Sensor Control (e.g., Ocr Sheet Controls Copier Or Fax) Patents (Class 382/317)
  • Patent number: 10282932
    Abstract: A capacitance detection device includes a first electrode and a second electrode that at least partially face each other on opposite sides of a transfer path. An oscillator circuit forms an electric field between the first electrode and the second electrode. A detection circuit detects a change in capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode. At least one of the oscillator circuit and the detection circuit is included in each of a first board and a second board. The first board is disposed such that a side surface of the first board faces the first electrode in an electric field direction, and the second board is disposed such that a side surface of the second board faces the second electrode in the electric field direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Miki Kagano, Hiroshi Araki, Toshiaki Shoji, Hideki Matsui, Kazuya Makabe, Tomoyuki Miyata, Tomokazu Ogomi
  • Patent number: 10063175
    Abstract: An output of a generator may vary according to the speed of the engine, physical characteristics of the engine, or other factors. A profile for a generator that describes a periodic fluctuation in an operating characteristic for the generator is identified. A field current of an alternator associated with the generator is modified based on the profile for the generator in order to counter variations in the output of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Isaac S. Frampton
  • Patent number: 9886364
    Abstract: A computer readable medium storing a computer program for providing a method for evaluating the performance of a software application, the computer program executable by at least one or the one or more processors. The computer program comprising a set of instructions for receiving an indication of the initiation of a workflow transaction in an Application, determining whether the workflow transaction is to be marked as a traceable transaction based on a Measurement Marker Algorithm, tracking the performance of operations executed for the workflow transaction, and storing raw Call Metrics based on the tracked performance in an Intermediate memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ALLSCRIPTS SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventors: Stanislav Makarskyy, Mark Gregory Plunkett, Igor Chmil, Stephen E Smith
  • Patent number: 9584684
    Abstract: Provided is a mechanism for setting whether to enable a shift function for shifting the sheet on which the image is printed in accordance with detection of the original.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 9444954
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a determining unit that determines a possibility that image data is determined to contain specific information and a display control unit that determines a display mode of a preview image of the image data in accordance with the level of the possibility determined by the determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Muraishi, Yasuyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9355449
    Abstract: Provided is medical equipment and a technique for analyzing medical images. A method for automatically planning views in three-dimensional (3D) medical images includes: estimating a statistical model indicating positions of anatomical points, the statistical model having parameters calculated by minimizing energy of a loss function; training an anatomical point detector to detect the plurality of anatomical points by using the estimated statistical model; acquiring a 3D image having a region of interest; detecting a set of candidates of the anatomical points in the 3D image; searching the set of candidates for an optimal configuration corresponding to the plurality of anatomical points; and forming a view plane based on the optimal configuration found by the searching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Praveen Gulaka, Mikhail Yurievich Sirotenko, Dmitry Alexandrovich Korobchenko, Alexey Bronislavovich Danilevich, Mikhail Nikolaevich Rychagov
  • Patent number: 9336437
    Abstract: A system for segregating handwritten information from typographic information on a document may include a memory, an interface, and a processor. The memory stores an electronic document image of a document where the electronic document image includes pixels and each pixel has a characteristic. The processor may receive, via the interface, the electronic document image and may identify first, second and third most frequently occurring characteristics of the pixels of the electronic document image. The pixels having the first most frequently occurring characteristic represent a background of the document. The processor may determine the typographic information of the document as represented by pixels having the second most frequently occurring characteristic. The processor may determine the handwritten information of the document as represented by pixels having the third most frequently occurring characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: DST Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Ives, Peter E. Clark, Michael V. Gentry
  • Patent number: 9329823
    Abstract: An approach is provided for a service provider to identify documents to include in a client's repository and for the client to print the documents from the client's repository. In an embodiment, a computing device receives authentication information identifying a first user, receives first user information identifying a second user, receives information indicating selection of a one or more particular documents, from a set of one or more documents, and sends document information that at least identifies the one or more particular documents to a repository associated with the second user. A printing device receives second user information identifying the second user, and, in response to receiving the second user information, retrieves the one or more particular documents from the repository based, at least in part, on the second user information. The printing device processes at least one document of the one or more particular documents for printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohito Shimizu, Tetsuro Motoyama
  • Patent number: 9239952
    Abstract: A system for extracting data from a document may include a memory, an interface, and a processor. The processor may identify one or more landmarks based on predefined characteristics that are associated with known landmarks. After one or more landmarks are defined, business rules may indicate one or more areas that may contain data to be extracted. The business rules may also indicate the type of data in the area and processing methods that may be used to extract the data. After determining the business rules, the processor may determine whether the data is in the area and/or extract the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: DST Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chin Hsu, Paul M. Ives, Deni Esposito
  • Patent number: 9098481
    Abstract: An arrangement for increasing the accuracy in determining the purpose of fields in electronic forms is disclosed in which a form mapping mechanism describes the layout of a form, for example, by identifying the location of objects on a form—such as text-entry fields, drop-down menus and the like that are used to record user data—and further by specifying the purpose of those objects to a form filling client. Form mapping enables the form filling client to locate and understand the purpose of fields in a form so that it may automatically fill out forms for users in an accurate and reliable manner. Illustrative examples include a form mapping that utilizes hidden tags to describe a form layout, a form mapping service provided to a form filling client over a network, and a user interface that enables form mapping creation through user action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Gwozdz, Adrian Chandley
  • Patent number: 9087125
    Abstract: Techniques for determining if two video signals match by extracting features from a first and second video signal, and cross-correlating the features thereby providing a cross-correlation score at each of a number of time lags, and finally determining the similarity score based on both the cross-correlation scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Pixel Forensics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared S. Berg, Andrew E. Merlino, Jr., Dean R. Doody
  • Patent number: 9082105
    Abstract: A system for paper-like forms processing includes a plurality of portable computing devices coupled by a network to a paper-like forms server. The portable computing devices are adapted to receive images (e.g., compound documents/forms), add stroke annotations to the received images, and send the annotated received images or the stoke annotations themselves to the paper-like forms server. The paper-like forms server comprises a central scheduler and a logging module. The paper-like forms server processes compound documents as paper like forms and sends input to and receives results from service providers to perform various types of paper like processing on the compound document. The paper-like forms server performs the scheduling, routing, logging, verification and billing for the paper-like processing of compound documents. The central scheduler also stores results from service providers for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kurt W. Piersol, Michael J. Gormish, John W. Barrus, Edward L. Schwartz, Kenneth F. Gudan, Richard D. Kosoglow, Stephen R. Savitzky, Sergey Chemishkian
  • Patent number: 9041794
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pipe inspection system includes a push-cable, a sonde coupled to the push-cable, a locator configured to receive signals from the sonde and generate positional information associated with the pipe based at least in part on the received sonde signals, a processing element configured to generate mapping information from the position information, and a non-transitory memory for storing the generated mapping information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Seescan, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, David A. Cox
  • Patent number: 9031309
    Abstract: The recognition rate is improved and recognition errors are suppressed when recognizing magnetic ink characters. A character recognition unit calculates a total difference by calculating the total of the differences between the character waveform data and the reference waveform data for each magnetic ink character within the area of one character; calculates a partial difference by summing the differences between character waveform data and reference waveform data in a target area, which is the area corresponding to a stroke that is 2 mesh or more wide in the area of one character; executing a correction process that reduces the value of the partial difference; and recognizing the candidate character as the magnetic ink character that was read when the total difference after the correction process is less than or equal to a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9022572
    Abstract: A projection apparatus includes a time-sharing light emitting device, a display device, a projection optical system, an illuminance sensor and a lighting determination unit. The time-sharing light emitting device successively emits color lights one by one. The display device modulates the color lights to form an image. The projection optical system projects the image. The illuminance sensor converts illuminance of the color lights into an electric signal which is an output of the illuminance sensor. The lighting determination unit compares the output with a first threshold value, and operates the time-sharing light emitting device in response to the output being more than the first threshold value, and stops the time-sharing light emitting device in response to the output being equal to or less than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hara
  • Patent number: 8984404
    Abstract: Provided is a method of guiding an image-based task execution. The method allows a user of a computing device to record an association between an image and at least one task, wherein a task is an action related to content present in the image; and upon subsequent recognition of the image, guides a user to perform the at least one task associated with the image, based on previously recorded association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Suryaprakash Kompalli, Vimal Sharma, Praphul Chandra
  • Patent number: 8917324
    Abstract: In an image capturing and processing system, a device and method is provided. The lens is made of simple lens with high diffractive materials and known strong color aberrations. The method includes the steps of: calibrating or measuring a Point Spread Function (PSF) for each color components at a set of distances, capturing image data, and calculating the image obtained using a de-convolution method based on the PSF found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jennifer Jinghan Yu
  • Patent number: 8908998
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for ensuring quality control over a group of test reports comprising identifying a plurality of areas within a test report that contain data elements, performing optical character recognition on the plurality of areas for each test report in the group of test reports to generate text corresponding to the content in the areas, comparing the content in the areas to corresponding data in a data file from a trusted source, and creating an output report based on the result of the comparison. The test reports may indicate educational test score results and personal identification information for test takers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventor: Gary Driscoll
  • Patent number: 8879870
    Abstract: A method of controlling depth of field of an image by a computer after the image has been taken based on the data acquired while taking the image, including, acquiring multiple images from the same perspective with different focal points, selecting parameters for preparing a displayable image, constructing an image using the data of the acquired multiple images according to the selected parameters; and displaying the constructed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ilia Vitsnudel, Noam Sorek
  • Patent number: 8804178
    Abstract: A method for routing a confirmation of receipt of a facsimile or portion thereof according to one embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing text of a facsimile for at least one of a meaning and a context of the text; and routing one or more confirmations to one or more destinations based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Roland G. Borrey, Roy Couchman
  • Patent number: 8792126
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for routing a facsimile in a computer readable format includes receiving text of a facsimile in a computer readable format; ascertaining one or more of a significance and a relevance of at least a portion of the text by locating one or more keywords in the text, wherein at least two of the keywords are not adjacent in the text; analyzing the text of the facsimile for at least one of a meaning and a context of the text; and routing the facsimile or text thereof to one or more destinations based on the analysis. Additional disclosed embodiments include systems and computer program products configured to similarly route a facsimile in a computer readable format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Couchman
  • Patent number: 8774516
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an image of a document; performing optical character recognition (OCR) on the image; extracting an address of a sender of the document from the image based on the OCR; comparing the extracted address with content in a first database; identifying complementary textual information in a second database based on the address; and at least one of: extracting additional content from the image of the document; correcting one or more OCR errors in the document using the complementary textual information, and normalizing data from the document prior to determining a validity of the document using at least one of the complementary textual information and predefined business rules. At least one of the aforementioned operations is performed using a processor of a mobile device. Exemplary systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Amtrup, Anthony Macciola, Steve Thompson
  • Patent number: 8768060
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit, a receiving unit, a search unit, a processing unit and an output unit. The storage unit stores information of drawn image elements. The receiving unit receives a transformation instruction to transform a part of the image elements specified by the information of the image elements. The search unit searches the storage unit for an image element that (i) has a relation, being based on a predetermined condition, with the image elements, which are a target of the transformation instruction, and (ii) is not the target of the transformation instruction. The processing unit performs a transformation process on (i) the image elements, which are the target of the received transformation instruction, and (ii) the image element, which is found as the search result, based on the received transformation instruction. The output unit outputs the result of the transformation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koushi Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 8690354
    Abstract: It is a task to provide a mobile electronic device with high operability and high safety. The mobile electronic device includes an image projector that projects an image, a cabinet, an input unit that is disposed on the cabinet and detects an operation input by an operator, and a control unit that controls the operation of the image projector and the state of the input unit. The task is solved in such a manner that when a predetermined operation is detected by the input unit, the control unit stops emission of light from the image projector or reduces an amount of light emitted from the image projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Osaka, Yasuhiro Ueno, Yasushi Kitamura, Seiji Horii, Jouji Yoshikawa, Tomoko Asano, Hiroki Itou
  • Patent number: 8649566
    Abstract: A method for detecting motion quality error of printed documents having text in a printing system includes: printing a document having text lines, each text line comprising a plurality of characters; scanning the printed document to generate a scanned image; detecting positions in a process direction of the printing system of one of text lines and characters in the scanned image; determining position errors in the process direction in the printed document based on the detected positions in the scanned image; determining at least one motion quality defect of the printing system in the process direction based on the determined position errors; and initiating an activity associated with said printing system in response to a motion quality error having been determined. A system for detecting motion quality error of printed documents is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Beilei Xu, Wencheng Wu, Peter Paul, Palghat Ramesh
  • Patent number: 8649067
    Abstract: A text print instructions sheet generation unit embeds, in a text print instructions sheet, identification information for specifying a text print instructions sheet after being converted into image data. A sheet data management unit manages layout information that associates the identification information for specifying the text print instructions sheet with the identification information of a document included in a retrieval result. An image analysis unit extracts the identification information for specifying a sheet from the image data, specifies the layout information managed by the sheet data management unit based on the extracted identification information, and performs image analysis based on the specified layout information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Yoichi Kanai
  • Patent number: 8620113
    Abstract: Laser diode mode techniques are described. In one or more implementations, one or more laser diodes of a computing device are caused to operate below a lasing threshold to illuminate at least part of a physical surroundings of the computing device. One or more images of the illuminated physical surroundings are captured by a camera of the computing device and one or more inputs are recognized from the captured one or more images for interaction with a user interface displayed by the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Dawson Yee
  • Patent number: 8599419
    Abstract: A method for routing a facsimile according to one embodiment includes receiving or generating text of a facsimile in a computer-readable format; routing the facsimile or text thereof to an intended recipient identified by recognizing at least one of a name, an email address and contact information of the intended recipient in the facsimile; analyzing the text of the facsimile for at least one of a meaning and a context of the text; and routing the facsimile or text thereof to one or more other destinations based on the analysis. A method according to another embodiment includes analyzing a pattern of light and dark areas of a facsimile in a computer-readable format; correlating the pattern to one or more forms; and routing the facsimile to one or more destinations based on the correlation, with the proviso that the analyzing, correlating and routing are performed without optical character recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Couchman
  • Patent number: 8593673
    Abstract: A method for routing a confirmation of receipt of a facsimile or portion thereof according to one embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing text of a facsimile for at least one of a meaning and a context of the text; and routing one or more confirmations to one or more destinations based on the analysis. A method for routing one or more confirmations according to another embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing a pattern of light and dark areas of a facsimile; correlating the pattern to one or more forms; and routing one or more confirmations to one or more destinations based on the correlation. Additional systems and methods are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Couchman, Roland G. Borrey
  • Patent number: 8547428
    Abstract: A pipe inspection system employing a camera head assembly incorporating multiple local condition sensors, an integral dipole Sonde, a three-axis compass, and a three-axis accelerometer. The camera head assembly terminates a multi-channel push-cable that relays local condition sensor and video information to a processor and display subsystem. A cable storage structure includes data connection and wireless capability with tool storage and one or more battery mounts for powering remote operation. During operation, the inspection system may produce a two- or three-dimensional (3D) map of the pipe or conduit from local condition sensor data and video image data acquired from structured light techniques or LED illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seescan, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, David A. Cox
  • Patent number: 8532338
    Abstract: A method and system for compensating for motion blur in optical navigation adds a correction offset to an image navigation value to adjust for varying velocities along a moving web. Reference and comparison images are acquired at different times from a moving web. An optical navigation value is computed representative of the movement of the web from the reference image to the comparison image. Blur distances for the two images can be calculated. A navigation error correction value is computed as one-half the difference between the reference blur distance and the comparison blur distance. A compensated navigation value is computed by adding the error correction value to the computed navigation value to compensate for varying web velocities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond G. Beausoleil, Jr., Jun Gao, Carl E. Picciotto
  • Patent number: 8508783
    Abstract: A printer includes a connection port that connects an external storage device to the printer, a command input unit that inputs coded information or text-form information, and a processor that executes a command corresponding to coded information or text-form information inputted in the command input unit by using data stored in the external storage device connected to the connection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichiro Suzuki, Yuji Iida, Junya Kawai
  • Patent number: 8509573
    Abstract: When a plurality of images are combined together, a positioning error can occur. To correct positioning error, the images may be displayed on a display, and a user may specify a correction value using an operation device. However, in a case where the operation device does not have high performance or the display does not have a screen large enough to provide sufficiently high viewability, the correction of the positioning error is difficult. In the present invention, in view of the above, a sheet is printed and a user describes on the sheet a correction value in terms of relative position of a plurality of images stored in a memory. The sheet is read by a reading apparatus, and an image obtained is analyzed to determine the specified correction value. The relative position of the plurality of images stored in the memory is corrected based on the determined correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akinori Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 8499046
    Abstract: Techniques for capturing images of business cards, uploading the images to a designated computing device for processing and recognition are disclosed. A mechanism is provided to update extracted data from the images when there are any changes. Depending on implementation, there are a number of ways to capture images of business cards (e.g., via a phone camera, a PC camera, or a scanning device). A transmission means is provided to transport the images to the designated computing device for centralized management of integrated contact information for individual users. As a result, a user may access his/her updatable integrated contact information database anywhere anytime from a chosen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Joe Zheng
  • Patent number: 8488179
    Abstract: When a quantity of light of a liquid crystal back light falls below a predetermined value, a detecting section of an input device outputs to a first control section a failure-detected signal indicating that a failure occurred in the liquid crystal back light of an operation panel. When a touched area is inputted from a touch panel after the failure-detected signal was inputted, the first control section, referring to a failure time table, transmits setting information corresponding to a display area that includes the touched area to a second control section of an image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fuminori Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 8482827
    Abstract: A media sheet is scanned. The media sheet has an image and an annotation. The annotation indicates a functionality to be performed in relation to the image. The annotation on the media sheet as scanned is detected. The functionality to be performed in relation to the image is determined in correspondence to the annotation detected on the media sheet. The functionality to which the annotation corresponds is performed in relation to the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mandalapu, Anjaneyulu Seetha Rama Kuchibhotla, Sriganesh Madhvanath, Deepu Vijayasenan, Rama Vennelakanti
  • Patent number: 8478079
    Abstract: In this invention, scan conversion processing of changing the scan order for each block is used. Parallel scan conversion processing is executed if possible, thereby making the number of scan conversion target blocks per unit time larger than before. To do this, a scan status holding unit holds statistical information based on the appearance frequency values of coefficients in a block. A scan order holding unit holds coefficient position information in which the coefficient positions in a block are arranged based on the scan order. A parallel number determination unit determines the number of blocks processable in parallel based on the statistical information held in the scan status holding unit and supplies the result to a scan conversion unit as a control signal. If the control signal from the parallel number determination unit indicates parallel processing, the scan conversion unit executes scan conversion of two input blocks in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Susumu Igarashi
  • Patent number: 8457449
    Abstract: A user gestures with a wireless mobile phone device to control some aspect of its operation, or the operation of a remote system with which the device communicates. (The gestures may be sensed by tracking movement of a feature across a field of view of a mobile phone device camera.) The resultant operation may additionally depend on other data obtained by the wireless device, e.g., obtained from an electronic or physical object, or sensed from the environment. A variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8451475
    Abstract: A method for routing a confirmation of receipt of a facsimile or portion thereof according to one embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing text of a facsimile for at least one of a meaning and a context of the text; and routing one or more confirmations to one or more destinations based on the analysis. A method for routing one or more confirmations according to another embodiment of the present invention includes analyzing a pattern of light and dark areas of a facsimile; correlating the pattern to one or more forms; and routing one or more confirmations to one or more destinations based on the correlation. Additional systems and methods are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Couchman, Roland G. Borrey
  • Patent number: 8446649
    Abstract: An optical scanning apparatus includes a light source, a rotating polygonal mirror, a scanning optical system, a detector, and a light emission controller. The light source includes plural light emitting elements. The rotating polygonal mirror is irradiated with light beams. While rotating, the rotating polygonal mirror reflects and deflects, in a deflecting direction, light beams emitted from light emitting elements in a first direction to propagate through one point in the deflecting direction substantially at the same time. The scanning optical system causes the reflected and deflected light beams to scan over an object. The detector detects the timing at which a light beam propagates through a detection point. When the light beams propagate through the detection point, the light emission controller causes light emitting elements in a row in the first direction other than light emitting elements at both ends of a projection plane to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Sakita, Fumiya Hisa, Toshiharu Orui
  • Publication number: 20130114914
    Abstract: A system and method for detection of signature marks in documents are provided. The method includes selecting candidate text objects in document pages and identifying a sequence of elements therein. The sequence has a numbering pattern including an incremental part and optionally a fixed part. Missing elements between two detected elements of the sequence are permitted. For an identified sequence, a model of the sequence is generated, which includes the numbering pattern of the sequence, an increment, which is computed based on the distance between pages on which consecutive elements of the sequence are identified, a valid sequence having an increment of greater than 1, and a first page, which corresponds to a page of the document on which the sequence starts. The sequence is then validated with the model, allowing elements of the sequence in the pages of the document to be identified as signature marks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hervé Déjean
  • Patent number: 8406574
    Abstract: An image processor comprising a control unit, wherein the control unit includes an obtaining unit that obtains image data generated as a result of reading a document by a reader in which a predetermined document reading condition is set; a selecting unit that allows a user to select an use of the image data obtained by the obtaining unit out of a plurality of the uses set in advance; a processing unit that processes the image data obtained by the obtaining unit according to an image processing condition suitable for the use selected by the selecting unit; and a transferring unit that transfers the image data after being processed by the processing unit to an application suitable for the use selected by the selecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Satoshi Kubo, Satoshi Sakai, Koichi Kitagawa, Yasunori Taniguchi, Takayuki Kawanaka, Kiyoto Kosaka
  • Patent number: 8351056
    Abstract: The invention provides a multi-function printer not requiring exclusive components (principally electrical components) for reading the print settings and thus being free from a cost increase, and a control method therefor. For print settings such as a paper size and a print quality in a copying or a direct printing, a lever is provided for each print setting item. Before executing the reading and printing operations of copying or direct printing, position of each lever is read and the setting of each print setting item is analyzed based on the position of each lever, and the reading and printing operations are executed according to thus analyzed settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norio Shimura
  • Patent number: 8352849
    Abstract: A method performed by a computer system. The method includes storing a version of a mass-produced printed paper, identifying at least a subset of characters within the version, and in response to the identified subset, forming at least one hyperlink within the version, the version being displayable on a display device as a likeness of the paper including an indicator of a hyperlink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Libredigital, Inc.
    Inventor: Billy P. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8346023
    Abstract: A computer peripheral apparatus (CPA) provided for connecting to a computer. The CPA includes a CPA processor to execute a CPA program to independently and directly carry out a document processing function without receiving an instruction from a computer. In an exemplary embodiment, the CPA includes a scanner for scanning a document and the CPA processor executes a optical character recognition (OCR) program to directly recognize characters included in the document scanned by the scanner. In another exemplary embodiment, the characters recognized by the OCR program further include instructions for instructing the CPA processor to execute a subsequent program to process the document scanned by the scanner. In another exemplary embodiment, the characters recognized by the OCR program further includes instructions for instructing the CPA processor to send a facsimile of the document scanned by the scanner to a facsimile destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Bo-In Lin
  • Patent number: 8340477
    Abstract: In some embodiments, provided are methods and reading devices with image capture capabilities for efficiently capturing multiple images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ben Foss, Leyla Najafi, David Poisner, Gretchen Anderson, Jeff Witt, Daniel Senatore, Matthew Peterson, Travis Lee
  • Patent number: 8320708
    Abstract: A reading machine that operates in various modes includes image correction processing is described. The reading device pre-processes an image prior to optical character recognition processing by detect distortion in an image of a page by measuring an extent to which page boundaries in the image deviate from a simple rectangular shape and correcting for the optical distortion by transforming the image to restore the page to a rectangular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond C. Kurzweil, Paul Albrecht, Lucy Gibson, Lev Lvovsky
  • Patent number: 8320615
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recognizing a location of a target are provided. One system includes a camera configured to generate first data representing an object resembling the target, a memory storing second data representing a template of the target, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive the first data and the second data, and determine that the object is the target if the object matches the template within a predetermined percentage error. A method includes receiving first data representing an object resembling the target, receiving second data representing a template of the target, and determining that the object is the target if the object matches the template within a predetermined percentage error. Also provided are computer-readable mediums including processor instructions for executing the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rida M. Hamza, Mohammed Ibrahim Mohideen
  • Patent number: 8310725
    Abstract: A print processing device including a printing unit to print an image on a sheet, a reading unit to read a sheet, an operation unit including keys to be operated by a user, a print control unit to cause the printing unit to print either a first sheet for selecting an image from a plurality of images stored in a storage medium or a second sheet for selecting a language to be used in the first sheet, and an analyzing unit configured to analyze an image read by the reading unit. If a language is not registered, when the image corresponding to the second sheet is detected as an analysis result by the analyzing unit, the first sheet is printed using a language associated with the detected image and when the image corresponding to the second sheet is not detected, the second sheet is printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yumi Miyamoto, Masao Maeda, Akinori Horiuchi, Yoshiyuki Hirai, Keisuke Niimoto
  • Patent number: RE44880
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a light source; a bar-shaped light-guiding element having a first light-emitting section, which propagates light from the light source and irradiates an document from an oblique direction, and a second light-emitting section emitting light in a carrying direction of the document; a lens converging the light reflected from the document; a sensor receiving the light passed through the lens; a reflector disposed on the opposite side of the light-guiding element, by reflecting the light from the second light-emitting section such that an optical path of the light emitted from the second light-emitting section is located between the lens and the document, and irradiating the document from an oblique direction; and first and second light-scattering layers formed in areas opposed to the first and the second light-emitting sections, respectively, in the light-guiding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Akiko Fujiuchi, Akira Ota