With Data Recording Patents (Class 396/310)
  • Patent number: 10510229
    Abstract: A mount aims to prevent an accessory mountable in an image pickup apparatus from being stolen using a simple configuration. The mount is disposed in a main body of an image pickup apparatus, and comprises a first mount portion attachable/detachable with respect to an accessory. The first mount portion includes a fixing portion fixed to the main body of the image pickup apparatus, a fixed mount portion fixed and held to the fixing portion, a movable mount portion relatively rotatable with respect to the fixed mount portion with an optical axis of the image pickup apparatus as a center, a mount ring rotatable with the movable mount portion, and an insertion portion to which an operation member to switch a non-lock state and a lock state of the accessory with respect to the first mount portion is inserted from an outside of the first mount portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10459966
    Abstract: A method, an electronic device, and a computer program product for photo organization are provided, where the method is adapted to an electronic device and includes the following steps. First, multiple photos are obtained, and multiple special photos are selected from the photos, where each of the photos includes time information and GPS information. The special photos are sorted from the earliest to the most recent according to the time information. One of the special photos is defined as an origin photo, and the special photos sorted after the origin photo are defined as relative photos. A moving distance and a moving angle of each of the relative photos with respect to the origin photo are calculated according to the GPS information. The origin photo and the relative photos are classified into multiple location groups according to variations of the moving distances and variations of the moving angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Tsung-Han Yang
  • Patent number: 10158799
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus of the disclosure includes a base that has a power transmitter for transmitting power wirelessly; and a movable unit that has a power receiver for receiving power wirelessly from the power transmitter, an imager operating on the basis of power received by the power receiver, and a first communicator transmitting image information acquired by the imager wirelessly. The movable unit is movable relative to the base. According to the disclosure, it is possible to improve reliability of transmission and reception of a signal and power, and it is possible to alleviate deficiency due to limitation on the number of operation times caused by a mechanical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Eguchi, Ryuuichi Yatsunami, Hideki Tatematsu
  • Patent number: 10079018
    Abstract: A minutes taking system includes a voice recognition apparatus and an image forming apparatus. The voice recognition apparatus receives voice signals from the image forming apparatus, performs voice recognition processing on the received voice signals, and returns voice recognition results to the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes voice input units, a storage unit, a voice transmission unit, a voice recognition result receiving unit, a minutes data creating unit, and an image forming unit. The storage unit accumulates the voice signals input from the voice input units. The voice transmission unit transmits a non-transmitted voice signal, among the voice signals stored in the storage unit, to the voice recognition apparatus when a predetermined condition is satisfied. The minutes data creating unit creates minutes data based on the voice recognition result received by the voice recognition result receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noboru Ogino
  • Patent number: 10075631
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus which can take shots sequentially by self-timer. The imaging apparatus, in response to input of a user's start operation to perform self-timer shooting, plays back a first voice file including a voice of a predetermined playback time period one time, the first voice file including a voice providing guidance to prepare for shooting, determines whether the first voice file has been played back to completion one time, and performs shooting one time when it is determined that the first voice file has been played back to completion one time, without performing a time-check function. The imaging apparatus repeats playback of the first voice file and performs shooting a predetermined number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Iijima, Junichi Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 9916523
    Abstract: An automatic classifying system in a dining environment includes a picture uploading module implemented in an electronic device for transmitting a set of pictures via the Internet, and a server for directly or indirectly receiving the set of pictures. The server has a picture analysis module for classifying one of the pictures according to at least two classifications and generating an analysis result to a web-platform system so as to display the picture and the analysis result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Digital Drift Co.LTD
    Inventor: Chien-Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 9807309
    Abstract: An image display device that displays image information includes an image retrieving unit that retrieves image information; a device status identifying unit that identifies a status of the present device; an image condition specifying unit that specifies an image condition that indicates a condition which the image information needs to satisfy to be displayed, based on the status identified by the device status identifying unit; and a display unit that displays the image information retrieved by the image retrieving unit if the image information satisfies the image condition specified by the image condition specifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Nitaki
  • Patent number: 9774786
    Abstract: An image display device that displays image information includes an image retrieving unit that retrieves image information; a device status identifying unit that identifies a status of the present device; an image condition specifying unit that specifies an image condition that indicates a condition which the image information needs to satisfy to be displayed, based on the status identified by the device status identifying unit; and a display unit that displays the image information retrieved by the image retrieving unit if the image information satisfies the image condition specified by the image condition specifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Nitaki
  • Patent number: 9706128
    Abstract: An image display device that displays image information includes an image retrieving unit that retrieves image information; a device status identifying unit that identifies a status of the present device; an image condition specifying unit that specifies an image condition that indicates a condition which the image information needs to satisfy to be displayed, based on the status identified by the device status identifying unit; and a display unit that displays the image information retrieved by the image retrieving unit if the image information satisfies the image condition specified by the image condition specifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Nitaki
  • Patent number: 9686436
    Abstract: A data recording apparatus in which a recording medium is attachable, comprises a detection unit which detects whether or not an attached recording medium is a predetermined recording medium having a wireless communications function; a determination unit which determines whether or not, when the attached recording medium is the predetermined recording medium, there is a settings information file; and a control unit which generates, when determined that the settings information file is not present, a predetermined settings information file in the predetermined recording medium. The predetermined recording medium has a function of generating a settings information file, and when generating a settings information file in response to an instruction from the external apparatus, the predetermined recording medium is in a write protect state where writing from the data recording apparatus is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mayu Sato
  • Patent number: 9620120
    Abstract: A minutes taking system includes a voice recognition apparatus and an image forming apparatus. The voice recognition apparatus receives voice signals from the image forming apparatus, performs voice recognition processing on the received voice signals, and returns voice recognition results to the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus includes voice input units, a storage unit, a voice transmission unit, a voice recognition result receiving unit, a minutes data creating unit, and an image forming unit. The storage unit accumulates the voice signals input from the voice input units. The voice transmission unit transmits a non-transmitted voice signal, among the voice signals stored in the storage unit, to the voice recognition apparatus when a predetermined condition is satisfied. The minutes data creating unit creates minutes data based on the voice recognition result received by the voice recognition result receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noboru Ogino
  • Patent number: 9488733
    Abstract: An information communication apparatus includes a communication unit which communicates with an external apparatus connected thereto through a communication network, a first acquiring unit which acquires predetermined information not through the communication unit, and a second acquiring unit which acquires the predetermined information which the external apparatus has obtained from said external apparatus through the communication unit. In addition, the information communication apparatus includes a judging unit which judges whether the communication unit has been connected with the external apparatus to communicate with each other, and a controlling unit which controls the second acquiring unit so as to perform an acquiring process, when the judging unit determines that the communication unit has been connected with the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taku Koreki, Kenji Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 9262422
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a system and method of interactive verification of a payment card user's identity. Specifically, by using an electronic payment card with a coded frame displayed thereon that includes one or more hot corners with one or more hyperlinks or icons embedded within the coded frame, activated for display when image capturing means scans the coded frame. Upon activation, a hyperlink or icon may be engaged for controlling interactive multimedia content pursuant to a control command associated with the one icon or hyperlink. The multimedia content may include authenticating information, e.g. security questions, a photograph and the like. Because the interactive multimedia content is not visible prior to the coded frame being scanned and the icons or hyperlinks in any one hot corner being engaged for retrieving the multimedia content, the payment card has varied layers of securitization of the information stored thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Isaac S. Daniel
  • Patent number: 9185248
    Abstract: Methods and electronic devices for sharing a camera feature are described. In one aspect, the present disclosure describes a method. The method is performed by a first electronic device which has a camera. The method includes: establishing wireless communications between the first electronic device and a second electronic device using a short range communication module of the first electronic device; and entering a camera-feature-sharing mode in which a camera-related feature of the second electronic device is accessible to the first electronic device using the short range communication module and in which a camera-related feature of the first electronic device is accessible to the second electronic device using the short range communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Earnshaw, Kalu Onuka Kalu, Jan Staffan Lincoln
  • Patent number: 9002192
    Abstract: A sensor includes a sensor pad that allows air and moisture to diffuse from a patient's skin. A light source is disposed on the sensor pad is configured to generate near-infrared light. A light detector disposed on the sensor pad is configured to detect near-infrared light generated by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Oleg Gonopolskiy, Arik Anderson
  • Patent number: 8965194
    Abstract: A positional information recorder includes a receiver configured to receive a wireless signal, an operation section configured to indicate a sign for recording positioning information, a positional information calculator configured to measure a geographical position based on the wireless signal and calculate positioning information according to the position, a positioning information recorder configured to record the calculated positioning information, a movement locus information calculator configured to calculate displacement information including a moving distance and a direction from a standard position, a relative positional information recorder configured to calculate relative positional information according to a relative position from the standard position by the displacement information when the positioning information is not obtained, and record the relative positional information associated with information according to the sign, and a positional information convertor configured to covert into posi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Daigo
  • Patent number: 8942483
    Abstract: An image-based georeferencing system comprises an image receiver, an image identification processor, a reference feature determiner, and a feature locator. The image receiver is configured for receiving a first image for use in georeferencing. The image comprises digital image information. The system includes a communicative coupling to a georeferenced images database of images. The image identification processor is configured for identifying a second image from the georeferenced images database that correlates to the first image. The system includes a communicative coupling to a geographic location information system. The reference feature determiner is configured for determining a reference feature common to both the second image and the first image. The feature locator is configured for accessing the geographic information system to identify and obtain geographic location information related to the common reference feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: James M. Janky, Michael V. McCusker, Harold L. Longaker, Peter G. France
  • Patent number: 8903957
    Abstract: A transmission-side information terminal displays a marker whose wavelength changes with time on the basis of a tag ID acquired from a management server. A receiving-side information terminal takes an image to acquire the tag ID, and transmits storage instruction information to a distribution server, the storage instruction information including the tag ID, an area number indicating a position of the receiving-side information terminal and image data acquired by taking an image. The image distribution server stores the tag ID, the area number and the image data in the storage instruction information in association with one another. The transmission-side information terminal transmits query information including the tag ID acquired from the management server and the area number indicating its own position to the image distribution server, thereby acquiring image data associated with the tag ID and the area number from the image distribution server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Kikuchi, Nobuo Iizuka, Keiichi Kaneko, Takeshi Imai
  • Patent number: 8684804
    Abstract: A photographing device having a game function which determines win/loss of photographing devices based on information regarding image files, is provided with a first parameter obtaining unit configured to obtain a first parameter regarding a first image file which was generated by the photographing device, a second parameter obtaining unit configured to obtain a second parameter regarding a second image file which is stored in another photographing device, a score calculating unit configured to calculate scores regarding the first image file and the second image file based on the first parameter and the second parameter, respectively, a win/loss determining unit configured to determine win/loss of the photographing device and the other photographing device, and generate win/loss information, a recording unit configured to store the win/loss information, in accumulated manner, as intrinsic information which is intrinsic to the photographing device, and a notifying unit configured to output the accumulated win/
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Uehara, Shigenori Fujio
  • Patent number: 8536664
    Abstract: A MEMS device can include an actuator, a base formed from a substrate, and a plurality of memory cells integrated with the base. At least a portion of the base can be configured to move in response to the actuator. A miniature camera can include a base comprising a frame, a stage, and a plurality of flexures configured to connect the stage with the frame. The flexures can be adapted to bend to permit the stage to move relative to the frame. The camera can include a plurality of memory cells integrated with the base, a lens mount secured to the stage, a lens barrel secured to the lens mount, an image sensor, and an actuator adapted to move the stage relative to the frame and the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: DigitalOptics Corporation MEMS
    Inventors: Richard Tsai, Xiaolei Liu
  • Patent number: 8533371
    Abstract: A data recording apparatus includes a connection unit which is capable of connecting, as a recording medium, a first recording medium having a predetermined function and a second recording medium that does not have the predetermined function. The data recording apparatus detects a connection status of the recording medium to the connection unit, controls a menu concerning setting of the predetermined function. If the detection unit detects that the first recording medium is connected to the connection unit, the data recording apparatus makes the menu operable. If the detection unit detects that the first recording medium is removed and then detects that the second recording medium is connected to the connection unit, the data recording apparatus makes the menu inoperable, and maintains the menu in the operable state during a period from removal of the first recording medium to connection of the second recording medium to the connection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Tsujii
  • Patent number: 8467674
    Abstract: An elongated member is provided with one or more imaging sensors, location sensors, and a switch in its bottom end. For example, in an embodiment the elongated member may be a walking stick and the one or more imaging sensors may be one or more cameras Such a walking stick takes pictures of its surrounding environment and keeps records of its location when the switch touches the ground, so that the pictures and location information can be used to create a virtual simulation of the area that a user of the walking stick has walked through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Jason Ratner, Russell Leigh Smith
  • Patent number: 8457484
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to acquire device information from film set devices used to film a media content event. An exemplary film production information acquisition device has at least a sensor device configured to sense an operation characteristic of a film set device, a film production information management system (IMS) communication interface configured to communicatively couple the film production information acquisition device to a film production information management system, and a processor system communicatively coupled to the film production IMS communication interface and the sensor device, and configured to process the sensed operation characteristic of the film set device into information that is communicated to the film production information management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Elliott, Nicholas Newell, Mi Chen
  • Publication number: 20130121678
    Abstract: A method and automated location information input system for camera comprising: a microprocessor is coupled to and receives location information from a GPS (Global Position System), or a GIS (Geographical Information System) via a network and or internet connection; the processor is also coupled to a display device and a photograph imaging device. The microprocessor is capable of displaying location information and processing information edited by a user via the display device with touch screen keyboard or a keyboard, and capable of transferring location information displayed on the display device to the photograph imaging device which is capable of adding location information to photograph images when photographs are taken and stored in a photographic storing medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Alfred Xueliang Xin
  • Patent number: 8380890
    Abstract: A data recording apparatus includes a connection unit which is capable of connecting, as a recording medium, a first recording medium having a predetermined function and a second recording medium that does not have the predetermined function. The data recording apparatus detects a connection status of the recording medium to the connection unit, controls a menu concerning setting of the predetermined function. If the detection unit detects that the first recording medium is connected to the connection unit, the data recording apparatus makes the menu operable. If the detection unit detects that the first recording medium is removed and then detects that the second recording medium is connected to the connection unit, the data recording apparatus makes the menu inoperable, and maintains the menu in the operable state during a period from removal of the first recording medium to connection of the second recording medium to the connection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Tsujii
  • Patent number: 8346075
    Abstract: A method of receiving satellite signals for estimating the location of capture of a photograph by a camera. The method comprises receiving a signal relating to the timing of capture of the photograph; waiting for an interval of non-zero duration; and, after the interval, receiving the satellite signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: U-Blox A.G.
    Inventors: John Bowern, Stuart Butterfield, Paul Gough, Saul Dooley
  • Patent number: 8342112
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a bed, a needle plate, an image capture device, an auxiliary optical member, a switching device, a command acquisition device, and a control device. The needle plate is provided on the bed and includes a needle hole. The image capture device is adapted to capture an image facing downward from above the needle hole. The auxiliary optical member is adapted to transmit light to an image capture device side of the auxiliary optical member. The switching device switches the auxiliary optical member to one of being used and not being used. The command acquisition device acquires a command. In a case where the command has been acquired, the control device controls the switching device to switch the auxiliary optical member to one of being used and not being used in accordance with the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Fujihara
  • Publication number: 20120301127
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to acquire device information from film set devices used to film a media content event. An exemplary film production information acquisition device has at least a sensor device configured to sense an operation characteristic of a film set device, a film production information management system (IMS) communication interface configured to communicatively couple the film production information acquisition device to a film production information management system, and a processor system communicatively coupled to the film production IMS communication interface and the sensor device, and configured to process the sensed operation characteristic of the film set device into information that is communicated to the film production information management system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Elliott, Nicholas Newell, Mi Chen
  • Patent number: 8306414
    Abstract: A positioning device including: a positioning unit that performs positioning of position information at each time when predetermined positioning conditions are met; a storage unit that stores position information of at least one specified position, in association with a category from among a plurality of types of categories; a position setting unit that sets a specified position from among specified positions stored in the storage unit; a region setting unit that sets a region of a size corresponding to a category to which the specified position set by the position setting unit belongs, in association with the specified position; a region determining unit that determines whether or not position information obtained by the positioning unit belongs to the region set by the region setting unit; and a positioning control unit that changes the positioning conditions of the positioning unit based on determination results determined by the region determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoto Toda
  • Patent number: 8265476
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a present date and time information obtaining device to obtain present date-time information at a time performing a present photographing operation, a last date-time information recording device to record last date-time information at a time performing a last photographing operation, an image number counting device to compare the present and last date-time information when performing the present photographing operation and to newly count a number of photographed subject images when the present date-time information is not within the predetermined period from the last date-time information and to continuously count the number of photographed subject images when the present date and time information is within the predetermined period from the last date-time information, and a displaying unit having an exit screen displayed when the imaging apparatus is turned off and to display the number of the photographed subject images on the exit screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Wataru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 8225010
    Abstract: A data recording apparatus includes a connection unit which is capable of connecting, as a recording medium, a first recording medium having a predetermined function and a second recording medium that does not have the predetermined function. The data recording apparatus detects a connection status of the recording medium to the connection unit, controls a menu concerning setting of the predetermined function. If the detection unit detects that the first recording medium is connected to the connection unit, the data recording apparatus makes the menu operable. If the detection unit detects that the first recording medium is removed and then detects that the second recording medium is connected to the connection unit, the data recording apparatus makes the menu inoperable, and maintains the menu in the operable state during a period from removal of the first recording medium to connection of the second recording medium to the connection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Tsujii
  • Patent number: 8170411
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting a global positioning system (GPS) device with a digital image processing device and inputting position information into an image file captured by the digital image processing device. A system and method for inputting position information into a captured image employ a digital image processing device which generates an image file by capturing an image, and stores the image file, a GPS device which receives position information from a GPS satellite at regular time intervals; when the digital image processing device is connected with the GPS device, a GPS information storage unit which receives position information from the GPS device and stores the position information, and a GPS information input control unit which inputs position information excluding a timestamp, into an image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-tae Lee, Jae-ho Han
  • Patent number: 8126324
    Abstract: A camera includes a satellite positioning system. The camera comprises a camera lens (32) having a focal axis (36), a satellite receiver for receiving data samples of satellite broadcast and a satellite system antenna (38). The satellite system antenna (38) has a gain in the direction of the lens axis which is greater than the gain in all directions perpendicular to the lens axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: U-Blox A.G.
    Inventors: Bryan Young, Johan Peeters
  • Patent number: 8083149
    Abstract: A method of operating an image reader comprising the steps of: converting light reflected from a target into image data utilizing an image sensor; storing the image data in a display buffer; displaying the image on a display; annotating the displayed image by the operator while the image data is stored in the display buffer, thereby altering the image data in the display buffer; and, transmitting the altered image data from the display buffer; wherein the image sensor, display and display buffer are disposed in a common housing for hand held operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James T. Sauerwein, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110293260
    Abstract: A positional information recorder includes a receiver configured to receive a wireless signal, an operation section configured to indicate a sign for recording positioning information, a positional information calculator configured to measure a geographical position based on the wireless signal and calculate positioning information according to the position, a positioning information recorder configured to record the calculated positioning information, a movement locus information calculator configured to calculate displacement information including a moving distance and a direction from a standard position, a relative positional information recorder configured to calculate relative positional information according to a relative position from the standard position by the displacement information when the positioning information is not obtained, and record the relative positional information associated with information according to the sign, and a positional information convertor configured to covert into posi
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Kenji DAIGO
  • Patent number: 8050518
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a determining unit that determines whether image capturing conditions concerning super-resolution processing are satisfied for each piece of image data, and an adding unit that adds data corresponding to a result of determination made by the determining unit to each piece of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyuki Rengakuji, Takayuki Hara
  • Publication number: 20110249962
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a present date and time information obtaining device to obtain present date-time information at a time performing a present photographing operation, a last date-time information recording device to record last date-time information at a time performing a last photographing operation, an image number counting device to compare the present and last date-time information when performing the present photographing operation and to newly count a number of photographed subject images when the present date-time information is not within the predetermined period from the last date-time information and to continuously count the number of photographed subject images when the present date and time information is within the predetermined period from the last date-time information, and a displaying unit having an exit screen displayed when the imaging apparatus is turned off and to display the number of the photographed subject images on the exit screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Wataru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 7991284
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a present date and time information obtaining device to obtain present date-time information at a time performing a present photographing operation, a last date-time information recording device to record last date-time information at a time performing a last photographing operation, an image number counting device to compare the present and last date-time information when performing the present photographing operation and to newly count a number of photographed subject images when the present date-time information is not within the predetermined period from the last date-time information and to continuously count the number of photographed subject images when the present date and time information is within the predetermined period from the last date-time information, and a displaying unit having an exit screen displayed when the imaging apparatus is turned off and to display the number of the photographed subject images on the exit screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Wataru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 7991283
    Abstract: Labels of elements in images may be compared to known elements to determine a region from which an image was created. Using this information, the approximate image position can be found, additional elements may be recognized, labels may be checked for accuracy and additional labels may be added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Billy Chen, Eyal Ofek, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 7978225
    Abstract: An image recording/playback control apparatus includes a moving image capturing section capturing a moving image and generating moving image data; a still image capturing section capturing a still image and generating still image data; a still image information generation section generating still image information in which the moving image data and the still image data are associated with each other by an image-capturing time; moving and still image coding sections coding the moving and still image data, respectively; a recording section recording the coded moving and still image data; a separation section separating the coded moving and still image data; moving and still image decoding sections decoding the coded moving and still image data, respectively; a still image information indication section indicating the moving or still image data; a selection section selecting the moving and still image data; and a display control displaying the moving or still image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuhito Tabuchi, Yuji Saitou, Takeshi Harada, Masahiro Takahashi, Mitsuo Okumura
  • Publication number: 20110150452
    Abstract: A positioning device including: a positioning unit that performs positioning of position information at each time when predetermined positioning conditions are met; a storage unit that stores position information of at least one specified position, in association with a category from among a plurality of types of categories; a position setting unit that sets a specified position from among specified positions stored in the storage unit; a region setting unit that sets a region of a size corresponding to a category to which the specified position set by the position setting unit belongs, in association with the specified position; a region determining unit that determines whether or not position information obtained by the positioning unit belongs to the region set by the region setting unit; and a positioning control unit that changes the positioning conditions of the positioning unit based on determination results determined by the region determining unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoto TODA
  • Patent number: 7965937
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a timer part that measures a time, a location information acquiring part that acquires location information, and a peripheral location calculating part where a location specified by the acquired location information is provided as a reference location and a location at a predetermined distance from the reference location is calculated as a peripheral location. The electronic apparatus also includes a time-difference acquiring part that acquires time differences depending on the reference location and the peripheral location. Furthermore, the electronic apparatus includes a determining part that determines whether the time correction should be performed based on the time differences depending on the reference location and the peripheral location, and a time-correcting part that corrects the time to a time based on the time difference between the reference location and the peripheral location depending on a result from the determination by the determining part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takuma Nishikawa, Masanao Tsutsui
  • Publication number: 20110123187
    Abstract: A method of receiving satellite signals for estimating the location of capture of a photograph by a camera. The method comprises receiving a signal relating to the timing of capture of the photograph; waiting for an interval of non-zero duration; and, after the interval, receiving the satellite signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: u-blox A.G.
    Inventors: John Bowern, Stuart Butterfield, Paul Gough, Saul Dooley
  • Patent number: 7912366
    Abstract: Descriptive location information is associated with and displayed with a photograph taken on a wireless communication device. The descriptive location information is derived from raw location data received from a global positioning system (GPS) receiver in the wireless communication device. The raw location data is cross-referenced with descriptive location information contained within, for example, look-up tables in a memory of the device. The descriptive location information describes the location where the image was taken, for example, a city, a landmark, a distance from a city or landmark, and is visible to a user on the image displayed on a screen of the wireless device or another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Virupakshaiah Huliyapur Math
  • Patent number: 7903963
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus whose lens unit can be attached to and detached from a camera body section includes: an image-capturing signal processing section that generates an image signal by performing an image capturing process of subject light introduced via the lens unit; an attachment detecting section that generates a detection signal indicating whether or not the lens unit is attached to the camera body section; and a control section that determines whether or not the lens unit has been interchanged or detached and attached by using the detection signal, and performs a process of forming index data with respect to the image signal on the basis of a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideho Une, Koichiro Ishigami
  • Patent number: 7885864
    Abstract: By providing a network photograph service, prompt service can be provided to a customer without losing the advantages of easier understanding of where to access when placing an order and easier collective data management. A service center receiving an order of a printing service, and a minilab or a special laboratory spread across a plurality of places, are able to communicate through a network. A center server in the service center selects and assigns which photo-finishing laboratory will print the ordered picture, in response to order information transferred from a customer via the network. Thus, the printing processing can be carried out by a photo-finishing laboratory specified by the customer, instead of at the center server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Shiota, Nobuyoshi Nakajima, Shuichi Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 7881604
    Abstract: An image recording device that includes: a photographing condition information storing unit that stores photographing condition information including information of an area in which an image is photographed and information of a period of time in which the image is photographed; photographing control means that allows the photographing unit to photograph an image when it is determined that current location information acquired by the location information acquisition unit and current time information acquired by the time information acquisition unit satisfy a condition shown in the photographing condition information stored in the photographing condition information storing unit; and image recording means that records local image data, and allowing the local image data to correspond to recording content information including information of an area in which the photographing is executed and time information acquired by the time information acquisition unit in a photographing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Haruhisa Kurane
  • Patent number: 7855730
    Abstract: A data structure is printed on a photograph using infra-red ink. The data structure includes a two dimensional array of data blocks. Each adjacent pair of data blocks is separated by a gap and each of the data blocks has a data region holding encoded data. Each data region is confined by clock-marks and borders to facilitate location of the data region and recovery of data from within the data region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun, Simon Robert Walmsley
  • Publication number: 20100316368
    Abstract: A camera includes a satellite positioning system. The camera comprises a camera lens (32) having a focal axis (36), a satellite receiver for receiving data samples of satellite broadcast and a satellite system antenna (38). The satellite system antenna (38) has a gain in the direction of the lens axis which is greater than the gain in all directions perpendicular to the lens axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Bryan Young, Johan Peeters
  • Patent number: RE45369
    Abstract: A mobile device comprises a network communication system such as a wide area network mobile telephony system, a camera for capturing a digital photograph, and a photograph management application. The photograph management application receives the digital photograph, obtains an information record comprising information related to the digital photograph; and associates at least a portion of the information related to the digital photograph with the digital photograph. The information record may be obtained from local sources such as a contact directory or from a remote directory server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Tomas Karl-Axel Wassingbo, Gunnar Klinghult, Johan F. Gulliksson, Eral Denis Foxenland, Randi-Lise Hjelmeland Almas, Anna-Maria Lagerstedt