Disposable Or Recyclable Camera Patents (Class 396/6)
  • Patent number: 10271732
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for producing improved photographs suitable for measuring teeth whiteness with a handheld camera using a camera jig are provided. The camera jig includes a base that contacts a surface. The camera jig also includes a light shield made from a tubular structure defining an interior cavity. The camera jig further includes a slot in the tubular structure that supports the handheld camera at a predetermined distance from a target, which may be teeth of a user. The slot aligns a lens of the handheld camera with the target. Further, the light shield blocks substantially all ambient light, other than light of a light source of the handheld camera, from the target as it is photographed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Xiang Chen, Donghui Wu
  • Patent number: 9762779
    Abstract: Mounting systems and kits for video recording devices, including a housing partially disposed within a suspension element, the suspension element having a mounting bracket connected thereto, and one or more shock-absorbing elements positioned at an interface or disposed at least partially between at least a portion of the housing and the suspension element. The housing can also include one or more thermal management or temperature control elements, including one or more heating elements, cooling elements, thermal conducting elements, heat dissipating elements, and/or ventilation elements. A kit can include a plurality of thermal management elements, including a variety of interchangeable thermal management modules for selectively heating and/or cooling the video recording device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DOTWORKZ
    Inventors: Jace Dispenza, William Ferris
  • Patent number: 9720442
    Abstract: A case, for an electronic device such as a mobile phone, containing an insert located near a camera, still image recorder, or video recorder and a flash of the device is disclosed. The placement, material, color and properties of the insert helps reduce and/or eliminate problems associated with the case affecting the resultant flash/light from the camera, causing and adding erroneous colors, effects, and information on the resulting pictures, images, sensors, or videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Samsonite IP Holdings S.ár.l.
    Inventors: Ryan Hill Mongan, Bryan Lee Hynecek, Jarret Weis
  • Patent number: 9420069
    Abstract: A server can efficiently distribute images for a web page as groups of images. The server receives a request from a client for a group of images associated with a web page. The request encodes an image group identifier and a retrieving function. The server executes the retrieving function with the image group identifier to obtain the group of images. In response to the request, the group of images are transmitted over a number of data communication connections between the client and the server that are less than a number of images in the group of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hung T. Dinh, Mansoor A. Lakhdhir, Phong A. Pham
  • Patent number: 9237317
    Abstract: A camera thrown or projected into an airborne trajectory, and an image capture system with network devices collaborating for the purpose of generating panoramic images and video sourced from network cameras thrown or projected in independent trajectories, and cameras capable of capturing stable image and video from spinning, spiraling and precessing apertures, and a throwable cameras streamlined in response to aerodynamic forces acting on respective housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Steven J. Hollinger
  • Patent number: 9219848
    Abstract: A thrown or projected ball-shaped camera for capturing video and still images over the arc of its airborne trajectory is disclosed. Improvements include an orientation sensor for determining the camera's orientation in flight; an embedded processing unit for triggering an image capture in response to the camera's orientation; an embedded processing unit for rotating a captured image in response to the camera's orientation; and an embedded processing unit for stitching a plurality of captured images. Also disclosed is a ball-shaped camera having multiple embedded cameras for capturing a spherical panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Steven J. Hollinger
  • Patent number: 9182652
    Abstract: An apparatus including a flashlamp; a lens member connected to the flashlamp; and a reflector connected to the lens member. The lens member is located between the flashlamp and the reflector. A method includes connecting the lens member to the flashlamp, where the lens member substantially surrounds the flashlamp, and connecting the reflector around an exterior side of the lens member, where an exit side of the lens member is not covered by the reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Samuli U. Wallius, Mikko Antton Juhola, Lassi Kristian Yla-Soininmaki, Tomi Juhani Lintulahti
  • Patent number: 8670065
    Abstract: The present disclosure comprises a camera that includes a plurality of technical components including an optical system, an actuator device, and an energy source. The camera also includes a disposable housing for receiving said technical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: DigiDays, AG
    Inventor: Werner Krachtus
  • Publication number: 20120044367
    Abstract: The present disclosure comprises a camera that includes a plurality of technical components including an optical system, an actuator device, and an energy source. The camera also includes a disposable housing for receiving said technical components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: MOTIONDRIVE AG
    Inventor: Werner KRACHTUS
  • Publication number: 20120044416
    Abstract: The present disclosure comprise a digital camera composed of modular units. The digital camera includes a main circuit board equipped with an image sensor or photo clip, and a lens arranged to project an image onto the photo chip. A display, a memory, a power source (e.g., a rechargeable battery), an on/off switch, shutter actuation buttons, and a flashlight are electrically connected detachably with the main circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: MOTIONDRIVE AG
    Inventor: Werner KRACHTUS
  • Patent number: 7832817
    Abstract: A recyclable device comprising a chassis supporting a pagewidth print head for printing an image, an ink supply means for supplying ink to the print head, and a supply of print media on to which said sensed image is printed. A casing surrounds and encases said chassis so that the ink supply means is unable to be accessed without destruction of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7724288
    Abstract: A method of providing photofinishing services, includes the steps of: supplying a memory device for a digital camera and a commitment by a service provider to provide goods and/or services with respect to digital images stored on the memory device to a user of the memory device; taking and storing a plurality of digital images on the memory device; delivering the memory device containing the digital images to the service provider; the service provider providing the goods and/or services to the user; and the service provider returning the memory device to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John R. Fredlund, Joseph A. Manico, Robert P. Cloutier
  • Publication number: 20090196589
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to a camera with double cassette system (DCS) film. The camera and DCS film are configured to allow only a specific type of DCS film to be used in the camera and to prevent reuse of the secondary cassette of the DCS film. To such end, the second chamber of the camera can include one or more protrusions therein. The protrusions can extend from the upper and lower end walls of the second chamber. In one embodiment, there is a first protrusion associated with the upper end wall and a second protrusion associated with the lower end wall. In order to properly set in the second chamber, a secondary cassette of a DCS film system includes recesses that can receive at least a portion of a respective protrusion. To prevent reuse of the secondary cassette, it constituent shells can be welded together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: Foster Assets Corporation
    Inventor: Yet Chan
  • Patent number: 7555229
    Abstract: A portion of a replaceable component of an imaging device is selectively deformed or melted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David R. Kendall, Patrick Dougherty
  • Patent number: 7509037
    Abstract: Provided is a film package assembly to be used within a camera such that conventional winding and rewinding components are eliminated. Provided is a film package assembly which includes a new light-tight film canister device, a roll of film and a film take-up cartridge. The film package assembly being designed so as to be loadable within a camera in non-darkroom or lighted conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: West Bend Film Company
    Inventors: Terry D. White, Kevin M. Gerrits
  • Publication number: 20090052878
    Abstract: Various methods, apparatuses, and systems in which a digital photography device includes a global shutter to control exposure time, a sensor array, and a flash illumination are described. The global shutter is in the optical path of light going to the sensor. The flash illumination generates a pulsed illumination. The shutter speed of the global shutter during a pre-flash illumination substantially matches the shutter speed during the flash illumination during the taking of a picture using the flash illumination based on the global shutter receiving a trigger signal from a controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Pure Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Louis Warpakowski Furlan
  • Patent number: 7492395
    Abstract: A method of supplying photofinishing services includes the steps of supplying a memory device for a digital camera to a photographer; the photographer taking and storing a plurality of digital images on the memory device; the photographer delivering the memory device containing the digital images to a photofinisher; the photofinisher producing prints of the digital images and returning the prints to the photographer; and the photofinisher erasing the digital images from the memory device and supplying the memory device to another photographer to repeat the steps of taking images and delivering the memory device to the photofinisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Marc M. Gibeley, Steven L. Mizelle, John R. Fredlund, Joseph A. Manico, Robert P. Cloutier
  • Patent number: 7469096
    Abstract: A platen unit for a disposable camera. The platen unit is configured for guiding print media under a printhead of an ink supply mechanism of the camera. The platen unit includes a platen base, a pinch roller attached to said base, and a cuffing mechanism mounted to the base, the cutting mechanism having a cutting wheel operatively running on a threaded rod to cut media from a roll of print media housed in the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7463822
    Abstract: A camera assembly includes an endcap assembly for closing off the bottom end of a second film chamber, which is sized to selectively receive a roll of film or a secondary film cartridge housing a roll of film. The endcap assembly can include a movable shutter blade enclosed between two plates. The endcap assembly can be removably secured to the camera assembly. At least a portion of the endcap assembly can be formed with the camera assembly. Embodiments further relate to a method of loading such cameras, especially in the daylight. The method involves bringing a sleeve into light-tight engagement with the endcap assembly and then inserting a winding rod through the sleeve and the endcap assembly and into a second film chamber of the camera. The winding rod can then be used to wind film out of a cassette in the first chamber and into a roll in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Foster Assets Corporation
    Inventor: Yet Chan
  • Patent number: 7450152
    Abstract: The digital camera comprises a photoelectric conversion part configured to perform a photoelectric conversion of a field image and output a first image signal, a first processing part configured to perform a first signal processing of the image signal and output a second image signal, an encoding part configured to encode the second image signal and output a third image signal, a second processing part configured to perform a second signal processing to the second image signal and output a fourth image signal, a first memory configured to memorize a customer ID information, a code key used in the encoding part, and the third image signal, and a second memory configured to memorize the fourth image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Motoo Azuma
  • Patent number: 7343090
    Abstract: A lens-fitted photo film unit is preloaded with a roll of photo film whose film speed is ISO3200, and has a mode selection member that is manually operated to select one of a standard photography mode, an indoor photography mode and a night-view photography mode. In the standard photography mode, an exposure is made without flash with a small aperture size and at a high shutter speed. In the indoor photography mode, an exposure is made with a flashlight, with a middle aperture size and at a high shutter speed. In the night-view photography mode, an exposure is made with a flash light, with a large aperture size and at a low shutter speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Masuda, Nobuyuki Kameyama, Hirofumi Katsura, Kazumi Koike
  • Patent number: 7336893
    Abstract: A mode selection member is moved to the lowest position for selecting a daylight mode, which is most frequently used, the middle position for selecting a middle mode for photographing outdoors under the overcast sky, or the highest position for selecting an indoor mode for photographing indoors. When the mode selection lever is in the middle position or the highest position, the upper end of a mode indicating plate protrudes from a unit body. When the mode indicating plate is pushed down into the unit body, the mode selection lever is forced to return to the lowest position to set the daylight mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Hirofumi Katsura
  • Patent number: 7330646
    Abstract: A film camera has a body enclosing a light-tight film space. A film unit disposed in the film space, includes a filmstrip having a longitudinally extending row of uniform perforations. The perforations each have at least one concavely-curved edge extending in a direction transverse to the filmstrip. The film space is substantially free of skives despite prewinding of the filmstrip in the camera, even if the prewinding is at a high-torque level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael L. DeCecca, Christopher M. Muir, Douglas H. Pearson, Ivan Thompson
  • Patent number: 7302171
    Abstract: A switch is turned on when a shutter button is pressed down. An LED, provided on the front face of a unit body, is lit up to indicate a photographing moment in response to the turning of the switch on. When the shutter button is released, the switch is turned off and thereby the LED is turned off. In another embodiment, an indication member shifts to indicate the photographing moment in response to the shutter operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 7295769
    Abstract: In a reproduction method for lens-fitted photo film units, a roll of high-speed photo film of ISO1600 or more is loaded in a new film unit body, so as to produce a lens-fitted photo film unit that is improved in imaging characteristics for a low brightness scene with regard to its background. After being used up, the high-speed film is unloaded for development, and the emptied film unit body is recovered for recycling. In a recycling line, a roll of standard-speed photo film of ISO400 is loaded in a reproduced film unit body, so as to be sold as another type lens-fitted photo film unit that is improved in imaging characteristics in a background area of a high brightness scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Masuda, Nobuyuki Kameyama
  • Publication number: 20070237503
    Abstract: A stopper, a stop aperture and a lens support portion are integrally formed to a lens base. The stopper hits a shutter blade when the shutter blade swings in an open direction and the shutter speed is set. The stop aperture controls light amount of subject light that passes through the taking lens and reaches the photo film. The lens support portion positions the taking lens in an optical axis direction. Position of the stopper and size of the stop aperture and position of the lens support portion are different depending on model of a lens fitted photo film unit. Each model of the lens fitted photo film unit is manufactured by selecting the lens base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shintaro Tadokoro
  • Patent number: 7248793
    Abstract: A lens-fitted photo film unit provides a daylight photography mode to select no flash emission and the small stop, a daylight synchro photography mode to select normal flash emission and the small stop, and a night view synchro photography mode to select reduced flash emission and the large stop. The small stop is composed of the small stop aperture of f/16 and an ND filter of transmittance of 25% to be attached to cover the small stop aperture. The shutter speed is set at 1/64 sec. in any modes. The photo film preloaded in the lens-fitted photo film unit has ISO sensitivity 3200. The stable photographing is achieved under the wide range of brightness by the changeover of the stop, without the change of the shutter speed. In brightness of EV 9 to 11, the exposure amount becomes proper either in the daylight photography mode and in the night view synchro photography mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Kamata
  • Patent number: 7215880
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a camera is provided. The camera has a photosensitive element; a light blocking expansion structure combined with the photosensitive element to form a light tight chamber there between. The light blocking expansion structure has an aperture to focus light from a scene to form an image on the photosensitive element; the light blocking expansion structure is adapted to automatically expand from an initial position to an extended position, with expansion of the expansion structure position in the aperture relative to the photosensitive element. Expansion of the expansion structure drives a shutter system to start and end an exposure of the photosensitive element to light from the scene. A trigger system is manually operable so as to initiate expansion of the expansion structure from the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John C. Neel, Wilbert F. Janson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7181134
    Abstract: An optical element comprises: an electromotive force-generating element that generates an electromotive force in response to electromagnetic wave; and an optical density-changing element that changes its optical density according to the electromotive force, the optical density-changing element comprising: at least one of metal sulfide and metal nitride; and a material that causes a change of the optical density and adsorbs to said at least one of metal sulfide and metal nitride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Kaneiwa, Ryuji Shinohara, Atsushi Matsunaga, Kiyoshi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 7181133
    Abstract: A camera assembly includes an endcap assembly for closing off the bottom end of a second film chamber, which is sized to selectively receive a roll of film or a secondary film cartridge housing a roll of film. The endcap assembly can include a movable shutter blade enclosed between two plates. The endcap assembly can be removably secured to the camera assembly. At least a portion of the endcap assembly can be formed with the camera assembly. Embodiments further relate to a method of loading such cameras, especially in the daylight. The method involves bringing a sleeve into light-tight engagement with the endcap assembly and then inserting a winding rod through the sleeve and the endcap assembly and into a second film chamber of the camera. The winding rod can then be used to wind film out of a cassette in the first chamber and into a roll in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Foster Assets Corporation
    Inventor: Yet Chan
  • Patent number: 7149418
    Abstract: A camera cover assembly has a one-piece front cover and a one-piece guard. The front cover has an outwardly protruding lens hood and an inwardly recessed cup that has a slot defining a resiliently flexible tongue. The tongue has a free margin adjoining the slot and an outwardly protruding boss disposed in spaced relation to the free margin. The guard is mounted to the front cover and has a bezel and a ring. The bezel enshrouds the lens hood. The ring encircles the boss and covers the slot and free margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James G. Rydelek, Sunny C. Kim, John M. Staton
  • Patent number: 7136580
    Abstract: A packaging bag contains a lens-fitted photo film unit in a pillow-type package. Optically transparent window sections are provided on front top and bottom portions of the packaging bag. And a belt-like shaped lightproof section is provided in a center portion of the window section. The window section is made translucent by printing a half-tone dot meshing with a white coating, so that the lens-fitted photo film unit is observable through the window section. The lightproof section is printed with a lightproof coating and covers the front of the taking lens. Opaque coating is printed on an opaque section, which is a portion except the window section and the lightproof section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeaki Ueyama, Miho Takiguchi, Daisuke Sato, Yasuo Matsumoto, Hideo Tomizawa
  • Patent number: 7126629
    Abstract: A digital camera having a limiting-use component to limit use of the digital camera to a single use-cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Pure Digital Technologies, Icn.
    Inventors: Ariel Braunstein, Jonathan Kaplan
  • Patent number: 7127160
    Abstract: In a lens module assembly method, a lens holder is placed in a receiver. The lens holder has a nest. A lens element is deposited in the lens holder. During the depositing, the lens element seats in the nest, if the lens element is in a forward-facing orientation. Entry of the lens element into the nest is interrupted, if the lens element is in a rearward-facing orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Michael L. Wirt
  • Patent number: 7092624
    Abstract: The methods and apparatus described herein provide a camera (or other electronic equipment) with one or more cold neon display areas. Each cold neon display area is illuminated by a neon powder layer electrically connected to a substrate layer via a power source. Each cold neon display area produces the effect of glowing words and/or images that are shaped by one or more mask layers and colored by one or more filter layers. In addition, the plane that each cold neon display area appears at may vary to create a three dimensional lighting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventors: Jerry W. Perry, Ivan Lau
  • Patent number: 7082263
    Abstract: A flash device for a lens-fitted photo film unit pre-loaded with unexposed photo film is provided. A main capacitor stores charge. A flash emitter emits flash light. A flash circuit board charges the main capacitor, and drives the flash emitter by discharging the main capacitor in response to an exposing operation. A tightly closed flash case is secured to the lens-fitted photo film unit, for containing the main capacitor, the flash emitter and the flash circuit board. Also, the lens-fitted photo film unit includes a sync switch for generating a trigger signal in response to the exposing operation. Two switch contact points are disposed outside the flash case, for receiving the trigger signal from the sync switch. The two switch contact points disable discharge of the main capacitor while the flash case is away from the lens-fitted photo film unit, and are short-circuited for discharge of the main capacitor upon supply of the trigger signal while the flash case is secured to the lens-fitted photo film unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kameyama, Hirokazu Yokoo, Akihisa Iida, Takeshi Kubota, Jun Ogawa, Kazuo Kamata
  • Patent number: 7076161
    Abstract: A lens-fitted photo film unit comprises a main body, a bottom lid, and a photo film. The main body has an exposure chamber with a taking lens. The exposure chamber is provided with a plane mirror disposed in such a manner as to be inclined 45 degrees with respect to the optical axis of the taking lens. Since the plane mirror reflects light from a subject, a photographic optical path of the light is perpendicularly bent. Subject light forms an image on the photo film disposed in parallel with the optical axis. A side print is exposed in the manufacture on the lateral edge of the photo film. Since the orientation of the photographed image is the same as that of the side print, it is possible to easily confirm the orientation of the photographed image in the development and print processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazumi Koike
  • Patent number: 7065294
    Abstract: A lens-fitted photo film unit is pre-loaded with photo film, and includes a viewfinder adapted for observing an object. A selector button is operable externally, for being shifted to a standard position and a telephoto position. A view region changer lever sets the viewfinder in a standard view field when the selector button is in the standard position, and sets the viewfinder in a telephoto view field when the selector button is in the telephoto position, the telephoto view field being included in the standard view field. An information exposure unit photographically records a telephoto discernment PAR code to an information exposure region in the photo film when the selector button is in the telephoto position. The telephoto discernment PAR code includes at least three dots, for designating production of a pseudo telephoto print from a region in an imaging frame in the photo film corresponding to the telephoto view field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuo Kamata
  • Patent number: 7039306
    Abstract: Provided is a film package assembly to be used within a camera such that conventional winding and rewinding components are eliminated. Provided is a film package assembly which includes a new light-tight film canister device, a roll of film and a film take-up cartridge. The film package assembly being designed so as to be loadable within a camera in non-darkroom or lighted conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: West Bend Film Company LLC
    Inventors: Terry D. White, Kevin M. Gerrits
  • Patent number: 7010222
    Abstract: A lens-fitted photo film unit contains a photo film cassette, which includes a spool for winding the photo film in a roll form thereabout. A body tube contains the photo film and the spool in a rotatable manner, has a first end with a first end opening, and a second end with a second end opening. A first end cap closes the first end opening, and has an outer diameter d1. A second end cap closes the second end opening, has an outer diameter d2, and satisfies a condition of: d2<d1. To contain the cassette, a cassette holder chamber in the lens-fitted photo film unit has a size corresponding to that of the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Asakura, Yasuhiro Yamashina
  • Patent number: 6985673
    Abstract: Automated unattended film processing kiosk permits a customer to drop off a film unit, e.g., OTUC, and come back later to pick up the finished prints. The customer swipes a credit or debit card through a card reader, and inserts the exposed film unit. Inside the enclosure a mini-lab processor automatically processes the film and extracts images from the film, as negatives or as digital images. A digital printer makes prints of the customer's images. The photographic prints are packaged and labeled, and provided with an optional optical disk. A carousel stores the packaged prints for the customers. At pick-up, the customer swipes a card through for identification. An unload mechanism transfers the customer's finished prints from the carousel to a delivery bin. Print correction for color, density, and contrast can be carried out remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: Bernhard P. Molldrem, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6982754
    Abstract: The video camera has an opening for removal of a cassette tape. The video camera includes a cassette detecting portion 2 detecting ejection of the cassette tape from the opening, and a cassette insertion preventing mechanism 5 preventing re-insertion of the cassette tape when the cassette detecting portion 2 detects ejection of the cassette tape. As such, a video camera for a recycling system can be provided where a recording medium or the like with a recorded content is easily and rapidly available to a user and a dedicated reproducing device is not required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideo Okada
  • Patent number: 6959147
    Abstract: A method for specialized photofinishing goods and/or services produced from a one-time-use camera, including providing a label on the one-time-use camera, with at least one area containing first instructional information, that identifies particular photofinishing goods and/or services to be applied to images captured by the one-time-use camera. Subsequently, displaying a second instructional information according to the first instructional information. Finally, capturing a second instructional information onto a film residing in the one-time-use camera and resulting in a latent image, the second instructional information for use by a photofinisher for producing the specialized photofinishing goods and/or services from latent images on the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, John R. Fredlund, Thomas J. Murray
  • Patent number: 6954586
    Abstract: A camera frame assembly has a frame and a driver mounted to the frame. The driver is rapidly movable relative to the frame from a charged position to a discharged position. A first striker member is joined in fixed relation to the driver. A second striker member telescopes onto or into the first striker member, between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Inventor: David J. Cornell
  • Patent number: 6941065
    Abstract: The camera of this invention has a film cassette compartment, a film spool (13), a film exposing area, and an interlock that prevents moving exposed film from the film cassette. With the camera, a film cassette (2) is loaded into the film cassette compartment. The film is then locaded by moving the film from the film cassette (2) compartment across the film exposing area and winding all but the first frame of film to be exposed around the film spool. After a picture taken, the exposed film is wound back into the film cassette and the next from of film to be exposed is moved into the film exposing area. The interlock prevents moving the exposed film out of the film exposing area. In an embodiment the interlock includes a lever that is engageable with the serrations of a film rewind wheel (22) to prevent movement of the film rewind wheel (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Concord Camera Corp.
    Inventors: Xu Zhihai, Feng Huajun, Li Qi, Bian Meijuan
  • Patent number: 6931206
    Abstract: This invention contemplates a prepackaged photographic unit containing a photographic element comprising a transparent polyester film support with improved tongue retrieval performance and acceptable cutting performance in photofinishing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alfred B. Fant, Yuangiao Rao, Anthony L. Kaye, Jehuda Greener
  • Patent number: 6909844
    Abstract: A camera frame assembly has an extendable lens module having a lens base, a traveler, a front lens element, and a barrel cap. The lens base defines an optical axis. The traveler moves along the optical axis between first and second positions, relative to the lens base. The traveler has a front lens seat. A front lens element is disposed in the front lens seat. A barrel cap is snapped on the traveler. The barrel cap retains the front lens element in the traveler in alignment with the optical axis. The barrel cap can be snapped off for replacement by a new or renewed barrel cap. When the barrel cap is off, the front lens element is released and can be replaced or can be held in place for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Anthony Dirisio
  • Patent number: 6905551
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for cleaning the front surface of a mounted lens a web is moved to a lowered position against the lens. A first segment of the web is then slackened. The first segment of web is then rubbed against the lens. Following the rubbing the web is pulled taut while the web is still in the lowered position. A second segment of web can be wiped against the lens while the web is held taut. The first segment can be wet and the second segment dry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Davis, Mark S. Carducci, Stephen P. North
  • Patent number: 6889006
    Abstract: An auxiliary lens for a camera and the like includes a washer to be mounted to a camera and an auxiliary-lens body to be joined to the washer to thereby be mounted to the camera. The auxiliary-lens body has an adhering section made of a permanent magnet, ferromagnetic substance or a magnetic substance at the position to be mounted to the camera. The washer is made of a ferromagnetic substance, a magnetic substance or a permanent magnet that can adhere to the adhering section of the auxiliary-lens body. Thus, mounting the washer to the camera with a double-faced tape or the like allows the auxiliary lens to be mounted to the camera and the like through the washer by a magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Toda Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fumio Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6871016
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention, camera electrical system is provided for use in a family of recyclable cameras each camera having a set of desired electronic functions. The camera electrical system has a first electronic circuit for performing a first set of electronic operations including charging a flash capacitor and discharging the flash capacitor through a flash tube to cause a flash of light during photography; said first electronic circuit having a first set of electrical contacts. More than one second electronic circuit is provided. Each second circuit has contacts to engage at least one of the first set of electrical contacts, wherein the first electronic circuit and each of said second electronic circuits are adapted to cooperate in a combined circuit comprising the first electronic circuit and more than one of said second circuits to perform the set of desired camera functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Douglas W. Constable