in which an abnormality is detected is recognized as a retest target, an order of tests is changed through interruption, and a retest of a group including the recording element recognized as a retest target is performed. In a case where an abnormality is detected again in the recording element that is a retest target as a result of the retest, the recording element that is a retest target is recognized as an abnormal recording element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Yamanobe, Tadashi Kyoso, Katsuto Sumi
  • Patent number: 9690867
    Abstract: A server device may store information identifying multiple routes. Each of the multiple routes may identify a sequence in which pages were individually selected. The server device may determine respective time-domain functions for each of the multiple routes. Each of the time-domain functions may represent a series of data points corresponding to the sequence in which the web pages were selected. The server device may determine respective frequency-domain functions based on the respective time-domain functions; determine route metrics for each of the multiple routes based on the respective frequency-domain functions; sort the multiple routes based on the route metrics; and store or output information regarding the sorted multiple routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Karthikeyan X. Sekar
  • Patent number: 9679214
    Abstract: Techniques for assuring the quality of mobile document image captured using a mobile device are provided. These techniques include performing one or more tests to assess the quality of images of documents captured using the mobile device. The tests can be selected based on the type of document that was imaged, the type of mobile application for which the image quality of the mobile image is being assessed, and/or other parameters such as the type of mobile device and/or the characteristics of the camera of the mobile device that was used to capture the image. The image quality assurance techniques can also be implemented on can be implemented on a mobile device and/or on a remote server where the mobile device routes the mobile image to the remote server processing and the test results are be passed from the remote server to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Nikolay Kotovich, Grigori Nepomniachtchi, James DeBello
  • Patent number: 9638742
    Abstract: A test system and method for identifying open and shorted connections on a printed circuit board (PCB). An integrated circuit (IC) unit on the PCB is configured to generate a test signal on an output pin connected to a test pin on a second device, connector, or socket on the PCB. For a connection, the test signal is capacitively coupled to a detector plate proximal the second device. Based on the signal coupled to the detector, time domain analysis is performed on the coupled signal to determine if the test pin has a good connection to the PCB or if the pin is open or shorted. Analysis may include cross-correlating the coupled signal with a learned signal obtained from a known “good” PCB. The test pin may pass the test if the cross-correlation is within a specified threshold window. If the test fails, additional tests may be performed to troubleshoot the cause of the testing failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony J. Suto
  • Patent number: 9626556
    Abstract: The technology of the present disclosure includes computer-implemented methods, computer program products, and systems to filter images before transmitting to a system for optical character recognition (“OCR”). A user computing device obtains a first image of the card from the digital scan of a physical card and analyzes features of the first image, the analysis being sufficient to determine if the first image is likely to be usable by an OCR algorithm. If the user computing device determines that the first image is likely to be usable, then the first image is transmitted to an OCR system associated with the OCR algorithm. Upon a determination that the first image is unlikely to be usable, a second image of the card from the digital scan of the physical card is analyzed. The optical character recognition system performs an optical character recognition algorithm on the filtered card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Xiaohang Wang, Alessandro Bissacco, Glenn Merlind Berntson, Marria Nazif, Justin Scheiner, Sam Shih, Mark Leslie Snyder, Daniel Talavera
  • Patent number: 9626819
    Abstract: A tester is described for detecting a graphene security element in a secure document, such as a banknote, an identification card, etc. as well as a method for detection of that element. In the tester the light emitter, the reflective/transreflective element and the photodetector are arranged in the measuring slot in such a way that detection of the level of absorption and/or refraction of light passing through a graphene security element is possible and the measurement result when compared with the model provides a basis for generation of a message about the detection result, i.e. the confirmation of authenticity of a security document or information that the document is counterfeited. The tester can preferably be used in combination with a mobile device, such as a smartphone, which together form the measuring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Piotr Nawrocki
  • Patent number: 9613265
    Abstract: A method and device for capturing a positionally corrected image of a document is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining a two-dimensional image of the document with a mobile terminal apparatus; performing edge detection within the two-dimensional image to identify edges of the document; determining angles between detected edges; calculating, based on the detected edges and the angles determined, a three-dimensional position of the document relative to a position of the mobile terminal apparatus; calculating correction information to correct, by relative movement, the position of the document relative to the position of the mobile terminal apparatus; providing first guidance information derived from the correction information to a user of the mobile terminal apparatus, guiding the user to perform the relative movement; and capturing a positionally corrected image of the document. Thereby, the document can be captured with a quality sufficient to permit Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Open Text SA ULC
    Inventor: Simon Dominic Copsey
  • Patent number: 9576195
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image searching system and method for searching by using images of objects. Images of objects which it is desired to search are input via a PC-based terminal equipped with a webcam or a smart phone and then the input object images are analyzed using image recognition technology based on feature point extraction such that types of code contained in the object images are categorized and a decoder matching the object type is automatically driven such that the object is read, and thus a search function is provided which allows integrated recognition of all objects regardless of the type of object and which is convenient for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Won Na
  • Patent number: 9519918
    Abstract: Image-based features may be significantly correlated with click-through rates of images that depict a product, which may provide a more formal basis for the informal notion that good quality images will result in better click-through rates, as compared to poor quality images. Accordingly, an image assessment machine is configured to analyze image-based features to improve click-through rates for shopping search applications (e.g., a product search engine). Moreover, the image assessment machine may rank search results based on image quality factors and may notify sellers about low quality images. This may have the effect of improving the brand value for an online shopping website and accordingly have a positive long-term impact on the online shopping website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Anjan Goswami, Naren Chittar, Ali Dasdan, Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Sandip Namdeo Gaikwad, Sung Hwan Chung
  • Patent number: 9514357
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods, systems, and computer program products for processing digital images captured by a mobile device are disclosed. Myriad features enable and/or facilitate processing of such digital images using a mobile device that would otherwise be technically impossible or impractical, and furthermore address unique challenges presented by images captured using a camera rather than a traditional flat-bed scanner, paper-feed scanner or multifunction peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Macciola, Jan Willers Amtrup, Alexander Shustorovich, Christopher W. Thrasher
  • Patent number: 9516089
    Abstract: A system and method for document classification are presented. An input document is received (e.g., by at least one server communicatively coupled to a network). A plurality of features are identified in the input document. The plurality of features include sequences of text extracted from the input document. A feature vector of the input document is generated based upon the sequences of text, and the feature vector of the input document is compared to each of a plurality of signature vectors to determine a primary type of the input document. The primary type of the input document is stored into a storage system in communication with the at least one server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Locu, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Ansel, Adam Marcus, Marek Olszewski, Keir Mierle
  • Patent number: 9508132
    Abstract: A method for determining values which are suitable for distortion correction of an image, including the following steps: a step of splitting a vector field, which is suitable for distortion correction of the image, into a sum of vector products, and a step of determining terms of the vector products as suitable values for distortion correction of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Weber
  • Patent number: 9454705
    Abstract: Performing automatic inspection on the results of a print job that prints variable data, including multiple printed instances of a page containing variable graphics. The inspection is to detect printing defects on a printed instance. In one embodiment, the method includes dividing the page into multiple non-overlapping areas using a page division map. The non-overlapping areas include one or more static areas that include only static graphics and one or more areas that include variable graphics. The method includes capturing an image of the printed instance and, for each of the non-overlapping areas, retrieving an indication indicating whether or not the area includes any variable graphics, retrieving a rasterized image of an instant of the area from a memory location according to the indication, and comparing the rasterized image with the captured image of the area to detect any printing defects in the area of the printed instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Esko Software BVBA
    Inventor: Lieven Plettinck
  • Patent number: 9412043
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for assigning an aesthetic score to an image. A method of the present invention includes receiving an image comprising a set of global features. The method includes extracting a set of global features for the image. The method further includes encoding the extracted set of global features into a high-dimensional feature vector. The method further includes reducing the dimension of the high-dimensional feature vector. The method further includes applying a machine-learned model to assign an aesthetic score to the image, wherein a more aesthetically-pleasing image is given a higher aesthetic score and a less aesthetically-pleasing image is given a lower aesthetic score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: EYEEM MOBILE GMBH
    Inventors: Appu Shaji, Ramzi Rizk
  • Patent number: 9396167
    Abstract: Page layout of content items from a variety of sources is performed. A content processing system queues content items, such as user-generated blogs, tweets, social networking status updates and other postings, received from a variety of sources. Each content item comprises one or more assets from one or more asset types. The asset types include text, images, and video. A page builder retrieves items from the queue and determines the item's size constraints. A template is selected from a template database to use as a layout for the items on a page; each template has a number of slots into which content can be placed. A layout module lays out the items into the slots of the selected template based on the respective size and aspect ratio constraints of the items, in order to build a page to serve a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Flipboard, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan R. Doll, Marcos A. Weskamp
  • Patent number: 9381544
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods consistent with the present invention provide for identifying and processing mail using an identification code on a mailpiece as a redundant source of identification information in a mail sorting system. In one embodiment, this information is stored in a temporary database and used for the identification and processing of mail in a Remote Bar Code System (RBCS). In this embodiment, the identification code enables the automation of mail sorting and other processing tasks, reducing costs and delays in mail delivery services. In another embodiment, the identification and processing of mail occurs in an Identification Code Sorting (ICS) system. In this embodiment, a long-term database allows for mail sorting and other processing tasks on a national or global level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Oscar Lee Avant, Ralph William Boldt, Jr., Bruce A. Brandt, Jay David Fadely, Michael Ray Little, Simon Franklin Reidel
  • Patent number: 9367929
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring Web page content associated with processing a resource request are provided. A client computing device generates a sample image corresponding to a set of resources rendered in response to a resource request. A processing component, such as an image analysis component, then compares the sample image with an averaged reference image to identify a compared image. The averaged reference image is determined from averaging a pixel intensity value for each pixel in a first reference image with a pixel intensity value for each pixel in a second reference image. These first and second reference images both correspond to the same set of requested resources. The processing component then weights the compared image to produce a weighted compared image and determines whether a sum of the intensity values for each pixel in the weighted compared image exceeds a threshold. Aspects of systems and methods for generating an alert message if the threshold is exceeded are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Bettis, Jonathan A. Jenkins, Sunbir Gill
  • Patent number: 9361559
    Abstract: An image processing method corrects the image concentration of pixel rows adjacent to a pixel row corresponding to a masked defective recording element. Different quantization methods are performed for a first image region including the pixel row corresponding to the masked defective recording element and the pixel rows adjacent to the pixel row and a second image region other than the first image region. For at least some gradations, a first quantization pattern which is obtained by the first quantization method applied to the first image region has a pattern characteristic in which a spatial frequency component in a first direction parallel to the moving direction of a recording medium relative to the recording head is suppressed with respect to all spatial frequency components in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, as compared to a second quantization pattern applied to the second image region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Shibata
  • Patent number: 9349237
    Abstract: A method for authenticating a printed document which carries barcode that encode authentication data, including word bounding boxes for each word in the original document image and data for reconstructing the original image. The printed document is scanned to generate a target document image, which is then segmented into text words. The word bounding boxes of the original and target document images are used to align the target document image. Then, each word in the original document image is compared to corresponding words in the target document image using word difference map and Hausdorff distance between them. Symbols of the original document image are further compared to corresponding symbols in the target document image using feature comparison, symbol difference map and Hausdorff distance comparison, and point matching. These various comparison results can identify alterations in the target document with respect to the original document, which can be visualized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Yibin Tian, Wei Ming
  • Patent number: 9282335
    Abstract: A method including modifying at least a first pixel value in a first portion of a first image frame to create a first difference between the first pixel value in the first image and a first pixel value in a first portion of a second image frame that, at least in part, represents a first code and providing the first image frame and the second image frame to a display device for display at different times is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Nelson Liang An Chang, Niranjan Damera-Venkata
  • Patent number: 9259914
    Abstract: A system for adjusting and monitoring the pressures of the printing rollers of a flexographic printing machine, which comprises at least one reader which is adapted to be placed at the printing rollers of the printing machine. The reader is adapted to detect the contrast of the print on the printing material wrapped around the central drum of the printing machine and is connected to a processing unit which is adapted to determine and control, as a function of the contrast detected by the reader, the position of the printing rollers with respect to the central drum in order to achieve the desired print.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignees: GRAFIKONTROL S.P.A., UTECO CONVERTING S.P.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Resentera, Mauro Cattaruzza, Aldo Peretti, Luigi Artuffo, Paolo De Grandis, Davide Andrea Maria Filippi
  • Patent number: 9235051
    Abstract: A see-through head mounted display apparatus includes a display and a processor. The processor determines geo-located positions of points of interest within a field of view and generates markers indicating information regarding an associated real world object is available to the user. Markers are rendered in the display relative to the geo-located position and the field of view of the user. When a user selects a marker though a user gesture, the device displays a near-field virtual object having a visual tether to the marker simultaneously with the marker. The user may interact with the marker to view, add or delete information associated with the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tom G. Salter, Ben J. Sugden, Daniel Deptford, Robert L. Crocco, Jr., Brian E. Keane, Laura K. Massey, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Peter Tobias Kinnebrew, Nicholas Ferianc Kamuda
  • Patent number: 9218366
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for generating a query image model. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a set of images determined to be responsive to a query and ranked according to a first order; determining a positive image signature from a first subset of images selected from images ranked highest in the first order, determining a negative image signature from a second subset of images selected from images ranked lowest in the first order, determining a query image signature for the query based on a difference of the positive image signature and the negative image signature; and applying the query image signature to each image in the set of images to rank the images according to a second order that is different from the first order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Congcong Li, Kunlong Gu, Charles J. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9208393
    Abstract: Techniques for assuring the quality of mobile document image captured using a mobile device are provided. These techniques include performing one or more tests to assess the quality of images of documents captured using the mobile device. The tests can be selected based on the type of document that was imaged, the type of mobile application for which the image quality of the mobile image is being assessed, and/or other parameters such as the type of mobile device and/or the characteristics of the camera of the mobile device that was used to capture the image. The image quality assurance techniques can also be implemented on can be implemented on a mobile device and/or on a remote server where the mobile device routes the mobile image to the remote server processing and the test results are be passed from the remote server to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Nikolay Kotovich, Grigori Nepomniachtchi, James DeBello
  • Patent number: 9208608
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for processing, by a graphical processor unit (GPU), a plurality of images of a user. A plurality of features detected by the GPU in a first image of the plurality of images of the user is selected. Each selected feature includes one or more pixels. In a second image of the plurality of images of the user, a search is performed for the plurality of features selected in the first image. A variance is calculated, on the GPU, for each selected feature found in the second image. The variance indicates a degree to which a portion of the second image varies from a corresponding portion of the first image. The calculated variance is stored in a variance file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: GLASSES.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Darren Turetzky, Ryan Travis Engle
  • Patent number: 9202327
    Abstract: A method for checking the production quality of a prescribed optical security feature in or on a prescribed portion of a value document on the basis of pixel data of pixels of an image of the prescribed portion which are respectively associated with places in or on the portion and render optical properties of the value document at the places whether a first number or share of those pixels, whose pixel data, according to a first prescribed criterion, lie within a first reference region prescribed for the security feature exceeds a first minimum hit value, and whether a first scatter of the pixel data of those pixels lying within the first reference region for the pixel data according to the first criterion exceeds a first minimum scatter prescribed for the security feature. A quality signal from the check represents an indication of a sufficient printing quality according to certain criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventors: Shanchuan Su, Norbert Holl
  • Patent number: 9196042
    Abstract: The present approach enables an impression of the atmosphere of a scene or an object present being photographed to be pictured in a person's mind as if the person were actually at the photographed scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyota Higa, Toshiyuki Nomura, Yuzo Senda
  • Patent number: 9189460
    Abstract: For generating one or more two-dimensional visual objects, an initial visual representation is determined and shown in a display area of a communication terminal. A data representation of the visual objects is transmitted from the communication terminal to a remote processing center. The communication terminal receives from the processing center an enhanced visual representation of the visual objects, and replaces in the display area the initial representation with the enhanced representation. Retrieving an enhanced representation from the processing center, makes it possible to display visual objects in the communication terminal in representations which are not supported by the communication terminal, e.g. graphical objects can be rendered according to enhanced algorithms and/or characters can be rendered in enhanced fonts not supported in the communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: GMC SOFTWARE AG
    Inventors: Boris Letocha, Jan Knoulich
  • Patent number: 9183632
    Abstract: The present approach enables an impression of the atmosphere of a scene or an object present in the scene at the time of photography to be pictured in a person's mind as though the person were actually at the photographed scene. A feeling-expressing-word processing device has: a feeling information calculating unit 11 for analyzing a photographed image, and calculating feeling information which indicates a temporal change in a scene shown in the photographed image or a movement of an object present in the scene; and a feeling-expressing-word extracting unit 12 for extracting, from among feeling-expressing words which express feelings and are stored in a feeling-expressing-word database 21 in association with the feeling information, a feeling-expressing word which corresponds to the feeling information calculated by the feeling information calculating unit 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyota Higa, Toshiyuki Nomura, Yuzo Senda, Masumi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9172824
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, method, and non-transitory recording medium storing an image inspection control program, each of which is capable of inspecting a printed image are provided. While generating an inspection image to be used for inspecting a read image obtained by reading the printed image, attribute data indicating, for each pixel in the inspection image, whether the pixel belongs to drawing data in the inspection image is generated. The attribute data is used to process inspection of the read image based on comparison between the read image and the inspection image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Keiji Kojima, Hiroyoshi Ishizaki, Tadashi Kitai, Hitomi Kaneko, Hiroyuki Kawamoto, Keiichi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9171352
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the processing of images are provided. In particular, a candidate image can be obtained for processing. The candidate image can have one or more associated image categorization parameters. One or more pixel groups can then be detected in the candidate image and the one or more pixel groups can be associated with semantic data. At least one reference image can then be identified based at least in part on the semantic data of the one or more pixel groups. Once the at least one reference image has been identified, a plurality of adjustment parameters can be determined. One or more pixel groups from the candidate image can then be processed to generate a processed image based at least in part on the plurality of adjustment parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Raynaud, Boris Bluntschli, Daniel Cotting
  • Patent number: 9164581
    Abstract: The present invention describes a display system that includes a display, including a display screen; a viewpoint assessment component to determine a viewpoint of a user positioned in front the display screen; and an object tracking component to track the user manipulation of an object positioned behind the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Ian N Robinson, April Slayden Mitchell, Daniel G Gelb
  • Patent number: 9158988
    Abstract: An improved object recognition method is provided that enables the recognition of many objects in a single image. Multiple instances of an object in an image can now be detected with high accuracy. The method receives a plurality of matches of feature points between a database image and a query image and determines a kernel bandwidth based on statistics of the database image. The kernel bandwidth is used in clustering the matches. The clustered matches are then analyzed to determine the number of instances of the object within each cluster. A recursive geometric fitting can be applied to each cluster to further improve accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technclogies, LLC
    Inventors: Ankur R Patel, Boaz J Super
  • Patent number: 9158981
    Abstract: Techniques for evaluating the quality of a an image on a printing surface. The techniques generally includes receiving a first signal corresponding to the original image and a second signal corresponding to the rendition of the original image. The techniques further include filtering both signals using a common set of filters to extract at least partial contours of the original image and of its rendition and to determine a quality value of the rendition of the original image based on a comparison between the filtered images in the frequency domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Andrew James Sauer
  • Patent number: 9146516
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of inspecting printed matter as a recording sheet on which an image including a copy forgery-inhibited pattern has been printed. An image is printed on a sheet based on print image data. Scanned image data is acquired by reading the printed sheet. Reference data is created by excluding image data representative of image portions which cannot be read from the print image data. It is determined whether or not the printed sheet is free from defective printing by comparing the scanned image data and the reference data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Morishita