Patent application title: DEVICE THAT READS DATA ENCODED AS DOTS
Kia Silverbrook (Balmain, AU)
Paul Lapstun (Balmain, AU)
Simon Robert Walmsley (Balmain, AU)
IPC8 Class: AG06K710FI
Class name: Coded record sensors particular sensor structure optical
Publication date: 2009-10-01
Patent application number: 20090242638
A system is disclosed for reading data encoded as a series of invisible
dots carried on a substrate. The system has a detector that detects the
dots on the substrate and outputs a first signal; a decoder
interconnected to the detector that decodes the first signal to produce
an output signal; and an output device interconnected to the processor
that receives the output signal and creates a corresponding human
readable output. The dots may be infrared absorbing and the encoding can
include Reed-Solomon encoding of the prerecorded audio. The system can
include a wand-like arm having a slot through which the photograph is
1. A display device comprising:a slot for receiving a card having visible
content printed thereon, the card further having the dot data encoded on
the surface of the card as an array of dots, the array of dots being
printed on the surface independently of the visible content printed on
the surface;a detector for optically detecting the array of dots across
the surface of the card received in the slot and for outputting a first
signal representative thereof;a decoder interconnected to said detector
for receiving and decoding said first signal to produce a display signal
corresponding to the first signal; anda display for displaying the
2. The device of claim 1 wherein the dots are dots of ink.
3. The device according to claim 2 wherein the ink is substantially invisible to an average unaided human eye.
4. The device of claim 3 wherein the ink is infrared absorbing ink with little absorption in the visible spectrum.
5. The device of claim 1 wherein said dot data is encoded using Reed-Solomon encoding.
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
The present application is a Continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/636,219 filed on Aug. 08, 2003, which is a Continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/693,226 filed on Oct. 20, 2000, now issued U.S. Pat. No. 6,943,830.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a user interface system for recovering digital data printed in infra-red ink in a fault tolerant encoded form on a print media using an inkjet printing system. In particular, the data may be encoded on the same surface as a human readable representation, for example an image which is related to the data which is encoded thereon.
Various methods, systems and apparatus relating to the present invention are disclosed in the following applications/patents filed by the applicant or assignee of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/636,219:
U.S. Patent Application Serial Number/Patent Number U.S. Pat. No. 6,476,863 U.S. Pat. No. 6,459,495 U.S. Pat. No. 6,496,654 U.S. Pat. No. 6,859,225 U.S. Pat. No. 6,924,835 U.S. Pat. No. 6,647,369 U.S. Pat. No. 7,535,582 U.S. Pat. No. 6,471,331 U.S. Pat. No. 6,676,250 U.S. Pat. No. 6,347,864 U.S. Pat. No. 6,439,704 U.S. Pat. No. 6,4257,00 U.S. Pat. No. 6,588,952
The disclosures of these applications/patents are incorporated herein by reference.
BACKGROUND OF TIE INVENTION
The applicant has disclosed in pending applications U.S. Ser. No. 09/113,070 and U.S. Ser. No. 09/112,785 cards called Artcards in which the information is encoded in black ink on a white background on the reverse face of the printed card, the front surface of the card bearing an image. The data that may be recorded may be the contents of a book recorded in a digital manner with the front face bearing an image equivalent to the dust jacket of the book.
In such prior art, two printheads are required in order to simultaneously print the image on the front of the card and the digital data on the rear of the card. To read the card, the card is passed through an optical scanning means and the fault tolerant encoded data is reconstructed and decoded and provided to a user as an audio or visual output.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
According to an aspect of the present invention there is provided a display device comprising: a slot for receiving a card having visible content printed thereon, the card further having the dot data encoded on the surface of the card as an array of dots, the array of dots being printed on the surface independently of the visible content printed on the surface; a detector for optically detecting the array of dots across the surface of the card received in the slot and for outputting a first signal representative thereof, a decoder interconnected to said detector for receiving and decoding said first signal to produce a display signal corresponding to the first signal; and a display for displaying the display signal.
Other aspects are also disclosed.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Notwithstanding any other form which may fall within the scale of the present invention, preferred forms of the invention will now be described by way of example only with reference to the accompanying drawing of FIG. 1 which illustrates the card reading arrangement of the preferred embodiment.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED AND OTHER EMBODIMENTS
The preferred embodiment is preferably implemented through suitable programming of a hand held device such as that described in the applicant's applications U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,471, U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,083 and U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,134 filed concurrently herewith by the present applicant the content of which is hereby specifically incorporated by reference. These applications make reference to the applicant's prior applications U.S. Ser. No. 09/113,070 and U.S. Ser. No. 09/112,785.
The aforementioned patent specifications disclose an apparatus including a camera system, hereinafter known as an "Artcam" type camera system, wherein sensed images can be directly printed out by the camera unit using an inkjet pagewidth printhead having at least four separate inkjet nozzles for printing a color image and an infra-red image simultaneously on a print media. A pagewidth printhead of this type was described by the applicant in co-pending applications U.S. Ser. No. 09/608,308, U.S. Ser. No. 09/608,779, U.S. Ser. No. 09/607,987, U.S. Ser. No. 09/608,776, U.S. Ser. No. 09/607,250, and U.S. Ser. No. 09/607,991 and the descriptions thereof are hereby specifically incorporated by reference.
In the above referenced patent specifications, namely U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,471, U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,083 and U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,134, data in a fault tolerant encoded form is printed in infra-red ink over a color image. The data which was described in each of these specifications related respectively to storing a fault tolerant encoded digital form of the image itself, a fault tolerant encoded digital form of the image itself along with an image processing program script which enabled the image to be processed to produce a given effect thereon, and a copy of the image itself and of a transformed copy of that image, the transformation being achieved by a program which could be separately loaded into the camera system.
In the present application, the invention resides in recording digital data on an image, the digital data relating to other than the image itself or any manipulation thereof. For example, as described in the applicant's prior art of U.S. Ser. No. 09/113,070 a card may be printed using a fault tolerant digitally encoded form comprising a book on one surface of a print media while on the other face of the print media an image is recorded, for example in this case the dust jacket of the book. The cards that were described were of the size of a credit card of approximately 85 mm×55 mm size. The card was printed on both faces. In the present invention the card needs only to be printed on one face with the data being recorded in infra red ink and thus invisible to a human reader. As described in the applicant's co-pending applications U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,471, U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,083 and U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,134, a card of approximate size 4''×6'' (102 mm×152 mm) can contain approximately 3-4 megabytes of data depending on how the data is encoded and distributed across the surface of the card. The data in those applications is distributed in such a way that full recovery of the data there encoded, namely an image, can be recovered even if up to 30% damage has occurred to the surface of the card. To store an average page of text requires approximately 2 Kbytes of digital data for text only, hence 3 megabytes of data would record approximately 1.5 thousand pages of written text. An average book contains between 250-550 pages and such a book is readily accommodated by the format of the present disclosure. In addition, images may be interspersed with the text as thumbnail (reduced sized) images in a suitable file format for example jpeg, gif, tiff, bmp to name a few.
The preferred embodiment provides an adaptation of the particular technology as disclosed in the aforementioned patent specifications U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,471, U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,083 and U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,134. In this adaptation, the camera system and the printing system is dispensed with and replaced with a large screen reader. The cards according to the preferred embodiment are then provided having an indicator of the information which is recorded on the card. The information in a fault tolerant encoded form is printed in infra-red ink over that indicator. For example the card could include a book's content or a newspaper content. An example of such a system is as illustrated in FIG. 1 wherein the card 10 includes a book title on the card with data printed thereon in infra-red ink as shown by arrow 11. The card 10 is inserted in the reader 12 which includes a flexible display 13 which allows for the folding up of the card reader 12. The card reader includes display controls 14 which allow for paging forward and back and other controls of the card reader 12.
It can therefore be seen that the arrangement of FIG. 1 provides for an efficient distribution of information in the form of books, newspapers, magazines, technical manuals, and so forth.
Various inkjet technologies can be used for printing of the card according to the current disclosure, for example an inkjet pagewidth printhead such as disclosed in the applicant's co-pending applications U.S. Ser. No. 09/608,308, U.S. Ser. No. 09/608,779, U.S. Ser. No. 09/607,987, U.S. Ser. No. 09/608,776, U.S. Ser. No. 09/607,250, and U.S. Ser. No. N 09/607,991 may be used. Suitable infra-red ink is disclosed in the applicant's co-pending applications, Australian provisional patent applications PQ9412 and PQ9376 filed on Aug. 14, 2000 and applicant's applications PQ9509 filed on Aug. 18, 2000, and PQ9571, and PQ9561 filed on Aug. 21, 2000. Data may be encoded in a manner or using a format as disclosed in applicant's U.S. Ser. No. 09/113,070 and U.S. Ser. No. 09/112,785, or U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,471, U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,083 and U.S. Ser. No. 09/693,134, for example the Artcard format or the alternative Artcard format. Other formats may be used.
It would be appreciated by a person skilled in the art that numerous variations and/or modifications may be made to the present invention as shown in the specific embodiment without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention as broadly described. The present invention is, therefore, to be considered in all respects to be illustrative and not restrictive.
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