Sound Patents (Class 396/312)
  • Patent number: 10248823
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for the placement of a code on an object that does not interfere and is not displayed in a captured visual image of the object. Also provided are techniques for capturing a first image of an object in the visual light spectrum; capturing a second image of the object in a non-visual light spectrum; extracting metadata, stored in the non-visual light spectrum corresponding to the object from the second image; and storing the first image in conjunction with the metadata. Also provided are techniques for storing the metadata in conjunction with the object in the non-visual light spectrum, wherein the metadata is stored in a quick response (QR) code or a bar code and the non-visible light spectrum is ultraviolet light or infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry A. Kritt, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9775500
    Abstract: A medical device comprising an instrument head integral to the medical device having a distal portion, a light source internal to the instrument head coupled to a first channel, a first polarizing filter positioned within the first channel of the instrument head, a second polarizing filter positioned within the second channel for receiving reflected light from the light source, the reflected light received through a sensor axially aligned with the second channel is disclosed herein. The second channel may comprise a distal opening. The second channel may be configured to restrict light from entering the second channel other than by the distal opening. The first polarizing filter may be configured to polarize light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALMEDIA GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Harris
  • Patent number: 8934032
    Abstract: A printed audio format includes a printed encoding of an audio signal, and a plurality of spaced-apart and parallel rails. The printed encoding of the audio signal is located between the plurality of rails and each rail comprises at least one marker. The printed encoding comprises a first portion and a second portion, each portion comprises a plurality of code frames, and each frame represents a time segment of an audio signal. The first portion encodes a first time period of the audio signal and the second portion encodes a second time period of the audio signal. The second portion is encoded in reverse order with respect to the first portion so that the joining part is on the same end of both portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Creative Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Wong Hoo Sim, Desmond Toh Onn Hii, Tur Wei Chan, Chin Fang Lim, Willie Png, Morgun Phay
  • Patent number: 8855482
    Abstract: A control unit controls a driving unit to drive an optical system in a first driving mode and controls a sound processing unit to process a sound signal in a first noise reduction processing mode in the case where a level of the sound signal obtained by a sound obtaining unit is lower than a predetermined level. The control unit controls the driving unit to drive the optical system in a second driving mode with a longer driving time than the first driving mode and controls the sound processing unit not to process the sound signal in the first noise reduction processing mode in the case where the level of the sound signal obtained by the sound obtaining unit is equal to or higher than the predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masafumi Kimura
  • Patent number: 8712231
    Abstract: A camera body to which an interchangeable lens capable of changing zoom magnification is mountable. The camera body includes a sound pickup section that picks up sounds to generate audio data and a sound processor that changes settings relating to directionality of the sound pickup section in conjunction with the zoom magnification of the interchangeable lens. When the interchangeable lens is positioned to provide the minimum magnification of zoom, the sound processor sets the directionality of the sound pickup section to a directionality by which sounds in the widest region can be picked up based on the zoom range information. When the interchangeable lens is positioned to provide the maximum magnification of zoom, the sound processor sets the directionality of the sound pickup section to a directionality by which sounds in the narrowest region can be picked up based on the zoom range information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshio Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 8654212
    Abstract: The controller controls the audio processor to perform the first reduction process, in a case where the type of the connected removable lens unit is a first type lens unit, the controller controls the audio processor to perform the second reduction process, in a case where the type of the connected removable lens unit is a second type lens unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masafumi Kimura
  • Patent number: 8553105
    Abstract: In each of photographed L and R viewpoint images, an object area and an object size are detected. A disparity calculator calculates a maximum disparity of the object area between the L and R viewpoint images. A sound image locating unit determines the shift amount of a reverberation sound ratio from a standard ratio based on the object size and the maximum disparity, to give an appropriate depth to sound data. The sound image locating unit also locates the sound data with an appropriate location angle in accordance with the position of a horizontal center of the object area. The processed sound data and L and R viewpoint image data are compressed, and recorded as an AV file on a memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakamura, Mikio Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20130230307
    Abstract: A control unit controls a driving unit to drive an optical system in a first driving mode and controls a sound processing unit to process a sound signal in a first noise reduction processing mode in the case where a level of the sound signal obtained by a sound obtaining unit is lower than a predetermined level. The control unit controls the driving unit to drive the optical system in a second driving mode with a longer driving time than the first driving mode and controls the sound processing unit not to process the sound signal in the first noise reduction processing mode in the case where the level of the sound signal obtained by the sound obtaining unit is equal to or higher than the predetermined level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masafumi Kimura
  • Patent number: 8514300
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus including a driving portion configured to move an optical system for acquiring an image of an object collects ambient sound to acquire an audio signal, and detects a level of the audio signal. Based on a detection result, the imaging apparatus adjusts the level of the audio signal and outputs the adjusted audio signal. When the driving portion is not driven, the imaging apparatus adjusts the level of the audio signal after adjustment to be lower as the level of the detection result is lower. When the driving portion is driven, the imaging apparatus sets the level of the audio signal after adjustment to be lower than that when the driving portion is not driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keita Sonoda
  • Patent number: 8456542
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging device configured to image an object, a sound receiving device configured to receive an ambient sound, a phonation determining device configured to determine whether the object imaged by the imaging device is producing a sound or not, an object characteristic determining device configured to determine a characteristic of the object if the phonation determining device determines that the object is producing the sound, a band determining device configured to determine a band of the ambient sound which suits the characteristic of the object and emphasize the band in the ambient sound, and a recording device configured to record the ambient sound in which the band is emphasized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Norikatsu Niinami
  • Patent number: 8358927
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an input unit configured to receive an instruction for starting a continuous shooting operation, a sound output unit configured to output a predetermined sound according to a shooting operation, and a controller configured to control output/non-output of the predetermined sound from the sound output unit according to a setting of sound output, and to control the continuous shooting operation. The setting of sound output includes an ON setting for outputting the predetermined sound from the sound output unit according to a start of the shooting operation and an OFF setting for non-outputting the predetermined sound from the sound output unit according to the start of the shooting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Ishida
  • Publication number: 20120308220
    Abstract: A camera body to which an interchangeable lens capable of changing zoom magnification is mountable. The camera body includes a sound pickup section that picks up sounds to generate audio data and a sound processor that changes settings relating to directionality of the sound pickup section in conjunction with the zoom magnification of the interchangeable lens. When the interchangeable lens is positioned to provide the minimum magnification of zoom, the sound processor sets the directionality of the sound pickup section to a directionality by which sounds in the widest region can be picked up based on the zoom range information. When the interchangeable lens is positioned to provide the maximum magnification of zoom, the sound processor sets the directionality of the sound pickup section to a directionality by which sounds in the narrowest region can be picked up based on the zoom range information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: YOSHIO OHTSUKA
  • Patent number: 8285137
    Abstract: A digital camera system includes a print medium having a first surface delimiting an area in which images are printed, and a second surface pre-treated to be magnetically sensitive; a photo-width printhead integrated with a digital camera, the photo-width printhead for printing digital images on the first surface of the print medium; and a magnetic recorder for recording information associated with said digital images on the second surface of the print medium at the same time the printhead prints the digital images onto the printing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8253823
    Abstract: There are provided a camera body capable of operating a drive unit of an interchangeable lens at a low drive sound level, an interchangeable lens, and an imaging apparatus including such a camera body and an interchangeable lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Shibuno, Takashi Abe, Koji Hashigami
  • Patent number: 7893970
    Abstract: An electronic camera records pictures and sound associated with the picture images, and enables reproduction of selected picture images. When one of the picture images of a range of continuously-shot picture images is reproduced, the sound corresponding to the entire range of continuously-shot picture images is reproduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Kitsugi, Akira Ohmura
  • Patent number: 7834930
    Abstract: A camera with a lighting unit is disclosed, in which the installation space of a microphone can be secured without preventing miniaturization of the camera. The camera comprises a main body, a lighting unit including a light emitting portion and being movable between an up position and a down position, and a microphone provided on the main body. In the down position of the lighting unit, the light emitting portion is located at a position closer to an object side than the microphone, and in the up position of the lighting unit, the light emitting portion is located above the microphone and a space opened towards the object side is formed between the light emitting portion and the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuichi Idera
  • Publication number: 20100202768
    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: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Wataru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 7668455
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus or reproducing apparatus which allows a user to easily obtain a desirable sound and image is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Ono, Kazuhiro Mino
  • Patent number: 7660521
    Abstract: An image pickup terminal includes an image pickup section, a data storage section which stores shutter sound setup data that sets a shutter sound generating when the image pickup section performs an imaging, a shutter sound generating section which generates a shutter sound based on the shutter sound setup data stored in the data storage section, a shutter sound appropriateness checking section which determines whether a shutter sound based on the shutter sound setup data stored in the data storage section is appropriate or not, and a control section which inhibits data setting of a shutter sound determined as being inappropriate by the shutter sound appropriateness checking section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7660522
    Abstract: A camera with a display panel comprises a camera body and an LCD panel unit. The LCD panel unit is swingably attached to the camera body by a hinge portion. The LCD panel unit is provided with the display panel. A speaker portion is located on one surface (on the same side as an image display screen) of the LCD panel unit. A microphone portion is located on the other surface of the LCD panel unit, that is, a surface opposite from the image display screen. The LCD panel unit houses a circuit board including sound circuits. The circuit board is connected electrically with a speaker and a microphone through a connector portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takatoshi Kamei
  • Publication number: 20090304376
    Abstract: A digital camera is provided having a photo width printhead for printing digital images on a printing surface of magnetically sensitive print media, and a magnetic recorder for recording information associated with the digital images on a magnetic recording surface of the print media at the same time as the printhead prints the associated digital image onto the printing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7590347
    Abstract: A camera provides a photo 7 printed on print media via printer device 6 under the control of a central processor 4. The photo 7 is a print of an image 5 provided by a CCD sensor 3. The photo 7 includes print media having, in addition, a magnetically recordable medium whereby sound processed by sound chip 10 received from sound microphone 13 and/or processed by central processor 4 can be recorded with magnetic recording head 16 on the photo 7. The photo 7 is printed using an ink jet printer on suitable ink jet compatible print media preferably with the magnetically recordable medium on the rear of the photo 7 and the image 2 on the front surface of the photo 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7587136
    Abstract: An output apparatus for outputting sounds associated with the captured images without boring sound repetitions with image repetitions. The image output apparatus has an image storage section storing a plurality of captured images, an image output control section controlling an image output section to output the stored images, a sound output control section selecting and causing a sound storage section storing a plurality of recorded sounds to output a first sound stored in the sound storage section when the image output section first outputs a particular image or particular images, and when the image output section outputs the particular image or particular images at a subsequent time, selecting and causing the output of a sound different from the first sound to reduce possible user boredom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mino, Akira Yoda, Yukita Gotohda
  • Patent number: 7580627
    Abstract: A camera with a display panel comprises a camera body and an LCD panel unit. The LCD panel unit is swingably attached to the camera body by a hinge portion. The LCD panel unit is provided with the display panel. A speaker portion is located on one surface (on the same side as an image display screen) of the LCD panel unit. A microphone portion is located on the other surface of the LCD panel unit, that is, a surface opposite from the image display screen. The LCD panel unit houses a circuit board including sound circuits. The circuit board is connected electrically with a speaker and a microphone through a connector portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takatoshi Kamei
  • Patent number: 7532813
    Abstract: An electronic camera includes an image capturing section, a microphone, a lens driving section, and a focus controlling section. The image capturing section generates image data based on a subject image via an imaging optical system. The microphone records speech outside the camera. The lens driving section includes a motor and a drive mechanism to drive the imaging optical system. The focus controlling section controls the lens driving section according to a focusing state of the subject image and makes different at least one of a continuous driving time of the lens driving section and a drive frequency of the motor during the recording with microphone and that during the non-recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiya Aikawa
  • Patent number: 7522833
    Abstract: An image-taking apparatus is disclosed, which has an effective arrangement of sound input or output portion. The image-taking apparatus comprises a main body, a lens barrel provided on a front face side of the main body, an illumination unit which illuminates an object and is provided on the top face of the main body. The front face of the illumination unit is arranged at a position closer to the object than the front face of the main body. The apparatus further comprises a sound input/output portion. In a direction orthogonal to the bottom face of the main body, at least a part of the sound input/output portion is provided in an area between the periphery of the lens barrel and the illumination unit on the front face of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Honkai Tomimoto
  • Patent number: 7512335
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide an image capturing apparatus which can easily acquire a sound proper for a captured image. An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing position detecting unit for detecting the position where an image capturing unit captures an image, a recording unit for recording a sound around the image capturing unit, a voice judging unit for judging whether or not the sound recorded by the recording unit includes a human voice, a sound acquiring unit for acquiring the sound recorded by the recording unit in case the voice judging unit judges that a human voice is included and acquiring a sound which a sound database stores correspondingly to the position detected by the image capturing position detecting unit in case the voice judging unit judges that no human voice is included, and an image and sound storing unit for storing the image captured by the image capturing unit and the sound acquired by the sound acquiring unit in a corresponding manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Funakura
  • Patent number: 7483061
    Abstract: Image capture methods and devices are provided. The image capture device including: an image capture system; an audio capture system; a user input system having a manual mode selection input, said user input system generating a mode selection signal indicating a setting of the mode selection input from among a plurality of settings; and a controller adapted to cause the image capture unit to capture at least one image and further adapted to cause the audio capture system to capture an audio signal within an audio capture time frame beginning at a start time and ending at an end time with said controller further adapted to associate the captured image with the electronic audio signal; wherein said controller determines at least one of the start time and the end time determined based upon the mode selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John R. Fredlund, Roland R. Schindler, II
  • Patent number: 7403706
    Abstract: The present invention provides a camera in which a flash emission section is aligned with a self-timer light-emitting indicator section and the amount of slide of a slide door is minimized. The camera includes; a housing with an opening for an image-taking optical system and a first opening through which both the flash emission section and the self-timer light-emitting indicator section appear; and a slide door with a second opening having a cover partially attached thereto. The opening for the image-taking optical system, the first and second openings and the amount of slide of the slide door are arranged such that, when the slide door is closed, part of the first opening overlaps with part of the second opening and the overlapped part of the first opening is shielded by the cover provided in the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Soichiro Nakao, Satoru Goto
  • Patent number: 7382973
    Abstract: The present invention provides a data processing apparatus comprising a first additional information acquisition unit for acquiring the first additional information with regard to a first processing target data; a second additional information acquisition unit acquiring the second additional information with regard to a second processing target data that is processed in relation to the first processing target data; and a selecting unit selecting at least one second processing target data from among the plural second processing target data on the basis of the first additional information, the second additional information, and a selection condition that has been set in advance. The data processing apparatus can easily select at least one processing target data from among a plurality of processing target data and is excellent in the aspect of a pastime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Hajime Katsumata
  • Patent number: 7268801
    Abstract: Binoculars having a digital camera are provided. The digital camera is able to capture an image of an object which is observed through the optical systems of the binoculars. The digital-camera-provide binoculars further comprise a microphone. The microphone is provided on the bottom face of the binoculars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: PENTAX Corporation
    Inventors: Ken Hirunuma, Atsumi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 7248934
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for printing a one-dimensional, continuous signal, such as a sound wave, as a printed pattern and for recovering the sound wave from the printed pattern. The method decomposes the one dimensional signal two-dimensional function that is continuous in both dimensions. The two-dimensional function can be printed as a pattern on to a paper substrate using a standard printer. The audio signal is recovered by scanning the pattern and processing the scanned values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Creative Technology Ltd
    Inventors: David Rossum, Mark Dolson, Jean LaRoche, Wong Hoo Sim
  • Patent number: 7173655
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for capturing a variable length of sensory data in association with still image data. The sensory data are generated from a sensor signal beginning prior to capture of a still image and ending a selected period after capturing the still image. The sensory data are stored in temporary storage. Still image data are generated in response to a control signal to capture a still image, and the still image data are also stored in the temporary storage. A default portion of the sensory data in association with the image data is stored in non-volatile storage. The default portion of sensory data in non-volatile storage is conditionally replaced with a selected subset of the sensory data from the temporary storage if the user selects replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Miles Kevin Thorland, Norman Conrad Pyle, Amy E. Battles
  • Patent number: 7053938
    Abstract: A digital camera includes a processor and a microphone. The camera captures audio speech and converts the speech to text. The text can be combined with a captured image to provide a composite file. The processor executes an instruction set which performs the audio to text conversion. Text conversion is activated using either a user activated input control or through voice commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: John W. Sherry
  • Patent number: 7024109
    Abstract: Sound information related to an image is inputted together with the image taken by a camera, and is printing outputted as a two-dimensional bar code data with the image by a printer provided in the camera as one body. Specifically, a printed matter is formed by printing the taken image and the sound information sound inputted in relation to the image. Thereby, the printed matter is printed with a comment on image taking environment such as information on a subject of image taking and a light condition when taking the image or on the subject of the image taking inputted through the sound. As a result, it can be used as a storage medium which stores information of higher dimension and is easy to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Horii, Hirofumi Hirano
  • Patent number: 6930713
    Abstract: A passage of sound is attached to a printed image 11 by means of an electronic storage medium 12. The electronic storage medium 12 comprises a die 16 containing a non-volatile memory and a flexible substrate 14 with connectors 15. The connectors can be interfaces with a separate reader 4 which plays the passage of sound recorded in the electronic storage medium. Further information is also provided in the electronic storage medium 12 memory. This further information relates to the printed image. Such information may include a version of the image printed, either to the same or to a lower resolution. It may also include information relating to image capture conditions or location, or information allowing referencing or indexing of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Guy de Warrenne Bruce Adams, David Mark Frohlich, Malcolm Stuart Rix
  • Patent number: 6910014
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for playing prerecorded audio encoded in a fault tolerant manner as a series of infra-red ink dots printed on a card, in substantially the same area as an image printed on the card, using a page-width ink-jet printhead, the device comprising an infra-red scanner for scanning the infra-red (IR) form of the prerecorded audio; a decoder interconnected to the IR scanner for decoding the scanned audio encoding to produce a corresponding audio signal; and an audio emitter interconnected to the processor for emitting or playing the corresponding audio signal on demand. The encoding can include Reed-Solomon encoding of the prerecorded audio and can comprise an array of infrared ink dots which are high frequency modulated to aid scanning. The device can include a wand-like arm having a slot through which the card may be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research PTY LTD
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun, Simon Robert Walmsley
  • Patent number: 6816679
    Abstract: An audio photograph or picture 2 made of a photograph or picture material 6 having an image area 12 for providing at least one photographic or picture image and further having an audio system 4 embedded within the photograph or picture material 6. The audio system 4 comprises a recording system for recording and storing audio information and a playback system for playing audio information. The components of the audio system 4 are made from ultra-thin, compact, and flexible materials, and these components are made paper-thin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, John H. Hiett
  • Patent number: 6774939
    Abstract: The inability to attach more than one audio file to a single image file is an example of a problem encountered in image recording devices that include an audio recording function whereby audio information can be recorded and played back along with previously captured image files. A major disadvantage of prior image capturing systems is that only one audio file could be attached to a single image file. The present invention discloses an audio-attached image recording and playback device that allows one or more audio files to be associated with a single image file using an audio file identifier for each audio file. The audio file identifier includes an audio file attachment position that has coordinate information about a specific portion of the image that is displayed on a monitor. The user defines the specific portion by using a cursor to select the specific portion. Audio information is recorded and is associated with that position on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Zhiyong Peng
  • Publication number: 20040071463
    Abstract: An audio photograph or picture 2 made of a photograph or picture material 6 having an image area 12 for providing at least one photographic or picture image and further having an audio system 4 embedded within the photograph or picture material 6. The audio system 4 comprises a recording system for recording and storing audio information and a playback system for playing audio information. The components of the audio system 4 are made from ultra-thin, compact, and flexible materials, and these components are made paper-thin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, Dorothy Lemelson, John H. Hiett
  • Patent number: 6704506
    Abstract: A movable power switch member mounted on the front face of a camera body is provided with a luminous display unit comprising any number (preferably a plurality) of illuminants, and light emission is so controlled as to realize different forms of displaying according to the operating state of the camera. For instance, the lighting, either continuous or intermittent, of the illuminants is controlled according to the remaining charge or the progress of charging of the battery. There are available a mode in which the luminous display unit is also used as a battery indicator, another mode in which the state of light is altered according to the initial mode (at the time of turning on power supply), still another mode in which the illuminants are used as a substitute for a tally lamp at the time of self-timed shooting and yet others, resulting in the achievement of an illumination effect in addition to the displaying of the operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Sasagawa
  • Patent number: 6684130
    Abstract: A robot apparatus is provided with a photographing device for photographing subjects and a notifying device for making an advance notice of photographing with the photographing device. In addition, in a control method for the robot apparatus, an advance notice of photographing subjects is made and then photographs of the subjects are taken. As a result, a picture can be prevented from being taken by stealth, regardless of user's intention, and thus the user's privacy can be protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoko Ogure, Hideki Noma
  • Patent number: 6647369
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for playing prerecorded audio encoded in a fault tolerant manner as a series of infra-red ink dots printed along with a photographic image using an ink jet printing system, the system comprising an infra-red scanner for scanning the infra-red (IR) form of the prerecorded audio; a processor interconnected to the IR scanner for decoding the scanned audio encoding to produce a corresponding audio signal; and an audio emitter interconnected to the processor for emitting or playing the corresponding audio signal on demand. The encoding can include Reed-Solomon encoding of the prerecorded audio and can comprise an array of infra-red ink dots which are high frequency modulated to aid scanning. The system can include a wand-like arm having a slot through which the photograph is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun, Simon Robert Walmsley
  • Patent number: 6639649
    Abstract: A portable electronic image displayer and audio player, including: a digital memory for storing digital images; a digital memory for storing an audio recording; a display for displaying stored digital images; a music analyzer for analyzing the stored audio recording and for determining when to display a sequence of stored digital images according to the stored audio recording; and an audio reproducer for playing the audio recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John R. Fredlund, John C. Neel, Steven M. Bryant
  • Patent number: 6608972
    Abstract: An audio photograph or picture 2 made of a photograph or picture material 6 having an image area 12 for providing at least one photographic or picture image and further having an audio system 4 embedded within the photograph or picture material 6. The audio system 4 comprises a recording system for recording and storing audio information and a playback system for playing audio information. The components of the audio system 4 are made from ultra-thin, compact, and flexible materials, and these components are made paper-thin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome H. Lemelson, John H. Hiett
  • Patent number: 6574441
    Abstract: A sound recording system is used in conjunction with a conventional camera (C) that by itself cannot record sounds. A sound recorder (100) has a mounting device (120, 190), a microphone (110), and a sound record switch (130) that is placed adjacent the shutter button when the recorder is mounted on the camera. A removable “Sound Stick” (200) is inserted into the sound recorder (100) through an opening (170). The “Sound Stick” contains memories (230) that record sound segments. A playback device, which may be separate or combined with the recorder is provided, into which the “Sound Stick” plugs into for downloading and playback of the sound segments. The “Sound Stick” includes a reading head (270) that can scan a bar code that correlates the sound segments with the pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: John W. McElroy
  • Patent number: 6563563
    Abstract: A printer 802 is adapted to produce a printed image with an associated sound passage stored on an electronic storage device. The printer 802 comprises an information input for receiving information to define a visual image and also information defining a passage of sound. The printer has a printer element 808 for printing the first information as a printed image 804, but also has a writing element 807 for writing the sound information into an electronic storage device 803 adapted for attachment to the printed image. An appropriate mechanism 805 for attaching the electronic storage device to the printer image is provided at the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Guy de Warrenne Bruce Adams, David Mark Frohlich, Malcolm Stuart Rix
  • Patent number: 6558050
    Abstract: The camera, which is put on a user, shoots and processes image into image data and records the same. The camera has two or more operation modes and is provided with a detector for detecting either the motion state or the physiological state of the user or both of them and a controller for selecting one mode from among the operation modes on the basis of the detection results by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 6496656
    Abstract: A camera, adapted for recording individual sound files to be re-recorded onto associated photographic prints, includes an operator interface for pre-selecting photographic print characteristics which would affect the amount of recording time available on an associated photographic print. An audio memory is adapted to store sound files to be re-recorded onto associated photographic prints. An indicator is adapted to provide an operator-recognizable indication of recording time available as a function of print characteristics pre-selected by an operator. The print characteristics may include a print's two-dimensional surface area, a print's shape, a sound file's type or sound quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David J. Nelson, Jose A. Rosario
  • Publication number: 20020181952
    Abstract: A sound segment recording system is used in conjunction with a conventional camera (C) that by itself cannot record sounds. A sound recorder (100) has a mounting device (120, 190) for mounting the recorder on the camera, a microphone (110) and a sound-record switch (130) that is placed adjacent the shutter button when the recorder is mounted. A “sound stick” (200) has a connector (210) on one end to transfer sound data from the recorder when the sound stick is inserted in an opening (170). It contains memories (230) that record sound segments, selectable to one minute long, when the switch is pressed. The juxtaposition of the record switch to the camera shutter button (SB) permits the user to start the sound recording before the taking of the associated picture. A separate playback device is provided, into which the sound stick also plugs for downloading the sound segment data, or else the recorder is made to double as a playback device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: John W. McElroy